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31 October 2018

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 better about myself, I'm a better person and better mother.  

I do splurge on my skin care and makeup.  Skin care devices like the Silk'n Fresh and Silk'n ReVit Prestige are an investment.  I use the Fresh daily and the ReVit Prestige once a week, so they are a worthwhile investment.  

SILK'N FRESH REVIEW



The Silk'n Fresh is their new complete facial cleansing device.  I'm a big fan of cleansing brushes, and I think they are the single best way to get fresher looking skin every day.

This brush is different from other cleansing brushes because it ha a built-in dispenser that dispenses just the right amount of your favorite facial cleanser.  


Personally, I love this because we only have one small bathroom in our farmhouse.  I have two shelves in which to store my skin care products, and this helps me save space.

It has a 360 degree vibrating technology to remove more makeup versus just washing your face alone.  Before, I had to use a separate product to take off my makeup before I washed my face.  I tested this with a full face of makeup, and it did a great job taking it off while cleansing.


The brushes vibrate, so it stimulates your skin for a more radiant complexion.  It also clears out pores better than just washing alone.  I do notice a difference in my pore size when I use a cleansing brush versus just using my hands to wash my face.

It helps helps boost the absorption of your serums and creams.  I know that personally I've spend a lot of money on serums and moisturizers, so I'm thrilled that they will not work better for me.  

SILK'N REVIT PRESTIGE REVIEW



The Silk'n ReVit Prestige is a powerful microdermabrasion device helps exfoliate your skin and promote cellular turnover for better looking skin.  

It removes dead skin cells, which makes your skin look better right away.  It also has a vacuum to increase blood flow to the area for a healthier looking complexion.  

Over time, it can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, age spots, and shallow acne scars.  It can also improve elasticity, texture, and skin tone.
  

It has four tips:
  • Regular
  • Fine
  • Massage
  • Body


My skin felt amazing after just one use.  My skin was softer, smoother, and my pores looked better.  I can't wait to see my results with regular use.  

Ladies, it's time to treat yourself.  Whether you buy them for yourself or add the Silk'n Fresh or the Silk'n ReVit Prestige to your holiday wish list, you'll be glad you took the time to care for yourself and your skin.  

  
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29 October 2018

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.

26 October 2018

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 essential oils if you'll be spending time outside because they can increase photosensitivity.

24 October 2018

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 luxurious scrub.  

22 October 2018

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 Childhood Experiences.   These are stressful things that happen in a child's life, and most children will have at least one.  ACEs are common, and they can have lasting effects on a child's health.

There are 10 ACEs linked to a child's health and his or her health as an adult.  They include:
  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Physical neglect
  • Emotional neglect
  • Mental illness
  • Witnessing their mother treated violently
  • Divorce of parents
  • Incarcerated relative
  • Substance abuse
All stress, good and bad, can affect children.  But there has been research that stress from ACEs is different than other types of stress and can lead to health problems such as diabetes, asthma, and heart disease later in life.  

Stress from ACEs can also affect behavior, mental health, and learning.

For more information about ACEs, this Ted talk is amazing.


You can take an ACEs quiz for yourself or a child to see how you or the child scores.  

WHAT CAN WE DO?


There is good news though.  The stress from adverse experiences doesn't have to lead to health problems.  After a child has experienced a stressor, adults can help support the child so the child feels secure and safe.  The security of knowing that their needs are being met can help reduce the negative effects of stress.  

You can do this by validating your child and being sympathetic to his or her needs.  I love this infographic from Stress Health with 10 things to say to your child when he or she is upset, scared, or sad.  

    From the Happiness Is Here blog

Adults can help children by providing nutritional support, encouraging exercise and good sleep, and getting mental health support when needed. 

There are some things that I can't control in my sons' lives in regards to stress.  I can't take away their autism.  Even though I try, I can't make the world change for them.

Instead of focusing on the things that I can't change, I'm focusing on the things that I can change.

I can't change the world, but I can help my boys fit into their world by getting them occupational therapy, speech therapy, and behavioral therapy.  If the need arises, we will also seek cognitive behavioral therapy for mental health.


I also keep them active by putting them in karate and ju jitsu for regular exercise. This also helps them socialize with other people their age, which is important since we homeschool.

Sleep is a big struggle for us, as on of my son's also has a sleep disorder.  We are currently working with a doctor to improve sleep.  Despite his sleep issues, creating a sleep routine has been one of the most important and successful things I've done as a parent.


Although I try to protect my children and provide a good life for them, I can't eliminate all of the stress in their lives.  They haven't experienced ACEs, but I'm still taking the advice of Stress Health by creating healthy habits for them so they can lead healthy lives into adulthood.  

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19 October 2018

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.

17 October 2018

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 just the right recipe.

Like most of my recipes, I'll give you a few options of ingredients to use.   You can use your favorite milk and sweetener.

Want a decaf drink to enjoy after the kids go to bed?  You can easily make this a decaf drink with a decaf tea so you won't be up all night.  

Trust me, you will never miss the calories or carbs in this skinny vanilla chai tea latte recipe!

15 October 2018

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.

If you have sensitive skin or plan to sell these, be sure to read my notes on cinnamon below.

12 October 2018

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.  

10 October 2018

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 with all of you.


HOMEMADE PUMPKIN SPICE LIP BALM RECIPE WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

To make the perfect lip balm, it needs to have ingredients that will soften your lips right away, ingredients that work for hours to soften your lips, and something to protect your lips.

In this recipe, jojoba works fairly quickly to soften and moisturize your lips.  The beeswax protects, and the vitamin E oil keeps working for hours to keep your lips moisturized.

If your lips are really dry or chapped, I highly recommend using a lip scrub first.  It will remove dead skin so your lips will look better instantly.  I like this vanilla mint lip scrub and use it about once a week.

JOJOBA OIL


Jojoba oil is actually a wax and not an oil, but it's commonly referred to as an oil.  It's thick, so it sits on top of the lips and forms a barrier to trap in moisture.  It's my favorite carrier oil for the lips because it works so well at keeping them moisturized and preventing chapped lips.

You can use another carrier oil if you'd like.  Avocado oil would be a great choice for dry lips.  If your lips aren't very dry or prone to getting chapped, then try sweet almond oil.  

To learn more about the different carrier oils and their benefits, check out my book Carrier Oils.  


BEESWAX


Beeswax is used as a thickener for this recipe, otherwise it would be a roll on lip gloss.  But beeswax is much more than just a thickener.  Beeswax also helps create a barrier to lock in moisture, which can help treat or prevent chapped lips.

Beeswax also has vitamin A, which can help protect your lips from future damage.


VITAMIN E OIL


Vitamin E oil is high in antioxidants to protect your lips.  It helps soften skin (and lips!), so it helps soften already dry lips.

Not all vitamin E oils are created equally.  I've used a few different brands, and the Crafty Bubbles version I linked to above is my favorite by far.  It's very thick and seems to give me better results in my lip balms and lip glosses.

I won't mention brand names, but I've used some that were very thin and just didn't offer many benefits for my skin or lips.  Although the ingredients don't say it, I think they were diluted or used inferior ingredients.

ESSENTIAL OILS



For this recipe, I used Crafty Bubbles Pumpkin Pie Spice essential oil blend.  You can make a pumpkin spice blend on your own, but I knew I wanted to use in several recipes this year.  I asked the owner of Crafty Bubbles to make a blend so it would be easier for me and for my readers.


Pumpkin Pie Spice is a blend of:

  • Cassia
  • Clove
  • Vanilla
  • Nutmeg
  • Ginger
You can buy a three pack of 0.5 ounce bottles on Amazon or get it in a holiday four pack with Apple Pie Spice, Candy Cane, and Gingerbread.


INGREDIENTS


DIRECTIONS


STEP #1


Combine jojoba oil, beeswax, shea butter, and vitamin E oil in a double boiler.  Melt over medium heat until melted, stirring frequently.

I set my Pyrex measuring cup in a pan of water to make a double boiler.  I set the measuring cup on a canning jar lid to keep it off of the direct heat.

STEP #2


Once the beeswax is melted, carefully remove from heat.  Let cool until it's below 180 degrees.  If you add the essential oils when it's too hot, they will burn off.


I use a laser thermometer to test the temperature.  

Add the essential oils and stir well.

STEP #3


Carefully pour into lip balm tubes or small lip balm pots.  

Let sit until completely cooled.


This recipe should make about 10-12 lip balms tubes.

I use both lip balm tubes and the pots.  I prefer the tubes just because they are more sanitary.  If you don't like using plastic, there are paper lip balm tubes that are biodegradable and work really well.

I somehow ended up with 100s of the plastic ones, so I'll keep using them until they are gone and then order some paper ones.

Not ready to DIY?  Try a handmade pumpkin spice lip balm from Etsy like this one from Pure Palette.

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