charcoal + clay face mask

my go-to face mask! i aim to do this mask once a week, & even a few days in a row if blemishes are tryna party it up on my face!

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-  1/2 tbsp. bentonite clay (made from volcanic ash, rich in minerals so it unplugs pores, clarifies skin tone & decreases breakout inflammation)
-  1/2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
-  1 tsp raw honey //when unpasteurized, honey has probiotic + antibacterial properties. it also removes impurities & moisturizes!)
-  1 tsp activated charcoal (binds to dirt in your pores & decreases pore size)
-  1 drop of lavender + 1 drop of tea tree (both EO's are amazing for skin support)
-  whisk together (with a wooden spoon) & apply liberally to face! let sit for 20 minutes & then wash off with a wash cloth or in the shower 💫

if you have sensitive skin, you may want to go lighter on the ACV & heavier on the honey. some people's skin needs to gradually adjust to the vinegar. 

how to do an herbal facial steam

herbal facial steams are the new kid on the block.


how to get your facial steam on:
1.  start with a freshly washed face. boil 3 cups of water & pour over 2 tablespoons of herbs + flowers. i make my own blend of:
🌾lavender (decreases inflammation & promotes relaxation) 🌹 rose petals (high in antioxidants & helps skin retain moisture leaving it soft/hydrated) 🌼 calendula flowers (stimulates collagen production) 🌱 nutrient filled nettle leaves 🌿 2 drops of rosemary essential oil (can help protect skin cells from damage often caused by the sun & free radicals)
2. cover & let steep for 2 minutes. remove cover & position your face over the bowl while draping a towel over your head to catch the steam! that's where all the good stuff is. you want to let the magic soak into your skin plus breathe it all in.
3. open the sides of the towels if it gets too hot! steam away for 5-10 minutes total, taking deep breathes & rotating your face to get full coverage. follow with toner & moisturizer/face oil 💆🏼
the benefits? deep cleanses your pores. relieves stress. tightens your skin. gives it glow ✨

DIY Outdoor Curtain Nook


Our house is a fairly small & cozy space, with a yard that matches the small category, but not the cozy one. Up until recently, our fenced in side yard became a catch-all area for stuff that didn't quite make it from the house to the garage, messy potting supplies, various shovels, & most unappealingly, our Great Dane's very great bowel movements ;) You get the picture. It was pretty dumpy, very disorganized, & overall not a place I wanted to spend any time in. 

After growing tired of not utilizing the space (however minimal it may be), I decided it was to time to spruce it up & add some coziness! After throwing around a bunch of different ideas in my head, I landed on maximizing the space & creating a homey, nook-like area with curtains, to have fires in the wintertime, or grill out in the summertime.

Scroll along to see how the project went down!

Here are the curtains we used: click here! They are Easy Rod Pocket Curtains in Raw Silk Crepe Lily (same ones we used in our living room curtain project, if you remember that project!)

I love these curtains because they're a beautiful shade of white with a sheer texture that gives a very flow-y feel to them. After choosing the curtains, we purchased the rest of the materials at Home Depot, which included thick wire, a few hardware pieces to fasten the wire ends into loops, and eyelet hooks to install into the side of the house as well as two wooden posts we had put in awhile back. The key to this setup is to have four different anchor spots to hang the curtains from, & thus create the enclosed, nook area. Our particular space butts up to the side of our house so we used the house as 2 of the anchor points & previously installed posts as the other 2. This could look different depending on your space, for instance, a high enough fence would do the trick.

The first step of the project was measuring out the wires, creating the loops, and then drilling and installing the eyelet hooks and wires, as seen above! Once the anchors were in place, we added a hook to the corner of the wires, & then begun to string the curtain panels onto the wires. With thick wire, I recommend putting a small piece of duct tape on the end to protect your fingers as well as to assist in the wire sliding through the rod pocket without snagging the curtains. After the curtains were strung through, we looped the end of the wire & added a hook. 

Next up, hang those curtains! The final task was finishing touches. We chose to add some globe lights, a thrifted woven rug, chairs, & a fire pit of course. I truly love the final look & cozy feel. Our side-yard went from a hodgepodge storing area to a homey nook to relax in, thanks to some creativity & curtains! I'll be taking over the Instagram this week, so follow along to get a chance at winning a $100 gift card! Use the code abigailgreen to get 20% off your order until 2/28.

As always, thanks for reading. May this project inspire you to make the most out of your small spaces too.