About Katharine

Katharine is a full-time mom and wife with a passion for writing. She is a teacher to a wonderful group of little people. Katharine has also worked previously as a licensed Cosmetologist. Her life revolves around blogging, writing, health, fitness, family, and faith!

Curing Cystic Acne During Stressful Times

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These are definitely strange and stressful times we’re living in right now. In our state, COVID-19 has everyone quarantined in their homes. Unemployment is high, grocery stores are pretty cleared out, and everyone is feeling stressed. My job let us know that we’d be off of work indefinitely until it was safe for the school district to resume. My husband’s employer did the same. In addition, less than three weeks prior, I lost my father. Basically, with all the combined stress, my skin started to explode in painful cystic acne.

At the store, my usual cleanser was gone and impossible to find online. I was desperate for a solution! Signature Clear had really good reviews, so I was excited to give it a try.

I have to admit, the idea of rubbing a product with oil all over my cystic acne made me very hesitant. But, I decided to be brave and trust the process. I highly recommend trying the Acne Clearing Bundle. It’s everything you need, and it gave me a chance to try each of the products. For me, the Acne Clearing Bundle worked harmoniously to clear my breakouts.

First, I started with the Magic Melter by taking a pea sized amount and warming it up in the palm of my hands. Then, I rubbed the Magic Melter over my face, avoiding eyes. Lastly, take the dampened muslin cloth and wipe off the Magic Melter from the skin. You may also repeat this process. I love this stuff because it really “melts” away the makeup, oil, and impurities from my skin. My skin looks and feels very clean!

Next, I recommend following up with Magic Oil. Apply a few drops to your hand, rub together in palms, and apply to your face. Concentrate especially on the areas with heavy breakouts. This hydrating oil helps clear acne and strengthens your skin against bacteria. Magic Oil removes makeup, cleanses skin, moisturizes, and doubles as a makeup primer!

The oils in Signature Clear products are ranked very low on the comedogenic scales, which prevents them from causing breakouts. The oils bring balance and nourishment to oily skin. Signature Clear is made from natural ingredients such as hemp, manuka, and black currant oils. There are never any fragrances, fillers, or preservatives.

Signature Clear is a nourishing and natural approach to cystic acne. Even with life’s stressful moments, I like having a natural solution that not only heals my cystic acne, but it hydrates and improves my skin’s texture.

For More Information on Signature Clear Products:

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Getting Clean and Safe Water When Supply is Limited

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These are definitely uncertain times we’re living in right now. It’s almost like being in a science fiction movie, isn’t it? Due to COVID-19, our state has ordered all residents to shelter in place. Many other states are also ordering people to do the same.

In Michigan, this means that we are expected not to leave our homes unless we’re getting groceries, seeking medical attention, aiding a family member, or working in an essential field. Our governor has also requested that people get groceries delivered when possible. For nearly three days, I tried to order groceries. A lot of the supplies I had requested were out of stock, which was very frustrating. I quickly learned that water is one of the essentials that seems to be in shortest supply. How can we find clean and safe water when supply is so limited? I had to get resourceful with other options.

Water filtration systems are a great thing to have in your house, whether you’re in quarantine or not. It’s much more cost effective than purchasing countless jugs or bottles of spring water. In addition, it’s also far better for our environment. Less plastic in our landfills is much better for our planet.

When water is in short supply, water filtration systems allow you to make plenty for your family! I was even able to fill up a few jugs of water for family and neighbors who weren’t able to get any from the local grocery store.

I’ve used many filtration systems, but my favorite by far is the Aquasana Clean Water Machine. I actually love this machine so much, after I reviewed mine, I purchased one for my mother.

Aquasana Clean Water Machine effectively purifies one gallon of water at a time. I love that it removes 99% of lead and asbestos, as well as 96% of chlorine, chloramines and 73 other harmful contaminants.

In addition, it removes:

  • HEAVY METALS– like lead and mercury
  • CYSTS– that resist chlorine like giardia and cryptosporidium
  • ORGANIC CHEMICALS– like herbicides, pesticides and VOCs
  • PHARMACEUTICALS– like estrone and ibuprofen

For Alkaline water fans, Aquasana Clean Water Machine reduces acidic compounds and preserves naturally occurring minerals that improve water alkalinity and overall pH levels for optimally hydrating water.

The Aquasana Clean Water Machine is very easy to use. I’ll admit that I was intimidated by how impressive it looks. But it’s really very simple! Just fill the pitcher, place back into the filter dock, and the Aquasana Clean Water Machine will filter the water for you in about 30 seconds.

Here’s a informative video that shows you just how easy the Aquasana Clean Water Machine is to use:

The Aquasana Clean Water Machine is a good investment for you home, family, and health. Clean water helps our bodies operate at optimum capacity. This machine has been a life saver and made it possible for my family to get clean water while there’s been a massive shortage. We will continue to use Aquasana because it’s economically and environmentally smart. I highly recommend this for your household as well.

For More on Aquasana: Website

The Best New Products For Women’s Health

The Best New Products For Women's Health
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It’s a brand new year and a chance to feel better than ever before! Because well-being and fitness are important to me, I love discovering new products that support women’s health.

I wear lots of hats as a wife, mom, daughter, and working mom. Most days leave me feeling drained and exhausted. It’s important that I have products in my life that help me look and feel my very best. 

I’m excited to share with some of my recent finds! Whether you’re a college student, stay-at-home mom, beloved Nana or a corporate mama, there’s something for every woman at every age.

For most of my life, I’ve struggled with the exact opposite of gorgeous hair. Naturally, I have very fine hair without much volume. After my son was born, I actually ended up losing a lot of hair! After that, I knew I needed to find a supplement that could help improve my hair.

I was really excited to check out Vegamour Love Struck Biotin Gummies. I love the super cute heart shape, and the summer strawberry flavor is tasty! Vegamour Love Struck Biotin Gummies are vegan, gluten-free, gelatin-free, and contain zero artificial flavors. 

Vegamour Love Struck Biotin Gummies are comprised of a special blend of vitamins and minerals that promote healthy hair, starting from the scalp and encouraging hair growth. Made of a power-packed blend of biotin, folic acid, B-5,6,12, Vitamin A,C, and E. These were incredibly gentle on my stomach and I could even take them on an empty stomach!

Low carb diets are very popular right now. Whether it’s Keto, South Beach, Paleo – many people are switching to a low carb way of life and reaping the benefits. My husband and I follow the Keto diet which can sometimes leave us feeling fatigued, especially when our electrolytes are out of whack. Ultima Replenisher has become a daily essential for me!

I can’t stress enough how well this product works! After a workout or a hot day, this is the perfect “pick me up,” as it replenishes electrolytes lost. Ultima Replenisher is vegan, gluten-free, GMO-free, caffeine free, peanut/soy free, and sweetened with organic stevia. Simply add the packet to your bottled water, shake, and enjoy. I highly recommend the Cherry Pomegranate flavor, so delicious!

Rosebud Woman is a family-owned business that puts great care into the products they create. Every feminine health item they make is plant-based and gentle for skin. I also love that when I purchase from Rosebud Woman, a portion of their proceeds are donated to vetted non-profits who are supporting women and their families. 

I highly recommend Honor Regenerating Balm! It’s a great balm for women of any age, very gentle and nourishing for the most intimate skin. Honor Regenerating Balm improves skin resilience and accelerates skin repair. This has helped me greatly since becoming a mom. Applying Honor Regenerating Balm before baby helps reduce the risk of tearing during delivery. For current moms, it will promote faster healing after giving birth. For menopausal women, this will help greatly with frequent dryness. I recommend using this nightly to revitalize intimate skin, or it can also be used 10 minutes before a sensual encounter. 

Many of us need a little help getting our “groove” back after we’ve had children or reached a certain age. Arouse Stimulating Serum has definitely become one of my go-to products. If you’ve been feeling a lack of sensation, it will help enhance any sensual encounter. Using a natural stimulant, Spilanthes Acmella, it will deliver a gentle tingle to the most intimate areas. This luxurious serum stimulates, lubricates, plumps and tingles! 

These days, I’ve got plenty of aches and pains. I’d been searching for a natural source of pain relief instead of constantly reaching for the bottle of aspirin. I’ve heard wonderful feedback from friends that tried CBD products for pain relief. I loved getting to check out Muscle MX CBD Balm, it worked fantastic for me! Muscle MX CBD Balm is THC-free and made in the USA with all-natural ingredients.

Muscle MX CBD Balm Activate works at the start of your day, apply first thing when you wake up. Muscle MX CBD Balm Activate will help prevent any pain later in the day. I love to use this on the back of my calves and lower back.

Muscle MX CBD Balm Recovery is the perfect remedy for sore muscles. My husband swears by this stuff after a long day at work! It’s icy cool and feels so soothing anywhere I’m feeling tension or pain.

For additional muscle relief, the Rykr Roll is a unique handheld massager that gently applies accupressure to muscles. I love using Rykr Roll on my feet, calves, arms, back, and temples! Self massage is an effective method of pain relief that doesn’t involve costly pills or prescriptions with dangerous side effects.

Rykr Roll works on muscles to increase oxygen flow and improve blood circulation. In addition to relief for sore muscles, Rykr Roll also works to relieve symptoms of arthritis and fibromyalgia.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these new and exciting women’s health products! Let’s make 2020 the year that we feel our best! What products have you been enjoying this year? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

For More on These Great Companies and Products:

Rykr Roll: Website / Facebook / Twitter

Muscle MX CBD: Website / Facebook / Instagram

Ultima Replenisher: Website / Facebook / Twitter

Vegamour: Website / Facebook / Instagram

Rosebud Woman: Website / Facebook / Instagram

The Perfect Prosecco For Your New Years Celebration

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New Years Eve is here and one of the finishing touches is the perfect Prosecco for your New Years celebration. Since my husband’s birthday is on January 2nd, we’re throwing a combined birthday party and New Years Eve celebration on the 31st.

I love entertaining and having our friends over. However, it definitely takes a lot of work. From planning food, activities, drinks, and massively cleaning my entire house.

This year, we decided to do a more casual New Years Eve party than we’ve done in years past. Comfy clothes or pajamas will be the dress code. We’ll be serving pizza, crock pot party meatballs, chips, pretzels, and drinks. For fun, we’ll be playing lots of board games, cards, and trivia games. Basically, we just want everyone to comfortable, relax, and have fun.

Pizza and crock pot meatballs were easy picks for casual comfort food. However, finding the right sparkling wine was more of a task! But, after a long search, I’ve found the perfect fit with Mionetto Prosecco.

I’m a girly girl and it just isn’t New Years until I’ve had my pink wine! My mini bottles of Mionetto Rose’ Prosecco  are perfect for sharing at our party! I know many of my girlfriends will love this pink sparkling wine in adorable pink bottles!

Mionetto Rose’ Prosecco is extra dry and is made from soft pressed red grapes, with beautiful notes of Peach Blossom, Raspberries, Morello Cherry and Strawberries. It also pairs wonderfully with turkey and fish.

For a more classic sparkling wine, I will also be serving Prosecco DOC Treviso Brut to our guests. This sparkling wine in the mini bottles is so perfect for guests to enjoy!

Prosecco DOC Treviso Brut has a wonderfully golden hue! It is flavored with notes of Golden Delicious Apple, Honey, and White Peach. I love the classic and elegant taste of this wine!

In conclusion, whether your New Years Eve party is casual or glam, I highly recommend Mionetto Prosecco. I love the clean and sophisticated taste! I know our guests are really going to both the Prosecco DOC Treviso Brut and Mionetto Rose’ Prosecco.

For More Information on Mionetto:

Mionetto Prosecco: Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

Quick Holiday Gifts For Any Fashionista

Quick Holiday Gifts For Any Fashionista
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Do you have a fashionista on your shopping list this Christmas? The holidays have finally arrived and that means it’s time to get serious about coming up with some great holiday gift options. As someone that loves fashion, I’ve found some quick holidays gifts for any fashionista (including yourself) on your list!

The right makeup is essential for anyone that loves clothing and beauty trends. The perfect beauty products help complete any look, from day to night. I’ve fallen hard for the Shaina B. Cosmetics Miami Eyeshadow Palette. It’s absolutely gorgeous! The colors are so unique and exquisite!

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I love the Shaina B. Miami Palette! It’s so versatile! To achieve this retro pin-up inspired daytime look: Lid: So Deco Crease and Outer Corners: Vice & Causeway (Blended) Brow Bone: Haulover Nude. I also added Shaina B. Miami PRO Lashes in Be Glam to finish the look off.

I love that the Shaina B. Cosmetics Miami Eyeshadow Palette has the perfect blend of stunning neutrals for during the day. In addition, there are also plenty of fierce party colors for at night. I also like mixing the neutrals and bold colors for a fun holiday look. I highly recommend using the Shaina B. Cosmetics Eye Crease Brush because it blends shadow evenly for a polished look. Finish the look with Shaina B. Miami PRO Lashes for a sexy and dramatic look.

This palette has an equal amount of shimmer and matte shadows, which makes it so versatile! The shadow blends easily and is highly pigmented. This is a perfect gift because you can create a variety of great looks with these beautiful colors. Here’s a list of the colors you’ll receive in this palette:

HIGHLIGHT SHADES

Haulover Nude:Pale gold with icy shimmer finish.

 Bisquecayne: Creamy beige with a matte finish.

 LID SHADES

Magic City: Medium, yellow gold with glittery, metallic finish.

Port-Au-Princess: Rose gold with metallic finish .

Heat: Intense copper with sparkling, metallic finish.

 Everglade: Deep bronze with gold sparkle .

 Causeway: Cool purple with a frost finish.

 Fountainblue: BRIGHT cobalt blue with a satin finish .

TRANSITION SHADES

Wynwood: Warm medium brown with a matte finish.

South Peach: Warm orange with a matte finish.

So Deco: Mauve pink with a matte finish.

DEFINER SHADES

Vice:Warm burgundy with a matte finish.

Cafecito:Warm brown with a matte finish.

Design District:Cool black with a matte finish.

In conclusion, Shaina B. Cosmetics Miami Eyeshadow Palette and any other products from Shaina B. Cosmetics will please the fashionista on your holiday list. They are perfecting for gifting or receiving!

For a present, you can never go wrong with jewelry because it’s a timeless gift. I love the designs from WHITL Woodworking because they are so creative and lovely! Each one of their creations are the perfect balance of feminine with a little sweet southern flare.

Manufactured in Texas from ethically sourced wood, they are beautiful and morally-made. WHITL Woodworking also donates jewelry to the Women’s Job Corp that assists homeless women with finding employment. I love that because it’s a gift that’s fun to give and makes a difference!

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For fall and the Christmas season, I enjoy wearing the Buffalo Plaid and Antler Earrings. Buffalo plaid is so popular now and the added little antler is the perfect compliment. From October through December, these earrings have been a great accessory because they’re so cute! They’re perfect for holiday dinners, bonfires, and Christmas parties.

The Leopard Print and Cross Earrings are one of my year-round favs! These are so sassy and girly, I just adore them! I proudly rock these at church, work, and even date nights!

For a bohemian look, the Maple Leaf Wood Earrings are a great accessory. These definitely attract attention because of the artistic and sophisticated look of them! In addition, the warm rust color is beautiful and pairs well with many of my black shirts and dresses.

In conclusion, I hope you’ve enjoyed some of these fun and unique gift ideas! They are trendy and should please any fashionista on your Christmas gift. Also, these options make a great present for yourself!

For More on These Great Products and Companies:

WHITL Woodworking: Website

Shaina B. Cosmetics:Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / YouTube

The Benefits of Family Game Nights During The Winter

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These cold months have already found us! Many of us are looking for fun activities to do with our families as we’re snowed in. Did you know that there are benefits of family game nights during the winter?

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The Hottest Christmas Gifts For The Man In Your Life

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Well, can you believe it? It’s already that time of the year when we need to be thinking about presents for the special guys that do so much for us. I’m excited to share with you some of the hottest Christmas gifts for the man in your life.

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Tasty and Yummy Pumpkin Coffee For Fall

Tasty and Yummy Pumpkin Coffee For Fall-Community Coffee Spiced Pumpkin Pecan Pie
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Fall is my favorite time of the year. Crisp air, yummy pumpkin coffee, cozy sweaters, and beautiful leaves. Getting cozy with a delicious cup of coffee is one my greatest pleasures. From Caramel to Pumpkin Spice, there are so many delicious fall flavors!

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Fall For Healthy Food and Drink Favorites

Fall Foods and Drinks that are healthy
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I don’t know about you, but summer seemed to fly by for our family. It was very busy! Actually, we really tried to stay healthy and active. We spent a lot of time outdoors, swimming, and traveling. It was a very relaxed pace of life. But, next thing I knew, it was fall! We gathered our favorite Fall Foods and Drinks!

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Easy Summer Fashion for Busy Moms

Well, we finally made it to summer! I don’t know about you, but I’m loving the sunshine and warm weather. But, then I knew it was important to start looking for easy summer fashion for busy moms, like me.

Easy Summer Fashion for Busy Moms
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At the beginning of summer, our family took a big, much needed vacation. Basically, it was our way of detoxing from all the hurried demand of the school year.

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