31 March 2015

How to Use Hair Extensions

If you want to quickly change your look without cutting your hair, try using hair extensions. You can wear them just a few days for a special occasion, or your can leave them in longer Extensions are made with real or synthetic hair. Synthetic hair is cheaper, but real hair looks more natural and can be heat styled. Read on for hair extension tips and tricks to keep them looking great.

30 March 2015

Earth Day 2015 + Natural Chocolate Lip Balm Recipe

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April 22 is Earth Day, and we celebrate each year by volunteering at our town's recycling center as a family.  We help anyone who comes in needing assistance unloading their cars, and we talk to our kids about what recycling is and how it helps the planet.  

We celebrate Earth Day all year too.  We recycle, we grow our own garden, and I make many of our cleaners and bath products.  All of these help our earth by saving natural resources and energy.  We also get our three kids involved in taking care of the earth.  They clean and sort recycling at home; they help plant, weed, and harvest our garden; and my daughter loves to help me create new recipes, like the chocolate lip balm recipe below.  

26 March 2015

Best Hair Products for Fine Hair

These are the best products for fine hair to add volume and give you fuller looking hair.

I know what you're thinking: You have thick hair, you've told us!  What could you possibly know about fine hair?  And you are correct.  I do have thick hair.  But for as thick as mine is, my mom's is that fine.  For the last several years, I've been helping my mom find and test products for her hair.  Some work, and some haven't.  Here's a list of things that do work well for fine  or hair.

Even if you don't have fine hair and just want some volume, you might want to try some of these products.  I have the inverted bob, and I need some help getting some lift in the back even with my thick hair.  

Best hair products for fine hair.

25 March 2015

DIY Hair Mask for Dry Hair With Moringa Oil

This post and information is sponsored by Green Virgin Products.  As always, all opinions are my own. 

A few months ago, I posted about an amazing skin and hair care oil called Moringa Oil. Morgina Oil is often called a super food because it has over 90 types of nutrients, including proteins, fiber, minerals, vitamins, anti-inflammatory agents, and amino acids. The Moringa Oleifera plant is used for its flowers, seeds, fruits, roots, and leaves, with the leaves being the most nutritious part of the plant.

Many people add Moringa powder to their foods because it is high in potassium, vitamin C, calcium, and protein. It is higher in protein than soybeans, and it has more protein per gram than any other plant!

I made this Moringa infused hot oil treatment as a DIY hair mask for dry hair with the powder because its nutrients and protein are excellent for hair. You could also use this oil infusion in other recipes like sugar scrubs or use it in place of a carrier oil in any recipe that calls for a light oil.

I chose grape seed oil because it's non-greasy and odorless. It's said to be a natural sunscreen for hair, which is important in the summer. It is a popular oil for dandruff, and it's said to repair damaged hair and strengthen hair.

23 March 2015

How to Create a Skin Care Routine + $100 VISA Gift Card Giveaway!

I’m excited to share with you a post today that’s all about staying confident even when you’re battling a cold sore.  If you suffer from cold sores like I do, you know it isn’t easy to feel confident when you get one.  With the first sign of a cold sore coming on, I reach for Abreva® to get rid of it fast.  Then I follow the following simple tips to help keep my confidence high!
It never fails.  I get busy, then I get stressed out about being busy, and then I get a cold sore.  From the first tingle, I get paranoid thinking it's all anyone can see because it's all I can feel. While I wait for Abreva® Cream to heal my blemish, I stick to my skin care routine so my skin looks amazing, which gives me the confidence to face the world.  
At the first sign of a tingle, I grab the Abreva® Cream because it can heal cold sores in as few as 2.5 days!
Here are my secrets for looking confident, even when I feel anything but confident.

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If I have one blemish on my face, I don't want another one to pop up while my cold sore heals.  I spend more time taking care of my skin, and that really helps me feel better about myself.  Here's how to establish a good skin care routine, no matter what your skin type.

How to Create a Skin Care Routine

Always wash your hands before you wash your face.  Select a facial cleanser that's made for your skin type, and do not use hand or body soap on your face because it can be too harsh.  If you have oily skin, look for an oil-free cleanser.  If you have dry skin, you might want to try a moisturizing facial cleanser.

After you wash your face, use a toner to dissolve any remaining dirt or oil.  Toners also soften and smooth your skin.

If you use an eye or face serum, now is the time to apply it.  Serums get deeper in to the skin than moisturizers can.  You can use one for your eyes, one for your face, or use both products where directed.

Finish with a moisturizer for your skin type.  This is applied over the serum, but the serum should have time to dry before you apply the moisturizer.  You can also add a separate eye moisturizer if desired.

You should follow this routine each morning and evening.  Once a week, you can exfoliate your skin as long as you aren't using a cleanser that exfoliates every day.  If you do exfoliate, you should do it after cleansing and before using a toner.

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18 March 2015

Muscle Rub Recipe with Cayenne Pepper and Peppermint

Thank you to InstaNatural for providing the peppermint essential oil for today's post.  As always, all opinions are my own. 

My husband has a bad back, so I made him this homemade muscle rub recipe to help him while he goes through treatment.  It warms slightly when you apply it to your skin, and it's just the right consistency for a gentle massage while you're applying it.  I carefully selected each ingredient, so read on to learn how they all work.
Homemade muscle rub recipe for sore, tired muscles  Uses peppermint, turmeric, ginger, and peppermint essential oil.

17 March 2015

Snow Flower Creme Review and Giveaway Ends 4/18

The information and giveaway are brought to you by Devera Naturals.  As always, all opinions are my own.

I'm so excited to introduce you to Devera Naturals, a natural skin care company.  I'm even more excited to tell you that I have a giveaway at the end of the post!  Devera Naturals is offering a Snow Flower Creme to one of my lucky readers.

16 March 2015

Green Tea Face Mask Recipe

Most of the face mask recipes that I post are for one use.  This one is a little different because you make the powder and then add the liquid when you're ready to use it.  You can use cooled brewed green tea, aloe vera juice, or water to make your scrub.

The kaolin clay is very soothing, so it won't irritate your skin.  Milk powder nourishes your skin.  Green tea is full of antioxidants, and it helps when drank or applied topically.  Tea tree oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties, so it can prevent or heal other blemishes.

Green Tea Face Mask Recipe

12 March 2015

List of Carrier Oils and Their Benefits

A list of carrier oils and their benefits for both your skin and your hair.  If you are making DIY bath and body or beauty products, this will help you choose the best carrier oil for your needs.

I've been posting a lot of recipes lately, and I hope you've been enjoying them.  When a recipe has a carrier oil, I give the one I used and sometimes recommend a few more oils.  Sometimes I say that any carrier oil can be used.

A few readers have asked what carrier oils are, so I decided to dedicate an entire post to them.  I just picked up several new oils, so you'll be seeing new oils in the near future.  This is a partial list of carrier oils and their benefits for hair and skin.

List of Carrier Oils and Their Benefits

11 March 2015

5 Reasons Why Your Excuses for Not Exercising Aren't Valid

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

When was the last time you said you'd exercise?  Did you?  Are you like me and have several excuses why you can't exercise?  I'm pretty creative, so I can always come up at least three reasons why I can't exercise.  Deep down, I know they aren't valid.  With my readers as my witnesses, I will debunk my excuses for not exercising. 

09 March 2015

Rosemary Lemon Kitchen Soap Recipe

Thank you to InstaNatural for providing the lemon essential oil for today's post.  As always, all opinions are my own.  

This rosemary lemon kitchen soap recipe smells amazing sitting on a soap dish next to your sink, and it works hard to reduce cooking odors on your hands.  Use this after cutting onions or garlic to wash your hands, and you'll smell lemony fresh.  Lemon essential oil has natural purifying and astringent properties, so it also leaves your hands feeling great after using it too.  

Lemon essential oil fragrance has a tendency to fade over time in soaps.  This recipe will make four 4-ounce bars, so you might want to cut it in half or give a few bars to friends as a gift.  

Rosemary Lemon Kitchen Soap Recipe

Rosemary and lemon kitchen soap.  Eliminate odors and moisturize skin naturally.

06 March 2015

RESCUE Yourself With a Bubbling Bath Salts Recipe

Let's talk about something that I know affects all of us: Stress.  Whether it's bad stress or good stress, it affects us mentally and physically.  I know that when I'm stressed, I get very tired and very grumpy.  I'm just not a good wife, mother, or friend when there's too much going on in my life.  I don't want to be cantankerous, and I need some help to get back to myself.

I prefer natural remedies when possible, so when I knew I had to make changes in my lifestyle, I did some research.  Here's how I get through each day with natural stress relievers.

03 March 2015

Rose Salve for Dry Skin Recipe with Rosehip Seed Oil

This rose salve for dry skin uses rose oil and rosehip oil to moisturize even severely dry skin.  

Today, I'd like to introduce you to a new oil that you'll be seeing in future recipes.  Rosehip seed oil comes from rosehip fruit seeds.  

The oil is very high in essential fatty acids, so it's great for topical use on your skin.  It has vitamins A and C, which area also great for your skin.  
I made a salve with the oil because it has so many skin loving properties.  It's great for eczema, psoriasis, burns, scars, and stretch marks.  

My eczema is giving me problems again, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to make salve to heal my skin.  This salve is also great for dry, cracked heels and dry cuticles.  

I made this rose salve recipe with the rose oil that I made last week.  I highly recommend making the rose infused oil because it has skin benefits of its own, but you could substitute it for olive oil or jojoba oil.  

Keep reading below the recipe for more ways to use rosehip seed oil.





Measure the rose oil, rosehip seed oil, and beeswax pastilles and place in Pyrex measuring cup.



Microwave on high for 30 seconds and stir.  Microwave another 30 seconds.  At this point, not all of my  beeswax pellets had melted.  I stirred it and let it sit for a few minutes until they dissolved.  


Pour in to a container and let cool.  The tin will be very hot, so do not try to move it for about an hour.  Mine was warm but mostly set up in about an hour.

    To use, apply to your hands other parts of your body to moisturize or heal.  This works great on psoriasis, eczema, and patches of dry skin.

    Use washi tape to decorate your boring tin!


    • Wet a cotton ball with rosehip seed oil and use to remove eye makeup or face makeup.
    • Spray on your face before applying makeup.
    • Use as is for an excellent body or face moisturizer.  If you have oily skin, it might leave your face greasy.  
    • Rosehip seed oil is said to reduce age spots and hyperpigmentation.  Use on dark spots to lighten them.  

    02 March 2015

    How to Make Rose Oil at Home

    Roses aren't just beautiful; they also have properties that make them excellent for skin care.  The oil from roses has been said to be anti-inflammatory and help with skin irritations.  I'll be featuring some recipes with rose oil over the next few weeks, so this is a great ingredient to have in your stash.

    Last week, I showed you how to make rose water, which makes an excellent toner.  Now I'll show you how to make rose oil from rose petals.  I used one dozen roses to make both recipes, so start with at least 6 roses to make this recipe.  

    How to Make Rose Oil at Home

    How to make rose oil at home from fresh roses.