Showing posts from September, 2015

Pumpkin Spice Rebatched Fall Soap Recipe Without Lye

My pumpkin spice rebatched fall soap recipe is third in a five part series of pumpkin bath and beauty recipes.  All of the other recipes have pumpkin puree, but not this one.  There are soap  recipes that have pumpkin puree, but they are hot or cold process recipes with lye.  I was originally going to make this recipe with melt and pour soap, but I really need to use up some of the products in my cabinet.  Keep reading for the easy recipe.

Pumpkin Foot Mask Recipe to Naturally Exfoliate

Naturally exfoliate your feet with this pumpkin foot mask recipe. Pumpkin, pumpkin everywhere!  Yep, it's fall! This is the second in a five day series of pumpkin recipes.  I used organic pumpkin puree from home grown pumpkins. Making your own puree is a labor of love.  First you have to cut the pumpkin and bake it to soften it.  Then I ran it through my food mill to get the puree.  It takes several hours, so I usually only do it every other year. This was from last year's harvest that had been frozen.  That's why it's a bright orange and not brownish like you'd normally buy in the store. If you used storebought canned pumpkin, be sure that you use the 100 percent pure pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling.

Pumpkin Face Mask Recipe

This pumpkin face mask recipe naturally exfoliates and moisturizes your skin. To celebrate fall, I've got 5 great pumpkin recipes to share with you this week.  Four of them have real pumpkin, and one is a pumpkin spice recipe. We grew pumpkins last year, and I processed them and froze them to use in pies.  If you've never made a pie from homegrown pumpkins, then you don't know what you're missing!  Wow!  The pies I made were delicious, but one family can only eat so many in one year. I decided to make some recipes with some of my homemade pumpkin puree.  You can certainly use store bought pumpkin puree, just be sure to get 100 percent pumpkin and not pie filling.

Pumpkin Spice Is Here!

Last week marked the official start of fall.  Fall is my favorite season, and I wish it would last all year.  If I could find a place that had fall temperatures all year, I would be there.  I love the smell of the air, the colors on the trees, and the perfect temperatures.  We are still having beautiful weather in the high 70s and even 80s, so it doesn't feel like fall.  The leaves haven't turned yet either, so it's like a bonus summer since we didn't have much of that this year.  Even though it's not quite fall yet, pumpkin and pumpkin spice are everywhere .  Here are my favorite pumpkin spice products this year.

Peach Iced Tea Recipe with Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener

Thank you to Zing ™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener and Her Campus Media for partnering on this post! School has been in session for a month now, so we are finally in a good routine. Homeschooling is a lot different than when the kids were in public school. My days are crazy busy until about 3 p.m., but our evenings are a lot less hectic because we don't have any homework or school projects to work on. It's nice to have evenings free, but did I mention how crazy the days are? When school is over for the day, I'm more than read y for a small break. The weather has been beautiful lately, so I've been spending my afternoons on the patio watching the kids ride their bikes or play with the chickens to unwind after school. That's where the inspiration for this peach iced tea recipe with Born Sweet™ Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener came from.

How to Prevent Bed Head

I'm not sure which is worse for bed head: long hair or short hair.  When I had long hair, I'd wake up with a tangled mess.  Now that my hair in chin length, it tends to stick up in odd places some mornings.  I straighten my curly hair, so wetting it really isn't an option unless I want to dry it and straighten it again.  My poor daughter is 8 and still has baby fine hair.  She has about the worst bed head that I've ever seen.  She was waking up with knots in the same spot until we learned how to prevent bed head.

DIY Shine Spray for Hair Recipe

The last time I got my hair done, she bleached all of my blonde highlights again to get them a little lighter.  It looks amazing, but I noticed that my hair isn't as shiny as it could be on the top.  Since I have curly hair, my hair tends to get a little dry anyway, so I made this shine spray for hair recipe to boost the shine and add some good oils to my hair.  It's so easy to make with just three ingredients too.  Keep reading for the full recipe and what each ingredient does.  

Transitioning Your Beauty Routine From Summer to Fall + Pumpkin Pie Lip Scrub Recipe

Although my air conditioning is still running, the days are getting shorter and the leaves are starting to turn.  There's no denying it; it's almost fall.  Along with swapping my flip flops for boots and tank tops for longer sleeves, I also switch my makeup products.  In the summer, I'm more worried about preventing breakouts from sweating and increased oil, but in the fall and winter I have to change to moisturizing products so my skin doesn't dry out.  Keep reading to learn how I transition my beauty routine from summer to fall, including a moisturizing pumpkin pie lip scrub to prevent chapped lips.

Purple Hair Care Tips

I've wanted purple hair since...well forever...and last week I got it!   I went with a shade of dark brown on top with light blonde highlights and purple underneath in the back. Since my hair is so dark, she had to bleach it first. I've been dying my hair with streaks of bright red for two years, and my hair has always stayed healthy. Getting purple was a bit of a shock for me, and I quickly realized that I had no idea how to care for it! Purple, lavender, and violet hair is a popular trend right now, but most people don't know purple hair care tips. Keep reading for tips to help your violet hair last longer. Purple Hair Care Tips 1. Shampoo Less I used to wash my hair every day without fail. If you have bright colors like purple, blue, or green, you should only wash your hair every 2 to 3 days and use a DIY dry shampoo recipe on the days that you don't wash your hair.   If you're not a DIY person, there are several dry shampoos  that work great. T