Fab Five: October

Each month I share products that are making my wellness journey easier and more wholesome. I invite you to share with me your favorites so I can test them out and share!

 

(Yes, some of these links may be affiliate/vendor links because that’s how I put cash away for date nights and college funds – however, I only promote things I absolutely love and do not accept freebies in exchange for testing. You can count on full journalistic integrity here, but the kind from the 1970s that exposed crooks.)

 

Food: Wholly Guacamole

I am a big fan of dips and sauces, but I don’t like how they often make me feel. I came across this brand in Costco one day and haven’t looked back. While my favorite way to eat it is on peppers chopped to resemble tortilla chips, it garnishes salads and chicken and finds itself on random dishes. I like that it’s got simple ingredients that I’d put in if I was making it myself, but I have less mess. And let’s be real, I never make guacamole.

 

Our local Costco carries it, and you can find other locations on their site here.

 

Clothing/Accessories: Inspirational Wrist Wrap

By default, I’m an all-or-nothing kind of person. So when things aren’t perfect or they feel overwhelming, I tend to want to give up. I stumbled upon this bracelet in my late-night online shopping, and it’s given me a lot of focus and perspective in how I approach my days.

 

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a first step.” That’s what’s engraved into this leather wrist wrap hand made in Colombia by fair trade artisans with the organization Sapia. Not only is this bracelet supporting women and families overseas, but it’s a constant reminder to me that I don’t have to do it all right now – and I don’t have to do it all perfectly. I can take one simple step and make progress.

 

If you’d like a bracelet of your own, you can pick one up in the studio for $15, or we’ll ship it with no fee – just email us!

 

Household: White distilled Vinegar

There’s nothing sexy or expensive with this, but I literally use it for everything. It has replaced many harsh chemicals that I used to use for cleaning, and has made it not only bearable but simple, because now I don’t have to switch bottles a half-dozen times. I have a spray bottle with about 40% vinegar and 60% water that I use for washing countertops, tabletops and floors in the kitchen; mirrors, sinks, tubs, toilets and vanities in the bathroom; windows and spills in other areas.

 

The best thing is you can get a gallon when you’re out shopping and it will last a few weeks, depending on how frequently you’re cleaning… and for about $5 or less!

 

Health/Beauty: Dr. Bronner’s Organic Coconut Oil

Skincare is an important topic in women’s health, but we too easily sacrifice our health for our beauty (or even the other way around.) At the risk of sounding like a conspiracy theorist out against everything, the reality is that conventional beauty products are littered with chemicals that disrupt our body’s systems – neurologically, reproductively, and more.

 

When I discovered coconut oil could replace my make-up remover, face wash, lotion and even hair conditioner, I was sold. I pick up my jars from the local grocery store (in the section with cooking oils) or you can get it online, too. It has a very low melting point, so you’ll notice it be a bit runny after a hot shower. If it’s bothersome, keep it in the fridge. Here’s an easy way to find it on Amazon here.

 

Book: Tribe by Sebastian Junger

Despite our high economic state that’s relatively safe, American women are at a higher risk of depression than those living in indigenous or urban societies in third-world countries. This and other startling facts are part of Junger’s point that we, as humans, were made for community and working together to thrive as individuals.

 

I’ve really gleaned some incredible insight and could make this into a topic all it’s own. Perhaps I will. The synopsis speaks for itself – which you can read here.

 

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I'd love to know what you think should you try any of these products yourself. If you're looking for more recommendations, you can check out past  posts here.



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