Your Hair – Friend or Foe?

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I am not a hair person.

Not even a little. I had the same mid-length, slightly layered hair cut with blonde highlights for years. My hair is fine and on the dry side. I never quite knew what to do with it other than straighten or blow it out. Up-dos? Braids? Forget about it! I had to turn 30ish before I finally figured out how to work a curling iron thanks to my fabulously talented and ever so patient hair stylist.

At last, I got so fed up with my hair boredom a few months ago that I decided to give the messy sombré lob (or, for all the other non-hair people: a subtle ombré long bob) a try. And that, of course, meant two things going forward:

1) I would need to add some new skills to my bag of (hair) tricks

2) I would need to find some new styling products that would work for my new ‘do.

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Lindsay’s Newport Beach Scramble with Avocado Toast

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Today, I woke up with the overwhelming desire to see the ocean.

But not any ocean – the ocean by my friend’s house in Newport Beach, California. Her backyard is one of my favorite places in all the world. No matter where I am in life, no matter what I do – the feeling of complete happiness I experience every time I get to go back never fades.

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Nourish Your Skin Inside and Out

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NOURISH [ˈnəriSH]: provide with the food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition

Unfortunately, I am not the kind of Real Housewife who gets to hang out at the spa all day long…sigh! However, for Mother’s Day, besides drinking a HOT cup of coffee in the morning, I really wanted to indulge in a little pampering. I have mentioned the love/hate relationship I have with my skin before, and after a couple of my friends told me about their recent experiences with laser peels and microdermabrasion, I felt like it was time for me to step up my own skin care game. I wanted to splurge on a facial but, of course, not any facial! It had to be Healthy Haus approved using only non-toxic procedures and products. So, after asking my google machine rather specifically about “all natural facials in the Phoenix area”, I found Sage Organic Skincare’s website and knew right away that I had to go!

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A-glow-ha Tropical Smoothie

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If you like Piña Coladas…

I love me a little Jimmy Buffet! And a delicious summer drink that doesn’t just taste good but that is also good for you. Get your glow on with this invigorating skin beautifier rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Made with pineapple, mango and coconut, this green smoothie will have you feeling like you’re at the beach in no time.

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10 Tried-and-True Natural Stress Busters

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Calling all brides…

Or actually, calling one bride! This one goes out to my soon-to-be sister-in-law. She asked me for some advice on how to better relax during the next few weeks leading up to her and my brother’s wedding. That’s right, mamas, big bro is getting hitched! Only a couple of months to go until the big day so the pressure is really on.

In order to help her stay unflustered, I have compiled this list with ten easy, practical and natural stress busting tips. And while I specifically wrote them with the happy couple in mind, I figured these can be applied to any stage of life and any big “project” you’ve got going on. Whether you are a blushing bride, a new mom, a veteran mom or a single gal, there are always situations that add physical, mental or emotional strain to our already busy day-to-day routines. In those times, we need to make sure we take extra good care of ourselves so we don’t crash and burn. I, of course, had to learn this the hard way so please do not repeat my mistake.

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