Monday, January 21, 2013

Lemon and Sea Salt Body Scrub

Hello Everyone! I hope you are all having a cheery day. I found a Lemon and Sugar Scrub on Pinterest, that was pinned from theidearoom- and decided to do a spin off based on this scrub. I have tried their scrub recently and LOVED it for my feet, hands, and elbows. This time however, I wasn't looking for something soothing, as much as I wanted something that would cleanse and tone my skin.  If you want something soothing, then you can follow the recipe provided from, but I'm going to create a fresh and all natural cleansing version of my own!

I am going to make a: Lemon, Sea Salt, Body Scrub with a Witch Hazel base. You can also add fresh mint and coconut oil for more of a soothing effect if you'd like to, but unfortunately I don't have those ingredients on hand.

Now I know you are saying "Deanna, why on earth are you mixing all of that?" Maybe you're thinking to yourself okay I know why you are using some of these ingredients, or maybe if you are a skin care guru like I am ( wink wink ) then you already know why I'd put together that very exact mixture! If that's the case, well go on with your bad self. But for everyone else, here's the skinny on why I am mixing these fabulous ingredients together.

Lemon: Citrus Fruit, has AMAZING antiseptic* properties, smells great, all natural, tightens skin.

Sea Salt: Natural ingredient, great exfoliant**, has antiseptic properties, has healing properties.

Fresh Mint: Fresh Herb, high content of salicylic acid (kicks acne in the butt, sheds dead skin cells).

Witch Hazel: Acts as part of the base for the scrub, excellent toner, provides pH balance for skin.

Coconut Oil: Great moisturizer, all natural ingredient, base for the scrub.

*Antiseptic- kills bacteria
**Exfoliant- sheds dead skin cells

Can you guess what this scrub is meant to do?! KILL MY ACNE! Haha. I don't get acne very often, but when I do, I will try about anything to get rid of it. Luckily, this is a nice natural scrub that my face will enjoy.

For 1-2 uses, mix together:
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4cup of fine sea salt, I used coarse but didn't enjoy it as much
  • 3 leaves of fresh mint finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon witch hazel
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil

Mix  all of the ingredients gently together in a bowl, careful not to overwork the scrub too much. 

Wet your face with warm water to help open your pores, so that they can get rid of everything trapped in your skin. Massage your mixture to area that you desire to cleanse. Rinse well with cold water to ensure that your pores close. 

You may need to make more of this mixture based on the size of the area you are cleansing. If you make more, just keep the parts equal to recipe and multiply to get the right amount. This may seem like a good bit when you make it, but I like to use a generous amount when washing my face, and usually I do it twice. Just because I hate my acne that much.

*I am not a skincare professional, always be careful when using new things on your face as some of them can be irritating to your skin. Test in a small patch first on your hand to make sure you don't have a negative reaction! I want you to have clean skin, but of course I want you to be safe!

Try it out, and let me know what you think!! I'll report back as well :)

Feel free to share or pin or whatever you like, just remember to give credit where credit is due ;)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

My worst nightmare...

After scrambling for my keys this morning, throwing about 10 outfits out of my closet and emptying my bucket-o-shoes, and digging in my massive purse full of junk to find my badge, I barely made it to work on time. My entire work day left me unsettled, feeling as if I was accomplishing nothing. As I walked out of the building at days end, what can only be described as monsoon-esqe rain hammered away at my body. My mad dash to the car proved useless, leaving me a soppy puddle of a mess.

When I arrived home I looked around and realized something- although my home is clean, it is an organizational nightmare. My daily search for keys, eye glasses, cell phone, etc have left my flustered and always in a rush. For a month now I have eaten healthy and taken great care of myself. I think it is time that I apply this mindset to the rest of my life. So now...WE ORGANIZE!

I searched through Pinterest to try and find some good strategies to help me do this efficiently, without making my apartment even more of a disaster. The most common concept of home organization was to tackle one thing every day. I feel like this is something I can definitely do! This would be something that can get accomplished easily for even a very busy person.

Day One: Organize our dresser

I took the time to sort through our main dresser, containing pajamas, socks, undergarments, and workout clothes. I decided to get rid of anything that was overly worn, torn, etc. I continued by separating out the items that I wear on a regular basis and that fit well into my wardrobe. Anything I haven't worn in over 3 months (or that I can't remember wearing recently) decidedly goes in the trash. Success! Tomorrow- our closet!

Monday, November 12, 2012

DIY: Charming Rustic Christmas Ornaments

Happy Holidays Everyone! This is my first DIY blog, so bear with me please! I like to make and sell these rustic style Christmas ornaments, or even sometimes I give a small set as a gift! Now I know that these are on Pinterest and Etsy, because I have pinned them and I have sold them. But any who, I'm sure someone has done them before because they aren't that difficult to make! This year in order for me to get into the holiday spirit, I figure that I would show you how! These ornaments are very easy to make and you can customize them to your liking. Most of your materials can be purchased at your local craft store or Walmart. I say go for the craft store because they usually have a good coupon to cut back on price- every bit helps! However, if you are an avid crafter, you may even be like me and have most of these materials already in your home. On that note, please excuse my ugly, beat up,been to craft battles well worn glue gun. She's gotten me through many boring nights :)

• Yarn, twine, lace, rope, etc...
• Hot glue gun with glue sticks*
• Pack of plain Christmas ornaments.(I got a 12 pack from Family Dollar for $1.00)
• Scissors*

*Make sure children are supervised when using this material

Step One:

Gather your materials and open any packaging to set up a clean work space for yourself. Make sure you are close enough to an outlet if you need to plug in your glue gun, and plug it in with glue inside of the gun.

Step Two:

Remove the top of the ornament if necessary (this should come off easily, otherwise don't remove it.)

Step Three:

Choose a yarn, twine, rope, lace, etc. for your first ornament.

Step Four:
Using your glue gun, which should be hot by now, carefully make a circle around the top of the ornament with your glue. You can do this by applying light pressure to the trigger of your glue gun. IMPORTANT- have your yarn ready for use as soon as you put glue on the plain ornament.

Step Five:

Take the end of your yarn and begin to lay it on top of the glue in the same circular pattern you put the hot glue onto the ornament.Continue around for 2-3 full circles. It should look like this:

Step Six:

Start to wind your yarn in random loops around the ornament, as if you were making a yarn ball, occasionally put small dots of hot glue to hold down your yarn. Remember to try to keep the yarn somewhat tight when making your loops!

Step Seven:

When you achieve your desired look, cut the yarn with scissors, and using a small amount of hot glue, glue the end of the yarn to the ornament. Try to find a spot where it blends in to hide the end!

Step Eight:

If you removed the top of your ornament in the beginning, this is the point where you reattach it. Use a small amount of hot glue on the inside of the 'cap' of the ornament, and gently press down to secure it. Allow the ornament to dry for about a minute. Ta-Da!

You can add any kind of embellishments you like, or leave it plain! In my next tutorial I will teach you how to make a felt flower to add as an embellishment if you like!

Hope you enjoy keeping these little treasures for your tree, or spreading a little holiday cheer and giving them to family and friends!

If you have any questions or comments, please let me hear them!
Feel free to pin, re-blog, or share as much as you like from my site- just give a girl a little credit ;)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

PIN-A-HOLICS Anonymous

Hello. My name is Deanna Marie, and I have a problem. I am a pin-a-holic. As most ladies (and some gents too) in the U.S. and other parts of the world will tell you, they have been on Pinterest, and they are well, addicted :). To quote a movie that always makes me giggle a bit, "I think this is a perfectly normal, natural thing." As a culture, we love to see what everyone else is eating, wearing, working out with, photographing, tattooing, cleaning with, painting on our nails, making as a gift, becoming inspired by, etc... We have always wanted the best. The most creative. The most interesting. And there lies the root of our addiction obsession  interest. And it is okay! So here is my evil plan.....muah ha ha hahaha. I kid, I kid. It's  not that evil, nor is it a very well planned plan. Hmm did I say that right? Eh, enough rambling. I am going to take all of the wonderfulness I can off of Pinterest, and I am going to either attempt to cook it, craft it, photograph it, recreate it, and then add some of my own creativity to Pinterest as well! Then I will report back to you with everything; the good, the bad, and the ugly. Be ready for part one coming to you tomorrow and I will try my hardest to provide you with something to keep you coming back for more.