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  • Refreshing Ginger Chamomile Ice Cubes

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    Hello summer! July is officially here, and with it, the time for outdoor picnics, beach days, and backyard entertaining. It gets hot, for sure, and we’re always looking for the next best way to cool off. That’s where ice cubes come in, but we’re not talking about just any ice cubes. We’re talking about ginger chamomile ice cubes. These babies are the easiest thing to whip up, and they’re a big crowd pleaser. Throw them into a cocktail, iced tea, or a smoothie and you won’t regret it. Here’s how to make them!
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  • Creamy Lavender Body Wash

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    Making your own soap is surprisingly easy, and a very satisfying thing to do. I like making this blend and having it on hand anytime my skin feels like it needs some extra love. You can substitute any essential oil that you’d like, but I happen to like lavender for the soothing nature that it provides.
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  • Chicory, A Coffee Alternative

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    Caffeine, despite the fact that many of us drink it this way, is one of the worst things to consume first thing in the morning. After a full night’s sleep, our bodies get confused with the huge stimulating kick. The caffeine gives a surge of energy, and then inevitably results in a crash later on. Not to mention, it causes food to speed through our intestines, diminishing our nutrient absorption and dehydrating our bodies.

    There is a happy medium, however. Chicory, is a great substitute for coffee. While containing small amounts of caffeine (50-75mg per cup), it’s nowhere near the 250mg of caffeine in one cup of drip coffee.

    So hey, why not try it out?
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  • DIY Chapped Lip Treatment

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    In the winter months our bodies crave hydration. The cold air dries out our tissues, and there is only so much hydration from the inside can help. In addition to drinking water, we have to apply extra goodness from the outside.
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  • Elderberry Throat Drops

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    It’s that season! Runny noses, scratchy throats, and incessant coughing are everywhere. When they spread to you, there is only one thing you can do: take care of yourself. Rest, warm liquids, and herbal remedies will give you a fast recovery.
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  • Cranberry Seed Muffins

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    I’ve been making a concerted effort to avoid wheat lately, but unfortunately that means cutting out one of my favorite foods, bread. Learning to live without sandwiches or toast is something that takes some getting used to. To help fill the void, I began looking into alternatives, and was really excited when I found this “Life Changing Loaf of Bread” from one of my favorite food bloggers, Sarah of My New Roots.
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  • Whole Foods Downtown: Bakery Spotlight

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    If there’s one thing we love shamelessly indulging in, it’s sweets. One of our favorite places to go to satisfy our sweet tooth in Austin is the original Whole Foods downtown on South Lamar Boulevard.
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  • DIY Aromatherapy Sinus Relief

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    The seasons are changing.Temperatures are rising and falling to new extremes each day, and with them there is a toll is exerted on our sinuses. We are more prone to infections, clogs, and discomfort around our nose and eyes come this time of year. To help keep them clear and to give relief, you can simply inhale some of Mother Nature’s healing scents. Eucalyptus, peppermint, and lavender are a dynamic force that help clogs and give soothing energy to sinus cavities. Next time you need a little something to make you feel better, try putting together one of these simple “smelling pouches”.

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  • DIY Healthy Hair Rinse

    After visiting the Officina Profumo Farmeceutica di Santa Maria Novella in Florence, I discovered hair rinses and became very intrigued to try some of my own. I did a little research and got to experimenting.

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  • Rice Water Beauty Secrets

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    For centuries, Asian women have been utilizing the somewhat secret beauty benefits of rice. One of the most-used homemade products is rice water, which can help make your skin flawless and your hair silky and shiny.

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