Tequila & Daisies

Fun Facts are always just that…fun! In an earlier blog post I expressed how I love daisies. Well, I also love tequila. Some things are just meant to be….

When you make your next margarita think of not just tequila but daisies!

Let’s start things off with one fact…no one is really certain of the origin of the margarita. One story revolves around a totally separate drink, The Daisy. In its heyday in the late 1930s, The Daisy included a base liquor such as tequila, curacao and citrus. Tequila Daisies appeared in cocktail pamphlets from this period, and it’s not too much of a stretch to see how this morphed into the margarita: the word “margarita” is Spanish for “daisy”.

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner so bookmark this blog post so you can refer back and know how to make a Tequila Daisy for your next celebration.

Ingredients
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon superfine sugar
2 ounces tequila
½ ounce fine orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
Club Soda to top

Directions
In a cocktail shaker, stir together the lemon juice and superfine sugar. Add the tequila and orange liqueur. Fill the shaker with ice, shake until the mixture is well-chilled and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with club soda and ENJOY!

 

By: Rebecca Louise | Realife Co

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Health Benefits of Pedicures

Summer is right around the corner and of course that comes with a change in wardrobes. People will switch from wearing heavy sweaters, boots and thick socks to short-sleeve shirts, shorts and sandals. Are your feet healthy and ready to come out of hiding?

The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, which adds up to about 115,000 miles over a lifetime! All this wear and tear on your feet can be harmful if they are not maintained properly.

Pedicures are a great way to provide basic care for your feet. What is a pedicure? A pedicure is a cosmetic treatment for the feet and toenails that cleans your feet, provides nail care and foot/calve massages. Contrary to popular belief, pedicures are NOT just for women! They are for anyone who to take care of their feet.

Here are the top six benefits of regularly getting pedicures.

Early Detection of Problems

Receiving a regular pedicure can help the pedicurist detect early signs of corns, bunions and fungal infections. These conditions are easier to treat when they are identified in its earlier stages.

Decreases Chances of Infections

Clipping, cutting and cleaning of the toe nails prevents them from growing inward and causing infection. The elimination of dirt and bacteria from your feet will also help prevent nail diseases disorders (fungi) and foot odors. It is also important to keep toenails healthy because they protect toes from trauma.

Preserves Skin’s Moisture

A pedicure includes soaks in warm water and massages with oils and lotions that help preserve the moisture and integrity of your feet. Moisturized feet are less likely to get blisters, crakes or other foot problems. It is also important to keep your cuticles moisturized to prevent nails from growing out with ridges or split ends which can cause the nails to lift out of the nail beds.

Exfoliates the Feet

Exfoliation, or removal of dead skin cells, prevents the cells from accumulating and causing bunions or corns, which can be uncomfortable and painful. The removal of the dead skin on your feet, especially on the heel, encourages new cell growth which creates smoother and more attractive feet.

Promotes Circulation

The most enjoyable part of the salon pedicure is the massage. Massaging helps promotes circulation and helps relieve tension in the calves and feet. Increase in blood circulation can reduce pain and help distribute heat throughout your body.

Relaxes the Body

A good pedicure can be very relaxing. It helps you relieve stress and can be therapeutic. According to the British NHS information, massage therapy eases tension, stiffness and enhances well-being”.

Feet get little care compared to other parts of your body such as your hands and face. Healthy feet are vital to our overall health so don’t neglect them! Whether you go to a salon or you do your own pedicure, make sure to get one at least once a month to health your feet stay in good condition.

 

By: Nobilis Health

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

Daisies are beautiful,

And so are you.

I’ve always loved daisies. So to change things up a bit on this Valentine’s Day, here are a few facts and the benefits of this beautiful and wild flower.

  1. Daisies are found everywhere on earth except Antartica.
  2. The name ‘daisy’ is thought to come from the Old English ‘daes eag’ meaning ‘day’s eye’, after the way in which it opens at dawn.
  3. A daisy is actually two flowers in one.
  4. Daisy leaves are edible. A tasty additions to salads, they are closely related to artichoke and are high in Vitamin C.
  5. Daisies have lots of medicinal properties. They are thought to slow bleeding, relieve indigestions and ease coughs. In homeopathy, the garden daisy is known as the gardener’s friend for its ability to ease an aching back.

By: Rebecca Louise | Realife Co

A Seasonal Checklist for Your Skin

KEEP IT REAL / KEEP IT SIMPLE

WINTER:  The focus should be on moisturization and hydrating products.

SPRING:  Think spring cleaning with deep pore cleansing and exfoliating products to revive skin from the winter dryness.

SUMMER:  Focus should be on protecting skin from the sun with sunscreen and antioxidants, which have powerful protective qualities. Products should be lighter-weight in the spring and summer since there is more humidity in the air.

FALL:  Increase exfoliation to repair the skin from the summer sun damage.

By:  Rebecca Louise | Realife Co