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

Color is Power

Colors can change your mood, your behavior, your diet, and maybe even who you find attractive. Colors are a powerful tool and can be used to influence a physiological reaction as well as your performance. How people respond to different colors is very interesting.

Let’s take the psychology of PINK for instance. Pink is strongly associated with femininity with qualities that are often thought as feminine such as softness, nurturing and compassion. How does pink make you feel? Do you associate pink with joy and creativity giving you strong deep emotional feelings? Maybe you’re feeling a soft pink lipstick or lingerie to embrace your femininity?  Feeling refreshed like springtime flowers?  Hot pink to make you feel vivacious, full of character so you can conquer the day? Pink is just one color that will evoke your emotions.

At the end of the day, I believe in comes down to one thing; personal taste. How a person feels about a particular color can strongly influence what a person perceives and how they are perceived.  So if you feel like making a statement or maybe just want to sit back and feel nostalgic, below is a chart for you to have some fun with. Decide what color you’re feeling today.  After all, colors can speak louder than words.

 

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Rebecca Louise | Realife Co

 

Perfume is the Ultimate Accessory…Unseen and Unforgettable

Have you ever found yourself unconsciously at the heels of someone just to enjoy his or her scent? That is how our mind and body react to scents we enjoy. Let’s face it, when a certain perfume or cologne arrives at the scene, we become captivated with the warm and alluring aroma that is intoxicating our senses. Fragrances have the power to alter and affect our mood. The way a certain scent makes you feel can make or break your day.

There are so many fragrances to choose from that can both inspire and alter your mood, which makes it all the more fun for perfume lovers everywhere to add to their collection. A girl can never have too many perfumes (or shoes) so here is a list to help you find your next favorite perfume or cologne based on your current mood.

Calming and Relaxing Scents:  Chamomile, Jasmine; Lavender, Neroli, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Allspice Berry, Rosewood, Sandalwood or Frankincense

Refreshing, Revitalizing and Uplifting Scents:  Orange, (a favorite of mine) Anise,  Citrus, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Peppermint, Pine, Rose, Rosewood, Spearmint, Tangerine, Spruce, Tea Tree, Thyme or Winter Green

I have an all time favorite that seems to turn heads every time I spritz it on; Casual Perfume by Paul Sebastian. Give it a try or leave us a comment on what your favorite perfume is.

 

Rebecca Louise | Realife Co