Love Yourself: Lemon Sugar Scrub

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Welcome to Friday all!

I’m sure a lot of you spent a lot of the week outside. Maybe in pools, maybe just soaking up the sun. Either way I’m sure your skin is feeling thirsty! It can do a number on your skin being outside a lot especially if you’re in the pool or ocean. Also during summer us girls shave our legs a whole lot more. This too can easily dry out and rough up your skin.

Worry not I’m here to help! It’s never a bad time to pamper yourself!

I’ve definitely been feeling that way lately. Like I need to stop ad focus on me for a few. Well sugar scrubs are one of my favorite pamper myself things. Even though it really is something quick and simple that I just add to my shower routine, but it really feels amazing.

Lemon sugar is my favorite!

Citrus is so invigorating the smell is so refreshing and uplifting. This always helps me feel better. And I know that I’m doing something that is for me and that helps too.

There are many other benefits of using a sugar scrub.

Not only does it smell and feel great, but using a sugar scrub can increase circulation. I tend to have not so great circulation in my legs, so any extra help is always good. Using sugar scrub an amazing exfoliator. Using a scrub after you shave ensures that your pores are cleaned out. This prevents those red bumps that no one likes. Lemon oil also is an antifungal which means it can help with dandruff. It may seem weird to use a sugar scrub on your scalp but it can help to refresh your scalp, reduce dandruff, and increase circulation for improved hair growth.

I wouldn’t recommend using the scrub on your scalp more than once a week as the abrasiveness may become too much for your hair.

As for your body I would recommend using the scrub a few times a week, at most every other day. You don’t want to over exfoliate your skin.

Alright let’s make some scrub!

I like to make scrub in small batches. This will help to make sure that the oil is distributed throughout the jar and doesn’t dry out. Also I like to change up the scrubs I used and making small batches means I will actually use up the one I have before making a new one.

I use a small wide mouth mason jars. The ones I have right now hold a cup of sugar perfectly. I also highly recommend getting some plastic screw on lids, because traditional mason jar lids are just no fun when you’re trying to use your scrub in the shower.

For the scrub I use:
-1 cup Sugar
-2 tbsp Almond Oil
-1-2 tbsp Melted Coconut oil
-1 Tsp Lemon Oil

I highly recommend mixing it in a bigger bowl then putting it into the jar. Especially if you tend to be messy like I do. Then you’re good to go! Super easy right? Have you guys made your own scrub before? What’s your favorite scent, or would you like to see more? Please let me know in the comments below! And don’t forget to follow! I hope you all have a great weekend and don’t forget to Live Crazed.

DIY: Positive Mindset

Good Morning Happy Friday all!

Especially those that actually feel a difference on the weekend! I like Fridays because I know it means that I don’t have to make dinner. HAHA! Sad but true. Its all about enjoying the little things right?
Anyway Moving on todays DIY, as I’m sure you figured out from the title, is about having a positive mindset. Most people it seems don’t just automatically have a positive mindset, Its something they have to work on. This goes for me in a big way. It’s definitely something I’ve had to fight for. I’m very happy to say though that since working on it I have mostly good days with only a few bad days. Also those bad days only last one day!!
I would like to start by saying this does take time and you have to REALLY want it. This isn’t something you can half do. You’re either in or not. If you’re not it’s not going to work. And the only person you can blame is yourself. Most peoples problem is the fact that they are standing in their own way. If you can accept that and move on then you can do anything!!2018-06-22_14.05.58

Let’s move forward!

I would like to talk about why I think it’s important to want a positive mindset or why not to have a negitive mindset. Having a negative attitude is like a black hole. Once you give in it all spirals. And I know from experience the hole can get pretty deep and take a lot of time to get out of. It definitely seemed like once I started thinking negatively every bad thing I didn’t like about myself or my life would come to the front of my brain. Those thoughts would consume me. And make more thoughts just like those.
My brain would come up with every detailed reason why I would never be able to accomplish anything. So why bother trying?
Well because this is my life! There’s no reason why we can’t have big dreams, and actually try to do something with them. Having a dream is great! But being positive or negative is what will decide if you act on it or regret not trying.
So how can we be positive?
I don’t know about you guys but I am super visual. If I’m trying to get into a new habit then I need visual reminders everywhere. I have motivational quotes hanging in my room, I have them all throughout my planner. One of my favorite parts of setting up my planner for the month is picking out motivational quotes to stick in my planner. It just really gets me pumped for the days ahead. It usually adds some nice color too!IMG_20180621_220858831_LL


The next important thing I want to touch on is to not forget yourself. It’s too easy to let yourself get lost in the craziness that is life. We all have responsibilities; people to look after, houses to maintain, goals to crush. For some reason thinking about all these things tends to make us forget our biggest responsibility, taking care of ourselves. When we forget to take care of ourselves and put ourselves first from time to time, life doesn’t really seem worth it.
Am I the only person who feels this way?
I’m not trying to say that you need to devote days or weeks to yourself, and forget everything else. Making sure that sometimes you are putting yourself first will definetely help you get more of your time, and be a big boost towards staying positive.
I know I know… you don’t have time for yourself right? How long do you sit there and think about all the things you would like to do? Uhhuhh. That’s precious time wasted right there.
Just do it! You have to cut the grass? Put a hair mask on before you head out. (I did that yesterday) Or before you start your daily chores. Doing things for yourself doesn’t have to interfere with your day to day life. There’s no reason why you can’t have a hair mask in or face mask on while you are doing things. Not only will you be doing something for yourself, but you will most likely get more benefits from what you do because you will probably have it on for more time than you normally would, if you were just putting it on and waiting.
It also could be as simple as playing your favorite music while cleaning or folding the laundry. That always gives me a boost if I feel I’m starting to slip to the negative place. That and coffee. Oh Coffee how you make my world go round.
Yes there should absolutely be some time that you fully carve out for yourself. Things like doing your nails or shaping your eyebrows, can’t really be multi-tasked. Well other than doing those while binge watching Netflix.
When you have kids its true that most of that has to try and be accomplished after they go to bed. So the goal of that should be for one day a week that either your significant other puts them to bed. Or you have an earlier bed time one night a week. It can be done! I have another post that goes into more detail about taking time for yourself. You can check out here.
I also feel like centering yourself both in the morning and at night is extremely helpful. I almost want to call it meditating but I don’t usually give it that much time. Usually just like 5 minutes. In the morning if I don’t wake up before my boys then I usually do this while I’m waiting for my hot water to boil for my coffee. I pretty much just prepare my mind for the day. I tell myself things like: “I will take a step back, I wont just react,” and “today will be a good day, there might be rough parts, but they wont last,” “I can do this, I may not get everything done on my list and that’s ok.” Maybe this seems silly but its important to me to remember my goals for the day. I usually end up repeating these throughout the day as well.

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At night its right before I lay down to go to bed. I make sure my alarm is set and I put my phone down out of sight. Then I just think about the day, what I wish I could change, what I did well with, forgiving myself for what went wrong or didn’t get done. It’s my way of ending the day, and letting it go, so that I can start the next with a fresh mind and a clear head. This usually helps me get to sleep easier. It doesn’t always work, usually because I pick my phone back up, but mostly it helps.
There we have it! Keeping a positive mindset! What do you do to stay positive? Do you have troubles getting sucked into the negative black hole? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Please follow to stay up to date on all the Crazy! Going to work on a new recipe over the weekend! As always Live Crazed!

 

Love Yourself: Hairmask Edition

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Welcome to Friday!

I’m pretty excited to share something with you today. Taking extra time for myself is something I have struggled with for a long time. Lately I’ve actually be scheduling time for myself in my planner so that I am sure to give myself some attention too. Today I’m sharing one of the things that I do for myself. A DIY hair mask.

A little over two years ago for whatever reason I decided to cut my long hair to shoulder length. At first it looked very cute actually, but during my pregnancy my hair became very brittle and broke off a lot. Yay kids…..

Since then I’ve been trying very hard to grow my hair back out and make it much healthier. I’ve done a bunch of searching and testing of different mixtures and different oils to see what makes my hair the happiest. While I’m sure there are a ton more options that will work and make my hair feel great I’m going to share with you my most used hair mask. And also why I use what I use.

I’m going to start by saying that I have extremely thin hair so three of the four oils I add to my mask are ones that help to strengthen/ thicken hair. I do believe that using the hair masks have helped, I just need to be more consistent with doing them to get the maximum benefits. I am going to try every two weeks. Maybe in a couple of months I will do a hair update with all my thickening routine and products, and see if there has been an improvements.

  Alright so let’s begin.IMG_20180517_105250530

The base that I use for my hair mask is 2tbs coconut oil. Coconut oil is wonderful for a great many reasons. It has a ton of health benefits and it also help nourish your scalp, hair and make it feel very soft. It is also believed that the fatty acids that coconut oil is made up of can help encourage hair growth.

Next I add 1Tbs Castor Oil. This is another one that is known to help with hair growth, because of its high amount of healthy fatty acids. I also add 1/2tsp Pomegranate oil. Pom oil is made from the seeds of the pomegranate, it is full of antioxidants that can help increase blood flow to the scalp. This can help stimulate hair growth and revitalize dry or dull hair. The last thing I usually add is 1/4tsp Tea Tree oil. Tea tree oil does not smell very good but it’s very effective in getting rid of dandruff and other scalp build up.

Also as an added bonus Tea tree oil naturally repels lice, which is always a good thing. I often will rub a little on myself and my boys scalps before we go to parks or birthday parties.

In case you’d like to check them out here are links to what I use:

Once you have the ingredients its easy enough to mix together. I use two bowls one smaller inside the other. I put some hot water into the bigger bowl the oils in the smaller bowl. This helps make the oils easier to mix. And also feels great.

I don’t leave the oil in the hot water bath for too long because I don’t want the oil to be hot, just warm. Also if the coconut oil completely melts if can be a bigger than necessary mess to put on your hair. I think I’m going to try to get a few things to up my hair mask game. Such as one of those hair dye bowl and brush applicator combos. A hair towel , the ones that are a bit smaller and are made to perfectly wrap up your hair, and a new shower cap.

Always make sure your hair is detangled before you start. When applying the oil to my hair I currently use a spoon, or my hand to plop it onto my head and then I work it into my scalp and hair. Then repeat until the hair is completely saturated, there should be no dry hair.

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After sitting an hour

 

Once you’re sure it’s all good and oiled up massage your scalp for 3-5 minuets. I don’t really time this… but if I did that’s what I’d go with. Before I massage my scalp I usually wet a small towel, currently I use an old baby towel, wring out the extra water and put it in the microwave for 30 seconds.

This seems to make it the perfect warmth after massaging the scalp. Don’t wait until after massaging your scalp to heat the towel it will most likely be too hot. Wrapping the hair in a warm towel to let it sit helps to open up the hair follicles to better absorb the oils and also draws blood flow to the scalp which is very important for hair growth. The shower cap also helps to trap in the heat.

The oil should sit on your hair for at least one hour or more, if you have that kind of time… I almost never do an hour is my limit.  When you’re ready to wash your hair just jump in the shower. I find this to be the easiest method. Before you shampoo, massage the scalp a bit vigorously while having your hair under the water.

Do not use your nails! Pads of the fingers only.

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Probably another 3-5 minutes, to feel like you’ve scrubbed your whole scalp. I usually shampoo twice the first time I let it sit while I take care  of some shower business. The second time I just work it in the rinse it out almost immediately. I use a small amount of conditioner but only on the ends of my hair, or from the chin down. My hair is extremely prone to tangling so a little bit of conditioner is needed.

While the conditioner sits is usually when I  scrub my body. Especially my face neck and back. The extra oil may be good for your hair but it can clog your pores and make you break out so make sure you exfoliate well. After it’s all washed out I use a wide toothed comb to GENTALLY and SLOWLY brush out my hair. Working bottom to top.

I don’t put any products in my hair after a mask and I don’t blow dry or straighten it. If I’m being honest my hair is sometimes slightly greasy the  same day I do the mask. I have a boar bristle brush, something that I believe to be essential to anyone with thin/ greasy prone hair. The bristles help to distribute the oils from the roots of the hair to the ends. This is usually enough that my hair doesn’t look too greasy. The brush I use can be found Here.

There you have it! A hair mask to spoil your hair. Which is very important, because hair is a huge part of having confidence in yourself. That’s how I feel anyway. Do any of you do hair masks? Do you use store-bought or make your own? Would you be interested in a Recipe for thick hair? Please let me know what you think! And give my blog a follow so you can stay up to date, on this fun and crazy ride!

Love Yourself

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Good Afternoon!

I know that there are a lot of people out there that will tell you, you should love yourself. I completely agree with these people but I am going to share my reasons with you. Yes its good to have confidence and great to believe in yourself. It’s also super important that you remember yourself.

So many of us will put everyone else first, and forget about you. Well this can be a very bad thing. When we start to lose ourselves we get overemotional, irrational, and sometimes rather hard to be around. It’s all too easy saying that you simply don’t have time for yourself, but I’m calling BS.  I know that there are a lot of people out there that will tell you, you should love yourself. I completely agree with these people but I am going to share my reasons with you.

Yes its good to have confidence and great to believe in yourself. It’s also super important that you remember yourself. So many of us will put everyone else first, and forget about you. Well this can be a very bad thing. When we start to lose ourselves we get overemotional, irrational, and sometimes rather hard to be around. It’s all too easy saying that you simply don’t have time for yourself, but I’m calling BS.

What you really mean is it much easier to push yourself aside then to steal 20 selfish minutes a day. This is definitely not a good thing. We all (myself included) need to stop. Stop thinking its ok if we don’t take a little time for ourselves. Stop doing everything for everyone else and nothing for ourselves. If we crumble it’s very likely that everything will go wrong. I think you know what I’m talking about. Those times when you were just to tired/ frazzled to do something and it seemed like that caused an avalanche of bad. It happens to all of us.

I can’t speak for you but I know for me it causes me to go into a black hole of despair.  This tends to last for a bit too. Then I manage to dig myself out and make myself feel better, by taking time for myself and doing something I know will make me happy. Start the cycle all over again. I feel better I stop taking time for myself I get overwhelmed with life then boom. Back to despair.

This is no way to live.

Luckily there is a way to break the cycle. It won’t be easy and at first you may have to be a little zealous about planning it, but you’ll get there. For me I do actually schedule things to do for myself. This way there’s a few times a week I am holding myself accountable. The rest of the week however it is just up to me to take that time.

I just got a new face mask kit. It came with 3 different kinds of face masks and a pretty awesome applicator spatula. Check it out on Amazon Here. Last night I tried out the dead sea mineral mask. It didn’t clear out my pores but it definitely hydrated my skin and gave it a healthy glow. Tonight I pan on trying out the charcoal gel mask. Maybe it’ll help a little more with my pores.

Some of my other favorite me time activities include: Journaling, reading (I love love love to read), drawing, writing, and baking. Everyone is different, but im sure there is something that you miss doing.

Never forget to pamper yourself, trust me you deserve it!!IMG_20180608_151139265_LL

Yesterday I got some new nail polish and decided to show my Live Crazed pride!! It really is so important to take care of yourself and to always enjoy the little things! Super excited for next week when I will be moving to my own official domain. So I hope to see you there!! I’ll have more information for you soon! You can also follow me on Instagram @LiveCrazed, or click the link in the sidebar!