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Healthy Holiday Gift Guide 2016: $50 or Under + Safe Skincare Giveaway!

Healthy Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway
It’s officially holiday season! As stressful as December can be, I do love all the twinkly lights, family time, and decorations. I know many of you have started doing some holiday shopping already, but I wanted to help you out if you need more ideas for those hard-to-get folks and I also have a healthy skincare freebie and a giveaway for you at the end of this post!

I love giving gifts that inspire a healthy and happy lifestyle, because of course I want my loved ones to live a long life full of vitality! This gift guide does just that and these items are also easy on the wallet because they are all $50 and under! Hope this helps your holiday shopping go much easier.

2016 Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

  1. Naughty to Nice Charcoal Bar and Mask Gift Set, $48. I’ve talked before about my love for activated charcoal for skin care and how much it’s helped me reduce my hormonal acne. This gift set from Beautycounter contains 2 of their most popular items at a reduced price! I love all their safe and toxin-free skin care products, and I use both the bar soap and the mask regularly to detox my skin of impurities and oils.
  2. Foam Roller, $24.97. When I first bought a foam roller, I didn’t realize how much I would LOVE using it! It works incredibly well at loosening up sore and tight muscles, speeding up recovery time after a workout, and my favorite: massaging my back and shoulders. I hold a lot of stress in my neck and upper body, and foam rolling every night has helped a ton in getting out the kinks and stiffness. It’s one of those gifts that the recipient doesn’t even know if he or she needs it until they try it!
  3. Meditation Pillow, $32.95. I’m a huge proponent of meditation, and I think everyone should try to incorporate it into their daily lives. Having something so comfortable like a meditation pillow will make it so much easier to sit on it and learn to breathe. This one comes in 6 different colors and it’s made with organic cotton. I also love that you can remove the inner fill for easy washing!
  4. Salad Dressing Bottle, $6.99. What a fun little stocking stuffer! This glass salad dressing bottle has 8 different dressing recipes on the bottle with fill lines for the different ingredients. Salad dressing is something that’s so easy to make at home and the typical store bought ones contain crazy ingredients and hydrogenated oils. Now this gift can make it even easier to enjoy homemade dressing. Some of the ingredients suggest vegetable oil and sugar, but you can just omit those and it will still be delicious!
  5. Luminous Nudes Gift Set, $48. Another awesome Beautycounter gift set! This one contains Sheer Lipstick in Twig and Lip Gloss in Bare Shimmer, 2 colors that go with every skin tone. I was a bit nervous about buying these colors because of my dark complexion, but they complement my skin really well. I actually didn’t like to use anything other than lip balm until I started using these! They contain jojoba esters and vitamin E to moisturize and nourish, so your lips are never chapped while using them.
  6. Adult Coloring Book, $9.57. Coloring has become one of my favorite ways to unwind and relax at the end of the day, and this coloring book contains such pretty details and designs. It’s become increasingly important for many of us to slow down and do something we enjoy, especially because we are always on the go and busy at all times, and coloring is a great, calming way to do that. I mean, who doesn’t love to color? It works for many people because you don’t have to be artistic to enjoy this simple activity.
  7. Zoya Nail Polish, $10-20. Since I regularly talk about the importance of safe skincare, I’ve been asked several times what nail polish I like to use. I love a good manicure and pedicure and nail polish wasn’t something I wanted to give up on. Luckily, Zoya’s nail polish is toxin-free and made without common harmful ingredients like toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and DBP (dibutyl phthalate). Plus, it stays on for a long time which is important for someone like me who cooks all the time. You can buy their nail polish individually (so many colors!), or they have a some great gift sets that you can buy for a reasonable price!
  8. Stainless Steel Lunch Box, $28.95. I’m all about encouraging bringing your lunch to school or work. You just eat so much healthier and more nutritiously when you make your own food. However, the quality of containers that you put your food in is important as well. This stainless steel lunch box is free of BPA, BPS, lead, toxins, and harmful phthalates, and I love the different compartments it comes with! It comes in 2 sizes, but I would go for the large size to pack meals and snacks to hold you over during a long day.
  9. US Wellness Meats Gift Card, $25-250. Some of us are fortunate enough to live near farmers markets and stores that have a great variety of high quality meats. However, there are others who do not have easy access to grass fed beef and pasture raised pork and chicken near them. Well, good news! US Wellness Meats is an awesome company that uses proper farming techniques to raise healthy and happy animals, and they deliver these meats straight to your door! Plus, I love that they have hard-to-find items like rabbit, liver, bones, and even wild-caught seafood. I think their gift cards, ranging from $25-$250, is a great way to support these farmers while encouraging your loved ones to eat better quality, healthier meats.
  10. Homemade Mixed Nuts, $5-10. I love homemade gifts because there’s always so much thought and love that go into them! It’s even better if it’s something you can eat. There are many recipes out there, but my Spiced Maple Rosemary Mixed Nuts are a hit every time and people really love them during holiday season! It’s a perfect combination of salty, spicy, and sweet. Put it in a glass jar, tie a bow around it, and it instantly becomes so pretty and fun. These kinds of gifts are also perfect when you are trying to save money over the holidays.

Safe Skincare Freebie & Giveaway time!

Healthy Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway

Now it’s my turn to gift YOU something. I’m in such a happy holiday mood, that:

I’m giving anyone who orders from Beautycounter through me in the entire month of December a free sample of the Purifying Charcoal Mask – no minimum orders!

I absolutely love the charcoal mask and I use it about twice as week, and it’s also great as a spot treatment on acne. It really is one of the best methods to cleanse and detox your skin! This offer ends on 12/31/16, 11:59pm PST.  Start shopping HERE!

Now for the giveaway

1 lucky winner will score Beautycounter’s travel set, worth $48, which includes:

  • Body Wash in Citrus Mimosa
  • Hydrating Body Lotion in Citrus Mimosa
  • Daily Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Travel Bag

All these items are safe and toxin free, and perform beautifully. It’s a perfect set to pack for your holiday travels! To win, enter below:

This giveaway is open to US residents only. It will be open for entry until Friday, 12/9/16 at 11:59pm PST. The winner will be announced above and will also be contacted by email.

Happy Holidays and good luck!

Healthy Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway

2016 Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

Safe Toxin-Free Skin Care Freebie Giveaway

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Holiday Gift Guide 2015

I had such a nice long weekend doing things that got me in the holiday spirit finally. (Before this past weekend, I was one of those people screaming, “why is there a Christmas commercial on already?!?”)  We ate a ton of leftovers from Thanksgiving, bought a Christmas tree and decorated the apartment, and I did some online holiday shopping for myself friends and family.

If you haven’t gotten to your holiday list yet, don’t ya worry. I’m here to help you out! This holiday gift guide will encourage your loved ones to take steps to leading a healthy lifestyle. Sometimes, it’s hard for someone to take the initiative to change their behaviors on their own, but if they receive a gift from someone that encourages them to do so, they are more likely to try it out and find out how much they love making that change.  If you need additional ideas, you can also check out my 2014 gift guide. This one, like last year’s, is all under $50! So let’s get started.2015 holiday gift guide

  1. To Your Health Sprouted Flours, $4.50+. Sprouting grains makes them much more absorbable during digestion without stripping our body of necessary nutrients. Whether you know someone who is gluten free, have a hard time digesting grains, or they just love to try out new types of food, sprouted grains are a great gift. This site also sells ground up sprouted grains which are perfect for all your baking needs, while still preserving the grains’ nutritional density.
  2. Conair Cuisinart Hand Blender, $34.95. This is one of my most prized kitchen gadgets I have at home. It makes making soups, paleo mayonnaise, sauces, and smoothies a cinch, while minimizing cleanup which is always a plus. It also saves cooking time because you don’t have to take the extra step of transferring food into a food processor or a blender.
  3. Organic and non-GMO Culinary Herb Set, $13.99. This is the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone who is looking into having an indoor garden of edible herbs. I think growing our own food is so important, and this is a way to take your first step into doing that. Not only that, it’s so easy to do, and so satisfying to eat something that you grow yourself.
  4. Portable Adjustable Laptop Stand, $37.99. Sitting for a long time can be awful for your neck and back, and can create disorders in your bones and organs. However, standing desks can be pretty expensive. This portable and adjustable laptop stand is an economic solution so you can stand when you do work while keeping your health in check. Plus, it comes with a cooling fan so your laptop won’t overheat!
  5. The Casual Veggie Cookbook, $18. Woop, this is a shameless self-promotion, but I’m okay with it because it’s such a great resource for both beginner and experienced cooks out there. The Casual Veggie is a cookbook I contributed to focusing on 29 different seasonal vegetables, and various recipes on how to cook with each of them. It can sometimes be difficult to figure out what to do with even the most common vegetables when you are in a cooking rut. This book has so many ideas on how to celebrate different vegetables in easy creative ways. You can read more about the details here.
  6. Sockwell Chevron Compression Socks, $18.99+. I so wish I had these when I was flying to and from Asia. I think compression socks are one of those things that everyone agrees is a great idea, but they never take the step to buy a pair for themselves. Whether you are runner, or you sit or stand for long periods of time, they increase the blood flow in your legs and decreases aches and swelling. They are a great solution for promoting circulation in your legs, and which I think most of us need. Not only that, I think that the chevron designs on these are so cute!
  7. Young Living Essential Oils, $15+. I love essential oils, and I use them at home all the time. I make cleaning products, flea repellants for the dogs, lotion, toothpaste, and all kinds of home and body care items using essential oils and their scents really makes a difference in their effectiveness! I also like to just diffuse the oils at home according to my mood and mental and physical needs. I’ve used many different types of essential oils before, but Young Living is the brand I like the best and found to be the most effective. You can sign up to be a member and get access to top quality, organic oils at wholesale prices. They are so versatile and make great stocking stuffers.
  8. Presto Dehydrator, $33.99. Dehydrators are great for making healthy treats at home like kale chips, beef jerky, dried fruits, and more! These snacks usually tend to contain preservatives and artificial flavorings when you buy the packaged versions, so owning a dehydrator can really help make those snacks healthier and customizable with your own spices and flavors.
  9. 180s Bluetooth II Ear Warmer Head Phone, $36.70+. Just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean you should forgo all outdoor exercises. It doesn’t get cold enough here in NorCal for me to rock these headphones, but they would have definitely came in handy when I lived in NYC. Enjoy your winter hike with your favorite podcast or Taylor Swift songs with these cute ear warmer head phones. I love that they are bluetooth which means no annoying tangled wires!
  10. Kombucha Starter Kit, $49. There are so many benefits to drinking this probiotic-filled drink, but buying kombucha drinks from health stores can really do a number on your bank account. However, it can also be a bit intimidating to try to make it at home when you’ve never done it before. This kombucha starter kit comes with everything your loved ones will need with clear step-by-step instructions so they can soon be a kombucha brew master (and you can steal a few sips too)!

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Holiday Gift Guide 2014

WHO’S READY FOR CHRISTMAS?? I am. We got a tree over the weekend, which was bigger than we expected and I don’t hate it at all. I love decorating for Christmas and the colorful lights are up on all the main areas of the apartment. They make me feel fuzzy in the best way.

Are you still thinking of what to get your friends and family this holiday? I did some holiday shopping over the weekend, and have some great gift ideas to encourage more home cooking and healthy eating for our loved ones. Here are some of my favorite picks that are all under $50!

holiday gift guide

1. Hamilton Beach slow cooker, $49.85. I love this slow cooker so much. It has never failed me, and the best part of it is that it comes with a probe thermometer that you can set, so the slow cooker will automatically turn off when anything you are cooking reaches your desired temperature.

2. Thrive Market membership, starts at $19.95. Thrive Market is an online shop that delivers high quality, organic groceries for a discounted price (25-50% off retail price!) to its members. It’s relatively new, but I love their corporate messaging and their social mission of donating a free membership to a low-income family for every paid membership. They have gift cards for memberships you can buy ranging from 3 months to 1 year at extremely affordable price points!

3. Hydro Flask insulated water bottle, $20-25. I’m that girl who is always a carrying a water bottle with her where ever she goes. Hydro Flask is the best reusable bottle that I’ve ever owned (and I have owned many), made out of high quality stainless steel and comes in different sizes for your various needs. Not only do they have an awesome design, I love that the bottles are insulated. I have left my Hydro Flask filled with cold water in my car for over 3 hours in the middle of the summer, and it was still cold when I found it. It’s a must-buy, especially for athletes out there.

4. Paderno World Cuisine spiralizer, $34.10. Looking for a pasta alternative other than the played out spaghetti squash (just kidding, spaghetti squash is still awesome)? A spiralizer is  a fun kitchen gadget that slices vegetables into thin spiral ribbons, perfect for your gluten-free friend, or anyone in your life looking into a low-carb health approach. My favorite things to make with a spiralizer are zucchini noodles and carrot ribbon salads.

5. Paleo Magazine subscription, $29.95. Magazine subscriptions are a great gift that keeps on giving all year round. Paleo Magazine is bi-monthly and chock full of articles, recipes, and resources that serve a guide and inspiration for living a healthy active life with a Paleo approach. It’s a great gift for anyone who is Paleo or thinking of starting this type of diet and lifestyle.

6. Ancient Organics ghee, $35. If you’ve never heard of ghee before, it’s clarified butter with milk proteins removed which makes it easy to digest for those who are dairy intolerant. It also has great flavor and a high smoke point, making it ideal for cooking. I highly recommend you try ghee if you haven’t before. It is more flavorful than regular butter, and much more nutritious!

7. MIRA lunch box set, $19.16. Now that I work from home, I don’t need lunch containers anymore, but I would have loved these when I used to commute to the office and packed my lunch almost daily. Plastic containers leech harmful chemicals, even worse when heated, and glass containers are too heavy to carry around to be practical. I love the light stainless steel solution of these containers and look how cute they are!

8. flip & tumble produce bags, $10.99. I bring these produce bags when I go grocery shopping, along with my reusable grocery bags. I like to do whatever I can to  reduce my use of plastic, and these bags are so lightweight and extremely durable. They also keep my produce fresh in the fridge and they are so easy to wash. I highly recommend them for your family and friends who are passionate about going green!

9. CDN meat probe thermometer, $22.92. Do you have any meat lovers in your life? Most likely, yes. With a probe thermometer, you won’t ever overcook your favorite steak or chicken. I rely on mine heavily in the kitchen and my meat dishes always turn out amazingly juicy and tender. Here’s how it works: you stick the probe in the thickest part of the meat before cooking it and set the temperature that the alarm should go off. The probe stays in the meat while it cooks, and when it reaches your ideal temperature, the alarm rings so you can take it out of the oven or off the grill. Perfect meat, every time.

10. Lodge cast iron skillet, $24.99. A heavy-bottomed, well-seasoned cast iron skillet is so useful in the kitchen and I use mine almost every day. Not only is it affordable, it lasts forever if you take good care of it. It does take some time and effort to maintain and clean, but it’s totally worth it. I’ve cooked some of my best egg and meat dishes in mine. Remember: the more you use a cast iron skillet, the more seasoned it gets so the food doesn’t stick to it. Not only is it useful, I love the rustic farmhouse look of cast iron skillets. This one comes with a heat resistant handle, making it a complete gift for someone who loves to cook!

Hope this list was helpful in completing your holiday shopping. What are you favorite healthy gifts to give or have gotten in the past?

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