Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Apple Cinnamon Water: Add some spice to your life!!

Hello and Good Evening!!
The air has been crisp and fresh as it blows in the open windows.
Mmmmm loving the small break from the heat!

I had come across a new water idea and my mom decided to make some last night cause she said it sounded too good to wait! Not to mention it tastes better if you let it set over night :)

Apple Cinnamon water!!!

Water is so key to drink and it can get old if you're drinking something tasteless ya know?
Plus, it's nice to always find creative ways to feed your body added nutrition.

So let's discuss some interesting facts about Cinnamon...
Being an old and rather exotic and pretty common household spice it proves to be a valuable thing to have around! Both for topical and internal purposes. 
(Not to mention it makes a wonderful addition to many a DIY air freshener)

Can be used in various cold remedies and cold prevention
Gas prone tummies
Upset tummies
Painful cramps pertaining to the monthly gift
May improve energy, vitality and circulation
(The circulation aspect may help those who suffer with warm bodies but chronically cold feet)
Is also proven to help you digest dairy 

Apples come in so many colors and sizes, they are one of my favorite snacks and I can't help but let their scent dance about me when fall is in the air. I love apples! 
These are also very common in households which makes this such an easy water to make.

Protects your bones
Aids in treating asthma
Prevents or aids in preventing Alzeimer's
Various types of cancer prevention 
Diabetes aid
Weight loss for women

And these benefits for both items are only a fraction of what they offer!
And when putting these two together in water it not only delights your senses, it hydrates and awakens the vitality within us. What wonderful news :) I made sure to snag some before I crashed last night and noticed the flavor intensify come morning.SO yummy!!

All you need is:
A gallon or 2 gallon pitcher of water
Ice or a fridge
1 or 3 apples depending on the depth of flavor you desire
Several cinnamon sticks
(Yes, sticks and NOT powder)

Prep the night before use for best results:
1. Fill pitcher with water.
2. Cut apples to desired size, halves work well.
3. Add your cinnamon stick then chill.
4. Enjoy the following day! 

I'm sitting here sipping on some myself and very pleased to have this new addition to my growing water beverage arsenal. I find this is one of the best ways to stay hydrated and have more energy! It really helps, esp since part of having leftover side effects regarding my TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and one of the biggest being lack of energy. Drinking stuff like this is a life saver, believe me! 
(Might also be a creative way to keep the kiddos hydrated as well Mom's)

Hope y'all have a wonderful day!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Something simple: Cucumber water!!

Good Morning!
Looks to be another hot one today, phew...
Let's look at a refreshing beverage you've prob seen or already tried shall we?

Cucumber water!!

I know you're prob thinking this is a super easy DIY... Why on earth post it?

Well, it just so happens to be a water with many hidden secrets that will greatly benefit you alone or you and your little one if you're pregnant, trying to become pregnant or nursing.

I love cucumbers to start out with so I adore the taste, however some it takes time to fall in love with. 
But I promise you, this will make your body smile!
(Unless you're allergic which I'm finding there's a handful who are. Who'd a thunk it??)


Here are a few reasons why you should be drinking cucumber water:

1. If you're looking to loose some weight and are working out, eating right and trying to keep your system flushed properly, this would be a great help to you...Cucumber water is hydrating and low on calories!

2. It has some key vitamins and nutrients your body needs on a daily basis such as:
 Vitamins A, C, E & K
Potassium, Iron,Calcium etc...

3. This wonder may also help those battling obesity, cancer and high cholesterol.

4. Cumber is good for ladies who are pregnant and or looking to get pregnant, the cucumber has properties that help with baby's development! This should be a staple for an expecting mother. 

5. Some say cucumber water isn't great during breast feeding an infant due to the potential laxative effect it may have on your baby. If you drink it in smaller amounts you should really be fine. 
Just read your body and that of your newborn. If you're really concerned, be sure to ask a midwife or somebody along the more nutritional line of things....

6. There are claims a cucumber water diet is great for belly fat, this one I'm not sure of as most diets really aren't what people praise them to be... Half the time you're killing you're body vs helping it. 
(But that's another topic all together...)
Now used as a water fast? 
This may do the trick for some intensive detox techniques! 

Now here's the trick to getting what you need out of this refreshing beverage...
The best way to get full benefit out of making cucumber water is:

1. Make it in a 1 to 2 gallon pitcher right before you go to bed!
(The longer it sits and chills, the bigger the impact on your body.)

2. For best result keep it cool or out of direct sunlight and toss after 2 days.

3. You can slice half of a cucumber or a whole cucumber.
(Heck, make yourself a travel cup the day before with a few slices and grab it if you have a busy day ahead of you! Trust me, flavored water works like a dream on a busy day with little time to rest. )

4. Most importantly, enjoy! 

You'll love your new found energy :) 

Here are a few links to look at and see some more facts on cucumber water:

Have a wonderful day!

Shannon <3

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Popping that zit safely!

Good Morning!!

I figured it's about time to get back into my DIY blogs!

Let's talk about a way to care for/before dealing with that awful zit (s) as it has now come to a full white head and is ready to be exterminated! There are of course proper vs improper ways to take care of this... Esp if you're not going to see your Aesthetician every time you need one popped. (Which some say is a MUUUUST, but we all know that isn't going to happen haha) 

Some people just go for the kill which isn't the ideal way to prep and protect your skin.

Here's a quick step by step you can do after you've cleansed your face and are getting ready for bed!

Assuming you've let your little friend come to a white head (Which is the safest/best!) 

This is what you'll need to do:

1. Wash your hands!

2. Cleanse 

(Using a light exfoliating cleanser NOT a scrub as it will break open the infected area spreading the bacteria about your face giving way for more possible issues!)

3. Take a dampened cotton ball that has a little tea tree oil on it and apply to infected area.
(This will prep your skin even more giving you a sanitized area to work with seeing as the properties of tea tree are a fabulous anti bacterial.)

4. Take a fresh blood lancet and prick the side of your blemish VERY gently!

(Not straight down into the pore or else you may cause permanent scaring or reinfection. I like this type as I can replace the cap and safely toss it.) 

5. Use 2 Q-tips and GENTLY press from the bottom of the infected area...
A white puss will start to ooze and then a "head" should pop out followed by a little blood.

(If this is done correctly and you've pressed from the under side vs the top you should now be pain free! If pain is still there then you may have tried too soon or not extracted the entire "head" I do caution you on how many times you try this as you don't want a bigger infection nor a scar.)

6. Re-clean area with a fresh damp cotton ball and tea tree oil.

(There should be a satisfying sting indicating it's getting any possible straggler bacteria.)

7. Spot treat with a clay mask to really make sure you've got that sucker out of there!
After mask is hard an dry rinse with mild temperature water.

(It's cool to see how it extracts the last of the gunk if there's any left.)

8. Treat with any acne treatment to ensure proper healing and apply nightly moisturizer.

(Come morning your little friend should be gone and there should be only a small red mark with now signs of swelling and/or pain. This will heal if properly cared for in a few short days depending on how fast your body naturally heals its self.)

So there you have it! 
8 steps does sound like a lot but when you're actually doing it, it seems like you've taken hardly any time at all. You can never be to careful when dealing with these little buggers....

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Shannon <3