As you may know or have seen, I had the pleasure of spending my summer in Maine (where Aaron is from originally) and with that, I was blessed with some major quality time with his family who I lovingly view as my own kin. Each individual in the family is an incredible soul + my heart is happy when I am with them.
My sister-in-love, Raechelle, of Fortitude Fitness is a woman who came into my life for a reason. Truly, I joke that we met the Haynes brothers to meet each other ;) We are kindred spirits united in strong opinions, bad-assery, entrepreneurship + love for good food.
Having this entire summer to bond, hangout + train made us even closer! As I said, she is the owner of Fortitude Fitness, where she serves her community with personal training, nutrition coaching + bootcamp classes with a whole tribe of women who are lead + inspired by her. She has an incredible way about motivating and encouraging in the most sincere and whole-hearted way.
SWITCHING TO ORGANIC MAKEUP
As I shared at the start of this year, I have deemed 2016 the year of INTENTION!
Part of my goal this year has been to become even more intentional with the products that I use. Choosing organic and REAL household products, food, etc has been important to me for half a decade. I want to know exactly what goes into my body, be aware of what I consume, what I use on my skin, etc.
Over the past five or so years, I’ve overhauled our eating habits (limiting sugar, eating all organic, whole foods), drinking habits (getting rid of soda + excess sugar), household products (getting rid of products containing sulfates, changing our laundry detergents + cleaning products), body products (shampoo, conditioner, body wash getting rid of lotions, etc) but the last thing on my list is something I use everyday . . . MAKEUP!
Sadly, it’s the last thing I’ve analyzed and switched over. I really wanted to have a better idea of the ingredients in my makeup because our skin is our largest organ and absolutely absorbs everything we put on it! With this in mind, I knew it was finally time for me to put my makeup under the same scrutiny that I put the other products in my life.
I said goodbye to drugstore + designer brands alike and instead sought out natural, organic makeup brands that I could actually read the ingredients! Sure enough, my skin has been way happier!
I’ve been loving ALL of the brands listed below and knew I wanted to share them with you. Whether you want to try out a new product for summer, or whether you want to overhaul your makeup bag entirely – I hope you find this post helpful! And as always, I am here to answer any questions you may have!
ALL THE BRANDS INCLUDED:
Colorescience | 14E Cosmetics | Kari Gran | COOLA | Lilah B
ENJOY. . .
If you saw my post on Instagram last week, you saw that I straight up hit a wall.
Even when you love what you do with a fiery passion, have awesome clients, are writing about things you love–
Sometimes, you just get tired of this routine: sit & stare at a screens all day, sit & stare at screens all day, repeat (especially if that sometimes means answering emails straight for 72 hours).
After taking the day to decompress and reflect, plus slowing down on work for the rest of the week. . .
I decided to write this post; a list of things to do to stay sane in this digital-preneur era we live in.
I’m sharing in hopes that it will serve as a checklist (keeping me accountable) + also giving some tips that will help you in your life.
(plus, read until the end for a fun giveaway!)
HERE’S HOW I STAY SANE
(EVEN WHILE I STARE AT SCREENS AND SIT ALL DAY)
Have you ever heard of hypnotherapy?
When you did, were you like me + thought ‘Pssshhh! What a scam.’ ?
Well – after some of those famous ‘mother’s words of wisdom’ – I came to the conclusion that she was right, I had tried everything else. And I was tired of letting something so small control so much of my life.
What exactly was that ‘something‘? Well, this is a topic that I’ve never shared before besides with my closest friends and family. Why? Honestly, because I think I was embarrassed, ashamed even, of this habit that I found childish, in-cleanly and frankly, gross.
What am I talking about?
There, I said it.
The holidays can be stressful or they can be merry.
These last few years I have really focused on making them the latter.
I try to give my presence instead of stressing about presents and try to give from a place of intention rather than out of obligation.
When gifting out of intention, there is so much less stress to just get people checked off the list & more thought of what will bring unique joy to my loved ones! For me, it’s is all about shopping small, smart + savvy while still giving the highest of quality! Typically, I won’t gift something that I wouldn’t buy myself ( unless it’s a round of golf or something ;) ) because I believe that my friends & family deserve the same quality that I use myself. Think organic, hand crafted, local if possible + from small businesses.
The gifts I was struggling with this year happened to be for the women in my life.
I wanted to give them something experiential. Something to calm + soothe.
Because what they all really need is a serious break.
A spa-like escape from the busy schedules, the juggling, the stresses of everyday.
Last year we gifted my mom a massage from one of her favorite spas, although it didn’t get used until half way through the year. Now does that communicate just how busy she is or what? So, this year the gears were turning a bit differently for me. I wanted to be able to gift her and the other non-stop women in my life (you go #girlbosses) a little retreat that they can use daily. A little something to treat yourself, to remind you to slow down, to give yourself a moment of solace.
That’s when I thought back to one of my favorite gifts I have ever received. . .
My favorite fragrance from Kai.
Imagine a soft, dreamy scent of the most delightful gardenias.
Until this year, I had only known of their perfume but boy, am I glad that I took another look at this amazing brand.
Their products are–
paraben, sulfate, phthalate, phosphate & gluten free.
packaged in recyclable materials.
made in the u.s.a.
& smell like heaven!
I can’t get enough & they carry all of these amazing products. . .
It is my great pleasure to announce that I have the honor of sharing my love for essential oils on GlitterGuide.com today! I have loved Glitter Guide forever (way before I started blogging) & it’s truly an exciting day for me to see myself up on their site!
*cue dancing around the room*
For anyone who hasn’t used essential oils before, or is curious how I use them in my day-to-day life, check out their post. . .
As most of you know, I am an avid user of essential oils + it was a really fun experience to break down how often I use them in my routine + to see how many nasty products I have replaced in our home with these oils! I am very grateful for the role they play in my life.
To help you understand the beautiful impact essential oils can have on your health and beauty routines, I’m sharing my thoughts on integrating oils into our everyday lives with the Glitter Guide readers + would love to share them with you too . . .
Here’s one of the questions I answered–
TELL US ABOUT YOUR PASSION FOR ESSENTIAL OILS.
About five years ago, I heard about essential oils. I heard that Tea Tree did wonders for acne and that peppermint was amazing for treating headaches and helping to increase people’s focus. I jumped on them immediately! Now, looking back, I laugh at how little I knew and how naively I entered the world of essential oils. I was so lost and just bought whatever I could find from wherever they were sold (aka big box stores that didn’t specialize in essential oils and that sold low-quality products). Since those naive times, I have done extensive research and have used essential oils to overhaul my life—ridding my home, beauty routine and medicine cabinet of nasty chemicals. I am passionate about them, to say the least! I love sharing about what I’ve found and what works for me.
+ another. . .
HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN YOUR ESSENTIAL OIL
ROUTINE WHILE TRAVELING?
Because I teach social media marketing workshops and have family located throughout the country (literally from Maine to Hawaii), I am gone at least once a month and am so thankful that I can take my oils with me! They totally help balance me in the mess of traveling. Some of my vital essential oils for trips are my Thieves spray and hand sanitizer (say sayonara to the nasty ones that dry out your skin), Stress Away roll-on for my not-so-calm airplane moments and Progressence Plus for my hormones.
To see the rest of the Q+A, hop over to the article. . .
Also, keep an eye out on my Instagram for a fun giveaway spurred from this feature on Glitter Guide! Wahoo!