3 Ingredient Chia Seed Face Scrub

3 Ingredient Chia Seed Face Scrub—Spa Days at Home

I’ve really been getting into to tea lately. Don’t get me wrong. I’m still a total coffee drinker, but lately I’ve been enjoying a cuppa in the afternoon. Naturally it was only a matter of time before I started to think about smearing tea on my face, because Freud. I already knew that drinking tea has some amazing time-tested health benefits, but I’m totally embracing tea based beauty products.

3 Ingredient Chia Seed Facial Cleanser

I’ve been using matcha powder and raw honey in my weekly face mask and I absolutely love it. The matcha powder leaves your skin glowing, while the honey leaves it feeling moisturized. Since I use this mask only once a week, I felt like I should try to incorporate tea into my daily skin care regimen. I started thinking about what other teas I could use, and I got super excited about rooibos. Rooibos is a great source of alpha hydroxy acid and zinc, both of which are excellent for skin.

Aside from rooibos, this recipe also calls for chia seeds. Chia seeds are an amazing little super food jam packed with fatty acids. The addition of chia seeds allows the scrub to gently exfoliate and nourish the skin without stripping it. Unlike other face scrubs, it is gentle enough for daily use.

3 Ingredient Chia Seed Facial Cleanser

This scrub is great for all skin types and will address even the peskiest of skin issues. You’ll totally see results after your first use!

Rooibos, Honey, and Chia Seed Facial Cleanser

3 Ingredient Chia Seed Face Scrub

Ingredients

  • 1.5 tbsp rooibos tea, brewed and cooled
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 4 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice (optional)

Directions

  • In a small glass jar, combine the tea and chia seeds and set aside for 5 minutes
  • Add honey and lemon juice
  • Mix well and set aside
  • The chia seeds will start to expand a bit after a few hours
  • If the mixture is too thick for you, just add more rooibos tea a tsp at a time
  • Wash your face with a dime-sized amount
  • Can be used twice a day
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Try This—How To Build Your Own Nourishment Bowl!

Looking for some lunch inspiration? Make a nourishment bowl to provide you with all the essential food groups to feel great, think clearer, and nourish from the inside out.

I like to cook up some of the veggies for that added bonus of hot food in my salad. Sauteed vegetables are the star of the show when it comes to a delicious nourishment bowl!

Source: How To Build Your Own Nourishment Bowl! – Move Nourish Believe

Lavender Coconut Milk Body Wash

DIY Coconut Milk Spa Recipes (3 Different Ones)

I was standing in the grocery store deep in thought. Okay, so it wasn’t exactly as intense or deep as all that. I was just trying to decide between the variety of canned coconut milk brands in front of me. I had narrowed it down to three different ones. Then I remembered that Pink Floyd song Pigs (Three Different Ones)… I stood there in the grocery aisle singing the lyrics in my head, “ha ha, charade you are…” Then I started thinking about the difference between the way English people say the word charade and the way Americans say it… I laughed to myself… I still hadn’t decided between the three cans… Sigh… I bought them all. Sometimes my train of thought is a little manic.

It took me so long to pick up coconut milk that by the time I got home, I had forgotten why it was so necessary for me to run to the store to get that coconut milk in the first place. Luckily, I’m never strapped for ideas when it comes to random food items. My mind is crazy like that. When in doubt, I just experiment with homemade beauty recipes. I took those cans of coconut milk and whipped up some seriously intoxicating spa day treats (three different ones).

1. Coconut Milk Sugar Scrub

Coconut Milk Sugar Scrub
Image: Hello Glow

Ingredients

  • 1/2c coconut milk
  • 1/2c raw sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp coconut oil

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a glass jar
  • Make sure your coconut oil isn’t solid so that it’s easier to mix

2. Lavender Coconut Milk Body Wash

Lavender Coconut Milk Body Wash
Image: LiveSimply

Ingredients

  • 1/4c coconut milk
  • 1/3c Dr. Bronner’s  Liquid Castile Soap, Lavender
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil, (optional)

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients and mix well
  • The ingredients tend to separate, so be sure to give it a good stir before each use

3. Oatmeal Coconut Milk Face Mask

Oatmeal Coconut Milk Face Mask
Image: StyleandSway

Ingredients

  • 1/2c old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1.5c coconut milk
  • 1tbsp honey

Directions

  • combine all ingredients in a glass bowl
  • apply to a clean face
  • allow the mask to work its magic for 15-20 minutes

Have you tried coconut milk in your homemade beauty products? What’s your favorite recipe?

 

 

Try This---Green Matcha Smoothie Bowl

Try This— Green Matcha Smoothie Bowl Better Than Ice Cream

Have you ever had green tea ice cream? If you haven’t had the pleasure of indulging, let me try to paint the picture for you. It’s all ice cream-y goodness, but with a taste that makes you feel like you’re saving the environment while pigging out. But alas, ice cream is still ice cream, and if you have fitness goals that exclude indulging in such deliciousness, even the deceptively green taste won’t help.

So I started thinking about smoothie bowls, which I’ve heard are the clean eating alternative to ice cream. I even pinned a recipe on Pinterest so I wouldn’t forget to try it. Full disclosure: I actually pinned it more for the awesome looking wooden serving bowls and cool wooden spoons featured in the picture, but I promise I seriously wanted to try the recipe too!

Anyway, that recipe soon became one of my most popular pins, and guess what? I still kept putting off making it. I was too busy using my matcha powder in spa facial recipes.

I finally tried this simple recipe (adapted from cooktoria.com) the other day, and it is absolutely amazing! It’s perfect for breakfast and snack time—the kiddos will love it as a back to school treat. It’s perfect as a post workout recovery shake—fitness goals, y’all. And best of all, it’s perfect as a dessert—a clean eating, naturally sweet indulgence that gives ice cream a run for its money. You must try this!

Green Matcha Smoothie Bowl

Green Matcha Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

makes 1 serving

  • 1 frozen banana, sliced
  • 1 fresh kiwi, sliced
  • 1 tbsp matcha powder
  • 1/2c almond milk

Directions

  • Add all of the ingredients into your blender and process until smooth
  • Enjoy!

***NOTE: For what it’s worth, I suggest using decaf matcha powder if you’re preparing this for the kids. There’s nothing quite as exhausting as your already wired 2nd grader even more wired on matcha. Lesson learned the hard way.

Hicks Street

Fixer Upper Friday—Brooklyn Heights Townhouse Asking $11M

Brooklyn Promenade

Brooklyn Promenade at Night

Literally just a few blocks from the Brooklyn Promenade (with that view!!!), a 4,400-square-foot, five-bedroom townhouse at 265 Hicks Street hit the market, asking $10.75 million. That asking price puts it among the ranks of the most expensive homes currently for sale in Brooklyn.

The five-story home was originally built in the 19th century, but recently underwent a top-to-bottom renovation and, per the brokerspeak, has been transformed into a “turnkey masterpiece.” (And yes, there’s an elevator connecting those floors.) There’s an abundance of outdoor space, including a back garden, a fifth-floor balcony (connected to a sun room, because of course), and a private roof deck.

The revamp gave the home a modern feel while retaining many of its original details, including the facade, a bay window on the parlor level, and a grand staircase with a lovely wood banister. Other features include a third-floor lounge (which could be used as a media room, probably); a huge master suite with office and “sitting room”; and a chef’s kitchen that comes with high-end appliances.

There’s also a whole other one-bedroom apartment on the garden level that could be rented out, or simply used as a guest suite.

Sigh. This place is worth every penny! See for yourself. I’m totally drooling over this. It’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid to live in that section of Brooklyn Heights! Check out the pics below!

Hicks Street Floorplan

Hicks Street

Hicks Street Entrance

Hicks Street Garden Entrance

Hicks Street Living Room

HIcks Street Kitchen and Living Room

Hicks Street Foyer

Hicks Street Lounge

Hicks Street Bedroom

Hicks Street Bathroom

Hicks Street Sun Room

Hicks Street Rooftop

Hicks Street Garden Level

Hicks Street Garden Level Kitchen

Hicks Street Garden

Hicks Street Garden Level and Balcony

 

Source: Brooklyn Heights Townhouse Asking $11M Is One Of the Borough’s Priciest Listings – Curbed NY