July 1, 2015

MINT & LIME INFUSED WATER

I started becoming more and more obsessed with infused water last summer. I made this recipe and I felt like it encompassed everything summer is about. It was bright, fresh and colorful, after that first sip I was hooked. I kept trying different combinations and I think that is what I love most about infused water. You can really use almost anything and the flavors are ever-changing so you never get bored with your water. 

This year our mint plant is going out of control!!!! So I have been trying to find new ways to use it so that it doesn't keep trying to go to seed on me. It took me a minute to have that "ah ha" moment when I realized I kept skipping over using all this fresh mint to make some infused water. 

So what does one do when they realized they have been missing an important opportunity? ....
You grab whatever container you have on hand, for me it was my trusty mason jar stash. A bunch of fresh mint and some limes. 
I whipped up this little batch and then let it sit in the fridge for and about and hour... I may or may not have forced myself to become distracted so I didn't wait impatiently in front of the fridge the whole time. 

MINT & LIME INFUSED WATER 

INGREDIENTS:
(for one pint of water) 

- one lime, sliced 
- 6-10 mint leaves 
- water 

DIRECTIONS: 
Simply mix all our ingredients into your container, give it a stir and then wait for about 45 mins to 1hr. Then enjoy! 

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June 29, 2015

DIY: HOMEMADE DEODORANT

 This post may get a little too personal, you've been warned...

So a couple years ago I started making my own deodorant and when I did I thought I officially crossed some sort of invisible line, into "over the top health nut" territory. However, when I made it and used it I never looked back and this is for a couple of reasons. First, over the years I have always struggled with what I felt like was excessive sweating. No girl likes to have giant sweat marks in their clothing and this became something I was conscious of at an early age. I also trained in dance from and early age and I always hated that I over thought what tops I would wear for rehearsal/practice so that I didn't show all my armpit sweat. Don't get me wrong, I love a good workout and the proof that you put in hard work but sometimes back then I wished it would just go away. 

This resulted in me using clinical strength antiperspirants to try and control all the excess sweating that was happening. Unfortunately this didn't really help me, it only left me with irritated underarms and lots of stains in my shirts. So after years of trying these products only to realized I wasn't getting the results I desired (and somewhere along the way I became a little more health conscious) I decided to make another change. 

I switched to all natural deodorants, with one little problem... I really didn't like any of them. I would go as far as saying "hate." They all smelled to me and not in a good way, they didn't help my sweating problem one bit and to top it off they still left some nasty stains in my shirts. So my "natural deodorant" tale ended right there for a while. I completely gave up until I started thinking "I bet I could make my own." I started to do a bit of research (mainly pinterest haha) but I realized I could easily make my own. 

Why I chose to make my own Deodorant: 
Like so many other products, several of the ingredients used in most deodorants and antiperspirants are not so good for you. Like these:
  • Aluminum – This is the primary ingredient in most stuff you’ll buy at the store. It’s a metal which has been linked to breast cancer in women and increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. No thanks.
  • Parabens – This synthetic preservative is found in so many personal care products. The largest concern is that these chemicals will disrupt our delicate hormonal balance. Paraben exposure has also been linked to birth defects and organ toxicity.
  • Propylene glycol – This is a petroleum based material. In large quantities, studies have shown that this stuff can cause damage to the central nervous system, liver, and heart.
  • Phthalates – Another class of chemicals that have been linked to a variety of health issues including birth defects.
  • Triclsoan – This chemical is actually classified as a pesticide by the FDA and a probable carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Once I made my first batch I have never once bought deodorant again. For one, it is incredibly inexpensive. Two, no more underarm shirt stains. Three, this deodorant recipe not only keep any unwanted smells away but it also has reduced my sweating worries. I do want to make note that sweating is a natural and healthy bodily function. Our bodies were made to sweat, it is how we naturally detox. By using antiperspirants we are clogging our pores to keep the sweat from coming out. Remember how I was saying that I kept getting stains on my shirts, well this is exactly why, because our bodies are still trying to detox, resulting in those nasty stains. 

So have you ever struggled with some of these issues? If you have I would recommend  trying the out, it's so easy to make and you wont be busting the bank to try it out. 

DEODORANT RECIPE: 

1/3 cup coconut oil
2 Tbs baking soda (You can even use less if you have super sensitive skin…)
1/3 cup arrow root powder (you can get this at most health foods stores or you can sub cornstarch).
10 – 15 essential oils (optional)  

a small mixing bowl and spoon
a small container for your finished product (I love using a tiny mason jar)
Directions:
1. Mix the coconut oil, baking soda, and arrow root powder in the small mixing bowl. Use the back of the spoon to help “cream” the ingredients until you have a consistency similar to deodorant.
2. Mix in essential oils. This is an optional step, but I think it makes it more fun. You can choose whatever oils you want. I love lavender, eucalyptus or lemon, but you can add/ mix whatever you want. 
3. Put mixture in small container (I use my cute little spatula for this step). To use simply swipe two fingers gently into the mixture and rub on your underarms. Wait two minutes before dressing to avoid any smearing on your clothes.
Note: Coconut oil melts when temperatures get warmer. Some people like to keep their deodorant in the fridge during warm months. I don’t bother since I can still use it… even if it gets a bit melty during those hotter months.


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June 25, 2015

RAMBLINGS + A LINK-UP


I woke up today feeling really grateful, during the past few months we have been thrown into a season of life that we were definitely not ready for (you can read more about this Here, Here & Here). I've had a few loving friends gently remind me that my word for this year was Brave. I recognize that this season isn't over and I most likely have a lot more to learn about being brave, but for now this is what I have learned. Sometimes I have to get up and live life even when there doesn't seem to be a point. I have had to pray harder than ever before for understanding and direction. It has looked like trusting for something to work out when every door seems to be slammed in our faces. It has looked like sharing my heart with people, when all I really want to do is lock myself up and binge on Netflix. 

I have learned to have more hope and faith for the impossible and to have peace and joy even when it doesn't always make sense. 

So this week I have been soaking up all the sun I can get. There have been quiet mornings doing my quiet time in the sun with a cup of coffee. Moments of pretending I'm laying near a pool as I slowly melt from all this heat :) Evening walks and backyard barbecues. I have been cherishing every moment and allowing myself to rest when I need to rather then bury myself in busyness. 


*These Friday Ramblings posts will now be open for you all to link-up whatever post you would like to from this week. I hope that this is a place that we can all support and encourage each other! The only requirement, jump around, meet some amazing new people & maybe even share a little love :) Link-up is open below. 


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