Time has officially ran me over! Summer is half over and Christmas will be here before I know it. It's the getting older thing, isn't it?
Since so much time has past since the last time I wrote, I better catch you up on all the crazy things that have been going on. I should start from the last post made, however, I don't think, I know, not all of it is still in my brain. We will start with the beginning of 2013.
In January we had a bit of a hiccup in our daily lives, with a house fire, that pretty much destroyed most things we owned. A few rooms were in great condition, however we found out that the house (we were renting) was contaminated with asbestos. That did hinder us taking a lot with us, and we did not have the insurance coverage to pay for the cleaning. But in spite of all that, we bounced back rather quickly. Within a few weeks we were in another house, a very good family friend had her house coming vacant around the same time and were able to assume the lease. Kids missed no school and we are blessed that they are in a school that they had more support than we knew what to do with. I have said this more than 100 times- "In all the times of my life, THIS is the best time for this type of thing to happen." Most people would not see that in amidst of any 'disaster', finding the positive is the only thing keeping me 'sane'. Right now we have some of the most amazing people in our lives, both near and far, friends and family.
Now February thru May was pretty typical. School functions, birthday parties, get-to-gathers, etc.. It was the end of May, near school getting out, that we learned our lives would change again. Nothing bad :) we will be having baby #4 in January 2014!! That is news that I still am a little leery on being super excited. Not that I don't love kids and love having them in the house, however....how can we afford another.....can I survive another pregnancy.....diapers! The further I get in this I'm sure the worries will subside and I will be oozing with excitement and joy....I hope.
My goal right now is to make it thru another 6 months, replenish baby things in my household and blog more. I have truly missed writing to you all and sharing things with you. I have had to turn several giveaways down and product testing due to my inactivity on my blog. So I vow to write a post at least every week. Post a recipe a few times a month, and keep you updated on the newest edition coming to our crazy family. Keep checking back and watching for awesome things to come.
Recently was given the opportunity to try out the Dermagist line of skin care. I received theUltimate Clarifying System, which helps with acne prone skin types. I have battled acne since I was a child and it still plagues me in my adult hood. I have tried a multitude of products over the years and many unusual processes of cleansing and such. When I started using Dermagist, I was shocked at the simplicity of the product use. Wash, moisturize and repeat. Once the skin has cleared up you use the repairing creme and it helps heal and diminish the sign of scarring. The wash is so gentle , doesn't dry the skin out and make it taunt feeling, but you can still feel the skin is clean. Light is the only way to describe the moisturizer, never feels greasy or heavy even when applied before makeup, very comfortable. A few of the products I've used in the past had an awful smell. Dermagist has a very clean, non-soapy smell. The smell does not linger on your skin, neither with the cleanser or the cremes. Below are some pictures, they are bad pics,(I had to use my cell phone) but they are of my face before using Dermagist and after. There was about 4 weeks between pics taken.
I have put a list of ingredients below. Read over them and you will find some very amazing and gentle items. The most interesting is the first one listed, Resveratrol Extract, a world renowned anti oxidant, it is a gentle cleanser and helps keep the skin looking young.
The ingredients list below was taken directly from the Dermagist's site.
In a cleanser that is designed to help those who are prone to acne, the ingredients that are used must be sensitive to the fact that the skin is already likely to be red and irritated. At the same time, an ingredient needs to be potent enough in targeting the dirt and oil, that it benefits the common aspects of acne-prone skin. Resveratrol has been proven to do just that, which is why it makes a perfect ingredient in a cleanser aimed at helping acne-prone users. What's even more exciting about the use of Resveratrol in this cleanser is the famous anti-aging benefits it has been praised for on TV. So, while providing the benefits that the acne-prone user so desperately looks for, it ALSO provides benefits to the skin which encourage a younger-looking, healthy complexion.
Chamomile extract is a well documented natural ingredient that both calms and soothes redness of the skin. By soothing the aspects of the skin that cause redness and discomfort, chamomile extract leaves skin refreshed and helps shield it from the environment.
Shea Butter, made from the Karite nut tree grown in select parts of Africa, is known for its ability to help a multitude of skin conditions. Damaged skin, dryness and even stretch-marks have been targeted with the application of Shea Butter. Due to its tremendous powers and its natural protective properties, Shea Butter has been used for thousands of years to help all types of skin problems. The daily application of it is also known to help protect skin from the environment.
We are used to hearing about Aloe Vera as something to help minor burns, irritation, and even small cuts due to its tremendous soothing qualities. But Aloe also deeply moisturizes and significantly softens extremely rough and dry skin. Daily exposure to the environment can damage your skin, and Aloe can be a great help in that regard, too.
This natural essential oil is derived from Tangerines. Tangerine oil is also known to help the skin further absorb the nutrients it so desperately needs daily. This allows for deeper penetration of other skin care products that you use, such as creams designed to help blemishes. It is perfect for all skin types due to its balancing qualities, keeping the right mixture between oily and dry skin.
Still not convinced? What if you got to try it for FREE? Well, here is your chance! Dermagist is giving ONE of my readers a product of their choice! Leave me a comment below telling me which line you would like to try and an email address and please stop by the Dermagist's FB page. I will award you an extra entry if you stop by and leave me a comment containing the secret phrase on my FB page.
****ONE winner will be randomly chosen on November 18th, 2012, to receive one product, of their choice, from Dermagist. Winner will have 24hrs to respond via email with shipping info, if no contact is made by winner, a random drawing of the remaining entries will made. Open to U.S. States only. Questions, please email me at
I, like most of my readers, am a very busy mom. We are constantly on the go with school, practice, shopping, etc.. With being busy, comes quick snacks and eating on the go. As much as I would love to sit here and tell you that I make sure my kids don't get sugary snacks and junk food, I would be struck by lighting at the very thought of putting those words as truth. I have carrots, grapes, apples, and other good foods for my three to grab and go, however, they are still kids and they still want things that are not good. I was offered to try Kashi's Chocolate Soft-Baked Squares and share them with my family, friends, my readers. My kids seen the box on the front door step, screaming at me "WHAT IS IT?!?!?!". Now usually, I open the box and they soon sigh in disappointment, for there is nothing in the box they can play with or devour, but not this time. My kids, 7, 5 & 3, tore open a box of the squares before I had a chance to say no. My younger two could care less what is in the food they inhale, as long as it tastes....edible, they aren't too picky. My oldest is a avid reader of ingredient lists, and nutritional labels, he didn't get it from me or his father, my father-in-law is diabetic. My mother-in-law has made it very important to my oldest to read everything you eat. He immediately spun the box around to find the label and list, i watched as he snacked on the bar as her read intently, trying to find out why mom was sooo ok with them all having a bar so early in the day. He stopped, looked down at the soft, chocolaty bar in his hand, swallowed and flashed me a look that could make the toughest of secret agents crumble to the truth. "This has vegetables in it!?!" were the only words that came out, and with that the younger two shot me glances, ones that could kill. How dare mom let us have something so "junk food" looking, but have healthy ingredients in it, enter our mouths! Some days I wish he couldn't read :)
So to get down to the facts......
HELLO! Sweet potatoes are the second ingredient! They have an awesome amount of fiber, they've used Agave as a sweetener, there is black bean flour in there too! I love them! But my kids, crave them! They ask for them in their lunches, for snacks, and for breakfast! My oldest simply loves the Banana Chocolate Chip bars.
My family has found these new snacks to be awesome, quick and good for you. They are moist, and very chocolatey, and hit the spot. Two of my fabulous readers will recieve a coupon for a FREE box! Leave a comment below and I will choose the winner* on Oct. 10th!
*Open to U.S. residents only.
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directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetSM blogger, I agreed
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manufacturer of the product.