Weekend Spotlight: Farmer’s Market

11.16.2015

Happy Monday y’all! Hope everyone had a fun-filled weekend! I took off Friday so I had a nice long weekend but certainly stayed busy!

A Peek into My Weekend

On Friday my boyfriend (Luke) and I were asked to be in a bridal shoot for a bridal boutique I used to work at. While it was a little strange for my boyfriend and I to play bride & groom for a day, we were flattered to be asked and had a blast! We can’t wait to see how the pictures turn out! Stay tuned : )

After the shoot, Luke and I rushed to the other end of St. Mary’s county to attend my Uncle’s 50th surprise birthday party. It is very hard to pull anything off with him constantly looking for clues but we managed to surprise him BIG TIME! Lots of fun with family and friends! My grandma (MawMaw) sings in a country/bluegrass band and we had them put on a show. So fun!

The Farmer’s Market

We left a little early to go home and get some sleep because Luke and I had to be up at 5 AM to rush off to the farmers market in a little town called Del Ray in Alexandria, VA. For those that don’t know, my boyfriend is a farmer. He participates in this particular market every Saturday morning, year-round. I have been a few times before but typically go during the fall/winter months when there is a little less produce to unload from the truck. I let the men handle the heavy lifting AKA watermelons, cantaloupes, etc. The market is from 8-12 but we like to get there around 7 to start setting up. We unloaded two tents, five tables and a TON of produce. This is what we sold this Saturday:

  • 4 different varieties of apples
  • turnips
  • radishes
  • leeks
  • beets
  • spinach
  • Swiss chard
  • collards
  • kale
  • cabbage
  • butternut squash
  • yellow squash
  • zucchini
  • cucumbers
  • specialty peppers
  • green/red peppers
  • garden tomatoes
  • roma tomatoes
  • grape tomatoes
  • onions
  • red/white potatoes
  • sweet potatoes
  • green beans
  • brussel sprouts
  • cauliflower
  • broccoli
  • salad mix
  • brown eggs
  • honey
  • pumpkins
  • mums

I probably forgot something. Yes, we unloaded all of that shiz. Haven’t been to the gym in a while but this should definitely count for something! I work an office job and don’t realize how much manual labor goes into my boyfriends job on a daily basis. It was kinda nice to get my hands dirty and work outside for a change. Plus, since I left my career in retail, I miss working with customers so it was nice to get some people interaction.

Here are some pictures I took at the market on Saturday…

 

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My handsome man at our check-out table. This was towards the end of the market. It was a chilly day with the wind gusts. We had to use buckets of rocks/sand to hold down our tents!
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This is one side of our stand (two tables) packed with fresh produce! I forgot to take a picture of the other side but it was another two tables and just as full with produce!
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Swiss chard is so pretty! I just love all the colors. I don’t think I’ve ever tried it but will have to look for good recipes and give it a go!
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Btw… do you know how hard it is to sell a pumpkin after Halloween??
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We bought our chocolate Labradoodle, Moose, along for the day! He was greeted by several other dogs and humans with lots of love and affection! We will need to work on his manners, he’s definitely not a city dog. He was so exhausted after all the excitement.

Luke and I stopped by Fuddruckers on our way home from the market and treated ourselves to some nice juicy burgers. Then we took a much needed nap. To unwind on Sunday, I spent the whole day in bed… creating a very in-depth marketing plan. Not how I planned to spend my whole Sunday but it is what it is. I keep telling myself this grad school nonsense will all be worth it in the end.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and an even better start to the week! My thoughts and prayers have been and continue to be with all those affected by the terrorist attacks in Paris, France. Sending my love to you!

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5 all-natural skincare products you need

11.12.2015

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Happy Friday Eve y’all! I want to dedicate this post to giving pointers on going all-natural in you skincare routine. I know some of you may freak out and think “absolutely not, no way I’m giving up my Mac lipstick in the shade “Diva.”” While that’s all fine and good you should at least consider ditching your chemical-laden face washes, toners and moisturizers.

Your skin is the largest organ of your body and the most delicate as it is constantly exposed to the harsh pollution and chemicals in the air and in your store-bought products. I think we can all agree that we would like to preserve our skin and keep away fine lines and wrinkles. There are many products out there that offer this but if you flip the product and check out the ingredients, you will hardly be able to pronounce them. Many of those chemicals are directly linked to cancer and can actually be hormone disruptors which can be bad for your health as well as the health of your reproductive system and future children. Scary. There are so many benefits in ingredients that are natural to this Earth so why not embrace them and use them to our advantage?

I want to share with you 5 must-have, all-natural, skincare products you should be using. I’ll make it super easy for you and provide the link to shop each product on my Lemongrass Spa website!!

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1. Face kit for normal to dry or oily/blemished skin. All kits are made for either normal to dry or oily/acne prone skin, each with different ingredients, so depending on your skin type you will choose a kit that suits your needs. The kit I love the most includes a bar of soap, hydrating face creme and eye creme. I was surprised that a little lather from the bar of soap COMPLETELY removed every trace of makeup and left my skin super soft and balanced my skin tone! I use the tea tree kit for oily/blemished skin. You can choose from a wide variety of kits that include clarifying mists or cleansing gel instead of the bar of soap. You can feel good knowing that all products are organic and natural!

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2. Pomegranate Facial Mask for normal to dry skin types. This mask will do good for just about any skin type and it smells like a DREAM!  It contains pink kaolin clay to draw out impurities of skin while hydrating with shea and olive butters. Infused with pomegranate seed extract and honeysuckle hydrosol, this creamy mask improves elasticity and skin tone. Use once a week for ten minutes for a home-spa facial treat! If you have oily or blemished skin try using the Tea Tree & Citrus Facial Mask which contains green clay and essential oils to draw out impurities without leaving skin desert-dry!

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3. Instant Renewal Microdermabrasion Creme for all skin types. Used to soften age spots and smooth fine lines with deep exfoliating, volcanic microcrystals suspended in a conditioning creme. Gently polish skin at home once or twice per week. Gentle alternative to chemical peels and harsh resurfacing. Enhanced with green tea, chamomile, licorice root and sunflower seed oil. Not recommended for extra-sensitive or thinning skin. You can never start too early preserving your skin’s youthful glow!F5601_large4. Organic Anti-Aging Oil Serum for all skin types – normal, dry and sensitive. Avocado fruit oil has been shown to boost collagen production.To stimulate cellular rejuvenation use this serum daily to aid in reversing the signs of aging. Vitamins B, C and E help guard against free radicals and boost luminosity. Apply morning or night before your moisturizer, if needed. This stuff is awesome and super moisturizing, especially in those harsh and cold winter months we experience here in Maryland. Totally recommend – this stuff is amazeballs!

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5. Healing Elements Balm. I saved the best for last! This stuff is incredible and one of our best-sellers. It has so many uses and works like a charm. It smells amazing and lasts forever! This balm can be used on severe dry skin, eczema, acne, mild burns, skin irritations, rashes, bug bites and more! Healing elements contains a special blend of Lavender and Vanilla Essential oils for a subtle essence. Amazing combination of oils for ultimate healing. Every family should have this natural salve which has dozens of uses! Healing elements contains zinc oxide which is the #1 pediatrician’s choice for healing skin rashes for children. Enhanced with Vitamin E oil, calendula extract for soothing itchy spots and shea butter for excellent moisturizing benefits. MUST-HAVE!

I hope this short list of all-natural products gave you some better insight on Lemongrass Spa products and what amazing benefits you can get by using fresh, clean, and natural skincare! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments – I would love to hear your feedback! If you’re interested in a lot of these products you have the option to host a spa party with your girlfriends and earn them for FREE!!

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How many chemicals are you wearing today?

11.10.2015

Did you know…

the average woman wears (3)

That’s an insane number of chemicals you are literally putting all over your body! The scariest part about this is that it only takes 26 seconds for these chemicals to enter your bloodstream upon using.

I was shocked to learn how many harmful ingredients go into our everyday products. The FDA hardly even approves them. Parabens, carcinogens, endocrine-disruptors and DNA-damaging ingredients are present in many of your everyday products. Many of these ingredients are directly linked to cancer. These chemicals are found in face wash, face lotion, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, deodorant, perfume, mascara, eye shadow, foundation… and the list goes on. The FDA classifies these products as “cosmetics.”

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One of the most harmful hygiene products on the market is your typical antiperspirant deodorant which contains aluminum. Aluminum basically acts as a sweat gland blocker. Yay! No more sweaty armpits! Well, think about this… Your body was built in a way to benefit you. Obviously we have sweat glands for a reason, to release bad toxins from our body by eliminating them through sweat. Where are all of these toxins going if you are blocking them from exiting your body? They are headed straight towards the surrounding tissues aka your breast tissues and underarm areas. Do you really want toxins to build up in your breasts? Nah.

Learning this information was scary to me. I have many great aunts who have had breast cancer and my grandma survived it as well. I want to do anything and everything I can now to help prevent this from happening to me later in life. I know it seems like everything today causes cancer so people just seem to go on with their lives and shrug it off. But if I can make small changes everyday to ensure my health and well being down the road then I absolutely will.

Getting into good habits and doing research on products is where I am starting. I want to know as much as I can about the products on the market so I know what to avoid and what is tolerable. I am so glad I am starting this now that way I can instill good habits in my children and friends and family around me.

I have slowly begun to throw away my chemical-laden products and adding the Lemongrass Spa products into my routine. There are so many benefits and healing powers found in natural ingredients and it makes me feel good knowing that each day I am working towards a healthier lifestyle. Eventually I will even switch to our all natural sheer minerals makeup. Slowly but surely I am ditching the chemicals.

You should consider making the switch! Lemongrass Spa products are very affordable compared to most other natural skincare products. You can even host a spa party with friends in your PJs and earn FREE things!

Even just making a few changes will make a difference in improving your health and well being. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me to learn more about Lemongrass Spa’s all-natural products and making the switch to a healthier lifestyle!

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My first Lemongrass Spa party experience was…

11.9.2015

AMAZING!!!

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This past weekend I got the chance to shadow my Lemongrass Spa director, Jenn, at her home while she held a Lemongrass Spa facial party! It was awesome.

I did the whole “become a consultant” thing a little backwards. I had only heard of the company, never tried the products or attended a party when I made the decision to start selling. The reviews alone and the all-natural ingredients was enough to get me to become a consultant. I did a lot of research on the brand and then even more research on all of the harmful chemicals that are in today’s products and decided right then to start making some healthier lifestyle changes. I was so excited upon signing up because I couldn’t wait to share these amazing products with everyone!

I lost that motivation when I realized I was in over my head with my workload and graduate classes. I had rescheduled several times to meet with Jenn because my schedule was just so busy. I finally made time on Sunday morning to listen in on one of her in-home spa parties and I am SO glad that I did!!

It was so motivating and uplifting to see someone have so much success through a direct selling company and not to mention, a company she is truly passionate about! Her daughter has had severe allergic reactions to store bought products, even the most common on the market like Johnson & Johnson. She began to realize that the chemicals in these products were causing these health concerns. Since switching to Lemongrass Spa’s all-natural products her daughters skin and overall health has improved tremendously! It was so great to hear a personal story on how Lemongrass products have contributed to a much healthier lifestyle!

She went over all of the products with me one by one and I got to see many products, including the sheer minerals makeup, that did not come in my start-up kit. The skincare product junkie in me was in heaven!

After reviewing the products and talking about the company, I sat through a facial spa party one of her friends was hosting. The ladies got to do a hand soak and then got a facial treatment with our awesome skincare cleanser, polish and moisturizer. They even got to apply the all-natural mineral makeup! It was such a fun and very relaxing at-home party (unlike the many I’ve been to). There was a diffuser steaming with one of our essential oils which made the room smell and feel like we were at a spa!

I learned so much about Lemongrass Spa products and now I am even more thrilled to share these wonderful all-natural products with you and your friends and family! Please contact me today to book an at-home spa party or shop the products on my Lemongrass website linked below! Make the switch and ditch the chemicals!

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Black like my soul

11.5.2015

Black like my soul

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For this look I was inspired by the fashion queen herself, Olivia Palermo. I saw this outfit on Pinterest when I was searching for shorts and tights combos. I have always loved the idea of shorts and tights or rompers and tights because it’s a fun way to maximize your wardrobe by mixing summer and fall items. This outfit was pretty easy to copy because everything is black! As long as your blacks match decently, there’s no harm in wearing all-black outfits. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to get more out of your wardobe!
Hope you feel inspired! Shop the look below – less expensive versions of the items would probably be pretty easy to find!

Black v neck sweater
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Balenciaga leather shorts
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Wet look stocking
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Ankle boots
publicdesire.co.uk

Black handbag
overstock.com

Lacoste gold crown
$365 – lacoste.com

Eugenia Kim hat
$475 – net-a-porter.com

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