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My Winter Skin Care Routine…

Eminence Age Corrective Moisturizer

As we age, keeping skin balanced and happy can be quite a tricky endeavor.  Typically, the older we get, the drier we get.  That is certainly true in my case but like a lot of you, I still experience blackheads and blemishes.  For the most part, treating dry skin is exactly opposite of treating acneic skin.  So what’s a girl to do?

I am super nervous about letting my skin get dry.  That tight, scaly feeling that comes with dry skin really freaks me out.  Why?  Because tight, dry skin ages fast.  Oily, well hydrated skin ages slow.  I’m super OK with being a grease bomb because my skin feels supported-does that make sense?  Well, it’s not necessary to be a grease bomb in order to have happy skin.

At the onset of cold weather this season I began using Eminence’s Coconut Milk Cleanser and the Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer.  I chose this combo because Eminence claims it is not only great for hydrating skin but it also has anti aging qualities as well.  Just to be thorough, my anti aging concerns are the normal wrinkles on the forehead, eyes and laugh lines but what I worry about most is my skin just looking old.  Are you familiar with Vicky from the Housewives of Orange County?  I don’t like to point out people’s flaws ever but I’m going to go ahead with this one, she did have an awful lot to say about my home state of Oklahoma!  She has recently had some work done because her skin has improved but she has sported some not so pretty skin in the past.  Certain times the lighting would be off and the camera would capture the texture of her skin.  Her skin looked unbalanced, bumpy and leathery.   Aging is not just about wrinkles.  Texture plays a huge part in making you look old.

I was on the hunt for products that would really provide not only nourishment to my skin but also help the overall appearance and jumped right in with this duo since Eminence is one of my favorite skin care lines-for example, read HERE, HERE and HERE for more Eminence reviews.

First let me start with the cleanser.  It is very milky as the name suggests-There are no bubbles-it has the texture of a very watered down moisturizer.  It is really gentle and removes eye makeup to some extent-my mascara sticks like glue so I need a bit more to thoroughly remove it.  The cleanser leaves your skin smooth and the exact opposite of feeling stripped.  Plus, it smells just like coconut milk!

The moisturizer is thick but it soaks in immediately.  It immediately makes my skin feel so smooth as well as tight-but tight in the good way!  It works really well under makeup and I never get greasy throughout the day.  All winter my skin has felt very well hydrated.  This is a huge victory for me.  Dry patches have not been a problem nor has that flaky skin look I get when I wear foundation.  I have used a couple other Eminence moisturizer and while I liked them, they weren’t really post worthy.

Eminence Coconut Milk Cleanser and Age Corrective Cream

My Winter Routine:

A.M.-  I use the coconut milk cleanser as soon as I awake.  I follow with a squirt of THIS homemade toner and then finish with the coconut moisturizer.

P.M.- I oil cleanse with THIS cleanser-Read more about that HERE.  Then I tone once again and apply the coconut moisturizer and THIS eye stick.  Go HERE for the eye stick recipe.

I keep it simple and it has worked wonders for my skin.  I seriously can’t get over how soft and smooth my skin is.  I’m not rutty at all and my texture is much more even and smooth.  I even feel decent going to the gym with no makeup.  I clog pretty easily and experienced a couple of tiny zits when I first started using the moisturizer but I think my skin was just adjusting because that hasn’t happened since and I’ve been using these products for about 3 mos. now.

Now for the facts from Eminence:

Coconut Milk Cleanser-


Created to comfort dry, irritated or sunburned skin, this gentle cream cleanser uses rich coconut milk to nurture skin for a dewy, fresh finish. Cruelty-free and formulated without parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, animal by-products, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan.


  • Coconut Milk: moisturizes, nourishes and softens the skin
  • Virgin Coconut Oil: antioxidant: moisturizes to protect the skin
  • Calendula Oil: antioxidant; soothing
  • BioComplex™: a booster of antioxidants, vitamins, Coenzyme Q10, and Alpha Lipoic Acid to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve the appearance of skin


  • The skin is perfectly cleansed and appears balanced
  • The skin is left feeling hydrated
  • The skin looks and feels more youthful

Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer-


With each application of our Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer, you’ll feel your skin instantly tighten and lift. Coconut, shea butter and grape seed oil combine with green apple stem cell technology that offers lasting age correction.


  • Coconut Oil: antioxidant; moisturizes the skin
  • Coconut Water: moisture and pH balancing; toning; source of electrolytes, Vitamin C, calcium, potassium, phosphorus
  • Natural Retinol Alternative Complex: skin appears immediately lifted and tightened; contains chicory root oligosaccharides and tara tree gum
  • PhytoCellTec™ Swiss Green Apple Stem Cells: plant stem cell concentrate; promotes elasticity and delays the visible signs of aging
  • Shea Butter: moisturizer high in triglycerides and fatty acids; excellent emollient for skin; replenishes the skin moisture barrier


  • Epidermis appears firmer and tighter
  • Skin is protected against free radicals
  • The visible signs of aging are reduced
  • Skin appears firm
  • Skin appears smooth and toned

So, to conclude-I would 100% recommend these 2 products.  Especially the moisturizer.  The texture of my skin is HUGELY improved.   What’s weird is that I had SO MANY blackheads when I first started this and they have cleared almost 100%.  I can’t explain why-this is not a products used to clear skin but something about nourishing my skin with this moisturizer and cleanser plus oil cleansing at night did wonderous things!  Seriously, I have never had skin that looked this smooth and clear, seriously….

I would highly recommend this for all skin types.  I get so dry in the winter that I can’t guarantee it’s a great fit if you are very oily but it is so good with aging skin and texture issues, I feel like it’s worth a try, even if you just use it as a night cream.   I know what is going to work now for curing dry patches and an unexplainable bumpy appearance to the skin.  And just so you know, both products last forever.  My 2 ounce moisturizer is only about 1/2 gone and I’ve been using it religiously for about 3 mos.  My cleanser is probably only 1/2 gone as well.  It’s well worth the money.  I also will add, for those of you worried that the moisturizer might be too thick, Eminence says you can scoop a small amount of moisturizer in the palm of your hand, add a few drops of water and apply.  This will thin it out quite a bit.

As usual-Amazon is just the best when it comes to pricing!  Go HERE for the cleanser and HERE for the moisturizer!

xx, Jenni


Life Lately…


Hello!!  I wanted to drop a personal post on you because my posts have been so sparse lately and I’d like to share what’s going on.  I mentioned a few posts back that we have added onto our home.  It’s been quite the process to live through with 2 little kiddos but I’m so glad we did it!     I’m crazy about our new layout and just thought I would share a few pics!


New work space with Ikea desk legs painted ice blue!


The add-on

My birthday is today as well!  I made it to the gym (yea me!) but now I’m enjoying a lazy day, trying to relax.  Last night we went for pizza with my in-laws and tomorrow is a fancy dinner with my parents.  I think I’m getting THIS bracelet and THIS ring, hopefully!  I also bought THIS sofa so I’m trying to sell my old one!  Anyone live in the OKC area and need a sofa and ottoman?!  HA!  Well, here’s the listing if you do-


My little cactus garden

I’m very happy to be settled again at home and looking forward to some fun posts.  I have so many products piling up so a lot of product suggestions are in the works.  I literally have found 10 plus products that my skin is loving.  I just don’t have enough skin to try it all!  Hope you enjoy a few pics of what I’ve been up to around the house-especially a couple of IKEA hacks!

xx, Jenni

Target candles

a few birthday candles…


A little afternoon chai in the new room.


Ikea Vittsjo desk painted white.

Olive + M Cleansing Oil

Olive + M Cleansing Oil

The olive oil based skin care line, Olive + M is the most inspiring natural skin care line.  As you all know, I love products with minimal ingredients that I can recognize.  In skin care, often, less is more.  The skin can actually thrive on simple, pure oils rather then creams and cleansers filled with chemicals in order to achieve consistency, lather and prolonged shelf life.  Pure simple oils are the most direct and potent way to deliver goodness to your skin.  Olive & M totally gets this.  The base of their products is always the antioxidant rich, olive oil.   By adding other oils such as rosehip seed oil, castor oil, pomegranate seed oil, essential oils etc., they provide the most rich and nourishing cleansing oil I have ever tried, or created.

To read more about the benefits of olive oil on the skin go HERE.

The founder of Olive + M, Mariska Nicholson started this business with a passion for creating her own natural, simple skin care.  Much like me, and most likely you too!  She began experimenting with combinations of different oils, finding that certain mixtures were giving her skin such a radiant glow that family and friends were anxious to know what she was up to!  Soon after, her personal cocktail became a favorite among many and it was evident she had created something truly special.

“I believe to maintain our naturally beautiful skin we don’t have to compromise our well being or the well being of our planet. Mother Nature has laid the bounty before us, we just need to respectfully utilize her offerings and I intend to do just that using Olive the Good Stuff!”

-Mariska Nicholson

I love stories like this.  Women with vision and drive making something beautiful and lucrative out of nothing-it’s truly inspiring and I just had to support this line…..  and I’m so glad I did.  I have been using the cleansing oil for almost a month now.  I use it as my oil cleansing method cleanser.  It smells divine.  I absolutely love the smell of olive oil and through my experimenting have found that when it is combined with other oils and essential oils, the smell is nothing short of captivating.

I find that with Oil Cleansing Method cleansers, it is very hard to get the balance correct between the castor oil, which is the “cleansing oil”, and the nourishing oil.  Castor oil can be drying so if you don’t use the right combination of nourishing oils with it, you can end up with more issues then you started with.  Olive + M’s cleansing oil is so gentle.  It literally takes my mascara off in seconds and melts away the grime from the day.  I enjoy my OCM time so much, thanks to this new oil, that sometimes once my makeup has been totally removed, I use the oil again just because my skin likes it so much!  After cleansing with this oil my skin feels smooth and so clean.

Olive + M Oil Cleanser

For those of you that are new and don’t know what oil cleansing is all about let me give you a quick breakdown-Oil Cleansing is a very gentle way to cleanse your skin.  It is based on the scientific fact that “oil dissolves oil”.  Oil removes makeup exceptionally well and unlike most cleansers, it doesn’t strip your skin as it removes dirt and makeup.  By using a hot/warm cloth, you remove that oil and dirt from your pores and repeat the action of the warm cloth 1 or 2 more times.  The warmth of the cloth opens up the pores while the oil encourages dirt and makeup out.  After doing the OCM, your pores should be squeaky clean but your skin should feel soft and smooth rather then tight and dry.

Go HERE and HERE for more info. on The Oil Cleansing Method.

Olive + M Cleansing Oil

Cleansing Oil ingredients-

Olea europaea (Olive) Oil, Ricinus communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Organic Helianthus anuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cannabis sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Organic Rosa canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Organic Calendula officinalis Flower Extract, Rubus idaeus (Red Raspberry) Seed Oil, Oryza sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Helianthus anuus (Sunflower) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Elettaria cardamomum (Cardamom) Oil, Lavandula officinalis (Lavender) Oil, Citrus bergamia (Bergamot) Oil.

Another aspect I love about this line is that they use local olive oil.  Since Olive + M is based in Austin, they sourced and then partnered with a local Texan ranch for their olive oil.  How great is this for quality control?!

Go HERE to read more or purchase Olive + M’s cleansing oil.

Also, Olive  + M offers a sample set for all their products.  Go HERE for that.

If you are experiencing skin issues whether it be acne to aging, this cleansing oil is possibly the answer.  Many people have had dramatic results when using the OCM and when you find a balanced, high quality cleansing oil, success is almost guaranteed.

As usual, with any product suggestions I do I stand behind them 100%.  Olive + M is not an affiliation of mine so I do not make a commission if you buy their products.  I just fell in love with what I have tried and wanted to share them with you.  The cleanser may seem a bit pricey but it will last forever.  As you can see from the pics, mine is going to last a long time!  Also, you are paying for quality.  You truly get what you pay for in this case.

xx, Jenni

7 Tips to Avoid Illness Once You’ve Been Exposed…

How to keep your child from getting sick

We’ve all been there-You pick your child up from school and they excitedly tell you about a classmate blowing chunks all over the classroom.  You freeze, panic struck as a weird twinge of nausea begins rumbling in your stomach.  You are paralyzed by a feeling of doom.  What do you do?  Just wait and pray?  Or,  your cubicle neighbor just. won’t. stop. with the nose blowing, coughing and pathetic groans?  I mean, how many times have you found yourself exposed to someone who is really sick?

My kiddos were exposed to strep this weekend and as I found myself going through my routine of doing everything possible to avoid the illness, I thought this might be a good thing to share with you all.  I don’t know, it might be obvious to do these things but it also might ring a few bells.

I am terrified of the stomach bug and the thought of the flu makes me pretty uneasy as well.  Keeping our kid’s and our own immune system in a healthy state is key.  But once you or your child is exposed, it’s crunch time to try to avoid the sickness.  It might not be too late…

7 Steps To Avoid Illness

  1. First things first-Throw that kiddo in the bath!  If it’s yourself, take a shower, stat.
  2. Diffuse Shield continuously.  24 hours for at least 2 days.  This is so important.  Shield or Thieves or OnGuard kills airborne bacteria/viruses as well as supports the immune system.  Putting a diffuser in your child’s room while they play or sleep could make all the difference.  I have THIS diffuser and THIS one as well.  I love them both.  I know a lot of you prefer AMAZON so I’ve included a few at the bottom of this post.  Oh, and check out THIS post about diffusing in the car!  Also, you could put a few drops of Shield in a spray bottle with distilled water and spray EVERYWHERE.  I have been known to do this A LOT.
  3. Rub Shield on the feet before bed.  This can be incredibly effective and even enjoyable to restless kids before bed.  The feet are amazing when it comes to absorbing and transporting oils into our system.  As I’ve said, and I can’t say enough-Shield helps support and build up your immune system as well as act as an antibacterial mist for the air when diffused.  I never let my bottle of Shield get too low.  It’s vital.
  4. Drop the sugar-The bottom line-SUGAR feeds sickness in the body.  It hurts immunity.  Cut it out.
  5. VEGGIES, VEGGIES, VEGGIES-Vegetables strengthen the immune system.  Especially leafy greens like kale and spinach.  Popsicles are great for getting veggies in.  Spinach is undetectable when blended with fruit and I’ve found popsicles are much more exciting then smoothies so go HERE for an exact recipe.  I usually will give my girls 2 popsicles a day for at least a couple of days.  I also make sure lunch and dinner include a veggie.
  6. Vitamin D drops-Vitamin D is one of the most effective ways to beat cold and flu season.  In fact, there is a pretty solid theory that cold and flu season occur in the winter because people don’t get as much vitamin D in colder months.  This is where supplements come in.  My kids can’t swallow pills yet so I still do Vitamin D drops in their water once a day.  I get THESE.  ALSO-Stay on top of their multivitamin-No brainer here but how easy is it to get so busy that giving kids their vitamins gets pushed too far into the day and before you know it, they are in bed and it’s too late.  I use THESE vitamins.
  7. Encourage a nap or an earlier bed time.  A well rested body can fight off viruses much better then a tired body.  If you’ve been exposed, get to bed as soon as possible.

There you have it!  I obviously can’t guarantee that if you do all these things, you or your child won’t get sick, but doing them sure lessens your chances plus, there’s nothing quite as rewarding as being proactive, am I right?  Anyone want to add to these tips?  Share!!!

xx, Jenni


LAVANILA-The Healthy Fragrance


Lavanila Laboratories is one of very few fragrance companies that offers perfume free from harsh chemicals.  If you are trying to rid your beauty regime of harsh chemicals, the first thing to eliminate is perfume.  Yeah, that sucks.  Perfume has a crazy amount of harsh, toxic chemicals with extraordinary side effects.  I’ve been researching fragrance companies for a while now looking for a healthy alternative because I LOVE wearing perfume.  I NEED perfume.  You understand if you’ve caught my deodorant rants HERE and HERE!


So, the good news is, Lavanila offers amazing perfume.  I’m talking perfume that is strong and lasts all day.  They base all their perfumes on a vanilla but vary it up by adding scents like lemon, grapefruit, lavender, and coconut.  I personally find the grapefruit vanilla is incredible.  It has a smell that reminds me of perfumes I wore when I didn’t know the danger.

So you might be wondering what’s in the perfume if it’s free of hormone disrupting fragrance??  Lavanila perfume contains essential oils and active botanicals.  Go HERE for a list of ingredients plus a little write up about each ingredients explaining why it’s safe and why they chose it.

Lavanila’s vanilla comes from Madagascar where they call vanilla, lavanila.  Vanilla was chosen as the main ingredient in the products because it is full of antioxidants as well as contains strong aromatherapy qualities.  Vanilla is very soothing and relaxing.

Lavanila’s founder, Danielle Raynor had a passion for creating pure, safe and natural products that still deliver results and offer luxury.  From this passion, Lavanila was born!   I must add that this company does not just do fragrance.  They also have a line of body and baby products as well as deodorants!

Lavanila states-

  • Through natural technology, we have replaced irritating, polluting chemicals with natural and organic ingredients.
  • We pack our products with over 30 vitamins, minerals and amino acids your skin craves to be at its best.
  • Each of our ingredients is fresh, pure and proven to do what it’s supposed to do.
  • From our formulas to our packaging, everything we produce pampers and protects your body, your soul, and our planet.
  • We’re obsessive about quality. Nothing slips through the cracks.


One huge perk of Lavanila is that you can run to your local Sephora and smell all of their scents.  This is the biggest problem I’ve found with natural fragrance-If I can’t smell it then I’m not going to spend a lot of money online and take a chance.  I’m so picky that most likely I will waste my money.

Oh and a tip-Sephora will give you a sample if you ask for one.  They gave me enough to take home and use for about a week.  I was addicted and didn’t waste anytime ordering a full size bottle!

I urge you to let go of your regular fragrance if you are serious about dropping toxins from your routine.  If you like the scent of one of these perfumes you won’t skip a beat-I am so serious-this perfume lasts all day and is strong enough not to require 20 squirts just to get a hint of a smell which is what I’ve experience with a lot of natural brands I’ve tried.

Just so you know, I’ve tried the roll on and the spray.  I feel like the spray lasts much longer.  Also, if you are a fan of Estee Lauder’s Pleasures, you’ll love the Vanilla Lavender!