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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!

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!

Make Your Own Blueberry Pineapple Fruit Roll Ups!

Blueberry Pineapple Fruit Roll Ups Gluten Free Refined Sugar Free

Blueberry Pineapple Fruit Roll Ups! Does that sound tempting? These fruit roll ups have concentrated blueberry and pineapple flavor with  just real, whole fruit and a little pure maple syrup! Why would you want to make your own fruit roll ups? Here’s a few reasons. Feel free to comment with more.

~ If you like to pick your own fruit flavors

~ You just want a few simple ingredients that taste great and are real.

~ They are a sweet whole fruit snack.

~ There are no added sugars, juices or oils.

~ No added color, just the real deal.

~ You are a DIY’er

~ You like to see the smile on faces when they see you made some.

~ You think, what’s the big deal?….blend it, pour it and forget it ’til they are done, and they are delicious!

~ You show your love through making special treats.

~ You are looking for healthier snack alternatives without processed sugar.

Blueberry Pineapple Fruit Roll Ups

Here’s how you make them. It is simple and direct. The biggest part is cutting them into strips and rolling them up at the end.

Blueberry Pineapple Fruit Roll Ups No Refined Sugar

You will need a food dehydrator for this recipe. The hands on time is fairly short. They dehydrate for 18 hours, and you need do nothing while that is happening!

DIY Blueberry Pineapple Fruit Roll Ups

Cooking Time

20 Minutes to prep them, then hands off time…….Dehydrate approximately 18 hours at 135 degrees F.

Yields

25 to 30 Roll Ups

Ingredients

2 Pints of Fresh Blueberries

2 Cups of Fresh Pineapple

2 Tablespoons of Pure Maple Syrup

1 Tablespoon of Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

1 Tablespoon of Quality Gelatin

2 Tablespoons of Hot Water

Directions

Clean the blueberries with a fresh cool water rinse and place them in a high speed blender. Chop the fresh pineapple into chunks, and add it to the blender with the blueberries. Add the maple syrup and lemon juice. Blend until pureed. Now you will add the gelatin. Heat 2 tablespoons of water in your microwave until very hot. Whisk the gelatin into the hot water until it is foamy. Pour this into the blender with the blueberry pineapple mixture, and blend until smooth and incorporated.

Set out six dehydrator trays (my dehydrator is an Excalibur) and line them with non-stick drying sheets that go with your brand of dehydrator). Pour the fruit roll up mixture evenly onto six sheets. Pick up the sheets and swirl by tipping them to spread then out into 8″ circles.

Dehydrate at 135° degrees for approximately 18 hours, or until they are no longer tacky in the center but not crispy. They should still be pliable.

Remove the fruit roll ups from the dehydrator and cool. After they are cool, using kitchen scissors or a sharp knife, slice each roll up into strips. Cut parchment the same width as the fruit strips and roll them up with the parchment. Tie with a string. Place them in a sealed container and store at room temperature.

Blueberry Pineapple Fruit Roll Ups that you can make yourself with Whole Fruit, No Added Colors and No Refined Sugar

Hello June!

Well, Hello June!

This is a month that has so much going for it. The month of graduations, vacations, school ending, wedding season, and blooms and greenery abound! June escorts Summer in. I am quite fond on June!

It is a time of year when there are so many fresh, light and juicy whole food options to choose from. We can take care of our bodies and skin from the inside out. Choose great nutrient dense food to make your skin glow and give you long term energy, then choose the right products for your skin to protect it and keep it fresh.

Here is a roundup of nutrient rich recipes to give you that glow from the inside out, and then further below, my Summer skin care routine!

Good Morning Gorgeous! Smoothie Bowl

Kale Kiwi Green Smoothie

Zucchini Tomato Quiche

Paleo Energy Bars

Chesapeake Crab Cakes

Greek Salad with Grilled Skewered Salmon

Lemon Baked Cod with Cucumber Plum Salsa

Tuna Avocado Egg Wraps with Gremolata and Aioli

Delicate Butter Lettuce Salad with Raspberries, Orange and Almonds

Mango Cashew Chicken Salad

Mermaid Vibes Salad

Blackberry Phyto Blast Salad

Fresh Peach Salsa

Avocado Fries and Dip

Lacinato Kale with Garlic and Almonds

Quick Sauteed Beet Greens with Pecans

Mango Banana Blender Ice Cream

Raw Blueberry Energy Bars

Your skin changes with the seasons, so it’s always a good idea to revamp and address your skin care when you enter a different time of year.

This is what I am using for the Summer. It is ultra nourishing! Never Grow Up is from the Look Natural line of Perfectly Posh.

I feel like this serum is a blast of vitamins for my face! There are so many nutrients in it, and it is lightweight, so it soaks in quickly. This is what a great serum should do! Then I apply Never Grow Up Face Creme after giving the serum a minute or two to soak in. Apply your serum before moisturizer and/or sunscreen. Sunscreen is a must for Summer, and year round is the best.  For my eyes, I am using Prize on the Eyes, and I love Bare It All Micellar Tonic which is a three in one makeup remover, cleanser and moisturizer. I especially like to use it as a toner at the end of the day, so if I miss any traces of makeup, it helps me out, plus adds softness.

So there you have it! Some great tools to start your June off on the right foot! Have a fun and safe month! Do some things you love, and make some of these recipes to keep yourself nourished and feeling your best so you can embrace the season!

*This post has affiliate links in it. I am a Perfectly Posh Consultant which is a naturally based company with some wonderful products to pamper yourself and take care of your skin without parabens, sls, and other unnatural ingredients. Thank you for visiting my blog! It means a lot to me! 🙂

 

 

 

 

Benefits of Oranges and Get Some Egg On Your Face! Healthy Food Tips and Natural Skin Care!

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Did you know the smell of orange can reduce stress by up to 70%? You know that smell when you first start peeling an orange and you get that burst of citrus? Oooo, that smells oh so good!!! 😃
There are many benefits to eating oranges. We all know about the Vitamin C. But, oranges are also rich in fiber (17% of your daily allowance is in one large orange), and they can also improve heart health. Studies have also shown that the flavonoids may preserve brain health. Oranges enhance immunity, digestion, and skin health! They are full of other micronutrients too, like folate, potassium, and thiamine, and it’s no secret that the antioxidants in oranges in skin care has pretty impressive results like anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, UV protection, and decreasing age spots! Ask me which Posh products have loads of orange in them! 

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Oranges are low in calories, but you won’t get the same benefits by drinking orange juice. The fiber in the whole orange slows down absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, so make sure you go for the whole orange. 🍊

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I’m really enjoying how this new Egg On Your Face with Korean skin care technology cleanser is making my skin look and feel!!! Awesome!!!! 👍🌺🌈
It is a very nourishing cleanser that is great for sensitive skin and formulated for all skin types.
This is a Wonderful Winter cleanser that gently washes away toxins, makeup, dirt, and excess oil while it adds Poshbiotics to your face! What is that???? 🤔 Well, Poshbiotics is a proprietary blend by Perfectly Posh of pre and probiotics, milk and eggs that soothes, smoothes, and balances pH. I’ve noticed more even skin tone and a softer smoother complexion. It comes in a nice 4 oz. tube and smells very lovely!!! It’s a top notch way to pamper your face! 🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️

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If you are ready to reap the benefits of orange and eggs in your skin care, head on over to Perfectly Posh where I am a consultant. I appreciate your business so much, and I am here to help you find your perfect products! They are a natural based skin care company who specializes in pampering without toxic ingredients. Have a wonderful day!!!

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Healthy Holiday Tips to Avoid Weight Gain and if you have Food Sensitivities

How to Have a Healthier Holiday with Packing on the Pounds

Most of us have to be mindful during the holidays of what we eat to avoid weight gain and also digestive upset. Ugghh, who wants that?

Above are some tips for avoiding the fallout of the holiday celebrations on your health and still enjoy the festivities. Of course if you are having dessert and are allergic or sensitive to something in the dessert, don’t eat it. That is where it is a good idea to bring your own to share.  If you are lucky enough to get a thoughtful hostess who asks about food sensitivities, that is always a bonus!

Also, you can completely change your focus! Yes, there is a lot of emphasis on food, but it really does make a difference if you set an intention. For instance, “I intend to really enjoy the time I get to spend with my friends or family talking and catching up.” Put your focus more on the activities other than food that are happening at your party or get together.

Taking or preparing a dish or two of your own, or a healthier treat, will also keep you on track and keep you from feeling deprived or left out.

Don’t forget to stay hydrated. This is important in colder months. It keeps your mucus membranes hydrated, your skin, organs, and sometimes we mistake thirst for hunger. Not drinking enough water can also contribute to constipation.

Going for a brisk walk with your pet, friend or family member helps digestion, is energizing, burns calories, is great for circulation and your metabolism, and you benefit from fresh air!

If you have food sensitivities, you will be very happy that you resisted and came prepared, because the next day, you will feel good. When the holidays are over and you still have energy, can fit into your clothes, and don’t have to try to lose the holiday gain, you will be very thankful.

Sandra

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You can’t control everything, but remember your monthly self exam, don’t put off your mammograms, stay active, eat a healthy diet and pay attention to the ingredients you put on your skin.

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As a Perfectly Posh Consultant, I can guide you to the best products for your skin, body and pampering! If you would like me to send you a free sample, just comment below. They ship withing the United States. All the Winter products have just been released, and there are exciting ideas for holiday gift giving as well as for yourself! See the holiday release below. There is also a natural line that uses only essential oils and is very effective for your facial care routine. Anti-aging, brightening, dark spots, fine lines, plumping, serums and more.

I have tried dozens of beauty lines for years looking for performance, safety, and great ingredients before deciding to become a Posh Consultant! I choose to use Perfectly Posh for my family’s and my own skin care because they have naturally based beauty products that don’t have ingredients like parabens, petroleum, sulfates, paraffin, and sls. They DO have fantastic ingredients (like sustainably sourced Shea Butter, High Quality Essential Oils, Apricot Oil, Avocado, Honey, Lavender, Vitamin C, Carrot Seed Oil, and so much more! Way too many to list here.) that work to pamper and make you look and feel beautiful! A Big Plus for me is they are fun and affordable!

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To browse all the products, just go here and choose me as your consultant.

How Do I Increase My Enthusiasm and Creativity?

Enthusiasm and Creativity

If your creativity is at an all time low and you find all you are doing is going from one task, chore, item on your to do list to another……you know, going through the motions, because your day is all mapped out for you? Or, if you spend every spare moment of your day scrolling through social media, maybe you need a little boredom in your life!

The happiest times in people’s lives are when they have plans, dreams and are inspired! You don’t have time to think about these things when your day is jam packed and you fill every spare moment you have by grabbing your phone. I’m talking about when you are waiting in line, waiting to be called for an appointment, eating, walking, you know any spare moment? It isn’t refreshing, and it can be exhausting and draining to fill your brain with what other people are posting. That’s because our minds need time to do nothing! This actually frees up space to plan, dream and create. You should have at least one dream right now or goal you want to achieve. At all times, you should have one dream for your future.

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If you want to increase your creativity, you need head space for that. I know when I land on a new creative idea it gives me a huge surge of enthusiasm, energy and joy, and I can’t wait to get started! My most creative times are when I have had some free time, without an agenda, to get rid of mental clutter. Be deliberate about having time inside your own head.

When you are so busy all day every day, and you don’t have time to sit with your thoughts, your mind is like a fragmented computer. Distractions are the antithesis of creativity. If you can think back to a time when you were on fire with ideas, plans and enthusiasm, you can be sure you had time to just be. Working out, walking, or going for a jog without distractions is also a good way to boost creativity according to a recent study in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

If you take the time to surround yourself with a little quiet time, whether you are moving your body or sitting still, you will increase your enthusiasm and creativity, and this will increase your level of happiness. We were meant to create.

How do you increase your enthusiasm and creativity?

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