A DIFFERENT VIEWPOINT

  by Anne Montgomery Twenty years into my officiating career, my superiors finally relented and allowed me and my peers to wear sunglasses in the field, but, by then, my eyes were already damaged. “You’re blood pressure is a little high,” the nurse said. I smiled. “Could it be that you’re about to stick sharp…

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Wickedly Good

If you are looking for a DIY present this year, a home-made lip sugar scrub might be just what you need. Most store-bought scrubs may taste sweet, but they contain ingredients that should not be ingested. This scrub combines simple ingredients that are entirely edible. I first thought of this scrub when I read the ingredients…

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Holiday Gift Sets

Tis the season for the holiday gift set bonanza, not only at stores like Sephora, Ulta, and Nordstrom, but also Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and Target.  These items are available now and will most likely be sold out before the first snowflake falls. So each Friday I will be featuring holiday sets on my blog. I…

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Fall Makeup Haul & Giveaway

Hi everyone! I hope you are looking forward to Fall as much as I am. With the spectacular display of leaves, warm, snuggly sweaters and scarves, and, of course, Halloween–what more could a person ask for in a season? I purchased a few products to prepare for the change in the weather. I have tried…

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Battle of the Bum Bum Creams

I first encountered the brand Sol de Janeiro after seeing it in multiple YouTube videos late last year. I purchased the original BRAZILIAN BUM BUM CREAM and have subsequently repurchased it several times. Brazilian Bum Bum Cream is infused with Guaraná, a native Amazonian plant whose fruit contains one of the most potent forms of…

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Favorite Tarte Skin Care

Tarte Frxxxtion Stick 3-In-1 Exfoliating Cleanser I originally received a travel-sized version of the Tarte frxxxtion stick 3-in-1 exfoliating cleanser in an Ipsy bag. It quickly became one of my favorite exfoliating products and I use it at least once a week. It contains diatomaceous earth microexfoliants: fossilized sea algae that absorb surface oil and toxins…

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Hi-Low Beauty Essentials

What high-end skincare products do you use? Which ones are “worth the splurge?” What low-end products/tools do you use? Let me know in the comments below.

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Worth the Price? Walmart VS. Target Beauty Boxes

It’s no secret to readers of this blog that I enjoy receiving subscription boxes. I think they’re a good value and they offer an opportunity to try products or brands that I might not have found on my own. Let’s face it – the world is filled to the brim with different health and beauty…

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Everything is Coming Up Roses

Steam distillation, one of the most common methods to preserve the fragrance, has been used for hundreds of years to extract attar of roses (rose oil). The advantage of distillation is that the volatile components can be distilled at temperatures lower than the boiling points of their individual constituents and are easily separated from the…

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Summertime Writing Essentials

Warm weather and bright sunlight are especially tempting this time of year. Their siren call leads me away from my computer and into my backyard garden. I have yet to find a good way to write on my Macbook or iPad outside in the sunlight. So to keep myself indoors and locked to the screen for enough time to be productive, I make my writing area as comfortable as possible and pack it with a few essentials to keep my motivation level high.

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FabFitFun Summer 2017 Review

I have to admit that I love getting subscription boxes. I like trying new products and brands that I might never have tried on my own. Most of the ones that I get are makeup or beauty product related. But FabFitFun, which is a seasonal box, has more than beauty items. They also have fashion items, fitness products, and items for cooking, art, travel, and so forth. As one of my family members said–“It’s nice to see you get something besides makeup.”

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Summer Essentials: Water

Water keeps your body working properly. Humans lose water throughout the day in a variety of ways. If the weather is hot, people lose fluids even more quickly. How much water a body needs on a daily basis depends on many different factors. The best advice is to talk to your doctor if you have…

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What Story Do You Tell Others?

Recently a friend of mine (we’ve been friends since college) went on a vacation.  She visited a lot of historical places, had her picture taken in front of a multitude of statues, and went to several museums. These are activities that she never does when she is at home.  I will invite her to a…

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