My Natural Skincare Regimen

When it comes to my natural skincare regimen, I have spent the last few years on the search for the most natural, non-toxic products I could find to use. I have made many changes from how I used to care for my skin, and I can honestly say that my skin looks better than it ever has! It is literally glowing! This post is to share with you my natural skincare regimen and other tips for healthy skin!

My Natural Skincare Regimen:

Oil Cleansing Method – This is one of the most simple ways to wash your face! It’s not drying, won’t make your face greasy and leaves your skin feeling moisturized and supple. I couldn’t believe how clear and smooth my face was when I started this method of face washing! Read more here.

DIY Homemade Serum – This is one of my favorite DIY products for for skin care. It’s simple to make with natural, non-toxic ingredients and high in anti-oxidants to support skin health. Read more here.

Anti-Aging Facial Mask – This facial mask gives awesome results! My husband and I do a facial mask about once a week, rotating between different ones, and this is one of our favorites! It’s super easy to make and very effective! Read more here.

Bone Broth – So this isn’t something that you put on your skin, but our diet has a huge impact on our skin health. The nutrients from bone broth are so good for the body that it will actually show in your skin. When I remember to drink a cup everyday I usually get so many compliments on my skin, even from perfect strangers. It’s really amazing and one of my favorite tips for glowing skin! And it’s loaded with natural sources of collagen so a cup a day helps to keep the wrinkles away! Read more here.

Gelatin Collagen Supplement – I LOVE this stuff. It has zero flavor and can be added to anything and is great for supporting hair, skin and nails. You can add it to coffee, tea, lemon water, yogurt, juice, basically anything and it completely dissolves and is flavorless! It’s my secret weapon!  Read more here.

My Favorite Toxin Free Products:

As I mentioned earlier, I searched far and wide for good, non-toxic beauty products for myself, specifically makeup! As women, we are under a huge toxic assault and exposing ourselves to over 300 chemicals a day, 80 of those are before breakfast with products such as face wash, toothpaste, makeup, etc. Before I had kids I used to use high-end department store type makeup and every natural makeup I have tried over the past couple of years never felt as good quality as the makeup I used, which I assumed was going to be the case with any non-toxic makeup. I was so happy when I finally found BeautyCounter makeup because the makeup is great quality and without any of the nasty chemicals in most makeup. You can checkout more here.

Now as a mom my makeup style is much more basic. Here are a few of my favorites:

 

Tips for Traveling Abroad with Kids

For parents taking a vacation with kids can be nerve wracking, especially if you are traveling a far distance and your trip includes a lot of travel time. We just took a vacation with our kids that included a 12 hour flight that had us a bit nervous. Luckily, with some planning ahead it was a breeze! Here are some of my tips for traveling abroad with kids.

Healthy Traveling

It seems like one of us always gets sick during or right after traveling. It’s not that surprising, you are typically exposed to more germs, you tend  to be off schedule with sleep and diet and this tends to compromise our immune system. Here are some of my tips for traveling healthy with kids and/or food allergies.

Another huge tip for traveling abroad with kids is using essential oils to help calm and relax and also for immune boosting support while traveling. When we had a 12.5 hour flight back from Europe we had a small child on our flight who cried for 3.4 hours. The poor parents felt bad for the other passengers and just looked exhausted as they would pace up and down the airplane isle. I finally went up and asked them if they would like to try a kid-friendly oil to help relax their little one. They happily obliged and rubbed a couple drops on the feet of their babe while I went back to my seat to finish my movie. I’m happy to report that the baby didn’t make a peep for the remainder of the flight and the parents were so appreciative. Click here to learn where I get my essential oils.

Travel Snacks

Nothing is going to make a kid act out more than if they are hungry. I mean, I know how hangry I get when I don’t have food, and my kids take after me. One of my biggest tips for traveling abroad with kids is to make sure to have some snacks for the flight. We each had our backpacks filled with some easy, healthy, portable snacks such as:

Travel Games

You also want to make sure your kids don’t start to get too bored. I made sure to have the kids pack some games for the airport layover, on the plane, or when we had downtime on our vacation. We packed stuff that was easy to play and that didn’t take up too much space. If your kids are reading age have them bring along their favorite book to read on the plane! Here are some other great games to take along to keep kids busy while on a long trip:

Family Pictures

Moms specifically, I want you to think about how many pictures you are in? Does it seem like you are always playing photographer but never getting in the photos yourself? Some places deserve more than just selfies. I made one of the best decisions ever when I booked a photographer for our family vacation in Venice, Italy. It was a great way to capture my family while in a beautiful picturesque place to have the memories forever. Here is some of our family pictures. We went through a great company called Flytographer who I highly recommend! They work with photographers all over the world. Our photographer Marta was amazing and so friendly! She took us on parts of the city we hadn’t visited yet and was so helpful telling us restaurants to try and places to check out. This is one of my favorite tips for traveling abroad with kids. Talk about AMAZING family pictures that are perfect for holiday cards. I will always book a photographer when we take another amazing vacation! I’m obsessed!

Photo Credit: Marta Buso Photography – Venice, Italy

Head over to the Flytographer Website and use code #FLYFAN and get $25 credit off your package!

 

Delicious Herbal Coffee Alternative

I used to be a big coffee person, but over the years I have not been a big fan of the way coffee has made me feel afterwards. But I love starting my day off with a delicious beverage and always looking for something delicious and nutritious. Here is my favorite, delicious herbal coffee alternative that has numerous health benefits.

Coffee has health benefits, such as lowering risks of diabetes and alzheimer’s, but too much caffeine can have unwanted side affects such as accelerated aging, osteoporosis and weight gain due to blood sugar fluctuations. Additionally, coffee is one of the most chemically treated crops in the world. Estimates say that about 250 pounds of chemical fertilizers are sprayed per acre of non-organic coffee. (sorry Starbucks lovers!)

Fortunately there is a natural, herbal alternative to coffee that tastes great and has many health benefits and most people even testify that they experience zero with drawl symptoms when they switch from coffee to this delicious herbal coffee alternative.

Dandy Blend:

Dandy Blend is a blend of ground dandelion, roasted chicory, roasted beetroot and barley and rye – yet it is Gluten Free, Caffeine Free and acid free! It contains 50 trace minerals in every cup so it provides the body with essential nutrients that help to boost metabolism and support many other bodily systems. The mixture is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women and even kids. Health benefits of Dandy Blend are that the mixture:

  • Aids digestions
  • Supports Liver & Kidney function
  • High in Antioxidants
  • Boosts Immune System
  • Reduces Inflammation

Dandelion is one of the most potent detoxifying herbs that is high in antioxidants and has potential anti-cancer properties. It’s a powerful liver tonic and blood purifier. It helps to regulate insulin levels and promote normal bowel function.

My Dandy Latte Recipe

Mix all this in a high powered blender such as a Vitamix (where to buy) until blended. You can heat on a stovetop if you want it warmed. I like mine both cold or warmed depending on the seasons. This is my healthy version of a latte using this delicious herbal coffee alternative.