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DIY: Toxic Free Cleaning Products for a Healthy Home

When we think of leading healthy lifestyles, most of us have a base view of eating nutritious meals, exercising daily and getting adequate rest.

But despite how well we fuel our bodies or how many reps we do at the gym, many of us are negatively impacting our bodies’ well being by bringing toxic products into our immediate environments.

The sad truth is, the most common and familiar household cleaning brands are bringing hazardous ingredients into our homes with a great cost to our health. The sure way to eliminate the risk to experiencing the negative side effects of exposure from such poisonous, synthetic cleaning products is to refuse to use them.

Even products marked as “natural” or “green” still contain some of the worst offending chemicals, making these so-called “alternative” items threatening to your healthy home haven.

By rejecting these products, you ensure a safe and healthy home environment for you and your families.

Thankfully, there are ample tested and effective natural methods to clean your home that you can make yourself with ease!

Let’s empower ourselves to eliminate household pollutants with ingredients that are likely already in your cupboards!

Read on to learn how to make your own cleaners that are not only toxic free, but also smart for your wallet and the environmentally friendly too.

All Purpose Cleaner

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oils (I enjoy the freshness of peppermint or lemon balm)
  • 1 tsp borax
  • Spray bottle
DIRECTIONS:

1. Add all ingredients to a spray bottle, screw on top and shake well.

2. Apply to whatever surface you are cleaning and wipe!

Disinfectant

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
  • ½ cup high-proof vodka or rubbing alcohol
  • ½ cup white distilled vinegar
  • ¾ cup water
  • 50-60 drops of tea tree or lavender essential oil
  • Spray bottle
DIRECTIONS:

1. Add all ingredients to a spray bottle, screw on top and shake well.

2. Apply to whatever surface you are cleaning and wipe!

Liquid Toilet Cleaner

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • ½ cup castile soap
  • 15 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 15 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • Sealable bottle
DIRECTIONS:

1. Whisk all ingredients together in a large bowl.

2. Using a funnel, transfer mixture to a sealable bottle.

3. Pour ¼ cup into your toilet bowl.

4. Use a toilet scrub or sponge to spread throughout bowl, beneath toilet seat and entire inside of bowl.

5. Flush the toilet to rinse.

Air Freshener

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
  • 1 cup water
  • 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oils. Lavender, peppermint, tea tree, lemon and rosemary are all great deodorizing oils to pick from.
  • Sealable spraybottle
DIRECTIONS:

1. Add ingredients to spray bottle, screw on top and mix well.

2. Spray in rooms of your liking and enjoy!

Furniture Polish

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
  • ½ teaspoon oil, such as olive, almond, jojoba, or liquid wax
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice or vinegar
  • Glass jar
DIRECTIONS:

1. Mix ingredients in a glass jar.

2. Dab a soft rag into the mixture and wipe onto wood surfaces.

3. Keep glass jar covered and store.

Mold and Mildew Spray

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops tea tree essential oil
  • Spray bottle
DIRECTIONS:

1. Mix vinegar and essentials oils in spray bottle.

2. Screw on top and mix well.

3. Spray onto surface you wish to clean.

3. Let solution sit for at least 1 hour.

4. Wipe clean.

5. Allow surface to air dry.

6. Multiple treatments maybe necessary.

How To Discover Your Life Purpose

Do you wake up every morning dreading going to work? Have you been putting all your energy into a job that leaves you feeling uninspired and drained? Are you investing the majority of your time into a career that lacks meaning and value to you?

You’re not alone.

The priorities of the “modern day” person would suggest that life consists of spending the majority of your existence working endless hours at a mundane job to accumulate an excess of possessions and a sizeable retirement fund to finally attempt to enjoy yourself in your later chapters of life. If we were to only ascribe to society’s ideas of life’s pursuits and purpose, perhaps we’d all be chasing after money signs in the never ending rat race of earning, spending and repeating.

I don’t know about you, but what’s been fed to us as the only or proper way of surviving in today’s world doesn’t sound so appetizing to me. Do you dare deviate this master plan and define something unique for yourself?

How do you define the purpose of life?

I know. That’s no simple question, but one worth pondering in our impermanent state of limited days and moments. How will you choose to live your precious, unique, beautiful life? How can you claim your happiest life today?

What is your purpose in life?

≫ Follow Your Bliss.

One of the surest ways to find answers to this deep, pervading question is by following your bliss. Ask yourself, “What can’t I live without?” Is there a passion in your life that when completely absorbed you lose track of time? The saying goes, “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life!” Consider how you wish to be remembered. How do you want to invest your time and energy?

Start dreaming the all so possible dream in which your greatest passions can also become your livelihood and mode of sustaining yourself.

Perhaps you don’t even get paid to give this service to the world. We often put too much emphasis on career and what we do as livelihood as defining our worth and who we are. So much so that one of the first questions we are upon meeting someone new is, “What do you do?” “Well, I do a lot of things!” I often enjoy responding to playfully challenge the notion that to know me is to know my day job. I encourage you to answer the more important question that leads to the essence of who you are… “What are you passionate about?”

Now go do that!

You can live your life’s purpose and spirit’s desired service whether or not it provides an income. Perhaps you really love animals? I trust you would get great fulfillment and soul nourishment from volunteering at an animal shelter or sanctuary.

Maybe your greatest passion is dancing, but you don’t wish to compromise your relationship to it with the involvement of money and its influence. Then find ways to share your love of movement through performances or offer dance instruction to those who couldn’t access it otherwise.

We can fulfill our life’s calling in ample and creative ways. You can fill the cup of your passions whether or not it pays the bills.

What does your heart song sing?

If we all ask with deep sincerity, we’d all find a similar answer: to live a happy life.

So how does one achieve a life of content and meaning?

A meaningful life is one that connects you with others in a way that contributes to their lasting happiness, as well as your own. Consider what unique traits, talents and experiences you possess and then ask yourself how you can use these to better the world?

Are you a patient and empathetic listener? Consider being a counselor or mentor for those struggling with mental illness, recovering from addiction or healing from trauma. Do you love to bring more beauty into the world by creating art? Find ways to use your medium to share messages of love, understanding and equality to a wider audience, further advancing social justice and change.

Ask yourself how you can support the world in its consistent progress and evolution.

Know that your efforts to uplift others will not only gift the world with your compassion and precious presence, but will grant you lasting happiness and a deep sense of purpose.

≫ Find Role Models.

If there’s something you long to pursue, but you don’t know how to get started, seek out individuals who are successful in your field of interest. Ask for their tips, experience and guidance in achieving your own goals.

Do you long to start your own wellness blog, but don’t know how to get started? Then seek out the wisdom of those who have already begun! Is your greatest passion creating painting, but you feel too scared to start selling your pieces? Find a fellow artist who’s successfully done so for encouragement.

On the other side of every success story is a spacious beginning where your role model likely had similar fears, questions and inexperience as you do. Start believing that you are just as capable as those you admire. You need only begin.

≫ Allow your passion to become your purpose.

Howard Thurman once said, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Imagine a world where everyone pursued what elevated their spirit, spoke to their heart and fulfilled their deep longing for purpose. I imagine we’d live in a far more harmonious world with a chock full of passionate, inspired individuals.

What can you do to strive towards being one of these vibrant beings?

This is your call to take action.

Explore! Try new things. Discover what feels important to YOU.

And please… be patient.

You are not finishing an assignment for a class… you are not meeting that heavy and ambitious deadline sentenced by your superior…

You are responding to your calling.

This is a joyous, lifelong pursuit. One that will not only nourish you, but also all you touch along your path.

Be inquisitive. Take risks. Believe in yourself and your dreams.

Enjoy the journey.

Mahalo,

Alyse

4 Practices to Achieve Clear & Vibrant Skin

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is how I’ve acquired a smooth, glowing complexion…

We all have the ability to care for our skin in a way that leaves it beaming, smooth and shining with vitality!

In addition to not wearing make-up, which in my experience allows my skin to breath and heal and cultivates an appreciation for each of our own unique natural beauty…

I attribute my healthy skin to these 4 easy practices…

1. Eat Your Greens

I eat a very alkaline diet, rich with water dense plant food. I have completely eliminated processed foods and animal products from my diet for many reasons, one of which being the acidity of these food choices. Acidic food does not contribute positively to the condition of your skin or your body’s overall health. I choose to eat plant food and more specifically, I choose to eat hydrating, alkaline foods, which means fresh fruit and vegetables, most of the time.

I would never want you to feel limited by a raw vegan diet… and you don’t have to be! You can achieve healthy by staying well hydrated on a vegan diet as well. If you choose not to consume a mostly raw diet just be sure you are staying properly hydrated. This will help your body flush out any present toxins, which in turn will help improve your skin.

2. Get Movin’

I exercise almost on a daily basis. Exercise helps sweat out additional toxins. Whenever I go for a run or have an awesome weight lifting session, where I’m sweating intensely, I always feel cleansed and refreshed with my post workout shower. My skin looks and feels so much better with a movement practice that gets my sweat flowing. When I neglect my exercise routine and don’t a good sweat in, the condition of my skin begins to decline.

3. Get Plenty of Sleep

My sleep routine is very, very important to me. I do my best to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night but it tends to be closer to 10 hours on average.

Despite the importance of rest, the majority of the world suffers from inadequate sleep. The impact of this deficit can often be told first by signs of your skin. It causes stress in your body and makes it difficult for any cleansing to take place, including cleansing of the skin.

Make sleep a priority and witness the positive effects it will have on your skin and overall health. Give your body time to rejuvenate and heal each night with a deep, uninterrupted rest.

4. De-stress

About a year ago, I found myself in an entanglement of emotional stress. Despite my alkaline diet, regular exercise routine and ample sleep, I found my skin breaking out. This time of my life continued to affirm the negative impact stress can have on the body and furthered my understanding of the importance of emotional care and management.

Choose 3 activities that help you de-stress, whether that be taking a walk, listening to your favorite album, meditating, etc. and make it a point to invest time into this practice regularly.

We have a tendency of overcomplicating things when we really just need to focus on taking care of ourselves from the inside out. Despite multi-billion dollar advertisements striving to tell you otherwise, you can ditch the expensive and chemical rich lotions and creams! Instead of layering all these things on our outsides in hopes of feeling and looking better.

The path to glowing, youthful skin is as simple and natural as the suggestions listed above. Stop covering up and allow your natural beauty shine through. You are beautiful. ♡

Sending lots of love and light your way! Muuah! 😘

Love + light,

Alyse

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How I Ditched My Make-Up Routine & Went ‘All Natural’

Hello beautiful!
I want to share with you the beautiful journey of celebrating my own unique beauty that has unraveled from discontinuing the practice of wearing make-up. I have been so energized from how good it feels to be in my natural skin.

Before sharing this experience with you, it feels important to say that…

I don’t think wearing make-up is bad.

I acknowledge that for many it’s a great pleasure to apply make-up and can even be an artistic and creative expression for those who choose to wear it.

Regardless of your relationship with make-up, I encourage all to consider exploring a trial period without it to explore your feelings and attitudes around your self-image as well as your ingrained perception of beauty, either natural or enhanced.

Like most things I’ve come to live without…

It started with a 30-day challenge.

I’ve experimented and researched many 30 and 21-day challenges in the past, because I enjoy trying new things, challenging and questioning habits that have been taught to me as opposed to enthusiastically chosen and forming healthier and more sustainable lifestyle practices.

Challenges are a fantastic way to explore something new and see if it jives!
What drew my interest to a 30-day no make-up challenge was how I felt on the days I didn’t apply make-up.
If I wasn’t wearing make-up, I found myself feeling less beautiful when looking at my reflection. I felt more insecure and less put together. I felt less confident in my own natural skin. I didn’t like that I felt less worthy. I liked how make-up made me feel as if I was flawless with perfectly toned skin and long, dark eyelashes…

I believed I had flaws that needed to be covered.
When jumping into this 30-day challenge, I found the first couple of days VERY challenging. I felt a little less beautiful and confident on those days, because I was looking at the blemishes on my face. I focused heavily on the lines under my eyes, blemishes on my skin or veins under my nose. Anything I could witness that I would normally cover up with make up caused a lot of emotional discomfort to look at. But as the days and weeks went on…

I began to embrace my own skin.
Major gains achieved from this challenge:
  • Growing confidence in my natural skin
  • Healing and improving the overall quality of my skin

After eliminating make up from my life, my skin quickly became smoother, clearer and healthier. Suddenly, I noticed how glowing my skin was. By the end of the challenge, I found myself loving and appreciating my make-up free face.

I didn’t want to go back to wearing make up anymore…
I noticed my skin actually had the room to breathe and clear up any little blemishes I did have. I used to have small veins, blemishes and dry spots around my nose and eyes. I felt as if I always had to wear foundation and cover-up so that I would look less tired.

There were a lot of little things I didn’t like on my face so I felt pressured to cover them up. But with this make-up free month, all of these things cleared up with no additional support.

By removing heavy foundations and the ritual of caking thick cover-up on our skin, we give our skin permission to heal. When you’re putting make up on your face, it doesn’t give your skin the opportunity to breath and to clear up any blemishes that you have. To the contrary, your skin absorbs whatever you place on it and many chemical heavy make-ups fills our skin with toxins and ingredients that don’t support skin health and vitality.

In middle and high school I use to get these massive zits, one after another.
As soon as one would clear up, I would get another somewhere else on my face. It was like all of the toxins in my body chose one pore to crawl into and fill up. They were really painful and stubborn, as I wasn’t able to pop them and they would protrude from my face.

When I stopped wearing make up these pimples cleared up naturally. I haven’t had one of those in SO long, I can’t even remember. Maybe it was a combination of that and the fact that I was actually starting to love myself again and love my natural beauty like I did when I was a kid.

I didn’t find myself obsessing over the small “imperfections” on my face. We only relate to these things as imperfections because we are taught to view them as such. We are conditioned to nit pick and point out anything that can be covered or changed.

When we’re younger, we don’t think about those things. It felt really good to get back to that place of loving myself, loving my face and not having any problems with it.

I’ve talked about this a couple of times in past videos, and a lot of people comment…

“If I was naturally pretty and I had a naturally clear face I wouldn’t wear make up either.”

My love, if these are thoughts you’ve had I just want to say to you, YOU ARE naturally beautiful. You just haven’t chosen to embrace your beauty yet. And that’s the truth.
Another thing people have brought up is the reactions they get when they choose to not wear make-up for a day. Viewers have shared with me that others will comment that they look sick or tired.

This only happens because you’ve created and assigned a certain image of yourself that includes you wearing make up. The people in your life maybe use to that and are responding from what looks different to them. As soon as you change the image that you’re in control of and transition into a natural image, people will get use to your new norm.

It is my hope that my experience inspires you to give a trial period without make-up a try. Feeling intimidated by a whole month?… then start with a week, two, maybe even three.

Set goals and ambitions that feels right for YOU.
I encourage you to explore self-love and affirming practices during your challenge period. Each day, look at yourself in the mirror and say to yourself, “I am beautiful, no matter what’s on my face. I am beautiful in my natural skin.

Compliment the features you love and appreciate. “I have beautiful eyes.” “My smile can light up a room.” “My nose is perfect the way it is.” “I have divine lips that don’t need to be outlined by anything.” “I have glowing skin that will only get more beautiful as I continue to take care of myself and create a healthier lifestyle.”

“I love and accept myself as I am.”

“I am so beautiful, I am so beautiful, I am so beautiful… in my natural skin.”

By saying something like that to yourself in the mirror it will make this whole process that much easier, not to mention joyful!

Embrace your natural beauty. Give your skin permission to heal. Love and embrace yourself as you are. Do not let anyone else define your beauty.

You are so beautiful. You just need to choose to see it for yourself.

With love,

Alyse

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