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JUNE 21, 2019

Ingredient Spotlight: AVOCADO OIL

June 21, 2019

Ingredient Spotlight: AVOCADO OIL

There are so many amazing ingredients I get the opportunity to work with.  I have a little crush on each of them equally and for different reasons. Today, my love goes to organic avocado oil. First off, we’re talking about avocados here. It’s like they have a special magical pull to them. Also, anything I can eat or put on my skin wins the multitasking prize. You can imagine my delight that this delicious little fruit (technically a berry) is also one of my most important ingredients when it comes to skin care benefits.  I don’t just stop at topical...

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JUNE 13, 2019

Lunch Plant Bowl Recipe

June 13, 2019

Lunch Plant Bowl Recipe

TIME FOR LUNCH:  BYOB! Nope, I’m not proposing a boozy lunch, we’re talking about a Build Your Own Bowl lunch. Recently, our team took a field trip to JuJuBeet, a local shop that specializes in juices, smoothies, and bowls, using fruits and vegetables from apples to zucchini.  Their food is mostly vegan and gluten-free and is so good we could happily eat there every day. They were hosting a book signing for the new cookbook “Plant Power Bowls:  70 Seasonal Vegan Recipes to Boost Energy and Promote Wellness” with author Sapana Chandra. You can buy it here.  The book is...

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JUNE 07, 2019

Facial Massage

June 07, 2019

Facial Massage

Here’s a little something about me you that might surprise you.  I am not a fan of professional facials.  Say what?  However, I am a big believer in DIY daily facial massages, which I do during my nightly skin care ritual.  Just like the rest of your body, facial muscles require exercise to help you keep your skin looking its best. Only 1 to 2 minutes per day to is enough to relax your muscles (though a minute or two more can’t hurt).  That’s doable, right? In a nutshell, stimulating the face muscles with regular massage has many benefits Relieves...

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JUNE 03, 2019

O Canada! We've Arrived!

June 03, 2019

O Canada! We've Arrived!

Hello, Neighbors to the North, I’m taking the show on the road this summer — this week, I’m in Toronto for my first time ever. As part of our plan for Kari Gran to go big or go home, we’ve gone international, first in Hong Kong and now with The Detox Market stores in Canada.  Seriously, we are beyond excited that we’ve come this far.  It’s kind of a big deal for us, especially as I remember the early days when it was just Lisa and me, a tiny workspace, and a nugget of an idea. It’s humbling and thrilling,...

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MAY 22, 2019

How to get more Zzzz’s in your life

May 22, 2019

How to get more Zzzz’s in your life

How much sleep do you get a night? Most sleep experts recommend getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Is your response an automatic “Are you kidding!? I’m lucky if I can fall asleep and not toss and turn all night. I can’t shut off my brain.”  A good night’s sleep isn’t just a luxury, it’s a necessity. Most experts agree that getting enough sleep is equally as important to your health as diet and exercise. A consistent lack of sleep can contribute to many health issues, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, weight gain — the list...

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MAY 17, 2019

Memorial Day Potluck Recipe

May 17, 2019

Memorial Day Potluck Recipe

Have you noticed a shimmery feeling in the air lately? Days are getting longer and warmer, and the prospect of dining outdoors beckons. Summer's almost here!  Memorial Day weekend has become the unofficial kickoff of the season, and it's the perfect time to fire up the grill, host a potluck or plan a picnic. So, you'll want to have a few go-to, crowd-pleasing recipes for shareable dishes that are quick to prepare. If the word potluck makes you shudder (Another vegetable platter? Haven't I seen that pasta salad before), don't fret. You can easily change it up. I often turn...

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MAY 13, 2019

The Best $6.99 I’ve Ever Spent

May 13, 2019

The Best $6.99 I’ve Ever Spent

Yes, you heard me right. Round it up to $7, and it’s still a bargain.  I’ve talked before about meditation and the role it plays in my daily life. However, it’s a time commitment practicing TM (Transcendental Meditation) and doing the full two 20-minute sessions every day can feel like I’m carving out hours. Enter, “The Shift.” “The Shift” app is a curated selection of practices inviting you to make intuitive choices about mood, energy, mindset, and whole health. Cultivate awareness in your daily life through practical ritual, diet, and physical activity. Using all the senses of the body, The...

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MAY 06, 2019

IS IT TIME TO RETHINK YOUR SUNSCREEN?

May 06, 2019

IS IT TIME TO RETHINK YOUR SUNSCREEN?

Do you find all the talk about UV filters in sunscreens a little overwhelming?  Let’s face it - there’s a lot of information out there, and it’s hard to know what’s best for you. For instance, I find there’s a lot of “chemical confusion” surrounding the different ways to filter UV rays.  At its most basic, there are two types of filters in sunscreens: Physical (aka Mineral) and Chemical. Physical (aka Mineral) sunscreens sit on top of the skin and act as a protective barrier.  These contain either zinc oxide and/or titanium oxide.  I’m a big fan of Zinc Oxide,...

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APRIL 29, 2019

Beauty Is An Inside Job

April 29, 2019

Beauty Is An Inside Job

“I love walking into a bookstore. It's like all my friends are sitting on shelves, waving their pages at me.”  - Tahereh Mafi Did you know that Independent Bookseller’s Day was Saturday, April 27th? It’s a fun day to visit your favorite local bookstore, soak up the literary possibilities, and buy a good book. But really, any day is a great day to visit a bookstore, especially a local one. In honor of this day, it made me think of one of my favorite books. If someone asks me for a recommendation on a wellness/beauty book, I love to tell them...

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APRIL 18, 2019

Green is One of Our Favorite Colors at Kari Gran

April 18, 2019

Green is One of Our Favorite Colors at Kari Gran

It’s Earth Day. The perfect time to show our beautiful, irreplaceable planet some love! We all know our planet urgently needs our TLC.  As Jane Goodall reminds us: “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”   Here at Kari Gran, we pretty much consider every day Earth Day. We’re big on doing our part to keep our environment a green and happy one. Lisa’s our Ambassador for Planet Earth. From the beginning, she’s...

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