Wonderful summer DIY!

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Being this is my first blog, I decided to pull something easy out of the fun bag. Translated I saw it on Martha Stewart. The name of the game is Molkky (Mole Key). As a mom you’re always looking for something fun for the whole family, and easy for all age groups. So here is how you make the game.

Step 1.Start with a 2 inch dowel about 7 foot long. Cut every 12 inches.

Step 2. Next, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ONE 12 INCH PIECE, cut remaining pieces in half on the diagonal. You should now have twelve, 6 inch pins and one 12 inch…a miter box is handy for this. If you don’t have one most lumber yards do and they let you do self cut for free.

Step 3. Smooth out with sandpaper. This will make it easier to paint the numbers on.

Step 4. Number the…

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Simple Ways To Have Clearer Skin.

Sorry guys I have seriously been slacking in my blogging duties. Summer madness, getting sick, and having a total lack of writing inspiration can seriously hinder the whole blogging process. But I am back today. And I want to share some beauty tips. If you are anything like me, your skin is shall I say…not perfect. But as of late my skin has been improving after doing a little research, and trying new products through trial and error. So I thought I might share what little wisdom I have with all of you.

Tip 1. What you put into your body matters more than what you’re putting on your skin. I have a pretty healthy diet, lean meat, a few carbs (your body needs carbs to function don’t let anyone tell you different), lots of fruit and veggies, and plenty of water. Most people after drinking more water will notice a serious improvement in their skin within a matter of only a few days. And right along with this healthy lifestyle change, working out helps reduce stress, which in turn improves your overall health, especially your skin.

Tip 2. Showers are great but can wreak havoc on your skin. Showering with too hot of water, unfiltered water, or even showering too often can severely dry your skin, dry skin actually leads to more breakouts! The reason is because your body goes into oil making overload to combat the dryness, and this causes breakout. Not only does the water affect your skin, but I have found that Shampoo can mess your face up! Whilst using a really mosturizing (non-green) shampoo I found my breakouts to be extreme. The runoff of shampoo onto your face can cause further breakout even if you wash your face afterwards. Switch to a cleaner shampoo and take warm showers. I use Honest Products Shampoo and it works wonderfully. http://www.honest.com/

Number one cause of my breakout.

Tip 3. Hidden acne dangers are closer than you think. Do you rest your face on your hands while working at your desk? I know I did. How often do you wash your pillowcase? As often as you wash your face? Do you clean that cell phone off? These are all things I never really paid much attention to, but after being diligent about cleaning where I lay my face, and not resting my face on my hands, I noticed some serious improvement.

Wash those pillow cases.

Tip 4. Honey is not just for your tea. After washing my face with my face soap (Hugo brand in Calendula) I spread honey all over my face, and leave it on for 15 minutes, then I rinse it off with cool water. Honey is good for your skin for a multitude of reasons, but some of the main reasons is that is full of good bacteria, is anti-inflammatory, and promotes skin cell production. All of this leads to a clearer complexion and an improvement in skin texture. I also noticed it seems to be lightening some dark spots caused by bad acne on me. so hooray!

Tip 5. You need to exfoliate, but not all the time. I exfoliate more or less once a week. I use a simple wash cloth and soap, baking soda and water, or sugar and olive oil. All of these work quite well. It’s whatever your preference is.

Tip 6. You need to moisturize. I use 100% grape seed oil, and just love it, it only takes three drops for my whole face how great is that? Keeping your face moisturized will prevent dry skin that can trap oil underneath it and cause more breakout. So slather up buttercup 😉

You can also use olive oil if you like. I prefer grape seed cause it absorbs faster and has less of a scent.

Tip 7. You need some sunshine. In the day of spf one million and constant preaching of stay out of the sun cause you will get cancer and die, its sometimes debatable if you should go into the sun or not. Well every Doctor worth their salt will tell you that you need at least 20 minutes of unprotected sunlight during low uv index hours a day. Not only does the sun seem to improve acne, it helps you absorb vitamin D, and just honestly lifts your spirits. Of course you need to be careful with your sun exposure, but do not turn into a vampire please.

This guy is clearly not getting enough vitamin D.

I hope you all found this post to be helpful and amusing. If you have any skin care tips you would like to share feel free. If any of these tips work for you too please let me know, I love other success stories! And as always I love you guys and happy Wednesday!

Fashion Friday.

Well it’s that time of year already, time to bust out the tank tops and shorts, cause its warm out there folks. So I thought I might share my summery look from the other day with all of you.

Earrings: Charlotte Russe. My wonderful little sister gave these to me.

Necklace: Made it myself. It was my lazy DIY.

Bracelets: Pow wows.

Blue Tank: Costco I think?

Dragonfly Tank: Old Navy.

Shorts: Target.

Wedges: Payless.

I hope you all liked this post, and that all of you have a wonderful weekend! Happy Friday!

Let’s Keep Talking About Stereotypes.

So I did a post on Native American stereotypes that I have had to put up with, since I am Tsalagi. But another Stereotype I have had to put up with my entire life is stereotypes against…Texans. Quick what image just popped into your mind when I said Texans? Was it something along these lines?

Stereotype 1. Do you own a horse?

Not only do I not own a horse (homeowners association would not appreciate that) I have never owned a horse. Sure I lived next door to people who owned horses back when I lived in the sticks, but most Texans I know are more likely to own a dog not a horse.

Stereotype 2. You are gun crazy!

Well we do have the right to bear arms so… pretty much ya.

Stereotype 3. You are all cowboys.

Seriously? No! If I want to see some cowboys I am going to have to drive a good hour or two to find one. For every one real cowboy I could probably find several hundred business men.

Stereotype 4. Well you may not all be cowboys but you all dress like one.

Honestly I just got my first pair of cowboy boots last summer. So you can pretty much guess most of us don’t dress like it’s still the 1800’s. Of course if I go to Ft Worth I would be hard pressed to find someone who wasn’t wearing cowboy attire. Honestly its more of a regional thing.

Stereotype 5. We have an over the top pride for our state.

Why yes, yes we do. I know several people from all over the US and I have yet to find one who loves their state more than we Texans.

Stereotype 6. You all love country music.

This could not be more wrong! I mean I like country music but most of my family hates it. One time country music was playing quietly in the grocery store and mom said “what is that noise?” not knowing that it was music. So no not all of us enjoy country.

Stereotype 7. You all drive trucks!

Do we drive more trucks than most of the world? Probably. But with gas prices being what they are a lot of us are driving sedans. On a side note this is kind of my dream car.

Stereotype 8. You are tough.

Well this is partly true, some of the toughest people I know are Texans, but then again I’m a Texan so we’re not all tough. 😉

Stereotype 9. We love George W. Bush

Yes. But it’s more like some of us love him and some of us love to hate him. But enough about that, mommy told me to never talk politics.

Stereotype 10. You all want to secede the union.

We all joke about it, and even entertain the idea of it, but honestly having to have a passport to visit anywhere else in the US seems a little ridiculous…But you never know 😉

If you want more humor about stereotypes be sure to Check my friend’s video out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTGLEuuPGpg

As always I hope you guys enjoyed this post. And if you guys have stories of stereotypes you have had or had people believe about you feel free to share. Happy Monday!