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Author: Ellen

Coming up for Air

Coming up for Air

The last year and a half threw me hard. Some intense ups and downs have kept me under water and I’m just now feeling able to get my feet back under me a little. I was excited to find out I was pregnant in the […]

What We’re Growing

What We’re Growing

After almost 3 weeks of traveling in Scotland and England, followed by recovery time and some various life events, I am finally back to blogging. And here to talk about all the delicious fruits and veggies we are growing in our garden this summer. (I […]

Homemade Green Coffee Bean Serum

Homemade Green Coffee Bean Serum

I’m constantly on the lookout for effective skin-care products made from non-toxic ingredients. There are more and more options popping up everywhere, making it easier to find safe and effective skin care products. Some of my favorites are 100 Percent Pure and Primal Life Organics. However, I find that many of the products I love are outside of my budget if I use them on a regular basis.

In an effort to keep my skin healthy while staying within my budget, I decided to look into making my own products at home. One of my favorite products is the green coffee bean serum, which is effective at healing sun damage in skin and slowing down the aging process within cells. So, that’s where I started with my at-home beauty product experiments.

Coffee beans have been shown to prevent telomere damage and even to potentially lengthen telomeres when consumed. There is reason to believe that applying coffee beans/oil topically may have similar effects on skin cells in terms of slowing cellular aging.

The key was to find quality ingredients and safe containers. I created a very simply formulation for coffee bean serum that I am really happy with, and that’s what I’m sharing with you!

Ingredients

Instructions

Blend equal parts coffee bean oil and argan oil in a glass dropper bottle and gently shake to combine.

To use, I place about 5 drops on my finger and gently massage onto my face, focusing especially on my forehead, temples, and under my eyes (avoid contact with eyes)

I use this every night, along with another oil I like to make (I will share that recipe sometime). I feel like I can see a difference in my skin and I really love the way it makes my skin feel.
Thoughts or questions? Please share them in the comments!

Ditching the Bra May Improve Your Health

Ditching the Bra May Improve Your Health

Are you like the many women I know who throw off their bras immediately upon arriving home? It’s freeing and infinitely more comfortable to be braless. And there is a growing body of evidence showing that, beyond being uncomfortable, consistent bra use may have a […]

6 Ways Broccoli Sprouts Can Improve Your Health and Help You Live Longer (and How to Easily Grow Them at Home)

6 Ways Broccoli Sprouts Can Improve Your Health and Help You Live Longer (and How to Easily Grow Them at Home)

Broccoli Sprouts Have Impressive Health Benefits Numerous studies support the profound positive health effects of consuming cruciferous vegetables. These benefits are partly due to compounds unique to cruciferous vegetables that have impressive effects on the body. These compounds, such as sulforaphane, have benefits for just […]

Starting an Urban Homestead

Starting an Urban Homestead

A New Home and Plans for an Urban Farm

I have been MIA for a few months here, and I am finally ending my blog hiatus. Life kind of got in the way of blogging, and Phil and I spent most of our non-working hours hunting for a home. Anyone who is familiar with the Seattle housing market knows that this is not a task for the faint of heart. The process took its toll emotionally, as we put offers on house after house, only to be beat out by what seemed to be increasingly shocking offers. It was tiring and kept me away from blogging, but it paid off. After putting in offers on 7 different houses, we found what we are absolutely confident is the perfect house for us.

By some miracle, we were able to find a house on a 1/3-acre plot of land that is still in the city. I knew instantly that this was our house, and could not be more ecstatic about moving in. Our plan is to create our own little urban oasis where we can start a tiny farm to grow our own food and let Newton run around outside whenever he wants.

As soon as possible, we plan to start chronicling our new adventure on here. I have no idea how it will go, and I’m sure we will have more failures that we can count. But I hope that we also have successes and I can’t wait to get started. After seeing so many little yards on loud streets, I am still in awe that we were able to find the home we did. This much space will require extra work, and I am so game for that challenge. (more…)

All About Moringa

All About Moringa

What is Moringa? Moringa oleifera is currently enjoying a bit of a spotlight moment in the superfood world, and deservedly so. In the world of superfoods, moringa deserves a top spot. It has been a staple of traditional medicine for over 4,000 years, and Ayurvedic […]

Hike of the Month: Beckler Peak

Hike of the Month: Beckler Peak

Beckler Peak Hike A relatively new hike, Beckler Peak is absolutely stunning and much less busy than other trails in the surrounding area. You are provided with incredible views for a moderate amount of work, and a manageable distance. The trail to Beckler Peak is […]

4 Habits for Longer Telomeres

4 Habits for Longer Telomeres

Longer telomeres mean a healthier and longer life. So it behooves us to engage in activities and behaviors that protect our telomeres and consequently help us to avoid cancer, heart disease, and other age-related illnesses (for more information about what telomeres are and why they’re important, check out this post). Fortunately, there are some pretty straightforward ways to keep our telomeres long and our bodies and brains healthy. Read on for more details:

Eat Colorful Fruits and Vegetables

You’re probably tired of being told to eat your veggies. But what if I told you that they could make your telomeres longer, your tissues younger, and possibly extend your life? That sounds a little more exciting. Colorful vegetables like chard, kale, and carrots, and fruits like purple grapes, pomegranates, and cherries are full of antioxidant nutrients that can keep you and your telomeres healthy. As a general rule, darker fruits and veggies are best, one of the reasons blueberries are so popular.

Fruits and vegetables are beneficial whether they are cooked or raw, so don’t worry about finding ways to eat raw kale if you would prefer to eat kale chips. In some cases, cooking foods makes the nutrients more bioavailable. Blueberries are an excellent example – It is easier to absorb nutrients from cooked blueberries than from raw. Likewise for tomatoes.

The common recommendation is to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. I would recommend eating even more than this – closer to 8-10 or more. Legumes such as lentils and black beans are another great option for maintaining longer telomeres. Plant foods are full of micronutrients, some of which we might not even know exist, and the more we eat of them the better. (more…)

My 5 Favorite Podcasts

My 5 Favorite Podcasts

1.?Fearless Rebelle Radio? Summer Innanen?s podcast and website have helped me more than any other resource to overcome body image issues and disordered eating behavior. Listening to Fearless Rebelle Radio is largely responsible for my ability to see my body for what it is capable […]