I just red the O magazine from Oprah and they had a column on New Year's resolutions, and few hours later, I ended up reading an email from MindBodyGreen with 15 quotes to stick to our new goals.
I had an "Aha!" moment when they mentioned the Quitter's Day; I didn't know there was such a thing like Quitter's Day, but I definitely belong to that category; I know for sure that my New Year's resolutions or goals are in the red zone right around this time of the year | second week of January| . This is the time where I can give up on my resolutions and goals. Do you feel that way too? I bet you are thinking actually....
Well, let's revisit our goals and get a little boost to keep moving forward with our goals and resolutions.
First, we need to make sure that we have a goal or a resolution that is achievable. You know what I am going to talk about. Yes, SMART goal/resolution. This formula has been working forever and there is a reason for it.
First - Are your resolutions/goals SMART? Check and Make Sure!
Once you've made sure that your goals and resolutions are SMART, it is time to make sure that we are sticking with them.
Second, Here is my 6 step process to help you!
Third, You've made it. Now You have a plan to stick with your resolution.
Pat yourself on the back. This is the first step for you to keep up with your resolutions. I recommend going back to this process once once a week to reinforce your decision.
Yeah to you!!
I don't know about you but, it is more and more difficult to lose weight as I grew older. I wanted give you (and me) more reasons to stay off the weight gain wagon this time of the year. These tips are easy to do!
This year, the W.E.L.L. Summit 2018 was in October 5-6, 2018 in Brooklyn, NY. I If you missed it, I’m here to fill you in!
W.E.L.L. stands for Wellness, Empowerment, Learning and Luxury. This two day conference is an holistic 360° wellness experience focused wellness, self-love, empowerment and all things green beauty and clean living.
Last year, I stayed at the conference for one day and it was anamazing experience, so I decided to stay the full days this year.
The 2017 W.E.L.L. Summit was packed, but this year, wow, the vibe was electric with so many like-minded people cheering and sharing this experience together.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I suffered severe burned out recently and I needed to go back to prioritizing myself and being present; I also re-read two of my favorite books : The Power of Now and Own Your Glow. This conference felt like a perfect opportunity for me to just hit the reset button.
So, I was so excited to the W.E.L.L. Summit 2018 in Brooklyn, NY.
What were my expectations of the event?
First: Goodies, Goodies, Goodies...
At registration, you get a bag of goodies. My bag was full of natural beauty and wellness products. The amount of products you receive in your bag depends on your ticket (general admission, VIP, etc...) and several of the products were full size too.
During the conference, all the vendors had plenty of organic and natural products samples for us to try from your favorite brands. I bought few products at 20% or 30% off. I also enjoyed the free fruit juices and alkaline water they had for us to stay hydrated.
They also served breakfast and lunch with vegan and vegetarian options.
Second: Panel Discussions and Breakout sessions ...
If you've never been at the WELL Summit, there are panel discussions on a main stage with experts and keynote speakers and then there are breakout sessions for smaller group discussion with experts.
It was so inspiring to listen to all the busy women sharing their experiences with us and empowering us to get a little closer to our own wellness path.
Here are few tips that resonated with me:
Balance does not exist; we should focus on designing our environment to meet our needs.
Have you been to the WELL Summit? What did you think?
The breakout sessions feel so intimate!
These sessions are in small groups of 40 people and It really feels like the experts are directly talking to you. It is also ideal to ask direct questions to experts.
Fermented food is amazing for gut health. I took a course by Phoebe Lapine, a food and health writer while attending the WELL Summit in NY in October 2018. Phoebe's book, The Wellness Project, chronicles her journey with Hashimotos Thyroiditis and how she learned how to cook food that support our health.
During the class, we learned about the impact of fermented food on our health; Phoebe was great and gave us few tips and an easy recipe on how to make Sauerkraut. We also tasted a salad with fermented food and it was delicious!
Few things to know:
Misconception about probiotics : they add new good bacteria. The truth is that probiotics act as an agent to help create the good bacteria in our guts.
Food that are have insoluble fiber are great for gut health.
Easy Sauerkraut Recipe!
All you need is :
• 1/2 Green cabbage
• 2 tsp of salt
How to Make Sauerkraut?
It is time to take a break from the busy schedule and take a vacation. I have been trying to live a more balanced life by fitting shorter vacation trips in our busy schedules. These trips have become essential for me. I traveled to London, Brussels, and Morocco within the last three years. And, while packing for my trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, I thought I would share my travel natural beauty essentials with you, so you can have an idea whenever it comes time to plan your next trip! All items are travel-size items, so no need to check in any suitcase. These travel-friendly size green beauties are all I need and all you might need as well.
#1- Let's protect our skin from the sun with the Laguna herbal Face and Body Sunscreen.
This sunscreen has an SPF of 50 which blocks 98 % of UVB rays. It is broad spectrum sunscreen for maximum coverage. It is a squeaky-clean sunscreen that was formulated with 6 natural ingredients, including non-Nano particle zinc oxide. This is the safest form of zinc oxide. All ingredients are cruelty-free, mineral, certified organic and non-GMO. It is also gluten-free and paraben-free. This natural sunscreen is so clean. I am also obsessed with it because it applies sheer. This is such a big deal for me; with my darker skin, sunscreens leave that white layer on my skin that is visible from a mile. I have a totally different experience with the Laguna herbals Laguna Herbals Face & Body Sunscreen. I just take a very small amount on the tips of my two fingers and rub it into my skin. It completely absorbs without leaving the usual white layer and stay sheer even when I sweat. A little goes a long way with this one; it contains no water so it is quite concentrated. It is waterproof and last up to 80 minutes. Just make sure to apply it again. As a bonus, this is a kid-friendly, super lightweight, and sit nicely under makeup.
#2 - Jet lag or sleepless night giving me puffy eyes? I don't think so! Pack your 100% Pure Bright Eyes.
Keep your beautiful eyes nice and smooth after a sleepless flight or night. My eyes just adore these fun eyes masks. If you have dark under-eyes circles, irritated, sensitive and/or dehydrated under eyes, this is a great mask to use. I comes in pair (one for each eye) and I get 2 to 3 uses out of each pair. After a 8-hour flight to Marrakesh in Morocco, I was so tired that my eyes were so puffy, but who want to sleep when you only have a week in Marrakesh to explore this beautiful city. So, I popped these green babies under my eyes while I was enjoying Moroccan mint tea; thirty minutes later, we were on our way to explore the Red City.
#3 - For my facial cleanser, the Urso Major |Eseential Facial Wipe| are perfect.
These wipes exfoliate, soothe, and hydrate the skin. They are made with bamboo and smell wonderful. Anytime we are somewhere where it's warm our skin loses moisture, so it's nice to add hydration to our skin. These facial wipes are great to clean my skin and hydrate my skin at the same time. They are so practical as they come in individual packs. While these facial wipes are not makeup wipes, they will remove your makeup. If you need makeup wipes, I recommend using the Kaia Naturals Travel wipes.
#4 - Let's keep our skin soft and glowing by keeping it simple and relaxing with the |Night Body Oil| from Osmia Organics. Made with 11 nourishing and moisturizing oils including organic jojoba oil, velvety kukui oil, and organic rosehip seed oil, this body oil is perfect to moisturize your skin. Best way to apply is on very damp skin, put few drops in your hands and rub against your skin, don't pad - just let it dry; the small size bottle will last you longer. You will have a soft, moisturized skin in minutes. Read more about it here! If you’re not into body oils, the Pacifica Beauty Lotion Wipes are great and easy to use and carry around.
#5 - Let's stay fresh with the EO Deodorant wipes.
These wipes have been a savior for me. They work so well and are so practical to carry around! The scent is subtle: you can get them in lavender or tea tree scent. These are the perfect wipes for trips. I carry individual packets with me everywhere; I only need one wipe for both underarms.
#6 - For clean and voluminous hair, the Innersense Travel Hair Care Kits is a must- have.
I love that this kit has shampoo, conditioner and leave-in conditioner travel kits! It is all you need to have clean and voluminous hair naturally. It also worked for me during weekend getaways and camping trips. Don't leave your home without this beautiful hair travel kit from Innersense.
#7 - For my lips evening makeup, I go with the PlayOn Lip Crayon from Jane Iredale.
This is a luscious, smooth, and creamy lip crayon that gives a sleek makeup look; you only need to apply one or two layers to rock a glamorous look. I usually don't add any lipstick on top of this lip crayon as this natural lip crayon is highly pigmented. There are 7 bold shades; see the shades and read more about it here!
#8 - The French Girl lip tint with me for a little makeup touch for day wear. My favorite shade is | Violette |; it is this sheer pink purple that is perfect for day wear. These lip tints come in 10 shades, are 100% vegan, and natural. These lip tints also fit so well in my wallet and purse. I love it!!
#9 - Get an healthy glow with these makeup essentials, for my foundation and primer, I go will the 100% pure |Mattifying Primer| and |Super Fruits Healthy Foundation|. I often skip makeup when on vacation, but we always try to have a romantic dinner while on vacation and these beauties work perfectly for light natural makeup. You could skip the primer. Both products are natural and contain antioxidants and vitamins. The foundation provides great coverage; I only needed to apply one layer of the foundation for great coverage. The Mattifying prime also helps so much with my large pores. It makes my skin smooth before I apply the foundation
#10 - The Per-fékt Beauty |LASH PERFECTION GEL MASCARA| .
I shopped for the $10 - 0.25 fl. oz and it is just perfect for travel. I love that this is 3-in-1 lash primer, conditioner, and enhancer. I just love the voluminous eyelashes look it gives me. Highly recommended! I even keep it in your everyday makeup bag. This paraben-free mascara has been clinically and allergy tested. It scores 5 on EWG. They use bristle brush, so it doesn't clump and keeps my lashes separated.
There you have it. My essentials Top 10, must-have Natural travel-size beauty products items.
What else do you think I should had to my list? Let me know in the comment section!
Having seasonal allergies? An estimated 50 million Americans, suffer from some type of allergies and chances are high that you or someone you know suffers from allergies. It is spring, the time of the year for congested, headaches, watery or itchy eyes. There are ways to deal with allergies naturally and I share with you my top favorite natural allergies remedies for busy lifestyle.
1. Drink More
Feeling stuffy? Drinking from hot fluids like teas, broth, or soup can help alleviate the thin the mucus in your nasal passages. The steam from this hot non-alcoholic beverage helps with this process. .
2. Rinse It Out
Nasal rinse can remove accumulated bacteria, thin mucus, and cut down on postnasal drip.
*Simply mix 1/2 teaspoon sea salt in 8 ounces of warm distilled water in a neti pot
*Lean over a sink and gently flush each nostril, one at a time.
Chlorine in tap water can irritate your nasal lining and sinuses; it should not be used for a nasal rinse. Too busy to make the mix, my favorite alternatives
3. Natural alternative to Zyrtec? Try Butterbur and Quercetin
Several studies suggest that a butterbur extract called Ze 339 can have the same effect as antihistamine medicines. Quercetin found in plant foods like broccoli or cauliflower can calm down hyperactivity of the airways. Take natural drug-free supplements that combine both or natural supplement that only contain only one type of extract.
4. Wash up
Take a shower when you come home. After being outdoors, your clothes, hair, and skin are covered with tiny particles of allergens; wash these particles away so you don't transfer to your home.
5. Keep your home clean from allergy triggers
Having a clean home is one the best way to remove allergens. But, using harsh chemicals to clean your home can trigger allergies. Clean your house with natural cleaning products and use an air filter in your house.
Precautions when dealing Allergies Mild or moderate allergies are usually not very threatening. However, severe allergic reactions require medical attention. See a doctor if you have severe allergic reactions.
Earth Day is almost here and you definitely need to find some unique activities to celebrate it. Either alone, with your friends or with your kids, there are plenty of activities that you can do on the next April 22nd. You could even this ideas to celebrate April as earth month instead of a single day.
So, here are the best tips for enjoying the Earth Day this year:
#1: Plant a Tree:
Nothing better than celebrating the Earth Day with a new tree that can provide us with oxygen and clean air. Just be a part of the Trees For The Earth initiative and help us all get to 7.8 billion trees planted by Earth Day 2020.
#2: Get Involved in a Community Garden:
No matter if you usually garden or not, the Earth Day is a perfect day to start or to help others starting a community garden. In case you don't know any, just do a quick search on Google for one next to you.
#3: Clean Out Your Closet and Donate to a Charity:
While when you think about celebrating the Earth Day with activities you tend to think mostly about outdoor activities, the truth is that you can contribute at home as well. Just get rid of all those clothes you don't wear anymore and donate them. This will save a lot of our already scarce resources.
#4: Go to a Thrift Store:
Helping others is a great way to celebrate the Earth Day and you will also be reutilizing old clothes. So, just check a near thrift store and get a new outfit.
#5: Stop Plastic Bottle of Water:
Drinking plenty of water is essential to having a beautiful skin, but there is no need to use plastic bottles when they are so many alternatives. Besides, you'll be saving a lot of plastic that would simply be filling up dumps and landfills. The brk bottles are one of my favorites glass water bottles; they reusable and beyond adorable with their decorative silicone sleeves.
#6: Volunteer for An Environmental Charity:
What's better than volunteering for an environmental charity to celebrate Earth Day? From teaching classes to cleaning rivers, it's all about being earth-friendly. If you don't know any environmental charity, just contact Earth Day organizers.
#7: Ride Your Bike or Take A Hike:
Either alone, with your friends, or even with your kids, this is a beautiful activity that you can do to celebrate Earth Day this year. After all, you'll be enjoying everything nature provides us.
#8: Create Labels for The Garden with Your Kids:
This is a great tip to show your kids how Earth Day is important. You can learn how to do it here.
#9: Make A Play Garden with Your Kids:
Another tip to involve kids on the Earth Day is to allow them to be useful, play, and learn at the same time. So, you can take a bit of space from your garden or yard and just make a play garden with them.
#10: Attend an Earth Day Event:
With so many events happening across the entire country, the difficult part will be choosing the one that you want to attend.
#11: Develop A Recycling Plan:
In case you are still not recycling, there is no better day to start. Just discover what you can recycle in your area and start from here.
#12: Transform Your Yard:
If you have a yard and you just don't know what you can do with it, why not creating some kind of oasis for birds and other creatures? Just put in a bird bath, install some birdhouses, and put a bird feeder.
#13: Make a Trashy Collage for Earth Day:
When your kids are young, they're going to love this activity for the Earth Day and they will be learning the same time. You can get some ideas from Teach Preschool.
#14: Take A Good Look Around Your Home:
Have you checked your faucets lately? Are you sure you don't have any faucets leaks? As you know, you may be wasting liters and liters of water.
#15: Join an Environment-Friendly Group:
Gathering with other people that think the same way as you about the environment is always positive. Who knows about the great ideas that can come from there?
#16: Go Vegan or Vegetarian For The Day:
If you want to do something different for the Earth Day this year, you can turn into a vegetarian or a vegan for the day. Read this article "Three reasons to Go Vegan for Earth Day..." from the Huffington post. Just keep your mind open and you may even enjoy some of the foods. Here are some vegan and vegetarian recipes for busy people.
You take a glance at your calendar and you have overdue tasks. You are overwhelmed at work and have a lot of tasks waiting for us at home. So, in order to make room for all of this, you stop going to the gym, skip lunch, and even forget about your social life completely. Doesn't this sound familiar?
Unfortunately, this is the reality that many women who work and have a family need to deal with every single day. The truth is that as a woman, each one of us was raised with the idea that we need to make huge sacrifices for our family and for our work in order to reap the rewards of life. The truth is that you keep making sacrifices and more sacrifices and no reward at all.
When you're in this situation, you're so overwhelmed, so stressed out, that even if you think (and you probably do) that you are doing a great job, the truth is that you aren't. You won't be able to focus, your skills aren't sharp anymore, and you're simply not being as productive as you can be.
And this is where self-care comes in your way. Things like having lunch, having a good night sleep, or occasionally hanging out with friends shouldn't even be considered self-care. But you already crossed that barrier as well. So, why is self-care so important?
#1: It's The Only Way To Take Care Of Others
When you don't feel well either physically, psychologically, or mentality, you won't be able to help others. Even though this may be one of the things that you really want to do, you just can't. Your body isn't healthy anymore, your mind is filled with self-doubt as well as simply not working as well as it should. The truth is that most women tend to pretend that everything is alright 24/7, even when it's not. Don't pretend anymore. Make taking care of yourself a high priority.
#2: Start Living Instead Of Simply Existing
When you gave up a good night's sleep, breakfast or lunch, or your social life, you're not living anymore. Living your life mean interactions with other people, new experiences, and acquiring new skills and competencies. All that you're doing right now is scrambling to meet the needs of this hour or this day. You're not even thinking about tomorrow, just the immediate future.
If you think that you can handle this up until retirement to then enjoy life, you won't. We all have responsibilities, towards others and towards ourselves. And taking care of yourself is your responsibility.
#3: It's Empowering
The truth is that we tend to get lost among the multiple things we need to do everyday. It's true that you need to work. You have bills to pay. And you need to take care of your home and your family. But between these responsibilities, you need to find the time for yourself, away from all the social media and email notifications, away from those late calls and text messages. This is when you have the ability and chance to connect with your inner self and starting to listen to your gut again. Yes, it's still there. You just haven't been listening to it lately.
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