Why Your Whole Body Needs These (Natural) Products

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Delicious smells, pronounceable ingredients.

Last year I lost some weight. Turns out carbs and sugar aren’t as good for your butt as kale and exercise is – DANG IT. In doing that, I took a hard look at what I eat and have made some changes. In the past, I’ve never been able to really think about ingredients or chemicals being bad for me, because ridding my life of them seemed overwhelming.

But once I saw how easily I could change how I eat, I started slowly taking a look at everything I was putting ON my body and not just in.

Which is why I’m super excited about Fresh Kale Bath Company. I first wrote about them here and am again writing about them simply out of a love for their products.

I’m currently using their lavender “Sleepy Time” lotion, pillow/body spray (same scent), their solid perfume (in Gold), and this, their facial moisturizer in “Silk”.

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I won’t bore you with all the ingredients, all though it wouldn’t be a bore, because there are so few in each one. I will tell you that they’re all recognizable and pronounceable. The knowledge of which makes lathering on this silky smooth lotion all the more relaxing.

It soaks in quickly, it leaves my skin feeling soft and it’s going to take me forever to finish that tiny bottle because a little goes a long way. All the benefits of a very expensive moisturizer without shelling out all the cash. This facial lotion was $20.

Recently I read that it’s the simpler products that really do your skin the most good, so I’m glad to have that peace of mind with these items from Fresh Kale. I’m also happy to support a family owned business! It’s a mother/daughter team that head this store up – and they make all their products in-store. Friends, IT DOESN’T GET FRESHER THAN THAT.

Do you skin a favor and stop in to see them.

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Currently Reading: 30 Days to a Better Prayer Life

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30 days to making your whole life better.

Last year was a stellar year for my reading list – mostly because I had enough books on it to be able to use the word “list.” I wanted to continue sharing what it is I’m reading so we can all relive my favorite days of college and talk about books (ha – that makes me sounds like SUCH a nerrrd).

I currently have 4 books that I’m working through – all ranging drastically in subject. But I’m thankful to have gotten my reading grove back and want to share with you the first book I’ve finished in 2018!

Last year the thing that got me back in the reading saddle was starting with a short book. Once I finished it, I felt SO accomplished and kept the ball rolling and eventually polished off 11 more.

So I did this year I did the same thing. And while this book might be short, it’s certainly not lacking in power.

30 Days to a Better Prayer Life is by Nora King who is a faithful prayer and amazing woman of God. She also happens to be the co-pastor of the church I attend. And fun fact: I got to be one of the editors of the book!

I like the fact that it’s broken into days. That for sure makes it an easy read, as does her writing style. And while the subject of prayer can be so vast and mysterious, she breaks every aspect down to attainable bite size pieces.  By the end of the book, you know what it is you need to do to have a better prayer life. It’s no longer some far off goal.

I’ve read my share of really deep daily devotionals. Too deep for early-morning-brain, for sure. And I’ve also read the other end where it’s not enough to give you anything to chew on the rest of the day. This book, falls wonderfully in between. Each chapter will propel you forward with practical prayer pointers, while also offering insight into what could be a very complex subject – talking to God.

…the miraculous power of the Holy Spirit is mightily working in us so we can boldly dare to ask God for our needs and desires to be met. There is no shortage of power to bring it to pass.

-Nora King, 30 Days to a Better Prayer Life

I encourage you to get it and take 30 days to pump up your prayer life. Honestly, the effects of doing so will infiltrate every area of your life and make everything better. Get your copy here!

I couldn’t call myself a blogger, a woman living in the south, a Christian or heck, an AMERICAN if I hadn’t read this book. And this one is for all you women out there who are juggling balls (aka: trying to mastery life). Trust me on that one – it will help calm a lot of pressure-inducing voices in your head.

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Celebrate Love with These Gifts

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Everything you need to show someone you love, minus the hanky panky.

AN-Y-THING on this table by itself would make a beautiful gift for your Valentine (or yourself), but what would be a special treat is to have a whole table decorated with dinner on top. WE CAN ALL DREAM TOGETHER.

Excuse the fact that I wasn’t confident in my use of the term “votive.” Otherwise, enjoy these beautiful gifts I pulled together from stores all around West Town Mall ;)

I hope this inspires you to love on someone and/or yourself today. And I hope you have a spiffy day!

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Fresh Kale Bath Company – TREAT YOURSELF

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Can you smell the love tonight…

I’ll be honest, I don’t spend a lot of money on pampering myself. But this Valentine’s Day that’s all going to change. (Ha! Maybe I should do for others first, then move onto myself. Yes. Let’s do that).

*Clears throat

This Valentine’s Day I’m going to spend a lot of money pampering others.

Why? Because I finally made my way into Fresh Kale Bath Company in West Town Mall. This place is awesome. Everything with “Fresh Kale Bath Company” on it was made IN STORE. Doesn’t get fresher than that, my friends.

And let me tell you that their scents envelope you in a mini scent vacation before you’ve hit the cash register. And it doesn’t end there. I drove around all day with a basket full of their goodies. Oh I had no where to go, I just didn’t want to get out of my car it smelled so nice.

They have everything to pamper yourself and your loved ones. Bath bombs, bath soak, room/linen spray, lip scrub, solid perfume (which I’ve tried and love love LOVE), shower fizzes! Which I’d like to elaborate on…I’m someone who in my head will take a bath every night, but in reality it happens…Mmmm…once every 4 months? A shower fizz, however is what I need because you put it in the shower and it releases a beautiful aroma. Ah. Yes. I need that.

The other two brands they carry besides their own are Farmhouse Fresh and Finch Berry – which are those beautiful soaps in the picture (let’s just all realize we need to buy two – one to stare at 40 hours a week and the other to actually use).

They can do custom orders and baskets (as you’ll see from my segment posted tomorrow). They have the little melts for your wax warmers, gifts for guys, and butt paste for your baby bottoms – Oh my! What more could you ask for!?

Do stop in and see them and treat SOMEONE this Valentine’s Day!

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You Should be Wearing This on Your Face

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And the one word that sold me on it.

Not going to lie, I thou1ght “setting powder” was a total scam.

Just a useless step in the makeup process – another product for “them” to sucker us into buying. *shakes fist in air

Uh but it turns out, it’s pretty useful.

I’ll tell you what sold me on it. I went into Bare Minerals one day to try out a new foundation. And the girl that was applying my makeup (Sarah – who now works at Coach in West Town Mall – go see her, she’s the sweetest, most beautiful creature) used the word “airbrush” when describing its finishing qualities.

Literally, I bought it on the spot.

Why that word is so alluring, I DON’T KNOW. But it is.

Still I used the powder faithfully until the other day… I’m getting low so I decided to skip it on a day when I was just running around. It was on that day that I realized it does more than make me look like a magazine cover.

First of all, I didn’t like how my face felt. It was as if my makeup was exposed. Like if I were to rub my finger down my face my makeup would wipe right off. With the finishing powder, my face feels more natural. Does that make sense?

Secondly (and most importantly) I got a glimpse of my eyes at the end of the day and I saw that my mascara or something was all smudgy under my eyes! Like I had sweated it off! I had just come out of the gym, sure, but I’m not a big sweater (more like a small cardigan – bud-dum-chhh), so it was surprising. And that’s never happened before, so I know it’s because of the powder.

The lesson in all of this? That powder really does help. And the good news is, it helps you use less makeup since you won’t have to do as many touch ups throughout the day. Plus it really doesn’t take that long to apply.

Of course, I’m going to recommend the Bare Minerals version as I’m a BM girl all the way. But I’ve also heard good things about Laura Mercier’s version and Bobbie Brown’s.

Regardless of the brand you use, just be sure to use some! Get a big fluffy brush and apply it all over your face before you add blush or any kind of contouring.

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