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!

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!

Valentine’s ❤️Day Gifts on a budget!

Here are a few ideas to celebrate 🎉 and good be to someone that day!

I love,love,love ❤️ Valentine’s Day!

I love it even more that we celebrate love with the family, your Galentine, and your sweetie too.

Did you notice or know that Hershey’s has come out with a bag of Hershey’s KissesConversation Hearts?

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You know like the sweet baby candy 💕hearts some of us enjoyed in our childhood and gave for Valentine’s Day at school.

The milk chocolate kisses have a sweet loveable saying/ message on the bottom!

Here’s what they read:

Me & You

Gimme A Kiss💋

Be Mine

UR Sweet

BFF

Hey You!

A kiss 4 You💋

Sweet Kiss 💋

Love & Kisses 😘

❤️ If you love kissing, chocolate and Hershey’s Kisses …run don’t walk and try and find them! Place them in little bags or boxes, sprinkle them on a bed and the floor leading to the bedroom. Rose petals work well too. But kisses 😘 will really do!

❤️Another fun idea. Is to give a kitchen whisk. Tie a big bow on it and add a gift tag or greeting card that reads… “ Let’s Whip up something together.” The foodie would really love this clever idea!

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❤️Make a massage oil in your kitchen. All you need is an empty and a bottle of olive oil or some other oil. Add a few drops of your or their favorite essential oil. 🌹 Rose makes an aromatic Massage oil. If you don’t like rose choose one you love. Shake up. Pour into a glass bottle. Tie a ribbon with an invitation, include a small candle. The invitation can read: “This magic elixir is redeemable for a warm and sensual massage by candlelight.”

❤️ Nothing like sending a LOVE Letter!

Create a love letter & Or DIY Valentine card!

(Not one off the store shelf)

What this pandemic has taught us is to not only stop, slow down and smell the daisies. It is also a time to share and spread love ❤️ and let that special someone in your life how you feel! Don’t let a card say it for you. YOU write it and say how what you want to say and why.

❤️Pick Up some Chinese Takeout. Add a set of fun chopsticks and have a delicious time.
I love these so much I carry them for V-day so my clients to enjoy. Actually great for the entire family. Interactive kissy lips 👄 fun.

I hope my ideas spark your imagination and or you can use one or two of them.

After all, It’s all about the little things.

Saying “I love you“ doesn’t have to cost a fortune!

I hope you have an awesome Valentine’s Day and that you’ll spread love and kindness in your own way.

PS

You don’t have to have a Valentine to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Be YOUR own Valentine! 🥰 Love Yourself.

Comforting!

It’s been quite a week. And I find my clients and I are stressed. Perhaps you are too! Life is tough right now.
So, I have recommended they explore a few flowery herbs to keep calm and comforted that I use. I hope you enjoy and find comfort in them too.
I use fresh lavender. I use the buds to make sachets and tuck them in my pillow case. So de-stressing! The aroma is addictive.I also love to sprinkle it on fresh baked sugar cookies just before they are done. So pretty.

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The relaxing beauty of chamomile. Another gem is chamomile. I love it as a tea 🍵 with a dash of honey or agave nectar. Very relaxing. I also find it wonderful as a tea bag compress on the eyes to relax and to help those puffy eyes. Simply enjoy a cup of the tea and save the used tea bag. Apply it to your eye area once it has cooled do my use it hot from tea cup. Chill out for ten minutes.

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Next up are rose 🌹 petals I love to pull them off the stem and make rose potpourri by drying the petals. I find this very relaxing and a creative time. And after it’s dried out I sprinkle them with a few dashes of rose essential oil. Place in a small bowl or sweet basket. So lovely and a relaxing light scent at your bedroom nightstand.

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Have you got a recipe you’d like to share with me and my blog readers? Please share. Sharing is caring. We’re all in this together. One day at a time.

Have you ever been to…

Napa Valley?

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Oh what a pretty peaceful place. It is also a yummy spot to visit. The colors all around there are such an inspiration.

This fall one of the hottest makeup and nail lacquer hues are all about 🍷 wine, merlot and mauve lipstick, eyeshadows and blush. So many hues to play with!

Now is the time to update your or her look and add some deeper gorgeous hues into your world.

Get out those makeup brushes and paint some pretty faces. And sip some wine and enjoy those antioxidants and healthy beauty and body benefits of wine 🍷 and fresh grapes 🍇 too!

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