Written: Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 @ 2:39 am
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My son turned 1 just a few short months ago. Looking back, I cannot see where the time went. It seems like yesterday I brought him home from the hospital – completely clueless to what this little man would REALLY need from me. Over this past year I’ve learned a lot about what it means to be a mom, as well as what it means to be a good person. Things I had never considered before about my priorities, personality flaws, goals and intentions were all there – staring me in the face. Just when I think I’ve got things under control, everything changes on me. I am a very organized planner so I’ve had to learn to adapt and go with the flow while this little man grows more and more every day. So here are the top reasons you should love being a mom!
I never really understood what this meant until I had a child. Children love interacting with you while they do just about everything. I look at my son and can’t believe HOW much I truly love him. Day by day he is growing and changing before my eyes and I don’t want to miss a moment. Take time (from your phone, e-mails, dishes, work) to really observe and listen to your child. Sometimes we don’t realize how distracted we get from our family. But at the end of the day, we look at our children and realize we would go to any lengths for them – protecting them from harm, doing anything to make them smile, make boo-boo’s go away, act like a farm animal because they want you to… The list goes on, but as time carries forward your love for them grows larger than life itself! I know if I had another child the same would be true. The love is insane.
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The last time I wore a belt around my head while performing ninja moves was well over 25 years ago. That was the case until last weekend when my son and I decided to ninja ‘surprise’ Daddy. We couldn’t just surprise without the proper gear and strategy. I figured the head band and ninja chop (playfully) was more than enough to bring Daddy down. And we did. Not only was my son making a jungle gym out of Daddy, but he was so PROUD that he brought down this giant. My husband played the part perfectly. I watched as my sons’ smiling and giggling turned into full-blown squealing and laughing. Children love spending time with you period. But love it even more when you get down to their level and play games with them – leaving all inhibitions to the wayside. Anything goes with kids, so long as you’re having fun and the play area is safe for little ones.
It’s almost like my son knows how much love I feel for him. Whenever I give him a gentle kiss, or a comforting hug he always looks up at me as if he saw me for the first time. He studies my face and smiles at me while returning the affection. These are some of my most powerful memories I will never forget. That’s what moms do, we make the boo-boos go away, encourage their every feat and are always there when they look for us. Even when kids are upset or frustrated, they still love you to the ends of the earth. We are teaching them that even through hard times, we will ALWAYS love them no matter what. There is no greater feeling than having your child look to you for support and love in a pivotal moment in their lives. It’s the best feeling.
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I knew from the beginning I was going to make my role as mummy the most important role I’ve ever taken on in my life. Family get-togethers, dinners, walks to the park, movies, playtime, etc. all contribute to lasting memories. The little details in life are what makes a difference. We are constantly creating memories but some stand out more than others. Like the first time my son went into the pool with his uncle. Or when he went down the big boy slide with Daddy, or when we went on a weekend vacation to the ski mountain and enjoyed everything that place had to offer. Although they may be young, they are learning and absorbing everything going on around them. Before bed we talk about what we did that day and how much fun it was (no matter how big or small) so that we reinforce a positive outlook on life and solidify the memories we are creating.
These are just a few reasons why I love being a mom. I know there are tons of mothers out there who absolutely adore their children. We would love to hear some of the wonderful reasons YOU love being a mother! Comment below for us and others to see. Lots of great parents out there who have hilarious, touching, exciting, incredible stories to share. Please do!
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Written: Friday, August 26th, 2016 @ 1:10 am
Coconut oil has recently seen a huge rise in sales due to new information regarding its ‘super food’ qualities and multiple health/beauty benefits. Previously, it was shunned by the health and wellness community due to high saturated fat content but has been re-evaluated for its’ outstanding health uses. This incredible oil can be used for – but not limited to – hair care, skin care, stress relief, improving digestion, immunity against many diseases and infections.
Coconut oil can be an excellent choice as a massage oil. It especially helps dry skin sufferers but can be used on all skin types. There are no adverse effects in using coconut oil as an effective skin moisturizer unlike mineral oil. It is a safe and natural selection in treating and preventing dry, flaking skin as well as keeping the skin moisturized and hydrated. When I don’t have coconut oil readily available as a moisturizer, I use my Equate Strikingly Unique Moisturizing Lotion which is also great for my dry skin and can be used on ALL skin types. It’s available on Walmart.com for $9.96! You can save $2.91 if you order right now.
An added bonus is that it can delay the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin which are a part of aging. It also helps in preventing premature aging due to its well-known antioxidant properties. Do you suffer from eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis? If so, coconut oil can actually treat those conditions. For these reasons alone, coconut oil is used in MANY skin care products currently sold on the market.
Coconut oil is generally applied topically for hair care benefits. It helps in healthy hair growth and provides a shiny, illustrious quality. It is an excellent conditioner and even helps to re-build damaged hair. If you enjoy dying your hair and feel it is becoming dry and brittle, I suggest using a shampoo specifically formulated for color treated hair. Renewal Sulfate-Free Color Protect Moisturizing Shampoo is a great choice and available from Riteaid.com for $4.99. Following the shampoo treatment, you can use the coconut oil as a conditioner or a hair mask to help revive your locks.
Virgin coconut oil can provide relief from stress and fatigue as well as providing antioxidant properties. It is very soothing and can be used for skin massages, deep moisturizing masks and an all-over skin hydrator. Applying it to the head, followed by a gentle massage can aide in alleviating mental stress. This holds true for other areas of your body which may be ‘stress-centers’ and could use some massaging and relaxing. For me, I tend to hold a lot of stress in my hips and lower back. They are generally the first areas on my body which become tense and tight, so I focus my localized massages in those areas first. Then, I slowly move to surrounding areas and work out all the kinks and knots – usually after a great bubble bath. I also recommend CVS Stress Relief Moisturizing Lotion as it contains colloidal oatmeal and is scented with lavender, chamomile and ylang-ylang. The scents actually help me to relax even further. I love it. You can get it on CVS.com for $10.49 right now!
Coconut oil can also be used for many other health & beauty uses such as cooking oil (yummmmmy), dental care, improved liver function, improved kidney function, facial masks, shaving creams, body scrubs, chap stick, etc. It can also be used as a carrier oil for essential oils and herbal extractions to be mixed into. There are many ways this super food can benefit your life and bring out the best in your beauty/health regime. If you haven’t already, try some today!
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Written: Friday, August 26th, 2016 @ 12:25 am
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Wondering how you’ll be able to give a gift to someone special on a limited budget? Perhaps you are crafty and looking for something new and interesting to try. We have a really cool project for you which will warm anyone’s heart, knowing it was made with your sweat and tears…and maybe some wine too. Check out the coolest homemade gift idea below.
Now we did mention budget, right? Well the dollar store is a great place to start when gathering up your containers, jars, decorative ribbons, labels and anything else you want to use for your masterpiece. I usually buy mason jars which are 250mL or less – depending on what I am making, or who I’m giving it too (my mom loves my coconut body scrub). Pick up however many you will need (maybe 5 or 10 – is it Christmas time? Baby shower? Party favors? Birthday?) and I usually add a spool of burlap ribbon to tie around the lid when it’s completed. I tend to stick with paper labels, but there are tons of ideas to choose from. Get your goodies and get ready for your second stop.
I have decided to focus on my famous Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub for this blog. Sugar scrubs are cheap and easy to make. Here are the ingredients:
· Coconut Oil
· Brown Sugar
· Pumpkin pie spice
That’s it! Really! You can modify the ingredients if you choose by using a more granulated version of brown sugar, or a finely ground brown sugar. You could also change up the type of brown sugar (ie. Coconut sugar for the ‘naturally inclined’ folks out there) or just create your own spicing blend. There is lots of room for creativity, so let loose. Here is how you will make the scrub:
Note: The ratio of coconut oil to sugar is 2:1
1 cup coconut oil
½ cup brown sugar
Place coconut oil in blender and blend until smooth. Add the brown sugar and 1 tsp. pumpkin spice and blend together. If you would like the scrub to be a bit coarser, add more brown sugar (or use granulated sugar) until you reach the desired consistency.
Pour the scrub into the jars and seal the lids. Wipe down the jar and lid with a warm soapy cloth to ensure there isn’t any residue left over. Dry the jar and lid entirely.
Add your decorative bows/ribbons/strings and labels at this point. Have fun with it! If you are handwriting them, perhaps add a personalized spin to your message or name. This is the beauty of your creativity, there is no ‘right’ way to do things. Finish personalizing your jars and, voila! You’re done!
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If this is something you consider yourself doing, take a look online for more recipes and ideas to satisfy your specific vision. Sometimes we need a little inspiration before we can really imagine what we are trying to create. For example, my sister is a vegan. If I were to gift for her, I would appreciate her dietary choice and find a recipe that caters to that. I would look for something more natural and dairy free. So take a look at WHO you are making a scrub for, and take into account anything they may be restricted to, or need to avoid to show them that you have put a lot of thought and love into the gift you are sharing. They will appreciate it! Trust me, I’ve been doing this for years.
Take a moment to see some alternative, affordable and amazing products for a proper face cleansing routine. These always make for great gifts, or just something to try if you are looking to change up your products for something new.
1. Renewal Acne Wash Daily Scrub, $5.99 on Riteaid.com.
2. Equate Clarifying Toner, $8.96 on Walmart.com.
3. Equate Strikingly Unique Moisturizing Lotion $9.96 on Walmart.com.
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Written: Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 @ 1:42 pm
Hey Savvy Beauties! We always want what we don’t have, so here’s a tutorial for girls who just want that summertime freckled look. If you’re naturally blessed with freckles, be sure to show them off! Stay sun safe & enjoy your last moments of Summer beauties!
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Written: Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 @ 2:08 am
Oh how I love honey! There is never a day in my house when honey isn’t available for the taking. I add it to everything not just because I adore it, but because it has become a regular sweetener substitute in my cooking and beverage making. I made the switch long ago when the alarm bells went off about aspartame and all the wonderful effects it has on us. I decided at that moment to switch to something more natural. But what? I looked into brown sugar of all sorts as well as other refined products on the market. Nothing came close to the wonderful taste and satisfaction as good ol’ honey. I add it to all my cooking when I need to sweeten things up a little. But the kicker is that it has SO many beauty uses as well. I have found tons of honey remedies for common beauty applications you can try right now!
We’ve all got em…hence the creation of foundation and concealer (among a few other reasons). However being able to minimize the appearance of dark spots is great news for us. Honey fades dark circles and spots if applied topically. Here is how to do it:
Take a teaspoon of raw honey and apply it to the affected area, rinse off after 20 minutes. Do this twice a week until dark circles fade. You can also mix equal parts honey and sweet almond oil, apply to the affected area and rinse off after 10-15 minutes.
I use this remedy in conjunction with Equate Ultimate Dark Spot Correctoravailable on Walmart.com for $16.87. We love it because it helps diminish the appearance of dark spots, can be used on all skin types and tones, as well as being dermatologist tested.
Willing to try something different to combat your acne? Honey has anti-bacterial properties making it an excellent cleanser for acne. Simply apply some raw honey to the affected area and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Wash off and repeat every few nights. I use this amazing exfoliator available on Riteaid.com called Renewal Acne Wash Daily Scrub. It is $5.99 and helps me prime my face for the honey application. Afterwards, I apply my face moisturizer as usual and carry on with my evening.
Sounds obvious when you think of how sticky and viscous honey is, right? Well when honey is combined with lemon juice and sugar it helps to remove body hair. Mix 1 tablespoon raw honey with 3 tablespoons of brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Boil the mixture on the stove (or in microwave) until it bubbles and turns brown. Let it cool. With the help of a Popsicle stick, apply it to your skin. Put a cotton strip over the applied mixture and rub until you feel it warm as the mixture sticks to the hair. Gently pull the strip against the direction of the hair growth. Repeat as necessary.
Honey’s moisturizing and softening properties make it a wonderful hair conditioner. It also gives shine to dull hair. Mix 1 tablespoon raw honey with 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and use your hands to evenly disperse the mixture throughout your hair. Rinse off after 20-30 minutes. I do this treatment once or twice a week and take a break from my fave CVS Keratin Straightening Conditioner found on CVS.com for $5.99. This stuff helps to smooth out my wavy birds nest and I love the effects it has on my hair!
There are many other uses for honey in beauty products but I will have to continue them in another post. The list can go on and on. Give these remedies a try and let us know how they worked for you! We would love to know if there is anything you would like to change or update in the recipes for our visitors to try out.
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Soft, smooth texture provides all-day moisturization for dry or combination skin.
Aids in eliminating dirt and oil while gently exfoliating skin for a clear, glowing complexion.