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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!

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  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.

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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!!!!!

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What you need:

A coconut

Water

A blender
Drainer

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)

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DIY: Coconut Milk

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

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

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

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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.

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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).

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

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

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

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

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Creamier coconut milk! Yum! Yum!

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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.

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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.

ENJOY! 

Why You SHOULD Make Your Goals Visual: My 5 Tips on Vision Boarding.

Vision boarding may seem like a task to some (too complicated, too time consuming, too artsy) but I’m here to tell you it is definitely worth your time! It’s something that has become very valuable to me over the past three years. And the whole process is relaxing, creative, and fun (we can all use a little fun creativity in our lives)!

The best part is, that it can actually help you achieve your goals, instead of forgetting all about them come April.

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So why should you make a vision board?

Because Oprah makes vision boards.

Duh!

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No but seriously, I first heard about vision boards through Oprah. Since then I’ve heard many life coaches, therapists and psychologists say it helps to do a vision board at the start of every year, but why?

Because..

– It helps you focus on your life and your future.

-It gets you back in touch with who you are and what you desire.

– It inspires you. It makes you believe in yourself. You’re taking charge of your life by outlining what you want.

– It’s a daily reminder. Every morning I wake up and see my vision board, and if I have a free second during the day I can actually put energy into one of my goals.

Manifestation: “What you think about, you bring about.” You are speaking things into existence and recognizing your own truth.

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5 TIPS FOR CREATING A VISION BOARD

(I like to call it: My Inspiration Board)

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1. Before you start setting your goals for the new year, reflect on your past year, then set resolutions based on growth and becoming a better you. Any mistakes you’ve made or things you want to make sure you change? What do you want to improve? How do you want to improve? Reevaluate your life and the direction you want it to go. Know what you want, what you need and what you deserve. If you don’t know what you want to gain out of life, you better work on knowing. Life is too short to not live with purpose. When you know what you want, you get it faster.

2. Next write out your goals. Write down what you want (and in some cases how you want to achieve it). You can make deadlines. Set numbers. Be as specific as possible. If you want a car, what kind of car do you want? What model? Four-door, two-door? Think visual when writing your goals down.

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*I set my goals in categories. “Love goals”, “Health goals”, “Career goals”, “Personal goals”, “Travel goals”, etc. Add as many categories as you want, it helps you organize your thoughts. Even if it’s not a goal for this year but you can work on it this year include it. (I included a house on mine, but I’m not currently on the market for one.)*

3. Time to get creative. BRING OUT THE MARKERS, SCISSORS AND STICK GLUE. Collect old magazines (You can throw a “vision board party” and have friends bring magazines too!) cut out phrases, words, pictures. Use the markers to write goals you want to put on the board, or to write out inspirational quotes you love.

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Men: you don’t have to go overboard designing this thing. I hope the glitter in the picture doesn’t scare you away!

Examples: A kangaroo can represent a trip to Australia, pictures of healthy foods and a yoga pose if you want healthier lifestyle.

*If you want to put specific things like your dream car on your vision board, google the image and print it out.*

*I also included pictures of my family and famous women I aspire to be like!*

4. Design the board. I bought a big cork board from Target for $9 and fabric and ribbon for less than $3. But you don’t have to go all out creative like me. Some people use a poster board or use their blank wall and tack photos togther. (Be as creative as you want to be!)

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Here’s my vision board!!! Large plain cork board, green fabric , gold ribbon for the border, tacks, construction paper, markers, a lot of photos, postcards, quotes, lists, and old magazine pictures.

*I used a cork board and tacks for most of my goals because if goals change throughout the year or I want to add more later I can easily make those changes.*

5. Make the vision board visible and in your face. Hang it in a place where you’ll be able to see it everyday. You want to be able to see it and be inspired by it as much as possible. Take a picture of your vision board put it as your phone lock screen background or as your wallpaper on your computer.

Your vision board will be an awesome representation of YOU. Enjoy it! Make 2015 a great year!

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