HelloNatural.co http://hellonatural.co Natural Beauty, Healthy Recipes + Green Cleaning Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:14:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 21 Infused Water Recipes for Fall http://hellonatural.co/21-infused-water-recipes-for-fall/ http://hellonatural.co/21-infused-water-recipes-for-fall/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:30:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=39176 Infused waters kind of seem like a summer thing, but there are plenty of fall flavors to be had. Especially during the season of candy, parties, cocktails and heavy foods, these infused water recipes can help keep you full and hydrated so you don’t overindulge.

21 Infused Water Recipe for Fall | HelloNatural.co

Pomegranate Lime

Pomegranate Lime

If you love the sweet-tart combo, this vitamin C-rich water from Make Life Lovely will be your new favorite.

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Chia Fresca

Chia Fresca

The fruit in this water from the Skinny Fork gets you to drink more, and the chia seeds are super healthy and fill you up!

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Blackberry Sage

Blackberry Sage

Bridge the gap between summer and fall with this sweet-yet-earthy blackberry-sage combo from Evermine.

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Cranberry Orange

Cranberry Orange

This timeless flavor combination from Fruit Infused Water is perfect for the holidays when you’re trying to minimize your cocktail and sugary-drink intake.

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Digestive Aid Beauty Water

Digestive Aid Beauty Water

Kick-start sluggish digestion with this gingery, citrusy recipe from Hello Glow.

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Blueberry Pomegranate

Blueberry Pomegranate

Pomegranates add a nice sweet-tart flavor, and plenty of antioxidants, to your water.

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Citrus Cilantro

Citrus Cilantro

All your favorite tangy citrus fruits are in season. Pair them with spicy cilantro to add vitamins and minerals, and a completely unique taste, to water.

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Pineapple Ginger

Pineapple Ginger

This immune-boosting combo makes your drink a little spicy, and adds vitamin C from the pineapple.

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Chamomile Mint Cardamom

Chamomile Mint Cardamom

Think of this chamomile-mint-cardamom water from She Who Eats as a diluted tea that you can sip all day.

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Rosemary Green Apple

Rosemary Green Apple

We don’t know why rosemary pairs so well with fruit, but it does! Plus it aids in digestion, which is important this time of year.

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Cinnamon Water

Cinnamon Water

This idea from The Kitchn is genius! Simply put a cinnamon stick in water, or make the concentrate ahead of time and your house will smell amazing.

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Citrus-Mint Bloating Relief Water

Citrus-Mint Bloating Relief Water

If you’ve overindulged at a holiday party, this one’s for you. Citrus, cucumber, mint and ginger team up to add (even more) diuretic properties to water.

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Daily Cleanse Water

Daily Cleanse Water

Infuse a big bottle of water with purifying, refreshing, detoxifying lemon, cayenne and honey, and sip on it all day. Great for suppressing sugar cravings!

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Blueberry Lemon Rosemary

Blueberry Lemon Rosemary

Rosemary not only aids digestion, it gives off a slightly floral (but not overpowering) scent, making it perfect for pairing with tart lemon and sweet blueberries.

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Weight Loss Flush Beauty Water

Weight Loss Flush Beauty Water

Grapefruit gets some help from extra vitamin C and is sweetened up with stevia in this refreshing beauty water.

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Vanilla Bean Spa Water

Vanilla Bean Spa Water

Okay, it’s not a sugar cookie…but this vanilla water from Real Healthy Recipes will at least help you postpone that sugar craving.

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Mango Lime Cilantro

Mango Lime Cilantro

This tropical combo from Posh Little Designs looks—and tastes—amazing.

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Blueberry Orange

Blueberry Orange

When Clementines are in season, this blueberry-orange water from The Peach Kitchen is a perfect way to use them up!

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Apple Detox Water

Apple Detox Water

If you’re craving apple juice, try this instead. The cinnamon makes it extra delicious!

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Pear Ginger Cinnamon

Pear Ginger Cinnamon

Spicy ginger pairs well with sassy cinnamon and mellow pears.

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Grapefruit Rosemary

Grapefruit Rosemary

This blend from Posh Little Designs is earthy, peppery and surprisingly refreshing.

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DIY: Coconut Oil Antibacterial Foaming Hand Soap http://hellonatural.co/diy-coconut-oil-antibacterial-foaming-hand-soap/ http://hellonatural.co/diy-coconut-oil-antibacterial-foaming-hand-soap/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=39118 Cold weather can be really hard on our skin – particularly our hands. I wash my hands a lot during the day and I feel like the moisture is zapped from my skin. It’s incredibly easy (and cheap) to make your own antibacterial foaming hand soap using castile soap and essential oils. Adding coconut oil helps moisturize my hands every time I wash them. And it smells great too.

Antibacterial Coconut Hand Soap | HelloNatural.coCastile soap is my favorite. I use it for practically everything! Combining it with the coconut oil and a blend of germ-fighting essential oils means I can have soft, clean hands all winter long. I keep a bottle by my kitchen sink and one in each bathroom.

DIY Antibacterial Foaming Hand Soap | HelloNatural.coBenefits of essential oils:

  • Peppermint – anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal effects
  • Eucalyptus – natural germicide, may also help treat skin infections
  • Clove – anti-microbial
  • Tea tree – naturally anti-microbial and anti-septic
  • Cinnamon Leaf – antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic

Note: If you have very sensitive skin, use less essential oils. Some of the oils can be irritating to sensitive skin. The coconut oil acts as a carrier, but use caution just in case.

Antibacterial Coconut Oil Hand Soap
 
Coconut Antibacterial Foaming Handsoap
Ingredients
  • Water
  • 2 tablespoons castile soap
  • 2 teaspoons fractionated coconut oil
  • 15 drops clove essential oil
  • 10 drops tea tree oil
  • 5 drops each: cinnamon leaf, eucalyptus, peppermint essential oils
  • Equipment needed: empty foaming hand dispenser
Instructions
  1. Fill an empty foaming soap dispenser ¾ of the way with water. Add the castile soap, fractionated coconut oil, and essential oils. Add a little more water, if needed, to fill the bottle the rest of the way. Make sure to leave enough room at the top for the pump. Place pump on top and tighten. Shake well to combine and use as desired.

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Creamy Vegan Butternut Squash Soup http://hellonatural.co/vegan-butternut-squash-soup-recipe/ http://hellonatural.co/vegan-butternut-squash-soup-recipe/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=41912 Vegan Creamy Butternut Soup | Hello Natural

Image Courtesy of Sonja Dahlgren for Elegantly Vegan

This delicious soup from vegan chef Veronica Stenberg checks all the necessary boxes on a chilly October afternoon – it’s full of fresh, seasonal vegetables; it’s creamy and delicious; and its fragrance will fill your home, drawing everyone out from under the blankets. Even if you’re not vegan, you’ll love Stenberg’s vegan Butternut Squash Soup, which gets its creamy texture from coconut milk.

Want to try more tasty vegan recipes? Good news! We’re giving away 5 copies of Stenberg’s book Elegantly Vegan. The gorgeous cookbook is filled with 50 healthy recipes for every occasion, from Sunday brunch to hearty salads. Enter to win right here!

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Creamy Vegan Butternut Soup with Lime + Coconut Milk
Author: 
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 28 ounces butternut squash
  • 1½ cups coconut milk
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 10 tablespoons fresh coriander, chopped
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 chili fruit
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • olive oil to fry in
Instructions
  1. Slice the butternut into equally thick slices and brush with olive oil. Place on an oven tray with baking paper.
  2. Roast in the oven for about 20 minutes at 425 degrees F, the butternut should be soft throughout.
  3. Let the butternut cool off then remove the skin.
  4. Heat up olive oil in a pot, fry garlic, red onion and finely chopped chili on medium heat.
  5. Add the cayenne pepper and vegetable stock. Pour in half of the coconut milk, and add the butternut, whisk around and mash the butternut gently in with the coconut milk. Then pour in the rest of the coconut milk and add lime juice.
  6. Raise the heat of the plate and cook for about 10 minutes on a low heat.
  7. Chop the coriander and add to the soup, cook on low heat for about 10 minutes under a lid.
  8. For a smooth texture, mix your soup with a hand blender. Serve immediately and garnish with extra coriander leaves.

Elegantly Vegan can be downloaded from iTunes by following this link.

Recipe courtesy of Elegantly Vegan by Veronica Stenberg 2014 © www.elegantlyvegan.com Reprinted with author permission.

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DIY: Calming Sleepy Time Homemade Bubble Bath http://hellonatural.co/homemade-bubble-bath/ http://hellonatural.co/homemade-bubble-bath/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=39146 It’s always a challenge to get kids excited about bath time. You need toys, towels to clean up the inevitable splashes and more than a little patience for mom. But luring them with bubbles is a sure-fire winner. Homemade bubble bath is easy to make and much safer on sensitive skin than Mr. Bubbles.

Homemade Bubble Bath | HelloNatural.coAnother perk of homemade bubble bath is that you can sneak in essential oils like lavender and chamomile that calm little ones and get them ready for bed. Or you can try one of these aromatherapy bath blends for stress, balancing or sinus relief.

Don’t be surprised that homemade bubble bath doesn’t create enormous bubbles like the commercial stuff. This recipe uses more castile soap than this honey vanilla bubble bath so there’s more bubble action. But you’ll still need to agitate the water to create a good foam.

Adding glycerin helps counteract they drying effects of the soap. A drop or two of food coloring makes bathtime even more fun because it colors the water, too. Or let the kids pick their color and add a drop to the water each time you use the bubble bath. Kids loove this!

Sleepytime Homemade Bubble Bath | HelloNatural.coCalming Sleepy Time Bubble Bath

  • 1 cup mild liquid body soap like Dr. Bronner’s
  • 1/4 cup pure vegetable glycerin
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon chamomile essential oil or a ‘pillow blend’ essential oil that combines lavender and hops
  • 2-3 drops red food coloring (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a sealable bottle. (It’s probably better to use a plastic bottle if you plan to store it in the bathroom.) Stir ingredients gently; you don’t want to make bubbles just yet! To use, pour about 1/2 cup under running water and agitate water to create bigger bubbles.

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10 BEST: Essential OIls for Staying Healthy this Winter http://hellonatural.co/10-essential-essential-oils-for-colds-flu/ http://hellonatural.co/10-essential-essential-oils-for-colds-flu/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:30:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=39156 When cold and flu season strikes, your immune system goes from fighting the occasional battle to being embroiled in an all-out war that can last all winter long, depending on where you live and how many germs you’re exposed to.

Essential oils are a great natural remedy for colds and flus (among many other things), and how you use them is up to you. The Chalkboard runs down how to properly inhale and diffuse essential oils, and the importance of using a carrier oil when inhaling. Many oils can be applied to the bottom of your feet, or added to body wash, lotions or moisturizers.

10 Essential Oils for Cold and Flu | HelloNatural.coHere are our top 10 essential oils for colds and flu:

1. Oregano

Antiviral and antibacterial, this essential oil helps boost the immune system and is perfect for combating infections. You can even use it to make a natural hand sanitizer.

2. Thyme

If your immune system needs a boost (or your liver needs a detox), turn to thyme oil, one of the original ingredients in Listerine! This oil also has antiseptic properties, and can be used to stimulate circulation in those with sports injuries, pains and strains.

3. Eucalyptus

This antiseptic and antibacterial oil is often found in cough drops and ointments (if you’ve ever used VapoRub, you’ve smelled it). Eucalyptus essential oil stimulates the immune system and combats inflammation in the lungs. Use it to make your own steam inhalation remedy, great for healing sinus infections.

4. Lime

Like its cousin orange oil, lime oil has tons of uses. It’s antiseptic, antibacterial and  antiviral, meaning it will help your immune system fight off germs left and right. It can also be added to natural household cleaners, and is great at removing sticker residue and gum from surfaces.

5. Frankincense

Great for coughs, frankincense oil is said to be a natural remedy for the lungs. Use it in this DIY antiseptic spray, too, in order to protect wounds.

6. Peppermint

Peppermint oil just smells healthy! Not only is it great for digestion, it’s beneficial to the respiratory system. And you can make your own toothpaste with it!

7. Hyssop

Hyssop helps with respiratory infections (like bronchitis) and supports the lungs. If you get chronic bronchitis or just have a pesky cough that won’t go away, try this one out. It’s also said to help with water retention and bruises.

8. Lemon

When earaches or swelling in your lymph nodes has you feeling icky, rub a little lemon oil (with carrier oil) around your ears and/or lymph nodes to allow them to drain. Lemon oil also helps energize, making it perfect for a DIY air freshener.

9. Clove

Known for its toothache-remedying powers, clove oil is also anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-bacterial. It’s often mixed with cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, lemon and rosemary in a blend called Thieves Oil. Or mix with vanilla and use it in this DIY body oil.

10. Ginger

If nausea is what’s getting you down (that darn flu!), opt for ginger essential oil, which can also soothe flu-related aches and pains.

What oils do you use for colds and flu?

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Guilt-Free, Gluten-Free Apple Pie http://hellonatural.co/guilt-free-gluten-free-apple-pie/ http://hellonatural.co/guilt-free-gluten-free-apple-pie/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=39128 All year I crave apple pie. I can’t wait for the cinnamon flavor to fill my kitchen, to devour that delicious crust. But when that autumn moment comes, that cinnamon-apple-crust moment, I just can’t allow myself to indulge. Loads of white flour, white sugar and heavy fats, everything sounds so wrong but yet it tastes and smells soooo good! This year I decided to search for alternatives, experiment and recreate an apple pie worth indulging in, every piece of it, guilt free!

Gluten-Free Apple PIe recipe | HelloNatural.coFor every guilty sweet pleasure there is a healthy alternative. You just have to give it a chance and accept that there maybe some differences in taste, but the result is still great and your body will thank you for every extra minute you spend searching for alternatives. And when it comes to apple pie, it’s actually quite easy. At every step of the preparation you can cut down the fats, sugar and unhealthy carbs. Here how to do it:

Gluten-Free Pie Crust

– replace white flour, which is completely lacking in nutrients and fiber, with almond and buckwheat flour. They give a nutty taste and enrich your pie with fiber and minerals. I decided to go further and create an even healthier pie, so I used gluten-free flour for the crust.

– cut down the cholesterol by replacing the butter with coconut oil – the flavor will be more intense and your arteries will thank you.

Healthy apple pie filling

– use apple varieties that are not very sweet, like Granny Smith. Tip: don’t through away the peels, simmer them and obtain a liquid with calming effects, especially if you have insomnia or agitated sleep.

– replace white sugar with unrefined varieties – Muscovado or coconut sugar

– cut down on the animal fat by using full fat milk instead of heavy cream when preparing the caramel sauce

Gluten-Free Apple PIe recipe | HelloNatural.coYour pie will still taste delicious- and you can indulge in a slice (or two or three) without worrying about sugar overload or unwanted pounds!

Healthy Gluten-Free Apple Pie
Author: 
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten-Free
Serves: 4
 
If apple pie is your favorite autumn dessert you will love this guilt-free version. Gluten-free, low in sugar, low in unhealthy fats, but with a gorgeous taste and bathed in healthy caramel sauce.
Ingredients
For the crust
  • 3 cups gluten-free flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil, chilled
  • 5 tablespoons ice water
For the filling
  • 5-7 apples
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup Muscovado sugar or coconut palm sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. Prepare the crust dough - In a food processor, with dough blade, pulse the gluten-free flour, baking soda and sea salt until well combined. Add the coconut butter and pulse to obtain crumb-like texture. Add the cold water and vinegar, and process until well combined. Remove the dough from the processor, wrap in plastic foil and refrigerate for 30 mins.
  2. Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F.
  3. Peel the apples, remove the cores, and cut in cubes. Place in a bowl and set aside.
  4. Prepare the caramel sauce - mix the lemon juice, water and sugar in a sauce pan and bring to boil over medium heat. Add the coconut milk and sea salt, mix well and let simmer for 10 mins until the liquid thickens.
  5. Remove from the heat and pour it over the apples. Add the cinnamon and mix to combine.
  6. Divide the dough in two, roll them out and place one on the bottom of the baking pan.
  7. Fill with apples in caramel sauce, place the top crust on, sprinkle with sugar and bake for 10 mins.
  8. Reduce the heat to 175°C/347°F and bake the pie for 35 mins.

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How to Clean Your Whole Kitchen with 10 Basic Ingredients http://hellonatural.co/13-diy-kitchen-cleaners/ http://hellonatural.co/13-diy-kitchen-cleaners/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=39136 When it comes to the kitchen, we think it’s ultra important to stick to natural cleaners. That is where your food is stored, prepped and cooked, after all! DIY kitchen cleaners aren’t complicated; see below for 13 easy recipes you can make with just 10 household ingredients.

10 Ingredients to Clean Your Whole Kitchen | HelloNatural.coTo make it even easier, we put together a shopping list of everything you need to make them. You probably already have at least half the ingredients on hand!

10 Basic Ingredients to Naturally Clean your Kitchen

  1. citrus (orange, grapefruit and lemon)
  2. vinegar
  3. baking soda
  4. castile soap
  5. salt
  6. super washing soda
  7. dish soap
  8. water
  9. essential oil (tea tree, citrus or lavender recommended)
  10. citric acid (only needed for making your own dishwasher tablets)

P.S. If you’re hosting Turkey Day, read our tips for prepping your kitchen for the biggest cooking day of the year!

Garbage Disposal Refreshers

Garbage Disposal Refreshers

Citrus and vinegar battle the inevitable icky smell that comes from the garbage disposal.

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DIY Fruit and Veggie Wash

DIY Fruit and Veggie Wash

Rid your produce of germs and dirt with an easy-to-make fruit and veggie wash.

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All-Purpose Grapefruit Counter Cleaner

All-Purpose Grapefruit Counter Cleaner

This powerful (and great-smelling) cleaner is great for countertops.

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How to Clean the Coffee Pot

How to Clean the Coffee Pot

Be honest: How long has it been since you cleaned your coffee pot? Now, think of that next time you’re sipping on a cup—not too appetizing! Vinegar and water is all you need to clean your coffee pot, and you’re good to go.

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Foaming Hand Soap

Foaming Hand Soap

Find a pretty bottle and refill it with this DIY foaming hand soap mixture—much cheaper than buying a new bottle every time!

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Grease-Fighting Lavender Dish Soap

Grease-Fighting Lavender Dish Soap

Natural soaps can be just as effective as the store-bought kind—and they smell way better, too.

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Clean Your Grill the Natural Way

Clean Your Grill the Natural Way

Two ingredients and some elbow grease goes a long way—and helps you ensure safe grilling.

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DIY Dishwasher Detergent Tabs

DIY Dishwasher Detergent Tabs

Use this easy recipe as a powder or mold into tabs using an old ice cube tray.

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Natural Oven Cleaner

Natural Oven Cleaner

Get rid of oven buildup (especially important during baking season!) with this easy DIY paste.

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DIY Disinfecting Fridge Cleaner

DIY Disinfecting Fridge Cleaner

It's a dirty job, but disinfecting the fridge is a little easier with the help of this homemade cleaner.

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Homemade Fridge Deodorizer

Homemade Fridge Deodorizer

Keep your fridge smelling fresh, no matter what you keep in there.

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Naturally clean and deodorize the kitchen sink

The sink can be the source of smells; read up on how to deodorize it the natural way.

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Citrus Cutting Board Cleaner

Citrus Cutting Board Cleaner

Cutting boards need to be deep-cleaned and sanitized, too. (You are putting your food on there, after all.) There are bunches of ways to go about this, but this easy DIY should do the trick.

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A DIY Wreath 4 Ways (Customize for Halloween, Thanksgiving + Christmas) http://hellonatural.co/diy-wreath-3-ways-customize-halloween-thanksgiving-christmas/ http://hellonatural.co/diy-wreath-3-ways-customize-halloween-thanksgiving-christmas/#respond Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=39167 Fall makes me feel like being all kinds of crafty. Something sets in and suddenly I’m at the craft store (or, let’s be honest, on Pinterest) looking for inspiration. Then I remember I’m not as crafty as I want to be, get frustrated, and go home empty-handed. This year I wanted things to be different, so I came up with an easy, basic DIY Wreath that can be changed for the different holidays.

DIY Wreath 4 Ways | HelloNatural.coAnd it’s super easy to make! I guess you could say it’s the wreath for those of us who are still beginners. (Nothing wrong with that, right?)

#1 – A basic wreath that works year round

DIY Grapevine Moss Wreath | HelloNatural.coLet’s start with the basic wreath and go from there. (See below for tips and supply sources.)

DIY Grapevine Wreath | HelloNatural.coSupplies needed

  • One 12- to 14-inch grapevine wreath
  • Assorted kinds of moss
  • Hot glue gun (low heat is best for this)
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Floral wire + cutters (basic green and grapevine wire)
  • Ribbon (not pictured)

Instructions

Lay the wreath on a clean work surface. Glue the moss onto the wreath, working in smaller patches. I started with the Spanish moss (the lighter, spindlier one) and then added the green moss to fill in the gaps.

DIY Grapevine Wreath | HelloNatural.coPeriodically tip the wreath up and let the loose moss fall off so you can see where you need to add more moss. Let the glue cool completely. Tie a ribbon through the wreath and hang.

And now, this is how to change it up for each of the major fall and winter holidays.

#2 – Halloween Wreath

DIY Halloween Wreath | HelloNatural.coSupplies needed

  • Basic wreath
  • Ribbon
  • Artificial spiderweb
  • Spiders and/or bugs (spider rings work really well)
  • Black crow
  • Orange ribbon

DIY Halloween Wreath | HelloNatural.coInstructions

Thread a ribbon through the wreath. Separate out small bits of the artificial spiderweb. Pull the pieces over the wreath in different directions, twisting and pulling as needed, covering it as little or as much as you want. Add more as needed. Nestle the spiders and bugs into the moss and spiderweb. If needed, use a little floral wire to secure the spiders. Use floral wire to attach the crow on the inside bottom of the wreath. Hang using the ribbon.

#3 – Thanksgiving Wreath

DIY Thanksgiving Wreath | HelloNatural.coSupplies needed

  • Basic wreath
  • Ribbon
  • Artificial or real colorful fall leaves
  • Artificial berries and other fall floral stems
  • Artificial apples or other fruit
  • Floral wire
  • Colorful ribbon

DIY Thanksgiving Wreath | HelloNatural.coInstructions

Separate out the leaves and other floral stems, clipping with wire cutters as needed, to create small groupings. Use floral wire, if needed, to secure and nestle the different elements into the moss and grapevine. Some apples come with wire already attached, if not, poke a hole in the bottom and inserted some floral wire that I had doubled up and twisted on the end. The ones I used were made of styrofoam and it worked brilliantly.

#4 – Christmas Wreath

DIY Christmas Wreath | HelloNatural.coSupplies needed

  • Basic moss wreath
  • Artificial red berries
  • Pine cones
  • Floral wire
  • Burlap ribbon

DIY Christmas Wreath | HelloNatural.coInstructions

Separate out the red berries and clip into smaller clumps. Cut pieces of floral wire and twist around the pine cones leaving a good amount at the end for securing to the wreath. Tuck the berries and secure pine cones around the wreath, using as many of as few as desired. Hang using the ribbon.

TIPS + SOURCES

  1. Try Hobby Lobby for grapevine wreaths, floral stems (berries, leaves, feathers, beads), moss, orange and burlap ribbons, spiderweb, tiny acorns, and grapevine wire.
  2. Dollar Tree is great for seasonal pieces like the black crow, spiders, apples, moss.
  3. Using floral wire to secure decorative elements instead of using hot glue makes it easy to change out the items for each holiday. Keep them in a plastic bag or container so it’s easy to switch them out as needed.
  4. I’ve seen other tutorials using spray adhesive to secure the moss to the grapevine, but I found that hot glue worked better for me.
  5. To store wreath when not in use, wrap in plastic (like a garbage bag) and store in a flat box.
  6. Try adding fresh elements from nature – leaves, rose hips, dried flowers, herbs, etc.
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A Healthy Chocolate Smoothie That Tastes Like Dessert http://hellonatural.co/healthy-chocolate-smoothie-tastes-like-dessert/ http://hellonatural.co/healthy-chocolate-smoothie-tastes-like-dessert/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=41607

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Sometimes chocolate is the only thing that will do, and there’s no reason to deny yourself even if you’re trying to eat healthy (why not have pudding for breakfast?!). This detox-friendly healthy chocolate smoothie satisfies cravings while packing in good-for-you ingredients like spinach, parsley, antioxidant-rich cherries and beauty-boosting cinnamon.

Chocolate Cherry Bomb Smoothie

Chocolate Cherry Bomb Smoothie | Healthy Chocolate Smoothie with Cherries | HelloNatural.co

  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries (or use fresh)
  • 1 1/2 cups water (or coconut, hemp or almond milk—store-bought or homemade)
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 handful parsley
  • 1 teaspoon raw cacao
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon honey or 1-2 drops liquid stevia
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut (optional topping)

Mix in the blender and enjoy! Makes 1 to 2 servings.

Chocolate Cherry Bomb Smoothie | Healthy Chocolate Smoothie with Cherries | HelloNatural.co

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Hydrating Honey Mask + 2 More DIYs for Moisturizing Skin in Winter http://hellonatural.co/3-tips-for-moisturizing-skin-in-winter/ http://hellonatural.co/3-tips-for-moisturizing-skin-in-winter/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=39148 Winter weather can leave our skin dehydrated from cold temperatures, wind and the effects of indoor heat. Dry skin can also lead to irritated or sensitive areas, so nourishing and hydrating products are crucial. But serums and sprays to repair skin can be expensive! These simple, natural alternatives to store bought products are sure to keep your face glowing and hydrated all winter long. Read on for our favorite methods for moisturizing skin in winter.

3 DIYs to Moisturize Skin in Winter | HelloNatural.co1. Mist throughout the day with an essential oil mineral mist

  • bottle of mineral water
  • essential oil
  • mist spray bottle

Mineral water provides a nice pH balance for our skin and also helps us absorb minerals. Adding a few drops of an essential oil like geranium or lavender can be very beneficial for hydrating dry skin. Combine and pour into a spray mister and apply throughout the day as needed for added hydration.

2. Apply a Weekly Hydrating Honey Mask

Hydrating Honey Face Mask + 2 More DIYs for Winter Skin| HelloNatural.coThis moisturizing mask is a wonderful treat while enjoying a nice bath soak. Honey retains moisture, vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, and the oil in avocados treats the dry patches that sometimes pop up during the winter season.

  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil (about 3 vitamin E capsules)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 avocado

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and apply to your face and neck for 10-15 minutes, rinse off with warm water.

3. Make a rich Moisturizing Face Oil

Almond Face Oil | HelloNatural.coAlmond oil absorbs easily and is light in consistency. Even if you feel you have an oily t-zone, it’s still a good choice for an everyday facial moisturizer, especially in dry winter months.

  • almond oil
  • choose one of the following essential oils for your skin type: chamomile for sensitive/redness, lavender for dry, ylang ylang for oily

Add about 10-15 drops of essential oil for every ounce of almond oil. Keep the oil in a dark, glass jar to retain its potency.

Do you have any remedies to combat winter dryness?

Photos by Lindsey Rose Johnson

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