Do You Have a Favorite Product for (gasp) Aging Skin?

12 Jun

Man, this getting older thing is rough. I’ve pretty much given up on wearing high heels and my body sounds like a cracking drum solo when I stretch in the morning. Of course, it’s better than the alternative…

So, as I’m getting older I’m trying to do even better at taking care of my skin. I’ve been using a really great moisturizer for probably 20+ years that I swear by, but I’ve recently added a couple new products to my routine. I’d love to know if you have any products that you are obsessed with, so leave me a comment and let me know what you recommend!

Here’s what I use:

Origins A Perfect World SPF 40 Age-Defense Moisturizer
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I’ve been using this moisturizer forever and love it for keeping my face hydrated and protected from the sun. They changed the formula a year or so ago to a higher SPF, so the consistency is a little thick now… but it does such a good job that I just slap a little power on the shiny areas and go on my way!

Here’s what I’ve recently added:

Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Power Serum
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I received a deluxe sample of this a while ago and I’ve been using it religiously each day in the am and pm. It goes on like a super light lotion and claims to visibly and dramatically minimize multiple signs of aging. It is supposed to “reduce fine lines, diminish pores, even skin tone and give you plumper, smoother skin.” Over the past 6 weeks of using this serum, my skin tone is definitely more even and my fine lines around my eyes are much less noticeable. The full size is pricy at $77, but the sample has lasted me for so long that I think it is worth the investment.

Aveda tulasara Wedding Masque Eye Masque
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I had an online return to go back to Aveda, so I had a store credit to spend. I’ve been wanting a really good eye cream and this one was highly recommended online and by the Aveda sales associate. It is a super tiny container for $55, but you use such a minuscule amount that it will probably last me a year or longer. According to Aveda, “the ultra-rich crème masque brightens skin around the ye area overnight and contains a potent turmeric extract to help visibly even skin tone by diminishing the look of dark circles over time.” I’ve been using this for 2 weeks so far and I do think my eyes look brighter and less puffy. Also, using this in conjunction with my serum has really impacted the fine lines that were starting around my eyes.

Now it’s your turn… what do you use? Please share in the comments!

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Traveling Fun: Share your Boston Tips!

11 Jun

I’m being sent out for a work conference at the end of the month, which isn’t really much of a hardship. I feel like quite the grown up when I fly off on a plane all by myself with just my carry-on and no husband or kiddo. Then, I get a fancy hotel room ALL to myself for a few days. I can eat room service in bed while watching whatever I want on the television… which is basically like some kind of heaven. I also like stuffing my brain with work-related knowledge and exploring a new city. So, I can’t wait for this month’s trip to Boston!

Source: Google Maps


I’ll be staying at the Boston Marriott Copley Place and won’t have a car, so I’ll be walking or use Uber to get around. I’d like to eat a lobster roll. And do some shopping/thrifting. My sister recommended Quincy Market and Mike’s Pastry. I may visit the Boston Public library because it’s quite close to my hotel. My friend recommended that I do some shopping on Newbury Street. I’m not really stuck on any plans though…

I have some free time on Tuesday and also on Friday afternoon, so I’m open to ideas!

What are your Boston recommendations?

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Inspiration Fit Mystery Bag Reveal and a Giveaway!

7 Jun

Over Memorial Day weekend I was clicking around Facebook and an advertisement for Inspiration Fit “Mystery Bags” kept coming up in my feed. After a few times of seeing it, I clicked though and saw that they were offering a grab bag of 3 – 5 items for $25. Each grab bag was said to contain “a combination of either tanks, shirts, sweatshirts, bags, headbands, etc and have a $100 value. You can find their website here.

I decided to take a chance on a Mystery Bag. The description suggested ordering up a size for a less fitted look, so I ordered a bag in an XL and checked the box for “I am a mom”.

Want to see what I got?

After placing my order, I never received any tracking information… and literally the day I checked in with them on Facebook my package arrived to my mailbox. My Mystery Bag contained four tank tops in four different colors: Hot Mess Mom, Don’t Make Me Use My Mom Voice, Fix Your Messy Bun and Get it Done, and Happier than a Seagull with a French Fry. Both the Hot Mess Mom and Seagull tops are currently on their website on sale for $14.95 and the Mom Voice tank is on sale for $24.95. So, $25 for all for was a pretty good deal.

To be honest, I like the shirts but I’m a bit disappointed at the lack of variety! When they say the bag would contain “a combination” … I was thinking that meant I might get a couple tank tops, a t-shirt and a headband! They must have learned from their Memorial Day sale, because now when you pick Mystery Grab Bag on their website it gives you more options like: form fitting tanks, flowy tanks, true mystery bag and crewneck t-shirts.

Anyways, let’s talk about the sizing. THIS is an XL:

Not much room in there, huh?! It will be fine for lazing around the house, working out and going to the beach. So I’m okay with that. But I did want to give you a heads up that you might want to go up TWO sizes for a comfier fit!

As it is, I don’t really need four tank tops. So, I’m giving two of them away to you!

Here are the two I’m giving away:

Both are size XL, which I think fits more like a fitted large. All you have to do is just leave me a comment and tell me which shirt you want. I’ll randomly pick winners and mail them off to you!

6/11/18 Update: Randomly chosen winners are Stephanie and Krista! I’ll send out an email today to get mailing addresses and pop them in the mail!

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The Wayfarer’s Annapolis 10k

5 Jun

I am so happy to say that I completed my THIRD 10k over the weekend and it was my best one yet!

You may remember that I ran my first 10k last November with the Across the Bay 10k. It was a run over the Bay Bridge and was surprisingly fun for knocking out 6.4 miles of running! My friend Lindsey convinced me to also run the Sole of the City 10k with her in April… and that run didn’t go quite as well. Around mile 2 I felt kind of pukey with acid reflux and just overall felt like I was even slower than normal. I had done basically 0% preparation though… so there was certainly room for improvement!

Which brings us to my third 10k: the Wayfarer’s Annapolis 10k!

This was the first year of the Wayfarer’s 10k and the run looped around downtown Annapolis. When you register for the race, they ask you to set a personal goal and then if you succeed in your goal you earn a “Goal” patch at the end! They also had super awesome premiums – rather than the typical race shirt — that I wear once and then donate because it’s never very comfortable — they gave each runner a Vooray backpack (you can see mine here) and race patch. At the finish line, instead of a medal they gave out a special finisher keepsake of an engraved carabineer.

They had intended to also have a Wayfarer’s half marathon, but the day before the race they had to cancel it due to forecasts of thunderstorms. So, all the half marathon runners were invited to participate in the 10k instead.

As with the Across the Bay 10k, I spent the night at Lindsey’s house so that I wouldn’t have to wake up even earlier on the morning of the race. We ‘prepared’ by having an amazingly delicious dinner, glasses of wine, chocolaty dessert… and about 5 hours of sleep.

The race began at 7am, so we were up at 5:30, got dressed and ate our protein bars, and drove over to the Navy Marine-Corps Memorial Stadium. We look totally awake and ready to run, right?!

While it didn’t end up raining during our run, it was SOOOO HUMID! I have never been so sweaty in my entire life… my entire race outfit was wet and I could have wrung out my braids! The run was great though with some gradual hills and beautiful views.

Unlike the Sole of the City 10k, I felt great the entire time and Lindsey is always fantastic running buddy! Here we are after we survived the race:

My only goal was to feel good the entire race and beat my time from the Sole of the City 10k… and I did it! I ran about 5 minutes faster than our last 10k, so I very happily earned my “Goal” patch. I also earned the beer and Glazy Day Donuts they gave us at the finish!

Maple bacon! YUM!

After years of saying that I’d never do more than a 5k, I’m surprised at how happy I am running 10k’s. I think a lot of it has to do with the company… but I’m already looking forward to our next one!

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