Happy Earth Day! Last Saturday my hubby and I stumbled across an Earth Day Fair in the park next to our condo- which I loves fairs AND we had Euclid (our three legged pom) with us who draws a bunch of attention (he’s just so darn cute I tell ya!).
Anyway- I’m a big fan of natural and organic products (I think I have might have mentioned that… lol) so I thought I would gather up some of my favorite natural brands for you in honor of Earth Day. :)
1 | love&toast // Visit Website
Their beautiful packaging, natural ingredients, and fantastic fragrances- it is really hard to not love this brand (plus they are based in Denver, CO… home pride!)!
2 | karma organic spa // Visit Website
Did you think it was possible to have a nail polish remover that doesn’t smell?? Well it is possible and Karma Organic Spa has it. :)
3 | dr. bronner’s // Visit Website
Okay- if you have heard of or seen Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap (their Pure-Castille Soap) you really should check them out. They have probably the best shampoo/body soap ever. AND it is sulfate free friends.
4 | pacifica // Visit Website
I personally thought that Pacifica was mainly lotions and the like- but they offer so much more. Makeup, nail polish, fragrances… all vegan and cruelty free.
5 | desert essence // Visit Website
Desert Essence is one of my favorite shampoo and conditioner suppliers- I love that they offer you the selection that you find with other brands that aren’t so organic so you can still find the perfect hair products for you hair type.
6 | shamanuti // Visit Website
This is a newer brand for me- I very very recently discovered it. I’ve been searching for a solid, all-natural facial cleanser with charcoal in it and Shamanuti offers one of the best ones I have tried.
7 | burt’s bees // Visit Website
Oldie but goodie right? There is no comparing to their awesome awesome lip balms. Absolute must have and classic.
8 | acure // Visit Website
A polished and very ‘cutting edge’ – Acure has some of the more unique ingredients with potent effects all while being free from cruelty and nasty chemicals.
Spring is a such a refreshing and beautiful season. I love white and spring together. While I love the color of fresh bright grass and bloomy flowers… there is something really refreshing about white in spring. Sure – white is the color of snow and we have all had enough of that… but I think it is also the color of a clean start and a deep fresh breath… and that fresh start and deep breath feels like spring to me.
I hope you have a wonderful wonderful weekend! And an blessed and sacred Easter. :)
Is spring the common cold season for anyone else? Cause it seems to be for my hubby and I.
This time though I’m pretty proud of the fact that he is in the one who brought it into our home and not me. :D Right after we met I started getting sick ALL the time. I mean every month I had a stuffy nose and a cough and awfulness (we discovered it is because I’m a bit allergic to cat dander… and he has a cat)- so now my hubby kind of thinks of me as “sick a lot” which really isn’t the case anymore. I had a pretty minor version of his cold that last like two days… that’s what I’m talking about.
Anyway- my mother was really into homeopathic solutions for colds (she is not very hippie really… this is about as hippie as she goes). I grew up taking Ricola Cough Drops, drinking loads of herbal tea, vitamin c supplements, echinacea in any form, and using essential oils to help soothe my colds. So I think approach a cold slightly differently than a lot of people… at least I approach it a lot differently than my hubby did before he married me. He has begun to adopt pretty much all of my methods.
1 | Ricola Cough Drops
When I think of cough drops I think of Ricola- when I was little I thought they were disgusting so my mother bought me the cherry flavor. As I got older though I discovered that the original flavor works the absolute best at soothing my sore throats (and honestly tastes pretty good)- if you haven’t tried this brand of cough drops I highly highly recommend it. There are not very many flavors- I did just noticed there is a new ‘mixed berry’ flavor- but I haven’t tried it. Just try them. Shop Ricola
2 | Long Sleeve Yoga Tee
When I’m not feeling well enough to head into the office I shun all things constrictive and grab my super soft yoga shirt. Personally… I like the yoga tee better than just a plan tee because it stretches and moves with me a lot more as I… lay on the couch. Shop This Shirt
3 | Kiss-Ass Immune Activator
Yes… that is the name of this particular product. I’ll just be super frank about this with you- it tastes awful and my hubby says it makes my breath smell like weird cucumbers. This product is freaking awesome though- it got me through flu season when ALL of my coworkers got the flu around me. I either shot gun it with a water chaser… or I put it in my travel mug of tea to diffuse the flavor. Shop Kick-Ass Immune
4 | Herbal Tea
When I got sick when I was younger I was told… “If you aren’t going to the bathroom every hour… you aren’t drinking enough fluids. You have to pee out your cold.” Is it legit? I don’t know… but now it is just habit for me to drink loads and loads and loads of herbal tea whenever I am sick. It is really comforting to me and that alone makes me feel a little bit better. If you decide to try this method I have one word of advice… stay away from any caffeinated teas. You’re drinking way too much to put any caffeine in the mix. Shop This Tea
5 | Cotton Capris
Sweat pants are too warm for me on the couch cause I like wrapping myself up in blankets… and blankets mixed with sweat pants make me sweat waaaaay to much. Plus these are adorable and still make me feel a bit cute. Shop These Pants
6 | Essential Oils
Essential oils are like magic to me… kind of. The mix of lavender, eucalyptus, and rosemary help relieve all my congestion. So I mix the three oils in a oil diffuser and sleep away… breathing a little bit easier. That’s the magic I’m talking about- being able to breath a little bit better when I am congested! Shop These Oils
So I stumbled across this dwelling space in Pacific Heights on DesignMine the other day and just thought it was just so cool. Funky artwork, funky furniture pieces, funky rugs, ultra modern kitchen, a chalk board wall… oh and the super cool mural in the kitchen. All set against dark floors and white walls. I mean… cool right?
Ahem… I mean contemporary. I guess I’m not in high school anymore… can cool be part of my vocabulary when I’m not talking about the temperature?
Easter is my hubby’s all time favorite holiday and he loves to make a big deal about it (we are nicely balanced- I loooooove Christmas and he loooves Easter). :) We go to the Sunrise Service at Red Rocks Amphitheater and then we hit up our church’s Easter service. Then we will probably go to a nice restaurant. It is really fun to be apart of his excitement.
Easter eggs are not a big part of our day though- mainly because we don’t have children yet. B U T I love collecting and gathering up unique and cute ways of decorating easter eggs. People are so inspiringly creative on such a small little canvas. I love it.
Okay- things are starting to feel a little bit more in balance. Phew. It is not perfect mind you… but my mindset is back on track. :)
I am off to a wedding this afternoon (and my hubby is a groomsman). Like I mentioned yesterday- we’ve had really really nice weather the past couple days so I’m really excited for a fun spring, outdoor wedding (of course since this is Colorado- they are saying it is going to snow on Saturday night. so there’s that).
I hope all of you have an amazing Friday- and enjoy whatever event you are off too. :)
It is starting to feel full on like spring here in colorful Colorado! I wore a dress without tights/leggings today! Bare legs friends- BARE legs. L O V E it. So all this spring-y weather has been drooling over some springy pieces I would love to add to my wardrobe.
These are some of the pieces I’m craving- are you craving any pieces for spring?
1 | Bright Blazer
I don’t know why… but I don’t have a bright blazer in my closet currently. The reason honestly is probably because I’ve been a wee bit resistant to all things business attire… I thought they were stuffy or something. My hubby bought me a super cute less business-y blazer for Christmas/Birthday/Anniversary- and I’m in love with it. I’ve started to pull out my blazers a lot more and it is making me crave a really untraditional, brightly colored blazer. Shop This Blazer
2 | Flowly Tanks
All my tanks that I currently own a little close fitting- but (maybe its because I’m getting older) I’ve really started to get into the blousey look with a half tuck in the front to elongate my short legs. I’ve picked up really cute blousey shirts and patterned tanks, but I really want some super versatile loose tanks that I can wear under blazers and cute little jackets at work, but easily wear around casual-like at home. Shop This Tank
3 | Floral Patterned Dress
I love love love this dress from GAP… (I particularly love that pattern which they also have in a skirt and a button down shirt btw). Whether it is this dress or not (this dress please!) I would love a bright spring dress with a cute floral pattern. Shop This Dress
4 | Cotton Shorts
I don’t wear shorts much ever- I’m blessed with wide hips, a curvy butt, and thighs to match so I have to work really really hard to keep my thighs small. Blessed genes. That being said- I like cotton shorts- I just feel more comfortable with them. I have one pair that I wore to death last summer. I would love to grab some more cute ones- like these adorable ones with eyelet detailing all over! Shop These Shorts
5 | Nude D’Orsay Flats
Confession… I already bought these adorable floral nude d’orsay flats. And I LOVE them. I’m going to have to show some pretty intense self restraint to keep myself from wearing them every single day. They’re incredibly comfortable. ANYWAY… Nude d’orsay flats are chic and look just a step more polished than ballet flats. Nude flats are essential… and these floral ones are just toooo cute. Shop These Flats
I’m going to shock you all and say life has been soooooo busy. Yeah. I don’t know if you remember this post a couple months ago – but I noticed that cursed word busy is starting to creep into my life and my vocabulary again.
What with being sick and running around to multiple weddings (we are going to a wedding this Friday… and I was just at one March 29) and being one man down at work (my coworker had a baby! woo!) and being kind of sucked into Breaking Bad (boo Walter White… I just can’t cheer for him friends… he’s crazy) and… everything else (like oh… grocery shopping and doing laundry and exercising and sleeping).
My balance has been way way off.
I’m trying to take a couple deep breaths and focus. This seems to happen every once in a while… and its alright. I think it is a weird way of my body, mind, and soul kind of begging for a restart and a reevaluation.
Life is fluid. Sometimes it changes bit by small bit slowly… other times one tiny little moment changes everything… but life always changes. Ground breaking revelation? Nope. I have to remind myself of that all the time though when I start to notice the busy word creep into my life and everything feels out of balance and out of control.
Did I fail in my pursuit to live a balanced life? No… but life changed and the way I was balancing everything a few months ago doesn’t work quite right anymore.
This is a pretty normal thing (for just me?)- just like life is about balancing. Balancing is a verb and its active. It takes time and effort and practice and patience. So all that being said- I hope you can bear with me as I balance and focus on what is important to me.
I’m feeling happy and excited about the future! I definitely am feeling invigorated and fresh… now I just need to get through this last darned season of Breaking Bad (which my husband is super hooked on) and get all my laundry folded so I have something to wear that’s not wrinkled to the rehearsal dinner tomorrow. ;)
Hello April! April feels like full on spring more for me- I saw buds on the trees outside our condo yesterday and I haven’t needed my jacket as much these days for my lunch break. It smells and feels so good… it also has me drooling over patio furniture since we now have an awesome awesome view and and cute little balcony to hang out on. :)
I have free downloads for you per usual! Hope it adds a little spring to your life! :D
There are three wallpaper options to choose from. The standard calendar, straight pattern, and a quote option. Download just one or all three- all you have to do is hit one of the share options to get access. :)