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Friday, July 26, 2019

Five Friday Favorites Anti Aging Edition

Hello everyone, today I want to share my Five Friday Favorites Anti Aging Edition.

I am focusing on antiaging products that are a must for my beauty regimen. I have been using these products since my mid thirties and have seen a dramatic improvement in my skin. 
The use of a daily exfoliator, microneedling, glycolic acid and red light therapy are what I believe have slowed down the aging process of my skin dramatically. I am using in my current skincare routine below as well but my cleansers and moisturizers do change. I like the kaolin clay cleanser but I sometimes use the Acne Free Cleanser when I am nearing my monthly cycle as it prevents monthly breakouts. I also use Retin-A but switch to something less potent in the summer months, the Roc for sensitive skin has less retinol than the regular formula.

This is a small jar but a little goes a long way. I LOVE this mask as a cleanser. It tones my skin as well reduces pore visibility.  I usually wet my skin and spread a small layer of this cleanser on and let it sit for a minute or two while I'm brushing my teeth, I then use my Mia Clarasonic to remove it.

This clarasonic does an AMAZING job cleansing and exfoliating my skin. I have tried the knock-off brands and they do not compare nor do they work. Save yourself the money and just go for the Clarasonic when you can. There is something superior about the sonic technology with the exfoliating brush.

 I have been using Glycolix Elite 20% pads for four years now and they are my favorite, cannot live without, skincare product. You do not have to rinse the product off like you do with other glycolic acid products. I cannot tell you enough how these pads brighten and clear my skin. These pads minimize my pores, fine lines and feel so refreshing. They can be a bit pricey but I sometimes cut these in half and they work just as well. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to test it out in an inconspicuous spot to make sure they do not irritate your skin. You should also try using them every other day until you are sure your skin has adjusted to them. Also, don't use around the sensitive eye area. Try them, I am confident you will see an improvement in your skin.

This is a handy little tool that I believe to be a vital part of my skincare routine. Microneedling actually promotes collagen production in your skin by creating tiny little punctures in your skin. Your body then sends extra collagen to heal those little puncture wounds which reduces the appearance of scarring, stretchmarks or wrinkles. It doesn't hurt but it may feel a little uncomfortable when you use your microneedler for the first few times. Just apply gentle pressure and then continue to increase pressure each day.

5. RoC

 As I said, I use a variety of moisturizers but I like RoC as an over the counter retinol treatment. I prefer a lower percentage of retinol for the summer use as it makes my skin less sensitive to the sun. 

And here is my bonus favorite that will dramatically improve the texture of your skin in just two weeks:

NASA uses red light therapy because wounds do not heal as quickly in space as they do on earth. Red light stimulates collagen production causing the wounds to heal quicker. It is effective in pain reduction for cancer patients. Red Light Therapy helps with the production of collagen as well, speeds the healing process and reduces pain. Red Light Therapy has proven to be effective I like to use this in combination with my microneedler. I have noticed an great improvement in the smoothness of my skin since using this combination. 

As I said earlier, my cleansers vary and my moisturizers vary but the tools I use and the glycolic acid are a staple in my skincare routine. I hope my research and trial will help you with your antiaging skincare routine. Thank you for reading. 
Grace & Peace, 
Adoring Family
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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Proven Biblical Money Principles

We have gone through Financial Peace University twice as well as read Dave's books. I find his no nonsense, Biblical approach to be helpful and motivating. We decided to start on a debt free journey. Read more about that here. We sold our home, paid of our credit cards and cars and we were finall debt free. We built our rental home with cash. After living in our rental for two years, we decided to take out a home equity loan on that  and build our dream home. We have acquired some debt but we know that by following the principles below we can be debt free again.

1. LIVE ON A WRITTEN BUDGET Get on a budget. On paper. On purpose. Every month. stick to the budget. Decide to start managing money well. TODAY.
"For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it?" Luke


This is a hard one for us right now. We are praying through what we feel is best for our family but we will take the debt snowball tactic with what we do have. Look up debt snowball to pay off debt. 
"The rich rule over the poor and the borrower is slave to the lender." Proverbs 22:7

You become like the 5 people you hang around with the most. Choose your friends wisely.
"Do not be deceived: evil company corrupts good habits." 1 Corinthians

"In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil." Proverbs
A foolish man devours all he has... don't spend everything you bring in!
5. BE INCREDIBLY GENEROUS I love what he says about leaving a tip! BE GENEROUS.
... for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7 Blessings to all of you and thank you for reading. Grace & peace, Adoring Family

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Savory Summer Soup

I'm sharing this soup recipe in the summer because its so delicious and one of my staple meals. I still eat it during the summer months even though soups are considered more of a fall or winter dish. It's light yet creamy and makes a great dinner at only 255 calories per serving.

1 block of cream cheese (get the central market organic or the Challenge brand)

1 lb Jennie o breakfast Turkey 

1 yellow squash
1 yellow onion medium
1 bunch kale

1 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
Garlic salt 
Season salt to taste

Brown turkey and add in cream cheese until melted (or melt cream cheese in microwave). Add half a pot of water and all the veggies that have been chopped. Season w salts and pepper. Add vinegar. Simmer until veggies are tender. 

Hope you love it as much as we do if you try it!
Thank you for reading.
Grace & peace,
Adoring Family