Rodan & Fields [Product Review & Facebook Event]

Special thanks to Rodan & Fields Independent Consultant, Kara Larson, for providing me with the opportunity to try and review Rodan & Fields skincare products. While the products in this post were given to me free of charge, the opinions expressed here are completely my own.

Rodan&Fields Product Review

Kara and I have been friends for as long as I can remember. We’ve gone from sleepovers as kids to raising our babies together with all the stuff of great friendships that lies between. Aside from being besties, she’s also my go-to girl for anything makeup-hair-skincare related. It made complete sense to me when she became an independent consultant with Rodan & Fields – I’m not the only friend who goes to her with their beauty questions.

Rodan&Fields Product Review

In a lot of ways, I’m the ideal candidate for a skincare trial. I don’t normally use anything but a cleanser once a day, and while I generally have a good complexion, I am prone to breakouts (especially around that time of the month). With becoming more aware of the need to take skin health seriously – what with me being in my thirties and all (how did that happen again?!) – this opportunity literally made me giddy.

Photos taken 8/7/14 | Product use began 8/12/14

Untouched photos taken 8/7/14 | Product use began 8/12/14

The Regimen

Before starting me on any of the Rodan & Fields skin care lines, Kara asked me a series of questions to see what products would work best for my skin type and daily needs. We settled on a personalized daily regimen of the Soothe (to even out my complexion) and Unblemish lines (to work on the acne). She also threw in a few samples of the Micro-Dermabrasion Paste, Night Renewing Serum, and Lip Renewing Serum.


Untouched photos taken 8/26/14

What I loved

I’ve been using the skincare products for the last two weeks, and have already seen results. My complexion is clearer than before, and my skin is softer than it’s ever been. My absolute favorite products have been the Micro-Dermabrasion Paste and Night Renewing Serum, which made my skin A-M-A-Z-I-N-G-L-Y soft (I seriously could not stop touching my face).

What’s more, the support I’ve received from Kara has been incredible. For someone who’s never done much with their skin, I was a little intimidated to start such a professional regimen. Fortunately, the system was easier to maintain than I thought, and when I had questions Kara was just an email away. There’s something powerful to be said about working with a consultant versus trying to navigate the world of skin care products on your own.

Facebook Event & Product Giveaways

Kara’s hosting a little Facebook party over at her place today and tomorrow (8/27-28), going into detail about all the Rodan & Fields products she’s representing and will also be giving away some product to some very lucky ladies. If you want in, shoot her an email at klarson159[at]gmail[dot]com and she’ll add you to the group.

PS – If you let Kara know you read about her and Rodan & Fields here, you’ll be privy to a special incentive she’s running for orders placed in the next few days!

For more on Kara

Kara LarsonKara is a psychology graduate of North Central University and a beauty school graduate of Empire Beauty School. She’s a momma to two little girls, MOPS coordinator extraordinaire, and newly minted Rodan & Fields Independent Consultant. Ask her your beauty questions on Facebook, follow her on Instagram, or email her at klarson159[at]gmail[dot]com for more information on Rodan & Fields products.

What’s on My Plate | #01

Every week I’ll be posting a meal hack I’m using to encourage my family to eat a little healthier and help me lose some weight. For more ideas click on What’s on My Plate or the series graphic at the end of this post.

What's on My Plate | #01

With the potatoes, this 9-10 point dinner should follow a lighter point breakfast and lunch. Call it a congratulatory celebration to the end of your very disciplined day, and hey, there are still green beans covering half the plate :).


Honey Lemon Garlic Chicken

This chicken recipe comes from Ruth at Living Well Spending Less. It tastes the best grilled (after a long day hanging out in the sun!) but can also bake very nicely in a 400 degree oven for about 30-40 minutes. It prepares well as a freezer meal and is the only type of chicken I’ve made since coming across the recipe. Seriously.

Weight Watchers lists 3 ounces of boneless skinless chicken as 3 points. At this point in the game, I’m not in the habit of counting the calories of a marinade. Most of it ends up left in the bag, and besides, is there anyone who eats dry chicken, ever?

3 pts per 3 oz. serving


Savory potatoes

This is one from my own kitchen, and uses so little oil and seasoning I’ve lumped it into the category of a baked potato (with a little extra).

What you need:

  • 10 medium sized golden potatoes cubed and rinsed
  • 2 envelopes of dry Italian dressing mix
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

How to make it:

Mix ingredients well and bake until crispy in the same 400 degree oven (about 35-45 minutes). Make sure you eye-ball your portion at about a medium-ish potato.

5/6 pts per (medium sized potato) serving


Lemony-Garlic Green Beans

This green bean hack (also from my own kitchen) is an absolute god-send. I’ve come to learn after eight years of marriage my husband loves green beans. I on the other hand love other things more, but I can handle these – even like these – because of the garlic and lemon (two of my favorites). These are the green beans my youngest please-mommy-please asked for at Trader Joe’s (seriously), and three out of four loving a vegetable makes it a staple in this house.

What you need:

  • 12 ounce package fresh green beans
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp chopped onion
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to make it:

Combine ingredients in a non-stick pan and sauté on stovetop until green beans are softened.

1 pt per 6 oz. serving


Until next week . . .


I hope they see | a mother’s prayer

I hope they see

There are days I look deeply into two sets of little eyes,
wondering what memories will keep.

And although I know there’s nothing I can do,
to make the good ones stick stronger,

There are some things I certainly hope for.

I hope they see my smile,
more than they see my furrowed brow.

I hope they hear me sing,
more than they hear my voice raised.

I hope they see my eyes,
more than they see my phone.

I hope they find me patient,
more than they find me frustrated.

I hope they see less money and more time,
less busy and more heart.

I hope they see more actions and less words,
less stress and more hope.

I hope they see me try, and fail, and try again,
And when my cracks are all made plain,

I hope they see my imperfections,
And decide to love me anyway.

I hope they know my love for them runs deeper,
than I ever dreamed it could.

And more than anything, or anyone,
I hope they see Jesus, working real inside of me.

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What’s on My Plate | Meal Hacks for the Every Woman

What's On My Plate

Oh, I have such a love-hate relationship with food. Meaning of course, that I love it so much I hate not to eat. Everything. But I’m pretty certain my doctor’s serious this time about me dropping a few pounds, so I’m back on Weight Watchers. Again.

After the initial week of feeling like I might starve, I’ve reached down deep for the personal discipline that’s been buried for the last several years and have managed to shed nearly ten pounds in the last six weeks. What’s more exciting, is that for the first time in a long time I’m actively trying to plan ahead and feed my whole family better. You know with real food and vegetables and all. So far we’ve all tried things we’ve never tried before, and some of them are sticking.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still crushing the cereal to get the most out of my cup-and-a-quarter’s worth of points, but we’re making progress, and I think that’s the point for me this time around.

When it comes up in conversation that I’m back on Weight Watchers the first thing I get asked is what I’m eating. Which is valid. The way the program is set up, you likely could lose weight eating your points in ice cream each day, but I’m trying, choice by choice, to behave myself.

On most days I’m targeting fruits for breakfast, veggies for lunch, a solid dinner early evening, and room for snacks at night (because, doctor or no doctor, without those I’m certain I would call it quits forever).

Over the next several weeks I’ll be posting pictures of what I’m eating with links to recipes that:

  1. taste good,
  2. are easy to prepare, and
  3. make sense on the whole weight-loss front.

I know I’m not the only one trying to make some new habits. Let’s be better together.


DIY Tote Bag | The Tote of Many Prints

The Tote of Many Prints

I’m kind of a closeted Vera Bradley fan (seriously, who doesn’t love a pretty quilted print?). I just can’t work myself up to actually pay for one. I’m kind of matchy-matchy, and tend to gravitate towards more practical solid colors for my everyday purse. But with a tote, I feel like I can get my statement on, and try something a little more daring for a change.

Tote of Many Prints

The tote itself is constructed in much the same way as the Princess Purse, but with a little less frill, and a little more grown-up common sense. Each 14″ X 15″ tote is made of quilted fabric, lined and accented with the patterned fabric of your choice, is both washable and reversible (for my braver, more fashion-forward friends), and is simple enough for a beginning seamstress to complete on their own.

Tote of many prints

What you need

  • 22″ cut of quilted fabric (off the bolt)
  • 15″ cut of patterned fabric (also off the bolt)
  • Thread to match your quilted fabric

How to Make it

1. Pattern and cut your fabric.

Step 1 - Cut Your Fabric

I’ve been making lots of bags for friends, so the fabric pictured here is way more than what you’ll be purchasing. Just FYI.

Out of the quilted fabric, cut one piece 39″ long X 14″ wide for the body of the bag (hint: create a pattern for a rectangle 19.5″ long X 14″wide and place it on the FOLD before cutting), and cut two pieces 36″ X 3″ for the handles.

Out of your patterned fabric, cut one piece 23″ X 14″ for the liner of the bag (hint: create a pattern for a rectangle 11.5″ long X 14″wide and place it on the FOLD before cutting), and cut two pieces 6″ long X 14″ wide for the bag accent.

2. Pin & seam all fabric pieces.

You will pin fabric in this step with the “right side” of your fabric facing “in” for all steps except C. If you’ve purchased double sided quilted fabric it won’t matter which way you pin :).

Step 2 - Pin and Seam

A. Pin along the right and left sides of the patterned fabric (which should measure 11.5″ X 14″, with the fold along the bottom), and seam.

B. Fold each quilted shoulder strap in half long-ways, pin the open edges of the fabric together towards the right (which should measure 36″ X 1.5″ with the fold to the left), and seam.

C. Pin 1/2″ along the top and bottom of each rectangular patterned fabric accent piece (so as to finish the edges) and seam.

D. Turn the seamed patterned fabric, and both quilted shoulder straps right-side out.

E. Seam along both edges of the shoulder straps to flatten and strengthen straps.

Close Up Shoulder Straps

3. Attach patterned accent fabric and shoulder straps to tote body.

Step 3 - Attach accent fabric and shoulder straps

Place the finished patterned accent fabric 7″ from the bottom fold of the tote body on each side and pin (hint: take care that they match correctly on each side before continuing).

Slipping the edge of one shoulder strap 1/2″ underneath the top of the patterned accent fabric, pin in place 3-1/2″ from the side of the tote body. Do the same for the other edge of the shoulder strap on the opposite side of the tote body. Complete this step again for the second shoulder strap on the back of the tote body.

Seam the pinned patterned accent fabric and shoulder straps to the tote body following the guide left by the finished seam of the patterned accent fabric (completed in step 2C).

4. Seam the inside of the tote to the outside.

Step 4

Pin and seam the tote body together (taking care to match the patterned accent fabric - right side in – and avoid the shoulder straps) on either side.

Pin and seam tote body (with patterned accent fabric and shoulder straps still facing in) to the patterned fabric (turned right side “out”). Seam, leaving space to turn the entire tote right side out.

Step 4B

Once the tote is turned, finish off the hole by tucking the unfinished ends “in,” pinning, and seaming to close.

5. Finish off the tote.

Step 5A

After you’ve smoothed out the fabric for both the insides and outsides to lay flat, finish the tote by running a seam along the top.

Step 5B

Measure 3.25″ from each side seam of the finished tote and pin straps in place. Sew straps to bag (following the seams that are already in place) and you’re done!

Gift Ideas

These totes are great for everyday use – think library, thrift store, coffee shop, gym bag – but are also great for personalized gifts. By changing out the patterned fabric and/or adding a few extra items you’ve got yourself a very unique, very thoughtful gift.


New Mom

  • Pick a new momma’s favorite color, or correspond the accent fabric to match the gender of the baby she’s having. Include a few diapers, a box of DIY baby wipes, and the instructions she needs to keep making her own.

Back-to-School / Book Lover

  • Print and bind a 2014-2015 (FREE) planner and toss in one of this summer’s best-sellers or a gift-card to their favorite bookstore.

Coffee Afficionado

Spa Bag

  • Throw in a manicure/pedicure kit, some matching colored polish, bath salts, and a few facial treatments to give a friend the spa treatment at home.

The possibilities (as I’m sure you can guess) are pretty endless :).