Friday Favorites (3/27)

Friday Favorites (3/27)

 Happy Friday! I was lucky enough to have lots of family time this week- including a very fun trip to the zoo.  If you are interested in seeing some of my pictures from that day, visit The Mini Skirt! Obviously, our little adventure was the highlight of my week, but these other things weren’t so bad…   Synergy Chia Cherry Kombucha MT surprised me with this last weekend, and I was pretty psyched because I had never tried it and don’t recall ever even seeing it in the stores.  It has quickly become one of my favorite...

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Tracy Anderson Metamorphosis (my current workout routine)

Tracy Anderson Metamorphosis (my current workout routine)

I have been hearing about Tracy Anderson, who famously trains Gwyneth Paltrow, for years and years, but it took a review on YouTube to convince me to try her Metamorphosis workouts for myself. If I am not careful about the types of workouts that I do, I tend to get muscular very easily and found that the workouts that I was previously doing were making my body look a bit too athletic for my personal liking.  In other words, I’d prefer to be a little more ballerina and a lot less Arnold (though his appearance certainly works for...

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Friday Favorites (3/20)

Friday Favorites (3/20)

(Visit The Mini Skirt for some of my mommy favorites!)   Happy Friday! Here are my favorites from the week… Que Bella Purifying Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Mask The Que Bella masks are such an inexpensive and fun way to have a little pampering session at home.  I applied this mask the other night while I was doing some dusting around the house, and when I washed it off, my face felt fresh, clean, and rejuvenated. Acure Organics Moroccan Argan Oil & Argan Stem Cell Triple Moisture Shampoo I’m still a loyal fan of my...

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Products I’ve used up lately & my thoughts on each one (#2)

Products I’ve used up lately & my thoughts on each one (#2)

I am still very much into using up my current stash of products before getting anything new, and as you’ll see, I even committed to finishing things that I didn’t even like all that much.  I’m really proud of how much I have decluttered! (By the way, you can see my first empties post here.) Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E I used this lotion for years (obviously not the same bottle), and for a long time, cocoa butter was my signature scent.  I still absolutely love this stuff, but as you know, I’m...

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5 myths about non-toxic beauty products

5 myths about non-toxic beauty products

When I first got into a more natural lifestyle several years ago, I was far too trusting of labels and naively thought that a package depicting a nature scene or anything with the word “botanical” on it was healthy and safe for me to use. Obviously, this isn’t true, and there are other common misconceptions about what it means to go all-natural in terms of makeup and skin, body, hair, and nail care.  I hope to de-bunk a few of those myths today and ideally make this whole non-toxic business a little less complicated for...

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What’s in my purse?

What’s in my purse?

Having two small children means that I have to carry a diaper bag around with me wherever I go.  While my Kate Spade diaper bag is really cute, I love when I actually get to use one of my purses. I actually have a running wish list of purses that I want to get once my diaper bag carrying days are over (although I am really not in any rush for my babies to grow up). Anyway, since I had the opportunity to carry a purse the other day, I thought that I’d take advantage and do a “What’s in my purse?” post...

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Friday Favorites (3/6)

Friday Favorites (3/6)

My favorites for the week are kind of all over the place- although I guess that is really the norm around here! Anyway, here they are… Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Lavender Candle You all know that I love my Bath & Body Works candles, but I wanted to add some non-toxic candles into the mix and decided try a soy candle by Mrs. Meyer’s.  I actually wanted to get the lemon one, but the reviews were kind of iffy, so I went with the lavender.  Even though I am typically not into lavender or other floral scents, I really love...

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Healthy inspiration: Are you fighting disease or fueling it?

Healthy inspiration: Are you fighting disease or fueling it?

I’m willing to bet that if you are reading this blog, you’re probably a health conscious person.  But even the biggest health nuts can have their own not-so-healthy vices (mine is admittedly sugarless gum which, more often than not, contains chemicals from artificial sweeteners). While I believe in “everything in moderation”, sometimes it’s easy to slip up more often than we should.  Whether you drink too much diet soda, use artificial sweeteners, eat lots of packaged food, pull up to that McDonald’s...

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Updated list of safer beauty brands & where to shop for them

Updated list of safer beauty brands & where to shop for them

Back in November, I promised frequent updates to my list of non-toxic beauty brands, and that is what I am delivering today. The new (and improved!) list is still available as a free PDF (see the link below), but now it also includes links to each company’s official website and several nail polish brands as well. I hope that you like the changes and find the document to be a helpful tool.   Download a printable version of the list here.   While you can obviously shop all of these brands on their websites, sometimes you have to...

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The best thing I ate this week (banana chia seed muffins)

The best thing I ate this week (banana chia seed muffins)

(Past recipes from my “The best thing I ate this week” posts include: quinoa fried rice, summer quinoa salad, and fried egg over quinoa with avocado, tomatoes, corn.) Up until recently, Michael would eat bananas like crazy.  But like a typical toddler, he decided that bananas are scary and disgusting right after I made a grocery run and stocked us up on enough to feed all of the monkeys at our local zoo for a week. Even though MT and I eat bananas daily, there was no way that we could finish them all off before they went bad....

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