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Charting the style of daily life...with the mouth of a sailor.


picking strawberries...

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Right in the thick of strawberry season, I'm craving lush, pink shades for lips and cheeks. Plus, the fresh scent of ripe berries for body scrubs, shower gels and balms is light and innocent - perfect for sweet, sunny days.

fresh picked...

Strawberries are loaded with anti aging antioxidants! Here's my DIY Strawberry Sugar Scrub:

Mash 2 or 3 strawberries in a bowl then mix 1 tablespoon each of honey and sugar. Add grapeseed oil as needed to make the scrub less abrasive. Use on feet, body or face, depending on skin sensitivity. Rinse well and follow up with moisturizer and SPF.

Emailed tips & tricks...

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I loathe email forwards but every now and then I get a good one. The below tips are from one such email but I have no idea who to credit! Maybe the same Nigerian Prince that needs my money to free his fortune?

* Cut an apple then secure it with a rubber band in its original shape so it doesn't brown before lunch.

* Score x's in a box top for an easy cupcake carrier/holder

* Turn a muffin pan upside down to make cookie dough cups to hold fruit or ice cream.

* Hull strawberries using a plastic straw...easy & fast!

* Use egg cartons to hold delicate ornaments.

* Install a tension rod in your kitchen cabinet to hold spray bottles, giving you lots of room for other essentials.

* Bread tags make great tech cord labels.

* Rub a walnut over wood furniture to erase dings & scrapes.

* Store rolls of wrapping paper on the ceiling by installing wire from the wall to the door frame for easy organization.

* iPhones & iPads can be placed in bowls to amplify sounds without additional gear.

* Baby powder removes sand from feet in a snap. A travel sized bottle is the perfect addition to your beach bag.

* Use shower caps as covers for shoes to prevent dirty soles from touching clean clothes.

* Install magnetic strips inside bathroom cabinets to hold hair pins, tweezers, nail clippers, etc.

* Freeze aloe vera gel in an ice cube tray for individual sunburn relieving doses.

* Sheet sets are folded and slipped inside one of the matching pillowcases for easy storage and to keep the set together.

* Using a rubber band cover the nozzle of your vacuum cleaner with hosiery to sweep up lost treasures like earring backs, etc.

Trying Tria...part 2

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I'm a month in to my adventures with home laser hair removal and while I haven't seen any results just yet I'm certainly getting very comfortable with the device and the process. I started just with my underarms since the area is small but I quickly expanded the treatment to other parts. I mean, if I'm going to go through this process I might as well emerge on the other end like a hairless cat, right?
Since I've now treated my designated spots twice I'm anxious to start seeing the hair that does grow in become more fine and the overall growth rate slow down after subsequent treatments. I have yet to experience any real pain and have not had any skin irritation so I'm planning to increase the laser's intensity from 2 to 3 (on a scale of 5) for my next session.

Stay tuned for part 3 next month and if you missed part 1 click here.


Trying TRIA...part 1

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I've always said that if you spend enough time in a salon you'll wax anything and I've logged many, many hours in salons over the years. But now that I'm no longer working for a salon/spa company my regularly scheduled waxing appointments have morphed into sporadic sessions with razors and shaving cream. While I have found my ideal shaving implements I still hate the task so when TRIA gave me the opportunity to test the technology of laser hair removal in my own home I jumped for joy!

I've been reading and reading and reading in preparation and today I finally did my patch test. I'm so excited to embark on this experiment and to share the process and the results with all of you. I'll be posting regularly each month and at the end of it all one of you will have the opportunity to win your very own TRIA laser!!!

Stay tuned...


Catching up on INsight...

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Eek! I'm a tad behind...below are my past two appearances on INsight:

Ah...the one where I say I'm a grinning idiot and then grin like an idiot to help illustrate my point.


Oy...this is the one where I say: Twinsies! (cringe)