Vitacost haul

Vitacost haul

(Please note: I am a Vitacost affiliate.  However, everything you’ll read here reflects my own true thoughts and opinions, and I have not been compensated or asked to write this post.) While I am a big fan of stores like Whole Foods, Earth Fare, and Trader Joe’s when it comes to health food and products, I also do a lot of my shopping on Vitacost. In case you aren’t familiar with it, Vitacost is an online store that sells products, such as grains, vitamins & supplements, snacks, canned goods, condiments, skincare,...

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Safer nail polishes you need to try

Safer nail polishes you need to try

Even though I made the switch to more natural beauty, hair, and personal care products pretty easily, I really dragged my feet when it came to using less toxic nail polishes.  The colors in my collection were just too pretty to give up! That being said, I went through a long stretch of not painting my nails at all, and my nail polish collection became more of a museum display.  Eventually, I realized that I wasn’t avoiding home manis and pedis because I didn’t have the time to do them.  OK, lack of time was sort of an issue, but...

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Friday Favorites (2/6)

Friday Favorites (2/6)

Like a total fangirl, I am ridiculously excited about the first favorite on my list this week… The Saved by the Bell reunion on Jimmy Fallon I could honestly go on for a solid week about how they managed to capture all of the amazingness of the original show into an 8 minute spoof.  If you were or are a SBTB fan at all and haven’t seen the clip, you absolutely must watch it.  It is amazing.  And seriously, they have all aged so well- even in HD! Hallmark Channel Movies At Christmastime, the Hallmark Channel played sappy...

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How to use turmeric for health & beauty

How to use turmeric for health & beauty

(What I describe below is my personal experience with turmeric.  As always, please check with your physician before trying any vitamins or supplements.)   When I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, my doctor, who knows that I am very into natural home remedies, told me to take turmeric, a yellow herb often used in Ayurveda, to reduce the inflammation in my body. In the process, I discovered that it is basically a miracle spice rich in antioxidants.  When consumed, it can keep platelets from clumping, prevent cancer, and make our...

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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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