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25 DIY Lip Scrub Recipes for Kissably Soft Lips

During a recent shopping trip to one of my fave beauty and makeup stores, my friend and I noticed a shelf full of lip scrubs.  We were shocked by the price, especially since I make lip scrubs all the time for a fraction of the cost.
Why lip scrubs you ask?  Lip scrubs are perfect for exfoliating your lips, keeping them moisturize during extreme weather like the 100 degree plus days we've had this Summer and those cold, Winter months which will soon be here.   Lip scrubs gently exfoliate lips and help keep lips kissably soft and lip scrubs are simple to make.  All you really need are 3 ingredients you've probably got in your pantry right now:    1.  Sugar    2.  Carrier oil    3.  Essential oil or extract Most recipes call for a 1/2 cup sugar to 1/2 teaspoon carrier oil ratio with 10-20 drops of essential oil or extract for scent and flavoring and some food coloring for those who want a splash of color.  I usually forego the food coloring as I prefer the natural coloring. Here's a…

5 Tips for Buying Flowers Online

Card  ✔
Now that we've found the perfect Valentine's Day card.  It's time to shop for flowers. 

Flowers make the perfect Valentine's Day gift.  Shop local if you can but if you need to order online don't worry as many online florists partner with local floral shops.  This partnership is great as you can support local florists while taking advantage of the wider selection and discounted pricing of an online florist.  Win-win! 

There are lots of online florists to choose from so as with any other online purchase, BUYER BEWARE.


Here are a few tips to make your online flower shopping a little easier. Buy from a reputable company. Google "Valentine's Day flowers" and a ton of online florists ads immediately pop up all over your screen.  With so many to choose from it may be difficult to separate quality amidst the quantity from the list on your screen.  There are some great companies.  Check out the company  website and Better Business Reviews and online com…

7 Great Books for Kids to Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month and what better way time to celebrate by sharing some of our favorite, award winning books for children written by African American writers.

Radiant Child
This book is about the famed artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.  Just like Basquiat's art, the book is vibrant and full of colorful illustrations. Radiant Child tells the story of Basquiat as a child who saw art everywhere he looked and not in the traditional sense.  A visually stimulating book and a wonderful introduction to the work of a truly talented artist.



The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats holds a special place in my heart as it was one of the first books by kids read by themselves.  My kids participated in the HIPPY program - a homeschool based reading program for 3-, 4-, and 5-year olds and The Snowy Day.  A classic tale of a young boy venturing out during a snowy day with vivid, bold watercolor illustrations sure to capture your child's attention.


Talkin' About Bessie tells the story of fame…

Why I STILL Celebrate Black History Month

Happy February!

February is the month of Groundhog Day, Lincoln's Birthday, Valentine's Day, President's Day, Mardi Gras, my birthday and oh February begins Black History Month, a month set aside to recognize the contributions of African Americans. 


One of my kids asked me why we still celebrated Black History Month, Asian History Month and National Hispanic Heritage Month.  "Mom", he said "it just seems like it separates people."  Poignant words from a kid but I knew exactly what he meant.