DYE JOB GONE WRONG? HEAD TO THE REFRIGERATOR!

I read this beauty tip online and thought there is no way it could be true but I was desperate so I tried it!

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I accidentally dyed my light blonde hair a shade of greenish blue/gray. It was awful! I used a new hair dye but had tried that brand before (I’m currently in the process of finding a more natural hair dye solution!). Maybe it was because of the dye or because I was using an all natural lemon shampoo and conditioner. I don’t know, but my hair looked terrible and I needed a solution asap. I read a tip online that you could use ketchup to counteract a greenish hue from a dye job gone bad.

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So I grabbed it out of the refrigerator and soaked my hair in it. You have to leave it on your hair for about 20-30 minutes. Then rinse out and voilà! Back to light golden blonde.

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You may have to repeat it if you have a really extreme situation. And if you don’t see a difference after you rinse it out or if it looks worse, you should contact your hair stylist immediately for their expert opinion and solution.

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10 WAYS TO REMOVE CHEMICALS FROM YOUR LIFE

WHY REMOVE CHEMICALS?

When my second son was born I did what most mom’s do to keep my house clean. I sprayed Lysol to sanitize surfaces, used bleach on my whites and mopped the floor with a fresh pine scent. I loved the carpet powder that I could vacuum up. It made the whole house smell fresh. However, when my youngest son developed allergies and eczema, I began to question my choices. He would sneeze with some of the cleaners and it irritated his eyes.

Household cleaners were not the only thing we had to change. After a long journey of homeopathic doctors, research and trial and error I discovered my son also had a sensitivity to chemicals in our food. Sadly, chemicals are everywhere and we cannot completely remove them. But there are ways to remove a lot of them. The difference in my son’s behavior once discovered how he was being affected was significant. The whole family has reaped the rewards, as we are hardly ever sick and everyone is calmer. In addition to feeling healthier, my husband and I have lost weight and are sleeping better! This is THE REASON for my desire to share our story and these recipes with all of you. Here are my TOP TEN ways to remove chemicals:

1. Skincare Products

Cleansers, lotions, creams and many facial products can be packed with chemicals. Go for natural or organic products. If those are too hard to find or too expensive, try making your own! There is a complete do-it-yourself skin care routine on this blog, if you want to make it yourself. You can also purchase a professional skin care line with better ingredients through our SHOP.

Our skin is our biggest organ and is just as important as the rest of our body! You should be able to understand most of the ingredients in your skin care. If you cannot pronounce the ingredients, many times it is full of chemicals. Normally, an aloe or oil based product is better for your skin, as it will contain more nutrients.

2. Your Deodorant

There are many hidden chemicals in our deodorant these days. It’s best to find deodorants that are made with natural ingredients. If you love DIY you can try to make your own. Finding a natural deodorant, that works can be a frustrating process, but it is worth it.

3. Processed Foods

This one is the most challenging, since we are surrounded by processed foods. It seems as if the majority of the foods at the grocery stores and at restaurants are either packed with preservatives or unhealthy additives. For that reason, we start every day with a delicious smoothie. It is an easy way to pack in a bunch of nutrient, vitamin packed foods without actually making a full blown meal. The shake recipe I have shared on my blog is not just for kids. Our entire family enjoys it every morning. I have yet to find a protein shake powder mix that is healthy. With this recipe you do not need one! Try it out and see what you think: Green Monster Shake.

Also, read your food labels! A good place to start is to make sure these four ingredients are NOT in your food choices (even if it says organic): Corn Syrup, Maltodextrin, Dextrose, Aspartame (or similar fake sugars). This is a great stepping stone for going all natural. There is more to come on ingredients to avoid…

4. Cleaning Products

Cleaning products were, sadly, one of the last things I changed. I thought it was okay to have burning eyes and be sneezing or coughing after cleaning my bathroom or kitchen floors. As I said, my son had the same reaction to those harsh cleaners. Thankfully, making your own natural household cleaners is so easy! Not to mention way cheaper. Here is a great scrub recipe I previously blogged about: Tub and Surface Scrub.

5. Dairy

I found that once I reduced the amount of dairy my family consumed, we all felt better. When I do use diary, I only buy organic and make sure it is free of hormones such as rBGH (Recombinant bovine growth hormone). There are so many alternatives to dairy out there, such as almond milk. I have yet to find an almond milk that is completely free of additives, but I am still searching. I do love yogurt so I buy that organic and hormone free as well.

6. Perfume

This one was really tough for me! I love my perfumes but after learning they have no real regulations on these beautiful smelling products I began looking for more natural perfumes. The majority of chemicals in most commercial fragrances are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum and natural gas, known as petrochemicals. These fragrances are allowed to be up to 100% synthetic. Forget smelling like flowers! It’s just chemicals. Companies are allowed to withhold ingredients to protect trade secrets, so who knows what’s lurking in our fragrances. I am still researching the best natural perfumes so stayed tuned for information on that!

7. Fertilizers and Pesticides

We use these products to keep our lawns, gardens and flowers looking beautiful. But they are so harmful to our health and the environment. We have been conditioned to think that these chemicals are the only way to make our lawns green and flowers and gardens growing perfectly. But organic gardening methods are not that difficult and actually work better in many cases, not to mention they are better for our health! Check with your local gardening center for organic fertilizers and alternative options.

8. Produce

Since we are talking about gardens, let’s dive into produce! Each year the Environmental Working Group (www.ewg.org) releases its annual dirty dozen list — a list of foods that contain a number of different pesticide residues and show high concentrations of pesticides. Here are the foods you should buy organic if you can:

THE DIRTY DOZEN:

Apples
Strawberries
Grapes
Celery
Peaches
Spinach
Sweet Bell Peppers
Imported Nectarines
Cucumbers
Cherry Tomatoes
Imported Snap Peas
Potatoes

Buying organic is better for your health. Additionally, using a safe fruit and vegetable spray is very helpful, especially if you are not able to buy organic. You can make your own fruit and vegetable spray, it is so easy. Get the free recipe HERE!

9. Hair Products

There are many hidden chemicals in our hair products as well. Parabens, Phthalates, Perfumes, and the list goes on and on. Many of these additives are so unnecessary. Check your labels to make sure your hair products are at least free from Parabens and Phthalates. It may be easier to find better products at your local beauty supply store. This is important for your children’s hair products as well.

10. Candles

I love candles! I had to do some research on alternatives because I want a lovely smelling home, just not at the price of breathing in chemicals. Candles, like everything else, have many hidden chemicals. Even though some of them smell amazing and it’s so romantic to have candles lit. But it can be harmful to you and your families health. Pure beeswax candles are a great alternative. They burn longer, are non-toxic and eliminate free radicals from the air.

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BEAUTIFULLY SEXY VALENTINE’S DAY MAKEUP

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Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays for beautiful makeup. It’s a great excuse to dig out that deep red lipstick and put on stilettos! If you are going out to a romantic dinner or even if it’s out with your girlfriends, here are some fun makeup tips for your Valentine’s Day evening:

Always begin with a smooth surface before applying makeup. Here’s a great sugar scrub recipe if you need a gentle exfoliant.

FACE/SKIN:

Even out your skin tone with a moisturizing foundation. You will want a more dewy complexion for this look. Also, a good under eye concealer will really help give you a beautiful glow. Use a bronzer for a sultry look. Lightly dust your bronzer on areas the sun would normally hit – forehead, tops of the cheeks and collar bone.

CHEEKS:

Normally I would say to use a bright blush color. But in this case tone it down a bit since you are already using bronzer. Soft pink or corals will do the trick. After you have applied blush and bronzer you can highlight the cheek bone with a highlighter (use a liquid highlighter if you have one but if you don’t own a highlighter, a shimmery white shadow lightly dusted on the tops of the cheeks will work too).

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EYES:

For eye shadow, use a taupe or neutral color with a little shimmer. Brush into the center of the eyelid to create a dramatic effect.

Use a black liquid eye liner to line your eyes. Start at the very base of your lash line. Instead of doing a straight line all the way across, try doing small dashes and blending. Trust me, it’s easier. Then with use a dark shadow to soften the line by carefully following the liquid liner with an angled eyeshadow brush.

BROWS:

Line your brows with a pencil in a color slightly lighter than your brow color. Only fill in areas that need evened out and brush in with a brow brush for a natural look.

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LIPS:

Use a deep red lip liner and a deep red type colored lipstick. Blue undertones are a little more flattering in evening light and on most skin tones. But occasionally these colors won’t work on certain skin tones. So just work with colors and see which one makes you look and feel beautiful. If you have small lips, like me, here are some helpful tips to make your lips look fuller.

Here’s my Valentine’s Day makeup!

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I hope you all feel beautiful this Valentines Day❤️

Much love to all my followers❤️❤️❤️❤️
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TROUBLE SLEEPING? TRY A SPICE OR TWO!

If you have trouble relaxing or falling asleep at night, this beauty drink is definitely something to try. Not only is it the perfect bedtime drink, it has some amazing health and beauty benefits as well. Have a cup of warm milk and relax at the end of your long day. The perfect alternative to taking a sleep aid. But also a great habit to have to promote good health!

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SAFFRON
I cannot say enough good things about this beautiful spice. It is the most expensive spice but for a good reason.

These deep colored saffron “threads” come from the purple crocus flower. The threads contain a very high concentration of manganese. Manganese helps regulate blood sugar, metabolize carbohydrates, absorb calcium and has many other benefits as well.

Fortunately, a little saffron goes a long way. It is a spice to be added one thread at a time. Just a thread or two can flavor and color an entire pot of rice.

Saffron has been used medicinally to reduce fevers, cramps and enlarged livers, and to calm nerves. It has also been used externally to for bruises, rheumatism, and neuralgia. A powerful antioxidant. It is believed to help prevent disease, detox the body, act as a pain reliever, anti-depressant, sleep aid, and provide radiant skin.

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TURMERIC
One of my favorite spices! Just ask my husband. Many of my meals have a strange yellow color to them (also how curry gets its color) because I add turmeric to as many dishes as I can.

It has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb.Contains compounds known as curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin, which have been proven to have medicinal properties. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. However, it is tough to absorb in the body. Surprisingly, black pepper assists with absorption. Which is why, many times, you see pepper in recipes with turmeric.

Its roots as well as leaves have long been used in traditional Indian and Chinese medicines for their demonstrated anti-inflammatory, painkiller, anti-oxidant, and anti-cancer properties.

Turmeric is used for a variety of ailments including relaxation, pain, stomach trouble and colds. But it is also great for the skin!

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BLACK PEPPER
Black pepper is mostly thought of a way to add flavor to our every day foods. But it actually has a lot of benefits too. It can help with bloating and gas, detox for the body and has antioxidant and antibacterial effects. So why not put it on everything?

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CARDAMOM

This exotic spice contains many compounds that are believed to act as an antioxidant, prevent disease and promote better health. Also helps to detox the body and thought to alleviate depression.

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CINNAMON
Cinnamon is a sweet spice that improves the taste of many delicious foods, like Cinnamon Rolls, but it is also great for your health. Lab studies have found that cinnamon may reduce inflammation, have antioxidant effects and fight bacteria. It also might be helpful for allergies, Alzheimer’s and yeast infections.

This blend of amazing spices help the body relax, promote sleep and can promote better health. I personally prefer organic spices and feel that the taste and quality is better when I use organic. Get the recipe HERE! I hope you love it💛

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DISCLAIMER: Please do not use this information as a substitute for professional medical help. This information is based on my own research and general knowledge. I encourage you to do your own research as well.