Summer Giveaway Week: Win a $75 Gift Certificate to Apple Valley Natural Soap

If you want skin care products that are: absolutely pure and non-toxic made with short and simple ingredient lists (that you can actually read and pronounce) that are gentle enough for the whole family … then you’ll probably like today’s giveaway from Apple Valley Natural Soap! There are a growing number of companies making “natural” and “organic” skin care products. Many of them are now brand names that we are familiar with and they line the health food store aisles. Many of these products are […]

My Buttered Life Ebook: 5 Summer Skin Recipes and a Giveaway!

By reading the ingredient list on most skincare products, you would think that it’s necessary to have a degree in chemistry and your own in-home lab if you ever wanted to create your own. Sunscreen in particular seems daunting to me and I wouldn’t have the faintest idea where to begin if I wanted to make one of my own. That’s why Renee Harris’ (of MadeOn hard lotion bars) new ebook, My Buttered Life, somewhat flabbergasted but mostly just delighted me. I’ve already tried making […]

My Frugal Beauty Routine

A stylin’ self-portrait of me in my bathroom seemed right for a post that takes you through a day-in-the-life of my frugal beauty routine. Beauty and skin care doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive (or toxic, for that matter). I’m choosy about the few things I use and I like to keep things simple when it comes to the time I spend in front of the mirror. Ever wondered what products grace my bathroom counter? Wonder no more. 7:07 am – I take a […]

Winners for 1000th Post Party Giveaways!

At long last, I’m excited to announce the winners! I’m so sorry for the delay, to all those who have been anxiously waiting to find out who won. I’m a little behind in my work. Let’s just say that this is Reason #17 I shouldn’t run a huge week of giveaways a week before I move to a new home! :) So here they are (drum roll, please)… Eden Sustainable Cloth Diapering Package (out of 2561 entries) Nina C (netc23@) Marie-Madeline Studio $100 Gift Certificate […]

1000th Post Party Giveaway: Wholesome Family Skin Care Gift Basket Giveaway ($140 Value)

I’ve talked many times about the importance of using natural skin care products, because the toxic chemicals used in conventional products absorb through the skin and into the blood stream. Many of you have already made the switch over to name brand companies making more natural/organic products, which is fantastic. Did you know, though, that there are many smaller companies making equally amazing (and sometimes even better!) products that are completely pure, wholesome and even luxurious? Graham Gardens is one of these diamonds in the […]