Monday, November 10, 2014

How to start a weekly pampering hour

As we come up on the colder months it can be so comforting to just hunker down and stay indoors. Though I do get rammy from time to time, I generally like the idea of staying home!

One practice I try to institute on a weekly basis is some pampering time. Two things I love about my pampering hour are that I don't have to leave the house and it doesn't cost me anything.

I firmly believe that all busy moms should set aside about an hour per week to pamper themselves! 

Here's what I like to do:

Draw a hot bath filled with either pretty smelling bubbles or Epsom salts. Half a cup of milk & one quarter cup of honey also works well and is super soothing for dry skin!

Read a book/magazine, turn on some relaxing music or listen to a motivational sermon or podcast.

Wash with favorite products. Use a sugar or salt scrub when necessary.

Pat dry with a towel and apply body cream on problem areas like feet, elbows and legs.

Get dressed in comfortable yet presentable clothes- something that makes you feel good! A light smelling body mist adds a nice, feminine touch.

Apply facial cleanser and moisturizer.

Follow up with whatever hygienic items necessary. I like to use deodorant powder, a simple powder foundation and creamy lip gloss.

Brush hair and style as necessary. Or don't. It's up to you!  ;)

Trim and polish nails. Sometimes I just use this time to remove old polish and apply a coat of nail strengthener.

Pictured above are some of my favorite products:

  • Nature's Gate Chamomile shampoo for color treated hair
  • Burt's Bees clarifying toner
  • Nature's Gate Lemon Verbana oil-free moisturizer
  • Nivea Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss lip butter
  • Bare Minerals powder foundation in fairly light
  • Honey Bee Gardens deodorant powder
  • Ulta Tropical Citrus body cream
  • Ulta Mandarin Mint sugar scrub
  • Avon Ginger Scents body spray
  • Dollar General green nail polish remover (the green color works so much better than the pink and purple!)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

What I wore Wednesday

As a DIYmom, I find it particularly difficult to get myself motivated to get dressed in the morning. I know, I know, it's ridiculous but it's true. I find that I am more productive and even a little happier when I do my make-up and get dressed. It helps me to feel more feminine and even professional in my approach of the day. For accountability sake, I am going to try to take some pics of what I wore. This is by no means a fashion column! This is just me, putting one foot in front of the other and getting out of my sweats...

So, here it goes:

Gap Cardigan from Thred-Up, T-shirt Nordstrom, scarf Thred-up, Apt 9 Jeans from Goodwill

Banana Republic Cardigan from Goodwill, Graphic tee from Goodwill, Leggings Queen Maxi Skirt from Amazon.

LOFT Sweater from Thred-Up, long sleeve tee (unknown!), Apt 9 Jeans from Goodwill, Scunci hair scarf from Weis. 

Long sweater from Kmart, T-shirt from Goodwill, Skinny Jeans from Old Navy.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Recipe: Sprouted Wheat Pumpkin Muffins

This was a super delicious recipe that I made for my family for breakfast (and part of lunch!) today! If you are avoiding traditional grains, eggs and sugar, this is the recipe for you! 

 *Our family chose to use sprouted wheat flour, coconut milk, walnut oil & coconut vinegar in this recipe. You could substitute regular flour, another milk, another oil & another vinegar. If you experiment with those substitutions, let us know how it turns out!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Huge update!

I have been itching to get back in touch with you all! These days we are all strapped for time, I know. So I've decided to try my hand at simplifying things a bit here at DIYp by creating some quick, fun and informative YouTube videos. Please leave me comments here or on my YouTube channel to let me know what you think! Be forewarned-- they are nothing fancy. I have not dabbled with any editing software or cute-sy music yet. For now, I am keepin' it simple!

I hope you enjoy this first video of my October 2014 Favorites!

Products featured in the video:

Nivea A Kiss of Shimmer

Kathie's Kitchen SuperSeedz (Tomato Italiano!)

Where on Earth is Carmen San Diego? DVD set
The complete series is only $7.49!

Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Our Farmer Boy feast featured these recipes and a few more! Our complete menu was: Fried Pork Skins, Cornbread Muffins with butter, Stewed Squash, Baked Sweet Potatoes, Pork Ribs, Baked Beans, Pink Lemonade, Raisin Pie, Spicy Apple Pie & Eggnog. 

A Sane Woman's Guide to Raising a Large Family by Mary Ostyn

FYI from DIYp: This post contains affiliate links!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Recipe: Pressure Cooker Mac & Cheese (that's lactose- & gluten-free!!)

I love my electric pressure cooker! You may have heard me say this before but... I cannot say it enough. One reason: Pressure Cooker Mac & Cheese!

Let's get right to the recipe!


12 ounces brown rice pasta
3 1/4 cups rice milk (plus a few extra ounces)
2 Tablespoons ghee*
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
a few shakes of mustard powder
1-2 cups frozen broccoli or cauliflower
2 ounces grated parmigiano reggiano*
6 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese*

*Ghee is butter that has been clarified so that no dairy remains (just that wonderfully buttery, fat taste!); true parmigiano reggiano cheese (NOT parmesan!) is naturally lactose-free due to the aging process; aged, sharp cheddar cheese is also naturally lactose-free! Good to know!

The recipe:

Begin by placing uncooked pasta, rice milk, ghee, sea salt, onion powder, mustard powder and frozen broccoli/cauliflower into an electric pressure cooker. Close the lid so that it is airtight. Set the pressure cooker to 4 minutes-- yes, that's right, just 4 minutes!-- on high setting. Wait for the pressure cooker to work it's magic which will take approximately 10 minutes to build pressure and then 4 minutes of cooking time. When the cooking is done, give your cooker a few minutes to depressurize before opening the valve. When you get impatient enough, go ahead an open the lid. Mix in cheeses until fully melted. Add those few extra ounces of rice milk if you think it deserves a creamier consistency. That's it! Now you're done!

Not only is this pressure cooker mac and cheese lactose- and gluten-free, this stuff is also super healthy guys! No preservatives. No additives. No unnecessary chemicals. Just cheesy, yummy goodness!

Note: Don't have a pressure cooker? Well of course I recommend you get one! However, don't let that discourage you from trying this recipe. Try cooking the pasta in the rice milk on the stove-top, warm the frozen veggies up too. When pasta is cooked, mix all ingredients together and then let me know how it turned out!   ;-)