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more tips for island living

So the first post of this series was a pretty popular hit with local island readers. So I figured I would share some more hints and tips that I’ve discovered in the five years of residing in Puerto Rico. 1 | save the silica dry bags. You know those little desiccant bags you get in some of your purses or with online orders? They say “choking hazard, throw away” – well don’t throw them away! You can actually use those suckers to keep out moisture and prevent mold in some of your hard-to-monitor places – like in your camera bag. We recently had to have our Canon sensor professionally cleaned because we started to notice some fungus through the viewfinder. Who would have thought that mold could grow there?? So now I’ve added some silica bags + bamboo activated charcoal to my camera bag to keep all of that from happening again. You can also try my homemade desiccant resource, the kitty litter dehumidifier which still works wonders in my cabinets and closets. 2 | keep …

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avocado hair mask

Avocado season in Puerto Rico translates to months of breakfasts, dinners and snacks centered around the delicious fruit. We are blessed with a plentiful tree just down the road from us. Now that the season has ended, we have to scavenge the area for neglected avo or scale the tree to reach the ones no one else has noticed. Which means we reallly stretch them to their fullest in our cooking! So, I haven’t made this mask in a while, needless to say, but it did some nice things for my hair so I figured I would share in case you have extras around your place! Easy Avocado Hair Mask 1 over ripe avocado 1 tbsp of honey 1 tbsp of coconut oil Massage into your damp hair then wrap in a shoulder cap and sit in the sun for about 5 to 10 minutes to warm the oils and let the nutrients do their work. Wash out well, maybe use a tiny bit of shampoo if you don’t like the feeling of the coconut …

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diy: blog tips + hacks

I have been working on this post for a little while, after a request from Cait who wanted to know a few little hints and tricks to spice up her own blog. So here are few simple and easy ways to hack the blog without forking over a pretty penny for designer assistance. 1 Adding an image to a post without having to download it first (careful, be sure the site is something you expect will never change, because technically this is a link. If you’re concerned at all, just download and insert instead) : <img src=”IMAGE URL” alt=”” width=”YOUR SIZE” height=”YOUR SIZE” /> . This will be added to the HTML section of your blog post. This is a great way to incorporate photos without having to download/upload them to your blogging server, which takes up space. The only downside is if that photo somehow disappears from its original source, it will no longer show up in your post either. 2 Keeping images from being “pinned” with Pinterest, add the code <class=”nopin”>  after your …

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Some Advice on Building a Brand (When You are the Brand)

I’m fast approaching my two year anniversary as a registered yoga teacher. And although I am young in my practice, both as teacher and as student, these past two years have taught me more than I could have imagined – probably more than I can actually recall. I’ve definitely learned a lot more about myself, more about my practice, and more about working with other people. At 25 I feel as if I’m beginning to find my place in the world, I’m creating a life I’m excited to live, figuring out who I really am, finding out what’s really important to me, and building a brand – all while trying to have as much fun as humanly possible. Almost a year ago I made the leap from part-time to full-time yoga instructor, giving up my nights waiting tables so I could put all of my focus and all of my energy into this decision. Sunburnt & Salty Yoga Company had been a dream of mine for a while and I felt in my bones that …

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DIY: build a better blog

This DIY is geared towards all you bloggers! It does not particularly relate to nature (except the underwater shots!), but I feel this will be well received by some who are looking to create visually stunning posts on a beautiful layout with whatever free & inexpensive tools you have available. Surprise! You don’t need Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, and you don’t need to pay for expensive stock photo use or fonts. There are so many free resources available, and I’ll list my favorites right here as well as provide a link to the ones I don’t mention (but are still awesome and you may find useful!). Hosting | Many of you likely already have a hosting platform, whether that be Blogger, WordPress or something else. I now host with WordPress.com (not the self hosting platform of WordPress.org $$$) and migrated my blog by myself over to WordPress fairly simply. This process could have cost me close to $200 if I paid someone else to do it, but instead I found some easy tutorials and then …

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DIY: surf fin art

Last weekend, I hosted an art workshop after my yoga class: Frill the Fin . Each person brought their surf fins, and then we used paint pens to doodle and decorate the fins to our tastes. This was such a fun way to add some color and vibrancy to a part of the board that gets overlooked. There are several companies who have realized this, and started producing gorgeous fins like Island Fin Design. However, if you’re not one to spend anywhere from $45 to $75 a fin, then try your hand at decorating your own! It was super easy and here’s what you need: * Posca Paint Pens (or Boardstix), or even Sharpie paint pens – I bought my Posca set from Amazon * sandpaper, I used 120 grit * rubbing alcohol and cotton balls * pencil or sharpie for tracing/sketching * clear coat spray paint Start by sanding the fin, both sides if you want to paint on both. Rough it up so that the paint has a surface to adhere to. Then, …

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diy: passport security

As the month concludes, I’m sharing another upcycling DIY inspired by Real Simple Magazine‘s challenge to readers to find new unique ways to repurpose common household items. Let’s review the DVD box. We probably trash these, or have thousands of them somewhere completely unorganized. But why not take advantage of that and utilize them for something other than dust collectors and trophies for your ever-changing interests in movie genres. Enter: passport security. Especially if you have a larger family, each with passports you want to keep safe and secure. Everyone picks their favorite movie, tucks the passport inside, and places the DVD back on the shelf, or back into your cultured pile. Hey, if there is a method to your madness then more power to you. Of course, you’ll need to obviously remember which movies you did this with – but at least your passport won’t just be mindlessly left inside a purse, stashed in a drawer or neatly tucked away in the oh-so-obvious passport organizer clutch. The idea is for security, naturally. I mean, …

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DIY: 5 ways to repurpose a shot glass

Upcycling: (v.) the process of turning something old into new again. This month, Real Simple challenged readers to repurpose several common household items. One of those was the trusty shot glass. Did you collect these at one point? Maybe in your wild and crazy college days and now you have a shrine in your cabinet to memories you may want to just leave behind? Okay, I’m not speaking from experience (lies), but I figured these would be a great place to start with that repurposing challenge! Here are your five unique options: 1 | Store Q-tips in them, either out on the counter in the bathroom for guests, or in your cabinet for easy reach 2 | Use them to clean your  makeup or paintbrushes 3 | Store your beach finds, like seaglass, in them and then line your window sill of a brightly lit room 4 | Sprout seeds in them in the window, or plant a succulent that doesn’t need much water or space 5 | Fill with water and add a couple …

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DIY: fruit rind air fresheners via free people

What an easy way to freshen up the kitchen! From the Free People blog, I’m sharing their nifty DIY to reuse those fruit rings that collect in your compost (before your throw them in there!) to put them to work for you in your kitchen (or bathroom!). Here’s what to do: What You Need: Fruit rind from orange, lime or lemon Fresh herbs or spices (like basil and cloves) Sea salt (chunky) knife & spoon What To Do: Cut the fruit in half, and clean out the inside. Mix your sea salt with the herbs and spices and then fill up the rind. The sea salt will draw out the bad odors, and will release all the delicious fresh scents from the fruit and spices. Ideally, place these in places with bad smells but they will work best in smaller rooms. You can also try placing one in your fridge to get out all the weird scents that tend to combine, like cut onions or vegetables in your crisper. Just keep them away from pets, …

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DIY: homemade tofu

Tofu. Glorious tofu. Delicious soy protein. Vegan delight. Substitute for so many things. And easy to make at home, with the right tools and some patience. I gave it a try, and it turned out SPLENDID! Tasty, just like from the store, retained its shape and cooked up marvelously. Now if only I had half a day on my hands again, I’d be making it more often! But if you want to try this little homesteading practice, then I can recommend where to start in today’s DIY. You can purchase this kit from Williams Sonoma. I received it from my mother as a gift for Christmas, because she knows my hippie self and my surfer fiance would enjoy working on this together. Of course what happened was Evan watched from the side and took photos to document this experiment so I could share it with you. You’re welcome. Anyways, you can usually find it here, but google Tofu Making Kit to see other options. Then perhaps use your favorite online store or local health market …