Anti Aging Hands

Do you know that our hands are the first to show signs of aging?  This is because the skin on your hands is very thin and prone to wrinkle faster.  I personally put my hands through the ringer!  I have never thought about caring for my hands, but now I am protecting and preventing further aging.  Here are some helpful tips!

  1.  Clean your hands with a gentle cleanser such as: Mrs. Meyers Lavender Hand Soap. You can also use a body wash as a hand soap as well!  Such as Aveeno’s Skin Relief Fragrance Free Body Wash or Dove sensitive skin body wash.  Carry a gentle cleanser with you as well, so you’re not using the harsh soap in public restrooms.
  2. Moisturize often.  Apply a hand cream every time you wash your hands and often throughout the day.  I use an amazing hand cream from my company:

Some others include: Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, Weleda Skin Food, and Yes To Coconut Hydrate & Restore Protecting Hand & Cuticle Cream.

3. Protect your hands!  I am adamant about applying sunscreen to my face, but I have never thought about applying it to my hands…until now! I don’t leave home without it on!  I use my son’s sunscreen: Babyganics Mineral-Based Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50. Also, for protection, wear gloves!  When doing the dishes, cleaning or gardening, make sure you’re protecting those puppies!

4. Treat before bed.  Exfoliate with a scrub like St. Ives Fresh Skin Face Scrub Apricot, then apply a hand cream, or coconut oil, wrap in plastic wrap and put on gloves to wear overnight.  Your hands will be silky smooth in the morning!

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Anti Aging Foods

There are many foods that you can incorporate into your diet to help with your skin!  I am going to be sharing which foods I incorporate into my diet and why!

  1.  Pomegranate Seeds: these are loaded with antioxidants (antioxidants protect the skin by limiting the production of free radicals, which can damage skin cells) and vitamin C (helps make collagen)
  2. Dark Chocolate: contains flavanols which increase blood flow to the skin
  3. Blueberries: contain a high level of antioxidants
  4. Avocado- contains mono saturated fat which helps the skin stay hydrated
  5. Green Tea- contains catechins (prevents sun damage) and polyphenols (an antioxidant)
  6. Oranges- loaded with water (hydrate skin and cells) and vitamin C (helps make collagen)
  7. Spinach- contains beta-carotene (protects from sun damage) and lutein (helps skin elasticity)

These are foods I try to incorporate everyday!  I hope you can too 🙂


Money Saving Tips

I cringe when I think about money going out of my pocket when I could have saved it.  A perfect example is one day I had a horrible headache, I didn’t have any pain reliever on me and I was not near my house.  I was with my husband it pained me to ask him to buy Advil from a gas station….4 Advil were about $2.  I know, its only $2, but I know I can get 80 at the Dollar Tree for the same price!  Now I have Ibuprofen in my glove box, lesson learned!  Here are a few of my money saving tips!

  1. Water!  When dining out, always order water, it is better for you anyway!  Also, always travel with water.  I have a 32 ounce Hydro Flask that is always on my person, why? Because I don’t want to find myself dying of thirst, only to be buying a $1.50 bottle of water…waste of money!!!
  2. Get rid of your cable!  My husband and I were paying around $250 per month for cable, how ridiculous is that?  It wasn’t a hard decision for me to make since I rarely watch TV.  We now have Netflix and we both enjoy it and its only $10 per month!  When I need a Real Housewives fix, I visit my mom who records them all and we have a girls night.  My husband does miss watching sports, but he will usually have a guys day/night with one of his friends if he really wants to watch it.
  3. Meal planning.  I have this down to a T.  I make a list of the dinners we are eating for the week, make my list and I do not deviate from the list.  Its like a game to me to see how low I can get our grocery bill.  We don’t buy many snacks or drinks, again, keeps the lbs off as well!  Believe me, if I had a bunch of cookies in my pantry, well, I would never leave my pantry!
  4. Thrift stores!  Thrift stores are heaven to me, maybe its just me, but when I find a great shirt and it is only $6, I feel like I have won the lottery!  The way I shop at thrift stores is I actually go in looking for key pieces, it makes it a lot easier when there is SO much.  So I will go in looking for a gray cardigan and a pair of jeans for example, and most of the time I find what I’m looking for!
  5. This has been a HUGE help for me.  Amazon, oh Amazon, how I love thee, but you make it so easy to spend money!  Something that has helped me, is that anything that I find on Amazon I place it in my cart and tell myself I can only buy on Monday, so I will go into my cart on Monday and see what it is I REALLY need.  It makes me really look at what I’m buying and the prices instead of “BUY NOW” button that has bitten me so many times!

I hope you can incorporate some of these tips too!


Anti-Aging Tips To Incorporate Now

I am now at an age where I can truly see myself aging.  I can and will do anything to help my skin look young!  Here are some easy tips to incorporate right away, no matter what age, start now!

  1. Drink a gallon of water a day.  This may seem like a lot, and yes, you will have to use the restroom a lot, but, it is beneficial in so many ways.
  2. Sleep on your back.  If you are a side sleeper or a stomach sleeper, you are squishing your face into the pillow and causing wrinkles!  Back sleeping is so hard for me to do and it is currently a work in progress. (I will keep you updated.)
  3. Exercise.  By increasing blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells.
  4. Use sunscreen. EVERYDAY.  Do you know you can be exposed to the sun even when you’re in your house?  I apply everyday and if I’m going outside I always wear a hat and sunglasses.
  5. Use a humidifier in your room at night.  Doing so will keep the air moist and your skin dewy!

These are easy to incorporate so do them as soon as possible!


Current Work Out

I haven’t been making as much progress in my fitness journey as I would like and it is mainly due to not sticking to a diet.  It is so hard to try to stick to a diet when the hubby and the little one are eating all kinds of good stuff!  But I have told myself I NEED to stick to it, so please hold me to it 😉  I read an awesome book by Michael Matthews “Thinner, Leaner, Stronger” and I figured out I need to be “cutting” because I have body fat I need to lose.  So my calorie goal is 1430 per day, significantly lower than what I was shooting for before (around 1800 calories).  With 145 grams of protein, 100 grams of carbs and 50 grams of fat.  I still use My Fitness Pal to track my macros.  I also have not been working out everyday because my 5 am work out partner is no longer going to the gym.  If you don’t have someone relying on you to be there at 5 am, it is very easy to stay in bed!  I’ve been telling myself “I will work out later,” which usually doesn’t happen.  I do go on walks with Timmy, but I need to lose around 20 pounds, so I do need something more.  My solution………. is to stick to a DVD, this way I don’t have any excuses!  I have done 4 day in a row and I am really enjoying it so far.  I have taken before photos, so I hope to share after photos in about 6 weeks.  Wish me luck 🙂

Toddler Closet

My son’s closet hasn’t changed that much since he was a baby, but the difference is in the organization.  We used to keep his baby towels (which I never used) in the top bins.  Extra burp clothes and swaddles were kept in the bins below.  We have since grown out of needing those things.  So in the top bins I store his swimming essentials: swimmer diapers, swimmer shirts with SPF and swim shorts.  In the bins below, I add clothes that I find don’t fit him anymore.  Then about once a month I empty those bins to give to my brother since my nephew is about a year younger than my son 🙂