7 Health Habits For 2019

7 Health Habits For 2019

I’m so excited to share 7 Health Habits For 2019 with you!  I really wanted to share a post that would both inspire you in your health journey and cause you to want to go to the next level in 2019.  It’s easy to make a list of health goals and end up with 20, but I wanted this to be practical and doable.  I chose 7 after thinking about.  After all, that’s one for each day of the week. 

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I’ve been on this health journey for a while and I’ve read many books, listened to many podcasts and have a pretty decent grasp on what is true health and what’s a fad.  Fads don’t last but real health does.  Plus, we don’t want fads anyways, we want to create long lasting habits that will truly last the rest of your life.  Health is a journey- I say it a lot.  It’s not a destination.  If you’re looking for a one hit wonder, this post isn’t for you.  There isn’t a magic formula for achieving optimal health, it’s consistency and small steps each and everyday.  They all add up.

As my brother, Dr. Matt, a naturopathic physician says, “Accumulate health.”  

I couldn’t agree more.  Everyday you want to accumulate more and more health.  It isn’t the one month where you do “all” the healthy things but the everyday habits that make the difference.  I’ve literally been on a journey to heal my hashimoto’s for a while.  This hasn’t been something that’s happened over night.  It’s taken consistent health habits to get better. But guess what?  It works!  My antibodies have gone down, my energy has gone up and I’m feeling good.  All those little things add up.  Let’s check in with our habits and see where they’re at.  How do you start your day?  What does breakfast look like? Are you always on the go?  Not taking time for yourself?  Think about your life and the habits that you’ve adopted.  Are they serving you or hurting you?  

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I think it’s important to have some goals when it comes to creating healthy habits.  A couple books I love that talk about forming habits and creating them are:

Some podcasts that I love listening too when it comes to habits and Mindset are:

I think it’s important to always be growing and causing yourself to think bigger.  You can adopt new habits and change your old ones.  It is possible!  Sometimes we just need to be reminded.

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So here are the 7 health habits that have changed my life and I know will change your life if you let them!

 

  • Change Your Mindset-

I actually adopted a word for this year and it’s mindset.  I’ve never done this before but I’ve realized how important mindset is when changing your habits over the years and I want to focus on it even more this year.  If I literally don’t change the way I think no habit is going to stick.  I may change temporarily but it won’t be lasting change.  The past couple years I’ve realized the areas I’ve changed in are because of mindset shifts and changes I’ve had.  Not because I was super motivated because we all know that can fade, but because I had changed my thinking about it.  I literally don’t have dairy or gluten, and I don’t think about it.  I know it can cause my hashimoto’s to flair up, so I just don’t do it.  It’s just not even a question in my mind.  I just don’t make it an option.  If I let my mindset be that maybe I’ll have dairy or gluten sometimes then I might.  But I just don’t go there.  The same thing could be true for anything in your life.  Whether it’s business, family, whatever.  This applies to anything, but obviously we’re focusing on health.  Do you think you can never lose the weight?  Do you think you’ll always struggle eating clean?  What’s your limiting belief you’re accepting as truth?

 

  • Change Your Company-

Who you associate yourself with is a pretty big deal.  I know we’ve all heard it.  Who you surround yourself with is who you become.  When you surround yourself with people that cause you to go higher, than you fall in line with that.  Imagine if your best friend was constantly working out, being active and asking you to come.  Don’t you think that would rub off on you?  Eventually you would probably go workout and start being more active.  The opposite is also true. If you hang around people that just want to sit around and watch t.v. all day, eat junk food and don’t care about health, you’ll likely start adopting those same habits. I’m not saying ditch all your friends but consider what you want to change in your life when it comes to healthy habits and if your friends are supporting those goals.  Maybe it will just take you standing up saying you’re going to start eating clean and they would follow suit.  Sometimes someone just needs to be the first one that stands up.  The same could be true for your spouse.  Maybe you wished they were stronger for you when it came to living out a clean lifestyle but maybe it will have to start with you making the first step.  Be the person that you want them to be and eventually it will rub off on them.  

 

  • Make Real Food-

I know sounds life chaining huh? Ok, it might seem obvious but this has changed my life.  Making real homemade food and avoiding the packaged food.  I honestly rarely eat out.  I don’t live somewhere where there are a lot of great options.  Sometimes I wish I could grab something quick, but quick around me is the nearest fast food joint and that’s not an option.  Regardless I do think making real food is a game changer for your health.  You’ll eat less, eat more nutrient dense food and save money!  Basically setting yourself up for success.  You’re literally going to be reprogramming your cells to work for you instead of against you.  I never knew how to cook until after I got married.  Trust me, when I say this- I didn’t even know how to cook chicken.  I’ve come a long way.  My hubs jokes now that he’s glad I learned how to cook because I would only make two things when we got married. ūüôā  So if you don’t know how to cook, you can learn because I’m living proof!  Plus, real food doesn’t have to be overwhelming or intimidating.  It actually is really simple and fun once you learn a few tips and tricks.  Get a clean eating cookbook like this one or this one to get you started.  Sometimes it just takes a little inspiration or follow a real food blogger to keep you going.

 

  • Be Active-

I don’t like using the word exercise or working out because I think people associate those with negative connotations.  Having an active lifestyle is something everyone should practice.  Whether that means going on a hike, going for a walk, doing crossfit, lifting weights, whatever gets your body moving.  I know for me its looked different in every season of life.  When I was single it was different, as I got married it changed and now that I have kids it looks different.  I used to beat myself up when I couldn’t spend the normal time I used to spend when I was just married working out.  But I realized consistent activity even if it wasn’t 6 days a week was better than none.  Just being consistent with something makes the biggest difference.  It all goes back to the accumulating health quote that my brother always says.  It’s the little things that add up.  Do something that you love!  I hear so many people trying to go to the gym and run on the treadmill and they hate it.  Don’t do it!  Find something that is fun, that challenges you and keeps you wanting more.  It might take a couple different times, but don’t force yourself to do things that you know you won’t stick with in the long run.  Being active gives you more energy, improves your overall mood and mind, increases strength and endurance- the list could go on and on.

 

  • Manage Your Stress-

Notice I didn’t say eliminate stress, because let’s face it, that’s impossible.  We live in a fast paced world that isn’t slowing down anytime soon.  The best thing you can do is to learn how to manage your stress.  For me this has come by identifying the stressor and getting to the root of it.  Is it really the activity I’m doing or is the fact that I booked my calendar up too much and I don’t have anytime to decompress?  Think about why you’re really feeling on edge.  Figure out what drains you and what gives you energy.  I’m a people person but not an every day let’s have a party type of people person.  That would drain me.  The biggest advice I can give when it comes to managing stress is learning to say no.  It might mean limiting your kid’s after school activities to one sport.  It might mean not saying yes to every social event, or allowing time to meal prep for the week.  Think about what is causing you to feel stressed and address the triggers.  

 

  • Fill Up Your Cup-

I know the word self care gets thrown around a lot these days.  I think a lot of us are saying it, but not a lot of us are practicing it.  When was the last time you actually took an hour or two to yourself and totally did something you loved.  Maybe it’s reading a good book, or maybe it’s just watching an hour of your favorite show.  It could be getting your nails done once a week or flipping through the latest magazine.  Figure out what fills you up and do it.  Don’t take a budbble bath if you hate it!  Just because someone else likes it doesn’t mean you will.  Find what relaxes you.  The goal is to do whatever helps you forget about everything else for a little bit and fills up your tank.  When I practice this I feel so much better!  For my husband it’s working out.  If I let him  workout for an hour he will come back refreshed and energized- haha sometimes a different person.

 

  • Challenge Yourself-

This one may sound weird but it’s so true.  I find the people I’m constantly coming in contact with our challenging themselves.  Whether it’s their mind, their food habits, exercise, at work- they’re wanting to improve and be a better version of themselves.  This isn’t a type of rat race thinking that makes you think you always have to be doing something.  It’s not for the approval of others but a sense of trying something new.  For instance, maybe the fear of getting in shape has kept you from signing up for a 5k or the gym.  Challenge yourself to sign up and take the step to face your fears.  I bet before long you will wonder why you even had them in the first place.  When you challenge yourself I think it helps to keep your mind sharp too.  It doesn’t matter what your age is, challenge yourself in something and watch how you surprise yourself.

Do any of these 7 health goals resonate with you?  What if you adopted one of these habits each month for the next 7 months, where would your life be?  How would it look differently?  What are some health habits you’ve adopted?

Here’s to building healthy habits in the new year!

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The Best Nontoxic Cookware

The Best Nontoxic Cookware

I finally rounded out the best nontoxic cookware!  I have received this question so much within the last 6 months that I knew I needed to write a blog post.  It’s crazy how many toxic chemicals can be lurking in cookware.  It might not seem like a big deal but over time these chemicals add up and produce a toxic load!

So What’s In The Average Pot or Pan?

I’m sure you’ve either used nonstick pots or pans or heard of them.  These pans may make it easy to cook your food with but unfortunately they carry dangerous toxic exposure as well!  Nontoxic cookware usually contains this chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid or PFOA.  Science has shown that it can stay in human bodies for long periods of time.   It has even shown to cause cancer in lab studies done on animals.

While cancer is nothing to bat an eye at, it also can cause infertility, liver damage, plus delayed development just to name a few other things.  Of course PFOA isn’t the only ingredient you want to avoid in your cookware.  Things like aluminum, plastic, lead, teflon, and cadmium.  These all pose a serious risk to our health and should be avoided.

When living out a natural lifestyle one of the foundations is cooking your food.  It’s no secret that when you cook your own food, you’re getting more nourishment usually then when going out.  However, if the cookware we constantly use is leaching out harmful toxins we may be doing ourselves a disservice.  As I mentioned earlier it’s the toxic load over time that really adds up.  These chemicals are literally getting into the food we’re eating and then absorbed by our bodies.

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So What Is Safe?

There are some great options out there now when it comes to nontoxic cookware!  I will say some of the cookware definitely are a little pricier than non-stick- however the investment is worth it.  These pots and pans are going to last you a lot longer than many conventional pots and pans and won’t carry the toxic burden.

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Cast Iron-

This was the first type of nontoxic cookware that I switched over too and I still love it.  It really has been around forever and that’s one of the reasons I love it.  It does take a little bit of time to get used to it but once you’ve worked with it you figure it out.  I really love the Lodge cast iron pans.  They’re easy to find at Target or you can order them on Amazon.  They’re also budget friendly!  I use this pan for cooking eggs,  meats, frying- really the list is endless. A couple tips when using cast iron.  Make sure and slowly add heat.  I found this works best instead of blasting the food with heat.  It helps to not burn food.  Cast iron retains heat very well.  Also, make sure you season it regularly. This helps to create a type of natural nonstick surface.  If you’re unsure how to season it, The Wellness Mama did a whole blog post on it here.  When you season a cast iron it’s basically adding a good oil to keep it hydrated and then baking it.  I avoid cooking acidic foods in cast iron because it can break down the seasoning or patina that’s been made on the cast iron.  Cleaning cast iron can seem intimidating at first, but it’s actually not.  You don’t want to use soap with cast iron- it can damage the seasoning and dry it out.  Instead, use some salt to clean it.  I just shake salt on top and then take a scrubby and scrub away.  Then rinse with water. Then you want to dry it and rub in a cooking oil. *The one caution I would make is that cast iron has been known to leach iron so if for some reason you have an abundance of iron you might want to switch up your pans every now and then.  I’ve been the opposite more anemic so I welcome all the iron I can get! Check out Lodge Cast Iron here!

Stainless Steel-

This is another option.  It is unique because it comes in many varieties and types.  In other words not all stainless steel is created equal. Stainless steel is made up of a combination of metals.  Some of the most common metals are chromium and nickel.  The chromium is what helps to protect against rusting and is nontoxic for the most part in the body.  Our bodies do need chromium in small amounts but it’s not that much and if you eat a fairly healthy diet you may already be getting more than you need.  Nickel on the other hand is used to give stainless steel that extra hardness and to give it that polished look.  However, it isn’t great for our bodies.  There is virtually no reason for us to consume nickel.  Your best bet is to buy food grade stainless steel.  When shopping you will see numbers like 200, 304, 316 and 430.  These numbers represent the series of stainless steel.  For example, a 300 series may corrode easier then a 400 series. Whereas a 400 series is going to be the strongest and have almost no nickel.  Of course the 400 series will cost more!  I wouldn’t buy anything less than a 304 for overall quality. You will also see numbers 18/8, 18/10 or 18/0. The first number represents the amount of chromium and the second number the amount of nickel.  It’s also important to not use harsh cleaners when cleaning stainless steel because it can cause damage to the lining. When the lining is damaged the heavy metals can leach into the food a lot easier.  Personally, although this option is safer than many I still prefer not to cook with it all the time because of the possible metal content leaching into food, especially if the food your cooking is acidic. Also, many stainless steel cookware has a layer of aluminum in between the stainless steel.  So it’s important to note that if your stainless steel was to get scratched you need to stop using it. You may also see copper sandwiched in the in-between layer as well.  They do this because both aluminum and copper are heat conductors.  From what I’ve read and researched since the aluminum isn’t coming into contact with the food and is protected by stainless steel it’s fine to have it in the cookware. *Some people already have high levels of heavy metals in their bodies and cooking with stainless steel wouldn’t be a good idea.  However, many people might be fine.  I know a lot of people who use it only for certain things and then other foods that might be more acidic they use different cookware.  One more important tidbit is that commercial kombucha is brewed in large stainless steel vats and since kombucha is acidic it is soaking up all those heavy metals. Even though it’s housed in glass it’s best to steer clear of  store bought kombucha and make your own at home. Check out this great set of stainless steel cookware here!

Xtrema

This has been my newest cookware option that I’ve started to use for the last several months and really have come to love!  It is different than both stainless steel and cast iron.  From the glaze on the cookware to the core it’s made with 100% ceramic.  Ceramic is awesome because it’s completely inert- meaning it won’t leach any harmful toxins.  All of Xtrema has been tested for heavy metal content and is free from glues, polymers, coatings and dyes. If you want to see their testing results check them out here.  Plus, it’s dish washer safe- something all the mamas can get behind! It heats very evenly too.  You can even take a dish from the fridge to the stove or oven- it’s very versatile. It also can withstand high temperatures.  It’s easy to clean Xtrema cookware too, just use warm soapy water.  You can also use baking soda or an abrasive scrubby if you need to.  The best way to heat an Xtrema is to turn the heat on low or low medium.  Since it’s so great at heat conduction you don’t need or want to crank the heat up to high.  Doing this would result in foods sticking or burning.  It’s best to turn the heat on a couple minutes before you start cooking and then add a little cooking oil once it’s heated.  I like avocado oil, ghee or coconut oil.  Don’t add the oil to a cold pan, wait until it’s heated up or it will cause foods to stick.  Personally, I love cooking with Xtrema!  I have their 8-inch Versa Braiser.  It’s nice because it has a lid and can be used for cooking meats, quiches, casseroles etc, but also can be used for cooking eggs with.  *Beware, there is a lot of deceptive marketing around ceramic cookware.  It may say ceramic but it is coated with a nonstick chemical.  The only company I’m aware of that is a true ceramic, with no additives is Xtrema.  Xtrema

Porcelain Enamel-

There has been a lot of confusion I’ve noticed about this type of cookware.  It is cast iron but then has been given a coating of enamel.  This enamel is a type of glass.  It is completely safe.  There has been some controversy about the enamel being made of clay and therefore having lead but from various tests performed on it, there has been no lead detection reported.  A common brand you may think of is Le Creuset.  Their cookware is made in France.  One might think that porcelain enamel is similar to cast iron and that is true but it does have it’s differences.  Porcelain Enamel will not rust where regular cast iron can if not seasoned properly.  Also, porcelain enamel won’t leach iron because of the coating, where cast iron will.  Porcelain enameled is also nice to have for acidic foods like chili or spaghetti sauces.  Acidic foods as I mentioned above can strip cast iron of it’s seasoning, especially when simmered for a long period of time.  For cleaning you can use some mild dish soap on it and a scrub pad of some kind.  For stubborn stains or food that’s stuck you can boil some water in it with a few tablespoons of baking soda.  Let it sit for a few hours or overnight.  *Personally I love having a porcelain enamel skillet on hand too.  It’s great for using with acidic foods or making stir frys, soups, or stews.  I would stick with Le Creuset.  To my knowledge they are the only ones that have been tested for lead content and come back negative.  The only small trace amounts that were found were on the outside of the lids and pots where there was some color but not inside.  Also, I’m a skeptic of things made in China as they have been known to have higher metal content and most of the other porcelain enameled is made there. Check out Porcelain Enamel cookware here!

Glass Cookware-

This is a great budget friendly option that’s available almost anywhere cookware is sold.  One of the most common glass cookware is called Pyrex.  It is inert, meaning it doesn’t add or take away from the food.  I have several casserole or baking dishes whatever you like to call them.  I use them for both casseroles and special desserts.  I also have a round glass dish with a lid that’s great for soups or stews that I use a lot.  For making breads I like to use a glass bread loaf pan too.  *Glass is a great option for those starting to detox their cookware and looking for accessible and budget friendly options.  I have even seen really good deals on Pyrex glass sets at Costco! Check out this Pyrex set here!  Check out this great set by Anchor Hocking here!

Bakeware-

When it comes to baking you can use a lot of the cookware I mentioned above but there are a few other options too.  For the ones mentioned above you can use cast iron to bake breads, or porcelain enamel for desserts such as crumbles, cobblers or pies.  Also, glass cookware is a great option for baking too, as well as stainless steel.  Stainless steel is especially nice for cookie sheets or cake pans! These are a great option for stainless steel cookie sheets! If you’re still concerned about the possible metal leakage just use some parchment paper.  I love this brand that doesn’t leach any toxic chemicals.  I use parchment paper when baking always because it makes clean up so much easier and is sometimes essential when making cakes.  You can also get stainless steel muffin trays.  Another option I haven’t talked about is stone cookware.  They have stone baking sheets, loaf pans and cake pans.  I personally haven’t used them.  I know that you have to be really careful when cleaning as you can’t use soap or get them wet.  They’re also heavier too. Rada is a good American made brand that is lead free.  *When it comes to bakeware think about what you use the most and swap that out first.  As I mentioned earlier, you can always buy some nontoxic parchment paper and use that as a protectant too.  I also like these nontoxic paper muffin liners. 

I have never used silicone for cooking or baking other than some silicone muffin liners.  However, I stopped using them because I started to wonder if they were actually safe.  I had read a lot of information saying there just isn’t enough research out there yet and I agree.  Until more long term studies come out, I’m going to stick with using silicone when food isn’t heated or cooked.  

I do think it’s important to switch out your cookware because this is something you use all the time and the accumulative affect is great.  Even if you could replace one item every quarter, by the end of the year you would have a whole new cookware set!

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Art of Organics October Box: Reset

Art of Organics October Box: Reset

The Art of Organics October Box: Reset is here! ¬†I love the name of this box. ¬†Reset in my mind is the perfect description to describe this season transition from summer to fall. ¬†Back to routines and a time to “reset” in so many ways. ¬†My skin is resetting too after the warm summer months. In this box the skincare products represent the perfect example of adding a little more to your skincare routine for the cooler temps. It’s time for a skincare RESET.

If you aren’t familiar with Art of Organics and this green beauty box, then keep reading as I explain why this box is one to get a hold of.  Their belief is really simple-You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your health for beauty.  I couldn’t agree more!  Their goal is to bring people the cleanest, best, and most luxurious products.  Claire the founder, has always been a beauty junkie and on the quest to purge her own makeup bag, she realized she wanted to share her journey with others and raise awareness.  I noticed instantly after opening the box, the attention to detail.  They name their boxes each month as well as follow a theme.  The card inside describes the products in the box so well and gave directions for application.  The box is $38, with a value of $70+ and features each month 2-4 full size products.  They have high standards for their product selection, such as being cruelty free, organic and non-toxic.  They have more specifics on the ingredients they don’t use here on their website.

On to the review…

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Art of Organics October Box: Live Botanical Luna Renew Concentrate.

Live Botanical Luna Renew Concentrate-

This concentrate is so lovely. ¬†I was excited to see Live Botanical in this month’s box. ¬†You all know I love this brand! ¬†I’ve had the pleasure of trying this special product before and can attest to it’s wonders. ¬†This moisturizer does so much from hydrate, deliver antioxidants to the skin and provide anti-inflammatory properties. ¬†What doesn’t this little concentrate do? ¬†I love applying it in my final step of my skincare routine. ¬†My skin is left feeling supple, smooth and completely moisturized. ¬†I wanted to describe exactly what Luna Renew Concentrate is but I thought Carolyn the founder of Live Botanical did a better job than I could…

Luna Renew Concentrate is a long and slow infusion of organic Rose, Chamomile and Lavender flowers in organic, unrefined, cold pressed Chia, Camellia and Jojoba oils create a decadent and nutritive base. Delivers powerful whole plant compounds to heal and protect the skin.

The product comes housed in a dark glass jar.  It is a orange hue in color, from the carotenoids- an amazing ingredient that helps repair skin from UV damage, as well as environment and stress.  Plus, it gives your skin a serious glow! I think we all could use a little Luna Renew in our lives.

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Art of Organics October Box: Honua Skincare AINA Mask.

Aina Mask by Honua Hawaiian Skincare-

This mask is gentle but also delivers nutrients to the skin.  It helps to purify your skin while at the same time nourishing it.  This mask is made with Kalo powder which helps to nourish the skin with phytonutrients, minerals and vitamins A + C.  It also has coconut charcoal that helps to detoxify the skin.  Besides detoxifying the skin it also includes a blend of hawaiian raw honey and tamanu oil that help to soothe the skin.  A great product compliment to the Live Botanical Luna Renew Concentrate.

The value of this box is $98!

Still not sure what Art of Organics is? Well each month not only do you get quality products from Art of Organics but for a steal. You pay $39 each month and get access to some stellar green beauty.  You can sign up for 3 months, 6 months and 12 months!  At 6 and 12 months you start saving.  Also, each month a theme is chosen around the box.

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Have you used any of the products in the box this month?

Organic Beauty Foundation Guide

Organic Beauty Foundation Guide

My organic beauty foundation guide is officially complete…at least until I try another foundation that I like!  I’ve tried a ton of foundations since going green 7 years ago and I’ve narrowed it down to the products that performed.  After all you shouldn’t have to sacrifice a good foundation when transitioning to green beauty.

I really wanted to give you guys all the tools to make the best decision when choosing a foundation.  I broke it down into easy to read categories, getting specific on skin type even.  Also, all the photos below are taken in the same light up until the W3ll People BB Cream.  After that I added new foundations and they are in a different light.  However, there is no filter on any of them.  The foundations are on the right side in the photo for the first half of the reviews, then for the second half of the reviews they’re on the left side.  If I’m wearing foundation on one side then I’m wearing nothing on the other side.  I wanted you guys to see the comparison. This is literally what the product looks like on my skin.  I really hope it helps you to find a foundation that works for your skin and that you love!

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As always, if you have any questions, feel free to comment below, or email me- I would love to help you out!

*Also, I even created a free download for you guys on how to achieve flawless foundation application!  I’m sharing my 3 step process to ensure your foundation stays looking good from start to finish.  Plus, all the brushes I use for each foundation.  Download it below!

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Vapour Organic Foundation Stick

Vapour Atmosphere Luminous Foundation Stick-

Formula: Comes in a stick form.  It feels like a thicker cream.

How it looks on: It gives a very natural dewy look.

Coverage: It gives light to medium coverage.

Skin type: This foundation is great for those with dry to combination skin. I like applying a finishing powder on top to help set it for the day since it can wear off by the end of the day.

Why I like it: I love how easy it is to use and the buildable coverage you can get with it. You don‚Äôt have to worry about anything spilling out since it‚Äôs in stick form. A great option for those who want a natural look but with some coverage.  It’s also quick to apply, so good mom option for when you only have 5 minutes to get ready. Get your Vapour Foundation Stick here!

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Kjaer Weis Foundation

Kjaer Weis Foundation-

Formula: Comes in a solid cream compact.  It feels like a solid cream foundation opposed to liquid.

How it looks on: It gives a very covered, more matte look.  This is great for those who like a heavier foundation and full coverage.

Coverage: Medium to full coverage.

Skin Type: This foundation is great for those with oily to combination and even dry if you make sure and apply an oil or moisturizer before application.

Why I like it: I can literally apply this in the morning and still look fresh faced by 7 at night.  It really keeps you looking polished all day long. It‚Äôs great for days you need long wear and days you just need more coverage. Snag your Kjaer Weis Foundation here!

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Crunchi Organic liquid Foundation Natural 2.5

Crunchi Foundation-

Formula: This is a liquid foundation and is creamy and moisturizing and comes in a glass container- which I love!

How it looks on: It looks dewy and natural.

Coverage: It offers medium coverage.

Skin Type: Great for all skin types.

Why I like it: This is a great everyday foundation.  It literally glides on the skin and offers good coverage, while still looking like you don‚Äôt have a ton of makeup on. It also has a slight hint of vanilla- but not strong at all and not synthetic. It quickly dissipates after a while. Get your Crunchi Foundation here!

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Zuzu Luxe Oil-Free Liquid Foundation

ZuZu Luxe Oil Free Liquid Foundation-

Formula: This foundation is a creamy liquid foundation.

How it looks on: It gives your skin a put together look but at the same time doesn’t look overdone or heavy.

Coverage: Provides light to medium coverage depending on how much you apply.

Skin Type: Great for all skin types, but especially those who have oily skin.  Since this is oil free there‚Äôs no extra shine to worry about.

Why I like it: This foundation looks good on everyone, is easy to apply and can be found at most Whole Foods or health food stores.  Plus, it‚Äôs budget friendly.  A great all around pick! Get your Zuzu Luxe Oil Free Foundation here!

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Dusty Girls Tinted Earth Cream in Medium

Dusty Girls Earth Cream

Formula:  This is a BB cream. It‚Äôs very creamy in texture and comes in a pump bottle.

How it looks on: It looks dewy and natural but gives a pulled together look.

Coverage: Gives light to medium coverage.

Skin type: Great for all skin types, even those with acne.  It has many healing properties that help soothe acne. If you do have oily skin, we recommend using a powder after application to help set it for the day since it is a very creamy formula.

Why I like it: This BB cream is so easy to apply and a great effortless look for everyday wear or in the summer when you want some coverage but don‚Äôt want to look overdone.  Get your foundation here!

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Root Pretty Pearlized Mineral Powder Foundation in G3.5

Root Pretty Pearlized Foundation Powder-

Formula:  This is a loose powder foundation.

How it looks on: It has tiny light reflective pigments in it that help create a pearlized effect on the skin giving your face a glow.

Coverage: Light to medium to full coverage, depending on application. When used with a wet beauty blender the coverage is medium to full.

Skin Type: Any skin type.  If you have dry skin just make sure and apply a moisturizer/oil beforehand, so you don‚Äôt have dry patches.

Why I like it: It stays the whole day when we use a damp beauty blender and almost gives us an air brushed look.  It looks dewy compared to other powders we‚Äôve used because of the pearlized light reflective pigments in it.  Get your Root Pretty Powder here!

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Gressa Minimalist Foundation in 3.5

Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation-

Formula: This feels like a very thin paint, almost like a paint thinner- I know sounds strange but the best way to describe it.  It comes in a glass dropper bottle.

How it looks on: It looks very natural and dewy on.  It will feel like you aren‚Äôt wearing foundation at all.

Coverage: It offers light to medium coverage.

Skin Type: This is great for any skin type.  Although it is a liquid it dries more matte. So it‚Äôs good for oilier complexions or dry.

Why I like it: It creates such a natural flawless dewy look. You’ll feel like nothing is on your skin. It‚Äôs a lit from within glow. Plus, it offers a vitamin for your skin with all it‚Äôs nutrients.  Always shake it up as the product can separate naturally.  Get your Gressa Foundation here!

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Ilia Foundation in SF3

Ilia Vivid Foundation-

Formula: This comes in a pump bottle and feels like a very creamy lotion.

How it looks on: It gives a dewy pulled together look.

Coverage: Light to medium.

Application: We like applying this with our fingers or beauty blender.

Why I like it: This goes on so smooth and is a great foundation to have around for everyday wear.  Your skin will look polished and not cakey. Great for sensitive skin types.  It‚Äôs so easy to apply too, feels like a really great tinted moisturizer but with solid coverage. Get your Ilia Foundation here!

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Wearing Inika BB Cream

Inika BB Cream-

Formula: A very creamy consistency in a pump bottle.

How it looks on: It gives a dewy, natural look to the skin.

Coverage: light

Skin Type: This is great for dry to combination skin types that don’t want a lot of coverage.

Why I like it: Although the formula is too light for me(I like at least a medium coverage foundation) I really like the consistency and the feel of the product.  It doesn’t feel like you’re wearing anything and the ingredients are great.  If you do like more of a medium to full coverage look you could always spot conceal where you don’t get enough coverage or you could try mixing your concealer with the bb cream.  Get your BB Cream here!

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Wearing Honest Beauty Foundation

Honest Beauty Foundation-

Formula: The foundation comes in a cream compact. Feels creamy and then turns to a slight powder feel when finished applying.

How it looks on: It looks matte.

Coverage: Medium to full coverage.

Skin Type: All skin types.

Why I like it: The formula goes on so smooth and creamy and provides such great coverage.  It lasts from in the morning until you take it off at night.  It takes away my redness too.  Plus, it’s a budget friendly pick!  You can snag 3 items from Honest Beauty for $50 if you use their bundling service!  This foundation alone is $30- so that’s a steal. Get your Honest Beauty Foundation here!

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Wearing W3ll People Bio Tint BB Cream

W3ll People BB Cream-

Formula: Feels creamy and thicker.

How it looks on: Looks natural and dewy.

Coverage: Light to medium.

Skin Type: All skin types.

Why I like it: This is a newer product within the last year for W3ll People.  I like that it offers SPF30, some great protection, yet it doesn’t feel too heavy.  Great for summer, but also if you live somewhere that’s constantly sunny and want sun protection in your foundation on the daily.  I really appreciate that it is a little thicker and offers some decent coverage too.  Get your BB Cream here!

 

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Wearing Ilia True Skin Serum Organic Foundation in SF3 on the left and nothing on the right.

Ilia True Skin Serum Foundation-

Formula: Feels creamy and comes in a pump bottle.

How it looks on: Looks velvety and like your skin- very natural.

Coverage: Light to medium coverage.

Skin Type: All Skin Types.

Why I like it:  I actually prefer this over Ilia’s Vivid Founation because it doesn’t feel greasy to me and the longevity is great.  It is a liquid but then it sets after a while and you get a great long wearing foundation.  It really feels and acts like your skin, yet I still feel like it gives my skin great coverage.

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Wearing Inika Organic Liquid Foundation in Nude on the left and nothing on the right.

Inika Foundation-

Formula: Feels creamy and more like a thicker lotion.

How it looks on: Looks dewy and soft on.

Coverage: Offers light to medium coverage.

Skin Type: Normal to dry skin types

Why I like it: The formula is so hydrating with hyaluronic acid. It feels like a cross between a great facial lotion and foundation.  I like it better for me because it offers better coverage than the bb cream.  This is great for those wanting a more hydrating liquid foundation with some decent coverage.  I feel like I have a glow while wearing it!

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Wearing Fitglow Vita Active Serum organic Foundation in VF2 on the left and nothing on the right.

Fitglow Beauty Vita-Active Foundation-

Formula: A creamy liquid.

How it looks on: Looks so natural and healthy.  My skin honestly looks so good when I wear it!

Coverage: Offers light to medium coverage.

Skin Type: All Skin Types.

Why I like it:  This formula is so good.  I’ve only been testing it for a week and debated whether or not to put it in the post but honestly even after a week of using it I love it!  My skin looks so natural.  It acts like your skin but covers up the redness, and imperfections- creating a smooth even canvas.  I can’t stop wearing it!  What I’m excited to see is how my skin improves from wearing it.  It’s really a skin serum and foundation in one.  Filled with skin healthy ingredients like vitamin C, seaweed brighteners, and beta carotene.  It’s no surprise if your skin starts to look better after using it!

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Wearing Kosas Tinted Face Oil on the left in 03 and 05-mixed together and nothing on the right.

Kosas Tinted Face Oil-

Formula: An oily paint thinner like feel more liquid feel then creamy- I know so weird but that’s an accurate description. ūüėČ

How it looks on: Looks so natural and dewy.  Very hydrated look.

Coverage: Light to medium coverage.

Skin Type: Normal to dry.

Why I like it: This is a new find for me and I’ve been loving how dewy it makes my skin feel.  I thought I wouldn’t like it because I didn’t think it would offer enough coverage for me, but it actually gives a good amount of coverage.  It makes my skin glow.  I’v gotten so many compliments since wearing it!  People always say my skin is glowing.  I’ll take it!

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Wearing Clove and Hollow Pressed Mineral Foundation in 04 on the left and nothing on the right.

Clove and Hollow Pressed Mineral Foundation-

Formula: A pressed powdered mineral foundation, very finely milled.

How it looks on: It looks so natural and soft. A light matte finish.

Coverage: It provides light to medium coverage.

Skin Type: Normal to oily.

Why I like it: It’s been hard to find a pressed powered foundation in green beauty.  This one is nice because it is pressed but still feels light and airy on the skin.  Also great to wear over liquid foundation to help set it. I love applying this to my oily eyelids too to help set them!

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Wearing Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation Powder in Neutral 2 on the left and nothing on the right.

Alima Pure Loose Mineral Powder Foundation-

Formula:  A loose mineral powdered foundation- super fine powder.

How it looks on:  This powder looks so lovely on.  Very natural and velvety even though it’s a powder.

Coverage: Provides light to medium coverage.

Skin Type: Normal to oily.

Why I like it: Even though this is a loose powder foundation, it still doesn’t get messy.  I just tap the powder into the cap and swirl the brush around and then apply the foundation. Doesn’t feel cakey or heavy for a foundation but light. The fish is flawless.  For a powdered foundation this one is pretty great!

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Wearing Inika Organic Pressed Baked Mineral Foundation in Patience on my left side and nothing on my right.

Inika Pressed Mineral Foundation-

Formula: A pressed mineral powdered foundation.

How it looks on:  This powder looks so natural.  Very lightweight, gives more of a mate finish.

Coverage: Provides light to medium coverage.

Skin Type: Normal to oily.

Why I like it: This is another pressed mineral powdered foundation that’s come on the scene. It’s feels feathery light and is a great powder to apply over liquid foundations.  The coverage is lighter than Inika’s loose mineral foundation.  A very soft look overall.

That sums up my foundation guide.  See anything you want to try?  What’s your go to green beauty foundation?

 

Did you like this? Then I think you’ll LOVE my Tips & Tricks to get Flawless Foundation Coverage. I share how I prep my skin, what brushes I use for which foundation.

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Sprouts’ Grand Opening in Mill Creek Washington

Sprouts’ Grand Opening in Mill Creek Washington

So excited to share with you about Sprouts’ Grand Opening in Mill Creek Washington! ¬†I was first introduced to Sprouts’ on trips to California, and Texas and instantly fell in love with their whole philosophy and shopping experience. ¬†Then when I found out they were opening a store near me in Mill Creek in Washington state I was over the moon! ¬†Sprouts’ makes the whole process of buying whole foods easy and affordable.

The Mill Creek Sprouts’ opens on August 15th! ¬†This is Sprouts’ 18th state- so exciting! ¬†I can hardly wait- you could say I’ll be there with bells on. So what makes their shopping experience so special. ¬†Well, several reasons. One of the biggest reasons I’ve loved shopping there is because they offer fresh, natural, and organic foods at great prices!

Why I Love Shopping at Sprouts:

  • It’s my one stop shop for eating real, whole foods. ¬†I can buy not only my produce there, but my meat, dairy products, natural body care and household items. ¬†They cover the whole spectrum when it comes to health and wellness. I can get all I need in one trip! ¬†Something that makes this mama very happy.
  • Sprouts’ makes eating healthy affordable. ¬†Often you hear eating healthy is expensive. ¬†But when shopping at Sprouts’ you can be sure you’re getting the best deal. ¬†They make healthy eating accessible for anyone. ¬†They just recently opened their 300th location! ¬†Their produce selection alone is always 20%-25% lower than traditional grocery stores.
  • They carry around 18,000 products, 90 percent of which are natural or organic! How cool is it to know you’re shopping at a grocery store that takes natural and organic food seriously and embraces healthy living.
  • I love how specific Sprouts’ gets with their quality and product selection. ¬†When shopping at Sprouts’ you can know exactly what you’re buying with their specific health attributes. ¬†For ex. you can see if meat is grassfed, or if cheese is raw or organic by their easy to read labels. ¬†They also have highly trained butchers that can cut anything to your liking, share tips, best practices and recipes. ¬†Plus, they are able to sell quality meat that’s never frozen.
  • Great for healthy on the go. ¬†Their market deli is a great option for those who are in a hurry and need quick options for eating real food. ¬†You can make your own sandwiches, grab a fresh juice, grab some salad from the salad bar or soup.
  • One of my favorite things is the wide array of natural body and beauty options available. ¬†I literally can grab some deodorant and toothpaste when picking up my groceries- I love how easy Sprouts’ makes living a natural lifestyle. ¬†You can even grab your supplements from there too! ¬†Say goodbye to running to several different stores- Sprouts’ has streamlined the whole experience.
  • Their weekly ads. ¬†Their weekly ads are great because you can see what’s on sale! ¬†They organize it so well from bulk sales, produce sales, dairy, etc. ¬†Making it so easy to help plan out your meals based on what’s on sale.
  • Sprouts’ App. ¬†The Sprouts’ app is something I just discovered but will be using a ton! ¬†It shows you their weekly ads easily, offers mobile coupons to save the most on items you love and helps you earn check marks on certain purchases with their Checkout Challenges. ¬†When you earn check marks you’re able to unlock instant rewards at checkout.

As you can see there are so many reasons to love Sprouts’! ¬†One of the things I noticed right away with Sprouts’ was how it didn’t feel overwhelming. ¬†Many times grocery stores are so large and you can get lost but not with Sprouts’. ¬†Yet, I love how it’s bigger than many small health food stores. ¬†I don’t feel like I have to stop anywhere else because Sprouts’ offers it all.

I can’t wait for you all to experience Sprouts’! ¬†If you’re in the greater Seattle area then put August 15th on your calendar, Sprouts’ grand opening in Mill Creek. ¬†This is the first Washington store! ¬†For more information on the Mill Creek opening check out the press release here.

Will you be at the Sprouts’ Mill Creek Grand Opening? Have you shopped at Sprouts’ before?

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