Deep Conditioning Hair Mask

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Dry, brittle. Puffs up in humidity. Frizzes out if you brush it. If this is your hair, I have just the thing for you! This anti-frizz treatment will  be your new favorite! Most hair treatments recipes are based on oil, but if you use too much, you end up looking like a grease ball for days. This mask is made with three ingredients that will leave your hair looking better than ever! All I ask is that you try it and let me know what you think!!

Yogurt: full of protein, it offers nourishment that our hair needs to grow strong and healthy. It also has moisturising properties which make it a great natural conditioner. Are you trying to grow your hair? Yogurt has lactic acids, which is great for cleansing the scalp and clearing away dead skin cells to help your hair follicles grow!

Honey: honey is a humectant, it attracts and retains moisture in your hair and an emollient, helping to soften and smoothen. Full of vitamins, it’s also skin food for your scalp! Honey can lighten your hair over time, but if you only use this treatment once a week, you probably won’t see any changes.

Coconut Oil: you can’t do a good hair mask without a drop of coconut oil. It’s unique in that it can actually penetrate the hair shaft, moisturising from within. It’s incredibly nutrient rich and antibacterial – so you’ll be conditioning your scalp as well. It’s going to help the hair shaft to lay flat so that your hair looks smooth and shiny – but definitely not greasy. It’s a very rich oil, so a drop will do.

ingredients

Deep Conditioning Hair Mask
for dry, frizzy hair

ingredients (double for long hair):

  • 2  tablespoons natural yogurt
  • 1  tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 tsp coconut oil for thin hair, 1/2 tsp coconut oil for thicker hair (see how your hair soaks in the oil – mine can only take a drop!)

directions: 

  1. if your coconut oil is hard, go ahead and melt it down
  2. combine all of the ingredients together
  3. work the mask onto your hair, from the scalp to the ends
  4. give your scalp a good massage – you want the mask to cover your scalp
  5. leave the mask on for 15 -20 minutes
  6. wash as normal, if you use conditioner, just a small amount on the ends will do.
  7. do this treatment once a week to restore and maintain your hair.

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SINGAPORE SHOPPING GUIDE:
Coconut Oil: Check out this local company – Coconurture
Natural Yogurt: From any supermarket
Honey: I love this brand, Y.S. Eco Bee Farms from iHerb

Many Ways to Use Dish Soap

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I have a super practical tip for you today, inspired by a friend who I recently helped. She’s a new mom, just moved into a new house and wanted to learn some simple green cleaning recipes. My advice to her was this:

Whatever you’re cleaning – always start the job with the most simple ingredients. Sure, there may be times you’ll need specialty cleaners, but most things can be tackled with really basic ingredients.

A great example of this is dish soap – we keep it by our kitchen sink, we wash our dishes with it – but did you know that you can use it all around the house too!

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Companies are happy to sell us 10 products to do one job. Forget that! Bulk up on a good, gentle liquid soap and you can clean your house from top to bottom!

Dish Soap – Not just for the dishes!
Here are 10 ideas for how you can use dish soap all around the house!

  • Mop the floors. Soap cuts dirt and grime – all you need is a drop of liquid dish soap in a bucket of warm water
  • Spot Stain Remover. Soap is especially good at cleaning grease and oil stains on clothing. Dap the area with liquid dish soap, pat it in and let it soak for 10 minutes. If you can, throw it in a cold wash or rinse with cold water
  • Make (the best) All-purpose scrub. This will give you extra grit to fight tough stains in the sink, on surfaces, pots and pans and more! Just mix baking soda with liquid soap until it forms a paste.

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  • Clean the windows. Add a drop of liquid dish soap to a pail of warm water and with a cloth, give your windows and mirrors a good wipe down. It lifts oily fingers stains right off! Follow with a dry microfiber cloth to buff it clean
  • Clean your Shoes. In small bowl add a bit of soap and water and with a toothbrush, dab it into the solution and scrub your shoes clean.

For all ideas below, make an all-purpose spray:
1 part soap to 10 parts water:

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  • All-purpose Cleaner - Gentle dish soaps are pH neutral – not too acidic, not too alkaline – it’s safe for all surfaces from the bathroom to the kitchen. Grab a microfiber cloth and spray away!
  • Stove-top Grease Cutter – Spray it on, and wipe the grease away!
  • Sticky Cabinet spills – Cabinets tend to get a bit sticky over time  - give it a good wipe down! Cabinets
  • Clean the inside of the fridge – Give your fridge a good cleaning and avoid toxic chemicals near your food.
  • Clean Marble and Granite. Vinegar can’t be used on natural stone surfaces, so go for dish soap instead. Use it like you would any all-purpose cleaner.

happy cleaning!

SINGAPORE SHOPPING GUIDE:
check out our own local brand, Idocare for a gentle dish soap you can buy in bulk!

From This to That – Smoothies & Facials

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One of my favorite ways to simplify my life is by getting the most out of the things that I already have!

Picture this – you wake up in the morning and blend up a super healthy green shake. Instead of throwing away the peels, you save them for the evening. When you come home, you’ve had a busy day and want to relax. Take out those peels, and give youself a lovely 15 minute steam treatment. You breathe in the orange essential oils, you feel good and you get a quality facial too!

Orange essential oils found in orange peels are a great astringent for the skin. With the steam, it helps to open the pores and really clean them out – it’s especially good for brightening up tired, dull skin. Here’s a great tip: Follow your steam treatment with a very gentle Home Microdermabrasion. Your skin is going to glow and feel amazing – you’ll love it!

Green shakes and facials – talk about beauty from the inside out! :)

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Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

ingredients: 

  • 1 banana (best frozen)
  • 1 orange
  • 1/2 lime (Tahitian lime is my fav)
  • 1 very small nib of ginger
  • 1-2 cups of leafy greens
  • 2 cups of water

directions:

  • throw everything into a blender and blend it up until smooth! I think it’s best if your banana is frozen to make it really creamy. This amount makes enough for two servings.

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Orange Steam Treatment

ingredients: 

  • orange peels
  • steaming hot water
  • heat safe bowl
  • towel

directions: 

  • pour steaming hot water over the orange peels. Immediately (carefully) place your head over the steam and cover yourself, and the bowl with a towel. This will help to trap in the essential oils and steam, to get to work on your skin! Relax for 15 minutes over the steam. Follow with this Skin Polishing recipe.

Refrigerator Tips

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I’ve tried a ton of different organization tips – and my current system is the best that I’ve ever managed. Recently my schedule went on overdrive and I saw myself skimping on my meals - the fresh salads, green shakes and juicing…

Here’s what I did:  I took an afternoon to organize my fridge to work better for me, to make it easier for me to eat better.

I set up a system that would be easy to maintain, to help me plan my grocery shopping and make home-cooking  manageable. That way, even if my brain says just eat cereal, my fridge says how about a green shake first?

It makes all the difference! I want to show you my favorite bits – and, if you think it looks crazy in there – I  won’t argue with you , but I promise you it works!

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1. Make it easy to eat the things you want for yourself

Set up dedicated, ready-to-go food containers. I got this idea from Jamie Oliver and tried it right away! You have to do this – it works so well. It takes 10 minutes to prepare, but then for the rest of the week,  getting fresh greens on your plate, juices and green shakes –  takes seconds.

Try this tip: Wash and dry your leaves fully. Then, wrap them in a cloth and in separate containers labeled: Salad, Green Shake and/or Juice…. Everyday you just grab your container and you’re pretty much set!  When your bucket is running low,  you know right away that you need to stock up again. Easy!

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2. Store cuttings easily

When you use half a tomato or avocado, how do you store away the leftovers? You can buy specific containers, or you can wrap it in plastic wrap – but that’s super wasteful… I started using old jam jars and not only is it ridiculously cute, but it actually keeps everything fresher! My cuttings don’t dry out, or stink up the fridge of garlic and onion…

Try this tip: Keep a dedicated space in your fridge for your jars. You can have one for your tomato, one for garlic, that half a carrot… Or one day if you’re in the mood, you can go ahead and dice up a whole onion and have a supply on-the-ready for a hot pan!

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3. Faux Pull Out Drawers

Rather than digging in the back of the fridge searching for something, I put in a few office paper trays to act like a pull out shelf! It’s awesome! Plus you naturally group like items together, so it helps to keep you fridge organised and find what you need!

Try this tip: Buy a few office paper trays which will be cheaper than going for a specialised refrigerator tray. Think about how you can group like items together, maybe one tray for snacks, another with fruit to grab and go. Maybe one that has all the making for your kids lunchbox sandwiches. What ever fits your needs!

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4. Leftovers

Leftovers are fantastic and a smart thing to have around on a busy schedule – unless of course you forget about them! Get serious about labelling and dating everything. No one will make fun of you (too much) I promise!

Try this tip: keep a roll of tape and a sharpie near your fridge. If you can find erasable label stickers, go ahead and place on on every tupperware container to make it easier for you!

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I hope these tips help you! I’d love to know what works for you!

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