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Happy Monday, everyone!

Today it rained nonstop in SoCal and you probably saw the record breaking weather on your local news; I’d say our drought is pretty much over. Heavy rain on the deck!

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It was a perfect day for a DIY matcha green tea mask. It’s so easy; just a teaspoon of powdered matcha mixed with a bit of water and a few drops of rosehip oil. Leave it on for about twenty minutes, rinse off, and moisturize.

Did I scare you?

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What else is new with me?

Angel Boy 2.0, my adorable grandson, is going to celebrate his first birthday in a couple weeks. I can’t believe a whole year has gone by.

This is a view from their living room. The Salish Sea (Puget Sound) with the Olympic Mountains seem so close it’s as if you could almost touch them. Spectacular!

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No whales, but lots of boats. This is a busy waterway.

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And during a recent visit, a perfectly positioned squirrel watching us at Golden Gardens, an amazing park near the Chittenden Locks in Ballard, near Seattle.

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So what’s new with all of you?

 

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Love, Give, GLOW! Beauty For a Cause

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Check out this lovely company I’ve curated just for you!
Glow For A Cause

They sent me a sample of the Glow For A Cause solid perfume, Inspire, that’s sweet smelling and heavenly! Here’s what their website says:

She saw in the sunrise endless possibilities…inspire

A decidedly young and uplifting scent with a vibrant blend of florals and a dash of sunny citrus.

When you’re thinking about gift giving or just for YOU because you DESERVE it, shop at a company that gives back, and is organic, vegan/vegetarian!

GLOW for a cause is a beauty company unlike any other. What started out as a quest to create the purest and highest quality body care products and soy candles has evolved into a glowing movement.

Founded by artist, teacher, and skincare productista, Johanna Querry Smith, GLOW for a cause is a passion project that makes both people and the world just a little more beautiful. GLOW for a cause products are made from the finest and purest ingredients available.

Every time you buy a GLOW for a cause product, you are not only pampering yourself, you are giving back 5% to our partner non-profit organizations. Now that’s beauty that GLOWS on the inside and out.

Here’s a list of their causes:

Cowgirls vs. Cancer  provides retreat scholarships for women with breast cancer to experience healing with horses and yoga in Montana.  http://cowgirlyoga.com

Boston Firefighter’s Burn Foundation is comprised of Boston firefighters who volunteer their time to provide emotional and financial support to burn victims and their families.  http://bostonfirefightersburnfoundation.com

The Red Sox Foundation provides tutoring, mentoring, enrichment programs and college scholarships to academically talented but economically disadvantaged students through their Red Sox Scholars Program.  http://redsoxfoundation.org

MaxFund Animal Adoption Center is a true no kill animal shelter in Colorado, giving animals, including the injured, abandoned and abused, a second chance at life.  http://maxfund.org

The Gathering Place is Denver’s only drop-in center and community of hope for women, children and transgender individuals who are experiencing homelessness or poverty.  http://tgpdenver.org

Berni’s Journey is a cinematic quest that serves as a mirror for us to reflect on universal themes of happiness, hope, and living authentically.  Answer the call of adventure and become the hero of your own story.  http://www.bernisjourney.com

 

Samples have been provided for review. Opinions are the author’s own. 

Nourish + Brighten! Loquat + Emergen-C #DIY Facial Mask

Loquat Emergen-C facial maskHow about a smoothie for your face?

This zesty homemade mask will freshen, nourish, and brighten up your winter-weary skin.

When my tugboat man is home (and when son/DIL are here) we enjoy “Family Facial Day”.

To be honest, “enjoy” is a relative term, the boys describe it as “endure”.

Of course hub and son don’t participate without a lot of whining, but DIL and I can be fairly persuasive. There’s nothing funnier than using a scrub on a couple of men who’re complaining about how much it hurts like they’re being abused. Men are such babies even though they’re always pleased with the results.

For those of you that had to endure skin-drying heating all winter along with harsh snowy weather, this is a perfect mask to nourish and brighten.

In SoCal, we’ve had our hottest March ever recorded — coupled with low humidity, my own face was looking as parched as the Anza Borrego Desert.

Probably because it’s been so unseasonably warm, the first of our loquats are ripe.

As soon as enough of them are ready, I’ll make jam with our harvest (RECIPE HERE) but I thought I’d experiment creating a mask.

Loquats are full of vitamin-A — looking around our garden, I picked a lime for vitamin-C and a few leaves of white sage for cleansing and purifying. (If you live in an area where loquats don’t grow, you could use apricots or even peaches.)

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I tossed it all in the blender with bananas, avocado, and a squeeze of agave nectar.

Then I spied the secret weapon: Emergen- C!

With all the C and other vitamins and minerals, it’s like a healthy smoothie for your face. This is the one I used, but any flavor will work. Hopefully, it won’t tint your skin pink; it didn’t do that to me.

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I didn’t invent the Emergen-C facial; my research revealed others have discovered its benefits, too.

Facial Tips:

  • Start with a really clean face so the facial will be better absorbed.
  • Only make enough for one or two facials — as the ingredients are so fresh, they need to be used right away.

Nourish + Brighten Facial Mask Ingredients:

Loquats: Three small, remove seeds.
Lime Juice: Squeeze half lime
Banana: One half.
Avocado: One half.
Emergen-C: Half or whole packet.
Agave or honey: A teaspoon or two, just to make it sticky enough so the facial doesn’t slide off your face.
Sage: A few leaves (optional if you don’t grow it in your own garden.)
Try adding a few shakes of ground turmeric or cinnamon, too.

  • Toss it all in a blender until smooth.
  • Pat on your face, neck, décolleté (don’t forget that!).
  • Leave on for about fifteen minutes while you recline with a towel behind your head and neck to catch any spills.
  • Rinse off thoroughly and moisturize.
  • Admire the glow!
  • Refrigerate any leftover mask.

It’s been a couple of days since I did it; I’m very pleased with the results, and will absolutely make this again when the rest of the family is here.

It’s so much fun to torture the guys!

 

Boys DO Make Passes at Girls Who Wear Glasses. Oh YES, They DO.

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Newsflash: Eyeglasses are the new aphrodisiac.

Sasssy and sexxxxy in a slightly beeyotchy way.

That describes both me AND my new Kate Spade glasses, don’t you agree?

Can’t wait for my tugboat man to see the new me. He loves the sexy librarian look…

Aren’t those polka dots TDF?

And the hair? It looks like my head had a curl explosion.
Oopsie, it seems as if the picture on the wall behind me is slightly askew; my OCD side will fix it immediately, since I clearly have no control over my hair.

And yes, that IS my enchanting bathroom, and no, I’m not wearing any makeup.

Kate Spade glassesIt’s a different world now than when I first needed to wear glasses. Back then, it tolled the death knell if you aspired at all to be a popular gal and hang out with the cool kids.

I was continually taunted with.such witticisms as,  “Hey, Coke-bottle‘s here. Ha Ha.”

Not so funny to be the target of mean girls. 

I couldn’t wait to be old enough to wear contact lenses.

But now, wearing glasses is just another important fashion accessory, not a signal to the world that the wearer is a bookish nerd, not that there’s anything wrong with that!

If you live in the San Diego area and need new frames, come to Carlsbad and check out
Andrews Optical on Grand for a huge selection and great customer service.

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Stop Wolf Hunts Now

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Ghandi

Rosebud Salve — A Review

Whenever I learn that a product I like and use is American-made, I want to share that information.
As the proud wife of an American merchant mariner, I know first-hand how important it is to support our country’s services and manufacturing.
Try Rosebud Salve or any of their other products. I think they’re awesome and hope you will, too.
And it doesn’t hurt that we share the same name, right?

Dr. G.F. Smith

The Rosebud Perfume Company, Inc. was founded by George F. Smith in 1895. The business began in a small drugstore across the street from what is now the “Rosebud Building”. The Rosebud Perfume Company, Inc. distributes its salves and lip balms throughout the world and is enjoyed by celebrities, athletes, homemakers, and health care providers alike.

Click here to read more.

Cosmetic Uses

Cosmetic Uses: Outline lips with lip liner of your choice about ¼ inches from the outside of your lips toward the center. Then use a lip brush to blend the salve to achieve a “pouty look”.

Use Rosebud Salve alone or over your favorite hue of lipstick to moisturize and give a “dewy effect”.

Apply Rosebud Salve to eyebrows to tame an unruly brow line while also giving sheen.

Rosebud Salve is great on fly-away or frizzy hair. Dab a small amount on the palms of your hands and apply sparingly to tresses.

Use Rosebud Salve as a subtle accent to cheek bones, collar bones, shoulders, or any other body part that you want to moisturize or enhance.

Apply Rosebud Salve lightly to the skin above the eye as a base for powered eye shadow, and then add the desired colors you wish to dazzle your eyes with. The rich emollient properties of the Salve will help to hold that look all day.

All Purpose Uses

Rosebud Salve is perfect for travel as an eye make-up remover, cuticle softener, sunburn easer, dry skin healer, and frizzy fighter. Use Rosebud Salve around the eyes and on the throat for severely parched, dry, or wrinkled skin.

I love it for my feet and heels. If you’ve tried it, what do you like to use it for?

Heart Your Curls with Mixed Chicks

Like many other curlyheads, I’ve spent my entire life hating or loving my curly hair.

orangejuicecanI’ve fought it, ironed it, straightened it, hated my genetics for not endowing me with straight blonde hair, and bought every product under the sun to tame the curls and control the frizz, from Dippity-Do (anyone remember that?) to sleeping — painfully– on hair set with orange juice cans.

I know I could get a Brazilian BlowOut and end up with the straight and shiny hair I’ve always dreamed about — but my stylist has convinced me to love the hair I have — it’s who I am — and now, finally, I do love my curls.

A good cut and color made me fall in love with my curls. Plus, my tugboat man said the first thing he noticed about me — well, ONE of the first things he noticed — was my hair. It’s true, opposites are attracted; I loved his stick straight surfer blonde hair. Now, his is not so blonde nor as thick, but it’s super straight and I’m totes fascinated by that!

Yup, when I talk like that, you know I’m already missing the big guy. Sigh…

Yesterday, I was out shopping (what else) and stopped in a little beauty supply store nestled between Ross Dress For Less and Pier One in Encinitas. (I wasn’t really looking for anything, not REALLY; just a bit of browsing therapy. Of course, if anything caught my eye, I wouldn’t have — couldn’t have–resisted.)

When the sales associate asked me if I was looking for anything specific, I pointed to my hair and asked if they had anything for curly hair like mine. She directed me to Mixed Chicks which I had never heard of before and said I’d really love it.

According to the Mixed Chicks website:

Finally, a curl-defining system for “us”. Whether you’re black, white, asian, latin, mediterranean, or any glorious combination of the above, you’ll love the way these non-sticky, lightweight curly hair products leave your hair inviting to touch as they define and lock moisture into every curl. Be a proud part of our multiracial movement…

Mixed chicksI got the shampoo and leave-in conditioner which doubles as a styling lotion.

The shampoo info: 

…quickly cleanse your defiant hair with a combination of borage seed and avocado oils that work harmoniously in a blend as unique as you are. botanical extracts are infused for their healing properties. silk amino acids, soy protein, and panthenol penetrate the follicle and add luster.

I do so love good ad copy, don’t you?

Last night I used the shampoo and I have to admit that I’m not totally convinced I like it…my hair certainly felt clean but I had to use another product for a rinse-out conditioner because it was impossible to comb through. SoCal has extremely hard water, so maybe that’s part of the problem…

Then I used the leave-in conditioner. I could immediately feel it soak in and caress every wave and define each and every curl.

See? What do you think? No frizz, right?

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I’m kinda loving the Mixed Chicks leave-in conditioner.

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To summarize: I’m not overwhelmed by the shampoo, but I’ll give it another try. It’s a definite thumbs up for the leave-in conditioner, though.

If you’re a curly girl like me, give it a try it and let me know what you think.

Creation’s Garden Natural Products

I’ve been looking for “more natural, less chemicals” hair care products; while browsing through TJ Maxx a few weeks, ago I found a line of products from Creation’s Garden and thought I’d give them a try.

They all contain Argan Oil. Argan Oil from Morocco creates anti-frizz and exceptional shine to the hair. This 100% pure Argan Oil from Morocco is a superior source of antioxidants and delivers instant shine and long-lasting rejuvenation.

Argan Oil naturally penetrates to moisturize each layer of the hair strand for healthier, silkier, and extraordinarily shiny hair while offering protection from environmental toxins and chemical treatments.

I’ve been really pleased with the results; my hair is soft and shiny, and the curls are softer and less frizzy. They have great customer service, too!

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Creation’s Garden’s® proprietary, technologically advanced nutritional supplements are created with the highest quality certified organic and standardized ingredients at their  licensed cGMP manufacturing facility.

This is what I’ve been using. They’re all reasonably priced under $10.00.
Moisturizing Shampoo with Argan Oil from Morocco
Moisturizing Conditioner with Argan Oil from Morocco
Leave in Conditioner With Argan Oil from Morocco
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A Mirrored Pearl Project

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YOUR spoken words are roses fine and sweet,
The songs you sing are perfect pearls of sound.
How lavish nature is about your feet,
To scatter flowers and jewels both around.
Blushing the stream of petal beauty flows,
Softly the white strings trickle down and shine.
Oh! speak to me, my love, I crave a rose.
Sing me a song, for I would pearls were mine. (Paul Laurence Dunbar)

It’s Project Time

I found a square mirror with beveled edges at the dollar store for….a dollar!
I thought of embellishing with seashells but that didn’t seem quite right.
Then I thought of small polished stones, but that didn’t feel right, either.
I looked around and barely heard the whisper of the mermaid.
Ahh, pearls you say?
Pearls it shall be.

It’s a sensual activity. The pearls are cool to the touch and slide lovingly into place.pearl1
The finished product.
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With some friends.
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