Beauty Boxes – My Ipsy Glam Bag for December

Are you still looking for gift ideas for Christmas? I have an idea for you.

There are a number of monthly beauty boxes for both men and women that are a fun way to spoil someone. Who doesn’t love getting a package in the mail?

I currently subscribe to Ipsy, a monthly beauty box subscription that sends you five beauty samples or full-size items per month based on your beauty profile.  You get everything packaged up in a unique “Beauty Glam Bag”.

Here’s what I got in my Ipsy Glam Bag in December: {read more}

DIY Seasoning Mixes + Free Printable

I have started using these homemade seasoning mixes in my kitchen and I was thinking about how they would make such a gift this holiday season! Seasoning packets that you buy in the store are loaded with chemicals and MSG, but these are natural and they taste superb!

I’ve put together my two favorite DIY seasoning mixes:

All Natural Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix and
All Natural Taco Seasoning Mix

seasoning mixes diy

I’ve included a free printable gift tag for you, to make packaging them up for friends, neighbors or teachers super simple. (see below)

 Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix

  • 2/3 cup dry buttermilk
  • 6 Tbsp dried parsley flakes
  • 5 tsp garlic powder
  • 5 tsp onion powder
  • 4 tsp dried onion flakes
  • 4 tsp dried dill weed
  • 4 tsp dried chives
  • 3 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp pepper

For mix:
Combine ingredients and pulse in a blender until fine. {read more}

Favorite Drugstore Beauty Products

I may have an addiction to trying new things when it comes to beauty products. I do it all for you. I swear. Here are some of my favorite drugstore beauty products that are also easy on the wallet. And these would make great stocking stuffers. So don’t forget to put them on your Christmas shopping list!

favorite drugstore beauty products

1. Pacifica Natural Eye Pencil in Fringe ($11)
Pacifica has great all-natural beauty products. I originally got this eye pencil in my Ipsy bag and snuffed it because I’m loyal to Urban Decay pencils. This however is a great, soft pencil and the color is rich. I love how smoothly it goes on and it really stays put. {read more}

Thanksgiving Turkey Brine Recipes

What is a brine and why should you brine your Thanksgiving turkey this year?

Well, I don’t want to brag or anything but the first year I did a brine for my turkey, it was referred to as the “third most memorable bird” by my father-in-law. In his lifetime.
So you best be brining this year folks.

So what’s a brine?

If you google the word brine it says “a brine is water saturated or strongly impregnated with salt.” Um, I’m not looking to impregnate anything. So let’s just call it a salt water soak. {read more}