Category: Health and Beauty








Veggies and Pearls

Last night, spur of the moment, I whipped up some amazing face scrub. I was making tea, actually, and noticed that I had several packets of chamomile tea, which I do not especially like. Nothing can match my love for peppermint tea, nothing! Chamomile has great soothing qualities, though, so I decided to put those tea bags to good use. I cut open three and emptied them into a little glass jar. Then I added a 1/2 T of baking soda, and about 3T coconut oil, melted, and stirred them all together. Voila! An adorable little jar of easy, affordable face scrub.

Why it works:

Baking soda is a mild abrasive that will gently exfoliate and remove the dead skin cells that can block pores and cause acne. The chamomile tea has soothing, calming effects and also works as an exfoliant. Coconut oil is miraculous for…

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Do me a Favor


Our Little Haven

Who doesn’t love a great wedding favor? I know I do, especially if they’re DIYed since I know the couple has put a lot of love and effort into producing them.

I have a few which I like. Click on the photo if you want to see instructions on how to make them. They’re great as gifts (imagine the ‘oohs-and-aahs’ you’re going to get from others) or you can also make them as a treat for yourself!

The first one up for edible favors is this: Red Velvet Cupcake in a Jar

Imagine dipping into the jar to get a spoonful of yummy red velvet cheesy goodness! I love the idea and I love red velvet cake. We had one at Ollie’s Trolley in D. C. and it was really good that we regretted not getting more. Kevy and I were practically fighting over every spoonful of yummy, delicious red…

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starfilled

Floral nails like this look pretty and professional yet are easy to apply.

Manicures have been floating around the fashion-side of the internet lately, and the variety is almost overwhelming. Every spectrum of color, matte, gloss, glitter, patterns, stamps and decals have been showing up on the carefully shaped nails of girls. I’ve been collecting inspiration of some that are easy to pull off–whether they look it or not.

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raising a free range family

This all came about 6 months ago when we began making soaps, scrubs, laundry soaps etc.  My hubby started in on me about my antiperspirant/deodorant and the aluminum that it contained.  I said that I was cool with going “crunchy” on quite a few things in my life but I was NOT going to give up deodorant and was NOT going to stink. 😉  I could tell he was concerned for my wellbeing so I said what all good wives say, if I do it, then YOU do it!

He agreed!

So my hunt for a homemade deodorant began.  I wasn’t looking for anything complicated because honestly, I didn’t think we’d make it more than once.  After all, there is a reason that there are so many commercial products on the market and the only experience that I had with a natural deodorant was with Tom’s of Maine and it…

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