The Smell of the Beach Never Gets Old

I’ve got a secret to tell you. It’s the BEST scented soap and body lotion. Okayyyyy, not the juiciest secret but definitely one that has a scent that is impeccable. With shea butter, aloe, and botanical ingredients, it will please your skin and your senses.

You know when you’re in a room and someone smells good and you’re like…where is that? Below is a scent I wish they sold in a body mist or perfume but for now I will continue to enjoy this delicate, fresh and beachy scent when I was wash my hands or slather their lotion on my body.

Every single person who has come into my home and tried this soap or lotion has commented how incredibly fresh it smells. So when you can’t be at the beach or just want the lingering scent of an unforgettable beach day, give Michel Design Works, Beach Scent a try….it won’t disappoint you.

Rebecca Louise | Realife Co.
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Healthy Eating Reaps Bountiful Solutions #HERBS

My definition of HERBS above is why I always have a few in my kitchen. Right now I have  cilantro and parsley as you can see from the picture above. Can you tell which is which? I love fresh herbs and use them daily. From planting, watching them grow, picking them fresh to nibble on, to use when cooking, and we can’t forget all their extraordinary medicinal benefits. So grab your garden tools, get down on your knees, and start planting! I promise the end result will be rewarding.

Below are seven favorites that are easy to grow in your garden or containers if you don’t have the space. All the herbs below enjoy plenty of sunshine, who doesn’t, but can tolerate light shade. Don’t stress when planting. Enjoy the fresh air and getting dirty; it’s good for the soul. If all else fails, you can always run to your local garden store and hand pick your ready to use herbs to enjoy. No judgement here!

BASIL
A go-to herb in the summer. Give it well-drained soil and you’ll be making pesto in no time. Be sure to pinch off any flower buds because once basil begins to flower, the leaf flavor declines.

OREGANO
A beautiful herb to plant in a pot to control growth. The small leaves are packed with flavor and perfect for topping homemade pizza.

ROSEMARY
A woody shrub with an unforgettable aroma and needle-like foliage that adds flavor to roasted potatoes and chicken dishes. The quickest way to kill container-grown rosemary is by watering it too much. It needs consistent moisture, not wet feet.

THYME
Looks beautiful when planted at the front of a container where the tiny leaves can mound over the edge of the pot. Don’t overwater; it’s drought-resistant making it easy to grow.

MINT
Love, love, love! It will quickly take over so grow mint in pots where its aggressive growth can be contained. Growing mint in your garden can help ward off ants and flies.

PARSLEY
A favorite culinary herb used in sauces, salads, and soups. It also lessens the need for salt. Parsley makes a perfect garnish and it’s also good for you; it’s rich in iron and vitamins A and C.

CILANTRO
Love it or hate it. Me, I can’t get enough of it. Cutting off the flower heads redirects the plant’s energy back into leaf and not flower or seed production. With Cinco de Mayo this weekend, what better way to celebrate than with a cilantro lime shrimp taco and tequila; the perfect pair but that’s for another post.

Rebecca Louise | Realife Co

Time for Progress, Not Perfection

Swimsuit season is around the corner. Erase the the words “bikini body” from your vocabulary. Let’s call it “confident body”. When you feel good, you look good and exercising can help you achieve your “confident body”. I enjoy the challenge to stay in shape. The older you get, the harder it gets, but don’t you ever give up. Staying in shape has a multitude of  benefits other than just looking good; living longer, sharper mind, reduce blood pressure, sleep better, and confidence.  There is a laundry list of benefits so let’s get to it because it’s never too late.  Below are some starter tips to achieving your “confident body”.

  1. Strength Training: The more muscle you can add to your body, the more fat you will burn. A lot of women may worry that lifting weights will cause you to bulk up. Women have far less testosterone in their bodies and as a result won’t become big just more lean and toned.
  2. Don’t focus on your problem areas. Try to train all your muscles equally. If you only focus on your abs or upper arms, you might develop problems with your posture. Alternating between different muscle groups can help train all your muscles evenly.
  3. I hate cardio but it’s important. Start with 10-20 minutes a day and you’ll be surprised the outcome. You’ll want to do more when you see the results. It doesn’t have to be running; rowing, cycling, and my favorite jumping rope are good for cardio. Jumping Rope is not as easy as it looks and gives you an awesome workout.
  4. Eat healthy! After all you can’t out exercise a bad diet.

Following these simple steps and have patience. Remember, beauty starts in the head, not in the mirror.

Rebecca Louise | Realife

11 Reasons To Drink Green Tea

GREEN TEA has impressive benefits for the skin and hair. The world continues to confirm the health advantages and longevity effects of green tea. Drinking green tea can be one of life’s simplest and rewarding pleasures.  Brew yourself a cup of green tea, pour into your favorite porcelain tea cup, sit back and read about all the amazing benefits green tea can add to your life.

  1. Maintain youthful skin structure and firmness
  2. Beneficial in helping the body’s metabolism to be more efficient
  3. Reduce rosacea redness, psoriasis, and dandruff
  4. Slowdown aging
  5. Fight inflammation
  6. Stimulate hair growth
  7. Fight acne and blackheads
  8. Soften and nourish the skin
  9. Protect against sun damage
  10. Treat puffy eyes and dark circles
  11. Fight liver spots and wrinkles

Try Newman’s Own Organic Green Tea where 100% profits go to charity!

Rebecca Louise | Realife Co.

Healthy Feet are Happy Feet

Taking care of your feet is extremely important. Both feet, combined, make up for 25% of the body’s bones, 18% of joints and 6% of the muscles. Doing damage to any of these parts can cause serious harm to your body. One of the best ways to stay healthy is by moving, whether it is through activities like walking, running, dancing, exercising or even cleaning the house.  I find one of the the best ways to compliment your healthy feet is a pedicure.

If you’ve never had one, make an appointment. Your pedicure will start with a warm foot soak to help soften and relax the skin and toenails. Next, a careful trim and file of the toenails. On to a nail cuticle treatment that includes the cuticles being pushed back and the application of nourishing cuticle oil.  An invigorating foot scrub to remove calluses and flaky, dry foot skin. Moisturizer is applied to accompany a foot and lower leg massage. The final touch is your favorite toe polish. When you look down at your feet, you’ll realize the pedicure was completely worth it. Your feet are smooth, soft, clean, and most importantly healthy!

Below are four 5-star favorites to help keep your feet and toes looking pretty and feeling happy between pedicures.

Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak With Epsom Salt – refreshes feet and toenails and soothes dry calloused heels leaving your feet feeling soft, clean and healthy.

Majestic Pure Himalayan Salt Body Scrub – all natural scrub to exfoliate and moisturize skin.

All Natural Antifungal Foot Cream – moisturizing organic relief with therapeutic grade essential oils of peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus and tea tree.

Essie Nail Color Polish – My favorite color:  Lacquered Up. The color is on my feet in the picture above…along with a little sand from the beach!

 

Rebecca Louise | Realife Co.

 

Laugh Yoga: A Way to Better Health

You might question this type of yoga but it is a real thing and has proven to not only increase happiness, but it can also strengthen the immune system, reduce pain and lower stress. What is it you ask? It is called Laugh Yoga. You just giggled didn’t you. See? It’s working already and soon you’ll be laughing your way to better health.

According to Laughter Yoga University, I bet you’re laughing again at the thought, laugh yoga is based on the concept that voluntary laughter can provide the same health 
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benefits as spontaneous laughter. Visit  www.laughteryoga.org to watch their video and if it doesn’t make you laugh or at least smile, I don’t know what will. You do not have to master any traditional yoga postures. That alone should have you jumping for joy. You simply need to laugh.

Laugh yoga  can increase oxygen intake and blood flow, improve blood vessel function, and can lower blood pressure. All this helps protect your heart, boost energy, dissolve stress, and allows you to gain focus. Think of laugh yoga as a complement to low-impact cardio.

We don’t laugh enough. Start with a smile, then a giggle, and before you know it the room will be filled with chuckles, hearty laughs and howling hoots. Laugh yoga classes promise to make us all laugh harder, more deeply, and more fully than we’ve ever laughed before.

Rebecca Louise | Realife Co.

The Fountain of Juice

As promised (per my Instagram story) here are some SUPER EASY beauty brews a.k.a healthy juice recipes to get you started juicing. Juicing has the ability to give your skin an all-natural healthy glow and energize your body. Packed with vitamins, minerals and powerful antioxidants eating more fruits and vegetables can change your life. You can’t go wrong with these simple recipes to get you started juicing. CHEERS to your health, beautiful!

Apple/Carrot Beauty Brew

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple
  • 4 carrots
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled
  • 1″ ginger root

Carrot/Orange Beauty Brew

Ingredients:

  • 4 carrots
  • 2 oranges, peeled
  • 1″ginger root

Pineapple/Cucumber Beauty Brew

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 pineapple
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 lemon, peeled

Wash your produce and add to juicer one at a time.
NOTE: Pears are always a good substitute if you don’t like pineapple.

Rebecca Louise | Realife Co