10 Easy Winter Care Tips for Hands

Now that the weather is getting chilly, are your hands looking a little rough around the edges?  These winter care tips for hands might be just the thing you need! It's only October and I am already noticing that my skin is getting dry.  The minute that heat kicks on I start getting frizzy hair, chapped lips and hands that are dry and flaky. Sure, I like hand lotion as much as the next girl but it seems like no matter how much I put on it just sucks right into my skin and I don't see any change in the way my hands feel.  If you have the same … [Read more...]

What is the Secret to Eternal Youth? (When Beauty Becomes an Obsession….)

What is the secret to eternal youth?  What exactly is 'youth' anyhow? Is it how you look or how you feel?  I hit 40 a few years ago and all of a sudden I am starting to notice those gray hairs and fine lines that I have been pretty good at ignoring up until now.  Sure, the metabolism has slowed down and I can't walk past a bathroom without having to pee but I'm not getting old, right? HAH!  I look back at pictures of me in my 20's and I am seriously starting to wonder how I can get that glowing skin and shiny hair back.  But then I start taking … [Read more...]

How to Care for Feet That Work Out Regularly

Thank you to AmLactin for sponsoring this conversation about how to care for feet.  All opinions are my own.After a relatively lazy summer, I am back at the gym and lacing up my workout shoes on a regular basis. If I want to fight that sluggish middle aged metabolism, I can't just sit around watching my favorite crime dramas on TV all day - especially with my love of desserts and anything covered in cheese!  Daily workouts help me keep fitting into my pants!  If you work out regularly, your feet probably take quite a beating.  Feet that … [Read more...]

How to Avoid Razor Burn Even With Sensitive Skin

This discussion about how to avoid razor burn is part of a sponsored conversation for SheSpeaks and P&G but all opinions are my own.Having been blessed (or cursed) with fair skin and dark hair means that even after a day of not shaving, I have very visible stubble.  What's even worse is that I HATE the feeling of stubbly legs rubbing up against one another.  If you want to be one of those empowered women who refuses to shave and dyes their underarm hair pink, you go right ahead.  ME?  I have no desire to have hairy legs at all, even in … [Read more...]

How to Keep Your Skin Looking Young Even When You’re Not

This post about how to keep your skin looking young has been sponsored but all opinions are my own.Did you look in the mirror this morning and wonder how to keep your skin looking young as the years creep slowly by? I was not careful with my skin when I was younger. I slathered on baby oil and sunned myself for hours.  I put harsh chemicals on my face to treat acne, blackheads and other persistent skin problems.  If I could do it all over again, I would be a lot kinder to my skin but I can't turn back the hands of time.  I can, however, … [Read more...]

Creative Uses for Olive Oil for Beauty Routines

Last week I was at the grocery store and they had a buy one get one free sale on HUGE bottles of olive oil.  I use a lot of olive oil but had no idea what I would do with quite so much.  I started looking for uses for olive oil for beauty purposes and was surprised at how many I found.  Sure, there are a ton of health benefits of olive oil when you include it in your diet.  And improved health often means a healthier 'glow' to our skin and a vibrancy that can't be achieved with vitamins and supplements.  But, if you find yourself with a ton of … [Read more...]

Helpful Skin Care Tips for Women

A few years ago I hit the magical age of 40.  So far, I'm not all that impressed with this particular decade.  My metabolism has slowed down to the speed of a snail, I get injured just taking the dog for a walk, and my skin needs constant attention for one problem or another.  Getting old is definitely no picnic but I guess it is better than the alternative, right?  While I may FEEL 40, I don't want people to actually look at me and KNOW than I am 40.  The first thing that gives away a woman's age is her skin.  In order to trick people into … [Read more...]

Gifts for Teen Girls and Easy Nail Art at Five Below

This post about gifts for teen girls and easy nail art has been sponsored by SheSpeaks and Five Below.  All opinions are my own.Fall is a particularly busy time of year and definitely the hardest for us to budget for.  There are a number of holidays and birthdays over the next few months that require gift giving, goodie bags, party supplies, and an assortment of other budget breakers.  Gifts for teens can get pricey, not to mention they can be difficult to even find.  What gifts for teen girls will be a hit and which will fall flat?  I … [Read more...]

Back to School Beauty Tips for Teens for a Less Chaotic Morning

These back to school beauty tips for teens are part of an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Johnson & Johnson and Target. I received a gift card to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.My teens went back to school this week and already my mornings resemble a carefully orchestrated battle between hostile nations.  With two teenagers in the house who both need to be getting ready at almost the same time, I have developed a very strict schedule that must be adhered to at … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Use Cucumbers in Your Beauty Routine

Over the last couple of weeks I have harvested approximately 10 pounds worth of cucumbers from my garden.  That, my friends, is about 9 pounds more than anyone in my house really wants to eat!  I have been trying to find new ways to use cucumbers rather than force feeding them to my family.  Yesterday I made a cucumber basil sugar scrub recipe that was amazingly refreshing.  That used up a whole ONE cucumber.  I need a LOT more creative ways to use cucumbers than that so I hit the internet and started searching.I thought I would share a few … [Read more...]