V Is For Vlog!

My YouTube channel is up and running! I’m in the process of creating some DIY videos for you! I currently only have hoop practice videos posted. If you’d like to check me out, come by and show some love!

https://www.youtube.com/user/HyperBalladHoneyPop/feed

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Gorgeous Hair Is The Best Revenge

Cleansing
• African Black Soap (Benefits: versatile, affordable, natural, strengthens hair, absorbs moisture from the air and deposits it into hair, softens, eliminates stubborn oil and dirt, increased UV protection, prevents and heals dandruff, creates shine)
• Baking Soda & Water
• Apple Cider Vinegar

Conditioning
• Apple Cider Vinegar (great for detangling)
• Avocado (calms frizz)
• Beer (adds body to limp hair)
• Egg (whites only to treat oily hair, yolk only to add moisture, both for conditioning)
• Yogurt (to treat dull hair)
• Honey (to treat dry or sun-damaged hair)
• Chamomile Tea (to add shine)
• Coconut Oil (deep conditioner)

To combat grease, sprinkle a small amount of cornstarch on roots and comb through.

To combat fly-always, rub a TINY amount of coconut or olive oil through hair.

To combat itch, massage scalp with fresh lemon juice and water. Leave on for 20 minutes then rinse and shampoo.

To darken, use henna or make a paste out of apple cider vinegar and cocoa powder (for brown hair) or beet root powder (for red hair). Saturate entire head with henna or paste before bed, throw a plastic cap on and go to sleep. Wake up and rinse well! Hold off on shampooing your hair for as long as you can stand it. Repeat as often as necessary to get desired color.

To lighten, mix together honey, baking soda, fresh lemon juice, olive oil, and peroxide. Apply to areas you want lightened and leave on for at least 45 minutes, preferably while sitting in the sun. Rinse well and repeat every few days until you get your desired color.

To ombré, mix 1 part peroxide to 1 part water in a spray bottle. Spray ends of hair. Let sit for 40 minutes. Rinse well.

Got any tips you’d like to share? Any experience with the above mentioned? Share here!

Kombucha Skin Care!

Last year, I learned how to make my own Kombucha. Since I put just about everything I eat on my skin, I assumed my Kombucha and its “mother” would be no different. I looked up the benefits of “Kombucha skincare” and this is what I found (I just copied and pasted from http://www.kombuchakamp.com because I’m feeling a bit lazy this morning):

  • • The culture pulls circulation to the surface of the skin which regenerates the skin cells
  • • The pH of the culture has the effect of a mild and all natural acid peel which sloughs dead skin cells and leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth
  • The Kombucha culture also has many topical uses. One of the terms for the SCOBY is zooglea, which translates as “living skin” and helps heal the skin from burns, wounds and other skin ailments. Biofilms are not new and have a wide range of applications from medicinal bandages, replacement blood veins, speaker diaphragms and more. BASYC is one such biofilm that is being tested and manufactured for such purposes. They have isolated an acetobacter xylinium strain – one of the bacteria native to the Kombucha culture – to create this biofilm.
  • You can use pieces of the culture topically to speed healing of cuts, burns and other wounds. Cut a piece to size and hold in place with a bandage wrap. It will sting a bit, much like iodine.
  • • The pH of the culture inhibits the growth of harmful organisms.
  • • The bacteria send out microfibrils which are filament strands that link up with those of other bacteria creating a nano-structure that thickens over time.

For years people have told me that I look much younger than I rightfully should – I’m 33 years old and people always guess I’m at least 10 years younger! Maybe it has something to do with how I eat and what I put on my skin. Since I started making Kombucha and using it in my skincare regimen, the “you look so young” compliments increased and someone even asked me if I was 18!

Ready for my Kombucha mask recipe?! I thought so…

Ingredients:

  • Homemade Kombucha (you don’t need much)
  • Scoby (that’s the Kombucha’s “mother” or Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast)
  • Coconut, avocado, almond, or olive oil (I use coconut oil)
  • Bentonite clay (optional)
  • Raw honey (optional)

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients together in your blender
  2. Apply to skin and hair
  3. Let sit for at least 15 minutes
  4. Rinse well and follow with moisturizer (I use coconut oil)

This mask may sting a bit and cause your skin to redden. Fear not, your skin is undergoing a homemade chemical peel and… the juice is well worth the squeeze! 

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Pumpkin Face Mask: A Fall Favorite

What you need
• Leftover pumpkin purée (not from a can)
• Raw honey
• Organic heavy cream or milk

What you do
Mix all ingredients together using your preferred measurements. Go into your bathroom. Get naked! Comb or brush any tangles out of your hair. Apply pumpkin mixture all over your body, including your head. Let pumpkin mask sit for about 20 minutes before rinsing off.

What do you do with leftover pumpkin?

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Sweet Fennel Salad Dressing

What you need
• Fennel, finely chopped
• Anise, ground
• Mint, finely chopped
• White wine vinegar
• Olive oil
• Fresh lemon juice
• Honey
• Himalayan salt

What you do
Whisk together all ingredients and pour into a decanter. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

This is the salad I made with this dressing:
• Romaine lettuce, chopped
• Red cabbage, finely chopped
• Yellow tomato, diced
• Red onion, thinly sliced
• Raw cashews, crushed
• Carrots, julienned
• Persimmons, diced

Share your favorite dressing recipe!

Got Bread?

As you know, I’m a stickler about not wasting. Every time I attend an event where food is served, I take home all of the unwanted leftovers that would have otherwise been tossed in the garbage. This practice keeps my creative juices flowing and hard earned greenbacks in my bank account.

At my last potluck, hoagie rolls were among the items left behind. Since I have plenty of salad fixings in my home, I turned these rolls into croutons!

First I cut the rolls into bite-sized pieces then transferred the pieces into a large bowl. Next, I generously poured olive oil into my bowl and added thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, and nutritional yeast. Then I tossed everything together until all of my bread pieces were coated in the oil and seasonings. My oven was already on at 350 degrees F because I’m baking granola so I just spread my croutons out on a cookie sheet and stuck them in the oven to bake. After 10 minutes, I mixed the croutons and continued to bake until they were crisp the way I like them. I am allowing them to cool in a glass jar before I seal the jar and store them.

What do you do with leftover bread?

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Pumpkin Pecan Granola: A Fall Favorite

What you need
• Puréed pumpkin
• Raw oats
• Grade B maple syrup
• Grapeseed oil
• Raw pecans
• Raw pepitas (shelled)
• Himalayan or sea salt

What you do
Preheat oven at 350 degrees F. Combine all ingredients and mix well. *Use as much or as little of each ingredient depending on your preferences.* Spread oat mixture onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Mix well then bake another 5 minutes. If you like granola a bit “toastier”, keep baking while checking/mixing periodically. Once done, transfer granola into glass jar and allow to cool before sealing shut and storing.

Note: If you want to give this granola more “holiday flare”, add cinnamon, cloves, ground ginger, and nutmeg before baking!

How do you make granola?