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Eyelash Extensions

imageA month ago, I decided it would be fun to get lash extensions. I don’t wear make up and having them sure made me feel fancy enough for anything.  They were painless, fun, and definitely THE best thing I’ve ever done for myself.  They really made me feel put together no matter what I wore or where I was going.

They were $60 for a new set and my entire appointment took 2 hours.  An estethician permanently glued one piece of synthetic fiber to each one of my natural lashes.  It is a VERY tedious process.

For me, it took about three weeks before I noticed spaces – where my natural short, thin lash growing and pushing the extension out – and needed a fill.  It was supposed to be $30 to refill (add synthetic fibers to my new growth of lashes), but I didn’t pay – I was lucky enough to receive a lash-fill for my birthday!

Deciding I couldn’t financially keep up with them, I tried to let them grow and fall out naturally. Big time fail.  I couldn’t stop picking at them and on the 3rd week they had been on I ended up pulling them AND all my own lashes out, instead of using the recommended method of removing them gently with oilve oil.  Luckily, lashes grow on a pretty quick cycle and after about a week I’m back to my normal, short, thin, lashes. *sigh*

Instead of getting a new set put on in the future, I really want to learn how to put them on others.  Then I can do them FREE for close family and friends – or anyone who won’t sue me if I accidentally glue their eyes shut!


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Frontier Co-op

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Click on the logo above to be directed to the wholesale site

We love Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap.  We use it as body soap, hand soap, and I use it to wash the counters and sinks. Because it’s natural, I don’t feel guilty lathering it on my kids or on the house.

But, we all know “natural” doesn’t mean affordable.  Buying a 32oz bottle of liquid soap can be pricy, especially when you have young children who take long baths and pump soap like there’s bottomless refills.

Then I remembered hearing about Frontier Coop. It’s like Costco for natural products! I paid a one-time membership fee and can now order most well known natural brands (Burts Bees, Kiss My Face, Seventh Generation) at half the cost! Check out the price difference for me:

 32oz bottle      Bath bar

Longs         $20               $5.50

Amazon     $17               $4.50

Frontier      $10               $2.50   <— WHAT?!

If you live near me and want to join my co-op to order products, let me know. I can send you an email invite to make an account, and you can submit an order with our group. (Creating your own account helps me separate the items and monies due within a group order.)

As soon as the group order totals $400 or more, it will qualify for free shipping. I will then pay for and submit the orders and the whole thing will be delivered to my house  – where I will sort it and you can pick it up anytime from my garage. Just think: No more long drives to Whole Foods just for a tube of Tom’s Toothpaste!

Warning: The Frontier website takes a LONG time to look through – they have everything from snack bars to yoga pants and bento boxes! Give yourself ample time to browse through it.


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Elf On The Shelf

imageI didn’t Elf, until they started selling them last year at Costco (which I think must have really boosted its popularity).  It’s a new-ish family tradition based on a children’s book and, of course, TV movie.

Elf On The Shelf is an Elf doll you buy, name, and place on a shelf in your house.  He “watches” your children all day, and while they sleep at night he flies back to report their behavior to Santa.  But, he can be pretty silly upon his return the next morning.

Our Elf toilet papered the bathroom. My friend’s son found their Elf in the freezer eating ice cream.  I saw a pic on Facebook of someone’s Elf bathing in mini marshmallows in their bathroom sink.

Got an Elf and don’t know where to start?  Google “Elf on the shelf ideas”, and at least a hundred images come up.  Or do a search on Pinterest for Elf on the Shelf. It’s crazy town.

I mean, this one from Pickleheadsoup  is really good.

I mean, this one from Pickleheadsoup is really good.


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Monthly Subscription Boxes

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December 2014 Ipsy bag

At one point I was totally hooked on Monthly Subscription Boxes.  I wasn’t so hooked that I subscribed to them all, but I did browse through hours of reviews and descriptions for at least 50 of them.

(Background info:  Monthly Subscription Boxes are little packages of fun that get shipped to you monthly, with usually 5-7 different surprise items inside.  The allure comes from the fact that they send you things you would never normally try.)

There are boxes for new moms (CITRUS LANE), for beauty products (BIRCH BOX), for gluten free snacks (HEALTHY SURPRISE), and even boxes for dogs (BARK BOX).  There are French boxes (FRENCH BOX), must have boxes (POP SUGAR), and OMG a Japanese snack box (SKOSH BOX)!  I mean, the selection is endless. There is even a toothbrush box (GOODMOUTH) just in case.  People even have websites dedicated to their subscriptions (MY SUBSCRIPTION ADDICTION).

Painfully, I limited myself to trying just three: IPSY for me, and KIWI CRATE  for the girls.  I only signed up for 3 months of each, but boy was it fun to get those boxes in the mail.

I like Ipsy.  The price ($10 a month) is affordable and they make really fun gifts.  Who wouldn’t love a little cosmetic bag of sample sized lip gloss, mascara, eye shadow, or hair product for their birthday?  I did cancel, though.  I just don’t wear all that much make up so it was getting wasteful.

The girls LOVE Kiwi Crate and still talk about them to this very day.  Each box came with 5-7 simple crafts that the girls could take into their rooms and work on for hours ON THEIR OWN.

In fact, Kiwi just came out with amazing crates geared for older children – DOODLE CRATEcrafts for girls 9-16 and TINKER CRATEscience models and projects for boys 9-16.  I really wish Santa could have gotten them a few months’ subscription for Christmas, but I think he just couldn’t swing it this year! Ordering boxes for TWO sisters each month adds up quick!

Disclosure: I don’t have one. All the boxes I bought were with my own money, and I reviewed them for the sake of my friends. 


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Sebbie’s road to normal breathing

  Sebbie has always suffered from asthma.  Or is it allergies? We never knew.  I’ve tried changing her diet, special sheets for the bed, limiting physical activity, and let’s not forget the time I asked Ross to cut down six full grown eucalyptus trees because I thought the pollen was flying in through the screens. Nothing really worked and albuterol was our only real option. In a normal month, she probably had at least 4 minor asthma episodes and 2 or more (nebulizer-worthy) bad ones. When we were on our 2 month trip, I ran out of meds twice!

Then, I discovered essential oils.  Originally, I wanted my house to smell fresher, so I bought a plug in diffuser. A diffuser uses a few drops of essential oil with water to create a really light vapor like mist without any heat. The smell isn’t overpowering or perfumey, even if you are sitting right next to it.

I tried different brands in different sizes with different prices, but realized a certain brand was the “strongest” using the least amount of drops.  So of course, I decided I needed to stock up.  

I bought a roll-on bottle of lemon, lavender, and peppermint essential oils mixed with fractionated coconut oil to try when Sebbie had her next bout of breathing issues.

The first time we used it, we followed the directions and after 5 minutes she was breathing better and I didn’t hear her cough anymore.  When she started coughing and wheezing  the very next day, I skeptically rolled more oils on.  Within 5 minutes, I didn’t hear her wheezing or coughing and she was breathing normally.  

On the third day, she got another wheezing attack and yes, the oils helped her feel normal just as well as they did on first day.

On the fourth night, she got the fastest onset and worst cough of all.  So, we rolled some oil on her feet and covered them with socks.  After 15 minutes she was still coughing so we repeated the process.  After a total of 20 minutes she continued to cough, so I lay her in bed, plugged my diffuser in next to her, and added 5 drops of “Respitory Blend”.  Within 5 minutes she was sleeping soundly – she was breathing easier and her cough and wheeze gone.  

I don’t know much about essential oils, but I like that I can see an immediate difference with their use on Sebbie. I know there are some that you shouldn’t ingest, some that you should stay out of the sun while using, and some that you should be sure to dilute with coconut oil before putting anywhere near your face. Essential oils are strong and you should also do research before using them on children

My advice  is to do the research so you can make educated decisions. I’m not giving any medical advice here. 

But , I really feel so much better trying natural remedies first, rather than going straight to over-the-counter medicines. I can ALWAYS go back to Longs.

Update: Sebbie has STILL not had any cough, wheeze, or sneeze attack IN 4 MONTHS. She has also not used any prescription medication.  She uses her roll-on of essential oils IMMEDIATELY when her coughs or sneezes start, and for whatever reason, they don’t progress.