Thursday, November 27, 2014


This is my second SEACRET™ post this week - but there is a method to my madness...

SEACRET™ is having a Black Friday sale with items up to 75% off that SOLD OUT last year - so I'm trying to give you both reason and time to get your order in before the same thing happens again tomorrow.

Okay, I have to address the obvious here:  this is a home, family, lifestyle, craft, recipe, DIY blog - I know that - those are my favourite things so that's what I want this blog to be about....
when I learn, try or hear about something amazing, I can't help but want to share it with you.

If you've been following me for any period of time you know that my skincare regime only really began about 4 months ago.  Up until then it was soap and a facecloth and a bit of skin cream if I was so stiff I couldn't smile.

Since then I've tried a couple of things from a few companies and have become a convert!

What is SEACRET™?
The Dead Sea is an ancient salt water lake located in Israel, and is a highly concentrated source of minerals and salt. For ages, the Dead Sea has been a destination for travelers all over the world for the incredible effect it seems to have on the skin. The Dead Sea’s unique composition of natural minerals is produced from the dissolving surface salt created in the lake’s gradual water evaporation process. The compound is then refined through solar radiation which neutralizes the sodium chloride in the salt and leaves only the mineral-rich compound in the evaporation pool. The final compound results in a total of 26 minerals, making this one of the richest sources of naturally occurring minerals in the world.
Through our products, we have tried to capture this experience, by bringing the high concentration of these Dead Sea minerals to every product we make.

The other day you saw my post on the SEACRET™ Mineral-rich Peeling Gel, and today you're going to learn about the SEACRET™ M4 Mineral-rich Magnetic Mud Mask.

You read that right - magnetic.

This product is best suited for normal to oily skin because it actually leaves essential oils on your skin.

First off - me before:

No photo editing done except to sharpen the image so you could see every little glisten of oil and every single sun-damaged freckle.

You apply this much (that's the end of a teaspoon - or roughly the size of your pinky nail) to your face.
You DON'T rub this in, or apply any pressure.
Just gently wipe it all over.

It's a little sparce-looking for a mask, but if you've applied it in gentle wipes, to a dry face, it should look like this.

The deets:
SEACRET™’s Dead Sea cosmetics revolutionary Mineral-rich Magnetic Mud Mask (M4) revives your skin through the power of Biomagnetism. As you run the magnet over your face, the iron powder in the mask is magnetized, creating microelectric currents that gently relax your skin. At the same time, Dead Sea minerals, essential oils, ad Vitamin PRO B5 and E moisturize, nurture, and rejuvenate. The result: smoother, more radiant, healthier and younger-looking skin.
This little container will last you 8 MONTHS using it as above.  
The little black thing next to the jar is the magnet that you receive to remove the mask.

Leave your mask on for 3 minutes.  That's it.
(let me tell you - this stuff smells SO GOOD.)

Watch this;
wipe the magnet down your face - no pressure, just a light wipe - and watch the iron from the mask zing over to it.

When you're done wiping, you'll notice that your skin might be a little bit pink - this is because the magnet drew out the iron from your skin and brought the blood vessels to the surface.
You're left with a silky smooth layer of essential oils on your skin.
These absorb within minutes and your face feels like satin.

I'm sitting here hours later and I'm not exaggerating - SATIN!

One of my objectives on this blog is to be objective.
I want to tell you what I learn and share great ideas, but I'm not going to post just anything without doing a bit of due-diligence.

I've surfed the internet and have seen all sorts of sites that have reviewed SEACRET™ and it's products...

There are some negative reviews - I found them, so no point lying - you will too.

One negative review was that the sales force (particularly those manning mall kiosks) were overly aggressive.
Alanna has confirmed for me that SEACRET™ no longer does mall kiosks for this particular reason.  To top it off, I've been meeting with Alanna and can honestly tell you she is so warm and gentle and kind - and hasn't pushed a single thing on me.  All of these posts have been done from samples from her own kit.  Truthfully, I'm referring you directly to Alanna so that you don't encounter anyone I can't vouch for personally.

Another negative review was about the pricing.
SEACRET™ is not cheap.  Nothing of quality is.  The price points on these products are comparable to other high-end lines, but for many of us that's still out of reach.
That's why this post today - tomorrow is SEACRET™'s Black Friday Sale!  Now is the time to get these premium products at Oil of Olay prices!
For example:  The M4 Mineral-rich Magnetic Mask I'm writing about today retails for $249.95.  If you order tonight, Alanna can get you VIP pricing of $105.99!
I told you it lasts 8 months right?  Breaking it down, that's $13 per month or ~$3 per mask (you use this once per week).
Worst case, buy a jar and split it with a friend!

Thinking about the Mineral-rich Peeling Gel from the other day?  Retail price is $81.89, but you can get it through this sale for $54.99!  (even cheaper if you spend $99 in product).

In all the research I did to find out the downside of SEACRET™ - nowhere did I find a review that said the products were less than stellar.  EVERYONE that took the time to write a review commented on how fabulous this product line is - anything less than 5 stars was attributed to the points I addressed above.

Now for the SALE!
Check out these prices! (Click the link for a larger version)
*All prices shown are in Cdn currency

Black Friday Sale - Retail discounts

If you buy $99 in product - even at the sale prices - you qualify for VIP pricing - which is EVEN BETTER!

Black Friday Sale - VIP Pricing

I've also heard that the Mud Soap lasts 6 MONTHS and is BETTER for acne prone skin than even Pro-Active.

$11.99 - certainly worth a try right?  Into my stocking that goes as well!

Contact Alanna ASAP to get in on the Black Friday sale - it really did sell out last year!


Have a great one!

*This is a sponsored post, but the opinions expressed are true and sincere.  In my experience and testing of the Seacret products, I have become a true fan!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The best way to deliver eye drops

This one will be so quick you won't believe it!

In fact, putting the eyedrops in will also be so quick you won't believe it!

Instead of staring into the bottle waiting for the dreaded drop and hoping that your eyes stay open - try tilting your head.

Yup - that's it!

Stare into the mirror and place the eyedrop bottle off to the outside of your eye.  You can see where it's going to go - but you don't actually see it coming!

One, two and done!

(I may have gone a little too-crazy with the airbrushing. lol)

This works especially well with kids.  Have them lay on the bed and stare at you while you sneak the drops in from the side.  It's done before they even know it!

Trust me - I'm a sufferer of dry-eye and this is the easiest way to get them in!

 Have a great one!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

DIY Tissue Paper Poms

Another paper craft today...
- I'm already missing my furniture refinishing time in the garage. (sniff, sniff)

Since we had about 6" on the ground the other day, and since Chloe had a Spa Birthday Party to prepare for, it seemed like a great time to document how I make tissue paper pom poms.
AKA tissue paper flowers.

These can be made in any sizes, but for our birthday we wanted BIG!

Dollarama sells packages of tissue paper with 20 sheets per package.
Each pom takes 10 sheets, so you can make a substantial decoration for just $0.50.

First up - count out 10 sheets of tissue paper:

Fold one edge up approximately 1" (2.5cm) on the short edge.  (I've tried doing it on the long edge and the pom is kind of gangly looking)

Then flip the paper over and fold it back again.
Zig zag, or accordion fold, all the way to the end of the sheets.

Once you're done, it should look like this:

Fold in half.

I use a bit of floral wire to tie the centre into place, but you could use string or twine.

If you are planning on hanging your flowers/poms, now's the time you want to string some fishing line through as well.  Leave a long enough tail that it will extend far past the ends of the tissue.

Two options here;  
you can cut the ends of the folded tissue to a point (like here) and you will end up with a chrysanthemum-looking flower.
OR, you can cut the edge to be more rounded and flat and you will end up with a dahlia-type flower.

Since you have another set of sheets of tissue paper, why not to one of each?

GENTLY separate out one layer of tissue at a time, alternating sides.
It will probably rip the first few times you try, but you'll get the feel of it, and the poms are pretty puffy and forgiving, so don't worry too much.

Once you've completed one half, start opening the layers on the other half of the wire.

Once you're done, just give it a little fluff and hang or set on surfaces for a great decoration!

Better still, at the end of the party give them to the kids as part of their goodie bags and you'll be left with no mess to clean up either!

Wouldn't this make a cute Holiday centrepiece?  Maybe with a small (battery operated) candle in the middle?

Or make several sizes in white and hang them to look like a snowfall?

These would also be perfect for an indoor snowball fight!

Ideas, ideas!
You may see another version of this post again soon. lol

Have a great one!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Wine, Women & Shopping

I went to a fundraiser last Thursday in support of My Sister's Place.

The event is called "Wine, Women & Shopping" and with that title and fantastic cause, it's no wonder they sell out every single year.

Over 500 women bought tickets to help raise money for My Sister's Place and vendors set up tables to allow for our shopping frenzy.

What an incredible event!  

Dinner was wonderful, the company was fantastic and the cause was/is exemplary.
(If you have a chance to get tickets next year, you must go!)

Now, I wouldn't normally blog about a social function - regardless of how worthy - because this blog is more about crafting, DIY, home, family etc.


I found some vendors at the event that fit those categories and were just brilliant in their ideas and products...

First up, "One of a Kind Boots, Shoes and Accessories".
I think I went back to this table at least 6 times pining over these booties!  Aren't they stunning?!
If only Canadian winters allowed for this kind of heel I would have worn them home that night!

Not just booties and heels either; every boot is a one-of-a-kind work of art.

Here we have Ms. Terry sporting her new pair and her famous capelettes that she sells.

Terry knits while Hubby watches television and she creates these one-of-a-kind capelettes that are SO warm and comfortable - not to mention elegant.

One table over we had Donna and Dave who make these beauties;

... in their basement!  She and Dave have three looms that they create these masterpieces with right in their own home!
In speaking with them, they mentioned that they are considering winding their business down....  
I say we don't let them!
(but just in case our pleas aren't heard, you'd better get yours while the 'getting's good'.

This little beauty somehow slipped into my bag while I wasn't looking?
Technically, I was paying for it, but I wasn't looking as it was bagged - so that counts right?
Hubby, I have almost no idea how that got in there?!

A few booths over I met Mary from Meyer's - The Coat Store.

The coats were gorgeous of course, but what impressed me the most was this little guy:

There's not much leniency in the world for fur coats anymore, so many people have Grandma's mink stored away, never to see the light of day. 

What if that coat was repurposed into something that could be set on display, or perhaps loved by a child?  Creating these little teddy bears doesn't kill any more animals - I'm not endorsing furs here - I'm endorsing repurposing of something to create a new memory and/or value to the life that was already given.

If you are brave enough to wear fur - Mary can also take those coats and turn them into something current and trendy.

Remember - repurpose, recycle - DON'T kill any more animals.

I love new ideas and I love talented and creative people, so I just wanted to showcase a few things that made this event so entertaining for me.

Support small business everyone - and this Holiday Season, find a cause close to your heart and support them in some way.


Debra - One of a Kind Boots, Shoes & Accessories
e-mail Debra, or PM her through the Facebook links above for Distributor pricing.

Donna Zavitz Handwovens.
Not on Facebook, but can be contacted through this link.

Mary @ Meyer's - The Coat Store

Terry Woods - Capelettes
Facebook page

Have a great one!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Great Gift Idea: Beauty

This is a great gift idea that I want as well;
Seacret Mineral-rich peeling gel.

I know, there are a million exfoliators out there all claiming to have incredible effects - but this one I've tried and can tell you honestly, I was SHOCKED.

I took a small dab of the clear gel and rubbed it on my dry face and look:

Those white bits are my skin!

Dead skin that peeled off!

No airbrushing, no photo tricks - I just wiped the gel on my face and gently rubbed and this happened!

Shocked (and slightly disgusted).  No micro-beads to damage the environment, no harsh seeds to damage your skin.

You use this once per week to slough off dead skin cells and leave your face feeling silky smooth and creamy looking.

I've waited several days before posting this, just to be sure I didn't have a massive breakout following the cleansing and nothing... my face is still clean and smooth as the day I did it.

Seriously Hubby, I really would like a jar of this under the tree for me (please?)

$82 Cdn/$70 US and it will last you 6 months.  
(That's ~$13 Cdn/$12 US per month)


Dead Sea Minerals - Maris Sal

Within the Dead Sea exists 26 naturally occurring essential minerals, which are known popularly as the variety of vitamins and supplements we take every day. Their uses in skin care include rejuvenating, moisturizing, and nourishing properties, among others. These minerals include: calcium, zinc, magnesium, potassium, sulfur, phosphorus, sodium, lithium, boron, bromine, strontium, manganese and many more.

Now you didn't hear it here, but there is rumour that there might be a Black Friday sale coming up?  Contact Alanna for more information and to be added to the FB page listing the deals.

Contact Alanna to learn about preferred pricing and to order directly.


*This is a sponsored post, but the opinions expressed are sincere and my honest opinion of this product - having personally tested it out, on my own face, and I really do want a jar for Christmas.

Have a great one!

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Saturday, November 22, 2014


I mentioned last week that I was interviewed for a podcast on LondonPreneurs.

Michelle (of Carter Creations and founder of LondonPreneurs) was so kind and welcoming, it was like having a conversation with a good friend.... as you'll hear.  
(I got a bit of verbal diarrhea going and the poor woman couldn't get a word in edge-wise.)

Podcast here 

Click here to go directly to LondonPreneurs

What Michelle offers through LondonPreneurs is an incredible opportunity for business owners in London and surrounding area:  it's more than networking, it's about learning.  I had no idea how many independent business owners there were around here.  Not necessarily Mary Kay or Tupperware - who are under a larger corporate umbrella - but truly independent entrepreneurs who have taken the leap of faith that what they offer is of value to someone else.

I've been to my fair share of networking meetings and it's nice to shake hands and give out business cards - but Michelle is offering you insight into what the businesses actually do and provide.  A central source to learn without any sales pressure.  An opportunity to advertise (on her site) within reasonable rates (which small businesses need) and an online source of networking.

Check out the LondonPreneurs site and get a small taste of what SouthWestern Ontario brings to the plate.  A lot of services, including Michelle's, are available internationally through the web - so there is value here for everyone.

Now in reciprocation of Michelle's kindness in having me on her show, a small plug for her other business:  Carter Creations - a Canadian Web Media Company

A web site is a great start to share your story in a noisy social marketplace. Tools and strategies are just a brainstorm away! Let's discover your niche and I will show just how easy and low risk starting an online business can be.

Michelle provides website design and continuity programming to keep your website congruent and consistent with all of your other social media platforms.
No point having a great site if your Facebook page doesn't express the same professionalism or branding.

Better still - Michelle's prices are SPECTACULAR!
A new website was on my wishlist for 2015, but I was terrified of how much it would cost (prices range from $6,000 to $20,000 depending on specifications and requirements*)

Michelle was able to come up with an alternative that would/will only leave me out-of-pocket roughly $1,500 - $2,000 using some of the best programming available on the web.

*This is a sponsored post, but the opinions expressed are honest and sincere - and with a little luck and a few more advertisers, you will be seeing Carter Creations work right here on 100T2D!

  Have a great one!