5 Healthy Habits to Adopt This Year ~ #GiftOfTreeHut


It's 2018 and I'm another year older, but am I truly another year wiser? I don't really think so! Sure I've learned a few things along the way, but I'm human and I make mistakes. That's one of the reason I don't do New Year Resolutions, I can never keep up with them. Instead I try and make choices that are good for me and do them gradually. This year I'm adopting a few healthy habits that will not only keep me healthy, but will more than likely guarantee to make me happy as well. Healthy and happy after all go hand in hand.

This post is in collaboration with Tree Hut, however all opinions are mine alone.


I generally try and incorporate my family in my lifestyle and while they can be resistant to change, they do tend to come around after a while. So what changes am I incorporating into my life this year? I originally wanted to list ten of them, but doing too much at once can feel overwhelming, so after much consideration I decided to start with five, and hopefully I'll build my way up.


1. Make sleep a priority
For many years, being in the military meant that I could survive on little to no sleep, and that trend continued even after I retired 2 years ago. I would be up either watching TV or working here on the blog sometimes as late as 3am in the morning, while still waking up at 5:30am in order to get the kids ready and out the door for school. However, lack of sleep not only wreaks havoc on your skin and makes you look older than you really are, but can also lead to depression (a condition I suffer from) and even weight gain. This year I plan on getting at least 7hrs of sleep. There are a few things you can do to help you get the sleep you need. Here are 2 simple things that I plan on doing.

  • Turn off my cell phone so I'm not tempted to get on social media. I can easily get sucked into Facebook. 
  •  Turn off the TV and lights, and instead listen to soothing sounds.
2. Establish a skincare routine
Speaking of sleep and my skin. I was never into skincare while I was growing up. I was of the mindset that "black don't crack" and that my skin would stay "young" forever. That is false! While we may look like we age a lot more slowly than other races, we do age. I've noticed that I'm getting fine lines and wrinkles, and I can honestly say that I hate them. I don't have the money that celebrities do, but I don't have to be rich to afford skincare products that work wonders for my skin. That's why I love Tree Hut products. I currently use their skincare line: Cleansing Gel, Facial Scrub, SPF 30 Moisturizer, Renewing Night Cream, Hydrating Overnight Mask and Exfoliating Mud Mask and I love them! The Mud Mask is my favorite. I used to spend a lot more money on another brand, but realize that you don't need to spend exorbitant sums of money to get quality products.


Props to Madison for taking this "flawless" photo 😂
3. Cook more at home and eat healthier
Throughout the years our dinner menu consisted largely of take out. We would eat out at least 2-3 times a week and it wasn't always a healthy offering. Pizza and burgers were generally on the menu. This year we did a complete overhaul of our menu and included more veggies, less fats and more water in our diet. While the family would occasionally have soda, that has now been eliminated. While you wouldn't find me on the cooking channel, eating at home not only saves me money, but having dinner together more as a family brings us closer together as well.

4. Exercise and spend more time outdoors
I'm what you may consider a "pillow-potato". While you may not find me on the couch, I'm usually in my room, in bed with either my computer on my lap, or my head on the pillow binge watching one of my favorite TV shows. Exercise doesn't generally have to be in a gym, walking is a great way to exercise and briskly walking for at least 30 minutes daily can do a world of good. I not only get to lose calories, but it's a really good stress reliever as well. And while outdoors I get to soak up the sun, while enjoying some fresh air and nature.


5. Protect my skin from the elements
While I now enjoy being outdoors, I also need to protect my skin from the elements, including the sun. Extreme sun exposure can cause wrinkles, so not only do I wear hats and cover up my skin, but I also use Tree Hut Protecting Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30. Sunscreen isn't only for the summer days, you should also be using it even during the winter and on cloudy days. Whenever I get indoors I also wash my face with Tree Hut Purifying Cleansing Gel. It doesn't dry out my skin, removes the impurities of the day and leaves my skin glowing, fresh and clean.


Why do I love Tree Hut products and have incorporated them into my healthy lifestyle? 


Tree Hut uses natural ingredients in their products, and they NEVER EVER test on animals, neither do they contain any animal byproducts. Their products are free from parabens, formaldehyde donors, petroleum, phthalates, sulfates, DEA, and mineral oil, all the stuff that you do not want.


Since I have sensitive skin, I want products that won't irritate my skin and I have found that with Tree Hut. I also love that they are affordable, so I'm not breaking the bank trying to take care of my skin. It's not often that you find products that work at a price you can afford. Tree Hut is the real deal and the bees knees!

So adopt at least one healthy habit and take better care of your skin this year with Tree Hut products. You can purchase Tree Hut products in select retail locations such as Ulta, Harmon and Fred Meyer. They are also available online at Ulta.com, Amazon.com, Jet.com and Walgreens.com.


Have you heard of Tree Hut, and what healthy habits will you be adopting this year? 

Annmarie John
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62 comments:

  1. These are great tips for a healthier lifestyle! I definitely need to cook at home more instead of eating out. I also need a better sleep schedule ASAP

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    1. Oh yes, that totally gets me. It can be so easy to eat out because it's convenient, but what we get isn't generally healthy, so my goal this year is to cook more and eat out less.

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  2. I've heard of Tree Hut before, I might give them a try. I agree with you, I don't do New Year's Resolutions either. I don't ever stick with them. Exercise has also been on my list of things to keep up. So far so good! LOL.

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    1. I'm so happy to hear that you have at least one thing on your list to do better this year. Yeah, I'm no good with resolutions. I used to say that I'm going to do all these stuff and they NEVER get done, so now I just do what's best for me and do them gradually. You'll love Tree Hut products!

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  3. You nailed and more sleep is at the tops of all my lists for this year in all honesty. Now, if I can only make that more a reality. And btw the photo that Madison took of you is really flawless and perfect!! :)

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    1. Thank you. I think she did a good job myself too. Sleep is something that has always eluded me. I was actually on sleep medication for a while, but trying to wean myself off them and instead do it the natural way.

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  4. For me this year, i will reduce stress by sleeping or eating or watching fun movies.

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    1. I can understand reducing stress by sleeping and watching fun movies, but I'm a bit confused how you reduce stress by eating. Whenever I'm stressed and I eat, it isn't always healthy and it's not really a good way to relieve stress either. You most always end up overeating which then in turn helps to pack on the pounds.

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  5. I love your healthy habits! These are all certainly attainable, and should be a list for everyone.

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    1. Yes they are and I think everyone should try and work on at least a few this year. Which are you working on this year?

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  6. I really need to take better care of myself. Ever since we moved to San Diego two years ago I have noticed a huge change in my skin. thanks for sharing this. I havne't tired any kind of mask and have alwasy been curious.

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    1. You're very welcome. I do a mask every two weeks and it seem to help. I also get a microdermabrasion once a month done professionally so that's also a plus. These products are pretty good however. Check them out.

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  7. It's taken awhile for me to come up with a skincare routine. It's so important to stay consistent with it and I totally agree with you on that one.

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    1. Yes it is! I've started in the past and then stopped, but usually not because I didn't want to continue, but because my products were so expensive to keep up with. I believe that you shouldn't have to spend a ton of money to get good products.

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  8. You have great skin so I have to take all of your advice. I am fair skinned so I can't forget sunscreen. I have to look into those Tree Hut products.

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    1. Don't let the pics fool you. My skin isn't that great. I do however get a monthly facial that helps and have been trying to get better with my skincare routine.

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  9. These are all healthy habits to adopt this year! I totally agree with getting into an exercise routine!

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    1. I really do need to get into exercising more myself. I have all these workout clothes that I purchased, it's about time I put them to good use.

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  10. I agree that every one of those goals will make you not only healthier, but happier. And I really want to try these Tree Hut products. Oh, and I love your hair!

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    1. Oh you would love Tree Hut products. This is my first time using their skincare line, but I expected it to be great since I've used their body products as well and loved it. And thank you.

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  11. These products sound awesome. I have super sensitive skin so I am always on the look out for things that will be okay for me. Choosing to start with five habits to adopt is a great idea. I focused on my sleep last year and it's made a huge difference in my mental health.

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    1. Then this will be good for you. I also have sensitive skin so I need products that aren't harsh on my skin and this is perfect!

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  12. These are awesome habits to adopt! I totally agree with wanting to exercise and protecting our skin from harsh elements.

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    1. Yes, I need to work out more, and not the heavy exercise either. I need to start small so walking it is. And yes, with the environment being the way it is, protecting our skin now is necessary more than ever.

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  13. These are all great tips and I try to do them all. I love a great skincare line. It's important to keep everything healthy inside and out! I'll have to check out Tree Hut

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    1. You should and I think you'll agree with me that not only are they affordable, but they work too. I personally hate spending lots of money on products that don't.

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  14. These products look fabulous for skincare. I was just thinking about my dark circles today and saying... there's only so much I can do about it from the outside. I definitely have to take care of the inside.

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    1. That is very true. You do need to take care of you body, inside and out. Start eating healthier and drink a lot more water.

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  15. Ooohh I love Tree Hut products! They used to have the best shea lotions. I love their scents too!

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    1. They still do in my opinion. Their body line is fantastic and I can't begin to praise it more. Give their skincare line a try as well.

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  16. I've been cooking more this year which has worked out wonderfully for my budget.

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    1. That is awesome! I didn't realize how much money we wasted on ordering out, but just the other day we went out for breakfast and spent over $150 on food that wouldn't have cost my family $150 to prepare. No more!!

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  17. These are all such awesome ways to take care of yourself on a daily basis. I have tried Tree Hut's body scrubs before and love them, so I am definitely going to check out their moisturizers and skin cleansing gels asap.

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    1. Yes their body line is fantastic! And now their skincare line is even more fantastic. I just know that you'll love them.

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  18. Treating my skin is definitely on my list. It looks so dry anymore!

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    1. If you're concerned about dry skin on your body, then Tree Hut has a fantastic body line with Shea included. It's amazing! You should give it a try.

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  19. It all makes sense. It's definitely nice to start habits that you can stick to throughout the year. I think these are all very important. I learned how much more energized I feel when I get enough sleep at night. A good skin care routine is also essential and it looks like you found the right products for that!

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    1. The past few days has been rough withe me though. I haven't been sleeping like I should since Madison had her surgery. Now I'm all tired but hoping to get back into my routine. These Tree Hut products are the bomb! You'll love them AND their price!

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  20. Yes, yes, and yes to all of these habits! Here's to a better and healthier year for all of us. I've been doing my best to plan my meals and cook healthier recipes for me and my family. As for taking care of myself, I've been trying different products out for skin care and this sounds like something that I can work with. I hope it's the line I'm looking for for a better skin care routine this year!

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    1. I think it will surprise you and become a favorite. You'll also be saving so much more money this year too if that was a resolution of yours.

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  21. I have never heard of this brand before. I always have my eye looking for great products for my skin. I will have to check it out

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    1. You should. If you have an Ulta nearby you can find them there, or you can just order online. They're great!

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  22. I totally love your goals! The photo of you and the mask is priceless. You look like you are enjoying it! I know that sleep is so important, but the others are important, too, like the skin care routine and with the right product, that is one less stress in your life!

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    1. Thank you. It really felt great on my face and once I washed it off, my face was so soft and smooth. Gotta love a good face mask.

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  23. Tree Hut is one of my favorite brands for body scrubs. I am so glad to see that they have expanded their products and have more skincare.

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    1. Yes!! Their body scrubs are amazing and now their skincare line is just as good. You'll love them too.

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  24. I love the list. This year I am putting myself first so this tips would be so helpful for me. I have not heard of tree hut but it looks and sounds like an amazing product to look out for.

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    1. That is a great way to think this year. I'm actually going to be doing that myself too, and yes you should look into Tree Hut.

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  25. I don't have any issues falling asleep. My issue is finding time to sleep. I am a self-confessed workaholic and I work non-stop. I know losing sleep is not good for our health, so I am going to do everything within my means to free up some time and get a good night's sleep - every night this year!

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    1. Mine is generally falling asleep. I was actually on sleep meds for quite some time and decided to get off. I'm now thinking that I should get back on since I don't sleep as well as I should. I think you should find the time, and maybe work a bit less this year. It'll be great for your health.

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  26. We decided last year to eat more at home and it was been great. We are doing the same this year. Great list of tips.

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    1. That is awesome! We're doing it this year. We spent so much unnecessary money last year eating out, I'd much rather keep that money in my pocket 2018.

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  27. I think I have heard of the Tree Hut. I love natural and botanical products I will check out this line!

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    1. You should. I'm really loving it. I use it daily and so far my face is looking so much better. Will be using it right before bed tonight.

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  28. It's it amazing how much of a difference a good night's sleep can make. I'm a big believer in making time for self care.

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    1. Oh my goodness, tell me about it. You really do have to focus on yourself at times, if you take care of your body now, your body will take care of you later.

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  29. Wow,is g5rear to see that you and the family are making those chnages together. I understand with more sleep, I try to get 7 or more in, but like you said being in the military we can function on little sleep which is not good long term and getting the kids ready bright and early. The struggle os real, lol. I am excited to read about the changes on your blog. Also, I will read up on the Treehut products because I too have sensitive skin.

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    1. You will LOVE TreeHut products. I am loving them thus far. I have to say that the military doesn't really give us a lot of healthy habits, and one of those unhealthy one is certainly relating to our sleep.

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  30. I haven't heard of them, but the products look lovely. I'm trying to adopt better habits too. I used to feel invincible in my 20's and early 30's and now I need to make my health a priority.

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    1. That's how I felt for many years. I felt as though I would be young forever, and even though I have younger children, I can say with certainty that I am truly getting old. 😜

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  31. Hmm, never heard of these products, but I've been trying out new skincare products. My face continues to break out, and I'm looking for ways to take better care of my skin! I also don't make New Year's Resolutions, but I am working on eating healthier and exercising!

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    1. I have a few tried and true products that I use. While I love Tree Hut products because of the ingredients they use, when it comes to breakouts, I have another product that I use as well. We're going to have to talk about that.

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