Flowers Flowers!!!

When I think of spring, the first thing that comes to mind is flowers. This got me thinking about making paper flowers that I have made before. I made my sister a shadow box full of flowers to remember her dog that recently passed away. The flowers are very easy to make, they just take some time.



Things you will need:

Card stock
Tweezers or quilling tools
Hot glue gun
Shadowbox
Cricut or another cutting machine


You can make different sizes of flowers, my suggestion is to pick one type of flower and size and keep it the same. If you like you can change up the colors of the card stock. These will make a great Mother’s day gift.

Garden

This past month I have been busy building and planting. I started my seeds in the starter kits I ordered from Amazon. With them, I have been watering and taking them in and out of the house each day. We have had a few bad days where it was raining too hard or snowing. Yes, we got snow last week, so the plants did not go out those days. But most days the plants got some sunshine and fresh air.



I built my planter box with my husband and set it up outside. It is already filled with dirt and ready to go for the plants. I think in about a week or so they should be ready to be moved. I don’t currently have a cover for my planter box so I don’t want to move them too soon and not be able to bring them in.


My basil and spinach seeds did not work the first time. So I got an indoor planter box with a light to try for the basil. The spinach I still need to buy seeds again and plant. Everything else looks really good. I might plant more garlic once I pick the first round. For the garlic, I am planning to put it in my Vitamix and blend it and keep it in a small container so I can keep it.


I can’t wait to get everything planted into the planter box and everything is in one area. Also, I can’t wait to start cooking with my products that I grew.

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Skin Care Routine

Over the past few months, I have been getting facials at Inskin Laser & Body. Diane is my esthetician and is amazing. We have moved on to IPL treatments for my facial redness. WIth getting the treatments I wanted to change up my skincare routine to work with the treatments. Diane recommended the DMK line, so I use them in the morning and keep my nighttime routine very simple. DMK is botanical-based and pharmaceutical-grade skincare. You have to buy it from a licensed professional.

AM routine:
DMK Enbioment cleanser
DMK Enbioment mist
DMK Enbioment serum
DMK Seba-e hydration oil
DMK herb & mineral moisture spray
Caudalie the eye cream
Drunk Elephant – Umbra Tinte physical daily defense ( I am looking for a different sunscreen)
Grown Alchemist- Hydra-repair day cream

The DMK line very easy on my sensitive skin and doesn’t irritate it at all. My skin looks less red and inflamed. My favorite products of the DMK line are the Seba-e oil and the herb & mineral spray. I put three to four drops of oil in my hand then add three spray rub together and press it into my skin. The Caudalie eye cream is very light weight but hydrating.

With the IPL treatments, sunscreen is important, I like the drunk elephant, but I am looking for either serum or very light cream. I don’t like using sunscreen with my current makeup look. The Grown Alchemist day cream is also a great primer for makeup. This is why I use it last. With taking better care of my skin I have been using less makeup, including not using foundation.

My evening skincare routine is very simple, I like to remove all of my makeup and then hydrate my skin.

PM routine:
Mauli -Supreme skin cleansing oil
Saie – cleaning rounds
Augustine Bader the cream cleansing gel
Augustine Bader the rich cream

The cleansing oil removes all my makeup and dirt from day quickly. I use the Saie round by wetting it under warm water and using it to remove the cleaning oil and cleansing gel. The Augustine Bader line is hydrating and nourishing. The cleansing gel is so gentle on my skin and is prefect for a second cleanse on my makeup days and also works great as my only cleanser on days that I don’t need to remove makeup. I highly recommend the Augustine Bader line and can’t wait to try more products.

Diane is a great resource for the DMK line, ordering my skin buddy which I love, and getting an IPL treatment. I cannot recommend her enough.

Links:

Laser Med Spa | InSkin Laser & Body

https://augustinusbader.com/us/en/

*One or more of these product was sent to me by the brand or retailer. I am NOT obliged to post about the product in exchange.

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Pasta Night

Often I have no clue what I am going to make for dinner. One of my go-to dinners is pasta. My husband and I aren’t the biggest fans of a red sauce so I normally just make something up as I go. I made this the other night and it was very easy and delicious.

What you need:

Pasta (doesn’t matter what kind, I had spaghetti on hand)
Garlic
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper
Mushroom ( sliced to make it easier)
Frozen peas
Garlic Aioli sauce ( I used Stonewall)

Directions:
Cook pasta like normal ( boil water and salt)

In a different pan combine the mushrooms, garlic, and a little oil. Cook down the mushrooms.
Add the peas and cook until thawed. Add salt and pepper. Turn down heat to low and add a little more oil. Add about a cup of garlic aioli sauce and warm the sauce.

Once the pasta is done, drain and coat with olive oil then add the mushroom and pea mixture.

I topped mine with fresh shredded cheese.

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March Empties

Here are the things I have used up this month. A few of them are products I love, others I just wanted to use up and move on.

Neutrogena Body Oil – This has become a fast favorite, instead of using body lotion out of the shower I have been using this. My skin really likes the oil and keeps it hydrated all day.

Moroccan Oil- oil treatment – This is my go-to hair oil, it keeps it hydrated and easier to style. I already have a new one ready to go.

True Blue Spa- Shea Butter Super Rich Shower Cream – this was nice but left my shower floor slick and just wasn’t worth almost falling.

True Blue Spa – Shea Butter- Vanilla Almond Super Rich Body Cream – this was very hydrating but too thick it took so long to rub in.

Bath & Body Works – Foaming Hand Soap – Snowy Peach Berry – again this is another hand soap we have used up, I keep them in my bathroom and we are moving through them. I am already looking at other clean options.


Have you used any products this month?

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March Standouts

March is over! Where did the month go? It has been a busy month, I started my garden and I am so excited. Spring is finally coming and so is warmer weather, even though I am writing this on a windy and somewhat cold day. With the change of weather, my skin is going a little crazy. Here are my standout products of the month.

With going back into the office more I have been wearing more makeup so cleaning my skin is important. The Mauli Supreme skin cleansing oil has made it so much easier to remove everything. You don’t need a lot to clean your whole face and remove every trace of makeup.

When my skin needs a bit more hydration I pull out Bobbi Brown’s skin nourished. It is a hydrating mask, I use it first as a mask in the morning then do my hair and get dressed. Then I rub in the rest of the cream and put on my makeup and it keeps my skin hydrated all day. I also like to use it at night and keep it on as a mask for hours. It is just a simple hydrating cream/mask.

My lips were chapped and pealing before using Bath and Body Works Mango lip gloss. The lip gloss has coconut oil in it and had helped keep them hydrated.

My garden is coming along, I have started seeding my plants. These Burpee starter kits make it so easy. All you have to do is add water and seeds. I keep mine in cardboard boxes to make it easier to move in and out of the house.

This month has gone by so fast and I have been so focused on my garden and getting ready for spring.

Link:
https://www.net-a-porter.com/en-us/shop/product/mauli-rituals/supreme-skin-cleansing-oil-100ml/1230916

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Smashed Potatoes

The Easter menu planning has begun in my house. This year I am making that I have not done before, smashed potatoes.

Here is what you will need:
Potatoes ( I used little red ones)
Salt
Pepper
Garlic
Cheese
Oil

Directions: Oven at 450 degrees cook for 30 minutes
1. Boil potatoes (make sure you start your potatoes in the water)
2. Drain the potatoes
3. Smash Potatoes ( Do not use a glass trust me, I broke mine and cut my hands! Use a spatula)
4. Put them on a sheet pan
5. Drizzle oil
6. Add salt, pepper, and garlic seasoning
7. Add cheese to the top and put them in the oven

Hope you enjoy them.

What I have been reading.

Reading is something I want to do more often. I have started to make it a priority this year. I listen to fiction audiobooks a lot and want to switch to more educational books. So far this year I have read three educational books.

The first is What if I say the wrong thing? By Verna A. Myers. This is a great book for everyone, often I don’t know what to say in different situations, I don’t want to upset anyone. This book goes over different situations and makes you look at different points of view.

The second book is It starts with an egg by Rebecca Fett. After over a year of trying to get pregnant, I got this book looking for ways to increase my chances of getting pregnant without medication. This book was helpful in teaching me to look into what I am eating and also what products I am using. I never thought about what pots I am using to cook my food. Also, the book goes into what the male can do to help.

The third book is The 7 Habits of Highly effective people by Stephen R Covey. I am trying to educate myself on how to be more effective in getting things done at work and in my personal life.

The last book is Blogging by Mark Gray. I am continuing to educate myself on blogging, this is something I am new to. I want to learn how to be better at blogging and producing better quality blogs.

Here are a few books still on my list to read.

Secrets of Six-figure women by Barbara Stanny
Find your why by Simon Sinek
Social Media Marketing for Beginners 2021 by Allan Milled and Donald Drye
The Home Edit by Clea Shearer & Joanna Teplen
The Sweet Spot by Christine Carter PhD

What are you reading right now?

St. Patrick’s Day Treat Tag

This St. Patrick’s Day things are going to be a little different, we are staying home with our dogs Emma & Oakley.  We have some extra homemade dog treats from last week, so we decided to drop off some of the treats to our friends’ dogs as a St. Patrick’s Day treat.  These are super cute and could be used for any kind of treat bag or even name tags.  I used my Cricut maker but you could do it by hand if you wanted to. 

Things you will need: 

White Cardstock

Light Green Cardstock

Dark Green Cardstock

Ribbon 

String

Glue

Black Pen 

Adhesive foam dots

What are you doing this St. Patrick’s Day?

Gardening

Gardening is something I picked up last year and fell in love with. I learned a lot of what worked and didn’t last year. I am already making plans for this year’s garden. I figured I would do a monthly update on my garden on my blog about how it’s going and what I am learning. It was so rewarding to be able to eat something I grew from a seed.  I loved knowing where something came from that I was feeding my family. So here are my plans for this year. 

To start, I found a new planter box. My husband and I built last year’s bed and I had a very hard time reaching the other side so I want to buy this one instead. 

Gloves are important to have. I already have my garden gloves but I want gloves for my rose bushes so I don’t get cut. I am planning on getting more bushes this year. Another bush I want is a lavender bush. These won’t be in the vegetable garden but they are part of my plan this year.

Baskets are helpful to carry tools and put your vegetables in to bring in the house. I have been eyeing these up. 

Somewhere to put seeds is a good idea so you can use them next year or so you know what you planted and if it worked or not. 

Watering cans are also going to be helpful, sometimes if you water with just the hose you might over water. This one looked very cute and a lot better than the plastic ones. 

Aprons are my thing, I have multiple cooking ones and instead of using one of them like I did last year, I found this one. It looks very lightweight but will help protect my clothes. 

Tags are a good thing to have if you are planting multiple things in the same area. I have been eyeing these ones up. 

Seed spacers are something I am thinking about to help keep things even and looking clean.  

Pots and starter kits are good to have. I used these starter kits last year and I am planning on buying more this year. I will start all of my seeds in these or pots. 

Here is what I am thinking of planting this year. 

Carrots 

Kale

Ginger

Turmeric 

Basil

Garlic

Spinach

Lettuce

Are you planting anything year, if so what?

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