Natural Organic Body And Home Care

Natural Organic Body And Home Care - Indigo Wild Zum Products
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Natural Organic Body And Home Care Natural Organic Body And Home Care

Cleaning is absolutely unavoidable … or enthusiastically desirable … depending upon the perspective you take when confronted with such a task. Recently I have switched out a few household cleaning items that are definitely making laundry and hand washing much more enjoyable.

Not only do Indigo Wild cleaning products bring me joy with a range of mood-boosting natural scents, they are also making me feel better that I’m using products that aren’t full of chemicals.

The ingredients in these products are better for my family and are also eco-friendly to the planet. They are cruelty-free vegan products that are manufactured with essential oils, plant-based and pure high-quality vegetarian ingredients, and certified organic food-grade oils. They are also free from detergents, triclosan, parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.

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Treat Yourself With Healthy Ice Cream

Treat Yourself With Healthy Ice Cream - Re:THINK Ice Cream
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Treat Yourself With Healthy Ice Cream

Summer may officially be coming to an end, but the fun isn’t quite over yet for my family. I’m a big fan of Stephen King. I’ve been reading his novels and watching screen adaptations of his work for many years. My oldest daughter has become a fan and borrowed many of his books from my bookshelf.

My husband has even gotten on the King train (sort of) and will watch with us sometimes. We most recently watched In The Tall Grass on Netflix, based on a horror novella written by Stephen King and his son, Joe Hill. I haven’t read the novella yet, and I thought the screen adaptation was good. But, I think my husband liked it even more than I did.

IT: Chapter 2 movie ticket stub

Our family (the kids are all teens and young adults now) recently went to the movie theater to watch Stephen King’s It: Chapter 2 together, followed by a family pizza night with ice cream for dessert.

Family movie and pizza night with Re:THINK Ice Cream for dessert.
Family movie and pizza night with Re:THINK Ice Cream for dessert.

The movie theater was giving out fun IT-themed popcorn buckets with a design of Pennywise’s signature red balloons on it. How cool is that?!

Stephen King's IT: Chapter 2 popcorn bucket

Re:THINK Ice Cream was a delicious, creamy treat to end our fun family night. It’s made with healthy ingredients for a dessert that doesn’t have to be sinful. We were delighted to find that all of the flavors we tried are so sweet and flavorful that we totally forgot we were eating something healthy.

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Fun Fall Fashion From Bollie Brand And Twice Shy

Fun Fall Fashion From Bollie Brand And Twice Shy
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Fun Fall Fashion From Bollie Brand And Twice Shy Fun Fall Fashion From Bollie Brand And Twice Shy

Fall is definitely imminent. Where I live, in the southeastern United States, we’ve had a few cool evenings. Just a few. But, definitely cool enough that jeans and a long sleeve shirt felt good when I stepped outdoors.

The weather is more hot than cool still, but we’re getting closer to jeans and jackets, outdoor pit fires, and planning for Halloween and Thanksgiving. And we’re already getting a ton of leaves falling from the trees on our property. So, it’s time to review my closet and see what kind of clothing I have and decide what sort of new items need to be purchased to round out my Fall wardrobe.

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Spooktacular Treats and Activities for Halloween

Spooktactular Treats And Activities For Halloween-The Big Book Of Monsters-LEGO-Made Good Snacks
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October is almost here and I can already hear, Tim Burton’s “This Is Halloween” lyrics echoing throughout my home. These lyrics are a telltale sign I need to get on track for prepping for this year’s Halloween fun. With multiple children ranging in age groups, finding the perfect ideas for entertaining the crowd can be a little tricky. This year, I have come up with some new ideas for this season and I think you’ll like them too!

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It’s An Easy Tea-zy Kind Of Life

It's An Easy Tea-zy Kind Of Life - Dollar Tea Club
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It’s An Easy Tea-zy Kind Of Life

Fall is on the horizon. Hopefully sooner rather than later, we will begin to see some cooler weather. Summer is still hanging on hard. But, nothing lasts forever. I’m looking forward to the first crisp, cool day that a nice, hot mug of tea will be steaming in my hand.

Dollar Tea Club offers some really unique, sweet and savory flavors that I’m so into right now. You can get some other really great tea peripherals from this company, as well. Tools, storage options, additives — everything you need all in one place.

It's An Easy Tea-zy Kinf Of Life - 
Dollar Tea Club

This is a monthly subscription club that starts at $1.00. Yes, it’s one single buckaroo for the most basic subscription Dollar Tea Club offers, The Explorer. There is no annual membership fee, no contract. You simply join and get three loose-leaf tea blends each month for as long as you want to receive them. Cancel your membership at any time.

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Skin Care From Start To Finish

Skin Care From Start To Finish-Equal By Nature Velvet Vitamin C Serum and MyChelle Hyaluronic Beauty Mist
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Skin Care From Start To Finish

Vitamin C plays an important role in human health, and now you can get it in a serum to apply moisture and antioxidants directly to your skin. Equal By Nature Velvet Vitamin C Oil is a quick absorbing skin serum that helps to protect our largest organ from UV-B rays and can also help with issues such as hyperpigmentation and age spots. Anti-aging beauty products are always on my radar. None of us are getting younger, but we don’t have to just go with it.

Equal By Nature Velvet Vitamin C Regenerative Oil

Even though it’s an oil, it absorbs quickly and leaves my skin feeling soft and looking more fresh without leaving behind an oily residue. I am totally on board for this! I hate nothing more than a skin care product that I am constantly feeling like a film has been left behind that I can’t get rid of; I want it to go on and then forget about it. I like that it’s developed to work well on all skin types.

Equal By Nature Velvet Vitamin C Regenerative Oil

I have very little time to spend on a daily skin care routine. What I like about Velvet Vitamin C Oil is that I can take a few drops and just smooth it into my skin after a shower and by the time I’m dressed and ready to apply what little makeup I do wear, my face is silky smooth and easy to finish off with a little concealer, tinted lip gloss, and mascara.

Another Equal By Nature product that I’m really keep to try soon is their Sweet Plum Oil. This neat little multi-tasker is great for moisturizing skin, hair, nails, and scalp. I am always looking for easy products I can use to smooth flyaway and frizz in my hair and apply to my nails and cuticles that at times like to shred like crazy. All hair types can benefit from the moisturizing benefits!

For a boost of moisture any time, anywhere I enjoy toting MyChelle Hyaluronic Beauty Mist in my purse. It’s made with Cactus Water, Hyaluronic Acid (to aid in skin moisturization and diminish the appearance of fine lines), Citystem™ Plant Stem cells (to strengthen skin hydration barrier, stimulate natural antioxidants, and help skin appear smooth and soft), and Niacinamide (vitamin B3) to improve complexion.

MyChelle Hyaluronic Beauty Mist

What you won’t find in this cruelty-free, vegan beauty mist:

Gluten

GMO

Parabens

Petroleum

Phthalates

Silicones

Sulfates

Ureas

Artificial Fragrances

Artificial Colors

It’s really easy to pull this out anytime my face feels dry or tight and spritz a bit on my skin. It provides soothing moisture in an instant no matter how busy my day gets. It’s an ultra light spray, developed to be used whenever the need arises, either under or over makeup. You can barely feel the tiny drops landing on your skin. I don’t even have to run my hand over my face to rub it in, the droplets are so fine.

I tried to get a picture of how fine the spray is, but I really couldn’t. The closest I could get is this one. If you look really close you can see a bit of the spray coming out of the nozzle, but the mist itself is so fine, that it’s really hard to see it.

MyChelle Hyaluronic Beauty Mist

I was already a MyChelle fan from using one of their facial exfoliant products; until my teenage daughter commandeered it, that is. Now when I want to use it I have to go to her bathroom! We also recently tried MyChelle’s Incredible Pumpkin Peel and Pumpkin Renew Cream, so definitely check out our thoughts on that!

Tell us about your absolute skin care must have product — the one you just can’t live without!

Skin Care From Start To Finish

Skin Care From Start To Finish

Self-Care Essentials For This Weekend

Self-Care Essentials For This Weekend
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The weekend is upon us and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t counting down for Saturday. Saturdays are the day in which I can relax from the weekday hustle and recollect myself. I try to make time on Saturdays where I “treat” myself to some much needed TLC and self-care. This treat can be a sweet treat I have seen around or even a new skincare product. This week, I am sharing with you some of my absolute favorite items and I think you’ll be impressed with them too!

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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:

Four Healthy Snacks To Add To Your Back To School Stash

Snacks Your Whole Family Will Love

A Healthy Breakfast Starts With Fruit And Oats

Back To Life Back To Reality AKA School

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?

Summer Soft Skin: No Beach Necessary

The beach is one of my very favorite places in the world to be. So, it should come as no surprise that when it comes to skin care products I love it when I find a quality line of lotions, bath products, and other personal care choices that not only nourish and care for my skin but also can transport me right down to the water’s edge with a breezy, tropical scent.

Summer Soft Skin: No Beach Necessary - Nubian Heritage Mango Butter Collection
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Nubian Heritage is one of a few favorite brands when it comes to both keeping my skin looking and feeling great, as well as providing a nice variety of scents that I love. Our sense of smell is central to everything we do from preparing delicious meals to recalling nostalgic personal memories to promoting calm and relaxing atmospheric ambiance in our surroundings. It’s no wonder that companies that produce essential oils and diffusers, candles, potpourri, perfume and cologne, air fresheners, etc. are such a big business. We all use these products to invoke a response from within to find peace and calm in our lives.

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Down The Rabbit Hole With Alice, Again

Down The Rabbit Hole With Alice, Again--Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsay
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Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll was one of my favorite books as a kid. I read quite a few classical favorites, from Little Women to Frankenstein to A Tale of Two Cities, and many, many more besides. But there was something about the whimsical fantasy of Wonderland that drew me into those pages again and again.

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