Pamper Mom on Mother’s Day – Epsom Salt Treatment

Moms deserve all the pampering in the world, and with Mother’s Day approaching, you might be interested in an inexpensive way to create an at-home spa for mom.

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Just get some Epsom salt, and it will help give Mom a well-deserved break. Doctors say it might even improve her health!

Here’s how:

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Epsom Salt can be used to create the ultimate at-home spa, and it’s something several experts and celebrities recommend to help look and feel better. A relaxing bath or exfoliating treatment will leave your skin radiant and glowing.

Tips include:

  • Glowing skin exfoliating treatment: Mix 2 cups of Epsom Salt with 1/4 cup of petroleum jelly and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Use the mixture to gently scrub away dry skin patches.
  • Microdermabrasion Facial: Mix 1/2 TSP of Epsom Salt into cleansing cream for a deep-pore cleansing. Massage on skin. Rinse with cool water. Pat dry.
  • Bathtime Bliss: Add two cups of Epsom Salt to the water in a standard-sized bathtub; soak for at least 12 minutes, three times weekly. For an extra treat, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil for a refreshing scent.
  • Pedicure Perfection: Dissolve a half cup of Epsom Salt into two quarts of warm water. Pour the water into a container and soak your bare feet for fifteen to twenty minutes. For an extra treat, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil for a refreshing scent. Massage the entire foot with Epsom Salt concentrating on the heels and ankles to remove any dry, rough spots. Then, rinse your feet off with clean tap water and dry them thoroughly.
  • Homemade bath crystals: Mix two cups of Epsom Salt with a few drops of fragrance to create a custom bath crystal. Add a few drops of food coloring or 1/2 TSP of glycerin if you like. Store in an air-tight container.

After Exercising/Boosting Magnesium Levels

Tips include:

  • To ease muscle pain and fading bruises. Add two cups of Epsom Salt to warm water in a standard-sized bathtub (double the Epsom Salt for an oversized garden tub) and bathe three times weekly, soaking for at least 12 minutes.  Also can be used to make compresses.
  • To soothe feet aching from a tough workout or a long day, add a cup of Epsom Salt to a tub of warm water and soak them.
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Those soaks could also boost your body’s level of magnesium – a nutrient that experts say helps your body produce its main source of energy and impacts at least 300 enzyme systems. Over the past century, experts say the amount of magnesium we consume in our diets has dropped by about 60 percent, but here are some tips from doctors and researchers who say soaking in Epsom salt can increase your body’s level of magnesium:

You can get Epsom salt at most pharmacies and supermarkets.  You can learn more at www.epsomsaltcouncil.org or www.facebook.com/epsomsalt

Don’t forget to purchase a nice mother’s day gift from www.stelladot.com

Apothecary Jars: Decorating and Organizing Your Space

My mother and I have been obsessing (all week) over Apothecary jars.  We’ve shared creative ideas for decorating and organizing with these clear, glass jars.

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Apothecary jars are beautiful to the eyes and can be used in a variety of ways.  For example, one can organize a bathroom with these jars by filling with cotton balls or bath soaps.

A decorative use for the jars includes using as an accent object on a table; filled with lemons or flowers.  I’ve discovered on Pinterest that one can make Apothecary jars with a simple vase, candle holder, and super glue.  I love this idea because I’m a sucker for a DIY project!

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These sophisticated jars can also showcase the change of seasons (or holiday) with candy, ribbon, or even decor.  The perfect place to display an Apothecary jar is on the fireplace mantle, kitchen bar, accent table, or bath tub.  If you want to add a touch of elegance, place a silver tray underneath the jar.  This can take your jar from ordinary standards to ultra unique in minutes.

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If you’re asking yourself, “where can I purchase a set of these jars?” Apothecary jars can be found at Pier 1 Imports, Pottery Barn, and Hobby Lobby.

Interview with Debi Lilly: Entertainment and Design Expert

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Style + Life + Fashion had the opportunity to interview Debi Lilly, Entertainment and Design Expert.  Debi shared with us wedding advice, trends, budget conscious tips, and her new collection at Safeway.

· What’s the most important aspect when planning a wedding?

o Weddings reflect the personal style of each couple, with welcoming, thoughtful, elegant designs and details that celebrate the couple, their family and friends.
· Can you share the latest wedding trend?

o This year it’s all about a colorful, interactive dessert themed Cake Bar to get guests up out of their seats celebrating once dinner ends. Brides can create an elegant but affordable dessert bar using debi lilly design cake stands, pops of color with ribbon accents, candy and cookie collections, and more. It’s gorgeous, DIY edible décor, that doubles as your wedding favor, helping to stretch that bridal budget.

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· What are some budget conscious tips for brides?

o Safeway stores are a great source for brides on a budget. Modern brides have access to value and quality with everything from customized cakes, affordable wines and now an exclusive line of chic, trend forward wedding flowers from debi lilly design.

· Where do you find inspiration?

o I travel the world studying wedding, floral and entertaining trends, color palettes, and fresh takes on cultural styles of celebration.

· What can we expect from the Debi Lilly Collection at Safeway?

o I work alongside Safeway to create an affordable and unforgettable collection of bouquets, bridal party flowers, and table-top centerpieces to maximize the floral and decor budget for weddings and parties.

Including:

Romantic Collection: Brides will fall in love with the delicate colors in our Romantic Collection. The graceful pink, lavender and green hues will add soft, elegant beauty to your special day.
Chic Collection: The bright red and orange palette of our Chic Collection adds depth and warmth to any wedding celebration.
Classic Collection: The timeless elegance of our Classic Collection includes stunning white and ivory flowers and lush greens to provide a sophisticated and elegant feel
Modern Collection: Add a contemporary flare to your wedding with our Modern Collection. Vivid yellows, hot pinks and rich purples are the perfect complement for you and your bridal party.

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Floral Design Decorating and Debi Lilly: Entertaining and Design Expert

One of the least expensive ways to decorate a home is with the use of floral design.  Not only is it beautiful in terms of aesthetic value but it’s a money saver depending on the plant and design concept.  Flowers can also set the tone for any room, whether romantic or contemporary.

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In decorating (or design school) it’s always suggested to use nature for inspiration.  Home floral design can be duplicated with authentic greenery or silk plants.  Either option creates a beautiful centerpiece with a few additional suggestions:

1.  Purchase or use a unique container

2.  Select flowers that are in season with a local florist shop or nursery

3.  Think outside of the box and use fruits as an arrangement

4.  Add ribbons and lace as a nice accent

5.  Try something new such as a wreath, swag, or garland

Also, don’t forget to consider your supplies and the space for your new arrangement.  We will have more floral design tips on Style + Life + Fashion from Debi Lilly (Oprah’s Party Planner) as she will be launching a line of floral designs at select Safeway locations in the Baltimore/DC area.

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Homemade Soup and Recipe – Lifestyle Tip

I like to make homemade soup for my family during the winter months.  It’s a fairly easy recipe and can be a hearty meal.  As new generation women, we’re busy and need simple ideas to make our lives easier; one option is to make soup.

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Eating soup can be a healthy meal substitute from our normal grilled caesar salad.  Simply cook the recipe, store in ziplock bags, and put in the freezer.  Also, depending on the amount that’s left over, one can store soup (in the freezer) for family sick days.

There’s two easy steps I like to incorporate that’s less time consuming when cooking the recipe.  Number one, use a soup starter mix and number two, take pre cooked chicken breast (from last night’s dinner) and shred for your recipe.  If you want to get “fancy” add vegetables to the recipe as well.

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After you’re done don’t forget to serve in your soups mugs (I found a set at the thrift shop) with crackers or make a batch of crescent rolls on the side.  You can sit back and watch your favorite reality show because dinner’s done!

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Lifestyle Segment on Fox 45 Morning News: Health Benefits of Drinking Tea in Winter Months

I was invited to host a lifestyle segment on Fox 45 Baltimore WBFF sharing the benefits of drinking tea in the winter months. Brewing a cup of tea can serve as an aid with weight loss, stress relief, and help give a boost of energy. Also, black tea is the equivalent of drinking coffee due to a stimulating substance call theophyllin.

Although there’s a social aspect to drinking tea, we have to remember the original health benefits.  Personally, I like to drink tea as a preventative measure against colds and to boost my immune system.  If I’m not feeling well or have an upset stomach, I brew a cup of tea and drink it in the afternoon (or before bedtime) to flush away the toxins.  Below are additional health benefits:

1. Reduce the risk of heart attack

2. Fights free radicals

3. Helps diabetics better process sugar

4. Improve bone density

5. Helps with relaxation and concentration

I was super excited to share the following products and showcase my favorite tea cups. Don’t forget to purchase Carrington Organics Tea, Sparkling Ice Bottled Tea, Downtown Abbey Tea, or visit Caffe bene new tea house (nationwide) for a relaxing experience.

 If you like this post, click here: National Wine Day Television Segment

Kale Salad – Delicious for Lunch or Dinner

Lately, I’ve been pretty obsessed with adding Kale to my diet. This is a super food that has several health benefits such as added protein, iron, and other delicious vitamins and minerals. According to medical news, it also helps with preventative measures against cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

For me, it’s a delicious addition to my diet and I love finding new recipes for eating Kale. To my surprise I found a recipe (below) that I wanted to share with other Kale lovers. It’s simple, easy, and can be eaten during lunch or as a low calorie dinner. This Kale Salad is not only a quick fix (which is a major plus) but looks delicious!

I would love to hear some of your Kale recipes, share them with me at kim@stylelifefashion.com.

 

Click Here: Kale Salad Recipe

 

How To Use Pinterest 101: Fashion and Style Photos For Daily Inspiration

Follow Style + Life + Fashion on Pinterest to gain daily inspiration.  The handle is @kwest1908.

A few of our favorite boards include, Work From Home, Creative Spaces, Money Management, Gift Ideas, Men’s Apparel, and Health/Fitness.

Don’t forget to save your ideas to keep the pinterest boards organized.  Happy pinning!

How To Use Pinterest 101:

  1.  Set-up an account.
  2. Install the pin it button.
  3. Add a pin.
  4. Create a new board.
  5. Repin from your homefeed.
  6. Be social by liking and commenting on other pins.
  7. Upload your own pins.