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Kopu Water

What more could you want! Pure, luxury sparkling water from New Zealand. I’m a huge water drinker. That is the one beverage I always have with me.  So when Kopu reached out to ask if I’d like to try their water, I happily obliged.

I absolutely love it! It’s clean, refreshing and comes in the most aesthetically pleasing bottle. I will say I’m a picky water drinker, and a big water drinker. Call me crazy, but sometimes when drinking water out of a bottle you can get a little bit of an aftertaste. This is not the case with Kopu. Kopu has a clean, refreshing taste.

Here is a little snippet from their website; 

I’d love to hear your thoughts if you have tried Kopu, or if you do give it a try.

Remember, stay hydrated!!

 

 

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Healthy skin care

Hello!

We just finished up celebrating Summer Solstice in Santa Barbara. Always such a fun and exciting time here! Visitors from all over come to Santa Barbara to celebrate this fun weekend of parties and parades. After all of that, I’m taking a much needed self-care Sunday.

I wanted to share an amazing skin care line with you. I’m a huge fan of self care. I often will post with the hashtag #selfcare or #selfcaresunday on Instagram. I think it’s important for women to take care of themselves.  We have so much on our plates these days, that it’s important to nourish our own souls and skin 😉

One of my favorite lines is Mad Hippie.  Mad Hippie formulates their products with two things in mind, safety and efficiency. Each bottle of goodness is packed full of anti-aging actives, all formulated to complement one another and work in synergy.

Here are my top favorites:

Cream Cleanser: This is a hydrating cleanser that softens and smoothes the skin. It’s wonderful for my ultra-sensitive skin. It also contains jojoba oil, which is a natural moisturizer that resembles our skins’s own lubricant, sebum, and is readily absorbed into the skin. This cream also contains, orchid extract, organic macadamia oil and algae extract. Yes, please!

Vitamin C Serum: This brighten, tighten and smoothes the skin vitamin c is a vital element in the production of collagen. It can help reduce wrinkles and discoloration. This is a great collagen maintenance. If you know me, you know I’m big on my collagen.  This serum also contains vitamin E and  ferulic acid, which is a natural antioxidant found in the cell walls of plants. Lastly, konjac root, which is an exotic Asian flower that soften and smoothes the skin while forming a protective barrier. Rich in so many nutrients.

Face Cream: This amazing face cream contains so many goodies that are good for moisturizing, collagen and wrinkle reduction. Some of the ingredients are: matrixyl synthe ‘6, which is an advanced peptide that works to naturally smooth the skin and reduce wrinkles. Syn-tacks, is another ingredient, which is a dual peptide complex that helps tone and firm the skin. Resveratrol, which is a super potent antioxidant found in grapes that helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and protects the skin. Lastly, niacinamide, which is believed to inhibit the harmful effects of ultra violet rays, even skin tone and smooth the skin.

Hydrating Nutrient Mist: This harmoniously hydrating blend works to minimize the appearance of photodamage. It’s hydrating and brighten and evens the skin tone, with ingredients such as, hesperidin, sodium PCA, ginkgo biloba, and my favorite, milk thistle.

Even if you want to start with one, I recommend the serum. There are so many companies out there today that claim to do so many different things. I like Mad Hippie, because their line is simple, clean, and honest.

Start today by carving out at least one day a week, even if it’s an hour, to pamper yourself. Do an at-home facial, read a book, take a nap, cook, do whatever feeds your soul. You will notice in a short amount of time, that this precious time you carve out will not only become a healthy habit, but will also calm your mind, body and soul. So important in todays society.

I hope everyone has a great week!!

 

 

 

 

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Smoothie and salads for the brain

If there is one thing people who know me well know, it’s that I’m a thorough investigator with things that I am deeply interested in. I think has something to do with my father being a former investigator. Runs in the family. Ha!

When I first came across Bulletproof, the company completely intrigued me. First I tried their coffee, which is amazing and one that we always have in our home. Then, I moved on to the brain octane oil.  It’s a reliable and quick source of energy from fat, not sugar. It also helps your body burn fat. The best part, because I’m an overtired parent, it helps with mental clarity. Yes, please!

We’ve been using it for quite a while now, and I wanted to share a couple of different ways we incorporate into our lifestyle.

Smoothies, who doesn’t like a good smoothie. We make them often. Here is what we add…

1/2 cup blueberries

1/2 cup strawberries

1 cup organic spinach

1 Tablespoon hemp hearts

1 Tablespoon brain octane oil

1 scoop Bulletproof collagen protein powder

1 cup of filtered water or more or less depending on what consistency you like. You can also add almond milk.

Blend it up and enjoy!

The other easy option for adding this amazing brain boost in, is salads.  We eat our fair share of salads around here, so this is an easy one for us too. Here is a simple recipe for a yummy dinner salad…you can add your own measurements depending on how much you are making.

1 cup arugula

1/2-1 avocado

chopped up cilantro

1/2 of a chopped up red onion

1 Persian cucumber

sun dried tomatoes or cherry tomatoes

For the dressing…

1-2 tablespoons brain octane oil

1 fresh squeezed lemon

Himalayan pink salt

sprinkle of pepper and I sometimes will add a sprinkle of Italian seasoning.

That’s it!! Super easy and full of great fats.

I can’t wait to hear if you try the oil, it really is amazing for your body. Also, I would love to hear if you already use it and the ways that you incorporate into your life.

Stay healthy, friends!!

 

 

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superfood Smoothie and more

Hello!!!

I’ve been pretty quiet around here lately. Life is so busy, truth be told, I’m having a hard time keeping up with this space. We’ve gone through some changes all around in the last 6 months, and I’m trying to just stay afloat. All is good and will eventually get better down the road, but for now I’ve really had to keep my focus on Love Threads, as that is our main income.

I will however try to keep up more consistently on here. As some of you know I love anything health. After battling a few less healthy lifestyles in the past, this is something that I care deeply about. I’m hoping to share yummy, healthy recipes and anything else that may come to mind.

If you’re still hanging around, thanks for your patience. Life has a funny way of pulling you in different directions when you least expect it.

Love to you all!

This is my current addiction…

Cauliflower blueberry reishi smoothie

1/2 bag of Trader Joes’s frozen organic riced cauliflower

1 scoop Pescience peanut butter cookie protein powder

1/4 cup frozen organic blueberries

1 heaping teaspoon Sun Potion reishi (benefits of this adaptogen below)

1/2 – 1 cup filtered water

Blend together and enjoy! Add the water slowly so you get the consistency that you like for your smoothies. I like mine thick!

Ok, reishi!! First off, it’s amazing! Reishi is an adaptogen, which means it adapts to stress and exerts a normalizing effect upon bodily processes.

Reishi is known as the “queen healer mushroom”. This potent herb is capable of helping the body to overcome any health challenges it may encounter, while improving its ability to resist stress.  Promoting calmness, balance and inner strength. I love adding it to smoothies or making a tea.

I use Sun Potions reishi. I love their herbs and stand fully behind them. I also love that they are a local company in Santa Barbara.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Getting ‘me’ back!

Many of you know or may not know, but for the last (almost) year I have completely submerged myself into getting back in shape and eating healthy. After having Eleanor and going through IVF , I gained a lot of weight. Completely worth it, but not what my (usually) smaller frame was used to.  All of the meds associated with IVF really had my body feeling blah. So, last April, I made the decision to do something about it.

I started a local program here in Santa Barbara, called Jenny Schatzle Program. The first month was brutal. I had never worked out previously, I was lucky in that way.  Or, maybe not. Ha! A girlfriend of mine completely convinced me that I would soon get “addicted” to it, I laughed! If you know me though, you know that I always follow through and I’m pretty strong-willed, so I was determined to fall in love with this beast.

The classes are all HIIT, which is high intensity with a mix of cardio and weights. My first class I literally thought I was going to puke. Even one of the trainers told me I looked a little white.  But, I still came back again and again and long story short, I was becoming “addicted”.

I was also ready to gain “me” back again. I had put so much into trying to get pregnant, then being pregnant, having Eleanor and starting a business, that I forgot about taking care of myself, mentally, physically and spiritually.

I think mothers just naturally fall into this pattern.  I remember saying, even when I was pregnant, that no matter what, I wouldn’t forget to take care of myself. Then, the baby comes and it’s all different. Even after seeing Eleanor thriving in my belly, I was falling into the common pattern.  Completely fine, but I believe it’s important we don’t go years doing this, otherwise we do completely loose ourselves and it’s so hard to get back, if we ever do.

Approaching 40, I have to admit, I feel the best I have felt in years. My body looks good (yes, I’m tooting my own horn), my skin is coming back (from the weird acne you get from pregnancy and after), and I feel strong all around, physically, spiritually and mentally. All three very important for a healthy lifestyle, in my opinion.

Last week I shared some of my favorite workout shoes, today I wanted to share some of my FAVORITE workout pants. Ladies, they make your booty and body look good, no matter your size.  Trust me!  Here are my top picks that I own…

 

 

 

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Finding the perfect workout shoe

The other day I decided to bite the bullet and treat myself to a nice pair of workout shoes, and a fun pair too. (wink wink)

Of course, being in the fashion industry I wanted them to still look good, but also comfort is the name of the game, especially with the workouts I do.  So my search began…

I saw a few in the magazines and on Instagram, but I decided to go search some out in person so I could try them on.  I wanted a share a few below that I loved and the ones I ended up purchasing. By the way, I think I have a new obsession with sports shoes. So many cool ones out there!

I bought these and I’m in LOVE!! You guys!!!! BUY THEM!

Also, bought these! Love them even more in person and are super fun with all of my different workout leggings.

I’d love to hear if you have any that you just love. As I mentioned above, This is clearly my new thing.

 

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Real Snacks

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We are continuing our healthy eating segment over here. We have been long time fans of the GoMacro bars, so when we found out about their new THRIVE bars, by GoMacro, we knew we had to try them.

Like all GoMacro products, Thrive bars are USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO project verified, vegan certified, kosher certified, gluten-free certified and soy-free.

We were lucky enough to try all of the new flavors, nuts and sea salt, caramel coconut, chocolate peanut butter chip, blueberry lavender, ginger lemon, and almond apricot. ALL of them (yes, we are yelling), are all so amazing!!

What is so wonderful about this company, is the story behind them.  GoMacro started a little more than a decade ago to share about healthy and wholesome food.  When Amelia, the founder, was diagnosed with cancer, in 2003, she stopped eating anything that wasn’t grown in the ground. Living on a farm, she grew her own organic vegetables and fruits. As her health improved she and her family were inspired to start GoMacro. And, here we have this amazing bar. Their farm, based in Wisconsin, still remains an integral part of GoMacro products.

We love supporting family businesses and especially ones with such a dear cause.  If you’re looking for a good, clean snack bar, we strongly suggest trying the new Thrive bars or even the original GoMacro bars.

Enjoy the yumminess!

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Chosen Foods

 

 

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We are continuing our healthy eating/cooking segment over here, and we have found a new favorite! Chosen Foods, they make a wide variety of cooking essentials.  We do a lot of cooking in our home. Matter of fact, we cook almost every night.

When cooking with different temperatures it’s important that you use the right oils. Chosen Foods makes that easy for you. They have their avocado oil spray, which is for higher temps, and their olive oil spray for lower temps. Both are sprays, which seriously makes life so much easier. Especially when you are roasting veggies all of the time, like we are.

They also make an amazing sesame drizzle oil, that we tried. This is the prefect oil to drizzle over your meal right before eating. It goes amazing with stir-fry. we also tried their quinoa and chia seeds, which you can never go wrong with using.

There are so many “healthy” choices out there these days, it’s important to know which companies are “truly” healthy. We love Chosen Foods, and believe the company is doing a superior job to make sure your health is number one!

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The Perfect snack bar

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Hello!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! We did a lot of r&r around here. I have been doing a high intensity workout since April, and I have to say it’s been challenging, but good.  I have been fortunate or not fortunate, however you want to look at it, to not have to work out my whole life, until now.  I’m 39, and let’s just say my body doesn’t just drop weight like it use to.

All of that being said, I have recently started counting my macros. This has worked really well for me. Remember, everyone’s body is different, what works for one person may not work for another. This is what I needed. My personality is the type that one isn’t enough and ten isn’t enough either, so I wanted to find a balance. This also keeps me accountable, which is what I need.

I’m always searching for the best products for myself. Easy meals, on the go snacks, etc…When I came across Square Organics they sounded like the perfect snack bar. All organic and super clean ingredients, just what I like. I don’t have one favorite flavor, they are all amazing! The whole family actually liked them, even Eleanor. The macros fit right into my food diary for an easy snack, or even a meal if I’m really on the go.  Most of the time, they are a snack for me.

Head over to their site and check some out for yourself.  They were generous enough to offer our readers 20% off. Please use the code goodnewssantabarbara. There is no limit, so try them all!!!

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Terra’s Kitchen // home delivery

terras kitchen10 new - CopyIf you have followed us for a while, then you know we are huge health fans, we cook at home a lot, and we like anything that is farm to table. When we were approached by Terra’s Kitchen to try their home delivery meals, we were super excited!

I have to be honest with you, I love cooking and even grocery shopping (I know, weird), but lately with the store being so busy, and the hubby working long hours (hospitality business), it sure is nice to have your meals planned out and your ingredients delivered.

However, that being said, we still want to keep our meals as clean as possible. So, when I did a little research on Terra’s Kitchen, I loved the fact that they are farm to table. Keeping all of their ingredients clean, all-natural, hormone free and no antibiotics.

Because it’s been so hot here in California, we stuck with a couple of grilling options. Tonight we had, grilled ny strip steak, with tomatoes, zucchini and basil chimichurri.  Super easy, and super good! That’s another bonus, EASY!

Head on over to our Instagram page, where we are hosting an awesome giveaway, with Terra’s Kitchen, that you won’t want to miss!

Also, we’d love for you to try Terra’s Kitchen. So, for our readers and first time users, please use the code GoodNews at checkout and receive $50 off $100 or more.

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