Monday, November 24, 2014

DIY Hair Treatment

After being sick all last week, I decided to pamper myself over the weekend. I slept in, spent some time doing yoga and gave my hair a nourishing oil treatment. One of my favorite oil treatments for hair comes from the book, Organic Beauty.  I love this simple recipe that requires just three ingredients: jojoba oil, sage essential oil, and tea tree essential oil. Jojoba oil is useful whether your scalp is dry or oily. Sage and tea tree oils both have anti-bacterial and cleansing properties, which make them both good choices for an oily scalp.

Oily Hair Treatment
4 tsp Jojoba oil
10 drops sage oil
10 drops tea tree oil

Directions for Use
Mix ingredients together and apply to dry, unwashed hair.
Comb through hair and blow dry for 2-4 minutes. 
Leave on hair 20 minutes (min.) to overnight (max.)
Apply shampoo, wash, rinse, repeat...condition if desired 

For those of you with dry hair give this a try....

Banana Hair Mask
1 ripe banana
1 tbs olive oil

Directions for use:
Mash banana and mix with olive oil. 
Massage mixture into hair.
Wrap hair in plastic or warm towel for 15 minutes.
Rinse, shampoo, condition

I hope you enjoy this treatment as much as I have over the years. It's simple to create, has limited natural ingredients, and is healthy for your hair!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Homemade Granola Bars

It's always nice to have a healthy snack on hand...something you can grab when in a hurry...something that will provide good nutrition and keep you going until the next meal. I found just the thing on Angela Liddon's Oh She Glow's website. Last weekend, I decided to make the Feel Good Hearty Granola Bars and I was not disappointed! They were easy to assemble, pop in the oven, and crazy good to eat! 

Finished bars cut into various sizes for snacking on later. I even saved a few for the freezer to have on
hand for the following week.

I made a few substitutions as I didn't have everything in the recipe on hand. Since I was one banana short, I used a 1/2 cup of applesauce. I used pecans instead of walnuts, and whole almonds instead of sliced almonds. I loved the taste and didn't feel like it needed anything extra.

I wrapped each bar in wax paper, taped the ends, and stored a few in the fridge and the others in the freezer.

I really enjoyed this recipe. I don't think I have tried anything on her site or within the cookbook that I didn't like. Some other favorites from her site, Italian Bean Balls (time consuming but SO worth it!),  the Perfect Veggie Burger, and the Easy Overnight Buckwheat Parfait

Do yourself a favor and check out her book, The Oh She Glow's Cookbook or the Oh She Glows website for fantastic recipes. Your taste buds will thank you!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

My Imaginary World

It's been several years since I created something crazy with Keri Smith's book titled, Mess: The Manual of Accidents and MistakesHer book was SO MUCH FUN and I always hoped to start another one. Just recently, The Imaginary World of (fill in your name) was published. So...I bought it!

Today I did the first project! To get started in the book, I needed to record some of my favorite things...books, weather, artists, landforms, and so on. I completely filled the page in a short amount of time. After I recorded my favorites, I spent some time just doodling on the page. I had some new colored pens that I wanted to use and couldn't resist brightening the page!

Building the database for my future Imaginary World.....

I decided to personalize the front cover by using collage and and a few Posca Pens.

I couldn't resist decorating the cover with my Posca Pens!

I'm looking forward to creating and exploring MY IMAGINARY WORLD!!