My favorite antioxidant rich smoothie

My favorite antioxidant rich smoothie

Smoothies have been my go-to breakfast for the past 6 years.  I do occasionally like to switch things up and go for something like protein pancakes or oatmeal, but I always miss my smoothies- especially during this insane heat wave. When I make a smoothie, taste is obviously important, but I always make sure that they are jam-packed with health and beauty foods above all else. The smoothie that I am sharing with you today has been my favorite for several weeks now because it makes me feel good, makes me look good (well, better), and actually...

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Beauty Brand Spotlight on Odacite

Beauty Brand Spotlight on Odacite

Hi! I am writing this post tonight to calm my nerves as I watch the gymnastics portion of the Olympics.  It is far and away my favorite competition, but it puts me so on edge- although not to the same extent as Aly Raisman’s parents. There isn’t really a good way to segue from gymnastics to skincare, so I’m just going to jump right on in to it. I recently stumbled upon a lovely brand called Odacite Skincare.  It was founded by a woman named Valerie Grandury after she was diagnosed with breast cancer and sought to create a...

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July 2016 Favorites

July 2016 Favorites

Happy August! It has been another busy month, but I recently cut down on a few writing commitments which should mean more time for blogging.  I definitely have a lot of posts in the works, so you can expect to hear more from me this month. Here are the favorites from last month- and for once, none of them are edible! Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Eye Shadow in Cappuccino Ever since I bid farewell to my Urban Decay Naked Palette, I have been in need of a neutral, non-shimmery eye shadow that would work for every day.  Cappuccino certain fits the...

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Home care spotlight: Norwex

Home care spotlight: Norwex

Please note: This is not a sponsored post. As always, this post reflects my own true thoughts. Perhaps you saw Norwex pop up on Facebook, and you wondered, “What the heck is that?” I sure did. And like me, you might have rolled your eyes at the thought of one more MLM taking over your feed.   My skepticism started to wane after reading up about the company and learning that it is devoted to cleaning without harsh chemicals or harmful cleansers.  My doubts completely vanished when my friend Mandy, a Norwex consultant, came to my...

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June 2016 Favorites

June 2016 Favorites

This post is not sponsored.  However, I would like to thank Sun Warrior and BFree for their generous samples. As always, this post reflects my own true thoughts.   I have more food favorites to share this month than usual, so I guess that tells you where my head’s been at lately. I also have one household favorite, but because it is so good, I am going to dedicate an entire post to it next week.  I cannot wait!     Hynt Beauty DUET Perfecting Concealer Now that I have a little color on my face from being outdoors so...

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How to transition to a plant-based diet

How to transition to a plant-based diet

I haven’t really discussed it much on the blog, but believe it or not, I have been following a plant-based diet since February of this year.  That’s right, the salmon lover has given up salmon. (However, I’m not vegan because I still eat honey and do carry leather handbags.) Before I dive into this post, I want you to know that my intention isn’t to call you over to the dark side, shame you for being a meat eater, or to tell you that my way is the right way.  I just thought I might help someone who is already...

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Why you need a serum & some of my favorites

Why you need a serum & some of my favorites

As a dry skinned girl, I have historically been pretty good about using moisturizer on my face and body, but I haven’t always been diligent about applying serums. In the past, using a serum just seemed like an unnecessary (and pricey) step in my skincare routine, but I got really into skin care a few years ago and, through much research, I was finally convinced that I needed a good serum (or six) in my life. Serums contain a high concentration of active ingredients (sometimes as much as 70%) making them highly effective, and they even...

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May 2016 Favorites

May 2016 Favorites

Please note: This is not a sponsored post, but the foundation was sent to me for consideration. As always, any reviews reflect my own true opinions.   Hi! May was a very busy month for me between the kids, kitchen renovations, and an awesome mini-vacation to Savannah which is why I didn’t get the opportunity to post as often as I would have liked.  I’m hoping that June isn’t quite as hectic, and I can get back on a better posting schedule. Last month, I didn’t have a ton of favorites, but this month, I...

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{Part 2} Greening Your Man: Product thoughts & recommendations

{Part 2} Greening Your Man: Product thoughts & recommendations

Hi there! The last time that I checked in on this topic was all the way back in February.  Since then, I’ve successfully switched over all of my husband’s personal care products to healthier options. Before I get into the products/brands that I selected, I do want to point out that, in most cases, there are healthier alternatives out there, but I wanted to start him off gradually without using anything too “earthy”.  Luckily, there are some more mainstream brands, such as Tom’s of Maine, that are safer and a bit...

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April 2016 Favorites

April 2016 Favorites

Please note: This is not a sponsored post.  As always, these are my own honest opinions.   I don’t have a ton of favorites this month because, quite honestly, I’ve still been enjoying the things from the two previous months (see February & March).  Regardless, I do have a good variety with food, accessories, and beauty being among the chosen ones. Let’s get to it! The Oh She Glows Cookbook I don’t know why on earth it took me so long to get this cookbook, especially since I’ve been a fan of...

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