How To: Tea Tree Essential Oil

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My It Works! Tea Trea oil is joining my medicine cabinet of essentials!

Essential oils seem to be all the rage, but it can be hard to figure out what on earth all of the different oils are and what they do. An absolutely essential oil to have on hand is tea tree oil! It has antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiseptic and antiviral properties that make it perfect for a million and a half home remedies!

So, how can you use tea tree oil?

Treat acne

If you ever get hormonal acne then this is something you need to keep on hand! Hormonal acne is the painful acne under the skin that typically doesn’t have a head. It hurts, lasts forever, and bleeds if you do try to pop it. Use tea tree oil as a spot treatment by putting a small amount on a q-tip and applying to any problem area to clear up acne quickly (and cheaply!).

Get rid of dandruff

Every not and then I get dandruff, and it’s so embarassing! I wish I had found this earlier instead of fighting an endless battle with shampoos. Just put a drop or two in your shampoo when you shower. That’s it!

P.S. If you have kiddos you can also use this to get rid of lice!

Clean your home without all the chemicals!

That’s right! Just mix 10 drops with 4oz of purified water to get an all-natural all-purpose cleaner! It is especially good for getting any sticky residue (think stickers and tape) because the oil acts as an emulsifier and allows the water to combine with the stick!

Say “bye bye bye” to stinky feet

Having smelly feet can be incredibly embarrassing, and tea tree oil is a simple way to help alleviate the problem! Use a cotton ball to apply tea tree oil all over those puppies when they’re especially ripe. Don’t forget the spaces between your toes! The area between your toes is a perfect breeding ground for the bacteria that cause the stink.

Use it in your defuser!

One of my coworkers recently brought an infuser into the office and I’m mildly obsessed (and searching for my own on Amazon!). The diffuser is going to come in handy once cold season hits because having tea tree oil in the air helps fight bacterial infections and can loosen up chest congestion. I’m definitely going to be trying this tea tree oil trick in the fall!

What are your favorite essential oils? Any home remedies that you swear by? Let me know in the comments!

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Perfectly Posh Review!

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My friend Mary recently become a Perfectly Posh consultant, which means I’ve gotten to try a bunch of different goodies! While I haven’t worked my way through all of my samples I wanted to share a few products that I really loved and would recommend!

My Favorites!

All I’ve Avo Wanted

I did not expect to love this nearly as much as I do. The first time I used it was on a hot sweaty day, and it wasn’t exactly the oil-sucking experience I was used to. However, this stuff has come in absolute clutch on calming my skin down after sunburns! It doesn’t leave my face feeling sticky like aloe vera and I know it’s not going to clog up my pores. I also used it after a mask mishap. I tend to have sensitive skin and tried a new mask which set my face on fire. After applying this stuff the redness and pain was gone shortly after. I’m excited to buy a bottle of this for the winter!

Gender Bender

I was excited to try this product mainly because I’m on the hunt for a face wash for my boyfriend. He’s definitely a “one soap for everything” man and I’m trying to move him away from that. I don’t think I’ll win the conditioner battle, but maybe I can get him to use face wash! Mary recommended this stuff because her husband loves it, and I can see why! It has a yummy, manly smell to it, and when I use it to wash my face I definitely feel nice and clean afterwards! It also comes in a body wash, which I believe is being discontinued so be sure to grab it before it’s gone!

BFF: Best Face Forever

Because I have sensitive skin I’m always weary of exfoliators but this one was surprisingly nice! I don’t think I could use it every day just because it was a little scratchy, but it’s definitely something to consider adding in to the weekly routine.

Products I Can’t Wait to Try!

Beach Body

After my weekend at the Ozark…I’m pretty sunburnt. This morning I noticed the beginnings of some peeling (gross!) so I’m planning on busting out my sample of this in the next few days! I also think this will be great in winter. My skin gets really dry in the winter and I always get these annoying dry skin bumps. I’m interested to see if that will help with those as well! 🙂

Yo Go, Coco!

I’ve transitioned over to being a bar soap fan, and when I finish up with my bar of Dove I’m going to give this a try! I love that bar soaps don’t have a ton of packaging, which means I don’t make a ton of garbage. Perfectly Posh has a TON of bath bars that I will be slowly making my way through.

Perk! Skin Stick

Apparently this skin stick can help soothe headache & neckaches – and I am all about that! Working a desk job means a lot of staring at a computer screen, and that tends to lend itself to some headaches (from the lights) and neck pain (from my mediocre posture).

 

Healthy Tuna Salad Recipe

Healthy Tuna Salad Recipe

After trying a coworker’s tuna salad at work (and realizing that I actually didn’t hate tuna!) I decided to hit up Pinterest to find a healthy recipe to try! Pinterest didn’t disappoint and I was able to find a recipe I liked and make my own tweaks. IMG-1835

The ingredient list was short (which is key to me actually giving it a try) and I had almost all of it on hand. This is a great recipe to throw together on a Sunday night to take to lunch for the week! The recipe below makes 2-4 servings depending on how much you eat and how you eat it. I packed it in my lunch on Monday with some bread to toast and make a sandwich with and only needed half of the container! I’m planning on finishing off the rest of the salad with some wheat thins later this week.

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp mayo (I used Kraft’s Mayo with olive oil! It’s my favorite and lets me pretend it’s healthier than it is)
  • 1 5 oz can of tuna
  • 1 small apple, diced
  • 1 tsp chopped onion (I used a spice, otherwise you could use 1/4 of a real onion!)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Lemon juice to taste
Instructions
This is super simple! Once you chop your apple and drain your can of tuna you will add all of the ingredients to a bowl and mix. Once it’s mixed take a taste and add salt, pepper and lemon juice. Done!

Going off the (WiFi) grid!

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In my last blog post I mentioned that I was making a 1st world life altering change and getting rid of the internet in my apartment (though I do still have my smart phone…so it’s not like I went cold turkey).

I’ve been without wifi for a couple weeks now, so I thought I would post about my experience in case anyone has been considering doing the same. I’m a fan of pros and cons lists, so that’s how I’m going to break it down.

Pros:

1. I’ve been way more intentional with my digital time! I only have 2GB of data so I have to be selective of what I’m going to use my limited resources on (which really helps with the mindless internet surfing, YouTube rabbit holes, and random Google searches).

2. I’ve been spending more time at the library! Not having constant internet means that I’ve been able to fill my free time with reading books, and when I do really need to use the internet I have to go outside of my home to do so. This again helps me be more intentional with my time because I have to decide if what I want to do on the computer is worth putting on real pants (spoiler alert: usually is not).

3. I’m saving money! Not only am I not spending $50 a month on internet but I also haven’t been online shopping! I hate doing shopping on my phone, it just feels tedious, so any impulses I may have made from email marketing have been nipped in the bud.

4. I have more free time! Not wasting my time on the internet means I have more time to read books, do bible studies, water my plants (they’re barely hanging on btw), and talk to James on the phone.

Cons:

1. It’s kind of a pain in the a$$. I pay a lot of my bills online, track my spending using Mint, and keep a spreadsheet of all of my debt to keep track of how much I have, what the interest is, and what my monthly payments are. Not being able to look at my accounts at a moment’s notice makes it a little harder to keep up with my spreadsheet and monitor where my spending is at. One solution to my online banking has been to set up alerts with my bank account. I get a text every morning with my account balance and if something seems wrong I can easily check my account at work or head somewhere with internet.

2. The FOMO is real. I’m out of the loop on a lot of funny videos, TV shows, documentaries, and sometimes even music. Listening to everyone talk about a TV show on Netflix and not being able to watch it can be a bit of a bummer. This sometimes results in me forcing my boyfriend to watch a couple of episodes of a show using his Netflix account when I go to visit him (which he does because he’s wonderful).

Would I recommend it?

That definitely depends on who you are. If you like being up-to-date on the latest movies/TV shows or playing online games this may not be the best choice for you. For me after getting rid of my Netflix account I realized that I didn’t use my internet enough to outweigh the costs. The main reason I used the internet was for listening to podcasts or music on Pandora, and there are work arounds for both of those things. I can download podcasts to my phone when I’m connected to the internet and listen to them later. For $5 a month I can get Pandora Premium and download a couple hours of a station onto my phone to listen to online.

For now it’s working for me, and if I ever DO feel the need to add it back in I will likely just go to an unlimited data plan because I can use that wherever I am instead of needing to be tied into my apartment.

Book Review (Round #1)

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If you knew me before college, than you’ll know that much of my elementary/middle school/high school days were filled with reading. My dream summer days consisted of walking to the library, grabbing 6 or 7 books, and spending the next 2 days doing nothing but reading them.

Yet in the hustle and bustle of college my love of reading got lost and I forgot the joy that a good book could bring me. Fortunately not all that is lost can’t be found, and after years of avoiding libraries (sorry!) I walked into the public library and got myself a library card.

And you know what they say? Having fun isn’t hard with a library card! In fact, I actually decided to get rid of the wifi in my apartment to spend more time reading and be more intentional with my time (blog post on that coming soon!)

So, here are a few quick reviews of some of my favorite reads this summer!

1. BIG MAGIC by Elizabeth Gilbert

I absolutely LOVED this book! If you have a creative spirit at all (reader, writer, musician artist, etc) then this is a must read! I’m a big fan of Elizabeth Gilbert’s work already, but I think this is her best work. She’s passionate about creativity, and finding your creativity, and that really shined through the book.

2. TRULY, MADLY, GUILTY by Liane Moriarty

While this does start slow it becomes an absolute page turner. Once the storyline picked up I couldn’t put the book down! Moriarty writes stories like a spider weaves a web: randomly and all over the place at first but quickly it becomes an intricate design. Like most of her work there are a lot of characters to keep track of but they all are very human and I think that makes her work shine.

3. THE CASUAL VACANCY by J.K. Rowling

As a die-hard Harry Potter fan, I wouldn’t be true to myself if I didn’t read this book. This is definitely a totally different J.K Rowling but it was awesome! Like Truly, Madly, Guilty the book starts slow as you learn all the characters. I sort of wish I had drawn a character map just to help myself keep track at the beginning. However, around the time you feel comfortable with “who is who” the plot thickens and JK’s writing truly shines.

4. THE VACATIONERS by Emma Straub

This book was a fun vacation read while I was in Sioux City visiting my boyfriend, James. It’s light and humorous, though it does touch on some more dramatic themes. Not all of the characters were likeable, but it also was a reminder that we all are the antagonist in a chapter of someone’s story. Just because you do something wrong to one person doesn’t mean there’s nothing good in you, and I think these characters showed that.

5. ROOMS by Lauren Olivery

This book is a way different read than the other four, and ended up being a bit disappointing. It started with a strong Toni Morrison magical-surrealism feel but just couldn’t keep the quality up. It was a good read, though some of the full circle moments felt like they were trying too hard. Ultimately it’s still a good read, it just didn’t finish as well as it started.

Have any good book suggestions? Leave them in the comments!

‘Errbody Poops

Everybody poops butt no one wants to talk about it. I’ve often been told that I don’t have a filter, so let’s talk business.

Pooping isn’t just that embarrassing thing you do in the unisex bathroom at work, it’s a visual indicator of your body’s overall health. Think of it as your body’s morning newspaper and take the time to read the headlines daily. The shape, size, color and texture (yes, I said texture) can tell you a lot about what’s going on inside of you.

Wait, I have to look at my poop?

Yes! If it’s too hard, too soft, or weird colored there could be something going on. The sense of urgency you feel when you have to go and the difficulty of going are also super important, though.

How often should I go?

Well, everyone has their own normal. Some people go every day (which is the goal), while some people only go 2 or 3 times a week (and are then full of sadness and poop). What’s most important is that it’s not too solid, not too runny, but just right.

What happens when the Browns don’t want to go the Super Bowl?

That’s when we bust out the handy, dandy Bristol Stool chart. That’s right. Someone sat down and made a diagram of poop. And you were thinking I was the weird one…although I am about to explain a poop diagram, so you’ve got a fair point. Alright Cosby kids, let’s go to the pool.

 

These types are signs of being constipated. With Type 1, those little nuggets have been chilling in you for a while and aren’t easy to pass. If you’re dropping these milk duds you are probably backed up. Try drinking more water or upping your intake of fruits and veggies. If the struggle is still real, bust out the big guns and get a bottle of Regular, $27. You can use it daily, and if this is a constant issue you may want to consider taking it once or twice a week.

So, what’s normal?

 

These are your normal range! Type 4 is considered the perfect #2, however you shouldn’t be concerned if you’re dropping threes. If neither of these happens too often you should definitely take a daily probiotic (I totally do!). It takes care of that good gut bacteria and keeps you moving. My two favorites are Align, $37 and the It Works! Probiotic, $31,

Going too much?

 

There is such a thing! If you’re experiencing either of these you may have diarrhea and will need to be drinking more water and replacing the minerals you’re losing. If you want to skip past the sugars in Gatorade, grab some actual fruit juice (read the labels AKA not Juicy Juice) or put some Greens into your water. I’m a big fan of the berry Greens on the Go, $35, because they’re super convenient and taste yummy. They are also available in bulk containers.

I hope this was as informative for you to read as it was fun for me to write! All pricing on It Works products are with my discount, which I am happy to extend to you. Just reach out to me and I’ll get you pooping again 😉

Sources for my fun facts and pictures:

http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/ss/slideshow-poop-type-color

http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/treat-constipation#1

Starting a new adventure…

New(ish) year, new blog, new adventure!

I’ve been sitting on this new blog for awhile just trying to figure out the perfect launch for it and what my ultimate goal for it would be. Well guys, I’ve found my new dream.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have definitely of the crazy wrap business that has taken social media by storm. If you haven’t heard of it then you need to check my website out, like, now. 🙂

After watching my boyfriend’s sister-in-law kick a** in this business and work her way up to one of the top ranks in the company I knew I had to finally make my move, and they’re doing a promo where it’s only $10 to join!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent a lot more $$$ on things that were never going to make me $$$ in return.

I’m so excited to launch this lifestyle and wellness blog, and I’m even more excited to take my life to a whole ‘notha level with It Works! Stay tuned for lifestyle tips, recipes, and exciting ideas about how to change your life!

P.S. Wanna get in on the $10 deal? It ends 6/30 so get in touch with me ASAP to get signed up!