Manage Time for What Really Matters

Too often I hear people say, “Oh, I would really love to do that, but I just don’t have the time.” The other night at a seminar I heard a guy say, “I don’t have the time to cook healthy meals.” Well I’m here to tell you that you do have the time. You just need to manage it for what really matters in your life.

Is Being Plugged in Really So Bad?

Almost anywhere you go people are plugged in to some sort of electronic device. They’re either texting, calling on their cell phones or can’t hear anything going around them thanks to their ear buds. Others are busy spending countless hours on Facebook and other social media sites. Is being plugged in really so bad?

No will power? No worries. Lose weight anyway.

Today I have a confession to make to all of you. I have no will power. If things get too uncomfortable or a problem seems overwhelming, I don’t walk away, I run away. Realizing this about myself was the first step in helping me come up with a plan to achieve one of my numerous unattained goals. I wanted to shed about 40 excess pounds and do it working around the fact that I have no will power.

Renowned Nutritionist Shares Diet Secrets

Hello everybody, today I’m honored to introduce you to Jennifer Adler. Jennifer is a renowned nutritionist specializing in the treatment and prevention of eating disorders. She’s founder of Passionate Nutrition and co-founder of the International Eating Disorders Institute. She holds a Master of Science in clinical nutrition and counseling.

How to Feel Young at Any Age

Okay, so you’ve added years to your life, maybe even a lot of years, but the number of years you’ve lived doesn’t mean you need to feel old. I bet you didn’t know that by feeling old, you can actually make yourself look older. Now we don’t want that to happen. Why give those wrinkles help? Guaranteed wrinkles need no help!

Happy Foods and Sad Foods

Your body is a symphony of chemical reactions unique to only you. When your chemistry is in perfect harmony, you can be healthier and happier. When there is discordance, and if it is severe enough, the result is physical and or mental illness.

Want to Feel Wonderful Every Day? Here’s How.

Imagine this. You wake up every morning excited for the day to begin. If this isn’t how you wake up, what can you do to make it happen? It’s simple.

How to Have Fun

If you want to know how to have fun, you first must know what fun is. The word “fun” is one of those nebulous terms with different meanings for different people. In this post we’re going to explore the definition of fun then look at ways to increase the fun in your life based on how you define it.

Hair Falling Out? You May be the Cause

We have received a number of questions from our goddesses because their hair is falling out. We have another post giving some general information on hair loss in “All about Hair,” but not much detail is given for one big reason why your hair may be falling out and you may be causing it to happen. That reason is stress and worry.

If it’s genetically modified, should you eat it?

Here at SpaFromScratch we want you to look good, feel good and be healthy. For that reason, we dig deep into the research to get the facts on those things that will affect you. This week we’re going to discuss genetically modified foods and any health risks involved in consuming them. In short, should you eat them or ban them from your diet?

How to Make a Difference: A Personal Message

This is a personal message to our readers. Lori and I have a mission to try and make the world just a little bit better for our having walked on this blue gem called Earth. We strive to make a difference.

What Makes People Happy?

Happy Woman

To learn the secret to what really makes people happy; I conducted interviews and reviewed the latest scientific evidence. What follows are the secrets uncovered in my findings.

Whiten Teeth for a Bright Smile

What happened to make those pearly white teeth look dull and stained? This post explains why this happened and what to do about it. Some of the information may surprise you. It did me.

Reach Out and Touch Someone

In Reach Out and Touch Someone we will first to look at the hard science behind a touch and then see what psychologists have to say. I mean I know what a wonderful feeling it gives me when a good friend touches my arm or gives me a hug. A light touch from a stranger is also welcome. However, I’m considered kinda’ weird at times so I wanted to find out if it was just me or if there really is magic in a touch.

Don’t Wait to be Happy

You can add happiness to your life every day by looking forward to fun activities for you and your family. You will tighten family bonds, be happier and of course, have fun. If you plan it right, you might even save money.

Invite Butterflies into Your Life

Butterflies add so much beauty to your life why not make them happy by creating an environment that invites them into your life. It’s really easy to do and if you create a butterfly garden, you’ll have the added benefit of getting a little exercise and the beautiful flowers you plant will make you happy too.

Flowers and Happiness

Flowers are not only beautiful to look at, but bring us happiness and uplift our mood so says science. If you ever had a doubt about how important flowers can be in your life and the lives of those you care about, this post will put those doubts at rest.

The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

Mother’s Day is just around the corner for many countries around the world. It’s a time to express our love and appreciation for the most important woman in our lives. This post will offer unique ideas you may not have considered.

Quotes about Loving Yourself

Many people believe loving yourself means being selfish or narcissistic. However, that is a misconception and many great philosophers and teachers attest to that fact. Here’s what they have to say:

Placebo Effect and Nocebo Effect: The Real Importance

Placebo means healing based on belief. Nocebo means illness based on belief. So, who gives a whit? You should, and soon you’re going to understand why. When you dig a little deeper into understanding the significance of the placebo effect and the nocebo effect, your eyes will be opened to a new world that can change your life. Why do I say that? Because I can prove it to you.

Lori’s Guide to Becoming a Ray of Sunshine

In today’s world with so much negativity and stress, many seem to lose track of how to have fun and be happy. It’s a personal mission of mine to help bring fun and happiness into the lives of others.

Stess Free Holidays

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Can you believe it! What happens to the time? This year we here at SpaFromScratch want are goddesses to have the best holiday season ever. We are going to examine potential holiday problems, create solutions to them, and give you back that Christmas spirit that sometimes seems to fade over the years.

How to Take Some “Me Time”

The life of a woman is often filled with the care and attention to others. We tend to take on an abundance of responsibilities such as: personal maintenance, cleaning, cooking, family scheduling, bookkeeping, etc. To top everything off, many of us also work outside the home. Often we become stressed and run down trying to juggle everything on a daily basis. When this happens it is hard for us to be effective, upbeat and patient.Getting “me time” can be tough. Even though it may seem hopeless, don’t give up. There is a way.

What the Heck is CAM?

Among a couple of other acronyms CAM stands for Complementary Alternative Medicine. So what does this have to do with your spa day? Well, the answer to that is about 40% of you use CAM as a self treatment in your homemade lotions, creams and other bath products.

Conquer PMS

PMS or premenstrual syndrome is one of those annoying realities goddesses everywhere wrestle with in varying degrees. The vast majority of women everywhere have at least some experience with PMS. The whole point of this post is to help conquer PMS. It can be done, but it may take a multifaceted approach to do it.

Recipes Using Essential Oils for PMS

PMS is one of those ugly little conditions that give many of our goddesses misery every month. This post is designed to give you four really effective and easy recipes to make life just that much better.

Destination Spas

Sometimes it’s nice to get away from the hurly burly day-to-day activities. It gives you a much needed chance to relax and regroup. So the next time you’re planning a get away, consider visiting a destination spa for a few days or longer if you can.

Laughter and Health

There is a close association between laughter and health. The more you laugh the better for your health. Countless studies have been done proving this point. This post will give you a short look at why it’s an important component to a healthy happy goddess.

Secrets of the Dandelion

It’s pretty amazing that the very plant often pictured on herbicide labels may hold health benefits no one ever thought possible.

Thieves’ Oil Recipe – Research Says It Really Works

During the Middle Ages while the black plague was trying to wipe out the population of Europe. The story goes that thieves capitalized on the situation by stealing the belongings of the dead and dying. Yet, despite their contact with the deadly bacteria, the thieves didn’t contract the disease. The theory is that is because these thieves were also merchants of herbals and oils. Ergo, a product was created containing the same oils the thieves used and that product is called thieves oil. Recent research says that thieves’ oil really works and so we’ve provided a recipe so you can make it yourself.

Can’t Smell or Taste? Here’s What to Do.

Many of our posts talk about awesome ways to caress the senses with lovely colors, music and scents. However, it’s almost impossible to appreciate the benefits of these sensual stimulants if you have no perception of them. This post is for our goddesses who can’t smell or taste.

Don’t Have Time for a Spa Day? Think Again

All goddesses need to make time for a spa day. This post is for those who don’t think they have the time or think that having a spa day is too self-indulgent. Do you remember the fable about the farmer with the goose that laid the golden eggs?

Quercetin for Allergies

There’s nothing beautiful about a red runny nose from allergies. Plus, allergies can get in the way of having fun. So, I decided to do some research and see if there was anything that would help relieve allergy symptoms besides over the counter antihistamines. The first thing I found was raves on the benefits of quercetin for allergies. Separating the fact from the fiction was my goal. This post only represents my findings with regards to quercetin for allergies.

Super Easy Delectable Apple Recipe with Anti-Allergy Benefits

There’s nothing like a runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing to dampen the spirits of even the most optimistic goddess. However, this super easy, super quick apple recipe not only tastes wonderful, it also holds anti-allergy benefits.

Psychology of Color

To better relax, reduce stress or just enjoy yourself on your spa day, it’s important to understand the psychology of color. The psychology of color has been studied extensively. The next time you go to the store and pick out a box of cereal, know that the colors on that box have been researched. The goal of that research is to help you “choose” that box of cereal over a competing brand.

Quiet Your Mind – An Enhanced Spa Day Experience

A good spa tends to the psychological and physical well being of its clients. A good spa will quiet your mind in a variety of ways including the use of: color, music, massage, diffused scents and relaxing massages with therapeutic oils. It’s a wonderful experience, but most of us aren’t going to make it to the spa every day. (Wouldn’t that be wonderful?) There is one thing we can do to enhance our spa day experience at home. In fact, it’s something we can do to give us a 20 minute spa experience every day. We can meditate.

Homemade Mosquito Repellent

Summer is big time bug season here in Northwest Washington and summer is just around the corner. Summer brings joys of warm sun, beautiful flowers and hikes in the woods. It also brings itchy welts and painful lumps from stings. As self defense against the critters that seem to be hell bent on driving their stingers into my skin, I decided to do some research and find a good homemade mosquito repellent that would also work for yellow jackets, wasps and hornets.

“Ancient Secrets of the Fountain of Youth” – Does It Work?

When mighty claims are made about something, mighty proof is required for me to believe it. However, if it’s something I can prove for myself, I’m not above trying it. That is if I can do it without a large expenditure of cash. The “Ancient Secrets of the Fountain of Youth” is a book that makes just such might claims.

Vitamin Facts – Shhh It’s a Secret

So what does a post on vitamin facts have to do with having a spa day or beauty? The short answer is everything: First, a spa day is designed to be a healthy retreat from the hurly burly of day-to-day stress. Vitamins can play a vital part in relaxation. Second, vitamins and the foods that contain them are part of a total beauty treatment for skin, hair and nails.

Honoring All Crafters

Our emphasis on SpaFromScratch is the creation of healthy bath and beauty products. We believe wonderful and beneficial creations are produced by our crafters so we wanted to dedicate a post to honoring them.

How to Help Someone with Depression

There are few things more painful than watching someone you care about suffer. It’s even more painful to watch them suffer when they aren’t getting help to ease their suffering. That is often the case when depression is the cause of the suffering because the sense of helplessness can be overwhelming. However, all is not lost as there are things you can do.

Sodium Benzoate Dangers

There’s a great deal of buzz on the internet about sodium benzoate dangers. The question is how much of what you read is fact and how much is fiction. The purpose of this post is to give you the facts.

How Much Water Should You Drink a Day?

You’ll get all sorts of answers to the question of how much water should you drink a day. You’ll read that 8 to 10 glasses a day is the right amount to keep you fit. Claims that if you drink a lot of water, it will help you lose weight, feel better, have healthier skin, etc. Well, I decided the goddesses that come here to SpaFromScratch deserved to know the truth so I extensively researched the subject and what follows are the facts.

Watch Lori Shrink an Introduction

I love what I do and am very happy. There is one problem though. I looked in the mirror recently and discovered, to my horror, that I have become the Stay Puft Marshmallow woman. I was shocked when I visited the doctor for a checkup and discovered that I was topping the scales at a hefty 240 pounds. OMG!!! Years of no exercise and unhealthy eating habits have left me weighing 110 pounds more than I should. After the initial shock of this had subsided, I decided it was time to do something about it.

Wheat Germ Benefits – Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

There’s been a lot of hype about adding wheat germ to the diet. Some of it is true, some based strictly on testimonials, and some just hype. In this post, I’ve attempted to ferret out the facts from the fiction.

The 5 Steps to Living Your Dream

Most of us have numerous goals we would like to achieve. Examples include: losing weight, spending more quality time with family and friends, living a healthier life style, making more money, learning a language and too many more to list. However, way too often we never achieve the goals we set because we don’t get our thinking on track.

Snacks for Beautiful Skin

Instead of heading to the bag of chips or bucket of ice cream when you get an urge for a snack, try the following snacks instead. Your skin will show its appreciation in ways you will love.

Aerobic Exercise – The Secret Benefit

Okay, you’ve heard all the health reasons you should do aerobic exercises. You know, like it increases blood flow to your muscles and makes you healthier. Maybe you’ve even heard that aerobic exercise causes the small blood vessels in your body to expand which helps carry away toxins. But, what the health folks aren’t sharing with you is one little secret.

Hydrogen Peroxide Teeth Whitening

Why did I go out and buy an expensive mouthwash that contained hydrogen peroxide teeth whitening? Because I had a stupid moment, that’s why. All I had to do to have the same exact effect, without the expense was use straight hydrogen peroxide for teeth whitening.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – A Giant No No

Go through all your cosmetics, shampoos and toothpaste. If any of them contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), pitch them out. They damage your skin, hair and health. Bad juju.

Laugh and Giggle Till You Jiggle to be Happy, Healthy and Beautiful

When you are laughing at some hilarious joke or movie, it’s impossible to be sad or unhappy at that moment. The more time you can spend smiling and laughing, the more time you have to be happy.

Do Pheromones Work?

This is going to be a very short post about a very big subject: pheromones, the chemicals that make us extra sexy. We’ve all heard about the use of pheromone traps to catch insects which usually leads to an unhappy end for the insect. However, the very existence of human pheromones has been hotly debated, let alone discussions regarding their effectiveness. With the discovery of human pheromones, that only left one question. Do pheromones work?

Libido Enhancers

Time with a lover should be pleasing to both, but sometimes that doesn’t happen. The causes can be physical or psychological or a combination of both. To prevent this unhappy occurrence, you can enhance your sensual pleasure with herbal libido enhancers.

Say “I Love You” Without Words

The words “I love you” are candy for the ears. These are wonderful words, but there are countless ways of saying the same thing without words.

The Perfect Spa Snack – Goji Berries

When it’s snack time our goddesses are demanding. They want nibble on treats worthy a goddess with discerning taste buds. They also want their snacks to be healthy. This can be a tall order, but goji berries fill it to a tee.

Red Tea, White Tea, Green Tea – A Comparison

Part of any beauty regime for a diva should include tea. However, deciding what tea is best can be a bit of a trick. We’re going to clear up the mystery so our divas can decide whether they should buy red tea, white tea or green tea by comparing them.

Is Happiness a Decision?

This is not one of my usual posts about essential oils, homemade spa products and so forth, this is a story my best friend, Jim, told me last week. It made such an impression on me that I decided to share it with you.

Personal Schedule for a Beautiful You

Keeping your skin, hair and nails in tip top condition should be the goal of all the goddesses here at SpaFromScratch. The best way to do that is to set up a personal schedule so that no part of your body is overlooked.

The Very Best New Year Resolution and How to Keep It

The very best resolution for the coming year is to keep yourself healthy. The best way to do that is to eat the right foods, get plenty of exercise and control the stressors in your life. There’s nothing new about that, but if you’re like most of us, you haven’t exactly been a shining star in the past. Fortunately that can all change with a few little tricks.

Create Spring and Summer Anytime

If you live in a northern climate like we do, when winter hits with its storms, clouds, and generally ookie weather, it’s easy to develop serious doldrums. However, there is good news; you can create your own sunshine environment and experience spring and summer any time of year.

It’s Good to be Different

We all know what makes you alike other people. You probably have two eyes, two ears, one nose, one head, two arms, two legs and gender appropriate genitalia. Yet you are different. You don’t feel like you’re exactly the same as the other people on this planet. So, what makes you different?

Fragrant Candles to Enhance Your Life

If you buy or make fragrant candles, they will help you and your family in ways you might find surprising. Need to relax? Light a candle. Need to concentrate? Light a candle. Are you tired? Light a candle. You will need a selection of fragrant candles. Below are the fragrances you need to have on hand.

One Day to be Thankful

It’s wonderful to spend an entire day each year just to be thankful. What follows is a list of things Lori and I are thankful for. Why don’t you tell your family here at SpaFromScratch what you are thankful for by adding to the comments. Let’s keep the list going.

Beauty Professionals – What You Need to Know

In the world of beauty professionals, there’s much confusion as to the meaning of the various terms that are used. For instance, though a cosmetologist is often thought of as someone dealing strictly with hair, nothing could be further from the truth.

Smile for Your Skin

Did you know that if you smile, it’s good for your skin? Yup, it’s a scientific fact. There are a number of reasons for this…

Choose Perfume the Right Way – 10 Fatal Errors You Don’t Want to Make

To choose perfume the right way requires only a small amount of perfume knowledge. If you want to make the right impression, it’s important to select the right perfume.

Why Am I Ugly?

Do you look in the mirror and ask yourself, “Why am I ugly?” Rather than baking yourself a cake and having the grand daddy of pity parties, get proactive. Ask yourself, “What can I do about it?” The answer to that question can affect the rest of your life.

Want to be Beautiful? Here’s how

What is beauty? It’s a perception. Now that’s really, really, really important to understand.