• Girl Mom Reviews

    What Is The Best Skincare Regimen For Aging Skin?

    My 45th birthday is staring me in the face. I knew I had to find the best skincare regimen for aging skin.

    Maybe you are on the hunt for a skincare regimen (no matter your age). I’ve got you covered.

    I did the research.

    I tested the samples.

    I chose the best skincare regimen for aging skin (and discovered some skincare regimens for all ages and skin types along the way).

    My guide introduces you to the best skincare regimen for aging skin.

    The Importance Of Clean Skincare Regimens

    When I started my research journey, I had no idea that the U.S. has not changed its personal product laws since 1938.

    This means that there are no laws in place banning harmful ingredients in our skincare and makeup products.

    I don’t know about you but I worry about the products I put on my skin and the ones that my three girls put on their skin (now and as they grow). Do you know it only takes about 12 seconds for your body to absorb what you put on your skin?

    Because of all this, I wanted to make sure that I found a skincare regimen for aging skin that is also safe + clean for me + for my girls. I found Beautycounter, which eliminates over 1,800 harmful ingredients from its products.

    5 Step Skincare Regimen For Aging Skin

    Regardless of the skincare line you choose, here are the steps you should take in your skincare regimen for aging skin

    Skincare Regimen Step 1: Cleanse

    You always want to wash your face with a cleanser (daily + maybe even 2x a day — morning and night).

    Aging skin loses moisture, natural oils + nutrients, which can make the skin dry. The right cleanser can help replenish the moisture in your skin to help it look + feel soft, instead of dry.

    The Countertime Lipid Defense Cleansing Oil by Beautycounter is inspired by Asian beauty rituals. Countertime offers a luxurious, lightweight cleansing oil to gently, yet effectively, remove makeup + other impurities without stripping essential lipids from the skin.

    Skincare Regimen Step 2: Prep

    Next, you want to prepare your skin. In the prep stage, what you’re actually doing is hydrating it. This is the step that can also help to make your skin radiant.

    Countertime Mineral Boost Hydrating Essence is lightweight but deeply nourishing. This milky moisturizing essence delivers vital nutrients to the skin’s moisture barrier—instantly boosting hydration + radiance.

    Skincare Regimen Step 3: Treat With A Serum

    After cleansing and prepping your face, it is time to add a serum. The serum holds the anti-aging properties for your anti-aging skincare regimen.

    Countertime Tripeptide Radiance Serum transforms + rejuvenates your skin. The serum increases skin firmness + elasticity while reducing the appearance of fine lines + wrinkles.

    Skincare Regimen Step 4: Protect

    After washing, prepping + treating, it’s time to protect your skin with an antioxidant cream (in the morning ) + nighttime cream (at night). Ideally, you use two different creams for two different times of the day that you go through your anti-aging skincare routine.

    (AM) Countertime Antioxidant Soft Cream is a velvety revitalizing cream that improves the skin’s barrier function + boosts hydration, which helps protect your skin from daily environmental stressors.

    (PM) Countertime Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream is a supremely rich + deeply hydrating cream that supports elasticity + visibly firms while smoothing skin texture to minimize the look of fine lines + wrinkles.

    Skincare Regimen Step 5: Apply An Eye Cream

    Choose an eye cream that is specifically for fighting the signs of aging (dark circles, under-eye bags, fine lines + wrinkles). Use your ring finger to gently pat around your entire eye.

    Ultra Renewal Eye Cream is a high-performance eye cream that revitalizes the eye area + reduces the appearance of under-eye shadows and crow’s feet for a smooth, firm look.

    Want to take one of the Beatycounter skincare regimens for a test drive?

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    Clean Skincare Products I Use That Are For The 40+ Crowd

    I’m turning 45 in August (yikes). That’s about all I’m going to say about that 🙂

    Pretty much all of my life, I washed my face but that’s about it. I don’t really have wrinkles or signs of aging (besides under-the-eye-mom-never-gets-enough-sleep-bags) BUT I decided it’s time to head off the aging process.

    I have several friends who rep several different skincare lines for women over 40.

    (HINT: These lines also have products for the under 40 crowd because truth be told, I probably should have started a skincare regimen a long time ago.)

    So…I set out on a mission…

    My Clean Skin Care Products’ Mission

    My mission and I chose to accept it was to find clean skin care products — a skincare regimen that I could use. I not only wanted to laugh aging directly in the face but…

    I also wanted to find products that are clean and safe for me to use.

    Remember: I have three girls. Someday soon, they are going to be washing their faces and using beauty products too. I not only wanted to find something that would work for me but something they could use too at some point.

    What I Did To Find Clean Skincare Products

    First, I did a TON of research. I not only got to know each company and what their mission is to provide clean and safe skincare and beauty products

    BUT…

    what their mission is.

    AND…

    How many harmful ingredients they choose NOT to include in their skincare and beauty products.

    Then, for a few weeks, I sampled each of the lines.

    I washed my face and put on serums and creams.

    I definitely have my opinions on each product I tried.

    I made a decision (and my skin did too).

    3 Reasons I Chose Beautycounter

    I chose Beautycounter for three primary reasons. All reasons that are important to me.

    Reason#1: Beautycounter Lobbies For Safe + Clean Products

    What really sets Beautycounter apart from the rest of the companies I tried is the advocacy and education pillars.

    It’s not about the performance or sparkles of the products, it’s about the mission + the movement + educating folks about why safer products are vital and how we can effect change with which companies we support.

    Beautycounter is a B-Corp + does so much more than just create safer high performing products.

    Reason #2: It’s Not Hard

    The truth is…I’m lazy.

    I knew that if I started a skincare regimen that was hard with a lot of steps, I would never do it.

    The Beautycounter line is quick + easy. In 5 minutes or less, I’m done with my skincare routine, I’ve brushed my teeth + I am heading to my bed.

    Reason #3: My Skin Loves It

    In just a few applications, I could already see a difference in my skin.

    The texture of my skin is softer. After a two applications of the eye cream, I noticed a reduction in my under-the-eye-mom bags.

    I LOVE Beautycounter so much that I became a consultant. If you’re interested in learning more about Beautycounter + the Beautycounter products or would like to place an order, visit my Beautycounter PopUp.

     

     
    XOXO, Kristie
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    3 Resources For Personal + Business Life While You Stay At Home

    If you are like me, you are staying home + staying safe. I’m homeschooling my kiddos (but they are on Spring Break this week).I’m working on client projects.

    I am working on earning as many certifications as possible + getting my own website + marketing in order.I want to share 3 resources available to you to help you work on your business during some of your temporary down time. 

    BTW: I have used all 3 of these resources to help me in my personal + business life (even before now).

    1. Stay At Home Bundle: I received a preview of this bundle because it doesn’t technically hit the market until midnight tomorrow (7th) + it’s only selling through the 8th.It’s full of resources for:

    Working From Home
    Kids activities
    Parenting
    Preparation + Organizing


    It is almost $500 worth of resources for $19.97.

    2. Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing: In my 7 ways to make money in your wedding business during the Coronavirus article, one of the ways I mentioned is affiliate marketing.Michelle Schroeder has a great course: Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. 

    3. Stupid Simple SEO: Use this time to create search engine optimized blog posts and website pages. This strategy can pay off for you long after your stay at home time.

    Mike Pearson’s Stupid Simple SEO course has all of the information you need to quickly and easily learn SEO + then put it to work for your wedding business. 

    Again, I have used all of these resources so if you have any questions, please let me know!
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    Girl Mom Reviews,  Raising Girls

    7 Subscription Boxes For Girls

    I might be a little bit addicted to subscription boxes so my girls come by it naturally. I mean, what is better than receiving a box full of goodies in the mail? Check out these seven subscription boxes for girls. They are some of mine and my girls’ faves!

    1. Girl-A-Tude

    So first of all, I love graphic t-shirts and the Girl-A-Tude subscription box comes with a new girl-power t-shirt each month. It also comes with a peer-to-peer note that is personalized for your daughter + other small gifts that go with the monthly theme.

    Some of the goodies that have landed in the Girl-A-Tude box are a sling bag, personalized koozie, personalized 100 piece puzzle, giant blow up pool noodle, sequin mermaid key chain + sunglasses.

    2. Two Pink Balloons

    Two Pink Balloons is a subscription box full of handcrafted busy bags + educational activities that provide parents with a toolkit of activities to grab for on the go to help reduce the dependency on screen time, but also provide wonderful small moments of connection between parents + children.

    I have to say that my girls LOVE felt + felt boards so this subscription box is right up their alley.

    3. Confident-Crate

    Confidence is something a lot of young girls (+ girls in general) deal with. Confident-Crate helps boost confidence in girls with its monthly subscription boxes. It is for girls age 5-12 + comes with three full-size bath + body products + three additional items to help raise confident girls.

    Some of the items included in past boxes are sugar scrubs, lip balms, bath bombs, pop culture pins, patches + socks.

    4. Mom + Me

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Mom + Me box. It is made for mothers + daughters to share together. Each box comes with 9-12 full-size items such as spa items, matching items, fun accessories or activities for mothers + daughters to do together like a journal with prompts to fill out.

    I am always looking for mother-daughter date ideas to share with my girls but sometimes I have a hard time coming up with new ideas. The Mom + Me box solves this problem.

    5. Dream Girl Box

    The Dream Girl Box is the ultimate girl empowerment subscription box for girls. It’s a quarterly box with its own theme of girl power. The themes focus on goal setting, life skills + social media for girls + parents of girls.

    The Follow Your Heart theme box included a goal setting activity, journal, “Follow Your Heart” clutch, pencil case, planner stickers + a beaded bracelet.

    6. Em and Liz

    Em and Liz is another great monthly subscription box for girls. Each month has a theme + includes items such as age-appropriate beauty products, accessories, jewelry + more based on the theme. Each box also includes two sheets of theme-based stationary to encourage creative expression.

    7. Smarty Skirts

    If your daughter is a history buff or you want her to be then the Smarty Skirts subscription box for girls is perfect! Each box features a famous woman in history. All of the items + activities are based on this sensational woman.

    Boxes include stories, games, pictures, puzzles + activates to encourage hands on learning for everything from sports to science dedicated to a different woman in history.

    XOXO, Kristie
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  • Girl Mom Reviews

    Angel Food Cake Recipe

    Broiled Angel Food Cake with Maple Whipped Cream

    Once you’ve tried broiled angel food cake, there is a good chance you’re never going to want it any other way. With a crisp, golden brown crust reminiscent of toasted marshmallows + that tender melt-in-your-mouth interior you’ve come to expect from angel food cake, this is sure to become one of your favorite go-to dessert recipes for fast + delicious results.

    This recipe can be made with your favorite homemade angel food cake recipe or with the store-bought variety. However, if you buy a pre-made cake, look for one that is not packaged inside a disposable baking pan. The exterior of cakes sold like this tend to be very sticky, which makes them more difficult to slice. Look for one that is packaged with just plastic wrap around it for protection, instead.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 pint heavy whipped cream
    • 1-2 T. real maple syrup
    • 1 angel food cake, homemade or purchased
    • 5 T. unsalted butter, melted
    • 1 pint fresh strawberries, washed, hulled + cut into chunks or slices
    • ½ pint fresh blueberries, washed

    Directions

    In a large glass bowl, blend 1 pint of heavy whipping cream with a hand or immersion blender until it doubles in size + changes texture. Then, drizzle maple syrup into the bowl + continue blending until the mixture is light + fluffy. Set aside.

    Place your oven’s top rack on the highest setting + turn the broiler on high. 

    Due to its round shape, angel food cake is normally cut into a series of wedges. However, the pieces are not going to brown evenly under the broiler if cut like this.

    Instead, carefully slice the angel food cake with a sharp knife into equally thick sections by making a series of parallel 2” wide cuts, starting on one side of the cake + working toward the opposite side. Trim the pieces so they are all approximately the same size. The result should be uniformly sized pieces that will brown evenly.

    Place the angel food cake slices on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper + brush the top with melted butter. Turn over each piece + repeat on the other side.

    Place baking sheet under the broiler until a golden-brown crust starts to form. (You may need to rotate the baking sheet to get uniform results).

    Keep a close eye on the cake during this time because it can burn very quickly. Once toasted, remove baking sheet from oven + turn over each piece of angel food cake. Place back under the broiler + toast the remaining side until golden brown.

    To serve, arrange toasted slices on individual serving plates + top with maple whipped cream + fresh berries.  

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    Green Kid Crafts September Box + Halloween Science Pack Sneak Peek

    My two oldest girls love arts, crafts + science. It seems like an unusual combination until you realize how closely related art + science can actually be! Green Kid Crafts offers fun boxes for kids that mixes arts, crafts, holidays + science into each box.

    They have monthly subscription boxes but they also offer specialty boxes that you can buy individually.

    Here is a sneak peek at what the September box + Halloween science box have to offer your kiddos.

    Halloween Science Pack

    This spook-tacular 3-box STEAM education set inspires hours of fun + learning. Save 15% off your total cart with the code SCHOOL15. This code is good until Sept 25, 2019. It includes the Slime Lab box, Chemistry box + Mad Science Box.

    Slime Lab Box

    Chemistry Box

    Mad Science Box

    September Boxes

    Inspire your kids to take care of the planet with art, science + engineering projects.

    Green Kid Crafts is the perfect way to help your child learn while also helping the planet. Green Kid Crafts encourages creativity, literacy + learning through monthly STEAM science + art projects, all made with carbon-neutral, sustainable materials.

    Every box includes up to 6 creative STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts + mathematics) projects designed for kids ages 2-10+. I have a 6-year-old + 4-year-old that love these projects.

    If you order before September 25, you can save 15% off your total cart order when you use the code SCHOOL15 at checkout.

    Boxes are divided by age groups so they receive age-appropriate arts, crafts + science projects.

    These are the sneak peeks at what is inside each of the age group boxes for September. Check them out.

    Junior Reptiles Box (ages 2-4)

    Soaring Into Flight Box (ages 5-10+)

    Don’t forget to use the code SCHOOL15 to save 15% on your entire order during checkout.

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  • Best Baby Wash
    Girl Mom Reviews

    Best Baby Wash + Shampoo

    As the mom of three girls, we have gone through a lot of baby wash. We took a couple of classes before we had our first daughter. One of the things the nurse giving one of the classes advised was the best baby wash.

    While we started out using the baby wash the nurse recommended, as time went on, we went rogue + tried out some other baby washes.

    1. Aveeno Baby Wash + Shampoo

    On the recommendation of the trained nurse that taught our “Baby Bundles” class, we started out using Aveeno Baby wash + shampoo. If she was getting a morning bath, we used the regular wash. For before bedtime baths, we used the Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort with lavender + vanilla.

    Since it is hypoallergenic + tear-free, it was perfect for our first daughter. She had super sensitive skin so it helped to keep any sort of reactions at bay + could wash her from head-to-toe without worrying about it irritating her eyes.

    The Calming Comfort version helped to soothe her as part of her bedtime routine. It settled her down enough to read her a book (Yes, even as an infant), feed her, diaper her + then put her down for the night. The major drawback, for me, was the price ta. The Aveeno Baby Wash + Shampoo, lotions, etc., are a bit pricier than some of the other products on the market.

    2. Johnson’s Baby Wash + Shampoo

    After a relative remarked that our babies (we had two by this time) didn’t have that “new baby smell,” we decided to give the traditional Johnson’s Baby Wash + Shampoo a try. It wasn’t just the “smell” factor, either. Our second daughter’s skin was not nearly as sensitive as our first daughter’s was + we were looking at less expensive options.

    Surprisingly (or maybe not), Johnson’s Baby Wash + Shampoo does not have the strong scent that it did when I was a baby. It is very lightly scented, making the smell factor a non-existent factor.

    Johnson’s Baby Wash + Shampoo is a head-to-toe option that promises no tears, too, + is also hypoallergenic. While my second daughter didn’t suffer as bad as my first daughter did with sensitive skin, she still had some sensitivities (+ maybe a touch of eczema) I found it to be just as good as the Aveeno Baby Wash but without the heftier price tag.

    3. Little Journey Baby Wash + Shampoo

    By the time our third daughter made it on the scene, I had discovered Aldi. We did start out using Johnson’s Baby Wash + Shampoo with her but then I switched over to Little Journey’s Baby Wash + Shampoo.

    Little Journey Baby Wash + Shampoo is comparable to Johnson’s Baby Wash + Shampoo with an even less expensive price tag. Little Journey is hypoallergenic, tear-free + a head-to-toe wash.

    What I love, love, love about this baby wash (besides the fact that I can buy it through my Instacart grocery delivery) is the scent. It is not an overbearing scent but the wash + shampoo does have a refreshing scent that is clean + yummy (in a baby kind of way).

    Our youngest just turned 19 months, so this is a baby wash + shampoo that we are still using.

    4. Honest Baby Shampoo + Body Wash

    We LOVE The Honest Co. products. We use their diapers, wipes + diaper rash cream so it seemed like a natural segue to baby shampoo + body wash. Similar to the other products we use it is free of harmful chemical, hypoallergenic + tear-free.

    The Honest Co. Baby Shampoo + was also comes in four scents. Technically, it’s three scents + an unscented option: Sweet Almond, Sweet Orange Vanilla, Lavender.

    Pricing is closer to Aveeno Baby Wash but I can bundle it with my diaper + wipes bundle so I get a discount on any additional products I order — bringing it down somewhere between Johnson’s + Journey Baby Wash pricing.

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    Why I Stopped Drinking Diet Coke

    I am embarrassed to tell you that before I discovered that nourishing my body with food was important I ate like a teenager with a lifetime supply of ice cream. I washed down the ice cream with Diet Coke. That was the only calcium that would pass through my lips. 

    When I was doubled over in pain + making emergency trips to the bathroom, I ran to various doctors who couldn’t find anything wrong with me. I was young, I was not overweight, but I felt terrible. My stomach was killing me + I had to have a colonoscopy at the age of 25.

    I was frustrated + in pain because even with the colonoscopy, the doctor could not really diagnose what was causing my stomach problems. 

    Something had to change…

    I started by going off Diet Coke COLD TURKEY + Moosetracks ice cream for fruits.

    Those two decisions made me feel better, but the real gift was the hope. If changing my diet just a little could make me feel so much better, what could a total diet overhaul do for me? (Answer: a lot as it turns out.)

    But I didn’t stop with a diet overhaul. After I learned which foods nourished my body, I ditched toxic cleaning products + embraced natural skincare, too.

    Becoming healthier has totally transformed my life. But despite my better health today, I still remember brain fog, low energy + constant emergency trips to the bathroom back in my Diet Coke + ice cream days.

    If you’ve felt the way I used to, I am SO excited to tell you that I think you’ll be able to change your life with the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle.

    In particular, it includes a ton of resources for getting started with real food, where you should start on your healthy living journey + what you should stay away from.

    With 91 eBooks, eCourses, printables, videos, workbooks + more, you’ll be able to find a ton of resources that apply to your life right now.

    Plus, it’s like your own personal library on all topics like hormone balance, allergy-friendly + nourishing recipes, getting your gut + adrenals healthy, weight loss tips + tricks, growing your own food + so much more, that you can reach for again + again.

    Truthfully, it’s the resource I wish I would have had years ago when I was at my lowest point. It would have made a world of difference. (And at a 98% discount, it’s super affordable for anyone!)

    Check it out here: https://ultimatebundles.com/sale/uhlb2019-main?a_aid=a7102&a_bid=c8ee51b1

    This bundle sale ends September 10th at midnight. It’s a super short sale (hence the discounted price) so don’t miss it: https://ultimatebundles.com/sale/uhlb2019-main?a_aid=a7102&a_bid=c8ee51b1

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  • Lemon-Rosemary Chicken Recipe
    Girl Mom Reviews

    Lemon-Rosemary Chicken Recipe

    This one-skillet recipe is packed with flavor + is oh-so-easy to prepare. The classic pairing of fresh rosemary + lemon is the centerpiece of this dish, while the addition of sautéed shallots adds a subtle depth to the flavors.

    When paired with frozen broccoli, you have the makings of a satisfying, low-carb meal that is soon to become a new family favorite.

    Tip: Organic lemons are recommended for this dish because the skin is not removed prior to cooking.

    Prep time: 10 minutes

    Cook time: 30-35 minutes

    Serves: 4-6

    Ingredients:

    • 3 T. unsalted butter, divided
    • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
    • Sea salt + black pepper, to taste
    • 2 medium shallots, sliced thin
    • 1 c. chicken stock, preferably organic
    • 1½ T. fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped
    • 1 16-oz. bag frozen broccoli
    • 1 medium organic lemon, sliced + cut into small, thin wedges

    Directions:

    1. Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat until melted. Swirl to coat bottom of pan.
    2. Unroll chicken thighs + season each side with salt + black pepper. Add seasoned chicken to hot skillet. Cook for 4-5 minutes per side, or until chicken is golden brown + releases easily from the bottom of the skillet. Remove from heat + transfer chicken to a plate. Cover + keep warm.
    3. Reduce heat to medium + add remaining butter + sliced shallots to skillet. Sauté shallots, stirring occasionally, until soft + golden brown, approximately 4-5 minutes.
    4. Add chicken stock to skillet and increase heat to medium-high. Bring liquid to a boil while using a spatula or wooden spoon to scrape up brown bits from bottom of pan. Add chopped rosemary leaves and continue cooking until liquid is reduced by about half, approximately 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    5. Return chicken + its juices to the skillet, along with the frozen broccoli + thin lemon wedges. Cover reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 10-12 minutes, or until broccoli is crisp tender + chicken is cooked through. (Internal temperature should read 165°F on an instant-read thermometer).
    6. Remove from heat + serve immediately with a spoonful of pan sauce drizzled over each chicken thigh. Garnish with additional lemon wedges, if desired. Enjoy!
    XOXO, Kristie
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    Back to School Guide

    Check out these back to school specials for everyone in the family.

    1. Pick out the picture-perfect outfit for your kiddo’s first day of school!
    2. Save 50% off photo books + home decor.
    3. Students + parents save up to 10%! Work smarter + faster in school with select Surface, PCs + accessories for back to school.
    4. Treat your child to the hottest X-box video games for some after school fun! Save up to 20% on exclusive back to school deals.
    5. Let your little Stormtrooper embrace their imagination with up to 50% off Carter’s.
    6. Keep your kids healthy with Smarty Pants Kids Complete vitamins. Buy one, get one 50% off during The Vitamin Shoppe’s Back to School Sale! (Valid 7/29-8/25).
    7. Check out the latest at Hautelook!
    8. Make mornings stress-free with Alive Gummy Multivitamins for children. Buy one, get one 50% off! (Valid 7/29-8/25).
    9. Embrace the last moments of summer with chic styles starting at $20.
    10. Want to see what’s new? Shop New Arrivals at Planet Blue! 20% off your first order + free shipping.
    11. Make your child feel extra-special this school year with a  personalized backpack with 30+ designs.
    12. Stay in style with  new arrivals at Planet Blue. Get free shipping + 20% off your order, no code required.
    XOXO, Kristie
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