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Wednesday, May 08, 2013 6:38PM
By Guest Blogger Michelle Pino
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Rejuvenating Oat and Yogurt Facial Mask 

As a busy mother, I'm constantly running around doing things for other people. Reminding yourself to stop once in a while and take some time out for you is important. Going to the spa and getting pampered is always a welcome treat. However, money and time don’t always make it possible to get out there. The next best option is to have a DIY facemask at home. You can easily make your own facemask with items that you probably already have in your kitchen or that you can get for cheap at a local grocery store. It's an easy way to give yourself a little bit of a treat, while the kids are with a sitter or at school. Put of some soft music, turn off the ringer on your phone, and give yourself a break.


One of my favorite masks is a moisturizing one that leaves my skin soft and revitalized. I always find myself at the start of spring needing to refresh my skin that has gotten dry and dull from the winter weather. This oatmeal and yogurt mask is exfoliating to remove dry skin, leaving your face with a healthy glow.




1 tablespoon of oats

1 tablespoon of plain yogurt

1 teaspoon of honey

1/2 teaspoon of olive oil





Mix the above ingredients in a small bowl and let sit for about 15 minutes to let the oats soften. Apply the mixture evenly over your clean face and let it sit for 20 minutes. After about 20 minutes, rinse it off and gently pat your face dry.


What the mask does


This mask is good for dry skin because it contains a wealth of moisturizers. Such as yogurt and oatmeal, which are mild and great for people with sensitive skin.


Olive oil is a rich moisturizer that is full of vitamin E, A, and loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants are valued for their anti-aging properties. Honey has many skin benefits, among them is helping the skin to retain moisture.


Oatmeal helps keep moisture in the skin, reduces inflammation, and soothes skin irritation. Yogurt softens and hydrates skin. Yogurt also contains lactic acid, which acts as an exfoliant and helps to keep skin clear and smooth. Lactic acid is a natural alpha hydroxy acid that can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and may give skin a more youthful appearance.


Michelle Pino, is a Spa Manager at Skana, a spa in upstate New York at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY.  She enjoys DIY projects, healthy recipes, exercise, and all things related to skin care. If you have any comments or questions feel free to contact Michelle via email at michellepino@turningstone.com

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 12:05PM
By - Tiffany! A Mommy Lifestyle Reader
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All her Secerets To Her

Rocking Post-Baby Body!




When I met my husband in 2009, I was 125lbs.  This was the thinnest I had ever been, but I had worked VERY hard to get there!  As comfort set in, like usual once you get past the ‘newness’ of a relationship, I had slowly crept up to 135lbs in a couple years.  This still wasn’t a bad weight for me, standing 5’6”. 

We then began trying for baby #1.  I always told myself getting pregnant would be such a test for me as I had worked so hard to get fit and maintain a decent weight.  My ideal weight had always been 125lbs.  I immediately coached myself on the fact that I didn’t want to gain any more than 30lbs with my pregnancy (less if possible).  The first trimester started off a little rough.  I was tired A LOT.  Therefore, my after work gym routines slowly dwindled.  However, once the 2nd trimester kicked in, I was back in full force at the gym as well as maintained a good diet.  Throughout the rest of my pregnancy, I continued to work out and eat relatively healthy.  Yoga was a major part of my routine, which I swear helped me with my labor.  However, once I hit about 36 weeks, I started to slack on the nutrition side.  I gave into the pregnancy mantra many have that I could splurge since I was pregnant.  I tended to splurge just a tad too much and quickly reached 178lbs by the end of my pregnancy.   So, yes, do the math, I had gained 43lbs!


As I settled into motherhood, I quickly remembered that I once had a nice waistline and it was time to get it back!  I had originally come home from the hospital 10lbs lighter.  So, I only had 38lbs to go!  ONLY?!?  Since I couldn’t begin my normal workout regimen until I got the doctor’s approval, I had to start with my diet.  Now, I must first preface by saying breastfeeding was a MAJOR advantage to weight loss for me.  So by nursing, not only was I shedding weight faster (in my opinion), but I was also providing my baby girl the best nutrition!  Can’t beat that! I breastfed exclusively for 11 months.


I began my mornings with a protein and green packed smoothie.  Lunchtime I would often have a sandwich of some sort and dinners would generally be a protein, veggie and good starch.  Once I got the green light to workout, which was about 8 weeks post baby, I began Crossfit.   Crossfit is a lot of interval training and focuses more on quality of a workout rather than quantity.  My workouts really never last more than 30 minutes, which is exactly what a mom needs!  I was once an avid gym goer, as mentioned, prior to my pregnancy, however, in order to drop the rest of this weight, I needed to change things up! Crossfit was just what I needed and with my brother-in-law’s help {crossfit gym at his home}, I began shedding those pounds. 


It was then time for me to go back to work.  I became very disciplined with my diet.  I am a creature of habit and don’t mind eating the same things, so here was my plan:

Breakfast:           ½ cup plain oatmeal, 1 T brown sugar, cinnamon

Snack                    Kashi bar OR handful almonds

Lunch:                   1 cup spinach, ½ cup carrots, ¼ cup cucumbers, 2T low-cal dressing

                                1 greek yogurt

Snack                    1 medium apple

Dinner                  4oz protein, ½ cup veggies


In addition to keeping up with a regimented meal plan, I also maintained my Crossfit routines.  Now, here is where I feel moms can get caught up with the weight loss and wanting to have your pre-baby figure back so quickly.  I did not and would not spend every day working out.  Time with my little one was far more important.  So, my routines, while once were at 5-6 times/week, had been cut down to 2-3 times/week.  I always also try to go when baby girl is sleeping.  I know some people will say a mom ‘needs time for herself’ but to me, there is a fine line with this.  Too often I see people constantly ‘checking in at the gym’ or working out on Facebook.  I would always ask myself what about the time with their children?!  You never get that time back as they grow so very quickly, so just keep that in mind. 

6 months post baby I was back to my ‘pre-baby weight’ and feeling pretty dang good!  Over the next few months, even with the holidays, I dropped another 8lbs bringing me to 128lbs.  I was now 3lbs away from my ideal weight and 3 weeks away from the Mrs. Nevada pageant where I would be partaking in the opening number…in a showgirl costume!

Time to get cracking and tone up even more!  At this point, I was no longer breastfeeding exclusively, so I was able to cut my caloric intake even more, as diet truly is about 90% of a lean looking body.  By using the My Fitness Pal calorie tracker on my phone, I was on a strict 1250 daily calorie allowance.  For 3 weeks I put everything that entered into my mouth into that tracker…even that Girl Scout cookie that was tempting my taste buds!  And yes, while very committed to losing weight and staying fit, you have to splurge every once and a while.  Friday nights are generally my nights to do so.


The 3 weeks was up and I had done it; the morning of the pageant festivities, I was down to 123lbs!  I am a full time working mother and wife.  I eat healthy and work out a couple few times a week…all while ensuring I stay an engaged and active in my daughter and husband’s lives, as without them, I wouldn’t be who I am today. 

So my advice to other moms out there wanting to lose weight and stay fit…pace yourself.  Don’t be tough on yourself during your pregnancy; enjoy it.  Don’t be so anxious to lose all your baby weight in 9 weeks…it took 9 months to get there!  And, your little one is far more important than a few extra lbs.  And finally, don’t feel like you have to be Supermom/Wife…be YOU as that’s who people love you for!








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Please comment on any tips you have for getting a rocking body post baby! 

Sunday, January 13, 2013 9:04AM
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The Best of Beauty on YouTube! 

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Luxy Hair


These girls do step-by-step tutorials on hair do's. They are super easy to follow and have a great view of what they are doing. THese girls have amazing shiny hair and god knows they have created an empire on their Youtube Videos! 



Michelle Phan 


THis girl is not only beautiful in a unique exotic way but she knows how to do some make-up. She has great lighting and explains everything very well including the products that she is using. She also can change her look so dramatically that you cant even tell its her! 




Cute Polish


These quick innovative nail art videos are easy to watch and follow. I do have to say that some of them are ambitious but if your like me and love having your nails did....Then definetly check this out! 





The Beauty Department


Lauren Conrad,  Kristin Ess and Amy Nadine teamed up as thebeautydepartment.com to cover hair and makeup

tutorials, beauty trends and issues, and inspirations.


Miss Glamorazzi


DIY approach, teaching you to make your own products.



Kandee Johnson


Kandee Johnson is a celebrity makeup artist 


Diamonds & Heels 14

provides helpful tutorials that most girls can relate to, such as this thrifty beauty tips and tricks video.



Have fun watching and learning! Post comments on what you tried! 


Wednesday, January 02, 2013 9:48AM
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DIY Scrubs, Masks, Creams and So Much More!


Sugar Honey lip Scrub


What you’ll need:

  1 tablespoon of sugar

  1 tablespoon of honey

  ½ teaspoon of olive oil

  ½ teaspoon of Vaseline

  1 spoon to mix

1 small container


mix honey & sugar, then add Vaseline, mix well, add olive oil, mix well,  put into container…..Its good for about 1 week.


How to use:

  Take a dime size amount of scrub and rub gently onto dry lips.

  Gently rub until some of the sugar has dissolved.

  Rinse well with warm water.

  Apply lip balm as necessary.

Use twice a week and your lips should be silky soft.


 Lip Gloss

 What you'll need:


1 tub petroleum jelly (vaseline)

1 pkg of kool-aid drink crystals - whatever flavour you want, or you can make a few

lip gloss containers

labels printed out on sticker paper

scissors or 1 inch paper punch




1. put about 1 cup vaseline in a microwave safe bowl

2. heat the vaseline in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between each heating. It took me about 7-8 minutes to melt each batch of vaseline. It will be liquid when it is fully melted. It will be very hot! Make sure you wear gloves or oven mitts and make sure children are being supervised.

3. take out of microwave and stir in kool-aid drink crystals until desired colour is reached - I used the whole package for each batch. Stir until the crystals are completely dissolved.

4. if starting to solidify you can heat again for another 30 seconds - skip this step if it is still liquidy

5. pour into your lip gloss containers and leave to solidify - a couple hours

6. repeat this whole process if making more flavours

7. print out labels on sticker paper

8. using either a 1 inch punch, or scissors, cut out the circle labels and attach to your lip gloss container

9. give to all your favourite people, but remember to save a few for yourself too!


Best Hand Cream


Homemade Hand Cream:

16 oz. baby lotion

8 oz.Vaseline

8 oz.Vitamin E Cream


Coffee Peppermint Scrub 


What you will need:


1 C Sugar (white, brown, cane) 

5 TBSP Coffee grounds 

1/4 C oil 

(Coconut Oil, almond oil, extra virgin olive oil, baby oil, even Vitamin E…) 

1 tsp Peppermint Extract 

1 tsp Vanilla Extract



Mix sugar and coffee. 

Add small amounts of oil to the sugar/coffee mix until everything is coated. 

(You may not need the full 1/4 C, I didn’t use all of it) 

Add any fragrance you like. I chose to use Peppermint and Vanilla and they blend well with the coffee aroma. 

Mix well. and You’re done. 

If you find it a little watery from the oil, just add more sugar and or coffee.


oatmeal and chamomile face scrub


It’s time to relax and pamper yourself with this easy to make & soothing face scrub. Chances are, you probably have some of the ingredients for this scrub already in your pantry.

What you’ll need:

-4 tbsp oats

-2 tbsp almonds

-1 tbsp dried chamomile flower

-1 tbsp organic brown sugar

-2 tbsp greek yogurt

 Blend all ingredients together in food processor, until you have a chunky hummus-like texture.

 Wet face, and rub onto face and neck. Let sit for 20 minutes and rinse off. I like to follow up with a nice moisturizer. Ahhhh.. yes. A lovely feeling.




Honey Almond Sleepy Sugar Scrub

Mix about 3 parts white sugar and 1 part honey.

2 Tablespoons tea (brewed)

1 Teaspoon almond extract.  You could also use an essential oil here instead.

The consistency: Not oily runny everywhere, like the honey won’t mix all the way in.

Not breaking apart and lumpy like there is too much sugar


Green Tea Grapefruit Toner

¼ cup green tea at room temperature

¼ cup witch hazel

¼ cup grapefruit juice

Combine all ingredients into a spray bottle. Apply to face as needed.



Kiwi Facial Cleanser

1 kiwi

2 tbsp. plain yogurt

1 tbsp. rose water

1 tbsp. almond or olive oil

1 tbsp. honey

Liquefy kiwi, while blending add in remaining ingredients until the moisture has a creamy consistency. Apply to face as you would any liquid cleanser. Rinse with warm water.



Carrot Honey Nourishing Mask

2 tbsp. carrot juice

Pulp of ½ an orange

1 tsp. honey

Mix together all ingredients. Brush on face and leave for 5 minutes. Then rinse with warm water.


Avocado & Mayonnaise Hair Treatment

1 cup real mayonnaise

½ ripe avocado

1 tbsp. olive oil

Mix all ingredients to make a smooth paste then work it through wet hair. Run hand towel through warm water and ring out access water. Then wrap hair with towel and leave in for 20 minutes.



Clementine Hand Scrub

1 tbsp. clementine juice

1 tbsp. honey

1 tbsp. sugar

1 tbsp. olive oil

mix together all ingredients and wash hands with scrub.


Source: Bonding over Beauty!


 Vanilla Almond Brown Sugar Scrub

Mix about 3 parts brown sugar and 2 parts olive oil (or sweet almond oil)

2 packets instant oatmeal (or about 1 cup oats)

Handful of almonds

1 teaspoon almond extract or an essential oil

Mix all in a food processor, or beat a bunch with a spoon (and chop the almonds)

This consistency will be more grainy than the last recipe, but should still have a little movement in it.

You really can’t mess this up…if in doubt, use it yourself and see if your hands feel too oily afterwards.

If so, add more oats or sugar…

          Mix 3 parts white sugar and 1 part olive oil or sweet almond oil




Friday, December 28, 2012 4:50PM
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"Are You Forgetting Something?

Lists of things women often neglect, but don’t go


My First Guest Post!  Check it Out Here!