February 2016 Favorites

February 2016 Favorites

(Please note: This post contains some affiliate links.) Happy Friday! It’s a few days late, but I have some really fantastic favorites to share with you from the month of February.  Most of them have never been mentioned here before, so let’s get to it!   Food/Beverage Favorites Matcha Green Tea Smoothie When I first tried matcha green tea, I thought it was…disgusting. But because of all its wonderful health benefits, I really wanted to develop a taste for it.  It took this matcha green tea smoothie recipe to bring...

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6 clean bath & body care brands for babies and kids

6 clean bath & body care brands for babies and kids

(Please note: This is not a sponsored post, but it does contain some affiliate links.)   By now, you’ve probably heard or read about the potential link between Johnson & Johnson’s  talcum powder (which they no longer use) and ovarian cancer. What I find most upsetting about this story is that it’s about a product meant for babies.  If there is any category of products on the market that should be considered safe, it should be those for babies and kids.  Right? If you go into a store like Buy Buy Baby or even just...

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{Part 1} Greening Your Man: Convincing him to use cleaner products

{Part 1} Greening Your Man: Convincing him to use cleaner products

When I first switched to a greener lifestyle, my spirits would sink a little every time I opened my makeup drawer and I saw the spot where my MAC lipsticks used to live.  I missed my perfume collection and all of the beautiful bottles that used to adorn my dresser, and when I had to chug down plain water rather than Crystal Light, I acted as though I was being forced to swallow toilet water. And shampoo that didn’t lather? Just stab me in the heart. But now, I get absolutely giddy when I see all of my clean things, and I feel a sense of...

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My Green Beauty Wish List (February 2016)

My Green Beauty Wish List (February 2016)

To stay on budget, my husband and I have a monthly allowance that we each use to buy fun things for ourselves (outside of all the necessities).  I have been keeping a notebook for the past two years that I use to record all of the beauty, skin care, clothing, and jewelry items that I am coveting.   I refer back to the notebook each month to see what really catches my eye at that time.  With this little habit, I end up spending my allowance on things that I truly want- rather than making impulse purchases. I thought that you might like to...

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Beauty Brand Spotlight: The Raw Spa

Beauty Brand Spotlight: The Raw Spa

If  I had to describe today’s featured brand in just a few words, those words would be: fresh, moisturizing, and delicious (even though the products aren’t meant for human or animal consumption). I’m talking about The Raw Spa, a range of nourishing bath, body, and shower products.  I used and adored four of these products and would recommend any of them in a heartbeat.  In fact, they are insanely perfect for winterizing the skin and keeping it from looking and feeling dull and dry. Both the Cleopatra and Selene Exfoliant...

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Beauty Brand Spotlight: Privai

Beauty Brand Spotlight: Privai

(Please note: I was not paid to write this review.  However, many of the products mentioned below were sent to me for consideration.)   I’ve featured a lot of brands on the blog during its 5-year run, but today is the first time that I am going to familiarize you with a natural, botanical-based skincare brand that will give you a true at-home spa experience. The brand is called Privai, and it was founded by Christina Stratton and Ilana Alberico in Asheville, North Carolina- one of my very favorite places. I have personally loved...

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February 2016 Vitacost Haul

February 2016 Vitacost Haul

Doesn’t it always seem like the minute you run out of one thing, you run out of everything?  That was the case for me last week.  First I ran out of toothpaste. Next I ran out of dishwasher tablets.  Then I ran out of rosehip oil, and the pattern just continued. So, it seemed like the perfect time to place a Vitacost order (as if I really needed an excuse). Many of the things that I bought are new to me, so you’ll probably see some of them pop up in follow-up reviews and hopefully favorites posts as well! (FYI- You can save 20%...

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6 green cleaning essentials to have in your home

6 green cleaning essentials to have in your home

Before I get into today’s post, I want to quickly address some of headlines that you may have read about the Ava Anderson brand.  As you may recall, I featured this company on the blog in December, and I have since updated my post in light of recent findings regarding the ingredients used in many of the products. Moving on to the subject of cleaning! Store bought cleaning products can get pricey- especially green ones.  I absolutely buy them from time to time, and I’m a sucker for anything by Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, but...

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January 2016 Favorites

January 2016 Favorites

To be honest, I didn’t have access to many of my things this month because so much of what I own was packed up in boxes due to our move.   However, I did make sure to keep out some essentials- especially things are were convenient, fast and easy to use, and dependable. So, that’s pretty much the theme of this month’s favorites! Glow Time Full Coverage BB Cream by Jane Iredale It took me awhile to get the hang of this product.  In the beginning, I used way too much and ended up looking like I was wearing a mask. Once I...

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The KonMari Method Revisited

The KonMari Method Revisited

I’ve been on the minimalism/KonMari train for awhile now, and I used to think that I had it all down pretty well. Then I had to pack and unpack for a move, and I realized that I still have a long, long, loooong way to go before I can even begin to call myself a minimalist- or even an organized person. Through the packing process, I learned that I have some weird hoarding problem when it comes to stationery and thank you notes.  I have more spatulas than Bed Bath & Beyond and a beauty arsenal that is out of control (OK, so that last...

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