May is complete, which means it’s time for another edition of monthly favorites! I have quite a list this month.
Let’s jump in!
Queen Helene Cocoa Butter Lotion
I love the smell of coconut.. it reminds me of summer… warm weather, beautiful sunshine, lazy days at the beach… my favorite season. I’ve tried another name brand coconut lotion in the past and it’s awesome, aside from the hefty price tag and the little bottle. On a trip to Wal-Mart back in April, I was in the lotion aisle, comparing and contrasting lotions. I really wanted that coconut lotion, but I just couldn’t reconcile the price. As I stood staring at the shelves, I spotted this cocoa butter lotion on the bottom. The large bottle caught my eye, along with the yellow price tag: $2. (give or take) I thought, why not give it a try? Oh my goodness, friends! What a steal! I used it that very night and fell in love. It’s creamy, it glides on the skin like silk, and the smell… heaven! My skin is so soft and maintains that feel all day. I use this everyday and I’ve only used up a quarter of the bottle. This stuff is amazing, and if you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend that you do!
Aussie 3 min Miracle
By now, you all know that I have extremely long, thick hair. It’s a vibrant red, my signature. But it’s also a pain in the tush to take care of sometimes. The past few months, the weather has been so ridiculous.. cold, dry, wet, snowy, warm – rinse and repeat. The constant change in temperature left my hair so dry and stringy. The deep conditioner I love isn’t readily available in the tub near me. I can get a small packet of it for a dollar and some change, but that would be good for one use on my strands. Not worth the value at all. I browsed the shelves for something new and landed on Aussie’s 3 min miracle. I’ve used this in the past and loved it, but I typically don’t buy it because it only lasts me two weeks. However, Wal-Mart had two packs of it on sale and I opted for this over something new. I’m glad I did. I love Aussie’s products and this hasn’t disappointed. I haven’t tapped into the second bottle yet and my hair is so soft and silky. Now if I could just break down and get a hair cut…
Olay Pro-Retinol Eye Treatment and Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream
If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen my posts about these products. I received these complimentary samples to try from The Insiders. I am so happy I was selected to participate in this campaign because these products have drastically improved my skin! My eyes look brighter, my skin is radiant and soft, my face looks amazing! I’m almost out of my samples and I’m going to have to purchase full sized bottles next time I go to the store. I went to the dermatologist last week and my doctor was even impressed at how amazing my skin looked. If you are 30+, definitely check out these products! I highly recommend them!
Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer
I love being tan. When I was in my early 20’s, I was always going to TanPro. I loved the lotions and laying in the warm bed. It was so relaxing. About a year and a half into it, my husband noticed three purple spots on my shoulder. It looked a little like skin cancer and I got freaked out. Needless to say, I had to give up my love of the tanning bed. But I still wanted to be tan. I’ve tried many different products, some were successful, some made me orange. This year I decided to give this Jergens lotion a try. Wow! They’ve definitely improved their formula! After three days, I noticed a little glow to my skin and I could see a difference in the quality of my skin in my yoga photos on Instagram. It’s the slightest bit of color, not a bronzed tan, but more of a sun-kissed glow. I love it!
All of these new workouts plus the changes in weather have left my muscles feeling achy. Thank goodness for epsom salt! I love a hot epsom salt soak. It’s so relaxing and really helps my muscles recover from all the work I’m making them do. Wal-Mart had bins of 1lb. bags for 88 cents. What a deal!! Each time we go, I grab a few to stock up.
I have a confession my friends. I love soda. More specifically.. diet soda. Even more specific… diet Mountain Dew. Now, before you get on my case, I know it’s not healthy. I know it’s bad for me. But it’s soooo good! However, I know that I need to cut my habit and drink more water. On hot summer days, I definitely crave plain old ice water. But let’s be real, plain water is hard to drink sometimes. There’s really no flavor, it’s bland, and it just doesn’t quench that thirst, ya know? So, I decided to give these Mio flavors a try. I’ve used Mio in the past and loved it. Again, I understand it’s not good for me. But I figure — at least I’m drinking water. And I have been! I drink more water when I add a little Mio to it. I have been slowly weaning myself off of the sweetness and getting back to drinking regular ice water. Now that it’s hot out, I’m craving that ice cold water. So refreshing! If you are having an issue with breaking your soda habit, I’m sharing my top tips to help you kick the can to the curb. Read the tips here.
My husband and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary this month. We enjoyed a lovely, relaxing day at home, spent the afternoon chatting with our dear friends and neighbors, and made this delicious dish for dinner. It is so yummy!! Get the recipe here.
Ted Dekker released a new novel this month and it was an amazing read! If you’ve never read a Ted Dekker, this is the one to read.
Lego Pinball Machine
I saved my most favorite thing for last. My son made this Lego Pinball Machine for me for Mother’s Day. It’s a real working pinball machine! I was so happy when he presented it to me — Pinball is one of my favorite arcade games. He is incredibly creative with his Lego creations!
Well, that’s it for me this month. What were your favorite things? Share them in the comments! Also, feel free to leave a link to your post or video if you made a May Favorites. I’d love to check it out!