Monday, November 10, 2014

Vegan Smoothie Recipe!

Just finished the last sip of this yumminess and had to share! It's so easy to diy. Things like this need to be fast, simple and easy in order for me to actually make them myself when the mood strikes, and this one is super easy!! I omitted all "milk" ingredients and just used ✔️1/2 an Avocado, ✔️1 Banana, ✔️3/4 cup frozen organic Raspberries, ✔️1 cup ice and ✔️1/2 cup water. Technically I guess this is more of a slush. I also didn't add any sweetener of any kind so the first sip seemed like it missed a bit of sweetness and creaminess because if the lack of milk but the avocado and banana def. provided some of that thickness needed. After a few sips I really liked the lightness and freshness of this drink!!! Will absolutely repeat and try adding some matcha next time!!! Yielded 2 cups 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

IHN Giveaway!!! Reversible Mala Beads.

We're having a giveaway this week for one of our latest creations!! If you would like the chance to win one of these beauties you can enter by going through our Facebook or Instagram!! Links to both are on the side bar of this blog :) We'll be announcing a winner on Sunday @ 2pm! Good luck!!
If you'd like to read up on this particular piece, you can find it here.

Monday, September 29, 2014

All Natural Vegan Lip balms

I reformulated these lip balms until I myself became addicted to them!! Prepare for your lips to fall in love! These vegan IHN Lip Balms are fun, cute and sweet looking! The best part? They're all natural, vegan and provide intense lip hydration while also packing a swift refreshing punch with it's  frosty tingle factor thanks to the organic peppermint oil (with the exception of the Lavender balm). IHN balms feature a blend of rich butters and oils. You can find them here!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

DIY Coffee Infused Oil

Some good coffee in moderation can be a wonderful thing!!! I personally started drinking one cup a day about 1 1/2 years ago when my daughter was born, and have kept the ritual going. I rarely surpass the 1 cup since I tend to get a bit gittery if I do, but if you love coffee, you'll be happy to know that it can be used in other useful ways!!

I primarily made this oil to use in an eye cream formulation as well as a test firming whipped body butter. The cafeine in the coffee is said to reduce puffiness of the under eye area as it is known for increasing blood circulation to give the skin a more rejuvenated and refresehd/awake look. Caffeine in skin products is also said to help in tightening and firming the skin as well as help with cellulite! So I decided to give it a try.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Gluten free banana bread recipe that is actually crazy delicious!!!

I'm eating a piece as we speak lol This gluten free banana bread recipe is friggin' delicious so I decided to share it here since I felt it was wrong to keep it to myself, I even gave a little sliver to the kiddo and she was obsessed with it...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

DIY Herbal Oil infusions

Oil infusions are a beautiful thing! They're wonderful for food purposes (hot pepper oil for instance for all you artisan pizza lovers!) but they can also be used as healing aids. When we cook and combine a little extra virgin olive oil with a few spices, our goal is to infuse the flavor of the spices into the oils which in turn fuse themselves into our food item. The same process and idea can be done with medicinal herbs to create a wonderful oil which can be used as a natural healing aid. I create and use oil infusions in practically every product I handcraft, from my diaper creams down to my lip balms to really enrich my natural products as best I can with the best herbs I can get my hands on. It's simple to do, a little time consuming but worth every minute! You'll want to spend a bit of time researching the wide variety of herbs available to you so you can tailor make an oil that can be of service to you. Once you have decided what you would like to create your oil infusion for, have researched the herbs that can deliver, you can purchase your herbs (the fresher the better!  I would however recommend dry herbs if you are just starting out vs fresh herbs you need to dry out yourself first), purchase your oil of preference and then you can get started!! There are a few methods that can be used to create your oil infusions, in both a cold infusion or hot infusion, I will explain the difference to the two below.

Friday, March 7, 2014

DIY Natural diaper cream.

This is another diy I've been using on my baby that has worked beautifully. Why should you think about making your own diaper rash cream you ask? Because this way it can be fresh and pure every time! 

I would like to start off by saying that diaper rashes are a part of babyhood, and some babies get more rashes than others. My daughter was super good at keeping diaper rashes at bay until she started eating more of a variety of fruits. Once the potty training kicks in, food limitations won't be as much of an issue, but until then, we had to temporarily eliminate strawberries, raspberries and tomatoes from the menu since we noticed they would cause diaper rashes no matter what we did to avoid them (due to the acidity I suppose), once we removed those foods, the rash was gone. All this to say, that no cream will help an underlying cause if no changes are made. If your child has a very stubborn rash that won't go away, don't focus on a barrier, focus on making the internal changes (most likely dietary) by the process of eliminating and re introducing foods you suspect are causing the issue. 

Most commercial products will contain water as a main ingredient (first ingredient listed on the ingredients list) because it's cheap and cuts the production cost of the product per gram to maximize profits and while there's absolutely nothing wrong with water/aqua, preservatives will automatically be needed to stop that same water ingredient from creating an infestation of bacteria over time in the product. Any company that says they use an all natural EFFECTIVE ingredient as a preservative is full of s*#t... I'm not saying synthetic preservatives are lethal and should be avoided at all costs since they are needed in products containing water to keep them safe, but if you can find a way to omit them, many people would love to since they do take away from the purity of a product, and why pay a high price for something that isn't even pure? Just know that anyone using water in their products and NOT using a potent broad spectrum preservative (and only using something like rosemary, grapefruit extract, vitamin e, etc...) is selling you a ticking time bomb of bacteria so stay away from it...The only negative to making your own natural products is that it can't sit on a shelf for crazy amounts of time, but why would you want that anyways? I feel like the fresher the better! Plus this is the type of product many parents will use extremely often in their babies early years so the more natural the better in my opinion.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

DIY all natural vapor rub for babies and kids.

In light of my daughter and I getting sick with the stupid virus that's going around here I thought I'd touch base with this all natural remedy.

I said I would eventually show a quick vapor rub recipe and here it is! I make a version of this for my daughter because it's all natural, easy, and effective! I've made a much simpler version for this post so that anyone can make it! The one I make for my home has more ingredients that might be a little more tedious to find, but this one should work just as well!!!

I personally didn't feel comfortable putting the commercial vapor rub on my daughter since their baby rub is made of petroleum jelly (which I like to avoid, but it's a personal choice, you can read a little about petrolatum here) and the FRAGRANCE (not the natural essential oils) of eucalyptus and rosemary, so not too high on my list of a product with a natural approach (the regular version should always be avoided in children under 2 years of age since it contains menthol (which is also a derivative of peppermint essential oil so it is also to be avoided) and can cause respiratory complications in babies!).  

What you'll need: Virgin coconut oi (hard at room temperature), and 3 essential oils: Eucalyptus, lavender and rosemary (which you can usually find in pharmacies or natural health stores), and a container (a baby food container works nicely!) I had a couple of them lying around from the 2-3 times I tried to give my daughter bottled apple sauce (which she hated from baby food brands...) so I reused the bottles! 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

How to avoid flat head in babies with a pillow!

As a first time mom, I used to get a little nervous when I used to see little babies out and about with their parents with adorably cute helmets on their heads, they looked so cute, but you knew they were wearing them because they had to correct a flattened head situation caused by a soft head and constantly laying their heads on a flat surface for long periods of time. Naturally, I wanted to avoid this for my daughter if possible.

My little girl is now 15.5 months old and enjoying her favorite word, "no"... She's come a long way from tummy time and sitting still! She's now our little destroyer / baby terrorizer as we like to call her since she's at the stage now where she loves throwing things and destroying block castles... 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Use an onion to naturally accelerate the healing time of minor wounds!

If you're someone who likes the idea of Polysporin but doesn't want to use it for whatever reason, know that you can help accelerate the healing of minor wounds with the skin of an onion!

I came across this remedy thanks to my mom! I was staying with my parents during a family vacation and I had cut my finger with a knife (it was bleeding quite a bit but it wasn't deep enough to need stitches). I asked my mother if she had a band aid, and then she told me she would give me something better, onion skin! I told her that I didn't have time for her crazy talk. I didn't think she was making much sense until she kept insisting and got her way (as all mothers do lol) she gave me the onion skin, I put it on the wound then placed a band aid over it. Much to my surprise, by the end of the day (I had it on about 12 hrs) It had sealed up and almost completely healed! I was so weirded out by it since I thought it was ridiculous to begin with! I was pretty impressed and thought I would share :)

Btw, pretty sure I don't need to mention this, but it was a minor cut... I didn't need stitches, If you think you need stitches, do not substitute a doctor visit for onion skin...

What you'll need:

The Precision Blending Sponge!

I just got this sponge when I was visiting my family down south and I used it for the first time a few days ago and really liked it! Technically I guess its like the little flat triangular sponges, except it fits better in your hand and the edge is stiffer when getting into creases so I felt like it was working better. I still apply my makeup on my fingers first, dab it onto my skin nicely, then finish off the spread by lightly blending with this sponge. I really liked it! I got mine at Sally...