Thursday, February 25, 2016

No More Yucky Dish Racks! - DN Racks 2-Tier Bamboo Dish Drying Rack




This is a really stylish looking dish drying rack for sure. I couldn't believe how easy it was to unfold and fold it back up. This is currently longer than my original dish drying rack so I had to clear my knives away to fit it onto my small counter top near the sink. So the length of this will give you a bunch of space to dry many plates. I was only able to fit really small cups on the bottom tier which is a little disappointing. I have all sorts of sized cups so for the larger cups I would have to keep them on the top tier of the rack with the plates. It doesn't come with a drip tray so you will have to buy one separately or use a kitchen towel underneath it. I used it with a kitchen towel which was fine. It's definitely very well made but I just wish it was a tad larger even if it didn't have the length to it just so it could hold larger cups on the bottom tier.

  • Foldable for convenient storage in cabinet; strong bamboo slats spaced perfectly to stand plates you have to wash by hand. 20.5 x 13 x 1.5 in. (folded); 20.5 x 10.25 x 9.25 in. (extended).
  • A dish drainer is top on the list of home basics, and bamboo racks are more eco-friendly than wood drainers. Choose stylish, natural bamboo for a beautiful statement on your counter.




You can buy your own Bamboo Dish Drying Rack here on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015D7XI1W?redirect=true&ref_=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_0



Monday, February 22, 2016

14 ways to use Scential Health Lemon Essential Oil at home



You can buy this awesome bottle of Scential lemon essential oil here on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SQ81N40



1. Treat Candida Infections

Most commonly expressed as a yeast infection when it’s running rampant, Candida is a class of fungus that is often a normal part of good oral and intestinal health. Its overgrowth, however, can affect the skin, throat, mouth, genitals, and, if left untreated, can even invade the blood.
Because of its antifungal properties, lemon oil can be used as a natural remedy for yeast infections. A recent study found that lemon oil was able to inhibit the growth of various Candida strains. This is likely because of lemon oil’s high monoterpenoid content, which has an antimicrobial effect. You can use the following recipe as an external skin treatment once per day. If there’s no improvement after a week, you should see a healthcare practitioner.

Recipe: 3 cups of lukewarm water + 2 tablespoons of vinegar + 3 drops of lemon oil + 4 drops of tea tree oil

2. For Pain Relief

According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, chronic pain affects 100 million Americans – more than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. The four most common kinds of pain are lower back pain, severe headache / migraine, neck pain, and facial aches. Whether the pain is long-lasting or short-lived, sharp or throbbing, a result of physical injury, inflammation, or medical issue, it can absolutely interfere with your quality of life.

There are many options available to treat and manage pain, but a natural way to reduce pain signals in the brain was found with lemon oil aromatherapy. The study, published in 2002, was conducted on lab rats during a persistent experience of pain; the rats that inhaled the aroma of lemon oil showed a decrease in behaviors indicative of pain (flinching, flexing, and licking the affected area) as compared with the control group. Researchers measured the rats’ neuronal activity and found that lemon oil increased the expression of c-Fos, a gene and protein that regulates nerve cell production and survival.


3. Enhance Mood & Concentration

If you have ever deeply inhaled the scent of lemon oil, you’ve probably noticed that it has a stimulating, and yet calming, influence in the mind. In an effort to better understand the relationship between smell and mood, researchers examined the psychological and physiological impact of smelling either lemon oil, lavender oil, or plain water before and after experiencing a stressor. Of the 56 healthy volunteers, those that smelled lemon oil reported increased positive mood – despite having their hands plunged in ice water! The researchers also measured stress hormones and found that norepinephrine, which plays a role in cognition and learning, was maintained at elevated levels after inhaling lemon oil.

4. Lessen Stress & Anxiety

One of the great paradoxes of lemon oil is its ability to invigorate and relax. In addition to its anti-depressant and cognition-boosting qualities, lemon oil aromatherapy was shown to calm the nerves and relieve stress in two separate studies.
Using various animal models for assessing anxiety, despair, and exploratory behaviors, researchers in a 2006 study exposed mice to lavender, rose, and lemon essential oils and found that lemon had the “strongest anti-stress effect”. Another study, this time concerning rats, resulted in lowered corticosterone levels (which is released as a stress response) when exposed to lemon oil for a period of two weeks.


5. Lose Weight

It may seem like a bold statement, but lemon oil can actually help you lose weight by suppressing weight gain, dissolving body fat, and reducing appetite. The rind of many citrus fruits – including lemon – contain high amounts of the organic compound limonene. Limonene has the ability to facilitate lipolysis – the breakdown of white adipose tissue, which is the type of fat the body stores for energy. The connection between limonene and lipolysis was demonstrated in a study where exposure to a blend of lemon oil and grapefruit oil aromatherapy increased lipolysis and reduced body weight in rats.

**Even though this connection has been made in scientific studies Scential Health does not test their products on animals. So you can be assured that their lemon essential oil is cruelty free :}

Fat Dissolving Massage Recipe: ¼ cup of sweet almond oil + 7 drops of lemon oil + 7 drops of grapefruit oil


6. Alleviate Morning Sickness

Affecting more than half of moms-to-be, the vomiting and nausea of pregnancy is among the least pleasant aspects of gestation. While morning sickness will usually subside on its own within 14 to 18 weeks, for some it will continue for the whole nine months, up until the time the baby is delivered.
Fortunately, there is some respite to be found with lemon oil! A clinical trial from 2014 examined the effects of lemon oil aromatherapy on pregnant women who suffer from morning sickness. Involving more than 100 participants, the study determined that inhaling lemon oil as soon as feelings of nausea were present had the effect of drastically reducing queasiness and retching as well as an overall decrease in the intensity of those symptoms.

7. Skin Toner

Lemon oil is an astringent – meaning that it constricts bodily tissues when applied topically.  For this reason, lemon oil may be used for deep cleansing of the skin while also shrinking pores. Terrific for oily skin types, lemon oil acts as a natural toner that reduces the amount of sebum (oily or waxy substances) produced by the sebaceous glands. Since overactive sebaceous glands are a major cause of acne, cysts, hyperplasia, and other inflammations of the skin, adding lemon oil to your daily skin care regimen can help heal and prevent breakouts.

Recipe: ½ cup of water + ½ cup of witch hazel + 40 drops of lemon oil

8. Degrease Your Hair

Also caused by an overzealous sebaceous gland, greasy hair can leave your tresses limp, flat, and stringy no matter how much you wash it. As with oily skin, lemon oil can reduce the amount of sebum on the scalp, as well as help rebalance the production of oils.

Shampoo Recipe: ½ cup of liquid castile soap + 1 cup of water + 20 drops of lemon oil
Hair Rinse Recipe: 1 cup of water + 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar + 3 drops of lemon oil


9. All-Purpose Cleaner

Although vinegar is a wonderful, eco-friendly cleaner, sometimes you might not want to imbue your home with a sour, pungent smell. Lemon oil’s antiseptic, antifungal, and disinfectant qualities make it a viable green cleaning contender – all while emitting that unmistakably “clean” scent.

Recipe: 2 ½ cups of water + 2 tablespoons of liquid castile soap + 10 to 20 drops of lemon oil

10. Laundry Detergent

Making your own laundry soap is easy, inexpensive, and good for the planet. Since all the ingredients are natural, this mixture is totally biodegradable and free of chemicals and artificial fragrances. And while there are many essential oils you can use in your laundry, lemon oil is a fantastic bleach substitute that will brighten your whites.

Recipe: 3 cups of borax + 3 cups of washing soda + 3 cups of baking soda + 2 bars of castile soap (grated) + 30 drops of lemon oil

11. Wood Polish

The chemicals in commercial wood polishes can irritate the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract. In lieu of introducing pollutants into the home, you can use lemon oil as a key ingredient for all-natural homemade furniture polish that will not only bring back the luster and shine of the wood but also help to protect against future scratches and stains.

Recipe: ½ cup of olive oil or sweet almond oil + 10 to 15 drops of lemon oil

12. Reusable Wipes

If you loathe using paper towels to sop up small spills but still want to have on-the-go disinfecting wipes on hand, then this one’s for you! You’ll need a handful of square cloths (old t-shirts or bed sheets would do the trick) and a suitable container with lid for easy access.

Recipe: 1 ½ cups of warm water + 1 tablespoon of coconut oil + 1 teaspoon of vodka + 3 drops of lavender oil + 3 drops of lemon oil

13. Clean Small Wounds

Since lemon oil is a natural antiseptic, it can be used to clean minor wounds to prevent infection. You can use these recipes on superficial cuts, scrapes, and burns to speed up the healing process.

Soothing Salve Recipe: Combine ¼ cup of beeswax pellets with ¾ cup of coconut oil and heat on low on the stovetop. Once thoroughly melted and blended, add 12 drops each of lemon, lavender, and tea tree oil. Transfer to a container and allow it to cool before using.

Antiseptic Spray: ¼ cup of distilled water + 6 drops of lemon + 12 drops of tea tree + 6 drops of eucalyptus oils

14. Air Freshener Spray

You can eliminate bad odors and instantly refresh your indoor spaces with a little lemon oil.

Spray Recipe: 1 cup of water + 24 drops of lemon oil

My Experience with Maybelline Fit Me Foundation


I was excited to be able to try out a new foundation thanks to Influenster choosing me for the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation VoxBox. I have used many different kinds of foundation in my life but I never liked to use it all over my face. Why? It just makes my skin crawl and makes me feel uncomfortable. It's pretty much more uncomfortable since I wear glasses 24/7. I know all my glasses wearing comrades can feel my woes here. So I usually just put foundation under my eyes and around my nose.



For the sake of trying something new I decided to brush this stuff on all over my face. I got my foundation in the color 122 Creamy Beige. I opened it up and poured some of the foundation into my hand using it like a palette.


I probably put a little too much into my hand but it was my first time so I kind of dumped it. So I dabbed onto my face and then blended in with my brush. It was very easy to do. You don't need to be some big makeup guru to get it on just right. You can also use a beauty blending sponge as well.


Here are my results. I am very happy with it. Something so seamless , light and simple. It's always my goal to look as natural as possible when I am wearing makeup and Maybelline Fit Me Foundation blends into my preferences.  #FitMeFoundation #Maybelline #Influenster

You can learn more about it here.
http://www.maybelline.com/products/face-makeup/foundation/fit-me-matte-poreless-foundation.aspx


I also wanted to make a quick mention that I am wearing one of the Charlotte Tillbury matte lipstick color samples I got in the mail. I'm wearing that bottom color and it's called Very Victoria. It's gorgeous. It has such a long wear. I might consider picking up a full size stick later on. I want to play with the other colors first though to see if I like any of them as well.

http://www.charlottetilbury.com/us/matte-revolution-very-victoria.html


 For my eyes I used PrettyQueen's 32 color matte eye shadow palette. This stuff applies very well. You can find it on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Palette-Professional-Eyeshadow-Cosmetic-Applicators/dp/B0185270O8/


Friday, February 19, 2016

Apply To Host a Healthy Baby Home Party from Seventh Generation



What is a Healthy Baby Home Party? 

Seventh Generation's home parties are powered by people like you who are focused on creating a healthy environment for the next generation. Developed with input from non-profit partner, Healthy Child Healthy World, they are a great way to get together with friends, share helpful information, and make an impact!

Healthy Baby Home Party kits are provided to all selected hosts and are filled with educational info about our environment, helpful tips, a fun game, and samples and coupons from Seventh Generation and other favorite family-friendly brands like bobble, Plum Organics and Zarbee's Naturals.

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What is the Application Process?
  • Sign up at generationgood.net to join the Generation Good community, or log in if already a member.
  • Accept the Healthy Baby Home Party Application offer on your Generation Good dashboard and complete the application.
  • Applicants will be notified by end of March if they have been selected to host a party, via an email to the email address assigned to their Generation Good member profile.
  • All selected applicants will then need to confirm their participation by accepting the Healthy Baby Home Party Mission in Generation Good and confirming their shipping address.
  • 1,900 FREE Party Kits will be distributed in this round.
  • Hosting spots are open to US residents only at this time. Canadian parties are planned for later in 2016!
  • Full terms and conditions are available within Generation Good in the "Healthy Baby Home Party Application" offer.