DIY Blueberry Facial Wash

I noticed that my skin seems to be breaking out more than usual  (post-period effects); hence I decided to make my own Blueberry Facial Wash. Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants. They help with blotchy skin and acne problems.  Who knew almond milk is filled with nutrients including vitamin E to help maintain a well balanced look. Hold off on those Vitamin E creams, almond milk has a high level of it. You can have restored skin and reverse the effects of sun damage in just seconds with this DIY facial. Can’t forget the cinnamon! It fights acne, blemishes, and leaves your skin with a glowing youthful complexion. Rice is great for those summer days when you get sunburn. It helps to cool your skin off for flawless skin.

All of the ingredients are beneficial for your skin. Hold off on buying those expensive creams, and make a simple recipe using only 4 ingredients. If you have any extra facial wash, refrigerate it. I recommend using it within 2 days for the best skin results.

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Method:

Pour ingredients into a nutibullet and blend until desired consistency.

Sapo is so so pure!

Sapo Soap Company makes all natural and organic soaps that are great for all skin types. Each product uses only the finest ingredients which are 85% organic ingredients. Get rid of all your other soaps and start investing in a beauty product that serves you and your body. Plus, there is no added chemicals or preservatives to worry about. Sapo is so so pure!

There are different aromas for you to choose from like peppermint, lemongrass, lavender, thyme, and Shea honey. Pick your favorite scent and take a deep breath and relax. The soaps are so smooth and leave your skin feeling silky soft.

 

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Photo credits: Christa Alexis

My favorite one was the Lavender scent. I received a sample pack with Lemongrass Tea, Lavender, and Shea Honey Oatmeal. As soon as I smell lavender, I become relaxed and it causes my mind to really stay in the moment. Watch the video below to learn about all the health benefits that lavender has on your skin!

Special thanks to Sapo Company for sending me the soaps. Much love xo

 

 

Taking it back to the caveman days

Caven Creations are the way chocolates should be made like back in the caveman days without all that extra stuff. Grab a bar and get chompin’. The greatest creations come from within.

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Based out of Santa Cruz, California each of the chocolate bars are completely raw, organic, fair trade, sugar-free, and hand crafted with love. Raw cacao is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that can enhance your mood. Caven Creations come in three varieties including Coconut Meat & Sweet Bar, Hey Honey! Bar, and Sweet & Salt Crunch Bar. Each bar is naturally sweetened using organic coconut sugar, raw organic honey, and Non-GMO Birch Xylitol. Try yours today.

 

 

Flavor your water with essential oils

Young Living Oils is a company with a variety of essential oils that helps you maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. You can choose from diffusers, supplements, beauty products, or lavender scented oils for balancing your inner chakras. Go ahead and try Young Living’s all natural products that are good for your soul.

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My personal favorite was the lemon oil. Add a few drops to your water and taste the flavor. You can taste the difference and the health benefits of lemon are endless.

 

Unbelievably good Barney Butter!

Barney Butter is an independently owned California company which offers a plethora of almond butters including smooth, crunchy, honey and flax, raw and chia, vanilla and espresso, cocoa and coconut flavors. If you don’t want that extra sweetness and salt, try the two naturally bare flavors: smooth and crunchy. Grab an apple, pick your favorite flavor, and bring on-the-go convenient 90 calorie snack packs.

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Each of the almond butters are Non-GMO, organic, and use fair trade ingredients that come in recyclable packaging. It’s good for you and the environment. And Barney Butter offers plenty of recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I’m totally a chocolate addict so my favorite was the cocoa &  coconut flavor. Each flavor has the right amount of sweetness and flavorful goodness that will have you craving more.

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Hawaii brings us silky smooth natural products!

Puna Noni are all natural products made in Hawaii using an Indian mulberry as a primary ingredient. They have a wide selection of organic products including Noni juice, noni capsules and body care products and even convenient travel size items.

The Sweet Orchid shampoo and conditioner leaves your hair feeling soft, smooth, and silky with an extra shine. Made from plant based Non-GMO certified ingredients and totally vegan-friendly, and don’t worry no animals were harmed in the making.

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The Sweet Orchid smells like a natural sweetness in the palm of your hands. It’s light texture and clean scent makes for a beyond ordinary hair product. Try the Tuberose body wash for a melon scent. Any of Puna Noni products will make a nice refreshing addition to your beauty collection.

Navila Natural Soaps

Navila Natural Shop has a selection of handmade shea butter soaps and other natural beauty products that are made with love. Christa Alexis  features four feel-good soaps including Lavender Oatmeal, Lemongrass, Caribbean Coconut, and Lovespell. Better yet, you can actually pronounce and understand all of the listed ingredients.

Each soap is ideal for people with sensitive skin and each scent offers essential benefits for your skin & the environment. Choose from essential oils, fragrance soaps, essential oil soaps, baby soaps, or a sampler gift set for both men and women. Get shopping today!

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Christa Alexis’s fav soap is the Lavender Oatmeal. It has pieces of real oatmeal inside and a calming lavender scent to alleviate your stress. Made with organic shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, caster oil, mineral pigments, water, lye, lavender, white clay, and oatmeal vitamin. Perfect for people with dry skin and eczema.

“Enjoy the blessings of mother nature”

No dairy, no problem!

Dairy has a lot of additives, extra fat, and also slows your body down.  It takes even longer to digest dairy. Many of us believe that dairy is beneficial for calcium; however, coconut milk, kale, collard greens, broccoli, figs, and oranges are other highly enriched calcium dairy alternatives. I recently decided to transition to a vegan lifestyle. Immediately, I noticed I had more energy and even shed a few extra pounds. My meals are more simple and full of veggies and fruits. I love to start my day with a smoothie, and end it with a salad and a protein, but for snackin’ time I have nuts, clementines and popcorn. Start to eliminate dairy and see what happens!

  1. More energy
  2. Loss of weight
  3. Feeling full
  4. Eat more fruits, vegetables, and grains
  5.  Less cravings

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Fighting the cold fast…naturally

I felt a cold coming on last Thursday and I dreaded the whole being sick act. Often, it takes me a week to just recover from the common cold. My nose was runny, my ears were ringing, and I felt extremely exhausted for no apparent reason. I debated going to the doctor or trying to find a remedy.

Doctors just prescribe to make the symptoms subside without actually getting to the core problem. Whole foods was my doctor; I knew I would find something to kill this fight since it was just the beginning.

I had no idea what to get. I decided on Urban Moonshine‘s Immune Zoom First Response created by a herbologist with certified organic herbs including echinacea, raw honey, cinnamon, ginger root, and cayenne extract. It’s fast acting and amazing. Take consistently every 2-3 hours and guaranteed you will feel better immediately!

I also highly recommend Herb Pharm Mullen Garlic ear drops, which helps with ear pain and naturally works to cleanse the ear against infection.

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Naturally remedies that actually work. Woohoo!

 

 

Pasta Perfection!

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I love my pasta and pasta with a lot of flavor and veggies. Personally, I love whole wheat pasta in any form spaghetti, penne, linguine, etc and it’s healthier for you in case you forgot. I made whole wheat pasta with sauteed spinach and tomatoes. Nomz!

All you need is a 1lb bag of whole wheat penne.

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Let it boil until it’s al dente (just right, not too hard, not too soft) You can do a taste test after about 8 minutes.

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Chop up tomatoes into smaller pieces and set aside.

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Add olive oil to a pan and chopped up garlic cloves on medium heat. Add the spinach and shut the lid. You will notice that the spinach will begin to shrink. Keep mixing it together. Add salt, pepper, oregano, basil, and any other spices you prefer. Then, you can add the tomatoes.

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Once the tomatoes get softer, you can shut it off. Add the cooked pasta to the pan and mix thoroughly. (You can also add sauce if you’d like) Serve warm!

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Enjoy!

Special thanks to Botticelli foods for the olive oil and pasta sauce.