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Nail Tips

Nail suppliesAlright, y’all know I like to DIY so of course I do my own nails, right? (Well 95% of the time. Sometimes you just gotta treat yourself to a REAL mani/pedi) Since I have been doing my own nails for the past twenty years, I have picked up a few good tips along the way from trial & error, friends, and yup, you guessed it- Pinterest.

Once your nails are clean from previous polish, cut and file your nails. I have found that polish doesn’t chip as quickly on a freshly cut nail.

Next, rub a vinegar soaked cotton ball over your nails. Pinterest says it will keep your polish on longer and I believe it. vinegar

Paint a thin coat of polish on, then LET IT DRY COMPLETELY before adding second coat. Proper drying is key to having smooth, smudge-free nails.

Also, I’m pretty biased about brands of polish. I have tried them all, from .99 cents to $9 and by far, the absolute best polish is OPI. (I’ve purchased a few on eBay for half the price!) Use a clear top coat once the color is completely dry.

OPI Heart Throb

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DIY Eye Makeup Remover

coconut oil makeup removerI ran out of eye makeup remover one night and I absolutely hate to sleep in mascara. That’s when I remembered hearing about using coconut oil as eye makeup remover. (What can coconut oil NOT do, right?!? Oh yeah, you can’t shave with it.)

Well I tried the coconut oil and it worked amazingly well. I have been doing this for several months now to make sure the honeymoon stage would last and it has! I am happy to report I have been very pleased with my results as I remove my makeup each night and I hope you will be too.

First, get about a dime size of coconut oil on your fingers.

dime-sized coconut oil

 

Rub onto each eye in a circular motion.

rub in circles

 

Admire your raccoon likeness in the mirror.

raccoon eyes

Use a clean cotton ball to wipe away the residue.

wipe away residue

And ta-da! Works like a charm. Every time.

I also stopped using face wash so I keep my coconut oil close by and wash my face with a little bit mixed with corn meal. You can read about my first experiment with that here.

Let me know what you think!
~Janna

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Peach Crisp Smoothie

Peach Crisp SmoothieYuuuuum this peach crisp smoothie is GOOD! I can drink this for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and feel full and satisfied as if I ate dessert. 😉 It is the perfect amount of sweet and it is packed with healthy things. So if you like peaches and you want an easy smoothie recipe, lets get started!

The ingredients:

Peach Crisp Ingredients

  • 1 banana (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 1/2-2 peaches (frozen or fresh)
  • 1/4 cup dry oatmeal
  • 1 handful walnuts (my hand is the size of a 5 year old child)
  • honey to taste depending on your sweet tooth (I squeeze the bottle around in a circle 8 times)
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup water

Blend that baby up and enjoy!

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No Shampoo

first baking soda washI’ve been on a mission to ditch my shampoo over the last couple of months. Ew, gross, totally weird, right? Yeah.

It all started when a friend of mine shared this blog post with me. I learned a lot and was fascinated by the idea of washing my hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar, so I found another blog post that gave me even more information and an increased desire to try it out.

Both bloggers talk about the greasy effect it can have on your hair if you cut out shampoo cold turkey, so this is what I have done:

I have washed my hair twice a week over the past 6 weeks. One wash was with shampoo, and the other wash was with baking soda. After a baking soda wash, some days were good; I was super in love with my hair and totally bad mouthing shampoo. But then there were times when I wondered how I ever thought ditching shampoo was gonna work. The biggest problem I’ve had  is consistency. Why does my hair look awesome with the baking soda wash sometimes and waxy/greasy other days?

Well I’ve really been trying to work out the kinks so I could share what I learned and this is what I have come up with…

  1.  Get your baking soda to water ratio right with this bloggers recipe.
  2.  Comb AAAALLLLLLL the tangles out of your hair BEFORE you wash it. (Muy Importante.)
  3.  Rinse rinse rinse and rinse some more. And then rinse again because you probably still have baking soda up in there.
  4. Wash hair in a bath tub rather than shower to get the full force of the water pressure to push out the baking soda residue.

week 3 washI love the apple cider vinegar as conditioner, and I use it every time I wash my hair. There is absolutely no trace of vinegar smell once I rinse it out. My hair feels healthy and I’ve noticed that I shed less in the shower when I don’t use traditional shampoo & conditioner. Another bonus is that I can go longer in between washes, which is probably the main reason why I am trying to make this thing work!

Basically I’m still trying to figure it out and would love for you to tell me if you’ve tried this before. Give me your tips, tricks, and advice if you have any pleeeeeeease. I’m looking forward to it. 🙂

PS- Even if you are in love with your shampoo, just try this method at least once. The first time I washed with baking soda and apple cider vinegar, my hair felt AMAZING. It was like a deep cleanse for my hair. All the product buildup that I hadn’t even known existed prior was gone. Let me know what you think!

~Janna

**UPDATE: I have officially weaned myself off of traditional shampoo. When I originally blogged this “No Shampoo” post, I wasn’t 100% confident it could work. But after much trial and error, I have succeeded! I have solved the problems I was experiencing with occasional dry/waxy/greasy hair. Two reasons: 1) I’m embarrassed to say that I simply wasn’t using enough of the baking soda mixture and 2) I was only using the apple cider vinegar rinse on the ends of my hair. 

The solution? 1) After completely combing through my dry hair, I run clean bath water over it, then squeeze the baking soda bottle onto my head, starting at my forehead hairline and move in a straight line towards the back of my head. I do this to about 6-8 sections of my head, from ear to ear, then from the nape of my neck up towards the back of my head. Baking Soda Method 2) Rinse, rinse, rinse that out. 3) I squeeze the apple cider vinegar mixture onto my head in the same way that I used the baking soda. My hair is never waxy, dry, or greasy. It is so soft and clean feeling, I LOVE this method! Please try it! 

 

**SECOND UPDATE December 17, 2014** Sadly, I am back to conventional shampoo. My skin started having ridiculous breakouts and it seems as though the baking soda was throwing off my pH levels. If baking soda works for you, keep using it! I have heard of celebrities swearing by it. Unfortunately it does not work for me. You win some, you lose some!

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