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Brittney Williams

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#TutorialTuesday: How To Make Your Own Hair Oil

Making your own hair oil is like learning the alphabet. Super easy right?

Not only is it easy, it saves time and money. No longer will you have to search beauty supply store after beauty supply store looking for a great oils. With just a few simple, inexpensive ingredients you can make your own.

All you need is:

  • 4- 8 oz bottle
  • Pure Glycerin and
  • Any oils that you like

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My top two favorite oils to use are coconut and almond oil. Coconut oil penetrates the hair beyond the surface providing strength and flexibility and using coconut oil leaves your hair less likely to break. You can find it at Wal-Mart for less than $7. Almond oil has great benefits just like coconut oil. It keeps the hair shiny, repairs split ends and treats dandruff. You can find it at most supermarkets or even your local drug store.

To seal the oils you need pure glycerin, which can also be found at your local drug store. The glycerin will help to seal in moisture.

Here’s a simple recipe to follow.

  1. 3 oz of coconut oil
  2. 2- 3 oz of Almond oil
  3. 1- 2 oz of Pure glycerin
  4. Shake well and you’re done!

Do you make your own hair oil? Share your tips in our comment section below.

Healthy Living, Inspiration, Lifestyle

Sunday Inspiration: Minimalism From A Minimalist

Minimalism, a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom.

Material things controlled my life. I allowed myself to get sucked into believing that the latest gadgets or clothing would bring value to my life. Every year I convinced myself that it was time to upgrade my phone and every season I needed to update my wardrobe. For sometime I believed that I was happier but then after awhile it faded away. I can’t begin to remember all the things that I would buy because one day I might need it or I will eventually wear it, just to to forget that I even had it.

Eventually I noticed how much time we spent in lines during the holidays just to spend hundreds of dollars on gifts only to be too tired to enjoy them with our family. I became tired of filling my life with material things that did not equate to what would actually bring me real happiness. All these unnecessary things were taking place of the things I really wanted.

I decided to take the journey to become a minimalist to focus on the simple things in life. The basic things that will enrich my life like freedom and family.

Life isn’t about what you own or how much you have but what you can make of it and what makes you happy.

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10 Pumpkin Inspired Recipes

It is finally Fall you guys!

We all know that Fall is the season for pumpkin everything, so here are 10 pumpkin recipes worth a try.

baked pumpkin doughnuts

My mouth watered as and when I found  Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts. You definitely will not remember that these doughnuts aren’t fried! They are so soft and full of flavor. All you need is thirty-five minutes to make this delectable treat. All you need is these simple ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc.

pumpkin french toast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why not let Pumpkin French Toast could make your day. It’s just as quick as making regular french toast all you need is some pumpkin pie spice.

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Now this recipe is only for the daring or hardcore pumpkin loves, so if you fit into this category why not try Pumpkin Ravioli. This recipe is on the healthy side and can be made year round all you need is canned pumpkin and wonton wrappers in place of pasta. At only 162 calories this recipe might just be delicious.

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Instead of spending about 5 dollars a day on the Starbucks fall favorite, why not make your own Pumpkin Spice Latte to save a few bucks. Farm Girl Gourmet will teach you how to make your own latte without the use of an espresso maker.

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Every now and then when I have my Pumpkin Spice latte, I like to have a cinnamon roll on the side. So since it is the pumpkin season why not try Mini Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls. This tasty recipe only takes twenty-five minutes. I think it’s worth a try.

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No-Bake Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes sound interest but looks delicious! This creamy dessert is super easy to make and only takes an hour and thirty minutes.

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Pumpkin Pancakes could become one of our breakfast favorites. These pancakes are festive and full of flavor and only contains half the calories of buttermilk pancakes.

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A great meal for dinner is Penne with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce. This recipe only has 9 ingredients which can all be found in your kitchen. In under thirty minutes you can have this creamy dish.

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Looking for a great treat to make with the kids? Try Browned Butter Pumpkin Spice Krispie Treats. This recipe is fun, a little messy, and great for Halloween.

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For those cold nights how about Pumpkin Chili. This meal is not only loaded with flavor but is vegetarian too. If you like pumpkin and chili then this recipe is just for you.

Tell us your favorite pumpkin recipe in the comments section!

Healthy Living

10 Facts About Ebola You Should Know

Since the first American was diagnosed with Ebola while working in Liberia, the virus has literally been a conversation topic every single day in mainstream media. The constant talk of the virus has put some Americans on edge and it’s important to separate facts from fiction to make sure we understand what’s going on.

We’ve put together a list of 10 facts everyone should know about Ebola. Check them out below.

1. Ebola was discovered in 1976 in the Congo. Microbiologist Peter Piot is one of the co-founders of the virus.

2. This virus is not easy to spread. It is only spread through bodily fluids such as blood, saliva, mucus, sweat, tears, semen, vomit, urine and feces.

3. Ebola enters the body through cuts and abrasions on the skin as well as through eyes, nose, mouth, throat and reproductive organs. People can also catch this virus by eating meat from or coming in contact with infected animals.

4. The virus can survive for seven hours in a dry state like on door knobs or counter tops. If fluids remain wet or at room temperature, Ebola can survive for days outside the body.

5. An infected Ebola patient is contagious as and when they begin to show symptoms. It can take anywhere from 2 to 21 days for the symptoms to kick in. A person can travel and have direct contact with others for days without passing it on. The average incubation period is 8 to 10 days.

6. The early symptoms of Ebola are fever, weakness, muscle pain, headaches and sore throat. Most times it can be mistaken for flu, malaria and dysentery. Once symptoms worsen, a person experiences vomiting, bloody diarrhea, internal and external bleeding, skin rashes and purple spots on the skin.

7. Once symptoms set in a person is contagious and has 6 to 16 days to beat the virus or die. The death rate is 50 to 90 percent depending on the strain of Ebola and access to medical care.

8. Patients with a strong immune system or who have access to great medical care, survival chances increase. If they do survive the virus, remains in the semen for three months.

9. The CDC predicts that there could be possibly 10, 000 new cases per week and 550,000 to 1.4 million people could be infected with Ebola by January.

Currently there is no cure for Ebola, however ZMapp was given to two Americans who contracted the disease in Libera and were sent to Emory University for treatment in August and recovered fully. A medication called TKM was used on another American in Nebraska. It is manufactured by Tekmira Pharmaceuticals and since the medicine showed some promise the FDA gave it the fast track to speed up the testing process.

Sources: CNN, World Health Organization, CDC | Photo: Shutterstock

Healthy Living

5 Ways To Deal With Stress

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We all deal with this thing called stress, but do we really know what stress is or what it does to us?

According to WebMD, stress is what we feel as and when we are handling or put into a situation that we’re not familiar with. Once our bodies realize that we are stressed it will respond as if we are in danger. This triggers our fight or flight response and anxiety.

Stress can have long-lasting effects such as headaches, trouble sleeping, back pain, weaken immune system, heart problems and it can even lead to stroke. Don’t get me wrong, not all stress is bad. Our bodies can take a normal amount of it, but when it gets to the point where it is playing a big role in our every day lives and our health then there is a problem. It is important that we know how to get our stress under control before it causes any harm. Here are five easy ways to do that.

1. Remove yourself from the situation.
Whether it’s a project for work or something at home, it’s always good to step away from the problem for a while to put yourself in the right head space.

2. Add a workout to your daily routine.
Physical activity not only keeps us in shape but removes tension from our bodies that was caused by stress.

3. Try to stay positive
This trick comes in handy in even the worst situations. If you are like me and dealing with something as stressful as a recent death in the family, it is important to stay positive. This is an easy time for negativity to come in and take over your life. The more positive you try to think of the situation, the less stress you will be under.

4. Try relaxation techniques.
Unwind after a long day by having “me” time. Always find something that relaxes you – it can be meditation, reading a good book, a hot bath or watching TV. Whatever can take your mind away from the problem and help your body relax, do it!

5. Seek help
There’s nothing wrong with seeking help from a therapist or support group when the stress becomes too much. In fact I would suggest to do it before the stress becomes unbearable and causes a decline in your health.

For more articles and resources pertaining to stress go to American Institute of Stress

Sources: WebMD, Skills You Need, Family Doctor | Photo cred: Blacdetroit.com