Tie dye for summer 2019

Floral, colorful patterns are the must for cooler days, but tie dye fashion is going back to real summer days. Camps, visiting friends, crafts in the back yard, and fun memories by the pool.

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Early Spring Blooms indoors

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Bring the blooms indoors

We can bring early spring indoors, by cutting a few branches of trees and shrubs, and have them bloom early indoors.

Here is what to look for:

Azalea, beauty bush, crab apple, flowering quince, magnolia, pussy willow, redbud , serviceberry, witch hazel, forsythia, rhododendron, spirea, and fruit trees : cherries, pears, and apples.

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Rhododendron buds
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Redbud, look for younger ones these are already ready to bloom
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Azalea blooms

If you can cut the branches in a warm day look for swollen, plump buds. Cut branches at an angle and be sure you cut them long enough to stand out in your container. To get water quickly to branches smashing the bottoms of your branches gently, will make it easier for the branches to take up water. For these young buds to go through the transition place your container away from sunlight, in a cool location.

Whitin 1 – 6 weeks you should see the buds swell and begin to open, and ready to be placed in sunlight.

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Quince buds
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Tulip tree buds

 

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Love your skin

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So many of fruits & vegtables we eat & cook with are the perfect skin moisturizer & cleanser.

Strawberries – mash them up directly on your skin and let that beautiful pinkish juice dry directly on your skin.

You can also use Cranberries and grapes they are great as anti-aging masks 

and can help brighten up your face.

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Lemon, oranges, limes, and tangerines – contain powerful skin lightening properties, they tighten up your pores and clean your face, making it shine. 

Just rub a slice on your skin, wash off within 5 minutes. Don’t leave citrus fruits on your skin for more than 10-15 minutes, don’t go out in the sun for a few hours. 

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Tomatoes – have potassium which helps regenerate skin cells and vitamin A and C that helps nourish and lighten your skin. Take a slice & and rub it underneath your eyes, if you have dark circles.

Put them on your skin over wrinkled areas, dark spots, or acne scars. You can use them as often as you want. Leave them on for a few minutes, then wash your skin.

Cucumbers- the antioxidants and flavonoids in cucumber reduce irritation. Couple of slices on your eyes will reduce puffy eyelids. Great for even sensitive skins since cucumbers won’t cause any irritation. 

Bananas – They’re good moisturizer, so mash a piece of the fruit and put it directly on your face. Rub it a little, leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse it.

So next time you have a clean skin, grab a berry or a piece of tangerine or a cucumber and give your skin a well deserve pampering. Your skin will love you. 

Spring accessories

Today is the first full day of spring which means warmer, longer days and the spring colors. Tulip trees, hyacinths, daffodils, and cherry trees will add color & light to our days & hopefuly with warmer weather we are more inclined to wear less clothes & more vibrant colors.

here are some fun accessories for spring :

Face Mists for dewy glow

All mists hydrate skin,  tone skin, set makeup, act as a serum to nourish skin throughout the day, or even cool skin down.

 Mists help your moods If scented :

Certain scents can be effective against depression, anxiety, insomnia or exhaustion. Just make sure to read the ingredients list carefully. Some essential oils, such as cinnamon, can cause irritation or breakouts.

Mists help you look good :

Mists, can temporarily give you a dewy glow if your skin is feeling dried, and help set or refresh your makeup.

When your skin is dehydrated, its protective barrier gets weaker, which means collagen and elastin can break down faster, and also heat can cause oilier skin which can clog your pores setting you up for pimples.

What should we look for in a Mist:

If looking to add some extra moisture to your skin with a mist, look for one with hyaluronic acid. To calm irritated skin and ease redness look for Rose water and Aloe.

 

 

List of Healthy sweeteners

The most difficult part of replacing white sugar with healthy sweeteners is missing the convenience of sugar. Any where out of our own kitchen replacing sugar won’t be easy, but more and more places will provide honey or molasses if you just ask for it . 

Here is a list of healthy delicious sweeteners:

honey; dates sugar; coconut sugar; maple syrup & molasses

Honey-  the nectar of the gods, is also used topically for centuries to heal wounds and fight infections. It’s also great for adding flavor to homemade dressings and marinades.

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Yogurt & honey

Date sugar- made from dried dates. Haven’t tried this one but we love adding dates cut in small pieces to oatmeal, salads, cottage cheese, eggs, and peanut butter sandwiches.

Coconut sugar- also known as coconut palm sugar or coco sap sugar, or coconut crystals is made from the sweet nectar of flower buds of the coconut palm.

Maple sugar- boiling sap from maple trees dried, powdered, and sold as maple sugar. Also great with cinnamon or ginger for added flavor to sweet potatoes, and grilled vegetables.

Molasses- dark syrup is the byproduct of processing sugar cane, but it has antioxidants, making it a better option than refined sugar. With its bold flavor it is a tasty ingredient for cookies, smoothies, barbecue  and beans.