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!


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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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)




Organic vs Natural

Are you being fooled?

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Natural, Organic, Non-GMO, Free Range, Pasture Raised, Grass Fed, Grass Finished, Gluten Free, Whole Grain, Wild Caught, Farm Raised.. etc etc etc


If you’re jumping onto the (massive) health bandwagon, you’ve got a lot of new vocabulary to learn. The most important is defining the difference between Organic and Natural.

Which is better? Are they different? Are they the same? Are they similar? Why is Organic so much more expensive? Natural is the best, right?

You see where I’m going here.

So grab your pencils, your notepads, and don’t forget to button that thinking cap! (currently writing this in the car after being in here for 8 hours, if that helps explain anything)

Defining Natural and Organic


Sounds good, right? We all want our food to be as natural as possible. No gross additives or chemicals. However… there are absolutely zero regulations for the term “natural.” So literally any company can slap that label onto their packaging to help sales. The most processed, chemical ridden, body killing companies can say their food is natural. The worst part is that so many people get fooled by it and eat food they think is good for them because it’s “natural.”

Please, don’t be fooled. Read the ingredients and decide for yourself whether it’s healthy or not. If it’s loaded with weird unpronounceable words, and mile long lists… chances are that food is full of junk and it sure ain’t natural.


100% regulated by the USDA (United States Division of Agriculture)

They must meet these requirements:

  1. Produced without excluded methods (e.g., genetic engineering, ionizing radiation, or sewage sludge.)
  2. Produced using only certain allowed substances
  3. Overseen by a USDA National Organic Program- authorized certifying agent, following all organic regulations.

The companies that wish to call themselves organic, and have the official organic seal on their labels must apply to become organic and pay a fee.

So it’s a pretty serious thing. Which is great because we know we’re getting the right stuff.

Yeah so as you can tell, Organic is TOP DAWG. It is more expensive, so to be smart with your finances and budget.. try to buy all of your meat organic, and there’s a Top 12 Dirty List for produce. You don’t have to break the bank to be smart!

Are you currently buying anything organic? can you tell a difference?

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8 Reasons to Avoid Gluten

Death by Wheat

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“Gluten Free” is splattered everywhere. With the recent discoveries of the lifelong affects a gluten ridden diet can cause, it has become a huge industry that is rapidly growing. A lot of people are going “gluten free” because it’s the new, cool health fad, but they don’t really know why.

Then are there others who aren’t aware of the effect certain foods have on them, and should really consider getting off gluten in an elimination diet.

Whichever boat you’re in, I wanted to give you a rundown on some of the symptoms gluten can cause. Maybe try eliminating all gluten from your diet and see how you feel!

Symptoms of Gluten Sensitivity

  • Gut Inflammation– When your gut is inflamed it can cause you to develop other food sensitivities, as well as general pain.   
  • Decreased Intestinal Permeability– Gluten actually weakens the lining of your gut, causing microscopic tears. So whenever you eat, you become more likely for small food particles to leave the stomach before they’re fully broken down, which can cause lots of damage, pain, and inflammation.
  • Damage To the Gut Biome– if you’re not digesting food properly, and your body always thinks it’s under attack, your natural microboime in your gut can easily become disrupted. If you don’t have enough good bacteria, or too much bad bacteria, your whole body feels the effects.
  • Gastrointestinal Symptoms– Bloating, naseau , sharp pain, problem eliminating, weight gain, etc.
  • Brain Symptoms– Brain fog is a common side effect of gluten; the feeling of you’re in a cloud, can’t really focus or concentrate, in a daze. If your body is highly inflamed it will directly affect your brain.
  • Skin Symptoms– Acne, psorasis, perioral dermatitis, eczema, rosacea, rashes, etc.
  • Nutrient Deficiencies– If your gut isn’t performing well, your body won’t absorb nutrients well.
  • Muscle and Joint Pains– Again, inflammation is the main symptom of gluten, and this can cause all over pain because everything is inflamed.
  • Consistent Low Energy/Chronic Fatigue– When you’re not getting enough nutrients and your body is constantly trying to fight unwelcome food particles, you will inevitably have less and less energy for regular everyday tasks.

Most people are afflicted by at least one of these problems. If you’re serious about trying to become healthier and live a happier, fuller life, then I highly recommend going off gluten for two weeks and then slowly introduce it into your diet and record how you feel.

Some Popular Gluten-Free Replacements:

  • Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Oats

**I don’t really recommend corn because it is so commonly doused in chemicals, and can be a inflammation trigger for a lot of people**

Really try to listen to your body so you can notice even the subtle changes. Waking up less congested? Not crashing after lunch? Less mucus? etc.

What’s your experience with gluten been? Is it best avoided at all costs? Or are you one of the lucky few that can tolerate it? Leave a comment below, I’d love to know!

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8 Best Essential Oils to Pack When Traveling

Don’t Take a vacation from your health

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I’ve travelled quite a bit, and whether by plane or car (or boat) there are some key essential oils you should bring with you to keep you healthy and happy! With any type of medicine you pack, it is usually for preventative measures. I don’t take all of these daily, but I love being in control of my health when I start to feel a little down.

Great part: the bottles don’t leak or break easily so you don’t have to worry about crazy padding or packing techniques!

TIP: If flying, always try to keep your oils in your carry on; could you imagine the airline losing your bag and you losing all of those precious oils!? Gah, it’s almost to hard to think about.

Top Oils To Bring When Traveling

Oregano– If you suddenly become sick, this combined with On Guard and Melalueca is the ultimate sickness bomb!

On Guard– great for keeping your immune system high, and cleaning surfaces

Melalueca (Tea Tree)– A powerful antiseptic and is antimicrobial. It keeps bugs away when dilutes,and is great for all sorts of cuts and scrapes

Frankincense– I take this every day to keep my immune system at it’s best, and if i have a headache, injury, etc this is the oil to take. “When in doubt, take frankincense!”

Peppermint– perfect for freshening breath, increasing energy, helping digestive problems, easing congestion, and alleviating headaches

Deep Blue– for pulled or sore muscles

Lavender– to help with sleeping and skin injuries (burns, rashes, cuts, etc)

Lemon– add to water to help with detoxing- while traveling or on vacation, we tend to eat a little bit out of our normal diet, and can use that extra detox!

What do you bring on trips to keep your health within your control? Essential Oils, Supplements, herbs? Comment below and let me know!

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4 reasons to stop using plastic Tupperware + Why you need Glass Containers

Eat Less Plastic


We all want to help the environment, but also help ourselves right?

So reusable food containers are crucial; getting take out can be majorly expensive, unhealthy, and those styrofoam containers ARE THE WORST.

Buttttttt some food containers are healthier than others; you may have heard, but plastic is pretty bad for you. (like really bad.)

Even if you get BPA free plastic, there are still a lot of chemicals that can leach into your food. There are some strong forms of plastic, but even those can break down over time.

SIDE NOTE: If you do have plastic containers, never use them in the microwave.. the exposure to that high heat is an instant chemical party.

Harmful Side Effects of Plastic:

  • The toxins found in plastic can make you really sick (chemicals are stored in the body and break down immune system)
  • Awful for the environment (creates lots of pollution/discharge, and most plastic isn’t recycled)
  • Can cause fertility and reproductive problems
  • Can cause weight gain (the chemicals can cause stem cells to become fat cells)

Good News: There are alternatives! Glass and stainless steel containers are super popular and easily accessible. They will be more expensive at first, but the fact that you don’t have to keep repurchasing will save you money (and time.)

Benefits of Glass Containers:

  • can safely store hot foods and liquids
  • aren’t harmful to personal health or environment
  • no chemical leaching
  • cheaper in the long run

I really love my glass containers, I’m slowly building my arsenal whenever I feel like we need more. (We all lose food containers, right? Not too sure how it happens, but it does.) These my favorite glass containers: GlassLock 18 Piece Glass TupperWare Set

What kind of food containers do you use and why? Are you trying to be more conscious about how much plastic you use everyday?

hope you’re having a delicious meal today.<3




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