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Today I have an awesome guest post to present to you from the creator of the Health and Beauty Blog, LaDawn Kaye. Ms. LaDawn writes about old school cures in a modern day world... and let me tell ya, this lady definitely knows a thing or two (or ten) when it comes to natural alternatives for health and beauty... all while staying within budget.
So without further ado GFBers, let's give a warm 'hey girl, hey' to Ms. LaDawn as she enlightens us on 5 essential beauty products we may not have already known we had...
The beauty aisles in any grocery or drug store are stocked full of impressive looking jars that promise you the moon, the stars, and everything in-between, but in addition to costing a pretty penny, they include tons of ingredients that you probably can’t pronounce and are hazardous to your health.... and at the end of the day they may not even work.
I have a rule of thumb that I’ve tried to live by for the past few years: If I can’t put it in me, then I probably shouldn’t put it on me. Loosely translated... our skin is our biggest organ in which we can actually ingest things as well as expel things (have you ever smelled curry or alcohol leaching from someone’s pores), so we should probably be way more careful with what we put on our skin.Whether I’m putting on a topical for pain relief or looking for a toner to tighten my pores, I’m always reading the labels.
While I was on the search for all natural cures for everyday ailments like sinus infections, athlete’s foot, and diaper rash... I was pleasantly surprised that some of the same products that I was using for health purposes could also be used for vanity purposes. And the added bonus of not having to purchase another product and find another spot for an already tight bathroom counter made these double duty darlings a win/win for me.
The following are some of the products that I have on hand at all times in my kitchen because they serve so many different functions... and not only are they inexpensive but they WORK! I'm sure you could find most, if not every single one of these products already in your home.
This is definitely not an exhaustive list of the products I use, but if you’re trying to take a step in the direction of improving your fiscal as well as overall health, these products are good for both your body and your budget.
Apple Cider Vinegar.
I’ll bet you didn’t know that one of the best things you can do for your hair is to incorporate apple cider vinegar rinses into your hair routine. I personally only use Braggs ACV because it has the “Mother” (the stuff that settles at the bottom and makes it cloudy).
I like to use this rinse before washing, if I have a lot of product build up or between shampooing and conditioning if my hair is fairly “gunk free”. Depending on how much hair you have, you can use anywhere from 8 to 12 oz. of warm water. I like to use 3 parts water to 1 part ACV. Not only is it a natural conditioner, but there are enzymes in the acid of ACV which kill the bacteria that causes dandruff.
When used regularly, ACV keeps your hair soft, shiny, and flake free.
Most people are familiar with the anti-inflammatory properties of aloe which makes it an instant go-to for minor household burns, but what most people don’t know is that it also kills the bacteria which causes acne... making it equally beneficial for maintaining blemish free skin.
If you don’t have the plant growing in or around your home, you can purchase aloe vera gel almost anywhere for easy application.
Honey is one of my favorites because, fun fact, it is the only food known to man that does not spoil... it crystallizes, so you never need worry about losing money with this one. Even the honey found in Egyptian tombs today is still safe to ingest.
I could go on for quite a while about this one product, but for the purpose of this post I’ll focus on scrubs and exfoliation. So whether you’re using oatmeal, baking soda, or brown sugar for your homemade scrub to use on your face or feet chances are the recipe calls for these products to be blended with honey.
Honey moisturizes and hydrates skin with an added bonus of having a slight bleaching effect so that if you have old scars, and you use this on a regular basis, you’ll see those scars gradually beginning to fade.
Talk about more bang for your buck, girlfriend!
This one shocked me, too.
I’m accustomed to using garlic internally for flavoring in my Italian dishes and also for its antibiotic properties during illness, but what I didn’t know was that if you mix a little minced garlic with warm olive oil and soak your nails for a few minutes... it will make then rock hard! I know this to be fact because I tried it.
Now as with most things, moderation is key. I was so overjoyed to finally have naturally strong nails that I began soaking for far too long and made my nails sore, so use this remedy with caution.
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.
I saved the very best for last!
People who know me, know that I consider this one “my precious”. If I had to spend my last dollar for one product to cover it all, it would be spent on extra virgin coconut oil. This is truly one stop shopping.
I use EVCO as a moisturizer when my hair is dry. I use it as a lotion all over when I’m just stepping out of the bath. It has anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-parasitic, and anti-inflammatory properties... meaning that stubborn athlete’s foot patch that just won’t go away will be taken care of while you’re moisturizing your skin to keep it soft and hydrated. I’ve also used it for diaper rash, hemorrhoids, and to make my own vaginal suppositories for yeast infections.
In addition to these external uses, I use it internally when I have sinus infections or viruses. I just take a tablespoon of the oil and chase it with 6 to 8 oz. of orange juice.
I also use it in place of butter. It’s a lot healthier, has tons of health benefits, and makes a pretty mean grilled cheese sandwich!
So there you have it, ladies!
These products cover all of your beauty needs from head to toe for a fraction of the price. So as you run out of the drug store products that are laden with chemicals, why not gradually begin to incorporate some products from your kitchen to replace them?
Trust me, you’ll be glad you did!
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Can you believe this is my very first product review?!
I’m so very excited to present to you the ZTE Blade X Max. I mean... even the name sounds like some type of super-cool hero ninja, right?!
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Guess What? I’m 31 today! Yeah girlfriend, your girl is getting wiser (ahem...not older), because I honestly believe that you’re only as old as you feel. But with that being said, 31 is that awkward age that reminds you that you are actually in your 30’s now. Like before I could still kinda say I had one foot in 29, but nah… at 31 you’re grown! You are officially (or should be) adulting by this age and I can definitely say it has its perks.
“Okay Elle... I can probably do the Salmon, but Brussel Sprouts?!... Ewwww!”
I definitely thought the same thing before I tried this recipe... but before you get all grossed out on me, have you tried roasted brussel sprouts lately? I mean seriously… these veggies are not your average, yuck-nasty, boiled brussels sprouts that your family seemed to make you eat as a punishment when you were a kid… oh no, girlfriend… the way these veggies are prepared will actually make you crave them on a regular basis. Ask my wife…this recipe changed her life!
On the flip side, if you love healthy and filling meals as much as I do… you’re definitely going to want to add this to your recipe rotation! Here’s how you make it:
If you’re a regular reader of Girlfriend’s, Budget… you’ll know it’s no secret that saving is my very favorite part of this whole budgeting thing! While I do love that accomplished feeling of knowing all my bills are paid on time, my debt is minimal or non-existent, and I have some extra money to blow (because I’m living below my means), it’s just something about saving that makes me feel so boss every time I hit that transfer button and see those digits in my account increase!
It’s like my little pot of gold that I know is tucked away at the end of the rainbow, ready and waiting for me in the event life throws me any major financial curve ball.
As a financial coach, I teach all my clients how to get on the path to financial freedom by using a very simple budget pyramid. The lessons of one step leads up to the next until this budgeting thing becomes your normal way of life. Saving is like the 3rd step in the budgeting pyramid…
It’s Friday and for many… it’s also payday (Wooo-hooo)! And in most of our minds, that’s definitely something to celebrate.
So you convince yourself that it’s okay to “treat yo’self” because after all… you did just go through two weeks (a month for some) of pure workweek stress (sometimes the only thing I really wanna to make hangout plans with is...my bed).
But your friends and co-workers are all ready to hit the happy hour scene annnnd… why not?!
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How many times have you been ready to turn up for the weekend, but after looking at your account balance your “turn down for what” mood quickly changes into “turn down for real”?
Listen… we’ve all been there and I can speak from personal experience. But just because your funds are low doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun weekend… it just takes a little creativity.
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When you think of the word “sexy”, what exactly comes to mind? Most people automatically think about a physical attraction, but girlfriend it’s waaay more than that! True sexiness comes from within and after three decades of being alive, I finally learned what being sexy is all about… so today I’d like to share with you how I maintain my sexy and how you can do the same. Let’s chat!
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Summer is officially here (well, at least the scorching hot Texas temperatures say so where I live) and let’s face it, sometimes we all just need a break… from life! So what better way to get that break than to plan a summer girlfriend’s getaway (sun’s out, buns out!). The good news is that traveling doesn’t have to be a big production, nor does it have to be expensive. So I have listed some tips below on how to keep those coins in your pocket, while still having a good time with the ladies! Let’s chat:
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So you’ve come to the place in life where you feel it’s time to strike out on your own and to that I say, go for it, I’m all for independence! However, before you take that momentous leap, take some time to ask yourself these 5 crucial questions just to make sure you’ve covered all your bases: