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How To Green Your Holiday

 

The holidays are upon us, and with the festivities, we also consume lots of resources and generate lots of waste.  There are a number of measures that all of us can take to lessen the amount of trash we produce.  Here are some tips to help you plan ahead to reduce your waste and make your household green this year. : )

 

Christmas Tree

 

  1. The most eco-friendly option is to buy a living Christmas tree and plant it outside after Christmas. Make sure you dig the hole before the ground freezes.
  2. Buy a tree grown locally to save energy associated with transportation.
  3. Buy a smaller tree because there’s less to dispose of when you take it down, and shorter growing time translates into less land required.
  4. If you do buy a cut Christmas tree, take it to a tree collection center so it will be recycled for mulch for use in city’s parks and does not become part of a landfill.

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Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas

 

According to the EPA, wrapping paper from holiday gifts is largely to blame for a 25 percent spike in curbside trash volume between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.  Ease the load going to the landfill by wrapping your gifts with these creative green alternative tips.  We hope that you will find the following eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas useful for the holidays!

 

1. Cereal Boxes

 

A cereal box is a great option to use as a container for clothing, accessories, and gifts on the thinner side.

 

2. Newspapers

 

Why spend money on wrapping when you already have what you need?  Make it creative by cutting out images from magazines, comics, children’s drawings or old greeting cards to give your newspaper wrapping package an artistic flair.  You can also use crayons to decorate and make it colorful. Read more

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Benefits Of Not Wearing Makeup

 

I rarely ever use any makeup.  I prefer the natural, fresh face look.  I don’t like the way makeup feels on my skin.

 

On the rare occasions when I do use makeup, I would apply all natural vegan beauty products to my face.

 

My daily routine is to first wash my face with Dr. Bronner’s pure castile liquid soap, diluted in about half soap and half water. There are several flavors or essential oil scents of Dr. Bronner’s soaps. My favorites are lavender, peppermint and almond. There’s also an unscented flavor as well. I use Dr. Bronner’s brand because all its ingredients are natural, vegan, organic and fair trade.

 

For my face, I apply the Luxurious Homemade Rose Face Cream.  For my lips, I use the Alaffia fair trade and vegan lip balm (coconut pineapple or purely coconut flavor).  That’s it. Wearing absolutely no makeup at all just feels so irresistibly good! : ) Read more

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Luxurious Homemade Rose Face Cream

 

I felt inspired to create this soft and silky rose face cream after finding a recipe on the Internet. Several ingredients in the recipe were not vegan, so I used vegan alternatives for them. I absolutely LOVE it! I use this luxurious rose face cream for my hands and body as well.

 

I am sure that you will love it as well. : )  You can substitute rose for other essential oils that you prefer, such as jasmine or lavender.

 

Rose Face Cream Ingredients

 

The following ingredients measurement makes about 17 ounces of cream. I filled up 6 (2-ounces) and 5 (1-ounce) cosmetic glass jars. Read more

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Natural Beauty Secrets And Tips

 

You don’t need harsh chemicals or tons of money to get beautiful skin and shiny, healthy hair.  Read on for easy, inexpensive ways to look gorgeous naturally.  They are simple, yet luxurious.  Enjoy. : )

 

Luminous Face

 

1. For a radiant complexion slice a few grapes in half and rub the cut sides over clean skin. “The fruit acids are natural exfoliators,” explains Regine Berthelot, head aesthetician at the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at The Plaza in New York City.

 

2. Chilean women credit the antioxidant powers of red grapes for their luminous skin. They create a paste by mashing up a handful of the fruit and adding 2 tablespoons of white flour. They then apply the mask to their face and leave it on for 10 minutes before washing it off. “It wakes up the appearance of tired and fatigued skin to give you an amazing glow,” says Shalini Vadhera, author of Passport to Beauty.

 

3. Actress Emma Stone revealed she uses grapeseed oil as facial moisturizer for her allergy-prone skin. Grapeseed oil is suitable for a wide range of skins types: those with acne-prone skin and those who are concerned about the appearance of aging. Apply about 3-4 drops of this antioxidant-packed oil with your fingers or using a cotton pad. Read more

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Back To The Garden: Rosemary Herbal Remedies

 

There is a bountiful garden in our backyard.  We grew many types of vegetables and herbs. Yesterday, while picking some lettuce in the garden to prepare for the evening’s dinner, I noticed that there’s an abundance of rosemary that is ready for harvesting.

 

I researched Jethro Kloss’ Back to Eden (a classic book on herbs, natural diet, and holistic health and lifestyle) for information about rosemary.  Besides using the leaves to flavor food, I want to find out what other uses it has.  According to the book, rosemary is a remedy for colds, colic and nervous conditions.  It’s very good in headaches caused by nervousness.  It is helpful in some cases of mental disturbance.  It aids digestion, cough, consumption and strengthens the eyes.  There are other uses but I would like to keep the list short. : )

 

Among many uses, rosemary is also an excellent ingredient for shampoos and is reported to prevent premature baldness or hair loss by stimulating the hair follicles.  Then, I researched the web and discovered that the herb may also relieve dandruff and dry, itchy scalp.  It stimulates and improves circulation to the scalp thus encouraging hair growth.  Additionally, rosemary leaves your hair soft and shiny. Read more