23 October 2017

#Olay28Day Challenge Results

This is a sponsored conversation with Olay, but all opinions are my own
Growing up, I watched my mother and grandmother use Olay.  When my grandmother passed at the age of 84, her skin looked great for her age.  She'd been a loyal Olay user for decades.  I started using an Olay moisturizer when I was about 15-years-old, and I used it until I was in my late 20s.

As I aged, I thought I needed something more.  I saw these skin care lines with several products and steps and thought I had to have them to see results.  For whatever reason, I stopped using Olay for several years.  I recently took the Olay 28 Day Challenge, and I was blown away by the results.  For the Olay 28 Day Challenge, simply use Olay Regenerist or Olay Total Effects for 28 days.  If you don’t see visible results, you get your money back.  

20 October 2017

Pumpkin Spice Salt Scrub Recipe

I'm going to blame it on the crazy weather we're having this year, but my skin has been dry and tight.  The Epsom salt Council recently sent me some Epsom salts to use in a recipe, so I decided to try their pumpkin spice salt scrub recipe.  Normally, I use sugar in my body scrubs, but salt scrubs are more abrasive, so they exfoliate better.  I liked that this recipe also has pumpkin.  Pumpkin has many benefits for your skin and acts as a natural chemical exfoliant.

Pumpkin Spice Salt Scrub Recipe

Epsom salts serve as an exfoliant in this recipe because they slough off dead skin cells.  They also provide magnesium for your skin and body.  Most Americans are low in magnesium, but magnesium can be absorbed through the skin.

Pumpkin is a wonderful ingredient for skin care recipes because it has natural fruit enzymes and AHAs that act as a chemical exfoliant.  This helps smooth and brighten the skin while increasing cellular turnover.

High in vitamins A and C, pumpkin can also naturally soothe and soften the skin.  It can also boost collagen production.

Pumpkin molecules are small, so they can penetrate deeper in to the skin if you use them topically.


Mix all ingredients together.  It will seem like you don't have enough pumpkin, but keep mixing.  You want it to be kind of thick.  

Apply to your body in a circular motion.  Do not apply to your face because the Epsom salts are too harsh for sensitive facial skin.

Rinse well.  Apply lotion if desired.

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Exfoliate your skin with a pumpkin spice salt scrub recipe.
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18 October 2017

Green Tea and Peppermint Bath Salt Recipe

A great way to relax after a stressful day is with a bath soak.  After today, I could definitely use this green tea and peppermint bath salt recipe!  Nothing bad happened, but a lot of little things happened, and I just need a small break.  

This bath soak recipe is easy to make.  You can make this right before you need it or make a few batches to keep on the shelf.  This also makes a great gift because who doesn't need to relax? 

16 October 2017

That Time We Made A Free Library

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When people ask me what I do for a living, I say that I'm a wordsmith, so it's probably no surprise that I love to read.  My mom taught me to read when I was four-years-old, and I haven't stopped since.  I started reading to my oldest when I was pregnant with him.  We read several stories a night for the first six years of his life.  I did the same with my younger two children.  Having them sit on my lap while reading book after book are my fondest memories of when they were little.  Today, my kids are 10, 11, and 15, and they are all advanced readers.  I can't say for sure, but I think all of those hours of reading helped them develop their reading skills and a love of reading.  

We are the family who has to bring several bags to the library on our weekly trip because we can't carry all of our books by ourselves.  Now we live outside of a town with a population of about 1,400 people, which isn't big enough to support a library.

So we made one.  

11 October 2017

11 Eyeshadow Hacks That You Need to Know

Eyeshadow is one of the most versatile products in your beauty arsenal.  Your eye area is a sensitive area of your body, so if a makeup is safe for the eye area, it's generally safe to use anywhere.  This means that you can safely use eyeshadow on your eyes, face, lips, or even your hair!  

I found 11 eyeshadow hacks that give you new uses for your eyeshadow plus a few ways to hack it for your eyes.  Think you know everything there is to know about eyeshadow?

11 Eyeshadow Hacks That You Need to Know

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