Friday, December 21, 2012

Trader Joe's give-away!

 
Picmonkey posterize effect...the back of our Christmas card
 
Good Morning peeps!  We're getting ready to take off for Illinois and I thought I'd leave you with a fun little giveaway. 
 

 

The inspiration just came to me. I love Trader Joe's...maybe you do too.  So I went and gathered up some of my favorite things and put a little something something together for one of you:)



BTW see that coconut oil up there??  I am officially addicted.  I've been using it on my face at night to remove my makeup.  It works amazing and smells SO good.  The smell motivates me to wash my face!!  Just this morning I mixed it in my coffee instead of creamer.  You can use it as a moisturizer, deep hair conditioner, lip balm, mixed with chia seeds for an energizer...the list is a mile long for uses.  I'll include a list in the goody bag.  It really is a cool thing. 


Oh and the chocolate covered pomegranate seeds and roasted plantain chips are my kryptonite.  I only buy them on special occasions because they seem to disappear the second they enter the house.  The cookie butter I've never tried, but I've heard it's the bomb, so I threw a jar in there and then there's the new jute Trader Joe's bag.  It's just the cutest thing...I had to give-away one of those too. 



To enter just leave me a comment telling me your favorite beauty tip/product.  I'm always up for trying something new:)

 
 
 {our Christmas card 2012}



I'll announce the winner when I get home.  I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas. 
Love you girls!!!


**If you want follow along with us on Instagram...farmgirlpaints:)  See you soon.





Be a blessing.

 
 
 
 
 
 
923.  Trader Joe's;)
924.  the smell of coconut
925.  my little chick's school party
 
926.  rag roller curls for my baby...she said "momma do you ever feel so pretty you get nervous?" right before she bounced onto the bus!  sweetest words ever!!!
927.  basement projects coming together
928.  time with my family
929.  happy mail that came from a sweet friend at just the right time...
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134 comments:

  1. I want the pillow. :)

    My favorite beauty tip comes from deep within! I continually remind myself to "wear that smile!" and wear it well.

    It's the best looking thing on anyone and everyone.

    Merry Christmas my friend.
    ~Bevy

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  2. We use the coconut oil on our girl from head to toe. I like to buy the Target brand make-up remover wipes in the travel size and keep them in my purse. I have sensitive skin and have never had a problem with them irritating my skin even around my eyes. On a side note, my favorite Trader Joe's product is the fig cereal bars. They are delicious! Travel safe and Merry Christmas!

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  3. I'm nearly 68 and have discovered that my best beauty tip involves playing outdoors every day! On the farm, of course, that means working outside after my 2.5 mile walk with the dog! As far as cosmetic treatments and tips, I've used Vaseline for years to remove eye make-up, and a special treat is the peppermint scented One Minute Manicure as a body scrub in the tub. Pure wonderfulness.

    Wow, do I love Trader Joe's! What a lovely give-away!

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  4. My favorite lip stuff is Fresh Sugar in the color Rose. It feels so good and does wonders for your lips!

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  5. A smile is a natural beauty enhancer. I don't have any other tips. Sorry. Have a wonderful Merry Christmas!

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  6. I LOVE your card!! Sure to bring a smile to everyone who gets one! Your daughters comment is precious! Sweetness :). Beauty product - yikes! I agree with smile as I' m not much into beauty :(

    xo ellie

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  7. LOVE THE CARD!!! I think that choosing to find JOY is a great beauty secret... Merry Christmas!

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  8. There is a product called "Corona" which is a white heavy cream for animals, specifically horses, that you put on scrapes, cuts, not serious injuries. It works GREAT on your hands if they are really dry in winter. I have put it on at night, worn those light weight white gloves over it, and in the morning my hands and cuticles are miraculously better. My sister gave this to me a year ago when we lived in a dry cold climate. Try it. Also, look on the inside of someone for their beauty...that's where you'll find it. Merry Christmas!

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  9. I'd say that beauty comes from within at we'll. it's an attitude, not a product. Love your blog!

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  10. I'd say that beauty comes from within at we'll. it's an attitude, not a product. Love your blog!

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  11. have a safe trip. i have been using coconut oil as a moisturizer. i love it.

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  12. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, friend. My favorite tip. Crest White strips. I think white teeth keep you looking youthful. I get compliments on my smile, often. :)

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  13. Put moisturizer on your hands before putting on gloves to wash the dishes. The heat from the water and the moisturizer works wonders for dry and weary hands.

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  14. Put moisturizer on your hands before putting on gloves to wash the dishes. The heat from the water and the moisturizer works wonders for dry and weary hands.

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  15. Keep it fresh, keep it simple! Use makeup to enhance the natural beauty that God has already given you! Oh and I never leave home without lip balm!! ;)

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  16. You stole my beauty tip! :) I actually just started using oil on my face as a moisturizer and I LOVE it. I've used coconut oil and just got some jojoba oil. Feels so good!

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  17. I have thick naturally curly hair so I'm always looking for a product that works well with my hair! I've been impressed with "Aussie 3-minute miracle" deep conditioner. It leaves my hair soft and the curls are more defined and less frizzy and for a good price! Can't beat that! :)

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  18. Crest whitestrips! A beautiful smile can make all the difference. And on days when I don't feel like makeup, just put on a little mascara and lip gloss!

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  19. I found you on Instagram via a friend of a friend :) So glad that I followed up with finding your blog! I will be subscribing now.
    I always liked Moroccan Argan Oil for my hair, but now I am going to try Coconut Oil!
    Also, I like my straight hair pretty curly so I use Matrix Biolage Thermal Active Setting Spray. It has the same effect as putting hairspray on your hair (which is a BIG don't) then curling it with a hot iron. Plus, it also protects your hair from the heat of the iron.

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  20. Simply being sure to wash and moisturize at night just as you do in the morning. I have VERY dry skin and this has helped keep my face from premature aging! {love Trader Joe's, but the closest is an hour away!}

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  21. Beauty secrets? Hmmm probably would have to say sunscreen.

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  22. LOVE Trader Joes!!

    I don't wear a lot of make up nor use many beauty products but I do like to wear bronzer. I use it as eye shadown, blush etc... it makes me sparkle and sparkle is my favorite color. :) I use Physicians Formula Bronzer. It's around $10 and lasts a few months, depending on how often you use it.

    Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family!! Cheers to the New Year!!

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  23. I use coconut oil as well. I buy mine from Costco though, it is all organic and you get a VERY large jar for $17.00. I mix that with some sugar and lemon and lavender essential oils. I use it from head to toe in the shower every day. I use soap on my "important parts" but the sugar scrub everywhere else. I even use it to shave with and my legs stay softer and hair free for days. :)
    The oil has a natural anti-bacterial quality to it so no need for soap.

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  24. I'm about as low maintenance as you can get, so I have no beauty tips or products to suggest... Sorry! I have never been into a Trader Joes! What's wrong with me! :) Thank you for introducing me to picmonkey a while back. I have been using it often since you mentioned it in a post once. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Safe travels!

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  25. I LOVE trader joe's. Next time you go check out the Guilt-Free Brownie Mix. You mix a couple of tablespoons of mix with vanilla yogurt and microwave for a really yummy Brownie!! The closest Trader Joe's is about 1 and 1/2 hours away from me ,but I go a couple times a year.
    The only beauty tip I have is that I use gloves when I wash dishes especially in the winter so my hands aren't cracked and dry.
    Your blog is precious. Have a very Merry Christmas with your family!
    Blessings, Lori

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  26. my beauty tip comes from my mother, who got it from my grandmother. Simplicity is Elegance.
    That's it.
    When you're dressing up, don't over do it!
    Not too much jewelry.
    Never too much makeup.
    Have one thing that pops...just one, is it your hair, your eyes, your lips, your jewelry, your shoes, your dress...whatever it is, let that be it, don't make everything pop...
    My mother always repeated this mantra over and over when we'd shop for a prom or homecoming dress, when we decided on my wedding dress {15 yrs ago}. Its also just a great rule for life.
    Simplicity is Elegance...is your life too much to handle...make it simple...
    and I also use it in my home decor...
    and it's true in baking and cooking...usually those simple throw together meals serve up an Elegant dinner and dessert! {Chicken Pot Pie is a prime example!}

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  27. My favorite moisturizer is the old Oil of Olay pink beauty cream. I put it all over my body!

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  28. I think a smile is the best beauty tip around....just something about a smiling face that brightens up any room. I've heard a lot about coconut oil, so thanks for that tip.

    Your Christmas card is fun!

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  29. I can't get over your daughter's comment. Just pure innocence! So sweet! She's a doll!
    Hmmm...my favorite beauty tip would be applying Zit cream with a q-tip so it doesn't dry out the whole area too bad. Isn't 36 too old to be getting zits? ;)

    Have a wonderful Christmas and safe travels! Thank you for sharing your card photo! So cute!:)

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  30. Beauty tips. I could use some myself! Fav product - I'm about to look for some to order now.
    Motives Pucker Up lip plumper (color: amaretto!)

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  31. Merry Christmas, Becky, to you & your family! Hope you have a wonderful holiday..safe travels.
    I won a beauty basket from Arbonne at a charity auction & fell madly in love with their Sea Salt Scrub. It smells divine & you feel so refreshed after your shower. Their night moisturizer is also a great product but I will definitely try the coconut oil. Many rave reviews. Thanks!

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  32. Merry Christmas to you and your family!! Huge fan of Trader Joe's. I am loving a toner recipe I found on pinterest
    of Witch Hazel and lemon juice, Works great!! Been wanting to try the coconut oil

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  33. I use Oil of Olay Moisturizer everynight after washing my face with Purpose Face wash. The facewash doesn't dry out the skin and works great to remove makeup. Have a very Merry Christmas!! Safe Travels!

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  34. My favorite beauty routine? Oh my.
    I don't really do anything except wash my face in the shower.
    I hope someone very special wins your gift bag. I love Trader Joe's. Praying you have a wonderful visit with your Mom and Dad. Treasure them like I know you will!

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  35. holy cow your card is so cute! love it! ok, so I bake with coconut oil and use it on my hair, but never thought about in coffee! thanks for the tip!

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  36. Merry Christmas! I love your card - so fun! I've never been to Trader Joe's. My favorite tip is to get your eyebrows professionally groomed. So many women don't take the time and it really does make a difference. A great product I have found is M·A·C Brow Set and is essentially a mascara type product for eyebrows. It gives definition and adds a little color without looking thick or fake. It comes in three colors, my favorite is beguile.

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  37. My beauty tip is coconut oil! It is heavenly! I cook with it, use it instead of butter on my toast, give it to my puppy for her itchy skin, use it as conditioner, rub it on my hands, put it in my coffee...It's awesome!

    I only wear eye makeup, so I rarely need any cleanser, just water, but for facial lotion, I use Arbonne's daily cream in the morning and night cream before I go to bed. My skin is babysoft! Moisturizing your skin is key to looking young.

    Love your Christmas card back!! I just learned about picmonkey and love it! Merry Christmas and safe travels!

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  38. I have heard so many great things about the coconut oil. I am dying to try it!
    I love Burts Bee's lip balm in this cold WI winter.

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  39. Super cheap way to whiten your teeth....... I gargle with hydrogen peroxide. It really works!! Merry Christmas!!!

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  40. Hmm..lately I have been breaking out a lot so I have been trying egg white on my face before I go to bed at night. I think it is working!

    We don't have a Trader Joe's where I live but I LOVE THEM. When we go to my husband's family's house for Christmas, I am going to visit ol' TJ...and I think I will have to try your recommendations.

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  41. Aww, your Little Chick's comment is the sweetest ever. I hope she always feels beautiful inside and out.

    I don't need to be in the contest...I'm lucky to wash my face every night. I love the makeup wipes...they are my "splurge" but totally worth it. I may have to give the coconut oil a try...does it leave your face oily? Do you moisturize afterward?

    Have a great trip up North! Wave to Indiana when you pass by. :)

    Merry Christmas!
    -Rachel

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  42. YUM! almost all of my favorite TJ items....and girl, you MUST try the Cookie Butter. Its like crack (or so I have heard). Spread it on celery or pretzels ;)

    My favorite beauty routine - remembering to wash my face and moisturize EVERY NITE. My mom told me this over and over growing up and her face looks amazing for 58 :)
    XOX

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  43. Happiness is my secret beauty tip. There is nothing more beautiful on a woman's face than the happiness she has glowing from the inside out. Choose joy.

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  44. You are speaking my love language! :) Love you!

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  45. For about a year, now, I've been using Extra Virgin Olive Oil for a moisturizer on my face and neck. The oil doesn't clog my pores at all. And I've been washing my face with raw honey. It has natural antibiotic properties. In the shower I use brown sugar mixed with extra virgin olive oil to exfoliate and moisturize. It. Is. Heavenly! I've also been using a natural shampoo soap bar instead of traditional shampoo. My hair and my wallet (and the environment) loves me for it!

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  46. Sunscreen and eye cream. I'm often told I look a lot younger than I am. I chalk it up to good genes but also a daily SPF (in my Olay moisturizer) and eye cream. That skin around the eyes is so delicate that I am passionate about keeping it hydrated.

    And.... fun giveaway!

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  47. Safe travels to Illinois! Did the snow make it to where you are headed? We got dumped on in central Iowa. :)
    My beauty tip...? Nothing big, but less is more. At least it is for me. I usually try to put on some mascara, and that is usually enough. :)

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  48. Love the Christmas card! Your backdrop is perfect. :) LOVE coconut oil in my coffee. Sometimes I run it through the blender all together and it makes a frothy, almost latte like consistency. Good stuff. Good for growing baby too. I'm currently doing the oil cleansing method on my face, which is really going great so far! One word of caution about coconut oil on your face: it's considered comodegenic, so it will clog your pores unlike other oils. If you're not prone to blackheads I wouldn't worry about it, but it wreaks havoc on my face! Did you know if you whip it at semi solid state it makes the most luxurious body butter?! I made some out of coconut oil, shea butter, vitamin E and vanilla essential oil and it's fabulous for my itchy growing belly. Have a great Christmas!

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  49. i'm such a loser...i have no beauty tips!! but i am going to try the coconut oil. everyone has said it's great. so my tip is...use coconut oil! :)

    have soooo much fun with your fam!! merry christmas xoxoxo

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  50. My beauty tip ... stand up straight and like yourself.

    Safe journeys through the snow.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  51. enjoy EVERY second with your family this Christmas. I have been taking a tall glass of ice water to bed with me...and I force myself to drink the whole thing before sleeping...not good for the weak bladdered....and I drink a glass of water right when I get up before I hop in the shower. I swear my skin looks better :)

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  52. I also use coconut oil as a facial moisturizer, in the shower all over my body, and also in my hair for a deep condition. LOVE IT!! Awesome giveaway. Merry Christmas!!

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  53. Your family is so adorable. I love the card. I LOVE Trader Joe's! Have fun on your Christmas vacay. My big tip (lol) is to put hand lotion on at bedtime every night. I put enough on my palms that I scrape my nails over it and sleep with lotion around the cuticles and under the nails. That seems to strengthen them. :) Merry Christmas!

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  54. My biggest beauty tip is to use Ponds cold cream to take off your eye makeup. My granny used it and my mom and they bith aged very well, esoecially around their eyes. Maybe just good genes, but I don't risk the chance. It's super easy and cheap. The big jar will last at least 6 months. ;)

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  55. Trader Joe's body butter is the best it's new here in NJ. And I've been giving it as gifts. Have a safe trip!!
    Blessings,Kristina

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  56. I am a big fan of the tried and true Vaseline. It moisturizes my lips before bed, takes off my mascara and soothes any dry spots on my skin. We finally got a Trader Joe's within a reasonable driving distance (about 40 minutes) so I would love to try some of the products your chose! And that bag - how cute is that!

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  57. moisturizer....i do not invest in really expensive, just something age defying! i also learned from my hair stylist to brush teeth w/baking soda and your toothpaste for the whitest teeth ever!!!!
    happy holidays and a safe and blessed trip for your whole family! xoxo

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  58. Olive oil is an awesome moisturizer! The regular stuff out of the bottle will work just fine or DHC sells a version that won't make you smell like a greek salad.

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  59. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize, especially during these winter months. I usually use Vaseline Intensive Care lotion w/ the cocoa butter. I have started using aquaphor on my hands at night, and so far my hands are much better for it. Will be heading to visit my parents next week, so I will definitely be checking out the Trader Joe's.

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  60. my favorite beauty tip is getting enough sleep and drinking lots of water.

    I hope you have a safe trip and a wonderful, blessed Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!!

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  61. Forgot to say, thanks for such an awesome giveaway, and have a safe trip, and blessed Christmas.

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  62. Merry Christmas! I love to make a sugar scrub, with sugar, lavender oil and olive oil. It makes my skin feel awesome! Cute Pic!

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  63. Burt's Bees is my favorite lip balm. I like the tingly feeling of the original, but the pink grapefruit is my current fave - it's smell is energizing! I also love the old school Mabelline Great Lash mascara, you know, the one in the pink/green tube.

    I love Trader Joes. The cookie butter is amazing!

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  64. Merry Christmas!
    my fave beauty tip? JOJOBA OIL!
    i used to use coconut oil, but jojoba is better for me and has been amazing to calm and soothe my major acne skin!
    yay!
    also, roasted plantain chips....to die for! good thing i have to travel an hour and a half to get to a trader joes.
    xoxo

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  65. So many great suggestions! I would say moisturize, moisturize, moisturize ~ and yes, all over your body! Always wear a good sunscreen too, even in the winter.

    Your Christmas card is just great! Love your little one's comment ~ so precious. I hope she always feels beautiful. I also hope that you have a wonderful visit with family and enjoy every precious moment of the holidays!

    I've never been to a Trader Joe's so all of the items sound great to me. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    xo
    Pat

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  66. I don't have a lot of beauty tips - but my grandma swore by Oil of Olay :)
    Hope ya'll have a wonderful time in IL!!

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  67. I use the coconut oil on my face too, it is awesome and we cook with it as in place of butter. Sometimes one still needs butter but it will work on many different cooking projects.

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  68. Never been to a Trader Joe's!! One just opened 30 miles away, so I plan to go after the holidays!
    My beauty tips are sunscreen, baby oil and lots of sleep every night.

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  69. speculoos cookie butter IS insanely good, and there is no TJ close to me!

    tip:
    baby wipes baby wipes baby wipes.
    for removing makeup.
    for freshening up.
    for pirate baths (pits and privates).

    love them.

    michele

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  70. I love hand made soaps and lip balm on Etsy. They are so great for moisturizing your skin. I use moisturizer with sunscreen everyday before I apply makeup. It makes it go on easy and it keeps your skin healthy. :)

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  71. Burt's Bees day moisturizer and LOTS of water all day long!

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  72. I have never been to Trader Joes but have heard so many good things that I need to find one close and go! I cannot live without my lip balm ~ I am addicted to Natural Ice - cherry - it has mentholatum in it and knock wood for as long as I have used it and it has been years ~ I have never had chapped lips. I also take my make-up off every single night and wish I had of started this earlier. We learn as we get older I guess.

    Safe travels to you my sweet sweet friend ~ wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas. Hugs and Love. xo

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  73. The only real beauty item I COMPLETELY believe in is: Dior Lip Glow. It claims to have color-matching technology that enhances the natural color of your lips... and it actually works! I got it for myself for my wedding day, and haven't looked back since. I even plan to put one in Mom's stocking this Christmas :)

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  74. I "heart" Trader Joe's, everything is wonderful! As far as a beauty secret, I would recommend remembering the quote from Rosalind Russel "Giggle....taking JOY in life is a woman's best cosmetic." Your Christmas card is the Bee's Knees! By the way, I love your blog...you are such a sweet potato! Merry Christmas!

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  75. Love your Christmas card! Your family is beautiful! My favorite beauty product is Burt's Bees lip shimmer.....watermelon. It feels great on my lips with just a touch of color. Merry Christmas!

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  76. I just want to say your card is darling!! And so are your chicks! :)
    I love Oil of Olay's original beauty fluid. I will say I just bought some Bare Minerals powder not too long ago, and I am a fan. It turns out that make-up does help. ;)
    Have a wonderful Christmas trip!

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  77. FUN! Now I want to make a trip to Trader Joe's! Too bad its so far away! And hello, cookie butter? I think that has my pregnant mama name written ALL over it :) Was thinking of you and your travels today, hope its a safe and smooth ride. No tickets this time, mkay? Hear that Mr. Strahle? ;) Merry Christmas!

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  78. Oh, and I wish I had a new beauty tip to give you, but I am SUCH a plain jane! I do make sure to wash my face every night, even if it means its 1am and i've already been asleep for hours on the couch :) Hmmm, I only wash my hair every second or third day, and always make sure to put some kind of product in it to protect it from the heat (blow dryer and straightner or curling iron) I've been hooked on Moroccan oil for awhile now. Was any of that useful, or tmi? lol :) Hugs!

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  79. Love the photos--just started following your instagrams!

    Burt's Bees makes tinted lip balm which I wear exclusively during the week. It keeps my lips from getting (as) chapped in the winter since it protects them more than lipstick, and it makes a great base for lip color when you're dressing up the lips a little more ;-)

    That's pretty much the only tip I have, ha. I do so love some trader joe's!

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  80. Enjoy your visit with your lovely family. I miss Illinois the most this time of year so I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures when you return.
    Be safe and be blessed! ~Joy

    Oh, my favorite beauty hint?....hmmm...very cold water on your face in the morning to wake up bright eyed and bushy tailed...and then a laugh at yourself in the mirror. Ha! Okay...maybe not a beauty hint but I love it as a start to my day. :-)

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  81. Merry Christmas! Praying for travel mercies for you and your family. Tell your mom "Merry Christmas" for me, I just adore her. Beauty secret......it's such a well kept secret that I don't even know. Seriously I am a plain Jane. I only use water to wash my face, I know I know, but it works for me. I've done this for years and my skin loves me for it. I knew a elderly lady and she had the most beautiful skin, and that's all she ever did, washed her face with water. Soap just drys the skin. Love coconut oil is great! We fry in it, use it on my hands,and even made a home-made deodorant
    Love your blog, and have a very Blessed Christmas

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  82. My favorite beauty tip is Caudalie hand lotion! It smells great, absorbs completely, and really keeps my hands soft.

    Denise

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  83. Gorgeous family!! I heart TJs too! My beauty secret is hydrate and moisturize. Often. We live in the desert, and it is a necessity. Happy holidays!

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  84. I love Trader Joes by unfortunately the we don't have them in Florida. I have to get my fix in when we go to Atlanta. My beauty is a natural sugar scrub to exfoliate. Have fun in Illinois for Christmas and thanks for the opportunity.

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  85. Love the Christmas.card photos....so cute as usual. :)
    My sister used coconut oil on sun spots/dark brown age spots, and it drastically lightened them.
    I also like baking soda for a good cleaning now and then of my teeth and love moroccan oil for my aging drier hair these days. Although, I will try coconut oil on my hair when I run out of my current oil, and see how I like it.
    Merry Christmas Becky, and may you have a blessed time with your families in the Midwest.
    Would love to win your generous Trader Joes give away.

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  86. My best beautify tip is to hydrate with plenty of water and get good sleep, both of which I fail miserably at most days! Merry Chrsitmas!

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  87. Fun giveaway! I am a lip gloss junkie! I also just started using coconut oil as a moisturizer - love it!!

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  88. Catrix lip care is all that works for my chronic chapped lips! Love that stuff! Merry Christmas!

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  89. I use coconut oil all the time too - I melt it down with beeswax and shea butter and made hard lotion bars - they totally save my hands in the winter!

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  90. I totally need to get on the coconut oil bandwagon! I have read about all the great things it is good for and now I know a few more after reading your blog! I am pretty simple, I have used Dove sensitive skin soap bars to wash my face for years, I love Moroccan Argan Oil for my hair and I have recently started adding some hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to a little of my toothpaste once a week to whiten teeth. Have safe travels and I LOVE your card! Oh...I so wish we had a Trader Joes and IKEA where I live! Merry Christmas!

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  91. what a happy, fun christmas card... love it! this is a great giveaway... the coconut oil sounds like such a neat product... one of my favorite tips would be it's a 10 conditioner... just spritz a little on after washing your hair and it combs through so easily... great for little ones too... really helps with tangles... have a very merry christmas!

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  92. If you don't have any or anymore of the expensive eye makeup remover, use baby oil. Works great.

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  93. Wow! Thanks for the giveaway! I hope you all enjoy your time in Illinois.My favorite beauty tip is to use coconut oil as a hot oil treatment for dry hair. It gives my hair the extra shine and strength it needs.

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  94. Hi Becky, I wonder if the give-away is open to the UK? just yesterday I thought I must get something that smells of coconut, love it! My beauty tip is that I use a light vitamin E oil after having a shower or in the morning after washing my face. Nothing else. It really seems to be good for my skin! Hope you have merry and bright christmas time! Heather x

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  95. Nutregena make-up removing wipes. I don't know why but they are great. smooth, sensitive, smells good, and take make up off perfectly. Enjoy your trip

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  96. We don't have Trader Joe's here...bummer! I love Mary Kay face primer and eye primer - helps my makeup stay in place and smooths everything out.

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  97. Whenever I unwrap a stick of butter, I slather the wrapper on my face, throat and hands...if it was good enough for M.F.K.Fisher, it's good enough for me!
    Ahhhhh, Trader Joes...have to drive about 250 miles, round trip, to shop at one of those fabulous stores.
    Merry Christmas; God speed on your journey.

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  98. My favorite beauty tip is jojoba oil. I actually use it around my eyes at night as a moisturizer and to spot treat dry patches of skin. It's great to rub a little bit on the ends of hair when it's wet too.

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  99. I LOVE the say yes to carrots line. The daily moisturizer has zinc for sunscreen and it smells great and zinc is WAY better for your skin than most of the stuff that is in sunscreen. I too love Trader Joe's!

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  100. Okay will you text me and tell me how you remove your make up with OIL. My mama uses olive oil but she doesn't wash her face after... and does it make you break out? Do you wash it after? Text me sweetie!!
    Love ya!

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  101. Oh, y'all are just the absolute cutest ever! Your Christmas card is the BEST! Enjoy your time with family!

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  102. Yay from another Trader Joe's fan! Try Argan oil for hair...the best. Since I've hit 40 and had a child, my already-dry hair became extremely difficult to style. Argan oil smooths it, makes it shiny, and accentuates the natural wave in my hair. Merry Christmas!

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  103. YSL Touche Eclat concealer - it is wonderful! I use it to hide any blemishes or dark circles under my eyes so (hopefully) one only notices the good! It is expensive but so worth it as a little goes a long way. It comes in a regular pen like container.

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  104. Merry Christmas!! Beauty tip...let's see...L'occitane divine eye creme. Yep. Swear by it!

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  105. i love olive oil as my facial cleanser... rub it in circles on your face and wipe it off in a circular motion with a washcloth in super hot water. makes my face feel great! of course, now i'll be trying the trader joe's coconut oil!

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  106. moisturize, moisturize moisturize. I use Cetaphil..been using it for years as my cleanser. It adds a nice layer of moisture to the skin.

    maggiecolorado@gmail.com

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  107. Always use sunblock! And baby oil works great for removing eye make up...and the kind with lavender smells amazing.

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  108. Extra moisturizer under my eyes at night and after a shower. Clinique's Moisture Surge is really great. Gives you face a glow and almost feels like it had a slight face lift. Love it.

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  109. I love my Burt's Bees products. By the way...the cookie butter is delicious! Thanks for the chance to win such a goodie bag! Merry Christmas!

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  110. I love my Burt's Bees products. By the way...the cookie butter is delicious! Thanks for the chance to win such a goodie bag...Merry Christmas!

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  111. What a fun giveaway! I have never been to Trader Joe's, but I have heard lots of wonderful things about it. I don't have any exciting beauty tips, but I am fanatical about washing and moisturizing my skin. I take care of it. I am also fanatical about sunscreen. I think it is one of the things that has kept my face skin looking younger. Lots of sunscreen.
    slynh@windstream.net

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  112. I use coconut oil (just a tiny bit) on dry hair to make it shine.
    patrice@everydayruralty.com

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  113. I LOVE Watkins Petro-Carbo Salve - so many uses, including skin moisturizer -- great in dry winter. Before bed, rub on your feet, slip on cotton socks and soft toes by morning --- on top of that, there is an ingredient that your body absorbs that gives you a good nights rest - beauty sleep!! I haven't looked into why, but it works!

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  114. I LOVE Watkins Petro-Carbo Salve - it has so many uses, including using on dry hands/feet. Before you go to bed, rub it in real good on your feet, put on cotton socks. Soften skins and as an added bonus, there's an ingredient absorbed in your body that gives you a good night's rest - beauty sleep!

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  115. I mix a little jojoba oil in with my moisturizer, especially in the winter. Just a couple of drops and it doesn't feel oily!

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  116. I add a couple of drops of jojoba oil to my moisturizer. It doesn't feel oily at all and really helps in the dry winter months.

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  117. Coconut oil for me...my daughter turned me on to it! Thanks for the giveaway...please pick me!

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  118. Oh Becky!! We moved away from Trader Joe's land, and I miss it so much!
    Thanks for the fun giveaway.
    I have been using olive oil with a little bit of castor oil to clean my face; it works wonderfully and is so inexpensive!

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  119. Love Trader Joes : ) Beauty secret?? Well I love Cetaphil for moisturizer...i am unafraid to slather it on b/c it's so reasonably priced. Also, plenty of sleep makes a HUGE difference. And drinking lots of water. Pretty basic stuff. Love your blog. Merry Christmas.

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  120. Love Trader's! I love my Cetaphil...very reasonably priced so I slather it on! Lots of sleep makes a HUGE difference and drinking lots of water. Merry Christmas!

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  121. Super-dee-duper cute Christmas card!!! Ours will be New Year cards ;). Too much blech going on around here to get it done :/
    I JUST started using Mary Kay products...have NEVER been good to my face before now. Their eye make-up remover is supposedly the #1 selling make-up product....in the WORLD! Plus, my gal said there are bugs that live in our eyelashes....Eeeek! SOLD!
    And I told my friend about Little Chick's hair quote...we both cried! It's now one of my FAVORITES! Should be made into a sign for every single young girl's bathroom...and hung above her mirror :)

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  122. Awwww I kinda love your Christmas card and might steal the idea for next year, lol!!
    XOXO
    April

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  123. I learned years ago to highlight with a white highlight cream or I've also used a shimmering opaque pink after putting on my foundation on the outer edge of eyes and onto upper cheekbone. Also add a tiny dot on each side of each inner part of cheek right beside of the nostrils. It gives you that youthful glow but not too much.

    I've gotta try that coconut oil on my face.

    Hope you are enjoying your holidays with family Becky.

    Hugs,
    Lee Ann

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  124. Hi Doll!! Been so long since I stopped by here - your girls are getting so big! Praying you all are safe on your trip and you have had a very Merry Christmas! Beauty tip: hmmm.... For soft hands and feet use Bag Balm on them at night and put socks over the top of your hands and feet and sleep like that... you heard me BAG Balm aka "tit salve" as my mama and sisters call it. Google it if you've never heard of it... You'll die. lol!!!

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  125. Love your blog! Beauty tip - coconut oil for everything, makeup remover, face cleaner....deep hair condition...

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  126. Don't eat too much Holiday Chocolate.
    (And that's a tip I don't ever live by. Zits and morale are worth every bite!)

    I love your colorful artwork Becky. It inspires me to... to do something fun and colorful. Merry new Year!

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  127. hmmmm...my favorite beauty tip
    we have several right now but one of our fav is from Ulta
    and it is from Benefit's Pore Minimizer. It is in a little tube
    and when you put it on it is so weird feeling...like you are not putting
    anything on. You need very little and it is kinda expensive but our makeup stays on so much better. and for something cheap...lipsmackers vanilla or sugar cookie:)
    xo

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  128. Oh how I love Trader Joes!! We finally have one opening in February and I may camp out, I'm that excited!! I completely agree with most, that your smile and attitude are the best beauty tips:0) The prettiest girls are the happiest girls for sure!!

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  129. My husband recently started a part time position at Trader Joe's and loves it. I love the pumpkin waffle mix and the blue organic corn chips!

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  130. I LOVE trader joes. Yeah, the coconut oil is amazing, and it's a great price their too. Never tried the chocolate covered pomegranate seeds (that sounds amazing!), but have you tried the dark chocolate with sea salt and caramel bar by the check out? It's so good it should be a sin to eat it, LOL. Anyways, my favorite beauty tips are 1) wash your face with the oatmeal soap from trader joes at night and just wipe off with a washcloth and hot water in the morning and 2) use eyeliner only on the bottom of your eyes. Makes your eyes look so pretty and big! 3)Oh yes, and drink LOTS of water. But you probably already knew all of that, didn't you? =)

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  131. my beauty tip?

    Lights off
    or bag over my head

    hope you had a merry christmas sweet girl, and a safe trip home.
    much love!

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  132. My best beauty tip (as I am an "always lipstick" girl (my husband sometimes calls me "lipstick" haha) - when you can't turn any more out of the tube, use a Q tip, cut it in half and push it down into the lipstick in the tube, use it then store it in the container after you turn it back down. There will be a couple of weeks worth left in the tube - it's a waste to throw that away! Never been to Trader Joe's as there is not one really close to me (a couple of hours away, I think) but I PROMISE to love everything you've picked out!!

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  133. My nana always told me to make sure you wash your face every night and moisturize. and you I always have and my skin looks good!....so says my hubby. I like the picture, fun.
    Di@Cottage wishes

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  134. Becky - I'm finally taking the time to catch up on the blog world post holiday style. We have a TJ's so I felt that I should wait to comment and let others have an opportunity at the giveaway. I read your post during my Christmas break and I was laughing and shaking my head in agreement about the Coconut Oil. My GF insisted that I read the "Coconut Oil Solution" this summer and I did; and as a result I started to use Coconut Oil as my main moisturizer for my face and body. It's amazing. I just turned 42 and someone from the office thought that I was 32 at most. (Really? I love you and let me give you a completely awkward hug). Long term, I can see a difference in the texture of my skin, so that's my beauty secret. That, working out, and drinking lots of water. :)

    Happy New Year dear!

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