a blog about my busy little life as a mom

Archive for January, 2014

skincare regimen


I’ve recently been using coconut oil as a facial moisturizer.  I love the smell and the simplicity of it- coconut oil doesn’t contain questionable chemicals and ingredients.  It works great as a moisturizer and For exfoliating, you could blend coconut oil with coarse sugar or salt to use as a simple, affordable face scrub.


A great way to take care of your skin is getting regular facials. Pure Day Spa offers a few different types of pampering facials.  They use Yonka Skin Care Products for a luxurious experience, tailored to your skin type.  One of the best things about Yonka’s products is that they are all natural and don’t contain parabens.  (Parabens are preservatives found in some cosmetics.  This chemical has been associated with cancer though, and should be avoided.)  Yonka uses natural plant extracts and essential oils to achieve clear, radiant skin.

Whether you’re interested in deep pore cleansing, resurfacing, hydrating, or firming and lifting, Pure has a facial for you!

I had a facial scheduled at Pure last week and had to cancel because I didn’t have a babysitter, but I will definitely be rescheduling soon.  Maybe I’ll see you there?


headband storage

I recently bought an apothecary jar to keep Quinn’s headbands in, and I just love how it looks.  DSC_0033

I know a lot of people like those headband holders like this:

Hair Bow Board Organizer: Pink, Green and Yellow Flowers with optional headband holder

but I just don’t care for those (no offense to anyone who has one or makes them!).  I prefer my new jar and figure I can even put it to good use in the future, long after Quinn has outgrown her headbands!


glider makeover

When redoing Avery’s old room to convert it into Quinn’s, I bought new bedding.  I also decided to reupholster the glider in the room.  I had used it for Macy and Avery, so it had some stains and discoloration.  With the help of my mom’s friend, the glider got a big makeover.


I love how it came out and it feels like a whole new chair!

(dairy free) peanut butter cookies

Quinn is sensitive to dairy products, and I’m breastfeeding, so I have altered my diet.  Let me tell you, it is not easy!  I have found milk and butter substitutes, which are okay, but I miss cheese!  Big time!  I am going to buy this fake cheese to try but my expectations aren’t too high for it.


What I really want is a nice slice of pizza!  That would probably be the worst thing though, because she is also sensitive to tomatoes… Sad smile


Anyway, I was trying to think of a recipe for a sweet treat that didn’t include butter or any other milk product, and my mom suggested peanut butter cookies.  I googled it and found this recipe, which turned out great.  Delicious, soft peanut butter cookies!

(Dairy-free) Peanut Butter Cookies

  • 3/4 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 stick Crisco Vegetable Shortening
  • 1 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 3/4 cups Flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

Combine peanut butter, shortening, brown sugar, milk and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. Add egg. Beat just until blended.

Combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture at low speed. Mix just until blended. Roll into balls (I made 28) and roll in granulated sugar. Place on cookie sheet and flatten in a crisscross pattern with tines of fork.

Bake at 375  for 8 minutes.  Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet. Remove cookies to cooling racks to cool completely.

Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies were seriously delicious.  Now who has some other dairy free recipes to share with me?!

in one month


At one month old, Quinn has taken her first trip to New York City,


celebrated her first Christmas,DSC_0134

tried modeling,

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enjoyed her first bath,


slept through the night,DSC_0124

and became best friends with her sisters.


new year’s resolution


Happy New Year!  With a new year, comes new years resolutions and I have one that everyone should add to their list- schedule regular appointments for yourself at Pure Day Spa!  Part of taking care of yourself is setting aside time to for yourself, time to relax, and time away from the stresses of life.

Whether it is for a facial,

Facials!  Come To Skinthetics Laser Hair Removal & Skin Care Center in West Bloomfield, MI for all of your personal pampering needs!  Call (248) 855-6668 to schedule an appointment or to find out more information!

a manicure,


a pedicure,

I love these.....and I need these!

or a hot stone massage,


an appointment at the spa can be something to look forward to once a month (or once a week if you’re really lucky!).  Everyone deserves a time out from the stresses of everyday life, so schedule yours today to start the new year off right!

Happy New Year from my family to yours!

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