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The Search Engine That Plants Trees

Ecosia is a search engine. Powered by Google. It is a free extension that will serve as your main search engine! What is remarkable about Ecosia is that it is eco-friendly and is working to re-establish the wellness of our environment.

Understanding Ecosia:

“Plant trees while you search the web.”

“Ecosia is a social business founded in 2009 after a trip around the world”

“We use the profit we make from your searches to plant trees where they are needed most. Get the free browser extension and plant trees with every search.”

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Trees planted by Ecosia users: 70,267,840 + and counting! EcosiaWp

Ecosia Timeline

2009
Ecosia is born
“Christian founded Ecosia.org after a trip around the world helped him understand the problems of deforestation. ” 

2009 – 2011
People’s choice
“Ecosia won several awards for its clever concept and speedy growth in Europe and beyond.” 

2019
60 million trees
“A planting milestone! That same year, Ecosia also builds its own solar energy plant to power every search.”

How’s it work?

You search the web with Ecosia Search ads generate income for EcosiaEcosia uses this income to plant trees 

Pretty cool, huh? I am all about spreading the word for a cause that is aiming to restore our planet. It’s super easy to add to your computer. It’s quick and easy to use. It’s a win-win! Let’s plant some trees and remember that if we take care our planet, our planet will take care of us.

Or we had better start packing our bags for Mars!

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Experts Talk Skin+Diet+Recipe

Top skin experts can conclude that your diet plays a major role in changing your skin from the inside out through autophagy – your body’s cellular recycling and rejuvenating site. What should you be eating for clear skin that glows and dazzles? According to key information from skin experts dishing about it…fruits & veggies, water, flaxseed, amongst other superfoods will improve skin.

Wellness expert Naomi Whittel, confirms that skin plays an important role in overall immunity by providing a barrier of protection. She goes on to say that skin has beneficial bacteria living in and on it that contribute to immunity. Imbalance and inflammation are likely the results of your lifestyle and diet. April Gargiulo is a contributor and writer for WELL + GOOD who states that only about 20% of your topical regime can fix those skin issues.

“Skin malnutrition can never be solved via the surface alone—you need to give your skin the right nutrition from the inside and outside to maximize your skin’s potential. Vegetables and herbs that provide antioxidants, polyphenols, and fiber are good, and include fermented foods like sauerkraut, yogurt, and kefir to help nourish the microbiome of the skin.” -Whittel WELL + GOOD

Whittel is the founder of the freshly launched skincare line OMI Skin Nutrition

Now add THAT to your next grocery trip! 🙂

Which is what I did! My results = satisfactory. Here is my journey with superfood: (try out the recipe!) a satisfying blend.

I’ve included my snack (and/or breakfast) recipe below. The ingredients used each help boost your skins health. Let’s be real… I’ve struggled eating the fruit vs the Oreo…until I tried this combo of delicious and nutritious!):

Start with fruit and oatmeal as your base—then separately from oatmeal, in a blender or bullet, blend together: Açaí Superfood Blend, Protein Powder, Almond Milk (or whole milk), Breakfast Essentials, Power Beets Circulation Superfood and Livfit Cacao Powder — final step is to mix fruit, oatmeal, and the final blended superfood product in a bowl. TaDa! Adding Greek Yogurt to the mix is a great option and provides more substance to the blend as well as nourishment for your skin. You can also throw in any other fresh fruit you’d like. This mix is versatile! My toddler and I love this snack and I can rest easy knowing it’s packed with essential nutrients that not only fuel our bodies but also replenish our skin. We share bonding time eating it together, which is THE best. 🤱🏻

Here’s a breakdown of the ingredients that I use to make our snack along with why they’re beneficial for our skin and bodies.

  • Campoverde Açaí Superfruit with Guarana contains antioxidants.
  • Organic Superfood Blend contains 100% of your daily value of vitamins B6, B12, Thiamin, Niacin, and Riboflavin along with broccoli, blueberries, tomatoes, and plant protein.
  • Livfit Superfood Organic Cacao Powder contains antioxidants, flavanols, fiber, magnesium, vitamin C, protein, polyphenols, and vitamins along with minerals.
  • Carnation Breakfast Essentials Powder packs in 13 grams of protein, calcium, vitamin D, and 21 vitamins/minerals.
  • Power Beets Circulation Superfood activates essential nitric oxide within your body and promotes improved natural energy/stamina.
  • Isolate Whey Protein Supplement Powder packs in a healthy punch of 30 grams of protein.

Supplement for your next snack or have as breakfast to start your day fueled. It really does taste delicious! And take notice of how many of those listed ingredients are recommended by skin experts. JACKPOT!

Healthy Eating = Happy Skin!

Introducing Interior Design Segment!!

I am so excited to introduce this segment dedicated to Interior Design. I am still deciding what I want to be when I grow up (even though I am 25 year old) It is never too late to follow your passion. I would like to share my journey here with youuuu my bomb azz followers! While also giving you aspiring designers some serious inspiration from in the bizz experts! Come along with me starting from genuine beginnings into this fast-changing career field.

A little about what I’ve dabbled in this far…

I research Interior Design daily. Some things you can expect to see in this new segment will be highlighted info that is important to remember along your interior design journey. I’m going to fact check…like the internet can be sketchy and full of BS so since I am researching from a self-taught position, I Vet my work before publishing, ensuring I am reiterating correct design formatting. But I’m also a human and def makes mistakes, so your comments are welcomed if you find any! We are all here to learn&grow 🙂

I watch numerous educational youtube channels on Interior Design. Like, I watch them 4-8 hours a day. I always have a notebook and erasable pen on hand to take notes. I’ve recently began using spacial planner online. Still fairly new to it! I am constantly rearranging my apartment to find new ways to style colors, sofa placement, and the finishings. Since I’m limited financially and space-wise at the moment , I work with what I got.

I am going to link two YouTube channels at the end of this publication. I would highly recommend following.

Sisters. Check. Them. Out.

These Interior Designers know what’s up.

Mr.Kate

Mr.Kate brings a positive, all inclusive and stinkin cute attitude to every video she has created with her man Joey. Kate graduated college with skills in camera work/theatre. Which is prob (out of many) reasons why her videos are truly a pleasure to watch. Mr.Kate’s channel takes a more fresh approach to the truly grinding and exclusive journey into Interior Design. “Creative Weirdos” is her tag line that tells you how embracing her practice is! When I watch Kate and Joey, I feel like we are friends. They are relatable but not too much where professionalism lacks. Because when they speak they know exactly what they’re talking about so why not have some fun too? I was inspired when I heard Kate hadn’t been certified and didn’t graduate with a BA in design. Because that shiiiit is not cheap!!Proving that some talent is natural, baby! And self-taught! She learns by doing. She did take a course in Interior Design and learned a lot about fundamentals that she now incorporates into her design work. Mr.Kate’s channel will take you thrift shopping scoring on inexpensive ways to pull a room together. Kate is a big DIY (do it yourself) artist as well. Her creativity and thoughtfulness are the true consistencies followed throughout her videos.

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If the word ambition had a face, it would look like Karin Bohn. This woman works. In heels. Carrying around travel luggage for a single days work. She is dedicated to her business. While also genuinely accepting growth into all areas of her practice.

Karin Bohn

Based out of Vancouver, Bohn tours us around her 9 year running office, House of Bohn. My fav. videos are “a day in the life” where Bohn legit has a camera follow her from sun up to sun down. We get to see how a real interior designer lives day to day in the workplace. Bohn is the owner of House Of Bohn so entrepreneurial tips are shared! We get to meet her team of bomb azz women working in their shared office space. With Bohn, it’s more of commercial and corporate design. Karin went to Design school and graduated. Began work at a furniture idea store. Then moved her way up through hard work, and recognition within the field. Her channel is very inspirational. I like that we get to experience her challenges and then even better we get to experience how she handles those challenges. With a calm & cool head. For someone who has mad anxiety, I have been weary about jumping into something I may not be able to handle. But that is how the majority of people think. It’s how you handle ya damn self in those crazy moments that get you your own House of Bohn one day! Oh and the challenges never stop. That’s growth! Karin opened my eyes to so many other elements of being an Interior Designer I wasn’t aware of.

 

It is a grind! And these women do it well.

 

 

Do you think that women should be free to walk around topless in public places, just as men can? Why?/why not?

I’ve been stuck when it comes to inspiration lately. That’s why I haven’t posted at all this month.

But I’m back baby!

I receive a “blog challenge” email everyday from Matt@30dayblogchallenge.com and decided to give one of his tips a try.

The Tip

“How to give REAL value (and not rehashed content)”

“And since it’s so important, I’ll give you a tip to make sure you’re truly valuable to your audience: Know their problems.”  – Matt 30 Day Blog Challenge. 

I got a question from reddit.

Following Matt’s tip for bringing value to my audience by finding what matters to them. Reddit is great source to find out what people are talking about.

The question is “should women be able to walk around topless like men do?”

It brings to the table, why aren’t we “allowed” to walk about topless? What have we created as a society that makes women’s breasts unacceptable to be shown when not portrayed in a sexual way?

It’s so odd to me. We see sex scenes (Game of Thrones) that graphically show women’s breasts used for intimacy. But when we breastfeed our babies, we get shit on? Progression of mindset needs to come before any real change can occur. 

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I am an advocate for women’s rights. Ever since I brought a daughter into this world, I have been hyper-aware of the sexualization of women in the media. I am fiercely passionate about women having the right to show their bodies for their own reasons. Not for the “male gaze.”

I have witnessed my female friends become depressed and insecure due to the unrealistic beauty standards our society adheres to.

Some positive progressive changes have been implemented by women running big businesses. An example is CVS. Helena Foulkes, President of CVS and Executive VP for CVS, runs shit. She has made some drastic improvements to derail unrealistic beauty standards for women. She gets it. I’d love to sit down and have a drink with her.

Here is what Helena had to say about her new “CVS Beauty Mark” campaign:

“CVS Beauty Mark” to be Introduced to Highlight and Celebrate Unaltered Imagery” – CVS health

“The connection between the propagation of unrealistic body images and negative health effects, especially in girls and young women, has been established. As a purpose-led company, we strive to do our best to assure all of the messages we are sending to our customers reflect our purpose of helping people on their path to better health.” – Helena Foulkes, President of CVS Pharmacy and Executive Vice President, CVS Health

Quoted women and men from reddit: 

“As Sarah Silverman points out: clevage (sp) is okay. You know, the meaty part that men like that you can use to sandwich a h*** c***(my edit not theirs). That’s fine. But the life giving nourishing nipple is obscene and must be hidden and removed from dolls.” – livingthedream666 reddit user 

“Plus this weird way that we Americans over sexualize things. Boobs are okay to show on television, just as long as you blur out those areolas.” – Theeflipper reddit user 

“It’s ‘coz (sp) the sexualization of breast in women. They are not genitalia but are treated as such by everybody. That mindset needs to change before any progress can be achieved.” – EverySister reddit user 

Tons of reddit users shared that breastfeeding in public is stigmatized. Most felt strongly about breasts natural purpose, and agreed on the intended purpose which is to feed their babies.

Society is moving in a more progressive direction however. As CVS’s new beauty campaign launches, we can stay active in promoting healthy body image, boobs for food, and protect our women/girls.

Good News – Good Reads

Darius Brown hand makes bow ties for adoptive dogs so they attract more attention and find a forever home.

(Credit: Dazhai Brown)

He’s had to overcome speech delays and his family encouraged creativity from a young age. Former President Obama has commended the pre-teen through a typed letter.

little acts of kindness 💛 happy Sunday!

Quick Pick-Me Up

If you are an avid reader of my blog, first of all, thank you. I appreciate the support and feel all warm and fuzzy inside when I see my readers connect by email and following.

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photo originally from Haven Spa 

You’ll know that I enjoy following Jen Sincero’s wellness approach. As quoted from You Are a Badass Every Day…

“Stand up. Stretch up your arms. Grab your wrist and stretch to one side and then do the same for the other side. Bend over and reach for your toes. Slowly roll up to standing. drop your hands to your sides. Close your eyes. Breathe. Deeply. Five times. Think about how lovable you are and how much you love the people you love. Repeat all day.”

Ok so, I would recommend practicing this exercise daily, especially if you are sitting for the majority of your day.

How is this good for wellness? This exercise will boost circulation. Meaning your blood will flow more freely throughout your whole body. The positive affirmations that you think during this exercise boost productivity and creativity. It may feel unnatural at first. Ok, that’s normal. Keep practicing it. The more you practice this exercise the more innate it will become. 

Be Well. 

Image Skin Care Matte 32 Prevention Moisturizer: Review

First Impression: The smell is divine! The texture is unbelievably smooth. Hard to believe there is sunscreen in this as well. My skin feels smooth to the touch. Wow. I was supposed to patch test before I lathered up my entire face, BUT it was so silky I wanted to cover my whole body in it! It was difficult not to reach for my retinol moisturizer as I normally do day and night. But this moisturizer has given me a positive first impression!

For most accurate results, I isolated this skin care product. Meaning, I cut my 3-4 step routine into 2. Cleanse and moisturize.

Length of Trial : one week (7 days)

After 3 days: skin was significantly brighter and smoother

After 7 days: this is officially my new moisturizer! I’ll be purchasing the full bottle with zero guilt. My breakouts are flattening out. My skin holds moisture throughout the day. It hasn’t made my skin greasy. Instead, it delivered a smooth layer of protection. Calming properties help my hyperpigmentation. My skin tone looked even. Even in this SWELTERING HEAT my skin remained cool, pores unclogged, and overall damn good-lookin!

Benefits :

Provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection to help prevent sunburn

Decreases the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun

Absorbs surface oils to give skin a matte finish

Protects against free radical damage

High sun protection in a mattifying, antioxidant-rich base that’s perfect for oily and acne-prone skin types.

Founder and Creator: DR. MARC RONERT M.D. PH.D

Ingredients :

  • 9% Zinc oxide
  • 7.5% Octinoxate
  • DNA Protection Complex:
    • Photosomes (plankton extract)
    • Roxisomes (arabidopsis thaliana)
    • Ultrasomes (micrococcus lysate)
    • Micro-sponge technology
    • Malus domestica fruit cell culture extract
    • (tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate)
    • Thiotaine (ergothioneine)

Where to Shop : Haven Spa

A yummy smelling, silky smooth feeling product that also delivers sun protection?! Sign. Me. Up. I was thrilled to hear Image had come out with a moisturizer and sunscreen all-in-one. For me, layering my skin with moisturizer and then sunscreen was causing some breakouts. And the retinol in my moisturizer is not good for sun exposure. Pretty much the opposite of sunscreen. So this is nice switch.

I recommend this moisturizer to my fellow skin care readers! Lovessssss it.

Be Uncomfortable – It’s Good For You

Come on in. Take your shoes off. Make yourself uncomfortable. It’s good for you.

An excuse is simply a challenge that you’ve decided has power over you.

Jen Sincero, You Are A Badass Everyday

When I began therapy, I was told discomfort meant growth. Unsure of the comment at the time, I was hesitant to step outside of my comfort zone. My social anxiety had crippled me. Prevented me from living my best life. So what did I do? I ~embraced~ the discomfort. I created the anxious thoughts, therefore, I have the power to eliminate them. Want to live differently? Then first you’ve got to think differently. Our minds are powerful. A beautiful haven for ideas to grow, connections to be made, and healthy habits to be nurtured.

Discomfort is a part of the game. It’s good to be rejected. It’s good to be loved. It’s good to play. Get shaky knees and go.

Biet Simkin, spiritual teacher and autho

A few ⬆️wise souls⬇️ once said…

“Confidence is ultimately about being comfortable in a wide variety of situations that would make most people feel uncomfortable.”

“So if you stretch your comfort zone every day, very quickly you’ll have a large comfort zone and be able to feel more comfortable even when outside of it.”

Charlie Houpert, Charisma On Command

Follow IPDE when you’re feeling your emotions are getting ahead of you:

Identify the situation

Predict (realistically) what it will do to you

Decide what your actions will be

Execute those actions

Being emotionally prepared is important for overall wellness. Experts agree that replacing “low-frequency” phrases that feed negativity with “high-frequency” phrases like:

I can handle this.

I choose my reactions.

I am in control.

I accept what I can not change.

…can drastically change one’s mindset. Positivity for me is a choice. Happiness is a choice. I’ve been on the other side and I much prefer this one. There is power in those phrases. By taking accountability for your emotions, you are essentially taking control of your emotions as well.

Speak positively to yourself! Say those phrases out loud if that helps more. Write them down. Get them tattooed onto your body!

If you’re serious about changing your life and mindset you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.

Be well💛