Sage and Blackberry Sugar Scrub Recipe

Looking for a unique sugar scrub recipe for spring and summer? I am a huge fan of combining fruit with herbs.  Something about the earthiness of the herbs mingled with the sweetness of the fruit just really provides a wonderful aroma. Lemon and Rosemary... Cilantro and Lime...and this Sage and Blackberry Sugar Scrub Recipe!  All of these are wonderful sugar scrubs that really just scream 'summer'. I am thinking I need to turn this blackberry sage combination into a drink somehow. That would be a refreshing beverage to sip on the patio … [Read more...]

Tips for Encouraging a Positive Body Image in Girls

Encouraging a positive body image in girls can be challenging.  You are fighting against female stereotypes and unrealistic body image ideas from the media.  Teenage girls are more concerned with what their peers think than what YOU tell them is real. How do you promote a positive body image? I thought I would share a few tips to encourage parents to discuss the topic of healthy body image with their daughters.   What Influences Body Image? You might be surprised at what influences body image ideas in your … [Read more...]

DIY Cuticle Butter and Tips for Healthy Cuticles

Tired of hiding your hands from people because of ugly nails and cuticles?  This DIY cuticle butter is just what you need! My nails take a beating just about every day. Whether it's washing the dishes or gardening, I'm busy and have very little time to deal with keeping my nails pretty.  I don't tend to wear nail polish except on my toes but I still want healthy fingernails.  The trick to keeping your nails and cuticles healthy is to pamper them with moisture rich ingredients. Cuticle Care Tips Before you start rubbing in … [Read more...]

Easy Shaving Tips for Teenage Boys

This post about easy shaving tips for teenage boys has been sponsored.  All opinions are my own. he reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product. I am the proud mom of one teenage boy.  If you have sons, you will probably understand the unique challenges that come with raising these testosterone fueled creatures.  One of the joys of raising boys is teaching your son to shave.  This is not just a one day projects.  In fact, I think we have been giving him shaving … [Read more...]

DIY Beard Oil for Soft and Healthy Facial Hair

Have a man with facial hair in your life? Looking for an easy Father's Day gift for your scruffy mate? Make DIY beard oil to keep it soft and healthy! Scratchy beards are no fun at all!    My husband has always had a beard.  Depending on his mood and the season, his facial hair ranges from a neat and trim little goatee to a full, bushy, Grizzly Adams style beard.  Just like the hair on top of your head, a beard needs to be cared for in a certain way.  Shampooing, trimming, combing and conditioning it with beard oil are all important steps in … [Read more...]

Summer Skin Care Tips and DIY Rosemary Mint Facial Toner

The temperature this week is supposed to be in the upper 70's.  Spring is in full force and summer will be here before you know it!  That means out with the winter skin products and in with the summer skin care routine! There are a lot of things that I enjoy about summer.  I love the sun coming up early to motivate me to wake up and get moving.  I love summer evenings spent at our local ice cream shop.  Days at the pool, weekend camping trips, and Popsicles rate pretty high up there, too.  What do I DISLIKE about summer?  That's pretty … [Read more...]

Need Dry Skin Remedies? Try a Home Made Oatmeal Scrub Recipe!

Did you know that January was National Oatmeal Month?  Yep, this oh so useful grain has it's own month! It was the perfect excuse to put together this home made oatmeal scrub recipe.  If you are looking for dry skin remedies, this one is simple and inexpensive.  We always have a huge container of oatmeal in the pantry and no, I do not buy those little flavored packets that try to pass as actual oatmeal.  They are way too expensive and loaded with too much junk.  I buy regular oatmeal in a huge container and it lasts quite a while.  While … [Read more...]

Beauty Stocking Stuffers for Teens That Will Be A Hit This Year

This discussion about beauty stocking stuffers for teens has been sponsored by Olay and Braun at Walmart. All opinions are my own. Gone are the days of getting my kids Pokémon cards for their Christmas stockings. I have teenagers now, and it has gotten harder to find stocking stuffers that they will really use. I could load their stockings with candy but there are enough sweets around this house in December without me buying them more. If you are hunting for stocking stuffers for teens this year, I thought I would share a few that might be a … [Read more...]

Rosemary and Mint Homemade Shaving Cream Recipe

Living in the south means that I wear shorts from March through October.  Sure, I love tank tops and flip flops but that means I have to shave everyday for about 8 months out of every year.  That is a LOT of shaving!  I made this homemade shaving cream recipe because I was seriously sick of all the scents that were available at the grocery store.  If I am going to shave every day, I want to enjoy the experience!  I don't want cheap shaving cream that smells like my dad.  (no offense to dad...I love the guy but don't want to smell like him!) Now … [Read more...]

Bedtime Beauty Tips to Help Fight Aging

This post about bedtime beauty tips has been sponsored by Grande Cosmetics and brought to you by ShopShare Network. All opinions are my own. Do you wake up in the morning, stare into the mirror, and wonder what happened to that fresh-faced young beauty that you used to be? Need a few bedtime beauty tips to help you look your best? I know I'm certainly giving more thought to my daily skincare routine now that I am officially 'middle aged'!  While I am determined to age gracefully and not fight it TOO hard, I also don't want to give up … [Read more...]