About Amanda Joy

Amanda Joy is the owner and product developer behind AJ Apothecary.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

As a mom myself, I can confidently say that mothers tend to pour themselves into their children, families, homes, work, side hustles, volunteer positions, and so much more before caring for themselves.  I think every mom deserves to be pampered, not just on Mother's Day, but every day!  That is why I am sharing some of my favorite products to extend Mom's pampering and self care well past Mother's Day.   Caffeinated Sugar Scrub Caffeinated Sugar Scrub is the perfect [...]

Let me introduce you to… Sole Soak!

Sole Soak is inspired by my sister, who is a busy mom of 4 and a pediatric oncology nurse.  She is on her feet literally all day and night!  My sister also doesn't have time for complicated home pampering routines (Mommas, you know how it is!), so I wanted to create a soak that is relaxing, soothing, easy to use, and a product that my sister and other women will look forward to using. Sole Soak softens, refreshes, and detoxes dry, [...]

April 26th, 2018|Product Features|0 Comments

Hope, Encouragement, and Motherhood with Becky Thompson

Sometimes we just need someone to come along side to remind us that God loves us and we are going to be okay.  We need the reassurance that motherhood is hard, being an adult is challenging, and we’re not alone in our feelings, mistakes, and messes.  Friends, let me introduce you to Becky Thompson! God certainly uses her to speak love and encouragement into the lives of women who are in the throws of motherhood, struggling to keep it all together, or [...]

November 18th, 2017|AJ Apothecary Recommendations, Product Features|0 Comments

Live Infinitely: My Favorite Fitness Equipment

To follow the article about my personal trainers at Marci Barker Fitness, I have to tell you about my favorite fitness equipment company- Live Infinitely! Live Infinitely offers a wide range of premium products that include fitness equipment, outdoor gear, water bottles, and apparel.  All of the equipment is made with high quality materials, the construction is superb, and the prices are affordable! The owners, Alicia and Shad, are avid adventurers and fitness enthusiasts, so they started Live Infinitely in [...]

November 18th, 2017|AJ Apothecary Recommendations, Product Features|0 Comments

Building a Healthy Lifestyle With Marci Barker Fitness

I am typically pretty quiet about my weight loss attempts because I usually try something, then give up because I get bored, it’s not realistic in the long run, or it doesn't work for me.  However, my life literally changed when I started working toward a healthy lifestyle with my personal trainers at Marci Barker Fitness.  I know that may sound a little dramatic, but it’s true.  My physical health, self esteem, and outlook on life have all improved since [...]

November 17th, 2017|AJ Apothecary Recommendations, Product Features|1 Comment

She Proves Faithful: Truth & Encouragement for Gospel-Centered Living

Have you ever met a new friend, and the two of you just clicked?  That’s how I feel while listening to  episodes of the She Proves Faithful Podcast.  The host, Lauren Hlushak, talks about the Truth in the Bible, her children, and housework tips, and it feels like I'm just having a conversation with a good friend. I'm convinced that if Lauren and I ever meet then we would be BFFs! Lauren is honest and real, and she sprinkles in [...]

November 15th, 2017|AJ Apothecary Recommendations, Product Features|0 Comments

Sunergos Coffee: Caffeinated Comfort and Local Favorite

Coffee... What feelings, thoughts, or emotions does that word conjure up inside of you? For me, the thought of coffee brings feelings of comfort and warmth.  It makes me think of mornings cuddled on the couch in my favorite blanket made by my mom, holding a big, hot mug of steaming coffee.  It also makes me think of sitting around my parents’ kitchen table, laughing with them and my siblings. Basically coffee and my family go hand in hand.  Maybe [...]

November 14th, 2017|AJ Apothecary Recommendations, Product Features|0 Comments

Link’s Minerals: My Favorite Natural Makeup Brand

  I LOVE makeup!  I love it, not for vanity, but for how it makes me feel.  When my eye makeup is perfectly on point, my complexion looks flawless, or I have a new bold lipstick color I feel confident and ready to tackle the day! Let’s be real, though, not all natural makeup is created equal.  They either don’t cover well, don’t have enough color, smear off your face throughout the day, or they really aren’t natural outside of [...]

November 13th, 2017|AJ Apothecary Recommendations, Product Features|0 Comments

Do Ingredients Really Matter?

It takes me forever to choose new shampoo, makeup, or, really, any product that I don’t make.  I research and research and research...ingredients, product reviews, toxicity ratings. etc.  Cosmetics are certainly not an impulse buy for me anymore! Does it really matter, though?  At the end of the day does all the time I put into researching a new product really matter? For me, the answer is YES! You see, I heard the word “cancer” way too many times during my [...]

July 8th, 2017|Ingredients|0 Comments

Ingredient Spotlight: The Power and Beauty of Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal has become a popular buzzword in the beauty industry.  You may have watched a number of humorous videos as unsuspecting consumers attempt to peel a black plastic-like mask from their face, or maybe you've seen this ingredient pop up in products such as toothpaste.  The deep black color of activated charcoal makes this ingredient a difficult one to miss when it’s in your beauty products, but the benefits it yields also makes it quite memorable. First, let’s start [...]

March 15th, 2017|Ingredients|0 Comments
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