DIY Thankful Jar

Happy Thanksgiving, my fellow readers!

I think it’s easy for any of us to lose track of the blessings in our own lives when life gets hectic and a little stressful (and who doesn’t especially this time of year?). This is why I think it’s a fun idea to write what we’re thankful for several weeks prior to Thanksgiving and place these little notes in a jar that can then be shared with the rest of the family on Thanksgiving day (which will surely beat having relatives fighting over politics, ugh).

WHAT YOU NEED
A mason jar or any type of glass jar.

Markers/colored pencils

Stickers

Paper

The idea is pretty simple, you just get a glass jar and decorate it in any shape or form you desire (be creative! And kudos if you can personalize it!). Once the jar is decorated, then over the course of several weeks whenever you feel thankful or wish to express gratitude towards something in your life that’s positive, then write it down on a piece of paper and fold it and place it in the jar. To make it even more aesthetically pleasing, use various colored pieces of paper to write on.

What do you think of Thankful Jars? Is it a tradition you would like to incorporate in your household? Let me know!

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Skincare: DIY Cucumber Mask!

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Anyone who knows me knows that I love a good face mask! Not only are they luxurious in feel, but they always make me feel as though they are truly combating my skin concerns (oiliness/acne) whenever I’m using skin masks that target those concerns. But with so many companies coming out with face masks, not all face masks are created equal, and many of them are loaded with chemicals or unnecessary colouring agents and added scents.

So what does one do when you’re aiming for an all-natural face mask? Simple, do it yourself!

This face mask is aimed at soaking up oil and calming inflammation, and better suited for those with oily or combination skin type. Those of you with dry skin might find this mask a bit more drying and thus not as helpful to your skin type.

There’s a load of DIY face masks on the internet, but this one is truly easy peasy! I’m not one to try to get too fancy with crazy ingredients, so this is one you can whip up in less than three minutes tops!

Ingredients:
Half a cucumber (blended to make one tablespoon juice)
One teaspoon lemon juice
One teaspoon turmeric

Directions:
Blend all the ingredients in a blender till they’re all mixed together, or you can place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix the ingredients together manually.
Then once you have the mixture, spread it all over your face (keep away from the eye area and eyebrows and lips) using a cotton ball or foundation brush.

Time: Keep this on for 15-30 mins. Don’t exceed 30-mins. though otherwise the lemon can be too drying to your skin!

Final step: Once the time has elapsed, rinse the mask off using lukewarm water and pat dry with a towel.

Bonus: Use this mask 2-3 times a week (to save time you can apply this before taking a bath! I love being able to multitask since I hate waiting!).

Benefits of the mask: Cucumber promotes healthy skin, while the lemon juice targets the oiliness and acts like a natural astringent, while the turmeric penetrates into the pores and soothes any inflammation there may be (and oily and acne-prone skin is ALWAYS harboring some kind of inflammation).

By: Azzurra Nox