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Just wanted to say Hello!

My morning with Jane Wurwand

I am still over the moon, hours later, after being in the same room with Jane Wurwand, founder of Dermalogica. She is brilliant, creative, innovative, and nothing stops her. She is a class act and is an incredible story teller. Incredible.

She is funny too.

Did you know…  Dermalogica was started with $14,000 in 1983 and now it is the largest skincare line in the world? The world!

After the grand tour of the Dermalogica facility in LA, about 150 women joined one another in the auditorium to hear from Jane, herself. Jane is a brilliant storyteller. She shared her story, everything from her childhood, the big move from England, and the idea to start teaching skin care. All of this, and more continues to shape her into the entrepreneur she is. Several times I got chills as Jane Wurwand was speaking. She had so many little nuggets of wisdom to pass on.

Jane shared with us 6 lessons learned as was building Dermalogica:

1. Your authenticity is your strength. Your uniqueness is the very thing you must embrace.
“Be yourself, everyone else is taken.” Oscar Wilde

2. Get the safe idea – the one that makes sense. Now stretch for the BIG idea, that big scary idea that makes you different.

3. Thrive on pressure. Once the pressure comes, there is no going back. Don’t relax under the pressure. Focus & stay calm.

4. NO is easier to do, but YES is easier to say. No lets us choose our Yeses.

5. “Eat the Frog”  There’s an old saying that if you eat a live frog in the morning, nothing worse can happen for the rest of the day! Your “frog” should be the most difficult item on your to-do list.

6. Be frugal. Spend where it matters. There is always another way to do things, be creative.


This is just the tip of the iceberg. Jane had so much more to say and right now her words are pulsing through my mind. She is such an inspiring woman.

Driving home from listening to Jane I had several moments where inspiration struck. Ideas starting flowing freely. I love that feeling! Especially because I have been stressed this past week over an event that I helped plan and carry out over the weekend (that’s another story). I felt as thought my mind had been a little over-crowded.

Today my mind was clear and open. And tomorrow I am going to eat that frog!


Beauty Tip: Baking Soda

Generally, I am the girl who stands by the old adage, “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.”  This holds true to my facial routine. I have not changed my daily routine for 20 years (OK – that just made me feel old).  Anyway,  with the exception of adding a night cream, it’s true I am stuck to my tried and true Cetaphil.

I recently made a new friend. She is beautiful and has gorgeous skin. GORGEOUS! She is in her 50′s and her skin is flawless!  So, me being a curious cat, I asked…  She spilled her secret beauty aid…

BAKING SODA my friends!


Have I been living under a rock? I had never heard of using Baking Soda to exfoliate or as a mask.

Then my new friend offered more secrets. She suggested to add baking soda to my shampoo once an a while to rid the hair of residue and product build up.

I love a good beauty tip, but as I mentioned before I am a little shy about changing up my facial routine, especially without doing a bit of research on the ol’ interwebs.

I found several blogs & sites mentioning the benefits (and dangers if used too often) and not only is Baking Soda great for an exfoliate, I discovered that Baking Soda is the little box with a million uses. The Arm & Hammer site lists quite a few practical, everyday uses for this little powder, including:

Facial & Body Exfoliator

Hair Care

Baby Spills on Carpet

Freshen Sheets

Laundry Stains

Silver Polish

Let’s not forget about the kids:

Water Colors

Play Clay

Erupting Volcanos

Who knew you could exfoliate, clean stains, polish silver, and make clay all with the same product. Like I said, a box with a million uses.Check out Arm & Hammer’s Solutions page for more uses.

I started using baking soda to exfoliate and so far I love it. It’s been a few weeks and I have noticed a new “glow” and my skin feels softer.

I have been told that it will dry out your skin. I always moisturize with an SPF facial cream, so I have not noticed dryer skin.

Have you used Baking Soda as a beauty aid? I want to know what you think about it.


Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for this post. I got a beauty tip from a friend and tried it out. That is all.


Perfect end to my day

After a day like today the only way to wind down is pamper myself to a mani/pedi.


Thank you Tina for treating me like a Queen and massaging away the frustration from my toddler daughter spitting on me because it’s a fun, new trick she learned at her play date today.