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MAY 01, 2017

What Cameron Diaz taught me about aging, beauty and wellness: Colleen Wachob

May 01, 2017

What Cameron Diaz taught me about aging, beauty and wellness: Colleen Wachob

This article was shared with permission from Mind Body Green as part of an empowerment campaign, “Wear Yourself In,” led by eco-luxe skin care company Kari Gran. In response to the beauty industry pushing an impossible idea of flawless youth for years, the campaign encourages women to be kind to themselves, and their skin, as they reflect on beauty, aging, wisdom, and self-acceptance. ******************************* When I heard Cameron Diaz speak at an intimate gathering of meditators, I was blown away by her passion and knowledge of the science of aging. Since then, I've been waiting for her second book, The...

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APRIL 24, 2017

A ROSE IS A ROSE IS A ROSE... EXCEPT WHEN IT'S ROSEHIP OIL

April 24, 2017

A ROSE IS A ROSE IS A ROSE... EXCEPT WHEN IT'S ROSEHIP OIL

Not to be confused with rose essential oil, rosehip come from the "hips," the small fruit seeds found behind the flowers, which are left once the roses have bloomed and lost their petals. Its botanical name is Rosa Canina Fruit, commonly known as rosehip seed oil. We source rosehip oil made from organic, cold pressed rosehip seeds. Rosehip oil has a subtle woody smell — it doesn't have a rosy fragrance like you might expect since it's not made from the flower. The color can range from a deep golden hue to a rich red-orange to a light-yellow color. It’s...

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APRIL 22, 2017

SAY NO TO GMO WITH YOUR GROCERY DOLLAR

April 22, 2017

SAY NO TO GMO WITH YOUR GROCERY DOLLAR

From farmer's markets to grocery stores, here's how to shop with confidence and avoiding GMO foods: When in doubt, go organic. The USDA National Organic Standards prohibit the use of GMOs. Look for the Certified Organic Seal on labels for produce as well as meat, dairy, eggs, fish and all packaged foods. Look for the Non-GMO Project logo. This third-party verification means the food has been tested for GMOs. Look for the colorful butterfly and plant logo on the label. Check for a grocery chain's organic line. Some grocers, like Whole Foods have their own organic and non-GMO products. Look at the PLU Code...

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APRIL 20, 2017

REDUCE YOUR "FOODPRINT" AND SLASH YOUR GROCERY BUDGET

April 20, 2017

REDUCE YOUR "FOODPRINT" AND SLASH YOUR GROCERY BUDGET

Every day, Americans throw out enough food to fill the Rose Bowl stadium! As much as 40% of edible food in the United States goes uneaten. Holy Crap, right?! That's a drain on your wallet of between $28-$43 a month and all of that uneaten, but perfectly good food doesn't just lay waste to your budget, it rots in landfills and pollutes the planet. While your virtual self is looking for spare change in that mountain of food trash, we've got good news: With a little mindfulness, there are easy ways to reduce your "foodprint" and put money back in your pocket!...

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APRIL 13, 2017

The f-word you can call me: Gina Cohen

April 13, 2017

The f-word you can call me: Gina Cohen

This essay was written as part of an empowerment campaign, “Wear Yourself In,” led by eco-luxe skin care company Kari Gran. In response to the beauty industry pushing an impossible idea of flawless youth for years, the campaign encourages women to be kind to themselves, and their skin, as they reflect on beauty, aging, wisdom, and self-acceptance. Gina Cohen is a featured writer for The Washington Post, MSN, The Huffington Post, POPSUGAR, Scary Mommy, Good Housekeeping, and more.  ******************************* I'm fat. When I say that to friends, their knee-jerk reaction is to deny, to say, “No you’re not!” or “Stop!...

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APRIL 07, 2017

JUST MAKES SCENTS — GREEN LAUNDRY TIPS FROM LOOHOO DRYER BALLS FOUNDER CYNDI PRINCE

April 07, 2017

JUST MAKES SCENTS — GREEN LAUNDRY TIPS FROM LOOHOO DRYER BALLS FOUNDER CYNDI PRINCE

Laundry extraordinaire Cyndi Prince from LooHoo Wool Dryer Balls has a few tips to help us green-clean our laundry routine. It’s no surprise that when it comes to cleaning around the house, my day starts in the laundry room. Some days, in fact, seem to begin and end there. But I have to admit, I love it. I enjoy the feel of warm towels just out of the dryer, the freshness of clean clothes and a tidy workspace where everything is in its place. I can happily admit I’ve created a space that is healthy for my family and the...

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APRIL 03, 2017

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY TURMERIC LATTE

April 03, 2017

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY TURMERIC LATTE

This is a delicious, soothing beverage and one of my favorites on a cold night when I want to sip something hot and rich without caffeine. It’s also great to drink when you aren’t feeling 100% or if you’re feeling stiff and achy. This traditional version of this drink (which uses black pepper and no vanilla) is called “Golden Milk” because of the golden yellow color of the main ingredient, turmeric. Turmeric is known for its strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and has traditionally been used to treat colds, flu, sore throats and even depression. Give it a try and let...

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MARCH 31, 2017

The art of aging gratefully: Christine Carter

March 31, 2017

The art of aging gratefully: Christine Carter

This article was shared with permission from The Mom Cafe as part of an empowerment campaign, “Wear Yourself In,” led by eco-luxe skin care company Kari Gran. In response to the beauty industry pushing an impossible idea of flawless youth for years, the campaign encourages women to be kind to themselves, and their skin, as they reflect on beauty, aging, wisdom, and self-acceptance.  ******************************* I am 47 years old. Wow. I can feel every single year lived through the molecules in my blood and the marrow in my bones. I have 47 years of living each and every day as...

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MARCH 31, 2017

JUST THE ESSENTIALS BY ADINA GRIGORE

March 31, 2017

JUST THE ESSENTIALS BY ADINA GRIGORE

Author of the “Skin Cleanse,” Adina Grigore takes a down-to-earth, witty and humorous approach to essential oils in her latest, “Just the Essentials.” Adina cuts through the exaggerated marketing claims and confusion to bring science, history and practical uses of essential oils to light. With numerous oils available, it’s easy to be overwhelmed before even getting started. Adina makes it easy by offering her list of top ten must have oils and a few bonus extras to start with. Even better, she gives us easy and practical recipes to try. From skincare, perfume, personal care, home care and aromatherapy, there’s...

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MARCH 24, 2017

5 MAKEUP MYTHS WE DON’T SUBSCRIBE TO

March 24, 2017

5 MAKEUP MYTHS WE DON’T SUBSCRIBE TO

Myth #1: Women of a certain age can’t wear powder foundation. This myth originates from the fear of powder foundation emphasizing and settling into wrinkles. However, with the proper hydration of the skin wrinkle creasing is avoidable. We need to moisturize our skin each and every day for a smooth Mineral Foundation application. Also, avoid filler ingredients like talc, which can be drying.   Myth #2: Women over 40 can’t wear sparkle or shimmer makeup. Really? No. You can wear whatever you please, we happen to think a shadow with a touch of shimmer looks great on everyone — especially in a  wearable brown like our Sandalwood...

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