Tag Archives: Do-It-Yourself

Not Just A Pretty Face, But Natural, Too!

Standard
Well hello there 🙂
It’s a rainy day today… but you know what? I actually am sort of digging it; it’s soothing to hear it outside my window, and as long as I’m still wrapped up in a bathrobe and toasty warm, it can hang around. We’ve been having some drought problems lately, so this should hopefully help.
If you aren’t so thrilled about the rain as yours truly, but still find yourself trapped indoors with nothing too exciting to do, here I am at the rescue! Here are two natural face mask recipes that I encourage you to try. What harm can it do? I mean, it’s your FACE! You should want to keep it beautiful at all times, yes? Yes. Plus, going natural is way better, as you know. There are too many companies out there that test on animals (cruel) and use sketchy chemicals that are probably doing more harm than good to that lovely mug of yours.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
So, without further ado, here are the recipes:
1. Carrot & Friends. The ingredients within contain natural antiseptics and antioxidants which kill germs – great for this time of year – and protect the skin from damaging free radicals while at the same time promoting the regeneration of healthy skin cells. Boo-yah!
Ingredients:
  • 2 Medium Carrots
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Lemon

Directions:

  1. Peal the carrots and steam until soft.
  2. Mash the carrots until they’ve reached a creamy consistency.
  3. Mix in the all natural honey – try local if you can, too.
  4. Stir in olive oil.
  5. Squeeze a few drops of fresh lemon juice into the face mask mixture. Lemon is a natural astringent and will help clean greasy skin.  If your skin tends to dry easily, add only 8 to 10 drops; if you skin tends to be oily, add up to 1 tbsp. of lemon juice.
  6. Use a spoon to drop small amounts onto your hands and gently massage the mask onto your face for several minutes – you can keep it on for an additional 5 minutes for maximum awesomness.
  7. Wash it off with water in sink or hop in the shower.

2. Pumpkin Spice. This do-it-yourself face mask recipe with all natural ingredients is so incredibly simple to concoct and only takes about two minutes to make; there is no reason not to give it a try.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin puree (fresh or canned, but with no added ingredients)
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Bentonite Clay
  • 1/4 teaspoon (or less) cinnamon powder*

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Apply to face in a gentle, circular motion.
  3. Leave on skin for 5 minutes, then wash off with a warm, wet washcloth.

*Be advised that this is not for sensitive skin, so omit if you fall in this category.
This recipe will make enough for 2 face masks, but can be doubled or tripled to make a larger batch. However, a little goes a long way. I wouldn’t recommend making a bunch and storing it for later, either. Fresh is best.

If you’re not familiar with Bentonite Clay, it is composed of aged volcanic ash and is named after the largest known deposit of Bentonite Clay in Fort Benton, Wyoming. In this instance, it’s purpose is for external skin care, but it has various other beneficial uses. A good quality of clay should be a cream or gray color (be wary of white), and the texture is fine with a velvety feel. It does not smell or stain, so it’s kid friendly! You can find Bentonite Clay in various online stores as well as select stores that sell health supplies, such as The Vitamin Shoppe, Walgreens or Walmart.

There you have it my turtle doves. Now, what are you waiting for? Try at least one of those masks, pop on a Christmas movie, make some hot chocolate and let your pores do their happy dance. Plus, think of how much money you would spend for a facial at the spa… this makes your pocket pleased to boot. Stay awesome everyone ❤

Greener Cleaners

Standard

Howdy hi everybody!

Let me start off by saying I KILLED it in the exercise department today. I climbed at The Rock Spot with Max this morning from 10-12, went home and did some “real work” for about 4 1/2 hours then went to Ocean State Health & Fitness – the gym I am a member at – with my close friend Aly who is in town for the week from 5-7. That’s a grand total of 4 hours of exercise today… WOOOOO! It feels nice. Then I conquered a bit more “real work” at home and now I’m here, snuggled in bed, blogging for you lovely individuals. If I’m sore tomorrow, we know why.

For this post, I would like to share with all of you how to make your own household cleaners. Exciting, yes? Okay, well maybe cleaning isn’t exactly exciting, but being able to make your own cleaning products is awesome because a) it saves you some dolla dolla bill$ y’all and b) you know exactly what is going into it, so hello being healthy to boot!
If you still aren’t persuaded… picture this: Mass Christmas Gifts! Last year I created a ton of variously scented and colored homemade bath salts and handed jars out to family and friends, maybe this year I will do cleaning products instead. It may not be as exciting as a sports car or as tantalizing as a cookie (which I will probably also make), but it’s non-toxic, green and useful… all of which I support.

I digress. First, let’s talk about what you should avoid in terms of cleaning:

  1. Chlorine
  2. Ammonia
  3. Formaldehyde
  4. Ketones
  5. Phosphates
  6. Hydrocarbons
  7. Hydrochloric Acid
  8. Phenols
  9. Artificial Fragrances

So yes. Avoid those ingredients at all costs, s’il vous plait. If you see a product with any of those listed, don’t buy it! Especially if you have young children, pets or simply value the air that you breath, which you should ;).

Now, for the recipes:
All-Purpose Cleaner: Combine 1/2 teaspoon washing soda, a dash of plant-based liquid soap and 2 cups of hot tap water in a spray bottle. Shake bottle until washing soda dissolves. Spray this on surfaces and wipe off with a sponge or rag.

Mold Killers: Combine 2 teaspoons tea tree oil and 2 cups water in a spray bottle. Shake to blend and spray this on problem areas. Do not rinse. If you have high mold levels, straight vinegar will also do the trick with many types.

Sink, Tub and Toilet Cleaner: Wet surfaces first, then apply a generous shake of baking soda. Scrub with a sponge/bristled brush. Don’t be afraid to also add some plant-based liquid soap for even more cleaning power. Be sure to rinse well.

Glass Cleaner: Combine 1/4 cup of white vinegar and a few drops of plant-based liquid soap in a spray bottle, filling the rest with water. Rub dry with a lint-free clothe.

… that’s all she wrote, folks! I do hope that you give at least one of these a try, even if it’s just to say you did it. Meanwhile, I am definitely about to hit the hay, 4 hours of working out is now starting to hit me. Sweet dreams, sugar plums.

 

Do-It-Yourself: Almond Milk (Rounds 3&4)

Standard

Hello! Sorry I haven’t been on my blogging grind lately… but that’s what happens during vacation! I’ll work on formulating a post so you know how my trip was, but until then…

I hope you are all doing smashingly 🙂 As promised, I’m just going to give you a quick Almond Milk update. I just combined rounds 3 and 4 because well, it seemed like a grand idea.

This was my third attempt (below picture) and I think it came out pretty good! If I’m being honest, I don’t really drink this plain, but it’s been pretty damn good in my smoothies. I have of course given it tastes from the jar, and it’s got a nice touch of sweetness to it for being so simple.

The Ingredients

The Ingredients & Final

So, what did I use this time? 2 cups almonds, 4 cups water, and 2 1/2 teaspoons local honey. That’s it! Then just follow the directions per usual (reference here). Of course I also saved the pulp to utilize in the future – which I highly recommend.

It’s mainly my mom and I that use the almond milk – I use it in smoothies and she puts it in her cereal – so I usually ask her opinion of them. So far the rankings are 2,3,1 and I would probably agree. The fourth round I kicked it up a little bit; I forgot to take a picture of the ingredients, but here’s the final product:

Note The Flecks

Note The Flecks

Milky

Nomnomnom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Take note of the black flecks in the first picture, which leads me to sharing the ingredients for round 4:
2 cups almonds, 4 cups water, 4 large Medjool dates, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 2 pinches of fine grain sea salt aaaand the culprit for the black: 1 whole vanilla bean! Since I had a few leftover from my vanilla extract project, I figured I would slice one open and add it to the mix. I added the dates and vanilla before milking, and the rest afterwards. Hope you enjoy!

Like I said, I wanted to make this one short and sweet. On a quick side note, though, we have a fancy-pants Weight Watchers scale at my house, and my parents were playing around with it and apparently it gives you your body fat percentage. I tried it out and mine is 21.2%, which falls under the “fitness” category; 20% is the “athlete” category and that is officially what I am aiming for. Wish me luck!!

Body Fat Percentage

Peace, love and good thoughts my dears!