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Peace of Mind

Isn’t it strange how we can lose ourselves for hours mindlessly scrolling through Facebook, yet there’s not enough time in the day to meditate for 10 minutes? I’m guilty of it, after a long day, when I’d need the benefits of meditation the most, I’d grab my phone, numb my mind, and easily waste 45 minutes.

On the rare occasion that I would put the timer on and try to meditate, I’d jump around between different practices, trying to recite mantras and counting the length of my breath, mentally screaming at my thoughts to pipe down.

Even though my lame efforts didn’t show it, I was committed to learning how to meditate, so I downloaded the Headspace Meditation app that my sister recommended. The program offers 10 free guided meditations, and after the 10th session, you unlock additional levels with a paid subscription.

I’m extremely open to spirituality, but what I liked about this program was that it was a straightforward, tangible approach to meditation. Forget about picturing aura colors and channeling your third eye. The British guide, Andy Puddicombe, gently guides your practice, without making you memorize mantras or hyperventilate with distracting breathing techniques. He leads you into your headspace, asking you to become aware of yourself and your breath. And better yet, he doesn’t have any weird speech patterns or nuisances to distract you from your practice.

The sessions are only 10-minutes long, which can feel either extremely short or excruciating long, depending on your mood. To keep myself on track, I’ve started waking up 10 minutes earlier to ensure I have time to dedicate to the practice.

After the 10th session, I realized I’d have to pay a monthly subscription to access additional meditations. While I have no doubt that the other sessions are valuable, I’ve found that the 10-day challenge gave me the jumpstart I needed to hunker down and begin exploring meditation on my own.

The Gist: While I’m not forking over the monthly fee, this program has helped me get on the meditation train. It’s made me aware of a different style of meditation that I can easily integrate into my lifestyle. If you want to learn, but are feeling intimidated by the process, try this app to ease into your own headspace.

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For Fox Sake

It’s almost February, and in true fashion, we’re a little behind on that whole New Year’s resolution thing. A month into the year, and we’ve finally pinpointed our New Year’s Resolution. Better late than never right?

This is the year of the fox. OK, not really, we know nothing about Chinese zodiacs, but we’ve identified the fox as our spirit animal. We’ll keep it brief, the fox has inspired our 2016 intention: ZeroFox. For fox sake, we need to stop giving so many fox.

Today, we’re kicking it off by reflecting on how we need to speak our minds, hush the opinion of others, and cause a little bit of a playful ruckus. Cheers to a year of less caring and more living. Keep up with our Instagram for our ZeroFox musings.

“Keep your faith, but lose your shape.” -The Growlers

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Non Toxic Nail Polish Review

Tried & True: Non Toxic Nail Polish Review

Product: Gabriel Nail Color in Texas Tea

Brand: Gabriel

Use: Nail Polish

Price: $5.99-$8.50 (.5 fl. oz.)

Where to Buy: Gabrielcosmeticsinc.com, Health Food Stores

Perks: Cruelty free/Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Camphor, and Phthalate free

The Nitty Gritty: When it comes to cruelty free polish, this brand nails it. It’s durable, shiny, and comes in a variety of different colors.

-Easy to apply, not streaky
-Only needed one coat of color
-Glossy, even without a top coat
-Long lasting. We experienced a solid five days of no chipping.
-If you’re using a dark color, we recommend pairing it with Gabriel Base Coat to avoid staining your nails.

The Gist: Even if you’re not looking to remove excess chemicals from your beauty routine, this polish outlasts commercial brands. It’s affordable and there are plenty of colors,  so you’re sure to find your perfect shade. 
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Natural Sunscreen Review

Tried & True: Natural Sunscreen Review

We’re excited to kick start our new series, Tried & True. Because we’re committed to supporting ethically responsible products, we’re spotlighting some of our favorite cosmetics that don’t test on animals. First up, our top pick for natural, cruelty free sunscreen.

Product: Skin Soothing Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40

Brand: Supergoop! 

Use: Sunscreen

Price: $28.00 (2.4 fl. oz.)

Where to Buy: Supergoop.com, Amazon, Sephora 

Perks: Cruelty free/ paraben, synthetic fragrance, and oxybenzone free/ hypoallergenic/ non-irritating 

The Nitty Gritty:  This Supergoop! sunscreen has been our little ray of sunshine. We’ve tried our fair share of sunscreens, and we like this one best because it doesn’t leave our skin feeling chalky and white, or greasy and slimy. 

-It’s an unscented mineral sunscreen with a lightweight formula for your neck and face
-Can be worn on its own or under makeup
-Takes a few minutes to dry, so give it time to set, especially before applying makeup
-Leaves some shine on your skin, but if you use a setting powder it’s not a problem
-It’s not waterproof, so we reapply it every few hours for ultimate sun protection

The Gist: If you’re looking for a cruelty free sunscreen to wear alone or under your makeup, and you don’t mind a little shine, this sunblock is your sunny solution. 

 

 

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Blenderless Power Drink

This coconut milk drink is a great alternative if you don’t have time to power up the blender. It’s a sweet concoction that takes just minutes to make. The chia seeds create a unique consistency and add healthy benefits of omega-3’s and protein.

-1 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
-1/2 TBS chia seeds
-1 dash cinnamon
-1/2 TSP vanilla extract
-1/2 TBS raw honey

Vigorously mix all ingredients in a glass and let sit for 10 minutes. When the chia seeds have developed a gel-like consistency, the drink is ready. Serves one.