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Ways to Use Olive Oil in Your Beauty Routine

Yes, you can grab some of that oily goodness out of your kitchen cabinet and slather yourself in it. I’m not saying you’d really want to do that, but it is actually good for your skin. Olive oil has some killer benefits and it’s something I always have on hand when it comes to skin health and moisturizing.

5 Great Ways to Use Olive Oil in your Natural Beauty Routine

 

What kind of good stuff does olive oil have in it?

Olive oil promotes elasticity, it’s FULL of natural antioxidants, and it contains a ton of vitamin A. It’s also got high amounts of vitamin E which is great for the prevention of aging signs. When you let olive oil soak into the skin, you get all of that good stuff.

Be aware though, if you want to use olive oil for your skin, make sure you only use organic, extra virgin olive oil. You will not get the same effects without this type of oil, and it’s much safer than non-organic choices since it is going to be absorbed through the skin.




Bathe With Olive Oil

Fill the bathtub up with steamy hot water and add in a few drops of lavender essential oil (or a different oil of choice). Next, rub your body down with olive oil and then just relax in the tub. Rinse off before getting out and the result will be super soft, healthy looking skin.

Treatment for Dry Hair

I kid you not, has been a lifesaver for my hair. We travel so much that my hair seems like it’s always going through some sort of transition period. When we were in Colorado last summer it was so dry that I’m surprised I wasn’t mistaken for a troll, and my Patagonia hat was my best friend.I was about to have my elbow-length hair chopped off, but after a shower one evening I decided to rub a decent amount of olive oil into my hair, and comb it through. I twirled my hair into a bun and slept with a towel over my pillow. I washed it out in the morning and it was a miracle I tell you! My hair was so soft and felt much healthier. I do this about once a month now for softer, healthier hair.

Cure Cracked Heels

Olive oil works similarly to the intense lotions you can purchase that moisturize to get rid of cracks in the skin. The great thing about it though is that it is chemical-free and as natural as it gets. If you want to get rid of cracks in your heels, massage a good amount of olive oil into the problem area, and put some old socks over your feet before bed. By morning most of the oil should have absorbed into the skin. Do this a few nights in a row and you’ll see some major improvements.

Ear Wax or Aches

Have you ever heard people say to use sweet oil for earaches? Olive oil is actually very similar. It has a couple of uses when it comes to the ears: You can let a few drops fall into the ears before cleaning them. This helps to break up the excess wax and help it make its way out of the ear canal.

You can also place it in the ears to help soothe aches. Just keep a cotton ball over the affected ear as well.

Makeup Remover

Many natural oils do wonders with makeup removal, and olive oil happens to be one of them. Massage it into the areas you want to remove the makeup, and then wipe the oil off with a wet, warm washcloth. You may have to do this a couple of times, but normally it wipes right off.

Shaving Cream

I’m not joking- you can use this stuff as a replacement for shaving cream. Just keep a little jar or bottle of it in the shower with you. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and there you have it! Just rub it over the legs before you shave and you’ll be left with soft, smooth skin

The uses in this post are some of my favorite and I personally use them on a daily basis. If you’d like to learn a little more about using natural oils in your beauty routine, you might like to take a look at these posts too:

Natural Facial Cleansing Routine to Heal Acne

Natural Olive Oil Skincare Benefits: 10 Simple Beauty Tricks for Everyone

 

Slow Down Mama. Chores Can Wait, but Life Doesn’t.

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Hey Mama,

I see you there looking down at your phone thinking about the next thing on your to-do list. Your kids are having a blast climbing trees or splashing in the water.

You take a look up long enough to say “good job honey,” or something similar, but did you realize you’re missing out on creating some lasting memories?

Let’s be honest, are they going to remember their mama with her face in her phone over her splashing along with them? No.

YEM slow down mama

 

So many of us have such a hard time stepping away from our “to-do’s” that we forget whats most important. Go play with your babies. Climb with them. Take them on a hike. Have a splash fight. They will remember that.

We live such busy lives that sometimes we need reminded. We need reminded that time is passing us by and our children are growing up.

What are they going to  remember about you when they’re grown? Keep that in mind next time your little one asks you to help them build a sand castle or be a customer at their mudpie restaurant.

I forget this myself at times and need a reminder every once in a while too:

I know you’re busy but this is my message to you: Slow down, Mama. Chores can wait. LIFE doesn’t wait. Live it now with your babies. 

 

We all know you’re a wonderful mom, but sometimes too  much is asked of you. You’re you so you take it all on. Step away from it today and go play. Go dance silly with your kids. Go play fairies. what ever they want to do, do it with them. They cherish your attention more than anything; you’ll see it in their smiles and giggles. And I know you cherish them even more chores can wait. Message to mom. Slow down Mama.

Please, set your list aside this afternoon, you won’t regret it.

I wish I was reminded of this more before we chose to buy an RV and travel full time. Life is so much more simple now and I’m finally able to relax and realize that nothing is more important than spending time with my children. If you’re interested in the simple lifestyle we’ve adopted, you can read about it here, or follow us on our adventures on Instagram!

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Urban Gardening Techniques-Just Because You Don’t Have Space, Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Have A Garden

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I always hear people talking about they’d “love to have a garden, but just don’t have the space.” Well, did you know that you can have a garden no matter where you live? You’ve just got to get a little creative! When I used to hear people use the term “urban gardening,” I would visualize elaborate rooftop gardens. Yes, rooftop gardens are a form of urban gardening, however there are so many more space-saving techniques that will provide you with plenty of fresh, organic fruits and veggies and take up VERY little space.

Urban Gardening Techniques

Tower Gardening

Tower gardening is probably one of the newer urban gardening techniques out there right now. Tower gardening gives you the opportunity to grow many veggies in one small vertical area. Purchasing tower gardens can be a little tricky, because some of them are extremely pricey and you can find more inexpensive alternatives or even make a DIY version yourself easily.

Container Gardening

Just because you don’t have the space for a large garden, doesn’t mean you can’t grow your plants in pots! Container gardening is perfect for someone who lives in an apartment that has little or no outdoor space. Need some container garden inspiration? This article will give you some great ideas.

There is one downside if you don’t have a balcony or some sort of outdoor space to keep your pots, and that’s that some plants either don’t grow well indoors, or are unable to pollinate and make fruit without having insects to help them. That doesn’t leave you without plenty of options though! I’m working on a post about the best vegetable and herb choices when growing an indoor garden so check back soon!


Hydroponics and Aquaponics

This method of urban gardening is for the people that enjoy the more technical side of gardening. Now, when you think of hydroponics, you are probably picturing rows of hundreds of plants growing out of white tubes or something like that… but the truth is, hydroponics can be as large or as small of an operation as you would like it to be!

We grew lettuce and spinach in our dining room during the winter with this method, and it was fabulous!

Square Foot Gardening

Square foot gardening does take up some space, so it would be ideal for someone who has a small yard or room for raised beds. Square foot gardening is just as it sounds- it is a garden divided into a grid of one foot squares, which allows you to grow more a variety of plants, and save space at the same time. The video below tells you all about square foot gardening so you can get a better idea of the costs and benefits involved in this type of gardening.

 

Add Edibles to Your Landscaping and Window Boxes

This is an idea that I just love. There are so many edible plants that can be easily incorporated into your landscaping if you don’t have space for a garden. Some of the plants that immediately come to mind are kale, chives, sunflowers, lavender, rosemary, and many other herbs, carrots, and just about anything else. You’ve just got to get a little creative!

Window boxes are another place that are perfect to plant edibles. Sweet potatoes are a vine that are commonly used in window boxes just because of how beautiful they look. You could easily install a window box at your kitchen window for a lovely herb garden right within reach as well!

Raised Beds

Raised beds can be as large or as small as you would like them to be. When my husband and I had just moved in together into our first apartment, we made a small 3×4 raised bed out of 1x4s and grew herbs, jalapenos and green peppers. It added a homey feeling to an apartment that wasn’t exactly homey! Now, please don’t think you have to go out and by the expensive pre-made raised beds from the hardware store. Raised beds are easy to make, and we’ve even made some amazing raised beds out of cement blocks at our current home. If you’ve got the space, raised beds make for a great-looking, organized, little urban garden.

Urban Gardening Techniques

The benefits of growing your own food are limitless, and you will never look at produce from the grocery store the same way again. There’s nothing like sitting down for dinner with your family and eating something that you’ve grown yourself, and it’s even better when you have children to teach those lessons to as well. So if your small space is getting you down and talking you out of having even the smallest little garden, don’t let it! There are more than enough options when it comes to urban gardening. Obviously it’s a passion of our family’s, so if you’ve got questions about it, I’ll be happy to answer them the best that I can.

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The Ultimate Eco Friendly & Natural Toy Gift Guide

Eco Friendly & Natural Toys for Kids: The Ultimate Gift Guide

Why do we love natural toys for kids around our house? Because after being parents for a while, my husband and I have realized that we love the opportunity for imaginative play, and we love the quality that comes with toys made from eco-friendly, natural materials.

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