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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 Eyeshadow....

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MARCH 15, 2017

Practicing self-care: Jeannie Oliver

March 15, 2017

Practicing self-care: Jeannie Oliver

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. Jeannie Oliver is a certified holistic nutrition and wellness coach, fitness nutrition specialist, personal trainer and classically trained chef. She develops individualized strategies for her clients, empowering them to reshape their relationship with food, feel great about their bodies and transform their lives – deliciously!...

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MARCH 06, 2017

LIP SCRUB RITUAL

March 06, 2017

LIP SCRUB RITUAL

Who doesn’t love a bold lip? The trick to pulling off a bright color is in the application. As any lipstick lover will tell you, smooth hydrated lips are a must for even and precise lip color. While I’m particularly fond of Suji Red, I was over the moon when we decided to add Lip Scrub to the Kari Gran line. For exfoliation, Kari uses organic sugar paired with Chamomile powder that gives Lip Scrub a speckled color. The soothing balance of the two exfoliators is kinder and less abrasive than a typical sugar scrub. Our Lip Scrub is a great...

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MARCH 03, 2017

6 TOP TRAVEL TIPS FOR A HEALTHY VACATION

March 03, 2017

6 TOP TRAVEL TIPS FOR A HEALTHY VACATION

Tip #1: Plan and prepare. You wouldn’t go to the beach without making a list of essentials such as sunscreen, a hat, and a bathing suit, right? Get in the habit of planning and shopping for healthy snacks and food essentials before your trip too. Tip #2: Pack healthy snacks. Flight delays. Traffic jams. Long lines at amusement parks. Travel is unpredictable and you don’t want to end up hungry without any healthy choices. That’s a sure-fire way to give into food temptations you might later regret. Pack a variety of healthy options. See the list of my favorites below....

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FEBRUARY 27, 2017

“MINIMALISM: A DOCUMENTARY” REVIEW

February 27, 2017

“MINIMALISM: A DOCUMENTARY” REVIEW

“Minimalism: A Documentary” is a great refresher to what is minimalism and why one should pursue this lifestyle. The film is a great introduction to minimalism for people who haven’t explored this concept. The documentary follows the book tour of Ryan and Joshua as they promote their lifestyle of happiness and interview many minimalists around the states (including our personal favorite Leo Babauta from the blog Zen Habits.) Having been drinking the minimalism kool-aid for years, I was very familiar with the ideas and statistics shared. However, I found myself engaged especially during the interviews with minimalists leading the movement....

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FEBRUARY 10, 2017

3 QUICK READS TO LIFT YOUR SPIRITS

February 10, 2017

3 QUICK READS TO LIFT YOUR SPIRITS

Having a bad day, a bad week or maybe a mini-existential crisis?  Here are three books I’ve read and re-read when things seem overwhelming. Each one is charming in its own way, and each one can be read easily in about an hour.  Perfect to keep on your nightstand for those nights when your brain won’t shut off.  Each time I read one of them, I come away with much more hope and a calmer outlook.  Each conveys the message that while life can be messy, difficult or just plain painful, there is always something of beauty to see if we...

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JANUARY 12, 2017

COLLAGEN BOOSTING FOODS FOR YOUTHFUL SKIN

January 12, 2017

COLLAGEN BOOSTING FOODS FOR YOUTHFUL SKIN

After a summer of sunshine and outdoor activities, many of my clients are concerned about damage to their skin. Many of us spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on topical creams, serums, injectables and treatments to reverse the signs of aging, but forget that our diet has a bigger impact than any of these things. The number one contributor to great skin is collagen. Once we hit our 30s, our bodies begin producing less collagen, and that trend continues as we age. Collagen helps our skin look fuller, so when we produce less collagen, our skin loses that fullness...

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