“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Aveeno. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”
As many of you know, I recently participated in the #AveenoDailyChallenge for its three-week duration. Over that time, I saw many changes within myself and I am incredibly happy to have taken part in the challenge.
For this challenge, Aveeno gave me the mission to not only better my body’s exterior by using their Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion on a day-to-day basis but to also make great changes for my body as a whole by vowing to eat healthier.
In order to partake in both aspects of this challenge, Aveeno sent along a few items to get me started:
- Aveeno Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion
- Weeknight Fresh + Fast Healthy Meals Cookbook
- Hand-painted Ceramic Measuring Spoons
Here’s a recap of my experience with the #AveenoDailyChallenge…
As moms, we often put everyone else’s needs ahead of ourselves so, at the beginning of this challenge, I decided to start slowly. To get my feet wet so to speak. Knowing that eating healthier would soon work its way to the forefront of our daily lives, I had to give myself a chance to get used to the idea. Surely, living and eating healthier is something that we all strive to do but it certainly doesn’t happen overnight. For me, I used the first week of this challenge to primarily focus on the application of the Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion while I slowly worked my way into the task of healthier eating.
“Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion is formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS Colloidal Oatmeal and blended with rich emollients to soothe and moisturize dry skin. ACTIVE NATURALS Colloidal Oatmeal is the #1 natural ingredient most trusted and recommended by dermatologists. When used daily, it is clinically proven to improve the health of skin with significant improvement in 2 weeks. Non-greasy and fast absorbing, Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion is hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and noncomedogenic.”
In regard to the healthier eating, step one was swapping out all of our horrid sugary drink choices for simpler and healthier options like water. Having had a brutal winter here in the northeast, the lotion had quickly become a favorite. Not only did it work incredibly but, heck, even the few minutes of uninterrupted “me time” while applying it felt like heaven on Earth!
For week two, I really tried to nail down our eating habits. I’ve always done my best to provide the kids with healthy, well-balanced meals but when it came to doing the same for myself, it was a bit of a lost cause. Between the ups and downs, the “Mommy, can you cut this?” and the “Mommy, can I have a refill?” chaos, I was usually left eating whatever I could scarf down in the heat of the moment. All of my “meals” became anything that was quick – a piece of fruit, a granola bar, etc. Thankfully, since the particular cookbook that Aveeno sent along was one that featured “fast” meals, we were all set.
Many of the recipes within the book worked perfectly for, both, lunch and dinner so that was a great bonus. At the beginning, the kids weren’t all too thrilled that I had roped them into the #AveenoDailyChallenge with me because – gasp! – they’d actually have to eat their veggies. Funny though because they love fresh, raw veggies like carrots and celery for snack time but cook them up and add them to a dinner plate and, suddenly, they become nasty, horrid little things. Alas, despite their every effort and refusal to eat anything green, they eventually caved as did I. Our meals have since become great, healthy meals for all involved. And I even figured out how to stop the mom-interruptions! Let the kids help prep the meals!
For week three, after mastering both aspects of the #AveenoDailyChallenge including, both, the repetitive use of the Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion and the pledge to eat healthy, it was a breeze. I had successfully mastered the tasks involved and was finally closing in on the end of my challenge. Having been hesitant going in and not expecting to get much out of it, I was humbly impressed when I found that not only had my skin become visibly smoother but I also found myself having more energy and a noticeably brighter outlook on things. The simplicity of eating healthier and adding a bit of lotion to my daily routine made day to day life far greater than I could’ve imagined. Regardless of the challenge having only lasted for three weeks, it is certainly safe to say that this has officially become a regular part of my – and my family’s – life. Thanks to the #AveenoDailyChallenge we are all living healthier, both, inside and out!
You can purchase the Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion in 8oz, 12oz, and 18oz sizes direct from the Aveeno website as well as from a variety of retailers, both, online and in-store nationwide. Prices start as low as $6.99.
Be sure to catch up with the challenge and keep up with all things Aveeno by connecting with them via social media through their Facebook page. There, you can follow along with my own progress (and my Facebook cameo appearance!) throughout the challenge as well as read up on the collective experience from all sixty #AveenoDailyChallenge blogger participants.