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The best product I’ve found so far for concealing dark undereye circles. Sweep it underneath your eyes, then top with your normal foundation. It will look like you’ve actually slept 8 hours recently. A little goes a long way so you won’t need to buy it often.  You can find it at Sephora or on Ebay (new).  Retails for $20.00.


Really Cheap Face Mask

You know those Biore pore strips that feel awesome to use but cost an arm and a leg? While cruising around YouTube I found a much cheaper way to achieve the same goal. All use need is Elmer’s School Glue (make sure it is non-toxic and washable).

Wash your face and let air dry. Then apply a layer of glue on your face with your clean dry hands, concentrating on the T-Zone if that is a problem area for you. Let it dry completely (about 10 minutes) and peel off as you would with a peel-off mask. Rinse what residue doesn’t come off when peeling. Follow up with a moisturizer (I like Vitamin E cream). You’ll get several applications out of a single $2.00 bottle!


Spring Cleaning: Clothes

The cleaning bug has struck early this year for us. First job on the docket is a wardrobe purge. My basic rules for cleaning out the closets are….

  • CHUCK IT if I haven’t worn it in a year.
  • CHUCK IT if I don’t like the way it fits.
  • CHUCK IT if it is trashed beyond repair.
  • CHUCK IT if I haven’t had time to repair it in the last 90 days.
  • CHUCK IT if I don’t really like it.
  • CHUCK IT if I have nothing to wear it with.

Exceptions to these rules include occasion wear (aka formals, seasonal wear) and one or two really awesome pieces I just haven’t found the right thing to match with it yet but it still fits fine.

We moms have an especially difficult time navigating wardrobe management since our sizes tend to fluctuate with every new child. A good rule of thumb is to only keep the maternity pieces you really love, ditto post partum. An alternative  is to start a lending chain. If you have a lotta mom friends, start putting all your extra maternity/post partum clothes in a bin and pass it around. When one person is done taking from and adding to it, pass it on.  It hurts, but I’ve found it best to just lose the pre-pregnancy clothes if you don’t honestly think you’ll be back in them within the next 3 years. I have yet to find a motivational piece of clothing motivate me. I always just end up feeling like a looser. Pass!

When you choose what to goodwill, give away or sell, make sure you put anything un-wearable (torn, tattered, stained badly) in the garbage. It’s true sometimes one woman’s trash is another’s treasure, but sometimes your treasures might be trash. Be realistic.  Pick out the best of the best of your chucked items and preferably give it to a friend who would like it or consignment shop/ebay it. With the rest of it, use or craigslist and offer it to whoever wants it. You don’t have to use big descriptions. Mine are usually are something like, “Offer: Bag of 12 month old clothes.” If you don’t mind driving a bit, just run the bag down to a goodwill drop off point and be done with it.

Remember it is okay to clean out your children’s closets. It is NOT okay to clean out your husbands! There’s that one time right after you get married, when it’s kind of cute to go through his clothes and veto parts of it. That is your freebie. Don’t do it again without permission.

When you are done, take inventory. Write up a small list of essentials that need replacing.  Socks, underwear, everyday basics.  Put the list on your phone or in your purse and keep it there so when you happen to have the money, you know what you need.

I try to go through my closet every 6 months or so. Obviously, a lot of the kids clothes are in storage until the next one grows into them, so I just re-evaluate when I pack it away and then again when I get back into it.

When you are shopping, hold yourself to a  standard. Don’t buy things you feel ho-hum about. Even the most uninteresting clothing should make you feel comfortable. Btw, these babies made my top 10 essentials list! Don’t buy things that don’t fit right that you can’t fix easily. And for Pete’s sake, don’t go shopping on a skinny day! The best time to go shopping is in the evening on a “fat” day. If you look good and feel good in what you try on then, you will always look/feel good in it.


Handmade Natural Beauty

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I finished my official training for Handmade Natural Beauty. I am a sales consultant!! Upon completion of my training, I was given permission to give my clients an additional 10% off their orders for the month of March. The discount code is 3030918425  so let me know if I can help you out with that. Also, if you would also like to become a representative for this company, I’d be happy to give you the details. You can email me at abracarnahan@yahoo”dot”com. I don’t want to spam here. 🙂 And there is a link on the right-hand side under Abra’s Work if you want to check it out further. Cheers!
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Handmade Natural Beauty

I am in the process of becoming a sales rep for this privately owned company that produces handmade toiletries and cosmetics. I bought some lotion, soaps, foundation and lip balm from them a couple weeks ago. I’ve been using it everyday since and I’m completely addicted. Even Ben keeps stealing my chapstick! The mineral foundation is especially fantastic! I was talking to Betsy about it this morning. It’s really light and has the perfect coverage and I haven’t needed to reapply it. Equally, the soap is made with natural glycerin which has made my sensitive skin quite happy.  I finish my official training next week but in the mean time, feel free to take a look around and let me know if I can help. Cheers!
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Soap Therapy

My husband is amazing. In anticipation of the just-had-a-baby-feel-like-poo mood I get into after childbirth, he picked up yummy smelling soaps to help lift my spirits and make me feel less like a science project. The first is from Trader Joe’s (Jacques). It is the French Liquid Soap in Orange Blossom Honey. He said it was very affordable, but I don’t know the exact cost. This soap looks like honey and smells like honey and every time I use it, I fight the urge to eat it. It’s fantastic! Very smooth and silky. It does what soap is intended to do. The second item he picked up for me is Dr. Bronner’s  18 in 1 Hemp Lavender liquid soap. Judging from the packaging, this doctor is a quack, but his soap is to die for! Very aromatic, and made with organic oils. This stuff can be used as regular hand and body soap or as shampoo (and yes, I do!). It’s even gentle enough that I used it on Mira for her first sponge bath. If lavender isn’t your thing, it is also available in Peppermint, Almond, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Unscented Baby-Mild, Rose and Citrus Orange. It is a bit pricey (Ben paid $5 for 4oz at our local market), but I think it’s worth it.