How to Eat Well and Stay Glam

Salad at Lunch

Many of us want to eat better, but don’t know how to start. Making a few small, simple changes to the way you eat can make a large difference. Here are Fleurty’s tips:

  • East a salad every day (loaded with rainbow veggies, avocado, nuts, and seeds)
  • Eat a plant-based dinner once per week (check Vegetarian Times magazine online for tasty simple recipes)
  • Use your herbs and spices! (quality olive oil, ginger, cumin, oregano, and chili all will add depth to flavor)
  • Colors of the wind (eat as many colors of the rainbow as you can, each day)
  • Get your protein from plant-based sources (check out the stats on protein in your veggies, you’ll be surprised, and then you can cut down on that meat you thought you needed today – too much animal protein can be detrimental to your health)

 

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DIY Moisturizing Body Lotion: Only 3 Ingredients!

Easy DIY Emollient Lotion:lotionDIY

16 ounces baby lotion (I like burt’s bees version)
8 ounces coconut oil (solid form, not melted)
8 ounces vitamin E cream

Mix together with handheld mixer until it resembles icing. Use roughly half the jar of coconut oil, the whole bottle of baby lotion and 1/2 the jar of vitamin E Cream.

Approximate cost: $5.75 for roughly 32 ounces. Or $1.44 for each 8 ounce jar  filled.

Store in air tight containers…keep it for your own supply…or slap on a quick little label for gift-giving!

Via: One Good Thing By Jillee

Operation Urban Farming: Grow Veggies from Kitchen Leftovers

I’m in love with the tips in Don’t Throw It, Grow It!: 68 windowsill plants from kitchen scraps

The premise? Grow your own veggies from your cutting board remains! 

Grow your own celery from your celery remains. Just chop off the base and plant. One week of growth shown in photo to the right. 

One week of celery growth from https://www.facebook.com/GrowingOrganicEatingOrganic

One week of celery growth. Source:Growing Organic Eating Organic

“Magic and wonder hide in unexpected places — a leftover piece of ginger, a wrinkled potato left too long in its bag, a humdrum kitchen spice rack. In Don’t Throw It, Grow It! Deborah Peterson reveals the hidden possibilities in everyday foods.

Peterson, former president of the American Pit Gardening Society, shows how common kitchen staples — pits, nuts, beans, seeds, and tubers — can be coaxed into lush, vibrant houseplants that are as attractive as they are fascinating. With Peterson’s help, a sweet potato turns into a blooming vine; chickpeas transform into cheery hanging baskets; the humble beet becomes a dramatic centerpiece; and gingerroot grows into a 3-foot, bamboo-like stalk. In some cases the transformation happens overnight!

Don’t Throw It, Grow It! offers growing instructions for 68 plants in four broad categories — vegetables; fruits and nuts; herbs and spices; and more exotic plants from ethnic markets. The book is enhanced with beautiful illustrations, and its at-a-glance format makes it a quick and easy reference. Best of all, every featured plant can be grown in a kitchen, making this handy guide a must-have for avid gardeners and apartment-dwellers alike.” – From Amazon [physical book]: http://amzn.to/TWz2tq [kindle version]: http://goo.gl/dn4P7

Thanks to these friends for the info: https://www.facebook.com/GrowingOrganicEatingOrganic,

Ancient Rosewater Recipe for Eco-Glam Modern Beauty

Make your own rose water

Simple and beautiful to make!

Rose water is a perfect natural beauty product. It smells exquisite! It contains Vitamins A and C and it has antioxidants that help condition and revive tired skin. The use of it as a toner or astringent gives you a glowing complexion.  Why? Rosewater is a natural astringent with anti-inflammatory qualities and it is excellent for rehydrating and rejuvenating the skin.

(Tip from Makeup Obsessed Blog: skip buying $$ MAC Fix Plus and use rosewater spray as a setting spray for your foundation)

Rosewater is a perfumed water known and in use since the time of the Egyptians. You can also make your own easily following this recipe from the 1500s:

Rose Water

Some do put rose water in a glass and they put roses with their dew thereto and they make it to boile in water, then they set it in the sune tyll it be readde and this water is beste. – from Askham’s Herbal, 1550

Fleurty’s Method:

I enjoyed the company of a bouquet of organic roses for four days before I plucked the petals to make the rosewater. I put the petals into a colander and rinsed them to get rid of seeds and dirt. Then I placed the petals in a large stock pot and covered the petals with water. On high heat (with the cover on), I brought the water to a boil and then removed from the heat. I allowed the roses to cool gradually for the next hour. I strained out the petals, placed the water in a large jar to use, and stored the rosewater in the fridge until I decided what to use it for 🙂

I will likely use the rosewater for balancing my combination skin and in a hair mask that I plan to make. It will also be a great additive for my bath water 🙂  

Rose Water Uses:

• Great for all skin types.

• Oily skin is balanced and toned

• Sensitive skin is soothed and cooled

• Normal skin is purified and cleansed

• Mature skin is toned and rejuvenated.

• Purifying, harmonizing, toning and cooling.

• Apply as an aftershave to soothe irritated skin.

• Helps heal sunburns and wounds.

Use Rosewater As A Facial Cleanser

Rosewater has natural astringent and cleansing properties that can help to tighten pores and reduce wrinkles, fine lines and skin inflammation. Apply a small amount to a cotton wool ball or cotton wool pad and use to cleanse your face.

Use Rosewater As A Toner

Using rosewater as a toner is excellent to treat acne, spots and wrinkles. It also helps to tighten pores. Apply to cleansed skin that is still slightly damp the aroma of this rosewater toner is divine.

Use Rose Water to tone your skin in preparation for applying foundation makeup and then after you have applied your makeup, spritz your face and neck. This helps to set the foundation makeup, and adds a healthy glow to your skin.

Use Rosewater As A Moisturizing Cream

Add a few drops of rosewater to your usual moisturizer and mix well. It is suitable for both oily and dry skin because rosewater helps to maintain the pH balance of your skin and it can help to fight several varieties of dermatitis.

Rose Water is also used for smoothing wrinkles and restoring the vitality and moisture balance of facial skin (Apply directly on skin by using cotton ball in circular motions twice a day – before bed and in the morning).

100% Natural Rose Water has antibacterial properties and is useful for acne treatment and other skin problems.

 From: Unique Beauty Tips Blog

Blue Corn 3-in-1 Cleansing Mask

My first product review video! The 3-in-1 Deep Cleansing Mask from The Body Shop. It’s a cleanser, exfoliant, and mask all in one product.

 

I really love the fact that you can either cleanse (with a little), exfoliate (with a little more and some circular finger movements), or quickly remove impurities from your skin by using this product as a mask (apply to a wet, clean face and leave on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing away).

It contains kaolin clay (a great purifier) and blue corn powder from the Santa Ana Pueblo near Albuquerque, NM. The Body Shop is always having specials so you can get this on sale 🙂

New Orleans Sangria

English: Red Wine Sangria with lemon, lime, ap...

Sangria NOLA Style

Ingredients: 2 750ml bottles red wine (Rioja, Merlot, Shiraz), 2 cups water, 2 cups sugar (raw), 2 star anise (optional), 4 navel oranges, 5 lemons, 5 limes, 3 (1 liter) bottles of citrus flavored sparkling water, 4 oz orange liqueur. For an extra kick add one cup of cognac or rum (NOLA Rum is perfect) or both.

Directions:

  • Prepare simple syrup by mixing water, raw sugar, and star anise in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly.
  • Once the sugar is dissolved remove from heat and let cool. Remove anise pods.
  • Juice the oranges, 4 lemons, and 4 limes (saving 1 lemon and 1 lime for garnish).
  • In a punchbowl add the two bottles of wine, simple syrup, orange/lemon/lime juice, orange liqueur, and citrus sparkling water.
  • Add the garnish slices of the last lemon and lime to the bowl and let sit overnight.

*For a real NOLA experience, place fruit (orange, apple, pineapple chunks, etc) in the bottom of your guests’ cups. Add ice and fill cup with sangria.

 

 

Lagniappe:

NOLA Red Wine Toddy

3 cups red wine
1/4 oz. whole cloves
1/2 oz. ginger
1/2 orange peel

Simmer all ingredients for 10 minutes. Strain and serve in a glass coffee cup.