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DIY Face Mask - Cinnamon, Honey, Lemon

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A simple three-ingredient face mask made out of ingredients you can find in you kitchen can help clear acne, slow down aging and brighten the skin.
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Every once in a while I enjoy pampering myself. But since LadyBug has joined our family, I'm happy if I can catch a solo trip to the bathroom! That doesn't stop me from making a three-ingredient face mask out of kitchen staples.

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After I had LadyBug I got some gnarly acne on my face and back. Now that I am four months postpartum, I'm still dealing with the acne and I blame the huge swing of hormones that happen during and after pregnancy.
Click to tweet: Clear acne with this simple 3-ingredient face mask made out of items found in the kitchen.
There's tons of products on the market specific for those with acne but they usually contains loads of ingredients. I'm still unsure what I can use topically that is safe while nursing. So I stick to my trusty cinnamon, honey and lemon face mask because it always does the trip to heal and soothe my skin. 

DIY Face Mask - Cinnamon, Honey, Lemon | www.atravelingwife.com | a-traveling-wife

Here are how the ingredients work:

Cinnamon - can help rid skin of acne, temporarily fills in fine lines and is a gentle exfoliant

Lemon - can help even out hyper-pigmentation by brightening skin, antibacterial properties (no more blackheads), can help decrease or eliminate oily skin and is a good cleanser

Honey - naturally antibacterial (no more acne), can slow down aging with antioxidants, unclogs pores and moisturizes skin

How To Use: Mix roughly 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, quarter juiced lemon, and 1 teaspoon honey. Apply the mixture to a clean face with a cotton ball. Allow to sit on the face for at least 5 minutes.
(You may feel a tingly or burning sensation. Both of those are a result of the lemon juice and cinnamon.) Use warm water to gently massage face then rinse clean.

DIY Face Mask - Cinnamon, Honey, Lemon | www.atravelingwife.com | a-traveling-wife

Have you ever made your own face masks?
How do you deal with acne?
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Freezer Smoothie Bags

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

There is no better time to enjoy a daily smoothie than during the hottest season of the year. Fill your freezer with pre-made individual sized drop-in-the-blender smoothie bags. 

This post is brought to you in partnership with Naked Nutrition. It also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.
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The days are getting warmer and longer (hello sunset at 9pm) and more humid. The last thing I want to do is heat up a warm meal or sit and chew on a salad. Smoothies are the perfect replacement for breakfast, lunch or dare I say, dinner! They are so versatile by using your favorite fruits, veggies, nuts, etc. Then throw in some fancy powders and you have yourself one of the healthiest drinks EVER. 

Pre-made Individual Sized Drop-In-The-Blender Smoothie Bags | www.atravelingwife.com | a-traveling-wife

My least favorite part of making smoothies used to be the cleanup. However, I learned a little trick to clean the blender super quick. Just rinse out the blender after use, fill halfway with hot water and drop in some dish soap. Turn the blender back on and bam - your blender just got a nice little cleaning.
Another thing I dislike about making smoothies is gathering all of the ingredients. Trying to manage and entertain a 3 month old can make simple things impossible and then my healthy smoothie turns into me grabbing a bag of chips or a dozen cookies. That's where pre-made individual sized drop-in-the-blender smoothie bags come into play. 

Pre-made Individual Sized Drop-In-The-Blender Smoothie Bags | www.atravelingwife.com | a-traveling-wife

My favorite type of smoothies are simple. I can't really be bothered with loads of ingredients to make a new flavor each day. I typically just buy whatever frozen fruit is on sale or freeze my overly ripe fruit, some type of green, and freeze almond or coconut milk in ice cube trays. This is the basis of a delicious smoothie.

Pre-made Individual Sized Drop-In-The-Blender Smoothie Bags | www.atravelingwife.com | a-traveling-wife


Pre-made Individual Sized Drop-In-The-Blender Smoothie Bags

Ingredients
  • 2 handfuls frozen fruit
  • handful frozen kale
  • 2 ice cubes frozen almond or coconut milk
  • fold top sandwich storage bags
Directions
  1. Place all ingredients in fold top sandwich storage bag.
  2. Store multiple sandwich bags in a gallon sized freezer bag and keep in freezer until ready to use.
Pre-made Individual Sized Drop-In-The-Blender Smoothie Bags | www.atravelingwife.com | a-traveling-wife

How To Make Smoothie
  1. Blend fruit, kale, frozen almond or coconut milk, and 8 ounces water in Ninja blender until smooth. 
  2. *Optional: pulse in 1-2 scoops Naked Whey, 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed and a few dashes ground cinnamon. 
  3. Enjoy!
Pre-made Individual Sized Drop-In-The-Blender Smoothie Bags | www.atravelingwife.com | a-traveling-wife

Naked Whey protein powder is the only protein powder I feel comfortable using while nursing. It contains only one ingredient (grass fed whey protein) with 25 grams of protein per serving. And you will love that it's gluten free and soy free too!

*Get 10% off Naked Nutrition products by using the code 'JENNATL' upon checkout. 

What are some of your favorite ingredients for smoothies?
Have you ever made smoothie bags before?