Memorial Day — A Look Back

Memorial Day

Memorial Day — A Look Back

As an active duty military wife for 7 1/2 years the patriotic holidays — Veterans Day, The Fourth of July, and especially Memorial Day, have taken on an entirely different meaning.

Sure I love spending time with family and having fun celebrations; but the day usually brings thoughts with it that draw tears to my eyes and prayers from my heart. I’ve shared many of these thoughts with you all over the years I’ve been blogging–so today I want to share these posts from my heart and hope that you’ll go back through to read (or re-read) and remember with me!

Thankfullness A tribute to the many, many different members of my family who have served throughout the years.

Oh Say Can You See – A reminder that service comes with great sacrifice

Arlington National Cemetery – Why it’s such a big deal?

Remembering Robert Romero – A memorial to my great-uncle who died saving others in Vietnam at the age of 21

Becoming a Real Military Spouse A glimpse into what those behind the scenes go through

Have a Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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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 constantly passing through events that shake up our world. Some changes are big, huge, and exciting. Others are more subtle, but still impact and change life. Each new stage and change bring new challenges and needs that impact every aspect of life.

Take, for example, the vehicles you own. With each of these life changes, your vehicle needs change as well.  The west’s crazy icy winters and dirt roads meant 4×4 vehicle was the best choice for safety and fun. A car has often been the best option to tackle my husband’s perpetual 45-minute commutes through big cities or across interstates.  Our most recent vehicle transition was into a minivan that works well for our current life stage of pickup lines and family activities.

Since our lives have changed so much and so often, we’ve had to go through the vehicle purchasing process so many times that I consider myself somewhat of an expert. Somehow, I get a feeling you’re also going through some life changes that will require a new vehicle soon.  So I wanted to put together some of my very best tips and tricks to help the process go as smoothly as possible! Because life changes tend to be stressful enough without adding a difficult vehicle buying experience on top of them!

 

How To Make Buying a Vehicle Stress-Free

Part One: Do Your Research BEFORE You Go

Following these tips makes all the difference in the world! To me, the biggest part of stress when it comes to purchasing a vehicle is feeling like you’re being pressured into a decision that’s not a wise one. Thanks to the internet, however, you never should be in this position again! These are the different areas you’ll want to tackle before you ever even think of driving to a dealership lot. The best part is that I found out about an amazing free tool you can use to bring everything together into one place.

Set Your Budget

The first area to consider is your budget. This is one area that always frustrated and stressed me during the vehicle buying process.  It’s hard to plan a budget when monthly payments and your APR aren’t known ahead of time.

That’s why I wish I’d always had the Capital One® Auto Navigator®  tool to use!  The Auto Navigator focuses on adding transparency to a sometimes confusing process by allowing you to pre-qualify for auto financing and see their financing terms before visiting a dealer and without impacting your credit score. I went through the process and it really was quick and pain-free.

Once you are pre-approved the  Capital One® Auto Navigator® walks you step by step through everything you’ll need to do. The first step is just what we’ve been talking about, nailing down your budget.

You tell it your budget, your down payment, trade-in, and all the different body styles you’d be open to!

Once you fill in this information you can browse more than 3 million cars from over 12,000 participating dealers across the country, including in your area!

Pick Your Best Fit

Now it’s time to circle back to what life change brought you here in the first place. Did you get a new job that you need to commute to? Are you adding a member to your family? Is your family moving from the city to a small town? Will you be traveling often or is this a “for fun” vehicle that you want to bang around and get dirty? Make a list of exactly what key traits are most important like good gas mileage, safety ratings, or special options you’ll need. Narrowing down exactly why you’re purchasing and what you’re hoping to get clarifies things. This can help you know what to pay attention to and not get overwhelmed with all those options!

 

Review Everything

One of my favorite parts of the Capital One® Auto Navigator® was this page! As you’re browsing through vehicles you can see all the details you’d ever want to know, all in one place! These include dealer ratings and car reviews, and even lets you access car history reports. This information it makes it easy for you to arrive confident and ready to buy when you visit a dealer.

Part Two: Visit strategically

Now you should know your budget, be pre-approved, and know exactly what kind of reliable vehicle you want. Using the dealership ratings you can head to a place you’re confident will help you out! Now, there are just a few more things to take into consideration. These are optional, but can make wrapping up the process as smooth and stress-free as possible!

Pick Off Hours

If at all possible, take some time off during the week to make your purchase. This will allow you to get your salesman’s full attention, and neither of you will feel rushed. If you have older children in school this is great timing as well, which brings in my next tip for my parent readers!

Don’t Bring the Kids 

Buying a car is just no fun for anyone when even the best-behaved kids have to come along. If they’re not in school, try hiring a babysitter. If that’s not possible, don’t worry! Another strategy is to have just one adult go for the first part to get the ball rolling. We’ve done this several times, and although I was the co-signer they didn’t need me until the end. Especially if you’ve already prepared online you can feel comfortable and confident about the vehicle your spouse is looking into.

Some dealerships even have the flexibility of allowing you to keep a vehicle overnight. This lets you test it out without someone looking over your shoulder. It also gives you the chance to see how practical the vehicle is for your day to day life. Then you can show up with everyone just to sign the dotted lines.

Life is constantly changing for all of us, and it’s wonderful to be able to adjust to meet these needs! I hope these tips help make the next time you’re buying a vehicle stress-free experience! Don’t forget to bookmark the Capital One® Auto Navigator® so you can do your research ahead of time!

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How To Plan The Perfect Staycation

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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.

6 Common Baking Mistakes You’re Making – And How to Fix Them Today

You can be confident in anything you do: makeup, go on a date or even cooking. Cooking up great meals saves you money (woohoo), and you’ll also be able to make foods you truly enjoy.

You’ll also skip out on those bad-for-you ingredients and preservatives that put you into a coma.

But there’s one area of cooking that’s really hard to be confident in even when following direct recipes: baking. A dash of this, a dash of that and a lot of kneading that’s supposed to lead to an amazing loaf of bread or batch of cookies can lead to confusion.

Why did my bread come out so dry?

Why do my cookies fall flat?

And a zillion other questions will run through your mind. Baking is an art, and a small mishap can ruin your plans. Before you dig your teeth into this Brownie Bites recipe (it’s so good), or make this to-die-for s’mores cookies, let’s discuss a few baking mistakes that can ruin your evening.

1. Don’t Skip Steps

There’s a reason butter is included in the early steps and needs to stay out (to hit room temperature). There’s a reason for ingredients being added in a certain order. Everything in the recipe has a reason, so make sure you follow every step precisely.

If you skip steps, you might be sabotaging your baking.

2. Check Your Oven Temperature

Great, you’re free style cookie baking. Your mouth is watering as you watch yet another episode of your favorite show on Netflix and everything’s going great. But as it turns out, your cookies are burnt on top or they’re still gooey in the middle.

I love a little softness in my cookie, but your problem may not be a lack of good time management.

Oven temperatures aren’t always precise (seriously). Imagine setting your oven to 350F and it’s really running at 330F. I’ve had this happen before, and it ruins everything you cook. A good way to counteract this temperature miscalculation is to use a separate thermometer to properly gauge your oven’s temperature.

This is a secret that bakers know all too well. If your food isn’t cooking properly, it might just be a temperature issue.

3. Cold Ingredients Are Meant to Be Cold, and Warm Ingredients Are Meant to be Warm

If you see the recipe mention “cold” or “room temperature” ingredients, make sure you follow the directions precisely. Seriously. There’s a reason for the ingredients needing to be room temperature or cold.

Chemical reactions can cause ingredients to mix differently when cold.

For example, cold butter doesn’t allow for the same fluffiness when baking as room temperature butter.

When recipes leave out the temperature of eggs, milk or butter, assume that room temperature is required.

4. You Make Multiple Batches of Cookies on the Same Baking Pan

If you have a tendency to bake a lot of cookies like me, it’s tempting to make one batch after another without using a new baking sheet. This sounds like a minor detail, but it’s not. If the baking sheet just came out of the oven, it’s too hot to be used for another batch of cookies.

You’ll end up with a subpar second batch of cookies as a result.

Instead, use another baking sheet or allow the sheet to cool all the way before using it again.

5. You’re Not Using the Right Equipment

Don’t place that cookie batter in a baking pan. Don’t use your electric oven to make bread when you could be using a bread maker. Use the equipment you have available to make your baking as effortless as possible.

A few quick tips to remember are:

  • 1/2″ lip baking sheets require longer baking
  • No-edge baking sheets make it easier to remove cookies
  • Pizza pans aren’t meant for baking cookies
  • Shiny aluminum pans absorb more heat

If you plan on baking often, make sure you’re using the right pans and utensils to get the job done right.

6. You Open the Oven Often and Never Preheat

Preheating the oven allows for an even temperature and even cooking. If you’re not preheating your oven, you need to start today. There’s also the OCD pattern of opening up the oven door every 2 minutes to check on your bread, cookies or whatever it is you’re cooking.

If you keep opening the oven door, you’re allowing all of the heat to escape – not great for temperature precision.

Also keep in mind that changing recipe ingredients to be healthier can actually ruin the recipe. Every recipe has a chemistry behind it, so substituting honey for sugar as a sweetener may not leave you with the desired results.

This is especially true when changing out ingredients in full-fat recipes.

If you plan on substituting ingredients, make sure you know what will happen chemically to avoid ruining your baking fun.

 

Bio: Joe Hughes, known by most as the Village Baker, is an expert in homestyle cooking techniques, with a primary interest in baking. He runs the very popular website, https://www.village-bakery.com, which provides the latest homestyle cooking news, techniques, tricks, and recipes. He can be reached at Joe@Village-Bakery.com.

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How To Survive Summer in the South

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Recently I sat wiggling my toes into the sand at the park and texting my dad. “Hey!” I told him, “It’s 86 degrees here today.” He responded, “No way, we have snow in the forecast for tomorrow!”

Summers in Wyoming are 75 degrees, no humidity, and lots of outside fun up in the mountains. Summers here in Texas usher in 100+ degrees and enough humidity when you walk outside you feel like you need a shower, or that you just took one. I might always be surprised by this drastic change, but I wasn’t about to let it beat me or keep us inside. In the years since we moved here, I’ve developed an arsenal of tips and tricks on how to survive summer in the South. Come to think of it, though, almost all of them are perfect for summer anywhere. So feel free to use them even if you don’t have to battle triple digits for months on end!

How To Survive Summer in the South

Sunscreen, Sunscreen, and more sunscreen

This is my number one summer (let’s be honest, year long) tip for everyone, everywhere. Protecting your skin is so very important, for so many reasons. This is even more true when you’re on the paler side of the spectrum like my family is. In Texas, we get to enjoy being outside nearly all year long so having a great sunscreen is a must. When summer approaches I always go through our stash, toss out any old or expired tubes, and run to Target to restock. I want to make sure we have a ready supply for all our summer fun, so I won’t be scrambling around at the last minute. Right now is the perfect time to stock up, because with the purchase of $15 in sun care (in store or online!) you get a $5 Target GiftCard! Score! (offer is running 5/21-5/27 so don’t miss it!).

This year I picked up Neutrogena Sheer Zinc® Sunscreen for a several different reasons! It has naturally-sourced zinc oxide, it’s hypoallergenic, oil free, won’t clog pores, and it’s also sweat and water resistant for 80 minutes. One of the biggest reasons I purchased it, however, is that it is Dermatologist tested and was Awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance™. As you might recall Amber has suffered from eczema for years now, so I make sure all the products I purchase are ones that she can use! I picked up the regular Broad Spectrum SPF 50, and also their special Neutrogena Sheer Zinc® Face Sunscreen version as well.

Get in the habit of getting Neutrogena Sheer Zinc® sunscreen on everyone first thing in the morning during the summer. It has a great texture and rubs in easily with no scent. When you make it a part of your morning routine you won’t ever have to worry about forgetting. Also make sure to take Neutrogena Sheer Zinc® sunscreen along with you, and re-apply as needed. This will depend on how long you’ll be in the sun, and how active and wet you’re getting. I love how their sizes make them just perfect for slipping into my purse or camera bag!

Guzzle Water

Sky-high temperatures and humidity zap energy and water right out of you! The best way to combat this is to guzzle water all summer long. We have several large, reusable bottles that I keep full and handy. To keep us cool I fill them to the brim with crushed ice and then add water in. This keeps the drink icy-cold and refreshing even if we’re outside in the heat for awhile. If you have trouble drinking enough water try putting slices of lemon, mint leaves, or cucumber into it. They all give it a fun, light flavor!

Get Creative About Being Active

As I mentioned, life in the south is just about the opposite of the rest of the country. During February while everyone up north is shivering and battling snow my family is playing at the park. Come July we hear of everyone else going for hikes while triple digits try to keep us locked inside.  Our family thrives outdoors, though, so we’ve just had to get creative! My favorite way to be able to enjoy the South outside in the summer is by playing in the water! Whether it’s a trip to the beach, swimming pool, splash park, running through the sprinklers, or water balloons it’s easy to get outside and have some fun. No one wants to feel trapped inside with the AC blasting for 3 months.

You don’t only have to rely on water for outside fun, though. Picking the times your family gets outside strategically opens up all your favorite activities. First thing in the morning or right at sunset usually have beautiful weather during southern summers. Take advantage of it and run to the park, take a walk, or squeeze in a hike or bike ride. The bugs love these times too (especially dusk) so just be sure to bring along your favorite insect repellent as well!

Think Outside the Shorts Box

The Texas standard issued uniform for all women seems to be t-shirts and shorts. Shorts have just never been my cup of tea and don’t flatter my body type. However, I knew I wouldn’t survive summer in the South in any kind of pants. Last summer I had a light bulb moment when I turned to dresses as the answer. Sundresses in a mix blend or soft cotton are often even more cool and comfy than shorts. Adding soft, flowing, comfy skirts and dresses into your southern wardrobe arsenal makes you look amazing because they are universally flattering. Plus they also gives you so many more options for enjoying those hot summer days!

Now you’ve got all the bases covered! Pair these easy steps together for an amazing summer you can spend making memories, not worrying about the heat.

What are your best tips for surviving summer when the temperatures are sweltering? Leave me a comment and let me know! And don’t forget to take advantage of the great Target GiftCard offer in-store & online!

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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.

Conclusion

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 ThankYourSkin.com to learn more about her work. You can find her on TwitterPinterest and Facebook