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Fitness Challenge Winner

Published June 9, 2014 by TrueLifeDiva Sparkles and Shines


And the winner isSparklenLace!!!

     Thanks to everyone who participated.  Sparky checked in regularly, tried new fitness regimens, and showed the most improvement.  Sparky, please contact me with your shirt size so I can whip up that blinged out workout top for you and mail your prizes.  You’ve made a lot of improvement and it shows.  I’m very proud of you 🙂

Christina P

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Sharenda W.

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 Prizes are a customized/blinged workout t-shirt, a pair of Bluetooth headphones (excellent for working out), and spa kit containing: organic and natural soaps, body butters, scrubs, and lotions.


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Food for thought

Published November 7, 2012 by TrueLifeDiva Sparkles and Shines

30 things to think about

Holiday season is right around the corner.  Use these helpful tips to make it thru the festivities without gaining and get a jump-start on your New Years resolution too 😉

I hope everyone takes  20-30 minutes today to plans their meals and workouts.  Remember “Failing to plan is planning to fail!”  Have a great week and be blessed 😀

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Scale update and other random stuff

Published September 30, 2012 by TrueLifeDiva Sparkles and Shines

Scale Update

Extra fancy scale

So here is my new Health o Meter scale.  I didn’t get the Tanita one I originally set out to buy.  That deal was so great, they sold out ;-).  But I got a good deal on this one as well $10+ $10 s/h and it’s super sleek glass (ooh, fancy!)

While scale free I went a little bit crazy and didn’t exactly follow my diet guidelines. Um, sweet potato fries and old fashioned shakes are SO yummy “that” time of the month 😉 I think I gained 2 lbs as punishment :-(.  I’ll live.  My clothes still fit. Life goes on.  While I was busy keeping Ebay in business I made a few other purchases   

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  I love an Ebay auction!!!  I got these dance/jazz sneakers I’ve been drooling over for months ($27.00 SRP $50)  And even though the color is off due to camera phone, the deep purple of my new Nike “In-Season” cross trainers really pops 😀 ($50 SRP $75).  I’ve also been keeping myself busy watching YouTube videos learning how to customize/shred sexy workout shirts.  I’ll post some pics in a future blog.

Speaking of customizing… Do any of you have any tips or suggestions on ways to make unique styles for workouts?  How are your workouts coming along?  Anyone try a new class?  Any new diets or recipes you’d like to share?  If you come across any interesting articles you’d like to share, leave the link in comments and I’ll change it over to blog format.

I hope everyone takes  20-30 minutes today to plans their meals and workouts.  Remember “Failing to plan is planning to fail!”  Have a great week and be blessed 😀

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Monday Check-in ;-)

Published September 17, 2012 by TrueLifeDiva Sparkles and Shines

Monday Check-in 😉

Make the time for healthy living

Today is Monday, the start of a whole new week.  Tell us all about what you did last week: The good, the bad, or in between :-D.  How was your eating?  Did you face any challenges?  Did you work out?  Did you try anything new?  What will you do different this week?  Feel free to use the comments section to vent, rant, or brag all you want.  That’s what I’m here for 🙂

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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