Monday, September 24, 2012

It's the most wonderful time of the year...

My absolute favorite time of year is autumn. There is something quite magical about the changing of leaves, and switching the wardrobe to sweaters and scarves... carrying around steaming cups of chai tea, and snuggling up in a warm fuzzy blanket on the porch.

I also love photos in the fall- especially for our Christmas cards.

This year, we are offering Holiday Minis to commemorate our favorite time of year. It kind of makes me giddy to think that I'll be able to bottle up in a photo my favorite season for other families to share!

Off to enjoy a crisp soon-to-be fall breeze... Night, y'all.



Saturday, September 22, 2012

Dresser Revival: Verdict

So...I'm awesome.com and forgot to post the outcome of our dresser revival.

It's cute.

It makes me want to do more DIY projects.... and I am now working on our roll top desk.

Hopefully it's cute, too.

So for now, here is a collage of terribly lit photos from my Instagram. I've been too busy editing real sessions to edit my cute DIY photos.


Until next time, toodles!!!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Honey Boo Boo

Now, it's not what you think. Actually, I don't even know who/what Honey Boo Boo is, but I see it trending all over the place, so hey.

Actually what I'm talking about is HONEY on your FACE! If you've read recently, you might recall that we're cutting the chemicals at the Cavalier house. The more I read about chemicals and side effects, it's scares the bejeebies out of me. . .

We're really making progress though! So, in attempt to replace my face wash last week, I purchased a REN clay wash. It was touted to be all natural, have no chemicals, be gentle and.... yadda.

Obviously, I would be raving about it if it had worked. For me, sadly is broke my face out in cystic acne. It hurt. Real bad.

So, I decided to just jump in head first and go all natural, all the way (I was hesitant at first because I thought it was too difficult.)

I was wrong.

Simplest thing I've ever done, and it ROCKS!

I have heard that honey was magical (hello, Cleopatra), but it wasn't until I discovered this webheaven that I had a recipe I was comfortable with, and enough information to make be feel like I wasn't just smearing honey on my face.  Crunchy Betty, Iheartyou. So, my new routine goes something like this.

Ingredients:
Raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized honey
Baking Soda
Apple Cider Vinegar
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Jojoba Oil

Take a 1/2 teaspoon of honey and baking soda. Place on a moist washcloth. Rub said washcloth gently onto a moist face. (baking soda is your natural exfoliant) Rinse clean. Drop 3 drops of ACV onto a wet cotton ball or face swab. Tone to remove the remaining make-up, and balance PH from the soda.
Apply a small amount of EVOO to another cotton ball or face swab,  and use in small, gently circles to remove eye make-up.
Apply 3-4 drops jojoba oil to palms of your hands. Rub together, and apply to face/neck.

After just two nights and two days of this routine, my face is almost healed of the cysts and ickies.

I have suffered from bad outbreaks my entire life, and kept stripping the oils from my face with hard chemicals, cleansers, ointments.... WHY has a dermatologist never recommended honey? Or natural and gentle cleansers?

After a few more days, I will {maybe} post a few before/after photos of my outbreak. That's if I'm feeling super duper brave.

Until then, here is a photo of my new regime.


Toodles!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

DIY

If you follow me on Pinterest, you know I have been pinning a lot of furniture flips lately.
Well, hubs and I embarked on our first redo tonight! So far it has been super enjoyable.
We cleaned, sanded, and primed and it's looking quite fabulous.
The startup cost is a little costly (buying primer, wax, brushes and rollers) but thankfully we have everything else needed (including the old dresser from my Uncle Bob who recently passed away.)
The history is what makes this piece so special and we are thrilled to hopefully add many more memories to it!

Eventually it's going to be Connor's dresser, but we'll see where I put it first... ;)

So here is what it looks like thus far.

{update}
First coat is on and hardware painted! One more coat and we're in business!!

I'll make sure to post the finished product. :)