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Degunk your Bunk: Five Fall Eco SpaHome Housekeeping Rituals for Stellar Skin

22 Sep

The first day of fall is upon us. And not far behind, winter. Most of us will be staying inside more and enduring the dying effects of heating systems. Not to mention the dirt & dust from summer residing inside our home.

Though we all hear of spring cleaning – is fall dirtening?  Not! Try these five tips to prime your palace for indoor living that’s soft on skin:

1. De-bunny heating vents.

Gross, I know – but dust bunnies often gather on & in heating units & if you don’t clean them, guess what? That “bunny” may just hop into your pores causing breakouts. Grosser!

Vent filters

How to: Remove vent cover. Wash in warm, soapy water. Vacuum inside of vent, then use a cloth to dust off the slats. (SpaHome Secret: Add essential oil to the water, your room will smell fab for a few weeks after.) Insert a vent filter like these from Home Depot.

2. Fall into the fridge.

You are what you eat. If you want a delicious complexion eat fresh. First get rid of the garbage from fridge & freezer. Pick out the popsicle from the ice cube tray. Compost outdated food.

Think about your fall/holiday plans. Do you want to lose weight? Are you hosting lots of parties? What staples will you need to accomplish your goals?  Make a list and go shopping. SpaHome Food Tip – Include lots of fresh salmon & veg for a fab fall face.

3. Freshen the entry.

Your door symbolizes the gateway to your sanctuary. A dirty, cluttered entry can lead to the same on your face. Ick! Cleanse your door w/vinegar & water & don’t forget the handle. Put away the shoes and other paraphernalia cluttered around it. Get a new doormat.

4. Orchestrate an orchid invasion.

Orchids are one of those plants that clean and add fresh oxygen to the air. Not only are they gorgeous to look at when summer color is fading, but they get rid of toxins and free radicals that age skin.

5. Launder the linens.

What’s next to your skin more than the fabric in our lives? Gather the tablecloths, place mats, sheets, throws and towels that you’ve been using and the ones you plan to use for winter.

Wash them in Anti-Allergen Laundry Detergent from The Ecology Works. It cleans and removes allergens from dust mites, pets, molds and neutralizes odors. Best of all it’s plant-based and eco-friendly.

What are some of your favorite fall cleaning rituals?  Share with us in the comments below.

Live, love and lounge, Candy

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Nursery Nirvana Pt. 2 – Mom Mellowers

14 Sep

Yesterday we talked about ways to relax baby so he/she will sleep more soundly.  But, even us non-Moms know no baby always sleeps through the night.  The challenge I see is to make baby sleepy while keeping yourself comfy & alert.  Quite the conundrum.

A few ideas to help you achieve the impossible (I mean you already had a baby right? You can do anything!):

Relaxation for Breastfeeding CD.  Dr. McGruder-Johnson gives you mindfulness & relaxation techniques to enjoy while you breastfeed.

Barefoot Dreams Robe – This is my baby gift of choice.  I know it may seem odd to give a new mom a robe as a gift, but it is the coziest and according to my girlfriends, very conducive to breastfeeding.  Hint:  Buy an extra large, so lots of room to cuddle baby in the robe too.

Sage Pine Candle by Ergo Woodsy fragrances help you stay focused without making baby alert (like a citrus one would).  Tip:  Don’t light the candle, just keep it close to you so you can smell the fragrance.

Zac and Zoe Storytime Rocker This comfy yet modern rocker comes in clean up friendly velvet or microsuede.  We recommend pink, ecru, lilac w/ light birch legs.  Plus, once baby is older, it’s perfect for storytime!

Homedics Therapist Massage Cushion. Top your rocker with a massaging cushion for a little TLC of your own.  This one is quiet the key to finding one that will work in your nursery.

Sustenance – Keep a bowl of dried fruit and nuts in the nursery as well as a pitcher of water in an ice bucket.  All of my mom friends tell me how starved they are & this will keep you from needing to go to the kitchen when late night lullabying.

Join us tomorrow for part three of Nursery Nirvana – where we dish decor for the diaper room.

Live, love and lounge, Candy

Nursery Nirvana Part One: Baby Bliss

13 Sep

Are your lullabies losing their luster? Baby awake more often than the Dunkin Donut man (sans donuts no doubt)? No matter how well designed or gorgeous your darling’s digs, if baby’s not calm – no one’s getting any sleep.

Lucky for us, many of the spa strategies that help us relax also work for mini mes. A few products to soothe baby:

Cloud b is a pioneer in pampering your precious ones. They combine a passion for helping children sleep better with style that makes us say awwww! A few faves:

Twilight Constellation Turtle Turn your childs room into a starry night with this cute creature.

Sleep Sheep – This little lamb comes with a soft rattle for non-slumber time, while the nature sounds emit white noise that lull babies to sleep

Lavender Lab Infused with real lavender – the heady herb that relaxes moms & dads too.

Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Soothe & Glow Seahorse Take baby on a virtual spa vacay with this Seahorse that makes ocean sounds and has a tummy that glows.

Massage Practice for Infants from Gaiam Regular massage relaxes babies and the de-stress effect helps them sleep. This how to DVD shows you the safe and right way to do it.

Itsy Bitsy Yoga An awesome book that shows you how to practice yoga with your up to two year old. Yoga helps babies relax, digest food easier & supports their immune system.

Stokke’s rounded crib not only super stylish and feng shui friendly, this curveacious crib embraces baby with a nest like environment so they sleep more soundly and feel more protected.

California Baby. Spa & splash with your little one with organic and sulfate free bath & body products just for baby. Formulated with soothing ingredients like French lavender oil, you’ll want to use them too!

Shampoo and Body Wash Economical and safe for hair, skin and body.

Bubble Bath Colds and Flu A must for winter, the herbs help baby breathe easy and the bubble wand is fun for parents!

Live, love and lounge, Candy

PS: Pop back by tomorrow for part two of Nursery Nirvana: Mommy Mellowers