Monday, October 22, 2018

Taking Care of My Skin From the Inside Out


This post is in partnership with PURENEW. All thoughts and opinions are mine. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Bubby and Bean possible.

Last month, I shared a challenge I've committed to called 100 Days For Positive Change, that focuses on being physically active for at least 30 minutes a day, everyday. The challenge is currently half way done, and I'm happy to report that it's still going strong! Aside from the fact that making daily physical activity a priority (something I've never done for longer than a week or two at a time) has had numerous benefits for my physical and mental health, it has also inspired me to focus on taking care of myself from the inside out in other ways. This includes focusing on an area where I've needed some help recently: my skin.

I've always been good about caring for my skin externally. I never, ever go to bed wearing makeup, I wash twice a day with a gentle cleanser recommended by my dermatologist, I moisturize religiously, I use a great eye cream, and I exfoliate as needed. I always read the ingredients on skincare products and pay close attention to how they affect my skin, and I change and update them as needed. But doing this challenge has motivated me to pay even closer attention to my body as a whole, and I've noticed my skin has looked (and even felt) a little lifeless. I needed to take my skincare routine up a notch.


A few weeks ago, a friend who is doing the challenge with me suggested taking certain supplements to help boost different aspects of my health. While doing research into which ones to get, I started reading more on how superficial skincare products often can't target the causes of skincare issues and help longterm the way taking health supplements can. I read about a beauty supplement line called PURENEW (the name itself is the fusion of "pure" and "renew"; love that!) that is designed specifically for different life stages. I really liked the fact that their supplements are all made in a cGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practice) certified facility in California using standards enforced by the FDA, and that they contain only the highest quality ingredients sourced from nature and backed by clinical studies. I've taken other beauty supplements to help my hair and nails, but this line really focuses on targeting overall beauty-from-within and bringing visible change to skin, with packets containing several types of supplements specially for my age group. I knew I had to give it a try.


I immediately started taking the Professional Skin Clear Advanced Skin Care, which is designed to help reduce wrinkles and clear skin over the age of 35. Since turning 40, I've noticed some major free radical and sun damage on my face, mainly in the form of dark spots, wrinkles, and dullness. PURENEW helps to promote healthy skin cells by increasing collagen, boosting moisture and elasticity, reducing formation of age spots, and brightening skin tone - all things I wanted to improve in my skin. Everyday, I take one packet of supplements after a meal. And I have to say you guys, even after one week I noticed that my skin seemed clearer and healthier looking. The longer I take it, the more of difference I see. And that's pretty great.


In addition to taking PURENEW, I've continued to take care of my skin from the inside out by drinking lots of water throughout the day, eating healthy foods, and being physically active for at least 30 minutes a day (usually through running or yoga). I'm so grateful that I started this challenge, not just because it's good for me physically (although that was the initial goal and remains crucial!), but because it's inspired me to pay attention to all aspects of body - inside and out - including how I'd been taking care of my skin. I plan to continue to nourish it both externally and internally, and am excited to see how much it's improved when the challenge is complete.


What is your skincare routine? Do you mainly focus on superficial skincare, or do you take beauty supplements as well?


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Thursday, October 18, 2018

2 Uniquely Delicious Spins on the Ice Cream Float


This post is sponsored by San Bernardo Ice Cream but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Bubby and Bean possible.

When I was a little girl, nothing made me happier than a yummy root beer float. My parents would make them (and also what they called a "black cow" that used cola rather than root beer) for my sister and I, and we viewed them as the most special of all the sweet treats. As an adult, my affinity for ice cream floats has remained, but I've found myself wanting to take the traditional root beer and vanilla ice cream combo up a notch. I decided to do a little experimenting with the Italian Escapes™ collection from San Bernardo ice cream and different sodas, and the results were glorious.

I feel safe about letting my kids indulge in San Bernardo ice cream because all the ice creams are rBST Free, contain 20% Less Sugar and Fat, and are made only with All-Natural ingredients. Compared to other ice cream brands, SB is guilt free on another level!

The two recipes I'm sharing here are mine and my kids' favorites (tiramisu for me, spumoni for them), simple to make, and pretty much define delicious fun.


Tiramisu Ice Cream Float
makes 1 serving

2 scoops San Bernardo Tiramisu ice cream
1/2 cup coffee, chilled
1-1/2 cup cream soda, chilled
whipped cream
cookie or wafer for garnish

Place Tiramisu ice cream in a glass. Pour coffee and cream soda over ice cream. Top with whipped cream and garnish with a cookie or wafer.

This recipe represents a classic treat that is simple, but the San Bernardo ice cream takes it to the next level with the creamy, rich, natural Tiramisu flavor. Nothing can compare to this delicious Italian flavoring!

You can make this float and other San Bernardo ice cream floats by ordering up all of your favorite flavors online using my special discount code, "EverybodySpoons11," to get 3 FREE giant brownies and 3 FREE giant cookies with any pint purchase! (For a Limited Time Only.)


Spumoni Strawberry Ice Cream Float
makes 1 serving

2 scoops San Bernardo Spumoni ice cream
1 cup strawberry soda, chilled
1 cup cream soda, chilled
strawberries for garnish

Place Spumoni ice cream in a glass. Pour chilled strawberry and cream soda over ice cream. Garnish with strawberries.

These floats are easy for the kids to help make as well. We can whip them up quickly, and enjoy the delicious indulgence thanks to San Bernardo's quality, trustworthy ingredients.


These unique, super decadent twists on the root beer float couldn't be easier, and they are so good. My four-year-old told me the spumoni float was her "ice cream dream come true," and honestly, I kind of feel the same way. We love the unique flavors that San Bernardo offers, and how perfect the Italian Escapes™ collection is for anytime of the year! We also love that all of their ice cream contains no artificial flavors or artificial colors and no high fructose corn syrup. And I just adore their take on my favorite Italian dessert, tiramisu, and the rich marsala wine and mascarpone cheese flavors throughout every bite. Their Spumoni is a flavor explosion, with chocolate swirled with pistachio, strawberry and vanilla ice creams, mixed with cherries and almond pieces. We also love Sea Salt Caramel and Quad Chocolate - so yummy.

We're also big fans of the San Bernardo story, and their wonderful ethnic and specialty flavors. You can purchase San Bernardo ice cream via their website and pick your personal favorites from one of their 4 different collections of creamy deliciousness. All of their flavors are unique and forward thinking and provide a cool, modern spin on old favorites. Woot!

Don't forget to use my special discount code, "EverybodySpoons11," to get 3 FREE giant brownies and 3 FREE giant cookies with any pint purchase! (For a Limited Time Only.)


What are your favorite twists on traditional root beer floats? Have you tried San Bernardo ice creams?


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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

15 Creative Wacky Hair Day Ideas For Kids


15 Creative Wacky Hair Day Ideas For Kids
15 Creative Wacky Hair Day Ideas For Kids
15 Creative Wacky Hair Day Ideas For Kids

Yesterday was 'Crazy Hair Day' at Essley's school, and until the night before, I didn't put much thought into what we'd do. I figured I'd just put a bunch of braids in her hair, until I decided to do a quick search for ideas and was blown away by the seriously next level creativity I saw. I was actually really inspired, and ended up doing mini pumpkin buns (which she loved; there may have been a small fight when it was time to wash out the orange hairspray). But there were so many other fun ideas I came across that I decided to put together a list of them for you guys, in case your little ones have wacky hair days coming up at school as well.

  • pumpkin buns 
  • cupcake buns (two buns sitting on top of cupcake liners; Essley's friend Harper did this.))
  • doughnut bun (shape bun into doughnut, cover with felt circle and fake sprinkles)
  • unicorn hair (pastel colors and a horn; Essley's friend Livie did this.)
  • soda pouring into a cup (google this one; so creative!)
  • surfing/wave hair (perfect for short hair; paint hair blue and style in a faux hawk)
  • bird nest bun (large doughbut bun with a bird attached)
  • garden hair (paint green and add flower barrettes)
  • rainbow hair (two buns like clouds with colored pipe cleaners to form a rainbow)
  • mermaid tail hair (green or blue braid with a mermaid cut-out attached on top)
  • hair bow (hair shaped into a bow and sprayed a bright color)
  • spider hair (bun on top with eight braids hanging down)
  • dirt hair (spray or paint black and attach rubber insects)
  • spiral hair (super easy; attach lots of colorful pipecleaners shaped into spirals)
  • birthday cake hair (like cupcake buns above, but with one large bun and a candle inserted)


If you have any other ideas I might have missed, let me know in the comments!


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Monday, October 15, 2018

5 Tips for Entertaining Last Minute Guests During the Holidays


Thank you Edwards® Desserts for sponsoring this post. Head to the frozen desserts aisle of your grocery store to pick up your favorite Edwards pie and make entertaining a breeze!

Okay, so yes, it's only October. But let's face it - these days, the holiday season begins the second after the last trick or treater rings the doorbell on Halloween night. And even though it can feel long and drawn out and chaotic and busy, I genuinely love the hustle and bustle of this season. I love the nonstop activities, the decor and music and lights, the overall excitement in the air, and even the last minute entertaining. I thrive on it.

That said, I also admittedly tend to feel overwhelmed in November and December, despite my fondness for the chaos. Around Thanksgiving and the December holidays especially, so many friends and family members from out of town are in the area, and we often have people stop by unexpectedly or call to make last minute plans to visit. We absolutely love having friends over, especially this time of year, and I adore entertaining (even if it's unplanned), but it can be stressful if I'm not prepared. Thankfully, I have found that if I follow a few simple guidelines, it makes the experience of last minute holiday entertaining enjoyable instead of anxiety inducing. And I'm going to share some of my tips with you today!


1. Use decor you already have for a table setting. If I'm hosting Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, I go all out with my tablescapes. But even when we're just having last minute guests stop by and we're serving snacks, dessert, or even just drinks, I like to make the table look pretty. This time of year I usually pull gourds from other areas of my house and arrange them on the table. It takes just a couple of minutes, and it makes things feel fun and festive.

2. Welcome with a warm drink. We always have the coffee pot loaded and ready to turn on this time of year, and have a decaf stash ready too. I hit the start button and brew as soon as a guest arrives. I also keep fresh apple cider on hand, and heat it in a pot with cinnamon sticks when friends come over. (A few splashes of brandy make it especially fun!) Hot drinks are a symbol of the season and also make people instantly feel comfortable.


3. Keep Edwards Desserts on hand. This is a last minute holiday entertaining must for me! Everyone loves desserts, and Edwards Desserts makes absolutely delicious pies that are thaw-and-serve (so easy) but taste homemade. I have tried all of the varieties, but my favorites are Edwards Hershey’s Chocolate Crème Pie and Edwards Key Lime Pie, and I have either one or both of them in my freezer at all times during the holiday season. Edwards Hershey’s Chocolate Crème Pie is decadent layers of of chocolate and vanilla crème that are topped with chocolate drizzle, little chocolate chip, and whipped crème rosettes. And the chocolate cookie crumb crust is to-die-for. Edwards Key Lime Pie is a summer favorite of mine too, but I like to have it on hand during the holidays as well to change things up. The key lime filling (which is made with real Key West lime juice; yes please!) sits on a delicious vanilla cookie crumb crust and is topped with whipped crème rosettes. When a guest calls to say they're stopping by, I just pull them out and thaw (or serve frozen, which is just as good!). They also make for a delightful ending to Thanksgiving dinner, and are perfect to bring to holiday parties and gatherings. Whether I'm serving alongside savory snacks or alone as a treat with coffee, I always serve Edwards.


4. Have a holiday play list ready to go. My husband makes so much fun of my affinity for nonstop holiday music, but I stand proud, guys. I mean, I'm not obnoxious about it; I give it plenty of time before I dive in, and between now and mid (cough cough, early) November, I have a regular old playlist ready to go. But once Thanksgiving is a week or two (or four) away, all bets are off (and the jingle bells are on). If we're going to be doing last minute entertaining, I am prepared when it comes to music, and that holiday play list begins the minutes guests arrive. You have to ambience, right?

5. Keep things simple. I realize this isn't a specific, concrete tip, but I genuinely feel it's the most important one. I tend to go overboard with planning and (as I mentioned earlier) can get overwhelmed with last minute plans, even when I love the excitement of them. This time of year, I really try to stick with the four things above when last minute guests are coming over, and let the rest go. The holidays should be a time for enjoying the company of loved ones, and sometimes simple (but prepared!) is best.


Do you have any tips for last minute holiday entertaining? Who else is a fan of Edwards Desserts? Oh, and make sure you enter the super cool contest Edwards Desserts is hosting, for the chance to to receive a limited-edition, dessert-inspired prize pack. One lucky winner will also be a guest at a sweet holiday celebration in their hometown! So fun!


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