About

Launched in 2013, Everything Pretty is a beauty blog for real women.  You'll find DIY beauty recipes, skin care products, and beauty tips as well as information about autism and sustainable living.

I'm Cari, and I'm so glad that you are here!  When my oldest was little, I had my own website selling handmade soaps, lotions, shampoos, and other bath products.  I loved making and selling, but I had to put it on hold when I had two more kids.  I had taken up paper crafts, so I started my Etsy shop selling cards and now decoupaged and altered items.

I still love making bath products, and I love writing and blogging, so here we are!  Since I don't sell my bath products any more, I don't like keeping a bunch of random ingredients on hand.  That's why I try really hard to focus on recipes that are easy to make with simple ingredients.

My husband and I, along with our three kids, live on a small farm in Ohio.  We have a pony named Hank, 50 chickens, homing pigeons, several rabbits, a dog, and three cats.  (Sadly, Hank passed away last spring.  We are absolutely heartbroken over his death.)  We have an orchard with 300 fruit trees and a large garden.  We spend spring planning our garden, summer gardening, fall canning, and winter eating our home canned foods.

I've been a homeschool mom for three years.  Two of my kids have autism and one is neurotypical, so we feel that learning at home is better for us.  My oldest, 15 and with autism, started taking classes at a nearby college this year too.

I've written for United Way, Angie's List, Purina, What to Expect, Valpak, and Everyday Health, mostly using a pseudonym.

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