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DIY Pumpkin Oat Exfoliating Mask

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DIY Pumpkin Oat Exfoliating Mask

It's here: pumpkin season! We're here for you with a series of DIY pumpkin skincare to add to your fall skin regimen. We think you'll love these simple recipes as much as we do.  First, here are a few benefits of pumpkin for your skin: Beauty starts from the inside, but who doesn't love some added Vitamins and nutrients from the outside in as well? Now for our first recipe... Pumpkin + Oats Exfoliating Face Mask Our first DIY Skincare Recipe features pumpkin and oats, probably two of my favorite ingredients, no matter what time of year it is, but...

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The benefits of activated charcoal

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The benefits of activated charcoal

Today we are talking about one of my  favorite materials to work with: Activated Charcoal.  First, a disclaimer. I'm a soap maker and natural product formulator, but I'm also a researcher (day job). I have access to a full range of scientific journals and I read them. I don't make claims about ingredients or products I offer on my site because that's a no-no, but I also like to let you know the truth about my research findings. First....let's chat. What is activated charcoal and how in the heck do we use it in beauty products? You may have heard...

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Changes in Friendships Over Forty

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Changes in Friendships Over Forty

It's a rainy Sunday, a perfect time to talk about an issue that we all face as women, and, let's be real, it's something that spans the ages - sorry you spring chickens who look forward to your more established years. Friendships still change and sometimes they just fall apart. Sometimes they even fall apart and no one ever tells you....those are the ones that really stink. There are two types of friend break-ups, one of which is the subject of this post today because no matter how old I get or how many accomplishments  I have...no matter how much...

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Gaining ground and losing pounds during perimenopause with intermittent fasting and fitness

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Gaining ground and losing pounds during perimenopause with intermittent fasting and fitness

That was a mouthful. It's what I want to talk about, though. In fact, this blog is going to start appearing more as a women's journal so that I have a place to connect better with all of you, unload some of my old baggage that has weighed me down - literally, and to help myself and those of you who read to find a little inner peace through shared stories. I thought I would start with my own journey into fitness and nutrition, share my own struggles and epiphanies, and hopefully we can get some momentum going in the...

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Running a Small Business During Covid - An Open Letter to my Customers

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Running a Small Business During Covid - An Open Letter to my Customers

Dear Friends,   I haven't posted a blog in some time, mostly because I have been rather busy in the studio, but also because this has been an unexpected time for family to reconnect, to have dinners together again, to go back to all of those things that I have genuinely missed. It has also been a time to battle hardship together. It seems that some businesses, like some families, have flourished during this trying time of Covid, but some have suffered irreparable damage. I have felt for and supported all of those businesses that I can, like many of...

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