Homemade Bronzer

 

Making your own makeup may be a foreign concept for some of you, while others may be a professional DIYer on the verge of starting your own line of natural beauty products. Whether you are seasoned on just delving into the world of naturalness/frugality, this homemade bronzer recipe is simple, cheap, and works wonderfully. I can promise that you will be tickled with the results, and perhaps, feel a bit relieved that you don’t need to pay an arm and a leg for your makeup products anymore.

The cosmetic industry is very loosely regulated by the FDA. This means that any of your cosmetics or personal care products can contain an array of harmful ingredients that you would never know was in there, due to the lack of testing, manufacturing requirements, package labeling, etc. Scary, huh?

While my love for things like makeup and other girly personal care products runs deep, I’m not going to risk my own health to wear or use them. This ultimately got me to search for more natural options, and trying my hand at some things I could make at home. Does this sound like you a bit?

Of course this isn’t your only option, you can definitely pay the high prices for “organic makeup” with “natural ingredients” if you choose. However, I will warn you that even those may still contain some harmful chemicals and their “all natural” labels are just as deceiving as the ones on our food.

Some of the harmful ingredients you should avoid in makeup (blush/bronzer in particular) include:

Parabens
Talc
Heavy metals such as iron, mercury, lead, aluminum, etc.
Phthalates
Color dyes
By-products of Ethylene Oxide

Of course this list could go on and on, but who has time for that? If you have […]

DIY Hair Mask

 

I’ve been a bit hard on my hair lately and taking a curling iron to it a bit more than I should. The damage (split ends) were getting out of control, so I did what any natural living person would do and I put food in my hair!

The first time I used this hair mask I was blown away by the results. Not only did it help with my split ends, it added a ton of body to my fine, straight hair. In retrospect, I wish I would have gotten some good before and after pictures to show you the difference, but my little was helping me along the way and we got more caught up in the fun-ness of it all instead.

DIY Avocado Hair Mask Recipe
 

Ingredients

½ avocado
1 egg yolk

Directions

Place egg yolk and avocado in blender and mix well
Apply mixture to hair from the tips to scalp
Let it sit in your hair for 15-20 minutes
Rinse, shampoo, and enjoy your hydrated, healthy hair!

How Does it Work?
Avocado is great for moisturizing and nourishing hair. It contains proteins, amino acids, Vitamins A, D, E, and B6, which can replenish your hair and help stimulate hair growth.

The egg yolks are packed full of nutrients such as proteins, fatty acids, and Vitamins A, D, and E, which causes it to strength and condition your hair. Egg yolks also prevent hair loss and leave your hair shiney and soft.

NOTE: To further enhance the benefits of this DIY Avocado Hair Mask try adding jojoba oil, honey, olive oil, or bananas to the mixture.

Lilla Rose Review & Giveaway – Closed

 

I am so excited to share with you all this amazing hair clip that I recently tried!

I have been hearing a lot about  of Lilla Rose lately, but wasn’t exactly sure what it was. When Melody, a Lilla Rose consultant approached me about trying a flexi clip, I was ecstatic to try it out and learn more about the company.

Normally, my typical hair style is rocking the ponytail momdo. Because it’s the quickest and easiest thing to do with straight, fine hair, or so I thought…

 

As soon as I put the flexi clip in, I immediately fell in love. It held my hair up so well, and I have discovered so many different ways to style my hair with it. Using the flexi clip has opened me up to a whole new world of fashionable hair styles.

Speaking of styles, I love the diversity that the flexi clip offers. There are so many different styles, sizes, and ways that you can use it to style your hair. They even introduce a new style each month to add to their collection.

The flexi clip will fit in all different hair types and it comes in 7 sizes: mini, extra small, small, medium, large, extra large and mega

I ended up ordering a Medium based on their sizing video, which makes it super easy to find the right clip for you.

I could go on and on for days about the flexi clip and the wonderful things I have discovered, but it I will keep it short and sweet for you. :)

A few things that I love about the flexi clip:

One piece, no worries about loosing it.
Super durable
No damaged hair from tight ponytails/clips
So many different styles and colors
Holds my fine […]

Homemade Granola

I will admit that giving up cereal for breakfast was one of the most difficult things to do for myself and my little ones when we made the switch to eating real food. I immediately knew that I had to find something to replace it, so I started with oatmeal, but it didn’t quite cut it. We began adding in yogurt and fresh fruit every day instead with all of the delicious various yogurt toppings and that is when I had my “ah ha” moment. Granola!

Now gluten free granola is pretty costly at the store so I started looking at the ingredients when I had another “ah ha” moment. I can make it myself! And so I did…

This gluten free, homemade granola recipe is the perfect addition to jazz up your yogurt or eat by itself!

My family LOVES this stuff, and I know yours will too!
Print Homemade Granola Author: Ashlee Bradshaw   Simple, gluten free granola Ingredients 6 c. Bob’s Redmill Gluten Free Oats 6 tbsp. organic coconut palm sugar ½ tsp. sea salt ½ c. extra virgin olive oil ½ c. (or less) honey 2 tsp. vanilla extract (optional) dried fruits or nuts Instructions Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F Combine oats, palm sugar, and sea salt in large mixing bowl Combine EVOO, honey, and vanilla extract in separate mixing bowl Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well Let oats soak in mixture for 10 minutes Place 1st batch of oats in a thin layer on a baking sheet in oven for 15 minutes Stir the oats so that they […]

DIY Hand Sanitizer

 

Sometimes when you are on the go washing your hands is not always an option. The good news is that there is waterless hand sanitizer that you can buy at the store. The bad news is that these store bought hand sanitizers consist of harmful chemicals such as Triclosan, Triclocarban and synthetic fragrance. They also destroy the good bacteria along with the bad, making you more susceptible to anything you might come in contact with after using it.

You may be surprised at the harmful chemicals that are lurking in the ingredient lists of antibacterial soaps and sanitizers, especially the ones that smell really great from Bath and Body Works. Sulfates, dyes, and a few other major no-no’s in addition to the main ingredients listed above, make this beautifully smelling hand sanitizer toxic and harmful to your health. (Check out Environmental Working Group for more info.)

So why not make a more economical DIY Hand Sanitizer that is safe to use and works with your body to fight off the germs?

What you’ll need:

Bottles (I prefer these)
Aloe vera gel (Like this)
On Guard
Funnel

Directions:

1) Fill the bottle up with aloe vera using a funnel or by pouring it in directly into the bottle

2) Add 5 drops of essential oil of On Guard to aloe gel

3) Close bottle and shake well before use

Why On Guard?

On Guard is doTERRA’s protective essential oil blend which includes Wild Orange, Clove bud, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus radiatia, and Rosemary. These oils have been studied for their powerful abilities to kill harmful bacteria and viruses. Oh, did I mention it smells great too?

Therapeutic Properties:

Antibacterial
Antiviral
Antifungal
Antiseptic
Disinfectant
Anti-infectious
Antimicrobial
Astringent
Immune stimulant

I am sure that you can see where this essential oil blend would come in handy when you are trying to kick […]

Best Organic Seed Companies

 

It is time to start planning out that spring garden!

One of my favorite things about gardening, is shopping the seed catalogs. I love seeing all of the pictures filled with sunshine and beautiful foods. I like to imagine those beautiful things growing in my own backyard (that is currently covered with dead grass and snow). It warms my heart a bit, quite literally.

Is winter over yet?

When I first began growing my food, I wasn’t sure where to start so I ordered free catalogs from almost every organic seed company that I could find. I want to help you narrow it down and share a few of my favorites with you. These companies will send you free catalogs at your request, so that you can browse through and start getting those garden plans together. Some of them are even kind enough to have a virtual catalog for you to skim over on their website, if you want to save a few trees. ;)

Seed Savers – I love this history and integrity of this company. They truly value the heirloom seed and have made it their mission to preserve our seed supply and encourage others to do the same.

Bountiful Gardens – They have such a wide selection of seeds to offer any organic gardener, including grains.

Seeds of Change – This is a great company, that are becoming more and more popular in retail stores, which I love.

High Mowing – I love that this company is a part of the non-GMO project, which means they help support and fund the labeling of GMO’s, woo-hoo! I’ll plant to that!

All of these companies are organic, non-GMO, and (mostly) heirloom seeds. Their company guarantees and selections are unbeatable, in my opinion, and I am […]

Green Resolutions Giveaway Hop – Closed

 

Welcome to the Green Resolution Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy Mothering, Easy Green Mom and Brittleby’s Corner through the Green Moms Network! We want to help encourage you to make resolutions to live healthier and more eco-friendly lives this New Year!  After entering my giveaway, be sure to hop around and enter all of the other giveaways listed on the linky at the bottom of this post for your chance to win more giveaways that will help you go green and live a more healthful and eco-friendly lifestyle in 2015.

 

The Ultimate Green Mom Giveaway Prize

For the Green Resolutions Giveaway I am offering a doTERRA essential oil Introductory Kit with 5 mL bottles of Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint. This essential oil trio is the perfect way to take control of your health naturally in 2015. I wish you all the best of luck in winning these healthful tools!

Are you new to essential oils, or wanting to learn a bit more about their uses? Here is a bit of information on essential oils and how they can benefit you.

These three essential oils are by far the most common and versatile essential oils used, and just so happen to be three of my favorite! In fact, between these three oils, there are over 101 uses! doTERRA has been kind enough to put together a list of uses for each oil that you can view here.

Don’t forget to leave a comment below and tell me what you will use the Intro Kit for!

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The Green Resolutions Giveaway Grand Prize

Be sure to enter the grand prize giveaway! One winner will receive a prize package from Arcadia Power and Lyfe Tea –  a $255.95 value! Enter here.

 

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Essential Oils for Weight Loss

 

It is the new year, and many of us have set our goals for the year and developed an idea of how we want to change ourselves for the better. Most of the time this usually includes loosing weight or getting fit. If loosing weight is one of your goals for this year, let’s explore some great essential oils for weight loss along with some other suggestions to help you achieve your goals.

Weight loss tips and tricks:

Now, many of you already know that diet and exercise play a HUGE role in weight loss. Let’s talk a little bit about those two subjects before we get into the essential oils.

The most important factor in weight loss is what you eat. This does not mean stocking up on things that say “low fight,” “zero calories,” etc. Those foods generally contain chemicals, that are far worse than calories or fat when it comes to your health. If you are serious about loosing weight, cutting processed foods and refined sugars out of your diet will be a giant leap in the right direction.

In addition to cutting out processed foods and sugars, try eliminating gluten from your diet as well. I promise you, this is not as hard as you may think. Reading Wheat Belly will help you gain a better understanding of the gluten free lifestyle. I recommend focusing on a plant-based diet to not only help with weight loss, but also to improve overall health. Check out my Pinterest board for some delicious plant-based diet recipes.

Undoubtedly, the second most important factor in weight loss is exercise. Now, going to the gym 7 days a week and pumping iron just isn’t practical for everyone. I am not going to […]

4 Reasons Not to Buy Girl Scout Cookies

 

I am sure that I will get some back lash from this post because nearly everyone loves Girl Scout cookies. It is a tradition that has been around since the 1930’s(ish). I get it. The girls are cute, the cookies are delicious, and it’s for a good cause, right?…Right?

Now I will admit that I used to be a thin mint fiend. I could go through a box in one sitting. Pitiful, I know. Their chocolaty goodness spoke to me, my self-control crumbled before the beautiful green box, and before I knew it they were gone. Just like that.

Just hear me out before you get upset.  I promise you, I am not out to get those precious little girls on a mission. I admire their hard work and ambition. Before we go into why not to buy Girl Scout cookies, I want to highlight some of the positive aspects of this traditionally delightful transaction. Through the process of selling Girl Scout cookies, the scouts learn 5 essential skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. These are all very great skills to acquire at such a young age that will undoubtedly benefit them in the future. I love that part of Girl Scout Cookies, but here are a few things that I don’t love, and I don’t think you will either.

Only a very small percentage of profits go to the local Girl Scout troop. We are talking a measly 10%-15%. That is roughly $0.60 per box sold on the high end. In fact, the baker can make more money per box sold than that sweet little girl selling you her cookies. The Girl Scouts won’t just flat out say that only […]

DIY Mascara

I have been on my natural living journey for awhile now, but makeup has been a rather difficult beast to tame. I have been buying various brands of “organic” makeup that are significantly less harmful than most, but they still have a few questionable ingredients. I finally had the time and energy to put in to making over my makeup bag and it has been an absolute blast, and very rewarding too! One of my favorites so far has been my DIY mascara. It is super simple (I am all about simple) and it works like a charm.

Why make the switch?

The federal and state laws in place for cosmetic regulation are minimal, and the FDA regulation is about the same. With these loosely written laws and regulations, it is very easy for cosmetic companies to slip dangerous ingredients into their products without anyone blinking an eye.

Propylparabens- Scoring a whopping 10/10 in their overall hazard rating, these parabens mimic estrogen and become endocrine disruptors in the body.

Aluminum Powder- Main concern: Neurotoxicity

Triethanolamine- Strong evidence supports this is a skin, immune, and respiratory toxicant.

Retinyl Palmitate- When combined with sunlight, may speed up the development of tumors and lesions. Also becoming a toxicity concern to fetuses.

…and these are just a few of the long list of harmful ingredients found in store bought mascaras. You can see where something as simple as giving your eyelashes a luscious boost, can become a bit alarming.

Just because store bought mascaras can be a potential danger, doesn’t meant that your short, thin eyelashes should have to expose themselves. It is a good thing you can take matters into your own hands and MAKE your own mascara, with safe and natural ingredients with the […]