Tuesday, August 30, 2016

How to do a full face makeover

You know, I am not a huge make up wearer.  I am pretty low maintenance that way. This is not to say that I don't have a pretty good make up collection, but it only works if it is used ;)  I have no idea how to do foundations, highlights, etc... I just do a basic face make up.

Well when I saw the logo of  Beauticontrol, I knew I had to have it.  I just love the logo :)  Hmmm, wonder why?

Well, I love the products!  I put one of the body souffles on my legs the other morning and by night I could still feel the silkiness of them!  

Anyhow, I have since come across Lauren Fast's YouTube and she does great make up tutorials using the Beauticontrol products and I have learned a lot from her.  Check out this one on a Full- FaceMakeover.  I think I'm going to try it!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Delicious recipes for all of those apples!

It's apple picking time.  When I saw this sign on Pinterest today, it made me excited for fall... I have an apple sign that I created... now I guess I better make my way through my storage room   go get mine out.  The cooler weather we have had yesterday and today, really has me yearning for fall.

My mom has a neighbor that has a tree loaded with apples, so loaded in fact one large branch was so heavy that it has broken.  Whenever I see all those apples I think I should go pick a few boxful I hate seeing them go to waste.  When the kids were little I made applesauce, but as first time empty nesters (my youngest left about 2 weeks ago on a year long travel adventure!) I don't need that anymore.  Sooo...  off to Pinterest I went in search of some good apple recipes.  Be sure to click on photos for the recipe.

1)  Pancake Apple Rings. I have made them when we were camping and they are not only easy to do, but quite tasty!    I didn't make the syrup, I just used what we had but the kids and I enjoyed them as a change from pancakes (which I am not really a fan of).

2) Bite Size Apple Pies. My daughter made these one time and once again they were easy to do (I see a theme here ;) ) and a delicious snack.  

3) Fresh Apple Cake. You guessed it... super duper easy and yes it is tasty

Now here are a couple that I have not tried but are definitely on my 'to do' list

5) Caramel Apple Pretzel Salad (at least I can pretend I am being healthy :) )

Don't those all sound yummy?!  So many more recipes I want to try.  Be sure to check out my Apple Pinterest Board for more ideas!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Inspired by... a party!

I was browsing my Inspired By Pinterest board again...

And I guess because I started going back into my class to get ready for school startup, this photo jumped out at me.  You should see the blog post about it, what a great party set up!

Anyways, I decided to create a card.  Must be the teacher in me, I love creating school themed projects... although, I'm not necessarily excited about school start up ;)

For more information on the card, be sure to check out my crafty blog.

Products Used:
Paper: Chickaniddy Crafts 
Cardstock: My Mind's Eye
Die: Wplus 9
Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Saturday, August 27, 2016

10 simple ways to lessen daily stress...

I don't know about you but I for sure can get caught up in the stresses of daily life.  I am sure you know that stress can be harmful to our bodies.

Following are 10 simple ways to lessen daily stress.

I am a planner addict so this one comes easy for me but can be difficult for some.  Write yourself small doable lists but realize that they don't have to be rigid... things do come up.  Small little routines throughout the day, help with productivity.  For example, setting a timer when on Facebook etc lets you know time is up and move onto something else.  I like about a 15 to 20 minute computer time before I begin making supper but that can easily drag on longer so a timer comes in handy.

Taking a few minutes each evening planning for the next day.  You can get your outfit ready, plan your dinner, make lunches for the next day and even write out your to do list.

Be sure to enjoy the moment you are in.  Savor your coffee/tea, listen to the birds, enjoy your little one sitting on your lap because those moments are gone to quickly.

Regular exercise is important for optimal health but it also reduces stress.  Many of us find it hard to fit in a 30 minute workout/walk whatever... did you know that short spurts can be beneficial as well?  A 10 minute walk is very effective at reducing stress... can you fit one in on your lunch break?  while your child is at soccer practice? what about right after dinner before the clean up?  

I am on my feet all day at work so when I got a Fitbit I was not surprised to see how many steps I was getting in each day.  I do recommend this as a motivational tool, especially if your job tends to be a sedentary one.  10000 steps a day is recommended

Yes laughter is good for you.  It releases endorphins that improve mood and immune health and it lowers the levels of the stress hormones (cortisol and epinephrine).  Sometimes... I just need a laugh, one way I for sure get one is reading some of the Autocorrect mishaps... google it, you will see what I mean.  Yes some may be made up, but they still make me laugh!  

Spending time outdoors is a natural antidepressant.  Having a dog that greets me everyday with that face definitely forces me to get out for a walk/run when I get home from work.  I'm glad though because I always feel better once I get home.

Natural scents have a calming effect.  I have really gotten into essential oils and I must agree.  They are not overpowering and just have a feel good effect.  Some of my favorites are lavender, lemongrass and orange.

I used to take time every day for my crafting.  It was my wind down time.  I have not done much of it in the past year, but this is one area I am trying to focus on more for me.  I am hoping to make cards and scrapbook more.  But other ways to enjoy creativity - listen to music, dance and just enjoy art.

During those moments when you feel you are about to explode because things are feeling overwhelming - take 5 minutes to breathe deeply.  Breathe slowly and deeply and be mindful of those breaths - your rib cage expanding, lungs filling... slow breaths reduce stress hormones and lowers heart rate and blood pressure.

This is about finding inner peace.  It may be something simple like enjoying a cup of tea, taking a bath or just sitting and listening to music - whatever helps you to clear your mind.  Be sure to mindful of the moment and take deep breaths while doing so.

This is a great way to remind yourself of your accomplishments each day.  We often think we did not get anything done but be sure to appreciate all those little things.  Write down something you did and something you are grateful for.  Positive thinking is good for us.

I know this can be a tough one.  However, get into the practice of the first 9 and I bet sleep will come much easier for you! Have a quiet time before bed, no screens (tv, computer, phone), deep breathing, clearing your mind, being mindful of the moment and reflecting on the day.  A great way to gear your body up for a great night of sleep.

Essential oils can help too.  Diffusing a calming one in your bedroom or rubbing onto your feet (I spritz my sheets and feet with a lavender/water mixture every night).