Friday, July 29, 2011

Homemade Natural Face Mask and Toner

I found this recipe on a YouTube tutorial while I was looking for a natural face mask, and it works really well.


1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons green tea (cooled)
7 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon honey

Mix into a paste and apply it to skin. Rub on gently, and let it sit for 10 minutes.

The apply cider vinegar dissolves dead skin cells, unclogs pores, and detox's the skin. The sugar will exfoliate dead skin and scar tissue. The honey is a natural skin cleanser that is anti-inflammatory, moisturizes, reduces redness, stimulates skin cell renewal, and will firm the skin. The green tea will also detox the skin, as well as repair skin cells and has anti-aging properties.

The mask can be stored in the 'fridge for 1-2 weeks. Use the mask once of twice a week for best results.

1 part apple cider vinegar
2 parts green tea (cooled)
1-2 teaspoons lemon juice (optional.)


Friday, July 1, 2011

Thoughts from our campsite

Ryan and I recently spent a week camping in Maine; our first camping trip together. There were amazing times while we were there (having time together in a beautiful mountainous environment) and not so amazing times while we were there (Ryan had to get 4 stitches in his hand.) One of my favorite parts of the trip were our late night conversations in the tent about all of the distractions in our lives. When you spend a week without any television, radio, phone, texting, and internet you realize how much time these things take up in your daily life. None of these things are inherently bad, but they can become such a distraction from the really important things. Retreating from these things gave us more time to talk, to laugh, to think, and to listen to simple things in life that are so precious. It was so refreshing to have the sound of birds, wind, and rivers take the place of a blaring TV and a phone ringing every 20 minutes.
  It made us realize how much of a role technology plays in our lives, and that we need to stop and examine a few things. What would our lives look like if we started to limit the amount of time the television was on? What would happen if we stopped spending so much of our time online? Would it increase our communication? Would it bring us even closer together? We had a few conversations about what we could do to limit our technology use and hopefully replace that time doing other things. One thing we discussed was how much of the time our TV is on. It's not at all unusual for our television to be on, even when there's nothing on that we want to watch. We realized that we default to having it on, just for the simple sake of having some kind of noise on in the background. When I stop and think about that, it completely baffles me that we default to wanting noise. As much as we are bombarded everyday with noise and chaos, you would think we would want a break from it. We decided we need to change that. From now on, we want to limit our television watching to times when there is something specific on that we actually want to watch. It doesn't make any sense to having it on otherwise. We also decided that we want more time to just be together and talk without any interruptions. We discussed limiting our time online to only using it when there is a specific purpose. Check your email, check your facebook, write on your blog. There's nothing wrong with that. The problem (for us) comes in when we're wasting time surfing the web for the sake of filling time. Wouldn't it be better to fill time interacting with each other rather than a machine?
  Are we making drastic changes? No, not really. We haven't decided to get rid of our TV or our computer. We haven't sworn off facebook or answering the phone after 7:00. We're just starting to recognize small changes we can make that will hopefully benefit our relationship and overall well being. We'll see how it goes, and perhaps our small changes will become bigger ones as we go along.