What Your Color Choice says About Your Personality Traits

Whether you’re a spiritual being or simply looking at moving onwards and upwards in the differents aspects of your life, there is a lot to be said about your personality type based on your color preference. The simple notion that your color preference denotes your personality or character is of course, not exactly literal, but it is a great way to get us to think inwardly about some traits and tendencies that we may have, and how we can work to use them to build a happy and positive life. Take a look and see what your color choice says about you:

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Lindsy Tipa’s Must see and Read Bathroom Renovation

Hey everyone! I am so excited to be here sharing my before and after of my Master Bath renovation and some ways that you can update your own bathrooms! I absolutely LOVE interior design and DIY renovations. It is one of the most rewarding things seeing your image and design come to life with your own hands! And believe it or not, it is a lot easier than you might think! Today I am going to walk you through the 5 steps we took to a complete transformation!

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Get Fall Ready from Head-To-Toe

It’s no secret that the summer may have left your skin, hair and, lips feeling a little tired and in need of some extra love. With all of the fun (yet damaging) exposure to salt water, UV rays, and heat, your body may be in need of a revival. At Raw Sugar Living, we’ve got the goods to get your body out of distress and into a hydrated, supple and smooth zone, just in time for fall. Keep your skin fabulous and natural, from head-to-toe today! It’s time to get #Rawlovin Sugars!

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Top 5 Reasons Have a Staycation this Summer

Whether you’re a hard working career woman, student or entrepreneur, it’s often easy to forget that a whole other world exists outside your everyday routine. A world that perhaps involves sleep-ins, self-indulgence, and dare we say it – “me” time.

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Bounce Back in No Time – 5 Ways to Learn from your Mistakes

You’ve heard the phrase ‘After all, you’re only human’, after you’ve made a mistake or misjudged a situation. Our flaws, personalities and individual traits are what creates the wonderful world and society that we live in. Nobody is perfect, and when we are living in a world full of pressures and expectations, it can be easy to slide off the train tracks for a little while. Whatever your situation may be, there are always lessons to learn from and ways to improve yourself. Instead of beating yourself up about a mistake or failure, let’s look at some ways that you can grow and benefit from such situations:

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5 Essentials to Pack on Your Next Getaway

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The last thing a getaway should be is stressful.

Enter the art of minimalism; a beautiful, simplistic, back-to-basics way of being that can help make your vacation time more relaxed and enjoyable. A getaway should be about unwinding your mind, restoring your energy, experiencing the unexperienced, and taking in a new perspective. That’s why when it comes to packing – the less you take, the better.

If you’d like to prioritize experiences over possessions on your next vacay, here are the only 5 things you really need to think about packing. Now, isn’t that liberating?

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One Core Outfit

Why not give yourself a break from making decisions about what to wear? Every decision we make throughout the day takes up little bits of mental energy (this is called decision fatigue), so the more we do to cut them out – the better. Pack as many variations as you need of one core outfit (including basics, of course), and you’ll be giving yourself more time to spend on doing what you actually want to do on your trip. Oh, and your core outfit should always include protective items – like a hat if you’re heading somewhere sunny.

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Skincare

It’s important to stick to your skincare routine and care for your complexion with consistency. When you’re transitioning into another climate, no matter how slightly different the temperature might be, your skin will know it – keep feeding it the nutrients it needs to stay healthy, even when you’re in another time zone. To pack your skincare efficiently, get a hold of some travel sized containers and bottles. Squeeze the perfect amount of cleanser, moisturizer, body butter, and importantly, sun screen, you think you’ll need. This will save you precious suitcase space, and make your luggage much lighter.

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A good book

Whether it’s a novel or a journal – something to read, or write in, is always a good idea. A trip with your favorite E-Reader or physical book is the way to go. Taking a book about the history or nature of the place you’re going to will add extra intrigue and wonder to your vacation. Journaling about the activities you did is also a great way to wind down each night!

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An Eco-Friendly Tote Bag

Fold a tote bag into your suitcase so you have a compact, but handy, bag to use during the day on your trip – especially useful if you plan on going to the beach or shopping local products. A tote bag will save you (and the environment) from having to use plastic bags – and many of them nowadays are made with snap locks to keep your valuables safe.

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Self-Cooling Water Bottle

Keeping well-hydrated is non-negotiable. When you step outside your day-today routine, you need to be a bit more mindful of what you put into your body. A self-cooling water bottle is the safest way to ensure you always have a cool sip of water – no matter where you are. Listen to your body and it’ll thank you for it.

10 Signs it’s Time for a Skin Detox

The word ‘detox’ gets thrown around an awful lot lately. From detox teas to detox day-spas – it seems to have become a commonly-used buzzword that advertisers wield to get their products out the door. But ‘detox’ does not have to be a dirty word.

In fact, a detox can be incredibly beneficial to your health (and, in turn, your skin!). It’s a science. The science of how our bodies get rid of unnecessary waste – because if waste builds up, bad things happen.

A skin detox means devoting one whole week to making and effort to remove impurities, toxins, pollutants, and dead skin cells – and  to renew and revitalize your complexion back to optimum health and all-round glowy-ness. Or, if you detox really well, you can have it looking better, fresher, and more beautiful than ever.

But how do you know if your skin is in desperate need of a detox, you ask? Well, every now again, your body tries to talk to you. It tries to send you signals in the hopes that you’ll respond and take action. These signals are often what we like to refer to as symptoms. That means that right now, you body could be screaming at you with a loud and clear “DETOX ME! PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF AVOCADO ON TOAST, DETOX ME!” while you nonchalantly strut around without a care in the world, twiddling your thumbs and watching re-runs of Gilmore Girls. But, fret not, that’s why we’re here!

So, without further ado, here are 10 signs your skin may be in need of a detox. If you’ve noticed any of the below recurring in the past 3 months, you’ll need to whip out the water, get onto a liver-friendly diet, and treat your skincare routine with respect.

1. Increased skin sensitivity

2. Breakouts that just. Won’t. End.

3. Skin dullness

4. Excessive sweating

5. White or yellow-coated tongue (this could also manifest as bad breath)

6. Itchy, irritable skin

7. Increased dryness or flakiness

8. Cravings (for sugar, in particular)

9. Tummy bloating

10. Sinus congestion

If you listen to your body, and treat it as well as you would a brand new pair of white sneakers, you’ll be absolutely fine.

Happy detoxing!

Top 5 Pantry Foods that Double as Natural Cleaners

If you often end the week with a froster full of vegetables that hasn’t been touched and bowl full of fruit you haven’t eaten – you’re not alone. In fact, around 25% of our total grocery shop ends up in the trash. That means that almost a quarter of all foodstuffs we buy go to waste.

But, alas, there is a solution. Why not turn uneaten foods into natural cleaning products? Aside from minimizing waste, this strategy has other benefits too. By using all-natural household products, you avoid exposing yourself and your family to unnecessarily harsh chemicals – particularly in the kitchen. It’s safe, it’s eco-friendly, and importantly – it works.

Without further ado, here are our top 5 most effective natural cleaners.

1. Lemon

With its medley of antiseptic and antibacterial properties, lemon has the natural strength to kill germs and even remove stains. Their high acidity levels mean they can also act as a bleaching agent – so they’re perfect for brightening up bathroom and kitchen tiles. Mix lemon juice with water to form mother nature’s ultimate cleanser and use it to wash dishes, surfaces and wipe off stains.

2. Vinegar

Much like lemon, vinegar is high in acidity – so it’s powerful in killing germs and warding off nasty bacteria. Simply mix one part vinegar to two parts water in a large spray bottle, and there you have it – a brand new, healthy and natural surface cleaner. For really tough cleaning, just use it straight outta the bottle.

3. Banana peel

Here’s one that might surprise you; banana peel! Instead of tossing your banana peel into the trash, make a beeline for the cutlery drawer. Simply blend the skins with a little bit of water to form a paste and use it to polish your silverware – we promise you it’ll be shinier than ever.

4. Tea bags

Tea is full of tannins, which means it’s super effective in polishing wooden surfaces like cabinets and floors. Just make sure you allow them to cool first. BONUS: If you want to keep your fridge smelling fresh and clean, keep some Green Tea leaves inside it to eliminate any nasty odors!

5. Salt

Got some scrubbing to do? Reach for the salt. Salt works really well as an abrasive cleaner – use it to remove gunk from pans, showers, and floors. When you mix salt with a little bit of water, however, you crate a saline solution that works really well to remove stains from the carpet and clothes.

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