Glow Up with ‘Beauty and The Broth’-tail


Broth is trending in 2021, and Beauty and The Broth CEO & founder, Melissa Boloña was ahead of the trend changing the game with her company. Boss Ladies: Hollywood Actress & Entrepreneur Melissa Boloña’s  company makes broth that isn’t gamey like others, its a collagen-rich bone broth concentrate that offers a clean taste and is delicious to sip when warmed up.

Recently she collaborated with Agent Nateur’s founder, Jena Covello to offer tips on health, beauty and wellness, with instructions on how to make an exclusive Glow Me cocktail. It’s a chicken bone broth-infused cocktail, to #sipyourselfstunning and #glowfromtheinsideout!

Make a Broth-tail this Valentine’s Day

These two women shipped a box Holi (Trinity) Beauty Box and the ingredients to make a “Glow Me More” cocktail. Bone Broth wellness benefits include promoting better gut health, less cravings and beautiful, glowing skin. Agent Nateur natural beauty products help combat anti aging with healthy, clean, organic ingredients. Here’s how you can have your own Glow Up this weekend.

Ingredients to make a “Glow Me More” Broth-tail recipe:

1 oz gin – Bombay Sapphire is preferred

1 dash of celery bitters

1/4 oz Beauty & the Broth – Chicken Broth concentrate, heated with 7 oz water

Organic lemon juice

Parsley, celery and carrot stick for garnish

  1. Heat the broth concentrate and water over the stove.
  2. Add gin and lemon juice. Pour all ingredients into a snifter
  3. Garnish with parsley, celery and carrot sticks

Agent Nateur Holi (Trinity) Set

Follow these steps for the best beauty results

  1. Wash and pat dry face.
  2. Apply holi (water) to gently exfoliate and brighten skin
  3. Apply holi (c) a blend of vitamin C and calcium to help support cell regeneration and stimulate collagen production.
  4. Apply holi (oil) to add nutrients and antioxidants to help rehydrate, soften and illuminate your complexion and watch it glow.

Burke Williams Spa Day at Home

One of the leading luxury spa destinations in California is Burke Williams Day Spa. I used to visit the spa in Sherman Oaks with a friend on our birthdays. We celebrated friendship, wellness and relaxation while soaking in the whirlpool tub. After receiving a facial or massage, we would sit in the women’s lounge area in our BW robes and slippers sipping tea and nibbling on nuts. Due to Covid, we didn’t get to do that this year.

There are now 11 Burke Williams Day Spa facilities across California, however they are all temporarily closed due to government and county pandemic mandates. However they are offering products, at-home gift kits and gift cards for those special people in your life seeking a spa experience.  There are many options to fit any price point, and Burke Williams gift cards never expire.

The ‘Luxurious Escape’ gift box includes a super soft Burke Williams robe, a canister of aromatic BW Vanilla-Lemongrass Tea, BW Eucalyptus ShowerSpa Mist, a Sonoma Lavender Eye Pillow for aromatherapy, BW Serum for the face, and a BW Gift Box.

These spa kits have everything for a safe and relaxing date night in your own home or weekend beauty day. There are many options to fit any price point:

  • Healing Touch ($35) – Includes Sacred Earth Warming Massage Lotion, Sacred Earth Muscle Rub, and Burke Williams Self-Massage Tool.
  • Taste of Burke Williams ($50) – Includes Burke Williams Vanilla Lemongrass Tea, Body Bliss Lavender & Vetiver Bath Soak, and Lemongrass + Eucalyptus ShowerSpa Mist.
  • Sweetest Dreams ($100) – Includes Burke Williams Vanilla Lemongrass Tea, Body Bliss Lavender & Vetiver Bath Soak, Lemongrass + Eucalyptus ShowerSpa Mist, H2V Beyond Facial Masque, and Sonoma Lavender Massage Oil.
  • Luxurious Escape ($155) – Consists of one Burke Williams robe, Vanilla-Lemongrass Tea, Eucalyptus ShowerSpa Mist, and Sonoma Lavender Eye Pillow.

When Burke Williams Spas open, you or a loved one can use these special gift card packages at one of the following locations in Hollywood, Marina del Rey Simply Massage, Mission Viejo, Orange, Pasadena, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Torrance and Woodland Hills. Burkw Williams gift cards never expire. 

  • Irresistible Relaxation ($165) – Includes an 80-minute Pure Relaxation Massage or Spa Style Facial, an enhancement of your choice, and a $25 H2V Skincare Bonus Card to use toward the purchase of H2V skincare products in spa.
  • Timeless Serenity ($270) – Includes an 80-minute Pure Relaxation Massage, 50-Minute Spa Style Facial, an enhancement of your choice, and a $25 H2V Skincare Bonus Card.
  • Perfect Match ($330) – Includes two 80-minute Pure Relaxation Massages or Spa Style Facials, two enhancements of your choice, and two $25 H2V Skincare Bonus Cards.

Pricing and services for these offerings will vary by location. Go to Burke Williams to learn more.

10 Must-Have Beauty Products for 2021

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1. The Better Skin Mirakle Cream fans have reported 25 skincare benefits from this ingredient rich recipe featuring coconut oil, sea buckthorn, shea butter, cocoa butter, aloe, and soothing algae. Better Skin Epik C Serum offers plant-based technology combined with ascorbic acid offers the most stable form of Vitamin C (3%). Majestem tightens and lifts the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C hydrates, lightens and brightens dull skin, while reducing redness and puffiness for a healthy youthful glow. PhytoVie acts as a natural pollution shield to protect skin from free radicals all day long. Better Skin Lava Magik is a daily cleanser, face mask and premium scrub all-in-one. Nutrient-rich ingredients such as French Lava, calendula, sweet orange and grapeseed oils, cucumber, parsley, and chamomile assist the skin in creating the appearance of healthy radiant, more youthful looking skin. Price: Get 15% off until the end of January, 2021.

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2. Take care of your hands with Eco Gloves. This company is the first glove made with biodegradable and compostable for eco-friendly hand protection solutions. Eco Gloves are durable and made with premium vegetable-based ingredients that make them not only better for the environment. Bathe your hands in your favorite hand cream and put Eco Gloves on. Keep them on for at least 10 minutes to discover softer and more supple hands. By using renewable plant-based materials that are sustainable and compostable, Eco Gloves help to reduce carbon footprint by 68% compared to traditional plastics. Clean and soft hands and a clean environment, is what 2021 is all about. Price: Starting at $15.

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3. SPARTI Scents is a combination of dynamic notes of Star Fruit, Frozen Lemon, and Coriander de Leaf in a stick. Get your groove on in 2021 with this easy to apply perfume. The festive packaging makes it a great gift for yourself, your teen or a dear friend.

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4. Eczema Honey Well-Being Kit – Since we still will be wearing masks, using sanitizer and washing our hands in 2021, wear a reusable triple layer honey bee face covering. It’s washable, made in the USA offering 100% cotton on the outside and pleated polyester layer in the center. The kit also comes with a comfortable pair of cotton gloves, and a travel size hand sanitizer that is a fragrance-free gel formula to put in your pocket or purse when you go outside. Price: $16.99. Other Eczema Honey products are available at CVS.

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5. Seabae is an eco-conscious beauty solutions brand for ocean lovers and the environmentally conscious. Seabae Wipes are the first of their kind makeup remover wipes made from ethically-sourced hemp cotton. Now there is zero waste, because they are reusable after more than 1000 washes. Not only are these biodegradable, but also esthetically pleasing shaped as a seashell with a shade of ocean blue Buy a Combo Pack that includes 3 face wipes, 7 eye wipes, a laundry bag to wash them in and a reusable Seabae Travel Pouch.

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6. Humble Brands, the natural deodorant and wellness company dedicated to creating products formulated with clean and simple ingredients, unveils a new collaboration by releasing a signature scent with actress Troian Bellisario today. Named Star Anise & Palmarosa ($9.99),  this unique, gender neutral scent was formulated to be a one of a kind grounded, earthy and unforgettable scent. All other Humble deodorants, the scent is made of 4 Simple Ingredients- Coconut Oil, Non-GMO Cornstarch, Beeswax, Baking Soda plus Star Anise, Palmarosa, Fir Balsam & Patchouli essential oil. They are made with no aluminum, alcohol, parabens, dyes or artificial fragrances. Together with Troian, Humble has made the decision to donate 50% of profits from the signature scent to a charity close to both of their hearts — Together We Rise, a non-profit organization with a vision to improve the lives of children in foster care, bringing resources to foster youth and use service-learning activities to educate volunteers on issues surrounding the foster care system. Priced under $10.

7. For those who love their nails, the new nail brand Nail Wig Stroke Effect, was launched during COVID-19 after the salon, Nail Wig Toppings Bar, was ordered to shut down. The products are bottled, offering decorative embellishments that change the look of base colored manicured nails, instantly (hence the name, Nail WIG!). Frosted Tips ($10) offer a glitzy look, this gorgeous silver holographic glitter that gives the nails a strobe effect. To use: Apply base color, sprinkle glitter, dry with UV lamp, and apply gel top coat. Chrome Spykes ($10)  is a reflective foil transfer paper that changes any look from flat to multi-dimensional. To use: Apply base coat, remove and trim foil to nail, apply foil to area desired to transfer pattern, peel off foil, set with top coat. Off The Hook ($10) is a gold mixed glitter with tiny, high chroma pigments for a metallic effect.To use: Apply top coat, buff a thin layer of flakes onto nail surface, brush off excess, apply hard gel and seal with top coat.

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8. Osmosis Beauty formulates healthy and non-toxic makeup for all skin types, including those undergoing oncology treatments. Each product consists of natural pigments, gentle ingredients and botanicals. Osmosis Lip Intensive is a liquid lipstick offering rich pigments and a lustrous, creamy finish that hydrates, nourishes and protects lips. Available in 6 bold, brilliant and natural shades.

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9. Rejuvenate and moisturize your hair in 2021 with Stellar Strands ($13) from Kinky Curly.  This hydrating deep treatment is enriched with Argan and Macadamia Oil to moisturize dry, brittle curly or kinky hair and reduces breakage while it rejuvenates. Kinky Curly products are made with natural ingredients to strengthen and nourish your hair. Formulated with phthalate free fragrances and safe food grade colors, without drying alcohols or silicones, petroleum or mineral oil, or any hydrolyzed wheat protein, animal protein or other proteins that can build up when used daily. Their products have not been tested on animals.

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10. For aches and pains, Australian made Subtle Energies offers results-based aromatherapy, natural skincare and wellness solutions founded on authentic Ayurveda principles. Their Muscle Ease Massage Blend is a powerful combination of strengthening and rejuvenating essential oils combined with the fortifying base oils, ideal for deep tissue massage. When applied it helps detoxify joints, feet and legs and anyone experiencing congestion. The Muscle Ease Blend can be used liberally all over the body to keep warm and well during the winter blues.

Wellness beLeaf Retreat to kick off 2021

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I just received my VIP beLeaf Retreat box filled with participating partners products to enhance the upcoming 2-day virtual retreat on Jan. 9 and Jan. 10, 2021. Inside the box were snacks and products with a plant-based twist. There was Ground Up chips, Laird Superfood, dairy-free Ripple, protein by Four Sigmatic, a healthy snack bar by Purely Elizabeth, facial mist with sunscreen by Coola, Thrive Market, Purple CarrotSplendid Spoontoasted coconut chocolate chip banana brittle by Banana gluten-free puffs by Vegan Rob’s and Good Sam small farm chocolate. Also inside the box was a custom journal filled with all the session information for the beLeaf Retreat.

Ready for a reset? Looking for a healthier lifestyle in 2021? beLeaf retreat is a fun, immersive and informative virtual weekend to inspire you to attain a healthier future. It’s a safe way to connect and play with others and your family while learning how to eat healthier, lessen your carbon footprint and make an impact on the environment. 

Leading plant-based brands, celebrity athletes, influencers and expert speakers will attend beLeaf retreat offering tools and content topics that include Health and Food, Environmental Impact, Value Systems, and Animal Empathy. 

This virtual, at-home journey through beLeaf’s custom-built, animated environment offers hands-on interactive workshops, accountability circles, product marketplace, and VIP experiences delivered by engaging leaders and influencers. 

“At a time when connection has never been more important, beLeaf provides a unique opportunity for us to virtually join together in meaningful discussion about what matters most–our deepest values, beliefs and lifestyle choices,” said Amanda Cey DeMonaco, Founder & CEO, beLeaf Retreat. “We’re thrilled to be supported by world-renowned brands, athletes, authors, and influencers that share our passion.” 

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The retreat is also proud to collaborate with some of the biggest celebrity advocates in the plant-based space including professional athletes, Gabrielle Reece, Hannah Teter, and Leilani Munter. Influencers include Toni Okamoto (Plant-Based on a budget), Michelle Cehn (World of Vegan) Ed Winters (Earthling Ed), Martin Skadal (World Saving Hustle), Jason Wrobel (Best Selling Author of Eaternit), Ruby Roth(Best-Selling Author of We Don’t Eat Animals), Kathryn Kellogg (Founder of Going Zero Waste), Stephanie Williams (Veganwhat), Gemma Newman(Plant Power Doctor UK), and Mark Brown (Author of Zen Pig).

beLeaf Retreat offers individuals and families the opportunity to assess their current value system and identify opportunities for growth. Building upon their current state, families can then align their values and “beLeaf System” to enjoy a healthier, more sustainable and empathetic 2021.

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Gain VIP access to the beLeaf Retreat immersive experience. Participate in live 2-day virtual experiences with 20 interactive sessions. Topics include ‘How a Healthy Mind and Body Can Help Us Achieve Our Dreams’ lead by Hannah Teter and ‘How Can We Best Support and Build a Healthy Immune System?’ led by Gemma Newman. Reimagin classic family dishes with Stephanie Williams and attend a VIP interactive cooking demo’s with top influencers Toni Okamoto and Michelle Cehn guide you to make a budget friendly vegan chili and cornbread. Also enjoy an adult-only cocktail hour. A VIP ticket is $225 per person or family.

The General Admission ticket is $125 and includes live 2-day virtual experiences, 18 interactive sessions, adult-only cocktail hour, family and adult only content tracks. Go to beLeaf Retreat for your GA and VIP ticket.

Feeling Blumenes Better

After going to my annual well-check, I learned from my doctor that I have arthritis in my left knee. He urged me not to get surgery until the pain level is an 8 to 10 (on a level of 1 to 10).

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Since I enjoy walking, hiking and biking, my left knee is sore often. After attending an Emmy Awards gifting suite, I remembered I received a bottle of Blumenes CBD cream. I put some of the lotion in the palm of my hand, and rubbed it on my knee. It is amazing how it offers a cooling effect and dulls the pain. The minute I feel the pain in my knee start to flare up, I grab my Blumenes and rub it on my knee.

Co-owners of Blumenes

Co-owners of Blumenes Yael, Stephanie, and MIshel live in Southern California, and created one of the finest cannabis-infused CBD creams and topicals. 

The Blumenes philosophy is all about gratitude, self-care, and positivity. These attributes align  the path to pain relief. Blumenes’s Luxurious & Organic CBD products are sourced and developed in California and utilize key healing ingredients like Hemp, Turmeric, Dragon’s Blood, Witch Hazel, Primrose, Aloe, and Arnica.  The products are cruelty-free, gluten-free, and U.S.-grown with independent, third-party lab testing.

“After seeing so many people we love and care about suffer from pain—both physically and mentally—we decided to take things into our own hands and create a clean, organic, vitamin- and mineral-enriched cannabis-infused relief cream,” the founders of Blumenes explain. 

Full-spectrum CBD oil is the highest-quality extract from the cannabis plant, since it preserves all of the rich phytonutrients, cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.

With a proprietary blend of plant compounds that work together to amplify therapeutic efficacy, Blumenes’s Luxurious Premium CBD creams provide you with a safe, holistic, and organic relief you can trust.

“Hemp and CBD are gifts from Mother Nature,” the founders add. “Bringing you the best in healing, our mission is to help you repair and rejuvenate as nature intended … because life is too precious to feel pain.” I absolutely agree!

Staying well & focused with Four Sigmatic

As we continue to practice social distancing and protect ourselves and others during COVID-19, it’s important to eat healthy, stay active and get enough sleep while working, studying, and taking care of family while staying #saferathome.

When the innovative people at Four Sigmatic in Santa Monica, CA, introduced me to their nutrient dense products to try during the pandemic, I discovered a new morning routine.

Tero Isokauppila, Founder and CEO of Four Sigmatic stated on the website, “Now, more than ever, consumers are managing stress and change, so we’ve created a one-of-a-kind wellness shots to align with today’s demanding environment. Our new Four Sigmatic shots are an easy way to integrate wellness throughout the day based on people’s individual needs.”

I learned that mushrooms have been used for years for their medicinal purposes. The Chaga mushroom is one of  2019-2020 Superfoods gaining popularity in a variety of products including coffee and tea, and dietary supplements.

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Their Mushroom Coffees do contain actual coffee. A regular cup of coffee contains about 95-200mg of caffeine. Their instant Mushroom Coffee contains only 50 mg of caffeine per serving, and is fair-trade certified.

What makes their coffee different? Mushrooms, adaptogens and superfoods including Chaga, Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, Turkey Tail, Eleuthero, Probiotics, Yacon, Ashwagandha, Tulsi, and Rhodiola. These ingredients have been shown to support focus, concentration, relaxation, steady energy levels, immune system, and daily wellness.

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Wellness shots to sip. Four Sigmatic offers Adaptogen Beauty, Focus and Immune Support.The 2.5 oz. shelf-stable plastic bottle shots are made from natural fruit juice, vitamins and a powerful high dose of functional CHAGA mushrooms, known as the “King of Mushrooms” to support immune function, Lion’s Mane to promote focus and creativity, and Tremella to retain moisture.

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Adaptogen Immune Support. Just shake and sip!

Color: Magenta purple due to beet extract.

Flavor: Sweetness from elderberry and a pleasing ginger flavor to tickle your tongue.

Health Benefits: One shot gives a daily dose of  chaga mushrooms, oregano, vitamin C, elderberry, beet extract and ginger to support your immune system.

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The Adaptogen Focus is made with lion’s mane mushroom, an extract that is a key ingredient to help support focus, productivity and creativity.

Color: pineapple yellow with a squeeze of lime juice

Flavor: Pleasing tropical flavor

Health Benefits: Each shot offers 50mg of caffeine from guayusa superleaf (a native tree in the Amazon Rainforest, and one of three known caffeinated holly trees. The leaves are dried and brewed for their stimulative effects). Besides caffeine, each shot contains vitamin B12 to promote productivity.

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Adaptogen Beauty supports skin, hair and nails.

Color: Red/purple from pomegranate and blueberry juice

Flavor: soft and pleasing berry fruit taste.

Health Benefits: Contains a high dose of tremella mushroom, a jelly-like mushroom known for it’s ancient beauty benefits to hydrate and maintain skin while we age. Other ingredients include biotin, a water-soluble from the vitamin B family. It’s also known as vitamin H and helps to convert certain nutrients into energy, as well as helps in the health of your hair, skin, and nails. This shot also offers vitamin C to help support glowing skin.

Adaptogen Immune Support, Adaptogen Focus and Adaptogen Beauty are sold in boxes of six for a retail price of $24 per box. These shots join a family of products available in 55 countries and sold at national retailers in the U.S. such as Whole Foods Market, Sprouts, Amazon and Thrive Market, as well as other stores where natural products are available.

For more information about Four Sigmatic follow @FourSigmatic on Instagram.

ZenDEFENSE during COVID-19

During the pandemic, everyone is seeking ways to keep their immune system strong. Lot’s of sleep, exercise and a healthy diet helps.

Recently I was asked by the American Zenwise Health Company to try their ZenDEFENSE for a daily healthy immune system boost.

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I learned one capsule contains vitamins, minerals, fruit, antioxidants, and polyphenols to support daily wellness. It’s enhanced with Elderberry, a pure source of Vitamin C, known as an antioxidant booster that beneficial for cardiovascular function, skin and bone health, especially with Zinc Oxide.

ZenDEFENSE contain herbal and holistic ingredients: Magnesium, Garlic, Selenium, Quercetin, Olive Leaf Extract, and Turmeric (Curcumin) Root to support immune system response.

It’s vegan, non GMO and priced at $25.97 for a 90 capsule bottle. The company makes other health supplement products, click here. Where to Buy: Buy Online or Amazon.com, Walmart.com, iHerb.com, and LuckyVitamin.com.

The company states that if you are not satisfied with their products, just contact  support@zenwisehealth.com and a support team member will assist you in canceling your order and/or provide a full or partial refund at your request.

16 Healthy Food Products delivered to your door

Regardless of lifestyle, diet, or allergen concerns, when you read the federal government reports thousands of workers in meat processing plants have been infected with the coronavirus, and in the double digits have died, it makes you think twice about eating meat right now.

Small changes can have a big impact. By cutting out meat even just one day a week promotes better health, improves animal welfare, and supports a more sustainable world.

I was approached by 20 different food product companies making plant-forward, vegetarian, vegan and healthier food options for people to enjoy while #SaferAtHome. Here is a list of my favorites:

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  1.  Mother Raw is line of delicious, consciously crafted, and plant-powered dressings, marinades, dips and condiments. All Mother Raw products are made with nutrient rich ingredients. Mother Raw has options to suit everyone. Some of my favorites include the Vegan Queso for breakfast burritos, Caesar Dressing for salads, French Onion Dip for crudités, and their newest Lemon Tahini Dressing. Click on this link for recipes to help you create new dishes with Mother Raw products. Order online to be delivered to your door.

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 2. Beanfields Vegan Cracklins takes snacking to a crunchy new level. Beanfields mastered the  texture of a fried cracklin, but in a baked, vegan crackling recipe. Each serving is packed with 3g of fiber and 4g of protein, and every bite is gluten-free, grain free, allergen free, and Kosher. They are made of beans, cassava flour and chickpea protein. Available now at Beanfields.com in flavors such as, Spicy Nacho,  White Cheddar, Ranch and Korean BBQ.

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3. SMART SWEETS are made with soluble plant-based fibers and have only 3g of sugar per serving. The founder of Smart Sweets uses fruit and vegetable juices such as pumpkin, carrot, and spirulina from natural algae for the vibrant colors in the Fruity Gummy Bears (87% less sugar), Sweet Fish (similar to Swedish Fish, yet with 92% less sugar), Sweet Chews (flavors include strawberry, mango and watermelon), Peach Rings (88% less sugar), and Sour Blast Buddies (91% less sugar). These sweet treats are gluten-free, and available at Whole Foods, Target, GNC, Kroger, Gelson’s and The Vitamin Shop.

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4. BOBO’S are delicious, especially the whole grain coconut oat bars! The 100% organic, gluten-free, vegan, and certified Non-GMO. The Boulder, CO company makes their treats soy and dairy free. Flavors include Bobo’s original oat, coconut, lemon poppyseed and chocolate chip oat bars. They come in bites too, including peanut butter chocolate chip bites and sell a strawberry toaster pastry (healthier Pop-Tarts). New to Bobo’s product line are their nut butter plant-protein bars offer 11-12g of protein. There are chocolate chip peanut butter, almond butter, cherry almond butter with hemp seeds and banana peanut butter bars. Get 20% off by including the CODE: BOBOSMOM.

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5. Pulp Pantry makes healthier grain-freetortilla chips that are vegetable based and made from fresh, upcycled pressed greens. These chips provide a good source of fiber in every serving, and offer the same crunch as regular tortilla chips.  The Jalapeño Lime Pulp Chips packs the heat and is made with organic celery and kale fiber offering 4 to 5 grams of fiber per serving, or a full day’s serving of fiber in each bag. The gluten-free, plant-based and non-GMO flavors include Sea Salt, Barbecue and Salt ’n’ Vinegar. To order and have a box sent to your door, go to https://pulppantry.com.

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6. KARMA NUTS – Recognized as the “Best New Snack” at the world’s largest NaturalProducts show, Expo West, Karma Nuts Wrapped® cashews have comparable anti-oxidative activity to blueberries and twice the fiber of a traditional cashew. The nutritionally-dense Wrapped® cashew offers a delightful crunch and has the skin of the nut intact. The skin offers for nutritional value. Their “skin-less” cashews are air roasted, not roasted in oil. All are non-GMO project verified, vegan, and have kosher ingredients. Their flavors include Cocoa dusted, Golden Tumeric, Toasted Coconut, Cinnamon Wrapped, Lightly Salted, Sea Salted, Sweet Matcha, Lime Twist, and spicy Peri-Peri. Sign up for Karma Nuts newsletter and receive 15% off your first order. Just use code 15KRM94568. Click here to see where to buy or order Karma Nuts online. They are available in 8 oz. jars and 1.5 oz. snack pouch.

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7. Alpha Foods is a Glendale, CA based company now selling their delicious plant-protein Crispy Chik’n Patties at COSTCO Wholesale and online.  Each patty is breaded and when heated in the oven is crispy on the outside and tender inside. It tastes similar to Chick-fil-A sandwich, but is vegan, non GMO, dairy free and offers 10g of protein and 6g of fat. Eat alone or on a soft bun with mustard, tomato, avocado and lettuce. Alpha Foods offers vegan recipes on their website. Other Alpha products include The Alpha Burrito and Breakfast Burrito, Pot Pie, Nugget, Strips, Pizza, Tamale, Burger, Patty and Crumble.

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8. Outer Aisle Cauliflower has been the rage for grain-free, vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian dietary needs. PLANTPOWER pizza crusts and sandwich thins are made with over 60% fresh cauliflower (that equals one serving of vegetable per piece). The pizza crust and sandwich thins do have a little parmesan cheese to enhance the flavors. Just top with sauce, veggies and vegan cheese. It can also be used as a healthier wrap or tortilla for a quesadilla and breakfast burrito. The sandwich thins can be used as a bread substitute. Top with guacamole, hummus, olive oil or your favorite spread. They are gluten-free, low carb and calorie, and made with no flour, no soy and no artificial ingredients. Find them at Gelson’s, Whole Foods, Bristol Farms, and Lassens Natural Foods.

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9. Cleveland Kraut offers crunchy sauerkraut packed with flavor and gut-healthy probiotics. It’s a great topping for veggie burgers, salads, savory breakfast bowls. Fermented foods are regularly consumed within European and Asian cultures, so Cleveland Kraut has been making it for American consumers. Add to you healthier diet for gut-health benefits from millions of probiotics. Their Beet Red is made with red cabbage, fresh fermented beets and carrots. This earthy and tart Kraut is great with tofu dogs, and salads. Order online or find the Kruat, Hail Caesar Dressing and Marinades at Whole Foods. Click here for Culinary Crafted recipes include Sweet Beet Tofu Wrap, salads and tacos.

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10. ZENB takes vegetable parts that are typically thrown away – the stem, seeds and skin, and turns them into healthy snack bites and sticks. They add some diced almond, agave or date syrup, almond powder, cinnamon, nutmeg or coriander, sea salt and black pepper for an extra kick of flavor. Go online to get two free ZENB products or try a sampler box with four products for $1.99 (Save $12), exclusive to first-time buyer: Click here for Box of 2 (normally $7.99) for FREE $0. Click here to receive a box of 4 products (normally $13.99) for $1.99.  Flavors include Corn, red bell pepper, pumpkin, carrot, beet, edamame and sweet potato.

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11. RightRice offers nutritious ancient grains that are a blend of over 90% protein-rich, fibrous vegetables: lentils (loaded with plant-based protein and fiber, plus iron and other vitamins and minerals, chickpeas (packed with protein and fiber to increase satiety, boost digestion), and peas (pea fiber provides an ideal source of fiber with added protein) to elevate rice (provides essential amino acids for a complete protein, enhances taste and texture). This union offers twice the protein, 5 times the fiber, and 25% less net carbs than white rice. 170 Calories. 8g Protein. 5g Fiber. 28-29g Net Carbs per serving. Flavors include Spanish, lemon pepper, garlic herb, Thai curry, fried rice, cilantro lime and harvest pilaf. They now have a rice medley with ancient grains that includes harvest pilaf with garden sweet carrots, sea salt, pepper, and pumpkin seeds. My favorite cajun spice offers bold and savory New Orleans flavors, ideal with tofu and veggies. Ready in just 12 minutes this gluten free, non-GMO, vegan, kosher, low glycemic index, low sugar content, and free of egg, soy, peanut and tree nuts.

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12. Life’s Grape grown on vines in California, Selma Pete vine-dried grapes are a cross between three delicious grape varieties. They are picked when they are dried hanging on the vine, resulting with a delicate, sweeter, meatier, juicier nutritious snack. Easy to digest, these vine-dried grapes offer fiber that allows the slow release of sugar to prevent a quick insulin spike. The USDA ranks vine-dried grapes among the top antioxidant foods. If you don’t like raisins, give Life’s Grape a try, especially the ones dipped in dark chocolate and peanut butter. Find them on Amazon, Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, Cost Plus World Market and https://www.lifesgrape.com.

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13. Sweet Nothings is like a smoothie in a 3.5 oz serving, that is a fruit-based frozen ready-to-eat treat made from organic fruits (strawberry, banana, blueberries and dates), vegetables (beets) nuts (cashews and peanuts), and seeds (chia and flax). These cold treats are vegan, and made with no added sugar, gums, and stabilizers. It’s an ideal mid-morning snack, mid-afternoon pick-me-up, and guilt-free dessert after dinner under 100 calories. Flavors include chocolate, peanut butter, strawberry, coffee, and blueberry beet.

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14. Good Good offers low sugar jams and syrups that are plant based, dairy and gluten free. Good Good started  in 2015 in the small Nordic country of Iceland, where three friends were concerned about the amount of sugar in popular food items. Since two of the friends  had close relatives with type 2 diabetes, they wanted to make eating easier for those who have to limit their sugar intake. They started making products using Stevia and acquired a small production facility in Iceland to produce Stevia drops and as a tabletop sweetener. With an excess of our erythritol and stevia blend Sweet Like Sugar, on stock, they came up with an idea make jam to prevent food waste, and their most popular line of Good Good products -the Keto-friendly spreads took off. Their spreads come in blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, and apricot, and they even offer a maple syrup.

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15. Highkey are low carb, Keto approved, gluten-free snacks. HighKey’s Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies are the perfect anytime sweet snack for when the sweet craving hits. Their website has a Keto Calendar that calculates your BMR & TDEE. They offer a variety of mini cookies, baking mixes, hot cereal, protein cereal, and granola. They use premium ingredients like almond flour and monk fruit extract to make their snacks healthier than traditional snacks. What is Monk Fruit? Known as Luo Han Guo, grows natively in China and Thailand and is believed to have been used Traditional Chinese Medicine for hundreds of years. Monk Fruit is a plant-based sweetener that is nearly 200 times sweeter than sugar, and has zero calories and zero grams of sugar, so it won’t spike your blood sugar levels. Order online here.

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16. After receiving 4th & Heart Ghee, I may never cook with butter again. This clarified butter from grass fed cows is soft and offers a more intense buttery flavor (ideal to melt and pour on top of freshly popped popcorn. People who have a casein allergy (facial swelling or skin reactions) or intolerance to the milk sugar (gas, bloating, diarrhea, indigestion, and skin troubles) can enjoy this, because both casein protein and lactose are removed. Ghee also has a high smoke point at 485 degrees, while butter is at 350 degrees. This makes Ghee ideal for pan-frying or cooking basically anything in place of butter, coconut oil, olive oil, or avocado oil. Ghee contains fat-soluble vitamin A – a  powerful antioxidant that supports immunity and skin health. Also vitamin E – repairs damaged skin, fights free radicals, and promotes heart health, and Vitamin K – important in bone health and normal blood clotting/wound healing. Go online to see all of 4th & Heart’s products and receive 15% off your first purchase by signing up for their newsletter. Their website offers some great recipes.

 

Girlfriend’s Weekend at Pechanga Resort

Meeting friends for a Girl’s Weekend Reunion at Pechanga Resort nestled in Temecula Valley, this destination that offers a multitude of activities that appeals to everyone.

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Besides the 20,000 square foot gaming casino, there is an event theatre showcasing sell-out concerts. This Las Vegas style resort has a water oasis featuring four-acres of pools, waterslides, a swim up bar, restaurants and spacious cabanas. Next door is a world-class spa facility, and fitness center.

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Recently, Pechanga recently completed a $300 million expansion, nearly doubling its guest-rooms. The new luxury Pechanga’s Tower offers spacious Junior Suites. The bedroom offers a king or two queen beds, and a separate sofa bed in the living area. The quartz countertop bathroom has a large rain dome shower and in-shower bench, with an array of luxury bath products.

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The tastefully decorated rooms feature indigenous and locally created artwork among floor to ceiling windows looking out to the verdant Journey at Pechanga golf course or Temecula valley and hills.

During the day, there are three swimming pools, including a zero-edge main pool with a swim-up bar. The family pool has two waterslides and a splash pad. Throughout the 4.5 acres there are five whirlpool spas.

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There are plenty of lounge chairs and cabanas for friends to catch up while enjoying the topical oasis called The Cove. Day Beds accommodate four friends, while pool cabanas seat up to six people. The Cove also offers seating in the Premium Cabanas for up to 8 guests. All day beds and cabanas include sun care amenity, bottled water, and cabana services.

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Golf course architects, Arthur Hills and Steve Forrest, created a par-72, links-style Journey at Pechanga golf course (The course will be closed for overseeding beginning September 23, 2019 until October 14, 2019).  After a round of golf with girlfriends, the acclaimed Journey’s End restaurant offers a healthy lunch and dinner menu inside the modern club house and outdoors with firepit and golf course views.

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Relaxation time at Spa Pechanga is inside a 25,000-square foot sanctuary designed for year-round rejuvenation of the mind, body and spirit. Amenities include a warm indoor whirlpool and another whirlpool spa outdoors with a flowing waterfall. Inside are steam rooms, saunas, and relaxation areas for napping. Upstairs, the luxurious treatment rooms offer tranquil hillside views.

Inside the hotel there area a variety of international dining venues including The Great Oak Steakhouse, Umi Sushi & Oyster Bar, Paisano’s, Bamboo, and Blazing Noodles. There are also a handful of casual options, bars and lounges.

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In the evening Pechanga Resort and Casino has the largest casino floor with over 4,500 slot machines, 154 table games, a non-smoking poker room with 38 tables, and an ultra-modern, 700-seat bingo.

Pechanga is a winning destination for all to enjoy fun, sun, and relaxation.

 

 

 

 

Petal to Plate Picnic in The Flower Fields

Acres of super bloom ranunculus are located between LEGOLAND and the Pacific Ocean in the beachside community of Carlsbad. The hills of The Flower Fields are ablaze in yellow, purple, salmon, pink, gold, red and white.

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Located behind Armstrong Garden Center is the largest argritourism destination in Southern California. Over 60 acres of land are in full bloom starting March 1 until Mother’s Day weekend.

I was invited to attend a Petal to Plate dinner in a field of Tecolote ranunculus in full bloom. They grow from the finest strain of ranunculus seeds, originally from the Asia Minor, located at the top of Turkey. What makes these flowers unique is the seeds develop into a tuber producing a buttercup shaped flower that is 14″ to 24″ tall.

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Before sitting at an elegant communal table, I walked up to the Tap Truck SD for a pour of Golden Blonde before finding my place setting. Corbin told me his beer trucks are ideal for parties, weddings, concerts and festivals.

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Our Petal to Plate picnic in the fields was prepared by the creative chefs at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa. The first course was a crudite plate. There was sun-dried tomato pesto hummus, lemon hummus, citrus thyme marinated olive blend, baby carrots, sugar snap peas, Tinkerbell sweet peppers and pita chips.

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Next I enjoyed a Cali Wrap made with a spinach wrap filled with grilled zucchini, roasted sweet peppers, quinoa tabouleh and a Romesco spread, and then finished with a large double fudge chocolate chip cookie.

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Executive Director of Visit Carlsbad Sam Ross and Mark Rudyk the Director of Marketing & Communications at Visit Carlsbad share what the farmers do with all these flowers. “Some of the flowers are cut, while others stay in the field for farmers to collect the seeds and replant in the same field for the next season,” said Ross.

The Flowers and bulbs are harvested and packaged to sell at the onsite Armstrong Garden store for the public to take and plant at home.

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Guests visiting the Flower Fields can ride in a wagon pulled by an antique tractor with an audio commentary sharing the history of this one-of-a-kind farm. This year the fields have props for visitors to capture the perfect Instagrammable moments.

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Even though ranunculus are the stars in Spring, there is an interactive flower maze made with blooming, colorful and fragrant sweet peas. While exploring the attraction, I discovered the history of the poinsettia, and walked into a large greenhouse showcasing cymbidium orchids in a multitude of colors.

During April and May there are a variety of fun, special events that include live-musical performances, flower arranging classes, photo workshops, tea in the gardens and sunset wine tastings with food in the fields. To see a schedule of events, go to Visit Carlsbad and The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch.

My Favorite Wellness Month Beauty Products

IMG_8937Walking into the luxury Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Resort in Beverly Hills, I admired the exquisite flowers on a center table before attending an invitation-only special Wellness Month event at the hotel’s rooftop Secret Rose Garden.

Standing out on the rooftop overlooking Rodeo Drive, I was welcomed by Lisa Wang Michaelis, the founder of Wellness Month. “For the entire month of August it’s about self-care and putting yourself first,” she said. She introduced me to one of the representatives at the event, Jackson Schlekewey from Lucky Owl.img_8894

He showed me five different rings and offered me to select one. They are made with sterling silver and are hypoallergenic. Each ring has an affirmation word engraved on one side and a touch of bling on the other side, giving the wearer a chance to show a little reflection of one’s spirit and a friendly reminder of one’s aspirations.

Looking at Hustle, Believe, Love, Strength, and Truth, I selected Believe, because that is my mantra in life. These rings can be stacked on one finger if you chose to wear more than one declaration or just wear alone.

Jackson told me that these inspirational rings make wonderful gifts to yourself and others and during the month of August, Lucky Owl is offering a Wellness Month promotion – 30% off any item purchased by using promo-code WELLNESSMONTH. This article was featured in JustLuxe.IMG_8973

Also at the Wellness Month event at the Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Resort in Beverly Hills, I noticed a brightly colored Laki Naturals display. The entrepreneur and designer Tiffany Lerman informed me that Laki means “Lucky” in Hawaiian. She shared with me that all of her natural Hawaiian based bath and body skin care products capture the essence of Aloha. They are made without parabens, artificial additives, micro beads, sodium laurel sulfate, phtalates, synthetic dyes, gmo, petrochemicals, animal testing.img_8916

One of the most popular products are the Laki Natural Shower Fizzies. They turn your shower into a soothing and therapeutic spa-like experience. Activated by the stream and water droplets in your shower, it creates a calming cloud of essential oil aromas that rejuvenate your mind and body. There are 6 different scents: Rainbow Eucalyptus, Sea Breeze Grapefruit, Hawaiian Lavender, Lemongrass Luau, Orange Hibiscus and Peppermint Falls.

Next she showed me all of her Laki body scrubs made with only the purest and cleanest ingredients. The sea-salt exfoliation can be used twice a week to cleanse skin, promote circulation and stimulate the body’s energy flow. This exclusively vegan scrub will leave your skin refreshed, relaxed and revived. There are 6 different scrubs that include Hawaiian Kona Coffee Energizing, Hawaiian Black Lava Exfoliating Sea Salt Foot Scrub, Hawaiian Lavender Relaxing Sugar Scrub, Hawaiian POG (Passion, Orange and Guava) Refreshing Hand Scrub, Hawaiian Plumeria Revitalizing Sea Salt Scrub, Mango and Coconut Detoxifying Hawaiian Ala’ Ea Salt Scrub.

Now soaking in a bath can be even a more mindful and relaxing experience with Laki’s healing benefits from detoxifying epsom salts and healing sea salts. Not felling well? They offer a Sinus Soother bath soak. Soaking in warm water, your skin gets nourished, hydrated and clean. The company makes 10 different bath soaks that includes Island Coconut, Pina Colada, Island Gardenia, Hawaiian Lavender, Aloha Rose, Charcoal Lava, Hula Mermaid, Mango Guava and White Tea Ginger.

Bath fizzles spheres are interactive fun in the tub. Place a fizzy ball into warm water and watch it bubble and decrease in size. These products are made with coconut oil, grape seed oil and offer pleasing aromatherapy. Laki makes 6 different Bath fizzy balls that include Hawaiian Lavender, Island Gardenia and White Tea Ginger.

Besides shower and bath products, Laki makes cleansing bars. There are an assortment of cleansing and moisturizing bars that are made in small batches and contain no GMOs, parabens, sodium sulfate, unnatural preservatives or petroleum products. These vegan bars are made with olive oil and palm oil to moisturize skin.

Last they offer aroma therapy mists that can be sprayed on your face and body to relieve stress, and improve your sleep quality. The 6 different sprays include Tension & Headache Relief Mist, Jet Lag Relief Mist, Travel Queasiness Relief Mist, Travel Stress Relief Mist, Aloha Rose Refreshing Mist and Hawaiian Lavender Ho’ Ola Mist. To learn more and punchase Laki Naturals, go to www.Lakinaturals.com or www.anthropology.com. This review was also featured in JustLuxe

 

Achieving Healthier Skin with DerMend

As an influencer, I received a box with three DerMend products to try for one month. There was no obligation to write about the product. They just wanted me to try it.

Within the first application, I immediately noticed results. What I also liked about DerMend is the value. Here’s my review featured in LuxeBeat Magazine August 27, 2017 – Click here

 

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