Hey there, Ladies!
I've been wanting to do a "favorites" post for a looooong time but I just...never have! So I finally gathered together a few of my favorite products, people, and apps to share with you in case you're looking for some new things to love! I mean...where can you go wrong with adding more things to love into your life? You really can't.
So here ya go!
Brand I Used - Aldi's Simply Nature brand
Amount Bought - 14 Ounces / 28 TBSP
Amount Needed - 1 TBSP
Bought At - Aldi
Full Cost of the Oil - $4.99
Cost for 1 TBSP - 17.8 cents
Less Expensive Alternative
(that I stupidly didn't realize was
cheaper until today!)
LouAna Coconut Oil
Bought at - Meijer
Cost for 1 TBSP - 11.6 cents
FULL COST OF ONE CONTAINER OF WIPES
That is more than half the cost of store bought wipes! Almost 1/3 of the cost! And you don't have to run to the store every single week because you've run out of wipes.
AND IF YOU USE LOUANA COCONUT OIL INSTEAD OF ALDI BRAND'S IT'S EVEN CHEAPER.
It's only 95 CENTS per container!
TIP - Use a microwave-safe measuring cup/container with a pouring spout. It makes pouring the solution much easier!
Once the water is warm add the coconut oil and stir / let it sit until it's melted completely. Add the baby shampoo and baby oil then stir until it's well blended
Take the middle piece of cardboard out of the center of the paper towels. Find the end of the cardboard in the center of the roll and pull on it until it spirals all the way out.
PS - This recipe is not restricted to natural products only. If you want to go even cheaper, do the math and see if you can get some store brand baby oil and shampoo at a lower cost than the ones I used. I'm sure you could pay up to 1/4 of the money you'd pay for store bought wipes. If you go even cheaper let me know in the comments!
Also, let me know in the comments if you use an even cheaper recipe or let me know how you make your baby wipes! I'm sure other mamas reading would love to see some alternative options.
Love you all!
And no, I'm not writing this post to brag and say, "Look what I'm giving up for Lent. I'm so holy!" Absolutely not. I started my blog to help inspire people and teach the lessons I've had to learn the hard way. I love helping others and this is just another means of doing so.
Let's start from the beginning though. I was in the shower on Monday thinking about what I'm going to give up for Lent. You know, because all of everyone's best ideas, epiphanies, and spiritual awakenings happen in the shower. Or on the toilet. Don't lie - you know it's true! Well, as I scrubbed the day's makeup off my face it hit me:
"What if I gave up makeup
Someone insulted me once on Instagram and commented, "Cover up your face!" Sorry, let me say that again. Someone tried to insult me once on Instagram. It was weak. Anyway, I realized my face is covered. With makeup! No, I'm not trying to find some philosophical reason why makeup is evil or something, It's not evil. But, I do think that if people can't still enjoy me without makeup on then I don't want to be friends or acquaintances with them anyway! Further, if I can't enjoy myself without makeup on, then there is a deeper problem. I am not me with makeup on. I'm myself when I wake up in the morning, and when I wash my makeup off at night. Makeup is an additive to me. It is not me.
You would think that after attending a school for thirteen years of my life (K through 12th grade) where I wasn't allowed to wear makeup I'd be more comfortable with this. In fact, my skin was 10x worse in high school than it is now. But nonetheless, in high school I managed to date, to have friends, to go to my job at the mall, and to post pictures of myself on Facebook all without makeup on. So what's the big deal? Logically? Nothing. I'm fine with it. In fact, I'm excited about this challenge! But, emotionally, I'm scared. It's human nature to be self-conscious and that's what's getting to me.
I know, I know, to all of you who don't wear makeup, you're scoffing at me. I wish I was as confident in my looks as you are! I wish my eyebrows were as on point as yours are (without filling them in). But they just aren't! Or at least, I don't feel like they are.
This isn't about
It's about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Lent is about our Lord. We are supposed to be focused on Him all of the time, but especially during these 40 days. While I don't wear makeup every day by any means, I will take that 20 minutes I'd spend on my makeup and use it to spend time with Christ. Why? Because He deserves it more than my favorite hobbies. I decided that giving up Facebook doesn't work for me because I have a blog. Of course I'm going to be on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! It's my job. I realistically can't expect myself to get on and ignore everything else around updating my blog page with my newest post. While I will definitely try to cut back on recreational social media (as a general life rule) I'm not going to try to ban myself from it for Lent. And giving up desserts this year just didn't seem to cut it. I needed to step outside my comfort zone this year. I mean, really step outside of it.
So I challenge you to make yourself even just a little uncomfortable this Lent! For all you girls, definitely consider giving up makeup if you wear it! But, you aren't confined to makeup in this challenge. Give something up that will hurt a little. If you love coffee try giving that up. If you think you'll fall asleep at the wheel on the way to work without it just try not sweetening it with all that sugar and creamer. Drink it black, sailor! As my parish priest said to me with a smirk the other day, "There are some people who should not give up coffee. Not for Lent and not ever for everyone else's safety and sanity." Haha! Very true. As another option you could maybe give up texting. Step outside your comfort zone and call, yes CALL people. Yeah, it's hard for us millennials, okay?? Haha!
But seriously, I challenge you to get on social media and use the hashtag
If, however, you're giving up social media for Lent, use the hashtags only on Sundays! I don't want to be an enabler here! Haha. And, if you didn't know, during Lent you have a "cheat day" on Sundays! Sundays are a day of rest, and as such, you can eat your sweets, use your Instagram, drink your coffee, and contour your cheeks to your hearts content. AND, if you aren't Catholic, you can still participate in Lent! I wrote a post about it last year that you can check out HERE.
If you still aren't convinced or on board with the no makeup challenge, here are a few more reasons:
1. You'll save time in the morning! Imagine having 20 (or more) minutes to sleep. That sounds like all the reasoning you need right there! ;)
2. Your face will be healthier! Putting makeup on clogs your pores like nobody's business. Letting them air out 6 out of 7 days a week for 4 or 5 weeks will refresh and unclog your beautiful face! Plus, your dermatologist will love you.
3. You might learn to love and appreciate your beauty again! Remember when you were 12 and you thought you looked nice when all you had to do was braid your hair? Boom. That would be nice, huh?
4. You probably won't feel the need to wear as much makeup as often after this is over!
5. You'll save money! Self explanatory...
6. I bet you'll take better care of your skin! I bet you'll try to get better, longer sleep so you don't have huge bags under your eyes. I bet you won't rub your hands all over your face when you're stressed like you usually do. And I bet you will start to not need as much makeup after Lent is over because your skin is clearer without those clogged pored that I mentioned above. It's a happy, good "vicious cycle" to be in, am I right?
But, most importantly, our Lord needs your time and love. Think about it - what is Lent about? It's a time of sacrifice and giving up worldly goods to spend time with Christ because He died for YOU. He was nailed to a cross for YOU. Think about that. Close your eyes and think of yourself or a loved one being dragged away to be nailed to something. Terrifying isn't it? He did it for YOU. If you had been the only human He had ever created He still would have done it for YOU. That makes your mascara and your caramel macchiato seem pretty worthless doesn't it? Yeah.
So, this Lent, try to make yourself at least a little uncomfortable. I think you'll be really glad you did! I think it'll change you for the better. In fact, I know it will! What actual harm can come of this? I can't think of a single thing. Do it for Him.
Let me know in the comments if you're joining this challenge! I'd love to hear what you're giving up! Especially if it's makeup!
I'll leave you with some funny memes. Theses aren't mean to discourage you. They're meant to allow you to laugh at yourself. Don't take yourself so seriously and this will be easy!
Sooo I don't know about you guys but I get the absolute worst dry skin during the winter. I get random patches on my arms and torso. And if I dare get out of the shower and skip my facial moisturizer then my face will itch and drive me crazy until I apply some. Anyone else?
My husband Tom also gets horribly dry hands - as do I. It's no fun.
Luckily, you follow a blog called Mrs. & Mommy where we show you juuuust how to combat the flaky awfulness that is dry skin. ;)
Moisturization is so important in the winter especially so definitely take care of your skin if you want it to be healthy and look healthy for longer.
In this article I'll give you a list of the best of all the different types of body, hair, facial...etc. moisturizers. Plus, I'll tell you where to get a drugstore option for those of you on a stricter budget and a high-end option for those of you who have a little bit more $$$$$ to spend.
I also want to say that drinking lots of water is essential to keeping your entire body healthy and hydrated. The look of your skin and hair depend on the amount of water you drink. It's something I'm not very good at. I definitely need to drink more water myself! That, combined with a good diet, maybe using some coconut oil and some of these lotions/conditioners...etc. will leave you with hydrated, moisturized, healthy body :)
Click here to see my post on the 25 best ways to use coconut oil!
HYDRATING BODY WASHES
Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream
$22.00 from Kiehl's
I have not personally tried this because I'm a drugstore girl myself, but I have heard from numerous YouTubers and bloggers that this stuff is bomb. Some of the main ingredients listed on the Kiehl's website are glycerin, jojoba, and shea butter. It's similar to the St. Ives body wash above in the ingredients so I'd say you could probably get away with the drugstore option instead of paying $22 for this but I could be wrong. Just my opinion.
St Ives Indulgent Coconut Milk Body Wash
$3.99 at Target
I am currently using this in the shower and holy moly it's moisturizing! The bottle says it is made with creamy jojoba, shea, and cocoa butter. Is it just me or do you also think that you can't really get more hydrating than all of that?! My goodness. Those were the ingredients I was looking for and I couldn't believe it when I found them all in this one body was.
Score for me! And now you too.
HYDRATING BODY LOTIONS
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula
with Vitamin E
$5.28 at Walmart
I am currently trying to finish a different lotion but I have used this in the past and will go back to using it ASAP. It's amazing and will leave your skin so silky and soft! I used the stretch mark version of this while I was pregnant with Charlotte and I definitely think it helped keep them at bay. This stuff is wonderful for winter. Plus I think it smells like cake so...you can't go wrong with cake lotion! ;)
Kiehl's Crème de Corps Whipped Body Butter
$38 from Kiehl's
Like I said, I am a drugstore girl so I have not used this. Maybe one day when I can justify spending $38 on a lotion (yikes! never? haha!)
But I have looked up reviews from Allure and from Youtubers and they are wonderful. Again, the ingredients include shea butter, jojoba, and beta-carotene so you know it is extremely moisturizing!
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
$30 from First Aid Beauty
I, personally, have not used this but the reviews on this are fantastic. Eucalyptus globulus leaf extract and shea butter are just two of the moisturizing ingredients contained in this cream. YouTuber Ingrid Nilsen swears by this stuff. I'd love to try it one day myself! The reviews for this are amazing and I really think that if your skin is dry enough you should spend the $30 for this cream.
Simple Hydrating Light Moisturizer
$9.97 at Walmart
I used this a few years ago and absolutely loved it to death. Come to think of it I can;t imagine why I ever bought anything else! I'll be buying this next time I run out of moisturizer. It soaks into your skin and leaves it plump and hydrated all day and night. It contains no added fragrance so it won't irritate your skin at all. And the best part? No salicylic acid so all you pregnant mamas can use it without worry. This is by far the best facial moisturizer I've ever used.
HYDRATING HAND CREAMS
Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion
$4.97 at Walmart
This lotion isn't necessarily a hand cream, but I have heard from people directly that when this is used on the hands particularly, it is so hydrating and has even been known to get rid of eczema. YouTuber RachhLoves (Rachel Cooper) had some problems with wedding ring dermatitis (a rash as a reaction from her wedding rings) and said that this lotion soothed the uncomfort from it. I think I might try this for Charlotte when we use up our Johnson & Johnson lotion just to see what all the hype is about!
The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Africa Honey & Beeswax Hand and Foot Butter
$11 from The Body Shop
Some of the key ingredients in this "butter" are lanolin, shea butter and beeswax - some of the most hydrating that you'll find in any lotion, butter, or cream. One of the reviews on their website says: "...this product is absolutely the best for very dry winter skin. I use it on my legs and it eliminates all flaking and the itch of dry skin. I have not found a better product thru any cosmetic line."
Wow! That's quite an endorsement. I'll have to pick some of this up soon!
Dove Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo
$4.98 at Walmart
I find that Dove products in general are hydrating and moisturizing, but this is more-so than all of the others. I have used this product and can attest to the silkiness it gives your hair. It uses non-greasy natural oils to coat your hair in anti-frizz softness. It also smells amazing which is never a bad thing. Definitely get your hands (and hair) on this!
Pureology Hydrate Shampoo
$64 at Ulta Beauty
Would I spend $64 on shampoo? No. But if you can afford it I would definitely recommend this product for dry, damaged hair. YouTuber and cosmetologist Elli Mecham uses this shampoo and the conditioner to go along with it. She says that after learning the delicate nature of hair in beauty school she will never go back to drugstore shampoo. Maybe one day when I can afford to spend that kind of money on a shampoo...(More power to ya, Ellie! :))
Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle
$2.97 at Walmart
This is currently in my shower and it always will be. My mom bought this when I was younger and I always stole a few pumps of it from her shower. (Sorry, mom!) It's seriously amazing. I use it once a week on my hair in the shower and it gives my hair a deep conditioning and makes it feel so silky. Sometimes I'll wash my hair with shampoo then apply this to my hair and soak in the bath for 30 minutes or so. (After Charlotte is asleep for the night of course). I've noticed that it actually makes my hair feel and look healthier than when I apply coconut oil to it. Yeah...it's that good.
Shu Uemura Moisture Velvet Treatment 6 oz.
$68 from Shu Uemura
One of the top fragrances in this is grapefruit so that's pretty delicious! The price is pretty steep but from the reviews, if you can afford it, it looks worth it!
Here is one of the reviews on the website:
"I have been using this shampoo for over a year. Nothing else make my hair feel so soft and shiny! ✔ Yes, I recommend this product."
MOISTURIZING LIP BALMS
Beecology Lemon Lavender Lip Balm
$2.99 from Beecology
I don't think this is actually sold in drugstores but it's got a drugstore price. This amazing balm is made with essential oils, vitamin E, shea and cupuacu butters, beeswax, honey and propolis. Man! If that isn't moisturizing then I don't know what is. The reviews on this are wonderful and I'd love to get some myself. It's perfect for winter when we all know what happens to our lips. BAD THINGS. But not if you have this!
Omorovicza Perfecting Lip Balm
$45 at Nordstrom
I have never used this (I mean, it's $45...) but the reviews I've seen for it are outstanding. It has made the top picks for several other beauty bloggers that I've seen and I think if you're willing to pay for it, it would be a very good, moisturizing product!
MOISTURIZING FOOT CREAMS
Gold Bond Foot Cream, Triple Action Relief
$5.39 at Target
Oh, Gold Bond. I love you so much. I have used this before and it is a gift from heaven. I think we all have problems with dry feet in the winter and this will cure all feet problems. I'm pretty sure there is fairy dust in it. Haha ;) Get your hands (and feet) on it ASAP.
L’Occitane Foot Cream
$28 from Sephora or L'Occitane
Some of the amazing ingredients in this include shea butter, lavender essential oil, mint essential oil, and arnica extract. Arnica acts as an anti-inflammatory and healing agent. Again, I haven't tried this, but if you check out the reviews they are very positive. Just click the link to Sephora and scroll to the bottom where all the reviews are listed!
Have a great day!
My name is Hannah and I'm a lucky wife to Tom, and mama bear to two sweet girls - Charlotte & Rosalie. Coffee, lipstick, sunshine, and dresses are some of my favorite things! I love to blog about God, motherhood, "wifeyhood", food, health and much more.
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