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Today’s post is a bit of a departure. It is not focused on food or drink. There’s no stunning roast or plate of pasta. And yet, there is a recipe. An easy one, too, using four items found in most pantries: Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey, Ginger, and Cayenne… plus some water. And, so quick to put together, so beneficial, I had to share it with you. Combined, I learned from Maggie, that quartet of pantry ingredients creates a potent remedy to some of the ails of winter: Sore throat, hacking cough, tight congestion. Combined, they turn into a curious orange syrup that can cut through the croup. And, the taste is really good! Like you, we’ve been trying to duck the dreaded cold germs: wash our hands, eat well, get enough sleep, stay warm. I first mixed up a batch for Bill over the holidays, when he caught a cold accompanied by a strangling cough. So, last month, when I felt run down, tight with a tickle in the throat, I shook up a little Remedy. Just last night, Bill came home after a long workday. Related:  Health & Beauty

Recipe to Refresh: DIY, Natural Skin Care | Washington Post Express THE LONG, HARSH winter left us with much bigger problems than shoveling fatigue. We’re talking frizzy hair (ick), flaky skin (double ick) and scaly feet that clearly saw nothing but the inside of snow boots for months. But since a full body fix-up at Le Fancy Spa costs as much as the city’s snow removal deficit, we suggest you try more wallet-friendly measures to welcome spring. For as little as the cost of lunch (and with ingredients picked up during a trip to Whole Foods), at-home treatments can turn your kitchenette into a decadent retreat. Even better: Because these DIY detoxifiers use natural ingredients — such as fresh fruit, coffee beans and even beer — you won’t be slathering scary-sounding chemicals on your skin. This guinea pig gamely tried out more than a dozen at-home spa treatments and ended up with a few favorites. BEER HAIR RINSE» Why It Works: The nutrients in hops add strength and shine to hair. Source: Brennan O’Farrell, stylist, Bang Salon and Spa (1519 15th St.

Six natural alternatives to ibuprofen - Phoenix Alternative Medicine The saying used to be, “Take two aspirin and call me in the morning,” but many people turn to ibuprofen to relieve inflammation, pain, and fever. This nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), available both over the counter and by prescription, is commonly used to treat arthritis, menstrual symptoms, headache, general aches and pains, and various inflammatory conditions. Side effects of ibuprofen Although many people think of ibuprofen as being rather benign, it is associated with an increased risk of heart and circulation problems, including stroke and heart attack, as well as gastrointestinal problems, such as bleeding or perforation of the stomach or intestinal tract. These risks increase the longer you take the drug, although the length of time until it affects any one individual varies depending on their overall health, use of other medications, age, and other factors. Curcumin Boswellia: This anti-inflammatory remedy comes from the Boswellia serrata tree that grows in India.

A Quick Fix For Oily Hair . . . “Dry Clean” It This post is brought to you by Amazon where you can get deals on household supplies! This stuff saved my life this week! Well, OK…maybe that’s a BIT of an exaggeration…but not much! Let’s just say I had a HAIR EMERGENCY on Tuesday and was VERY GRATEFUL I had recently seen this idea by Danielle on Hookable Designs. The funny thing is…I hadn’t originally intended on doing a post on this only because my hair is SO dry that I would never have the need to de-grease my hair. Here is my sad story…with a happy ending! Anyway…back to my sad…then happy…story. Sorry…having difficulty keeping on track today! So…I needed some professional “head shots” for some upcoming stuff and finally decided to bite the bullet and make an appointment. That morning I allowed myself plenty of time to get myself ready and went all-out in my primping session. I quickly located the recipe in my bookmarks and was thrilled to see I had all the ingredients on hand. I call it my: Oily Hair “Dry Cleaner” Ingredients:

Trying something new... Wow! I never realized what a hit my chicken sandwiches were going to be. I just put them out on Pinterest as a lark and it took off like wildfire! Here's what I made for dinner Monday night. Rachael Ray's Southwestern Chili Con Queso Pasta Bake 1 pound penne rigate (ridged penne) 1 1/2 pounds ground beef 1 tablespoon ground cumin (1 palmful) 1 tablespoon roasted ground coriander (1 palmful) 2 tablespoons chili powder (2 palmfuls) Coarse black pepper 1 large yellow onion, chopped 3-5 garlic cloves, chopped (we really like garlic so I put in more, the recipe calls for 3) 1 jalepeño 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (2 palmfuls) 2 cups milk 3/4 pound cheddar cheese (about 2 1/2 cups) 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves (a generous handful), chopped 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves (a few handfuls) chopped 1 14-ounce can diced fire-roasted tomatoes Preheat the broiler to high and position the rack 8 inches from the heat. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

24 - THE DIRTY - Dirty Laundry - {the blog} Friendship Day is 8/7. So I'm going to try my hand at making some friendship bracelets for a few of my friends that have helped me SO much with Dirty Laundry over the past several weeks. I'm going to try to make some snazzy ones! Here is my inspiration. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. I wonder which one I'm going to make?!? Update on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 5:27PM by Jeanee PLEASE NOTE: Due to the popularity of this blog post I want to note, again, that this is my inspiration and each bracelet has a link to the ORIGINAL maker giving them credit to their creations. Virgin Coconut Oil for Skin Health Virgin Coconut Oil is becoming a favorite in spa treatments for skin health by Brian and Marianita Shilhavy In addition to ingesting the coconut oil, I just have to tell you about another exciting way that coconut oil has helped me! I use it on my face and I can’t believe how much it has helped. I used to spend hundreds of dollars on face creams. I won’t waste my money on those empty promises again. Filipinos are well-known for their youthful appearance and soft, wrinkle-free skin, even though they live in a climate that exposes them to the sun’s rays year round. Coconut oil’s ability to nourish and heal the skin has been known in the tropics for hundreds of years. I wanted to share my experience with virgin coconut oil. Coconut Oil Offers Hope for Fungal Skin Problems Virgin Coconut Oil has been reported to help many skin problems as well. Here are some of the testimonials we have received regarding coconut oil helping with fungal skin problems: I started on coconut oil 3 weeks ago.

How to make your own exfoliating scrub Face and body exfoliators can set us back more money than we might like, and they're often filled with laboratory-concocted ingredients. Making your own natural exfoliators is easy and can save you a ton of money. Here are four easy exfoliator "recipes" to try. Exfoliating is a very important part of any skin care regime. Not only does it slough away dead skin cells, but it also unclogs the oil and dirt that lives in your pores and can cause breakouts. As with any other exfoliating treatments, these should be used two to three times a week, not every day. Basic baking soda scrub The range of what baking soda can do just seems to be getting wider and wider. Nourishing sugar scrub Granulated sugar is another wonderful, natural exfoliant -- and with all these reports coming out that sugar may be toxic when ingested, I’m thinking we might be better served to use it on the body versus in the body. Invigorating coffee scrub Coffee is another fantastic natural exfoliant. Soothing oatmeal scrub

My Rules for Consistent Happiness I work at a newspaper, I'm at home at 2 am or even later. I also have a second job. yeah, I guess its good advice, but not realistic. Are you really sure there isn't a decision point in there? I am sure most people have the choice, but they would have to give up other things or let people down. Some things are not by choice - if you have a child who is crying and cannot sleep at 2200, it would mess up your perfect schedule. Or even if you include fun things that you would absolutely miss, like seeing the fireworks at the ballpark on 4th of July because they occur after the game has concluded, usually around 2200-2300. Just think about people like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Einstein, Barack Obama and whoever else you can think of. Now consider that they all had 24 hours per day, just like you do. Everyone has the same amount of time every single day.

Mud Scrub: DIY What is Mud Scrub you ask?? Well... basically it’s a sugar and coffee scrub. I love it! Especially because the coffee has such great benefits for your skin. Coffee and Caffeine are showing up all over in beauty products due to their tightening and antioxidant effects on the skin. Guess what! What you will need: 1 C Sugar (white, brown, cane) 5 TBSP Coffee grounds 1/4 C oil (veggie oil, almond oil, extra virgin olive oil, baby oil…) 1 tsp Peppermint Extract 1 tsp Vanilla Extract Mix: Mix sugar and coffee. Add small amounts of oil to the sugar/coffee mix until everything is coated. (You may not need the full 1/4 C, I didn’t use all of it) Add any fragrance you like. Mix well. and You’re done. If you find it a little watery from the oil, just add more sugar and or coffee. This recipe can be tweaked to your liking. A few tips: ◦ If you have sensitive skin, do not add coffee grounds and use brown sugar (as it is less abbrasive)

Homemade Shower Soothers I hate it when my kids get sick. I hate it for all the usual reasons, but I also hate it because I know it won’t be long before I get it too. And, I can only hope that by the time I get it, the kiddos are feeling 100% again. But 9 times out of 10, that doesn’t happen. Most the times it results in sick Mommy taking care of sick kiddos. The life of a mom. A few weeks ago, my middle child got sick with a nasty cold. A few days before the first child started getting stuffy, I had whipped up a batch of my homemade vapor rub along with a batch of these shower soothers. I first read about making homemade shower soothers on Pinterest, and I had to give it a shot. I really wanted these to work, so I couldn’t just give up. The ingredient list here is pretty simple. These are the exact same essential oils that I use in my homemade vicks vapor rub…. so make both! Stir together the baking soda & water into a thick paste. Fill each muffin cup halfway. Bake for 20 minutes at 350. Ingredients

Bath bomb recipe Here is a Friday Flashback about making bath bombs. Bath bombs make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift when packaged to look like a bomb along with a tag that says, “You’re the ‘bomb’!” They would also make cute teacher appreciation gifts! How to make foaming bath bombs Supplies: 2 Cups Baking Soda 1 Cup Citric Acid 4 teaspoons massage oil ( or 2 teaspoons essential oil and 2 teaspoons olive oil) Spray bottle with water mold (60 mm 2 part plastic ball) (I am also thinking the bottoms of two large Easter eggs could be used) This amount only made 5 bath bombs. Mix baking soda and citric acid in large mixing bowl. Add in 4 teaspoons of scented massage oil (or other combination of skin safe essential oil for scent and another oil for moisturizing the skin). This next step can be a bit tricky because you don’t want your bath bomb to start fizzing. You will continue spraying until the mixture will clump in your hand when squeezed. Fill one half of your mold. Gently remove the ball from mold. Enjoy!