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Well it had to happen, my son has my hair. Thankfully although extremely curly it is also super adorable (I wish I could say the same about my curls). Now that we keep his hair a little shorter than we used to he gets a few crazy pieces that stick up and slicking it back with water like I usually do doesn’t always work anymore.

I had heard about Original Sprout brand and this was my excuse to finally try it out. The founder of this hair and skin care line decided to create a product with pure and safe ingredients after the birth of her daughter. Because this line is natural and organic and made especially for babies and up, I felt good about using it on my little guy. Original Sprout also has quite the celebrity following!

I bought the Natural Hair Gel and I love it. It is gentle, smells great and rinses out really well. I will be trying more from this line soon, I have the sun protection on my wish list. Will report back on what I try! For now here is a picture of my little guy!

Read more about Original Sprout here and let me know if you have any feedback on these great products!

 

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I used to eat Ground Flax Seed  every day, nowadays I eat Chia Seeds. There are so many health benefits and it is amazing for the skin. Chia seeds are rich in omega Fatty Acids, in fact the richest in any plant based food. These omega-3 fatty acids help keep the skin cells plump and healthy.  Along with the omegas it also contains antioxidants and hydrating effects which are essential for healthy looking skin. Some of the other health benefits include:

High in fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Great plant based protein source.

When compared to Flax Seed they are favorable because they do not have to be ground up and also have a much longer shelf life.

Have been known to cut sugar cravings and are really helpful with elimination issues (this should be a staple if you are trying to lose weight, it helps you feel full).

A few ways to incorporate Chia into your diet:

  • Throw them in your smoothie (I know, I know that is my answer to everything)
  • Soak the seeds in water for 10 minutes. The consistency turns into a gel and you can add it to your beverage of choice for something different. (tons of recipes out there)
  • Add to breads, meatloaf or cookies to add some high quality nutrition. (You can buy this in powder form as well)

Moms, this is a great food to give to your kids, especially when they go on food strikes and will NOT eat anything you cook. Plenty of ways to sneak this into foods they WILL eat (not that this is happening to me…sigh). This is truly an amazing Super Skin Food, your skin and body will thank you for adding this to your diet!

Do you eat Chia? How do you enjoy it?

 

 

 

 

Sweet Lips!

Jan
2013
22

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I am offering Free Shipping to celebrate Valentines day this year for my New Simply Jess Lip Balms! Just type in FREESHIP at checkout, click here to find my store on Etsy.

Read more about this BOMB balm here and if you have tried the balm already I would love to hear your feedback!

P.S. The fellas happen to love this balm-great gift idea!

*Offer expires February 15th, 2013

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Brushes

 

When was the last time you cleaned your cosmetic brushes? If it took you a while to answer this question it is probably time. It is easy to ignore this process but it is really important to clean the brushes on a regular basis.

Not only are you removing the old make-up when you clean them, but also oils from your skin and bacteria build-up. If you are having problems with breakouts/acne and are not regularly washing your brushes this could be contributing to your problem.

How do you clean your brushes? There are great videos on you tube showing different techniques for this process. Personally I clean them by my sink, adding my sons natual body wash to my hand and swirl my brushes gently in the soap. I rinse them out in warm water, careful not to get the brush handle wet (you don’t want to loosen the glue holding the hairs together). I lay the brushes down on a towel and let them dry overnight. Again if you need to see an example check out you tube.

As far as how often to clean your brushes, I have heard anywhere from 1-3 weeks. If I clean mine every week I think I am doing pretty good. If you wear many different shades and pigments you might want to clean them more frequently.

Brushes are expensive and if you care for them properly they have an extremely long lifespan. Hope that helps, happy washing!

 

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Natural Lip Balm Coco-Mint

As some of my readers know, I have just opened a store on Etsy, Iheartskincare. My brand is and will always be natural, non-toxic and efficacious. iheartskincare.com will continue to be a resource on lifestyle, products, nutrition and how they play a role with our skin.

My first product, Simply Jess Coco-Mint Lip Balm is a terrific alternative to the commercial lip balms out there because it penetrates the skin delivering great hydration. My husband is finally off the chapstick and my 2 year old loves it too! We are constantly applying it especially this time of year with this crazy dry weather.

My natural Lip Balm’s main function is to soothe and heal dry and chapped lips, here are some of the key ingredients:

  • 100% pure Organic Peppermint essential oil – heals dry, chapped lips with a cooling effect.
  • Shea Butter – Rich and moisturizing
  • Organic Coconut Oil – Nourishing and protecting
  • Organic Sweet Almond Oil – Relieves dryness and irritation

I use only use top quality and organic ingredients with no harmful chemicals added (such as Parabens, artificial color or fragrances). Please check out Simply Jess at Iheartskincare on my Etsy Store to learn more!

Happy Holidays!

Dec
2012
24

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Wishing everyone a very healthy and Happy Holiday! Make it a great one!

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As I am transitioning to pure ingredients in every area of my life, I am constantly searching for natural lines that use quality ingredients. As I learned more about the Josie Maran Cosmetics line I was excited to try it out. The sourced ingredients I read about such as Argan Oil, Coconut Oil, Mango seed butter and more, are the type of natural yet effective ingredients I like to put on my skin.

I recently tried the 100% Pure Argan Oil and love it. It is extremely versatile with uses ranging from a daily facial serum or moisturizer to dry nail beds and hair. Although it is an oil, it is silky and easily absorbed, not greasy whatsoever. The best part is it is 100% organic! Since my entire body is terribly dry right now with this weather I have tried this oil all over and love the texture and hydrating effect.

I also love the simple and Eco-friendly packaging.  You can tell this company has great pride in taking care of the environment and giving back, which you can read about on their website. The product packaging is recyclable and containers are biodegradable. Josie Maran’s motto for her brand is “Luxury With A Conscience.” Love it! 

I can’t wait to try the cosmetics and color from this line, I will be sure to share what I try out!

Simply Jess!

Dec
2012
05

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I am so excited to announce the launch of my new Etsy store, iheartskincare! I am creating a natural skin care line, Simply Jess,  and my first product is a lip balm. Read more about it here: Simply Jess

Natural Lip Balm Coco-Mint

I will be at the Montage this morning in Laguna Beach selling my lip balms at a holiday boutique, if you are local come on by!

 

Mom’s In Charge!

Dec
2012
03

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I am super excited to share with you my latest interview with Dotty Hagmier- President and Founder of Mom’s in Charge. It is such a privilege to share this information with you and introduce this organization if you haven’t already heard of it. I have been writing about how lifestyle can affect our skin for a while and Dotty educates us beautifully here:

I ♥ SC– Tell us a little about your story and how Moms In Charge began.

DOTTY– I have always been wellness-conscious and as an RN, I thought I knew the answers to keep myself healthy. I worked out and ate what most would consider “healthy” foods.

However, as I had my children, my health as well as theirs began to decline. We were on what I call “the sick cycle”. Someone was almost always sick in my home. I became very ill and it became very clear that my standard American diet and way of life was not working.

With the help of a homeopath friend, she shared new insights that set me on a new course. From my sick bed, I began school to learn more about how to heal myself and teach others. I began Moms in Charge as a project in my school that evolved in taking the idea to moms around me.
On my own personal health journey, I felt alone and isolated without a place to turn to get answers on how to incorporate new ways to prepare food and live a less toxic lifestyle with my kids. I began reaching out to my friends and inviting them to learn with me.
The result was forming Moms In Charge to have community of like-minded moms to learn and have resources to make healthier choices with their kids.
I believe this is a journey and ONE step at a time, the health of my family has greatly improved and I’m excited to hear how steps others are making are positively changing their lives, too.

I ♥ SC-  In your opinion, how important is using quality ingredients on our skin?

DOTTY– Putting quality, non-toxic ingredients on our skin is much more important than most people realize.

Our skin is the largest organ of our body. It’s very well known in the medical community that our skin absorbs what is put onto it, as many medications come in the form of a “patch” and are very effective.

I ♥ SC– Adversely, do you believe there is a consequence for using harmful chemicals on our skin?

DOTTY–  The truth that is not widely known is that the FDA does not regulate most of the ingredients that goes into our skin care products.

The big issue is that many of these ingredients are known carcinogens and hormone disruptors. Most claim that there are just “small amounts” of these toxic ingredients, and therefore should be safe.

However, in the light of how many different products we use every day, it is a huge issue to address. Counting the products we use just from the time we wake up until we leave the house is an interesting challenge to give yourself. The average is about 15 products. Add in the ones at night and realize this is a daily occurrence, and it’s much more than a “nominal” amount.
The cumulative effect of these toxic substances, I strongly believe from the research I have done, are contributing to increasing incidences of cancer as well as immune and hormonal disruptions.

Putting these on our children is even worse due to their developing bodies and immature immune systems.

I ♥ SC– Aside from the topical skin care products we use on our skin, what other factors do you believe have impact on the health of our skin?

DOTTY– Our skin is the “tattle tale” what we are feeding and how we are treating our bodies. To have healthy skin, a diet rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients and pure water is essential. This includes, fresh organic fruit and vegetable juices, less cooked foods to maintain more if the nutrients and critical enzymes needed for proper digestion.

I believe our digestion is one of the most important functions of our body.
Dairy and Gluten, which cause many digestive issues, are best to be eliminated to have the best most vibrant skin.

Decreasing or eliminating caffeine will help the skin to be more hydrated and more supple. Replacing coffee with green tea or other herbal teas like gynostemma tea are better alternatives.

Sleep is crucial for the skin to look its best. A good rule of thumb, although easier said than done for many of us, is to get to sleep by 10pm and no screen time one hour before bed. The time between 10pm and midnight is “double restorative” and so you essentially are getting more positive results by getting to bed a little earlier.
This will show up in your skin, but decreasing those bags and dark circles under your eyes.

I ♥ SC–  Although MIC focuses on raising healthy vibrant kids, I have also learned from you how important it is for Moms to take care of themselves. Why do you feel this is so crucial?

DOTTY -My motto is ” If mama ain’t healthy, ain’t nobody healthy”

As moms, we expend a massive amount of time and energy to care for our family and home. The research is very clear that the profile of a caregiving mom who is overwhelmed by life and is not herself nurtured, is at high risk for health issues including cancer, depression and auto immune problems.
I believe we get caught up in the supermom mentality and  believe a lie that by being everything to everyone makes us a better mom and woman. The reality is, we were not designed to do it all. It literally does and should take a village.Reaching out to other moms and asking for help, belonging to a community of like-minded moms, and taking time for yourself to nourish your sprit soul and body are critical to being a healthy mom and woman.

Prioritizing our own nutrition, exercise and wellness along with our kids’ will serve them more than being a frazzled sick mess and then becoming the martyr to top it off.

It’s a challenge to “get it all together” and then keep it that way, but I believe that small steps toward healthy goals will make our collective journey more joyful and enjoyable.
After all, it should be about the journey and not a guilty frenzy to some non-existent utopia-like “finish line”.

I ♥ SC– MIC has been a huge force for moms desperate to learn healthy tools and its only been a short while since it began. What is the vision for MIC in the future?

DOTTY– My ultimate goal is to have Moms in Charge chapters around the country, and have our web community as a strong force to create a movement to “change the shape of our future”. Our Non-Profit, Moms In Charge Foundation is working on programs to educate moms, kids and teachers on how to empower our kids to make THEIR OWN healthy choices.

We plan to get our Kids’ Chef Academy into DVD’s and built into a curriculum for parents and schools.

Our goal for the “Clean the Clean” campaign is designed to change the environment in schools to a non-toxic and safe area for our kids.

The “Day for ME” program is to educate moms more about the importance of taking care of themselves and giving them tangible steps and tools and support on their journey.

My goal is that these along with other strategies will change our paradigm where feeding our kids healthy foods and putting safe, non-toxic products on their skin and environment is not only accepted but EXPECTED and our kids become more empowered to be leaders in healthy choices.

I ♥ SC– Where can my readers learn more about MIC?

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DOTTY– Our website is www.momsincharge.org
Our blog is Www.momsincharge.me

You can find us in the group “moms in charge” on FB
And in the fan page ” Moms in Charge Orange County” to keep up with all the MIC happenings.

For local MIC moms, we are also on meet-up, where you can connect with the MIC  moms on fun outings with your kids.

I ♥ SC– Thank you Dotty for taking the time to help us understand the importance of healthy lifestyle and how it goes hand in hand with beautiful skin! You are certainly an inspiration to me and have changed my family’s life for the better. Empowering moms to take charge of their health and the health of their families is priceless, we appreciate you!

 

 

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The dreaded cold and flu season is here. I have been sick quite a few times this year and have been researching ways in which I can keep my immune system strong. Once I’m sick it really shows; my skin gets dry, flaky and has a dull look to it. The last time I was feeling a scratchy throat I took a few actions and actually did not get sick! Here are 5  ways in which I protected myself:

1. Cut out sugar.

There is a lot of evidence that sugar can depress the immune system so I cut it out when feeling sick. A great substitute is Stevia to use for a sweetener.

2. Probiotics…go to town.

Find a great quality probiotic and you can take it in higher doses which is totally safe. I love Inner Eco which is a coconut water based Probiotic. Great for everybody when sick and to prevent getting sick, keep in your fridge! You can find it at most health food stores-berry flavor is my favorite!

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3. Vitamin C/Vitamin D

I’ve read that increasing not only Vitamin C but Vitamin D is crucial when feeling sick. I take the Super D Omega-3 by Carlsen. This is a Cod Liver Oil in liquid form, I know this sounds completely disgusting but it has a lemon flavor and is not bad at all.  I even sneak it into my sons apple sauce and he loves it. A great side effect for the skin with fish oils are the essential fatty acids which are amazing for fine lines, dry skin and even eczema.

4. Essential Oils

One of my favorite essential oil blends is the On Guard by doTerra. This oil can eliminate airborne viruses and pathogens, I diffuse it into the air constantly. It has a nice holiday flavor as well so it is perfect for this time of year. When I felt my sore throat coming on I gargled 1-3 drops of On Guard mixed with water and then swallowed it. My sore throat was gone! This blend is 10% off for the month of November: On Guard

5. Chicken Soup-From Scratch.

I love the study I read a few years back on how chicken soup was shown to help as a cold remedy. Although results were mixed, you can’t deny the comforting effects achieved from a warm bowl of homemade soup, not to mention the yummy aroma that comes with it. Luckily my mom came over and made some for me, I froze the broth and am hording it like liquid gold. If you are not so lucky to have a mom who can do this for you, find a store bought soup or pick up from a restaurant.

I wish all of you a happy and HEALTHY Thanksgiving!