I’ll be the first to say that I am always a little skeptical of new face products. I have really sensitive skin, so I only use things that I know have good benefits. I tried some new products from Alba Botanica, and am totally a fan! They didn’t dry my face out and my face felt very clean and fresh after I used them. Although I have been compensated by Alba Botanica & Her Campus Media, all opinions are my own.

One of the main things I love about Alba Botanica is that the products are botanically-based, 100% vegetarian personal care products created with women in mind. The Acedote Face & Body Scrub, for example, has no harsh sulfates, synthetic fragrances, or artificial coloring. It also is non-comedogenic and can be used on your face & body. Basically, this product is a one-for-all. It makes your skin clear, without harming it by using strong chemicals.

Another product I tried was the “Fast Fix for a pimple”. I rarely breakout (fingers crossed it always stays this way), so when I do it’s really noticeable. This product is tiny so it is perfect for on-the-go, as you can carry it around in your makeup bag! It is oil free, hypoallergenic & lightly tinted so that it helps conceal all while fighting blemishes. It’s like a “undercover product”- working without anyone even knowing!

By trying these two products, I was blessed with the opportunity to participate in Alba Botanica’s #DoGoodDoBeautiful campaign. Basically, the brand is working with women who desire to inspire others in their own unique way, being conscious of the Earth & the products that we use on a day to day basis. This alone was a reason for me to try the brand, and I will continue to use it! Any brand that is conscious of the environment is always a win in my book. Also, did I mention that they have other products for hair too? Seriously..you have to check them out!

Until Next Time!

-B

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It’s not secret that little Parker is basically my child! I take him everywhere with me (including work) no matter how not-so-small he is anymore. He’s the littlest blessing I’ve ever recieved & is spoiled rotten because of it. Last year- he got a faux fur stocking stuffed with goodies, but this year he is getting so much more! I’ve rounded up some of my fav dog toys for the obsessed (boy) dog mom below. Most are under $50, but all are totes adorbs!

Side note- Parker totes loves the ball that has treats in it- so that one is a must ( & it’s only $10!).

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Calling all Redcard holders! If you’re an avid Target shopper like me..than you know Target always has the best deals on Black Friday! This year, all Redcard holders are able to shop Black Friday previews now online with their cards! I linked all of my favs  below..from some cheetah boots I just couldn’t say no to..to $10 sweaters to even stuff for the home! Don’t mind the prices below..once you checkout the Redcard price is applied. Happy Shopping (& eating too!)!

All the cozies:

Shoes, shoes & more shoes:

For the home:

 

Until Next Time!

-B

 

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Although 2017 has flown  by, it hasn’t been such a “breeze” for  many.  With all of the negative reminders that might be lingering around you this holiday season, you might not be feeling very “thankful”.  Natural disasters have occurred more than a few times in the country most of us reading this call home. Family members & friends of yours, both young and old might of passed away. A relationship or friendship that you thought would last a lifetime might of ended. Nevertheless, if you are reading this- I promise you- you have so, SO much to be thankful for. Below are  reasons to prove this to you, if you can’t think of any yourself.

One: You’re alive.

If you are reading this, that right there is a “praise break” in itself. If you are reading this right now, you are alive. You still have blood in your veins, are breathing, & your eyesight is still in tact. If you’re reading this- this should be a simple reminder that God is not done with you yet! You still have amazing things that you have yet to accomplish here on earth. Which leads to my next reason: if you are reading this, then you have a purpose.

“You are the salt of the earth…” – Matthew 5:13

Two: You have a purpose

Everyone has a purpose. Even if you don’t know yours yet (which is totally okay), you still have one. A purpose does not mean you were destined for fame- it simply means that you were created to do something great. “Great” can mean different things to different people. For some “great” means becoming a doctor and curing cancer. For others, “great” to them means  being the best 3rd grade teacher there ever was. Whatever your idea of “great” is, remember that it is yours. We are all here to accomplish different things, no two purposes or dreams are quite exactly the same. If you are reading this, you have a purpose (even if you don’t know it yet)- which is for sure something to look forward to.

Three: Be thankful for the little things

Regardless of how “crappy” your year might of been so far, instead of focusing on all of things that have gone wrong this year- try to focus on all of the things that have gone right! You’ve woken up every morning to see another day, despite how many times you may not of wanted to get out of bed. You’ve had good times- whether you realize (or even want to realize) it or not. When we constantly focus on the bad, we lose sight of the good. We take advantage of the small victories that we are blessed with on a daily basis.

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!”- Philippians 4:4

Four: Be thankful for protection

Many times, we see things not working out how we wanted as a hindrance, when really it could just be protection. Have you ever looked back at a situation that ended  a certain way that you might not of wanted at the time, but are sooo thankful for now? I have- for sure! If I would of gotten of the things I wanted a few years ago, I would not be where I am now. This Thanksgiving, be thankful for your now. Be happy for your path- it is uniquely yours and yours alone. We live in a era of comparison- we are always comparing our lives to others, wishing that we had more of something in some sort of way. Don’t compare your life to story to someone else’s highlight reel. Be thankful for your own story- no one else is able to share it the way you can!

“Let them give thanks to the Lord for his for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,” – Psalms 107:8

Even if your not feeling this holiday season- at least one of these (I hope) you can agree with!

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OMG how is it already Christmas already? This year, Altar’d State has made this holiday season even easier with Gift Guides made with the perfect items! I was asked by Ignite Social Media to participate in the #ASGiveWarmth campaign, sponsored by Altar’d State. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own.

I have always loved Christmas, for obvious reasons. The idea of being able to make someones day a little better by giving a gift has always brought me so much joy! I tend to spend so much time looking for the perfect gift, one that matches whoever I am buying for personality, style, etc. For example, I love fun saying on things, especially coffee mugs! I also love socks, and Altar’d State has so many cute little items like this year. They’re the best stocking stuffers, white elephant gifts, or even small gifts for coworkers. One thing I really like to do is get the same item for close friends, but with different sayings or bible verses on them. That way, the gift is even more from the heart!

“A generous person will prosper, whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” – Proverbs 11:25

 

Of course, I always (on accident) tend to grab some  stuff for myself too! This year, Altar’d States gift guide has some great dresses, perfect for a Christmas party, cozy cardigans, and some other clothing its too! Our furry friends haven’t been forgotten either, with bandannas, shirts and collars for them as well. I, of course will be snagging some things for little Parker- it’s a must!

“Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.” – Luke 6:30

Simply said, Altar’d State has got you covered this Christmas season! Be sure to head over now to check out all of the great items, picked for women like us in mind. I promise, Altar’d State has for sure made our Christmas shopping a ton easier this year.

Until Next Time!

-B

 

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