Using baby oil to shave — Fab or Flub?

I saw an idea on Pinterest for using baby oil gel to shave.  The pinner claimed it gives you the best shave ever.  I thought I’d give it a try. The Pros: I did feel like I got a close shave.  Because oil doesn’t lather like shaving cream, it was a little harder to shave my arm pits, but nevertheless it worked. My legs felt really soft and moisturized afterward so much so that you don’t need to put lotion on your legs after you shower.  Shaving cream can be irritating and the oil gel was definitely more forgiving. You don’t use as much oil gel so.  Cons: May clog your drain.  Mr. Bee has a thing about anything potentially clogging a drain — like bath salts, scrubs or oils.  If he knew I was using oil gel to shave, he might give me a frowny face. A gross build up of oil and … Continue reading “Using baby oil to shave — Fab or Flub?”

Lick the Pan Lemon Garlic Mushrooms

 Friday was our “official” first day of summer since Miss Bee is done with school.  Of course she went to a friend’s house to spend the night…remember those days when you could swim and play all summer with no worries of anything?  Mr. Bee and I rented a few Redbox movies and we grilled steaks.  I made a very yummy recipe for lemon garlic mushrooms that I knew Mr. Bee would like.  I am not really into mushrooms, but I could be after eating these. I found the recipe online, but it’s not on my Pinterest board so I apologize I cannot reference the source. In a small bowl melt 1/4 cup of butter in the microwave, then add 2 tablespoons of fresh thyme, three cloves of chopped garlic, 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste.  Stir until combined. I used one carton of whole mushrooms with the tops … Continue reading “Lick the Pan Lemon Garlic Mushrooms”

Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading List

I wish I were a reader.  The extent of my reading is Pinterest, magazines and an occasional mystery.  This summer I vow to read at least three books.  I am following a new blog — Modern Mrs. Darcy and she has a fabulous summer reading list you can subscribe to.  I am old fashioned, I still like to read actual books, so I have requested several titles at my local library.  They must be good books because, in most cases, I am in third in the queue.  Here’s my list: The Likeness by Tana French The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter Attachments by Rainbow Powell What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Let me know if you have read any of these books.  I’d love to hear your opinion on new ones, too.  It’s … Continue reading “Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading List”

Meet at the Barre

Smart Barre just opened a studio right around the block from my house.  I scheduled a class to find out more about it. Here’s the information posted on their website.  Smart Barre practices concentrated movements that function as deep sculpting tools to strengthen and lengthen muscles. As a total body workout, the class fuses principles of ballet, Pilates, and yoga to target body areas in which women struggle- the core, hips, thighs, seat and arms.  A traditional ballet barre is used to help maintain balance and provide resistance, however, you don’t need a tutu in this class to achieve the long, lean look of a dancer. In addition to the barre, light weights, a playground ball, and a cushy mat are used. An efficient, upbeat workout, you will find it a “smart” use of time.   One of the things I like is that all the scheduling is done online, … Continue reading “Meet at the Barre”

50 Zits

I really don’t have that many, but I’m almost 50 (3 months till lift off) and my pre-menopausal skin is having it’s last hurrah with breakouts.  Like in places I normally don’t get “blemishes”  the sweet Southern term for zits.  So at my last facial, the therapist recommended a product that I think is helping clear up my skin. I’ve blogged before on the Eminence Skincare products I use.  They are organic and full of good for you ingredients.  I am using the Clear Skin Willow Bark Booster-Serum.  It’s a brown syrup-like serum you put all over your clean skin before moisturizer.  It has willow bark, tea tree oil, walnut leaf, anise, and vitamins A, C and E and Coenzyme Q10.  The first few times I used it my skin tingled, now my skin just drinks it up. I was having problems with breakouts along the hair line, under my bangs and along … Continue reading “50 Zits”

Kickin’ it Old School — Toll House Pie

Yesterday was the perfect day to bake.  It was cloudy and rainy and I was hungry for pie.  I am not a pie person.  I am more into cake.  When presented with a dessert buffet, pie is usually not my go-to dessert. That’s interesting because when I was growing up, Earnie always baked pies — pineapple chess, lemon chess, pecan, buttermilk. It had been probably 20 years since I made the old school recipe for Toll House pie.  I always have chocolate chips on hand so the Toll House Pie was a snap to make.  I used frozen store bought crust.  I am not a crust maker, either.  My bestie could win an award for her pie crust recipe.  Someday when I go to visit her I will do a post on her pie crust.  She whips up pie crust like a Dugger diapering a baby. The Toll House pie … Continue reading “Kickin’ it Old School — Toll House Pie”

A river ran through my massage

Last August, for my birthday, my family gave me a spa treatment at the European Skincare Institute.  I finally used it yesterday to gift myself with an 80-minute hot river stone massage.  I’m the kind of person that does very little research on what you are going to do to me.  I’m very trusting.  It sounded soothing so I just made the appointment and showed up. While I waited I prepared myself a cup of herbal tea.  Cinnamon sounded good.  I sat and sipped my tea while I completed the “in take” paperwork. Skye was my massage therapist.  I am not sure if this was her “stage” name because I also heard someone introduce themselves as “Sunny”.  Skye got me all set in a room that was dimly lit with candles and Enya playing in the background.  Before we started she explained the benefits of this type of massage.  Ancient … Continue reading “A river ran through my massage”

Repaint your Patio Furniture

This time of the year is my favorite.  The evenings are still cool despite the warmer days arriving.  I love to sit outside on my patio.  One of the smartest things Mr. Bee and I did recently was to take our existing wrought iron furniture and have it sand blasted and powder coated with new paint.  I wish I had taken before photos so that you could see the transformation.  I can’t believe how much better our furniture looks — like new and for a fraction of what we would have spent on brand new furniture. We did invest in new outdoor cushions.  We visited Chair King and the staff were extremely helpful and knowledgable on how to help us select the perfect fabric and cushion size we needed.  Miss Bee picked out the stripes.  She thought the black and cream was neutral enough to allow us to change up the accent pillows.  … Continue reading “Repaint your Patio Furniture”

Shop the grocery store for plants

Mr. Bee and I have really been working hard to get our garden spruced up for the growing season.  This post will kick off a series of posts on the buzz in my garden.  The grocery store doesn’t have to be just for milk and eggs — it can also be a great source for pottery and plants.   I stopped into Albertson’s grocery store recently and right at the front door were two beautifully hand-painted pots from Mexico. I couldn’t believe the price of them either.  About the same time I spotted these, I had just picked up two hibiscus trees for less than $20 at Kroger.  I knew the bright red flowers would be the perfect punch for the pots.  So, I went ahead and purchased the pots knowing that if I went back for them later, they wouldn’t be there.  When I transplanted the hibiscus plants into the … Continue reading “Shop the grocery store for plants”

Get to the Point

I love pointy-toed shoes.  I added a few to my spring wardrobe from Ninewest.  They are having a 30% off sale right now so you can scoop up some good deals.  Plus, Ninewest makes good quality shoes that will hold up from season to season. The thing I like about pointy ballet flats is that they are a flattering silhouette on most everyone.  I think they can also look dressy if needed.  Very versatile, ballet flats can go with jeans, a skirt or a dress.  Think about it…have you ever seen Audrey Hepburn look bad in a photo? I love this style called the Anyamarie Slingback flat.  The orange is so pretty, and of course the basic black go-with-everything color.    They even have them in the popular hue this season of nude. Normally for a pencil skirt, I would say go with a higher heel, but with the added … Continue reading “Get to the Point”