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DIY Pedicure: Exfoliating Foot Bath

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DIY EXFO FOOT BATHThis simple at-home spa milk foot bath will save you time and money, to keep feet smooth, hydrated and youthful-looking.

The lactic acid in the milk helps slough off dead layers of skin, smoothing calluses away, while the essential oils calm the skin and soothe soreness or inflammation.

Ingredients

likeMix the milk, hot water and a few drops of essential oil in a bowl that fits your feet. Soak feet for 5-10 minutes. Once your feet have finished soaking, use any one of these sugar scrubs DIY: Red Wine Sugar Scrub, DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub or mix together, equal parts brown sugar and olive oil mixture to exfoliate the loosened skin from your feet. Rinse your feet clean before drying and moisturize with a rich moisturizing foot cream.


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The Top 10 DIY Posts of 2014 from Keitochan Says:

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Top 10 DIY Posts of 2014 from Keitochan Says:

1. DIY: 3 Papaya Face Mask Recipes for Bright Glowing Skin

papaya-2Papaya is a good source of Vitamin A and papain. Vitamin A acts as an anti-oxidant, while the papain breaks down inactive proteins and removes dead skin cells. The best feature of the fruit is its low sodium quality.Since the salt content is less, the water retention is also little. The result is an overall hydrated skin.

2. DIY: Detoxifying Caffeine Body Scrub

coffee beansThis Detoxifying Caffeine scrub helps smooth away cellulite and get rid of the orange dimpled look by the caffeine in the coffee grounds constricting blood vessels so that the skin appears tighter, firmer and smoother.

3. DIY: Homemade Moist Heat Packs

Moist heat packs are filled with moisture-absorbing grain that draws moisture from the air and re-circulates it deep into sore muscles. Moist heat is the best way to sooth many types of pain, penetrating deep into sore muscles. It alleviates joint stiffness, muscle spasms, tight muscles and arthritis pain with soothing heat that helps you feel better.

4. DIY: Homemade Bubble Bath, Detoxifying & Stress Reliving Bath Salts

Bubble-bath-537x376Learn how to make your own homemade bath and body products to give as gifts or make for yourself. The natural alternative to commercial products that contain preservatives and other unwanted chemicals. Here, you’ll find a collection of my natural handmade bath and body recipes from inhabitat.com.

5. DIY: Homemade Fruit & Vegetable Wash

Did you know fruits and vegetables, even organic can have an alarming amount of pesticides and bacteria on their surface? Using this homemade all-natural fruit and vegetable wash has the combined acidity of vinegar and lemon juice, which kills bacteria, removes pesticide residue and helps dissolve the waxy coating found on most produce. Washing with plain water alone will not remove.

like6. DIY NATURAL FACE LIFT: Egg White Face Mask to Shrink Large Pores & Firm Skin

eggsSHRINK LARGE PORES AND FIRM SKIN with egg white and corn starch. Egg white face mask is a natural way to tighten the pores while giving you a temporary facelift. The egg whites contain astringent properties that can pull out impurities and tighten pores as it dries. This nourishing natural skincare treatments is suitable for all skin types and it is a miracle treatment for wrinkle’s acne blackheads and other skin ailments.

7. DIY: All Natural Sore Muscle Rub

This homemade muscle rub penetrates deep into the muscles, bringing a soothing and relaxing sensation.

8. DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub

This DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub is the perfect inexpensive gift idea for any occasion. Just a few simple ingredients to make a basic sugar scrub, your oil of choice, sugar, and oil extract to scent your scrub.

9. DIY: Red Wine Sugar Scrub

Red WineThis scrub made with red wine is an excellent addition to your beauty rituals. The sugar gently exfoliates the skin, honey moisturizes and soothes dry skin. The red wine will improve blood circulation to give you healthy skin.

10. 3 DIY Ways To Make Homemade Fabreze + Fabric Wrinkle-Release

I love Febreze and I use it on everything around the house from fabric to shoes to carpets, but we all know how expensive it can be. Here are 3 recipes you can make at home for as little as .15 per bottle that not only tackle odors, but de-wrinkle too.

DIY: Peel Off Face Strips to Clear Blackheads & Shrink Pores

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DIY peel off face strips

The nice thing about this peel off face strips is it can be used for all skin types however, excellent for acne-prone skin. It helps to even out blemishes, clear skin from excess oil, dirt, blackheads and tighten pores.

Ingredients: 

likeDirection: In a bowl, beat the egg white and 1 tsp. of lemon juice. Mix until it is well-blended. Cut the tissue into strips to fit the areas of your face that need attention. With a face brush, apply the egg mixture all over your face avoiding the eyes and mouth area. Apply the tissue over the area of your face and pat gently. Brush on another layer of mixture over tissue with a face brush and leave it on to dry. Let the strip sit for 15-20 min or until it’s dry. Gentle peel off the tissue in an upward direction. Rinse off any remaining mixture with lukewarm water and pat dry.

You can also apply the mixture to your entire face and use as a face mask. Just leave on for 15 min then rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry.


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#FriendsOfKeitochan Edition No. 15: How to Build Your Own Terrarium

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How to Build Your Own Terrarium

By of custommade.com. Thank you for sharing!

A Black Thumb Guide to Life in a Bottle

Terrariums are like tiny fantasylands, chock full of miniature plants and itty-bitty art. But before you get started creating your very own eco universe, make sure you have the right materials and plan so your terrarium will thrive for years to come.

Why It’s Time to Consider a Terrarium
It’s Cool

Let’s face it—having a tiny ecosystem in your own home is really, really cool. Terrarium-dwelling organisms depend on you for light, water, and air—and contingent on your care, they can flourish or despair. This guide helps make sure your itty-bitty terrarium world thrives.

It Can Reduce Stress

Stress is a sneaky and prevalent assassin in American society. Chronic stress has been linked to heart disease, insomnia, eating disorders, and other illnesses, but reducing daily stress levels isn’t always easy. Thankfully, terrariums can help. Studies increasingly demonstrate the act of nurturing plants gives people a way to cope with negative feelings by directing them toward something positive. In fact, merely looking at plants may reduce blood pressure, leading to higher quality of life. […READ MORE]

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This new feature called Friends of Keitochan is a great way for other bloggers and friends to share a snippet of their stories with Keitochansays.com. It’s just another fun way to grow and connect your audience. Here’s how it works!


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DIY: Red Wine Anti Wrinkle Face Mask

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Why Red Wine?

Red wine packed with antioxidants like flavonoid, resveratrol and tannin which are very good for the skin. It helps to fight free radicals and aging by restoring collagen and elastic fibers. […READ MORE, Plus get the DIY: Red Wine Sugar Scrub recipe and more.]

DIY Anti wrinkeIngredients:

Directions: Make a cup of green tea with the tea bag and set aside to brew. In a bowl, add honey and microwave it for about 10-20 seconds. Mix the red wine and plain yogurt into the bowl of honey until well incorporated.Add about a tablespoon or more of green tea into the bowl and mix until you have a nice even, red-looking paste. Apply the mask to your face using your finger or a facial brush. Let the mask sit for about 15 minutes to allow the nutrients to soak into the skin before washing it off with lukewarm water.

likeHere are a few more ways to use red wine for healthy skin:

  • Clear and glowing skin:  Apply red wine on your face and gently massage into your skin for 10 minutes. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse off. Polyphenols in the red wine prevent cell oxidation and transform a dull complexion to its original glow.
  • Red Wine Exfoliant: Mix 3 tablespoons red wine with 2 teaspoons of oatmeal. Apply the mixture to your face and gently massage your skin in a circular motion. This will remove dead skin cells to give you clear and glowing skin.
  • Red Wine Toner: Use red wine as a toner to keep your skin clear, soft and supple. Soak a cotton ball in red wine and apply it on the skin. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then wash off.
  • Lighten and Tone: Red wine can also help to lighten your skin tone. In a bowl, Beat 1 egg (You can also substitute yogurt in place egg) and add 5 teaspoons of red wine to it. Add 2 teaspoons of honey and beat thoroughly. Apply it on your face and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse it off with lukewarm water.
  • Red Wine Sugar Scrub: Get the full instructions here.>

DIY: Red Wine Sugar Scrub

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diy red wine scrubThis scrub made with red wine is an excellent addition to your beauty rituals. The sugar gently exfoliates the skin, honey moisturizes and soothes dry skin. The red wine will improve blood circulation to give you healthy skin.

Ingredients

Directions: Combine all the above ingredients together in a bowl. Mixture is ready to use and can be stored in the fridge for 2 days.

Facial Scrub: Combine 5 tbsp granulated sugar, 2 tsp honey and 2 tbsp of red wine. Apply to face in a circular motion and rinse.

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Red Wine

Why Red Wine?

Red wine packed with antioxidants like flavonoid, resveratrol and tannin which are very good for the skin. It helps to fight free radicals and aging by restoring collagen and elastic fibers. This helps to plump out the wrinkles and gives a boost to sagging skin.

Did you know red wine can also be used as a toner to keep your skin clear, reduce fines lines, wrinkles, and lightens skin pigmentation? Soak a cotton ball in red wine and apply it on the skin. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then wash off.

Stay tuned for red wine facial recipes coming soon…

UPDATE 12/5: As promised, more ways to use red wine for healthy glowing skin. Take a look.>


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Turkey 101: How To Guide To Thanksgiving Dinner Success, Plus The Perfect Roast Turkey Recipe

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A great thought-provoking way to connect with your guest at your Thanksgiving get together. Instead of using the usual placemats; reuse a paper bag cut to the size of a placemat. Have your guest jot down what their thankful for and share.

One: Choose the size.

Allow 1-2 pounds per adult for turkeys over 12 pounds.

Two: Thawing the Turkey.

Allow 24 hours in the refrigerator for every 5 pounds of turkey, so a 15 pound turkey will take 3 to 4 days to thaw. You can also thaw the turkey under cold running water, not warm, changing the water every 30 minutes and allowing 30 minutes per pound to thaw.

Three: Cleaning the Turkey.

Don’t rinse the turkey because bacteria can spread around the kitchen. Instead, thoroughly pat dry the turkey with paper towels. Don’t forget to remove the gizzard packet before stuffing the turkey.

Four: Stuffing the Turkey.

Never stuff your turkey ahead of time. It should be stuffed when it’s ready to go into the oven the stuffing should be spooned light lean into the turkey’s body cavity and neck cavity. Do not packet they internal temperature of the turkey must reach 165°F and if the stuffing is too lightly pat the interior won’t get hot enough.

Five: Carving the Turkey.

  • Step one: Place the turkey on a large cutting board.
  • Step two: Remove the leg portion by pulling the drumstick away from the body and cutting the joints between the thighs and the body.
  • Step Three: Half the turkey by slicing down the middle and carving the breast away from the breast bone and the rib cage.
  • Step four: Slice breast half in half pieces across the grain, if desired cut the wings off by cutting at the joints.

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ROAST TURKEY RECIPE

Ingredients

Directions

Spice Rub: Mix the paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, 1 tablespoon salt, 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper and dried thyme, in a bowl. Sprinkle the spice rub inside the cavity and top of the bird. Slide your fingers between the skin and massage part of the rub onto the meat under the skin. Place the turkey on a tray and cover. Refrigerate overnight or up to 24 hours so the flavors can infuse.

Roasting: Remove the turkey from the refrigerator to bring to room temperature. Move the oven rack at the lowest position and preheat to 325 degrees F. Tie the legs together and tuck the wing tips under. Place the turkey in a roasting pan. Drizzle the outside of the turkey with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Be sure to baste the turkey with the dripping every hour. Roast about 3 hours, or until a thermometer, registers 165 degrees F. Remove the turkey from the pan, cover with foil and let rest 30 minutes before carving.


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