5 easy everyday eco-friendly tips // green living

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Going eco-friendly is easier than you think

When it comes to going green, the little things add up. In honor of Earth Day, we’re sharing a few of our easy everyday eco-friendly tips. Over the years we’ve been adjusting our daily lifestyle routines to cut back on our environmental impact. At first, it was difficult to remember stuff like BYO utensils and drinkware, but with some intention and preparation, we’ve adopted these eco-friendly lifestyle choices into lasting habits. 

See how BYO items, composting, and repurposing materials can make a positive impact on the environment and your creativity. Mother earth thanks you!

5 easy eco-friendly tips

REPURPOSE MATERIALS: Reusing food containers and repurposing catalogs/magazines as wrapping paper are one of our favorite sustainable tips. Here are two Trader Joe’s oatmeal containers we’ve repurposed to house pens and markers. We wrapped one with old wrapping paper and another with Anthropologie catalogs for that customized feel. We also like using perfume ads from magazines to make a decorative ribbon topper for small-ish gifts to add that wow-that-smells-so-good-but-where-is-it-coming from effect. Our creative minds go wild here with all the possibilities of repurposing materials.5 easy everyday eco-friendly tips - https://wp.me/p7RBMP-1ns Continue reading

Top Trends at Natural Products Expo West 2019

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Exploring at Expo West 2019

Every year the It’s Jou Life team count down the days to an epic week of discovering innovative, responsible, delicious, fun, and functional wellness products at the Natural Products Expo West. In its 39th year, Expo West continues to be the world’s largest natural, organic, and healthy products event, and the 2019 gathering surely delivered the goods.

Another record-setting year, we were among 86,000 attendees perusing 3,600+ exhibitors at this multi-day event. As healthy lifestyle enthusiasts and serious snackers, we’re always on the growl for natural products, learning about upcoming industry trends, and connecting with brands that have mindful missions.

We’ve been attending Expo West the past four years and love how alive the entrepreneurial spirit is and their focus on education and innovation. We met many humble founders who share the same goal–to create products that help others create a healthy, natural, and nutritious lifestyle.

6 notable trends at Expo West 2019

BACK TO BASICS: Clean, simple ingredients is what you want. It’s becoming clearer and widely noticed by brands that you are conscientious with ingredients you eat and use on your body. You tend to buy organic when you can and are concerned with foods that are made with artificial colors, preservatives, parabens, and products tested on animals.

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Sephora Sun Safety Kit 2018 – Full Spoilers

Limited Edition Sephora Sun Safety Kit 2018 – only $36 ($161 value)

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Summer + Smiles + Sunblock

It’s that time of year again! With summer around the corner, the popular Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kit hit the shelves for only $36 for 16 products and a makeup bag (retail value $161). Added bonus? Sephora will donate $25 from the sale of each kit to skin cancer research and education. Double added bonus? Included in this kit are two full-size products, a tropical-inspired makeup bag, and removable tassel. This limited edition bag is in stores and online, while supplies last. Tip: I’d recommend you call your local store first to see if they have stock.

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Whole Foods Beauty Bag 2018 (Limited Edition) On Sale March 23 – $20

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Limited Edition Whole Foods Beauty Bag 2018 – only $20 ($100 value)

Calling all natural beauty and skincare lovers! Mark your calendars to grab this year’s Whole Foods Beauty Bag 2018 for only $20 on Friday, March 23, 2018. This limited edition bag is available in stores only, while supplies last.

Limited Edition Whole Foods Beauty Bag 2018

Where: Your local US Whole Foods Market store (in stores only)

When: Friday, March 23, 2018

How much: $20 ($100 value)

Valued at $100, the custom bag contains Whole Foods Market’s curated natural beauty favorites from Alba, Dr. Hauschka, evanhealy, Mineral Fusion, Trilogy, Weleda, W3LL People, and more. The products come in a beautiful, organic cotton bag from Piece & Co who empowers skilled artisans to created traditional textiles of exceptional quality. New to the sale and bag this year are the wide array of hair care products found in Whole Body.

I bought the WF Beauty Bag last year and discovered new favorite items that I’ve implemented into my regular skincare regimen. I get a lot of questions on what items are on my skincare shelf and how do I know what brands to use. Honestly, skincare depends on your skin type–I have combo skin most of the year and normal to dry in the winter–so I have a handful of products that I use depending on how my skin is at-the-moment.  And what works for me may not work for you.

That is why I love purchasing bargain beauty bags to try which brands, formulas, and lines work with my skin. As always, I want to share with you my experience with navigating my way in the (sometimes overwhelming and saturated) skincare market and this is one of the ways how!

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Demo day part 2 & unpleasant surprise

Demo Day Ready!

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After our first failed demo day, we were itching to start working on the house. We decided our first demo project would be to remove the old carpet since it would be fairly simple and would also make it easier to work on other projects in the house. However we came to find a not-so-pleasant surprise and it set us back a few weeks. More details below.

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It wasn’t difficult but since there was carpet throughout the entire house, it took us several days to cut, remove, and roll up the carpet.

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Demo Day FAIL!

Where’s The TV Magic?

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According to HGTV, the first thing that happens after getting the keys to a older house is always demo day. After having watched countless hours of home improvement shows, we planned to have demo day the first weekend after we got the keys to our new home. Saturday morning rolls around and we excitedly head to our storage unit to gather our tools to begin our big project. But by the time we finished moving everything around to get to the tools that we packed in the very back of the storage unit, we were both sore, exhausted and ready for a break. After we finally packed everything in to the car, half the day was already over and we hadn’t even seen the house yet. Where’s the TV magic?? Continue reading

Farewell home tour

We sold our condo

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We’ve officially sold our condo! It was on the market for less than a day before we accepted an offer. I loved our first home together and just had to document it with a farewell home tour.

In the home tour, keep your eyes peeled for our DIY projects and Wayne’s creations:

  • We did our own kitchen backsplash with white subway tiles
  • Shelving system Wayne built in the laundry room (I call it Costco)
  • Pull out drawers Wayne built for all my snacks in the kitchen cabinet
  • The fabulously customized walk-in closet system Wayne assembled
  • Mid-century modern walnut entryway bench & coffee table Wayne built. (He also welded the legs!)

Farewell home tour


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Happy Dog Adoption Day, Bentley!

Happy Birthday Dog Adoption Day, Bentley!

We’ve adopted our furkid three years ago, today, through a Wags and Walk’s pop-up event at The Grove. Read that post here. Although we don’t know his actual birthday, Wayne and I like to celebrate on his adoption day. We always look at him and ask, “How old are you, really?!?” Depending on the length of his hair, he can go from looking like a 10-month old puppy to old grandpa with furrowed eyebrows.

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What’s In My Race Pack

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What to bring in your waist race pack

If you take a peek into my purse you’d think I’m part Eagle Scout and Mary Poppins. I may have loads of stuff but they’re all necessary to survive a zombie apocalypse. Sorta.

I like to be prepared.

Packing my day race pack is slightly different. The key difference is my race pack is much smaller. Therefore, when I run a long-distance race I like to pack efficiently with effective items. I’ve been using the same race pack and some of my holy grail products since my first marathon back in 2008. With the Lululemon Seawheeze Half Marathon in just a few weeks, these are my trusty items I’m packing on the run.

My day RACE pack survival kit

  1. Nathan Marathon Running Belt // I’ve had this light-weight training race pack since 2008 and love it. Although I’m running a long-distance race, I don’t bother wearing packs with water bottles because I know this race is well-supported with water and aid stations. I’ve linked a newer version of this race pack.
  2. Refresh Plus Lubricant Eye Drops // I get dry eyes especially when I wear contacts. These non-preservative drops help my eyes stay hydrated and clear.
  3. Advil // My ankles sometimes get sore as I get to the double-digit miles. This helps with the soreness during my run.
  4. Dr. Scholl’s Blister Defense Stick // A MUST for me! I apply this BEFORE the race, between my toes. above my toes, and BEFORE I put on my socks. Without this, my toes tend to rub between each other, chafe, and get blisters. You can apply this in other areas when you get chafing problems. Ever since I discovered this type of product I’ve been blister-free.
  5. Farmacy Honey Savior All-in-One Skin Repair Salve with Echinacea GreenEnvy Honey // Gotta moisturize my lips! This travel-size mighty multi-tasker can also be applied to other parts of your skin to repair dryness. Continue reading