Monday, March 9, 2015

DIY Comes to the Legal Field

As many of our readers may know, this blog is devoted to all things "Do It Yourself". I recently had the good fortune to visit with Chris Lucas, Founder and CEO of yurJURY. Chris graciously agreed to guest author an article on the DIY concept of legal services and how to settle a lawsuit yourself. You won't want to miss this post!  ~ Poppy

The DIY craze has finally caught up to the legal profession.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

B3 & Rosemary Skin Serum Recipe - All Natural Anti-aging and Wrinkle Repair That Works!

I'm always interested in effective and natural skin care, especially anti-aging products.  B3 or niacinamide has been reported to effectively treat a variety of facial conditions – including acne, rosacea and wrinkles.  Niacinamide is an important ingredient in many pricey skin care lines.   I like skin care that does more than one thing.  Any ingredient that helps beat wrinkles and acne is a winner in my book!

You can read more about niacinamide as a skin care ingredient on multiple sites but the summary of what I understand is that topically applied B3 has been shown to increase ceramide and free fatty acid levels in skin.  This helps to prevent your skin from losing water content.  

This water soluble vitamin also is believed to stimulate micro circulation in the dermis, which is the middle layer of your skin (the place where all the collagen is stored in your skin - important stuff going on in this layer that affects your skin's youthful appearance).  

Because I don't believe that we must spend a fortune to have beautiful, youthful skin, I went on a search to find a recipe to make my own B3 serum.  I tried several recipes from various websites but the serums didn't feel all that.....serum-like.  They were too watery for my clumsy self (I need a serum that lets me get a head start on it) so I played around with just a few ingredients and came up with this....

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tasty Paleo Pasta - Gluten Free

Are you missing pasta dishes due to your Paleo lifestyle or a gluten sensitivity?  Look no further!  You CAN have pasta and you don't have to pay a fortune for it.  My entire family liked this pasta and that alone is impressive.  Best of all, this pasta is easy to make.  Adapt the recipe for lasagna, home style noodles, fettuccine, or even linguine dishes by changing the width of your noodles.

To make your own Paleo noodles, you will need....

Monday, January 26, 2015

Paleo Tortillas - Delicious, Easy and Gluten Free

For the most part, eating Paleo approved foods has proven to be a tasty experience.   But I'm still preparing non-Paleo foods for my family members that aren't ready to jump on the bandwagon.  So I am still tempted by non-Paleo food items.  Ugh!  Hands down, the most difficult meal for me to pass up is burritos.  I can eat the meat and veggies but I feel deprived the whole time, watching my family eat my tasty homemade whole wheat tortillas.   So I decided that it was time to try a Paleo tortilla recipe.  My friend gave the recipe and I'm so thankful that she did!  To make your own delicious Paleo tortillas you will need...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Make Your Own Healthy Deodorant - All Natural

I first became aware that commercially prepared deodorants and antiperspirants could be bad for us was when I was a teenager. (Way back in the dark ages, as my teenagers like to say.)  My mother worked for a chiropractor who sold supplements and healthy alternative beauty products.  I will never forget the day my mother brought home a big deodorant crystal from work.  She wet the crystal and rubbed it under her armpits.  I thought this was strange and vowed to never rub a rock under my pits.

Fast forward many years later and I am the crazy mom, making deodorant in the kitchen.
All joking aside, the recipe I'm going to share is a good replacement for the commercially prepared, aluminum based products on the market.  It may not work for everyone but many people find this homemade version to be more than adequate for controlling stinky sweat.   To me it is worth the time to make this in order to reduce the cancer risk and other health concerns.  To make this all natural deodorant....

Monday, January 19, 2015

Paleo Chocolate Almond Pudding - Gluten Free

Even though we don't physically NEED dessert, sometimes our heart just craves it!  My friend gave me this easy pudding recipe to try.  It is creamy and while it may not taste exactly like store-bought pudding, it is a welcome treat to this girl who thought desserts were off limits!  This recipe also would be great for anyone staying away from gluten.  To make this delicious recipe....

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Homemade Magnesium Oil Spray for Skin Care

Magnesium is necessary for hundreds of processes in the body and yet so many of us are reported to be deficient in it.  One possible explanation for the deficiency is that our food is grown in soil that is depleted of magnesium.  

To make matters worse, oral supplements can cause diarrhea in some people.  Trans dermal magnesium therapy using Magnesium Oil is said to be more readily absorbed and perhaps more effective. 

I recently read the exciting news that magnesium oil is also being used as skin care.  Read this article in Huffington Post about Magnesium Oil Skincare Benefits to learn more about this trend.  Apparently, Magnesium Oil is being used to help with acne and other skin conditions.

I wanted to try some but realized quickly that the oil can get pricey.  I found that I could make my own magnesium oil at a fraction of the cost of the commercially prepared versions.  And the best part is that it was so easy to make the formula! To make your own Magnesium Oil Spray....