Inner Wellness to Outer Beauty with Leaf People

Thank you for checking out this post! I was excited to recently discover this clean skincare brand out of Carbondale, Colorado. Here’s my experience: Inner Wellness to Outer Beauty with Leaf People.

Inner Wellness to Outer Beauty with Leaf People

Leaf People’s Mission:

Protect the plants and the planet. 5% of our sales are donated to charity.
Promote vegetarianism. Julie & Robbie have a combined 65 years of experience living a vegan and vegetarian lifestyle.
Practice kindness. May all beings experience a better world.
Enjoy the outdoors, especially cycling
Be grateful. It takes a village.

Blue Butterfly Pea Flower Powder

About:

Replenish mind, body and skin with this pure micro-milled blue butterfly pea flowers, a traditional Ayurvedic stress buster that supports overall well-being.

Find Your Glow Drinking Vinegar

About:

The perfect mingling of fresh Colorado peaches with cardamom & medicinal plants to promote your skin’s luminosity from the inside out.

Geranium & Sweet Fennel Allover Glow Oil

About:

This easily absorbed, raw oil blend will replenish your skin and enthrall your senses with gorgeous, uplifting essential oils.

Stem Cell & Peptide Radiance Face Cream

About:

Clinically studied super-ingredients promote a smooth, beautiful, radiant complexion.

Kalahari Melon Seed and Vitamin K Face Oil

About:

Nourish and protect skin with this rare, fairly traded Kalahari melon seed oil with vitamins K, D and E.

Geranium & Grapefruit Lymphatic Support Oil

About:

Powerful botanicals promote the movement & cleansing of lymph fluids and support the lymphatic system.

My experience with these Leaf People product has been incredibly positive from start to finish. I am not affiliated with this brand, but they did very generously gift me all of these products to try. Since it’s evident that they are rooted in harnessing nature’s goodness, I was very interested in trying their products.

As a former cystic acne sufferer, I aim to stay aware of what goes onto my skin. I strive for pure, organic (wildcrafted is even better) ingredients. Chemicals and toxic ingredients are a big, fat “no” from me. Needless to say, that rules out a bunch of brands in terms of what I am willing to try.

Leaf People is doing things right, with the utmost mindfulness going into their products. You can read more about the founder, Julie Levin, here. She is a Medical Herbalist and plant advocate. Her knowledge and enthusiasm for plants are clear simply by reading the ingredients on one of the product bottles. All of the formulations and thoughtful and of the highest quality standards.

Lymphatic Support

Let’s get into the products! In the last year, I’ve been very dedicated to my dry brushing routine. This entails using a brush all over the body, brushing towards the heart. I’ve really enjoyed injecting the Lymphatic Support Oil into this practice. I add it to my neck, chest, breasts, pits and back of my knees. Leaf People gives great suggestions on best spots to apply the oil; these are areas that have clusters of lymph nodes. It feels as though I am enhancing the overall aromatherapy experience of dry brushing. Having the roll-on of oil out on our vanity also serves as a wellness touchpoint! When I see it, I remember to grab my dry brush before showering.

I love the Allover Glow Oil for post shower. When using body oil, I’ve had the best experience when I step out of the shower onto the bath mat, not drying off, and then applying the oil to wet skin. The droplets left on your skin from showering help the oils spread easily and more thoroughly.

Facial Care

At age 33, I’m beginning to notice some signs of living life! 🙂 That’s where the nourishing facial care comes in. I love aging and believe I will continue to love it while I’m learning, becoming healthier and seeking perpetual wellness. Leaf People’s facial products get me especially excited to spend some time in the bathroom taking care of my skin, morning and night. I alternate the Stem Cell & Peptide Radiance Face Cream & the Kalahari Melon Seed and Vitamin K Face Oil before bedtime. Sometimes, I layer them too. I add the oil on top of my skin after the cream has absorbed. I will brush my teeth or floss in between the applications.

The way I would describe how both of these perform is this feeling of “Okay, my skin is good now” after I use them. The peace of mind that comes from knowing that my skin is being repaired, protected and restored as I sleep; it’s something I notice. It’s no surprise that I wake up with glowy, calmed skin the mornings after using these products. I will also say that taking good care of your skin seems to have a snowball effect for me. By that I mean–my use of healthy products on my skin keeps me dialed in and doing other mindful habits. These habits include simple things like drinking plenty of water and eating foods that help my body feel good.

Drinking Vinegar

Oh goodness, internal health. This has always been the starting point of healthy skin for me. I could be putting great products onto my skin, but if I’m not meeting the needs of my gut, I won’t be optimizing my skin health. I love that Leaf People acknowledges this thru their inclusion of internal-use products in their line.

Drinking vinegars are a way to aid digestion and stomach stimulate the stomach acids so that healthy digestion takes place. I love the taste of this Find Your Glow Drinking Vinegar formulation. It’s peachy and goes down easier than just apple cider vinegar by itself. I’ve found myself drinking it two different ways: diluted in a glass of water, or taken as a swig out of the bottle and then followed by a gulp of water. I’ve noticed many positive benefits from aiding my digestive juices, like reduced bloating, more regular bowel movements and a lessened feeling of biofilms (the gunk that can build up due to processed foods and contaminants).

You could also add it to a juice. It’s worth noting that fermented products do not agree with everyone (typically an indication of a gut imbalance), and it’s important to be mindful of this. Do what feels good for your unique body. As always, this is not medical advice. It’s just based on my experiences as a fellow human navigating the same planet as you.

Flower Power

The Blue Butterfly Pea Flower Powder was an entirely new thing for me to try! I didn’t even know it existed. In regards to this beautiful powder, Leaf People says: “Drink in the flower power for renewed vitality and radiant skin.” It’s used as an ayurvedic stress-aid and has a light, floral taste. I’ve been loving it in coconut yogurt, smoothies and lattes! It’s hard to ignore what an incredibly vibrant color it adds. Wow, nature is so cool.

I’ve genuinely enjoyed the experience of opening up each product for use and thinking about how Julie has curated these formulas, harnessing plant goodness to elevate skin and elevate overall health. I find that when I take time for skincare, I tend to take time for other important aspects of wellness, too. Self care practices, like I mentioned earlier, have always had a snowball, cumulative effect for me. I’m very grateful that Leaf People has contributed to my wellness routine (inner and outer) in a significant way!

Thank you for reading this post and learning more about a skincare brand that’s making a big splash in the clean beauty community: Inner Wellness to Outer Beauty with Leaf People.

*Product information for each respective product gathered from the Leaf People website.

Hilma Natural Remedies for Wellness

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Hilma Natural Remedies for Wellness

Upset Stomach Relief

About:

Formulated with five natural ingredients that are clinically proven to relieve your upset stomach and promote digestion. No dyes or fillers, and naturally drug free. Made from clinically proven Chamomile, Artichoke Leaf, Ginger Root, & more.

Great for occasional heartburn and acid indigestion, upset stomach. *Includes 60 capsules (30 servings).

My Experience:

I’m kind of an expert on bloating. Not really–but I sure have experienced a lot in my life.

Most of my suspected bloating recently has been due to more Omega-6s than my body wants (too many nuts and seeds) and histamine intolerance. I think it’s all related to general inflammation. In other words, the more inflamed you are, the more likely you are to be irritating other systems in your body.

To combat the bloating, I took this Upset Stomach supp alongside Quercetin, which is a plant flavonoid that can assist your body’s immune response. I do notice a different in the bloat when I take them in conjunction with a good amount of water.

Tension Relief

About:

Made from clinically proven White Willow Bark, Magnesium, Boswellia, & more. Natural ingredients that are clinically proven to relieve tension. No dyes or fillers, and naturally drug-free. Great for occasional head discomfort. Includes 50 capsules (25 servings).

My Experience:

I don’t want to taut anything as miraculous, but I have felt like this one has helped me jump back into Crossfit after prolonged injury with ease after months of not lifting heavy. It’s one of a few pillars (like good sleep and overall nutrition) that have helped me keep the inflammation down.

I can’t speak to them alleviating the other major pains I experience like menstrual cramps (those are still a beast running around in the wild for me), but I did find this helpful as a nighttime supp for helping me relax and release tension. Crossfit movements typically cause my neck and traps to be tight, so it’s a nice reprieve when I’m working out and do not notice the tightness. I definitely believe that what we put into our bodies affects our ability to recover.

Immune Support

About:

Made from clinically proven Zinc, Vitamin C (Camu Camu), Echinacea, Ginger, & more. Made only with natural ingredients clinically proven to support your immune system–no mystery ingredients. A daily immune building routine with a refreshing taste.

My Experience:

In a time when the focus on immunity is ever-present, I felt equipped largely because I had some natural immune-focused on hand. I don’t hardly ever get sick, and haven’t in the last year. But, I did notice that these immune packs were a nice ritual as a morning elixir to keep my gut in good shape to take on whatever I threw at it later that day. It noticeably made my stomach feel more at ease and mental clarity noticeable.

Hilma Natural Remedies for Wellness

My overall thoughts on Hilma as a brand + their offerings is very positive. In a sea of artificial, big pharma-driven pills for relief and faux, perceived wellness, Hilma stands out. It’s nice to have an option like Hilma out there for the times when our bodies need a little help getting back to equilibrium. I view Hilma’s products as items that I will keep in our Farmacy aka natural healing cabinet (it’s our version of a medicine cabinet).

As a big proponent of plant medicine as a remedy and overall wellness enhancer, I truly feel gratitude for crossing paths with a brand like Hilma that is changing how people view remedies. Though I don’t usually require the hard science in order to try or believe in a product, I realize that many individuals do. Thus, it’s neat that Hilma leads with the studies, science and backing that will allow their products to be seen as credible to those that seek science first.

I admire that Hilma is advocating for plant power and how herbs and botanicals can be used strategically to target specific needs in the body. It’s actually incredible how plants have that ability. It’s evident simply by looking at Hilma’s product formulations that they are paying homage to plants.

On a small side note, their branding is cool and I love the use of green. Forest green was actually going to be our wedding color before we decided to elope in 2020.

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Work From Home with Quartet

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Work From Home with Quartet Glass Dry-Erase Boards

Fortunately for me, I started working from home for my full-time job months before our current planetary situation. I was pretty proud of my make-shift standing desk set up in our living room. It allows me to stay in the action for letting Kona (our black labrador mix rescue) outside when she needs to go out and also walk just a few steps into the kitchen for a quick coffee refill and/or snack.

Though I’ve generally been happy with my set-up, I truly didn’t know about the potential for the space. I didn’t know what I was missing. Also, being someone that’s a fan of keeping my workspace somewhat decluttered, I wasn’t looking for more things to add to my desk.

My stance on that completely changed when I learned about Quartet Glass Dry Erase Boards, computer pads and home office additions. Here’s a little background on Quartet:

Established in 1954 as Quartet Manufacturing, the Quartet brand quickly became the premier provider of whiteboard, bulletin and chalkboard products. ACCO Brands acquired the company in 2005 and continues to build on its history of innovation and superior quality by expanding its selection of dry-erase, glass boards and whiteboards for creative, corporate and education audiences. 

Courtesy of Quartet.com
quartet glass dry erase boards

Here are the attributes that initially drew me to Quartet as a product line that could feasibly work in my space:

  • Beautiful designs
  • Practicality + usefulness
  • Quality + durability
  • Efficient designs take up minimal space
  • How they serve as a reminder to dream + create
Quartet Desktop Easel
Quartet Notepads
Quartet Computer Pad

Overall Experience with Quartet Glass Dry Erase Boards

It’s obvious that my workspace has received a major upgrade both in terms of design aesthetic and practical tools to make my workflow more efficient. What’s not so obvious is that I’ve truly felt more encouraged to write things down. Whether it’s a few words I recently heard that are inspiring me, or a few things I need to get done, or somethings to brainstorm on; I’ve found myself reaching for these boards.

Something about the appear of having them sitting pretty on my desk has served as a reminder to keep creating. Especially in a time like this, any reminder to go inside of myself and stay in my flowstate is a good thing.

I’ve even had weeks where I used one of the boards for weekly to-do’s, the computer pad for daily to-do’s and then the other notepad for how to prioritize them. I’ve also found myself differentiating them by work stuff vs. blog stuff. Since blogging is not my full time job, I sometimes feel like I’m juggling a lot in terms of time allotment for both things.

Since I have such a deep enthusiasm for my work as a blogger, I care a lot about the quality and workmanship that goes into my content. It needs to feel both authentic to me and provide value to my community and/or the brand I’m sharing about.

Additional Specs

Each Quartet product comes with a dry-erase marker that comes equipped with an eraser on the cap. Quartet also provides multi-colored packs of markers as well.

In addition to their small space friendly boards, Quartet also makes several other board sizes and materials such as cork boards and fabric boards. If you have a larger space that you’re looking to outfit, be sure to take a look at their full product line to find the best fit for your space.

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A Clean Coffee & Oat Milk Option: Rise Brewing Co.

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A Clean Coffee & Oat Milk Option: Rise Brewing Co.

Rise Brewing Co. is a brand that’s been on my radar for several years now, as I frequent stores like Whole Foods and Natural Grocers that carry them. I am totally on board with the idea of clean, tasty coffee on the go. I do still enjoy brewing our own coffee at home (sometimes we roast our own as well), but Rise gives me a grab and go option for road tripping and commuting.

Also, the nitro quality (created by the inclusion of nitrogen) acts as a natural preservative, which diminishes the need for additives that extend shelf life. Nitrogen also adds a frothy, refreshingly smooth texture to their coffee and latte formulations. In addition, nitrogen enhances the natural flavor of coffee. This takes their Peruvian-sourced organic coffee to whole new level.

For those like me with a pure and simple preference, I’d recommend reaching for the Nitro Cold Brew Coffee in Original Black. It’s just darn good.

If you’re looking for a boost of sweetness and complimentary flavor, try their lattes. They’re all good in their own right. If I had to pick one, I’d say the London Fog is my favorite because it’s a nice change of pace from my excessive coffee consumption.

I want you to get as stoked on this company as I am. So check out their story and these glowing, enthusiastic faces below.

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Rise About 1
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Rise 2015
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Rise Now

My Experience & Thoughts with Rise Brewing Co.

I’ve really enjoyed learning more about Rise & how nitrogen can help to preserve coffee. I had never realized that correlation before. Freaking rad!

Original Black

Let’s start off with the Original Black Nitro Cold Brew coffee because it’s what I drink the most of! The flavor is actually incredible. I did a few experiments where I drank a sip of my cup of hot coffee (other brand) and then took a sip of the Original Black by Rise, and the Rise coffee is noticeably way more caramell-y tasting. You really get the rich, beautiful, robust, chocolate-y flavor of their coffee. So, even though this is a black coffee drink, there’s no shortage of flavor.

Oat Milk Lattes

Now for the lattes! To me as a black coffee drinker, they feel like a healthy treat. I am an alternative milk aficionado, and like their choice of Oat Milk in these formulas. As a former lead barista at a shop here in Kansas City, I can vouch that Oat Milk’s creamiest is typically superior to other alternative milks like almond, coconut, etc. 

My stoke level was definitely the highest to try their London Fog. This is one of my favorite drinks to order at a coffee shop. I know it to be traditionally made with earl grey tea (black tea that’s infused with bergamot), the milk of choice and then sometimes an additional sweetener. It’s essentially a latte made with tea instead of coffee. Rise formulates theirs very similar to the traditional way, with a few additional ingredients that make their formula unique. 

Taste-wise, it’s delicious! It’s balanced; with an earthy, lightly citrus zip and then finishes creamy and satisfying. I really enjoy this one as a change of pace from my normal cup of coffee or can of Original Black.

In regards to the Oat Milk Mocha & Oat Milk Latte formulas, I would recommend the Mocha to those that are chocolate ice cream choosers and the Latte to those that are vanilla ice cream choosers. Both of them pack just the right amount of sweetness (15g sugar per can) and are not overly sweet. I even like to cut the lattes with the Original Black if I don’t want as much of a treat.

Oat Milk

I’m not a regular oat milk drinker, but I do find it to be one of the best plant based milks when paired with coffee. It provides a silky, creamy texture to the coffee drink that isn’t normally achieved by using an almond or coconut milk.

I appreciate that Rise utilizes a simple ingredient list (like they do in the coffee drinks). For example, the Original Oat Milk contains:

  • Water
  • Organic Oat Flour
  • Organic Sunflower Oil
  • Organic Tea Extract
  • Sea Salt

Since traditional cow’s milk normally contains a naturally-occuring fat content, my hunch is that Rise included the organic sunflower oil ingredient to mimick that fat content and create a texture in the drinks and milks that’s rich and creamy. While, also keeping it plant based. Fat content in coffee is part of what gives lattes their texture.

Recipes from Rise Brewing Co.

If you’re looking to turn up your can of coffee, Rise provides several creative drink recipes on their site including both booze-spiked options and non-booze options. Their recipes include:

Nitro Nutella Latte

Nitro Dirty Chai

Black & Tan

Nitro Irish Coffee

Nitro Black & White

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Rise Brewing Co. sells their drinks by the case and will deliver right to your door. They also make traditional lattes (using cow’s milk) if that’s your jam.

Graphics shown to depict the Rise timeline are from the Rise website. Check them out here!

Kansas City Chiropractor for Scoliosis Dr. Grabouski

Kansas City Grabouski Chiropractic for Scoliosis. This December, I began the journey of correcting the scoliosis in my spine. Thankfully, I feel like I’m in great hands under the care of Dr. Justin Grabouski of Grabouski Chiropractic, here in the greater Kansas City area.

Dr. Grabouski was initially recommended to me as a dog lover and practicing Chiropractor by my Functional Medicine Practitioner, Dr. Jill Strom at her practice Cura Integrative. She’s located in Leawood, Kansas. I’d recommend her a hundred times over if you are looking to address women’s hormonal or fertility issues, especially. I think so highly of her and trust any of her recommendations.

Dr. Grabouski’s office (Grabouski Chiropractic) is located in Overland Park, Kansas, just west of highway 69 and just north of 135th street.

Kansas City Grabouski Chiropractic for Scoliosis

Above is a photo of my spine. You may notice that my vertebrae go for a little, meandering, tangent jog around my clavicle area. Taking X-rays was the first step that Dr. Grabouski took in evaluating what was going on with my spinal health (which is indicative of overall wellness). As you can see, these x-rays were very telling and cemented what I had always suspected.

Thankful for Dr. Grabouski for being the catalyst to working on getting my back (back) in order. Excited for what’s to come. And annoyed at myself for how I’ve ignored this for so long. I guess the universe decided it was time for my to have my own back.

At this point, I have gone in for 4 or 5 adjustments. I’ve already noticed a difference in how I feel overall. This includes my energy levels, my sleep quality and overall body stiffness. It feels like things are moving more freely and I’m excited knowing all the processes that are connected to the spine. All of these bodily processes are gradually becoming more and more optimized and positively impacted by these adjustments. I realize that this will take time overall, but it’s encouraging to notice changes right away, too.

This blog post is brief, mainly because I wanted it to to serve as a mention regarding the beginning of this journey. As time progresses and I have had more chiropractic adjustments on my back, I will report back on how things are going!

I am already thoroughly impressed with the warmth felt by Dr. Grabouski’s entire staff, as well as Dr. Grabouski himself. You can truly feel how much they care and are passionate about their patients.

Kansas City Grabouski Chiropractic for Scoliosis

Check out Dr. Grabouski’s website and social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook) to learn more about his practice!

If you are in the Kansas City area and would like to make an appointment, here is the Grabouski Chiropractic info:

-Gentle + individualized chiropractic care for all
-Serving the Overland Park + KC community
-M-W 9:30-12:30 & 3-6 | Th 9:30-12:30
-Phone: 913-851-5188

I look forward to creating a blog post down the road about my experience with Dr. Grabouski helping correct my scoliosis.

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