26 August 2015

Top Beauty Picks for Fall

It's almost fall, y'all!  Fall is my favorite season.  I love the colors, the crisp air, the perfect temperatures, and bonfires.  The only problem with fall is that it's followed by winter, and I hate winter.  When I'm old, I'm definitely going to be a snow bird.  

To get ready for fall, I'm featuring my favorite fall products.  During the summer, makeup is lighter, but fall brings us rich, gorgeous shades like purple, deep browns, and gold.  Here are my top picks for fall makeup.

24 August 2015

Calendula Soap Recipe for Dry Skin

I've been battling eczema on my hand for almost a year now, so I made this calendula soap recipe to use as a hand soap.  It would also make an excellent bar for the bath too.  I started with a shea butter soap base for the extra good fats and vitamins in shea butter.  Powdered milk has alpha hydroxy acid, which penetrates the skin to make it softer and nourish it.  The coconut oil is full of good fats, and the chamomile that I infused in it helps soothe irritated skin.

The real star of this recipe is the calendula.  This herb, which is also referred to as marigold, is a great herb for your skin.  It's full of antioxidants to prevent damage from oxidation in your cells.  It also works as an anti-inflammatory and promotes wound healing when applied topically to your skin.  It has been shown to be an antiseptic and can help increase blood circulation to an area to promote healing.  

Easy calendula soap recipe with milk powder, coconut oil, and chamomile for dry or irritated skin.

20 August 2015

Fall Boots to Splurge On

If I can't wear flip flops, then I'm wearing boots.  Maybe it's because I'm a country girl now, but there's just something about a good pair of boots!  These fall boots will look great with jeans and a cute top or a dress.  While I'm not opposed to wearing less expensive shoes, I do splurge on a few good pairs for each season.  Here are my favorite boots for this fall.

18 August 2015

Skinny Piña Colada Smoothie Recipe + #SipandBeFit Giveaway

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Life is full of choices.  Of course, we'd all like to make the choice that requires the least amount of effort.  It's much easier to grab a bag of chips for a snack than to wash and cut fresh vegetables, for example.  Luckily, not all healthy choices take more effect.  In fact, some are extremely easy to make, like switching soda for a healthy drink without sacrificing taste.  Keep reading for my story and a skinny piña colada smoothie recipe.

Skinny pina colada smoothie recipe with coconut water, frozen pineapple, and coconut.

17 August 2015

Trufora Skin Care Giveaway $380 Value

Thank you Trufora for providing the prize for this giveaway and offering me a set for review.  As always, all opinions are my own.

My birthday is one month from yesterday.  I'm not "get off my lawn" old, but it's getting closer each year.  I've taken great care of my skin and used sunscreen since I was a teenager, so I can't complain.  That doesn't mean I'm letting my guard down.  Oh, no.  I'm using anti-aging products now to prevent future damage.  I believe in growing old gracefully, but I will want to slow it down as much as I can, ya know?  That's why I was excited to review the Trufora 7 piece system.  Keep reading to learn about it, how it works, and enter for your chance to win one for yourself.
Trufora Skin Care Review and Giveaway
This is actually a $380 value!

14 August 2015

How to Remove Nail Polish Easily

Ladies, let's talk personal.  If you've given birth, you know that it's an amazing experience.  You probably read all of the books and learned what's happening to your body and your baby during and after your pregnancy, but there's one thing the books don't tell you:  that after you give birth, you're more likely to have light bladder leakage (LBL).  One in three women have LBL, so you're definitely not alone!  Keep reading for the best option to use for LBL and what to do with your old period pads.

12 August 2015

Easy Cucumber and Tomato Salad Side Dish Recipe

If you read last week, you know that we have more cucumbers than we know what to do with.  I've made over 40 pints of pickles, and there are still more cucumbers to be had.  I made this cooling cucumber face mask and this cucumber sugar scrub, and we have this easy cucumber and tomato salad almost every night for a side dish.  It's my favorite way to eat a fresh cucumber, and it just takes a few minutes to make.  
Easy Cucumber and Tomato Salad Side Dish Recipe

11 August 2015

Chocolate Frappé Recipe with EAS Myoplex

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If you or someone that you're close to has lost a lot of weight, you know the struggles before, during, and after the weight loss.  I'm not done losing, but I look and feel a lot better.  There's just one problem with losing a significant amount of weight;  Saggy skin.  One way I've been trying to combat the excess skin is by losing slowly, but that isn't always under my control.  My body likes to release fat all at once and then very, very slowly before it repeats this process.  My doctor and I agreed that it's time to build muscle.  This will help me look leaner, get healthier, and look better.  Keep reading for a delicious chocolate frappé recipe that has a boost of protein.  

10 August 2015

How to make a case for blu e cig from an eyeglass case

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My husband is a smoker.  We don't allow smoking in the house or in the cars, so he has to go outside.  This is fine for him most of the year, but it gets very cold here in Ohio during the winter and very hot during the summer.  He recently switched to blu PLUS+ e-Cigs, so now he can smoke in the car and in the house.  There's more to take with you when you travel with a blu PLUS+ and tanks, so we made him a travel case from an eyeglass case. 

How to make a case for blu e cig from an eyeglass case.

09 August 2015

Popcorn bars with M&M’S® Crispy - A delicious snack under 200 calories!

Do y'all remember M&M’S® Crispy? They looked like regular M&M’S®, but they had a crispy rice center.  If you don't remember them, please don't tell me because this means that either you are too young and that I am getting old or that you do not understand living 10 long years on this planet without  these little bites of heaven.  Tears may have been shed when I found out that these were no longer on the shelf.  I was pregnant all but 6 weeks of 2005, so I may have been a little hormonal anyway.  It's all good now because they are back!  I celebrated their return by making these popcorn bars with M&M’S® Crispy, peanuts, and popcorn.  

Popcorn bars with M&M’S® Crispy, peanuts, and popcorn. A delicious snack under 200 calories!

07 August 2015

Cooling Cucumber Facial Mask

How's your garden doing this year?  We had a lot of rain and got our garden in late, then we got even more rain.  Most of my friends had their gardens flooded out.  Our garden plot is heavy in clay and loam soil, so it has excellent drainage.  This means that I have cucumbers coming out of my ears.  We've had sliced cucumbers or cucumber salad as a side dish for dinner every night for three weeks, and I've canned 40 pints of pickles for this winter.  Naturally, I started looking for DIY beauty recipes like a cucumber sugar scrub and then I created this cooling cucumber mask.

06 August 2015

What to Pack For a Weekend Trip

Friends, I am so excited that the hubs and I get to have a weekend trip for our anniversary this year!  We haven't had a weekend alone since our oldest, 13, was born.  I love my kids, but now that I am homeschooling all three of them, mom and dad need a weekend trip before school really starts.  Since it's been so long since we went anywhere, I didn't even know what to pack.  I want to be comfortable, but I don't want to take several suitcases to have all of my favorite things.  Here's my list of what I'm packing in my overnight bag for the weekend.

05 August 2015

Rewarding Healthy Behavior + Cucumber Green Tea Sugar Scrub Recipe

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Not so long ago, back in the late 1990s, I was a junior in high school, and I was entering college as a full-time freshman.  I couldn't even drive a car legally, yet I was expected to know what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.  I had always loved science, so I was going to be a scientist.  Yes, your favorite blogger was almost a genetic engineer.  I took the necessary classes to fulfill my requirements, but since I was attending a local branch of a larger university, class choices were limited.  I filled my schedule with biology, chemistry, English, calculus, and psychology.  When I graduated high school and it was time to move on to a larger university away from home, I chose Ohio Wesleyan University because it was one of only a few colleges with a genetics major.  I loved being in the lab.  I loved learning about cell reproduction, chemistry, and all that the major entails.  But I loved psychology more.  Psychology just clicked with me.  I just intuitively knew it, and studying the names, years, and experiments was something that I loved.  Keep reading to see how I'm using psychology to live healthier and how I reward myself with a cucumber green tea sugar scrub.

Cucumber and green tea sugar scrub recipe.

04 August 2015

Softening Beer Bath for Your Feet

Today, I've got another "crazy but true" recipes for you to try.  This one came about because I'm cheap frugal and don't like to be wasteful.  I had bought beer for a party that we had last summer, but I didn't realize that beer goes flat after just a few month.  I used a few bottles to cook with and do a beer hair rinse, but I still had a few left.  And that's how this recipe came to be!

Soften your feet and remove dead skin cells with this softening beer bath for your feet.

03 August 2015

BIC Simply Soleil Click Review and Giveaway Ends 8/31

Thank you to BIC for providing the information and the prize for the giveaway.  As always, all opinions are my own.

I was really happy when BIC asked me if I'd like to review their newest razor, the Simply Soleil Click™.  I have been loyal to BIC Soleil razors for several years, and I wanted to share them with my readers.  They generously agreed to giveaway 10 packages of razors to one lucky winner!  Keep reading to enter the giveaway for a chance to win.