HelloNatural.co http://hellonatural.co Natural Beauty, Healthy Recipes + Green Cleaning Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Herb-Infused Gentle-on-Skin Homemade Dish Soap http://hellonatural.co/homemade-dish-soap/ http://hellonatural.co/homemade-dish-soap/#respond Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=37284

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Washing the dishes is much more enjoyable with a pleasant smelling dish soap. I think that’s true for most household tasks. Cleaning up isn’t fun, but there are little things that can make it more bearable. Take this herb-infused dish soap as an example. I love the way it smells. It’s refreshing and calming, and I can almost imagine myself away from the kitchen sink and into a more serene scene, like a field of flowers. Well, almost.

Herb-Infused Homemade Dish Soap | HelloNatural.coThe truth is I also care about how these natural cleaning products perform as well as how nicely they smell. And yeah, I’m kind of addicted to making and trying out homemade natural cleaning products. This herb-infused dish soap is one of my favorites at the moment, and it gets my dishes squeaky clean too.

Gentle on Hands Homemade Dish Soap

My grease fighting dish soap works great on dishes, but can be rough on hands. Since I don’t always use gloves, I added aloe and olive oil this time to protect my skin. Super washing soda is an optional ingredient here, and not much is used even then. It tends to be harsh on skin, so use caution if you have sensitive skin. I’ve included it because it helps the soap thicken up. Otherwise it’s quite a bit runnier than the dish soap you buy at the store.

Herb-Infused Homemade Dish Soap | HelloNatural.coRosemary is one of my very favorite fall herbs, but you could use thyme, sage or basil. Steeping the herbs in hot water helps release their fragrant oils. After that, everything gets mixed together. Then transfer to a bottle with a spout, like an olive oil cruet, and you’re set!

I’ve included essential oils here too. Lavender and tea tree have anti-microbial benefits, and I added extra rosemary oil for an even stronger scent. Rosemary has been said to improve memory (something I need!), and its antiseptic properties are great for dish soap.

Herb-Infused Homemade Dish Soap | HelloNatural.coThis dish soap is really concentrated. A few drops is plenty for a quick wash up with a sponge. Fill up one side of the sink with hot water and add 1-2 teaspoons of the herb-infused soap. You’ll be amazed that’s all you need to do the job.

Rosemary-Infused Dish Soap
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Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups distilled or filtered water
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary or 1 heaping Tablespoon dried rosemary
  • ⅔ cup liquid castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon pure aloe vera gel
  • 1½ teaspoons super washing soda (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 20 drops essential oils - lavender, rosemary, etc.
  • 5 drops tea tree oil
Instructions
  1. Boil the water and pour over the dried herbs. Cover and let steep for several hours. Remove the rosemary from the water. Strain if using dried herbs.
  2. Dissolve the super washing soda, if using, in the warm rosemary-infused water.
  3. Add the castile soap, aloe, glycerine, olive oil, and essential oils.
  4. Transfer to a glass bottle.
  5. If washing soda was used, the soap will start to thicken as it cools, and even more so the next day. Otherwise, the liquid is fairly runny.
  6. It's pretty concentrated - a little goes a long way. Use as desired.
  7. Make this in small batches because it won't last forever.

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10 ESSENTIAL: Must-Haves For Beginning Runners http://hellonatural.co/10-essentials-for-beginning-runners/ http://hellonatural.co/10-essentials-for-beginning-runners/#respond Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=39384 I’ve always felt like a total imposter when trying to become a runner. While my sister completed marathons and triathalons I could barely run around the block. But running seemed so convenient – it’s great cardio and doesn’t require bulky equipment. Just strap on a pair of shoes and hit the road!

10 Essentials for Beginning Runners | HelloNatural.coSo this summer I started running. Slowly. In very short increments combined with walking. And the funny thing is, I kind of love it! Getting outside for a short run (30 minutes is still my max) is the perfect way to start the day. It gets the blood pumping and gives me energy for the rest of the day.

Essentials for beginning runners | HelloNatural.coThere are a few tools and tricks that made learning to love running a ton easier and a lot more fun. Hint: don’t skimp on stretching and invest in a few on the go essentials – comfy sports bra, proper shoes, iPhone or watch (Pulsar watches are my fave) – that make you feel legit.

And if you don’t feel like running, don’t beat yourself up. Just get out and walk. Keep it fun because the more something feels like a chore, the more you’ll dread doing it.

I still consider myself a ‘beginner’ – no marathons just yet! So here’s my list of 10 tips for learning how to love running.

10 Essentials for Beginning Runners

1. Learn the right form

1. Learn the right form

Start your running regime on the right foot. Avoid injuries and extra aches and pains by taking a few minutes to fine-tune your form with this helpful guide from PopSugar.

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2. Start Small

2. Start Small

The C25kFree app gave me the confidence to get started. If you can run for 30 seconds then you're on your way to a 5k. And it's free!

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3. Find the right shoes

3. Find the right shoes

A comfortable shoe makes all the difference. Visit a running shoe store for helpful advice on finding your perfect pair. These Nike FlexRun's are my current faves.

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4. Get proper support

4. Get proper support

Running just seems easier when you look the part. Kiava's beautiful support bras and tanks stylishly keep everything in place.

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5. Fuel up

5. Fuel up

You don't want a big meal before running so keep it light. Fuel up with a homemade energy bar with natural protein and carbs.

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6. Stay Hydrated

6. Stay Hydrated

You need H2o but carrying a water bottle is a major hassle. This lightweight bottle is easy to grip and has a handy storage pocket that's perfect for your keys.

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7. Try Intervals

7. Try Intervals

I much prefer running outside to the treadmill and having a watch with a stopwatch makes it easy to add in sprints and intervals. I got this one for my hubby / running buddy.

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8. Make a playlist

8. Make a playlist

Finding the right music makes running SO much more fun. Make a playlist of your favorites - Katy Perry's Roar always helps me take it up a notch.


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9. Use Sport Headphones

9. Use Sport Headphones

Headphones make jamming to your playlist - and hearing the C25K app - a whole lot easier. Strap your phone to your arm to run without having to grip the phone.

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10. Reward Yourself

10. Reward Yourself

Every time I run, I reward myself. Even if it's with a healthy smoothie that just tastes indulgent. The extra protein also makes a great post-workout snack.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pulsar. The opinions and text are all mine.

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DRY HAIR REPAIR: DIY Anti Frizz Spray + Moisturizing Mask http://hellonatural.co/dry-hair-repair/ http://hellonatural.co/dry-hair-repair/#respond Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=38722 If your summer looked anything like mine, your hair has lost the battle against chlorine, sun and salt. It’s time to turn our attention to the frizz and get a handle on our locks! These all-natural dry hair repair recipes will have your hair looking smooth, shiny and back to life in no time.

DIY Anti-Frizz Spray

Dry Hair Repair - Frizz Spray | HelloNatural.coSupplies needed

  • distilled water
  • 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
  • 1 teaspoon glycerin
  • 5-10 drops lavender essential oil – great for all hair types
  • 2 tablespoons aloe gel
  • spray bottle

Whisk in a bowl the jojoba oil, glycerin and aloe gel until they are well blended. Add the lavender essential oil. If you have extremely dry hair, you can substitute geranium for lavender. Pour mixture into a spray bottle (be sure it’s a good-quality pump) and then add the distilled water until you are pleased with the consistency. You will want to refrigerate the mixture and shake before each use. The spray will smooth down unruly frizz and hydrate the hair shaft.

Banana & Honey Hair Repair Mask

Dry Hair Repair - Moisturizing Mask | HelloNatural.coSupplies needed

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • shower cap (optional)

In a blender, combine the banana and honey, blending until all the banana pieces are pureed and you are left with a smooth mixture. Apply the mask to your hair, taking extra time to apply on the ends. The shower cap is optional, but heat allows for extra penetration, and a shower cap is great for keeping the heat in. Wait 20 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.

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21 Smart Household Uses for Orange Oil http://hellonatural.co/21-smart-household-uses-orange-oil/ http://hellonatural.co/21-smart-household-uses-orange-oil/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=37295 My house is full of magazines and pages ripped from issues months (or years) ago, creating way too many of the dreaded ‘piles.’ But I dare not get rid of them because occasionally a page pops up that’s amazingly timely and helpful. Like the ad for sweet orange essential oil that I ripped out of a Whole Living magazine two years ago.

The Aura Cacia ad listed a dozen uses for orange oil, one of my favorites for its happy scent. It’s naturally anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, and it’s an antidepressant and aphrodisiac! We added a few of our own smart uses for this amazing oil to showcase its many health benefits.

21 Smart Uses for Orange Oil | HelloNatural.co21 Smart Household Uses for Orange Essential Oil

1. Inhale for a quick pick-me-up to start your day

2. Place 1-2 drops on stubborn tile stains. Wipe away after 2 minutes.

3. Combine 12 drops with 1/4 cup Dead Sea salts for a spa-quality bath.

4. Combine 24 drops in a bucket of soapy water. Purify nursery pots and flats.

5. Place drops on air vents to freshen a room.

6. Diffuse in a room to cheer up cranky kids.

7. Combine 24 drops with 4 ounces water. Shake well and spray on houseplants to discourage pests.

8. Use 1-2 drops to lift grease or glue from surfaces.

9. Combine 12 drops with 1/4 cup castile soap and water. Wipe down household surfaces.

10. Place several drops in indoor garbage cans to improve scent and discourage bugs.

11. Combine 12 drops with 1/4 cup salt. Rub on cutting boards and rinse with hot water to purify.

12. Use with kosher salt as homemade fabric softener crystals.

13. Make a natural spider deterrent spray by combining 5 drops essential oil, 5 drops soap and 1 quart water.

14. Add 12 drops to 1 tablespoon vodka and 6 tablespoons water for an energizing kitchen spray.

15. Add a few drops into your body scrub and feel refreshed and awake as you step out of the shower each day.

16. Add 10 drops to a natural floor cleaner to make the whole house smell fresh.

17. Combine with jojoba oil and vodka to make your own perfume.

18. Add 2 drops to a cotton ball and dab lightly on a blemish.

19. Mix 2-3 drops with 1 ounce of almond oil and massage into skin to fight cellulite.

20. Add 2-3 drops to a bowl of hot water for a steam inhalation to help colds and coughs.

21. Place 2-3 drops in a glass of water, then swish and spit to treat gingivitis and mouth ulcers.

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How to Make a Breakfast Burrito (+ A Week of Breakfasts in 20 Minutes) http://hellonatural.co/how-to-make-a-breakfast-burrito/ http://hellonatural.co/how-to-make-a-breakfast-burrito/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=37320 I have yet to find a mom who manages every morning with Zen-like calm. We all share the same complaint – mornings are hectic! Whether you’re rushing out the door or helping get someone else out the door (or both!) having a healthy breakfast plan is a huge help. Along with freezer smoothies, these frozen breakfast burritos are a fantastic way to start the day. And bonus! These burritos were made to eat on the go.

Make Ahead Breakfast Burritos | HelloNatural.coHow to make a breakfast burrito

The beauty of breakfast burritos is that you can literally fill them with just about anything you want. Our family likes Southwest flavors, so here’s the formula I used for each burrito:

Southwest style burritos

  • 1 scrambled egg
  • 1/4 cup cheese
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup filling (veggies, meat, etc)
  • a spoonful of salsa

Freezer Breakfast Burritos | HelloNatural.coMore Burrito Filling Ideas

  1. Sausage + potato + green chiles
  2. Ham + tomato + cheddar
  3. Bacon + swiss + spinach
  4. Olives + veggies + mozzarella
  5. Steak + peppers + onions

Lay out the fillings and each person can make their own, roll them up, wrap them, and store them in the freezer to pull out as needed. I layer the eggs first, followed by cheese, then the veggies/beans/meat, sauce, finishing with sprinkling of cilantro. Oh My Veggies has a great tutorial on how to properly fold a burrito – just in case you didn’t work at a Mexican fast food restaurant in high school (like I did) and need a few pointers.

How To Make a Breakfast Burrito | HelloNatural.coTips + Tricks for Frozen Burritos

  • Don’t add too much sauce or use ingredients that are too wet, or the burritos will be soggy.
  • Let all of the ingredients cool before assembling burritos.
  • Don’t overfill the burrito.
  • Wrap it well to prevent freezer burn. I like waxed paper followed by aluminum foil or a resealable freezer bag.
  • Reheat in microwave or oven. Remove the waxed paper first if you use the oven. I tend to leave them wrapped in the waxed paper when microwaving so they don’t dry out so much on the edges. The paper also keeps them from going soggy. (Plastic wrap can lead to soggy burritos.) You could also use a pan on the stove to gently reheat, but there’s a better chance of even reheating if you use the microwave or oven.
  • To make heartier burritos, start with 1/4 cup cooked rice per tortilla, then layer with eggs and other fillings.
Make Ahead Freezer Breakfast Burritos
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Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 8
 
Make these hearty burritos ahead of time for a week's worth of healthy breakfasts to eat on the go.
Ingredients
  • 8 extra large flour tortillas
  • 8 large eggs, scrambled
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 2 to 4 cups sauteed diced veggies, sausage, ham, bacon, or a combination
  • ½ cup salsa
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Cilantro, optional
Instructions
  1. Quickly warm each tortilla in the hot pan for about 30 seconds per side. Keep warm while assembling burritos.
  2. Lay one burrito out on a flat surface. Place ⅛ of the eggs, followed by ¼ cup each cheese, desired amount of filling, ¼ to ½ cup, in the center of the tortilla, followed by a spoonful of salsa, sprinkling of green onions, and cilantro. Be sure to leave a border of empty space around the edge.
  3. To roll, fold both right and left sides towards the middle, then fold over the edge closest to you. Tuck it in gently, but firmly, around the filling. Continue to roll, holding the tortilla firmly, but being careful not to tear it. Wrap securely with waxed paper (or plastic wrap).
  4. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling. Wrap the burritos in foil, if desired, or place in a resealable plastic bag, and place in freezer.
  5. To reheat - remove foil and plastic wrap. If using a microwave oven, place burrito on a plate and heat for 1-2 minutes on full power, turning the burrito over halfway through for even heating. Can also be reheated in an toaster or traditional oven.
Notes
Other filling combos: (all with eggs)
sausage + potato + green chiles
ham + tomato + cheddar
bacon + swiss + spinach
Olives + veggies + mozzarella
steak + peppers + onions
Note - can add ¼ cooked rice to each one for a heartier burrito
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Bags, Boots + Tights: 26 Must-Have Fall Accessories http://hellonatural.co/bags-boots-tights-more-2014s-must-have-fall-accessories/ http://hellonatural.co/bags-boots-tights-more-2014s-must-have-fall-accessories/#respond Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=37355 Even though fall isn’t officially here for a couple more weeks, you can bet that my mind is in already in cool weather fashion mode. It’s time to pull out the flannels, plaids, tartans, chunky knits, scarves and tights, and start layering up! To get you in the mood for fall shopping, here are a few fall accessories I have my eye on. Which one is your favorite?

Must-Have Fall Accessories for 2014 | HelloNatural.co1. Madewell nightglen plaid scarf | 2. J.Crew Factory Dorset Mini Crossbody | 3. BAILEY® for J.Crew Felt Hat | 4. Banana Republic Chevron Stripe Trouser Socks | 5. Wilfred Free Vyent Headband| 6. Rag & Bone Cammie Fingerless Mittens | 7. Carolina Amato Short Leather Gloves | 8. Joe Fresh Rain Boots | 9. Banana Republic Leopard Haircalf Skinny Belt | 10. Babaton Roy Scarf | 11. TNA Montane Hat | 12. Kate Spade New York Ursula Sunglasses | 13. J.Crew Factory Solid Tights | 14. Anthropologie Dabble Bobby Set | 15. Joe Fresh Large Plaid Scarf | 16. Clare Vivier Flat Clutch Supreme | 17. Banana Republic Harper Mixed Media Satchel | 18. TNA Alps Hat | 19. Banana Republic Chevron Stripe Scarf | 20. Old Navy Perforated Faux-Suede Ankle Boots | 21. Babaton Mateo Gloves | 22. Banana Republic Chevron Stripe Trouser Socks | 23. Topshop Fedora | 24. DVF 440 Envelope Clutch | 25. Gap leather satchel | 26. Old Navy Convertible Gloves

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DIY: De-stress Aromatherapy Shower Tablets http://hellonatural.co/diy-aromatherapy-shower-tablets/ http://hellonatural.co/diy-aromatherapy-shower-tablets/#respond Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=37278 After a long day, I crave a hot shower to help me unwind. Those few minutes of alone time help me process the day’s events and reset. I don’t usually have time for a long, luxurious bath, so a quick shower does the trick. Aromatherapy works wonders when you’re feeling tired or stressed out. I use essential oils all the time for the purpose, and these simple shower tablets are perfect for de-stressing, relaxation and rejuvenation.

DIY De-Stress Shower Tablets | HelloNatural.coHow to Make Aromatherapy Shower Tablets

Lavender and chamomile blossoms both offer calming, soothing benefits on their own and adding essential oils provides even more benefits. Here’s a break down of what different essentials oil can do. Use a few drops of each, or pick and choose your favorites for a unique blend. Some oils also have anti-inflammatory and healing benefits, perfect when you’re fighting off an illness.

Essential Oils for Stress Relief

  • Cedar Wood – calming, soothing, sleep-promoting
  • Bergamot – uplifting, relaxing
  • Lavender – calming
  • Rosemary – uplifting, increases concentration, mental acuity
  • Lemon – refreshing, mental alertness, calming
  • Peppermint – revitalizing, cooling, invigorating
  • Eucalyptus – clarifying

Aromatherapy Shower Tablets | HelloNatural.co

Step 1

Assemble ingredients. These tablets are super easy and inexpensive to make – you only need baking soda, essential oils, dried lavender and chamomile, if you have some on hand.

DIY De-Stress Shower Tablets | HelloNatural.co

Step 2

Grind chamomile and lavender blossoms. Then combine chamomile and lavender with baking soda.

DIY De-Stress Shower Tablets | HelloNatural.co

Step 3

Add enough water so the baking soda holds together in clumps, but the mixture isn’t the least bit runny.

Step 4

Press into small decorative pans or silicone molds. One to two tablespoons is enough. Bake to dry out the tablets. Preheat oven to 350°F and bake the tablets for about 15-20 minutes. When they come out of the oven, they may be a little damp still, but they will continue to dry out as they cool.

DIY Aromatherapy Shower Tablets | HelloNatural.co

Step 5

Add a few drops of each essential oil to the top of the tablets and let sit for a bit to absorb the oils. Transfer to a jar and store until ready to use. Note: I did have a little trouble getting the tablets out of the metal molds, so I opted to leave them in for easier storage. The ones I formed in silicone molds popped right out.

DIY: De-stress Shower Tablets
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De-Stress Aromatherapy Shower Tablets with Essential Oils
Ingredients
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 2 tablespoon dried chamomile leaves or chamomile tea, optional
  • 1 tablespoon dried chamomile leaves, optional
  • ½ cup water, plus a little more if needed
  • Essential oils - cedar wood, bergamot, lavender, rosemary, lemon, peppermint, eucalyptus
Instructions
  1. Using a spice grinder or mortar and pestle, grind lavender and chamomile until finely ground; combine with baking soda.
  2. Add just enough water to make a paste that holds together without being soupy or runny. Pack into small molds.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F and bake the molds for 15-20 minutes. Remove and let cool completely. The tablets will continue drying as they cool.
  4. Sprinkle the tablets with the essential oils and allow to soak in. Transfer to a jar and store until ready to use. If using silicone molds, the tablets will be easier to pop out.
  5. Alternatively, combine the lavender, chamomile and baking soda. Stir in 10-20 drops each of the essential oils. Do not add water. Transfer the dry mix to an airtight jar and sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of the powder on the bottom of the shower and turn on the hot water. Can also be added to bath water.

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13 Cute and Clever DIY Lunch Box Tricks http://hellonatural.co/13-cute-clever-diy-lunch-box-tricks/ http://hellonatural.co/13-cute-clever-diy-lunch-box-tricks/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=38991 13 Clever Lunch Box Tricks | HelloNatural.coIt’s only the 2nd week of school and we’re already hearing complaints about what’s for lunch. Even though I was satisfied with PBJ on Wonder Bread EVERY day for 4 years, kids these days seem a bit more discriminating. The following DIY lunchbox ideas will help make the food you send look and taste more appealing – and will hopefully distract the kids long enough to eat without complaining. If only there was an app for that!

P.S. Ready to get an A+ in lunch prep? Here’s 21 healthy lunch ideas and our favorite 45 packable lunch recipes!

Sliced Apples to Go

Sliced Apples to Go

So simple we’re all wondering “why didn’t I think of that?”

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Cosy Apple Guard

Cosy Apple Guard

Older children may not need their apple sliced for them, but they will appreciate it when it’s not bruised…and may even be more likely to eat it.

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Butterfly Snacks

Butterfly Snacks

Here’s a cute way to separate two foods that are in the same plastic bag.

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Take Condiments on the Road

Take Condiments on the Road

Travel with this miniature condiment carrier and everyone can decide how many pinches of salt and pepper to add.

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Hardboiled Heart

Hardboiled Heart

What kid wouldn’t want to taste this little egg? And don’t forget to pack the contact lens salt and pepper holder with it.

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Fruit Messages

Fruit Messages

Here’s a way to add a fun surprise message to your child’s lunch box. We’d stick with the peel-able fruit, personally.

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Secret Fruit Messages

Secret Fruit Messages

In the same vein as the previous fruit message idea, this approach turns the banana’s tendency to brown into a secret message delivery system. Anyone remember using invisible ink as a kid?

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Heart-y Apples

Heart-y Apples

Here’s a clever way to remind your kids you love them when you’re not there to say it in person.

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Keep Your Bagels Safe

Keep Your Bagels Safe

This re-usable round lunchbox is a great way to re-purpose your collection of blank CDs.

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Clothes Pins with a Secret

Clothes Pins with a Secret

Here's a great way to jazz up all of those extra clothes pins we all have lying around.

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A Snail Named Clementine

A Snail Named Clementine

My little one usually needs help peeling his fruit, so this idea accomplishes that while creating a happy little snail lunch box friend.

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DIY Ice Packs

DIY Ice Packs

Not sure what to do with old sponges? Have you run out of ice packs for lunch bags and coolers? Both problems solved!

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Cherry Tomato Hearts

Cherry Tomato Hearts

A cute way to show someone you love them, while also sending them a tasty snack!

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Pumpkin Spice Facial Scrub + The Right Way to Exfoliate http://hellonatural.co/facial-scrub/ http://hellonatural.co/facial-scrub/#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=37378 Each season brings a wonderful opportunity to examine your skin’s needs and make any needed adjustments. Exfoliation is crucial in our skincare regimen. Being that  there are so many misconceptions about how and why to exfoliate, I thought a fall-themed facial scrub and a few tips and tricks would be the perfect accompaniment to transition to autumn.

Pumpkin Spice Scrub + How to Exfoliate | HelloNatural.coWhy Exfoliate?

Why do we need to exfoliate? Dead skin, makeup, oil and free radicals (another term for the yucky pollutants in our air) all take a serious toll on our skin. In fact, as we age we have a slower and slower self-exfoliation rate. When we are kids, our skin does a fabulous job of sloughing off those layers. But as we get older, it gets tougher for our skin to do the job on its own. What happens is our pores end up getting clogged, and our top layers get dull and thick, creating unevenness in our skin tones. So we exfoliate to help our skin do its job!

What Do I Use to Exfoliate?

There are two types of ways we can exfoliate, chemical and physical. Chemical exfoliation uses products with alpha hydroxy acids in them, such as glycolic acid or lactic acid, to help break down the bonds that hold our dead skin cells together. Sometimes you will find them in peels, serums, or even in a facial moisturizer. Physical exfoliation is when we use things to slough off the dead skin, like a scrub. Both are great to have in our weekly routines since they serve different purposes. I recommend to my facial clients using a physical exfoliant (scrub) about 2-3 times a week. I also like to recommend a chemical exfoliant (alpha hydroxy—all dependent on their age, skin type, sensitivity) to use several times a week as well.

What’s the Right Way to Exfoliate?

For a physical exfoliation you’ll want to start with a clean face. It doesn’t have to be dry if you’ve just washed your face. Take some scrub in your fingertips and wet your hands slightly. Using your pinky and ring fingers only, gently move in circular motions around your face, avoiding your eye area. If you are using a scrub that is designed for the body or has salt in it, do not use it on your face. If a scrub is too abrasive it can leave tiny scratches on your skin or break blood vessels. You do not need any extra pressure for the scrub, just moving the scrub around your face is plenty of pressure to get the job done. Wash off with warm water and follow with a moisturizer.

Chemical exfoliants need to be carefully applied based on the product’s instructions. Be sure you’ve done a test patch either on the inside of your elbow or behind your ear. If the peel recommends only 5-10 minutes, don’t assume that leaving it on 10-20 means it’ll work better. Follow the directions on your serum or moisturizer as well. Some chemical exfoliants are to be used for a few minutes and washed off, others are designed to be applied and left on, like a serum. So read your labels!

Now let’s get to work making our own autumn scrub!

Pumpkin Spice Scrub + How to Exfoliate | HelloNatural.coPumpkin Spice Facial Scrub

  • 1 cup brown sugar (the finer the better)
  • 1/2 cup jojoba oil for oily skin, or 1/2 cup coconut oil for dry/normal skin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • oil from a few vitamin E capsules, or 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Apply to clean skin using your ring and pinky fingertips and warm water. Gently move the scrub around your face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Once you’ve done a few rotations over your face, rinse with warm water. Remember, the lighter the pressure the better!

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Guide to Refrigerator Storage (Graphic) http://hellonatural.co/guide-refrigerator-storage/ http://hellonatural.co/guide-refrigerator-storage/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=38439 Ready to clean out your fridge this weekend? When you do, take a few minutes to rearrange where things go. Most of us just put food in the fridge wherever it fits best, but there is a science to refrigerator storage—your food will keep better and for longer if stored in the proper place! The temperature changes according to shelf and placement. So here’s our handy guide to refrigerator storage – let’s break it down food by food!

How to Organize Your Fridge | HelloNatural.coHow to Organize Your Fridge

  • Milk: On the bottom shelf in the back. It’s the coldest part of the fridge, and it’s also darker there
  • Eggs: Middle shelf, not too cold or warm
  • Cheese and butter: In the door; these don’t need super-cold temps to stay fresh
  • Cured meats: Shallow drawer
  • Raw meat and poultry: Very bottom shelf away from fresh produce, on a tray to catch any escaping juices
  • Condiments, jams, nut oils and butters, fruit juice: In the door; the temperature isn’t as cold and these foods are already more preserved due to higher levels of vinegar, sugar, salt and fat.
  • Vegetables: Best not to wash before storing. Vegetables need to be stored in the high-humidity drawer in plastic or perforated bags (the greenest choice is reusable produce bags). I line the drawers with a few paper towels to prevent it from getting too damp.
  • Fruit: Not all fruit needs to be refrigerated, but those that do require lower humidity. Store fruits and vegetables separately – like with like. Excess moisture leads to mold, and fruit is more susceptible to spoilage.
  • Leftovers: Covered in the middle and lower shelves. Allow food to cool a bit before refrigerating. Piping hot foods in the fridge raise the temperature too much and the fridge has to work harder to stay cool. Don’t store food in cans; use proper glass or plastic containers with lids or seals. Also, label the containers so you know what they are at a glance.

Ready to start cleaning? Here’s our guide to deep cleaning and deodorizing your fridge!

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