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Teacher Christmas Gifts

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Well I officially put teacher gifts off to the last minute this year thinking I had more time. When did Christmas get here so fast?! So today after dropping Estella off at school, I picked up some peppermint essential oil and worked with what I had at home.

I decided to make Peppermint Sugar Scrub because I love making homemade scrubs and they require few ingredients.

If you are looking for a cute gift for the wonderful teachers in your life, these are so simple to make and the kids can help too!

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What you will need:

- 2 cups cane sugar or white sugar

- 1/4 cup coconut oil (you can add more for desired consistency)

- Red or green food coloring (I used red for a candy cane effect)

- Peppermint essential oil

- Mason jar or any jar you have on hand with lid

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Step 1: Pour sugar in a medium sized bowl

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Step 2: Add coconut oil to desired consistency then stir

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Step 3- Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil into the mixture and stir

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Step 4- Evenly divide your mixture into two bowls and add 1 or 2 drops of food coloring to one mixture

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Step 5- In your jar, alternate the two colors pushing down each layer with a spoon

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Add a label (I used my Silhouette Cameo) along with a candy cane.

I hope you give this DIY scrub a try if your looking for a Christmas gift!

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Christmas Gift Wrapping

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I’m happy to say that Christmas shopping is almost finished and I’m in the wrapping stage! While Estella’s gifts from mommy & daddy are wrapped in bright candy cane paper she loves so much, I like to wrap gifts to my family & from Santa in different paper.

I thought I would share some of the wrapping that has been going on around here lately.

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This year I wrapped a few gifts in black kraft paper and decorated it with white chalkboard marker, glitter pine cones and garland. I love this because you can make so many different designs on your paper.

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With lots of gift card presents this year, I simply used glitter boxes with pine cones & garland.

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For gifts that Santa will leave under the tree, I wrapped them in brown kraft paper and created a gift tag from the north pole on my silhouette cameo.

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For gifts from Estella to friends and grandparents, I always buy a paper that Estella can decorate on her own.

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My Skincare Routine

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Seriously I can’t believe I’m old enough to have to worry about anti-aging products let alone blog about it. It seems like yesterday I was in my early 20′s spending the day at the beach, clubbing all night (do they still call it that?), going to bed with a face full of makeup and having fabulous skin the next morning. Now, not so much. It has taken me quite a few years and tons of money spent at Sephora, Ulta and Kiehl’s to find the perfect products that have helped in anti-aging so I thought I would share.

I think the most important 2 things you can do to help your skin are also the easiest.

1. ALWAYS take off your makeup before bed. I don’t care if I’ve drank too much at a mommy wine night, I always take off my makeup before bed.

2. Sunscreen. I think this is a given if you live in Florida like me, but regardless of where you live, summer or winter, put on sunscreen everyday. If you don’t feel like you can take that extra step, buy a foundation that has sunscreen in it.

So here is my skincare routine that I have actually seen results with.

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1. Wash your face! I’ve been using the same face wash for years and can’t see myself changing it anytime soon. Philosophy Purity Made Simple. This cleanser is amazing. I love it because its natural, doesn’t have a smell and does a great job of taking all the makeup and dirt off my face. I believe it also won best cleanser by Allure a few years in a row.  I rarely touch cleansing wipes because they are too harsh on my skin from all of the chemicals but I always keep some just in case.

2. Get Deeper!  I love the Clarasonic Mia face cleaning tool. Although they are a little pricey at $99, I’ve seen a huge difference in my skin since using it along with the Purity.

3. Scrub! I think that exfoliating is one step many people miss in their skincare routine. I think if your older than 30 you need to be doing it. I (try) to make my husband do it too. When you exfoliate, you are sloughing off dead skin cells hanging out on your face that can make your skin look dull. Plus, when the skin is exfoliated, it will be more prepared for the serums and moisturizers to penetrate your skin properly. I have tried so many different exfoliators ranging from $5-$100 and was pleasantly surprised when I tried Yes to Grapefruit Daily Scrub for $10 and it was PERFECT. It is gentle enough to use daily if needed but I use mine every other night.

After cleaning your face your ready to treat or moisturize. I normally do treatments 3-4 times a week and moisturize everyday.

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Treatments – 3-4 times a week

1. Spot Treatment! While I don’t have age spots yet, I do have melasma (also known as pregnancy mask) from being pregnant with Estella. After having Stella they didn’t fade and it looked terrible. I had dark marks above my lip, down my nose and on my cheeks. I tried about 5 different dark spot removers with no success and then tried Murads Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum and I am pretty much spot free. Although I only do the other treatments on my list 2-3 times a week, I use this almost every night.

2. Vitamin C! Antioxidant Vitamin C protects skin from free radicals and is essential in collagen production. I use Mario Badescu Vitamin C serum because it is formulated with hyaluronic acid to retain skin’s natural moisture and collagen to enhance skin’s firmness and elasticity. Vitamin C is not only great for your face but anywhere your showing signs of aging like your hands. This can be used nightly but I find better results if I limit it to 4 times a week.

3. Retinol! Philosophy Help Me. This product does so much from preventing fine lines and wrinkles, reducing pores and fighting acne. While this is a lower strength than you can get prescribed at the dermatologist, I like it because it doesn’t cause much skin irritation. If you have never used retinol before start off only using 1-2 days a week and work your way up. Also, this should only be used at night.

4. Peel! Philosophy The Microdelivery Peel.  This product is Amazing! It kinda handles everything at once. It contains vitamin c, brightens skin, exfoliates, helps with pores and fine lines and wrinkles. I use this once a week and always look forward to it!

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Daily Moisturizers

1. Jojoba Oil – Jojoba oil contains tons of Vitamin E which is well known for promoting healthy and clear skin. It also anti bacterial and contains tons of antioxidants and protects you from free radicals.

2. Argan Oil- This is my can’t live without product!!! Argan oil balances out your skin’s natural oil production, helps with wrinkles by plumping the skin and can be used in hair to help with frizz, scalp to deal with dryness and anywhere else on your body.

3. Kiehl’s Midnight Revovery Concentrate- Made with pure botanical oils, this elixir provides nutrients to your skin overnight (when your skin repairs itself.)  I always see results the next morning when I use this product.

4. Tarte Maracuja Oil- This is my new favorite face serum and the eye cream is AMAZING. I actually have before and after pictures from this product that show how well it works. This product would be great for people who live in colder areas in the winter months. It really puts a barrier up between your skin and the dry cold air.

5. Philosophy Hope in a Jar Night- I love Philosophy products. I tried this product a few years ago after using the regular Hope in a Jar and seeing great results. I like this product when I need tons of moisture.

EYE CREAM- Tarte Maracuja C-Brightner Eye Treatment- Every morning and night I use this eye cream and the results are exactly what I wanted. My wrinkles are nearly deminished and it has helped my dark circles. Also during my period I always get dry patches under my eyes and I haven’t since using this product!

Before using the eye treatment

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Although my daughter looks darling this mom has dark circles and crows feet.

After using eye treatment

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I know I have tons of moisturizes on my list but I really use them all. Normally I rotate the Jojoba oil and Argan Oil every other night and will put Hope in a Jar Night over it. A few nights a week I use either the Kehls or Tarte on their own. It’s really working for me.

I hope if your looking for some new anti-aging products you check these out and let me know how they are working for you!

 

 

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Happy Halloween!

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Hello Estella

I have a three year old. A THREE YEAR OLD who pretends to be a kitty cat every. single. day. Loving kitty cats so much its no wonder she also loves Hello Kitty. I’ve never been a fan of Hello Kitty but after checking out Hello Kitty parties on pinterest, it seems I’m really the only one. So I decided to set aside my feelings for HK and throw my own kitty cat a party she would love. Regarding the terrible quality of pictures: I always seem to get so caught up in the planning, baking and entertaining that I forget to take post worthy pictures with my cannon and end up with photos of a half eaten desert table on an iPhone with bad lighting. Next year I will remember to take photos before guests arrive!

(My Kitty Cat)

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Although not perfect, it was my first time using marshmallow fondant.

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Regular and Strawberry Milk for the little ones.

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Estella was super excited to ride off into the sunset in her new Hello Kitty car Mimi & Papa bought her.

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Mermaid 2nd Birthday Party.

Estella is obsessed with mermaids and asked for a mermaid party for her 2nd birthday (proud mommy here). So I got to work on all things mermaid and it turned out great!

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I made a banner shaped like seashells to hang above the dessert table and added clear balloons that looked like bubbles.

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For Estella’s first birthday I bought this antique high chair and paint it every year to fit the new theme.

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The sand dollar cookies were too easy to make! Since I had so much baking to do for the party I just bought pre-made cookie dough (gasp) and added already slivered almonds onto the cookies before baking.

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For the mermaid cupcake tails printed of a mermaid tail outline and put a piece of wax paper on top of it. I then took melted Wilton Chocolate into a decorating bag and simply filled in the picture on the wax paper. After dried, they just popped off and I slid them into slits I made in the cupcakes. For the clams, I bought cookies at the grocery store, iced the inside with icing, used a little melted chocolate to hold the cookies open and placed a white round chocolate inside to look like a pearl.

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I always like to make Estella a smash cake for her birthdays. This one I did ombre pink and added crushed graham crackers to look like sand.

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The mermaid pearls were my favorite thing to make for the party. I simply made cake balls (so excited I didn’t have to put them on a stick this time) and dunked them in melted Wilton Chocolate. In order to make them look like pearls, after the chocolate dried I sprayed them with Pearl Luster Spray. It gives this beautiful effect and truly looked like pearls! This product was kind of hard to find! I found that you can order them online or at a specialty baking store.

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The most exciting thing about this 2nd birthday was the fact that Estella could blow out her own candles! (tear)

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Big Girl Room

Saying goodbye to Estella’s nursery in our old house was really hard when we left the city. Actually, leaving the house that we brought Estella home from the hospital to, the house she learned to crawl in and the house where we celebrated many firsts was difficult. I decided when we moved into our new home Stella needed a new big girl room. The room was already painted a soft cream color so I painted some white scallops at the top of the walls and we purchased a big girl bed. Hopefully someday soon this room will become a new nursery and Estella will move into an updated big girl room. Until then, she is really enjoying her space.

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We also have plenty of space in the new house for Estella to have a playroom downstairs. It is so nice having all of her toys in one space!

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Estella’s Nursery

When I found out I was pregnant with a little girl, I couldn’t wait to start on her nursery. I think we tested at LEAST 15 pink paint swatches on the wall before finding the perfect vintage pink for her room. Most pinks were too bright or too bubble gum pink. Not being a big fan of the color pink, I had originally planned on painting her nursery white or a soft gray, however, after looking at many pink inspirational photos of vintage pink walls I was sold. After many attempts, Behr Italian Villa won my heart and was exactly the right shade of pink.

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