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FEBRUARY 15, 2018

UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE OF YOURSELF BY LEO BABAUTA

February 15, 2018

UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE OF YOURSELF BY LEO BABAUTA

This article was shared with permission from Zen Habits 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.  ******************************* Many of us are familiar with the idea of loving our spouses, children, or parents unconditionally — and we might even try to practice that unconditional love, though imperfectly. But do we try to love ourselves unconditionally? Consider...

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FEBRUARY 12, 2018

A BOUQUET LOVE NOTES FOR YOU

February 12, 2018

A BOUQUET LOVE NOTES FOR YOU

Love is all around us – especially this time of year. Some people think Valentine’s Day is just a Hallmark holiday meant to sell greeting cards and chocolates. But it can also be a good time to take a moment to be grateful for those you love in your life, and to let them know how you feel. If you’re looking for something to get you in the mood, here are some expressions of love that may inspire you. Whether you want to celebrate it or ignore it, we wish you a sweet February 14th!

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FEBRUARY 08, 2018

Heart Healthy Red Pepper Hummus

February 08, 2018

Heart Healthy Red Pepper Hummus

The garbanzo beans and olive oil in this recipe both help with blood fat regulation, including lowering levels of LDL-cholesterol (bad cholesterol), total cholesterol, and triglycerides. The red pepper is rich in lycopene and vitamins A and C, all of which are fabulous for heart health. Ingredients: 1 can organic garbanzo beans (chickpeas) 1/2 organic red bell pepper 1/3 cup organic tahini (usually found in the nut butter aisle) 2 Tbsp organic extra virgin olive oil 2-3 cloves organic garlic, peeled and minced Juice of 1 medium OR 2 small organic lemons  1 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp ground coriander...

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FEBRUARY 04, 2018

How the light gets in: Alexa Robbins

February 04, 2018

How the light gets in: Alexa Robbins

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. Alexa Robbins is a clairvoyant Tarot card reader with 30 years of professional experience. Alexa began her career as a professional actress. Her intuitive gifts became pronounced after a skiing accident in 1980. She now guides an international clientele to navigate every facet...

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JANUARY 29, 2018

Winter Sports Enthusiasts Guide to Skin Care

January 29, 2018

Winter Sports Enthusiasts Guide to Skin Care

Wintertime isn't a season we often equate to increased sun exposure. It's often cold and overcast during this time of year so rarely do we feel the need to lather and protect our skin with sunscreens. When we're out in the snow or on ice so much of our attention is on staying warm and avoiding turning into a snowman, but the real danger is UV light and we are exposed to it year-round. If you thought winter weather would save you, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, up to 80% of the suns ultraviolet rays are able to penetrate...

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JANUARY 25, 2018

Catch Some Rays the Healthy Way!

January 25, 2018

Catch Some Rays the Healthy Way!

We know all about the hazards of too much sun exposure - premature aging, skin cancer, and sun spots, to name a few.  Most of us slather ourselves and our children with sunscreen to protect ourselves from the sun, but what about the chemicals in all of those sun care products? Our skin is our body's largest organ and what we put on it can have a major effect on our health, both good and bad. I talked about this in my monthly Healthy Bites Newsletter but thought it was an important enough subject to address in multiple forums. Many...

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JANUARY 19, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: Kukui Seed Oil

January 19, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: Kukui Seed Oil

We’re nuts about this ingredient! Aloha to Kukui Seed Oil! It’s made from pressing oil from the nuts/seeds, from the Kukui tree (also known as candlenut.) It’s been prized and used by Hawaiians for centuries. The Kukui is such a valued part of Hawaiian culture that the Kukui tree is the official state tree.  While Hawaiians have long embraced the benefits of Kukui Seed Oil, I was new to the party. So when I learned about it from some Hawaiian skin care friends I was eager to try it. And when I was creating our Three Sixty Five SPF 28...

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JANUARY 15, 2018

5 Sunscreen Myths We Don’t Subscribe To

January 15, 2018

5 Sunscreen Myths We Don’t Subscribe To

Myth #1: Having a darker complexion means I don’t need as much sunscreen.  Although it is true that fairer skin is more susceptible to sunburn than darker skin, it doesn't mean that UV light damage isn't occurring in people with darker skin types. Darker skin types are susceptible to UV damage too. Myth #2:  I don’t need sunscreen on overcast or cold days. When the weather isn’t so special, we often forget that the sun is still emitting damaging UV light on our skin. Our Earth's atmosphere naturally blocks some UV radiation, but approximately 80% of the radiation still reaches...

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JANUARY 12, 2018

Broccoli: Superhero of Superfoods

January 12, 2018

Broccoli: Superhero of Superfoods

Shaped like green mini-trees, broccoli is a real superhero. It is loaded with a powerhouse of nutrients beneficial for digestion, heart health, and the immune system. It's also high in fiber vitamin C, potassium, vitamin A and B6 and research shows that these nutrients, along with other compounds in broccoli, have anti-inflammatory and cancer-preventing properties. Broccoli is packed with phytochemicals and antioxidants. These amazing substances influence cancer-fighting activity within our bodies, such as stimulating the immune system, stopping substances we breathe or eat from becoming carcinogens, reducing inflammation that makes cancer growth more likely, and even slowing the growth rate of cancer...

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JANUARY 09, 2018

The power of being seen: Mellicia Marx

January 09, 2018

The power of being seen: Mellicia Marx

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. Mellicia is the founder of Poplin Style Direction, which provides hassle-free styling for women based on budget, body type & personal style to give clients a renewed sense of self that reflects who they are in a way that makes them shine. ******************************* My...

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