Reuse and Recycle Ziplock Bags!

How To Reuse and Recycle Ziplock BagsZiplock bags are so convenient and easy to use.. it’s a lot cheaper and takes up a lot less space than using containers. I mean, they’re just so handy…

There is only one problem?  Can they be reused like a container? Most people use their Ziplock bags once, and then throw them away. I used to do the same thing.

The problem with reusing them is not really about washing them, but, how do you dry them?…until I came up with this purely genius idea!

Washing them is easy.

  • Turn them inside out (making sure the corners are pulled out completely) and wash them along with your hand washed dishes.

How To Dry Ziplock Bags

After you’ve washed your ziplock bags, you’ve got to dry them. This is the step that inspired me to write this post!

  • Get a ‘desktop wire step file organizer’ and place it on a drying mat or kitchen towel and voila!…your own “Ziplock Drying Station”  (any stationary store should sell them)

Disclaimer:

  • Don’t boil your plastic bags.  Ziplock bags have a melting point of 195 degrees. Water boils at 212 degrees. That’s too close for comfort.
  • Don’t microwave your plastic bags.  {For the same reason above}
  • Eventually your ziplocks are going to die. Especially if you put wet food in there. They get stained, they get stinky. And that’s when they need to go.
  • Bags that were used for raw meat should be reused for another batch of raw meat only or discarded.

 

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The Importance of Deep Conditioning Your Hair!

Do you Deep Condition your Hair?

There are lots of good reasons why you should make deep conditioning of your hair part of your weekly regimen.

Deep conditioning your hair will provide nutrients to the hair follicle and allow your hair to grow, shine and be as healthy as possible, because it is hydrated and conditioned…especially curly haired girls!

As a licensed cosmetologist, I know the importance of regular deep conditioning treatments, yet as a busy wife, blogger and business entrepreneur, sitting under a hooded dryer or those caps that are connected to your hand held blow dryer, was not an option I could keep up with.

Two main reasons being, I hated being marooned to one corner for an hour and I never enjoyed the heat blowing constantly on me.

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Thaumaturgic BioMist by Theralight: Hands on Review

Thaumaturgic BioMist by Theralight
Thaumaturgic BioMist by Theralight is a topical solution to help protect and aid in your skin’s natural healing.

The beauty of using a natural product is that you do not have to worry about chemicals like parabens, fragrances, artificial colors, sodium sulfates, alcohol or preservatives irritating your skin.
Natural skin care products, work with your skin instead of against it and there are no strange side effects.

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DIY Colored Rice

diy colored rice

Here is an easy DIY on how you can make your own vase filler to match any decor, or colored rice for your toddlers to play with an learn colors. Dry rice is also an ideal sensory play material for all sorts of kiddos.

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Homemade Coconut Milk Recipe

Homemade Coconut Milk Recipe

There are so many ways that I love to use homemade coconut milk in my kitchen!  In my pursuit to consume less dairy, I most often use it as a substitute for regular milk, since I am not a huge fan of almond milk.

I usually cook and prepare my own food as much as possible so I wanted to share with you this homemade coconut milk recipe, it’s really quick and easy, you only need a blender and a juicer.  Using a juicer makes the job a great bit easier, but an extremely fine meshed strainer or cheesecloth will work also.

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Artistry Essentials Balancing System Review

artistry essentials balancing system

 

Artistry brand is a skincare and cosmetics brand that was started in the 1950s by a woman, for women.  A world-renowned beauty brand that is only marketed through Amway and among the top 5 beauty brands in the world.

ARTISTRY essentials is a skin care line that represents a simplified and uncomplicated approach to beauty.  Made up of two basic skin care systems and three supplemental skin care products, ARTISTRY essentials products work to enhance every woman’s natural beauty.  It’s beauty that fits your busy life.

I’m embarrassed to say that, with as much effort as I put into my makeup routine, I often neglect having a basic skin care routine, so when I was introduced to the Artistry Essentials skin care line and I was told how great it was, I was intrigued and agreed to put their products to the test.

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Spinach and Egg Waffles

spinach-egg-waffle

I personally enjoy eating eggs for breakfast, but what I do not like is having to constantly be watching over the eggs (stirring, flipping, etc).

With this recipe you can just pour the eggs in the waffle iron and come back in 3-4 minutes to a perfectly cooked egg. Another bonus of this method is that your breakfast is on the go.  You can grab the waffle(s) and head out the door on those busy mornings when you don’t have time to eat at home.

It is also paleo friendly, gluten free, dairy free, grain free, low carb, and vegan!! How awesome is that!

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Shoe Boxes as Drawer Dividers.

shoe boxes as drawer dividers

You can go broke buying tons of fancy drawer dividers for your clothes, socks and underwear drawers, but wouldn’t you rather spend that money on something useful?

I also use shoe boxes, which work great and cost nothing. You don’t even have to buy shoes to get them; just go on down to your local shoe store and ask real nice for any extras they may have in the back…you don’t even need the covers.

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The Difference Between Butter and Margarine.

butter or margarine

Butter and margarine serve the same purpose. They are used for cooking, baking and as spreads.
Butter has been a dietary staple for centuries and it is made by churning the fatty portion of cow’s milk until it turns into the final product… butter. That’s it.

Margarine on the other hand, is totally different. It is a highly processed food that was invented to replace butter. The primary ingredient is vegetable oil along with emulsifiers, colorants and various artificial ingredients.

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Is Processed Cheese Bad For You?

sandwich

If “you are what you eat,” do you really want to be a processed product?

Processed cheese is a type of cheese that is made using real cheese.
Have you thought of the nutritional value of your processed cheese? Whether processed cheese is good or bad for your health?

Certain cheese slices also known as plastic cheese or fake cheese is a contradictory food subject…

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Curl pattern loss due to damage from heat styling?

Curl pattern loss due to damage from heat stylingYou can always tell when your curls have heat damage. The once lively curls are dry, brittle, and loose — basically, they pretty much look fried (because they are). If your curl pattern has “changed” from heat, it’s not just changed, it’s damaged. If you’re trying to bring your springs back to life, you need to put DOWN the heat styling tools.
Getting back your curls is a process, that will take patience, good products and some time.

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Satin Pillow Case For Hair Protection.

young-woman-sleeping

Satin pillowcases are very smooth which means that your hair won’t get tangled up while sleeping on them.

This is bad news for those who love their cotton pillows – they are not nearly as smooth as satin ones and their roughness creates friction between your hair and the surface of the pillow which in turn can lead to hair breakage. In case of a satin pillowcase, your hair just kind of slides across the pillow and is much less likely to get damaged.

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Important things to consider before buying a bottle of Argan oil!

which argan oil is the real thing?

 

Five most important things to consider before buying a bottle of Argan oil.

So what is this liquid gold oil and why are so many people desperate to get their hands on it?

Well, argan oil is produced using fruits from the Argan trees that grow in South Western Morocco.
It is a rare and precious commodity that has been used in the natural beauty rituals of Moroccan women for several hundred years. The oil is extracted from the kernel inside the pit of the fruit. Each kernel is crushed by hand ground into a thick paste and then squeezed to produce the oil. It is an extremely manual and time-consuming process, but the end result is well worth the wait.

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Biggest Hair Myth

hair myths

Frequent trims DO NOT make your hair grow faster.

Cutting the ends of your hair has absolutely no effect on the follicles (hair roots)  in your scalp, which determine how fast and how much your hair grows.

Hair grows an average of a quarter-inch every month—whether or not you cut it. Regular trims might make your hair look like it’s not growing, because you keep cutting off the extra length it grew.
Taking care of your hair, and getting rid of split ends however, reduces hair breakage, and breakage is what makes hair look thinner at the ends (and shorter).
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Acne

acne
A pimple starts when the pores in the skin become clogged with a type of oil called sebum, which normally lubricates the skin and hair. Acne is common during puberty when hormones go into overdrive, causing the skin to overproduce sebum. Because many oil-producing glands are on the forehead, nose, and chin, this area — the T-zone — is where a person is most prone to pimples.

Here are some tips to help prevent breakouts and clear them up as fast as possible:

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How To Make Your Manicure Last Longer

IMG_2247Do NOT bite your nails!!

If you’re a nail biter, you are doing more damage to your nails than good, whether they are manicured or not.
This is a nervous habit for some people and can be a bit difficult to get out of. Avoid allowing your nails anywhere near your mouth so you are not tempted to do anything.

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Brush Cleaning Glove dupe

How do you wash the utensils you use to apply your makeup?

2X SIGMA SPA® BRUSH CLEANING GLOVE DUPE
Washing your makeup brushes should be a permanent part of your beauty routine. Having clean brushes is important for the life of your brushes and the quality of your skin. A lot of makeup, oil, bacteria, and dirt get trapped in your brushes, and unless you wash them, you will be rubbing that all back into your skin.

Using your hand to wash your brushes is great, but it takes a lot longer to get all the product out which means you use a lot more water and cleaner to wash one brush/sponge.

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Face Primer and How to Use It

face primers and how to use it

Face primers are most commonly used to help prepare your skin for foundation application by smoothing out the texture of your skin.

It helps you apply foundation easily and smoothly as well as help eye shadows, blush, and lipstick last longer.
I like using clear (colorless) face primers, since my foundation does most of the work to even out my skin tone. There are also other primers out there with a tint, like green ones that are supposed to counteract redness.
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Ingredients to look for in your face wash!!

BAD INGREDIENTS IN YOUR FACE WASHReading ingredients on the back of a skincare label is something most people don’t do often enough or not at all.

Its one of those things where you may turn the bottle over, take a little peak and wonder what the heck Phenoxyethanol is and move on… never thinking twice.

The top three most common ingredients found in skincare products that should be avoided and why.
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