Friday, May 19, 2017

Summer Bucket List + Ft. Egg by Susan Salazar

Egg By Susan Lazar gave me these products to try, as always all opinions are my own

I can’t believe that Addi will graduate from Kindergarten next week! The thought of having her become a first grader in a few months is giving me all the feels. I am excited because she loves school but I don’t know how I will handle her being in school a full day. So anyway, back to the fun stuff, SUMMER! Although the weather doesn’t feel like it right now, I know that in a few short days summer season will begin and I have so many ideas planned out. First things first, I am positive we will be heading to SoCal because the beach and we love visiting family. Where we live we don’t have a beach but we have plenty of lakes, and man made lakes. One of my favorite ones is in this cute little community. There is a dock and you can canoe around the lake with some really pretty views. I used to bring Addi here all the time when she was little. And now we come as a family of four.

A few days ago the weather was just right so I came with the girls to have a picnic by the lake. And we came in style wearing some of the cutest matching swimsuits from Egg-Baby. Their spring and summer collection is to die for and I want everything in it for the girls. I especially love that they can match. Egg by Susan Lazar has both clothing for boys and girls. Even shoes, I am dying over these cute winged sandals. Make sure to check them out because I am sure you will find something perfect that the kids will wear this summer.

How is everyone planning on spending their summer this year? I can’t wait to hear about it in the comments.

If you need some ideas, here are some of our favorites for this years summer bucket list

- Definitely going to a few parades around town 
- A new for us this year will be taking Addi to a huge water park now that she is older
- Go to the county fair 
- A car trunk picnic with a view 
- Visit a theme park 
- A weekend getaway 
- Visit somewhere new 
- Arcade night 
- Build a fairy garden 
- Addis 6th birthday 

Emmys Swimsuit c/o Egg by Susan Lazar
Addis Swimsuit c/o Egg by Susan Lazar

XO, Rachel 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

New Face,New Me With Differin® Gel

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

I hope you are all having a great week. I can’t believe that we have a few months of the new year already in the books! Already time is flying. I just wish the weather would start getting warmer around here. I’m not sure what it is, but every winter my skin seems to take a left hand turn on me. My skin gets so dry, and on top of that my skin also decides to break out, which can cause me to stress about it and break out even more. This is no win/win situation here. I have thought about going to a dermatologist and talking to a professional about my skin, but I just don’t have the time to. If you have been following along with me on my blog, then you know how much I love Target! I mean who doesn’t!?

So the other day while I was buying unnecessary things at Target, I did need some stuff from the beauty aisle and I saw that Target had some new products in. One of the products was the new Differin® Gel. What caught my eye was the description of it. It is the first and only prescription-strength retinoid that is available over the counter, to help prevent and clear acne. And it is available at our favorite one-stop shop Target . I was so excited, I kept reading more about it. Differin® Gel is different because you can clear acne with a prescription strength ingredient, without the prescription and hassle of going in for a doctor visit. It is not like a typical spot treatment. It's the newest advancement and ingredient in the OTC acne category in over 30 years! Differin® Gel is applied all over the face, once a day, every day. The product clears breakouts deep into the pores, where the acne starts. It helps prevent breakouts before they begin and as a result, restores your skin’s tone and texture. Now that is what I call a win/win!

Please use caution when using Differin® Gel with more than one acne treatment or glycolic acid product because this could lead to irritation. Differin® Gel is not a face wash, so you shouldn’t replace your usual face wash. I still use my normal face wash every day. I just incorporated Differin® Gel into my daily routine. After washing my face, I pat dry and apply Differin® Gel all over my face. I use Cetaphil® Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 as well as Differin® Gel. If you are suffering from mild to moderate acne like I am, I would recommend you giving Differin® Gel a try.

Differin® Gel is not a completely new product. It has a long-standing heritage as a proven acne treatment, that has Adapalene, a dermatologist recommended retinoid. It is just new to being over the counter in your Target acne aisle. I am excited to keep using this product and I can’t wait to see clearer skin. I hope my skin will be one less thing to worry about. I am a mom, and I have no time to worry about my skin.

My Before 

I can’t wait to show you guys my results in a few more weeks! Stay tuned.

Using Differin® Gel and washing my face alone aren’t always enough. Acne can be stubborn, and even if you can’t see it, that doesn’t mean you are in the clear. These are some things that cause acne for me that you might not think about:

1. A Dirty Phone - it spreads bacteria. I use antibacterial wipes and constantly wipe my phone down.

2. Dirty Pillows - you might not have thought about this, but our pillow cases get dirty from our hair and sweat. Wash and switch them out with clean ones regularly.  

3. Sweat - whether you work out or not, our bodies and their tiny sweat glands are still working.  

4. Our Hands - we carry germs in our hands. Try not to touch your face so much, and always wash your hands.

5. Lack of Sleep - it weakens the immune system, so try to get a solid 7-8 hours of sleep. Trust me, I know. This is the hardest thing for me also.

If you feel like you have some stubborn acne that can’t seem to budge, join me and head to your local Target to get some Differin® Gel. What do you have to lose?

For more Differin® inspiration, check out the social hub here.

This product is dermatologist developed and tested. Please call 1-866-735-4137 for any questions you may have concerning the product. However, should you experience any problems while using the product, please discontinue use and consult your healthcare provider.

XO, Rachel

Monday, May 8, 2017

Mother’s Day Attire

Ever since I could walk I was already into high heels. I actually pulled a thigh muscle when I was about 6 years old because I was running around in my dress-up heels. I was always the type of girl who over-dressed for any occasion. I learned from my mom and grandma to always be ready and dressed for anything. This also included having an outfit and accessories on point. Hence why my blog name has “heels” in it. After I found out I was pregnant I was afraid of me falling down while wearing my high heels so I completely stopped wearing them. After Addi was born I was ready to feel myself  again and to get all dressed up. That lasted a day because I realized I wasn’t comfortable wearing high heels and carrying a little one around. I was also afraid I wold fall while holding her.

Fast forward 6 years and two little ones later, I find myself getting dressed up more and more. Specially when it is gno or date night. My little Emmi finally walks on her own so I don’t feel scared of having to carry her while walking in heels. I know some women do it and they amaze me but I just can’t seem to do both at the same time, ha ha. When I met spencer he would sometimes tell me I should dress down a little. I didn’t even own a pair of sneakers till we had been dating for a while. And I am pretty sure he bought them for me. Today I do like to have my mom-uniform on, which includes some leggings a comfy tee and some sneakers, but I will always love to get dressed up a but.

If you need a little inspiration for this mothers day, I hope you like this look. 

Nude  heels
Flowers c/o 1800flowers
Dress: Ross 

Emmys Dress Lunabybaby

XO, Rachel