LaFlore Skincare Launch and Review

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I'm excited to tell you about a brand new skincare line from LaFlore.  It just launched on September 16, but I got a cleanser, serum, and moisturizer to try last month so I could share it with my readers.  LaFlore is a little bit different than other skincare systems, so keep reading to see how it's different.

Caramel Apple Sugar Scrub Recipe

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I feel like pumpkins steal all of the attention in the fall.  If you give me the choice between pumpkin anything and a caramel apple, then I'm going to choose the caramel apple.  My daughter wanted caramel apples this week, and I decided that it would make a wonderful sugar scrub.  A nonprofit that I'm involved with had several women volunteer for a special project, so I wanted to give them a small token of appreciation with this caramel apple sugar scrub.

caramel apple sugar scrub recipe

Caregiving Made Easier With Sam's Club

Today, I want to take a break from talking about beauty and talk about something that's going on in my life that I haven't shared much about on social media.  A little over two years ago, my mom fell and suffered from a brain bleed that caused long-term problems with her memory and balance.  After the fall, she spent months in and out of the hospital with various complications.  Thankfully, she hasn't been hospitalized in over a year.  

Since she has problems with her memory, I've taken over as her caregiver.  She lives alone half an hour from me, so this hasn't been the easiest way to care for someone, but I've made it work.  Thankfully, Sam's Club has made it easier to save time and get my mom's essentials so I can spend more time with her or my kids.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

How many pumpkin spice lattes have you had this year?  I haven't had any, unless you count Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte K-Cups.  Those I have had a few of so far this year.  I found a way to satisfy my cravings for PSL without breaking the bank or drinking a lot of calories with this pumpkin spice latte melt and pour soap.  It smells amazing, and the coffee gives it a little boost of scrubbing power.  Caffeine is also said to help with cellulite, so it makes a good body bar as well as a hand soap.

pumpkin pie spice melt and pour soap recipe

15 Amazing Epsom Salt Uses & Benefits

Even though I don't use Epsom salts very often in my recipes on my blog, it's one thing that we constantly use at home.  My son has had surgery on his feet twice in the last year, which meant twice daily Epsom salt soaks for weeks before surgery and after.  I use them in the bath with my other son to increase his magnesium intake.  I use them in salt soaks and for scrubs because of their wonderful benefits.  I was going to do a few posts on Epsom salt recipes, but they are very basic recipes, so I decided to just do one bigger post with all of the amazing uses for Epsom salts and why you need them in your medicine cabinet.

15 Amazing Epsom Salt Uses & Benefits

Easy Sugar Scrub Recipe with Suave Essentials Body Wash

Isn't it amazing how a scent can take you to a new place and instantly transform your mood?  I love trying different scents, so I'm always switching things around.  I'm the one who will buy my favorite product in four different scents, but I don't use them a full bottle a time.  I switch them every few weeks, rotating between the scents.  I am loving the Suave Essentials body wash line because they have some amazing scents.  Keep reading to learn more about the different scents and get an easy sugar scrub recipe that I made with one of the body washes.

Suave Essentials Body Wash

Last week, I saw a quiz for Suave Essentials body washes.  My results for the quiz weren't too surprising for me: Tropical Coconut.  Yes, that would have been the first one that I grabbed!

When I was at Walmart, I picked up the Suave Essentials Body Wash in Tropical Coconut.  But of course, I couldn't stop at just one.  As much as I love all things coconut, I know that fall is coming.  I also grabbed Cocoa Butter & Shea, which smells like vanilla sugar, and Milk & Honey Splash because they are warmer scents for fall.  I also Sweet Pea & Violet, which is more of a spring or summer scent to me, but I think I'll use it during the winter to remind me that warmer weather is ahead.  

Not sure which scent is right for you?  Take the Suave Body Wash Quiz to see what scent you get!  After you take the quiz, you'll get a cash back offer from Ibotta, too.  

Easy Sugar Scrub Recipe With Suave Essentials Body Wash

I love the smell of the body washes so much that I decided to use them in a sugar scrub recipe.  This is great for your entire body, but I love it for my feet.  Traditional sugar scrubs have oil in them, which isn't so great when you need to walk around after you scrub your feet.  But this recipe exfoliates and softens without leaving your feet slippery.

This recipe couldn't be simpler.  In fact, there really isn't even a recipe.  You can customize it for your preferences and eyeball the ingredients.

I filled a small container about 3/4 of the way full with sugar.  Then I almost filled it with Suave Essentials body wash and stirred it.  I wanted my scrub thick, so I added some more sugar for a thick scrub.  You can make yours thick or thin, depending on your needs.  

Now you have a wonderful scrub for your hands, feet, or body that's already scented and colored without buying anything extra.  You can use the scrub and your body wash in the same scent to layer your scent for the day.  

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Michael Todd Soniclear Elite Giveaway

I'm a Michael Todd Beauty ambassador, which means that I've been able to introduce you to a lot of their products.  They have great skin care products, but my favorite products are their beauty tools.  I have the Sonic Eraser Pro, Soniclear Petite, Sonic Blend, and the Total Refresher.  I use all of the products often, but I use the Soniclear Petite twice a day.  My skin looks and feels so much better since I started using it last March.  

Michael Todd Beauty recently reached out to see if I wanted to host a giveaway for the Soniclear Elite for one of my lucky fans.  Of course, I said yes because I know you will all love it if you win one!

15 of the Best Hair Masks

My hair really takes some abuse with heat styling and color, so I try to take care of it by using a hair mask once a week.  I make quite a few masks myself, but sometimes I just like trying a premade one or they have ingredients that aren't cost effective for me to purchase for myself.  Here are 16 of the best hair masks for your consideration.

15 of the Best Hair Masks

Save Time With Curbside Express From Giant Eagle + Banana Yogurt Face Mask Recipe

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We started homeschooling last week, which means that my son's autism therapy also started.  My oldest is starting college, so I need to take him to the college twice a week until he gets his license.  Between working, school, and the kids' extracurricular activities, time is really at a premium right now.  Some weeks, I barely have time to go to the grocery store.  Then I discovered Curbside Express from Giant Eagle.  There's a Giant Eagle just 5 minutes from where my son's therapy is once a week, so I've been ordering my groceries in the evening when it's convenient and stopping by to pick them up on the way home.  With all of the time I'm saving, I thought I could spend the hour that I would have been at the store pampering myself.  Last week, I made a banana yogurt face mask recipe with my extra time.  This week, I told the kids we could play a board game.

Banana Yogurt Face Mask Recipe

DIY Cuticle Cream Recipe

We survived the first week back to school, which was also tech week for Dakota's play.  It was a crazy, crazy week.  I will be very happy to spend most of our evenings at home this week and not be so busy.  Our weather is starting to cool off here in Ohio.  Back to school and cooler weather means that winter is coming.  The dry winter air really affects my skin, especially my hands.   Without lotion, my cuticles get so dry that they start to split and crack.  It's painful and not fun.  I do use lotion a few times a day, but I don't like using lotion all the time because it gets my keyboard dirty or I'm about to cook dinner.  That's why I made this DIY cuticle cream recipe and used a lip balm tube.  It makes it mess free to apply, and I can throw it in my purse without worrying about it leaking.
DIY Cuticle Cream Recipe

Colleen Rothschild Skin Care Review

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For the last year, I've been battling some fine lines, smile lines if you will, and I don't like them one bit.  My son is off to college next week, so I don't need any more reminders of how quickly time passes.  Thankfully, my complexion is usually clear, but I do battle enlarged pores and dull skin, especially if I don't do my weekly face mask.

I've heard other bloggers and YouTubers rave about Colleen Rothschild skin care.  I'm so glad I got to try it for myself.  Keep reading for my review and a special savings code just for my readers!

Spiced Apple Cider Sugar Scrub Recipe

My favorite fall drink is a warm apple cider.  My husband wants to make cider from our apples, but we haven't gotten to that quite yet.  Since we live in Amish country, there are several Amish who sell homemade apple cider that's so crisp and so fresh that we get it just hours after it's been pressed.  I pour it in the slow cooker and sip it on the cool evenings.  

The apples in Ohio are just starting to ripen, so we haven't had any fresh apple cider this year.  I bought some from the store, but it wasn't nearly as good as the homemade cider that I'm used to.  I made this spiced apple cider sugar scrub recipe to use this fall, even if it's a tad bit too early for the real deal.

Spiced Apple Cider Sugar Scrub Recipe

My Little Pony: The Movie Collection from PUR Review

One of the best perks of being a blogger is the happy mail.  I randomly get packages sent to me from different companies that are unexpected and always appreciated.  Last week, I got what it my favorite happy mail package to date.  My daughter and I had so much fun looking through the box and seeing all of the goodies!  PUR just released a new collection of makeup for My Little Pony: The Movie, and they sent me the collection plus a yummy cookie and a Caboodle to store it all in.  Dakota tried to claim all of it as soon as I opened the box.  Since I'm the best mom ever, I let her have the cookie and the Caboodles to store her theater makeup.

My Little Pony: The Movie collection from PUR cosmetics

Protect Your Child's Skin + Free Printable Summer Bucket List for Families

This post was sponsored by La Roche-Posay as part of an Influence Central campaign and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Have your kids started school yet?  Mine start next week.  We've always had lazy summers that still manage to fly by too quickly, but this summer really flew by.  At the start of summer, I knew we all desperately needed a break.  I also realized that my oldest son is 15, which means that I have this summer and just two more with him before he turns 18.  We aren't a vacation taking family because of our work schedules, having two kids with autism, and having several farm animals that don't do vacations either.  

Each summer, we would try to do a few fun things, but often we didn't do much.  Yes, the down time is wonderful, but I wanted to make memories this summer.  Memories that my kids would hold onto for the rest of their lives and, hopefully, share with their kids one day.  At the start of summer, I asked the kids to each make a bucket list of things to do that were affordable and easy to do in one day.  I created one master summer bucket list for families that we used to check off experiences as we did them.  Some of them, like a day at the beach and cooking outside, we did several times this summer.  Some things we haven't gotten to yet.  Even though school is starting, I still plan on working on our bucket list.  I'm sharing it with you so you can get some ideas for last minute fun things to do before fall or save it for next year.  No matter how you spend your summer, be sure to protect your child's skin before spending time outside.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Face Mask Recipe

This is our last week of summer vacation, so we are enjoying every minute.  We've had quite a packed summer with our trips to Kings Island and Kalahari, the drive in movie theater, movie nights at home, swimming, going to the lake, and more.  Last weekend, we made homemade ice cream to cross another item off of our summer bucket list.  The only thing we have left to do from our list is to make tie dye shirts, so hopefully that will get done this week.  

With the start of school and fall comes pumpkin season.  Even if you aren't a fan of pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin everything, your skin can still benefit from this amazing fruit.  I used pureed pumpkin that I had frozen from my garden last year.  You can use organic pureed pumpkin from the store, but your mask will look darker. 

Green Tea Sugar Scrub Recipe

Today, I have a great recipe for you if you want to start experimenting with different ingredients.  This recipe works wonderfully on its own, but you can very easily adapt it to make it your own scrub.  I chose green tea because of its many skin benefits, but you could use a different kind of tea, including herbal teas.  If you don't have loose green tea, you can cut open a bag of green tea to use.

Keep reading for this green tea sugar scrub recipe and the benefits it has for your skin.

Green Tea Sugar Scrub

24 Cute & Fun Makeup Brush Sets from Amazon

I'm pretty much a sucker for anything cute.  From my coffee cups to my notepads, I like them to be fun and trendy.  Put owls or chevron on it, and I'll buy it.  The same goes for my makeup brushes.  Plain black is boring; I want brushes with fun colors and designs.  Here are some of my favorite fun and cute makeup brushes from Amazon.  If you buy from these links, I earn a small commission from sales.

24 Cute & Fun Makeup Brush Sets from Amazon

Fun and Cute Makeup Brushes From Amazon

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Flourless Pumpkin Bread Recipe

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I'm not sure what my favorite part of fall is? The crisp air, the changing leaves, or the pumpkin?  I love pumpkins for both decorating and eating. We grow pumpkins every year, and I roast them, puree them, and freeze them to use in my pumpkin recipes like this flourless pumpkin bread. I like this recipe because it doesn't have flour or white sugar, yet it has a great texture and flavor.  I promise you that you won't even miss them to additions with this recipe. 

Flourless Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Solid Essential Oil Carrier Oil Stick Recipe

It's no secret that I love using different carrier oils for their unique properties.  After all, they are the topic of my first book, Carrier Oils: A beginner's guide to using over 40 carrier oils in bath and body recipes.  I use carrier oils in my DIY beauty recipes for their skin and hair benefits.  

Carrier oils are so named because they carry things, like essential oils.  If you use essential oil topically, you need to know how to mix essential oils with carrier oils to use them properly.  The problem with using a carrier oil is that they can spill.  They aren't easy to take with you, and they are difficult to apply on the go without making a mess.  The solution?  This solid essential oil carrier stick recipe.