Happy Halloween! And Holidays?…Plus, my favorite Fall Instagram moments & playlist!

Heeeeey Yooooouuuuu Guuuuuys!

Y’all have been on my heart so much this year but I needed a break. A big one. Like I’m not totally off my break even…but popping in to make sure things are still flowing and to say hi!

When my mother got sick earlier this year, I just decided to stop everything….and relax. I worked a little with my church and local places to get out and about. But it was so nice just stop all the social media, emails & such that come along with writing.

To be honest… I’m probably not keeping up my Instagram too much here… sorry just can’t do it. It’s tiresome and some weird things from weird people were coming my way.. so no. I like to keep things pretty private elsewhere now!

But I love writing to you and still here and active on Pinterest. Obviously holidays are upon us, so I have no intention of being really active again now either..lots of life stuff going on. Between marriage, kids, work and everything in between… I’m figuring out where I want to take this. But I love you all and miss this badly… but until then…

I’ll be enjoying Halloween with my children tomorrow and all the fun things that will come after… Turkey…Birthdays and Christmas shenanigans, of course.

Have a wonderful Halloween Babes!!

Halloween Vibes on Spotify

Halloween Vibes

I put together some my FAVORITE songs I’ve been rocking out to all October to get into the mood for some retro Halloween action. Most songs have ties to pretty awesome tv/movie counterparts & based on your favorite characters to dress up as. Plus, the videos are good! Be back soon and stay classy my sassies!

 

 

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The 10 BEST Natural Beauty Products You Need To Try Now…

We all should know by now that our skin is our biggest organ. I have tried so, so many products over the last few years to find you all the best items. Some are good..some are bad…some are great!! I’m here to tell you about the products I do not go without now. They are classics and hard to beat.

It’s hard to switch to a completely natural lifestyle. It’s taken me years to learn and I am still learning. And sometimes, it’s impossible to avoid chemicals it feels. BUT… we can try to avoid them. At least to even just bring peace of mind.

And one thing I love.. Beauty Products! I have never been a full on junkie. I usually bought a few quality things and loaded up on some cheaper goods for fun or variety. So when I realized I was having reactions to things I changed it up mostly! Now, I am a self-proclaimed minimalist and love natural products.

Here are some MAJOR first steps to take to change your skincare routine for something clean & green!

10 Best Beauty Items To Have Now

 

 

  • Major First Step: Your Deodorant

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant, $4.99 Target

 

Deodorant can contain aluminum. Why is this bad? Aluminum levels are linked directly to breast cancer, Alzheimer’s & even liver toxicity. So exposure to is definitely playing a factor here. I do like Arm & Hammers Essentials but Schmidt’s is now found at Target for only $4.99…shop link now!! This one doesn’t leave you feeling sticky or stinky. It’s perfect.

 

 

  • Your Soap

everyone soap 3 in 1 $9.99 Target

Changing to a naturally derived soap will help maintain a natural ph balance. This means your skin will stop working overtime trying to correct what toxins are doing to it. Using harmful soaps can leave you dry or even oily in some cases if your body is trying to repair the damage. So don’t lather on too many chemicals here. Plus it can be bad for the water!! I love this soap because it smells great, we can all use it & it’s not expensive but cuts out a lot of the harmful ingredients still. Plus it’s huge!! Score.

  • Your Face Wash (Hands Down..The Best Stuff Right Here)

ACURE Brightening Facial Scrub $9.99 Amazon

Oh me..oh my… I am hooked..never looking back. I have been reading about Acure for awhile. And on Amazon Prime day I scored a bunch for half off. And there is a reason the aisles of your local Target are usually sold out of it. It works and is amazing!!!! Clean, green and wonderful!! Try Acure Brightening Facial Scrub asap!!

  • Your Lotion

WELEDA Skin Food $12 Amazon

This lotion is ranked highly among all who have come across it. Not only is this brand great at natural products, they have created the perfect formula. I use this for major dry skin, pedicures, sun burns..you name it. I don’t have to feel bad slathering this on. Amazon runs sales on it too! I scored my last bottle for only $5 there.

  • Your Toothpaste

WELEDA Calendula Toothpaste $12 for 2 Amazon

 

I know what you’re thinking…how could Toothpaste be bad? Well it is. While I usually reach for Tom’s brand myself, I have learned recently that may not even be enough. Your toothpaste may can contain Triclosan in the worst cases too. It is toxic and can be linked to disease. Take a look Here..even the FDA is admitting it now and removing it from products. It hasn’t been removed from Toothpaste yet though!!! Other countries already have it banned from products. Just make sure you have a Toothpaste that is nice and natural. Dr. Bronner’s also makes amazing Toothpaste we all love.

  • Your Face Mask: The Best!!

Indian Healing Clay $9.99 Amazon

Yes it works. Combine with a little water and Apple Cider Vinegar and you have your self a miracle mask. This will actually get rid of black heads, clear your skin and keep you looking fresh and bright. Just check out the other reviews..thousands of people swear by this. And the price is phenomenal for what it does and how much it will make! Get rid of of the rest and stick with the best.

  • Your Nail Polish

Pacifica 7 Free Nail Color $9 Ulta

 

Our beloved nail polish can contain formaldehyde among many other hormone disrupting factors. Even the nail technicians wear masks!! Julep, Butter and even Jamberry have toxin free options though. The colors actually last. I stocked up on a few lovely colors to alternate on for each season!

 

  • Your Shampoo & Conditioner

yesto Shampoo & Conditioner $7.99 each Amazon

 

Your hair will actually work overtime to correct the damage done to it as well. It’s why I love to choose mostly natural options. Ever had dry ends and oily roots? Well this could help that. There are many harsh chemicals even in shampoo. So if you want healthy, shiny locks switch to a naturally derived option to protect yourself and the tresses. Avoid parabens and sulfates. Some chemicals in soaps actually do not break down in water. So they are bad for water too. I love Acure, Burts Bees and many others too!

  • Your Lips

Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer & Tints $4.99 each Amazon

 

This one of my favorite products of all time. Gorgeous colors with stunning results. The cost is amazing for these little beauties. Parabens, petroleum & oxybenzone are just some of the issues with chapsticks and lipsticks. They can be linked to cancer…and who wants that sitting on their lips to be ingested for the rest of their life?

  • Your Foundation

Physicians Formula Foundations $10-14.99

 

Another big way to care about your skin is foundation. Tarte, Lush and Origins all have awesome foundations you can use but this one is a decent start for someone.

Continue reading The 10 BEST Natural Beauty Products You Need To Try Now…

Mermaid Water: The Only Daily-Detox Green Drink You Will Need

 

That’s right! The only green drink you’ll need…except your margarita!

I am a Huge fan of drinking my greens. I always crave a good detox friendly beverage. These are the solution to refuel after workouts or keep in some extra nutrients.

This does wonders to flush out toxins from your system and it’ll leave your hair and skin glowing too. Hydration and nutrients play a huge part on the inside and out.

I add powders into mostly all my drinks. Collagen powder in coffee, greens powder in my water and protein in my smoothies. There are so many to choose from and they are a GREAT way to get the nutrients. I have been playing around with detox waters for years now and this is my favorite. There are so many great options out there to choose from too and I’ll list some below! I actually found this powder on sale at Walmart one day and really enjoyed it too.

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Detoxing Green Drink

Mermaid Water

Vitamin Water Daily Greens Detox Drink

Ingredients:

One scoop organic greens mixture of any kind

Fresh Mint

Fresh Lemon

Frozen blueberries (to use as ice) and extra ice if desired

Fresh Blackberries

Manuka Honey

8 oz Filtered Water

Pour the water into desired glass…mix scoop of greens in until blended well. Mix in honey next. Then squeeze in a few lemon wedges and top of with the rest of the berries and mint. Add extra ice if needed.

Green Drink Vitamin Water for Detox
It is so, so yummy & refreshing! Loaded with nutrients and vitamins to keep you going all Summer long. It’s perfect for a hot day too.

Load up on my favorite brands for greens powder:

Amazing Grass Green Superfood

Vega Mint Greens Drink Mix

4 Ways to Use Pumpkin: Vanilla + Pumpkin Body Scrub, Pumpkin+Honey Face Mask, A Latte & Cinnamon Roasted Seeds..

Even though Halloween is near, we still have a lot of Fall weather to enjoy and more holidays to come after. And I love to make the most of something, so you better believe I kept the insides of our pumpkins after carving. Plus, after Halloween, pumpkins go on MAJOR sale so you can get them next to nothing and make all things Pumpkin in November too.

Pumpkin has major health benefits for you and your skin. It’s packed with fiber, vitamin C and potassium. It’s great for wrinkle prevention and helps keep a healthy heart.

And these things will make great gifts or party favors.. Or just enjoy them all to yourself!

Here are the best ways to use the inside of your Pumpkins…or even canned pumpkin as well..

Vanilla+Pumpkin Body Scrub

Ingredients

  • Puréed Pumpkin
  • Brown Sugar
  • Almond oil (or oil of choice)
  • Pure Vanilla Extract

Combine ingredients together until desired texture. I use about 1/2 cup of pumpkin purée with 1/2 cup brown sugar then a few drops of the oil and vanilla. You’re skin will be glowing and smooth!

If using the inside of your carved pumpkin, remove your seeds (and save them!) and then blend some of the pumpkin with a splash of water until you get a creamy pumpkin purée.

Honey+Pumpkin Face Mask

Ingredients

  • Pumpkin Purée
  • Honey
  • Turmeric (optional)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Take about 1/4 cup purée and combine 1 tbsp honey, 1 tsp turmeric if choose & about 2 tsp ACV. Apply and leave on for 10-15

Vanilla Pumpkin Latte

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Pumpkin purée
  • 1 cup hot coffee
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

Heat the milk, purée ( & sugar if desired) in a saucepan over medium heat..once it’s hot remove and add the vanilla, Spice & coffee and whisk. Then top with whipped cream!

Cinnamon Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients

  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter
  • Maple Syrup
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice

Clean Seeds if they came directly from your pumpkin. Rinse and boil, then dry. In a bowl melt about 1-2 tbsp of butter then add cinnamon, maple syrup and spice. You can add sugar or brown sugar if desired..toss the seeds in mixture.

Roast in the oven at 300 degrees for 20-30 minutes, make sure you place seeds on parchment paper before roasting & toss every 15 until you get desired crunch.

These are my favorite ways to use my pumpkins! Oh so good and my skin is oh so smooth…what are your favorite ways to enjoy the seasonal fun?!

August Instagram Round Up…

Oh August…this really is the last rattle of Summer for me. Tomorrow, I will officially be decorating for Fall and eventually Halloween. So let’s take a trip down memory lane and remember this last sweet, sweet month for SummerTime fun!

 

My Instagram does not have a theme. This is not my completely personal account either. Just an account I run so I can keep most family photos more private and impromptu on another account. I love blogging and meeting all you wonderful people. I love to keep it real and just have fun and share it all with you Babes!! I share everyday things from recipes I do not post on here, to items I love…. So let us connect on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest too! Much Love Dolls! Plus, who is super excited for all things Fall?? I’m beyond basic and will be making pumpkin smoothies and burning Bath & Body Works candles in about 24 hrs……

Physicians Formula Amazing Makeup Haul…

I have loved Physicians Formula for some time now. They offer Paraben Free products at a great cost, that is accessible to everyone. No fancy store required. So I can get behind that!

Using organic/natural makeup doesn’t always give you the full effects that you’re used to. But this haul had me very happy! These products are sold on their own too. The colors were all fantastic and went on so smoothly.

There was no build up. Everything was soft and I could tell my skin was able to breathe!

So let’s check out these latest Special Value Packs that you can find now at Target, Ulta and their own site! I added on their new Butter Bronzer and Blush too….😍

Physicians Formula Multi-Tasking Miracle Super BB All-In-One Beauty Balm Makeup Kit-$19.99

This kit came with these three options. The cream, concealer & powder. Coverage was very nice. More natural makeup will have a lighter texture, which is good for your skin. It means less gunk to clog pores! And while putting anything on your face isn’t ideal for pores, this is definitely a better option if prone to breakouts!

Physicians Formula In The Nude Custom Eye Enhancing Makeup Kit-$13.99

 

The prices for these packs are crazy!!! First off, the mascara was not clumpy at all. It was like cream and loved the brush too. It has two options for eyeliner and mascara, browns and blacks. Then it came with the eyeshadow too! The eyeliners I will buy over and over. And I love the colors in the eye shadow palette. I just blended some different colors and created a great smokey eye. Again, the colors with be soft. The goal here is to have color but for it to blend well and be light.

So overall you’ll get an amazing natural looking glow. Love it!

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer-$13.99

My new favorite bronzer. The smell alone is divine! Glides on like Butter. These ingredients are natural and rich. I feel like I am actually being beneficial to my skin when I apply this. No joke. After I washed my face the night I used all of this, I had the softest skin.

The color of this bronzer is amazing!

Physicians Formula Butter Blush-$13.99

Another lovely smelling product here 🙂

The color completely blends in for a natural looking glow, just as the name implies. The shine is gentle on this, so it really does just make your skin look like your naturally sun-kissed.

The finished look with all these products combined is 100% natural. But there are options to apply darker eye looks or lighter depending on the look you need. But the facial creams and powders are glorious. It all really does work and gives you a wonderful glow. I am so ready for Autumn, but I will miss my tan..no lies. So I will be using this to keep that effortless, bombshell look going strong through the colder seasons!!