Desert Essence Probiotic Hand Sanitizer

Kids are gross y’all.. And so are 80 year old Father in Laws who live with you 😉 BUT.. I wouldn’t change having them for the world, that’s why I buy tons of hand sanitizer.. But as you’ve seen me mention before I believe what you put on your body is as important as what you put into your body because it still gets absorbed..

So when school/flu season started back up and I needed to stock up I decided to go for a plantbased-betterforourskin sanitizer. I found Desert Essence to be my favorite! Their scents are pleasant, their botanical-infused formulas kept my skin from breaking out due to artificial fragrances and it contains probiotic-packed Kefir which keeps my hands from getting dry and eczema ridden.

It comes in mini and large bottles so the kiddos can clip it to their backpacks and I have big bottles at home for my germaphobic self..

You can try it for yourself now for 30% off with code DEprobioticpower when visiting desertessence.com.

(I was compensated for this post – All opinions are my own)

Venturing Into A New World of Health

Disclosure: The links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. Bear in mind that I link this company and their services because of my genuine belief in their program and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases!

Throughout my health journey these past six years I’ve had many people approach me and ask, “How do you do it?” or “Where do I start?”. I’ve always had the answer when it came to the way I ate. Wholesome foods, natural foods – Meats, fruits, and vegetables! Easy enough right?

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Well, when I realized that my food advice wasn’t enough it took me a long time (Til now, honestly!) to realize that it’s really not that easy. Knowing what to ingredients to use and what “meal plan” to follow is a great first step – But the biggest part of weight loss / beginning a healthier lifestyle starts with a persons psychological mindset when it comes to food.

Everyone has a different relationship with food. I used to have a very toxic relationship with it where I was incredibly negative towards my body and starved myself. But when I began to realize what wholesome foods really did for me I started to see it in a new way. And from that blossomed a beautiful respect and love that made transitioning into exercise and healthy long-term habits that much easier.

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Now – I am one week away from having my twins.. And it’s been an incredibly long and exhausting pregnancy. Unfortunately, I have not been nourishing my body the way I should’ve been or exercising which I had promised myself I would.

BUT.. I am very proud of myself for creating two little sweet boys and want to reward myself with getting back on track – Not just for weight loss but also for energy and confidence. I already know the foods I need to keep my body strong but where I know I’ll need an extra pair of hands (Because I’ll literally have none with twins) is my recommitment, which is why I’ve decided to start this journey with Noom.

You may have seen their commercials and thought, “Oh – Another diet / weight loss fad.” But they actually touch on exactly everything I had mentioned above. They’re not just about losing the weight, they’re trying to help each unique individual understand their needs to develop those healthy food relationships and habits with psychological encouragement.

They keep you on track, quickly answer any and all questions that arise, and give you the information you need to grow and move achieve your goals! You get paired with the right expert whose picked based on your personality and destination and they’re with you for the long haul! So you get real human interaction with a person you build a foundation and relationship with. I love that aspect.

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I’m really excited to officially become partners with this company because I genuinely believe wholeheartedly in their psychology-based program and mission. You can start this journey with me and join their proven-lasting program right now with their two week trial*.

Noom – It’s a smarter way to lose weight!

*After the trial, it is $149 for a six month subscription. Which is less than $1/day!

(I was compensated for this post – All opinions are my own!)

Mile High Epidemic – Teen Vaping

I’m sure y’all have heard comments like this before: “Vaping isn’t nearly as dangerous as smoking cigarettes.” or, “It’s just water vapor – How can that be worse for you than straight cigarettes?”.

Well, these thoughts and ideas are filling our teen’s heads and they believe they’re actually making a “safer” decision by keeping to e-cigarettes. In reality, a JUUL pod (an e-cigarette cartridge) contains the same amount of nicotine as 20 cigarettes. TWENTY CIGARETTES.

Colorado youth are vaping nicotine at twice the national average and at the highest rate of 37 states surveyed, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And, most recently, on Sept. 12, 2018, the FDA declared vaping as an epidemic across the United States.

How terrifying is that?! Colorado is ranked at TWICE the national average. As the mother and step-mother of almost five children that absolutely horrifies me. That could be one of my children. My 14 year old step-son could so easily hear these misconceptions and think it’d be “cool” to try vaping and then get addicted. Getting hooked on e-cigarettes could introduce horrible chemicals and nicotine into his body and within a year it could be a gateway into actual cigarettes.

There is little known about the long-term effects of vaping, however it is proven to have negative effects on their mental development as it harms their memory capabilities and causes depression. There is enough going on in our teens’ brains at this vulnerable age and we cannot have them stunting it with smoking.

This is not the future I want for my children and that is the reality of many teens right now in our state and country. So I implore my fellow parents and educators to cultivate their children’s thinking on vaping, even if it is not cigarettes. It Still.. Isn’t.. Safe.

According to the Tobacco Free Colorado website, about half of Colorado high school students have tried vaping nicotine and a statewide school survey shows 87 percent of Colorado high school students think cigarette smoking is risky, but only 50 percent think those risks apply to vaping nicotine.

As parents, we hold the responsibility in informing our children of the risks – even if they don’t smoke or have never tried it. It’s important to bestow the knowledge onto them.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has created a suite of materials to help parents and askable adults to understand the risks of vaping, and prepare them to have informed conversations with teens about it. The materials are available on the new Tobacco Free Colorado website at www.TobaccoFreeCO.org/know-the-facts.

(I was compensated for this post in partnership with the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. All opinions are my own and I truly feel passionate about this as my children are my world!)

Boulder Clean Natural Cleaners

In our household we exclusively use eco-friendly, kid-safe products. As I’ve said many times before I believe that it is just as important what you put on your body as what you put in it. Our skin can easily absorb harsh chemicals – You wouldn’t ingest bleach would you? Then why spray it all over your home only to have it produce harmful fumes and toxic surfaces?

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My kids play in every inch of our home, so I would never want to douse it with chemicals I knew could easily get onto their hands and possibly in their mouths/eyes/nose/whatever! All of these and more are reasons to choose a natural cleaner. After trying all of the different natural cleaners I could I found that my favorite was always Boulder Clean. They’ve got all the items needed to tackle any type of house cleaning project: Laundry items, dishwashing products, soaps, cleaners and more!

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My dishes always come out cleaner, my clothes always come out smelling fresh and are safe for my kids’ skin, and their cleaner sprays smell amazing all with different surface cleaning specialties!

It took me awhile to adjust to the natural cleaners when I first got into it because I always thought bleach means clean but once you do your research and realize how much of a difference it makes for the environment and your families health you’ll never go back.. And Boulder Clean has their ingredients transparently listed on their website so you know exactly what you’re using!

Now, I want to help jump start some of y’all’s future in eco-friendly natural cleaners with a…..

GIVEAWAY!

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With back-to-school around I want to help you give your kids some fresh, amazing smelling clothes they’ll feel comfortable and irritation-free in! I’ll be giving away an entire laundry bundle to one lucky winner! This will include their Original Natural Laundry Detergent, Fabric Softener Dryer Spray, and Oxi-Smart Pre-Treat Stain Remover Spray. I use these for my family and they’re incredible (Especially the Stain Remover Spray! I actually spilled red wine on my favorite white shirt and it took it out like friggin’ magic!)

Giveaway is hosted on my Instagram so head there to enter! Contest will end September 29th at 12:00PM MST so get those entries in! ❀

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Rollin Greens

Obvsies y’all know we’re a healthy eating family. I hate the idea of sending my kids to school or activities with a stomach full of processed gunk. We pack the healthy lunches with energy producing sides to make sure they don’t crash and can continue to thrive in school… Well what about when they get home? You’re exhausted from your day and your kids are bouncing off the walls..

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It can seem difficult to find the motivation to prepare a nutritional meal for your family but when there are options that are healthy and just as easy as processed foods then you’ve GOT to choose the healthy route – There’s not excuse at that point!

Currently, my favorite healthy side for my kids’ dinners are Rollin’ Greens’ Millet Tots!! They’re delicious tater tots made from only good ingredients and millet, an ancient grain! They taste delicious, take the same amount of time and are easypeasy! (And what don’t tots go with? 😛 )

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So if you’re looking for a delicious side alternative for lunches or dinners try the Rollin Greens’ tots! There are three delicious flavors so you can switch it up and see what they and you like best!

They’re available in the freezer aisle at your local Sprouts Farmers Market!

↓ They’ll be changing their packaging soon so be on the lookout for these beauts! ↓

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(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Whole Foods

Eating whole foods is not as boring as some people may believe it is.. It’s a sore spot lately because I’ve heard so many people say they couldn’t possibly eat nothing but fruits, meats and veggies everyday..

Well, these are just a few snippets of things I wanna show y’all to prove it can be easy, cheap, quick and delicious to treat your body to wholesome real food!

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Smoothie Bowl :: 3 minutes TOPS! Banana base (Just add a little water) then top with whatever! DELICIOUS – NUTRITIOUS – CHEAP – ANY.MEAL

So that’s a good start for meals but when asked how I snack? So many different ways, frozen fruits (Yummm..), nuts, sweet potato chips, etc.. But right now my current favorite is Kale Chips!

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You can easily bake these on a low temp til crispy but we’ve got a lovely dehydrator that I throw them into after oiling and salting for 5 hours at 113*F. SUPER CHEAP – SUPER DELICIOUS – YUM.

Crazy, right? It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but my Husband and Father in Law who don’t like them usually LOVED mine! Seriously ridiculously cheap and tasty.

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Everyone loves salads, right? There are even paleo dressings – And they’re really good! Simple salads are a staple.. They’re super easy and you can throw any type of protein on.. Duh… But this is just to show you you can still enjoy a delicious salad without the guilt of crummy-ingredient dressings!

Yummm.. The ranch is my favorite, SO GOOD.

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Lastly, I am frugal-finatic – Got this salmon on sale at King Soopers (Kroger) and Hass Avocados and Purple Cauliflower on sale at Sprouts! It was delicious and added variety instead of chicken or beef which we use a ton 😉

Variety, Variety, Variety – You WILL burn out if you eat a ton of the same stuff over and over. Just find stuff with good ingredients that’ll satisfy whichever craving you’re currently having and your body will thank and reward you.

Wanna see more paleo/wholesome recipes? Lemme know your current cravings below and I’ll make it and post it for you!

Smoothie Bowls

I am constantly asked how I make smoothie bowls.. They’re easy, quick, simple and can be pretty, but it also took me awhile to figure out how people were making these beautiful creations at first. I like having the smoothie consistency along with chunks of fruits/veggies/nuts which is different from what you’d get in a standard smoothie obviously.. So it’s nice to change it up if you have a smoothie for breakfast everyday.

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I like putting Purely Inspired protein powder or meal replacement in my smoothie mixture because it gives me the energy boost I need in a meal!

The smoothie bowl base is made with whichever fruit you want to use but with less water/milk you’d use in a standard smoothie so that it’s a little more thick/chunky. Then top with whatever you want! Super simple right?!

My favorite is a base of 3 super ripe bananas and meal replacement powder with almond milk! I like mine thick so my fruits can sit on top without sinking in 😉 These are by far my favorite breakfasts.. Try one for yourself and let me know if you do a delicious mixture I need to know about ❄

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Virginic – Purity Perfected

It’s not very often I post on beauty products but I’ve fallen in LOVE with Virginic. They’re a company that is extremely proud of the natural purity their products contain.

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They’ve got 100% pure essential oils, deodorants, hair care, oral care, face and eye serums and MORE. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I strongly believe that it is equally as important to be cautious of what you put on your body as it is for what you put in it.

Our bodies absorb through the skin – So if you’re putting harsh chemicals on your face, hair and in our mouths don’t you think that would be negatively impacting your body?

This is why I’ve been so obsessed with their products lately. I’ve been using their essential oils for diffusing, their Jojoba/Argan Oils for my hair, their face and eye serum for my under eye bags (I hate them so much!) and their charcoal toothpaste to maintain my white teeth! All while feeling good about the fact that it’s all 100% pure and natural!

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I also love their staff – They’re all so friendly and passionate!

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So if you’re looking for a great new natural skincare company I highly recommend them to everyone!! Use my code KARALIZ3 on their site for $3 off any Virginc product! 😊

(I was compensated for this post – All opinions are my own)

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Whitening Sensitive Teeth at Home

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Anyone else drink an exorbitant amount of tea and coffee?! Well, I’m a Mom so yeah I sure do. As much as I absolutely love it, it has caused my teeth to lose it’s pearly luster which has definitely hit my self-esteem a little.

So after using the same whitening toothpaste for the past 2 years with minimal results I decided I needed to look elsewhere for a solution! I’m sure you’ve seen all of the celebrities on Instagram with their whitening LED posts – They look promising but the at-home light is not the same frequency as the dentists’ so it definitely doesn’t whiten nearly as effectively so decided that was out of the question.

Same research, the strips seemed great but they create issues with not staying put long enough to have lasting effects as well as causing extreme sensitivity in some cases. (Which all whitening products do because of the gel but it sure wouldn’t be enjoyable for with those with super sensitive teeth like myself!) And the widely popular charcoal is just too abrasive for teeth – It can erode enamel regardless of how fine it is.

With all of these options I decided there was only one I really wanted to give a shot – Whitening Tray Kits. They are custom fitted to your teeth for a complete whitening coverage, are safe for gums and enamel and are the same methods dentists use. But there are companies out there that use the same dentist methods without the huge bill!

That’s how I found Smile Brilliant – It’s been a complete game changer!! I bought their T6 Sensitive System for average stains for only $175. It comes with one custom set of custom trays, 18 whitening applications and 18 desensitizing applications..

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You begin with creating your custom trays with the paste they provide and it only takes 15 minutes! You then send in your molds and they create a perfect fitting tray and you can begin your whitening journey!

My teeth were sensitive the first few days but the desensitizing gel nipped that in the bud real quick! And my gums never felt sensitive! I am so happy I decided to go with Smile Brilliant the first time instead of trying other methods I was already second guessing..

My confidence is back and my Husband has told me constantly how white and beautiful my teeth look! A HUGE self-esteem boost! Now I drink my tea/coffee through a straw and I don’t care how silly I look – I’ve got to keep these pearlies white! 

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Another random perk of this system is now that I’ve got these custom trays I use them at night for my constant nighttime teeth grinding and don’t have to spend the extra money on another set of trays!

Lucky for y’all, I am collaborating with Smile Brilliant to give one lucky reader of mine a $149 Smile Brilliant Credit towards which ever Whitening System they choose so they too can experience the joy that comes from being able to #SmileFearlessly ! Giveaway ends May 19th – So get those entries in and be sure to enter your email address! Enter HERE!

Open to USA, UK, Australia and Canadian Residents.

Their kits range from $139 to $189 depending on the type of system you’ll require and with my code: SIMPLYKARALIZ20 you can take off an additional 20% ! This is an amazing value when considering the price you’d be charged at a dental office!

Again, I am SO happy I chose Smile Brilliant as it’s completely changed my dental habits and my confidence – Try it for yourself, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own!)


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Dr. Jacobs Naturals

As y’all know I love all things natural and eco-friendly. And Dr. Jacobs Naturals is JUST that. They’ve got some amazing castile multi-purpose soaps that I’ve been using for my face and shower soap and it’s been incredible!

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They’re made with naturally derived scents and oils which leaves a lingering and long lasting smell after use. I’ve completely replaced my normal soaps for them as this weather is causing me extreme dry skin and it’s helped a TON!

I do believe it’s just as important what you put on your body as it is what you put into it because it’s still being absorbed and certain chemicals can be detrimental to your health in the long run!

That’s why I love finding these new products to help steer my family’s lifestyle into a more natural and holistic direction! Try Dr. Jacobs Naturals for yourself, you won’t be disappointed – And the prices are totally fair 😉 They’re also currently running free shipping on all orders over $20. Use code FREESHIP20 at Checkout!

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)