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  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!” 😂😂

I am absolutely country and I absolutely love it.

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




Upcoming Class Schedule With The Mason-Dixon DIY DIVA….

Hey guys! Here is a list of our upcoming Fall classes- mark your calendars because I want to see YOU!! 🙂 We always have such a great time making our all-natural goodies together. YOU are the reason I do what I do, so thank you for having fun with me and see you soon!! 🙂 ❤ 

The Mason-Dixon DIY Diva Upcoming Events:

Sept. 9th- I “Fall” for Pumpkins; 2pm-4pm (Pumpkin Spice Soap, Bath Bombs & Autumn Spice Blend Dark Chocolates) $25. for all products, snacks, information and fun!
Sept. 30th- Autumn Harvest; 2pm-4pm (making organic caramel apples, Autumn Spice Room Spray & Apple Pie and Pumpkin Wax Tarts!) $25. for all products, snacks, information and fun!
Oct. 7th- Fall Into Relaxation; 2pm-4pm (Sleepy Time Crème, “Pillow Talk” Spray, Hot Springs Bath Soak, 10 minute stress-relieving back massages from our Massage Therapist!!) $35. for all products, massages snacks, information and fun!
Oct. 21st- Halloween Treats; 2pm-4pm (Candy Corn Bath Salts, Black Spider Body Wash, Crisp Autumn Breeze Soy Candles & Halloween Pop Corn) $25. for all products, snacks, information and fun
All Classes are Held At:
8115 Williamson Road Roanoke, VA

To Get Tickets for Classes, Go to my FB Page called “Bobbie-jo”, find the event and click on the Ticket Link 😊


Want event updates and more DIY? Like my page “Bobbie-jo” on FB or subscribe to my blog at Keep current with classes and any changes as they happen!

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Allow Me to Pull Back the Curtain…

Being a parent can be hard… but it is also a lot of fun!!! Man guys, I have so many stories for you all from my past 24 hours – my boys crack me up! Here is the latest that just happened:

I was getting ready for my DIY class tomorrow (info below!) and the kids were playing a game together (they are 5 and 4). Well the youngest one comes over to me and tells me that the oldest hit him. He claims he is innocent in all dealings- his brother just committed this treachery out of  nowhere!! I give him a kiss on his arm where he is pointing at and tell him to let his brother know that mommy wants to talk to him.

His big brother comes into the room a few minutes later, looking at me expectantly and I say, “Why did you hit your brother?”

His face goes slack and his jaw drops- he says, “Taytor told me you wanted to give me money and a trophy!!!”

Guys. I know I shouldn’t laugh at his brother’s trickery but in that moment- I crack …. crack up, I mean…. then, game face. Take care of business 🙂

*Sigh* 🙂

Now they are both back to their game, knowing they are NOT to lie OR hit each other and though there was no money or trophies involved, all is well.

I wanted to share that story with you all so you all could get a glimpse of what all goes into “behind the scenes” of party prep! 🙂

Have a great day, see you all tomorrow and remember- don’t hit, don’t lie and always try to look on the bright side of life. And when life offers an opportunity to laugh, take it 🙂  ❤

Pumpkin Spice & Everything Fall

Who doesn't love Fall?!?! The crisp scent of the leaves, pumpkin patches and for us Roanokers- the Blue Ridge Mountains- need I say more? Come celebrate the start of my favorite season by sipping some mulled cider and get your friends together to learn how to make Pumpkin Pie Body Butter, Autumn Spice Sugar Scrub and Warm Vanilla Body Perfume (or Into the Woods Cologne) with the Mason-Dixon DIY Diva (as seen on WSLS10!) Event is $25 and covers an afternoon of Fall fun, snacks, products to take home and education!


Like Mother Like Son…

As we were travelling to visit family last week, I had one of those moments. For those of you that have kids, you know *the* moment. It is the moment when you see your reflection in your children’s behavior.
When I was a kid, I had a few plans for my life. In Kindergarten I was going to be an astronaut, by the next year I had switched to storyteller ( you know- the librarian the would hold the book up and read you stories) and I would practice my technique on my always available stuffed animals. 🙂 But after 4th grade, I knew. I knew you all. I knew. I was going to be a famous singer. Obviously. It was so obvious- all the hints and clues along the way- my voice, my mojo, my love of the limelight, yes. It was all there.
…….So fast forward about 22 years and there we were – at a crowded rest stop, walking through the double doors with my 5 year old holding one hand and my 4 year old holding the other.
Like a Mother Hen, I am protectively shuffling my babies through packed entrance doors when my youngest son’s flip flop comes flying off and lands on the other side of the walkway.
In the brief seconds that follow, I see my son take a quick inventory of the crowd and the fact that they stopped and are waiting on him.
Instead of getting his shoe and moving out of the way, he sees that everyone is watching him, he looks around at the crowd and breaks into song! I’m talking arms out, belting his lyrics as though he has waited his whole life for this very moment!
As the mom of this little “show stopper”, I am caught between two feelings- one is that we need to get this shoe and get out of the way for everyone. Meanwhile the other part of me is trying not to crack up laughing as I am thinking “Yup. That’s MY boy!” 😂
……Rewinding back to 4th grade, there were a few tidbits that *may have* pointed out that I wasn’t *quite* ready for stardom- like the fact that I was chronically shy and the only limelight I ever went after was typically just the stories I made up in my imagination. 🙂
Which is why by the time 9th grade hit, I had narrowed down my career to two options – a writer for a magazine or a psychologist 🙂 By 10th grade I began taking college counseling courses. 🙂
So though I never did become an astronaut, I did become a writer, a story teller, a shower singer, and yes, a psychotherapist 🙂
Watching my son take up the gauntlet was pretty spectacular. I had to grow into my wings- but him? He already knows how to use his. ❤

Va-Va-Voom Volume!

Hey guys! The other day I shared with you all on FB Live about a volumizing hair mask and then posted a before picture of my hair with the mask on and an after picture of my hair practically floating in the clouds from all the added volume -know what’s crazy? It stayed extra-bouncy ALL day! And I was travelling, so that’s kind of amazing!

Applying the mask is kinda weird- it’s a consistency thing… And the smell is not fantastic- but it sure beats the smell of chemical products and it definitely beats out the times when I used a Mayonnaise treatment in my hair (think white, goopy, streaked and stinky hair in a shower cap-  aaaaand now you’ll never schmear that on your sandwich again! 😂) Yeah, this mask has nothing on the eggy thick mask- but I will say that my husband came into the bathroom later (I may have left the extras sitting on the sink 😉) and asked me what the awful smell was 😂

Also, don’t keep it in overnight. I know what you’re thinking – who would do that?! …. Me. So the recipe I had was an idea I adapted years ago – and it said leave on for 15 minutes (do that). But me being me said to myself, well if 15 is good, all night is better! So I left it on. Turns out it hardens. And flakes. And you end up looking like a flakey hard head-that stinks. You could call it your “honey not tonight” hair do I suppose …. 😄

I couldn’t wait to get that extra crispinesss out of my hair (after all, that is only appealing on a Southern Fried Chicken!) so washing it out was a satisfying experience!

And at the end of the day, my hair looked great. 💃It is also good to remember that more is sometimes just MORE, so stick to a normal leave-in time 🙂

Have I completely scared you or do you want the recipe?

….. For the brave! And flat-haired!

Mix 2 parts bentonite clay to equal parts water and Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Apply to hair. Rinse out in FIFTEEN MINUTES. I recommend relaxing in the tub during that time…. Because you really should take time to relax- and never forget- you’re already beautiful 💙


The Mason-Dixon DIY Diva Takes the Mason-Dixon Line

Ever wonder why she calls herself the Mason-Dixon DIY Diva? Well, besides it being a super-cute name, it also shares a lot about me! You see, I am a born and raised New Yorker who had always wanted to live in the South. I moved to FL when I was 18 to finish my 2nd college degree and then moved to where I really wanted to be- Virginia- to get my 3rd and final degree (for now anyway) 😉

The Mason-Dixon Line is literally known as a line between the Northern and Southern states and then there’s me- right in the middle! Half NY/Half Virginia- which is why I say “hey guys” AND “hey y’all”.  As my husband says, I bridge the gap between the North and South 🙂

Ever since my husband and I had kids, (he is a born and raised Southern boy from head to toe …..  what can I say other than Ladies Love Country Boys 😉 ) we knew that traveling 12 hours to New York was going to be a lot on everyone. And my sister, who stayed in New York, also has young kids. So we started meeting up every year at a half way point – The Mason-Dixon Line 🙂

I am getting ready to pass that line again for another family meet up and thought it would be a great time to share with you all (you guys, y’all) a little bit of my story and how I became the Mason-Dixon DIY Diva – I have my heart in both places ❤




She’s Naturally Beautiful: 3 Ingredients to Make 4 Products!

Hey guys! So the other night I did a Facebook Live to show you all how you can basically enhance your natural beauty with all-natural products- that are probably already in your kitchen!!! I literally pulled out 3 ingredients and some makeup brushes and made some fun beauty enhancers!

So here it is: 3 ingredients to make 4 products!

  1. Organic Cocoa Powder (be warned- you WILL want a cup of cocoa while making this!!)
  2. Non-GMO Arrowroot Powder
  3. Organic Beet Root

Product 1: Brown/Tan Eye Shadow!!!

Mix together your cocoa powder and arrowroot until you find “your brown”. Get a makeup brush for your eyelids and apply (avoid eyes).

Variation: Red or Pink Eye Shadow:

Mix together your beet root powder and arrowroot until you find “your pink”. Get a makeup brush for your eyelids and apply (avoid eyes).

*Want different colors? Leave me a comment and I will see what nature’s options are!

Product 2: Blush!!!

See that beet root powder? It can also be added to the cheeks for blush- hellooooo good looking!!!

Product 3: Powder Foundation!!!

You see that cocoa powder? Yup, pick it back up. Find your color by mixing again with the arrowroot. Get your foundation brush and go to town (avoiding the eyes)!

Product 4: Dry Shampoo!!!

Ok guys, I kid you not- you see that foundation you just made? Do the same thing but mix it up to best match your hair color (blondes may not need any cocoa powder and redheads may want some beet root!). Take that combination and gently massage it onto your scalp for a little “freshening up” – great for the busy mama’s!!! ❤

And there you have it!! Some ideas on how to quickly and easily enhance your beauty. Next Facebook DIY, I will be showing you all how to get some va-va-voom VOLUME back in your hair – NATURALLY.  😉

Like what you see? Share this blog with your friends and help me spread the nontoxic LOVE! ❤ me1


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