Month: May 2017

Memorial Day — A Look Back

Memorial Day — A Look Back

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How To Make Buying a Vehicle Stress-Free

How To Make Buying a Vehicle Stress-Free

If you’ve followed along with our adventures for any length of time, you know that life for us has been constantly changing over the years.  We’ve added babies, moved through several states, and shifted careers! I think that that’s life for everyone, though. We’re all […]

How To Plan The Perfect Staycation

How To Plan The Perfect Staycation

I have received information and materials from ©Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. 2017.The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post. #ForWhatMattersMost #CollectiveBias

Don’t look now, but the summer is rrriiiiight behind you! It’s coming fast, and if you don’t stop right now and plan to make the most of it, it’s going rush past you! It’s always my goal to squeeze every precious ounce of fun, time together, and memory making out of those quick spring & summer days. Through the years I’ve become the master of staycations. The concept is one that’s quite popular now, so I’m sure you’ve heard of it before. I’m always amazed, however, to find out how many people have never been to the wonderful places close to where they live.

We were blessed with getting to live in areas that are truly vacation destinations for a good chunk of our marriage. Washington DC, the beaches of North Carolina, and Boston. We tried to take advantage of the time we were stationed at each and loved playing tourist on the weekends. This concept doesn’t just work if you live near a vacation area, however. Growing up in Wyoming and now here in Texas there are still tons of ways to staycation! So whether you’re sticking around for the summer or have out of state guests coming in, use these tips to make the most of your summer!

How To Plan The Perfect Staycation

Make a Bucket List

The first thing to do is to start a running list of all the places you love or want to visit. Start off by listing off all the places you’ve seen or heard about locally that you’ve said…”We really need to go there someday.” Next, make another list of things that you’d love to discover in your state, but you’re not sure of the exact location. Research these to see if there are any nearby. Finally, go online and crowdsource.

An easy to way to do this is to ask local friends on Facebook for their favorite way to spend a summer weekend locally. During one conversation in Boston, I discovered the fact that a strip mall near us had acrobats, delicious ice cream, and water fountains that everyone called “liquid fireworks” because they went off to music and lights on the hour. It’s one of those little gems I would never have found out about except through word of mouth! Pinterest is also amazing for finding fun and hidden gem locations in your area, just search by your state’s name and maybe even region.

Stumped at where to get started? Here are some great ideas of my favorite Staycation destinations:

  • Zoo
  • Museum
  • Nature or Wildlife Preserve
  • Drive Through Safari or Wildlife Loop
  • Amusement Park
  • Monuments & Historic Sites
  • National Parks
  • State Parks
  • Local Parks
  • Pick Your Own Farms
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Public Garden
  • Lakes, Reservoir, or Public Ponds
  • Beach, Splash Park, Swimming Pool

Don’t forget to check your local area calendar or chamber for limited time events like Carnivals, Fairs, Movie & Music at the Park, Rodeos, etc. As you research add the items and the information to your list or board. This way anytime a free weekend comes up you can easily look at it and see what adventure your family wants to tackle!

Be Prepared

Now that you have your list prepped it’s time to make sure everything else is good to go for your staycation! Stock up on easy to bring along snacks, water bottles, sunscreen, and Extra Strength TYLENOL® and TYLENOL® 8 HR Muscle Aches & Pain. Nothing is worse than a staycation getting ruined from muscle aches after a day of hiking or having to postpone the day’s plan because of a nasty headache in the morning. Make sure you have all the essentials at home so that you can get back to the things you love!

I grabbed Extra Strength TYLENOL® and TYLENOL® 8 HR Muscle Aches & Pain at Target. They both temporarily relieve minor aches and pains due to: the common cold, headache, backache, minor pain of arthritis, toothache, muscular aches, premenstrual and menstrual cramps; temporarily reduces fever. As always, they’re for adults and children 12 years and older, and you should always use only as directed.

Plan Strategically

Finally, you’re ready to plan! When you’re stocked up it’ll be easy to be flexible so you can go have fun a moments notice.  If you’re like me, though, you know life just works better if you plan ahead. For staycations, I love to vary the price and the tempo of the items that we’re doing. I know everyone has experienced a vacation that was anything but relaxing because of the frantic pace of trying to do.all.the.things.

Staycations are wonderful because you don’t feel any pressure to be rushed since you live close by. They also usually allow you to be flexible in your planning. One weekend pick a pricier, more structured location, the next pick one that’s affordable and low key. For example, one weekend you might hit up that amazing Nature Museum that the whole family will love exploring all day. The next weekend you might head to a local park and pond you’ve never been to before.

A big part of planning strategically also involves planning out food options. Just like unexpected aches and pains, not planning out your food needs can quickly derail a fun time. No one is happy when you’re miles from anywhere with nothing to eat.

If you’re going to eat out, pick a place that you’ve never tried before. This adds a bigger sense of adventure and vacation. So go ahead and opt for that mom & pop diner instead of reaching for cross country favorites. Packing a lunch for a picnic  for trips to the park or the lake makes the day feel even more special. I also always bring along some Extra Strength TYLENOL® with my things. This ensures that if one of us adults has a twinging back or throbbing head they don’t have to wait till we get home.

Another thing you want to consider and plan ahead is working with schedules. It’s always a great idea to always take things like naptime, bedtimes, and transit times into consideration. If you’re taking public transportation be sure to account for the time to park, walk, purchase tickets, etc. Also, when you’re staycationing it’s a great idea to pick just one place or event per time outing. This allows you to really enjoy it to its full potential and not feel rushed.

There are my top tips for planning the perfect Staycation! Now it’s time to pick a few local areas you’ve heard about but never been to, stock up on essentials, and schedule it on the calendar to do this summer!

Where is your very favorite spot to staycation? Leave me a comment below and let me know! Also, don’t forget to stock up at Target for all your staycation needs!


I am not a medical expert, and this post is not medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. ©Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. 2017. The third party trademarks used herein are trademarks of their respective owners.

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How To Survive Summer in the South

How To Survive Summer in the South

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5 Effective Skincare Routines For Managing Oily Skin

5 Effective Skincare Routines For Managing Oily Skin

Oily skin is never fun to have. Aside from the annoying grease and shine, it also makes you more prone to several skin issues. Just think about clogged pores, blackheads and acne. Apart from that, choosing the right products can also add to the frustration. Instead of helping you manage your skin, most of them only make things worse. Here are our best tips! After be sure to check out this Stemuderm Review as well for more great options.

If you are struggling to keep your oily skin under control, here are 5 of the most effective skincare routine you should be following:

1. Cleansing

Cleansing your skin twice a day is a cardinal rule for oily skin. It helps get rid of the dirt, oil and dead skin cells that can clog your pores.

The best cleanser for oily skin is one that is water-soluble. It should be easy to rinse off without leaving any nasty residue on your skin.

You should also skip fragrance or highly abrasive scrubs in your cleanser as they can potentially cause irritation.

Cleansing tools can give you a deeper clean but make sure that they aren’t too harsh.  If you are thinking of using a brush, its bristles must be extra soft so you won’t end up with minute tears on your skin.

Another highly recommended cleansing technique for oily skin is the oil cleansing method.  Now, you might cringe at the idea of using oil on your already oily skin, but don’t fret. It can actually put your problem under control.

The cleansing method relies on specific oils to pull out dirt and excess oil from your pores to make them easier to remove. It works like a magnet in removing the impurities on your skin.

As the oils cleanse your skin, they leave your skin extra hydrated and moisturized.

2. Toning

A lot of people skip toners because they think they aren’t really needed. The truth is, if you have oily skin, toners are extremely necessary.

Toners basically work to bring back your skin’s natural moisture. For some people, they make a good replacement to moisturizers, especially during day time- though that isn’t strongly recommended.

When you choose the right toner for oily skin, it should also be able to recharge your skin, minimize the size of your pores and get rid of the residues and dirt your cleansers might have missed.

3. Exfoliating

Exfoliation is one of the things you shouldn’t miss when you have oily skin. You see, your skin tends to build up a thick layer of dead skin cells on its surface and this can make it hard for your cleanser to unclog your pores.

When left to build up, it can cause acne and small bumps to appear on your skin. Exfoliation is the most effective way to prevent those things.

Ideally, you should do it not more than twice a week. Be gentle when scrubbing your skin and always follow up with a moisturizer after.

Go for chemical exfoliation as it considered more effective for those with oily skin. Beta Hydroxy Acids, for example, are oil-soluble and can penetrate deeper into the skin.

Apart from dissolving the glue that holds dead skin cells together, it also contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

If you are going for physical exfoliation, be careful in choosing your product. Skip those that contain large exfoliants, like nut shells and fruit pits.

They aren’t gentle on the skin and can leave you with micro tears that can make the surface of your skin uneven and rough.

4. Moisturizing

A lot of people forego moisturizers in fear of making their skin more greasy and oily. The truth, however, is that moisturizer can help keep your oil production under control.

When you skip your moisturizer, it leaves your skin dry and dehydrated, especially with the acne treatments you’re applying. To prevent damage and as a way to compensate, your skin produces more oil.

This, in essence, triggers more problem.

When selecting the best moisturizer for oily prone skin, you should pick out one that is water-based and oil-free. It should feel lightweight and shouldn’t clog your pores.

Check out its ingredients, too. Oily skin will benefit from moisturizers that contain alpha hydroxy acids, humectants and organic ingredients.

On the other hand, ingredients that are occlusive can spell bad news for your skin. They work to seal in moisture on your skin and they can clog your pores.

Lanolins and mineral oils are poor choices, too.

5. Night Time Hydration

Your skin undergoes repair while you sleep so it’s only right that you provide the help it needs.

Applying serums, for example, can speed up the process by providing your skin with repairing ingredients as well as antioxidants. They can help keep your skin as healthy and nourished as possible.

A face serum should be applied after you cleanse your skin and before you moisturize. It’s meant to deliver really powerful ingredients in high concentration into your skin.

Since it is made up of smaller molecules, serums can easily penetrate the skin. They can target specific skin concerns.

Although serums can keep your skin moisturized, it doesn’t really work as a moisturizer.

Consider this:

A moisturizer creates a barrier from the outside to lock in moisture inside your skin. Serums, on the other hand, nourishes and moisturizes your skin from the inside.

In general, the best serum for oily skin is one that can regulate oil production, unclog pores and reduce inflammation. It should also be able to enhance your skin’s repair process.

Considering these things, you should pick serums that contain vitamin C, retinol, zinc or salicylic acid.


When taking care of oily skin, it’s not enough that you pick the right products for your skin type. The way you use those products and how consistent you are with your routine can affect the results you’re going to get, too.

Remember that your skin undergoes skin cell renewal every 28 days so don’t expect to see dramatic improvements in your skin overnight. Regulating your skin’s oil production can take a while.

Hannah Do is the founder of Thank Your Skin, a beauty blog dedicated to provide honest skin care advice and information. She aspires to help her readers achieve their most beautiful skin by sharing personal tips learned through both years of experience and thorough research. Check out to learn more about her work. You can find her on TwitterPinterest and Facebook