The Month of Peaches

August. My birth month. Also the month that so many kids dread, because it means school is starting. Growing up, it seemed like school always started on my birthday. Now as an adult, August doesn’t seem so bad. My favorite part–it means FALL IS COMING! I love fall. So while I’ll try to keep this inspiration board in summertime vibe, it’s hard to not let some Fall creep in. 😉 It also means–Peaches! Peach everything in August! As always, I hope you enjoy!

“August feels like a hinge in the year. Swing backwards and summer is there, swing forward and fall is waiting. I’m in the swing forward camp. I’m never sorry to see the summer end, although I’ll miss the peaches. I’m ready for sweaters and socks and new suede shoes.”

Stephanie Madewell

I’ve gotten pretty slack on my monthly mood/inspiration boards. Is it something y’all still enjoy? Would you rather see me do a different type of monthly post? I’d love to hear your thoughts, message me below or shoot me an e-mail, I’m always open to suggestions!

February Mood Board

February’s felt like winter and spring. Isn’t that supposed to be March? I’ve enjoyed it none-the-less. Anyhow, these are the things that have inspired me this month. What are some of yours? 

Winter Essentials ❄️

I’ve mentioned a few times on here how my skin is dry and sensitive. Winter months only make these two conditions worse. I’ve learned the more conscious I am during  the winter months of keeping it moisturized and taking care of my skin, the better it goes. (Seems like pretty easy stuff right?) Well this winter I’ve tried several new products and I have ended up really loving, and becoming a believer in some of them! Today I’d like to share them with you.

My face gets super dry during the colder months. One of the causes is with having animals I’m outside…a lot! I received  one of those face mask/Bane-looking things for Christmas so that’s definitely helped protect my face and lips from the elements; but the one thing I’ve been using religiously since the first of December is my Origins Three Part Harmony Nourishing Cream. I use this once in the morning before my make-up and once in the evening after taking my make-up off. It goes on like a dream and makes my skin feel supple and smooth. Not to mention the smell! Oh, it smells divine! It has an orangey hint to it  that just makes you feel like what you’re putting on your skin is pure goodness. It’s suppose to help renew, repair, and radiance. I really like this one!

Sometimes even though my Origins cream is a-ma-zing, I still get dry patches right on the apples of my cheeks and sometimes the tip of my nose. This is where Wildcrafted comes into play. This is only available through Perfectly Posh Consultants. (Here is mine.) This is a really nice and clean face balm, made of coconut and olive oils combined with oils from Northern California. It only takes a small amount and soaks in quickly. If you’ve never tried the Perfectly Posh products,  they have some really great, natural, skin care items.

My husband and I have come to LOVE this stuff. It’s Watkin’s Daily Moisturizing Lotion in the Coriander & Cedar scent. It’s a very pleasant scent that I really enjoy. It’s a gentle lotion, but works really well. Riley even uses it on his face. I  usually use it on my hands and feet, morning and night, but lately I’ve been using it as my all-over lotion. It just really provides the moisture and protection I need. The Watkins brand has been around since 1868, I think it’s safe to say they have good, quality products.

If you’ve been with me for awhile, you might remember my Detox Bath post. Taking baths is a great way for me to relax and also help my immune system out. I talked about Dr. Teal’s Epsom salts before, but after finding this Dr.Teal’s Ultra Moisturizing Mineral Soak, not only are those baths helping my immunity, but it’s helping give my overall skin a boost in hydration and elasticity. It’s secret is its alvacado oil that’s infused into the salts. One thing I really like about this salt is it’s not as course as some of the other epsom salts, it almost has a powdery feeling to it so it dissolves quickly in the bath. This has become a bath-time must at my house.


Lastly,this isn’t really a “winter essential,” but I got this as a free gift at Origins and I must say, it’s the best free gift I’ve ever gotten! This is Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Eye CreamI wish I had a before picture so I could show you how much this has not only brightened the look of my eyes, but made my eyes look less tired even on my sleepiest of days. I apply it morning and night and  love the way it smoothly goes onto my skin. I have very sensitive eyes, and this stuff hasn’t bothered them one bit. What I really love about the Origins brand is their products are plant-based, their slogan is: Powered by Nature. Proven by Science. I love that I can go onto their site and look up the plant ingredients and it tells what the ingredient is, how it’s used, and what of their products it’s in, what other sites do that? (Maybe there are others, but hey, don’t burst my bubble.);)                                                   I suppose the thing is, I trust the Origins brand on my sensitive skin.

That’s a wrap on what I’m using this winter. What products help your body and skin stay hydrated and well in the winter months? Have you tried any of these products? I always love hearing from my readers, so leave me a comment below if you’d like! 🙂

*A Spotted Heart 

Mermaid Hair

All my life I’ve had curly red hair, and though in my younger years I hated my curly hair and would beg my mom to blow dry it straight, as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to appreciate it more and more. For instance, my hair is also fairly thin, so I always say God gave me curly hair because it gives the impression of thick hair. So it’s the silver lining of unruly hair. 😉 In the past year, I’ve noticed my hair getting straighter and straighter. My curly hair may have been annoying in my younger years, but I’ve loved it in my recent years because it’s easy and fast to fix, so as you can imagine it started to worry me when it started to get straighter. I don’t know how to use a curling iron anymore! Or a straight iron! Or even how to blow dry my hair without just tossing my head over and going after it! 

That’s when I ran across this great little essential oil recipe for healthier hair. I originally saw it posted on my oils page, then found it was out of a little book called The Chemical Free Home. This hair spritz has not only made my hair fuller, but seems to be rejuvenating my curls! I like to call it my Magical Mermaid Hair Spritz. 

I couldn’t be more happy with the results I’ve had in the last 2 months! There are a few different recipes, but here’s the one I’ve been using and enjoy:

  • 15 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
  • 10 drops of Lemon Essentisl Oil
  • 8 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil
  • 1/2 oz of vodka or witch hazel (I use the witch hazel
  • 5oz of distilled water

I add all the ingredients to my spray bottle and shake well. If you’re familiar with oils, you know they can’t be used in plastic containers or bottles because one of pure oils main purposes is to rid toxins. So essentially it eats through any plastic container because it’s getting rid of toxins. The pretty glass bottle I use now was given to me, but you can go to Life Science and buy your pretty glass containers and bottles.

I use it twice a day, once when my hair is wet from the shower in the morning, then I spritz my hair before I go to bed. Not only is it helping my hair, it smells great!

There are a few different recipes I’ve read since I’ve been using this, the main recipe actually calls for 4 drops of Geranium Essential Oil too. I personally don’t care for the smell of the geranium oil, and I’ve used the spritz without it and it works just as well. One recipe also calls for 1tsp of Epsom salt and 1/2tsp of sea salt. I’ll be adding salt to my next bottle to try it out.

I hope all you mermaids out there get a chance to try this great stuff! If you’ve never used oils before, and have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask! Happy Summer Hair!

May’s Mood

So far May has been fairly rainy ( Praise God!) so this months board has a bit of a rainy feel to it. Maybe most of my mood boards do, because I do love a good rainy day! These are things I’ve imagined and been inspired by this month. I hope you enjoy a peek into my feelings of May.

What’s inspiring you this month?
***As always, you can click through to find the source of each picture. Enjoy! 

In Like a Lion, Out Like A Lamb: March Mood Board

Some may make the argument that it’s the middle of March, so here’s what’s inspired me so far and is my vision for the remainder. Always lots of greens in mind when it comes to March. Enjoy!

***you can click through the pictures to find the origins. Thanks for reading! 




Frozen Pisco Sours from A Beautiful Mess



What’s inspiring YOU this month?