Vitex, the Chaste Tree: Nothing to Do with Friar Tuck!

Growing along the banks of the southern Europe and the Mediterranean regions, is a shrub called the chaste tree. Blooming with either purple, pink or white flowers in summer months, the chaste tree’s dark brown or black peppercorn-sized fruit is collected in autumn. Why is the chaste tree important you ask? Historically the chaste tree,…

Black Seed Oil – The Miracle Herb

In Eastern Europe, the Middle East and western Asia, grows a small flowering shrub called the Nigella Sativa. This shrub produces a fruit that has tiny black seeds that are quite powerful! These black seeds are known for remedies dating back several thousand years. In fact, it is reported these very seeds were found in…

Three Attitudes Toward Adversity

Recently, I considered the lack of progress I was experiencing had to do with my expectations. After investing in a side gig that didn’t provide the financial benefit I had hoped for, I surmised that I had wanted too much. For close to two decades, I wanted to help others embrace a life of abundance…

Shame’s Shenanigans

Usually when we think of someone engaging in shenanigans, we think of being mischievous and playful. We don’t normally attach a negative meaning to it. Normally we speak of shenanigans as youthful pranks such as covering a neighbor’s tree with toilet paper at Halloween or passing out laxatives as gum. Most shenanigans are more inconvenient…

Catching a Vibe at Vesta Coffee Roasters

Happy Sunday, friends. Welcome to the second month of 2020! I hope January treated you kindly. I e-bumped into so many people on Instagram complaining about how long the month was for them, but that wasn’t my experience at all. I solidified my content plan for the year, bought a new couch for my place,…

60-Day Apartment Update Featuring Unique Loom

Hey girl, hey. If you recall, I moved into my new apartment in Las Vegas last December. It’s hard to believe two months have passed since my move-in, but I wanted to pop in for a quick update. I’ve really enjoyed taking my time with adding personal touches to the space. I really wanted to…

Loving Your Womb — The Birthplace for Creativity

Hello, friends. I have given serious thought to what I mean when I use the term wombman. Am I referring to women only? Do I desire to connect only with humans granted the ability to reproduce? For women unable to produce children, are they no longer wombmen? Are we, as women, capable of producing more…

Pardon Our Dust! Introducing Wombman Reclaimed

Good morning, friends. I trust you’re well. Throughout this post you’ll see snaps from my morning stroll through UNLV’s beautiful campus. It took me back to my IU days of walking from class to class, catching buses, running late for everything (some things never change), and spending time with interesting personalities from all over the…

Live Like You are Loved This Christmas

While driving, I heard a song I don’t remember hearing before. I say remember, because there are way too many times I would drive with the radio serving only as background noise to the chatter in my mind and life. But this time, I heard the words, “So go ahead and live like you’re loved….

Blackstrap Molasses – Get Strapped for the New Year!

On January 15, 1919, a 58-foot tanker truck filled with 2.5 million gallons of molasses spilled onto the streets of Boston. It was 43 degrees that day and the 30-foot tidal wave of molasses, called the Great Molasses Flood, was recorded as moving about 25 to 30 miles per hour. Thus, creating the phrase, “Slow…

Moringa — Nature’s Answer to the Detox Question

When you think of “doing a detox,” what comes to mind? Do you think of drinking large amounts of juice? What about making lists of foods to avoid? Do you consider detoxing your environment by eliminating excess clutter or changing out your chemical-laden cleaning supplies? If you said “yes” to any of these or mentioned…

Hey Alexa, play New Apartment by Ari Lennox.

Hello December! Today I moved into my new apartment in Las Vegas. It’s tiny and colorful and perfect for me and my chubby Chihuahua. For a short while I sat in my empty bedroom alone with the thought that I haven’t lived on my own since undergrad. We’re talking 12 years, guys. I’ve shared space…

Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil — Better than a Cinnabon

Cinnamon, one of the oldest spices known to humanity, was once viewed as being more valuable than gold. It is not only capable of flavoring our food and drink, it also has great medicinal value. Originating from Sri Lanka, there are now over 100 varieties of the small, bushy tree that gives us the cinnamon…

Let’s Talk About Vaginal Steaming

As if things “down there” weren’t steamy enough, there are those who praise the benefits of a procedure called, vaginal steaming. Yes, you read that right. No matter the name: vaginal steaming, V-steaming, vaginal detox, vaginal smoking, or yoni steaming — there is such a special procedure for our very special place — The Vajayjay!…

How To Beat Anxiety with Diet and Essential Oils

Now, let’s be clear: we all experience moments when we are nervous. Yet, we would say the individual who has intense, debilitating nervousness is one who suffers with anxiety. Regardless the reason for being anxious, there are some common symptoms each person shares: Fear, uneasiness Not being able to stay calm, or fall asleep Cold,…

Let’s Talk About Lime Essential Oil

What does marmalade, cosmetics, disinfectant, cicatrizant, aperitif and febrifuge have in common? Answer? Limes! Now, are some of you asking what the heck aperitif, cicatrizant, and febrifuge are? Well, it’s said that the essential oil of limes has properties that can stimulate appetite (aperitif), help in the forming of scar tissue (cicatrizant), and can reduce…

8 Things To Do in Boulder City, Nevada

Hello friends! I hope you’re enjoying your Labor Day weekend. Many of my travels and green beauty finds fail to make it to this online space, so today I’m turning things around by sharing a few pictures from my time in Boulder City, Nevada. One of the only two cities in Nevada that prohibits gambling,…

In Review — Burt’s Bees Goodness Glows Full Coverage Liquid Makeup

New foundation alert! I stumbled upon Burt’s new line of liquid foundation last week and took it for a spin today. I’ve purchased several products from the Burt’s Bees line over the years, mostly lip products, so I was interested to see how the foundation would perform. Burt’s Bees Goodness Glows Full Coverage Liquid Makeup…

Brand Spotlight — Farmacy Beauty

What began as the discovery of a “superhero plant” growing in upstate New York is now a skincare line. That plant, Echinacea GreenEnvy™, is now patented and used exclusively by Farmacy Beauty. The Echinacea GreenEnvy™ root is said to have 300% more antioxidants than the Echinacea plant we’re used to hearing about. Yes. 300%. To…

Brand Spotlight — Chocolate Kinks & Kurls

Wanting her children to feel good about their skin color and the curliness of their hair, Juanita Henderson of Fort Wayne, IN bathed them in positive affirmations. When she heard her daughters complain about wearing their hair in its natural state, she decided to do something to further help boost their self-esteem. That something grew…

Instagram Going Down Was the Best Thing That Happened To Me This Week

As many of you know, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp have been down for hours. I’ll admit I freaked out about it initially. What am I supposed to do with myself? How will anyone see the outfit I’m wearing? Yes, girl. These thoughts actually crossed my mind. After refreshing the app more times than I’m comfortable…

Brand Spotlight — CDF Skincare

CDF Skincare, which stands for Champ de Fleurs (sha-n de flur) – a field of flowers, is “a skincare line for women who want an island experience by using naturally designed products inspired by the Caribbean.” Founder Ginger-vee Carter grew up on the island of Trinidad. Watching her mom successfully start a business with soda,…

Vanessa Simmons’ Sugar Me Skincare Launch

This Saturday I had the pleasure of meeting Vanessa Simmons. She rolled out her new line of natural face and body products at Beauty Kitchen Boutique in Boulder City. Her product line, Sugar Me, features all-natural, cruelty-free skincare products handmade in the US. In the brief moments that we spoke, Vanessa shared how important it…

All Minds Matter

Like many ailments, depression is not specific to any given population or community. One’s socioeconomic bracket, gender, race or age won’t provide protection from the debilitating impact of depression and anxiety. However, what you eat, how much you move and the air quality around you may have more to do with your mood than you…

Brand Spotlight — Saige + Ivy’s Natural Deodorant Spray

“Stay fresh. Live Free.” Sounds simple enough doesn’t it? This is the tagline for the brand Saige + Ivy. Named after the owner’s oldest child, Saige Ivy, this label’s mission is to offer a product that is “nontoxic to the welfare and health of people.” Simple, indeed. Brand creator Brittany Oliver has degrees in Sociology…

Brand Spotlight — TSIGFY

Monkey Farts. Once You Go Black. Sexy A.F. A Pear of Melons. Doughnut Bar. Are these the names of drinks at a Las Vegas bar? Possibly. More accurately, they are creations by This Stuff Is Good for You (TSIGFY), a Las Vegas-based clean beauty brand. According to their Web site, TSIGFY has advanced from their…

Brand Spotlight — MOVE Makeup

Sweatproof, natural makeup for the empowered, active woman! Wow, what a claim! If that wasn’t bold enough, MOVE Makeup goes on to say that their products are the best there is for women who have busy lifestyles. So, just what is MOVE Makeup? A chemical engineer and professional salsa dancer, MOVE Makeup creator Leah Patterson…

5 Easy DIY Recipes Using Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

Packaged in Pahrump, NV, Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay begins its journey in Death Valley, CA. There, the bentonite clay is sun-dried for six months in temperatures that can reach as high as 134°. The benefits and uses of clay reach back 4000 years. Used in Roman and German spas, clay packs and treatments are…

Hope? For What?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, there is a good chance you’ve heard of the recent suicides of celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. What you may not have heard is that just a few weeks before Spade and Bourdain ended their lives, former model and Playboy Playmate, Stephanie Adams, 47, threw herself and…

Bath and Body Oil Discovery Set by Demoseà Botanical Beauty

“We believe that at the core of beauty is love, joy, and grace. Demoseà commits to sharing the secrets to healthy skin, a happy soul, and holistic living with signature blends, eccentric collections, and trusted ingredients.” – Demosea Offering products for the face, body, hair, and home, Demoseà Botanical Beauty seeks to attract those who…

Brand Spotlight — SheaMoisture

Looking for an affordable brand that not only strives to be paraben and sulfate free, uses organic ingredients, is sustainably-produced, and donates a portion of their proceeds to women-led businesses? Then your search may begin and end with SheaMoisture. In 1912 Sofi Tucker began selling shea nuts in Sierra Leone, and by the time she…