All posts for the month August, 2012

Bling out sister!!

Published August 26, 2012 by TrueLifeDiva Sparkles and Shines

Bling out sister!!!

When you look good, you feel good or make it until you fake it.  Both of these sayings apply to image and self-esteem.  When I’m wearing a cute outfit I walk a little taller, hold my chin a little higher, and heads turn when I walk by.   When I first began my fitness journey, I was carrying extra weight and I hid under baggy workout gear.  Often times I didn’t even bother to match, which is a big thing if you know me at all ;-).  But as the weight came off and the muscles emerged, I began to desire more style in my gym attire.  I’ve blogged in the past about shopping for deals online and clearance racks at the mall.  Now comes a new chapter….


Take for example this ensemble from a previous post.  I am wearing a fedora with white band.  A custom shredded tank top with silver glitter fabric paint details over a silver bikini top.  The coordinating yoga pants feature a white asymmetrical waistband customized with silver glitter paint and Rhinestone accents.  The whole outfit came in under $40 and was the envy of that days Zumbathon 😉

I’ve been on a blinging frenzy, buying up hotfix rhinestones on Ebay and glitter paint from Joann Fabrics in every color. 

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P.S. Here’s a big fashion DON’T I’m seeing a lot of the young girls doing at the gym… I don’t wanna know you wax in order to wear your pants so low, eeeewwwww!!!!!!









Tell us what tricks do you use to feel excited about working out?  A new outfit?  New running shoes? Fabulous smelling lotion to smooth on after working out? Download new songs to your playlist?

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Coconut lotion bars

Published August 25, 2012 by TrueLifeDiva Sparkles and Shines

Arts and Crafts, y’all!!!

“The following article and recipe

used without permission due to

lack of knowledge on how to do so.

I left the links, hopefully this is

enough for me to escape being

sued… ” TLD


Home-made Coconut Lotion Bars

Originally Posted on July 9, 2012

photo of coconut oil lotion bars

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by Katie


Coconut Oil‘s nourishing properties make it an excellent skin lotion and

homemade lotion bars make it even easier to apply. Lotion bars are very

moisturizing and incredibly easy to make with only a few ingredients.

No liquid ingredients are used so no emulsifying or preservatives

are needed.



Uses for Lotion Bars:

I often give lotion bars as gifts since they can be easily customized with

essential oils or natural scents. They are completely natural and

safe on babies and children. The coconut oil and shea butter

create a natural SPF of about 5, which make them ideal for

outdoor activities. My personal favorite uses for lotion bars are:

  • To soften and protect dry skin
  • During pregnancy to prevent stretch marks
  • On sensitive baby skin to help sooth diaper rash or eczema
  • To sooth dry skin from rashes, eczema or psoriasis
  • After shaving to prevent dry skin
  • As a nighttime facial moisturizer
  • After doing dishes to moisturize hands




  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
  • 2/3 cup Beeswax Pastilles or grated beeswax
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • Optional: Essential Oils for scent



How to Make:

When I first started making this recipe I used a double boiler and blender

before I realized that there was a much easier way that didn’t require

excessive dishes.  Here’s the easy way (my blender thanks you!):

Combine ingredients in a quart size or larger glass mason jar or

reused glass jar.  Fill a medium size saucepan with a couple

inches of water and place on a burner over medium high

heat. I recommend putting a lid on the jar to prevent water

from getting in as this ruins the lotion bars.

Bring the water to a simmer and stir or shake the contents of

the jar until completely melted. This should take about ten

minutes. Quickly pour into whatever molds you are using.

I highly recommend silicon muffin cups or molds if you

have them because they are so easy to clean. Regular muffin tins

or even small glass jars also work. You can even use small

jelly-size glass jars if you want to keep the lotion bar in the

jar for travel or to give as a gift. This recipe will make

approximately 6 lotion bars if using muffin cups or small jars.

Leave in molds for at least 4 hours or overnight (preferable)

and carefully pop out of molds. I wrap in cellophane bags

and tie with burlap and twine for gifts.



How to Use Lotion Bars:

Lotion bars are designed for use on dry skin in place of lotion.

Apply the same way that you would use soap in the shower

but on dry skin with no need to wash off. The heat of your skin

will transfer a very thin layer of moisturizing lotion to

the skin, which will absorb in 3-5 minutes.



Customize Them!

The great thing about lotion bars is that you can customize them

to your own preference. Here are a few ideas or I’d love to hear



*Add 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil for scent.

I like lavender or ylang ylang.


*Add 10 drops of peppermint essential oil and 1/2 tsp of powdered

ginger for use on sore muscles after working out.


* Add 1/2 cup organic arrowroot powder and a tablespoon of baking soda

to make a natural deodorant bar that puts most regular deodorants to

shame. Leave out the baking soda if you have sensitive skin. You can

also add the powder of a couple capsules of shelf-stable probiotics for

extra odor protection.


*Infuse the coconut oil before making with some common kitchen herbs to

make a bug-repellent bar that works great without chemicals.


*Add a couple of tablespoons of Zinc Oxide Powder (non-nano) to make

sunscreen bars. The powder will settle a little which is normal.

Be careful not to inhale the powder.


Ever made your own beauty products? How did it go?  Share below!


Katie is a happy housewife and work at home mom of four. She’s a real

food crusader dedicated to cooking healthy, whole-food recipes for her

family and helping other families do the same. A lover of books,

kettlebell junkie, scuba diver, and coffee addict who can finally do

a pull up. Stop by and say hi at her blog:

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Posted on July 9, 2012

Time to get back into the swing of things :-)

Published August 20, 2012 by TrueLifeDiva Sparkles and Shines

Time to get back into the swing of things…

Sometimes life gets in the way and we fall off the wagon.  I’ve been doing okay fitness wise, but obviously I’ve let my blogging fall by the wayside.  A few things have happened recently that let me know I need to jump back on the blogging wagon.  Several people in my life are struggling with weight issues and two friends  under the age of 50 have passed away.  Both morbidly obese… Both could’ve been avoided with proper diet and exercise.  So even though this blog only gets read by a few dozen, I still feel like I’m putting positivity out into the universe.  I’m dusting it off and hopefully I will be able to post at least once a week like before.

So this is what I look like lately.  This was taken July 14, 2012 at a 2 hr Zumbathon ;-).  I still love my Zumba to death.  And it’s rare that I let my picture be taken without makeup but I was feeling *wild* that day and there you have it!  For those of you who are wondering, here are my stats:


145 lbs

23.5% bodyfat

size 6/8 dress

More pics to come!  Also, tutorials on customizing your workout gear and healthy recipes coming too.  Any suggestions on topics to be discussed would be greatly appreciated.  Follow me on Twitter @TrueLifeDiva1

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