What’s in your tablet? An Interview with MegaFood!!

To share a little bit more about how my passion for living simply and naturally developed, please check out this MegaFood Blog: MegaFoodie Spotlight with yours truly. While I am still scratching my head on how this interview even happened, it came about after submitting a testimonial about MegaFood’s Turmeric Strength. In my active life, this product pretty much changed the way I deal with pain and inflammation.

Because I became a little tougher, I am not as afraid to fail anymore. Now I kinda define being real as being brave enough to ask the tough questions, challenging myself to keep learning, to be curious, to be flexible and open to hear another point of view. I love and really live a beautiful life, even if circumstances are good or not so good because I am living it as my heart and mind direct me. It’s not so much about being right; it’s about seeking out to help others.

Because I became a little tougher, I am not as afraid to fail anymore. Now I kinda define being real as being brave enough to ask the tough questions, challenging myself to keep learning, to be curious, to be flexible and open to hear another point of view. I love and really live a beautiful life, even if circumstances are good or not so good because I am living it as my heart and mind direct me. It’s not so much about being right; it’s about seeking out to help others.


September 24, 2015 at 1:32 pm Leave a comment

Annmarie Skin Care – We should all enjoy our beauty regimen this much.

After scraping every last bit of the samples given (a very good sign when it comes to reviewing something), 3 products stood out and I simply broke down and purchased them, I enjoyed them that much! Isn’t that what a beauty regimen should be? While some things in life can be met with frustration or meh… your skin care routine shouldn’t be one of them!

Continue Reading September 23, 2015 at 9:54 am 1 comment

Natural Ways to Tighten and Brighten: Topical Vitamin C, AHAs and more

super-woman.jpgWhen a friend asks me a question about a specific skin care concern, I get excited.

And while I do my best to relay accurate and beneficial information, nothing is better that locating a local and knowledgeable professional esthetician that can guide you through the trial and error of finding what works best for your skin. I remember an interview on Oprah many years ago where David Bowie and his wife, the spectacularly beautiful mega-supermodel confessed that she indulged in a professional spa facial once a week. When asked if that seemed a bit excessive, she replied quite directly and the gist of it was, “It’s your skin darling. You better choose to take care of it.”

Iman’s words stuck with me all these years and try to follow it. While I don’t have the budget for facials every week, I set some of my resources aside to pamper myself in this way. For those on a budget (and most of us are on tight ones), getting information via the internet can provide good information too. While I believe that simpler and all-natural is better, there are some stellar products that exist, are affordable and when they are adapted into your skin care regimen can bring great results.

One bit of advice, if you are curious about a product, but have problematic skin and want to sample before you buy, contact the company! Talk to a member of their team or email them about your concerns. If you agree to try a product, request a sample. They may require you to pay for shipping or a small fee for the sample, however, it may prove useful and save you a lot of money in the long run. A good company recognizes this and will honor sending samples!


August 3, 2015 at 8:44 am 3 comments

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

Healthy Ways to Clean Your Hair and Scalp: Shampoo Bars

After many years of using conventional shampoos and hair styling products, I was left with hair that felt dry and resembled straw. And the super sad thing about it was, I spent a lot of time, money and energy to create beautiful, healthy hair, and it still managed to be that way!  At one point, I had enough, and was fortunate enough to be led to some novel hair care ideas, and eventually learn the proper ways of maintaining and loving my own, unique hair.

Any of you fit in this category??

Let’s first talk about shampoos.

One of the most important pieces of advice that I can pass onto you is that most shampoos are entirely too harsh for your hair. Textured or curly/wavy hair types in particular need to hold onto their natural oils (or sebum) to add to its weight and hold onto proper moisture levels.


November 20, 2014 at 2:08 pm Leave a 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 naturallycurly.com website?  If not, if you could go to the http://www.naturallycurly.com/hair-types 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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