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DIY Rose Pink Himalayan Salt Scrub with Doterra Essential Oils

One of my favorite things about working in the event industry and having this blog is the relationships I make.  I met Melody Brandon, owner of Sweet & Saucy, a few years ago and liked her right away!  Obviously I admired her savvy business sense but she’s also kind, thoughtful and funny!

This talented lady is also the owner of Obsessed with Essentials and Life on Loma, which you may follow as well.  She’s my guru of essential oils and has gotten me hooked.  Not to mention, she’s my neighbor!  We moved into her neighborhood a little under a year ago and it’s the BEST!  Each holiday we get together with all the other families and it’s just so fun!!

Photos by Corrie Lynn Photo

Back to Melody being my essential oil guru… Occasionally I will text her for advice when I need it and she’s always there to help.  As a matter of fact, a few weeks ago Cruz was pretty sick and she even dropped off some oils and other goodies for him!  Now that’s a good friend!

Today Melody is sharing an easy DIY Rose Pink Himalayan Salt Scrub with her favorite Doterra Oils.  She came over to my house to share it with me, and it smells amazing!!  Plus, it’s just so easy!!!  Keep reading for her recipe!


3 tbs Coconut oil (can sub almond oil) 

1/2 a cup Himalayan  fine Salt

5 drops Geranium Essential Oil (the natural botox)

5 drops ylang ylang essential oil

5 drops of rose essential oil

Rose petals 

Melt the coconut oil gently and then mix all the ingredients together.  Apply to face and body

Thank you Melody for sharing your essential oil guru ways!!  Make sure you follow her for more fun tips!



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Taking Care of my Skin with GOOP’s Exoliating Instant Facial

Continuing with our wellness week, something I am always trying for is more self care.  You’d think with how much I preach about it, I’d be practicing it by now.  But like most moms, I barely have time for myself.  I see lots of my friends on social media doing these amazing skincare routines, and well mine is basically non existent.  Ideally I’m looking for something equally convenient as it is amazing to my skin.

That’s when I started looking into GOOP’s beauty products.  Like all of us, I am the victim of those Instagram ads and saw Gwyneth Paltrow promoting an at home facial.  In the ad she was making the funniest face during said facial and of course her skin looked amazing.  I was intrigued…  

Next thing you know, this pretty little lady showed up at my door step…

Photos by Alison Bernier

Meet my new best friend, the GOOP Exfoliating Instant Facial.  It’s super quick.  After washing your face put it on for 2-3 minutes, then rub in a circular motion, then wash off!  In that 3rd minute when you’re rubbing it in you feel the tingle!  Not only is it convenient and simple but as a result my skin was instantly softer and brighter.

I’ve been doing this little regimen a couple of times a week and have already noticed a difference.  I love how it clears the dead skin away and leaves me looking refreshed.  For the most part my skin also feels very supple and soft.  Another plus, it contains approximately 86% organic content.

The one thing to be careful of when using is that your skin is definitely more sensitive to the sun, so don’t forget to wear your sunscreen!  As a busy mom I can’t say enough about the ease and convenience of this product.  Plus, it actually works and I notice a difference!!

Now that I’ve found one thing that works, maybe I can add something else to my wild and crazy skincare routine!!

What are some of your favorite skincare products that keep your skin glowing?  Please share!!



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By on January 25, 2018 in BEAUTY, HEALTHY, SKINCARE


7 Different Ways to Wear Velvet Bows in your Hair

Remember a few weeks ago when I talked about my love for velvet style?!  Well this week I’m showing you how to wear it in your hair!  With the help of Erica Beukelman, owner of 1011 Makeup, of course!  Velvet is the fabric of the season and it doesn’t have to be limited to your body, there are tons of ways to style it on your do!  Erica is sharing 7, yes SEVEN, ways to wear velvet bows in your hair… So get your pin button ready, there’s tons of inspiration here!!

Photos by the lovely Corrie Lynn Photo

Let’s start with a few up dos, shall we?!  Erica kicked it off with this adorable bun on the beautiful Lyndee!  Her hair is a dream, but here is a tip from Erica on this style… 

“Don’t be afraid to have a messy bun, since you’re placing a pretty bow along side it. I think a little imperfection makes it perfection”

For the velvet bows we used The Daydream Collective, they have the cutest hair accessories for little girls, and now for us too!  There are tons of color options and they even have a sweet mommy/daughter set!!

Next up is yours truly with a simple ponytail that gets dressed up with a bow too!  It’s so amazing what a little bow can do to a hairstyle.  Another tip from Erica

“Try and hide Bobby pins and hair ties to have a more finished look.”

Next up, a few fun braided styles!  I love a good braid, and Erica is sharing three with us!!  This first one is on Heidi, another gal with gorgeous locks!  Erica did this pretty fishtail half up style and finished it off with a bow!  

What a fun way to make an already amazing braid even more fab!

We used a couple of long velvet ribbons as well to mix it up a bit!  Erica infused this long ribbon into a classic French braid, and it’s a game changer!  Here’s some more advice from the hair guru…

“When you get to the end of your braid, before you secure with a hair elastic, using your forefinger and your thumb pinch and pull each part of the braid to “pancake it out” giving a fuller more dramatic braid”

Last braided looks is this cute pig tail braid secured with some long ribbon.  Sort of nostalgic to me and totally works for a holiday party!  Such a fun way to dress up a playful hairstyle and give it a a fun detail…

Lastly we did a few half up styles!  I left her studio with this one below and got tons of compliments at pre-school pick up, ha!  “How cute is that bow in your hair?!”  It’s definitely something fun and different to do to add a little style to your hair!  Another tip from the pro…

Add some texture to your hair with some curls, spray with a dry wax or some sea salt spray to break it up.

Now if you’re really feeling the velvet bows, this one is for you!  Now this is a present with a bow on it that I can get behind!  Pretty hair all day every day thanks to 1011 Makeup!  Here is Erica’s last piece of advice, and I just love it…

Have fun with the bows, we say nothing is off limits

And there you have it!!

How will you be wearing velvet in your hair?!  Share with us in the comments or tag us on Instagram, we’d love to see!!



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By on December 19, 2017 in BEAUTY, HAIR


4 Easy to Create DIY Braid Hairstyles with 1011 Makeup

Something I’ve been seeing EVERYWHERE are fun braid styles.  I myself am terrible at doing my hair.  Don’t even ask me to braid, because well, I can’t.  Luckily I have friends like Erica, owner of 1011 Makeup to teach me these things!  She helped me create 4 easy braided hairstyles – 2 that can be changed easily into another.  Doing your hair in a fun way is basically like adding a cute accessory to an outfit!  And, you’ll be the envy of all the ladies, because these braids, are real impressive!

Photos by Riley Starr

Here is what you’ll need….

A Curling Iron (Not Pictured)
Mini Rubber Bands
Bobby Pins
Teasing Comb
Sea Spray
Hair Wax
Volume Powder

Here is me before… Looking all sorts of dorky!  But I basically just blow dried my hair that day before getting going!

Braided Back

Choosing a hot tool of your size preference (larger the barrel, larger the curl), put some texture in the hair by curling the hair rotating the direction of the curls, always with the hair framing the face directed away from the face. Break up the curls and spray texturizing spray or a sea salt spray. For more fullness, you can add in a little texturizing/ volume enhancing powder at the roots and gently backcomb the hair.

Gather the hair at the top of your head, leaving a perimeter of hair out framing the face, and begin a dutch braid (inside out braid), keeping it fairly tight and directing it along the side and towards the back of the head as your braid. once you get to about the ear, finish the braid no longer gathering pieces.

Starting at the ends pull and tug on the hair to loosen it with your pointer finger and thumb and work your way up the braid until you have reached your desired size of braid, and secure with a hair tie. 
 Take the end of the braid and direct it across the back of your head and secure it with a hairpin. Tuck the end of the braid back and under the portion you have secured and pin. Spray with finishing spray.

STYLE 1 into 2
Braided Back and Pony

Take the remaining portion of hair that is down and gather a section of each side and cross the two sections, one over the other. Loop the hair into a knot and pull the knot tight. Take each side and wrap around to the back side of the hair that has remained down, and secure it with a hair tie. Take a small section of hair and wrap it around the hair to cover any hair ties and securing with a hair pin underneath.

While you wrap the hair around the pony tail, you can also loop the hair through the wrapped portion, placing the end of the hair under the rubber band, and pulling it through. This will hide the rubber band while also using it to help hold the hair secure. Spray with finishing spray.

Knotted Cozy “Braid”

Same first steps as the first style…

Choosing a hot tool of your size preference (larger the barrel, larger the curl), put some texture in the hair by curling the hair rotating the direction of the curls, always with the hair framing the face directed away from the face. Break up the curls and spray texturizing spray or a sea salt spray. For more fullness, you can add in a little texturizing/ volume enhancing powder at the roots and gently backcomb the hair.

Gather the hair at crown of your head, leaving any pieces that you prefer out,  and secure it a hair tie, that can later be broken. Use your fingers to tug on the hair at the crown to loosen the hair and add in texture. With the remaining hair, outside of the hair secured, separate it into two sections and cross them over each other, looping the hair to tie a knot, and tugging on each side to make it tight.

Add the ends of the knot to the other hair previously secured, creating two sections, and cross each section looping the hair to tie a knot.

Repeat as many times as you would like, and secure the ends with a hair tie. Take a small section of hair to wrap around the hair tie, looping the hair through the wrapped portion, and under the hair tie to secure the hair and cover the tie.  

Using your fingers, tug/pull on the hair to create larger knots. Break the band that you first secured the hair with. Spray with a finishing spray.

STYLE 3 into 4
Cozy Knotted Braid into a Night Out

 Taking the end of the pony tail, direct the hair up and slight roll the styled hair towards the back of the head. Secure the hair hair pins, slightly pulling the hair apart to create a fuller look.

Make sure to wrap the end of the pony tail up and under the hair and secure with a hair pin, to hide the ends. Spray with finishing spray.

And there you have it!  4 easy braided looks for you to try at home!  Let us know how it goes!!  And thank you Erica for being the best teacher!




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By on November 2, 2017 in BEAUTY, DIY, HAIR, TUTORIAL


Make Your Own Pumpkin Mask In Less Then 20 Minutes


With Halloween season creeping up around the corner, pumpkins are everywhere you look. Even after Halloween is over there are still pumpkins that pop up everywhere during fall. Pumpkins have so many uses… decor, tons of seasons treats, those yummy pumpkin seeds, and so much more. But my favorite use of pumpkins is all over my face! This squash is awesome for your skin! Pumpkin contains enzymes that help to dissolve dry skin cells.  It contains vitamin A, alpha and beta-carotene, vitamins C, K, and E for those wrinkles, and minerals, including magnesium, potassium, and iron, which helps eliminate redness. This mask only contains three ingredients, and I’m pretty sure you have all three ingredients already in your kitchen. Plus what are you gonna do with Halloween’s leftover pumpkins! 

An easy homemade pumpkin mask full of vitamins to nourish the skin and enzymes to dissolve away dead skin cells leaving you with radiant, glowing skin!

Photos by Alyssa Onaka Photography

P U M P K I N   M A S K

I N G R E D I E N T S 

2 Tbsp organic canned pumpkin puree or 1 small pumpkin (but make sure its organic)
1/2 tsp organic Manuka honey
1/2 tsp coconut milk or coconut oil

*extra bonus add 1 tsp vitamin E



1st wash that face! You can’t waste all this time with layering on all this goodness on a dirty face. Wash with your regular cleanser and gently pat dry. 

Combine pumpkin puree, honey, and coconut milk/oil in a small bowl and mix well. 

Apply the mask using your fingers and avoid getting the mixture too close to the eyes. You might feel a slight tingle, which is totally normal!

Allow the mask to set for about 20 minutes.

Gently wash off the mask with a warm, and follow up with a moisturizer.

During the fall season, I apply this mask once a week along with my normal skin care regimen.

You can also make a BIG batch of this amazing mask and freeze into ice cubes and store away for later use. Simply, just take out a cube each time and allow to thaw. 




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By on October 16, 2017 in BEAUTY, DIY, SKINCARE