Culture Shock!

I never thought I would experience culture shock from travelling between different places in the United States- especially because I’m quickly adaptable- but wow. I am definitely experiencing that today, home in my beloved state of Virginia.

I went down for business and had so much fun – a little business and a lot of play!

LA/Beverly Hills/Hollywood/Santa Monica- I went to all these places in the past 96 hours and I can honestly tell you, I’ve never seen anything like it. From Hugo Boss suits, sports cars and chandeliers, to work jeans, trucks and brick homes, they are two different worlds.

But no matter where you go or how different it is, people are people – with the same core needs, dilemmas and desires…. Oh yeah, my inner counselor came with me on this trip – would never want to leave that part of me at home ❀

I took the red eye home today so I am definitely looking forward to a good night’s sleep. And though I came home to some humidity, that was surprising after a few days without it, Β I am loving that I no longer have smog headaches- thank God I had my oils with me! In LA, there is a smog rating- and if the smog is really high, it is recommended that people with allergies and asthma stay indoors.

I have been stopping at the most fabulous restaurants- French bakery’s, Shutters, The Montage (where the pre-Emmy’s party was held I believe and where “they” all stay) and now I’m not sure what to make to eat! I got way too spoiled! Someone bring me an organic white mocha- LA style- and I will mull over what to eat…. πŸ™‚

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The Diva Loves Beverly Hills β€

-I am staying in LA with someone who used to live in Clark Gable’s home – and would frequent Lucille Ball’s previous home.

-I stopped and used a bathroom yesterday at an exquisite hotel that apparently was hosting some sort of fashion show.

-I ate at a French bistro in Bevelry Hills that has been featured on Food Network.

-Everywhere you go, valets run to open your door -and the mall- don’t even get me started – phenomenal does not even come close to describing – let’s just say the owner just tossed another 80M down for renovations- and it shows.

Oh, I guess you could say I drove a convertible Audi …

It’s no hardship to be down in LA…. I suppose I can teach a class here today ❀

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L.A. is for… Diva’s. πŸ˜€

Hey guys! I can officially let the news out-and on my birthday no less!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Β  I have been asked to go out to California teach to a DIY class in LA! Yeah you know- that 90210 area code? (😱) I fly out next weekend! Please-Someone-Add this to my list of things I Never Thought I’d Do! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚β€β€ I just got sent this display and thought – pinch me- ok, I didn’t actually think that because I was laughing too much and thinking,Β is this real life?!?!

Y’all are awesome- thanks for making this so much fun!!! Β If you know anyone in L.A. that you want me to say hi to, just send me a message and I will see what I can do to get them in at the event! πŸ˜‰

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This Is The Last Soap & Bath Bomb Class…

For the foreseeable future πŸ™‚ And I figure when it is the end of something, always do it up with *Fireworks*, which is why we are making Pumpkin Spice Soap tomorrow!!! ❀ I will look into more classes for these two gems, but as we are closing out 2017, there are not currently any more planned. So if you had your heart set on making soap or bath bombs, please come out tomorrow to class- just make sure you get your ticket! Tickets are REQUIRED for entry – it is the only I know whether to have 5o pounds of non-GMO Citric Acid on hand or 5 – and believe me- that makes a big difference- because seriously, where am I going to store an extra 45 pounds of Citric Acid?! πŸ™‚

So yes. Tickets help A LOT!! Plus, I can have everything set up and tailored to YOU, so that your experience will feel extremely relaxed and enjoyable- like it should ❀

Tomorrow’s class is at 2pm in the Roanoke area- please go to my FB page called “Bobbie-jo” for the event link/ticket link and if you don’t have FB, leave me a comment here! See you all tomorrow- come prepared to have a great time πŸ˜‰ ❀ Bobbie-jo

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“The Damage Is Done So I guess I Be Leaving…”

Here’s a little peek into what my life is like…Β  I am going around my office this evening, getting things ready for tomorrow’s DIY segment and our DIY class this Saturday and my kids are playing around me… measuring things around the office with daddy’s tape measure. Well, they know they’re not supposed to play with the tape measures but I didn’t say anything as I have a lot to do and they are getting along (hallelujah!). I am printing out some DIY recipes when I hear “SNAP” and I know- and you know- and all people who have been around kids know- what just happened. Yup. They broke the tape measure.
I am at the printer and I decide not to acknowledge what happened. I mean, it’s really not a big deal, it wasn’t on purpose and I’M the one who let them play with it… So as I am sitting at my desk, I hear my oldest child (5) whisper loudly to the youngest one (4), “Come on, let’s go!” – And I guess my parenting style must be singing, because all I can think of is the Justin Timberlake song- “OH! The damage is done so I guess I be leaving…” as they skitter out of the room….Β  Life. With. Kids. πŸ™‚

I don’t think we have ever had a lamp make it out of our house without having a completely crooked shade (or no shade left at all!) since the day my boys arrived. They seem to think all of life is their gymnasium – and though we keep it pretty civilized at our home- we also know- they’re kids!! So we keep it pretty chill, with our crooked lamp shades and couch that is a portal for jumping onto a pile of blankets and pillows. πŸ™‚

We are re-doing their bedroom and we have caught on – with 2 boys about the same age- their carpet is going to be grey πŸ™‚ Great camouflage for all the messes, experiments and fun that is going to take place over the next 20 years…. πŸ™‚

Hope you all can join me tomorrow for the show! I am going to be doing a delicious Fall recipe that I personally LOVE and think you will too πŸ˜‰

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The Mason-Dixon DIY Diva Smells Like… A Pumpkin Spice Latte! πŸ˜

Hey guys! What a fun pumpkin FB Live last night- thanks for joining me! We made a natural version of the Pumpkin Spice Latte (supposedly decaf but I was wide awake til 6am?! πŸ˜‚), a Pumpkin Face Mask (my face was glowing after all the nutrients!) And my favorite- the Pumpkin Spice Latte Sugar Scrub! Yeaaaaah. That’s what I’m talking about πŸ˜‰ If you want to take that PSL goodness into the shower with you, this is the ONLY thing you’re going to need. No harmful chemicals. No toxins. Your skin will thank you.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Sugar Scrub:

1/4 Cup + 1-3 Tbsp non-GMO Brown Sugar

2-4 + Tbsp Organic, Raw and Unrefined Coconut Oil, melted via double boiler – caution hot(or stir until the friction from stirring softens it!)

2 Tbsp Organic Pumpkin Puree

1 – 3 Tbsp Organic Coffee grounds (I used an Espresso Roast 😍)

1 drop REAL Cinnamon Essential Oil (beware of fake labels on the market and do your research to be sure you’re not actually throwing more toxins on your skin)

1 drop Clove Essential Oil

1 drop Nutmeg Essential Oil

3 drops Orange Essential Oils

(*note- you can use organic spices but I find the scent is nowhere near comparable to EO’s- plus, since EO’s are super concentrated, you are going to need a whole lot more of the spice to span the gap!)

Mix it up! Add more coconut oil, brown sugar, coffee grounds and essential oils according to your preferences!

Scrub Smarts: Now remember folks- coconut oil is Slick so the tub can be Slippery during and after use. Take caution. Also note that Cinnamon, Clove, etc are Spicy and should not be rubbed in any internal area and of course that means avoid the eyes. Lastly, keep in mind that SUGAR doesn’t belong in any internal areas either πŸ™‚ Also, refrigerate between use because – Pumpkin.

Ok, I think that covers it! Go enjoy this amazing Fall experience !!

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The Mason-Dixon DIY Diva…. Is Country!

Guys. I have always loved the country. I grew up in the country in a small town of New York, where had more cows on our road than neighbors. When I was growing up, it wasn’t uncommon for my mom to have to brake for pot-bellied pigs that were hanging out in the middle of the road and have ducks chasing and clucking after our car as we were driving.

Yes. Country. Rolling green hills. Neighbors you can’t see. Space. To breathe fresh air and not have to worry about parking. Yes. Love it. Sign me up. Every Day Of The Week.

So of course since I grew up watching the grass grow and never having to think about changing out of my bathrobe to go check the mail, I wanted a similar experience for my children. 😊

…So are you wondering if we live in the country? Let me answer that by telling you a Β story from my day:

My kids and I were driving to “the city” to go visit some friends. While we are at a stop light (*I’d rather stop for pot-bellies bellied pigs any day), I hear my oldest son yell out excitedly from his car seat to his brother: “Look Taytor! A Taxi! We’ve never seen one of those before………. Oh yes we have- in Boss Baby!” (A movie).

I am laughing to myself and thinking “we don’t get out much!” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

I am absolutely country and I absolutely love it.

– And besides, we get to see John Deere Tractors, cows and horses on our road ❀