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Sugar and Spice Organics Beauty Giveaway
*I was monetarily compensated for this post. All words and opinions are my own.

Sugar & Spice Organics is a deliciously Organic skincare company that specializes in small-batch face and body scrubs! Their scrubs are preservative-free, GMO-free, and they use ethically sourced ingredients. Nothing but purely beneficial ingredients for your face & body. It was my face and body's absolute pleasure to review the Cinnamon Sugar Face & Body Scrub.

I opened the lid, took one whiff, and immediately thought about consuming it. The smell invokes childhood thoughts of your mama standing in the kitchen lovingly preparing a delicious cake! One peek at the ingredients on Sugar & Spice Organics label and you can begin to comprehend your urges to eat it. You basically can. Sugar & Spice Organics face & body scrubs are comprised of Organic oils, Organic cane sugar, Organic raw honey, and Organic spices. The smell is absolutely heavenly: spicy, sweet, warm, and soothing! An incredible sensory experience from just a scent perspective, but that's not all!
Sugar and Spice Organics Beauty Giveaway
Some sugar scrubs can be rough or dry and most are only to be used on the body. Sugar & Spice Organics has a gentle and smooth application. Gentle enough even for your face! I do love duel purpose products. Organic oils and Organic cane sugar leave your skin moisturized and glowing! It is like being at the spa in your very own abode. Heck, I even used it to exfoliate my lips! It tastes awesome....whatever I wanted to eat it anyway;-) The Organice raw honey adds a sweet, almost floral scent. Complex and delectable. It left my skin feeling refreshed and smooth. Sugar & Spice Organics Face & Body Scrub is a winter skin life savior! They can even alter their scrubs to suit Vegan beauties everywhere!

Are you ready for a deliciously exfoliating treat for your dry winter skin GIVEAWAY?!
While surfing on Instagram, I came across a Swedish bath company Evelinas Ekologiska that had the most eye catching image of a bath product I have never seen before. She called them "bath balls" and they were comprised of coconut oil plus essential oils of your choosing. She then rolled them in some healing herbs from her garden. Creative, beautiful, therapeutic, and the inspiration for my NEW Eco Bathhouse creation utilizing Moroccan clay.

 *Photo from Evelinas Ekologiska

My obsession over the past month has been creating the perfect natural and Organic bath clay utilizing the most beneficial and natural ingredients. Last week, I created a recipe for a bath clay inspired by LUSH and their bath dough known as "FUN".  FUN is a 4 in 1 multi-purpose bath time dough. You can use it as soap, bubbles, shampoo, and play! Very fun. My only concern is LUSH uses SLS(Sodium laureth sulphate) in many of their products to include "FUN".

SLS is responsible for the bubbles and foaming action. It also has many "toxicity considerations" associated with it. I used cornstarch in last week's recipe, but because it can encourage yeast infections I switched to using arrowroot flour. Arrowroot flour is grown in parts of Thailand and Brazil. Many people in those regions have used arrowroot flour as a means to draw toxins out of poisonous bites and to heal wounds. It also has moisturizing properties too! A perfect ingredient to add to a detoxifying bath clay.

The original recipe came from The Curious Soapmaker. She helped me identify the correct ratio of ingredients to use for the bath clay. In paying homage to Valentine's Day, I am using the Organic essential oil combination of  Rose(rosa damascena) and Lavender(lavendula officinalis). The rose essential oil is a healing aphrodisiac and a perfect accompaniment to a romantic evening. The red Moroccan clay with the arrowroot flour starts to melt quickly in warm water. Prepare yourself for a luxurious and therapeutic bath time soak!

Store in an airtight container between uses. If you do not feel like making these yourself then I have GREAT NEWS!!! Eco Bathhouse(my all-natural and organic bath company) now sells bath clay. Exfoliate, cleanse, and soak. Vegan and preservative free. Perfect for the entire family to use!
 *All ingredients were scale weighed*

Clay Bath Truffles Recipe 
1.5 oz Arrowroot Flour
1.5 oz Red Moroccan Clay
2.0 to 2.2 oz Vegetable Glycerin
1 drop Rose essential oil
5 drops of Lavender essential oil

On the Outside:
1 tbsp Coarse Epsom salt
1 tbsp Calendula petals
1 tbsp Lavender buds

First, combine the arrowroot flour and clay in a clean/dry bowl. Create a double boiler by placing a large/deep pan filled half way with water and place onto the burner to simmer. Grab another clean/dry bowl and place inside the simmering water. Add your vegetable glycerin and wait 1 minute before adding your dry ingredients. Add your dry ingredients all at once and stir rapidly with a wooden spoon to combine. Let cool for up to 2 minutes then add your essential oils. *Carefully* pick up the hot dough and begin to kneed until smooth and pliable.  Form into four equal sized balls. Wait 5 minutes to cool. Re-form into balls(if necessary) and roll into your herbal/salt mixture. Yippee! You did it! Let sit to cool completely and store in an air tight container.


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My obsession lately has been creating the perfect natural and Organic bath dough utilizing the most beneficial and natural ingredients. Last week, I created a recipe for a bath clay inspired by LUSH and their bath dough known as "FUN".  FUN is a 4 in 1 multi-purpose bath time dough. You can use it as soap, bubbles, shampoo, and play! Very fun. My only concerns are the ingredients of SLS(Sodium laureth sulphate) and talcum powder.

The SLS is responsible for the bubbles and foaming action. It also has many "toxicity considerations" associated with it. The cornstarch concern has to do with the encouragement of yeast infections for us ladies. Cornstarch was in last week's recipe. I wanted to create or "ReMix" the LUSH FUN recipe(again) minus the SLS and cornstarch. Behold the picture at the tippy top! Made with red Moroccan clay, a touch of cosmetic glitter, NO SLS, and absolutely preservative free.

LUSH FUN
The original recipe came from The Curious Soapmaker. She helped me find the correct ratio of ingredients to use. The boys and I love the FUN in blue with chamomile and lavender, so that is the FUN ReMix scent you will see here today. This is the second round with a different clay. Let's do a quick comparison. The first recipe included french green clay and cornstarch. This combination holds its form and melts very slowly in the water. Perfect bath time play for the kiddos. The red Moroccan clay with the arrowroot flour starts to melt quickly in the warm water. This recipe is great for cleansing/exfoliating your hair and body.

If you had access to Rhassoul clay that would be the best for cleansing your hair, but it is not readily available in stores. The red Moroccan clay(when in contact with warm water) melts into a thick exfoliating past. The colors(as you might expect) are earthy tones. I added some fine cosmetic glitter that give off a pretty sparkling sheen. Remarkably the glitter does not go everywhere during bath time.

Store in an airtight container between uses. If the dough gets a little dry over coming days and weeks just massage a natural oil like olive oil, safflower oil, or sweet almond oil to rehydrate your bath clay. GREAT NEWS!!! Eco Bathhouse(my all-natural and organic bath company) now sells bath clay. Exfoliate, cleanse, and soak. Vegan and preservative fee. Forget the kids, this is great for moms too!

*All ingredients were scale weighed*

First, combine the arrowroot flour and clay in a clean/dry bowl. Create a double boiler by placing a large/deep pan filled half way with water and place onto the burner to simmer. Grab another clean/dry bowl and place inside the simmering water. Add your vegetable glycerin and wait 1 minute before adding your dry ingredients. Add your dry ingredients all at once and stir rapidly with a wooden spoon to combine. Let cool for up to 2 minutes then add your essential oils. *Carefully* pick up the hot dough and begin to kneed until smooth and pliable. Yippee! You did it! Let cool and store in an air tight container.

Inspiration strikes in the most unlikely of places. My husband and I were having a date night in Ellicot City, MD. Ellicot City is a quaint and historic area full of art, restaurants, and little boutiques. I wish I could remember the name of this particular artsy store....it may come to me later. They had unique gifts of handcrafted jewelry, art, quilts, AND little Eco Notebooks. The tiny notebooks looked so adorable that I thought of buying one on the spot, BUT the thrifty gal in me said, "I can make this...it looks simple". And it is. This little notebook would be a great handmade Valentine's Day gift for a gal or crafty fellow. I even thought about replacing Valentine's Day cards with these Eco notebooks, but let's be honest that takes "Over Achiever" to a whole new level!

Step 1.) Locate an old item in your house to re-purpose. An old pair of shoes or purse would work well. The material that you use should be pliable, but stiff. For example, I am using suede. Cut out a rectangular-sized piece of fabric in the fabric of your choice. My notebook is pretty tiny. Estimated measurements are 10"(w) X 5"(h).

Step 2.) Use a thin piece of fabric for backing and cut out a heart shape on the front(optional). If you cut out the heart, take a tiny piece of fabric and hot glue the fabric(pattern up) in the heart-shaped window. Take the backing and lightly hot glue in place.  

Step 3.) Hand stitch or sew around the entire notebook. Hot glue lightly around the edges(optional). Hot gluing keeps your fabric from fraying.

Step 4.) Gather your paper. I used construction, but you could use card stock too. Fold 3 sections of 5 to 6 pieces of paper in half.  I used pink, yellow, and white colors. Cut to fit the notebook.

Step 5.) Going from the crease of your folded paper sections push your needle into the spine of your notebook and back through. Tie the strings in a knot and cut excess string. Do this 4 times for each section of paper.

Step 6.) Cut a long and thin piece of fabric to tie your notebook. Hot glue to the back. Wrap and tuck to tie. I used type writer style stamps to stamp my initials in the back. I also tucked a tiny colored pencil made from a tree with my notebook. You did it!

I hope you have as much fun making your little notebook as I did! I would love to see some of the creative up-cycled notebooks that you come up with. If you have any questions please feel free to leave them below. XO.



LUSH FUN ReMix Recipe
Who's ready for some FUN?!
LUSH FUN
LUSH is one of my favorite brands for natural bath time indulgences. My children and I have fallen in love with FUN, which is a 4 in 1 multi-purpose bath time wonder. You can use it as soap, bubbles, shampoo, and play! Very fun. My only concern is SLS(Sodium laureth sulphate), which is responsible for the foaming or bubbles. You can read a list of SLS dangers here. I wanted to create or ReMix the LUSH FUN recipe minus the SLS and talcum powder. Behold the picture at the tippy top! Made with French Green Clay and NO SLS.

The original recipe came from The Curious Soapmaker. She gave me the idea of what ratio of ingredients to use. The boys and I love the FUN in blue with chamomile and lavender, so that is the FUN ReMix you will see here. The color turned out to be an army green color with the French Green Clay, but the texture and scent are spot on to the original FUN. Keep your eyes on Eco Bathhouse(my all-natural and organic bath company) for a bath dough coming your way. Forget the kids, this is great for moms too! :)

LUSH FUN ReMix Instructions
First, combine the corn starch and clay in a clean/dry bowl. Create a double boiler by placing a large/deep pan filled half way with water and place onto the burner to simmer. Grab another clean/dry bowl and place inside the simmering water. Add your vegetable glycerin and wait 1 minute before adding your dry ingredients. Add your dry ingredients all at once and stir rapidly with a wooden spoon. Let cool for up to 2 minutes then add your essential oils. *Carefully* pick up the hot dough and begin to kneed until smooth and pliable. Yippee! You did it! Store in an air tight container.


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Ethical is the new black
how to stay fashionable in winter
Vintage Black Dress
Here in the northeast portion of the United States we are dealing with the bitter bleakness of January. It can make dressing fashionable and feeling sexy downright difficult. For me, layering is the key to fashion success during the winter months. You can wear a long dress with tights underneath, add scarfs, wool hats, and camisoles for added warmth. Winter can be so bitter cold that I cannot bare to traipse around in heels. Boot season should be embraced and is in full swing.

My approach to fashion is both frugal and lavish. I choose to mix both vintage and modern pieces. There is something so beautiful about a vintage staple that no one else owns. It is exclusive to you and your style. Vintage is also Eco friendly. The vintage fur jacket that I am wearing is a good example.

I put nearly 100 stitches in this jacket before wearing it. Right now it could be sitting in a landfill, but with a little TLC this jacket is refreshed and ready for wear. I would never buy a brand new fur jacket and neither should you. The fur trade industry is evil. I do not believe in killing animals exclusively for their pelts. I do not believe in waste either, so that is why I will occasionally purchase a vintage fur jacket. The vintage fur jacket pictured is actually a hand-me-down from my mum-in-law.
Vintage Fur CoatVintage Black Dress
Fringe Scarf
Fringe Scarf
Winter Fashion
The other vintage piece I am wearing is an 80s dress from Finland with capped sleeves and fitted-style. It is in perfect condition and from the Vietto vintage collection. The dress looks lovely with boots and the additional layering of the fringe scarf, also from Vietto. I bought the Finnish fringe scarf as a Christmas present to myself. It is hardy, versatile, handcrafted, and will be worn for many years to come. The purse is a Christmas gift from my fashionable sister-in-law. The vibrant blue adds a lovely POP of color to my steely gray and black ensemble. Last, but not least, are the boots from Nine West. Stay ethical, fashionable, and warm this winter. XO.



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