Monday, May 20, 2019

Lhamour + a Giveaway

*This post was created in partnership with Lhamour. All opinions are 100% my own.

Me and my beauty products, right?  Over the past few years, well, really since I had Wesley, I have been very much into trying all the products, and yes, the products that are handcrafted with natural ingredients, move right up to the top of my list! I was recently introduced to Lhamour, a brand with purpose, social impact and a classy cool look. Like a lot of the indie beauty brands that I love, Lhamour was created out of need for products that were natural and wouldn't cause allergic reactions. Created with 100% natural ingredients sourced in Mongolia, the brand not only supports a team of ladies, they are also focused on giving back to their community.

I was able to try the Cool Breeze Body Oil, the Beeswax Lip Balm, the Healing Salve and the Yak's Milk Soap... what a treat!

So I'll start with the Cool Breeze Body Oil. This is now my go to, post work out shower body oil. Let me just tell you that when I played rugby in college, we might as well have taken out stock in icy hot because boy did those muscles get sore. I swear to you that I feel like this oil does that trick for me these days. After my Monday night bootcamp class, I use this after my shower and my muscles just relax and my body says aaaaah. I wouldn't use this as an everyday body oil as the scent is definitely strong, I suspect that it's the peppermint oil, but this is definitely helpful as I have been working out more!  Main Ingredients: Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, DL-alpha-Tocopherol (Vitamin E).

The Beeswax Lip Balm is generously sized and has provided a great all purpose lip moisturizer for our house, meaning that it's great for chapped lips but also just to protect them from the elements. It's just the right amount of functional and a bit fancy. Main Ingredients: Cera Alba (Beeswax), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, DL-alpha-Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Tallow (Sheep’s tail fat oil), Lanolin.

The Healing Salve is a special little tin of goodness. I was a little put off by the color at first (it's a kind of grey color) but it's so smooth, light and the scent is killer. I'm hiding this from my kids because I will be heartbroken if they did into this and waste even a smidge of this little power house. I have been using on a skin tag and swear that it's softened and just not nearly as noticeable... and since it's mosquito season here, I am keeping on hand as it touts being great for bug bites, and I believe it! Main Ingredients: Rosa Moschata (Rosehip) Oil, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Oil, Tallow (Beef tallow), Tallow (Sheep’s tail fat oil), Palustris (Pine) Wood Tar, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Cymbopogon Citratus (Lemongrass) Oil, Activated charcoal.

The Yak's Milk Soap is soft scented and gentle, a perfect little bar of soap that's great for dry, sensitive skin. Main Ingredients: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Yak milk, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Tallow (Beef Tallow), Sodium Hydroxide.

Head over to my Instagram today to enter to win everything that I tried PLUS the Sensitive Skin Body Butter! You'll be in for a treat because this is the ultimate in self care so head over to get in on the action this week! Good luck!

Find Lhamour in the US at Lilly's Bathcarry, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and on Youtube!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Kick those Allergies Out with Similasan

*This post was created in partnership with Similasan. Opinions are 100% my own. Thank you so much for reading!

Personally, I have never been one to be affected, too much anyway, by allergies. This year though, I was affected, not physically, but through the boys and man who live in my house with me... they have allergies! 😖 Thankfully, Similasan sent some reinforcements just in the nick of time!

The kids and I made the trek from MA to NC and my oldest felt the affect in environment BIG TIME. I have never seen him with such watery, itchy, puffy eyes. The sneezing was epic. The allergies had arrived and were not going anywhere fast. Ugh. Allergies just make life miserable, like "why do we even have noses if we can't breathe out of them?", asks a 4 year old. So our first foray into using Similasan was with their Allergy Eye Relief Drops. Now eye drops are definitely NOT easy to use on my child but we talked about it providing relief and he was eventually on board. I could visibly notice a difference (less watering, less redness and he wasn't constantly rubbing his eyes) and what I love about the Similasan products is that there are no harsh antihistamines or vasoconstrictors. They use natural active ingredients that stimulate the body's natural allergy defenses. I think this is what I love most about the brand, the natural homeopathic ingredients.

The amount of allergy relief options that Similasan offers is really impressive. I know the brand that I can go to when I am looking for Ear Ache Relief, Ear Ringing Remedy, Ear Wax Removal Kit, Dry Eye Easy Mist, Computer Eye Relief, and basically so many different versions of eye and ear relief you think you could need. I can't think of when I would need Stye Eye Relief but I know who I'll go to when I get a stye in my eye... Similasan! Also, I definitely want to check out some of their options for sleep and stress, first aid, and cough and cold

You can find Similasan at lots of different places that you likely shop at! Target, Amazon, Walgreens, CVS, Walmart and more so there's no excuse not to give them a try! 

Monday, April 29, 2019

Cupid and Psyche Beauty + a Giveaway!

*This post was created in partnership with Cupid and Psyche Beauty. All opinions are 100% my own.

Finding a beauty brand that is equally effective and socially conscious is not always an easy task. Being a smart consumer is important and supporting brands that take pride in their product and their place on the planet it something that I both encourage and try to live by. When I was recently introduced to Cupid&Psyche just recently, I was most attracted to their gorgeous hues, of course. I like to take risks with lip color because what's the worst that can happen, you tried and it just didn't look that great. In addition to looking great, Cupid&Psyche cares about giving back to the world that we all love.

All of their products are bee friendly, cruelty free, vegan, plant based and hand poured. A percentage of all the profits from Cupid&Psyche are donated to saving bees and animal non-profits including the Pollinator Partnership, Elephant Nature Park, Humane Society International and David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (a charity some of my blogger pals supported in the past)... the brand sounds like the kind of brand we can get behind right? But what about the product itself?

The lipsticks themselves are bee friendly (made with a beeswax free formula), are handmade in small batches, are vegan, cruelty free, all natural created with plant based oils and waxes with shea butter. They are super smooth when you apply and I would have to describe the texture as a silky lip balm. These lipsticks are definitely a buildable color, meaning that you can wear them somewhat sheer (depending on the shade) and then add more and more to get the desired boldness. The color pigment themselves are made from pure minerals, which is amazing to me, because the colors are genuinely amazing in person.

I was able to try four of the shades and I am so excited to let you know that Cupid&Psyche wants to share the same shades with you guys. The lipsticks are beautiful and as someone who likes to toss a lipstick in her purse now and then, these are great on the go shades, because they are buildable like I mentioned before. I am so pleased with these as an overall product that the winner of this giveaway is one lucky person who will get four shades sent to them: Brigid, Ione, Devi, and Artemis!

Head over to my instagram to enter the giveaway and be sure to check out Cupid&Psyche online, instagram and twitter!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

My Non-Routine Fitness Routine

If you follow me on Instagram, I am sure you have seen my stories over the past few months to a year in regard to my fitness. I am going to toot my own horn here and just put it in the records that I have been working out very consistently for at least a year now, and I am pretty friggin' proud of how committed I have been. Historically, for me, fitness and physical activity has come in ebbs and flows, depending on the chapter of life that I have been in. I started a bootcamp right before our wedding (a chapter of life) and that was probably the best shape I had been in since playing Rugby in college (another chapter of life). Motivating myself is always the struggle but for some reason, this chapter of life has really made movement a real priority for me.

I have noticed changes in my body; better flexibility and strength... both things I am proud of. The number on the scale hasn't gone down, so it's been a struggle to keep motivating myself without that "difference in weight", an indicator that has historically had the most impact on me and my urge to continue. Retraining my brain to accept other things, like the flexibility and strength, as measures of success is the real challenge, but I'm working on it! How am I keeping things interesting and keeping myself motivated?

Fitness Apps and Challenges

I started the year with Asics Studio 21 Day Challenge and posted about it on social as a way to keep myself motivated/held accountable and to be honest, this did wonders for me and getting into a groove. I find that I am able to motivate myself when I have one or all of the following: an accountability partner/structure, a good challenge, possible friendly competition and above all else, something enjoyable (read: not grueling or boring) to do. The apps and challenges are also great when you are kind of like meh about your current workout schedule because they can introduce new exercises into your routine without having to be face to face with an instructor... but on the flip side, sometimes I benefit from being in front on an instructor lol.

Different Classes

This one is key for me because if I don't keep things interesting, I will get bored and will be more likely to slack off. I try to make everything fun and of course, drop into classes that I have never tried before. Yes there are classes I don't go back to (I'm sorry, I just don't really like barre!) but I love spinning (I got new TIEM spin shoes just for classes!), Fight class (think martial arts inspired cardio), weight lifting, bootcamp, HIIT and then I do try to run at least once a week even though, guys, I really just will never love running. I don't think I'm built for it or have it in my genes. But what I am trying to say here is that when I keep things interesting, I am more likely to make it to my workouts and also, I'm less likely to hurt myself by focusing on only one type of class or exercise. Keep things interesting and you might just have more fun!

At Home Workouts

Even when I am short on time or really not in the mood, I try to at the very least, make a go of something fitness related at home. Whether this is doing some weights or core work in the basement or a little bit of yoga just to get my body moving, there are always options for me to "move", even when I'm really, and I mean really, not feeling like making the time. Every day is different and we have to be kind to ourselves.

Making Friends

This has been a big one for me in the past year. I was once the woman who shuffled into the gym with her kids and her bags in tow, ignoring everyone then doing the same on the way out. Now I have made such lovely friends at the gym, people that I can scowl at jokingly during a hard workout, people who have advice on different things to do, people who have kids and understand the daily struggles. There are a number of boxes being ticked with these new friends I have made at the gym. Human (adult) interaction is extremely important and these ladies have my back! When I am excited to see people, you guessed it, I am more motivated to get my butt to the gym, especially when I've already told someone I would be there lol. Be warned though, if you make friends at the gym, they will probably be able to talk you into a Spartan Race. doh!

This isn't so much a "how to be fit" blog post but rather a "this is how I am managing it in this season of life" blog post. Every day is different for me and I have to talk myself into driving to the gym at least twice a week but once I am done my workouts, I'm usually very tired but I also feel very proud of myself for working on my physical health and well being. I'd love to hear what you do to keep interesting in your life, because I'm sure I'll be looking to switch things up in 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1!

Monday, April 1, 2019

The Truth about Bang Energy Drink

I normally don't write posts about stuff like this but when I was contacted for a sponsored post about the dangers of Bang Energy Drink I was like meh, let me check this out before saying no to it. Once I watch the video on the home page of the Truth about Bang Energy Drink's webpage, I was so skeeved out by the guy who supposedly created this drink, that I looked into it's claims and the truth/lies a little further.

What bothers me the most about this man, his claims and his energy drink, is that he wants the public to believe that the ingredients it contains will reverse mental disabilities as well as prevent diseases like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Huntington disease and other forms of dementia. As someone who has seen the effects of dementia, and the pain it causes loved ones, it really does just piss me off that someone would be selling people false hope in a can of energy drink. Like seriously.

His claims don’t end there though. All of his claims are based on an ingredient called “Super Creatine”. Independent testing shows that this “Super Creatine” isn’t actually creatine at all. The CEO of Bang Energy, who used to be a high school science teacher, invented this “Super Creatine” and is advertising it as creatine, which is a muscle building supplement that affects the heart, liver and brain. But even the CEO of Bang Energy admits that no testing has been done on how “Super Creatine” affects the human brain, liver, heart or muscles. It’s almost like we are walking science experiments.

You can see all the lawsuits being filed against the company and founder of Bang Energy Drink on the webpage I referenced earlier. Our goal in spreading this message is that the FDA begins to investigate the product that is out on the market, taking all the lawsuits into consideration and perhaps we may be able to make the public aware that this is not a drink that is put on the shelves with your best interest in mind. It's just not. False Advertising is not something that should be rewarded.

*This is a sponsored post; I was compensated for my time writing about Bang Energy. However all my thoughts are my own and came directly from my own research online and from