product review

My Skin Care Routine

This post is not sponsored by The Body Shop. I just love the products so much and wanted to share them.ย 

As I was thinking about sharing this information, it dawned on me that I posted this almost 7 years ago on my Jogging Concierge blog! I guess it shows that the products have really been working and I haven’t deterred from them since. Below is the text from that post:

Yesterday I was talking to my colleague about the store The Body Shop and I was raving about their Aloe face line. (The Body Shop did not contact me to give a product review; I just love these products so much I had to share it!) I have probably the most sensitive skin ever and I used to have the worst acne. It was dry in the winter and oily in the summer. I was on doctor-prescribed pills and face creams and it was never able to clear up my redness or breakouts. I even went on ProActiv but they instruct people to use it twice a dayย and it was way too abrasive for my face. I felt like it was burning my skin off (seriously). I tried Acne Free from the drugstore, Neutrogena, St. Ives, Clean & Clear; none of it seemed to work. It always irritated my face.

So then I was on the hunt for something that was made for sensitive skin. I donโ€™t know what prompted me, but I ended up at The Body Shop. I saw they had a line of Aloe Products that included a cleansing foam, toner, exfoliater, and day cream. I scooped everything I could and even signed up for their membership card so I could continue to accumulate points and receive free products.

The products made a difference immediately. My red spots disappeared and I only get random pimples here or there but never to the extent that I used to. I can confidently walk around without makeup which was very rare for me. So if you have sensitive skin I would definitely recommend The Body Shop!!

Below are the products that I use daily.



In the morning, I use the Calming Foaming Wash while in the shower. When I’m getting my face ready (before I apply make-up), I use a cotton pad to wipe the Calming Toner on my face. Then I finish off with the Soothing Day Cream. At night, I wash off the make-up and apply the Soothing Night Cream. It’s a little bit thicker than the day cream, and it makes my skin feel soft and nourished.

And this is my face today! Very little redness and virtually no pimples. I don’t know if genes play in to things but I think these items have certainly helped in making sure my skin stays healthy and taken care of. ๐Ÿ™‚ย Don’t mind the chipped front tooth; I have to figure out if I can afford to get that fixed!


And right now The Body Shop online is offering 40% off hundreds of items, and these items are included! The discount is online only and still going on as of the writing of this post (Sunday, February 25th). Time for me to stock up!!ย 

What’s your skin care routine?



Phil & Teds Stroller

This is in no way a sponsored post; I just love my jogging stroller so much and wanted to share my thoughts on it with you all. ๐Ÿ™‚

When it came time to look for a stroller, I was admittedly very overwhelmed with all of the choices. I knew two things that I wanted/needed though: a jogging stroller and the fact that it didn’t have to match the car seat. (We have the Graco 4Ever seat which doesn’t come as a detachable infant carrier.)

Luckily, however, I had a great resource in my uncle who lives in California. He had a baby in 2004 (so, relatively recent) and is a runner, so I asked him what brand of stroller he used.

He responded back with the Sport by Phil & Teds.




Adorable baby not included. ๐Ÿ˜›

The middle picture is featured with the shade screen. I also have a storm cover that fits in the same way.

One of the reasons this stroller came so highly recommended was because of the fact that it reclines a lot further than most jogging strollers, meaning I could run with Eleanor as early as 2 months old. And because of the way it lies (lays?), it almost acts as a shock-absorber when we go over any bumps. Her head will move from side to side but never up and down.

I can’t actually attest to how easy or complicated it was to assemble since I had my husband, father-in-law, and brother-in-law do it. It looks as though all the pieces were used, though, and nothing has fallen off. ๐Ÿ˜‰

It is a breeze to break down to put in the trunk, however it’s a bit heavier than it may appear. You simply squeeze the lever (behind the red button) and push the red button forward. (As easy as it is to do, it wasn’t so easy to figure out in the first place – thank goodness for YouTube!)


Then, to keep the stroller folded, you make sure the latch on the left is joined with the small button on the right. To unfold, simply unlatch the two and fold the stroller outward until it clicks. (Again, YouTube was a saving grace to figure this out in the first place!)


And a great safety feature is the Auto-Stop brake. To engage the tires, you have to depress the red handle, and if it’s disengaged, the stroller will brake. No runaway strollers here!

Since I was looking for a jogging stroller, I knew not to expect some of the bells and whistles that come with regular strollers (i.e. a lot of storage and cup holders). This may be a turnoff for some, but if you’re in the market for a jogging stroller, but don’t want to have to deal with another, every-day stroller, this is the one for you. It’s a bit on the pricier end, but the quality and reputation are well worth it.

There are also a ton of riding options available, so I’ll be looking forward to those if/when we have a second child.

What type of stroller do you have? Do you own a Phil & Teds?ย I ask because I have yet to meet anyone (aside from my uncle) who has and I’m curious about your thoughts! ๐Ÿ™‚