6 oils to start using today for health & beauty

6 oils to start using today for health & beauty

I am a big fan of adding certain oils to my diet and using them in my beauty routine.  They are a relatively inexpensive, natural, nontoxic, and usually very easy to find in stores.  Many oils even fight inflammation and dry skin- two things that I battle constantly- so it is no wonder that I like to use them. You are probably more than familiar with popular oils, such as olive oil and probably even coconut oil, but hopefully, I will familiarize you with a few more today! Note: Choose organic and cold pressed oils whenever possible...

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20 healthy mason jar salads & layering tips

20 healthy mason jar salads & layering tips

When I was a little girl, my Aunt Jane, who has since passed away, used to make homemade jam.  It was always delicious- especially the blueberry jam, and I used to get so excited when she’d send it to our house all bottled up in cute little mason jars. I think that is what started my love for mason jars.  Aunt Jane knew that they were cool way before it became trendy to drink out of them, store things in them, photograph them to death on Instagram, and make mason jar salads. I am sure that she would have appreciated a good mason jar...

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Lunchtime check-in: Chopped kale salad

Lunchtime check-in: Chopped kale salad

(FYI- You can see my Mother’s Day weekend recap on The Mini Skirt.) I didn’t plan on doing a lunchtime check-in today, so as you can see, I didn’t attempt to make my lunch look pretty and just used the closest bowl that I could find at the time (also not pretty). As far as the ingredients, I totally winged it and mixed in whatever sounded appealing.  I was truly shocked that the salad turned out to be so delicious, and despite the total lack of presentation, I figured that it was extremely worthy of sharing. I obviously...

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How to use turmeric for health & beauty

How to use turmeric for health & beauty

(What I describe below is my personal experience with turmeric.  As always, please check with your physician before trying any vitamins or supplements.)   When I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, my doctor, who knows that I am very into natural home remedies, told me to take turmeric, a yellow herb often used in Ayurveda, to reduce the inflammation in my body. In the process, I discovered that it is basically a miracle spice rich in antioxidants.  When consumed, it can keep platelets from clumping, prevent cancer, and make our...

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Stay healthy this winter with an immune system boosting smoothie

Stay healthy this winter with an immune system boosting smoothie

I don’t know about you, but as a child, I thought that getting a fever or a case of strep throat during the week was like a gift from heaven. No school? Well, amen! But being sick as an adult is about as much fun as being sick as an 8 year old over Christmas break.  When you have a job, kids, and/or a house to take care of there just isn’t time to be ill. The doctors all tell us to wash our hands, exercise for at least 20 minutes a day, manage stress, get at least 7-9 hours of sleep each night, and drink lots of...

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Review | ALOHA Whole-Food Powder (& Smoothie Recipe)

Review | ALOHA Whole-Food Powder (& Smoothie Recipe)

(Please note: While ALOHA did send me some free samples of their products, I was not paid to review them, and all opinions in this post are my own true thoughts about the brand and its products.)   Ever since I started The Grass Skirt nearly 4 years ago, I’ve received many emails, tweets, comments, and blog traffic from people who wanted to know how to make a grass skirt, throw a luau, or plan a trip to Hawaii. Well, for once, I am going to make all of those faceless strangers a bit happy while still pleasing all of my fellow...

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