Thursday, October 16, 2014

Life & Forgiveness

Sometimes I find comfort in reading about other people's lives. Realizing that there are others that go through the same everyday struggles as me. Realizing that they aren't picture perfect and super talented. It's humbling. I'm not near perfect, who is? What is perfect anyways? There are so many things I would love to learn, and things I am working on as well. I'm working on this blog, trying to make it better every day, with upgrades and more posts. Obviously, this is the first post I will call a 'ramble post'. Usually I post informational content, but I am trying something new. I'm going to post actual blog content so my awesome readers can follow along with me and hopefully connect in some sort of way. I am also trying to work on my writing skills because I am attempting to write a book. Yes, a book. I can't disclose what yet, but if your on this blog, you'll love it! More details to come.

So here's whats new with me.
I started a new job. Mostly to save up money so I can travel.
Started writing a book, and am serious about it.
Began the process of making my own soap from wood ash and rain water.
Forgave myself for recent regrets.
Lost 20 pounds by cutting out processed foods and gluten.
Tried to join the Peace Corps, but was disappointed to find out you are dis-qualified if you are gluten-free.
Started juicing, loving it!
Clearly, some pretty cool things have been happening! I've also really been feeling the shift lately. This year has been such a strong year, spiritually, emotionally, mentally & physically. I feel it in waves, sometimes it's stronger and I am very conscious of what is happening. Other times I feel like I'm just skimming by reluctant to see whats going on. I like it when I am aware and awake. I find myself very introverted though, which I suppose is fine, and normal. During these times I reflect a lot on past experiences. I seem to understand them better and regret less. I also forgive, not just 'yes i forgive you', but truly, deeply forgive. I just posted this on Facebook, but I think it's a great quote "We don't forgive people because they deserve it. We forgive them because they need it--because we need it. We all need it." -Janis Joplin
I'm going to let that sink in for now, and see what kind of response this blogging gets. If it gets good response, i'll keep posting like this as well as my informational posts. Thanks for reading. Namaste.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Beets & Updates

So, I wanted to get a new post up proving I am still alive. It is not like me to take such a long break from blogging. I have been super busy with a new job and making plans for updates to my blog. I apologize. One main reason I haven't posted anything is because I am getting a new fancy camera and I want to post awesome pictures for y'all. I am also in the process of making some easy navigation upgrades to the blog and adding some great material. For this post I want to share some very cool information about a vegetable. BEETS! Not the Dr.Dre ones, but the reddish purple ones that no one likes!

I have read all about why beets are great for you, but never put them into action in my kitchen. Still too afraid to make the commitment, I found myself at my local health food store buying beet root powder. It's smell is earthy/dirty as well as its mild taste. Most use it in cakes or smoothies for coloring. Let's discuss some benefits of Beet Root!

Benefits of Beets: 

  • Rich in Nitrate, compounds that can improve blood flow and lower blood pressure.
  • Full of antioxidants, dietary fiber, magnesium, folic acid, calcium, iron, potassium, vitamins A, B, & C, Folate, Manganese & many many more.
  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Increase brain blood flow
  • Improve exercise endurance
  • Cleanse the body
  • Great tonic for the liver
  • A Purifier for the blood
  • Prevents various types of cancer
  • Helps your mental health
  • Contains Betaine: The same substance used to treat depression
  • Contains Trytophan: Relaxes the mind and creates a sense of well being


Ok so, lots of good benefits! Another thing I want to add is how it helps with stomach acid. So basically, if you eat beets and you pee and your pee is still its natural color then you have high stomach acid. If you pee and its pinkish, then you have low stomach acid. Cool right? Right. Well how about a little history on beets. They were used as far back as the Romans to ensure a long and healthy life. Hippocrates also used beets to heal wounds. The italians used them as an aphrodisiac! and India used them for infections and coughs. Are you going to buy some beets yet?

I finally used my beet powder in my smoothie, it was pretty earthy tasting. BUT I also used a TBS when I should have used a TSP! Big difference! 1 tsp = 1 beet. Keep that in mind! Happy juicing (if thats the road you choose to take). namaste!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Gluten Free Angel Food Cake

Whether you are gluten free or not, this cake is amazing! It definitely does not last long in my household. This recipe is super easy to make and is a guilt free treat when you need something sweet!

Gluten Free Angel Food Cake Recipe: 

  • 1 Cup Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 12 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar


First, I measure everything out so i'm ready, this is a time sensitive recipe. You'll need to measure the sugar in two bowls of 3/4 Cups each. You will use the sugar separately. Once everything's measured you can combine the flour, xanthan gum, and one bowl containing 3/4 cups of sugar. Seriously, be sure to leave out the cream of tartar and one bowl of sugar! I made the mistake once of mixing in the cream of tartar and had to dump everything! And when you're using gluten free flour that's not cool!

Next you probably want to preheat your oven to 325 degrees. You want to let your egg whites get to room temperature. This will help the maximize the volume of the egg whites. So go ahead and separate your eggs and let the whites sit in a stainless steel bowl until room temperature. This is the trick to getting the fluffiness of angel food cake. If you have to let your egg whites sit out for a few hours, go ahead. Once you've conquered this task, now comes the fun part. Using a whisk attachment, you'll need to beat the egg whites on medium-high until soft peaks form. You then stop the mixer, add your cream of tartar and salt, then beat until hard peaks form. This is much easier with a visual so if you need to refer to the YouTube, I found this video that really explains it well. Specifically watch the video from 1:50 seconds to 4:55 seconds. You can find the video HERE

Once you've gotten your eggs to hard peaks, move the bowl away from the mixer and fold in your flour mixture with a spatula. It's very important that you softly fold this in, too much whipping can deflate your egg whites. Once it's all mixed together, pour into an angel food cake pan and bake on 325 degrees for 55 minutes. You can choose to put icing on it or leave it plain. Ours rarely makes it to icing because we eat it so fast we don't have time to ice it. I will post recipes for icings a little later. Enjoy this gluten free angel food cake!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

UPDATE to Healthy Natural Homemade Dog Food



It's been a while since I posted the tutorial for 'Natural' Homemade Dog Food, but this is a long awaited and much needed update to my previous post. You can find my original post Here

I really probably should just delete the whole original post, but I want people to see that I am not perfect. I am always learning new things and always updating things as well. I have learned and experienced that the original recipe for my dog food was terrible!

So here's what happened. My dog really loved the food I made her. She chowed it like it was going out of style! I put her on a feeding schedule, so she went from eating the hard store bought food whenever she wanted, to getting fed real food twice a day. With this schedule and this recipe, she gained a ton of weight. She is only 4 and she looked like an old dog. Her fur was not as soft and silky, it was dry and actually starting to lighten to like a gray color! Also, the most important side effect, all around her ears was starting to peel! Her skin was so dry and she was breaking out all over! If I tried to pick or flake it away her hair fell out in those areas! The cause of this, in my opinion, was the gluten! The original post contained a salt substitute and wheat germ! Clearly, I made this recipe before we became gluten free.

What I changed since then, I only feed her Real natural food! So I still cook up the ground beef, and the vegetables. I also use any food that is leftover in the fridge. So if we haven't eaten all our leftovers, they go to the pup. And since we only eat legitimate healthy food, I know its all good for my dog.

So a typical batch of food will mostly consist of, ground beef, red kidney beans, peas and carrots, any leftovers like steak, vegetables, mashed potatoes, meats, etc. I also will put egg yolks in her food almost every time. This is because we make an awesome gluten free angel food cake and use 12 egg whites so I always have leftover egg yolks. I just cook them up and store them separately in the freezer so when its time to make dog food I just add them in the mixture.

I can proudly say that my pup eats very good! Since I have changed her diet, she still eats twice a day and after dinner she usually gets to play the role of the household 'dishwasher'. She is much happier, has tons of energy. Her coat is amazingly soft and silky and immediately after I took her off the gluten, her dry skin and flakiness went away. She also dropped the weight she gained and is a very healthy weight now.

I truly apologize for posting a recipe that wasn't the best possible choice for our loving animals. With the new food, I don't have a recipe, I just put food together that's healthy for her. I did recently have someone laugh when I was cooking the food for the pup. I asked why she was laughing she replied I just can't believe you feed your dog that. I said well we eat it, why shouldn't the dog eat good food too, would you eat hard dog food? Good Point! I know some people would object to 'table scraps', but we don't feed the dog at the table, we wait until we are done and anything leftover either goes into her food stash in the fridge or we put some in her food bowl. She is very good about not begging for food. I hope your pets are eating as good as they should be!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

My First Piyo Class


What the heck is 'piyo'? That was my first thought too! Piyo is a new low impact, high intensity workout that combines pilates and yoga. Teaching 2 yoga classes a week myself I thought, sure lets try this. So I attended my first class, and survived. The familiarity of yoga was nice because I didn't feel totally out of place, but the endurance was amazing. We were constantly moving and doing repetitions of amazing sequences. At first my coordination was a little off and I was lagging behind with the movements, but I quickly let go of my mind and let my body do the thinking. It ended up being a blast! I will be attending a piyo class every week now, on top of my regular yoga of course!

A little about Piyo: It is designed to create lean muscle mass to burn fat quickly. These classes are great for anyone who wants to slim down or tone up. Since it's low impact it is friendly on the ankles and knees. There are no weights, no jumps, no props, just your body doing continuous series of movements.

Now, obviously I am not a Piyo guru, but I did do my research before I attended the class so I knew what to expect. I highly recommend trying a Piyo class near you!

Please comment if you have tried a class and what you thought of it! I would love to know! Namaste!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Fresh Basil Lemonade


You're probably thinking one of two things, 'that sounds amazing' or 'yuck'. I promise you, I would not be posting this if it wasn't the most refreshing drink of the summer! Just as well, it's always a plus when you find use for something from your garden. We are overwhelmed with basil this year and this was just the recipe we needed to make use of it.

Basil Lemonade Recipe: 

  • 2 Cups Basil Lemon Syrup (will tell you how to make this below)
  • 2 Cups Cold Water
  • 2 Cups Ice
  • 5 Lemons


As I said above, you first need to make the Basil Lemon Syrup. This consists of:
  • 4 sprigs of fresh Basil
  • 2 lemon zests (this is the lemon peel
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 4 Cups Water

Let all of this come to a boil for about 30 minutes. You will see the basil start to sort of deflate, thats a good sign. Once this has cooked, take off the stove and bring to room temperature. In the meantime you can prepare your lemons. I use 5 squeezed lemons. Since you brought the syrup to a boil we won't need to add sugar to the lemon juice. Add 2 cups of water to your lemon mixture. When the syrup is room temperature, add 2 cups into your lemonade. Store the rest in a mason jar in the fridge. This will keep for 5 days. You now have delicious, refreshing Basil Lemonade. Please comment if you try this!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Gluten Free Recipes

Many people now days are jumping on the No Gluten bandwagon. As you may have read in my previous post about My Lifestyle Change Journey I not only went gluten free, but I also went chemical free. I am an all natural wild woman now. In that, I lost 10 pounds in my first month and I am more healthy now than I have been in my entire life. I will make another post updating everyone on how my diet and body is doing. For now, I am going to kindly provide you with some of my favorite recipes that I like to make now. Everything is 100% gluten free and healthy. No chemicals, nothing bad for you.

Peanut Butter Banana Muffins: 

These are a hit at my family's weekly Sunday dinners. If I show up without these muffins I will hear the wrath of the family. Super easy to make and great with a glass of milk.
  • 2 Bananas
  • 1 Cup Smuckers Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup all natural Honey
  • 1/2 tsp. aluminum free Baking Soda
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Pinch of Cinnamon
Super easy, just mix everything together in a mixer until incorporated and put into a muffin pan and bake on 350 for 15 minutes. I like to lather some butter on top when they are fresh out of the oven. >br>

Chocolate Chip Cookies: 

When you have gone gluten free it seems like all you crave are those darn chocolate chip cookies and a huge glass of milk! Well, these are the worlds best cookies. These are a hit with my family and friends as well. Even my non gluten free friends love them!
  • 1 3/4 Cups Gluten Free All Purpose Flour, I use Bob Mills
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Xanthan Gum
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp. aluminum free Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 3/4 Cups Chocolate Chips. I use Enjoy Life brand's mini chips.
  • 1/2 Cup Butter, softened
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
Mix together Flour, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, and Salt. Set aside in a bowl. In a mixing bowl, incorporate Butter and Sugar together. Add egg. Slowly add in the dry mixture until everything is mixed together. Add in the chocolate chips. Scoop spoonfuls on a baking sheet and bake for 6 minutes on 325. If you have an electric oven you may need to alter this. Probably on 350 for 6-8 minutes. Store excess batter in the fridge while the rest is baking. Enjoy :)


These are my two favorite recipes. I will share more at a later time. I hope you enjoy these. Please comment with any success you have had. Or failure. . Also, if theres anything you want me to try to make gluten free, let me know. I love experimenting. I actually have a gluten free angel food cake in the oven right now! Namaste! :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What's Happening in the Universe for July

WALK AWAY FROM DRAMA, MOVE INTO DHARMA.

“The best journeys in life are those that answer the questions you never thought to ask”

The Moon in Gemeni meets Mars. As the Sun enters his own sign of Leo for 30 days of Heart math, Expansion, Warmth, and playful creativity.

This is one of the most auspicious times of the year as Sol/Sun approaches Jupiter for a warm embrace on July 24th.

With Mercury (the messenger) in a confrontation with Pluto, expect more threats, intimidation, and under the radar revelations on the world stage.

In your own life, walk away from the dramas and move forward — any losses now will be re-framed as triumphs after July 25 at the brilliant New Moon in Leo

Keep in mind that it's a time / space where Karma and Dharma are being activated by Saturn and Uranus, lasting all summer.

Uranus is the Higher law, Saturn is the Earthly Law, always in an eternal dance. The Great Awakener (Uranus) is your inner revolutionary inciting you to individuate, to forge your own soul path on your own terms by moving from adventure to adventure. Saturn is the boundary maker, only allowing you to pass if you walk away from emotional and physical addiction, materialism, and conformity.

It's time to withdraw from what no longer serves you.

See it as a summer of voluntary course correction and a re-connection to your soul's desires.

Not so much a sacrifice as a release.

Wherever mid Aries/Scorpio is in your chart is where you'll experience the greatest shifting of inner tectonic plates as a huge amount of psychic potential is released.

July was always meant to be the month when the 'new year' would fully kick in. With the personal planets (Venus, Mars, and Mercury) all direct, and the Grand Frozen Cross in Cardinal signs FINALLY over, movement is everywhere. Jupiter just swept into Leo, Mars almost into Scorpio, Saturn just went direct.

Let the universe surprise you. “You can accept or reject the way you are treated by other people, but until you heal the wounds of your past, you will continue to bleed.”

Information from Yogastrology

Friday, July 18, 2014

Remembering a Beautiful Soul


I've been debating on whether or not I wanted to post about this topic. Clearly, I've come to the conclusion that it's a good idea. Everyone is going to deal with death sometime in their lives, whether it be a pet, a loved one, or a loved pet! All pets are loved, but you get what I mean.


I've recently had to deal with the passing of a cat i've had for a long time. This is my journey with that kind beautiful soul.


Formerly known as Vigina, we called her Booger her whole life. Sometimes we called her Viginia Slim because she was so fluffy and chunky. I remember that day inside Petco, walking down the makeshift aisle of cats in cages and I stopped at Booger's. I looked at her in the eyes and said 'she's the one I want'. They took her out of the cage and I held her and she didn't squirm or fight it, she laid in my arms like 'please take me home' and I did.

My reasoning for getting a kitty was because I had recently moved out on my own, 4 hours away from family. I started college and was lonely. I wanted a companion. I had kitties in my life, but none I got close enough to. Just childhood kitties. So, I made the decision to get a companion and just so happens Petco was having an adoption that weekend. Lucky me. Lucky Booger.

In Booger's early days, she loved to chase balls down a long hallway. Yes, like a dog. She loved to play with string, dip her paws in water glasses. Even try to squeeze her entire body into a glass. I don't know why cats do that. It's silly. She loved to cuddle from the very beginning. Very laid back kitty and very loving and compassionate.



Booger always loved to cuddle with me when I was trying to get stuff done, she's such a silly soul. Anytime I was down, she was there. I could be crying on the other side of the house and she was there in a heartbeat to lay on me and nudge me and give me kisses. She always gave kisses on my nose. And she would bump my nose a lot. Which later I discovered that when kitties bump noses its like a human saying hey how are you. They are checking in. I like to think Booger was checking in with me.
  

Boog was also in love. Her and Kitten had an amazing relationship. We caught them cuddling on the couch multiple mornings. Most of the time Booger slept on my head in bed, but sometimes she took time for Kitten and that was special. They bumped noses a lot and always played and ran around the house together. Kitten is doing okay, sometimes she lets out a few cries and she punched through the screen last night and escaped (probably looking for booger). Which is a stunt Booger is too familiar with. When she was younger, she was in the kitchen window and fell through. She didn't leave, she sat on the front porch and meowed until I woke up and let her in. Good Kitty.

I'm not going to write about Boogers ending days, because that's not how I want to remember her. She was seriously the best soul I have ever encountered. I've never came across another animal that had such amazing power. Booger taught me a lot about being patient, loving, and compassionate. I hope to find another soul half as good as hers in my next maine coon mix. (not anytime soon though)

We gave Booger a proper burial on Sunday, July 6th. Her body is gone, but her spirit will forever live on. She's always in my heart and I will always love her! I have moved passed the 'i miss her' stage, even though I do. But now I am able to look at her pictures and talk about her and remember the fun and great things she did. She's more than just an animal. I'm very thankful I had the opportunity to love and be loved by her.



Enjoy your journey Booger!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

UPDATE to No Poo / Chemical Free Hair

This is my update to my previous post on the 'no poo' method for going chemical free with your hair. You can find my original post Here

It has been 3 months of no shampoo or conditioner for me. My hair is starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but I seriously miss my long straight/sometimes wavy, silky, shiny hair. All I have now is a huge grease ball that I have to pull up and hide with headbands. I left off my original post at the 2 month mark and had just left the baking soda (BS) and apple cider vinegar (ACV) method. So now, a month later and my roots aren't oily, but the rest of my hair is! So bad! Getting pretty frustrated! So obviously something isn't right with my ph levels in my hair. Because I should be pretty much seeing awesome hair by now. So, with lots and lots of research, I found honey to be a good alternate for shampoo.

Honey did amazing at getting through the grease and I followed it with an ACV rinse. Problem here is that my blonde (not literally) butt, put the ACV on my roots as well and that made my hair a little more oily than desired. And by a little I mean, a TON. So note to self: don't apply vinegar rinses to roots! But the honey did work overall. I used this method 2 times about 3-4 days apart.

Once the honey method got old I was about to give up. Like literally took out my old Tresemme and was seriously thinking really hard about using it and just giving up. I did one last research on beating the oily hair and what the heck I am doing wrong. Why is everyone else getting this shiny awesome hair after 3 weeks and here I am 3 months later with an oil slick on my head! So, like I mentioned before, my ph is all wrong. The curtains finally opened and there on the internet lied The Egg Wash!

You take 1-3 eggs and dilute with water and let sit on your wet hair for like 5 minutes. 1-3, depending on how much hair you have. (i used 3) So another note to self: when doing an egg wash, let the eggs get to room temperature just for the sake of not having ice cold scrambled eggs drip down your back! I did this wash and rinsed thoroughly with room temperature water. I followed this with a regular white vinegar rinse instead of the ACV. I found that the ACV can be too much for some hair so that could very well be why my hair is over producing oil and sebum. I felt how clean the eggs made my hair as soon as I rinsed them out! This time I only used the vinegar rinse on the ends of my hair, not my scalp. I am very pleased with this method! My hair is super clean and not greasy! I did have some buildup after it dried, not sure if that was the egg, even though I rinsed like crazy. Or just old buildup. Either way the Egg Wash was pretty amazing! Another note for the egg wash, only do this bi-weekly. It will add protein to your hair and yes there is such thing as too much protein in hair. Google it. Oh, one more note: don't dry hair after an egg wash. If you have any residue left on your hair you may end up with breakfast on your head.

Good luck with your journey. And please comment on how you are doing if you have done the no poo! Hopefully I will do one more update telling you I am finally through my transition to wonderful chemical free hair.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

July Super Moon




July 12, 2014 marks yet another Full Moon. But as you may have seen in the title of this blog, it's also a Super Moon, otherwise known as a Buck Moon, or a Thunder Moon. These alternate names were given due to the events that happen in July. This is when the bucks will start to grown in their antlers and weather will become a bit chaotic. Super moons appear larger because they are closer to the earth. It's something very amazing to see.

If you plan to enjoy this beautiful occurrence, the blood moon will arrive on the East coast around moonrise at 8:30pm EST. For other parts of the world, it will be roughly the same time in your time zone give or take a few minutes. The best place to see the moon is anywhere you have good viewing access, of course!

A super moon bring a time of blossoming and life. It's a great time to reflect on personal success and what you have created. Some will write their manifestations on a piece of paper in coming nights of the blood moon. Relationships are of a greater value at this time as you have more of a need to share, love, join, and connect with your partner. Take the super moon however you want it, but it is something beautiful. I have already written some things that I want on a piece of paper as well as I will be putting my moon water out the night before. Take this time to reflect and be reborn.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Mercury Retrograde



I've been getting a lot of questions about what is going on lately. Why can't we concentrate, why is Facebook not sending our messages and why do our phones keep losing service. WHAT'S HAPPENING!? It's called Mercury Retrograde.

What is Happening:  

The planet of communication is Mercury. Mercury is well on its way through the universe, until June 7th, when it stops dead in it's tracks at 3 degrees of Cancer. The planet then will turn backwards and go back in which the way it came until July 1st when it stops again and returns back on its original path. Mercury turns retrograde three times a year, spending a bit more than three weeks in "reverse" gear each time. The retrograde cycle is due to the fact that we are viewing the planets from a moving platform, the Earth. The planets, in fact, do not actually change direction, but appear to do so from our perspective. This geocentric, or earth-centered, point of view is the basis for astrological measurements. In a sense, what you see is what you get.

What will be Affected:  

Well of course Mercury related endeavors are going to be compromised, such as communication, travel, and attention to detail. Expect to feel more introverted and less social. Probably avoid new projects or signing any contracts during this time. Don't purchase any large items such as cars, houses, anything else. Glitches in technology are expected. (I have had numerous Facebook messages not send, and my cell phone carrier seems to not have service more often that it does have service)

How Long Will This Last:  

The actual Retrograde will last from the time Mercury stops on June 7th to the time it stops again on July 1st. However, there is a 'shadow' period that lasts roughly 2 weeks before and after the retrograde. The 'front end' will begin on May 23rd and ended on the first day of the Retrograde, June 7th. The 'back end' will begin when Mercury stops on July 1st and starts is journey back to 3 degrees of Cancer. It will end once it reaches its destination on July 16th. These 'shadows' will be less intense than the actual Retrograde.

We can use this time to tie up any lose ends that may be floating around. Be more aware of your perspective of life and communication. We will all feel this shift, some more than others. Ride it out and enjoy the ride.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Going 'No Poo' - Chemical Free Hair




I have recently chosen not to poo. This simply means that I don't use any shampoos or conditioners in my hair. I cannot say that I don't use 'chemicals' because baking soda is technically a chemical. As I've been on my 're-wilding' journey lately, I found that I was spending way too much money on chemically enhanced shampoo products and none of them even satisfied my needs. I tried every shampoo and conditioner that was available! Even the really expensive ones. They would work for a few months then my hair would get used to it and in order to stay with that brand, I would have to wash my hair every day or else I would be stuck with an oily mess! So, like I said, I chose to not poo! Here is what i've done so far. (and I will do updates on this as well)

First, with a lot, lot of research, I found the best method that worked overall for people. Baking soda and Apple cider vinegar. I put my old shampoos in the closet (out of sight out of mind, right?) My very first day of going no poo was in May. I made up a mixture of essential oils for oily hair (because mines oily most of the time) and i 'shampooed' with that. Let it sit for a few minutes, then rinsed. Then for a conditioner I made a home made mixture of a conditioner. This consisted of Shea butter & coconut oil. (I will post recipes for these below) Now, the conditioner should only be used like once every 2-3 months because I tell you what, I had people asking me for days why my hair was always wet (aka.greasy). The shea butter stays in your hair for a very long time. It is so hard to get out! BUT, it feels amazing and rejuvenated after it is all out, so it's definitely worth it every couple of months. Plus our hair needs that natural condition ever so often. With the conditioner though, I did NOT put it on my roots, I only put it on the ends and the bulk of my hair. I don't know if that makes a difference, but I can only imagine what an oil mine my head would have been if i put it on my roots! So that is my day 1.

Day 2, I just rinsed my hair with water in the shower. I hid the greasy look with an undo and a headband! Day 3 I took a bath with essential oils in my bath and just soaked my hair in the tub. Didn't use anything on it though. On this day, I could start to see the amazing work of the shea butter and coconut oil. My hair was a little less greasy and very little dandruff and sebum buildup. For those of you that are wondering, sebum buildup is the white stuff that builds on your scalp. If you soak in a tub and scrub your scalp with your fingernails you'll see white stuff under your nails. Your head produces it naturally, it will decrease as you go farther in your 'no poo' re-wilding adventure. Moving on, Days 4, 5, & 6, I just rinsed, alternating with baths and showers when needed.

Once I saw the oil from the conditioner mix was going away I washed my hair with baking soda. Meaning, I poured some BS (baking soda) in my hands and scrubbed my scalp, as well as the bulk of my hair (I have really long hair). I made sure to rinse the BS out really good, then I conditioned with Apple cider Vinegar. (roots and all) When needed I still take a wide tooth wooden comb through my hair when the Apple cider is sitting in my hair. This will get any dead strands out, and yes, they do come out! I alternated this method every other shower. So on the off showers (or baths) I would just rinse my hair. I tried to eliminate the combing to one day a week or less.

So I've been doing this method for about 2 months now. My hair finally is starting to see its true being. I have pretty much weened myself off of the Baking Soda and Apple Cider routine, as my hair doesn't need it anymore. I find that when I do use that method now, my hair is oily and ill have to rinse it for sure the next day. I can go about 3 days without rinsing my hair and it is still maintainable and not greasy looking. I am struggling with ways to do my hair, because I've been keeping it in an undo all summer to hide the greasy transformation. It is really hot though, so I guess summer was a good time to transition. When I do wear my hair down, it is absolutely gorgeous and I can't wait until winter to display it!

Please keep in mind, everyone's hair is different. My friend who was doing this transformation with me still uses the essential oil mixture and not the baking soda method. I think she only used the Baking soda method once or twice and it didn't work for her. Also, her hair is really dry and mine is really oily, so the essential oils really help bring oil back to her hair. Try different things, see what works for you. Stick with it and be patient. You hair was not made to be coated with chemical! Let it be free and it will be more amazing than you could ever imagine! Also, I have been cutting my hair more frequently. I cut my hair at home myself so I do this about once every 2 weeks just to get the dead hair off and try to speed up the growth process to get all new fresh wild hair in! Good luck and please comment! I will be posting an addition to this post in a few months when I am farther along in the process.


Oily Hair Essential Oil Recipe: 

  • 4 drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 3 drops Lemon Oil
  • 4 drops Lavender Oil
  • 4 drops Patchouli Oil
  • 2 drops Peppermint Oil
  • 4 drops Thyme Oil
  • 0.50 ml of Vitamin E Oil
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
I used a 3 oz bottle and put all ingredients in, then filled it with warm water and give it a good shake. You don't need much, just enough to coat the hair. Fun Fact: The Thyme helps with dandruff and hair loss. (this is why I always add it in)

Dry Hair Essential Oil Recipe: 

  • 4 drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 3 drops Basil Oil
  • 4 drops Myrrh Oil
  • 4 drops Thyme Oil
  • 0.50 ml of Vitamin E Oil
  • 1 ml of Jojoba Oil
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
I used a 3 oz bottle and put all ingredients in, then filled it with warm water and give it a good shake. You don't need much, just enough to coat the hair. All of these ingredients are specifically for dry hair! The Basil will help not only with dry, but help stimulate hair growth. The tea tree will also help with dandruff.

Conditioner Recipe: 

  • Coconut Oil
  • Shea Butter
I don't know the amounts that I used, I just know I used too much coconut oil. So maybe use 1 part coconut oil to 3 parts shea butter. I melted this down in a double broiler and stored it in a baby food jar. When I need to use it, I let the sealed container float around in my bath water until its melted enough to lather on hair.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Reusable Essential Oil Bottles

What you'll Need: 

  • Empty essential oil bottles
  • Rag or paper towels
  • Water
  • Rubbing alcohol

First you'll need to take the tops off of the bottles. Get a pot of hot water boiling. Once its steaming hot, with an oven mitt or a towel wrapped around your hand, slightly dip the tip of the bottle in the water. It only takes about 15-30 seconds and then you should be able to remove it from the water and pop the top off with a towel. Save this rubber part though! 

Once the tops are off I let those soak in hot soapy water with the lids the entire time I'm cleaning the bottles. This will help eliminate any old oil sitting in them. I then take the rubbing alcohol in a small container or a bowl and start peeling off the label on the bottle. With the rubbing alcohol, rub off all of the gunk, or sticky stuff left from the label. It takes a couple rounds but eventually it will start shining up like a brand new bottle.  

I then let everything sit out for a few hours to dry, then reassemble and you have brand new glass bottles to re-use! I make my own mixtures and use it for baths and other stuff.  

It's really very simple to do. And who wouldn't want those cute little bottles! They look so awesome! I like to keep a mixture for the bath in one bottle so that when it's bath time I'm not grabbing for 5 different bottles! Or you could even make a perfume and keep the tops off of them.  

My Bath Mixture includes: 6 drops Lavendar, 4 drops Eucalyptus, 5 Drops Grapefruit, 1ml Vitamin E. What is your favorite mixture for the bathtub?  

Please leave comments, let me know what posts you are liking and what you want to see more of! Namaste!  

Thursday, June 19, 2014

My Lifestyle Change Journey


There has been a ton of conversation around the subject of what I eat and put into my body. Many questions have been asked regarding how I have made such a huge lifestyle change in such a short amount of time. Although, I do not mind answering and participating in dialogue on Facebook and other social networking sites, I figured, with so much discussion, this should be a blog post.

I used to be the person who drank nothing but soda all day long. I would go to the gas station 2 or 3 times a day and get a 32oz caffeinated drink. I lived off of soda and junk food. I have never been overweight, but I have been struggling in the past 2 years with my weight gain. I was heavier than I had ever been and a lot more lethargic more often. I have had no motivation to do anything for the last 2 years.

I tried working out multiple times, but after a few weeks and not much to show for it, I quickly gave that up. Sometime midway through 2013, I found yoga. I had done yoga before, but not like this. I truly got attached very quickly to yoga. I was fascinated with it, and it made me feel better. So I continued on my yoga journey and now I am a certified instructor looking to travel the world and gain more yoga knowledge and one day open my own studio. This is not a fitness post though, so back to the food portion.

A few months ago, my partner and I started looking into what we were eating. We had looked into juicing and different diets. We read a few books on gluten and realized how bad gluten is for you. "Gluten-Free" has quickly become the new 'fad' of dieting. I watched a video on Netflix called 'Hungry For Change' which I do recommend for everyone to watch! I also watched a few clips on youtube of people who were on a gluten free diet, they were asked one simple question, 'What is gluten?', they had no idea. Gluten is a protein composite found in several types of grains like wheat, rye, and barley. Basically gluten is the elasticity that holds breads together. Everybody is sensitive to gluten, just some people don't even know it. Gluten actually inflames the body and even the brain. Gluten is the cause of irritable bowl syndrome and numerous digestive problems. All around, gluten is no bueno. So, that is the first thing we cut out of our diet. No More Gluten!

We then went through our entire kitchen and pitched or gave away everything that was harmful. We started looking at every label in our kitchen. If it had something in it that we didn't know, we looked it up. Surprisingly everything we looked up was some sort of a cancer causer. Out it went! Of course we were out of food, so we had to make a large trip to the grocery store. We stocked up on fresh cut meat, fresh vegetables, fruits & cheese. Of course anything that was packaged, we checked every label to make sure they didn't add anything in. Even the butter, we have to get salted because the unsalted butter has added stuff in it. Why are they adding all these chemicals to our food!? Food isn't food anymore, its chemically altered poisons! I saw blue filled Twinkies in the store the other day and my mouth literally dropped. I can't even imagine putting something like that in my body anymore!

Another important thing we dropped from our diet was any type of cooking oil. No corn oil, vegetable oil, sunflower oil, none of any kind. Oils are filled with GMO's and artificial chemicals. Want to know more about the negative effect on GMO's look up Monsanto and you will see how terrible they are. Not to mention GMO's are killing our bees. RUDE!

I'm not sure why people pump their bodies full of so called 'food' knowing that it's all made in a plant, then complain they are overweight and have health problems. It just doesn't seem to make sense to me since I have opened my eyes and become aware. People turn to the 'low fat' or 'sugar free' diets and they still are having the same problems. Fat doesn't make you fat, sugar makes you fat! When sugar enters the body, it immediately turns to fat. Wonder why your not losing weight?

I could go on and on about food and GMO's and Monsanto, etc. I suggest if you want to know more and if you have Netflix, watch 'Hungry for Change'. It really explains everything very well. Just be aware of what you are putting into your body. Be more conscious of where your food comes from. Most of all, stay true to yourself.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Why Yoga?


Too many times in my day to day world do I get asked why I practice yoga or have someone tell me they want to join yoga to get 'fit' or 'healthy' or 'in shape'. While yoga will help with your overall health, it is not something to join on a whim.
Yoga is a practice. It is something that shouldn't be minimized to a 10 week session or just a few classes here and there. Yoga is a time for yourself, to take an hour out of your busy hectic tv infested life, to just focus on your natural beauty, spirit, and inner peace. Of course yoga will tone your muscles and you will get more flexible over time, but that should not be the main reason to practice. Below I will list some health benefits of practicing yoga on a regular basis.  

  • 1. INCREASED ARM STRENGTH. After 16 classes, your arm strength could increase by 12%.
  • 2. BETTER POSTURE
  • 3. INCREASE IN FLEXIBILITY. 8 weeks of practice will give you 35% increase in flexibility.
  • 4. DECREASE OF PAIN. Decreases the amount of Lactic Acid in muscle and Decreased Joint Pain.
  • 5. INCREASES LIBIDO. Enough said.
  • 6. HELPS WITH DIGESTION. Increases metabolism and helps digestion.
  • 7. INCREASES LUNG CAPACITY.
  • 8. LESS STRESS. Slower breathing amounts to less stress.
  • 9. OXYGEN TO THE BRAIN. Slower breathing allows more oxygen to get to your brain.

Practicing will also give you peace of mind and make you more grounded and have better focus.
I could go on and on giving you more reasons to practice yoga, but I don't think I need to. When you decide to start, or continue, your practice, make it about YOU and enjoy every minute of it. Namaste!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

8 Angle Pose


What is 8 Angle Pose?  


8 Angle Pose is an arm balance in yoga. It is also known in sanskrit as Astavakrasana (ahsh-tah-vah-krahs-anna). 'Ashta' meaning 'eight', 'vakra' which means 'bent' or 'curved', and of course 'asana' means 'pose'. So now that we have our sanskrit lesson for the day. . . lets discuss the benefits of this pose.  

BENEFITS:  

Astavakrasana has numerous benefits just like any other yoga pose. It strengthens your body muscles as well as gives a good massage to your arms, hands, thighs, shoulders, legs, wrists, and spine. It also helps tone your abdomen. This pose helps in the aid of digestion and elimination of toxins from the body. It helps with a peaceful mind and a healthy body. Even helps in building stamina. It helps to improve blood circulation in your body. And it helps to give a good stretch in your spine, keeping you away from chronic-related problems. So how do we get into this pose. . . find a youtube video. It is incredibly complicated and if you go into it the wrong way you can really hurt yourself.  

TIPS:

 
  • Pigeon, Happy Baby, and Forward Folds are a great way to open yourself up for this intense pose.
  • Find one point to focus on. This can help your stability and mental focus.
  • Core strength is a key factor in this pose. Prepare with dolphin pose, plank, and boat.


  • So why did I just provide you with all of this information about a pose I cannot even conquer myself. . . Simple. .I have a passion for yoga and I want my readers to understand why I have that passion. Yoga opens and balances the mind, body, and soul. I have found a lot of my guidance through yoga and meditation. I do not like what mainstream society has done to yoga, made it the 'trendy' thing to do. Yoga is all about inner peace and spiritual growth. I may not be able to do the intense advanced poses, or conquer handstands when commanded, but I do have inner peace, and it is fun to work towards the more challenging things in life. You never know what your body is capable of. Our bodies were not made to sit all day behind a desk looking at a computer. They were made to be out in nature and move in certain ways. Doing yoga to me is just moving your body to what feels good. I hope these yoga posts are handy and some of you are living a balanced life. Namaste and good luck with your practice.  

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

    Benefits of Lemon

    With a new diet change in our household, lemonade has been the drink of choice. Not just lemonade, but homemade fresh squeezed lemonade. Pretty much just lemon water with a sprinkle of sugar. We use the entire lemon, minus the rind, along with reverse osmosis water and have a very healthy, very natural sweet, thirst quenching drink! So why is lemon considered a super fruit?  
    • 1. DITCH THE CAFFINE, START YOUR DAY OFF RIGHT: Lemon water is the best thing to start your day with instead of those caffeinated drinks. You could also sip on some warm lemon water as both variations will give you Vitamin C as well as Stimulate your digestive track.
    • 2. WEIGHT LOSS: Forget all of the cleansing diets, lemons contain pectin, a soluble fiber that has been shown to aid in weight loss struggles.
    • 3. PREVENT KIDNEY STONES: Drinking just one half cup of lemon juice a day raises citrate levels in the urine. Studies show that this could protect against calcium stones in the kidneys.
    • 4. SOOTHE A SORE THROAT: Many wives tales have mentioned honey being a sore throat reliever, but adding some lemon to the honey will help alleviate the discomfort of a sore throat.
    • 5. STOP AN ITCH: Something as simple as lemon juice and cornstarch can help alleviate the constant itch of poison ivy or an insect bite.
    • 6. BRING DOWN THE FEVER: Instead of pumping yourself full of medicine, try drinking some lemon juice to bring down your fever.
    • 7. HELPS WITH DIGESTION: Drinking lemon on a regular basis will clean out your digestive track. Pace yourself if you feel any uncomfortableness.
    • 8. CLEAR UP ACNE: The Vitamin C in citrus fruits is essential for healthy glowing skin. The alkaline in the lemons helps kill bacteria known as acne.
    • 9. DITCH THE ANXIETY: Lemon has a calming effect relieving fatigue, exhaustion, dizziness, anxiety, nervousness, and tension.
    • 10. BYE BYE CANKER SORES: Lemons have natural properties of antibacterial and antiviral, therefore jump starting the healing process of those dreaded canker sores.

    And I can't forget my favorite theory on lemons, HELP A SUNBURN. This one isn't proven, but since we have been drinking tons of lemon water, our sunburns don't burn and hurt like usual. Is it a coincidence that lemons grow in hot tropical weather and could possibly heal sunburns? And what if lemon(ade) is really an aid. Something to think about.  
    Enjoy your lemons more frequently and start seeing some changes in your body.  
    Remember, these are just my favorite top 10 uses for Lemons so as usual, please leave comments!  
    Namaste!  


    Picture from www.fitsugar.com  

    Friday, April 11, 2014

    Healthy Natural Homemade Dog Food


    Many people now a days are all about the 'healthy' way of living and eating. Everyone wants to join the healthy bandwagon. I am seeing commercial after commercial for the new and improved all 'natural' dog foods. Still, its hard food that hurts your animals gums and teeth. That's what bones and chews are for, to keep your pet's mouth healthy. I came across a recipe and decided to give it a try. I'm not even going to post the original recipe on here, because I altered it so much that it is irrelevant. It is easy to make and my dog absolutely loves it! She has so much more energy throughout the day, and her coat is looking better than ever. Here's how to make your own dog food.  

    What you'll Need: 

    • 2 # Hamburger, raw
    • 1 Can Cooked Beans
    • 3 Eggs
    • 1/2 Cup Wheat Germ
    • 1 1/2 Cups finely copped Oats
    • 1 Small box of Brown Rice (About 3 1/2 Cups
    • 3 Cups Water
    • 1 1/2 Cups Pureed Vegetables
    • 1 Tbs Garlic Powder
    • 1 tsp Salt Substitute
    • Egg Shell Powder

    First start cooking the vegetables and beans. I use carrots and Pinto Beans. While those are cooking, get the rice cooking.  



    While you have stuff cooking on the stove, mix together the hamburger and the eggs in a bowl by itself.


    Use the egg shells from those 3 eggs to make you egg shell powder. Make sure you wipe them off with a paper towel so they don't have any egg residue on them. In a blender or food processor, blend your oats and eggs to make a fine powder.


    In another separate bowl, mix the oat and egg powder mixture with the wheat germ and salt substitute and garlic powder.


    Once your vegetables are cooked, puree them. So now you have 2 bowls, one meat mixture, and one dry ingredients. You also have your pureed vegetables in a bowl, Your cooked beans, and cooked rice. I used a very large pot, the biggest I had to use as the ultimate mixing bowl. Heres a picture of everything ready to mix.


    Yes, that's my cat's paw! The animals love when I make this, all of them! The dog goes crazy sniffing around, she knows its for her. Anyways, back on track. Mix the carrot mixture into the meat mixture until well blended. Yes, I use my hands for all of this. Messy, but efficient!


    Now comes the ultimate mixing. You can do this however you please. I take scoops of each mixture and put 1 handful of each into the mixing pot, mix, and keep adding 1 scoop at a time. It makes it a little easier when working with so much food.


    Once it starts to get thick and dry, about halfway through, I add the water. Here's a before(dry) and after (watery) picture.



    Finally, mixture is done!



    Now dig up every possible pan you have and start scooping. I sprayed cooking spray to eliminate the sticking. It won't come out in loaf form so you will just be scooping it out of the pans after cooking.


    Let cook for an hour on 350 degrees. When done cooking, I let cool completely then package into individual zip locks and store in the freezer. This recipe made about 8 regular sandwich ziplock bags. My dog goes through about 1 bag every 2 days so this recipe usually lasts me about 2 weeks. When I get a free time I make a batch of food whether we need it or not, that way if I never run out of food. I had a hard time finding a few things in the store, the wheat germ I found by the oatmeal and cereal. And the Salt Substitute I found by the spices. The only things I have to buy fresh each time I make a batch is the ground beef, fresh vegetables, and rice. Most of the ingredients will last you a few batches before you have to buy more, making this not only healthier, but a lot more cost efficient than buying dry dog food.


    Please let me know if you try this recipe. Don't forget you can alter the measurements if you need to make more or less at a time. Thanks for reading! ~Namaste!

    Monday, March 17, 2014

    DIY Useful Box



    I came across this pin and with every intention of trying it. It wasn't until a year later that I almost threw a box away and realized I could make use of it. Let me tell you, Awesome pin! It was super easy and fun to make and I use this box everyday, it's so helpful! I use mine for diapers and wipes, but you could use them to organize toys, craft projects, store anything really. Well, heres how I made mine. Good luck! 

    What you'll Need: 

    • Box
    • Fabric
    • Hot Glue gun
    • Scissors



    First you'll need to cut all the flaps off the box. 


    Find a big square piece of fabric and lay your box in the center. Then I marked with a sharpie or a pen each corner of the box, just in case it shifted a little, I could position it back to the center.





    Then cut each flap out. You'll end up cutting out pieces of fabric. Fold the flaps upward and glue to the box. Leave about a quarter of an inch on all sides so you can fold over.




    When it comes to the corners, You want to cut a diagonal slit up to the corner of the box so it will fold nicely.





    When your ready to finish off the corners, just fold the outer flap under and glue down. It will look like a finished seam.





    Glue the top flaps down and you're done.



    Enjoy! As usual, let me know if you try this one!
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    Thursday, March 6, 2014

    Make a Bouncy Ball from Scratch



    I absolutely love when the kids get bored, we do a quick search on Pinterest, they find something they like, and we have all the ingredients or materials lying around the house! Best feeling in the world! The latest 'experiment' they wanted to do was make bouncy balls from scratch. I would say this recipe/formula isn't a total Fail, but a Patience Pin. Here's what happened: 

    What you'll Need: 

    • Borax
    • Cornstarch
    • Glue (white glue makes an opaque ball, clear or blue glue makes a translucent ball)
    • Food coloring

    What you Do: 


    Label one cup "Borax Solution" and the other cup "Ball Mixture". 
    Pour 2 Tablespoons warm water and 1 1/2 teaspoon Borax into the cup labeled "Borax Mixture". Stir well & add food coloring if you want. 


    Pour 1 Tablespoon of glue into the cup labeled "Ball Mixture". Add 1/2 teaspoon of the Borax Solution you just made and 1 Tablespoon of cornstarch. DO NOT STIR. Let the ingredients interact for about 10-15 seconds and then stir.

    Once the mixture becomes impossible to stir, take out the mixture and start molding it with your hands. Note: It will be very sticky and gooey at first. This is where I let the kids play with it and squish it in their hands. Once their hands were too sticky I took over and by then it was kneaded enough that it was hardening. There are little bumps in it from all the cornstarch, if you pop those between your hands the chemicals all react better and it will harden into a ball quicker. Once it starts hardening and is no longer sticky, roll between your hands to form a ball.  

    You can start bouncing when the ball is not sticky and semi hard. I found that they didn't bounce that high until the next day.

    We left ours out overnight. You should store it in a plastic bag though. " 
    The kids thought this one was a fail, but it actually worked, just not to their expectations I guess. They did have fun making them though and they all enjoyed their 'ball'. One of the balls didn't turn into a ball at all, it just stayed squishy and we played with it like 'flubber', which was fun anyways. This pin is a good one, it is super quick and not that messy to do, and if your anything like me you have a good stock of Borax for your laundry detergent. Overall good pin. Good Luck. As always, Let me know if you try this! 

    Image and recipe came from

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

    DIY Tangle-free Headphones



    It's old news that headphones naturally tangle up. If your anything like me and keep a pair in your purse, they are a nightmare to untangle when you need them. Naturally, if you make the headphones bigger, they won't tangle as easy. So, that's just what we have done here. I found this pin on Pinterest a while ago and thought to give it a try for that pair of headphones I keep in my purse at all times. Worked perfect, and was a fun project to do. This pin is amazing and well worth trying. 

    What you'll Need: 

    • Headphones of choice
    • Embroidery floss

    The technique is from the friendship bracelets made back in the day.  


    Also, a little tip: You can use a little clear fingernail polish if you need to glue some ends down for them to stay in place just as reinforcements. This is such an easy project to do and I highly recommend wrapping your headphones so they never become a tangled mess again. 

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

    The Best Sugar Cookies


    What you'll Need: 

    • 1 Cup real butter (no substitutes) at room temperature
    • 1 Cup Sugar
    • 1 Egg (large or extra large)
    • 1 1/2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
    • 3 Cups Flour
    • 1 1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder
    • 1/2 Tsp. Salt

    What you Do: 


    First you cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes or so. Then add in the egg and extract and mix until it is incorporated into the mixture. 
    In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. A very important note: It's important to correctly measure your flour or you will end up with a dry, crumbly dough. Never use the measuring cup to scoop up the flour. Use a regular size spoon and spoon the flour into the cup and then level it off. 
    Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until completely combined. 
    Chill the dough for about an hour or TIP: When your dough is made, instead of putting it in the fridge, immediately roll between 2 sheets of waxed or parchment paper and then place on a flat surface in the fridge. Chill for about 20-30 minutes and then start cutting it out. This way it chills faster and the bonus is you don't ned to add extra flour to roll it out. If you don't use this tip: When you're ready to roll it out, lightly sprinkle flour onto your work space and roll out dough with a rolling pin.




    Bake at 350 for just a few minutes. 5-10 depending on your oven. Baking time really depends on how you like them. If you like them really fluffy and chewy about 6-7 minutes will do it. If you like them crisp and buttery, leave them in for 9-10 minutes. 

    Now Comes the Icing. Here's What You'll Need:  

    • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
    • 1 1/2 Tbs. Milk
    • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
    • Food coloring of choice

    Start with the Powdered sugar and add in the vanilla. Slowly add in the milk. When you have the consistency you want, add in the food coloring of choice. If you want different colors you can separate the icing into a few different bowls. You can make cookies for any holiday now! 

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

    Homemade Pore Minimizing Face Mask




    This is a homemade face mask recipe. I use this face mask after a hot bath or shower. Because it is meant to clean out and minimize your pores, it's best if your pores are open. Very simple to do and only takes 10 seconds to make. 

    What you'll Need: 

    • 1/2 tsp. Gelatin
    • 1/2 tsp. Milk

    First you'll need to mix the milk and the gelatin. A good proportion is important. I mix just enough for my face. Note: I don't cover my entire face. I cover my chin area, nose area, and t-zone. I usually have a little extra so I do my cheekbones. For a good mixture, the thinner, more runny the mix is, the harder it will be to peel off. I use equal parts of Gelatin and milk, that seems to be the prefect mixture. You can play around with it to get it to your liking. I get the boxes of gelatin that have a few packages in them, they cost less than a dollar at the store. I open one package at a time and store it in a small ziplock because that little pouch will last you a few mixtures. Once you have your mixture made it should look something like the picture below. 


    This is where you need to act fast! Once it's mixed and looks a little clumpy, you need to get it into the microwave quick. I microwave for literally 6 seconds! Too long and it will cook, which you don't want. Too short and it won't work. You need that heat and stickiness from the gelatin. Once microwaved it will look a little more like a face mask, looking similar to the picture below.

    From here, you run, yes run, into the bathroom and start spreading on your pores. You want a good layer over your intended areas, but don't keep clopping it on over and over. One good layer is enough. Let sit for 15 minutes, or until you feel it has hardened.
    In the meantime, try to not move your face. No smiling, no talking, etc. If your moving around you won't be able to see your results at the end. When your ready to take off, you just simply peel off the mixture. Start with an area and peel carefully. This is important for seeing results. If your caressing ripping it off, you will ruin the results. Carefully peel from one side to the other and before you even put it down, check to see the results. You will be impressed. My results are pictured below.
    You can see all the blackheads that were removed. Kinda gross, but reality!
    Let me know if you try this and how it works out for you. Be prepared: It does not feel pleasant peeling that stuff off your sensitive face, so don't get too close to your eyes! It also isn't the best smelling stuff in the world, but your face feels great afterwards. Also, I only use this mixture about twice a week. Good Luck!
    Namaste!