The Tricks I Use To Get More Energy And Boost My Mood

February 9, 2018

Thank you Aveeno and Rite Aid for sponsoring this post!

When you’re a busy woman like I am and you’ve always got something to do its easy to feel like you never have enough energy. My mornings start early and I’m running here there and everywhere behind my children. I have nothing against coffee, but I prefer to lay off the caffeine because it really browns your teeth and to be honest coffee just doesn’t taste very good to me. So what’s a girl to do to stay upbeat all day?  I’ve got a few tricks that have helped me increase my energy, get my skin in tip top condition and boost my mood. None of my tricks are magic, you’re going to have to do the work to reap the energy and emotional rewards.

I Start My Day Inspired

I’d never be able to complete my goals as an entrepreneur without being inspired, it’s as simple as that. You need to feel motivated to achieve your goals before you can make them happen. You can have the best intentions in the world, but you’ll fail if you’re not willing to stay inspired and give yourself a daily boost of motivation. I’m a creative so I often find inspiration in a variety of places. A few key places I find the most inspiration are in podcasts, self help books, blogs, youtube videos, pinterest and directly from my online community.

Vacationing In St. Thomas

The thing about inspiration is how uniquely personal it is to whoever receives it. One of my favorite bloggers, Demetria Lucas, has been traveling alone non stop for months – this is something I would be too afraid to do. Now you might say, but Jenell, you travel alone for work alone all the time. Traveling alone for work feels different somehow. I honestly isolate myself to my hotel room because I’m just so darn tired from traveling and working. But I’ve been inspired to travel more now. No I won’t be traveling alone, I have a built in travel partner called hubby. We are going to Aruba in 3 weeks for my birthday (Team Pisces!), then at the end of April we are going to Vegas for his birthday. I’m so inspired to travel now that I’m planning a third vacation that will happen before the summer.

See how that works? I’ve watched Demetrias Instagram Stories and now I’m ready to turn into a world traveler and I wake up thinking about how to position myself to make my traveling dreams come true. Ask yourself, what key things are inspiring me? Think about them every morning when you wake up.

I Love The Skin I’m In

In a world of cosmetic surgery and bootylicious Instagram models I often find myself getting caught up in the beauty of others. But one of my favorite self love quotes I found on pinterest is “Admire someone else’s beauty without questioning your own.” I’m sure that sent positive vibes through you right? Put it in your back pocket the next time you admire someone else and start to feel insecure. A big part of loving yourself goes hand in hand with how  you care for yourself. For me, skin care is a priority. I do not play with skin care. I’m sure you can tell by my flawless skin right?

The Aveeno Positively Radiant Scrub helps improve skin tone, texture and clarity to reveal brighter, more radiant skin. I enjoy the gentle granules that help me exfoliate the dead skin while I cleanse. It’s oil free, soap free, hypoallergenic, and gentle enough for everyday use, even on sensitive skin.  After using this my skin is soft, smooth, and looking luminous. Who needs makeup when your fresh face can light up the room?

For some extra loving especially when I’ve had a particularly long week I like to give my skin even more TLC with the Aveeno Positively Radiant 60-Second In-Shower Facial. But who has time for a facial these days? This is a quickie. Seriously. Put it on and by the time you rinse the soap off your body your facial is also done. In just 1 minute you can transform dull, tired-looking skin to brighter, more naturally radiant and velvety soft skin. It works with the steam of your shower to deeply but gently exfoliate dirt, oil and dead skin.

A good skin care regimen isn’t complete without a great moisturizer because moisture is the answer to younger looking skin. Oh and the ACTIVE NATURALS® Blackberry Complex found in the Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Day Mask. It has SPF 30 and as a dark skinned black woman this amount of SPF in a moisturizer often leaves me looking ghostly because it creates a white cast, but not this one honey. The pics don’t lie. My skin is lighting up the room.

I want your skin to light up the room too. So how about I give you an opportunity to try some of the products from the Aveeno Positively Radiant and Absolutely Ageless collection yourself? To enter this giveaway, go here and tell me which 2 products would do your skin the best joy and why? Share your answer below as a comment by Sunday Feb 11th @ 11:59pm est for a chance to win. Please comment with a valid email address that you check often because if you are chosen as the winner I will email you at that email address.

FYI – Aveeno Skin Care will be Buy 1, Get 1 50% off during the weeks of 2/4, 2/18 and 2/25. During the week of 2/4 when you use your Rite Aid Wellness+ Card, for every $40 you spend, you will receive $15 in Bonus Cash towards your next visit. During the week of 2/25 when you use your Rite Aid Wellness+ Card, for every $30 you spend, you will receive $10 in Bonus Cash towards your next visit.

I Snack

Don’t judge me.

I already see you assuming things. Snacking get’s a bad rap because the word is often associated with junk food but now that I’ve pointed that out I’m sure your mind is thinking about all the healthy snack options that you should have been thinking about to begin with. See I’m one of those girls that is always hungry so I have to snack in order to keep my energy and mood up. There’s nothing worse then forcing yourself to wait until lunch when I’m hungry now. Snacking keeps me very happy. But I’m not just snacking on anything, I like fresh fruit – mangos, kiwis, peaches, plums, apples, bananas, grapes, watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, and I most recently had fresh pomegranate and it was so much fun to eat.I also enjoy snacking on anything with peanut butter. If you’ve never had apples or celery or graham crackers with peanut butter you can thank me later. Raw nuts like peanuts or almonds are also an amazing snack and many brands make delicious fruit and nut bars for on the go snacking. Oh and how could I forget my milk shake with chia seeds. It’s not what you think. No ice cream in this milk shake. I mix 8oz almond milk, 1 scoop plant Vega coconut almond based protein powder, 1 tbsp whole chia seeds, 8oz water and ice in a blender cup with one of those metal whisk balls. I shake it up vigorously and then shake it some more and then shake it before each sip. Its like a protein shot and keeps me energized.

What are your energy and mood boosting secrets?

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  • Reply Jeminese Brown February 9, 2018 at 9:18 am

    I would absolutely love to try the Aveeno Positively Radiant Scrub because being a working mom of two girls, life gets really hectic with little time to pamper myself. I work 12 hour shifts which include weekends and this is feel would replace an expensive facial. I would also like to use the 60-Second In-Shower facial for the same reason. Looking my best brings me joy, making me a better mom to my budding Queens!

  • Reply Sharita February 9, 2018 at 9:35 am

    It would be awesome to try Aveeno products, and see how it could help my skin look its best. As mother of 3 boys, and a wife sometimes it can get a little crazy. I love my family, but sometimes I need some me time, and would love to try the Aveeno products to make me feel like I’m in a Spa.

  • Reply Sharita February 9, 2018 at 9:37 am

    It would be awesome to try Aveeno products, and see how it could help my skin look its best. As a mother of three boys, and a wife sometimes it can get a little crazy. I love my family, but sometimes I need some me time, and would love to try the Aveeno products to make me feel like I’m in a Spa.

  • Reply Sharita February 9, 2018 at 9:40 am

    It would be awesome to try Aveeno products, and see how it could help my skin look its best. As a mother of three boys, and a wife sometimes it can get a little crazy. I love my family, but sometimes I need some me time, and I would love to try the Aveeno products to make me feel like I’m in a Spa.

  • Reply Sharita February 9, 2018 at 9:41 am

    It would be awesome to try Aveeno products, and see how it could help my skin look its best. As a mother of three boys, and a wife sometimes it can get a little crazy. I love my family, but sometimes I need some me time, and I would love to try the Aveeno products to make me feel like I’m in a Spa.😀

  • Reply Shereese Hickson February 9, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Single mom of 1, volunteer and on disability and getting a spa treatment isn’t feasible right now on my budget so winning this would be great. I used Aveeno for my son’s eczema and he’s grown out of it thankfully. Aveeno is a name I know and trust. Would love to see what this does for my dry skin.

  • Reply Tieasha Samuels February 9, 2018 at 11:23 am

    I love to deep clean my house then deep clean my skin. Cleaning gives me so much energy! I used Aveeno for both of my kids when they were babies & it left them so soft, smooth & smushy 😊. I would love to try their products on my own skin.

  • Reply Andrea February 9, 2018 at 11:35 am

    I’m turning 40 this year and am looking for some products to help moisturize and reduce wrinkles. The positively radiant daily moisturizer sounds like a homerun, and it’s made with soy. The foaming cleanser sounds so soothing, the foaming just sounds amazing. After a hard day’s work, caring for my three girls, and an intense gym workout – I could even shower with the Aveeno body wash and do the foaming face cleanser at the same time 🙂

  • Reply Tatiana February 9, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    My sister is thinking of going to Aruba next month! I can’t wait to hear and see all about it. This comes in great timing. I’m looking for a new affordable skin care and the positively radiant scrub and mask seem right up my ally. I need something that will even my skin tone and brighten. With two little ones running around that facial in the shower would be delightful for sure.

  • Reply STucker February 9, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Giving a positive fresh face every day is important to me while working with people. When I feel good and look radiant that helps me stay motivated to give the day 100%. The 60 second facial and the moisturizer would work wonders for me. I too have an issue with moisturizers that leave my skin too oily or dull. The facial will help me keep a healthy skin care regimen without the expense of visiting a salon.

  • Reply Kristen February 9, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    I would love to try the Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Day Mask and Aveeno Positively Radiant Scrub because I struggle with dark marks and blemishes and am dying to find a product to even out my skin tone. I also have combination skin and need something to help regulate this.

  • Reply Lasheen Tyacke February 9, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    The two Aveeno products that would really ring my skin and me joy and I know would really show an improvement in my problem zones, dark spots would be the Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Targeted Cream Dark Spot Corrector, this has been proved to lighten dark spots and improve skin overall! and also the Aveeno Positively RadiantIntensive Night Cream with Vitamin B3, because it works while I sleep and I really believe that is when the real work can happen, it targets on 5 factors of radiance, they say. This would brighten my skin and refresh it!This is why I realy do hope I win.

  • Reply Kimberly Allen February 9, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    I love the feel of a good scrub on my face so I know the Radiant Scrub would be my first choice and second I would have to go with the 60 second facial. That just sounds Devine… This is the perfect time of year to try new products and pamper yourself which I don’t do often. My face is in need of something good as I have dry skin in some areas and dark spots around my jaw line.

  • Reply Onyinye Elochukwu February 9, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    I would love to try the Aveeno daily moisturizing lotion and makeup remover wipes. My skin really needs to be moisturized daily and the wipes cleanses gently.

  • Reply Nekisha February 10, 2018 at 5:51 am

    I would like to try the the In shower facial as well as the Clear Complexion Daily Mostirizer to help combat my hyper pigmentation and acne! Good luck everyone!

  • Reply NYC Single Mom February 10, 2018 at 5:52 am

    Talked about inspired by your first tip. I never even think to start the day off inspired. Talk about an aha moment. I will have to start thinking about inspiration as I make my morning coffee!! I am a big fan of Aveeno for my overall body but never thought to use it for my face. I definitely have to pick it up next time I go to the store especially the make up remover wipes!!

  • Reply Rosemary Pope February 10, 2018 at 7:06 am

    Hi! I’d really like to try the shower facial because time is of the essence. Mother of two. One just started college. And because I’m of a certain age I’d like to try any of the anti age products. Seems like they’re having a great sale this week. I might have to take a trip and get some.

  • Reply Heather February 10, 2018 at 8:58 am

    I have Aveeno in my shower too! I get up much earlier than everyone else in my home so I can get work done while they sleep. It’s a great way for me to feel like I’ve accomplished something well before my mom and home duties ever begin.

  • Reply Aduke Schulist February 10, 2018 at 11:29 am

    I love Aveeno products! My favorites are the makeup wipes and the daily scrub. They help cleanse and exfoliate my skin.

  • Reply Nadalie Bardowell February 10, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Starting off feeling inspired puts you on the right track to push you through the day with a smile on your face. It also gives you a boost of motivation depending on how you set yourself up, self-help books and blogs are great to channel positive vibes. Taking personal care of your diet and skin is VERY important and the extra couple of dollars you spend will leave you looking and flawless.

  • Reply Censie February 10, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    We have used Aveeno for our lotion for a long time but I have never tried the face wash. I have always loved their products so I am going to have to give this a try!

  • Reply KALLISA February 10, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    I would absolutely love love love to try the Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Brightening Cleanser and Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer should be great for my skin since I have sensitive skin with mild acne, but other cleansers are too harsh for my skin.

  • Reply Sherry Brown February 11, 2018 at 6:54 am

    Being that I quickly approaching 50 years of age, I feel that using products that would help to preserve my youthful while providing benefits for healthy skin is very important to me. The two products I feel would benefit me are the ageless scrub and the ageless moisturizer. My skin is sensitive and I know Aveeno products rank high in this area which is an added bonus for me.

  • Reply Kisha February 11, 2018 at 11:13 am

    I use Aveeno is a staple product at work. Working in the medical field, I wash my hands a gazillion times a day. Aveeno lotion keeps my hands from looking rough and dry. As far as the face line, I like the scrub and 60 sec face wash bc it’s awesome on my combination skin. I have even managed to turn my teenage kids into Aveeno users. Yaayyy me lol.

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