29 April 2016

How to Make a Clay Mask

Clay masks are my favorite home beauty treatments.  I do one once a week to exfoliate and draw out toxins.  The mask makes my skin clearer and improves my complexion.  Clay masks are very easy to make, inexpensive, and work wonders for your complexion.  Since they help remove impurities from your pores, they can also help make your pores appear smaller too.  Learn how to make a clay mask at home for an inexpensive facial.

How to Make a Clay Mask



28 April 2016

Salt Scrub vs Sugar Scrub - Which is Better?

One of the most frequent questions that I get about my DIY beauty recipes is salt scrub vs sugar scrub?  Which is better?  Neither.  Both.  It depends on how you are using it and what you want to accomplish.  Both salt and sugar have their own unique properties, so you can make the recipe that's right for your skin based on your skin needs.  Don't forget, you can also customize your scrub recipe by adding different carrier oils and essential oils, too.  

Salt scrub vs sugar scrub which is better?


27 April 2016

9 Healthy Homemade Smoothie Recipes

Don't tell my kids, but I use smoothies to get some nutrition in them.  They think they are getting a dessert, but I secretly fill them with nutrients and protein.  I'm always looking for new healthy smoothie recipes to make at home so we have some variety.  Here are 9 healthy homemade smoothie recipes for you to try.

9 Healthy Homemade Smoothie Recipes

26 April 2016

How to Wash Your Face Properly

You've been washing your face twice a day as long as you can remember, but are you washing your face properly?  Washing your face is probably the most important part of your beauty routine, so it's important to do it right.  Washing your face wrong can lead to oily skin, breakouts, and make your pores look larger.  Washing your face doesn't just remove dirt and oil; it is also a massage for your face.  Massaging the skin can help boost circulation, which in turn boosts oxygen to the area.  Here's how to wash your face properly for better looking skin.

How to Wash Your Face Properly


25 April 2016

DIY Grapefruit Sugar Scrub Recipe

You've no doubt heard about the benefits of grapefruit for your body, but did you know that grapefruit also has a lot of skin benefits?  It's true!  That's why I included grapefruit juice, grapefruit essential oil, and grapefruit zest in this sugar scrub recipe.  Grapefruit extracts can help reduce inflammation in your skin, so it's great for acne prone skin.  Grapefruit extracts can raise the pH of your skin, which can also help reduce acne.  Grapefruit is high in vitamin C and lycopene, which can reduce free radicals.  Grapefruit is naturally antibacterial, so this makes a great foot scrub to keep your feet soft.  The sugar exfoliates dead skin cells, while the coconut oil moisturizes your skin naturally.  

DIY Grapefruit Sugar Scrub Recipe

21 April 2016

5 Natural Sugar Substitutes


Sugar is delicious, but not so great for our health. It’s normal to crave it sometimes, but there’s no need to reach for the sugar bowl every time you have a hankering to satisfy your sweet tooth. Mother Nature has provided several natural sugar substitutes to common white sucrose, and it’s worth experimenting with these other options. Try these out next time you need a sweetener.  And if you need some incentive to cut back on your sugar intake, read about the benefits of quitting sugar.

5 Natural Sugar Substitutes


20 April 2016

Best Makeup Storage For Any Budget

I try not to be a makeup hoarder, but there are just too many pretty things!  As a beauty blogger, I get sent a lot of makeup, and an Ulta just opened near me, so I've been trying a lot of new brands.  If I don't keep my stash organized, I forget about products and don't use them.  I like to mix up the products I use to create new looks, so I really do need quick and easy access to all of them.  I used to just use a few drawer organizer baskets, but that doesn't work for me anymore.  I used to have a master bath with several drawers and counter space, but the farmhouse only has one bathroom with zero storage.  Everything that I have has to fit into a container or I can't store it.  Here are my picks for the best makeup storage for any budget.

Best Makeup Storage For Any Budget

19 April 2016

How to Make a Soap Cupcake With a Bath Puff

I used to make these years ago when I was selling soap.  The kids really loved them, and they are easy to make.  I hadn't made one in a while, and I thought my daughter would love it.  I was right; she loves it!  I love it because you can hang it up in the shower, which reduces clutter and helps the soap last longer because it's not sitting in water.  These only take a few minutes to make, so it's a perfect project for a weekend if you have a spare half an hour.  Then let the soap set up, unmold it, and enjoy.  Since it uses melt and pour soap, you don't have to wait for it to cure.


How to Make a Soap Cupcake With a Bath Puff

18 April 2016

Bondi Sands Self-Tanner Giveaway

Summer is getting so close!  Are you ready?  I'm not!  My toes need a pedi, and my skin needs some color.  I don't want to get a real tan in the sun, so I totally fake it.  Today's self-tanners give you a natural glow--no more orange, streaky color.  Bondi Sands recently sent me two products to try, and they are giving both of the products away to one of my lucky readers.  Keep reading to see how I liked them and to enter to win your own.


15 April 2016

$100 Circle K Gift Card Giveaway + Enter to Win Polar Pops for a Year

I've once again teamed up with Circle K for an awesome giveaway and opportunity for my fans!  This year, Circle K has generously offered a $100 gift card to one of my lucky readers!  There are two sweeps available, so be sure to enter both of them.  Keep reading to see how you can win this gift card and enter to win Circle K Polar Pop for a year.  


Circle K Great Lakes Polar Pop For a Year Sweepstakes

Circle K Great Lakes is once again hosting their Polar Pop For a Year Sweepstakes.  To enter, just take an original photo of you and your Polar Pop Cup and post it on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with the hashtag #polarpixsweepstakes.  Winner must reside in Northern Ohio, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Vermont, or West Virginia.  For full details, visit Circle K Great Lakes.


$100 Circle K Gift Card


One of my lucky readers will win a $100 Circle K Gift card!  Winner must be 18 or older and reside in the United States.  


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    14 April 2016

    No Sew Fancy Cleaning Gloves

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

    I used to dread cleaning my house because I thought it had to be perfect.  I thought that I had to clean each room from top to bottom if I was going to do anything at all.  Now that I work and have a family, I know that this isn’t possible.  Some days I can only get the dishes done, and that’s okay.  Lately, the only part of cleaning that I’m picky about is what products I use.  My husband has asthma, so I’m very conscious of the chemicals and fragrances that I use in my home.  That’s why I love Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® products.  I never have to worry about what could be lurking in my cleaning supplies and getting transferred to the surfaces in my home.  And to make cleaning even more fun—and to protect my manicure! — I make my own fancy cleaning gloves. 

    No Sew Fancy Cleaning Gloves

    13 April 2016

    Geek Girl Gift Guide

    When I was a teenager, I was a huge geek girl.  I loved Nintendo and spent my spare time coding computer games.  I kind of stopped paying attention to much in that world after I had kids, but now I'm raising geeklings.  My two boys love super heros, Dr, Who, Star Wars, and everything geeky.  My daughter loves princesses and Frozen, but she also loves Wonder Woman and Rey.  I'm not sure if she will be a true geek or if she just wants to have something in common with her brothers.  Either way, she'd love any of these items from my geek girl gift guide.

    Geek Girl Gift Guide


    12 April 2016

    My Must Have Beauty Favorites

    There are certain things that I won't leave the house without putting on.  You know, those things that you would have to take with you to a deserted island.  These are also the items that I splurge a little on because they are important to me, and they give me a confidence boost when I use them.   

    My Must Have Beauty Favorites

    11 April 2016

    How to Shave Your Legs With Less Irritation

    This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Schick, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #pmgschick #7dayshavechallenge #ad http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

    Can you think back to the first time you shaved your legs?  I can.  No one taught me how to shave my legs, so I just went for it.  I used a two blade razor and no shaving cream.  I'm sure you can imagine how that felt during shaving and for several days afterwards.  Even when I did learn how to shave my legs properly, I didn't like to do it because it still irritated my skin.  I thought that every razor that I used would be the same.  Then I partnered with Schick to take the Schick Hydro Silk 7 Day Shave Challenge.  I'll share with you my results, why I love Schick so much, and some tips on how to shave your legs.

    How to Shave Your Legs With Less Irritation

    09 April 2016

    How to Get Rid of Cold Sores

    You've got a big date tonight or an important meeting at work, and you woke up with a cold sore.  These unsightly blemishes are not only embarrassing, but they can also be very painful.  I only get them when I've been under a lot of stress for a few days or weeks, so they never come at a good time.  Luckily, I haven't had one in several years, but these are things that have worked for me in the past.  Learn how to get rid of cold sores with these home remedies.

    How to Get Rid of Cold Sores

    08 April 2016

    A Less Irritating Way to Shave With Schick Hydro® 5 + DIY Shaving Soap Recipe for Men

    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick Hydro ®. The opinions and text are all mine.

    My husband used to let his beard grow for several days or even a week before he would shave. I love a nice 5 o'clock shadow, but any more than that isn't my thing because it's scratchy and rough. I asked him why he doesn't shave more often, and he said that it irritated his face and made his skin itch. I started making him this shaving soap recipe more than 10 years ago, and it helped his skin a lot. He also has to be careful about what razors he uses because they will also irritate his skin. We've finally found a razor that doesn't irritate his skin, so keep reading to hear about it and to get the shaving soap recipe.

    DIY Shaving Soap Recipe for Men

    07 April 2016

    How Hard Water Affects Your Hair and Skin



    I grew up with well water, and we had a water softener.  When I got married, we had city water in our home with decent water.  About four years ago, we moved to a farm with well water.  The previous owners didn't use a water softener, and we didn't think much about it at first.  As the months went on, we started having problems with our water.  We have a sediment filter to get out some of the impurities, but it wasn't enough.  My dishes were spotty, my sinks are always spotty after cleaning them, and my bathtub was perpetually orange from the rust.  The hard minerals also deposit themselves on your skin and hair, so we all had itchy skin, couldn't get soap or shampoo to lather good, and my hair always looks dull.  Morton Salt graciously sent me a new water softener to install, and I am loving it so far.  My husband installed it himself, and I have a video below so you can see what's involved for the installation.

    How Hard Water Affects Your Hair and Skin

    04 April 2016

    Strawberry Mojito Sugar Scrub Recipe

    Summer is coming!  It really is!  Although I know I can't complain about last winter after surviving the two winters before that, I'm still ready for summer.  One way to get my skin ready for the winter is to use a sugar scrub like this Strawberry Mojito sugar scrub recipe to get rid of the top layer of dead skin cells.  This leaves your skin softer, more touchable, and looking better. If you'll be using a sunless tanner, you'll definitely want to use a scrub like this one to exfoliate before you use the self-tanner.  Since summer is coming, I decided to create this scrub based on one of my favorite summer drinks: a strawberry mojito.  This has a hint of mint and strawberry, so you can enjoy all of the flavor without getting a hangover.  

    Strawberry Mojito Sugar Scrub Recipe


    01 April 2016

    Best Clay Mask for Your Skin Type

    Clay masks are my favorite homemade facial masks because they are so easy to make, yet they are very effective. Clay pulls oil, dirt, and toxins from your skin for a clearer complexion. Clay also tightens your skin so your pores appear to be smaller.  There are several types of clay that you can buy, and each one has different properties for your skin.  Keep reading for the best clay mask to use for your skin type.

    Best Clay Mask for Your Skin Type