Charcoal Seaweed Mask Review

Lately my skin had been feeling rough. No matter how often I washed, it just didn’t have that smoothness. I decided it was time to mask my skin.

I found this charcoal and seaweed mask at Walmart for $2.50. I had never used it before, so that solidified my decision to try it.

I had never used a mask like this, I generally use ones that you have to apply and spread on your face as opposed to a sheet.

Anyhow, I opened the masks d unfolded it. I peeled the first layer off and arranged the mask on my face. Once I had it settled, I peeled the other side off. This one was harder to remove, as I did not want to disrupt the mask placement on my face,

After I had it on, I felt as if I looked led like Hannibal taunting Clarice.

I left it on for 30 minutes. After I removed it, I rubbed the rest of the serum into my skin as instructed.

The next morning, I washed my face as usual. Before I was to moisturize, I noticed how soft and smooth my skin felt. I didn’t put moisturizer in, and jumped straight into my makeup routine, applying primer first.

My skin has been rather smooth these past couple of days.

I give this mask two thumbs up 👍🏾 👍🏾, and for $2.50, you can’t beat that.

I may buy a bunch and gift them to my friends.

Cheers 🥂 to healthy skin!

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Treat Yo’self

Yesterday was Galentine’s Day, and all my gal pals live in other states. Today is Valentine’s Day, and I’m single. No biggie! I still treated myself.

I can’t stress enough to people how being single should not be something that worries you. Your singleness should empower you.

In your singleness. You should learn who you, what you like, what you don’t like, so on and so forth.

I never really understood why people let one day get them all bent out of shape. Something like Valentine’s Day shouldn’t define your entire existence. This post isn’t about bashing or complaining, it’s about appreciating self.

I know I love white chocolate strawberries, so I treated myself to some. No one should know you better than you know yourself.

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This red velvet white chocolate strawberry was EVERYTHING
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Coconut white chocolate

My babies got me some bath bombs, and I treated myself to a nice bath. Lemongrass bath bomb with pink rose petals. It was hella relaxing.

I’m a firm believer in the Law of Attraction. If I do for myself the things I want a prospective mate to do, he will.

Anything you want, go get it, do it. You are the author of your story.

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Lemongrass Poppyseed soap was sensational

You should always treat yourself to new things and experiences as well as all the things you love. Show yourself appreciation. Love the hell out of yourself. If you don’t, then who will?

Don’t you ever wait to do what you enjoy. Do it now!

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Going Green!

This past June, I made the decision to give up meat for good. It was fairly simple, as meat really wasn’t a big part of my diet. My oldest son has made a fuss here and there because he loves meat, but he has yet to dislike a meatless dish made.

A few Night ago a made vegetarian chili and he absolutely LOVED it.

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I found this recipe from Damn Delicious via Pinterest.  It requires you to use quinoa instead of meat.

I’ll be honest, I miss hot wings. Today I’m going to try a buffalo cauliflower recipe and determine if I’ll be adding it to our menu regularly.

*UPDATE*

The cauliflower buffalo bites were a hit! They were better than I expected. We now have a new snack to add to the menu.

I’ll make a post about this whole process in the next couple days.

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In addition to axing meat, I have vowed to juice more.  I have no hard set plan for juicing outside of juicing 3 consecutive days every month. All these changes are conducive with me deciding to live better and be healthier is all aspects. Your health is wealth. I cannot say that enough.  Without your health, you have nothing.

I’ll continue to share our journey to living better; The good, bad, and ugly.

As the wise Jerry Springer says “Take care of yourselves, and each other”.

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Refresh Yourself! 

So I have decided to add a section to my blog called, “Sarah’s  Self Care Suggestions”. Here I will be giving tips on how one can better care for self, as self care is so vital. We cannot care for other people until we first take care ourselves.

As a mother, I know all too well the uncontrollable desire to put your children before yourself, when more than likely our children lack nothing. The first installment of this new section will be about detoxing and alkalizing the body with baking soda.

Many of us are familiar with baking soda being used in the kitchen for baking  and keeping the refrigerator odor free. Baking soda, also called sodium bicarbonate, is cost effective and a very efficient natural health commodity

Baking soda is one of the best ways to alkalize the body. It helps with issues such as hemorrhoids, yeast infections, urinary tract infections (UTIs), and balances the body pH, just to name a few. When your body is not alkalized, you are susceptible to inflammation and degeneration, ultimately creating an unfavorable environment. Scary, right?

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Now that I’ve given you some background information, I’m going to tell you how to create a detoxing spa experience at home.

Moms, you know that window of free time you have once you put the kids to bed, use it for yourself. Whatever didn’t get done, won’t get done, so don’t hurt yourself trying to do it. You deserve some time to yourself.

 The first thing you need to do is gather your supplies, baking soda of course being the most important. You can put on some relaxing music, light some candles, and burn some incense. Whatever you need to relax.

Next, fill the tub with hot water, as hot as you can stand it. Once you’ve filled your tub with water, put your baking soda in. Make sure its dissolved before getting in. I recommend first timers use just a cup of baking soda, and you can gradually increase the number of cups used the more you do this.

Soak for about 30-45 minutes. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER!! You will get thirsty when doing this. You should drink 20-32 ounces of water while soaking, and more once you get out.

After you’re done soaking, gently rinse your body off. I personally like to bathe with a lavender soap after my rinse to further relax the body to ensure a excellent nights sleep.

Once you’ve gotten out, do NOT moisturize your body, as your body will sweat out toxins while you’re sleeping. So you’ll need to wash your sheets after this as well.

 Wake up refreshed

 

So, when you feel your body getting out of sync and just feeling plain ‘ol nasty, take a baking soda bath to refresh yourself.

Your body will thank you. We cannot properly care for anyone or anything else until we first care for ourselves.

I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know your results if you decide to try this. Also, be on the look out for many more tips.

Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

 

Toddler TMNT Themed Party 

My now two year old, did not have a 1st birthday party, and I thought it was only right he got a party this year. He absolutely loves Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for whatever reason, so I chose that as his theme.

I decided to have his party at his favorite park. The park comes equipped with a splash pad, playground, and various other things. I went to Pinterest for some ideas. I found some great ideas, and chose what I thought would be best for a toddler party.

Before I post and describe what ideas, I’ll tell y’all that my phone went haywire the day of the party, so I captured what I could with others phones.

I thought the ninja turtle sewer lids was the cutest thing ever!

I found the tray at my neighborhood dollar tree.  I created the sign with Microsoft Word and glued it onto craft sticks, so it wouldn’t fly away.

I came across recipes to create “sewer slime”, but I chose to keep it simple by just purchasing green Hawaiian Punch.

The bottles made it easy for everyone to keep up with their drink.

The cupcakes were made at the bakery at our neighborhood Albertsons. Believe it or not, they make some of the best cakes!


To feed the kiddos, we got pizza from Little Caesars. I purchased five of the Hot n Ready pizzas. I actually thought it would have been too much pizza, but it was just enough.

I found the pizza boxes used for the gift boxes on WebstaurantStore. The boxes were shipped flat. My first job was at Domino’s, so assembly was sort of second nature. I found a TMNT image on Google. I used Microsoft Publisher to add writing to the photo.

I simply printed the box covers and glued them on with my handy hot glue gun.

It actually rained the day of the party, but everything turned out alright!


Birthday boy enjoyed himself, as did his guests.


Overall, the party turned out nicely inspite of the weather. Thank you Pinterest for helping me plan a fairly simple party! 

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DIY Clothespin Snowflake Ornaments

So this year I decided to decorate a Christmas tree. I wanted some sort of apple orchard, gold glitter, and wood  theme. I came across the idea of using clothespins to make snowflake ornaments, so I ran with it. Here’s how I did it.

You’ll need clothespins of course, I bought two packs of 36 from Dollar Tree.

You’ll need a hot glue gun, or any glue of your choice, I chose hot glue because of the quick drying time.

Lastly some thread and decorations of your choice for the ornaments.

I forgot to photograph the thread and decorations used prior to. 

The first step in creating the ornaments is to pull the metal clasp off the clothespins. This was fairly easy, and I had removed all the clasps in about 10 minutes. I then placed the wood into the shape I desired. I did this to be sure I liked the design, and had pulled a part enough clothespins.  I placed to flat sides of each piece of wood together. I cut a piece of thread for each ornament to be glued on as well.

Before I completed the previous step, I plugged my hot glue gun in, so it’d be ready for use. Next, I began the monotonous task of gluing each piece together. I placed the cut end of the thread between two flat sides, and glued it on.

 Here’s what they looked like with the thread before I glued them . 


For lack of a better term, I’ll call each completed piece a leg. I then glued each leg together, I created a T or cross shape with the first four legs. Next I glued a leg into the corner of the T or cross shape.

Once I had each ornament glued, I placed the on a piece of cardboard to be decorated.


I wasn’t sure exactly how to decorate them, so I just started trying things. I first very lightly sprayed both sides of each ornament with brown spray paint. Still not exactly sure what I was attempting to achieve with that. After I had done that, I chose to just go with glitter. Not really sure how to adhere the glitter, I remembered I had a can of Polyurethane.

I sprayed each ornament, then sprinkled red glitter over them all. I didn’t really  like the look the red glitter had given them.

I finally got my gold glitter out, sprinkled it onto the ornaments, and sprayed with a coat of Polyurethane. This was it! I liked them this way. I proceeded to do the other side as well.


I let them sit about 15 minutes.

 

 Here’s the completed ornament 

Overall I was satisfied with how they came out. My next great feat, is to finish decorating our tree. This is what it looks like so far.

This is my first year decorating a tree. Why hasn’t anyone told me it was so difficult?!? Ornament and light placement, ribbon, bells, garland, etc. I hope you’ll try making your own ornaments.

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Broken crayons still make lipstick?

  

I’m not a makeup enthusiast, but I do love my lipsticks. Being a mother of two boys, I spend lots of money on lipstick because they break them, or use them as colors/paint. I have photos and videos to prove this. Now now, don’t say “well you should put them where they can’t get them”, because I do. Somehow they always manage to find them. I generally buy drugstore brands because they don’t require me to spend much, and I’m not too terribly upset when I have to replace them. 

Porque de mis dos chicos (because of my two boys), I also have a crapload of broken crayons. I typically buy crayons once a month. 

Thanks to dear ol’ Pinterest, I was searching ways to make my own lipsticks. Well, because quite frankly I’m tired of replacing lipstick, so I figured I’d make my own. Anywho, I came across several ways to make my own lipsticks. For some reason, the tutorials using crayons jumped out at me. Y’all! I was really impressed by this, all those fun lip colors. Like really! Then I got mad because I thought about all the broken crayons I trash, that I could’ve been making lipsticks with. 

Just about all the tutorials used some sort of oil and melted crayons to acheive the final product. I thought easy enough, I’ll give it a go. So I went out and got crayons for myself, and some containers to store each color in. As far as I know, crayons are fairly safe. I mean kids eat them, ya know. Plus they can’t be any worse than any of the makeup products out. 

Now that I had a fresh box of crayons, I was ready to begin. To begin with I only chose 6 colors. I put a tablespoon of coconut oil into a small glass, along with a crayon. I then placed the glass into a pot of boiling water. It took about two minutes for the crayon to melt into the oil.  

 

I did this for each color. Third crayon in, and the glass cracked. I resorted to using these little red plastic cups I had. They work just as fine. I used the same amount of oil, I just broke the crayon into two pieces.  

 

With this method, I stirred the mixture with a skewer, so the crayon wouldn’t get stuck in the crevices of the cup. I poured each mixture into portion cups. To my surprise, they were fairly creamy once solidified. 

Heres what I ended up with for this test run.  Pretty neat if I must say so. 

By the time I had finished each one, my boys were still napping, so I applied each color. The colors were freakin awesome, and after I wiped them off, my lips were super soft. The only con I have is that they were more like lip balm/stain rather than lipstick.  That’s actually fine for now. I’m going to get beeswax or something and play with the measurements until it’s a creamy consistency to my liking. All in all I’m pretty satisfied. A great perk to this is that I can mix colors or add glitter. 

Now I’ll be a little more hesitant to trash broken crayons. If the boys manage to get into them, I can say that they are still technically crayons. You guys know the saying “Broken crayons still color”? Now I can say ” Broken crayons still make lipstick”

As I tweak the formula, I’ll come back and update!

  Here’s the purple, and it lasted a few hours. 


*Update* 

Here’s a look at the green crayon lipstick. I used it for a Mardi Gras themed photo. 

 

 


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DIY Tiled wall mirror

Like many of you, I am a Pinterest FANATIC. I spend at least 30 minutes before bed searching and pinning. There was a tiled mirror project I had my eyes on for the longest. On Sunday, out of shear boredom, I decided to give it a go. My first attempt required only mirrors, duct tape (I tried Gorrila tape too), a foam board, and glue. Let’s just say it was an EPIC FAIL!!! 

I had taped and glued just as the model I was using did, but for some odd reason, mine fell apart. I forgot to photograph the final project, as I was heated that it did not turn out as I expected. My son chimed in, and said ” Ohh mommy, that’s not working”. I just laughed and cleaned the mess up. That night, I searched and found a better, it was better for me, tutorial.

Here’s the link to the first tutorial, perhaps you’ll have better go at it than me.  http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2010/06/make-a-pb-inspired-tiled-mirror/

Fast forward to Tuesday, and I’m ready to try again. This time I was equipped with my mirrors from Dollar Tree, oak plywood from Lowes, a hand saw (also from DT), wood molding (purchased at Lowes), wood glue, super glue, Elmers Glue All multipurpose glue, and spray paint. I measured the length and width of the mirrors after I took them out of the funky frames they came in. Next I measured my plywood to the exact length I needed. I had a friend use a straight saw to cut the wood to the correct length. The piece of board that was cut, I used as a back to support where I used the wood glue to attach the boards together.

I don’t have as many pics as I’d like, as I was excited to get this over and done with. 

Once the boards were secured, I measured to border or the plywood with my wood molding. This is where the hand saw came in handy. I cut the molding to the necessary lengths needed to complete the border. Remember to angle the cuts on the ends of each piece, so they’ll form a corner. I used the wood glue to secure the molding into the plywood. Once that had dried, I measured and secured the longer pieces of molding needed for the columns.

Once the two pieces were dry, I took a mirror and are sure I had place the columns far enough apart. I measured each row and cut with my hand saw. As I cut each piece, I made sure to check whether or not the mirrors would fit properly.

I was on a roll 

After all cuts were made, I glued these pieces down with wood glue. Next I put the mirrors in, without securing them, to make sure it was all even. I broke a mirror in the process. Luckily they were only a dollar.

Voilà! I had successfully completed the frame.


I then took a wet towel and wiped away any dried, smudged, and extra glue. Time to spray paint! I stayed one coat of paint onto the frame.


I let it dry for about 30 minutes. I stopped to eat at this point. I then came back with another coat of spray paint. Once that application dried, I spayed a clear gloss on to give it a slight shine.

Time to finally secure the mirrors. I used super glue on the corners on the mirrors, and the all purpose glue on the rest of the body of the mirror. Be careful to get as little glue as possible on your frame.

Mirrors on, and I’m in love! 

I left it all to dry overnight, to ensure that it would dry completely. The next morning, I was equipped with Windex and paper towels for the most tedious part of this craft; thoroughly cleaning excess glue. Cleaning the glue well took at minimum 45 minutes.

 All cleaned! As you can see, I have another project in progress.

Here’s the link to the tutorial that worked for me. http://theletteredcottage.net/eagan-mirror-tutorial/

I’ll come back with more pics once I put the mirror in its intended place. Meanwhile, have I mentioned how much I love it? I’m proud of myself as well.

Thanks for taking the time out to read my experience. With the next project, I’ll try to be more detailed.

**UPDATE**  
Where I had intended on hanging the mirror, I simply leaned it against the wall. I put various wall art in the wall above. I’m just fearful of the mirror falling and shattering.

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