Tuesday, March 24, 2015

DIY All-Natural Lavender Shampoo

Since my pregnancy with Maya I've had really dry scalp so I've been on the look out for products that will nurture not only my hair but my scalp as well. Then it hit me.. Why don't I just make my own shampoo?

I researched and found really simple recipes on how to make one. And I just happen to have all the ingredients, yay!

So I decided to just make myself a batch of all-natural and organic moisturizing shampoo with these ingredients!

2 Tbsp Laurin Coco MCT Oil from The Flow Shop 

1/3 Cup Tobee's Apiary Honey from Backyard Farms to order SMS / Viber 09178386261 

2/3 Cup Castile Soap from Cutieverse 

30-50 drops of Lavender Pure Essential Oil from Mountain Rose Herbs

1/3 C Coconut Milk which I juiced in my Hurom slow juicer

Mix all in a squirt bottle and viola! Your very own chem-free shampoo made in minutes! It might be very liquid-y and that's alright, it does the job just fine. You may also choose a combination of other pure essential oils but I love Lavender and it's gentle properties that works wonders on the skin. 

Do you have any natural shampoo recipes you wanna share? Let me know if you get to try this one, too! 

Thursday, March 05, 2015

The Rustic Inn, Palawan

In between the two retreats I organized over the past weeks in Bahay Kalipay, I was so very blessed to call The Rustic Inn my home in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. This eco and animal sanctuary is the home of my aunt, Diana Limjoco, who moved to the island in 2010. Just recently, her family started accepted guests wanting to experience Palawan uniquely.

Birds of Paradise at the front of the guest house
Orchids everywhere!
Manong Jun will offer you your fresh coconut as a welcome drink
You'll find many different animals in the property because Tita Diana is drawn to animals especially when needing to save them from harm.

Gentle pangolin
Hello, Musang
A Kingfisher landed on her HAIR one day and wouldn't leave!
Here are the two otters who she saved almost a year ago when humans accidentally killed their mother. The locals then brought these babies to her for saving. Since then, she has researched extensively for their care and provided a home for them within her property.

such sweet siblings! <3 td="">
I think this photo of my aunt perfectly describes how nurturing she is to her darling babies. Such a lovely shot!

View of their home from a native bridge on the property
a kid-friendly organic playground is pure love
Lounge area fronting the otters and playground
Flight of stairs leading into the guesthouse
Facade of the shared kitchen, toilet, shower and guesthouse
This is the shared kitchen where all meals are lovingly prepared
Mouthwatering dessert by Tita Diana!
Get to ride an eco-trike around the village

We toured nearby mangroves in their personal boat

Sta. Lucia Hot Springs nearby!

SMS/Viber/Whatsapp 0917-8386261 your name and email address if you are want to book this summer!

Most photos by Diana Limjoco

Friday, February 13, 2015

Love Vegan Protein Shake Brekky To Go

Happy Valentines Day! Sharing you what we made for breakfast this morning. 

2 Tbsp Zero Sugar Peanut Butter from Gng Bukid (found at Ill Terrazo QC kiosk)
3 Bananas
2-3 C of Organic Oat Milk (Robinsons grocery!)
Vanilla Hemp Powder (available online at Healthy Grocery or Superfood Grocer)
2-3 Tbsp Chia Seeds (given by my yoga student, yay!)

Optional: Tobee's Apiary honey if you aren't vegan 

Just blend all ingredients and then leave chia seeds to soak before serving. 

This serves as your quick brekky to go, perfect for road trip days like today! Because a healthy breakfast is even more  yummy in the great outdoors!

Where ya guys heading to this weekend?

Thursday, February 05, 2015

5 Unique Valentine Ideas

Rise from your nature this Valentine as you choose to celebrate a little differently...

1. Let's start with food. People automatically associate the actual day with a dinner date so here's one restaurant suggestion that you might want to try with your loved one (hoping that your special someone actually gives in to your health request. Mine hasn't agreed just yet!)

Susi is a plant-based (vegan/vegetarian) & gluten-free restaurant in Bonifacio Global City. Check their website for more information. www.susi.ph

2. Since you're already planning to dine in the area, might as well sign up for Heart Out; A Backbending Workshop by Rianna Gatus in Beyond Yoga BGC. Haven't done yoga? No worries, it's beginner-friendly as the teacher may give modifications for those in fear of ripping their hearts out! Register to reserve your slots at bhscentral@igobeyondyoga.com or call 09176299642 or 5533799 

3.  Get some Yin Yoga lovin' with Kit Navarro, Traditional Chinese Doctor and Yin Yoga teacher at Beyond Yoga Libis <3 p="">

And for the wanderlusts in love, here are two more ideas to consider!

4. Beyond Yoga teacher, Paulo Leonido shares his practice at the Divine Love Retreat in Danjugan Island, Negros on Feb 14-15.

5. Still haven't found the perfect gift? Search no more! FLOW will have their annual Yoga + Detox weekend retreat on Feb 19-21 at Bahay Kalipay (literally translated as House of Happiness) in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Interested participants may register at www.flowretreats.com

Product Review: A Battalion of Bug Off Sprays

I am unashamed to admit that I hoard products, skin products to be exact. Natural and organic ones are my preferred choices for myself and my kids. If you like spending lots of time outdoors like my family, you MUST douse yourself with insect repellent or dare to be eaten alive! 

Here's a review of the ones that I have used and literally collect at mi casa.

1. INDIGObaby's Shoo Fly Don't Bother Me will always be a favorite for my children. My son Santi has used this all-natural aromatherapy based milk lotion for over 7 years already! What I use for my kids, I use on myself too. Unlike other lotion based products, this lathers on quite lightly on the skin because it is easily absorbed and smells so fresh without the too-strong scent of citronella which I am not too fond off. The synergy of therapeutic-grade aromatherapy oils like lavender, citronella, geranium, rose and eucalyptus work like a charm to ward of mosquitoes. Available at www.indigobabyshop.com

2. Kiele Baby Cologne is my husband's new thing. Yes, you read that right. I was given these last Christmas for my children but it is my husband who finished 2 whole bottles to himself. He says it reminds him of good childhood memories. LOL. It's true that scents can drive memory. "According to some research, studying information in the presence of an odor actually increases the vividness and intensity of that remembered information when you smell that odor again", says this article. Now it is quite potent so you don't need much, just a spray will do. Get yours from www.seektheuniq.com

3. Messy Baby Bug Repellent Cologne a similar product to Kiele's is quite new to me. I guess the hit-two-birds-with-one-stone approach works for many. Keep your baby smelling good while warding off peskies. I bring this travel-friendly spray bottle with me whenever I travel with baby (which is a lot!). I like that they call their products "seriously safe" because we need to protect our little ones from pesks and harmful chemicals, too! Messy Baby has an online store here.

4. Body-Food All Natural Insect Repellent is a light mist using Witch Hazel as base and essential oils of Citronella, Eucalyptus, Citidora, Lavender, Peppermint and Geranium. It is addicting to spray because of its pleasant smell as if a handful of flowers bursted infront of you. No, I'm not joking. It's floral scent reminds me of gardens and tea parties. Also, if you appreciate glass bottles (another thing I hoard!), you would love this because you may re-use the container. How green can you get? Order from Casa Natura Shop, Viber 0917-8386261

5. The Farm Bug Off Spray is one I look forward to using whenever I am at The Farm. It has the signature lemongrass scent of the place. If you've been there, you would know what I am talking about. Fresh lemongrass in burners on the hallways,lemongrass in the bodyscrub of your shower and lemongrass tea after meals. Essential oils used in this product- Citronella, Lemongrass, Lavender, Eucalpytus and Peppermint with an extra dose of Moringa and Virgin Coconut Oil which has distinct insect repelling properties. You can buy this from their Manila sales office at the Manila Peninsula, Makati City.

6. Vanilla Bug Off  an organically pure mosquito repellent that is good enough TO EAT! I would use this on areas close to my face because it's only made from Vanilla oil, water and alcohol. For sugar addicts, you can using this, smell real sweet and dream of cupcakes and muffins. Purchase from www.cutieverse.com

Do you use any other brands of insect repellent? I would love to hear your thoughts about the products you use so that I can try it too!


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