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November 2011

In Beauty, Tips on
November 29, 2011

Alternative Uses for Conditioner

Alternative ways to use shampoo and conditioner


I have a lot of beauty and hygiene products stored under my bed and cabinet, most of which I don’t even like that much! Here I’ll share some alternate uses for conditioner so you can get more bang for your buck. You’ll be greener by using up old products in different ways, hence stopping you from purchasing products you technically don’t need since you can substitute them.

Here are some alternative uses for hair conditioner:

  1. The easiest and most popular alternative use for conditioner would be to use it as shave gel. Most conditioners are really thick, meaning they will help prevent nicks from your razor.
  2. Make your body hair softer by using conditioner as moisturizer! Occasionally I’ll use it on my arms. If you use a small amount it doesn’t feel sticky.
  3. You can easily make a DIY deep conditioner by combining EVOO with normal conditioner, just have it sit in your hair for a few hours while you do homework. I show you how in this video.
  4. Use conditioner as shampoo! Sounds weird, I know, but it works! Learn more about “no poo” CO washing routines if you are interested.

If you haven’t already, check out my post on alternative uses for shampoo and body wash.

How do you re-use products in different ways?


In Tips on
November 28, 2011

Easy Breakfast Smoothie

Easy morning breakfast smoothie

Good morning Kind Friends! Today I’m going to share with you my yummy and easy breakfast smoothie recipe. You can follow the prompts in the below` video or the instructions below. What I love about this smoothie is that it has servings of both fruit and vegetables without tasting funny. It is also filling enough to be your whole breakfast.


  1. Orange juice (I use Florida’s Natural)
  2. 1 Whole banana (See how to make your bananas last longer)
  3. Vegetables (I use Organic Girl Super Food veggies that comes with red and green swiss chard, tat soi, arugula, and spinach)
  4. Protein powder (Currently using Warrior Food vanilla enhanced from Eco Emi)
  5. Flaxseeds (Good Sense Organic flaxseeds)


  1. In an eight ounce glass add four ounces of orange juice, a banana (chopped), a few handfuls of vegetables, approximately a tablespoon of protein powder, and half a handful of flaxseeds. All proportions are customizable to your tastes.
  2. Pour ingredients into blender and blend for about 15 seconds. This will yield a thick smoothie. Keep blending if you don’t like the thick consistency.

That’s it! Very easy to make and you don’t even taste the vegetables, the orange and bananas over power them.

I hope you guys try out this recipe and if you do, let me know what you thought of it!


In Fashion on
November 25, 2011

Outfit of the Day: Grey, White, and Black all Over

I’ve been having so much fun filming my Outfits of the Day! I hope you guys love them because I am aiming to put up fashion videos once a week. This video was sponsored through the MyLikes network so every view helps support!

My outfit:
Shirt: StyleMint
Cami: Kohls
Leggings: StyleMint
Boots: Payless
Cape: My Mom’s

My accessories: 
Purse: ShopRuche
Earrings: My Grandmother’s
Ring: Shecky’s and engagement
Lip gloss: mark.

I liked the new StyleMint leggings but I thought for the price ($29.99) they should have been better. They were definitely better quality then leggings from Forever 21 but I still expected more. They were very thick (so very warm, good for Fall and Winter weather) but if they were stretched enough you could see through them. I also think they should have been a little softer. Overall though, I will get good use out of them.

Thank you for watching. Have a wonderful weekend with family and left over Thanksgiving dinner!

In My Journal on
November 23, 2011

Warm Coats and Warm Hearts

All about the Warm Coats and Warm Hearts campaign.

Warm Coats and Warm Hearts is a charity helping families that can’t afford clothes for the cold weather.

This year I’m going to be participating for the first time in the Warm Coats & Warm Hearts coat drive. This is the fifth annual coat drive run by Burlington Coat Factory and Good Morning America in partnership with the One Warm Coat organization. They believe that this year they will reach their one millionth coat donation. Isn’t that an amazing number?

One in five children live in homes that fall below the poverty line, why not clean out your closet and donate one of your unused coats? You can donate your old coats at all Burlington Coat Factory’s now through January 16th. To find a location near you, click here. You can also get 10% off your next Burlington order when you donate!

Thank you Lauren for sharing this charity with me! I love finding ways to help others, especially when it can be as simple as this.

Will you be participating this year?
In DIY on
November 21, 2011

DIY Fortune Cookie Gift


Hi Kind Friends! This year for the holidays I want to make as many of my holiday gifts as I can. Inspired by this blog post, I decided to make a fortune cookie holiday present!

Follow along with the video or with the instructions below to make one of your own. In total this project took me an hour (and over five hours to edit!).


You will need:

  1. Decorative paper: I used K & Company but you could also decorate plain paper.
  2. Scissors
  3. Paint/Sponge brush
  4. Pencil
  5. Pen or Sharpie
  6. Glue: I use ModPodge (which you can get at craft stores) but you can use any kind of glue as long as it dries clear.
  7. Something to draw circles with (optional)
  8. Jar or empty candle: I used a Tostitos container.
  9. Tissue paper: I used some from my mark. and Birchbox purchases! Keep all of your packaging, you never know when it will come in handy.
  10. Some sort of ribbon or cord: Mine was from a StyleMint purchase, I re-used as many things as possible in this project.
  11. Scrap paper to write your fortunes on.


  1. Draw a circle (I used a candle top as a guide) on decorative paper and cut it out. Erase the pencil marks.
  2. Fold the circle in half (but do not crease the edges).
  3. Hold the paper as shown (really hard to explain) and push in the center.
  4. Glue the fortune cookie together and hold for a few minutes.
  5. Prepare your jar (I covered the top with tissue paper and used a ribbon).
  6. Write down your fortunes and insert them in the cookie!
Now you have a fortune cookie gift! I hope you guys loved this DIY tutorial. If you have any fun DIY crafts, list them in the comments.
If you make your own fortune cookies, send me a picture to my Facebook or Twitter.
Happy DIY!
In Tips on
November 18, 2011

How to Keep Your Bananas Fresh

How to keep your bananas fresh

I love bananas and I hate grocery shopping. Thus, I buy a lot of bananas at once. This can be a problem because then my bananas get brown before I can finish them! So here is some tips on how to keep your bananas fresh for longer.

The simple solution: Cut off the stems of your bananas and store them in the fridge.

How to keep your bananas fresh

When you cut off the stems they don’t ripen as quickly (I don’t know why, I’m going to pretend there is a really cool magical reason rather than scientific) and in the fridge the process is even slower.

If you are going to use your bananas for smoothies, cutting them into slices and storing them in the fridge keeps them fresh for weeks.

Enjoy your bananas!

What is your go-to way to eat bananas?

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In DIY on
November 17, 2011

Alternative Uses for Shampoo and Body Wash

Help the environment by finishing up those shampoos and body washes you hated and stashed under the bathroom sink. Check out this post for ways to use the products up.

Recently I’ve stopped using shampoo. No I’m not gross, I’m using Wen products.  But now I have to figure out what to do with all of my left over partially finished shampoo bottles. As mentioned in a recent blog post, I have a problem where I buy too much of one kind of product when things are on sale… thus I have more than five shampoo bottles under my sink waiting to be used.

Here are some alternative uses for shampoo (that also apply to body washes, except for the first one) to help you get rid of this product build up.

  1. Use shampoo as body wash! If it can clean your hair, it will clean your body.
  2. Fill up your pretty soap bottle in the bathroom or kitchen with shampoo or body wash instead. Often times you can buy a generic large shampoo bottle for $1, which is cheaper then soap! I’ve been using shampoo as soap in my bathroom for years and no one has noticed.
  3. Shampoo is perfect for cleaning up your makeup brushes. See how I do it here.
  4. Spot clean stains before they go in the wash. Rub a little with water on a spot and let it sink in before you put it in the washer.

Can you think of any extra uses for shampoo or body wash? Post them in the comments below!