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HAPPY FRIDAY Guys!! 🎉

TODAY ONLY! Buy One, Get One on some of your favorites! Stock up for yourself or get a head start on Holiday shopping! Be sure to check out the Holiday Gifts too! 🎁 
*** Quantities are limited, so hurry! 🏃‍♀️

• Nourishing Cream Exfoliator 

• Nourishing Night Cream

• Nourishing Day Cream

• Rejuvenating Face Wash

• Rejuvenating Toner Pads

• Rejuvenating Radiance Serum

• Citrus Mimosa Body Bar

• Citrus Mimosa Body Wash

• Citrus Mimosa Body Lotion

I don’t know about you, but I love being rewarded for shopping. You know what I mean, right? Companies that take the time to recognize and reward me for my choice to shop with them. 

Because, let’s be honest. There are a lot of options out there and where my dollar goes is a big deal. 

So, let’s talk about Beautycounter’s Band of Beauty membership. 

It’s just $29 for the entire year. No autoship. No monthly minimums. Just amazing, year round, perks. 

It’s seriously such a good deal and right now it’s even better because when you join and you spend $50 you’re gonna get one of my newest favorites and absolute must-have’s for FREE: Beautycounter’s Brightening Oil, ($68)

Y’all, this is my new favorite oil. 

And did I mention it was a 2017 Allure Best of Beauty winner?! 

It smells so darn good and it has been a lifesaver when it comes to my dark spots. 

Paired with our Brightening Mist and Mask, my skin is literally glowing. 

As if that’s not reason enough, but you also get the sweet everyday deals that come with being a member:

  • 15% product credit with every order
  • FREE shipping on orders over $100
  • Special Offers exclusively for members 

Seriously, you can’t pass this up. 

Ready to join? Click here

Why Beautycounter? 

It didn’t take long for me to realize that I had to become involved with Beautycounter. Of course, I was nervous. I had never done anything like this and from what I had heard, most of these kinds of ‘things’ were scams, but I just couldn’t help but think that Beautycounter wasn’t like everyone else.

I wasn’t a ‘salesperson’, in fact, I’m still not. I hate sales, actually, but I knew I loved educating. I loved meeting new people and I loved getting the conversation started.

When I was first introduced to Beautycounter I didn’t really appreciate it the way I should have. Not once did it ever occur to me that the products sold in stores may not be safe for me. But after learning more about this unregulated industry I realized there was actually nothing like Beautycounter on the market. 

Beautycounter had set a new standard by banning over 1,500 harmful toxins and chemicals from their products. They are a company completely committed to truth and transparency.

Their business wasn’t just focused on sales. The focus was education. The drive was the mission to get safe products into the hands of everyone. And that was something I knew I had to support any way I could. 

As a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, I knew I had to become a part of the movement to get safe products into the hands of everyone. I shared Gregg’s vision where one day my kids (yours too!) would be able to shop wherever and have full disclosure on what’s in their personal care products and cosmetics. People shouldn’t have to choose between health and beauty. And the I learned the truth and how no one is standing up for us, I knew I had to. 

As a consumer, I was tired of being lied to. Tricked. Deceived. Why was I being exposed to Cancer causing toxins without ever knowing? How could these ingredients be allowed in the products I put on myself and my children every single day? Why should my shampoo cause infertility? How could my makeup contain the more lead than gasoline? How was it possible that before I took my first sip of coffee for the day I had already exposed myself to hundreds of toxic chemicals, many that had no safety data whatsoever? The list of questions goes on and on.

And there is no acceptable answer. 

The bottom line is we deserve better and at Beautycounter we’re doing something about it. 

I became a part of this movement because I knew I had to be a voice. I knew I had to tell people the truth. And I had to give people a chance to stand up for themselves.

I also wanted a ‘job’ where I knew I was making a difference in the lives of others. Ending each day knowing that I did something more. That I had the opportunity to give back, not just to my family, but to my community, to my friends, to those I loved, and even to those I had never met. 

But really, more than all of that, I became a part of this movement because I wanted to be an example for my kids. I wanted to show them that you can make a difference no matter how big or how small. And if you’re passionate about something to go for it. Take chances on yourself and stand up for what matters. And remember to stand up even if you’re the only one standing. 

Because when you know better you do better and that can change everything.

XXOO!

You Are

It’s been 4 months since I’ve eaten wheat. It still surprises me every time I think about it. 4 months! I never thought that I would make it 4 days, and yet, I have absolutely no desire to ever eat it again.

Most people ask me how my ‘diet’ is going. I hate that question. I’m not on a diet. Diet’s have actually never worked for me. I have tried many diets, many, many diets, and I had the same results every time, failure.

No, this is different. This isn’t a diet. This is my life. This is my lifestyle. and it’s great.

I’ve seriously never felt better. I have energy. I can keep up with my kids and on the really good days, I can outlast them. My clothes, all of my clothes, now are too big. It’s a struggle finding something to wear because I can honestly say ‘nothing really fits’. Nothing. And this time it isn’t because I can’t get anything to button.

I still haven’t stepped on a scale. Not sure that I will unless I have to. Maybe one day, but for right now I realize ‘fit’ isn’t a number.

But more than any of this, more than the weight falling off, more than my waist getting smaller, more than just how incredible I feel, I am confident, finally.

Is my body perfect? Heck no. I can see where aging has finally started to take it’s course. Things don’t look the way they used too. There’s still a few things I’m working on, like that little lower belly pooch (it’s almost gone!). But when I look in the mirror, I don’t just like what I see, I love what I see.

I have spent my entire life not really liking myself. I have spent my entire life looking at myself the way I thought other people looked at me. I had been believing a lie that I was not pretty enough or skinny enough. I didn’t have the right body. I just didn’t like myself, at all.

Yes, eliminating wheat and cutting my sugar down to almost nothing has certainly helped the way I look and feel, but that’s not all of it. It’s Him.

I don’t know what happened or even when it happened. There wasn’t a monumental moment where everything just sort of ‘clicked’. I’m not even sure there was a transition period. It was almost, as if, I woke up one day and I just really liked myself, but it was so nonchalant that I didn’t even really pay attention.

I have spent most of my life comparing myself to everyone else. And the results were always the same, I was different. And somewhere along the lines ‘different’ was a bad thing.

I began bra shopping in second grade. I hated it. I couldn’t understand why I had to get a bra when none of my friends did, but my body didn’t look like theirs.

I was never ‘fat’ growing up, but I was tall, and I had boobs, so I didn’t look like my friends. I couldn’t share clothes, heck, or even shoes, for that matter. I was so different.

Going to prom my shoe selection was limited to flats because I would be so much taller than my date. I hated it. Was it too much to ask to wear heels like everyone else?

But looking back at all of this, all of these moments, I realize now that I was believing a lie. Nothing, but a lie.

No, I would still look pretty funny in heels, although sometimes I’ve been known to wear a pair now and again, and I’m too old to share clothes with friends, and my boobs, well, they’re still here, but over the last 6 weeks I have learned to love myself. Really love myself.

Yes, I have lost weight. Yes, I’m wearing smaller sizes than in high school, but that’s not it. I could still pick out flaws if I wanted too. I could still find people to compare myself too. Mainly those young college girls who hang out at the pool in practically nothing. (I still wonder how everything stays put in their swimsuit choices.) But I don’t see myself the same way anymore. Nope, I see myself the way He sees me. And for reasons I cannot explain nor ever really understand, He absolutely loves me just the way I am.

God doesn’t make mistakes, like I used to think. He doesn’t mess up. He made me just the way He wanted me to be, but for so long I couldn’t see it. I couldn’t see what He saw. I could only see what the world saw and by the world’s standards I had fallen very, very short.

Looking back onto the last 31 years I can pinpoint the choices I have made in my life based on the lie that I believed that I wasn’t pretty enough or good enough. I sought attention from the wrong places. Looking back, I know I hated myself even though I never admitted it. I would smile and pretend everything was fine. It became a defense mechanism, one that I perfected over time.

No, I still don’t look the way the world wants me to, but that’s okay, and, I promise, this isn’t a defense mechanism. I’m not worried about what the world wants or what the world expects or even what the world thinks is pretty enough or good enough. I don’t care about a number on a scale either. I love who I am because He loves me.

I wish I could give you more than that. I wish I had a more profound answer, one that I had spent years looking for, but the truth is, I didn’t even look for this. I didn’t even know how to. But He is just so loving and so gracious that He knew I needed to know just how beautiful He thinks I am and He was right because now that changes everything.

So today, my prayer for you, my friends, is that you can see what He sees. Even when the world is telling you, you aren’t, my prayer is that you hear Him say, you are.

XXOO!

Let’s Get Wild!

You all know that I am a huge fan of making and creating. I love homemade and handmade everything. And for a little bit I even had my own little Etsy shop where I created lots of fun things, and while I still love making things, I’ve learned that I love supporting other ‘makers’ even more!

So when I found out that a good friend of mine had begun her own small business journey, I knew that I had fallen in love. Her creations were simple. There was no fluff needed. Each piece was handmade and you knew that each piece meant something to her. Everything was perfectly unique and one-of-a-kind.

Soon she found herself being featured in small shops around Jackson Hole, Wyoming in addition to her own Instagram Shop, Wild Production 307. It turned out that lots of people were enjoying her ‘Wild’ Productions. And so I knew that she would make a wonderful feature on the blog and I knew you would be grateful to finally meet ‘Wild Productions’.

From beanies for babies to boot cuffs and scarves, Wild Productions does it all and even if she doesn’t, she’s happy to do custom orders.

1. Why did you start Wild Productions?

When I first learned how to knit, I never imagined I’d come this far with it! Living in a small town word got out pretty quickly that a local gal made knitted goodies for affordable prices…that’s when my husband and I decided to put a name on all my hard work (he makes all my labels) Being able to stay home with my kids and still contribute financially (doing something I love and am good at!) is just the best dream come true! Something being sold with my label on it is like a reminder of what dedication can really achieve.

2. What’s your favorite thing to make?

Oh man, I love it all! I really enjoy being able to throw my creativity into the item as well, even if it’s as simple as button placement or helping decide color combos!

3. Why is it important to support local/small business?

I adore buying from local/small business, not only are you fulfilling someone else’s dream of being their own boss, but you can feel the love that went into each product. There’s so much heart and soul put into small businesses!

4. What advice would you give to someone who is looking to start their own business?

PATIENCE haha you need a lot of patience! Absolutely nothing will happen over night, just keep giving it your all and stay positive! It can be so discouraging not having your business take off right away, so dedication is key! Find what you love and give it your all!

And for all of my readers, you can get a little ‘wild’ by using code BLOG15 to receive 10% off your entire Wild Production order now thru 1/31/15 at 11:59pm MST.

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bootieset

WildTag

Beanie

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babybeanie

fingerless gloves

Not on IG? Well, first you should be, second that’s okay because you can find Alex and her creations on Facebook too.

Today is the Last Day!

Today is the last day to take advantage of Beautycounter’s amazing Black Friday Promo!

Spend a $150+ and receive a FREE full size Countertime Nourishing Cleansing Balm. This is one of my favorite products and it is one of my best sellers!
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Also, remember the next person to purchase the Countertime Collection ($295) will receive a FREE balm, FREE Lustro Face Oil #2, and a FREE Beautycounter pouch! (Pouch and Oil will ship separately and on a later date).
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This is such an incredible offer. You won’t want to miss out on this!

Don’t forget, Beautycounter has some amazing gift sets available that come gift wrapped for free too. So you can shop for your friends and family and keep the balm for yourself!
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Shop and order directly at http://www.laurenfalber.beautycounter.com

How Can I KNOW Beautycounter Products are the Safest Available?

Q: How can I KNOW Beautycounter products are the safest available?

A: Behind the Science

The formulas behind Beautycounter skincare and cosmetics are the result of extensive research and innovative thinking. Together with Mia Davis, our Head of Health and Safety, and likeminded chemists at leading cosmetics labs in California, Texas, and Michigan, our product development team works to continually create safe, effective and desirable products for you and your family.

The Ingredient Selection Process

Every ingredient that goes into a Beautycounter is chosen with intent.
After eliminating the 1,300 ingredients banned or restricted by the European Union, the 11 that are banned in the U.S., and the dozens on our own Never List, we consider each ingredient individually, asking ourselves: Is it safe? What do we know about it? Do we need it? Will it make the product better?

The Ingredient Screen

Our stringent and comprehensive Ingredient Screen ensures ingredients are systemically evaluated using several important environmental health endpoints (i.e. carcinogenicity, reproductive toxicity, mutagenicity, skin and organ irritation).
Our Ingredient Screen is based on the Clean Production Action GreenScreen, a tool utilized by manufacturers, non-governmental organizations, and the government to compare chemical hazards and identify safer alternatives. Our Screen also takes into account even the very low dose exposures that are common with cosmetics.

Gathering Data

We consult with scientists and industry leaders working to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals, and to develop safer, green chemicals from the start. Our health and safety team collects for data and information from many sources, including:

· CosIng (the EU Commission database)
· Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment program (EPA’s DfE)
· EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database
· International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
· International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation (ICCR)
· Material Data Safety Sheets (MSDS)
· Peer reviewed journal articles on ingredients (e.g. PubMed)
· Substitute It Now (SIN) List
· The CA Department of Public Health Safe Cosmetics Program
· The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX)
· The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
· Pharos Project Database

Weighing The Options

We give preference to ingredients that have available safety data over those without because the absence of data does not mean an ingredient is safe. But since more than 80% of cosmetics ingredients have not been adequately assessed for safety, it isn’t always possible to use only ingredients with data in our products.

When our formulators would like to use an ingredient that has no publically available safety data, we consider the following:

· Has it been used for a long time without any known health impacts?
· Is this ingredient related to or structured like other chemicals for which there is data?
· What is the source of the ingredient?
· What kind of processing is it put through?
· Is the molecule large, and therefore less likely to be absorbed by the skin?
· Do we absolutely need this ingredient to have the product function?
· Is this ingredient taking the place of a functional ingredient that is very undesirable from a safety standpoint?
· Who else is using this ingredient?

If an ingredient is approved, we flag the lack of data, and search for emerging data on a quarterly basis. If studies later reveal a health concern, we will reformulate without that ingredient.

Developing Safer Products

When we are satisfied with a product’s formulation, efficacy, and performance in the lab, we send finished samples to a third-party testing facility to search for any background contamination. Products are sent to testing facilities twice a year or whenever there is a change in formulation to ensure our suppliers are maintaining trace or no-detect levels of potential contaminants like including lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium.

We have what we believe is the strictest heavy metal rule in the cosmetics industry – while zero is always the goal, our allowable background levels a extremely low. We arrived at these levels by analyzing the amounts that the EPA allows in drinking water and that the FDA allows in food, and by ensuring that our limits are far below what other studies have found in lipstick and children’s face paint.

The Final Test

All of our products are tested for potential irritation using human volunteers (not animals).