Beauty Tips from a Southern Belle

  There are just a handful of products that every belle keeps stocked in her beauty cabinet. One of those products is vaseline. This household item has multiple uses, everything from beauty to the home.

  1. Use in place of shaving cream
  2. Gloss lips
  3. Keeps cuticles soft
  4. Tame unruly eyebrows
  5. Lengthen and strengthen eyelashes
  6. Moisturizes chapped hands
  7. Removes makeup
  8. Shrinks pores
  9. Distresses furniture
  10. Repairs scratched CDs and DVDS
  11. Makes perfume last longer
  12. Apply to inside of pumpkin after craving at Halloween to last longer

Trust me, vaseline is a can’t miss product, that you will want to always have on hand. I know I do ūüôā

 

Christmas in July, Final Day

Today is the last day of our Christmas in July extravaganza! Grab your family together and create a new tradition, all while enjoying some festive holiday tunes.

A Book A Day

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Place 24 wrapped books under the Christmas tree. These books can relate to the meaning of the holiday, favorites of your children, or any type of book you would like. Starting December 1 and going through the 24th, unwrap one of the books each night. Have fun and be creative with this exciting tradition!

Favorite Holiday Songs

Add some Christmas music to your holiday with some of my favorites.

1. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

2. “O Holy Night”

3. “The Christmas Song”

4. “White Christmas”

5. “Christmas in Dixie”

Until next time, have a fantastic Christmas in July! Seems the perfect time to say “Mele Kalikimaka!”

Christmas in July Day 3 

It’s time for some decorations and food fun for our Christmas in July!

Candy Cane Decorations 
  

Supplies: 

Wooden dowel rods

White Styrofoam circles

Red glitter glue

Directions: 

1: Press a Styrofoam circle into the top of a wooden dowel.

2: Decorate similar to a peppermint.

Fun to place around a house, office space, and more!

Hot Chocolate Sticks 

Ingredients: 

Marshmallows

Melting chocolate

Peppermints

Wooden dowel rods

Directions: 

1: Crush the peppermints in a ziplock bag. Place one marshmallow onto the bottom end of a wooden dowel.

2: Melt the chocolate, in either the microwave or onto of the stove, and dip the marshmallows.

3: Roll the marshmallows into the peppermint and let harden. You can place in the refrigerator, if needed to quicken hardening.

Enjoy!

Easy, Breezy Beach Bag

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Supplies: 
  • Bath Towel in a fun color or pattern
  • 2 yards of webbing
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • White Thread

Directions:

1. On the short sides of the towel, measure 5 inches in and 3 inches down on each side to pin the webbing. Sew in a box stitch to secure and create handles.
2. Fold towel in half lengthwise, placing right sides (what will be the outsides) together. Pin along the side seams.
3. Using a zig zag stitch start, sew and fold about 3 inches in. Then, stitch both layers in a straight line.
4. Repeat on the other side.
Picture Courtesy of Pinterest

A Patriotic Fourth: My Stars and Stripes Extravangaza 

It’s day two of our 4th of July celebration! Have fun with your family and friends with this easy craft and patriotic music!

Craft: Star Bowl 

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Supplies: 

  • Old Book Pages
  • Mod Podge
  • Bowl
  • White¬†Tissue Paper
  • Red Paint
  • Hot Glue
  • Blue Ribbon

Directions:

1. Cut random size stars from old book pages.

2. Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the outside of the bowl, lay down the stars, then add  top-coat of Mod Podge.

3. Add stars until the bowl is covered.

4. Cut the tissue paper into small squares. Apply two layers of tissue paper to the outside of the bowl.  Then add two coats of red paint to the outside of the bowl.  Allow to dry.

5. Apply more stars to the outside of the of the bowl using the same method as above.  Apply two top-coats of Mod Podge to the outside. Hot glue a piece of trim around the outer edge.

Patriotic Music

  1. “The Star Spangled Banner”
  2. “America the Beautiful”
  3. “God Bless the USA”
  4. “Born in the USA”
  5. “You’re a Grand Ole Flag”

 

 


A Patriotic Fourth: My Stars and Stripes Extravaganza

The 4th of July is right around the corner. As one of my favorite holidays, I thought I would share with y’all a little bit on how I’m celebrating, starting with decorations, food, and a game. Check back tomorrow for the final additions to the party!

Decorations: Red, White, and Blue Banner

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Supplies:

  • Red, White, and Blue Bandannas
  • Twine
  • Hot Glue

Directions:

1. Cut the bandannas into triangles or rectangles (whatever shape you desire).

2. Hot glue the tops of the shapes onto the twine and hang inside or outside.

Food: Red, White, and Blue Parfaits

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Ingredients:

Red layer:

  • 1 (3 oz) package of strawberry gelatin
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • ¬Ĺ cup cold water
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries

White layer:

  • ¬ľ cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon (1 envelope) of unflavored gelatin powder
  • ¬Ĺ cup boiling water
  • ¬Ĺ cup sugar
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream, liquefied

Blue layer:

  • ¬ľ cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon (1 envelope) of unflavored gelatin powder
  • ¬Ĺ cup boiling water
  • ¬Ĺ cup sugar
  • 1 ¬Ĺ cups blueberries


  • 6 Mason Jars
  • Whipped Cream

Directions:

Strawberry layer:¬†Stir 1 cup of boiling water into the strawberry gelatin until gelatin is fully dissolved.¬†Add¬†in ¬Ĺ cup of cold water and the chopped strawberries.

1. Arrange the jars at an angle in a muffin tin.

2. Put flour or uncooked rice in the wells to hold the jars in place. Gently spoon equal amounts of the strawberry gelatin mixture into each of the jars. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 to 45 minutes.

White layer:¬†Once the strawberry gelatin is firm, begin making the white ice cream layer. In a medium bowl, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the unflavored gelatin evenly over 1/4 cup of cold water (allow the gelatin to absorb the water for 2 minutes). Then, stir in ¬Ĺ cup of boiling water until the gelatin is completely dissolved.¬†Mix¬†in ¬Ĺ cup of sugar, then stir in 1 cup of the melted ice cream until smooth

1. With the jars still at an angle in the muffin tin, spoon equal amounts of the ice cream mixture into each of the jars.

2. Refrigerate until firm, about 20 to 30 minutes.

Blueberry layer: Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of unflavored gelatin evenly over 1/4 cup of cold water in a bowl. Wait 2 minutes to allow the gelatin to absorb the water. Add¬†in ¬Ĺ cup of boiling water. Stir until the gelatin is dissolved and¬†then mix¬†in ¬Ĺ cup of sugar. Lastly, add the 1 ¬Ĺ cup of blueberries.

1. Refrigerate the blueberry mixture in the bowl until it thickens to the consistency of a gel .

2. Take the jars out of the muffin tin and set them upright.

3. Spoon equal amounts of the blueberry mixture into each of the jars. Refrigerate until firm.

4. Garnish with whipped cream and serve.

Enjoy!

Source: http://www.ehow.com/info_12340443_red-white-blue-patriotic-parfaits.html

Game: Test Your Patriotic Knowledge! 

Quiz your friends on their Patriotic Knowledge. Person to get the most right wins. (Answers below.) 

1. What is the capital of Colorado?

2. The Mardi Gras celebration is held in the French Quarter of where?

3. Which state became the 50th state, admitted on August 21, 1959?

4. Name the six states that make up New England.

5. Coca-Cola was founded in which capital city?

6. Which state capital name means “protected bay?”

7. Which state is famous for earthquakes?

8. What state is known for having crocodiles?

9. Also known as Mary Hayes McCauley, what woman carried water to men in the Battle of Monmouth during the Revolutionary War in 1778?

10. Who was the leader of the Underground Railroad, which brought many slaves to freedom?

Answers: 1. Denver 2. New Orleans 3. Hawaii 4. Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island 5. Atlanta, Georgia 6. Honolulu, Hawaii 7. California 8. Florida 9. Molly Pitcher 10. Harriet Tubman 

Quiz Copyright 2015 Country Belle Chic

Southern Household Tip: Uses for Baking Soda

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There are about five or so standard household supplies that I keep on hand and use for everything…and I mean everything. Over the next few weeks, I’ll introduce you to some of my favorites, starting with my all-time favorite-baking soda.

Baking soda is a great product with multiple uses for cooking, body care, and more!

1: Combined with water, baking soda makes a great body and face exfoliate.

2: Mix with toothpaste and hydrogen peroxide for a teeth-whitening toothpaste.

3: Place a box in your refrigerator to remove those pesky odors.

4: Makes cleaning the toilet just a bit easier.

5: Sprinkle on fish before cooking and it removes the odor.

6: Baking soda is the perfect scrub for fruits and vegetables.

7: Add water and you have a new way to polish silverware.

8: For fluffy eggs, mix 1/2 teaspoon baking soda to every 3 eggs.

9: Pour vinegar and baking soda down a drain to get it unclogged.

10: Sprinkle onto carpet and let stand for at least 30 minutes. Vacuum up to remove odors.

A Country Belle’s Southern Beauty Tips

I’m Southern. I like big hair, mascara, and eyeliner. However, maintaining that look takes time and effort. To help ease some of the stress, I follow these five old school Southern beauty tips:

1: Use Vaseline on your eyelids and eyelashes at night, to keep your lids smooth and help your lashes grow.

2: Brush your teeth with a combination of baking soda, toothpaste, and hydrogen peroxide for a pearly white smile. 

3: In the South, it gets hot, no matter what time of the year. To keep your makeup from melting, spray your face with hairspray before leaving the house. 

4: Before applying mascara, brush baby powder onto your lashes. 

5: Petroleum jelly is a fabulous moisturizer. 

Messy Twister

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Take the fun outdoors with a fun game of messy twister!

Supplies:

Twister mat and spinner

Paint in the colors of: green, yellow, red, and blue

Directions:

1. Lay the twister mat in an area, able to get painted.

2. Pour the various colors onto the coordinating dots.

(Make sure to wear clothes that can get messy!)

Enjoy!

Memorial Day

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After several days of packing, moving, and unpacking, it is nice to relax by the pool and enjoy some BBQ on this Memorial Day. However, there is one thing not to be missed: the real reason for the holiday.

Today isn’t about the fireworks, opening of pools, or ringing in the summer season. It’s about remembering the military members who gave the ultimate price for our country’s freedom. You can probably tell by now that I bleed red, white, and blue. Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Veteran’s Day are a few of my favorite days of the year.

Let us not forget to remember our fallen soldiers today and everyday. Add a new tradition to your backyard BBQ this year with a few of the ideas below.

1: Raise your American flag outside your home.

2: Visit a veteran’s home and capture their story.

3: Share a picture of a beloved fallen military member on social media.

4: Write thank you notes to our troops serving throughout the world.

5: Watch or listen to the National Memorial Day Concert.