30 November 2016

Cinnamon Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe

It's that time of year: time for dry, itchy skin.  My skin gets terribly dry in the winter, so I use scrubs twice a week to keep my skin fresh.  I really like this cinnamon coffee sugar scrub because the oils moisturize my skin while the sugar and coffee slough off dead skin cells to keep my skin feeling and looking better.  Coffee is said to help tighten skin, and it makes an excellent exfoliator.  The cinnamon smells great with the coffee, and it's invigorating when you use this in the morning.  This body scrub recipe also makes a great gift.  You can easily double or triple the recipe to give as gifts.

cinnamon coffee sugar scrub recipe

28 November 2016

Making Smarter Choices With SMARTMADE™

Life is full of choices, and I've been trying to make better ones.  I'm in the midst of a journey to better health, so I've been making better food choices, such as: cutting out excess sugar, grilling foods, eating more vegetables, and only eating foods with ingredients that I can pronounce.  Two weeks ago, things got really busy.  My daughter was in the play, so we had practice four nights a week.  I did try to plan our dinners, but there were days that I would leave at noon and not get home until dinnertime.  That makes it very difficult to eat right, so I stocked up on SMARTMADE ™ by SmartOnes (R) meals.

Making Smarter Choices With SmartMade™

23 November 2016

Autism Wandering Protection with Road ID

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®  & Road ID but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #roadid #RoadIDItsWhoIAm  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

When my sons were diagnosed with autism, our entire world changed.  I knew we were headed towards a new way of life with therapies and strict routines, but nothing prepared me for the wandering.  My oldest son has never wandered, but my younger son, Caleb, is a wanderer.  When he was a toddler, he got outside alone.  After that, we installed alarms on every exterior door.  I felt safer at home, but venturing out in to the real world was a challenge.  When we were in public, I watched my daughter, my husband watched my older son, and we both watched Caleb.  Even with two sets of eyes on him, I was still terrified.  He's 10-years-old now, and the last time that he wandered was just a few months ago.  After that, I wanted to be proactive and get him an ID bracelet from Road ID.

16 November 2016

8 of the Best Products for Brittle Nails

Winter hasn't officially started, but I've broken two nails this week.  It wouldn't be so bad if they didn't break really far back to where I can't even trim them off or break on a sharp angle to where I'm afraid I'll scratch my eye off when I push the hair from my face.  My nails definitely need some of these products for brittle nails!  I don't wear polish often, so that's not even why my nails are brittle.  No matter what's causing it, the dry air definitely isn't helping it at all.  

products for brittle nails

14 November 2016

Matcha Green Tea Latte Recipe

I'm trying to make better choices in my food and drinks.  I switched from a sugary instant coffee mix in the evenings to a sugar free hot chocolate mix recipe, and sometimes I make this matcha green tea latte recipe.  I like this recipe because I can serve it hot or cold, so I can enjoy it all year long.  Matcha green tea has many heath benefits, so I'm drinking something healthy too.  It's simple to make and just takes a few minutes to whip up.

matcha green tea latte recipe

11 November 2016

Sugar Free Hot Chocolate Mix With SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener Recipe

Last month, I posted about hidden sugars in foods and how I was going to omit excess sugars from my diet.  It's been a month, so I wanted to give you all an update.  I've heard that some people have a difficult time giving up sugar, but thankfully I did not.  

I stocked up on healthy foods that I like, so I was able to enjoy good food that I actually like.  I also took the #GoodbyeSugar30 day challenge from SPLENDA®, so I replaced excess sugar with SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener.  Keep reading for my results, how I felt during the challenge, and a new recipe that I used to help combat sweet cravings.

Sugar Free Hot Chocolate Mix With SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener Recipe

09 November 2016

Living Naturally Starts In Childhood

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine . All opinions are 100% mine.
Living naturally has always been important to me, but it really became a way of life about four years ago.  That's when we moved to the farm and decided that we wanted to live a simpler, more natural lifestyle.  We grow a large garden in the summer and can fruits and vegetables to eat all winter.  We raise chickens for their eggs.  I make most of our bath and body products, but there are two products that we don't like the handmade versions: toothpaste and deodorant.  Luckily, Tom’s of Maine is there with great natural products that we use and love.

07 November 2016

Clothes Like Lularoe Christmas Leggings on Amazon

A few weeks ago, I vented my frustrations with Lularoe and offered some clothes similar to Lularoe from Amazon.  I learned real quick that you all love your LLR alternatives!  I didn't know about LLR last Christmas, so I missed the madness.  I did, however, see the Halloween madness this year.  Things got ugly real fast in every group.  Women were fighting, begging, and lying over leggings.  I'm not going to lie.  It was nasty.  I can only image what it's going to be like when the Christmas leggings start shipping!  Luckily, you can skip the drama and get leggings like Lularoe Christmas leggings on Amazon.  There are some absolutely adorable patterns available already, and they are in stock and cheaper than LLR!

lularoe christmas leggings on amazon

02 November 2016

20 Dry Skin Products For Winter

Dry skin is the bane of my existence all winter long.  The cold, dry air and the furnace just zap the moisture from my skin, making me itch and scratch all day long.  Luckily, I have  a few tips for dry skin to prevent me from scratching until I bleed.  I'll share with you my tips for dry skin and 20 of the best dry skin products for winter to keep your skin soft and moisturized.

20 dry skin products for winter

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Dry Skin Tips

1.  Limit baths and showers.  The hot water from baths and showers can make your dry skin worse, so be sure to limit your time in the water to 5 to 10 minutes.  Use warm water instead of hot water and use a gentle cleanser with no artificial scents or dyes.  When you finish, blot your skin dry instead of rubbing it dry.

2. Moisturize.  Apply a moisturizer immediately after you bathe to trap the moisture in the skin.  Reapply moisturizer after washing your hands too.

3.  Creams or ointments.  Creams and ointments are thicker, so they are more effective than lotions.  When looking for a moisturizer, look for ones with jojoba oil, shea butter, lactic acid, glycerin, or lanolin in the ingredients.

4.  Use gentle products.  Avoid using soaps, sprays, or lotions with artificial fragrances or dyes because these can irritate your skin.  Also avoid using products with alcohol because it can be drying.
5.  Avoid heating with fire.  Fires are warm and cozy, but they can really dry out your skin.  If you do have to heat with a fire, set dishes of water on your registers if the heat goes through the register to get moisture in the air.  If you're using a fireplace, use a humidifier to add moisture to the air.  I've even hung laundry on a drying rack to get moisture in the air during the winter.  Sometimes my clothes dry in just an hour because the house is so dry!

20 of the Products for Dry Skin

Amara Organics Aloe Vera Gel from Organic Cold Pressed Aloe, 8 fl. oz.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream, Extra-Dry Skin, 1.7 Oz

Radha Beauty Rosehip Oil - 100% Pure Cold Pressed Certified Organic 4 fl. oz. - BEST moisturizer to heal Dry Skin & Fine Lines - Virgin Rose Hip Seed Oil For Face and Skin

Eucerin Intensive Repair Very Dry Skin Lotion 16.9 Fluid Ounce

Dry Skin Body Brush - Improves Skins Health And Beauty - Natural Bristle - Remove Dead Skin And Toxins, Cellulite Treatment , Improves Lymphatic Functions, Exfoliates, Stimulates Blood Circulation

Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment Skin Protectant 14 Ounce Jar

Advanced Clinicals Coconut Moisturizing Cream 16oz

Ponds Dry Skin Cream, 3.9 oz

Dry Itchy Skin Body Butter Moisturizer - 100% Natural Premium Face and Body Advanced Care 1.7 oz - African Shea, Cocoa, Coconut & Olive Oil Blend

CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion, 12 oz.

Triple Cream Severe Dry SkinEczema Care, 8-Ounce

OKeeffes Working Hands Hand Cream, 3.4 oz., Jar

Amara Organics Anti Aging Face Cream Moisturizer with Resveratrol & Peptides, 2 fl. oz.

ShiKai Borage Natural Therapy Dry Skin Lotion, Unscented Original Formula, 16 Ounce

LOccitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, 5.2 oz.

Serious Skin Care Continuously Clear Acne Medication for Problematic Skin DRY Lo Spot Treatment 1 Fl. Oz. 29...

Dry Skin to Healthy Skin: Healing Skin Problems

Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Skin Therapy Lotion Family Size, Aloe, 20 Ounce

Eucerin Professional Repair Extremely Dry Skin Lotion, 6.8 Ounce

Skinceuticals Emollience Rich, Restorative Moisturizer For Normal Or Dry Skin, 2-Ounce Jar
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