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Every woman wants to be beautiful, but using beauty products can break your bank and needlessly expose you to a glut of chemicals. Before you go to the store and spend money on ‘the next big thing’, consider trying a few of these natural beauty tips which come straight from God’s backyard at a fraction of the price. For more natural beauty recipes, check out original natural beauty recipes post, our second post of natural beauty tips and natural ways to acne, beer beauty tips and coffee ground uses!

1.) Reduce the size of pores with soy milk

Use a cotton ball to apply soy milk directly onto your face after it has been washed as a toner. Leave it on overnight and wash off the milk in the morning.

2.) Remove Dandruff with Coconut Oil and Citrus Fruits

Courtesy of The Mother Huddle – Mix 4 tablespoons coconut oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 tablespoon grapefruit juice. Massage the mixture onto your dry scalp and let it sit for 20 minutes and then rise with a shower.

3.) Get rid of eye puffiness with cucumber and green tea

Mix one tea bag of green tea with 1/2 of a grated cucumber. Put the mixture into a gauze (or a napkin or paper towel) and place under your eyes for 30 to 60 minutes. Cucumber is anti-inflammatory and contains antioxidants and vitamin which protect and firm collagen. Green tea is also anti-inflammatory and contains very powerful antioxidants, which aid the cucumbers. Green Tea also has vitamin K, which helps restore the skin back to normal.

4.) Reduce Cellulite with Coconut Oil

Dry brush coconut oil onto the affected areas for 5 minutes at least twice per week. The motion and abrasion of the brush will help your blood flow and remove toxins while the coconut oil firms your skin.

5.) Replace Deodorant with Baking Soda

You can replace deodorants filled with chemicals with baking soda mixed with a dash of cornstarch. Baking soda will neutralize odors and cornstarch aids in preventing perspiration.

6.) Banish Acne with Green Tea

Green Tea’s anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants also fight acne. So, you can also rub the tea bag on your face or simple apply the tea itself with a cotton ball. Leave this toner on overnight and rinse in the morning.

7.) Fight Fatigue & Acne with Peas

Courtesy of the Beauty Gypsy, mix 6 tablespoons of mashed peas, 2 tablespoons yogurt and 1 tablespoon mustard. Apply to face and let the mask sit for 15 minutes. Peas contains many beneficial vitamins, minerals, proteins and antioxidants which help fight aging, acne and generally provide much needed nutrients for your skin. Mustard stimulates the blood and yogurt hydrates and exfoliates the skin. Combined, these ingredients pack a powerful remedy.

8.) Repair Split Ends with Avocado and Olive Oil

For long hair, combine 1 avocado and 1/2 cup olive oil and generously coat your hair from root to tip with the concoction. Leave the mask on for 30 to 60 minutes for optimal results. Rinse the mask out with a regular shower, and your hair should look and feel healthier. You should see an immediate difference in sheen and texture.

9.) Lose Under Eye Dark Circles with Green Tea

Make a pot of green tea with two tea bags. Place the used bags on your eyelids for at least 20 minutes. This is ideal for a bath. Green tea contains vitamin K, which helps restore burst capillaries; and this applies to the dark colors that form under your eyes. Whether you are sleep-deprived or have unhealthy eating habits, this mask will help. And drink the tea for other health benefits!

10.) Exfoliate and Energize Your Face with Epsom Salt and Milk Powder Paste

Mix 1 teaspoon epsom salt 2 tablespoon of milk powder to use as a face wash. The abrasion of the epsom salt and lactic acid of the milk will exfoliate your face. The milk also hydrates and soothes while the epsom salt adds magnesium to your skin, which can boost your energy.

11.) Add Strength & Shine to Your Hair with Rice Water

Courtesy of the Beauty Gypsy, use water left over after boiling rice as a conditioner. The protein will add strength and in turn sheen to your hair.

12.) Do Away with Acne with Garlic

Simply mash up a clove of garlic and apply the pulp and juice to your face for 10 to 20 minutes. Then rinse off with water or a face wash (to get rid of the smell). Garlic is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, which means that it is great for removing the buildup that causes acne as well as reducing the redness associated with it. Garlic’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties are so effective that it is heavily used in Asia to fight germs in food and fend off the cold and flu.

13.) Reduce Facial Hair with Turmeric

Mix turmeric with either your face wash or with an abrasive element such as sugar (brown sugar or white sugar) or salt (sea salt or epsom salt). Scrub the mixture onto your face and let sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Be aware that some turmeric powders may temporarily dye your skin yellow due to added yellow dye. This can be scrubbed away with some sugar or salt. Alternatively, you can use kasturi turmeric, an organic turmeric powder which will leave your skin color alone 🙂

14.) Detox Skin with Cinnamon and Honey

The heating properties of cinnamon promote blood circulation, minimized pores and provides a healthy glow. Honey as we have seen before, is antibacterial and therefore a great natural solution for removing acne and all the impurities clogging pores.

15.) Fight Acne with Tomato

Just slice up a tomato and rub the inside of it onto your acne twice a day. The citric acid and antioxidants of the tomato will reduce presence of acne and the redness caused by it.

16.) Whiten Teeth with Strawberries

You can either just strawberries (the funner route) or create a paste using 1 large strawberry and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, and brush your teeth with the paste. Both strawberries and baking soda have astringent and whitening properties.

17.) Remove Acne Acne Scars with Turmeric

You can mix turmeric with plain water to make this paste. If you would like to add moisture to your skin, you can mix turmeric with either milk or coconut oil to make a paste. Mix only a few drops of your chosen liquid to make a thick paste and massage it onto your face. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse with water.  Turmeric is antibacterial and antimicrobial, which means that is ideal for removing acne and the redness accompanying it as well as evening out skin color.

18.)  Remove Wrinkles and Fine Lines with Turmeric

Combine equal parts turmeric and rice powder with equal parts tomato juice and whole milk to create a paste. Apply the paste for 45 to 60 minutes and rinse with water.

19.) Firm Skin with Cherries

Just mash up a few cherries and apply the pulp to your face. Let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes and rinse. A sugar scrub may be needed to remove any remnants of cherry pigment on the skin. Cherries are high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They are not only beneficial to eat, they offer nutrients for skin as well. Antioxidants found in cherries protect collagen and therefore firm skin giving you a rejuvenated appearance.

20.) Banish Blackheads and Whiteheads with Cilantro

Dice 2 tablespoons of cilantro into a pulp and add a few drops of lemon to create a paste. Massage onto your face and let sit for 45-60 minutes and rinse with water. Cilantro is anti-bacterial, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and chalked full antioxidants and vitamins, especially vitamin C. It is ideal for the most difficult parts of acne – whiteheads and blackheads.

21.) Soothe Oily Skin with Banana

Mix 1 mashed banana with 1 tablespoon of honey a few drops of orange to create a paste. Apply the mask for 30 minutes and rinse with water. The enzymes of the banana will remove excess oil  and lessen future oil production. The acid and vitamin C of the orange exfoliate the skin and even skin color. The antibacterial properties of the honey removes acne.

22.) Heal Cracked Heels and Foot Fungus with Vinegar

Soak your feet in vinegar to kill any fungus and soften skin. This will make it easier to exfoliate with pumice as well. You can also add coconut oil to hydrate your feet as you soak and scrub.

Do you have any natural beauty tips? Let us know below! And, check out out other beauty posts – 15 natural beauty recipes,  more natural beauty tips and natural ways to treat acnebeer beauty tips and coffee ground uses!

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Valentine’s Day is approaching quicker than you think and even if you do not do much to celebrate the day, chances are that you will at least be giving a card. We have gone over DIY Valentines Day cards in the past for kids and adults such as this, this and this. We are big believers of DIY, especially when it comes to heartfelt things, such as Valentines Day cards. Some construction paper, glue, ribbon, stamps, markers and maybe a few household items can go a long way. And, if you are handy at Photoshop, then you have even more options.

So, rather than spending $5 or more on a mildly-amusing and impersonal card, you can quickly make one of these below (or if you really want, to buy from Etsy).

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For the parents:

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Or, you can take the Etsy route and buy an original card from a small retailer:

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And, once you have a card, you of course need an envelope: diy heart envelope

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Whether burlap, fabric, felt, lace or otherwise, handmade envelopes are far dearer to the heart than anything you can buy at the store. They complement DIY Valentines Day cards well. The care is in the details, so a small gesture of a homemade Valentines Day card may be the simplest and sweetest to wish your kids, husband or child a happy Valentines Day. If you have any other ideas, let us know below! We would love to see more original designs!

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  • Deb Turcio - January 31, 2014 - 12:41 pm

    I just found this link to your lovely blog in my Etsy feed- so thrilled you chose one of my Hall and Oates Valentine’s Day cards! Thanks so much, I really appreciate it!

    I love ALL the cards and envelopes you picked- so many cute and original ones. Amazing finds- you’ve got a great eye 🙂

    I’ll be sure to share this on my facebook page and twitter!

    Thanks again,

    Deb 🙂
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  • Anna @ Boha Glass - December 4, 2015 - 6:19 am

    For next Valentine’s Day I will try to make my own, for my Valentine :-). Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • bobblehead - December 15, 2015 - 12:22 am

    I like it,Loving the new modern look! http://www.custombobbleheadssale.comReplyCancel

  • Probobble Bobbleheads - June 7, 2016 - 12:15 am

    cool gift idea!ReplyCancel

This just may be my favorite part of a wedding. I have written about photo ideas many times before, including wedding photos I love, couple photo ideas and save the date photo ideas. Christmas and winter weddings are fortunate, because they have snow to add to the splendor of their photos. Winter, possibly more than any other season, is easy to incorporate into wedding photos. The coldness, white backdrop and outdoor activities help create memorable winter wedding photos. And, the snow captured in your wedding photos also makes your wedding day difficult to forget. Here is some inspiration for winter wedding photos ideas for those who are planning a winter/Christmas wedding  as well as those {like me} who simply love wedding photos. Enjoy!

For other discussions of the winter wedding, check our posts on winter bridal bouquetswinter save the date ideaswinter wedding dresseswinter bridal accessorieswinter groom accessorieswinter bridesmaids accessories,  New Years Wedding Ideaswinter wedding cakes and winter wedding ceremony inspiration.

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Continuing with the winter wedding discussion, we are moving on the the winter wedding ceremony design. If you missed our past posts, you can check out  winter bridal bouquetswinter save the date ideaswinter wedding dresseswinter bridal accessorieswinter groom accessorieswinter bridesmaids accessories,  New Years Wedding Ideas and winter wedding cakes. A winter wedding ceremony and a Christmas wedding ceremony each have their own distinct beauty separate from spring, summer and autumn weddings. White is special in its own way in a winter wedding ceremony, which makes it extra lovely. Whether indoors or outdoors, winter white evokes both the purity of the wedding and the thought of snow. So, take advantage of its natural beauty, because it is something that is only found in winter weddings.Christmas-wedding-ceremonywinter-wedding-ceremonywinter-wedding-ceremony-decorChristmas-wedding-ceremony-decor

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