The holidays have come and gone. The temperatures are plummeting and winter is in full splendor. I don’t know about you, but I could use some extra pampering this time of year. I’ve found just the thing to rescue me from head to toe with cruelty-free products from Beterre Skin+Care.
We love purchasing some of our favorite bubbly beverages to enjoy throughout the year. I was first introduced to all things Champagne from a friend of mine who calls them her life line! Personally, I was always stayed on the sweeter side of things and only experimented with wines. After discovering Prosecco I was hooked on bubbles in my drink!
I forgot what it is like to feel so energized throughout the day! It has been a few years since I have been able to workout in the morning and really feel great about myself! I went back to work full time after several years of being a stay at home mom. It was quite a shock too. I would come home so tired and exhausted and not want to work out. I would get up early just to get ready for work instead of working out. Now that I am a stay at home mom again, I am working on myself for 2016!
My Goals for 2016
Are you the type to make goals for yourself? Every New Year, I try to make changes. I don’t like to call them resolutions because that would set me up for failure. My biggest change I made was at the end of 2013, I wanted to be more organized with our paperwork. I spent my New Year’s Eve getting organized after several years of just throwing our paperwork in a box.
Hello 2015! I cannot believe we are here. Today is my 12th Wedding Anniversary! One dozen years! Our son’s 9th Birthday is in 2 days.
Happy New Year’s Day! Today is my Eleventh Wedding Anniversary! I woke up this morning at around 2:50AM because my husband’s cell phone was ringing! I was able to fall back asleep about two hours later until my son woke me up after a few hours more of sleep.
Goodbye 2013. Today is the last Monday of 2013. This is actually a busy week for my family! Wednesday, January 1st is my 11th Wedding Anniversary! Friday, January 3rd is our son’s 8th birthday!
Hello 2013! I have been ready for 2013 for several weeks now!
Today is my 10th Wedding Anniversary! A decade of marriage. I can’t believe my husband and I have been married for 10 years. I am so glad we found each other. We have the same values and thoughts about marriage and love. We just click.
Our son will be 7 years old on January 3rd.
I recently made my first batch of homemade shampoo. I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile and finally gathered all of the ingredients together. I wanted to make my own shampoo because my hair can feel frizzy, dry and crunchy, and worst of all full of static. I have been using my homemade shampoo for about a week now and love the results.
I found 2 homemade shampoo recipes and they only have 3 or 4 ingredients. If you are looking for all natural, environmentally friendly shampoo, you may want to try either of these recipes.
Both recipes make a great 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner as well!
Homemade Shampoo #1
1 cup Dr. Bronner’s organic castile liquid soap (use baby mild for it’s versatility – works for the whole family)2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
¾ Tbs tea tree oil
¼ cup water
1 (16 oz) spray bottle or other container for application
Combine together and store in a spray bottle. You can also add your own fragrances you desire, such as lavender, peppermint, etc. This shampoo will be more liquidy than your standard shampoo. Rubbing your hair first works well to activate the suds and then scrubbing into scalp. Your hair will feel slightly more greasy than normal, but that is actually more natural anyway. Most modern shampoos actually dry out your hair, removing the natural oils.
Homemade Shampoo #2
¼ Cup Water
¾ Cup Dr. Bronner’s organic castile liquid soap
4 teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar
Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle.
As you can see, both recipes are customizable and you can even create your own “herbal shampoo” by adding your favorite essential oils. If you can do without the name brand label or fancy bottle, this could be for you.
You can find Dr. Bronner’s castile liquid soap and apple cider vinegar at any health food store. Otherwise, you can find both online!
I made the first recipe, but I used ½ cup of liquid castile soap. You can adjust the ingredients to your own desire. Instead of a spray bottle, I used one of those soap dispensers that make liquid soap come out foamy and it works just as well. I don’t mind the liquidy feel of the shampoo, I am actually tired of the store bought shampoos because they make so many bubbles and strip my hair of it’s softness.
Since I started using my own shampoo, my hair feels so soft, full of volume, much less static too! I do not have to use a separate conditioner either! I also love that I am saving money!