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Pale living….

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I LOVE THE SUN!

there, I said it.  I love to lay on the boat with a drink in my hand and the radio up loud.  I have done it my entire life(sans the drink when younger, obviously) But, we have basically just lived at the lake every summer for as long as I can remember.  It’s the good life.  I hope and pray to live there someday.

And now I beg the question…..Pale or Tan?  I don’t want to be pale, but I don’t want skin cancer or wrinkles(although BOTOX is AMAZING)

Two options …Sunless tan or Wrinkles

Everyone has had a bad sunless tanning experience, but we like to think we are learning as we go and getting better everyday.  I have decided it is much better to deal with a sunless tanning disaster for 3 or 4 days than a giant scar on my leg, arm, stomach, or FACE from having a scary mole removed.

~SCRUB~ I can not say it enough.  Exfoliate big time.  Favorite scrub of all time is Jo Malone.. smells fantastic, leaves you crazy moisturized… but $85 later I am not sure it is that much better. However, guilty pleasure #127, Bath & Body Works(man, I hate that store) has a really great sugar scrub that I have used for years. It makes your skin glow and it comes in a couple of different scents.  (Energy, Sleep, Stress Relief)  They always have some crazy BOGO sale or sale of  lifetime going on at B&B , so you are sure to get a great deal.

~Moisturize~ I really think it is best to do this hours before just to make sure that everything “soaks” in and you can re-touch any really dry places(ole crusty elbows, gnarly feet, ashy knees)  Any lotion will do, but to treat yourself…..Bliss Body Butter is ‘da bomb. Whew! I love this stuff.  And I swear the lemon smell of the lotion combats the smell of the sunless tan.

~Where to Tan~ There is a sign for sunless tanning on every corner. Tan n Go, Palm Beach Tans, Sunless Mobile Tanning, Elite Tanning…the list goes on.  I, personally am not a giant fan of standing in front of a 20 year old with my undergarments off trying to get a fake tan(more power to you if you are) So….. to the Tan n Go I will GO!  Erica LOVES a good Mystic tan!  The booth talks to you…tells you where to stand and exactly what to do.

~Let Me Boss You Around~ Go to tan in your nastiest gym or yoga clothes, something that you do not mind getting messed up.  It may take you a couple of times to figure out how to hold your hands and arms,(and when and if you want it to spray your face) but all in all it is pretty easy.  I am super duper pale, so I always go with the Light #2, Mollie has a darker skin tone and gets Medium.  If you have an event, I would suggest going the day before, just in case there are any mistakes and you need some time to correct them.  Feet and hands are the absolute hardest!   Just exfloliate and mosturize(can’t say it enough) and be sure and wipe the bottoms of your feet when you get out of the booth with a baby wipe(SCRUB)  The “blocker” that they have in the tanning room needs to go in any little tiny crevice you are worried might get orangey.  Elbows, knees, hands, belly button and(under the boobies, shhhh, can’t say that on here)  I always stand around outside of the booth and take my own precious time  air drying.  It’s the secret to not getting streaks and marks in weird places.  If you mess up, use a cotton ball with some nail polish remover to even out the a spots and a pumice or foot file to those feet.

~Maintain~  The more you exfloliate the more the tan comes off……so in the shower for the next few days I choose to use a very light body wash and then moisturize with a coco butter that I get at Whole Foods(Lord help me, I can not stay out of that place)   4 to 5 days is about the limit on how good your new tan will last, so on the 4th day….it’s back to square one and the exfoliation begins again!  WHOOOHOOO SCRUB!

I can’t deny, I have had my fair share of sunless mistakes and… Dr. Kris has been mistaken for Donatella Versace by her youngest child on one occasion. But as time goes by we learn new tricks and look tan and better all the time, with no wrinkles and no cancer(so that’s a good thing!)

You may not like it.  It may not be for you.  But as for me and the ladies at EMA…we will use the sunless!!

www.emabeauty.com


I will give you something to cry about!!!

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I will be the first to admit, I am a daddy’s girl, but these days I find myself calling my mom everyday for some random piece of advice or to tell her any little thing that the kids say.  She is my rock, and I am not sure why I have such a hard time telling her.  Something changes in women when they have children and for some reason it has made me soooo much closer to my mother.  She is quirky and crazy(I still roll my eyes several times a day while talking to her) But her strawberry freezer jam recipe will rival any southern mother’s and I am pretty sure her sweet tea has some kind of drug in it!! If you go to her house for a weekend you will know the menu for every meal before you get there and upon leaving you will realize you have gained at least 7lbs(probably will have learned an extra Bible verse or two)

I am super close to my friends and one of our favorite things to do is share all of the crazy stories about our mothers.  We have entire brunches based around, if its not one thing it’s your mother!   I asked them today what their favorite “mom quotes” were and I got an overwhelming response and a huge stream of text following about everyone’s mom.   “What do you mean you aren’t going to church?”  “Don’t plan life, LIVE life!”  “I will beat you with that.” and my all time favorite from Adella herself….”Do not reward yourself with food, Erica…you aren’t a dog!”  One friend said today, “I have never loved her more in my life.”  Awwwww….:)

All moms have different beauty secrets that they instill in us at a young age.  My mom just so happened to love Avon and MaryKay.  This was probably due to the fact that I grew up in podunk and the closest even Walmart was 25 miles away.  I can still remember my very first own bottle of Avon perfume, Sweet Honesty.  It is amazing that Mrs. Deeter didn’t kick me out of 4th grade for how strong the smell must have been!  Adella was always very, shall I say…forceful…in making me wash my face at night.   THANK GOD!  You can not imagine the amount of teenagers and even some 40 year olds that we have to beg make them wash their faces.  I am trying that same tactic(but now on the receiving end of the eye rolls)with Anna Katherine and Audrey with the help of Clarasonic:)  The second best thing she taught me was.. EXFOLIATE.  She swore by Mary Kay Gentle Creamy Cleanser with a cheap washcloth for 2o years. Third but most important, ‘Mamaw Della’ has never liked me to be tan.  She would tell me stories of how as a teenager she would lay out all day with baby oil and iodine and had the best looking tan legs, but always had an abundance of sunscreen around to keep me pasty and white!  The one that I remember the most is called Bullfrog.    Visit their website.  This stuff is still amazing, www.bullfrogsunscreen.com. I even saw it tonight at Whole Foods!  Use it all over you and all over your kids.  Heck, put it on your dog’s nose!  The more sun damage I see everyday, the more protection I use.

I have daughters, that are growing up faster than I did, I am pretty sure.  We spend countless hours painting nails, fixing hair and applying tons of glitter eyeshadow.  My bathroom is stocked to the brim with mascaras, eyelash curlers, lotions and nail polish…..but I am still teaching them the same “skin values”…..Don’t tan, wash your face, exfoliate, use sunscreen.  It has worked for my momma.  She looks great and hardly has any wrinkles at all!  Plus, She is extra sweet and beautiful inside.

Mother’s Day is Sunday and I can not wait to get there.  Mother’s Day gifts of Obagi in hand and ready to get spoiled rotten! Going to church and sitting in the same pew with my mom and grandmother. Then I am sure at lunch the advice concerning my love life will flow freely…I will try my best to not do too many eye rolls!  I am blessed to still get to hear that annoying advice. HA!!!!!

Love you, Mamaw Della!