Apple Cider Vinegar Toner/Wash

I made my own apple cider vinegar toner, and it’s super simple, affordable, and effective!

I use a 1:1 ratio to make my toner/wash, but if you have more sensitive skin I’d start with a 1:4-1:2 (1 being ACV).

For mine, I just did 1 cup of water and 1 cup of ACV. It’s best to used distilled water. You can add essential oils as well, but make sure you add it to the ACV before you combine it with the water.

To use as a wash, get a wash cloth wet with your mixture, and wash your face. I’d personally do a light rinse, just to help wash away any exfoliated skin.

To use a toner, apply a small amount to a cotton round/ball and apply to clean dry skin. Let dry, and follow up with your favorite moisturizer!

And that’s it! There’s so many other benefits to ACV and I even recommend drinking a shot of it a day.

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Less is more! (Minimizing & Decluttering)

It’s getting to be about that time again… The time where I get rid of a bunch of stuff because I can’t keep my house clean. It’s honestly been about 2 years since I last did that, so it’s really not surprising that I need to do it again.

There are probably many ways that you can keep up with it, so you don’t have to do a big purge every year or so but when you have a baby you kinda throw all your routine and habits to the wind and enter into survival mode. And that’s usually when things pile up for me.

People give us clothes for the kids, and instead of switching them out it’s added to what they already have. I’m always telling myself I’ll get to it once I get another area clean, and it never happens because I can never quite get that one area clean. So all the other areas go neglected and get piled up until it’s a chaotic mess.

In Western Culture, we honestly just have too much stuff. My mom was saying that when she was young you didn’t have a lot of stuff if you were poor, but now there’s so much plastic and cheap junk that anyone’s house can be overrun with clutter.

I even read an article about a study that said if children have too many toys, it overwhelmes them and slows down their imagination and learning. Especially if the toy is a character from something and they’re not using their imaginations to create a character/story.

I’ve read The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying up by Marie Kondo, and I really do recommend it! She says to start with your own personal belongings when you start purging. So this time around I’ve decided to apply that and tackle the area that brings me the most stress. Which is laundry.

I used to only have to do about 3-4 loads to have all our laundry clean. But now we’re back up to about 8 or so. Which is ridiculous… Yes, we’ve added another person into our family. But that’s still no excuse for being a slave to the constant mountain of laundry.

If you can never seem to get your house clean or your laundry done, then it’s time to get rid of stuff.

Not only will it feel relieving, it’ll make your house so much more manageable and it’ll free you up to have more time to do the things you love. More time to spend with your spouse, your children, your family in general.

It’ll also help your children to learn how to pick up after themselves. Whenever my oldest who’s 3½ has too many toys, he’s overwhelmed and can’t manage to clean his room without me pointing everything out and telling him where it goes. It’s usually just easier to do it myself while he wonders around the room and plays. But that’s not teaching him anything, other than “mommy will clean up all your messes.”

Whenever I first purged all our stuff, it really only took me 20-30 minutes to clean the whole house. And most of the was just washing dishes, sweeping, and vacuuming.

I have quite a few goals for this new year, resolutions if you will. And getting my house under control is definitely a big one!

There’s so many resources out there to help you get to a more minimalist lifestyle. You won’t regret it, and you’ll never complain about needing more to pick up and clean. Trust me. 😉

Less is more! You’ll have more time, more energy, more peace, more patience, more joy. 🧡

I’m going to go through the process of eliminating clutter, and I’ll share with you the steps I take one room at a time.

Take a break

Hey guys, I know it’s been awhile since I made a blog post. I was going to share that I was going to take a step back from beauty blogging, as it was just too time consuming while trying to learn the new balance of being a mom of two… but, I forgot to ever post it. 🤦🏼‍♀️

So here I am, writing for the first time in who knows how long about mom stuff rather than makeup stuff.

Yesterday was the first time I’ve been out alone in about a year… I’ve been putting it off for awhile now, and would make up all the excuses as to why I couldn’t leave. Usually because of Elias with good reason, he takes “mama’s boy” to a whole new level. He’s a stage 5 clinger and cries whenever someone who isn’t me holds him. Even if it’s my husband.

I also felt guilt everytime I considered going out alone.

I felt selfish like I was leaving my husband and my kids out, or like I was abandoning them.

But as I sat there alone for the first time in a long time, I realized it was way more selfish of me to not take the time to take care of myself. How can I be the best mother and wife that I can be, if I’m stretched thin, tired out, short tempered, and overwhelmed all the time? How is that fair to my husband or kids?

I can’t pour into them from an empty cup.

Taking a break from the whining, complaining, arguing, constant neediness, and crying is ok. It will make you appreciate all the giggles, cuddles, smiles, kisses, hugs, and sweet moments so much more.

I had to realize that Elias will be ok, even if he doesn’t think so. He’s with his dad who loves him, and can care for him just as well as I can.

So take your break mama, give it to yourself. Go get some coffee by yourself, read a book, have Jesus time. Because chances are no one else is going to offer it to you without your asking.

You have to make time for your own sanity.