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DIY Moisturizing Rose Body Scrub



1 cup sugar

3 tbsp Vitamin E oil

½ cup rose petals (optional)

Rose essential oil


This body scrub recipe is very easy to make and customize so that you can add products that you love, and even toss in some dried or fresh rose petals that you’ve grown in your own garden.  DIY Moisturizing Rose Body Scrub, or any scent you choose.


In a jar or mixing bowl combine sugar and Vitamin E oil, mix well so that all of the sugar is wet.


Start with two drops of rose essential oil.  If you want your scrub to have a strong rose scent, add up to two more drops of oil to the sugar mixture and stir well.


If you have rose petals that you want to add to the moisturizing scrub, add those now and gently fold in so that they do not crumble too much.



Add the sandy scrub to a jar or container that can be kept airtight to prevent the scrub from drying out. You don’t need to pack it into the jar either, which will ultimately make it harder to use.
When showering, scoop out a tablespoon at a time and gently rub into skin to moisturize, reinvigorate and exfoliate your skin.

You can actually make this any scent you want with your favorite essential oils.



The Best Black Friday Deals for Jewelry

Black Friday has long been a day to remember, especially when it comes to some of the less popular financial decisions that people tend to make as a result of the deals being offered in retail stores. If you have ever chosen to brave the wild on a black Friday, then you have undoubtedly bore witness to the droves of people and the insane deals, and this ultimately leads many to stay inside their homes, where they are safe as Black Friday approaches. Still, there are plenty of deals that you won’t want to miss, and this has been fixed by the concept of cyber Monday.

Taking the sales to the Internet has provided a great extension of Black Friday. Where once it was only a one-night event, Cyber Monday has extended the retail holiday in more ways than you can imagine. The most outright way is the fact that inventory is less limited and there is far less overhead during an online sale. Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are a great way for you to get your hands on some merchandise that might have been out of your reach otherwise, and TrueFacet Van Cleef and Arpels jewelry helps to provide an amazing example in both price as well as some of the finest jewelry ever crafted. Who, however, is this Van Cleef? What is it that has helped to propel them into history as one of the world’s finest jewelry makers?

Who is Van Cleef?

The Van Cleef company was started in 1896 by Alfred Van Cleef and his father-in-law, Saloman Arpels just before the turn of the century. They experienced moderate success, but Arpels died in 1906 and Alfred took on the business with his brothers in law, Charles and Julien. Working across from the Hotel Ritz, they opened their first boutique, and a third Arpels brother quickly joined the company, making it a true family endeavor.

Before anyone knew it, more boutiques would begin to open, such as those in holiday resports like Deauville, Le Touquet, Nice, and Monte-Carlo. 1925 saw the creation of the Van Cleef bracelet which on a grand prize at the International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts. This was yet another event that helped to solidify the place of the company in history, and it quickly became known as one of the greatest jewelry companies of its time.

Eventually, much of the rest of the family became involved, and over the course of twenty years, they would open boutiques in Japan and China – a first for a French jewelry maker. Today, Compagnie Financiere Richemont S.A. owns the firm, having acquired it in 1999.

A Growing Status Symbol

Van Cleef is one of the oldest jewelry makers in the world, but their fame has not diminished in the least since their inception. They are still one of the most popular and they still make some of the finest jewelry in the world. Not only is it durable and beautiful, it can become a type of status symbol, especially if you tend to hang out in the more prestigious social circles. We are not saying that the jewelry makes the person, but we are saying that this jewelry will show you to be a person of sophistication and taste, which is definitely a win-win situation—especially if you like to show that taste to the world. There are many different designs and pieces available for the discerning shopper, and it won’t be long before you’re able to build up a considerable collection of Van Cleef jewelry using the amazing opportunities that Black Friday will afford you.

Amazing Jewelry

The Rush to Buy

Perhaps you are adding these pieces to your collection to start it for the first time. Maybe you have always like the idea of Van Cleef jewelry but never got around to buying it. Maybe, just maybe this is your gateway into a brand new world of the most amazing jewelry on earth. Then again, maybe you are simply adding to your collection and wish to find that perfect piece to round it out. No matter what your intentions happen to be, all we can tell you, is that Black Friday is without a doubt the day to get it done. The prices are fair, the options are many, and it’s time to throw that old, cheap jewelry away in favor of something just more sophisticated. You are here, you are ready to spend, and finally, show that you are a person of great tasted and sophistication. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by, not by any means, Take advantage today and enjoy the benefits that it will bring you in the near future.

At Home DIY Skin Care Fixes


With so many products on the shelves these days to help with this or that for our skincare needs, I like to just stay out of the stores and use what I have on hand, or in my own kitchen.  Being an essential oil user, and living a more natural life I try to put more natural products on my skin, and in my body.

Here are some simple, and fun ideas for your daily at home skin care fixes.

Starting at the top ~  Try this for a great conditioning hair mask.

Hair Mask

1 Ripe Avocado
1 Tbsp plain yogurt
2 tsp pure honey
1-3 drops peppermint essential oil  (you can omit this if you don’t like peppermint or want a tingle)

Blend all together, massage into damp hair and cover with a shower cap or old towel.  Let sit for 20 min and then rinse, and shampoo.

Maybe you have a headache and just want it gone ?   How about a headache relief mixture ?

Headache Relief

Mix a few drops of peppermint and 1 Tbsp carrier oil (almond, grapeseed, sunflower) in a small glass container.  Then when you feel a headache coming on, dip a finger into the mixture and rub on temples, forehead, neck, or shoulders and feel the tingle start working.   Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and relax.

Is your smile dull?   Wanna brighten your teeth without spending a ton at the dentist ?

Bright Smile

Mix 1/2 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp water to create a paste, dip toothbrush in and brush for 1 min.  Spit, rinse and smile away.

Is your skin hating you these days ?   How about a few skin tricks?

Acne Fix

Control acne breakouts with 1 aspirin (crushed) and 1 tsp water, make a paste, dab on blemishes and leave on overnight.

Skin Toner

Make your own face toner.   Mix 1/4 C Witch Hazel, 1/4 C. filtered water, 15 drops Tea Tree essential oil in a glass bottle, shake and let sit for about 24 hours to cure.  Use daily on a cotton ball, to cleanse the skin.  Can be used morning and night.

Wanna exfoliate your body while you shower?  Try this great smoothing body scrub.

Body Scrub

1 C Raw Sugar
1/4 C light oil 9almond, sesame, or coconut)
4-5 drops of essential oil (your favorite smell).
Mix together in glass jar (mason jar).   When showering, massage into skin gently and then rinse.  This will exfoliate and moisturize your body.

Keep you skin soft daily with a homemade Shea lotion.  I love Shea lotion and keep one at my desk for my hands and in my bedroom next to the bed for at night.  Each one I have is scented differently for where it’s at.  Bedroom one is lavender and the one at my desk in peppermint.

Body Lotion

14 oz of Shea Butter
4-5 oz of Coconut Oil ( or almond oil)
5-7 ml of your favorite essential oil

Whip all together with electric mixer, put in jars/container and you are all set.   I use essential oils like peppermint, lavender, ylang ylang, etc.  It is all what a person wants to smell like.

Feet Pampering

Tired feet need some pampering too!    Mix together in a tub that fit your feet ~  1 gallon hot water, 5-6 chamomile tea bags, 4-6 drops of lavender essential oil, 2 drops of peppermint essential oil… place feet in and relax.   When done, slather with Shea lotion.  A peppermint shea lotion is great for tired feet.


There are so many fun recipes and ideas for creating your own at home skin care goodies.   Check out our Pinterest Board for many more.   Remember, I am a proud Young Living Independent Consultant and would help you with any essential oil questions you might have.

Follow Sheila Thomas’s board Bath & Body on Pinterest.




Benefits of Wearing Polarized Lenses


Polarized lenses have been known for more than 80 years. They were invented in 1929 by Edwin Land – the founder of the Polaroid company. Initially, this type of lens has been designed for professionals and athletes. Over time, more interesting models and collections of polarized glasses began to appear on the market. Today the benefits of these lenses are appreciated not only by professionals, but also by ordinary consumers.

Designer hints have always been a huge plus at all times. Modern collections of polarized sunglasses (Ray-Ban, Michael Kors, Hugo Boss, Porsche Design sunglasses) make you look like a real Hollywood star. Their quality meets the price, which is important for the buyer.


What is polarization and why is it used in sunglasses? Bright sunlight is not only the source of life, but also the cause of the flecks which can significantly hurt our eyes. Polarized light is a bright light reflected from the surface: water, snow, car windows – all this reduces the contrast and visual acuity, causing stress and fatigue of your eyes. Prolonged exposure to such light can cause very unpleasant eye diseases, including cataract.

Polarized filters have been developed specifically for reducing brightness due to their selective absorption of light waves. Polarized lenses block certain types of light waves and as a result the person receives a clear and sharp picture.

Benefits of polarized lenses

High quality sunglasses have a special polarizing filter. Inexpensive glasses have a very thin layer of polarizing filters and thus provide a small degree of protection. In good sunglasses they use thick polarizing film and therefore the effect has a different result.

If you’re not an athlete or a fisherman, in ordinary life polarized lenses are very comfortable when driving. That is, the driver often faces the common effect of unpleasant reflections from glass and mirrors of neighboring cars. All of these obstacles can be avoided through the use of driving sunglasses with polarized filters. In fact, if you care about your own vision, you should know that wearing polarized glasses is recommended in any sunny day, as sunlight is reflected from almost all the objects: windows, mirrors, cars, road surface, etc.

Polarized lenses block almost 100% of polarized light and show the best protective properties. Such lenses block 100% of any radiation up to 400 nm. They provide almost 100% protection against a bright reflected light and show high protection against potentially dangerous “blue light”. In addition, polarized lenses have excellent barrier properties.

To ensure that your eyes stay healthy and sunlight does not cause discomfort, it is recommended to wear quality sunglasses with polarized lenses that block negative light waves, which may be harmless to the eyes. If you want to protect your eyes, but also be totally out of touch with modern trends, look for designer glasses online at As with any product, polarized lenses have their pros and cons, however, the benefit from their use is obvious.


Smile Lines No More Thanks to Botox

I remember when I was younger I thought there would never be a day that I would ever worry or stress about my lines and wrinkles.  I honestly never thought I would see lines and wrinkles on my face.  Yes, I seen the lines on my Mom’s face, my Grandma’s face, and other beautiful women around me.   But, never thought I would ever see them on mine.   I remember looking at women who had deep lines between their eyebrows or around their eyes and had makeup caked up in those lines and thinking, don’t they know they have thick makeup in their lines.   Can’t they see that?   I thought that because I had yet, not seen a line on my face.

Well, That was years ago now and now I have those lines and now it is my makeup that fills in those lines and oh how I hate it!!  Hate it so much I have come to wearing different makeup, and less of it just because I don’t want to look like those women I used to wonder about years ago. Sadly, after years of squinting because my eyes are very sensitive to the sun, I too had lines.   They are called the L lines.   They are those dang lines that just never will go away and there is only one solution ~ BOTOX!!

I never thought I would ever think about, let alone make an appointment, to have Botox.  But, I did and now I am sold!   I can’t believe how a few little pokes in my L lines would make such a HUGE difference in my appearance.

This is me before my Botox treatment.   See the lines ?


Here is me a few days after my Botox.  It does take about a week or so for it to take full effect, but I was so happy with the results even a few days later.   You can still see them just a touch.. but right now they are totally gone.   And, I am sold!


I had my Botox done at my local Dentists office – Mount Royal Dental.   My Dentist, Camille Zelen is amazing!!   She offers many procedures and always makes her patients feel very at ease.

If you are local and want to give Botox a try check them out.   They are offering a special to all Living Smart Girl readers, at a rate of $12 per unit for the rest of the summer.  Tell them Living Smart Girl sent ya.

You can also check them out on Facebook.

Have you had Botox?   Tell me about it.

How Compulsive Hair Pulling affects Self Esteem


Compulsive Hair Pulling is a disorder characterized by an irresistible urge to pull out the hair from the body, and is known clinically as Trichotillomania or TTM. While the scalp is the most common site of pulling, any part of the body including the eyebrows, eyelashes and pubic hairs can be targeted. The location and severity of pulling, and therefore response to treatment varies greatly from person to person. Resisting the urge to pull is a daily struggle, and succumbing to these urges inevitably results in noticeable hair loss or bald patches. Because of the limited awareness of TTM, many people suffer in silence, unaware that there are so many who struggle with the same behavior and that there is help available. This results in feelings of loneliness and isolation, with the individual suffering immense shame and guilt about their behavior.

The Effect of Hair Loss on Self Image

We live in a very aesthetically driven society, in that our value and worth as human beings are judged by the way we present ourselves physically. We are continuously bombarded with definitions of beauty and success, with images of woman with thick, long flowing hair and perfectly structured eyebrows. When hair is repetitively pulled out at the follicles, over time there is the risk that permanent damage can occur. This can cause great shame and embarrassment. People with trichotillomania are often very secretive about their behavior, going to great lengths to hide the evidence of their pulling, such as wearing hats and scarves all the time even when not weather or socially appropriate. It is also common for people to avoid social situations or enjoyable activities such as going to the hair salon, or in severe cases even avoid vital medical care for fear of exposure. In cases where a loved one or friend is aware of the behavior it can also result in strained relationships. For some hair pullers the frequency of the urge experienced and the resulting time spent on pulling hairs can also negatively impact on the individual’s efficiency in important roles, e.g. late-coming for work or school. Studies have shown that most trichotillomania patients have decreased self-esteem, lack of confidence and feel socially inadequate. Due to the lack of awareness of this condition as a clinical disorder, there is an expectation that the person should just be able to just stop, using willpower alone. The inability to resist the urge to pull, despite wanting to and being fully aware of the damaging effects may be a contributing factor in knocking the persons confidence in themselves and their abilities and therefore negatively impacts their self-esteem. Social isolation and dysfunction in daily occupations as a result of hair pulling further exacerbates a lowered sense of self-esteem.

Is help available?

In recent years great strides have been taken in raising awareness of and reducing the stigma attached to compulsive hair pulling. Organizations such as the Trichotillomania Learning Centre (TLC) are at the forefront of TTM advocacy and research. As such there is an increasing number of health professionals who are becoming skilled in the treatment of trichotillomania. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is seen to be the most effective method of treatment because it addresses the behavior and helps the patient identify practical methods for managing the urge to pull, but also addresses the underlying negative thoughts and emotions that are attached to the urge to pull whether as a trigger, or as a consequence of pulling. Aside from formal therapy, the advent of the digital world has seen an explosion of information and support forums for trichotillomania on the internet. Support from others who are experiencing the same challenges as you can have a positive effect on your self-esteem as you realize that you are not alone and that you have nothing to feel ashamed about. Bloggers, YouTubers and mainstream media coverage of this disorder acknowledges the struggle, but also have an important role to play in challenging the pressures we place on ourselves to conform to societal perceptions of beauty. Engaging with the TTM community and seeking the help and support you need is the best thing you can do to overcome trichotillomania to be your best self.

Botox and plastic surgery


It is no secret that people like to look young. Most of us are proud of our appearance and we would love to retain it as long as it is possible. Unfortunately, aging is something that we all need to face. However, modern science allows us to prolong period of youth through different procedures and treatments that will allow us to retain young looks and remain beautiful. Among those procedures, two of them are dominant: botox and plastic surgery.

Plastic surgery is a procedure that was developed during World War One. Many soldiers were returning from the war with severe deformations or lack of limbs. In order to remedy it, people invented different ways to reconstruct missing parts and restore individual’s life. As the time passed, people realized that the plastic surgery can also be used for cosmetic purposes. Nowadays, cosmetic surgeries are among the most popular medical procedures. They are allowing individuals to modify their appearance and create a new self. Most of the people opt for things such as lip or breast surgery.

Botox represents botulinum toxin. It is one of the strongest toxins that exist and by lowering its concentration it is possible to use it for medical purposes. When used, it relaxes the muscles and it levels the wrinkles on face. However, there is only a limited use to it; it can be only used for the wrinkles that are made through facial expression in areas around eyes, nose and forehead. It is useless for any imperfections that are made by sunlight or by skin aging.

Even though these two procedures are very different, it is possible to use both of them in order to modify personal appearance. They are both excellent ways to improve our looks and to remove any imperfections made by injuries. However, given that these are first and foremost medical procedures, we need to approach them with certain care and precaution.

The biggest issue with plastic surgery is the fact that it is permanent. It doesn’t mean that the person can’t have additional surgeries; it is just that the effect remains if we don’t modify it any further. In some cases, implants themselves can lead to issues and often, people have depression as a result of the procedure. Specialists that work in Doctor Medica emphasize that the person needs to be sure about the treatment before the surgery. Severe change to appearance can lead to sadness and depression because the individual is not able to relate to the person in the mirror. Most of us are accustomed to our body, with all its imperfections, and any change to it can make us regret our decision.

At the same time, botox is a procedure that is affixing our facial expression. Even though it is used to level any wrinkles, it makes us unable to form certain expressions that were previously natural to us. According to certain research, this can also lead to lack of confidence and depression because the person is not able to laugh properly anymore and to make all the expressions that were unique to them.

Although these treatments have become common, individual should have in mind that these are medical procedures and there are many things which can go wrong. Like other procedures, we should be very careful because it can lead to damage to our body.


Top 7 Tips to Selecting Wedding Bands


A wedding band is one of the most precious possessions for all married couples as it not only a symbol of love but also reminds you of all the wonderful memories associated with marriage. There is wide variety of bands available in the market and selecting one is a daunting task. Thus to help narrow your search, we have come up with the top 7 tips for selecting a wedding band:

  1. Set a budget:  The first and the most important point to be considered while selecting a wedding band is the budget. Set a maximum budget in your mind so that you can go and look for the bands in your range.
  2. Select the metal: Once you have set your budget, now it’s time to decide the type of metal you prefer. Wedding bands come in variety of metals like yellow gold, platinum, tungsten, titanium and others and you can make your choice depending on a variety of factors such as your personal taste as well as matching your ring with your existing jewelry collection.
  3. Select the color: Color also plays a major role when it comes to the selection of wedding bands. The bands in white gold and platinum are generally available in silver tone while the ones made from tungsten and titanium is in grey shade. If you are looking for the golden shade then yellow gold will be the best option whereas the rose gold will come with a touch of pink
  4. Select the style: Once the metal and the color are selected, the next step is to select the style and the stones. The wedding bands come in various styles and with stone settings like gemstone and diamonds. Some of the common styles in bands include braided, hammered, plain, vintage, heart, floral and others.
  5. Compare the bands: Since wedding bands are special pieces it is always better to compare them at multiple places to get the best one within your budget. Besides jewelry showrooms, a lot of people these days also shop for bands online to find unique styles such as braided, celtic, or hammered wedding bands, as websites enable you to go through multiple options and compare. There are many reputable sites like Apple of Gold Jewelry and other online jewelers which have a huge collection of these bands to select from. Hammered Wedding Bands from Apples of Gold is one of their most popular styles of rings.
  6. Check for the correct size: Majority of the people does not take off their wedding bands and thus it is important to select the right size which is comfortable. While selecting the design and metal of the band always remember that you have to wear them in summers, winters, during pregnancies and all other conditions. Thus while selecting the size, consider the time when your body is calm and the temperature is normal.
  7. Start your search early: There is a possibility that the design, metal or color that you like in a wedding band is not available in your size and has to be custom made which may take time. Thus it is always better to start your search early so that you have time to look out for options and even order a custom band if needed.

Thus follow the above given tips and you are surely going to get a band of your choice.


Tips for helping to prevent a UTI

Disclosure ~  Living Smart Girl received compensation for constructing a post about URISTAT® 
All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl.

The female body is forced to deal with a battery of unpleasant things such as cramps, bloating, irritability, and the dreaded UTI. If you’ve experienced a urinary tract infection, you know how miserable it can be. Some of the symptoms can include a strong, persistent urge to urinate, a burning sensation while urinating, cloudy or pink colored urine, and pelvic pain and discomfort. Sounds like a blast, right? UTIs are uncomfortable, inconvenient, and down right annoying, but as long as you seek treatment from your doctor – they aren’t overly worrisome. While it’s impossible to completely avoid a UTI, there are many tips to help prevent a UTI.

Hydrate Yourself! Drinking water is important for so many reasons and reducing the chance of getting a UTI is an added bonus. The reason this is beneficial is simple – the more fluids you drink, the more often you urinate. The bacteria that causes UTIs is flushed from your urethra or bladder when you urinate.

Front to Back! After using the bathroom, always wipe front to back. This prevents potentially pathogenic bacteria from being spread and getting close to the bladder. Wash in the shower or bath the same way. Speaking of bathing, it’s advised to shower and avoid prolonged baths where the water can quickly become contaminated by the body’s own florae.

Use Gentle Products! There are a variety of hygiene products including deodorant sprays, douches, and powders as well as soaps and body washes that may cause irritation to the urethra and trigger a UTI. Be sure to discontinue use of any product that causes discomfort. Additionally, diaphragms and other forms of birth control such as spermicidal agents can increase the risk of infection.

Doing the Deed! After sex, it’s important to urinate as it keeps bacteria from moving into the urethra. Drink a glass of water if you don’t feel the need to urinate. It’s also recommended to avoid using spermicidal jelly as it also kills healthy vaginal florae that is important in suppressing the bacteria that can lead to UTIs.

Cotton is Sexy! I know that our undergarments can make us feel sexy, but synthetic materials including nylon, polyester, and spandex restrict airflow to the genitals. This causes a warm, moist environment which is exactly what nasty bacteria flourishes in. Porous and breathable, cotton keeps the genitals dry. And remember you can get cotton in almost every cut, they don’t have to be granny panties!

Gotta Go Right Now! When you feel the urge to urinate, don’t wait! Obviously holding it is uncomfortable, but it also gives bacteria time to multiply in your urinary tract. It’s recommended to urinate every four hours to keep everything as healthy as possible.

Even while taking these steps, you can still contract a UTI infection. You must see a doctor to treat a UTI with a prescription antibiotic! But you can get fast, temporary relief of pain, burning, urgency, and frequency of urination with over the counter URISTAT® Pain Relief Tablets. They contain phenazopyridine – which is doctor recommended for OTC urinary pain relief. While you’re waiting to see a doctor, these tablets can be taken at the first sign of a UTI and can be continued while on antibiotics for further relief. For more information on their Pain Relief Tablets or their other products visit They also share a wealth of information on UTIs and have a downloadable $1 off coupon.

Uristat is giving away £500 worth of wholesale stock on social media!

Mary Jane Fashion is a UK-based supplier of wholesale celebrity-inspired ladies fashions with a background in retail that runs through generations. They supply worldwide and stock to many large and small international boutiques and retailers, many of which use social media to as a way of self-marketing their company from the comfort of their own home. It was from this realisation of how simple it had become for small retailers to market themselves online that Mary Jane Fashion came up with the idea to give an individual the chance to win enough stock to set up their own business. They decided that, by giving away £500 ($791) worth of their celebrity-inspired clothing they could be setting someone up with a business for life. With social media being such a popular channel of promotion for many of their already existing clients, there was no better platform to launch their competition.


Mary Jane Fashion’s online website has been specifically designed in the format of an online clothing store, making it increasingly easier for first time business owners to place orders and have goods shipped directly to their door. Owning your own fashion boutique has never been so simple.

To enter,

  • Facebook:
    • ‘Like’ the Facebook page
    • ‘Like’ the competition post pinned to the top of their profile page.
  • Instagram:
    • Follow @maryjanefashionwholesale,
    • Like the competition image on their profile page
    • Repost the image along with the hashtag #MJF500Giveaway and @maryjanefashionwholesale.
  • Twitter:
    • Follow @maryJfashion
    • Retweet their competition post
    • Repost the competition post with the hash tag #MJF500Giveaway (link in bio for more details on Terms and Conditions).

The competition will be running until 12th July 2015, and the winner will be announced a few days later!

“We are giving away this prize, as a form of kick-starting a potential business. £500 worth of Mary Jane Fashion stock will provide someone with enough products to establish a small, profitable company. We would like entrants to think of this as an opportunity, not just a prize!”

“We’d love to be the catalyst for someone setting up a successful business. Sometimes it’s just a tip in the right direction that’s all it takes!”

Mary Jane Fashion will also give any advice and guidance that is needed, if the winner is indeed a first time business owner.


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