Hanukkah Mani


Photo courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

Hanukkah is here! It’s the 3rd night and if you’re not lighting candles this week, you can still be a part of the festival of lights by channeling this fun Hanukkah-inspired half-moon mani. Choose a blue and nude shade and see my previous post here to see how to do a half moon using stickers from the drug store!


I must start this post with an apology for not posting in a couple weeks.  I was on vacation and decided to “unplug” while I was gone. It was just what I needed – a break from work, home, and unfortunately my blog!  But now that I’m back, I’m sharing a few tricks to keeping that summer tan. Hopefully you were diligent about sunscreen, but if you’re anything like me, you end up getting a little color anyway (or you want to keep that faux tan looking good longer).  I’m going to share a DIY scrub, and my routine for keeping my skin moisturized and even.

There are many amazing DIY scrubs out there (just look on Pinterest), but here’s my quick and easy recipe, using stuff you probably already have stocked in your kitchen.


Mix 3 tablespoons of raw sugar, with 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil, and a dash of vanilla extract.  The combo of coconut oil and vanilla is intoxicating and feels so good.  But you can also use olive oil, and double the recipe for more then one application.  When you’re in the shower, scrub everywhere, concentrating on the areas that need extra sloughing (like elbows, knees, and ankles).  Rinse off the scrub with warm water (not hot), and when you’re out of the shower, put on a rich body cream or body oil.  The trick here is to do it when your skin is still damp.  It will lock in more of the moisture so you don’t have alligator skin an hour later.  If you shower in the mornings, then repeat with lotion before bed at night.

While exfoliating is a good idea year ’round for soft and even skin, it’s especially great for keeping that tan lasting longer and looking better.



My amazingly talented cousin Claire, who’s behind all my videos, is the master-mind behind The Kitchy Kitchen.  It’s filled with wonderful recipes, lifestyle tips, beautiful photography, and now a collaboration with yours truly.  I’m so excited to be a part of her monthly beauty series and this month I show you how to sew your own makeup bag.  Check out the article on her blog, and read below!

Makeup bags are one of the easiest things to make yourself.  If you ever made a pillow as a kid, think of this as the easier, grown up version.  You can pick your fabric, zipper, and thread color and can be personalized for a super affordable, but great gift.  Since you only need about a 1/2 yard of fabric, peruse the scrap bin at your local fabric store.  You can get some amazing pieces for a lot cheaper (even real leather!).  I scored this pretty beige and gold fabric for $2.00.DIY-MAKE-UP-BAG