All posts tagged: wednesday

Wellness Wednesday: DIY Simply Natural Makeup Brush Cleanser

Happy hump day everyone! I feel like I’ve been in straight cleaning mode since I’ve gotten back from our trip. And I don’t mean laundry and vacuuming, I mean cleaning the tile grout, organizing closets, and dusting light fixtures. If you can clean it, I’m getting in there 😉 While I was running around cleaning everything I made sure to go through all the toiletries from traveling and I came across my makeup brushes. It seems like I am constantly cleaning them ever since a facialist turned me on to how much bacteria & nasty germs can grow (EWWW). She explained how the dirtiest things we house can be those things we come in contact with the most (i.e. cell phones, remotes, door knobs, and yes makeup brushes). Just think of what a perfect breeding ground they can be, swiping them over the oils on our face, coming into contact with the minerals of the makeup we use and never being cleaned? Nope, not in this house. I began religiously cleaning them once a week …

Wellness Wednesday: Bountiful Berries

Happy hump day friends! How has your week been going? I hope you’re having a productive week and getting ready for the holiday coming up. Fourth of July is my FAVORITE holiday, it has always been a favorite (I mean fireworks, BBQs, and we all know I love a good theme). However it has progressed to being my absolute favorite because not only was it our ‘dating anniversary’ but three years ago this July 4th Tyler and I got married <3 Anywho, I apologize in advance for all the Americana and independence-inspired posts from now until the 4th 😉 When I think of red white and blue I first think of my favorite snack, berries. I love all kinds of berries and especially blueberries and raspberries. I know from past research that berries are always suggested to be included in your diet because of their high antioxidant content, but I wanted to investigate a little further on some top favorites that may be included at your outside BBQs this time of year. Strawberries-antioxidants are just one …

Wellness Wednesday: Your New Favorite Baking Ingredient

Happy hump day friends! I hope you are enjoying your week and continuing to get things accomplished so you are closer to a care-free holiday weekend. I am concentrating on work and continuing to tackle my Pilates teacher training hours while also giving some of my attention to MSF projects, all exciting stuff I can’t wait to share! In the meantime, I want to talk about the ingredient highlighted this week on Wellness Wednesday. I’m always searching for interesting trends in the health and wellness space and this is one that fascinated me. There has been a lot done in the past with the coffee plant. Green coffee beans were found to be helpful with metabolism so you started seeing them in weight-loss products. Coffee grounds applied to the skin helped with circulation and reducing the appearance of cellulite (see more here) so they were included in lotions and scrubs, and now there are studies out that show the benefits of using coffee flour instead of the common varieties we are used to (oat, white, wheat, …

Wellness Wednesday: Cuckoo For Coconuts

Coconut oil has been all the rage. While the health benefits and versatility of what it can do are impressive, I feel like it’s been done…we know it’s amazing and we understand what it can do for us. Seeing it everywhere made me think of where it comes from and if in fact the fruit itself is as impressive as the oil and water we see lining the shelves. After reading all about the coconut fruit, I found it to be just as fascinating as the counterparts we know and love. So here it is, my list of benefits I found useful and interesting about the coconut as a whole. Top 5 Benefits of Coconuts Minerals-consuming a cup of shredded coconut gives us a high % of our daily recommended servings of minerals manganese, copper, selenium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc. Fiber-(this one surprised me) raw coconut is rich in dietary fiber! One cup of shredded coconut meat equals 7 grams of fiber which can help lower the LDL (bad) cholesterol in our bloodstream. Immunity boost-fats …

Wellness Wednesday: 5 Reasons You’ll Go Maca For Maca

The Maca root is not something new and I touched upon it’s impressive benefits in an earlier post. To be honest I have only recently gotten into using it in my smoothies. When I discovered some of its amazing properties I wanted to spotlight it on MSF for those who are just jumping on the bandwagon and may want a little more info. It originated in Peru and is part of the radish family although it is commonly ground into a powder and consumed as a supplement or mixed into smoothies. The benefits of this root have been celebrated by ancient civilizations in Peru and used both as a preventative and in remedies by many generations. Below I’ve listed the top 5 benefits I found to be the most interesting and relevant to what we are looking for today. Top 5 Reasons You’ll Go Maca for Maca Vitamins & Minerals– it is loaded with B vitamins, vitamin C & E, calcium, magnesium, amino acids, iron, zinc and much more Energy shot– known to increase energy and stamina, …

Wellness Wednesday: Yes, they’re REAL

There are so many smoke and mirrors these days it’s hard to keep things straight on what is authentic and what is enhanced. I am not against anyone doing something that makes them feel better or gives them more confidence but I am ALL for trying things the natural way first. Before my wedding I was frantic about getting the healthiest hair, toned arms, white teeth and long eyelashes. Because lets face it, there is nothing more feminine and pretty than long beautiful lashes. I never tried eyelash extensions and was never a big fan of the glue-on false eyelashes so I turned to Latisse to help the process along before my big day. I have to say it totally worked and my already pretty long eyelashes were extremely long and full, giving me the look I was going for. The thing about Latisse though is it isn’t natural, and it worried me to continue using something so artificial. Putting it on your eyes everyday/weekly seemed intense, especially with so many unknowns. So I started experimenting …

Wellness Wednesday: Egg-tastic Natural Dyes

Spring is in the air and to get in the festive spirit I’ve been thinking of ways to brighten up the house, changing the décor to cheerful and lighter colors/fabrics and of course preparing fun recipes for the upcoming holiday I’ll be celebrating with the fam. When I think of Spring I think of bunnies, flowers and of course coloring eggs. However, using toxic dye to color these eggs brings the light springtime music in my head to an abrupt- screeching halt. I started thinking of ways to naturally dye eggs and got the idea from my toothbrush one morning. I usually follow my turmeric-apple cider vinegar water with brushing so the bristles on my brush have turned a bright yellow from the natural dye in turmeric. Hence the idea was born to try and find things I had on hand that would tint the shell of my eggs fun colors. Below I included a simple recipe for the three colors I found that worked really well. Have fun with it and you could even try …