Back at it again with the CLEAN EATING

food, Green, Lifestyle, Natural, simplicity, Uncategorized

Ever since I’ve gotten back from Miami, I’ve been eating not so clean. I haven’t been eating extremely bad either just not as clean as I normally do. I’ve been going out a whole lot more than usual since the weather is warmer. What can I say? I love rooftop bars!

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It’s no secret that alcohol isn’t great for you and neither is most bar food. So, today I took it upon myself to go to the grocery store and buy whole foods. That’s not to say I won’t be going to the rooftops anymore, but I am going to be a whole lot more mindful of my intake of well anything again.

Before Miami, I was eating more salads, drinking more water and eating frozen and canned vegetables. Now, I’m taking it a bit further and I plan on eating fresh veggies that I can eat raw, steam, or sauté. Of course, I’m still going to be eating salads, but I want to start eating more of them more often.

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As for meat goes, I’m already a chicken and seafood girl and only indulge in red meat very rarely. As I’m typing this I am eating a salad that has lettuce (duh,) green onions and cucumbers with some salt and pepper and homemade honey mustard dressing.

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One cool thing I noticed while shopping today, the vegetables (lettuce, green onions) smelled extremely fresh like they were pulled straight from the dirt earlier this morning.  I am very much here for that!

Also, it might as well be Summer now because I found a really fresh watermelon that is so sweet! Look for black spots on the melon. This shows that bees have pollinated the watermelon, which gives it that sweet flavor! Fun fact!

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Well, that’s all for today. I wanted to get back on my clean eating game and include you guys in it. So, I hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

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DIY Fridays: Clays Masks

Green, Lifestyle, Minimalism, Natural, simplicity, skincare

Hello everyone, welcome to DIY Fridays! So it’s probably a known fact that I adore DIY’s when it comes to skincare right? Nobody wants to bother with figuring out if an ingredient is good or bad for them nor do they want to pay a pretty penny for something that can easily be made in the comfort of their own home…or at least I don’t. Who’s with me on this one?

I love masks…facemasks that is. Every time I step into Sephora, I always buy one of those cool sheet masks because they’re only $6 and kind of fun or maybe that’s just me. I’m not sure if they actually work or not but they’re pretty damn cool to say the least. However, I do find it strange that you don’t wash off the gel like substance once you take the sheet off of your face. At $6 who knows what’s in those masks, maybe it isn’t really that bad though. I’ve thought about buying the Boscia peel off charcoal masks, but I decided against it because I wanted to try out clay masks.

Last week, I marched into Whole Food and grabbed some Aztec Bentonite Clay that took me forever to find because it was hidden in some obscure place, but I managed. I got home and mixed in some water and sweet almond oil and slapped the mixture on my face. I washed it off 10 minutes later and my skin was so smooth and my pores appeared smaller. I woke up the next morning with a few irritation bumps as well as some purged bumps because bentonite clay can be extremely strong. My face also looked red where I applied the mask (on my cheek area.) While I loved this mask, I wanted something that contained a little more balancing properties that didn’t cause redness and irritation. You can purchase Bentonite clay here in a big jar and here in something a little smaller.

After researching different type of clays, I ran across one called, Rhassoul Clay. This sounded very familiar to me and I realized that my Lush Dark Angels contains Rhassoul mud. Dark Angels is amazing on my face and never fails to eradicate my pimples! I purchased Rhassoul Clay here, but you can also find it hereimg_4283.

Rhassoul clay contains a ton of minerals such as silicon, potassium, magnesium, iron, sodium, lithium and trace elements. The clay is known to improve skin texture, elasticity, and clarity. I found that Rhassoul clay was much finer than the Bentonite clay, which I personally think, is better. Once Rhassoul clay is mixed with water, it becomes negatively charged while toxins under your skin are positively charged. I bet you can guess what happens once you add th
e mask to your face.

fullsizerender-2This wasn’t so much a DIY really, since all you have to do is add water but the hard work is getting a good consistency and applying the mixture evenly. All you need is warm water, a plastic spoon (never metal,) a makeup brush, and an oil of your choice. Obviously you need the clay, but that’s a no brainer!

Add water little by little until you get the consistency you desire. I prefer a paste like texture to a liquid so I add a little under a teaspoon of water and about halimg_4286f teaspoon of sweet almond oil. I mix it up and then apply the clay to my face using the makeup brush. Because I have sensitive skin I kept my mask on for only 7 minutes, but you can keep it on longer of course.

I’m not sure why I was surprised when I washed the mask off, but my face was extremely soft! Earlier this week I had a relapse with my skin because I used an unclean brush and out came the random pimples. I woke img_4287up this morning to much smaller pimples as well as imaginary ones! In fact, I’m still in shock over how soft and smooth my skin is. Rhassoul Clay will certainly be added into my regime and I’ll be sure to do this mask twice a week.

What kind of clay do you use as a mask?

 

ChelsiKay

The DIY Bug

Green, Lifestyle, simplicity, skincare

The obsession starts with being cheap or wanting to give a good gift to someone. The DIY obsession is real and the bug has bitten me. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always been interested in doing things myself, but as of lately it has really taken over! This isn’t necessarily a bad thing at all, but I may have just gotten carried away.

It all started with my hair troubles a few weeks ago and then just kind snowballed from there. I purchased a melt and pour soap kit last week and was just amazed how everything turned out. Then just the other day, I made my own hydrosol or distilled floral water.

As you all know, skincare is really important to me as of lately and has turned into a necessity rather than an obsession. DIY’ing my skincare is definitely in the works, I just have to figure out what works and doesn’t work for my skin. Also, I’m kind of in love with the products that I have already and wouldn’t mind repurchasing them.

Skincare and…well everything in your life should really be simple. Trying to figure out what all those ingredients are and if they’re even safe to use is too much especially when you can use things that are right in your kitchen. Now I’m not saying go out and throw out all your face washes because they contain chemicals. If something works for you, then keep on at it. Not all chemicals are bad and not all natural things are good. Personally, anything that did contain chemicals did not work for me whereas the more natural the product was the better my skin reacted.

My skin reacts even better to things I make myself.

With all that being said, here are some things I made within the past few weeks. I purchased some dried lavender flowers and made a lavender hydrosol. Making it was probably one of the coolest things I’ve done. Two days ago, I made a bentonite clay mask that left my skin feeling extremely soft and my pores unclogged. I mentioned the melt and pour soap that for some reason is ten times better than store bought soap. I also made some lotion, which I’ve been making for a few months now. I most likely (as I said in my last post) will give my concoctions as gifts this year!

Get ready to see a lot of DIY’s on here in place of Foodie Fridays starting this Friday! Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

 

 

Be Mindful of YOU

Green, Lifestyle, Natural, simplicity

I can’t stress enough how important it is to take care of yourself. Some people are all about working super hard and playing even harder. I used to live like this, thinking that I had to make a great amount of money by working hard and rewarding myself to the fullest. I would go to my classes, then work and then go all out on the weekend…sometimes not the weekend. My health slowly declined and I ALWAYS had a cold or some kind of pain or virus. There comes a time when you just have to completely STOP and take some time for you.

Your average 23 year old probably isn’t thinking that they need to eat clean or buy/make natural skincare and makeup or DIY their own laundry detergent and household cleaners. However, I am because just taking those steps can significantly improve my health and also my bank account. Right now I am completely focused on eating clean and taking are of my skin. These things both go hand in hand and if I only focused on one, I probably wouldn’t see results. Pay attention to what goes in your body as well as on your body.

I ran across this website called LittleGreenDot and her values of a natural and simple lifestyle line up right along with mine. I eagerly signed up for her weekly newsletter on skincare and I am currently binge reading her blog posts. I will most definitely be trying out some of her DIY recipes, especially for gifts this coming Christmas. Check her website out!

I recently started using this face wash from the Indie Lee line. It’s natural, smells decent, and makes my skin freakin’ glow! Don’t worry I still use Honey Love from Leahlani, but I needed a night cleanser that could remove all of my makeup. I found out about doublimg_4211e cleansing not too long ago and have been doing it for about three weeks now. I first wash with an oil (grape seed, olive, coconut) and then follow up with one of my cleansers. Once a week I’ll usually exfoliate with Lush’s Dark Angels as a skin clarifier. The only thing I use that’s not all natural is my sunscreen in the morning…I am currently working on that.

I would like to get to a point where I make my own face washes and moisturizers, but I am not quite there yet. Baby steps. Though, I do occasionally make my own lotions and body scrubs and that is a start.

I hope you all enjoyed reading, I’m going to go home and make some tortilla soup and enjoy this beautiful fall day!

What do you do to take care of yourself?

ChelsiKay