Best Items for Baby, Pampering for New Moms

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media. Opinions are my own and the adorable baby is all mine. Dear new and soon-to-be moms, It can be difficult to navigate this crazy new season in life called motherhood and finding the perfect items for your baby all while taking Read more

A Meditation Teacher’s 8 Tips for Better Sleep

Since having Ethan last year, and a few months prior to his birth, sleep has eluded me. Before getting pregnant, I would take melatonin or unisom before bed because my insomnia was so bad. Although Ethan is 1, he still doesn't sleep through the night, which means I can't be Read more

Vole Hair System Review

Don't miss the 20% off promo code below!! My hair has not been at its best this summer.  Sun, salt water, humidity and heat, plus constant styling to battle the heat and humidity all tends to strip my hair leaving it looking and feeling dry and dull. This may sound a bit dramatic, Read more

Spa Pedicure at Utopia Salon & Day Spa in Hawley, PA

The best part of living in a tourist area (the Poconos), is that there are a lot of little gems waiting to be discovered. For me, this gem has been right in front of my face for 13 years. I've driven by Utopia Salon & Day Spa countless times, but Read more

Reflekt Facial Exfoliator Review

This luxury facial cleanser makes skin feel amazing! I've been using Reflekt Skincare for the last 6 weeks about 2-3 times per week. In the summer, a regular cleanser alone won't do the trick to thoroughly rid my skin of all the "gunk" that warmer weather brings when wearing makeup, Read more

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Clear, Glowing Skin with SheaMoisture Mud Masks

@sheamoisture masks review via @agirlsgottaspa

In the skin department, Summer usually means oilier than normal skin for me.

Which also means clogged pores, and at times, acne prone skin accompanied by dehydrated and irritated skin thanks to time spent in the sun and insane amounts of sunscreen.

One of the best ways that I deal with summer skin issues is by relying pretty heavily on face masks.  For me, it’s just easier to introduce face masks intended to treat my particular skin woes than to change my entire skincare routine; plus masks always makes an at-home facial feel incredibly indulgent. Read more

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5 Sun-Kissed Summer Prep Tips For Glowing Skin

6 Sun-kissed summer prep tips for glowing skin via @agirlsgottaspa

If you’re looking to get your skin Summer-ready, read on for tips from spas that give some skin advice you’ll want to start using ASAP.

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Tip: The wound healing herb, Calendula, is traditionally known to reduce inflammation and soothe irritation.  Create an at-home face mist, combine dried Calendula flowers and oats in a French press, letting it steep in boiled distilled water for 10 minutes.  Once cool, pour into spray bottle and spritz face liberally for soft and hydrated skin. – Barbara Close, Founder at Naturopathica Chelsea Healing Arts Center & Spa Read more

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Late Nights? How to Look Well-Rested #spon

Disclosure: Thanks to RoC® MULTI CORREXION® 5 in 1 Eye Cream I can fake 8 hours of well-rested sleep. This is a sponsored post for Socialstars #WomenWhoRoC, but all opinions, and sleepless nights, are my own.

Late nights? How to look well-rested. via @agirlsgottaspa #WomenWhoRoC #spon

Whether you have a baby in your 20s, or you are still expanding your family into your 40s, the image of sleepless nights all look the same. Under-eye puffiness, dark circles and looking like you could be an extra on The Walking Dead…

But there is also a big difference in that 20 year gap. In your 40s you’re also dealing with wrinkles and mature skin (dryness and dullness.) So basically, yay me.

Close friends and family know that my sweet baby boy is not much of a sleeper. At 7 months old, he still wakes up a few times a night. Throw in teething, and well… let’s not talk about that. Read more

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Target the 5 Signs of Aging #ad

Disclosure: Thanks to RoC® MULTI CORREXION® 5 in 1 Chest, Neck and Face Cream, I’m targeting the 5 signs of aging as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #WomenWhoRoC

While the Summer wreaks havoc on my skin by aging it with damaging UV rays, the Winter is equally as brutal with dryness leaving my skin looking dull. And with every year I age, it seems a new wrinkle emerges. Fighting what ages you is a 365 day a year battle.
Roc Multi-correxion 5 in 1 chest, neck and face cream review via @agirlsgottaspa #ad #WomenWhoRoC Read more

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Holiday Skin Prep with RoC®

Disclosure: Thanks to RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer With Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 I’m getting my skin ready for the holidays as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #WomenWhoRoC

More holiday skin prep with RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer With Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 via @agirlsgottaspa #WomenWhoRoC #spon

The holidays are finally here, which seems a bit unreal, especially here in the Poconos where it hasn’t had accumulative snow yet, making it still feel like September. (There’s something about snow that really gives you that holiday feeling.)

As everyone reaches for their camera to capture the season’s memories, now is the time to have a winter skin care regimen going in full force. Did you begin back when we began talking about holiday skin prep?

Since I know my family will be snapping lots of photos, especially since it is my youngest son’s first Christmas, I really want to look my best. And to be honest, I’m super self conscious about those photos going up on Facebook and my friends from high school secretly judging how I’m aging. (Admit it, it’s something you think about, too.) Read more

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Say Goodbye to Dry Skin This Winter with #Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Deep Moisture Jelly Cream

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Although I absolutely love this time of the year with the brightly colored leaves and crisp fall air, I dread it at the same time. It seems all of my time is spent trying to prep all the livestock for the winter, insulating the house, cooking and freezing all my produce from the garden and splitting wood, lots of wood.

When the temperature drops, it’s not just the wood that gets split, my hands do too. My daily routine consists of: Feed the animals, wash my hands. Wash out the poultry feed containers, feed poultry, wash my hands. Come inside to make breakfast, wash dishes. Start meal prep for the day, wash produce, wash dishes. Wash my hands, make lunch, wash dishes. Split and stack wood, wash my hands. Daily chores, wash my hands, make dinner, wash dishes. Take a shower, go to bed, repeat! Do you notice a pattern yet? Read more

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Bolden Butter Mint Shea Oil Review

Bolden Shea Oil review via @agirlsgottaspa

As soon as the season changes and the temperature gets cooler, my skin starts to get dry and feels tight. I have my favorite moisturizers that I switch to this time of the year, but it’s always fun to try something new. I’ve been using Bolden Butter Mint Shea Oil for a couple of weeks and have noticed a difference.

This Shea Oil is 100% natural and is made from ethically-sourced Shea nuts picked and processed by local women’s groups in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Read more

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Reduce Wrinkles and Firm Skin: L’Oreal Paris Revitalift™

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by L’Oreal and Conde Nast, but all opinions expressed are my own.

@lorealparisus Revitalift review via @agirlsgottaspa AD

If you’re tired of reading reviews and trying to educate yourself about anti-wrinkle creams and serums from those barely in their 20s, then you’ve landed in the right place.

While including anti-aging products into your skin care regimen should begin in your 20s, collagen loss and those ghastly deep set wrinkles and fine lines are more prominent in mature skin.

So to be completely transparent – I’m 41 years old, didn’t really begin to use anti-aging products until I was in my 30s and have watched gravity make itself known on my face (and other areas, too, but that’s an entirely separate blog post.) Read more

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Get Skin Holiday Ready with RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream

Disclosure: Thanks to RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream I’m getting my skin ready for the holidays as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #RoCRetinolResolution #WomenWhoRoC
Get your skin holiday ready via @agirlsgottaspa #RoCRetinolResolution #WomenWhoRoC

I feel like this year has flown by. Don’t you? We’re quickly approaching what is prime photo season – the holidays!

The holiday season (October through the beginning of January) is my frenemy for many reasons. I look forward to the warmth and fun of enjoying family get togethers and parties, but loathe the stress (which shows on my face) and all the photos I’ll soon be tagged in. Having our 5 boys plus a newborn means many sleepless nights and sometimes chaotic days. I definitely don’t want that to come across in pictures. Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in anti-aging, beauty, Fall Beauty, skin care 1 Comment

Customize Your Skin Care Routine with Paula’s Choice

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Paula’s Choice via Pretty In My Pocket (PRIMP.) All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Customize your skin care routine with @PaulasChoice - full review on @agirlsgottaspa #PrimpLovesPaula #PaulasChoiceSkinCare @Prettyinmypoc #PowerPrimper

Who can resist Paula’s Choice?

Sorry, I couldn’t help but make that joke, although I have to say that now that I’ve tried this skin care line, I’m pretty much hooked.

Prior to this review, I hadn’t tried any of Paula’s Choice skin care, although I am very much aware of Paula Begoun, the founder, as the Cosmetics Cop who is all about truth in beauty, skin care, ingredients and proven research. In fact, I had the chance to interview her when Beautypedia launched several years ago. Her website has a full encyclopedia of advice for every type of skin care concern. She is a wealth of information!

I am a true skin care junkie. I absolutely believe that it doesn’t matter how much contouring and concealing you do or how much makeup you wear – if your skin is a mess, there is no hiding that! Besides, the better you treat your skin, the less makeup you’ll have to invest in to fix your flaws. Read more

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