My Favorite Things: October 2017
I decided to start a monthly blog post about what I'm currently "digging." Maybe it'll be a yummy food or recipe, maybe a new product or beauty supply, maybe something I've heard or read. I love it when some of my favorite podcasters or other bloggers do this because it helps me discover things I've never heard of before. It gives me ideas and tips to add to my daily routine; things that might add a new, exciting dimension to my life. So, here's my first version of "My Favorite Things!"
1) Beanitos Lime Chips
These chips are TO. DIE. FOR! They are seriously my new addiction. But, don't eat too many because they are made with beans, after all. Hello, gas! (Honestly though, I've eaten probably almost half a bag in one sitting, and I've been fine.) If you like lime, you'll love these! Plus ... they are gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, low in sugar, and packed with fiber. They are great with some guacamole or alone as a snack. I got them at my local Giant Eagle supermarket, but you can also find them on Amazon.
2) Avocado Oil
If you read my blog post on avocado oil, you know that it is a super-healthy, super-star for various reasons. It, most notably, can help the heart, teeth and gums, skin and hair, and decreases the inflammation and pain of arthritis. I decided to try using avocado oil as a nightly moisturizer after washing my face. I totally love it! It only takes a teeny, tiny amount. I apply a dab to each cheek, my forehead, nose, and chin and just rub it into the skin. If you only use a little, it will easily absorb. I truly think it's making a difference to help diminish the crow's feet around my eyes.
3) Prepared Bone Broth
I've written about the benefits of bone broth. It's a rich source of collagen and amino acids and is known to be very healing for the digestive tract and for various health conditions. In my blog post, I even gave a recipe for easy-to-make broth. The problem is, bone broth takes a LONG TIME to make. And you also have to buy the right kind of bones ... organic, grass-fed, pasture-raised, etc. Sometimes, these can be hard to find. Enter prepared bone broth! Pictured above is just one brand of broth. I bought this one at my local grocer in the frozen section, but many grocery stores won't carry it. (Just an FYI, stock is not the same as bone broth.) If you can't find any at your grocer, below is an online option. I try to drink a cup each morning or during that afternoon slump. So good for you!
4) Acure Shampoo and Conditioner
I never jumped on the bandwagon of non-toxic shampoos and conditioners before. I just always used the same products I'd been buying for years. I guess I sort of figured they were getting rinsed off, so how bad could they be? I recently listened to a podcast about how your scalp is one of the most porous areas of skin due to its many capillaries, and it absorbs a great deal of product that is applied to it. That's scary, especially when I think about hair color ... but that's a thought for another day. Anyway, on this podcast, the ladies were talking about some options for non-toxic products. I happened to find one, Accure, at my local Target. I was really nervous I'd hate it because I like a good foam when I wash my hair, and sometimes I've purchased things that didn't live up to my expectations. This, however, did! I love the smell and the way my hair feels after washing with it. I also have very thick, wavy hair which is often tangly and hard to comb through. This conditioner did not disappoint either! I could easily comb my hair after showering.
5) Beauty Counter Moisturizer
I need to start by saying that I am NOT a Beauty Counter representative. (In fact, I have NO affiliation with any of the products, brands, or companies I'm mentioning in this blog post. Free publicity for them!) A friend of mine does sell it, however, so I placed an order with her. This company is one I can stand behind because it prides itself on non-toxic, harmless ingredients. So many beauty products have chemicals that have even been banned in other countries, but the United States still allows for them. Beauty Counter has a "never list" that excludes chemicals like phthalates, parabens, formaldehyde, sodium laureth sulfate, triclosan, etc. At any rate, I was looking for a tinted moisturizer that had sunscreen, went on smoothly, and was easily absorbed. This does the trick! I will say you still need foundation to cover red spots, but for a day cream, this is fantastic! (Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer -- you can get it here.)
So, there you have it! My first "favorite things" blog post. It's my goal to publish one each month with new (or new to me) products or ideas that appeal to me. I realize this post was all about stuff you have to buy, but I'm going to try really hard to also list some "free" things, activities, or recipes in upcoming months. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to shoot me an email! (Contact information in the navigation bar.)
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