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10/29/2014

What I Wear-No Poo Journey And Healthy Hair Habits

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If you've spent ten seconds on Google looking for natural beauty recipes, chances are you've heard of the "no poo"  movement. The most popular of substitutes for shampoo is the baking soda and ACV method. Now, I'm super open to weird things like this, so I tried it. It was awesome at first, my hair felt soft, clean and shiny. Then the frizzy, dried, breakage happened. I was so upset! I'd never has a split end, then all of a sudden I had a ton, massive ten splits in one strand kind. Come to find out, baking soda is really bad for your hair, it opens the hair shaft, making it super soft but then, even with the ACV, it doesn't close the shaft. Leaving you with brittle damaged hair. Yikes! 

So then I switched to sulfate free shampoo, till it stopped cleaning my hair a short time ago. Currently I'm using a bentonite clay hair "mud" shampoo. I've used it for the past four washings (so 10ish days) and I'm pleased with the results so far. These photos were taken post "mud" shampoo. 

Here's the link to the recipe I used:

I used nettle leaf, ACV, Rosemary, lemon and orange essential oils. 

Quite a few of you have asked how I keep my hair healthy, so here's my top five tips for healthy hair:

1. What goes in, makes (or breaks!) the health of your hair. Nutrition is especially important for skin, nail and hair health. Eat plenty of protein, good fats like coconut oil and butter. I've been incorporating gelatin lately (I'll update on that as time goes on) which is supposed to be super healthy for skin, hair and nails. And DRINK PLENTY of water! (Yes, you may call me the water Gestapo...)

2. Outside counts too. Your skin absorbs 60% of what you put on topically, so be careful what products you use. The more natural, the better. 

3. Don't brush your hair. Seriously! Brushing with conventional brushes is damaging to hair. Instead, use a wide tooth comb (or better yet, your fingers) 
Never ever ever ever ever EVER brush your hair wet! Ever! 

4. Don't wear your hair in tight hairstyles, essentially the elastic band is your enemy. Scrunchies are good, as they're not nearly as tight. My favorite way to style my hair is simply twisting into a bun and my hair's so long I shove the ends in, sort if "knotting" it. Another great style is a loose braid. 

5. Don't use heat! I don't ever use a hair dryer, curling iron, or any such thing. 
I let my hair air dry, and if I want curly hair I braid my hair while wet, or use the headband curling technique (here's a video tutorial I did: http://natashaatkerson.blogspot.com/2014/08/headband-curls-tutorial-how-to.html?m=1

How about you? Any tips for happy, healthy hair? 


10/25/2014

What I Wear-Geekly...Feminine? And Natural Stuff Talk

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Some of you have commented that my photos aren't very large, I must first apologize for the quality of my photos. Unfortunantely for the past months I've been taking photos with my iPhone-not ideal. We switched to higher speed internet (ditched the dial up!) but alas, the casualty is we are no longer using our desktop computer as it uses too much data. So, till I can think of some other way, it's iphone photos, or nothing! 

As of late I've been pretty obsessed with listening to awesome free podcasts from various sources, more specifically Dr. Axe and Wellness Mama. Nutrition/natural health has pretty much always interested me. I'm the weirdo who enjoys reading scientific nutrition books, I love finding out how the body works! 

 So, I thought I'd drag you along with me on this obsession. Okay with you? 
You can expect to see posts soon on THM food, a homemade all natural shampoo recipe I tried, etc. 
I would love to know (either way) if this would be of interest to you. If it wouldn't, don't be afraid to tell me that either! 

Are you interested in nutrition, natural health or healthy homemade body care products?

10/21/2014

What I Wear-Casual Apparel And Changing The World

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What if I told you that the body of Christ (the church) could be totally revived? What if I told you there's still hope that we can change the world? How about an interesting fact that one person can hold back an entire church? It's true! 
The Lord has really been convicting me lately that the problems going on in the church body collectively in America isn't the body as a whole's fault. It my fault! It's your fault. 
Too often we look to others to change, to be the first one; to move first, speak first, grow first, change first. When the reality is, one person can be the detriment or blessing of an entire church body.
We look at others and wonder why they won't change-but what about me? 
C.S Lewis said in his book, Mere Christianity, that the thing that irritates us the most in others, is probably our own biggest weakness.
It's sooo easy to find fault in others-how often do I look close to home? In the mirror perhaps? 

Apparently this is a C.S Lewis quote post (ahem) but another quote that truly stuck with me is that C.S Lewis wrote something like, "Instead of comparing ourselves to other fallen creatures, who when we compare ourselves to these people, we think 'hey, I'm not nearly so bad as so and so!' We should hold ourselves to the only try standard of goodness and beauty-God. I don't know about you, but I look pretty shabby next to the Savior of the world!
If we hold ourselves to that standard, instead of other people, if you allow God to work in and through you as a willing vessel-I guarantee you'll change the church, change you, change the world.
He's only a prayer away. 
How awesome is our God?! 

Let me know your thoughts on this! I'd love to hear them.

10/11/2014

What I Wear-Tunic, Skinny Jeans and THM Stevia Discussion

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Many of you have expressed an interest in hearing more about THM (Trim Healthy Mama). I'm always hesitant to call it a "diet" since that particular word conjures up ideas of starving yourself and eating only broccoli for two weeks straight. I usually refer to it as my lifestyle, but of course it's the way I eat (my diet).

I remember the one thing that held me back from trying THM out was the use of Stevia. I'd always assumed certain things about it; it's an artificial sweetner, it's bad for you, it's just like Splenda...the list goes on. When in fact the truth is: none of that was true! It's not artificial, reputable companies don't bleach it white, it's that way from the plant (the sweetest part). It's most certainly not like Splenda! Splenda is man made, stevia is a plant. 
  There's actually no scientific studies that show it's harmful (unless you consume excessive amounts-like we're talking huge amounts of stevia in one sitting!) 
There are of course tons of old wives tales and myths floating around-as with anything. It's been used for centuries in other countries! The only true "side effect" of stevia-is that some people are allergic to it (particularly those allergic to the ragweed family). And the myth about stevia making you feel full is ridiculous! I eat like a horse...enough said?! Also be careful to buy only pure stevia (nothing added). THM has their own sweetner actually! 

In stark contrast to sugar, stevia has benefits; it's zero calorie, zero carb, has no effect on blood sugar, will lower abnormally high blood pressure, but do nothing to normal blood pressure, beneficial for teeth and...well-you get the idea! It's a pretty awesome sweetner! 

I would love to discuss this further with you, leave a comment with your thoughts on stevia!


I'm wearing: denim vest-Ross? $10//dress-hand me down//jeans- borrowed//boots-Keens $95 

10/07/2014

What I Wear-Optical Illusion Maxi Skirt

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I'm not entirely sure you can even see it in the photos, but skirt moves. It's super weird! I've been wanting a black and white chevron skirt for quite some time now, I found this one for $6 at Vanity. Then, looking in the mirror as I was trying it on-it's like 3-D or something. So, I guess I have the ability to make people sick with my skirt as I walk...

Moving on...
Life has been pretty insane lately! Seems like we're constantly going somewhere (be it running parts, doing school, bookwork, etc.) I had a near panic attack last week when Quickbooks told me I didn't have Microsoft Viewer (meaning I couldn't file any payroll tax forms) I searched for hours online trying to fix it, with the outcome being that I had to transfer to a new computer, which (thankfully!) fixed the problem! Now to wipe the old one, which I'm pretty sure has a virus since it was downloading games...

I'm not sure I've ever shared on here my obsession with Nancy Drew PC games-have I? They're one of my favorite games, they're awesome because you have to actually think. Most video games are pretty mindless (they have their place too I suppose). 

I'm also very into crocheting currently! I'm attempting to make an eternity scarf I saw at Herbergers ($40? I think I'll make one thank you!) it's sort of patchwork, with three different colors in the same scarf. Sounds odd, but it's super cute! 

Do you crochet?
Anyone else played Nancy Drew games? 

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