My Favorite Things 2015

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One of my favorite link ups and posts to make all year is Melissa’s My Favorite Things. I love to see what others have shared and get some great recommendations for gift items for Christmas.

#1 Morningstar Farms Chipotle Black Bean Burgers

A favorite at our house and so quick to make! These burgers are great smashed up as burritos too.

#2 Roc Deep Wrinkle Serum

This serum has been a wonderful addition to my beauty regimen.

#3 Liverpool Sienna jean leggings

Super comfortable and when worn with a tunic, and not like the pic above, no one knows they’re not real deal jeans.

#4 Polar: A Photicular Book by Dan Kainen, Carol Kaufmann

Two other photicular books are available: Ocean and Safari. I have a sweet little niece who is going to get one of these for Christmas.

And last but not least …

#5 Off the Shelf.com is a great source for finding new books to read.

My Favorite Things from past years:

  1. 2014

  2. 2013

  3. 2012

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Blessings,

Mimi

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts …” Colossians 3:15 NIV Bible

Flowers

PicMonkey Collage“Earth laughs in flowers.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I’ve been enjoying the brief moments of sunshine we’ve had over the last few weeks. When the sun’s rays peek out of the clouds, I can’t help but head outside and enjoy them! Remember to slow down long enough to view the beauty around you today.

Blessings,

Mimi

“The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field;” Psalm 103:15 NIV Bible

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