Summer Skincare

Living in the Pacific Northwest we do not see warm, sunny weather all that often until summer. This time of the year we enjoy spending time outside doing many different activities. While we are outside soaking up all of the sunshine we also need to think about protecting our skin. One of the best ways to protect ourselves is to use sunscreen.

According to the Cleveland Clinic the immediate danger of too much sun is sunburn. If you looked at sunburned skin under a strong microscope, you would see that the cells and blood vessels have been damaged. With repeated sun damage, the skin starts to look dry, wrinkled, discolored, and leathery. Although the skin appears to be thicker, it actually has been weakened and, as a result, it will bruise more easily. However, the sun’s most serious threat is that it is the major cause of skin cancer, which is now the most common of all cancers. Doctors believe that most skin cancers can be avoided by preventing sun damage. The following picture shows someone under normal light on the left, and ultraviolet light on right to show sun damage.

Sun Damage

There are many different brands of sunscreen which can be overwhelming to pick one if you don’t know which one you need.  All sunscreens have an SPF (sun protection factor) number so the higher the SPF number, the greater the amount of protection. To fully protect your skin from sun damage, everyone should use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.


So when you get older if you don’t want to look older than you are or possibly deal with skin cancer, wear sunscreen. Here are some tips from the Cleveland Clinic on correctly applying sunscreen:

  • Apply the sunscreen at least 20 to 30 minutes before you go outdoors, whenever you will be exposed for 30 minutes or more.
  • Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours while you are outdoors, even if the product is labeled “all-day.” If you get wet or perspire heavily, reapply sunscreen more frequently.
  • Cover all exposed areas, including your ears, lips, face and back of your hands.
  • Don’t skimp; apply a generous layer. Smooth it on rather than rub it in.
  • Women should apply sunscreen under makeup. If you wait to apply sunscreen until you hit the beach, you may already be perspiring, and moisture makes sunscreens less effective.

Squirt Gun Painting

With summer in full swing it’s nice to be outside doing things. This brief tutorial is a way to do a fun art project outside.

Materials needed:


Watercolor paper or if you don’t have any, whatever paper you have around the house

Squirt gun


The best paint for this project would be liquid watercolor paint. However if you don’t have any then just take the paint you have and thin it down with water.


Step 1: Put your paper outside somewhere such as on top of the grass or take a thumbtack and tack it onto a tree.


Step 2: Fill your squirt gun with paint, stand back and squirt the paint onto the paper. The thicker your paper, the better it will work. You can do that for each color you want to use until you’ve created your own unique piece of art.


Coke Slushie

Slowly but surely, the cold is melting away and the sun is coming out! It is getting to be about that time of fighting away the heat. This simple slushie will keep you cool as we move through spring and in to summer. All you need is a freezer and a bottle of soda to complete this super fun treat, plus it’s cheap!

Any kind of soda works but it has to be the 16 oz. bottle. The first step is to shake it as hard as you can. You want it to look like the picture below, but don’t decide to open the bottle.

Coke 1

Next, put the soda bottle into the freezer for about 3 hours. The longer the soda is in the freezer, the better it will freeze. Be warned; do not leave it in the freezer for more than 3 hours and 15 minutes.
Coke 2

Here comes the tricky part. After taking the bottle out of the freezer, untwist the cap for about three seconds then quickly close it again. Then, flip the bottle quickly upside down. This causes the soda to instantly freeze.

Coke 3

Coke 4

To finish off your cold, slushie treat, just poor it out into a cup or a bowl and enjoy!

DIY:Painting with Glue

Today’s DIY we are making sun-catchers out of glue and food coloring. You can either use it as a sun-catcher or as a decorative item for your personal space.


Items needed:

  • White Glue
  • Plastic Lids-Lids from tubs of yogurt, hummus, sour cream etc. work best, although metal lids also work
  • Food Color
  • Toothpick
  • Hole punch
  • String

Step 1: Pour some glue in the lid and then swirl it around until it has covered the inside of the lid completely.

Step 2: Put one or two drops of food coloring on the glue.


Step 3: Using your toothpick swirl the food coloring around to create your desired effect and then repeat with each color you want to use. Be careful and don’t combine colors too much as it could make your project look muddy and brown.



Step 4: Let everything dry. The colors will expand and continue to create an effect as they settle. The glue will take one to three days to completely dry depending on the amount of glue used. The edges of the glue will begin to peel from the lid once it is completely dry.

Step 5: Once you’re sure it’s dry, peel it off the lid. From here you can punch a hole in the and a string if you want to hang it up or you can leave it as is and use it as something else.

Note: Babble Dabble Do noted on their site that as long as it is hanging in a window the food coloring will begin to shrink as the glue hardens which will make it look differently over time (which could be pretty cool). After all, who do you know that has a sun-catcher that the design will change over time as it hangs in a sunny window?

All photos courtesy of Housing a Forest and Babble Dabble Do. You can learn more on


DIY Spa Bath Soak

It’s fun to do some DIY things especially if it saves you money and you can do it for cheap. Spa bath salts are cheap and easy to make, plus it’s great for your skin. To make your own spa bath salts for your bath you need to grab some epsom salt, an empty jar or container with a lid, and fragrance oil. If you want to give your bath some color then also grab some food coloring.

Step 1: Put a cup of epsom salt into a bowl.

Step 2: Add a few drops of fragrance oil to the epsom salt and mix it up really well. You will want to make sure you get it mixed up well because you don’t want the fragrance to be too strong. After mixing everything if you realize you put to much fragrance oil in the salt then just add a little more epsom salt and keep mixing.


Step 3: If you want to give your epsom salt some color so it will give your bath a slight tint, add some drops of food coloring to the mix and then stir everything again until the food coloring is mixed in. Only add about 5 drops of food coloring to start and then you can add a little more food coloring to get your desired color. Keep in mind that a little food coloring will make your bath look cool and it will not stain your skin, but using too much food coloring in the mix can potentially stain your skin.


Step 4: For the final step you take the mix and put it in to some type of jar or container that has a lid. Now that you’re finished you are ready to enjoy an awesome, relaxing bath.


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Kool-Aid Lip Gloss

I don’t know about you but I tend to use a lot of lip gloss throughout this time of year. You will probably have an empty lip gloss pot at some point and instead of throwing it away, how about reusing it? With some coconut oil, a cheap packet of kool-aid and some sugar, you can make your own lip gloss for your empty lip gloss pot and not only will it be cheaper but you’re helping our environment by reusing and not throwing away. Here’s the directions to make your own lip gloss:

  • 2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 package of Kool-Aid
  • enough water to form a paste
  • 1 tsp. sugar or to taste
Step 1: Start by softening your coconut oil. I heat the oil in the microwave for 5 seconds and then stir vigorously. You don’t want to overheat it, it should not be in liquid form, but you could put it back in for another few seconds if it is too firm.
Step 2: In another cup, pour in about half of the Kool-Aid. Add just enough water to form a paste and see the color. Whisk in your sugar and add it into your softened coconut oil a little at a time till you achieve the desired color.
Step 3:If you have a small whisk you can use it but if not a normal whisk is fine, and then maybe some elbow grease to mix it all together. The oil and paste don’t mix well unless you work at it… just a little bit. Keep whisking untill most of the sugar has dissolved. Step 4: Spoon the gloss (it will still be a litle soft) into your container.Let them cool completely or refrigerate briefly to solidify the oil again.
Keep in mind that Kool-aid in those little packets can stain fingers, counter tops…etc…You might want to put something down that will prevent any issues with staining.
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Ramen Noodle Hacks

Ramen noodles: you might love them or you might not but either way they are a pretty cheap meal to fix, whether you’re looking for something quick or it’s what you can currently afford. So you have before you a package of ramen noodles and you want to make them taste better or different from the usual. Here are some cheap hacks to give your noodles a makeover:

Frozen vegetables – frozen veggies are usually pretty cheap with corn and peas being good options. You can take the frozen package and run under hot water for 30 seconds give or take, and then after you drain them just add them to the hot soup before serving.

Longer cooking vegetables – veggies that take longer to cook like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and snap peas can be added while the noodles are cooking, usually about 2 minutes before it is finished boiling.  It may take trial and error to figure out the precise moment to add them in so they’re fully cooked but it can be done.

Hard boiled eggs – add the eggs to a pot of cold water, bring it to a boil, and then drop in your noodles. The egg should be pretty perfectly hard boiled in just about the same time that it takes to cook the ramen through.

Canned soup – if you want to you can add a can of cream soup like cream of mushroom, cream of chicken or whatever you have on hand.

You can also add different spices and condiments to the noodles to give them a different flavor. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try some new things! If you have some hacks to upgrade your ramen noodles, share them here, or tag us on Facebook.

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Simple Hair Style DIY


If you’re looking for a fun new hair style then check out this tutorial. This easy low bun would be cute and casual as well as a great holiday hair style.


Follow these easy steps to this great hair style:

1. Begin with a loose, low ponytail.
2. Part hair above the hair-tie.
3. Pull pony up and through into a topsy.
4. Repeat previous step into another topsy.
5. Use your index finger and wrap another topsy to create the roll.
6. Continue to roll until you run out of ponytail.
7. Fasten under the roll with bobby pins until it feels secure.

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Thanksgiving Appetizer


With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you might be thinking about wanting to help out with dinner that day by making a dish. Even if you aren’t planning to make something, this three ingredient, three minute dish of cream cheese covered in caramel sauce and toffee bits would be fun any time of year. This spread would be delicious on apple slices.


  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • caramel sauce (homemade or store-bought)
  • toffee bits
  • sliced apples, pears, pretzels for serving


  1. Place the cream cheese on a dish or serving tray
  2. Pour the caramel sauce over the cream cheese
  3. On top of the caramel sauce put the toffee bits

To complete this dish just put some apple slices around the spread and you’re finished. Check out to find other great recipes and ideas.

Fall/Thanksgiving Decoration


As seasons and holidays change I enjoy doing some kind of craft. This is a simple, easy, and cheap decoration you can make for your room or wherever. All you need to do is first find yourself a jar of some type. If you can’t find a jar, the dollar store has mason jars for a dollar.

You will also need:

leaves (real or fake)

Mod Podge

Sponge brush (some people use their fingers so you could potentially skip the brush as well)

Raffia or ribbon


Step 1: Clean the jar. If you have rubbing alcohol wipe the jar off with rubbing alcohol before applying the mod podge as it gets off any unseen grease, dirt or residue.

Step 2: Make sure your leaves especially if you went with real leaves, can bend and move without falling apart. If you have a leaf that you’re afraid will fall apart when you try to put it on the jar, you might want to choose a different leaf.

Step 3: To decoupage, dip your brush in the Mod Podge and paint a thin layer on a section of the jar.  Once that layer becomes quite sticky (check by dabbing your finger on it), place a leaf on the jar.  Paint more Mod Podge on top of the leaf in thin layers, making sure to smooth out the edges.  Start in the center of the leaf, and push your way out to the edges with your fingers.  It may take a few layers, but the leaf should stick to the jar. You might have to press down a few times to get it to stick but once the mod podge dries it should be fine.You can use your fingers to help smooth out the leaf so it will stick to the jar after the mod podge is applied.


Step 4: Repeat the process with more leaves until you have the jar covered with the amount you want. It will then take a few hours to completely dry depending on the amount of leaves layered on the jar. Once the jar is dry, you can add raffia or a ribbon, and a candle to complete your project.



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