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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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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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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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The Ultimate Gift Guide for Travelers

This gift guide list should have been curated before Christmas, but I think a gift guide for avid travelers is useful for a variety of occasions during the year from birthdays or for your loved ones when they are about to set off on grand adventures. What inspired me to write this blog is because I was showered and pampered with wonderful gifts from family members and friends who understand me so well! They know I love traveling and taking pictures so their gifts are centered around my hobbies. I’m so thankful for their attention to a travel girl’s wish list so I would like to share with you my gift guide inspired from gifts I received this Christmas which has something for everyone who travels on your list. So when you are shopping on New Year or any other time of the year keep these ideas in mind.

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The Ultimate Christmas Countdown Checklist for December

Christmas is now just less than a month away and I think this is a great time to get ready for Christmas activities so that December can be a time of celebration instead of frustration. The best way to get organized is through an elaborate Christmas countdown checklist which will help you and your family have more festive cheer and less stress. I have come up with my ultimate December Christmas Countdown Checklist to help you keep track of the important things that need to be done before Christmas Day!


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