Monday, October 17, 2016

Family Friendly Halloween Treats

Halloween features spooky sweet treats! Check out these family-friendly edibles to add to your Halloween fun!


Don’t Waste The Pumpkins – At-Home Pumpkin Skin Savers

 Fall is pumpkin season! Whether you’re using fresh pumpkins as decorations, carving jack-o-lanterns, or roasting pumpkin seeds, here are two ways to use every part of the pumpkin to benefit your skin!

1) Face mask

1 pumpkin
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon

Once you’ve removed the seeds and pulp, wash the pumpkin and cut into medium-sized cubes. Place the cubes in a medium saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil. When the cubes are tender, drain and cool. Combine with the, yogurt, honey and cinnamon in a blender and puree. Lather the mixture onto your face, leave 10 to 15 minutes and remove with a warm washcloth. Your skin will positively glow!

2) Exfoliator

2 cups fresh pumpkin seeds (leave the pulp in!)
¼ cup coconut oil


Blend oil and seeds in a high-speed blender, then apply to your face and gently massage into your skin. Remove with a warm washcloth.

Fun Halloween Costumes for Kids

Halloween is a great time for kidsbut can be a bit of a headache for moms looking for that perfect costume.  Who or what will your little one want to be this year?

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Trick or Treat: Skin Care ingredients that can Fool You

Have you ever read the list of ingredients in your face wash and moisturizer? If you haven’t, do it now!

The product may say it’s “natural”, but if there are more than three ingredients you don’t recognize, or don’t know what they are, your skincare products might be tricking you. Check out this list of harmful ingredients to avoid:

Parabens are preservatives widely used in skin and personal care products to prevent growth of mold and fungi. While it sounds great that they help prevent nasty growths in your products, parabens have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer.

Synthetic Colors
If your moisturizer is neon-blue, there’s no way it’s natural-- unless there are blueberries in the product! While synthetic pigments might make products look more appealing, the ingredients themselves are not pretty. Synthetic colors are often made from coal tar and are carcinogenic. They can cause irritation, actually worsening your skin condition.

While it is an antibacterial product triclosan has been linked to cancer and is recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as a pesticide-- not something you’d want to put on your face.

Don’t be tricked, treat yourself to ingredients that treat you well!

DIY Apple and Spice Drink Recipe

Apples and spice and everything nice! This is a very easy seasonal beverage that’ll be sure to please this fall.

1 orange
4 cups apple juice
2 sticks of cinnamon
2 whole cloves
Pinch of nutmeg

Peel the orange and save the peeling. Combine apple juice, spices and orange peel in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a steady simmer’ then set aside for 30 minutes to let the ingredients steep.

Strain, pour into a mug and top with anything you’d like! A few favorites are: whipped cream, cinnamon stick and vanilla ice cream.

For a cocktail version add your choice of bourbon or spiced rum and enjoy!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Falling for Fall Looks

Fall is in full swing and you will be too with these trendy new seasonal styles.



Oversized Sweaters





Lots of Layers