Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Switch to Non-Toxic Candles : Loving Bright Endeavors



Happy Love week! 
Romance is in the air and so is my Lavender Sprig
soy candle from Bright Endeavors!
If you haven't made the switch to non-toxic candles
what are you waiting for! 

I always have a candle going from about September to 
August...umm always!
I used to always stock up on a very popular candle brand
that would have 2/$20 sales. I'm sure you know who!
Until I realized they were giving me headaches.
My favorite scent was always the Evergreen Balsam,
as it reminded me of the fresh scent back home.
But not for long. Usually, I would get a little annoying 
headache.

All those unhealthy, toxic ingredients found in most candles,
were creating a polluted environment in my own 
home!


Candles made with s bees wax and (non gmo) soy wax with
 natural scents are best for you.
They are an aromatherapy for your home and senses.

Many, many candles are made with paraffin and
some sort of filler oil (vegetable for example.)
 Paraffin releases carcinogenic 
chemicals into your home. 
The fumes can be similar to a 
diesel engine! Yuck!

Tips:  Don't buy $ Store candles or cheap
candles from brands like glade etc.
No candles with artificial scents,
gel candles, imported candles.
Lastly, that have a metal core wick. (These 
have been banned in U.S. but many
still make their way from overseas and are
not banned in other countries: Hi Canada!)

Anytime you burn a candle, do it in a wide
open space in your home. Not a small
bathroom or room with no ventilation.
If you do burn non- bees wax or non- soy candles,
try to limit it to once a week or less!

What I love in particular about this brand Bright Endeavors,
is that the candles are made by young moms in need.
All the profits go towards their paychecks!

This Lavender Sprig 8 oz. candle has
 30 hours of burning time! 
It's made in the USA and 100% of the proceeds
support the young moms who make them.

If you haven't made the switch to healthy candles,
please do so for happiness and good health!
There are so many great natural candles out there
a great way to give back too!
xoxo
(Image via Bright Endeavors)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Sweetheart Nails


Valentine's Day is almost here and I
was inspired to paint my nails a soft pink with
metallic and peachy hues!
Something different and fresh!
I used the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure line.
I love the finish I get, it's super shiny and luxe.

 I really love the look of mixing polish colors on one
hand, I think it is easy to do at home and then I
don't have to spend a fortune on nails at the salon
for artwork or fake nails. 
It is modern and unique and you can switch it up without
any major commitment!
 I used Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in:
World is My Oyster, Mauvin' On Up (pink perfection!!) and Freedom of Peach.

I love the thicker brush the polish has so it is super quick to apply and dries 
fast. 
Are you doing any special nails for V-day?  
Smooches!
xoxo

Friday, January 27, 2017

Sweet & Spicy Green Tea & Why You Should Drink Organic Tea


Hello Friends!
Talking tea today! I drink about 4 cups of tea a day or more
and I absolutely love it.
I came across a great organic green tea by Good Earth.
Sweet & Spicy Green Tea with sweet fruit notes, cinnamon and lemongrass.
Green tea can get a little boring sometimes and this really warms it up and
makes it exciting!

I'm sure you are aware of all of the benefits of green tea, it's loaded with antioxidants
that can help reduce risks for cancer and many other incredible things.
But what I really want to touch on is  he importance of drinking organic tea.
Coffee and tea are some of the most heavily pesticided/chemical fertilized, herbicized
 foods we consume.
 The pesticides are a dangerous health hazard for those who pick the leaves
and those who consume them!
New organic tea agriculture practices sustain the health of soil and the ecosystems.
Then we can reap the healthy, life changing benefits.
 
 By purchasing only organic teas you vote with your dollar to
improve your health and to better care for our earth.
Organic teas are not much more costly than regular teas. Hooray!
So please do make the switch today! Get rid of all of your toxic non-organic teas
and get yourself some delicious organic tea. I just 
bought some wonderful teas at Sprout's for less than $4 on sale and I stocked up!
Cheers to brewing a healthy cup of tea!

xoxo-Taj
 


Thursday, January 26, 2017

SoCozy for Kids and a Vacation!


Hello!

The kids and I love taking baths! They take after their mama
for sure! We always have colored bath bombs for them and 
fun toys for playing make believe of course!
If you are a long-time follower here, then you will know how
much we love SoCozy products.

SoCozy is safe, free of chemicals and completely non-toxic.
Max has curly hair so he tried out the line for curls. 
We love the way everything smells, a little fruity and 
super clean.

 The shampoo and conditioner did not sting his eyes at all!
We love the fun bottles too!  The leave-in conditioner is a life-saver
for my daughter's hair which is a tangle garden! This really
helped with the brushing time and she likes the way it smells.
She is very opinionated about what smells she likes these days!

If you have kids, you will love this line too as much as I do.
No worries about synthetics or parabens and all that gunk
 that other brands sneak in.  It's gluten free too!

 Now thru February 13th, you can
purchase SoCozy products and enter to win an all-expense 5 days, 4 night
deluxe family vacation to Florida!
It includes airfare, an oceanfront room for five in Hollywood Florida,
 a pool cabana, massages, breakfast and dinner certificates!
Sounds amazing!
You can purchase SoCozy at Target, Walgreens and CVS.
Save your receipt and go to http://socozy.com/sweepstakes to enter!

Find out more at  http://socozy.com/

Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo
Taj

 (This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SoCozy & BrandBacker.
All opinions are 100% Mine!)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New Year, New Outlook


Happy New Near!
We are back from a month of being sick!
As a mom, being super sick with the flu and then having
both your kids get sick on top of it is a trying experience!
I am just thankful that storm has passed and we are back on to good 
health.  
Health has really been my main priority this month.  
Feeling so helpless and weak, just 
plain miserable to be honest! I have decided to make
some huge changes in the way we eat. My husband 
and I both agreed to start a plant-based diet. We are
not vegetarian or vegan, as I find that to be different. 
We are choosing to eat non-gmo foods and as much organic, 
natural whole foods as possible. 
We have been moving towards a healthy path for several years and
many of you who follow me on instagram (@gorgeousglam1
have seen my juicing 
and smoothies, etc. But, I really need to go deeper. 

I've been doing my own research, reading, gathering facts etc. as we all
should about how meat effects our health and it is finally time
to move towards a plant-based lifestyle. 
 I want to share this journey with you all, as we can learn from each other
and live healthy together! 
I'm not judgmental about meat/fish either! 
I just want to save it for holidays or for a 
celebration should we choose that. I haven't crossed that path yet.
I'm just going to let it evolve with prayer. 
I believe God provides us with beautiful food and we have
to be wise in how we grow it, cook it, and consume it, that's all.


So in moving forward, I am excited to learn more,
change and share it all too and I hope you
will support us!
It's a big taking-on to say no to fast-food, processed food when 
you have kids and are in a rush!
But I am figuring it all out as I go!
I'm sure many of you do the same!
There are so many outlets now and I feel
blessed to be part of a community
where we share what works and what doesn't.

 (Sweater Dress, Faux Fur Stole: H&M, Booties: Steve Madden)

I've been writing a lot more this year and it feels good. 
Focusing on hope. Everyone seems so full of 
fear about the future lately and I just can't go there.
When you have children, you must be full of light and hope.
So we are moving towards that. 
Surround yourself with what makes you happy is my motto!
I hope all of you are well and in a positive space!
I'm always hear for you and I appreciate you taking
the time to come hear and visit! 

So be sure to look out for more as I share my plant-based
lifestyle! I have a ton of great books to share that I've
been reading so I will try to get that up soon for you and
of course my beauty and fashion posts will resume! 
Please leave my any suggestions for reading that you are loving
this month!

xoxo -Taj
 

 ( a stolen moment in the forest with these two!)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Stocking Stuffer Guide for Her

 Time to fill up the
 stockings soon with some goodies!
I've rounded up some healthy beauty choices and 
a favorite perfume for that special chica in your life!
Take a look, I've linked everything for you too!
xoxo- Taj

You get 3  Butter Lip Glosses and 3 Mandarin Lip Butter Sticks
Made with all natural oils and waxes.
It comes in a cute pink box!


One of my favorite skincare brands is Mad Hippie, so
I had to include a few goodies!
Argan Oil, Goji & Camu Camu
& Eye Cream 15 Actives with Peptides, Ceramides, Pomegranate & White Tea

These polishes are free of toxins and are vegan!

Tweexy Wearable Nail Polish Holder
Perfect for holding your polish while you paint!

These are Natural and the ingredients are amazing!
(I love this line too!)

with Preciosa Essential Oil from the Amazon Rain Forrest.

Burt's Bees Ginger Spice Lip Balm
How cute!!


To Round off a perfect Stocking I always like a perfume!
One of my favorite scents is Marc Jacobs Daisy.
Smells so fresh and girly!
You can find it for a great price right now on
 Fragrance.com and other goodies!

A beautiful  mineral blush trio free of parabens!

This will be a dream stocking don't you agree!
Hope Santa is taking note!






Friday, December 2, 2016

Pretty Phone Cases (Milkyway)

These phone cases from Milkyway are too fab not to share with you!
I think these would be great stocking stuffers for Christmas too, don't you?

The Oh My Deer one is so perfect for this time of year. I can't wait
to get this on my phone! The Dreams Don't Work Unless You Do, will be 
great for January 1st and getting in the groove of making dreams happen 
and starting fresh!
Take a look for yourself, there are so many designs to choose
from it is literally hard to choose!
xoxo 
Taj



Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Marula Oil by John Paul Selects



I have a huge love for skincare oils. I've been using them since I was very young
and I would like to think they have made a significant difference in my skin looking
younger.  Marula Oil by John Paul Selects has fast become one of my
favorite must-have oils.

Marula oil is extracted from the kernels of the fruits of the Marula tree.
It is harvested in a Fair Trade partnership by East African women.
It is a cold pressed oil that has a 60% higher anti-oxidant level than Argan oil.
The oil provides intense hydration and rejuvenation to reduce the appearance
of fine lines and wrinkles.  It also contains a high content of
fatty acids, resulting in easy absorption.  

Any skin type can benefit from the oil, even acne prone!
It helps soothe redness and refresh dry skin.
It is free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates.
 


Ingredients list: 99% Marula oil, 1% Essential Oil Fragrance blend (Limonene, Linalool)




I have combination skin, I get really oily around the t-zone and somewhat 
dry on the outer region and my neck.
Ever since I've had my kids, I have more wacky skin and I go thru phases of 
getting breakouts. (Whah!)
 I am always very cautious of the ingredients of any 
 new skincare products that I incorporate into 
my routine. This oil was all over my radar when I first read 
about it and it's benefits.  I love anything natural that has a
significant impact on my skin.  
 
I use it straight up and gently pat it into my skin. I don't rub it in.
I slather my neck and chest with it too! 
A little goes A LONG WAY! So for
the price, it will last a very long time. 

I can add it to my other moisturizers or even to my foundation for
a glow.
I love how pretty the bottle is, and it has an easy pop-up 
doppler for controlled application.

I notice a big difference in moisture in my skin and it
feels more supple.  I try to keep a close eye on fine lines
that try to creep up and I feel like this oil has helped
keep them at bay.

If you are not using Marula oil yet, you need to get some asap!
 
xoxo 
Taj

 
 




Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Thinking Pink

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is in full swing and I've got 
a few brands that I think you will love to support who are
supporting this important cause so dear to my heart.

This year my husband and I lost a dear family friend to cancer.
It seemed like it was out of nowhere, side-railing us all.
From one day to the next we were gathering our thoughts and 
prayers just to make sense of having to say goodbye so soon.

I remember the last time I saw her, she was wearing a wig to 
cover her distress. I hugged her and I could feel her frailness and
I saw the pain in her eyes. 
She smiled and chatted with me about the kids.
  I had no idea it was the last time I would see her.

I know many of us know someone who has cancer, 
who is battling for their life, or who has lost their
struggle.
We've got to find the answers to these cancers. We've got
to get educated on toxic products that we use on a daily basis that
aren't helping any of us.
We have to support brands that are using healthy ingredients
and who are conscious of their customers' well being and not just
a profit margin.

I hope you will take the stand with me
and think pink on a daily basis. 
Let's clean out our skincare cabinets 
and beauty cabinets and replace everything 
with non-toxic, healthy ingredients.
It matters. Your dollar matters where you spend it.
Show them we want healthy products by
 voting with your money in the stores. 

Beterre Skin+care
Beterre was developed by a two-time breast cancer 
survivor Gina Maisano.
She worked alongside a botanical chemist to create a 
non-toxic beauty line that is suitable for 
even the most sensitive skin.
Made from garden grown ingredients, like lavender, marigold 
and chamomile to name a few.
During October, Beterre will donate 20% of their
 profits to cancer research.
There are many great products to choose from.  I have been
really loving the Clarifying Cooling Toner. It's refreshing and
leaves my skin glowing.
Take a look at the ingredients! 

From the Garden: Witch Hazel, Green Tea, Bilberry, 
Orange, Cucumber,
 Ylang Ylang, Sugarcane, Chamomile, 
Elemi, Sugar Maple,
 Orange, Bergamot, Grape Seed, Siberian Fir, Lemon, 
Parsley, Pomegranate, Coneflower, Raspberry, Ginseng, 
Elderflower, Lavender, Rosehips

Shop



Travalo
Travalo is a leader in travel fragrance options and allows you to
pick whichever kind of healthy fragrance you desire!
Just add your fragrance into their beautiful containers and you have a 
a refreshing spritz wherever you are!
Travalo is donating 25% of all pink model sales (there are 3!)
to Bright Pink. It is the only non-profit organization focused on early detection
of breast and ovarian cancer in young women.

Shop


eos
During October the brand is partnering with Memorial Sloan Kettering
Cancer Center to support cancer survivors.
Each purchase of the Berry Blossom Body Lotion 
eos will donate 100% of net profits to breast cancer research!
eos berry blossom lotion is 100% natural; formulated with shea butter,
avocado oil and vitamin E.
It smells amazing!
I've seen it at many drugstores and you can buy it here at Target!

invisibobble
Lastly, invisibobble the traceless hair ring
that won't leave any kinks or split ends!
Trade your ponytail holder
for a stylish invisibobble.
invisi bobble donated to 4 cancer charities
that their fans voted for.
You can wear your invisibobble as a bracelet too 
to show your support! #pinkheroes
Shop

xoxo -Taj


Friday, October 21, 2016

Home Remodel Update with Legrand adorne



We've been working on remodeling our home and
I am excited to finally have some progress to show you!
Picking out the lighting fixtures for each room has been a lot of fun.
But we wanted to update all of our lighting plates and outlets as well to
 give everything a modern and sleek look.

All of our new plates and outlets are from the Legrand adorne collection line. 
Their selection is totally amazing! Whatever style you fit into, they have
something to take your home to the next level!
We really focused on these upgrades for our older home to make it
feel more functional for our lifestyle, like adding sleek USB outlets for charging
our phones, ipads, etc. and a fun nightlight outlet for the kiddos room.

Every Legrand adorne piece is simple to install in minutes and instantly
upgrades the value and look of your home!
Check out my little video I made at the end of my post showing
some of my favorite adorne 
pieces and an easy install process!

 Our style is a modern California beach glam vibe. 
So we chose White Gloss Lacquer plates and Brushed Stainless Steel plates
 that are super glam and that feel both masculine and feminine.  
It was important to have pieces that will grow with
our home and not feel outdated in a few years.  
These fit the bill, and are exactly what I had in mind.
I love the quality of the pieces and the functionality.
Everything feels modern and chic.


This dual plug outlet is a modern Tamper-Resistant outlet with a Dimmer Paddle 




 (Mini pendant light over our bar area that is on the Dimmer Paddle Switch)

Whenever I've gone into high-end homes or luxury hotels, 
I always notice the modern outlets and fixtures, so we really wanted
to incorporate that feeling of luxe to our spaces.
It is an upgrade anyone can affordably do with Legrand adorne to add a 
real touch of customization and glamour.



This has to be one of my favorites!
So modern and functional!

(Hallway light on a Dimmer Paddle Switch)

(Dimmer Paddle Switch with Gloss White Plate)

(Pop-Out Outlet in White with Gloss White Plate) 

These Pop-Out Outlets are genius! Especially if you have kids,
you can just pop them back in the wall and they are hidden from little fingers.
I love that I can pop them in the wall an not have to see the plug holes either!


This is all you need to get started! Your adorne plate, the type of switch or outlet
and screwdrivers!

Check out the Legrand website for many options and styles of plates and
outlets for your home. You will really enjoy the modern chic feel they bring to
your home!
xoxo - Taj


Watch my video for an easy DIY install process!



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