Author: Bran

New Website. Join Me There…

Hi Friends, Happy Holidays, I hope you are well. I’m doing ok myself. I have recently been working on building my new website (www.brandijacksoncc.com). What about Craftsandglory.com? I will keep this website in place and probably transfer over any favorite posts to  my new website before this page expires in May 2016. If you want to follow my content be sure to go to: http://www.brandijacksoncc.com All the best, Brandi J.

4 Ingredient All Natural Lotion DIY Recipe (For Dry Chapped Winter Skin)

I made a jazzy DIY recipe for water based lotion to help keep my skin healthy and moisturized through the chilly winter months. The ingredients are all natural and super nutrient rich to give your skin a seasonal upgrade. I went with a water based lotion recipe in order to ensure moisture penetration, moisture retention and  super soft and supple skin. I have come to notice that my skin responds better to cream based moisturizers when the weather starts to get cold and dry. Here is a recipe that can change your winter skin LIFE! Recipe: 10 oz. Purified Water 3 oz Solid Oil (Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Babasau Oil etc.) 2 oz. Sunflower Lecithin 10 drops of Essential Oil *1 Tsp. Rosehip Oil (great for cell turnover & repair) The recipe is great and has a shelf life of 2 weeks, with refrigeration the lotion may last up to a month’s time. *You can also add some tea tree oil/ honey to help preserve the lotion. I buy my Sunflower here: Sunflower Letcithin Enjoy!  If …

Best Skin Ever! Boot Camp for Clear Skin (Blemish Free in 30 Days) Using All Natural Products

It is time to fight for clear skin. I have noticed a developing habit of wearing makeup more often than my normal 3-4 times a week to wearing makeup almost daily. The issue has been an ongoing blemish and hyper pigmentation festival developing on my cheeks and chin from stress break outs. Not my jam. I’m ready to get my skin back into shape and the best way I could think to start my clear skin journey was to put my skin in the Best Skin Ever Boot Camp For Clear Skin. This is a 30 day plan to overhaul my blemishes, hyper-pigmentation and uneven skin tone. The Skin Care Boot Camp is something you can alter to suit whatever your skin care needs are. I based my methods off of a combination of what has worked well for my skin in previous trials. Some of my methods are daily actions, other methods are only happening once a week for a series of 4 weeks in a row. Regimen Daily (2x a day):  Wash face with …

Confident Leadership Academy E.5: Self Care Results & Wellness Kits

I am one day shy of completing my 7 Day Self Care Challenge and it has been a blast. Some of the features that I appreciated most were the limited time spent on social media and the extra quiet time. We all need a break sometimes. I had four big take-aways from my week doing the Self Care Challenge. I feel refreshed and more focused than I have over the last few months…dare I say an actual recharge has happened. Takeaways: Self Care even with practice did not necessarily shut my mind off completely. I still had moments of overwhelm but it helped to slow my thinking and processing down. I really enjoyed meditation as a method to stay centered. I was able to be more present for my kids. I have two children and they are so different but because I was more present minded this week, I noticed that I was able to connect with my kids more deeply and cater my communication to match each of their personalities more intentionally. As a …

Confident Leadership Academy E.4: The 7 Day Self Care Challenge & You’re invited!

Welcome back to The Confident Leadership Academy. Today we will continue our discussion regarding Self Care and Leadership. To start our conversation today, I want to talk about a free E-book that has really helped me with getting my Self Care regimen updated for each season. We are heading into late fall and Winter territory where adjustments will likely be important for your Self Care regimen. Cold weather, rain and the holidays make it important to increase/ alter your self care regimen to make sure you are in a great place to be your best and give your best to your work, and personal life. The 7 Day Self Care Challenge is great because it includes multiple styles of useful self care ideas and tips for any season, and it organizes the approach to building a meaningful and practical self care regimen. This makes it more likely that you will build and maintain your regimen and get results. And the ultimate goal I wish for you is success in your self care journey so you can …

Confident Leadership Academy E.3: Why & How to Practice Self Care at Work + 5 Work Place Self Care Ideas

Self Care is something that feels rather “buzz wordy” these days and I get it. Self Care is something that is mentioned in multiple magazines, Starbucks mugs, and by life gurus including Oprah and so on. However, I love seeing Self Care go mainstream, because awareness can really help change lives. But, there is a small issue with using a buzz word such as Self Care; sometimes people may not include an explanation nor any practical points of application, so you may have feelings of elusive knowledge and no place to go. Worry not, we are going to talk about what Self Care is a little and we are also going to look at why Self Care is important and, practical ways you can put Self Care to practice at work. To begin, it is helpful to talk about what Self Care is. I like to describe Self Care as, an individualized time to quiet your mind and body, away from distraction to reflect and recharge (your mind & body) for refreshed energy to live …

How to Make A Turban Hat & Satin Bonnet: A 2-In-1 DIY ( Beginner Sewing- Natural Hair Accessories)

Hi Friends, Today I was inspired to make a Satin Turban Hat/ Satin Bonnet. It was the simplest design I could think of. This Turban hat/ satin bonnet is great for day wear on a bad hair day and I love to wear this turban hat at bedtime to protect my hair from drying out. My goal was to make a turban hat that would actually stay put while sleeping and while running errands. Success is what happened my friends. Supplies you will Need: 1 yard Satin Fabric Thread Sewing Machine Scissors Measuring tape Well Fitting Hat for Template Directions: Fold your satin fabric in half horizontally. Lay the fabric on a flat surface and cut two 4 inch strips from the left or right end of the fabric. Unfold  each strip, the length should be around 60 inches by 4 inches. Fold the fabric in half length wise, pin in place. Sew in place. Repeat this step for the second strip of fabric as well. Once both strips of fabric are sewn in place …