Happy Pretty Messy Cultivating Beauty and Bravery When Life Gets Tough by Natalie Wise

happy pretty messHappy Pretty Messy Cultivating Beauty and Bravery When Life Gets Tough by Natalie Wise was released in February 2017. I have heard many wonderful things about this book! So, when I got the chance to read it for myself I was beyond excited. I am a huge fan of self help books. I found that reading this book was a pure joy. Wise does a great job making this a very uplifting read. Her writing style is careful and thought. She makes this book the perfect resource to read again and again. I think this would be a great gift for the women in your life. **I received this book free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.** You can get you copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) Ever felt like you needed a refresher course on how to be happy in life? Happy Pretty Messy is a modern-day inspirational guidebook for women of all ages seeking to live with beauty and bravery. As a modern lifestyle philosopher, Natalie Wise brings her trademark poetic prose to finding and cultivating balance, joy, and depth of self in daily life. Filled with wit and fresh insights for the heart and home, you’ll learn how to: Thrive through tragedy, Turn off your inner monologue, and Get “back to brave”.
You’ll also learn Wise’s secrets to enjoying the “everyday arts”—such as keeping home, keeping in touch, and creating memories. Wise writes, “Sometimes we don’t even realize our hearts are broken. We are fragile creatures, really. A heart has to search to set itself aright just about every moment. That is, unless there is an equilibrium we choose. A balancing point, a weight transfer where things even out and we decide to call life in all of its gutsandglory: Enough. What I have is enough. Life is tenuous and precious. I say that with certainty. And I say with even more certainty: that is why I celebrate the every day.” From cultivating your inner self to creating community and the perfect homemade latte, Happy Pretty Messy inspires a life that flourishes with charm, color, caffeine and, most importantly, courage. Finding value in these things might be the most important thing you do, so grab this book and dig in today.

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Soothing Cucumber and Avocado Mask

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1-2 Tbsp Aloe Vera gel

Peel the cucumber and place in the blender. Cut the avocado in half and scoop one half out into the blender. Add the Aloe Vera gel, and pulse until you reach desired consistency. Apply to clean, dry skin and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and moisturize  immediately after.

 

Ginger Detox Water Recipe

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Ginger is a powerful detoxifier that can increase your metabolism. Lemons are also considered to be a detoxifier, since they have a natural diuretic that helps to remove toxins from your body.

  • 2 lemons
  • 2 inch (5cm) ginger root
  • 1 quart (1 liter) spring water

Grate the ginger and cut the lemon into wedges, then add them to a pitcher. Refrigerate for three hours before serving. Add ice if desired.

Lime Mint Water Recipe

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Water that is infused with lime is a good way to boost your metabolism. Limes contain a lot of vitamin C which is also good to prevent colds. I love adding this water to my diet no only for the detox benefits but the health benefits as well.

  • 2 limes
  • 2 quarts (2 liters) sparkling water
  • 1/cup fresh chopped mint

Slice the lime into thick slices and place at the bottom of pitcher. Then pour the sparkling water and add chopped mint. Cover and refrigerate for at least three hours. Strain the liquid before serving.

Blackberry Dumplings

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  • 1 quart /can of blackberries
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • ½ cup milk

Combine blackberries with cup of sugar and water in a large saucepan over medium heat, bring to a boil. In a mixing bowl mix flour, baking powder, salt and 2 tablespoons sugar together. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Slowly mix in milk with a fork to form a soft dough. Drop by spoonfuls into boiling fruit. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, the cover and simmer for another 10 minutes.

Can be served with vanilla ice cream.