Wednesday, August 24, 2011

All About Origins

Once I switched to Origins, I never looked back.  Their products are amazing, natural, and perfect for any type skin.  I've been using their A Perfect World moisturizer for a year, now.  My skins feels smooth and young.  

I love experimenting with their face cleansers.  I just got the Foaming Face Wash and VitaZing SPF lotion.  I also use the Zero Oil face cleanser.  I like to alternate the cleansers and change it up for my face a bit. 

I've used the Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash, which my two small daughters use.  It is perfect for kids, because it is gentle on their skin and leaves it feeling soft.  Never a Dull Moment is a great face cleanser, too,  if your skin needs a little perk-me-up.  


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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

10 Easy Cheap Activities for Kids

1.  Tracing:  Give them a coloring page, a pencil, and a window.  They can place the front side against the window and trace onto the back.  My daughter got this idea, when someone bought her an expensive tracing machine from Target.  She would get so frustrated because the little lamp kept moving and the picture she was tracing was getting messed up.  Little smartie experimented against a window and found it worked better.  It's free and she even had her little sister try it.  They are getting so good at their freestyle because of the tracing practice.  

2.  Puppets:  You can have them make little paper puppets.  Get some popsicle sticks, crayons, and paper.  Help them make little characters or cut out magazine characters and put on a puppet show.    

3.  Cootie catchers/Origami:  Did you forget about those?  My daughter has different cootie catchers.  One she says is a boy one and one is a girl one.  The boy one says things like "you will turn into bacon" and "Duck a goose is coming".  The girl one says "I love you" and "you are the best".  She got into origami, from making these cootie catchers. 

4.  Yarn jewelry:  They can learn to braid from this.  I let them pick out three colors, tie one end in a knot, place that end under a sofa leg so it stays put, and let them braid at their own pace.  You can also create your own tying board, so they can practice tying bows for their shoes.  

5.  Chalk:  They can crush it up and put some water in it and make it paint.  My girls love that.  They pretend it's food, paint, or mud.  Get them outside and let them get dirty.  It's the best thing for them to use their imagination.  

6.  Making Cards:  Get out your craft box, stamps, stickers, ribbons, scrapbooking paper, buttons, sticky gems.  Let them get creative and make something for their grandma or dad.  It lets them express their feelings and use their imagination.  Both are really important.  

7.  Collections:  Bottlecaps, beads, rocks, miscellaneous trinkets.  My daughter has a box of treasures that she keeps her little trinkets in.  She likes to give some away to friends.  It gives her a sense of ownership.  They don't need expensive toys and video games.  Show them how to appreciate the small things in life. 

8. Painting:  Go to Michael's and buy the big water-based bottles of paint.  They are $2 to $3 each.  Mine have lasted over a year now.  It's a great investment.  Whenever my kids are bored, they grab their paintbrushes and some paper.  It's better than the t.v.  They can also paint those rocks they've been collecting.  

9.  Make Books:  Get some paper, pencil, and a stapler.  My daughter recently did a comic book, but she loves to make lots of different kinds of books.  

10.  Bead Jewelry:  We got a big tub of beads at Michael's and some elastic string.  You don't have to get the expensive ones.  This helps with their dexterity and their focus.  



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Monday, August 22, 2011

Versatile Blogger Award

Wow!  I just started blogging and Melissa from Mel Dreams Often gave me the Versatile Blogger Award!  I am so excited and kind of in disbelief.  Thanks Melissa!  

After accepting the Versatile Blogger Award, the blogger must

  1. Thank the person who gave the award and link back to them in your post.
  2. Share 7 things about yourself.
  3. Pass this award along to 10 recently discovered blogs. 
Now I would like to share 7 things about myself with you
  1. I'm in love with Bradley Cooper. Those beautiful eyes!   
  2. I never dreamed about getting married and having kids.  It just happened.
  3. My favorite animal is the platypus.  It's like a missing link, with fur and eggs.   
  4. Politics and religion really bug me.  I don't enjoy talking about them.  
  5. I'm a delayed gratification kind of person.  I don't need anything that badly.   
  6. The country I most want to visit is Iceland.  
  7. I'm afraid of heights.       
Last, but certainly not least I must nominate 10 bloggers for The Versatile Award.  I really enjoy these blogs, and I hope you take time to visit them.

  1. I'm Thinking
  2. Vintage Gwen
  3. Page on Paper
  4. A 37's 42
  5. redBuddy notes
  6. Mirrors, Metaphors, and Kaleidoscopes
  7. Smith Craft Adventures
  8. Mad Town Macs
  9. Moonbeams & Fireflies
  10. Yellow Me Daisy


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Baritone Ukele - Perfect Start

My daughter is 4 1/2 years old.  She's really into dancing and music.  I wanted to get her started with guitar lessons.  The child guitars they have for purchase are over $200.  I decided to go with the baritone ukele.  The four strings on this instrument are the same as the first four strings on a guitar.  It fits nicely in her arms, and she can stretch her little fingers over all the frets.  

I was a little discouraged, at first, because learning the notes overwhelmed me.  So, I thought she would have a more difficult time than I did.  Fortunately, kids are like sponges at this age.  She remembers things that I don't.  She knows how to play six notes, and is able to play part of jingle bells.  I'm so proud of her.  

The note above shows her playing the note, F, which is the 1st finger above the 1st fret on the first string, then strum.  Music is such a great way to express yourself.  I highly recommend trying an instrument with your own child.  It may seem daunting, at first.  Once they get it, though, they take off.  

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Few Ways To Save

Instead of refrigerated orange juice, try frozen.  You can get 4 cans of frozen for the same price as one refrigerated box.  It saves you space, too.

orange juice

Find a Winco, in your area.  The have the best products and prices for groceries.  Compare them to Raley's, Safeway, or Nuggest and you will see that they are about half the price.

Refill your soap.  They sell those cute soap dispensers individually.  Instead, of tossing it in the recycle bin when you are done, fill it up again and reuse.  You can get a large jug of soap to refill the smaller ones.  If you are feeling really frugal, check out Snowflakes and Dragonflies for a tutorial on how to make your own foam soap from scratch.

Michael's has charms and pendants at affordable prices.  I found this charm for $2.50.  I decided to just use an old necklace chain I had.  All I have to do is replace the charm to whatever I want every day.  I don't need a new chain for each one.  


Tuesday, August 16, 2011


If you haven't come across Pinterest, you should check it out.  I used to go around blog hopping, and I had to save every project or cool blog into my favorites.  With Pinterest, you can pin a picture of the project and it holds the blog link with the picture, for you to go back later. 

Check out these metallic toes.  I put it in my style board.

Or this super cute dress... style board.  

I love avocado, and I found some yummy bruschetta.  Seriously, you can pin anything you want. 

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Monday, August 15, 2011

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