Healthy Skincare Routine for All Skin Types

This is a break away from normal posts, but I want to share my dermatologist recommended skin care routine with all of you. Here’s why:

A stranger recently mistook me for being quite a bit younger than I am, and then they mistakenly assumed that I have gotten Botox. I actually haven’t. I can’t tell you for certain “how to keep your skin young.” I can only tell you that combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, this is the skin care routine that I use. I have, and always have had, very oily skin. My husband and daughter have dry, sensitive skin. This skin care routine – the steps and method used to take care of our skin – is what was recommended to us by our dermatologist years ago. To make this easier for you, I have linked the exact products I use on my You can click HERE for the commissionable links, or you can follow me on the app, or you can screenshot the picture showing the products and use it in the app.

It’s important to note that this skin care routine is a combination of specific steps and products. Using these exact steps will prevent people with oily skin from producing more oil, and it will keep people with sensitive skin from irritating their skin and drying it out. I am going to outline the steps, but it’s very important that regardless of what type of skin you have, as you go through them you use very gentle pressure and minimal rubbing/touching. You never want to scrub or “rub in.” When people with oily skin touch or scrub too much, it signals their skin to produce more oil. And for people with sensitive or dry skin, it signals their skin to become irritated.

Below are the steps. It’s important to note that it’s recommended to wait 5 minutes in between each step. This is not always possible, but just what is recommended. This routine should be done both in the morning and at night, but never more often than twice a day. Also, ladies, you should never apply makeup in the morning before at the minimum washing your face. However, all of these steps are recommended before applying makeup.

Step One*

Wet your face with luke-warm water by cupping your hands with water and gently splashing your face. Using a very mild cleanser, (Our doctor specifically recommends using Purpose brand cleanser.) you want to lather the cleanser in your hands, and then very gently move it over the surface of your skin. You want to do this with as little pressure of your fingers as possible while still cleaning it. Then, wet a microfiber towel with the lukewarm water. Again, using as little pressure as possible, very gently wipe away the cleanser. Try not to scrub or go back-and-forth as you’re gently wiping the cleanser away. Try to go in one direction with as little pressure as possible. Finish this step by cupping your hands with luke-warm water and gently splashing your face. If you cannot air dry, you can gently blot your face with another microfiber towel.

Step Two

Using a gentle astringent, such as Witch Hazel, and a cotton pad, very gently go over the surface of your skin. Again, using as little pressure as possible and never scrubbing.

Step Three

Apply a non-comedogenic lotion specially for faces. Applying lotion is extremely hard for people with oily skin. However, it is important that you do not skip this step. You want to regulate the oil, and if you do not apply a moisturizer your skin will overproduce its own oil. (Trust me, as someone with oily skin, I know how hard this step can be – don’t skip it.) We recommend this lotion with hyaluronic acid for all skin types.

Step Four

At this time you can apply under eye products or acne products. It is important if you are treating acne to use ONLY benzoyl peroxide in 2.5% strength. Do not be tempted to use a higher strength than 2.5%. Anything higher will make your skin overproduce oil and clog pores. Also, if you can find it, it is best to use a benzoyl peroxide in gel form. Actually, 2.5% benzoyl peroxide in gel form is hard to find, so THIS is the one we recommend. (After Step Four is when you can apply makeup, if using.)

*Step 1b

Once a week, in between steps one and two, you can treat your skin with a mask made from bentonite clay. In addition, you can use dermablade to remove dead skin and peach fuzz. However, do not do these things on the same day (mask/dermablade), and make sure after you use them to continue on with the rest of the steps.

It’s important to note that in order to share you with the exact products that were recommended to us and that we use, I have provided commissionable links. Also, this is the method and the products that were recommended to us. I am not a doctor, and this should not be used to diagnose or treat any condition. You should seek the advice of your own doctor.

Silver Bowls and Ironstone inspiration

A few months ago I saw a picture on Instagram that inspired me to collect some silver bowls to display with my ironstone pitchers. At the time that I saw the inspiration picture I only had one silver bowl (and actually it was a trophy bowl – pictured below). I also only had 2 ironstone pitchers. But this picture embodied what I want my style to be – timeless, classic, and somewhat neutral.

My ironstone pitcher collection.

Since the time that I saw that picture, I have been able to add 2 more ironstone pitchers to my collection. (They are a little harder and a little more expensive to find.) And I have added 6 more silver bowls. I plan on combining these in my dining room hutch as soon as Valentine’s Day is over.

This is the first silver bowl (a trophy) that I purchased.

Unfortunately I cannot find my original inspiration picture on Instagram. I thought I had it bookmarked/saved, and I do not. So below I am showing two pictures that I found on Pinterest. (Did you know that you can save pictures on Instagram to look at later? Just click the bookmark flag underneath the picture! You can find all of your saved pictures by going to your profile page and clicking on “saved”.)

This inspiration photo that I found on Pinterest is from Sweet Pea Home.

This inspiration picture is from For the Love of a House:

This week I found the smallest silver bowl yet. Isn’t it a cutie? All of the bowls I’ve found at thrift stores and one at an antique store. The ones I’ve thrifted I have paid between 75 cents and $6. I paid $18 for the one from the antique store.

On another topic – which way do you prefer to display your silver pieces in? Polished or unpolished? I actually plan to display mine unpolished.

What do you think of ironstone and silver displayed together? I’d love to see your pictures! Tag me on Instagram! I also have more inspiration pictures on my Pinterest board called “Display” if you care to see more!

Why the oldest tea cups don’t have handles

Today is Wednesday, but yesterday over on my Instagram it was Teaching Tuesday!

Did you know that the oldest tea cups don’t have handles? These have been in my family since the late 1700s/early 1800s. Here’s why they don’t have handles:

These are known as tea bowls or sipper cups. The English began drinking tea like the Chinese, but wanted theirs served piping hot. The tea bowls were too hot to hold, so they came up with a solution – saucers! They’d actually pour their tea into the saucers to cool it before drinking. Handles weren’t commonly added to tea cups until 1810. After which, using your saucer to cool your tea became vulgar. During the time of the Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution, this is how the colonists’ tea cups would’ve looked!

The proper way to hold a sipper tea cup is to place your first two fingers on the bottom of the cup and your thumb on the rim.

As you can see from the picture above, saucers were originally shaped more like a bowl. The rim is much higher than the saucers you see today. This was so it would hold the tea poured into it. Today we can use a saucer to hold a used tea spoon, tea bag, or to prevent drips from staining the table.

I hope you found this informative! You never know what will pop up over on my Instagram. Join me!

Leather Pants Outfit Ideas

Did you see these vegan leather pants on my Valentine’s Date Night Outfit Ideas post? Today I want to show you three different ways you can style them. Below is the original outfit that I showed. You could even wear this to the office – maybe with a blazer, too!

What I love most about these vegan leather pants is that they are cut like a trouser. A lot of vegan leather pants I have seen in outfits lately are leggings. These take it up a notch and become appropriate for more situations. You can click on any picture in this post to go directly to my Like to where you can find commissionable links to every piece shown!

And here is how the outfit looks on me! This shirt is very flattering. It has little shoulder pads sewn in, and along with the cut of the fabric on the arms, it creates the most feminine little puff sleeve. And I can’t leave out these leopard pumps. Leopard is my favorite neutral! I don’t know what it is about this brand of shoes, but they fit my feet so well. The last time I checked there were only a few sizes left on the shoes. In fact, I had to try several times before I was able to get some in my online cart. But because I know the brand fits me so well, I kept trying! You can click HERE to find the commissionable links for this outfit. (I’m wearing a small in the shirt and a 4 in the pants. I’m 5’4 for length reference – these are 28″ inseam.)

Here’s another way to style these vegan leather pants! Don’t you love how the red just pops! Same brand of shoes that I love as the leopard ones above. This exact shirt is a few years old from H&M, but I have linked a similar one that would work perfectly, as well as the exact shoes and purse HERE.

Okay, this final look with the vegan leather pants is definitely reserved for date night! This shirt has a lacy, sweetheart neckline that is a little risqué for the office, but your honey would TOTALLY appreciate it on a night out. 😉 (I’m wearing a small in the shirt.) Find the links HERE.

Which one of these looks do you like best? I like them all – I’m trying to decide which one to wear on Valentine’s Day!

Pink Blazer Outfit ideas

Hi, friends!

As a follow up to my post last week with some outfit ideas for your Valentine’s Day, I want to show you several ways this adorable pink blazer can be styled. Below are the pieces as I put them together for a Valentine’s date, but this would work well for the office, too!

I’ve said multiple times that these are the most comfortable black pumps that I own. And the internet agrees too, because they’ve sold out multiple times. You can click on the picture above and it will take you to my Like to account where you can find the commissionable link to these shoes.

And here is what the outfit looks like on me. What I love most about this blazer is that it is cut and fitted to be flattering on women. The quality feels well-made, but it is less than $40. Don’t let the sizing reviews scare you. The store re-made the sizing. I went with my normal size Small, and it fits perfectly. Below are a few more outfit ideas with this same blazer.

Here is another way to style it that can work for both a date night and a day at the office – maybe on casual Friday since I’m wearing jeans. This is my favorite look with this blazer. All of the pieces I am wearing in this look can be found on my Like to Know. it commissionable links by either clicking on the picture, or by clicking HERE.

In this last look I am wearing a classic jean skirt with a white T. There aren’t many sizes left in the skirt, but if you are able to snag one I recommend sizing down one size. I went with a 26 instead of my normal 27. I love, love, LOVE this v-neck because it is not see-through. Does anyone else get tired of wearing 2 shirts because so many shirts are see-through? Click the picture or click HERE to find all of the pieces on my Like to

So which look is your favorite? There are so many ways to style this blazer – it’s a must have!

Valentine’s Mantel Decor

Happy Monday to you, friends!

Today I am sharing our mantel decorated for Valentine’s Day. I am super excited to point out the red berry garlands, which you may remember from my Instagram stories. I picked them up on the day after Christmas clearance for half price. I hung the one below the mantel with some Command hooks, and I am pleased with how it looks!

I have used some new things and mixed them with other ones that I already owned, as well as some vintage pieces pulled from other areas of our house.

I have linked the same berry garland (still available), Valentine’s garland, and Valentine’s wreath on my Like to I have also linked similar lanterns and artwork. You can find all of the affiliate links for these things HERE.

Valentine’s Outfit Ideas

Ken has made us a Valentine’s reservation at our favorite Italian restaurant, and I can’t wait! I know with restrictions and lockdowns in place, you may not have the option to have a nice dinner out for Valentine’s Day. But one of the easiest ways to make your quiet dinner in more special is to find a special outfit to wear.

I’ve come up with four different outfit options over on my page. The thing I love most about the pieces in all 4 outfits is that they are classic and versatile. They can be mixed and matched with all kinds of outfits throughout the year. Take a look HERE!

This look above is the one I’m most excited about. There are raving reviews on all of these pieces, so I know you’re going to love them.

This look will take you from work and then out to dinner. I have to say these pumps are my favorite. They are the most comfortable heels I own.

Such a sweet outfit! It’s hard to tell from this picture, but this black top has the sweetest neckline detail. Be sure to click to see more pictures.

Again, hard to tell from the picture…but this dress has a sweetheart neckline that is flattering on all body types. The reviews for it say how nice the fabric quality is.

I can’t wait to show you which look I’m going with. But I really can’t wait to enjoy a nice dinner with my sweetie on Valentine’s Day!

All outfits linked (commissionable links) on my page!

Fresh Flowers Teen Bedroom

Good Thursday afternoon, friends!

Just a quick note to show you some cheer I added to Samantha’s bedroom this morning. As you read yesterday, I’m finding little ways to appreciate her this week and show some love. Roses are on sale for $5/dozen at Publix, and I thought these pink ones added the perfect touch of pink cheer to her nightstand.

I’ve previously blogged about redecorating her bedroom, and you can read more about it HERE.

Today I put Samantha’s roses into a vintage midcentury hobnail milk glass vase.

If you want any of the links for bedding, furniture, or decor from this room, I’ve linked it all for you on my Like to page. You can click HERE or follow me there to never miss a post. (commissionable links)

Valentine’s Day Table Setting

Yes, I know. It’s still January. But let me explain!

Our high schooler’s school district decided to move to digital school only this week. They’ve said it’s for one week only, so we are hopeful that next week will be back to normal. Until this point she’s been going to school in-person (we had a choice at the beginning of the school year), so this is not something we were necessarily thrilled about. Digital is not the best fit for us, but I’ve decided to do some little things this week to make it more enjoyable.

Yesterday on my way home from the gym I stopped and got her Chick fil-A for lunch. We don’t eat fast food often, only a handful of times a year, so this was a big treat. And today I decided to make breakfast a little more special.

I mean, DONUTS…yum! The tablecloth I used is one that I bought when we were in Greece a few years ago. The little Pyrex dish is one that I found on a Thrifty Thursday. (Are you following my Thrifty Thursdays on Instagram yet?) The “vases” are recycled cold pressed juice bottles. I also used lots of other little Valentine’s touches to make it a special meal just for the two of us. Talk about elevating the average Wednesday breakfast!!

Most of the Valentine’s items I used are linked on my Like to page. These plates were only $2.39, and I think they were SO worth it. To find them and everything else I’ve linked for you, click HERE.

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Valentine’s Gift Ideas

Hello, friends!

I recently took a poll on my Instagram page, and almost everyone said they give Valentine’s gifts to their family members. I’ve rounded up a few ideas over on my Like To Know It page, just in case you are struggling to think of the perfect gift. I’ve done Valentine’s gift guides for teen girls, teen guys, ladies, and men. I haven’t done a younger kids gift guide because we don’t have younger kids at the moment, and I only want to recommend things they’d actually want. (Our teens recommend these gifts, and so do we!)

To find links to all of these things, you can either click HERE to shop from my page on Like to Know It, or if you have downloaded the app you can screenshot these pictures. LTK influencers receive a small commission if you buy through a link, but at no additional cost to you – prices stay the same.

Fun ideas for a teen girl’s Valentine’s Day – things she can use any day of the year!

Fun gift ideas for a teen boy, but if we’re being honest, lots of grown men would also like this stuff. Exploding Kittens is one of our favorite family card games. I promise no kittens are actually harmed.

Most of the items on the Valentine’s gift guide for men check off the want/need boxes. You can’t go wrong with these gifts!

Lots of things on the Valentine’s gift guide for ladies that will pamper her and make her feel special. If you haven’t slept under a weighted blanket, you don’t know the luxury you’re missing!

Links to all of these fabulous gifts can be found HERE!