All Natural Skincare Products + A Giveaway

Last year when I got pregnant I got serious. Not only about the foods I put into my body but also the products I put on my skin. So much of what what touches our skin seeps into our bloodstream. If you don’t want to eat crazy chemicals and pesticides for the sake of your child why would you continue to put even crazier chemicals on your skin?

I’m not perfect. I still use the same chemical-laden makeup that I’ve always used but I’m certainly more aware of reading product ingredients. I HAVE switched out my shampoo, face wash and moisturizer (things I use EVERY DAY) for those that rate 0 on the EWG Skin Deep Database. For those of you who don’t know who EWG is – they are the Environmental Working Group. A non-profit organization dedicated to protecting human health. Before buying products for myself or my son I always search for it in their database. A score of 0 on their “skin deep guide” means that there are no known harmful chemicals in the product.

Do you know what’s in your tap water? What about your shampoo? What’s lurking in the cleaners underneath your sink? What pesticides are on your food? How about the farms, fracking wells and factories in your local area? Do you know what safeguards they use to protect your water, soil, air and your kids? Which large agribusinesses get your tax dollars and why?  What are GMOs? What do they do to our land and water? – EWG

In recent months, Cian’s food allergies and eczema have forced me to be extra cautious with my product choices. You just never know what could be the trigger! I came across a company called Frangipani and immediately contacted the owner, Tracy to see if she would be willing to share more about her products with me.

Tracy suffered from the skin condition rosacea and wanted something more natural and gentler than the harsh chemicals and antibiotics her dermatologist was recommending. And so, in 2008 Frangipani was born. They offer safer, natural skin care products to people who are concerned about what they are applying to their skin. All Frangipani products are created without the use of harmful chemicals, synthetics, or additives, and prominently feature floral and other natural ingredients. That’s a 0 rating according to EWG!

frangipani-trial-sizeLets get to the fun part – the goodies I received from Tracy. Like Cian, I have sensitive/allergy prone skin that breaks out due to detergents, etc. so I chose the stress/environment triple set for oily skin.  This trial pack contained a Refreshing Lavender Face Wash, Protective Serum and Shea Butter Softening Lotion.  I also received a lavender body oil.


I’ve been using the trial pack since March and I still have product left. A little goes a long way! I’m really enjoying using the face wash in the shower every morning – the scent is AMAZING! I use the shea butter lotion and serum on my face before I go to bed – shea butter first, then serum. Not only are these products really moisturizing but I’ve noticed that my skin tone is more even too.  

I’m usually quite underwhelmed with products in general (chemical free or not, I’m a tough customer) but these products I will be purchasing again!

I’m starting to research natural, chemical-free alternatives to household cleaners, too. Anyone have any advice for me? I’d love to hear your thoughts and recommendations!

Now to the GIVEAWAY! Tracy is offering a trial-size pack of choice to ONE lucky Wife in Progress reader! That’s a 3 month supply! I know you will love these products as much as I do so please enter below and share with your friends!

How to Successfully Mix Design Styles

I regularly get comments and emails from my readers asking how to incorporate a piece of furniture that they’ve either inherited/rescued/picked up at a thriftstore. Oftentimes, the piece itself is beautiful but might not initially appear to blend well with their existing style. Recently, challenged me to design a mood board to show how Mid-Century Modern furniture is perfect to mix ‘n’ match. What a perfect opportunity to share my golden rules to successfully mix and design styles!

Today I’m going to show you how to take a mid-century credenza dresser and incorporate it into three very distinct styles – neither of which naturally have a mid century aesthetic. I’m choosing this credenza because mid century furniture is SUPER popular right now (I even have a similar piece in Cian’s nursery that I refinished) thanks to shows like Mad Men. You might not realize it but this era lends itself to an eclectic mix of furniture capitalizing on the mish mosh effect. 

Down to business. Here’s the piece I’m starting with:

Mid-Century Walnut Credenza Dresser

I’ve chosen a dining room setting to stage but the same 3 principals (my design formula or “rules”!)  will apply to any room in your home. If you loosely stick to this formula you can’t go wrong.

1. Mix and match metals, colors and textures but nothing should stand alone. I try to have each color and metal appear at least twice so that it seems intentional and cohesive. 

2. Ground your design with something natural – be that some greenery, wood or even a jute rug.

3. Have fun and don’t be afraid. What’s the worst that can happen?

My first example of a staged dining room is based around someone who loves the Rustic Farmhouse look. He or she has already purchased an expensive table and chairs but really wants to incorporate a beautiful mid century dresser, lamp and light fixture into the space.

how to successfully mix design styles

Mirror | Bowl | Jug/Vase | Boxwood Wreath | Dining Chair | Table Runner | Farmhouse Table

You can see how the wood element is clearly repeated between the table, dresser and decorative bowl. The metals repeat in the light fixture, lamp and mirror and the space is grounded with some natural elements in the form of the covered chair, boxwood wreath and linen table runner. 

Think a beach house can’t pull off a mid century piece of furniture? Think again! In this mood board both the dresser and chandelier are mid-century pieces.
how to successfully mix design styles

Lamps | Shelves | Anchor | Rug | Faux Flowers in Vase| Dinnerware Set | Chairs | Table

I love designing mood boards. It’s such fun :-) Again, I’m following my formula – the blues and greens appear twice (although the chandelier mimics the blues too), there’s two wooden elements and the space is pulled together with the addition of a jute rug. There’s lots of texture going on here too – from the tufted chairs, to the lamp bases and finally to the light fixture. Texture is good!

And lastly, how about..
how to successfully mix design styles

Clock | Print | Shelves | Chandelier | Chair | Table | Flower Pot | Rug

Isn’t that cute? I found this one the most difficult to do – mostly because this design aesthetic doesn’t come naturally to me. It’s tempting to go over board with “whitewashed” colors here – whites, beiges, light grays – so this space really needed another wooden accent to help the dresser mesh.  Both the shelves and side chair really accomplish that without making the space feel too heavy.

Well, that’s it for today. This was a fun challenge for me to take on and hopefully some of these mood boards have inspired you to add some mid-century pieces to your home! My design rules have not let me down yet so I hope they will work for you, too! And of course,if you’re stuck for ideas on how to incorporate a piece of furniture, feel free to drop me an email or a comment! 

Have a great weekend!

Raspberry Lemonade Sorbet

Raspberry Lemonade Sorbet

As a result of my allergy-friendly elimination diet, all dairy is a complete no-no. What’s a girl to do when it’s 85 degrees in May and she has a hankerin’ for ice-cream? Make sorbet that’s what!

This yummy Raspberry Lemonade Sorbet is easy to whip up and doesn’t require an ice-cream machine. PLUS it only has 4 ingredients: Driscoll’s raspberries, lemons, sugar and water.

raspberry sorbet

This was my first time making sorbet and it turned out really well. It’s creamy, packed full of flavor and really is the perfect raspberry dessert.
raspberry sorbet

You could easily switch up the ingredients to whatever tickles your fancy, too. Once this batch is gone I’m going to try it with some dairy free dark chocolate chips. YUM! 

My husband was quick to point out that this would make a fabulous adult beverage or dessert. Just add some rum or tequila. Since alcohol doesn’t freeze it would make it creamier, too!

raspberry lemonade frozen margarita


Let me know if you try this recipe and what yummy flavor combinations you come up with!

Raspberry Lemonade Sorbet
A delicious raspberry lemon sorbet. No ice cream machine needed!
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Prep Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
  1. 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
  2. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  3. 5 cups fresh Driscoll's raspberries
  4. 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  5. 2 cups water
  1. In a 2-quart saucepan, bring 2 cups water and sugar to a boil, stirring to dissolve. Reduce heat to low and simmer, without stirring, to make a simple syrup, for 5 minutes.
  2. Pour the syrup into a medium bowl, stir in vanilla extract, and transfer to the freezer to let chill for 15 minutes.
  3. Purée the raspberries with the syrup in a blender or food processor until smooth. Scrape the purée through a fine sieve into a bowl; discard the seeds. Stir lemon juice into the raspberry purée.
  4. Pour into a shallow non-stick cake pan or cookie tray.
  5. Freeze until solid.
  6. Remove from freezer and break the mixture up into pieces. In small batches, put into the blender and liquidize until smooth.
  7. Pour into a container (I used regular tupperware) and freeze.
  8. Allow to soften slightly before serving.
Great tip
  1. Add rum or tequila for a fun frozen drink
  2. For the kids, instead of making sorbet, pour the first round of liquid into freezer pop moulds
Adapted from Saveur
Adapted from Saveur
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raspberry sorbet recipe

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