In moments like this, I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude that Feel More Gooder is being seen. Check out my feature in The Good Face Project; an app + community that can help you discover clean beauty brands & products that are geared towards your specific skin type/goals.
This The Good Face Project article includes 12 other inspiring, talented women that are making waves in the clean beauty online space. I believe that through our collective efforts, we can truly motivate + empower others to take good care of their skin. After all, skin acts as a sponge. It’s connected to our overall health & wellness more than we often realize!
The Good Face Project is more than a clean beauty app. It is a collective of engineers, scientists, moms and clean beauty advocates that have created a driven online coalition for safe skincare.
On their app, you are able to discover vetted clean beauty brands and even take a personalized quiz that will help you select the best products for you. Since every single person’s skin has different needs & circumstances, this is abundantly helpful when shopping in the sea of clean beauty products. This way, you won’t waste your time.
Video: Long Hair Care Routine for Hair Growth. In this video, I share my long hair care routine including all of my tips and tricks for healthy long hair. Watch this video to learn about long hair care, hair brushing, scalp massaging, hair styling, and shampooing with Morrocco Method natural hair care products.
At 4-1/2 inches in diameter the Scalp Massager is ideal for stimulating blood and air flow to the scalp and oil glands to help your sebaceous glands balance. Morrocco Method’s Scalp Massager is made from all natural rubber.
The key to this massager is to be consistent & dedicated to using it daily. Small steps will add up to natural hair growth that will probably surprise you (I know it did me!)
The Large Pure Boar Bristle Brush is 9″ by 3-1/8″ and features nine rings of pure boar bristles to stimulate your scalp and spread sebaceous oils from the root of the hair to the tip. It is not a styling tool, but a form of dry shampooing. This brush features a pneumatic rubber cushion that allows for effective and efficient brushing as well as a hand polished plastic handle for ergonomic comfort.
This brush is for sensitive scalps and thinner hair types. Morrocco Method recommends detangling before brushing in order to further reduce breakage.
I’ve found that brushing regularly not only helps me prolong the time in between shampoos, but it encourages hair growth.
Achieve brilliant looking hair, using Morrocco Method’s 5 Elements shampoos. Wildcrafted, sustainable ingredients support hair holistically to provide the living nutrients it needs to grow longer, stronger, thicker and more beautifully. All of Morrocco Method’s natural shampoos are non-foaming, sulfate free, raw and paleo friendly. For best results, use with the Morrocco Method conditioners for added moisture that lasts all day.
As Morrocco Method suggests, I rotate all 6 shampoos (including the shampoo bar) in my long hair routine to promote optimal hair growth.
Diamond Crystal Mist is a leave-in conditioner and moisturizer that is excellent and beneficial for all hair types. This spray hair conditioner contains highly energized liquid crystals from the Himalayan Mountains of India, natural herbs and rare oils that soothe your hair, leaving the hair feeling soft and healthy immediately after use.
Sapphire Volumizer Mist is a spray on, leave-in hair conditioner that adds luster, shine, and detangling power. This spray conditioner is enhanced with natural grapeseed oil, making your hair look thicker and fuller soon after use, and promoting long-term thickening results. It works to heal the hair follicle that may have been damaged due to synthetic hair color, perms and environmental concerns while hydrating the hair and scalp with precious grapeseed oil.
The newest additions to my long hair routine are these eco-friendly, plastic-free, compostable, biodegradable hair care bars.
The Shampoo Bar is handcrafted to leave your hair moisturized and shiny, no matter what your hair type. Shea Butter moisturizes the hair as olive oil conditions it. Coconut oil is the main cleanser, one that will not strip your hair of essential oils. French green clay detoxifies the scalp of impurities. Lavender extract and rosemary oil add a light fragrance and sheen. Castor oil stimulates the scalp, eases inflammation and dandruff, has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties.
The Citrus Silk Conditioner Bar is the latest in innovation with orange peel extract and jojoba oil, this silky bar detangles the most unruly hair and adds luster and shine. Morrocco Method uses cocoa butter to hydrate and nourish the hair shaft and Shea butter to heal and soften the scalp.
3 Ways to Improve Body Image. Hey everyone! In this post I really feel compelled to touch on the relationship we have to our bodies and physical appearance. I don’t want to tell people what to do (ever) but being a woman and hearing how so many people talk, this is what it is in my mind.
For ourselves, for our children, for the younger eyes around us (heck, even the older ones), for those affected by the energy we vibe outwards…we’ve got to change how we talk about bodies.
Are we STILL talking about weight loss, diets, losing fat, restriction, deprivation, fixation, stress, being critical of our body? Why? Why the heck does that continue to be celebrated and awarded?
Man, we really, really, really gotta change it. Change the framework. Change the narrative of how we talk about bodies. Change/lose the corrosive language. Add in the good wordage, the self care, the caring + loving + understanding words we tell ourselves and taking an inventory of the impact.
How we do that is being felt by other people, your energy impacts others, and it’s a chance to take accountability for the energy you put out there.
My Backstory with Body Image
For backstory and reference, below is a list of comments I heard growing up as a female athlete about my body + capabilities. This list was important for me to write out. Acknowledging these comments allowed me to trace back to when some of my own body image struggles began:
-“You seem like you work out a lot, why aren’t you skinnier?” -“Your legs are huge” -“What are your running PRs? Oh, I thought you were faster.” -“What are your lifting numbers? I figured you were stronger than that since you like Crossfit so much.” -“You might be pretty but you’re not a good athlete.”
Us women can be tough, but we can also have sensitivity to match that toughness. I’m more comfortable with who I am as a person now that I can deflect these comments if I were to hear them present day.
But, what about young girls today? I wasn’t able to deal with the comments well when I was a young athlete (which is probably why I remember these comments many years after the fact).
Real Ways to Improve Body Image: Understanding the Mean Spirited Comments
It took me a while to realize that having compassion for mean spirited individuals is the best route for me to go. I feel for the younger generations who are currently processing these comments. I wish I could hug them and let them know it’s not about them. It’s about what’s in the mind & heart of the person making the comment. Which is probably not good self-loving, positive, healthy stuff. Also, that person is revealing how contaminated their own self-worth is.
What’ll solve it? I don’t know for sure. But, I do know that the people I’ve met in my life taking care of their own happiness don’t make those comments. Those who project those comments are not good with themselves. Maybe, more people need to take care of their happy. Then, do their best to spread it so that more of the light can illuminate the dark.
Real Ways to Improve Body Image: Everyone has Insecurities
I have insecurities just like most people. I don’t let them run the show like they did at one point in my teenage years. But, it would be dishonest to claim that i’m 100% confident all the time.
One of them is my uneven facial complexion. Another is having visible body fat, cellulite, dimples, jiggly body parts. Those are real and those are hard to admit, even though I am supported and often told how these things are non issues.⠀
I love myself despite those things. In fact, I’ve grown to love myself because of those things. They are a part of me. To disregard them is to not love myself wholly. I am continuously learning to be okay in the life space that’s imperfect, unplanned and full of mystery.
Working Through Insecurities
My solution of sorts for me has been gradually reaching new levels of consciousness as the years have progressed. These new levels of consciousness have allowed me to put my focus into developing more meaningful thought patterns.
Realizing that my existence is a limitless conglomerate of vibrations. That I don’t have to do anything to prove my worth or my value. That my value is inherent. My value as a human is innate. Ultimately, knowing and believing that I am more than my physical appearance has been huge. I hope you can root for yourself despite your insecurities, too.
Real Ways to Improve Body Image: Body Acceptance is not Exclusive to One Body Size⠀
Here’s a scenario (that I’ve actually seen happen 39578 times on social media) in regards to body image:
-A person that appears fit (muscular and/or lower body fat) shares a photo in underwear or swim suit. She/he is ridiculed. They are called names. They are picked apart.⠀ -A person that appears full figured (not as fit with higher body fat) shares photo in underwear or swim suit. They are high fived. They are called brave and inspiring.⠀
DO YOU SEE THE PROBLEM I DO? it’s not celebrating all body types. it’s selectively applying judgement to people in terms of body image. ⠀ If you are skinny, fit, not fit, fast, slow, muscular, not muscular, hippy, curvy, full figured, (wow, why are there so many names for body types) you should feel free to practice this loving on yourself with ZERO SHAME.
Some people feel comfortable sharing photos like this. Some people don’t. that doesn’t make the sharers scandalous and the non sharers closed off. As long as it feels good to YOU what you share, that’s groovy man.
Stopping the Judgement
Dang, I feel like I have so much to say in a post like this and I don’t know how to articulate it perfectly. *wipes sweat from brow*. But, I’m trying. ⠀ I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO STOP JUDGING SO HARD; holy crudbuckets.
3 Real Ways to Improve Body Image
Practice radical acceptance of your body.
Radical acceptance of your body means that under any condition, you remain on your own team. There’s no room for abandoning yourself and sabotaging your efforts by letting doubt, loathing and fear grow. You can only do this by centering your attention on the present moment. Allowing how you currently are to fully exist. Think about radical = regardless. Start practicing the art of loving yourself no matter what. Don’t allow it to be a conditional feeling. You can love yourself starting right now; it doesn’t matter if you haven’t reached full potential, in your mind. You can’t criticize yourself into healthy change. Try loving yourself. Love is the water that will help you (the plant) grow.
Redirect your attention.
You will get more of what you focus on. So, instead of focusing on your perceived “flaws”, focus on ways to get your body moving that you genuinely enjoy. Carve out more time to participate in activities that allow you to stay active and celebrate the beauty of your human physique. Another mindful redirect can be being more intentional about who you spend time around. Don’t allow yourself to absorb others’ unhealthy mental habits. If you are surrounded by people that are endlessly critical and use language that is deteriorating to self acceptance, work to limit that. You deserve to absorb better energy than that. Wish them well and send them love, but don’t let them drag you down.
Remember that you are the example.
Every single person in your life that you come into contact with (whether it’s a fleeting interaction or a daily meeting), is an opportunity to be a loving force towards them. There’s something about observing your life from an aerial perspective that can allow you to see how negative body commentary has a ripple effect on those around you. Be the example of what loving your body looks like. Changing your relationship with your body will not only help you, but it will give others permission to do the same. In addition, taking accountability for your energy can be a helpful focus when changing your internal dialogue about your body.
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I totally love this brand! REBBL drinks are organic, plant based, nutrient dense and never contain any artificial flavors. I’ve actually tried some of their drinks back in 2016 and wrote about them here. This time around, I’ve got a coupon code for you to used (stoked!) and I’ve tried some new formulations. I also went back to that blog post and added in that coupon code, just in case you ended up on that post before this one.
The thing I love most about superfoods is that they can truly benefit anyone. It doesn’t matter if you adhere to a plant based, carnivore, paleo, vegan, IIFYM, or some other diet. Superfoods have a place in any diet. Also, when you consider the energy boost, hormone balancing, anti-inflammatory benefits; it’s silly to not incorporate them. I view superfoods as pure plant power from mother nature.
2020 REBBL Drinks Review + Coupon Code: My Favorites
It’s hard to choose which ones of this bunch I enjoy the most because they are all unique + delicious in their own right. I do tend to lean towards the coffee, cacao and intense superfood flavors. Thankfully, REBBL doesn’t make any that taste bad (I’ve made plenty of pretty intense, gnarly concoctions at home; making bad tasting superfood drinks is possible–ha!). REBBL does a great job of incorporating just the right amount of natural sweetness (without cane sugar) to make these drinks really yummy. Yet, they don’t sacrifice any nutrition or plant goodness
I’m a big proponent of mushrooms and their functional application for health. They elevate so many aspects of health like combatting inflammation, enhancing brain function and aiding gut health. For that reason, the new Gold Label series blends are at the top of my list. They’re so tasty that you almost forget you’re injecting your body with such potent plant powered goodness.
Their Gold Label Series includes:
I’ve been drinking coffee since the beginning of high school and used to be a full-time barista, as well. Because of this personal history, I really lean towards REBBL’s blends that include coffee and/or coffee tasting ingredients.
A few favorite REBBL blends that include coffee are:
-Reishi Cold Brew Coffee
-Maca Cold Brew Coffee
-Maca Mocha (doesn’t actually contain coffee, which makes this one perfect for nighttime as well as morning time)
Lastly, in terms of rounding up my favorites, here are
the protein-packed blends that I enjoy looking to for post workout fuel:
-Hazelnut Chocolate Plant Protein Elixir
-Vanilla Plant Protein Elixir
-Cold Brew Plant Protein Elixir (I like one specifically in the morning before a workout if I haven’t eaten anything. I don’t like to workout on an empty stomach)
I can tell a noticeable difference in my energy and overal vital feeling when I’m incorporating superfoods. Grateful that REBBL exists so that I can get my superfoods in and enjoy the taste of what I’m consuming, too!
During a time like this in a global pandemic, ordering these right to your home is ideal! Luckily, REBBL makes it easy. You can order online, easy peasy, and get these superfood drinks right to your doorstep.
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I really, really love the inclusion of Lion’s Mane, Reishi and Shiitake mushrooms in this blend. These functional mushrooms in the formula make for an incredibly healthy dog treat that will help our Kona adapt to stress, combat inflammation and proliferate good gut health + balance.
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Each ml contains 20mg of CBD
Ingredients: Organic Coconut MCT Oil, Full Spectrum Hemp Extract. CONTAINS: Tree Nuts (Coconut)
The fact that Lazarus Naturals has formulated these pet tinctures specifically for dogs is quite handy, as human dosing recommendations can be different. I like that Kona has her own designated tinctures so that I can feel confident that I’m giving her what she needs.
This calming formula will be helpful for thunderstorms, high winds and fireworks, as those are the three things that frazzle her a bit. Thankful to have a natural way to help her out during those times.
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I view this product as a great way to couple Kona’s omega-3 fatty acid intake with her CBD dose. I already give Kona omega-3’s to combat inflammation, promote heart health, enhance the immune system and fuel healthy skin/coat. Thus, I didn’t need to be convinced that this product could be beneficial to her.
This Wild Salmon Calming Pet CBD Tincture formulation will replace my previous supplement routine with her. I’m thrilled to have the added anti-inflammatory benefits of CBD along with the perks of omega-3’s in this product.
Ingredients: Organic Coconut MCT Oil, Full Spectrum Hemp Extract. CONTAINS: Tree Nuts (Coconut)
Though Kona will literally eat 99% of what I put in front of her, it’s nice to see that Lazarus Naturals in making a product specifically geared towards smaller pets and picky eaters. The CBD Isolate contents of this product is a new concept for me.
CBD Isolate is the purest form of cannabidiol, and doesn’t contain the other components that a full-spectrum CBD oil does. My understanding is that CBD isolate is completely void of THC, while Full Spectrum CBD contains trace amounts of THC (though there’s no chance of producing a “high” feeling from it. The choice between both products seems to be up to preference and what works best for each individual. I’m opting to experiment with both for Kona and see if I can notice that she takes to one better than the other.
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