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Ever since I watched the movie WHAT THE HEALTH, I have been very conscious of how I can incorporate more plants and less meat into my diet. When I say "Diet" I mean what ever I am eating. I am not on any certain diet, but I do have skin issues related to what I eat. As I get older, I am noticing how sensitive my skin really is, and how what I eat either creates inflammation or if it eliminaties it.

This year, I have been reading HOW NOT TO DIE and other plant-based and anti-inflammation books. What is weird is that I have been reading the book and, well....
While at a close relative's house, they mentioned they had been diagnosed with Diabetes. I was a little weirded out because I told them I am reading the book HOW NOT DO DIE by Michael Greger, M.D. and I had actually highlighted the section on what to eat to combat/reverse diabetes - which is odd because after reading a lot of the book, I haven't highlighted ANYTHING else.

I really liked the diet Dr. Greger recommends from the book to stay away from Diabetes:
"Instead of starving by eating less food, what if diabetics just ate better food, as in a 90% or more plant-based diet of all-you-can-eat greens, lots of other vegetables and beans, whole grains fruits, nuts and seeds?"

I like where this is going. This seems like the diet I want to take on, even though I am not diabetic.

But, it's always easier with a meal plan. Although this is not a specific meal plan, it's at least a guide:
"Eat at least
one big salad every day,
as well as veggie-bean soup,
a handful of nuts and seeds,
fruit at every meal,
a pound of cooked greens,
and some whole grains;
restrict animal product consumption;
and eliminate refined grains, junk food, and oil."

In his book, he ultimately recommends "whole-food, plant based nutrition" and has a checklist he calls his Daily Dozen, a check list of 10 foods, beverages, and exercise to try to hit everyday. You can download his app, Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen, to help keep track of your Daily Dozen intake and to understand exactly what and how much of the Daily Dozen you should try to eat and incorporate daily. Check it out - it's free in the Apple App Store.

In his book, he is really emphasizing how the path to a healthier future is simply eating real food. I know you could argue all food is real food, but come on, you know what I mean these days. Not highly processed and mostly fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, and whole grains.

He goes into more detail HERE about how to incorporate his daily dozen into your diet so it doesn't seem so daunting. He also has wonderful videos on his website "But there's no need to be obsessive about the list. On hectic travel days when I’ve burned through my snacks and I’m trying to piece together some semblance of a healthy meal at the airport food court, sometimes I’m lucky if I even hit a quarter of my goals. If you eat poorly on one day, just try to eat better the next." - Dr. Greger,

After I started reading the book, I signed up for Imperfect Produce - a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Delivery service. The difference between Imperfect Produce and most other CSA's is you can log in and actually choose what you want for the week. I love it because we are getting exposed to fun fruits and veggies we can't really find in our grocery - Asian Pears, Blood Oranges, purple potatoes, and colorful carrots are just a few of the fruits and veggies we have been sent. It's actually a lot of fun getting a delivery of delicious and different fruits and veggies. I'm on the bi-weekly plan and it's about $7/week.

So far, I love it. I don't have time to go to the farmer's market to see what else is out there. If it's not available at my local grocery, it's hard to search for and find different fruits and veggies.

Imperfect Produce is just a start to a healthier lifestyle. Change is hard, but I have been reading a lot of different books and I want to start a blog focused on how I'm changing my eating habits and how it (hopefully) will change everything from my skin issues to my anxiety - if I feel better inside, I know it will show.

Next blog, I am going to focus on substitutes. It's hard to just give up everything we love. What if instead of giving it up, we were just able to swap out ingredients and make most of our meals plant-based and healthier? Sounds easy, but we gotta know what to substitute! Let's tackle that one on the next blog.

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ICYMI: I recently gifted myself a year subscription to both IPSY and Birchbox and I am blogging to figure out which one I will continue.  
I have been a Birchbox subscriber before, but recently a friend told me about IPSY and how much she liked it. I knew what IPSY was but.... Could it be better than Birchbox? Let's find out! I will be revealing what they sent me each month in this blog series to determine a final winner in the end!
This is ROUND 2!


March Boxes: 

UGH! I don't know why the photo is blurry... I will need to update these 

Birchbox came with Kiehl's - an instant favorite for me. Anything they make, I love!

IPSY came with a beautiful brush, lipstick, eyeliner, lotion, and eyeshadow. 
Also, a fun bag that came with a few markers to start coloring!

Looking at all the magical goodies, I think IPSY is this month's winner, again. 
Although the Birchbox came with Kiehl's face lotion, the IPSY bag had variety, once again, and it came with a cute bag WITH markers. I was worried the bags that came with IPSY would be lame and I would want to throw them away, but so far, so good! 

I can't wait to try the products, review them, and color in my bag!! Check out my Instagram to see the finished bag. It will be up there sometime....

What do you think? Who is this month's winner? Let me know below!

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This round of Who Wore It Better: Subscription Edition! is Birchbox vs. IPSY 
I recently gifted myself a year subscription to both and I am very interested in finding out which one I would continue/recommend.  
I have been a Birchbox subscriber before, but recently a friend told me about IPSY and how much she liked it. I knew what IPSY was but.... Could it be better than Birchbox? Let's find out! I will be revealing what they sent me each month in this blog series to determine a final winner in the end!


Let's get this going!

Each subscription comes with 5 samples. 
I feel like Ipsy is closer to full size for some samples, though. 

5 Birchbox Samples this Month:

5 IPSY Samples this Month:

Looking at all the goodies, I think IPSY is this month's winner. Although the larger sample of shampoo and conditioner came in Birchbox, the IPSY bag had variety - and it came with a cute bag for February. I can't wait to try the products and review them!!

What do you think? Who is this month's winner?

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overtone unboxing
Link to YouTube Video (Above)

I UnBox My oVertone Hair Color Order:

Get yours here:

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I love my all white Nike sneakers. But, the soles turned yellow sitting in my closet. I was too heartbroken to just throw them out - they are very comfortable and I have so much love for them. I tried a lot of different Pinterest ideas to try to make the sole white again and none worked! If you know of a way to reverse the yellowing, please let me know in the comments below. As you can see, I did not let the yellow get to me. I tried multiple ways to change the color.

I first tried to paint the sole of the shoe with silver acrylic paint, but I soon realized I needed to have LOTS of layers before getting good coverage. So, I looked at our spray paint supply and found a metallic gold. Next step, taping off the shoe!!

Check out the shoes after a little gold spray paint! I also spray painted the hardware on the laces to match the sole.

What do you think? I love them! They look so much better gold and now, I can actually use them. I loved these shoes because they were comfortable and all white, but after the sole turned yellow, I had no choice but to change the color. I know, I could have purchased new shoes, but I feel like it would have been a waste of money because the shoes have no holes and are in really good condition. 
Metallic shoes are in right now anyway, right?

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Sometimes, I just need to create. I needed some hanging plants in my apartment and I spotted this kit from Brit + Co at Target. Perfect time to create some hanging planters!

Just one problem: I have never made [or even tried to make] any kind of hanging planter.

No worries, though! I knew I could learn how to create them and I also already had a great planter I wanted to use. I found the perfect macramé tutorial on Brit + Co's Blog! They used jersey cotton, but I had a few t-shirts that were going to be used as rags and used those instead of the jersey.

T-Shirt that will soon be cotton strings

Cutting the t-shirt into strips [and stretching out the first few strips into strings]

Using the Rotary Cutter made it so easy!

Pulling the rest of the strips 

The hanging planter I picked up from Target's dollar section

My first macrame attempt!

Before: a t-shirt
After: a hanging planter!

I also made one from a blue t-shirt 

I used a large orchid vase to create a hanging fruit bowl 

I love the second one! My work gets flowers delivered every week and I thought this vase would make a great hanging fruit basket. I think it looks chic and I can't believe I made it! 

I used cleaned out Bath and Body Works candle holders to hold my plants. All I had to do was drill a hole in the bottom of the candle holder. They are so versatile!

Bath and Body Works candle holder 

Bath and Body Works empty & clean candle holder 
Hole drilled so the plant can drain

I put the plant in this grey ceramic holder so the water doesn't get onto the floor

The candle holder is clear and you can barely see it! It fits perfectly!!

The Finished Product! *Beams with pride*

I am so proud of myself. I not only learned how to Macrame, but I created many hanging planters out of items that were going to be thrown out or eventually end up in a landfill
[except for the grey target planter]. 

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Today's Tested Recipe: Oven Dried Strawberries

When I spotted this post on Facebook from, I had to try it!

Recipe Review:

I would highly recommend to cut the strawberries into small pieces. In the recipe photo, they are whole, but I wanted to test the recipe and have strawberries of all different sizes. I ended up baking them for an extra hour and they came out great:

Have you tried to make Oven Dried Strawberries? How did it go? What recipe did you use?

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