Steps To Living A Natural Healthy Life



It is spring and nature is showing off!   I am super energized and inspired by everything green and beautiful! It has given me energy and motivation to get busy and check myself in the area of living naturally and in a healthful and mindful way.

I am going to tackle both my insides and outsides and want YOU to join with me!

Here is a list of things I am committing to doing in the next 4 weeks:


1. Burt’s Bees 28 day Skin Renewal Challenge

Did you know your skin renews itself every 28 days? I didn’t, but now that I know that little tidbit, I am much more likely to stick with a skin care regime for much longer than I typically would.  I learned about this little 28 day tip from Burt’s Bees, who is having a Burt’s Bees 28 Day Skin Renewal challenge with their brand new line called Renewal.  Renewal works in harmony with your skin’s cycle, and in 28 days I’m expecting to have firmer, smoother, beautiful and healthy-looking skin — in fact, I expect to be just radiant!

Would you like to join me?  We could all become radiant together!  I’m even going to take a ‘before’ picture and post it below which I’m sure we are all just giddy about. What I am giddy about is the ‘after’ picture that I will share with you when the challenge is over.


2. Stretching Daily

I’m stiff.  I keep wanting to blame my pillow or my mattress or the medication that I take,  but really I think it just is being one year away from turning FORTY! Yep, I am now 39 years old and really cannot believe it! I don’t know if I like it or not. As a cancer survivor,  I love having the privilege of living this long, and I love feeling mature, (notice I said feeling, not being) but wow, time flies when you are having fun!  I think stretching and some light yoga is really going to help me feel better, younger and more healthy.


3. Walking 3x a week.

Springtime weather is the best for walking, I especially love walking in the evenings and have been making sure I walk at least every Wednesday, but my goal is 3x a week.  I have found that meeting up with a girlfriend to walk and talk is the most fun way to do it!


4. Lemon Water Daily

I love my cleansing lemon water, but I have been slacking on that.  When I don’t take the time to start my day with lemon water, I am not very mindful of how much water I drink during the day and it just goes downhill from there.  Time to get back on it!


5. Green’s Daily

This was one of my New Year’s Goals a couple of years ago and it was one of my favorites.  There are so many amazing nutrients in greens.  I categorize quite a few foods into what I call ‘greens’ from spinach in my smoothie to the spirulina in my drink mix to the seaweed wrapped around my sushi…  even my favorite kale chips.  Green plant food is just the BEST and so nourishing on the inside, which in turn makes you glow on the outside.


Ingesting greens, drinking lemon water and getting the body moving through walking and stretching are all great ways to get the insides working.  When the insides are working, the outsides tend to look their best too.  But I am finding as I get closer to the big 4-0 I’m wanting a little extra help with my skin when it comes to firmness, texture and lines.


My skin care has been consistent, but I having been doing it all wrong and for sure using the wrong products.  I’ve even been known to just use a hot wash cloth and water to wash my face.  If I’m in the shower, I use my natural body soap that is not made specifically for the face. Whoopsies! Not a good decision. I thought it was a good decision until I started using Burt’s Bees Renewal Cleanser and saw all that came off of my face onto my wash cloth.  I could tell I have not been cleansing completely and was in instant love with this face product.


I am excited for the opportunity to take Burt’s Bees 28 Day Skin Renewal challenge, especially when I saw that Kimberly Snyder, nutritionist and author of The Beauty Detox, is one who took the challenge and has challenged others to do the same.  Her cleanse is complete and now she is challenging others to complete the cleanse and share using #28DayFaceCleanse.  If you want to join in on the fun and enter into the conversation, head over to Instagram or Twitter and share your ideas as well.  I’m super excited to see what everyone has to say.

I personally am hoping that Renewal Face Care will smooth my skin. These natural products are clinically shown to smooth skin, improve firmness and reduce the look of wrinkles in a few as 4 weeks!

How? From Burt’s Bees site:

“New natural Renewal Face Care with Wrinkle-smoothing White Hibiscus and intensively hydrating Apple take center stage in the Hibiscus and Apple Rejuvenating Complex. Within the line, this remarkable interaction plumps up cells to help reduce the look of lines and wrinkles, improve firmness, and makes skin appear smoother and more hydrated.”

Here is a bit more information about the products.  I  know once you read about them you will want to jump on board, too!


{this is the best cleanser. It is thick and has little bits in it to gently exfoliate.  I also love how it smells}

Renewal Refining Cleanser

Help restore smoother, younger-looking skin with some of nature’s most powerful anti-aging ingredients. Cleanses deeply without stripping moisture and gently exfoliats to reveal smoother skin.

• Removes dirt, oil and make-up

• Gently exfoliates

• Improves skin texture when used as part of the RENEWAL regimen

• Soap Free
• Rinses Easily
• Noncomedogenic 
• Dermatologist Tested


Renewal Firming Day Lotion w/SPF 30

This lightweight, fast-absorbing moisturizer is clinically shown to help improve firmness and reduce the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles. SPF 30 protects against sun damage.

  • Immediately, skin appears smoother and hydrated
  • After 4 weeks, 87% of women saw a reduction in the appearance of lines and wrinkles
  • After 8 weeks, 96% of women saw a reduction in the appearance of lines and wrinkles and improved skin texture
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Noncomedogenic
  • Clinically shown to reduce look of deep wrinkles and help improve firmness


{this serum makes my skin feel so soft and smooth, I think it is my favorite product in the whole line}

Renewal Intensive Firming Serum

Help restore the appearance of your skin’s smooth, firm texture with powerful natural anti-aging ingredients. This concentrated treatment serum is clinically shown to help improve firmness and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

• Immediately, skin appears smoother and hydrated

• After 4 weeks, over 90% of women saw a reduction in the appearance of lines and wrinkles

• After 8 weeks, over 94% of women saw a reduction in the appearance of lines and wrinkles and visibly firmer skin

• Noncomedogenic
• Dermatologist Tested

Clinically shown to reduce look of deep wrinkles
 and help improve firmness


Renewal Smoothing Eye Cream

Help restore the appearance of your delicate eye area with powerful natural anti-aging ingredients. This hydrating eye treatment is clinically shown to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, dark circles, and under-eye puffiness.

• After 4 weeks, 88% of women saw a reduction in the appearance of lines and wrinkles

• After 8 weeks, over 86% of women saw a reduction in the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles, dark circles and under-eye puffiness.

• Dermatologist Tested
• Ophthalmologist Tested 

Clinically shown to:
• Reduce look of deep wrinkles


{I love going to bed with this luxurious creme on my face.  It makes my skin glow and look very healthy}

Renewal Firming Night Cream

Clinically shown to reduce the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles, this richly hydrating cream helps improve your skin’s smooth, firm texture while you sleep.

• Immediately, skin appears smoother and hydrated

• After 4 weeks, 82% of women saw a reduction in the appearance of lines and wrinkles

• After 8 weeks, 96% of women saw an improvement to skin texture.

• Dermatologist Tested

• Noncomedogenic


{I put a little mascara and lip gloss on for you.  Without mascara you might not be able to see my eyes. The rest of my face has been cleaned and polished with Burt’s Bees Renewal line and left all natural. You are welcome.}

So here is my ‘before’ picture, which I am sure you just couldn’t wait for!   I will follow up with an ‘after’ picture when the challenge is up, and will even update you in-between via Facebook and Instagram on how it is going, so keep an eye out and be sure to join us if you’d like by clicking here.

IMG_4157{I had to end the post with this picture. It made me smile.  It has been in our bathroom for years, and she is now my little bee is almost 16 years old! I thought it was fun to put my products by this photo.}


What would you want out of this line the most? Smoother skin? Less lines?  How about just knowing that this line is natural?

What are ways you want to live in a more healthy way? Can you relate to any I listed?


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Burt’s Bees. The opinions and text are all mine.

6 Tried & True Natural Beauty Treatments To Do At Home


These are my top 6 natural and homemade beauty products shared here at New Nostalgia.  They are easy to make, healthy for the skin, and they WORK!


1. 2 Ingredient Homemade Lemon Face Scrub

I’d say this is my favorite of the bunch.  Who knew lemon and sugar could make the skin feel so, so wonderful.  I use this scrub every other week.  There is always a bit of leftover, and when I tell my 3 lovelies that I made it, they all come running.  You know it works wonderfully if teenage girls are willing to fight over use it!

2. Homemade & Healthy Lavender Lime Body Spray

There is something wonderfully satisfying in making your own beauty products.  Especially when something like this spray would cost a pretty penny at the store.  I love the scent of lavender and lime together, but if you don’t, you can use any essential oil as fragrance in this spray.

3. Coconut Lime Sugar Body Scrub

This scrub is simply divine.  It smells so good, and leaves my legs feeling amazing, especially when I use it after shaving them.  No need for body lotion when you use this scrub.  Just rinse off, towel off, and enjoy the softness!

4. 2 Ingredient Organic Eye Makeup Remover

I’ve seen homemade eye makeup remover recipes online that are way too complicated and use way too many ingredients.  This one uses just two, and is another simple recipe that works and that my girls have bought into.  I just love the money I save, as having 3 girls, two of which now wear makeup, can get expensive!

5. Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub

This is a newer recipe in our household.  I keep it at the kitchen sink and just love it.  It is great anytime you want soft hands, but especially great after handling onions and garlic.  This not only scrubs the hands, but leaves them so nice and soft.  After drying, just gently rub your hands together to distribute the little bit of oil left on them as the perfect moisturizer.

6. Detox Bath

This is a beauty treatment that not only beautifies the outside by making the skin soft, but also helps your insides by giving you a nice dose of magnesium.  It is so very relaxing and calming, you will come out rested and glowing.


Have you ever made your own beauty products? Please share.