12 foods to eat when Feeling bloated

Ate too much and feeling gassy?

Or maybe its almost that time of the month?

These are the foods, herbs and spices to use to relieve the pressure


The quick list…

  • Bananas (the more ripe the better)
  • Pineapple
  • Watermelon
  • Papaya
  • Oatmeal
  • Yogurt
  • Cucumber
  • Celery
  • Turmeric
  • ginger
  • Rosemary
  • Fennel (esp. the seeds which you can brew a tea with)

Why not make your own Pineapple Yogurt or banana oatmeal, or salad with the items!


What is in them that does this?

12 foods to eat when Feeling bloated

Royal Fashion Hacks

What hacks do Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and sister in law Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle use?

I have heard the royals can be clever and resourceful but adding small curtain weights into the Queen’s hem (yes meaning it has to be re-hemmed or the dresses tailored for her).  I usually wear a pair of shorts underneath if I wear a skirt, and the first time I did that wasn’t because of weather. I did this as I was going to my first school dance and good thing I did. The boys were running and then sliding across the floor trying to look up skirts! When they did it to me, I laughed at them and let me know what they think they see.

What do the 2 Princesses wear under their dresses to keep embarrassments at bay wind, rain or shine?  

Markle wears shoes a size or 2 bigger for when one’s feet swell after all that walking and standing, but this too can cause blisters by rubbing as you walk. So be sure to include some cushions. Lucky for me the last shoes I bought (which was likely 99- 2004) never gave me a problem first they are high heels, but not twig thing stilettos. I’m more of a boot kind of girl so I like a thicker heel I haven’t worn them in awhile as I have not needed them but they are a chunk heel


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Gel heel cushions             Queen Heel Liner cushions         12 piece High heel Cushions set

Tea Tree Oil

My favorite Shampoo is this Tea Tree Oil one I always see at supercuts. So one time they had travel sizes and even though it was $5 and Tea Tree Special Shampoo 10.4 fl ozchange I think (maybe a little less) I bought it to try as I had the green tea treatment done there once and Loved how it felt.

Tee Tree Special Shampoo (pick your own size/price)

I love how it feels as it makes your head tingle and feel nice ad cool and most important….CLEAN! I use this to wash with every other washing or once a week if I have to wash a few times. (every other to every 2 days)

Besides your hair, tea tree oil is a multipurpose everyday product.

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Use it on insect bites especially mosquitoes which I’ve used it for.  I’ve heard it can be used for

  1. acne,
  2. Anti-fungal for nails and athlete’s foot
  3. Cold Sores
  4. Lice
  5. Anti-bacterial/antiseptic
  6. Disinfect
  7. Mold Remedy
  8. Toothaches
  9. Antifungal for Aquarium/fish care
  10. bedbugs & mites
  11. Body Odor (it has its own strong smell though)
  12. Boils Blisters and burns
  13. Dry Skin
  14. Humidifier
  15. Respiratory/congestion
  16. insect bites

100% Pure Tea Tree Oil

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The Best Homemade Remedy for Sunburn, According to a Dermatologist

Oh My.. I just realized I didn’t publish any posts last month.  Please do forgive me, as I wasn’t quite with it. my cat passed on and I’m still having up and down moods on top of my anxiety and depression. Anyway a little better now So I’ll see if I can get maybe 2 out this month

Always remember (and I can’t stress this enough) use no lower than a 30 SPF if you are only running errands. But if You will be out in the sun all day you need at least a 50 if not higher SPF with UVA/UVB protection. (the ‘a’ are the rays that make you age and the ‘b” is for the ones that make you burn.) If you are fairs skinned then you will need to put it on around every  half hour, more often if you are actually at the beach or in water. Those with Olive skin and darker need only  put it on once an hour. And Put more on when you are about to go in the water. (remember water is reflective. Frankly that’s the only time I do burn!)

However the best of us that safely sun still sometimes get a burn here or there (like I said I usually get one when I go IN the water at the beach.


 The Best Homemade Remedy for Sunburn, According to a Dermatologist

to  Zi’s Beauty Balm facebook page.

For as long as I’ve lived I can remember we always kept Noxema moisturizing cleanser in the refrigerator and when we got a burn We’d put it on as soon we got out of a nice cool shower.

Along with that we used to use those aloe gels, but a lot of them are just sticky feeling so I wouldn’t recommend those unless its a last resort.(and mixed with some of your favorite moisturizer)

Since I have an Aloe plant (and love when its gets big as I harvest it and just put the gel and water from it in a pot, with some lemon to preserve it and leave it in the back of the top shelf of the fridge. (It will keep for at least 6 months if yours is as cold as ours. Some things freeze sometimes on the top shelf.


P.S. Lemon is suppose to help reduce sun spots. (especially when you use it BEFORE you get them. Lemon is a natural bleach, when used on your hair to! Hint Hint

Dry Shampoo

With the summer here, and running from work to the beach or a party with barely time in between to get home and shower. Or when you are trying to preserve a coloring, perm or straightening.. Dry shampoo is a good way to keep your hair clean without over shampooing. (a real shampooing every other to ever 2 days is better for your hair.)

*all links are to amazon for your ordering convenience (unless otherwise noted) as well so you can see other versions.

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Years ago I came across Batiste Dry shampoo which was a spray. I can’t remember where i purchased it or how I found out about it but its great for after the beach, work day, workout and so on. I even keep it in my overnight bag for when I stay over someone’s house. (I have long hair, I don’t want to clog up their drain.)

Oh yeah and now, there’s a variety of scents to choose from. I’ll have to see if I can find the tropical one.

Here’s the regular size 6.73 oz can  &

a pack of 3 travel (purse) size 





While once the one type (out of the UK) was good, you can’t keep others fingers out of the cookie jar. Other companies jumped on the bandwagon with not just sprays but Mists, foams, powders and sheets.

All four of those types are used for different hair types.


Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo 4.9 OzNORMAL Hair

Mist  – Lightweight mists disperse protective ingredients like antioxidants for instance.

Herbal Essences White Strawberry & Sweet Mint Dry Shampoo, 4.9 oz 








OUAI Dry Shampoo Foam - 1.5 oz. Travel SizeDry Hair

FOAM- formulas cleanse, sans dust which can be drying and moisturizes with conditioning ingredients

This one for my tastes is expensive, even if I did have dry hair I likely wouldn’t use it.

Travel Size    & Regular size 



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Oily Hair

Sheets- great for travel, gym bag (just as the others are well maybe not the powder)  and mess free. The sheets eliminate tell tall grease at the roots throughout the day without having to pile on product!

Nunzio Saviano Dry Shampoo Blotting Sheets  $22 for 50 sheets


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Powder – nonaerosol powders typically have larger particles and therefore thicken better than mists.

Briogeo Scalp revival charcol + biotin dry shampoo

OMG I complained about that other price.. this is a 1. something ounce and its $24!!!

but then again oh wait you save a couple on Amazon.



I bought a Dry shampoo powder and it was a nice coconut scent. I by LUSH $8.95

I jsut don’t recall if its one of their vegan products as most are. You can call and ask 1 888 733 5874 (as well as to place and order)


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In case it is not..  There’s Drop Dead Gorgeous Shampoo for brunettes and blondes.


Spread it evenly  through your hair with a Scalpmaster Shampoo Brush.

I’ve been using these brushes for everything for years, and my cat loves them too! She brushes herself with my old one. Shampooing, conditioning and dry shampoo. Even getting an even amount of product (hairspray or gel depending on the style.)


Hair Died? or Hair Dyed?

If you have yet to dye your hair for the first time, (highlight or full on)? Save the money to have it done at the salon the first time. If you can’t afford a full dye job, go for highlights, they’re fun. This is how I started. I had my hair highlighted red.


To start, I highly suggest doing any hair dying in the months you spend the least amount of time in the sun. Likely October or November  – February or march. The reason for this is if you get it done in the summer and do not properly care for it,  you will lose the color fast.

Care & Maintenance

Sitting in the sun bleaches your hair, so if you are gardening, tanning or playing outdoor sports or workouts  you need a hat or scarf. Otherwise if you can’t be bothered by the hat or scarf, (or like my father have a hard time finding hats that fit your head) use a high grade sublock with UVA/UVB protection not only on your body but brush or finger it through your tresses.

You MUST change Shampoo & conditioner to color safe/defying. Buy the same Brand etc. they are made to work together. I came across 3 Good House keeping tested, and you will find them in the link on how to make your color last.


First off Do not wash your hair a day or 2 before dying (doesn’t matter if its in the salon or in a box at home. Your scalp/hair’s natural oils will protect your hair from the chemicals of the bleach and dye.

Highlight or Dying

When I first had my hair colored I got it highlighted. They put the highlighting cap on my head, it fits tight.

They pull the hair out with what looks like a crochet needle then bleach.

Man did I look funny when my hair was bleached. Now i know somewhat what I would look like as a blonde so I don’t think I’d even get highlights of that. Light browns, red or bright colors (I do want to try purple and green! but not enough of money to get it professionally done, plus I would need bleaching for those colors for sure.

Once your hair is dyed (even if they don’t style it) DO NOT WASH IT when you go home. Water and most (even color safe) shampoos are enemy. I’ve covered this in the ” How to make your color last” post linked below. I looked up a few links to help you out:

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Expert Tips on Hair Coloring

15 Things You Must Know Before Coloring Your Hair


Just please Do not use the noted shampoos the 3 links  mention. The posts are at least a year old or more,  so the shampoos are not the newest tested, and may strip the color.   I’ve covered shampoos and colored hair enemies  in MAKE YOUR COLOR LAST post. This includes 3 color defying shampoos and conditioners tested by Good Housekeeping in 2018.



Make your color last

I recently came across an issue of Good Housekeeping which I was surprised to find a few beauty tips in.

This one was how to make your hair color last whether its DIY or from the salon. Save your haircolor, cash and keep it nice and shiny longer.

The tips from their lab…

Get out of the water!!

Wait what?  Water is the main culprit, with or without shampoo the dye molecules leach out add that to any chlorine, salt, and minerals in the water which cause the outter layer of the hair known as the cuticle to lift. This accelerates the loss of pigment.

There’s a few things you can do these are both from GH or my own experience/use.

For one, GH mentions a showerhead that filters out damaging elements.

When you go swimming, use a bathing cap or put a coat or 2 of LEAVE-IN conditioner through your hair.

I can up them on that. I not only use sunblock on my body, when I was dying my hair, I used to put sunblock through my hair as well. (back to that later)

Also remember whenever you first get your hair dyed, DO NOT wash it I think they say 24 hours, I wait 48-72 hours. (basically, I wait until my hair looks greasy. (which if you pull it back into a braid, no one can tell )

Also I have known about dry shampoo for years. I love it and in the summer when I carry it, I also carry a travel size shine spray (or a little hair oil or the olive oil brand hair lotion into my hair for some shine)

Hair Oils….  Argan Oil, Jojoba, Coconut,

Ors Olive Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion 8.5 Ounce (251ml) (3 Pack)Here’s the direct link to it on Amazon


Both the magazine and I agree

Gloss is the Boss

Collor enhancing Gloss can boost shine and a sheer tint to revive your shade between appointments. You can get one at the salon, or buy one in store close to your shade and apply it every couple of weeks.  John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss  is available for $12 in drugstores.

Shun the Sun

The sun works like a bleach. You’ve seen beach bums and surfers with dark hair have blonde looking hair on top? For a long time I did not I thought they dyed it to be like that, or that it only happened in California, maybe Hawaii and other places of that sort.  Then it happened to me and not when my hair was dyed, it was my own natural color, and I’ve got dark brown hair.

I used to work outside 5 days a week sometimes 6 up to 10 hours a day. I had been laid off in August or September of 2010, I forget how many months after I dropped by to say Hi and see how everyone was doing. One of the girls looked at me and said man your hair got dark.  So I would say that proves it, though I don’t think I have photos to show it. My Dark brown went to a light to medium brown.

So it’s not only dyed hair that breaks down but the melanin that gives natural hair its pigment. Now remember I mentioned using sunblock in my hair (I think they make one specific for the hair by Biolage but it has been awhile since I heard about it so I’m not 100% sure on the brand.I did look to see if I could find something to suggest to try (original Scalp screen with UVA/UVB protection) but as I said Instead of using something seperate I just use whatever lotion or spray sunblock I already bought for my body. It saves me money, and works fine.

The magazine does suggest though that if you will be exposed to the sun for long periods use a hat or a scarf.

Shampoo Smarter

There’s no such thing as ‘total color safe shampoo’ (being water being the first enemy of hair color) and not only does the Good Housekeeping lab say so, I could have told you so from experience.  I was dying my hair for a few years. I think I tried (for the time) every type of color safe shampoo/conditioner. It would still look like the red sea in the tub when I’d wash my hair.  Sulfate-Free shampoos are thought to slow down color loss, GH test found that don’t always perform better than those with sulfates. Extend the life of your color with a proven formula labeld for color treated hair.

l also saved my color by washing every couple days Durinig the summer wash every other day to every 2 days in the winter every 3-4 days.

Good Housekeeping tested shampoos and 3 stood out.  They “evaluated label blinded products pairs at all price points on testers with color treated hair and on dyed and bleached hair swatches.

  • Fade resistance over time
  • conditioning ability
  • shine enhancement
  • cleaning, ease of use and  scent
  • look and feel of hair after use

they note that their research shows that the products all performed best when they were paired with their conditioner counterparts of the same brand and collection which are formulated to work together.

Their ‘Power Preserver’

 Treseme Keratin smooth color Shampoo and conditioner   85/100 score

Infused with argan and marula oils this duo gets Top marks for leaving hair feeling clean, boosting shine and hydration as well for its fresh scent. They feel creamy like a salon product leaves hair soft and shiny.

The hair swatches showed the least color change after a  20 wash cycle=simulating 5 washes per week over 4 weeks and 10 hours of UV exposure)  supposed to be

$5 each in drugstores


The Sulfate-free Star

OGX Fade Defying + Orchard oil shampoo and conditioner    78/100

Best for those who are sensitive to Sulfates, the cleansing ingredients that irritate sensitive skin.

Rated best for rinsing out well, highlights were more vibrant and  the color lasted longer and softening hair.

Came in CLOSE behind the winner for fade prevention and second for conditioning effects

$8 each in ULTA or buy both in 13 oz bottles for $21.99 in the above link.


Most Moisturizing

Hair food Color Protect Shampoo and conditioner  77/100

The hair food set has the richest conditioning and hydration. as well as color saving benefits.

Easiest to dispense and least irritating (the shampoo is sulfate free) After five weeks, one of the testers hairdressers commented on it. Dying hair can leave ones hair feeling very dry (especially when bleached first) one of the testers said she “loved how moisturized it felt after one use”

Came out on top in the lab’s wet combing test using the Instron device which engages conditioning (you should NOT wet comb your hair!! It pulls hair out and leaves split ends)  sadly it did not score as well as the others in color retention.

$10 each @ Target  or both on Amazon for $19.68


You might also want to use ‘It’s a 10’ haircare I was not sure if I wanted to include this in this post or the next post for dying hair.

However  for coloring or a perm this is a great product even for natural non chemicaly treated hair.

Its a Miracle leave-in product with 10 benefits in each bottle!

  1. repairs
  2. adds shine
  3. tames frizz
  4. protects color
  5. detangles
  6. prevents split ends
  7. Curbs breakage
  8. softens
  9. boosts body
  10. protects hair from heat.

I’m not sure if its still useable or expired but if you purchase on the site use WH15 at checkout to save 15%.

You can also find it on amazon