Sunday, April 20, 2014

Family Values

My biblestudy was talking about parenting last week and many of us discussed how we are very rule oriented in our child rearing. With the aim of being more grace centered and Christ centered, we spoke about how we should change our rules to better shepherd our children's hearts. Here is the set of values that I came up with to this end - let me know what you think!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Nontoxic, Safe BB Cream from Ava Anderson!

I'm extremely excited that there is a safe new BB cream out there! For those who may not know, BB stands for "Beauty Balm", and Ava Anderson's version is not only safe and healthy, without the toxic ingredients we usually see, but it is  a moisturizer, liquid foundation and sunscreen all in one! - for all skin types. Most BB creams are filled with harmful chemicals. See comparisons below. You are not going to believe the difference .. Ava's is truly revolutionary!

Active ingredients: zinc oxide (non nanoparticle), titanium dioxide (non nanoparticle 7%) 
Inactive - aloe barbadensis (organic aloe), vitis vinifera (organic grape seed) oil, olea europaea (organic olive) oil, simmondsia chinesis (organic jojoba) oil, butryospermum parkii (organic shea) butter, sesamum indicum (organic sesame) oil, radish root ferment, camellia sinensis (organic green tea) extract, rose mosqueta (organic rosehip) oil, xanthum gum, apis mellifera (organic beeswax), oryza sativa (organic rice bran) oil, punica granatum (organic pomegranate seed) oil 
For color - argania spinosa shell powder (argan), cocos nucifera shell powder (coconut) pyrus malus fruit extract (apple), theobroma cacao shell powder (cocoa), rosa gallica flower powder rose petals), nelumbo nucifera seed powder (lotus flower), ribes nigrum fruit (black currant), citrus aurantium dulcis peel powder (orange), vaccinium macrocarpon fruit powder (cranberry), and chenopodium quinoa extract (quinoa)

Active Ingredients: *Homosalate, *Octinoxate, *Octisalate, *Oxybenzone
Inactive Ingredients: Water, *Phenyl Trimethicone, PPG-3 Myristyl Ether Neoheptanoate, Glycine Soja Seed Extract (Soybean), *Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Silica, Mica, Glyceryl Stearate, *PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Isohexadecane, Bisabolol, *Fragrance, Citric Acid, *Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, Cetearyl Glucoside, P-Anisic Acid, *Polysorbate 20, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Sodium PCA, *Urea, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, *Polysorbate 60, *Tetrasodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, *Hexylene Glycol, Trehalose, *Polyquaternium-51, *Methylisothiazolinone, Triacetin, Sodium Hyaluronate, *Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides
(17 * chemicals on Ava’s Ingredients To Avoid List)

Active Ingredients: *Octinoxate, *Titanium Dioxide 
Inactive Ingredients: Water, Isononyl Isononanoate, Isohexadecane, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., *PEG 20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Cetyl Palmitate, Nylon 12, *Cyclohexasiloxane, *Propylene Glycol, *Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Stearyl Alcohol, *Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate, *Disodium EDTA, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Caffeine, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Benzyl Alcohol, Geraniol, Cellulose Acetate Butyrate, Polyphosphorylcholine Glycol Acrylate, Citral, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Sodium Chloride, *Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, *Fragrance, *Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides
(11 * chemicals on Ava’s Ingredients To Avoid List)

Active Ingredients: *Titanium Dioxide
Inactive Ingredients: Water, *CyclopentaSiloxane, *Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Alcohol Denat., *Cetyl PEG, *1 Dimethicone, PPG-10, Squalane, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, *PEG-32, Aloe barbadensis Leaf Juice, *Alumina, *Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, *Caprylyl Glycol, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract (Cucumber), *Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, *Dimethicone, *Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycerin, *Hexylene Glycol, *Panthenol, *Retinyl Palmitate, Stearic Acid, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, *Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)
(16 * chemicals on Ava’s Ingredients To Avoid List)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Make a Book About Your Favorite Person + You Could Win $2,500


(This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.)

Blurb wants to meet your favorite person and in turn you could win $2,500! All you have to do is make a book about a loved one filled with all sorts of kind words, creativity and insight, and if selected, you could win $2,500! For every book you make (there are seven different categories, so seven different chances to win) you will receive a 30% discount on the printed product. With so many special people in your life (Hint: Mother's Day is coming!), why not make a book for a few of them! With that much love to share, everyone is a winner!

Go to Blurb to check out the details of the contest to see what the categories are and when the entries are due. The 30% discount on My Favorite books will be applied at checkout when you use the promo code: MYFAVORITE. 

Not sure what to write about? Take a look at what some of the people at Blurb say about their favorite people. 


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Beautycounter's Countertime Anti-Aging Skin Care Line

Skin Care
If you haven't yet heard, Countertime is a SAFE anti-aging regiment that respects your well-being and health as you gracefully mature through the years. The beautiful skin care regimen has six products in the set formulated to target the signs of aging.

Check out this amazing testimonial from a fellow user of Beautycounter's Countertime Skin Care Products! If you had any doubt whether this Anti Aging Line works, take a look at these before/after photos! Can't go wrong! They work amazing and are 100% safe!
Had to post this one. I'm in love with Beautycounter's anti aging line. Not only does it feel amazing, it is safe and effective. I took a "before pic" hoping I could post some improvement 8 weeks later, but I've noticed a difference in just 3 weeks!

The Countertime Collection consists of the following products that can be used individually or together for maximum results: Soothing Face Wash, Enlightening Treatment Pads, Radiance Firming Complex, Uplifting Day Cream, Restorative Night Cream, Vibrant Eye Perfector. Plus try Countertime Nourishing Cleansing Balm for extra hydration, cleansing, an overnight mask, or heavy duty treatment!

(As I am a consultant for these product, I receive a commission for anything bought through the links on this page. However, all reviews are honest and I truly am head over heels for these products!)