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I’m so happy to hear that Pantone’s color of 2013 is emerald green!
If you have freckles or dark hair, like me, you already love what it does for your complexion!
Green represents life, renewal, and freshness. This color brings a certain liveliness to any outfit and room or showroom. Green is a neutral but is far from boring. Who hates green!? It’s just impossible.
The smell of fresh cut grass, a sprig of mint, a Christmas tree, a lime in a corona, a slice of cucumber or honey dew…. life in Emerald Isle, NC!!! Shout out!
Oh green. I love you.
Check back tomorrow for more Emerald green love!! Interiors, exteriors, art, and more…
I am really bad about cleaning my face before bed, sometimes I am in a zombie state after falling asleep on the sofa and really just want to get to bed as soon as possible. I had purchased those expensive wipes that are pre soaked and ready to go. No excuses. I had them on the counter ready to go. Until I ran out. I really wasn’t impressed with the performance, either. Every time I break out, I think a chemical product with a good brand name is the answer and it usually makes it worse. Nope, I just don’t think my skin is made for that.
How dare I turn my back on witch hazel? It has a spell on me. Har Har.
A mommy friend of mine had shared this GREAT DIY tutorial for making your own diaper wipes (with dispenser)! Well, I don’t have any children, but I thought it was a great idea. You already know I save just about every container I can come across, for ideas such as these. So here we go.
Face wipes for lazy people like ME! HA!
This is so simple.
1. Get a quality roll of paper towels(they won’t degrade into mush).
2. Cut the roll to fit your container. You can use an old coffee container, mayo jar, peanut butter, jelly, etc , etc.
3. Remove the cardboard cylinder.
4. Pull up on the towel that starts in the center.
5. Put the towels in the jar.
6. Pour in witch hazel (just enough to wet the towels).
7. Clean face.
In NO time at all, you have a handy wipe, in a travel friendly container. For a fraction of the price!
Give it a whirl! And you better believe I am going to mod podge the outside of mine to make it all pretty. =)
Thanks for reading,
Happy Monday, everyone!
I hope everyone had a lovely and exciting weekend! Mine was filled with good friends in the beautiful town of Topsail Beach, NC. Luckily, the weather was mild and made for a picture perfect day! The weekend festivities inspired me to add to my list of ways to stay warm this winter.
Oysters are a big part of the coastal NC lifestyle. Personally, I can’t handle the texture, but I love the company. There is something simply perfect about a good group of friends chatting over a steaming heap of oysters. The heat from the steam cooker under a canopy of live oak trees is a fool proof way to have a good time.
And any activity that allows you to wear gloves to eat your food is perfect for cold weather.
The sound of oyster knives cracking open a simply natural treasure from the ocean is just another reminder that we belong to the earth, the earth does not belong to us. Don’t forget to recycle the shells so we can maintain the oyster beds!!
They are less expensive than a necklace and according to Pinterest, there are tons of upcycled tshirt scarf ideas floating around the internet.
Scared of pattern or color? A scarf is the answer!
3. Lavender aromatherapy pillows.
What helps to put you to sleep, warms you up, helps kick anxiety and stress and soothes aches and pains? Lavender! I just purchased some organic lavender, cotton fabric, and flax seeds to make a bunch pillows for Christmas gifts. I WILL have a DIY in the next few days. I assure you, it’s the best thing in the world– especially, if you suffer from horrible cramps, headaches, a stressful job, push yourself too hard at the gym, are hungover, etc etc etc. It’s a miracle worker.
4. Fire pits
I’ve been drinking this during the week in the evenings. A glass of wine or two at night can really bring a damper on your metabolism. For a new years resolution, substitue that week day drinking habit with this recipe from QuickieChick.
In your favorite mug…
- Juice one lemon
- A dash or two of cinnamon
- A dash or two of cayenne pepper
- Eight ounces of hot water.
Stir. Drink 1-2 cups in the evening to warm you up and curb late night cravings.
The cayenne is spicy and warms your body. Any more than two shakes is too much, if you are not a fan of spice. The drink is sour; do not add sugar. You will get used to the flavor. Not sure if it really increases my metabolism, but the ingredients are generally good for you. Thank you QuickieChick!
Well, thats all for now, I hope everyone is staying toasty! Leave me a message and let me know if you try any of my tips! Or love oysters! Or NC! Or are in love with your lavender miracle pillow!
Bundle up and I’ll see you tomorrow for a quick and easy DIY!
I know I know! It’s been a while.. Again. But there are so many great blogs out there, I’m sure you’ve had plenty to read.
I really hate cold weather… loathe, despise, detest! It’s my personal kryptonite. I don’t mind it so much when it snows, at least it’s pretty to look at at.
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So here are a few of my winter secrets that keep my energy level up, the germs away, and fend off the winter grumps.
1. Fresh juice.
Every morning I juice (organically, always):
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1 1/2 inch of fresh ginger root
- 4 carrots
- 1/2 beet
- 1 apple
- 2 stalks of celery
After I get up in the morning, after some coffee, oatmeal, a workout, and some water – I swig this down before I head to work. I feel happier, more mentally alert, energetic, and it does wonders for my insides and outsides. When you start the day on a healthy note, you are more likely to make better choices throughout the day. It’s not rocket science or a secret — the better you eat, the stronger your body becomes so it can efficiently fight off an invasion of germs.
2. Tea tree oil.
Source: Nutrasource.com (And 40% off, so I see. And lucky me, I just ran out!!)
I had caught that nasty head cold that has been going around. My boyfriend suffered for at least two weeks with a hacking cough, runny nose, chapped lips, the usual. UGH. I don’t do vicks, chloreseptic, cough drops, etc, and I am not brave enough for the netti pot.
Instead, I boiled about 4 cups of water, and then added 3 drops of tea tree oil (NO MORE THAN THAT). I stirred and let the two incorporate. I sat over the pot with a towel over my head and slowly breathed in the vapors for about 10 minutes. Make sure you take a breather when you need it, it gets hot. Also, make sure you let the water and oil simmer for a couple minutes. It smells really mediciney and stings the nostrils, at first. My flu-ish feeling, headache, sore throat, and incessant sneezing all went away within the hour. Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic, bactericide, fungicide and anti-viral. And it also does wonders for the skin. Double bonus, no whammies!!! It is also great for a bazillion other uses. Google it.
1 part bleach to 10 parts water is all it takes.
Wear gloves and cover your mouth and nose and open a window while cleaning with bleach. But bleach everything! I’m not talking anti bacterial bologna. Bleach. Toilets, door knobs, sinks, keys, cell phone, outside of your purse (if its leather or leather-like), bed sheets and towels, car steering wheel, etc, etc. I don’t like harsh cleaners, and normally I use a tea tree oil cleaner, but in the winter I make exceptions. And it goes without saying, wash your hands, don’t touch your eyes, nose, face, and please cough into your elbow. Don’t be a jerk.
4. An ark full of clementines.
I know they are full of vitamin C, and that’s always good. Even if they had no nutritional value, they are good for the soul. They are that perfect sweet fix when you are trying to eat clean. HEY YOU!!! Step away from the left over Halloween candy!
5. The glow of Christmas lights.
Holiday decorations turn me into a big sappy mess. Conifer pun intended. The twinkle of Christmas lights makes me feel like a kid again. And I think they create a placebo-like effect and keep me toasty while I refuse to crack the heat any higher. Where are my fuzzy socks!!??
I will be back very soon with some yummy cocktails and recipes to keep your spirits up while old man winter chews off our toes and ears and nose like a geriatric zombie.
How do you handle the winter blues??
It’s nice to be back, enjoy, and Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, and everything in between,
Happy National Coffee Day! Cheers to all you movers and shakers and jitterers.
How do you take your coffee?
I’m a one teaspoon of sugar and a heavy splash of almond milk kinda girl.