healthy food alternatives

We know eating healthy can at times be overwhelming. Especially with new super foods being found all the time, healthy and organic price tags and a general confusion over what is healthy. We have outlined 5 health foods, and their even healthier counterparts for you to enjoy!

When you hear “80s workout routine” what comes to mind first? Is it the leotards? The legwarmers? The pastels and shag haircuts? Admit it, you’re thinking of Jane Fonda, right? But she wasn’t the only one to hit it big during the Golden Age of the aerobic workout video. Some of the decade’s brightest stars made workout videos, whether they rose from the industry or not.

I will readily identify as one of the makeup challenged. It’s sad, but true fact. So, when I find something I like and can figure out how to use it without looking like a clown, I stick to it like a really needy girlfriend. I wear my eyeliner stick down to a stub, use my mascara tubes until they’re empty and apply my eye shadow until I’m scraping the edge of the container to get the last scraps of powder. My intentions are both loyal and frugal, but I do realize that I am using my products past their expiration dates. Luckily I have found some tried and true methods for keeping my makeup kit in tip top shape so that I can get the most bang for my buck. Want to know my secrets? keep reading to find out more.

Ayres Midnight Tango Bar Soap

We may not all be able to take a dip south of the border for an evening in the sultry heat of Buenos Aires, but everyone can get a taste of those Latin nights with Ayres body care products!

Ayres Beauty (pronounced like the “Aires” of “Buenos Aires,” not “Eye-REZ” as I’m embarrassed to admit I thought for a whole week) is a recently launched aromatherapy product company. After trying out Ayres’ bar soaps and body butter for the weekend, I found they added quite an Argentine spice to my night! These are a definite yes from me, and you should try them out too. 

I constantly find myself yelling at friends and family about protecting their skin.  I cringe, watching them lather up with their SPF 4 tanning oils and bronzers.  It’s time for a change!  The sun’s radiation causes painful burns, wrinkles and, in extreme cases, skin cancer.   Coming to you just in time for the warmest summer months – here are my six steps to healthy summer skin:



Ever wished that some day they would discover a way to tan that would actually be good for you? No free radicals, no harmful UV lights, just the sun-kissed glow that we all strive for in these short summer months. Perhaps there is a solution: bronzer.  But not just any bronzer, this VMV Hypoallergenics “Tarte-à-Tan” powder works miracles for your skin. 

Ever heard of foam rolling? Me neither until a couple days ago! My gym recently created an hour long class dedicated to relaxing those pesky built-up muscle knots by using a foam roller. It feel like you’re giving yourself a deep tissue massage, and the best part is you can do it at home. Here are some basic exercises to try with a foam roller.

For more information on the health benefits of foam rolling check out my feature on Fit and Fab Living


I never imagined myself to take on the sport of running. With two brothers at home, my interests revolved around basketball, and yes, WWE Wrestling. But as I started high school, my parents encouraged me to let go of my WNBA dreams and give running a shot. In retrospect, I’m glad I did. Cause let’s be real, I’m no Lisa Leslie.


Known as the “Porcelain Princess” in my house, I never really got the chance to work on my tan – that is until this summer. 

 Breaking the Sunscreen Stigma

I have heroically struggled over the last four years to change the way that I think about sunscreen. If you’re like me, the word itself brings up not only those pleasant days at the beach as a kid, but the epic battle between you and your mom every morning before you went out. In my house, the story went like this: she wanted to protect my skin from a painful burn, and I wanted that smelly, sticky, oily stuff as far away as possible. She was trying to prevent me from having a tantrum later, and I was interested in having a tantrum now. So while the sunscreen was always applied eventually (who can win against a mother with common sense on her side?) the repeated experience each summer for the first ten years of my life gave me a pretty strong bias against all sun protection related products.

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