Beauty, Earth Friendly, Gift Ideas, Healthy Living, Holiday Gift Guide 2017, Natural, Natural Beauty

Natural Skincare That Really Lasts

I have partnered with Earth’s Organics in sponsorship for this feature

Natural Skincare That Really Lasts

What do you do when you need a product that moisturizes and actually works all day on your skin? You would research and try new products. What happens when your infant child is diagnosed with eczema? You look for natural products, safe for him, that work and last! Are those easy to find? Some work but not all day. Some may last but the ingredients don’t soothe eczema skin. This was the dilemma that the creator of Earth’s Organics was in herself. Why are these products not lasting? She researched, asked around and now has a shop for you with the products she knows will nourish your skin all day and for all skin types, including eczema sufferers.

Lavender soap

At Earth’s Organics you can find soaps, lotions, facial scrubs, body scrubs and foot scrubs. Soap is in contact with about every part of our body and several times a week. Earth’s Organics soaps come in 4 varieties that all contain oils known to nourish our skin naturally and soothe as well. They even have the men covered with the Cedarwood, Amyris, and Vetiver Soap which is woodsy yet sweet scented leaving you with ultimate hydration and smooth skin. Even the Frankincense and Myrrh Soap has a pleasant scent. This soap is also woodsy but with more of a spice scent and will leave your skin toned and nourished.

The other 2 soaps with a more feminine scent are the Lavender, Chamomile, and Rose Soap which is purple in color and leaves you with a refreshed feeling. The Tea Tree, Peppermint, and French Pink Clay Soap smells fantastic and is light and antimicrobial.

Organic soap

If you love scrubs, there are a few to choose that have you covered from face to toes. Like the soaps, these are infused with essential oils and familiar scents. From green tea, brown sugar and coffee to coconut, lemon, and peppermint these scrubs will exfoliate, nourish and leave you with soft skin all day. Just go peek at the ingredients, how could they not leave your skin nourished?

If you are shopping for someone who loves skin products or when you decide you deserve to buy yourself something special, Earth’s Organics make great gifts that will actually get used! Visit Earth’s Organics to see all of the benefits from each product they offer. The prices are great too!

 

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Baby

I partnered with BabyTime for this feature and product was sent

Summer Bug

Anthony is 9 years old but it doesn’t feel like long ago when he was an infant and toddler and I was the one naming gift ideas for him when loved ones and friends asked at birthdays and holidays. He always had plenty of toys and managed to play with few of them, opting for empty boxes and whatever he could reach off a coffee table instead. Holiday gift ideas for baby was always items I would need and now wouldn’t have to go buy with my funds like clothing, feeding and bath supplies. Those were the best gifts!

I also remember inspecting every product given to us for our son. It is scary to think about some of the chemicals they use in products even for baby and children. I have always avoided certain ingredients even still today with Anthony. Brands like BabyTime get this so they offer products without harsh chemicals.

Baby Products

A baby goes through washings often and even at age 9, showers happen everyday. Having bubble baths, shampoos, body wash and lotions with natural ingredients make the best gifts. Maybe I’m odd but I love being gifted these supplies and with ingredients I will use that meant one less trip to the store for essentials I use everyday. If you have to shop for a family with children from infant to teen, BabyTime is a safe choice!

BabyTime products are safe for baby and the environment. Even some hospitals use their products with their organic ingredients. With added probiotics they really do nourish the skin. They are safe and effective-not one or the other.

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Baby at BabyTime

  • Cheeky Salve (great for chapped lips also I have found)
  • Peaceful Bubbles
  • Snuggly Lotion
  • Soothing Cream
  • Nurturing Balm
  • Mighty Shield Lotion (bug repellant)
  • Silky Powder
  • Massage Serum
  • Sunny Sunscreen
  • Active Repair

Visit BabyTime to learn more.

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SoCal Curls for Curly Hair in Under an Hour

I have partnered with SoCal Curls for this feature. They sent me product.

SoCal Curls for Curly Hair in Under an Hour

SoCal Curls for Curly Hair in Under an Hour

How is this possible? It requires one SoCal Curls wrap and a microwave. That’s it. Now let me share my experience and tips for the best results that I found. In this post my sister offered to try this first. She has much thicker hair than I do and it shows the steps and her results. I had to add a step for two for my super fine hair.

heating curls

How to use SoCal Curls

Step 1 is choosing the tie of choice. For very thick hair you can use 2 ties at once. Don’t worry. They are very comfortable. I have the Retro Red.

Step 2 is heating the tie(s) in the microwave for 30 seconds

Step 3 is wrapping hair strands around the head wrap. You can see our photos for a visual and I highly recommend watching their YouTube video for instructions.

curling hair

learning to curl

Step 4 is waiting 30 minutes (or longer such as overnight for even better curl if you have long hair)

Step 5 is pulling out the wrap-it’s super smooth and if you are like me you fully finish with a sea salt spray for curls.

Benefits to SopCal Curls

No heat! That is the best benefit of all. Your hair keeps it’s health and as a wrap there is no breakage of your hair either. It is so quick and you can wrap and forget about it.

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My fine hair tips

With my very fine hair I first used the wrap with large sections of hair. So when I did not get the results I wanted despite how pretty my sisters hair turned out. I contacted them. They advised I use smaller sections and use a curl spray before I wrap. I followed their advise and decided to keep my hair wrapped longer -overnight.

I would forget I had it on my head! It is so lightweight even with hair wrapped. I love my retro red design so it is really fun to wear. The results? I got the bouncy curls just s my sis did!

Visit SoCalCurls for more. Makes a great gift too.

Healthy Living, Natural

Treating Headaches: 10 Natural Remedies

Headaches are a nuisance and I know that is an understatement. I get cluster headaches at the start of my menstrual cycle every month. We have tried switching birth controls with lower estrogen and have tried more hydrarion. Nothing seems to keep them from coming back each month. I am sort of just used to it by now. Plus some remedies I have tried seem to help a bit.  For you, it may just be that you are tired, hungry or might not have enough caffeine. But headaches are never fun and can put a damper on anyone’s day. It doesn’t matter if it is a tension headache, migraine or a cluster headache, they hurt and you’ll want the pain to go away.

 

Treating Headaches: 10 Natural Remedies

There are many over the counter drugs you can pick to help alleviate the pain. Sometimes the headaches aren’t too bad and you know that a natural option is best – while other times the pain pill isn’t working, so you’ve got to try something else.
Below are ten natural remedies that work.

Water

Most often than not, when your head starts to throb, you are just dehydrated. This can be especially true if it has been hot outside and you haven’t been drinking enough water. Or if you’ve had a busy day.  When you feel a headache starting, instead of popping a couple of painkillers, drink a glass or two of water first and see if that works.

Ginger

Ginger is an excellent home remedy for headaches. This root crop reduces the inflammation of blood vessels in the head, which in turn relieves pain and tension. There are a couple of ways you can use ginger to treat a headache, drinking ginger juice or making ginger tea helps. You can even apply ginger powder diluted in water on the forehead.

Cayenne

Cayenne contains capsaicin. This unfamiliar substance halts the body’s pain perception. In other words, a little bit of capsaicin decreases the level of pain. Take 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne powder, 4 ounces of water and a couple of cotton swabs. Combine the dry ingredient with the wet and soak the swab. Apply the cotton swab in each nostril.

Mint Juice

This is more than just a refreshing way to cool off, mint juice is also an alternative to over the counter pain medicine. Mint contains menthol and menthone which have been proven to be effective in treating headaches. Applying mint juice extracted from mint leaves on the forehead can help a throbbing head.

Almonds

Like cayenne, almonds contain a substance called salicin. Salicin is a natural component of over the counter pain killers. Eat a few almonds when you feel your temples starting to hurt. Fair warning, it can go either way. There are people who are sensitive to almonds, so obviously this would not work and should be avoided for those people.

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil is often used for massage therapy because of its calming effects. However, like mint, peppermint also contains menthol which helps unclog blood vessels. If you have peppermint oil at home, all you need do is massage a few drops on your forehead or temples.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar or ACV is a natural remedy for quite a few issues. With that said, it is also an effective remedy for headaches. To use ACV as a headache buster, all you need is 1/4 cup of ACV, 3 cups of boiling water and 1 cup of cool drinking water. Pour the apple cider vinegar onto a bowl then fill the bowl with the boiling water. With a towel over your head, trap the steam and inhale.

Basil

Basil on food, especially on Italian dishes, tastes fantastic. But who knew this herb is also a headache remedy? Basil is particularly effective for tension pain since it is a muscle relaxant. You can make tea out of basil leaves or you can chew basil leaves for maximum effect.

Hot or Cold Compress

Headaches are tricky – it’s difficult to identify what causes them and how to make them stop without taking a few pain meds. But an option would be to alternate cold compress and hot compress and see what works.

Rest

Day to day life is tiring. Tasks at work and chores at home sometimes take a toll on your body. Headaches are common when you have strained your eyes from being on the computer too much or when you have been awake for extended periods. Take a break and rest. The headache is a sign your body needs to slow down.

Using natural remedies for headaches can work just as well as pain pills, but the trick is to find what works for you. If you suffer from major migraines these might not work, but you’ll never know unless you try. Usually these are triggered by certain foods or situations.

If you suffer from headaches every once in awhile, these are great alternatives to using ibuprofen or another over-the-counter medicine.

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Who deserves a Honey & Sage Co. Care Package?

Who deserves a Honey & Sage Co care package? Someone you know gives and gives and hardly takes any recognition. Someone you know is tired and still thrives for her family everyday. Someone you know needs a lift whether it is because they lost a loved one or got some bad news. Someone you know needs Honey & Sage Co. It is a website with products and even care packages thoughtfully put together as a perfect gift for someone deserving.

In the latest care package there were so many settling product such as this prayer bracelet. Every monthly box has a meditation quote and this bracelet is made with yellow aventurine and lava stone, both of which are believed to help with self-confidence, creativity and stability.

June’s Mediation for example:

“I challenge myself to lift another woman’s spirit by giving her words or actions of encouragement and to revel in the inherent goodness of which I am made. I challenge myself to sit daily in a prayer for peaceful understanding that I am worthy and so is she.”

Using the prayer bracelet daily as you read your meditation can also be done with a cup of Vibrant-C Hibiscus and Elderberry Tea that is also good cold. However you enjoy a cup of tea in peace you get a blend of herbs that are refreshing on a hot day and offer a boost to your immune system.

2 drops-2 different uses. The Organic Hawthorne Tincture is taken orally to support a healthy heart. The Skin Soother is used topically and contains aloe vera, Vitamin E-rich sunflower oil and essential oils for that after-sun skin care.

June also gives you this Seoul Mama Revitalizing Mask because we all need those spa-like moments and this mask is packed with vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and hyaluronic acid for conditioning. See the unboxing in action below.

@honeyandsageco Unboxing of women’s health care packages and products! #unboxing

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I wonder what July will bring? Visit Honey & Sage Co to see all of the offered products that you can gift right now to a deserving woman. Choose a Woman Care or Holy Wellness box to send today.

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Drinking Snapple Straight Up Tea – Giveaway

received this product for free from Smiley360 in exchange for my honest review.

Drinking Snapple Straight Up Tea - Giveaway

Iced tea remains a popular summer drink and Snapple has a new variety to offer. This is the Snapple Straight Up Teas. I found mine at my local Target tore. The name says it all…a tea with natural ingredients and no artificial additives.

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Snapple Straight UP Teas come in a variety of flavors,

  • Sorta Sweet
  • Sweet
  • Unsweetened
  • Roobios
  • Honey Green

Near the juice and teas in the appropriate aisle I found 2 of the flavors, Sweetened and Unsweetened. My husband prefers unsweetened and he liked it a lot. I need sweetness so the Sweet tea was so delicious. You get the sweetness it tells you it provides and the refreshing aftertaste.

I was given several extra Snapple goodies to giveaway. 3 Readers will win 5 VIP coupons for Snapple Straight Up Tea. Enter below. Open to US and ends on 7/5. Good luck!