Friday Favorites (1/30)

Friday Favorites (1/30)

This week, I pretty much unplugged from social media, reading blogs, and blogging myself.  I even tried not to pick up my phone as much as usual- which clearly needed to happen since my 2 year old has started walking around imitating me with his pretend phone. Unplugging was an honorary favorite, and if you have not unplugged lately, you should give it a go.  It is amazing how much you can get accomplished when you aren’t looking at photos of your friends’ children or their cats on Facebook all day long.  In fact, I have been...

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Friday Favorites (1/23)

Friday Favorites (1/23)

Happy Friday! Thanks to my recent commitment to use what I already have and be more of a minimalist, my favorites from the week are mostly things that I’ve had and/or loved for awhile. After this, I am off to Addie’s 9 month old well visit.  She is growing up way too quickly! Obviously, she is a favorite of mine too.     100% Pure Luminous Primer Vitamins & Antioxidants with Resveratrol  This is a product that I rediscovered through my decluttering process, and I am so glad that I did!  I actually bought it...

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Why you might want to reconsider your underarm products

Why you might want to reconsider your underarm products

A very good friend, who knows me well, sent me an email yesterday that included a link to a blog post that she thought I would be interested in. The blog post that I am referring to was titled How an Armpit Cleanse Can Save Your Breasts.  Once I got through my middle school-style giggle fest over seeing the word “armpit” in the subject of an email, I began to read and knew that I had to do my own post on the subject. Many years ago, I read something similar that linked certain types of underarm products to breast cancer.  This...

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Products I’ve used up lately & my thoughts on each one

Products I’ve used up lately & my thoughts on each one

Part of my decluttering/simplifying process involves using up things that I already own- especially when it comes to cosmetics and personal care products. Admittedly, it was sort of difficult at first. I wanted to try new lotions, thought I needed a new shade of lip gloss, and was positive that a different body wash would change my life.  But I forced myself to shop my existing arsenal of products and make use of what was in there, and now I am actually having fun with it.  It’s pretty satisfying to use things up, carry the empty...

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Easy ways to become a minimalist

Easy ways to become a minimalist

Every year at this time, I seem to go through an intense period of decluttering and purging unwanted things from my house.  But this year, I am in overdrive.  MT actually asked if I was nesting again!  And just to put it out there, no.  I am not pregnant again. More and more, I just seem to be fascinated by minimalism and having fewer possessions.  My idea of minimalism is probably laughable to a true minimalist, as I am not one who can get by on one shirt, one appliance, and a book as my sole possessions.  However, I seem to grow more...

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Lunchtime check-in (Collard wraps with chicken & hummus)

Lunchtime check-in (Collard wraps with chicken & hummus)

I tend to be a creature of habit when it comes to breakfast and lunch.  However, I actually ventured out of my comfort zone today and had something for lunch that I have never shared before in a meal time check-in. These moments don’t happen often, so I figured that today’s lunch was worth documenting. First, I baked a chicken breast in the oven.  While I waited for that to finish cooking, I took two collard greens and filled them with some sliced tomato, roasted red pepper hummus, mushrooms, and onion.  After my chicken cooled...

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Friday Favorites (1/9)

Friday Favorites (1/9)

Happy Friday! Before I get into my favorites, I want to tell about an interview that’s up on The Mini Skirt today featuring Brittany of A Healthy Slice of Life.  I know that many of you probably read her blog and might be interested to learn more about her thoughts and tips on balancing motherhood, a healthy lifestyle, and personal hobbies and interests. And if you aren’t familiar with Brittany already, trust me when I say that you’ll love her! As for this week’s favorites, I have some really good ones (yes, I say that...

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Part Two: 2014 All-Stars (Food, Health, & Fitness)

Part Two: 2014 All-Stars (Food, Health, & Fitness)

In case you missed part one, you can find it here.  I shared my beauty & skin care all-stars from 2014 in that post. Onto another subject that I love- food, health, and fitness!   1. Harvest Bay Coconut Water//2. Now Foods Popcorn//3. Orville Redenbacher Popcorn Machine//4.Barney Butter Almond Butter//5. GuruNanda Pulling Oil (more info here)//6. Organic Veggie-Go’s//7. Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil Spray//8. The Body Book by Cameron Diaz//9. Beach Babe DVD 2//10. Guava Goddess Kombucha I’ll be back on Friday...

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Part One: 2014 All-Stars (Beauty & Skin Care)

Part One: 2014 All-Stars (Beauty & Skin Care)

One of the reasons why I love blogging so much is because I get to gush about all of the products that I am enjoying at the time.   I always feel like I am chatting with my girlfriends when I read your comments on what I’ve shared, and it is just so much fun! I thought it would be a blast to round up the best of the best of 2014 in beauty & skin care and food & health (split up into two posts). Let me tell you, I didn’t realize what a challenge that would be!  It was really difficult to choose among so many favorites, but...

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Wishing you a Happy 2015

Wishing you a Happy 2015

Happy New Year! I feel like on the first of every year since I started this blog 4 years ago, I’ve shared how I don’t really make resolutions. It isn’t because I don’t believe in self-improvement or setting goals.  I definitely do!  However, I have historically avoided making resolutions because it always seems as though they are just made to be broken. I mean, just look at your gym. It will be so crowded during the first half of January that you’ll spend days just waiting for a stairmaster to become...

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