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Safe-ing Face: What’s In My Makeup Bag?

I consider myself a makeup minimalist, who is a little obsessed with organization.  I used to maintain two makeup bags: one containing conventional products for my acting and modeling work, and the other containing green beauty products for my “off-duty” use.  This year, Melissa, owner of Citrine Natural Beauty Bar, introduced me to some ah-mazing non-toxic product lines.  So, I made it my mission to address all of my makeup needs in one green beauty bag.

Looking to “green” your makeup routine?  What you COULD do is toss out the toxic products, and replace them with safer substitutes.

The variety of green beauty options available now makes it easy to do a swap.

IMG_9660After searching for a travel-sized cosmetic bag to hold my brushes and makeup, I chose the Stephanie Johnson Grace Brush Case in Galapagos Grey. This textured faux reptilian case has 5 slots for makeup brushes on one side, with a protective flap to cover them, and an open compartment for makeup. Love. This. Case.

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Cheeks

Eyes

Lips

Tools

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The tools listed above stay in my makeup bag, so that I can grab it and go at anytime.  I also have a set of Ecotools brushes for at-home use.  Unless I need it for work or travel purposes, I apply my makeup at home and leave the majority of it there.  In my purse, I usually carry a smaller pouch with my lip color of the day, lip balm, and blotting papers inside.  I tend to change my lip color the most, depending on the time of day, my outfit, or my mood.

Which green beauty brands and products have you tried?  Which ones are your favorites?

Please comment and share!

XOXO

 

 

Juice Ranch

image9Are you in Southern California, and thirsty for 100% organic, locally-sourced, glass-bottled, cold-pressed juice, in bountiful blends?

What you COULD do is mosey on over to Juice Ranch!

image2Recently, I visited the Westlake Village location (twice) and tried some of their “beverages with benefits.” These drinks are green-based, fruit-based, carrot-based, beet-based, or nutmilk-based.  Sooooo many choices…so little bladder capacity…*sigh*

image5Yeah…I did that.  The folks at Juice Ranch support sampling, and are generous to boot!  Notice the number of empty sample bottles in the above pics…*hangs head in shame*

image1I love how they organize their menu!  You can pick your potion based on the blend or the benefits.  This, combined with samples, makes the decision process a little easier.  Greens N’ Ginger, Jalapina, and Strawberry Pearl are just a few of my faves.  YAY and YUM!!!

Juice Ranch also offers a variety of shots and cleanse packages, to help meet your health needs, all served with a smile.  And, when you consider their glass bottle credit offer…

Y’all have to go back now, ya hear?

XOXO

 

 

 

Wellness Woes: Back-To-School Edition

Sooooo…my children are in a year-round school, and they’re already in their 5th week of classes.

I know, right?!?!

Overall, they’re off to a great start.  Then, the other day, my daughter handed me these…

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*THUD*

Um, yeah…that noise you just heard?  It was me passing out over these two…TWO…Parent Alert Letters about the school cooties du jour.  What can I say?  Mommy is a total germaphobe.  LAWD HELP US ALL!!!

If back-to-school illnesses are threatening your child’s attendance flow, what you COULD do is give ’em a pro-active punch.

Here are 5 things that I’m currently doing to help keep my peeps in their classroom seats:

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1.  Step up their supplements:  In addition to their daily multivitamin, I’m doubling-up their probiotics and vitamin C.  Our naturopath encourages us to do this, especially during flu season.

2.  Let them drink…water:  As challenging as it may be, at times, I encourage my little ones to stay hydrated and flush their systems with H2O.  We’ll often add a twist of lemon, or a few chunks of fruit, to encourage consumption.

3.  Rejuvenate with rest:  I try to wrap things up, and get the kids to bed early.  This way, they are ready to tackle the next day, mentally and physically.

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4.  Find victory in the Vitamix:  Yep, that’s right.  When all-else fails, I know that I can sneak some immune-boosting supplements and *gulp* greens into a fresh juice or smoothie.  More power for my little people!

5.  Help ’em develop healthy habits:  I diligently train my littles to wash their hands frequently, use their hand sanitizer, and refrain from rubbing their eyes and noses to help keep bacteria at bay.  It’s an on-going process, but well worth the effort.

What do YOU do when school illnesses infiltrate your child’s classroom?

Please comment, share, and take care!

XOXO

 

 

My “Surgi-versary”

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

One year after my surgery saga, I’m healthy and feeling incredibly blessed.  At the same time, I’ve felt emotional as I recall where I was this time last year.  I met and worked with some amazing health practitioners and business owners, who helped me through this ordeal.  So, to celebrate my “surgi-versary,” I planned to visit each of my “health heroes” to personally thank them for the specific ways that they contributed to my surgical outcome and overall well-being.  Although I was unable to connect with everyone, today’s results were very encouraging…

IMG_7615My first stop was The Center for True Harmony Wellness & Medicine.  Here, I expressed my heartfelt appreciation to Christine Brass-Jones DO OB/GYN and Dr. Denise Grobe ND.  Dr. Brass-Jones referred me to the right gynecological oncologist to perform my surgery.  She listened carefully to my concerns and persevered with me, as I weighed my options, trusted my gut, and moved forward in this process.  Dr. Grobe gave me some excellent advice on how to prepare my body for surgery and how to manage my recovery in different case scenarios.  In addition, she had the insight to have me take a cancer gene test.  Both of these ladies were caring, supportive, proactive, and informative.  Women empowering other women…YES!!!

IMG_7617Next, I went to Pomegranate Cafe for a friend’s birthday lunch, and to express my gratitude to owner Cassie Tolman.  Before and after my surgery, Cassie and the “Pom” staff were my “anti-inflammatory allies.”  They kept the Abundance Juice flowing, with plenty of lemon, ginger, and turmeric, along with a whole lotta healthy food options.  Their team always serves with smiles and promotes positivity.  LOVE THEM!!!

IMG_7618IMG_7620You didn’t think I’d leave out my lunch, did you?!?  Today, I celebrated with an Abundance Juice (naturally) and Mermaid Salad.  YUM!!!

IMG_7622Finally, I stopped by Desert Sage Herbs to thank Brittney for an herbal consultation that had me armed and ready for my surgical procedure and healing process.  The teas, tonics, and essential oils that she custom-blended for me, along with her compassion and concern, were a tremendous help.  Today, Andrea graciously accepted my sentiments on Brittney’s behalf…and re-filled my french lavender oil.  Mission accomplished!!!

Do you personally, and specifically, thank those who have helped you overcome life challenges?

Encourage others, and be encouraged!

XOXO

Let It Go: Highlights from 2014

“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV)

Me in my master bedroom on Mother's Day 2014.

Me in my master bedroom on Mother’s Day 2014.

As this year comes to an end, and I look ahead to 2015, I can’t help but reflect on all that has happened. Although I booked more jobs than ever in 2014, my biggest moment of the year was my cancer scare and the major surgery that followed. My faith and fortitude were tested in ways that I never expected. I am so grateful to God, my family, friends,  colleagues, and health practitioners, who saw me through this scary ordeal. I blogged about my experience here.

At church, last Sunday, my minister preached a sermon titled “Let It Go,” and encouraged us to deal with any unresolved issues from this year. After service, I told him that I planned to contact the first Gynecological Oncologist (GYN-ONC #1) that I consulted with during my health crisis. My intention was to contact his office earlier; but I wasn’t ready to “go there” emotionally. I am happy and relieved to report that I spoke with GYN-ONC #1’s nurse yesterday, then spoke with their Nurse Manager today. I informed them of the outcome of my situation, and the surgical approach that was taken by GYN-ONC #2. In addition, I took the opportunity to point out some of the circumstances around my consultation with them that were off-putting to me, in hopes that they might improve their services. I was humble, vulnerable, yet forthright in delivering my message.  I had great conversations with both nurses, and felt that my feedback was well-received.  I felt so free!

I am so relieved and excited to ring in the new year, having dealt with one of the biggest burdens on my heart from 2014.  Whatever unresolved issues that you may have from this year, I hope and pray that you are able to “Let It Go,” and start fresh in 2015.

I wish you a safe, healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year!

Cuckoo For Coconut!

I. have. a. problem.  (Admission is the first step…RIGHT?!?!)

I love all things coconut, and I don’t see an end to my obsession.  Some of the benefits of this tropical treat include:  fiber, vitamins, minerals, as well as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and other healing properties.

Here are 5 of my favorite coconut products:

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1.  Everyday Coconut Super Hydrating Body Wash by Alaffia:  I have a bottle in every shower at my house.  I use it as a shampoo, face and body wash.  Check it out in your Whole Foods HABA Department!

2.  So Delicious Coconut Milk Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert:  So many flavors, so little time.  These frozen treats are great by themselves, or as an accompaniment to cake, cookies, or pie.  You can find this line in the frozen section at Whole Foods, natural food stores, and some supermarkets.

3.  Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil:  This is a staple in my pantry, and I ration it out for food and cosmetic use.  Specifically, I use it for baking, stir frying, and moisturizing from head to toe.  Costco carries this “supa-sized” 78oz container.

4.  Trader Joe’s Roasted Coconut Chips:  Crispy and sweet, these are great for snacking, right outta the bag.  However, I specifically buy them to sprinkle on top of my chia seed pudding.  You COULD roast your own; but if you don’t have time, then TJ’s has you covered.

5.  Zico Pure Premium Coconut Water:  You can find this at natural food stores and supermarkets.  I drink it straight, or add a splash to a glass of water with fruit pieces.  I also use it as a base for my fruit smoothies.  It’s so hydrating!

One of the best ways to enjoy coconut is to crack open a fresh one, insert a straw, and drink the water.  Afterwards, you can scoop out the meat with a spoon and enjoy.  If you don’t want to DIY, then you can try your local Whole Foods Market.  There you can find fresh coconuts in the produce department, already cut, and ready to consume.  Stay nourished, my friends!

 

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