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Exuvience Age Reverse Hand Rejuvenator Review

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I received this product for free but all opinions are my own.
Hi there!
I'm 37 now and, maybe it's in my head, but I'm feeling like I'm starting to look freaking OLD!!! So I've been taking my skin care more seriously lately and using a ton of anti aging products. I even use a micro needler a few nights a week. I'll do whatever it takes to age well. I'm not down with wrinkles at all. Grey hair, I'm good with. Wrinkles are a no.

But you can't just treat wrinkles on your face!!! Your neck is super important to keep smooth and YOUR HANDS will give you away SO FAST!!!!  
I've actually tested and shared another Exuviance anti-aging product before. You can read that post HERE! As I said in that post, I learned that the founders of this skincare line, Dr. Van Scott Dr. Yu, are also the inventors of the Glycolic Peel (a chemical peel where the acid breaks down the top few layers of skin to reveal fresh, radiant skin beneath.) They offer a large array of products ranging from day to night, peels and masks, even makeup.  

I received this Exuviance Age Reverse Hand Rejuvenator to test for free. It's supposed to help helps diminish all the signs of aging on hands – crepiness, loose skin, and dark spots. 10% Citric Acid Peel formulation exfoliates rough texture and smooths skin and a NeoGlucosamine® + CitraFill® Cream minimizes the appearance of dark spots, smooths crepiness, and firms skin for younger looking hands.

I'll be totally honest - I don't have any of those problems on my hands. But I'm down for prevention so I tested it out just to see how it feels!

It's easy to use - 

Before bed, apply Hand Rejuvenator Peel to back of clean hands with a cotton pad or ball, applying 2-3 layers. Allow the peel to absorb fully for about 1 minute, then follow with a generous application of Hand Rejuvenator Cream. Cotton gloves can be worn over the cream, if desired. In the morning, apply the Hand Rejuvenator Cream to the back of hands and allow at least one hour before washing hands. 
The brand recommends that you use the  
Hand Rejuvenator Peel daily in the evening and the Hand Rejuvenator Cream twice a day (once in the morning and and at night).

The Peel doesn't tingle or anything and it has no scent. The Cream is...interesting. It does feel very moisturizing, but it's a bit oily. I don't mind the oil, but it actually left my hands feeling a big odd. It leaves a film behind and my fingers felt almost sticky. But if it will help with aging, I'm willing to suck that up. It's only twice a day.

This product is not cheap. It does cost $65. But you don't need much to complete the process, so it should last for a while. Plus - I'm willing to pay to not look freaking old!!!
I will continue to use this and let you know if it has the effects it says it's supposed to. I'm so bad at sticking to beauty routines though! Keep on me about this if you're really interested in how it works.

Until next time!


xoxo



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#XOQ - I Love a Shopping Party!

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Hi there!

Last week my friends and I attended the Grand Opening party at the new Eloquii store that just opened in Chicago!

I'm sure you've seen my #XOQ posts on Instagram in the past. Eloquii is such a fabulous brand! So many super stylish pieces in sizes 14 and up so us curvy girls can feel modern and put-together in our clothes.  Let be honest - there aren't a a ton of brands that make that easy.

I always shop Eloquii online, and I've never had a problem. I've never returned anything! And they are always having great sales that I'm sure to take advantage of!

If I have somewhere fancy to go, Eloquii in the first place I check. And I have at least 10 gorgeous pieces in my closet that I'm just waiting for the perfect occasion to wear.

The Grand Opening was such a fun event!
#1 - The store is GORGEOUS!!! It's in a perfect location - The Shops at Northbridge on Michigan Ave (The Nordstrom mall).

#2 - The selection is HUGE! The store is actually really big and I loved seeing so many things I already had, or have sitting in my shopping cart online right on a rack for me to grab. It's actually a little dangerous LOL!

#3 - The Staff is super helpful! While you're shopping they will take your pieces from you and hold them at the fitting room until you're ready. It was a really busy event, but I felt like they really streamlined the fitting room process.

#4 - This party was so nice!!! There were treats and champagne and lots of people I follow on Instagram were there. It was so nice to meet those ladies in person!

But, would you believe I didn't take ANY photos?!?!? I was too busy shopping and having fun to take a single photo of the store. So, you'll just have to go in and see it for yourself LOL! You will love it, I swear! There are comfy couches and pretty things all over!

These are the only photos I took. Follow all of these ladies! Links to their IGs are below!
I'm so excited for this store, really. It's so hard to find clothes I love that also fit me. Selection is seriously limited when you're over a size 12. Finding Eloquii last year was pretty life-changing. Seriously. Having it close to home now is awesome.

My first in-store haul, is pretty small. But, I'll be paying another visit ASAP!
Ruffle Hem Crossover Sweater

Embellished Cat Eye Sunglasses
Long Sleeve Tie Neck Blouse
If you are a curvy girl, you need to head on over to The Shops and Northbridge to check out this beautiful new store. I have zero doubt you will find something you love!

Until next time,

xoxo


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First Week of School Done!

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Hi there!
We did it.  We survived the first week of school!! (Bummed. I don't feel comfortable sharing the photos I have from the first day because they have other people's kids in them or give the name of their schools. Sorry!!!)

It's Saturday night, 9:41PM and I'm already in bed. This summer wore me out and waking up at 6am every day, including today, is going to take some getting used to!!!

So far, everyone is doing well. #1 is happy to be back with his friends. #2, well...she's going to take some time to adjust. But we haven't had any bad reports on her yet. Well, on Friday she did refuse to participate in PE and laid down on the floor. We'll work on that. 

#3 is back at his Montessori program after a month off. He fussed a little on the first day, I think just because he heard other kids crying and it upset him. But Friday, he was just fine at drop-off.

I'm going to try to blog more regularly this school year. I've kind of fallen into the habit of only blogging when it's sponsored, but that's not what I started this for. My tag line does say "The Diary of a Haute Mom." But it's not a diary if I'm only writing sponsored posts. It's just an advertisement page. And that's not what I want!

So even though my calendar is already jam-packed for this year, I'm going to make an effort to get on here more and share more personal things, more parenting ideas, and of course more makeup and fashion.

So let's start with this outfit from BooHoo. Because I'm OBSESSED with BooHoo these last few weeks and they keep having 50% Off Sales and I CAN'T RESIST THEM!!!
As I type this, everything is 50% off! SO GO SHOPPING NOW!!!!

Plus Abbi Ripped Knee Stretch Skinny Jean

Plus Dawn Frill Detail Sweat Top

adidas Originals Superstar - Women's   

Until next time!

xoxo,

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Back To School Shopping at Woodfield!

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Hi there!

I think it's pretty obvious that I love shopping LOL! And one of my favorite places to shop - for most of my life actually - has been Woodfield Mall. So, when Woodfield invited me in to check out some of their back to school sales, I was BEYOND happy to go!!!
It was such a fun day! We started out having a little play/lunch date with friends and after lunch, the shopping commenced!

I had $200 to spend and I think I got some super cute items!

First I hit up Kids Foot Locker. Does anyone else have an obsession with Adidas??? I used to wear Adidas gear ALLLLLLLLL the time in College and Shell Toes were my go-to shoes! Now I'm into high-tops. But, I wanted my kids to have matching shell toes, so these are the ones we picked out. And for a good price - $55!
We tried out a few more shops, specifically Urban Outfitters and Ivivva, but didn't find anything that was really fitting our needs. Although, Urban Outfitters had some tempting sunglasses! And when my kids get into sports - Ivivva will be on my list of places for athletic gear! So many cute leotards and jackets!

We ended our trip at Altar'd State. I honestly never knew this store was there but it had so many cute little nicknacks and pretty jewelry! I saw this glitter water bottle and HAD to have it - because, glitter.  
I thought the planner was perfect for me. First off, it's pink. Second, I have SO MANY goals for myself and I absolutely plan on "KILLING IT" in 2018. And also, the school year is starting and this planner is already being filled in with Parent Associate Meetings and birthday party dates. With 3 kids, there are A LOT of events to keep track of and this planner will be getting a LOT of use!

Now - how sweet is this gift bag they gave me?! This wine on-the-go glass??? I NEED this!!! LOL! 
And Woodfield also hooked my kids up with treats from Starbucks! They, of course, chose cake pops!
I LOVE Woodfield!!! If you've never shopped there, you need to get there. Even though I live in the city, it's still my go-to shopping mall! Hit it up! There are so many stores and so many deals to be found! And, obviously, they treat their customers amazingly :) 

Until next time,

xoxo

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Google Home For New Parents is Awesome!

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Hi there!
I've been a parent for nearly 6 years and my kids are ALWAYS throwing me for a loop and I ALWAYS have a billion questions! 6 years later, and I'm STILL asking Google for help! If 6 years later I'm still Googling answers, imagine how many questions a BRAND NEW parent has!  

In comes Google Home!!! I'll be honest - I never even knew this existed until I received it in the mail! It's SO HELPFUL!!!  And it's so easy to use! 

1 - Plug it in
2 - Download the Google Home App
3 - Log in with your Google info and set up your Wi-Fi
4 - Say "Hey Google" and ASK AWAAAAAY!!!!!!
Google sent this super helpful book along with the Google Home - 50 of the Top-Searched Baby Questions. Flipping through this book, I couldn't help but giggle. I asked ALL of these questions when I had my first baby. And I still asked many of them when I had the 2nd and 3rd babies - it's hard to remember EVERYTHING! LOL! THANK GOD for Google!!! If you want to check out all the questions in the book, click HERE for the digital copy!

Now, the real benefit of Google Home is that every time you have a question about your baby, you don't have to stop what you're doing to grab a device to type in a question. When you're a new parent, your hands are literally full (of baby and baby stuff and sometimes poop or puke) at all times, so if a question comes to mind, you can literally call the question into the air and Google will answer in nanoseconds. It's SO COOL!!! 
 A sampling from the book.  Download your copy HERE!
The day I plugged it in, my son stood in front of it for an HOUR asking it everything that popped into his head - from "How are you doing?" to "How fast do cheetahs run" to "How are bananas made" and he got an answer to almost every single question. I KNOW this device will get a lot of use in my home! I mean, let's be serious - it kept my kid occupied for an HOUR and was teaching him everything he wanted to know - that's a parenting WIN!!! And I'm sure my husband and I will ask Google Home a hundred parenting questions in the near future. Every day there is something new to learn about these little people!
You know Google is listening, because when you call her name, she lights up!
Are you a new parent with a ton of questions??? Check out the Parenting MasterClass live on Tuesday, August 1 at noon EST on the Fatherly Facebook page, in conjunction with Google Home for New Parents. You will learn so much!
Hey! Did you know that with sea horses, it's the DADS that give birth to the babies?!?!? That makes the Fatherly logo PERFECT! Thanks Wild Kratts for teaching me and my kids this. My #1 watched this episode at LEAST 10 times!
Until next time!

xoxo

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Surviving Summer with Reynolds, Hefty and Box Tops for Education!

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Hi there,
This summer has kind of been killing me. My #1 has been home since June 2nd, and we had NO plans for the entire month of June for him - we just kinda winged it and hung out all over the place and made up activities for ourselves. 

That's tough. Entertaining a 5 year old all day, every day for a month is HARD!!!

One of his favorite actives we've done so far was creating clay animals. Together we created this cat and it was so fun for him and super easy.
We picked up this polymer clay, which is easy to mold and can be baked to keep it's shape.  

We rolled out the parts on these Hefty foam plates and then carefully attached everything piece by piece.

Then we placed the finished cat on some Reynolds Kitchen parchment paper and baked it for 30 minutes. VOILA! We made out own sculpture! And he was so proud!

Another thing I've been tackling is cleaning up all the MESSES!!!

My house has been a disaster for a long time. I have the hardest time keeping up with the mess! More stuff has been coming in and not enough stuff has been leaving!!!

So, the last few weeks I've been putting effort in to cleaning out the excess junk and getting the kids involved. Toys, furniture, clothes - I've been getting rid of it ALL!!!

Getting rid of toys has been the hardest. I hold on to things because #1, they were expensive and #2, "what if they MIGHT want to play with this someday???" But, I just need to get out of that mindset and part ways with all this junk.

I do sell items on Facebook, so this is what I've done with the toys:

I went through each bin and pulled out items that were just kind of junky - happy meal toys, toys that were missing pieces, toys the were slightly damaged - and I put those in a Hefty bag to be given away.

Then I pulled toys that were still in good shape, but not being used (or just plain got on my nerves) and asked the kids if they were ok with me getting rid of them. I was SHOCKED that they didn't fight me on ANY of the items I'd pulled to sell! SHOCKED I tell you!!! So, I photographed them each and listed them for sale on my neighborhood auction.
I went through my daughter's closet and pulled out 3 Hefty trash bags of clothes to give away, as well over 60 items to SELL. Then I went through my #3's closet and packed up his size 2T clothes in giant Hefty bags to give to a friend. 

I'm feeling great about getting rid of all of this junk! I have a TON more to go, but this is a great start!

And you know what's awesome? In using Hefty and Reynolds Kitchen brands to take on these projects, I've been able to save a few box tops for my kid's school.  

Have you heard of Box Tops for Education? Every package you buy from Reynolds Kitchens or Hefty that has a Box Tops for Education emblem on it can be saved and donated to your kids school to redeem for money! Each box top is worth $.10. Everyone buys trash bags and parchment paper and foam plates, so why not use those purchases to give back to schools????
All of these products have Box Tops for Education!

If you click HEREyou can enter here to be one of 50 daily instant winners and enter to win the grand prize of $1,000 worth of Box Tops for your school! A total of five schools will be chosen for the grand prize and you can enter once a day until 8/29 so bookmark the site and visit often!

Until next time,

xoxo



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Current WhoWhatWear Favorites - July 2017

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Hi there!

I'm sure you've noticed that I'm a total Target Fashionista LOL! Most of my clothes come from Target just for sheer ease. I can buy eggs, diapers and a cute dress all in one place!

But two weekends ago , my friend's mom complimented the dress I was wearing to my nephew's baptism and when I told her it was from Target, she said she never finds anything she likes there! Honestly, I hear that a lot and am SHOCKED every time! I feel like there are so many cute pieces in there, especially from the WhoWhatWear line. Don't tell my husband but I bought four tops from this line just yesterday LOL! 

There are ALWAYS new pieces to choose from. WhoWhatWear stop taking all my money!!!

So here is roundup of a few of my faves that are currently available from this particular line, starting with this dress I wore this past weekend.
Isn't this BEAUTIFUL!?!?!??!  Seriously - I've never seen a dress THIS pretty at Target.  I wish I could wear it everyday!!!
Here are a few more pieces I've picked up in the last month or so. Some I've worn, some I haven't, but no matter what I LOVE them and will wear them again and again!
There are a ton of other pieces that for some reason aren't yet avaialbe on the website!  When I shoot them, I'll of course link them if I can! 

But next time you're in Target, be sure to check out this line!!! Everything is under $50 and super super stylish and fun.  

Until next time,

xoxo

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