Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Cinnamon and Spice makes all things NICE:) DIY MASK



I tried this beauty recipe the other day and i loved it!! I got this recipe and editorial from Collegefashion.net BeautyRecipes honestly i i have tried most of their beauty DIY treatments myself but this one i had never heard of before and had to share with you guys. I could not think of anything more to add to this treatment myself so this treatment is coming straight from their post word for word!! ENJOY friends:)
This DIY mask, made of nutmeg, honey, and cinnamon, is calming and soothing for stressed-out skin – in addition, it smells absolutely amazing!
The secret? Nutmeg and honey act as natural anti-inflammatories, which can reduce swelling and redness in skin. They’re also great for soothing acne scars and preventing infection. In addition, the nutmeg and cinnamon also work to exfoliate your skin when you wash this mask off.
Before you begin, it’s always a good idea to do a small test with homemade mixes on your skin to make sure you don’t have a bad reaction to any ingredients. So remember to do a quick patch test on sensitive skin, like that on the inside of your wrist, before applying this mask to your face.
To create the mask, mix 2 tablespoons of honey with a teaspoon of cinnamon and a teaspoon of nutmeg. The consistency should be like a thick paste. After it’s all mixed, apply the mask to your face and let it sit for 30 minutes. Wash it off with warm water, scrubbing softly in circular motion for exfoliation.
Happy Tuesday & many blessings to you!!
xoxo-aligna

Friday, October 26, 2012

A meaningful day spent..well:)

A few days ago i was having a low(bad) kind of day. The kind were i questioned much of about this season of my life. I had all these doubts assaulting me and i knew that deep down for me it starts with a lie. Somehow either i heard it said myself even the LIE crept in and goes unnoticed and then i start to make a agreement with it and so it goes.. I had to pray and read the truths i know that are written in my heart and begin anew. Then she woke up...



Her nap only lasted a hour that day but it gave me enough time to myself to regroup and when she woke up i was reminded of Gods promise and his awesome wonder


Even though i had planned on being totally done having kids! God knew better:)

Thank God he did! Because years later our hearts and season of life made way to this bundle of JOY that we started praying for.


He knew we had a missing part to our family even before we would except or want her.

Which reminded me that God knows what our family needs even before we do and that i need only trust him and his favor.  "I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for. Then you will call to me. You will come and pray  to me and I will answer you. Seek me and you'll find me when you seek me with all your heart.
  yep that's what i needed to hear and i heard ya loud and clear!:)
Seeking my heavenly father for his wisdom keep my eyes on you.


Are you in a season of waiting?
Feeling the wait of hope deferred?
Don't loose heart!!! Hold on to the promises God
has made to you in the light of day:) We all have our season of waiting don't loose
your JOY in the waiting!

Many blessings to you& hope you have a lovely weekend!!
xoxo-aligna





Thursday, October 25, 2012

Retin~A *A secret weapon indeed!!

Awhile ago after my second pregnancy I noticed my skin had really changed.. Like
really hadn't I gone through enough changes already!! Truthfully a small
price to pay for a beautiful healthy baby:) Anyhow my skin changed big time!
All of a sudden my skin was breaking out all over randomly
and I felt like I was a teenager going through puberty
again. And all the while I was doing my research on what could possibly
be happening to my skin. 1st off I knew my hormones
plays a huge part of skin changes, weather changes does too along with stress could
be part of my skin changing so much. And I was trying everything I could
to get some relief for skin because these type of adult acne HURTS badly!! And
unfortunately it also scars your face if you pick it or not:(

So being the "skin care guru" that I am:) I went in search
for a possible solution. That's when I came across the studies
done on Retin-A in products. The best one on the shelf
in the stores (not over the counter ones) is one
called Roc - retinal correction Deep Wrinkle Night Cream
My Favorite!!!!! After I started uses this the very first
Morning after my skin glowed and was softer and the best of all
the pimples looked like they had shrunk! Hallelujah I had
finally found something that works:) Now that was over two years ago
and I use nothing else at night. If you use any Retin-A product you MUST wear
sunscreen yes even in the winter to protect your skin even
more from the sun. Retin-A is proven to reduce wrinkles help with Acne
under eye dark circles and acne scars too.
So there you have it friends! By far the best skin secret weapon other
then sunscreen that is;)
 Hope you are having a lovely Thursday!!
xoxo-aligna

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A not so wordy Wednesday:)

*Funny thing about this picture. 1. Corn is gone! it looks completely different around our house i feel
exposed now.. 2. My son made me laugh so explains me covering my smile, i have a nasty habit of covering my smile
when i laugh ;0)

I have nothing worthy of  a long post to share for this usual wordy Wednesday except to say i have taken a word and made it mine. Have you ever done that??
 well i never use too until i learned the meaning of claiming victories and meditating on the what you would like to give up and change for the better. In my life my faith my God is who i rely on to change me. I walk through this world on a steadier foundation of who i am and who i was created to be because i have faith. So the word is
"Intentional"
I have been pushing myself to be "intentional" with my time, money, words, you name
it! It all has to have a purpose and intention behind it otherwise its just blowing in the wind not meaning 
or amounting to a thing. 
That's it! Its all i have to share with you on this oh so warm and rainy afternoon:)

Are you being "Intentional" with your life? What does it mean to you?

Happy Wednesday& many blessings to you!
xoxo-aligna

P.S...Tomorrow's post will be a Beauty Files update!!:)..and its a good one too!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Intentional JOY:)



I think real JOY is being happy and content with the now...easier to say and much harder 
to embrace. When we all have the temptation to jump ahead to next best thing we either want or think we need to feel HAPPY. 
Violets first year of pumpkin carving a real joy:) 

I have seen that the happiest people i know have been through the "fire" they have been through tremendous trials or learned something that stretched their reality of reaching true JOY. And its not about what they have or what they don't have yet..Its about the NOW. They have such thankful hearts.

They reach beyond the unseen and really rely on God and whats to come is written on their hearts and  their faith to show them where true JOY lies and how to tap into that. 

Right now i take note of my surroundings my children, my husband, family, dear friends & the country i live in and I'm reminded of how rich and blessed i truly am. My hope is that i never loose site of it and when i start to waver from the truth of it my prayer is that he sets my straight again.
I'm going to follow this heaven sent bundle of JOY and run and feel the leaves beneath my feet
Autumn has done it again and never disappoints in bringing all kinds of JOY!


Are you enjoying your Fall season? Grab some JOY in your favorite craft store make something pretty..heck 
just buy one if you don't have the time!! 

Many blessings to you! xoxo-aligna

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tuesdays Beauty Files: Shrink em!




Did you know you can shrink those pores!! LEMONS can do it!!

Yes you can and over time they can look so much better too. Wash your face and if you so desire do a facial scrub like the one i live by > :a little baking soda mixed into my cleanser gives you a soft fresh face. Don't scrub to hard though friends remember baking soda is very abrasive and removes the toughest gunk and this is your face your scrubbing so be GENTLE!! It just requires a little pressure in circular motions all around your face to get the best facial benefits.
Then get your lemon out and squeeze some into a cotton ball i find is best. Dab it all over the T-zone area and let dry then apply your moisturizer or sunscreen(a MUST!!)

I usually do this at night where i have more time for this! ENJOY your new shrinking pores trick:)

P.S. Soon i'm going to share with you my quick mama tricks for getting ready in 15min and looking like i spent 30! Ha!! I always hear ladies say they have absolutely no time to crunch in time to get themselves ready well I'm going to show you a few tricks how you can!!

Happy Tuesday & many blessings to you friends!!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A FALL trend post:)

Really its all about loving who you are! Yep you can rock anything you wear with style and class
with self acceptance and love for yourself! So wear that funky cool looking eccentric hat those leggings that scream fun and smile my friends because that's the most beautiful thing you'll ever wear:)


These colors scream fall and simple beauty to me. LOVE


The Peplum! Ahh i like them for all kinds of reasons one being (hides the tummy!!:)
but did you know you can also buy a simple belt 
Peplum now that you can add to any slim dress or fitting blouse you like! Its on my Christmas wish list:)





Sweater dresses from Forever21 look great and i love me some sweater dresses with leggings any day!


Whats your favorite thing about this fall? Are you excited to wear warmer fall/winter clothes?;)

Many blessings to you and have a wonderful Friday!
xoxo-aligna

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Beauty in the mist..

I find beauty in the mist of most things now but that's not to say i don't feel sad or that
bad things don't happened around me..they do. I have learned from many wise people that have
blessed me with their wisdom that "this too shall pass" I love that I really LOVE that saying. Because
for me it puts it all into perspective, my eyes are opened to the things i have ignored or couldn't see before because of it. And because of that i can breath in and out,  i hug my kids a little tighter and more. I really look at my husband and i pay more attention to what really matters in this life. I don't think going thru hard things in my life is a bad thing anymore..for that is when i grow the most and for that God i am thankful:)



On another note i missed yesterdays Beauty Files post! I had a sick boy at home who was in need of his mommy spoiling him and catering to his every need:) Believe me boys know how to milk sickness for all its worth! But i loved him needing me and so of course the juggling act of blogging for fun,chores etc kind of gets put in the back burner. But no worries i didn't forget and i have something cool for you to try out!

Two things in fact: Go to your health food store if you can or online and buy some 
Sweet Almond oil this stuff is known to help remove makeup, moisturize extremely dry skin,
and my favorite helps you lashes grow!

2nd thing is i was talking to my best friend the other day about lipstick and making them last for the long haul and such I realized hey this should be in the blog sometime so here is the tip. 
**When its running low don't throw it away scoop it out with a Q-tip and you know those cute small pill containers you see sometimes(drugstore) or even your now empty eye cream container place the lip cream in there and make that baby last! 

Are you finding you grow more through the storm then in the calm of the sea? 
What are you learning through the trial?:) 

Many blessings to you on your Wednesday!!
 xoxo-aligna

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Shopgirls Favorites:)

Yes i am that person that starts planning months in advance for Christmas & the perfect gift for all the
lovely people God has placed in and around me in my life. I think since becoming a mom i
am even more pron to this because i want thoughtful gifts to be given (keepsakes) you know:)
I want them to know that this is something i either made and poured my love into or i have found a hidden treasure that will make them feel love and treasured.

Sooooo Etsy is my place! I have committed my self to spend more time on creating and taking my craft more seriously because i love it! And when I'm in a rut which happens A LOT!! I surf through the Etsy wonderland of talent and beauty and again I'm inspired to create, love the process of waiting for inspiration and of course I SHOP!! Even if it sits in the cart for awhile:))

 And so I thought this would be a lovely time to start showing you once a week some of my absolute old and NEW favorite SHOPS that are amazing and reasonably priced too!! Christmas is coming i was already annoyingly singing "white Christmas' the other day NO JOKE!

First off is this little gem that is featured right now on Esty!! ILaBoom "whimsy paper goodies with a Vintage twist" Now if that doesn't sound dreamy i don't know what does! Seriously beautiful creative one of kind creations. Check her out!! Here's a few pics





They light up and are so unique. Would make a great one of kind gift in any room of your house.
So there you have it i'm inspired by another's talent! :)

Do you have some Etsy favorite shops to share or creations i should see? Do share!

Hope your having a lovely week so far! Many Blessings to you & yours!
xoxo-aligna

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tuesdays Beauty Files: Shopgirls Secret:)..

*Shopgirl has some beauty secrets to share but lets be serious
 i LOVE to share all my beauty secrets&tricks!
And with winter coming i know its hard to feel anything but pasty white all of a sudden*YIKES! yes even i a latina get a few shades lighter with the lack of sun that our lovely Midwest brings us. So here's what i've been using: 
Jergens: Natural Glow Express Body Moisturizer 
Mine is in 'Medium to Tan' tones and it really only takes a few minutes to dry and just like that i have a sweet soft tan look. 
Seriously loved how easy it was to use and guilt free because i can still protect my skin from the sun with sunscreen while having a little color to my skin. You can find this cream at any local drugstore. 

I hope you've all been enjoying these gorgeous Fall we are having! Of late i've been a busy BEE putting up new pictures and items in my Etsy Shop over @ Jasmine & Violets  Its been fun to work with such pretty little models 

 my dear friend who she herself has a awesome shop called Haddygrace Designs  she took the pictures for me. So thankful for all the talent and encouragement that surrounds me! Seriously opens my eyes how every woman has something within her to bring to the table. Not just talent! Don't give into doubt and into comparisons they'll rob you of your joy..(a future blog post!)
But many times its those kind words, the hugs, the support means just as much if not more then something you can make for someone. Having a thankful heart moment:) Hope your all having a great Tuesday!  
xoxo-aligna