This time two years ago I had buckets of lip products. I couldn’t decide if I wanted an expensive organic blend or a cheap drugstore off-brand. I knew that I wanted to have a lip product always at hand, and because I was shopping so frequently, I found plenty opportunities to toss a new tube in the cart. Still, I was constantly losing them and
What’s red, white and blue all over? These All-American snacks which are sure to impress your Fourth of July guests. Create some “fireworks” with these snacks. Firework Oreos. These have been a big hit with my kids. (You could even say they went off with a bang!) While they taste like regular Oreos, they’ve got a subtle “kick” provided by popping candy. Patriotic Peeps. For those who just
As the weather heats up, what better treat to reach for than a homemade popsicle? Whether you prefer healthy or dessert-sweet, we’ve got a recipe for you. Easy DIY popsicles you can make with the kids. 1. Watermelon popsicles. These refreshing treats are the creative idea of the Cooking Classy blog. They are made with fresh watermelon and kiwi, a few chocolate chips and coconut milk
Fidget spinners are all the rage – we’ve got a half dozen in our house alone. Online people are posting pictures of their disinterested pets staring at spinning fidget toys. And on the news today, there was an entire feature dedicated to fidget spinners. But how much is too much? Proof that fidget spinners are inescapable. 1. Fidget spinner nail art. Yes, this is a real
I remember the blue-haired little old ladies who went to my church when I was a kid. Now I see 70 year-old women at the gym with brightly colored hair and I find myself thinking, “Good for them!” These days, more and more adult women of all ages are giving bold color choices a go. “You only live once, so why not be bold.” Ivy is
Turmeric is an ancient spice that is also an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. It is even touted as decreasing the risk for cancer and for alleviating symptoms of arthritis. Here are some easy turmeric tea recipes. I went in search of turmeric tea recipes that are easy and affordable to make, as well as palatable. I made changes, tweaking the recipes to my own tastebud preferences.
Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a rare disorder characterized by severe nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. It is a complex physiological disease that I suffered through not once, but twice, and I still have the emotional battle scars to show for it. MY FIRST PREGNANCY About two weeks into my pregnancy, I started to feel nauseous. Soon, I was unable to eat almost anything except for maybe
Whenever we pass by LUSH in the mall, my 11 year-old daughter and her friends are instantly pulled in as if by a strong magnet. The chain’s bath bombs seem to be the biggest crowd pleaser. Sure, they’re colorful, often glittery, and they smell intensely fragrant, but these bath treats do not come cheap! How to make your own bath bombs for less. Put that DIY slime
Like many of you, I’m a mom with a million things on my plate and ALL the irons in the fire. I homeschool three kids, I work part time, I juggle my daily passion of writing and my first love in my sweet husband of 13 years. Right now, it’s ten years into my journey with an anxiety disorder and things are much improved, but
I’m a sucker for bowls of steaming soup during the cold season and this winter is no exception (never mind that we’ve had record high temps here in the Deep South; soup is still delicious even when it’s 72 degrees outside). It has been awhile since I’ve raved about the Instant Pot or shared a recipe, so I wanted to give you this season’s favorite dish at my
So you overestimated your medical expenses for the year and now you have FSA dollars to burn. Nearly 10 years ago I had a sizable FSA surplus and bought so much cortisone ointment that we are still making our way through it. I’m sure it expired ages ago. The good news? You didn’t need as much medical care as you expected. That’s priceless in my book. But since
When I heard about the brand LuLaRoe, I was instantly intrigued. I love that it is mom-friendly, with lots of feminine prints and cuts, and best of all an emphasis on comfort! (Can I get an AMEN?) I’ve always been a girl-y girl at heart who makes comfort a very high priority. I have been a dedicated fan of leggings for about six years now and if you
There are many ways to express your love this Valentine’s Day – in a fun and frugal way. With a little do-it-yourself-creativity, you can make it a special day for those you love. 6 Ways to Show Your Love This Valentine’s Day 1. Valentine’s Day Breakfast (above). Wow your love with this sweet breakfast idea by Wilton. There are so many ways you can vary this
There is a lot of friction in the world right now, along with a lot of stress and worry. That’s why it’s important to learn to be kind to yourself in what may feel like an unkind world. Here’s how you can treat yourself better. 1. No internet an hour before bed. Social media increases stress. Instead of scanning Facebook before bed, allow yourself the time to
A few months ago, after a regular check-up, my doctor called to tell me that I had high cholesterol, something that I know runs in my family. He immediately wanted to put me on meds, but I was hesitant, having heard about myriad side effects from cholesterol-lowering drugs. I asked my doctor if I could have 6 months to try to lower my cholesterol naturally.