October 28, 2015

12 Light & Natural Fall Sunscreens to Try


Summer has faded and so has my tan! It's back to reality for those of us who live in cold weather climates. There's something about the change of seasons that makes me pay attention to my skin a bit more. Just in the last few weeks I've had a huge breakout, dry flaking skin, and I've noticed a few more dark spots! Ugh!

It's time to adjust my routine for colder weather. Even though the sun isn't as strong as it was during the summer, I still need to use sunscreen when I go out to avoid doing damage to my skin! I want something light and natural, so I hit the web to do some searching. Luckily, I found just what I was looking for!


Oil-free non-sticky weightless cream dries quickly & undetectable to the touch. UVA/UVB protection and anti-oxidant vitamins A C & E. For all skin types.

This finely milled, talc-free powder leaves a residue-free layer of sun protection to help shield and perfect problematic skin. It is the perfect solution for mess-free touchups throughout the day.

Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense SPF 30 $42 at QVC
An oil-free, anti-aging broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen lotion, that provides lasting hydration with ceramides, soothing aloe, vitamins A,C, and E, and pro-Vitamin B5. For all skin types.
Experience the benefits of hope in a jar in our hope in a jar foundation. The light-as-air formula provides natural-looking, light-to-medium coverage. Skin appears brighter and energized. It's like your skin, only better.

Environmental and lifestyle factors can cloud your complexion, making it appear dull and lackluster. Breathe new life into your skin with take a deep breath broad spectrum spf 30 sunscreen oil-free oxygen moisturizer.

Matte Tint SPF 30 Mineral BB Cream helps give your skin an immediate line-smoothing, matte finish while working to fight signs of aging cause by the sun with a broad-spectrum, SPF 30 mineral sunscreen. Liplux is an all-in-one lip treatment with SPF protection.

A breakthrough bareMinerals(R) SPF 15 foundation that absorbs excess oil and eliminates shine without drying skin for a natural matte finish.

A breakthrough mineral foundation and skin care serum in one. This ultra-thin, skin-perfecting fluid provides seamless, adjustable coverage; a natural finish; and the look and feel of beautiful bare skin while delivering a more noticeably brighter, youthful-looking appearance.


This multitasking 3-in-1 mist from Supergoop! delivers broad-spectrum SPF 50 protection with a matte finish so that you can refresh your UV photoaging protection throughout the day, even over a full face of makeup.

Everyday Sunscreen SPF 50 provides broad-spectrum sun protection for the face and body in a lotion. Powered by potent, antioxidant-rich Cellular Response Technology, it helps provide skin with a youthful glow. Ideal for a day of play, this feel-good formula is moisturizing, lightweight, and fast-absorbing.


Enliven your skin with a warm glow and a kiss of coverage with this daily moisturizer from Josie Maran. Infused with argan oil and green tea, this tinted version helps to improve the look of dullness and adds a warm, radiant-looking glow to the complexion. The universal shade suits most skin tones, while natural SPF 47 sun protection with innovative SunBoost ATB helps keep skin safe from sun damage.

Same formula as above in a sample size version so you can test it out!




October 27, 2015

Brookside Fruit & Nut Bars at the Mall of America

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Hershey Company. All opinions are 100% mine.

I don't head to the Mall of America very often, but when Hershey invited me to a special tasting of the new Brookside Fruit & Nut Bars at the mall, I couldn't resist!

As I mentioned, it's been awhile since I've been to MOA and I forgot about the energy of the place!

The first thing I saw when I entered the mall from Macy's was a young woman and her dad that appeared to be from a small, mid-western town. (and odds are good that they probably were!) The girl took a deep breath and exclaimed, "Oh dad! Sephora AND MAC in the same place!" She was in heaven!

And I was in heaven when I tasted the new Brookside Fruit & Nut Bars! (Okay... Heaven may be a bit of an overstatement. If there had been red wine to go with it maybe, but I'm jumping ahead of myself!)

October 26, 2015

What to Read Now // Garden Made by Stephanie Rose


GARDEN MADE: A YEAR OF SEASONAL PROJECTS TO BEAUTIFY YOUR GARDEN & YOUR LIFE by STEPHANIE ROSE // 40 down-to-earth ideas for inspired garden crafts, including containers, handmade gifts, outdoor lighting, holiday decorations, and more.

October 21, 2015

Brew Soup and Go!: Campbell’s® Fresh-Brewed Soup® Broth and Noodle Mix

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Campbell Soup Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Yes, you heard it right. BREW SOUP! What a brilliant idea from the folks @Campbells! One of Campbell’s new products is a yummy noodle soup that is easier than ever to make. You use your Keurig® to make the steaming hot broth!

October 14, 2015

A Rustic Fall Harvest Gathering

This article is from the October 2013 issue of Southern Living Magazine and features photographer Helen Normans Star Bright Farm in Maryland. I love it so much that I've saved these images for the last few years!


October 13, 2015

Make Your Dorm Room a Great Place to Live

Now that school has been in session for a while, college students have had a chance to settle in a bit. Now that the stress of moving in, getting ready for classes, etc. has passed, it's time to stop and take a look around that dorm room or small apartment!

Who said dorm rooms have to be nondescript and sterile? You can turn your college-assigned bedroom into a comfy place to study, sleep, and hang out with friends. It can be especially rewarding to transform an ordinary or even boring room into a personality-filled haven.

Inspiration Flags

First of all, don’t you want to feel inspired every time you walk through your dorm-room door? Then hang flags with encouraging messages around your room. 


October 12, 2015

Family Dinner on a Wednesday Night with Campbell’s® Sauces #ad @Campbells






This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Campbell Soup Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Wednesday's are my favorite day of the week. Dave is off work and we usually keep our schedules fairly clear so that we can spend time together. It's the last day of the week that I want to spend my time in the kitchen making dinner! Campbell’s new products make Wednesday night dinner SO EASY!

October 9, 2015

Fall Fashion Basics Feature: The Denim Jacket


I have a classic GAP denim jacket in my closet that I seldom wear. Why?

  1. I don't like to wear it with jeans. Not a huge fan of the "Canadian Tuxedo".
  2. Here in Minnesota it seems that I'm either in a tank top or a parka - with very few days in between where one might actually sport something like a denim jacket.
  3. I've never been sure exactly how to wear it to not look, well, stupid. 
All of that is about to end because I have found some awesome pics that have inspired me to dust off that denim jacket and start wearing it winter, spring, summer AND FALL!

October 8, 2015

Fall Fashion Basics Feature: The Black Turtleneck

With the return of the 1970's fashion trends this fall, one of the most versatile pieces you can add to your wardrobe is a classic black turtleneck. It is truly a shirt that will never go out of style! Check out these fashion icons in their black turtleneck sweaters through the years.

ALI MCGRAW



Gorgeous, right? You might remember this post from a few years back on fashion basics... and the black turtleneck is definitely an indispensable fashion basic.

The problem that I have with my closet full of very basic pieces is that I never feel like I look very stylish and pulled together. The key to wearing basic pieces like a classic black turtleneck is to focus on building a great wardrobe of accessories! A scarf or jacket, a piece of beautiful jewelry, the right pair of shoes, even a bright red lipstick can make a huge difference in how you look - and feel - about yourself when you're wearing your basic pieces!

October 2, 2015

Who has the perfect body? It depends on when you ask them!

Such a fascinating perspective on our idea of who has the perfect body!

The Perfect Body?

October 1, 2015

Update Your Look With One of These Hot Jewelry Trends

Searching for an easy way to bring new energy to your wardrobe without spending too much money? Look no further than a piece of hot-right-now jewelry, straight from the runways. Whether you’re looking for a bold item that will take a blah outfit to amazing, or a simple timeless selection that you can wear with anything, here are some ideas to get you started.

1. Tribal Wear


Tribal jewelry, especially pieces with beads, were huge on the runway this year. Some collections in particular looked to the 80s for inspiration. They also matched well with 70s looks, bringing the styles into a newer genre. Colorful beads seen on these accessories were fabulous additions to necklaces, earrings and even rings.