2.23.2012

A Change for the Better: 5

Makeup Makeover!



I have never been one to own expensive makeup - or a lot of makeup for that fact. I have always used the basics: foundation, powder, blush, eye shadow (usually the same color every day), eye liner, mascara and lipgloss. Even though I don't invest in high quality products, I do like wearing makeup, and wouldn't leave the house without at least some on. So, with all of these changes that I have been making, I couldn't avoid the subject of makeup. This is something that I am putting on my face, my eyes, my lips... everyday! I knew that whatever was in my current makeup products wasn't good.... so I began the search for something that was. Like always, I am on a budget and can't afford to spend a fortune on high quality natural makeup, so while searching "cheap natural makeup", I came across Physicians Formula's Organics Wear line. I believe they are the only drug store brand that offers truly natural makeup. After reading about their products and watching a few YouTube reviews, I was convinced to give this brand a try. Lucky for me, when I went out to purchase the makeup almost everything was on sale! I will admit that some things were difficult to find and the eyeliner I ended up having to order online. All other items I found at Target and Rite-Aid. 



My makeup bag might look dirty, but I gave it a good wipe-down and washed all of my brushes with a natural soap. 


It might seem crazy to makeup lovers that this is all I use now, but I am willing to sacrifice having a lot of stuff that is bad for me, for having a little that is good for me. I have been really happy with the quality of the Organic Wear, and am so happy that I made this switch! (*I am still on the hunt for eye shadow and lipstick/lipgloss) 

Here's to health and beauty!
*ATH*





2.13.2012

"I Dig You" Valentine!

I wanted to make some cute Valentines gifts for the young kiddos in my life - my cousins, Caden & Corwin, and three sweet kids that I babysit every now and then. I came across this idea online and thought it was so cute! They were easy to put together and turned out great! 

First, I created this image in a Word document for the tags. (Feel free to copy and use!)




Next, I put each shovel in a clear plastic bag, filled with candy, and tied a ribbon around the top!




I love how they turned out! I also thought it was fitting since we live by the ocean. =) 


I hope this idea was helpful! I'd love to hear if you plan on giving this Valentine a try! Until next time!
*ATH* 




2.12.2012

Homemade Valentine Doggie Treats!


For Valentines Day, I wanted to make something special for Olive. I never buy her store-bought treats, (who knows what is in those things!) so I decided to make her some! This is a recipe that I found online a couple of years ago and it is a huge hit every time! Olive was even nice enough to give some away to her friends. =) 



She knew these were for her from the beginning!

Ready to go in the oven!

She would NOT leave the kitchen while these were baking!

All done!

YUM

Gift bags!


Happy Valentines Day! XOXO
*ATH* 






2.03.2012

A Change for the Better: 4

Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner


Well, I have been making these changes as I go... not just throwing out everything that I already had, but instead replacing what I had, when it's gone, with the better option. I had been using the Clorox brand "Green Works", which is a lot better than the "bad stuff", but when taking a closer look, I read that only 97% of it's ingredients are naturally derived. Why?!? Why must they ruin it by adding 3% of artificial dyes or perfumes or whatever it is they are putting in there? I am sure that there are other brands out there that claim to be 100% natural, but I decided to try and make my own. Not only will I know for sure what is in the bottle, but it will also save me some money! That's always nice. I'm pretty sure I used the most basic recipe there is - water and vinegar. There is another one I'd like to try, so I am on the hunt for "washing soda." (The one ingredient I didn't have.) 




I'm excited to see how this works! The lemon juice is optional, I just added it for smell. Happy and healthy cleaning to you!
*ATH*

2.01.2012

A Touch of Valentine!

Happy February! I can't believe the first month of the year is already gone! In honor of Valentines Day, I wanted to give my home decor just a 'touch' of holiday flare. Nothing fancy - or expensive - so, this is what I came up with!


Materials:
- Red Pipe Cleaner (Cut in half)
- String / Yarn







It was as easy as that! I hope you all have a wonderful February full of love! <3
*ATH*