Category Archives: health

Additional Ingredients I’m Avoiding

In my first post on ingredients to avoid, I mentioned parabens and sulfates.  Here are two more ingredients I’m trying to avoid or use sparingly and some reasons why.

Silicone (and other “cones”)  Continue reading


Easy to Find Sulfate-Free Shampoos

Finding and using a sulfate-free shampoo is not as much of a challenge as you might think.  More and more brands that we all know are coming out with a sulfate-free version of their product.  It might take you a bit of time to get used to shampoo without SLSs, but your scalp will thank you. Continue reading

The Truth Behind Cetaphil

Do you use Cetaphil? You may want to reconsider.  Even though it seems plain and safe for sensitive skin, you aren’t doing your skin any favors.  Yes, there are only eight ingredients (water, cetyl alcohol, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, stearyl alcohol, methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben) but they are all chemically manufactured, except for the water.  Continue reading

Green Monster & Inspiration

In February I transitioned to a vegan lifestyle and I learned about SO many new things. One of them is green monsters, which I initially learned about from Angela.  She actually created such a buzz about them that she created an entirely separate website – the Green Monster Movement – as a way to track all the recipes.  I’ve gotten my boyfriend hooked on them too which works out for me because now he will make them in the mornings and leave some for me 🙂

GM & a note from Jillian Michaels waiting for me after my workout this morning!

Also, I’ve been inspired recently by Clare at Fitting It All In.  She works out every single morning before work  – goes to the gym or a class, packs a bag, showers there and goes straight to work.  THAT’S dedication!  Every day she writes about her workouts and reading her blog has been my motivation to get up and do something in the morning, too.

I own Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred and the workouts are only 20 mins each so it’s not hard to do before work.  I definitely feel better when I start my day with a workout so I just wanted to say thank you to Clare for inspiring me 🙂

I hope you have a great weekend!  Steve & I are off to look at an apartment today and then going to my coworker’s wedding!

April’s Very Green Birchbox

Better late than never, right?  Here are the contents of the Birchbox sent in April…

And now individually:

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Glamour Mag to Report on Chemicals in Cosmetics

Not Just A Pretty Face recently had a post previewing a first-of-it’s-kind article that will be in the May issue of Glamour magazine.  It is an investigative report into some of the chemicals that people (especially women) expose themselves to everyday.  The article questions whether chemicals are making us fat, sick, and infertile, which many people already believe.  Glamour states that women are especially vulnerable because we use more cosmetics & other beauty products than men, and our bodies also treat the chemicals differently once they are ingested.  A lot of common chemicals are treated like hormones inside our bodies and can mess with a whole host of things.  Please take a few moments to read the article and learn more about how the FDA hasn’t even reviewed or approved most of the products we use daily.

A Neti Pot Second Hand Review

A neti pot.  I’ve never used one, but my boyfriend has.  Steve has suffered from seasonal allergies for a while now and has always used allergy medicines to keep his symptoms under control, but it was never really a 100% fix.  They would just mask his symptoms but not cure them.

He really suffered late last summer and early fall, so when his sneezing & runny nose started again a few days ago I was *not* looking forward to the next few months of it.  When I mentioned the idea of a neti pot to him, it was really just to get him thinking about it.  I didn’t think he’d go for it right away, especially after I showed him some youtube videos of people using it (here and here).  I’m sure you can imagine my surprise when the very next day he told me he was going to pick one up and try it out!  I thought it was going to take a lot more convincing on my part 😉

That’s a picture of the one he got (I was a little bummed it looks more like a tea pot than an Aladdin lamp!).  He used it twice yesterday, once before his workout and once right after.  Luckily since I made him watch the videos he knew just how to position his head and barely got any solution in his throat.

This morning when he woke up he was SO excited because he could breathe without taking any drugs, and that made me really happy!  He used it again before work this morning and has been feeling great all day.  I think I may have created a neti pot addict!

Have you ever tried using a neti pot?  Did you use it for allergies or another reason?