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My Easy Summer No-Makeup Makeup Routine

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Summer in the part of California where I live is extremely hot (The Inland Empire). Having grown up in San Diego county where the weather is as close to perfect as can be, spoiled us. Summers here are pretty extreme and can range anywhere from 105° up to 115°. if we're lucky enough to have a 95° day, that is actually really pleasant for us. 

In the Inland Empire you have to find light and airy summer clothing, plus you have to keep your makeup very minimal. I'm one of those women that always wears makeup when going out, I know that a lot of people forego it on a really hot day, but not me. Instead I wear my no-makeup makeup look that is very light and almost looks like I am not wearing any, but I am wearing enough that I feel comfortable in my skin. 

My Easy Summer No-Makeup Makeup Routine


I start every summer morning with a cool shower to help me wake up. I usually only get a few hours of sleep when it's so hot and need some major energizing. This is where I treat my senses to Tone® Brazilian Glam™ Body Wash, which is infused with Brazilian Nut Oil and very moisturizing. The scent is my favorite part, and reminds me of an outing to the beach, which is one of my favorite ways to spend a summer day. Tone® Body Washes are a great day to start any morning, they make my shower a luxurious experience and really treat my skin to the moisture and suppleness it needs. 

My second favorite scent is Tone® Mango Splash® Body Wash, I recommend picking up both at Walmart during your next trip there and using this IBOTTA Offer to save! (Earn $2 when you buy 2 Tone Body Washes)


No-Makeup Makeup

  • SPF: one of the most important steps
  • light base: foundation, bb cream or skin enhancer
  • Conceal: with little sleep, I always need the magical product called concealer which hides the signs of sleepiness from under my eyes and makes me look fresh and awake
  • Set: set your concealer with a light powder to avoid creasing
  • Bronzer: a dusting of bronzer all over the face gives the skin a summer kiss
  • Lashes: not a step for everyone but if I am going out I apply a pair of very light and natural false lashes. If you don't use false lashes, apply a few generous coats of mascara.
  • Blush: a touch of blush to the cheeks, during the summer I love a coral blush with shimmer.
  • Highlighter: No summer look is complete without highlight at the tops of your cheekbones
  • The Lip: I always opt for a nude matte lipstick that will stay put. Another way to go during the summer months is with a bright pop of color. 


I know that it looks like a lot of steps to achieve a no-makeup makeup look, but with practice this literally takes ten minutes, if that. So don't be afraid to put some of my steps into plan, you can skip any of my steps and create your own no-makeup makeup look. Personally, I think the ten minutes it takes me to put on this face are so worth it. Now I am refreshed and ready to face a summer day, feeling great and knowing my skin feels and looks great too. 


This is #HowITone: By exploring the Tone rainbow and using Tone® Brazilian Glam™ Body Wash to help me feel spoiled and relaxed on a hot summer's day, and Tone® Mango Splash® Body Wash scent to feel summery and light. Click the link for more ideas for enjoying the rest of summer with a little bit of help from Tone® Body Wash. 

How To : Incorporate Acne Skin Care Into Your Evening Routine

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A few months ago, I shared with you that I had just started incorporating Differin® Gel, a new acne care product, into my skincare routine. I found Differin® Gel at my local Walmart. As someone who has suffered with acne since being a pre-teen, I have always wished I had access to prescription-strength acne skin care. Differin® Gel is the first and only prescription-strength retinoid now available over the counter for clearing and preventing acne. It's the newest advancement and ingredient in the OTC acne category in over 30 years!

Today, I am going to share how I have continued to incorporate Differin® Gel I got at Walmart into my routine.


Incorporate Acne Skin Care Into Your Evening Routine

  • I start my evening routine by taking a shower. If time permits, I love taking a nice, hot bath with some of my favorite bath bombs.


  • Next, I gently cleanse my face and pat dry. 


  • Once my skin is completely dry, I apply a light layer of Differin® Gel to my entire face. Differin® Gel is not a spot treatment, it is part of a skincare regimen. In order to get the best results, you should apply a thin layer all over the face, once a day, every day. Differin® Gel clears breakouts where they start (deep in the pores), prevents breakouts before they begin, and as a result, restores skin’s texture and tone.

Please use caution when using Differin® Gel with more than one acne treatment or glycolic acid product because this could lead to irritation.


  • After applying Differin® Gel, I let that sit a few minutes and then apply a generous amount of moisturizer to my skin. I always moisturize, but since adding Differin® Gel into my skincare routine, I have been using a richer cream in the evenings to combat any dryness the product can cause.


  • Now that my skin is taken care of, I can get to bed knowing I have taken my daily step to fighting my moderate acne problems.


Overall, I can tell a difference in my skin since the addition of Differin® Gel into my daily skincare regimen. If you're fighting mild to moderate acne, try Differin® Gel which you can now find in the OTC acne care section at Walmart in the beauty aisle. Go to Differin.com to get $2 off Differin® Gel and use it on your next shopping trip to Walmart!

This product is dermatologist developed and tested. Please call 1-866-735-4137 for any questions you may have concerning the product. However, should you experience any problems while using the product, please discontinue use and consult your healthcare provider.

Spicy Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese

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With the back-to-school season upon us, I find myself at Walmart a few times a week stocking up on grocery items and back-to-school supplies. But the fact that I have a Walmart just a few blocks away means that it's a convenient stop for all of my shopping needs. I can make a large grocery shopping trip every two weeks and easily pop in  for a few essentials in between.

Both Julius and I will be back in class this year and it's going to be very hectic, plus this year he will have his first experiences taking part on school activities and a sport or class (yet to be determined). We'll both be pooped at the end of the day which means we will be craving some major comfort food.

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When I think of a quick meal that is meant to be comforting and filling I always think of a bowl of warm Campbell's® Condensed Tomato Soup or Campbell's® Condensed Chicken Noodle Soup with a grilled cheese sandwich. I can prepare two serving of each in just a few minutes. That way we can have more time to sit down and enjoy our meal while we talk about our day.


Spicy Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese

1 can of Campbell's® Condensed Tomato Soup
2 tbsp Pace® Salsa
2 portions of French bread
a few slices of cheese
2 tbsp butter
4 tomato slices


Directions: Heat tomato soup and add a few spoonfuls of Pace® Salsa depending on how spicy you like your soup. Meanwhile, slice French bread, buttering both sides and add a few slices of cheese and tomato before grilling. Serve hot.

As kids we grew up having Campbell's® Condensed Tomato Soup, that's why it's one of my favorites. But my favorite thing about Campbell's® Condensed Tomato Soup is  that I can make it my own by adding extra ingredients to it. Adding a few spoonfuls of Pace® Salsa is my favorite way to go because it's quick and delivers a real flavor punch.

As most Mexican families do, we like to add heat and spice to most of our dishes. Made with handpicked vegetables, Pace® Salsa makes it easy to add that extra kick without having to chop onion, tomatoes and jalapeƱos myself. Having a bottle of Pace® Salsa in the fridge is one of my favorite shortcuts and tricks for quick and easy meals.  


Prepping dinner on a busy back-to-school night doesn't have to take long when you have Campbell Soup Company products at-the-ready. With a hearty and comforting cup of soup and a warm grilled cheese, we can enjoy a nice dinner before having to hit the books.


Dinner, check! Can of V8+Energy® to energize me for the remaining hours of the day and quench my thirst with natural energy from Green Tea, check! Find V8+Energy® in the Juice Aisle!


Ready to shop for delicious Campbell Soup Company ingredients? Hover over the photo to click through to Walmart.com and purchase them!

The back-to-school season means pulling out all the tricks for quick yet flavorful meals for the family. Need more ideas? Click here to visit the Campbell's Shortcut Meals website and get more back to school meal inspiration.

#OOTD Vacation Boy


The day we were leaving on vacation Julius told us that his name was not Julius anymore, that he was now "Vacation Boy". So here I present Vacation Boy's #OOTD for hanging out at the beach, which proves that just because you're at the beach doesn't mean you have to abandon your sense of style. 


Scratch Guard: Crazy 8 // Shorts: Walmart // Hat: Old Navy
Location: Oceanside Harbor Beach



Easy Hair Color At Home & 5 Minute Beachy Waves

This shop has been compensated by Schwarzkopf #KeratinColor #KeratinCares

We're on the last weeks of summer break before school starts again and it really feels like the summer break went by way too fast. With only a few weeks left, I feel like we have to put the gas pedal on all the items still left to do on our summer bucket list. But I'm working during most of the week, which means that those little slivers of free time that I do have off have to be spent doing those fun things. There's just no time to lose when all you have is three weeks of summer fun left. 

This week it was time to color my hair and give it a refresher. I've been coloring my hair at home for a few years now and enjoy the convenience of changing up or freshening up my color every two months on my own. I picked up Schwarzkopf Keratin Color hair color at Walmart in the shade  Delicate Praline and went home the other evening to do my hair right before bed, that way my hair coloring time did not interfere at all with my day off the next day. 


Schwarzkopf Keratin Color gives you Professional quality hair color at home that offers flattering colors while caring for the hair. It has a 3-step color process that is easy to follow: start by Pre-Treating your hair for even color result, Color using the Color Creme and Developer Lotion and follow up with the Complex Conditioner. If you've never colored your own hair at home, there are step-by-step instructions included in the box so you can easily follow along. Everything is labeled clearly so there is no way to mess it up.


Before you know it you will have rich, shiny summer-ready hair color once again. Now to style it without taking more than ten minutes!


On a summer morning and your day off, the last thing you want to do is pull out the hair curler or flat iron. This is how I get beachy waves into my pretty flat hair without having to use any hot tools. Let's create wet, messy beach look in just minutes.


5 Minute Beachy Waves With No Hot Tools

you will need:
damp hair
mousse
sea salt spray



1) Making sure that your hair is damp (not soaking wet) grab your favorite sea salt spray product and spritz generously into the midlength and ends of your hair, scrunching up the hair with your hands as you build your own volume. 


Sea salt spray adds a grit and texture that helps volumize and give the hair a very tousled look. My hair is fine and limp so I am never without a bottle of sea salt spray at home because it's such an easy way to give my hair some texture and volume.




2) I don't use a lot of hair spray on my hair so instead I grab a little bit of mousse and repeat the same motions that I did with the salt spray but mostly on the ends of my hair. 


This will help hold on to the messy wave effect and not give more crunch to the hair, which some hairsprays can do. 


In just a few minutes, I have given my hair a messy, wet beach look that is perfect for hitting the streets with my son to enjoy the last weeks of summer, and with no hot tools. Really, hot hair tools and summer do not mix and this is a great way to style your hair with little-to-no damage. 


Schwarzkopf Keratin Color has given my hair a new lease on summer and I didn't have to spend precious hours at the salon. If you've been feeling like your hair can use a little makeover, I recommend giving it a go, in fact you can try it now for free using this rebate




Be a Box Tops Hero | Back-to-School Supply Basket

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In our school district, the kids go back to school in less than 3 weeks. Summer sure went by in a blur! While we still have tons of fun summer activities to do,  it's also time to start preparing for the new school year. If you're a parent you know that about 3-4 weeks before school starts it's time to start shopping for new clothes, shoes, backpacks and supplies. My son is going to a uniform-only school and I've been doing some online shopping for his uniforms and shoes. 

With that taken care of, it's time to start taking care of school supplies. Along with the supplies for his own personal use, I always pick up a few supplies for the classroom. Our school requests help from parents throughout the year for items like: facial tissue paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer, pencils, glue, etc. A great time to stock up on all these items for less is during the back-to-school season. I like to look for sales or other special promos like Double Box Tops. 


Box Tops For Education is a program that gives schools money in return for collecting the small Box Top stamps on select products. Each Box Top gives the school .10, which can add up a lot of extra money for our local schools. My sons school collects Box Tops at the end of each month and will send us reminders throughout the year to keep an eye out for those Box Tops. In my house, we're already trained to check packages for Box Tops before throwing them out. 


Right now at Walmart you can find double box tops on:

  • Kleenex® Trusted Care* 3 Bundle Pack
  • Kleenex® Trusted Care* 4 Bundle Pack
  • Scott® Tissue 20 Roll Pack
  • Viva® Vantage® 6 Big Rolls

Taking advantage of the Double Box Tops packaging on select, Kleenex®, Scott and Viva products, I decided to put together a back-to-school supply basket which will not only give my sons school some much needed items for the kids, the school will get double Box Tops!


Back-to-School Supply Basket

School supplies: throughout the next week school supplies will be going on sale. Every time I shop I will pick up a few school supplies and add them to the basket. 


Facial Tissue paper: one of the items most requested by my sons school is tissues. With allergies, colds and sniffles, the kids in each class go through tissue boxes so fast. Good thing that you can stock up on Kleenex® Trusted Care* 3 Bundle Pack and Kleenex® Trusted Care* 4 Bundle Pack for a great price, and double Box Tops.


Paper Towels: Another item that schools can use donations of with so many little hands. Viva® Vantage® 6 Big Rolls Choose-a-Size paper towels are perfect for donating to the classroom. They're my favorite to keep in the kitchen at home because we can choose the size we need and waste less. 


By the time the first day of school arrives I might need a second crate to carry the rest of items I will be purchasing for the class. With so many sales and promotions, this really is the time to stock up on these items for both school and home: Scott® Tissue 20 Roll Pack also has double Box Tops and lasts a long time in my house. 


I'm just really happy that I can help my sons school earn money by stocking up on items that we already use at home. It's easy to give back to our local schools. As you're doing your school supply shopping this year, add a few extra items to your shopping cart for donating.


 Let's help our schools win twice with Double Box Tops at Walmart!