As a busy mommy, wife, and beauty lover, finding multipurpose items are my THING. Baby wipes doubling as makeup removers, body washes that can be used for shampoo, and foods that fit in my beauty regimen. Things that make me smile! I’m sure many of you can relate so I thought I put together a list and uses of 5 things you probably have in your kitchen RIGHT NOW that can be used to keep you looking fabulous…right in between cooking dinner ;).
If you haven’t noticed…I’m here to let you know Summer has arrived and it is not playing! At all. While I know we are all excited to wear sundresses, bathing suits, booty shorts and whatever else, I must remind ya’ll to be safe! This means protecting your skin during these hot, sunny, summer days. Rest assured we can keep it cute and safe! Here’s how!
The easiest way to make sure you’re protecting your skin is to invest in some skincare products that contain SPF. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. You’ll notice many lotions, skin creams, bb creams, and foundations contain SPF. Which is great. But you need to be informed about what the numbers mean and what you need for your skin. Basically the numbers are based on a theoretical time frame of how long you would be able to be in the sun without causing damage to your skin. So a product containing SPF 20 would mean you’d be able to stay in the sun 20 times longer than you could have without protection. This is the most basic explanation of the number.
There are many factors that influence the effect of the sunscreen that you are using such as: family history, medical state, activities, etc, but for most people SPF 15 is sufficient. To get the most effective use of your sunscreen make sure to apply correctly and reapply frequently. Also, try to find products that protect against both UVB and UVA rays.
I’m currently using L’Oreal Sublime Sun Sheer Protectant Oil Spray SPF 30 for my body and Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin SPF 35 for my face. DON’T FORGET THE BABIES! I use Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 for all my kids.
For more information on SPF and protecting your skin check out skincancer.org.
Peace, Love, & Blessings
Founder & Editor of This Brown Queen
This weeks meal plan and preparation. I’m hungry! Enjoy!
Sunday Meal Preparation:
1/2 bag frozen chicken wings
1 bag frozen turkey meatballs
1 lbs boneless chicken breast
1 lb lean ground beef
1 lb tilapia
I cook ALL these meats on Sunday. Simultaneously. Yup. At the same d@m time! Also on Sunday I slice and divide my fruits and veggies for my smoothies for the week. I package in ziplocks for each day to make for easy grab, blend, and go in the morning!
Dinners & Snacks:
Sunday – Meatball Sandwiches with Salad Snack – yogurt smoothies
Monday – Tilapia, brown rice, broccoli/carrots/cauliflower steamed with cheese Snack – fruit juicers
Tuesday – BBQ Chicken, cheddar broccoli pasta, corn on the cob Snack – grapes
Wednesday – Chicken Penne with spaghetti sauce, salad Snack – uncrustables
Thursday – Chicken Lo Mein with asparagus stir fry Snack – Goldfish
Friday – *Kids Choice* Make Your Own Beef Tacos (whole wheat tortillas) Snack – frozen bananas with whip cream
For Breakfast for me (the kids eat at school), I’m starting off slow. Making smoothies all week with my pre-cut and packaged fruit and veggies from Sunday. Mixing a little of this and that to find combos I enjoy. I’ll post those when I find them out!
This Brown Queen
Now Queens, I thought I had the magic bounce back but this woman has me beat! Simply gorgeous! I think I need to join a gym…like yesterday!
Amber Rose tweeted this picture of herself on Twitter (@DaRealAmberRose) 3 weeks after giving birth to her first son. Now I don’t know if she has on Spanx, Victoria’s Secret, or she just naturally gifted like that but she looks great!
So Queens, what advice, tips, or tricks do you have to get rid of that baby weight and get that post preggo body looking great?
This Brown Queen