Healing Acne with Trophy Skin

I have suffered with acne for most of my life. Can anyone else relate? It is the worst! And as I am getting older, it is getting worse. UGH. I never thought that that was even a thing…until it became my life. I’ve tried anything and everything to help my skin, and I have found some things to help keep my breakouts *mostly* at bay, but I still find I get these red marks and little scars that tend to stick around for so long.

I was excited when I found THIS product and especially when I read the reviews. It seemed like this machine actually WORKED for people, and is really safe and effective. The BlueMD uses LED technology to safely and effectively eradicate the acne-causing bacteria that cause blemishes and blackheads.

   

What I really like about this light therapy system, is that it only takes 5 minutes! It is so simple and easy to do, and takes no time or thought. They say that this heals your skin from the inside out, and I really like that idea, that it isn’t just on the surface. I love that you can use it for many different things too, not just if you have acne!

           

The light isn’t painful at all, you don’t feel a single thing. It is simple enough for anyone, all ages, to use. It doesn’t take up a lot of space, and it isn’t an eyesore! Most people see results as early as 3 weeks, and some don’t see any until closer to 12 weeks. Consistency is key. You can learn more about how to use the BlueMD LED Blue Light Therapy HERE.

For a limited time, Trophy Skin is offering my readers 10% off using code SSLIFE10 – that is awesome! Also, the BlueMD is currently 50% OFF!! So hurry right now and grab it at an amazing price!

Thank you Trophy Skin for sponsoring this post.

Collaborations & Influence Sites, Tips & Tricks

Hi! So I get a lot of questions regarding collaborations and that sort of thing, so I thought I would make a whole blog post about what I have learned, and some influencer sites that I use and my experience with them. I am in no way an expert, but I have enjoyed my experience with some and have gotten fun collaborations, so I wanted to share!

-My first tip is don’t be afraid to reach out to shops and brands that you want to work with. The worst they could say to you is no thank you, so I always say go for it!

-My second tip is to have good photos and post consistently. I am not the best at sticking to a “theme” on Instagram, but I know to others that is really important. I will admit, it is more aesthetically pleasing! I also need to be better about actually blogging. The more you are posting, the more people are seeing you, so you are staying relevant to them. I have heard that at least once a day (on IG) is a good amount. Look up good times to post and hashtags that are geared towards your followers.

-Also, it is okay to say no to things! I am still learning this, and learning the value of my time, but sometimes you just have to say no thank you. It is hard for me not to get excited over all the collaborations and campaigns available to me, but sometimes things just aren’t worth doing, and that is fine!

Now here are some influencer platforms I am a part of…

Influenster – This is the first influencer type site I started on, even before I was blogging. You don’t need to have a large following, you just need to be active. I have gotten a good amount of really great products from here, and the campaigns are easy. Sign up HERE.

Social Native – I like this one. You have to watch your “dashboard” for when campaigns open so you can apply, and most of the time they are paid opportunities. All of the collabs I have done through this are just a single post on IG, so it is quick and easy. These collabs are based on interaction, so it is perfect for everyone. Sign up HERE.

Revfluence – Love this one! I’ve had to put in more work for these campaigns, as most want a blog post & IG post, but I have gotten paid more also. I think the more followers/readers you have, the more companies are open for collaborating with. Sign up HERE.

Heartbeat – This one is fine. I am not really sure what they base their collabs off of, but I have gotten more free products than payment from this one. They have all been simple Instagram posts, so it is easy in that sense. They determine the pay rate for you. Sign up HERE.

Clever – I actually haven’t done any campaigns through this one yet, but I’m hoping to soon! They seem to have good brands they work with and they pay well. I will update this after I have completed some collabs. Sign up HERE.

Octoly – This is another one that I haven’t used yet, but I am signed up for. I have heard great things about them, and it seems like they work with awesome brands. Their site says you have to have at least 5k followers on Instagram, so keep that in mind. Will report back! Sign up HERE.

Here are a few other platforms that I haven’t tried or I am waiting to be approved on…

Preen.Me – I take that back, I have worked with them once. I am a little confused with their platform and how you get collabs, but I have gotten a bunch of really good Mustela products from them.

Acorn Influence – I have heard this one is amazing, I just haven’t signed up yet.

InfluenceHer Collective

iConnect

MomSelect

Anyways, there is still so much for me to learn, but I just wanted to share what has worked and been fun for me. If you know of anything else I should look into, let me know!

xo,

Robyn

 

Christmas Traditions & Remembering Christ

I can’t believe Christmas is almost here! When you become a parent, it seems like holidays and such really sneak up on you. As Saylor is getting older, she is 4.5 now, I am realizing the importance of teaching her the true meaning of Christmas…that it isn’t just about Santa and getting gifts. (which as a 4 year old is honestly the best part!)

I was recently introduced to THIS website that focuses on Christmas traditions that are centered around Christ. They create crafts and things to do each night as family to remember Christ. THIS 25 Days of Christ set prompts you and your family to gather each night in December and focus on one part of the life of Jesus. It comes with a small ornament for each day to be a symbol of a story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So this set that Saylor helped me add to our garland is the This is the Christ ornament set. It comes with 12 beautiful wooden ornaments that have a bible reference along with a biblical name for Christ. I thought that it would be a nice addition to the garland on our stairs.

    

You can find the set HERE. I used twine I had laying around to tie them up, and I think it turned out super cute. Everything come perfectly packaged and is very well made. They would make a wonderful, thoughtful gift!

         

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season, and take time out to remember the true meaning of the season.

xo,

Robyn

Stocking Stuffer & Gift Idea with BleachBright

Hi! We all love white teeth, right? I drink (a lot of) diet coke and can sometimes notice my teeth looking dull or not as white as they used to be. I use whitening toothpaste but sometimes I need a little bit more.

I was recently introduced to Bleach Bright Whitening Systems and have been using it for a few days. I am planning on using it every night for about 10 days. What I have liked about the system I have been using is that it hasn’t made my teeth sensitive and it hasn’t hurt my gums at all! For me, that is hard to find.

I have seen a lot of these whitening lights around and have totally been skeptical, but I honestly have noticed that my teeth are getting whiter after each time I use it. THIS is the specific whitening kit I have been using, and I use it before I brush my teeth at night. It only takes about 30 minutes, it is super simple.

BleachBright is sharing an 80% OFF code for my followers and readers! That is insane! White teeth really is the perfect gift to give someone. Head to http://www.bleachbright.com/shop/ and use code RM80 at checkout!

Try it and let me know what you think!

Xo,

Robyn

Starting Solids with Nuby

Hi all! Remi turns 6 months on Saturday (what?!), so starting her on solids has been on my mind the last few weeks. We choose to skip cereals and just introduce her around 6 months. I had been looking for a few things to make feeding her easier, and I am here to share a few of my favorite things that I have found!

        

First is this E-Z Squee-z. I have loved this. It is a soft, squeezable silicon bottle that promotes self feeding and is easy for little hands to hold. I simply pour a small amount of pureed food in it and let Remi figure it out. We have used it a few times and it is cute to see her figure out bringing it to her mouth and chewing/sucking on it.

       

My older daughter Saylor has liked using this silicone placemat lately. It sticks to flat surfaces, is dishwasher safe, and she really likes the different sections. Once Remi starts eating more/different foods I will use this for her as well. It is really cute and convenient.

       

Last thing that is perfect for teething and introducing foods is this Garden Fresh Fruitsicle Tray. I love these! They are brilliantly designed. The handle that you hold is the perfect size, and they have a ring catcher thing around the actual popsicle part that is design to catch the drips as it melts. Such a good idea.

Starting foods with you baby is sort of bittersweet, it means they are growing, but it is also fun to have them try new things and learn. Be sure to follow me on Instagram @robynmeacham and enter my giveaway with Nuby!

xo,

Robyn

 

Jord Watch Goodness

Hi all! If you’ve been here for a while you might know that I have collaborated with Jord Wood Watches before. I love their uniqueness and style, and my husband Troy really likes them too. Which is a really difficult to do…he is very picky! They match with pretty much anything, and they hold up very well.

        

I also am a big fan of packaging and presentation, and Jord watches never cease to amaze me. They come in this beautiful wooden box, on a pillow, with a cute little J tag. In the package is also a pen type thing for keeping your watch beautiful, and a polishing cloth.

       

Watches are such an easy, perfect gift for anyone. Literally, anyone! Husband, sister, friend…you get it. Jord has some many beautiful styles, with different beautiful faces, you are sure to find one that everyone will enjoy. A watch is something that someone can have for a long time, it truly is a good investment.

Here is the link to the watch that I got Troy, if you are interested in that one: TROY. He appreciates the pretty ivory face…and I appreciate it because it matches anything that he wears it with.

       

The watches can be sized easily at your local jewelry store (which I have yet to do, see pics). Jord makes it easy and has you measure your wrist so you can be sure to get the correct size, and I still seem to get it wrong, haha oh well. Jord is amazing and giving everyone who follows this link an instant 25% off coupon, just in time for you holiday shopping.

You can get the coupon HERE!

xo,

Robyn


Wooden Wristwatch

SHOPKO ROUND 2

I am excited to share a few other great finds I recently found at Shopko. I really love skincare and a good face mask, so I really wanted to pick a few I could use. My 4 year old daughter is also starting to get into doing fun, girly things like that with me, so I knew we could enjoy this together.

Saylor picked out this Nugg Exfoliating Face Mask to try out first. It has a light scent, lightly exfoliating, and left our skin feeling so soft and smooth. It was so cute watching her look at herself in the mirror and then touch her face after it was off.

This gorgeous turtleneck top also caught my eye. I love the deep red wine color, and the turtleneck for the fall. it is surprisingly soft, and I like the hem of the bottom. And even better, I’m pretty sure it was only around $10! It is from Shopko’s exclusive brand, A&I, and you can find it HERE.

You can find the other Nugg face mask HERE. It is a Charcoal Skin Detox Face Mask, and it made my skin feel very clean.

Masque Bar Anti Blemish Mask  — another great one for breakouts.

Let me know what you think!

xo,

Robyn

 

Baby Shower Gift Idea’s for the New Mom

Hi all! I am sure we have all felt the pressure of finding a great gift for a new mom. Especially if you don’t have kids, it can be hard to know what is really needed and useful. Well I am here to let you in on a few products that are a sure hit.

   (this face can be deceiving LOL)

I know when I was a new mom, creating my first baby registry, I didn’t think about putting things like diaper rash creams on it. There are many choices, and I didn’t even think about my baby getting a diaper rash, nonetheless what I would even do for it! After Saylor came, I quickly realized I needed something! Newborns poop literally all the time and their skin is so sensitive, it is pretty much inevitable. I so wish I had some Boudreaux’s Butt Paste® to help with my littles sore bum.

   (sore bum= grumpy baby)

Boudreaux’s Butt Paste® comes in 2, 4, and 16oz which is perfect for various situations. A large tub for the bathroom, or a small bottle for your diaper bag. It starts healing on contact, and protects the skin by forming an instant barrier. They have an Original and Maximum Strength, which is nice to always have options. All these products are available at Target which is just so, very convenient.

 

Be sure to head to my Instagram to enter my giveaway! Thank you to Boudreaux’s Butt Paste® for sponsoring this post.

xo,

Robyn

Photos by Freckled Photo

Shopping & Gift Ideas with Shopko

Who remembers Shopko?! Growing up we had one in my small town, and it was always a stop on my Black Friday shopping trips with my mom. As I got older, I sort of out grew it, and stopped finding things that I liked, if I’m being completely honest. Recently I was re-introduced to Shopko, and specifically the fact that they have added many new brands and new looks. Upon looking at their website, I immediately found a good amount of things I liked and would love to have! Score! I purchased many different things from different departments, including this cute top shown below from their new line A&I. I was also excited to see It’s a 10 on their list of new brands…I love their hair products!

I have been using this It’s a 10 Silk Express Miracle Silk Smoothing serum for a few weeks now and I really like it. I use about a dime size amount and apply it to my towel dried hair. I have noticed that it has made my hair more smooth and not as frizzy when I let it air dry. It smells good, too.

I also got this Five Minute Hair Repair for Blondes…and I’ve been loving it! If you are a blonde you have probably used a purple shampoo at some point or another. Purple shampoo helps keep your hair bright and not brassy. This is basically a purple deep conditioner and it has helped my hair not to be so dry.

      

I chose a cute, long sleeved basic black shirt too. I have been looking for clothes for fall and winter, and this black shirt is just what I was looking for. It is super comfortable and I love the elastic around the wrists as a cute detail. It was so affordable too, I was shocked. The brand of shirt is A&I which is Shopko’s new exclusive brand. They carry all sorts of products in many different departments. One stop shop!

If you are in the shopping mood (re: Christmas shopping!), you can get $15 off a $75 Kitchen and Dining purchase with code DELICIOUS, valid through 11/11. Then you can get an extra 15% off Outerwear with code STAYWARM valid 11/9-11/12. Thank you Shopko for sponsoring this post!

Take a look at their site and let me know if you purchase anything!

xo,

Robyn

My Experience with BodyBoss Fitness Guide

Hi all! As most of you know, working out is a STRUGGLE for me. To say the least! Especially after having Remi, I am still trying to figure out when the best time to shower and clean the house is, let alone squeeze a workout in. I love that there are so many “work out at home” options these days, so you don’t have to go anywhere, and you don’t need any fancy equipment. I was recently introduced to the BodyBoss Method. What it is is a Fitness Guide you follow…you workout 3 days a week, for 24 active minutes, and the program is 12 weeks. BodyBoss workouts include fun and challenging high intensity workouts. You may have heard of HIIT before, high intensity interval training, these circuits are key for maximum fat burning and power. They also have made a bonus 4 week pre-training program, which is so nice for people like me who are intimidated or not in shape to just jump right in!

I also like having the booklet on hand. It is easier for me to be able to hold and physically touch something, and go page by page. If that isn’t your thing, you can order the online version, which gives you access to everything online.

I wasn’t quite sure what I was expecting, but I knew 3 days a week sounded very doable. I found that working out in the morning is the best time for me…during the day gets too busy with two kids and if I work out at night, I don’t sleep…haha! Does anyone else have that problem? Each day you work out is focused on a different part of the body, legs one day, core another day, etc…and they also give you recommendations on how to do some easy cardio on the “rest” days, to get your heart rate up and stay active.

 

Another thing I like about working out from home is that I can do it with my babies at my side! Saylor isn’t in these pictures, but she likes to do some of the stretching and exercises with me, which makes it more fun for me. Remi also likes getting out of the house.

The Fitness Guide has been so helpful. At the back of the book it has photos and a description of all the exercises and stretches. I am a visual person so that really helps me, and lets me know if I am doing everything correct. I am anxious to see my results once I really get into it. I don’t really have any weight to lose, I just need to tone up and develop some muscle tone. There is a few pages in the fitness guide dedicated to tracking your goals, and how to stay motivated and what to look for. This BodyBoss program is perfect for the busy mom, the person who is intimidated by gyms, or the person who only has a few moments in their day to make count.

Let me know how you guys like to workout, and if you prefer working out not in a typical setting, I highly recommend you try BodyBoss! The tank I am wearing from them is also very soft and comfortable, FYI!

xo,

Robyn