Spa Foodie: Apple Cider Vinegar Cures Hiccups, Hair, Skin + More!

Hold your breath for 15 seconds and imagine pink elephants dancing on the ceiling.

Pull on your tongue then tickle the roof of your mouth with a cotton ball.

Guzzle water and wait patiently for someone to jump out from behind a bush and scare the bejesus out of you.

People do the strangest things to get rid of hiccups, but Mallory Kievman, a 13-year-old girl who had a few bad hiccup spells, was tired of them ALL. None of the countless folk-cures were working, so she decided to take matters into her own hands and invent her own hiccup fix.

Mallory Kievman, CEO

After two years of experimentation, Mallory did it. She created a solution mixing apple cider vinegar and sugar, hardening it into a candy and attaching it to a stick. She invented lollipops that cure hiccups. Hiccupops!

Hiccupops

“It triggers a set of nerves in your throat and mouth that are responsible for the hiccup reflex arc,” Mallory explained. “It basically over-stimulates those nerves and cancels out the message to hiccup.”

She was honored at the Connecticut Invention Convention last spring, and Mallory is now preparing to lead a team of M.B.A. students from the University of Connecticut to launch her hiccup-hindering company this summer. Don’t hold your breath! You can sign up for more info now.

And that’s not all apple cider vinegar is good for – add “curing hiccups” to the list of wonderful benefits you can find in a bottle of apple cider vinegar:

6 Beauty and Wellness Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

HAIR: It serves as a great hair rinse to make hair nice and shiny, because it gets rid of residue build-up. Fill an old shampoo bottle with 1/2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a cup of cold water. Pour through your hair 2-3 times a week after shampooing.

SKIN: It helps regulate the pH balance of your skin. Dilute apple cider vinegar with two parts water, and spread it on your face with a cotton ball as a toner before moisturizer. You can also dab it on dark spots and age spots overnight to lighten their color.

HANDS AND FEET: Rub apple cider vinegar onto your hands and feet for a spa-ish way to relieve that tired, swollen feeling after a long day.

TEETH: Rub directly on teeth – apple cider vinegar can help remove stains! Be sure to rinse out.

AFTERSHAVE: Fill a bottle with one part apple cider, one part water, shaken not stirred.

WEIGHT-LOSS + DETOX: Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a water bottle. Drink throughout the day to cleanse your body and kidneys all day long.

Hiccupops photos and quotes via NYTimes, apple cider vinegar tips via Care2, and that gorgeous apple cider vinegar hair-colored woman was photographed by Joseph Cartright.

Hot Mom Monday: 6 Cheap & Easy At-Home Beauty Escapes

Another Hot Mom Monday is upon us, and Hot Mom Natasha Rao of Fashionalities is here for every single one of you – mom or not – who craves to make her daily life at home just a little more spa-like. Natasha is a mommy of a one-year-old daughter and a wife to an Air Force officer. She has exited the full-time fashion career path temporarily to be a stay at home mom.  But, she still works freelance doing what she loves in fashion occasionally and maintains her fashion blog, Fashionalities, that she has had for almost six years. Here, Natasha divulges six of her super simple beauty escapes around the house that make her feel wonderful in her spa-deprived life.

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e have to say – a trip to the spa now and then does the mind and body SO much good, helping you tackle motherhood in the best of h

ealth! Your manicurist called, and she misses you.

By Natasha Rao

Ever since becoming a mommy, I’ve promised myself I’d still get some “me time.” However, I no longer get my nails done once a month, and I can’t remember the last time I got my hair trimmed. That being said, I try to find quick and easy spa treatment-like rituals I can do at home.

Here are a few to try that I love. I get these ideas from all different places, from the Martha Stewart Show and Whole Living Magazine to books like Passport to Beauty and an oldie-but-goodie Beauty Recipes: Cosmetics You Can Whip Up at Home; Over 100 Natural Beauty Aids at a Cost of Pennies!

6 Cheap & Easy At-Home Beauty Escapes

1. As mothers, we wash our hands all the time and our hands get dried out. It’s as simple as having a lotion or oil at every sink in the house. And, taking the time to (mini) massage and nourish your hands. It really goes a long way.

2. Martha Stewart made a great point recently if you don’t have time to steam your face. Get the dishwater really hot and open the washer and hold your face over the steam for a minute or so and relax. It’s like a mini-steam facial.

3. Every morning drink a cup of hot water with lemon. It’s great for your skin!

4. Take a 10 minute break: Dip a dish or hand towel in hot water with rose petals or chamomile, then cover your face with the towel and for 10 minutes. This will clean and open your pores and acts as an antioxidant/anti-inflammatory treatment. It’s great for treating stressed out skin and smells great! Wash your face before, and rinse with cool water afterwards.

5. I saw another great tip recently on TV – after your shower, put Vaseline on your feet at night and cover with plastic wrap (loosely). This really helps soften your feet.

6. Once a week, I have my husband massage my head and hair with coconut oil. You can leave the oil in your hair for an hour and then wash it out. Or, do like I do and keep it on all night and wash the next day for a deep conditioning treatment.

Have you tried any of these at home? Will you try one tonight? Comment below, and check back next week for more from our Hot Mamas!

Spa Foodie: Homemade Cranberry Lip Gloss

Can you smell the mashed potatoes and apple pie? Thanksgiving, the official start of the holiday season, is just two weeks away! As you start your food shopping for the traditional, elaborate turkey meal, put aside some fresh cranberries in your grocery cart so you can make this antioxidant-rich, homemade cranberry lip gloss. The cranberries will add a hint of festive color to your pucker while moisturizing your lips all the way down to the cellular level. With this fun and easy recipe, you’ll be licking your lips all holiday long.

Materials

  • Microwaveable container/tupperware
  • Strainer (Available at Target.com for $4.19)
  • Small Container/Reusable Lip Gloss Pod (Available at LuckyVitamin.com for $1.23)

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp almond oil
  • 1 tsp plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp petroleum jelly
  • 10 fresh cranberries

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients into microwaveable container
  2. Bring mixture to a boil (about 2-4 minutes in microwave)
  3. Stir gently to mash berries and let sit for five minutes.
  4. Pour the mixture through strainer, removing all pieces of cranberry
  5. Allow the mixture to cool completely or refridgerate for 1-2 hours
  6. Scoop mixture into small container/lip gloss pod and enjoy!

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4 Household Beauty Finds

By Jolene Hart
Running low on beauty masks? Looking for a rainy day treatment to perk up your skin or hair? Chances are, you’ve got a few ingredients that fit into your beauty routine right in your bathroom or kitchen cabinets.Check out the below 4 household ingredients and products that we all have in the fridge or cabinets that will help keep you looking fahhhbulous! Dig out these everyday products that give a surprising boost to skin, hair & nails:

HONEY

This complexion-saver smoothes skin with mild acids that act as natural exfoliants, loosening dead skin cells. Raw honey is a humectant that attracts moisture (perfect to counteract winter dryness) and is also a go-to ingredient for those with problem skin, thanks to its natural antiseptic properties. Be sure that your honey is raw and unheated to get the most powerful beauty benefits. Spread about 1-2 tablespoons of raw honey over clean, dry skin and leave on for 20-30 minutes. Rinse with warm water and towel-dry.

TEA TREE OIL

If you keep a bottle of this antibacterial essential oil at hand for home cleaning, you’ll be thrilled to know that you can also use it on your skin! Dilute two drops of essential oil in a teaspoon of water and apply with a cotton ball onto blemishes for bacteria-killing benefits. A drop rubbed into nails also nixes toenail fungus!

PEPTO-BISMOL

Ready for a bright pink facial? The salicylic acid in Pepto is a common ingredient in skincare (especially products for blemish-prone skin), thanks to its anti-inflammatory, anti-acne properties. If you’re feeling daring (or looking broken out), spread a capful of the pink stuff on clean skin and leave on until dry, about 20 minutes Rinse thoroughly and see blemishes go bye-bye.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Your salad dressing staple just became a hair helper as well. Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into a cup of water and pour through hair before washing to cleanse it of buildup and bring out its natural shine (don’t worry, you wont smell it later!). Follow with your regular natural shampoo and conditioner.

Have other around-the-house beauty savers? Let us know!

Originally featured on Healing Lifestyles.

Little Luxury Report: Sula Paint & Peel Polish

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The Little Luxury: Sula Paint & Peel™ Polish

Motto: “Makeup for your nails”

Relationship status: We’ve had a few casual encounters and one night stands.

Why is Sula polish different from all other polishes? Rather than advertising and delivering a glossy, hard, week-long manicure… Sula is just the opposite. It’s peel-able and meant only for a short stint.

How long does it last? Depends how A.D.D. you are. It’ll last for as long as you can resist the temptation to peel it off. (Which for me is about 5 minutes.)

What is it good for? Absolutely nothing! No not really… while the idea of it might sound silly, it’s actually quite useful. It’s good for things like matching your mood, testing out a new daring color against your skin, matching to an outfit for an occasion, and for being that girl (or guy!) who changes their nail polish every single day.

Tinkerbell would approve: Painting and peeling it off the second it dries is a great way to pretend you’re 5 again. Whoopie!

Many a Mani: Something great I discovered was that it can paint on OVER an existing regular manicure. Try a new trend while not giving up your regular mani routine. You can paint your middle finger a dark color for an edgy look, or show your team spirit by painting each hand a different color just for the game. ALSO: When you peel it off after 5 minutes you don’t have to feel so bad.

“Big 3-Free”: Enjoy Sula’s green-friendly formula, free of Formaldehyde, Toleune and Phthalates.

Longing for a longer-lasting option? Sula now makes Top & Base Coats which can supposedly extend the wear for up to 10 days. Haven’t tested this out yet, but not sure I will because that would totally spoil the addictive peely fun!

Good, cheap fun: $9.00 (50 applications/bottle). Order online at SulaBeauty.com

Hot Stone Scale: 5 out of 6


This Little Luxury Report was brought to you by: Michelle Joni Lapidos

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