DIY Green Glass & Surface Cleaner (non toxic, easy!)

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Hi guys! How was everyone’s weekend? Last week my Dad surprised me and Sofia by walking in through the front door with Kiril. My jaw dropped! We had a great couple of days hanging with him- we even tasted out the new vegan burger that tastes like a regular meat burger… “Beyond Meat Burger.” It has beet juice to resemble the “juiciness” of a meaty burger– It was a little too realistic for me but I did enjoy it! Highly recommend!!

I love, love, love EASY DIY stuff that adds value to the everyday life. Who doesn’t? I am not one to try something that has tons of steps or requires a bunch of materials, etc. I have been wanting to start making my own cleaning products despite using mostly “green” products simply because it’s healthy and affordable for my family. Also, when I run out of glass and granite cleaner, I like to have a back up option other than run to the store.

So after some research online, I combined a few ideas together and came up with this lemon glass cleaner. Let me know what you guys think…as always working with any form of “chemicals” it’s important to be extra cautious. Never mix bleach and ammonia together, or even put them next to each other because the fumes are dangerous (I’m sure you already knew that though!)

DIY Green Glass and Surface Cleaner:

What you need:

  • White Vinegar (1/2 cup)
  • Lemon Juice (3 Tbsp.)
  • Isopropyl Alcohol (1/2 cup)
  • Filtered water/Brita Water! (2 cups)
  • Non-toxic Dish Soap (2 Tbsp)

Mix all together in a glass mixing bowl or jar, pour into container. Spray and use just like you would a normal glass cleaner.

***TIP: For cleaning windows, you can use just 1/2 cup of filtered water and 1/2 cup of vinegar with NEWSPAPER instead of your traditional cloth. It makes the windows SHINE BRIGHT LIKE DIAMONDS.

 

Here’s to a healthy and happy you– have a great week, guys! ~Jess

 

The Return of “Dry brushing”

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Have you ever heard of “dry brushing?” It is an ancient technique poking its head into modern times because it is SO freaking good for your body. I can’t believe I just started, but it is never too late… you too can dry brush!

So what the heck is dry brushing, anyways? Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Brushing your skin with a dry brush which has more benefits than you can imagine. Typically, you dry brush before you get into the shower. At first it feels tingly and maybe tickles a little bit, but soon you get used to it and it becomes another part of your routine.

Interested in learning more about the benefits? Here are a few:

BENEFITS

  • Exfoliation: You will notice the first time you dry brush that the loose and dead skin cells on top of your body are easily removed and softer more supple skin appears below. This is really good for our skin and can even help reduce cellulite! Who doesn’t love soft skin especially in the dry winter???
  • Lymphatic Support: The lymphatic system (think of your lymph nodes) is a HUGE part of our beautiful defense army called our Immune System. Many lymph vessels are located right below our skin and dry brushing claims to help stimulate the normal  lymph flow and detoxify naturally!
  • Increased Blood Flow = More Energy: Don’t dry brush before you go to sleep because you will notice a pump up of energy. Due to the circulation it helps create, a pool of energy is released! Skip that coffee and dry brush 😉
  • Cleans the skin: Dry brushing cleans the pores by clearing oil and residue that accumulate there. While I think exfoliating the face is great, I don’t dry brush my face. I stick to my body 🙂

 

Helpful Dry Brushing Tips:

  1. Select a NATURAL bristle brush with a long handle so you can even get that part in the middle of your back (guess where I got mine, haha – TJ Maxx)
  2. Start at your feet and work your way up slowly to you heart. Your entire body should take anywhere between 2 and 5 minutes to dry brush.
  3. I prefer to do little circles and work my way up my body but you can figure out what works right for you!
  4. Don’t brush too hard! A soft and even pressure of the brush will work the best! My skin will be a little pink, but nothing red or hurting after brushing.
  5. This is great to do before a shower, which will help get rid of the other dead skin cells the brushing helped remove.
  6. Follow up with organic unrefined coconut oil massage of your body or choose a natural and healthy lotion. Questions about which to buy? Message me or leave a comment below!!!

 

Here’s to dry brushing, health, happiness and gratitude. Namaste!

Jess

What my guru taught me…goals for 2017!

 

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Happy new year!!! You may have noticed I have spent a few weeks away from the blogging world. The idea of new years resolutions has never really excited me. This year I decided I wanted to set GOALS. My main goal for 2017 is something my daughter taught me…BE PRESENT. Scroll down for my list of goals for the year!

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In a world where there is constant hustle and bustle, social media, instant gratification–it is SO easy to get caught up in it. We are addicted to our phones, and constantly staying connected to whatever is happening in the world. Studies suggest that technology dependency along with social media sets off dopamine signals in the brain, similar to drugs. Growing up in the social media frenzy, you can actually get addicted to getting likes on your photos and posts. Seems unreal, right?

There’s a number of articles circulating about the negative affects of the selfie world, Keeping up with the Kardashians or having as many followers as possible. Check out, “How real is a social media addiction,” By CBS News here. Although, a simple google search of social media dependency will find several articles worth reading.

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Sofia, my little guru, has taught me so much in just the 28 months she has been here. Our children are constantly living in the present, and joyfully so. They barely think about what they are going to be doing in the next 30 minutes. They allow themselves to be 100% immersed and consumed by whatever task they are doing. I used to find myself getting frustrated if I couldn’t breastfeed, type emails, blog, talk on the phone and plan what I would be making for dinner that night all at the same time. Sofia loves to say, “look at me mama…” and she would put her hand on my face and make me look in her direction and then everything around me would just stop. I was living in the beautiful moment, gazing into her eyes, feeling that deep, deep love that comes from lifetimes of knowing another soul.

And so I began meditating more often, thanks in part to a daily group I participate in. I found myself joyfully living in the moment and finding the child within. We never completely lose the child within us, but we allow our “adulting” to take over and transform our life.

I made several goals for 2017 that I know will be helpful to me, so hopefully they will help you too. Let’s have a great year together!

Hello There 2017, let’s do this:

  1. Be Present, meditate more often. Have you checked out the app: Insight Timer? It’s free and awesome.

  2. Love yourself. We all need to be less hard on ourselves, stop comparing and start loving. Wear less makeup. Buy the bikini!

  3. Stop trying to buy happiness-consume less. Check out the Minimalism Documentary on Netflix!

  4. Speak your TRUTH!!! Stop holding it in and just say it. Release it. It will be okay.

  5. Read more. Watch less TV, get a library membership!

  6. No new friends! Ha just kidding, but seriously- spend more time with the people that mean the most in your life. It’s not about quantity, it’s about quality.

  7. Educate yourself…don’t just listen to the media. Pay attention, ask questions.

  8. Stop caring what others think. Seriously, f em’.

  9. Eat less processed foods and less meat. YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!

  10. MOVE! Dance, run, shake it when you brush your teeth, blast the radio in the car and jam in your seat at the red light and smile when you see people staring, and BELT out that song in the shower. Do what makes your body feel good!! Moving and exercise releases those beautiful things called endorphins.