How To Protect Your Hands From Sun Damage

Your Hands will be forever in your favor

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We all know that the sun is great, but all of that sun exposure comes at a cost. You may love lookin’ bronzed and beautiful, but without proper protection you will end up with wrinkles, sun spots, sagging skin, and maybe even skin cancer!

You’ve heard me say it a million times, and I’m sure you’ve read it a million times more – ALWAYS put sunscreen on your face. Check this blog post for why.

BUT… While you’re taking care of your face, neck, and décolletage… you’re forgetting about one important thing- your hands.

the backs of your hands.

Plastic Surgery gives women the ability to take tens of years off their face, but you can always really tell how old a woman is by her hands.

The skin on our hands is actually pretty thin, similar to that on our face. And when you think about it, your hands are always in the front line of battle. Whenever you’re outside, driving, walking.. those hands have seen the light of day- every day of your life.

So of course we say, oh! Just put sunscreen on them– religiously because you’re going to wash your hands and inevitably wash off the sunscreen. I’ve tried this.. and I’ll tell you right now I do not have the willpower to constantly think about/obsess over my hands. It’s just not gonna happen. I’ll either forget about it entirely, or only do it once.

But may I please have the honor of introducing you to my most ingenious discovery yet–


These things are the BOMB. Not only do they provide adequate sun protection, but they are fingerless, have grip on the bottom, and they can never get “washed off”! Plus I kinda feel like a badass while wearing them- driving gloves? very cool.

These ones are probably designed for those who participate in outdoor activities; biking, kayaking, etc. But your girl is using them for driving. Being in Florida where it’s sunny all the time, my hands are always getting some sun on them.

But you know I’ll also use them for anytime I’m outside for an extended period of time!

I’m really excited about these, and for 25 bucks I think they are a really great investment for you to age well.

Remember, the goal is not to avoid aging. Because that’s impossible. It’s simply to have the knowledge of how to age wisely.

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What Are Essential Oils?

Are They Safe?

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Those moments when you’ve smelled a flower or peeled an orange- you have enjoyed the wonderful experience of essential oils.

“These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants.”

Essential oils are the things that give plants their smell, and are their natural defense system. Plants are constantly attacked by mold, fungus, insects, etc and actually have a natural way of defending themselves! Not only do essential oils protect the plant, but also aid in helping the plants become pollinated!

But before I go any further, I should probably break down what a “Volatile Organic Compound” even is:

They are small organic molecules that have the ability to change quickly from state to state (ie- solid to liquid to gas) at room temperature. This is what makes them volitile; their ability to change so quickly. There are over 3,000 varieties of volatile aromatic compounds, and they determine what the essentials oil’s aroma and benefits are.

The composition of essential oils and their VAC’s can often vary depending on where and how it was growing, the time of year, the weather, the harvest, distillation, etc. Every step of the process plays a huge role in the quality of the essential oil.

Essential oils can be used in three ways; aromatically (smell), topically (touch), and internally (mouth). They can be used for physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Essential oils are used in medicine, food preparation, and beauty treatments!

COOLEST FACT: You’re probably wondering why these work on humans. Essential Oils are great for plants, but how can they be applied to me? WELL, plant cells and human cells are actually suuupppper similar! So when your body comes into contact with an essential oil, the essential oil knows what to do because it’s working with similar material.

This blows my mind. It’s absolutely incredible.

The most important thing to remember is that you need to prioritize buying high quality essential oils. There are many companies out there trying to sell you crappy oils full of chemicals and nasty fillers. do not buy them. I know they’re tempting, but there’s a reason why they’re $5 instead of $30. People have become seriously sick/injured from using impure essential oils.

If you’re serious about your health, then you will want to only buy the best.

I exclusively use DoTerra. Not only are they the largest essential oils company, but they have the highest quality essential oils available. They also source it from all over the world, constantly giving back to developing countries.

If you’re interested in taking your health journey to the next level, send me an email! I would love to talk to you, figure out your health concerns, and from there talk about what are the best options for you ❤

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Why You NEED To Avoid Packaged Foods

Ingredients for An Unhappy BOdy

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This is quite a doozy of a topic. And while I can go super in depth with it, I’ll save you from the pages and pages of nutritional explosion.

Bottom Line: If it comes in a package, you should probably keep it in a package. 

Not only can these foods cause breakouts, sagging, dull skin, early onset aging, but serious health conditions- obesity, heart problems, diseases, diabetes, etc. You’re playin’ with fire, people.

Steer Clear from Packaged Foods

Excuse me Ma’am, Where Can I Find the Nutritional Value?  

I’ll keep it simple: nowhere. Mostly all conventional packaged foods have been so overly processed that even if it does have “okay” ingredients, the nutrientsare long gone anyway. Excessive heating and processes drain any goodness from foods. So you may feel full, but you’re nutritionally starving. And when your body isn’t getting the nutrients it needs, it’s going to start sacrificing parts of your body to stay running; i.e the skin.

Get Behind Me, Sugar!  

Processed Foods have a tendency to contain an INSANE amount of sugar. Not only does this cause inflammation and a heck of a lot of breakouts, but also totally wrecks your immune system. In order for our body (skin) to heal and prevent unnecessary degeneration, we have to be able to fight off diseases, injuries, viruses, etc. Sugar will also make you fat. true story.

Kookoo for Grains

The main reason why processed, packaged foods leave us feeling satisfied and full– processed, inflammation causing, gut damaging, highly refined grains. They fill you up, but then your body instantly breaks them down into sugars which spikes your blood sugar, causing wrinkles. And the inevitable post lunch crash. Food should give you energy and life, not take it away.

Drowning in Oils

If you check the ingredients, you will almost 100% of the time find some sort of processed, vegetable oil. Canola, Sunflower, Soybean, Corn, and Cottonseed are the worst and most common. They are full of Omega 6’s which can insane amounts of inflammation.

If you’re still paying attention, you’ll notice the overarching theme here is I N F L A M M A T I O N. Poor Diet is the #1 cause of inflammation. If you’re body is struggling to work properly, it is technically “injured.” And with any sort of injury, your body is going to send out signals to increase blood flow and histamines to that area to heal it. When it’s something serious, naturally induced inflammation is a necessity because it lets you know there’s something wrong. But when the cause is simply eating nutrient deficient food.. your body is going to slowly break down over time- starting with your skin.

I highly encourage you to eat whole foods rich in vitamins, proteins, fats, and antioxidants. If it was made in a lab, then a lab is needed to digest it properly. Don’t let your skin suffer because of tempting convenience foods! Treat yourself lovingly and get on that whole food diet!


Achieve Your Dreams with Mantras

‘Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Who is the Fairest of Them All?’ 

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Yeah, I got jokes.

Alright babes, lets talk about mantras.

A mantra is a phrase or idea that you repeat either out loud or internally to help keep you focused on that thought. This is especially useful if you’re struggling with something and need to stay positive. Of course this could be used for any area in your life, but I’m going to focus on how to use it in your perception of your beauty. I know many of us may struggle with how we look, and always think of things we wish we could change. This isn’t healthy. And with specific mantras we can train our brain to think differently, starting the healing process.

Begin by setting your intention- what do you desire? What problem is it you wish to resolve? This will help set the foundation for your mantra, keeping you motivated and focused.

Repeat the mantra as many times as you can.

This can vary depending on the person, but the most common practice is to repeat it to yourself a couple times throughout the whole day. Maybe when you wake up, get ready for work, look in the mirror, before you sleep, etc. Always make sure to try and repeat them to yourself especially when your mind starts to turn negative. This will help reinforce those positive thoughts. Consistency and repetition is key if you really want to see any improvements.

Mantra Examples

I am enough. 

May I be happy. May I be healthy. May I be creative. May I be at ease. 

I am thankful for everything I have

I am fulfilled. I am fearless. 

Today, I will choose happiness.

I am bountiful, blissful, and beautiful; bountiful, blissful, and beautiful I am. 

I honor that which I am capable of becoming. 

I am loved. 

I am beautiful.


I hope this information helps you with any areas in your life you may need healing, confidence, or support. Let me know how it works for you!

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Ingredient Spotlight Series: Hemp Oil

Hippie’s Skin Care

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Now, now, don’t get all crazy on me. I’m not here taking a stand on the cannabis movement, I’m just trying to tell you about this really awesome, light, highly absorbable, non-comedogenic oil. For my fellow ladies out there who break out easily or have oily skin- this is the oil for you. I have used Hemp Oil for years so I’m pretty much an expert.

“Hemp oil or hempseed oil is obtained by pressing hemp seeds. Cold pressed, unrefined hemp oil is dark to clear light green in color, with a nutty flavor.”  Wikipedia

Unlike cannabis oil, Hemp Oil only contains trace amounts of THC so it won’t alter your state of mind or anything. just your skin.

Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil for Skin

  • Hemp Oil has the ability to penetrate the inner layers of the skin, promoting healthy cell growth.
  • The fats/lipids contained in hemp oil are actually extremely similar to the ones found in our own skin, making it a super effective moisturizer. Because it absorbs so easily, it beefs up the protecting agent our skin needs.
  • Increases elasticity, giving that beautiful glow to dull, dry, tired skin.
  • Will reduce redness from irritation caused from acne and psoriasis.
  • Helps eliminate oily skin by effectively bringing the skin back to balance.
  • It contains a wide variety of supplements; vitamin A, vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium and phosphorous.
  • Super high in antioxidants, which slows down aging and cell damage.

How to Use Hemp Seed Oil for Skin

Oil Cleanser:  I have found that Hemp oil is a great oil cleanser on it’s own. I pour a little bit into my hand and rub it in tiny circles with my fingers all over my face. I then put a hot washcloth over my face, steam for a bit, then repeat the whole process. Then follow up with your typical routine.

Skin Moisturizer: Yes it is a miraculous oil for moisturizing, but I have found through experience that this pretty green machine will STAIN. clothes, pillowcases, sheets, covers, etc. I don’t recommend using this alone.

TIPS: Hemp Oil is a sensitive one, so it needs to be kept in the fridge. For best quality, buy organic, unrefined, cold pressed. Like this one.

I encourage you to hop on that Hemp train!


Why I Started Using Essential Oils

There’s An Oil For That

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This isn’t one of those insane, unbelievable, miraculous stories.. but I think it’s just as important to share those everyday life occurrences. It’s more relatable.

I had received a kit of Doterra Essential Oils as a wedding gift…. and didn’t touch them until about a year later. I had no idea what they were, how to use them, why I needed them, etc. I thought they looked and sounded super cool and hippyfied, but actually putting them into practice was another story.

I honestly kinda forgot I had them.

As most of you know, I don’t have the best skin. Mostly due to genetics and imperfect health, but it’s very stubborn and super confidence breaking. I had just gotten into really reading about health and nutrition and natural solutions, and came across Tea Tree Essential Oil. A super star for all things skin concerned, especially breakouts.

And I was like AHA! I hope I have this! And sure enough, amongst all of the other treasured Essential Oils in that kit, I found Tea Tree Oil, also known as Melalueca. I made a little concoction with jojoba and Lavender (also good for skin), and my face was astoundingly thankful.

And I was like “oh frick yeah, this jank works!” So I started incorporating Essential Oils into my everyday life. With cleaning, cooking, healing, pain, emotional support, etc. When I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed I didn’t take any of the medication they prescribed me, just Essential Oils. Of course I was kinda worried that I could get crazy infections because I have four gaping holes IN MY MOUTH, but I trusted the oils and their miraculous abilities. I healed super well and it just adds to my Essential Oil testimony.

I plan on going more in depth with different ways I use Essential Oils in the upcoming posts, I just wanted to start off the series with my background!

Always, always make sure you are using high quality Essential Oils. I religiously use DoTerra, who created their own standard of quality because it didn’t yet exist. Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade.

*If you have any questions, curious about ways to use it in your home or in your health journey, email me! I’m one of their representatives and would love to get to know you, talk about your goals, and send you a free sample!*

I whole-heartedly believe that Essential Oils are a crucial step in all journeys to better health. In helping you become A WellSpring Of Life.

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Why You NEED Collagen

Baby Phat

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Collagen is a word frequently thrown around in the natural health and beauty world. Many companies and doctors praise it’s name, claiming it can heal anything from arthritis to dull skin. And not only have there been these claims, but also the countless testimonies from people who have had amazing results. It’s quickly rising to the top of the ‘things you need to add into your diet’ list.

What is Collagen

“Collagen is the main structural protein found in skin and other connective tissues..” Dictionary

Although collagen is technically a protein, it also contains a mixture of amino acids (proline, glycine, hydroxyproline, arginine). This is found not only in our own bodies, but also in the bones and connective tissues of animals.

Why You Need Collagen

Collagen is something our body already produces. However, age has a tendency to take things away from us- one of those being collagen. The wrinkles, the kinks in our legs, the sagging neck- all attributed to the slow, but consistent loss of collagen.

Collagen gives skin its elasticity, hair its strength, and connective tissue its ability to hold everything in place. It’s pretty necessary to have a good amount of this in your body, for obvious reasons.

Supplementing Collagen

Age can decrease collagen, but so can stress, gut imbalances, poor diet, etc. So pretty much all Americans are really in need of collagen, no matter their age.

Thankfully, modern medicine has found a way to extract collagen and making it available to the public.

Collagen comes in powdered form, making it super easy to mix with water, non-dairy milk, smoothie, or even some snacks! There are really great recipes online that use collagen if you want to get creative. When choosing a powder, be sure it is sourced responsibly and grass-fed from a reputable company. I currently use this kind, and I LOVE it! Such good quality, and immediately dissolves into the liquid. No lie, I can tell a difference when I use this supplement.

Try it and see the magic work! Feel the power. Get the Collagen!

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Healing From Openness//My Story

Examine Your Heart

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Let me start off by saying that this is not a normal thing for me. I do not open up my heart to many friends or even family members, let alone strangers. I am extremely private and introverted. But.. recently I have had the insane pressure put on my heart to open up and be vulnerable. 

From my own experience I know how letting all of your sadness, worries, anger, and grief out into the open can be the most healing, weight lifting action. Not only for yourself, but for others. Hearing someone else’s struggles allows you to feel more connected; and truly know that– You are not alone.

While struggling these past couple years, I did feel alone. completely, utterly alone. Who could I turn to that would be able to offer some comfort or solace? Who could really lean into my heart and pick it up for me?

But I realized one day.. that we are all silently suffering. All of us. We all have things in our life that make it difficult. But we all still exist. We all thrive despite the occasional feeling that our bodies are about to burst.

And I am here to share my story as it has been told so far. And to tell you that I see you. I know you are broken and trying your hardest. I understand the pain, I understand the sadness, I understand the need to push it as far from you as possible.

My heart goes out to you. You are doing so well despite it all.

My Story

Okay so my parents are divorced. If you knew my family when I was younger, then you may be surprised. Despite living in the home, and seeing some problems, I can’t help but admit that I, too, was surprised. It happened about 2ish years ago? I think? See- I’m so far detached that time doesn’t exist for that period.

But I was newly married trekking across America, miraculously protected in this little bubble of separation. I was sad and angry, but the events had taken place so far from me, and existed outside of my life that the blow wasn’t nearly as impactful as it would’ve been if I was still living at home.

Of course having your parent’s date other.. let me say “less than desirable” people is maybe even more difficult to swallow. However, like everything else, I buried it. I thought I dealt with it, but I unconsciously just buried it deeper into my heart so that I could move on.

And then of course- there’s marriage. The most self sacrificing journey anyone could ever begin.

So yes, like everyone else, we have problems.

But again, I became quite skilled at acknowledging, superficially dealing, then letting it sit and fester within my heart.

It wasn’t until I was in Italy for two weeks, forced out of my life, forced out of my comfort zone, forced to slow down, that I was forced to acknowledge the utter grief. I have a tendency to keep myself busy, and to never rest. Which does have its benefits, but too much can lead to unacknowledged problems. Which just grow bigger and stronger with time.

So unfortunately, instead of admiring and being thankful for the magnificent opportunity I had been given, I became overwhelmed with the sadness that had made its home within me.

I had thrown myself into daily tasks. I threw myself into my role as a wife. I threw myself into my school. I threw myself into my business. I threw myself into every other thing. Except what mattered the absolute most.

Do you ever feel like you’re constantly on the brink of crying, but try your absolute hardest to resist because you fear if you let one tear slip your whole body might shatter from the intense pressure of utter sadness that needs to flow from your body?

I realized I needed to do something, I needed to find a release. And I began seeing a counselor.

Who quite literally saved my heart.

I am still seeing her, crying every session. But there has been so much progress. And even though the trip to Italy isn’t what I dreamed it would be, I cannot help be thankful that it happened. That I was exposed to my heart’s needs.

I can struggle with being joyful. with being hopeful. with trusting. with feeling worthy. with feeling wanted.

I well up when I see photos of myself, things I was doing, because I know my state of happiness was far greater that it is now. And I struggle to imagine myself ever becoming that person again.

But I am working towards it. I have the goal in mind. I am examining my heart daily, I am being open with myself and others. I am trying.

Always trying.

I write this not to gain pity or empathy, but to be honest. So that you can understand that absolutely no one has it all together. And everything I have learned and talk about, is from my own experiences.

I want to encourage you to speak to someone. Whether it be a counselor or mentor. You need someone who isn’t biased, who isn’t already involved with your life. Seek out wisdom.

Daily distractions can be healthy, but too many can damage your sight on whats important. Don’t push everything down and away. It never truly goes away until you look it in the face and hear its cry.

Hope that you are on a path to becoming that wellspring of life.

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DIY Shimmering Goddess Highlighter

Boy, Bye

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We all thought highlighter has been poppin’ since 2014… but way back in the 1500’s they were using it. So you know it’s a product you need to be usin’. Highlighter gives you that added glow, and defines some of your best features (eyes, cheekbones, etc.) Like all makeup though, you gotta be careful with the ingredients. Back in the day people were using toxic ingredients, but we should know better now.

There are natural highlighters made with perfect ingredients, like this one. But yo girl likes to save money and stretch her creative fingers.

Alright my beauty babes, let’s get to work.


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Star Dust Luminizer 

(this will make about 3 containers, perfect for gifts)



  • Make a Double Broiler or Fill A Medium Sized Pot 1/2 Way Full With Water
  • Place a Glass Pyrex Measuring Cup In the Pot
  • Combine All Ingredients In The Pyrex And Heat Over Medium Heat Until Melted
  • Stir Periodically To Keep Everything Well Mixed
  • Once Melted, Pour Into Jar.
  • Continue To Stir As Everything Hardens To Stay Mixed

And that’s it! Slightly warm up with finger tips and apply to upper cheeks, brow bones, inner eyes, right above upper lip, and maybe even all over your lid! It really adds such a lovely, youthful glow to your face. If you haven’t discovered the magic of highlighters.. I HIGHLY recommend you try this one!

(If you prefer keeping your makeup super sanitary, you can apply the highlighter with beauty blender or brush!)

If you do make this lovely highlighter, take a photo on instagram and tag me! @awellspringoflife

I’d love to see your lovely glowing face ❤

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Matcha Latte Recipe

I’ve Met My Match(a)

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If you follow me on instagram, and more specifically my stories, you know I have routines. Things I like to do daily to give me a sense of solidarity and peace. I do not do well with not having at least some kind of consistency in my life. (I’m always that person who HAS to know the plan…. which I “guess” can get kind of obnoxious..? Meh)

Something I always need in my day is big fat delicious matcha latte. Even though it’s not snowing or freezing here in Florida (sorry northern folks), I still find such comfort from a creamy warm beverage. Not to mention it’s bustin’ out the ying yang with nutritional benefits. Here’s a secret though *Some days I don’t add the matcha because my level of cortisol is super high so I don’t need any more “jump” to my system.** But I still want that yummy drink.

BUT before I give you the keys to matcha heaven in the form of a recipe, lemme just give you some of the benefits this drink can offer:

Benefits of Matcha:

  • Packed with POWERFUL Antioxidants (20xs more than blueberries!!)
  • Boosts Metabolism and Burns Calories (aka weight loss if you need it)
  • Naturally Detoxifies
  • Calms the Mind, Relaxes Body, Aids in Concentration (monks would use this to aid them in meditation; “relaxed alertedness”)
  • Rich in Fiber, Chlorophyll and Vitamins
  • Provides Vitamin C, Selenium, Chromium, Zinc and Magnesium (the modern american diet is HIGHLY lacking in these)
  • Prevents Disease (the antioxidants & vitamins keeps your body in tiptop shape)
  • Lowers Cholesterol and Blood Sugar

Benefits of Cinnamon:

  • High Source of Antioxidant
  • Balances Blood Sugar
  • Anti-inflammatory Properties
  • Aids in Heart Health
  • Helps Brain Function
  • Fights Infections and Viruses
  • Protects Dental Health

Benefits of Coconut Manna:

  • Great Source of Fat
  • Rich in Lauric Acid (boosts immune system)
  • Boosts Metabolism
  • Increases Energy
  • Contains Essential Amino Acids, Calcium, and Magnesium

Benefits of Ashwagandha (ancient medicinal herb):

  • Reduces Blood Sugar Levels
  • Balances Hormones (both men and women)
  • Reduces Inflammation
  • Anti-Cancer Properties
  • Reduce Stress and Anxiety
  • Reduce Symptoms of Depression
  • Reduce Cortisol Levels
  • Lowers Cholesterol and Triglycerides
  • Improves Brain Function (including memory)

Benefits of Collagen:

  • Improves Skin and Hair
  • Helps Heal Leaky Gut.
  • Reduces Joint Pains and Degeneration
  • Aids in Cardiovascular Health.
  • Increases Metabolism, Muscle Mass and Energy
  • Strengthens Nails, Hair and Teeth

Benefits of Water:

  • Hydrating
  • (ha you should by now that water is pretty much life so I’m not gonna list all of the benefits of water)

ALRIGHT. jeez I feel like I just talked a ton without taking a breath. Imma take a breath now.

okay, so here’s what you’ve been waiting for: I present to you, I entrust you with THE KEYS.

Matcha Latte Recipe



  • Heat water in kettle, but do not boil
  • Add all powders to a blender.
  • Once hot enough, add water to blender and blend away!
  • I usually blend for about 20 seconds, but you can go more or less depending on how much froth you want.
  • Pour into your prettiest, most favorite mug.
  • Sip away and feel your body thanking you.

**YO DON’T GO YET. Vital Proteins now offers a bomb product that combines matcha AND collagen in one product! With additional coconut water powder which is SO good for hydration. Check it Here!**

alright, imma go make one for myself now! (seriously)