The 10 BEST Natural Beauty Products You Need To Try Now…

We all should know by now that our skin is our biggest organ. I have tried so, so many products over the last few years to find you all the best items. Some are good..some are bad…some are great!! I’m here to tell you about the products I do not go without now. They are classics and hard to beat.

It’s hard to switch to a completely natural lifestyle. It’s taken me years to learn and I am still learning. And sometimes, it’s impossible to avoid chemicals it feels. BUT… we can try to avoid them. At least to even just bring peace of mind.

And one thing I love.. Beauty Products! I have never been a full on junkie. I usually bought a few quality things and loaded up on some cheaper goods for fun or variety. So when I realized I was having reactions to things I changed it up mostly! Now, I am a self-proclaimed minimalist and love natural products.

Here are some MAJOR first steps to take to change your skincare routine for something clean & green!

10 Best Beauty Items To Have Now

 

 

  • Major First Step: Your Deodorant

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant, $4.99 Target

 

Deodorant can contain aluminum. Why is this bad? Aluminum levels are linked directly to breast cancer, Alzheimer’s & even liver toxicity. So exposure to is definitely playing a factor here. I do like Arm & Hammers Essentials but Schmidt’s is now found at Target for only $4.99…shop link now!! This one doesn’t leave you feeling sticky or stinky. It’s perfect.

 

 

  • Your Soap

everyone soap 3 in 1 $9.99 Target

Changing to a naturally derived soap will help maintain a natural ph balance. This means your skin will stop working overtime trying to correct what toxins are doing to it. Using harmful soaps can leave you dry or even oily in some cases if your body is trying to repair the damage. So don’t lather on too many chemicals here. Plus it can be bad for the water!! I love this soap because it smells great, we can all use it & it’s not expensive but cuts out a lot of the harmful ingredients still. Plus it’s huge!! Score.

  • Your Face Wash (Hands Down..The Best Stuff Right Here)

ACURE Brightening Facial Scrub $9.99 Amazon

Oh me..oh my… I am hooked..never looking back. I have been reading about Acure for awhile. And on Amazon Prime day I scored a bunch for half off. And there is a reason the aisles of your local Target are usually sold out of it. It works and is amazing!!!! Clean, green and wonderful!! Try Acure Brightening Facial Scrub asap!!

  • Your Lotion

WELEDA Skin Food $12 Amazon

This lotion is ranked highly among all who have come across it. Not only is this brand great at natural products, they have created the perfect formula. I use this for major dry skin, pedicures, sun burns..you name it. I don’t have to feel bad slathering this on. Amazon runs sales on it too! I scored my last bottle for only $5 there.

  • Your Toothpaste

WELEDA Calendula Toothpaste $12 for 2 Amazon

 

I know what you’re thinking…how could Toothpaste be bad? Well it is. While I usually reach for Tom’s brand myself, I have learned recently that may not even be enough. Your toothpaste may can contain Triclosan in the worst cases too. It is toxic and can be linked to disease. Take a look Here..even the FDA is admitting it now and removing it from products. It hasn’t been removed from Toothpaste yet though!!! Other countries already have it banned from products. Just make sure you have a Toothpaste that is nice and natural. Dr. Bronner’s also makes amazing Toothpaste we all love.

  • Your Face Mask: The Best!!

Indian Healing Clay $9.99 Amazon

Yes it works. Combine with a little water and Apple Cider Vinegar and you have your self a miracle mask. This will actually get rid of black heads, clear your skin and keep you looking fresh and bright. Just check out the other reviews..thousands of people swear by this. And the price is phenomenal for what it does and how much it will make! Get rid of of the rest and stick with the best.

  • Your Nail Polish

Pacifica 7 Free Nail Color $9 Ulta

 

Our beloved nail polish can contain formaldehyde among many other hormone disrupting factors. Even the nail technicians wear masks!! Julep, Butter and even Jamberry have toxin free options though. The colors actually last. I stocked up on a few lovely colors to alternate on for each season!

 

  • Your Shampoo & Conditioner

yesto Shampoo & Conditioner $7.99 each Amazon

 

Your hair will actually work overtime to correct the damage done to it as well. It’s why I love to choose mostly natural options. Ever had dry ends and oily roots? Well this could help that. There are many harsh chemicals even in shampoo. So if you want healthy, shiny locks switch to a naturally derived option to protect yourself and the tresses. Avoid parabens and sulfates. Some chemicals in soaps actually do not break down in water. So they are bad for water too. I love Acure, Burts Bees and many others too!

  • Your Lips

Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer & Tints $4.99 each Amazon

 

This one of my favorite products of all time. Gorgeous colors with stunning results. The cost is amazing for these little beauties. Parabens, petroleum & oxybenzone are just some of the issues with chapsticks and lipsticks. They can be linked to cancer…and who wants that sitting on their lips to be ingested for the rest of their life?

  • Your Foundation

Physicians Formula Foundations $10-14.99

 

Another big way to care about your skin is foundation. Tarte, Lush and Origins all have awesome foundations you can use but this one is a decent start for someone.

Continue reading The 10 BEST Natural Beauty Products You Need To Try Now…

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Mermaid Water: The Only Daily-Detox Green Drink You Will Need

 

That’s right! The only green drink you’ll need…except your margarita!

I am a Huge fan of drinking my greens. I always crave a good detox friendly beverage. These are the solution to refuel after workouts or keep in some extra nutrients.

This does wonders to flush out toxins from your system and it’ll leave your hair and skin glowing too. Hydration and nutrients play a huge part on the inside and out.

I add powders into mostly all my drinks. Collagen powder in coffee, greens powder in my water and protein in my smoothies. There are so many to choose from and they are a GREAT way to get the nutrients. I have been playing around with detox waters for years now and this is my favorite. There are so many great options out there to choose from too and I’ll list some below! I actually found this powder on sale at Walmart one day and really enjoyed it too.

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Detoxing Green Drink

Mermaid Water

Vitamin Water Daily Greens Detox Drink

Ingredients:

One scoop organic greens mixture of any kind

Fresh Mint

Fresh Lemon

Frozen blueberries (to use as ice) and extra ice if desired

Fresh Blackberries

Manuka Honey

8 oz Filtered Water

Pour the water into desired glass…mix scoop of greens in until blended well. Mix in honey next. Then squeeze in a few lemon wedges and top of with the rest of the berries and mint. Add extra ice if needed.

Green Drink Vitamin Water for Detox
It is so, so yummy & refreshing! Loaded with nutrients and vitamins to keep you going all Summer long. It’s perfect for a hot day too.

Load up on my favorite brands for greens powder:

Amazing Grass Green Superfood

Vega Mint Greens Drink Mix

3 Ways To Get Organized & Stay Organized: Daily Tips & Weekly Plans For Budgets, Chores and More

New year, new you! Ok..it is not a new you but you can improve anything or change anything that you desire. That is the beauty of this world. There are things I’m absolutely no good at and others I think I’m pretty decent at! For instance, I used to struggle to stay organized and usually found myself under so much pressure and stress! Now, I’m a planner-packing Momma with a plan for just about everything.

I like to call it organized chaos…

Do I always follow through on every plan?….Definitely do not. But making lists and goals will dramatically change the way you handle things and what you can accomplish. If you’re feeling run down, always busy, stressed, whatever it may be….I am going to share my secrets for you.. to keeping things mostly together to avoid that Hot Mama Mess! I’ve been there, it sucks. And I promise these little habits do make things feel easier.

1. Make a weekly plan for chores, workouts, meals, errands….

That’s right. Seems tedious but it works. And pretty soon you’ll have made such a habit from this, that you’ll have it memorized and accomplish tasks like a pro (even if you’re frowning, downing coffee..you’re getting it done like a boss) For instance, I like to grocery shop on Saturday mornings so I can relax the rest of the week.

I also like to tackle one daily chore throughout the weekdays too. That way once Saturday afternoon hits, I’m a free woman. No cleaning, minimal cooking and my house is wonderfully clean & stocked with food and I can rest till Monday. No questions about what to eat either!

When I complete every task each day, that I knew was on schedule, I feel happy and less like there is so much to do. It frees up more time in my day and keeps me from frantically trying to keep everything clean at once….which is impossible!!! So set real goals!

Weekly chores/tasks ideas:

  • Monday– Wash and fold all laundry from weekend, Clean Kitchen
  • Tuesday– Deep clean bathrooms
  • Wednesday-Dust & clean floors
  • Thursday-Wash sheets
  • Friday– Organize Toys, Books, and anything that was misplaced during the week hustle.
  • Saturday– Meal Plan For 1-2 weeks and grocery shop and meal prep a few things. Run errands. (Try to do this early so you’re free the rest of the day)
  • Sunday– Minor pick up/clean up from weekend

And get kids involved if you are a mom! There are wonderful chore charts and reward systems to implement but more on that later!

Of course, you’ll have to upkeep kitchen and laundry daily too. And some weeks just don’t go according to plan. But when you give yourself a schedule, you will tend to stick to it. So write up a plan that is realistic to you!

Meal Plan Ideas:

  • Man-Day Monday– my husband goes back to work on Monday..so he gets to pick (it is usually Mexican!) Or “My Pick Monday” works wonders too!
  • Taco Tuesday -get creative!
  • Italian Wednesday– all things pasta and bread
  • Thursday Kid Night– (usually classic kid items like homemade Mac n cheese..homemade “Hamburger Helper”, diy chicken nuggets) Bonus points if you let kids get involved and excited to be in charge! Even if it’s coming straight from the store let them help or set table/clean up. Don’t have kids?… make this your favorite healthy meal!
  • Fish Friday– salmon, fried, sushi…
  • Take out Saturday– we run errands early Saturday, so having lunch or dinner out helps a lot. Even if it’s fast food, take out, or just something from the deli..we cut ourselves a break.
  • Sassy Sunday– waffles, bacon, bake a cake, grill a steak, dips, enjoy a clean home and lots of food on this day. Have a glass of wine and enjoy! Reset before Monday!

The whole week I do the same things for breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is granola bars, bananas, oatmeal, fruit,overnight oats, frozen waffles etc…

Lunch is usually leftovers or salads, soups & sandwiches. And snacks are usually the same as breakfast/lunch….granola, berries, veggies. Just keep ingredients clean when store buying! I love Aldis for cheap, healthier quick snacks like travel trail mix, healthy popcorn packs for kids, rice cakes and so on..

Just make sure you write down your meal plan and bring it with you. It will create a budget and simple trip for you every week! And buy fruits and veggies that are in season so they are fresher and cheaper & to save even more money!

Weekly Workout Plan:

  • Monday– arms
  • Tuesday– abs
  • Wednesday– legs
  • Thursday– cardio
  • Friday– Yoga

Find a groove and keep to it. Hop on YouTube after work or in the morning and squeeze in a small video routine. If you want to keep going then definitely do! But I love to just turn on the Tone It Up girls and do something of theirs that suits my time and daily task. It’ll keep you moving and having basic strength and endurance you might be missing.

2. Get Rid of Clutter. For real.

Honestly, how many of you have clothes from years ago that you haven’t touched? Or way too many junk drawers? Or 3/4 empty bottle of soaps etc that have sat in the back of a cupboard? Cluttered fridge? Cluttered bathroom cabinets full of old makeup etc?

Keep it minimal! And donate/throw away things that are wasting your space.

Only buy and wear clothes that bring you joy and will have great use. (I wear the crap out of stuff but it’s all I need!) And don’t overspend! You only need a few cleaners for your home so try buying a universal soap or just keeping the main ones that will do the job mostly everywhere.

Just keep things minimal. There will be less laundry to do, less to dust and less to put away. And keep up on it too!

Donate any old movies, books, toys, or anything that truly is wasting space in your home. Someone else may be really happy to find a deal on it and all it did at your house was collect dust.

3. Have a place for every belonging. That’s Right, everything..

Keep books on shelves. Keep toys in baskets. Keep papers in folders/files. Keep blankets in baskets. Keep cabinets organized.

Keep items with other items that are the same. Have a place where everything you own belongs…

Seems simple until you have way more than you need or just don’t like to clean!

Sure I have baskets in all rooms but I feel great about it. There’s a drawer for kids in the bathroom. There’s a drawer for myself and then my husband. There’s a basket for my throw blankets. There’s a basket for books and a basket for toys in the living, that always fills up with what the kids carry around that day.

See, perfect organized chaos. Sometimes I have to take those drawers and baskets and get rid of the junk or put things back in their rooms. But it gives us a space to put things in a hurry. There will be less stress. Everyone knows their places for things. And my home looks and feels clean, which makes me feel like there’s balance to the busy.

And there will still be things out of place of course. But at-least you know where you want to put it when you’re ready 😉

Stay tuned for more ideas on getting the chaos under control!

The Ultimate Ladies Christmas List

Who loves a great stocking stuffer?! I do I do! Only a few things are over $15!! I have gathered up my fave things for my lovely ladies here..great products with great quality.

These are the items on the top of my little wish list this year too & I just had to share them with you! I love it all!!! I got you covered..from face masks to fitness, all the way to down to cozy slippers.

All of them are adorable and adorable…and it all comes together to make one happy chickadee! Come check out some Christmas cheer babes..

And don’t forget to share, so your loved ones know exactly what you wish for!

The Ultimate Ladies Christmas List

ban.do Glitter Bomb Pink Stardust Water Bottle

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ban.do Women’s BFF Deluxe Hot Stuff Thermal Mug

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Soft Stretch Cable Knit Ribbed Faux Fur Pom Pom Beanie Hat

Kate Spade New York Lunch Tote – Deco Dots (Out To Lunch) & Tumbler With Straw

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Forever 21 Slipper Socks

Winter CC Faux Fur Furry Crossbody Shoulder Handbag Wristlet Clutch Purse

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TonyMoly I’m Real sheet mask (Set of 09)

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Tone It Up: 28 Days to Fit, Fierce, and Fabulous

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Knit Winter Infinity Scarf for Women Fashion Thick Warm Circle Loop Scarves Beige

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VS Pajama Set w/free slippers

H&M Loose Knit Sweater

H&M Triple Stand Necklace

Happy Holiday Hunting! Stay tuned for the The Gentlemen’s Guide..with a very special appearance!

8 Ways To Fall In Love With Fall…

Ya know….I didn’t always like these last colder months. Shocking if you know me! But I loved Summer. I hated when Fall rolled around because it meant you were stuck inside for months. I then realized, that’s no way to live. So I found fun things I could do each season to make the best of it.

And now after years of having fun with the Holidays, I love it more than any other time. It’s full of family and relaxing..what’s not to love? So if you need help letting go of Summer, I’ll be sharing ways to get you feeling Fall too.

And your home should be your safe haven. Where you feel comfortable, where you can cook or watch a movie and feel completely cozy. I don’t care at all to be “basic” as they say…these little things make me happy!

1. Add some Autumn colors to your beauty routine..I love dark reds this time of year! It’s nice to keep it simple after all the funky Summer colors…

2. Buy a new mug..there’s nothing like sipping a warm cup of coffee, cocoa or cider while cozied up inside…so have a mug collection that you adore.

3. Buy seasonal magazines…if you’re a little lost on what to do for fun or create, these will have your back..

4.Decorate! Even if just a small space..head to Target Dollar Spot or any local store for some cute decor..it’ll give you something to look forward to and have fun doing..

5. Get a new sweater or scarf…I love buying way oversized sweaters for this weather. I live in leggings, boots and sweaters..Basic & Amazing!! Target has some great deals right now too.

6. This time of year, I care not to gain a few pounds. Enjoy the baked goods and warms soups with reckless abandon. I stock up on all things pumpkin as well. I keep a little treat jar and yes it does have candy this time of year and not just fresh baked! Extra credit if it’s seasonal candy..

7. Stock up on cozy scents, blankets & socks. I love to have people over to sip spiked cider while dressed in our favorite, comfy best. I have plenty of cozy blankets to go around while we enjoy the sweet smells of vanilla, pumpkin candles. It’s so relaxing and casual.

8. Apple Picking & Pumpkin Patches..enough said. Even without kids, this is still 100% okay to do.

I will have lots of more fun ideas and share our pumpkins for this year like I always do! Can’t wait to see what everyone is doing to prepare for the Holidays…..much love everyone!

Meal Prep: Healthy Items For The Whole Family

As a part of my Motherhood Monday feature, I am sharing my favorite way to save some time…meal prep!! In our house, meal prep is a major saver! It saves money, time & sanity. So I praise the power of meal prep, as you all know. The last few weeks I have prepped a ton of chilli, soups and warm roast sandwiches since we were all sick. Now I am in need of something a little lighter, and since the weather is warmer this week again, fresh fruits and veggies sounded wonderful.

The possibilities are endless with what we picked this week, which is why I had to share.

From yummy Chicken Caesar Wraps to Burritos…we’ve got ya covered Boo! And the kiddos have some healthy options too!

Breakfast/Snack: Mini Pancake Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 batch natural/organic pancake mix or your favorite homemade recipe
  • Fresh fruits
  • Local or 100% natural maple syrup

1. Mix together your pancake ingredients and spoon 1 tablespoon of batter into greased mini muffin pan slots.

2. Add fresh berries or fruit of choice to each muffin mix.

3. Bake at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes & let cool for 10 minutes.

You can also make bigger pancake muffins using 2 tbsp for each muffin. Top with fresh cream, syrup or whatever you desire! The kids love these. You will too.

Lunch: Grilled Chicken Burrito Bowls

Ingredients:

  • Meal Prepped Chicken, Fully Cooked (use natural oil, herbs to bake/grill chicken)
  • Black Beans
  • Corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Cooked Brown Rice
  • Cilantro

Layer all the ingredients in a bowl and use desired portion for each meal. You can top with a creamy, Avocado dressing or even add a little queso, sour cream or salsa and enjoy as burrito bowl. Or another option is to make actual burritos. The kids love to keep their bowls simple and they add on taco sauce, sour cream & cheese.

Dinner: Grilled Chicken Salads/Wraps

Ingredients:

  • Nutrient Rich Greens ( kale, spinach, etc.)
  • Cauliflower Crumbles
  • Baked/Grilled Chicken

Combine ingredients in a bowl for healthy salads ready to be topped with endless amounts of veggies or keep it plain for delicious Caesar wraps. Use desired amount for each portion. For the kids, I might toss this on the stove in a little oil & you can too for a warm stir fry option!

Now remember bake your chicken in natural flavors like Himalayan pink sea salt, pepper, olive oil & fresh garlic and herbs. Keep your ingredients and dressings very simple and natural as well.

It doesn’t have to be organic to be good but it doesn’t need to have long list of ingredients or high fructose corn syrup! I’ll say this every time!

Places like Trader Joe’s, Aldis, Kroger & more have their own inexpensive natural and organic brands of products now.

Make sure to have lots of nuts, fruits, veggies & smoothies to go along with your meals!

I’ll share our healthy favorite snacks that we are working on later..So stay tuned!