As summer lurks around the corner, I’m stashing my sweaters in lieu of sundresses and packing up the boots for my favorite sandals.
I love the thought of summer months, but the reality of hot temperatures and humidity reeks havoc on ones beauty regime. I’ve always been a “get ready and go in a few minutes” kind of a girl, and summer is no different.
In fact, summer is that time of year when one should lighten the beauty routine and let the natural reign through with make up, hair, and even fashion touches, but use caution, because it’s also the most dangerous time.
Dangerous, you say? Beauty is dangerous?
Oh, you know what I am going to mention. Those glorious, summer UV rays that we all love are the largest culprits to brown spots, wrinkles and skin damage, so taking precaution with our beauty choices is critical.
Do I sound like a momma giving too much advice?
Well, this momma had her son diagnosed with melanoma at just 11 years old (pre-blogging, so I never shared that story) and since then, my hubby and I are sticklers when it comes to our family’s skin.
Since I live in NC, I adhere to some of my top summer tips longer than most of you, but they are great ideas to take with you throughout the year.
Summer Skin Care
Years ago, when working with a make up artist, she quoted me a statistic that has stuck with me for decades. Every evening that you do not remove your make up equals one month of bad skin care (or something drastic). That could be a bogus statistic, but it worked.
There’s nothing I appreciate more than a homemade carrot cake with an easy cream cheese frosting. Knowing all the love that went into shredding those carrots, measuring the spices and whipping that cream cheese makes it ever so much more sweet, but then you have days that your momma warned you about.
Days when 30 people storm your front door and you’re not ready for them. Days when you’ll have to put aside your idea of shredding those carrots and don the “whatever it takes” apron.
Those are the days when you pull out this recipe because I am not too proud to admit, I have those days.
Yep, more often that not.
And instead of slamming the door on my guests in hopes that they have the wrong day, I proceed to take these glorious muffins out of the oven, inhale the delicious aroma permeating from the entire kitchen and hide the box from which these muffins got their jump start.
Because if you won’t tell them, I won’t, and none will be the wiser.
For most of us, the dreaded “B” word of budgeting shares similar feeling with housekeeping, ironing or quite possibly, finger nails on the chalkboard.
We know saving money is important. We understand that learning strategies on how to improve our budget is crucial. Conceptually, we know living within our means is a necessary part of everyday life, yet we may not always get to it, let alone enjoy it.
Yes, my mantra has come through before, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
Whether it’s failing to plan in the food and meal plan department or just in the every day of life, this Type “Z” personality knows that wisely planning where our dollars go is critical to financial freedom.
I am a huge Dave Ramsey fan and one of the main thing he stresses is having a fully funded emergency fund for things such as, well, accidents.
Do you remember my post, “It doesn’t matter what you think?” and our old hunk ‘o junk? Well, I was so wishing I had been driving that vehicle last night because I was in an accident with all our kids. An accident that could have been incredibly bad and for that my gratitude abounds, yet one that was unfortunately my fault, none the less. [Read More...]