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Beauty, Lifestyle

Simple Luxury


Coconut Oil. If you want your skin to feel amazing use coconut oil. Not only will it give your skin a beautiful warm glow but it is also really great for your skin and your hair. Browse through many luxury  skin oils and products you will find that many of them contain coconut oil and an essential oil such as lavender, used for its scent and skin healing properties. Use coconut oil as a makeup remover before washing your face. Need to get your feet beach ready? After your bath or shower (or a good foot soak) dry feet with towel and rub coconut oil. Make sure you have a towel under your feet as you do this to avoid slipping when you stand and spilling oil on the floor.


Buy a Silk Pillowcase. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase cuts down on the friction on your hair and helps to reduce waking up with line on your face.


Use Natural Fabrics on Your Bed. Use linen  or cotton sheets on your bed. Theses are natural fibers and are wonderful for their breath-ability. Try to avoid sheets that have polyester or nylon. These materials can cause you to sweat excessively at night


Buy Fresh Flowers. If nothing else this is the one I can count on. There is something amazing flowers do for a room. They bring life and energy to the spot you place them in. Even in a cluttered room flowers stand out and bring a relaxing feel to the mind.


Buy Real Cake. Don’t buy cheap sweet junk food instead splurge on real sweets. You know you are going to want sweets and that’s ok, but instead of buying something with lots of sugar and chemicals go for quality sweets, true they still have sugar, but you can cut out many chemicals and preservatives by splurging a little on sweets from a bakery where food is made fresh. You will also find that you eat less with quality sweets because many times they are made with real food ingredients that still have their nutritional value. Look for ice cream made with real milk or try  gelato.


Grow your own herbs. This is a favorite of mine. As some of you know this was my first year with an herb garden. (I got sick of buying basil and sage) I love cutting fresh herbs to go in my food while cooking or chopping them up to mix in with salads. 


Drink good tea and coffee. I don’t spare with my coffee or tea. They are strong and good. But to keep my caffeine and sugar down I will often mix it up with herbal and fruit teas adding raw honey instead of sugar. If I still want a little caffeine I opt for green or black tea with fruit flavors. Tea has less caffeine than coffee and also has a lot of health benefits .


Shop Farmers markets. I don’t really like shopping for groceries, but I love farmers markets. For me it is such a relaxing way to shop for food. The fresh air mixing with fruits and veggies just sends a sensation through my whole body. Visit your farmers market  for fresh produce and maybe some raw local honey for your tea.

Beauty, Fashion

At Home Spa Day


This week has been rainy for me and I have not been able to work in my garden. I spent a good deal of the week fighting of the rainy weather blues too. This next week looks like rain too so I decided to have a spa day and share some of my ideas with you. In this post I am going to show you how to create a mood and atmosphere for a relaxing hour or two.

Working with your senses

Relaxing is about more than just setting down and not doing anything. It is about creating a state of relaxation for the mind and the body. Our body receives messages about the world around us through our senses, so these are the areas we will start with.


Taste I don’t know if taste comes to your mind when you think about a spa day but it definitely comes to my mind.  I like to have my favorite tea on hand for my spa day. Two teas I recommend are Rosebud tea and or chamomile tea. If tea is not your thing  fruit infused water is also nice to have on hand or your favorite coffee blend.

Touch I suggest keeping some nice and fluffy towels set aside for your spa days. Try to only use these towels for days that you want to pamper yourself. You may also want to have a plush bathrobe to wear.pexels-photo-1961785

The important thing here is you want something soft and plush making direct contact with your skin to stimulate the sensations of touch. Basically the goal is to flood all your senses with the feelings of comfort and relaxation.

Smell– Essential oils – Rose, lavender are my personal favorites. You may choose to apply these to your bath water, foot soak water or simply add to an oil diffuse lamp to scent the room you are in. You may also just want to indulge a little in your favorite perfume.

SightUse calming colors/ blue, lavender,Green, pink. You can use colored candles or white candles if you prefer. I like to get colorful scarves and lay them out either on the floor ( if I am setting in yoga style) or use them to cover the table I have my spa stuff laid out on. This just gives a pleasant look and feel to everything and creates space.

SoundThis is really your own preference. Spa music or  water sounds are wonderful background sounds but I really suggest that you pick a background sound that relaxes you. Sound is a funny thing I have often found piano or classical guitar music to be very relaxing background sounds also.pexels-photo-931004.jpeg

Other things to add

Fresh flowers. Nothing is as pleasing to see in a room than a beautiful bunch of flowers. Scented candles Candles if not using essential oils.Chocolates or some other small treats


Scroll Down For Two Spa foot soak recipes




Rose foot soak:

1 part Epsom salts

1 part Baking soda

5 drops of rose essential oils

Rose petals (optional)

Add to 1 gallon of hot water

Lavender  foot soak

1/2 cup lavender buds (fresh or dried, both work well)

10 drops lavender essential oils

1 cup Epsom salt

1 cup Kosher salt (or use 2 cups Epsom)

 Use 1/2 cup per gallon of water.

Recommended Body and Hair  Oils

Coconut oil/ Argon oil/ sweet almond oil/ grape seed oil