Paula’s Choice Skincare + Giveaway!

This past month my skin has gone a little crazy on me and has had some sporadic breakouts so I decided to try out some skincare samples that I had lying around and give you a review!

**Keep in mind that we all have different skin & skin care needs.  If a product does or does not work for me, it doesn’t mean that it will do the same for you.**

Earlier in the month I started using Paula’s Choice Clear Advanced Blemish Control System.  This skincare is for all skin types and comes in regular strength or extra strength.  I had the regular strength two-week trial kit.  This skincare reduces breakouts, unclogs your pores, & calms redness.  The 2-week trial kit comes with three products: Cleanser, Exfoliator, & Blemish Treatment.


Step 1: Cleanser

This cleanser gently cleans your face while dissolving oil, makeup, and dead skin cells.  It is clear liquid-y/gel like cleanser that feels extremely nice on the skin.  It makes your skin look and feel clean.  This is a cleanser that doesn’t lather.

Step 2: Exfoliant

This exfoliant smoothes out and exfoliates your skin while killing bacteria, & reducing redness.  It is a pure liquid exfoliant that you apply to a cotton pad and rub all over your face, no need to rinse it off.  You should notice unclogged pores, reduced amount of redness and breakouts, diminished wrinkles, and improved skin tone.

Step 3: Treatment

It is a treatment to immediately treat and reduce acne-causing bacteria.  You should notice reduced acne blemishes and acne marks.


I, myself, have heard some good things about this skincare line so I thought it would be worth it to try it since I already had it.  I really enjoyed the cleanser and see myself purchasing the full-size product in the future.  It made my skin feel really nice and I actually loved the fact that it doesn’t lather.  This type of exfoliant was very new to me and it was the first time for me to try one that you don’t have to rinse off.  I don’t know if I would purchase the full-size of this product.  I feel like I couldn’t tell immediate results with this exfoliant and I like it when you can feel the difference after exfoliating your face.  Lastly, the blemish treatment.  I feel like it was just another blemish treatment to me and I’m not sure if I would purchase the full-size.  Overall, it was a good experience and I noticed that it did help to improve my skin.  

Now it’s time to win a kit for yourself!  I am giving away four kits.  Two are regular strength & two are extra strength.  Good Luck!

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Have you tried out Paula’s Choice Products?  What did you think of them?

xoxo, Sammi


You Need A Budget.

I think it is time that I talked about how I am budgeting myself to become debt free.

Before making the “leap” to publicly announce my commitment to becoming debt free I had tried out budgeting in the past but failed incredibly.  I tried writing out a budget, using Mint, and using Learnvest.  I also used to be the type of person that would look at my bank account, pay my bills, figure out how much money I had left, and then spend the rest on whatever I felt like spending it on. BUT, None of these options worked for me and I needed to try something else.

After reading several blogs about becoming debt free, I felt like I received the “push” I needed to seriously start my journey.  For budgeting and keeping track of my money, I am using a budgeting software called  You Need A Budget. (YNAB).  I have been using it since June and this is the first system I have been honestly able to stick to.


YNAB allows you to enter your available funds and give every dollar a job.  For example, I get paid every Friday and every Friday morning before I head to work I enter the amount I was paid into the software as available income.  Then I give every dollar a job by assigning it into a category.  You can create your own categories to reflect your own budget and monetary needs.

ynab4_budgetWhen you make a transaction you will enter it into the software and it will automatically subtract it from your budgeted amount.  I remember back in the day trying to keep track of my spending in a check register and I can tell you that this is WAY easier.



Reasons why I love YNAB:

  • This software requires you to do the work and be active in where your funds are being assigned to.
  • YNAB is also available on iPhone, Android, Kindle Fire, and iPad.  I use it on my computer and my phone to keep track of my finances and enter in transactions.
  • I can see my progress week by week or month by month.  It feels good to know that this is working.
  • YNAB allows your budget to be flexible.  Things come up unexpectedly and you may need to move funds around.  That is OKAY.  You can move around funds anytime you’d like.
  • You can download it with a 34-day trial to try it out for yourself here!  AND if you love it as much as I do, you can purchase it for only $60.


If any of you have been wanting to try budgeting then I would 100% suggest that you try out YNAB.  I encourage you all to take control of your finances (if you haven’t already) and plan for greater things in life!  If you have any questions, I am here to answer them!

xoxo, Sammi

15 Things To Do Labor Day Weekend

15 Things Labor Day Weekend


We all have a 3 day weekend coming up for Labor Day so here are some ideas if you don’t know how you should spend it! Enjoy!

  1. Go to the lake/beach.
  2. Go to your local Farmer’s Market.
  3. Take advantage of all the sales. Go shopping!
  4. Go to the Minnesota State Fair or any fair.
  5. Have a cook out with family and friends.
  6. Go to an outdoor movie.
  7. Go on a hike.
  8. Catch up on your favorite TV shows.
  9. Read a book you’ve been wanting to read.
  10. Go for a bike ride/rollerblading.
  11. Attend an outdoor concert.
  12. Go fishing.
  13. Catch up on writing blog posts.
  14. Take your dog to the dog park/dog beach.
  15. Have a bonfire.

Do you have plans for Labor Day Weekend?  What are they?

xoxo, Sammi

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