Friday, April 03, 2020

Friday Favorites


Hello friends and happy Friday!!  We have officially survived Week 3 of social distancing and we survived...barely.  LOL!  How are you all holding up?  I have been taking the last 3 weeks to unplug a bit and to process all the new information that is being sent to us on the daily. I am also getting used to our new "normal" which now consists of homeschooling my 2 greatest blessings. In spite of the scary circumstances surrounding us, I am starting to enjoy this quality time together and the opportunity to make new memories.  I am also settling into our new routine and excited to get back into blogging for the foreseeable future.  


THE FASTER WAY TO FAT LOSS



For over a year now, I have been curious about The Faster Way to Fat Loss program.  If you are not sure what this is, check out Amanda Tress on Instagram,  she is the founder of the program and has been such a source of inspiration to me from both a business and fitness stand point.   This past week, I finally took the plunge and joined their 6 week program.  I am so excited to finally get back into a structured fitness and clean eating program, because let's be honest, being home with a pantry full of food is way too tempting most days and the scale is starting to show the damage that has been done.  Right now I am currently in the "prep" phase of the program, the official start date for me is April 13th. I CAN NOT WAIT!


CAMO JACKET




I foresee this adorable Camo jacket from Old Navy on major repeat this Spring.  It's perfect for a cool evening walk around the neighborhood as we shelter in place.  It runs big so you will need to size up, I am wearing an XS here.  Old Navy has been having some amazing online sales lately due to the Quarantine, you should be able to snag a great deal on this adorable jacket.  There are plenty of sizes still available.

HOME SCHOOLING


Homeschooling my two kiddos has been one of my favs this week.  I THINK we are finally getting the hang of a routine although some days are longer than others.  Their favorite class is gym, they love exercising together!  Shout out to all the Mama's out there trying to homeschool and work a job, working my business has pretty much come to a screeching halt.  So thankful for the flexibility to be able to work it on my own time.


The dog has certainly loved having the kids home!

EASY CROCKPOT SHREDDED BBQ CHICKEN


This easy recipe has been a favorite!!  There are numerous uses for Shredded BBQ Chicken...you can use it in sandwiches or even throw some right on top of your salad.  Delicious and super healthy!!

I hope you are all having a great weekend and surviving the quarantine life!!

XOXO,
Karen

Saturday, March 07, 2020

Beautycounter Tint Skin Foundation Review


Hello friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend with your friends and family.  I wanted to share with you today my love for Beautycounter's most popular products, the Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation.   After giving birth to my son, my hormones went crazy causing cystic acne to develop all over my face.  Once the acne finally cleared up, I was left with horrible scarring on my cheeks.  I tried everything to cover up my acne scars, but wanted my skin to still look natural and not heavily made up.  Those of you with this type of skin issue know that it's almost impossible to find the perfect foundation that is CLEAN and also provides the perfect coverage for acne scars without looking like you are wearing a ton of makeup.  Then I tried Beautycounter's Tint Skin foundation.  It was the perfect light to medium coverage and blended perfectly over my acne scars.  I am finally no longer embarrassed of my skin or my scars.  Beautycounter's Tint Skin foundation has given me back my confidence and my beautiful skin again.  I love sharing my experience first hand and would love to help you feel confidant again too.

There are so many things I love about this foundation.  First, it contains Hyaluronic Acid which evens out the skin tone, softens imperfections, and boosts moisture levels in the skin.  As a forty something Mama, this is key when it comes to your foundation.  I also love the blendability of this foundation, I apply it with a foundation brush and it melts right into your skin.  I no longer use a beauty blender to smooth and buff out my foundation. It's wonderful and cuts down on my application time.  Another must have for busy Moms!



Beautycounter's foundation is:
  • Clean and without harsh chemicals
  • Fragrance Free
  • Cruelty Free
  • 10 Shades of light/medium coverage
  • Blends flawlessly
  • Buildable coverage
  • Hyaluronic Acid
Curious to how I apply this foundation in person?  I share my full Beautycounter Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation tutorial over on my Youtube Channel along with all of my other makeup and healthy living tutorials.



  
Not sure which foundation shade is right for you?  I would love to help you select which shade is best for you or feel free to contact me so I can send you a few samples to find your perfect match.  I wear the shade LINEN which is perfect for those with pink tones and light skin.  If you would like to purchase Beautycounter's foundation to see what the fuss is all about, feel free to CLICK HERE.

Feel free to contact me anytime at thesuburbanstylelife@gmail.com with your questions. Have a great day!!!
 
XOXO,
Karen

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Top 5 Amazon Fashion Finds | January 2020


Happy Thursday friends!!  February is already off to a fast start as we wrap up another week.  The kiddos seem to be constantly fighting something off, Nicholas missed hockey practice last night which he never does, and Jillian seems to have a lingering virus that I can't quite put my finger on what's wrong.  I am certainly ready for Spring and less germs!  Before January gets any further away from us, I wanted to share with you all a few Amazon finds I was loving in January.  I absolutely love Amazon for adding quality key pieces to my wardrobe and find myself using it more and more lately.  The one concern I hear often is how would one return something if it doesn't work out or if it did not fit the way you had hoped.  First of all, I rarely find myself returning anything I have purchased off of Amazon.  I typically shop based on recommendations from friends or trusted influencers and make sure I read up on the reviews when it comes to sizing/fit.  Usually based on the reviews I will size up or down or choose my typical size.  If you do happen to return something, the easiest way I have found is returning the item at your local Kohl's store.  Sounds crazy, right?  But it is the best!  Our local Kohl's has a separate kiosk solely dedicated to Amazon returns, you just bring your item and your phone into the store and the employee will do the rest for you.  I was truly blown away to just how easy it was!  It also reassured me that if I were to have an Amazon return in the future, it would be a seamless transaction and gave me even more buyer confidence.  

Let's get on with these adorable Amazon finds for January!




Now that we have a dog, leggings with pockets seem to be the best invention ever.  These leggings are perfect for a walk around the neighborhood when it's too warm for a jacket but you need somewhere to put your phone.  Carrying my phone and wrangling my dog at the same time wasn't going to work!  I found this to be a thing this past Spring when I no longer needed a jacket while walking Bella, but needed somewhere to put my phone.  Not going for a walk?  These leggings are perfect for everyday too, the pocket lays flat when not in use.  They are high waisted so they suck you in (what Mama doesn't love that?) and the color is Cuban Orchid which is the perfect pale pink.  I ordered these in a medium and they fit perfect, I typically take a small in the Old Navy leggings but sized up just incase these ran small.  So glad I did!  The black tunic is my favorite split neck tunic from Old Navy, I have them in every color that it came in.  I loved this top that much!  It's super soft and pairs perfectly with leggings.




These leggings are the ever so popular "Dragon Fit" and I had to give these a go too.  Different leggings then the pink ones, but same functionality as they also come with the side pocket. Very similar to the pink leggings from above, same price, same high waist and fit.  I also purchased these in a medium.  Just an overall high quality legging!  I also paired them with my favorite split neck tunic, this color is now sold out, however, it still comes in black and gray.





If you have been following me for sometime on social media, you know how much I love my Old Navy Luxe Tees.  Well, this t shirt line from Amazon is an amazing dupe!  Same soft fabric, same quality, same fit.  I just love it!  And I love that it gives me different colors and prints to choose from in addition to what I have from Old Navy.  Definitely a thumbs up in my book!  I ordered an XS since I layer these tops a lot under vests and jackets, however, for this particular outfit, it wasn't too tight.  The fabric is stretchy so that certainly helps!!  

I have been seeing this belt all over Instagram and had to purchase one for myself.  This high end inspired belt really completed this outfit and I absolutely love the non designer price! I am wearing an XS but should have gone with a small.  It literally just fits with a little sucking in, one more donut and I would have given it a run for it's money. LOL!


While pulling together this post, I found this amazing deal!!  A 3 piece circle belt set for only $23!  My mind was truly blown.  




Speaking of belts, this leopard print belt is ADORABLE!  It really takes this outfit from boring to wow!!  I absolutely love the pop it brings.  I can't wait to piece together outfits using it, such a great statement piece when you want to look put together.

My full review can be found on Youtube which was initially filmed from my Instagram Stories.  Check out these adorable looks in person!


Which item from Amazon was your favorite?  What have you purchased lately from Amazon? I would love to know!!  Drop your recommendation in the comments below.

Have a great Thursday!!

XOXO,
Karen

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Why I Joined Beautycounter


I wanted to take a minute to announce something very important to me, I am so excited to announce I joined Beautycounter and their movement to get safer products into the hands of everyone. Beautycounter is actively lobbying to change the industry standard so we no longer have to worry about the harmful ingredients hidden in our personal care products we apply on our bodies everyday. 

Why else do I love Beautycounter?

Beautycounter is one of the very few companies certified as a B Corp. Simply put, B Corp companies have to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. Beautycounter is a company you can trust to bring you the best products knowing they have the best interest of the people and the planet in mind.

Beautycounter has banned over 1500 ingredients in their products (the US has only banned 30).

Beautycounter is EWG (Environmental Working Group) Verified. What does this mean? EWG Verified recognizes products that meet the EWG's strictest standards for your health. This means not a single of EWG's chemicals of concern were found. This means full transparency.

I am looking forward to learning more about this amazing company, their mission and the products that they offer. Before joining Beautycounter as a Consultant, I was a very satisfied customer who consistently used their sunscreen and their kids personal care products on my children and absolutely loved them. I can't wait to start replacing all of our skincare, makeup and personal care products with their safer products.

Today I am choosing safer products for my family and beyond excited to share this mission driven company and their amazing products with all of you.  If you are interested in learning more about our mission or would like to learn more about their amazing products, I would love to have a conversation with you or feel free to check out my website.

I hope you all have an amazing day!

XOXO,
Karen

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Easy Chicken and Cauliflower Veggie Rice Stir Fry


Happy Tuesday friends!  I hope you all enjoyed the nice long weekend with your family.  I wanted to share with all of you this quick and easy dish I shared on my insta stories last week...Easy Chicken and Cauliflower Veggie Rice Stir Fry.  I had so many of you ask about it, I thought I would create a blog post for easy reference.  Like many of you, I am making healthier lifestyle changes for 2020 with exercise and diet being at the top of my list.  One easy swap I have found is using cauliflower rice instead of regular rice.  Rice is just loaded with calories and carbs which can quickly sabotage any diet.  I discovered steam cauliflower rice last year and have been slowly trying different varieties.  The Green Giant Cauliflower Veggies has turned into a quick favorite for me and can't wait to use it in more meals!!  One entire bag is only 75 calories with ZERO carbs.

Ingredients:
  • 1 bag of Green Giant Cauliflower Veggies
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Onion
  • 1-2 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
How to Make It:

Pop the bag of cauliflower rice into the microwave for six minutes, while this is cooking, saute the onions in olive oil until lightly caramelized.  Defrost the boneless chicken breasts and cut them up into bite size pieces.  In a stove top skillet, cook your chicken until the chicken is cooked thoroughly.  As a quick and easy alternative for this particular meal, I used pre-cooked chicken fajita strips.  Just defrost them in your microwave before adding them to your pan.  Once your chicken is fully cooked, stir in your bag of cauliflower rice and veggies.  Sprinkle with salt and enjoy!




I hope you all have an amazing week!

XOXO,
Karen

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