Great stock photo resources for mommy bloggers and side hustling stay at home moms!

Hey guys! I was given a great list of free & paid stock photo sites to try.  I haven’t had a chance to go check them all out since it is a list of 10-15 websites, but if you find something great be sure to share and post your comments below!  Click the pic to see the video…
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About Me

Hey guys!  Here’s an intro for those who don’t already know me (and a laugh for those who do).  I decided to ditch the old school “one sheet” approach I had up before.  So enjoy!  Just click the pic…

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If you’d like a sneak peek at my book, check it out here.  All my books are available electronically and paperback on Amazon.com.

Day 2: Turmeric Face Mask

Hey guys!

I had to come back and let you know my results so far. It may not seem like a big deal, but I’ve tried other masks, exfoliants, steam treatments, etc. and none would leave my skin smooth for 2 days straight.  So I’m here to report that my skin is still feeling great!  I put on some moisturizer last night & woke up this morning with a soft, smooth face!  I’m going to leave you with some important lessons I’ve learned about this mini adventure.  You’ll see it rings true for other things in your life as well!

Lessons I’ve learned:

Don’t let things pile up.

Find a skin care regimen that actually works.  Make sure it’s taking off everything bad and leaving everything that’s good.  When you notice something, anything out of whack, deal with it THEN!  Little things become big things when left to accumulate.  Don’t be afraid to wipe the slate clean and start fresh.

Don’t stay with something out of obligation.

I have some products that I was using because of a friend.  A beauty care rep that I always got my products from.  The one thing that worked was CRAZY expensive and needed 2 or 3 other components to keep it working.  Ok, wait-what??  Why am I doing all of this to be broke and still look crazy (looking mad because I was going broke trying to look average).  Nooooooooo.  I’m not keeping this stuff to maintain a friendship.  If I have to keep the stuff to maintain the friendship, was it really ever a friendship?  Or a business transaction?

If it’s not working, ditch it!

You may have switched products to try something out because of an ad, running out of your go-to product or because of the price.  But if it’s not working, is it worth it?  Don’t waste time, effort or money on something that’s not giving you a good ROI (return on investment).  Don’t be afraid to try something new.  Maybe it’s just in need of a little tweak (add a little olive oil, apply more/less, use more/less often) but if it’s not working on a major level, don’t try to fix it-replace it with something else.

I have always gotten commentary (some compliments, some were not but they thought they were compliments) on how young I look for my age.  I just turned 41 last month.  If it weren’t for the greys in my hair, I’d look even younger.  My students and coworkers never believe my age.  They say my face says 10 years younger but the wisdom I exude says 10 years older.  I’ll take that.  My point is, I look young and I intend to continue looking young.  I still feel 20 (until I stay up past 11!  lol) and think it’s good to reflect God’s goodness in how you look at yourself. So what am I saying?

Pay attention to what’s right in front of you.

It’s time to take care of you!

Much love & kisses!

Tonya

That Turmeric Face Mask, Tho!!!

OMG, have y’all tried it yet???  I am in AWE, y’all!!  Ok, let me tell you what happened.  I was sitting around bored yesterday and was scrolling through about 4 different types of social media when I found a post about turmeric and how it makes an incredible face mask.  I had seen it before, but hadn’t really paid it much mind.  Because really, who sits around saying to themself, “Hey, let’s try a random skin diy treatment on the only face I’ve got”?  Me, that’s who.  Well at least yesterday I did.  So, this is what I did.

Side note:  I take turmeric anyway when I feel a stuffy nose, congestion, a weird achy feeling or stiff joints (you wouldn’t believe how much I type in a day, y’all).  It works like a DREAM.  Anyway, I have a bottle of turmeric curcumin supplement capsules sitting on my sink. So I said, why not?  I’ve already got the stuff to do it.  So I grabbed the scissors, snipped 3 open and went to work.

The one I tried wasn’t even the one I really needed to do.  I should’ve done the one for dry skin.  But I’m out of whatever it was you’re supposed to have.  I think it was coconut milk?  If I get my hands on some coconut milk it’s going in this hair!  Whoo, it works wonders!  But back to the main thing.  I did the one for glowing skin instead.  It was 1/4-1/2 tsp of turmeric (depending on the recipe you use) to 1 tsp of coconut oil.  You mix it and then apply it to your face and leave it for 10-30 minutes (depending on who you ask).  Then you wipe everything off with warm water & a cloth (just cut to the chase and use an orange cloth.  It’ll be orange if you decide not to anyway).  Or you can use a toner and cotton balls.  Just be ready to put a little work in to get it all off.  And be sure to not wear anything white or light.  Turmeric stains (you can see it on my beloved Cape Hatteras tee shirt below-insert sad face).  But I was able to clean everything up without any issue.  I put olive oil on my face afterward.

I’m so so so so glad I tried it!  Because when I did CHILD LET ME TELL YOU!!!!  GIRL, MY STUFF IS SMOOTH!  Not just smooth, but BABY BUTT, HIGH SCHOOL FRESH, CAN’T TELL ME NOTHING SMOOTH!  Laugh if you wanna, but you’ll be mad the next time you see me!  Yuuuuup!  That dead skin is outta here like last year!

This just may be my new regimen.  I have to wait to be sure my face doesn’t fall off, bump up or crack open.  Or worst case, I end up looking like dude from The Fly.  But so far, so good.  No, so far, so SMOOTH!

Ok, my excited rant is over.  Have you tried it?  Did you like it?  How did you do it?  Are you gonna try it?

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Alright, y’all!  I’ll talk to you again soon!

TJ