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I have been getting Birchbox for some time now and I LOVE it. The only thing is that I prefer natural products. If you are like me then you may want to check out this alternative. Go to http://goodebox.com/join-goodebox/. You can read all about it and sign up.

It is $16 per month, which is a bit more than Birchbox, but good natural products are always more expensive. One thing I really like is that they also have a bi-monthly option.

I haven’t tried this box yet, but I would love to hear from those that have. I heard about it and thought that I should share.

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Fresh – The Documentary


I have watched various different documentaries about the problems of industrialized farming and the problem has become more and more real to me. After watching Hungry for Change (I blogged about that one too.) I started adding more vegetables in my diet.

Fresh, approached the problem of the food in America from a different angle. Fresh shows the successful actions of the sustainable and organic farmers. It shows what they do and how it maximizes the use of their land. Something that was very interesting to me, was the fact that growing different types of crops and raising different types of animals greatly reduces disease etc. The intelligence and creativity of the farmers, or at least those who originally designed the system floored me.

This film was more inspiring than upsetting. Food, INC for example is more scary and upsetting than uplifting. Food, INC gives you the hard truth, Fresh shows that too. Mainly, though, it shows SOMETHING CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT and that there are people who are doing something about it! That, I LOVE!!

I found this documentary inspiring, so instead of grabbing the ice cream on the way home (even though I was really hungry and wanted it) I came home and ate part of a grapefruit and put some sweet potatoes in the oven….a much more nourishing way of going about it FOR SURE!!

My boyfriend and I are building a house. When we move in, I am DEFINITELY putting in a garden!

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Hungry for Change


I started watching this documentary on my phone while making brownies – a little bit of irony for you there…

This is a documentary about food and its effect on a human body. It is an interesting documentary that addresses a daunting problem in today’s urban societies – the use of sugar and chemicals in foods and the resulting disease and lack of health. This film didn’t advertise one specific diet plan or ideology. Rather, it touches upon several different ways of approaching the same problem.

I think that the American society at large has not examined the obesity epidemic and faced its true root. The majority of overweight Americans do a couple of different things (this is based on my personal observations and not any sort of scientific study) 1. They do nothing. 2. They continue to eat the same foods and simply take pills to curb the symptoms. These two methods of handling the problem aren’t workable. This film presents a workable way of handling the weight. The great thing about it is, is that the people are giving the information are people who have lived through it themselves and have gotten results.

Rather than making people feel guilty about what they are eating, this film is inspirational. It presents a mindset that isn’t about dieting and isn’t about depriving yourself or forcing yourself not to eat certain things. Rather, it is about adding things to your normal eating habits that promote health, it’s about loving yourself.

I think this film is worth the time it took to watch and I have personally resolved to eat healthier this coming year.

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Rescue Your Nails by Ji Baek

I bought this book because I couldn’t understand why: a. I could never file my nails and have them come out looking as good as they do when a get a professional manicure. b. My at home manicures didn’t look as good or last as long as those in the salon. c. I didn’t know which nail tools were essential and in some cases what the tools were for.

So basically…I was pretty much clueless.

Well, this book was PERFECT!!

Ji breaks down everything simply, and lays out manicures and pedicures step by step. She explains how to sterilize your tools, how to fix common problems that come up with nails, how to choose a salon, how to take care of your nails, etc. Ji even breaks down how to EAT and promote the health of your nails.

Whenever I follow the manicure steps to the letter my nails end up coming out fantastic and they look better than any salon manicure I have had. (Now, when I go to the salon I often think “I could do better,” (and the salons I go to are GREAT!)  instead of, “How do they do that?”

I love this book, and I will be keeping it for a long time, if I ever have a daughter I plan to hand it down to her.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Pros: easy to read, covers everything from the basic tools and how to do a manicure to handling nail problems and “curing” nail biters.

Cons: What cons?

Price: $6 – $11

Where to Shop: http://www.amazon.com, Barnes and Nobles, etc.

Rescue Your Nails

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Forks over Knives

I decided to watch this documentary because my boyfriend’s parents (who were staunch meat lovers, and fans of processed food) decided to go vegan after watching it.

For those who don’t know, Forks over Knives is about the benefits of a plant based, whole food diet and the risks of an animal/ processed food based diet. (I made and then ate steak while I watched this documentary.)

I found this documentary to be informative, and never felt like the information was forced off on me. The data was very easy to understand, and was shown to be scientific fact by several broad and well documented studies.

Before I always felt the vegans were extremists/hippies, and the term held a somewhat negative connotation. While I will not be going vegan myself, I now understand why people make that choice, and it no longer holds any stigma. I will, however, be examining my diet and cutting out a lot of processed foods, and adding a lot of plant based foods.

I think that this is a must see for all humans, especially those living on the “Western” diet.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Pros: very informative, includes a lot of scientific research presented in every day terms, always interesting

Cons: does not show any research comparing diets containing small amounts of animal based products and solely animal based products, the documentary was a tad long.

Price: $15

Where to Shop/View: amazon.com, netflix.com, etc

Forks Over Knives

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Crest Pro-Health Night Toothpaste

Rating: 2 out 5 stars.

Pros: My mouth feels cleaner in the morning, however, the bad after taste of the toothpaste remains when I wake up.

Cons: I don’t like the flavor of this toothpaste. The first time I tried the toothpaste I considered  throwing it away. The toothpaste has a bad aftertaste.

Cost: $3.50-$5.00

Crest Pro-Health Night Toothpaste

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