Homemade Body Recipes

“Go natural” hair care remedies

Are you interested in trying out some natural homemade hair care remedies? Are you tired of putting more chemicals in your hair? Natural is better. Less chemicals is better. Natural and less chemicals = non-toxic… yes, yes! Better.

If you can ingest it, then you can bet it’s safe and non toxic for your body and hair. Here are some homemade hair care recipes that you can try if you are interested in  “going natural” and non-toxic:

*Olive Oil hot oil treatment: Do you have dry and damaged hair? If so, this olive oil hot oil treatment is the one for you. Olive oil contains fatty acids that coat the hair and moisturize it. It also protects your hair from further damage. Here is how it works. Heat a tablespoon of Olive oil in the microwave until warm. Make sure it is not too hot. About 10 to 15 seconds should be good. Then apply the oil on dry hair and cover with a shower cap or towel. Leave the oil on for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and shampoo as usual.

*Baking soda hair exfoliater: Do you have product build up on your hair? Excessive build up feels yucky and looks kind of gross (I must say).  Get rid of that build up by using this baking soda hair exfoliater. Baking soda contains sodium bicarbonate which is a great exfoliater. It helps remove all that build up on your hair due to overuse of hair products. Here’s how you use it. Add a tablespoon of baking soda to a quarter sized squirt of shampoo. Shampoo your hair as usual, concentrating on the roots. Rinse. This recipe should remove all the residue from product build up.

*Apple cider vinegar hair rinse: Do you want shiny hair? I know I do. Apple cider vinegar helps remove product residue and excessive oil. What’s the result? Shiny hair. Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water and pour it over your hair after shampooing. Wait about 2 minutes, then rinse. Don’t worry. Your hair won’t smell like vinegar all day (but your bathtub might.)

*Tea Tree scalp massager: Do you have an itchy scalp? Don’t you hate that feeling? Tea Tree Oil is a natural antifungal and antiseptic. It helps eliminate bacteria and dandruff flakes. Add a few drops to your shampoo and massage into scalp. Leave on hair for about 5 minutes. Feel the tingle. It’s like a massage for your scalp. Rinse. Refreshed.

Try these natural remedies for your hair. You’ll be happy that you did.

Happy Day!

Today I am grateful for all things natural.


2017 L.A. Cookie Con

We attended the L.A. Cookie Con and Sweets Show which was held at the L.A. Convention Center in Downtown L.A. This event took place on February 18th and 19th. We went to the Saturday session on February 18th. The Cookie Con and Sweets Show is a great convention to attend if you are a baker or a sweets and baked goods lover (and who doesn’t love sweets ?!?)

At this convention, you have a chance to buy and sample baked goods and sweets, learn baking techniques, participate in classes and meet celebrity guests. This year, the celebrity guests included Food Network star Duff Goldman from “Cakemasters” and “Ace of Cakes”, online personality Elise Strachan of “My Cupcake Addiction” and Youtuber Rosanna Pansino of “Nerdy Nummies”.

We had a VIP Saturday pass admission. This VIP ticket allows you to be admitted at 9 a.m. before General Admission. It also includes an official tote bag and access to 2 VIP rooms. We arrived at around 8:45 and there was already a long line of VIPs waiting to enter the Cookie Con. They were all lined up along the wall and the line looked pretty long. We had to walk all the way to the registration booths first to get our tote bag and VIP wristband. In the tote bag was a unicorn cookie cutter and a go-go squeeze. Then we had to fall back in line with the other VIPs. By this time, the VIP line had grown a great deal. We had to wait a long time. By the time we got in, it was already 10:00 a.m. I don’t know how this compares to the general admission tickets, but I feel that waiting for almost an hour to get in is way too long. I didn’t feel like a VIP, I felt like an RIP (Regular Important Person). I think what happened is that they sold ALOT of VIP tickets, so there were just too many of us. More people, longer line, longer wait. And really, I don’t mind waiting, I think it is expected. However, if you buy a VIP ticket, there is probably an expectation that you get to breeze right in, not wait for almost an hour to get in. General admission is actually fine with me. But we were given the VIP tickets, so we were fortunate to have that experience. I am still grateful and it was totally worth the wait.

The entrance in went pretty fast once they opened the doors to us. Once in, we were handed a box to put all our sweets and goodies in. The first place we walked to was the Decorator’s Showcase Competition. The Dessert Table Championships theme was Sci-Fi and there were 3 categories: superhero, bizarre and wedding. The competition was hosted by Duff Goldman, Food Network star of “Ace of Cakes” and creator and executive chef of “Charm City Cakes”.

There were entries by Shelbys Cookie Art (Instagram @Shelbyscookieart), Torrance Bakery, and Elegant and Modern Design, LLC. (Instagram: @elegantandmodern)

After that, we headed over to the Kids Zone. Mad Cap Balloons had a booth so my son got a chef hat made from balloons.

Then we met Miss Melissa of Baking with Melissa. She is super nice! I was so excited to meet her because I’ve been following her on Instagram and I love what she does. She does in home baking parties for kids and teens. I love seeing her photos of happy kids baking, being creative and decorating cookies and cupcakes. At the convention, she had a cookie decorating booth for kids. Check out her Instagram @bakingwithmelissa.

Also at the Kids Zone, there was a Num Noms booth and giveaway!

My son, Josh and I spun the wheel and won some really cool prizes.I won a Num Noms starter pack and my son won a mystery pack!

Josh said that his favorite part about the convention was spinning the wheels at different booths and winning prizes. My favorite part was walking around and seeing what each booth had to offer.

I will definitely be back next year.


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Try these natural healing scents of essential oils

A great natural remedy for any ailment are the healing scents of essential oils. You can use these scents to help feel more alert or to sleep better. Here are 5 healing scents that you can use today:

1. The scent of peppermint essential oil can help you feel more alert or have more energy. Here are 25 peppermint oil uses by Dr. Axe. Top 25 peppermint oil uses and benefits by draxe.com.

2. The scent of lavender helps you sleep better and relax. Here are 13 uses for lavender oil by Mind Body Green. 13 uses for Lavender Oil by mindbodygreen.com

3. Ginger helps ease and reduce nausea. You can also drink it! Here’s a recipe by About.com on how to make homemade ginger tea.

4. Grapefruit helps curb your appetite. Inhaling grapefruit oil inhibits a key gastric nerve. This can help reduce hunger pangs.

5. Sniffing Eucalyptus oil can help diminish nasal congestion.

Enjoy your healing scents.

Today I am grateful for health and healing.