Kombucha!! What exactly is it, you ask? It’s not only what hippies drink, it is what health-conscious people drink too ! 🙂 Kombucha is a yummy, fizzy drink that has been around for thousand of years. It is made from brewing a strong, sweet tea and then ferments with a SCOBY ( symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) to give it the tons of vitamins, enzymes, and probiotics a healthy body needs! More about the specifics later…. Kombucha benefits include detoxifying the body, boosting immunity, supporting a healthy digestive system, and provides a high content of the B vitamins and acids your body needs to feel AMAZING!
Kombucha can be mucho expensive costing around $4 a bottle. I drink one a day- so the cost adds up! Making my own Kombucha is ridiculously easy and costs a fraction of the price. Check out this recipe on How to Brew Your Own Kombucha. Your body will thank you! (more…)
In the quest to remove as many synthetic chemicals from my life as possible, I like to make my own facial products. One of the easiest things I make (using only 3 ingredients) is this DIY Natural Facial Toner! Why would you use a toner, you ask? Toners are astringents that help cleanse the skin gently while also acting as an anti-inflammatory to help soothe skin and shrink pores. Toner will help the appearance of your skin to look smooth, flawless, and healthy! You could spend oodles of money on a store-bought toner laden with chemicals you can pronounce the names of, or you can make one in minutes and start having amazing looking skin immediately! (more…)
If you know me at all, you know I LOVE making my own Natural DIY bodycare products. Today’s feature- DIY Natural Grapefruit Salt Scrub!!!! Welcome in the summer season (or brighten up any other time of the year) with this light, bright, moisturizing scrub! The result- you will LOVE the smell and your skin will feel amazing!
Making my own products leaves me the flexibility to tailor them to my liking; I make the exact scents I like ( and have tons of fun mixing and experimenting on new blends), I make them exactly the consistency or richness that I want (thicker/coarser=more TLC), and they are all devoid of harmful synthetic-chemicals. The best part of making my own products is that I can save TONS of money as these scrubs cost a fraction of the price of store-bought ones and you can have make them in MINUTES! (more…)
Did your pooch get too much sun on their snout? Does it feel like sandpaper? Poor thing…. This DIY Snout Sun Cream is just what is needed to soothe rough and uncomfortable snouts! My dog, Dexter, loves the outdoors. If he is not hiking, he is swimming, walking, or just basking in sun in the backyard. I wanted to prevent his nose from getting toasted while being in the sun, and help to make him comfortable when he does. Using this special blend of natural ingredients (many of which you probably already have in your home), you will be able to create this amazingly soothing cream in minutes. It also can be used as a moisturizer, and help prevent dry noses in the winter. Let the soothing begin….
Many times throughout the year, I find myself with dry and dull looking skin on my face. Exfoliating your skin is one of the best ways to keep it looking bright and healthy. This DIY Carrot and Cinnamon Exfoliating Facial Scrub is the perfect way to make your skin glow. Without the use of synthetic-chemicals, you can soften and soothe skin, all the while helping to reduce the signs of fine lines and wrinkles. Who doesn’t need that???? Within minutes, you can be on your way to a beautiful face! (more…)
P-U!!!!……As many of you know, my husband Mike is a trail ultramarathoner. After a hike or a run of his, Mike’s car can smell pretty darn rank- not to mention my house too when his shoes come inside. He is ALWAYS running or hiking some mountain. That means A LOT of miles run through mud, water, brush, and dirt. To combat this rather pungent problem, I made these simple DIY Shoe Deodorizers. It took about 10 minutes to make 4 of these babies, and I am glad I did! I used Blue Spruce and Purification Young Living Essential Oils for a scent to make the stink go away! Thanks to these deodorizers, I can breathe in clean air in my home! Ahhhhhh….. (more…)
Let’s face it ladies. The struggle is real. Getting those legs back in shape to show in the summer. Living in the northeast like I do, my legs haven’t seen the outdoors since last October! It’s been a long winter. Before I can even think about leg exposure, I need to give them
a little bit A LOT of love. Follow these three easy steps for a DIY Summer Leg Makeover. The best part about this makeover is that you can make your own natural products in minutes and get some seriously amazing looking legs! (more…)
Are you and your family active? Do you fight over the heating pad in your house? Well…. as normal as this may not be, this is the norm for us! 🙂
Between my husband, my dog, and myself, there is always an injury of some kind present in my household! My husband is an ultra marathoner, so sore muscles are no stranger to him! My dog is had 2 CCL surgeries (ACL in humans), so he gets sore sometimes after long hikes and rough playing And me….? Dancing, hiking, or just falling down on flat ground always leaves me with an injury to an appendage of mine! Since we all end up fight over the use of the electric heating pad we have, I decided to make another one for us to share. This pack is extremely easy to make, incredibly inexpensive, and couple it with the use of Young Living Essential Oils and add some pretty potent therapeutic effects! (more…)
What is my FAVORITE thing to do every year (just before springtime)? To Make Maple Syrup!!! I literally anticipate the moment all year for the day that we tap our trees to make “liquid gold”!!!! There is nothing more satisfying than getting the sap from your trees and then boiling it into the sweet stuff that I obsess over and LOVE! One winter morning, I woke up, and said I want to make maple syrup. Here’s how this sweet journey started…. (more…)
Has the cold winter weather made your lips pout with dryness or cracking? Do they need some TLC? Well, this winter, my lips are SCREAMING for some extra love! The weather here in NY has been cold and dry, constantly sucking moisture out of my lips. Making this DIY Natural Lemon Sugar Lip Scrub has saved my smackers, restoring them to a healthy, smooth, and happy state. It is one of the best things I did to make my mouth happy! I need to share this recipe with you…. (more…)