12 Tips for growing thicker hair & managing hair loss

12 Tips for growing thicker hair & managing hair loss

I discuss outer beauty a lot on this blog, but I also try to balance those posts out with lots of information about health and overall well-being. After all, there is more to life than makeup and good hair days. With that being said, it is often hard to feel good about ourselves when we don’t feel that we look our very best. Not to overgeneralize too much, but I think that women particularly feel an impact when they have a physical attribute that makes them feel self-conscious. Several months ago, I was personally dealing with some...

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Friday Favorites (12/19)

Friday Favorites (12/19)

Happy happy Friday! I’m overjoyed that Christmas is almost here, so I apologize in advance for the use of any ridiculous made-up words, rambling, or excessive perkiness used in this post. Now that we got that out of the way, here’s what made my list of favorites this week… Winter Dreams Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter Duo This body butter makes my skin feel so silky, and it glides on easily and absorbs quickly.  I just wish that the set came in a larger size because I am going through it very quickly.  FYI- It is on sale...

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Stay healthy this winter with an immune system boosting smoothie

Stay healthy this winter with an immune system boosting smoothie

I don’t know about you, but as a child, I thought that getting a fever or a case of strep throat during the week was like a gift from heaven. No school? Well, amen! But being sick as an adult is about as much fun as being sick as an 8 year old over Christmas break.  When you have a job, kids, and/or a house to take care of there just isn’t time to be ill. The doctors all tell us to wash our hands, exercise for at least 20 minutes a day, manage stress, get at least 7-9 hours of sleep each night, and drink lots of...

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Makeup haul & a giveaway! (bareMinerals)

Makeup haul & a giveaway! (bareMinerals)

I know it is the season of giving, but I purchased a few new makeup items recently for myself. These things are (mostly) replacements for other items that I used up, so that is my justification for shopping. I think it is a valid excuse. After hearing so many raves reviews of Red Apple Lipstick and stumbling upon a coupon code, I finally decided to place an order. All of the products by Red Apple Lipstick are gluten-free, paraben free, and free of toxins and lead.  The lipsticks are supposed to be extremely moisturizing because they contain...

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Friday Favorites (12/12)

Friday Favorites (12/12)

Happy Friday! Well, I just returned home after shopping for a new star for our Christmas tree. The first star that I bought at Target ended up flashing lights all over the ceiling, and our dining room looked like a disco.  I am very selective about the ornaments that go on our tree, so you can imagine how the disco ball star was sitting with me.  All is right with the world again now that I have a plain gold star on top of my tree. We’ll just refer to the star as an honorary favorite this week. Here are the rest of my favorites from...

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Non-toxic beauty brand spotlight: Plain Jane Beauty

Non-toxic beauty brand spotlight: Plain Jane Beauty

(Please note: While Plain Jane Beauty was kind enough to send me some of their products to try, I was not asked or compensated to write this review.)   I was recently introduced to Plain Jane Beauty, an incredible natural eco-beauty line with products that are vegan, non-GMO, cruelty-free, and free of parabens and gluten. In the Company’s own words, “[they] blend aesthetics with ethics; beauty with sustainability in order to provide the tools to look good and do good without sacrificing your sense of beauty or...

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My thoughts & tips after oil pulling for one year

My thoughts & tips after oil pulling for one year

You may recall all of my posts about oil pulling around this time last year.  Since there was so much interest in my experience at the time, and I continue to receive questions about it, I figured that it was time for a little follow-up post. If you have no idea what oil pulling is all about, you should definitely read my previous posts on the subject.  I went into lots of detail about the process, my results, and my thoughts on certain types of oils versus others, and I think you’ll find them to be helpful and informative. At least, I...

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Friday Favorites (12/5)

Friday Favorites (12/5)

Happy Friday! How is Christmas less than three weeks away?  Luckily, I am an extreme shopper, so I am already done with my shopping.  Now for those hundreds of presents that need to be wrapped… Being that it is the season of giving, I haven’t been buying any “love-to-have” items, and I have mainly been sticking to all of the “must-haves” instead.  Even so, that didn’t stop me from coming up with 5 favorites from the week! Beach Babe DVD 2 I am a an avid user of workout DVDs, and this one is my...

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Review | ALOHA Whole-Food Powder (& Smoothie Recipe)

Review | ALOHA Whole-Food Powder (& Smoothie Recipe)

(Please note: While ALOHA did send me some free samples of their products, I was not paid to review them, and all opinions in this post are my own true thoughts about the brand and its products.)   Ever since I started The Grass Skirt nearly 4 years ago, I’ve received many emails, tweets, comments, and blog traffic from people who wanted to know how to make a grass skirt, throw a luau, or plan a trip to Hawaii. Well, for once, I am going to make all of those faceless strangers a bit happy while still pleasing all of my fellow...

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals | Non-toxic beauty brands

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals | Non-toxic beauty brands

So many of my favorite beauty brands are running great deals on Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and/or Monday, and since I know that so many of you are big shoppers too, I just had to pass the info along.     100 Percent Pure On Black Friday, use the code PURESHIP for free shipping. You can also win free gifts, and there will be more deals announced on Cyber Monday! W3LL People Celebrate Cyber Monday with 20% off everything- no code required. Sibu Beauty Black Friday sale from November 27th through November 30th.  Save 60% off all...

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