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Stylish Day at the Market

Nope, you will not catch me dressed like an “I give up in life bum”, not even to go to the local farmer’s market (inside my house a completely different story LOL). My mother always told me to leave the house loving how I feel and look or not go out at all because I never know who I’ll meet or what opportunities may present themselves… even when going to the gas station. Well, I try to listen t my momma 😊 During my latest visit to the local farmer’s market I got dressed for the heat with some flowy floral pants, a nice breathable flax linen blouse, and my fave straw hat! May be a bit extra, but I’m not going to lie, it feels nice to look nice.

What’s your favorite local market style?

Stay true – Chantal

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Crown Chakra – Get in Touch with the Universe

 The crown chakra also known as Sahansrara represents our connection with the universe, divinity, and the connection among all things. This energy center is in the top center of the head, between the ears. The crown chakra is connected to the proper function of the ears, eyes, brain, pineal gland and the skin. Having an unbalanced crown chakra, depending on if it is underactive or overactive, can lead to spiritual obsessiveness or lack of spirituality, selfishness, lack of identity and purpose in life, depression, among other things. On the other hand, if is balanced, we feel in unity with the world, we understand that we are all interconnected, exhibit unselfish behavior, good mental health, feel fulfilled, and are more at peace. The crown chakra is usually represented by the color violet.

How to balance the crown chakra?

  • Meditating on a regular basis helps balance the chakra and put our mind at peace.
  • Practice activities where you get to place the needs of others first, where you take care of others, or offer help expecting nothing in return. The more you become aware of what other people go through, the more you value what you have. It is also important to get to know others to find common ground and develop genuine concern and stop acting selfishly. Remember, love is everything.
  • Sandalwood, rosewood, lavender and jazmine are some great essential oils to help you balance the crown chakra
  • Some stones you can use are: clear quartz, kyanite, and red muscovite

What makes you feel connected with the universe, what makes you happy and truly at peace?

Stay true – Chantal

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Quick Memorial Day Getaway

Memorial Day is quickly approaching here in the US, and with that an extended weekend holiday for a lot of us. YAY! One of my favorite places to go to for a quick extended weekend is San Antonio, TX. Of course, this is a somewhat short few-hour drive away from me, but it is totally worth visiting if you can no matter where you are. It is small enough that you can get a lot done during your visit without having to stay a week or more, but they have a lot to keep you entertained. There are cathedrals, cave tours, Sea World, Aquatica and more. I would like to focus more on the “and more” things to do because I just loved these so much.

The Alamo

This fortress was founded in the 18th Century by Roman Catholic Missionaries from Spain but was originally known as the Misión San Antonio Valero. The structure provided shelter, protection and food to many indigenous people back in the day (way more to learn about this) and it is also a reminder of the Battle of the Alamo. The history behind it, the uses it was given after that, and the restoration all make this place really worth touring. Make sure to go with enough time so you can actually read all about the different artifacts they have there as well as the various structures. Visit www.thealamo.org to learn more and plan your visit so you can make the most of it… and don’t forget the souvenirs!

The River Walk

My oh my… I just LOVE this area! It is a man-made river with a mall and restaurants, pubs, bars, and shops all around. It is beautifully built, the food and the view are great, you can take a tour on the boat and learn more about the area, shop for cute little things with the street vendors, etc. If you visit this place I highly recommend staying at a hotel at the River Walk so that you may have a view of it from the room as it is all beautifully lit up at night and sometimes you can even hear mariachis from the balcony! Most hotels on the River Walk also have direct access to the river walk way!

The Mexican Market (El Mercado)

This is also such a fun thing to do! This area is so colorful, there is a lot of folk art, lots of food, sometimes they have live music and other performances, and it is just a fun place to walk around. The art museum is at walking distance as well, so you can do both while you are there.   

Mi Tierra Café & Bakery

If you go to the Mexican Market, you must stop at this place. This is my ultimate favorite Mexican restaurant in the area. Everything I’ve had there at any time a day has been fantastic and they have a bakery with delicious Mexican sweet bread… OMG it is heaven! I also love the décor, it is so crazy and folkloric that even if you decide not to eat there, it is work looking at it. They even have an altar for people that have passed, and you can bring a picture of your loved one to place there!… I know. Visit the website www.mitierracafe.com if you want to check it out!

I would love to hear if you make your way out there or if you have gone and your favorite thing about San Antonio.

Stay true – Chantal

Be Beautiful · Be Healthy · Uncategorized

Beets for Days

I have always love beets, when I was a child I would eat them, use their juice and stain my lips, to pretend I was a vampire sucking someone’s blood, or pretend I was bleeding out (weird because it looks more pink than red). Now I love beets for other reasons that I think you’ll love as well.

Beets are fabulous as natural tint for lips and cheeks

You may apply the juice directly or mix it with coconut oil with a bit of lemon juice and store it in a container in the fridge for multiple uses or applications throughout the day. Don’t over apply on the cheeks, the stain is pretty strong, so you don’t need a ton.

Face mask for a natural rosy glow

Do you like to go without makeup? This may be a nice one for you. You can easily mix a couple of tablespoons of beet juice with half that amount in honey or sour cream and gently apply it all over your face and neck. Leave it on for about 15 minutes and rinse.

Heal your scalp and grow healthy beautiful hair

Beets have lots of nutrients that help prevent hair loss, nourish the scalp, get rid of dandruff, and aid strengthen your hair. Puree some beets and apply to your scalp and hair, leave on for 30-45 minutes and wash as usual.

Anti-aging & helps fight acne

Apply the strained beet juice to your face and leave on for about 15 minutes and rinse. Remember that beets stain, so make sure to do the treatment at night and no more than twice a week. Your face should feel hydrated, healed, less oily, dark circles improve as well as fine lines and wrinkles as it increases the production of collagen in our skin.

Incredibly healthy for your diet

On top of all of the benefits of using beets in our beauty routine, they are incredibly healthy. They have tons of nutrients and essential vitamins as well as antioxidants. Regularly eating beets has been linked to lower blood pressure, they help reduce inflammation, fight anemia, among other things.

Pink alert!

Please keep in mind that the pigmentation of this root is quite strong (hence it being used as a tint) and you’ll see that pink pigmentation in your urine and stools… so, don’t panic if this happened when you ingest beets. Lastly, if you suffer low blood pressure, you may want to speak to your doctor before eating beets regularly to make sure it is safe for you. Always a good idea to you a bit of research about anything you do or eat if you suffer from any medical condition.

Will share specific beet-based masks soon, do you have a favorite one you would like me to try? How about a favorite beet recipe? Do share!

Stay true – Chantal

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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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Simple Salmon Salad

If you’re not eating salmon – you are SERIOUSLY missing out! Unless you’re vegetarian, then GO YOU and replace the salmon with tofu or any other protein you want!

I personally love how thick and creamy salmon tastes when cooked perfectly. I also have a serious relationship with broccoli slaw made into an asian salad. So if you have similar tastes to me, you will be obsessed with this salad recipe. It can be eaten warm (my fave) or cold.

  1. Preheat your oven to 425
  2. Season salmon with pepper and a little salt
  3. Cook salmon for 30 minutes (or until fish is JUST flakey.. not dry!
  4. While salmon is cooking, heat 1 tbsp olive oil on a pan
  5. Add 2 cups broccoli slaw to pan
  6. Once wilted, add 2 tbsp coconut aminos and 2 tsp siracha
  7. Put salmon on top of broccoli slaw and top with low sodium soy sauce, siracha, spicy mustard, or any other condiments that you enjoy!

You can also make this ahead of time. Just refrigerate after it cools down, and you have a great salad for the next day. A great meal of healthy fats and veggies! LOVE!

I also use broccoli slaw raw as a salad base on a weekly basis. Just add some edemame, snow peas, protein, and sauces — voila. Make this salad your own!

XOXO, Kim