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5 Gut Healing Foods For a Healthier Life 

Improving gut health is a popular topic right now. Between gut health drinks and probiotic capsules, you can barely turn an aisle in the store without seeing something marketed toward a healthy gut. Supplements are great, but they can't replace a diet full of nutritious, gut healing foods. If your meals lack fiber, ferments and healthy fats, this list of the five best foods for gut health will help make your next trip to the grocery store easy! What Makes Your Gut Healthy, Anyway? We all have a gut microbiome, which means that we all have billions of bacteria living in our digestive systems. The number and type of these bacteria depend on a lot of factors (diet, genetics, environment, medications), but we all have a balance of "good"...

3 Unique Fall Breakfast Ideas For Cozy Mornings

When you think of fall breakfasts, you probably think of warm, cozy spreads of pancakes, waffles, oatmeal and plenty of cinnamon and spice. Big, leisurely breakfasts aren't practical for most people's everyday lives, but that doesn't mean you have to skip cozy morning mealtime! Today, I'm going to share a few fall breakfast ideas that are cozy and satisfying, no matter how busy your morning is. FAQ What should I make for breakfast? Ideally, you should make something that includes carbs, protein and fat so that your body is nourished and fueled for the day. How can I cook fast in the morning? If you're pressed for time, prep a few breakfast ideas over the weekend so you can grab and go. What is a good breakfast that you don't...

Dealing With Mental Health: Sometimes Laughter is the Best Medicine

Dealing with mental health doesn't have to be complicated. Sometimes, just taking a few minutes to laugh at social media posts is enough to boost your mood. There's lots of advice out there about how to deal with mental health struggles, but sometimes, just taking a minute to laugh is enough to shake off the blues and make it through the day. To help with this, here's a roundup of some funny social media accounts to follow next time you need some low-effort serotonin.  Social Media Accounts We Love to Deal With Mental Health: Katie Florence's #TheKouncil Jonny Devaney's dog breed humor Nathan W Pyle's Strange Planet comics MoonPie's ongoing social media beef with the sun   1. Katie Florence (@katieflorence on TikTok; @the.kouncil on Instagram) Katie Florence makes funny,...

Skincare Ingredients You Need By Age

No matter how old you are, it's never too late to take better care of your skin. After all, it’s better to start somewhere than to never start at all! Whether you're 21 and looking for new self-care strategies or 57 and hoping to reverse sun damage from tanning, you're in the right place! Below, I've laid out a "skincare roadmap" highlighting one vital thing to add to your routine for every decade. You’ll be amazed by how one ingredient can change the course of your skin. Of course, you can start anywhere, but feel free to skip around to see how your current beauty routine stacks up against my recommendations! Skincare Ingredients By the Decade 20s - Sunscreen 30s – Vitamin C 40s – Retinol 50s...

3 Holy Grail Hair Repair Products

If you're like me (and most people I know), then you've probably spent at least some part of the pandemic lockdown experimenting with at-home hair styling. Whether this means box dyes, bleaching, or extra heat styling, chances are good that your hair probably needs a little damage control by now. 3 Holy Grail Hair Repair Products That You Should Try Since most salons are open again, you can always book an appointment with a professional. However, if you're just looking for a few at-home fixes for stressed hair, then these three holy grail hair repair products might be just what you need. 1. Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector, $30 This has been considered a "holy grail" for hair repair for years (and with good reason!). The Olaplex system got...

Summer Sun Protection Guide

Anybody who knows me knows how serious I am about sun protection. While I'm a stickler for sunscreen year-round (yes, even when it's cloudy!), I'm especially vocal about sun protection during the long, sunny summer months. 5 Sun Protection Tips for Summer Even if you aren't religiously reapplying sunscreen every two hours as recommended, there are still some things you can do to help save your skin from burning and premature aging. Use this guide to help you protect your skin and body, especially during this hot summer season. 1. Wear a hat (the bigger the better!). I have a collection of hats that ranges from regular baseball caps to a sun hat with a brim so wide it's practically a one-person tent. I'm proud of that one, despite...

2022 Summer Beauty Trends

Are you someone who counts down the days until summer? While I'm not a lover of the long, sweaty days, I do love keeping up with what beauty trends are hot for the summer season! Most of us are already planning our extended getaways and weekend pool parties (finally!). So, let me share a few of my favorite summer beauty trends to keep your look on fire this season. Summer Beauty Trends Roundup 1. That dewy glow, but make it skincare. Dewy, glowy skin isn't exactly revolutionary for summer, but this year is a little different. Instead of achieving the glossy, glassy look via highlighter, bronzer and gloss, a great skincare routine is the basis of this trend. Add gentle exfoliation, antioxidants, and plenty of lightweight moisture to your daily...

Fight Classes: Protect Yourself and Get Fit

Whether you're looking for a way to shake up your regular workout routine or want to learn how to fight, there are many options available. Regardless of your size, fitness level, or comfort zone, combat sports, and martial arts can help you feel stronger and more confident should you ever need to defend yourself. Below are five excellent self-defense workouts to help you lose weight, get strong, and learn proper offensive and defensive fighting techniques to boost your confidence.   Muay Thai Muay Thai combines offensive and defensive moves. These techniques can be used in close quarters, such as a sharp elbow strike to an attacker, or to create space, such as using a push kick to give yourself room to escape a threatening situation. This martial art utilizes nearly...

Women-Owned Businesses to Support

March is Women's History Month, so it's the perfect time to celebrate the bold and strong female entrepreneurs who have taken the risk to live their dreams! Below, I've listed a few businesses owned by women from all walks of life who have turned their passion into a successful business. Check them out and show them your support! Buff Chick Supplements Strong women build each other up, both physically and mentally. This is the mission behind fitness trainer and powerlifter Meg Gallagher's supplement brand. The company tagline is, "insecurity isn't for sale," and she makes it clear that her products aren't meant to be gimmicky "skinny teas" or detox regimens. Gallagher's passion for empowering women extends to sharing her own ever-changing strength journey and being real about her...

Spring Gardening: What to Plant Now!

Spring will be here before you know it! That means it's time to stop daydreaming about your garden and start making your dreams into reality. Whether you're a veteran gardener or a plant newbie, the sheer number of seed choices available can be overwhelming. While you will have to do a little research into which plants grow best in your location, I've decided to round up a few of my favorite things to plant in March to get your garden growing. [caption id="attachment_5591" align="alignnone" width="2560"] Image credit: Debbie Hudson on Unsplash[/caption] Shrubs and roses Confession time: I love gardens for their beauty more than practicality. I'm learning how to care for fruits, veggies, and other edibles, but flowers are my first love. If the ground isn't frozen, March is...