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Exaltria 30 Days to Better Skin Challenge Wrap Up with Before & After Pictures

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CB Disclosure 600 The Exaltria 30 Days to Better Skin challenge is over and, as promised, I’ve got before and after pictures to share!  I’ve been posting weekly update pictures on our Facebook page, but it’s not as dramatic as seeing side by side before and after photos. 

According to the product packaging, people aren’t even supposed to start seeing results until about 4-5 weeks.  That means now that the challenge is over and all the photos are taken, I should start seeing my wrinkles filling in!  Of course, there were milestones for each week of the first 30 days taking Exaltria, which is a skin care supplement that contains hyaluronic acid.  I experienced all the milestones right on time, so I have no doubts that Exaltria works. 

Here are my before and after photos from taking Exaltria for 1 month:

Exaltria 30 Day Challenge At a Glance #30Days2BetterSkin #CollectiveBias #shop

If you’ve been waiting to see my results before you ordered your own Exaltria to try, your wait is over!  You can buy Exaltria on Amazon.com.

Let’s break down my results week by week and go over the changes I experienced at each checkpoint.  You can see in the photos above a snapshot from my phone each week of my skin.  In most of the photos I was wearing light foundation to cover my acne (yes, even in my photos at the gym). 

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What is the Exaltria #30Days2BetterSkin Challenge?

I took Exaltria every day for 30 days, from September 12 to October 11.  Along with taking 1 Exaltria tablet each day, I also needed to follow these healthy skin habits daily:

  1. Take Exaltria.
  2. Wash my face twice a day.
  3. Drink 8 glasses of water.
  4. Wear sunblock.
  5. Sweat for 20 minutes.

While I was originally doing my “sweat for 20 minutes” step on my treadmill at home, in the 2nd week of the challenge I joined a new gym and started working out much more than just 20 minutes a day.  A nice little side effect of this healthy habit was that I lost 4 1/2 pounds during the skin care challenge from all the extra exercise!

Exaltria Week #1

Exaltria Week 1 Update #30Days2BetterSkin #CollectiveBias #shop

In the first week, I set up an organizer spreadsheet for myself so that I could keep track of each healthy step I needed to do every day.  Even though the product information says that you should start to see visible results at the one-month mark, in the first week I saw subtle results. 

I noticed the deep lines on my forehead were less pronounced than before I started taking Exaltria.  The deep grooves seemed to flatten out a little.  The smile lines around my eyes still looked the same in week 1 and overall, I didn’t notice much difference starting the challenge.

Exaltria Week #2

Exaltria Week 2 Photo #30Days2BetterSkin #CollectiveBias #shop

In week 2 of the Exaltria skin care challenge, I had the skin peeling that was reported by other customers.  My skin peeling was in the strangest places though, like inside the top cartilage areas of my ears!

I also noticed in week 2 that several of my tattoos broke out with acne-like spots that only appeared on the ink lines of my tattoos. When I peeled the dried blemish spots off, dried up tattoo ink came off of my skin! At that point I wondered if long-term use of hyaluronic acid could help lighten or remove tattoos.

During this week I didn’t see any visible improvements in my skin (which aren’t supposed to show until week 5 anyhow).  I did well with my healthy habits each day.

Exaltria Week #3

Exaltria Week 3 Photo #30Days2BetterSkin #CollectiveBias #shop

In week 3, most of the skin peeling and dry skin patches went away, except for a small spot inside the cartilage of my left ear. The breakout spots on my tattoos dried out but didn’t go away completely. 

The biggest change in week 3 was in the skin on my legs. My legs suddenly felt hydrated to the touch all the time, like I had just put on lotion.  Exaltria had the same effect on my arms somewhat, but it wasn’t as pronounced as on my legs.

There weren’t any changes in my forehead lines or eye smile lines this week.

Exaltria Week #4

Exaltria Week 4 Check In #30Days2BetterSkin #CollectiveBias #shop

In the 4th week on Exaltria, all of the skin peeling stopped and the dry skin patches went away. The breakout spots on my tattoos disappeared completely, but my tattoos did not lighten at all.

By week 4, all of the skin on my whole body felt hydrated and moisturized all the time, even without wearing moisturizer.

Exaltria Skin Care Challenge Results

Even though the challenge is over, I plan to keep using it for the next 2 months to see how much improvement it will deliver in my facial lines.  The product site recommends taking Exaltria for 3 months and then not taking it for 1 month to allow your body to make more hyaluronic acid on its own. 

I’m really excited to continue using the product and see what the end result is of a full 3 month cycle.  Since I already experienced benefits from taking this skin care supplement, I want to see it through and see just how well it will treat those stubborn forehead lines I’ve had ever since I was a teenager! 

Plus, I love the way it makes my skin feel hydrated all day.  The healthy habits are great too and I’m really thankful that they were part of the challenge.  It’s essential to taking Exaltria to drink at least 8 glasses of liquid a day, and having that accountability was wonderful for me.

Did you do the Exaltria 30 Days to Better Skin challenge too?  If not, do you plan to try it now?  Let us know your experiences in the comments below!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and Danelle Ice has been compensated by #CollectiveBias #cbias and Exaltria to participate in the 30 Days 2 Better Skin Challenge. Only Danelle’s honest opinions are given.

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How to Be a Disney Princess Makeover for Halloween

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How to Be a Princess Makeover #DisneyBeauties #cbias #shop

On Saturday, I took Prynne and Seven to the #DisneyBeauties Walmart Sleeping Beauty Retailtainment event at Walmart for their princess Halloween costumes shopping spree.  They had a wonderful time and loaded our cart up with enough costumes and accessories to transform into Aurora and Snow White in an epic Halloween princess makeover!

They drew attention all through the store since they were both dressed as Sleeping Beauty to promote the release of the Sleeping Beauty DVD diamond edition.  I grabbed the movie set right away:

Sleeping Beauty Gift Set #DisneyBeauties #cbias #shop

Seven and Prynne stuck together and waved to the shoppers:

Girls Arrive Sleeping Beauty Event #DisneyBeauties #cbias #shop

The craziness of the shopping spree started when they hit the toys section and spotted the Disney princess display.  Prynne wanted everything, including this princess beauty shop set (which we didn’t get!).

Prynne Shopping #DisneyBeauties #cbias #shop

Seven was all about Snow White accessories from the beginning.  She found the vibrant slippers:

Seven Shopping Shoes #DisneyBeauties #cbias #shop

I tried showing them accessories we could use for a Halloween Disney princess costume makeover.

Sleeping- Beauty Shopping #DisneyBeauties #cbias #shop

But they fell in love with the giant princess gift sets, which include all the accessories to be the princess of your choice.

Sleeping Beauty Seven Loves Snow White #DisneyBeauties #cbias #shop

The American Greetings section is when our project really started to take shape.  We saw all of the dazzling princess accessories to transform a room, and I knew it would be a perfect way to change the girls’ bedroom into a princess palace with all their royal friends.  We found the special American Greetings save $3 off $10 coupon:

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I helped the girls pick out several room transformation kits:

Seven Shopping #DisneyBeauties #cbias #shop

The party aisle was heaven for Prynne.  She wanted all the jewelry, of course.

Prynne Shopping #DisneyBeauties #cbias #shop

This is what our full cart looked like by the end of the shopping spree.  Those crazy princesses have definitely got the shopping skill down!

Girls Shopping Spree #DisneyBeauties #cbias #shop

Disney Princess Makeover

Once we got home, it was time to begin the Halloween Disney Princess makeover process.  I decorated the bedroom with the amazing window cutouts and wall murals.  Then I got out the dresses:

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I prepared some printables for the girls ahead of time, just perfect for the princess makeover.  First, I made the How to be a Princess handout:

How to be a Princess #DisneyBeauties #cbias #shop

And of course, the girls would need to know how to talk like real live Disney Princesses for trick or treating.  I made them a how to trick or treat like a Disney Princess sheet, with lots of helpful things to say to stay in character all night long!

What to say Paper #DisneyBeauties #cbias #shop

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Princess makeover time with Seven and Prynne! #DisneyBeauties #CollectiveBias #shop

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Next, I got the girls to apply all their accessories: necklaces, high heels, clip on earrings, princess wigs, tiaras, and purses.

Prynne Necklace #DisneyBeauties #cbias #shopSeven Shoes #DisneyBeauties #cbias #shop

If the slipper fits, wear it!Prynne Shoes #DisneyBeauties #cbias #shop

The wigs and tiaras really added the finishing touches, and no princess makeover is compete without them.

Prynne Wig #DisneyBeauties #cbias #shop

The girls wanted to read the handouts to all the aspiring princesses out there:

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How to be a Disney Princess with Seven. #DisneyBeauties #CollectiveBias #shop

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How to trick or treat like a Disney princess with Prynne. #DisneyBeauties #CollectiveBias #cbias #shop

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Thanks to Walmart, #CollectiveBias and Disney for the wonderful princess costumes for Halloween! 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and Danelle Ice has been compensated by #CollectiveBias #cbias and Disney to create content to promote the release of the Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition DVD gift set. Only Danelle’s honest opinions are given.

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DIY Doc McStuffins DocMobile out of a Red Wagon to Go With Halloween Costume

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Halloween is coming up and Disney Junior’s characters are on the hot list for costumes this year!  My girls and I went crazy when we saw the Disney Junior Doc McStuffins Halloween costume display in the toys section at Walmart.  The Doc McStuffins costume is amazing and I grabbed two for Seven and Prynne.  If you love the Doc Mobile pictured above, keep reading for step by step instructions on how to make a DIY Doc McStuffins DocMobile out of a red wagon!

Doc McStuffins Display #juniorcelebrates #cbias #shop

They also had all the accessories you could want to go with your Doc McStuffins Halloween costume:  the pink and purple doctor kit bag with all of Doc’s tools, stuffed animals of Lambie with her ballerina tutu, Hallie the hippo nurse, Chilly the snowman, and  Stuffy the brave dragon.  They also had a toy DocMobile, Doc’s portable clinic for toys.  Doc McStuffins Costumes Shop #juniorcelebrates #cbias #shop

I wanted to use this set of Halloween costumes for the for the school Harvest Festival, but I wanted to add something to the costumes to really make a splash.  That’s when I came up with this idea:  I would turn our little red wagon into a life-size DIY Doc McStuffins DocMobile!

Red Wagon Before DIY DocMobile #juniorcelebrates #cbias #shop

I envisioned the wagon turning into a fun prop that the kids could use at the harvest festival and pull behind them during trick or treating.  With the back opening pink doors, I can imagine them using the wagon to store all of their candy and Halloween loot during the night!

The girls were so excited to get the Doc McStuffins costumes on.  Here they are with their costumes (which come with dress, pants, headband, doctor coat, and stethoscope) and the Doc McStuffins doctor kit (filled with all of the doctor tools).

 

They couldn’t wait to play with the stuffed Lambie, Hallie, and Chilly, but I told them to wait until the friends had their seats ready on the doc mobile!Doc McStuffins Costumes #juniorcelebrates #cbias #shop

Then I got to work on building my most epic DIY to date:  a real Doc Mobile portable toy clinic!  If you want to create this fun DIY Halloween prop for your kids dressing up as Doc for Halloween, just follow along with my easy directions below.

How to Make a DIY Doc McStuffins Doc Mobile out of a Red Wagon

DIY- Doc McStuffins DocMobile Project Home Ever After #juniorcelebrates #cbias #shopStep 1:  Start with a plain wagon.

Step 2:  Lay out enough pieces of white foam core board (I got mine from the dollar store) to cover the sides and top of your wagon.

Step 3:  Wearing a mask and painting glasses, spray paint the top side of each foam board with a light purple spray paint.  I used Krylon ColorMaster in GumDrop.  Allow to dry for 1 hour.

Step 4:  Attach purple foam board to each side with looped duct tape on the back of the board.

Step 5:  Use a box knife to cut round wheel wells above the tires.

Step 6:  Secure the bottom of the board to the wagon with purple duct tape.

Step 7:  Attach a purple foam board to the top for a roof using purple duct tape at the seams.

Step 8:  Reinforce the sides by applying a strip of duct tape across the top and bottom of the back.

Step 9:  Fold a square of pink posterboard in half, trace a heart shape, and cut out.

Step 10:  Cut the square in half to form the back 2 doors.

Step 11:  Attach the doors to the sides with duct tape.  They will swing open freely.  Tape closed if you don’t want them to open.

Step 12:   Use the hear that you cut out in step 10.  Punch 2 sets of holes for white pipecleaners to go through. Twist and secure on the back.

Step 13:  Attach the heart to the Doc Mobile and insert toy tools.

Step 14:  Write “Doc Mobile” on the hear with marker.

Step 15:  Use an old sippee cup or plastic bowl for a siren.  Tape to the roof, then mold pink playdough around the base to secure.

Step 16: Reinforce the front with duct tape.

Step 17:  Add pink poster board to form the seat.

Step 18:  Cut out pictures from the Doc calendar or coloring book and tape on the walls!

Trick or- Treating DIY DocMobile #juniorcelebrates #cbias #shop

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial as much as I did.  Follow along with other Disney Junior Halloween celebrations using the hashtag #JuniorCelebrates and have a spooky trip around your block!Doc-McStuffins-Trick-or-Treating-Seven-Prynne #juniorcelebrates #cbias #shop

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and Danelle Ice has been compensated by #CollectiveBias #cbias and Disney Junior to create content to promote Doc McStuffins. Only Danelle’s honest opinions are given.

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Sleeping Beauty Princess Makeover Party at Walmart for Your Little Disney Princess!

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Hold on to your tiaras, moms of princesses everywhere!  If your daughters have already been after you to go shopping for princess Halloween costumes, you’ll want to mark this special #DisneyBeauties event on the calendar.  Find a store in your area hosting the princess party on this list.

Sleeping Beauty Retailtainment Party at Walmart

Disney Princess #DisneyBeauties #CollectiveBias #ShopOn October 11 at a Walmart near you, there will be a royally fun (and free) Sleeping Beauty Retailtainment princess party for your girls to enjoy!  Dress up your girls in their favorite Disney princess costumes, outfits, or gear and bring them down for sweet snacks and activities.

Between the hours of 10am and 4pm, you’ll find an enchanted Disney Princess party in Walmart’s toys section to celebrate the Sleeping Beauty movie coming out of the vault.  Bring your girls to join in on all the festivities:

  • Have fun coloring with Disney Princess activity sheets.
  • Eat yummy Disney Princess cupcakes.
  • Have your picture taken with a cardboard Sleeping Beauty.
  • Buy Disney Princess balloons.
  • Shop through all the amazing Disney Princess costumes and accessories to complete your Halloween costume or dress-up collection.

Plus, you can finally add the Sleeping Beauty DVD or Sleeping Beauty Blu-Ray movie to your Disney collection with the release of the special Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition exclusive gift set. It comes with a Blu-Ray, DVD, and digital copy, plus a bonus DVD called “Disneybound: Sleeping Beauty Style”. 

There will also be a special coupon available at the princess party.  You can get a $3 off $10 coupon towards any Disney-themed party goods at Walmart. 

I’ll be at the Sleeping Beauty Retailtainment party with my girls, dressed up to celebrate in true Princess Aurora style.  You can follow along with all the fun using the #DisneyBeauties hashtag.  You won’t want to miss this!

Sleeping Beauty DVD Gift Set #DisneyBeauties #CollectiveBias #Shop

Princess Halloween Makeovers with Seven and Prynne!

My girls, Seven and Prynne, are also going to be hosting a special Princess Makeover Academy next week on Home Ever After and on the Home Ever After facebook page to add to the fun.  They’ll be showing how to do an easy princess makeover for trick or treating or the school Halloween carnival.  Watch them show fun transformations with Princess costumes and accessories like tiaras, gloves, wands and more.  Plus, learn how to talk and act like a princess!

Make sure you’re subscribed to our free emails so you don’t miss the upcoming Princess Makeover Academy.  Thanks to Walmart, #CollectiveBias and Disney for the fun princess party next week at Walmart.  See you there!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and Danelle Ice has been compensated by #CollectiveBias #cbias and Disney to create content to promote the release of the Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition DVD gift set. Only Danelle’s honest opinions are given.

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Yes or No: Are You Dressing Up for Halloween?

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Adult Halloween Onesies Costumes Superhero Batman Wonderwoman Home Ever After

Are you dressing up for Halloween this year?  I’m a huge planner for Halloween – everything from the décor to the creepy Halloween food has to be just right.  The one thing that falls by the wayside every year for me – mostly because I run out of time or can’t decide – is my Halloween costume.

I spend so much time getting all the kids ready for the Halloween harvest carnival in their costumes that I run out of time.  I’m lucky if I can pull together a quick Halloween makeup look and hairstyle (with no costume) before we leave the house for trick or treating. 

Do you have this problem too?  Or do you plan your costume far in advance, order your costume accessories in September,  and leave plenty of time to get yourself ready on Halloween?  Let me know in the comments!

BTW:  Those cute adult onesies above are some superhero Halloween costumes/jammies I found at Walmart, featuring Batman and Wonder Woman.  So in case you’re way too pressed for time to dress up, you can just put on your PJs and trick or treat the night away!

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