29 December 2015

Meaningful Beauty Review: First Impressions

This post was sponsored by Meaningful Beauty as part of a Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review

I’m in my mid-30s now, and fine lines are to be expected.  Although each fine line means that I’ve had a life of experiences and fun, it doesn’t mean that I don’t want to make them less noticeable.  I was recently sent the Meaningful Beauty skincare line by Cindy Crawford.  Have you ladies seen her lately?  She’s as beautiful as ever!  She developed her skin care line with vitamins for radiance, marine extracts to moisturize and firm, and antioxidants to fight free radicals.  Keep reading for my first impression of the Meaningful Beauty skin care line.

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28 December 2015

Best Moisturizing Lipsticks

Lipstick in the winter can be a condundrum.  You want a rich color that will last all day, but long-lasting lipsticks dry out your lips.  In the winter, my lips are already dry and prone to getting chapped.  The last thing that I need is to dry my lips even more in the winter.  There's good news, my friends.  There are lipsticks that will last all day and moisturize your lips at the same time.  Even better, they come in a wide range of prices.  I've found that the pricy lipsticks do last longer and feel better, but I've had some wonderful successes with drugstore brands.  Here are my top picks for the best moisturizing lipsticks for beautiful color without the flakes.



22 December 2015

Peppermint Mocha Body Scrub

I love the app Timehop.  It's so much fun looking back over the years since I've had Facebook over 6 years now.  I like seeing my photos, status updates, and conversations with friends.  Today, my Timehop showed the gifts I'd made for teachers last year.  I remember that day very well.  I was so far behind schedule with Christmas, blogging, my Etsy shop, and general life.  By the time I got the teacher gifts done before the last day of school before break, I had had more caffeine than any human should ingest in a week let alone a day.  I think I finished about 4 a.m., and I was terrified that we would oversleep and miss the bus!  

This year, I've got a much better handle on things.  I wouldn't say that I'm prepared for Christmas, but I do have a solid plan to get me there.  Do you ever have that nagging feeling that you're forgetting something?  Or are you one that likes to keep spare gifts on hand just in case?  If so, you'll love this easy recipe for peppermint mocha sugar scrub.  You can also make it for yourself because I'm sure that you need some pampering right now too!  

Easy peppermint mocha body scrub recipe with coffee grounds and sugar to exfoliate your skin.

21 December 2015

Christmas in the Community

This Christmas is a special Christmas in my community.  I live in a small rural town, and there's not much for people to do in town.  The town came together a few years ago to turn an old school in to a community center, but it didn't come to fruition.  Last September, a few members of the community came together and bought an office building for the community to use for special events, education, and having fun.  The entire town is excited to have martial arts, dance classes, and homeschool classes without driving a long distance.  When Christmas Tree Market asked me to set up a tree in my community, I knew the new community center would be perfect.


17 December 2015

How to Restore Intimacy in Marriage + DIY Massage Bar Recipe

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Ladies, let’s talk openly for a few minutes.  Think back to when you were dating your husband.  Then think about that first year you had after you were married but before you had kids.  Now think about the last few years.  What’s different?  Without knowing you, I can probably guess correctly that there’s a lack of intimacy now versus your first few years together.  If I guessed right, don’t fret, ladies.  This is an easy thing to fix, and your husband will love your attempts.  Keep reading for some tips to add the intimacy back to your marriage and an easy DIY massage bar recipe.  

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16 December 2015

2015 Top 10 Posts From Everything Pretty

I'm having a hard time with it being almost 2016.  Wasn't it the 90s like 10 years ago?  With the new year approaching, I like to look back and reflect.  That always helps me see the bigger picture.  Take 2015 for example.  I tried posting some different type of posts, but if you look below, it's fairly obvious that you all love my DIY beauty recipes!  The top post is a food recipe, so maybe that's something that I need to be posting more.

Last year, I posted my top 10 most popular posts of 2014.  Since it was my first one, I included all posts.  This year, I only included my top posts that were published in 2015.  I have some posts that are insanely popular with 100s of repins, so it would be difficult for any new post to break their records.  This evens the playing field a little bit for my newbie posts.


15 December 2015

DIY Gingerbread Sugar Scrub Recipe

Can you believe that Christmas is next week?  I'm having a hard time with this. I live in Ohio, so we've usually had several rounds of snow by now.  It was in the 60s yesterday!  I am definitely not complaining about the weather, but it's making it a little hard to get in the Christmas spirit.  My tree is up, the house is decorated, and I'm working on my shopping list.  I'm not as far as I would like on my list, but it will get done eventually.  I like to make something for my friends as a little something to make them smile.  This year, I decided to make this DIY gingerbread sugar scrub recipe.  I would give this to teachers, but my kids are homeschooled this year.  If your kids have teachers, this is a great gift for them too.  Last year, I had two kids in public school, and they had over 10 teachers between them, not including specials!  I definitely understand the need for inexpensive yet awesome gifts.    

DIY Gingerbread Sugar Scrub Recipe

14 December 2015

Christmas Shopping Made Easy With CurrentC

Thank you CurrentC for sponsoring this post and for facilitating my fun shopping day.  As always, all enthusiasm is my own.  

I really love the ugly Christmas sweater trend because it's so much fun.  I held off buying one, but this year I was invited to a party where one was required.  Of course, I had to oblige in the spirit of having fun.  Besides, it was a great excuse to go shopping.   I was headed to Columbus to go shopping, so I stopped at Sear's to get a new outfit for the party.

Christmas Shopping Made Easy With CurrentC

12 December 2015

Tween Girl Holiday Gift Guide


My baby girl is becoming a tween.  She's outgrown most of her toys, and she's developing her own sense of style.  Her favorite store is Justice, and I must say that I love that store too.  Justice is THE go-to destination for stylish tween girls this holiday season. Whether shopping in-store or online, Justice makes it easy and hassle-free for anyone with a tween girl in their life to find great holiday gifts!  Dakota and I went to the store to get some holiday ideas, and she needed some new clothes too.  She wanted to include the entire store in her gift guide, but I told her to limit it to just 10 items.  Keep reading for her tween girl gift guide and how to enter a sweepstakes from Justice.




11 December 2015

Top 10 Best Makeup Brushes

When I was a teenager and even in to my 20s, I thought you were supposed to use the brushes that came with the makeup.  They were rough, scratchy, and the majority of them left me with uneven makeup.  Then I discovered makeup brushes.  Friends, I have no idea how I made it almost 10 years of my makeup life without using these soft pieces of Heaven.  My makeup went on so smooth and even.  Then I had a new problem; What are the best makeup brushes?  If you've ever stared at the brushes at the makeup counter, you know my frustration.  I've already covered how to use makeup brushes and why you need to clean your makeup brushes.  I've even given you a DIY makeup brush cleaner and a makeup brush cleaner spray.  Today, we are going to talk about the best makeup brushes that I've found.  So go read up on which styles of brushes to buy and how to clean them, then come back for my top picks.  

Top 10 Best Makeup Brushes

09 December 2015

The Best Skin Care Products For 2016


You probably know by now that I am always on the lookout for the best skin care products available, and with 2015 coming to a close, I wanted to share some of my favorites that I think you'll love with the new year coming. With so many options available in women's skin care it can be hard figuring out what you really should be using and what's really not necessary. I'm here to help take some of the guesswork out of choosing the products for your beauty routine. So without further ado, here are the must have skin care products of 2016. 

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06 December 2015

My Favorite Winter Workout



When the weather is nice, my favorite exercise is to take a walk around the farm or at the park with the kids.  I don't have access to an affordable gym, and by walking I can spend time with the family while I exercise.  I don't like walking in the winter.  I have a bad knee, so I am terrified that I'll slip on the ice or snow and pull another tendon.  I also don't do well in the cold.  I'm pretty sure that I was supposed to be born in to a tropical climate, yet here I am in Ohio.  I am just thankful that I don't live any further north than I already do!  In the winter, I have to use my exercise DVDs in the house or get creative.  One of my favorite winter workouts is dancing, and that's why we love the Just Dance games for the Wii.  

03 December 2015

3 Ways to Boost Your Confidence Fast


If you're new to Everything Pretty, then I want to tell you a little secret.  It's one that I've shared with my readers before, but I want to reiterate it because it's so important.  Being beautiful is not about being perfect.  Beauty is not your nose shape; it's not your eye color.  And it's definitely not your dress size.  Beauty radiates from your soul.  It's being kind and helping others.  It's offering a kind word to a stranger.  It's what you do each and every day to make the world a better or even happier place for other people.  

01 December 2015

The Best Oil Absorbing Products

You spend the morning preparing for the day, including applying flawless makeup.  But by noon, your face looks like you slathered oil all over it.  If this sounds familiar, here are some of the best oil control products available so your look stays flawless all day.  I have an oil problem in my T-zone only, so I use some of these products only on my problem areas. In the summer, oil is definitely more of a concern, so I use oil control products all over.  In the winter, I usually just use them on my T-zone.
The best oil absorbing products for a flawless look all day.