Coconut Crazy


I know a lot of people that use and love coconut oil in their everyday lives. I was a little late to the game and became obsessed just over a year ago after doing some research of my own. Now you can always find containers of the stuff in different places around our house! It’s seriously addicting and SO good for you. I literally use it in recipes all the time (that’s a post for another day!) as well as topically and even for our dogs!! So. Many. Uses.
Here are just a few of my favorite uses:

– all over moisturizer: Some days my skin literally feels thirsty and on those days I get an extra dose of oil all over! On normal days I do it every other day or as needed. It’s great to give your skin a little extra moisture. If anything, it’s awesome for just your face at night before bed. Every other night works for me and keeps my skin moisturized and fresh. (Remember, a little bit goes a L-O-N-G way with any oil!)

-hair: whenever my hair feels a little more dry than usual, I will add some coconut oil to the ends either over night if I’m showering the next day, or a few hours prior to showering. I use it a lot when I postpone getting my haircut and it makes my ends so soft!

-teeth whitener/oil pulling: coconut oil is an amazing teeth whitener and is also known to kill germs in your gums/mouth. I swish about a teaspoon, sometimes a little more, in my mouth for twenty minutes every night while I shower and get ready for bed. I seriously noticed a difference after one week.

-for pets: we have two dogs, a golden retriever and labrador retriever. Both shed a lot and at one point I became desperate to not have so much hair everywhere. Well in my coconut oil research I found probably 100 uses just for pets! And guess what?! One was for shedding ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ! It’s really good for their coat and skin as well as overall health. I give both dogs about two tablespoons every other day or everyday if I remember.

Again, there are so many uses for this stuff, it would take forever to write about every single one. But those are my favorite ways to use it, what are yours???

A little mid week hike

So last week I took our two dogs on a (what I though was going to be quick) late afternoon hike. Well, it wasn’t quick. But it was absolutely gorgeous. We have been experiencing some intense heat waves down here in Southern California, so I waited until it cooled off a little before I left to hike. I had never hiked up the front of this small mountain, but I had done the backside a couple of years ago. The back was hard because it was a lot of climbing over big rocks and lots of switchbacks. My husband told me the front side wasn’t much better, it was just more of a “straight” path. Well, it was straight alright. Straight uphill. Every time I thought I had hit a plateau and it would stay flat for awhile, I turned a corner and it was literally straight up. There were still switchbacks, but not small quick ones. The front of the mountain has a road/trail that’s paved and big enough for a car so it was a nice wide road. But man, it was tough. I used to be in great shape and then we moved around for basically a year and a half straight and I lost track of my fitness regime. So getting back in shape has been a difficult journey at times. Needless to say, this hike kicked my butt. Literally. I was so sore the next day, it was painful to sit and side step!!! But it was SO worth it because I got to the top as the sun was setting and it was absolutely gorgeous. My pictures won’t do it justice.

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I have grown to love being outdoors and learning about this beautiful planet. My favorite thing to do is to sit and watch and listen to all the animals going about their lives while admiring all the flowers and trees around me. There is something so calming and peaceful about being out in nature. I hope that we can all take a couple of ย minutes out of our days or weeks to enjoy the beauty around us.

What do you like most about being outdoors?