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Love Goodly Subscription Review April/May 2017

I tried it! When Love Goodly, a vegan beauty subscription service that delivers boxes of cruelty-free products to your door every other month, sent me a sample of their April/May box, I was so ready to get my hands on it.   If you've followed my blog for a while, you may know that I've been vegetarian for seven years. I've long been wanting to transition into a fully vegan lifestyle (which I practice about three days out of the week, currently). So naturally, the opportunity to work with...

The Perfect Acai Bowl Recipe

Acai bowls (pronounced ah-sy-ee) have a lot of buzz right now, thanks to the amazing efforts of YouTubers, bloggers, and influencers on Instagram. And there's a reason. Acai bowl recipes — which originate from Brazil — make up the trifecta of all good things: not only are they healthy (made from the superfood acai berries that pack a good-for-you punch), they are visually pleasing, and to top it off, they're super, super delicious. What more could you want from a breakfast dish?   If you're not located in a major...

How to Practice Gratitude

Practicing gratitude makes us healthier and happier people. (It also makes us sleep better!)   The University of Texas Health Science Center reports that, "a growing body of research shows that gratitude is truly amazing in physical and psychosocial benefits." Such benefits include exercising more often, establishing and maintaining more meaningful relationships, and a reduction in "toxic emotions" like depression, anxiety, and more. Sounds good, right? With gratitude basically being the elixir of life — a key component in living a fuller, happier, and healthier existence — how could...

How to Improve Your Sleep

Sleep is supposed to be something that the body does naturally — so why does it seem so difficult to fall asleep sometimes? You can improve the quantity and quality of your sleep with a few valuable tips. But how?   According to NPR, 60 million Americans can't sleep, have trouble falling asleep, and/or experience difficulty staying asleep. There are so many factors that can keep the mind awake even when the body is sending it other messages, messages of sleepiness. When you throw blue-light electronics into the...

Tips: How to Beat Instagram’s New Algorithm

Let's hear a collective Internet sigh for all the users affected by Instagram's new algorithm.   We should have seen it coming, what with Facebook's myriad anti-business algorithms that it has been unveiling over the past few years. (In many ways, I did see it coming — was even warned by an Instagram insider that pretty soon, "promoted" posts were going to be a thing for businesses.) But even so, I wasn't prepared and I'm sure neither were you in recent weeks when Instagram completely changed things up...

What Is Makeup Baking?

Baking your makeup makes all the difference.   It's a term and technique originally used in drag but (of course) was popularized by Kim Kardashian, as well as Instagram and YouTube makeup artists. Baking — which is also referred to as "cooking" — refers to a technique in which a person applies translucent powder under the eyes (and anywhere else on the face that should be highlighted), letting it sit for five to 10 minutes. Baking is beloved by so many makeup artists because it uses the natural heat from your...

30 Ways to Self-Care

Empathy: I have a whole lot of it but at times, it can be both my strength and downfall. The caveat to being an empathic person is that we can get bogged down with the feelings of other people, to the point of ignoring our own feelings and needs. This is something that the people closest to me in my life have been pointing out to me recently: that I'm all 100% there for everyone else in my life, but 0% there for myself.   It's hard but this...