Essentials for a Low Carb Lifestyle

Summer is almost here and most of us are trying to shed a few pounds. After the holidays, my husband and I decided it was time to get back to resume a healthy lifestyle. We started searching for some essential low carb lifestyle products.

Essentials for a Low Carb Lifestyle
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Keeping Your Stuff Sand Free at the Beach

Is there anyone else who can agree that summer is pretty much the best thing ever? Warm sunshine, trips to the beach, and lots of relaxing time! The beach is definitely my happy place. The toasty sand and blue water make me a calmer, happier person. The only thing I’m not a fan of is trying to keep our belongings sand-free at the beach!

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Discover Eco-Friendly Clothing That’s Super Comfy

Super Comfy Eco-Friendly Clothing
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I work from home, which means I prefer to spend most of my time wearing comfy clothes. Of course, they also have to be stylish. Instead of turning to fast fashion, I look for brands that are creating eco-friendly clothing. They’re more conscious of the environment and of working conditions of those who make the clothes.

Anything I can do to leave a smaller carbon footprint or improve the lives of others; I try to do. With brands like Majamas Earth, finding eco-friendly clothing for the whole family is much easier. All of Majamas Earth’s products are sourced and made in the US. They strive to use Organic Cottons and environmentally friendly fabrics.

By making this commitment, the brand ensures people making the clothes are paid a fair wage and treated well.  It also ensures their clothes aren’t sprayed with chemicals or that clothing waste is dumped into our waters.

Eco-Friendly Clothing – The Basics
Majamas Earth_Eco-Friendly Clothing Collection

Now that you know a bit about Majamas Earth, let’s meet their eco-friendly clothing. The brand was kind enough to send me three pieces for review, including The Nuovo Top, The Tempo Libre Pant, and The Organic Sporty Bra. All three are extremely comfortable and very well made.

The Organic Sport Bra
Eco-Friendly Clothing_The Organic Sporty Bra

First, we have The Organic Sporty Bra. Made from eco-friendly fabrics, the bra features a v-neck crossover front and racer-back. It also comes with removable pads for added shape and support.

As someone who wears a 36DDD, finding a sports bra is the bane of my existence. In addition to a large chest, I also have a narrow back and shoulders.  I wasn’t sure how The Organic Sporty Bra would work for me, and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. While The Organic Sporty Bra isn’t ideal for high-impact workouts, it’s perfect for low impact, like Barre or Pilates. It’s also extremely comfortable for sleeping or every day wear.

The under-bust band is soft, yet supportive, and the removable pads add just the right amount of support, without being too cumbersome. Usually, I have issues with padded bras because they take up too much of the cup space. This doesn’t happen with The Organic Sporty Bra.

My only complaint with the bra is I wish it came with adjustable straps. Even with the racerback fit, the straps are just a little bit loose on my narrow shoulders. Though it’s doesn’t impede me wearing the bra during the day or during my low impact workouts.

The Nuovo Top & The Tempo Libre Pant
Eco-Friendly Clothing _ The Nuovo Top

Next up, we have The Nuovo Top and The Tempo Libre Pant. Both are so comfortable I never want to take them off.  They are so soft and cozy, I could even sleep in them.

Available in four colors, The Nuovo Top is made from sustainable cotton, modal, spandex, and recycled fabrics. It features a high-low cut, with a printed lining on the neckline and hemline. It’s extremely diverse, and can be worn with pjs, to the gym or with your favorite jeans. Not only does it wear well, it was washes well.

Eco-Friendly Clothing_The Tempo Libre Pant

Finally, we have The Tempo Libre Pant. This jogger style pant is made from reclaimed fabrics, modal, cotton, and spandex. Not only are they eco-friendly, but also super comfy. But what I like most about them, is that fact that they fit my short legs, thanks to the cinched in ankle.

I’m still on the fence about the fabric peek-a-boo pockets. I love the idea, but since I’m a little wider around the hip area, I feel like the fabric accents this part of my body. This is more of a personal concern, not an issue with the clothing.

Majamas Earth Bag

Regardless, like all the other Majamas Earth pieces, these joggers are perfect for sleeping, working out, or even traveling.  But most of all, I can feel good knowing I’m wearing eco-friendly clothing from an eco-conscious brand. I also love that they came with a super cute reusable bag. I can’t wait to add more Majamas Earth clothes to my wardrobe. I’m eyeing some of their tanks, hoodies, and leggings.

What’s your favorite piece from the collection? Where do you shop for eco-friendly clothing?

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DIY Beauty Products with Household Food Items

DIY Beauty
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I enjoy a good spa day and treating myself with DIY beauty products. I am known for frequenting the nail salon and taking long, hot bubble baths. What I don’t love are high prices and harmful chemicals.

Carrington Farms has products that are safe for consumption and DIY Beauty Products! From Chia seeds to Coconut Oil and everything in-between, they have exactly what you need for an at home spa day.

I went to their website and used their recommended recipes for a face mask and bath bomb. Both were perfect and easy to follow. I highly recommend you give it a try!

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Need Help with Pain Management and Inflammation: Try Lokus All-Natural Dietary Supplements

Lokus Products - Full Spectrum Oil 750mg Soft-Gel Capsules and Full Spectrum Oil 250mg
Lokus Products – Full Spectrum Oil 750mg Soft-Gel Capsules and Full Spectrum Oil 250mg
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About the Company

Lokus is a US company that offers dietary supplements made from CBD. All of their products are made in the US and are all natural. Their products boast relief from anxiety, stress, insomnia, pain, inflammation, acne, arthritis, and Multiple Sclerosis.

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We Switched To Natural Hair And Beauty Essentials

I like to switch up my haircare products between natural and the name or store brands you may find at any retailer.  I recently switched my son over to a natural deodorant and he’s already using a natural shampoo bar and body bar. It was only fitting to switch to a natural shampoo bar for myself. We switched to natural hair and beauty essentials and we’re excited to share what we found!

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I am always looking to simplify my life whether by organic clothing, food/cooking, beauty, fitness, health, and wellness. When I use natural shampoo and conditioner, I always like to keep a brand name to use at least once a week. Natural hair care tends to leave my hair feeling heavy and look greasy!

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Start a Delicious Morning Routine

Start a Delicious Morning Routine
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Whether my alarm goes off or not, I don’t meet the morning with glee. After untangling myself from the sheets, I stumble out of bed with messy hair, blurry eyes, and the inability to create coherent sentences. As you can imagine, breakfast is not always on my mind. Counting down when I can go back to sleep is more my speed, unless I have something delicious to get my morning routine going.   

My Plant-Based Morning Routine
A Delicious Morning Routine with Puffins and Elmhurst

A few years ago I switched to a more plant-based diet. One of the easiest places to make this change came at breakfast. Usually this in the form of a green smoothie of some type, but this isn’t always convenient. Let’s face it, when you’re not a morning person, busting out the blender and the measuring cups can be a chore.

This is why I was so excited to add Barbaras Puffins Cereal and Elmhurst Milks to my morning routine. They’re a quick, delicious healthy way to help me start my day.

Cereal + Milk = Delicious

One of the reasons I begrudgingly ate cereal as a kid was because I never liked the taste of milk. Most of the time, I would eat my cereal out of the box or pour it in the bowl plain. This is how much I don’t like dairy milk.

I was so excited when dairy alternatives started arriving at my grocery store. Back then, there was only one alternative option. Today, I can choose from Oat, Almond, and Cashew.

Morning Routine_Elmhurst Plant Based Milks

Before Elmhurst kindly sent me some of their milks for review, I had tried their Oat Milk and was already a fan. One of the things I like most about these unsweetened plant-based milks is how few ingredients they contain. Their Almond and Cashew have two ingredients, nuts and filtered water, while their Oat has three, water, oats and salt.

Morning Routine_Elmhurst Milks

These milks are rich, creamy and free from fillers, artificial flavors, and sugars. They are also the perfect pairing for Barbaras Puffins Cereal.

Another reason I gave up on the traditional milk and cereal was because of how mushy my cereal would get. If I didn’t eat it quick enough it would become a bowl of yuckiness. So, I was a bit skeptical about adding Puffins to my morning routine. Would these bite-sized puffs hold up to the Elmhurst milk?

Morning Routine_Barbaras Puffins Cereal

In reality, I had nothing to worry about because they are made for mixing with milk. They stay crunchy, while also absorbing just enough of the milk creaminess.

The brand was kind enough to send me two of the cereal varieties, Peanut Butter and Honey Rice. Not only do I enjoy their crispy texture, but I also love the taste. They are just right amount of hearty and sweet.

Morning Routine_Puffin Cereal Bites

Another Puffins perk is that they are low in sugar and available in vegan and vegetarian options. Their peanut butter (6 grams of sugar per serving) is low fat, vegan, and made from corn and whole grain oat.  The Honey Rice (5 grams of sugar per serving) is vegetarian, low fat, rich in fiber and made from gluten-free whole grain brown rice.

Did I mention the also have cinnamon, peanut butter and chocolate, and pumpkin cereals? I can definitely see them making an appearance in my morning routine very soon. I wonder which version of Elmhurst milks I should pour over each first? Something tells me all of their milks would pair oh so well with all of these cereals.

If you looking to add some delicious to your morning routine, try the fabulous combo of Elmhurst planet-based milks and Barbaras Puffin Cereal. I can’t promise they will make you a morning person, but they’ll at least make getting up a little easier.

What’s your morning routine? Are you a cereal and milk fan?

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New Jewelry Brand You Should Be Checking Out

Tuli Jewelry in boxes

I’m always on the hunt for great jewelry pieces. I will be the first to admit that I am quite picky. Not to mention I have a difficult time finding pieces that are not too junky, are so short that I feel like the necklace is trying to kill me, or rings that are either too big or too night. Like Goldilocks, I’m trying to find items that fit just right. I may have found just what I’m looking for with these jewelry pieces from Tuli.

About the Brand

Tuli is a jewelry brand that makes hand beaded jewelry from East Africa. They’re handmade. Recyclable. Life-changing. And, you know what? They are! 

The company’s jewelry fights poverty by creating sustainable jobs in East Africa. For me, I enjoy supporting brands who want to do good things; and are doing it. They’re not just talking the talk, but they’re walking the walk. I recommended learning more about the brand and the extraordinary things they’re doing.

Jewelry Review

I had the opportunity to choose the two jewelry pieces that I wanted to review. Since I don’t have pierced ears, and I’ve had trouble with rings, I chose a bracelet and necklace.

I went with the Zola bracelet ($36). I was either going to pick Zola and Claire, and I chose the Zola bracelet ($36), but I wish I picked the Claire bracelet. This bracelet is a little too bulky for me, but it’s gorgeous. I love how the white, silver and gold look together. You can wear this casually or with a fancy outfit. It’s natural, and the type of bracelet that works with anything. I have slightly chubbier wrists, and this fits perfectly! 

I picked out the Heather necklace ($20). Let me tell you, the photos on the website don’t do it justice. It’s a stunning necklace! The style of clasp might bother some people, but I love it. I do wish the chain was longer because I do feel like it’s choking me a little. I plan on shopping around in hopes of finding a similar chain that’s longer. Currently, this is my favorite necklace. Not to mention it’s super affordable!

Overall Thoughts

I think the Tuli brand is incredible. They’re trying to do great things in East Africa while making high-quality jewelry that’s also affordable. The bracelet may not be something I would wear, but it’s still a beautiful item. I love the necklace. 

I can’t say enough great things about this brand, and I highly recommend checking them out. Let us know your favorite pieces from their website in the comments below!

Must Have Beach Bag to Keep Items Sand Free

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My family makes a beach trip every year. For the past three years, we have stayed at my cousin’s beach house in Topsail NC. She has the cutest little house that is right across the street from public beach access.

Usually, I load up a beach bag or two with essentials like towels and sunscreen. See my favorite beach post on how to pack the perfect beach bag!

I’ve always had a little one in tow. Whether it’s my daughter or my niece, there is a sand loving kiddo hot on my heels. With kids comes HUNDREDS of beach toys that they insist have to make it with every trip.

With hundreds of beach toys comes pounds of sand.

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Easy Going Accessories We Adore

As a mom, I don’t have the time or energy to fuss with accessories. While I love adding a few pieces of jewelry to my look, I normally don’t mess with a ton of extras. I like simple and easy looks!  We found a few easy-going accessories that we love and can’t wait to share them with you!

Easy Going Accessories We Adore
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The weather is sunny and bright. Some days, it’s hot and humid and others it’s bright, sunny with a slight breeze!  I take advantage during the week and go for my walks throughout the day!

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