Sunday, August 30, 2015

How to Remove Plantar Warts Naturally

Ok, so get ready to grab your flip flops, slippers, socks, tennis shoes and stick them on your feet... This is the real story behind healing plantar warts (yes that's plural) I had for over 8 years and I didn't even know it!!

As a girl who was in and out of soccer locker rooms in high school and goes to the beach, pool walking around barefoot, I thought my feet could handle anything. Mud and sand? No problem. Cold tile floors and rained-on sidewalks? Easy. When living a coastal lifestyle it's important that we put more focus on the soles of our feet. Bacteria, viruses and dirt can get into small cuts caused by dry skin and cause havoc. When that happens your immune system gets the green light and tries to heal the affected area.

However, sometimes the immune system isn't strong enough to kill a hard-to-rid virus. That's what happened to me when I discovered for over 8 years I had plantar warts on the bottom of my right foot. Plantar warts are growths caused by a virus strain related to HPV and are able to spread from person to person directly or indirectly. Although the risk of transmission is very small, if your immune system is weak you have a better chance of becoming infected.

I remember very clearly the day I saw the first wart on my foot. I thought it was a blister from my new soccer cleats that was having a hard time healing. Being very prone to blisters while playing soccer, I brushed off my worry and went on with life.

Flash forward to mid-May 2015... I began to notice the bottom of my right foot was tender when I walked. Weeks later I saw multiple blister like circles and knew something was wrong. These circles were popping up fast. It must have been fate, but one day I stumbled across a pin on Pinterest that had a picture of what looked to be the same circles that were on my foot. I clicked through and read the blog post, and that's when I knew I had a big problem on my hands. PLANTAR WARTS.

Instantly thinking I had to see my doctor to figure out a solution, I made an appointment. It was a few weeks away though and I had to take some sort of action in the mean time. So I headed to YouTube and Pinterest to research what natural home remedy healing routines were working for others.


I read many stories of people having gone to the doctor and being told their only options were surgery or freezing off the wart(s). Those stories mounted with caution that surgery and freezing do not mean the wart won't come back again, sometimes they could even come back bigger and more painful. Pictures and videos of people having opted for surgery were just disgusting. They were left with a hole in their foot practically... NO THANK YOU!

After about a week of research, I decided no surgery and no freezing. I would remove plantar warts naturally with ingredients I could buy at the store.

First, I tried my handy Young Living essential oils: tea tree, lavender, orange and lemon. I applied the mix with a Q-tip, making sure not to use the same one on a different wart. I then I covered with duck tape for the entire day and would only remove the tape before taking a shower. I did this for two weeks and didn't see any improvement, so I felt like I had to switch to another method.


I came across a blog a man created dedicated to telling his plantar wart removal story. He said within weeks of using corn removers and salt soaks, he healed his plantar warts. 3 weeks to heal? That sounded really nice to me :)

Made a stop at my local HEB to buy the cheapest corn removers and a bag of Dr. Teal's pure epsom salt with lavender. I also bought apple cider vinegar with mother, tweezers, Vitamin C softgel pills, more duck tape, and a Pedi-Scrub 4-in-1 foot buffer with olive oil, shea butter, and tea tree oil. I already had on hand sea salt from Shamarwyn so I got that ready to use as well.

That evening, I washed my foot with warm water and my homemade soap. Then, in a small container I poured a cup of salt and filled it with water as hot as I could stand. I soaked the bottom of my foot for 20 minutes and then rinsed with warm water. After dabbing the area dry, I took a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar on it and placed it over all the wart areas. I covered the cotton ball with duck tape, making sure it was tightly on my skin and went to bed. I repeated this routine every night for 3 days before using the corn remover pads instead, and took a Vitamin C pill every morning to help boost my immune system.

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After about 3-5 days of apple cider vinegar treatment and starting the use of corn remover pads the skin around the warts began to die and needed to be plucked/scrubbed away. I used tweezers (making sure to disinfect with alcohol after each use) and a foot buffer each time after cleaning and soaking the wart area to remove dead skin. Doing this continuously exposed more and more of the wart. The black area of the wart that had been beneath my skin was finally exposed and I was closer than ever to the wart's roots, which are key in having removed to prevent future growth and stopping the spread of the virus within. I was also making sure to moisturize my feet every night with Vitamin E cream, especially around the heals and around the wart area (but not on them directly) to soothe dry skin.

I eventually saw my doctor later in the week, guess what she said... go see a dermatologist, they'll freeze them off. Ha!... Not doing that.

After about 10 days of keeping up with my routine, my foot became more tender than before I started the healing process, which started to worry me. Was something else wrong? Turned out that the roots of the wart were dying and moving around which was causing me to feel pain. I began to reintroduce apple cider vinegar to my nightly routine to make sure bacteria wouldn't cause any sort of infection.


I still kept at my routine and near the end of the second week while removing dead skin three of the bigger warts came out. Was it painful? Yes, but way better than surgery or freezing them off. With three down and about seven little ones left to go, I still had to continue my normal routine on the others, but cleaned the exposed area of where the bigger warts had been and applied Neosporin with a Q-tip.

Now at week 3, the bottom of my foot looks like this. The layers of skin around the warts that had been removed are healing back, and the wound where the warts had been are also healing. However - I still keep in mind that these types of warts are very stubborn and do have the chance of returning. Therefore, I am still doing salt soaks plus a daily apple cider vinegar dab and if I see any black spots I am removing the surrounding skin and the black spot immediately. I am also still taking the Vitamin C pills every morning.


In about another week I hope to be fully healed and will be keeping a close eye on my foot for a while. This healing doesn't mean I'll start walking barefoot everywhere again though! I've certainly learned my lesson about walking without shoes or socks on potentially contracting bacteria and in this case, a virus, that can be hard and costly to get rid of. *note: each person has a different immune system and therefore the level of effectiveness of treatment will not be the same for everyone.

So parents - keep telling your kids to go back and put either socks or shoes on before walking around the house or public places, and all you teenagers - listen to your parents, you might not understand why but believe me, you do not want to have to pay for it later. O parents, you can show your kids a picture of my foot for reinforcement ;)

Love your feet and they will love you back! Are you trying to heal a plantar wart or know someone who has them? Share your story below in the comments so we all can help each other!


Unless otherwise stated, all content and photographs are ©ArtSea Chic. Please do not copy or distribute photographs without first asking for permission. Paid endorsement disclosure: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of compensation for my endorsement, testimonial, and/or link to any products or services from this blog, which are mentioned in the ArtSea Chic Media Kit. Please know that I only recommend and endorse products and services that I personally approve, appreciate, and feel would be helpful for readers. All ideas and opinions expressed are completely my own. Thank you for supporting ArtSea Chic!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Summer Trends & Deals for Beach-goers

Welcome to summer! Bring on the outdoor BBQs, trips to the river, vacations to the beach, and all that sunny days and relaxing breezy nights has to offer :) As you're getting ready to plan your celebrations on the coast, take note of these summer trends and deals for beach-goers.



1. USING ESSENTIAL OILS IS HOT!
Summer is always my favorite time of the year to get motivated and start a new habit to better my health. If you've ever thought about trying essential oils like I did, become a member of Young Living under my team and save 24% on every purchase. Just follow these steps:

*Go to YoungLiving.com
*Under Member Benefits select Member Sign-up 
*Select Wholesale Member (you don't have any obligations to purchase certain amounts of oils a year or sell anything. Being a member is FREE FREE FREE. Since you can make money through Young Living by being a member they ask for your SSN for tax purposes.)
*Enter sponsor ID: 2823271 and enroller ID: 2823271
*Pick a starter kit like the Premium Starter Kit with Home Diffuser which includes all the every day oils + a home diffuser and a booklet of how to use the oils. You get the most bang for you buck here. This is the kit I chose when I became a member and Mr. ArtSea Chic and I LOVE using the diffuser, it works so well and is easy to clean :)



2. THE PINEAPPLE CRAZE IS BACK!
Pineapples are not just a juicy fruit packed with dozens of health benefits, they're also proving to be a staple fashion and accessory statement this summer. Check out these trends and deals below!



From left to right: Society 6 ceramic 11 oz. pineapple mug $15 // Williams-Sonoma stainless steel pineapple cutter $19.95 // Preppy Pink Shop pineapple skirt // Tory Burch beach shirt $125


3. GET POOLSIDE TO BEAT THE HEAT
Whether you're chilling in your own pool or a pool with a view of the ocean, these deals will come in handy to help you stay cool and enjoy summer with a beachy twist.



From left to right: Wayfair's palm island set of 3 floating drink rafts $16.99 // Nordstorm's 'Beach Sounds' portable water resistant speaker & radio $48 // Hott Sun Pool Products pool organizer $229.99 // Turkish-T by Sue Joyce beach candy swirl turkish cotton towel $45


4. HEAD FOR THE PALMS!
Getaways to the tropics don't have to be half way across the world - the United States has some of the best beaches! Whether you want to plan a summer vacation to the beach or just want to get more into a coastal lifestyle mindset, here's a few deals and trends to keep things cool under the palms!


From left to right: Forever 21 palm ankle socks $1.50 // Noblo beach umbrella anchor $17.95 // Sanibel & Captiva Island Accommodation Specials // Bealls palm tree fruit basket $21.59 // PB Teen palm tree jewelry holder $39


5. CARE FOR YOUR LARGEST ORGAN - YOUR SKIN
The temptation to head outdoors without putting on sunscreen can really get the best of us. Skin cancer is no joke, and neither is looking like a hot tomato for a week. Grab the sun block to reapply, wear a cap and/or cover-up, and make sure your friends and family are doing the same too.




From left to right: UPF 50+ sun protection Swimlid $14.95 // Del Mar Organics non-nano zinc SPF 32 natural sunscreen $19.97 // Endless Envy Boutique crochet beach cover-up $14.95 // Target scalloped high-neck one-piece swimsuit $44.99 // TopShop palm tree round sunglasses $36


What's your favorite trend this summer? Leave a comment below!


Unless otherwise stated, all content and photographs are ©ArtSea Chic. Please do not copy or distribute photographs without first asking for permission. Paid endorsement disclosure: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of compensation for my endorsement, testimonial, and/or link to any products or services from this blog, which are mentioned in the ArtSea Chic Media Kit. Please know that I only recommend and endorse products and services that I personally approve, appreciate, and feel would be helpful for readers. All ideas and opinions expressed are completely my own. Thank you for supporting ArtSea Chic!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

What Is It Like To Live In A Tiny Home?

Last weekend for the Memorial Day holiday, Mr. ArtSea Chic and I drove to Canyon Lake, Texas to fly fish the Guadalupe River and experience staying in a tiny home for the first time. As some of you know, we are considering building our own tiny home. We decided before we contacted a builder we would stay overnight at a home that was already built so we could feel what it'd be like to live in less than 400 sqft. So after doing some research we FINALLY saw availability for a stay at The Homestead Cottages' Tiny Texas House and booked a 3 night stay.


After a three hour drive from Houston, we arrived in the evening at the Tiny Texas House. Just look how cute it is! The keys where left by the door, porch light on, and hot tub ready.

First thing we noticed is the amount of backyard amenities that fit into a lot of land smaller than most nowadays. There was plenty of lush herbal landscape, a hammock, bird feeders, a grill, umbrella table and chairs, and a hot tub. Let's take a tour around the outside of the house shall we :)










So now that you've seen the outside of the tiny house, let's step inside. As you walk in the front door, the kitchen is on the right fitted with a dining table. Walking past the table, you enter the living room area with a comfy couch, ottoman, end tables, and a decorative rug - all complete with a TV.

As you sit in the couch, you look up at a beautiful storage ladder that leads up to the bedroom loft. Around the corner to the left of the ladder is the bathroom. Even though it's a tiny space, we were so happy to see that you CAN fit a tub/shower, sink, towel hangers, toilet, and even a tiny closet space for storage. Utilizing the inside part of the bathroom door to hang a full size mirror was great. Yes there was hot and cold water, and the toilet used a septic system - not saw dust in a bucket :)  You'll notice a white board underneath the sink, that's actually an Econo-heat wall panel heater to use in the winter months. There is also another wall panel in the living room. The only thing missing in the bathroom is a vent fan - however, opening the window to the side of the toilet did the trick and acted as a vent just fine.

What makes this tiny house so unique is that it was all built with reclaimed materials. Every inch of space felt completely brought together with character despite the mix and match.








Once you climb into the loft, there's a king size bed (it was so comfy!). Looking across is a fan and A/C wall unit. Even though the placement of the A/C unit is best for circulation, it was pretty loud at night, and blew colder air straight to our faces which was a little annoying for me.

Having nightlights mounted on the wall next to the window was really convenient. If we could change anything about this loft, it would be having the window up higher. Since the window sat level with the bed and our heads, a couple bugs and just having dust accumulate close to our faces isn't ideal.



There wasn't very much storage space except for the tiny closet area in the bathroom and the ladder space, probably because it was built to be a vacation structure, so we lived out of our suitcases for 3 nights. There's definitely potential to build in storage compartments in the living room area though.

We loved relaxing in the hot tub munching on some chocolate chip cookies :) but realistically we probably wouldn't have a hot tub with our future tint home to avoid the upkeep, and because we might only use it a couple of times a month and that's it. But for this tiny house, it's perfect. We had a little run-in with some raccoons trying to get to the bird feeder, and on our last night decided to watch them from inside over dinner as we talked about our future tiny home.




One of the things we like about living tiny is that because we are either at work 8 hours during the week, or traveling on the weekends the majority of the time, investing in a smaller home that won't need a lot of constant cleaning and has just the essentials is just fine for us.

We see ourselves living tiny and efficiently for as long as we can, even when we have a family of our own. A plus to building our own tiny home is that we'll be one step closer towards long-term financial independence and owning our own home quicker than most Americans. I don't know about you but we'd love to retire early because we saved money! :)

It's a good thing we decided to stay in the Tiny Texas House because we are no longer considering our initial idea of living in a 24' tiny house on wheels - that's a little too tiny for us. So now our next step is to find some land that will allow us to still drive out to our jobs, and draft up a new floor plan of our must-haves in a tiny home.

Here's a snapshot of the fun on the banks of the Guadalupe that Mr. ArtSea Chic and I had while we weren't in the tiny house. We'd love to come back in the winter for a better chance of catching bigger rainbow trout ;)








If you haven't seen the collage of our favorite tiny living features, check out how we realized building a tiny home was in our future.


Unless otherwise stated, all content and photographs are ©ArtSea Chic. Please do not copy or distribute photographs without first asking for permission. Paid endorsement disclosure: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of compensation for my endorsement, testimonial, and/or link to any products or services from this blog, which are mentioned in the ArtSea Chic Media Kit. Please know that I only recommend and endorse products and services that I personally approve, appreciate, and feel would be helpful for readers. All ideas and opinions expressed are completely my own. Thank you for supporting ArtSea Chic!

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