First of all, I feel like I haven’t posted a blog in ages. Having become a Director with Beautycounter last month, I’ve been a little busy. Last week I got back from a Leadership Summit in Dallas, Texas and it was AMAZING. Figured my daughters were at a good age, so why not leave for a few days and go learn? It’s been almost 7 years since I graduated from University, so figured it was about time. To say it exceeded my expectations would be an understatement, which is why I couldn’t wait to share a snapshot with you. First of all, Texas is BEAUTIFUL. For those of you thinking of visiting, do it! I’m all about warm weather, patio seating, lights strung from the rooftops and the feeling of sweet summertime, all the time. That’s basically the vibe everywhere I went.
Meeting the founder and CEO Gregg Renfrew and her family was a bit surreal. She’s a mom to three darling kids and such an inspiration; makes me even more excited to be part of Beautycounter. Gregg’s primary focus in launching the company was to create a movement for change in the industry. Beautycounter is leading the charge and I’ve come to realize just how impressive our leadership team is. One of which is, Xavier Ormancy, a world renown scientist who has previously worked for L’Oreal paris and Chanel. We got to hear about the innovative products he has developed. They’ll be launching this year and I can’t wait to share them with you.
Over-all I realized the importance of educating and informing others about the safety of the cosmetic industry. In the US less than 20% of people have any idea that the products they’re using are harmful for their health. I’ve mentioned this a number of times, but it only takes 26 seconds for the products we put on our skin to enter our bloodstream. With cancer rates, infertility and other diseases increasing, something is clearly going wrong. One of the big changes that has been made is the amount of chemicals we use on a daily basis. There were 1,000 registered for use in the US last year, with only 10% having been tested for safety. Our great grandparents were exposed to less toxins in their entire lifetime than we have already this year. How crazy is that?
The opportunity I’ve been given is beyond exciting ~ only 1% of the US knows about Beautycounter. This is still ground floor and I feel lucky to be building my business from the start. The women I’m surrounded by are so sweet and helpful, making my job seem nothing like a job at all. At the end of the day I get to build a financially rewarding business, make a social change AND be at home with my girls. WIN WIN WIN. So… who would like to join me?
Whimsical Little Girls Room
The wallpaper and sloped ceilings are my two favorite things in this space. Decorating little girls rooms is seriously so fun. I was really worried about transitioning Lila into her big girl room and was worried for nothing. As a mom I feel like the things I worry about end up being no big deal. The first night in her new room she slept the whole night. She came down in the morning and says “Hi mom!” Like no big deal…what in the world? She’s growing up so fast and I wanted to make her room something she could grow into.
One of her favorite things to do is play dress up, so that was one thing I wanted to focus on. She’s a girly girl through and through and is all about the shoes, necklaces and dresses. Don’t ask me how often these dresses are actually hanging up, because it’s a rare occasion…
I knew I wanted to do a fun wallpaper and when I stumbled across this one from Anthropologie it stopped me in my tracks. It was easy to design the room around the wallpaper. Anthropologie has a tea towel in the same print, so I bought one to make a pillow cover. It worked out really well to take with me when I was sourcing items for her room. I simply matched the color scheme to the fabric sample. Love the colors ~ I mean how can she not be happy with these whimsical flowers surrounding her?
The bed was actually my sisters old bed, which was black. Black didn’t suit the room, so I figured I’d just paint it with Annie Sloan White Chalk Paint. Well it looks beautiful but goodness gracious… it was a labour of love. The spindles only took about 8 hours to paint. Note to self ~ next time you want to paint spindles use spray paint. Although I do LOVE how it turned out and am a huge Annie Sloan fan… as you can see from the retro dresser I also refinished.
Where to Buy
Bed // Pink Quilted Blanket & Pillow Case // Throw Pillow // Wallpaper // Laundry Bin // Shelves // Chair // Annie Sloan Chalk Paint // Pineapple Wall Art // ABC Book End // Curtains // Curtain Rod // Pendant Light Shade // Floral Box // Unicorn // Lamp // White Pillow Cases // Step Stool
When we got married all of a sudden we were the ones buying groceries, which meant the house was stocked with everything we liked. After gaining unwanted weight, we realized we needed to start eating healthy, but didn’t truly understand what that meant. Lucky for me I had the pleasure of learning from co-workers who were gluten free, whole food followers and even a raw chef.
Learning to eat “healthy” is a gradual process and not something you’ll fully understand over night. Reading books such as Fast Food Nation or The Omnivores Dilemma is a great start. Becoming educated on what is actually good for you and what isn’t is really important. I mean potatoes are vegetables so you can eat a lot of them right? Wrong.
So what does eating healthy mean for me? Eating real food. It’s as simple as that ~ no artificial flavors, minimally processed food, no gmos and very little sugar. Eating healthy 90% of the time and not so healthy 10% of the time. Never dieting, but turning food choices into a lifestyle.
Eating real food doesn’t have to be more difficult or more expensive. (After reading my blog title here’s what you’ve been waiting to read about… haha) My ultimate favorite chef is Jamie Oliver. I’ll be the first to admit I have a slight crush on him. Clearly not in a romantic way, you know I’m head over heals for my husband. All you have to do is watch a few youtube videos and start cooking with his recipes and you’ll understand why. Jamie Oliver is a British chef, known for his television series The Naked Chef. He helps you transform unhealthy eating habits and breaks recipes down by using fresh, whole food. Learning how to make fresh, healthy and affordable home cooked meals in minutes. Who doesn’t want that?
Here’s one of my favorite Jamie Oliver recipes, which I’ve pictured above. It may seem like an odd combination, but trust me ~ SO DELICIOUS.