It’s Freezing!

Don’t laugh it feels so brisk and cold here in Northeast Florida! 🌴 The temperature is 50 degrees. I know you’re laughing at me. Or us. Yes I’m turning into a true southerner. Our weather is so unpredictable one day we’re sweating and another day we’re beyond cold. Freezing 🥶

My husband is whining and bundled up too. We’ve got cozy socks, sweaters and pajama bottoms on.

So, I decided to warm us both up with some hot apple 🍏 cider. It’s working. Now to an old trick my mom did up North during the winter. I put a pot of 💦 water on. You know the size pot like making pasta. But I’m not. My mom swore it makes the house warmer in the fall & winter and adds moisture to our air.

But I wanted to take it a bit further and make a Cozy Pot of Potpourri. I like to scent the air with the following.

1 orange 🍊 sliced

Citrus deodorizes the air too!

1 Apple 🍎 sliced red or green it’s up to you!

A sprinkling of cloves.

A smidge of pumpkin pie spice

1 teaspoon of luxe Vanilla.

* I once got a gift 🎁 of vanilla from my husband and I love this useful kitchen addition from his international travels. I use it in so many different ways and find it is extra fancy stuff!

2 cinnamon sticks are optional. It looks pretty in the pot. But optional.

Toss all of the above in the pot of simmering water you boiled but lowered the flame. Let all of it mix, mingle with each other and dance in the pot. I just shut off that simmering pot of scentsational love!

My kitchen and house smells so aromatic fresh & delish!! Play with this recipe like I do and vary it any way you’d like.

Thanksgiving and the other holidays are fast approaching if you’d like to scent your home “naturally” and without room sprays, inexpensive candles and plug-ins. Try this!

Your guests will notice! And you will too.

🍁 Skin Care that’s so Fall !

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It’s my favorite time of year. I love 🧡 The scents of fall and all things 🎃 pumpkins and decorating my home and my business office with fall decor.

I miss Beautiful New York and walking through Central Park especially when the leaves are in full fall peak bloom! I’m Florida fall leaves and all are not quite the same. But I do love the exotic palm trees 🌴 all around me!

So because a few of you asked I thought I’d share one of my favorite pumpkin DIY scrub recipes I like to do! You don’t have to buy one! Make your own on the cheap! Especially if you have the ingredients on hand. This can also be used as a exfoliating FACE Polish. But if you have acne or Rosacea. Skip it. You’ll want to eat this mix but don’t! It smells so delightful when done!

What you will need for this Aromatic Body Scrub:

1 cup of brown or white sugar

1/2 cup of sweet almond oil

1/2 cup of coconut oil (organic)

1/2 cup of pumpkin in a can

Sprinkle of nutmeg or Pumpkin Pie Spice!

A large mouth mason jar.

🎃 Stir all of the above in a bowl.

🎃 Place in a glass jar. Scoop out a soup size spoonful when you’re ready to use.

🎃 Apply on clean damp skin. Work in circular motions. Neck, hands.arms,stomach,buttocks,legs,feet and enjoy the exfoliating beauty of this scrub.

🎃 Leave on your body at least 15 minutes.

🎃 Rinse well and apply your favorite body oil or lotion.

Your skin will FEEL so delicious and soft.

Did you know pumpkin is a “turn on” for men? If you want to create a little magic. You know what to do!

I want CANDY! 🍫

I am addicted to sweets I’ll admit that!

Naturally, I had to share a yummy chocolate recipe with you! Your bestie, your lover or family too!

Crazy for Chocolate 🍫 Face Mask

What you will need to make this face recipe:

👄1/3 of organic natural cocoa powder

* (not the ones you use for making cookies)

👄 2 TSP of Heavy cream (milk works too) But I like the mask creamier.

👄 1 or 2 TSP of 🍯 honey

Place all of these ingredients in a bowl. Or a small clean jam jar. Recycled one from your kitchen even better.

Stir well by hand.

Apply this decadent chocolate potion on a clean face and neck. I use clean fingers or a mask brush. But if you have a husband or boyfriend who has a shaving brush they don’t use anymore…ask him for it! It works just as well too!

Leave the chocolate mask on your face and neck at least 15 minutes.

Rinse well and enjoy the yummiest smelling skin ever!

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Cacao is an ancient old discovery from Mayan times and not only delightful to eat and drink chocolate also is filled with nutrients and makes your skin glow!

Refreshing Pumpkin 🎃 Polish!

As you may know by now I love 💛* pumpkins!

Here’s one of favorite recipes I love to use and have shared with my clients too!

What you will need for this DIY body recipe:

1/2 cup of sweet almond oil

1/2 cup of organic coconut oil

1 cup of raw sugar

1/2 cup of pumpkin purée

* Optional but aromatic You can add a sprinkling of cinnamon spice or a dash of nutmeg!

Stir all of these ingredients and place in a jam or jelly jar. Tighten that lid. Lasts a few days in the refrigerator.

Apply on a clean body and enjoy this aromatic skin polishing you’ve created! Leave on at least 10 mins. Rinse well.

Please do not use this recipe if you are allergic to any of the above. Also if in doubt do a patch test in the inner forearm or wrist. if it turns red or itches it’s no for you. This rarely happens just a word of wisdom.

Makes a great gift idea! Hostess, holiday, Birthday or a treat just got you!

So Happy it is the start of the 🍂 Autumn season.🍁

I fall in love 🧡 with this season every year. It doesn’t get old. I love the feel, scents and the weather. It is like the earth 🌎 is exfoliating the past season and getting us ready for winter in more ways than one.

How about you? What do you like about autumn 🍂?

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I LOVE …pumpkin patches!

Leaves 🍁 in all kinds of hues.

Apple 🍎 picking season

Flannel anything

Hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick

Bonfires 🔥 with marshmallows.

Hot Cocoa

Fall scented candles

Hayrides

Adding a new sweater and cozy 🧦 to my wardrobe.

I LOVE them all.

This fall for makeup and fashion it is all about cinnamon and brown earthy hued eye shadow and lipsticks.

Discover some new PINK hues too! There are so many shades to choose from. Celebrities are rocking Barbie Pink and on the fashion show runways. Pink is always a good idea. It brightens the teeth and complexion.

Update your style if it has been awhile. Let’s enjoy all the beauty, scents and sounds the season has to offer.

I am counting down to my last guest speaking engagement of the year at the International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa show …where I will be teaching in West Palm Beach.

Can’t wait to shop and feast all the beautiful places in Palm Beach! 🌴 🕶 🌊

Have you ever been?

Juicy!

It seems as though JUICY 🥤 is the “word of the day” at this time for our skin! Social media, magazines, celebrities and shopping channels tout it as something we need to attain. But I’m a bit confused.

I don’t know about you but I’m not sure why we want it. Nor how we get “juicy skin”

I love healthy looking pretty skin and enjoy the rituals for taking care of my skin. But coveting “juicy” is not one I necessarily want.

However I do love juicing and the fun pretty potions I can create and whip up in what I husband calls… “My Beauty Kitchen”

I make them with all kinds of fruits, veggies, and even herbs. So delicious! Whether I want something fruity, very veggie or for a burst of energy you can make some awesome drinks. Including something sweet!

This afternoon I made a yummy and bodacious …

I love the beauty & potassium from bananas!

“Banana 🍌 Split” … not what you may think. No ice cream and no cherry on top.

What you will need for this recipe:

2 fresh ripe bananas

1 1/2 cups of coconut milk

1 teaspoon of maple syrup or agave nectar

4-5 ice cubes, crushed

Place the above in a blender. Mix it until smooth, creamy and dreamy!

*Sprinkle coconut 🥥 flakes on top!

I’m crazy for coconut! 🥥

Add a mini drink umbrella & festive paper straw if you’d like.

Enjoy this cooling and refreshing milkshake like smoothie! Great for your sweetie or the whole family.

Kiss 💋 this heatwave “Goodbye and Sip Away!”

Let’s make some…Spa water!

I recently traveled to Las Vegas for work and play! They have the best spas and shopping! Today for throwback Thursday I am thinking of some of my fabulous spa moments and SPA Water.

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As we are still in hot summer days I thought I’d share a recipe that I so love to make for my clients and family.

Sweet & Refreshing Strawberry and Pineapple Water. Both pineapples and strawberries have so many beauty and body benefits.

Pineapples help your gut and digestive tract. Packed with nutrients,antioxidants and enzymes. They also help to decrease your getting colds and infections. On the skin they are a great gentle skin exfoliator. A delicious sweet treat!

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Strawberries are a juicy form of Vitamin C. Eating them can help to lower the risk of cancer some doctors say. Can help reduce diabetes,heart disease and more .They too can be used as a fresh face mask mashed up and applied to the skin.

1 pineapple (cored) and sliced

1 large container of strawberries cut up in slices

1 pitcher of water

*ice cubes are optional

Serve cool or cold.

Did you know one of actress Catherine Zita Jones beauty secrets is to apply slices of fresh cut strawberries on her teeth to brighten them?

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I hope you have fun with these tips and recipes and try them for your complexion, a fruity snack or to make SPA water.

Are you in the business of beauty & wellness?

Be in the know … you might want to go!

This well known spa and wellness show is in West Palm Beach 🏝 Florida at the Convention Center. October 9th and 10th 2022.

I so look forward to educating this fall. October 9th at 10:00AM.

I’ll be teaching a class on makeup 💄 and marketing your beauty or spa business with makeup.

My class is “Makeup for the Minimalist”. You know things have changed a lot since Covid arrived in our lives and our clients have too!

Get your ticket 🎟 to attend this show. Come to my class and shop 🛍 the fabulous show floor.

Make it a mini vacay and stay a day longer. Enjoy the beauty and delicious food of Palm Beach, maybe shopping and book an appointment for a spa in the area.

Get inspired and learn all things new!

All the holidays are coming up soon and you need to get your clients excited too!

See you there!

Take a walk on the beach 🏖 or sit poolside. 😎

Door Prizes!

😎 Keep Cool!

Oh it’s so HOT and steamy outside! Isn’t it?

Summer heat is coming in hot!

When out of town I made myself a cocktail and facial slushee in my hotel room. Yes even on the road I love to whip up treats for my husbands and my skin. We both can’t seem to cool down and our eyes are puffy from all the salty snacks and yummy food.

You know puffy eyes are caused by water retention. A cold, allergies,food,drinking alcohol and jet ✈️ lag all can give you unwanted puffy eyes!

A few Cucumber recipes to cool you off!

So 🥒 cucumbers to the rescue!

I ❤️ love to use cucumbers for puffy eyes, beverages, as a snack and in delicious salads I so enjoy.

It is such a cool and delicious treat to use on your eye lids abs under puffy eyes and to eat.

What you will need is:

1 fresh cucumber

Ice cubes (crushed)

1 washcloth

Crush ice cubes and add the scooped out cucumber 🥒 pulp.

A cucumber 🥒 and ice slushee is the answer!

Place into a washcloth and lay down on a bed or a recliner. Close your eyes and just chill in more ways than one.We relaxed and did it for 15 minutes.

Another way to cool down is a bottle of Perrier or Italian sparkling 💦 water like San Pellegrino.

Add some 🥒 cucumber slices and some fresh squeezed lemon 🍋 juice. Place a few lemon slices into the glass.

If you’re not traveling and at a hotel. You can do this at home. Make a pitcher of water add lemon 🍋 and cucumbers. It is so refreshing and cooling. Ice is optional.

Some doctors say that drinking iced 💦 water with lots of ice cubes actually doesn’t cool you off. They suggest room temperature or slightly chilled water with no ice is best! Interesting huh?

Keep cool 😎!