Tips and Tricks for Staying Active This Winter

Hello friends, and happy Saturday! Today, I want to chat about creating a healthy workout routine during the winter months. Moving our bodies is really important, even if it’s just doing a few stretches or lying on a foam roller. As soon as it gets chilly outside, I know I’d certainly prefer to stay in with a fluffy blanket and a hot cup of English breakfast tea!

But, that’s not always the best choice for keeping your body healthy and happy. Here are a couple of tips and tricks that will help you feel more motivated to get your blood pumping with a light yoga flow or a HIIT workout. From personal experience, here are some ideas that’ll help you start your fitness kick this winter:

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  • Grab a friend and go to a group workout class that you’ve never tried before.
  • Choose to walk instead of ride a bike or the bus, especially when it’s warm enough to do so outside!
  • Hop on Instagram or Pinterest, and find a couple of home workout exercises that will help you power through a quick HIIT workout in your living room.
  • Check out Alo Yoga and similar YouTube channels where you can find FREE yoga flows and workouts from professional yogis (this is a personal favorite!).
  • Hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate some more! Water has so many incredible benefits for the body.
  • Remember to eat all the good, healthy foods and stay warm!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you all have a festive week and come back ready for finals!

Five Apps to Promote Green Living!

Hello friends, and happy Saturday! I’ve recently discovered a couple of apps that make it really easy to live a greener lifestyle. Sometimes it’s difficult to know which products are made ethically and which aren’t. Here are a couple of amazing apps that you can download from the Apple or Google Play stores for FREE! Using these apps is of no cost to you, but they help make the planet a little cleaner each day.

Greenease

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This app helps people pick out restaurants that are supplied by local and sustainable farmers. Greenease also lets you find restaurants that serve different dietary needs, like those that have gluten-free and vegan menus, for example.

Love Food Hate Waste

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This app is ideal if you’re trying to create a zero-waste kitchen. It helps you plan meals and use leftovers so that you’re not letting anything go to waste.

DropCountr

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This app connects people and the water that they use every day. The app helps you understand your water usage, get leak alerts, and save on your monthly water bill by 9% on average!

Good On You

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This is my favorite ethical fashion app! It gives you the power to check up on brand ratings according to how sustainable and eco-friendly their manufacturing and retail process is. This is one of the best ways to find ethical, sustainably-produced fashion brands!

Ecosia

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Ecosia is a search engine that takes the profit they make from each time we click an ad to plant a tree! Ecosia plants indigenous trees in areas where they are most needed. On average, they plant one tree per second!

Have a productive, relaxing weekend, and download some of these FREE apps to help you make those eco-friendly choices every day!

Four Winter Wardrobe Staples You Need This Season

Hello friends, and happy Saturday! Winter calls for certain staple items that you absolutely have to have if you want to stay cozy in the snow. Outerwear is one of those things that we don’t really think about until we’re outside in sub-zero weather! Here are a couple of wardrobe staples that will make these icy months a little more bearable as we look forward to Thanksgiving break at the end of the month.

i. Puffy, Weather-Proof Parkas

A quality winter coat will help you withstand the cold, ice, snow, and wind chill that contribute to making the northern states so cold during the winter months. It’s well worth investing in a warm coat!

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ii. Snow Boots

Snow boots are an absolute essential for a snowy, icy winter. They’re cute, comfortable, and cozy, and they’re well worth the investment!

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iii. Beanies and Hats

Someone once told me that as long as your head and feet are warm, the rest of you will be just fine! I highly recommend slipping on a beanie or winter hat to help stave off the cold as the temperature drops.

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iv. Winter Scarves

Scarves are useful because they keep the wind off of your face and keep the chill at bay just enough to withstand being outside for a little while. I don’t think I’d be able to face winter without one!

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Enjoy your three-day weekend and remember to be thankful for all of the incredibly selfless veterans out there and the challenges they face every day.

Skincare Tips to Survive Winter

Hello friends, and happy Saturday! It’s November, and my skin is in panic mode. The winter wind has sucked the moisture out of the air, and my skin is dry, cracked, and in need of a little TLC. Check out the following skincare tips to avoid having sore, dry skin as we get stuck in another icy Ohio winter!

i. Gentle Cleansers and Exfoliators

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Your skin deserves a smooth, gentle cleanser that leaves it feeling soft and restored. Abrasive cleaners simply make your skin feel tight and scratchy. They’re not a great choice when your skin has to fend off the cold every time you walk outside.

Recommendations: Paula’s Choice Moisture Boost Cleanser

ii. Hydrating Moisturizer

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Trust me when I say that you don’t want your skin to crack open. Just as a great Burt’s Bees lip balm will do wonders for your lips, a rich, hydrating moisturizer will do the same thing for your skin.

Recommendations: Clarens Hydra-Essential Gel / Clinique Moisture Surge / Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

iii. Remember Your Sunscreen

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UV rays are still harmful in the winter months, especially if they’re reflecting off of snow and ice. Sun damage can cause wrinkles, dryness, sunspots, and eventually skin cancer if you get enough unprotected exposure to the sun’s rays.

Recommendations: Elizabeth Arden Great 8 Daily Defense Moisturizer

iv. Lip Care

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Chapped lips are no fun, but it’s a good thing that Burt’s Bees has you covered all winter long. My favorite moisturizer is their new Lip Shimmer with vitamin E and peppermint oil. These lip balms are 100% natural and provide a moisturizing lip tint that has a smooth texture and can be applied alone or over your lipstick.

Recommendations: Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer / Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream / Vaseline (a great moisture mask for extremely dry, chapped lips)

v. Get a Humidifier

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The best part about a humidifier is that it moisturizes your skin without you even having to do anything. A humidifier is a great way to control the environment in your home and the state of your skin. Humidifiers help increase the air hydration levels by forcing moisture into the air. This is beneficial because it moisturizes the outer most layer of the skin, preventing the surface’s natural oils from drying up and causing painful, chapped skin.

Recommendations: Homedics Personal Humidifier / Bell and Howell Cool Mist Humidifier

Last but not least, don’t forget to moisturize and take care of the rest of your body! Dry skin is a common occurrence in the winter, but if you take the necessary precautions you may never have to deal with it! See you all next week for some more self-care tips!

The Perfect Halloween Treats to Spook Your Night!

Hello friends, and happy Saturday! Every year, Halloween treats decorate the isles of every store in the country. A lot of these treats are easy to make at home and add the perfect festive touch to your Halloween weekend!

Halloween treats come in all different shapes and forms. They’re not just limited to candy but also include cupcakes, cookies, and other delicious confectionery goods. Below are a couple of different ideas to try in your kitchen this year.

Make sure to try some of these tasty treats. Happy Halloween, everybody!

Candy Corn Macaroons

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Caramel Apples

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Halloween Cookies

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Frankenstein Rice Krispie Treats

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Pumpkin Flavored Cupcakes

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Tips to Carbon-Savvy Living in the 21st Century

Hello, friends, and happy Saturday! This week, I’m excited to share a couple of ways that you can reduce your carbon footprint. A carbon footprint is simply how much carbon dioxide is emitted into the atmosphere because of the amount of fossil fuels a person uses every day. Saving our beautiful, green planet is worth making a couple of small changes that you’ll hardly even think about once you start doing them. Here are a few product changes you can make to become more sustainable:

Reusable Coffee Cups

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Reusable cups are probably the first move I made toward living more sustainably. Most of these cups have insulating properties, they’re easy to grip, they come with their own reusable straws, and some even compact down into a fraction of their original size. You can find any cup to your taste on Amazon for an affordable price! Note: I recommend Stojo cups!

Compostable Phone Case

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Buy a compostable phone case! Pela is an incredible, environmentally friendly brand based in Canada, and they make cases for all types of phones. The best part about these cases is that once you’re done with them, you can throw them in with your composting trash, and they will be gone in approximately two weeks!

Reusable Shopping Bags

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This is a simple one, guys! If you keep your reusable shopping bags in your car you’re less likely to forget them when you get to the store. This is one of the easiest ways to reduce your single-use plastic usage.

Thrift, Thrift, Thrift

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Buying secondhand clothes is a great way to avoid fast fashion. I love shopping for vintage clothes. It’s the easiest way to find beautiful designer pieces for a steal!

“We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly; we need millions of people doing it imperfectly.” – Anne Marie Bonneau

Three Ways to Cuff Your Favorite Jeans

Hello friends, and happy Saturday! Let’s talk about jeans. They come in all shapes and sizes, and they’re honestly some of the most versatile and fun pants to wear. Personally, I love to cuff my jeans in different ways depending on the style of the jean and the outfit itself.

I’m going to share with you all a couple of tricks that make the same pair of jeans stand out a little differently every time you wear them. Take a look:

The Fold-Over Cuff (Extra Large)

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The fold-over cuff is one of my favorites because it’s simple, stylish, and timeless. All you have to do is fold your jeans up into a cuff as large as you like. This is the perfect cuff to use when you’re wearing strappy sandals or heels. It’s super quick and tasteful!

The Double-Roll Cuff

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This cuff is definitely the most common way to cuff your jeans. It’s timeless, easy, and elegant. Simply roll your jeans twice up your leg. Some people like to straighten them out so that they match, while others, like myself, prefer to mess them up a little so they’re uneven. Either way, this look is incredible.

The Half-Tuck or Messy-Roll Cuff

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The half-tuck or messy-roll tuck is probably the cuff that’s the most fun. Although this looks a little complicated, it’s really not. Start with a large roll (pictured above), then fold your jeans up again to meet the top of the first cuff. Pull the end of the first long cuff up to mess up the ends a little bit for a fun and fresh look.

Happy cuffing! P.S. This is just a little reminder that we’re officially halfway through the semester now. Support your friends, flaunt your fashion, and let’s finish this semester strong! Have a beautiful homecoming, and I’ll catch up with you all next week.

How To Eco-Up Your Bathroom

Hello friends, and happy Saturday! It’s 2019, and it’s time we all learn to live in a more sustainable fashion. The trend of being eco-friendly has often been advertised as all or nothing, but going all-in takes time and is generally quite an expensive process. Instead, I’m proposing a couple of zero-waste changes that could spruce up your bathroom and reduce your carbon footprint.

This week, I’ve been busy updating my bathroom; I’ve been swapping out old, polluting products with new, biodegradable products that produce less waste. I’ve loved converting my bathroom to an (almost) zero-waste space. It’s easy, affordable, and contributes to saving our beautiful planet. So, in my opinion, it’s well worth a try. Here are a few eco-friendly tips and product swaps that I made to limit the waste output in my bathroom:

Bamboo Toothbrushes


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An easy replacement for your plastic toothbrush is a bamboo biodegradable toothbrush. Everything but the bristles is compostable, which I thought was pretty neat!

Deodorant

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Deodorant traditionally comes in non-recyclable plastic containers that ultimately end up in landfills once they’ve been used. I’ve experimented a little and made my own deodorant cream! I know it sounds weird, but I store mine in a glass mason jar and it looks cute and aesthetically pleasing. Great brand: Schmidt’s Deodorant Cream.

Razors

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Instead of buying disposable plastic razors, opt for a stainless steel reusable razor and switch out the blades. Great brand: Preserve (made from recycled plastic).

Soap!

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Shower gel almost always comes in a non-recyclable plastic bottle, and some contain microbeads, which is one of the largest ocean pollutants. Try switching to a soap bar, preferably not wrapped in any packaging at all. If you’re feeling creative, making homemade soap bars is the best way to ensure that the ingredients are eco-friendly. I totally recommend this!

Shampoo and Conditioner

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As strange as it seems, shampoo and conditioner now come in bars like soap. There are many homemade shampoo and conditioner recipes that will save you from buying single-use plastic bottles. Instead of using bottled conditioner, you can use argan oil or organic coconut oil to moisturize your hair after a shower.

“The Earth is a fine place and worth fighting for.” — Ernest Hemingway

5 Yoga Poses for Stress Relief

Hi, friends, and happy Friday! So, we’re almost into week six of the semester, and I’m starting to feel a little tired and lethargic. I think a lot of us get off to a running start and then struggle to keep up our momentum (and health) as we get into the middle of the semester. I love to practice yoga, and I think the benefits of being on your mat are so worth the time you sacrifice. Below are five yoga poses I find leave me relaxed and refreshed after a long day. I hope you find them as rejuvenating as I do!

1. Child’s Pose

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The child’s pose helps stretch out the muscles in your torso while simultaneously stretching your back and leg muscles. The action of resting your forehead on a firm surface is relaxing for the mind, making child’s pose incredibly soothing.

2. Reclined Pose

Lying flat on your back against a firm surface is a great way to focus on your breathing and body awareness. This is how I start most of my practices because it feels so good.

3. Reclined or Supine Twist

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The reclined or supine twist is one of my favorite poses to do either at the start of my practice or at the end. It is a restorative yoga pose, so it is rejuvenating for many parts of the body, including your back, hamstrings, chest, and spine.

4. Legs-up-the-wall

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This pose is something that helps relieve just about any stress or anxiety you’re experiencing. Although it can be a little awkward to get into this pose, I personally find it to be one of the most restorative poses because it stretches the hamstrings and relieves lower back tension, while also minimizing cramps and indigestion.

5. Downward Dog

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This pose is generally one of the first poses introduced to beginner yogis because it is pretty easy to master and it has incredible mental and physical health benefits. The downward dog pose helps reduce anxiety, it strengthens both the upper and lower body, and it energizes the body. Medically, this pose has even been known to help prevent osteoporosis, a disease common in older women.

Happy practicing, guys! 🙂

Styling Your Home Around the FALL Aesthetic!

Hello, friends, and happy Saturday! So, as it turns out, fall is my favorite season, and it begins on Monday! I love the burnt amber leaves, the pumpkin spice candles, and all of the flannels. I think the change of the seasons makes me feel like decorating, especially when it starts getting chilly. Last weekend I was out shopping for some of my favorite fall decor, and I’m excited to share some of my top picks with you all!

1. Throw Blankets

Throw blankets make for that perfect, cozy aesthetic in your home during the fall! The weather is at that comforting temperature where a pile of your favorite throw blankets will make your couch or bedroom even more appealing.

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2. Candles

Pumpkin spice is the scent of the season! During the fall, I constantly find myself lighting different sweet and spicy candles in my house. A touch of apple and cinnamon is guaranteed to freshen up your home this fall.

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3. Pumpkin EVERYTHING!

During the fall, my kitchen is always overflowing with pumpkin food and drinks. We’ve got pumpkin spice lattes (a personal favorite), pumpkin bread, pumpkin-flavored coffee creamers, and ice cream. Everything is pumpkin flavored, and things couldn’t be better!

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4. Decorative Pillows

Throw pillows are a must during the fall. They’re fun and festive, and they definitely deserve a place on your couch!

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Indulge in a little self-care this weekend and go and pick up some of these favorites to create your perfect fall aesthetic!