Category Archives: Body

Green Tea Latte

I do love a plain cup of matcha, but sometimes I want a latte like from Starbucks. I’ve been experimenting and I’ve finally got it perfecto! It tastes just like a Starbucks Green Tea Latte from down the road. I wanted to share so I can give others the recipe easily. Here is what you will need:

  • Blender
  • Sauce pan, kettle, or something else to heat water in
  • About 1.5 tbsp Matcha Powder
  • 2/3 cup Milk (can be dairy free if you prefer)
  • 1 Heaping tbsp Coconut Oil
  • .5 – 1 tbsp Honey (optional, we use local to help with allergies)
  • About 1 and 1/3 cups Water

Bring water to a boil, remove from heat, and set aside. Add milk and other ingredients to the blender. Blend a little. Add hot water. Blend until smooth and frothy on top. If your coconut oil stays solid or separates immediately, blend more. Transfer to a cup and enjoy!

DIY Playdough Recipe

Marley and I made some play dough the other day and I thought I would share the recipe. I remember my parents making us homemade playdough as a kid but it was always so salty, smelled really funny, and wasn’t the same texture as actual playdough. This recipe turned out great and we will soon be making more colors!

You will need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 1 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup water
  • food coloring (optional)
  • vegetable glycerin (optional)

Instructions:

Put water on stove top to boil. Meanwhile, mix all dry ingredients and vegetable oil in a large mixing bowl. Add food coloring to water once boiling and pour about half of it into the bowl. Mix while adding small increments of the water until it becomes a combined, sticky dough. Add glycerin, mix, and allow to set to cool. The glycerin helps prevent sticky while adding some shine.

Once cooled knead the dough for at least 4-5 minutes. Do not skimp on this part as it is the most important part of the process! Just keep kneading until it is the right consistency. If you find the dough is still sticky you’ve added just a hair too much water. Add a tiny bit more flour and continue kneading. Once it is the perfect consistency it’s ready for play! Store in an air-tight container for up to six months. We store ours in a ziplock bag and keep it in the pantry. Be sure to rinse hands after play, as the flour can leave a dry texture behind. It is also a good idea to wash hands before play to prevent bacteria and dirt from getting into the playdough; just so it lasts longer. Enjoy!

DIY All Natural Deodorant

We all know coconut oil is useful for many things. One of the most popular uses in our home is making deodorant with it. Here is a video of the process. The recipe is as follows:

  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder (or cornstarch)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 4/5 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 10-13 drops essential oil
  • 5 drops tea tree oil

Melt the coconut oil in the microwave or stovetop then pour into a mixing bowl. Add powder ingredients and mix well. Add other oils, mix, transfer to jar or dish with a lid (I use a heart jewelry dish), and toss in the freezer for an hour or so. Allow to set overnight before use.

Application: This is a firm mix (unless really warm), scrape finger across to get a dime-sized amount. Hold to arm pit for a moment to allow to melt a little then rub in. This does not clog your pores, you WILL sweat. It just kills the odor-causing bacteria that thrives in sweaty areas. If being very active or changing clothes through the day, may need to re-apply.

Henna for Hair

I first used henna on my hair when I was 17 years old and really loved it. Then I let my hair go back to it’s natural light brown color. Then I went through a dark hair stage (another of many), because I wanted something bold but my best friend had red hair at the time. When I found out I was pregnant I did not want to continue to use chemical dye (even ammonia-free) on my hair. I went back to my natural and ordered some henna online. I searched and searched trying to find the perfect henna for hair recipe out there. I wanted to have my splish-splash recipe somewhere that I can access it from anywhere so I am posting it here. My favorite henna is Jamila, I highly recommend it! It is great quality and so, so cheap!

Here is my henna recipe:
  • ½ tbsp ground cloves
  • ½ tbsp beet root powder
  • An empty tea bag
  • 3-4 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ cup water (almost boiling)
  • Red tea bag (I used cinnamon apple spice)
  • Black tea bag (I used Twinning’s Irish breakfast tea which is my absolute favorite!)
  • 100 grams henna powder
  • Gloves and dye brush(optional but recommended)
  • Shower cap or other plastic head cover
  • Bowl and spoon
  • Foil
I mixed the full 100 grams to ensure that I got all of my shoulder-length (just) hair for the first session. I had a great deal left over. Next time I will be halving this recipe for sure!
I put my water on to heat up first, then juiced (and strained) my lemon. I then filled my empty cloth tea bag with the beet root powder and cloves (great mix if you want to replicate the color of blood! Just wait until you squeeze the bag out). You can brew your red/black/cloves/beet tea (10 minutes) in the pot, a tea pot, or a measuring cup. Make sure not to add it to the henna until it has cooled enough that you are not scolded when you put your finger in. Lastly, pour your henna powder into your bowl, add the lemon juice, and add the tea. Mix it up! You want it to be the consistency of mashed potatoes right now; you will adjust the final texture later. Cover the bowl with foil and let sit on top of the fridge (or another warm place) and forget about it for 12-36 hours. AT LEAST 12!! I waited about 30 hours before applying it to my hair.
When you have the time for your henna hair ritual (set aside a good 4-5 hours) go ahead and stir the mix up again. Now you want the consistency of yogurt. I did not have to add anything else to mine, but if yours is too thick you can add more tea, lemon juice, or even apple cider vinegar. There are three rules I follow when applying henna to my hair: 1) wear gloves when applying AND rinsing, 2) apply IN THE BATHTUB, and 3) apply with a dye brush. With regular hair dye I just stand in my bath room and rinse without gloves; henna is NOT normal hair dye.
Now rub some Vaseline on your ears, forehead, neck, face, and pretty new pink silicone plugs you don’t want to turn red. Clip the top half of your hair up, take a seat with a mirror in your tub, and start slathering the brown earthy paste on your hair. I start at my roots then squish and squeeze it into the strands of hair. When your whole head is done apply a shower cap and go do some homework, play some video games, or read for a few hours. I left mine in for just over 3.5 hours. Rinse, condition with a TINY bit of conditioner, and clean up the mess. Boom, you now have beautiful red hair.

Hot oil treatment diy

The summer heat had my hair feeling dry and I was beginning to get some dandruff so I decided a hot oil treatment was in order. Instead of spending money to buy some at the store I made some myself. Note THIS IS HOT. Do not burn yourself! I winged it when it came to ingredients. Here is my recipe:
-4 tbsp coconut oil
-1.5 tbsp olive oil
-4 drops tea tree oil (one per tbsp coconut oil)
-10 drops vitamin E oil
Melt coconut oil in bowl or mug in boiling water. Stir in liquid oils once melted. Mix well and wet hair (damp not soaked). Apply to hair from roots to tips, rub into scalp, and be sure to use full amount on hair. NOTE: The amounts listed is for long hair. For short I recommend cutting it by half.
Enjoy your shiny, soft, revitalized hair! (^.^)v

Coconut Oil: Nature’s miracle cream

Coconut oil is the number one thing on my “DIY ingredients list”. I use it for everything! Sure, it is good for cooking, very healthy, and super yummy: but it is also a great beauty/hygiene product. I use it every single day! Here is a list of beauty ways I use this miracle oil:

Conditioning treatment for hair – Coconut oil makes a great conditioning treatment for your hair. Just warm between hands and run through hair. You can also heat the oil in the microwave and pour over hair.

Oil pulling – This may sound odd, but you take about a tablespoon full and swish it around your mouth for 15-20 minutes, then spit it out. Recent studies are showing many benefits to oil pulling to overall oral health. It cleans your mouth, draws out impurities from gums, and helps soothe and clean cavities.

Moisturizer – I never use lotion on my face, and very, very seldom anywhere else. Coconut oil is my favorite moisturizer. It doesn’t sting, is all natural, and absorbs completely. Every time I wash my face, shower, or shave my legs; I lather it on. I like to use my electric mixer to “whip” it into a delectable fluffy crème with these tiny pearls that melt on your skin. I’m telling you, it’s better than truffles…

Makeup remover – I wear mineral makeup which is easy to remove anyway so I’m not sure how this would do on those hefty long lasting waterproof foundations, but coconut oil removes my makeup in a jiffy!

Deodorant – Mixed with baking soda and essential oils (recipe here) coconut oil makes a great natural deodorant!

Body scrub – Mix sugar, salt, and honey together with some whipped coconut oil for a body scrub (this would make a great gift too!

Diaper rash treatment – We use cloth diapers (greatest investment of my life) and we like to avoid rash creams that can stick to the fleece liners even after multiple washes. A little bit coconut oil not only provides healing moisture, but also creates a barrier between the irritated skin and wetness.

Cradle cap treatment – Marley has only had cradle cap twice since she was born. We tried an over the counter cradle cap treatment and while the little rubbery brush was nice, the liquid smelled awful and didn’t work very well. Not to mention it left a huge mess everywhere. We ended up giving it away and using coconut oil and a baby comb. The oil in its solid state let’s you put it where you want it without it running down the hair near baby’s face.

Sticky remover – Not sure if this counts as a “beauty use” but coconut oil works really well for removing band-aid sticky residue from the skin.

So there is my list of beauty/baby uses for coconut oil. How do you use nature’s miracle cream?

Blogilates: my new favorite fitness tool

I used to do yoga everyday. I used to be thin and flexible. Since quitting smoking, having a baby, and taking a very large college load this semester, I have gained 18 lbs. I had lost much of my flexibility, began eating like crap, and started to feel very out of shape. I tried downloading a few exercise apps. I tried doing exercises from at-home yoga DVDs I have yet to use once. I needed something to keep me motivated.

Fitness used to feel like a far-off dream that I would, “get around to once I graduated.” I wasn’t eating healthy, exercising, or doing much any activity minus laundry and chasing a toddler around (don’t get me wrong, can be a workout at times). Then I found Blogilates. Website, YouTube channel, app. Clean, healthy recipes, a monthly calendar to follow,  a supportive online community, and great videos with an enthusiastic (and very attractive) coach. I highly encourage you to check it out!

“ Train like a beast, look like a beauty!”