Today’s link round-up has ways to manifest more money, guilt-free chocolate cake, DIY laundry detergent, and more.
Chocolate Covered Katie taught us how to make a 100-calorie chocolate cake.
Mind Body Green shared steps to manifest more money.
Living Well Spending Less taught us how to create a morning routine that works.
My Own Home Blog shared a recipe for laundry detergent that only has three ingredients.
Halifax Bloggers shared how to really get rid of fruit flies.
Mini Monets and Mommies showed us how to make Halloween monster s’mores.
Domestically Blissful shared a recipe for roasted corn white cheddar chowder.
Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and My Own Home Blog
Today’s link round-up has a makeup review, tips for saving on a Disney vacation, tips for staying healthy, recipes, and more.
Tastefully Frugal shared a recipe for eggplant Parmesan.
Mind Body Green has eight tips for staying healthy when you’re crazy busy.
Oh She Glows shared a recipe for raspberry chia seed jam and oat crumble squares (they’re gluten-free).
Living Well Spending Less shared 20 ways to save money on a Disney vacation.
Kenarry showed us how to make a birthday banner.
Pursebuzz reviewed the Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics palette.
Cupcakes and Cashmere talked about how the five love languages changed her relationship.
Photo credit: Tastefully Frugal and Kenarry
Handwritten notes aren’t nearly common enough anymore. Wouldn’t you agree? Unless it’s Christmas or maybe even a birthday, there’s little chance I’m going to see anyone’s actual handwriting.
Don’t get me wrong, I love email and Facebook, but there’s something special about getting a cute little card in the mail with a personalized note inside.
Two years ago, I made an announcement on Facebook. I was going to stop feeling guilty for keeping all that holiday cheer to myself, and I was going to send out Christmas cards. It was a New Year’s resolution. I was going to do better with handwritten communication.
Flash forward two years, and those cards were never sent. Until yesterday.
I picked up a box of 15 blank Mara Mi note cards for around $7.00 (mine are metallic leopard print, but I didn’t see those on the Target website), and I turned those would-be Christmas cards into random “Have an Awesome Day” cards. Not quite the same, but maybe better since they were unexpected.
I’m actually ridiculously happy to have found the Mara Mi selection. I think there’s something there for everyone. There are blank cards, thank you notes, invitations, etc., and there are so many patterns, prints, and colors available. The selection is better in stores than on the Target website.
I like these better than full-size cards because sometimes you just want to drop a quick note in the mail to say you’re thinking of someone, but you don’t have enough to say to fill up the whole empty space inside of a regular blank card.
It seems a little more informal than choosing a card with a fitting picture or even text inside, too. You can just keep a box of the note cards on your desk and send one out when you feel like it, rather than trudging through the drugstore aisles with your kids in tow, hoping the perfect card pops out at you right off the bat.
I wouldn’t send one of these for a holiday or a birthday, obviously, but I love having them around for spur-of-the-moment little notes. I’ll be buying more.
Photo credit: Target
Today’s link round-up has a DIY hand sanitizer, a caramel pumpkin milkshake recipe, DIY earrings, and more.
Crafts by Amanda showed us how to use transfer paper for crafts.
Seasoned Homemaker shared a recipe for a DIY natural alcohol-free hand sanitizer.
Life with the Crust Off shared a recipe for a caramel pumpkin milkshake.
Carlsbad Cravings gave us a recipe for a mango coconut Oreo fudge crème ice cream box cake.
A Beautiful Mess shared a how-to for flower-embellished photo art.
Kimberly Snyder taught us how to make natural cleaning products.
Crafty Journal taught us how to make glittery fall leaf earrings.
Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and A Beautiful Mess
Sometimes I feel like I’m venturing into makeup snob territory, going to Sephora for the most basic cosmetic necessities in search of the next best thing. That doesn’t mean I don’t absolutely love it when I find a total gem in the drugstore (and I should really slow down some more on my Sephora habit anyway).
The Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain is one of the best lip products I’ve tried in a while, high end and low end combined. Specifically, the color Honey Love (I went back later and got Rock N Rouge, which is less versatile on me, but still pretty and long-wearing).
It comes in eight colors, most of them neutrals with a couple of brights thrown in.
The product melds with your lips, so it looks natural, but the color is definitely there. Honey Love looks like a better version of my own lip color.
It feels like chapstick going on and leaves a light layer of moisture on your lips. It’s easy to apply since it comes in a chubby pencil form. You can follow the shape of your lips without worrying about lip liner.
The most phenomenal thing about this stuff aside from the $2.99 price tag, though, is that it lasts for hours! Sometimes I’ll go to reapply it and find out it’s still on my lips.
Does it smudge off on the lid of my coffee cup? Yes. But somehow it leaves a stain behind that can last about half the day. It starts off glossy and goes to more of a stained finish.
If you’re worried about how to sharpen it based on the pictures, don’t worry about it. You simply twist it up.
Photo credit: Jordana
Today’s link round-up has a few delicious recipes, a stained glass project with glue, tips for moving when you have children, and a couple of DIY projects.
Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make a chocolate banana bread bowl.
Carlsbad Cravings shared a recipe for baked buffalo popcorn chicken with creamy honey buffalo dip.
Create Craft Love showed us how to decorate with corn husks.
Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make a Halloween door hanger.
I Love to Create Blog taught us how to make a faux stained glass with glue and leaves.
Almost Unschoolers shared tips for packing up memories when you move with children.
Sister’s Suitcase Blog taught us how to make Muppets pencil toppers.
Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Crafts by Amanda
I tried the Spa Wisdom™ Polynesia Monoi Oil on a whim because I was looking for something more natural than my regular lotions to use on my skin, and plain coconut oil felt too heavy as the weather was warming up.
This is a mix of coconut, sweet almond, sesame, and bertholletia oils. There’s fragrance added, as well as tiare flower (Tahitian gardenia) extract, but the scent on your skin is pretty faint after a little while.
If you’ve ever smelled Estee Lauder’s Beyond Paradise perfume, it’s similar—tropical and floral—but not nearly as strong.
So far, I’ve only used it on my skin after my shower and in my hair (damp and dry), but I have no doubt it performs well as a conditioner, massage oil, or bath oil based on the way it made my skin and hair feel.
I was just looking for something that wasn’t too expensive or chemical-laden to put on my body, but I noticed over time that my stretch marks had all but disappeared. (They came back later when I stopped using it for awhile due to sheer laziness—I still hate taking the time to put lotion/oil on my body, no matter how much good it does me, so this isn’t a permanent solution.) The bottle says nothing about doing anything for stretch marks or scars, so I was floored when I looked in the mirror one day and noticed they were barely visible.
As for hair, it’s easy to weigh your strands down when you put too much of this on them, so don’t use much at a time.
Oddly enough, I found that it worked much better when I put it in dry hair than damp. My hair was less likely to look oily when I put it on dry hair. Usually the opposite is true. It felt softer, smelled amazing (I love gardenias), and was a lot more manageable. It disguises ends that should’ve been cut months ago, too.
I absolutely love this stuff and recommend it to everyone I can. Look for it on sale, though, because The Body Shop always has good ones.
Photo credit: The Body Shop
Today’s link round-up has trick-or-great safety, oven cleaning tips, an inexpensive door stop idea, and more.
Muslin and Merlot showed us how to make a door stop out of a pool noodle.
A Simple Pantry showed us how to make Snickers cereal bars.
Southern Girl Ramblings shared some trick-or-treat safety tips.
Aunt Peaches told us why she never has to clean her oven.
A Beautiful Mess talked about the book club pick, Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver.
Restyled Junk showed us how to make cute Halloween potion bottles for parties or October home décor.
I Love to Create Blog taught us what to do when the patio furniture has been faded by the sun.
Photo credit: Muslin & Merlot and Aunt Peaches
If you’re a price-conscious mom looking for something cheaper than Dreft to use for washing baby’s clothes, Safonique may be a good option for your family. Checking prices on Walmart.com, I noticed that Safonique is $3 cheaper than Dreft for an equivalent sized container.
Safonique is hypoallergenic, so it’s a good choice for people with sensitive skin or allergies. It’s even safe to use with your baby’s clothes.
Safonique is a concentrated detergent that works with all water temperatures and can be used with both standard and front load washers. It contains no phosphates, synthetic dyes, or perfumes and is not tested on animals.
I’m a big lavender fan, so I think this product smells amazing! It also seems to do a very good job of removing tough stains.
My son’s shirt with a big spaghetti sauce spill came out as good as new and I also managed to get ink stains out of one of my favorite t-shirts by applying a bit of this detergent directly to the stain and rubbing it in before washing.
Safonique comes in a plastic bag with a pouring spout instead of a bottle like most liquid laundry detergents. I’m assuming this was done to be more eco-friendly and to avoid wasteful packaging. However, the bag is rather annoying to deal with because there’s no cap for measuring.
You’re supposed to use two ounces of product or squeeze the bag for two seconds. Squeezing is not a precise measurement of anything, so I’ve been pouring the bag into a separate measuring cup to do my laundry. Since I’m a bit of a klutz, I’ve also managed to spill laundry detergent more than once in the process.
If I buy this detergent again, I’ll be picking up some sort of dispenser to keep it in.
Safonique is available in over 600 locations including Walmart, Shop Rite, and online at Amazon and www.safonique.com.
Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.
Photo credit: Safonique