Beauty Buy: Orofluido Hair Elixir

Orofluido

Do you have favorite hair products you can’t live without? I certainly do. I’d like to think my haircare routine is pretty simple: a trusty shampoo, conditioner, some volumizing mousse when I’m styling my hair, some hairspray to set everything….and this Orofluido hair elixir.

With my fine/thin and extremely straight hair I really don’t deal with the problem of frizz. I DO deal with the problem of products weighing my hair down and making it look greasy though! I am always careful when it comes to products, and a lot of time I have to shy away from all those wonderful oils everyone raves about for their hair because it simply makes mine look like a weighed down, greasy mess!

Luckily, I found Orofluido. This elixir is a combination of Argan oil, linseed oil, and cyperus oil, which must be some sort of magic combination, because it leaves my hair looking absolutely beautiful, smooth, and shiny…without being greasy. Apparently the Argan oil strengthens hair, the linseed oil seals and smooths the hair cuticles, and the cyperus oil protects against free radicals while also creating softness and volume.

Orofluido

The process of applying my Orofluido is simple: I pour a pea sized drop into my hand and smooth it into the ends of my hair when it is still damp after I shower. I try to focus mostly on the ends of my hair and then work my way up if necessary. You don’t need much Orofluido to see a difference: with the very first use I found myself running my hands through my hair after I dried it…noticing how much softer it felt (and how shiny it looked too)!

I used to be able to pick up a bottle of Orofluido at ULTA, but it looks like it is no longer carried there! It just so happens that I’ve spotted some at T.J. Maxx recently by chance. However, if you’re searching for a bottle for yourself, make sure you check out Amazon!

What are your favorite beauty products for your hair?

Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

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Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

Oh, the smell of spring: it’s in the air!!! One of my favorite things about this wonderful season is the fresh scent that comes with it. From flowers, to the scent of a clean house after I go through a huge round of spring cleaning, it’s just a great time of the year for my nose! In honor of the spring season and my love of flowers, I am sharing some easy DIY gold flowerpots with you today.

Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

I love when I can take a few simple products and transform them into something even better. To celebrate spring, I thought it would be a great idea to spruce up our screened in porch with some flowers! I got inspired when I spotted some simple self watering flowerpots: they were the perfect size to create a centerpiece for our outdoor seating space, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the color options available. Thankfully, there was an easy (and pretty!) fix for that! Can you guess what it was? Spray paint, that’s what! My answer to many decorating situations.

Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

I picked up three small flowerpots, then set them outside on top of newspaper in a well ventilated area. Next, I got to spraying! It only took a light coat of gold metallic spray paint to cover the outside of the pots. Once I allowed them to dry, I flipped the pots over and sprayed around the inside edges as well. After all of the paint was completely dry, it was time to add flowers!

Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

It just so happened that some pretty pink begonias stood out to me. Because our screened in porch area is covered and doesn’t receive full sunlight throughout the day, the begonias were a good choice (they like shade)! I simply popped the plants into their new gold flowerpots, along with a little extra soil and some fertilizer. Easy and simple: they were ready to go in minutes!

Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

Now, they are happily displayed on our porch area, brightening up the area and making me think of spring every time I look at them.

Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

So, let’s talk about scent. It’s true: scent is a powerful thing. It has the ability to bring up memories, to change your mood, and more. Florals are a favorite of mine. Isn’t it wonderful when you find yourself walking by a flowering plant or tree and you absolutely HAVE to stop and inhale? Oh nature, how I love you! I find myself using floral scents in my body care products, in my cleaning products, my air fresheners, and especially my laundry! To enhance the fantastic florals, I’ve picked up Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™. They are in-wash scent boosters that give cloth a fresh aroma for weeks. So, even days after you’ve tumbled, folded, and put away your laundry you can continue to enjoy that freshly laundered floral scent! The scent lasts FIVE times longer than your everyday laundry scent. So, if you’re like me and enjoy holding up a fresh towel to your nose to inhale that wonderful floral aroma, this is a product for you!

Suavitel

The Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™ are available in two scents: Fabulous Field Flowers and Soothing Lavender. They are great to pair with Suavitel® liquid fabric conditioner and fabric detergent. You simply throw a little (or a lot) of the fragrance pearls into the washing machine at the beginning of the cycle and lit them work their magic! I was able to locate my Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™ and fabric conditioner at Walmart in the household cleaning area along with the fabric softeners. I like that they are also compatible with high efficiency washing machines: we have one in our laundry room, so I am always very careful to make sure my products are safe to use!

There will be Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™ samples on select Suavitel® liquid fabric conditioners in Walmart stores, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for them!

I’m curious: what scents inspire you? Have you been inspired to create a project based on a scent you love? Be sure to check out more information about the Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™ at Walmart!

DIY Garbage Disposal Refreshers

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DIY Garbage Disposal Refreshers

Did you know April is Earth Month? As a matter of fact, Earth Day is coming up on Wednesday, April 22nd this week! Do you know how you will celebrate? To be honest, I am working to make every day an Earth Day in my home, starting with the DIY garbage disposal refreshers I have to share today, along with some awesome Tom’s of Maine goodies!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve recently taken notice of how many different cleaning products and chemicals I have stored in my home. For some reason I had never been concerned with it in the past, but lately I have taken note of how much I’m exposing myself, my family, and my pets to. There has to be a simpler solution. So, my quest has begun to create my own cleaning products and other household products.

DIY Garbage Disposal Refreshers

The thing is, making natural cleaning products for your house isn’t complicated. You only need a few simple items to put together cleaners for your counters, appliances, floors, and more. Today, I’m tackling the garbage disposal. Do you have a go-to method for cleaning and making your garbage disposal smell fresh? The most common solution I’ve seen people suggest is throwing citrus peels down the disposal and grinding them up. I’ll admit: I used to do that. The fresh citrus smell that comes up after throwing a lime rind in the sink is always great. However – let me warn you against doing the same thing! I used to do this all the time, and then one day I noticed my sink was draining really slow. I couldn’t figure out what was happening, until I peeked down the drain into the disposal….and saw what was probably 50 different lemon and lime peels in a huge pile up. Then I had to spend 20+ minutes carefully fishing all of the rinds out of the sink and disposing of them in the trash. Every time I threw a peel down the disposal and THOUGHT I was grinding it up, I was getting that lovely smell, but clearly the rind wasn’t able to be fully pulverized. Never again. NEVERRRR again! I am careful to dispose of my rinds in my composter (also another eco-friendly option we have at our home!) rather than down the drain now.

So, how about another all natural option, with only 4 simple ingredients? I’m all over it. These DIY garbage disposal refreshers only took me a few minutes to whip up, and pretty much all of the ingredients could be found at the dollar store: score! I highly recommend you create a batch for yourself. You can store them in a sealed jar or container and simply pop one or two of them in the disposal as needed to clean and deodorize!

DIY Garbage Disposal Refreshers

DIY Garbage Disposal Refreshers
 
These simple to make garbage disposal refreshers will both deodorize and keep your sink smelling fresh!
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup salt
  • Juice from 1 lemon (and grated rind - optional)
  • 2-3 tablespoons water
Instructions
  1. First, add the baking soda and salt to a bowl and mix to combine.
  2. Slowly stir in the lemon juice and water to mix. If you are using the rind of the lemon, use a microplane grater to remove the zest from the lemon and add to the mixture. Stir well to combine: the mixture should be like wet sand. You can add more or less water into the mixture depending on the consistency.
  3. Use a small cookie scoop or rounded teaspoon to drop rounds of the mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Allow refreshers 24 hours or more to dry. Then, remove from the baking sheet and place in a sealed container to store.

Tom's of Maine

Now, let’s talk hygiene products. That is another area where I want to reduce the amount of chemicals in my life as well. It just so happens that there is a brand who can help me (and you!) out in that department: Tom’s of Maine.

Tom's of Maine

I recently picked up an assortment of their products: Antiplaque & Whitening Peppermint Fluoride Free Toothpaste, Whole Care® Peppermint and Spearmint Fluoride Toothpaste, and Unisex Long Lasting Apricot Deodorant. They even have children’s products for you to consider, like Tom’s of Maine Silly Strawberry™ Fluoride Toothpaste – how fun for your little ones! What I really like about these products is that they are made with no artificial colors, flavors, fragrances, or preservatives, which is great for the Earth, and great for your body as well! I was able to easily acquire my toothpaste and deodorant at Walmart. And lucky for you, you can click HERE to get $1.00 off any Tom’s of Maine product purchase at Walmart. Score!

So, I want to know: how are you creating Earth friendly items to use in your home?

 

Loaded Guacamole

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Loaded GuacamoleEnter for a chance to win one of forty $100 Walmart e-Gift Cards (10 per week) by uploading an Instagram photo of your RITZ®-topped creation with #putitonaritzcontest. Purchase of RITZ® is not required.

Ritz Snackify Challenge Instagram Contest

Snacking: how I adore snacking! I am going to be completely honest: there are days when I would be perfectly happy with simply chowing down on snacks/small plates instead of a full meal. Hors d’oeuvres and small bites are a staple in our household for entertaining as well as for every day! When it comes to snacking, my all time favorite dip absolutely needs to be involved. Today, I am bringing you an oh so delicious loaded guacamole to enjoy!

Loaded Guacamole

What I love about this loaded guacamole is that I almost always have the ingredients on hand in my pantry/kitchen. Black beans, corn, salsa…they are always in an easy to grab place for me! Adding avocado into the mix leads to something oh so delicious that I sometimes have a hard time sharing. I mean, I’ll share with Justin if I have to…because I’m nice. Guacamole is probably hands down our favorite snack item to create in our kitchen. What I always have to laugh about is that as a kid I wouldn’t touch guacamole or avocados with a 10 foot pole. Oh, how things change! Nowadays, if avocado or guacamole is involved in a dish, I absolutely MUST have it!

Loaded Guacamole

Typically when you think of guacamole, your mind goes to tortilla chips to scoop up the dip. But what about something a little different? Today, I’m scooping my loaded guacamole on top of RITZ® Roasted Vegetable crackers. Thinking outside of the box can be fun sometimes – so why not?

RITZ® crackers

I picked up a box of these yummy crackers at Walmart, and there were so many other flavor options to choose from as well. I mean, look at that shelf full of choices! In the end, adding the loaded guacamole to the top of the crackers created a slightly more sophisticated snack, and it tastes great to boot! The flavor of the RITZ® Roasted Vegetable crackers compliments the guacamole nicely. You can whip up a batch of this loaded guacamole, add a spoon, and allow your friends and family to scoop dollops of creamy goodness on top of their RITZ® Roasted Vegetable crackers. It’s the perfect snack!!!

And can we talk about how making a loaded up version of guacamole really makes your dip go the distance? Adding black beans and corn made the final yield of guacamole larger, and I am not upset about that whatsoever. The more guacamole, the merrier!

So – how do you make this loaded guacamole, you ask? Here’s the easy to make recipe so you can replicate my Snackify creation!

Loaded Guacamole

Loaded Guacamole
 
Delicious, loaded guacamole filled with corn and black beans. It's easy to put together, and is a crowd pleasing topper for crackers!
Author:
Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe Haas avocados
  • ¼ cup onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons salsa
  • Juice from ¼ of a lime
  • Generous pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • ¼ cup corn kernels
Instructions
  1. First, slice the Haas avocados in half and remove the pits. Scoop the avocado flesh out of the skins, then add to a small bowl.
  2. Add the onion, salsa, lime juice, and a generous pinch of salt to the bowl with the avocado. Use the tines of a fork to mash the avocado and blend everything together to desired consistency (I like mine with some chunks still!).
  3. Gently fold in the black beans and corn kernels.
  4. Scoop the loaded guacamole onto crackers, and enjoy!

 

Speaking of topping RITZ® crackers, it just so happens there is a RITZ® Snackify Challenge Instagram Contest going on, and you are able to enter your own creations into the mix! All you need to do to enter for a chance to win one of forty $100 Walmart e-Gift Cards (10 per week) is upload an Instagram photo of your RITZ®-topped creation with #putitonaritzcontest. Purchase of RITZ® is not required.

Loaded Guacamole

What snack creation would you make?

Click HERE to enter the Snackify Challenge with your own RITZ®-topped creation for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card!