Monday, January 23, 2017

Natural Homemade Beauty Recipes

Natural Homemade Beauty Recipes 

Natural Homemade Beauty Recipes

Nature is the newest trend in skin and hair care. For years, we’ve been putting toxic chemicals into our bodies that build up and make us feel tired and sick, regardless of whether we eat them or if they seep though our pores. And people are finally catching on that natural is better.

Most stores now have a line of “natural” beauty products. Unfortunately, they often come with a big price tag attached too. Often times many of these products are not actually “natural” so it does pay to do your homework to ensure you are getting what you pay for.

Fortunately actually making beauty products yourself isn’t too difficult. So if you want beauty products that you know are natural and are also inexpensive, just make them yourself. Here are 5 quick and easy recipes you can make at yourself.

Face Mask
Eating good food helps give you the right nutrients you need to look good.  You can get more of these vitamins and minerals by putting the good stuff right on the skin.

Combining a mashed carrot, mashed avocado, and a beaten egg with a half cup a few tablespoons of honey creates a great face mask that provides vitamins, and improves the tone and texture of your skin. Just stir well, apply, let sit for about 15 minutes, and then wash off with cool water.  

After you’re washed and nourished your skin, you can use grated cucumber or diluted lemon juice as a toner to help tighten your skin and close up your pores to close your pores and keep your skin looking great.

Hair Conditioner
Many people pay a lot of money for a conditioner that actually makes your hair look and feel good. Here’s a great natural recipe to save you money and help your hair.

Just mix an egg yolk with a tablespoon of castor oil and apply to hair. Let sit for about ten minutes and rinse out. You can use this every so often as a conditioning treatment for healthy shiny hair. If you like being experimental, you can try mixing other kitchen items, herbs, and natural items with eggs for healthy, shiny hair.

Hand and Foot Cream
A quick face mask will help make you look great in not a lot of time, but hands and feet require extra care.

Use ½ cup of olive oil mixed with natural sea salt and massage into your hands and feet. Leave a few minutes to soak and then rinse off with warm water.

When it comes to natural beauty products, these recipes are just the start.  You can find hundreds of different combinations in natural beauty books, magazines, and on the Internet. Or you can go to your kitchen cabinet and make your own special creations.
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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Cheesy Baked Vegan Cauliflower

Cheesy Baked Vegan Cauliflower
Cheesy Baked Vegan Cauliflower


Love cheesy tasting cauliflower, but want to skip the dairy? This recipe is a snap to do. Just toss a few ingredients together and put them in the oven for a soft cauliflower that creamy and “cheesy” on the outside.
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients:
1 head cauliflower
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 nutritional yeast
Salt and pepper
How to Make It:
Preheat your oven to 350 F.

Cut the cauliflower into pieces and place it in a large bowl. Add the olive oil and nutritional yeast and toss, so the cauliflower is fully coated, as shown in the picture shown below.

Cauliflower Baked With Cheese



Put the mixture in a non-stick or greased baking dish and add salt and pepper to taste. Bake uncovered for about 40-45 minutes until the cauliflower is soft and nicely browned. Flip half through. 

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Nature – The Ultimate Playground for Kids

Nature – The Ultimate Playground for Kids 

Nature – The Ultimate Playground for Kids

Every year parents spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars on toys and activities for their kids. While many of things are great for keeping young minds and bodies active, many of them are unnecessary. Sure kids need structured play, but they also need “free” plan and this is easy to do when the world’s largest playground is right outside your back door. Why not let them play outside?

Every toy, book, and TV show that comes out has been designed and redesigned several times in order to make it educational and entertaining for children.  The great thing about nature is that, while being entertaining and stimulating to the imagination, it’s also educational. Nature can teach children the basics of science, economics, and creativity.

It’s cheap. Depending on where you live, exploring nature is usually pretty inexpensive, if not free. It may mean going out in your backyard, local park, or perhaps going to the local nature center or state park (which usually have low cost fees or memberships). This way, you don’t have to pay for expensive toys, jungle gyms, or memberships to expensive entertainment centers, but you still get the benefit of stimulating and educational play.

It makes them think. Lately there’s been a trend in education towards inquiry based learning. Researchers have found that if students explore and experiment to figure out answers on their own, they’re going to learn better, and retain more information. It also helps them develop skills to be able to learn things on their own later. What better environment to learn things than out in nature.  There are lessons for kids of all ages to discover about the world around them.

It may help the world. Everyone these days is trying to be more green and more environmentally conscious. What better way to help do your part than to get your children interested in their own planet than right now when they’re young and impressionable? What might be a fun time for them now, might be a future hobby, career, or world saving invention.

It’s fun. While it’s easy to forget, childhood isn’t just for learning about how to be an adult, it’s also about having fun. Nature gives kids a chance to use their imagination and be free to just be kids.

While unstructured play outside is great for kids, you can also find a lot of places offering structured classes and learning sessions for kids that focus on the natural world. Check your local park, zoo, or museum. There’s a good chance they have classes you can sign up for, and since many of these places are not for profit, they’re usually affordable as well as informative.

Across the world, there are millions of dollars being spent to help promote sending your kids outside to learn from nature.  That’s because spending time in the outside world is so important for developing minds. It can also be a great escape for you as well.

You might even consider a treehouse in your own backyard so kids can be closer to nature, to spend time outdoors they can watch the birds or creatures that crawl on leaves. And a treehouse is not an impossible project, you can read more here, Would Your Kids Like a Treehouse

Natural Ways to Beat Insomnia

Natural Ways to Beat Insomnia



Many people suffer from insomnia. Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep and get a restful night sleep more than a couple of nights a week. People who suffer from insomnia often find themselves tired and falling asleep during the daytime when they’re supposed to be at work. They get sick more often, and typically do not feel as well as those who are able to get a good night's rest.

* Get Plenty of Exercise – Today most of us have very sedentary lives in artificial lighting, which makes it more important to get plenty of exercise each day. Try yoga or tai chi for extra protection against insomnia.

* Meditate before Bed – It can be hard to clear the mind of the day’s trouble and excitement, but a great way to do it is to try meditation. During mediation you will focus on thinking about nothing, or some people use a mantra that they repeat over and over again.

* Take a Hot Bath – Stress can be relieved in a hot bath, especially if you add aromatherapy to it such as lavender oil. When you take a hot bath, take your time, breathe in the scent and try to clear your mind.

* Limit Screen Time – The blue light on your TV screens, computer screens and mobile devices can actually adversely affect your sleep cycles. It’s important to eliminate them a couple of hours before you plan to get to bed.

* Avoid Eating too Close to Bedtime – The digestive process can interrupt the sleeping process if you’re not careful. Try to eliminate eating a few hours before bedtime and go to bed on an empty but not hungry stomach.

* Keep Regular Wake and Bed Times – While the occasional party will not ruin your sleep schedule, staying up too late or mixing up your sleep cycle too many times can affect your ability to get the right amount of sleep. For the most part, try to go to bed and rise at the same time each day.

* Use Progressive Muscle Relaxation – When you’re in the bed, try a relaxation technique that requires that you tense then relax each of your muscles one at a time, starting with your toes and moving up to your head.

* Avoid Alcohol – Drinking even a nightly glass of wine can interfere in your natural sleep cycle, including REM sleep which is very important to getting quality sleep. Avoid alcohol several hours before bedtime to improve your sleep quality.

* Redecorate Your Bedroom – Create an oasis of relaxation in your bedroom, ridding your bedroom of electronics and any sign of work so that you can sleep better. Purchase bedding that is comfortable and keep the temperature of your room a couple degrees cooler than you do the rest of the house.

* Eliminate Caffeine – Using caffeine to get up in the morning can have a negative effect on your ability to get to sleep at night, even if you drink caffeine in tea or coke. If you cannot eliminate it, try only having it in the mornings and limit the amount.

* Try Hot Herbal Tea – A good replacement for coffee is to use hot herbal non-caffeinated teas instead. You may still want to avoid sugary beverages in the evening, but if you replace caffeine you’ll sleep better.

* Don’t Smoke – Nicotine can be very detrimental to good health in general, but the drug can also ruin the sleep that you’re getting and even prevent you from sleeping as it acts as a stimulant. Plus, the addiction can cause you to wake before you’ve slept well.

Insomnia can lower your immunity; it can increase the chances of a heart attack or other cardiovascular illnesses. Therefore, it’s imperative to find a way to treat your insomnia. Beating insomnia naturally will ensure that you are healthier and happier mentally and physically.


What About Credit?

Know Your Needs-Know Your Credit


Before you can really figure out how to remodel a home, or how you’re going to pay for it, you need to know what your house really requires. Do you need that extra bedroom, home office or kitchen remodel, or is it something you only want?

Determining your needs versus your desires can help you keep costs down on a home remodel. There are compromises to be made, and unless you have an unlimited budget, thinking about them early in the planning stages can help.

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What’s Your Cash Budget?

Paying for as much as you can in cash is often a wise decision when renovating your home. While you don’t want to overextend yourself, credit card interest can be a killer on big renovation projects.

Sit down and figure out how much you’ll be able to pay in cash right off the top. Think about putting five-percent of that amount aside for any emergencies that may come up during the renovation job.

What About Credit?

Credit can help you get a home renovation done when you can’t pay everything in cash. In some cases, it could even help your overall credit score to finance some things if you have much credit available.

Another option is to refinance your house or take out a home equity line of credit. Doing this is often preferable to interest rates on credit cards, but you might be subject to a set interest rate that you have to pay over multiple years.

Talk with your lender about refinancing deals for homeowners who want to make improvements to their homes.