Health & Lifestyle

Farmhouse Style Foaming Hand Soap to Make Yourself in Peppermint Mocha!

I have an awesome DIY recipe for you to make your own Peppermint Mocha foaming hand soap in an adorable Farmhouse Style dispenser!

This is super easy and convenient, plus shall I say fun to make? It really is enjoyable to mix up your own hand soap. When you have the simple ingredients handy, you can make it all year round. This is a safe way to wash your hands without any chemicals or unwanted toxins going onto your hands. We all have been washing our hands a lot lately!

This peppermint mocha essential oil mixture smells good enough to eat! My favorite kind of soap!

Here’s how to make it and where to get these super cute, glass farmhouse dispensers.

Farmhouse Style Foaming Hand Soap in Peppermint Mocha

Ingredients:

1 Glass Farmhouse Style Foaming Dispenser or other 12 oz. size foaming dispenser

1/4 Cup of Liquid Castile Baby Unscented Soap

1 Tablespoon of Aloe Vera Gel (optional) this is soothing to the hands. this one is EWG Verified as some have unwanted preservatives

1 Teaspoon of Fractionated Coconut Oil (this is a liquid coconut oil not a solid, solid will not work)

4 Drops of Coffee Essential Oil (here)

4 Drops of Vanilla Essential Oil

3 Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil

1 Cup of Distilled Water

Directions: Mix together all the ingredients except for the Distilled water in a 2 cup glass measuring cup. Add the Distilled Water to the 12 oz. line and mix with a whisk.

Pour the hand soap into your dispenser. That’s it. It’s ready to use.

You will enjoy this uplifting aroma every time you wash your hands!

How I’m Cleaning Up My Beauty Products and Why

Good Morning! I have taken on a new endeavor and am really excited about it! My goal is to educate, provide recipes and healthy living tips to improve the lives and health of as many people as possible because you all deserve it and it makes people feel great, and that in turn makes me feel good to spread health and happiness. I’ve been on my own health journey as well and know how important it is to take care of all aspects of our lives.

I believe you deserve to feel good and look good using products that are safe and promote your health. I value clean beauty products and have been striving to have my home be as toxin free as I can. When we know better, we do better, and it’s certainly been a journey for me.

One of the things I love about Beauty Counter is they are passionate about making a change for cleaner beauty by being involved in changing the laws so there is more transparency and honesty in what is being put in products that we use on ourselves and our families. Currently the FDA doesn’t regulate the beauty industry. That means a lot of bad stuff can be in what we use without any disclosure. Our skin is our largest organ, and we absorb what we put on it. Beauty Counter is completely transparent and has an 1,800 list of toxic ingredients that they NEVER use. You can also look all their products up on EWG Skin Deep, and they are all rated very safe. You can find EWG here. https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ Beauty Counter products are verified which means when you see the EWG VERIFIED™ mark on a product, you will know that the product meets EWG’s strictest criteria for transparency and health. This is a great resource to research products you are currently using including household products.

You can take a look at Beauty Counter products here to see why I’m so excited. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions. I am happy to answer you, and if I don’t know the answer, I will find out for you.

https://www.beautycounter.com/sandrashields

I’ve been thinking about what to share first about Beauty Counter, and my favorite color intense lipstick seemed a good starting point. I am on my second tube of the shade 9 to 5. Here’s my before and after pics of the shade on me. I put a graphic below to show how the shades look beautiful on all skin tones. Beauty Counter tests for heavy metals in all their products so you aren’t putting them on your body or in your body as you can with anything you put on your lips and skin. This lipstick comes in a twist up tube in 8 different shades from neutrals to statement red! It has jojoba to moisturize, soothe and condition. My lips never feel dry with this, and you get color with just one swipe. Carnauba Wax gives you hydration and a very subtle shine. This lipstick is long wearing. There is natural peppermint oil in it for a subtle refreshing flavor. It is gluten free, certified vegan and cruelty free. ♥️ When you go to the link to Beauty Counter above, you can sign up for email and get 10% off your first order.

Bare lip before applying 9 to 5

What kind of makeup demos would you like me to do?

9 to 5 Color Intense Lipstick comes in a twist up tube

The shades of color intense on different skin tones

I look forward to sharing more about Beauty Counter and other healthy home and living tips with you soon. Stay tuned for more …..and more recipes coming too as always!

Glowing Skin, Healthy Inside and Out, and Perfectly Posh Clean Ingredients

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It’s all about that inner glow! You can see it in the eyes. That’s why we can all smile with our eyes while wearing masks. Isn’t it funny Starbucks and many other establishments are teaching employees to smile with their eyes? I mean, I love that when people’s smiles reach their eyes. 👁

There are always benefits to drinking water, 💧 eating healthy food, taking time to relax, hugs!!!….I definitely am missing those from my Grandkids and others lately.

So, we glow with happiness, look healthiest if we are eating well and staying hydrated, moving our bodies, getting enough sleep, and have a positive mindset.

It’s also pretty amazing what quality products can do to enhance your skin. Science has come a Loooong way on that. There is just something so nice about having a skin care routine that keeps your face looking healthy and vibrant! Dry or overly oily skin is uncomfortable. Preventing premature aging…..not aging is a kindness we can show ourselves. We all age. Perfectly Posh has some of the best face care products out there, without the bad stuff that kind of defeats the purpose of a healthy inner glow if you are putting toxins in. Clean ingredients here always! We even have a product that nourishes while reducing the appearance of oily skin…Under Control. It’s great for men and women.

So age beautifully, be your best version of yourself, and also take good care of your face and eyes, which we will all be showing the most of for a while yet.

If you have any questions about what products are best for your skin type, reach out and chat with me. I’d love to connect with you and help. You can find all Perfectly Posh products through the link at the top of my home page. As your consultant, I am here to help. 🙂

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Boost Your Immune System Naturally With Food!

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Food is medicine, or it can be depending on what you eat.

Food can boost your immune system when you choose to eat a whole foods, healthy diet, and there are certain ones you can make sure you are incorporating into your meals daily to boost and keep your immune system strong!

I also have a few supplements I use year round that are immune boosting, however, a healthy diet is the single most important thing you can do for yourself to be your healthiest for a lifetime!

Here are some of the things you can eat every day for a strong immune system:

Citrus – choose oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes. Not only are they full of vitamin C, but also flavanoids, especially the peel. So, zest the oranges, lemons and limes and use them in cooking. Eat the whole fruit of oranges and grapefruit, and squeeze lemons and limes into your glass of water.

Don’t forget to eat berries and other fruits too in addition to citrus! There are many benefits to a variety of fruits and vegetables. Your body will get what it needs, to use when it needs it, by regularly eating healthy, whole foods.

Vegetables – Shoot for at least seven servings a day of veggies. Make sure you are eating a variety of them too, including cruciferous ones like broccoli, cabbage, bok choy and Brussels sprouts. They are rich in Vitamin C, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals.

Green Tea – The polyphenols in green tea are potent antioxidants! The catechins in green tea may kill influenza viruses. Try my matcha green tea latte here every morning to start your day.

Garlic – We have known for centuries that garlic has medicinal uses. The allicin in garlic converts to sulfur containing compounds that boost our disease fighting response.

Raw Honey – Raw, unpasturized honey has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that can help to boost your immune system and fight sickness. My favorite is Manuka, but any raw honey is helpful.

Probiotic Rich Foods – They keep your gut flora population healthy. Choose foods that don’t have added sugar. Plain Greek yogurt with a little honey or maple syrup stirred in by yourself. One of my favorite probiotic rich vegetables is Kimchi.

Supplements are another way you can keep your immune system strong and boost it. It is best to add these to an already healthy diet and not use them as a bandaid for poor eating.

This is what I use for myself year round:

Elderberry Syrup – It is packed with antioxidants and vitamins. A teaspoon a day, and it tastes delicious. I put it in my smoothies.

Vitamin C – One of the biggest immune boosters. Vitamin C fights free radicals in the body.

A High Quality, Organic Greens Powder: I LOVE Organifii Green Juice Powder. It contains Ashwagandha wich is an adaptogenic herb that improves immunity. It also contains matcha green tea and lots of greens!

Remember, real food will give your body what it needs to keep you healthy, vibrant and living your best life!

Blessings!

Sam

 

What’s In Season for August

What's In Season in August

August is a time of year when the fresh fruits and vegetables are at their peak! This is a great time to eat your fill of all the freshness the season has to offer and enjoy all the nutrient rich benefits of a large variety of colorful, fresh food.
I have put together a list for you to pin, share and inspire you!
How would you use some of these? Share with me in the comments and share this post with friends who love good food!

The Health Benefits of Sweet Cherries

Health Benefits of Sweet Cherries

The cherries are in season, so now is a good time to enjoy them, freeze them at their peak to enjoy all winter and to reap the health benefits of this delicious stone fruit!

 

Let’s talk about the benefits of sweet cherries!

 

Some of my favorite benefits of cherries are the compounds that help improve sleep naturally (they contain natural melatonin). If you want the benefit of better sleep, have a serving an hour before bedtime. 

 

Cherries also contain anti-inflammatory properties, and they inhibit oxidative stress. It is always a good idea to eat foods that decrease inflammation in our bodies that can lead to a variety of diseases and health problems, and oxidative stress leads to premature aging and puts you at a higher risk for cancer, neurodegenerative disease and diabetes.

 

The red color of the cherries is from Anthocyanins which are a class of antioxidants that research shows can benefit our bodies in several ways. Anthocyanins are anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-microbial and neuroprotective. Anthocyanins can rev up fat burning and decrease fat storage. The polyphenols in cherries are a boost to heart health and aid in exercise recovery.

 

As with any fruit, stick to reasonable serving sizes.

 

1 Cup of Sweet Cherries has 90 calories, 22 g of carbs and 17 grams of sugars.

 

Sweet Cherries are highly palatable and tasty just as they are. This stone fruit is a good source of vitamins, minerals and fiber, especially Vitamin C and Potassium. They are wonderful atop a salad, as a snack, chopped up and made into a salsa to go with a meal as a topping, in a breakfast bowl, in a homemade cherry bbq sauce, use them to make homemade popsicles or in broccoli salad. There are so many creative ways to use them as part of a healthy, well balanced diet and the benefits are worth your attention.

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Resistance to Healthy Eating Goals from Family and Friends

 

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Don’t Let Family and Friend’s Resistance of Your Healthy Eating Goals Sabotage You.
I’ve been there. Change is hard no matter what it is. Humans do not like to be uncomfortable, and change disrupts the apple cart.
Psychological analysis of why someone you care about is so upset by what You choose to put in your mouth is written about a lot, but the truth is there is an array of reasons depending on the relationship.
What you eat and how it will make You feel about yourself, your energy, your health, your looks, your vitality, your pain, your future ultimately affects you! 


Food is such a hot button, and it draws the lines between friends and family and cuts loose a slew of judgement and opinions on both sides.


So what are the facts? 


Healthy Eating and choosing foods that support your body and well being will make you:


Less Bloated
Mentally Sharper
More Energetic
Leaner with more Muscle Mass
Create Healthier Cells Going Forward
Give You the best form of Whole Food Nutrients
A Better Chance of Dying of Old Age
Blood Sugar Regulation
Supportive of the Health of the Next Generation through example
Better Mood
Glowing Skin


I’m interested. What have you found to be the biggest challenge socially or with family that keeps you stuck eating food that really doesn’t serve you?

I always love to hear from you!
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Sandra Shields, Health Coach

Today is National Bath Day, Benefits of a Bath

Today is National Bath Day!
There are plenty of reasons to take a bath instead of a shower, and with Posh cleaner beauty products you can indulge yourself with scents that fit your own personal preference. It’s a great feeling to choose your own customized bath essentials and have them on hand for bath days!
Here are eight proven benefits of a bath! I personally don’t need these to motivate me, but it sure is nice to know all the health benefits!

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  1. Improves Heart Health with warm, not too hot, water. (consult a doctor if you have a heart condition)
  2. Helps you breathe easier
  3. Reduces Pain and Inflammation and Calms your Nervous System
  4. Improves Digestion
  5. Helps in the Early Stages of Labor
  6. Increases Blood Flow
  7. Cleanses and Moisturizes Skin, Hair and Eyes
  8. Helps you sleep better
If you like a bath bomb in your bath, Perfectly Posh has 3 Different Fizi 6 packs to choose from: Energizing, Calming or Nourishing.
If you are more of a bath salts person, you can choose from Four: Bubble Up, Muscle Through, Sleepy Sleep or Cold on Hold…
and there are many different lotions, scrubs, body serums and butters to choose from, based on which scents and consistencies appeal to you, after a bath!
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If you are interested in the Perfectly Posh bath products I mentioned, I am a consultant for them, and you can view and shop here:
Also, if you are interested in becoming a consultant for Perfectly Posh and representing cleaner skin and body care products that are fun, lovely and effective cleaner beauty choices, contact me and I would be happy to talk to you about why I love being part of Perfectly Posh!
Have a beautiful day!

Hello June!

Well, Hello June!

This is a month that has so much going for it. The month of graduations, vacations, school ending, wedding season, and blooms and greenery abound! June escorts Summer in. I am quite fond on June!

It is a time of year when there are so many fresh, light and juicy whole food options to choose from. We can take care of our bodies and skin from the inside out. Choose great nutrient dense food to make your skin glow and give you long term energy, then choose the right products for your skin to protect it and keep it fresh.

Here is a roundup of nutrient rich recipes to give you that glow from the inside out, and then further below, my Summer skin care routine!

Good Morning Gorgeous! Smoothie Bowl

Kale Kiwi Green Smoothie

Zucchini Tomato Quiche

Paleo Energy Bars

Chesapeake Crab Cakes

Greek Salad with Grilled Skewered Salmon

Lemon Baked Cod with Cucumber Plum Salsa

Tuna Avocado Egg Wraps with Gremolata and Aioli

Delicate Butter Lettuce Salad with Raspberries, Orange and Almonds

Mango Cashew Chicken Salad

Mermaid Vibes Salad

Blackberry Phyto Blast Salad

Fresh Peach Salsa

Avocado Fries and Dip

Lacinato Kale with Garlic and Almonds

Quick Sauteed Beet Greens with Pecans

Mango Banana Blender Ice Cream

Raw Blueberry Energy Bars

Your skin changes with the seasons, so it’s always a good idea to revamp and address your skin care when you enter a different time of year.

This is what I am using for the Summer. It is ultra nourishing! Never Grow Up is from the Look Natural line of Perfectly Posh.

I feel like this serum is a blast of vitamins for my face! There are so many nutrients in it, and it is lightweight, so it soaks in quickly. This is what a great serum should do! Then I apply Never Grow Up Face Creme after giving the serum a minute or two to soak in. Apply your serum before moisturizer and/or sunscreen. Sunscreen is a must for Summer, and year round is the best.  For my eyes, I am using Prize on the Eyes, and I love Bare It All Micellar Tonic which is a three in one makeup remover, cleanser and moisturizer. I especially like to use it as a toner at the end of the day, so if I miss any traces of makeup, it helps me out, plus adds softness.

So there you have it! Some great tools to start your June off on the right foot! Have a fun and safe month! Do some things you love, and make some of these recipes to keep yourself nourished and feeling your best so you can embrace the season!

*This post has affiliate links in it. I am a Perfectly Posh Consultant which is a naturally based company with some wonderful products to pamper yourself and take care of your skin without parabens, sls, and other unnatural ingredients. Thank you for visiting my blog! It means a lot to me! 🙂

 

 

 

 

DIY Whipped Honey & Coconut Oil Facial Cleanser

Whipped Honey and Coconut Oil Facial Cleanser

You can make a gentle cleansing wash for your face that even removes makeup and is good for the most sensitive of skin with just a few ingredients in your kitchen.

Coconut oil is antibacterial, contains vitamin E and nourishing fatty acids and melts away dirt and makeup.

Manuka Honey is used in hospitals for wound care, is naturally healing for the skin and reduces inflammation, redness and irritation.

Avocado Oil also has beneficial properties for the skin including Vitamin E, Omega 3 fatty acids, and Vitamins . It also has sterolins which can boost collagen production and keep your skin supple and soft.

Optional beneficial additions to this face wash recipe is:

Lavender Essential Oil – Acne, Dry Skin, Wrinkles

Frankincense Essential Oil – Large Pores, Lifts and Tightens

Ylang, Ylang Essential Oil – If your skin is irritated or red

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup of Coconut Oil

2 Tablespoons of Manuka Honey (I used this K-16 Factor)

1 Tablespoon of Avocado Oil

Optional Essential Oils:

1 drop of Lavender

1 drop of Ylang Ylang

1 drop of Frankincense

You can use the oils interchangeably or 3 drops of just one kind.

Directions:

Whip the Coconut Oil with a hand held mixer in a bowl for one minute. Then, add in the Manuka Honey and Avocado Oil. Beat until nice and creamy. Finally add in the essential oils if you choose and blend.

Store the face wash in a glass jar.

To Use: Scoop out about a half tablespoon of the face wash and massage it into your face in circular motions to cleanse. Rinse with warm water. Pat your face dry gently. Follow with Serum and Moisturizer.

I recommend this natural serum and facial moisturizer as part of your skin care routine that is full of vitamins and has no artificial fragrances

Never Grow Up Serum and Moisturizer

Never Grwo Up Serum

Never Grow Up Face Creme

Enjoy this wash recipe!

 

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