6 Benefits of Manuka Honey

6 Benefits of Manuka Honey

Winnie the Pooh  and I have one major thing in common- neither of us wear pants. Just kidding (much to the future relief of my children). What we actually have in common is that we both love honey. I always buy local honey and use in my tea, spread it on toast, and add it to my smoothies to make them a bit sweeter. Even though I like honey because of the taste, there’s one kind of honey from New Zealand that I like for different reasons, and that’s manuka honey.  Manuka honey contains active hydrogen peroxide and methylglyoxyl...

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Wildtree Review

Wildtree Review

Please note: Although I did receive these products to try, I have not been paid to write this review.  This post reflects my own true thoughts about the company and its products.    I proudly consider myself to be a health nut, and as such, I get very excited when I discover or learn about products and companies that are in line with my healthy lifestyle. So, I was pretty thrilled when I was recently introduced to Wildtree, a  company that carries high quality herbs, spices, and culinary blends made with natural ingredients free of any...

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Friday Favorites (10/3)

Friday Favorites (10/3)

Happy Friday! Just a head’s up- next week’s Friday Favorites will feature items that support breast cancer research in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  I have a long list of products, so make sure that you check back here next Friday to see it!   Apple Spice Candle  Yankee Candle ran an incredible deal on candles last week, so naturally, I took advantage of it and ordered some fall scents.  I have been burning this apple spice candle ever since it arrived, and I think that I may even shed a tear when it is all...

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Huge Whole Foods Haul

Huge Whole Foods Haul

I’ve been playing around with my groceries lately by shopping at a combination of different stores.  I’m doing this to see what makes the most sense budget-wise without compromising on health, quality, and freshness. This week, I decided to do the majority of my shopping at Whole Foods which, not surprisingly, was not exactly a budget-friendly decision.  In all fairness though, I did stock up on some essentials that should last for a few weeks.  Plus, shopping at Whole Foods just makes me happy, and you can’t put a price...

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My nail polish picks for fall 2014

My nail polish picks for fall 2014

Happy Monday! Even though I don’t get to paint my nails nearly as often as I did pre-kids, I am absolutely crazy about the polish colors that are typically worn around this time of the year. Let’s face it though- there isn’t much that I don’t like about the fall (except maybe for football). I’m still loving my picks from last year, especially Chinchilly, but my list of favorites has really expanded- especially with all of the new fall collections. Hopefully, my nails will be painted the entire season long, but my...

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Friday Favorites (9/26)

Friday Favorites (9/26)

Happy Friday! Despite not feeling great this week, I managed to build quite a hefty list of favorites.  As always, I narrowed it down to five and hope you enjoy reading about them.   Korres Black Pine Firming, Lifting & Antiwrinkle Night Cream I received a sample of this night cream, and I definitely plan to purchase the full sized product.  Because I only got a few uses out of my sample, I don’t know if its anti-aging claims hold true, but I loved how glowing and radiant my skin looked the next day after using the cream. The...

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Lip scrubs to address any beauty concern

Lip scrubs to address any beauty concern

Over the course of the summer, the sun can really take a beating on our lips leaving them burned and dehydrated.  Then the cooler months roll around and all of that wind and crisp air can make them dry and chapped. A few weeks ago, I wrote about some of my favorite exfoliating products for the face.  Well, it is every bit as important to exfoliate our lips to keep them soft and supple all year round- and anyone who might kiss you soon will surely be appreciative. Because it can sometimes be overwhelming to choose which products to use, I...

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15 weird questions tag

15 weird questions tag

Happy Friday! The “15 weird questions tag” has been floating around the blog world for awhile, and even though, to my knowledge, no one has tagged me, I figured that I’d go ahead and answer the questions anyway. I hope you’ll enjoy learning a little bit more about me! 1. What’s a nickname only your family calls you? My parents call me Ariel and Er (pronounced “air”), and MT calls me Boo.  Oh and my son calls me mommy.  No one else calls me that. 2. What’s a weird habit of yours? I had to ask MT to...

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Why you should add castor oil to your beauty routine

Why you should add castor oil to your beauty routine

I’m a major fan of using oils for oiling pulling, moisturizing the face and body, and as hair treatments.  In the past, I have mainly used almond oil, avocado oil, olive oil, and of course, coconut oil, but castor oil has recently earned its place in my bathroom cabinet. Castor oil is a vegetable oil that is widely used in soaps, paints, and dyes (among many other things) and is most well-known as having a laxative effect when taken orally.  You can find castor oil in health food stores, but I purchase mine on Amazon and...

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10 Beauty products for pumpkin lovers

10 Beauty products for pumpkin lovers

Happy Monday! If you love pumpkin so much that you feel as though you could cover yourself in it from head to toe, today is your lucky day! I have ten beauty products to share with you that either contain pumpkin, smell like pumpkin, or are pumpkin colored.  Better yet, most of them are on the more natural side.     1.  Desert Essence Organics Hand Repair Cream in Pumpkin Spice 2.  Andalou Naturals Glycolic Brightening Mask- Pumpkin Honey 3.  MyChelle Dermaceuticals Pumpkin Renew Cream 4.  Pumpkin Chai Restorative Shampoo 5....

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