Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder

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The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder (Harvest House, April 2016)

In 1910 Toronto, while other bachelor girls perfect their domestic skills and find husbands, two friends perfect their sleuthing skills and find a murderer.

Inspired by their fascination with all things Sherlock Holmes, best friends and flatmates Merinda and Jem launch a consulting detective business. The deaths of young Irish women lead Merinda and Jem deeper into the mire of the city’s underbelly, where the high hopes of those dreaming to make a new life in Canada are met with prejudice and squalor.

While searching for answers, donning disguises, and sneaking around where no proper ladies would ever go, they pair with Jasper Forth, a police constable, and Ray DeLuca, a reporter in whom Jem takes a more than professional interest. Merinda could well be Toronto’s premiere consulting detective, and Jem may just find a way to put her bachelor girlhood behind her forever–if they can stay alive long enough to do so.

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Updated Skin Care Routine

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I’ve been meaning to do a post about my skincare routine for awhile now, but, you know… life!  I don’t use oodles of products or long, cumbersome steps, so this will be short and easy to replicate, should you be looking to update your own skincare regimen.

Before I go on to the actual routine, I’ll give a little backstory on my skin type, again, so perhaps you can relate.  I’ve never been acne prone (thankfully), but I have had dry skin pretty much my whole life.  What do they say – dry skin gets less acne, but oily skin less wrinkles? I don’t know, but living with dry flaky skin – though nice from the little-to-no acne standpoint – still isn’t at all fun.  I’ve tried a ton of products through the years that are specifically for dry skin – even things that I use now, but without the first step in my routine, and the results had only been very minimal/temporary.  My skin is also on the sensitive side – gets red easily and can be prone to rashes.  I also have a skin condition called seborrheic dermatitis – or SD for short.  I was on prescription strength shampoo in the past (I hated it, and it made my hair even drier).

Okay, so here are what is working marvelously for MY skin.  My skin has never felt softer, smoother, more hydrated, less inflamed/red.

  • Probiotics. While I think all of these steps have resulted in my overall success of what’s working for my skin, I think this first step is the ULTIMATE for me – because I have done several of the other steps without this first one in the past without these good results.  Plexus. Probio5.   Amazing stuff.  It was all a matter of finding the best dosage for my needs – I had been taking the TriPlex for several months (Slim+Probio5+Biocleanse), but was not noticing any difference in my face (I noticed plenty of other great changes, though!)  I finally decided to try upping the Probio5 (and adjusting the Biocleanse to support that increase) and bingo, within a 2-week span, my SD cleared up big time!!  So that would be my NUMBER ONE step that I can’t live without. (and I had tried other brands – more expensive brands – in the past without as good of results)
  • Drinking more water.  So important for overall health, including the health of your biggest organ- your skin!
  • Konjak sponge.  You’ve probably seen them all over the place.  Having SD, I know exfoliation is really important.  This one does a bang-up job without causing my face to turn tomato red and hurt.  It makes my skin glow.  I got mine from 100% Pure and it lasts a few months (I’d say 3-4 max per sponge)
  • Oils.  I vary between what oils I use – I often use essential oils – usually a blend that is made for the skin from Rocky Mountain Oils or Eden’s Garden or Plant Therapy, but will also use coconut oil.  These just add to the softness and my face feels nourished and happy.  Again, though, I have done the whole drinking water, exfoliating, and oils thing prior and not had lasting results, so I think the probiotics is really key in longterm skin health.

So what does my actual skincare routine look like in practice?   Pretty boring and basic – I wet my konjak sponge, use it to remove makeup and get my skin clean, then massage a drop or two of an oil over my face.  Go to bed.  In the morning, I sometimes will repeat the process (but I also sometimes forget and don’t).  I have various cleansers, toners, masks,etc, that are fun to sometimes pull out and use, but I honestly think easy and fast is the best and if it’s easy and fast I am more likely to stick with it.

What does your skincare routine look like?

Elli Quark, Micro Nail, and more

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Leave a CommentCreative title, right?  Oh well. Have you guys heard of Elli Quark?  Yes, it sounds strange, quark, but it’s very similar in taste to Greek yogurt, but with less tang.  A little while ago, Elli Quark sent me a pack to try out their flavors – – – I love that they have […]

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Beyond the Silence

Beyond-the-Silence

Leave a CommentThe shadows over this olive grove hide more than just the truth. Lillian Porter has always wanted to fulfill her mother’s dream of going west, so when she hears about a nanny position in Angels Camp, California, she defies her grandfather and takes a chance on a new future. But she quickly wonders if […]

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A Son’s Vow

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Leave a CommentThree months ago, everything changed for Darla Kurtz and her family. Darla’s father was responsible for a terrible fire at Charm’s lumber mill which killed five Amish men. And though he, too, lost his life, the town of Charm hasn’t looked at her family the same since. Even Lukas Kinsinger—with whom Darla used […]

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