Rejuvenating Grape Face Mask

Consider the humble grape. At this point, this little fruit – or cluster of fruits – may feel a bit… played out. After all, grapes have a habit of showing up all over the place: as raisins, jelly, jam, good puns, wine. Like apples, grapes are one of those produce items we’ve grown so used to, our eyes often skim right over them at the market, opting instead for something more exotic. But before you pass over that purple or light green cluster yet again, take another look. The simple grapes sitting before you come from a long and complicated history, with their first domestication dating as far back as 8,000 years ago. What’s more, they could be the key to gorgeous, youthful looking skin. Intrigued? Read on.

What are grapes?

Thought to have been originally cultivated in the Middle East over 8,000 years ago, grapes are botanically a berry and have been used as food and to make wine for nearly equal amounts of time. The yeast that occurs naturally on the skin of the grapes is what causes the fruit to turn alcoholic, which eventually led to the discovery of turning grapes to wine. Now, the majority of grapes worldwide are destined to be made into wine, though a small percentage is reserved for those of us who still like to eat them straight from the vine.

What are the benefits of grapes?

We’ve all heard of the heart-healthy benefits of red wine, but did you know the same benefits could be reaped by simply eating dark red grapes? Packed with antioxidant-rich polyphenols like resveratrol, grapes — specifically the skin of dark red and purple grapes — could benefit heart and skin health. The flavonoid quercetin present in the skin of dark red grapes has been found to potentially reduce LDL cholesterol and grape’s high polyphenol content has been shown to possibly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. The resveratrol found in grapes could also boost brain power, helping to increase blood flow to the brain and neutralize free radicals. Grapes are also a rich source of skin-friendly alpha hydroxy acids, which boost cellular turnover and help heal damage caused by the sun, while collagen-promoting anthocyanins found in the skin of grapes could reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Takeaway: Don’t peel your grapes. One more takeaway? Rich in insoluble fiber, grapes could aid in digestion and tonify the digestive tract, helping your digestion work more efficiently.

 

 

Not only can you enjoy the magnificent cleansing properties of grapes internally, you can also whip up an amazing face mask to have your skin Autumn ready in no time! If you’ve been following me, you know that I’ve already used wine to make an incredibly, restorative face mask. This recipe uses fresh grapes instead and dare I say, I love this one even more than my red wine mask. Check it out!

Rejuvenating Grape Face Mask

Ingredients

  • Small handful dark purple grapes
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp oat flour or oatmeal
  • Optional: A few drops of grapeseed oil

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Use your fingers or a clean mask brush to apply to face, avoiding the eye area. Let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and follow up with your favorite oil or moisturizer.

via Wellness Encyclopedia: Benefits of Grapes + Renewing Grape Face Mask

The Perfect Luggage for the Neurotic Neat-Freak in All of Us

This July I’m heading overseas for a European vacation. It’ll be the first time in a long time that I’m traveling internationally for an extended period of time. I’ll be hanging out in Scandinavia and England for several weeks. As excited as I am for the trip, I think I’m more excited about the opportunity to pack my luggage. Hear me out. For me, packing luggage represents the opportunity to appease all of the angry, neurotic, neat-freak, minimalist voices in my head. There is almost nothing quite as satisfying as packing everything you could possibly need into a nifty carry on.

Recently, I came across Eagle Creek luggage, and I’ve been swooning ever since. This luggage is the truth, y’all. I mean, every square inch of these bags are made to maximize function and keep you organized. I’m in no way affiliated with this company, I’m just kind of a nerd when it comes to travel. I write lists. I double check those lists. I even do ‘dry runs’ to make sure my list is top notch by packing and unpacking while I’m still at home.

I’m super stoked I found Eagle Creek bags ahead of this summer trip I’m taking. They have different collections to choose from, so there’s something for everybody. From the international traveler like me, to the mom that has to pack for all the kids, to the business traveler, even to the outdoor enthusiast, these bags are everything. Dude, I’m really geeking out over this luggage. I think you will too, just check out this video!

Yoga Essentials for Beginners and How to Use Them

Yoga Essentials for Beginners: Where to Find Them and How to Use Them

I started out doing yoga because I knew I needed to exercise. My energy levels were super low, no matter how much coffee I drank and by midday I was ready to crawl back into bed. The last straw was that my lower back and legs started to hurt more and more each time I leaned down to tie my shoes. Despite the fact that my body was functioning like I was 176 years old, I still wanted to find the lowest impact exercise I could, because lazy. That’s how I settled on yoga. I figured, I stretch and breathe every day already so yoga is totally in my wheelhouse. I was too embarrassed to actually go to a yoga class though. I chose an at-home yoga app, and in the privacy of my own living room, I began my yoga practice.

My very first full yoga routine was on New Year’s Day of last year and I’ve done a yoga routine every single day since then. I can’t begin to describe to you the difference it has made in my life. I have more energy than I’ve had in years and yoga is totally bringing my sexy back. Anyway, this last year has taught me some of the finer details of yoga—the things I wish I had known when I started that could’ve saved me from some aches and pains and other minor inconveniences. If you are just toying with the idea of starting on a healthier path, and you think yoga might be for you, here are some beginner essentials that you should totally invest in. Where applicable, I’ve also posted a link to a short video to show you how to use the particular item.

Yoga Mat

It pays off to invest in a good yoga mat. What makes a good yoga mat, you ask. One that doesn’t roll up or slip around when you’re moving from one pose into another. One that doesn’t get noticeably sticky when you start to sweat. Most of all, one that doesn’t wear out quickly and start to shed little pieces of mat all over the place. I really love Gaiam yoga mats (currently discounted here) and Manduka Prolite Mats (find them here).

Yoga Mat Towel

If you naturally run a little bit hot when you exercise,or if you plan on doing hot yoga, yoga mat towels are a must. These towels are specifically designed to wick up sweat. You can use them in place of a yoga mat or lay them right on top of your yoga mat (especially useful if you’re using the ‘bowling shoe’ yoga mats that the gym lends you).

Yoga Bolster

Yoga bolsters make it easier to get into and maintain poses that are a difficult for you. These are key when you’re trying to relax in a pose that you find a little bit strenuous. Here are some yoga poses that really benefit from the use of bolsters.

Yoga Strap

I didn’t know how great yoga straps were when I first started doing yoga, but these things are amazing. Yoga straps are so helpful when it comes to improving flexibility. Even if you’re not new to yoga, yoga straps can really help you sink deeper into a pose. Here’s how to use them.

Yoga Block

Yoga blocks are also useful for improving flexibility, but they also assist in maintaining the proper alignment in a pose. Check out this intro to yoga blocks.

***Even if you don’t pick up all of these items, you can still get moving and start your daily yoga practice. Remember: this time next year, you’ll wish you’d started today. You can do this!!!

 

21 Ways to Upgrade Your Butcher Paper Gift Wrap

21 Ways to Upgrade Your Butcher Paper Gift Wrap

I take a lot of pride in gift wrapping. It’s like fashion for presents. You don’t show up to a function with your dress on inside out. Ya dig what I’m saying? So when it comes to presentation, I like to keep my gift wrapping pretty and fashionable. I love to dress up the gifts I’m giving with a whole lot of attention to detail, and recently I’ve been experimenting with different color combinations and textures. I’m super in love with craft paper/butcher paper at the moment. It’s the perfect blank canvas for some pretty beautiful gift wrapping ideas. Check out the pics below.
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21 Ways to Upgrade Your Butcher Paper Gift Wrap

21 Ways to Upgrade Your Butcher Paper Gift Wrap

For the full run down on all of these beautiful gift wrapping ideas, follow the link below!

Source: Brit + Co

Source: Apartment Therapy

Arsenic & Old Place Celebrates National Honey Month---Recipes, Homemade Beauty, and More!

Celebrating National Honey Month!!!

September is National Honey Month! An entire month celebrating the wonderfully diverse gift of nature that is honey! No joke, I’m crazy excited about it. I use honey not only for cooking, but also for everything from treating my allergies to homemade beauty products to home decor (seriously, is there anything prettier than honey jars on a shelf?!). Talk about a superfood! Honey is amazing! Throughout the month of September, I’ll be sharing with you some of my absolute fave honey recipes, products, and home remedies.

In the meantime, check out this super informative article detailing all the glorious facts and nutritional properties of honey!

Don’t forget to share your own honey recipes and tips on social media using the hashtag #nationalhoneymonth