{Thrive} 20 Gifts for Eating Well & Living Joyfully

giftsI love giving gifts. Actually, I love giving thoughtful gifts that feel personal and purposeful. While I did avoid the chaos of black Friday like the plague, I’ve been busy scouring the web for ideas and, dare I say, I am about 90% finished with my shopping this year. That might be a record though our goal to cut out the crap and instead spend time enjoying the holidays (and each other) has made this task a bit easier. Still, right about now I start to get major shopping fatigue. I run out of inspiration and I figured you might as well so I gathered a few of my favorites things to help you finish your shopping! If you don’t find something here that speaks to you, check out the newly launched shop which spotlights quite a few of my favorite things to inspire you and yours to “Eat Well and Live Joyfully!” Continue reading “{Thrive} 20 Gifts for Eating Well & Living Joyfully”

{Thrive} Better Beauty for Fall


Better Beauty Routine for Fall WeatherCool nights, cozy sweaters and root vegetables…exhale, it is finally fall. The transition from summer to fall always creates a bit of a craze before we are able to slow down and settle in to this snuggly time of year.  As the days get shorter and the weather changes, so does our body. We begin to crave warming foods and our summery,  summer kissed skin starts to shift into survival mode for the harsh, cold months ahead. Our tanned skin likely needs some TLC prior to hunkering down for the dry of the winter.This is the perfect excuse to take some time to yourself for some skincare TLC. Yes, this is coming from the girl that barely washes her face but even I know my skin can use some love this time of year.  Continue reading “{Thrive} Better Beauty for Fall”

{THRIVE} Loving the Sun, Safely.

Love the SunIt’s finally feeling like summer, and I am so excited to be able to spend more time outside and to soak in the summer sunshine! If you’re like me, you need a lot of sunlight in order to feel like a normal functioning person, and rightly so, sunlight offers us the most viable opportunity to produce Vitamin D– more on that in a moment.

While I love being outside in the garden, taking a walk, playing in the park or simply lounging, it is also really important to protect myself from the Sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays, both of which have been linked to causing cancer. Additionally, sun damage can result in skin discoloration, blotchiness and premature aging which I would love to avoid! Needless to say, sunscreen is important but there are a few things to think about before you slather it on! Continue reading “{THRIVE} Loving the Sun, Safely.”

{Thrive} My Better Beauty Routine

Non Toxic Beauty BrandsAdmittedly, I am not the average woman in the sense that I am really low maintenance about my beauty routine. Confession: I usually leave the house without much (if any) make-up, I rarely wash my face (seriously) and I only use deodorant on very random occasions–usually because it is sitting on the counter and I think, “Hmmm, maybe I should use that today?!”  As I said, I am not the average woman and I am not sure if I should be proud of this? At least I can confidently tell you that I don’t smell–in case you were wondering about that. If I do, tell me. I’ll start wearing deodorant more.

That being said, clients and readers often ask me about my favorite products and my routine so here is a peak into my day-to-day better beauty routine! I am a huge fan of one stop shopping so all of my favorites can be purchased through either Amazon or BeautyCounter and they are all rated either a 1 or 2 through the Environmental Working Group.  Translation: you can feel good about using these products! They are very clean, safe and thankfully still effective! Continue reading “{Thrive} My Better Beauty Routine”

{Thrive} Mindful Monday: A Dry Skin Brushing How-To

skin care and body brushing @katiecavutoRD
I know, Valentine’s day is over but that doesn’t mean the self-love celebration needs to end–nor should it–ever! Today’s Mindful Monday post is about a self-care tool, dry skin brushing. Have you heard of it? Don’t worry if it is new to you–it is fairly new to me too. What do I love about this self-care tool? It is good for you, easy, kinda fun (well, I think so), fast and pretty much free. Sounds good to me. Continue reading “{Thrive} Mindful Monday: A Dry Skin Brushing How-To”