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Tropical Traditions Hair Oil Giveaway and Review 4/17/12

Hi, everybody it’s time for a giveaway. I’ve been testing and trying Tropical Traditions Hair Oil lately. So I’ve got a review and a hair oil giveaway where one lucky winner will receive a bottle of hair oil. Yay!

Best of all it’s open to both the USA and Canada.

I’ve been wanting to try Tropical Traditions Shampoo and Hair Oil and when I got the chance to review the hair oil I also bought their unscented soap bar to try as my shampoo. So I’m actually going to be able to review how they work together on my hair. :)

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

Well, I need to tell you that I struggle with greasy hair. Very oily hair that feels sticky if it goes to long, but a dry scalp. Go figure. So I’m always worried about trying oil. I tend to stick to Macadamia nut oil on my ends because I don’t usually need anything else oiled.

But Tropical Traditions said that their hair oil shouldn’t leave build up (or an oily feeling on my hair). Basically that I shouldn’t worry it would definitely wash out.

First I tried just putting it on my ends and generally it worked well. Except if I didn’t wash it out my hair could look a little stringy, but since they tell you to wash it out that wasn’t unexpected.

Then I decided to take a giant leap and do a scalp and hair treatment. Talk about major leap of faith here! I’d done a coconut oil scalp treatment before and though it did make my scalp feel really good it took several washes to get the oil out. But I did it, let it sit for about 30 minutes and then washed it out with only the Tropical Traditions soap bar (I skipped my usual white vinegar rinse).

I liked how soft my hair felt, but my hair did it’s usual thing when I’ve tried oil treatments. Pretty up front but an oily dirty look in the back. Yuck. It’s taken me several washes for it to get better, but I’m wondering if it’s the soap bar’s fault. My hair just doesn’t seem to do as well with it so I’ll keep trying the oil.

I love the quality of the oil and I’ve found that it works great on my face! Hopefully I’ll be able to get it to work better for my hair.

My Mom on the other hand has more trouble with frizz and putting one drop in her hand, rubbing her hands together, then lightly gliding her hands over her hair tames those little hairs that stand up.

So my final thought is even though I probably won’t buy the hair oil I really like it for my face, but I think it’s different for each person so enter the giveaway and see if it works for you!

Thank you to Tropical Traditions for letting me try and review their high quality hair oil!
Tropical Traditions
[title]Hair Oil Giveaway[/title]

This giveaway is open in the USA and Canada. The giveaway will end on 4/23/12 at 12pm Eastern Time.

The winner will be contacted by email and asked to provide their name, telephone number, email address, and shipping address which will then be sent to Tropical Traditions and they will send you a bottle of their hair oil. Tropical Traditions and I will not share this information with anyone.

To enter the giveaway:

  • (required) Leave a comment on this page and tell me that you’ve subscribed to Tropical Traditions email Sales newsletter: http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/subscribe_for_special_sales.cfm
  • (required) Tell me which scent is your favorite!

For bonus entries:

  • Follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter @troptraditions and @ttspecialdeals and leave a comment saying you did.
  • Comment on (up to 3) one of my other posts then post a comment here telling me you did.

For great ideas on how to use coconut oil head over here!

If you order by clicking on the link below and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.

Special Price! – Virgin Coconut Oil, Gold Label – 2 pints – Buy 1 Get 1 FREE!

3 Quick Ways to Soothe Sore Muscles

Epsom Salts


Sore muscles always seem to creep up on me. Then when I realize it I really need R&R. These are three of my favorite things to do for my sore muscles.


1 – Take an Epsom Salt Bath
2 cups in a full tub of warm water is a great way to relax those tender muscles, and Epsom salts are available almost anywhere. Best of all it’s affordable

2 – Lavender Oil
I did an article a while ago about lavender oil and I still think it’s the best for relaxing and soothing sore/tight muscles. Works great to put it on before bed.

3 – Arnica Gel or Pellets
This works wonders and is also great if you’re bruised (just don’t put the gel on broken skin). It helps you recover faster.

I would love to hear any tips or tricks you have for loosening up sore muscles, so leave a comment!

Photo by Creative Tools

4 Tips for Being More Calm

Your mind may race with information, you may suffer from panic attacks, you might be struggling with a sense of unrest. With all of those and all the tips out their of how to calm down here are some of my tried and true favorites.

Let me reiterate that I am not a Doctor and you should read my wonderful disclaimer. Now that we’ve got all the sue happy people calmed down let me share what’s worked for me.

Prayer1.) Prayer (or meditation if you prefer)
I’m a Christian and prayer is something very important in my life. Taking time in a quiet space to pray about things going on in life or to pray scriptures is a wonderful stress buster.



Exercise2.) Exercise
I know there are two sides to this issue, those who want to do work outs each day and those who believe they only need to walk outside/garden for their exercise. I’m not knocking either view, but when you’re struggling with a feeling of unrest getting up and moving can be the best thing for you. Now what does that look like for you? To be honest I don’t know, you’ll have to get a feel for that yourself. In my case I do a light exercise routine (or try to) about 3-5 times a week.


3.) Get to sleep earlier.
I’ve been told that sleep before midnight counts as twice the amount of sleep after midnight, and whether or not you believe it’s true getting to sleep earlier will help you feel better. And being more rested generally means more calm.



and finally… 4.) Breathe right.
When you are nervous, scared, or shaky take a deep breath (in for 3) then release it in a long breath (out for 6). It’s important that you exhale longer than you inhale as in-for-3-out-for-6 will calm you and in-for-6-out-for-3 will rev you up.

These four tips are a few of my best tips to be more calm through your day. I would love to hear some of yours. And as always if you like what you read sign up for email updates in the upper right hand corner of the page.

Now, Relax! :)

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Losing Weight Being Healthier Tip #3

I’m so excited to share Tip #3 with you. This tip blew me away, especially with a new video clip I saw last week.

If you haven’t read tip #1 or tip #2 you might want to check them out.

Tip #3 might just be the biggest tip out of this three part series. It’s just that important.

[title]Eat Real Food[/title]
All those little boxes that line our store shelves are fake food. They may taste somewhat like real food or even look like real food to us, but they are filled up with preservatives, dyes, and smothered in artificial or “natural” flavors that taste like the real thing, but really come from a little bottle in a lab somewhere around the world.
Rainbow Cake

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This video clip I saw recently was definitely intended to impress, but I found it bone chilling. Personally I think foods in their natural state, as God made them, taste the best. Smell the best. And are the most satisfying.

Fresh, natural ingredients have the ability to satisfy us in a deep place. A place that all the boxed, canned, and per-processed foods can’t touch. Instead they leave us desiring more.

That’s why I’m committed to eating my food fresh and natural whenever possible. To choose the farm fresh before the microwave dinner. The homemade stock before bullion cubes or canned stock. To choose to go one step above what the companies want me to eat, and to instead eat what’s good for me and my family.

So here is the challenge. I encourage you to try it for at least a week or two, and see the difference. Staying on it, in my opinion is the best thing you can do, but try to do it in a way that it will fit into your lifestyle and stick.

Remember you can always change your life more later.

Try to avoid, whenever possible, artificial or natural flavorings. Choose fresh over store shelf packages. Just try to go the extra step.

[title]Mean and Lean[/title]
Avoid processed foods, especially those with artificial or natural flavorings. Make fresh and homemade a priority.

If you want to learn more about eating a more healthy lifestyle check out the Weston A. Price Foundation.

Why this tip could help you loose weight:

This step is about switching from nutritionally deficient foods to foods bursting with nutrition. This will satisfy your body and your weight should naturally go down. It can be that easy.

Have anymore questions about weight? Feel free to ask me anything!

Losing Weight, Being Healthier Tip #1

Well, like it or not it’s that time of year. The get healthier/weigh less time. Trust me I understand why we decide to finally get rid of those last few pounds every January 1st – we’re ready to feel better.
It seemed like every New Year, for year after year of being overweight, I would get excited. This was the year – the year – that I would change all my bad eating habits, finally break through my weight issues, and become a totally new person.

But it never seemed to work out.

What did finally work was implementing small steps towards being a healthier person. Some seemed bigger then others, but in the long run they added up to a healthier body that was naturally thinner.

This week I want to focus on three steps or tips that can jump start your health this year. So that instead of deciding to lose 20 pounds or get healthy all at once you can implement something you can keep.

Whether or not you’re new to healthy eating or been eating this way long time I hope that you’ll be encouraged to start this year out well, but most importantly that you’ll share what you’ve learned. What’s worked for you, after all I’m just passing on what others taught me.

As a side note I’m going to be breaking these ideas into 2 levels:

  • Lean
  • Lean and Mean

Lean will be the easier of the two, and specifically for those new to these ideas. While Lean and Mean will be about taking it up a notch for those of us who’ve been eating healthier for a while.

Wherever you are you’re an encouragement to me.

So here’s Tip #1.

This was one of my biggest aha’s when I started to slim down. When I stopped eating sugars and artificial sweeteners it was like I started deflating. The hard thing is they’re everywhere, but the more I learned to avoid sugar, corn syrup, and high fructose corn syrup (sometimes labelled as glucose) my weight journey got a lot easier.

[title]Lean Challenge[/title]
Cut out artificial sweeteners (if you consume any), corn syrup, and high fructose syrup that’s in your diet. Try to be more discerning about the sugar you consume – you might want to try switching to Rapadura sugar or molasses as more natural sweeteners.

This is really about seeing what you’re eating and to begin to understand what you’re putting in your body.

[title]Lean and Mean Challenge[/title]
Along with following the Lean challenge try to remove sugar and molasses from your diet. Limiting yourself to honey (raw is best) and dried fruit is one of the best things you can do. Both are packed full of nutrients – minerals and such – that help the body and are much more satisfying.

I hope that you’ve found this interesting and will be checking back on Thursday and Saturday to see Tips 2 and 3! Feel free to leave a comment with your best tip for being a healthier person, I’d love to hear it!

These challenges are not designed for people on the GAPS diet. But to be a stepping stone toward getting on GAPS if that’s what you desire or just to be more healthy.

1.You are Beautiful  2. Sweet

This post is linked to Fat Tuesdays.