The Best Products For Beautiful Skin All Summer Long…

Summertime is near. So that means long, hot days and lots of sun exposure!! It’s important to keep our skin protected and balanced however. Don’t forget to reset after the sun with these fabulous beauty buys to keep your skin looking youthful and bright!

  • Vitamin C Serum by LilyAna Naturals…vitamin c will keep your skin radiant. It helps reduce wrinkles and evens tone. This will remove scarring too! I swear by this stuff now. Your skin will be glowing and any sign of recent breakouts will be gone. I love how soft my skin feels too. I actually stopped wearing foundation again after finding this stuff! It helps maintain a youthful looking complexion like no other. And combats the sun exposure!

  • Rosehip & Hibiscus Eye Cream by LilyAna Naturals…ok y’all..I had some mad dark under eye circles for awhile! No sleep, in my new mommy years, did a number on my skin. Eye creams were very new to me. This one is so delicate & refreshing. This is also another reason I do not need so much highlighter & foundation!!

  • Freeman Beauty Infusion Revitalizing Peel Off Mask- Pomegranate + Peptides…this is another amazing face mask that cost next to nothing for its work. I use this once a week for a quick way to clean out the pores and keep my skin firm! My skin feels so clean when it’s done.

  • St Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Moisturizer…I have sung its praises many times! I love this face lotion. This smell alone is glorious. Simply one of the best…this lotion goes a long, long way and at only $5 a tub, who wouldn’t want some?!! You need to make sure to add Collagen to your facial routine and this is a great step. Keep your skin moisturizer on hand all Summer!

  • Retinol Cream by Niara Beauty…we found this so cheap on Amazon and I had to instantly buy a few more bottles! I have even gotten compliments on my skin this summer ever since I have added this to my skincare regime. Its divine!! Retinol does wonders to reduce appearance of aging and  discoloration. Highly recommend using. This is by far my favorite beauty product.

  • Freeman Brightening Overnight Mask – Hibicus + Vitamin C… another summer staple! This will instantly brighten your skin. I use this a few times a week. Feeling tight after a little too much sun? This has your back. You will be basking in your own glow come Morning time. Another simple money saver here too! You can find this in Ulta or even Target etc..

I honestly use all these products. My skin has never looked better either. Combining a few of these will help keep your skin protected from all the sun you’ll be getting! So make sure you don’t forget a little sunscreen and think about your skin down the road!!

Enjoy all this wonderful weather babes!!

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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.

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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

4 Ways to Use Pumpkin: Vanilla + Pumpkin Body Scrub, Pumpkin+Honey Face Mask, A Latte & Cinnamon Roasted Seeds..

Even though Halloween is near, we still have a lot of Fall weather to enjoy and more holidays to come after. And I love to make the most of something, so you better believe I kept the insides of our pumpkins after carving. Plus, after Halloween, pumpkins go on MAJOR sale so you can get them next to nothing and make all things Pumpkin in November too.

Pumpkin has major health benefits for you and your skin. It’s packed with fiber, vitamin C and potassium. It’s great for wrinkle prevention and helps keep a healthy heart.

And these things will make great gifts or party favors.. Or just enjoy them all to yourself!

Here are the best ways to use the inside of your Pumpkins…or even canned pumpkin as well..

Vanilla+Pumpkin Body Scrub

Ingredients

  • Puréed Pumpkin
  • Brown Sugar
  • Almond oil (or oil of choice)
  • Pure Vanilla Extract

Combine ingredients together until desired texture. I use about 1/2 cup of pumpkin purée with 1/2 cup brown sugar then a few drops of the oil and vanilla. You’re skin will be glowing and smooth!

If using the inside of your carved pumpkin, remove your seeds (and save them!) and then blend some of the pumpkin with a splash of water until you get a creamy pumpkin purée.

Honey+Pumpkin Face Mask

Ingredients

  • Pumpkin Purée
  • Honey
  • Turmeric (optional)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Take about 1/4 cup purée and combine 1 tbsp honey, 1 tsp turmeric if choose & about 2 tsp ACV. Apply and leave on for 10-15

Vanilla Pumpkin Latte

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Pumpkin purée
  • 1 cup hot coffee
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

Heat the milk, purée ( & sugar if desired) in a saucepan over medium heat..once it’s hot remove and add the vanilla, Spice & coffee and whisk. Then top with whipped cream!

Cinnamon Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients

  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter
  • Maple Syrup
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice

Clean Seeds if they came directly from your pumpkin. Rinse and boil, then dry. In a bowl melt about 1-2 tbsp of butter then add cinnamon, maple syrup and spice. You can add sugar or brown sugar if desired..toss the seeds in mixture.

Roast in the oven at 300 degrees for 20-30 minutes, make sure you place seeds on parchment paper before roasting & toss every 15 until you get desired crunch.

These are my favorite ways to use my pumpkins! Oh so good and my skin is oh so smooth…what are your favorite ways to enjoy the seasonal fun?!

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!

30 Minute Workout Plan

30 minutes of cardio, 5x a week…

Seems easy right?!! The best part about this is.. you don’t have to join a gym or feel like there is no time left in a day for you. 30 minutes a day..that’s it!!

We got this!!!

I have felt so much better since adding cardio back into my lifestyle. It can be hard to get into though. I really had to ease back into this. Trust me, the first few times suuuck if you have been slacking in the cardio department. I felt dizzy and sick actually. But that didn’t stop me! Every time I did more, I felt better & it got easier and easier.

I have my lazy week like anyone else and am not too hard on myself at all. But since I added this mantra into my lifestyle, I have been doing so well and felt empowered.

If I can’t workout vigorously, I know that 30 minutes of cardio a day will lessen my chance of heart disease, stroke, heart attack and overall improve my health.

Cardio uses the heart to pump blood & oxygen around the body. So you’ll be feeling a little euphoric when it’s done! Who doesn’t want to get that natural feel good feeling?! You will be glowing and your mood will improve. If I’m having a bad day or grumpy I love to take it out on cardio!!! Trust me…& try it!
Soon, you’ll be able to go for longer periods if you like too.

Here are my favorite ways to incorporate cardio into our days....

  • Swimming. It’s Summer, so take advantage and swim as much as your heart desires!
  • Power Walk. One of my favorites…if I am just not feeling up to a workout. I can push myself to walk anytime. Just be sure to pick up the pace and get to it anywhere!
  • Follow along with you favorite YouTube cardio videos.
  • Bike rides. Scenic & fun!
  • Dancing. I will start off in my home doing a few cardio bursting exercises and then end it with some dancing with kids! They love it and we bond while getting exercise.
  • Running. This may be one some people need to work up to. I am no fan of running honestly. But it’s amazing for you!
  • Trampoline. Really. If you have kids and are trying to find a fun way to start working out. This would be it!
  • Pick a few cardio moves, do a minute of each and create a cycle to repeat with a few periods of rest and time for a drink!
  1. Mountain Climbers
  2. Jumping Jacks
  3. Burpees
  4. Squat Jumps
  5. Run in place
  6. Stair Running
  7. Jumping Rope
  8. Side to Side Leap
  9. High Knees
  10. Plank Jacks

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