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Your First Time… Visiting a Farmers’ Market

Farmers' Market (Image Credit: Edsel Little)

Farmers’ Market (Image Credit: Edsel Little)

Summer is great for so many reasons, but the abundance of outdoor farmers’ markets is one of my favorite parts. The produce is fresh, the baked goods are made locally, and the food is just generally all around delicious. Before you make your first trip, check out these tips to make your experience even better!

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The Unexpected Beauty Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

 

Apple Beauty (Image Credit: Andrey Maximov)

Apple Beauty (Image Credit: Andrey Maximov)

Apple cider vinegar—the name may mean nothing to you now— but try using it for one of its many unexpected properties, and you might just fall in love. In its organic and unfiltered state, ACV (as some call it), provides natural, beauty and health benefits, that can easily be incorporated into your daily routine. Whether you’re seeking more radiant skin, or trying to fight exhaustion this winter—it might be time to let ACV work its little magic on you! Continue reading

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5 Ingredients You Already Own That You Can Use to Clean Your Home

Homemade Cleaning (Image Credit: Wavebreak Media)

Homemade Cleaning (Image Credit: Wavebreak Media)

Cleaning… Sadly, it never ends. Your house could be shining like diamonds in the morning, but if you intend to live in it, it’ll be dirty by the afternoon, and then the cycle starts all over. Laundry, dishes, dusting, floors… The trouble is, the home-cleaners we buy in stores, despite their efforts to make our living spaces cleanlier, leave us breathing in toxic chemicals and smearing them on every surface of our homes. If you mix the wrong two cleaners, the reaction can be lethal. Have you ever heard of death by bathroom cleaner?

Luckily, these chemicals and toxins can be easily avoided by making our own home-cleaning solutions. Chances are you have all the necessary ingredients in your cabinet already. All you need are a few basics: baking soda, white vinegar, lemon, hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol and water, obviously. Between those six ingredients, all kinds of cleaning can be done, without the harmful side effects of chemicals and animal testing. Continue reading

Start Repelling Bugs with Natural Remedies this Summer

Natural Bug Repellents (Image Credit: Mauricio Jordan de Souza Coelhho)

Natural Bug Repellents (Image Credit: Mauricio Jordan de Souza Coelhho)

Summer time. Arguably, the best time of year. Hot weather, grilling out, relaxing by the pool. Everything’s just better in the summer. But I’m not the only one that thinks that. There are others taking advantage of the bare leg, open-toed shoe season. Bugs. And if you look closely, they’re everywhere. They hang out by the food, they sit too close and they almost always invite themselves in. It’s hard to not let them get the best of you, but with the right remedies your summer can be pest free. Continue reading

5 Ways to Use Coconut Oil in Your Beauty Regimen!

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Coconut (Image Credit: Chandrika Nair)

I’m sure most of you readers out there have heard of Coconut Oil if not due to your clean eating diet then for other health benefits.  Touted as one of the healthiest cooking oils available, the solidified oil in a jar seems to be making its rounds in the food community.  However, did you know that coconut oil is also a multi-use beauty product?  Before I list 5 ways you can use it in your beauty regimen, let me give you a brief history. Continue reading

DIY Homemade Sugar Body Scrub

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With summer going by so fast, I tend to limit my pedicures to save some money. The one thing I hate about not getting pedicures when I should is the annoying dry white lines that we all get on our heals! If you don’t get them without the help of lotion or scrubbing, I would love to know how!

One thing I almost always do in the shower is use my pumice scrub on my feet. My bottle is almost at the end, so I decided to google ways to make your own body and foot scrub. While wanting to save money, I figured an at home remedy would be less than $10 and include sugar, which I always have. How hard could it be to make? Continue reading

DIY Citrus Scrub by Petit Elefant

I am all about natural beauty products, especially anything that goes on my skin. The idea of slathering chemicals all over my body makes me irrationally freaked out so I’m always looking for great alternatives like this DIY Citrus Scrub from Petit Elefant. It can be used as a body scrub in the shower or as a hand scrub to get that nasty just washed the dishes feeling off your hands. Best part is, it’s completely natural and made of four simple ingredients! To find out how to make this simple citrus scrub, grab your blender and check out the full DIY at Petit Elefant!

Natural Laundry Solutions

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Laundry can be scary. Colors bleed, sweaters shrink, and socks mysteriously go missing, nevermind that I am allergic to almost every chemical involved. So I’m always looking for ways to make it through the process unscathed and with as few allergic reactions as possible. Turns out there are some easy ways to get your clothes looking, feeling, and smelling squeaky clean without harsh chemicals and I’m about to share them with you!

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