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I know I signed up as a consultant at BEAUTY COUNTER, but that doesn’t mean I’m not on the search for other GOOD FOR YOU brands of cosmetics!  I love the fruit dyed makeup colors of this brand.


I always get compliments when I bring this Honey & Virgin Coconut Shampoo & Condition on my travels – it smells divine!


And polish without formaldehyde… Awesome!


I keep promising myself, I AM GOING TO MAKE IT to their Woodfield Mall location (outside Chicago), soon!  HERE IS A LIST OF THEIR RETAIL LOCATIONS, until then… it’s online shopping for me…



While on vacation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, I came across an adorable little gift shop selling, of all things, Poo-Pourri (a bathroom deodorizer) with an incredibly clever name!  I purchased two yummy smelling sprays and immediately came home to check out their website, because with a name like Poo-Pourri, scents named “No.2” & “Poo La La,” they had to have some hilarious marketing and I was correct!


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Smooth as Silk EYELINER

I’ll never forget the day I went to put my eyeliner on & my eyelid slid over with the pencil – it was horrifying and I knew, right then and there, I was getting OLD!

I secretly sought out an eyeliner that would glide across my eyelid without pulling the excess (ok, saggy-like) eyelid skin along, too… and years later, I have found such an eyeliner!

Introducing the Butter | London brand of cosmetics’ eye pencil:


I’m a brown fan… I feel like it’s not as harsh as jet black, but not that I’m calling any of you out there that wear black harsh names or anything… I’m just saying, I like brown. 😉

The liner comes in Steel Gray, Olive Green, Cornflower Blue, Chocolate Brown, Jet Black, Taupe Shimmer, Aubergine Crème, Off White Cream, and Blue-Green Shimmer.

You can peruse all their products on their website.  Give yourself some time – there are tons of yummy goodies out there!



Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a sweet, floral aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Lavender’s aroma is great for relaxing and winding down before bedtime; add to bath or diffuse to create a calming and comforting environment. Lavender essential oil may compliment your favorite shampoos, lotions and skin care products. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it.

– Young Living website

Now, do you see a single description word that would lead you to believe this little bottle of lavender is an aphrodisiac?  Nope, neither do I.  Except, I know from experience, that it is! 😉

Happy diffusing!

This Girl Needs Her Sleep

I’ve never understood the saying, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.”

Photo Credit: Google Images
Photo Credit: Google Images

If I don’t get enough sleep, I AM dead!

This girl needs her sleep… and come to find out, it’s healthy to get 8-9 hours of sleep, each night.  Maria Emmerich, health guru and New York Times Best Selling Author reports that getting enough sleep aids in weight loss!  Yay!

This weekend is calling for rain, and the rain Gods were calling down on me this evening, “Juanita, Guess what?  We’re going to make it rain at 7am, so you can sleep in and feed the horses later in the day…”  Oh My Gosh, do they know how to put a smile on my face!  And if that wasn’t enough, this Saturday night is ROLL YOUR CLOCK BACK AN HOUR, which means I get even more sleep!

I love sleep.  I’ll sleep when I’m dead, but I’m gonna sleep, now, too!

Maria Emmerich
Maria Emmerich

Maria Emmerich can be found at her website & on her Keto Adapted Facebook page.  She’s amazing & I can’t say enough great things about her!  She changed my life and I’m forever grateful!

Maria Emmerich is a wellness expert in nutrition and exercise physiology. She shares a passion for helping others reach their goals of optimal health. She struggled with her weight throughout childhood and decided enough was enough. She decided to study health and wellness so she could help others stop wasting their time being discouraged with their outward appearance and not feeling their best mentally. Maria understands the connection between food and how it makes us all feel on the inside and out.

She is a International Best Selling author of  “The Ketogenic Cookbook“.  She also authored 8 other books including several cookbooks and 3 nutritional guide books including “Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism” which includes a forward by New York Time #1 bestselling author of “Wheat Belly” Dr. William Davis. Her latest book “Keto-Adapted” includes a forward by Dr. William Davis and excerpts from Dr. David Perlmutter author of the New York Times best seller “Grain Brain”.

Her blog includes a unique combination of innovative recipes using alternative ingredients (and bacon) to less healthy options and easy to understand explanations of why these options are better for our health. She includes with each recipe a snip-it of information about different ailments and problems with our health that can be healed with proper nutrition. She has a passion for helping people start a healthier lifestyle. Weight loss is often a side effect of helping treat any number of problems including diabetes, cholesterol issues, alopecia, hashimoto’s, autoimmune diseases and much more.

Deep in the Heart of Texas

Wagon Wheel Ranch Sunrise
Wagon Wheel Ranch Sunrise

I live here.

It’s in the middle of nowhere.

But, it’s also known as paradise.  Horse & cattle paradise!  Gorgeous sunrises & magnificent sunsets.  Lots of land, a little less people and way less concrete!  We love rainy days.  We love daylight savings time, because it gets dark at 6pm and when it’s dark, the work day is complete.  There are a bazillion Texas stars overhead and cricket noises while we fall asleep.  No traffic jams, no sirens, no lights… it’s beautiful out here.  But it’s not for everyone.  You have to be able to handle snakes, scorpions, fire ants and poop smells.  We love it!