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So I’m not sure how to jump into this post, but here goes. As some of you know, 2013 has been a really challenging year for me. However, in true Whoorl fashion, I always expected to write about my struggles after the fact. You know, the way I like to do it. Solutions to problems! Positive outlooks! Well, it’s taking a lot longer than I expected.

On the bright side, I made it 38 years before dealing with a 1-2-3 punch of insomnia, anxiety and resulting depression. Flip side? Man, things have been bleak around here. I’m certainly not feeling like myself and composing blog posts about concealer is not on my to-do list. In fact, I have no to-do lists. (See? I told you I’m not myself.)

I am so thankful to have a loving, supportive family and healthcare professionals that are my advocates and helping me through these unchartered waters. Although some days feel incredibly hopeless, I know brighter days are in my future. (They have to be, right?)

One of my very favorite quotes by Coach John Wooden seems to be apropos at the moment.

“When you improve a little each day, eventually big things occur…not tomorrow, not the next day, but eventually a big gain is made. Don’t look for the big, quick improvement. Seek the small improvement one day at a time. That’s the only way it happens–and when it happens it lasts.”

Perhaps you are going through something too. If so, please know that you are not alone, and that I am sending love and light your way. Big time.



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Come Shop with Me

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Lovely local ladies, what are you doing next Tuesday evening? I think you should drop by C. Wonder at Fashion Island for some sweet treats, vino, and a nice little discount. Be there or be square!

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Easy DIY Honey Scrub

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So I’ve got another honey beauty recipe up my sleeve, and it’s the easiest thing ever. It takes a whopping total of 1 minute to make, and is perfect for gently exfoliating the skin or lips. (Say goodbye to dry, flaky lips for good, for reals.)

Did you know that honey is a natural humectant with antimicrobial properties? Well, yes it is. And as a natural humectant, honey attracts and retains moisture, two qualities that can keep skin hydrated and glowing. Honey has whole body benefits, my friends. Plus, according to a double-blind clinical study[1] to determine the effects of honey and moisturizers on skin conducted by an independent laboratory, honey was shown to effectively moisturize the skin when combined with a leading brand of skin lotion.

Here’s the scoop. The ingredients:

1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp grits (Depending where you live, people might not know what in the heck you are talking about when you ask for grits. Ahem, Southern Californians…)
a drop of your favorite essential oil, optional

Mix them all together, and voilá!

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A scrub you can use to gently exfoliate your body. How easy and inexpensive is that? (Also, if you plan to use the scrub for your lips, you really don’t need to add an essential oil because the honey flavor is delicious. Just don’t eat it all.)

This and tons more DIY beauty recipes including honey can be found here. I’m all about trying the one for hair shine next…

Want to get in on the action? The National Honey board has kindly offered to provide a Pamper Yourself, Honey gift bag to 2 lucky readers. Just leave a comment on this post before September 25, 2013 and you’ll be entered to win. Thanks, honey!

[1] The study involved 60 panelists and was conducted in Broomall, PA during the weeks of January 18 and January 25, 2010. The testing followed current cGCP, cGLP as well as COLPIA Efficacy Testing Guidelines.

This post was sponsored by the National Honey Board. Mmm mmm, honey. (They didn’t tell me to say that.)



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