Simple Clay Face Mask Recipe

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I love a good clay mask to draw out impurities and leave skin feeling unbelievably soft. You don’t have to rely on drug store mask packets with who-knows-what as ingredients. Instead you can make your own purifying clay mask yourself at home with just a few simple ingredients. I use this mask once a month as a part of my skin care routine. Here’s what you need:

A non metal bowl

Non-metal measuring tablespoon

Non-metal mixing spoon

Bentonite clay

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Lavender essential oil

Simply mix equal parts clay powder and vinegar together (I use 2 Tbsps each). Add 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil. Mix. Apply all over face, avoiding eyes and mouth (obviously). Let sit for 20 minutes. FYI— You will not be able to carry on a conversation while wearing this mask, so plan accordingly.

After 20 minutes, wet a wash cloth with warm water, and using a circular motion, remove the clay. Follow your regular post cleansing routine. Ta-Da! B-bye, blackheads! Hello clean, beautiful skin!

My All Natural Daily, Weekly, & Monthly Skin Care Regimen

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I turned 39 a little over a month ago, and for the first time noticed signs of aging on my face. As a busy mother of three, I, admittedly, haven’t spent a whole lot of time caring for myself. My skin care routine consisted of washing my face with soap and water, followed by a little coconut oil to combat the dryness. I realized that I am getting older…there is no denying it anymore, and it’s time to up my skin care game. As part of my 40 by 40 list, I decided to come up with a skin care regimen. Just a note, don’t wait until you are in your late 30’s to start caring for your skin. Start young, and be consistent.

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My skin tends to be dry, especially in the winter (Canadian winters can be especially harsh). I needed to come up with a routine that helped keep my skin moisturized. It is also important to me that the products that I put on my skin daily are safe and natural. Here is what I came up with:


My morning and evening routines are the same. I wash my face with Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castille Soap. I love this because you only need a couple of drops to work up a lather, so one bottle will last a very long time. After I wash my face, I pat it lightly dry. I then rub together a dollop of Sukin Facial Moisturizer and 5-6 drops of Jojoba oil, and I work it into my face and neck. I always find it amazing how well this moisturizer absorbs into my skin.


Once a week, I like to do a Honey and Brown Sugar Scrub. I love how it leaves my face feeling so soft and smooth. Honey has some great natural moisturizing and anti-bacterial properties which is great for tackling both dry skin and hair.


Once a month, I deep clean with a home made clay mask, using Bentonite Clay. This mask is great for combating blackheads and acne. Sometimes, I also use it in my hair to restore my hair’s shine and add life to my curls.

My skin has dramatically changed for the better, even in just one month of implementing this skin care routine. I am even noticing that my fine lines are less prominent!

My Mid-Life Audit and my 40 by 40 List

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There is something about reaching what could possibly be the halfway point of your lifespan that makes you want to pause and take stock of your life. Is it just me? I find myself looking back and asking these questions:

“Am I where I thought I would be in life?”

“Did I accomplish what I set out to do?”

“Am I happy with how I have lived so far?”

“Is there anything I would change?”

“What needs to change moving forward?”

“What is really important?”

“What did I consider to be important that no longer holds that much weight?”

“What lessons have I learned?”

“What have I learned about myself?”

I am an introvert, and maybe I tend to be more introspective than the average human. However, this is the first time I have ever given real thought to these questions. There can be a tendency to look back “on the good ole days” and the dreams I had that were left uncharted, and I could feel like a failure. I would rather take a genuine look back, as the older and wiser person I am today, and redefine what success means to me.

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What I have found is that the greatest successes usually occur in the seemingly small and mundane things, and mostly go unnoticed and unrewarded. But it does not make them less valuable just because nobody see them. I am shaped as much by the small successes as I am by the large ones.

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In an effort to be more present and aware of my life and intentions, I decided to create a 40 by 40 list. Forty things that I want to accomplish by the time I turn forty. Some of these things would be epic, should I be able to accomplish them. Others are really small, yet significant to me. Some are just for fun.

My 40 by 40 List:

  1. Write and publish a book.

  2. Start a successful business.

  3. Make a close friend.

  4. Pay off all debt.

  5. Get into peak physical shape.

  6. Discover my ministry.

  7. Get a meaningful tattoo.

  8. Go on a vacation (It’s been 10 years!!).

  9. Watch a sunrise.

  10. Learn a new skill.

  11. Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years.

  12. Go on a spontaneous adventure.

  13. Donate blood.

  14. Get a new piercing (nose maybe).

  15. Make a viral video.

  16. Host a block party.

  17. Meet my father’s side of the family.

  18. Renew my wedding vows.

  19. Take a second honeymoon.

  20. Flip a house.

  21. Host a charity event.

  22. See a Broadway play on Broadway.

  23. Make an apple pie from scratch.

  24. Establish a skin care regimen.

  25. Do a retreat weekend.

  26. Complete a large puzzle.

  27. Host a game night.

  28. Go to a hockey game.

  29. Take, Print, and Display family portrait (really bad about pictures).

  30. Get brows expertly shaped.

  31. Discover my signature look.

  32. Go skiing.

  33. Build a snowman with the kids.

  34. Ice skate on the Rideau Canal.

  35. Apply for my dream job.

  36. Go fishing.

  37. Redesign Master bedroom.

  38. Take a class.

  39. Start a couple tradition.

  40. Design and finish basement.

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There is my list. Some things will be more of a challenge to accomplish than others. Some things hold more significance than others, but it will be fun to see how much I can check off in the next year. What about you? What’s on your list? Share in the comments!