healthy

My Go-To Cold Weather Skincare Products

Once cold temps hit, I love layering in cozy knits, fuzzy boots and cute hats. The downside of sporting my favorite Fall finds comes along with dull skin. Sharing my favorite ways to stay moisturized and combat dryness from your lips to your toes!

This lip mask is heaven. I put it on before bed, and wipe it off in the morning for perfectly smooth and moisturized lips!

I’m always looking for a good eye cream to battle fine lines. This one is silky, lightweight and allows for seamless makeup application.

This face oil plumps and adds a healthy glow to all skin types, as well as brightening discoloration. Tip: I use it on my cuticles also!

I’ve raved about body brushes in numerous posts, but it’s my favorite way to exfoliate dead skin cells, and boost lymphatic drainage before hopping in the shower. It also promotes collagen production and reduces cellulite!

This razor has been a total game changer. It gives the closest shave, which exfoliates, and takes out the guesswork by arriving at your door step each month. I even got Josh on the band wagon. Not to mention, they’re super inexpensive, compared to most brands! I’m loving their clean body lotion and shave cream, as well!

This body oil provides nourishing hydration without a greasy residue, and even diminishes scarring and stretch marks!

For a healthy golden glow year round, I use this self-tanner almost weekly. This mitt gives an effortless application.

Staying hydrated is a also a huge factor in battling dryness, as well!

 

Clean Masks for Glowing Skin

I’ve been heavy on the self-care front for as long as I can remember. The beauty aisle was always the first spot I would browse through on TJ Maxx trips with my mom when I was 10. I was always on the hunt for face masks, so I could throw them on while I was soaking in the tub!

I’ve come a long way with my face mask selections, and this Turmeric 2-in-1 Brightening & Exfoliating Mask truly feels like an in-home facial and has all the perks! From polishing dull skin, uneven skin tone, sun damage and supporting healthy cell renewal, to unclogging pore congestion and oil, my skin looks and feels so healthy and glowing afterward! My “mask routine” looks a little different 20 years later, throwing it on while I load the dishwasher & switch laundry before bed, but I’ll take it!

Clean skincare has been the key to clear skin for me. I never realized how simple it was, the cleaner the ingredients, the clearer my skin has been. I recently started using Kora Organics Noni Glow Oil, and love how brightening and healthy it makes my skin look. I added the Noni Glow Sleeping Mask to my nighttime routine to boost hydration and plump skin (fine lines & wrinkles especially!) while I sleep. I wake up the next morning with such healthy, fresh looking skin!

Mediterranean Detox Salad

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One of the top spots on my to-do list for Spring is always detoxing my closet. Going through and purging pieces I won’t miss, and adding a few fresh staples always sets a crisp tone for a new season. Between low energy, skin issues, and not feeling like myself as of late, I decided a revamp my nutrition, as well. I found a plant based 30 day program to promote energy, better sleep, weight loss, muscle tone, and clearer skin and relieve bloating and inflammation. Unlike “cleanses” I have tried in the past, this has been the easiest program to follow, (no counting, juicing, or meal skipping involved!), and I have felt not only full each day, but healthier, more toned, sans bloat and headaches. I’m not even half-way through the program, and I feel that it was exactly what I needed to get back on track with clean eating, and nutrition based meals, and a vast boost of energy!

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My favorite go-to salad lately is a Mediterranean detox salad. It’s super simple to meal prep, without becoming soggy like other greens! Not only is it delicious, but there are countless health benefits to the ingredients. The versatility of the salad makes it easy to mix things up for the week, by eating the salad for lunch or dinner, or stuffing it into a grain-free wrap with a scoop of hummus for a protein packed meal! So so good!

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Detox Salad

  • Parsley
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Green Onions
  • Chickpeas (roasted is even better!)
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Olive Oil
  • Pepper
  • Pink Himalayan Salt
  • Optional Protein: Chicken, Lamb or Steak (The program is for carnivores too!)
  • Optional Toppings: Sunflower Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Pepitas, Vegan Cheese, Apple Cider Vinegar

If you’re in need of a Spring detox, or could use help with meal plans, recipes and clean eating, I’d love to chat!

 

How I Organize Toddler Snacks

I have always loved organization, but when it comes to small spaces, it can get tricky! My solution to everything is using baskets or bins, you can never have enough! Without a pantry, snacks can easily get messy, and unseen. I love having a system to keep them organized, so I know what we have, and makes an easy grab and go solution! It also makes it convenient while I’m at work, so Hudson’s snacks are all in one spot and are easily accessible. I buy baskets 10″ long, that fit perfectly in my cabinets. These are great, too!

I purchase his snacks in bulk, it’s cheaper and keeps us fully stocked! These are some of our favorites here, here and here.

For items in bigger boxes, I transfer them into baggies with the name and date and stick them in a basket, to eliminate unnecessary space.

In the fridge, I use fridge organizers for his yogurt, and juice boxes. If we have plans to leave, I’ll cut up an apple ahead of time and stick it in a bag with cheese and crackers for a healthy snack pack!

I love using reusable bags for snacks also! They’re washable, and I can throw them in my bag. I’d love to hear your favorite organization hacks!

Have a great week! xo Brittany

Detox Bath

Happy Sunday! This is the first installment of a new series I will be doing weekly called Self Care Sunday. Life tends to get in the way with work, mom life, schedules and everything in between, leaving little time for ourselves. That little bit of “me time” is so important to combat stress. I’ll be sharing some of my favorite ways to fit in it! I would love to hear yours, as well!

Last week the topic of overindulging came up during two separate occasions with my girlfriends. We sometimes get caught up in treating ourselves a little too much, and the end result usually has us feeling less than stellar. One had an event coming up, and the other was looking to feel more comfortable in her jeans again, so I suggested trying a detox bath.

It isn’t a cure-all or permanent solution, but it yields a lot of great benefits, including eliminating toxins, strengthening your immune system, and promoting stress relief. It’s a great way to get your body back on track, and able to absorb nutrients better.

How I Take a Detox Bath:

Add the following ingredients to very warm water as you fill up your tub

  • 2 Cups Epsom Salts (I love this kind!)
  • 1/2 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1 TBSP Coconut Oil (optional)
  • 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)

Light a candle, grab a book and relax, as you soak for 20-30 minutes

Tips:

  • Drink plenty of water during & after your bath
  • Rinse off with cool water after your bath
  • A detox bath opens up your pores, so I don’t use any soaps, shampoos, or lotions, during or after my bath
  • Everyone’s body is different, a detox bath may not be right for you, so it’s always best to check with your doctor first
  • I give Hudson his own detox bath fit for his weight at the first signs of a runny nose to shorten the duration of a cold, with 1/2 Cup Epsom Salts, 1/4 Cup Baking Soda, 4 drops lavender or wild orange oil and let him soak for 15-20 minutes, while he drinks out of a sippy

My Favorite Essential Oils to Add:

  • Lavender or Serenity are my favorite to promote a good night’s sleep
  • Thieves or On Guard I use to really boost my immune system, or when I’m not feeling well
  • Peppermint I use to help fight fatigue
  • Grapefruit is uplifting, and a great mood booster

Have you ever taken a detox bath? I’d love to hear your variations!

Mediterranean Salad Pockets

I’m all about sticking to the 80/20 rule when it comes to nutrition. I actually crave healthy, clean foods, most of the time. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t pass up vegan pizza, donuts, or Mexican food at any given chance, (ha!) but I like to spice things up with quick, easy lunches so I don’t resort to snacking throughout the day.

These salad pita pockets are filled with yummy veggies and full of flavor!

Mediterranean Salad Pita Pockets

  • Cucumbers, sliced
  • Grape Tomatoes, sliced
  • Avocado, sliced
  • Tabouli
  • Hummus (I use Black Garlic flavor!)
  • Vegan Mozzarella (goat/feta can be used!)
  • Protein Options: Chickpeas, Lentils or Grilled Chicken
  • Cholula (optional)

Enjoy!

Morning Wellness Latte

My morning go-to over the years have ranged from apple cider vinegar recipes to warm lemon water because they both have so many health benefits. Recently, I thought, why not combine them, with the addition of a few other superfoods?

The combination of ingredients really makes it beneficial to overall health from digestion to healthy skin, all while strengthening the immune system, perfect for flu season!

Health Benefits

Lemon Water – increases the metabolism, detoxifies, clears skin, improves digestion

Apple Cider Vinegar – reduces sugar cravings, strengthens the immune system, aids in digestion

Turmeric – helps joint & muscle health, strengths the immune system, promotes glowing skin

Ginger – relieves heartburn, fights infections, clears skin

Cayenne – boots metabolism, detoxifies,

great source of Vitamin E (anti-aging!)

Don’t get me wrong, this drink definitely has an acquired taste, especially if you aren’t used to using any of the ingredients. You can adjust the spices according to your liking, or start out slowly adding ingredients. I look forward to it for a little morning relaxation to start the day!

Morning Wellness Latte

  • 10 oz boiling water
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 TBSP ACV
  • 1 dash Turmeric
  • 1 shake Cayenne
  • 3 shakes Ginger

I’d love to hear your morning go-to drink, or if you’ve tried something similar to this one!

Xo Brittany

2018

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It feels so good to be back with a new post! Blogging is truly my passion, and I can’t wait to share so much with you!

2017 was my best year yet, after starting a new business venture, which rippled into countless positive changes. It’s easy to lose yourself after becoming a new mom, and it was just what I needed to find myself again, and really be able to utilize my creativity, while joining an amazing tribe of women. Not to mention, it’s drastically changed my skin!

My goals for 2018 are simplifying any area that I can. Instead of spending time searching for a new workout to do each day and creating a weekly schedule, I joined an app/program takes out all the guess work, and is ready with an alarm each morning. Drinking more water, because I simply forget throughout the day, is another, so I purchased a 1 L water bottle. I only have to fill up twice, and I know I met my water intake goal for the day, no more counting and guessing! Time management is something I’ve never excelled at, so I purchased an hourly planner, to stay on track and break down each day and set a schedule. Organization was what I lived by in college, and post-kids it’s hard to come by, so decluttering is key to begin reorganizing everything from my closet to cabinets. I’m Marie Kondo-ing our house right now. Her IG is goals. I’m excited to share everything with you along the way, and have the time to share what I love, and what works (the reason I started my blog!) Here’s to an even better year, thanks for following along!

Red White & Blue Breakfast


I’ve always loved fruit & oatmeal for breakfast, but recently I have been adding a new spin, which is full of protein and tastes amazing! It’s super easy to meal prep too! I make a batch on Sunday and prep 4 bowls for the week. 

Makes 1 Serving

  •  1/2 Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup Water
  • Cinnamon 
  • Pink Himalayan Salt
  • 1/2 cup Plain Unsweetened Yogurt (I use dairy-free Kite Hill)
  • 1 cup Berries
  • Stevia 

To make the oatmeal, add oatmeal, water, cinnamon, and salt to a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. 

Once cooled, add to a bowl, and layer on yogurt and fresh berries. Enjoy! 

**i multiple the recipe by 4 for meal prepping 🙂