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Friday, December 19, 2014

Mountain Rose Herbs: Vanilla Mint Honey Scrub

I'm thinking of starting yet another monthly post category, Well, two to be exact. One where I test a natural personal care recipe of another blogger or company and let you know what I think and another where I share one of my own all-natural personal care recipes. I love trying out other peoples recipes, I probably do one more than once a month, but I also love trying to experiment and come up with my own recipes. So, I hope your looking forward to trying out some personal care recipes, because I will be bombarding you with natural care constantly!

If you are curious about what it means to be all-natural in your personal care items, I can't really send you to just one site that would explain it perfectly. But, basically its trying to get rid of any ingredients in our personal care products that contain carcinogens and irritants. Using items that are environmentally friendly and trying overall to be more conscious of what we are putting on our bodies and in our environment. And if your are at all wanting to pursue this with me, then please follow my blog, because I'm trying to do this everyday and will be sharing what I learn with you right here!


This recipe from Mountain Rose Herbs (whom I adore and order a lot of my supplies from) is so delicious! It not only taste's delicious (my daughter love nibbling on it while in the bathtub) but it smells delicious and feels delicious! I've been using it over my entire body and it leaves my skin silky smooth, moisturized, exfoliated and smelling delicious!

I think that this is a great body scrub for winter as well since the winter months leave my skin dry. Also, the smell of peppermint always leaves me thinking of candy canes and Christmas time! I think this scrub would make a lovely Christmas gift because its fairly inexpensive, easy to make and so pretty! But, you do need to consider the color of your ingredients if your wanting your's to turn out white as pictured above. I used a very dark colored honey and olive oil and got a much more yellow looking scrub.

You should only exfoliate once or twice a week, but I've been so itchy all over from my crazy hormonal problems, so I've been using it a little more often. I love using it before shaving as I then don't have to use shaving cream and any oil on your shaver will help make it last longer.

If you are looking to make this recipe with high quality organic materials, I have put links for each item below:







Hope you give this recipe a try!


Friday, December 12, 2014

Update


Hey, everyone, just wanted to give you a really quick update. I've been really, really sick, in and out of the hospital a million times. Finally figured out that I had gastritis from a medication I was taking, to make a long story short. So, just want to let you know that I will probably be not as on top of my posts for a while. I have a few planned out for the next month so enjoy those for now!

Here is a scripture that has really helped me through this trying time:

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:6-7


Friday, December 5, 2014

Moody Sisters: Tinted Lip Balm Review

This is not a sponsored/paid post. These thoughts and opinions are completely my own.

It is one of my goals to be a little adventurous and try new products. So, far I've had one really bad product which I'll share later and one really good product which I'm sharing today!

I'm really excited to tell you about this product because its everything I want to accomplish with my own products. I found Moody Sisters Skin Care a while back on Etsy and have been drooling over their products for sometime. They are two sisters who experienced skin trouble and decided to make their own skin care line that worked for them and their family. Their products are handmade, non-toxic, and made with natural, organic and fresh ingredients. You can read more about them here.



I was recently checking out their new stuff and noticed that they had some really good coupons and discounts available and my sister's birthday was fast approaching, so without thinking about it too much and how we don't have any money to spend, I ordered two of the Plum Tinted Lip Balms. With free shipping and a 25% off coupon it definitely made the small purchase worth it.

I was so excited to get the package that I opened it right there and then in the car (that's why all of these pictures have the package in the background!). I was surprised first off with how the lip balm looks exactly like the picture, pushed up, but its not pushed up there is just that added amount on top. Not sure how they do that, but I didn't mind getting a little extra product even if it was difficult to get it on my lips at first because its not mushed down. I loved the color and feel of the lip balm, but especially the color, it has just the tiniest hint of sparkle and a beautiful color. It reminded me of lip stick because the color was more intensive than expected, but it was so moisturizing with a hint of glossy that I didn't feel as though I was wearing lip stick. I love putting lip tints on my cheeks for added color and this one works beautifully and gives you a soft healthy glow.

I loved their business card which was also a magnet!



The only thing I was a little disappointed with was that the sample broke open in the package, but there was still enough of the body scrub to test it. It smelled heavenly, but it was not labeled so I cannot tell you which body scrub it was.



And to finish here is a goofy selfie with the lip tint applied (picture is enhanced, I had a hard time getting the color right with my phone).


So, there it is, I hope you liked this review and look forward to more!

Let me know your thoughts!


Friday, November 28, 2014

Mountain Rose Herbs: Autumn Salt Soak


If you haven't noticed by now I'm an advocate for Mountain Rose Herbs. In my opinion they are the best herb supplier ever. They have a slew of products, everything for making your own teas, medicines and body care products. But, what I love about them most is that their products are so natural and real. They products are sustainable, organic and locally harvested. They are also true believers of recycling, which I love about them! You can ready more about them here.

In short I order a lot of my supplies from them (and you should too!) and in the process I get their catalog. I love their catalog, they have a variety of recipes from tea to salves in it, that have been so much fun to try! Today I wanted to share one with you that interested me because a while back I did a post on a foot soak recipe that I had found on Pinterest. It worked so well with softening my dry cracked feet and getting the callouses off that when I saw this recipe I just had to try it. This recipe uses similar ingredients as the previous one and thus just as effective!

Autumn Salt Soak


1 cup dead sea salt (I used regular sea salt)
1/2 cup epsom salt
1/3 cup baking soda

Mix together in a bowl until the herbs are evenly distributed. Package in a cork top bottle and shake before use. Makes a lovely warming foot soak on cold days!


Friday, November 21, 2014

Mittens, Gloves, and Fingerless Things


Hello! I hope all of you are staying nice and warm as these cold months draw near.  Today, I want to talk about knitwear for the hands.  Today's post will be slightly different from the others. I don’t have a basic pattern for you to follow, nor will I be “teaching” you how to make these items.  Mostly because mittens and gloves have so many variations to the techniques used to knit them.  It is best for you to be inspired by these patterns and ideas and explore the world of warm knits for yourself. 

However, I do want to talk about a crucial technique for hand knitwear.  Thumb gussets, or rather the thumb-hole.  I did this wrong for many years and it led to a few pairs of gloves and mittens with tight, uncomfortable thumb-holes. 
I learned about thumb gussets by following this pattern for mittens. It isn't the clearest to read, but it is very basic and easy to adapt to any type of hand wear.
There is also this amazing tutorial on adding a thumb-hole for fingerless gloves. The author has great pictures, and lots of detail. It is explained very well.


These wonderful warmers have been around for sometime. Simply Google “traditional mittens” and you will be treated to some of the most intricate and beautiful knitting. You can easily find loads of free patterns for traditional mittens. But take a look at these classic mittens made by the very talented knitter Kristi Everst


Mittens can be knitted in so many different styles, from practical, all the way to incredible. Check out these patterns if you don’t believe me.

Martha Stewart offers this free pattern for mittens.  They are knitted flat and in garter stitch. Which makes them easy, fast, and great for a beginner.  As well as perfect for Christmas gifts. 

Not interested in color worked mittens, or basic ones, try out these gorgeous cabled ones.

 This pattern for mittens is a pretty take on a classic style.  But it also shows you how to knit a lining for them, making these mitts extra toasty! 



Yes, gloves can seem daunting.  But knitting fingers isn’t as hard as it looks. You are essentially knitting tiny tubes.  If you are feeling very intimidated by gloves, you can always watch this video tutorial that carries you through the entire process.

Once you got that down, you can start working on your own pair of beautiful gloves.

Here are some more gloves by Kristi Everst. These are just so ethereal and pretty. I can’t help but love them. 

If you are a fan of Downton Abbey, here are some gloves that were inspired by the show.  These have some intricate work, but would be so much fun to make. They are on my list of things to knit.

This pattern, while similar to the one above, I couldn’t help but add it.  These are stunning, and just make me want to solely knit gloves. 




Now we come to those fingerless things.  There was a point in my knitting days when I was obsessed with arm warmers.  I thought they were so cool and stylish.  I have passed on from that somewhat.  I don’t really see the point in freezing fingers for the sake of fashion. While I am more apt to pick up a pair of mittens, I can’t deny fingerless gloves are handy for the season changes, as well as make excellent gifts. They are easy to make, and knit up nice and fast.

Once again Martha Stewart offers a free, basic pattern for fingerless gloves

These little hand warmers look like they fit great and look fabulous.
 While this pattern offers a more sophisticated take on fingerless gloves.


Actually interested in knitting a pair of arm warmers? Go ahead and check out Purl Bee’s pattern

And there we have it, some all around interesting inspiration for you all.  I hope you have a lovely holiday, and God bless!

P.S. I couldn’t help but add this pattern as a little Fall/Thanksgiving bonus. It is just so cool


-Gracie

Thank you!


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Friday, November 14, 2014

3 in 1 Eye Makeup Remover


This is the best eye makeup remover ever! I've been using it now for over a year and have had excellent results! I'm so excited to share it with you today! 

The recipe is so simple and has such great benefits to the skin around your eyes that you won't want to pass this one up, but if you struggle to find the time to make your own natural skin care products, I am working on getting this one up on my Etsy shop soon!


All this recipe entails are three ingredients and you get three great benefits out of it!

Benefit #1 - Using an all-natural eye makeup remover that benefits the delicate skin around your eyes and doesn't contain harsh ingredients such as alcohol. 

Benefit #2 - Grapeseed oil benefits the skin in many ways, but one of its well known properties is decreasing the appearance of under eye circles. The skin under my eyes is very delicate and sensitive, I deal with under eye circles on a daily basis, but since using this eye makeup remover I have seen an improvement, especially when I use it before bed, by morning my eyes look well rested and the skin under my eyes seem to match the rest of my skin. You can read more about grapeseed oil at Holding Her Own and New Health Guide

Benefit #3 - Castor oil is known for its lash growth abilities and this is something I can definitely attest too. Before using this eye makeup remover I used to use Neutrogena's Eye Makeup Remover and I was plagued with not only short eye lashes but having them fall out continuously. I probably had on average about 5 fall out a day. Now I only have about one fall out every couple weeks, unless I'm rubbing my eye vigorously. I have also seen my eye lashes reach a length that I didn't know was possible. Using this makeup remover along with a good natural mascara such as Tarte Mascara, has helped my lashes grow and strengthen like I never new they could!  You can read more about castor oil's benefits at Style Craze.

3 in 1 Eye Makeup Remover


1 Tbs Castor oil
3 Tbs Witch hazel

Mix together in a small bottle (flip lid works best), shake before each use and apply a small amount to a cotton pad. Gently remove eye makeup.


Do you currently use eye makeup remover? If so what brand? Do you have a favorite natural brand? I'd love to hear about it!



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Bathroom Closet Organization Ideas


Now like the title says, these are just IDEAS, nothing concrete here at all. This is just what I did to get myself a little more organized, because as you will see in the below pictures I was quite a mess before I began.


I suppose I'll start with my favorite outcome of this organization process and that is from some post's that I found through Pinterest (see list of links at the end of post). I had really been struggling with how we had our medicine all thrown into one basket (pictured above). It was so difficult to find what we needed and it didn't help when we were sick to have to go digging through a basket full of miscellaneous medicine only to find what we were looking for was all gone.

The process of using clear plastic boxes with labels for each individual medicinal use is amazingly simple to create and makes your life so easy. The only way I went wrong with it, was to try and make my own chalkboard labels. I painted some stickers with chalkpaint only to find a few days later that they had started to peel off resulting in this bad looking picture.


Even though I didn't want to spend much on this organization project, I bit the bullet and bought some lovely Martha Stewart chalkboard labels and I'm so glad I did!


As you can see with using a Chalk Marker Pen they turned out pretty nice!


The second tip that has really helped me over the past several years, was finding a Martha Stewart book that showed you how to fold your sheets, especially those bulky fitted sheets! You can find the tutorial here.



Here is a list of steps that helped me get my closet organized!

1.) Gather any and all baskets and containers you have lying around the house, try to stay color coordinated as it helps the final effect look extra put together.

2.) Completely empty your closet. 

3.) Throw away anything that is out of date and doesn't get used. (expired medicine, mismatched towels etc.)

4.) Get everything organized and sorted into baskets by category BEFORE putting it back in the closet.

5.) Label as many baskets and containers as possible.

5.) Once everything is categorized and labeled you can start putting things away! I have to make sure that our medicine and anything else dangerous is up high, so that my daughter can't get into it!

Here is a before and after photo of my closet:


Here are a few post's on bathroom organizing:



You can also check out my Pinterest Board on Organizing for additional inspiration!

Have you organized anything lately? Do you have any tips you would like to share? I'd love to hear about them!


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