DIY Beauty Recipes Too Easy Not To Try!

Posted in DIY
on February 13, 2017

I’ve always been into organic and mostly natural products.  When my husband and I were first married, he used to look at me funny when I insisted that I could make my own cleaner with water, essential oil and a little dish soap.  He’s more of a believer now, but it’s taken some time. I wanted to share a few beauty diy’s that will keep you looking fresh faced and youthful! Let’s get into it!

Jeni & Teri over at Spoon Fork Bacon deliver the ultimate homemade balm with their DIY Lip Gloss. The moisturizing cocktail of avocado oil, shea butter, coconut oil and sweet almond oil will have your lips feeling and looking perfectly kissable. Head over to their blog to get the deets!

Here at Pink Balloons For Lunch, I created this great smelling  Cherry Lip Scrub to pair with your lip gloss. A great exfoliator makes your lip gloss look that much better when applied. Honey and cherry combine to make a scrub that is definitely sweet enough to eat, although I wouldn’t advise it.

My very talented copywriter friend Vanessa bought me the Hello Glow book as a gift this past Christmas. I was so excited to receive it because it has so many amazing diy’s.  It’s chock full of organic recipes that address all your beauty concerns. This Vitamin C Cranberry Face Mask will leave your skin feeling moisturized and toned. Fresh cranberries, organic maple syrup and yogurt are all you need to make this creamy and indulgent face mask.

Kristin over at Live Simply combines ultra moisturizing aloe vera, honey and olive oil for her Homemade Honey & Aloe Facial Cleanser. She says to leave the cleanser on for a minute to allow your skin to absorb all the goodness!

This Whipped Grapefruit Mint Sugar Scrub from Kaylee at The Kitchen McCabe has all organic ingredients like grapefruit juice, coconut oil and white sugar for a refreshing scrub that’s sure to awaken your senses! I love grapefruit, so this is no-brainer for me.

Do you have any diy’s that you use consistently? I’d love to hear from you. I know that I can’t live without my olive and coconut oil because they can be used for everything from cooking to beauty!

 

 

Keep Your Promises To Yourself

Posted in Inspiration
on February 6, 2017

I have found that the promises that are the most important are the one’s we make to ourselves. I believe that you should keep your word to everyone, but most people tend to break their promises to themselves much easier than if someone else is involved. When we’re dealing with others there is a sense of true accountability and that is the same level of commitment we should have towards ourselves.

So many times I promised myself I would go to the gym more, or dress up more or read certain books. Then a series of events somehow throws my momentum off and I let that commitment to myself go. I think “hey, it’s just me, so no one will know.” But our minds are always keeping score. Self esteem and confidence are directly connected to our overall well-being and if we can’t be trusted to keep a promise to ourselves, what else can’t we be trusted with? Before you can move to the next level, you have to conquer the level before it….right?

These days I take the promises I make to myself much more seriously because I understand that life is not a dress rehearsal and no one becomes successful by accident. We must force accountability on ourselves if we ever plan to change. The only sustainable model for lasting change is to make our new habits apart of our daily lives.

How do you keep yourself accountable to yourself?

 

Be Open + Strategic + Resourceful

Posted in Inspiration
on January 30, 2017

January has been a long month for me and it’s still not over! Firstly, I decided to stop talking on the phone altogether unless it was business related. Drastic? Maybe so for some, but I’ve read in several books that truly successful people don’t talk on the phone much. Unless you’re negotiating business deals or working, I don’t see the reason to fill your time with empty conversations. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against all conversations, only the unproductive ones.

When I do speak, I want it to mean something. Talking on the phone can also open the door to gossip and I simply don’t want to participate. I can honestly say that January has been a positive and productive month. Here are some of the things that helped me along the way.

Be Open, Be Strategic, Be Resourceful

Imagine someone taking you to a room filled with 100 people and telling you that you couldn’t leave without giving them $100 dollars. You were also advised that you couldn’t use any of your own money. What would you do?

Would you ask every person in the room for a dollar? Maybe you’d ask one person for the entire $100 dollars. Or maybe you’d ask two people for $50 dollars, or maybe four people for $25 dollars. The possibilities and combinations are endless!

In the same way, there are many ways to accomplish a goal. Don’t be so quick to give up after the 1st or even the 50th “no.” Fortune favors the bold and one “yes,” could change your life! Think critically and know there is always someone who needs your talent or product. You just have to find them. Be open, strategic and resourceful.

Inspirational Teaching

I listen to inspirational teaching every single day. When I don’t, I can feel myself becoming more pessimistic in my outlook and view. I know these are tough times but the only way to empower yourself is to keep your mind in a positive space.

Your energy should be used wisely and there are some issues that after you’re finished being mad and pulling out your hair, will still be waiting on you. Be smart about what you look at on television or what you listen to. Be careful where you invest your energy.

Say It Loud

I had my children to write out an “I Am,” list and put them up in their rooms. They recite this list before they go to school each day. These don’t have to be attributes that they currently possess, but traits they aspire to have or believe about themselves. You believe your voice more than anyone else’s, so why not tell yourself good things like:

  • I am Talented
  • I am Capable
  • I am Creative
  • I Am Beautiful
  • I Am Intelligent

Say this list out loud each day and I promise that you will feel your spirit lift. Although simple, if you’re consistent with it, you’ll start to believe what you say about yourself and who knows what wonderful things could occur as a result.

Get Active + Exercise

There’s no denying that exercise makes me feel more focused and clear minded. Exercise fights depression, anxiety and lethargy among other things. You don’t have to do anything too vigorous, start small and work your way up. The key is to develop good habits, so even when you feel like giving up, you decide to go for a walk any way. Taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do.

This month has been amazing and I’m  thankful for it.  But it didn’t happen by itself, I had to create an environment that was conducive to my growth and goals.

I’ve learned to stop doing what doesn’t work and try a new way. Taking on this attitude has allowed me to find new copywriting clients and just feel good about myself as a whole. I don’t want to disrespect the gift of time by squandering it on things that don’t matter. Take those things that matter most and make them a priority.

 

I wish you much joy, productivity and success in all your endeavors!

 

Delicious + Decadent Valentine’s Day Recipes

Posted in Food
on January 23, 2017

I’m always looking for a reason to celebrate, so please don’t give me one! Valentine’s Day is coming next month and I’ve been thinking about how I can surprise Chris with something he may not be expecting. If I sat for the entire football game with him or gave my full attention while watching anime, he may just pass out. Haha! The truth is, sometimes we just want someone to be interested in the things we enjoy. In this digital world spouses have to compete with phones, laptops and tablets…it’s really not fair at all.

I enjoy doing things that make him smile and food is something that he loves, so I’m looking forward to whipping up something delicious. I also can’t forget my little loves! I always buy them some chocolates and a stuffed animal, just like my mom bought for me when I was growing up. I’m going to make a dessert to go with the meal I cook and here’s a few that stood out from the lot. Check them out and tell me what you think!

Lindsay at Life, Love and Sugar gives us exactly what we’ve been craving with these fluffy and decadent Strawberry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. If your babe loves strawberry and cream cheese, this recipe is a no brainer. The kids would love these too, you could even get them to help you out in the kitchen!

What about a yummy Valentine’s Day Breakfast? These delectable Cinnamon Rolls from Hannah at The Millennial Cook would go great with your scrambled eggs, grits and bacon. I know that I love to have something sweet on the side at breakfast or you could serve these alone with a tall glass of milk. Yum!

Does your hubby love donuts?  Serve up these scrumptious and easy Homemade Cronuts from A Beautiful Mess. Everyone in the house will love these and they’re super simple to make!

Is Valentine’s Day a big deal at your house? I know the longer people are married, the easier it is to take for each other for granted. Make sure to do something that will make your significant other feel loved this Valentine’s Day!

 

 

 

 

 

Amazingly Affordable DIY Projects For Your Home

Posted in DIY, Home
on January 19, 2017

Having bought and sold a home, I completely understand how expensive the everyday maintenance can be. That’s why when I see a way to make something I already need and save little money, I’m all over it. Plus I’m a little crafty, so I enjoy painting and sewing whenever inspiration hits.

Every now and then I come across a few that truly mimic the look and quality of their expensive retail counterparts. I get really excited about those types of  DIY’s! For example, this West Elm Bench cost $699 and Ursula of Homemade by Carmona creates an almost identical bench for under $15! When you can save that much money, it’s worth a little extra effort.

Don’t these benches look amazing?

Head over to the Life + Storage Blog and get the rest of these fantastic and frugal DIY’s!