My three favorite skin products

Okay if you’re like me I am low maintenance. I mean lowwwwww maintenance when it comes to beauty. However when I turned thirty I realized that while low maintenance isn’t a good or bad thing having good skin does take some work. Over the past year I began changing my routine. okay, lets be real. I actually started doing stuff because the last time I actually had a daily or even weekly routine was wayyyyyy back when I was a fashion model. So ummm 12 plus years ago. haha. Also I want to mention my skin is VERY SENSITIVE. If there is any kind of warning for possible irritation on a product chances are my face will show that irritation immediately.

Anyways, lets focus on what I am doing right these days. 

First, I clean my face EVERY NIGHT. I use to be able to count the amount of times on one hand that I had washed my face each month. Now I can count the amount of times I HAVEN’T washed my face the entire year on one hand. Because I am low maintenance though I stick to makeup remover wipes. Whether I have actually put on makeup or not. I have tried a couple and these target brand ones are my go to. I have EXTREMELY sensitive skin. I am talking if the label says don’t use if you have sensitive skin they are talking to me. These fragrance free wipes have been the only thing that don’t turn my face red. 

Unscented Facial Wipes from Target $3.89

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Second, I use my tinkle razor THREE nights a week. This thing is my favorite. If you like a good blackhead popping you will love this. It gets the baby hairs and dry skin off so easy. I was so nervous I would cut myself, nope. 
3pk Tinkle Razors  $3.77 

After I use my tinkle razor I immediately follow up with my favorite oil for skin. Manuka oil.

Third, apply manuka oil to my face EVERY NIGHT. This oil stinks bad. I mean its pretty awful when you get a whiff of it but its been magic and has transformed my skin from dry to soft so to me its worth it. Granted I don’t smell it while I am sleeping so it can’t be that bad. Its just when I apply it I notice it. If you’re interested in getting manuka oil let me know and I can order some for you!! Bottle is $36.75. 

I just wanna say that I have tried several serums and anti aging oils and allllllllll the stuff. But using one single oil is what actually worked for me! Imagine that. 

Fourth, Face sheet masks once a week. Now here is what I learned, not all sheet masks are the same. I have tried out at least five types and always come back to these Miss Spa QUENCH face sheet masks. They are the most hydrating. I put it on a day when I am not doing tinkle razor. Ill usually put it on and get some work done and then take it off. A couple things I do though when I take off the sheet mask. I don’t wipe off any of the magic goop thats on my face. I actually peel off mask and rub it all into my face AND neck. Why my neck? Have you ever noticed how people age on their neck?? 

Miss Spa Quench Face sheet masks: $2.99

I am not big on new years resolutions but one thing I will be adding to my skin regimen will be this jade roller. If you haven’t heard about benefits to rolling lemme give you a quick three
Reduces Inflammation + Puffiness
– Help smooth out wrinkles
– Helps lymphatic system by reversing stagnation in face

Amazon has this jade roller ill be getting. Or you can get fancy with a rose quartz roller one HERE

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Favorite Affordable Winter Boots

Just bringing back boots with the fur over here and I have no shame about it. If you’re looking for some new winter snow boots that are under $50 go get these boots NOW. They come in three colors. I have the tan. They run a tad narrow. I am wearing size 10. You can check them out HERE.

Winter Boots $39.99 // Cream Sweater  $44// AE Tall Jeans $29.96// Winter Jacket $64.99 //

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Three easy ways to eliminate plastic use in your home

Something that I have been focused on the past year has been switching out plastic for something else that I either biodegradable or that I know won’t end up in a landfill or on the side of the road. Plastic solution isn’t just an issue on the side of the roads, plastic actually releases harmful chemicals that seep into groundwater and can cause harm to those drinking the water. Plastic typically takes 450-1000 YEARS to decompose. Yes, the plastic you’re buy will outlive you and thats NOT a good thing. Thats just on land, in the water its even worse as there are animals fighting for their lives because of OUR pollution.

So here are three EASY steps for you to take. First one is eliminating, and the last two are replacing. 

  1. Don’t buy ziplock bags – Now I get it. I am right there with those of you who love organization and ziplock bags provide just that. However the amount of waste they produce is kinda outta hand. So now instead of using ziplock bags I either (1) Cut and prep produce and put in mason jars (2) Use pyrex glass containers for leftovers
  2. Switch to a bamboo toothbrush– Switch from plastic toothbrushes to bamboo toothbrushes. Plastics laced with chemicals are absorbed into our bodies and well I’m going to let you do the math. That is NOT what we want.

These are the 2pk adult bamboo toothbrushes that I use: HERE

4pk Toddler/Child Bamboo toothbrushes: HERE 

3. Bring your own reusable bags when you go shopping. Being originally from WA state its a way of life there. You have your reusable bags in the car. Its just how you do life. When I moved to KC I honestly forgot all about it. Now though I am taking steps to help eliminate plastic. A lot of stores have their own reusable bags you can purchase. Trader Joes has some awesome ones. Another way to reduce plastic bags is to bring your own reusable produce bags like THESE to put your produce in. This is perfect if you’re grabbing produce from your garden, farmers market or want to keep your produce in bags in fridge.

2pk Adult Bamboo toothbrushes // AMAZON $5.89

4pk Child Bamboo Toothbrushes // AMAZON $8.90

9 pk Reusable Produce Bags // AMAZON $12.97

Pyrex Glass 18pc // AMAZON/ $39.39

This post contains affiliate links, all thoughts and words are my own.

10 under 10 stocking stuffer + gift ideas for toddlers

You all know I love to get the most for my money and hate clutter so I thought I would share some of my favorite finds for stocking stuffers and gifts for toddlers. All of these are under $10 too!! Share this list with your family and parents!

A lot of these gift ideas are focused on keeping toddler busy during cold winter months. My little guy loves art like his mama and papa so we have most of these. I will be getting the no spill paint cups for sure this year with all the painting that is bound to happen.

Socks and toothbrushes in stockings is a thing y’all and here are the two best ones for your toddlers.

1] Bamboo toddler toothbrush

Wanna help eliminate a bit of plastic? Switch your kiddos over to these bamboo toothbrushes. I have them and love them!!

2]  Old Navy kid fuzzy socks $2

Black friday pricing. So grab them right away. There are unicorns, penguins, polar bears, santa. Everything for every kiddo in your life.

3]  6 pc No spill paint cups $8.99 + Kids washable paint 6 count/ $4.27

Bring on ALLLLLL the artsy fartsy things. These no spill paint cups are in my shopping cart because how have I never thought about this? This is going to make painting time way easier!!! And they come with paintbrushes. Double win.

These paints are probably the art activity Isaac pulls out the most and asks to do. These little containers are perfect and have already lasted us quite awhile. Pretty sure I am going to need to stock up though for impending cold coming our way.

4] Carters Two-Piece pajamas for only $4.97 —> While supplies last. They go quick!!

Every year I stock up on these when they have their early black friday prices for the following year. I usually get at least five of them to keep us held over for the year. Isaac has almost completely outgrown the pajamas I bought last year for him so I just bought some for now and for the next year. These are super easy to roll up, but a bow on and put in stocking. What kid doesn’t love new pajamas??

5] Playdoh $7.99

I don’t think I even need to explain why playdoh is one of the greatest inventions ever do I? Didn’t think so.

6] Melissa + doug on the go REUSABLE water painting (Vehicles + Animals) $ 9.27

These are game changers. If you don’t wanna deal with any of the painting mess this is perfect for in the car, waiting for siblings at practice, or just quiet at home activity. One of my best friends sent me a video of her daughter quietly using one and I knew I needed one…or two. Fortunately this one comes with two.

7] Melissa + Doug Drawing Paper $2.99

Drawing pads are pretty much the best thing ever when you have a kiddo. Why? Way less paper all over the house. All the art stays in one place. Lets just call that a parenting win.

8] Toddler Coloring Book. 100 pages of things that go $5.95

Things that go book is my sons absolute favorite so how could I not get him the coloring book version?

9] Melissa + Doug Sticker book Dinosaurs, Space, Vehicles and more $4.99

My guy LOVES stickers and everything in this sticker book so I know this is going to be a big win, win.

10] Pull back 12 set mini truck set $9.48

Tractors are all the rage over here so 12 for under $10!!! Um yes please! Thats a better price than matchbox cars!!

Okay I couldn’t leave these two things out because they are some of Isaacs favorites. He grabs them out whenever I am “working” on something and he is just in heaven. 

Tool Set $8.99

Isaacs toolset is one of his favorite toys hands down. He knows the difference between screwdriver, pliers, saw, you name it. He knows it and its just about the cutest thing ever.

Toddler Hardhat $8.76

And you can’t work without a hardhat. And lets be real a toddler in a hardhat is pretty much the cutest thing ever as well. And for under $10 how could you say no?

How I use rocksbox

Not all monthly subscription plans are the same. I currently am subscribed to three monthly plans and this is one of my favorites simply because of how much flexibility there is. I mean, try before you buy?  AND without any pressure to purchase?? Yes please. Sign me up.

So with Rocksbox my goal is to swap out my jewelry every week. Why so often? Well the bargain shopper in me is like WHY NOT? The second reason is this keeps me actually wearing jewelry because I have three new pieces every week to try. Full disclosure life happened and this last box I have had for two weeks but am sending it out today 🙂

Here is what was in this months box:

Rocksbox is a jewelry subscription plan. You pay $21/month to have three items shipped to you. You make a “wish list” of thirty items and favorite your top ten and the stylist selects from those. You can keep your box of items as long as you want, or you can ship it back within a couple days. A return label is enclosed so you just pop it back in original mailer and drop it off at post office. The $21 you pay a month is also credit that does not roll over each month. So if there is a jewelry piece that you love you can purchase it and your $21 goes towards purchase price.

Sign up for rocksbox HERE to get your first month FREE!! (code: KYMBERLYBFF13

And yep, you can cancel at any point!

This post is sponsored by Rocksbox. All opinions are my own. 

Favorite things to do in Jackson Hole, WY

I cannot rave about visiting Jackson Hole enough. We stayed in an Airbnb while we stayed in the Grand Tetons area and I highly suggest doing this. While its a good two hour drive to Yellowstone honestly where you wanna be is Jackson Hole/Grand Tetons area. When researching where to go in Jackson Hole and Grand Tetons I came across the Big Red Tram. I knew we had to go for a ride, and thennnnnn when I saw that waffles could be involved I knew it was a done deal. If you know me you know that for my birthday I ask for belgian waffles not a cake. So to say this was a match made in heaven would be a completely true statement.

All ready to get on the tram with our wristbands.

Jackson Hole Aerial Tram: The aerial tram which is nick named Big Red was such a fun experience. Big Red is not like any other tram. This bad boy is HUGE. It can fit well over 50 people inside. Isaac was the youngest one on the tram and I think its safe to say everyone had the childlike awe that he did. In just 12 minutes, the Aerial Tram glides skyward 4,139 vertical feet. While going up we looked for animals. The view though was just spectacular. Fall was starting to hit the mountain and the trees were just stunning. Then when you get to the top this adorable little ‘cabin’ awaits you.

Corbets Cabin serves hot fresh waffles with nutella, bacon, brown sugar, whipped cream, strawberries. All the good things that make waffles irresistible. Confession time, this was the first time I have ever had nutella. I can hear you all gasping. I know, I know. What took me so long? But hey at least my first time trying it was on top of a mountain. I mean I don’t think you can beat that. And yes, Isaac and I are officially in love with Nutella.

This post was sponsored by Jackson Hole Tourism. All thoughts, and ideas are my own.

Three ways to style one dress

Layering is one of the quickest and easiest ways to change up an outfit. I got this ingrid + Isabel maternity dress (YEP, you heard that right. I am wearing a maternity dress 2.5 years later) when I was pregnant and it was too soft and comfy to get rid of. So here are three ways I wear it. To get this dress purchase here: Long Sleeve Maternity Dress / I also have this dress with 3/4 sleeves and stripes and its just as amazing for those who love stripes.

First way: All by itself. 

Second: Add denim jacket

 

Third way to style dress: Add sweatshirt and denim jacket

This gray sweatshirt is one of the most asked about and it is FINALLY back in stock. It’s a mens and its one of my favorite things to wear. I probably wear it three times a week. No joke. Get yours HERE.

Maternity Dress / Ingrid + Isabel // Wearing SMALL

Denim Jacket // Target // Wearing Medium

Gray Mens Sweatshirt // HM // wearing medium

Warby Parker Lucy Glasses // Warby Parker

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Immune Boosting Protein Balls

Flu season will be here before we know. My little guy is going to daycare for the first time and I am trying to up everything we do so we both don’t get sick.

If you follow me on instagram you know I am obsessed with pb protein balls. Well I decided to play around with recipe and add some flavor and immune boosting to it by adding my young living vitality oils. Yep, you heard me correct. You can ingest oils. But not all oils. Young living makes oils specifically for this. So please do not go to walmart and buy oils and put them into your food. I decided to also add cinnamon bark and nutmeg to give them a fall taste. Oils are very potent so just make sure you are paying attention and don’t accidentally add more drops.

So how are they immune boosting? I add thieves oil to these balls. Thieves is known to boost immune systems in adults and children. It can help aid in sore throats, gums, ease head tension, and respiratory support.

While you’re at it put some thieves in the diffuser for a double punch.

I had a very cute “helper” while taking pictures 😉

Immune Boosting Protein Balls

1 c oats

1/2 c Peanut Butter

1/3 c honey

2 TB Chia Seeds

1/3 Flaxseed

Coconut Flakes [Optional]

1-2 TB Sunflower Seeds

2 TB Dried Cranberries

1 drop of Young Living Thieves oil

Optional: Add oils for more flavor: Nutmeg + Cinnamon Bark [ONLY USE ONE DROP OF EACH]

I suggestion trying balls after one drop of thieves to see what you like. 

Mix all ingredients together in bowl. Use spoon to scoop mixture out and roll into balls. Refrigerate and then eat!

Want to get some thieves oil? Email me at: hello@kymberlyjanelle.com and I can add some to my order for you!