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I have a confession to make. Promise not to be judgey?

I used to wash my face with hand soap. Not the good stuff I’m using now, but plain old, bad for you HAND soap!

OK, now that that’s off my chest let’s move on.

Now that I’m 30 something I’ve gotten a bit more sophisticated with my skin care regimen (If you’d like a regimen recommendation take this quiz) I’ve transitioned from only caring about how I appear outwardly to caring 100% more about my health. OH and prevention!

Taking preventative measures to preserve my health and the quality of my skin have become my focus. Why wait until the wrinkles settle in, or dryness causes loss of elasticity or the these harmful ingredients allowed in our products take my health away? There’s no reason to wait! Read More »

Beauty | Makeup, Non-Toxic Skincare

5 Tips for Organizing Your Home for the Holidays

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and the December holidays are just behind it. For me and my family, it is now officially time to get ready for winter guests.

Having people over for the holidays is one of the best ways to celebrate, and is one tradition my family adores. However, it’s not all fun and games – its also time to start my winter cleaning routine. Luckily, over the past few years, I have mastered the art of preparing for guests. Here are my 5 tips for organizing your home for the holidays this year.

1 – Get Rid of Clutter By Donating
The first step to making more space in your home is to get rid of all the excess. While many simply push extra belongings into closets, garages, and storage units, it’s so much more cleansing to get rid of all the clutter for good. And the most compassionate way to do this is to donate.

Many people save their trip to the local donation center for after Christmas. But try to be proactive this year. Go through both your own and your kids’ belongings and get rid of any items you don’t love or use on a monthly basis. Donating together is also a great chance to teach children the importance of giving during the holiday season.

2 – Take the Minimal Route When Decorating
Although it’s easy to get swept up in the holiday spirit, decorating your home for the holidays doesn’t have to be over the top. A sprinkle of seasonal decor in each room is the best way to transform a space without making your home feel cluttered and noisy.

Going with a minimal decor style not only leaves more space for you and your guests, but it also gives your home a chic, modern look. This will help your guests feel comfortable and will require less storage space once the holidays have passed.

Start by decking the halls and the outside of your house with Christmas lights. An easy way to switch up color palettes in each room is to incorporate throw pillows, fruit bowls, or even plants. And it never hurts to have a huge pile of gifts ready for all of your guests tucked away in a corner.

3 – Arrange Guest Arrivals
Make sure you know how and when all of your guests are arriving. If your family is flying in, plan on taking your car with the most room for passengers and pick them up yourself. This will kickstart your hospitable feel from the get-go.

If your guests are driving in, be sure to give them clear directions. GPS systems can be funny, so remember to give clear verbal directions and always keep your phone nearby. You might even consider meeting them halfway to lead them in your own car.

4 – Prepare As Many Guest Areas As You Can
Another great part about having the whole family visit is that you can all spend quality time together under the same roof. Unfortunately, that may make things a little cramped. That’s why its so important to move as many physical barriers as possible to make plenty of space.

Not everyone has to sleep in an official guest room. Offices and living rooms are great for letting the kids have campouts. Just remember to have:

● Plenty of clean sheets
● Lots of laundry soap (for accidents)
● Plenty of cleaning supplies and trash bags
● Lots of space for luggage
● And tons of food

No one wants to make their family feel unwelcome. Try to make sure that every amenity a guest might want is available. That way you don’t get any fussy tears or feelings of homesickness.

5 – Get Ready to Feed the Masses
No holiday would be complete without food for days. When your guests arrive, expect them to come hungry. And you should definitely make sure your kitchen is as clean as it can possibly be. By the end of the visit, it’s going to be a war zone.

As a backup, create some plans that include meals. Your guests flying in will be dependent on you for transportation, and most of your guests may not be familiar with your area. Present different options for cooking on certain nights or going out as a group. Talk to them about their dietary preferences. If you’re planning on cooking, see what everyone can do to pitch in—you might be the host, but your guests are family, and you have every right to recruit them.

The holidays are a magical time of year. A time for laughter, for love, and for creating memories. Don’t let the ideas of getting ready for guests overwhelm you – head into battle with a clear head and an excited heart.

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My Favorite 5 Beautycounter Products!

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Feeling inspired to make SAFER skin care and cosmetic choices, but don’t know where to start? Take our Skin Care Quiz!

Don’t hesitate to try our products! Remember our amazing 60 day RETURN POLICY!

If you’d like to join my team and help educate women about what’s really in their products, you can do so HERE!

Specific questions? Contact me!

I’ve been using Beautycounter (BC) for over a year now. Becoming a consultant definitely has its perks, like being able to sample IT ALL!

beautycounter natural organic makeup

Making the choice to use cleaner beauty and skin care products was mostly easy. I had to get over the fact that the good stuff, requires more money. But, my health and the health of my family is worth it to me. It was much like making the switch to organic foods.

After all I’m going to spend the money somewhere, might as well make it count!

Now, not all of my products come from BC but I make a very conscious effort to make sure the products I use most days of the week are SAFER and CLEANER. Same with our foods — not ALL are organic but I always try to buy the dirty dozen organic … and dairy and meats.

It’s hard to believe the number of ingredients that are allowed in our cosmetics here in the US. Only 30 are banned here in the states, 600 in Canada and 1400 in the European Union…

at Beautycounter we ban over 1500 harmful or questionable ingredients!!!

Last week I shared WHY I choose Beautycounter over other “natural” brands, you can check that out HERE!

Let’s get to the fun stuff!

My Favorite Beautycounter Products I use Everyday!

Color outline Eye Pencil 

Why I love it:

  1. It goes on smoothly
  2. It’s creamy
  3. It stays in place
  4. I can’t live without eyeliner. No one has time for mole eyes!Non-toxic eyeliner

Lengthening Mascara We also have a Volumizing Mascara

Why I’m In Love:

  1. Easy to remove
  2. Doesn’t get clumpy or flaky
  3. Doesn’t smudge even though it’s easy to removenon-toxic mascara makeup

Lipgloss in Buff

I’m a total lip gloss gal always have been!

Why I love this Gloss:

  1. This nude color (Buff) gives me a “put together look” without trying. Like before carpool!
  2. No harmful chemicals that I’d surely ingest because, of course it’s on my lipsnon-toxic lipgloss

Overnight Resurfacing Peel

This is a non-peeling peel! You won’t have skin hanging from your face.

Why I love it:

  1. It makes my skin come to life!  I am glowing, I look alive!
  2. My skin is baby soft. Ask Greg how many times I’ve asked him to touch my skin!
  3. Helps dark spots lighten faster
  4. My skin is smooth because this peel increases cell turn overbeautycounter non-toxic skin peel

Beautycounter Red Color Intense Lipstick!

Y’all I didn’t even think I could wear lipstick and NEVER in a red! But I’m here to tell you that I can and I will! Even better, “Every shade was color-tested to ensure that each hue complements all skin tones.”

Why I love it:

  1. It’s moisturizing
  2. It lasts ALL day!
  3. No funky fake fragrancenon-toxic makeup


These are my top 5 for now! I feel so blessed that God lead me to this mission driven company that is advocating on all our behaves for more regulation in the personal care industry!

If you use Beautycounter what are your favs?
What would you like to try?

Don’t know where to start our take our Skin Care Quiz.

Don’t hesitate to try our products! Remember our amazing 60 day RETURN POLICY!

If you’d like to join my team and help educate women about what’s really in their products, you can do so HERE!

Specific questions? Contact me!

Thanks for reading!
Raivon Lee
Vain Mommy

Beauty | Makeup, Non-Toxic Skincare

4 Reasons I Choose Beautycounter For Safer Cosmetics

Are you feeling inspired to make SAFER skin care and cosmetic choices, but don’t know where to start? Take our Skin Care Quiz!

Don’t hesitate to try our products! Remember our amazing 60 day RETURN POLICY!

To join my team and spread word about BC you can do so HERE!

Specific questions? Contact me!

I recently started my very own business with Beautycounter as a consultant. I am motivated, & invigorated to be a part of such a movement although a bit nervous — it’s an obvious choice for me.

Who doesn’t want the best for their families especially their children who are completely reliant on us for all their needs.

We buy organic foods, we Berkey filter our water, we limit sugar and food colors we use safer cleaning products, deodorants, body wash, and toothpaste. I even make our lotion (when I have the time), we drink from stainless steel bottles and have been decreasing our use of plastic in general. Of course we recycle. In the grand scheme of things my list is extremely short. There’s so much more we could be doing but — One. Step. At. A. Time. Otherwise I’d just give up and crawl in to a hole!

I say choose your battle… THEN go all out! Once you’ve won that battle move to the next! Read More »

Beauty | Makeup, Non-Toxic Skincare

10 Tips from “New Life” for Romance All Year Long!

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! And while we so enjoy a whole day dedicated to celebrating love, we also know that relationships take work all year around! The film New Life is a great reminder of how important it is to show love to your partner each day.

We’ve put together 10 tips from New Life that will help keep the romance going all year long!

10 Tips for Romance All Year Long

1. Keep Saying “I Love You”

2. Continue to Surprise Each Other

3. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

4. Keep Things Interesting!

5. Make Time for Each Other

6. Apologies Are Important

7. Tell Your Partner Why You Appreciate Them

8. Be Considerate of One Another

9. Deal With Things As a Team

10. Reminisce About When You First Fell In Love

Sharing the tissue box with hits such as The Notebook and The Fault in Our Stars, New Life is a love story that makes all ​of life beautiful. Take a look at the trailer below.

New Life tells the story of Benjamin Morton (Jonathan Patrick Moore) and Ava (Erin Bethea), who meet as children. What began as a childhood friendship grows into a meaningful relationship as the two plan out their lives together. When life takes a turn neither of them expected, their entire future is called into question, and they must decide what it really means to make the most of life.

Interested in picking up a copy of New Life? You can pick up your copy here!

About Argentum Entertainment
Founded by Drew Waters and Erin Bethea, Argentum Entertainment creates quality projects for mass audiences by appealing to the highest demand in entertainment for just good movies.

Mommy Life

This Mama’s 2018 New Year Resolutions! Why I Do This to Myself?

Its 2018. Woo-Hoo! A new year to make empty promises to myself. I soooo excited (sarcasm) .

Come on, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Unless you are a freak-of-nature that makes resolutions and keeps them or maybe you are the chick that doesn’t even think to making resolutions.

Truthfully, I am pretty pumped this year and even though I come off a bit cynical about previous years resolutions, 2018 will be different.

You want to know why?

Because 2018 MUST have a drastically different outcome. I’m in my 30’s now and I ain’t got the time to be missing the mark — the mark I set for MYSELF at that!

This year I’ve made really adult goals. I’ve got the adulting thing down! HA!

My Goals For Two Thousand Eighteen

  • Work out three days a week at Pure Barre
  • One date night with hubby a month!
  • Reach and maintain goal weight with the Slow Carb Diet
  • Make extra payments on car
  • Pay off any Medical Bills ( they have no interest)
  • At least ONE family vacay – Beach Trip! Got to make those memories! I’m thinking 30A.
  • Study Spanish in some form even if it’s just with DuoLingo
  • Read SIX Books (non-self help, because I’m obsessed with self help) I was gifted a Kindle Paper White for Christmas and I have Kindle Unlimited! I’m ready to crush this goal!
  • Extended Family FIRST! I want to make an intentional effort to reach out to my family. As I get older I’m understanding how important family really is!
  • Stop online shopping! This is a real problem. It is so very easy to spend $$$. From 2018 on, If I need something I need to be willing to make the effort to leave the house to find it. Also, I’ve been able to find really unique clothing in these little boutiques around Atlanta!
  • INVEST in my wardrobe! I’ve had no luck buying cheaper clothing. If I want to build my wardrobe it needs to be on a strong foundation. Finally I allowed myself (my husband) to purchase my long time love. Louis Vuitton Neverfull Bag. I should have done it a long time ago.


Y’all hold me accountable! I really struggle with this. I will be sharing updates along the way via Instagram.

Follow me there!

Please tell me, what are your goals? Why do you think 2018 will be THE year? Or why not? 

Raivon Lee,
Vain Mommy

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