Health & Lifestyle

Are you ready for Summer with Safe Sunscreen and some delicious Memorial Day Recipes?

Hey, friends! Who’s ready for the unofficial start of summer? I sure am! Longer days mean more fun outdoors, but most especially – no more virtual school! 🤞 I can’t believe my youngest is graduating. We’re excited for summer break as a family paddle boarding, boating, swimming, going to the beach, picnics, eating outdoors, biking, bocce ball (yes our new lawn grass is coming up!). 💥

Time to stock up on all things sun! How about you? Are you ready? If not, it’s the perfect time! I’m getting my sunscreen and replenishing some of my makeup favs and getting the freebie. It’s been about a year since Beauty Counter had a giveaway like this and the value on these minis is 32 for the resurfacing peel and 26 for the supreme cream! I love a good stackable deal! Use codes, credits, combined with a choice of free gift with purchase! You’ll find the details and all this below:

https://www.beautycounter.com/sandrashields is where you can to to get the free gift!

From now until June 1st you can choose between a Free mini Countertime Resurfacing Peel or Countertime Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream!

The Resurfacing Peel is GREAT for evening skin tone and removing any dark spots, increasing skins clarity and radiance. You wear it overnight! It’s lovely and light!

The Countertime Supreme Cream (night cream) supports elasticity and visibly firms while minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. With continued use your skin will be more radiant and youthful-looking. This feels very indulgent!

If you are a new Beauty Counter Customer you can stack this deal with the CLEANFORALL20 coupon code! If you are a Band of Beauty Member you can combine this deal with your credits!

I LOVE Beauty Counter’s Zinc Based Sunscreens! We use them all Summer long and they come in Stick, Spray and Lotion and even a Tinted Spray Sunscreen in Two shades as well as a clear zinc face sunscreen! I put together some ideas for you below. If you have any questions, I am here. I will put my Beauty Counter link below so you can find me. If you hadn’t seen my Beauty Counter posts in the past, I am a consultant for Beauty Counter a great place to go to get safer products in your hands!

Keep reading for some delicious Memorial Day weekend food ideas!

Try this Greek Salad with Salmon Skewers this weekend!

This is a delicious one bowl main dish salad! Paleo, Gluten Free

Another winner of a salad is my Lemon Chicken Bistro Salad! It has loads of color and flavor and is very festive!

Lemon Chicken Bistro Salad, AIP Option, SCD, Paleo, GAPS and Gluten Free

This Peach Mango Sorbet is very refreshing, light and tasty!

Refreshing Peach Mango Sorbet AIP and Paleo

I hope you have a wonderful kick off to the unofficial start to Summer this weekend doing some things you love and eating good food!

Here’s the link again to get your Summer zinc based sunscreen from me and your gift!

https://www.beautycounter.com/sandrashields

Safer Skin Care with Bright Side Duo from Beauty Counter!

Beauty Counter All Bright C Serum and Overnight Resurfacing Peel Duo Safer Skin Care

Beauty Counter Bright Side Duo is back tomorrow. May 11th! This sold out quickly last time it launched. It is a great way to get both the All Bright Vitamin C Serum I’m talking radiance and antioxidants without irritation (I love this serum!) and the pm Overnight Resurfacing Peel to boost clarity, texture and radiance while you sleep, in a set of smaller bottles with a great price point!


I love both of these and use the Vitamin C serum in the am and the overnight resurfacing peel (it’s so easy to use and non-irritating) every other night. Beauty Counter is a leader in safer skin care. What would you like to better with your skin’s appearance? Go here to look at all their fantastic face and body products. Questions? I’m here! Health is whole body, mind, food, and very importantly what you put on it too!

Don’t worry, if the duo sells out, it is still available in the full sized bottles. The duo is a great way to get started and get glowing, even skin!

These two are a power couple for healthy, beautiful skin with no regrets!


Fall Fresh Safer Beauty for Everyone!….and my Good Morning Gorgeous Smoothie!

Beauty Counter Limited Edition Fresh Fall Favorites are HERE!  Today Beautycounter released 11 new items for the Fall Fresh Beauty launch. These items are while supplies last, so if there’s something you want for you or to gift, don’t wait!

Soooo exciting… 10 new items & sets, 21 shades, and new tools are HERE! Before we jump into the fun, I want to THANK YOU for being here. I know there is a lot going on in the world, but I’m hoping to offer a calm, peaceful space for you to practice self care. This month, I hope to help you find safer swaps to treat yourself. I love indulging for myself while gifting loved ones.

I don’t know about you, but I’m SO EXCITED and can’t wait to FINALLY be able to reveal Beautycounter’s limited edition holiday collection with you!

I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT BEAUTYCOUNTER’S FIRST TALC-FREE POWDER MAKEUP! This Golden Hour All-In-One Palette has me feeling the glow up, even in quarantine! I am wearing it here. This is a great price point on this makeup palette. You get a blush, bronzer and 4 eyeshadows! Golden Hour All In One Palette, $65 – is our first talc-free high performance makeup with high standards of heavy metal testing, no hormone disrupting chemicals, and is a stunning sunset on your eyes! If you were to buy eye shadow, blush, and highlighter individually it would cost $119, this palette is about HALF the price! AND Beautycounter is donating 10% of all profits! Plus, 10% of proceeds from the sales are being donated to Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, which is dedicated to eradicating child labor and exploitation.

Warning, it will probably sell out. In years’ prior the palette sold out in a few days!

The Jellies Shimmers, $39, are BACK! I am SO excited about the new scents and shades: Cocoa, Caramel, Honey, Peppermint, Sorbet. Like Juicy Tubes but without the toxic chemicals and slightly sweetened with stevia.

Beyond Gloss Trio, $49 – a fantastic trio with ranging shades. It’s like a “buy 2 get one free” our regular prices. I love this holiday-inspired Mandarin Violet scent, too. Honestly, I don’t think I can live without Lilac Shimmer! It’s gorgeous!

Protect and Polish Lip Duo, $34 – is magic for dry lips. If you experience peeling, cracking, or bleeding lines from aging then you’ll love this set of lip polish and better balm!

Bright Side Duo, $75 – “100% saw immediately brighter skin.” Our day and night combo of best-selling treatments for 24/7 glow, they defend with antioxidant-rich Vitamin C, which also synthesizes with collagen to repair skin. A full size All Bright Serum is $79! These work regardless of skin type; it’s a perfect gift and addition to any skincare routine! This is in my top 3 picks!

Countertime Radiant Skin Set, $89 – combines our bestselling anti-aging award-winning Radiance Serum with a brand new facial roller tool to smooth lines and de-puff skin. “100% said skin texture felt smoother, and 97% said fine lines and wrinkles were reduced, skin felt firmer, and experienced brighter, more radiant-looking skin.” I’m telling you that roller feels soooooo good! It really does destress…..used it on hubby Doug too!

Good To Glow Body Duo, $59 – our newly formulated Sugarbuff Body Polish has finely-milled sugar to gently exfoliate the skin to leave a healthy glow for soft, hydrated, revitalized results. The Luminous lotion is formulated with responsibly-sourced mica for a natural-looking sheen and glow. Citrus and chamomile scent is soothing.

Special Edition Cleansing Balm, $95 – this enormous bomb of a balm is a fantastic value ($.76/oz vs $.96)! The Swiss Army Knife of skincare, this jack-of-all trades can be a makeup remover, face wash, and hydrating night time mask (one of my favorite ways to use it)! I highly recommend it after you apply the Resurfacing Peel, wake up to rejuvenated bright, even-toned skin! Plus, we use it all over to spot treat eczema and dry, cracking spots. It is an awesome product! So many uses, and the lotus extract, an active stem cell that helps to soothe and de-stress the skin, and a blend of jojoba and avocado seed oils which mimic the skin’s natural lipid barrier is just wonderful!

Body Butter Trio, $49.Hand Creme Trio, $34.Calm, Balance, and Uplift are subtle and soothing.*note the Ultimate Renewal Bath Set (with rosewater body oil, a luxurious dry brush, and the same scrub) is being put on hold, let me know if you’d like to pre-order it with me.

Don’t forget to add Band of Beauty to your cart! This is like our Amazon Prime of Better Beauty – 10% back as product credit on future orders, free shipping on orders $100+, and the Welcome Gift of the detoxifying Charcoal Mask and Overnight Resurfacing Peel duo.

And, on top of all that goodness, I have more good news to share (I think we all need it)! Governor Newsome signed both the Bills to ban toxic personal care products in California, this is HUGE! The greatest gift you can give me is a referral; I’d LOVE for you to invite a friend to this group to spread the word and help us get safer products into the hands of everyone!

And to go along with healthy, glowing skin, I don’t want you to forget to nourish yourself on the inside, so I am reposting my favorite smoothie recipe here for glowing skin and health. It is my Good Morning Gorgeous Smoothie full of antioxidants and skin loving ingredients. My video demonstration can be found here on the blog.

Here’s the recipe:

Good Morning Gorgeous Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients:
1/2 Cup Fresh Raspberries
1/2 Cup Fresh Strawberries
1/2 Cup Fresh Blueberries
1 Ripe Banana
1 Cup Packed Baby Spinach
1 Tablespoon Sunflower Seed Butter or Tahini
2 Teaspoons Ground Flax Seed
1/2 Cup Crushed Ice
1/4 Cup Cold Water
2 Teaspoons of Sliced Almonds
Sliced Mango for the top

Directions: Place all the ingredients into a blender except the Sliced Almonds and Mango and reserving some each of the Raspberries, Strawberries and Blueberries to scatter on the top. Blend on high until smooth. Pour into a bowl (or bowl mug). I am a fan of Affirmation Bowl Mugs like this one.  Scatter with reserved berries, a few slices of mango, and sliced almonds.
Sit down and savor this highly nourishing breakfast. It is a wonderful way to care for your body that is your home while on this planet!

Have a Gorgeous Week, and don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions!

Farmhouse Style Foaming Hand Soap to Make Yourself in Peppermint Mocha!

I have an awesome DIY recipe for you to make your own Peppermint Mocha foaming hand soap in an adorable Farmhouse Style dispenser!

This is super easy and convenient, plus shall I say fun to make? It really is enjoyable to mix up your own hand soap. When you have the simple ingredients handy, you can make it all year round. This is a safe way to wash your hands without any chemicals or unwanted toxins going onto your hands. We all have been washing our hands a lot lately!

This peppermint mocha essential oil mixture smells good enough to eat! My favorite kind of soap!

Here’s how to make it and where to get these super cute, glass farmhouse dispensers.

Farmhouse Style Foaming Hand Soap in Peppermint Mocha

Ingredients:

1 Glass Farmhouse Style Foaming Dispenser or other 12 oz. size foaming dispenser

1/4 Cup of Liquid Castile Baby Unscented Soap

1 Tablespoon of Aloe Vera Gel (optional) this is soothing to the hands. this one is EWG Verified as some have unwanted preservatives

1 Teaspoon of Fractionated Coconut Oil (this is a liquid coconut oil not a solid, solid will not work)

4 Drops of Coffee Essential Oil (here)

4 Drops of Vanilla Essential Oil

3 Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil

1 Cup of Distilled Water

Directions: Mix together all the ingredients except for the Distilled water in a 2 cup glass measuring cup. Add the Distilled Water to the 12 oz. line and mix with a whisk.

Pour the hand soap into your dispenser. That’s it. It’s ready to use.

You will enjoy this uplifting aroma every time you wash your hands!

How I’m Cleaning Up My Beauty Products and Why

Good Morning! I have taken on a new endeavor and am really excited about it! My goal is to educate, provide recipes and healthy living tips to improve the lives and health of as many people as possible because you all deserve it and it makes people feel great, and that in turn makes me feel good to spread health and happiness. I’ve been on my own health journey as well and know how important it is to take care of all aspects of our lives.

I believe you deserve to feel good and look good using products that are safe and promote your health. I value clean beauty products and have been striving to have my home be as toxin free as I can. When we know better, we do better, and it’s certainly been a journey for me.

One of the things I love about Beauty Counter is they are passionate about making a change for cleaner beauty by being involved in changing the laws so there is more transparency and honesty in what is being put in products that we use on ourselves and our families. Currently the FDA doesn’t regulate the beauty industry. That means a lot of bad stuff can be in what we use without any disclosure. Our skin is our largest organ, and we absorb what we put on it. Beauty Counter is completely transparent and has an 1,800 list of toxic ingredients that they NEVER use. You can also look all their products up on EWG Skin Deep, and they are all rated very safe. You can find EWG here. https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ Beauty Counter products are verified which means when you see the EWG VERIFIED™ mark on a product, you will know that the product meets EWG’s strictest criteria for transparency and health. This is a great resource to research products you are currently using including household products.

You can take a look at Beauty Counter products here to see why I’m so excited. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions. I am happy to answer you, and if I don’t know the answer, I will find out for you.

https://www.beautycounter.com/sandrashields

I’ve been thinking about what to share first about Beauty Counter, and my favorite color intense lipstick seemed a good starting point. I am on my second tube of the shade 9 to 5. Here’s my before and after pics of the shade on me. I put a graphic below to show how the shades look beautiful on all skin tones. Beauty Counter tests for heavy metals in all their products so you aren’t putting them on your body or in your body as you can with anything you put on your lips and skin. This lipstick comes in a twist up tube in 8 different shades from neutrals to statement red! It has jojoba to moisturize, soothe and condition. My lips never feel dry with this, and you get color with just one swipe. Carnauba Wax gives you hydration and a very subtle shine. This lipstick is long wearing. There is natural peppermint oil in it for a subtle refreshing flavor. It is gluten free, certified vegan and cruelty free. ♥️ When you go to the link to Beauty Counter above, you can sign up for email and get 10% off your first order.

Bare lip before applying 9 to 5

What kind of makeup demos would you like me to do?

9 to 5 Color Intense Lipstick comes in a twist up tube

The shades of color intense on different skin tones

I look forward to sharing more about Beauty Counter and other healthy home and living tips with you soon. Stay tuned for more …..and more recipes coming too as always!

Glowing Skin, Healthy Inside and Out, and Perfectly Posh Clean Ingredients

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It’s all about that inner glow! You can see it in the eyes. That’s why we can all smile with our eyes while wearing masks. Isn’t it funny Starbucks and many other establishments are teaching employees to smile with their eyes? I mean, I love that when people’s smiles reach their eyes. 👁

There are always benefits to drinking water, 💧 eating healthy food, taking time to relax, hugs!!!….I definitely am missing those from my Grandkids and others lately.

So, we glow with happiness, look healthiest if we are eating well and staying hydrated, moving our bodies, getting enough sleep, and have a positive mindset.

It’s also pretty amazing what quality products can do to enhance your skin. Science has come a Loooong way on that. There is just something so nice about having a skin care routine that keeps your face looking healthy and vibrant! Dry or overly oily skin is uncomfortable. Preventing premature aging…..not aging is a kindness we can show ourselves. We all age. Perfectly Posh has some of the best face care products out there, without the bad stuff that kind of defeats the purpose of a healthy inner glow if you are putting toxins in. Clean ingredients here always! We even have a product that nourishes while reducing the appearance of oily skin…Under Control. It’s great for men and women.

So age beautifully, be your best version of yourself, and also take good care of your face and eyes, which we will all be showing the most of for a while yet.

If you have any questions about what products are best for your skin type, reach out and chat with me. I’d love to connect with you and help. You can find all Perfectly Posh products through the link at the top of my home page. As your consultant, I am here to help. 🙂

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Boost Your Immune System Naturally With Food!

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Food is medicine, or it can be depending on what you eat.

Food can boost your immune system when you choose to eat a whole foods, healthy diet, and there are certain ones you can make sure you are incorporating into your meals daily to boost and keep your immune system strong!

I also have a few supplements I use year round that are immune boosting, however, a healthy diet is the single most important thing you can do for yourself to be your healthiest for a lifetime!

Here are some of the things you can eat every day for a strong immune system:

Citrus – choose oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes. Not only are they full of vitamin C, but also flavanoids, especially the peel. So, zest the oranges, lemons and limes and use them in cooking. Eat the whole fruit of oranges and grapefruit, and squeeze lemons and limes into your glass of water.

Don’t forget to eat berries and other fruits too in addition to citrus! There are many benefits to a variety of fruits and vegetables. Your body will get what it needs, to use when it needs it, by regularly eating healthy, whole foods.

Vegetables – Shoot for at least seven servings a day of veggies. Make sure you are eating a variety of them too, including cruciferous ones like broccoli, cabbage, bok choy and Brussels sprouts. They are rich in Vitamin C, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals.

Green Tea – The polyphenols in green tea are potent antioxidants! The catechins in green tea may kill influenza viruses. Try my matcha green tea latte here every morning to start your day.

Garlic – We have known for centuries that garlic has medicinal uses. The allicin in garlic converts to sulfur containing compounds that boost our disease fighting response.

Raw Honey – Raw, unpasturized honey has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that can help to boost your immune system and fight sickness. My favorite is Manuka, but any raw honey is helpful.

Probiotic Rich Foods – They keep your gut flora population healthy. Choose foods that don’t have added sugar. Plain Greek yogurt with a little honey or maple syrup stirred in by yourself. One of my favorite probiotic rich vegetables is Kimchi.

Supplements are another way you can keep your immune system strong and boost it. It is best to add these to an already healthy diet and not use them as a bandaid for poor eating.

This is what I use for myself year round:

Elderberry Syrup – It is packed with antioxidants and vitamins. A teaspoon a day, and it tastes delicious. I put it in my smoothies.

Vitamin C – One of the biggest immune boosters. Vitamin C fights free radicals in the body.

A High Quality, Organic Greens Powder: I LOVE Organifii Green Juice Powder. It contains Ashwagandha wich is an adaptogenic herb that improves immunity. It also contains matcha green tea and lots of greens!

Remember, real food will give your body what it needs to keep you healthy, vibrant and living your best life!

Blessings!

Sam

 

What’s In Season for August

What's In Season in August

August is a time of year when the fresh fruits and vegetables are at their peak! This is a great time to eat your fill of all the freshness the season has to offer and enjoy all the nutrient rich benefits of a large variety of colorful, fresh food.
I have put together a list for you to pin, share and inspire you!
How would you use some of these? Share with me in the comments and share this post with friends who love good food!

The Health Benefits of Sweet Cherries

Health Benefits of Sweet Cherries

The cherries are in season, so now is a good time to enjoy them, freeze them at their peak to enjoy all winter and to reap the health benefits of this delicious stone fruit!

 

Let’s talk about the benefits of sweet cherries!

 

Some of my favorite benefits of cherries are the compounds that help improve sleep naturally (they contain natural melatonin). If you want the benefit of better sleep, have a serving an hour before bedtime. 

 

Cherries also contain anti-inflammatory properties, and they inhibit oxidative stress. It is always a good idea to eat foods that decrease inflammation in our bodies that can lead to a variety of diseases and health problems, and oxidative stress leads to premature aging and puts you at a higher risk for cancer, neurodegenerative disease and diabetes.

 

The red color of the cherries is from Anthocyanins which are a class of antioxidants that research shows can benefit our bodies in several ways. Anthocyanins are anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-microbial and neuroprotective. Anthocyanins can rev up fat burning and decrease fat storage. The polyphenols in cherries are a boost to heart health and aid in exercise recovery.

 

As with any fruit, stick to reasonable serving sizes.

 

1 Cup of Sweet Cherries has 90 calories, 22 g of carbs and 17 grams of sugars.

 

Sweet Cherries are highly palatable and tasty just as they are. This stone fruit is a good source of vitamins, minerals and fiber, especially Vitamin C and Potassium. They are wonderful atop a salad, as a snack, chopped up and made into a salsa to go with a meal as a topping, in a breakfast bowl, in a homemade cherry bbq sauce, use them to make homemade popsicles or in broccoli salad. There are so many creative ways to use them as part of a healthy, well balanced diet and the benefits are worth your attention.

Photo by twinsfisch on Unsplash

Resistance to Healthy Eating Goals from Family and Friends

 

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Don’t Let Family and Friend’s Resistance of Your Healthy Eating Goals Sabotage You.
I’ve been there. Change is hard no matter what it is. Humans do not like to be uncomfortable, and change disrupts the apple cart.
Psychological analysis of why someone you care about is so upset by what You choose to put in your mouth is written about a lot, but the truth is there is an array of reasons depending on the relationship.
What you eat and how it will make You feel about yourself, your energy, your health, your looks, your vitality, your pain, your future ultimately affects you! 


Food is such a hot button, and it draws the lines between friends and family and cuts loose a slew of judgement and opinions on both sides.


So what are the facts? 


Healthy Eating and choosing foods that support your body and well being will make you:


Less Bloated
Mentally Sharper
More Energetic
Leaner with more Muscle Mass
Create Healthier Cells Going Forward
Give You the best form of Whole Food Nutrients
A Better Chance of Dying of Old Age
Blood Sugar Regulation
Supportive of the Health of the Next Generation through example
Better Mood
Glowing Skin


I’m interested. What have you found to be the biggest challenge socially or with family that keeps you stuck eating food that really doesn’t serve you?

I always love to hear from you!
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Sandra Shields, Health Coach

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