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Mask Your Face

How often do you mask?

That's a question I asked on Instagram a couple months ago. I was surprised that a few people don't use a mask at all.


I guess if you have awesome pores or haven't abused your skin with cheap, bad for you make up in the past maybe you don't have to.

But for us normal people, it's always good to pull that build up out of our face!

My mom always had a strict make up and removal regimen - which always included a mask.

As a mom of four, I have a hard time fitting in self care. But at least twice a month I make some time for a good mask.

My three-year-old has dubbed it, "you look crazy mama!"

I love a simple pore squeezing mask like bentonite clay or a Dead Sea mud.

This mud is high in concentrations of salts and minerals - rich in magnesium, sodium, potassium and calcium. This makes it a natural detoxifier and purifier, that absorbs oil, dirt and toxins while removing dead skin cells.

I've tried quite a few masks. The thing I loved about the Moody Sisters Dead Sea Mud Mask is how easily it went on. Because it is more than just mud, I don't have to continually wet it while putting it on. The cocoa butter in it smells wonderful and makes it silky smooth!

I also got to try the Blemish Serum - which seems to be working pretty well on those annoying little zits that pop up out of no where. And I had yet to find a non-drug store mascara that worked for me, I am loving theirs!

You can head over and subscribe to the Moody Sisters newsletter and get 10% off your first order. They carry a variety of great products: Facial Care, Body Care, Lip Balms, Deodorants and Mineral Makeup.


Enter to win your own lovely Dead Sea Mud Mask below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway *I recieved a full size Mud Mask and Blemish serum as well as some other samples, The Mood Sisters are Sponsring this giveaway. All opinions are my own!
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Don't heat up the house this summer!

Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Book
This post may contain affiliate links. I sometimes receive compensation from advertisers, sponsors and affiliates. All opinions are mine. Purchasing through my site is of no additional cost to you, but helps support this blog and my family. All health advice is from personal experience, I am not a healthcare professional, please seek medical advice for any healthcare concerns.

Soothing Bug Bite, Anti-Itch Oil

There are pockets of sitting water all around now after the rain - which means bugs! Yuck! Well, we have some great homemade Bug Spray, but inevitably we forget or it wears off and we end up with some bites.

And of course my poor kiddos are the first to get them! Long gone are the days of using "after-bite" and there's no calamine in our house either.

I of course, turned to lavender when they first informed me of the itching, but then I thought we should whip up "Itch" in a roller bottle for them.



Lavender is soothing.
Melaleuca helps with the poison.
Peppermint gives a cooling effect.
Then add the coconut oil, which is anti-bacterial. Calendula infused is even better!

I found this great deal on the roller bottles, which means I can make up specialized bottles as needed.

Itch Oil

Add the following to a 10ml Roller Bottle
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
10 drops Melaleuca Essential Oil
10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
Top off with a Carrier Oil

My go to carrier oil is Sweet Almond, but for this I used coconut because of it's properties. You can adjust the EOs for the age of your kids. For under 2-year-old I'd leave out the peppermint and cut the Melaleuca in half, so you have less EO to carrier oil.


I hope you don't have to use it too much, but you'll be glad to have it in your bag when you need it!

If you need something a little more "sticky", Intoxicated on Life just share an Itch-Be-Gone Paste.

What do you usually use for bug bites?


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Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Book
This post may contain affiliate links. I sometimes receive compensation from advertisers, sponsors and affiliates. All opinions are mine. Purchasing through my site is of no additional cost to you, but helps support this blog and my family. All health advice is from personal experience, I am not a healthcare professional, please seek medical advice for any healthcare concerns.

Something Extra for You

I have something special I want to share with you - which I will be sharing more of later this summer.

I won't go so big as to say it has changed my life, but it has changed some small things that really matter.

I am more secure in myself and who *I* am. Not as mom, or wife, but just as me. Something I had kind of lost after these last 9 years of almost always having a kid (or kids) in tow.

I love being their "mama" and would not want it any different. We give so much of ourselves to them, sometimes we forget how to just be, with out them.

I shared a little of this over at Confessions Over Coffee. And have another post I've been mulling over in my mind called something like "To the Mom Hiding Behind her Children".

In the meantime we have kids and they have stuff and summer is almost upon us! So I wanted to offer to you a little extra to get it all contained.


I joined Thirty-One back in September, I used my birthday money, it has been one of the best gifts for me AND my family!

We are closing out the best selling special of the year, the Large Utility Tote. And the the preciously only available to hostesses, the Stand Tall Insert - which makes such a huge difference if you are wanting it to remain rigid. The great thing about the tote is that it can squash down flat so you can always have a hefty bag on hand and makes for super easy storage.

Check out the list of my top uses here and some more great ideas on my Pinterest board. Oh and if anyone already has the Deluxe Utility Tote, YES, the insert fits that too!


The bottom of the Stand Tall isn't as wide, so you loose a little space at the bottom.

My extra special for you! In addition to the great customer special this month, I am offering all my readers who order through THIS LINK by Saturday night (5/30) free shipping on orders over $35 - that's right, I will cover your shipping. When you check out the cost will show up, Saturday evening I will go in to your order and revert the shipping cost to me!


Please feel free to contact me with anything you need, got a solution you need to find, just let me know and we will figure it out! You can join my private Facebook group if you'd like to find out about upcoming specials and get sneak peeks at upcoming products.

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This post may contain affiliate links. I sometimes receive compensation from advertisers, sponsors and affiliates. All opinions are mine. Purchasing through my site is of no additional cost to you, but helps support this blog and my family. All health advice is from personal experience, I am not a healthcare professional, please seek medical advice for any healthcare concerns.
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