Ingrid S. Greene
Communications Professional for the Wellness Industry

Ingrid@yogatohavefun.com

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Wishful Thinking When It Comes to Getting Outdoors

With summer approaching, my husband’s schedule gets busy and we have less time to go camping on the weekends. At the same time, I love getting outdoors and really miss our times in nature when we can’t get there. I’ve been thinking very often of our recent trips to Catalina lsland, Palm Springs/Joshua Tree National Park, and Malibu.

Even though we’re not sure when we’ll be going next, I’m still continuing to live like we may go again next weekend. I am looking for good camping products and searching for items that may be on sale.

For example, I got this cool new lantern, below, and we found the perfect sized soap yesterday to fit our camping soap dish. The cashier giggled at us when we so joyfully paid for a $2.00 item. To us, it promises more good times ahead and more than it’s weight in gold!

Here’s hoping some more #camping is in our future! #alylantern #getoutdoors #coupletime #dogslife

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Doing Away With Plastic

Today, I got an all-purpose cleanser that comes with one bottle, but eight soap containers.  The solution is concentrated and when you run out of one, you insert the next one into the original squirt bottle.  You use the same plastic spray bottle each time.  I created a YouTube Video of myself filling it for the first time:

It brought to mind the U.S.-wide urge to do away with plastic bottles.  In my opinion, if there are ways to get around using extra plastic, then we should do it.  In Europe, they have never really used plastic bags at the grocery store.  The U.S. is just catching onto this idea.

The idea of doing away with plastic water bottles though does sound interesting since we have become so used to them in the past years.  I am looking forward to seeing how cities like San Francisco do without using them (http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/san-francisco-bans-sale-plastic-water-bottles-climate-change).

My Dad is coming to visit this week and he is very good about ensuring he has his own bag when going into the grocery store. As for me, I often still forget it consistently in the car.  I most often don’t buy a bag, but end up juggling my items in my arms out of the store.  Let’s see if he can get me more in the habit and looking less like a monkey.  I seem to have the plastic thing taken care of at home.

Pets and Tea Tree Oil

This week I received a very large bottle of tea tree oil and was excited to use it.  At the same time, I was reminded of the conversation I had with a friend earlier this week when I thought about using it for Maggie.

Her cat received some toxicity from the essential oils my friend puts on her face and neck. The cat must have licked her in a place with too much oil and a few hours later they were at the vet’s office since the cat wasn’t eating.

She and I discussed both essential oils as well as tea tree oil, which one would think would be a great natural way to treat abrasions and minor infections. Unfortunately, it’s not. There are many articles on the subject, but here is a great one: http://www.vetstreet.com/…/what-you-should-know-about-tea-t…

At the same time, tea tree oil is super for humans. I recently posted about using it as a facial cleanser and I love using it with water to disinfect sheets, floors, and furniture.

I recommend always having some in the house, but just keep it away from your cats and dogs!


Adding Coconut Oil to Your Conditioner for Extra Moisturizing

I just heard of a hair trick via Livestrong.com that I think is very useful! By adding coconut oil to your regular conditioner, you can create an extra moisturizing treatment for your locks.  Who knew!

I just got a new conditioner that I love and that smells so yummy.  In this article by Livestrong, they recommend keeping the mixture on your head for a longer period of time.  With this conditioner smelling of peppermint, it is like a trip to the spa!

Here is the core steps of the article that I use:

Step 1

Choose a deep conditioner with a cream consistency over a thick or gel like formula. This will be less heavy on the hair and serve as a good base for the oils. This is what I used: http://www.amazon.com/regenepure-intense-volumizing-biotin-conditioner/dp/b00nevo4k4/ref=sr_1_3?m=a1n5ucbwqidvq5&s=merchant-items&ie=utf8&qid=1430250965&sr=1-3

Step 2

Remove 1/2 cup of deep #conditioner from the packaging and place it in a bowl.

Step 3

Measure out 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Rub them between your palms until they dissolve into a cream like consistency, and add it to the deep conditioner. Add any small chunks that remain to the conditioner as well.

Step 4

Apply the deep conditioner to your hair after shampooing, and place a shower cap over top. Allow it to sink in to the hair overnight if possible for optimal results.

Step 5

Thoroughly rinse the conditioner from the hair. Coconut oil is thicker than regular conditioning agents, and will leave build up if excess is left behind. Shampoo again to remove the bulk of the conditioner if necessary.

Step 6

Rinse the hair with cold water to seal in nutrients and shine provided by the oils.

Loving My Vitamin D3 Drops

This week I got some vitamin D3 supplements in drop form.  They are really meant for babies, but I figure I would just increase the dosage.  My doctor says I need to increase my intake to 6000 IU per day so I’m going to try any way I can.  I also walk the dog a lot more than before too and get some sun.

This week, I added them to my tea and I wondered why I had never thought of this before.  The drops are tasteless and they easily dissolve in my liquid.  I gulp down 6000 IU in a few minutes and with the drops, I am more certain that they are going into my system.  Pills and creams are less effective so this way I know I’m doing it right.

My acupuncturist takes 7000 IU per day.  He also surfs, runs outside, swims, and walks his dog.  For some reason, our generation is lacking in this vitamin and it’s affecting our energy, fertility, and who knows what else.  I’ve decided to step up to the plate and make sure I get my dosage. I’m not going to be a baby about it.

No Diffuser Required – Recipe for Room Spritzer

I love the smell of lavender or eucalyptus in the air, but I am not interested in getting an expensive diffuser. I have a wonderful#EESPRAYBOTTLE glass bottle that I recently got and I am so super excited to use that.

I also read that spritzer do other wonderful things besides making the air smell nice.  They are antibacterial and can help clear congestion.

Here is a simple recipe that I am looking forward to using in the yoga studio where I teach.  It contains a bit of vanilla which also helps keep the tube in the spray bottle clean with the alcohol.

Combine 8 drops Lavender essential oil + 1 Tablespoon real vanilla extract in 8 oz of water.

The smell reminds me of a lovely spring day, just like the lily of the valley flowers that just bloomed at my house. Enjoy!

Paracord…The Secret Tool to Getaway Weekends

Last weekend we went camping for my 40th birthday and it was fantastic. We took a ferry to Catalina Island, hiked about .25 miles, and spent a lazy weekend in nature.  My husband is very handy and is a great outdoors partner because he always knows the best tools.  Over the weekend, he put up a tarp over our tent to protect us from the sun with just a few feet of paracord.  He said it’s the key item when camping, working outside, or preparing for emergencies such as earthquakes.

When we were taking the ferry back home with all the other experienced campers and backpackers, I saw a guy with a great paracord bracelet.  I thought that my husband must be right and in the know.  Paracord saved us from the heat and may even save our life one day.  Here’s a photo of our awesome tent!

 


Celebrities and Natural Remedies

I recently was discussing the benefits of rosehip oil for the skin with a friend and then I ran into this article on Glamour.com.  It says that “Kate Middleton and Gwyneth Paltrow‘s facialist reportedly also uses it”.

I love when celebrities speak to natural remedies for the skin.  It makes me happy because they bring the spotlight onto ways to look after ourselves without the chemicals and plastic surgery.

The article goes on to say:

“Rose-hip oil is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids which may correct dark spots and hydrate dry skin. It may also be helpful for reducing scars and fine lines,” says Ostad. “It has skin rejuvenating properties like vitamin C and lycopene and is also good for sensitive skin types because it’s non-greasy and light on the skin.”

I use it this one when my skin is feeling dry, and I recommend it!

Bright Colors, Bright Lives

Recently, I’ve been looking for things to brighten up our kitchen. Perhaps it’s the springtime with the bursts of flowers everywhere, but instead of buying the same colors all the time – grey, black, or beige – I’ve been choosing bright ones. Pink, orange, and turquoise! For example, I was able to choose between grey and orange this week on some new fabulous grilling gloves and I went for the neon. Go big or go home!

It must be in the air because my mom sent me an article from her favorite website, Houzz.com. She loves to decorate and this time the space she chose to share was also filled with patterns, bright colors, and bold photos on the walls. She too normally loves neutral colors, but she too much be looking to jazz things up.

I think bright colors are a good thing to have around. It seems to brighten up my life too. I love reaching into my kitchen drawer now for those gloves or the other things I’ve gotten recently in this rush. I lost an auction today for a pair of black pants on eBay, but perhaps it’s for the best. I’m looking to keep things bright for a while!

Finding Ways To Get Some Me Time

I love to wash my car.  It wasn’t always this way in that often I would feel that it was a tiresome chore.  There was a lot of dirt, physical movement, and boring activities involved.

Then, one day I realized that it was a time only for myself.  No one came to interrupt me because they could see I was busy.  I also didn’t look at my phone or email the entire time because my hands were always wet. I quickly saw that it was an opportunity to get some “me” time.  I would come away from the experience feeling grounded, calm, and clear.

I think there are often tasks in life that we look at as burdensome, but really can be opportunities to quiet the mind.  Washing the dishes has often been a favorite pastime for me and I think it’s similar to washing the car.  Because I’ve noticed this, I often try to turn a boring situation around.  For example, when I am called to do a repetitive action like stamping envelopes or clearing out an excel spreadsheet, I think of it as a moving mediation. It’s mindless, but I try and make it mindful. I try and not think about when the task will end, but instead just focus on each physical movement.

When I do things like this, I often come out of the experience clearer, more grounded, and certainly happier than when I went in.  This week, I got some new microfiber dust cloths for cleaning my car.  Not only do they look like a great quality, but for the meditation sake, I can’t wait to start using them!