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Happy Tuesday everyone! I have had this post half written for awhile, but better late than never is my current motto. But, I've got some really good finds for you guys, like these little sample guys above for basically free. And some cute shopping finds. I have some more pieces to share with you soon, but for now here's what I'm loving. 

The oils by Biossance have been very impressive and I especially love their squalane and vitamin c rose oil. Not be confused with squalEne with an E. Squalene is derived from shark liver oil, but SqualAne is derived from plants, much better. Right now you can get these two little jars pictured above for just the shipping and handling which is $4. Go right now and try them, you can thank me later with presents and kisses. I use them at night after I have cleansed and toned, right before I put on my eye cream. I'm already on week 2 of using them and am not even halfway through. 

Your next stop for beauty samples needs to be Odacite. Once I sampled a few and figured out which oils I love, I have purchased full size bottles of them, more than once. I'll share a few of the oils that I would recommend for different skin types. I have dry and dehydrated skin that easily clogs, but as I age I notice loss of elasticity the most. If you have aging skin like me I would recommend you try Ma+N Elasticity. I would recommend for ALL skin types the Ac+R Youthful Glow and the Ba+S Eye Contour. If you've got oily skin or breakout Gr+G or Jo+L. Again, all you pay is the shipping and handling and you get 3 little vials in the photo above. They're precious oils so savor those samples. But I always recommend trying a product first before you commit, and for a few dollars you could get a week or so of the product to really try it out. 

Ok, another new product in my purse that I am a tad bit obsessed with is Lanolips, holy moly! No parabens or mineral oil, none of those chemicals, and it is heavenly. And I mean thick and velvety. If you're not an Ulta member yet, you need to be. I signed up for their rewards program and got a lovely $3.50 coupon in my inbox that I was able to apply to this baby and little surprises like that are always sweet. Who doesn't like to save a few dollars? Plus I purchase all my makeup needs at Ulta, they've got everything

I usually share my favorites over on my Insta Stories, and demonstrate how I use them, but I might incorporate sharing them on the blog too. I like to share what works for me because maybe it'll work for one of you. 

Now onto a basic that has quickly become a favorite in my closet. I threw this jacket in my suitcase for a recent road trip and I wore it the entire trip! It's super versatile and thin enough you can layer it easily. I recently discovered Tobi and you cannot beat their prices. A few other pieces that made it into my cart, this top which Greta is already eyeing, and this romper for an upcoming beach summer vacation. 

xo

Spring Cleaning with Lemi Shine

*This post is in partnership with Lemi Shine, all opinions are my own. 

I love when new products make household chores safer AND more effective. There's absolutely no reason in this day and age to subject our families to toxic chemicals, and I was thrilled when Lemi Shine reached out for a collaboration. Sharing fun things with My Life at Playtime readers is something that I get very excited about. Almost as excited as I get about spring cleaning. No, I'm serious. I kind of love big, deep cleaning jobs. There's a lot of satisfaction and 'feel good-ing' once my house is spic 'n span, at least for the few seconds it lasts anyways. 

Especially when things are not in my control, that's when I concentrate on the things I can control. And cleaning is one of them. When I'm stressed out or worried about something, I get to cleaning. It's therapeutic. So is list making. Here, I'll demonstrate. 

Spring Cleaning To Do List in our home includes:

  • closet clean outs for the kids
  • vacuum mattresses
  • deep clean of dishwasher
  • bathroom deep clean-wipe down all surface top to bottom
  • change A/C filters
  • deep clean garbage disposal
  • clean out HEPA filters in air purifiers
  • deep clean washing machine

Don't you feel better already?! :)

Lemi Shine has a whole range of products that helped me this spring cleaning season and I would love to highlight a few favorites! How can you not be excited about cleaning with this lineup?!

  • Lemi Shine Everyday Cleaner- this product had me at the first spray. It smells like I just squeezed a fresh lemon all over. I love the natural ingredients in this, but I don't have to sacrifice power or effectiveness. Thanks to their trademarked GunkGuard it creates an invisible protective barrier which makes surfaces last cleaner longer. And we all want our spring cleaning to last as long as possible!
  • Lemi Shine Dish Detergent Booster- my kids unload and load the dishwasher on Saturdays. Since I do this chore every single other day of the week, it's only fair. The problem is they often leave a good amount of dishes and glasses IN the dishwasher complaining "they're not clean enough". In comes this little green product(I have it there on the counter in the first photo). If you've got hard water like we do, the minerals cause a film to remain after your regular washing cycles. This booster along with Lemi Shine Dishwashing Detergent Pods have solved our Saturday chore complaints and our dishes are clean freak clean. 
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  • Lemi Shine Concentrated Dishsoap- I'm a bit of a dish soap snob, it's hard for me to change when I like something, but just like the Everyday Cleaner, I cannot help but LOVE the Lemi Shine Concentrated Dishsoap. You guys, the citric extracts in it are amazing! Not just amazing in smell, but in the soapiness and effectiveness. If I use a drop of this stuff, it really lathers. I've used dish soaps in the past where you have to use an entire tablespoon to get a good lather going, but not this one. Two soapy thumbs up!

I am also a huge fan of their appliance deep cleaners, they have one for the washing machine, dishwasher and garbage disposal. I'm all about preserving our appliances, and taking good care of them is the best way to stretch out their lives. Just run a wash or a load with one of their cute little deep cleaners and your appliances are good to go. 

Don't take my word for it though. Click on any of the Lemi Shine products I've linked to and will take you to their site where you can find coupons and find the store nearest you that carries them. 

Happy Spring Cleaning friends! Let me know what you try and what is on your spring cleaning list! 

12/12 December Video

And this project of 2016 is officially over! This video probably took the longest to make because of all that we packed into this 10 day trip. And I honestly could've made three separate videos with all the footage we had. When you get to the Devil's Bridge in section 1 you can envision me crying pretty hysterically while Greta videotaped Gunnar. I don't love heights but I didn't know I was that fearful of them. When we go to it I could not stop crying, it was pretty strange. And I had to be convinced by a stranger, another mom, that it would be ok and I could let my kids go out there. She assured me that it wasn't as narrow as it looked from our vantage point. I think I cried the entire hike back down. The second section you'll see a funny part of me trying to ski in several feet of fresh powder. It was the hardest workout I've had in years. And virtually impossible, you'll notice at one point I just collapse and give up lol. The third section has some donkey footage from a ride around the rim and all that wobbly filming is by sweet Greta haha. I hope you enjoy our little road trip adventure. We sure loved it and had such a memorable time. Time to plan the next... 

The only part of this project that I wish was better was the resolution of these uploaded videos. I wish I could share with all of you exactly how the video looks on my screen which is crisp and clean, but I guess that would involve upgrading to a professional uploading site. And those pesky ads that pop up, I would love to not have those.