DAO Labs | Chinese Herbs + Discount Code

I’m a huge fan of Eastern remedies and when DAO Labs reached out with an opportunity to try out their modern take on traditional Chinese herbs, I was excited.

We’re extremely lucky this day in age to have access to medicine and remedies from around the world – All at the click of a button. {Thanks Amazon!}

But just because you can order a product, doesn’t necessarily mean that you should. Especially when it comes to supplements, which aren’t regulated by the FDA, or any other supervisory bodies. No one is monitoring ingredients or regulating how products are labeled or calling out companies for pushing unsubstantiated health claims.

When it comes to supplements – You need to do your own research. You need to read labels, you need to check ingredients. Otherwise you don’t really know what you’re getting.

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So what does DAO Labs offer?

  • Natural herbs with no artificial flavors or GMOs
  • Products tested and packaged in the USA
  • A commitment to using sustainable practices throughout the supply chain, including obtaining herbs through Good Agriculture Practice farms
  • A partnership with WildAid, an organization that’s mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade

They have four concoctions, all of which are an effervescent powder that you mix with cold water. The flavors are fairly light, mostly smelling stronger than they taste.

Digestive Harmony – Not only was this the one I was most looking forward to trying, but it also turned out to be my favorite flavor.

Restore your natural rhythm and free yourself from bloating, indigestion and nausea with our soothing, yet effective, orange-chai blend.”

Women’s Formula – Midol may be a thing of the past, but there is lots of research on various natural remedies being effective in helping with cramps, PMS, and all the other lovely things that go along with being a woman.

“Harmonize your hormones, increase energy naturally and transform your cycle with a balance of sweet raspberry and spicy black pepper.”

Emotional Balance – This is the anti-stress specialty blend, something that I feel like I need on a daily basis. Perfect for a midday boost or if you’re expecting an especially stressful or trying day.

“Ease tension, anxiety and restore your focus with the delightful taste of crisp apple and refreshing cucumber.”

Immunity Support – While all the wild claims about Vitamin C and Echinacea over the years may have been debunked, there’s no denying that a diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and nutrients is the best way to keep your body healthy and fighting off illness. This product uses a traditional Chinese remedy for immune support including Astragalus Root, Astractylodes Stem, and Siler Root.

“Guard yourself with comforting pear, warming ginger and a touch of rosemary.”

Finally, I’m super excited to be able to offer you a discount!! Use the code MCLV25 at checkout on the DAO Labs website and you’ll get 25% off through year-end!

Note: These products contain honey and are therefore not 100% vegan

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December Meditation Challenge

This December I’m tackling a meditation challenge in the hopes of ending the year feeling more zen than I have for most of the fourth quarter.

I’ve talked about this before, and the benefits, but here’s a little summary.

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Meditating can:

  • Help keep you calm
  • Improve your sleep routine
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Increase concentration
  • Combat stress
  • Boost productivity

It’s also a wonderful addition to a morning or evening routine to add in a little “me time” that will improve your day or help you wind down at night.

So what will the challenge be for the month of December?

First, a morning meditation, followed by writing down my affirmations for the day. And Second, an evening meditation.

They can be short sessions, active Kundalini sessions, or long guided sessions. It all depends on what I need at that time and what will serve me best in a given moment.

While there are wonderful aps available, I have to admit that my go-to is YouTube. It’s incredibly simple because all you have to do is search what you’re looking for – 5 minute guided, 10 minutes of har tantric, sleep meditations, etc.

And what is my top trick for helping me achieve these goals each day? I set alarms and calendar reminders. It’s pretty hard to ignore an alarm that’s blasting and telling you to meditate! 🙂

Do YOU meditate on a regular basis?

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The Balance Cleanse | #MNT10 Challenge

After enthusiastically signing up for MNT Studio’s #MNT10 Challenge – 10 classes in 14 days – I decided to maximize my results by also joining the 10 day balance cleanse.

I just LOVE that MNT knows the value of nutrition when it comes to building better habits and a healthier lifestyle. One of my favorite sayings is: “You can’t out train a bad diet.” So MNT is setting you up for success by having a nutritionist available onsite.

Meet – Molly from BALANCE with Molly.

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The Cleanse:

This is not a juice cleanse, don’t worry, there’s plenty of food on the menu. Smoothies, supplements, and clean, healthy food.

This was similar to a 10 day elimination diet or the Whole30 – Cutting out sugar, alcohol, caffeine, soy, peanuts, nightshades, gluten, dairy, and heavily processed foods for the duration.

The Results::

My diet is pretty clean to begin with, but it is NEVER easy to cut things out of your diet. It’s even harder to cut “essentials” out. I try to cut out caffeine and processed sugar once a quarter, but I was definitely feeling this on days 1 and 2.

I’m going to be real with you – I didn’t wake up feeling amazing every day and I wasn’t filled to the brim with energy and excitement.

At first.

Day one was all about the headaches and nausea. It wasn’t pretty. People asked if I was sick.

But it got better.

For me, the hardest part was reducing my daily protein intake since I wasn’t consuming bars or my higher protein powders due to their ingredients. But what it did do was challenge me to create higher protein whole food meals, which was really fun. Lots of rice and beans, quinoa, cooked leafy greens, and everything was sprinkled with hemp seeds, sesame seeds, or chia seeds.

Once my headache disappeared, it was smooth sailing. My digestive system was super happy, my energy levels didn’t dip throughout the day, and most noticeably, I fell into bed and straight to sleep every night. I kid you not, I think I was asleep between 7:30pm-8pm every night of the challenge.

The Aftermath:

I’ve done challenges before, I’ve followed food plans, and I’ve tracked macros. I love trying new programs and seeing what works best for my body.

But not as much as I love having a nutritionist to pepper with questions!!

I absolutely adored the personal touch for this challenge. Having an email where I could reach out with questions and a Facebook page to get inspiration and see how everyone else was handling things, was amazing.

If you’re interested in doing your very own 10 day detox, there are a few fun options with Molly coming up. Check out The Balance Cleanse website and see whether the Winter Cleanse or New Year’s Detox will fit your schedule!

Have YOU ever tried a cleanse? If so – What did you think? If not – Why doesn’t it appeal to you?

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Shopping Time | Cyber Monday Sales


You may have been relaxing and enjoying the Thanksgiving holidays this past week, but that doesn’t mean you’ve missed out on all the fabulous shopping deals out there. Welcome to Cyber Monday – The start of Cyber Week. You’ll LOVE these sales, so it’s a great chance to stock up on your favorite goodies and maybe even some holiday gifts…

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Boohoo.com – What could b e better than 50% off of EVERYTHING? 🙂

Nordstrom – 20% off with free shipping and free returns. I have to confess that I have a HUGE cart filled already on the Nordstrom website, waiting for this sale! What’s in my basket? Bonobos for the boy,

Juice Beauty – I’m a huge Juice Beauty fan and am psyched for their 20% sale 11/24 – 11/28. At the top of my Must Have list? STEM CELLULAR Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer, STEM CELLULAR Instant Eye Lift Algae Mask, and this killer Anti-Wrinkle Solutions Kit.

ETSY– Up to 60% off during Cyber Week. I’m stocking up on my favorite cards from CheekyKumquat and The Paper Art Shoppe.

Ann Taylor – 50% off of everything on the website with the code THANKFUL. Which I am. 🙂

Revolve – Take an extra 20% off finale sale items with the code CYBER20 and up to 75% off of new mark downs.

Franco Sarto – 30% off plus free shipping with the code FRANCOCYBER30.

ASOS – 20% off everything on the ASOS website for the whole weekend – 11/23 through 11/30 with the code WIN20. They’ve got a great selection of athleisure gearAdidas track pants and leggings to denim jackets and crop tops.

Nasty Gal – 30% off of everything and next day shipping. Use the code LETSGO.

A few other favorites that I’ll be shopping? Sephora for some new Algenist goodies, Banana Republic for work tops, and snapping up a new pair of Saucony running shoes.

Have YOU gotten everything you needed for the holiday season between the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales?

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Shopping Time | Black Friday Sales

If you’ve ever waited in line for hours or witnessed the utter madness that is Black Friday in stores, you understand my preference for online shopping to take advantage of Black Friday sales.

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Macy’s is NOT messing around. They’re rocking a Black Friday Preview from 11/16-11/21 with an extra an extra 20% off. And that’s not even the main event, which begins 11/22 and goes through 11/25 with the code HURRY. Everything from family pajamas and kitchen essentials to kid’s clothing and killer boots.

The Saks Fifth Avenue sale is something you do not want to miss if you love designer goodies. Up to 40% off their designer selection. They’ve got ladies clothes, shoes, menswear, and handbags all on sale. Run, don’t walk.

You should end the year strong at the gym and prepare for a fit 2018 with all the best Nike gear. EPIC25 gets you 25% off until 11/28. I’m loving these running tights and running shoes.

J. Crew is offering 40% off everything through 11/26 with thanku.

Shopbop is offering 20% off orders of $200+, 25% off orders of $500+, and 30% orders of over $800 at Shopbop from 11/21 to 11/26, plus up to 75% off sale items. And believe me, they’ve got the goods. Leather skirts, over-the-knee boots, and killer jeans – Everything you need for this season.

Topshop has what you need. Up to 50% off and free shipping 11/22 through 11/27. They’ve got great brands like Ivy Park,

Urban Outfitters is living for BOGO. Buy one and get one 50% off through 11/24.

Ann Taylor has 50% off of everything with the code THANKFUL between 11/22 and 11/24. Sweaters and jewelry and ponchos – Oh my!

What’s on YOUR Black Friday shopping list?

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