Making eco-friendly swaps in the home is super easy, and you get to help the environment and reduce your exposure to toxins at the same time. Gone are the days when we carelessly used plastic wrap for all our stored fridge food and plastic bags when we shopped for groceries. There has been a societal shift as it becomes more and more imperative that we start taking care of the environment. And it all begins in our home by making conscious daily choices and small, gradual changes. In this guide to making your home more sustainable, I’m sharing easy eco-friendly swaps for green living.
The Narwal Robot Mop and Vacuum is an award-winning brand new invention that started out as an uber successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo and Kickstarter — and will be launching June 1, 2021. Narwal reached out to me to send over their Narwal T10 and they had me at self cleaning. Narwal is the world’s first, I repeat first, self-cleaning robot mop and vacuum. Meaning, the mop cleans itself so you don’t have to lift a finger. This technology is so impressive that it won CES 2020 INNOVATION AWARD PRODUCT for its unique mop self-washing and deep cleaning technology!
Before I go further with this Narwal review, I have to mention that the price is steep – while it retails for $1099, my readers can use code OBL to save $200 off Narwal’s price from launch date June 1, 2021. (You can reserve yours by pre-ordering with just $1 now then use code OBL at checkout on launch day.)
I’m so excited I got to try Daily Harvest and share them with you, including a coupon code! Their concept is refreshingly simple:
- Nourishing fruits and vegetables frozen within hours of harvest to lock in the nourishing goodness of peak season ripeness. For instance, Blueberries have 200% more vitamin C when frozen vs fresh after 3 days and Cauliflower has 50% more antioxidants frozen vs fresh after 3 days.
- Pre-made and pre-chopped frozen recipes delivered to your doorstep. It’s so convenient not having to shop for the individual ingredients, chop all the fruit and veggies and clean up the mess. All you have to do is add your milk base and throw it into a blender.
- A wide variety of OPTIONS: Smoothie, Soups, Harvest Bowls, Lattes, Oat Bowls & Chia Bowls
- FLEXIBLE subscription based service that can be paused for any period of time you wish
- ORGANIC ingredients!
They have an endless number of options and varieties and you can actually filter according to your “Likes & Dislikes,” “Key Benefits”, or “Dietary Needs.” I selected my cups based on Anti-Inflammatory benefits, which produced 30 results, and received the below 6 to test out:
I loved the ingredients in this cup since I don’t eat too much dragonfruit or lychee. I did find it to be a bit bland on the taste but my boyfriend loved it. If you find it isn’t as sweet as you’d like you can add an all natural sweetener to it!
organic strawberries, organic lychee, organic peaches (ascorbic acid and citric acid added to prevent oxidation), organic pineapple, organic bananas, organic dragon fruit (pitaya), organic golden flax seed, red beets, hemp seed
Carrot Coconut Soup
I added some water to a microwavable bowl and poured the frozen ingredients in. Then I microwaved for 3 minutes and stirred it as I waited for it to cool down. It’s a super flavorful Indian soup, and very light, so don’t expect that incredibly rich curry soups you have at Indian restaurants. The veggie ingredients tasted extremely fresh!
organic carrots, organic coconut milk (organic coconut, water), organic tomato paste (organic tomato paste, citric acid), organic spinach, organic cauliflower, organic green bell peppers, organic red bell peppers, ginger, himalayan pink sea salt, organic madras curry blend (organic turmeric, organic coriander, organic cumin, organic fenugreek, organic mustard seed, organic black pepper, organic ginger, organic cinnamon, organic chili pepper, organic allspice), organic cilantro, garlic, green onions, organic peppercorns, galangal
This works as a subscription based service and you can choose from the below 4 options:
Weekly: 9 cups per week
Weekly: 12 cups per week
Weekly: 24 cups per week
Monthly: 24 cups per months
The important thing to note is that you can pause your subscription for any period of time you wish. So if you feel like Bimonthly deliveries are more your jam then you can manually tailor the deliveries to fit your needs.
This post was sponsored by LuckyVitamin. All thoughts are my own
a b o u t l u c k y v i t a m i n
LuckyVitamin is a family-owned online health products store dedicated to helping people lead healthier lives through a vast array of 35,000+ products, a team of health experts and strong company values. This hugely successful corporation offers brands that believe in fair trade initiatives and helping to develop better trading conditions in developing countries by promoting sustainability and gives back to local communities and charitable organizations.
Their main categories are natural & organic, vitamins, supplements, pet, baby, household, personal care/beauty, foods, gluten free, paleo, keto and more. I found that they carry a TON of natural & organic brands including:
-John Masters Organics
-Meow Meow Tweet
-Clove and Hallow
I personally ordered items to get a feel for how the site is and I noticed that:
– Face oils were 20% off
– They have a “Clearance” section that had over 1000 products in the beauty category.
-Shipping took about a week
m e m b e r s h i p b e n e f i t s
They recently launched LuckyVitamin+ an annual membership program that comes out to about $4 per month ($49.95 per year).
LV+ Member benefits include:
- Stackable 10% Savings on Everything
They have monthly sales, flash sales and buy-1-get-1 free deals going on all the time (a couple that they have going on now are spring cleaning sale and 20% off Derma E products) so you can save even more by adding this combinable discount. If there’s certain vitamins and food items that you need on an ongoing basis then you can autoship them (a feature available to all customers) and save 5-10% making your savings 15-20% at the bare minimum automatically.
- Free Shipping on Orders $25+
Regular customers get free shipping on orders of $49 but LV+ members only need to order a minimum of $25.
- Personal Certified Wellness Consultant
This is my favorite part about the membership. If you want to take charge of your health or become more knowledgeable this is a really interesting feature to take advantage of. After logging in to my account I went to my Membership and clicked on “Schedule a Call” and was able to schedule for any time that I wanted and got an immediate confirmation with whom I’d be speaking with.
The box will say,
All LV+ Members have the option to get 1:1 access to a personal Wellness Consultant. Your Wellness Consultant will provide professional product and lifestyle advice, personalized outreach and checkpoints tailored to your wellness goals, plus fast and expert service on orders with follow up care.”
I spoke with Matthew and he was very knowledgeable about my health-related questions and sent me a follow up email with information and links to products. He said to email or call anytime I had questions and I felt like he genuinely loved advising and assisting.
- Exclusive LV+ Samples and Gifts
- LV+ Community Forum and Members Only Content
Check out LV+ here.
99% of the time I blog about cities in Europe, so I’m excited to have my first Latin American travel destination on the blog. I honestly never thought I’d return to South America, except maybe as a retired 60 something year old because I spent a decent amount of time there during my teens. But as fate would have it, I found myself on a plane to Panama then Cali, Colombia ..and then Santa Marta for a wedding. I was looking around for where to stay and Zuana immediately caught my eye because of the extensive number of amenities it offers. Funnily enough, I booked the standard room but then was offered a Deluxe Suite by the hotel.
“While we can’t change our genes, we can alter our lifestyle to protect the longevity of our skin, body and mind.”
– Dr. Claudia Aguirre
Just 2 hours away from LA in the desert landscape of Corona, Glen Ivy Hot Springs is a wellness enthusiast’s ultimate playground built around mineral hot springs and their incredible health benefits. It’s been around for over 150 years but it has certainly evolved over time, including in recent years to cater to today’s eco-friendly luxury seeker. With its 19 different pools, mineral hot springs, exceptional spa treatments, gourmet cuisine, Scandinavian-inspired Starbucks-serving cafe. cocktail bar and the one-of-a-kind Club Mud and Grotto, Glen Ivy has all the makings for an epic spa day with a loved one or friends.
Last month, Glen Ivy celebrated the new skincare line /skin regimen/ (launched Feb 2018) at their spa and invited bloggers and influencers to learn more about the science behind the products, enjoy the facilities and experience the line firsthand with an Urban Longevity /skin regimen/ facial. Dr. Claudie Aguirre spoke about the
- Effect of psychological stress on skin
- The psychological power behind touch and music
- DNA only being a factor not a determinant in how we age (we are not locked into our DNA)
- and other skincare science topics.
The Urban Longevity /skin regimen/ Facial Review
This expertly designed facial is for stressed skin or skin showing the first signs of aging. It is customizable to correct dullness, dehydration and expression wrinkles, it deeply renews the skin and leaves it glowing and protected.
The spa has a beautiful entrance where /skin regimen/ products, Jane Iredale, NuFace skin tech devices, COOLA and other products are displayed and several treatment rooms. The facialist began with aromatherapy then proceeded to cleanse the skin. As it was a mini-facial there was no steaming involved. She used a 16% acid peel mask which felt very tingly and included a massage session using a Qigong and Rolling Roulage technique with her fingers, which felt like she was rolling my skin continuously. It also included Macro Waves Sound, which uses both natural and synthetic sounds that help the mind detach, and a shoulder and upper back massage to provide a deep relaxation effect as the mask sat. Finally, the mask was wiped off and /skin regimen/ MicroAlgae Essence and Jane Iredale BB Cream SPF 15 was applied. My skin looked brighter and luminous, though I’m sure with the full facial you would reap even more benefits. The facialist also advised to reapply sunblock every hour not every few hours when in the sun.
Sole Focus Massage Review
This indulgent foot massage uses a technique called Zone Theory which stimulates points on the feet that improve circulation, stimulate mental calm and relieve physical tension throughout the body. 50 minutes felt like 5 with my massage therapist using her expert fingers to knead, rub, pull, and tap her way into the souls of my feet. If I get a massage I usually go for a full body one, but there’s something interesting about the Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy that the foot is connected to everything in the body. Perhaps there’s some truth in this as I still felt relaxed and like I was walking on clouds after.
Glen Ivy Hot Springs Review
I’m not even sure where to begin, but Glen Ivy is simply beautiful- it’s like a tropical oasis wonderland with every kind of amenity you would desire. Need a pool filled with red clay mud? Check. Need a pool with a panoramic view? Check. Want to lie in a pool that’s basically a giant Epsom salt bath? Check. Healthy cocktail during the day? No judgement. Healthy cuisine crafted by an executive chef? Check. I could go on and on. It truly is an adult playground and an all day affair. I don’t believe a day here is complete without complementing it with one of their spa treatments. Can it really be a spa day without some sort of massage? To give you a better idea of all that Glen Ivy has to offer, here are the deets:
- 19 mineral baths and pools
- Club Mud (Californai red clay pool)
- Women’s Bathhouse with our own indoor pool
- 2 stylish saunas
- Ivy Kitchen serving healthy, Mexi-Cali with a coastal twist and farm-to-table philosophy
- Bar & smoothie café
- Spa treatments
About /skin regimen/ skincare science-focused line for the stressed out urbanite
I wanted to wait to until I had tried out the /skin regimen/ products we were sent home with so I could share my experience. Please note I’ve only used these for about a week so these are merely my first impressions and not a real review. This is not an organic line, but takes a natural approach with zero synthetic fragrance, silicones, animal derivatives, artificial colorants, mineral oils and parabens. /skin regimen/ was designed for the urban-dweller living a fast-paced and stressful lifestyle. This kind of lifestyle alters the skin’s normal cellular processes, particularly DNA methylation, glycation, oxidation and inflammation, contributing to cellular breakdown and eventually hindering skin health, even in biologically young skin. The /skin regimen/ products target the most common stress-related signs – dehydration, city-gray skin, wrinkles and imperfections using their signature Longevity Complex™ an exclusive mix of organic superfood extracts and a high-tech molecule, counteracting the effects of stress and aging accelerators. It contains the anti-inflammatory Wild Indigo, modulating excess cortisol and boosting beta-endorphins, Maqui Berry with powerful antioxidants anthocyanins, and anti-glycation Spinach and Carnosine, a dipeptide. Spinach, thanks to its folic acid content, also promotes a correct DNA methylation.
This is definitely more of an essence and a thick toner than a lotion. It gives a nice glow to skin and I use it underneath my serum and moisturizer, but as far as “illuminating” it does not contain any shimmer or mica. This has to be my favorite product out of the three I tried. It gives a major boost of hydration to my dry skin and has an invigorating scent that reminds me of cinnamon. The essence is concentrated with unicellular micro-algae and their Longevity Complex to recharge the skin and maintain optimal hydration.
This is a super lightweight concentrated oil featuring Tulsi, an adaptogenic ingredient used in Ayurvedic medicine to promote antioxidant activity and is designed for particularly dry and depleted skin. It feels almost like a serum than an oil, provides lasting hydration and I love that it incorporates Ayurveda. The scent is the same as the MicroAlgae Essence- a spicy cinnamon like scent.
This is another very interesting product – you leave it on overnight rather than washing it off after it dries and it works to detoxify the skin from accumulated pollution. It contains Gluconolactone and alpha-glucan yeast to boost the skin’s ability to eliminate the toxins accumulated during the day. The mask has a balm-like texture and a beautiful natural scent I can’t quite put my finger on. My skin feels softer and looks clearer and significantly more toned the next morning.
Thank you Glen Ivy Hot Springs and /skin regimen/ for this unforgettable experience!