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Reef Safe Sunscreen

Sunscreen is a topic that’s near and dear to my heart. This is, without a doubt, the best skin care tip my mom ever gave me – Wear sunscreen every day.

And while finding the perfect daily and workout suncreens are important – Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging SFP and FRE Skin Care for me – There’s also another variety that you should be paying attention to these days. And that’s using reef safe products when you’re in the ocean.

As far as I’m concerned, this is non-negotiable. This is especially close to home for me because I’m a diver, so I see the reefs and plants and animals that are being affected by our products in their water.

So that you can make informed and educated decisions when it comes to your purchases, here’s a list of great products and some links and reading materials in case you need some convincing. One of the major ingredients to avoid is Oxybenzone.

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Stream2Sea is paraben-free, biodegradable, and they offer more than just sunscreen – They have bodywash and shampoo, as well as very cool explorer kits featuring biodegradable products and bags for different types of outdoor adventures.

Goddess Garden Organics has a sport variation, face-specific formula, as well as a kids variety and spray on sunscreen.

Badger Balm offers botanical-based products with minimal ingredients and has a few formulations as well – Such as Sport, Kids, and Baby.

Raw Elements USA is eco-friendly, organic, and cruelty-free. Plus they carry lip, body, and face products so there’s selection of goodies that won’t harm the marine or plant life on your next trip.

What products do YOU take on your trips?

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How to Get Back on Track

We’ve all been there…

The treat meal that turns into a full day of “treat yo self.” The brunch with a few too many mimosas that leaves you tired and hungry the day after. The busy week where you don’t have time to make dinner let alone workout.

Truthfully though, the key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle isn’t being perfect, it’s getting back on track after a deviation.

We’re all human after all.

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Here are some tips to help you get back on track to reaching your healthy lifestyle goals:

  1. Forgive yourself. Whenever I “fall off the wagon” I find myself wracked with guilt. How could I have let that happen? Why didn’t I stop? It’s easy to lay the blame, but not always to let it go. So my number one tip is to let go of the guilt, forgive the slip, and move on to your next health meal/day.
  2. Prepare. After a misstep, you want to immediately set yourself up for success. Toss out the yummies you bought while you were hungover and head to the store for some nutrient-dense food. If you have time, do some food prep to help your future self succeed.
  3. Write It Down. I’m a huge fan of To Do Lists and setting up calendar reminders to ensure a smooth week. Things always come up, that’s inevitable, but you can’t plan for that. What you can plan for is setting yourself up to achieve your goals. So spend a few minutes jotting down your goals for the week, what workouts you want to do, classes you want to sign up for, and what your diet will look like. Putting some thought into it and writing it down will help keep you engaged in the process.
  4. Get Inspired. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle isn’t just about making a good choice here or there. It’s about staying motivated and creating a sustainable lifestyle. For me, a big part of staying on track is staying motivated. I’m very, very visual, so I like following inspirational women on social media, and making motivational Pinterest boards. When I’m feeling unmotivated, there’s a quick fix to get me fired up!

Do YOU have a special trick to help you get back on track?

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My Weekend Morning Routine

I’ve talked about my weekday morning routine for Monday through Friday before, including early wake-up calls and detox shots. Today I wanted to share my relaxed, weekend morning routine with you. It certainly varies from week to week depending on travel and plans, but this is a general idea of how things tend to go.


I’m not a great sleeper-inner and unfortunately l rarely sleep past 7am on weekends. Regardless of when I go to bed. So on weekends I’m usually waking up around 6am or 7am and heading straight into the kitchen. I like to do my apple cider vinegar concoction {2 tbsp ACV, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp ginger, cayenne & turmeric} to wake me up, or I’ll start with a Farmhouse Culture Gut Shot and my Reserveage Vegan Collagen. I also really like the Kora Organics Noni Glow Skinfood supplements and I’m completely obsessed with Detox Organics, both of which are a great way to start the morning.

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I am, by nature, a morning workout person. Due to my early weekday schedule I don’t get the chance to workout in the mornings. {There was a period where I woke up at 4am to hit the gym before work, but I realized that I need sleep more than I need to workout first thing!}

That means I take full advantage on weekend mornings and tackle something first thing. So before breakfast, but after my first cup of tea, I’ll get moving. On Saturday mornings I’ll take a class, or two, at MNT Studios, go to Barry’s Bootcamp SOMA, or use my apartment building’s gym for a bodyweight or weights session.

On Sundays I will go for a run. I’ve been spoiled since moving to South Beach and have miles and miles of flat terrain now for weekend runs {I was in Telegraph Hill before!} 5-7 miles is my go to, but if I’m preparing for a race I may do a few more.


My set eating schedule goes out the window on weekends and I frequently don’t break my fast until 10am or 11am. After a workout or a run I’ll head back to the kitchen, have some water, and start making breakfast. I’ve been living for this vegan scramble recipe lately and on weekends I have the time to play around with it more. I love adding whatever veggies I have on hand, I’ll even chuck in whatever roasted veggies are in the fridge. It’s packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, and keeps me full for a few hours.

Do YOU have a set weekend morning routine? Or is it constantly changing?

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Skin Care Junkie | Current Beauty Must Haves

I go through phases with my skin care – Sometimes that means enjoying a specific beauty routine for a few weeks or even months, and sometimes that means having a new MVP in the medicine cabinet that I can’t live without. Right now there are three essentials in my regime that I am living for. All of which I’ve been using for a significant amount of time.

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Rodan + Fields Enhancements Lash Boost:

Over the years I’ve had lash extensions, lash perms, and last tints. And I’ve always wanted to try an eyelash boosting serum, but never quite knew which one to go for.

This is no joke.

A friend introduced me to Rodan + Fields and their miraculous Enhancements Lash Boost. I wasn’t sure what to expect, especially with a price tag of $150. Things started out slowly. I was warned that it could have an irritating effect and to use it sparingly and take days off at first. I wasn’t sure if it was working for a few weeks. But, by the six weeks mark, it was very noticeable. I had to buy new mascara because my old tube wasn’t cutting it and everyone started asking if I had gotten extensions!

Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser:

I’ve become mildly obsessed with cleansers and keeping my skin as squeaky clean as possible. My all time favorite cleanser is the Boscia Detoxifying Black Charcoal Cleanser, but since I’ve enjoyed all the Caudalie products I’ve tried, I wanted to give their instant foaming cleanser a try. And I wasn’t disappointed. It’s very moisturizing, but still very effective. I’ve been pairing it with my new Cleanse, Exfoliate & Massage Ultimate Skin Spa System from VanityPlanet. So far, I’m pretty obsessed. But it has only been two weeks, so stay tuned for a full review!

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence:

This is a product that I’ve always wanted to try from a brand that’s known around the world for being amazing. And expensive. Thanks to a very timely birthday gift card in the Fall, I was excited to snag a bottle of the Facial Treatment Essence to try out.

It’s ultra lightweight, you almost feel like you didn’t put anything on your skin. It also absorbs super quickly, so it’s a very quick step in your routine. Between the cleanser and toner, and before the moisturizer and SPF. So far, so good, I’m really enjoying this addition to my regime.

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Do YOU have a favorite product right now?

Are you a big fan of skin care and beauty products? Check out some of my other Skin Care Junkie posts: Alaska Glacial Mud Mask, Sibu Sea Berry Seed Oil, Musely Hydrogel Eye Mask, Raw Beauty & Coconut Oil, Natural Beauty & Hair Products, Mix Rx Apothecary Collection, Balanced Guru Facial Toner, FRE Skin Care, HerStyler Hair Styling Products, Favorite Anti-Aging Products & Travel Beauty

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My Healthy Living Journey

I love reading blog posts and watching YouTube videos from people who inspire me, talking about how they got to where they are and their healthy living journey. It’s SUCH a wonderful reminder that you really have to work hard to make changes in your life.

I feel like with social media promoting a filtered, beautiful view of daily life, it can be hard to remember what goes on behind the scenes. And it’s easy to compare your messy, imperfect life to that perfect view – And feel defeated. That’s why hearing about someone’s journey is so valuable, it inspires and motivates, and reminds you not to compare your Day One to someone else’s Year Three.

Looking back at my journey, I would probably break it down into three categories – Food, fitness, and perspective.

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And while each journey is different, they all start by deciding to make some changes.


Or, in my case, having changes forced on you by a doctor. And that may sound dramatic, but it’s how it felt to me at the time.

While “gluten intolerance” is a very familiar phrase today, it wasn’t 10 years ago. Ten years ago it was a scary, weird, confusing diagnosis.

I didn’t know what gluten was, I didn’t realize how many foods it was in, and I pretty much thought that I was going to die without it.

However, as fate would have it, that ended up being a turning point in my life and the start of my journey towards a healthier lifestyle.

At that point in my life I was eating mostly take-out or pre-made foods, rarely cooked, and was sick all the time. The diagnosis meant that I had to learn about nutrition, learn how to cook, and learn how to feed myself. It was the start of my love affair with food blogs and day one of my nutritional education.

It was challenging, but oh-so worth it in the end.


My fitness story is a little unusual. I was a competitive athlete growing up and continually did at least one sport from the age of 6 until 19. In college I suffered a spinal injury that ended my college diving career and sent me down a very unhealthy path. I didn’t return to the gym for nearly five years after that.

When I finally returned, and took up running for the first time, I was quickly reinjured and went through the painful, time-consuming process of preparing for, undergoing, and recovering from back surgery.

However, I’m thrilled to say, that I really dedicated myself to fitness and rebuilding my body after surgery and while I’ve had setbacks, I’ve been remarkably healthy and active the past four and a half years.


If you think of improving your health as a “diet” or something short-term, that’s exactly what it’ll be. Excruciating and short-term. However, if you change your mentality, you can achieve long-term results and genuinely improve your health.

The goal should be to create a sustainable lifestyle that makes you feel good, gives you energy, and helps you get where you’re going. You shouldn’t feel deprived, because then you won’t be able to carry on with that lifestyle. But, that being said, you still need to be willing to make changes.

My suggestion would be consider your personal journey as a work in progress!

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