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Organic Skin Scrub 35% Off!

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Looking for an organic skin scrub to revitalize your skin? You’re in luck! Today, August 22, you can snag this Eminence Organic Skincare Pear & Poppy Seed Microderm Polisher for only $29.99 (reg. $46!). According to reviewers, this scrub smells wonderful and leaves skin silky smooth. Sweet deal! Here are a few more reasons to love this product.

  • Organic
  • Handmade
  • Natural microdermabrasion action
  • Perfectly exfoliates uneven, dry and rough skin
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Essential Oils: How to Buy the Best Quality Oils for the Best Prices

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Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot about essential oils. I am always interested in using natural products to fight colds - if they work. I rely on what close friends tell me has worked for their families. Two good friends whose opinions I trust shared what they use essential oils for and where to buy them for the lowest price.

Julie Anna Wagner Covey teaches friends how to cook with essential oils, and make lip balms, lotions, non-toxic sunscreen, and more. Her focus is teaching people how to replace chemicals and synthetics.

Bianca Feler Wirth uses essential oils to keep herself and kids healthy and comfortable when they have coughs, colds, stuffy noses, allergies, tooth aches, bug bites, stomach aches, muscle pains, sleep problems, anxiety, stress, depression, or exhaustion.

There are also financial benefits. “My next step in this oily journey is to start making my own non-toxic cleaning and beauty products,” Bianca said. I have been able to find lots of essential oil recipes online that come out to a fraction of the cost of store bought products! I’m really excited about that!”

How essential oil can save you money

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10 Everyday Uses for Coconut Water

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When I visited Trinidad and Tobago on my honeymoon, roadside vendors would slice the top off a fresh coconut with a machete, stick a straw in it and hand it over. It was bliss! I haven’t found a store-bought version that even comes close. Yet these days, coconut water seems to be everywhere.

Not to be confused with coconut oil or coconut milk, coconut water seems to be “the” drink of the moment. It has been purported to prevent aging, improve cardiovascular health, manage stress, boost energy and digestion… along with a host of other health claims. But is it really all it’s cracked up to be? And is it just a beverage, or does it have other uses as well?

Coconut water – what is it good for?

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12 Everyday Uses for Coconut Oil

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Recently, a friend told me that I could tame my 12 year-old son’s unruly locks by rubbing a little coconut oil into his hair. Considering the price of many hair creams, I figured it would be worth a try. I researched coconut oil online and discovered that it is being hailed as the new miracle cure for just about everything. There are articles suggesting that it can reverse Alzheimer’s, and cure HIV, athlete’s foot, cellulite, yeast infections and bad breath in dogs (not that any of these claims are substantiated). A fire crew even used it to release a trapped dog’s head from a metal gate.

I put coconut oil to the test – and what I found surprised me.

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Elective Surgery: Good Idea AND Good Investment?

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Elective surgery and cosmetic procedures can make you feel better about yourself, and help you earn more money. Via Shutterstock.

Over the years, I’ve had several elective surgery procedures. I had to pay for all or part of them, and I regret none of them. I’ve had a breast reduction, eye surgery to end my need for glasses, and several procedures on my face to remove scars and moles. The breast reduction, done ten years ago, was not covered by insurance, and it cost around $10,000.The eye surgery was done less than a year ago, and cost $4,000 out of pocket (the remaining $7,000 was picked up by insurance). The facial surgeries were also insured, and I paid about $500 out of pocket in total.

Between the competitive job market and our society’s emphasis on looking your best, elective surgery can be a good investment. Employers’ hiring decisions are based on more than just an outstanding resume. Studies show that along with character, integrity and the ability to be a team player, looks play a role in who gets the job and who makes more money.

What you need to know about elective cosmetic surgery

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How To Make Teeth Whitening Toothpaste: 4 Recipes

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Whiten teeth at home with these DIY recipes! Via Shutterstock.

With teeth whitening products costing over $40 a pop, it’s no surprise that we’ve received many questions from readers asking how to make homemade whitening toothpaste. I’ve made a list of four easy homemade teeth whitening recipes. While these recipes vary in many ways, there’s one way they’re all the same…they cost $10 or less!

4 Natural and Homemade Teeth Whitening Recipes

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