Homemade Lip and Cheek Tint

My daily my makeup routine (if you can call it that) is rubbing a little color onto my lips and cheeks. I had been using RMS Lip2Cheek, but found it rather drying. When I finished the product, I looked to my cupboard to make my own lip and cheek tint. I was seeking a natural look from a moisturizing, zero waste product made from simple ingredients. Not too much to ask, right?

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Transitions

We entered the new year in a tent, in the Colorado wilderness, in below freezing temperatures. Although cold, that wasn’t what kept us awake much of the night. Apparently our toddler had the idea that New Year’s Eve should be an all-night party. In between cat naps, we had conversations about the off-road adventure in the truck, the coyotes we heard yipping close to camp, the fire wood we collected and chopped, and our dog who would eventually join us in the tent because she really was cold. I kept my humor throughout.

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Plastic Mountains

About a decade ago I joined a team of Colorado women to participate in a Susan G. Komen 3-Day breast cancer walk. We’d be traveling to California to join over 30,000 women to walk 60 miles and camp together at a mass site set up for the event. Participating teams were encouraged to decorate their designated section of camp.

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Simple Things

A list of simple things here and there.

1. Simple action. I’ve stopped all catalogs from coming to my home, but it never fails that new ones arrive on my doorstep each Christmas season. My work starts over in stopping the waste, the shopping temptations and the clutter that catalogs bring. I often call the company directly to have my contact information removed, but if you have a stack of catalogs, here in the United States an easy solution is to use Catalog Choice.

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The Best Christmas Tree Ever

Tears were streaming down my face I was laughing so hard. The kids too were rolling in their seats. The expressions we saw on faces we passed on the highway that day were priceless. Our tree, tied to the top of our car, could have been featured in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Even I wondered if the permit attached to its trunk was necessary.

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Simple Things

A list of simple things here and there.

1. Simple hot cocoa. In a mug, make a paste of one to two tablespoons of maple syrup (depending on how sweet you like it), one heaping tablespoon of cocoa powder and a pinch of salt. Top with steaming milk and stir to combine. Drink wearing your favorite flannel shirt (mine was a gift from a friend that I probably won’t take off all winter long).

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Make It Do

Following a “use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” philosophy not only protects our planet’s natural resources, but it provides a pause in the consumption cycle allowing for contentment with what we have.

I filled the shopping cart three times, on separate occasions, but stopped short of hitting the checkout button. I selected a beautiful silk dress, cashmere sweater and leather clutch. It would have been a show stopper and I felt good about each piece because they were ethically made.

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Simple Things

A list of simple things here and there.

1. Simple giving. A few years back, inspired by my friend Lisa who routinely gives blood, I started donating every few months. I think it was a pregnancy that put a halt to my giving. When I recently read of a blood drive close to my home, I jumped at the opportunity to start donating again. If you’re short on money or time, giving blood is a charitable offering that’s extremely valuable. The blood draw takes on average six to eight minutes and the whole process about an hour. Bonfils and the American Red Cross are a couple blood banks where you can give.

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