Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pumpkin Puree Face Mask DIY

I'm always looking for natural ways to cleanse and brighten my complexion. I have Atopic Dermatitis, which causes my skin to have small dry spots from certain products. All natural is usually the way to go.

Pumpkin is full of vitamins and anti-oxidants, some of them include;
  • Alpha & Beta Carotene
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
One of the reasons I use this mask/scrub during the chilly weather, is because the enzymes in pumpkin help dissolve dry skin cells. Also, the Alpha-Hydroxy acids help to brighten and smooth out the skin.

I personally love adding peppermint to my face masks. It gives me a great "cooling" sensation, and makes my skin feel extra clean. Use very sparingly, and adjust the measurements as needed. Essential oils are very concentrated, and the potency can cause irritation if not used in correct moderation.

Pumpkin Face Scrub Recipe


3-4 drops of essential oil (I used peppermint)
1/3 cup Ground Almond Flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar

Mix all of the ingredients, place into a sealable bowl. Keep it in the fridge, I typically use it within 5 days.

I placed everything into a hello kitty container I got from Target in the dollar bins. It was super easy to do, and I feel good knowing the ingredients in my skin care.

What's your favorite at home beauty DIY?

**Editor's Note** This face scrub is very "wet". Its best to be patted on, and scrubbed with a face cloth since the little bits of pumpkin can easily fall off. The facial scrubber helps to rub the pumpkin in while exfoliating :-)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Oscar de la Renta


 Oscar de la Renta and his PR girl.  Questions.
 -Oscar de la Renta

All Natural Raw Pumpkin Puree


I wanted to try some new recipes using pumpkin ('tis the season!), so what better way than to use my Magimix.
Raw Pumpkin Puree Recipe
What you need:
1 Small Pie Pumpkin
1 and 2/3 cups of distilled water

 Dice up the small pie pumpkin (remove the seeds, and cut off the stem). Place the diced up pumpkin pieces into the Magimix, cover, add the water, and pulse it until you get it to a thick paste like consistency. That's it! Super Easy.

I scooped it into 3 mason jars, and placed it into the fridge for later use that week. I used the raw puree in a few recipes I tried out, along with making a DIY all natural face mask. I'll post the face mask recipe next :-)

Have you tried making pumpkin puree before? I don't think I'll ever purchase the canned version again.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Everything But The House: Online Estate Sales


{Current Estate Sale I Found Being Auctioned}

I was approached by "Everything But The House", to see if I would be interested in trying out their online estate sales. If you read my blog, you probably know by now how much I enjoy antiquing & rummaging for vintage items.

Typically, when I shop estate sales, I stick to either vintage home goods, vintage jewelry or vintage toys (along with some occasional thrifted items I can turn into DIY's to adorn my home). Everything But The House has all of that and more.

I know of a few sites where you can auction off/bid on things people personally sell, but I didn't know that there was a place here in Louisville that specifically catered to Estate Sales. I was pretty excited to try them out.

The website is called www.EBTH.com. They really do live up to their name, as they have a large variety of items for sale; things you would typically find in any estate sale.

{Current Estate Sale I found Being Auctioned} 

The process is simple, and I found their website to be very user friendly. You just simply go on to their website, search through items you find appealing & bid. If you win the item, you can either choose to pick it up or have it shipped (for an additional charge.).

I did bid on a couple of items, and finally won one for the budget I had, it was a beautiful deep red glass set. 

 {Glass Auction I won on EBTH.com}


I loved the hue of the glass. I had been looking for a deep red pitcher, and was lucky to find it on their site!

At the moment, they do have a ton of beautiful sales going on, including the ones that caught my eye; like the Louis Vuitton luggage set shown above, and the vintage jewelry set<3 

For more info, check them out on their website.

They also are on social media! Follow them on:


Thank you Everything But The House for the opportunity to check you guys out!

Have you ever bid on online auctions? 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Purses, Pouts, & Pearls! {Louisville Event}

{One of the beautiful bags that will be in the designer handbag bingo!}
Kate Spade "Rachelle" bag. Kindly donated by the Kate Spade location 
at the Shoppes of the Bluegrass.

I have great news to share with you guys<3

There is a new event in Louisville, that benefits the amazing work of the American Cancer Society. The evening includes bingo for designer handbags (!!!), a silent auction for high end items, gift bags, light bites & signature cocktails.

Tickets are $45 per person; Tables of 8 & 10 are also available!

I hope you're able to come out and support a wonderful cause<3

For more information on the event and tickets, check them out here.

Purses, Pouts, & Pearls
November 7th, 2014, 6-10 p.m.

Woodhaven Country Club
7200 Woodhaven Road
Louisville, Ky.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fall meals to try!

I've been soooo super busy. I promise things will be picking up soon :-)

This next week, to keep things chugging along with fall inspiration, I based my weekly menu on fall foods that I found on pinterest. I've been sticking to a low carb diet (Info and result post in the works now), so I made my meal plan somewhat around that. Although I'm no longer preparing for my brother's & sil's wedding, I decided that on Monday, I will resume my low carb lifestyle until I get down to my goal weight. {I've had a long week full of cheating...}

Anyways, here are my meals for this week. I can't wait to try some of these babies out.

Green Chile & Chicken Casserole By: Kalyns  Kitchen

Pumpkin Pie Custard By SugarFree Mom

Zucchini Boats By Persnickety Plates

Apple Pie Cake By Recipe Girl

Beef Curry with Pumpkin By Rasa Malaysia

 Beanless Pumpkin Chili By Wicked Stuffed

Hopefully all of these taste as great as they look (chances are I'll probably tweak a few of these to ingredients I already have on hand.

How is your fall coming along? I myself can't wait to try a few crafts.