The Importance of Being Reese

On The Go with Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant

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My on the go beauty routine with  Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant

When you’re living the mommy dream, sometimes basic beauty routines can take the backseat to life. Lately, my super-secret mommy weapon is Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant, which is why I’m so excited to partner with them for this post. Dove Advanced Care is refreshing enough to rejuvenate me, and small enough to travel with me on the daily. Which sounds crazy, but as a mother, some things are a given, for instance:

1). When you are in a rush, your children will inevitably move as though they are stuck in a vat of molasses, with cement blocks strapped to their ankles.
2). Yoga pants will become an essential part of your wardrobe.
3). Your purse will become storage for all of your children, your husband, and in some cases, your family pet.
4). As a mother, you will sometimes forget to take care of basic beauty routines, such as, but not limited to: shaving, showering, applying makeup, and sometimes, even putting on deodorant (hey it happens, I'm not judging).

 These are all things that pre-mom me laughed at. Obviously pre-mom me had no clue what motherhood meant.

Veteran mom me has now come to terms with, and in many cases, perfected the art of mommying. I've learned to leave anywhere 30 minutes prior to expected arrival time, to love an accept my yoga pants, that I shaving isn't really all that important anyway, and to always carry deodorant in my purse.

My on the go beauty routine with  Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant


In addition to always having deodorant in my purse, I've also traded up my old deodorant for Dove Advanced Care. Dove Advanced Care provides 48-hour odor and wetness protection, both of which are incredibly important when you’re always on the go and don’t always have time to freshen up. Formulated with 1/4/ moisturizers and NutriumMoisture, Dove Advance Care keeps your skin feeling silk smooth all day long.

When it comes to motherhood, antiperspirant is a must-have in our personal care routine. We spend hours chasing after toddlers, nervously sitting through parent-teacher conferences,  and basically doing the impossible, which is why having a antiperspirant that goes beyond odor and  price is a must. We need something that can keep us feeling and smelling fresh, even when we don't necessarily feel like we are. For me, Dove Advanced Care is that small little beauty product that has had a major impact on my life.

My on the go beauty routine with  Dove Advanced Care Deodorant

 I’ve been a longtime member of the Dove fan club, but lately, this deodorant has been the only thing that makes me feel like I’m still pampering myself. My underarms have never felt quite this smooth before, and with warmer weather rapidly approaching, I need to have confidence that my antiperspirant can withstand these blazing hot North Carolina summers..

 Have you tried Dove Advanced Care? What is your go to deodorant these day?

On the go beauty routine with  Dove Advanced Care


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant. As always, all thoughts, opinions and photos belong to me unless otherwise noted.

SoBakeable: A Monthly Fix for your Sweet Tooth



Confession: I'm a choc-holic. Cookies. Cake. I can't get enough of it. Unfortunately for me, summer is around the corner, and my metabolism has come to a screeching halt since I hit 30. Still, an occasional fix for my sweet tooth is necessary to keep me from going off the deep end and going on a nightly binge. Which is why I'm so excited to feature SoBakeable this week.

If you've been a longtime follower, you know I'm a big fan of subscription boxes. It's always fun to come home to an unexpected surprise every now and then. Enter SoBakeable, a monthly fix for your sweet tooth. SoBakeable is similar to other food subscription boxes in that the ingredients all come pre-measured and packaged neatly for easy baking, but it's got a pretty sweet twist to it.

DIY Moisturizing Liquid Hand Soap

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DIY Moisturizing Liquid Hand Soap




Disclosure: I've partnered with the Vaseline team to share my thoughts and ideas for how you can incorporate self care into every aspect of your daily beauty routine. All thoughts, opinions and photos belong to me unless otherwise stated. Enjoy! 

Confession: I have the world's driest skin. It's flaky, it peels, and it makes me incredibly self conscious. As a result, I tend to carry lotion with me EVERYWHERE.

In my purse: Check
In my car: Check
In my backpack: Check
One my side of the bed: Check

Winter has been known to cause my skin to dry out, so every year, between the months of October and March, I make an extra effort to incorporate lotion into my everyday beauty routine. I'm a firm believer that self-care begins with skin care, Even so, my dry skin gets extra dry during the winter. So I swapped out my go-to lotion and started using Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Cocoa Radiant™ lotion, and oh what a difference it has made.

The Day My Daughter Rejected My Blackness



"Mommy, I don't want to be black like you." 

It came so unexpectedly, in the bath and beauty department of Target, while I was precariously perched on one foot attempting to get the last Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie from the shelf overhead.

Almost instantly, I could feel the eyes of strangers upon me. It was as though a spotlight had suddenly appeared overhead, and dozens of shoppers spontaneously generated behind me, all eager to see how I would screw up this moment.

Any second I expected a voice on the intercom to come on alerting the oblivious shoppers to the incident.

"Attention Target shoppers. We have a black mother dealing with an identity crisis on aisle 3. I repeat, we have a black mother dealing with an identity crisis on aisle 3."


Homemade Snow Paint


It's not often we get snow in the South. So when we do, we like to take advantage of it. This morning I woke up to the soft crunch of footsteps walking in the snow. I'd fallen asleep on the couch anxiously awaiting the first snowfall of the season, but by 11 PM, a thick sheen of ice covered the grown with no snow in sight. I fell asleep feverishly praying for snow. It's hard enough being trapped inside all weekend, but toss in a 5 year old who's upset because there's no snow, and it's pretty much unbearable.

So you can imagine my excitement when I woke up to snow. Not much. But certainly enough to keep a 5 year old happy, and a mom sane.

Luckily, I had hit up the store in anticipation of our snow day. After grabbing the typical snow day essentials: soup, hot cocoa, and wine (hey, priorities), I headed to Michael's to come up with some fun snow day activities. Unfortunately every store in within a 100 mile radius had already sold out of sleds, so I figured I'd better come up with something to keep Little J distracted.

Forward





I realized it's been a while since I've given you all a life update. Part of this is heavily influenced by my decision to cut back on sharing my personal life on my blog. I made the decision last year to transition into a less personal space. But from time to time, I like to check in and give you all an update. The beginning of another year seemed like the perfect time.

2016 was the year that everything and nothing happened all at once. It's hard to relieve all those seemingly insignificant, but incredibly special moments that happened this year. So if I had to use one word to sum up our year, I would say forward.

As I was putting up Christmas decorations in our new place, it occurred to me that we're back in the same space, but not the same place, if that makes any sense. Last year we made the decision to return to Charlotte. After spending two years in Raleigh, we realized it wasn't home. So we packed our bags, loaded up the truck and returned home. Moving on, moving forward.