Plug In Oils vs. Essential Oils: A Healthier Way to Freshen Your Home…

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capture_2017-01-17-11-00-18-1If you’re like many then a nice fresh smelling home is important to you, because after all who wants a home that doesn’t smell pleasant…right??? Well many of us do want a fresh  smelling home and that’s not surprising, but are we doing our homes harm by using the commercial brand wall units that plug in to freshen our homes? Wall units are very popular in many households and can be very costly buying them on a bi-weekly/monthly. Many of these top brands are filled with chemicals and dyes that we are inhaling on a daily basis. This can not be good long term…especially you’re a regular who freshens your home monthly using these commercial brand wall units that plug in. I have spent countless dollars buying the units and the refills to keep my home fresh, but as I start to embrace a healthier way of living that goes…

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New Year; New You…Right??? How to Stay on Track…

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capture_2017-01-19-16-57-31-1Yes we’ve all heard it “New Year; New me” right??? Well that’s the age old saying, but what are you doing to help this become a reality? We all like to think that a new day is the start of a new beginning, but what about a new year…that can be exciting right? Yes! It’s always been believed that a new year or (date as I like to call it) comes with all these automatic changes, but does it? No…not usually? I feel that nothing happens automatically without the need to want the change to occur and the effort that goes along with it. That means working towards this change to make things go according to your plan. Speaking of plan…you do have a plan right? Well the key to seeing change is first being able to identify what needs to happen. This can be done by observations. It’s usually…

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New Year; New You…Right??? How to Stay on Track…

capture_2017-01-19-16-57-31-1Yes we’ve all heard it “New Year; New me” right??? Well that’s the age old saying, but what are you doing to help this become a reality? We all like to think that a new day is the start of a new beginning, but what about a new year…that can be exciting right? Yes! It’s always been believed that a new year or (date as I like to call it) comes with all these automatic changes, but does it? No…not usually? I feel that nothing happens automatically without the need to want the change to occur and the effort that goes along with it. That means working towards this change to make things go according to your plan. Speaking of plan…you do have a plan right? Well the key to seeing change is first being able to identify what needs to happen. This can be done by observations. It’s usually not hard to identify what we see as being a problem in our lives, or identifying what we want to change. The problem usually comes with not having a plan for the change we seek and then sticking to it. There’s a saying that “when you write it down, it becomes real” and this is the start of your strategic plan to help you stay on track!

WRITE DOWN YOUR PLAN/GOAL

Nothing is more real than seeing your life’s plan written down on paper…this way you can go step by step to making it more obtainable. Visuals are very helpful, so using your visual as a guide can increase your momentum to stay focused, because after all seeing your plan written on should be very motivational. Don’t be afraid to push yourself. Write it down even if you feel it seems out of reach, because when you’re seeing the other things you’ve written down come to pass…then those you feel aren’t so reachable may help to keep you driven.

Applaud Your Efforts

As you go through your list and start to mark off what you’ve accomplished…reward yourself! Staying focused with everyday life happening all around us and trying to change  our old ways isn’t easy, so once you can see the process being made coming to play that’s the perfect opportunity to thank yourself for a job well done!

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Now none of us are perfect…contrary to what many want to believe. We all are humans and not being perfect is okay. So, if you happen to fall short to one of your written goals… that’s fine! Don’t be so ready to scratch it off the list, but instead give that goal another try. Remember the purpose of writing the goals down was to see them through all the way until the end. Think about the little engine who could and think…yes I can too!

Keep Your Goals Private

Often time we have things in our lives that we “should” be able to share and want to share, but remembering that not everybody’s life, goals and mindset will be like yours and so that’s where the envy and jealousy comes in. Yes we all are a direct reflection of our own lives, so if there is something about your life you don’t like change it then! However, others may not have any plans for making changes within their life and may see yours as a waste of time…keep your goals to yourself! It shouldn’t make others bitter or envious of those of us who may want  better for ourselves/themselves, but often times it does…and that’s so sad! The term “show them better than you can tell them” fits this scenario perfectly!

Start Small; Finish Big

I feel that many “new year resolutions” we’ll call them aren’t met, because we want the process of to be quick and easy. That is not always the case. Great things don’t always start out that way and they take time to accomplish.  Start with small goals and as you crush those…then add the bigger ones. Prove to yourself that you can do it! Be willing to put in that necessary time as well and don’t have a time limit. Usually when it comes too easy it’s not worth having. So, don’t be discouraged if you don’t the feel the process is moving as swiftly as the next person. Remembering all of our paths are different for a reason. Travel your path at your pace and watch how fast you get there. Also, keep in mind that you only fail when you don’t try at all.

 

I hope that this will help you to look at the whole new year;new me saying in a different light. I’m not saying that it’s not something that can’t be proven to be true, but it might be something that’s not proven to be done in a year. Just keep pushing and don’t monitor the date. Until next time…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Mask or Not to Mask? A Natural Way to Clear Skin

capture_2017-01-18-14-59-01-1It’s been a while since I’ve used a deep cleansing facial mask and today, I pampered my skin. I treated my skin to a much need at home facial using the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Hydrating Mask. Normally I shy away from facial mask…products in general that are hydrating to the skin, because I typically have oily skin and my point in using a facial mask is to absorb as much of the oil and to detox my skin as possible. It’s been a while since I’ve taken the time to treat my skin, so after picking this up in my local CVS drugstore a couple weeks ago, I finally used it. Surprisingly it was gentle to my somewhat sensitive type skin and my skin felt clean…despite it being a hydrating mask. My skin looked and felt bright and refreshed. There was no tightness after I rinsed it off and that’s probably due to the hydrating benefits of the shea butter, but the deep pore cleaning benefits was what I looking for and it delivered.

I think what caught my attention about this particular mask were the ingredients. Shea Moisture is known for their natural and organic ingredients for their hair and body care, so aside from that I felt it’s a brand that uses ingredients that I can pronounce and, I’m aware of the benefits. The moisturizing aspect of the mask I feel was the raw shea butter. Now, normally shea butter and the Shea Moisture hair care line…I stay away from. I feel that shea butter is too heavy for my hair texture. I’ve tried to use a few of their hair care lines and still, I get the same results heavy weighed down hair. So, I had to make a decision not to be team shea moisture for the hair care, but the skin and body care line I like! Two other great ingredients that caught my eyes were the kaolin and bentonite clays. These two are great for pulling out impurities and detoxing the skin. Then there are other ingredients I recognize like jojoba oil, vitamin e and chamomile just to name a few. My skin feels refreshed, clean and moisturized.

I would always suggest knowing what your body needs. Knowing your skin type and care needs will make it easier to select the right type of products for your needs. Again, because I am aware of the benefits of the two clays,  I based my decision to buy this product from my research. I’ve always wanted to try kaolin clay, but wasn’t sure how my skin would react. I have used bentonite clay in the past and that’s what, I was using for a deep down cleaning mask when my skin needed that…however my skin started to react differently to it. It could have been the way I mixed the product with the apple cider vinger, but the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Hydrating Mask is the perfect blend!

Remember it’s nice sit down and to take time out for ourselves occasionally, so don’t forget to have that me time. Having “spa day” at home can be very relaxing while you’re in the comfort of your own home. Also, there are several DIY mask that you can do using ingredients right from your kitchen cabinet. In some of my coming blogs I will add some DIY mask recipes for hair and skin. Hope this blog was helpful and be sure to research the other mud masks by Shea Moisture as well. Until next time…

Camille Rose Naturals…is it REALLY Natural???

capture_2017-01-18-11-14-37-1So, I guess in the back of my mind regardless of what the labeling says that even some of these so called “natural” products can still be filled with synthetic chemicals and I knew this. It’s scary that even while trying to do the right thing and stay on the natural journey to being as natural as possible…there’s still a chance that you will still purchase non-natural ingredients and that’s very unfortunate. It’s also important to know that the FDA doesn’t approve many products on the market today…even foods we eat, so that’s why its important to read labels. I can’t put enough emphasises on how that if the label is hard to read with words you can’t pronounce…it’s probably not worth buying! Again, read the labels and research an ingredient you can’t pronounce to see exactly what it’s role is or not.

Apparently there is a class action lawsuit against the brand Camille Rose Naturals for using synthetic chemicals in her natural hair and body care line. Me being on this natural hair journey for over seven (7) years has purchased several hair care items from this line, so it’s pretty disturbing to read about a class action lawsuit against this brand, but as disappointed as I am…does this surprise me??? No it doesn’t not at all. There are many brands out on the market today that claim to be natural and/or organic, but many of these brands again are not approved by the FDA, so sadly a company can put whatever they like on the label. And as far as being organic goes…the product can contain one ingredient that’s organic and for that one ingredient it can be labeled as organic. Weird right? The scary part is if they can put anything on their labeling then just imagine what might be in the actual products. I think even after writing this, I’m starting to rethink some of my chosen brands. I know that we are currently living in a DIY kind of world, so this may not be a bad idea. Making your own beauty and hair care products could be a bit more time consuming than running out making a Target run, but think of the health benefit.

This year I’ve already planned on being more money conscious and for numerous reasons. So, to be more money conscious and to use products that I know what the exact ingredients are will be a plus! Also DIY’s gives this assurance that you’re getting exactly what you wanted and needed. Don’t get me wrong…it’s not a bad thing wanting to try out new products from some of the popular brands, but what is wrong is when these brands don’t have you the consumers best interest at heart. I can only sit and shake my head at myself thinking of the countless dollars, I’ve spent on beauty care products. And ninety five percent (95%) of my more recent purchases (I’ll say from the last 4-5yrs) have been what I call natural products. Be very careful when selecting brands and don’t be afraid to contact merchants asking what’s exactly in their products and what role the ingredients play. If they can’t give you a meaningful answer and the ingredient has no real value for you then seek out more holistic brands or try taking a chance at your own DIY creation. YouTube have hundreds of video on natural DIY projects for the entire body.

We definitely must remember we are living in a world where money is the only thing that many care about, so with knowing this it’s not surprising shocking that companies with put anything on a label just to make a dollar. I’ve purchased from a few smaller business that advertise on IG (Insta Gram) and I’ve had good and bad experiences with this. One brand in particular a hair care business…no matter when I ordered this one DC (deep conditioner) from her it was always different. After my last order I contacted her asking why is there no consistency with her brand??? The explanation she gave didn’t sit well with me and of course all of her sales are final. Usually if a brand doesn’t believe in their own product and their policy is “all sales final” then that’s probably a sign that the merchant may know that you won’t like the product either. As with all things in life we live and hopefully learn from our experiences. Stay as healthy as possible and remember not all labels are created equally, so take the time to know exactly what it is your purchasing. Until next time…

Plug In Oils vs. Essential Oils: A Healthier Way to Freshen Your Home…

capture_2017-01-17-11-00-18-1If you’re like many then a nice fresh smelling home is important to you, because after all who wants a home that doesn’t smell pleasant…right??? Well many of us do want a fresh  smelling home and that’s not surprising, but are we doing our homes harm by using the commercial brand wall units that plug in to freshen our homes? Wall units are very popular in many households and can be very costly buying them on a bi-weekly/monthly. Many of these top brands are filled with chemicals and dyes that we are inhaling on a daily basis. This can not be good long term…especially you’re a regular who freshens your home monthly using these commercial brand wall units that plug in. I have spent countless dollars buying the units and the refills to keep my home fresh, but as I start to embrace a healthier way of living that goes for all things associated me and my family, so the switch was made. Naturally I want to continue having a fresh home, but I don’t want to jeopardize the health of myself or my family for it. Knowing this I had to seek healthier alternatives for freshening my home and essential oils has been a winner thus far!

I got the idea from a co-worker who uses the oils inside of an oil diffuser for her office. I use essential oils already, but never thought to use them to freshen my home…naturally. I would buy the wall unit plug ins or the wax melts which makes a mess over time, but then after hearing that those chemical based wall units can over time be linked to health issues I knew it was time to make a switch and fast! I started researching the multiple benefits of essential oils. They are essential for more than home freshness and our hair and beauty products, but health wise they are great as well. As I stated earlier, I knew about the multi-benefits of essential oils in hair and body care, but never thought to use them within the home to be a natural way to freshen it. The good thing about essential oils is that it there are several aromas they come in, and they are not as expensive as the chemical filled wall units. Essential oils aside from being a healthier way of freshening homes can over time mean extra money in your wallets too! Since essential oils are very rich and potent only a few drops are needed, so over time you’ll save money on having to repurchase new bottles (unlike buying wall unit refills that have to be replaced often), and still freshen your home naturally. You will have to purchase an oil diffuser and since they are becoming popular there are many brands on the market. The diffusers I use in my home are by the brand Now. I also use a lot of the Now brand essential oils to freshen my home.

The diffuser units are portable can be moved around the home for freshness in many rooms. I have multiple units, because I wanted them to stay stationary in those particular areas of my home. I figured that getting multiple units was best, because if you are like me and had the wall units in every room then you’ll continue to want that same freshness throughout your entire home. Now, the oil diffuser units come in varies sizes and can be plugged in, or there are battery operated ones as well. They typically run for about four (4) hours and after adding the required amount of water to the unit and then add the oils…you are all set. Keeping in mind that essential oils are very potent and only a few drops are needed. The bigger the units the more powerful the smell will be in your homes. I think when we are starting a healthy new way of living well…then all aspects of our lives should be included on this journey. Hopefully this blog will help you to want research essential oils and their many benefits, so that you too seek  an alternative way of bringing natural freshness into your homes. I’ve found them to be very effective for mine. I am so glad to have made the switch to a more natural way of freshening my home. Hopefully you too will see the added benefit of going natural for freshness. Until next time…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Many Benefits of Water…

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We left off with trying to keep the moisture balance for hair care right and learning our hair types, which products are best for moisture, and overall…how to properly get the right moisture balance, but moisture comes from within. Keeping are bodies hydrated is vital not just for proper moisture balance in our hair and skin, but for our overall well being too! The benefits of water are endless and it’s something that all living things need…ALL, so yes water is kind of a big deal. I think if more of us realized how important water is all for our overall health, it would be chosen over all the popular beverages out there regularly.

Water makes up about sixty percent (60%) of the adult body…that means that more than half of your body is water. Of that percentage our main organs like the heart and brain are desperately depending on water which says a lot about why we need to consume it often, daily, and regularly.  It’s always been said that eight (8) glasses a day is sufficient, but keeping in mind that not all bodies are created equal, so with that being said…a person’s water intake should be based on that person’s total weight. Ex…if you weight 135lbs then your water consumption should be at least HALF of YOUR total body weight. Does that mean that you may take in more or less than the daily requirement of eight (8) glasses per day??? Sure it could mean that! Because, if your body weight is more…why would eight (8) glasses be sufficient for your body type??? Yes, many will probably need more than the daily requirement to help their bodies function more properly and to keep it as healthy as possible. Keeping in mind that just like not all hair types are alike and not every product will work for everyone…the same goes for our bodies.

Proper water intake will help rid the body of waste which means less weight to carry around. While not only does consuming water helps to remove waste, but it removes toxins from the body as well. It’s not only moisturizing for our hair, skin, and to supply our vital organs with much needed water, but it helps to keep joints and muscles properly hydrated. I for one never looked at water as being “liquid gold”, but after researching and paying attention to how well my body responds to it, I see why drinking water is the first step in having a healthy mind and body. I hope some of these benefits will help you to reach for water more frequently and to look at it in an entire different perspective in the future. Remember our goals are to live as healthy as possible and to learn new things along the way while on this journey. Until next time…