Danielle’s Meatless Monday Obsession: Nettles!

Dietary leanings: My leanings go through pretty rapid and widely swinging rotations, from fruit and veggie-focused to really budget-minded cooking, to rich comfort foods, to protein gluts, to emphatically locally-inspired. (The last part has meant a whole lot of root vegetables and soup lately.)  It definitely depends a lot on the weather. Ingredient: Nettles.  Yep, stinging nettles. Known health benefits: Widely used in various herbal healing traditions, the lowly nettle is extremely rich in iron, as well as vitamins A and C, potassium, phosphorus and sulfur. Among its most helpful properties, herbalists refer to it as a powerful “blood purifier” and […]


It’s Spring Makeover Time! Here Are Two Products I’m Loving

Next week marks for the first day of spring, but last night the new season was alive and well in a suddenly balmy Los Angeles. Those who don’t live here tend to think that we’re all running around in tank tops in February—but it is so not so. These last few days however, have given us a taste of what’s to come—which means I’ve been thinking about spring makeovers. It’s completely Pavlovian for me. The temperature rises a few degrees and I start dreaming of new hairstyles, clothes, makeup. I even had a fantasy about gel nails the other day. […]


7 Products That Give You Shiny Hair

Shiny hair for spring? Yes please! We’re loving this shine-boosting list from team Well+Good—which have you tried? Even those of us who trim our split ends regularly and sleep with a humidifier on can see frizz and flyaways in the mirror this time of year. That’s because winter elements (and your adorable wool hat) can poach moisture from your hair and scalp, making you look less coiffed than you’d care to. How to restore or add shine? These new, natural, and noteworthy shampoos, masks, and finishing serums will do your ‘do justice. All of them add life and luster to your […]


Alex’s Morning Skin And Hair Routine… Exposed!

Meet Alex, a young teacher trying to make a clean routine work on her teacher’s salary. Sounds like she’s doing awesome. Thanks for this super candid and awesome routine! Name: Alex Age: 26 Profession: Teacher (Fourth grade…an awesome age but not easy!) Weather: Hot, humid Central Florida. We do experience a nice cold front or two in the winter. Hair: Long, fairly thick, wavy…straight…wavy, depends on the day! Oh, and very oily.  The humidity is not my friend but what can you do? Skin: Fair and pinkish, on the oily side. I tend to break out occasionally in random areas […]


The Weirdest, Best Skincare Tool I’ve Ever Tried

I’ve fallen in love with the kind of thing you see on infomercials. It’s one of those products you suddenly think you need even though you don’t totally get what it is. Its promise has a hiding-in-plain-sight simplicity that makes you wonder why you didn’t invent it yourself. It’s weird looking. This particular thing is a cleansing tool by a company called Konjac Sponge, and it is, as the name suggests, a sponge made of fibers from the konjac plant, which of course I had to google, and which people apparently eat to suppress their appetites (please do not do […]


Happy Friday Deal from Essence of Vali!

How’s your sleep going? That good, huh? Us, too, which makes us extra excited about this week’s deal. Essence of Vali Aromatherapy is back, and we know regular readers are big fans, and we’re both pretty taken with her sleep potion, which smells so great—and whisks us off to sleep in no time. Well, get excited, because her sleep box—which usually costs $72—is on deep, deep discount for you guys! If you’re keen on the set, you can get it for just $32, with coupon code nmdlsleep. In it, you’ll get the sleep balm, 2 ox of the sleep massage […]


10 Two-Minute Tricks That Can Help Boost Your Health

Because health is not a zero-sum game, we love this list of quick pick-me-ups from Well+Good. Do you practice any? Being healthy is a lifestyle that involves eating well, working out, and getting eight hours of shut-eye. Ideally. What’s also true? There are many things that make a serious difference in your health and take just two minutes, explain experts. So even if you’re one of those people who never get to leave your desk (sorry!), one of these quick practices can help you make the most out of a few free moments to really ramp up your level of […]


Kalpana’s Morning Skin And Hair Routine… Exposed!

Name: Kalpana Age: 31 Hometown: Mountain View, CA (moved here 10 months back from Melbourne, Australia) Current Weather: Cool, Sunny and Dry Favorite Celebrity : Jessica Alba Hair: Long, straight with little frizz Skin: I am of Indian origin with all the skin problems associated with such skin tone. I tan even in the minimum sunlight and get brown spots that take ages to fade. I had really clear skin in my teens (may be because I never used any products on my skin except home remedies my mom made me use) but got my acne burst in my early […]


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