10 Secrets to Your Perfect Face

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According to science, the perfect face is composed of certain measurements and angles between all of the face’s features. This young woman from England is said to have the perfect face. She is lovely but I don’t agree that beauty is found in a formula.  I think beauty comes in many different arrangements and colors.

I’ve never thought of myself as having a beautiful complexion, particularly as an adult.  I didn’t suffer from acne terribly as a teen but after my children were born and my hormones raged for a time, I had cystic acne which hurt and looked awful. Four years ago, I made some significant changes in how I take care of my skin and ever since then, I have received numerous compliments on my complexion. Want to know my secrets?

1. Get plenty of rest, exercise, healthy food, and reduce stress. You”ve heard these suggestions a bazillion times but they do work.

2. Drink plenty of water. I drink between a half gallon-gallon a day.

3. Keep your hands off of your face. I have the most trouble with this one. I like to rest my chin on my hand when I’m writing or reading. Bad idea. I realized that many of my breakouts were caused by this habit.

4. Know the foods that cause you to break out. I, finally, learned at 48 years old that potato chips will cause my face to break out if I eat too many. Upon this discovery, I realized really spicy chips will cause breakouts around my mouth. Too much sugar in my diet will sometimes cause breakouts as well. Also, if you suffer from tummy issues, the acid in your belly might be causing the breakouts on your face.

5. Evaluate your skin type often. I was treating my skin as an adult like I treated it as a teen. My skin had changed over the years. I was no longer normal/oily but sensitive and oily. I, also, discovered that my sensitive skin must be the priority over tending to the oiliness. If you have trouble figuring out your type, any makeup counter person or aesthetician can help.

6. Buy and use the right products for your skin. I use Cetaphil to clean my face morning and night. I use an eye makeup remover lotion by Neutrogena. I wear a moisturizer tint for foundation that contains salicylic acid and sunscreen during the day called Pixi Illuminating Tint & Conceal that I buy at Target and at night, I use Olay Regenerist Night Recovery Cream. I, recently, started using a Retin A product a few nights a week along with my night moisturizer. I use a generic brand but Roc has a great product. The other new product I started using which has helped with redness and the occasional breakout is honey.  I remove all my makeup and get my face really clean and then I rub honey gently into my skin in a circular motion and leave it on for a few seconds up to about a minute and then, just rinse off and put on moisturizer.  You’ll be amazed how soft and smooth your face feels after you use it.  It is sticky, icky to use but the smell is yummy!

7. Clean your face before bedtime and try to go makeup free at least a few days a week. Your mom was right — let your skin breathe! Your skin repairs itself when you sleep. That’s why you need to get the makeup off and to keep your pillowcases from looking disastrous.

8.  Wear sunscreen and sunglasses and possibly a hat. Best way to keep wrinkles and skin cancer at a minimum or not at all.

9. Use your ring finger when applying anything around your eyes. The ring finger is not as strong as your other fingers and therefore, doesn’t pull and tug too hard when putting on, smudging, or taking off eye makeup.

10. Smile. You’re never fully dressed without it!

 

Blessings,

Mimi

“Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.” Psalm 34:5 NIV Bible

10 Steps to the Best Stuffed Stocking

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It’s Catie today. My mother is currently very busy with her extensive duties as head elf preparing for Christmas, so this helper elf must step in.

As I’m sure you have experienced, the Christmas stocking is both a joyful gift to receive and a real booger to stuff. I mean, what a weird shape. Right?

However, I want you to have no fear, because, here, at the Davis house, we leave no inch  unstuffed. We are expert packers and pack it all the way to the top!

Therefore, without further ado, I give you our 10 step guide to stocking stuffing!!!

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1. I’m going to start off  with the most important of stuffers, the Christmas Orange. You may be puzzled right now, and while I can’t promise I’m not crazy, I can promise that an orange is the perfect fit for that ever puzzling toe end of the stocking. Try it out! It works every time. It has been a family tradition for well past my lifetime. It fills out that space as well as, providing some balance to all those extra sweets we’ve all been eating! (Don’t lie.)

2. Next, after the orange, is the perfect place to stuff those Christmas socks that everybody secretly loves to get and we all need. If you have any boys in your life, you may not even bother with themed socks just stuff it with everyday white, you know they need ’em.

3. After that, comes the fun stuff like “Silly Putty” or “Play-Doh.” If you’re a kid, you’ll love it ’cause it’s fun! If you’re a grown up kid, you love it ’cause it’s fun!

4. Then, comes the part where you can get creative based on the recipient. My sister-in-law and I, for instance, tend to get fun things like new mascara, nail polish, or pretty bracelets.The boys get gadgety things like key ring tape measures, themed ear buds, or shaving accessories.

5. Now, you should be nearing the top of this stocking so the gifts should get lighter at this point. Generally, this is where each member of the family receives a carefully handpicked Pez candy. My past Pez’s include a Cinderella, a Minnie Mouse, a Sleeping Beauty, and a Yoda. (I’m a diverse person.)

6. Next to the Pez, if you know of a favorite candy bar or treat, here is a good place to slide it in. It’s Christmas, so a king size version is acceptable.

7. Now is when I suggest placing any DVDs or Cds you might have purchased, as you should be able to securely slide them along the side of the stocking at this point. (I told you we were experts at this.)

8. At the top of the stocking, the best things are gift cards!! They’re best at the top, because you don’t want them getting lost or misplaced during the un-stuffing process.  My suggestions for sure winners are Amazon gift cards or Itunes gift cards and there’s no need to go crazy here, everyone loves a $10 one just as much as any other one. (Though I know I wouldn’t say no to a little extra…)

9.  At last, now is the time to fill all the holes that have emerged between all these fabulous gifts in your stocking and what better way to fill them in, but with candy! Sweet, sour, hard, soft, or minty, as long as it’s small, it will work!

10. At the very top, and this truly is saving the best gift for last, spread a little love to wish the special ones in your life a truly blessed and Merry Christmas!

Until next time and Merry Christmas,

Catie

My Favorite Things 2014

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I love this link up every year.  I like the fact that its regular people recommending the products, so they’re tried and tested and I like that it happens right before Christmas. Usually, someone recommends a favorite of theirs that finishes off my Christmas list.  Thanks Melissa @320 Sycamore for hosting!

My Favorites for 2014

1. Blue Dog Bakery Dog Biscuits

Delta loves her all natural, healthy dog biscuits.  They’re available at big box stores, grocery stores, and Amazon.

2. Boots & Barkley Mylar Cat Toys

Our cats love these crinkly mylar cat toys from Boots & Barkley.  I buy them at Target.

3. The Skinnytaste Cookbook by Gina Homolka

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My daughter has been cooking for us out of this cookbook.  Every recipe has been wonderful.  Here’s one of my favorites that she made and blogged about on this site.

4. Quinn Microwave Popcorn

We are a family that consumes popcorn and we’re picky about our popcorn.  We prefer using a regular popcorn popper, but we found these microwave flavored corns and they’re delicious.  We really like the Hickory Smoked Cheddar.  A nice change every now and then from regular popcorn.

5. Starbucks Hot Cocoa Salted Caramel

When I can’t get it because they’ve run out of salt, these packets are the next best thing.  A really convenient, tasty hot chocolate.

6. Lemon Squeezer

Lemon Squeezer

One of the best kitchen tools I’ve bought this year.  I like that its sturdy and not made of plastic.  I have arthritis in my hands and this squeezer is so much easier than a glass reamer. I bought mine at HomeGoods but it looks just like this one.

7. Fish Spatula

Another changed my life kitchen tools for the year.  A friend of mine recommended it and I use it more than any other spatula for cooking.  The metal is very thin and flexible so turning anything is so easy.

8. Noonday Collection Multi Beaded Wrap Bracelet

I love the mission of this company and I’ve really loved my bracelet.  The artisan quality is very good.  I actually have one with mostly gray colored beads.  This one was as close as I could get to mine.

9. MacBook Air

I love, love, love my MacBook Air.

10. Bath & Body Works True Blue Spa Cracked Heel Treatment

Best foot cream I’ve tried so that I can have pretty feet.

If you had fun reading my list of favorite things, you might check out the others linked up at 320 Sycamore.

Blessings,

Mimi

“A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great.”  Proverbs 18:16 NIV Bible