Fab Five-September



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.)

Eats/Treats: Sonoma Gourmet – Artichoke & Garlic

If I’m being honest, I don’t really like to cook. While I enjoy a delicious, healthy meal, at the end of the day I’m mentally spent and rely on simple – which is hard to come by when I have strict standards for what goes on our plates. This blend is organic, non-gmo, gluten free and without any added sugars, and yet it’s sweet and flavorful.

Honestly, I wipe the sauce remnants clean from the serving bowl with a spoon. I buy ours at Costco, after sampling an entire jar at their frequent Saturday sample booths. Learn more here.

Health & Beauty: Crunchi Lashes For Days Mascara

If you’ve been following me on Facebook, you know I’m actively purging chemicals from my life and loving the results. Mascara is one of those things I love because it can give you a little something extra without a lot of hassle – but did you know that most conventional mascaras can actually damage your vision, among other issues? Neither did I.

What I love about the Crunchi mascara is that it gives me the same results as my old Maybelline brand but without the harmful chemicals. (Everything about this line is fantastic, which is why I stand behind them.)

You can test this out or pick up a tube in the 5:17 studio, or online here.

Gadget/Misc: The EWG Web site

As I continue to make this shift to purging chemicals and so forth, this resource has been phenomenal. The Environmental Working Group is a non-profit organization that assesses the safety of household products, cosmetics and other items based on risks for cancer, reproductive toxicity, respiratory danger and more.

They have a great app, too, that enables you to check out products when you’re out shopping, and there is a myriad of phenomenal resources on their page for sunscreen, which foods to buy organic, and more. Check them out here.

Clothing/Accessories: prAa Kara Jean

Jeans can be a touchy subject for women. Sure, we all love a good pair, but they’re hard to come by and it can often be a love-hate relationship depending on where we are in our life stage.

What I love about these jeans (other than the fact that they’re skinny jeans, which I never, ever, in a million years thought I’d ever feel comfortable in – what can I say, I have a good trainer LOL) is they’re a blend of organic cotton, polyester and spandex, which means I’ve showed up to train clients thinking I was in my sweatpants.

They come in 12 colors (I’ve got them in Indigo & Sunwashed Red) and can make you feel good about what goes on your body. You can get them on the prAna web site or contact me for discounted personal purchase options.

Book: “I Know How She Does It” by Laura Vanderkam

If you’re a busy woman (a mom, in particular) looking for strategies on how to keep things going without losing your mind, this book has some incredible insights on how to manage all the things we deal with – whether or not you work as a stay-at-home mom or have a different career.

Vanderkam interviewed dozens of women – with criteria such as each made over $100k a year – and while the book is aimed at showing women how many opportunities there are to have the home AND career life, her analysis of how women get it all done gives some great advice no matter what your professional aspirations may be.

I borrowed my copy from the library and will probably invest in my own copy, because I want these strategies on hand as a reference. Get your own copy here.


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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