Epson Salt Secrets

One of my favorite things is Epsom Salt; it is one of the greatest natural remedies to use for health and beauty benefits, this salt is great for a number of things, I want to explore some of my favorite things that Epsom salt is used for.

What is Epsom salt?

Epsom salt is Magnesium sulfate; it is regulated by the USP and the FDA, when buying the salt look on the packaging drug facts to confirm that the salt you are buying is regulated by these two.

Uses for Epsom salt:

My favorite thing to do with Epsom salt is to let the salt dissolve in a warm bath and soak. The salt relieves muscle pain and is a natural stress reliever. I love to dissolve the salt in the bath water and add a few drops of my favorite essential oil fragrance. Mix 2 cups of Epsom salt into the bath water with a few drops of oil.

Another use for Epsom salt is a facial scrub:

Mix one teaspoon of Epsom salt into one cup of hot water.

Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes

Apply to skin and rinse.

The uses for Epsom Salt are expansive; from bath water to mixing it into a deep conditioner to volumize your hair. You can also use it as a body scrub to soften and brighten skin. I hope you end up enjoying this natural remedy as much as I do!

Epsom Salt info source: epsomsaltcouncil.org

Taylor Morgan

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Avocado Egg Soufflé

This past month, I discovered a new breakfast that I like to eat in the mornings, I call it Avocado Egg Soufflé! It will definitely power you up for a sure-to-be good day! … Yes, I know… It may turn out to be a terrible day, but the fact that you ate this breakfast will make it good regardless! 😀

Ingredients:

2 eggs

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1/4 cup shredded cheese

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1/2 avocado (If small, 1 whole avocado)

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Directions:

Step 1: Use a frying pan (small if possible) and put the stove top on medium.

Step 2: Mix two eggs and 1/4 cup of cheese in a bowl with a fork.

Step 3: Pour the mixture into the frying pan.

Step 4: Cut open an avocado and smashed it.

Step 5: Watch the Soufflé and flip until cooked to desired amount.

Step 6: Place the Soufflé on a plate and spread the avocado mash on top! Viola!

 

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Nutrition Information:

2 Eggs: 10g fat, 0g carbs, 12g protein (140 calories)

1/4 Cup of Shredded Cheese (Mexican): 9 grams fat, 0g carbs, 7g protein (50 calories)

1/2 Avocado (Hass): 12g fat, 6g carbs, 1.5g protein (120 calories)

Total Meal: 31g fat, 6 carbs, 20.5g protein (310 calories)

 

WOW, That is one amazingly healthy meal! Good fats, low carbs, and high in protein. It can’t get any better than this. Go try it out and let me know what you think in the comments below!

By: Emma Danzey

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Clean Feet, Can Defeat

Clean feet can defeat the filth of this world. One of my favorite stories is about Mary Magdalene. She came before God broken with her most valuable possession. Then she knelt before God with tears streaming down her face, she broke her alabaster box, and poured it upon the Masters feet. After gently washing Jesus feet she dried them with her hair. In my eyes, this story symbolizes a broken woman who has found true peace and deliverance in Christ. Now she is taking, what used to be, her most valuable possession and pouring it out upon Jesus’ feet. Her actions are expressing that Jesus is now the most valuable thing in her life. She is giving her life to Jesus and surrendering. “Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.” John 12:3

*We have valuables that we are holding onto, but we must let them go and make God our number 1 priority. Take it to the feet of Jesus and surrender your life to Christ.

Another account in God’s Word that I Love is when Jesus washes His disciple’s feet. The King of Kings makes himself into a lowly servant and washes each of the twelves feet. Peter rejects the service at first, but after Christ explains his work, Peter wants to be washed all over. What I am trying to say is allow God to wash your feet. Jesus tells Peter “If I wash thee not, thou hast no part of me.” John 13:7

*I want to be cleansed by Jesus and be as close to Him as possible. Every day we dig into Gods word we are cleaning ourselves. Wash your feet daily and allow God to lead you where you need to go.

 

Now, it is summer time and I am glad the Lord led me to the subject of feet. Since the weather is warming up the feet are coming out of hiding. Keep the feet clean and polish those toes. Treat yourself to a pedicure or give yourself a DIY spa treatment. You deserve it!

The Scoop on Healthful Ice Cream

Spanning the long stretch of summer, I’m going to feature a different ice cream each month, specifically those healthful, adorable little pints that stack snugly in the freezer section of your grocery store beside the big guys.

June: Halo Top

What’s a girl to do when she craves ice cream, but fresh strawberries just won’t do the trick? Indulge in Halo Top ice Cream. It’s a low cal, low sugar, high protein alternative that won’t leave you feeling guilty.

My oldest daughter, Alexandra, is a fitness enthusiast. Being in the gym on a regular basis may have eliminated unwanted body fat here and there, but it hasn’t eliminated her desire for ice cream. My thirty plus years doing the same hasn’t either. A few months ago, she introduced me to Halo Top. While my Lone Star heart will always prefer Blue Bell ice cream (www.bluebell.com) in terms of richness, quality and quantity (still sold in half gallon containers), Halo Top is a terrific alternative with significantly less fat and sugar. https://www.halotop.com/us-vs-them/ 

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Benefits:

~It’s sweetened with both stevia, an all-natural, plant-based sweetener, and erythritol, a sugar alcohol. Neither of these affect blood glucose levels.

~It’s sold in pints so you can either share with someone or enjoy the entire container yourself.

~The calorie content for the entire pint (4 – ½ cup servings) ranges from only 240 to 360, while the calorie content of most full fat ice creams are around 150 for only a 1/2 cup serving. Some even pack well over 300 calories in the same amount.

 

Disadvantages:

~Stevia and erythritol are non-digestible substances and may cause intestinal bloating, although this is more likely in large quantities and some are more sensitive than others.

~This frozen little gem isn’t cheap. For the thrifty minded one (that’d be me), purchasing Halo Top on a regular basis will be difficult to justify. A pint typically costs around $4.50, so keep an emergency 5 dollar bill around for when the craving hits.

At present, there are 17 different Halo Top flavors to choose from. Given the cost, discovering which you like best will be hard on your wallet. I’d take a few friends along on a Halo Top run, each of you purchase a different flavor, and then enjoy some taste-testing. At a third the cost, you’re sure to find a favorite.

Sea Salt Caramel, Mint Chip, and Peanut Butter Cup are my top picks.

Search their website for fun recipes. https://www.halotop.com/blog/2016/10/7/patriotic-popsicles. For starters, try Patriotic Popsicles using Vanilla Bean Halo Top, fresh strawberries and blueberries.

Ah. The sun’s out. Time to head to the front porch and dip into my Halo Top.

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Spring Sugar Scrub

Hello my Beautiful Ladies! Spring is finally upon us; as we enter into the warmer weather it may be time to give our dry winter skin a little TLC! I love “DIY” beauty treatments so I am sharing my favorite sugar scrub to help get your skin summer ready! I got this recipe from an adorable blog called Salt Lick Lessons.

Sugar Scrub:

Ingredients:

  • ¼ to 1 cup coconut oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 10-15 drops essential oil (optional)
  • Food coloring (optional)

 

Instructions:

  • Combine coconut oil and one cup sugar in the bowl

(Personally, I did a half cup of coconut oil)

  • Add the essential oil and stir (also add the food coloring if you want)

(I also melted just a little extra coconut oil in the microwave at this point and added it to the bowl just to help the mixture bind all together!)

  • Add the remaining sugar and stir (the consistency will be that of super soft sand!)
  • Scrub away!

 

This is such a great recipe and so simple! I used lavender and lemon for my essential oils, but if you can’t find any not to worry this recipe is great without the oil! This was so fun I made some for my favorite girls and dressed up my Mason jars with a cute ribbon! I hope you enjoy this super simple scrub! –Taylor Morgan

Shaving Just Got Easier

If you are anything like me, you dread the time when it comes to shave in the shower. It is a lengthy and annoying process. The worst part of all is not shaving your legs, but the poor results. I shave so precisely, in yet still have unwanted hair and stubble.

This week I tried a new experiment. I went to the store and put my foot down… I bought a men’s razor BIC Flex 5. Here I am on week one of the new discovery and I am happy to announce that there is hope for sleek skin! My armpits are clearer than ever and my legs are significantly softer!

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Facts:

  1. Sharper: I have done some research and it is easier to cut yourself with a men’s razor because of the sharpness of the blade, however I feel it is worth the risk. It is never good to shave in a hurry, so this just makes me more cautious.
  2. More Flexible: The other wonderful part about these razors is that they can maneuver much easier around difficult areas. Normally, ankles are hard for me, but not anymore…
  3. Cheaper: The fact is that women’s razors are more expensive. It is unfair and the marketers do their best to keep women paying the extra bucks. Not only will getting a man’s razor work more efficiently, it will save you $$$.

 

Spiritual Application: Life is a lot like selecting a good razor. We can try to remove our flaws and our imperfections on our own, or we can trade in costly sorrows for the perfect sacrifice of Jesus. He is the solution we are all looking for. He is the one who removes every sin and makes us whiter than snow. When we trade in our exhausting efforts and embrace His free gift of grace, our lives will be forever changed.

By: Emma Danzey

Go NATURAL

The past couple of months I have struggled with my face breaking out. I have tried everything! I stopped eating as much sugar, I tried different facial cleansers, my mom hooked me up with the essential oils, and so on. Everything we tried helped in a small way, but I finally decided I was just going to take a rest from wearing my full face of make up for a while. I have just been wearing mascara during the week so my face can breathe. Well my face has begun to clear up more and more and I’m extremely happy. NO ONE wants to walk around constantly with that crazy acne on their face. Yes, my face is not super clear and flawless. I have scars and scratches. Instead, of trying to hide my flaws I decided to let them shine and in the end showing my flaws, resulted in me gaining a clearer face.

What I am trying to tell you is sometimes in life we have things we try to hide and they just end up getting worse. Be open to God and the spiritual leaders around you so they can help you find healing. Allow God to cleanse and make the natural you more beautiful. Nobody is perfect and trust me, we all have scars. Remember, everything you go through has a purpose, whether we understand it or not. Do not hide behind your mistakes, but rather, learn from them, and share what you have learned with others!

1 Peter 3:3-4  Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

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CHALLENGE
: Go five days wearing little to know makeup! Rock your natural beauty and see the response you receive, and watch how your skin will react.

 

By: Hannah Wheeler

Fiber and Fluid, A Perfect – and Necessary – Pair.

Fiber is essential for good health. In addition to aiding digestion, regulating blood sugar levels, a diet rich in fiber has been shown to lower risk of certain types of bowel cancer and lower cholesterol levels.

There are two different types of fiber, soluble and insoluble. An apple is a helpful visual to distinguish between the two:

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~The peel is insoluble, or indigestible, fiber. It promotes intestinal regularity and/or relief of constipation.

~The juicy inside (pulp) is soluble, or digestible, fiber. It’s been credited with the ability to lower cholesterol levels.

According to The American Heart Association, totally dietary fiber intake should be 25-30 grams a day, preferably from food, rather than supplements.

But…approximately how many grams do you think American adults currently consume?

  1. 7 grams
  2. 15 grams
  3. 22 grams

The answer is B.

In a world glutted with fiber-poor fast foods, processed snacks, and high-fat appetizers, hitting the 25+ grams of fiber mark will take conscious effort. It would equate to eating about 12-15 slices of whole wheat bread. I can almost hear some of you gasping about now. That’s not going to work for those who are gluten-intolerant or who are ‘carbohydrate-averse’. And can you imagine the family member or roommate who reaches for a few slices of bread and finds the bag nearly empty? (“Hey, who ate all the bread?”)

Fiber It Up:

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~Choose more fresh fruits and vegetables. Wherever possible, eat the peel and seeds.

 

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~Include peas, beans, whole grain rice/pasta and 100% whole* grains to your diet.

 

 

*NOTE: “Wheat bread” on the label simply means wheat flour was used. The original fiber content of the whole grain was stripped in processing.
almonds-1567358_1920.jpg~Nuts are also a good sourc of fiber, but take it easy on these. They are also calorically dense with calories primarily from fat.

~If necessary, incorporate supplements such as Metamucil or Fiberall. Read the nutrition label carefully for serving size and fiber content.

But before you go ingesting more fiber or heaping spoonfuls of supplements to your smoothies and juices, be warned: adding fiber without upping fluid could create an intestinal back-up the likes of rush-hour traffic on I-10 in Houston. Having grown up in this twisted and tangled metropolis, you don’t want that. It can cause bloating, cramping, and gas. And no one around you will want that.

Aim for at least 8 – 8-ounces of water/fluid a day. Yes, coffee and tea counts as fluid, but the caffeine draws fluid out of the body and can work against your ‘fiber-upping’ effort. As always, pure water is best.

During a month when everyone is pairing together for prom and formals, we mustn’t forget one of the finest nutrition match-ups… fiber and fluid. These two dance well together.

Sources:

http://www.andjrnl.org/article/S0002-8223(08)01566-6/fulltext

https://www.ucsfhealth.org/education/increasing_fiber_intake/index.html

https://www.ucsfhealth.org/education/fiber_supplements/index.html

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Mary Albers Felkins, author of inspirational romance, creator of happily ever afters

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