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the easiest, yummiest, healthiest coffee ever (with gelatin!)

Let’s talk about one of my favorite things: coffee!

I’m not someone who can drink coffee endlessly throughout the day. But I thoroughly enjoy my morning cup of jo as much as I NEED it.

For the last year or so, I’ve been making this coffee … and it’s AMAZING. Essentially, it’s coffee, coconut oil, cinnamon, and honey. The coconut oil would typically be gross in coffee, but if you take a moment to blend it in the blender, you magically create  a latte like cup of coffee.

Once I got into the habit of making my coffee with coconut oil, I got out of a habit that I hadn’t really locked into place yet. Not for a lack of trying, mind you. I’d tried. I really tried!

I was TRYING to regularly consume gelatin. After reading over and over again about it’s many benefits, I wanted to consume it on a daily basis. I’m not very good with swallowing capsules or pills, so I knew that was out. Instead, I opted to add it to my morning cup of black coffee.

Everyone swore it wouldn’t taste like beef coffee.

And for the most part, it didn’t.

But there was a hint. An ever-so-faint-hint of beef.

And I mean, come on. That’s gross.

But I did it because I liked getting in the gelatin.

That is … until I found the coconut coffee trick and forgot all about gelatin.

Gelatin, schmelatin.

Fast forward to yesterday. I pulled up this video that discusses some of the healthy tricks we can use to naturally beat wrinkles. One of the suggestions is … OF COURSE … gelatin. Boo. I was back full circle.

I didn’t want to ruin my beloved morning coffee with the gelatin!! But something told me … try it. Just try it.

So, I pulled out my Great Lakes gelatin tub and heaped in a teaspoon of gelatin to my morning coffee mixture. I blended and grimaced as I thought about the beef flavor.

As I poured the coffee out, I noticed how fluffy and foamy it was. It looked AMAZING!

I took a sip. No beef flavor at all. Instead, it just tasted creamier than ever!!!!

I was so excited I think I actually jumped for joy. This coffee is a keeper. I’m thrilled to be adding gelatin back into my diet on a regular basis. And if I were being 100% honest, even if I didn’t care one ounce about my health and just wanted to eat yummy things, I’d continue adding the gelatin to my coffee mixture because it really does add something special!

So, here it is … my new favorite recipe for morning coffee.

HERE’S HOW TO MAKE INSANELY YUMMY COFFEE

  • Take your mug of hot black coffee, and pour it into a blender. (I make my coffee in a French Press … but it doesn’t matter how you prefer to make yours. Any unsweetened coffee will do.)
  • Add in 2 tbs of high-quality coconut oil
  • Add in some cinnamon
  • If you like sweet coffee, add in a heaping tsp of honey (I like mine to have the bee pollen in it for added nutritional benefits).
  • Add in 1 tsp to 1 tbs of gelatin (I like Great Lakes)
  • Blend for a minute.

ENJOY!!!!!!! This coconut oil coffee is so yummy that it has completely broken my Starbucks habit. I would rather come home and make my own coffee than stop at Starbucks. And that’s saying a lot for a girl who used to rack up quite the monthly Starbucks bill! I LOVE when you don’t have to try and break a bad habit. It’s so nice when a good habit just takes right over for you.

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12 ingredients that are commonly in deodorants that are harming you! And what you can do about it.

A little while back, I decided to tackle making my own natural, safe deodorant. I HATE the idea of putting chemicals on my body. And I loved the idea of knowing exactly what was going into my product. I also wanted to make something that would help my body gently detox. And it worked. SO well!

But first, if you’re not yet convinced that commercial-brand deodorants are dangerous, take a peek at some of the ingredients typically found in deodorants and anti-perspirants. I went on Skindeep’s web site to look at some of the risks associated with each of these ingredients.

ALUMINUM CHLOROHYDRATE
Use restrictions, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Ecotoxicology

FRAGRANCE
Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Ecotoxicology

TOCOPHERYL ACETATE
Allergies/immunotoxicity, Cancer, Ecotoxicology, Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)

PEG-12 DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE, 1,4-DIOXANE)

PEG/PPG-19/19 DIMETHICONE
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE, 1,4-DIOXANE)

CYCLOPENTASILOXANE
Persistence and bioaccumulation, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Neurotoxicity, Cancer, Endocrine disruption, Ecotoxicology

DIMETHICONE
Use restrictions, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Ecotoxicology

ALUMINUM ZIRCONIUM TETRACHLOROHYDREX GLYCINE COMPLEX
Use restrictions, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL
Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

BENZYL SALICYLATE
Use restrictions, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Endocrine disruption, Ecotoxicology

BUTANE
Multiple, additive exposure sources, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Allergies/immunotoxicity, Use restrictions, Contamination concerns (BUTADIENE)

ISOBUTANE
Multiple, additive exposure sources, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Allergies/immunotoxicity, Use restrictions, Contamination concerns (BUTADIENE)

When I look at that list of chemicals, I can’t help but think of a quote I read by Suzanne Somers:

“People are so busy counting calories. I think we should be busy counting chemicals. Where’s the tipping point? There’s the air freshener. There’s what you’re cleaning your house with. Pest sprays…all poison. The chlorine that you’re using. The fluoride in the water… And then you’re eating food that is not organic. You’re putting on skin care that’s all chemicals… Well, guess what? That’s going to go somewhere. It drops into the bloodstream.”

It’s a dirty world filled with chemicals! I can’t control that. But I CAN control what I put on my body.

I love that the deodorant I make has no chemicals in it. And rather than having ingredients that can accumulate in my body and harm me, it has ingredients that can help my body. Plus, making it turned out to be so much fun that I decided to sell it, too! Check out the recipe and make your own! Or, if you don’t feel like making it yourself, buy it here.

INGREDIENTS: organic coconut oil, baking soda, arrowroot powder, vitamin E, beeswax, bentonite clay, essential oil blend of tea tree and lavender

Plastic is NOT our friend. Toxic chemicals can leach into products stored in plastic containers. Spoil Your Skin deodorant comes in a 2 oz glass jar.

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PLEASE. PLEASE. PLEASE. Be Kind to Your Body. Switch to natural beauty products! If you currently use a non-natural deodorant, visit the following site to check and see if your brand includes toxic ingredients that may be harming your health: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

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I’d love you to buy my deodorant : ) But really, at the end of the day, I just reeeeeally want everyone to dump their chemical-laden deodorants and opt for healthy, natural ones. Most commercially-produced deodorant brands are made with TOXIC ingredients:

Aluminum Compounds
Parabens
Steareths
Triclosan
Propylene Glycol
TEA and DEA
Artificial Colors

Go natural and save your health! My Spoil Your Skin deodorant is …

* 100% All-Natural
* Hand-made in small batches for freshness
* Completely Paraben free
* 100% GMO free
* Toxic Chemical Free
* Aids in DETOX

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ABOUT THIS 100% NATURAL DEODORANT:

* This product is NOT an Antiperspirant. Your body is meant to sweat. This deodorant will help with moisture … but it won’t STOP your body from producing what it naturally produces!

* Temperature greatly affects this product as it is made with coconut oil. In warmer temperatures, the product may liquify. It’s just as effective in this form. When this happens, give it a shake or a stir as separation is totally natural. If you prefer it in its harder state, simply pop it in the fridge and it will firm up.

* Baking soda can irritate skin in sensitive individuals. Discontinue use if this occurs.
NEW TO NATURAL DEODORANT?

Get ready to DETOX! If you have been using commercial deodorants and anti-perspirants, your body is most likely in need of an aluminum detox. Commercial antiperspirants contain aluminum, which blocks your sweat glands to keep you dry. That build up needs to come out! And when you switch to an aluminum-free deodorant, your arm pits will have the chance to detox. This deodorant also contains bentonite clay, which aids in the detox process. People respond to the detox experience differently. Rashes and or itchy skin is typical. Strong odors also may occur as the build-up of bacteria is detoxed. If a rash or other symptoms persist, discontinue use of this deodorant to allow the skin to heal. Please not that all sales are final.

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INSTRUCTIONS

Smear a dab of deodorant on a clean finger and rub into your armpits. A very little goes a long way! Wait a few minutes before putting on your shirt. Typically lasts 24 hours.

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DISCLAIMER

No medical claims are made about the use of products, nor are the products intended to be a substitute for medical treatments. Pregnant or nursing women should always consult their Doctor before use of any products containing essential oils.

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10 Reasons Your Photography Business is Failing – THINKING OF QUITTING YOUR PORTRAIT OR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS? READ THIS FIRST.

THINKING OF QUITTING YOUR PORTRAIT OR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS? READ THIS FIRST.

So, your photography business isn’t working.

Maybe you’re feeling discouraged. Frustrated. Anxious.

But don’t worry. You’re certainly not the first person to be in this situation. And you’re not in quick sand. You CAN get out of this spot. I’m going to show you how.

WHY IS YOUR BUSINESS FAILING?

You could blame the poor economy.

You could blame the influx of new photographers

You could blame the shoot-and-burners out there who lower clients’ expectations.

You could blame it on the fact that your skinny jeans are too tight. (Never a good thing.)

The list of people and things you COULD blame is a mile long.

But here comes the sometimes-hard-to-swallow truth:

SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURS KNOW EXACTLY WHERE THE BLAME LIES: IT RESTS SQUARELY ON YOUR VERY OWN SHOULDERS.

If I’m being completely honest, it took me a few years in business before I started to really accept this kind of thinking. But the more I accepted it, the more things began to change. And the more things changed, the more I wanted to help motivate other photographers.

Last year, I sat down and began meditating on what I thought were the 10 biggest roadblocks for many photography businesses.  I certainly have run into these blocks over and over again over the last 10 years.

I then complied the list into my brand new e-book. Together, we explore 10 common problems that could be holding back your business from becoming the business of your dreams … and what you can do about them.

My 62-page e-book is finally available for instant download … so let’s get started. RIGHT NOW! Download your e-book and we’ll begin the process of getting your business back on track.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

This results-oriented book is a 62-page PDF and is delivered electronically, immediately upon purchase. The current price is $7.

Why the low price? I priced this e-book low on purpose. I WANT YOU TO HAVE IT! I know how frustrating it is when you’re trying SO hard and yet, your photography business just isn’t working. So for now, anyway, this book is priced at just $7. Yup … it’s not a trick. It’s priced low. Snatch it up before I raise the price!!

Grab your copy today!

 

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Quick Photo Tip: Look for the Light

When photographing people, it’s all about angles and light. If you’re out and about snapping photos of your kids, look for natural illuminators and then, if possible, have the child face that direction. The two photos above illustrate how I was able to light my subject by turning her towards the reflection of light coming off the buildings behind her. This acted like a natural flash, lighting my subject and helping her to stand out from the background. It was an easy enough switch … I simply had her turn around! (haha, and then she fell into the bush, which promptly got us yelled at by security … but what’s a photo shoot without some drama?!)

The city streets are full of light reflections bouncing off all the windows, white concrete, and metal fixtures. But even if you’re not in the city, if you learn to look for naturally reflective surfaces, you’ll start to spot them more quickly and be able to use them to brighten up your photos.

Face your subject towards white walls, white garage doors, white concrete sidewalks, or even your own white shirt. Depending on just how reflective the object is, the change in your lighting can be subtle or dramatic. The more you pay attention to this little trick, the more you’ll start to learn how to better take advantage of it!

Happy shooting!
Kate

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how to make your hands look 10 years younger

How do you make your hands look younger? I discovered a totally new and unheard of way of making the skin on my hands smooth and beautiful!

Well, for about 10 minutes last week, anyway, I thought I had invented something totally new and groundbreaking. A quick search on Google showed me that I’m just really slow to jump on the bandwagon. But it was new to me … so maybe it will be new to you, too. 

It all started last week when I was picking up the most AMAZING antique sofa at an antique store. It deserves it’s own post … so stay tuned. While checking out, I saw a beautiful turquoise and diamond ring. Much to my delight, it fit! I held out my hand to admire the ring, and was shocked to see old lady hands staring back at me.

It’s winter. And skin is dryer in winter. True.

But, still.

STILL!

All the way home, I wondered how my hands had aged about 10 years in a few weeks. And then I remembered that I just switched from having a dishwasher (old apartment) to washing dishes by hand (new apartment). The hot water was obviously drying out my skin.

So I got gloves. Problem solved.

The gloves helped.

Phew.

But that’s when the genius idea hit. I mixed up a jar of oils (castor oil, lavender oil, coconut oil, vitamin E) and slathered my hands in the oil before putting on the gloves. After doing the dishes for 10 minutes or so with my hands in super hot water, I basically gave myself a hot oil treatment. My hands looked better already.

Now, about one week later, my hands look 10 years younger than they did when I tried on that ring.

Hooray!

So, yes … I miss my dishwasher. But in a strange way, I’m finding washing the dishes by hand to be therapeutic and relaxing. And I definitely feel like my dishes look cleaner. And my hands are being pampered.

Maybe I need to go back and get that ring! ; )

According to the maaaaany posts I pulled up when I googled hand washing + gloves + oils, it looks like a lot of people do something similar … but with lotion. I don’t know though … I’m loving the oils. Especially the castor oil. It leaves my hands really soft.

So here’s the step by step on how to make your hands 10 years younger.

  1. Slather your hands with an oil blend or lotion.
  2. Put on dishwashing gloves.
  3. Wash dishes in hot water.
  4. Remove gloves. The lotion or oils will have sunk into your skin from the heat of the water.
  5. Repeat!

Happy washing!

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