My word for 2016 is BEAUTY. I’m more than halfway through the year , and to be honest I’m feeling guilty that I haven’t spent more time studying the word. That’s right, I was sitting right here thinking about it and feeling bad when…. You guessed it… Lightbulb moment. I’ve been LIVING my word out right, and out loud . I started the year off by affiliating myself with BeautyCounter, a non-toxic skincare company, and in May I moved into my beautiful dream home. The word Queen Esther has been spoken over me twice now ….  It’s big and scary and a little overwhelming. She was beautiful , and pure of heart , and powerful. She was as brave as any man. Damn it, she was a queen!  Esther’s in today’s world will be feminine and proud of it . We will come to the understanding and ownership of the theme of beauty in our lives . No matter our size, or the number of friends we have … The beauty that was created for Eve and passed down to you and I … remains, and it is powerful. It’s powerful in the home , and it’s powerful in the workplace , it’s powerful in our highschools and youth groups , it’s powerful even in our doubt. 

   About 4 weeks ago I started watching YouTube videos ,mostly about beauty. I searched to find women my age , women who are embracing their differences , sharing their experiences and building tribes . ( Ms gold girl is my favorite )Yes, it’s about makeup, and so much more. I started to feel like I was wasting my time, but the Lord , ever patient , reminded me of my word . Beauty. I’m still learning . I’m listening . It’s ok to love beauty, we were created for it. So take your place , you standing at the oven , wearing pjs , and you the one who has gained a few pounds , take your place even though you are not 24…. Take your place . The place created for you by the Lord of all creation . You are beautiful . Inside and out. And here is a tribute to some of the most beautiful , powerful women I know .


When I was 17… I made really selfish choices.  I didn’t make the same ones at 20.  Growth . At 23 , I was unsure, and unaware. At 25,  I was a different person.  At 30, I questioned every move that I made, every decision that I decided, and every blessing that God gave me. At 35…I began to see my Father for who he was,  my heavenly father, that is,  and that lead me to see my husband,  and my children for who they really are. I am 38 now, and I’m not the same. I’m not even the same woman that I was yesterday morning. My heart is so soft that one song, one word…one message can change it.  And they do.  I am happy to be a work in progress. I am going forward, evolving if you will. And what about you ? Are you still listening to the same music that you listened to 10 years ago ? Wearing the same lipstick, and sporting the same hairstyle ? And your spiritual life…has it changed as you’ve grown older ? We will never arrive. So anyone who tells you they have it all figured out is lying.

One more thought…I fall more in love with my husband as he changes. Shocking, and sweet surprise to me ! His heart is for God, and as he draws closer, I am all the more attracted to him.  My Father is so good to me.  Ashes for beauty,  every single day around here.  So, in closing…when someone asks me if I believe in evolution…the answer is, well yes, yes I do.

Skin care routine…

Sometimes you just need to skip the heavy stuff,  and talk about your favorite products !  That’s the mood I’m in today. My background is in cosmetics,  and although,  I love make up….skincare is my favorite.  I want to age gracefully,  but in this case ignorance is not bliss.  So, I am pretty happy with my routine,  and feel like I have seen improvements.  So, I wanted to share.

After a day in the sun (with sunblock) and fishing with my family,   I noticed a brown spot on my Imageface.  Yuck.  Say it aint so.  Yes, the years of sitting at the pool with my kids have started to catch up to me.  My skin is fair,  but olive…I tan super easy, and I damage easy.  Thus…the spot. I always wear sunblock on my face when I am going to the beach or pool,  sadly, I have not been as consistent wearing a DAILY sunscreen. That sun exposure in the car, on the playground…it adds up.  So, I am doing better.  My advice…use a very basic moisturizer with at least SPF 15 during the day,  and use a heavier treatment type cream at night. I am using the one pictured above( Nutrogena oil free spf 15).  It is basic, and non-irritating,  plus it costs twelve bucks, you cannot beat that !

However ! As I am 38 years old,  I need a little more help than a basic moisturizer can provide.  In comes my FAVORITE  ( and most expensive) product. THE SERUM. First off ,  in the last year or so,  I have noticed my pores more,  and of course,  uneven texture, and fine lines ( some not so fine).  I started researching serums.  I decided on a treatment serum rather than a cream because they are thinner, they go deeper, and you can use your daily moisurizer right over the top. The one I chose was Vissionairre  by Lancome.  There is a lot of hype about this one…I was skeptical,  so I went over to Belks,  and got myself a sample.  I have used it morning and night for 2 weeks….LOVE IT.  You can use it all over , (EYES TOO)!  This was one of the requirements I had for my serum,  my eyes really needed some love ! It has a fragrance , which really scared me at first, as I can be sensitive to that.  Still, I was determined to find something that would give me some results.  The consistency is thin, it has a slight pink tint, and it smells good.  My results have been less visible pores, and better texture !  The small bottle costs 84.00.  I know I just lost some of you.  For me, it’s worth it. Image

I have become a pro at finding drug store products that work.  My eye cream is Roc Retinol Sensitive.  The reason I chose this one, retinol creams can burn, and this one is gentle. The fact is,  Retinol is the only tried,  and tested ingredient that really reduces wrinkles !  So, I use this one at night.  During the day , I use Olay Regenerist Serum for eyes.  Yes, once

again,  a serum.  It’s light weight, and full of peptides  (which are like vitamins for your skin ).   I love it.


My second FAVORITE product is one I found  , quite by accident.  I thought it was a serum  ( and lets face it, I was on a mad hunt for a serum).  It had the appearance of a serum.  A bottle with a pump,  a gel like consistency,  all the trappings of a serum,  NOPE.  It is Olay Night Resurfacing Elixer (34.00) Upon further reading, and researching, I figured out that it REPLACES your night time moisturizer.  It’s basically like a gentle glycollic  peel every night.  LOVE IT.   At first, I thought it wasnt moisturizing enough, but to my surprise, I wasn’t dry…because this little beauty was getting rid of my dead skin cells while I was SLEEPING.  You rinse your face in the morning, and then start your morning routine.  I believe this is making a difference !

There is one more thing that I use at night,  but I only put it on that pesky dark spot. One drop, each night. I think it’s fading.  There you have it. My arsenal of weapons. You should know that I have normal to dry skin.  I hope you will try some of these products,  and share your results !

Morning- Rinse, then Visionairre  serum all over, after that Olay  serum for eyes (pat along the orbital bone), after that my Nutrogenia oil-free moisturizer.

Night- cleanse face, apply Visionairre serum, all over, a dot of the Roc Retinol Sensitive  (applied to crows feet, and fine lines around the eye), and then the Olay Night Resurfacing Elixer.  One drop of spot corrector on mu sun spot.

Please feel free to ask questions.  I said I was skipping the heavy stuff, but the fact is,  as we age, our confidence can really take a plunge.  These are the products that give me confidence,  I am doing my part in the “aging gracefully” process.