“Body Image” = beating a dead horse. I know, I know. Do I LOVE my body all the time, no. Am I in crazy good shape and wake up super pumped to drink celery juice? Also, no. Do I scrutinize every picture of myself and have days where I think I’m Charlize Therons’ twin from Monster? Yes. But here’s the deal, I’m a grumpy, angry lady when I feel frumpy and that doesn’t help anyone or anything. Being weighed down by my appearance is exhausting. So here’s what I’ve done for myself and maybe it can help you too.

Like most women my age, I’ve been through all the trendy slogans and campaigns. Like Dove’s advertisement below:

Do these kinds of advertisements do anything for you? When I see these kinds of ads, I’m immediately thinking “Hell yeah, girl power.” Does it make me feel like my body is perfect the way it is? No. Let me just say this so you don’t get it twisted, I am all for loving yourself, curves and all. Some women need to hear things like “embrace your curves” and “love your body,” etc. Some women wouldn’t change a thing and some have better and bigger things in life to worry about. Whatever does it for you. For me, I want to be strong and toned. Plus I’m a perfectionist so I’m never satisfied. You feel me? I’m not going to tell you to love your body the way it is unless, in fact, you do. I’m simply going to tell you to take action and stop being disappointed with yourself. Here are some tips:

  1. Don’t Self Sabotage: Be real with your schedule. I would feel like a big fat piece of poo one day and schedule 5:30am workouts for every morning for the next month, only to depress myself further every time I looked at my calendar and realized I hadn’t made one of those a reality. This is called self sabotage. Stop it. Another personal self sabotage favorite of mine was to throw out everything that came in a box and buy all new “healthy” groceries. Only to get to snacky time where my husband would stand in the pantry like a sad, lost puppy.
  2. Stop Complaining About Yourself: You know those friends that are always like “Omg, I look fat,” “Omg I shouldn’t be eating this, it’s not on my diet,” “Omg I can’t even imagine going swimsuit shopping this year,” and you’re duty is to reply with “Omg Becky, nooooo you’re not fat, why are you on a diet, you look great!” Y’all, it’s exhausting on your tribe when you’re constantly bringing in your negative, needy crap. Say those things to yourself like a normal person and do something about it if it’s that bad. Good vibes only and such…
  3. Start With The Food You’re Putting In Your Mouth: Lean protein, veggies, fruits. You know this, don’t play yourself. You know you can’t have carb loaded meals everyday then be like whyyyy can’t I lose weight. You also know you can’t go to Sonic and get a Route 44 Cherry Limeade and sip on it all day long. Your body needs water for so many things, this is one of the easiest ways to take care of yourself. Watch what you eat and drink, educate yourself if you think you eat well but still can’t make that scale number go down. I cried when I realized how bad my coffee creamer actually was, it’s ok to not know things.
  4. Move Your Body: Even better, elevate your heart rate and sweat. You don’t have to join a gym or buy a program. Go for a walk, do jumping jacks and pushups in your living room, use your body weight to strengthen your core. All this stuff is googalable. There are a MILLION videos out there that can teach you all kinds of workouts. You will have to put effort into this, nobody will be able to do it for you. You are not Kim K or Beyonce…it makes me sad too.
  5. Dress For Your Today Body: Nothing makes me feel worse than trying to fit into my skinny jeans or that too tight top. It makes me grumpy all day, I dedicated my life to leggings and flowy tops, long ago. Don’t set yourself up to feel miserable in your skin. If you have to suck it in when you look in the mirror before you leave the house, don’t wear it.

We all have our good days where you can kind of see some abs, and our bad days where it’s a definite muffin top. Do something for yourself and diminish this body image thing out of your everyday life. We will never be perfect but we can be happy with our return on investments.

Cheers, Lana.

Beauty Dupes Part II

Now that you have your leggings and shades, how about more money for some Target shoes or even better, Home Goods trips.

#6 Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara//L’Oreal Lash Paradise

So many people have raved about this Better Than Sex mascara by Too Faced. I just knew I would put this on and be photoshoot ready, no false lashes needed. So naturally, it didn’t work for me. But don’t you worry, there is glory in the Wal-Mart aisle. Lash Paradise by L’Oreal is my everyday mascara. It gives me volume and hashtag glamour. Tip: Use this primer first, it really helps to lengthen your lashes!


#7 Hourglass Ambient Bronzer//Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

Bronzer is my favorite makeup product, hands down. I have tried them all. As someone who has quite the cabbage patch shaped face, contouring became my life saver years and years ago. Also, in my late 20’s I finally understood the importance of not tanning your face. So again, bronzer swooped in and said “I got you girl.” $52.00 for a brown powder may seem like a lot of money, and for this Hourglass bronzer, it was. I learned to lower my expectations of being an instant supermodel after this purchase fail. However, this $13.23 hottie lives up to its’ butter-smooth promise. I pretty much bathe in bronzer when I apply it, face, neck, chest, etc. So this price point really works for me and my ways.

#8 Beauty Blender//Real Techniques Sponge

I don’t like applying my foundation with a brush, there I said it. I know all the fancy people do. I also know I am not fancy. I love beauty blenders but tend to use mine way past their prime because I refuse to buy a new one for $20.00. On one of my beloved Target trips, I found Real Techniques sponges and got TWO for under $10! The flat side comes in handy for applying concealer and finishing powder and I have officially converted.

#9 Dermaflash//Schick Dermaplaning Tool

Have you ever done dermaplaning on your face? You should. You can get it done professionally and/or DIY at home. Now, let me just say, I’ve had it done professionally and of course they do a much better job than I do, but the peach fuzz and dead skin are relentless. You DO NOT need a fancy tool to get a baby bottom face. These Schick razors do the trick and are $5.00. WARNING: you can cut yourself if you’re not careful. If you have no idea what you’re doing, watch some youtube videos first and practice on small sections SLOWLY.

#10 Shape Tape Concealer//Maybelline Age Rewind

The Shape Tape concealer is where it’s at. It’s full coverage and makes me look like my baby slept all night. Worth every single penny. But you know me and how hard it is for me to commit to a full face of my good makeup on blah days. So, I have my Instant Age Rewind concealer to lessen my worries and cover my bags. Sometimes it takes two layers, but it gets the job done. Both brands have a wide variety of shades to choose from as well.

When are we going to Home Goods?

Cheers, Lana.

Beauty Dupes You Wish You Knew About Earlier

That’s right, take the money you save and get you some more black leggings or another pair of sunglasses, you deserve it. Here we go.

#1 Anastasia Brow Wiz//L’Oreal Brow Stylist

As a pale, blonde woman, an eyebrow pencil is a necessity in my life so this dupe is a big one for me. With the Anastasia pencil, I would ask myself if my day was worth using my $21.00 pencil, it seemed like I needed to order a new pencil every 3 weeks. This L’Oreal pencil lasts longer and gives the same result so I can fill in my eyebrows carefree.

#2 Living Proof Dry Shampoo//Not Your Mother’s Plump For Joy

You know what changed my life for the better? Not washing my hair everyday. My husband still doesn’t understand. What are boys taught in school? Anyway. You know what also changed my life for the better? Dry shampoo. Living Proof does wonders on my hair but for $24.00 a can!? LORT. This Not Your Mothers is a very close second and for $3.65 for a tall can, I feel like I can live my life freely.

#3 Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation//L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte

I need full coverage foundation in my life. I swear by Estee Lauder Double Wear and will be a fan girl forever. But on those days where I can’t fully commit to a full face of the good stuff, Infallable Pro-Matte does the trick without the guilt of having to wear it long enough to get my money worth. I have to put on two layers of the Infallable to get the same amount of coverage as the Double Wear, but still worth it.

#4 Nars Blush// Milani Baked Blush

Nars blush is smooth and dainty. So is Milani. I have to use a bit more of the Milani to get the same effect but again, worth it. Both have lots of shades to pick from!

#5 Mac Velvet Teddy Lipstick//Maybelline Baddest Beige

MAC lipstick makes me feel like I’m ready to do a YouTube makeup tutorial. This Velvet Teddy shade looks great during all seasons and worth every penny. Baddest Beige doesn’t stay on as long but looks great and easy on the budget.

Enjoy those leggings and new shades.

Cheers, Lana.

Hydrated Skin = Happy Skin

It itches, it flakes, it sounds terrible when it rubs against the bedsheets and it doesn’t do a dang thing for that “natural glow.” Here are some of my go to moisturizers during this glow sucking time.

Body Creams

If you’re a beachy kind of gal (or guy for that matter), this cream is the best. It smells like a beach vacation and leaves your skin smooth without that “I’m getting grease all over everything I touch” type of thing.

Not a beachy smelling kind of person? This one is for you. Silky smooth, inexpensive and perfect for all over.

Face AKA- The Moneymaker

If there’s one thing I’ve learned by now, in my 30’s, it’s to take care of my face. During the cold months, my skin, especially my face needs all the help it can get. In the mornings I use, GinZing Energy Boosting Gel Moisturizer by Origins. When I put it on, it makes me feel like I’ve got it together.

I’ve learned the hard way to use sunscreen during the day. Hello, freckles. Have you heard of Supergoop? This is the bee’s knees. It’s cruelty free, has none of the bad junk and feels like a million bucks on your face. Grown up responsibilities, people. Do yourself a favor with this one.

Night time is when your face does its best work. We just need to make sure we give it the fuel. Lately, I’ve been using the Moisturizing Eye Bomb by Belif. I wake up with my eyes still feeling smooth and looking well rested.

As far as night creams go, this one is tops. It’s pricey, but worth it. You will be able to tell the difference when you wake up. Two weeks into it and your face will have a “tighter” look to it.

Lastly, for your face. Rub all of these creams in with a jade roller. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Yes, I’m a tad extra BUT this really does feel amazing on your skin. It’s like a massage for your face.

Short and sweet, friends. There are tons of options out there, as long as you’re making an attempt, that’s all that will matter to your 65 year old self.

Cheers, Lana.

Toxic Free Lifestyle

I want you to know the facts when it comes to toxins and how they silently cause harm to you and your loved ones. Chemicals are bad for you, we all know that. I know that the chemicals in my mascara are terrible for me but am I going to look like a lash-less hot mess all the time? Negative. I’ve got things to do. I’m sharing what I’m currently doing to help keep my family healthy and balance everyday life without running away to live in a tree. Heads up, I’m not trying to sell you anything, do what you will with this information, boo boo.

To start, The Rain Barrel Effect by Dr. Stephen Cabral is full of facts and information to help you on this journey. I highly recommend this book if you’re interested in this topic at all.

Here are some scary facts to keep you up at night. Umbilical cord blood carries an average of 232 man-made toxins to a baby. So before they even get a glimpse of the world, they have toxins flowing through their tiny bodies. This was a jaw dropper for me. I hate it for my daughter and felt major guilt over this. Had I known, I could have made changes. Armed with that information, I felt a huge responsibility to lessen the toxins in our home and surroundings. If that’s how many toxins we’re passing to our children, what’s in our bodies? How are we being effected by these toxins? Cancer? Illness? Weight gain? What can I do to get these out of my body and environment? I know, I panicked too.

Side Effects of a Toxic Body

Have you ever had brain fog? Headaches? Constipation? Me too. Everything we put on our skin has chemicals that only add to the level of toxicity we carry. Makeup, sunscreen, lotions, chapsticks, nail polish…yes, all bad. Im not suggesting to stop using all of these things. Just know what you’re dealing with and find your balance.

So what can we do? Here’s where a toxic free lifestyle comes in to play. I have several friends and family members who are into essential oils. Don’t huff, stay with me, it will be worth it. There are so many benefits that come from these oils. Let me be upfront with you, I am just as suspicious as most about things like this. I’m down for antibiotics, I brake for Aleve, I buy pre-made baby food at the store. BUT, if oils can help, I will try them. Im here to tell you, they help.

Cleaning with Essential Oils

Here’s what I mean by “help.” I am an obsessive countertop cleaner. I LOVED Clorox anti-bacterial wipes. I really felt like I was protecting my family from germs by using these. Do you know how those magical wipes kill germs? By using antimicrobial pesticides. You read that right, I was spreading pesticides all over my precious countertops. Here’s my cleaning saving grace, THIEVES. Thieves is a blend of Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Rosemary, Lemon, and Eucalyptus. Thieves works by neutralizing bacteria and harmful pathogens. Check out this test from the Not Your Average Oiler Blog. You don’t have to sacrifice your familys’ health to kill germs.

You can also diffuse thieves in your home. I have this by our bed, in our living room and in our daughter’s room. Thieves disinfects the air you breathe and keeps the germs at bay. I also rub this on the bottom of our feet, including my 6 month old, to help support immunity. There is hand soap, vegetable and fruit soak, toothpaste and so on. I can’t say enough about thieves, I’m addicted.

Other Oils and Usage

The reference guide below shows a few common oils and what they can be used for. My family and I use the majority of these on a daily basis. Have you dealt with allergies, upset stomach, tight shoulders or back, sore throat or headache? One or more of the oils below will help all those things. We will go to these oils before we take medication. Like I said before, I will go to Aleve when needed, but from all the years of taking Aleve or the like, I know I need to try the natural route first. Hi kidneys, please forgive me.

Young Living has a full line of toxic and cruelty free makeup. I will be doing a review of this line soon and will get back to you.

Bottom line, we have options. We don’t have to sit back only to keep filling up on toxins and allowing our bodies to be exposed and attacked by harmful substances. You can actually fight back. Essential oils are a way to do that.

For more information or if you just want to look around press the link below.

Cheers, Lana.