PRANAMAT

"I'm excited to start adding the @pranamat into my yoga routine for extra relaxation and muscle relief.  All of my muscles are adjusting to the new life of having a baby, so I'm up for any way of bringing relief.  Not only are these mats beautiful with their lotus designs, they are eco-friendly + FDA certified as a medical device!  Now that I am at the 6 week postpartum mark, I'm ready to start focusing on my self care alot more.  Thank you @pranamat for giving me one more option in my #selfcare routine."

My excerpt from an instagram post a few weeks ago.  It summed it up pretty well, so I just copied it here instead of retyping it.  I will admit my self care routine postpartum has been pretty hit & miss.  One day I'm doing yoga, drinking tons of water, eating healthy, going for walks, then the next day... or week, I'm hardly doing any of these things.  Life with a baby has definitely allowed me space to go with the flow of life, and if something doesn't get done that I had wished, then so be it.  It just is what it is for right now.  But that being said, I really do want to make my self care routine more of a priority right now.  It's been almost 10 weeks since Ive had Ava and I'm ready to start feeling more like myself again. 

Most days look like this below... Not finding the time to do a whole yoga routine, so I plop on the floor where Ava is and stretch for even 5 minutes, or lay on the Pranamat for 5 minutes.  I figure anything is better than nothing. 

I just adore the beautiful lotus design of Pranamats.  Functional and Beautiful, my favorite combination!  There are so many different ways to use this mat, and several different reasons why!  Check out more info on their site, it's pretty amazing.

What are some of your favorite tools for self care, working out, or relaxation? I'd love to hear!

LOVE YOUR SKIN

I thought I'd share some more of my favorite all natural, handmade products I use for my daily skin therapy.  If you have any favorites I'd love hear!  Also, if anyone has any suggestions for natural scar tissue remedies, I'd love to hear.

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A few of my my favorite healing products...  The DoTerra clearskin I use every now and then when I have some trouble blemishes that need a little help.  It smells great and doesn't insanely dry out your skin like most blemish products do. 

Gypsy Moth Sol's alliviate is my go to salve for cuts.  I bite the skin around my nails, so this gets used on a very regular basis.  Self induced cuts!  Ha ha.  But this stuff works wonders.  I usually put it on during evenings we are just sitting on the couch watching a movie or something.  Ill slather my finger tips in it, which also helps to keep me from biting my fingers more during the movie, which I will otherwise do!  Then I just rub it into my hands with some lotion when we are done b/c it is pretty greasy.  But its great for any cut or burn, and you can really rub it in so its not greasy all over the place.  (I believe her shop is closed right now, but will be reopening soon).

The White Sage/ Blue Chamomile Skin Therapy from Amrita Aromatics has been wonders.  I roll this stuff on my fingers too, and its much lighter and soaks right in, so I can use it even when I'm sitting at my computer typing.  I also use it on trouble spots on my face at times too.  And Ive even just used it as a perfume b/c it smells so dang good!

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These Marble & Milkweed cleansing grains + nectar are so gentle.  My skin can get irritated by harsh products pretty easily.  The rose + chamomile is such a shooting combo.  (I got these from Bondad, a shop specializing in horse lovers, who also support natural handmade products like Marble & Milkweed.)

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La La Earth's breast butter is one of my favorite things in the world.  Ive gone through two jars of this stuff!  After losing my mother to breast cancer, I'm wild about breast health, and this has been one of my routine healing therapies.  It not only is putting good stuff into my tissues around my breasts, it also gives me a chance to have a daily check in with myself, as well as give that area love and massages. 

It's not currently in her shop, but you can message her to see when her next batch is coming out!

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These babies make my lips in heaven.  The Cosmic Bath & Beauty Clove chapstick has been my go to for a few years now.  I'm obsessed.  I think Ive gone through about 10 sticks of it! Damn good chapstick.  She has other yummy scents too, this one is just my all time favorite.

The Marble & Milkweed chapstick is a new favorite.  It's the fattest chapstick Ive ever had.  Its really wide, and comes in cardboard!  Very cool.  This is one that will last a very long time b/c of its size.  I'm a huge fan of the smell of ginger!

The Cocoa Rose chapstick from Amrita Aromatics is not only gorgeously labeled, but just as beautiful in content.  The smell is outstanding and its so creamy.  I went through the entire stick so fast b/c I couldn't stop putting it on my lips!  I'm kind of sad I'm out and need to be making a purchase soon!

As you can tell, I live in chapstick.  I can't leave home without it.  I have one next to my bed, by my computer, in my purse, in the bathroom.   No joke!

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Two other face goodies I love.  This Pure Soul Holistics face oil got me hooked on face oils.  I had used some previous to this that I just didn't love.  This one made me fall in love.  I put face oil on everyday now and my skin is so thankful.  Contrary to thought, it does not make your face feel oily.  It actually leaves my face less oily then when I used to use face lotion.

My face indulgence is using the Indigo Mask by Wild Honey Apothecary about twice a month.  Love this stuff.  It now comes in a powder that you mix with water so it last alot longer on the shelf.  The one I have here is already mixed.  Ill share a pic below of it on my face.  I love the plum color!!!

AENON'S NATURAL INDIE FACIAL CLEANSERS

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Over the past few years I have been on the hunt for the perfect facial routine.  One that is all natural, doesn't dry my face out, and actually makes me feel cleansed.  I have tried so many, and have been left disappointed so many times.  Last year I began using facial oil from my friend Nicole at Pure Soul Holistics, and I fell in love.  So when I was introduced to Aenon's cleansing series I was immediately interested b/c it also uses oils as its base. 

All of the herbs & essential oils used in this series are among my favorite smells... Calendula, Lavender, Hibiscus... Yes!  The cleanser smells so good and leaves your face feeling so soft.  The first time I used it I was worried that it was an oily feeling, but after a few uses, and after towel drying I realized it was just that it made my face feel so soft, and kept all the natural oils in instead of stripping them away like I'm used to with most face washes.  This Aloe + Calendula cleanser is soap-free!  Ive been using it everyday for a few weeks now, and I'm officially hooked.

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Lavender is probably one of my favorite smells on the planet.  I put Lavender essential oil on my pillow every night before I drift off to sleep.  It is so soothing to me.  I think it reminds me of my mother.  So needless to say, I'm in love with the Lavender facial toner.  I love the way it feels to spritz something cool on my face, especially after a hot shower, which is where I normally wash my face.  It smells so good, and dries within a minute before you apply the oil.  They have more than one finishing oil.  I am using the Lotus + Hibiscus oil.  It only takes 2-3 small drops on your fingertips to spread on your entire face.  It absorbs quickly leaving your skin feeling smooth & soft.  It does not leave your face oily, even after applying makeup. 

I'm hooked.  I have a few other handmade natural products I have found recently that I like to use once a week or twice a month that I will share soon.  I'd love to know what natural products you love using on your skin.  It has taken me years and years to find things that work with my skin, that I love the smell of, and that actually feel like they work. 

Oh, and one of my favorite things about the AEnon's products is that the labels are waterproof.  One thing I hate to is to get a beautiful product and have the label bleed the first time I touch it with wet hands. 

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THE "PURPLE" GREEN SMOOTHIE

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Time for another smoothie recipe!  A variation of this smoothie has been my go-to green shake for years.  You can always mix it up with whatever ingredients you have on hand.  Below are the ones I used for this particular one.  I'm always fond of the colors these shakes turn into. 

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Purple Green Smoothie via rootsandfeathers.com

THE "PURPLE" GREEN SMOOTHIE

 

1 cup of orange juice (or any other juice or liquid base)

1 tsp flax oil (I usually add some coconut oil too)

1 tbsp maca powder

1 tsp vitamineral greens (optional)

2 handfuls of frozen berries of choice (I used blueberry + mango)

2 handfuls of greens (I used spinach + dandelion leaf)

agave or honey to taste if needed (use a small amount to start or it will be way too sweet)

 

Blend you liquids and your greens together first until smooth, then add the rest of your ingredients and blend until completely blended. 

Enjoy!  I drink mine with a straw :)

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