February 10, 2017

Spring into Beauty with Lavenda Memory

Lavenda’s Closet is a fashion and lifestyle blog written by Latina mama, Lavenda Memory, and features personal style posts, reviews of current fashion, beauty, and home design trends. The blog highlights real-life women’s interest issues from a blogger’s thoughtful perspective.

Water plays an incredible role in our daily lives. A major contributor towards beautiful skin, healthy muscles and fierce brain power makes the source of our water of highest priority and concern. Years ago I considered installing water purifiers throughout my home to alter the pH balance of our tap water. After a lot of research I realized this was not financially possible at the time, so we opted for a basic filter that just went over our kitchen tap. Years later we invested in a water cooler that offers us fresh drinking for our daily consumption; so you can imagine how serious I am about my water source.

This year I discovered a hidden gem of the water world- Icelandic Glacial. Icelandic Glacial can be found at many grocery stores so chances are you’ve already seen it on the shelves. If you can’t remember quite at first- you may recognize it from its distinct mountaintop bottle design. What makes this water so unique and quite the rockstar amongst its competitors is its exclusive source: the Ölfus Spring.

The legendary Ölfus Spring was forged during a massive volcanic eruption over 5,000 years ago, which continues to replenish itself through natural rainfall. This pure spring water flows directly into the Icelandic Glacial bottling plant located right at the source, in Hlidarendi, Iceland at the edge of the spring. All of this wonderful, untouched water is then carefully bottled up to offer us what we know of as Icelandic Glacial water.

For those concerned about drinking from water bottles (raising my hand here) you can rest easier knowing that Icelandic Glacial has made a commitment to assess their CO2 emissions, with a promise to continually reduce them wherever possible. Their company prides themselves on their environmental efforts and have such won the 2007 Bottled Water World Design Awards for Best Sustainability Initiative. In fact, they were the world’s first bottled water certified as CarbonNeutral® for both product and operation.

 Trusting the company to do their part, I am only left with the responsibility to enjoy the fresh taste and pure benefits of a uniquely pure water source. This offers a lot of relief when I’m traveling and need to pack a water bottle (there’s not always enough time to fill aluminum bottles) to take with me on the go.

Staying hydrated leads to a healthier immune system which will aid in combatting colds and preventing certain illnesses. Taking in your 8 glasses a day will also help rejuvenate your skin cells, offering a healthy, hydrated glow. This is helpful for me as a blogger, when I’m often being photographed or filmed. A filter can only do so much, you know.

Overall, I am quite impressed with not only the distinct water source that remains untouched and still so pure, but also the careful consideration Icelandic Glacial takes in producing such a quality product. I can rest easy on my busiest days when I reach for a bottle of Icelandic Glacial, knowing the full impact and story behind the water I carry with me.

 

January 19, 2017

Finding Health & Happiness with ShutTheKaleUp

My name is Jeannette Ogden and I live in Orange County, CA with my husband and my little guy, Elliott Grey. It was about five years ago that I first became interested in health and fitness. I became intrigued by it all so quickly and pursued it to the fullest because leading a healthy, balanced life was all I ever wanted after struggling with an eating disorder. During that time, I got laid off from a stressful job I wasn't ever going to leave, and it all changed. It was like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders and I was HAPPY. I got to do some things I had wanted to do for a long time like, take a teacher training yoga class and plan my wedding which was happening a few short months after. When my husband and I got married, it was like my eating disorder no longer existed and I had finally found balance. I loved cooking and being in my new kitchen. Shortly after, shutthekaleup was born! I never expected my Instagram account to reach many people, but it did and I'm so grateful to be able to share health tips, my go-tos, recipes and a part of my life.

This year, my family and I have decided to focus on a non-toxic lifestyle. Little by little, we'll be replacing household items such as personal hygiene products to pots and pans with non-toxic, environmentally friendly versions. I know it's a whole lot of change, but we already lead a healthy lifestyle so it's something we feel like we need to do to better our way of living. I got inspired by the way we eat, all organic, pasture-raised, grass-fed, local, etc. I'm also wanting to better mine and my family's life since we have our boy, Elliott to look after. 

Besides eating well, drinking pure, quality water is important. Having a bottle with me at all times makes me drink more, and being that I'm a breastfeeding mama, my hydration has to be on point. Nowadays, there's a huge selection of water brands, and before committing, I like to do my research. That's when I heard about Icelandic Glacial and how they were the world's FIRST bottled water certified as CarbonNeutral. The water is also incredibly pure, and naturally alkaline! You just can't go wrong! 

It's the sweetest thing to be in such a loving community of people who have the same interests and way of living. I love how people can come together from all over the world and geek out on health food like I do. It's crazy how social media has created a place to go if you want inspiration on what to cook, wear or even how to decorate your home! I’d love to hear your tips and tricks for living a non-toxic lifestyle! Feel free to touch base with me through message or comment on Instagram!