How to Finally Get Rid of Acne and Get the Clear Skin You’ve Always Wanted

I never thought I would be 33 years old and still have pimples. I have struggled with acne since I was 12 years old and I have scars to prove it. Now that I am older, my acne isn’t as severe, but it is still bad when I have breakouts. I just don’t get one pimple and they are so painful! How is a mama supposed to live while I am still breaking out in pimples!?

Over the years I have I have tried numerous ways to help keep my acne under control such as natural ways, prescriptions, birth control, you name it. Now that I am older, I am taking a more serious approach in my skincare journey and fighting this acne war once and for all.

I have done research and looked into high quality skin care products developed by dermatologists. Here are some key things I have learned and to to look for in preventing acne:

-Use products that include Anti-Blemish Complex: Tea Oil, Willow Bark Extract, Aloe Vera which unclog pores and reduces redness.

-Use products that include Salicylic Acid which contains Beta hydroxyl acid that helps skin cells shed more easily.

Derma E 3 Step Acne Process has all these ingredients and comes with a Deep Pore Cleansing Wash, Blemish Control Treatment Serum and Acne Rebalancing Cream. These products help your skin cells shed easily, unclog pores and reduces redness while preventing future breakouts. Your skin will feel healthier and rebalanced.

I have used Derma E products in the past, and I feel confident using it for my acne. I have already seen a difference after using it for a couple of weeks and I am happy with the results so far. Check out my before and after!

If you are an adult and suffer from acne, I suggest you try this 3 Step Acne Process. The calming tea tree oil scent is so soothing it helps me wind down for the night. Trust me, this mama needs all the help she can get!

All opinions expressed are my own and not influenced by the company in any way.

How to Use a Dermaroller Like a Pro

I say this often, I wish there were more hours in a day.

When my head hits the pillow at night, I am unable to look back and see what I did all day because it all happens so fast. Since becoming a mother there have been a few things I needed to give up including expensive beauty routines. Not only does it become too pricey, I just simply do not have the time or energy to go somewhere and get pampered like I used to. I am a huge advocate for self-care and making sure I put myself first so I can be the best mother for Franco, so I needed to compromise on how to still keep my routine going.

 I want to share with you a self-care beauty tip you can do at home and feel like a pro doing it. If you want to reduce scars wrinkles and even cellulite, derma rolling, also known as micro needling is for you! 

Derma rolling exfoliates and reduces build up in the skin and helps products such as creams and serums absorb into the skin easily. Although it looks intimidating because a bunch of little needles are rolling into your face, don’t be because the needles are so tiny you will not feel a thing.

 How to use a derma roller :

  1. Start with clean skin and your roller is sterile.
  2. Apply a hyaluronic serum to you face.
  3. Roll the tool in sections. Roll slowly and gently on your forehead, nose, cheeks and neck. Do each part of your face multiple times before moving on to the next area, lifting the roller when moving to each section of your face. 
  4. When you are finished, wash your hands and apply the hyaluronic serum to your face again. If you want to apply some aloe as well to control redness and swelling you can do that also.
  5. Sterilize your roller and once it is dry you can put it away.

 A few tips for this procedure to be effective is drink lots of water, stay out of the sun for a few days after applying and do not wear makeup for about 12 hours after use. It is also not recommended if you currently have any acne or open wounds on your skin.

 You can start off slowly by rolling once a week and increase the more comfortable you get. This is not an instant fix and will certainly take time to see results!

 Derma rollers come in different sizes so be sure to check which one if for you. I used .25mm which boosts my absorption into my skin for creams and serums. Other sizes will help with wrinkles and scars. Also know that this tool is not just for your face, you can use on your legs or anywhere else where you have problem areas.

I hope this post helped encourage you to continue self-care even if you have no time and money! I can assure that you will feel amazing after you try derma rolling and not even break your bank!

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The Surprising Quick Fix for Taming Unruly Hair

The Surprising Quick Fix for Taming Unruly Hair

Franco was born with a full head of beautiful dark brown hair. Shortly after his thick hair turned into luscious curls, but by the time he turned three he started to lose his curls and it was hard for me to manage his longer hair. He would get trims here and there, but they never seemed to help and even curl defining creams didn’t last in his hair. Although I loved his locks I finally decided it was time he needed a full haircut. Watching the hairdresser use a clipper on Franco and seeing his curls fall to the ground brought me to tears. I knew right then and their I would probably never see those curls again. I quickly got over it when I saw his ‘big boy’ haircut and saw how adorable he looked.

I thought with Franco’s short hair would come with an easy to manage style- I was wrong. No matter how many times I combed his hair when he got out of the bath, it would stick straight up in all different directions. He basically had bed head all day long and I couldn’t stop it. I quickly learned Franco had two stubborn cowlicks and they were possible to control!

I recently discovered T is For Tame Taming Mist Sprayer and it has caught my eye for many reasons. It has no dyes, no sulfates & no parabens. It is 100% natural and made with organic ingredients and it is not sticky or greasy on the hair. It only took a few sprays to get Franco’s hair under control and lasted all day! Check out his before and after below.

In case you were wondering, Franco is the King of Cowlicks

…or should I say was the King of Cowlicks!

It is lightly scented but had me sniffing Franco’s hair and just couldn’t get enough.

The best thing about this spray is that I even tried it on my husband who also has cowlicks and worked great on him too! This spray also helped me with my fly always throughout the day. T is For Tame is great for the whole family and definitely a staple to have in my bag.

Overall, I give this product a 10/10. The Taming Mist Spray is great for throwing in my bag and for on the go. I do wish this product was available in larger sizes. I would definitely purchase more since we all have been getting our hands on it!

I suggest you check out T is For Tame especially since they are an Amazon’s Choice! It is definitely a summer essential for us this year and it will sure be with us for all of our beach and pool days!

Disclaimer: I was provided with this free product in return for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own and not influenced by the company in any way. Bear in mind that some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. Keep in mind that I link these companies and their products because of their quality and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases.

At Home Teeth Whitening Review from a Beloved Soda Drinker

At Home Teeth Whitening Review from a Beloved Soda Drinker

I used to be a huge coffee drinker, but when I became pregnant it became an aversion that even three years later I cannot stand the taste of it. I know, you are probably asking if I am crazy and how do I manage life. I have an answer but not too proud of it, I love Diet Coke. I will pour it in a mug in the morning, tumbler during the day and in a glass at night.
As a Diet Coke drinker, I knew it wasn’t the healthiest alternative, but I never thought what it was doing to my teeth. I have tried whitening strips in the past, but they were not the easiest to maneuver and certainly not comfortable. When I discovered Smile Brilliant, I had no idea that this journey was going to have such an impact on me.
For the past two months, I have noticed such a difference in the whiteness of my teeth just by using the Smile Brilliant kit. To be honest, I was a little weary in the beginning about doing this. I work full time and have a threenager on my hands, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to add something else to my daily routine. After a few tries, I was stunned to realize how easy it was to fit this into my busy lifestyle. The trays fit comfortably in my mouth and I was able to continue doing other things in the house while they whitening gel did its job.
The process is quite easy, you receive a package with everything you need to make custom teeth trays. You easily mix some putty and put them in a tray to make the mods for your teeth. You are provided some extra just in case an error is made the first try. Once the molds are complete, you mail them back to Smile Brilliant and they will get to work.
Within in a few days, I received my teeth whitening trays, a very fast process! Customer service was in touch with me every step of the way and everyone I spoke to was super nice and very helpful.
The kit comes with whitening gel and desensitizing gel which I highly recommend since I experienced some gum sensitivity in the beginning. There were detailed instructions and recommendations that came with the kit which I also found very helpful.
The more I used Smile Brilliant whitening kit the easier it got, and I noticed results within a week! It has been two months now and I am very satisfied with the results. Check them out below!
I am so confidant with Smile Brilliant that I wanted to share them with you!
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I hope this review was helpful for all you coffee, tea and soda drinkers! There is no shame in your game, but Smile Brilliant is here to help!

Disclaimer: I was provided with this free product in return for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own and not influenced by the company in any way.


Harvest Fest and Beekman 1802 Mercantile

Bring on the Fall! This past weekend was our first Fall Festivity of the season. Despite it being 85 degrees and humid, we had a great time. (C’mon sweater weather!)

We went to Sharon Springs, NY to check out Harvest Fest hosted by the Fabulous Beekman Boys.
There were so many vendors, live demos, artisan meet-and-greets, food trucks, live music and more at this family-friendly event. Josh and Brent were at their store Beekman 1802 Mercantile, taking pictures and signing books and tours were available at the Farm! 
I was so excited to finally make it to the Mercantile, I have been wanting to go for a while and I love what Josh and Brent have brought with them when they made the big move from NYC Upstsate New York.
Everyone was on Main Street for Harvest Fest and to visit Beekman 1802 Mercantile!
Amazing, Franco needed his own because no one was willing to share.
Yes, there were disco balls and goats!
Dancing machine, this is all he wanted to do!
Family-style lunch was served by village women cooking huge pots of pasta, sauce, meatballs and sausage over an open fire. The meal was served directly on the table and shared by all with red table wine and spring water.
The American Hotel

If you are ever in the Upstate area of New York, Sharon Springs is a great little town to stop in! It is quaint and full of history! If you live too far away you can also find Beekman 1802 Brands exclusively at Target! I wanted to share a few of my favorite things from both their store and their brand at Target so check out the links below!


These are only a few, I can totally go on so go check out more for yourself and I hope the beginning of Fall has you all excited for whats more to come!

Sugar Smart Box Review

Sugar Smart Box Review

Summer sure has been flying by especially with a toddler! Here at the Robins Nest we all have something planned each weekend and I love it!. Yes we are always busy but when I look back on this summer I am going to have so many memories it just makes my heart so full!

Busy weekends going on mini vacations or day trips to the lake had me worried that I would be eating junk this summer, but I made a promise to myself this late spring to stay healthy and walk everyday and it sure has paid off. This Mama bird has successfully lost 20 pounds! Now it has not been easy, but it sure has been making my summer days a lot more energized and fun. Being able to chase Franco around Sesame Place last weekend was a lot easier than it would have a few months ago that’s for sure!

When trying to eat healthy, finding snacks can be hard but I came across Sugar Smart Box  at the perfect time. Sugar Smart Box is a subscription box that provides unique and artisan snacks that are low in sugar and low carb. You receive 7 full size snacks and they all have less than 5 grams of sugar per serving.

I have such a sweet tooth so I went directly for cookies and cakes. My husband beat me to the jerky and pistachios but we could not believe how good everything was. These snacks are great for on the go and obviously great for the whole family. It came during the perfect time because we were heading on a mini road trip to Pennsylvania and it was the best go to snacks in the car. Franco chugged the Cucumber Mint flavored water!

Subscription box consisted of snacks from Eat Me Guilt Free, Just the Cheese, Flow Alkaline Spring Water, EPIC Provisions, Good Dee’s Low Carb Mix’s Eat Fat Snax and Gilded Nut

Sugar Smart Box offers two subscription options for you:
For $29.95 the Sugar Smart Mini Box gives you 5-7 low sugar, low carb snacks each month plus exclusive coupon codes.
For $39.95 the Sugar Smart Box Subscription give you 8+ snacks each month and access to a Registered dietitian led Facebook group.

If I got your full attention now, be sure to check out Sugar Smart Box and use code SMARTFRIEND15 for 15% off your first box!

Now get snacking and tell me what you think, enjoy!