We Added Style To Our Fitness Routine And We Love It

When it comes to my fitness, I like to treat myself with new equipment and new accessories.  It just helps me stay motivated! How you stay focused on your fitness? We rounded up some cute styles to add to our fitness routine!  Let’s explore them!

We Added Style To Our Fitness Routine And We Love It
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Spring Cleaning Tips plus FREE printable


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You still have time to SPRING CLEAN! There is plenty of time before summer starts, and there is no way you want to spend time cleaning while the sun is beaming. So get your rags, cleaner, and let’s start cleaning!

What is that SMELL?

I’m telling you nothing feels good like a clean house. But I don’t like the smells a clean home gives off; I know crazy right. Chemicals are what we usually smell when we clean our house with…right? So then our home is going to smell like full chemicals. Yuck!

I want to introduce you to a plant and probiotic-based with no man-made chemicals and is scented with essential oils- Counter Culture. It is made with USDA Certified Organic ingredients with no colors, allergens or fake fragrances. I’m in love with this stuff and will be using for a long time.

Counter Culture Bottle with bathroom sink

Counter Culture: 4 Ingredients Only

  • Purified Water
  • Probiotics (lactic acid and bacteria cultures)
  • Beneficial Compounds from fermentation brew
  • Organic Essential Oil

Most cleaning products have chemical detergents or toxic chemicals that kill bacteria, but Counter Culture works differently. Counter Culture cleans surfaces, eliminates stinky smells and helps restore the healthy balance of bacteria in your home. Now you know what type of CLEANER you need in the house then let’s get started with the cleaning tips.

Spring Cleaning Tips

  • Windows: Clean on an overcast day. Wash with a glass cleaner and micro cloth. Also don’t forget the blinds, which you can use a duster or vacuum if you have fabric shades.
  • Microwave: Place a microwave-safe bowl with 1 cup of water with chopped up lemon. Turn on high for 5 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes before opening the microwave. Then wipe out with cloth inside and out- it will shine!
  • Counters: Wipe down all kitchen surfaces with Counter Culture All Purpose Cleaner. Plus you can’t forget the fridge- wipe down everything and throw away stuff you don’t use or went bad. Fridges can stink so when you use the Counter Culture those essential oils will help with the smell. 
  • Shower Curtain: Buy a new one or machine wash on gentle cycle with bath towels. If shower curtain is fabric make sure to hit it with the Air+ Fabric Refresh when you hang back up. 
  • Bedding: During spring is the best time to wash all bedroom bedding and swap out with spring colors. Put away winter bedding in a huge ziplock bag with a couple of drops of essential oils or even spray the Air + Fabric Refresh

Yes, we know there is much more to spring cleaning than our tips above, but I also made a SPRING CLEAN CHECKLISTfor you so no worries we have you covered!

Thank you for reading and please leave us a comment about your Spring Cleaning Tips below.

Natural Care For The Family

As a single mom, I am always on a budget. However, when it comes to beauty, I like to be picky with what I use!  A few months ago, I had to purchase a list of basic beauty essentials to send to school for my son, such as a comb/brush, toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant, etc.  They were going to work with the students on how to use these items, basic needs, and how to care for themselves! At the time, I needed to buy the items quickly, so I didn’t choose natural items!  After buying everything on the list, I realized, I should choose natural beauty for the family!

As a single mom, I am always on a budget. However, when it comes to beauty, I like to be picky with what I use! A few months ago, I had to purchase a list of basic beauty essentials to send to school for my son, such as a comb/brush, toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant, etc. They were going to work with the students on how to use these items, basic needs, and how to care for themselves! At the time, I needed to buy the items quickly, so I didn’t choose natural items! After buying everything on the list, I realized, I should choose natural beauty for the family!
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As time went on, I’ve been slowly switching my son’s basic care items to natural products. We are now using natural toothpaste.

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Nourish Your Skin With Plant-Based Goodness

There are a few podcasts that I listen to from time to time and a few of them are always talking about bioClarity! Of course, as a beauty blogger, I’ve been curious ever since!  I knew I had to try their products!

Nourish Your Skin With Plant-Based Goodness
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Green Beauty with a Tropical Twist

Green Beauty with a Tropical Twist
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When you apply your makeup are you transported to a land of rolling waves and sun-kissed beaches? Does a tropical island blend nourish your skin with every swipe or brush tap? If this sounds too good to be true, it’s not.  It’s all possible with the green beauty brand, Caley Cosmetics.

Meet Green Beauty Brand Caley Cosmetics

Launched in 2018 by mother-daughter team, Annie & Cindy Holland, Caley Cosmetics is a new player on the green beauty, indie scene. Their motto, to create a natural beauty brand that makes you feel like you’re on vacation every day, is unique and inspiring.

As a huge supporter of women owned, indie brands, I love everything about Caley Cosmetics. All of their products are:

  • Leaping Bunny Certified, cruelty-free
  • Made in a family-owned, green beauty facility in Texas
  • Score a 1 or 2 on the EWG toxicity scale (meaning they are safe & nontoxic)
  • Free of sulfates, silicones, parabens, phthalates, petroleum, artificial dyes or fragrances
  • Contain sustainably sourced ingredients manufactured with little to no carbon footprint

Additionally, every one of their products features their island blend of watermelon, pineapple, hibiscus, mango, jasmine, and papaya. This tropical essence is loaded with good for your skin antioxidants that both protect your skin and give it a natural, healthy glow.

Green Beauty _ Caley Cosmetics Look
Beach Babes Natural Eyes & Brows

The brand was kind enough to send me a selection of their products, including their Beach Babe Natural Eyes liner in Midnight. I also picked up the Beach Babe Natural Brows pencil in Dark.

Available in twelve shades (matte, shimmer & metallic), the Beach Babe Natural Eyes liner comes in a pencil form. Before you think, “ugh not another hard pencil liner,” let me tell you it’s anything but hard. Designed to apply like a gel liner, the Beach Babe Natural Eyes liner glides on very smoothly.

Green Beauty Beach Babe Natural Eyes and Brows

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I like this liner. If there is one product I hardly use, it’s eye liner. I just find it so hard to apply on my small eyes and crepey lids. This was not the case with the Natural Eyes liner in Dark, a matte black.

The creamy, water-proof formulation is easy to work with yet has great lasting power and doesn’t budge or smudge. There is nothing worse than looking in the mirror to find your liner has travelled and you now look like a raccoon.

Most of all, I like how it made my blue eyes pop, which is exactly what the liner is designed to do. There must be some kind of magic in that ingredient list of fruit and botanical extracts and oils.

Green Beauty - Beach Babe Natural Eyes & Brows Swatches

Next up, is the Beach Babe Natural Brows, which is currently available in four shades. I did see the founder respond to a consumer review of the product stating that they are working on expanding the line. I couldn’t decide between Brunette and Dark but opted for Dark to match my cool undertones.

When I first tried out this brow pencil, I was not a fan. The formulation was so soft I struggled with the application. Although the pencil provided definition it also seemed to apply too much product. My brows were looking dark and chunky. With a little spoolie finessing and some clear brow gel I was able to tone it down.

But then something changed, the more I used the Beach Babe Natural Brows pencil, the better it performed. Now application is like a nice, warm tropical breeze on summer’s night. That might sound a little flowery, but it’s true. I find it very easy to create a brow look that is both natural and precise. I also appreciate how the formula dries down to a soft matte, almost powder-like finish.

Let’s just say when I pair my Beach Babes Natural Eyes and Natural Brows together, my eyes look incredible. They pop to perfection, without looking over done.

Beach Babe, Beach Kiss & Color Wave
Green Beauty Beach Babe and Color Wave lip products

In addition to the liner, Caley Cosmetics also sent me their Beachy Kiss Natural Lip Gloss and Color Wave Natural Lipstick. I also picked up their Beach Babe Natural Lips Liner to pair with the lipstick.

First, let’s talk about the packaging of the gloss and lipstick. They look and feel both modern and feminine. It makes me happy each time I see them sitting on my vanity.

The Color Wave Natural Lipstick, available in 14 colors, features a blend of watermelon, pineapple, hibiscus, jasmine and mango. This combination, along with other good for your lips ingredients, helps hydrate and protect the delicate skin on your lips.

Although I’ve only tried one color, Babydoll a peach nude, I’m very impressed with the pigmentation. The color is rich and very flattering to my skin tone. It’s also the perfect shade for spring and summer.

Green Beauty - Beach Babes Lips and Beachy Kiss Gloss

To complete my perfect pout, I picked up the Beach Babe Natural Lips liner in Coral. Like Baby Doll, it’s a pretty nude. It gives my lips definition, while also preventing from feathering, fading or bleeding.

I typically don’t wear lip liner as much as I did in my colleg days. Of course back in the 90s it was all about the liner, the darker the better. After using the Caley Cosmetics lip liner, I think it’s time I wear it more. The formula is longer wearing and hydrating. Not only does it look good on my lips, but it also feels amazing.

Green Beauty - Lip Swatches

Finally, we have the Beachy Kiss Natural Gloss in Sunshine Sparkle. I really hope the brand expands this  line because this gloss is very unique. It’s not sticky or greasy. Instead, it feels like you are wearing a nourishing oil on your lips.

You can wear the gloss alone, for a boost of hydration and sparkle, or over top your favorite lipstick. I like to pair it with BabyDoll and Coral. It gives my lips that perfect touch of shine I love. I also like to apply it to my lips on no makeup days. It nourishes my lips and gives my face a little boost of radiance.

After trying out all these goodies from Caley Cosmetics, I’m looking forward to seeing what they do in the future. I also hope to try out more of their liners, lipsticks, and the, soon to be released, Sunkissed Mineral Makeup.

Are you a fan of green beauty? Which Caley Cosmetics product would you try first?

Connect with Caley Cosmetics: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Sharing My Easter Traditions With My Kids

Sharing My Easter Traditions with My Kids

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Growing up Easter was always one of my favorite holidays. Not for all the treats but for the time we got to always spend with family. For us, Easter was always about making the most of the time we had with family and celebrating the real reason for Easter. These are my reasons for sharing my Easter traditions with my kids.

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Go Wild for Sustainably Caught Fish

 

Go Wild for Sustainably Caught Fish

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Growing up in Florida you become a bit of a seafood snob. When you’re able to catch it yourself, you know how good fresh fish tastes.  Of course, this isn’t an option for everyone, which is why most fish is bought in-store. In recent years, however, many types of seafood have been overfished or produced in farms. This can compromise both flavor, quality, and the underwater ecosystem. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to when you choose to purchase wild, sustainably caught fish.

One brand on such a mission is Wild Planet.  All of their products are sustainably caught. This means they don’t overfish the oceans, damage the habitat, or catch juvenile or non-targeted species. It’s a philosophy I fully support.

It aligns with the habits I was taught as a kid. Every time we went out on the boat, my parents always made sure we respected the water and the beings living below the surface.  We never caught more than we could eat. If the seafood was too small or not in season, we always returned it to the ocean. Though we had to leave a few anchors in the sea when they got stuck, we never considered the water our garbage can.

Sustainably Caught Fish – Skipjack Tuna

Sustainably caught fish - Skip Jack tuna

Wild Planet was kind enough to send me several of their products to try, including their Skipjack Tuna in a pouch. Though I’ve had their canned tuna before, this was the first time I tried the Skipjack pouch. I really enjoy both varieties. You can taste the difference in this sustainably caught fish. It’s like throwing out a line and catching it fresh yourself.

All of Wild Planet’s tuna is 100% pole and line caught in Central or North Pacific Ocean. Allowing the fish to remain in its natural habitat ensures you are getting the freshest fish every time. The skipjack tuna contains no salt and is packed raw without oil, water or fillers. It is then cooked once to help it maintain its rich abundance of DHA and EPA Omega 3’s. Consuming Omega 3’s is good for your mind, body, and soul.

There are lots of ways to enjoy tuna, but one of my favorites is the tuna melt. I like to add a bit of mayo, white pepper, and garlic salt to my tuna. This is followed by chopped celery and carrots. I then place the mixture on my favorite sprouted bread and top it off with cheddar cheese. In this case, I used vegan cheddar cheese.

Wild Sardines and Mackerel

Sustainably caught fish - wild sardines and mackerel

Wild Planet was also kind enough to send me their sustainably caught Wild Mackerel and Wild Sardines in Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Just like the tuna, both of these skinless and boneless fillets are delicious. This variety features very simple ingredients, hand-fillet fresh fish, organic olive oil and sea salt.

These Atlantic Ocean sardines and mackerels are fished using purse seine methods. This sustainable method targets only the desired species. It also helps to eliminate catching fish you don’t want and doesn’t damage the ecosystem.

Wild Planet’s sardines and mackerels are rich in protein and EPA/DHA Omega 3s. I like to add them to salads for that extra punch of protein and salty, smokiness. I find them especially tasty in Caesar salad. They complement the creamy dressing perfectly. Mackerel also works well as a tuna substitute, while sardines are a great addition to your favorite bruschetta recipe.

So next time you’re craving some seafood, consider picking up the sustainably caught fish varieties from Wild Planet. You’ll not only taste the difference, but you’ll also be supporting a more eco-conscious brand.

What’s your favorite way to eat tuna? Have you tried canned sardines or mackerel?

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A Cruelty-Free Brand People Should Know About

The Organic Skin Co. Products Opened
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One of my big beauty and skin care goals for 2019 is to use more cruelty-free brands. My long-term goals are to go organic and vegan. I recently had the opportunity to kick my 2019 goal into gear by testing out some beauty products from The Organic Skin Co.

About The Organic Skin Co.

“Ethics are important to us. We want you to be clear about what ingredients we put in our products, and we want you to know that we’re doing the right thing by you and by our planet. Here’s a look at all the little things we do to give you peace of mind.”

The Organic Skin Co. is certified organic, cruelty-free, and vegan.

Face Products

Set to Impress Pressed Powder in Moonlit ($56) – This is a great setting powder that has a slight tint to it. When swatching I thought it was going to go on the skin darker, but it doesn’t. For me, that’s a great thing. While translucent powders are great, I do like a little color to them. I don’t typically have a ton of shine during the winter months, but this works great at controlling the shine, even when I’m not wearing any foundation.

Set to Impress Pressed Powder Top of Packaging

Set to Impress Pressed Powder Opened

Set to Impress Pressed Powder

Set to Impress Pressed Powder Swatched

Lip Products

All About the Gloss in Mist ($30) – This by far one of my favorite lip glosses that I’ve worn in a long time. It’s perfect for every day, it’s comfortable to wear, doesn’t have a strong odor, and it’s just an all-around great product. I still recommend wearing a lip balm under if you have dry lips, but it’s still an excellent gloss.

All About the Gloss opened

All About the Gloss applicator up close

Lip Service in Ruby Red ($34.50) – This is a neutral red lipstick that works as an everyday color. Even if you’re like me and don’t typically wear red lipsticks, this is a natural red to wear! It’s moisturizing, goes on smoothly, and does last a good couple of hours before having to re-apply.

Lip Service lipstick side view

Lip Service lipstick front view

About the Gloss and Lip Service Packaging

About the Gloss and Lip Service Swatched

Eyes

Black Lash in Black ($40) – This isn’t going to give you the look of false lashes. It’s necessary to point this out right away. However, this is still an excellent mascara for work or school.

Black Lash Mascara opened

Black Lash Mascara wand up close

The Eyes Have It in Day Dreamer and Misty ($36) – I’ve been on a natural eye makeup look, and even started using cream eye shadows. So of course, I had to test out two of the brands cream shadows: Day Dreamer and Misty. Misty is a muted taupe and Day Dreamer is a medium brown. Both are great to throw on, apply some eyeliner, mascara, and you’re good to go!

The Eyes Have It Packaging

The Eyes Have It Opened Aerial View

Overall Thoughts

If you want a cruelty-free and vegan brand, I can’t say enough about The Organic Skin Co. Everything I’ve tried is great! I already have a cart full of products that I can’t wait to order and try out!

Unexpected Natural Beauty To Try

I didn’t start looking into natural beauty products until after I had my son. I was a stay at home mom for the first time. I had a lot of time to discover and read more on beauty products. I found a new home business that sold mineral makeup! After that, I knew I had to try more natural products! I am so excited to introduce you to a few unexpected natural beauty to try!

Unexpected Natural Beauty To Try

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Make Your New House Feel Like Home

Make your house feel like home by adding warmth and comfort with e-cloth, Goose Creek Candles, and White Terry. When we moved into our home, we only had clothes and stuff packed in plastic bins. We didn’t have a whole lot. Making a place feel like home is pretty fun and rewarding because it’s yours!

Make Your New House Feel Like Home

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