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My Plant-Based Hair Care Routine: How I Keep My Long Hair Healthy

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.

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10 Valentine’s Day Unique Gift Ideas for Your LA Girl

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.

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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.

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How to Decorate Your Bedroom On a Budget

After a long day, almost all of us want to end up in a bedroom that’s relaxing and a restful place. Your bedroom should be a serene oasis where you can escape all the hustle bustle. When the room is clean, organized, and full of things you love, you’re more likely to enjoy the time you spend there. Decorating your bedroom does not have to cost a lot of money! There are many ways you can instantly update a bedroom without breaking the bank. Today in my blog I’m sharing with you some of my favorite budget- friendly ideas to help transform your bedrooms into rooms that say something about who you are and what you love!

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The Ultimate Guide to Planning Thanksgiving Dinner

The leaves are falling, the weather has changed and the planning has begun. Thanksgiving is literally right around the corner! If you’re in need of some real-life inspiration, I’m here to help! In this blog post I’m partnering with Hickory Farms to pull off the ultimate guide to help you plan a memorable Thanksgiving dinner that will certainly impress your guests!

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Plant-Based Meal Delivery Service: The Purple Carrot

The Purple Carrot is a plant-based meal delivery service that focuses on organic whole foods. Today I’m partnering with Purple Carrot to share their delicious plant-based recipes with you! I’m neither vegan nor  vegetarian. But I try to incorporate meatless meals into my breakfast, lunch and dinner rotation!

Healthy food delivery services have become a full-blown trend. The idea is that each week you’re sent a box with perfectly portioned ingredients and step-by-step instructions that show you how to cook a meal from scratch! But a vegan option has yet to sprout on the scene – until Purple Carrot! Known for their 100% plant-based meals, Purple Carrot’s team of chefs create unique recipes every week that help you learn new cooking techniques at the same time keep your taste buds happy!

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Glamping is the perfect combination of outdoor living and hotel comfort. Featuring all of the best bits of camping with a little luxury and glamour thrown in, glamping is suitable for those who look for a getaway in nature with some comforts of home. My husband and I love being outdoors and experiencing nature in as many ways as we can, but not always roughing it! So this Halloween we decided to try out glamping in Joshua Tree National Park! Vintage 1964 airstream, magical starry sky, spooky coyote howling,…all made our first glamping experience unforgettable! There’s no question about it: Joshua Tree National Park has some of the best camping sites in Southern California. There’s something about the barren landscape that brings a sense of peace and solitude and, at the same time, provides endless opportunities for adventures! In this blog I’m sharing with you what to look out for if you are planning your own luxury camping/glamping holiday in Joshua Tree National Park.

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If you’re feeling like your body is due for a little relaxing and resetting, a fruit bath may be just what you need. Fruit baths relieves stress, nourishes the skin, boosts immunity and improves blood circulation. Fruit baths are included in the menu of many resorts and salons, cost from 50 to 200 USD per session. But now with just a little preparation you can arrange a spa-style fruit bath right at home! 

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Planning the Perfect Fall Picnic

Summer picnics get all the glory, but fall picnics have so many unexpected benefits —fewer bugs, less risk of sunburn and heat stroke, and a more intimate setting away from the summer crowds, not to mention the splendid scenery. As the leaves brighten our days with rich colors, we must take full advantage of their beauty before they begin to fall. What’s a better way to enjoy the beautiful vibrant foliage than sitting outside with warm drinks and cozy blankets? As with any event, the perfect fall picnic is going to require some planning on your part. Here are some tips to help you along the way!

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How to Style a Simple Magical Boho Picnic

The weather is warming up and that means it is picnic season! There is nothing quite like taking some time to relax outdoors and enjoy some casual dining with your loved ones. The idea of a casual stylish boho picnic is something I am loving lately. These effortlessly beautiful ideas, which incorporate elements of nature along with a certain romanticism and individuality, become a lovely trend for this summer! This picnic style can be easily created with a vintage vibe, a layer of whimsical, and  just a few simple touches here and there! The great thing about the boho theme is that you can put as much or little effort into it as you want! Here are some tips on how to style a boho picnic!

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