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My Current Skincare Routine
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I like to know my skin is taken care of when I sleep - there's a peace of mind knowing you're ending your day well with your body.

Rose Water Spray

I like to spray my face and fan it dry with my hands after my face is clean to give it the vitamins it needs and to take away any redness I might have after the day.

Charcoal Bar

I like to rinse off the day in a shower and I love using my charcoal bar. Charcoal acts as a magnetic and strips away the dirt from your pores, unlike any other soap. If you don't have one of these bars, it's a must!

Cream Exfoliator

My go-to facial cleanser!! It has tiny grains to help exfoliate your face but it's gentle and soft enough to use daily.

Moisturizer

I love this moisturizer as my everyday moisturizer. Whether you have oily skin, dry skin or combo, this is made for you. It adapts to what your skin is needing so I never feel too greasy or too dry after using this.

Ultra Moisturizer

If my skin needs extra attention in a certain area, I love using this moisturizer in lieu of the other one. Plus, it's more affordable so it's great for daily use without breaking the budget.

Eye cream

I highly suggest using an eye cream nightly! If you are 19+, it's time to start using eye cream. Not necessarily for anti-aging repair but to protect from aging. Just a little under your eyes adds the moisture your eyes need to stay glowy and bright.

Charcoal Mask

Every so often I treat myself to a charcoal mask and it is SO FUN. Not only do I enjoy the pampering but I love how I can actually see it working. After a few minutes, I can see holes in my skin (pores) becoming empty. It's easy to wash off! Love love love!

Summer Beauty Faves
 
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Tarte Pearl Glow

Great for an on the go whitening session. If you have a big date, a wedding to attend, maybe just to brush up after a coffee date with a friend, this is a great solution. Simply twist the bottom for the solution to be released onto the brush and swipe over teeth. It feels silly but you just have to smile until it dries (45 seconds - 1 minute) and then continue throughout your day. I like to brush my teeth afterwards because I don't like the texture but either with do!

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

I've been looking for a moisturizer that doesn't 1. sit on my dry skin and stay and 2. doesn't make my skin too greasy. I just need the right amount of hydration. I use Beautycounter's Countermatch moisturizer for my face but my forehead needs a little bit more attention,. This Repair cream works miracles! Truly! Also, it's super affordable!!

Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

I use this as lotion on the tops of my legs and near my "bum bum" to help tighten and firm. Seriously, I know it sounds a little nuts, I can see/feel the difference. Great to swipe on before the pool, lake or beach!

Rose Water Spray

Another great help for my dry skin out here in Northern California! I spray this on my fresh face after the shower, before applying makeup and after my nighttime routine. It's wonderful! The fresh smell of rose wakes me up! If you want to take it to another level, store it in the fridge to make it a fresh cool feel when you get in from the summer heat!

Highlighter + Bronzer Stick

I mean, a lifesaver when I want to either spend time doing my makeup or run out the door. I apply a little of the bronzer on the sides of my nose, the corners of my forehead and below my cheekbones and blend with my middle and pointer finger. For the highlighter, I apply it on my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose. If I'm wearing lip stick, I also apply it on my cupid's bow.

 

Lunch at Real and Rosemary
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I think you could eat a good meal 3 times a day for an entire year and still not visit every restaurant in Birmingham.
One of my favorites, @realandrosemary is my go to when craving a hearty (but healthy) meal 🙌🏻 🥦🥔🌽 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
QUESTION: Where’s you favorite restaurant (fast food counts hehe)? I’d love to look at their menu and try something new!

To read more about Real and Rosemary head over to this blog post to see their interior and beautiful porch!

Colorful Breakfast for Slow + Rushed Mornings
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Early mornings are my thing. I love a good morning where you have time to wake up, eat what you want, prep yourself for the day before the chaos starts. This breakfast is for those type of mornings (plus, it's very colorful and great for energy + power).

What's plated?

Blueberries

"Leftover Scramble"
2 Eggs
Baked Chicken
Goat Cheese
Spinach
Sriracha Sauce

Orange Juice

Coffee


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You actually may not be "cleaning" your house

Recently, I've found that there are thousands of products that sit on the shelves, of some of my favorite stores, that are toxic and poisoning our environment. Whether that's skin care products or cleaning supplies. Tons of these products have chemicals in them that get rid of bacteria, sure, but are causing harm to other parts of our body.

Our immune system is important but other systems in our body are equally as important. So, why do we compromise our overall health for anti-bacterial soap, spray or wipes? Good news is, I've found a company that cares for both our overall health and getting rid of bacteria. Grab Green is a company that sells home cleaning supplies and I've been using it in my home. These are a few of their products that I've been able to use!

 
 

I love being able to find non-toxic alternates to what I've been using so these products are a refresher for sure!  You can purchase these products on the Grab Green website and even get 25% off of your first purchase using the code FIRST25!

You all are seriously the best and I am so so thankful for each and every one of you!

 
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Let's Talk Toxins

I've always been told to "check the ingredients" when grocery shopping. Normally I do, and then chose to not look and be ignorant when I want my favorite candy bar or salty snack added to the buggy. Why do we check the ingredients? Because, we don't want to put those "nasty," "unhealthy," and "harmful" chemicals in our body. Yet, when was the last time you checked the ingredients in your lotion, soap, shampoo or makeup....

...yeah, me neither.

I started to realize that the "nasty," "unhealthy" and "harmful" chemicals that we're so use to putting in our body are like ninjas and get into our system more than just through our mouth. They also creep in through our skin.

Anything you put on your body absorbs into your blood stream in 26 seconds. Oh s***! I don't know about you but I have used the same makeup, body + face wash for years. I wasn't sure what kind of "nasty," "unhealthy" and "harmful" chemicals were in these products so I started looking them up using this super helpful website and here's what I found. They rate products that we use in our everyday makeup and skincare routine on a scale 1-10. 10 containing high amounts of toxins and 1 containing low amounts. Here's what I found...

This got my attention. I'm using shampoo and conditioner that soaks into my scalp, affecting my hair growth, that has a rating of 8 on a scale 1-10 for toxins. And the face wash that I'm using that suppose to remove harsh chemicals from my face after makeup use is an 8 as well. Something's got to change. 

I researched my booty off to find face + skin products that aren't only eliminating the harmful ingredients but also giving my skin back what these terrible products had taken away. I found out that makeup ingredients and what's "legal" to put inside of these products has not been reformed since 1938! This means that companies and brands can throw in whatever ingredient they want in their product and call it "organic" if they want because makeup isn't being regulated by the FDA. What the....

On a good note, I also found a makeup brand that's mission is to put healthy makeup + skincare products in the hands of all people and educate them how to eliminate harmful toxins in their everyday routine. It's called Beautycounter. I believed in their products and the results so much after replacing my moisturizer, face wash and shampoo with theirs that I became a consultant and now am out to educate you about replacing what's killing you with what will provide you (and your family) a safe skincare routine. Beauty counter isn't the only "healthy" makeup and products out there, there's other great ones as well. I'm not asking you to dump your makeup bag in the garbage, I'm just asking you to be smart, friend. Let's care about our largest organ, our body and one another. 

Health isn't just about eating smart, it's about wearing smart, too.

If you have any questions, any recommendations on being healthy or want to chat, comment below and I'd love to grab coffee with ya!

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Healthy Snacks

First, I just feel the need to admit that I am absolutely not the most healthy. I love my goldfish, love my donuts and love my Ben and Jerry's. However, I've been on a kick to not get more healthy to look more healthy but to feel more healthy and man, this whole Gluten Free, Dairy Free trend is helping tremendously!

I have pretty high environmental allergies and I was recommended by my doctor to try a GF, DF lifestyle to cut down on what may be making my body react so strongly and leave some flex room when the pollen gets crazy. It's crazy to say it, but it's working.

Since I've seen a difference, I've been intrigued with food and what it does to our body. I had pasta and garlic bread after being Gluten Free for a week and broke out in a crazy rash on my chest. Hmmm. I've realized less sneezing, less itchiness, less watery eyes since I've cut out dairy as well. The reason I've felt less healthy is because of my snack choice because of our "on the go" lifestyle. So, I've done some research and investigating to make sure that this new way of eating is convenient and tasty.

These are some great snack alternatives that I've found!

Like I said, I'm no expert so pleas let me know if you have any suggestions, I'm desperate in this transition! Y'all rock!! Let's be healthy and keep each other accountable together!


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