Fall Beauty Tips

I'm not sure where this summer went.  I don't even remember June, and I'm pretty sure July lasted about 2 days.  August?  Yeah, that flew by and we are in our second week of school now!  At this rate, I think I'll be sipping a pumpkin spice latte whilst wearing Ugg boots next week.  

It's time to start thinking about changing my beauty routine from summer to fall.  My hair and skin both have different needs in the fall, so I usually get a lot of new products.  Here are my top fall beauty tips for your skin, hair, and makeup.

Fall beauty tips

Save Money on Beauty Treatments with Groupon

This post has been sponsored by Groupon.  As always, all enthusiasm is my own.

I don't feel like we summer was much of a break because we were so busy.  As soon as summer died down, homeschooling started, which means that extracurricular activities and sports started.  With such a crazy schedule, I need to schedule in some down time for myself.   Right now, I'd love to schedule a facial or a massage so I can get some time to relax.  

Save Money on Beauty Treatments with Groupon

Kings Island Kicks Cancer and Other Fall Events

This post is sponsored by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand, and I have been compensated for my participation. As always, all enthusiasm and opinions are my own.

Last week, we took a day off and went to Kings Island to have some fun during their Kings Island Kicks Cancer promotion.  We could not have picked a better day to go.  School had just started in that area and it was pouring down rain in the morning, so the park wasn't that busy.  When the rain stopped shortly after the park opened, it turned in to a beautiful day.  

Reverse and Prevent Signs of Aging with Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair

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My birthday is next month.  I'll be 36.  In the last year, I've gained some new fine lines and my uneven skin tone is worsening to the point that I need to correct it with new makeup products.  I've been using sunscreen since I was a teenager to help prevent the signs of aging, but I need to step up my beauty routine with anti-aging products like retinol.  I've partnered with Neutrogena for this post to use their Rapid Wrinkle Repair and Ultra Sheer collections for 7 days to show my results.

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair

The Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair collection is unique because it combines anti-aging products and SPF to prevent future signs of aging.  This line has the fastest retinol formula available, so you can see results in just one week!  Retinol is the #1 anti-aging product recommended by dermatologists, and it's clinically proven to reduce the signs of aging.

How to Make Theraputty

I haven't talked much about autism on this blog, but I've decided to share the DIY autism and therapy tools that we use since I know some of my readers are also autism parents.  My son, who is 10, is currently receiving ABA therapy and occupational therapy.  I prefer to make most of our therapy tools because it's cheaper, which allows us to have tools in our toolbox.  Having a child with autism can create financial strain on the family, so maybe these will help other people too.  Another advantage to making my own is that I don't have to wait for shipping.  We start homeschool tomorrow, and there were a few things that I forgot to purchase for our sensory nook.  Oops!  I learned how to make theraputty with things we had on hand, so we can work into our school day tomorrow instead of waiting.  

What Is Theraputty?

My son's OT uses theraputty at every session.  It's a stiff putty that really gets his finger muscles working before he starts working on handwriting.  Theraputty helps build strength in the hands, which helps build fine motor skills and handwriting skills.  As a bonus, it provides sensory input that he craves, so it can even help him calm down.

Sometimes I let him play with the putty freely, but I usually hide objects in it.  I hide buttons, beans, or even coins in the putty for him to dig out.  Since the putty is so large, he really has to push and pull it to get to the hidden objects.  Once he finds them, I have him put them back in, pushing them deep in the putty.  

How to Make Theraputty

You'll need:
  • 8 ounces white glue
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon borax
  • food coloring

1.  Mix white glue and 1 cup water in a medium sized bowl.  

Don't mix in the warm water just yet; you'll need it in the next step.  Use a plastic spoon to stir it, but don't worry if it doesn't mix completely.  If you want your DIY theraputty to have a color, add your food coloring now.

2.  Mix 1/2 cup warm water and 1 teaspoon borax in a separate bowl.  

Mix this with a plastic spoon until the borax is dissolved.  Ours didn't dissolve completely, but we were able to work it in during the next step.  

3.  Slowly pour the borax mixture in to the glue mixture.

We stirred with the plastic spoon as we poured, but we soon realized that it's best to just get messy.  My son didn't really mind mixing it by himself; in fact he loved it!  We didn't have all of the borax mixed with the water, but it didn't matter.  It quickly incorporated and made putty.

how to make theraputty

If you need more resistance, use less water during either step.  

Learning how to make theraputty means that now we can have two or more containers in different colors without a big investment.  Theraputty costs a little less than $2 per ounce if you buy it premade, but this recipe cost me just $1 for the glue since it's on sale for back to school.  

If your child loves noises too, this doubles as a noise maker.  When you press it down it to the container, it makes a noise that most little boys find to be quite humorous.  

If you are interested in autism therapy tools and DIY recipes, feel free to leave a comment.  I have several that I can post if there's some interest in them.

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