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My dog wants to lick my face mask…


Because it’s EGG!

(For me) part of self-care includes face masks. I started using them after my sisters in Korea gifted me some. Since the ones they gave me are kind of expensive, I only like to do them when I am with someone else. I think of using them as a special treat, and treats are much better when shared I find. Maybe that’s just me…

Overall, I don’t do face masks often enough, but when I do them on my own I like to put funky stuff on my skin. I like to experiment outside of the package and create my own concoctions or try out homemade remedies… or maybe something that’s been sitting in the fridge for awhile.

One of my favorite and easy “recipes” is just an egg white – yep that’s it.

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Wash your face with lukewarm water, pat dry, and apply the egg white to your face with a brush or your fingers. Avoid the eyes of course, and let it sit for 15 minutes. Wash it off and you will notice your skin feels fresher and softer!

Unless you rubbed it all over your body, you probably will have leftover egg. You can keep it in a mason jar and store it in the fridge for later use. I won’t tell you how long I will let it sit in there…you see for yourself what is good for you ūüôā

I like to follow it with a little bit of jojoba oil to moisturize and I’m good to go.¬†I find moisturizing afterwards is essential to locking in the nutrients and keeping my skin feeling good all night. My favorite kind of jojoba oil is Aura Cacia’s brand.

Jojoba oil

Even though my face feels amazing every time, I don’t do it often enough…so I’m hoping as part of my new self-care routine I can incorporate a face mask at least every other week!

Up next will be the honey-based face mask. Stay tuned…you may just see a picture or two, depending on how generous I am feeling ūüôā

The Healthy Home: DIY Lavender Wands


The purchase of a home changed my life. I never knew how much my perspective would shift after making such a large investment and commitment to something as basic as shelter. How foolish of me. Although I must admit,¬†I always paid special attention to how¬†our physical landscapes and¬†environments influence our health, behavior,¬†and our¬†sense of “place.” When I lived in places that were dirty, dark, or cold¬†I noticed¬†a difference in my wellbeing.¬† When I heard yelling from the unhappy neighbors living next door, it was tougher to have sweet dreams or to go home at all.

Despite my awareness of the importance of living in a place that is safe and that reflects and expresses our true personhoods, I¬†have often¬†neglected taking care of my home (and therefore myself). For me, it¬†has been¬†easy to go on living in places filled with piles of laundry scattered here and there. It¬†has¬†also been easy for me to¬†ignore¬†dirty dishes. Generally speaking,¬†it was¬†not a hard choice¬†to¬†avoid developing¬†the spaces I¬†inhabited.¬†That¬†choice¬†wasn’t the fault of my loud neighbor or a¬†landlord’s requirement.¬†It was my own choice.¬†In addition to my lack of ambition, resources¬†were often scarce. Excuses¬†were always many.¬†When¬†can one find the time, the money, or both¬†to make the repairs and enhancements¬†necessary to make¬†a home healthy and beautiful? What is a healthy and beautiful home, and why does it matter, anyway?

Well, it turns out there are many low-cost ways that can transform a space and make you feel good about the place you call home, whether you own or are just staying¬†the night. As a renter, it’s easy to view your home as temporary, but that is not the way you have to treat your stay, and it is certainly no excuse to give up on making your home¬†a healthy place to live.¬†Unfortunately it took me until I actually bought a home to¬†truly respect¬†and honor the sense of¬†place, security,¬†and wellbeing¬†that such a¬†place¬†provides for¬†me.

Today I want to share a simple project that is on my to-do list that will create a feel-good sensation at home.  I find these wands to be the perfect project to look forward to as I wait  for the cold season to make its way out of Minnesota. Traditionally, women placed these bundles of joy in drawers to keep their underclothes smelling fresh and also to repel moths. Nowadays, they would be known as drawer scenters. They make a great gift and add beauty and health to any home. They are called, Lavender Wands.

The materials you will need to create your wands include:

  • ¬†Thin string/fishing line
  • Odd number of fresh lavender stalks
  • 1 yard of ribbon optional

For basic instruction, I found this video to be helpful:

To see a more detailed step-by-step process with pictures, visit Homemade Gifts Made Easy.

Have garden space where you live or have access to a community garden plot? Check out Midwest Living’s¬†How to Grow Lavender in the Midwest.

Can’t wait for fresh lavender to arrive? Check out lavender essential oils in the meantime. Put a drop on a cotton ball and sniff to your heart’s content. Although, be careful not to sniff too much, because while lavender offers relaxing properties, if used too much it will¬†act as a stimulant.