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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.

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!

The one cookie recipe you want…

The moment TEB said these were the best chocolate cookies he’d ever had, I knew this recipe was a winner. After testing several times, I certainly have to agree!

They are made with simple ingredients, and fool proof. Plus, who doesn’t need another chocolate recipe on hand?! They are grain free, dairy free, basically all the things free and such a nice treat!

A pep talk: because being healthy+living your best life shouldn’t be overwhelming.

Photo of Sarah Bridgeman

Truth be told, I am quite complicated, we all are. We all have our own issues, problems, fears, stressors, anxieties, etc. I could go on and on. But, I’m here to tell you—the simpler you can make things that you CAN control, the better off you (plus everyone around you) will be.

We put so much pressure on ourselves every single day. So, let’s pump the breaks for a sec.

There is beauty in simplicity and calm is a superpower, I promise. Give yourself some margin, but still get after it. 

You are doing just fine. If you can make one, yes, one simple change a day or even a month that will impact your health+wellbeing for the better, and that’s AWESOME. Don’t get down on yourself!

The one skincare item you probably aren’t using…

Can you guess what it is?!

Facial oil. Yes, oil. I know so many people get scared of putting oil on their face, but hear me out. Facial oils are a total game changer for your skin, trust me. Another common fear that most people have is how to use them. So, here we go…

Consider facial oil an instant pick me up for your face. So, what can you expect?! Glowier, hydrated, smoother, brighter, plumped skin from oil. It’s rich, deeply nourishing, utterly soothing—and something you totally need to consider trying. For real though, who doesn’t want all of that?!

nut + seed milk

This one has been a long time coming. My milk recipes have been perfected and I must share the goods with you!

Let’s be clear on one thing, I had stipulations when I decided to do this back in 2018. First, it needed to be made with nuts or seeds that did not require straining, no time for that. Second, it needed to be easy, and third, taste good!

Making milk at home is very inexpensive, easy, and taste so much better than store bought. Even the organic, non-gmo options  at the grocery still have gums and fillers. Two things, I’m certain aren’t needed in my life.

Morning Routine

Either you run the day or the day runs you.

There are a couple of things that are non-negotiable for me, sleep and routine. They set you up for success and set the tone for all areas of life. Every single morning looks almost identical for me.

My morning routine actually starts the night before, and I am not even going to tell you it is easy…but no phone for at least 30 minutes before lights out.  We are all guilty of mindless scrolling, and it’s the biggest time waster ever. I follow this into my morning. I want to be a dictator of my time, not a reactor. Plus, I want to make the most of my time and be as productive as possible.

Favs: January 2019

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. This book is one that everyone should read. Lots of useful+practical lessons anyone can apply to move your life forward. Always remember, your mindset work is never done! 

High Vibes

Photo of Sarah Bridgeman

If you’ve been around long, you know that there is absolutely no time for bad vibes over here. Coming into a new year can always be refreshing and overwhelming at the same time. You feel me?!

So, here are some of my instant high vibe essentials to help keep you on track and give your life a boost in the right direction! 

Easy Granola Bars

Image of two granola bars sitting on a plate

TEB loves a good bar. While, bars aren’t my personal preference, it’s important that the bars he does consume be full of nutrients+clean ingredients+real food. These fit the bill, and no, I don’t always make homemade bars.

These are SUPER easy, and you probably already have some or all of the ingredients on the list. Plus you can switch ingredients around! If you don’t like raisins, maybe add some unsweetened cherries instead.

Collagen was perfect to add for some extra protein. OX Nutrition blends better than any collagen I have EVER used, plus they source sustainably and that is important to me.