Personal Care For The Modern World

Personal Care For The Modern World--Vellabox Candles, Essential Oxygen Oral Care, Bodyography Epic Lash Mascara, Busy Beauty Body Wipes
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I enjoy trying new beauty and personal care items and am excited to share a few new ones with you today. Candles are also something I love to sprinkle throughout my home, even in the bathroom. Switching up the scents I use for candles and other scent-effusing items helps add character to my rooms and keep them smelling great.

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Tasty and Yummy Pumpkin Coffee For Fall

Tasty and Yummy Pumpkin Coffee For Fall-Community Coffee Spiced Pumpkin Pecan Pie
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Tasty and Yummy Pumpkin Coffee For Fall Tasty and Yummy Pumpkin Coffee For Fall

Fall is my favorite time of the year. Crisp air, yummy pumpkin coffee, cozy sweaters, and beautiful leaves. Getting cozy with a delicious cup of coffee is one my greatest pleasures. From Caramel to Pumpkin Spice, there are so many delicious fall flavors!

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Healthy And Socially Conscious Snack Options

Healthy And Socially Conscious Snack Options--Tohi Aronia Berry Antioxidant Drink-Women's Bean Project Snacks-Kate's Real Food Hand-Rolled Energy Bars
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Healthy And Socially Conscious Snack Options

Snacks, drinks — it’s the stuff of life, right? Everything we take in to nourish our bodies won’t be a full meal. And often, snack and hydration options aren’t given nearly as much consideration as full meals when it comes to health objectives.

Snacks and drinks during the day are often grabbed on-the-go — sandwiched between hours at work, collecting the kids from school, and ferrying everyone to various other appointments and activities. It can seem impossible to find time to make sure that what we eat and drink between proper meals is a good, healthy choice. Anything that makes these choices as close to thought-free as possible (while still being healthy options) is a win, in my book.

Adequate hydration is the most important thing. After all, we can survive much longer without food than we can without water. But, plain water is boring. Most people will find any way they can to liven it up a bit. A slice of lemon, some berries, maybe a sprig or two of mint — great ways to give water an extra kick of flavor, but they all require a small bit of preparation. And some days just do not afford any extra time to think about, much less execute, that kind of task.

Tohi Aronia Berry Beverages

Tohi Aronia Berry Antioxidant Beverages

Tohi Ventures has a super simple solution to support your healthy lifestyle. The only prep required is for you to pick their products off the grocery store shelf and put them in your shopping cart. Done. Tohi is a Native American word that means wellness. The aronia berries that they use in their line of canned drinks are grown in the American Midwest. They were utilized by Native Americans for their nutritional and medicinal value.

In addition to having a distinctly NON-boring super rich purple color, Tohi Aronia Berry Beverages are chock-full of healthy antioxidants. They are also clean label, all natural, non-carbonated, no sugar added, caffeine-free beverages.

Tohi Aronia Berry Antioxidant Beverages

I can’t even tell you how many “healthy” drinks I’ve tried. It’s rare to find one that tastes smooth and crisp without either the taste or texture reminding me that it’s a supposedly good health choice. Often, I end up with a puckered face after drinking such products because some of them frankly just aren’t that refreshing.

These drinks really just taste like a nice flavored water to me. And they have fun flavors. Aside from The Original aronia berry drink they offer Blackberry Raspberry, Ginger Lime, and a Dragon Fruit flavor option. Check out the deep, vibrant red color!!! Drinks like this are best when they are super-cold. I pour these over a glass full of ice cubes. But, they are refreshing straight from the refrigerated cans, also.

Here’s what I like about Tohi Aronia Berry Beverages:

  • They’re non-caffeinated, but not bitter or dull-tasting. They’re refreshing and activate my taste buds.
  • They all feature a really gorgeous dark purple hue — instantly less boring than clear water or brown soda.
  • They’re canned, which means they are easily portable. You can grab one or two of them on the way out the door in the morning and toss them in your bag. Or you can tuck them into a cooler or keep them in a mini-fridge by your desk at work.
  • Aronia berry beverages feature many health benefits. They are naturally sweetened with monk fruit. Also included are antioxidants to combat free radicals in our environment. Truly a no-guilt drink option.

Check out this quick and easy Popsicle Recipe that can be made from these delicious drinks for extra refreshment and nutrition during the hot summer months. Tohi also offers some very interesting skin care and health supplement items in their product line that I am very interested in giving a try. 

While refreshing drinks are essential, a substantive snack is also much appreciated to help me get through busy days. Some days, I seem to be so focused on getting my to-do list done (as much as is possible) that I have been known to just forget to eat breakfast and/or lunch. We’ve all been there, right?

The thought of any kind of snack that’s not ready to go with no up-front prep is enough to have me trying to convince myself that it’s totally cool to just wait to eat until dinner, when I can sit down and take the time to prepare and enjoy it. But, that often ends with me raiding the pantry for anything I can snack on quickly.

Whether I’m prepping dinner after yet another busy day or on-the-go and toting a ton of stuff around, here are two easy, healthy, and tasty snacks I recommend.

Kate’s Real Food Hand-Rolled Energy Bars

Kate's Real Food Hand-Rolled Energy Bars

Granola bars are one of the easiest snacks to grab when hunger pangs strike. But, not all of them are healthy. They can be packed with stuff that tastes good, but does little to nothing to support a healthy body. Kate’s Real Food Hand-Rolled Energy Bars tick several boxes on snack success list:

  • They are well packaged and don’t tend to fall apart while getting jostled around in my purse. I do not enjoy opening a granola bar snack that has broken apart. I think they tend to do that when they are drier, so I like that these are more moist and hold together well.
  • The company offers appealing flavors and the appearance of the bars makes me excited to eat them. You can actually see the healthy oats, fruit pieces, and nuts. My two faves are the Mango Coconut bar and the Lemon Coconut & Ginger bar. 
  • The bars have all the sweetness I love in a snack, but contain no artificial sweeteners. The bars are all sweetened with all-natural, organic honey. (Many thanks for the bee’s hard work!) Also, they are USDA certified organic, gluten free, non-GMO and kosher. So, you can nibble away without guilt!
  • I also like that these are nice, thick snack bars. They fill up your hand nicely and each bite is a delight to be savored. Kate’s Real Food has a winning lineup!
Kate's Real Food Hand-Rolled Energy Bars

Sometimes I’m in the mood for something a little more adventurous. Something that I can snack on over time like while reading or crafting, visiting with a friend, or working at my desk. At these times, I am apt to pour a small amount of jelly beans or chocolate candy in a little bowl to snack on. Here’s a better option.

Women’s Bean Project

Women's Bean Project Snacks

You will never have heard of these flavors of snacks before. And they have caused no small amount of excitement around my house lately. Both my husband and my teenage daughter have laid claim to a couple of my Women’s Bean Project snacks. Here’s why — variety and uniqueness!

We’ve all had nuts, dried fruit, chips and candy. Been there, done that. And Women’s Bean Project has these, too, but if you are starting to yawn with boredom … perk up. I’m about to take a hard left into heretofore unexplored flavor realms.

Women's Bean Project Snacks

You ever tried Swedish Fish? It’s one of my favorite candies. WBP has a version of this gummy candy, but it’s flavored with raspberry. I love them because they have all of the fun with a flavor twist and are so soft and chewy. Winner!

Banana chips or plantain chips your thing? How about plantain chips with chili picante flavor? Intrigued yet?

My kids (when they were young) loved dried pineapple and mango. WBP offers dried mango with chili spice. It’s good. It’s not my personal jam, because I love the simple sweetness of dried fruit. But, my husband loves it!

In addition to snack options, Women’s Bean Project also offers other food items like soup and chili mixes, baking mixes, coffee and tea, popcorn, cookie mixes, dog snacks, and even some apparel and Inspiration Necklaces. My adult daughter loves Lentil Soup, so I’m thinking I may purchase a few things from this company to add to her birthday gifts next month.

Women's Bean Project Snacks

I love having munchies on hand when I’m working or crafting. I’m a late-night snacker when I’m writing or knitting. It’s pretty easy to fall into the habit of having a small bowl of potato chips or a handful of candy sitting beside me to munch on. I appreciate having a healthier (yet just as quickly ready to eat) option available.

Obviously, this company has created jobs. All companies do. But, what’s great about the Women’s Bean Project is that this Colorado company (celebrating its 30th anniversary) has an important mission aside from producing quality products.

It also provides employment for women with a history of incarceration, former gang associations, and former addiction issues and gives them the means of creating a better future for themselves and their families. 

I cannot stress enough how important it is to offer opportunities to those who have found themselves down on their luck. We need many more companies who will provide opportunity and reach out to those who need help getting back on their feet. It’s so important to help our fellow community members when they need it, it helps everyone in the long run.

Here at Beauty Brite love trying new snacks. Here are a few others we’ve tried that you might like:

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Overhaul Your Snack Cupboard

There are no shortage of snacks out there. It’s up to us to do a little digging to find the best ones for our families. Hopefully this article will make it a little bit easier for you.

What is your favorite healthy snack to feed your family?

How I Bossed Up with LadyBoss Protein Shakes

If you’re like me, you hate the latest diet fads. Foods that taste like cardboard, strange powders, and powdery protein shakes that are hard to drink. Let’s dive into LadyBoss Protein Shakes and why you need to try them!

LadyBoss Lean Protein Shakes - Make the Shake
LadyBoss Lean Protein Shakes – Make the Shake
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Not Another Diet Fad – A Protein Shake that Mean Business

Well LadyBoss is none of those! LadyBoss is full system of products; protein shakes and supplements especially designed for women. I tried the LadyBoss Lean protein shake and it tastes great. That’s right, I said it tastes great! LadyBoss Lean comes in Let Them Eat Cake, a delicious Birthday cake inspired flavor. I was very pleasantly surprised. There was no chalky texture, the shake was creamy easy to make.

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Elevate Your Tailgate & Fall Party Season

Elevate your tailgate & fall party season
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Although it’s not officially Fall, it’s officially football season. That can only mean one thing, it’s time to kick off the tailgate and fall party season. It’s also time for some delicious cocktails that are both tasty and extremely easy to make. So easy in fact, you don’t need a cocktail shaker, mixers, or even multiple bottles. All you need is a cooler, some ice, and maybe a glass or two.     

Sound too good to be true? This time, it’s not, thanks to Canella Bellini and Cutwater Spirits Ready-to- Enjoy Cocktails.

Start Tailgate & Fall Party Season with a Bellini  

For those early morning games or fall brunch celebrations, there’s nothing like a Bellini. The combination of peach and sparkling wine is made for mornings or midday. Instead of breaking out the sparkling wine and the peach juice, just unscrew a bottle of Canella Bellini.

Bellini from Canella

Comprised of 75% Canella sparkling wine, 25% white peach juice and a splash of raspberry juice, this Bellini is the perfect combination of sweet, vibrant and tangy. It’s exactly what I want out of my Bellini. You can definitely taste the notes of apples, pear, white flowers, raspberry, and peach in every sip.

Besides loving the taste, I’m also a big fan of the screw cap. It means I never have to remember to pack the corkscrew. We’ve all been there…ready to savor a bottle of deliciousness only to discover you’ve left the corkscrew at home. Not an issue with Canella Bellini.

This glass of sweetness works well on its own, or to make it extra fancy, add a little fresh fruit to your flute. Not only is this cocktail perfect for tailgate & fall party season, but it will also make a great addition for your future holiday celebrations.

Ready-To-Enjoy Cocktails in a Can
Tailgate and Fall Parties with Cutwater Spirits

Next up we have a collection of cocktails I know you are going want to serve at all your events. Its Canned Cocktails from Cutwater. These San Diego, California made canned creations are not what you would expect from a cocktail in a can. They truly will elevate any tailgate or fall party with their refreshing flavors.

The brand was kind enough to send four of their sixteen offerings, including Spicy Bloody Mary, Vodka Mule, Grapefruit Vodka Soda, and Lime Margarita. Let’s get things started with my two favorites, Vodka Mule and Grapefruit Vodka Soda.

I was surprised by how much I liked the Grapefruit Vodka Soda considering I dislike grapefruit. The combination of the extremely smooth Fugu Vodka and grapefruit infused housemade soda, make this cocktail an ideal drink for a late summer/early fall day. It’s so light and crisp, with only 99 calories, and zero fat, carbs or sugar.

I can imagine drinking it while watching my Gators torture me through another Saturday. Is it that hard to make a block or throw the ball down the field?

But enough about my football woes. Let’s talk about the Vodka Mule. Its mix of ginger, lime, bitters, and vodka checks off every note I want in a cocktail. I really enjoy every sweet, bitter, tart, and sight spicy sip. You can really taste the natural flavors of the ginger and the smoothness of the vodka.

Again, it’s hard to believe this cocktail comes from a can. You would think a bartender just mixed it up, minus the copper mug. If you want to make a killer impression during tailgate and fall party season, you will want to grab both of these cocktails.

Cutwater Spirits Ready-to-Enjoy Cocktails

If a Spicy Bloody Mary or Lime Margarita is more your speed, Cutwater has you covered. As someone who detests tomatoes, I can’t say I loved the Spicy Bloody Mary, and not because it wasn’t good. I can say that it definitely had a kick, which I did enjoy. Even though I’m not a Bloody Mary girl, I could taste the freshness of this cocktail, from the tomatoes to the pepper and spices. If you like a kick in your cocktail, this one is definitely for you.

Finally, we have the Lime Margarita. I’m all about the margarita, especially while I’m enjoying some spicy, flavorful Mexican food. In fact, this margarita has me craving some chips, salsa, guacamole, and queso. It would pair perfectly with any fall party or a quiet Taco Tuesday at home.

The smoothness of the tequila blends so well with the tart lime, pure cane sugar, and subtle hint of orange. Like all of the other Cutwater Cocktails I tried, the Lime Margarita is light, refreshing and full of flavor.

The Bottomline

If you’re looking to elevate your tailgate and fall party season, I highly recommend adding the Canella Bellini and Cutwater Ready-to-Enjoy Cocktails to your celebrations. Not only are they delicious, but they’ll also satisfy the palette of every cocktail connoisseur, even the pickiest.

What’s your go-to fall cocktail? Which cocktail do you want to try first?

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Eat Healthy, Who’s Got Time For That?

Eating healthy can be really hard and it can be made even harder with the cost of food and the time constraints. Whether you have children or just a demanding job, finding the time to cook meals with fresh and healthy ingredients is not always an option. We found a meal delivery service that will fit your busy schedule!

Fresh n' Lean 5 Day Meal Plan
Fresh n’ Lean 5 Day Meal Plan
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Meal Delivery Service

Thankfully Fresh n’ Lean meal delivery offers a solution to this problem. Get your meals delivered to your door! Choose your meal options and they prepare your meals for you!

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A Healthy Breakfast Starts with Fruit & Oats

A healthy breakfast starts with fruit and oats
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I have never been a morning person. I don’t wake up the sun or jump joyously out of bed no matter what time my alarm goes off. One way I help improve my mood is by eating a healthy breakfast. Typically, this means whipping up a green smoothie, unless I’m short on time. In those cases, instead of going without breakfast, I now turn to Breakfast Ovals from Enjoy Life.

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Mushroom Superfoods for Brain & Body Support

Mushroom Superfoods for brain & body support
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Ah moving. It can either be full of excitement or full of massive amounts of stress. In my case, it’s been a mix of both. I’m happy to be in a new state, but tired of the issues related to my apt and the movers. Thankfully, I’ve been getting the boost I need thanks to some mushroom superfoods.

Mushroom Superfoods Fuel Your Brain

A few months ago, I tried Om Beauty-Full, a supplement powered by Chaga mushrooms and biotin. I really enjoyed the glow it gave my skin. When OM asked if I wanted to try their reformulated Brain Fuel, I immediately said yes.

Mushroom Superfoods Brain Fuel

Powered by Mane and Reishi mushroom superfoods, as well as folate, Brain Fuel is formulated to “calm your mind and spark clarity”. I don’t know about you, but I could use more calm and clarity in my life. It’s been an exceedingly stressful and emotionally draining several years. With my recent move, the craziness has only increased.

Strangely, all this stress and insanity hasn’t felt as overwhelming as one would expect, thanks to Brain Fuel. The boost my mind is receiving from these mushroom superfoods has been immensely helpful.

The change in my cognition was noticeable as so as I began taking this daily supplement. I feel more calm and clear each time I take the three little pills.

Om Brain Fuel - Lion's Mane and Folate

I also like that all of Om products are vegan, gluten-free, non-gmo, and kosher. There are no fillers or sugars added, so I know I’m getting the purest form of superfood I can get. I plan on continuing my usage of Brain Fuel even after I finish this bottle.

Guard Your Wellness with Immune Defense

In addition to the Brain Fuel, Om also sent me their Immune Defense. This supplement contains mushroom superfoods designed to support gut and immune health.

Mushroom Superfoods Immune Defense

It is powered by a blend of Reishi, Turkey Tail, Maitake,  and Agaricus, as well as Vitamin C. Like Brain Fuel, Immune Defense is also gluten-free, vegan, grown in the US, and free of added sugar.

I haven’t started using Immune Defense yet. However, I will be traveling more starting in August, which means lots of planes, trains, and automobiles. It also means exposure to various germs.

Om Immune Defense - Reishi and Vit C

To help boost my immunity, I plan on incorporating Immune Defense into my daily routine before, during and after my travels. Since I don’t want to get sick like I did last year, I need all the help I can get. (I will update you on the results later this summer.)

If you’re looking to incorporate mushroom superfoods into your daily routine, I highly suggest trying Om supplements. They offer a variety of products for a variety of needs, including cognitive and immune support. Their all-natural formulations will help give your body the extra superfood boost it needs.

Do you use mushroom superfoods? Which formula would work best for your body?

Connect with Om Mushroom: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Allergy-Free Pockets Certified Delicious

Certified Delicious Allergy-free Pockets
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When it comes to choosing frozen foods, I’m extremely picky. Regardless of convenience, I don’t want fillers, preservatives or processed ingredients in my food. I prefer to eat as clean and possible and with products from Mikey’s I can. Their allergy-free pockets are not only free from dairy, soy, and grain, but they’re also certified delicious.

After trying a selection of their products, I was curious to know more about the name behind the brand, Mikey. It turns out, he is a classically trained chef, who worked at restaurants like Eleven Madison Park in NYC and French Laundry in Napa. While these culinary stalwarts are known for their incredible cuisine, they don’t really offer a chef the chance to share his food with diners everywhere.

Hence, Mikey’s was born.

Clean, Allergy-free Pockets
Mickey's Pockets Packaging

Mikey’s allergy-free pockets come in seven varieties, including two breakfast pockets. Since I don’t eat red meat or pork-based products, the brand kindly sent me their cheese pizza pockets and cauliflower curry pockets. Regardless of whether you are a meat eater or not, all of the pockets are soy, milk & lactose, and grain free. Additionally, they are also Paleo-friendly and low in sugar.

I must admit, I was a bit apprehensive about trying a pizza pocket featuring plant-based mozzarella. Although, plant-based cheeses have come a long way, mozzarella is still hard to pull off. This is not the case with the Mikey’s Cheese Pizza Pockets. I couldn’t even tell that the cheese wasn’t real. It was just delicious.

Mickey's Plant Based Pizza Pockets

I also really appreciate that you get two pockets in each package. At 310 calories each, they make for a great lunch or dinner option. Pair them with a salad and you have a very healthy, balanced meal.

In addition to the pizza pocket, I also tried the allergy-free Cauliflower Curry Pockets. As someone who isn’t the biggest fan of Indian food, nor is Indian food the biggest fan of me, I was also a bit apprehensive.  Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised. These pockets were also extremely delicious. The curry flavor was not overpowering. Instead, it complimented the cauliflower and other veggies perfectly.

Allergy Free Cauliflower Curry Pockets

It is important to note that the cauliflower pockets are vegetarian and not vegan, as they do contain egg and honey. Perhaps in the future, Mikey’s will add more plant-based pocket options to their offerings. At 230 calories per serving, the Curry Cauliflower Pockets are also a great, healthy option for lunch or dinner, or even as an afternoon snack.

More Mikey’s Please

After trying out these delicious, allergy-free pockets from Mikey’s, I want more. More of the pockets, including giving the Egg and Cheese a try, as well more of their other products. The brand also makes tortillas, pizza crust, English muffins, muffin tops, and bread. All of which are made from simple, clean ingredients. I highly recommend testing them out for yourself, especially if you are looking for allergy-free foods.

Have you tried Mikey’s before? Which certified delicious, allergy-free pocket would you try?

Connect with Mikey’s: Website| Facebook | Instagram

Have You Tried Superfood Supplements?

The world of supplements always seems to be evolving. This is partly the result of consumers being more open and curious about the possible benefits of vitamins and minerals. Additionally, it’s also driven by how many new options are available to us, including supplements formulated with superfood ingredients.

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