Recycle summer wardrobe to fall chic

Just because it is getting cooler doesn’t mean that you have to tuck away those summer favorites. Fall is the perfect time to layer those summer staples with fall items transforming them to different outfit and saving money on not buying more clothes.

Blazer & Jackets

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Layering your favorite t-shirt, dress or tank top with a blazer or jacket can give it a polished look while keeping you warm from the autumn wind. Above it also balances the pants to make them look light in color and weight. Lighter clothes are usually worn in the summer because of the heat. Check out my  pin board with more looks

Cardigans

If its not quite cold enough for a jacket layering with a cardigan can be an alternate option. Cardigans also dress up most outfits making them business casual for the office or presentations. Accenting a colored cardigan with your jeans, trousers or skirt is the perfect fall attire from the class room to work or dinner with friends. Heres my cardigan pin board

Accessories

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Pairing any outfit with a scarf, hat or boots can transform it from summer to fall. Women can wear tights with any skirt or dress making it season appropriate. Transforming from sandals and tennis shoes to boots, loafers and flats. Here’s the accessories pin board
So before you run out to buy more clothes remix what you have to make it appear to be a whole different outfit and save some money for the colder winter months.
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With midterms, work or just life getting stressed out is easy. Decompressing is the hard part. Here are a few remedies Ive found that can make even the worst day better.

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Coffee Beans and Tea Lights

Like the smell of coffee? The ingredients needed for this coffee candle are

  • small bowl
  • coffee beans
  • tea light candle

Pour the coffee beans in the small bowl, next insert the tea light in the coffee beans light the candle. The warmth from the candle will warm the beans and give off the smell.

Listerine Pedicure

Sometimes paying for a pedicure isn’t in the budget or you simply don’t have the time. There are home pedicure kits in dollar tree pedicureand most stores but to really get your feet free of the dead skin try this recipe

  • listerine
  • vinegar
  • warm water

All recipes Ive found say mix 1/2 cup listerine, 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup warm water (1 cup in Naturally Nourishing recipe) , soak 10 minutes then scrub and dry off. If you don’t think there is enough liquid to get an effective pedicure double the ingredients and experiment.

Bath Salts

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Taking a hot relaxing bath is the cure to any weekday blues. Just add in some home made bath salts to enjoy the soak and transport you to another place. To make any scent the base ingredients are

  • mineral and sea salt
  • oil

Kristanlynn.com features an easy recipe using extract  instead of oil but depending on the scent you want to make you can use either. By mixing the oil and salts the scent will be absorbed. The easy instructions from above also indicate food coloring can be used to change the appearance of the salts.

Face masks

Dear Crissy has recipes for 10 face masks that can be made from homemade ingredients for different skin types.

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fall in love with fall

Fall brings cool air, warm treats and beautiful colors all around in nature. It gives you a break from the summer heat without frosting your toes just yet.

Pumpkins are a staple for fall and can be used for many different things. Near Halloween we use them for decoration as jack-o-laterns. That involves carving and scraping the insides out but recently people have been finding new ways to decorate them with less mess.

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You can paint them and make them colorful to still keep a colorful fall. Directions for these designs can be found on Funky Time blog. Jack-o-lanterns don’t have to be scary.  More ideas are featured on ivillage.com and HomeGoods

Cooking with pumpkins can also be fun. Want to make some cupcakes that will leave your home spelling like fall. Try this pumpkin cupcake recipe found on Food Network

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Starbucks and many other coffee and shops have an array of pumpkin flavored drinks but no need to pay $6 dollars or more. Make one anytime you want with the pumpkin pie shake on My Recipe

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Apples are also popular for fall. Oh, Bite It puts a twist on the traditional apple pie by making apple pie cookies. Another sweet alternative is Apple dumplings made easy with crescent rolls featured on Our Best Bites

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apple dumplings

Yummy in your tummy

Being busy can sometimes get in the way of being healthy and making time to make sure we eat a nutritious meal. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day but the others are pretty important too.

Eating healthy can be fun I will give you guys a breakfast, lunch and dinner option I found on Instagram. All credit goes to a beauty named Dawn Archer. Her Instagram is @estellearcher (type in name only). She gives fitness and inspiration tips but doesn’t operate under such strict rules that may intimidate a beginner.

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Breakfast: egg muffins

egg muffins Essential ingredients:
eggs

Optional ingredients (pictured):

low sodium ham

reduced fat cheese

Mrs. Dash roasted tomato basil flavor

fresh spinach

* feel free to substitute any ingredients for something else you like regarding produce or protein just make sure it wont spoil and can be baked

Directions according to @dawnestelle:

1. Drop ham into non-stick pan

2. Drop reduced fat cheese

3.  Sprinkle mrs. dash

4. Drop fresh spinach

5. Pour mixed egg whites (1 yolk for ever 3 egg whites & repeat)

6. Bake on 410 degrees for about 20 minutes or until little brown on top

She eats 2-3 reheating in the microwave 20-30 secs

Lunch: Turkey wrap

lunch wrapIngredients:

tortilla

turkey

cream cheese

spinach

cheese

*feel free to substitute anything you want instead of cream cheese honey mustard, low sodium ham instead of turkey, roman lettuce in place of spinach, etc. just be healthy with choices

Directions (following the picture)

1. Get tortilla

2. Spread a serving of cream cheese

3. Add turkey

4. Place cheese on top of tukey

5. Add spinach

6. Roll and enjoy

Dinner: Lettuce Taco

lettuce tacoIngredients

ground turkey

taco seasoning

lettuce leafs

optional ingredients

cheese

sour cream

salsa

tomato

Directions:

1. Cook ground turkey with taco seasoning

2. Select best looking lettuce leaf

3. Drop in turkey and prepare as normal

If you want more recipes I encourage you to check out Dawns website http://www.dawn-archer.com

All of her contact information is on her website but since I already gave you her Instagram handle her youtube channel can be found at http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2cARjVLwo55Tc3-SGFboJw

Pooh Bear isnt the only one who likes honey

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I have curly hair. I am natural (no perm or chemicals to make my hair straight) and have only been for almost 2 years. October 12, 2012 I cut all my straight hair off and started learning how to deal with my hair again after having processed my hair for 12 years to make it straight. In the quest to try new things I came across several hydrating techniques for curly and wavy hair. Honey!!!

Yes the stuff you put in tea, it’s in some brands of candy corn (yummy) and bees go crazy for it!!

Honey

MY favorite deep conditioner to hydrate my curls is simply a variation of this recipe I found months back. I dont measure I just gage how much I think I need then if its not enough add more. Apply to clean damp hair. All you need is

  • honey
  • extra virgin olive oil

Mix the ingredients in a bowl (may need to warm honey wont hurt to warm both) then massage into scalp. Then rinse it out. If you want to lightly condition (I do) after go for it but you can apply on already clean hair and just rinse. The official recipe is below.. there are many more honey recipes and other deep conditioner recipes for curls as well.

http://www.naturallycurly.com/recipes/search?shows=50&recipe_type%5B%5D=15

Honey Fanatic is a website I found that explains honey and all its benefits. Heres the link to her honey conditioning recipe for all hair types

  •  http://honeyfanatic.com/honey-facts/honey-good-hair/

The website also covers honey masks to improve the skin

Honey can be found at the dollar tree and every grocery store. I recommend getting the cheapest brand. Some dollar trees also have extra virgin olive oil. I have used regular olive oil it before but extra virgin is the purest form.