27 May 2015

How Airbrush Tanning Works

When I was a teenager, I loved going tanning.  With my brown hair and eyes, I look better with a tan.  I got a gorgeous tan each year too.  Then my grandma was diagnosed with skin cancer.  Then two more family members were diagnosed.  That stopped my tanning immediately.  Now I slather sunscreen all over me and my kids to protect us from skin cancer and from premature aging.  I still like to have a nice glow, so I like to get an airbrush tan.  Luckily, my husband does airbrushing, so he gives me my tans.  Some salons also do airbrush tanning, or you can buy a kit to use yourself at home.  If you're new to this type of tan, keep reading to find out how it works and some tips for better results.

22 May 2015

Pure MD Skin Care Giveaway $170 Value

The giveaway and information in this post has been provided by Pure MD.  As always, all opinions are my own.

This is Memorial Day weekend, so I want to give a huge thanks for all of my readers who are active or retired military, spouses of military, or family of military.  I appreciate everything that you have done for our country.  

This week, I've got a great giveaway for my faithful readers.  I have three products from Pure MD: Everyday Clean Balancing Cleanser, Youth Everlasting moisturizer, and Youth Fusion toner.  

I got a chance to review all three of these products, and I really liked them.  They all work well for normal skin.  My skin is more combination than normal, and they worked great for me.  

20 May 2015

Summer 2015 Fashion Trends

Did that seem like the longest winter ever to anyone else?  It seemed to last for years for me!  Needless to say, I am thrilled that summer will be here soon.  I homeschool one, so I still have one at home who needs help during the school year.  I have two in school, so I have homework and school stuff to deal with.  All three kids are in scouts, and I'm a leader for two of them, so I have those meetings during the school year.  Our lives have been very hectic this year, so I can not wait for May 29th!  

To get ready to summer, here are the top fashion trends for summer 2015.  These looks may or may not be on the runway, but they are styles that you'll see on real people.  You'll also be able to find the styles in your favorite stores!  I linked each piece for you, and a few are even from Target.  All of the are eligible for cash back through ShopAtHome.com if you create an account.  Don't forget to change your makeup for the warmer weather.  You can get the latest summer 2015 makeup trends here.  


18 May 2015

DIY After Sun Spray Recipe #ShareMemories

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareMemories #CollectiveBias

I grew up with a brother, so I cherished the time with my female cousins.  My cousins are 18 months apart, and I'm in the middle, so we were very close growing up.  Unfortunately, as time went on, we went our separate ways to college.  The oldest moved three hours away and started a family.  The youngest moved back to the area, but she has a demanding job that prevents us from spending much time together.  While I was shopping last weekend, I saw one of the new Coke bottles with her name on it, so I called her to come spend some much needed time with us.  When we were kids, I always tanned while her and her sister always burnt, even with sunscreen.  My kids get red cheeks, so I made a DIY after sun spray just in case.

17 May 2015

Tips to Prevent Period Leaks



Ladies, besides the pain and general feeling of yuck, what's the worst part of having your period?  Leaks.  For me, that feeling of fear and dread of having my pad leak on to my clothes -- or worse where I'm sitting! -- is enough to drive me crazy.  Here are some tips to prevent period leaks.


15 May 2015

How to Use Bronzer

Summer is so close!  I want a sun-kissed glow, but I don't want to spend time in the sun unprotected. Bronzer can help define your best features, and it makes your skin look like it's glowing.   If you're new to using the product, you may wonder how to use bronzer.  No fear, dear readers, I will help you learn how to apply it without looking fake.


12 May 2015

Gardener's Soap Recipe Using Melt and Pour Soap

Since Ohio completely skipped spring and went from winter to summer, it's almost time to start my garden!  Last year, we had four large gardens.  This year, we are only planting two gardens because the weeding is a little out of control.  We only want non-GMO, organic plants, so we don't use chemicals.  This will still give us enough food to preserve for the winter, but we won't be selling any this year.  Trust me when I say that we get dirty working in the garden.  The weeds can stain my skin, and the dirt seems to embed in my skin.  I just made a few bars of my gardener's soap to help keep my hands clean.  I carefully selected each ingredient in this recipe, and it's easy to make.  I also love that I could use my leftover coffee grounds so they didn't end up in the trash!  


11 May 2015

Tame Frizzy Hair Giveaway $49.99 Value

I think Ohio skipped spring this year.  It went from frigid temperatures to brutal heat.  With the heat comes the humidity.  For a curly haired girl, this is not a good thing at all!  I straighten my hair almost all of the time, so a little humidity can lead to big frizz.  My hair is also frizzy because of my highlights and damaged hair, so it needed some extra love.  I was recently sent two products to help combat my frizz, and I loved them so much that I'm offering a giveaway for you!

07 May 2015

What Are BB, CC, and DD Creams?

BB, CC, DD what?  No, you're not strolling through the lingerie department; you'll find these in the cosmetics department. BB, CC, and DD creams are some of the newest foundation type formulas available, and they all have a specific purpose.  If you're unsure of which one you need, keep reading to find out what BB, CC, and DD creams are.




06 May 2015

15 Recipes for DIY Soap Making

One of my favorite beauty products to DIY has got to be soap.  You can turn a basic recipe into something beautiful with some creativity.  I also love that you can change the qualities of the soap with a few simple additions.  I love experimenting with soap additives for different effects.  

I curated a list of 15 DIY soap recipes on a  Hometalk clipboard to share with my readers.  If you haven't heard of Hometalk, go check it out.  It's a wonderful community of home improvement and DIY.  Along with Pinterest, it's my favorite source of inspiration for anything home and garden.
I post many of my craft and DIY projects there from both of my blogs, so come follow me if you want to see what I'm up to.


For the instructions and recipes, check out my clipboard on Hometalk.  You can click on the links for each post to get directions and tips.  

Have you ever made soap?



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05 May 2015

Restful Sleep Update + DIY Sleepy Spray Recipe + Giveaway

Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Restonic, and I received Compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Last month, I posted some tips to help you -- and me! -- get more restful sleep.  I'm one of those people who needs at least 8 hours of sleep to function, but I really do better with 9.  If I get less than 8 hours of sleep, I am worthless the next day.  I know this, yet I used to stay up way too late.

I'm a night owl.  I do my best work after the kids go to bed when the house is quiet.  I've been like this since I was a teenager, and it's just how I am.  However, the local authorities would frown upon my kids being late for school every day, so I have to get up a 7:30 a.m. each morning to get two of them off to school.  This means that I have to #GoToBed no later than 10 p.m. to have time to relax to go to sleep.  That is very, very difficult for me, and it takes careful planning because there are things that I used to purposely put off until the kids went to bed so I could spend more time with them.

Keep reading to see how I improved my sleep, what I still need to work on, a sleep spray recipe, and a giveaway!


04 May 2015

Pura d'or Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner Review + Giveaway

I received Pura d'or shampoo and conditioner in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own. 

 I switched up my hair color a little for the summer.  The photo on my sidebar was taken last fall, but now I have light blond highlights in my naturally dark hair.  Since my hair is naturally curly, I straighten it a few times a week.  Blond + heat = serious damage.  I knew I wasn't using the right shampoo and conditioner for my hair, so I was excited to review the Pura d'or products.

Argan oil is one of my favorite oils for damaged hair.  It's a dry oil, so it moisturizes without leaving your hair excessively oily.  It's high in fatty acids and vitamin E, so it nourishes your hair without weighing it down.