Beauty

What About My Coffee?

Person Performing Coffee ArtI have shared a lot about tea on this blog (which makes sense since it is a tea and yoga blog.) But I am also a true lover of coffee. So I thought maybe it is time to share some information about coffee. Don’t worry I’m not talking about the negative affects of it right now  we already  know that too much coffee is bad for you do to the caffeine, but when not abused coffee has a number of health benefits.

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Burning fat. Drinking coffee can help you lose weight. Some studies have shown that drinking coffee can boost your metabolism .   I would like to point out that if you are trying to lose weight cut back on the cream and sugar in your coffee.

A single cup of coffee contains:

  • Riboflavin (vitamin B2): 11% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI).
  • Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5): 6% of the RDI.
  • Manganese and potassium: 3% of the RDI.
  • Magnesium and niacin (vitamin B3): 2% of the RDI.
Source https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/beverages/3898/2

Ways to make your coffee healthier

Woman in Grey Jacket Sits on Bed Uses Grey LaptopDon’t drink too late. Make sure you are drinking coffee when you need to be up and alert. Don’t drink before bed time. Try to have your last cup 5-6 hours before bed time to allow the caffeine to work its way through your system.

Try Other Sweeteners. I have actually tried honey in my coffee and was pleasantly surprised and it has a pleasant taste, however if you do not like the taste of honey this wont work for you. Honey mixes smoothly with vanilla flavoring.

Strawberry Beside Spoon of Sugar If you still rather have real sugar try opting for raw sugar  and avoid the artificial stuff at all cost. Some people like using Stevia which is a plant based sweetener. I personal do not like the taste but I know of many others who use it in their coffee and it works for them. Stevia is 100 to 300 times sweeter than your regular  table sugar, but  it has no carbohydrates, calories, or artificial ingredients. Close-Up Photo of Almonds Near Milk

Almond, soy, and low fat. If your goal is to cut down on dairy products try substituting your cream and milk with almond milk, soy milk or low fat milk.

Drink water. Coffee acts as a diuretic  and will cause your body to expel water and valuable salts. This means that you should’t drink coffee if you are dehydrated. Keep enough water in your body your body will thank you.

 

 

 

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Beauty, essential oils

Lavender and Rose Water Toner

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 tablespoons rose water
  • 2 tablespoons witch hazel
  • 5–10 drops rose hip oil
  • 5 drops tea tree oil
  • 5 drops lavender oil

Directions:

  1. Mix rose water, witch hazel, rose hip oil, tea tree oil and lavender oil in a small glass bowl. Mix well. 
  2. Place into a small glass spray bottle.
  3. To apply, wash your face, then, eyes closed, spray the toner onto your face. You can also apply with a cotton ball. 
  4. Next apply your favorite facial moisturizer.

 

 

Beauty, Lifestyle

Simple Luxury

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Coconut Oil. If you want your skin to feel amazing use coconut oil. Not only will it give your skin a beautiful warm glow but it is also really great for your skin and your hair. Browse through many luxury  skin oils and products you will find that many of them contain coconut oil and an essential oil such as lavender, used for its scent and skin healing properties. Use coconut oil as a makeup remover before washing your face. Need to get your feet beach ready? After your bath or shower (or a good foot soak) dry feet with towel and rub coconut oil. Make sure you have a towel under your feet as you do this to avoid slipping when you stand and spilling oil on the floor.

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Buy a Silk Pillowcase. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase cuts down on the friction on your hair and helps to reduce waking up with line on your face.

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Use Natural Fabrics on Your Bed. Use linen  or cotton sheets on your bed. Theses are natural fibers and are wonderful for their breath-ability. Try to avoid sheets that have polyester or nylon. These materials can cause you to sweat excessively at night

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Buy Fresh Flowers. If nothing else this is the one I can count on. There is something amazing flowers do for a room. They bring life and energy to the spot you place them in. Even in a cluttered room flowers stand out and bring a relaxing feel to the mind.

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Buy Real Cake. Don’t buy cheap sweet junk food instead splurge on real sweets. You know you are going to want sweets and that’s ok, but instead of buying something with lots of sugar and chemicals go for quality sweets, true they still have sugar, but you can cut out many chemicals and preservatives by splurging a little on sweets from a bakery where food is made fresh. You will also find that you eat less with quality sweets because many times they are made with real food ingredients that still have their nutritional value. Look for ice cream made with real milk or try  gelato.

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Grow your own herbs. This is a favorite of mine. As some of you know this was my first year with an herb garden. (I got sick of buying basil and sage) I love cutting fresh herbs to go in my food while cooking or chopping them up to mix in with salads. 

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Drink good tea and coffee. I don’t spare with my coffee or tea. They are strong and good. But to keep my caffeine and sugar down I will often mix it up with herbal and fruit teas adding raw honey instead of sugar. If I still want a little caffeine I opt for green or black tea with fruit flavors. Tea has less caffeine than coffee and also has a lot of health benefits .

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Shop Farmers markets. I don’t really like shopping for groceries, but I love farmers markets. For me it is such a relaxing way to shop for food. The fresh air mixing with fruits and veggies just sends a sensation through my whole body. Visit your farmers market  for fresh produce and maybe some raw local honey for your tea.

Beauty, Fashion, Health, Nails

Healthy Nails

pexels-photo-973405.jpegHow do you know when your nails are healthy?

Healthy nails should have a pinkish white tone to them. The ends of your nails should be white and even without any splits, breaks or jagged edges.

What are the signs of unhealthy nails that I should look for?

Redness or blistering of any kind around the nail bed, rips or tears in the nail itself or the soft tissues around the nail. Also  horizontal lines and grooves into the nail are signs of unhealthy nails. Little white specks in the nail may be signs of painting your nails too often or biting them.

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Can I wash my hands too often or too hard?

Yes, while it is important to keep your hands and nails clean, be careful to make sure you are not being too harsh on them when washing . Use gentle soap and a soft toothbrush for cleaning  your nails. Try not to over wash your hands with harsh soaps. Use gloves when washing dishes. Remember dish soap is made to cut oil and grease on your dishes. This is great for your dishes and bad for your skin .  

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What natural oils are great for hands and nails?

Coconut oil is wonderful for your skin. Apply before bedtime and sleep with your hands in gloves to lock in moisture if your hands need a dry skin treatment. You can also add essential oils such as Lavender or frankincense to your coconut oil for added healing benefits. (Also smells great!)

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Is my diet important for having healthy nails?

Yes. Your diet has a big role to play in the health of your nails. Our nails are made up of a protein called keratin. Make sure you are eating  food rich in protein  in vitamins, like vitamin E and omega 3 oils (Found in fish) .

pexels-photo-704815What about gels and acrylics? Are they safe to use?With any type of nail treatment that requires the use of harsh chemicals or UV lights less is better. The UV light is what causes damage to the skin under the nail bed over long use. Try to space out your use of gels and acrylics. Give your nails a break often from harsh chemical treatments and heavily pigmented polishes. These tend to dry nails out and cause discoloration to the nail.

Do I really need a base coat and a topcoat of nail polish?

Yes, I am afraid you do, but let me explain why. The base coat helps to protect your nails from turning yellow when you are wearing heavy pigments. The top coat helps to keep that manicure looking great and helps prevent chipping and cracking of your color nail polish.

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What about nail polish removers?

Acetone is very harsh on nails and should be used as sparingly as possible. Make sure to only apply on the nail and try to avoid contact with skin as it is a supper drying agent. Don’t apply polish directly after cleaning with nail polish remover. Instead clean acetone from hands and apply coconut oil or another moisturizer. If you can don’t repaint your nails the same day that you strip them. Give them a little rest, this will help to keep your nails from becoming brittle and breaking off. Chemical free nail polish removers.

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What about press on nails?

Press on nails still use chemicals, however using a press on nails for a quick manicure is great when you want that acrylic look without the UV light. Just remember when removing press on nails you need to soak the nail in nail polish remover. Do not try to pull or cut the nail off as it will cause damage to your own nail bed.

What if I cannot wear nail polish or don’t want to wear it, are there other options for natural nail care?

If you want, you can go with clear nail polish, or buff your nails  both will give your nails a pretty shine. There are also a number of nail products that are natural and or free of harsh chemicals. Brands like Zoya offer polishes that  are free of toluene, formaldehyde, DBP (phthalates) and camphor.

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Beauty, essential oils

Flower Infused Body Oil

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  • 2 parts rose petals
  • 1 part calendula flowers
  • 1 part chamomile flowers
  • 1 part comfrey leaf
  • 1 part lavender flowers
  • Lavender essential oil of choice
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* note herbal infused oils are not the same as essential oils, their scents are not as strong. If you would like to enhance the scent  of your oil add essential oil while mixing the herbs.

Combine all the herbs, and essential oil.Place 2 ounces of your mixture in a wide mouthed  dark glass jar. Add enough oil to cover the herbs by about 2–3 inches. Close lid  tightly. Let the jar sit in a warm place for 2 weeks, shaking the mixture every day.

After 2 weeks strain the herbs from the oil using a cheesecloth or a fine lined strainer. Add a few more drops of essential oil if your mixture needs to smell stronger.  Mix well. Pour the strained oil into dark amber glass jars with tight-fitting lids. Store in a cool dark place, out of direct sunlight.

Beauty, Fashion

I love subscription boxes. There is something fun about getting that box full of  beautiful surprise products you are going to love 9 times out of 10 (if you have the right box.) Most of the time I rush to see what’s in my box and then set aside unique items that I may want to try on my next diy spa day. But it is not just beauty boxes, there are boxes for pampering yourself in so many ways. From jewelry to clothing, to feminine monthly subscriptions there really is a box for everyone. Here are a two that I would like to share with you. 

Ipsy

fileAssetIpsy is $10 a month for their glam beauty bag. They also now offer a Glam bag plus that is $25 a month with all full size products. I have been impressed with the products that I have received from my boxes. Always great quality and highly pigmented beauty products. Click here to join me on ipsy.

Petit Vour

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Beauty, Fashion, Hair

Synthetic Wig Care

pexels-photo-1586999Wigs that are worn daily should be washed every 2-3 weeks. During warm weather you may want to wash weekly if you are sweating a lot or have two of similar style to switch out during the hot months. Washing  your wig is important to keep hair looking fresh and realistic looking.

Remember synthetic hair is not the same as human hair no matter how much they may look the same. only use hair products that are designed for synthetic hair. Do not use human hair shampoo or conditioner on your wig. This will cause build up on the wig, and dull  the hair fibers.

 

Washing Care

De-Tangle

Start out by  carefully detangling your wig hair using a wide tooth comb.

Brush through and gently remove any tangles using a wide tooth comb or brush.

Be careful not to pull or drag the hair fibres as this can cause damage to the wig.

Wash

Fill a bowl with cold  water (never hot, heat will damages the synthetic fibres).

Add a capful of shampoo into the water.

Immerse hair into water and let  soak for few minutes.

Rinse

In  a fresh bowl of cold water to remove shampoo from hair.

Do not squeeze or wring wig out this will also damage hair.

Condition

Apply conditioner directly to your wig, stroke hair in a downwards  motion from the

roots to ends.

Leave in 4–5 minutes.

Next rinse by immersing wig into more in fresh cold water.

Dry

Place the wig between a folded towel and pat dry.

Again do not  squeeze, or wring your wig while drying.

Style and hair dry

Remove from towel and gently shake out wig to regain its style. Place wig on a wig stand to dry naturally. Do not use hair dryers the heat  can cause damages synthetic fibres even if it is a heat safe wig, do not use heat while hair is drying.

 

Beauty, Fashion

At Home Spa Day

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This week has been rainy for me and I have not been able to work in my garden. I spent a good deal of the week fighting of the rainy weather blues too. This next week looks like rain too so I decided to have a spa day and share some of my ideas with you. In this post I am going to show you how to create a mood and atmosphere for a relaxing hour or two.

Working with your senses

Relaxing is about more than just setting down and not doing anything. It is about creating a state of relaxation for the mind and the body. Our body receives messages about the world around us through our senses, so these are the areas we will start with.

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Taste I don’t know if taste comes to your mind when you think about a spa day but it definitely comes to my mind.  I like to have my favorite tea on hand for my spa day. Two teas I recommend are Rosebud tea and or chamomile tea. If tea is not your thing  fruit infused water is also nice to have on hand or your favorite coffee blend.

Touch I suggest keeping some nice and fluffy towels set aside for your spa days. Try to only use these towels for days that you want to pamper yourself. You may also want to have a plush bathrobe to wear.pexels-photo-1961785

The important thing here is you want something soft and plush making direct contact with your skin to stimulate the sensations of touch. Basically the goal is to flood all your senses with the feelings of comfort and relaxation.

Smell– Essential oils – Rose, lavender are my personal favorites. You may choose to apply these to your bath water, foot soak water or simply add to an oil diffuse lamp to scent the room you are in. You may also just want to indulge a little in your favorite perfume.

SightUse calming colors/ blue, lavender,Green, pink. You can use colored candles or white candles if you prefer. I like to get colorful scarves and lay them out either on the floor ( if I am setting in yoga style) or use them to cover the table I have my spa stuff laid out on. This just gives a pleasant look and feel to everything and creates space.

SoundThis is really your own preference. Spa music or  water sounds are wonderful background sounds but I really suggest that you pick a background sound that relaxes you. Sound is a funny thing I have often found piano or classical guitar music to be very relaxing background sounds also.pexels-photo-931004.jpeg

Other things to add

Fresh flowers. Nothing is as pleasing to see in a room than a beautiful bunch of flowers. Scented candles Candles if not using essential oils.Chocolates or some other small treats

 

Scroll Down For Two Spa foot soak recipes

 

 

 

Rose foot soak:

1 part Epsom salts

1 part Baking soda

5 drops of rose essential oils

Rose petals (optional)

Add to 1 gallon of hot water

Lavender  foot soak

1/2 cup lavender buds (fresh or dried, both work well)

10 drops lavender essential oils

1 cup Epsom salt

1 cup Kosher salt (or use 2 cups Epsom)

 Use 1/2 cup per gallon of water.

Recommended Body and Hair  Oils

Coconut oil/ Argon oil/ sweet almond oil/ grape seed oil

 

Beauty, Fashion, Health

Healthy Hair

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1.Good shampoo and Conditioner 

Stay away from shampoos that contain silicone, sulfates, and alcohols. These products damage and break hair down over time.

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2. Cold water rinse.

Rinse and condition your hair in cold water, this will help to seal the moister into your hair.

3. Use natural Oils

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From time to time your hair may need a boost. Try Coconut oil or sweet almond oil to help rejuvenate dry hair and add a healthy shine.

4. Silk pillow case

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You have probably heard of this one before. Sleeping on silk cuts down on the amount of friction on your hair as you move at night. The silk can prevent the hair from becoming frizzed and breakage.

5. Condition before swimming

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Before you jump into the pool this summer make sure to lather your hair up with conditioner. This will help prevent damage from the chlorine in the water

Beauty, Hair

Summer Hair Color

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The warm weather is on its way soon and for those of us who love our wig accessories it’s time to prep your hair care routine. During the warm months wigs can become hot. I  have a few recommendations that might keep you cooler this year.

Wear half wigs. I tried a few half wigs recently that were about the same color as my natural hair texture and color. A half wig is not really half its more like 2/3rds a wig. The front is left where your natural hair can be out. This drastically cuts down on heat as more heat can escape from the uncovered portion of your head.

s-l1600 (8)Only wear breathable caps. You should never wear poorly constructed caps that do not give your head breath ability. Also if you wear stocking caps opt for the fishnet style instead of the opaque nylon type.

Shorter hair. Try going shorter for the summer.

Braid your long wig. If you want a long style try braiding your wig into a ponytail, or try an up-do style.

Extra washing. Remember to wash your wigs more often in warm weather. You are sweating probably more than you realize. Keep your wig and your own hair properly washed and dried.

Here are a few styles you may enjoy for spring and summer. You can click the image or link below it to be taken to the product.

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