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5 SPRING HOME STYLING TIPS

5 SPRING HOME STYLING TIPS

spring home styling tips

One of my favorite things about spring is the chance to freshen and update our home.  I love changing up my home with the seasons but after the heavy winter season nothing is more satisfying than lightening up and brightening your home!  So today I thought I would share five of my favorite tips for welcoming spring into your home!

spring home styling tips

GOOD OLD FASHIONED SPRING CLEANING

Nothing says your home is ready for spring than a good old fashioned spring clean!  Purge all the winter clutter from your home and organize, organize, organize!  This is my #1 tip for a wonderful spring home and it’s so therapeutic too!

STASH HEAVY WINTER ACCESSORIES

Say goodbye to those big heavy faux fur throw blankets, flannel sheets, fireplace logs, and all those pinecone accessories.  Instead accent your fireplace with candles, swap out heavy fabrics with light fresh ones, and stash heavy decor items for ones that are bright and airy.  This goes with home scents too.  Toss those cinnamon spice candles and bring in fresh clean scents.

BRING THE OUTSIDE IN WITH PLANTS & FLOWERS

I love bringing new plants and fresh flowers into my home this time of year!  Plants and flowers are starting to bloom and come back to life and so should your home.  Adding these items into your home is the perfect way to add color and interest to your space and say hello spring!

ADD NEW TEXTURES

Nothing says spring (and summer too) better than bringing in fresh new textures into your home.  Baskets, wooden trays, and accent pillows are a great way to add an earthy texture into your home.  Heavy rugs can also be swapped out with lighter affordable indoor/outdoor rugs too.

UPDATE YOUR COLOR PALETTE

Spring is a great time to upgrade your color palette.  In the winter I’m all about rich, warm, inviting colors and in the spring I like to welcome fresh bright colors and more neutrals into our home.  A simple way to update your color palette is through throw pillows and light weight throw blankets.  Framed art work and photos can easily be swapped out with nature and other lightweight prints.

spring home styling tips

Spring is such a terrific time to brighten your home up, and a spring home works well through summer too!  A few simple changes can make your home shine!  Do you have any favorite ways to transition your home from winter to spring?

4 INGREDIENT NO BAKE BIRDS NEST COOKIES

4 INGREDIENT NO BAKE BIRDS NEST COOKIES

It’s officially spring, who else is excited?  I’m sharing one of our favorite family springtime treats that we make every year around the Easter season: birds nest no bake cookies!  One year when my girls were little I made these adorable treats and ever since then they can’t have an Easter without them.  They are now 17 and 19 and still ask for them and get excited when I make them, and they still have fun helping me shape each nest.

These springtime treats are the perfect festive treat and they’re so easy to make!  Just 4 ingredients, a microwave, and some wax or parchment paper.  It’s that easy and really fun making each nest!

In a large microwave safe bowl melt chocolate chips and butterscotch chips every 30 seconds, stirring in between until they’re completely melted.  Take care not to microwave them too long so they don’t burn.  Once melted stir until smooth, toss in the chow mein noodles, and mix until blended.  Spoon onto wax or parchment paper and shape into a nest.  Top with candy, let them firm up, and you have the cutest treats!

Easy to make Easter treats

4 Ingredient NO BAKE Birds Nest Cookies

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 12 ounces butterscotch chips
  • 12 ounces chow mein noodles
  • small candy eggs for decorating
  • wax or parchment paper

Instructions

  • Place the chocolate chips and butterscotch chips in a large microwave safe bowl.
  • Microwave in 30 second increments, stirrring each time until melted.
  • Stir until smooth and add chow main noodles, stirring until blended.
  • Spoon onto wax or parchment paper, shaping the nest, creating a slight low spot in the center to hold the eggs.
  • Add candy eggs to the center and let set until firm.

Our favorite candies to use are Cadberry candy coated mini eggs, Robin eggs, jelly beans, and Peep marshmallow birds.  Not only are these Easter time treats easy and fun to make, they taste delicious too!   Be sure to follow me on Instagram for my latest seasonal content!  Wishing you a Happy Easter blog friends!

THE BEST SHEET MASKS REVIEWED

THE BEST SHEET MASKS REVIEWED

Best sheet masks reviewed

Sheet masks are the ultimate luxury for me.  Don’t get me wrong… I love a good old fashioned regular face mask, but sheet masks are hands down my favorite way to pamper my skin.  They’re easy to store and travel with and more sanitary than masks in jars.

Currently it’s winter in Colorado, and due to Covid I haven’t had a facial or been to a spa in a year.  So yeah, I’ve definitely been on a mission for a while to find the perfect sheet mask.  I reviewed 20 different sheet masks that range in price from $3.99-$35.  My only criteria was that each mask be sold as a single.  Many sheet masks are sold in a multi-pack, but most of us want to try a single first before we commit to an entire expensive box right?  No matter how amazing a sheet mask looked, if it wasn’t sold individually I didn’t try it, and then of course I wanted to try a few others but they were out of stock.

I’m 43 with acne prone skin.  My skin was oily living in Texas, but since living in Colorado it’s more normal to dry.  My main goals in using sheet masks were to hydrate, plump, and brighten my skin.

FYI:  These reviews are not sponsored in any way.  All sheet masks were purchased with my own money, and these are my honest true opinions.

Best sheet masks reviewed

SHEET MASK TIPS

While you’re pampering your face why not pamper your mind as well?  Lie back, turn the lights out, light a candle, and listen to relaxing music.  Use this time to clear your mind and pray or meditate to get the most out of your experience.

For the ultimate luxury after applying the mask use a facial roller over the mask.  I use my rose quartz roller and it feels amazing!  It’s easier to roll your face with a paper sheet mask on rather than a gel.  Gel masks tend to roll off with the roller sometimes.

Don’t waste one single drop!  I make sure to get every drop out of each package and massage the liquid goodness into my neck, chest, arms, and hands.  Once you’re finished with your sheet mask if you still feel a lot of moisture rub it along your body, don’t waste anything!

I know some people will place used sheet masks in a plastic bag in the refrigerator to save for another use.  I’m a germaphobe so I don’t do this, plus I make it a point to use all the liquid up so there’s nothing left to save.

Some sheet masks leave a sticky or tacky residue and it’s definitely not desirable.  I’ve found that in most cases this went away in around 20-30 minutes once my skin absorbed the product.  Some remained sticky afterwards, but once I applied my regular skin care and makeup it felt much better.  A few stayed sticky with makeup all day, below you’ll see which ones they are.

Best sheet masks reviewed

1.  La Mer Treatment Lotion Hydrating Mask $35 – A single use $35 sheet mask is ridiculous in price, so I was expecting a lot from this mask.  I left this mask on for 20 minutes and rolled my face with my quartz roller, It felt heavenly.  Afterwards my skin looked bright and hydrated, with a slight tackiness that quickly absorbed.  Minutes later I found myself quickly needing a moisturizer.  My makeup went on beautifully and my skin felt incredibly smooth the rest of the day.  It’s a great mask but I felt for the price it could have done more.  I doubt I’ll use these again due to the cost.  I also find it ridiculous that the sheet mask is packaged inside a box, it’s a waste of packaging.

2.  JLo That Limitless Glow Sheet Mask $18 –  This two piece mask had ear loops for the upper and lower mask to attach to.  A bonus is you can walk around while wearing it, the ear loops soon started hurting my ears though.  About halfway through my ears started hurting so I had to tear the mask to make the ear loops bigger.  When I removed the mask my skin felt very hydrated and once the product finished absorbing into my skin any tackiness was gone.  Oddly my foundation went on really splotchy, especially around my eyes and nose, so that’s a deal breaker for me.  Again not impressed the sheet mask was packaged inside a box, it’s pure waste.

3.  Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrogel Mask $3.99 – This two piece gel mask was slightly awkward to put on and didn’t cover the sides of my face well.  It took me a while to figure out which side was the front, but it felt very soothing and hydrating while I was wearing it.  Afterwards my skin had a nice peachy glow, but once the leftover serum dried my skin feIt uncomfortably tight.  I quickly grabbed a moisturizer.  This is a might be a great budget mask to experiment with if you live in warm, humid climates.  Living in Colorado I have to pass on this one.

4.  Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Facial Barrier Mask $6 –  This mask had a very rich almost heavy feeling.  It felt wonderful on my skin and after absorbing all the product I felt like I didn’t need a moisturizer.  My only regret was using this mask during the day instead of night.  My skin looked a bit greasy and I had to blot some moisture off to apply my makeup.  This would be an excellent evening mask in the winter so your skin can soak up all the moisturizing goodness overnight.  I’ll be buying this mask again when my skin needs a big boost of moisture.

5.  Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mask $12 – This sheet mask gets the award for most drippiest, which was ok with me I love saving and using all the liquid goodness.  Afterward my skin tone looked dewy and well hydrated.  My skin was just slightly tacky after applying makeup, but I was ok with it.  I definitely enjoyed this mask and if you do save masks in the refrigerator this is a good one because the extra serum in the package.

Best sheet masks reviewed

6.  STARSKIN Red Carpet Ready Hydrating Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Face Mask $11 – I loved this face mask!  Afterward my skin looked beautifully hydrated with a great glow.  There was no sticky residue and once all the product absorbed I didn’t feel a need for a moisturizer.  My makeup went on like a dream, it looked like it had actually been airbrushed.  I kept looking at my skin in the mirror off and on all day because it looked that good.  I’m a definite fan of this sheet mask after seeing the results.

7.  Wishful Thirst Trap – Cocoon Mask $9 – This mask made my face itchy… maybe due to the caffeine?  After 20 minutes I gladly ripped it off.  I was worried I would have a reaction from the itching but luckily I didn’t.  Skin felt hydrated afterwards but the itching makes this mask a no for me.

8.  Sephora Collection Spirulina Face Mask $5.50 – This spiraling face mask says it focuses on hydration and anti-pollution.  Years ago I had a bad experience with Sephora sheet masks on an overnight flight.  It was my first time using a sheet mask and it left me wet, drippy, and very sticky, but I decided to push through and give Sephora masks another try.  The package says to leave on for 5 minutes but that’s such a short time so I did 20.  Surprisingly I enjoyed this mask, my skin felt hydrated and soft.  It did feel a bit tacky after removing but that went away in 15 minutes.  I actually preferred the Sephora Lychee mask a little more over this one, but this one is still a great option.

9.  TONYMOLY I’m Real Aloe Mask Sheet $3.75 – Immediately the cutesy packaging threw me off but I decided to go ahead and give this sheet mask a fair chance.  Instantly we were off to a bad start.  The mask didn’t fit well over my eyes and mouth, I had to rip them to get them to fit.  Instantly I felt the tiniest bit of irritation but I decided to push through.  10 minutes later I literally ripped it off.  My skin was bright red, my eyelids felt extremely itchy and irritated, and my entire face was sticky.  I ended up washing my face to get it off.  This one was a hard no for me.

10.  No7 Restore & Renew Multi Action Serum Boost Sheet Mask $5.99 – My favorite thing about this mask is it has an attached neck mask included.  As exciting as that was, I had a hard time keeping the neck mask in place, even while on my back.  My skin had an undeniable glow afterwards, felt hydrated, and my makeup applied smoothly.  At around $6 this is a fantastic budget mask that gives good results.

 

Best sheet masks reviewed

11.  Lancome Renergie Lift Multi-Action Ultra Double Wrapping Cream Face Mask $15 – This two piece cream based mask was one of the best face fitting masks I wore.  It felt wonderful on my skin and afterwards my skin did look hydrated, plump, and firm.  When I removed the mask I had a lot of white residue on my face that I was able to massage into my skin, this could possibly be an issue for darker skin tones.  I’ll definitely be using this mask again, especially before taking photos.

12.  TONYMOLY Intense Care Snail Gold 24K Hydrogel Mask $10 – I was a little nervous using this mask mainly because I had such a bad experience with the TONYMOLY Aloe, but also the word snail was throwing me off a bit.  I was surprised how much I enjoyed this mask.  Afterwards my skin looked plump and hydrated.  I did a quick target run and again I had a skin compliment from a stranger and that’s with half my face covered with a mask. Will order again.  At $10 it’s a definite repurchase for me.  By the way this is the mask I’m wearing in the above photo.

13. Oh K! Hyaluronic Acid Hydrogel Sheet Mask $6 – This two gel piece mask had a pretty iridescent look.  I wasn’t expecting much from this mask.  I think it was the cutesy packaging.  When I took the mask off my skin looked plump and had a nice glow.  An hour later my skin felt very moisturized but also incredibly sticky.  Although this mask gave my skin a nice glow it was the stickiest mask by far that I used.  An hour later my face was still very sticky after using my skincare and makeup.  A hard no for me.

14.  Lancome Advanced Genifique Hydrogel Melting Rejuvenating Face Mask $15 – This gel mask felt great on and had a nice pleasant scent.  After removing I felt some hydration benefits and my skin had a slight tacky feeling.  Nothing really good or bad really stood out about this mask.  It was pretty basic, some hydration but without any other benefits.  I probably won’t use it again unless it’s on sale.

15.  Dr. Jart+ Dermamask Water Jet Vital Hydra Solution $6 – This is a fantastic hydrating mask for the price and definitely my favorite Dr. Jart+ sheet mask.  Afterwards my skin felt and looked so nourished and hydrated.  It delivered the perfect amount of moisture without being too heavy or sticky.  My makeup also went on very nicely after using this mask.  Being at such a great price I’ll definitely be repurchasing.

Best sheet masks reviewed

16.  Sephora Collection Lychee Face Mask $5.50 – The lychee mask is listed as a moisture and glow mask.  So far it’s my favorite Sephora mask and I loved the heavenly scent.  I found it very hydrating but in a light feeling way, with no sticky residue.  I do think my skin needed a little more moisture because I quickly needed a moisturizer, but at under $6 I still found it enjoyable and beneficial.  When I’m looking to restock sheet masks around the $6 mark I’ll gladly pick up another one of these.

17.  Dr. Jart+ Dermask Micro Jet Brightening Solution $9 – Not only did my skin feel fantastic after this, I glowed for days!  I used this the morning before our Las Vegas trip.  With the sun, alcohol, and lack of sleep Vegas isn’t exactly easy on the skin. This little gem saved my skin, I saw the lasting effects well into the week.  Great hydrating and brightening mask.

18.  Dr. Jart+ Cryo Rubber with Brightening Vitamin C Mask $14 – I thought this mask was such a silly gimmick, but the reality was the mask looked nothing like the cover.  First you rub a cream on your face and they you apply a rubbery 2 piece cheap face mask over the top.  It slid around and didn’t stay in place, and when I removed the mask I had lot of leftover residue that I eventually dabbed off.  Later that day my skin did look good, but I won’t be repurchasing this because of the silly unnecessary amount of waste this product produced.  Afterwards you’ll be left with an unnecessary pile of garbage.

19.  Farmacy Hydrating Coconut Gel Sheet Mask $6 – I couldn’t get this mask to stay on properly, it kept lifting especially around my eyes and nose.  Afterwards my skin felt hydrated and not sticky but I didn’t think this mask was anything special.  There are many other sheet masks for around $6 I’d rather use.

20.  Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask $22 – The nice thing about this mask is it’s dry so it’s mess free and reusable up to 3 times.  It’s a great option when your skin needs a nice boost before a date night or special occasion.  I definitely saw results, my skin looked fresh and plump the rest of the day and my makeup went on smooth like butter.  If you do get 3 uses it makes the price a little over $7 per use which is more reasonable.

I loved so many of these sheet masks, and I’ll definitely be repurchasing them, but I decided to pick 5 overall winners.

STARSKIN Red Carpet Ready Hydrating Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Face Mask $11 – My #1 pick, this mask does it all!

Dr. Jart+ Dermamask Water Jet Vital Hydra Solution $6 – Best overall affordable hydrating mask.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask $22 – Best dry mask that’s reusable and delivers results.

Dr. Jart+ Dermask Micro Jet Brightening Solution $9 – Amazing brightening mask, your skin will glow for days.

Lancome Renergie Lift Multi-Action Ultra Double Wrapping Cream Face Mask $15 – Real firming and lifting results.

I used all these sheet masks in a 4 week period, taking notes as I went.  After using all of these masks my skin looked insanely good, almost like I had laser treatments done.  So yeah, you can definitely say I’m hooked!

DIY ROSE PETAL GREEN TEA BODY SCRUB

DIY ROSE PETAL GREEN TEA BODY SCRUB

DIY Rose Petal Green Tea Body Scrub

Does dry winter skin have you down?  If so it’s time to indulge with this DIY rose petal green tea body scrub!  I love creating body scrubs and this time I wanted to create the ultimate feminine body scrub.

Combining Rose petals and green tea with a double dose of skin hydrating oil is a perfect luxurious at-home spa treatment.  Not only does it smell incredible it does magic for your skin.  Colorado winters are brutal on the skin, but since exfoliating my body in the shower 1-2 times a week and using this scrub daily for my hands my skin is incredibly soft and hydrated.

DIY Rose Petal Green Tea Body Scrub

I always like to give my scrubs a hint of color with food coloring for visual appeal, this is optional however.  Just two drops of regular grocery store red food coloring creates this lovely dusty rose pink.  If you’re worried about your towels staining have no fear, I promise it won’t stain.  I have white towels and I’ve never seen a trace of color on any of our towels after using my scrubs.

DIY Rose Petal Green Tea Body Scrub

A combination of coconut and grapeseed oil gives the skin incredible hydration.  I recommend using refined coconut oil because it doesn’t have that coconut smell, but that’s up to you.

To create that heavenly rose scent we use rose petals and rose water.  Rose petals are easy to find and affordable.  Craft stores usually sell them in the soap making aisle or you can buy a huge food grade bag from Amazon like I did.  You can also dry your own petals if your up for it.

Rose water is usually found at specialty grocery stores, cooking stores, and of course Amazon.  I used this one.  You can also use rose oil (good quality is expensive) or a rose oil blend.  It’s more potent than rosewater so you’ll probably only need a few drops.

Another tip:  If your rose petals are large like mine run them through a mini food processor or crush them by hand.  By doing this 99% of the rose petals easily go down the drain.

DIY Rose Petal Green Tea Body Scrub

I’m so in love with this body scrub (and my girls are too) that I created a larger batch than usual.  Feel free to make a half batch if that works best for you.  Or keep one batch for yourself and give another away to a friend who needs a little pampering too.

DIY Rose Petal Green Tea Body Scrub

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup refined coconut oil (refined has no coconut smell)
  • 2 drops red food coloring (optional)
  • 1 tsp rose water (or a few drops rose oil)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup rose petals
  • 4 green tea bags, opened
  • 2 Tbs grapeseed oil (olive & almond oil work great too)

Instructions

  • In a medium size bowl add coconut oil and mix with a spoon or fork until it softens up. Do not melt the oil!
  • Add rose water and food coloring to the coconut oil and stir to blend.
  • Add sugar, green tea, and rose petals to the coconut mixture.
    *If your rose petals are large crush them by hand or run them through a mini food processor.
  • Using a spoon, mix the ingredients together until it's almost blended, then use your fingers to completely blend the mixture.
  • Drizzle grapeseed oil evenly over the scrub mixture and quickly blend together using your hands.
  • Store in an airtight container.

 

DIY Rose Petal Green Tea Body Scrub

Like all my body scrubs I recommend using them on the body only, not your face.  In the past I’ve said it’s okay to use homemade body scrubs within 2-3 weeks.  That’s just a general guideline, but sealed in airtight containers I’ve found a few body scrubs months later and they are perfectly fine.

What are you waiting for?  Go turn your winter dry skin into winter happy skin.

JANUARY WINTER OUTFIT ROUND UP

JANUARY WINTER OUTFIT ROUND UP

Colorado fashion blogger winter outfits

I’m back with a fashion post!  A what?  Yeah… remember way back when I posted about my outfits?  Maybe you don’t, my last fashion post was April 2019.  It’s definitely been a while.  If you’re wondering what happened it was moving out of state, home remodeling stress, weight gain, Covid, wildfires, and more weight gain.  My blog is a reflection of me and what’s happening in my life.

Once life calmed down after moving and remodeling Covid hit.  Let’s be honest I wasn’t going anywhere or buying any clothes.  With my Covid weight gain I started feeling extremely insecure and the last thing I wanted to do was buy clothes or have my picture taken.  But 2021 is here, the world problems aren’t solved by any means, but I do feel like there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  I’m watching what I eat and exercising again.  I’m ready to live again and anxiously awaiting for life to be normal.  So today I thought I would share some of my favorite January winter outfits with you.

Colorado fashion blogger winter outfits - camo trend

Camo baby!  Do you love it or hate it?  This trend has been going a few years strong now, and being pattern obsessed I’m definitely a fan.  This comfortable and warm sweater jacket runs a bit large so I went down a size.  Paired with a striped tee and faux leather leggings it’s a fun winter outfit to wear.  It also looks great with a black turtleneck!

Colorado fashion blogger winter outfits

Camo Sweater | Similar Striped Tee Here & Here | Faux Leather Leggings | Boots | Earrings | Bag

Colorado fashion blogger winter outfits - Sweater dress

When warm days hit it’s time to give those winter legs some fresh air!  This sweater dress runs true to size and is very comfortable.  Other fun ways to wear it would be with a lace cami or leggings and a scarf.  It’s very versatile and versatile always wins a spot in my closet.

Sweater Dress | Earrings | Similar Booties | Bag

Colorado fashion blogger winter outfits

This dress was an amazing find.  I still have some weight to lose, but this black jersey studded dress instantly made me feel like a million bucks when I tried it on.  It runs true to size and is very flattering and camouflages a tummy.  Best part?  It’s half price so act fast!

Ways to wear a dress in the winter

Paired with some tall black boots and my favorite faux fur cape, this is the perfect date night outfit (hello Valentine’s Day).  I think every woman should have one of these faux fur capes in their closet.  Paired with a dress or dressed up with jeans, it’s a wardrobe staple plus it’s warm and very affordable.

Dress | Boots | Faux Fur Cape | Similar Clutch | Earrings

Colorado fashion blogger winter outfits

This fun pink puffer coat has been tested in the Colorado winter and I approve.  It’s really nice to find a fun affordable coat for $40.  It also comes in black and runs true to size.  The boots are on clearance for $19.99, fit true to size, and are so warm!

Colorado fashion blogger winter outfits

Puffer Coat | Beanie | Jeans | Boots (on clearance)

Over 40 fashion blog

Can you have to many fuzzy sweaters?  Please tell me no!  This sweater jacket made me feel so glam and it was just $40!  It has a slight stretch and hidden pockets which is a bonus.  It fits true to size and comes in peach and a fun black and white pattern too.  This purchase was a big win for me.

Colorado fashion blogger winter outfits

Sweater Jacket | Earrings | Jeans | Similar Leopard Shoes | Bag

Colorado fashion blogger winter outfits - ruffle sweater

Ruffle sweaters are so fun and feminine to wear, they’re certainly having a moment.  My sweater sold out pretty much instantly, but this gorgeous sweater is very similar, and this ruffle sweater comes in three colors.  Are you liking the ruffle trend?

Boots | Chain Necklace | Beanie

Colorado fashion blogger winter outfits - blanket scarf

Living in Colorado I do get tired of wearing a coat all the time so why not switch it up with a nice warm blanket scarf?  Wearing this soft blanket scarf was literally like… being wrapped in a blanket.  Haha.  Plus there are so many different ways to wear it, it gives you tons of wardrobe options.

Colorado fashion blogger winter outfits

Black Sweater | Blanket Scarf | Jeans | Boots

Thanks for stopping by my January winter outfit round up!  Ta ta for now.