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First Week of Beauty School

My First Week of Beauty School

I had such a blast during my first week of beauty school. Our teacher had us practicing various hairstyles which customers ask for frequently, as well as some shampoo and conditioning practice. We learned about sanitation of our work area and ensuring that we have our tools ready in advance.

Check out some of the styles we practiced:

Day 3, we practiced various hair styles including this loose spiral wave #hairdo #beautyschool #beauty #beautyblogger

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What I absolutely love about my decision to finally go to beauty school is the fact that I am actually happy about what I am doing and I actually look forward to going to school (and eventually to work) doing what I love and what I have a passion for. If the passion isn’t there, then you will be miserable day in and day out. If this sounds like you then my advice to you is that it is never to late to follow your dreams!

On Monday we start learning more about skin care and we get to practice facials, etc. I am totally looking forward to becoming more knowledgeable when it comes to taking care of your skin. I am also looking forward to sharing some of that knowledge with all of you.

I love hearing from you… what is something that you have a passion for? Are you doing what you love for a living? Sound off in the comments below!

Tropical Wedding Ideas and Checklist

Tropical Wedding Ideas and Checklist

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I hope that you enjoyed these tropical wedding ideas! For more wedding ideas and inspiration, be sure to check out my wedding Pinterest board.

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My Vegan Journey Relaunch

My Vegan Journey: Relaunching

My Vegan Journey: Relaunching

After a lot of thought, I have decided that I will be cleaning out most of my older posts and relaunching my blog soon as a healthy vegan lifestyle blog which also features beauty and fashion tips as well as some natural based DIY recipes for both food and household/pet products. I have been extremely busy as of late, and have been dealing with some major life changes. One of these major changes would be the fact that I have opted to live a vegan lifestyle. Because of this, I have decided that I will be sharing my journey with all of you as well as some awesome recipes that I have discovered along my vegan journey that proves that you don’t need to sacrifice flavor to become a vegan. You can follow Instagram vegan diary @v3gandiary for photo updates.


While I don’t believe in preaching to people, I do want to share with my readers why I have personally made this life decision. I have always had an eye on things involving veganism and have been a proud supporting member of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) for a couple of years now. Over the last year or so, I have slowly been weaning myself off of things like meat (for starters) and over the past few months, I have been weaning myself off of dairy too… today, I am proud to say that I am living a 100% plant-based diet and I am confident that I will stay committed to my new lifestyle.

#vegan #breakfast #hazelnut #banana #multigrain #toast #veganlife #vegandiary

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I have seen many documentaries and have read many articles pertaining to the unethical treatment of animals around the world. The general population of carnivores are not even aware of the kind of cruel torture that the animals who later become their dinner, have to endure during their journey from factory farm to their dinner plate. If you have absolutely no interest in this topic, feel free to stop reading this post. For those of you who are interested in becoming aware of what is happening to these poor animals, feel free to watch the following documentary video which aired on HBO. WARNING: The following video contains graphic content.

Vegan Facts:

  • Pigs are 4th on the level of intelligence scale (after humans, primates and dolphins)
  • Many studies have shown that a plant-based diet boosts your metabolism
  • Plants yield 10 times more protein per acre than meat
  • The estimated number of animals killed for meat every hour in the U.S. is 500,000.
  • Grain used to feed livestock for meat production could feed 1.3 billion people.
  • Most cases of food poisoning is caused by infected meat

DIY Skinny Wraps

DIY Skinny Wraps: Purely Slenderize

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DIY Skinny Wraps

There have been many weight loss product trends that have hit the internet by storm in the last few years. One of these trends being “skinny wraps”.


What is a Skinny Wrap?

Skinny wraps consist of specially designed ingredients (usually essential oil based) that are combined to promote weight loss in the form of inches lost when used in tandem with some form of plastic wrapping mechanism such as saran wrap.

DIY Skinny Wraps: Purely Slenderize

DIY Skinny Wraps: Purely Slenderize


  • 10 drops Slederize (see below)
  • 2 tsp carrier oil, such as coconut oil (see below)
  • Saran Wrap Roll


  1. Apply to problem areas
  2. Wrap with Saran Wrap
  3. Leave on for up to 8 hours

To maximize your results, drink plenty of water both before, during and after your skinny wrap treatment.

Slenderize promotes weight loss

Coconut oil is a great carrier oil base for DIY skin care products

Tea Time with Libre Tea!

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DIY Flea Spray

DIY Natural Flea Spray Recipe: Getting Rid of Those Pesky Fleas!

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My family and I go through the same thing every year starting from the spring all the way through to the end of summer. Living in Florida, the weather is exceptionally warm and humid which is the perfect environment for fleas to thrive. This has been really rough on us throughout the years and we have tried so many different things to rid our home from these pesky intruders.

One of the most important factors to me in a flea treatment is that it is all natural. I am an advocate for all natural products whenever possible and hate the idea of using harsh chemicals in any aspect of my home, but I know that sometimes it is unavoidable.

Because of the struggle that my family had experienced with fleas, I wanted to take the time to share with my readers the following recipe for an all-natural, instant flea killing and repelling spray solution that has been the only thing to work for my family when it comes to getting rid of fleas in our home.



DIY All-Natural Flea Spray

DIY All-Natural Flea Spray


  • Distilled Vinegar
  • 5 drops Lemon Oil
  • 2-5 drops Peppermint Oil
  • 5 drops Neem Oil


  1. Fill a large spray bottle with distilled vinegar
  2. Add each of the oils
  3. Shake
  4. Spray

Note: This must be done immediately after you have bathed your dog(s). Spray this everywhere on your dog (avoiding eyes and nose). You will see fleas fall to the floor immediately and this spray will continue to repel them. DO NOT dilute with water. The fleas will only die if the vinegar is not diluted. This might seem harsh but if your flea treatment is as severe as ours had been, this will be so much better than the alternative for your precious pooch.I should also note that we use this spray in tandem with an indoor treatment (see recipe below) and a chemical treatment in our lawn. This chemical treatment is used only twice per year. Once when fleas start to appear (in the beginning of spring) and one more treatment a week after that. This is followed by an all-natural lawn treatment of food grade Diatomaceous Earth (also known as D.E.) every few months.

We would have liked to have avoided using chemicals all together but this just has not been successful for us with the amount of fleas that hatch in early spring.

Indoor Carpet and Floor Flea Treatment Recipe (Safe for Pets)

Combine the ingredients together into a shaker bottle and then sprinkle all over your floors, carpeting, and furniture (if needed). You can vacuum off of your furniture about an hour or two later but I would leave this on your flooring as much as possible until your flea problem is alleviated, refreshing the mixture as often as possible.


  • Vacuum daily (until fleas are gone). After fleas are gone, vacuum weekly.
  • Wash bedding often (at least once per week, more if needed)
  • Clean all surfaces and linen in your house often (spraying counter tops, etc. with distilled vinegar)

Side Note: Vinegar also makes a really great all-natural glass and mirror cleaner.

It is a lot of hard work to get under control initially and there is no magic quick fix for a severe flea infestation, but if you persist with the above regimen, you will be successful!

Here is more information about each of the above stated ingredients and how they work

Vinegar is very acidic and fleas just simply hate it. The theory is that a flea would starve before it would go near a pet who smells like vinegar. This is how vinegar apparently kills the fleas… PLUS it is a cost effective solution which acts as a carrier agent for the other ingredients (essential oils).

Lemon oil is a good, all-natural flea repellent solution. Lemons and other citrus fruits, produce a substance called linalool which acts as a poison to fleas.

Peppermint oil is considered as a multipurpose flea control remedy which is natural, safe and effective. It is also known to soothe the skin irritations and itching on the pet’s body.

Neem oil comes from the bark of a tree in India. It has a somewhat foul smell which I can only describe as a burnt peanut butter (only worse). This oil serves as a multi-purpose oil, relieving dry skin, soothing itchy irritated skin, and improving overall skin health by combating bacterial infections. In addition to being an anti-bacterial, Neem is also an anti-viral, anti-septic and anti-fungal. Studies have also found that Neem oil is highly effective for use in flea control on pets killing both fleas and their eggs.

Thanks for reading. Have you and your family ever experienced a flea infestation? Sound off in the comments below!