Face Oil Mixture For Dry Skin

 

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My skin is incredibly dry. Like the Mojave Desert in July. And if you haven’t seen it or been there well here’s a visual>>>>>mojave cracked earth

People think I joke but seriously this is how it feels, and its itchy, and flaky. I’ve tried pretty much every lotion and cream I can find and nothing works for lasting results. Sure they all work initially and provide some relief for a few minutes or maybe half the day, if it’s really greasy but in the end they all fail!

Especially since I’ve been pregnant. My face has been especially flaky and tight. That pregnancy glow is laughable in my case.

I figured since no lotion that I’ve found has worked over the years I’d take a different approach. I mean SOMETHING has to give! If you read the label of pretty much every lotion, the first ingredient is WATER. And water may help a thirsty desert but NOT skin. It dries it out even more which is why (don’t get all grossed out) I don’t shower every day. My skin cannot handle it. I usually shower on the third day. I know, eeewwww, right? Well if your skin feels like mine you won’t either, trust me.

So I switched to ONLY using oils on my face for the last 10 days. The first few were rough. My skin was still peely, tight, looked wrinkly from the tightness (I’m 29 and don’t really have any real wrinkles yet) and had extra dry patches. I almost reached for the creams but resisted because I’m determined to give this a go for at least 30 days.

But then a miracle happened. After a few days, no more flakes. My skin looks much better and doesn’t feel like my cheeks are going to crack when I smile! Plus I’ve noticed my skin looks more plump. Bye Bye dry skin wrinkles!

I made my own concoction and here is what I’ve been using THREE times a day. No, I have not been using any foundation. My skin was so dry it was looking terrible so I’m giving it a rest for awhile. If you must wear foundation then I’d put this oil on in the morning and at night.

Coconut Oil. Its all the rage these days and for good reason, but alone it wasn’t quite enough for me.

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Sweet Almond Oil with Vitamin E– this stuff is awesome!

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil– Very soothing to the skin.

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I mixed these three equally (coconut oil melted) and put in a small plastic container.

I also used just a touch of my stretch mark belly oil which has Safflower, Grapeseed, jojoba, Sesame, Sunflower oil and vitamin E.  It also smells like lavender and vanilla. I only added a few drops of this so it’s probably not necessary. But just in case you’re wondering it’s called Body Boost

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Take the 10 day oil challenge and see if it makes a difference! And don’t give up the first few days because it gets worse before it gets better, BUT it does get better. My face actually looks and feels fantastic, and I’m looking forward to it getting better in the next few weeks. Even the redness of my cheeks is starting to be tamed for a more even complexion. I’m working on using only oils on my body but not there yet. Its harder with clothes to put it on several times a day but I’ve been using coconut oil on my whole body.

I’ve heard that if you have acne problems that using oils actually helps even though you’d think it does the opposite, however, with that said, I don’t usually get zits so I don’t know from experience.

Let me know if you’ll take the oil challenge in the comments!

-Janie

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Flat Belly Bombshell Body Moves

Flat Belly mission, do you accept?

Good, let’s get started.

You’ll need a weight and just a few minutes to get those abs burning!

First move 1 Minute Flutter Kicks-Alternate lifting legs always keeping them from touching the ground. Keep your core held in tight!

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Move Two 1 minute Russian Twists- Grab a weight, lean back and twist the weight from side to side. For an extra challenge lift heels off the ground!

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Move Three 1 Minute Booty Ups -Start in a plank position, with abs pulled in, lift your booty into the air and slowly lower back to plank

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Repeat these moves for 5 rounds taking a short rest in between the three workouts! Guaranteed your abs will be on fire.

-Janie

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Do You Want to Be In Love or Do You Want to Be Right?

Have you ever been in an argument with your significant other and ended up hurting them? I’m sure we all have at some point but many of us don’t learn from these incidences because we’d rather be right, and like knowing that we were right, too.

Relationships are difficult for many people hence why half of all marriages end in divorce. It’s hard to compromise with someone all the time especially if the other half doesn’t give. Because let’s be honest, a good relationship is give and take, compromise, concern for the happiness and well-being of your significant other, trust, loyalty, and communication.  If you don’t have all of that, you don’t have sh*t.

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Yet, there is more than that to have a GREAT relationship, but I’ll go into ways people like to show and receive love another time, this is about being right or more accurately wrong.

Nobody, and I mean nobody likes to have their flaws and misgivings pointed out to them especially in front of other people. If you’re a person who likes to be right and points it out when your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend is wrong, don’t expect the relationship to flourish or even last. Think about a past time the person you loved messed up and you said “I told you so!” or “Why did you do that?” in some form or another. Sometimes it’s hard to hold your tongue but believe me, if you want to be in love, hold it. Because guess what, they already know they messed up and don’t need you pointing it out to them.

A couple years ago, I backed my mustang into my husband’s car and left a dent. I got out and stood staring at it thinking he was going to be so mad. The dent was small but regardless I felt stupid. Why didn’t I see it? How could I miss a car, it’s not like it’s small? I should have looked better instead of just glancing over my shoulder. I braced myself for him to say these exact things to me as I went inside and told him the bad news.

I’ll never forget his reaction. He looked at me, surprised and said, “Really?” but not angrily­— more like he was nervous to see the damage. We walked outside and he surveyed the harm while I stared on in shame. I remember him saying my name like “ah this sucks” and then… he hugged me. Even more shocking, he brought me flowers later that day when he got home from work! Here I’d done something so stupid and he was comforting me instead of being angry and it made me love him even more.

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Now on the flip side. I’ll be the first to admit I’m not perfect and my reactions aren’t always as good but he taught me a lesson that day, one I wished I’d learned sooner. Sometime before the backing of the car into his happened, we were going on a short road trip with my sister and her friend to an amusement part. We’d stopped and fueled up and then about an hour and a half of driving Travis turns to me and says nervously, “I think I forgot to put Brittany’s bag back in the trunk at the gas station.”

Immediately anger began to rise in me. My sister’s clothes, make up, computer and who knows what else was in that bag. We pulled over to check and sure enough, the bag wasn’t in there. I yelled at him, standing in the parking lot, “How could you forget the freakin’ bag? Why did you even take it out of the trunk at the gas station to begin with?!” And even more.

Everything going through my mind was we’d have to buy her a new computer, which we couldn’t afford, and she didn’t have any clothes for the weekend, and how in the world could he NOT put her bag back in the car! Ahhh!

Of course he already felt bad that he’d left it there. I could see the anxiety and remorse on his face and me shouting and pointing out that he was wrong and what he did was stupid made it worse. We got into a huge argument and the whole situation just didn’t go well. I hurt his feelings by my reaction, even though I was right. There was definitely no love or understanding in my reaction. (Someone turned in my sister’s bag and my step mom picked it up, thankfully).

But imagine if I’d reacted differently. What if I’d given him a hug instead of yelled? What if I’d told him it was alright? It would have brought more love between us instead of a memory he probably won’t forget but not for a good reason.

He and I don’t have many fights or even argue much because both of us have come to the understanding that it’s not about being right. It’s about showing compassion, and understanding. I can tell you honestly, I’d rather be in love than be right any time.

 

-Janie

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Confessions of a #Fitchick With a Not So Fit Pregnancy

It’s difficult to get on Instagram these days and not find some hot bodied woman or dude. If you want to find some #fitspo for a nice booty, abs and lean bodies in bikini’s look no further than Instagram or Pinterest. But there’s a new somewhat controversial trend that’s making news feeds and hashtags and that’s a #fitpregnancy.

These women look freakin’ amazing and make pregnancy look glorious and beautiful. Some even have visible abs on their bump which is mind blowing to me. This isn’t without debate however, because people assume someone so thin can’t healthy because pregnant women are supposed to have big belly’s, and gain a bunch of weight, right?

Take Hannah Polites, she is rocking a great body with a small bump and has continued working out the entire time. In this photo she wrote “over 8 and a 1/2 months pregnant and feeling great…”

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            or Mickinli Hatch, whom I think looked fantastic during pregnancy and stayed fit. Although she said she struggled in the beginning to find energy to hit the gym.

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            I love that these women are showing other’s they can be fit and healthy while pregnant instead of the usually thought of eating for two on the couch, Nexflix and an abundance of ice cream.

When I found out I was pregnant, I was SO being one of these fit girls. I worked out 5-6 days a week, ate a pretty healthy diet and lived an active fit life for years so I figured I’d just continue my routine. The first few weeks were easy, and I thought this pregnancy thing was going to be a breeze. Then suddenly fatigue hit me like a kick to the gut. I felt like I could barely get out of bed and when I did I usually went straight to the couch to lay down. “Tired” became an understatement but surely this would pass, I thought. And it did after several weeks of napping and sleeping 10+ hours a day.

Around weeks 16-19 I felt a new sense of energy and I still didn’t have a “bump” that was noticeable to anyone but me and I hit the gym three times that week, lifting light weights and felt so much better about myself. I actually accomplished something!

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(Headed to the gym in this photo.)

            See, for me and I’m sure many other women, it’s not just a physical change but a mental struggle. I guess you can call it a small bout of depression because I feel like someone else. No longer am I able to work or go for long walks every day, or lift weights, even making meals is sometimes a struggle to get motivation for sometimes. My body does NOT handle pregnancy well and you’ll see how in a moment.

I feel chubby and weak compared to what I once did. There are times where I lay in bed and literally stare at the ceiling just thinking about whatever passes my mind but having no desire to do ANYTHING, for hours. Yes hours.

But those week was good for me. I felt like ME again. Then things take a huge unexpected turn. And my aspirations of having a fit pregnancy haven’t panned out. I wouldn’t say a few weeks of going to the gym can count as a fit pregnancy.

One morning I woke up especially nauseous feeling weak and shaky, and then dizziness… this was new. I went to the bathroom thinking maybe I had to vomit and started sweating and felt like I was going to pass out. It’s a terrible sensation by the way. But after a few minutes this feeling went away and the rest of the day I felt crummy.

This started happening pretty much every day for a full week then Friday morning came around. Same symptoms but this time my vision went white as I sat on the edge of the bed and the next thing I know I’m waking up to my husband saying my name and I’m staring at the carpet laying on my side wondering how the hell I got there. I really did pass out this time. My ears rang and my husband Travis’s face said how he felt. He was scared. I felt so weak I could barely sit up. I laid there for several minutes and Travis brought me a drink and toast.

Doc says this is normal when I call and just to take it easy and drink lots of fluids. I do and later the same day, I start passing out again, we end up in the ER. They tell me what the other doc said, assured me the baby was fine and pumped me full of fluids and sent me on my way.

Another doctor tells me it’s a combination of low blood sugar and my uterus pressing on major blood vessels causing me to pass out. If I don’t sit the right way, I get sick. If I don’t sleep in the right position these feelings of nausea, sweating, light-headedness come on and quick and don’t leave nearly as fast. Standing too long… can bring this on as well.

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(Little belly and eating cherries)

            So exercising and showing the world I’m one of those women who have a great pregnancy is the last thing I care about when off and on I feel bouts of fainting coming on. I WANTED to be one of these women.

But I’m here to say don’t feel bad because you don’t have the perfect fit pregnancy. It’s not easy for everyone. Every woman is different and experience different things. Maybe I’m writing this to convince myself to not feel bad because I thought this would be totally different for me. But in the end what matters is the precious little baby growing in my tummy. It matters that she’s healthy and strong!

At 24 weeks I gained 20lbs and at 30 I’m up to 27lbs. I eat ice cream when I feel like it but I’m not “eating for 2”. I’m being careful about how much I eat since I’m not able to workout or even go for walks most of the time. I’m scared to go anywhere by myself because suddenly I could get very weak.

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(Don’t mind all the baby stuff piled up in the background but here’s the latest photo)

At 30 weeks now, if I walk too much I get cramps and my stomach hardens like a freakin’ rock. It doesn’t really hurt, I call it “extreme discomfort” and the only thing that helps is laying down. I feel like I’m on bed rest most of the time and it’s killing me because I want to be active. I WANT to go on hikes, and ride my bike and go to the gym with my husband and not feel so weak.  I’m hoping things get easier but not expecting much til my little Jaylee Jane is born. I love her. It’s worth it. It took 3 years for me to get pregnant and stay pregnant and I am grateful. But I tell my husband that she may be our only child. Perhaps in a few years I’ll forget these months of misery.

What have your pregnancy experiences been? Are you able to exercise? Struggling like me? Gaining more weight than you wanted? I’d love to hear from you.

 

-Janie

 

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Banish Back Fat With These 5 Moves

The bulge on your back from your bra… you know what I’m talking about. Right under the armpits. Some say its because your bra doesn’t fit right, and maybe that’s true but extra fat is probably also the culprit.

This happens to be one of the area’s I gain weight in first. It’s unsightly and annoying. Fortunately with a good healthy diet and these 5 moves you can annihilate the back flab because trust me, you want that sh*t annihilated.

First thing’s first. Grab some weights, probably 5-10 pounders and get great to feel the burn, Bombshell.

  1. Back fly’s. With this move you’ll bend over at the hips, keep your back straight and start with your weights centered. Then raise them up to shoulder height, pause (this is very important… PAUSE for a 3 count) and lower back down slowly.

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2. Bent Over Row. Here you’ll also be bent over at the hips with a straight back. No Quasimodo, ladies. You’ll pull the weight back with your elbows pointed at the ceiling and pause for a 3 count at the top and slowly lower back down.

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3. Standing Lat Pulse. As the name says, you’ll be standing straight with your weights parallel to your hips and your going to pulse pushing the weights straight back for 30 seconds.

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4. Rear Delt Raise. This is similar to a back fly but is more concentrated. You’ll start bent over at the hips, yet again, and with the weight parallel to your hips raise one arm up, elbow toward the ceiling as much as is comfortable, keeping the arm straight the entire time, PAUSE for … what ladies? Yes, 3 seconds and slowly lower back down.

 

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5. Knee Push Up’s ( or on your toes if you’re at that level, you beast) I’m sure you know how to do a push up but let’s make sure you’re doing it without your butt up in the air. This move will work your back, chest, arms and even the core. It’s one you should do often for a Bombshell Body!

 

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That’s our 5 moves! Repeat them all 3 times for 8-12 reps (make it hard). If it doesn’t hurt at least a little it won’t change you.

And let’s NOT talk about how flat my butt is in these pants. Like wo. After this baby is born its operation Bombshell Booty time.

Let me know how you like these workouts in the comments. If you have any questions also leave a comment and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

-Janie

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