Saturday, May 31, 2014

#FuelYourBetter Vega Sport Bar Review


What's holding you back from your BETTER? Vega Sport has launched a new campaign #FuelYourBetter and you can find out all the details here!
I love the message behind this campaign and it really hits home to me. What's stopping me from being my BEST? What is standing in my way? 
For me, the answer is simple. It's ME. I'm not pushing myself to my limit. I find myself skipping workouts and not eating as clean as I WANT to. I WANT to become my best self and with that drive I WILL.

For this review I was given Vega Sport Protein Bars to review. I was pleasantly surprised when they arrived & were chocolate mint flavored! It's no secret that I love chocolate ;)
These bars have 270 calories, 8g fat, 40mg sodium, 30g carbohydrates, 3g fiber, 19g sugar and 15g protein!
These bars are perfect post-workout! I love enjoying them after a sweaty gym session, a run, or an afternoon working in the garden!
They are great for those following a plant-based diet as they pack in the protein without the animal products. I personally love this chocolate-mint flavor, they taste like a candy bar! I highly recommend Vega for all your plant-based shakes, meal & snack bars, protein powders, supplements & much more!
Be sure to check out the #FuelYourBetter campaign!

What's holding you back from your BETTER?!


I was given product for a review purposes. All opinions are my own. Thanks to #SweatPink for this opportunity!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Yacon Syrup Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
Life Food Pro's Yacon Syrup is 100% pure, raw, and organic. It is nonGMO, made in the USA, and retails for $19.99 for one 8oz bottle. 
Our Yacon (Smallanthus sonchifolius) Syrup is sourced from naturally grown organic Yacon fields in the country of Peru. We use the HIGHEST quality Yacon plant to make a premium pure syrup formula.
  • 100% pure Yacon syrup has shown to assist in weight management, increase fiber intake and promotes good bowel function.
  • Other benefits include: Lowers blood sugar. Prevents and controls hyperglycemia (over activity). Restores renal activity. Is a powerful Antioxidant.
Yacon syrup has shown to remains low in calories and low on the glycemic index scale. This is due to the fact that the sugar contains high levels of oligofructose (inulin), a form of sugar that is not metabolized readily by the human body. For this reason, Yacon is ideal for diabetics and acts as a great alternative to conventional low calorie sweeteners.
  • High in prebiotics and probiotics, this syrup contains up to 50% of FOS (fructooligosacharides). It has been found that consumption of FOS does not increase blood glucose, and helps boost your bodies metabolism.
  • Naturally grown and sourced from the fields in Peru. Organic certified by our manufacturing specialists.
  • 100% pure raw organic syrup formula with no added preservatives. Bottled and tested in a FDA certified GMP facility in the USA.
  • Yacon Syrup is a perfect sweetener for coffee, tea, other beverages or can be used while baking! I love using this low-glycemic, low-calorie sweetener as a replacement to sugar, agave, honey, and artificial sweeteners!
  • I personally love adding a bit of Yacon Syrup to my cup of tea! I have also been adding some fresh herbs from my organic garden like chocolate-mint and lemon balm for a lovely, fresh flavor!
  • I have also added Yacon Syrup to my homemade chia pudding! 

  • {Cacao/PeanutButter} CHIA PUDDING RECIPE:
  • 1/4c chia seeds
  • 3/4c milk of choice
  • 1tbsp Yacon Syrup
  • 1tbsp cacao powder
  • 2tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 3 dates
  • {combine all ingredients in a food processor and pour in a glass. Refrigerate for at least one hour}
  • You can also add cacao nibs, coconut, fresh fruit… the possibilities are endless! ENJOY! 

  • Yacon Syrup has a wide variety of uses. You can sweeten up your coffee or tea, use it in baking, cooking, and as a replacement of sugar! It's great for those with diabetes because of its low glycemic index and ideal for those watching their weight as it is low in calories and assists in weight management. I would definitely recommend Yacon Syrup to those looking for an organic, natural sweetener!


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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

InstaNatural Review


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
I have an awesome review to share with you all today! I was given the opportunity to review InstaNatural's Argan OilRosehip Oil and Vitamin C Serum
InstaNatural offers a 100-day 100% money back guarantee! 
Our Guarantee: We back our products up with a 100-day hassle-free money back guarantee, no matter where you buy our product. There is absolutely no risk to you when you order now! If you are not completely satisfied, simply contact us and we will give you a full refund, no questions asked (you do not even have to return the bottle). Our #1 priority is to make sure our customers are completely happy.
MAY SPECIAL: buy two or more InstaNatural products (mix & match) and get 10% off your order!

This Argan Oil is 4oz and retails for $23.97. It is cold pressed, unrefined & organic. It is great for acne, dry scalp, nails & cuticles, and much more!
InstaNatural explains 7 ways you can use Argan Oil:
  • Leave-in conditioner - Massage a few drops of Argan oil in your wet hair and scalp after shower to hydrate your hair. This is particularly useful for people who have dry hair naturally or due to hair styling activities such as straightening and curling. Argan oil can also be applied to hair before hair styling to reduce the damage caused to hair, especially if you’re using a hair dryer.
  • Frizz remover - Do you experience frizzy and dull hair after you wash your hair? Argan oil is an excellent frizz remover and detangler. Apply a few drops of Argan oil on your hair paying more attention to the hair ends when your hair is still wet. It will make your hair soft and easy to comb. Along with this, it adds a great shine to your hair and reduces split ends.
  • Moisturizer - Argan oil is quickly absorbed in skin and does not make your face look greasy. This makes it a wonderful face moisturizer. Cleanse your face and massage a few drops of Argan oil on your face and neck every morning and night. It protects the skin from drying, makes it radiant, soft and supple. Argan oil also acts as a protective mask against harmful UV rays.
  • Lip exfoliater and softner - Apply a drop of Argan oil directly to your lips to experience a smoothness or mix a few drops of Argan oil with brown sugar and vanilla extract and massage the lips in circular motion. Take care to be gentle while massaging. Rinse off.
  • Hair / Scalp Treatment - Give an overnight treatment to your scalp with Argan oil, if you have dry and flaky scalp. The oil will penetrate deep to produce more efficient results. Massage a generous amount on your scalp for 15 minutes and leave overnight. Wash off the next morning with a mild shampoo. Do this twice a week to get healthy, non-itchy scalp. This treatment is beneficial for both hair and scalp at the same time.
  • Face Mask - Few drops of Argan oil can be mixed with any face mask you buy from a store to increase the benefits. You can also make your own face mask at home, if you want to go completely natural.
  • Nail Care - Weak and brittle nails can be treated with Argan oil to make them strong. Regularly massage a few drops of Argan oil on your nails to give them strength and prevent peeling or cracking. This also encourages nail growth. Argan oil is also an effective cuticle softener. Massage the cuticle along with nails to make them soft. Few drops of Argan oil can be mixed with the water during the manicure and pedicure process to experience better results.
InstaNatural Vitamin C Serum retails for $15.95 for 1oz. 
This serum is 98% natural and 72% organic. No parabens & no alcohol.
InstaNatural suggests:
  • Always apply InstaNatural's Vitamin CE Ferulic Serum to a clean face and neck.
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  • Wash your face and neck with a mild soap. You can also use a cleanser or a face wash.
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  • Use lukewarm water to wash off the soap/cleanser/face wash.
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  • Apply the serum on face and neck when still damp.
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  • To apply, put a few drops of serum on fingertips, rub them together and then gently massage it into the skin.
  • Wait for a few minutes. Let the serum soak into the skin completely.
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  • Apply your regular moisturizer on top of it.
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  • Use the serum at least two times a day for better results.
  •  It can be used more often, if needed.
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  • Once you open the serum, be sure to close properly and that you store in a cool dark place, away from light. This will preserve the efficacy of Vitamin C Serum.

I'm only 20 years old and do not show any signs of aging (yet) so I decided to give my mom this Vitamin C Serum! Of course, I could use it as moisturizer and for prevention, but my mama deserves a little gift! She is absolutely loving it! It helps reduce signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. Anti-oxidant protection with Vitamin C 20% and Vitamin E. The only downside on this serum is that it is only 72% organic. I am happy that it is 98% natural, but it does make me wonder what's in that 2%...
Last, but definitely not least, the Rosehip Seed Oil retails for $24.77 for 4oz. Rosehip oil is a great moisturizer for skin, hair & nails, stretch marks, scars, spots, psoriasis and eczema. This oil is unrefined, cold-pressed, organic and not tested on animals.  
InstaNatural explains,
A patch test is recommended before using InstaNatural Rosehip Seed Oil.
Before using the product, cleanse the face and pat dry.
Take 2-3 drops of our Certified Organic Rosehip seed oil on your fingertips. Rub the fingertips together and then apply on face, neck and body.
Massage it gently into the skin till absorbed completely.
It can also be used with your favorite moisturizer or cream. Just mix a few drops of Rosehip Oil with your moisturizer and apply as usual.
For hair and scalp, massage a few drops with fingertips. You may also use Rosehip as part of your hot oil theraphy. Just include a few drops of Rosehip oil in your hoit oil mixture (coconut oil, argan oil, etc.). Finally, try adding few drops of Rosehip oil to your favorite conditioner to give your hair an extra boost in nutrients.
Massage a few drops on nails and cuticles.
Keep your bottle of Rosehip Seed Oil refrigerated and away from light to extend shelf life.
If any irritation or redness occurs after using the product, discontinue use and consult your doctor.
Please note that Rosehip oil is not recommended as a facial moisturizer on very acne prone skin, because it may worsen the condition, but it can be applied liberally all over the body.


I love applying the Rosehip Seed Oil all over my body! I combine it with coconut oil for a lovely, simple & organic lotion! I also love combining the Argan Oil & Rosehip Seed Oil together as a deep conditioner. I also apply them to the ends of my (long) hair when damp. 
I absolutely love each of these products. I love that they are organic and how versatile each oil is. I have been using the Argan Oil & Rosehip Seed Oil for the past few weeks and have noticed my hair is much softer without being greasy. My cuticles are also getting stronger and my skin is oh so soft. I also used the Argan Oil on my (very acne prone) skin and noticed it improved! I have been using it on my face every other day since! My Mom even mentioned that my face looked less inflamed! 

All in all, I am extremely impressed with InstaNatural's commitment to creating organic beauty products that I feel great about using! Living a natural lifestyle includes ditching chemical laden products for all-natural, organic products and InstaNatural helps you do just that! These oils can replace a number of products you may be using. They are definitely worth trying! I'm sure you won't be disappointed!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Just Do Yoga {Book Review}

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
Just Do Yoga: The Complete Yoga Guide To The Best Yoga Poses For Total Mind And Body Bliss is available on Amazon for $5.49 for the Kindle edition & $22.49 for a paperback copy!
Jule Schoen, yoga expert, author, and contributor at Yoginiology.com, makes practicing yoga fun and simple in her complete guide for beginners, seasoned practitioners, and beyond! The popularity of yoga continues to skyrocket thanks to the ancient practice's ability to improve the lives of all who devote time to learning its techniques. More than just physical poses, yoga is understand how to reunite the mind, body, and soul. The result is powerful healing and amazing, youthful health and appearance for life.

This book is perfect for anyone who wants to begin (or learn more) about incorporating yoga into a healthy lifestyle. There is 465 pages filled with information and tutorials. There are also eight chapters that divide the information into different sections: Good Day Yoga, Good Night Yoga, Flat Tummy Yoga, Happy Back Yoga, Stress Less Yoga, Super Immunity Yoga, At Office Yoga & Get Fit Yoga Poses. Julie explains how to set up your at home yoga practice, the benefits of different flows and explains how to complete each & every pose. Just Do Yoga is filled with photographs of each pose so it is easy to visually understand. 

The "At Office Yoga" is perfect for those that have a sedentary office job and want to incorporate some yoga into their days. Julie also answers the top 10 at-work yoga questions which provides great information! I especially love this book because it introduces me to new poses that were not apart of my practice. I also love the tips in the Good Day Yoga & Get Fit Yoga Poses chapters. My goal for this week is to get up an hour earlier than normal and incorporate yoga practice into my morning routine. Julie explains that, "the more consistent you are with your yoga practice the more benefits you will get. By being consistent with your routine you will find it soon becomes an essential part of your day, just like eating breakfast or showering" (page 56)

With over 120 poses detailed and photographed and 25+ expertly tailored yoga sessions, Just Do Yoga is the definitive guide for anyone wanting to learn the art of yoga or deepen their understanding of this ancient practice. 
I highly recommend this book as it is a great tool to take your yoga practice to the next level.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

UNi Argan Oil Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
UNi 100% Organic Pure Moroccan Argan Oil
Triple Extra Virgin Grade
Fast Absorbing
Certified Organic
Hair, Skin & Nail Treatment
2oz (60ml) on sale for $14.99
Cold Pressed EcoCert & USDA Approved 
Treats Dry Scalp, Nails, Cuticles, Excellent Daily Moisturizer
Guaranteed Satisfaction
Results Within Days
I LOVE UNi's 100% Organic Pure Moroccan Argan Oil! It is great for my long hair and I use it after I shower instead of conditioner. I also have been using it on my face and cuticles! Applications of Argan Oil include daily moisturizer, treating split ends, conditioning cuticles, body moisturizer, bath oil, soothes rough patches of skin on the elbows, knees, and feet. 

INGREDIENTS: Organic and Natural Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil. Contains Vitamin E and Essential Fatty Acids.
UNi has a 5 Start promise:
Top Grade Quality ~ Lowest free acidity rate on the market: 0.31% ZERO defects 
Lowest peroxide level 1.6%
Freshly produced and bottled from crop to shelf within weeks
USDA Organic Certified by IMC
Ecocert Certification of Organic Operations
Pure, non diluted with no additives or preservaties. Low UFA. 
Learn more at unipurity.com

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Friday Favorites #8

It's been way to long since I've shared with you all a "Friday Favorites" post! This month my goal is to keep them coming every week. Consistency is key!

I've been loving my smoothies, especially my favorite "Island Oasis" blend! 
Don't forget to enter to win 2 pouches of Salba Smart chia seeds in my current giveaway! TWO winner's will be chosen! This giveaway ends 5/7 and you can get daily entries by sharing on social media! ENTER NOW!

My favorite snack lately has been organic carrots & hummus. Yesterday I made a platter with carrots & cucumber along with a fresh juice that had kale, spinach, kiwi, apple, carrot, and pineapple in it. Mmm. Super good!
  
Summer cannot come soon enough. Especially now that I have a brand new pair of IndoSole Banana Weave sandals to wear! I'm craving that vitamin D!
IndoSole is an awesome brand that works to repurpose tires and turn them into fashionable shoes. Read my review & enter to win a pair of shoes (winners choice of style) here!

The weather in Connecticut has been warming up, though. It was 55 degrees yesterday and it is oh so nice to be able to go outside without a jacket! Have I mentioned how much I miss the Caribbean lately? Because it's all I can think about, really. That crystal clear water, tropical fruits, and laid back atmosphere... don't get me started. How about a couple of pictures from the cruise to throw it back?! These were taken in St. Martin/St. Maarten!

It makes me so happy just looking at these pictures hehe :) It was just pure bliss!
I have been thinking a lot lately about manifesting my dreams & plan on putting together a post with all my thoughts very soon!

The warm weather has been so enjoyable and I love being outdoors! This past weekend Zac & I went for a walk and it was just lovely! I love seeing everything come to life in the spring! April showers bring May flowers! ;)
Zac & I are getting the garden started this weekend which I am just so excited about! We already have our organic seedlings, a tent & light to get them going. I will definitely be taking lots of pictures & sharing with you my garden journey!
Oh and some delicious juice & smoothie pictures, because… I've just been LOVING them! 

In other news, my cousin is getting married tomorrow and I am really excited to see all my family! I haven't attended a wedding since I was little so I am also excited to see it & get ideas for my own wedding ;) 

Also, be sure to check out my G-Zen review. I have been craving their delicious, sustainable & organic vegan cuisine since I visited last weekend!
I promise you won't miss out on the meat or cheese. My meat loving fiance proudly said that if he could eat this way everyday, he would have no problem becoming a vegan! My Dad also said the Vegan Cheese Platter was the best cheese he has ever had. He just couldn't believe it was made from nuts! I highly recommend G-Zen to vegans & omnivores alike. It's located in Branford, CT. Read my full review here!

That's all for now! Until next time, friends!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

IndoSole Review & Giveaway {CLOSED}


It's May, already?! I just can't believe it! I haven't been doing very well on consistency of my posts, but I plan on change that this month! So, expect to see a lot more in this space ;)

Anyways… I am so excited to share with you this amazing review & giveaway! IndoSole is creating revolutionary products that repurpose tires and bring them a new life. They are determined to save one million tires from Indonesian landfills! For every two pairs of sandals sold, one tire is saved.
I love the story behind IndoSole and just have to share it:
The idea for Indosole was conceived on a surf trip to Bali, Indonesia in 2004. A couple of young Californians were struck by the environmental issues faced by Indonesians, and inspired by an unusual pair of sandals they found there. By combining these two things, they created a unique solution to the problem of pollution in Indonesia in the form of a product that was both fashionable and functional.
RE-PURPOSE:
With “Re-purposed” products, Indosole offers the most organic, toxic free and environmentally sustainable production process. There is no melting down, off gassing, or reforming of any material—just strong hands and minds.
RE-IMAGINE:
“Repurposing” is an art of transformation. We learned this from our commitment to the local Balinese crafts people, the wise and resourceful artisans who taught us that waste could be reimagined, transformed into something purposeful. Through our strong relationship, we have saved thousands of tires from overflowing and overcrowded Indonesian landfills. And the thing is, we’ve only started to get our hands dirty. The more tires we save means a lower production of tire-derived fuel on the island, less landfills; and also, more shoes, more ideas, and an all together healthier way of living.


RE-BIRTH:
To enhance every aspect of your life, Indosole uses only locally sourced and animal free materials during its transformation of waste into fashionable and functional items. It is our dream to provide you with footwear that not only eliminates waste, but also, can give it a new life. Please join us on our quest to save 1 million waste tires from Indonesian landfills.
Learn more about IndoSole's story & watch a video here!

I am super impressed with IndoSole's commitment to sustainability. On their website they even have a "tire ticker" so you can see their progress in their goal of saving one million waste tires from Indonesian landfills!
 Their shoes are extremely stylish and I just LOVE that they are made from old tires. For this review, I got the Banana Weave Sandals
These shoes retail for $44 USD and worldwide shipping is available. Free standard shipping for all U.S orders! IndoSole explains:
All natural banana leaves are dried then hand woven into sandal uppers. This model is like a 72' Honda motorbike, designed for urban cruising.
*An Indo original - Roaming the streets since 2009*
  • 100% handcrafted with re-purposed tire sole
  • Nylon toe thong and wrapped mid-sole
  • EVA foam foot bed with arch support
  • 2MM Foam bed in the heel for extra comfort
  • 1.2 inch wide canvas straps
  • To ensure longevity, keep the natural weave dry
I absolutely LOVE these sandals and can't wait for this New England weather to get warmer! They will be perfect for summertime!
I love how they are handmade with banana leaves. I feel like so much love goes into each and every shoe! I adore the small "Hand Made in Bali Indonesia" tag on the inside of the strap, it adds such a lovely handmade touch!
I also love how thick the sole is, they are very durable and comfortable! I can't wait to break these in and make them my everyday shoe :)
IndoSole also offers mens shoes and sandals along with men & womans clothing!

And now for the part you have been waiting for! The giveaway! One lucky winner will get to choose one pair of IndoSole shoes!!!
You can shop all the styles here!

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget below!
All entries are optional! Winner's entries will be verified
This giveaway will start May 1st and close May 22nd 2014 at 12am EST
Open only to the USA ~ I'm sorry International friends! Must be 18+ 
Winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email or another winner will be selected
I am not responsible for prize fulfillment
I received product for review purposes, all opinions are my own!
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