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Beauty, Natural Skin Care, Sleep & Stress, Well Being

Top Ways to Use Face Oils For Maximum Results

Scents and fragrances are incredibly powerful, and one of the best ways to bring an element of calm and serenity into your day. They evoke feelings and sensations that have the power to soothe your tired body and relax your racing mind. One of the simplest ways to incorporate scents and fragrances into your day is by the use of face oils in your skincare routine. I love using face oils as part of my skincare routine, but as much as that is a true statement now, there was once a time when you couldn’t get within a mile of […]

Home & Family, Well Being

Luxe (and Affordable) Home Decor Under $35

When you need your house to look like a Pinterest board, but your budget (after taking gifts into consideration) doesn’t have room for extravagant trimmings, here’s our top affordable home decor under $35.   Voluspa A gorgeous candle always makes the room feel and smell luxe. Voluspa candles are a cult favorite for this very reason. High quality, amazing burn time, never overpowering, and full of elegance. Illama salt pepper This quirky, adorable, porcelain salt and pepper shaker set to spice up your dinner table without breaking the bank. Something about the gold framed glasses on these llamas makes us […]

Health & Fitness, Well Being

Beyond Yogurt: Benefits of Natural Probiotics

Probiotics seem to only be talked about in yogurt and similar dairy products. But for those of you who don’t particularly care for yogurt, it’s still important to include probiotics in your overall healthy diet. Probiotics are live microorganisms, most often bacteria or sometimes yeasts, that when ingested provide some type of health benefit. The Probiotic Market has grown since Dannon released their Activia yogurt stateside in 2003. Probiotics are now available in pill, powder, and even gummy form, and claim to solve and prevent a wide variety of ailments. Most research has shown improvements in treating mostly inflammatory diseases, […]

Health & Fitness, Well Being

Top Healthy Halloween Party Treats for Kids

Childhood, it is so magical. The first thing that comes to mind when we think of Halloween is an awesome costume. But, maybe more like candy. Ok, mostly candy with a side of costumes. How many of you remember going Trick or Treating and coming home to divide or steal the better candy with your siblings? But, could there be a way to participate in the fun of the holiday without a boat load of processed sugar and artificial colors? But also avoiding being the mom who hands out crossword puzzles? Why not have a Halloween party for your kids […]

Health & Fitness, Well Being

5 Easy Steps to Veganism

Becoming a vegan is a huge life decision that needs lots of information and guidance. Sometimes, we can feel discouraged and even judged for our imperfect decisions along our journey. I’m here to remind you that it is a journey and that it’s ok to have good and bad days. Breaking free from our old lifestyle and working towards a new one will not happen overnight. The main consideration for becoming vegan is that there are a myriad number of health and beauty benefits. If you need a little help, inspiration or just more info, here are 5 easy steps […]

Sleep & Stress, Well Being

How to Stop Ridiculous Thoughts That Keep Us Awake

How can we stop the ridiculous thoughts that keep us awake at night, cycling through our head like a broken record. Yet, all of us are so tired by the end of the day but when it’s time to sleep, we can’t. Yet, we aren’t actively addressing our worried thoughts while we lay in bed. I have to admit that I lay awake at night sometimes worried about absolutely embarrassing, horrid things that I will share shortly. I hope that I am not the only one, and after having this confession session that we can move on and get some […]

Well Being

Dry Brushing 101: A Crash Course

Hopefully we all know and recognize the importance of brushing our teeth and hair on a daily basis and agree on their health benefits. But skin brushing? Really? Well, start a conversation about health and wellness with any skincare professional and the topic of dry brushing will inevitably pop up. You will hear that dry brushing does everything from exfoliating dead skin cells, to detoxifying the body, reducing cellulite and increasing energy levels. Sounds like something we should all be doing, doesn’t it?   What is Dry Brushing? This is the most intuitive part. Dry Brushing means just that: scrubbing […]

Home & Family, Well Being

Parental Anxiety: What It Is and How to Deal

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted children. Even as a young girl, regardless of the fact that I was a huge tomboy, I have always just loved babies. That same “want” feeling stayed with me through my teenage years and grew stronger into my adult life. However, I never expected I would experience parental anxiety. I met my love and now husband at the age of 27, and we both knew we had plenty of time for children. But on the day I turned 30, Mr. Excellent whisked me away to Malaysia to pop the big […]

Sleep & Stress, Well Being

Top 5 Positive Coping Mechanisms for Life

What are the top 5 coping mechanisms for life? I’ll tell you in a second. But, if you haven’t experienced stress in life yet, I want to know where you live (like the city, not in your house). Stress is all around us, we can’t escape it. But, we can certainly train ourselves to cope with stress in a way that is healthy and productive. What is Coping? Is it composed of thoughts you have and actions you take to deal with a situation that causes you discomfort (Lazarus & Folkman, 1984). Coping styles are learned, yet they can be […]

Health & Fitness, Well Being

Beginner’s Guide to Acupuncture

No, acupuncture needles do not usually hurt. They are hair thin and are nothing like the needles that you’re used to during your doctor’s visits! If done correctly, acupuncture should evoke calm and serenity. Here is a beginner’s guide to acupuncture for those looking for a less drug-filled and more natural health practice. HISTORY Acupuncture is often seen as an “alternative” to western medicine, even though it preceded our modern medical landscape for thousands of years. It is speculated that acupuncture may have been used as far back as 6000 BCE in China (Hwang, 1996; Ma, 1992). However, the basis […]