Have you ever made a DIY oatmeal bath? Oatmeal is so great for dry, stressed out, rashy, and irritated skin. We used to buy the lovely packets made by Aveeno, but they get pricey if you need a soothing oatmeal bath more than once a year, so I made my own DIY oatmeal bath mixture for pennies!
Check it out.
How To Make A DIY Oatmeal Bath
- 1-2 cups oats (any kind: old fashioned, instant, etc)
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- Mix together 1-2 cups of oats. (Use 3-4 cups if you have a big bathtub)
- Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to oats.
- Blend oats and baking soda in a blender until they blend into a fine powder. We use our Ninja Blender to completely puree the oats + baking soda into a really fine, soft powder.
Step 4 (optional)
- Pour powdered oat + baking soda mix (your new oatmeal bath!) into a porous sachet.
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- Toss sachet into a warm bath (hot water dries the skin out even more – boo!) and let it dissolve completely in the water. If you don’t want to use a
Why Fall is the best season, for style, reason #1: boots. BOOTS. Boots. Any kind of boots you can get your hands on. I’m partial to riding boots, but ankle booties and cowboy boots also don my closet shelves. I’m not so much picky about the kind of boots, just as long as I get to wear them once it cools down.
How do you like to style your boots? There are so many different ways to wear them, and they go with almost anything, (maybe the only exception is swimsuits?) but today we’re going to focus on 2 ways to style your favorite pair.
Probably my most favorite Fall + Winter go-to outfit with boots is the following:
- chunky jewelry + accessories
Like this outfit I’m wearing below, this style prescription is the most (well, MY most, anyway) foolproof way to get dressed in the crispier months of the year. I wear a variation of this outfit all the time.
I recently added two new pair of boots to my wardrobe and am loving styling them a myriad different ways. In addition to leggings, you can also wear super skinny jeans … >> find out more...
Once in awhile a package lands on my doorstep full of random beauty products, or toys, or kitchen paraphernalia. And to most of the time I give the contents away to someone who can make better use of whatever it is, than me. Most of the time the packages are full of stuff I just can’t get excited about. This is not one of those times. This is one of the rare exceptions when something shows up that I can’t stop talking about and sharing with my friends, and now I’m going to share it with you. So get excited.
First of all, in a marketplace jam-packed with beauty products, I get really excited by clever ad copy and funny, tongue-in-cheek branding.
You have my attention, please proceed.
Soap & Glory is a United Kingdom brand, (figures. all the good stuff comes from the U.K.) with a handful of bath + body products and some basic cosmetics. I have yet to try anything beyond the four products I’m about to endorse wholeheartedly, but I’d imagine that’s about to change.
Let’s start with the Sexy Mother Pucker gloss stick + Sexy Mother Pucker Pillow Plump lip gloss, shall … >> find out more...
If you’re looking to try a new (but simple) hairstyle for fall, this braided half-up look is the perfect solution. It works for everyday or you can easily dress it up for a date or even a wedding. This works best with hair at the shoulders or longer, but could certainly inspire hairstyles for shorter cuts as well. And really, braided styles are easier than you think.
To start, make sure you have clear elastics, bobby pins, and a curling iron. You may also want hairspray and a finishing creme to prevent frizz. Let’s get started!
First you’re going to create two small braids on either side of your head. I always recommend holding the braid in the direction you’re going to pin it so that you don’t get any weird bumps, etc. Then pin both braids from one side at the back of your head and repeat on the other side. Remove the clear elastics and add in 1-2 more bobby pins to secure the braids in place. Finish by curling the hair that’s left down (you can also leave it natural or straighten it!). I also used Dove Flexible Hold Hairspray to keep the braids in place without making the curls look … >> find out more...
While it’d be nice to run to the nail salon every week for a professional manicure, I think every woman should know how to do her own nails. But when an at-home manicure rarely lasts more than a day or two, it makes sense that we turn to the salon so often. The key is knowing how to do your at-home manicure as well as the professionals to make it truly last. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Just follow this tutorial below.
In order to make your manicure last, it’s important to start with a super smooth surface. Buffering your nails is the best way to achieve that. (You can snag a buffer block from any drugstore.) Next, as you get ready to apply your color, always wipe one side of the brush onto the edge of the bottle so that all of the polish wipes off of that side. You may want to dab the other side just a touch as well — you really only want a little bit of polish on the brush. Apply a thin first coat to all of your nails. (I’m using Essie Marshmallow.)
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Boyfriend jeans. We all want them but it’s easy to assume they only look good on super skinny models. Well, as a not super skinny model (or a model at all for that matter) I am here to tell you that they can be worn by us curvier women too!
Recently I got a pair of boyfriend jeans in my fashion subscription box and I couldn’t be happier with them. They are the perfect summer jeans, if you ask me, because they aren’t shorts, but they’re not jeans. In fact, they are great for any season. They’re fitted but they’re not tight and they are most certainly not skinny jeans. They just look easy and cool and that’s exactly what they are!
Boyfriend jeans style
See what I mean? Easy-breezy, right? I paired these boyfriend jeans with my plain white t-shirt, wedges and some long necklaces. The half up top knot is a summer favorite of mine and I love the look with this super casual style.
If you were wondering how to wear or if you could wear boyfriend jeans, you can. I’m sure you can. And with how comfortable they are, you’ll be thankful you gave them a try. Here are … >> find out more...
Summer vacation might be coming to a close but it’s never too late to squeeze in some little weekend vacations. Those are my favorite kinds! Not too much work to prepare and just enough time to get away and enjoy yourself without being gone too long. On those types of vacations, whether you’re flying or driving, it’s nice to keep things simple, am I right? I’m all about minimal makeup, dry shampoo (hello, life saver!) and cute hairstyles. So today I thought I’d share some of my beauty travel essentials.
These are some of my very favorite drug store beauty products. With these items you should be good to go for your next vacation! I don’t usually wear very little to no makeup at all when I’m camping, but these lightweight products would be perfect for that or even a beach vacation, and ideal for long flights as well. Here’s what I included:
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- Face sunscreen (I got it in my BirchBox and really like it)
- Aveeno CC Cream – it’s lotion with coverage and SPF. Wins all around!
- Revlon Nearly Naked Powder – just as the name says, it’s barely there! Enough to give some nice coverage but it doesn’t feel heavy at
With summer coming to an end, it’s time to get the most out of your dresses before it’s too late. The great thing about dresses is that they are super versatile. What makes them so versatile? They’re great for layering. Whatever you layer over your dress can totally change the look and feel of your outfit. Whether it’s a denim jacket or a statement necklace, these additions make all the difference. Check out my top tips for transitioning your summer dress from day to night.
Start with an easy breezy dress like this white one from Old Navy. Your key pieces for making your summer dresses more casual? Flats and denim. Denim is my go-to when I want to dress down a look. Try a denim jacket or a chambray shirt. Simple sandals are a great daytime staple as well. I recommend a pair of slides (these go with everything!). Bring in some color to brighten up your day look with a printed tote.
The best way to make your dress nighttime ready is by swapping out your accessories. Instead of flats, go for something dressier like a wedge or heel. Jewelry is key — opt for something that really … >> find out more...
This year, we’re oversimplifying our life in an effort to stay on top of the crazy school madness before it even begins! So in that vein, we emptied out our closets instead of cramming them full of new school clothes, and what happened is we, magically, discovered exactly what we need for school and the next 9 months of life. It turns out, all my son needs to get through school and swim and everything inbetween was three pair of shoes: a pair of shoes for church, a pair for school, and a pair of flippy sandals for swim team practice.
It’s a variation on the theme my mom played every year: simplicity, basic needs. My mother took all 8 of her children shopping the week before school to pick up two pair of shoes each: a pair for church and a pair for school. And I have to be honest, I kind of like it. It keeps things basic and full of purpose and easy to maintain. It was also a fun way to shop with my 10-year-old for whom shopping isn’t usually his favorite activity. It forced him to really think about a pair of shoes he could … >> find out more...