The Little Things Newsletter #230 – Week Four Giveaway


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Ohio 230

Welcome to the weekend, my friends! It’s been gloriously chilly and rainy this week and I’m in fall heaven. Several rainy days in a row made me really appreciate the sunshine-filled days too. Have I mentioned lately just how much I love Ohio?

Our chickens are loving their new digs and I can hardly wait for the first eggs. My fingers are crossed that they’ll start laying in the next week or two!

GIVEAWAY CLOSED Today, for the fourth week of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Giveaways, I’m giving away a $100 gift card to IT Cosmetics. My two favorite products that I use twice a day every single day are the Bye Bye Make-Up Cleansing Balm and the Secret Sauce Moisturizer.

And here’s a tip from a long-time fan of these products. I’ve never paid full price. Not once. So, check back often and wait to buy your faves. (Or sign up for their emails. I click over to see what’s on sale every time one pops up.) The sales come and go and they are usually good ones. (I’m super impatient for the holiday sales this year – they were amazing last year!) I plan to stock up like crazy.

To be entered, leave a comment on THIS BLOG POST telling me how you wash your face. The winner will be selected on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 11:59pm EST. (Unfortunately, you can not be entered from email replies, so be sure to click over to the blog post to be entered!)

Here’s the lucky winner’s comment:

ON THE BLOG this week: Garlic Butter Roasted Carrots are caramelized carrots with slightly crisp edges in a garlic honey butter sauce. This awesome recipe is from Rebecca Lindamood’s new cookbook, The Ultimate Guide To Vegetable Side Dishes. The cookbook was released just a few days ago and take my word for it, you want to get this in your hands just as soon as possible!

Sage sausage, dried cranberries, fresh herbs, tart apples, and cubes of sourdough add up to create the best Sausage Stuffing I have ever tasted.

Butter and garlic combine to make any form of potato more delicious, don’t they? These Rustic Mashed Potatoes have been a family favorite for as long as we’ve been married.

What I’m CRAVING: These Italian Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers by A Farmgirl’s Dabbles are filled with Italian sausage, cream cheese, Parmesan, and mozzarella.

My FAVORITE THINGS this week are my clipboards. You’ve probably seen them a thousand times in my Instagram stories over the years, but they continue to be the place I store my lists, my recipes in progress, my everything. It’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ll find a stack of these clipboards on my desk any day of the week.

What I’m READING: These High, Green Hills by Jan Karon. The third book of The Mitford Years series was every bit as good or better than the first two. One of my favorite characters passed away in this book and I cried hard through those pages.

The character development continues to draw you in and I just love Father Tim and the rest of Mitford. These books are a balm to the soul and they’re everything I want in a book these days.

What I’m WATCHING: I just finished watching Monk – the whole series from start to end. I’d caught a few episodes over the years, but I’d never watched the whole series. It was awesome.

“In the entire circle of the year there are no days so delightful as those of a fine October.” – Alexander Smith

Wishing you a beautiful week full of little things that make you smile!


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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. DEBBIE RUMP says

    I have always used a mild soap followed by a moisturizer since I wasn’t in my 20’s and I’m in my 60’s now.

  2. Julie Owen says

    Hi Mary..I use Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm to cleanse then Oil of Olay to moisturize.. Have a great day! 😊

  3. Jane Harris says

    I have been using IT cosmetics for years. I can’t be without CC+ color correcting cream and the CONFIDENCE IN A CLEANSER.

  4. Carol says

    I do love e your cheerful email each week and look forward each week. I love trying new recipes and am also a reading a book a week person. I am a gardener so I must wash the sweat and dirt during the day.

    I use.wash my face with neutrogena in tha morning and evenings. I use the moisturizer at night. Not much is helping at my age.

    Be safe, take care.

  5. Pat Clark says

    I am so happy you love Ohio, I’m in neighboring Michigan and this is my favorite time of the year! Crisp and colorful, Fall has always signaled preparation for the snowy in-home times to come. For years I have simply used warm water to rinse away the days grime from my face and now that I turned 60 I may have regrets with that! Too late to correct the wear and tear? Let’s hope not. I’m ready to adopt a better skin care regime so your blog couldn’t have come at a better time!

  6. Patty Pearson says

    I wash my face religiously with Rodan and Fields, when I tell folks my age they are surprised! Perhaps because I also may not act my age, just ask your SIL, Heather!! LOL!

  7. Janet C says

    I’m ashamed to say I just wash my face with regular soap. I haven’t bought “ store” soap in years, always stocking up on hand made soap when I see it. PS I read all the Jan Karon books as they came out years ago. I absolutely loved them.

  8. Shawn Marie Davis says

    I alternate between Cera-Ve and Acure Radically Different Cleaning Cream. Both of them are very nice and leave my skin clean but never dry. I look forward to your emails each week.

  9. Debbie Blake says

    I use Serious Skincare for wash. I put it on before showering and wash it off in the shower. I love an exfoliating cleanser. Then I follow-up with Lancome Genifique. I’ll be 64 in December and I’m looking for a new cleanser. Thanks for all you do for us.

  10. Renee says

    Cleanse, tone, moisturize. Sounds boring but it gets the job done. I love Melaluca products for my face waving routine.

  11. Kathy E. says

    To wash my face, morning and evening, I’ve always used a soft washcloth and an Oil of Olay facial cleanser. There is just something about a clean face that makes me feel wonderful!
    duchick at gmail dot com

  12. Gina Tharp says

    Im old school Cetaphil Cleanser followed by the cool refreshing tingly feel of Seabreeze Astringent and it’s name says it all.

  13. Heather Zingg says

    I always get the Ipsy boxes so I have copious amounts of sample sized cleansers in my drawer! I use a different one every night! LOL! I like changing it up.

  14. Linda Weinmann says

    In another life I used brands bought in a department store. Since I’ve been raising my now 15 year old grandson since he was 15 months old, I generally use something inexpensive like Dove soap or Garnier Micellar Water bought at Target.

    I really enjoy your weekly column and have tried many of your recipes with much success.

  15. Karen Woodbury says

    I wash my face with lukewarm water and foaming cleanser and then rinse with ice cold water. Has worked well for 74 years!

  16. Nancy Nielsen says

    I usually just use the old fashioned soap and water to wash my face. I’ve tried a few different cleaners and moisturizer creams but haven’t found a product I love. The wrinkles are coming fast and furious now and I could sure use a good face cleaner and moisturizer. Love your blog!

  17. Henriette Hall says

    I use Dove for sensitive skin in evening followed with
    Simplified Skin Retinol.
    In the morning, I use tepid water followed by Nutrivisage
    Vitamin C.

  18. Phyllis P. says

    I know it’s probably good, but I use makeup wipes on my face and neck first, then my eyes. Twice a week I use a drugstore brand peach scrub. Old habits die hard. 😆

  19. JoAnn Moran says

    I loved the entire Mitford series. I wish there were more series that were so uplifting. It did get me praying the prayer that never fails. I am also rewatching Monk. We are kindred spirits. By the way, The Mitford cookbook is wonderful.

  20. Carla Thornhill says

    I have washed my face with DHC olive cleansing oil for over 20 years. It is a Japanese company that I discovered while living in Japan. It melts off every single bit of makeup, oil and dirt. I will never stop using it because I get comments on my skin all the time and I’m 67!

  21. Julia S says

    I use soap from Bath and Body and water to wash my face. Occasionally I try something new.
    Thanks for the glazed carrot recipe. My husband loves carrots!

  22. Lauren S says

    Sometimes I use the hand soap with water, other times I use CeraVe hydrating cleanser. Thanks for the fun giveaways Mary!

  23. Shelley Chavious says

    In the morning I apply a green clay mask using a clay mask product from Walgreens that contains spearmint oil. It cleans and reduces my pores. I rinse it off with plain warm water as I shower. Then I apply moisturizer just after I get out of the shower so that it can soak in through my warm, clean skin.

  24. Brenda says

    Hi, I tend to use plain ‘ole baking soda and water on my face. Use it to wash my hair too, but rinse with cider vinegar. My hair is sfter and my face feels so clean. I’ll have to check out MONK.

  25. Lauren S says

    I generally use soap and water or CeraVe Hydrating cleanser to wash my face. Thanks for the giveaway Mary and for your wonderful blog.

  26. Honey Uphold says

    wash nightly with cleanser made for dry/sensitive skin…tried my daughter’s it cleansing balm and would love to have some of my own!!!