beauty // ursa major

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I love coming across beauty products that are all natural, and completely new to me. I was told about Ursa Major from a friend. Their products are 98-100% natural, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and vegan.  This is a company that truly wants the best for your skin.

We tried a few different products and liked them all. They left our skin feeling smooth and clean. We loved the handy, toner wipes.  They left our face feeling fresh and clean.  The face wash wasn’t heavy, which is a win win for me.  My skin tends to be touchy and sensitive, so anything heavy is never my friend.

This is a great company! Show them some love, and take a look at all of their goodness. Also, they have some killer men products, for that man in your life.

Enjoy!

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beauty // herbivore botanical

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We are kicking off our beauty series with one of the best companies (in my opinion), on the market right now…

Do you ever come across a line of beauty products and wonder why you haven’t made the plunge to purchase them earlier?! I certainly wondered this when I tried Herbivore Botanicals. Everything about this company raises my vibration. Seriously!

It started with, a few simple emails back and forth with their staff. They are the kindest folks. Then you move on to their extremely sleek, clean, simple packaging. From there, the actual products, are amazing! Amazing, is probably not even doing the line justice. It’s OUT OF THIS WORLD, GOOD!!!

I tried the jasmine oil, which is a hydration for the skin.  It made my skin feel amazing! I applied it as soon as I got out of the shower.  I actually completely replaced it for my lotion.  I also tried the hydrating toner, which restores pH balance and removes all impurities. I’m a sucker for a good toner, and this is definitely on the top of my list. I would wash my face at night and spritz it on afterwards. In the morning I spritzed it on after I applied my makeup, for a fresh and hydrating feeling.

Check out their website, if you get a chance. I’m pretty sure you will fall in love with their products as much as I did.

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health // aloha

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Have you ever had a piece of chocolate and didn’t feel guilty eating it? We have, Aloha.  Aloha, has a company motto of, “say hello to healthy happiness” They have a simple product philosophy: We believe that the best nutrients come from whole foods, but even the most health conscious among us aren’t able to get everything our body needs from food alone. ALOHA provides the nutritional support you need to help maintain your already healthy lifestyle — plus a little nature-made oomph, just for good measure.

We enjoyed their chocolate, and we also tried their powdered greens, which were good added to a smoothie or for a daily shake. The greens felt clean and natural. The chocolate was a perfect after dinner snack.

We stand by Aloha, and their products. Definitely worth trying.  So yummy!

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Health // bulletproof

bulletproof newBulletproof coffee, nutrition for cognitive performance.  Yes, please! When we found out about Bulletproof, we knew we had to try it.  Bulletproof coffee, can help with stress management, brain and memory upgrades, and much more. Bulletproof coffee is a concoction of coffee, butter and MCT oil. It’s all very interesting, and if made the correct way, it taste pretty good.  We suggest googling the different ways you can make it, so it taste just right!

Go get energized, the right way!

 

 

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health // c2o water

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We are HUGE advocates of drinking the purest, cleanest water.  We firmly believe in equal amounts of filtered Real Water, and coconut water. Our favorite company for coconut water is, C2O coconut water. I love incorporating the coconut water in all of my smoothies. Coconut water is filled with so many potent vitamins and minerals, and is a wonderful way to stay hydrated.

Some people I have mentioned coconut water to, don’t care for it. And, to be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan at first. So, if you have trouble drinking it, add it to your smoothies. It really is such a healthy additive, that you do want to try to incorporate it somehow into your daily routine.

Go grab a can of C2O,and mix it into your smoothies, or drink it after a workout, it will make your body feel extremely hydrated!

Enjoy!

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Attn: moms with teens

Researchers at UCSB are looking for MOMS and TEENS (14-18) to participate in a PAID STUDY!

We are looking for local teens (14-18) and their mothers who are willing to participate in the UCSB Parent-Teen Study.  Participating in the study takes about one hour and involves having conversations with one another about different topics, including relationships, dating, sexuality, sexual orientation, marriage, and families.

There are lots of perks to participating!  You and your teen will each earn $15 cash for your time.  This is also a great opportunity to expose your teen to university research as they may be preparing to apply for college themselves.  Ultimately, the researchers will use information gathered through the study to create parenting workshops to help other parents have these conversations with their teens!

Appointments are available daily, including weekends.  Call Audrey at (805) 380-6897 to sign up or learn more about the study.  Or visit: ucsbstudy.wix.com/ucsbstudy

If you are reading this and aren’t a mom or teen, please feel free to share the link with someone you know who is!

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Health // urban remedy

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Up next for our favorite go-to snacks is, Urban Remedy. Urban Remedy, is a line of raw, ready to eat snacks, meals, cold pressed juices, and other tinctures.  We tried many of their snacks, and enjoyed them all.  We favorited the no oatmeal cookies, the sour cream and chive kale chips, and the banana brittle. They are a great snack to keep around for noshing on.  I’m such a snacker, so I need to have healthy food around, or I will eat anything, even if it’s not good for me.

Urban Remedy also has a great cleanse, for resetting your health, and treating different ailments. Please use caution with your body when doing any cleanse.  I plan on doing a cleanse when I’m done nursing Eleanor.  It’s probably safe to do one now, but I’m choosing to wait.  So, that probably won’t be happening for a while, because Eleanor is still nursing full time, and I’m totally fine with that.  I always feel like a good juice cleanse is great for cleaning and restarting your body.

It’s so funny how snacking has completely changed for me.  Yes, I’ll admit, I use to run to Taco Bell, eat Doritos, or grab a candy bar.  But, as I’ve gotten older and definitely since I’ve had Eleanor, my snacking choices have changed so much, along with many other choices.  It’s crazy how a little human will give you the feeling that you want to live FOREVER! I mean don’t get me wrong, I wanted to live before, but this little girl takes it to a whole new level.

Go check out Urban Remedy, and maybe just buy a couple snacks to try.  I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

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ONE!

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Happy birthday, to our sweet Eleanor! You have taught us so much in this last year.  You have taught us how to love and nourish, and not to want and need. You have taught us how to live life to the fullest. We feel so, so blessed to have you as our own. We love you, baby girl.

Here’s to many more!

xo

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health // perfect bar

perfect bar newContinuing on with sharing more nutritious snacks.  The next company we have teamed up with is Perfect Bar.  I first tried perfect bar a while back.  I actually came across someone on Instagram, who was eating them.  I’m not going to lie, she looked darn good, and this was one of her “meal” items that she swore by.  So, I was on it.  I had a hard time finding them at first, because I was looking on the store shelves by all of the other bars. But, because they are completely preservative free, without any artificial ingredients and emulsifiers, they were located in the refrigerated section. YES! even better.

I have tried all of the Perfect Bars.  They are all equally delicious.  Usually, with bars, I find one or two in the group that I really like, and leave the rest behind.  Not the case with Perfect Bar. The bars are so fresh, and are very filling. Great supplement for a small meal, at least for me.  Dave loves the Perfect Bars too.  We both feel great after we eat one.  Just knowing that there are no preservatives in them, that they are GMO free, filled with 20+ superfoods AND gluten free, REALLY does make all of the difference.

If you live in Santa Barbara, you can find them at Whole Foods, Lazy Acres, and occasionally I will find them at Costco. Remember: Always in the refrigerated section. Our family stands behind this company 100%. Nothing but good stuff fills the Perfect Bar!

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LA for the day

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This past weekend we ventured down to Los Angeles for the day.  It was a last minute, lets jump in the car and go, type of thing.  Eleanor and I went with our good friend, while daddy worked.  There was an amazing event going on in Topanga Canyon, that I really wanted to go to, but, unfortunately we didn’t get to make it there. Although, we did make it to a few of my favorite places.  I’m such a creature of habit. I always go to my “favorites” when we go to LA.

We stopped at the general store, because need I say more. Then we made our way to lunch at the super healthy and yummy, Café Gratitude.  I like going to the one in Venice, because when I’m done, I walk across the street to Moon Juice.  Moon Juice, has every cosmic provision, juice, and any other holistic remedy you’re looking for.  I love everything about the company.  So, of course I picked up a bag of goodies to take home.  I even turned my girlfriend on to EVERYTHING they have to offer.  Now, the place that we stopped at last wasn’t exactly healthy, but I couldn’t resist.  I’ve pretty much been off of sugar since December, but I couldn’t help myself from stopping at Sprinkles. Truth be told, I ate two, and they’re NOT small. You only live once!

Basically, we ate our way through LA.  Such a fun day! I always feel like last minute ideas, are the best ideas.  Hope everyone has a great week!

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