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 My daughter said to me last week, “Mom your skin looks pretty”, and recently I’ve had several people ask me about the products I use on my face, so I am sharing some of my beauty products today.

Surprise, surprise I made them all myself.

Body Care Products

Several months ago I was having trouble finding a cleanser and moisture cream that didn’t leave my skin dry and tight. I tried several brands and nothing worked, so I turned to the oil cleansing method. What is the oil cleansing, you ask? It’s said that it is one of the most effective natural ways of cleansing the skin using natural oil combinations, even for those with oily or acne prone skin.

There are an array of combinations that can be used, I suggest selecting oils based on your skin type.

Castor oil is widely used as the base for the oil cleansing method, because of it’s ability to attract dirt and remove it from the skin. However I do not like the way it feels on my skin. Some of the others often used , are  extra virgin olive, sweet almond, apricot kernel, peach kernel, jojoba, and hazelnut oil. It may take several tries to get the combination that’s right for your skin. For more on finding the right combination for your skin type try HERE or HERE.

However, I didn’t like the feel of all the oil, I’m one of those who needs to feel a little lather with the cleansing process.  After a lot of trial and error I came up with a recipe that works for my skin, leaving my skin feeling soft and moist, not dry or tight.

Creamy Cleanser

1 .oz extra virgin olive oil

2 .oz virgin coconut oil

1 .oz Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile baby soap

Pour olive oil into a 4 .oz container.

Melt coconut oil and add to olive oil. Add the castile soap, place top on container and shake well.

Like magic, it goes from oil to a creamy mixture, ready for use.

For cleansing, wet your face, pour mixture into hand, about a quarter size. Smooth over your face in upward motion, rinse with water or use a soft washcloth to gently remove cleanser from skin. Follow with moisturizer.

Creamy Facial Cleanser

Now that I had a great cleanser, I needed a great face cream. In 2008 I took a bath and body class and learned how to make creams and lotions, I took that knowledge and formulated a face cream. This cream leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft all day, no greasy or tacky feel.

Equipment needed  – this equipment is only used for making my bath and body products, I keep them separate from my kitchen items.

  • Digital scale
  • stainless steel or glass mixing bowls (I used large pyrex measuring bowl and large class beaker)
  • measuring spoons
  • thermometer (candy or digital)
  • stick blender
  • spatulas
  • funnel
  • containers for your creams and lotions (I recycled old cosmetic container)


Ingredients needed

  • distilled water
  • oils
  • butters
  • emulsifying wax
  • stearic acid
  • vegetable glycerin
  • vitamin E
  • preservative
  • essential oils

Ingredients used to make this cream

  • olive, coconut oil and shea butter
  • emulsifying wax also known as E wax
  • distilled water  and vegetable glycerin
  • vitamin E
  • optiphen (paraben free preservative)
  • recycled cosmetic glass container

I used the percentage technique to measure my ingredients, this was the technique taught in the bath and body class I took a few years ago.

You decide how many ounces you want to make.  If the recipe call for 75% water, 20% oils, 5% emulsifying  and 1% preservative  you multiply the number of ounces times the percent, to get the amounts you need.


  • 16 x 75% =12 .oz water
  • 16 x 20% = 3.2 .oz oils
  • 16 x 5% = .8 .oz E wax and stearic acid
  • 16 x 1% = .16 .oz vitamin E

This method can be used to scale up or down a recipe that is set in percentages to create any size you want.

In my face cream recipe my percentages were  65%  water, 30% oils, 5% E wax and stearic acid and 1% vitamin E, to make a thicker cream.

Hydrating Moisture Cream

2.6 .oz distilled water

.3 .oz olive oil

.4 .oz coconut oil

.5 .oz shea butter

.2 .oz E wax and stearic acid

.04 .oz vitamin E oil

.04 .oz.  optiphen (this is an approved preservative and is used in some lotions to replace parabens and said to be milder on the skin, while it inhibits a full range of microbial growth in your bath and body creations.

When using a digital scale you will have to tare the scale after each measurement, to tare means to zero out the scale after each measurement so that you are measuring only the ingredient being added.  I used measuring cups and tiny bowls for each ingredient, if I poured too much it could be removed without a problem.

1. Place first measuring container onto scale and tare out scale.

2. Measure water into container and remove from scale, tare out scale.

Water Measure

3. Place second container on scale and measure oils one at a time ,removing to glass measuring container after each measure. Use the same procedure with the remaining ingredients.

Ingredient Measure

Now that everything is measured, it’s time to heat.

4. Place oils, E wax and stearic acid in pot and warm over low heat to between 140 -175 degrees.

5. Warm distilled water to 140-175 degrees.

6. Water and oils should be at approximately the same temperature before combining them together. Anywhere from 140 to 175 degrees.

Oil and Water Mixture

7. Place stick blender into water and mix while pouring oil blend into water, creating a vortex. Continue to blend for 1 to 2 minutes while mixture cools down. When mixture is 110 degrees add the vitamin E oil.


8. Pour into container and allow to cool completely. (I usually allow mine to cool in the fridge).

When cooled it should be smooth and creamy.

Always disinfect everything before and after use.

Facial Moisture Cream

The same technique is used for body lotion, the lotion below is 10 .ozs.

6.5 .ozs distilled water and .2 .oz. vegetable glycerin (I mix these together).

1.0 .oz sweet almond oil

1.0 .oz. coconut oil

1.0 .oz. shea butter

.5 .oz E wax and stearic acid

.1 .oz vitamin E oil

.1 .oz optiphen

.1 .oz fragrance oil of your choice

Follow the above directions and add the fragrance oil when you add the vitamin E oil. Allow to cool completely befor topping bottle to prevent condensation.

Body lotion

The following are two sites that I use to purchase some of my ingredients, and they have  a wealth of infomation.

Handmade bath and body products make great Holiday gifts.

I think that handmade gifts are so much more special, because someone took the time to personally make a gift, instead of just going to the mall.

Have a Wonderful, Marvelous Monday!


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Happy Easter!!!

While out walking yesterday I looked up at the beautiful sky and started to reflect on the true meaning of this Easter holiday.


God loved us so, that he sent his only son to die on the cross for our sins, that’s a mind-blowing awesome love.  When I think of all the gifts he has given me, the greatest is the gift of Grace.  With all that I am in my life, the good, the bad and not so perfect, he will always love me and accept me as I am.  So I give him thanks and praise for it all, the good, the bad and not so perfect.  His love is wonderful and his Grace is sufficient.  God is truly good all of the time even when we can’t see the good.

Enjoy your day and give thanks for God’s Love and Amazing Grace!




HAPPY WIAW DAY!!  This is my food diary for Monday, which turned out to be much colder than I thought.  I normally start my day off with a smoothie, but I switched things up a bit and had overnight oats. I found the original recipe for overnight oats at Kat Eats Real Food, whats so wonderful is you can change some of the ingredients to suit your likes or dislikes, you know what I mean.  I made mine with rolled oats, greek non-fat yogurt,almond milk, chia seeds and one mashed banana. In the morning when I was ready to eat I stirred  in Trader Joe’s cookie butter and top with fresh fruit.  Sorry there’s no picture of this, it was soooooooo good, I had eaten half before I remembered to take a photo.  I promise to take one next time. I know, I know it doesn’t look pretty but don’t let that fool you this stuff is awesome!  After eating my oats I decided to have a cup of coffee.

Breakfast     7:30


Morning Snack  10:00



Lunch 1:00

Quinoa Salad, some Trader Joe’s mini heirloom tomatoes, sliced red onions, chopped spinach and extra virgin olive oil tossed together, when it was time to eat I topped it with some shaved parmesan,romano and asiago cheese.


Afternoon Snack  4:00

Somersaults dutch cocoa sunflower seed snack.


Dinner 7:30

Trader Joe’s Pesto Tortelloni in Campbell’s Creamy Red Pepper with Smoked Gouda soup topped off with a little pesto sauce and a salad sprinkled with chia seeds tossed in honey mustard dressing. Yum Yum!!


And there you have it,this is what I ate Monday, February 11th.

I hope your Monday was grand.

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Great Use of My Veggies

Hi, I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend and staying safe, especially those of you in the northeast area under so much snow.  I used to live in Denver, Colorado and I loved the beauty of the snow, I just didn’t like traveling in it.

Well on to the subject of this posting.  Some of you may remember that some of my goals for 2013 was to be more organized, less wasteful and to use recyclable bags when shopping.  Last weekend I went grocery shopping and I remembered my shopping bags, I had my list and I stuck to it.  For some reason I become like a kid in a candy store around produce.  I have to admit, a lot went into the cart, that wasn’t on my list.  Yesterday I was faced with the task of deciding what to do with the unused produce.  Some of it was chopped and sliced and put in the freezer.  The remainder of the produce, zucchini, red, yellow and orange peppers, tomatoes, onions and poblano peppers, I chopped and tossed with some seasoning, some Chilpotle Mexican hot sauce and roasted them in the oven.

Roasted veggies copy

Also roasted and smashed some fingerling potatoes.


Tossed some fresh baby spinach on top of the smashed potatoes.

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Topped the baby spinach with the oven roasted veggies sprinkled with nutritional yeast. (you could also top with cheese if you like).  It was so delicious.  I call this my potato bowl.


For Sunday lunch I took the leftover veggies and made an open-faced sandwich, topped with cheese. It was placed under the broiler just long enough to melt and brown the cheese. I must say it was a marvelous lunch and a wonderful use of some great produce.


The question of the day.

 Is there anyone who sticks to their grocery shopping list.



WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday) a food diary party, hosted by Jenn, author of Peas & Crayons blog.  Bloggers and blog readers photograph a day of meals any day of the week and share on Wednesdays.

wiawphotobuttonSo here it goes my first WIAW.


I started my day with a  green protein smoothie, the greens of the day, arugula and spinach, I also thru in a teaspoon of powdered spirulina and one banana.

The protein was Nature’s Bounty vanilla protein mix.


AM Snack

Mid morning, I had a yummy snack of Greek yogurt topped with plump juicy blackberries, crumbled shredded wheat cereal and sprinkle of raw agave nectar.



I’m a Director for an Early Learning Center, so I snagged some of the leftovers from the kidos lunch.  Soy burgers in tomato sauce, mashed potatoes and I added my own salad.


PM Snack

Later in the afternoon my stomach was beginning to rumble, so I prepared myself a little snack.  I always keep fruit on my desk and Trader Joe’s cookie butter stashed away in my desk drawer.  I sliced up two small apples added cookie butter and I had one awesome snack.  Trader Joe’s cookie butter makes everything better, this stuff is sooooo good!



Unfortunately I had a parent arrive late to pick up her child, because she got stuck at work, thus keeping me stuck at work. After a long day and a half hour drive, by the time I got home I just waned to eat already.  I prepared penne pasta, tossed it with red pasta sauce and pesto. (I love pesto sauce), added a salad with beets, red onions and raspberry vinaigrette, dinner was served!


I had originally planned to do a workout, but after dinner and some blog reading I was beat. Besides I had to be up and out the door before sunrise the next morning.


What do you snack on at work?


Liebster Award


I am so thrilled to say that Healthful Mind Body and Soul has been nominated for a Liebster Award!  I want to thank Jessica at Prayers and Apples, for nominating me.

So what is the Liebster?  Here is what it is all about:

1. This award is given to new or up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.

2. The award is then passed along to other bloggers in the same category to help spread the word and support one another.

3. Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves.

4. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you, then create 11 new questions for the bloggers you pass the award to.

5. Choose 11 new bloggers (with less than 200 followers) to pass the award to and link them in your post.

6. Go back to their page and tell them about the award.

7. No tag backs.


1. I was born in Augusta, GA home of the Masters.

2. In middle school I was in the 4-H Club and I competed in Fashion Review.  I had to sew a complete outfit, take a written test and model the outfit in a fashion show. I made it all the way to the state level.

3. I have been working for the same company for seventeen and a half years.

4. I competed in a beauty pageant while was in college.

5. I have lived in four different states, Georgia, Maryland, Colorado and now Texas.

6. I worked as a lifeguard one summer before going off to college.

7. Taught myself how to knit by downloading instructions from the internet, because my daughter, who was 8 years old at the time, was asking me how to knit.

8. My favorite candy is Ferrero Rocher.

9. I am a morning person, I get up early even on the weekends.

10. I am a scaredy cat, who’s afraid of cats.

11. I am very creative, I love DIY projects and cooking. I am currently working on my first cookbook.


1. What is your favorite subject to write about?

Healthy foods and how the body benefits from eating them.

2. What inspired you to write your blog?

I wanted to share what I was learning about health and fitness and hopefully inspire others thru my experience and knowledge.

3. If readers take away one message from your site, what would you want that message to be?

That you don’t have to be perfect with healthy food choices, deprivation doesn’t work. Be willing to give new foods a try, make sure to give yourself time to relax each day, and just take it one day at a time. When you feel good, life’s more fun!

4. What does “healthy” mean to you?

Eating foods that benefits the body and thinking positively to benefit the soul 90% of the time, and 10% indulgence and negative thoughts, because we are all human and sometimes life happens.

5. What is your favorite quote of all time?  Not really a quote, but a scripture.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:16

6. What do you do for fun (when you’re not blogging)?

I love to shop for fashions, food, cooking spending time with friends and family and reading other blogs.

7. Are you good with the technology side of blogging world or are you computer-challenged?

I am not the most tech savvy, but I’m also not overly computer-challenged, however I wish I knew more. I have learned a lot thru trial and error, there’s so much more I need and want to learn.  I’m always searching for information to help me reach my goals.

8. What type of TV shows/movies do you like?

Comedy, I love to laugh.

9. Read any good books lately?

The Search for Significance by Robert S. McGee, hard to put down.

10. What is your favorite memory?

Holding my daughter in my arms for the first time over 17 years ago.

11. Where do you see yourself one year from today?

I will be preparing to send my daughter off to college for the first time and I’ll be an expert at social media.

These are some blogs I have discovered and have chosen.

And now the nominees are:

1. Krystal

2. Angela


4. Allie


6. Brittany

7. Carly

8. Mabelle

9. Hannah @luvdatcupcake

10. Gabby Rose


If you are on this list please email me at for your questions.

Thanks again Jessica for the nomination.