SOAP

 

 

I’m so excited about this post, because I am so excited about this soap. I’m pretty much obsessed. And I don’t use that word lightly.

The love affair began when I was walking through the store looking for an all natural alternative to my go-to Dove soap. I saw a huge bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap – and sure, I had heard of it before, but after looking it up on my phone in the aisle – I was extremely surprised at all of the different things you can do with it.

Shampoo: In an old Shampoo bottle dilute 1/2 tablespoon of the soap to 1/2 cup of water until full.

Body: Just one squirt on your loofa will do it! (If you get the peppermint soap, be cautious around sensitive areas as you may get a little tingle/almost burning sensation)

Laundry: Use 1/2 cup to 1/3 cup in a large load – add in 1/2 cup of vinegar, too!

Mopping: 1/2 cup soap to 3 gallons of water (I just fill up my Swiffer Jet with a couple splashes of soap and then fill it up with water – i’m not very exact – and it works great! makes your apartment smell like peppermint, too :) )

Countertop Cleaning: 1/4 cup soap to a quart of water- (I just fill up a spray bottle to about an inch up from the bottom with the soap, and then fill the rest of the spray bottle with water)

There are so many more uses and cheat sheets out there – I’ll provide some helpful links at the bottom of this post!

These measurements certainly don’t have to be exact – but it gives you an idea of everything you can use this soap for. It’s an all natural, castile soap so you don’t have to worry about any harmful chemicals being soaked into your skin. I use this in the shower and then finish off with coconut oil as a moisturizer after.

Not only is this a great alternative to chemical-induced soaps – but it’s economical, too! Diluting the soap makes it last longer, and you can buy a 16 ounce bottle for about $6.00 at cvs. Typically, buying a separate shampoo, body wash, cleaner, and laundry detergent, will cost you a solid $15.00 or more.

What about conditioner you ask? Pure Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Rub it in your hair after the soap, and let it sit for a minute or two, and then rinse. (You can Also use This In Your Laundry, too).

You’re welcome.

 

Helpful Links:

Great Blog Post on Dr. Bronner’s 18 uses!

Business Insider Article on the Magic of the Soap!

 

So it isn’t so much, how to make your own – as why?

“Christi are you crazy? I can just go to the store and buy make up!”

Obviously, I know this. But did you also know that your skin is your largest organ? I bet you did know that – but probably forgot. If you think about it, why should you care so much what you are putting into your body, while completely ignoring what you put on your body? What soaks into your skin can also cause you cancer/other diseases, and shouldn’t be ignored. A great website that details out different make up products and their ingredients/potential dangers is http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/brand/MAC/

The link above was my search on MAC make up – because that’s one of the higher end brands, but you can literally type in any make up brand you have and see what it’s score is. After just a little bit of research into this, you’ll see why an all natural make up is the way to go.

You have two options for this – One) A compact form of powder Two) A loose-form of powder.

make up

Ingredients:

– Cocoa Powder

– Arrow Root Powder (or corn starch)

-Ceylon Cinnamon Powder (optional)

– An Essential Oil (optional)

Begin with arrow root/corn starch as your base, and then slowly mix in the cocoa powder and cinnamon until you reach your skin tone. To make this a more compact powder, add in a drop or two of an essential oil, and press it down to compact.

I simply use an old powder make up container to store mine and use it more as a loose powder.

This honestly makes your face smell amazing, and covers so well! I got this idea from a blog called wellness mama and you can find this and other great ideas she has here: http://wellnessmama.com/

I also have used an old eye shadow container, and filled it with cocoa powder and compacted it down with some tea tree oil, and voila – I have a new dark eye shadow for eyebrows, eye liner, and smokey eyes.

Has anyone ever made another type of make up? A DIY lipstick/lipgloss maybe?? I’m going to start experimenting with more types so let me know!

green drink (2)

I’M A FUN PERSON but large amounts of alcohol and I do not go together. I don’t think anybody in college would get as bad of hangovers as I did. The Worst. Literally would leave me down and out for an entire day.

I remember the day I cured my worst hangover ever, very vividly. I feel like it was yesterday – in a good way.

I had just gotten my juicer from Wal Mart (mine is pretty old, and I remember I got it for about $40.00 – I got one for my mom recently from Wal Mart for $60 – and I think that’s the best deal around right now). I think I got this recipe from Dr. Oz – or I just googled “Green Drink” – but nonetheless, I got my stinky butt out of bed, made this drink, drank it in my bed, and within 20 minutes was showered and working out. It. was. magic.

While I don’t go as hard as I did that day anymore – I do get the occasional headache after a good concert or long night out – and this still does it.

  • A bunch of Spinach (I prepackage my spinach in ziplock bags, and use 1 bag; equals about 1-2 cups)
  • A handful of parsley
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 apple
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1/4 lemon
  • 1/2 lime
  • sliver of ginger root (optional)

You guys, I can’t even.

The only bad thing about this is was the process of juicing – but I promise that this works so well that clean up is not an issue. I can’t explain it – I just know it works. Now, I’ve tried other juicing in the morning – thinking it was just the fresh burst of vitamins that works, and I have to tell you- no other juice recipe is as magical as this one.

If you have a juicer- give it a try! Let me know if it works for you or doesn’t because nobody I know has actually done this – so I could be the only person in the world this works for!

(Also I am dying laughing because I went to look for a picture of juicing – and found the picture above in my instagram. This is the exact drink that I instagram-ed 21 months ago with the caption “10x better than Gatorade” ha ha!)

 

FrittataWell this post is semi impromptu given that I was not planning on having frittata yesterday, at all. But, one of the pains of living in a downtown area, is you have to carry your groceries (at times) great distances.

Okay, I’m exaggerating, but in the midst of carrying my groceries upstairs, 4 eggs got completely busted. It made for a minor mess, but also forced me to cook those eggs on the spot. The last thing I wanted to do was dirty up my kitchen on a Saturday night, given that I would be cooking all day Sunday, so I didn’t! This is a one dish, one person, extremely easy frittata recipe.

  • 4 Eggs
  • A couple mushrooms
  • Half a bell pepper
  • Any other veggies on hand
  • Greek Yogurt (optional)

Start by preheating your oven to about 350 degrees. Coat your baking pan with oil, and get your eggs into the dish. Beat your eggs, and add in a spoonful of greek yogurt (optional)

Add in your chopped veggies and season with salt, pepper, and paprika. The paprika is optional – but I can’t eat eggs without it!

Cover the top of your frittata with fresh grated cheese, and pop it in the oven for anywhere from 20 – 40 minutes. Check on it once in a while —– you know it is done when you can cut through the middle without egg oozing down the sides. When you’re done¬†– it should cut out of the dish like a slice of pie.

After it’s done, top it with some pureed tomatoes (or tomato sauce), and ahhh it is sooo good!