DIY

Mother Nature's Beauty Secret

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One of my favorite things as a child was playing in the mud. My siblings and I would search for the perfect mud puddle or creek with a clay embankment. It was messy and heaven at the same time.  Forget play-dough, our clay was 100% organic without any harmful dyes.

“100% Organic”

Today I'm grown, slightly mature and a mother but I still enjoy that cool mushy feeling of wet clay. Naturally I would like to indulge in a facial mask but the prices at many of these high-end spas are interesting. After all I use to play in this stuff for free!

Beauty is a diverse force made up of birth, imagination & self-care.
— Ho'omalamalama

I actually checked out a spa and many of the items in their mask are in my kitchen. Products like honey, oats and vitamin E. (I have a supplement shelf.) All I needed was the clay to make my mud mask. Fortunately I know of an organic shop called Ubiquitous Journey that sells herbs, loose leaf teas, spices and a beauty DIY section. (Do It Yourself.)

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I chose three different types of clays, each with unique mineral content and played around with various combinations. It's so easy to use that I brought some to the ladies in my Zumba class. The picture above was taken after my Facebook lifestream session where I showed them how to mix and apply  the clays.

 
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There are countless blogs, vlogs and articles about these amazing clays. My purpose is to show you a few of the combinations that you can duplicate.

The main ingredient is the clay and you can start using it with little prep time. All you really need is purified, filtered or distilled water to mix and make your mud mask.

As you can see from the picture below my na keiki (children) wanted in on the fun too!

TIP #1 - This is a fun way to explore self care for growing preteen and teenagers.

 
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BASIC MIX

  1. One tablespoon clay (a little can go a long way)

  2. Purified H2O (add slowly for a pasty texture)

  3. Few drops of almond oil (indulge in the nourishing feeling)

  4. Mix and use (I prefer to make it when I need it)

  5. Leave on for about 5 - 8 minutes

TIP #2 - Create a Pinterest Board with recipes to try. You can check out mine here.

 

In classic kiddie fashion they had to make faces to go with their mask. I'm super happy for my young teens who can benefit from the clays at an early age. Preventing that horrible teen acne problem that I remember going through. The best part is that it has ZERO chemical content and totally organic.

Mini breakdown...

  • Rhassoul Clay - suitable for daily use.

  • French Green Clay (and others) - about once a week or on targeted areas.

  • Fullers Earth Clay - about once a week.

 
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TIP #3 - Try it!

It’s not enough to read this post, you must try it.

Pull out your trusty planner and schedule each step. I’ll help!

  1. Choose a clay.

  2. Shop at your local organic store or online.

  3. Pick a self-care day and stick to it.

  4. Create the environment, like candles and music.

  5. Do it and journal about the experience.


Want to learn more about beauty?

In 2017 I wrote an eBook that explores Beauty in a multi-dimensional way. Imagine a diamond with many sides and angles. That is Beauty… one part of many experiences.

Have you ever heard of the “5 Realms Of Beauty?”

To explain Beauty’s diversity I thought of a web with five anchoring points. Each one representing a piece of wisdom, a secret revealed through the eBook.

What is this eBook called and how will I benefit?

For those of you who are hearing about this for the first time it’s called, “Walk In Beauty, Unlock it’s secrets & uncover your potential.” The benefit is that each eBook sold come’s with an eClass and PDF sheets that you can use. It’s basically an eBook + Tutorial = Walk In Beauty.


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Foodie before Fitness

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I was born a foodie in the warmth of Hawaii, where the freshest of ingredients were grown, harvested or fished. Much of that has changed since the island became a fast-food haven for instant meals. There was a time when your back yard provided papaya, avocado and mangoes. [mangos or mangoes?] My job, as a child, was to look for ripe fruit and bring it to the table.

Our parents weren't concerned about childhood obesity. We were too busy running on the sand, boogie boarding or climbing my grandfather's coconut tree. Food was colorful, organic and straight from the plant source. My how things have changed.

As a mother and a fitness foodie I've taught my children to prepare their own lunches. I want them to have a positive connection to food. 

 

You can learn how to "Eat Clean" with my 26 day: BEAUTIFUL BODY CHALLENGE [BBC]. The link will open the door to a sequence of simple prompts and videos.

 
Meals are the rituals of our body, it anoints our digestive system and blesses us with vibrant ENERGY.
— Ho'omālamalama

My first memory of lunches in America was negatively etched in my mind. Being a military brat I spent most of my childhood in Hawaii and eventually moved to the Mainland. [What we call the other 48 states, Mainland.] I didn't want my children to have that experience or think that food only came from a plastic bag. Which explains my connection to using glass containers since it doesn't change the quality of food the way plastic does. 

Fast forward to my career as a RNCP and fitness professional, what do I see? Individuals on diets that remind me of those icky school lunches. Bland and boring are two words that come to mind. I don't know about you but I'm with Jamie Oliver, we need quality food in our schools. [And more recess, but that's another subject.]

Below are 5 Meal Plan Basics to help jumpstart your holistic and fit life; besides taking my challenge. Link up above.

 

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5 meal plan basics

  1. Start with what you know. If you grew up with Southern food don't try a bunch of vegan food based off of Indian culture. [Indian: people from India, not Native American's who C.Columbus mislabeled.]
  2. Discover the power of labels. "No sugar" or "Natural" on packages has zero value compared to the label on the backside of the packaging. Learn more about this in the BBC.
  3. Swap out ingredients in your recipe. If you like ramen noodles try soba. If you use instant seasonings look for fresh herbs. Do a little research and look for a healthier alternative. Once you've found one, share it with others.
  4. Buy in bulk, with friends. I've noticed that Costco carries chia seeds, hemp hearts and other organic products but there's a downside. It's usually in a big bag and I might not finish it all. Create a friendly solution.
  5. Focus on one [1] meal-time. Maybe start with breakfast. Complete parts 1-4 with breakfast in mind and prep the first three days. Keep your meals fresh and full of flavor. Once you've mastered breakfast move on to the next meal. 
 

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