Monday, September 16, 2019

My Tips & Tricks for an Armpit Detox 💪

Hey muffins; Happy Monday! To start this week off right, I want to share my tips and tricks for dealing with an armpit detox... Now some of you might be asking, "What the heck is an armpit detox?", so you definitely came to the right Earth Muffin! Let's jump right into the post!

What is an armpit detox?
An armpit detox is a detox for your armpits (duh! 🙄) that often occurs after switching from an aluminum based deodorant to a more natural deodorant (such as the natural deodorants from Primal Pit Paste). When using products that contain aluminum your body is prevented from perspiring, which is why they are often labeled as "antiperspirants". After switching to a deodorant that lets you sweat, your body isn't used to it... This results in the armpit detox where you might notice excess sweat and smell coming from your pits as you sweat out the gunk/toxins that have been sitting in your armpit for months and even years! 😷

My Experience with an Armpit Detox
When I switched and started using Primal Pit Paste's Wild Wood deodorant, I (surprisingly) didn't experience much of a detox. I maybe had more sweat than usual for a few days, but nothing too crazy. I did however notice my body actually sweating in the pits for the first time in my LIFE, which was such an interesting thing to think about.

natural deodorant for armpit detox

Tips for Surviving Your Armpit Detox
If you make the switch to natural deodorant, you might experience a much longer detox than I did, so I thought I would share my tips to help you mitigate the sweat and the smell!

1. Pick a time that works the best for you - Don't try to make the switch when you have a lot of presentations in class or know you will be wearing a lot of tank tops. I think winter is probably the best time of the year for a detox, as you can wear a shirt under a sweater to catch any excess sweat or smell!

man sweating

2. Dab away the sweat often - You will find yourself sweating more than usual, so feel free to use some toilet paper or tissues to dab away the sweat often. I would do this whenever I went to the bathroom, as it is an easy thing to do while sitting on the toilet (sorry for the TMI haha).

3. Reapply when necessary - Feel free to reapply deodorant if you feel like the smell is getting particularly bad... Just make sure you don't over do it so that your armpits turn white or it rubs into your clothes. You wouldn't want a stain!

4. Let your pits have space – This process is completely normal, so let your armpits detox all the gunk! I would avoid wearing any tight-in-the-pit clothes to prevent from even more irritation. #freethepits!

5. Have a back-up smell blocker – If you are super concerned with the idea of slightly smelly pits, double up your odor blocker by using body spray, perfume, essential oils, etc. Please don't use too much though, nobody wants to smell you from a mile away!

6. Make sure the scent of your natural deodorant works for you – Some body odors don’t mix well with certain scents, or your body odor might smell similar to a scent. If you aren't liking the smell of the first product you try out, don't give up and try again! It is really a trial and error process until you find the deodorant that works for you. 😊

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Can Thrifted Clothes Really Be "Trendy"?

Hey muffins! I have talked a lot about thrifting here on Life of an Earth Muffin ever since I started my journey towards living sustainably; in my opinion, it is honestly such a great way to de-stress. I have heard a lot of reasons why people don’t thrift:

“Ew, you don’t know where those clothes have been”
“Save those clothes for people who are less fortunate”
“Thrift clothes are out of style” 
“Secondhand clothes remind me of my grandma" 

The “thrift clothes can’t be trendy” logic is not logical at all; in fact, secondhand clothes can be quite fashion forward if you know what you are looking for! Just look at what is “on trend” right now – a lot of styles have been inspired by looks from the 90’s, the 80’s, and beyond. While not everything you find at the thrift shop will be fashionable, many pieces have so much potential! ✌️

How Can I Style Thrifted Pieces in a "Trendy" Way? 
One of the easiest ways to figure out how to style a thrifted piece is to do your research beforehand. If you know that you love the styles of Forever21 or Urban, take a look at their website to find a piece you are looking for. 

Say you are searching for a plaid blazer. I looked on Forever21's website this morning and found a huge selection of these in the fall fashion category - so plaid blazers are obviously on trend right now. 

After picking out the staple you are searching for, figure out how you would style it if it was in your closet. This can mean doing some more research online or even raiding your closet for pieces that can be paired with it! 

When you head to the thrift store, all you have to do is look for that specific piece (in this example, the plaid blazer). If you can’t find the exact thing, be a bit creative and try multiple sections and/or stores. When you successfully use some of my thrifting tips – ta-da, you have found what you are looking for! AND you already know exactly how to style it – and what do you know, thrifted clothes can actually be trendy! 😃

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

How to Zero Waste Your Airplane Flight ✈️

Hey muffins! After branching out from my "How to Zero Waste Your [insert room here]" series into topics like periods, I thought it would be fun to explore traveling. As I recently took a trip to Washington D.C., it seemed like the perfect time to share my tips for being low waste on an airplane. 😊

Note: flying on a airplane is not good for the environment. It is actually one of the worst things to do... So, there really isn't a "zero waste" way to fly; however, if you must fly these are tips that you can use to mitigate other waste at the airport and on board.

1. Book an airline that uses online boarding passes – You won’t have to worry about printing your ticket or losing it along the way! Just make sure your phone is charged up to be scanned through security and the gate. Delta has a great app I use, but I am sure many other airlines offer this lovely feature. 

2. Bring your own water bottle – People I talk to are often unaware that you can bring your own water bottle through security (just make sure it is empty when you go through!). Airports have water fountains near the bathrooms, which reduces the need to buy plastic water bottles in the airport or to get a beverage during the in-flight food service.

3. Be prepared with some snacks! – Again, you can bring snacks through security! For my trip to Washington D.C., I brought along some pretzel sticks in a reusable sandwich bag. 🥨 I was able to refuse the snack mid-flight and even have some leftovers for my layover. While I didn’t have enough space in my bag to bring as much food as I could have, at least a few snack packages were saved!

4. Bring your own ear buds/headphones (noise cancelling is recommended!) – You can usually purchase cheap, throwaway-able ear buds on flights, but save your money (and the planet) by bringing your own!

5. Don't check a bag; bring a carry-on! - Even if you have your own luggage tag, your checked bag will still get adorned with some extra stickers and tags that are unnecessary. Save that waste by packing light and bringing only a carry-on. 🧳

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Recipe: Pierogies + TWO Fillings

Hey muffins! After adventuring into making my own tortillas last summer, I decided that I wanted to try and make other doughs by hand... And I found a lot of success with this pierogi recipe! 🥟 These are an amazing meal prep food as you can freeze the whole batch and take out the portions needed for dinner. 😊 Along with the pierogi dough, it is essential to have a tasty filling. I have two favorites included in this post: traditional Polish cheese potato and non-traditional broccoli rice! 👩‍🍳

Traditional Cheese & Potato Filling
What You Need:
-1 cup mashed potatoes
-1/2 cup shredded cheese (I like cheddar!)

What To Do:
1. Prepare your favorite mashed potatoes - I suggest making them pretty chunky!
2. Mix the cheese into the potato mixture and pop into fridge until you are ready to fill the pierogies.

Broccoli & Rice Filling

What You Need:
-1/4 cup diced onion
-2 cloves garlic (minced)
-Olive oil
-Salt and pepper
-1/2 cup broccoli (finely diced)
-1 cup cooked rice
-1/4 cup cheese

What To Do:
1. Prepare your favorite type of rice. When finished cooking, set aside to cool.
2. Drizzle olive oil into a saucepan. Cook onion and garlic over medium heat until translucent.
3. Add broccoli into pan. Cook for about 5 minutes (until the broccoli is tender). Season with salt and pepper.
4. In a small bowl, mix together rice and broccoli mixture. Let cool.
5. When the filling is fully cooled down, add in the cheese and mix until combined. Set aside until ready to fill the pierogies! 🎉

Pierogi Dough
What You Need:
-2 cups flour
-1 egg
-1/2 stick of butter (softened)
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/2 cup milk
-Tortilla press (optional, but HIGHLY recommended as it makes the process so much faster!)

What To Do:
1. Stir together the flour and the salt in a mixing bowl.
2. Cut in the butter until it gets crumbly.
3. Add in the eggs and milk; stir with a wooden spoon until everything is combined. I find that kneading the mixture by hand at the end is the best way to make sure that the dough is fully mixed. 🙌
4. If you have a tortilla press, pull a small amount of dough off and press until flat. Place a heaping teaspoon or so of the filling in the middle and fold over. Seal the edges by either pressing with your hands or a fork (I like the look of my own hands!). Put onto a floured baking sheet.
5. If you don't have a tortilla press, roll out the dough with a rolling pin and cut into circles. Fill, seal, and place on tray. Note: I definitely recommend using a press, as it cuts the pierogi filling time in half! This recipe makes about 30 medium sized and 40 small sized pierogies, so it will take some time regardless. 😋
6. Put the tray directly into the freezer. After an hour, take pierogies off the tray and store in an airtight container.
7. To cook: boil water and plop the pierogies in for 3-4 minutes (they will float to the top when they are ready!). You can also throw them in a pan after boiling to fry in some oil and get that nice brown color... I personally think they are best just boiled but are definitely tasty either way! Enjoy!! 😊

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Simple Ways to Show Some School Spirit!

Hey muffins! The school year has started, which means it is time for my absolute least favorite sport: football. 🏈 While it might not be my personal fave, football season means it is time to bust out some team spirit as schools/colleges get hyped for game day. Here are some of my personal ways that you all can use to show some school spirit! 🎉

1. Find some vintage "school pride" pieces - Many college campuses sell super overpriced gear, so I suggest checking out the thrift stores around the area to see what you can find. If members of your family also went to the same school, try raiding their closets as well! 😊

2. Hydro dip your shoes - I have been seeing a lot of hydro-dipping videos on my Facebook feed recently, so you might want to hydro dip some white shoes to match the school colors! While this might take some time, you can definitely rock the shoes on non-gamedays too.

3. Paint your nails - This is especially easy if you live in a dorm, as you can ask to borrow from a neighbor if you don't have the perfect school color. Painted nails are quick and easy, and they are perfect for all your spirit finger needs! 😉

4. Wear a bow (or DIY one!) - As football days can often be long and hot, I usually wear my hair up in a ponytail and throw on a huge bow that has the team colors on it. Making your own bows is a super fun DIY (I will probably be writing a post about how to do that at some point), so it would be a great activity to do with some friends!

5. Add a pop of color with your eyeliner/eyeshadow - Nothing screams school spirit more than an eye makeup look dedicated to your school colors 😍

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