Social Media. To join or not to join. It's a battle we all face, some less and some more. If you love art, beauty, and community, you may find yourself torn, like me. It can be a tool for so much good in our world, if used well. Full of inspiration and expansion for the mind, it often shows us what we can aspire to, what beauty is beyond our current environment, and what ways we can develop and grow. Along with these gifts, social channels can also distract... incredibly. How do we know what's best?Read More
LET'S TALK GROCERY SHOPPING
Grocery shopping for yourself and your family can be daunting these days. In America, we have allowed our grocery stores to be filled with "foods" that cause more damage than health and ironically increased the cost of the basic clean and nourishing foods our great-grandparents ate on the daily. If you're a regular Merfleur reader, I can only assume you're also a believer of "organic" foods, by which I simply mean foods that have not been genetically modified and/or treated in any fashion. This is how all foods use to be. Now, we have to be savvy shoppers to protect the health of ourselves and those we love...Read More
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We live in a world that is incredibly tech-savy, innovative, and exciting, but along with the many pros of our century an equally challenging list of cons has arisen. These include the development and growth of heavy environmental, product, and food toxins in our everyday. We cannot escape it, no matter how far we go off the grid. It's the world we live in and a reality we must understand. I'm not here to doomsday you, but instead, provide a very easy quick way to combat these stressors on our bodies and minds. There are many natural traditional ways to support yourself and I could spend all day talking about them, but let's focus in on just one today.Read More
Subtle or loud the deep longing for perfection in our lives is something we cannot escape. Whether we fight it by denouncing it loudly and “rebelling” or embracing it and pursuing it with all we have, it affects us at the core. It’s really nothing new, though there’s continual talk about the effects of social media and well… media in general on our mindsets (which yes, in some ways is true) this is something that’s been around since the dawn of time. The desire to have a perfect feed on Instagram or the most stylish kids or the nicest car all stem from a much more internal longing. Perfection comes from that large part of our soul that wants to be better, to meet our full potential, to feel complete, fulfilled, accomplished. It’s the need to be accepted, seen as valuable, and feel whole.
I am no different.Read More
Masking... it's the at home therapy we all need to start, finish or just get through a week. Oh yes, and it's wonderful for the skin too. Haha, but seriously, I often mask as a way to slow down, unwind, and breathe. The benefits of incorporating a mask into our skin care routine is obvious, but there are many to choose from depending on what your skin needs in that moment. I like to keep a few or six... on hand and at the ready to treat my skin and soul. Today, I'm sharing these tried and true beauties with a few extra details. As you read through the skin types, benefits, ingredients, price points, and how-tos, I hope you learn a few new tips and tricks and find a few keepers. Enjoy, sweet friends!Read More
Ending a long day or savoring a celebration with friends, craft cocktails are always a lovely way to enjoy creative combinations of fresh herbs, fruits, tonics, bitters, and well-distilled alcohols. Although I do enjoy the occasional night out on the town, I must admit I far prefer homemade concoctions. The art of pairing ingredients and crafting memorable flavors is intriguing and enjoyable.Read More
Deep restful sleep. The ever evasive necessity. Am I the only one that lies awake unable to quiet my mind?
Over the years, due to my tendency to become inspired and energized at all hours of the night, I developed little habits and practices to improve my night-time routine. These techniques made an incredible difference on how quickly and how deeply I slept, that is, when I did them...
I know I'm not the only one fighting Instagram and Netflix to get to bed. Friends, if you're similar, I encourage you to pause and reflect with me. We both know this has to end. We see the effect less sleep is having on our minds and bodies and pay the toll each morning. Well, today, I'm at least calling myself out. I want to get back to my helpful habits and spend the rest of my evenings this year relaxing and restoring. How about you? Would you like to feel refreshed and maybe not need that cup of coffee quite so desperately tomorrow morning? Haha, well... let's do it!Read More
Subscription boxes are nothing new. I'm sure you've at least considered signing up once, right? Perhaps you've already joined and currently receive one or two or three... a month. Haha yes, I see you beauty box addicts ;). Well, if you're still on the hunt or just purely curious, how do you know when a box is worth it? Well, it all depends on what you are looking to gain. If you're new to incorporating organic and green beauty products into your life, these bountiful trial-filled boxes can be a great way to gain exposure to brands. Personally, I've avoided these kinds of subscription boxes. Why? Well to put it simply, I'm picky. Haha, it's true though! I'm not an expert, but I definitely do my research and as a result know what ingredients I want and don't want in my products, including some natural safe products that just don't mesh well with my skin. I have a pretty good idea of what works on my skin and what doesn't. All this to say, a box filled with 5-10 travel-size medium-level products are not going to interest me. I'd rather save up for one quality product that I know I'll love. Anyone else feel the same?Read More
Toners and hydrosols are a deep love of mine. I often play around with different brands and ingredients, but currently, these three little babies are my faaaaavorites. Each comes from a brand I admire and am eager to support. If any are new to you, I encourage you to look up the included links below to learn more about the sourcing, process, and mission of each one. Quality comes from people who care and take the time to craft unique and truly beneficial products. Send the love back and take a moment to understand why you should support their work through your thoughtful purchases. They are worth it. I promise :*Read More
Well, hello friend :). I thought we'd dive in and talk about nourishing your body from within today. There are numerous ways to heal, restore, and maintain topically with quality clean and well-sourced products. The problem is that these products never quite get to the root of the cause. They are simply treatments or as I like to consider them, enhancers.
Inner well-being is key to a lovely glowing appearance and radiant health. There are many ways to nourish and support the body's inner functions. We could talk for days and not even begin to cover all the various remedies, supplements, and dietary protocols available. I want to keep it simple and not go crazy on recommendations for you, so let's just talk about one of my favorite supplements for whole health. This little guy could change the future of your health.Read More