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Go City Card – Los Angeles

I recently traveled to Los Angeles, CA for the very first time to celebrate my daughter’s birthday in a mommy-daughter trip. I really wanted to make the trip super fun and special for the both of us, so I did a lot of research in order to prepare our itinerary. I came across this thing I had never heard of called the Go Card Los Angeles, a multi-attraction card starting at under $100 for 1 day and 38 attractions to choose from! One of those attractions is Universal Studios Hollywood only included in the multiple day pass for 3,5 or 7 days. I bought the three-day pass and I couldn’t recommend it more, especially when travelling with children and needing all kinds of entertainment. The thing that I do suggest is to look at the activities available ahead of time to make reservations if necessary and make sure to select the high dollar activities vs the cheap ones; for example, do whale watching using the card instead of the aquarium. The aquarium is so cheap that you can do that separately out-of-pocket if you run out of time with the card. Another important thing to remember is that activities must be entered by 5 pm; it is fine if you are still there after 5pm, but entry must happen before then.

Thanks to this pass I was able to plan a fun-packed trip at a lower cost than I would have otherwise since everything I wanted to do was included in the card!! I only paid separately for the hop-on hop-off tour bus during the first day before I started using the card. Here are some of the activities I planned during my trip at a fraction of the price:

  • Madame Tussaud Wax Museum
  • Whale Watching in Long Island
  • Dolby Theatre Guider Tour
  • Warner Bros Studio Tour
  • Hollywood Movie Star Homes Tour
  • OUE Skyspace LA
  • Queen Mary Tour
  • Battleship IOWA Museum
  • Universal Studios Hollywood

I didn’t do the Chinese Theatre Guided Tour this time since I chose the Dolby Theatre only due to time constraints, but I still went to the outside of it to see the hand and foot prints. Just three of the attractions I visited made the expense on the card totally worth it!

Super Hugry Person Tip

Santa Monica Beach has the following little gem with just about the best food item in the planet… FRIES! They have delicious fries with all kinds of dipping sauces. Here I tried the best thing ever… French Fries with Nutella Sauce!!!!! Yes, super unhealthy but OMG this will blow your mind if you are willing to give it a chance. Please if you try them, let me know what you think.

Want to start planning your next trip to Los Angeles or another major city? Check out www.smartdestinations.com first to see if there is a Go City Card available! Do you have any other helpful travel tips? We would love to hear them!

Stay true – Chantal

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Bar Shampoo for Eco-Friendly Beauty

As I have mentioned before, I have been making small changes in different aspects of my life in order to live in a more natural and eco-friendly way. Well, I stumbled across this Auromere shampoo bar with neem. As soon as I saw the packaging, it caught my attention as it is made out of cardboard instead of plastic…. I LOVED this! I know, I know, cardboard still kills trees and it is not totally eco-friendly if we put it that way; but I was really happy that it didn’t come in plastic and wanted to really give it a try to compare it to bottled shampoo. I was already using an organic shampoo, but it was in a plastic bottle, so this is definitely a step in the right direction. I read the back of the box as well as the ingredient section and I was very excited to take it home and write a review for it.

This shampoo bar is free of chemicals, cruelty free, vegan and earth friendly. It also packs a lot of great oils and other natural ingredients that are gentle with the hair and nourish the scalp.

I was a little unsure about how much of the shampoo bar I would have to use to wash my hair since it is long, going all the way down to my waist, but it got foamy very quickly (not as much as with a regular shampoo) covering all of my hair. I conditioned my hair as usual and styled it to see the end result. I was very pleased as my scalp felt fresh, nourished, and my hair was very soft. I did read on the box that the 4.23 oz bar of shampoo is equivalent to 18 oz of liquid shampoo, so one bar should last a couple of months depending on how often you wash your hair and if you keep the bar dry in between washes.

I am definitely enjoying this shampoo bar a lot, but since this is the first one I am trying, I would love to hear from you about any others you have tried that you would recommend. This one can be easily ordered online at auromere.com, swansonvitamins.com, or amazon!

Stay true – Chantal    

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Balance the Third Eye Chakra – Trust Your Intuition



 The third eye chakra also known as Ajna is associated with intuition, imagination, openness, and wisdom. This energy center is located on the forehead between the eyebrows and its physical function is to regulate biorhythms and the pituitary gland. Having an unbalanced Ajna chakra makes us feel like we have no clarity in our path, we lack vision and objectiveness, we daydream and feel lost. On the other hand, if the Ajna chakra is balanced, we feel inspired, our creativity shows, we become more perceptive, intuitive, and are more willing to learn life lessons. The throat chakra is usually represented by the color indigo and the element of light.

How to balance the third eye chakra?

  • Since the pineal gland regulates sleep patterns, getting enough sleep is essential to have a balanced chakra (like I needed another reason to love my favorite activity of the day).
  • Eating berries full of antioxidants and green vegetables are great to nourish your body and balance this chakra
  • Meditation (try incorporating the Om sound) and look up some guided meditations if needed
  • Chamomile, lavender and rosemary are some great essential oils to get you back on track!
  • Some stones you can use are: iolite, lepidolite, and red tourmaline

Share wit us your favorite healing technique!

Stay true – Chantal

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Who Says Leggings Are Not Pants?

Excuse moi??? If you buy quality fabric leggings that are nor borderline transparent when you put them on, they absolutely count as pants to me. Tell me if leggings are not the most perfect piece of clothing… they don’t have pockets that bulk up your figure, look very flattering on most people, they are super comfy, and you can literally wear them with anything to make a multitude of outfits. Dress them up with a nice girlie blouse, accessories and nice heels (my look here), wear them with a graphic shirt and some converse to chill on a weekend, with fuzzy boots during winter, or even wear them for your trip to the gym.

Need to pack light?

I love easy travel, so the least I can pack the better. I love packing leggings and jeggings since they don’t take tons of space, you can roll them very easy and shove them in your carry on with tons of space to spare! These are definitely my “can’t live without” clothing items, what are yours?

Stay true – Chantal

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Sugar, the NOT so Silent Killer

Now, I am not going to say that I don’t eat any sugar whatsoever, because I do. My goal is to eventually eliminate all added sugar from my daily life (except maybe special occasions very sporadically), but I have to say… it is very hard! Why is it so hard you ask? Well because it is so addictive! There are strong physical and emotional reasons as to why we love eating sugary foods so much, but reducing the amount of sugar we consume on a daily basis is extremely important. Sugar has sooooooo many ugly side effects that we should really consider not eating sugar part of our daily self-care routine.

On top of sugar contributing to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, here are other very visible effects of a sugar-packed diet:

  • Tooth decay (not very attractive)
  • Body inflammation
  • Contributes to lack of collagen on skin (that means more wrinkles!)
  • Breakouts
  • Worsens acne and skin allergic reactions

Personal victory, but still ways to go

I quit sodas as well as sugar and creamer in my coffee 10 months ago and I can say that it really has made a difference in my life. I don’t crave sugar-packed drinks, enjoy water more, my skin feels more hydrated since I drink more water now, I get more energy from my cup of coffee since I don’t get the crash from the sugar, and my body doesn’t feel bloated. Eliminating just those things has made my life so much better that I really want to continue and eliminate or minimize sugary and processed foods from my daily life. These changes are not easy to make, but they are possible and totally worth it. Join me and share your progress on the blog!

Any suggestions on how to quit sugar for good?

Stay true – Chantal

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Quick trip to Cancun? Yes please!!!

Traveling to Cancun is one of my favorite things to do. It is somewhat inexpensive compared to other beachy destinations out there… especially places as beautiful as this with crystal clear water. They also have tons of all-inclusive resorts with great deals year-round. As tempting as it is to stay within the resort, dare to visit some of the other many beaches and attractions nearby. Cancun is not only known for their beautiful ocean-side, they also have many natural swimming holes scattered all over the place, many eco-friendly attraction parks, Mayan ruins, an under-water museum, zip-lines, over the ocean bungee jumping, amazing reefs, and more!

One of my absolute favorite eco-friendly attraction parks is Xcaret, an ecological and archaeological park that allows you to explore small Mayan ruins, underground rivers, fauna, and learn about Mexico with their amazing shows.

Want a bite to eat at a unique location? Try Alux Restaurant, a restaurant inside of a cave! It is absolutely beautiful with high end cuisine, sometimes they have live music or other shows, and then you get to explore the cave. It is definitely a great place to try.

Do you have a favorite spot in Cancun yet? Share it with us, we would love to try it next time!

Stay true – Chantal

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Whip It!

I have been slowly switching out certain cosmetics and other beauty products for more natural options as well as waste free items. It has been interesting to try out so many different things to see what works and what doesn’t. Today I want to talk about this one product that I have really liked and about the company who makes it. The product is by a company named Alaffia and it is a deliciously coconut rose scented whipped shea butter to be used for skin and hair! I bought a small container to try it out and I am OBSESSED. At first, I was like, this little 1.5 oz container is not going to last, but it is crazy because you have to rub it on your palms to warm it up before you spread it on your hair or skin and it becomes oily, so you don’t need as much. This fabulous product leaves your skin and hair crazy soft, and you can feel confident that no crazy chemicals will harm you and that the product comes from an ethical company. Alaffia has been For Life certified for fair trade, MADE SAFE certified for products without known or suspected toxins to harm the health of humans, animals, or the ecosystem, and it is Non-GMO verified. I mean, it really can’t get better than that right?! I see all those super sad videos of animals being killed or injured by our waste that I know a change needs to happen, so finding companies like this one is very exciting.

A company with purpose

I invite you to visit the Alaffia website and read about their commitment to the consumers, communities, and the planet because it is great to learn about a company that cares and that is doing something to give back. Since the company was started in 2003, Alaffia has implemented educational projects, opened schools in African communities, and even has a complete line that supports a foundation that rehabilitates women that have been victims of sex trafficking. Even their logo is absolutely cool as it represents protection, security and love.

Check them out at https://www.alaffia.com/pages/alaffia-history

I’ve only tried the whipped shea butter so far, have you tried any of their products? If so, which one is your fave??? I know I am definitely trying some more of their products!

Stay true – Chantal