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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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What I Eat in a Day | Vegetarian Whole 30

Welcome back to another What I Eat in a Day post! This is a special edition featuring a standard day in my vegetarian/vegan Whole 30 diet from February. This is also the third and final post about the Whole 30 after my February experience tackling a vegetarian/vegan modification on the popular paleo reset diet.

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So, without further ado, here’s a typical day of eating during the Whole 30:


Tofu + garbanzo bean veggie scramble – Recipe here

This is my current favorite – I love a savory breakfast and this is flavorful, filling, and a great way to get in a few cups of vegetables first thing in the morning. Plus a great source of healthy fats and plant-based protein.


Smoothie time! I’m a huge smoothie fan and couldn’t stand to give them up during the Whole 30. So I traded in my favorite protein powder {which contains stevia} for hemp protein. It’s definitely… Strong. But I actually got used to it after a few days.

My usual combination is spinach, mixed berries, cinnamon, ginger root, maca, and hemp protein. Healthy and delicious – The perfect lunch.


You’re not technically supposed to do snacks, but I would never be able to make it from 12pm until 6pm without eating.

I would start biting.

It wouldn’t be good.

I brought back chia seed puddings during the Whole 30 and have been really enjoying a super easy almond milk-chia-fruit combo around 2pm. It’s a great energy boost to get be through the end of the day and to fuel my after-work workouts.

Another go-to is crudite and hummus.

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I love a salad beast for dinner and I enjoyed the task of creating new dressings and veggie combinations. I especially like cashew and avocado based salad dressings – They offer healthy fats, are super satisfying and yummy. Pairing a giant salad with a whole food veggie burger has been my go-to during the Whole 30.

What do YOU think? Should I do more What I Eat in a Day posts?

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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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Fitness Friday | Activewear Essentials

I’m a creature of habit and when I find something that I love, I tend to carry on happily until something jolts me out of my routine. This approach applies to my style, and even more so to my activewear choices. When I like a piece, I buy multiples. Sometimes lots of multiples.

So to celebrate Fitness Friday, I thought I’d share what I’m currently repeating, ad nauseum, at the gym right now.

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I am quite devoted to Lucy Activewear tops and was devastated to hear that they were closing their stores. But relieved when I found out that they’re being absorbed into North Face, so I have high hopes that I can still find my favorite tops.

Luckily (Lucily?) I have three of my favorite tank and two of my favorite t-shirt in my at-home inventory right now.


I’m a Lulu leggings girl. While I’m not a huge fan of some of their pieces, the running tights are amazing. I have three pairs of the Tight Stuff Tights and three pairs of the Fast & Free 7/8 Tights for non-running activities.

I’m not weird. You’re weird.

Under Things:

Victoria’s Secret Sport has GREAT pieces for under your favorite gear. I also love Alo Yoga and Adidas. {Check out more of my sports bra favorites here}

I also really like the Fabletics seamless underwear and I have 2-3 of their crop top length sports bras that are comfy, flattering, and functional.


Here’s a quick and dirty run down on some of my favorite little extras and accessories.

Do YOU have any activewear favorites? A piece, or two, you can’t live without?

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One Piece Swimsuit Round-Up

While it doesn’t feel like it outside right now in San Francisco, swimsuit season is right around the corner. Before we know it, it’ll be time for Spring trips, tropical climates, and – Of course – Breaking out the swimwear. I like to add a suit, or maybe two, each season, so I started my research early. Here’s a round-up of flattering, fun one piece suits.

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Retro – If you’re in the mood for throwback styles on your next tropical vacation, check out The Victoria Swimsuit from Solid & Striped

Classic – This timeless black halter suit is perfect for someone who enjoys classic styling and a flattering cut. Norma Kamali has just the suit for you!

Daredevil – Love to make a splash? The cut-outs and strappy back of the Ava suit from Robin Piccone will help you make a memorable entrance. And exit…

Timeless – Summery stripes and sweet ruffles from Aerie are just the thing. Stripes are the trend that you can count on coming back into vogue season after season, so find a great striped suit and hold onto it.

Sporty Spice – If you’ve got some water sports in mind, you’ll be needing the Seea Avila Surf Suit to keep you covered. I for one love a long-sleeved suit when I have adventures on the schedule – Great for everything from SCUBA diving to water skiing.

Daring – The combination of a classic print, sweet color, and daring, plunging neckline combine to make this suit a dramatic showstopper. So if you’re in the market for some drama, the Lex Paisley Embellished one-piece from Beach Riot is a good choice. 🙂

Country – Whether you’re lake, river, or ocean bound, or just evoking some fun Dorothy style, this gingham cutie is the way to go.

Sweet – If you’re a fan of ruffles or other sweet, feminine details, this Aloha Floral suit from O’Niell is probably just your style.

What’s YOUR go-to swim style?

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