Wednesday, September 24

DIY Beauty: Homemade Sugar Scrubs for Soft Skin

Homemade Organic Coconut Raspberry & Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrubs

For my birthday this month my sister Carin made me some of the most beautifully decadent sugars scrubs, and I was so delighted when I opened up her present to find two pretty glass jars (she even designed the labels!) filled with her homemade treat. Yes, they're both food grade, organic, and oh so fragrant.

Here's what she used to make them:

~~Coconut Raspberry~~
Coconut Oil
Sugar
Raw Sugar
Raspberries
Coconut Milk
  
~~Cucumber Mint~~
Coconut Oil
Sugar
Cucumber
Mint Extract
Olive Oil

I talked with Carin about her secret recipe, and she told me that it was more about feeling the measurement rather than sticking with rigid amounts. She always starts with the sugar first, followed by the oil, then the nut milk, and lastly the fruits, veggies, and herbs. These keep well in the refrigerator for about three months, and it's best to store them in a dark cold place because this will help to keep the ingredients fresh for longer. One could only keep them for about a month in the bathroom. So it's worth storing them properly.

Now, I've tried these both already and I must say that they're absolutely wonderful! I feel so pampered, and pick out the one that I want depending on my mood. It's easy to just scoop out a little bit, and gently exfoliate with it. Always exfoliate in the shower, because the warm water will loosen up dry skin and it will wash away easily without micro tearing or causing redness. These scrubs work wonders, and leave the skin feeling so soft. They both smell amazing too, and what's so awesome is that they can be eaten because they're all natural. I even had a tiny taste, and yes, they're oh so fun. The oils in the mixture left my skin so soft that I didn't even need to moisturize after I got out of the shower. I was really surprised by that, which was wonderful because then I didn't need to use any more oil.

So definitely try making your own. Be creative with different measurements until you get it exactly how you desire. One could also experiment with different fruits and veggies as well. The possibilities are endless!

Cheers and here's to happy, healthy living.
~Claudia

Tuesday, September 23

A Guide to Seasonal Autumn Produce

California grows about 80-90% of all fruits and vegetables in America, so one can see why these seasons are important. Even if you don't live in California or go to local farmer's markets, this guide can be helpful to anyone that purchases produce from the U.S. Not only does food taste amazing when in season, but purchasing these plants in season also helps sustain a healthy earth because the farming is in tune with nature.

So without further ado, these are some of my favorites that I like to eat in the falltime. They nourish me, and I love going to the markets because I know when I'm suppose to be eating what. If it's at the market then it's in season, and this is also a great way to get the freshest, best-tasting produce year round. It also makes one's diet interesting, because I can't wait to have it again when that time of year comes around.


Here are my autumn favorites:

Apples - Used in vitamin water, eaten raw, minced in dips, as a garnish, juiced for a salad dressing, sliced on salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, frozen as popsicles, and dried for snacks. A great source of vitamin B6, C, K, fiber, magnesium, potassium, and copper. They're also amazing at controlling insulin levels, reducing intestinal disorders, and eliminating heavy metals like lead from the body.

Pears - Used in vitamin water, eaten raw, blended in a salad dressing, diced on salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, frozen as popsicles, and dried for snacks. A great source of vitamin B6, C, K, fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper, phosphorus, and manganese. They're also wonderful for colon health, relieving constipation, and lowering cholesterol levels.

Grapes - Used in vitamin water, eaten raw, blended in a salad dressing, blended in smoothies, juiced, frozen as popsicles, and dried for snacks. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, K, calcium, fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper, phosphorus, manganese, and omega-3 fatty acids. They're also good for the heart, the eyes, and keeping the brain healthy.

Pomegranates - Used in vitamin water, eaten raw, blended in a salad dressing, diced on salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, frozen as popsicles, and dried for snacks. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, K, calcium, fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, protein, copper, and a healthy source of fat. They're also fantastic for maintaining eye health, cancer prevention, and maintaining healthy mucous membranes.

Persimmons - Used in vitamin water, eaten raw, chopped on salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, frozen as popsicles, and dried for snacks. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, E, fiber, magnesium, potassium, copper, phosphorus, and manganese. They're also fabulous for inflammation relief, keeping the skin beautiful, and maintaining healthy mucous membranes.

Radishes - Used in sauces, minced in dips, as a garnish, blended or diced in soups, eaten raw, in salads, blended in smoothies, and juiced. A great source of vitamin B6, C, K, calcium, fiber, sodium, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper, phosphorus, and manganese. They're also excellent for soothing a sore throat, protecting against cancer, and relieving indigestion.

Potatoes - Used in sauces, minced in dips, blended or diced in soups, mashed, baked, and sliced on salads. A great source of vitamin B6, C, K, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, protein, copper, phosphorus, and omega-3 fatty acids. They're also outstanding for lowering blood pressure, cellular renewal, and maintaining a healthy nervous system.

Onions - Used in sauces, minced in dips, as a garnish, in a salad dressing, blended or diced in soups, on salads, and dried for a spice. A great source of vitamin B6, C, K, calcium, fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, protein, copper, phosphorus, and manganese. They're also incredible at regulating blood sugar, reducing inflammation, and healing infections.

Kale - Used in sauces, minced in dips, blended or chopped in soups, blended in a salad dressing, chopped in salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, and dried for snacks. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, K, calcium, fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, protein, copper, phosphorus, and omega-3 fatty acids. It's also terrific for easing lung congestion, detoxifying the liver, and strengthening the immune system.

Broccoli - Used in sauces, eaten raw, blended or chopped in soups, as a garnish, blended in a salad dressing, chopped on salads, and blended in smoothies. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, E, K, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, protein, copper, phosphorus, and manganese. It's also brilliant at preventing cancer, protecting the teeth, and keeping bones healthy.

Shallots - Used in sauces, minced in dips, as a garnish, in a salad dressing, blended or chopped in soups, minced on salads, and dried for a spice. A great source of vitamin A, B6, iron, potassium, and phosphorus. They're also phenomenal for strengthening the immune system, maintaining a healthy heart, and reducing a cold or a fever.

Rosemary - Used in sauces, in vitamin water, as a tea, chewed for fresh breath, in a salad dressing, minced on salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, and dried for a spice. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, iron, and manganese. It's also awesome for improving blood circulation, cancer prevention, and enhancing memory.

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♡ Claudia

Monday, September 22

Emma Watson Discusses Gender Equality


Oh my goodness! I love her even more now. She speaks so eloquently about this matter, and I find it to be very important to pass along. She had me choked up a few times. So give it a watch, and remember you too have this power. We create our world. Be kind and fair to one another. Like she said, we are all human.


Love Claudia xx

Friday, September 12

My First Experience with Raw Chocolate

Chocolatl - Mystic Mint

This chocolate is alive. It says so right on the box, and that is a very beautiful thing. This month I wanted to pamper myself a bit because of my birthday, and get my first ever box of raw chocolate.

I picked out this product because it spoke to me, and let me tell you, it was worth it (I love mint by the way). What a wonderfully intoxicating experience and I truly think that it's magical.

See for yourself. Here are the ingredients:
Raw cacao beans, raw cacao butter, coconut sugar, raw cacao powder, 
5 mushroom blend (reishi, shiitake, mesima, poria, turkey tail), Sol Raiz Organics maca root, 
wild blue-green algae, vanilla bean, oil of mint, Himalayan salt.

Isn't that just amazing! I felt so good after it as well, and I don't think that it was a placebo because it actually stimulates serotonin, endorphins, and anandamide. These are the feel-good chemicals that are released when we're in love (and who doesn't want that! More please; thank you). Raw chocolate is so great because it hasn't been heated or processed. It's made with so much care, and raw cacao is also known to have five times more antioxidants than dark chocolate. It's also very high in lovely minerals like magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc. All of which are amazing for the heart and brain.

So, if you haven't tried some yourself perhaps it's time. Make it special and savor it.
♡ Claudia

Monday, September 1

Look of the Month :: Fall 2014 :: September

Ah September! I'm always so happy when this month rolls around. For me it's very special because it's my birthday month, and what's also cool is that radiant orchid is trending right now.

Why is this so wonderful? Well, because orchid is Princess Zelda's color (she's from my favorite video game), and it's neat that I get to wear it for this month. How serendipitous it is that I get to channel my inner princess for my birthday. Which is so perfect, because radiant orchid has been the color of the year, but I'm now finally getting around to it. It's because it's huge this fall as well, which is nice because bright colors don't usually stick around for the later part of the year. Yes, something so simple makes me happy.

So of course, this mouth is all about that! Have fun with this pretty feminine color. It's great for lips and nails too. Perhaps you'll love it as much as I do.

The current look is:
S E P T E M B E R  2 0 1 4


Color trends for this month:
Radiant orchid, cypress, mauve, white, and aluminum

Current motivation for the look:
 Fall fashion, Princess Zelda of Hyrule, and birthdays


Previous Looks this Year:

J A N U A R Y  2 0 1 4

F E B R U A R Y  2 0 1 4

M A R C H  2 0 1 4

A P R I L  2 0 1 4

M A Y  2 0 1 4

J U N E  2 0 1 4

J U L Y  2 0 1 4

A U G U S T  2 0 1 4 

Please feel free to express yourself as well! Share links, tips, or any other suggestions in the comments. I would love to hear from you.

 xoxo,
~Claudia

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