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Local & Organically Grown in SLC: Content and Veggies

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Hey Beautiful Friend,

Wanting to share what work I’ve been involved with and what direction things have been flowing…

The Story of

In 2007, my interest in creative content emerged as a stay-at-home Mom, inspired by watching Oprah, spotted an emerging trend, and decided to start reviewing beauty products in a personal, engaging blog format. This passion for naturally curly hair care developed into a multi-pronged business/revenue model. At its peak in 2010, created inbound traffic of over 23K unique visitors a month and had several top organic searches which came about through writing relevant, high-interest content, networking with blogs, several business owners and PR firms, and learning-as-I-blogged SEO practices.

Along with writing a beauty blog, this led me to create features for (TextureMedia LLC). From the outstanding, entrepreneurial Jessicurl line to explaining the LOC method, to embrace and not fight against your curls has been a way to empower others, no matter what kind of hair they were born with.

Author Page, NaturallyCurly. com:

My love of food is my first love, and creating features and promoting local businesses has become a very exciting collaborative work at Devour Utah magazine. Ted Scheffler who is the Editor, as well as the Food Critic for Salt Lake City Weekly, accepted my first pitch, a story about Asian Greens and how they are undervalued in the typical American diet. July’s feature was all about entrepreneurship and local food as well, exploring what’s fresh and featuring 3 of SLC’s urban backyard businesses. In August, my girls and I ran around interviewing and sampling various fare from a local food truck gathering in Sugarhouse, which you can read about in the “Let’s Go Truckin” article. A return to tradition, you can also read the current article “Preservation 101,” which follows my passion of growing and cooking — bringing the best of both worlds together.

New features continue, for December 2017, and 2018 January, February and upcoming March issues as well.

Devour Utah – Jen Hill, Author page:


Along with writing, my interest in growing food and sustainable living became a CSA business in 2016, taking on the title of Urban Farmer. 2018 plot twist, taking my passion for growing by creating a non-profit community garden and farmers’ market this season, the SLC Veggie Swap.

Recent news about the SLC Veggie Swap in the South Salt Lake City Journal:

To explain, my name may seem confusing, but really it’s not. I prefer to be called Jahnava (pronounced, Jah-ni-vaa), however, before 2010, I went by Jen, and keep that for professional reasons.

Always looking for new opportunities to write, collaborate, and promote small, local business. Let’s stay in touch.



September 8, 2017 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

Cha-cha changes: DevaCurl One Conditioner


DevaCurl’s original One Condition and now their new-look One Condition.

What’s going on at DevaCurl?


You may be excited for new product additions or nervous about cha-cha-changes. Have no fear – many products just received a new look or a name change to better assist us in finding the best products for our needs.”

9 years later — who would have guessed where this original naturally curly post would take me? DevaCurl has just re-invented their look, included specific product curl-ratio categories and names, and added a few game-changing products as well.

“Delight” line for wavies, “Classic” for curlies, and “Decadence” for the super curlies.

Read more about these changes in my featured article, “What’s Going On At DevaCurl” on


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If you haven’t read my bittersweet hair history, you can revisit my past by looking at this post: Embrace Yourself!”

Through the Naturally Curly website, I have been introduced to several amazing hair products especially designed for the Curly Girl, or Boy. The best bit of advice that I can pass onto you it that regular shampoos are generally too harsh for most hair. Curly and Wavy hair in particular needs its natural oils or sebum to give the hair weight and hold in moisture.

Mainly, we curly girls feel we need to shampoo our hair because of our scalps feel gross. Rarely does my hair ever feel dirty or “greasy.” The regular shampoos strip the hair and scalp of its natural oils. Our scalp becomes dried out and itchy, and our hair becomes dry, frizzy and unmanageable. Blow drying and hot iron straightening doesn’t help either!


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November 18, 2016 at 12:18 pm Leave a comment

Can a supplement really improve your Skin, Hair & Nails?

gwen-red1We have many choices when it comes to vitamin supplements, each touting benefits of beautiful skin, thicker, stronger hair, and bullet-proof nails, the question isn’t always which one to try. Before you purchase another item in the natural health section, I think it’s fair to ask, “Can a vitamin supplement really improve your skin, hair & nails?”

As I approached 40, I became more serious about natural health and nutrition, and while discovering several products on the market, it wasn’t until I had a conversation with a MegaFood Regional Rep, Laura Theobold, that I started understanding the importance of gathering nutrients and creating supplements from actual foods, rather than simply from isolated, synthetic materials. Later while working at Dave’s Health in Salt Lake, of all the supplement companies that were represented, I loved the story of MegaFood the best, by using the slo-food method, the company’s long-standing integrity, and of course, that their products really do benefit people’s health!

From my experience, not all supplements are created the same, and it’s not easy to know unless you really trust where the supplement is being sourced from. I came up with a few questions that I would ask before purchasing or believing any claim on a supplement created to improve the skin, hair and nails.

I believe it’s important to ask not only what’s in the supplement, but why it’s being added and where is it sourced from. While there are dozens of skin, hair and nail formulas on the market, I wanted to point to one that I believe has done it right, the Skin, Hair, and Nails Formula from MegaFood. First and of great importance, I appreciate that MegaFood’s formula is sourced naturally and created from actual foods, foods that can be recognized and utilized fully by the body.

I asked MegaFood about this formula, and Erin Stokes, Naturopathic Doctor and Medical Director at MegaFood responded with the following:

1.  What benefit do the following ingredients add to the Skin, Nails & Hair formula?

  • Biotin & Vitamin E – Biotin, a B-complex vitamin, and Vitamin E both assist in promoting a healthy glow from the inside out by helping the body metabolize fats and proteins.*MegaFood delivers both of these vitamins in organic brown rice provided by Lundberg Family Farms.
  • Vitamin B6 – Another member of the B-complex family, Vitamin B6 assists in turning food into energy for the body which is helpful in promoting healthy growth of new skin and hair cells.*
    *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

MegaFood’s Skin, Hair & Nails Supplement Facts

2.  What makes MegaFood’s formula different than others on the market?

  • MegaFood products start with a whole food base, such as oranges, cranberries, beets and brown rice, all provided by our Farm Fresh Partners. MegaFood then derives the nutrients needed for each product through its unique Slo-Food Process. During this process, whole foods are ground and mixed with additional nutrients and pressed into the tablets that you find inside each bottle.

While we all want a miracle in a bottle, these points would have to be considered as well:

Compliance and Time.  You’ll have to take into consideration your particular skin type, hair and nail structure and growth rate.  As we age, our surface skin cell turnover rate slows down and we cannot expect visible results until at least a full cycle (28 to 42 days) or more has occurred. It is logical to claim a similar outcome with hair and nails, it may take a while to notice visible results, so consistency of use and time are really going to determine any benefits received while taking a dietary supplement.

Your individual factors.  The sum of many things go into the appearance and structure of our physical features. For the external ones: stress, hormones, genetics, diet, and your overall health each play a role. As a good rule, any big concern or change with the appearance of your skin, hair or nails can be an indication of a larger internal concern, so seeking professional medical advice would be advisable.


March 17, 2016 at 11:28 am Leave a comment

Spotlight: Anne Dorsey – Milk & Honey Wellness

This month’s featured “Mythbuster Beauty Spotlight” is all about being authentic in all aspects that pertain to natural health, harmony and beauty.

Be sure to read to the end of this feature; and Anne’s thoughts on “being real” are just beautiful. xox

Meet Anne Dorsey12568802_203520589996946_2047353048_n

Occupation: Holistic Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle Coach, Milk & Honey Wellness  

Hometown? Bountiful, Utah

Where else have you lived? Seattle, Santa Barbara, White Fish Montana, Mexico

Where do you live now? Salt Lake City, Utah

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

I lie in bed for a few minutes, breathe, stretch, and set my intentions for the day. Then I make my warm lemon water and coffee.

What first drew you to the business of natural health and wellness?

Every year as a child I would pick out seeds and plant a garden with my grandfather. I loved to be in the garden, watching things grow and eating food that I had started from a little seed. I would also help my mother can peaches, tomatoes, grape juice, pickles, you name it. Growing our own food and putting it up for the winter was something we did every year. I learned first hand how much better food the food that I had grown tasted compared most things from a grocery store. I have found that the cleaner I eat, the better I feel. My mission is to radically revolutionize the concept of what healthy eating can be. My intention is to teach people how to have pleasure and heal your body at the same time.

Do you have any special sayings or expressions?  

It is all about having a life and body you love, not trying to shrink a body you hate

Most important quality in a friend?

Reliability, flexibility, and an ability and go deep. Get a little woo woo and laugh until it hurts.

What’s the best compliment you ever received?

Being told that I am a really good listener and people feel comfortable sharing and opening up to me. Also, being told I am a great hostess. That people feel comfortable, safe and comfortable in my home. Being told that I help to connect and nourish someone to their selves.

Do you feel differently about yourself now from how you felt when you were younger? How?

Yes! I feel at home in my body and my own skin. I trust that I am enough just as I am. I know that I am more than just a number on a scale. For a long time growing up, it was just about how skinny or athletic I was. The external was more important than the internal. Now that has reversed. 

MythbusterBeauty is all about being REAL. In a world and in an industry where many things are based upon appearance, what does the term “real” mean to you?

Confidence. Confidence in who you are and what you have to offer without having to modify it. Different. Real to me is all about being different. Big, small, blond, brown, blue or green eyes. etc. 
Instagram: #milkandhoneywellness
Facebook: Milk and Honey Wellness


February 19, 2016 at 10:29 am Leave a comment

Unwanted Facial Hair: What’s a gal to do?

Such a top beauty topic, I believe this post is worth re-posting. Lots of insights on various methods of facial hair removal, as well as PCOD (Poly Cystic Ovarian Disorder). The comments are worth reading alone.

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This is my facial hair dilemma.  

As a younger woman, I dealt with thick eyebrows and upper lip facial hair.  Now, those hairs aren’t as prolific, matter of fact, my eyebrows are thinning and graying.  Come back my thick, dark eyebrows, come back!

Chin hairs are my biggest issue nowadays.  I almost daily pluck these obnoxious stray hairs on my chin.  The amount of hair isn’t enough to warrant waxing or shaving (thank goodness), however, they keep coming back, and sometimes the the plucking causes an irritation or inflammed bump around the hair follicle.  

I looked into a laser hair removal treatment of my chin and upper lip hair, and it isn’t cheap.  The hair removal clinic also informed me if the hairs are light that the laser will not be effective.   And since about 50% of my facial hairs are blond or gray, and I wonder if the cost would still be worth it and…

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January 31, 2015 at 8:02 am 1 comment

Drink up! Rooibos Red Tea for Beautiful Skin

Looking for a natural beauty boost? I’ve got a simple, super healthy (and inexpensive) way to do it.

Rooibos tea.

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Drink Up! Skin and Health Benefits from Rooibos Red Tea.

Since the cooler temps have arrived, nothing is better than sipping on a warm mug of an organic Rooibos tea, either blended with natural chai spices, vanilla, almond, or even on it’s very own. Great for overall skin and health, by aiding digestion and hydration. What got me excited, is that in a few weeks, I have noticed a nice improvement in the clarity and appearance of my skin. Being such a small thing, it scores big on the beauty boost scoreboard.

Get these skin-tastic facts!

Rooibos tea – pronounced Roy-boss, is indigenous to South Africa. Derived from the red bush, it is not considered a tea, but is part of the legume family. In nature, Red bush appears green, but then turns red (like our blood) through oxidation during the tea-making process.

Naturally caffeine-free, Rooibos is loaded with antioxidants which help protect from free radicals – those toxic by-products of normal cell function- which can contribute to aging and weaken the immune system. Rooibos contains many minerals such as copper, iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc and potassium, making it very beneficial for healthy bones and strong teeth.

Rooibos can also be applied to the skin topically to help relieve itchy dry skin like eczema, sunburns, and diaper rash. In fact on a recent visit back to South Africa, I noticed that more and more skin care products feature Rooibos as one of their ingredients. Alpha hydroxy acid and zinc both found in Rooibos, are great for promoting healthy smooth skins.

And even more health benefits are listed on Dr. Lipman’s webiste.

Drink up!!

-Jen ❤

November 12, 2014 at 10:08 am Leave a comment

Please Help ME! Making Peace with your Hair

Last week I received an email and the subject line said, “PLEASE HELP ME!” and read as follows:

Hi Jen,

I really need some help and I was wondering if you could help me out. I have really REALLY thick curly hair. It’s longer than shoulder length (about half way down my chest). I am so sick of looking at my hair this way. I was never taught how to manage my hair properly because my mother has the exact opposite of what I have (so I blame my father for my torture. haha.) I’m so sick of looking at it that I want to cut….I want it all done. I want to do a short hair style but is there one that you would recommend? (pictures would be helpful so I can take it to a salon) Thanks so much for your time. – S

Oh S you are not alone.  This is my response to her:

Dear S,

I just got your message and would love to help you.  Have you spent any time on the website?  If not, if you could go to the page and tell me what kind of specific hair type you have.

I am a 3A, and it sounds like you might be a 3C or possibly a 4A.  There are a lot of wonderful techniques and products that I would love you to try.   If you can, visit your library and check out the book, “Curly Girl,” by Lorraine Massey, the curly girls BIBLE!

And just hold off for a bit on the haircut until you have researched this out and found a hairstylist that really understands curly hair (not many do).  You will want a dry cut, not a wet one, you need someone who spends time to see your curl pattern and can enhance what you have, and no razors allowed, ever!!!

I grew up in a family where everyone had “normal hair” except me, so they were all as bewildered as I was!  It took me 38 years to discover the curly girl method, and I am so happy you are going to learn to love your own hair, you really will.  Curly girls are IN, we are what is hip and what everyone wants right now, so by learning how to work with it is going to be an amazing experience for you.

I have a ton of articles on Mythbuster Beauty, including the post where I worked with Tracy and she took the three week naturally curly challenge:

The Three Week Naturally Curly ChallengeOn this post, you can read where we talk about specific curly hair rules, like no brushing, no shampooing, no blow frying, I mean drying!

Most importantly, learning to accept and embrace your hair is probably one of the most important and difficult things you will face (hopefully) :).  Thank you so much for trusting me and sharing this part of your life with me.  If you can give me your hair type information then I can search for some photos and continue on this journey to fabulous hair.

Best,  Jen

*This is a picture of a rose in my garden, it is the “Love and Peace” rose, which I think is an appropriate theme to making peace with your hair!

November 6, 2014 at 9:25 am Leave a comment

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