Favs: October 2018



Brendon Burchard: High Performance Habits Yes, you guessed it, another personal+professional development! I just can’t help myself! If you ever catch me over on stories, you probably know how important that I believe feeding your mind on a regular (daily) basis is. I think those little daily deposits add up over time, and that is when goals+visions begin flowing.

high perfromance



Highest Self Podcast with Sahara Rose, another fav that I listen to regularly and always go back and re-listen to episodes.  I like her no bs approach to being better+doing better. Some of the ones I often go back to are linked below, click them and save them to your list to pull out and listen to while doing mindless tasks! 

Episode 73: How to Live Your Purpose  

Episode 76: How to Be More Confident

Episode 79: How to Shift Your Vibration

Episode 88: Creating More by Doing Less

Episode 105: Adapting an Abundance Mindset



Environmental Working Group, I’ve been a lover of their Healthy Living app for a long time! You can follow them here. You can plug items into the app and it gives them a safety rating which is really valuable if you are striving to clean up the products you are using.  When I need up-to-date ingredient hazard and product ratings, the EWG my go to. The EWG provides thorough info on personal care product ingredients that is published from scientific literature, which supplements incomplete data available from companies and the government. They also recognize certain products which get a certification called EWG VERIFIED, this means those products meet the strictest standards for your health, full transparency. Companies will provide extensive documentation and sourcing info to be EWG Verified and this will be proof that contamination risks are not a concern. I really love this about the EWG! They are also the company that puts out the Dirty Dozen, Clean Fifteen every year, read more about that here.



Currently obsessed with these DYI leggings. They are high waisted and so comfy, there’s not a lot that is better than a good pair of workout leggings! You can get them from one of my fav places to shop Fitness Collective. More of these will be going on my Christmas list, pretty sure I need them in all the colors. 


high waist workout tights



SOS spot treatment from the new Beautycounter Countercontrol line—trust me, you need this in your tool kit. I have normal skin, but will occasionally have a hormonal breakout here and there, and this is perfect for that since I don’t need an entire acne line. There is also a new skincare quiz, have you tried it?! It’s super simple+quick, I promise and there is 10% off your recommendation at the end! Click here to take it! Oh, and if you missed the news, the holiday line just launched, and I’m currently swooning over it all! Check it out here. After all, Christmas is only EIGHT WEEKS away. omg, I said it. 

sos acne


Obsessed with my Big Berkey. Why? So many reasons:

After reading our local water report (you can’t unlearn something), I had been dying to get one of these and finally pulled the trigger in April. I would love a whole house filtration system one of these days!

Reasons we purchased a Big Berkey:

Their filters are guaranteed to remove—

  • 99.9% of viruses
  • 100% pathogenic bacteria, parasites and cysts
  • 99.9% trihalomethanes like chloroform
  • 99.9% inorganic minerals like chlorine
  • 95% heavy metals like lead, mercury, cadmium, copper
  • 99.9% volatile organic compounds
  • 95% fluoride removal PF-2 filter only, which I also purchased and comes with the one I linked below.

The filters are able to be cleaned and last a really long time, like years.

The Environmental Working Group did studies on water and found:

  • 93 contaminants were linked to an increased risk of cancer. More than 40,000 systems had detections of known or likely carcinogens exceeding established federal or state health guidelines – levels that pose only negligible health risks, but are not legally enforceable.
  • 78 associated with brain and nervous system damage.
  • 63 connected to developmental harm to children or fetuses.
  • 38 that may cause fertility problems.
  • 45 linked to hormonal disruption.


I’ve included a link to a very informative ewg article. It directs you to a website to put your zip code in so you can look at your local water report here.  Once you read that, you will be disgusted. 

Educate yourself and make an informed decision for you and your family! Click here for the exact one that we got with the fluoride filters. I would also suggest this spigot that measures the water level without you having to open the top and look inside, very convenient and helps to avoid over-filling.

big berkey

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5 Ways To Step-up Your Wellbeing This Spring

Spring time always brings a sense of refresh and renew over here! Lots of new energy coming out of winter. The flowers are blooming, sun is shining and we are living our best lives with the longer days!

A lot of times we are conditioned to think we need to “spring clean” every area of our lives or make drastic changes when this time of the year rolls around. We actually are better served when we make small changes that can become a lifestyle of healthier habits. I am a big believer in making small, actionable shifts in our daily activities to create habits that will last a lifetime!

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Self-Tan Routine, The Safer Way

Recently over on insta stories I was raving about my new favorite safer self-tanner, Beauty By Earth. Last spring+summer I used another safer brand called Chocolate Sun that I liked ok, but didn’t love. So, this year I was determined to find one that performed better than Chocolate Sun and was also safe!

After two applications, I can say Beauty By Earth is a WIN in my book. It gives you a nice, even natural glow with some color, but not turning you orange. It also doesn’t smell like most sunless tanners do.

The key to a successful sunless tan is all in the routine. It may seem like a lot, but seriously doesn’t take that much time and is so worth it! This is the exact routine I have been following for a VERY LONG time and it works.

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2019 Dirty Dozen + Clean Fifteen, and why you should care.

If you aren’t familiar with the Environmental Working Group, click here to learn who they are and what they do! To sum it up, the EWG is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.  That could be an entire blog post itself, but I will spare you!

So, lets get to it…the EWG has updated their dirty dozen and clean fifteen list. This list includes the top twelve conventional (not organic) fruits and veggies that have the highest amounts of pesticide residue. You will want to try (keyword, try) to always buy the items on that list organic. It has changed a tiny bit from last year, so click here to download a pdf to either print or screen shot to save on your phone when grocery shopping!

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