Easy Lavender DIY Oatmeal Milk Bath Recipe

The last few weeks have been fairly stressful.  I finally got the taxes finished (YAY!) and the check has been sent off to the IRS (BOO for no refund this year!)  I spent the weekend teaching a 17-year-old how to drive and volunteering at my daughter's Girl Scout cookie booth sale. Between paying the bills and dealing with housework, there wasn't a lot of 'me time' and I am determined to change that this week.  My need of stress reduction led me to today's project.  This lavender DIY oatmeal milk bath recipe serves multiple purposes and is … [Read more...]

Living a Natural Lifestyle Starts with Just One Purchase

This post about living a natural lifestyle is brought to you by Tom’s of Maine . The content and opinions expressed below are that of Turning the Clock Back. I was raised in a rather conventional home as a child.  My mom didn't buy organic food and I certainly didn't use any products that were considered natural.  In fact, there was one person in my class who was a vegetarian and we all thought that was downright strange.  Living a natural lifestyle is not something I was ever exposed to as a child. My early days on my own had me eating a lot … [Read more...]

How to Find the Best All Natural Beauty Products

Every time I need to shop for makeup or skincare products, I remember how hard it is to find the best all natural beauty products. Over the past few years I have tried to make the switch from conventional products to natural ones.  Sometimes I find a product that I really like and it's easy to ditch the chemical laden, artificial stuff.  Other times, I buy one brand after another with pitiful results.  I keep trying new ones, though, because I feel it's important to reduce my exposure to certain chemicals that are prevalent in traditional … [Read more...]

Honey and Almond Brown Sugar Scrub Recipe

One of the habits I acquired during our years of poor graduate student life is always hitting the clearance shelves at the grocery store.  You might wonder how this plays into my brown sugar scrub recipe but I found a deal I couldn't pass up.  Marked down to a ridiculously cheap price was a TON of organic brown sugar.  Seriously.  I picked up a dozen bags of organic brown sugar for about $10.  Woo-hoo!  Of course, now I'm looking for ways to use brown sugar so it doesn't go bad!  Sugar scrubs are always a huge hit in my house so I did a little … [Read more...]

Ways to Use Fresh Lemons in Beauty Routines

I love the warm weather and am always inspired to buy more citrus as the temperature start to rise.  Lemons, limes and oranges get their own separate fruit bowl from April through August! I decided to look for ways to use fresh lemons in my beauty routine.  Since they are always there on my counter, it only makes sense to use them as often as I can, right?  I love the smell of lemon and came across a ton of ways to use lemons that had nothing to do with a glass and some sugar!  I thought I would share a few of these uses for lemons with you in … [Read more...]

Anti Aging Breakthroughs from MitoQ

This information about anti aging breakthroughs has been sponsored by MitoQ but all opinions are my own.As a forty something woman, I can tell you that there are days that I feel very old.  At 5 AM when the alarm goes off and my joints creak getting out of bed I feel old.  Every time I find another grey hair I feel a tad bit older. Listening to my teenage daughter talk about how some boy's hair is totally on fleek...I feel REALLY old.   Sound familiar to you?  Well...I don't really want to feel old and am always keeping an eye on the newest … [Read more...]

Cranberry Sugar Scrub Recipe with Vanilla

This cranberry sugar scrub recipe was inspired by my latest trip into the freezer.  I'm one of those people that stocks up on cranberries after the holidays and buys WAY too many of them.  Hey, they're on clearance for pennies, right?  Why not stock up and find some creative cranberry recipes all the way through June!  Well, I still have several bags of cranberries in the freezer so I decided to make this cranberry sugar scrub recipe.  I added a little bit of vanilla along with the cranberries and will be enjoying some seriously yummy showers … [Read more...]

Our Frustrating Search for a Safe Nail Polish

I have never understood my teenage daughter's obsession with nail polish.  I never painted her nails when she was little because I always worried about toxic nail polish ingredients.  She discovered nail polish on her own once she hit about 4th grade and has been crazy about it ever since.  I have learned over the last few years of having teenagers that it is best to pick my battles carefully.  She happily washes with my organic, locally made soap and uses an aluminum free, natural deodorant.  I haven't fought too hard about the nail polish up … [Read more...]

How To Get Aloe Vera Gel From Your Aloe Plant

My son recently had a bad experience with a chemical hand sanitizer.  We rarely use them but we were out and about and I didn't have any other option.  After the rash cleared up,  I decided to make homemade hand sanitizing spray for those times when we couldn't get to soap and water.  I searched around on Pinterest and Googled a few things to find out how to do this.  I came across a ton of posts that all seemed to say "combine alcohol with aloe vera gel and add essential oils'.  I could do that!  I have a nice sized aloe plant and would just … [Read more...]

Natural Skin Care Tips for Radiant Skin after 40

This post about Natural Skin Care Tips has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own.I was recently going through some of my photos and I was shocked at how young my husband and I looked in them.  Even photos that were taken just 5 years ago show off a person that is much thinner and younger looking than I am right now.  There is something about the magic number *40* that just signifies the downhill slide into 'not quite so young any more'!  Since I don't see myself getting facelifts and collagen injections any time soon, I … [Read more...]

Antioxidant Skin Care Products from MitoQ

Getting old isn't all that much fun.  I can no longer eat whatever I want without gaining weight and I have more aches and pains than I can count.  My energy levels are definitely not where they should be.  And my skin is starting to lose that 'youthful glow' that I had in my 30's.  I do what I can to combat these natural side effects of aging.  Good food, plenty of water and regular exercise help quite a bit.  However when I was offered the option of trying out new antioxidant skin care products and an energy supplement from MitoQ I thought it … [Read more...]

Pucker Up with this Raspberry Sugar Scrub for Lips!

Winter is harsh on our lips and some days I feel like I am applying lip balm just about every hour. I am the queen of lip balm....I find them in my pants pockets, in the car, and quite often I find them in the dryer.  I would say I am a bit of a lip balm addict, especially in the winter!  However, lip balm application is not always enough to keep my lips smooth and soft.  And with Valentine's Day fast approaching, we all want soft, kissable lips, right?  I might be old and married but I do like a nice kiss from my husband on Valentine's Day!  I … [Read more...]

Lavender Oatmeal Bath Bombs for Soft Skin and a Good Night Sleep

Georgia isn't exactly known for it's cold winters and dry air but the minute that heat comes on in the fall, I start battling dry skin.  It's a good thing I don't live in Minnesota or my skin would seriously resemble alligator scales by the time spring rolled around again!  I have decided that the best way to treat dry skin is to moisturize it multiple times a day.  Once is NOT enough, at least for me.  That means morning lotion and evening lotion and hand lotion about 15 times a day.  I get sick of lotion, to be quite honest!  Well, there is … [Read more...]

Chamomile, Honey and Vanilla Sugar Scrub and a Twinings Tea for every moment!

The last month has been very stressful trying to get ready for the holidays.  Every spare moment has been spent either working, shopping, or dealing with an unexpected crisis.  There has been very little time for making sure my own needs have been met.  I barely found time to eat this month, much less relax or pamper myself.  Even finding time to shave my legs or enjoy a cup of tea was tough! But, now that the gifts are open, the parties are over and the baking is done, I can once again take care of ME.  First thing on my to do list is to enjoy … [Read more...]

Your DIY Beauty Pantry: 10 Must Have Ingredients

Over the last couple of years I have become very interested in making my own diy beauty creations. I have made everything from sugar scrubs to homemade mouth wash and overall have been very pleased with the results. Some recipes have come out better than others and I have learned quite a bit along the way. As we move into the new year I would like to encourage everyone to try their hand at a few easy diy beauty recipes,  They are incredibly easy to make and cost only a fraction of what those expensive spa products cost you.  Not only will you … [Read more...]

Orange and Pomegranate Sugar Scrub and a Stress Free Holiday with Sams Club #SimplyHealthy

This sugar scrub recipe and Sams Club shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.We all know that Sams Club is a great place to stock up on huge boxes of cereal for hungry kids and giant bags of chocolate chips for holiday baking. You can find frozen pizzas by the dozen or packages of toilet paper so big you practically need a fork lift to carry them.  But, have you ever checked out the produce section of Sams Club?  With the chaos of Thanksgiving and Christmas fast approaching, there … [Read more...]

Natural Ways to Achieve Healthy Hair

This post about healthy hair has been sponsored by Hairfinity and Tapinfluence but all opinions expressed are my own.Healthy hair is a struggle I think alot of women deal with. Our environment is full of pollutants and our diets lacking in vital nutrients. We spray, curl, flatten, and otherwise torture out hair in an effort to look our best. As a result, we are often left with hair that is anything BUT healthy.  So, what is a girl to do when she wants healthy hair but is battling age, sun, chlorine pools and a variety of other hair … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Avocado Hair Mask for Dry Hair

The weather is finally cooling off and the humidity is dropping.  I actually turned the heat on in the house for the first time this morning to get rid of the chill.  With the onset of winter and dry air comes dry hair and skin as well.  My daughter's very thick and wavy hair is tough to tame and the change in weather means her dry hair starts to frizz out of control.  She has a tendency to tame her hair with a pony tail most days of the week but she gets a little tired of that look every once in a while!If you are trying to tackle your … [Read more...]

Lavender Honey Milk Bath Recipe

As we move from summer into fall I am excited for the temperatures to drop and am looking forward to some seasonal fall foods.  One thing I am NOT looking forward to as the weather cools off is the dry skin that comes with turning the heat on in the house.  During the summer, I don't suffer from dry skin but the minute the air outside starts to cool off and I have to turn my heat on I start getting dry and itchy.  Having a milk bath every once in a while is a great way to pamper your skin so that MAYBE you won't end up itchy and dry this … [Read more...]