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Lauren Kennedy

Favorite Cleaning Tool: Nellie’s WOW Mop

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For all of you who know me, cleaning is a top priority in my every day life. I live with lavender wipes in my car, a hand vacuum at full disposal, and now, my new favorite cleaning tool, the Nellie’s WOW Mop.

You guys. This cordless and rechargeable, lightweight mop is first of all the cutest mop in all the land, and not to mention, it’s super easy to use!

It comes with reusable pads that can be thrown in the wash and reused up to 100 times. It is great on ceramic, hardwood, and tiles floors…and my favorite part? The Floor Care solution is plant based, contains a naturally derived fragrance, and is the best tool for removing dirt and odors.

Other benefits I love about this product line:

1) the products come in tins, which are easier to recycle and are in turn eco-friendly.

2) they are biodegradable and friendly to the environment.

3) they are hypoallergenic and are perfect for sensitive skin.

4) the powder is more concentrated than liquid detergents, so you’re not shipping water all around the world. Another eco-friendly perk.😉

5) the dryer balls are used to replace dryer sheets, which are usually very toxic!

P.S. Did you know? Most scented detergents just mask your clothes in a chemical fragrance instead of actually cleaning. Nellie’s powders are fragrance-free, leaving your clothes and dishes scentless – so you know they’re clean!

This line is becoming one of my favorites and a staple in our home. Shop it here and use LAUREN for 25% off at checkout!

Thank you, Nellie’s, for sponsoring this post! 

Tips On Purging Your Home Before A Move

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Hi friends!

If you are following along on Instagram, you may know that Jase and I moved out of our first house together a month ago! We didn’t post a lot about it as it has been a bit of a whirlwind, but the circumstantial events that led to this move brought so much clarity and peace that it was time to leave. We are moving to a new area that is in the middle of nature and 15 minutes from one of our favorite beaches, so our excitement level is through the roof.

A little update: we are living in a hotel for a few months because we are about to fully jump into renovating our new house. This is a story all in itself, so stay tuned for that + we are doing a completely nontoxic remodel from the stones, tiles, and paint we use to the glue, furniture, and lighting we buy. I have learned a lot and will have so much to share with you guys!

Now to the topic I have been dying to jump into: purging the home before a move! I think we can all agree that although moving can be stressful in some ways, but the best part about it is cleaning out every inch of the house, from the closets to the kitchen cabinets to the office shelves.

I tend to clean out our home every few months because if you do it often, the process becomes super easy and far from daunting. But there is something about moving that sparks an even greater purge. Jase and I donated or tossed out about ten to fifteen super large bags of stuff. Isn’t it crazy to think that we had that much in our already non-cluttered home being unused? We donated loads of clothing and shoes, work out attire that sat in the bottom of our dresser drawers, beauty products, handbags, candles, books, lamps that were lounging in the garage, and we tossed products that were recently expired!

I know we probably all know of Marie Kondo and her new series on Netflix; it’s creating such a beautiful movement! A friend recommended her book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, to me a few years ago, and the two things that stood out to me were:

1) Everything should have a place.

2) If something doesn’t spark joy, get rid of it.

It’s easier said than done, right? But from implementing this and purging extra recently, doesn’t it lift such a weight off your shoulders when you empty your house of things that are unnecessary? I also read this article recently that connects clutter to health; it’s so fascinating!! Not to mention, it brings more intention when purchasing things because it feels so refreshing to live with less.

I would love to hear your experiences with tidying up in the comments below! xoxo

images: The Home Sort– best organizers ever!

Why I Love Infrared Saunas

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My friend introduced me to infrared saunas about a year ago, and I have been hooked ever since. There is a spa near my house in California that I try to go to monthly to get the benefits of this therapy, and we actually just purchased the mPulse Believe for the home we are moving into in a few months, so I will be sitting in it 3-4 times a week for maximum benefits.

What is infrared?

Infrared is the invisible part of the sun’s light spectrum (experienced as heat) consisting of three parts: near, mid and far. Infrared is therapeutic because it penetrates human tissue producing a host of health benefits. The heat it creates in the body causes you to sweat and release stored toxins.

Far infrared (FIR) is the longest wavelength and reaches deepest into the body where toxins are stored. By raising your core body temperature, FIR stimulates the sweat glands, resulting in a deep, detoxifying sweat that leaves you feeling revitalized. Plus, since sweating increases heart rate, cardiac output, and metabolic rate, you’re also burning calories.

Mid infrared increases circulation, helps reduce inflammation that has accumulated within the joints and helps reduce pain caused by inflammation. Increased circulation also helps with healing by assisting with the delivery of blood, oxygen and nutrients to the injured area.

Near infrared (NIR) is the shortest and the hottest wavelength.Don’t be drawn into the so-called NIR halogen bulbs sold online.  They are unbearably hot and not effective. Scientific research shows that when delivered at the vital wavelength of 880nm without extreme heat or light, NIR promotes skin renewal, cell health, wound healing, and tissue growth. LEDs are the best source for NIR.

HEALTH BENEFITS

  • Cell heath

  • Blood pressure

  • Circulation

  • Improved heart function

  • Lowers chronic pain

  • Limits diabetes side effects

  • Improves digestion and fatigue

  • Pain relief

  • Relaxation

  • Skin purification

  • Weight loss

  • Detoxification

  • Wound healing

If you desire to purchase an infrared sauna for your house, be sure to verify that 100% non-toxic materials are used inside and out. I did heavy research on what brand to buy, and Sunlighten blew all of them out of the park! Only Sunlighten saunas are medical-grade, clinically backed and proven 95-99% effective. This is why Sunlighten is used and recommended by more health experts and consumers over any other sauna brand. Sunlighten’s Solocarbon heaters contain a proprietary blend of FDA-approved materials and are heat-sealed to withstand temperatures above and beyond the operating temperature to ensure no unhealthy gases are released during heating. Plus, extensive third-party testing has been conducted to ensure that all of their materials are safe and non-toxic.

This month (Heart Month), Sunlighten is teaming up with the American Heart Association by donating to their “Life is Why” campaign. Only Sunlighten saunas are clinically shown to lower blood pressure with regular use. That is why helping healthy hearts has become a such a big part of Sunlighten’s culture. Mention my name for an additional $200 off the sale price of any sauna until 2/21.

Have you tried an infrared sauna before? What do you think? Let me know in the comments section below!

Hormone Health Expert: Candace Burch 

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In my wellness journey, I have learned that hormones play such a significant role in our overall health. One day, I was listening to a podcast featuring Candace Burch and became even more fascinated by the affects of imbalanced hormones. As she was listing them out, I realized I experienced many of them!

Not to mention, Jase and I are trying to get pregnant, so I immediately contacted Candace to make sure my hormones were straightened out. Her mission is to educate and empower you to direct your own path to hormone balance using saliva test results as a guide to natural hormone relief and rebalancing.

The process was so simple, and I learned so much in my consult with her! My hormones were a bit imbalanced, and after talking through the results, I realized the biggest change I needed to make was stress relief. The end of last year seemed like we were facing one thing after the next, from my new car breaking + managing the buy back process, putting our house on the market, dealing with remediation from the fires on our new house while we were in escrow (Lord help us!), and launching my new subscription program. Isn’t it crazy how impactful life circumstances can be on our physical health? I mean, it totally makes sense, but the first thing I think of when life feels like a bit of a whirlwind is not how it would affect my hormone health.

Candace also offered herbs for me to take in order to create more balance in my system.

The process:

STEP 1. TEST YOUR HORMONES AT HOME WITH OUR SALIVA KIT

STEP 2. MAIL SAMPLES TO THE LAB FOR ANALYSIS (W/PREPAID ENVELOPE)

STEP 3. SCHEDULE A PHONE CONSULTATION TO REVIEW RESULTS

STEP 4. FOLLOW CANDACE’S HOLISTIC REBALANCING ACTION PLAN

I could not recommend Candace more!

Lululemon x SoulCycle

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I love the new year because it gives us a push to be more disciplined and improve our health! It has been so fun seeing so many of you celery juicing and signing up for The Clean Sweep + the health-filled Insta posts are bringing me life! What better way to kick of 2019 than embracing new health practices, work outs, and might I mention, new work out gear?

Did y’all know that lululemon is partnering with SoulCycle to launch an exciting, limited-edition activewear collection? Deep breaths. I could not be more excited for this!

I went to a SoulCycle class this week in these pants and this sports bra, and both pieces made the experience extra enjoyable. The pants and the bra fit perfectly and are so comfortable at the same time, and they held up during the entire class and are super soft too! I threw on this sweatshirt post ride, and this jacket is on my wish list because this collection is oh-so-dreamy and work out perfect. Not to mention, this tank would be a great addition to this look + maybe buy something for your man, like these shorts. And throw in some socks to boot!

There is something about a work out outfit that inspires me to actually exercise. Do you agree? What workouts are you incorporating in your routine this year?

Thank you to lululemon and ShopStyle for sponsoring this post!

An Anti-Aging Wonder: Fountain of Truth Beauty

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I could not be more proud of my dear friend, Giuliana, for using her story for good in so many ways. One of which is her most recently launched skincare line called Fountain of Truth. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, G was unable to find a clean skincare line that treated the appearance of fine lines, discoloration, and other skin issues. So, she created her own! It has been extra sweet to watch how personal this process has been for her + how much care she has put into creating it.

Reasons why I personally love FOT:

  • The Fountain of Truth formulas contain Super Bio-Ferment technology of clean, safe, gentle, and highly effective, fermented, skin-loving botanical ingredients.
  • The use of fermented ingredients: efficacy and potency of ingredients may be increased when they are fermented because they can be “broken down” into smaller molecules to help improved the appearance of skin’s surface.
  • It uses smaller molecules, which can allow for more skin penetration, hydration, and soothing. Not to mention, fermentation can also help the nutrient density and concentration of skin-loving ingredients. All this makes for a gentle, yet effective formula to help to improve texture, tone, dryness, and the appearance of fine lines.
  • A few of the ingredients:
    • Wakame Seaweed has powerful antioxidant benefits.
    • Iron, Magnesium, Copper and Silicon get fermented and play important roles in helping skin look and feel healthy.
    • Zinc is an important antioxidant for the skin.

P.S. This is the cutest present ever for the holidays!

 

 

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