Looking for a summer read or listen? Here are my most recent recommendations…
Here’s what books are on my nightstand now.
Mental health, like physical health, is a daily practice. In this video, Kaley Klemp + I discuss our experience accessing happiness. From allowing yourself to feel emotions in both directions, to breaking from busy to land in contentment, recognizing when things no longer serve you + allowing yourself permission to let them go, this 10 minute video is beneficial for anyone searching for more joy in life.
Here’s what books are on my nightstand now!
I refer to Kaley Klemp as “Kaley Llama” or the “ Red-headed version of Oprah”. I’m honored to sit beside a woman with such depth + wisdom and share with you this conversation, inspired by her TEDx Talk around finding relief in getting to be who you are. My favorite piece on Life Smart to date and a must watch.
Here are some simple steps I have taken to control technology in my life instead of letting it control me.
Sit with these words: Dying of old age is not a Guarantee. Then read on to learn how to begin challenging the myth of time by Dr. Alexis Emich.
How to live with intention during the holidays which ultimately means a holiday with less stress and more joy.
An interview with Kaley Klemp on breaking patterns that aren't working for you anymore.
Ways to practice gratitude daily.
I’ve eaten raw veggies + cold smoothies daily for years and was beginning to feel like my body was no longer optimally absorbing nutrients. After talking with Tarynn and learning about the Chinese Medicine concept of Digestive Fire, I decided to change my food + supplements to align with this philosophy. The results were literally IMMEDIATE and AMAZING. A must read even for those who are already uber-healthy eaters.
It’s great everyone’s talking about sleep but I sometimes feel the articles are theoretical, many times not written by people with kids and although not intended, can actually cause anxiety and pressure around sleeping. That being said, I do believe in setting the stage for sleep + am happy to share what I do which helps tremendously….but when it doesn’t, I get through the day and set the stage again the next night!
Our Endocrine System, Hormone Imbalance, Midlife, Post-kids Changes, Adaptogenic Herbs, Acupunture....we read all the terminology but what does it really mean? Contributing Council Member Tarynn Butler explains.
How to embrace Hygge (hue-gah)!
Find out why Acupuncture + Chinese Medicine are so beneficial for busy women.
How you apply non-toxic skincare products is important. Although tools can be pricey, compared to visits to the esthetician, they become economical. Here are the 4 Beauty Tools I think are worth the money AND time as well as a tip on how to efficiently carve out time to use them!
Cat Tatman shares her top tips on how to get that summer glow from head to toe! This all- encompassing piece has everything you need to know about summer skin and achieving a sun-kissed look safely.
Keep yourself safe from skin cancer AND toxic ingredients with this Guide to Safe Sun Protection by Aillea.
My pregnancies brought amazing little humans AND hyperpigmentation! Cat Tatman explains what hyperpigmentation is, what causes it, how to treat it and how to prevent it here….
Thinking of trying a Sleeping Mask? Find out the deets here from AILLEA, including some favorite toxin-free options.
If you're thinking of transitioning to toxin-free beauty products, the first thing you might consider is your lip balm since you ingest it. Here are some great ones plus a clean lip scrub. Current fave balm: ISUN!
Everything you need to know about that bright + dewy spring glow!
Have you ever wondered if we REALLY need an eye cream in addition to our face cream and if so...why and what to look for? Cat Tatman has all the answers here.
Thinking of trying a red lip this holiday season? Every year I chicken out BUT with the help of Contributing Expert Aillea I finally executed + went with Kosas Darkroom. Everything you need to know about how to do a red lip and how to do it SAFELY is here.
I tried lashes from Walgreens once years ago and ended up with a clump of glue stuck to my eyelid for a serious week. I've sworn off lashes since until meeting Sirine...aka Battington Lashes...
I am fortunate to have Cat Tatman, aka skin guru, as one of my dearest friends. She has a long history in skincare and is oh-so-knowldegable. We recently got together to talk about her new line Intelligent Elixirs, and specifically, the benefits of Vitamin C for maturing (sounds wiser then aging) skin.....
With winter on the way, it's a great time to talk about facial oils. Contributing Expert Kathryn Dickinson breaks down the 6 ingredients you'll want + why...
Collagen seems to be everywhere...although maybe it's on my radar more as I age! Contributing expert Kathryn Dickinson shares ideas on products and techniques that help support and maintain the collagen we have...I'm personally loving the Beauty Dust!
When Contributing Expert Kathryn Dickinson introduced me to derma-rolling I admit I was a bit skeptical. The idea of rolling needles around on my face did NOT seem appealing. However, I've been using the derma-roller for a month now and loving it. Read Kathryn's honest + humorous take on it here......
Contributing Expert Kathryn Dickinson helps us figure out when things need to go and yikes do I need to clean my makeup brushes...
Contributing Expert Kathryn Dickinson is helping us stay fresh + saving us time with her SPRING CLEANING BEAUTY GUIDE. Thank you Kathryn!
Charcoal seems to be the next kale...but is it worth the hype?! Contributing expert Kathryn Dickinson talks with the founders of two beloved Colorado brands, Dr. Sarah Villifranco – creator of Osmia and Jaime Cross, founder of MIG Soap, why Charcoal is such a powerhouse ingredient and why they use it in their products......
Spring Break is almost here! Contributing expert Kathryn Dickinson shares the skinny on sunscreens, self-tanners and bronzers...including her best picks!
All you need to know about face oils by Contributing Expert Kathryn Dickinson, including her go-to oils based on different needs......
Contributing expert Kathryn Dickinson's picks for clean beauty gifts this holiday for her, him and the hostess on your list....
Our contributing expert Kathryn Dickinson shares with us the 10 ingredients that you should ban from your bathroom (and life) and a better understanding why you should toss them.....
Thinking of re-decorating or changing up your child’s room? Beth Armijo shares her top 5 tips on on how to have fun with your child’s space as well as some adorable + inspiring images!
Surrounding yourself by things you find beautiful is one way to help bring a sense of happy to your space! One way to do this in your home is with wallpaper. Read on for inspiration + ideas!
If you are considering painting any rooms in your home, this piece by Contributing Expert Beth Armijo is a must-read. From tips on how to choose a paint color, creative ways to use paint, absolute no-no's + some of Beth's go-to colors, you will surely be prepared + inspired!
Through renovating an old home in Denver I had the privilege of working with Beth Armijo. This lady is crazy talented! Some people just have an eye for things and Beth has an eye for design like no other. I'm thrilled she will be joining us here at Life Smart as a Contributing Expert.
Leftover season is upon us. Let's talk about safer food storage options.....
Safe products I'm currently using in the kitchen...
Safe products I'm using to keep the bathroom clean....
My recommendations for clean laundry detergent and fabric softener....
I'm pretty sure if you ask any parent if they'd like to raise grateful kids, their answer would be unequivocally yes! The more challenging question is how? Here is the simple daily practice we do in our home.
Overwhelmed by trying to figure out what products are safe for your kids? Here is what we use. Heavily researched + tested. The Eminence face cream is pricey but lasts a long time + is especially great for eczema, sensitive skin and dry climates.
I love these books for my kids but I also love them for myself! A lot of adult reminders in these little reads.