The Morning Routine to Start Your Day Off Happy

 

   It's easy to wake up in a fog and feel like you might be a little grumpy throughout the day, but if you follow a fun morning routine, these tips will help you off to a better start!


* Make sure everything you need is set out the day before, for a smooth morning transition. This means choosing your outfit the night before, if it's not easy to grab and go.

* Wake up early, setting an alarm if you have to, to build up the habit of doing so; But in order to do this, you must make sure you go to bed at a decent time to get an adequate amount of sleep your body needs.  

* Upon first waking, rehydrate your body by drinking a few sips of water. The warmer, the better, to get your digestive system flowing! 

 * After releasing the toxins your body built up while sleeping (aka going pee/poop), get into some easy going stretches. Stretch every limb and joint, to invite your body to become more limber and fluid. You can begin a morning workout here if you choose to do so, or you can save that for later in the day, depending on what your body prefers.

* While doing said stretches, allow your mind to meditate a little. Speak your prayers or affirmations over the day, setting a positive energy to flow around you. You can also do this in your morning shower!

* Consume a nutritious breakfast or light snack to give your body the energy it needs to kickstart your day. Eggs, fruit, or granola bars are an excellent source of fuel to start.

* And if all else fails, fake it til you make it! Eventually your body will get into the habit of a better morning. But just remember, it's ok to have a bad day every now and then, just do your best to keep going and soon you will find yourself feeling better each morning.  



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Homemade Orange Cranberry Cookies


   Have you ever had the Orange Cranberry Soft Top Cookies from your local Kroger family grocery store? My husband loves those cookies, but they seem to have gone discontinued. Every time we shop, they now have Banana Nut Soft Top Cookies in place of them, which I love, but they're not Orange Cranberry.... So I decided attempt to making a homemade version! I found the recipe over at Laura in the Kitchen, and decided to give it a try. The cookies came out pretty good, not comparable to soft top, but they will due in place until Kroger brings them back!


To make these Orange Cranberry Cookies, you need the following ingredients:

  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 tsp of Salt
  • 1/3 Cup of Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup of Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 Cups of Flour
  • 1/2 tsp of Baking Soda
  • Zest of 1/2 an Orange
  • 1 Cup of Dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 Cup of Unsalted Butter Softened

   First combine the Flour, Baking Soda, and Salt together. Then in a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugars. Add in the egg, orange zest, and vanilla, combining until smooth. Dump the dry ingredients from the other bowl into this one, and stir it all together into a nice batter. Then add in the dried cranberries and mix well. 

   Once everything is fully mixed, spoon out dollops of dough onto a greased or parchment covered cookie sheet, leaving approximately 2 inches between each cookie. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees, for approximately 10-12 minutes or more if needed, until a nice golden brown tones the edges. Pull from oven when baked through, and allow to cool before eating. 


Enjoy!



The Existence Of Eyebrows As They Come And Go


    If you look around at the many different faces of people that populate the world, you will see styles and trends of beauty that come and go. One of those trends being Eyebrows. Have you noticed all the unique detail people put in to those brows? Some are bushy, some are thin, while others are dyed or completely shaven off and redrawn. There are several different styles to the eyebrow; it is one the the first things people will see when they look at your face, so which style is best?   


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   I'm sure the design of eyebrows goes back to the beginning of time, but in modern society, Hollywood plays a huge part in trendy decisions.

   In the 1920's, they desired a sophisticated yet childlike appearance, giving thin, rounded eyebrows with a defined arch above the eye.

 This style continued into the 1930's, but they started to go a little thinner, with more emphasis on a penciled symmetrical arch, to lift the face and become more feminine. 

   In the 1940's, they longed for a softer appearance, allowing beauty to be a little bit more natural. They grew the eyebrows out, giving them a more defined shape with less focus on the arch, achieving a more relaxed image. 

  
   In the 1950's, it was a big jump from au natural, where they desired a more bold and feminine look. A higher arch was emphasized with with a more square shape, and the idea for having brows darker than the hair color lead people to start penciling them in. 

   In the 1960's, it was a mix and match of brows. Thick and straight for a softer feminine touch, or thin and drawn on to give the face a lift and bring a dramatic effect to the eyes. 

   In the 1970's, this is probably when the thinnest of brows became a trend. The focus was placed on brightening the eyes with thick eyeshadow, and have the brow reach the highest arch possible. This often lead to the hairs being almost completely invisible. But thin brows didn't last long, as women started to embrace their body hair, realizing that going natural, (and maybe not having to put so much work into beauty standards) was starting to look more interesting.    

   In the 1980's, the trend became a statement of pretty much, 'the bushier the better'! This is when it was popular to grow the eyebrows out as full as they could be, and brush them upward. But it didn't last long... 

   In the 1990's, thinning was in style again! Whether they plucked to misery, or shaved the brows completely off, thin was in, and it lasted well into the 2000's! 
  A decade or two later, eyebrows have become such a focal point for the face. Groomed is in. You can style the brows in many ways, by growing them out, manicuring them to perfection, filling them in, brushing them upward... The options are nearly endless, so that they can become a statement piece to your face. 

   Whether you like your brows bold, thin, au natural, or whatever's in between... You can choose the look you want to achieve, by finding the best style that compliments your beautiful face.

    







The Keys to Effective Scrapbooking

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Of the many activities at home to do with our children, one of the best ones that encourages creativity, design, and some peace and quiet is scrapbooking. Scrapbooking brings about so many different benefits; for example, it can improve creative decision-making, which boosts memory. It can be therapeutic, and improve fine motor skills, but it can also help families build stronger connections as scrapbooks can become cherished heirlooms that can be passed down through generations. Scrapbooking is something that not many people do in this day and age, but if you have been thinking about this type of crafting for a while, let's show you the keys to effective scrapbooking:

Focusing on the Fundamentals

Choosing a theme or a subject is an excellent place to begin because you can then start to carefully select the elements that complement your chosen style. Whether this is die cut stickers, vinyl-cut ones, patterned paper, or a variety of different colored cards, you can focus on the personal touches that will make your scrapbook stand out to you. When it comes to choosing a subject, there's no need to overthink it because it could be something like a family scrapbook for everybody to put entries in or just a diary for your thoughts and feelings.

Don't Forget the Right Tools

There are plenty of essential supplies and tools that you would need, not just scrapbook albums themselves, but page protectors, paper trimmers, adhesives, hole punches, as well as versatile tools that you may need further down the line like die-cutting machines as your skills progress. The key is to start with the basics and gradually build up your collection of scrapbooking tools and materials as your skills and projects evolve. It's an amazing method, not just to preserve some of your treasured memories; scrapbooking can be a fine art, so give it the time and attention it deserves and invest in the right tools.

Preserving the Scrapbook

The big problem with paper is that it deteriorates over time, so if you want to make sure it goes the distance, you need to find ways to preserve its longevity. One of the best approaches is to use acid-free and lignin-free pages, as well as ensure the cover and the binding of the scrapbook are made of durable, high-quality materials such as leather, fabric, and laminated cover options. In addition to the pages themselves, you should also use archival-quality materials such as inks and page protectors. If you want to preserve the visual quality of the layouts, quality page protectors that are non-glare can work wonders.


As you can see, a scrapbook is an excellent antidote to the modern digital format scrapbooks can take. That's not to say that digital work is not useful, but it can be very impersonal. A scrapbook is an excellent point in time that is also a hobby that can last the test of time. It is an excellent well-being tool that everybody in the family can make the most of.


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Moisturizing With Clarins Multi Active Jour and Nuit Creams

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   Trying out Clarins Multi Active Jour and Nuit moisturizing creams for day and night, thanks to @influenster and @clarinsusa 💕 These products are said to help target the first signs of aging, refine pores, and smooth out the skin and wrinkles. You will get a nice glow with these lotions, as they help strengthen the skins moisture barrier. 

   I have enjoyed trying these samples, as my skin absorbed them well and felt hydrated and supple after each use. The scent of each is pleasant, like a bouquet of flowers, although it doesn’t linger or overpower for you to smell all day, which is good if you’re more sensitive to smells. I have enjoyed using these products and could see keeping them in my future face care rotation!   


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