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Valentine Day Gift Ideas For Her – My Top Picks

valentine day gift ideas for her

Here are my top three favorite Valentine day gift ideas for her, the natural beauty in your life. Actually, if I’m being really honest, these are the Valentine day gift ideas that I personally want this year. (So husband, if you are reading this, I’m a size small, hint hint.) And who says you can’t be your own Valentine this year and treat yourself to some goodies!

(Some of the below links are affiliate links, yet I really do love and recommend these products!)


Super soft and sustainable organic cotton

My sister, who is our family’s fashionista, turned me on to this organic clothing company. PACT carries brightly colored and fun organic clothing that are as comfortable as they are cute. I just love this sexy watermelon colored camisole and matching watermelon panties and I think your woman will too. Or if you don’t want to fuss with sizes or styles giving a PACT gift card is always cool. Plus, with every purchase this season you’re helping fund entrepreneurs in low-income communities around the world. That will definitely score you some bonus points! Surprise her with the PACT giftcard here.

100% Pure

Purity Cosmetics

I’ve mentioned 100% Pure a few times on this blog, because it is my absolute favorite natural make-up, hair, and body care company. Everything smells and feels amazing! My absolute favorite products are the coconut nourishing body cream and the honey virgin coconut restorative conditioner, because both smell like lucious cupcake frosting to me and they leave my skin and hair silky soft. This week they also have a killer strawberry and chocolate gift set which any woman would be thrilled to get! The strawberry chocolate gift set contains a hydrating body wash, body scrub, nourishing body cream made with real chocolate and strawberry flavors, a lip and cheek tint, and lip gloss colored with real fruits and vegetable pigments instead of artificial dyes. Pamper her with the chocolate and strawberries gift set here.

Ann Marie Gianni Skin Care

natural organic skin care line

Ann Marie Gianni is my favorite natural skin care company and for Valentine’s day they put together a luxurious gift set with all their best sellers (which also happens to contain my favorite products). This special Valentine’s spa beauty set includes: Aloe Herb Cleanser, Anti Aging Serum, Coconut Body Oil 100ml, Coconut Honey Mask, and 4 RUNA tea samples for you and your love. There is a very limited supply of this fantastic Valentine’s gift set, so it’s better to act now rather than later. Spoil her with the Ann Marie Gianni Skin Care Valentine’s Day gift set here.

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February 5, 2014   No Comments

Healthy Living Gifts Guide

Ever since I got hit by a shopping cart from an overzealous shopper on Black Friday years ago (true story), I do most of my gift shopping online. Here are some of my favorite online healthy living gift recommendations. Hope you enjoy this healthy living gifts guide as much as I enjoy giving and using these products myself. (because most of them I own!)

(Some of the below links are affiliate links, yet I really do love and recommend these products!)

Omega Vert 350 HD

Healthly Living Gifts Omega Vert 350For those that already have blenders, a good juicer is a nice compliment. Juicing is all the rage these days, but why pay for an overpriced vegetable juice at a crowded juice bar when you can juice at home? For the best quality juice and the most versatile juicer I love my Omega Vert 350 HD and use it everyday. Order the Omega Vert 350 from this link and get a free 350 page book, Juicing for Life, plus free shipping. Or call 1-877-849-3191 to order and receive special pricing.

(FYI: New isn’t always better, I much prefer the 350 model for the value to the newer 400 model)

Vitamix Blender

healthing living gifts vitamixBlenders are a great gift for everyone, because who doesn’t love a good smoothie? The Vitamix is my ultimate favorite blender and I use it every single day to whip up delicious green smoothies for my husband and I. Order the Vitamix from this link and get my raw food salad dressing e-book and green smoothie e-book free plus free standard shipping!

Humio Aromatherapy Humidifier

healthy living gifts humio humidifierThe Humio Aromatherapy Humidifier is not your average humidifier, it is a work of art! The beautiful LED lighting subtly changes color (from red, blue, and green) to create a beautiful mood in the home or office. Also, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the Humio for an uplifting effect. Order the Humio from this link for free shipping or call 1-877-849-3191 to order and receive special pricing.

Lello 4070 Gelato Junior

healthy living gifts lello gelato makerWho doesn’t love homemade ice cream? Make frozen gelatos, sorbets, and ice creams in only thirty minutes! With Lello 4070 Gelato you can make fresh fruit sorbets, and non-dairy ice creams out of nut and coconut milk to make wholesome deserts that taste sinfully delicious. Order the Lello 4070 Gelato Junior from this link and get free super saver shipping.

100% Pure Cosmetics

healthy living gifts 100 percent pure gift basketI haven’t met a woman that hasn’t fallen in love with 100% Pure Cosmetics at first smell. They are my (not so) secret beauty weapon. (About 95 percent of the make-up, skincare, body care, and hair care products I use daily, I get from 100% Pure.) Their products are made from natural fruit pigments and oils with no artificial preservatives. Vegan and cruelty free, they look, feel, and smell divine! You can’t go wrong with a gift certificate or gift basket for the special women in your life. Order a 100% Percent Pure gift from this link and get free shipping on orders over 50 dollars.

Annmarie Gianni Skincare

healthy living gifts annmarie gianni skincareAnnmarie Gianni cosmetics are so luxurious that you’ll feel like you spent an afternoon at the Spa. They have a bunch of products that I love, like their neroli toning mist and their coconut honey face mask, but my absolute favorite is the Aloe Herb Facial Cleanser. It’s a gentle blend of healing herbs and plants that leaves your face clean and silky-soft (and it works amazing for shaving). Order an Annmarie Gianni sample kit from this link and get free shipping.

Mountain Rose Herbs

healthy living gifts moutain rose herbsDo you have a friend or family member that enjoys DIY projects? Are they known to make their own home brewed kombucha? Do they make batches of natural homemade soap and other body care products? Do they love to make their own herbal teas and spice blends? I have a family member like this, and last year she really appreciated a gift certificate from Mountain Rose Herbs. At Mountain Rose Herbs you will find organic herbs, teas, super foods, essential oils, and more. Order from this Mountain Rose Herbs link and get everything you need for your recipient’s next project.

Therasage Far Infrared Heating Pads

healthy living gifts therasage heating padsThis is no ordinary heating pad! The deep penetrating infrared heat gently warms muscles and tissues offering temporary pain relief. This gift would be perfect for any one you know that suffers from joint or muscle aches. (Which is pretty much everyone I know over 40!) It’s like a soft warm soothing blanket of comfort that I can’t live without. Order the Therasage Infrared Heating Pad from this link and shipping is included.

Xero Shoes

healthy living gifts xero shoesFor your outdoorsy and running friends you might consider Xero Shoes that have similar benefits to running barefoot as described in Chris McDougall’s best-selling book, Born to Run. Xero Shoes are for walking, hiking, working out, hitting the beach, running, and tossing in your backpack for camping, while letting your feet and legs work the way nature intended! You don’t even need to know your recipient’s shoe size as they offer “do it yourself” sandal kits for the perfect fit! Order Xero Shoes from this link to give or get the better than barefoot experience!

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Happy Healthy Living Gift Giving!

December 5, 2013   No Comments

100% Pure Review – My Favorite Natural Cosmetics Company

100 Percent Pure

Here is a quick 100% Pure Review.

Over the last ten years I have transitioned to more natural, vegan, non-animal tested cosmetics, skin, and body care. I am so grateful that I can still be girly, dress up, and wear make-up while still feeling good about what I’m putting on my skin.

I often get e-mails from people asking me what’s my favorite natural cosmetics and skincare company. Although I have many that I like, one stands out above the rest.

My absolute favorite company at the moment is a small company based in the San Francisco Bay Area called 100% Pure. They have two retail locations in Berkeley and San Jose, California. They also sell their products on the web, with some killer weekly deals and free shipping on orders over 50 dollars.

The company 100% Pure lives up to it’s name because their products are truly 100% pure – no synthetic chemicals, chemical preservatives, artificial fragrances, artificial colors, harsh detergents or any other unhealthy toxins.

The company focuses on antioxidants and you’ll find ingredients in their products like: Pigments of Peach, Apricot, Carrot, Pomegranate, Cocoa Bean, Boysenberry, Blackcurrant, Blueberry, Raspberry, Acai, Goji Berry and Tomato!

100% Pure products smell good enough to eat (not recommended), because the wonderful aromas in 100% Pure products are from real fruits, pure essential oils, and pure absolutes.

Only natural preservatives are used such as Japanese Honeysuckle, Thyme, Oregano, Goldenseal, Rosemary, Lavender and a high concentration of vitamins and antioxidants, so on each product there is an open jar symbol with a number on it. That number indicates how long you can use the product once it is opened.

My favorite products are the fruit pigmented tinted moisturizer (they also have a great foundation if you need more coverage) which gives your skin a natural glow and the dark chocolate tinted mascara that smells like chocolate and makes your lashes thick and full. I also like their fruit pigmented powdered blushes (my favorite color is healthy) and their fruit pigmented island kiss lip palette which contains 6 different shades of lipstick.

In the picture below I stepped out to give the dogs a walk and I’m wearing the tinted moisturizer and the masacara. I like that the tinted moisturizer evens out my skintone without looking like I’m wearing any make-up!

Picture of Cecilia Wearing 100% Pure Tinted Moisturizer and Mascara

They also have a great selection of gift sets and online gift certificates that I’ve given out as presents to friends and family with rave reviews. Everyone that I have told about 100% Pure thanks me and ends up being a loyal customer.

Purity Cosmetics

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I hope you enjoyed my 100% Pure Review and I hope you’ll go ahead and treat yourself on Valentine’s Day! Please forward this article to friends and family and if you have had any positive experiences with 100% Pure products please comment in the comment’s section below.

♥ ,

P.S. In the spirit of full disclosure I was given a few samples from the company for free, but since then I have ordered their products for myself, family and friends because I like them so much! I’m a self professed 100 Percent Pure addict! I also decided to become an affiliate as well and the links in this blog post are affiliate links.

100 Percent Pure

February 12, 2012   9 Comments

Best Raw Food Books – My Two Favorites!

I get asked a lot about the best raw food books that I recommend.  Although I have to say I haven’t met one raw food recipe book that I didn’t like, I do have have my two favorites and I’ll tell you why. Also, please make sure to share in the comments section your vote for the best raw food book and why you like it so much!

Becoming Raw

Becoming Raw: The Essential Guide to Raw Vegan Diets

Brenda Davis RD and Vesanto Melina MS RD

Nutrition geeks rejoice! This book is chock full of nutritional information about the raw food diet. If you’ve ever asked (or been asked) how to get enough protein?, where to get B12, iron, and calcium?, what raw foods are unsafe to eat?, and can you really get all the nutrients you need from the raw food diet? This book answers all those questions and more! It also includes 50 raw food recipes that contain all the nutritional information about the recipe including calories, protein, fat, carbohydrate content and a complete vitamin and mineral nutritional analysis.

My favorite recipes from the book are: Sprouted Quinoa Tabouli, Thai Spring Rolls with Spicy Pecan Sauce, and Mango Pie with Coconut Crust. After reading this book, you will have a greater understanding of the nutritional needs on a raw food diet and you will be better equipped to answer any questions from family and friends. Yay!

Raw Food Made Easy

Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People, Revised Edition

By Jennifer Cornbleet

The Zen of raw food preparation! This is one of my favorite raw food recipe books because of ease of preparation and the availability of the ingredients in all the recipes. Even though the recipes in this book are simple, they do not sacrifice on taste one bit!

My favorite recipes are the Cream of Zucchini Soup, Ranch Dressing, Mediterranean Kale, and Key Lime Mousse. If you are new to raw foods and want to get started right away this book is for you. No fancy equipment required!

Here is a video of the Mediterranean Kale Recipe by the author of Raw Food Made Easy, Jennifer Cornbleet

Click here if you can’t see the video above

*A side note, in both books some of the recipes call for Tamari or Nama Shoyu and I prefer to substitute those two ingredients with  Organic Chickpea Miso or Sea Salt. Also, I usually substitute some of the sweetener called for in a recipe such as honey or maple syrup with stevia to cut out some of the sugar. But you see, that is the cool thing about recipes, they can give you a foundation and then you can make them your own!

What do you think? Did I get it right? What’s your favorite raw food recipe book?


P.S. The two links above are amazon affiliate links.

August 1, 2011   25 Comments

What do Raw Fooders Eat?

What do Raw Fooders Eat?

I was very lucky to be part of this ground breaking new e-book where I, along with 48 other high raw fooders, had to keep a meticulous food journal for an entire week! It was super fun writing down everything that I ate during the week and it was an amazing opportunity to share this information with others, as I often get asked what I eat!

Here is little video I made explaining the e-book, What do Raw Fooders Eat?

If you can’t see the video above you can watch it here:

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I just ordered and downloaded your new book plus the bonuses…thank you for this generous offer. There are some books that I have wanted for quite some time I’m very much looking forward to kicking back and indulging.

Although I just briefly ran through a few of the highlights of what raw fooders eat. I have my favorites already. I was very impressed with David Kaplan. His story brought tears of joy to my eyes. I also enjoyed, and have always been impressed with Jinjee, The Garden Diet as well as Will Tuttle. Very interesting people and sincere to say the least – Wanda

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July 15, 2011   4 Comments