Having always wanted to see the tulip festivals in Europe or lavender fields in Provence I felt like the Flower Fields in Carlsbad helped satisfy my wanderlust dreams until I could fulfill them. Every year from March 1st to May 13th, 50 acres on the west side of Carlsbad come alive with the beauty of thousands of blooming Ranunculus flowers. I went this past week and was surprised I had not heard more about it in the past. It was at about 85% bloom!
As my husband and I care for our dog, Lychee, fighting his kidney disease battle, we learn a lot about macrobiotic lifestyle. We incorporate more plant-based meals into our daily life. We learn that our kidneys are not only affected by the bad toxic food we eat everyday (fast food, white rice/bread, oily/sugary snacks, sodas, coffee,…) but also by fragrance chemicals that we’re possibly exposed to every day (perfumes, detergent, soaps, lotions, shampoos,..). These fragrance chemicals (synthetic scents) represent an unidentified mixture of ingredients including carcinogens, allergens, respiratory irritants, endocrine disruptors, neurotoxic chemicals and environmental toxicants. So my husband and I try our best to replace everything “fragrant” in our household with homemade plant-based alternatives; for example, we home grow aloe vera and use the meat (with Manuka honey) for body lotions and face masks, we use our garden grown grapefruits to make our own dish washer and hand soap,….As we were trying to figure out how to make our own shampoos and conditioners, I got contacted by Phyto to try their plant-based haircare products. For over 50 years, Phyto has been a leader in plant-based hair care. All of their products are overall 95% botanicals and formulated in their family-owned labs in France.
Their products embrace the principle that healthy hair begins at the root, and they have created so many unique products that contain no parabens, sodium laurate sulfate, synthetic fragrances, and no added water. Since then I have incorporated Phyto in my haircare routine and every since I started following this regime my hair changed completely! Below, I’ve outlined this routine and the products I use along the way for you. My hope is that all of my time and energy can help at least one of you get one step closer to the hair you’ve always dreamed of.
Valentine’s Day is coming up and you’re still probably in search of a gift for your lovely LA lady! It’s the most romantic time of the year and is a big deal for most women. Guys are generally not good at planning or picking gifts. The quest for the perfect gift or well planned Valentine’s Day can be stressful so in this blog I’ve got you covered with a guide to the 10 best unique Valentine’s gift ideas for her. This list is designed to help you avoid the generic and cliché gifts for your sweetheart. Hopefully these ideas can kickstart your efforts.
Here we are at that time of year again—romance is in the air! You’ve seen stores filled with cards, hearts, chocolate candies, and cuddly little stuffed animals with messages like “Hug Me”, “Be Mine,” or “Let’s Kiss”. It’s the most romantic time of the year and is a big deal for most women. It doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated — a successful Valentine’s Day results from thoughtful planning and paying attention to the small details. Here’s everything you need to make this day feel more special and loved.