So you've been hearing a lot about clean products these days and its becoming more apparent that grabbing any beauty products off the shelf doesn't guarantee that it doesn't contain toxic chemicals.
But where to even begin?
Well...you could google, pinterest, and research until your eyeballs are sore. Or you could go straight to the leaders in clean beauty, who have done the research, to not only BAN 1800 ingredients from their products for your safety...but also figure out how to make it work for you! Imagine Whole Foods meets Chanel, but accessible to all of us.
Yes I'm talking about Beautycounter. Skincare, Body, and Beauty products that are significantly SAFER for you. Because we are not down with any ingredient linked to cancer, autoimmune disease, reproductive toxicity, or hurting your health at all. Period!
You want to try high end performance, but without the price tag you say? I got you girl. Same same same. I'm bougie on a budget when I can be so I'm sharing with you 4 ways to get your hands on your Beautycounter Wishlist, but not pay full price. You ready?
I was today years old when I learned how easy it is to get my white shirts back to their celestial pure glorious hue with just 3 inexpensive ingredients.
Maybe I'm late to the laundry hack game, but I'm on it now and I'm so excited!!!
Guy, I'm an "all things basic" tops kinda girl. I mean give me all the black, white, and grey solids please! But I'm not sure if its usual wear and tear, or more due to the fact that I'm a natural deodorant user living in a hot humid paradise - buuuutttt....
My white tops tend to get a liiiiitle discolored in the armpit area *blush*. And even my grey tops. Actually any light colored cotton tee is subject to the ghastly darkening under there.
If you haven't tried this for stain removal yet, read on sister!
Retinol is a Vitamin A derivative and often used in anti-aging products like serums and face creams, because of its ability to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Retinoids are popular for helping with skin’s elasticity and slowing the breakdown of collagen.
However, the long term effects of overuse of retinol products are questionable. The more retinol you use, the poorer the barrier function of your skin. The use of retinol also makes skin more susceptible to UV light. Along with these risks, women can sometimes be creating experimental “concoctions” of sorts when they mix, match and combine various retinol-infused products. People can randomly combine ingredients, without understanding if what they are using is balanced or safe for their health.
Why on earth would I want to put OIL on my face?!?
That was my initial thought when I heard about Facial Oils. I figured, for sure that is just going to cause acne, and maybe are just for bougie older women who like to be extra with the skincare.
I got a little schooled on facial oils and want to share with you 5 reasons why you want to add an oil to your skincare routine now.
This is an updated blogpost to the original Janurary 2019 article. Since then, I’ve learned even more about product safety, and am so excited that more innovations in clean beauty are available to my readers.
This is an objective informative blogpost to give perspective on some of the regimens offered by Rodan+Fields; with then, an alternative option comparable in performance/results using significantly safer products. I will be speaking to regimens as a whole, not individual products for the most part. But please don’t take my word for it. You can always search for safety of products through excellent resources like ewg.org/skindeep or apps like Think Dirty or Healthy Living.
R+F is famous for their "Before + After" comparison photos. I thought I'd share my personal results pic. You'll notice on the left side, at three years younger, my skin is dull, my acne scarring is evident, and my pores are quite noticeable. On the right, I've aged three years, yet my skin is more radiant, my pores are less visible, and my acne scarring is virtually invisible. Yes, I am wearing makeup in both photos, but I think the evidence of skin improvement is clear. In fact, in the photo on left, I'm wearing a fuller coverage foundation. I think it also speaks volumes about Beautycounter's high performing cosmetics as well as exceptional skincare.
I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not the absolute organic-est, crunchy-est, healthiest mama around. I try to eat balanced, drink, water, and live an active lifestyle. With that said, there are a couple brands and supplements I’ve incorporated into my life pretty regularly as of late.
I’ll be sharing with you what I’m using and why; and also provide ways you can try anything for yourself should you be interested.
First of all, if you’ve been following me on my personal Instagram account for some time, you’ll know that I’ve been a daily (M-F) home workout nut. I’ve completed several programs, and now am working through a hybrid program of my own. Keeping moving is a must for me! As a mom of 2 small (and VERY active) boys, I need the ability to get up and keep up with these kiddos. It also provides me a great stress relief, outlet, and feel goods in my brain and body.
Time Blocking. I'm sure you've heard the term before. If you haven't, well, it is a way to organize your schedule allowing for tasks to be accomplished in designated time periods/blocks of time. It allows for maximum productivity, reduced wasted time, and helps keep you focused on the task at hand. Sounds good right?
Now I'd preface this topic with a reminder that one size doesn't fit all. You may want to have large batch time blocks, or you may want to micro-plan tasks by small time frames. Figure out what works best for you. The goal is to help you develop a system that encourages you to be productive and on task so that less wasted time turns into more time to do what you love!
I'm certain our schedule will be edited and adjusted in the future, but for many moms including myself, we are desperate for some sort of routine and predictability.
I know that a lot of us are home with kiddos and a lack of structure can make the days feel almost endless and lead to chaos, then frustration, and all in all - stress.
So I thought I'd dust off my preschool teacher hat and put together a flexible schedule and list of activities anyone can do at home.
This plan is set up for a my family - a single mom of two boys who also does some work from home.
Note : These are aimed at preschool ages 3-5 but can be modified for other ages.
Extra Note: Judge me if you may, but yes I allow my kids some TV time (educational kids shows) and screen time (child friendly monitored games)
Being stay at home mom can take a toll in several ways. We can "lose ourselves", get bored, stir crazy, or just find ourselves in a less than awesome mindset I think it's critical to develop a healthy positive mindset, and it usually has to take a bit of intentionality.
Why is this important?
As a friend told me, "Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny."
Your thought life is the foundation of everything you do and how you perceive the world around you. Your thoughts affect your behavior, which in turn affects your family and household. So it is critical to learn how to be mindful of your thought patterns and intentionally work towards making it positive and healthy.
Random theme days are just so much fun! Why wait for a birthday or special occasion to bust out someone's favorite thing by the bunches?! It adds excitement and anticipation to an ordinary day, and create some pretty special memories.
My boys' were bumming one morning, so to infuse their day with cheer, I said "Let's do Dino Day after school!" - - oh my boys take everything we say as law. So it was on!
Read on if you wanna see how much fun we had, and how simple it really is to make any day extra special.
Malia was born and raised in Kaneohe, Hawaii and graduated from Azusa Pacific University. She spent the majority of her career as an Early Childhood Education Teacher/Administrator.