Guest Posting for Victoria Strader

Happy Tuesday, Y’all! Today I have the pleasure of guest posting for Victoria Strader. Click here to read my post on writing scripture and truth in your home.

If you do not yet know Victoria, you should go visit her blog right now! She and her husband live in the Fort Worth area with their precious 1-year-old son, Beau. She shares such cheerful, charming content that is sure to inspire you today. I’m sure you will love her!

Meredith Teasley

If you are visiting from Victoria’s blog, please introduce yourself and where you are from below. I would love to say hello!

My Simple Trader Joe’s Skincare Routine

Happy Monday, Friends! Today I’m sharing my super simple Trader Joe’s skincare routine with y’all. Trader Joe’s and skin care might seem like an odd pair. However, these products have been part of my routine for four years now and I keep coming back to them! I have yet to find an equally affordable, effective, and gentle line that can compete with these.

I had combination skin in my teenage years, but my skin has balanced out in my twenties. It has become normal in the summer, with more dryness in the winter. It’s also fairly sensitive, so I avoid anything with fragrance. Less is more with ingredients when it comes to skincare! I currently wear minimal face makeup each day (bronzer/blush), but I’ve had great success using this line-up with a full face of makeup. I first found these products in 2013 while searching for a more natural, paraben-free alternative to whatever I’d been using at the time. They fit the bill of exactly what I was looking for: affordable and mild but gets the job done.

trader joes skincare - kyla mary

The Products:
— Nourish All-In-One Facial Cleanser ($5.99)
— Nourish Oil-Free Antioxidant Facial Moisturizer ($5.99)
— Spa Tea Tree Oil ($6.99)

This cleanser is rich and lathers so well, but it’s very mild on the skin and doesn’t irritate my eyes. It leaves my skin feeling incredibly clean but not in an overdone, leave-skin-tight kind of way. I start my routine by wetting my face and rubbing this into my skin, gently working it over my eyelashes if I’m wearing mascara.

I then take a clean face cloth that’s been wet by warm water and press it over my whole face, focusing on the eyes. If I’m wearing more makeup than usual, I rinse and repeat, using my Clarisonic (below). I try to use my this at least one per week as a gentle exfoliator, but prefer to use it every other day!

After I pat my skin dry, I dab a bit of the tea tree oil onto my fingers. I then take 1 pump of the moisturizer and mix them together in my hands before applying it to my face and neck.  The tea tree oil has a bit of a refreshing, tingly feeling that is absolutely lovely in the thick of summer! That’s all, Y’all! My routine takes just a couple of minutes and leaves my skin looking glowy and healthy on a budget. Enjoy!

Do you have any inexpensive skin care favorites? Please share below!

What I’ve Been Cooking for Dinner

Happy Wednesday, Friends! In this post last week, I shared that Dillon and I have been eating really well in our first month of marriage. I have taken great care each week to plan delicious, healthy meals that we both enjoy. I have so enjoyed the process! Inspired by this post, today I’m sharing what I’ve been cooking for dinner for the past few weeks.

We’ve been trying lots of new meals to find our favorites. As we settle even more into our routine, I plan to have more repeats throughout the month. Most noteworthy of our dinners so far were the pineapple chicken quesadillas – yum! I created the recipe as I went and will share it soon. In the meantime, enjoy a look into the delicious food that’s been on the table at the Shattuck home!

What I've Been Cooking for Dinner - Zucchini Corn Chowder

via Little Broken

Week 1
Sunday, July 2 – Caribbean Jerk Chicken Tacos with Mango Salsa (Skinny Taste)
Monday, July 3 – Summer Fresh Corn and Zucchini Chowder
Tuesday, July 4 – Picnic Chicken, Baked Beans, and Corn on the Cob
Wednesday, July 5 – Slow-Cooker Sante Fe Chicken (Skinny Taste)
Thursday, July 6 – Roasted peppers and onions with Italian chicken sausage
Friday, July 7 – Thursday leftovers tossed with protein pasta and parmesan
Saturday, July 8 – Dinner out

Week 2
Sunday, July 9 – Pineapple chicken quesadillas with mango salsa and black beans
Monday, July 10 – Tuscan Panzanella Salad with Grilled Garlic Bread (Skinny Taste)
Tuesday, July 11 – Chicken Philly Cheesesteaks (Skinny Taste)
Wednesday, July 12 – Chicken Hand Rolls (we use ground chicken instead of pork)
Thursday, July 13 – Dinner out for me, leftovers for him
Friday, July 14 – Protein pasta with sausage, peppers, onions, and baby spinach
Saturday, July 15 – Leftovers

Week 3
Sunday, July 16th – Dinner with family
Monday, July 17th – Crock Pot Chili (we used ground chicken instead of beef)
Tuesday, July 18th – Dinner out with family
Wednesday, July 19th – Leftover chili and sweet potatoes
Thursday, July 20th – Chimichurri Chicken with Roasted Potatoes
Friday, July 21st – Persian Turkey Burgers (Skinny Taste)
Saturday, July 22nd – Leftovers or dinner out

Visit this Pinterest board for more of our dinner inspiration!