Showing posts from November, 2015

8 Terrific Stocking Stuffers For Women

It is as important for me to take care of my skin as it is to eat well, exercise regularly and  maintain a good attitude.  I have extremely sensitive skin and I have to be ever so careful with the products that I use. I also needed to update some of my makeup, my cosmetic bag had seen better days and I  had used up all my lipstick. "Mother Hubbard's cupboard," was essentially bare. So over the course of the last year I have been trying out a few new facial products. I have picked eight of my favorite facial products to share with you today and I also wanted  to tell you a little bit about them and I why I think they would be terrific stocking stuffers. 1.  It Cosmetics   give a flawless airbrush glow by incorporating peptides, hydrolyzed collagen and antioxidants, this line of cosmetics is also referred to as a problem-solving color cosmetic. I love how it helps to hide my dark circles and blend in the Melasma  on the sides of my face.      2. Block Island Organics   ma

We Have a Winner For Vinegar!

Hello all, I surely hope that you all had a simply wonderful  Thanksgiving! We spent quality time with our families and I am looking  forward to sharing some of the highlights of the day with you all later on in the week. But for today I am announcing the winner of the vinegar giveaway, I am a day late, so please forgive me. We have just been enjoying Thanksgiving so much for  several days.                                                              She Wears Many Hats                                                                                         Our winner is Diane from  Lavender Dreams .  Congrats Diane, just send me your address via email! I have included some great salads from my Pinterest Salad Board  and the links to the original source.                                                                  BHG~ Healthy Pasta Salad I thought some of the flavored vinegars might just be a great  alternative to the higher calorie salad dressing. Not totally sure, but one never

The LIfe I Almost Didn't Have

I am thankful for the life I almost didn't have. I don't say much about it, I never have, I sort of let folks think that I just sailed through it, I have at times almost convinced myself of that too.  That having colon cancer within a year after going through a divorce with young children is a breeze. I will tell you this, it is not.                                                       There were many things that got me through that year of surgery and chemotherapy. Holding onto my dreams, longing for serenity, good friends. Thank you Laura and Alice, my Mom, and my children, oh yes, those children of mine. The smiles, the golden locks, the beauty and longing to spend time with them and watch them grow, and my Faith. I have tried on all sorts of hats to fit the part.  I have been strong, I have been weak, I have been scared and I have been brave.  I have even laughed at the notion of death. Because I had my family and God. I have felt as though I walke

A Baked Potato & Giveaway

This week officially kicks off the beginning of the Holidays and when the cooking begins. Kitchens all across the  country are brimming  with cooks in aprons, chopping boards  covered w ith celery and ovens  bursting with pies. In fact, my husband and I were just reminiscing about the joys of Thanksgiving of years  long ago and what our favorite desserts were. For my husband it was coconut cream pie, while mine was the perfect  homemade pumpkin  pie with whipped cream. With sweet splurges like these throughout the next month, I have decided that I am going to save my calories for the pies, snacks, and Christmas candy. Nakano is here to help me stay on track with their tasty Sinless Seasoned Rice Vinegar. These flavorful Natural, Gluten free Seasoned Rice Vinegar products will help us all to  swap  out  high  calorie  condiments  and  unnecessary  fat in our  everyday meals  w ithout sacrificing  flavor. Good news is you can find Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar in most grocery stores. I am

Texas Celebrate~A Blog Hop

Good Afternoon my Dears, I am so excited to share this news with you today. In just a few weeks, a gathering of Texas bloggers will be baking, dressing, decorating and celebrating  Christmas in the Lone Star State, for a blog hop. It won't be the same sort of fun without you all, so please  stop by for a visit December 7-11,  2015!                                                                    Coco Rose Textiles We will be sharing how we gussy up our homes, in our own special decorating style.                                                                 Pure Passion Magazine That surprises are some of the very best part of Christmas, no matter what your age.                                                                                   The Knot         A little velvet ribbon and Christmas ornaments make all the difference to any table setting.                                                                      Coco Rose Textiles There will be joy, whimsy, and thankful he

Paperwhites ~ A Time To Grow

The joy of nurturing will always delight me; my children, family, friends, and  flowers.                     But today I spend time with the Paperwhite.                                                                                Waiting and watching with quiet anticipation, as the tender white blossom unfurls it's  fragrant petals- when just a few  weeks ago,  it was artlessly , a brown bulb, hibernating  quietly  from months of rest. Slowly stretching, perhaps even a yawn may be heard if one listens and respects the sounds of nature, as the restful moments give way to reawakening. It is extraordinary how something can be transformed from an object which appears to be                                                                                                                                           nothing...                                          Into a perfectly orchestrated something.                    Slumber time is over, dusty gray begins to give way to green and g

DIY~Pom Pom Winter Wreath

I have been thinking about making   a Pom-Pom wreath for at least a year, maybe even  more,  but I have always  talked  myself out of doing so. But not this year, in fact I turned up the Christmas music, lit my Christmas candle and set to  work to make this DIY Pom-Pom Winter Wreath. You know I like this wreath because it reminds me of... snow, snowflakes, snow balls, which then of course, leads us to snowmen, which I always, always loved to make when I was a child. But this is another story that I will share when we get closer to Christmas. So here we go, just imagine a light dusting of snow, hot cocoa steaming on your craft table and you and I about to begin this  wonderful craft project. Now, you know this pom-pom wreath could be  made out of any color of  yarn, so if you want color, then seize the moment and do it! But since I  wanted to keep the  look  crisp,  light, and  reflecting frosty Winter  mornings and snowy  afternoons, I used white. For more Winter White Inspiration hop

Winner Of Darren Gygi Hydrangea Print

Thank you to all who entered the    Darren Gygi Hydrangea Print , giveaway! I appreciate all who stopped by and visited. The winner of the giveaway is Kim from  Exquisitely Unremarkable , Kim please email me your address and I will send this giclee print out immediately. This week I will be sharing some creative DIY projects on making and using pom pom's for Christmas, as well as an Angel Cake.   Until tomorrow! xoxo