My Thrift Bedroom Tour!

If you follow me on social media, you’ll know that Blake and I moved to North Carolina from Florida a few months ago. As everyone knows… it’s always a process to get your house set up, organized and decorated as you want.

Especially if you’re like me and like to thrift or buy second hand as much as you can. Now, it’s not that I’m completely against buying new things-  I still do from time to time, but I love the ability to salvage something that would otherwise go to landfill. (It’s like a huge thrill for me.. haha!) I also love the challenge of it. Anyone can go to Target and make a room look good, but it takes patience and dedication to thrift a room!

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Thrifting for me, is one of the biggest hallmarks of sustainable living. It’s saying no to big corporations who most often do not have sustainable or ethical initiatives in their product line. Instead, its choosing to contribute to a circular economy where something is not simply thrown away (a linear economy), but it is repurposed and reused.

When I do buy new, I aim to buy from brands that have sustainable and ethical values. One such brand is SOL Organics- where I get my bedding! I’ve used SOL for almost two years now and I couldn’t love them more. Their mission is so aligning with my own. They are sustainable, organic, fair trade, and transparent. They have a commitment to no child labor- EVER, and they partner only with facilities that pay a LIVING wage and are committed to the wellbeing of the people who work there. PLUS, $7.50 from each sale goes to one of the 4 charities they’ve partnered with. How cool is that?!

“I can’t help but think about the people making those products. Who are they? What are their working conditions? Are children involved? How can I be sure? How can my customers be sure? –Vishal Naithani, Co-Founder”

So you get the picture, they’re great. (Use code RFF20 for 20% off)

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 To recap, reasons to thrift: 

  • You are saving items from landfill instead of purchasing something new.

  • It’s so much cheaper!

  • It’s incredibly rewarding. It’s like a treasure hunt!

  • You find unique stuff - your house will not be “cookie cutter”!

  • You often support local charities with your purchase.

Now for my thrifted finds and some before and afters! I love me a good up-cycling project and a picture is worth 1000 words, right?!

BEFORE: Literally $3 at the thrift.

BEFORE: Literally $3 at the thrift.

AFTER: I painted & recovered it.

AFTER: I painted & recovered it.

To be honest- I really did like this chair as it was, but it was just  too dark for my room. Our bedroom is already quite dark due to it’s position from the sun and the painted wood floors, so I wanted items that brought it up. I certainly didn’t do a “good” job as recovering it… but it works and I’m happy with it!

BEFORE: $8 at the thrift.

BEFORE: $8 at the thrift.

AFTER: I painted it white… shocker.

AFTER: I painted it white… shocker.

So the moral of the story here is… anything can be made adorable with a coat of white paint! haha!

BEFORE: $4 at the thrift. LOVE this picture.

BEFORE: $4 at the thrift. LOVE this picture.

AFTER: All I did was paint the frame.

AFTER: All I did was paint the frame.

BEFORE: FB Marketplace- $20

BEFORE: FB Marketplace- $20

AFTER: Added a fresh coat of white paint and some plants!

AFTER: Added a fresh coat of white paint and some plants!

 Having plants in our bedroom is non- negotiable for me. They purify the air and bring me so much joy. I had built some large plant shelves for our old bedroom but sadly, I am unable to hang them in our new rental house. (it’s in the contract -_- ) So, I had to come up with another way to house my plants! Problem solved when I found this beaut on FB marketplace!

The rest of the things in the bedroom I have thrifted or found at an antique market. And a few things I did buy new 3 years ago like the blackout shades and the wooden circular mirror.

rug: antique market  guitars: pawn shops  ladder: antique market  mirror: TJ maxx  stool: it was my gmas

rug: antique market

guitars: pawn shops

ladder: antique market

mirror: TJ maxx

stool: it was my gmas

mountain picture: antique market

mountain picture: antique market

Lamp & mid mod bedside table: thrifted

Lamp & mid mod bedside table: thrifted

MACRAME: MADE BY ME  THROW PILLOWS: MADE MY ME

MACRAME: MADE BY ME

THROW PILLOWS: MADE MY ME

Well, thats all I have for now, y’all! I hope you’ve been inspired to do some second hand shopping of your own! Let me know what you find!

Sustainably Supported by SOL Organics. As always, all opinions are mine & these are products I truly love!  #sponsored


My Simplistic (yet effective) Morning & Nighttime Skin Care Routine

Visit my IGTV to watch a quick little video on my morning and nighttime skin care!

For my skin care, I utilize a combination of homemade product and Primally Pure.

I use to be one of those people who bought all the trendy skin care products…. so much so in fact that I had a special “status” at Sephora. I spent so much time and resources on empty promises from beauty companies and was always disappointed.

This was until I found holistic skin care. I dropped all the chemicals and started nourishing my face with natural, organic, and gentle ingredients. I started oil cleansing and treating my skin like a friend instead of an enemy to be tamed.

My skin care has and will continue to evolve over the years and in different life stages, but today, my skin care is simplistic yet effective. What do I mean by effective? I mean that my skin feels nourished and healthy. I no longer complain of oily skin, intense redness or my nose peeling from dry skin. (Even though NO ONE has perfect skin! It’s normal and okay to have some blemishes, redness, etc.)

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Morning Routine

  1. Primally Pure Everything Spray

  2. Phyto-seed leave in conditioner for my hair

  3. Mineral Fusion Makeup

    • Olive 2 Powder Foundation

    • Luster Brozer Pallet

    • Crayon Eye Pencil- Touche (for the brows)

    • Volumizing Mascara - Jet

  4. Axiology Lipstick - Reflection

Evening Routine

  1. Cleanse with homemade soap. If you don’t make soap, I recommend this gentle cleansing bar soap.

  2. Reusable cotton rounds and homemade chamomile & rose infused face oil to removed mascara

  3. Oil cleanse with my cleansing oil recipe (herbal infused recipes from The Herbal Academy’s Botanical Skin Care Recipe Book) . Go here to learn about oil cleansing. It has literally changed my life people! If you don’t want to make your own oils, i ADORE Primally Pure’s cleansing oil. Note: they have different formulas for dry, normal and oily skin.

  4. Primally Pure Fancy Face Serum

  5. Primally Pure Beauty Cream

  6. Homemade Salve for my lips and to hydrate my eyelashes! (One of my secrets to keeping them so long!)

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Peach Lavender Simple Syrup

I’m a sucker for a food flavored simply syrup to add flair and fun to the most average of drinks. Iced tea, cocktails, club soda- you name it! This has got to be one of my most favorite simple syrups I’ve made yet! And with it being peach season here in North Carolina, I have plenty of peaches on my hands.

Peach Lavender Simple Syrup with Hibiscus Tea

Peach Lavender Simple Syrup with Hibiscus Tea

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water

  • 2 cups white organic sugar

  • 1 large peach- cubed

  • 2 tbsp dried lavender

Method

  1. Boil 2 cups water.

  2. Add sugar, peaches, and lavender and turn down to a simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes. Crush the peaches when they get soft. Stir occasionally.

  3. Strain the syrup. Store for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

I hope you love it! If you try it, let me know in the comments below!

A Few of My DIY Bathroom Staples + Tips to Support a Healthy Urinary Tract

Hi everyone!

I’m so excited and honored to partner with MegaFood® to discuss women’s health along with a few tips you can do to maintain urinary tract health* and keep your downstairs area feeling clean & pristine!

I was introduced to MegaFood fairly recently, but once I started looking into their company, I realized how profoundly our missioned aligned. Megafood supports regenerative agriculture and they are dedicated and committed to getting glyphosate (Round-up) removed from our food systems. They partner with like-minded farmers who are committed to organic and regenerative agriculture to bring us the most high-quality supplements derived with real food. In fact, they are the first supplement company to have their entire brand certified Glyphosate Residue Free! They are also a certified B Corporation and therefore, have the highest standards of social and environmental performance, product and supply chain transparency, and legal accountability. Honestly, I couldn’t be more obsessed with the mission behind this company.

But I digress. MegaFood Women's Health Shelf-Stable Probiotic has become one of my most favorite (and crucial) bathroom hygiene essentials! I, like most women, am determined to support a healthy urinary tract.* Right next to my hair salt spray (for beach like waves) and homemade salve (the ultimate moisturizer), this probiotic keeps me feeling fierce & motivated to take on the world.

But before we get to the recipes for the salt spray and salve, here are my tips for supporting urinary tract health! These are tips that I’ve found personally helpful and also derived from my clinical experience working in women’s health at Nourishing Minds Nutrition.

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Tips to Support a Healthy Urinary Tract:

  1. Tend to your vaginal microbiome by taking a quality women’s health probiotic. A good women’s health probiotic will have strains indigenous to the vagina - such as lactobacillus gasseri and lactobacillus crispatus. These lactic acid producing bacteria acidify the environment to make a natural barrier to pathogens! The vagina is actually very acidic - maintaining a ph between 3.5 & 4.5.

We often hear “microbiome” in reference to the gut microbiome. But the truth is, there are numerous microbiomes throughout the body- the vagina being just one of them. This microbiome is made up of lactic acid producing bacteria (lactobacillus) and organisms we call strict anaerobes. The balance between anaerobes and lactobacillus microbes is very important. I recommend MegaFood Women's Health Shelf-Stable Probiotic for a healthy urinary tract and the added bonus of supporting gut health.* It contains 50 Billion CFU of live bacteria to promote good gut health.* Did I mention it’s shelf-stable? That means you can toss these in your purse or gym bag and you’re good to go!

2. Tend to your gut health! Gut health, vaginal & urethra health all go hand in hand. Without getting too technical (just get to the point, Meg!), the gut microbiome is in a sense, the “command center” for all other mucosal tissues. This means that if there is a compromised ecology in the gut, this will translate into the other microbes- such as the urinary tract & vagina. Of course, a good probiotic and/or fermented foods is imperative to gut health. Another practical way of improving your gut health is diversifying your diet! Most people in our modern culture only eat around 15 foods. Their ancestors would have consumed between 600 and 800 varieties throughout the year! Have fun and play with different fruits, veggies, herbs, spices etc!

3. Don’t Douche! Your vaginal microbiome is everything! And douching disrupts that. Lactobacillus bacteria are very fragile, and they don’t cling on to cells easily. This means that when you douche, you are disrupting that protective ecosystem. Don’t do it!

4. Add cranberry to your diet. Cranberries are age-old wisdom for helping ladies maintain a healthy urinary tract. Fortunately, the MegaFood Women's Health* Shelf-Stable Probiotic already has cranberry in it with a mighty dose of CRAN d’OrTM.*

5. Don’t hold your pee & pee after sex. Simple, but important.

6. Change clothes after the gym. If you workout, don’t sit in your sweaty clothes all day if you can help it! Switch out of those leggings and let your body breathe.


You can take every precaution in your lifestyle choices, but if you are not addressing your gut health (which then translates to your vaginal and urethral health) you will miss the most crucial part of building an optimal foundation to good health.*


Alas, my recipes for the salve & sea salt spray:

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Sea Salt Spray- to spritz on your hair in the morning for a beachy waves!


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup warm h2O

  • 1 tbsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp of your home condition

  • 2 drops essential oil of choice (I use eucalyptus currently)

Method:
Simply combine all ingredients into a small spray bottle. Shake until the salt dissolves. Will last 3-4 months or longer.

Rose Petal Infused Salve

Ingredients:

  • ~ 3/4 cup dried roses

  • ~ 1 cup sweet almond oil

  • 1 ounce beeswax

  • double boiler

  • 2 clean, empty 16 oz mason jars

  • Kitchen scale

Part 1: Infuse your oil

  • Fill one of the mason jars about 3/4th way with dried rose petals. Don’t worry about being exact! This ain’t candy making people!

  • Fill the jar with sweet almond oil- ensuring the petals are covered completely by at least 1 inch.

  • Cap the jar and shake well!  Shake the herbs at least once a day.  After 2-4 weeks, strain through a mesh strainer. Whala- you have your infused oil! This infused oil is lovely for healing ointment on scars, eczema & psoriasis, wrinkles, sun damage, and just general maintenance on dry areas. I even use it around my eyes before I go to sleep.

Part 2: Make the salve!

  1. Prepare your double boiler with simmering water. (You can make a make shift one at home if you don’t have one! That’s what I do.)

  2. Pour 7 oz strained & infused rose petal oil into the double boiler. Add 1 ounce beeswax and stir until the beeswax has completely dissolved.

  3. Carefully pour hot salve into clean jar and cool completely before use.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


DIY: Homemade Beeswax Wraps

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Beeswax wraps! Have you heard of them? Chances are you have… they’re taking the world by storm as sustainable initiatives take off and public awareness of our waste problem is becoming more widespread. 

More and more, people are more interested and open to more sustainable alternatives. This includes in the kitchen and around or food systems. 

These handy, reusable wraps can replace plastic wrap from just about anything! My favorite uses are : to wrap cheese, to seals bowls or jars, to wrap sandwiches and produce. 
There are a plethora of beeswax wraps that you can purchase online that vary in quality and cost. But you can also make them easily (and cheaply!) at home! 

The beeswax wraps that you can find online are often not just beeswax and cloth. If you make a wrap with only beeswax, it ends up being very stiff and does not adhere to itself or other surfaces well. (Trust me, I’ve tried.)

I’ve done quite a bit of experimenting with various combinations of ingredients and have landed one that I’m very happy with! It is malleable but not too sticky. 

I hope they work well for you!

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Ingredients: 

  • 100% cotton fabric (organic is best if you have it) 

  • 3 tbsp of beeswax- of course, purchasing from a local beekeeper is best! But if you can’t find one in your area, this is a great source: Mountain Rose Herb.

  • 1 tbsp beef tallow (I used Epic brand)

  • double boiler- or a make-shift one like I used (pictured below)

  • metal or wooden spoon 

Directions:

  1. Wash and dry fabric 

  2. Cut fabric into desired shapes and sizes. I cut mine into 8” x 8” squares. The mixture above is enough for one 8 x 8 square piece. Double or triple recipe if needed. 

  3. Grate beeswax. 

  4. Prepare double boiler - filling with water and bringing to a simmer.

  5. Measure lard and beeswax and place them together in the double boiler. 

  6. Allow them to melt together until there are no more clumps or lumps. 

  7. Once the mixture has melted down, remove from heat. Add the cloth to the pan, and using a spoon, work it around until it is completely covered in beeswax. (Be careful! It’s hot!) Remove cloth with tongs and spread out on parchment paper. Allow it to cool. 


    Maintenance: These will last you at least a few months! To clean, simply rinse gently with cool water and mild soap. 

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