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Double Cleansing with Oil

First of all.. do you cleanse your skin every night? I sure hope so.

One of the keys to clear, healthy skin is cleansing off all of your makeup, sweat, and grime before you go to bed. Even if it’s been a late night (we’ve all been there..) – DON’T go to sleep with your makeup on!

And a super common way to wash your face is normally makeup wipes. But those can pull at your skin, cause wrinkles, and surprisingly really don’t get everything off your face. Next time you use a wipe, go in with a second one .. I guarantee you’ll have more makeup coming off!

So next time you cleanse, my #1 tip is to use an oil. And my #2 tip is to double cleanse.

I always wash my face with either Vitamin E oil or a facial oil from Trader Joe’s. I tried coconut oil – but I broke out. Try different oils and see what works for you!

It’s key to have your face dry the first time you add the oil to your face. Rub it all over (even your eyes), then rinse off. LIGHTLY dab a clean towel on your face to dry it off a bit, then do it all over again. More oil, another rinse, then dab your face dry again.

The first cleanse is to take any makeup off, then the second is to really clean your skin and remove any gunk from your pores. And it only takes a few extra seconds! And life hack: if you’re traveling, ask room service to bring you a side of olive oil.

Oil is also AMAZING for skin because it hydrates! I used to be anti-oil because my skin was oily and acne prone, but right when I started using oils, my acne cleared up and my skin actually errs on the dry side! If your skin is too dry, it’ll produce excess oils which can contribute to breakouts. So oil it up!

Helloooo, clear skin!

XOXO, Kim

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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

Be Well

Oxygen Bar Benefits

Maybe you’re travelling to a high-altitude destination, maybe you just want more mental clarity, or maybe you want to breathe better for stress relief! The reasons are endless, but oxygen bars are a GREAT solution.

For me personally, I’ve gone to countless oxygen bars when visiting Colorado. Being up in the mountains (especially if you aren’t used to it) can cause altitude sickness symptoms like nausea, headaches, dizziness, etc. I’m super sensitive to this! I even had a lot of altitude sickness when we visited Ojo Caliente!

The first time I tried an oxygen bar was when I visited Denver a few years ago. I like to go quite often now, and ALWAYS make a pit stop at one when I arrive! After climbing up Mount Evans and Seven Falls (pictured below).. it was much needed!

And even if you aren’t in high altitudes or have some other sort of sickness.. oxygen bars can be an AMAZING hangover cure! Too many shots?… oops!

You can also pick your flavors. So even if you’re skeptical about oxygen bar having real health benefits – there are also aromatherapy benefits. Try out some eucalyptus for relaxation, or orange for energy! Can’t hurt to try it out!

Let us know if you’ve ever tried an oxygen bar in the comments below!

XOXO, Kim

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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

Be Fashionable

Plaid Vest

Even though it’s technically Spring, it’s never too late for a plaid vest! Vests are perfect for when the weather isn’t too cold or too hot – and they make for a great statement piece.

In this outfit, I layered a plaid vest from AMAZON (yes.. amazon!) with a short sleeved sweater dress. Add some booties and you’ve got yourself a lewk!

You could also wear plaid with a white v neck and jeans, a tee and heels, or a chic black bodysuit! 

XOXO, Kim

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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

Be Healthy

Healthy Eating Swaps

Healthy eating.. the struggle is REAL! I don’t know about you, but there’s no way I’m completely cutting out my chips and salsa or bread – even though I’m definitely on the weight loss track. So I’m sharing some of the best healthy eating swaps I’ve found with you! Hopefully this makes the struggle a little easier!

Swap Rice for Cauliflower Rice – This is one of my faves. I LOVEEE to make a good stir fry with veggies and some cauliflower fried “rice.” I normally get a pre-made stir fry “rice” from TJ’s, but you could easily get some snap peas, egg, peas, carrots, and some shredded cauliflower and make the blend yourself.

Swap Pasta for Zoodles – Zoodles are a game changer! Seriously, add some lite alfredo (not the healthiest.. but we’re trying, right?!) or some olive oil and parm and I swear you can’t tell the difference.

Swap Strawberries for Pastries – I know this sounds cray, but some strawberries with brown sugar on it makes the BEST dessert. You won’t miss your cakes or cookies – promise!

Swap Frying for Air Frying – For real.. an air fryer is worth it! Stick in veggies, potatoes, “fried” chicken, and more with a quick spray of pam or a tiny bit of oil and you’ll have food that feels indulgent with less guilt!

Swap Breading for Fiber – This one is a little different, but y’all need to check out GG crackers. They basically just have a TON of fiber, but with no taste. So I like to crumble them up as “breadcrumbs,” coat chicken with them with some seasonings, then air fry them for some high-fiber chicken tenders!

Swap the Store for Delivery – If you’re at a loss on where to start making healthy meals, try out a meal delivery service! You can check out Hello Fresh or Blue Apron where items are pre-portioned with specific instructions (with photos). You have control over how much salt and seasoning to add, but it’ll give you the freshest ingredients with just enough so you don’t have to struggle with portion control…. NOT SPONSORED! (Below is the red pepper pasta from Blue Apron pictured)