The last few weeks have been dedicated to sharing the top Thanksgiving meal ideas, holiday deals, Black Friday sales and must have fashion, beauty, technology and toys for my lovely viewers and their amazing families on the blog. I wish I could say that my life has been easy this holiday season, unfortunately it hasn’t. The last four weeks (29 days to be exact) have been the hardest of my life. I lost my grandmother, the woman who helped raise me and made me who I am today on October 31st. I was her primary caregiver, and she lived with my family and I. Words can’t express the void I feel not seeing her everyday…I miss everything about her, but I am thankful that she is now at peace and no longer suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.
A few days after she passed I was informed by Aveeno (I’m an ambassador for the brand) that we would be starting our annual daily challenge for three weeks. I let them know about my grandmother passing and asked if I could post about the challenge a few days late. They were very kind and comforting as they always are. A few days after I received the amazing AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Body Wash and Lotion for the Daily Challenge (which I’ll talk about more in the post) I noticed that Fed Ex was here delivering the Tory Burch Reva leopard print ballet flats that I had ordered, but he also had a tall box. When the driver informed me that he was here to also deliver flowers, I thought somebody must have sent them to my family. I couldn’t believe it when I opened the box, my amazing “Aveeno family” had sent me a beautiful orchid in memory of my grandmother, they are that amazing. Orchids hold a special place in my heart thanks to my late grandfather, and to have this beautiful white orchid just brings a smile to my face because I think of Aveeno’s kind gesture and it also reminds of my amazing grandmother and her wonderful legacy.
When I say I have the best grandmother ever, I really mean it. She taught me everything – how to be a strong woman with good morals, how to be kind and hospitable to everyone, how to have a sense of humor and how to take care of my skin, which she would probably say is most important of all. To say my grandma cared about her appearance is an understatement! She always had to have her hair dyed and curled, wore her signature red lipstick, Estee Lauder perfume and more. My grandmother had beautiful skin until the day she left this earth. I’ve always been envious of her gorgeous skin, but thankfully Aveeno is helping me take care of mine!
As I mentioned earlier I was sent the AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Body Wash and Lotion and accepted the three week Aveeno Daily Challenge. I was encouraged to pair the products with my favorite things, and to use the the body wash and moisturizer for three weeks. I suffer from dry sensitive skin 12 months out of the year, and the body wash and moisturizer have really helped my skin stay moisturized. It’s chillier than usual in California these days, so these products have been amazing for me. As someone who has constantly been told over the last four weeks that I need to take time for myself and not work so hard, I must mention that by Aveeno sending me these amazing products, it has motivated me to take some breaks. There have been some days when I’ve worked harder than I should and boy has my body and my spirit felt it and told me to start being a little nicer to ME!
Aveeno also sent me Bee Raw 100% real varietal honey and Bee Raw 100% hand-crafted single origin Karigane Kukicha tea in the daily challenge kit, which has been great! As a tea drinker and someone who absolutely loves raw honey, it’s been exciting to try a couple new products. Aveeno sent me an adorable tea cup earlier this year, so every time I sit down with this cup I think of how amazing they are, how important it is for me to relax and take care of me, which ultimately helps my spirit, helps me relax and in turn helps my skin because I’m not stressing. It’s a win-win!
I will continue using the AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Body Wash and Lotion, as well as the Aveeno Nourish and Shine Shampoo and Conditioner that I’m beyond in love with. If you haven’t had a chance to check out that review and post, please do! It is the BEST shampoo and conditioner I’ve ever tried.
Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend! Don’t forget to take care of your skin this winter by using AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Body Wash and Lotion (do the #AVEENODAILYCHALLENGE) and give those you love a big hug…they’re what’s most important in life! xoxo
Disclaimer: I was sent the Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash and Lotion as a review. I was not compensated in any way for my review. As always, opinions are my own. Thank you!