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Better Skin From the Inside Out?

This is a sponsored post in partnership with PURENEW. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This July I turned 45 years old and while I don't feel like an "old lady" I can definitely see all the changes my face and skin have taken over the past 5 years. It's not just the overall sagging look of my skin that is super noticeable, it's the way that it's no longer as bright and clear as it used to be. There is a constant dull look to my skin that is only helped by adding multiple steps to my skincare regimen and there is a lot more texture and hyper-pigmentation than I've ever had before.

I don't feel old at the age of 45, by any means. I've actually found my 40's to be some of the best years I have ever had. I've finally come into my own when it comes to feeling confident in myself. But there are days that my skin betrays me and makes me look like I am older than my years. If you're near my age or past it, then you know how awful that feels. No, I don't want to turn back the hands of time and be in my 30's or even 20's again. But I would love to recuperate some of the old elasticity my skin used to have and really work to fight those wrinkles that are standing by ready to walk all over my face. I'd love to wake up to a bight complexion that isn't covered in dullness and new sun spots.

I've been hearing a lot about beauty supplements recently and would be lying if I said my interest wasn't piqued. After all, I do incorporate supplements into mine and my family's daily life. Could the addition of a dietary supplement geared to care for my skin, take my current skincare regimen up a notch, help it fight advanced signs of aging and give me better skin overall?

With that in mind I was very excited at the opportunity to try PURENEW supplements. 


Available in two versions to address specific age-related issues:

Essential Skin Clear for women in their 20's and 30's 
Your 20s and 30s are the most critical time for optimizing your skin health – the way you care for it now will determine future skin quality. Essential Skin Clear is fundamental formulation for those age 20+ that rehydrates and promotes healthy, glowing skin, relieves clogged pores, and fights fine lines, dark spots and sensitive skin condition.

Professional Skin Clear for women 35+
In your 40s and 50s, expression lines and dark spots on your face become more visible due to cumulative sun exposure and free radicals. Professional Skin Clear is advanced skin care aimed at reducing wrinkles and promoting clear skin in women age 35+. The ingredients nourish your skin from the inside out, regenerating healthy skin cells and increasing collagen, boosting moisture and elasticity to reduce wrinkles, reducing formation of both visible and hidden age spots and brightening skin tone.

PURENEW supplements also help to promote hair growth and help strengthen both hair and nails, which is something I am already taking another supplement for. I am all about paring down and simplifying my routine, and being able to knock out a whole step/product means less time and money spent on my skincare.

PURENEW supplements are easy to incorporate into your daily life. You can pop a daily pack into your bag if you're heading out early or will be having breakfast out. It is suggested that you take 1 packet daily after meals so I love the ease of the daily pack.

After taking PURENEW for 10 days I do already see changes in my skin. It feels softer and seems to have acquired a brightness similar to the one I get from my Vitamin C serum (one of my favorite skincare products), and that's because Vitamin C is high on the ingredient deck of PURENEW Professional Skin Clear.

I'd love to see what changes my skin would make with continued use of this product, as it's hard to see real results in the small amount of time I have been taking them. But since I am already seeing an improvement in my skin health, I can only imagine that with more time the results would be pretty impressive.

I do realize that there is no such thing as a "magic pill" that will make my skin perfect on its own.  Skin health is not something you can come by as if by magic, you do have to drink water, protect your skin from the sun and lead an overall healthier life to be able to reap healthy skin. But if a product like PURENEW Professional Skin Clear can boost my existent skin care regimen and maybe even cut out some products, then it's definitely something I would consider for the long-haul.

Get more information about PURENEW products by visiting their site online.

Please make sure to consult with your physician before starting any new dietary supplement, especially if you're a woman who is pregnant or trying to get pregnant. 

My Tackle the Day Survival Kit

I received compensation from Aleve to write this post. All opinions are entirely my own. #NeverBackDown #Aleve #CollectiveBias #advertisement

To say that life is busy, is an understatement. As you all know, or in case you're new to this blog: I am a mom, grandma, entrepreneur, mom of 6 pets, caretaker to my mother, and chauffeur to the whole family. My days start pretty early and can end as late as after midnight, especially when my days are so long that my work gets left behind. Hey, life wouldn't be life if I wasn't belting out a deadline on my computer in the middle of the night.

But like most women in this world, I can handle it. There might be days that I am a little worse for wear, those days that really knock one down, but for the most part I get up the next day ready to do it all over again.

One of my secrets for being able to tackle the day and survive intact is to carry everything I need with me. Today I am sharing what is in my current Tackle the Day Survival Kit (aka my bag).

As any smart mom or busy woman on-the-go, we all know the power of our purse, and the importance of making sure everything we'll need throughout the day is in it. I have another bag filled with my work essentials: laptop, mouse, chargers, etc. But in my handbag I carry everything else I will need:

  • My comfy new scarf because 5:00AM drop offs are so cold - this also makes a great pillow if I happen to pass out waiting for the kids to get out of school
  • My card holder with one credit card and pre-loaded coffee card

  • Snacks that won't make me get the jitters
  • My refillable water bottle - less waste and I can even add ice!

  • Aleve Back & Muscle Pain Tablets 

I put my whole self into each day and I'm not going to let back and muscle pain sideline me. On those days when my back is killing me, I turn to Aleve Back & Muscle Pain.

Aleve Back & Muscle Pain offers all day pain relief so I can overcome my tough pain and put my whole self into each day. With a one-pill dose, Aleve helps me power through the day and allows me to live life without that awful backache pain that creeps into my life more and more as I get older.

Aleve Back & Muscle Pain is now available at Walmart. Only Aleve offers up to 12 hours of pain relief in just 1 pill*. All Day Strong, All Day long. *Among leading OTC brands, based on minimum labelled dosing. Use as Directed. For occasional sleeplessness associated with minor pain try Aleve PM.

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Life is busy and each day is another test in perseverance and patience but I have zero complaints. I know that I am actually very lucky to be able to work from home so that I am able to be here for my kids, my grandchildren, my mom and all of our pets. I am: the prescription runner, the "I forgot my homework" dropper-offer (is that a word?) and I could not be happier about it. After aches and pains are covered with Aleve Back & Muscle Pain and Aleve PM for those occasional nights that the pain interrupts my sleep.

Getting Ready for Game Day at Dollar General | Shrimp Tapas

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyDollarGeneralWin 

We're excited for the arrival of football season, especially college football. While we no longer live in our home town, it's still the team that we root for every single year. This year we are looking forward cheering on our team, and having a lots of good times with friends and family as we sweat it out in front of the TV. 

Nothing says game day like good food and drinks, and this college football season the family and I are stocking up at our local Dollar General for everything we will need for game day. I love how convenient having a Dollar General only two blocks from home is. It's so quick and easy to pop in for all  our game day watching needs: paper towels, napkins, serve ware and of course Dr Pepper®.

We're a pretty large family so it's important to me that I can stock up for extra savings of Dr Pepper at Dollar General. Plus all the other Dollar General brand essentials we need are also super inexpensive, most only $1-$2.  My budget definitely goes a long way by shopping there. 

Dr Pepper is the perfect drink for watching college football because of its rich, indulgent, one of a kind flavor. It's super versatile when it comes to pairing it with sweet and savory dishes (my favorite), including the really simple appetizer I am sharing below. 


2lb clean pre-cooked shrimp
4 mangos diced
2 tablespoon oil
2 garlic cloves
2 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions: Prepare mango cubes. Then in a large skillet heat oil, adding garlic and stirring for a minute or less. Add shrimp,  salt and pepper, stirring for another minute. Lastly, add Sriracha sauce and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Cooking time for the shrimp should be no more than 5 minutes total - unless you're working with raw shrimp.

Plate by inserting a shrimp and one cube of mango on a toothpick. Serve hot or cold and don't forget to add a cold glass of Dr Pepper. 

And as easy as that I have a sweet & spicy appetizer that the family will enjoy and it didn't take me very long to prepare it. 

This is exactly my kind of dish - something quick and easy yet super flavorful. I will leave the heavy tailgate-style cooking to the professionals (the guys). 

Dr Pepper has been part of college football for over 25 years now, don't forget to include it in your college football party or get together by stocking up at Dollar General. 

Say “I Love You” to Your Cat

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DineALaCat #CollectiveBias

Suddenly, after many years of not having any pets at all I have now become the mother of cats. It began with the first cat which was brought to me after the owner sent her to the pound. Being the softie that I am, I could not let this poor kitten go to a high-kill shelter. She was only the beginning of this new cat lady life - because soon after not only was I feeding the stray cats in the area, but I also took in a mom who was about to have her kittens. 

Now I have a house full of cats and while it can be quite the chore to keep them all clean, fed and happy - it's also very rewarding. These cats, especially the kittens who were born here and only know this home and us, are more than just pets, they are family. These are just a few of the ways that we let them know we love them, even though there are so many of them and it can be hard!

PLAY TIME : Cats are very playful creatures and love a good toy. I like to pick up a few toys for them every time I visit PetSmart to buy them food. While we have run the gamut of toys, I find that they love little rolling balls and mice the most. 

As cats get older and they are fixed they do tend to get on the lazy side, ours would just love to lounge about all day. That's why having a selection of toys to get them moving about is also important. They can literally spend hours upon hours rolling the little balls around, something they enjoy doing in the middle of the night. 

CUDDLE TIME: Cats might seem like they don't need a whole lot of one-on-one attention but the more I get to know them the more I have learned that they actually love it. While a few of the kittens are pretty standoffish, a few of the others love a good cuddle session. 

Long haired cats specifically need a lot of upkeep but it's easy enough to keep their fur in check with a daily brush session which turns into a scratching session. 

SHOPPING AT PETSMART: I love it when I can find a one stop store that has everything I need and PetSmart is definitely the place to shop if you have pets. Here I can pick up everything from food to cat liter and not spend my time going from store to store. 

Stock up on your cat’s soon-to-be favorites: When shopping at PetSmart I always make sure to add some extras for all the cats. There is nothing that your cat will enjoy more than Fancy Feast Filets, Broth and Appetizers. If you've not seen these before, they have them in the area where the cat treats are and are an amazing way to complement your cat's meals, in a really delicious way. 

Fancy Feast® complements are not intended to be fed as a complete meal, these are small sides that can be served as an appetizer, as a snack in between regular meals, or as part of a meal. 

Our cats favorites are: FANCY FEAST Broths Tuna Whitefish Shrimp Classic which we like to serve them before their dry food. Oh, they love this broth!! From the minute that they see us serving their little bowls with the broth they get so excited. 

If your cats have a diet of all or mostly dry food, I highly suggest letting them try the FANCY FEAST Broths Tuna Whitefish Shrimp Classic. I guarantee you that your cat will know you love them when you feed them this yummy broth. 

Their second favorite is the Purely Fancy Feast Filets Natural Tuna filets, talk about a treat! You can flake it on top of your cat’s dry food, break it into a tender treat, or even serve it whole. Each filet is substantial enough that it makes a great snack and they love them. 

Purely Fancy Feast Filets Natural Tuna filets are perfect for delighting your cat at snack time, mealtime, anytime!

Our cats are family and even though there are so many of them, it's important that they all feel loved and wanted. They honestly don't require a whole lot other than a roof over their heads and food. But it's nice to be able to give them more, especially when it's as easy as adding Fancy Feast®  gourmet complements to their meals and a little bit of one-on-one attention. 

See how others are saying "I love you" to their cats HERE and score some cash back on your purchase of these products at PetSmart. IBOTTA OFFER beginning on 9/5, earn cash back when you buy any two (2) Purely Fancy Feast® Filets, for a limited time.  

Back to School Essentials at Dollar General

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SparkleWithGain #ILoveGain #CollectiveBias

The back-to-school season is in full swing and today I am going to share how having a Dollar General so close to us has been super convenient. With a store just two blocks from our place, it's easy to pop in with the kids after class and grab all those essential must-have items that make back-to-school easier. 

School Supplies: I feel like we've already purchased so many school supplies, yet the kids keep getting lists for items they need to take in to school. Luckily, Dollar General has a really great selection of school supplies, including items needed for school projects.

Laundry essentials: One of my favorite items to stock up on at Dollar General has to be laundry products. I use the Dollar General app and can always count on coupons for our favorite brand of laundry detergent. If you love Gain then you will be excited to learn that there is an EXCLUSIVE to Dollar General scent called Fresh Water Sparkle that smells so incredibly fresh and clean! Head to the Dollar General coupon page to get your own coupons by clicking the banner below!

I took advantage of the coupons and grabbed: NEW Gain Flings! Laundry Detergent Pacs in Fresh Water Sparkle scent, NEW Gain Fireworks In-Wash Scent Booster Beads in Fresh Water Sparkle scent along with Gain Liquid Laundry Detergent in Fresh Water Sparkle Scent.

With 4 kids in a uniform-only school we do a lot of laundry each week and nothing makes this chore less of a pain than having a range of good products to get it done. Having a complete Gain regimen at the ready, means we can get our almost daily load of wash in and out pronto and easy. Plus this Fresh Water Sparkle scent makes all of our clothes smell so good and I love knowing that the kids head out the door each day smelling so fresh and clean! 

Laundry and storage solutions: Something else I find myself stocking up on a lot at Dollar General is laundry and storage solutions, especially since we have to keep the kids uniforms separate from their regular clothes. School mornings are super hectic so having their uniforms in one location just makes things simpler.

This trip we grabbed a new laundry basket, some cute hangers and a basket to catch all the single socks that come out of every load we do. Seriously, where do all these socks that are missing go?

As a Gain-enthusiast, it makes me so happy to get home with a new Gain scent to do some laundry.

  • Gain Flings! Laundry Detergent Pacs, Fresh Water Sparkle: Gain flings! laundry detergent pacs are packed with 50% more scent than Gain liquid laundry detergent. Always place the pac directly into the drum before your clothes and make sure to add extra pacs for larger loads.
  • Gain Fireworks In-Wash Scent Booster Beads, Fresh Water Sparkle: Gain Fireworks scent beads that give your clothes an extra boost of scent. The more scent beads you add, the more amazing your laundry smells. Just shake the scent beads directly into the drum of your washer before your clothes. BTW - these are the BOMB - they can give your clothes up to 12 weeks of freshness!

And don't forget to get the kids into the action on laundry day, my daughter actually really likes to help fold and hang their uniforms because everything just smells so good. Plus there is something so soothing about the scent of warm clothes straight from the dryer - it's so homey and comforting.

As you can see, Dollar General has been playing a major part in making the back-to-school transition easier for us. I'll definitely be making another trip next week for more essentials and more Gain Flings! Laundry Detergent Pacs in Fresh Water Sparkle scent - after grabbing more coupons.