Transforming Holiday Memories Through Giving


Holidays help us remember the small things that are important. Valentine’s Day offers a moment to stop and reflect on our love. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are times for parental appreciation. And the December holidays are all about expression affection through gift-giving. When my children were young, we often made DIY gifts for teachers, neighbors, friends, and extended family. Within our family, however, we started a new tradition. In lieu of giving each other mountains of gifts, we chose give to the less fortunate.

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Stress-free Holiday Skin

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Stress + skin = disaster. While there’s been a good amount of research on how stress affects our overall health, there’s less talk about how it impacts skin. Even if you can’t see the effects, like a breakout, it causes dehydration, which is damaging to skin. Unmanaged stress can lead to health problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and skin issues such as blemishes, redness, excessive dryness, and acne.

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Goat Milk

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Goat milk has been used in skincare and beauty for centuries. But what makes this ingredient such a skin-loving wonder? Here are some reasons why: It’s loaded with alpha hydroxy acids, like lactic acid, that gently cleanse, exfoliate, and soften skin while stimulating cell renewal and balancing pH levels.

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Fall in love with the new Sumbody!

September is a vibrant time of year. Change is literally in the air. Summer fades to fall, the weather cools, vacations are over, school is back in session, routines are renewing, and things are calming down. It’s a calming time before winter sets in. Summer tends to be a busy season, with longer days and more socializing. It can be easy to lose our inner reflection and self care time. In the summer, I find myself wanting to pull back, soak in the sun’s warmth (protecting my skin under an umbrella, of course!), and reflect. That said, I struggle to […]

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How to keep your skin happy and healthy throughout the summer

The weather affects us in so many ways. When it shifts, so do our habits, often without us even realizing. The changing seasons also influences our mood, which determines what we do, what we eat, and where we go. Our physical activity levels can ebb and flow with the weather. Warmer weather lures us to exercise outdoors, while colder weather pushes us to the gym. Our cravings vary and supermarkets and restaurants offer different seasonal foods, so dietary changes are inevitable. During the summer, it’s important to recognize all the ways it can impact your skin–from breakouts to wrinkles–and your […]

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Handmade & Heartmade – DIY Masks for Mother’s Day

Every year in May we’re reminded to show our love and appreciation for our mothers. As both a mother and a daughter, I value Mother’s Day as a chance for thoughtful acknowledgment. Ideally, we show our mothers kindness and affection every day of the year. But in reality, it’s easy to let these simple observances slip through the cracks and fall to the wayside as we get caught up in daily life. Mother’s Day acts as a reminder, a prompt, to shower Mom with the love and accolades she deserves.

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Debbi Celebrates Earth’s Bounty with a DIY Mask

Honoring the Earth’s incredible ingredients, we’ve got one of Debbi’s favorite DIY Mask recipes just in time for Earth Day! This simple, yet powerful mixture will help purify the skin and leave it feeling soft and renewed, just like Earth intended.

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Did Mother Nature Make That?

Which ingredients are best for your skin? This is a hot topic. Companies spend a lot of time, money, and resources enticing consumers to buy products containing newly discovered “miracle” ingredients. Truth be told, Mother Nature has all the ingredients we need and looking to the earth itself can often solve our skin issues. It’s important, however, to stay mindful of the whole picture. Many companies advertise the wonders of a single ingredient, neglecting to mention what else is in the bottle. For example, a product may contain turmeric, natural alpha hydroxy acids, green tea, pure clays, or a number […]

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