Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub Recipe with Green Tea

This lemon sugar hand scrub recipe is just the thing I need now that spring has arrived. This weekend I spent a bit of time outside weeding the garden beds and getting my patio pots ready for planting.  The ground was a bit cold and damp but in a few weeks I will be putting in herbs, flowers and some easy to grow vegetables.  By the time I was done with my gardening, my hands were covered in mud and I my nails would never be the same.  I spent 10 minutes scrubbing my hands with hot, soapy water and still couldn't get that ground in dirt off my … [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...]

DIY Dry Shampoo for Pretty Hair with Fewer Washes!

This DIY dry shampoo recipe is perfect hair remedy for those days when you just don't have time to shower.  My daughter is 14 and has very thick, wavy hair that she absolutely hates.  We have made homemade hair masks and tried to dip dye hair using Kool aid but still, she complains.  Well, she washes her hair, lets it air dry and then spends hours straightening it.  That means it takes her HOURS to do her hair and she just doesn't have that kind of time on a daily basis.  Her solution is to only wash her hair twice a week.  That would normally … [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...]

DIY Face Cleaning Pads for Clear Skin Without Harsh Chemicals

Over the years, I have spent a lot of money on fancy face cleaning pads to treat acne.  I used to have horrible skin as a teenager and now my own son is battling teenage acne.  I hate having him put harsh chemicals on his face so I have been spending a fortune on facial cleansing pads with only natural ingredients.  Do you have any idea how expensive those things are?  WOW!  A person could go broke just trying to treat their acne! DIY Face Cleaning Pads Ingredients For these DIY face cleaning pads, I included ingredients that I knew were … [Read more...]

Gingerbread Sugar Scrub for Fall Stress Relief

Need some fall stress relief?  This gingerbread sugar scrub is just what you need!  Have you ever had one of those weeks where everything you do just seems to go wrong?  Recipes flop, you are late to appointments, you lose things that you could have SWORN you put right in that spot. This week has been one of those weeks for me and I am in need of some serious stress relief. Gingerbread Sugar Scrub for Fall Stress Relief I decided to whip up an easy sugar scrub recipe to pamper myself before bed tonight.    This homemade sugar scrub smells … [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...]

Cucumber Basil Sugar Scrub for Soft, Smooth Skin!

My family just got back from a week in Saint Augustine, Florida and if I thought Georgia was hot in the summer...WOW!  The heat and humidity was absolutely suffocating down there last week!  I went through 4 containers of sunscreen, put a 2 hour beach limit on all of us, and our shower in the cottage was running almost constantly.  Just walking through the historic district for a couple of hours had us soaking with sweat and slightly sun burnt!  Needless to say, between the sunscreen, the frequent showers and the low level sunburn I had all … [Read more...]

Sage and Blackberry Sugar Scrub Recipe for Smooth Sexy Legs!

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 blends 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 in the warm spring sun, right? I am thrilled that my sage plant … [Read more...]