Can I Even Trust The Labels? + My Self-Care Updates

This blog is sponsored by CVS Pharmacy, and ALL opinions are my own. 

We all live unique lifestyles, and our self-care routines can vary. For me, my self-care routine involves waking up early in the morning and giving myself about an hour to have my cup of coffee, going for a walk with my dogs, or editing some photography. If I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed at the end of the day, my self-care routine will include me taking the time to make a cup of hot tea and sitting back in a bubble bath while listening to a podcast. My self-care routine is filled with simple things that keep my mind at ease and force me to take a small timeout from my normal schedule. Let me know in the comments what your self-care routine looks like.

I am partnering up with CVS Pharmacy for today’s blog post to talk more about self-care and how you can find convenient self-care solutions at CVS Pharmacy. What’s a bath without bubbles? A book without a facemask? Or a movie without a big bowl of popcorn? Whenever I’m having one of “those weeks,” CVS Pharmacy is my go-to place for all of my self-care essentials.

Exciting things happened at CVS Pharmacy this month! They have just launched their new “Tested to be Trusted” program, and I’m excited to talk more about it. Although I love to pamper myself during self-care, it’s more than just that. It’s an important part of proactive health care.  
Every single morning, I take vitamins and supplements. It’s been a part of my morning routine for years, and I love searching for the best brands. Treating my body well on the inside is most important to me. I pay attention to ingredients and labels, but that doesn’t always mean I can trust what’s written on the product. With the Tested to be Trusted program, I can rest assured that what I’m reading on the label IS what is inside the product. This makes me feel more confident in shopping for products that keep me healthy at CVS Pharmacy.

CAN YOU TRUST YOUR VITAMINS & SUPPLEMENTS LABELS?

The Tested to be Trusted program created by CVS Pharmacy, requires third-party testing of ALL vitamins and supplements sold in-store and online to confirm the accuracy of the dietary ingredients listed on the supplement facts panel and to confirm products are free from certain additives and ingredients.

How to know if the vitamin or supplements has been through the Tested to be Trusted program? Look for a supplement facts panel. That’s how you’ll know that you’re getting exactly what you’re seeing! The program tests two important things. 1) A dietary ingredient review and test to verify that the dietary ingredients listed on the supplement facts panel are in the product in the amount stated. And 2) a contaminant review to verify there are no harmful levels of certain specified contaminants in the product. It gives me total peace of mind that I can trust what I’m buying and putting in my body. This is especially important for me, as I give my dogs fish oil every day, and I love knowing that CVS Pharmacy can help keep me (and my dogs) healthy!
CVS Pharmacy has always had rigorous standards in place for their exclusive brands, but they are just taking it one step further. The Tested to be Trusted is CVS Pharmacy‘s commitment to you and your family. They are always going above and beyond to fulfill promises made to their customers, and that is why I love partnering with them. I’ve been a loyal and happy CVS customer for years, and they have never let me down!

Checkout: Olly Sleep Gummies // Rainbow Light Women’s Energy Multivitamin Gummy // Sundown Naturals Calcium + Vitamin D

MY SELF-CARE UPDATE:

A little over a week ago, I shared on Instagram a few of my struggles. I’ve always been the person that liked to battle their problems alone, and to be honest; it hasn’t always worked out in my favor. I tend to bottle things up, and sometimes that leads up to a burst of tears when I can’t hold back anymore. I realized that I need to start being more open and lean to the people closest to me. I realized that I needed to focus more on my overall health, including mental health, more often. Having a small daily self-care routine is crucial for me and my overall health. I’ve been spending more time with my thoughts without all the distractions, and it’s allowed me to have more self-reflection. Spending time to check in with yourself is important, and it’s a lot easier to do without all the extra noise around me.

Here’s how I’ve been removing my self-care from the backburner:

  1. Long bubble baths with hot tea and a good podcast.
  2. Morning vitamins with breakfast, coffee hour, and a dog walk every morning.
  3. Keeping up with my running routine.
  4. Planning travels.
  5. Cleaning – this one may be an odd one for some, but a good cleaning session puts me in the best mood.
  6.  Coffee date with a friend.
  7. Cooking a healthy meal.
  8. Playing tennis.
  9. Reading a book with a facemask.
  10. Watching a good movie with a big bowl of popcorn.

While I was out of town this weekend, I stopped into the CVS Pharmacy in Savannah Georgia to pick up the sunscreen we forgot to pack, some snacks to have at the hotel, toothpaste, and a basket full of more vacation essentials! ♥️ It’s really convenient that there is CVS almost always in the places I travel to.
I’m so happy that I get to share all of the details on what CVS Pharmacy is up to, and I look forward to sharing more with you this summer! I love this company and all the positive changes they continue to make. As an influencer, I am happy that I get to partner with a company like them.
CVS Pharmacy and I want to treat you to a self-care night! Enter for a chance to win all of the products in the giveaway photo! Answer one of the questions below in the comment section, and don’t forget to check out the Tested to be Trusted

WINNER HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED IN COMMENTS!! 

QUESTIONS FOR YOU!

  1. Tell me one thing you do each day to practice self-care.
  2. What do you think of the Tested to be Trusted program?
  3. Are vitamins and supplements apart of your daily routine?

This blog is sponsored by CVS Pharmacy, and ALL opinions are my own. 

 

Comments

  • LJ

    Very excited for the Tested to be Trusted program as I am a HUGE CVS shopper!

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  • Annette

    What a great prize! I hope it isn’t over (didn’t see an end date).

    I do take supplements on a daily basis. They have made a huge difference in my health.

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  • Jennifer

    I always like to start my day with a cup of coffee and sitting outside with my dog before getting ready for work. It puts me in the best head space to start my day! I like to try and do a self care day a couple of times a month on Sunday: coconut oil for my hair, face mask, manicure, and pedicure. It helps me feel less of a hot mess and ready for the week

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  • Chelsea

    Self-care takes a lot of intentionality as a working toddler mom, but having a strong support system (and allowing them to help out) has been a God-send. I love going to a local coffee shop to read by myself on Saturday mornings. During the week, getting regular workouts in helps me de-stress after a busy day. Thank you so much, Taralynn, for all of your awesome work here. I’ve followed your blog for years and look forward to reading about your journey each week.

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  • Charleen

    Sadly, vitamins are not apart of my routine. I have been wanting to add them to my life, but the options confuse me. I really liked this post since I worry about what really goes into my body. I plan to visit CVS and check out their vitamin selection. Thanks for the great blog post! I had no idea about their product testing program.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      XO! Definitely chat with your doctor about vitamins you may need before starting a routine, but it’s always good to know that you can count on CVS for having the best options!

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  • Lindsey

    I started using essential oils a couple months ago and it’s been a serious game changer. I use different ones depending on my day, but lavender and calm are my favorite.

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  • Jennifer

    I always love to start my day with a cup of coffee and sitting outside with my dog. Even if I have to wake up an extra hour to do it, it always puts me in the best mood and ready to start my day. I like to try and have a self care day on Sunday a couple of times a month: Face mask, coconut oil for my hair, manicure, and pedicure. It makes me feel less of a hot mess on Monday and ready to take on the week!

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  • Sarah

    My main form of self care is slowing down with my skin care routine before bed. I like to use a scrub or a mask and just enjoy the process without trying to rush.

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  • Julia

    Great post! I also love taking vitamins and supplements. I take a multivitamin as well as Omega 3 and Biotin for my hair and nails.

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  • Mandi Corrigan

    To take care of myself I take time every morning to do my face care routine, and I listen to a rotation of my favorite podcasts into work. Also, once a week I utilize my planner to the fullest. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but it makes me feel balanced and creative!

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  • Jeni

    1 – I’ve been doing the K-beauty face washing routine every day and it’s worked wonders. Also this is more of a weekly or twice weekly thing, but I love doing face masks! There’s nothing like doing a face mask before bed and waking up to soft skin in the morning. Another good form of self care is anything avoiding screens for an hour or two and just going outside to enjoy nature 😀

    2 – Yes, supplements are a must! I take B12 (if you eat a vegan diet, B12 is absolutely essential for making new red and white blood cells!), hair/skin/nail supplements, adaptogens, and green powder from Amazing Grass. A friend of mine also introduced me to reishi mushroom elixir, which is supposed to be really good for relaxation.

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  • Karen

    I exfoliate once a week…sounds crazy but it makes me feel better..also do yoga and walk as much as possible every day!

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  • Ashley

    Thanks for sharing, Taralynn! I had no idea about the Tested to be Trusted program. I’m definitely going to go to my local CVS and pick up some vitamins. I’ve been wanting to try those Hair, Skin, and Nail Gummies!

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  • Christy

    I loved this post! I struggle with self-care so reading through everyone’s ideas in the comments has inspired me to make a list for myself to implement! Thank you for sharing!

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  • Alissa @ PositiviTEA

    Even in CVS, you take the cutest pictures!
    Mediation and crystal healing, plus going to the gym or going for a walk are my absolute favorite self-care habits! Napping, too! ☺️
    I’m soooo bad with vitamins 😂 When I have them, though, they are a vital part of my routine! Also, that program sounds fantastic.

    Xo, Alissa @ PositiviTEA

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  • Brittany

    Love this post <3 My selfcare typically involves me going for a walk, listening to Frank Sinatra, drinking tea, and laying with my dog (Winston) as I watch a light-hearted show or read. I also find cleaning oddly relaxing.. so if I am stressed I tend to go on a cleaning spree haha

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      LOVE THAT! Frank Sinatra’s song That’s Life is the best when you’re having one of those days.

      I’m right there with you on the cleaning part!

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  • Tara

    Thank you for pointing out Tested to be Trusted! I have an autoimmune disorder that requires me to take lots of vitamins and be very careful what I put it in my body so this really helps with my peace of mind. This is also a great way to educate most people who aren’t aware of the guidelines and restrictions. I have been using CVS for my vitamins and I will definitely keep using them as my #1 source now!

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  • Stephanie

    I always stay up for a few hours after my kiddos get to sleep. I need that quiet time. Although I’m trying to be more of a morning person and spend my quiet time in the morning so I can get to bed earlier. I just know I NEED that time to myself. I think the Tested to be True program is great! Wish all companies would do that! I’m working on being consistent taking my vitamins/supplements.

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  • Caitlin

    Vitamins and supplements are a new part of my daily routine. I started taking them once a day about a year ago and I love it. I take a women’s daily vitamin, olive leaf extract, and calcium. Each of these vitamins help me to feel that best I can on a daily basis and help to keep my body healthy.

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  • Kari

    Go to a workout class!

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  • Erin Hayes

    I use my bullet journal everyday. Creating each week’s spread helps channel some of that creativity I don’t get to use at work and it keeps me on track mentally. I track what I eat, habits, my to do and my exercises. It just keeps my head in a good place.

    I actually don’t take any vitamins or supplements. I took a multivitamin when I went vegetarian many years ago without consulting my doctor first and ended up starting to lose my hair! I had too much of one vitamin stored in my system and it was reeking havoc on my body. Since then I always check in with my doctor during my yearly physical to see if I’m missing anything in my blood work. So far, I’ve always been good 😀

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  • Heather Barnes

    I’ve recently started implementing yoga into my routine, even if it’s just for 10 minutes. It helps me feel stretched, strong, and empowered. Quality time with my boyfriend and cats are important to my self-care. So is coffee on the patio early in the morning before the world wakes up!

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  • Liz

    I take multivitamins and collagen daily!

    I had no idea about the Tested to be Trusted program at CVS, but that makes me more likely to purchase supplements from them in the future!

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  • Kali

    Hey Taralynn!
    It’s so fun to see what works for other people when it comes to their self care routine, so thanks for sharing 🙂
    I love early mornings with a good cup of coffee and my snuggle bug cat. It’s so peaceful and I always feel motivated to take on the day. A friend of mine a few years ago suggested a practice of writing down 5 things your grateful for each day, I instantly fell in love with the addition to my routine because it gives me such a positive perspective as I go though your day!
    Loved this post!

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  • Melissa

    I’m with you! Having a cup of coffee and relaxing is the best start to my day and is my favorite self care routine. I hang with my cats and can wake up and relax!

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  • Robin

    In the summer, my self-care is to step outside as soon as I make my cup of coffee. I take my pup and we go in our backyard. We water the flowers or pick a few weeds out of the flower pots. I’ll sit on my swing and just enjoy the freedom of the moment. It’s a great, simple routine to start my day.

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  • Stephanie

    I start my morning off with a cup of coffee before getting ready for work and I also try and do a short yoga session when I come home a few nights a week.
    I think the Tested to be Trusted program is much needed. We have the right to know what is in the items we buy.
    Vitamins and supplements are a part of my daily routine, but I am trying to incorporate more.

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  • Kayla

    One of my favorite self care practices is seeing sunlight with my eyes before the light of my phone or another electronic!

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  • Amanda

    Meditate =)

    I love the idea of the Tested to be Trusted program. So many products have gunk/toxins in them! It can be overwhelming.

    Yes. After going to see a naturopathic dr. for endometriosis he put me on several supplements. Collagen, vit D3 and others…

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  • Taryn

    1. I do a lot now that I am typing it! I take baths, read sooo many books on Scribd, watch Hallmark movies daily instead of intense or depressing shows, workout daily, try new recipes which calms me 🙂
    2. I think it’s fantastic. As consumers, most people probably already assume this is a standard.
    3. YES! I really like Olly.

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  • Alyssa D

    I kind of want to answer all of the questions!! haha

    Tell me one thing you do each day to practice self-care.- I’ve been working on this! Usually it’s doing a bible study or just a face mask!

    What do you think of the Tested to be Trusted program? I have never heard of it, but it sounds amazing! I will probably buy all of my supplements from CVS now.

    Are vitamins and supplements apart of your daily routine? When I remember to take them, yes! 🙂

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      😃 love that! I get a prayer sent to my phone every morning.

      The supplements at CVS are amazing and a lot of the times they have great BOGO deals.

      xo

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  • Bia

    I like having routines throughout the day, as It helps with my anxiety. So my mornings are pretty much dedicated to my dogs (or college): i Feed them, clean their water bowls and we play a little. Then in the afternoons i get some studying done And afteri clean the backyard afteri my dogs and i’ve been enjoying having some tea and hanging out with my mom. I Also enjoy going to bed quite early

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  • Cait

    I love the Tested to be Trusted program! So cool CVS is launching it! I’m working hard to make supplements more regular daily

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  • Mandi

    Hey! I love your blog! I currently take my vitamins at night but often forget, I really like your method of taking them in the morning as a part of a routine. I agree that it’s so hard to know what vitamins are the best ones to take so I’m all for the tested to be trusted program. I had no idea it even existed!

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  • Audrey

    One thing I do each day to practice self-care is my nighttime skincare routine! It really helps to signal the end of the day and start winding down for bed! Plus I know my skin is probably thankful I’m taking care of it!

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  • Corinne

    I excercise every day☺️

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  • Jenna

    One thing I do every day is a skincare routine.Wash my face, toners, eye cream, serums & moisturizers. Also masks a few times a week.

    What do you think of the Tested to be Trusted program? I think it’s a really good idea, it’s nice to know the truth behind products.

    Are vitamins and supplements apart of your daily routine – no…. I’ve tried them before but I don’t know enough about them to know what I should be taking.

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  • Nichole

    1. I’m a full time working mom and grad student. My kids are 2 and 6 weeks so self-care is always on the back burner. I do love mornings when I wake up before the kids and I can drink a (hot) cup of coffee and read a book. Sometimes the hubs and I stay up late and share a bowl of popcorn!
    2. As someone that doesn’t have the best nutritional knowledge…it’s reassuring knowing there’s that extra set of eyes watching out for you. Now a days you can’t trust what you learn on the internet
    3. Prenatals just for me, Vitamin D for the baby. Probiotics for the toddler.

    Love the CVS posts, because I always find new things to look for! I also love that you can shop on the app and they ship to your house haha

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  • Amanda

    I always wake up 45 minutes before my kiddos to have coffee and get my mind set for the day. Also taking a walk anytime helps me mentally! I’m slowly becoming much more aware of cleaning supplies, personal care items, etc. and the ingredients so I love the Tested program. I don’t normally take supplements and vitamins unless I’m pregnant!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      My parents did that when I was a kid and I’d always wake up to sit with them. I’m sure it defeated the purpose, but now I wake up early for that morning time. Same for me when it comes to the cleaning supplies!

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  • Brooke

    I take my dog for a walk every day to practice self care for myself!

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  • Marlena Hutchings

    What do i do each day for self care? I exercise daily before going to work. I have cronic soreness and yes it hurts but the more i move the better it gets.

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  • Jen

    I always try to have vitamins as apart of my routine but sometimes I forget! Having the gummy vitamins is the best though, it’s like dessert!

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  • KV

    I like to relax and listen to an audiobook.

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  • Muge

    3. Yes. I take Vitamin B & D, Turmeric and Ashwaganda (an adaptogen that helps you stay calm and helps with exhaustion).

    Also, for #1 I try to do a few things for self care (coffee, morning walk, face mask, praying) each day but then it becomes a chore and I stress over the fact that I “have to” do self-care (except for coffee, I go to bed getting excited over drinking coffee in the morning). I think I am doomed when it comes to just slow-down and relax! 🙁

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  • Cat Darwent

    1. I love to read in bed with a glass of wine!

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  • Anonymous

    LOVE CVS

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  • Rachel Chleb

    Each morning I visualize what I want out of the day! It leaves me feeling energized for the day and optimistic about my short and long term goals

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  • Jenny

    I don’t have a daily self care routine but I love to sit down and read a book even if it’s just for 20 minutes. That little break from reality can really calm my mind down. Thanks for the post! Makes me think I need a few more minutes to myself a day!

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  • Samantha

    I exercise and get outside in nature daily. Getting outside in fresh air Is a must for me!

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  • Brianna Kuenning

    I practice self care by listening to music that keeps me calm and makes me feel at peace! 😁✌

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  • Tara

    Yes! I try to remember to take my vitamins daily. I have put them into my nightly routine! I can’t to vitamins in the AM!

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  • Laura

    1. Every day I wake up two hours before i need to be at work, drink a cup of coffee while I watch the news/read blogs. I need this time!!
    2. I think the program is great and more companies will probably start doing this!
    3. Right now I just take a multivitamin but I’m always looking for new supplements to increase my energy levels and make me feel my best!

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  • Miranda Hahn

    It probably sounds so basic and you would think everyone does this, but I’m not to sure. I like to take off ALLLL my makeup before bed, use a gentle face scrub and then I rub in some hemp oil infused with lavander all over my face. I look forward to that before bed time every night. It’s a little thing but I feel so good after.
    Testing products for us is awesome! Way to go CVS!
    I DO take multivitamins. I got a tip to take them at bed time because some have made me feel a little nauseous taking in the morning. If I’m sleeping while there working, I’m none the wiser. So yes!
    I’m fascinated with Collagen and want to try all the brand’s!

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  • Danielle

    1. I love doing a face mask or practice gua sha! It relaxes me and makes my skin feel so good.
    2. I think this program is great! I love how CVS actually cares for their customers and their well-being.
    3. Yes! I take a multi vitamin, vitamin C, and a probiotic everyday!

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  • Kaylin

    I’m super impressed with CVS taking up the Tested and Trusted program. When I first heard about them initiating this program in all of their stores I instantly switched from a Walgreens shopper to a CVS shopper (sorry, Walgreens). It bothers me that the FDA doesn’t better regulate the supplements offered to consumers in our country but it has to start somewhere with someone making changes to the model. Cheers to CVS for stepping up!

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  • Samantha

    I love how convenient CVS is! Their vitamin section is the only one I trust outside of an actual supplement shop and this makes it even better. I have an autoimmune condition and supplements have been a part of my routine for a few years now. I love playing around with different combinations to see what gives me more energy and helps me feel better throughout the day. This Tested to be trusted program will definitely help with that. =) Thanks for sharing the tip!

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  • Pat

    I follow my evening skincare routine. I also started dry brushing not that long time ago 🙂

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  • Alissa

    As a single mother with a full time job sometimes it’s hard to find time for myself. I like to use my commute as my “me” time. Sometimes that’s the only time for the day I have for myself. Depending on my energy I may jam out to music for an energy boost, listen to a podcast or even talk out loud to the universe.

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  • Tanya Rausch

    I workout 3-4 x a week in the am. That’s my therapy
    Love that CVS goes above the rest. So I know they can be trusted.
    I try to take my supplements daily forbsure

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  • Christianne Neely

    One of my favorite self-care routines is ending the night with some stretching and reading before bed. Honestly I love the idea of the tested to be trusted program. I am big on vitamins each day and I want to make sure that what I am putting in my body is safe!

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  • Ashley Mansfield

    Being a new-mom, self-care can be hard to get in. However, I commute an hour each way to work- during that time I listed to music and sing my lungs out. It is very therapeutic and makes for good ‘me’ time.

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  • Amanda

    I love CVS and love this program. Too long has mental health been stigmatized. Having suffered with depression for most of my life, I’ve found that BODYPUMP and BODYFLOW at golds gym are so important to my well being! I take vitamins too, the cvs brand hair skin and nails as well as fish oil and B12.
    Thank you for using your “powers” for good!!

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  • Victoria

    1. I usually take a long shower at night to unwind, but I’m definitely going to start trying to take a relaxing bath more often.
    2. I like the idea the a third party will be testing the products.
    3. I am trying to be better about taking vitamins, but it is so easy to forget! I have bought a few recently and I’m trying to be more consistent.

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  • Maddy

    Hi Taralynn, I have been in love with your blog lately, it has inspired me so much.
    i had a pretty bad eating disorder a few years ago and then after that I just ate whatever i wanted for a few years treating myself to the things i deprived myself from for years and now i am slowly recovering into a healthier overall lifestyle while still enjoying some of those treats. I am obsessed with your smoothie recipes! thanks to you i feel much better and am living a much healthier lifestyle than the two extremes I got caught up in before.

    I love to practice self care. Every morning before work I get up and do some stretching and yoga for 45 minutes. While doing so I listen to the affirmation podcasts on spotify. This helps me get the blood pumping before the craziness of work and sitting in an office all day. After this I make myself a coffee, and (if its nice out) sit on my porch and write in my planner for the day. I always like doing this after my stretching/yoga and morning affirmations as it inspires me to set goals for the day. Overall doing this on work mornings keeps me happy and starts my days off on the right foot. I also love to treat myself to a spa night when my husband is out of town. face masks, hair masks and a bath with bath bombs is how i like to recharge if i have had a crazy week. I would love to make vitamins and supplements a bigger part of my routine. Thank you for partnering up with CVS and doing a giveaway that is so kind of you!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you so much, Maddy!

      I’m so happy to hear you’re on a road to recovery. So proud of you.

      Sounds like you have a pretty solid self-care routine! Keep it up.

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  • Tara

    I take vitamins and supplements everyday!! And cleaning always puts me in a good mood too. I feel that it helps my mental health so much to know everything is clean!

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  • Kelsey Harris

    Have coffee and read my devotional first thing in the morning on the couch with my chi weenie, Izzy!

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  • Alex

    Vitamins and supplements are absolutely a part of my daily routine! I have a chronic illness and it’s so important for me to have a healthy immune system so vitamins really help with that! 😀 Loved hearing about your self care routine— thanks for sharing!

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  • Ash

    1. I have a lot of different self-care avenues, so each day I either read with a facemask on, turn my phone off!, cook a new recipe or just completely tune out and playing some old video games haha.
    2. I haven’t heard of the Tested to be Trusted program until now 🙂 Sounds like a great initiative!
    3. I don’t take vitamins, but I feel like that is a habit I should start!

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  • Carol

    I just got into vitamins and makes a huge difference!

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  • Steph

    1. For self-care I take time to slow down and just be happy in the moment. I try to just soak in being outside and enjoy nature. Imagining shapes in the clouds or just breathing in that humid Iowa breeze!

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  • Cassie

    I love this program so much! I think it’s great and brings awareness to people who may not pay attention and think all supps are the same.
    I take vitamins every morning and ashweghanda root every night to help reduce cortisol levels ever since I found out mine were elevated slightly and consistently.
    I also give myself about an hour each morning to gratitude journal, meditate/just breathe, drink my water, and just relax before I do anything client/work related. I’m on my phone & computer all day long blogging or checking in with my clients or doing work in my fb group with them. This hour to myself helps!!
    Oh and a bath with my sisters bathbombs a couple times a week with a book. She has an all natural beauty care line so I mainly use her products! The bathbombs are my fav now that I have a tub haha

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  • Jessica Brown

    Tell me one thing you do each day to practice self-care.
    I take the time to make sure to wash my face and brush my teeth properly. It’s so simple but it’s necessary to do so morning and night to keep my sanity.

    What do you think of the Tested to be Trusted program?
    I love that this is a thing. It’s scary to think that the labels could be wrong and this takes that fear out.

    Are vitamins and supplements apart of your daily routine?
    They used to be but I find that if I miss one day I get sick. I either need to be all in or all out. I make up for it by eating very intentionally.

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  • Ann

    I ALWAYS take my vitamins everyday along with going to bed at a decent time! And, I HAVE to use moisturizer on my face and body. EVERYDAY! Also, love the Tested to be Trusted program from CVS, it’s such a peace of mind! Thanks for letting us know Taralynn! 💜

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  • Pam G.

    I have a love/hate relationship with vitamins. Lol.. I start off really good for a few weeks and then fall off. I’m also super picky about my vitamins as I have a super sensitive stomach. Im notorious for not eating breakfast (I know .. I know.. ) and can’t take anything without food in my belly. Currently, they are not part of my daily routine but after reading this I will be making it a priority for myself. Self-care is a struggle for me, but have been slowly working it back into my life.

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  • Ali Zaiac

    1.) epsom salt bubble bath and a face mask to detox the day
    2.) sounds awesome cvs is always on it!
    3.) just prenatal! Fingers crossed 🤞🏻

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  • Breeanna

    Hello!

    1. When I feel stressed and need some self-care, there are tons of different things I like to do, ranging from exercising to reading to using face masks. I think that if I had to consider one daily form of self-care, it would probably be my evening walks (especially with my dog, Oliver!). There is something very relaxing about watching the sunset, feeling the breeze and breathing in the cool night air, and being surrounded by the neighborhood’s beautiful flowers and plants.

    2. I think the Tested to be Trusted program seems great! Like you, I take vitamins every day, and it’s important to me that the supplements are actually beneficial for my health and well-being. Knowing that this program exists is pretty comforting, especially since some vitamins can be costly and it would be very disappointing to pay for a non-quality product.

    3. Yes! Currently, I start my day with Vitamin C and cod liver oil supplements. Throughout the day, I also take a B supplement, Niacinamide (supposedly helps with acne), MCT oil, turmeric, magnesium, and a grape seed oil capsule (also for skin care). I also occasionally take dandelion root and when I’m not feeling well, I like to supplement with garlic and zinc. Thanks to your blog, I add collagen peptides to my daily smoothies, and I also add Amazing Grass greens. I think that these vitamins do a pretty good job because I rarely get sick, never have joint pain or inflammation issues, and generally have a clear complexion. Health and wellness is a huge part of my life!

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  • Stephanie

    I couldn’t live without my daily vitamins and supplements!!! Third party testing is extremely important to me since I don’t want to waste money on a product that doesn’t work effectively.

    We have a brand new CVS in town so I’m going to pop in after work to check this out. Thanks for the Inspo as always!

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  • Savannah DeLeon

    Self-care is spending quality-time on my balcony reading a really good book. I try to do this in the warmer months for at least 45 minutes after work to decompress from staring at a computer all day.
    I try to take vitamins and supplements, but am always stressed about the ingredients.

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  • Megan Waltero

    To question #2, I am honestly blown away by the efforts this company has made for it’s customers. I don’t think we as consumers realize how much blind faith we put in the labels of the products we buy. I think this Tested to be Trusted program is very distinctive and I will definitely find myself at CVS for more than just my prescriptions!

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  • Alyssa

    I swear by vitamins! I work night shift and vitamins are how I get by! Lots of vitamin D, magnesium, CoQ10, melatonin and B vitamins help me to feel semi-normal. 😊

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  • Dani

    I love coffee in the morning!

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  • Aly U

    One thing I do each day to practice self-care is spend a few minutes in the evening to meditate and reflect on my day. I’ve found it to be so help to go over my day and clear my mind before I go to sleep!

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  • Rebecca Butkus

    I think self-care is SO IMPORTANT. One thing that I do EVERYDAY to take care of my self is to read personal development….I drink my coffee & read a chapter every.single.day. It starts my morning with such a positive note!

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  • Heather Jelinek

    I love taking vitamins / supplements everyday! Definitely part of my self care routine!
    After being a vegetarian for 7 years… I realized that I really need the help from all my vitamins and supplements to get my nutrition I need. So they are a BIG part of my Daily Life! I’m really loving the new Tested to be Trusted program for them as well! Makes me feel way more secure about my purchases! 🙂

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  • Brittney Becton

    My daily self care is using my jade roller to massage in my moisturizer day and night. It helps depuff my face and just feels amazing on my skin first thing in the morning ❤️

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  • Allison

    I wish I had a CVS near me! There was one nearby in college (and I went all the time) and I miss it!

    Yes, vitamins and supplements are part of my daily routine. I try to make sure I’m eating a well balanced diet so that I get most of my vitamins and minerals through food, but I find that supplements can help cover some of the gaps. I’m currently looking for a good probiotic and I need to start taking fish oil, since unfortunately I don’t like seafood. I’ll have to check out Tested to be Trusted, it sounds like a valuable program! 🙂

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  • Erica

    Tell me one thing you do each day to practice self-care – walk my dog Louie when I get home from work, do a 30 minute workout at night and a bath before bed 🙂 if I’m not too tired from the day I love to read as well. On Sunday’s I like to do a face mask and relax!
    What do you think of the Tested to be Trusted program? AWESOME
    Are vitamins and supplements apart of your daily routine? Yes, I take multi vitamins daily (I put one out for my husband before he gets in bed as well!) and currently take prenatels 🙂

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  • Diana

    This is such a great post, I love that you list trustworthy products, I’m always looking for products that are genuinely healthy, so this is lovely to know xx

    http://mylovelierdays.com

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  • Amanda

    1. The most important part is my bubble bath every day. I work shift work so this is either before I head to work or the evening before bed! I put it in my eucalyptus bubble bath and have either a coffee or a tea and scroll instagram or read or meal plan!

    2. I love this program. We don’t have CVS in Canada but I hope my favorite drug store comes up with something like this, it is SO important to know that the products you’re selecting aren’t doing more harm than good and are doing what the label says.

    3. Yes! I even have my own little day of the week pill separator that all my friends enjoy calling me gramma over! lol!

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  • Anne

    I don’t really have time to do anything in the morning but I do enjoy my coffee on the way to work. At night it’s usually some wine to wind down. It soothes me to sweep my floor everyday and get all of the dog hair out.

    I really should start taking vitamins but I never can make that part of my routine.

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  • Alex

    – I wash my face at night and floss. This is something is something I’ve started and it makes me feel better about my self and feels like I’ve accomplished something, plus I’m sure my dentist appreciates it.
    – I love that they’re doing this. I like knowing that i can trust that any vitamin I choose to purchase whether it’s a familiar brand or a brand on sale, I like knowing that I can depend on it’s efficacy regardless of what brand I chose or what’s available at the time.
    – I take vitamins everyday. Now that they make gummy versions of almost every vitamin, it makes taking them not only easier, but something I look forward to every morning.

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  • Hayden Slaughter

    I love the Tested to be Trusted program. It makes me really feel better about what I am putting into my body! I need to get to CVS soon!

    I try to practice self care as much as I can. Baths, face masks, some red wine, retail therapy and always a good run or pool day! I also love listening to podcasts or books on Audible to zone out!

    I take elderberry every day! It helps my immune system and I have really noticed a change in how often I get sick

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      LOVE elderberry! my boyfriend’s mom got me hooked on it!!

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      • Leann

        I have to be honest I don’t take time for myself and believe me it shows. I have taken notes from the comments to start a plan just for me. Will go by cvs tonight to get the supplements you mentioned. Thanks so much for the article it made me realize I need to take time for myself.

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      • Leann

        What does elderberry do ?.

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  • LISA ARANT

    Vitamins and supplements have been in my daily routing since I was in my mid-twenties! I am also a faithful CVS shopper, especially for vitamins and supplements! This is the first I’ve heard of the Tested to be Trusted Program though!!!

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  • Alaina

    Every day I make sure to do some sort of active movement in order to lower my stress. This can be anything from jumping with my kids at skyzone, to a leisurely walk to a high intensity training session at the gym!

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  • Emily

    I have grown to love your blog over the past 7 ish years. I value your honest opinions and real ness, so I trust that you’re honest about CVS and their products. They’re lucky to partner with you!

    1- I love working out and running, but I don’t always feel like having an intense workout. On those days, I make sure to atleast get some sort of walk in. I’ll head outside at whatever pace I want, and walk with a good podcast! It helps me clear my head and just wind down.

    2- I think the tested to be trusted program is great! Since vitamins aren’t always FDA approved, it’s nice to know they put in the works for us so we know we can trust what they sell!

    3- yes, I try my very best to take my multi vitamin every night after dinner! Sometimes they upset my stomach, so since dinner is usually my biggest or most dense meal, I find that works best! I should set an alarm every day so I don’t forget, since leaving them on the counter isn’t enough!

    Thanks for a great and informative post! It’d be cool to win the giveaway!

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  • Courtney

    I take vitamins every morning! I make sure to have a self care face routine every night as well. Makes me wind down for bed, and makes my skin feel better!

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  • Mikaela

    Hi Taralynn!

    Since I’m pregnant I have to have some kind of self care routine or I would go insane! I take my dogs for a 30 minute hike daily and find time to prepare healthy meals for my week day lunches. Cooking keeps me sane and I find it so therapeutic. It’s just about the only alone time I get now. I also sit down with a cup of hot peppermint tea & read a good book to try to relax. I LOVE the Tested to be True method. It is so important I know exactly what I’m putting into my body when it comes to vitamins, Right now I’m only taking my prenatal but I need to be looking into more. I think this is amazing! Looove it! Thanks for sharing.

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Great post, Taralynn! 🙂 I think the program’s great. We need more transparency when it comes to food and ingredients! I don’t take any supplements myself since I get them all from my food, but I think they’re great for people who may need them! ❤️✨

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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