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Skincare For The Sun Kissed

Skincare For The Sun Kissed

Taking care of skin year round is important, but during the warmer months the sun’s rays can wreak havoc on delicate facial skin, requiring additional steps for protection and treatment. Naturally detoxing and cleansing your skin can be done right at home with ingredients found in the kitchen. For a simple exfoliating scrub that isn’t too harsh, try baking soda mixed with a few drops of water. It will remove impurities and dead skin cells without using tough chemicals. For another way to gently yet effectively cleanse facial skin, try rice water. Rice contains vitamins and minerals that have healthful properties… read more

Try Coconut And Grapefruit For The Skin And Hair

Try Coconut And Grapefruit For The Skin And Hair

Things that are beneficial for the skin and hair don’t always have to come in a package. Coconut and grapefruit are seemingly simple ingredients, but they are both packed with nutrient rich properties that offer an all-natural boost. Coconut is moisture-rich and grapefruit is loaded with antioxidants that can remove dead skin cells, brighten and tone. For exfoliation, this homemade scrub uses coconut oil and palm sugar, ground coffee and cinnamon. These ingredients work together to exfoliate, reduce inflammation, moisturize and effectively cleanse the skin. This recipe for grapefruit sugar scrub comes with free printables including labels and a grapefruit… read more

A Water Bottle You Can Eat

A Water Bottle You Can Eat

Move over plastic water bottles – there’s a new blob in town. Ooho! is an innovative concept design for holding liquids from Rodrigo García González, Pierre Paslier and Guillaume Couche that surfaced last year and has been getting a lot of attention at design competitions. It is a completely edible, biodegradable container capable of holding water without leaking. This award winning idea yields an all-natural, fully consumable product that is not only inexpensive to produce, but could possibly eliminate the whole concept formed around plastic packaging. Intended as an alternative to the plastic water bottle, it is a membrane-like object that… read more

Healthy Snacks You May Want To Try

Healthy Snacks You May Want To Try

Snack foods can often be unhealthy, but hard to resist when a craving strikes. The following are a few go-to recipes that are nutritious but have just the right amount of flavor to satisfy an emergent appetite. Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, are nutritious alone or in one of their more popular forms, in hummus. For a different spin, this recipe for roasted chickpeas makes a crunchy snack that is good for you. Just rinse the beans well before using them, toss with olive oil, salt and other favorite seasonings. This recipe calls for oregano, garlic powder, crushed red pepper… read more

Zucchini, Not Bland At All

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The zucchini is packed with Vitamin C and A, as well as folate, which are powerful antioxidants that help fight oxidative stress that can lead to many different types of cancer. It has effective anti-inflammatory agents and with magnesium and potassium, the zucchini helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Maganesium can help collagen to form, thus allowing for healthy skin and wound-healing. Zucchini is often maligned as a boring vegetable without a strong flavour of its own. But this receipe can be served hot or cold and is a great meat free meal. Chilled Zucchini Soup Olive oil Butter 1… read more

Handmade And Extravagant Gift Ideas

Handmade And Extravagant Gift Ideas

There is nothing like receiving a thoughtful, handmade gift. Whether purchased from a Fair Trade supplier and made by a skilled artist or made right at home, the following are a few ideas for gifts that will be appreciated. Connected Fair Trade Goods & Gifts has beautiful artisan gift ideas to inspire some gift giving ideas. Giving someone a bit of relaxation is something that can always be used. Beautiful and fragrant soaps and bath supplies are always a good go-to present. Handcrafted jewelry, like this necklace made with cowry shells, would make a unique present. Cowry shells were actually a… read more

Homemade Peppermint Stick Recipes

Homemade Peppermint Stick Recipes

Peppermint candy sticks have been around for centuries, though there is some uncertainty as to where they originated from. Many accounts point back to Germany, around the 16th and 17th century. The ones found on the shelves today are a bit different than the ones from 100’s of years ago, as the originals were likely to contain real peppermint oils and current varieties often have synthetic peppermint flavoring. Peppermint (Mentha piperita) has been used since ancient times as a medicinal herb for ailments like stomach upset, to aid digestion and calm sore throats. Making your own peppermint stick candy or dressing up store… read more

Have These 3 On Hand For Cold And Flu Season

Have These 3 On Hand For Cold And Flu Season

The onset of cold and flu season often calls for trips to the over the counter isle to try and purchase a little relief. Having these 3 homemade items ready to go can eliminate a few supplies from the shopping list. Hand Scrub Frequently washing hands is necessary to ward off germs, but it can also leave skin dry and irritated. Hand scrubs can be made at home with only a few ingredients from the pantry and a sterilized glass storage container. This lemon sugar hand scrub provides a natural exfoliating wash using sugar, olive oil and lemon juice. It… read more

Homemade Healthier Fruit Snacks

Homemade Healthier Fruit Snacks

If you have a sweet weakness for fruit snacks or know someone who does, try making homemade gummies. They are fairly simple to make and only a few ingredients are required. Packaged fruit snacks can include genetically modified additives, chemical preservatives, artificial flavors and synthetic coloring. Most are made with only nominal amounts of real fruit, and if they contain gelatin it may come from a questionable source. Making your own allows quality control, and after experimenting with the following basic recipes you can come up with a tailor made favorite. Use easy to remove molds or a baking pan… read more

Natural Beauty With Beets

Natural Beauty With Beets

Beets are high in vitamins and minerals and are antioxidant rich, versatile root vegetables. In addition to their health benefits and culinary value, beets are also a natural colorant. The rich hues provided by beets can be used for other purposes outside of the kitchen, including for making organic makeup tints. Simple and effective, try some of these suggestions and you may be searching for a local steady supply of them to keep around. Try this  rose tinted cheek stain that you can make with only 2 ingredients. Combine simmered, strained beets with pure vegetable glycerine that is intended for… read more