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Clean With Me Monday Challenge - Bathroom Cabinets

It's time to get back to cleaning and organizing our homes!  Here's this week's project...if you're up for the challenge :-)

*Clean out and reorganize bathroom cabinets

*Approximate time ~ 15 - 45 minutes per cabinet

*Tips:  Remove everything from the cabinet and drawers (if applicable).  Wipe down the cabinet, inside and out, including doors and knobs.  Go through and toss anything that is old or not needed.  Clean off each item before returning them neatly to the cabinet and drawers.

Personal Notes:  I'm always amazed at what I find in the back of my cabinets or shoved in my drawers!  And the layer of dust on everything is just mind-boggling!  Clorox wipes were my cleaner of choice to complete this project.  If this is your preferred cleaning item, be sure to test them in a small, inconspicuous spot first on your cabinets to be sure they do not harm the finish of your cabinets.  Also, when I use Clorox wipes for a prolonged period of time, they can cause some irr…

All Natural Skin Care - Part 5: Facial Mask and Scrubs

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For the final chapter of my all natural skin care routine, I wanted to share my favorite mask and 3 of my favorite scrubs.  And, stay tuned at the end to find out how much money I'm saving with my new skin care regime :-)

Mask
There are tons of recipes out there for masks, using everything from avocados to garbanzo bean flour.  But I keep going back to this long-standing favorite....

...a frothy egg white mask!

How to:  Crack open an egg and separate the yolk from the white.  Stir up the egg white with a fork until frothy; apply the egg white to your face, avoiding the eye area; allow it to dry (Note:  When it hardens completely, you won't be able to crack a smile and your kids might want to run and hide because you will look like a wax mannequin :-).  Rinse it off with warm water.  Your skin will feel firmer and your pores instantly tighter.

Another very important aspect of my skin care routine has been exfoliation.  I try to use one of the following scrubs at least 2-3 times …

All Natural Skin Care - Part 4: Makeup Remover and Eye Serum

In lieu of my usual "Clean With Me Monday Challenge" blog, I decided to finish my Natural Skin Care series.  But don't worry, next Monday I will get back to addressing those areas of our homes that need cleaning and organizing :-)

Makeup Removal:
*Almond Oil - I use a little of this on a cotton swab just before putting on my undereye concealer in the morning.  It removes any eyeshadow that has fallen down when I applied my eye makeup and also adds a bit of moisture to help my concealer glide on with ease.

*Coconut oil - I use this at night to remove my eye makeup.  Just place several drops on a cotton ball or cotton pad and gently press onto eyelids and lashes to loosen and remove makeup. You can use this to remove all of your face makeup as well but I personally prefer using soap to remove my face makeup and coconut oil just on my eyes.

Typically, coconut oil will solidify when the room temperature drops below 75-80 degrees.  But, if you scoop some out in your hand, t…

All Natural Skin Care - Part 3: DIY Moisturizer/Serum

This step in my natural skin care journey was probably the scariest for me because it involved "oils".  As one with blemish-prone, combo/oily skin, I always made sure that products were "oil-free".  Yet here I was contemplating putting oil on my face! 

However, after tons of research and seeing amazing results on one of my favorite YouTube "gurus", I decided to take the plunge.  And now, 8 months later, I would say that I'm an "oil junkie" :-)  Instead of the oils making my combo skin more oily, they have conversely helped balance my skin and now I find my skin rarely needs blotting in the middle of the day!  I've also noticed a reduction in fine lines and more even skin tone.

In order to make your own moisturizer/serum, you will need one or two "carrier oils" and then 1-3 "essential oils". The great thing about concocting your own moisturizer is you get to choose the ingredients and tailor them to suit your skin…

All Natural Skin Care - Part 2: DIY Toner

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Using a toner on the skin is one of those steps that people always question whether it's really necessary.  For me, I feel it's an essential step in my skin care regime.  Not only does it help remove any last traces of makeup or oil left on my skin, but I feel it also helps tighten pores and preps the skin for my moisturizer.

When it comes to toner, I've run the gamut, trying all kinds from department store brands to drugstore brands.  What I found was that I didn't need to spend a lot of money to get a great, all-natural toner.  In fact, with just a few ingredients, I started mixing up my own little concoction and couldn't be happier!
DIY Toner Ingredients: Witch Hazel Vegetable Glycerin Grapefruit Seed Extract


Directions: Add 4-6 drops of grapefruit seed extract and 6-8 drops of vegetable glycerin per 2 ounces of Witch Hazel.  Shake well.
You can just mix these ingredients right into your big bottle of Witch Hazel (just adjust the number of drops of extract and g…

All Natural Skin Care that Won't Break the Bank!

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About 8 months ago, I embarked on a journey to find some new, all natural face products that would not only improve my skin but also save me money.  For years, I'd been using the Exfoliating Cleanser (powder form) and the Purely Nourishing Moisturizer for Combination Skin by bareMinerals.  Occasionally, I would try other products but my sensitive skin would react and back to bareMinerals I would go.  While it was expensive, I didn't feel like I had much of a choice....either dish out the cash for these products or go around with rashy, itchy, broken-out skin.  And who wants to do that?   But then I was introduced to the world of natural oils and wonderful line of natural soaps and I am in love!  :-)

Several of you have inquired about my new skin care routine so I thought I'd do a little mini-series on the products I've tried and perhaps you'll find something helpful that you can incorporate into your skin care routine.
Part 1 ~ Cleanser Normally, I'm not one th…

Clean With Me Monday Challenge

*Task:  Clean out medicine cabinets and/or any other wall cabinets you may have in your bathrooms (but not the cabinets under the sink as we'll be tackling those in another challenge coming up soon).

*Approximate time ~ 45 minutes

*Tips:  Remove everything from the cabinet(s).  Use a Chlorox wipe or some other multi-purpose cleaner on a rag or paper towel to thoroughly wipe down the entire cabinet, inside and out.  Purge any old items before wiping them off and neatly putting them back in the cabinet.

Personal Notes:  As you can tell, several of these recent cleaning challenges have been focused on cleaning out the spaces that are hidden behind doors.  I don't know about you but I find it easier to "forget" about messes when I can close the door.....it's that whole "out-of-sight, out-of-mind" thing I guess :-) But one by one, I'm tackling each one.....how are your spaces coming along?

Happy Cleaning!

Clean With Me Monday Challenge - Closet Makeover #2

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*Clean out and reorganize 1 closet

*Approximate time ~ 30 minutes to 4 hours

*Tips:  If your closet has shelves, remove everything from the shelves, sorting into piles as you go....throw away, donate, keep. Remove everything from the floor of the closet as well and then sort through the remaining clothes hanging on hangers. Work quickly as you sort.  Don't spend too much time trying to decide what to keep.  If you aren't sure you want to get rid of something, put it back in the closet and perhaps you'll be ready the next time you clean out.  Once the sorting is done, vacuum the floor and wipe off the shelves with a damp cloth or a clorox wipe.  Return items you are keeping back to their proper place.  Bag and donate the items you want to get rid of.  

**Don't have time for a complete closet overhaul?  Devote 30 minutes to quickly sorting through clothes and straightening shoes, etc.  You'll be amazed at how much can be accomplished!   

*Personal Notes:  After completi…