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Summer Saviors: things around the house that will save you (and your pocket)

11 Apr

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There are a few key items that I like to keep around my house, and that I suggest you do as well.  These include: coconut oil, olive oil, baking soda, and honey (raw). There are so many uses for these items, and it helps to have them handy when treating certain ailments…rather than having to run to the store to buy special or expensive products for each situation.  Here’s some examples that could come in handy this Summer:

  • coconut oil has hundreds of uses… and can come in handy to soothe sunburn and also to as a moisturizer for dry skin. For more uses check out my post under PRODUCTS TO LOVE: Coconut Oil
  • baking soda, when mixed into a paste with a mashed up banana (and scrapings of the peel), and about a fourth of a cup of whole grain oats, makes an awesome remedy for super itchy bug bites! Leave it on for 8-10 minutes and rinse off. Major relief and no worries of any harmful chemicals on the skin!
  • raw honey prevents infections around wounds, and can be used as a sunburn treatment when mixed with a mashed up cucumber and a few teaspoons of aloe…just use enough honey to keep the mixture from running off the skin.
  • olive oil also has many uses, and is great for its moisturizing properties.  It works amazingly as a hot oil treatment for frizzy hair! Just heat the oil to slightly warm in a heat safe container and dip your hair in it, then wrap up in a shower cap and warm towel and let sit for 20-30 minutes. Then rinse with warm water and shampoo (probably twice to make sure you get all out).  And viola! Super soft and silky tresses!

Just some uses that are inexpensive and can help get you through the Summer!  I’d love to hear about how you use them…

 

Make your own organic salsa garden!

21 Mar

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If you love salsa or gardening or just being outside, this project is for you!  Personally, i eat salsa with or on almost every meal, and started growing my own salsa garden last year.  I love the freshness of the salsa when it comes straight from my own garden!  I also get to choose exactly what type of ingredients are put into the salsa, so I chose to grow all organic seeds in organic soils. So here’s what you need to do:

  • Plan out a garden space including areas for each type of plant (I planted tomatoes, tomatillos, garlic, basil, cilantro, green and red chilies, bell peppers, and jalapenos) and make sure that it will receive at least SIX hours of sunlight each day.

Here’s an example (they used a few different plants but you get the idea):Image

  • Buy your seeds ahead of time, some seeds can be planted/sown indoors 6-8 weeks     before being transplanted outdoors.  I started my chili peppers, bell peppers, tomatoes, and basil indoors in a mini greenhouse..they sell starter pellets or starter kits at any garden shop.
  • Dig out your garden space a few inches down and make sure the soil is ready for planting.
  • Plant your seeds according to the package they came in, making sure there is no threat of a frost (usually around May-June) and also transplant the started plants outdoors carefully. I use eco-friendly starter pots that can be planted directly into the ground and covered with soil.  Make sure you plant the garden around 2 months before you plan to harvest your ingredients.
  • Water your garden as needed and when it does not rain
  • Harvest your ingredients and wash before making them into a delicious salsa of your choice! YUMMY!

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