29 August 2017

Save Time With Curbside Express From Giant Eagle + Banana Yogurt Face Mask Recipe

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We started homeschooling last week, which means that my son's autism therapy also started.  My oldest is starting college, so I need to take him to the college twice a week until he gets his license.  Between working, school, and the kids' extracurricular activities, time is really at a premium right now.  Some weeks, I barely have time to go to the grocery store.  Then I discovered Curbside Express from Giant Eagle.  There's a Giant Eagle just 5 minutes from where my son's therapy is once a week, so I've been ordering my groceries in the evening when it's convenient and stopping by to pick them up on the way home.  With all of the time I'm saving, I thought I could spend the hour that I would have been at the store pampering myself.  Last week, I made a banana yogurt face mask recipe with my extra time.  This week, I told the kids we could play a board game.

Banana Yogurt Face Mask Recipe

28 August 2017

DIY Cuticle Cream Recipe

We survived the first week back to school, which was also tech week for Dakota's play.  It was a crazy, crazy week.  I will be very happy to spend most of our evenings at home this week and not be so busy.  Our weather is starting to cool off here in Ohio.  Back to school and cooler weather means that winter is coming.  The dry winter air really affects my skin, especially my hands.   Without lotion, my cuticles get so dry that they start to split and crack.  It's painful and not fun.  I do use lotion a few times a day, but I don't like using lotion all the time because it gets my keyboard dirty or I'm about to cook dinner.  That's why I made this DIY cuticle cream recipe and used a lip balm tube.  It makes it mess free to apply, and I can throw it in my purse without worrying about it leaking.
DIY Cuticle Cream Recipe

25 August 2017

Colleen Rothschild Skin Care Review

This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own

For the last year, I've been battling some fine lines, smile lines if you will, and I don't like them one bit.  My son is off to college next week, so I don't need any more reminders of how quickly time passes.  Thankfully, my complexion is usually clear, but I do battle enlarged pores and dull skin, especially if I don't do my weekly face mask.

I've heard other bloggers and YouTubers rave about Colleen Rothschild skin care.  I'm so glad I got to try it for myself.  Keep reading for my review and a special savings code just for my readers!

23 August 2017

Spiced Apple Cider Sugar Scrub Recipe

My favorite fall drink is a warm apple cider.  My husband wants to make cider from our apples, but we haven't gotten to that quite yet.  Since we live in Amish country, there are several Amish who sell homemade apple cider that's so crisp and so fresh that we get it just hours after it's been pressed.  I pour it in the slow cooker and sip it on the cool evenings.  

The apples in Ohio are just starting to ripen, so we haven't had any fresh apple cider this year.  I bought some from the store, but it wasn't nearly as good as the homemade cider that I'm used to.  I made this spiced apple cider sugar scrub recipe to use this fall, even if it's a tad bit too early for the real deal.

Spiced Apple Cider Sugar Scrub Recipe

21 August 2017

My Little Pony: The Movie Collection from PUR Review

One of the best perks of being a blogger is the happy mail.  I randomly get packages sent to me from different companies that are unexpected and always appreciated.  Last week, I got what it my favorite happy mail package to date.  My daughter and I had so much fun looking through the box and seeing all of the goodies!  PUR just released a new collection of makeup for My Little Pony: The Movie, and they sent me the collection plus a yummy cookie and a Caboodle to store it all in.  Dakota tried to claim all of it as soon as I opened the box.  Since I'm the best mom ever, I let her have the cookie and the Caboodles to store her theater makeup.

My Little Pony: The Movie collection from PUR cosmetics

18 August 2017

Protect Your Child's Skin + Free Printable Summer Bucket List for Families

This post was sponsored by La Roche-Posay as part of an Influence Central campaign and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Have your kids started school yet?  Mine start next week.  We've always had lazy summers that still manage to fly by too quickly, but this summer really flew by.  At the start of summer, I knew we all desperately needed a break.  I also realized that my oldest son is 15, which means that I have this summer and just two more with him before he turns 18.  We aren't a vacation taking family because of our work schedules, having two kids with autism, and having several farm animals that don't do vacations either.  

Each summer, we would try to do a few fun things, but often we didn't do much.  Yes, the down time is wonderful, but I wanted to make memories this summer.  Memories that my kids would hold onto for the rest of their lives and, hopefully, share with their kids one day.  At the start of summer, I asked the kids to each make a bucket list of things to do that were affordable and easy to do in one day.  I created one master summer bucket list for families that we used to check off experiences as we did them.  Some of them, like a day at the beach and cooking outside, we did several times this summer.  Some things we haven't gotten to yet.  Even though school is starting, I still plan on working on our bucket list.  I'm sharing it with you so you can get some ideas for last minute fun things to do before fall or save it for next year.  No matter how you spend your summer, be sure to protect your child's skin before spending time outside.

16 August 2017

Pumpkin Oatmeal Face Mask Recipe

Naturally brighten and moisturize your skin with this DIY pumpkin oatmeal face mask recipe.

This is our last week of summer vacation, so we are enjoying every minute.  We've had quite a packed summer with our trips to Kings Island and Kalahari, the drive in movie theater, movie nights at home, swimming, going to the lake, and more.

Last weekend, we made homemade ice cream to cross another item off of our summer bucket list.  The only thing we have left to do from our list is to make tie dye shirts, so hopefully that will get done this week.  

With the start of school and fall comes pumpkin season.  Even if you aren't a fan of pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin everything, your skin can still benefit from this amazing fruit.  I used pureed pumpkin that I had frozen from my garden last year.  You can use organic pureed pumpkin from the store, but your mask will look darker. 

14 August 2017

Green Tea Sugar Scrub Recipe

Today, I have a great recipe for you if you want to start experimenting with different ingredients.  This recipe works wonderfully on its own, but you can very easily adapt it to make it your own scrub.  I chose green tea because of its many skin benefits, but you could use a different kind of tea, including herbal teas.  If you don't have loose green tea, you can cut open a bag of green tea to use.

Keep reading for this green tea sugar scrub recipe and the benefits it has for your skin.

Green Tea Sugar Scrub

11 August 2017

24 Cute & Fun Makeup Brush Sets from Amazon

I'm pretty much a sucker for anything cute.  From my coffee cups to my notepads, I like them to be fun and trendy.  Put owls or chevron on it, and I'll buy it.  The same goes for my makeup brushes.  Plain black is boring; I want brushes with fun colors and designs.  Here are some of my favorite fun and cute makeup brushes from Amazon.  If you buy from these links, I earn a small commission from sales.

24 Cute & Fun Makeup Brush Sets from Amazon

Fun and Cute Makeup Brushes From Amazon

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10 August 2017

Flourless Pumpkin Bread Recipe

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I'm not sure what my favorite part of fall is? The crisp air, the changing leaves, or the pumpkin?  I love pumpkins for both decorating and eating. We grow pumpkins every year, and I roast them, puree them, and freeze them to use in my pumpkin recipes like this flourless pumpkin bread. I like this recipe because it doesn't have flour or white sugar, yet it has a great texture and flavor.  I promise you that you won't even miss them to additions with this recipe. 

Flourless Pumpkin Bread Recipe

09 August 2017

Solid Essential Oil Carrier Oil Stick Recipe

It's no secret that I love using different carrier oils for their unique properties.  After all, they are the topic of my first book, Carrier Oils: A beginner's guide to using over 40 carrier oils in bath and body recipes.  I use carrier oils in my DIY beauty recipes for their skin and hair benefits.  

Carrier oils are so named because they carry things, like essential oils.  If you use essential oil topically, you need to know how to mix essential oils with carrier oils to use them properly.  The problem with using a carrier oil is that they can spill.  They aren't easy to take with you, and they are difficult to apply on the go without making a mess.  The solution?  This solid essential oil carrier stick recipe.

07 August 2017

Parsley Infused Hot Oil Treatment

This summer has been absolutely brutal for my hair.  We've been wanting a pool for several years now, and we finally got one this year.  We are using chlorine, and it's killing my hair.  Yes, I know I could wear a swimming cap, but I haven't for whatever reason.  My curly hair tends to be extremely dry anyway.  I've been experimenting with different carrier oils and herbs, so I selected an herb that would help my hair and one of my favorite oils for the hair, flax oil.  And thus this parsley infused hot oil treatment was born.

parsley infused flax oil hot oil treatment recipe

04 August 2017

DynaTrap Insect Trap Review and Giveaway

Let's take a break from the makeup and hair chatter and talk about about something that bugs all of us.  Bugs.  We are surrounded by corn fields, so bugs are a big problem at our house.  We can't even sit outside for more than a few minutes without getting eaten alive.  Not only are mosquito bites annoying, but they can also be harmful to your health.  DynaTrap recently contacted me to see if I would be interested in trying one of their units  As a farm girl, I was definitely interested.  Keep reading for my DynaTrap Insect Trap review and a chance to win one for yourself.

02 August 2017

Free Prioritized Task List Printable for College Students

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I have some exciting news that I haven't shared yet on my blog or public social media accounts.  As many of you know, I homeschool my three children.  My oldest, 15 and an incoming sophomore, had the opportunity to start college a few years early.  We live in the middle of nowhere, but we are fortunate that there is a small branch of a good university less than 5 miles away.  He was accepted, so he's officially starting college next month.  I know that he will do fine academically, but I worry about his organizational skills.  Not only has he not been in public school since 5th grade, but he also has autism.  He has trouble staying organized and can't prioritize his time well.  He is doing a lot better, but he still needs help, so I made this printable for him to prioritize his time and get his tasks done.