DIY 3 Ingredient Coffee Body Scrub

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Are you a coffee drinker?  If you are, you probably throw away cups of previously brewed coffee grinds each day.  But whether you’re a coffee drinker or not, you can use coffee grinds to make your own three ingredient coffee body scrub that softens your skin!

There’s no need to spend money on $50 scrubs if you can make it at home in minutes, and with no complicated ingredients.  All you need are coffee grinds, some honey, and oil of your choice (I use argan oil).  My mom, who has thick and dry skin, uses this after doing the laundry, and says that it is extremely good at getting rid of dead skin.  In fact, it’s so good that my brother found it odd that her hands were that soft!

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Cinnamon Spice Steel-cut Overnight Oats

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These past two weeks have been quite packed for me, and I needed a basic, no-fuss breakfast – that’s preferably seasonal too!   Cinnamon spice overnight oats is as simple as it gets, even more than cereal and milk; all you have to do is mix and refrigerate, and you have yourself breakfast for the next 5 days.  And before you discard this recipe because you think it’ll be mushy, I can assure you that with steel-cut oats, it keeps its hearty qualities.  With just a three ingredient base, you can add anything you want – peanut butter, vanilla, pumpkin puree – the options are endless.  Plus, you don’t need an exact recipe 🙂

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Vegan Coffee Creamer Recipe (with bonus Pumpkin Spiced Latte & Coconut Yogurt)

Perhaps one of the best food related things about Fall is the beverages: the coffee cups warming your hands on your way to work, the pumpkin spiced latte on your break, the list goes on.  Sometimes, instead of entering out in the cold to get your fix of these beverages, make it at home and make it better health and taste wise!  All you need is a coffee creamer base to transform it into your favorite beverage.

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Homemade Raw Almond Milk

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If you were to guess the ingredients that were in almond milk, you’d probably think just almonds and water.  But if you take a look at the carton of almond milk in your refrigerator, chances are, it has a bunch of ingredients.  That’s why you should make your own homemade raw almond milk!  You won’t believe how easy and delicious it is!  But first, let’s take a look at a popular almond milk pick, Silk’s Original Unsweetened Almond Milk:

Ingredients: Almondmilk (Filtered Water, Almonds), Sea Salt, Locust Bean Gum, Sunflower Lecithin, Gellan Gum, Natural Flavor.

Although none of their ingredients are considered unsafe by the FDA, (but what even is natural flavor?) why do you need to have more ingredients in your food than you have to?  The truth is, you don’t; just keep it clean and simple, and make your own!

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Summery and Creative DIY Paperweight

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Miss the summer?  I think it’s safe to say that we all do, especially when you’re working hard at your desk underneath fluorescent lights.  Most of your year takes place in that type of room, so it’s quite nice to look at a little souvenir from your sunlit vacation.  While you still may have the time, put aside 10 minutes to make a DIY paperweight with your collected memories!

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The 4 Ingredient Baby Powder

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Remember the days when your parents would sprinkle baby powder all over you?  Maybe not.  But when you think of a baby’s scent, Johnson and Johnson’s (J&J) baby powder almost always pops into your mind.  Let’s face it, you don’t have to be a baby to enjoy this product – many have been using it their whole lives.  Nevertheless, this beloved product has recently been under scrutiny, as women are blaming pharmaceutical giant J&J for their ovarian cancer.  You might be thinking:  How is baby powder even related to ovarian cancer?

The answer is talcum powder.  Talcum powder is the primary ingredient in J&J’s baby powder, and comes from talc: a clay mineral constituting of hydrated magnesium silicate.  Although there is some conflicting research, numerous studies indicate that with years of dusting around or in intimate personal parts, women have a higher risk of getting ovarian cancer.  (Around your private parts can even include dusting it on your underwear.) In a recent study in June 2013 published by the Journal Cancer Prevention Research, researchers analyzed data of 2,000 women from 8 different studies.  They concluded that women who use talcum powder for their vaginal hygiene were 20-30% more likely to develop ovarian cancer.  I think many women would agree that even an elevated chance of ovarian cancer is serious enough for you to stop using it.

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So, what are your options if you want a better baby powder that’s cheap, effective, and reliable?  DIY baby powder with only 4 ingredients:  tapioca starch, arrowroot powder, oats, and lavender.

Tapioca starch (or flour, same thing) and Arrowroot powder:  Both have the natural and best qualities of talcum powder – they’re able to absorb moisture, keeping you or your baby cool and comfortable.

Oats:  Perfect for even the most sensitive skin, oats naturally have vitamin E.  Vitamin E, also known as tocopherol, has antioxidants which prevent aging, and also has natural moisturizing qualities since it’s a lipid.  Also, oats help treat rashes, eczema, and even acne.

Lavender:  As some of you may know, lavender has a plethora of skin benefits such as soothing irritations, and combating eczema to name a few.  You’ll probably be happy to know that lavender has antibacterial and anti fungal  properties.  Plus, it smells great!

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For roughly $6 (for a 4oz container), Johnson and Johnson offers a product that keeps both body moisture and odor under control… And I have to say that making this baby powder does all this – but in the healthiest ways possible, and due to its ingredients, it even tackles other skin issues. Think these ingredients are too expensive?  Well, I’m glad to tell you that for a 4oz container of this diy baby powder, you only spend roughly $2 (using the ingredients in the links above).  That’s four dollars off J&J!   One of my favorite parts about this is that you don’t have to continuously waste plastic – or even use plastic at all.  I like to use these metal shakers, but if you go through baby powder quickly, opt for a bigger shaker.  Also, add fun little labels to make it personal!  Considering the cheap cost, the beneficial ingredients put in, environmentally friendly factor, and of course, your health, there’s no reason you shouldn’t put 5 minutes aside to make your own baby powder!

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The 4 Ingredient Baby Powder
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Recipe type: Baby Product
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup tapioca starch
  • ¼ cup arrowroot powder
  • 2 tbsp oats*
  • 1 tbsp dried lavender seeds
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix tapioca starch and arrowroot powder.
  2. In a blender, blend oats and dried lavender together until it reaches a flour-like consistency.
  3. Add oat-lavender flour to the starches and mix.
  4. Spoon it into your shaker.
Notes
*If you are celiac or have a gluten allergy, make sure to get gluten free oats.

 

Works Consulted

“Talcum Powder & Ovarian Cancer – Claims from Women.” DrugWatch. DrugWatch, 2016. Web. 22 Aug. 2016.

“Talcum Powder Lawsuits: Johnson and Johnson Ovarian Cancer Claims.” DrugWatch. DrugWatch, 2016. Web. 22 Aug. 2016.

San Francisco’s Hometown Creamery Review

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Vegan chocolate sorbet in a ‘smidge’ size

I was blown away on my recent trip to San Francisco where I discovered the most delightful place that literally makes absolutely everything from scratch!

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My family and I were on a hunt to find some post-lunch treat, and thankfully, the Asian-like structure of Hometown Creamery caught our eyes.  There, my brother and I instantly looked into the glass freezer where nine small tubs of ice creams were showcased: roasted black sesame, chocolate sorbet, peanut butter chocolate fudge, fresh mint chip, French roast, fresh ginger, coconut, cookies n’ cream, and pluot sorbet.

My brother headed for the classic flavor of fresh mint chip, a personal favorite, while I went for the vegan chocolate sorbet (which I must replicate by the way!) in a ‘smidge’ size (an adorable term the creamery uses for their smallest cup).  Hometown Creamery offers six sizes (flight being a dreamy assembly of 5 different scoops) in either a cup or homemade waffle cone.  If you choose to go an alternate route, Hometown Creamery offers more options, such as sundaes, milkshakes, coke floats and ice cream sandwiches with homemade (of course) cookies.

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Dried Lavender Bundles and Sachets

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On this year’s family vacation, I made it a point to visit my first lavender farm,  AKL Maui, to finally witness the home of my favorite scent and  essential oil.  Here, I was fortunate to see a vast amount of different types of lavender, such as Spanish, French, English, Sweet,  growing naturally in the countryside.  The farm is quaint, and sits on the side of a mountain, just so that you can see clouds make their way through the lavender bushes growing.  As I made my way through the trails, the scent of lavender accompanied my steps.  I had discovered that I was only semi-knowledgable on all the benefits of lavender.  AKL Maui Farm explains it best:

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Mint Lemon Sorbet (Vegan)

I am often asked what I think is the perfect summertime treat.  Without a doubt – sorbet!  Sorbet is not only an incredibly easy dessert to make at home, requiring very few ingredients, but also, perfect for every age group – children, adults, and elders.  It is especially great for those with many food intolerances and allergies.  It just hits the spot for those who aren’t looking for a dessert that’s too fruity,  too tarty, or heavy (like my family!).  A true crowd pleaser!

In Italy, people generally have “sorbetto” in the summer to finish a meal.  In other fine dining instances, small amounts of sorbet, called the “intermezzo”, are served between courses.  It is considered a palate cleanser, and prepares your taste buds for the next course.  Either way, it is a delicate part of any meal, and with the mint, it instantly places a refreshing taste in your mouth.  At the end of your spoonful, there’s a very subtle tang from the lemon which is softened by the sugar, and if you choose, honey.  You can get this summer hit made within 45 minutes (freezing not included)!

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