Valentine’s Day: Treat yourself without the treats

Valentine’s Day definitely doesn’t have to be about chocolate and teddy bears! I have a couple ideas to share whether you are treating yourself or someone else to help get something that you will enjoy and help stay on track!

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 CODE: FITVDAY This is for a FREE Tumbler on orders over $49. 

You guys know I am a huge fan of the detox tea from Teamiblends but I also love their other teas! If you find yourself feeling “dead”, with zero energy to get motivated in your day to day life (I know how we always reach for that cup off coffee to make it through the day).

The reason why I love Teami Alive is because it helps give your body the boost in nutrients and vitamins that it needs to heal itself, therefore ridding you of the “sluggish, dead feeling” that seems to consume your days. Teami Alive was developed with 3 main ingredients to directly target your bodily issues, and solve them! The unique and delicious combination of Ginger Honey – Lemon Grass – Green Tea can help with:

 * Eliminating Chronic Exhaustion 

* Boosting Metabolism 

* Heightened Focus & Concentration

* Increasing Energy Levels

* Relieving Muscle Pain & Inflammation

* Purifying the Colon

* Increasing Blood Circulation which Improves Skin Complexion

* Detoxing of the Kidney & Liver

* Decreasing Migraines

* Relieving Discomfort from Stomach Cramps

Enter the CODE: FITVDAY at checkout for a FREE Tumbler on orders over $49. Let me know what you guys think! 

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#BarDiscovery 

I have been working behind-the-scenes on a upcoming project focused around clean protein/snack bars. We all know that there are ALOT of options when it comes to grabbing a snack bar on the go but do we take the time to see what we are eating?

Each of us has a list of things they look for when it comes to what they eat! Whether it’s being gluten-free, low in fat/sugar, soy free, or no chemicals it takes time to find something that’s a happy balance! I am on a quest for a “clean bar” and I have had the privilege to work with some awesome companies so far and they have given me a better understanding of what brought them into the industry. I have been learning more about the ingredients and the people behind the company. It has been so insightful and an awesome experience! I will be sharing with you reviews on some great choices AND I am excited to announce various giveaways so you can try them for yourself! Keep an eye out I am so excited for this! 

Center Street Farmers Market: My Findings

I moved to Anahiem in October last year and I have been slowly exploring local shops and  finding new things to do downtown. My favorite place to walk around is a couple blocks away from my apartment in downtown Anahiem off of Center street in The Center St Promenade . I recently discovered that there is a Famers Market every Thursday from 11 AM to 4pm. At the event you will find live music, local grown produce, delicious food,  crafts, local business vendors and much more.

The original Downtown Anaheim Certified Farmers’ Market was established in 1995 and it is a place where consumers can buy directly from certified California growers. It is a not for profit organization that focuses on community outreach. Proceeds from the Downtown Anaheim CFM supplement community events in Downtown Anaheim, such as the quarterly Art Crawl Experience, the Flag Day Celebration (June) and the Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Village (December).

Last week I spent the afternoon walking up and down the market talking to a couple local vendors and learning about their business and how they got started. I wanted to share a few of my findings!

First stop: The Poisoned Apples- Hand Craft Caramels

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This stand is located on the East Side of Center street. Here you will find owners Jeff and Lisa Wallace who make some decadent sweet and salty treats you must try if you have a sweet tooth. From hand crafted caramel chocolate covered apples to handmade shortbread, their treats are all gourmet goodness. Customers say that their treats are “Dangerously Delicious” and it couldn’t be more true. When you taste them, you will crave them and want to try more and more of their flavors. You have been warned!

Their business came into fruition when Lisa decided to make her hand crafted treats for their wedding. After that Lisa was able to grow her passion and expanded to ETSY   and started to sell more and more at local farmers markets. They now have been selling online for years and offer custom orders and you can even have them create favors for you wedding or event!

My favorite was the dark chocolate shortbread caramel. If you like TWIX brand candies, this is like that but so much more.  Inside the Carmel piece, you have a buttery shortbread with a thick layer of gooey caramel which is encased inside smooth and rich dark chocolate and my favorite touch- its topped with black sea salt. Make sure to check them out and grab a couple extra treats for a friend!

Second stop: Scoundrel’s Sweets & Suds

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Laura is the founder of Scoundrel’s Sweets & Suds. They make small batch, hand crafted artisan soaps, health & beauty products, and candies. Laura has been in the industry almost 2 years and has a passion for what she does. Laura is self taught and first started making soap when she was looking for a soap that would help sooth her eczema. Her soaps are made with all natural ingredients and aromatic essential oils. She currently grows her own lavender and as her business expands her hopes are to buy more land so she can grow more herbs for her product.

 

I took home a couple of bars and my favorite was the activated charcoal bar. Activated charcoal has been getting a lot off attention lately as used in acne products to draw out impurities, heal pimples, and prevent further breakouts. My skin felt so refreshed and soft after using her bar.

 

Next Up: Eco Yardscapes

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At the farmers market I met President and Designer for Eco Yardscapes Brendan Dellerba who had a beautiful display of succulents and other items. Everyone has been going a little bit crazy for succulents this past year, including myself. From wedding decorations to coffee table accessories,  lets face it, I am a obsessed with these little guys!

Eco Yardscapes is based out of Costa Mesa and they specialize in creating unique handcrafted planter and terrariums. Ecco Yardscapes is proud to be growing the majority of their succulents themselves which keeps the look unique and a lower cost to customers!

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New succulent on my patio from Ecco Yardscapes

 

Their booth was pretty busy throughout the day but Brendan was more than able to answer all my questions about succulents  and it might be because he has B.S. Ornamental Horticulture! I admit, I am guilty of killing a couple of plants in the past that I bought from the grocery store but I found out after talking with Brendan they my succulents died because I was a bit too generous with the water! Confident and armed with new knowledge, I took home a new little guy which is  Echeveria ‘Perle! With this purchase, like all purchases when you work with their company, he promised me that if i had any issues he’d be there for me!

Check out the variety they have here

 

 

 

The people behind it all + More Events in Downtown Anahiem:

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On my way out I saw a gentlemen standing in the booth smiling and waving to visitors. I decided to stop and chat for a bit and I learned about how the Center Street farmers market was started and their plans to grow the community outreach program!

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  1. Farmers Park Market is relaunching this May, 2016, at Anaheim Packing District. This fresh Southern California certified farmers’ market will take place on Fridays from 4:00pm until 8:00pm and is right next door to the historic Anaheim Packing House.

 

 

 

yogainthepark.png The Yoga Mat Studio – This is the local studio that i visit all the time and i love it! Free community classes on Saturdays at 12pm from January 9th till April 30th, 2016. These are donation based classes and subject to cancellation on rainy days and other bad weather – please check our schedule for cancellations before heading out!

 

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Amazing Exfoliating Treatment: Exfolikate

I went into Sephora a few weeks ago looking for a product to help clear out some blackheads and congestion I had in my skin around my cheekbones and chin. The lady helping me swore by the ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment. Let me first tell you i grew up with my mom being  an esthetician and I worked at a dayspa for 4 years so I have been exposed to A LOT of products! Needless to say I am very picky when it comes to my products!

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I am in love with enzymes (as long as its strong and real) because they eat away at dead skin so effectively! My mom used to give my pumpkin/papaya enzyme masks so I have been on the hunt for an at home remedy! I was extremely excited to try this because it has Papaya, Pineapple, and Pumpkin Enzymes! It also has one of my other favorite exfoliation ingredients, Lactic Acid. I purchased the smallest size which is .5oz to start off with which retails at $24 at Sephora.

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Skin type is it good for:
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination
✔ Dry

Smell:  Good and Refreshing
Texture: Gritty Paste
Price:  A little bit on the expensive side if you compared to drugstore, but this is a quality product I would recommend splurging on!
Effectiveness: This product worked wonders on my clogged pores. It gave me a tingly upon application. My face and my skin felt refreshed and more smooth after rinsing. The black heads decreased significantly after 2 applications
Overall Rating:  5 of 5

Application: When you use ExfoliKate in the shower, the steam will help to activate the enzymes, making it even more effective. 

Per Sephora’s Website- Suggested Usage:
-Use once or twice a week, AM or PM.
-Apply a thin, even layer to a clean, wet face, massaging in a circular motion for 30 seconds.
-Leave on for up to two minutes.
-Rinse and gently pat dry.

Precautions:
-This product may cause the skin to tingle and flush slightly for a short time.
-For sensitive skin, leave on for less than one minute, or use ExfoliKate® Gentle instead

Overall this is a great product and I am extremely satisfied with the results! I would recommend if you have clogged pores, mila, or blackheads to give this a try ASAP! If you purchase this from the Kate Somerville website you get free shipping and returns plus samples and a % discount on your first order with email signup!

 I am going to try some of their other products and I am excited! I will keep you updated! Have you tried any of Kate Somerville ‘s products? If so tell me what you tried as well as your thoughts in the comments below!