At Home Facial Pt. 3


The last step to my el cheapo at home facial series is steaming.

These are my favorite herbs to steam my face with. The mix includes roses, jasmine, calendula and lavender. Their benefits are:

a. Roses not only smell amazing, but they are a major skin rejuvenator.

b. Jasmine has calming qualities when taken internally as well as used externally. It’s believed that jasmine also helps with relief to skin afflictions.

c. Calendula is full of anti oxidants and is used in many anti-aging creams.

e. Lavender is antiseptic but also is good for healing skin irritations.

Steaming your skin is insanely easy.

1. Grab a pot and fill it with water.

2. Dump the herbs in and bring to a boil. I used a heaping tablespoon of each. You can eyeball how much you want to use.

3. Go wash your face so there is nothing between you and the steam.

4. Check on the pot. Once the herbs and water start boiling and steam is rising, turn off the stove and put the pot on a trivet or something that will protect the counter or table where you will be steaming.

4. Put your face over the steam and using a towel, cover your head like a tent.

5. Wait 5 minutes. Take breaks if you need to. Done.

I love steaming because it opens up your pores and all the good herbal essences from the herbs get in them bad boys and clean house. The best part is that you don’t really need to use herbs, but it’s nice to have some because you get extra benefits from steaming. I mean, you could have just stood in the shower and absorbed the steam too right?

So check out my el cheapo 3 step at home facial. I noticed a significant difference once I started doing this regiment weekly after about 2 weeks, but you may have different results.


Quilting Bees and Me


When I was a little girl, my grandmother presented me with a quilt she had made. I always used it, and later on, when my cousin was little, my aunt (my mom’s sister) began using my quilt for her. My dad wanted me to get my quilt back, because his mother had made it for me, and he wanted it to stay with me and my siblings. I did ask for it back, but I felt terrible. The quilt was on my cousin’s bed and she used it, just like I had.

Now that I’m older, I understand why my dad wanted the quilt back. But more importantly, as I look back at the situation, I understand something much more deeply than my dad’s request. My quilt was special, not only because my grandmother made it for me with love. It was even more special because someone else I love, in this case my aunt, realized how special this quilt was, and wanted her daughter to feel the same love and happiness I felt when I saw my quilt. Needless to say, I still feel bad about asking for the quilt back.

As I thought about it, I decided to learn how to quilt myself. So, this weekend I’m hanging out with a bunch of more experienced quilters who will hopefully help me along the way. I’ll be taking a lot of pictures, so keep checking back.

Here is the material I’ve chosen for my first bed sized quilt. I already have someone in mind for this quilt, and that person may have figured out this is for them based on the colors.

Here is a close up of the fabric I’ve chosen to focus on. I found it at a quilting fabric store in Paso Robles when visiting Miss Kathryn. Isn’t it gorgeous?

These will be the complimentary colors on the front of the quilt along with the focus fabric. Because the focus is so vibrant, I thought soft, muted colors would compliment the reds and pinks really well.

For the back, I decided to go ultra bright. I love this color and the person this quilt is going to (as long as it comes out okay) wears this color a lot.

Have you figured out yet who this quilt is going to? *wink*

I want to be able to give those I love a special gift that they know comes from the heart, just like my grandmother gave me. And, if I’m lucky, someone will decide to hand down my quilt to someone else they love.

Love and lots of fabric,


At Home Facial Pt. 2


Last year I posted my el cheapo (but all natural) microderm recipe with baking soda. Now I’m going to post my 2nd el cheapo at home facial recipe.

This one involves:

(Ignore the baking soda. I was also doing my el cheapo microderm.)

First, mash up one or two strawberries.

Add a tablespoon of plain yogurt and mix together.


Slather on your face and leave on for about 10 or 15 minutes. It gets a little sloppy, so just pull your hair back and lay on a pillow. Rinse the mask off gently with cool water and pat your face dry.

Strawberries are full of anti-oxidants, vitamin C and salicylic acid. Plain yogurt is full of lactic acid which helps slough off dead skin and tighten the remaining skin underneath. Also, I’ve been told the acids in both strawberries and yogurt help diminish age spots, brown spots, etc. My brown spots are still here sadly, but they do seem to be getting lighter and smaller.

While going to the spa and getting a full facial is a real treat, these at home remedies aren’t too shabby either. Plus I love that they are all natural and you know exactly what’s going on your skin.

Coming up, I’ll show you part 3 of my el cheapo at home facial steps.

Oh, and guess what another huge benefit is for making this strawberry mask?

That’s right, strawberry shortcake! And you know I made some as soon as I was done with my facial mask.

Love, strawberry shortcake and tighter pores,


Tokyo Milk – Honey & The Moon


I absolutely love this perfume.

(Just ignore my crappy photo taking)

Look how cute the bottle is on the back.

(Or maybe it’s the front)

I got it when I went to visit Miss Kathryn in Cambria last week. She mentioned to me that Tokyo Milk had come out with a new line called “Dark” and I couldn’t wait to check out the fragrances. The one I wanted, “La Vie La Mort,” sadly sold out within a few days of Kathryn stocking it. Well, sadly for me, definitely not sadly for Hearts Ease. So I got my next favorite scent, which was “Honey & The Moon.”

The bottle lists its scents as: Sweet Honey, Sugared Violet, Jasmine and Sandalwood. To me, it smells like honey, vanilla and jasmine. Either way, I love it. I’ve been wearing it even when I’m alone doing chores and no one else can smell it. Yes dear friends, I am absolutely addicted to my new perfume.

The other thing I love about Tokyo Milk is how affordable it is. One ounce is about $30. The last perfume I bought was Kenzo Amour, which was about $60 for an ounce.

So, if you’re looking for a new fragrance, check out Tokyo Milk. You can always find it online, or you can call Miss Kathryn at Heart’s Ease and have her send you one.

Love & honey & the moon,



Easy Peasy All Purpose Vinegar Cleanser


Sometime last year, I decided to get rid of the harsh cleaning solutions I’d been using around the house. I remember someone telling me that vinegar was a good alternative to the chemical filled cleansers I’d been buying. So I went online and found a cool website called 1001 Uses For White Distilled Vinegar. They had a lot of good tips on how much and what to use to clean using vinegar.

After going through a bunch of different ratios, I found the following formula works best for me, in terms of an all purpose cleaner.

16 oz water (about 2 cups)

16 oz white distilled vinegar (about 2 cups)

40 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)

40 drops of lemon essential oil or sweet orange essential oil (optional). Quick word of caution – lemon & lime essential oils can be dangerous for cats and dogs. You can omit this EO or use sweet orange EO.

And for those of us who need directions, here you go.

1. Fill a spray bottle about half way with vinegar. For my spray bottle, 16 ounces is exactly half.

2. Then fill up the other half with water.

3. Add 40 drops of lavender essential oil. Lavender EO has anti-septic properties and helps cut down on the smell of the vinegar. In this picture I use a pipette, but you don’t need one if you can count out 40 drops using an eye dropper.

4. Add 40 drops of lemon essential oil. Lemon EO cuts through grease and grime and it also smells great.

5. Shake to blend everything together.

And voila! Easy peasy all purpose vinegar cleanser. Because this is an all natural cleanser, sometimes you may have to spray and wipe down your surface twice to get it as clean as you want. If I’m cleaning something extra nasty, I usually have a cup of baking soda on hand to sprinkle onto to the surface. The other thing you can do is let the vinegar mix sit on the surface for a few minutes to let it penetrate the dirt. Usually that’s all it takes for me. The only thing I have not been able to clean with this solution are windows and mirrors. I find that it streaks, (probably due to the essential oils) so I just use water & vinegar alone.

What I love about this formula is that it’s all natural and dirt cheap to make. I don’t have to worry about my pets accidentally ingesting harsh chemicals, nor do I have to worry about breathing the stuff in as I clean. The cost is also very nice. I bought the gallon of vinegar from Smart & Final for $0.99 and the spray bottle from the local dollar store for (*gasp*) $1. The cost of the water is negligible. The cost of essentials oils is about $11 for both, but they are optional. I haven’t calculated how much I’ve saved by using formula, but I know it’s already paid for itself.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

Love vinegar style,


Salt Toothpaste


Recently, I was in Burlingame with some time to kill. I ended up wandering into Earthbeam Natural Foods and spent some time checking out their health products. That’s where I came across Weleda’s Salt Toothpaste.

It looked like an interesting product, plus I’ve been trying to find a toothpaste that could really get into my gum lines and clean house. When I showed Fernando what I bought, he told me that they use salt in Panama to clean their teeth too. Leave it to me to be a day late.

So I couldn’t wait to try the toothpaste and get my mouth and gums all shiny and tingly.

And then I brushed my teeth. And almost gagged.

Let’s just say this has a very interesting taste. It was salty, pepperminty and baking soda-y all at the same time. There were some good sized salt chunks in here as well. I thought it would be a little more evenly distributed throughout the paste, but it’s possible there was user error somewhere. It also did not get foamy and it accomplished it’s mission in that my mouth produced way more saliva than normal. (Sorry, was that TMI?)

Anyway, my teeth did get clean and my gums didn’t bleed when I flossed. (Always a good thing right?) So maybe this is the toothpaste for me. But I will have to get over the taste and texture first. Baby steps…

Love, salt, baking soda and peppermint,