Winter Skincare Essentials

Friends, I need your help today! Now that we’re well into winter, my skin is taking a beating and this is the year I’m resolving to figure out a combination of products that helps remedy the situation. As a bit of background, I have combination skin. In the winter I have a very slightly oily t-zone on occasion, but tend to have extremely dry skin elsewhere. Around the corners of my nose, my cheeks, and the corners of my eyes are especially bad. My skin can get so dry in the winter that any kind of moisturizer burns like crazy and it’s not uncommon for me to walk around looking like I have chapped, windburned cheeks when I do not. Pretty! I feel like I’ve tried most everything in the drugstore so this might be the year where I need to invest in my skincare essentials so I can get things under control. I’m also open to using different products day and evening if that helps – I’ve just kind of always been too lazy to think about it that hard in the past. These products are ones I’ve either heard great things about, have started trying myself or saw on YouTube and decided to add to my list. (That bit about YouTube? Totally true.)

Winter Skincare Essentials from @cydconverse

So, ok. This is where you come in! Lay it on me. What are your holy grail winter skincare products? I want to know about your favorite serums, moisturizers, cleansers, cleansing oil and waters, toners, exfoliators, the works. I try to stick to products that are free of parabens, sulphates, fragrances and alcohol where possible, although if something works well for you I want to hear all about it even if it might not perfectly fit that bill. I know you guys are way cooler than me and have your winter skin all figured out and have some wisdom to share, so please do! I’ll report back in a month or so and let you know how I’m making out.

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[Row 1: Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate | Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream | Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado | Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye | Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil | Row 2: Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Toner | Bioderma Cleansing Water | Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm | First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream.]

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Chocolate Berry Smoothie

Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie from @cydconverse

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you had a great weekend. Today we’re starting the week with a yummy, nutrient-packed breakfast that doesn’t skimp on flavor. My favorite. Following up on the chocolate banana peanut butter smoothie I shared a couple weeks ago, today I’m bringing you my other favorite smoothie recipe – a chocolate berry smoothie loaded with fresh raspberries. Chocolate and raspberries together are just so good!

Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie from @cydconverse

You can find the complete recipe over at Momtastic, where I’m breaking it down. Although honestly, it’s so simple it doesn’t require much breaking down, which is kind of why I love smoothies. Throw some stuff in the blender, whip it up for a few minutes and breakfast is ready. Love that!

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[Photos by Cyd Converse for Momtastic.]

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Pretty January DIY Ideas + Friday Link Love

It has been a shockingly long time since we wrapped up the week with a little Friday Link Love, but starting today we’re officially back in action! We’re talking about a handful of fresh, pretty DIY ideas perfect for a little January weekend crafting. This is pretty much going to be a working weekend for me. I had to take some time off this week to deal with some family/personal matters so I’ll be working hard this weekend to get caught up on my to-do list and start working on fun Valentine’s Day content to share with you in the coming weeks. What are you up to this weekend? Whatever it is I hope it’s fabulous and fun! See you here on Monday! xoxo

Pretty DIY Ideas and Friday Link Love from @cydconverse

[Color dipped clothes hangers | Dip dye placemats | Art print | DIY travel mug | DIY phone case.]

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Valentine’s Day Favorites

I went digging through the archives over my morning coffee a little earlier, wanting to take a look at just what has gone down around here in terms of Valentine’s Day posts. I’m just now starting to think about Valentine’s Day, because while it’s super fun to craft and plan posts for, I just can’t jump right from the sparkle of the holidays to red and pink construction paper hearts. I just can’t do it, friends. But to get us warmed up and to get me energized and ready to lay down some lovey dovey posts for you in the next few weeks, I’ve rounded up some of my Valentine’s Day favorites for you today. From DIY ideas to recipes, these are some of my favorite Valentine’s Days posts!

DIY Chocolate Heart Wall from @cydconverse

DIY Chocolate Heart Wall | Photo by Studio DIY for The Sweetest Occasion

DIY Pipe Cleaner Heart Topper by @cydconverse

DIY Pipe Cleaner Heart Topper | Photo by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion

DIY Mini Valentine's Day Bouquets by @cydconverse

DIY Mini Valentine’s Day Bouquets | Photo by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion

Valentine's Day Printable Heart Garland from @cydconverse

Valentine’s Day Heart Printables | Photo by Hank + Hunt for The Sweetest Occasion

DIY Banana Valentines by @cydconverse

DIY Banana Valentines | Photo by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion

DIY Photo Strip Valentines by @cydconverse

DIY Photo Strip Valentines | Photo by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion

Valentine's Day Printables from @cydconverse

Love Sweet Love Printables | Design by Miss Wyolene for The Sweetest Occasion

Strawberry Milkshake Cake from @cydconverse

Strawberry Milkshake Cake | Photo by Sugary & Buttery

Cherry Jam Heart Pies from @cydconverse

Cherry Jam Heart Pies | Photo by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion

Pink Grapefruit Fizz from @cydconverse

Pink Peppercorn Grapefruit Fizz | Photo by Jade + Matthew Take Pictures

Valentine's Day Invitations from @cydconverse

Valentine’s Day Girls Night | Photo by Jade + Matthew Take Pictures

Blood Orange Pink Lady from @cydconverse

Blood Orange Pink Lady | Photo by Jade + Matthew Take Pictures

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How To Stay Warm When It’s Crazy Cold

Much of the country is facing bitterly cold temperatures this week so we need to talk about getting and staying warm! Currently we are sitting at -8 degrees with a windchill approaching -30 degrees. That’s real life and it’s bitterly cold. It’s walk outside and your nose hairs freeze kind of cold. (If you know what I’m talking about then you know what I’m talking about!) For those of you who are used to winters like ours, you know there’s a only one way to get warm and stay warm and that’s to stay inside if you can, pile on the layers and make the best of it until things start to warm up a bit. Oh, and for those of you who are in more temperate climates and might be wondering, yes, we have heat in our houses. No, it doesn’t matter on days like today. Even if you crank your thermostat the cold takes up residence in your bones and refuses to be budge and that’s why special measures are necessary. So let’s make the most of this winter chill with my tips for how to stay warm and happy when it’s crazy cold!

How to Stay Warm When It's Crazy Cold from @cydconverse

Step 1. Bust out your favorite chunky sweater. The one that in reality is too heavy and too bulky most days because it won’t fit under your winter coat, but on days like today is just right. Wear your hair in a braid, layer on two or three pairs of yoga pants or leggins and just rejoice that at least the extreme cold weather gives you a perfect excuse to wear your comfiest clothes! Waistbands are not required on crazy cold winter days and everybody understands. (This sweater is from Free People.)

How to Stay Warm When It's Crazy Cold from @cydconverse

Step 2. Make and eat homemade soup. The kitchen will get nice and warm while you’re cooking and it’s a proven scientific fact that hot soup warms you up from the inside out. I’m sure someone has done some kind of study on that? Either way, this brie cheddar apple beer soup from Half Baked Harvest will do the trick nicely!

How to Stay Warm When It's Crazy Cold from @cydconverse

Step 3. Bring on the fire! If you don’t have a fireplace or wood stove, light every single candle you own. Seriously. They’ll throw off a little bit of extra heat, but more importantly they’ll give your home a warm and cozy vibe that will just help you feel better about how bitterly cold it is on the other side of your windows. When in doubt, making things feel festive is always a way to go. (I’m loving this fireplace from Fastighetsbyrån via Planete Deco.)

How to Stay Warm When It's Crazy Cold from @cydconverse

Step 4. Hot chocolate is a must on days like today. Make it as rich and decadent as possible. Add a splash of bourbon if you really need to get the job done. I’m not judging! In fact, I’ll pass you the chocolate and the bottle so you can get started. This recipe from A Cozy Kitchen will help you make all your hot chocolate dreams come true.

How to Stay Warm When It's Crazy Cold from @cydconverse

Step 5. When in doubt, a blanket fort is the only way to go! Toss all your throw blankets and pillows in a pile and drape yourself in coziness. I don’t care that you’re an adult. In my opinion blanket forts were invented for adults who need a little escape, whether it be from the winter cold or otherwise. This one from Design Love Fest is particularly pretty, but pretty has nothing to do with it at the end of the day, just get cozy!

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