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DIY Wooden Shower Caddy

DIY Wooden Shower Caddy

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It is time to treat yourself and make this adorable but simple DIY Wooden Shower Caddy for a little ‘Me Time’. Fill the caddy with your favorite AVEENO® products like AVEENO® Skin Relief Body Wash and AVEENO® POSITIVELY SMOOTH® Shave Gel to help turn your daily shower into a mini spa-like experience.

As a busy mother of two young children, ‘Me Time’ is rare. Relaxing for a few moments in the shower is sometimes the only time of day that I am not catering to someone else. I decided to make this DIY Wooden Shower Caddy to help me relax just a bit and do something for myself.

On my weekly shopping trip to my local Walmart, I got an idea to make a pretty shower caddy that would look great in my bathroom. I wanted a small, white, wooden container with rustic handles and a chalkboard detail framed out beautifully. If I am making myself a gorgeous shower caddy, I would need some great products to go into it. A browse through the personal care aisle is just what I needed!

You can find the AVEENO® POSITIVELY SMOOTH® Shave Gel next to the razor section. I went with AVEENO® because not only is it the #1 recommended over the counter shave gel brand by Dermatologists in the USA, but it leaves my legs feeling silky smooth and fantastic.

More reasons to pick AVEENO® POSITIVELY SMOOTH® Shave Gel :

  • This specially formulated shave gel helps you shave less often and helps prevent shaving irritation, so your skin stays softer and smoother for longer.
  • It contains an exclusive combination of natural soy extract, oat, aloe, vitamins E and skin conditioners and has been shown to naturally minimize the reappearance of unwanted hair with continued use so you can shave less often. It immediately softens and conditions hair, making it easier for you to get a close, smooth shave.
  • It also helps protect skin against nicks, cuts, and even razor bumps.
  • It soothes your skin to help it look and feel healthier.
  • Offers a light, natural scent.
  • Gentle enough for sensitive skin.

A shower isn’t complete without a fantastic body cleanser. AVEENO® Skin Relief Body Wash is a favorite of mine because it is hypoallergenic and gentle on my sensitive skin. More reasons to pick AVEENO® Skin Relief Body Wash as your go-to body cleanser :

  • This creamy body wash gently but effectively cleanses while leaving itchy, dry skin feeling soothed and moisturized. The unique formula is designed to work with your skin to remove dirt and impurities without disrupting skin’s natural moisture barrier for skin that is soft, smooth and healthy-looking.
  • Has a new look and even gentler formula.
  • Fragrance-Free.
  • Dye-Free.
  • Soap-Free.

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DIY Wooden Shower Caddy

I found some amazing products to fill my DIY Wooden Shower Caddy, now to make the caddy itself. I love DIY projects for many reasons but mostly because I can create exactly what I want to fit into my home seamlessly. You can pick your own caddy color, handles of choice and a frame that you love to create something that is all yours.

Wooden Shower Caddy Supplies needed:

  • 4- 2.5 inch by 12 inch utility wood (sides)
  • 5.25 inch by 12 inch utility wood (bottom)
  • 4.5 inch by 9.5 inch utility wood, cut in half (ends)
  • +/- 3.5 inch by 4.5 inch frame of choice
  • chalk paint
  • 2 small handles
  • white spray paint
  • fast acting multi-use adhesive
  • sandpaper
  • chalk to write with
  • small paint brush

Begin by putting your box together. Start with the sides and end pieces. Using your glue, adhere the sides and ends together by stacking 2 side pieces, gluing one side and using slight pressure until the glue begins to dry. Complete the frame.

You will notice that the end pieces do not match up perfectly. We want a space between the bottom and side pieces to act as a vent and to drain any excess water. Trapping moisture may cause mold so make sure you are leaving that excess space.

Glue the bottom piece on and let the box sit until glue is completely set. Once your glue is dry, smooth the box with sandpaper. Find a well ventilated area to spray paint. I like to go outside when doing this task. Shake your spray paint bottle and spray an even coat. Let dry.  Repeat until you get your desired result. I did 3 coats total with the spray paint. You can even use the sandpaper after painting to create a more weathered effect if you wish.

Once the paint has dried, glue the handles on each end piece. I eyeball what centered is but you can certainly measure each side to ensure both sides are even.

Create your chalkboard detail. Take your frame and pencil out the area that needs chalkboard paint by using the frame as a template. Two coats of chalkboard paint should be efficient. Let the paint dry and glue the frame over top. Write a message to yourself with the chalk on the chalkboard. I chose ‘Me Time’ as a reminder that I deserve time to myself everyday! ‘Bath’, ‘Wash’, ‘Blessed’ would also be great messaging to write.

Fill the DIY Wooden Shower Caddy with your must-have shower products. AVEENO® Skin Relief Body Wash and AVEENO® POSITIVELY SMOOTH® Shave Gel  are a must. Also add a pumice for your heels, a scented candle to fill the room with your favorite scent, a razor, hand towel and shower sponge.

Is shower time a relaxing daily moment for you? When do you find ‘Me time’?

Cupcake Bath Bombs

Cupcake Bath Bombs

Cupcake Bath Bombs

Cupcake Bath Bombs made with basic bath bomb ingredients pressed into a silicone cupcake liner mold topped with a frosting and sprinkles.

Cupcake Bath BombsI have always enjoyed making my own beauty products, especially bath bombs. Bath bombs can get expensive when purchasing from a retailer but you can easily make them at home with a few simple ingredients for a fizzy bath experience with the color and scent of your choosing!

Cupcake Bath Bombs Supplies

You will need a handful of special supplies and ingredients, the rest are things already in your kitchen. Most of the supplies can be found at a grocery or craft store. Amazon is also a great place to order what you need!

Supplies:

Ingredients:

Cupcake Bath BombsPlace  silicone liners into the muffin pan and begin mixing the Cupcake Bath Bombs. In a large mixing bowl, add 1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup citric acid, 1/2 cup Epsom salts, 2 teaspoons of essential oil, 3 teaspoons olive oil and a drop of gel dye. I used a purple color today with fresh air scent for the base but pick any color and scent you would like!

Whisk the Cupcake Bath Bombs base ingredients well and spoon them into the silicone liners. Press down with your spoon and fill each until completely full. Make sure you firmly press the ingredients into the mold! Let the Cupcake Bath Bombs harden (wait a couple hours) and carefully remove from molds. Cupcake Bath BombsNext, begin your frosting for the Cupcake Bath Bombs. You need to work quickly with this step so get all your supplies ready. Prepare the pastry bag with large tip to the side, get the sprinkles out, and get to mixing! In a large mixing bowl, add 4 cups confectioners sugar, 3 tablespoons meringue powder with a couple drops of gel dye (I used pink today) and 5 tablespoons water. Use the hand or stand mixer to thoroughly mix until creamy and smooth.

Work quickly to use the spatula to place the frosting into the pastry bag and frost each Cupcake Bath Bomb. Frost these how you would any cupcake, just need to apply slightly more pressure because it is thicker than regular frosting. Drop sprinkles over top.

That is it! So easy and more affordable than store bought.

Cupcake Bath BombsDuring bath time, drop a Cupcake Bath Bomb in and let it fizz and dissolve. The frosting and sprinkles will take longer to dissolve but it all smells so ahhh-mazing and is such a great addition to your bath.

Cupcake Bath Bombs

I love, love, love giving little homemade gifts like this. Add your Cupcake Bath Bombs to cupcake boxes and give to your fellow mom friends or as a party favor for your teenage daughters Birthday party. You could even make these as part of a party activity for teen girls to make their own and take home. That would be super fun!

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FabFitFun Summer 2017 Subscription Box

FabFitFun Subscription Box Summer 2017

FabFitFun Summer 2017 Subscription Box

Another season, another FabFitFun Subscription Box! This summer box is even better than springs. I literally love everything in I received and I am breaking down all my goodies for you with short reviews!

 

 

For those who are unfamiliar with FabFitFun, it is a subscription box that is sent to your doorstep every season. The cost is $49.99 but valued in the hundreds with items from beauty, fitness and fashion. Plus, other fun goodies like this seasons salt kit.

Use  promo code SUNSHINE to save $10 off your first box! Click HERE.

 

What is in the FabFitFun Subscription Box?

Here is what you will expect to find in your box this season:

1.Juice Beauty Smoothing Eye Concentrate. Made with organic grape and carrots blended with essential fatty acids to moisturize and assist in smoothing fine lines. I have only used this product for 2 days and this sort of product takes a few weeks of using to really give am honest review. However, so far I love the product! Retails for $29.

2. Eau Thermale Avene is a lightweight sunscreen with SPF 50+. With my beach trips coming up this summer, I will be using this for sure! Retails for $24.

3. Bodipure Hand Mask is an add in my box that was $5. The neighbor ladies and myself each tried one while the kids played in the sprinkler yesterday and it worked really well. My cuticles look better and my hands are softer.

4. Cargo Cosmetics Cargo HD is a picture perfect highlighter in bronze. This product was just okay for me. I am going to play around with it more to see if I find any tricks to making it fantastic. Place it on top of the cheekbones and under the brows. I do have to say that the formula is very lightweight and great for summer. Retails for $30.

5. BKR 500 ml bottle. We all know this company for their great water bottles. The color is awesome! I love it and will be using it every day. Retails for $35.

 

 

6. Himalayan Pink Salt Kit is a really fun addition to my box. It is one of the choice items. You can pick traveler, artist or chef and get an item based on that. The Himalayan Pink Salt Kit will be used a lot in my kitchen and would be a great item to place on the table during dinner parties. Retails for $26.

7. Michael Stars Ruana is a great styling item for any closet. Wear it as a scarf, shawl or sarong for a great pop of fun! I wish I would have received the black and white but I guess this will force me to wear actual color! Retails for $54.

8. Kris Nations Mystic Bar Necklace is probably my favorite box item. I received turquoise, although you may get a different color. I love how the item is packaged and will be layering this necklace all summer long! Retails at $58 (which is more than the whole box costs you).

9. Klorane Dry Shampoo. This was another choice item where you pick either fitness or beauty. My pick was for beauty. I have used a lot of dry shampoo since being a mom. Sometimes my hair primarily consists of dry shampoo so perfect item for me to receive. This formula was light and didn’t leave any sort of residue. Plus, gave my hair a bit of volume. Retails for $20.

I also received a sample packet for Vital Proteins Marine Collagen to place in a drink for 10 grams of natural collagen protein.

Take a look at what I received in the FabFitFun Spring 2017 box HERE.

FabFitFun Subscription Box Summer 2017

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription

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FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription goodies revealed! This is my first FabFitFun box and I had to get it with all the buzz around these subscription boxes. Let me tell you… it is a keeper! Especially when you go through and start pricing out the cost of these products individually. Even if you only love 2 items in the whole box, you are still getting a good deal. There was only item I wasn’t thrilled about in my box and I will tell you more about that below.

Grab yours HERE.

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription Briogeo Rosarco Milk is a leave in conditioner that retails for about $20. Why this product rocks: Cruelty free, organic, sulfate free, paraben free, safe for color or chemically treated hair. Great for dry and damaged hair.

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription Emerald Duv  “Joshua Tree ” Cage Bracelet. A beautiful statement bracelet that is lightweight and made in the USA. Retails for $80 and is currently out of stock on the Emerald Duv website.

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription Deborah Lippmann nail polish retails around $14 a piece. You get a gorgeous blue shade and a great white for French tips. So perfect for Spring and summer.

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription RealHer Lip Kit retails for $48 on their website. Now, this is the one product I did not care for in my spring subscription box. The lipstick really dried out my lips. Plus, the color is off for my skin tone. I prefer nude tones for my lips. Not a win for me. The packaging ton this product is awesome though and they never test on animals. Plus they donate a large portion of profits to charity. Really neat company but this specific product was not for me.

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription The Milly Clutch was out of stock everywhere I looked. It retails for $20 plus as far as I can tell. There are different sayings on the clutches and I love that I received the Beach Please clutch. So fun.

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription My favorites from the FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription:

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription Nature’s Bounty Hair Skin and Nails Gummies in strawberry flavor. These are so delicious and retail for around $10 so I am sure to pick these up again. My nails are looking drab right now so I am hoping for a little health boost in the nail department with these babies.

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion age defying exfoliator goes for $79 on their website. Yes, you read that right. $79. This was the favorite product in my box. It feels so good on the skin. It has a very calm citrus scent and left my skin so smooth. I have very sensitive skin and this product left my skin looking great. No blemishes. Not even a blackhead from using this product.

Gypsy round blanket is the reason I bought this box. I knew I had to have it this summer for our vacations on the beach. So darn cute. The Gypsy website is sold out the product but I am seeing it for retail around $40. Although, there are many blankets like it such as this one HERE on Amazon.

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription Karuna Hydrating face mask comes in a pack of 4 and retails around $28. I left the mask on for about 30 minutes while browsing my Instagram feed… I am mean working. Left my face looking bright and refreshed. Did not cause blemishes or anything with my skin. Just left it smooth and hydrated.

The Summer FabFitFun Subscription box are rolling here shortly! Visit FabFitFun and get in on the fun! Use referral code http://xo.fff.me/eoDth so they know who sent you.

Yogurt, Honey & Oat Face Mask

 An Easy Trick for a Bright and Even Skin Tone


 

I think we can all agree that diy at-home beauty tricks are the best. I love learning new ways to keep my skin soft and clear without having to spend a fortune on skincare products! I started using this mask routinely about 6 years ago to help combat dark/acne spots and excessive oil.  This mask is gentle and works well for sensitive skin. Always leaves my skin feeling soft, clear and refreshed! I recommend using this mask 1-2 times weekly.

What You Need…

  • plain yogurt (Greek yogurt works well too and gives you a thicker consistency)
  • Oats
  • Honey

{TIP} Use while in the shower. The steam will help to open up your pores. This mask can also get pretty messy!

 

Yogurt, Honey & Oat Face Mask

 

To get started…

  1. pour about a third cup of oats into a bowl
  2. using a spoon, crush the oats down until you have very small pieces
  3. add third cup of yogurt
  4. mix well
  5. add 1 tablespoon honey
  6. fold honey into mixture until it looks well blended
  7. apply generously to face and neck (I use my daily face wash before applying)
  8. leave 10-15 minutes
  9. wash with warm water
  10. pat dry
  11. apply moisturizer

*any leftovers can be refrigerated (or eaten), just be sure to use within a couple of days!
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Rock Your Skin Care Routine

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Rock Your Skin Care Routine! I am a 30 something now and skincare is getting more and more important as the years go by. First rule! Start a great skin care routine early, especially sunscreen and moisturizers! It will pay off later ladies. I started doing masks, exfoliators, and more aggressive anti aging products in my mid 20’s. You will notice that I use a lot of Olay products and I have been since my 20’s.  Olay is gentle and great for sensitive skin and trust me my skin knows sensitivity. I was not born with natural beautiful skin. I have flaws and have to put some work into this beauty regime. People tell me I have beautiful skin all the time and I laugh to myself… they are probably just being nice.

Let us talk about some pointers and how to rock your skin care routine!

 

 

The daily routine is pretty basic and simple. Find a gentle cleanser that works for you. Even at my age, I get pesky little breakouts so I do use an acne treated cleanser in the morning. If acne isn’t an issue for you (I secretly hate you just a little) then go with something simple and gentle. Cetaphil is great. Cetaphil is what I frequently use before bed. So acne treated cleanser in the morning (Acne Free is what I use at the moment) and Cetaphil at night. If you don’t worry about breakouts, Cetaphil once in the morning and once at night.

In the morning, after the cleanser, use a toner (I use the Acne Free) followed by a good moisturizer with SPF. Moisturizer is everything! Find one that works for you! I have been using Olay with SPF in it for many, many years. Probably since high school and my skin responds really well to it.

At night, remove ALL your make up. Clinique has a great make up remover (Clinique Remove The Day) which is what I typically use but am out of at the moment so I have been using these wipes shown above. Need to get to the mall or order from Amazon. Love Amazon Prime. That isn’t even an affiliate link plug either. < getting off topic Amber!> Cleanse your face. Immediately after cleansing, apply a retinol eye cream and a night moisturizer. If I do not use my Olay Total Effects Night Pore Perfector, I wake up looking 10 years older. I wish I was kidding. I flip flop with the eye creams. I have used everything there is but always come back to Olay Ultimate Eye Cream because it is affordable, convenient and gets the job done.

 

 

Weekly skin care routine should include some face masks. I use a charcoal mask once a week. Right now I am using the Freeman Charcoal and Black Sugar Polishing Mask which is nice because it has the charcoal and the exfoliator rolled into one. Once or twice a week, I use St. Ives Even and Bright exfoliator.

Once a week, you should also be exfoliating your entire body! Head to toe. What I have found that works best is actually making it homemade. Follow link HERE to find out more on how to make a homemade scrub.  Also, try to use my pumice once week on my heels. My mani/pedi lady thanks me.

What the heck does charcoal do? Charcoal draws out impurities in the skin, cleansing those pores. Helpful for acne prone skin.

Why all the exfoliating?  For instant smooth skin by getting rid of the dead skin cells on the surface. As we age, the exfoliation process slows. Oh goodie! So exfoliation becomes more important as we get older so the dry, dead skin cells aren’t building up.

Once a week, we also need to be changing our sheets. Wash all your bedding! This is very important. Sweat, dead skin cells, body oil and who knows what other gross things are making a home in your sheets. Obviously, laying in your sweat every night isn’t good for your skin. Plus, nothing helps you sleep better at night than laying in freshly cleaned sheets. I use the lavender scent detergent, recommended.

 

 

How can we rock our skin care routine just once a month? Clean your make up brushes. I use Elf brush cleaner. It’s affordable (like a couple bucks) and works well. You also want to get a professional facial that is designed for your skin. It is best to speak with your esthetician or skin care specialist to figure out what facial is best for you!

Once a month, get your eyebrows threaded. Notice I am using the words threaded, not waxed. Waxing can be rough on the skin and cause inflammation. Anyone else have bright red eye lids after getting waxed for like 5 hours? I can’t be the only with sensitive skin. Go with the threading to ensure you aren’t damaging your skin.

 

skincare routine

 

Daily habits may be the most important part of rocking your skin care routine. Drink a ton of water! The more water you can drink, the better. We are made up of mostly water and need it for digestion, absorption of nutrients,  circulation and so on. We could talk about it all day. The point is, drink water!

The most important Vitamin for your skin is probably Vitamin D. The best way to get Vitamin D is from sunlight! So wait. Wear a SPF and go in the sun? The answer is yes. I am not telling you to go lay by the pool for 10 hours today or plop yourself in a tanning bed. No, just 10 minutes a day outdoors is all it takes which would cover walking the dog around the block.

How else can you rock your skin care routine all the time? Lip balm ( Burt’s Bee is my fave), getting plenty of sleep, and avoiding hot showers that dry you out. Moisturize your entire body when getting out of the shower.  Kiehl’s lotions are amazing! A little on the spendy side but worth it.

Mama’s, I hear you complaining about that sleep part but do your best!

 

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What are your favorite products to help you rock your skin care routine? Any amazing mask recommendations?

Oatmeal Honey Body Scrub

Oatmeal Honey Body Scrub, skin care

Oatmeal Honey Body Scrub made at home. Skin care at home can both be inexpensive and effective. I love this oatmeal honey body scrub for its exfoliation power and simplicity. No dyes, no offensive scent, wont break the bank and takes 5 minutes to make. Winning!

My short article on How to Rock Your Skin Care Routine recommends exfoliating your entire body once a week. This helps remove dead skin cell build and leaves your skin silky smooth. This particular formula is perfect for winter time dry skin. Winter just kills me. My skin hates every minute of winter. It truly does.

Here are some reasons why you should be mixing up some oatmeal Honey Body Scrub today:

  • Honey in the formula aids in soothing, moisturizing and has antioxidants. Antioxidants help slow down the aging process. We can all use a little of that.
  • Oatmeal has numerous skin benefits including aiding in the healing of Psoriasis and Eczema. oatmeal moisturizes, scrubs and has saponin properties which cleanse.
  • Sugar helps exfoliate and scrub away those dead skin cells leaving you with glowing skin.
  • The most important ingredient is probably the olive oil. Olive oil is literally gold for all its potential uses from the kitchen to your hair, cuticles and skin. Olive oil helps calm skin irritation, moisturizes and is packed with antioxidants to help fight the aging process. Olive oil should be included in everyone’s beauty routine! It is ahhh-maz-ing!

 

Oatmeal Honey Body Scrub

 

Let’s make a batch of Oatmeal Honey body Scrub now!

  1. Gather your ingredients (oats, honey, brown sugar, granulated sugar, olive oil), measuring cup, spatula, large bowl for mixing, food processor or blender, and a sealable container. If you have kids around, a plastic container may be best.
  2. Put 1/2 cup oats into food processor and blend for 1 minute. Add to your mixing bowl.
  3. Add 3/4 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup granulated sugar into bowl.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons honey to bowl.
  5. Now add 1/4 cup olive oil and mix all ingredients together with the spatula.
  6. Look at your mixture, if too dry you will want to add more olive oil. Maybe 1/4 cup more or until it is at the consistency you like it. I prefer mine a little dry so it is easier to handle in the shower.
  7. Put scrub into sealable container. Use once a week for glowing, beautiful skin.

 

Oatmeal Honey Body Scrub

 

Do you ever make body scrubs at home? What are your favorite mixtures or ingredients?

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