Lasagna recipes – everyone has their own “best”. There are so different many ways to make lasagna that it never gets boring. We love that a pan of it can feed a houseful of guests or provide dinner for the family for a week. And with different fillings, etc., it’s never the same dish twice in a row. Here’s a few of our favorite lasagna recipes. And here’s our absolute favorite pan. [Read more…]
We love salad recipes any time of year, but we especially love salads in the summer when we can include fresh fruits and veggies from our garden. There’s nothing quite like home grown produce that you’ve picked yourself. Of course, if you’re in a place where you can’t have a garden, finding a local farmer’s market is the next best thing. Either way, these delicious summer salad recipes will quickly become a favorite in your home. [Read more…]
Are you looking for natural cleaning products for your home? Are you sick of using bleach and other harsh chemicals that “guarantee” your nest will sparkle? Bleach. Eck! Honestly, no one really thought about the bad side effects from these things! That was just how everyone cleaned.
Just like people can be allergic to peanuts, shellfish, or any other food, our furry kids can have pet food allergies too. This can be frustrating for pet parents and distressing for your four-legged buddies. Thankfully, there are ways to treat and manage pet food allergies that don’t involve daily doses of expensive medications.
You’ve decided it’s time to give yoga try. You know there’s huge health benefits, including reducing your stress, Now it’s time to make yourself a priority and shut down the noisy kids, nagging boss, and demanding spouse for a little while. You’ve picked the yoga style that seems most appealing to you. Now it’s time to get your yoga gear in order so you’ll have the right equipment and start your yoga experience off comfortably. Sisters Know Best has put together a list of the gear you need to get to your first yoga class. [Read more…]
Have you tried yoga yet? At Sisters Know Best, we love yoga because it helps with so many areas of health and wellbeing. Did you know there’s actually different styles of yoga and each one has a focus? Depending on your goals and needs, certain styles of yoga can be best for you. Remember, before starting a practice, be sure you speak with your doctor and the teacher to ensure you’re physically able to participate in the class and that you fully understand what to expect.
Itchy, flaky dry skin. It makes me crazy! Eczema is a frustrating skin condition… and it’s tough to find good natural eczema treatments… I’m not a fan of chemical-based treatments. In general, eczema is a lack of oils and fats in your skin which causes it to become inflamed. The space between the skin cells becomes larger, which can allow bacteria and other irritants to enter more easily. Most soaps make this worse because they strip away the oils and lipids your skin normally produces. I normally use aloe vera to treat eczema that is out of control but the following are great ways to manage and try to avoid outbreaks.
Coconut, Jojoba and Shea Butter for Natural Eczema Treatments
This remedy is easy to make and store. Each of the ingredients on their own have been shown to help skin retain moisture. Combined, it makes a wonderful, powerful cream.
Here’s what you’ll need:
-2 tablespoons Shea butter
-2 tablespoons beeswax
-6 tablespoons of coconut oil
-4 tablespoons of jojoba oil
-Lavender essential oil (optional)
-Airtight tins or glass jars
Using a double boiler, melt the beeswax and jojoba until liquefied. Then coconut oil and stir until it is fully incorporated. Finally, lower the heat and add the Shea butter, stirring as it melts. Shea butter gets added last and at lower heat because a little more heat sensitive. It can also get grainy further along its shelf life. Pour the mixture into airtight glass jars and add a drop or two of lavender essential oil, if desired. Allow it to cool and cover for storage.
Apply liberally to affected areas as needed.
Oils don’t work for every eczema sufferer. Vegetable glycerin can be a great alternative in those cases. Food-grade vegetable glycerin is 99.7% pure. The remaining 0.3% is water. As you can imagine, this makes it ideal for restoring moisture to your skin and filling the gaps between skin cells. Start with a 1:1 ratio of water to vegetable glycerin. Blend them in a spray bottle and spritz on your skin as needed. Once you see how your skin reacts, you can play around with the ratios to find the right mix for your skin.
What other natural eczema treatments have helped you tame the itchy, inflamed skin? We’d love to pass them on to our readers!
I’ve been seeing a lot of information lately about the health benefits of Chaga mushrooms. From everything that I’ve seen, it’s a true superfood with the ability to cure everything from the common cold to cancer. It was worth a shot. Upon learning this mushroom can be made into a tea and easily consumed that way, I figured this would be easy. At first, I was wrong. Many of the online suppliers I found offered only chunks or bags of ground chaga. [Read more…]
Have you tried juicing yet? It’s a tasty, easy way to get the nutrition you need without having to come up with a week’s worth of meals. Whether you’re new to juicing or have been doing it for a while, the Magic Bullet Pro 900 is a necessary appliance for your kitchen. Emily and I got together last month and one of our purchases was the Magic Bullet. We were both so excited and even more so when our significant others agreed to jump on board having a shake a day with us! Bill and I have even graduated to having 2 a day and have noticed an increase in our energy and a decrease in our bellies. We couldn’t be happier with it! Here’s our Magic Bullet Pro 900 Review if you have been on the fence about it.
The Fitbit Charge HR – What a fun, motivating watch! Features I love are the step counter, flight counter, sleep quality feature, and the timer. [Read more…]
Right from the get-go I will say that weather can be a drag! Check out this thermometer!It’s hard to motivate for anything outside with this temp! I’m lucky that I can plan my outdoor activity around the sun and wait until the temperature rises a bit. Last week Chris shared her ideas for when the weather is less than pleasant. What do you do if it’s uncomfortable to go outside and exercise? [Read more…]
Week 3 – middle of our Challenge! The goal is to be healthy. This is not about fad diets; it’s about changes for mind, body, and spirit health. Here’s how each of us are doing. [Read more…]
Our first guest blogger post! We are pleased to share the writings of Elyssa Gersen-Thurman.
45% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions and only 8% achieve them. As one year ends and another begins, I appreciate the opportunity to evaluate my goals and create new ones. In the past, I have made resolutions in a traditional manner by outlining a list of how I will exercise more, eat less sugar, meditate every day, etc. This year, I discovered some new methods for setting my intentions. [Read more…]