A Supermodel’s Lemonade Recipe

 

In Florida we went from a mild winter, to  maybe 4 days of Spring and NOW summer and it isn’t not even summer! As a Northerner who moved to Florida for her southern husband I hate it. I know I should be grateful for palm trees and sunshine but the heat SUCKS!

Here is a recipe I found from InStyle magazine that I think is pretty cool in more ways than one.

I love this recipe!

1 cup of room-temperature water.

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon of Agave nectar

1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepperBlog photo.JPG LEMONADE

Place all in a glass. Stir and enjoy!

And it makes you pee  lots because it is hydrating,cooling and eliminating!

The beauty of this recipe is it is Aussie super-model Elle Macpherson’s lemonade drink recipe and we know how fabulous her body is along with those LONG lovely legs.

No wonder she has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated five times! Drink up and refresh yourselves!

Lemon Love

I have always loved lemons just typing on the keyboard and posting this blog post makes my mouth pucker and water.

And I am always whipping up new recipes for beauty and healthy skin in my kitchen lab or in my bathroom. So, today was no different.I made some fresh lemonade for my husband and I started to really crave lemons. So, I made this lemon toner for face and body.

4 cups of distilled water

12 drops of lemon essential oil (I love the brand Aura Cacia)

1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar

Optional: I like to add a drop of lavender for another version of this.

After I mixed all of the above together I  poured it in a pretty spray bottle.

My skin loves this skin toner.photo LEMON

Today I smelled like lemons all day and I received many compliments on the way I smelled today. Citrus lifts your spirits too!

Home-made Beauty Tips

photo-1.JPG TV 4  8-16-2014Celebrate your face and skin this summer with these natural beauty recipes!

I love to shop Whole Foods Market and the Farmers markets for the ingredients to make these D.I.Y. recipes.
All of my recipes are cheap,quick and easy to make. And unisex…your daughter or sweetie can get in on the touch of the spa action too.

Key Lime Pie Body Treatment
2 cups of plain Greek or regular yogurt (use less if you are making a smaller portion)
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 tablespoon of honey (Bee Friends Farm)
1 tablespoon of lime

Blend all of the above and pour into a plastic bowl. Sit at the edge of the tub and rub on your body.Leave this treatment on at least 15 minutes.Rinse well and enjoy the way your skin feels.
* I like to scoop any remains and recycle re-purpose and place in a jar and save for another day.Lasts nicely in the refrigerator for a week or more.

Skin Brightening Lemon Cups

Say Bye Bye to dry discolored skin with this skin treat.
Next time you prepare a meal with lemons or make lemonade save the leftover lemons and rub the inside of the lemons on your elbows.This treatment will gently exfoliate and help the discoloration most of us get on our elbows and knees.Rub the meaty part of inside of a lemon and go round and round motion on your elbows. It can also be done to your kneees.Rinse with luke warm water and a washcloth.Apply your favorite hand and or body lotion.

Bathe in Beauty

I love to to take a bath and surround myself with things that are pretty. Make your body happy with this awesome bath idea.
Sprinkle your fave bath salts or Epsom salts in warm bath water.Add a couple edible flowers. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite drink or fresh water in a plastic glass and enjoy eating an edible flower too. It is kinda FUN.Make it even more decadent and add a piece of decadent chocolate!

Be good to YOURSELF…if you don’t who will?

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I love to clean BUT…

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I LOVE to clean. Really!

I find it kinda stress relieving! My favorite room to clean is the bathroom.What’s yours?

However, I don’t like the chemicals and the artificial man made scents. So here is a recipe a friend shared with me and I made it with my own twist and fell in love with it.

1 part water

1 part white vinegar

Add some lemon zest and citrus peels. I like a combination of orange and lemon peels.

Fill the above in a spray bottle and go to town cleaning.

The combination will be natural and the fresh citrus  will be refreshing!

As they say in that Disney movie…“Whistle while you work”. YOU’LL be whistling and smiling while you clean and your body and lungs will feel better too!

Luscious Lemonade Bath and & body scrub

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Lemonade Bath and Body Scrub

In a bowl place all of the below:
1 cup of sunflower oil
2 cups of Epsom salts
1 fresh lemon squeezed into this mixture (no seeds please)

The zest of a lemon a refreshing rejuvenating surprise!Epsom salts are great for stress,detoxifying and for body aches.The lemon in it really brings back memories of my trips to Italy! Enjoy!

This weekend between work,church and domestic goddess duties I made this in my bathroom my husband affectionately calls my beauty laboratory. We BOTH loved this lemony scrub in the tub or in the shower. Good for at least 4 treatments.
I hope you enjoyed a fabulous fun weekend.
One day whip up some fresh lemonade to drink and this recipe to pamper yourself in lemons too.

Eva Longoria’s …go to yummy Chunky Guacamole!

The Golden Globes are on tonight and I’m getting ready for a yummy star studded night. Champagne spritzers with cranberry juice and who knows what else I’ll whip up.
You know I LOVEEEEEEEE makeup AND I also love to cook!!!

I found this recipe in one of my fave’ magazines…Self magazine.The recipe is Eva’s she shared with the magazine. Source:Eva’s Kitchen (book)

6 ripe avocados,diced
4 medium tomatoes,diced
1 large white onion,finely chopped
1 medium serrano pepper,finely chopped
1/2 cup of fresh chopped cilantro
1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice
2 tsp kosher salt

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. I love to make my own whole wheat Pita bread chips. I tear the bread apart in rustic pieces,spray with a mist of olive oil and toast in the oven until a touch of golden around the edges.

Celebrities are pampered,primped,juicing,accupunctured,have FIRMING facials,mani & pedicured,massaged and treating like QUEENS to get them rested looking and ready. They wake up just like me and you.
Can’t wait to see the Celebrities makeup,accessories,fashions and hair.Can you?

Talk back to me and let me know your fave’ looks.

Day 17 to beautiful skin!

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Think you have acne?

It is a problem for many people.One of the main things for sure is chocolate and greasy foods don’t always cause acne nor make it worse. Keeping your face and hands clean. Keeping your hands off your face IS important! Change your pillowcase often.
My dermatologist warns a few zits are not acne! Besides genetics here are some other reasons you may develop acne.
Hormones,stress,bacteria,lack of sleep,your diet,food allergies,poor cell turnover,cosmetic related allergies and an over active sebaceous gland can cause acne flair ups.

D.I.Y Skin Toner for Blemished Skin

1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice
1 cup of water
2/3 cup of witch hazel

Mix all of the above together and use nighlty and play with it first to see how your skin reacts to it. Apply with cotton pad and stay away from eye area or lips. It will also brighten your complexion/skin.

*This recipe is from a client of mine who has acne and swears by this.I tried it… it feels refreshing! If you are allergic to any of the above please do not try this recipe.
If you have a noticeable strong case of acne or any skin concerns consult a dermatologist…Doctor knows best.

Day 7 to more beautiful skin!

Drink up! Proper and daily hydration is a must for healthy skin and more. Stay hydrated and drink water daily. Women and men need to be aware winter not just a heat wave is an important time of year to keep fluids flowing. No beer doesn’t count. Water is the fountain of youth and nature’s best kept secret.

DON’T LIKE WATER? Really? I love it and live for it. Make your own Spa Water like they serve at chic and infamous spas all over the world. My fav’ is water infused over night with slices of lemons,orange and a mini bundle of mint muddled. Strain and pour yourself a glass of this cool, refreshing and delightful water.