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Splurge on Your Skin Care With Silk'n Fresh and ReVit Prestige (You Deserve It!)

This post is sponsored by Silk'n.  As always, all opinions are my own. I'm a firm believe that you can't pour from an empty cup, so it's important to take care of your own needs, especially if you take care of the needs of others. When was the last time you bought yourself something nice?  If you're like me, it's probably been a while.  Sure, my kids get new clothes, new shoes, and even some fun new things, but I don't treat myself very often.  I need to do better about that.  I work hard, and I need rewarded, too.  One way I take care of myself is by spending time on my skin care and makeup.  Twice a day, I take a few moments to myself and take the time to take care of my skin.  In the mornings, this usually means spending time to do my hair and makeup. I enjoy getting my hair just right and applying makeup.  It's enjoyable to me, and it gives me a few moments to just turn off my brain and take care of myself.  When I feel bet

The Best Essential Oils For Skin

Here are some of the best essential oils for skin to use in your DIY beauty and skin care recipes.   With so many essential oils available, it's not really practical to own all of them.  I use oils for my job, and I still only own about 30 different oils. Each oil has its own unique properties.  Some are better suited for different types of skin or for different skin needs.  Some oils work with with two or more types of skin. Since you probably don't a lot of oils in your stash, learn which are the best essential oils for skin so you can pick the right oils for your skin care needs. If you're trying to follow one of my DIY beauty recipes or one from another blog, you can generally substitute these oils for the oils listed with good results.

11 Fall Essential Oil Blends For DIffusers or DIY Recipes

Use these fall essential oil blends to make your home smell like fall! It's finally fall, y'all.  Fall used to be my favorite time of the year.  I loved the falling leaves, the crisp air, pumpkins, and apples. Now that I'm an adult, fall reminds me that the S-word is coming soon, and I'll be spending all of my money on heating bills.  Adulting sucks sometimes. In an effort to get myself in to the fall spirit, I've been using a lot of fall blends in my home.  I prefer to use natural essential oils over fragrance oils, so I create or buy my own fall blends. I've already made quite a few projects with Pumpkin Pie Spice and Apple Pie Spice blends, You can use those essential oil blends or substitute one of these.  Just use the same amount of oils, and you can use any oil that you'd like.   Just watch for sensitivity with cinnamon or cassia in recipes for your skin.  Some people get irritation from them.  Also watch using citrus essentia

Gingerbread Emulsified Whipped Sugar Scrub Recipe for Dry Skin

This gingerbread emulsified whipped sugar scrub recipe turns into a lotion when you rinse it off.  The gingerbread scent is from natural essential oils. I've made a lot of sugar scrubs, but I've never made one quite like this one.  This one starts out like a typical sugar scrub, but then when you rinse it, it turns into a lotion.  It's also whipped, which makes it even more luxurious as a sugar scrub. My skin gets crazy dry in the winter, so I made this scrub with chia seed oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, and coconut oil to moisturize my skin.  While the sugar removes dead skin cells, the oils and butters moisturize my skin.   Since this turns into a lotion when you rinse, the oils and butters sit on your skin for hours after you use it.  My skin is moisturized for hours after I use this gingerbread emulsified whipped sugar scrub recipe.   I used a gingerbread essential oil blend, but you can use any other essential oils or fragrance oils in this luxur

How to Keep Your Kids’ Stress from Hurting Them

This post is sponsored by Stress Health, an initiative of the Center for Youth Wellness.  As always, all opinions are my own.   I'm going to get real with you today. Being a parent is tough. Raising a tiny human to be a kind and productive member of society isn't easy for any parent. Yes, it's rewarding, but it's also very stressful.  I'm also an autism mom times two, so I have added stress. I spend most of my days and nights worrying about their futures. Will they get jobs?  Will they get an education to get a good job?  Will they be able to live independently? As stressful as being an autism mom is, I sometimes forget that it's also stressful to be a kid with autism. Instead of being a typical kid, my sons spent years in various forms of therapy and trying to adapt to a neurotypical world.  It must be exhausting just trying to fit in all day, every day.   THE EFFECTS OF CHILDHOOD STRESS WHAT ARE ACES? ACE stands for Adverse Chi

Chia Seed Beauty Benefits for Skin and Hair + 6 Easy Recipes

Chia seeds aren't just for eating; there are many chia seed benefits for skin and hair.  Here are some of the benefits plus some easy DIY beauty recipes to try at home. Do you remember the chia pets that were so popular back in the day?  I'm talking about the exact same chia seeds. Chia seeds have become more popular in the last few years because of their health benefits, but they are also a great ingredient for DIY beauty recipes because of their many benefits for your hair and skin. Chia seeds can help your hair and skin both by eating them or by applying them topically to your hair or skin.  You'll reap the chia seed beauty benefits for skin and hair either way! This superfood can be hard to incorporate into your diet, so I'll give you some great recipes to use them in, too.

Easy Skinny Vanilla Chai Tea Latte Recipe

Enjoy a skinny vanilla chai tea latte at home in about 15 minutes.  This recipe is so easy and quick, and you'll save a lot of calories. Fancy coffee house drinks are a bit of a weakness for me.  A few years ago, I would get a cup one or more times a week when I was out.  If I was out without kids, you could almost guarantee that I'd be stopping at the locally owned coffee shop in town before I headed to the store. As much as I love my drinks, I couldn't keep buying them.  They are expensive, and they are full of calories and sugar.  I've been making my own skinny versions at home, and the taste is amazing.   You guys loved the skinny pumpkin spice latte that I posted last month, so today I'm bringing you this skinny vanilla chai tea latte recipe. I wanted a recipe that was fairly easy, quick, and didn't require any special equipment (like a milk frother).  After playing with the ingredients for a little bit, I think I've found j

Orange Cinnamon Solid Lotion Recipe For Dry Skin

This Halloween solid lotion recipe for dry skin are made with shea butter and coconut oil to moisturized and orange essential oil for scent. Halloween is my favorite holiday.  I love the bright colors, the pumpkins, and just having fun.  I like that's it's a low key holiday that I get to spend time with my family, but I don't have to worry about anything stressful like a big meal or gifts. This year, I made little pumpkin jack-o-lantern solid lotion recipe for dry skin as a fun Halloween craft.  I considered using pumpkin spice because, well, pumpkins.  But I wanted to use something new and different.  Pumpkins are orange, so why not orange essential oil?  Cinnamon is a great fall scent, has skin loving benefits, and using real cinnamon powder made a cool effect on these solid lotion bars. You don't have to make these for Halloween.  You can use any mold that you'd like to make these, so they can be for any holiday or for any time of the year.

Bath Melt Recipe With Emulsifier For Dry Skin With Chamomile, Lavender

This bath melt recipe with emulsifier won't make your bath tub slippery like other bath melts.  It's made with butters and essential oils to help relieve dry skin. We're having a beautiful summer this fall.  I still have my air conditioning on in October.   Trust me, I am not complaining. We have propane heat and use a fireplace for heat.  The fireplace really zaps the moisture from the air, which makes my skin crazy dry. We set a pot of water on the woodstove to get moisture in the air, but it's not enough for my parched skin. Although it was in the low 80s today, the cold weather is coming.  I'll be prepared this year with a homemade lotion for dry skin that will be coming in the next few weeks and recipes like this bath melt recipe with emulsifier for dry skin.  

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm Recipe for Dry Lips With Essential Oils

This pumpkin spice lip balm recipe uses essential oils for a natural scent.  The beeswax and oils will help keep your lips soft, even in the dry air. I may have a slight addiction to lip balms.  I have them in my desk at the office, in my purse, in my car, and one beside my bed.  I like to change the flavors with the seasons, and right now I'm all about pumpkin spice in case you didn't notice.   For those of you who are not pumpkin spice obsessed or maybe just sick of it this year, I am going back to regular programming on Friday, so be sure to check back then.  Next week, I'll have some fall scents that aren't pumpkin, but I can't promise this is the absolute end of pumpkin spice this year. Last year, I made a pumpkin spice latte lip balm that's been really popular.  This year, I realized that I'd never blogged a plain pumpkin spice lip balm.  Since I have the new essential oil blend, I figured i was the perfect time to make it to share w