Category Archives: DIY

My Big Three: Best Teeth Whiteners

I debated whether to name this blogpost the “Best Natural Teeth Whiteners”, but I realized that these three products have whitened my teeth better than any product out on the oral hygiene market. I’ve tried everything–whitening strips, whitening mouthwash, and whitening toothpaste. All were effective for a couple of days, but the results were not mind-blowing. It is also so expensive to keep up with all of them that I would quit after I finished with the products and go back to my regular toothpaste.

Now with all these whitening products coming out on the market and taking over every celeb’s Instagram, I thought, there has to be a natural way to whiten your teeth. There is!

After some research I stumbled upon these three natural, effective, and inexpensive whitening methods. You may have one or two in your home already!


  1. Coconut Oil – You may have heard of a method called “oil pulling” where you swish around coconut oil in your mouth for around 20 minutes before you brush your teeth. I tried it and it works! Coconut oil pulls all the toxins from your mouth and improves your overall oral health. Tip #1: Start from 5 minutes a day then work your way up. Tip #2: Do it at night. Tip #3: You can swish and do something around the house so the time can go by quicker. Tip#4: Do not gargle.
  2. Activated Black Charcoal – I use this on top of my toothpaste. This actually works best because of charcoal’s natural properties. It takes all the toxins from your mouth and whitens your teeth with its first use! Warning: This may get messy. Also: Make sure it is all natural. You can also mix with water to get rid of toxins in your digestive system– stomach bugs, food poisoning, etc.
  3. Pure Backing Soda – I use this on top of my toothpaste. It removes surface stains to make teeth appear whiter.


I switch off using these three methods and products. Very easy and effective, and not burning a hole in my pocket.

Let me know of any whitening methods/products you use, I will add it to this post!

*Disclaimer: I don’t drink coffee everyday. I don’t drink red wine everyday (but I love red wine). This may or may not disrupt your whitening goals. You can think of alternatives to both; I drink coffee and red wine in moderation.*

#DIY: Learn How To Make Coconut Milk!

My mom is a “Do It Yourself” guru. She showed me how to make fresh coconut milk, and it honestly tastes better than any other watered-down coconut milk I’ve purchased in stores. It’s also cheaper!

We made a ton of coconut milk because we met a fruit vendor who was willing to give us 10 coconuts for one dollar! Thank you New York City and the power of negotiating bargains. Either way coconuts are pretty cheap, and one coconut makes a lot of milk! I documented my mom teaching me step by step with my camera, so there are a ton of pictures for an easy “how-to”! So follow the steps below and go make some yummy creamy coconut milk!!!!!


What you need:

A coconut


A blender

A bowl

(Agave or vanilla extract if you wish to sweeten)

Container or jug to store the milk in the refrigerator (Glass container recommended for longer shelf life)


DIY: Coconut Milk

Step 1: Take a knife and poke open the three holes in the coconut.



Step 2: Pour out the coconut water into a glass. (Save the water for later).


Step 3: Hit the coconut right in the middle with a hammer or meat tenderizer. It will crack open pretty easily.



Step 4: Pieces of coconut will start to break apart. For the big chunks, slice them into smaller chunks, small enough so it can blend nicely.


Step 5: Add the coconut pieces and the coconut water into a blender. (If you drank the coconut water like we did because we couldn’t help ourselves, you can use water to blend).


Step 6: Blend. A puree and what is now coconut milk will form.


Step 7: Drain out separating the pulp and the milk.




Then you’re done! Yum yum fresh natural coconut milk!



Step 8: (optional): For creamier milk you can blend any extra coconut pieces with the first batch of coconut milk. Repeating steps 5-7.


Creamier coconut milk! Yum! Yum!


Step 9: (optional): Add vanilla or other sweeter and stir for sweetness coconut milk.

Step 10: Store it in a bottle or container and refrgirate.


Coconut Milk Uses:

-Smoothies and protein shakes. My favorite green smoothie is coconut milk, pineapple, kale and a banana. Tastes like a green piña colada!

-Baking, cooking.

-Body or face rinse: Pour over your body in the shower. It softens your skin.

-Body exfoliating scrub: Brown or organic sugar, milk, a few drops of lavender essential oil.

-Face exfoliating scrub: Brown or organic sugar, honey, coconut milk, two drops of lavender essential oil. Softens skin and gives you a nice glow.