Rosewater has astringent properties and works well as a facial toner. But that’s not all, when it’s combined with witch hazel, rosewater acts as a great cleanser, removing oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores and thus creating clear skin. If you want to kick it up a notch you can add in Aloe Vera which moisturizes, treats acne and also evens out your skin tone.
What you need:
A dozen freshly picked organic rose petals
A measuring cup/small funnel
A small pot with glass lid
A small glass bowl
A spray bottle
(optional) Organic Aloe Vera or its juice
(optional) Witch hazel
Wash all the flowers and try to find one that’s organic and not synthetically dyed because it is going onto your face.
Pull the petals off by grabbing the bottom of the bud and separating the petals from the stem; then put all the rose petals on the pot.
Pour enough water into your pot so that 3/4 of the pot is filled but not too much or else your spray will be watered down. *If you want, now is the time to add the witch hazel and/or Aloe Vera; I recommend you add about 2-3 tablespoons of each*
Put the bowl inside the pot and put the lid on upside down; this ensures you get the purest form of the rose water.
Let the water boil for about half an hour or until your petals lose its color. (If you’re impatient like me, put some ice cubes on top of the upside-down lid)
Once done, pour the liquid from the bowl into your spray bottle with the help of a measuring cup or a funnel.
You can also pour it into a clean ice cube tray and just rub it onto your face when you feel really hot and grimy.
MAKE SURE TO REFRIDGERATE.This has a shelf-life of about 2-3 week or until it turns into a weird yellow color and starts to smell.
Benefits of using rosewater on your skin: here and here.
For those of you who didn’t know, Mother’s Day on 5/11 (this Sunday) and as soon as people hear about something like these they always think about materialistic things. This year, try something new and different instead of just buying her the typical flower bouquet.
– Take her out to a spa and just hang out with her all day
– Surprise her with a shopping spree
– If she likes floral scents, ask around or buy a new bottle of her signature perfume
So, depending on the items you have, the total amount this would cost is about $8.OO.
Things you’ll need:
20 volume of Peroxide which probably costs around $1.3O
A packet of powdered bleach which depending on what brand you get, comes to about $4.OO.
1 toothbrush. Your probably going to want to use a clean new one if its going in your hair. (Get a cheap one from the dollar store or something)
An old t-shirt. (Make sure you use one you don’t want anymore)
Okay, read these carefully.
Grab your mixing bowl and pour 2 ounces of the 20 volume peroxide.
Then pour the (1) packet of powdered bleach.
Stir until well blended. Remember bleach smells really bad, so do this outside, or somewhere where the smell will go away easily.
Divide your hair into four parts. (two parts on each side of your head)
Once your done separating your hair, put on latex gloves.
Put some of the mixture on your toothbrush
Starting at the end of your hair, start brushing the bleach on (downward motion)
Its a lot easier if your put your hair on your hand then start brushing the bleach.
Keep applying the bleach on the toothbrush onto your hair as you gradually go further up.
Once you’ve finished going up as far as you want, continue on to the next section of your hair.
Remember that the whole point of ombre is to look like it’s well-blended, so it’s not important to have the hair be even all the way around. What is important is that the left and right sides of your head have ombre starting at about the same place on your hair on both sides.
After your done with all the sections, put more bleach at the ends of your hair so it looks lighter.
Depending on how light you want your hair, leave the bleach in for about 1O to 2O minutes.
Be sure to keep an eye on your hair! you don’t want it becoming too light.
Once its gotten as light as you want it, wash your hair out with sulfate free shampoo and put leave – in conditioner in your hair.
I know a lot of you guys out there don’t really like bananas but it can do wonders for your face. Bananas are full of beneficial nutrients for skin. They contain vitamin C and antioxidants that are fabulous for softening wrinkles and conditioning skin.
Banana peels are a great solution for reducing the inflammation associated with psoriasis and eczema. The peel also exfoliates skin removing loose, flaky skin simultaneously nourishing it with antioxidants and minerals. Simply store a banana skin in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to three uses.
Here are a few easy face masks for you to try:
Getting rid of wrinkles//
Rub a fresh banana peel onto your skin to get rid of wrinkles and fine lines. The antioxidants and acids will loosen flaky dead skin cells revealing smoother and fresher-looking skin.
Getting rid of acne\pimples//
Bananas are effective when used as an acne mask. They’re high in potassium which suffocates the bacteria in cells, helping blemishes heal faster. They also have anti-bacterial properties so when combined with honey, essential oils like tea tree, neem and lavender, it can make a simple but powerful acne mask.
1 mashed banana
2 to 3 drops tea tree, neem and/or lavender oil (If you don’t have essential oils handy use a squeeze of lemon or lime juice and a pinch of baking soda or turmeric powder)
1 tablespoon honey
(OPTIONAL) Add a tablespoon of unsweetened yogurt to boost this recipe
Mix together well and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Stir and apply to skin leaving on for ten minutes before washing off. You can leave the remaining mixture in an airtight container in the fridge overnight and use again in the morning. Lemon juice stops the mixture going brown.
Getting rid of itchy\irritated skin//
Bananas combined with the soothing properties of oatmeal can make a great mask used to soothe inflamed itchy skin.
1 mashed banana
1 teaspoon of oatmeal (pre-soaked in a little water or calming cooled chamomile tea)
1 tablespoon honey
(OPTIONAL) Few drops of lavender essential oil
Mix together well and apply to skin leaving on for ten minutes before washing off.
Getting rid of dry skin//
This is a very moisturizing banana face mask recipe that is full of benefits for your skin and is worth the effort.
1 mashed banana
1 teaspoon of almond, avocado or olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
(OPTIONAL) Add a tablespoon of coconut cream
(OPTIONAL) 1 tablespoon mashed avocado
Mix together well and apply to skin leaving on for ten minutes before washing off.
Hey guys, so there are a lot of energy drinks out there that promise so many hours of energy in just one bottle, but they can be very dangerous if you drink too many. If you want a less processed way to get energy, make one of these!
The Fire Hydrant
1 slice lemon
1 pinch cayenne pepper
The lemon helps your body maintain a healthy pH level. The cayenne pepper raises your energy naturally and protects your heart. Combine this with the water you need to stay hydrated!
The Quick Fix//
1 1/2 – 2 teaspoons honey (for taste)
1 inch fresh ginger root
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
Cut off two thin slices of ginger and add it a mug of hot water. Use a garlic press to juice the rest, and add it into the water along with the spices and stir. Ginger and turmeric speeds up metabolism and increased circulation. Cardamom speeds up your metabolism and boosts energy. Honey is one of the best sugars for your body.
The Heavy Lifter//
1 ripe banana
1/4 cup raw almonds or 2 tablespoons almond butter
1 scoop of whey protein powder
2 washed kale leaves
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
1 cup milk
A morning energy smoothie is a good way to make sure you start off your day fueled. Pair this with a slice of whole grain toast, and you’ve got the perfect breakfast!
These are super simple face masks that will leave your skin looking amazing !
– Use a cloth damp with warm water and pat skin to open pores. Smear honey onto skin and leave on for 15 to 30 minutes. Rinse off with warm water, and pat skin dry with cloth damp with cold water to close pores.
2//Raw Egg Yolk
– Spread on face and neck and leave on skin for 30 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
3//Raw Egg Whites
– Beat egg white until frothy and spread on face. Wait until it dries and rinse off with warm water.
– Cut one grape in half and rub lightly all over face.
– Mash one overripe banana and spread onto face. Rinse off after 15 to 30 minutes with warm water.
– Apply on face after cleansing and leave on for 15 – 20 minutes.
7//Apple Cider Vinegar (the one below is the best)
– Dilute apple cider vinegar with two parts water and apply over face with a cotton ball as a toner after washing face every day and every night.
– Dab on lips at bedtime if chapped or leave on face overnight.
– Mash avocado, leave on skin for ten minutes.
– Use as an exfoliant for face by adding to your regular cleanser.
– Swab on face with cotton ball, leave on until your skin feels tight. Rinse off with warm water. Your skin will feel super-soft afterwards.
Fall is a favorite of ours—from the crisp, cool weather to the cozy fall wardrobe to the seasonal harvest. When we were kids, we would go apple picking with our family and we loved coming home with a mound of apples, fresh apple cider, and tasty caramel apples. A jar of homemade caramel sauce is the perfect hostess gift for a fall gathering—read more for our caramel sauce recipe and tips!
This recipe is super simple, you only need four ingredients! While you’re at it, make an extra batch or two and you’ll have a lovely gift to bring to next dinner party you’re invited to.
• 1 3/4 cups whipping cream
• 1 cup packed (dark) brown sugar
• 1/4 cup (half stick) butter
• Dash of vanilla
1. Bring ingredients to boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently using a whisk.
2. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until it thickens and is reduced to 1 3/4 cups, stirring occasionally, about 15 to 25 minutes.
3. To serve, re-warm for best consistency and flavor. This sauce is perfect for dipping apples as well as topping ice cream and cake.
Place slices of whatever citrus you picked in bottom of large punch bowl.
Mix the juices and soda together & pour on top.
Serve ice cold for best taste
TIP: To prevent the punch from being watered down make ice cubes with punch instead of water. The punch will stay cold without being watery.
You can also make frosted cranberries which are great for kids or just as a simple thing to snack on.
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoonpasteurized egg white or liquid egg substitute
1 (12 ounce) packagefresh cranberries
1 cup white sugar
In a medium bowl, stir together the water and egg white until blended but not whipped. Coat cranberries with this mixture. Spread the sugar out on a baking sheet, and roll the cranberries in it until they are coated. Dry at room temperature for 2 hours. Use as garnishes for desserts, or eat them plain.
Since fall is swiftly leaving us (⌐■_■), I wanted to share this cliche white girl’s favorite recipe.
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus more to garnish
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups whole milk
1 to 2 shots espresso, about 1/4 cup
1/4 cup heavy cream, whipped until firm peaks form
Mixer, whisk, or hand blender, to whip cream
Espresso maker or coffee maker
Heat the pumpkin and spices: In a small saucepan over medium heat cook the pumpkin with the pumpkin pie spice and a generous helping of black pepper for 2 minutes or until it’s hot and smells cooked. Stir constantly.
Stir in the sugar: Add the sugar and stir until the mixture looks like a bubbly thick syrup.
Warm the milk: Whisk in the milk and vanilla extract. Warm gently over medium heat, watching carefully to make sure it doesn’t boil over.
Blend the milk: Carefully process the milk mixture with a hand blender or in a traditional blender (hold the lid down tightly with a thick wad of towels!) until frothy and blended.
Mix the drinks: Make the espresso or coffee and divide between two mugs and add the frothed milk. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, or nutmeg if desired.
Cook the pumpkin and the spices for a moment in the saucepan, which gets rid of any raw squash flavor and makes the spices toastier
Add a healthy dose of black pepper! It cuts through the sweetness and the coffee for a spicy bite.
Paint a base coat on your nails to protect your nails and let it dry thoroughly. This is optional, but it makes the color show up better and protects it. Make sure to let it dry thoroughly.
Once its dry, paint one or two coats of the light colored polish that you picked out until you get the desired look.
Wait for that coat to dry. When it’s dry start ripping your newspaper into small pieces.
Dip the newspaper scraps into some rubbing alcohol and press it to your fingers. you can do this to all your fingers or just do a pattern, it doesn’t really matter.
You can also dip your finger into the alcohol for about 5-10 seconds. Then take a small piece of newspaper. Press it firmly on your nail for a few seconds.
Peel it off carefully. You’ll find that the ink from the newspaper will be left behind. Just clean around your nail with some nail polish remover to get rid of the ink. You can also save this until you put on the top coat.
Once you finished transferring the ink to all your nails, put a top coat over it. This step is very important otherwise all the newspaper ink will rub off!
1// Purchase a frame of your choice from your local Target, Walmart, or craft stores.
2// Pick up some color swatches from a hardware store. You may choose the color scheme of your choice. Make sure you have 7 of the multi-colored ones or I guess look at the pictures above and see how many you’ll need. (They are free by the way).
3// Cut the swatches where one color switches to another. You may want to cut the lightest color shorter in length than the others because the lightest color will be used to write the days of the week.
4// Take the glass top off of your frame. Position the color swatches in the areas you want. Don’t forget to leave room at the top for the month.
5// Glue or tape the swatches down. Press firmly and let dry for about 15 minutes if you are gluing.
6// Replace the glass cover. Use dry erase markers to write directly on top of the glass. It should erase easily and smoothly 🙂
I’ve been meaning to buy Almond Butter for the LONGEST of time and when I saw this I was super excited because of how easy it is. Cred goes to the genius.
She says “Eventually the heat from pulsing separated the oils from the nuts to create the smooth buttery texture, and voilà! Almond butter. Took me less than 10 minutes. If you want to add chocolate, go for it! Melt some chocolate chips in the microwave, add, and then pulse until incorporated into the mixture.”
2 cups roasted unsalted almonds (or other nuts)
Optional: 3 tbsp melted chocolate chips (pick dairyfree chips if you want to keep it vegan)
In a food processor, blitz the almonds until it turns into a runny paste. Be patient! You may need to scrape down the sides a bit but it will turn into beautiful almond butter if you keep on processing it.
Optional: if you want to add chocolate, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave before adding it to the nut butter. Continue to process until the chocolate is incorporated into the almond butter.
Transfer to a clean container and keep stored in the fridge. It should stay good for about 2-3 weeks
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1. Tucking Jeans Into Boots
No more fat ankles!! Most of my jeans are boot cut or straight leg (guess I’m just not a skinny jean kind of girl). This poses a problem when it comes to wearing boots — not only does it make it hard to zip them up, but I’m sometimes left with bunched up fabric that is uncomfortable and unflattering! If you have a similar problem, here is a nice little trick to tucking those non-skinny jeans into your boots.
School is coming up and if you’re not able to buy school snacks, make them!
Here’s how to make your own Cheez-Its:
Ingredients// • 2 Cups Sharp Cheddar, shredded. • 3/4 Cup flour, plus more for dusting • 4 tablespoons butter, softened and cut into 4 pieces (I used salted butter, but if you would like to use unsalted use 1 teaspoon salt instead) • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper • 1 tablespoon whole milk
– Preheat oven to 350 degrees
– In a food processor, combine the cheese, butter, flour, salt and pepper in 5-second pulses until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the milk and process until the dough forms a ball, which takes about 10 seconds.
– On a lightly floured surface, using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll the dough into a 13×7 inch rectangle that is about 1/16″ thick. I used a serrated fondant cutter to trim off the sides and make the serrated edges of the crackers.
– Next cut the dough into 1×1 inch squares. Transfer the crackers, carefully, to a parchment-lined large cookie sheet. Using the dulled end of a skewer make a hole in each cracker and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
– Bake the crackers on the middle rack for 15 minutes, or until the ends are barely browned. Remove from the oven and allow to cool thoroughly on the cookie sheet. (Tip: remove crackers when they are still light as they will darken when cooling on the cookie sheet.)
Who doesn’t want a clean and organized room?? So here are a few things you can do//
There are more than one way of organizing your jewellery.
The one in the picture; I believe they use a push a push pin through the wall and place one necklace on a single push pin. This isn’t the most effective way to organize your jewellery because you are making a hole through your wall.
Get a corkboard and place a push pin where ever you want; but the most organized way is to place it like this:
This summer, instead of heading to the salon to get hair highlights, do it yourself at home naturally! Using ingredients you can find in your own kitchen, you can have beautiful sun-highlighted hair in no time. ♥
//Lemon The best known of the natural hair highlighters is lemon. Mix 1/4 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice and 3/4 cup of water in spray bottle. Spritz lemon water onto your hair but do not saturate scalp. Leave mixture on your hair for 2 hours, spending at least 30 minutes of that time in the sun. Be sure not to get lemon juice on your skin before going in the sunlight. It could cause blistering. Condition your hair before and after using lemon because it can dry your hair.
//Olive oil You may know that olive oil is a fabulous hair conditioner but many people don’t realize it can be used as a natural hair lightener too. Comb a generous amount of olive oil through your hair. Spend about an hour in the sun and then wash out the oil. Your hair will not only be naturally highlighted, it will be moisturized too! Repeat three days a week until you achieve the desired highlights.
//Chamomile tea Believe it or not, brunettes can get natural golden highlights this summer with chamomile tea. Boil a pot of chamomile tea and allow it to cool completely. Wash and condition your hair normally, then rinse your hair with the tea. Relax outside in the sun with your tea-drenched hair for 30-60 minutes. Repeat every other day until your hair has beautiful natural highlights.
//Honey Honey, though very sticky, can actually highlight your hair. You can apply honey straight to your wet hair and leave on for two hours. An alternative method is to mix equal parts of honey, lemon and water in a spray bottle. Apply to damp hair and spend an hour in the sun. You will need to wash your hair twice to get out all the honey. Honey gives hair a lot of bounce and natural highlights.
//Beer Light colored beer, such as Corona, is great for adding natural sun-kissed highlights to your hair. Get a six-pack of beer and empty four of the bottles into a basin. Saturate you hair in the beer and then head outside. Drink the other two beers while you wait for the beer to do its magic. About an hour later, rinse out your hair with cool water. Follow up with a moisturizing conditioner and style as usual. Repeat 2-3 times a week.
These ingredients will not lighten your hair immediately, but over time they will.
I found this cute vase picture online and apparently someone bought this set for $30 and the middle one for $60 and the bottom one for $140. Like?!?!?!?! If you think I’m lying check it out here.
Here is how you can make it yourself under $15
What you need//
-Mason Jars (Michaels sells them for a great price) [If you don’t want to buy Mason jars just use random jars you have at home already for ex from Jelly etc.]
-Paint (You could use spray paint, acrylic paint or even house paint)
-Twine (Twine is sold at any local hardware store, at the grocery store, and even most drug stores)
-Fake flowers (You could get so many for just $1 at Family Dollar or any dollar store)
-[Optional] Any strong glue (Hot glue, gorilla glue etc)
1. Start off by washing and cleaning out the mason jar.
2. Paint a light coat of paint onto the jar and wait for it to dry.
3. *optional* If you don’t want that vintage look in the picture above, re-paint the jar after the first coat has dried.
4. Once it’s all dried, circle the jagged top part of the jar (not the lid) with the twine about 3-4 times or until you like how thick it is and after adding a few more inches to that cut.
5. *optional* If you don’t have a strong glue or don’t want to glue it you can tie a cute bow or a little knot to keep it together. If you have a strong glue, glue the two ends together or tie a knot and glue on top of the knot to make sure it’s secure.
6. *optional* If you think it looks fine as it is then just add flowers in (make sure to cut the stem to fit the jar) and you’re done. If you think it looks a bit plain, glue on some random things that you find cute, like buttons, a flower you’re not using in the jar etc.
7. Fill it with flowers, pencils or whatever you like.