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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 who are needing hope and [...]

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 2014 with the desire to [...]

November 18th, 2017|Categories: AJ Apothecary Recommendations, Product Features|Tags: , , |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 I met Marci. In January [...]

November 17th, 2017|Categories: AJ Apothecary Recommendations, Product Features|Tags: , , |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 some wit and humor that [...]

November 15th, 2017|Categories: AJ Apothecary Recommendations, Product Features|Tags: |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 we all have a caffeine [...]

November 14th, 2017|Categories: AJ Apothecary Recommendations, Product Features|Tags: |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 their marketing campaign.   You [...]

November 13th, 2017|Categories: AJ Apothecary Recommendations, Product Features|Tags: , |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 college and graduate school years.  [...]

July 8th, 2017|Categories: 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 by clarifying that the charcoal [...]

March 15th, 2017|Categories: Ingredients|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Best of 2016

As the first full year in business 2016 has been such a whirlwind with AJ Apothecary, and I feel so blessed that you are here on this journey with me!  I loved hearing what you love about AJ Apothecary this year, so I was curious what your favorite products are!  I posted a poll in my Facebook group, and my customers there voted for the top 5 products they love.  Let’s take a look at the favorite AJ Apothecary products of 2016! Honorable Mention: Deep [...]

Ingredient Spotlight: Tallow

Tallow is one of my favorite ingredients to use for the skin. This amazing element has some true moisturizing power to it, but I bet you would never guess where it comes from! To get right to the point- tallow is rendered beef fat. Trust me here! This nutrient rich ingredient works wonders on your skin! Tallow is one of the few natural elements whose fatty acids and lipids resemble the cellular makeup of human skin cells. Tallow is a great source of Omega 3s, [...]

Take a Look in the AJ Apothecary Kitchen

Welcome to the kitchen! I am excited to share with you a glimpse of what goes into making the AJ Apothecary products you love! The magic all begins with a blend of herbs, flowers, or botanical elements that I infuse into a carrier oil, such as avocado oil or sunflower oil. Doing this allows the oil to take on the skin soothing and body benefiting properties of the botanicals. My oils go through a double infusion process. I begin by combining the botanicals and oil [...]

Why Exfoliate?

We all want smooth, fresh looking skin, right? For most of us past the age of 16, that kind of skin requires a little work. Lathering the thickest body butters, most expensive serums, or other specialty products won’t work at all if we’re layering these products on dry, dull, flakey skin. Exfoliation is the one of the most important steps in healthy skin care. Exfoliation is the process of removing dry, dead cells from the surface of your skin. This process can be performed manually [...]

October 5th, 2016|Categories: Beauty Tips|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Underarms, Coffee, and Natural Deodorant

Let’s talk about b.o… I know, body odor is not glamorous or exciting to discuss, but that is exactly why we need to talk about it! If you have ever tried a natural deodorant, I’m sure you’ve experienced the urge to itch your underarms like a gorilla while smelling like a pre-pubescent boy after gym class, all while trying to keep your composure and grace pretending like nothing is wrong (pretty picture, right?). Finding a natural, safe deodorant that actually works was one of the [...]

September 28th, 2016|Categories: Product Features|Tags: |0 Comments

Time for a Cosmetic Makeover

Let me start by being completely honest…I love, love, love my cosmetics!  It’s almost embarrassing how many specialty products I used to have!  I loved visiting the department store beauty counters, and I always felt so beautiful after having the store associate match the perfect lipstick color or suggest the best new skin remedy for me!  Every new product was a treat, and every beauty shopping trip was a special experience! These products in their beautiful, glimmering packages started to dull in their appeal as [...]