Showing posts from October, 2015

How to Remove Halloween Makeup

Halloween is my favorite holiday.  I love dressing up and taking the kids trick or treating.  Last year, I was a nurse infected with Ebola and my husband was a member of the CDC.  We got a lot of laughs from fellow trick or treaters.  He skipped the makeup, and I used eyeshadow to create black eyes, so it was easy to wash off.  Other years, we've done full face paint with different kinds of face paints and glue.  Removing the makeup wasn't nearly as fun as putting it on and going out!  If you don't want to walk around with a tinted face for a week, try these tips for how to remove Halloween makeup.

Easy DIY Catnip Toy

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #MyCatMyMuse  #CollectiveBias My younger son, Caleb, has autism.  When he was three-years-old, he stopped talking.  For almost a year, he used a crude form of sign language to communicate with us.  We tried several ways to get him to talk, but he wouldn't give us so much as a grunt.  About a year after he lost his voice, we went to the Columbus Zoo.  As we walked along looking at the animals, he was so excited but he never spoke a word.  On our way home, we were all talking about our favorite parts of the day when we heard "Animals!" come from the back seat.  We all got quiet and asked him to say it again.  He smiled and said it again.  My baby found his words again!  Believe me when I say that this child loves animals.    When he was six-years-old, he became obsessed with cats.  He would read non-fiction books about cat breeds and their characteristics and re

Whipped Chocolate Body Butter Recipe

This whipped chocolate body butter recipe is perfect for dry skin! If my readers only take one thing with them after reading my blog, I hope it's that you don't have to be perfect to be beautiful.  Beauty comes from within, and when you are confident, your natural beauty shines through. We've all got things that try to beat down our confidence.  It could be a facial feature, a part of your body, or something that's happening in your life. When we focus on the negative aspects of our bodies or our lives, it stops the positive from radiating through.  Keep reading to see how I stay confident no matter what's going on in my life and get a recipe for chocolate body butter that smells as yummy as it looks.

Whipped Preshampoo Oil Treatment for Dry, Damaged Hair

In the fall, my hair really starts to get dry.  I dye my hair and get blonde highlights, and I also flat iron my hair a few times a week.  All of that wear and tear coupled with the drier air means damaged ends and frizzy hair.  I created this whipped preshampoo oil treatment to use before washing, so it deeply nourishes my hair without leaving my hair greasy or oily.  Keep reading for the recipe.

Plus Size Halloween Costumes for Women

Halloween is my favorite holiday.  I love the fun, whimsical decorations.  I love helping my kids pick the perfect costume and walking around town with them.  The last few years, we've gone trick or treating in a large group with about 10 kids and several adults.  I think the adults have more fun than the kids! One thing I don't like about Halloween is trying to find a costume.  I'm not a thin women; I have curves.  Locally, there aren't too many options for costumes.  That's why I created this list of plus size Halloween costumes for women.  I included some fun costumers that you can wear with your kids trick or treating and some sexy ones like the Psychedelic Alice.

How to Choose the Best Eyelash Curler

Nothing in your beauty bag opens your eyes like an eyelash curler.  The best eyelash curler for you depends on the shape of your eyes, but there are some features to look for when selecting one.  If you've never used one before, they can be intimidating.  A good curler should not pull or tug on your lashes, and it should be comfortable to use.  

Pumpkin Spice Latte Scrub Recipe

Confess.  How many pumpkin spice lattes have you had this year?  Be honest.  I won't judge.  If you just can't get enough of these yummy drinks, maybe you should try a pumpkin spice latte sugar scrub recipe.  It has the same yummy fragrance, but a lot less calories, and you can make it at home!  This easy recipe will slough off dead skin cells, which is so important as the weather gets cooler.  As the air gets colder and drier, your skin will start to look dull.  Use this scrub weekly to gently get rid of dead skin cells, leaving behind glowing skin.

Best Budget Boots for Fall Under $50

In the summer, I'm a flip flop kind of girl.  I don't wear tennis shoes unless I'm working around the farm or I have to wear shoes for some odd reason. I've even been known to wear a hoodie and flip flops in the fall.  When the weather gets cool enough to make my toes go numb, then I switch to boots.  I've got mucking boots for working outside and good warm boots for the snow, but otherwise, I like to wear cute boots.  A few weeks ago, I posted some fall boots to splurge on .  Today, I want to feature some more affordable options.  With prices like these, you can afford a few pairs!

Pumpkin Peel for Oily Skin

Try this natural pumpkin peel for oily skin to naturally exfoliate your skin and tighten pores. I'm sure you've heard of the benefits of alpha hydroxy acids for your skin, especially if you have oily skin.  AHA deep cleans your pores to help prevent acne and can even help reduce the appearance of pores. Pumpkins have AHA as well as other vitamins that keep your skin soft and smooth, so it makes a great face mask.  This mask is made for oily skin, so be sure to check out the other posts in my pumpkin series if you don't have oily skin.  I have a mask listed at the bottom of the post that works with all skin types.

Pumpkin Body Scrub Recipe

What better way to celebrate fall than with a pumpkin body scrub recipe?  Pumpkin is full of skin-loving vitamins and alpha hydroxy acids.  The alpha hydroxy acids scrub your skin to remove dead skin cells, so your skin will look better, feel smoother, and get nourished. I also added ground oatmeal and white sugar to this recipe to gently slough off dead skin.  You can use brown sugar if your skin is sensitive.