I’m introducing a new series on my blog highlighting my favorite products from my favorite brands. When I was younger (and a lot more broke) if I needed any type of beauty product I would buy the cheapest version that the drugstore had to offer with varying results. Sometimes my finds would get the job done as hoped, other times I’d be disappointed and my $3.99 mascara would sit untouched in a drawer until it was long past expired. As I’ve gotten older I’ve found that it’s better to invest in things that I’ll love and actually use and have less than it… View Post

Essential oils are having their moment in a big way – every time I open Pinterest I see a dozen different oil focused pins, and essential oils have been popping up on my Facebook feed for months. To be honest, I was a little skeptical at first. Before I knew more about essential oils and diffusers I thought they were glorified air fresheners. Fast forward to now, and I’m an essential oil convert. Around two months ago I cracked and ordered a Young Living Essential Oils Starter Kit thanks to encouragement from my boyfriend’s cousin (thanks, Katie!). Since then I’ve… View Post

Happy Wednesday from your resident veg! If you didn’t already know – I’m a proud vegetarian inching my way to complete veganism. (Insert joke about how do you know if someone is a vegetarian – they’ll tell you – here.) I started phasing out animal products for health reasons – endometriosis to be exact, but knowing what I do now I would 100% stay vegetarian even if I knew that my endometriosis was completely healed and I wouldn’t be negatively impacted in any way. Going vegetarian wasn’t easy for me, I was “mostly” vegetarian for nearly four months before I… View Post

I am so frustrated. I am a health conscious person and I know a lot about living a healthy lifestyle. I know what foods to put into my body to make me feel the best, the bare minimum amount of sleep I need to function (I refuse to get less!), and how much I need to move around each day not to feel lethargic. And I know I’m lucky to know all that I do about health. I’ve done research, taken classes, and figured things out through trial and error. But a lot of people get their health advice from… View Post

For those of you who don’t know – I moved back to Illinois from New York about 3 weeks ago. I lived in New York for half a year, and while it was a great experience, it turns out that the big city doesn’t mix too well with this Midwestern girl. The fast pace, fragrant streets, and general grime stressed me and my skin out. Growing up I was #blessed with pretty docile skin. Redness here and a hormonal pimple there, but never anything too severe. Well, that all changed when I moved to New York. Between clogged pores covering… View Post