Thursday, December 12, 2013

Giveaway ~ Beautiful Skincare

Beautiful Skincare Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Sponsored by Trusted Health Products

Co-Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

Beautiful Giveaway 
 Revolutionary Superior New Live Skin Care System Brings Life and Beauty Back to Your Skin - Without ANY Chemicals. Beautiful uses a rare combination of live fruit, nut and plant extracts to feed your skin cells and promote youthful, moist, beautiful glowing skin!
  • 100% pure and natural botanical oils – live cold pressed solution.
  • NO preservatives, parabens, GMOs, synthetic chemicals or additives of any kind.
  • Feeds your skin cells the nutrients they crave.
  • Beautiful, healthy, young-looking skin.
  • Great for all skin types – oily or dry.
  • Includes A. M. Moisturizer and P. M. Revitalizer.
  • 100% Pure “All-in-One” Skincare: replace your moisturizer, cleanser, toner, firming gel, protectant, repair cream, blemish controller, age-defying serum.
Emilee at Pea of Sweetness is an ingredient conscious consumer who also likes to keep it simple. See what she thought in her full Beautiful skincare review!


The manufacturer is willing to offer my readers one FREE bottle. They said they would love to have our readers try out Beautiful A.M. Moisturizer (for women) or You’re the Man A.M. Moisturizer (for men) and agreed to send one bottle FREE if our readers would pay a minimal shipping and handling charge. This is a one-time only offer! They also agreed to include 2 eye-opening reports – The Poisons You Put On Your Face Everyday and Why Your Skin Care Products Have Never Worked: The Truth Revealed .” That’s a total value of over $40.00. Click here to get your FREE Bottle and FREE reports now

*Please note - this offer is available to ALL readers and is separate from the giveaway. Giveaway winners will NOT have to pay shipping and handling for their prize.* 

  On to the giveaway!!
About the prize: Three lucky winners will each receive a bottle of Beautiful A.M. Moisturizer!
About the giveaway: This giveaway begins on 12/10 and ends on 12/24 at 11:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US residents ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.
  Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may be different than yours. Todays Common Cents is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Winter Skin Tips

I don't know about you, but this winter has wreaked havoc on my hands! I have eczema, so I typically have dry skin the way it is & have to use lotion regularly. My personal favorite at the moment? Jergens Shea Butter. I slather it on every single time I get out of the bath or shower! Now that helps my body & my ever growing belly, but my hands are another story! Since realizing this, I decided to do some online research & have come across a few tips for winter skin that I would like to share with you. 

Make sure you moisturize more. 
Sure, you...just like me...have found a moisturizer that works great in the spring and summer months, but did you know that as the weather changes, so should our skin routine? Yeah, I didn't.... The first thing I came across was that you should find an 'ointment' moisturizer that is oil-based, not water based. The oil will create a protective layer on your skin that will retain more moisture than a cream or lotion. If you plan to use on your face, be sure to look for non-clogging oils such as avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, or almond oil. Shea oil (or butter) is controversial because it can clog facial pores. 

Bring back the sunscreen.
Weird right? Yeah, I thought so too. Apparently winter sun combined with snow glare can also damage your skin. I guess once you think about it a little, it makes sense. Apply sunscreen to your face & hands (if exposed) about 30 minutes before going outside. Be sure to apply frequently if you plan to spend a long time outside. 

Take care of your hands.
The skin on our hands is thinner than most parts of the body & has fewer oil glands, meaning that it's harder to keep our hands moist...especially in cold, dry weather. This is what leads to itchiness & cracking. Be sure to wear your gloves when you head out the door! 

Avoid the wet.
Don't wear wear socks or gloves. This can irritate your skin & cause itching, cracking, sores & even flare up your eczema if you have it. 

Love your humidifier.
Central heating systems & space heaters blow hot dry air through our homes & work areas. By placing small humidifiers throughout our homes, we can keep more moisture in the air & help prevent our skin from drying out. 

Don't forget your feet.
In the winter, our feet need something stronger than those minty foot lotions. Look for a lotion that contains petroleum jelly or glycerin instead. Be sure to use exfoliants to get the dead skin off regularly. This helps any moisturizers you use to sink in quicker & deeper. 

Forget the regular peels.
If your facial skin is already dry & uncomfortable, avoid using harsh peels, masks & alcohol-based toners or astringents. All of these can strip important oil from your skin. Find a cleansing milk or mild foaming cleanser, a toner without alcohol & masks that are very hydrating, rather than clay-based (which can actually draw moisture out of your face)....Try to use them a little less often than you normally would. 

No more hot baths.
Oh no!!!! This is my favorite enjoyment of the night.... Unfortinatly the intense heat of a hot bath or shower after being out in the cold can actually break down the lipid barriers in the skin, which of course, leads to loss of moisture. You are better off with just regular warm water & not spending as much time in it. A lukewarm bath with oatmeal or baking soda can help relieve skin that is so dry it's become itchy.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Drying Your Face The Right Way

Who knew there was a wrong way to dry your face? Of course we know to pat dry, not rub...right? Rubbing can irritate & make breakouts worse. Well guess what? I found a good use for those T-Shirts the ex left me & thought I'd share this little bit of info with you. 

After washing your face with a gentle cleanser & lukewarm water, pat dry with a soft cotton T-Shirt. Who would of thought!?! By doing so, you can get rid of dry areas as well as add to your fresh & beautiful glow.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Blogger Opp ~ Indie Author Holiday Gift Guide Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway

Welcome to the Indie Author Holiday Gift Guide  Kindle Paperwhite Blogger Giveaway Sign-Ups sponsored by Reader Spoils.  We would love you to join the fun!   The past events have gained over 100,000 combined entries-  Lets have our Social Media numbers Grow!!!! 

This giveaway will begin on Thursday, December 12th at 12:01am and ends on Tuesday, December 31th at 11:59pm. One winner will be randomly selected from all valid entries to receive a Kindle Paperwhite Prize Pack!  Prize Pack includes:
Kindle Paperwhite _ $ 139 value
$50.00 Gift Card
All 12 e-books featured in this event!

  • Each blogger receives 1 free link of choice (Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram).
  • Additional Links can be purchased at $3 each. These links can be Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and/or Pinterest.
  • We have 3 co-host spots available for $15 each. This includes your choice of links (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and/or Pinterest) and you get to host one of the pages (Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook) during the event!
  • The giveaway html will be sent out by Wednesday, December 11th and posts must be live by noon on Saturday, December 14th. We will send out reminder emails for those who forget to post.
  • Payments can be made via Paypal to
(YOU can win prizes, too!!)
  • The blogger who refers the most bloggers to sign up will win a $10 Amazon gift card! Announcements are not mandatory, but are a great way to increase sign-ups so you can win. If you’d like, feel free to cut/paste the event details above as your own announcement post with a link here or to the sign-up form.
  • An additional $10 Amazon gift card winner will be chosen from the bloggers who post an announcement. So, post an announcement on your blog and you have another chance to win!

We are looking forward to this Giveaway and hope that you will be a part of it! This is going to be such a great giveaway and we hope you will be a part of it! We would love if you could share the post with your friends and followers via Facebook and Twitter with the widget at the top of the post. This is a good way to increase sign-ups, which also increases your change to win a gift card!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Baby Update ~ She's almost here!

Arrival time is getting closer & closer! Rosella will be here before we know it! Oh, I'm so excited... 

Had a checkup last week. Here's the latest news:
Weight: 149 lbs.
Her Heart Beat: 150s
Already Dilating!!! - At about 3, 3 1/2 Doc said. 
She's been head down for about 2 months now!!! 

Next checkup: Wednesday Dec. 4th.

What have I done this week to get ready? Well I've started nesting! Her daddy brought some baby clothes on Thanksgiving morning to me, so I went through all of those, washed & organized them into storage totes by sizes. When I say some, I mean about 4 large bags worth of clothes, in all sizes from newborn to 6 months. So I had to revamp some of my previous work.

I've organized my baby stuff & totes like this:
* Bathroom items (Baby Shampoo, Powder, Medication, QTips, etc)
* Receiving blankets & other baby blankets
* Newborn - 3 months clothes
* 3 - 6 month clothes
* 6 - 12 month clothes

As you can tell, I started off small...Then I acquired those extra clothes & I decided instead of just buying more small totes, I went with the 58 Qt. & a 66 Qt. & re-purposed the smaller totes for my purses & book collection. 

I figure as she grows out of her clothes, I can either donate the clothing or sell on some of those 'Buy, Sell, Trade' groups on Facebook, then reuse the totes for bigger clothes or other organization, like I did with the smaller ones. I actually got 6 of the black 58 Qt. totes on clearance from Walmart for only $4.50/ea. after Halloween & went & bought the 66 Qt. for only $8 (regular shelf price) yesterday. They are a bit pricey, yes....but I feel that it is totally worth it in the end considering I don't have much space & I can reuse them for years to come. 

Last, but certainly not least, I've gotten her own little area of our room put together. 

There's really not much space, but I did the best I could for where I am at right now. Soon as I'm able to go back to work, I will be working full hopefully I will be able to quickly save up the rest of what I need in order to get us our own home. 

The bassinet I am only borrowing for the time being. Her daddy & I spoke about it Thanksgiving morning when he brought all those clothes & he is thinking about cleaning up one that he has for her, or just purchasing a new one. I told him that whatever he does, it should be easily transportable, that way when he has her on weekends & such, we can just pass the bassinet back & forth with little effort. 

I've still got to pack a hospital bag for myself as well as get her some clothes ready & put together. Other than that, I believe I'm as ready as I can be at the moment. 

How to Care For Your Flat Iron

I don't know about you, but I am in love with my flat iron. I went & bought me a new one last week & am absolutely in love with it. It's like an extra limb to me! So since I have a new one I started wondering, how do you properly care for a flat iron & hopefully get some more use out of it??? 

The use of hair products & oil can eventually cause build up on your flat iron. Besides the disgusting look of the buildup, it can also cause uneven heating of the ceramic plates as well as incomplete straightening of our hair. Severe buildup can cause damage to our hair and split ends. 

You can regularly clean your flat iron using simply lukewarm water & a SOFT wash cloth. Just follow these steps:

1. Make sure that your flat iron is warm to touch, not hot! Also, unplug it from the wall.

2. Dampen a soft wash cloth with lukewarm water. Do not use very hot or very cold water. Gently rub one plate, then the other, where the grime is. Be careful! Harsh scrubbing on ceramic plates can cause scratching of the plates & will basically ruin the use of your flat iron.

3. Wipe down the plates until there is no more build up on them. Check to make sure you've reached all the way to the bottom and gotten any gunk there too (near the power & settings buttons) You can use a cotton swab if it's too difficult to get your wash cloth down in there.

4. Be sure to wipe off any residue from the sides or edges of the plates as well. Use a fresh surface of the wash cloth as necessary.

5. Let your flat iron dry thoroughly before using it again, or plugging it in for that matter.  As we all know, using it while wet can fry our hair. You can gently wipe off the plates with a dry, soft cloth if you are needing it to dry faster.

Be sure to clean your flat iron regularly for best results.