plants make me happy

It’s a fact… plants make me happy.

And I’m not the only one. Scientific studies prove that having plants in your living space helps purify air and makes one feel closer to nature. Think about it… plants represent the earth, air, water, sun, life, growth. Who doesn’t want to be surrounded by all that goodness?

Whenever I am feeling like I need to do something to ground me to the earth, I like to garden. Succulents are so freaking simple to plant. They (almost) never die, require little to no water, survive in sun and shade, and can be in or outdoors. They bring life and imagination to the space, and can be planted in just about anything.

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So when it’s cloudy out, and I am feeling disconnected… uprooted… not quite myself, digging my hands into the dirt really centers me and gets my mind right. So I decided, what better way to spruce up myself and my place then with a new planter?

Succulents can be picked up in so many places. Nurseries, flower stands, even drug and hardware stores. And containers can be anything from actual planters and pots to old tea kettles or books. All you need are some basic gardening supplies and you are well on your way to making your own little gardenscape.

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You will need enough dirt to fill your container 2/3 of the way, plus an extra few cups on the side. I didn’t even use a spade, I just went with my bare hands since none of the plants were spiky. I also brought with me a bowl full of water to fully soak the box while I worked.

You can also adorn your succulent container with fun little bits & pieces like seashells, sea glass, river rocks, old keys or crystals. Since mine is on my beachy little patio, it is surrounded by sea treasures from my local beach.

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Healthy Habit: Foam Rollin

Recently, I have been a bit of an amazon addict… I know many recovered addicts, and never knew what all the fuss was about. But my oh my was I missing out until now! It was just too easy, and now I am the proud owner of many things I have been eyeing over the past few months.

And my most recent purchase is a fab foam roller !!

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Unimpressed? Then you OBVS aren’t hip to how awesome foam rolling actually is for you.

In a nutshell, it is like ironing out the wrinkles in your muscle tissue. By massaging your sensory receptors, your blood starts to circulate better, alleviating potential soreness following a strenuous workout. It can also aid in bettering your balance, increasing flexibility, and aligning your spine.

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Foam rollers also come in different densities for different areas, but I ordered one with multiple densities for its versatility. I bounce between cardio, circuit training, yoga and sports so being able to address the challenges of each workout is important for someone like me. But even the most basic plain white foam roller can get you the benefits to better your bod.

But if you’re anything like me – a total skeptic when it comes to using new equipment at the gym – it can be a slightly intimidating challenge. But I promise you, 5 minutes of pain will greatly benefit you in the long run. So suck it up and get to rollin!

For more on the benefits of foam rolling – and to see my post-workout routine – check out my guest post on Graced by Grit!

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Skincare 101: Epicuren Errythang

So the skincare saga continues and some astonishing products have made the cut for my skin regimen 2.0

Since re-vamping my skincare lineup, I discovered different products work at different times of day. I have been loving my Arbonne products, but decided that it is better suited as a night time routine for me. I started looking for a creamier cleanser for the morning, and needed a good new exfoliating scrub after finding out that my age-old St. Ive’s Apricot Scrub was actually tearing holes in my face. Pretty picture, right?

I recently treated myself to a luxurious facial at my favorite little slice of heaven, Bergamot Spa. And while I was telling my technician about my history of being lazy with my face, she told me the only real issue she noted was that I was extremely dehydrated. Drinking more water would be a huge contributing factor to improving my complexion, but a weekly exfoliant and moisturizing cleanser would also help.

Enter Epicuren, a line I have known through my mother for many years, but never realized how amazing, all-natural and cruelty free their stuff was. I really like that they aren’t completely committed to any specific technology, they adapt with the times and what is on the cutting edge of skin science. The Metadermabolic Enzyme that is the core of Epicuren’s line encourages the skin to self- rejuvenate, similarly to how aerobic exercise supports your metabolism.

On top of the fact it is amazing all-natural stuff, it boasts a long list of eco-friendly facts. No animal testing, all made in California, CCOF non-GMO ingredients, etc.

I decided to pick up their Apricot Cream Cleanser (a familiar fragrance I know works well on my face), a light yet moisturizing cream cleanser that smells as delicious as it feels. It is also very cooling, I love using it after a long day in the sun.

For my weekly scrub, I got the Ultra Fine Herbal Exfoliating Scrub. They have a couple more coarse options available, but I figured I would start slow to give my skin a break after the St. Ive’s disaster. It is not overly fragrant either, instead it has an almost earthy aroma that leaves a nice clean face with no frills.

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But if you are going to do one good thing for your face, buy this stuff. Brazilian Propolis Lotion is a super light weight daily moisturizer that hits heavy in the nutrients department. It is made from Propolis extract, a resinous mixture produced by bees that is said to contain healing and cleansing properties. Propolis is commonly used to alleviate infections and troubled skin. This magic elixir also contains Noni juice, which comes from a Polynesian super fruit from the coffee family and is loaded with antioxidants, essential fatty acids, B vitamins, Beta-Carotene, and many other healthful minerals.

I put this on my face under my basic daily moisturizer (with SPF of course) to give my face a big dose of hydration that doesn’t leave my skin super oily. I needed something that gets deep in my pores instead of pooling to the surface since I don’t wear makeup during the day, and this has become my miracle serum! If I could recommend a single product to help give your skin some extra glow, this would be it HANDS DOWN!

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