I love to read and I for a long time reading “self-help” books inspired me to continue changing. I have tons of favorites. There are many more kindle and traditional books listed on my amazon recommendation page.
It all started with a totally sexy scar in my armpit that was constantly being irritated by every deodorant I tried. While researching deodorant for sensitive skin I stumbled on this amazing book and blog about “dirty” cosmetics. It didn’t take me long to realize the stuff that I was putting on my body was effecting the way I was feeling. After I began using “cleaner” products my scar finally healed and my make-up stopped making me break out. I have become a huge supporter of clean and organic cosmetics. Here are a few of brands & products I use daily!
Alima Pure makes Mineral Makeup that does not have additive, fragrances, or fillers. I am a huge fan of their eye shadows and liners. I have very sensitive skin and I’ve never had any reaction to Alima Makeup. LOVE. My favorite shadows are currently: Nymph and Glow Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadows alimapure.com | blog
If you have watched any TV or picked up a magizine in the last 5 years you have probably heard of Bare Escentuals. Their products are pretty clean and are quality. I use their foundations and brushes. bareescentuals.com
I found Intelligent Nutrients from the girls at No More Dirty Looks and it didn’t take me long to fall in love completely. I use their Perfect Hold Hairspray to control my curls everyday and I have a minor panic attack when their Organic Lip Delivery Nutrition Blam is out of reach. I usually buy mine from beauty.com | intelligentnutrients.com
John Masters Organics
I double dog dare you to not become obcessed with John Masters Organics Blood Orange and Vanilla body wash (watch my video review here). It’s impossible. But trust me, it is divine. I got a sample with some order and have been hooked ever since. It is completely worth the money (a little goes a long way). I usually buy mine from beauty.com | johnmasters.com
I love food. I eat mainly Organic food whenever possible. I’m definitely not rich, so being on a tight budget and eating Organic means there is little room for error. When you buy a box of Organic cereal that tastes like cardboard it really sucks. These are a few of my favorite organic/natural products that taste amazing.
Pure Organic Bar
These are the best fruit and nut snack bars I have found and they are gluten-free, raw, and vegan. My favs are Apple Cinnamon, Chocolate Brownie, and Wild Blueberry. buy @ thepurebar.com or via amazon.com
I am a huge fan of their Organic Power Meals (Tomatillo Black Bean Protein Energy). ebfarm.com
I have had a crush on these burritos for a while now. They are by far the best frozen burrito I’ve ever eaten. (EVOL = LOVE) evolfood.com
Fruit Juice + Fizzy = the secret to quitting conventional soda/pop. These drinks (also available at Chipotle) are so good. They have 2 servings of fruit and no added sugar. I love them. My favorites are Sparkling Blackberry and Sparkling Clementine. izze.com
Over the last few months I have stopped eating meat. This is the most subtle and soy-free Organic protein powder I have found. It doesn’t take like a chocolate milk shake but its good. (note: I do not endorse the views or the other products from this manufacturer, Garden Of Life.) gardenoflife.com buy via amazon.com
Natures Path make quality and tasty Organic cereal, oatmeal, and granola bars. I don’t love every variety they make but I do love the fact their products are affordable because they are often on sale. I am the biggest fan of their Organic Flax Plus Red Berry Crunch Cereral(review), I also am into their Chewy Granola Bars. naturespath.com
I have an obsession with avocados. They are magic. Perfect on a sandwich, wrap, or salad. Avocados provide 20 essential Nutrients and their thick skin protects the inside from pesticides (so no need to buy organic). The only problem is that they can be expensive. Enter Wholly Guacamole. WG sells mashed up packaged Avocados. I love them for their smart individual serving packs and their coupons. eatwholly.com
SITES I LOVE
Blissmo is similar to Groupon but for sustainable & organic products and services.
Mambo Sprouts is a Marketing Company that is targeted at natural and organic consumers. They are the best source for organic/natural e-coupons on the web. They have a online “Messenger” with coupons, info, recipes that comes out 5 times a year. Also, excellent coupons for people with food allergies!
Josh and Ryan are The Minimalists. They are fellow online entrepreneurs living in the Dayton area and they also happen to be hilarious. If you are looking for inspiration about how to make huge life changes you should check them out. They are all about simplifying in order to a create a more meaningful life. I highly recommend their newest e-book, Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life. theminimalists.com
No More Dirty Looks(NMDL) is all about clean cosmetics and beauty products. I love these girls. NMDL is like your super smart friend who effortlessly makes sense of all the headlines you see about the nastiness in your favorite hairspray. They have an amazing book that outlines what is wrong with “dirty” products, the impact they can have on you, and healthy
The Natural & Organic Skincare Boutique. All you really need to know is that they handwrite Thank You notes with every order AND include free samples. Quality and Class all the way. love.
Organic Deals is an excellent resource for all the latest grocery store and online organic sales.
This is the site where I go to find one thing and end up finding 8 other things that I would also love. They also have excellent and honest customer reviews.
I built Feelbetterology and my first blog, Modern Crunch, from the ground up. I began with no knowledge of really how anything on the Internet worked, let alone how to create a blog. I was completely clueless about what WordPress even is. My education consisted of google searches and trial and error. I have learned a lot and I am definitely still learning everyday. Here are the services that I trust.
I started out building my first blog knowing nothing. Being an artist I wanted a theme that I could interact with visually. I am not sure how I found Headway but I am so happy I did. Their system takes a bit of time to learn but the payoff is being able to create anything your mind can dream up WITHOUT tons of CSS/HTML knowledge. I have yet to have a question I cannot find an answer to on their support forum. It is totally worth every penny. website: Headwaythemes.com
Managing my domain names on Namecheap is simple. It is inexpensive and user friendly. I recommend following their twitter account to stay up to date on all their coupon codes and contests. namecheap.com
amazing photos by Adam Dressler