Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Benefits of Dry Brushing

Ever heard of dry brushing? Yeah me neither until I started digging into treatments for cellulite. Not only does it buff away dead skin, but it's fantastic at boosting circulation and lymphatic drainage, and ultimately ridding the body of toxins. After all, your skin is your biggest organ.The method itself is super easy and only takes minutes, but there are a few guidelines to keep in mind, including the type of brush and the direction you move it. Here are four things you need to know about dry skin brushing.

How often: Dry skin brushing effectively opens up the pores on your skin. This is something you can -- and should -- be doing daily, even twice a day. Your skin should be dry, so the ideal time is in the shower before you turn on the water. Just a reminder, don't get the brush wet.

Direction: You should only brush towards the heart. Making long sweeps, avoid back and forth, scrubbing and circular motions. Start at your feet, moving up the legs on both sides, then work from the arms toward your chest. On your stomach, direct the brush counterclockwise. And, don't brush too hard: Skin should be stimulated and invigorated but not irritated or red. 

Type of brush: The bristles should be natural, not synthetic, and preferably vegetable-derived. The bristles themselves should be somewhat stiff, though not too hard. Look for one that has an attachable handle for hard-to-reach spots, if necessary.

Benefits: In addition to sloughing away dry skin on areas like knees, elbows and ankles, body brushing promotes tighter skin, cell renewal and blood flow. This also helps the lymphatic system release toxins and aids in digestion and kidney function. You'll also notice a glowy, smooth complexion. Its awesome because it's one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective things you can do for promoting healthy skin.

Here are some great natural options:

So you brush, shower and then lather on lotion. Since your pores are now open and cleared, I would suggest a lotion with natural, simple ingredients. Your body absorbs 60-80% of what ever you put on it, so you don't want your body sucking up all those hormone disrupting chemicals. I use good ol' coconut oil with a few drops of essential oils mixed in, usually lavender and geranium since they are both so good for your skin. I let it absorb for a few minutes while doing my hair, etc. I am trying to do it everyday and already notice a difference in my skin. It feels softer and smoother. Hopefully the cellulite will improve as well if I keep doing it! What do you think, think you would try it?
                 Essential oils from Spark Naturals and use coupon code: wonderlust to save 10%!


Monday, October 28, 2013

Easy Halloween Decor Part II

Round II of Halloween Decor. These are from my sisters house, very different than mine, but still easy and cute ideas!

   The spider web table cover is from Potterybarn. Black cake stands and hand are from our local grocery store. Pottery barn has a similar orange glass pumpkin.

              She spray painted random bottles a flat black and added stickers and wine corks to them.

Wine bottles with sticker labels.   

The knock-off Potterybarn Halloween banner I made for her. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Easy Halloween Decor

There are alot of really awesome ideas out there for Halloween. So much stuff you can buy and everything you see on Pinterest. Sometimes I almost get overwhelmed because I want to do everything I see! I usually don't go out and buy a bunch of stuff, I like to use what I already have and then get some pumpkins or dried leaves or corn stalks. Of course I do DIYs as well, pretty much everything. Here is some of my decor this year.

                                                        Simple pumpkins outside

            I found some images online, printed them out, and framed them in old, thrifted frames.

Pretty wine bottles that I glued labels to.

                                                                Branches from outside

                                                                       Another print out

               My daughter put this up when I wasn't looking and I loved it, and thought it was quite fitting.

                                            I bought these a few years ago on clearance.

Apples that we picked.

                                                         Pumpkins, squash and dried sunflowers

So its quite eclectic, a little bit of everything. What do you like to do?

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

DIY Burlap Halloween Banner

There is an awesome Halloween banner. From PB. I loved it, wanted it, but they were sold out. I decided to just make one since I have a huge bolt of burlap that I 'need' to use. I ended up loving it and it was easy to make, just a little time consuming. 

Happy Halloween Banner #potterybarn
                               Potterybarn banner

What do you think?

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Pumpkin pie in Mexico...

My family lived in Mexico for awhile when I was a teenager. My dad bought an old grayhound bus, ripped all the seats out and hand made table and bench built-ins. It was epic. People use the word epic alot, but in this paticular case, it was. Before we went to Mexico my dad drove us all to Tennessee to his hometown. That was epic too. It was the first time I saw a firefly. And chiggers.
Its easy to get off track with these kinds of stories, but back to Mexico. So when Thanksgiving rolled around in our new, hot, sticky casa, we were so homesick and depressed. We were all the way down in the Yucatan and let me tell you something, they have NO pumpkins down there. Or turkey. Well, you could probably sell a child and find a pretty decent turkey. Even though there were 9 of us girls and 1 very annoying little brother, we knew we would not be forgiven if we sold our family's only male heir. So we bought a scrawny little chicken. My older sister bought some green little gourd/squash looking things to try to make a pumpkin pie. I didn't even want to TRY it. I knew it wouldn't even begin to touch the wonderfulness of a pumpkin pie back in our "real" home. But hunger will make you do crazy things. I tried it. Bless her soul, she made it taste like home in that green, humid, foreign jungle. Ever since then I have appreciated pumpkin pie like a fat kid loves cake....and everything else. I love pumpkin pie and everything it stands for. Thanksgiving is coming y'all.......

"Sugar Sugar…"


"Floorabella’s kitchen…"

Kumera pie

Kumera pie
Photos from Tumbler

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Lusting after....

Love a simple style...
                             Image 1 of POINTED FLAT SHOE from Zara
                             Image 2 of POINTED VAMP SHOE from Zara