My Night Skin Care Routine

At night I change up my skin care a little bit. I don’t use the same products I use in the morning because my skin has different needs. And here is a tip for you: BEFORE you wash your face, WASH YOUR HANDS. Why would I tell you this? Let’s think about it. You do a lot all day. You probably wash your hands multiple times. But, when you are about to use cleanser and water on your face to remove makeup and clean your skin, you want to have clean hands to do this. Otherwise all the dirt and grim on you hands will get spread ALL over your face.

  1. After I wash and dry my hands I use Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil. I rub this oil all over my face and neck. Even on my eyes. It breaks up all of my makeup. I then wet my hands and rub them all over my face again to get the cleansing oil to turn milky. I rinse my face off.
  2. I use Garnier Micellar Water on a cotton ball. I wipe off my face and my neck again just to make sure that I didn’t miss any makeup when I washed my face. I don’t use toner at night because the cleansing oil and micellar water don’t disrupt the pH of my skin. Both are gentle at removing my makeup.
  3. After my skin is clean I use the Neutrogena Hydro-Boost Serum. Giving my skin another moisture boost at night, just like I do in the morning.
  4. I use another face oil at night, the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I have talked about this oil before. It is a game changer. If you want to know why I love it, read about it here.
  5. Again I use the eye cream by L’Oreal the same way I do in the morning.
  6. For my moisturizer I go about it the same way with the same three as I use in the morning. Depending on what I feel like my skin needs. I use the Clinique 72-hour Moisture Surge, First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream and Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Lightweight moisturizer.

I try to do my night time skin care at least 30 minutes before going to bed so that my skin has time to absorb everything and not wipe it on my pillowcase. Do you have a different night time routine?

My Morning Skin Care Routine

As I have gotten – older – I have been noticing my skin changing. What worked for me when my teens were little is no longer working for me now. Add to that a couple more babies and a new climate and the need for a skincare makeover.

What I have learned is that taking care of your skin allows you to put on your makeup easier, it gives your skin the nourishment it needs, and makes for some good “me time.” This week I am sharing my skin care routine along with tips and tricks! This post is what I do in the morning!


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  1. In the shower I was my face with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser with my Clarisonic face brush.
  2. Once I have dried off I use Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner. Do you know why you want to use a toner? If you do, you can skip ahead, if you don’t read on: A toner is to balance the pH of your skin after it has been washed. That feeling of tightness in your skin after you have washed it is because the pH is no longer balanced.
  3. Next thing on my face is Neutrogena Hydro-Boost Serum. Your skin is freshly washed and balanced. You want to give it a big boost of moisture. I have used an amazing serum by Kiehl’s, however the price tag was really high for me when I get the same benefit from the Neutrogena one.
  4. After I put on the serum (it absorbs super fast) I use Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate. This gives my skin an extra glow and makes it look more awake. It also adds a little moisture and plumps the skin.
  5. I move on to taking care of that super sensitive skin around the eyes. I learned A LONG time ago to use my ring fingers on this skin. They are your weakest fingers and will be most gentle on this skin. I put a little bit of L’Oreal Revitalift Eye Cream on my finger and PAT it under the eyes and up around on the orbital bone (just below my eye brows). You don’t want to pull on this skin. Treat it so delicately.
  6. For my moisturizer I do a couple of different things based on how my skin is. I have been LOVING the Clinique 72 Hour Moisture Surge. It is super hydrating. If I feel like I need a little bit more I will use either First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream or Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Lightweight moisturizer.

It seems like a lot, but it really only takes me a minute to get this all done. I have noticed that my skin being prepped helps my makeup go on more smooth, and stay on longer. Do you have a favorite skin care piece that I haven’t mentioned? I would love to know about it and give it a try!

Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty Top Picks

Hello FRIDAY! This weekend weather is supposed to get warmer. I am hesitant because we get a few nice days and then a blizzard! I am excited for this weekend because Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty starts this Sunday. I have rounded up my top picks. And the best thing is they are 50% off for that day! Pretty much, I think I am going to buy everything on this list. I have my calendar set to remind me to order.

March 17: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara ($11), Exuviance Performance Peel ($38.50) I really want to try the peel, I have heard a lot about it and it looks like amazing results.

March 20: Mac Pro Longwear Paint Pots in Soft Ochre and Painterly ($11)

March 21: Clarisonic Applicator Brush Heads ($19.50-$29.50)

March 22: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion ($12) I use this EVERY day! It is my favorite. Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Mask ($29) I have wanted to try this mask too.

March 29: Tarte Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette ($19.50) The colors look stunning.

March 31: Urban Decay Eyshadows ($10-$11) my favorites are Laced and Tease.

April 2: First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads ($8-$16 depending on what size)

April 4: Exuviance Age Reverse Eye Contour ($39.50) Another want to try item.

There will also be some super fun minis of a lot of items that you can mix and match with the buy two get one free.

They will also have Sexy Hair shampoos and conditioners 2 for $20 and you all know I love the Sexy Vibrant Hair line. It smells SO good.

A Spring Embroidery Hoop Wreath

So far I think this is my favorite project for the Inspire My Creativity link party! I have seen them ALL over Instagram and Pinterest. When I started looking at tutorials I was surprised at how easy they were to put together. Here are a few things I did with mine:

  • Have at least 3 different types of greenery. This gives it dimension and fullness.
  • If you are using flowers, use 3. I did a big peony and two smaller ranunculus flowers. That way you can off set the flower and have it look symmetrical with ease.
  • Hobby Lobby has the biggest floral selection. Go there. Wait for them to be on sale first.

What you need:

  • Embroidery Hoop (any size you want! Just make sure the flowers will work with that hoop)
  • Flowers
  • Greenery
  • Florist Tape
  • Floral Wire
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Wire Cutters
  • Twine

This is the easiest hard part of the whole thing. Figuring out where you want the greenery to go. I started with the largest pieces of greenery that I knew I wanted going up the sides and then moved in to smaller pieces to fill in around where I wanted the flowers. I even used the leaves from the flowers on the wreath. That way I had a good variety.

I wish I could tell you there is a magic way to attach everything to the hoop, but there isn’t. I tied some down with the twine, I attached a lot using the wire and then covering the wire with florist tape. And I used A LOT of glue from the hot glue gun. I used the hot glue gun to also hold the wire and twine in place.

I was in charge of the crafts for Girls Weekend at the beginning of March and we made the wreaths there too. It was so fun to see what everyone came up with.

I hope you enjoyed this craft. If you are inspired to make one, please share it with me, I would love to see it! This post is part of the Inspire My Creativity link party that I co-host. The other co-hosts are sharing their projects today. I would love for you to see what they came up with!

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Our theme for April is Pastels! I am looking for all the inspiration, so send it my way!


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TribeHouse

If you follow me on social media (Instagram and Facebook) you may have seen my posts about Mom Tribe. I even did a blog post about it here. It has quickly become one of my most favorite “me time” activities. I want to share it with every woman I know. I wish all of you lived here so we could go together. Last night was NO exception.

Last night’s topic was “Finding Your Authentic Eating Style” and it couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I loved what Leah Kirshbaum had to say. Here are a few of my notes:

  • Health is a very loaded word.
  • Health is so much more than what we put in our body.
  • “Hunger is a whisper” – Dr. Anita Johnston
  • Accept your body in ALL stages.

Leah is a nutritionist and promotes intuitive eating. I am ordering these books per her recommendation to learn more about it. (these links are AD links)

One of my most favorite portions of the evening is the Tribe Questions. You write down a question that you have and you ask it of those at your table. It can be ANYTHING. My question was “What do you do for date night with your spouse?” My table gave me incredible ideas. Go to a comedy show, ice cream and bowling, workout, read books aloud to each other, finding events to look forward to.

TribeHouse also has so many other tribes for people to join. The newest thing TribeHouse is doing is Apprentice Tribe with a pilot program using InvolveED.
Involve takes students with no prior experience, provides a hands-on education and job placement program, and is now powered by the TribeHouse mentor network.

They are doing their first pilot program starting April 1st. This pilot is for Software Development. They have 10 spots open for trial. It is ZERO-SUM tuition. Do you want to hear more? You can click here to apply and get more information. Do you know someone you think will benefit from this? Click here to refer them!

French Toast With A Twist

Breakfast for dinner is a common thing at the Wells House. It is easy. Everyone loves it. Easy to clean up. Not a million dishes in the sink. My kind of meal.

One of our favorites is “Frenchies.” No, this was not named by our children. When my husband was younger he didn’t like French Toast so his mom updated them for him and it got the name “Frenchies.”

I had the way I made French Toast (it includes delicious flavored coffee creamer), Scott had “Frenchies” and we blended them together to make a delicious and easy meal. I will usually eat my typical French Toast, some of the kids are purists like me, some of them like them like Scott does. And it all just depends on the day. The basics are the same for each, only “Frenchies” adds a little bit more.

I realize this is not the same coffee creamer, but they were out of our normal stuff and we really wanted breakfast for dinner!

To get to the “Frenchie” stage I will make the French Toast as normal, but will then add a piece of cheese to the top (part that is already cooked) and let it melt a little bit, then I layer two slices of Black Forest Ham on top. Once the bottom is finished cooking I flip it over to give the ham a little heat and serve. Scott loves to top it with syrup for a sweet and savory combination.

Now you can try it for breakfast this weekend! Enjoy!

Reading Lately

I have always been a reader. The ability to read ebbs and flows for me. There are some seasons of life where I can get a lot of reading done and others where I am lucky to finish a book. I started a book club last summer in hopes of getting me to read new books and to help me make time to read. So far it is working!

This month we are reading “Life As We Knew It” by Susan Beth Pfeffer. I am not very far in to it, but it is a fun read. It is a series so I may need to read the whole series.

We also read “We Were The Lucky Ones” which is written by the granddaughter of one of the main characters in the book. It is a true story. I cried, I cringed, I wanted to reach in to the book and hold the characters close. Truly this book will have you in awe over the things that this family went through and survived. They really are the lucky ones.

Do you belong to a book club? What have you read?