5 Love Languages: Receiving Gifts

Gifts Main***This is the fourth post in a series of 6 about the Five Love Languages in marriage. I suggest reading them in order. Part 1, 2, 3

Gift-giving is apparent in almost all civilizations throughout time and history, especially between couples bound together by love. We even make excuses, like special holidays, to give gifts. However, if your spouse’s love language is Receiving Gifts, it would not be wise to wait until a holiday to get him one.

It is a common misconception that people who enjoy receiving gifts are materialistic. In fact of all the love languages, I think this one is the least likely to be admitted to. However, there is absolutely no shame in admitting you feel loved when your partner gives you a gift. In most instances the size or cost of the gift are insignificant. The amount of thought and planning that go into the gift are much more important.

Don’t you treasure those little dandelions your kids bring you from the yard? A meaningful gift is something your spouse can hold and say, “She was thinking of me when she picked this up and wanted me to feel her love.”

Although a gift needn’t be expensive, if you’re a true miser when it comes to money and think gifts are a waste, you will need to revise your beliefs. Some gifts do cost money. Remember this is an investment in your marriage and if it costs a little money, so be it. You must make it a priority if you want to fill your husband’s love tank.

What are the different dialects?

There are two primary dialects for the love language Receiving Gifts.

1. Physical Gifts

Whether it be store bought, homemade, found in nature, or otherwise obtained, these are physical gifts your spouse can hold in his hand and know you were thinking of him. It is easier to give these kinds of gifts when there is a special occasion such as Christmas, birthday, Valentine’s Day, or an anniversary. However, sometimes the most meaningful gifts come when there is no excuse to give it other than to show you love him.

Besides holidays, other opportune times for gift giving could be:

•     When either of you return after being apart.

•     After an argument or fight.

•     After a rough day.

•     Before a special day or event, to wish him luck.

•     When he’s not feeling well.

There is always the “Just Because” gift too. Anytime you see something that he might like or that might have special meaning, consider picking it up. Of course, different budgets call for different strategies but a smaller budget does not have to mean less gifts. Try your hand at any number of Pinterest DIY gifts to help fill your spouse’s love tank if money is an issue.

2. Gift of Self

Another dialect in the love language of Receiving Gifts is the gift of self. This is your physical presence. This is different than quality time in that it is usually most appreciated during a specific time or event. For example, it may mean the world to you that your husband never leaves your side while you’re giving birth. His presence helps you to know he loves you. Or maybe when he loses a loved one, you make sure to take the entire day off just to be with him to help comfort him. Sometimes we can be inconsiderate in not realizing that our spouse just needs us to be there, even when there isn’t much we can do to help.

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How can I know if this is my or my spouse’s love language?

Dr. Chapman offers a few different ways to check if this is either your or your spouse’s love language.

1. Do either of you express love in this love language? Does your spouse bring you little gifts often? Do you always remember special dates and spend lots of time thinking of and coming up with the perfect gift for him? Did he seem super appreciative when you brought him that little souvenir from your last trip without him?

2. What are your complaints like? Does he ever mention that you never think of him when you’re apart? Or did he act a little disappointed when your last gift was rather thoughtless? Do you ever say to your spouse that you feel like your anniversary doesn’t matter to him, thinking in the back of your mind that he never gives you an anniversary gift? It may be hard for us to admit that we don’t feel loved because our spouse doesn’t give us gifts, it seems materialistic and selfish to say that. It may be a little trickier to figure this one out based on complaints. Just keep your eyes and ears open to how your spouse responds to gifts and the lack thereof.

3. What kinds of requests do you make? Does he mention, often, what kinds of gifts he appreciates or looks forward to? Does he remind you of special gifts from the past? Do you hint to your husband what you would like him to get you for Christmas? Again, based on requests it might be more difficult to figure out if this is your spouse’s love language. We don’t like to ask for gifts. It might be more effective to think back to his reaction to gifts in the past.

How can I express it?

So let’s say you have discovered that your spouse’s love language might be Receiving Gifts. How do you speak it then?

Here are a few ideas:

•     For starters, make sure you never miss a gift-giving opportunity when it comes to major holidays. It would be extra disappointing and probably hurtful for your gift-receiving spouse to not receive a gift on Valentine’s Day.

•     Keep a list on your phone of gift ideas for your husband. If he mentions something he would like, put it on your list. If you notice that he needs something that he won’t buy for himself, put it on your list. That way, you’re never at a loss for what to get him.

•     Try getting or finding him a small gift “Just Because.” He will be floored with the thoughtfulness of it!

•     Make it a goal to set aside some money on a regular basis to pull from for gifts for your spouse. This will help eliminate the excuse that you don’t have the money to express your love.

•     If money is a serious issue, look up ideas for DIY gifts that are either super inexpensive or free. You would be amazed at the stuff people come up with!

•     Make sure that the next time your spouse really needs you for something, that you’re there. Move heaven and earth to assure you are there for him.

No Response?

So what if you feel like your spouse isn’t really responding to your thoughtful gifts? The most likely answer is that it isn’t his primary love language. If this is the case, check out the last posts on Words of Affirmation and Quality Time and stay tuned to the following weeks as we study the other love languages.

If you’re sure it is his primary love language but he still isn’t responding, there may be more going on. If you have struggled in your marriage for a while, it is possible he is interpreting your gifts as manipulation. He may believe the marriage is over and it’s too late. Either of these options doesn’t have to mean the end of your marriage. Stay consistent in expressing love in the language that means the most to him, without expectation of receiving anything in return. Do this for an extended period of time, Dr. Chapman suggests at least six months. It is hard to maintain a cold heart when a person is loving you, in the way you understand and appreciate, without conditions. 

Experiment!

If you’re still on the fence about whether or not Receiving Gifts is your husband’s primary love language, try an experiment. For an entire week (or more if needed), try some of the above mentioned ideas for ways to express love to your spouse through gifts. Do at least one every single day. Do it with the desire to make him feel your love, without expecting anything in return. Remember, these don’t have to be extravagant gifts, something very small will be just as effective. Make a note on your phone to write down your observations. If there is a drastic shift in his attitude, you’ve probably found a winner. If not, stay tuned and learn about the other love languages to see if there is one better fitted to your spouse.

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Is Receiving Gifts your love language? Or your spouse’s? I want to hear about it! How do you feel loved? How do you express love with gifts?

15 Valentine’s Gifts for Your Man Based on the 5 Love Languages

15 Valentine's Gifts Square2Sometimes it can be overwhelming to find a great gift for your spouse. You want something meaningful, something he will really appreciate, and something that won’t break the bank or take up every afternoon for a week to complete. We tend to gravitate toward gifts we would like to receive. However, that isn’t always what your spouse would most appreciate. Enter the 5 Love Languages. This Valentine’s Day, take some of the stress out of gift-giving by focusing on gifts that appeal to your husband’s primary love language. 

Valentine’s Day is getting super personal this year and just might be the most meaningful one yet!

Words of Affirmation

If your man’s love language is Words of Affirmation, find any gift that uses words to express love. He will feel it deeper than any other kind of gift.

1. 50 “Reasons Why I Love You” Candy Jar Gift50 reasons gift

I think any variation of this idea would be perfect for the man who loves compliments and encouraging words. Every time he takes a treat from the jar, he’ll know you love him.

Scavenger Hunt2. Valentine’s Scavenger Hunt

This would take some creativity but totally pay off in the end. Be sure to incorporate some reasons why you love him or some encouraging words in your clues. If you can make them rhyme like her, that’s even more awesome!

Open When Letters3. Open When Letters

These are fun and don’t have to be only for long distance relationships. I assure you your spouse will appreciate your kind and encouraging words at the appropriate moments.

Quality Time

Quality Time is a love language that really only requires your presence and attention. Here are a few ideas that might help that happen.

DateNightsPrintable4. Pre-Planned Dates Mini-Book

This is a super awesome printable mini-book that will take the sometimes energy-draining planning out of your quality time. Bonus if you can include an envelope with the amount of money estimated to cover the costs for all the dates. That way, there is absolutely no excuse to not follow through. Assure your spouse that this year will be full of quality time together because it’s already planned.

conversation starters5. Conversation Starter Stones

If your spouse’s love language dialect is quality conversation, this is perfect! It would be fun to do this over dinner I think. Don’t be that married couple that eats in silence, bump up the conversation with this cute gift!

valentine-scratch-off-ticket-cards6. Scratch Off Tickets

I think it would be fun to choose 3 events that he would love going to in the near future. Let him scratch one off and you promise him tickets to it, as long as you go together. That means, if basketball isn’t really your thing but he would love to see his team play, you go anyway. 

 

Receiving Gifts

If your husband’s love language is Receiving Gifts, then holidays like Valentine’s Day can be extra special! As long as it’s something that took a little bit of thought, he’ll appreciate it and truly feel your love.

Sharpie mugs7. Sharpie Mug

If your husband likes hot drinks, this could be a very thoughtful gift. Personalize it and make it meaningful for him.

favorite things bag8. Paper Bag of His Favorite Things

This gift could work for anybody but I think it would be especially thoughtful for your gift receiving husband. If gifts make him feel loved, it doesn’t have to be expensive, just thoughtful. You could add his favorite candy, drink, fruit, game, etc.

Love Story Book9. Our Love Story Book

“Every love story is beautiful but ours is my favorite.” I have seen this all over Etsy and Pinterest and it’s such a sweet thought. Turn it into a photo book for your husband. What a thoughtful and sentimental gift to keep forever!

Acts of Service

Acts of Service can feel tricky sometimes as a wife if you usually do most of the housework and cooking. Only you know what kind of service makes your husband feel loved. If you don’t find it among these ideas, think outside the box and observe what you think your husband would appreciate.

Crepes Main Horizontal10. Breakfast in Bed

Try this easy recipe for a beautiful Valentine’s breakfast and take it to your sweetheart in bed. Let him relax while you fill his belly as well as his love tank.

Coupon Book11. Coupon Book:

You can either make this cute little book and offer him opportunities to request your service, or you can just do it. If he does chores that you rarely help him with, take advantage of Valentine’s Day to do some for him.

dinner12. Make His Favorite Dinner:

This is a staple and especially meaningful for guys who speak acts of service as their love language. Make it extra special with some roses, candles, and pretty dishes. Not only will you avoid the absolute chaos that is Valentine’s Day at restaurants, you’ll save money and have a more intimate evening, just the two of you. 

Physical Touch

Physical Touch is especially appropriate for Valentine’s Day. While making love can definitely add a beautiful touch to a romantic day, it isn’t the only way to express your husband’s love language. 

back massage13. Back Massage:

If your husband asks for a back massage often and your massages usually consist of a 5 minute, quick and probably unsatisfying rub-down, try a little harder today. Do a little research on how to give a better massage, buy or make some massage oil, and get some ambiance going. Your physically touchy spouse will be in heaven!

 

Movie night14. Movie Night with Lots of Cuddling:

If your husband likes movies and cuddling, this is an adorable gift! Remember, this gift isn’t actually about the movie or the popcorn, it’s about the cuddling. If he likes his head rubbed, take the time to caress him while you watch the movie together. 

Bath15. Romantic Bubble Bath:

If you’re like me, a nice, warm bubble bath just really hits the spot. Your touchy husband might just feel the same way, if you’re in there with him! He’ll revel in the way you wash him down. This one is is all about touch and he will not soon forget how full his love tank is tonight 🙂

Make sure your husband appreciates your gift this Valentine’s Day by choosing one that appeals to his love language and will make him feel loved beyond measure. If he asks for ideas of what to get you, respond with a few from your love language. You will have a magical Valentine’s Day with love tanks that are overflowing. 🙂

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What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Do any of these gifts sound like they would appeal to your man? Do you have any other ideas? Share please!

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Mixed Berry Crepes: A Decadent Valentine’s Day Breakfast

Crepes Main SquareUsually for Valentine’s Day I like to make a special dinner for my husband with crab legs and shrimp scampi. As you can imagine, even though it’s a homemade meal, it can get pretty expensive. This year, we’re working on being a lot more frugal and so I thought I could make a much less expensive meal but that seems almost as decadent as crab legs and shrimp scampi.

Crepes are the answer! They are so beautiful. They exude decadence and luxury, even though they really aren’t difficult to make. When you have the right batter and the right pan, they’re a cinch 🙂

 

Decadent Mixed Berry Crepes
Yields 4
For a regular weekday meal or a special occasion, these crepes are sure to please anybody. Eat them for breakfast or dessert!
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Crepes
  1. 1 cup flour
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 1/2 cup milk
  4. 1/2 cup water
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  7. 2 teaspoons sugar
Filling
  1. 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  2. 7 oz. marshmallow cream
  3. 1 cup frozen mixed berries
Topping
  1. whipped cream
  2. powdered sugar
For the crepes
  1. In a large mixing bowl whisk flour and eggs while slowly adding milk and water. Add salt, sugar, and butter and whisk until smooth and creamy, with no lumps. It helps to use an immersion blender for this.
  2. Heat a teaspoon of butter in a large, non-stick pan on medium high heat. Once hot, add 1/2 cup of batter and swirl the pan until the batter covers the bottom. Cook for 1-2 minutes and flip the crepe to cook the other side until slightly browned, about 1-2 minutes more. Repeat until batter is gone, should make about 4 crepes in a large pan. If using a smaller pan, use only 1/4 cup batter per crepe. Should yield 8 smaller crepes.
For the filling
  1. Place the frozen mixed berries in a small plastic baggie and set the bag in a larger bowl filled with warm water to thaw them. Once thawed, strain the juice with a fine mesh sieve.
  2. Beat together the softened cream cheese and marshmallow cream together in a medium bowl. Fold the berries into the mixture.
Assembling
  1. Place 1/4 of the mixture in the middle of the crepe and fold both sides up to form a rolled crepe. Top with whipped cream and powdered sugar, if desired.
Adapted from Chef in Training
Adapted from Chef in Training
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If you decide to make these, let me know how they turned out and if you loved them as much as I did! What are you going to be making for Valentine’s Day?

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5 Love Languages: Quality Time

qualitytime Square***This is the third post in a series of 6 about the Five Love Languages in marriage. I suggest reading them in order. Part 1, Part 2

I remember when my husband and I were dating I used to love to go out to the ranch with him and watch him ride and train horses all day. I could spend an entire day just watching him, helping him clean up and feeding the animals. Sometimes we would ride together and we could just sit and talk for hours. I was interested in his work and wanted to be a part of it. 

Soon after I became pregnant for the first time, I quit going to the ranch with him. In the beginning it was because I felt miserable and unless I had to go to work, I rarely left the bed. After I had our son, it was because I literally felt I couldn’t find the time. As time has gone on, life has gotten busier and busier. With two kids and two jobs, I have completely abandoned that activity we used to do together and it is one of my husband’s biggest complaints. I should have seen the signs that he was crying out for quality time.

The love language Quality Time is about giving your spouse your undivided attention. That means without looking at the TV, your phone, or thinking about work. It is about giving time in your life, that you will never get back, to your spouse. For some people, this is how they know you love them, if you are willing to put everything aside and be with them.

What are the different dialects?

There are two main forms, or dialects, for the love language Quality Time.

1. Quality Conversation

If your spouse is craving quality conversation, your number one job is to learn how to actively listen. Many times during a conversation our mind wanders to how we can relate to what the other person is saying and how we want to respond. It is critical that we learn how to listen, actively, and make sure we understand what the other person is saying. 

Of course, quality conversation is more than just one sided. Usually the spouse whose dialect is quality conversation will have a desire to hear what you’re thinking and feeling as well. It is important to be willing and open to these kinds of expressions. To this person, true intimacy is achieved through deep conversations and true understanding of one another. 

2. Quality Activities

According to Dr. Chapman there are only 3 important factors in choosing quality activities: 1) at least one of you wants to do it, 2) the other is willing to do it, and 3) you both know why you’re doing it. That doesn’t mean that you always do what your spouse wants to do. If this is his love language, it is more likely that the time he spends with you is more important than the activity. So be open to a little give and take. Be willing to try new things or do things you know you don’t necessarily enjoy but would make your spouse happy. Then throw out ideas you would enjoy and you think your spouse might be willing to try. 

The great part about this love language is that you are building a memory bank. I will never forget the night I took my husband out to the ranch late one summer evening to watch a meteor shower. We sat there for hours and talked about space and time and God. It was absolutely incredible and we learned a lot about each other that night. I also won’t forget our anniversary trip last year when we went window shopping and found that art gallery with paintings that looked like our 2-year-old daughter had made them. We now have several inside jokes about that trip that we continue to laugh about. It is so important to make memories with your spouse and if this is his love language, it will mean more to him than all the declarations of “I love you” in the world. 

QT CardsHow can I know if this is my or my spouse’s love language?

Dr. Chapman offers a few different ways to check if this is either your or your spouse’s love language. 

1. Do either of you express love in this love language? Does your spouse often suggest activities you could do together? Is date night a big deal to you and you want to make it a priority? Do you notice that your spouse likes to take you places or seems to enjoy chatting with you at the end of the day? If being together seems to be very important to either of you, Quality Time might be your love language.

2. What are your complaints like? Does your spouse complain that you never spend any time together? Do you often complain that your husband cares more about work than spending time with his family? Does he get on you for being on your phone all the time when you’re together? These are surefire clues that one of you feels quality time is important and not being made a priority.

3. What kinds of requests do you make? Have you heard your spouse say, “I would really appreciate it if you would put your phone down when we’re talking”? Or have you noticed that you often mention to your spouse that it would be fun to go somewhere, just the two of you? These simple requests are often saying more than just what appears on the surface. Your requests often reveal what you’re longing for.

How can I express it?

So let’s say you have discovered that your spouse’s love language might be Quality Time. How do you speak it then?

Here are a few ideas:

•     Think back on your relationship and remember some of your best memories together. What were you doing? Where did you enjoy going? For someone whose love language is Quality Time, when you stop doing those things, it can be especially hurtful. Try to bring some of that back through quality activities with your spouse.

•     Make date night a top priority and make sure your undivided attention is available to him. This means, the only phone calls you take are from the babysitter in case of an emergency. There is no facebooking, pinteresting, texting, or working. It is just you and him doing whatever you guys like to do.

•     As an extra bonus, make a habit of setting aside a little money with each paycheck as your “date stash.” When money isn’t an excuse to not go somewhere, you are much more likely to make it happen.

•     Not all quality time requires money. There are loads of things you can do for free, without even leaving your house. Make a list of free activities you and your spouse can do after the kids go to bed. Try something more engaging than watching a movie. Playing cards or another game can be a blast when it’s just you two.

•     Try to keep a balance between what you like to do and what he likes to do. For an extra dose of love, make it an activity he enjoys that you rarely participate in. He will feel your sacrifice and that speaks louder than any other form of love to him.

•     Make some time, each day, to just talk without distractions. My husband and I usually end up doing this after the kids go to bed. We can sometimes talk for hours. I always notice that we get along so much better when we make this a priority. It always pays off when instead of heading straight to bed, I make myself available to him for some one-on-one conversation.

No response?

So what if you feel like your spouse isn’t really responding to your quality time together? The most likely answer is that it isn’t his primary love language. If this is the case, check out the last post about Words of Affirmation and stay tuned to the following weeks as we study the other love languages.

If you’re sure it is his primary love language but he still isn’t responding, there may be more going on. If you have struggled in your marriage for a while, it is possible he is interpreting your kind words as manipulation. He may believe the marriage is over and it’s too late. Either of these options doesn’t have to mean the end of your marriage. Stay consistent in expressing love in the language that means the most to him, without expectation of receiving anything in return. Do this for an extended period of time, Dr. Chapman suggests at least six months. It is hard to maintain a cold heart when a person is loving you, in the way you understand and appreciate, without conditions. 

Experiment!

If you’re still on the fence about whether or not Quality Time is your husband’s primary love language, try an experiment. For an entire week (or more if needed), try some of the above mentioned ideas for ways to express love to your spouse through spending time together. Do at least one every single day. Do it with the desire to make him feel your love, without expecting anything in return.

These don’t have to be elaborate dates. Sitting near him while he fixes the car, chatting at the kitchen table, playing a game together, all these small things add up. Make a note on your phone to write down your observations. If there is a drastic shift in his attitude, you’ve probably found a winner. If not, stay tuned and learn about the other love languages to see if there is one better fitted to your spouse.

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Is Quality Time your love language? Or your spouse’s? I want to hear about it! How do you feel loved? How do you express love through quality time?

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10 Favorite Winter Skin Products

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Even though we are hopefully on the downhill slide of winter, I want to share with you my favorite winter skin products. In fact, I use these products all year round but they are especially important in the winter when my skin is much dryer than normal. Most of them work lovely with sensitive skin, such as mine, and help me to avoid that dry, flaky skin look that I have struggled with most of my life. If you haven’t tried these products, give them a try. They just might be the answer to one of your dry skin issues.

**I have included affiliate links to these products. Meaning that if you choose to purchase any of these products through the links I provide, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

1. Cetaphil Daily Cleanser

After trying so many different kinds of cleansers through the years I am seriously impressed with this one. It is gentle enough to not dry my skin out but strong enough to take off most of my makeup. I still use a makeup remover for eye makeup but I have to do that with pretty much any cleanser. The best part about this stuff? It costs like $11 and lasts for a really long time.

2. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

My skin is really weird and one day it seems super greasy while the next day it’s dry as a bone and flaky. I used to use an acne preventing moisturizer but realized it was really drying my skin out in the winter. So I switched to a super moisturizing night cream at night but used it during the day too because it kept my face so moisturized. Well, at $15 for a small bottle I was going through it really fast. I picked this up since I was such a fan of the cleanser and it was EXACTLY what I was looking for. A huge bottle that I use morning and night and it is seriously dirt cheap. $11 for a huge bottle that lasts forever. I’ve had mine for over two months and haven’t used even a quarter of it.

3. St. Ives Lotion

I am really picky about lotion because I hate the kind that is super greasy and doesn’t absorb but then there are also the ones that feel like they evaporate on your skin and leave it feeling dryer. This one seems to be an affordable medium ground. I use it all over my body everyday after showering and it keeps my skin smooth and moisturized. It’s only about $4 for a big bottle and smells delicious!

 
4. Body Shop Body Butter

I have a ritual when I get into bed. I ALWAYS put some kind of lotion on my feet to avoid cracking soles and heels. When I can afford it, I love Body Shop Body Butters. They are silky smooth, smell amazing, and a little goes a long way. This container is about $14 but I am yet to find a body butter that absorbs like these ones. If you know of a less expensive option that works great, let me know in the comments.

5. Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

Cracking cuticles are the bain of my existence. Maybe it’s partly because wearing gloves to do the dishes is kind of a pain in my butt. Sometimes it just doesn’t seem worth it but my cuticles always pay the price. This cuticle cream smells amazing and it feels so good to massage it into my nail beds at bedtime or after cleaning. At about $7 it seems pretty pricey but a little goes a long way.

6. Super Glue

Here is an extra little tip for bleeding, cracked cuticles and any dry cracks on your skin. I use super glue on those cracks until they heal up. It creates this waterproof barrier that allows the skin to heal and stops the constant pain every time you dip your hands in water or the freezing cold air hits them. I’m not kidding about this. My husband works outside with horses all day and his hands always have several cracks in them. Super glue is the holy grail of healing them.

7. Oil of Olay Pro-X Microdermabrasion

After seeing all the raving fans talk about their clarisonic I was itching to buy my own. But at $150 there was no way I could justify that kind of a purchase. So I started looking for a cheaper option and after reading the reviews for this Oil of Olay Pro-X Microdermabrasion kit I decided to take the splurge for less than $30. I love it! Now to be fair, I can’t compare it to the clarisonic because I’ve never owned one, but it seemed to do the job for me. It makes my skin super soft and even and everything I put on afterwards seems to absorb and blend flawlessly. I use it a couple of times a week and the microdermabrasion product only once a week. My makeup always looks amazing after I use it.

8. St. Ives Apricot Scrub

When my skin feels like it has some buildup and I just don’t want to take the time to use the Oil of Olay Pro-X, I default to my oldie but goodie apricot scrub. It’s a quick exfoliation that removes the gunk and reveals softer, smoother skin. If your skin is starting to flake from dryness in the winter, use this and then a good moisturizer (like the cetaphil) and it is usually enough to stop that before it gets out of hand. For like $3 I would say this is a steal!

9. Bath and Body Works Shea Cashmere Hand Cream

This is another one of those, when I can afford it I love this luxury. This hand cream really does feel like cashmere, or what I would imagine it to feel like. If you can’t tell by now, I’m a super cheap girl and cashmere has never been part of my wardrobe. However, this stuff is like liquid gold for your hands. It smells absolutely incredible and feels amazing when your hands are dry and cracked from the cold. At around $9 for a small bottle, it’s an investment.

10. Burts Bees Lip Balm

I use this stuff religiously. Ask anybody who knows me and they will tell you I carry chapstick with me absolutely everywhere. Even in high school my friends made fun of me because I always had to have my chapstick. In fact, I think I’m addicted to it. For real. When I don’t wear it my lips turn into lizard scales and crack and bleed. I’ve changed brands a lot throughout the years but I love Burt’s Bees, especially the pomegranate one. And since I can find this on Amazon subscribe and save in a 4-pack, I literally get it almost every month and put each one in a different location so I’m never without it. Kind of pathetic I know. Did you know there is a Lip Balm Anonymous website for people addicted to chapstick? I can’t tell if it’s supposed to be for real.

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Let me know in the comments below if you have tried any of these products and like them or if you have any other products you would recommend. We could all benefit from a little TLC this winter I think.

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