Dandelion Salve Recipe for Dry, Cracked Skin

Winter may be over, but I'm still suffering from dry skin.  I'm taking Glow by Nature Made supplements daily, which is helping, but my heels and cuticles are extremely dry.  If I skip just one day of using a lotion on my hands or feet, I get set back days in skin healing.  

I wanted to make a dandelion salve recipe for a few years now, but I never had the time while the dandelions were growing rapidly.  Honestly, I just liked the idea of using something that people think of as a weed in to something useful.  This year, my daughter and I heard the tractor start, so we ran outside with a basket to get some dandelions before they got mowed off.  We picked about 4 cups of dandelions heads that I infused to make this recipe.

Dandelion Salve Recipe for Dry, Cracked Skin with Cocoa Butter and Coconut Oil

Leslie Sanson Walk at Home Review

I'd like to introduce you to my favorite exercise program, one that I've been using off an on for about 10 years now.  When I started using it, it was Walk Away the Pounds, but it's been changed to Walk at Home or Just Walk, depending on which DVD you buy.  I've been using it so long that my original Walk Away the Pounds set is on VHS.  Although I really love my old set, I did buy some new DVDs to use, mostly because the only VHS player we have is in the boys' bedroom, and I don't like stepping on LEGO bricks while I'm exercising.  This isn't sponsored by Leslie Sansone at all; I just really love her workouts!  Pssst....Leslie, I'd love to work with you though!

Leslie Sanson Walk at Home Review

Triple Berry Iced Tea Recipe

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

I love summer.  I love the carefree, lazy days with a schedule that isn't so busy.  I love being able to be outside in the sunshine, playing with the kids.  But what I love the most is summer food.  We have a large garden and an orchard, so we have fresh fruits and vegetables all summer.  There is nothing better than fresh grown produce on your table after spending hours working outside.

Summertime cooking also means that I can pass along the cooking chore to my husband, who loves to grill.  I prepare some cold sides earlier in the day, and he grills the meat for dinner.  Since I'm done with my cooking, I can sit outside and relax while he grills.  One of my favorite summer drinks is this triple berry ice tea recipe.

Triple Berry Iced Tea Recipe

Free Fitness Tracker Printable

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Special K. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you've been reading the last few months, then you know that I'm making some serious changes in my lifestyle.  I started taking a tai chi class twice a week, and I do an in home walking/cardio program three times a week.  I have an end goal that I'm working towards and little goals that I want to hit.  I've hit my first plateau.  I'm not going to lie; it's frustrating.  Now I realize how important it is to keep track of my progress, so when I can't see results, I can see in a glance just how far I've come.  That's why I made this free monthly fitness planner printable.  Keep reading to print your own and learn how I own my food with foods from Special K .
Free Fitness Tracker Printable

Get Help Managing Your Child's Allergy Symptoms

I am participating in  Influence Central’s Ambassador program on behalf of Claritin®. This program is paid for by the Makers of Claritin®, and I have received compensation for my participation. All opinions expressed are my own.

When my middle child, Caleb, was diagnosed with allergies, it was unfamiliar territory.  I wasn't allergic to anything until I was an adult, and even then I only have symptoms in the spring and fall.  My oldest isn't allergic to anything, so it was all new to me. I noticed that Caleb had a runny nose and watery eyes daily.  Since there are few people in our families who have allergies, I thought he was just sick.  I took him to the doctor who diagnosed him with environmental allergies. We bought a powerful allergy friendly vacuum, and I vacuumed and dusted daily.  We used the air conditioner in the summer instead of opening the windows.  After a few years, his allergies weren't being controlled, and he was miserable.  As a mom, it's hard to watch your child go through allergies and not know how to manage them.  Well, now you can learn how with the Smart Allergy Mom™ Toolkit.

Get Help Managing Your Child's Allergy Symptoms

Fidget Toys on Amazon For Autism ADHD

Fidget toys are the latest fad.  My kids are homeschooled, so they don't quite get all of the fuss.  Besides, they've been using them for years; they aren't a new thing for our family.  I'm glad they are gaining popularity though.  It brings some awareness and education to how important these simple little things are for kids on the spectrum.  When my kids were in public school, their teachers frowned upon them having a fidget toy.  My son would make one to use, then he would get in trouble.  Then his stress level was high, which is when he needed the fidget toy the most.  It was a viscous cycle that could have been avoided had his teacher known anything about autism.  But I digress since we are homeschooling now.  Whether your child has autism, ADHD, or is just likes to fidget, here are some fidget toys in stock on Amazon so you don't have to drive all over town looking for them in stock.

Fidget Toys on Amazon For Autism ADHD

Lighted Magnifying Makeup Mirror Review and Giveaway ends 5/29

Happy Monday!  Let's start off the week with another great giveaway.  ToiletTree Products has generously offered to send a lighted magnifying mirror to one of my lucky readers, and they send me one to review as well.  I didn't have a makeup mirror, so I was stuck using the mirror in the bathroom.  With one bathroom and five people, my makeup time was always cut short.  As you can imagine, I was very happy to review the mirror for them so I had more makeup options at home.

Lighted Magnifying Makeup Mirror from ToiletTree Products Review

The makeup mirror isn't huge, which is a good thing for me.  It measures 6.5 inches L x 5 inches W x 12 -16 inches in height, depending on how you position it.  I need to store it in the closet when I'm not using it, so I didn't want a large mirror.  If you travel, the smaller size would be better to fit in your suitcase.

The mirror is magnified 7x.  That's close enough to apply your makeup to hide your flaws, but not close up that you freak out about each pore.  

It has an LED light ring around the mirror for even makeup application.  It does take 3 AAA batteries for the light ring, so you will go through some batteries in the unit.  

My favorite part is the makeup storage at the base.  It has nine compartments to hold your favorite products.  

The lighted magnifying makeup mirror is available at ToiletTree Products and Amazon.  


You could win a lighted makeup mirror of your own!  Contest is limited to US residents 18 and older.  Good luck!

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Kings Island Season Passes 2017 On Sale Now

This post is sponsored by Cedar Fair in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand.  As always, all opinions and enthusiasm is my own.

As a family, we work hard.  We homeschool, so we all help each other learn our lessons.  We have a farm with a large garden and some critters that require a lot of work.  But when it's time to play, we play hard too.  Kings Island invited us back to kick off their 2017 season.  With the end of the school year coming up, it was so nice to take a day off just to play.  We went to Kings Island last year, so they were familiar with the park.  I'm pretty sure it's their favorite place to go!

Kings Island Season Passes 2017

Kings Island has a great deal on Season Passes, but it ends on 5/29.  Their season passes include not only unlimited rides and attractions in the park but also WinterFest, Halloween Haunt, and Soak City. Season pass holders can also get in to the park 30 minutes before it opens to the public to ride the new Mystic Timbers.  

As if all of that isn't enough to convince you, season pass holders also get the following benefits:
  • Exclusive events for pass holders
  • Discounted meals and merchandise
  • Exclusive night rides on select dates
  • Dinosaurs Alive!
  • Free parking

Kings Island is the biggest amusement park and waterpark in the midwest.  It's located north of Cincinnati, Ohio.  We drive almost 3 hours each way to get there, but it's so worth it.  

Planet Snoopy

Kings Island is very kid and family friendly.  Just inside the park is Planet Snoopy, which is a section of the park for kids and families.  There are rides just for the little ones, but there are plenty of rides for kids of all ages and sizes.  My kids are 9, 11, and 15, and we spent two hours just at Planet Snoopy.  

My son, Caleb, loves to ride roller coasters.  Dakota wasn't so sure about them, so he rode on a smaller roller coaster in Planet Snoopy.  It was a great transition coaster for her so she could see how she liked it.  PS- She loved it!  Look at those smiles!

Drop Tower

Last year, Caleb really wanted to go on the Drop Tower, but we didn't get to it.  We promised him he could try it this year.  He and his dad went on it while I watched with my other two kids.  He loved it!  He begged to go back on as soon as he got off of it!

Autism Friendly

One thing we love about Kings Island is that they are autism friendly.  They have a disability pass where you get a time to go to your next ride, so you have to wait, but you don't have to wait in line.  Then you go to the exit and get on one the next ride.  This worked out perfect for us because my son can't wait in line.  We made it through the entire day without any meltdowns or incidents!

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The Busy Mom's Guide to Staying Organized

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Special K. All opinions are 100% mine.

Sometimes I'm amazed at everything that I pack in to a day.  I homeschool my kids, work from home, and volunteer in the community.  Lately, I've been making some major life changes in that I'm eating healthier and working out.  Obviously, working out takes time, but even eating better takes extra time because I have to meal plan and do more meal prep work.  Getting healthy is important to me, so I am making time for it, but I still need to find ways to make my life easier and manage my time better so I don't feel the time strain as much.  Here's how I manage to keep my life somewhat organized so I have time each day to tackle my to do lists.
  The busy mom's guide to staying organized.

Free Polar Pop For Life Sweeps + $100 Circle K Giveaway Ends 5/29

Friends, I have great news.  My most popular giveaway of the year is back!  I've worked with Circle K the last two years to bring your attention to their Polar Pop sweeps, and I have a $100 gift card to give away to one of my lucky readers.  Yes, that's two sweeps for you to enter!  We visit Circle K quite often.  There's one on the way home from my son's occupational therapy, I let him get an ice drink if he tries really hard at OT.  It's a great motivator for him, and I have an excuse to stop and grab another coffee.

Micellar Water Hacks

Have you used micellar water yet?  I was introduced to it about a year ago, and now I don't know I lived without it!  I didn't get all of the hype until I started using it, but I sure do now.  Then I learned these micellar water hacks.  Who knew this inexpensive beauty product was so versatile?  I have very limited space to store my beauty products, so I especially love products that serve double duty.  Micellar water has secured a permanent spot in my beauty cabinet because it does so much for my skin.  

Micellar Water Hacks

Beautiful Skin Starts From Within With Glow by Nature Made® – Skin Moisture

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

I'm a little bit obsessed with skin care.  My husband teases me that I have more skin care products than he has tools in his garage.  While that isn't exactly true, I do have a lot of products.  My daily skin care routine involves several products, and they do help.  But there is a secret: Beautiful skin starts from within.  It's true!  As I enter my late 30s, I started taking supplements to help my skin stay healthy.  I'm not even talking about my facial skin, which I do take excellent care of.  I'm also talking about the skin all over my body.  We heat with a fireplace in the winter, which zaps the moisture right out of the air and out of my skin.  I added a supplement like Glow by Nature Made® – Skin Moisture to keep my skin beautiful from the inside out.  

Beautiful Skin Starts From Within

Baby Foot Giveaway

A few weeks ago, I posted a Baby Foot review.  I had such a great experience with it, so I asked Baby Foot if they would sponsor a giveaway so one of my readers could try it for themselves.  I have to say that this was the weirdest product that I've ever had to try for my blog, but I loved it.  I'll post some Baby Foot peeling photos below, but I warn you they aren't pretty.  But my feet sure are pretty now, so it was well worth it.  

How to Exercise When You Have Arthritis

I found out that I have arthritis eight years ago.  When I was diagnosed, I lived in constant pain that would cause me to be nearly immobile for weeks at a time.  There were days that I couldn't get off the couch and couldn't walk up the steps to go to bed.  By the time I got my arthritis under control, I had gained a significant amount of weight due to being sedentary for so long.  I knew the only way I would be able to lose the weight was to get active.  I know my body, and I have to work out to lose weight.  Clean eating alone doesn't give me very fast results.  Unfortunately, I could barely move let alone exercise.  

A few years before that, my husband was in a car accident and had to see a chiropractor for several months.  The chiropractor gave him some samples of Biofreeze® to use, and he bought it regularly for a while after that.  I learned how to exercise when you have arthritis and used Biofreeze® to help relieve the pain.

How to exercise when you have arthritis.

Post Workout Hair Care

Since this is fitness week here at Everything Pretty, I want to talk about fitness and beauty.  Specifically post workout hair care.  I used to wash my hair after every workout, but I just can't do it.  My hair got so dry because I had to use a hair dryer and flat iron almost daily.  I got my hair done last week in my usual brown with blonde and red highlights, and I want to preserve the red.  I just can't wash it daily and style it without having extremely dry hair.  

I also have a limited amount of time.  It takes me an hour to wash, dry, and flat iron my hair.  I was working out for 30 minutes a day, but now that I've learned some fitness hair care tips, I'm up to a 45 minute workout and about 15 minutes to redo my hair, so I'm saving a lot of time by not washing my hair.
How to care for your hair before and after working out.

Post Workout Hair Care

Pre-workout Styles

As women, we are great multitaskers.  You can use your gym time to style your hair.  Pull your hair back in to a bun or a braid before you exercise.  This keeps your hair out of your face, and when you're done, you'll have volume fro the bun or waves from a braid.  If you get really sweaty, zap the sweat with a hair dryer before undoing your hair for more volume and staying power.

Dry Shampoo

It's nearly impossible to do anything with sweaty hair, so it's best to start by drying your hair with a hair dryer.  Flip your head over and hit the roots with the dryer.  This will dry out your hair and add some volume to your hair.  

Once your hair is dry, spray with dry shampoo.  Don't use dry shampoo on wet hair, so it's really important to dry your hair before you use it.  Use your fingers to get the dry shampoo on your scalp and then brush your hair.  


If your hair is really sweaty and you really need to freshen up, try rinsing your hair in the shower and letting it air dry.  This is best for straight hair that won't frizz.  Don't do this all the time because the salt from your sweat will move to your ends and dry them out.  

Preworkout Tips

Keep your hair in great shape by following these tips before and during your workouts:
  • Try a moisture wicking headband and avoid thin ones because they can cause creases.
  • If you wear your hair in a ponytail, use a gentle elastic band and vary where you wear the ponytail to avoid breakage.
  • Use a gentle shampoo to keep your hair healthy.
  • Consider using dry shampoo before you workout to absorb moisture as it happens.  
  • Brush your hair often to distribute your natural oils to the rest of your hair.  
  • If you workout outside, be sure to use a UV protector on your hair.  

If you like this post about post workout hair care, then you'll love these posts:
13 New Uses for Dry Shampoo
How to Wash Your Hair
How to Reduce Hair Breakage

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Benefits of Probiotics for Women

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

I'm on a journey to get healthy, so I've been making some lifestyle changes.  The first thing I did was change my diet so I was eating less sugar and fewer carbs.  Then I started working out.  Finally, I added some supplements to help my body on this long journey.  I started taking Hyperbiotics Pro-Women for its many health benefits, which I'll talk about more in a minute.

It's been two months since I started making changes.  The scale hasn't moved as much as I would like, but I am seeing results.  I feel a lot better and have more energy.  Between working from home, homeschooling, being a mom, and volunteer work, I have full days.  The boost in energy is most definitely welcome.


My husband and I started taking a tai chi class three months ago.  If you're not familiar with tai chi, it's like meditation in motion.  Not only is it relaxing for me, but it also helps boost strength and flexibility.  I wanted more cardio, so I started doing an at home walking program and using the punching bag.  The punching bag is a lot of work, but it's great stress relief!  


I like Hyperbiotics because they are non-GMO and don't have artificial colors, artificial flavors, or preservatives.  It's very important that I avoid these in my food, so I don't want to have them in a supplement either.  It can also support energy, and that's something I always need more of with my crazy schedule.  Supporting a healthy immune system is another bonus because I really don't have time to get sick with everything that I do in a day.

Hyperbiotics has several formulas, but I use the Pro-Women formula.  I like it because can aid in weight loss, which is a big goal for me right now.  Most people think of digestive health when they think of probiotics, but Pro-Women promotes good health in other ways, too.

Probiotics are the good bacteria that live in your gut, and they play a big part in your immune system.  Not only do they work to promote your digestive tract, but they also boost your immune system and help your body absorb more nutrients from the food you eat.

So what makes Pro-Women different?  It also has cranberry extract and D-Mannose to promote urinary tract function.

Pro-Women can also help balance microflora to balance yeast growth, which can help you maintain good vaginal health as well as your digestive and urinary health.

Pro-Women and all of the Hyperbiotic supplements are now available at Target, so #followyourgut to get some for yourself.

Healthy Eating

I haven't been eating perfect, but I'm doing better than I was a few months ago.  I've been limiting my carbs, opting for breadless sandwiches, and eliminating pasta from my diet.  I've definitely boosted my water intake and stopped drinking soda.

It's been a little over two months since I really started on this journey.  Considering my eating hasn't been as healthy as it could be, I'm pleased with my results.  I'm wearing jeans that were a few inches too small, and I have a lot more energy.  My body just feels better and healthier.

Visit www.hyperbiotics.com to learn more about Hyperbiotics

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Probiotics support many facets of overall health when taken regularly as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

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