20 November 2017

Makeup and Beauty Advent Calendars for Women

Each year, my kids get an advent calendar.  It's been one of their favorite traditions for Christmas.  They really love the ones with toys that they can build, and candy is always a hit.

Why should kids have all of the fun?  I know I work even harder during December, and I'm sure you all do too, making sure the holiday is perfect for your family.  So why can't we have fun with an advent calendar that rewards us each day while counting down the days?

Here are some really fun makeup and beauty advent calendars for women.

17 November 2017

Headache Relief Balm Recipe

When I have a headache, it can last for several days.  I’m prone to both migraines and tension headaches.  I pretty much have my migraines under control, but the tension headaches seem  to give me more trouble.  

When I a tension headache, I feel like my head is in a vice that just won’t stop getting smaller.  The back of my neck and shoulders get tight and painful.  

If I do reach for my prescribed medication, I’m pretty much worthless for hours, if not all day.  I started using essential oils with some success a few years ago.

I made this headache balm so I would have my favorite headache essential oils ready to use at the first sign of a headache.  Even though tension headaches are different from migraines, I get the best relief when I treat either of them at the first sign of pain just like you would a migraine headache.  


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The base that I use for the balm has just three ingredients: beeswax, shea butter, and sweet almond oil.  This is an easy base to use because you use each ingredient in equal amounts, so I don’t have to do a lot of math when I want to make a recipe, and it’s easy to remember.

You can use any liquid carrier oil, but I like sweet almond oil.  It’s a good mild oil that also had some skin loving benefits.  You could also use fractionated coconut oil or even olive oil, but olive oil can leave your skin greasy after you apply the balm.

For the essential oils, I use peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, and tea tree oil.  

  • Peppermint is said to relax muscles, relieve pain, and reduce inflammation.  All of these properties can help with a tension headache.  It’s also cooling, which can provide immediate relief when you apply the balm.  
  • Lavender promotes relaxation.  Tension headaches are often the result of stress, so it makes sense to use an oil that can help you relax.  
  • Eucalyptus is said to help reduce pain and congestion.  It can also help reduce stress.
  • Tea tree oil is said to be an anti-inflammatory oil.  It can help reduce swelling and pain associated with tension headaches.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  


  • 1 ounce beeswax
  • 1 ounce shea butter
  • 1 ounce sweet almond oil
  • 20 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 15 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil



In a double boiler, heat the beeswax, shea butter, and sweet almond oil.  Never heat this over direct heat.


Stir occasionally until melted.  


Remove from heat and let cool slightly.  Add the essential oils, stir well, and pour into small containers.


Let cool completely before using.

To use the headache balm, rub some on your fingers and massage onto your temples, forehead, or back of neck.  The peppermint will give you a cooling sensation that will help relieve pain instantly.  

If you need more relief in a few hours, try rubbing the area where you applied the balm before to reactivate the essential oils.  If this doesn’t work, then reapply the balm.

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14 November 2017

Getting Ready for Thanksgiving

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We've lived in the farmhouse just over five years now, but this is the first year that I get to host Thanksgiving.  Actually, I think this is the first year we've ever hosted Thanksgiving.  I've made the turkey and everything just for the five of us, but we've never had company come over for the holiday before.

I have to admit that I'm a little nervous about hosting this year; I want everything to be perfect.  I'm really picky about my turkey.  I brine it for several days with a homemade brine, then I bake it with fresh vegetables and herbs so the flavor infuses the entire turkey.  So I'm good with that part of the meal.  

What I'm not ready for is the extras.  Holidays are a time to splurge a little bit and try something a little fancier than usual.  This year, I want to try some new things, and I want the entire family included.  Keep reading to see what we're adding to our Thanksgiving feast this year.

13 November 2017

Ugly Christmas Sweaters for Men and Women From Amazon

Every year, we get invited to an Ugly Sweater party.  And every year, we don't have one to wear.  So this year, I started shopping early.  

These ugly Christmas sweaters are fun for men and women.  There are a few naughty ones thrown in the mix, so be warned.  When you do buy an ugly Christmas sweater, make sure you look it over carefully.  My kids' martial arts teacher wore a hilarious sweater to their Christmas party last year, but he failed to notice what was actually on the sweater.  My kids didn't notice, but I found it hilarious. 

Ugly Christmas Sweaters for Men & Women

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10 November 2017

June Jacobs Spa Collection Skin Care Review

June Jacobs recently sent me a box with several of their products.  This was my first time using their products, so I was really excited to have so many to try.

June Jacobs is a spa visionary and beauty expert.  With her daughter, she created a line of skin care products with products that give both short-term and long-term results.

The products have botanical extracts and powerful active ingredients to deliver softer, younger looking skin.

June Jacobs Spa Collection Skin Care Review

June Jacobs skin care has a patented antioxidant blend of green, red, and white tea along with other natural ingredients to help repair the signs of aging.

All of their products are free of parabens, artifical dyes and fragrances, preservatives, and sulfates when possible.

You can find June Jacobs products at resorts and spas and on their website JuneJacobs.com.

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Fresh Squeezed Lemon Cleanser

Start the skin care routine with the Fresh Squeezed Lemon Cleanser.  This cleanser is a great way to start your day because it has a fresh scent of lemons.  It is also full of antioxidants to help reduce free radicals and fight signs of aging.  

My skin feels so soft and clean after using the cleanser!

Neroli Hydrating Mist

After you cleanse, use the Neroli Hydrating Mist.  This revitalizes your skin with neroli oil, which stimulates cellular turnover.  It also has antioxidants to help reduce the signs of aging.

Ultra Light Citrus Moisturizer

After you cleanse, use the Ultra Light Citrus Moisturizer.  I like this because it's light, yet it's a powerful daily moisturizer.  It has hyaluronic acid and humectants to hydrate the skin.  With my oily skin, these seem to work better for me than heavy moisturizers.  It also has antioxidants to help prevent premature aging.

Revitalizing Eye Gel

My eyes need some TLC at the moment, mostly due to lack of sleep and being sick forever.  The Revitalizing Eye Gel has a metal applicator to soothe the skin to help reduce puffiness.  It has several ingredients to hydrate the skin as well as help firm, lift, and improve skin elasticity.  Like the other products, it has a powerful blend of antioxidants to help neutralize free radicals. 

Papaya Purifying Enzyme Mask

I use a face mask once a week.  The Papaya Purifying Enzyme Mask contains natural fruit enzymes from papaya, mango, and pineapple to gently exfoliate the top layer of skin.  It has borage seed oil and sweet almond oil to nourish the skin and improve skin tone.  It also has power antioxidants.

This left my skin really soft.  I still like to use a charcoal mask to really get my pores cleaned out, but this is a great mask to in between those.  I should also mention that my pores can get really large if they get debris in them, so if you don't have large pores, this mask should be fine for your skin.

Sensitive Formula Mandarin Polishing Beads

When your skin needs exfoliating, use the Sensitive Formula Mandarin Polishing Beads.  It's a gentle scrub made just for delicate skin.  It has allantoin to soothe your skin and jojoba micro beads to gently exfoliate.

It also has three different tea extracts, gogi berry, grapeseed extract, and pomegranate for anxioxidants to protect the skin from signs of aging.  

Lip Renewal SPF 50

Most people forget about their lips when it comes to their skincare routine, but I am loving this Lip Renewal with SPF 50.  My lips get insanely dry in the winter.  In the summer, they are prone to getting burnt, even if my skin doesn't burn.  These protects my lips from the sun and moisturizes them.

Rapid Repair Healing Cream

The Rapid Repair Healing Cream might be my favorite out of all of the products.  I have really dry skin and eczema on my hand, so I use a lot of lotion.  This helps soothe irritation and keeps skin moisturized all day.  It has edelweiss extract, which is a natural anti-inflammatory.  It also has allontoin and dimethicone to create a barrier on the top of the skin to lock in moisture.  I think this is what really helps my skin!

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