Homemade Eye Serum


As I get older I realize the value of a good eye cream. I mean a REALLY good eye cream! I’ve tried them all in the search for eternal youth…the cheap and the budget breaking, high end stuff. I have to say the ones that I’ve found that work best are usually the ones I can’t afford. Then I started reading the ingredients list. What the heck is:

Imidazolidinyl Urea, Triethanolamine(TEA) and Diethanolamine (DEA)“?  These are just a few of the things listed that I can’t even pronounce, do I really want to rub that on my face?? It seems that more and more chemicals are finding their way into items we use daily.

In my continued search for a youthful appearance, healthier alternatives and a way to save my wallet, I decided to make my own eye cream and as a bonus it won’t be loaded with artificial ingredients and dangerous chemicals. I experimented a bit and found a combo that I LOVE.  I really like serums better than creams, they just seem to glide on my skin smoother and moisturizes so nicely, but the best thing about this recipe…is that I know exactly what is in it!

Here’s it is:

1/8 tsp jojoba

1/8 tsp Vitamin E

1/8 tsp Borage oil

Mix the above with coconut oil till you get the consistency you desire. I like at least 2 parts coconut oil.

You can microwave the coconut oil just for a few seconds till its liquefied so it mixes with the oils nicely.

See, easy peasy!


Doggie Odors

Doggie Odor

It’s summer time, that glorious time of year when we have warm weather, sunshine and we run through the sprinklers and play in the hose…..and of course the dogs start to stink to high Heaven!

Just don’t tell Murphy he stinks. He has tender feelings. 🙂

The natural bacteria and yeast on a dog’s coat can get a bit out of whack with the added warmth and moisture in summer. This can lead to a musty, yeasty smelling dog. If you’ve ever smelled it before you know exactly what I’m talking about!

There are some simple things that can help keep  things in balance:

1) wash your dog thoroughly with a good shampoo at least once a month.

2) give your dog a good brushing at least once a week- this helps remove mats and dirt, which improves air and blood circulation near the skin.

3) I use a homemade doggie deodorant spray daily at the first sign of ‘funkiness’ and it usually has things back under control within a few days.

Here’s the recipe:

In a large spray bottle mix

3 cups of water

1/2 cup of white vinegar- for its natural anti-bacterial properties

1/8 tsp of of tea tree oil  -for its anti-viral, anti- bacterial and anti- fungal properties.

(optional to add  1/8 tsp of lavender oil)

Mix well and when you spray you dog make sure you rub the spray into the fur so it gets down to the skin.