Last week, I asked my Instagram followers about money after listening to this episode of Call Your Girlfriend. I had them submit what they thought was confusing, what were their wins, what were their fails. I shared most of them over on my saved Instagram...

I've spent most of my teenage years battling breakouts and texture. I begged my mom to let me go tanning because I was using so much makeup to cover it up. Sadly, I convinced her because I could practice driving to the salon before getting...

I'd be lying if I said I worked really hard to get this radish. Adam built our raised beds, ordered the seeds, grew them and transported them to said beds. This morning, I spotted a radish and I pulled it out. It's sitting in our...

As I've mentioned before, I really love cooking. Adam's entire family is in town and his sister is vegan so I made this recipe from Against All Grain. Instead of ghee, I used vegan butter. It's paleo, too. Delicious! And I love finding ways to...

When the news gets you down and you work late or you're feelin' under the weather, it's okay to disconnect for a few minutes (or a few hours or even a few days). We don't have a vacation planned anytime soon so I've been trying...

When I first graduated from college, I knew nothing about cooking. It was a widely known fact that "Allie was never in the kitchen." It wasn't until I went gluten-free (and then avoided most sugar and grain) that I started getting better at cooking. Now,...

I've had this post in mind for awhile and I was reminded of it when I got a text from my friend Val and realized I never responded to an older text (I am notorious for this). She asked what I bought at Thrive Market...

I cooked every meal this weekend. I was much less social. I feel energetic, I ate whole foods. I struggle with being back in the kitchen because, due to the size of our home (and lack of dining room), that means I'm a homebody. Now that...

About two weeks ago, I posted about some recent skincare/makeup purchases. As promised, here are my thoughts: 1. Hourglass Veil powder : It's official - I can never tell the difference between setting powders. They all seem the same to me! I don't use any setting powder...

I'm currently trying to consistently consume certain things. Food at specific restaurants, shows, books, alcohol, online classes. If I don't try, then I just sit watch Instagram stories or online shop. I call this my intentional vs default state of being. Here's the thing, I can...

I usually skip posts (and videos on YouTube) about what products beauty-focused people recently bought or received. I figure they receive a lot of product for free or we hear about products they buy with their own money (but then we never hear how they...

I was so naive. I would wear those cotton t-shirts to bed. And shorts recommended for long runs. Some might sleep in the nude but I like feeling like I'm hugged by fabric. I also need to have a heavy comforter (so we keep our...

I've never been paid to endorse anything but I understand why it might be appealing (if you already love that product). But I'm here, as an unpaid blogger, to share some of my favorite skincare/makeup products that I constantly run out of and then re-purchase....

I may have mentioned this before but my creativity and mood are very aligned with the seasons here in Ohio. In the winter, I retreat and hunker down. Our hope is that next winter, we literally retreat to someplace warmer. I also tend to get...

Over the weekend, I started reading my friend Brandi's book. It's called Myths of Being Human and it's been such a special read so far. Back in January, I ended up (unintentionally) hanging out with Brandi at a big gala at the art museum and...

A couple years ago I got into a morning routine kick. I would wake up 2-3 hours before I started my self-employment work day and it was amazing. Then some health issues popped up and fatigue reared its ugly head. I couldn't wake up early...

I haven't had a drink since New Year's Eve. Since 2015. It's August 22, 2016. That's 235 days. I have some friends who say they couldn't go that long without a drink. Some friends shrug their shoulders and admit that they could give it up....

We all evolve and change. That's a fact. For me, personally, I seek out change. I try to learn about others' stories and experiences, I try my best to read about things I know nothing about and I'm greatly changed daily by my husband (in...

I read this article a few months ago that discussed the fact that we don't celebrate enough. Celebrating things could actually lead to healthier, happier, longer lives. I've thought about this article a lot since I first read it. I can get so caught up in...

This post will be VERY detailed and specific. I've been asked countless times to share my story and this seemed like the perfect place! Perhaps it will help someone else out there but if it's a bore - feel free to skip right over. I've had debilitating allergy-like symptoms since I moved to Columbus. They would get worse in the spring (through the fall) but they'd be present year round. I figured I was allergic to some pine tree, my dog or mold lurking somewhere in the house. I knew I never wanted to get allergy shots and so I lived with it. FOR SEVEN YEARS. Throughout those seven years, I had also experimented with going gluten-free, eliminating sugar for periods of time, eating grain-free and trying out Whole30. None of my allergy symptoms went away but I saw weight loss, less headaches and more energy. Sometime in 2015, I stumbled upon the Candida diet because I was experiencing constant yeast infections. I remember reading the symptom list and thinking, "HOLY CRAP. THIS IS ME." Here were some of them that described me perfectly (and some that might speak to you!):
  • Feeling tired and worn down, or suffering from chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
  • Digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhea
  • Autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, lupus, psoriasis, scleroderma, or multiple sclerosis
  • Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD, and brain fog
  • Skin issues like eczema, psoriasis, hives, and rashes
  • Irritability, mood swings, anxiety, or depression
  • Vaginal infections, urinary tract infections, rectal itching, or vaginal itching
  • Severe seasonal allergies or itchy ears
  • Strong sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings
I checked out a Candida diet online and decided I would embark on this restrictive lifestyle right after the new year. On January 9th, 2016...I jumped right in.

I wore glasses from ages seven through fourteen. Then I got to switch to contacts and I wore them up until last August. I have a degenerative issue called pinguecula. It's a slightly raised thickening of the conjunctiva on the white part of the eye, close...

I have a vivid memory (and if you know me well then you know I don't remember anything). I'm lying on my parents' couch. My head is pounding. I'm supposed to go camping with my friends because we're finally seniors in high school but I can't sit up without feeling like I might faint. I could hear my mom making dinner. It seemed s o  l o u d. True story: I wasn't hungover. I just didn't drink coffee. That's what happens to me when I don't have any caffeine before 4pm. Well, not anymore. I haven't had coffee since February 8th. I'm starting my 6th week on the candida diet and so I've been without caffeine, refined sugar, legumes, grains, alcohol, fruit and dairy the entire time. More on that later. So what was it like quitting caffeine? I'll tell you:

Two things sparked this post. A video of Lady Gaga talking about how she almost quit music two years ago. But she took a step back and decided to stop doing things she didn't want to do. Not more selling perfume. No more rubbing shoulders...

Between our trip to San Diego and Los Angeles, we drove through the mountains and visited one of our clients! Bethany started Primally Pure right on their farm and sells deodorant, lotions, outdoor lotion and lip balm made from REAL ingredients. Their farm, Primal Pastures,...

I had really subtle allergies as a kid and into college. Nothing debilitating. But then I moved to Ohio. I don't know if my body changed or if I'm allergic to every tree/plant in the midwest, but it's been crazy. For the first few years here, I just didn't have the money to invest into addressing my allergies so I never got tested or received shots. As I got older, I didn't want shots so I started to seek out alternate forms of treatment. Sure, you can avoid going outside, you can wear a face mask, keep the A/C running, eat local honey and take Zyrtec but it wasn't working for me.

SPOILER ALERT: I don't use all natural/organic stuff on my skin. I'm vowing to change it, however, so while this is my "current skincare" routine...

It snowed on Monday. It will be in the 30's this weekend. Can't it just be spring already? I supposed I should be grateful because my spring allergies haven't kicked it yet. Speaking of allergies, I'm going to give acupuncture a try this year! I...

If you follow me on Instagram, then you've seen that I had been considering beauty vlogging (video blogging combined into one word). I tried it out and actually hated it. I joked on my latest Instagram post that Desh wasn't too thrilled while I was in...

For the past month, I've been craving fruit. You know when you go somewhere and they have a fruit bowl, but no one really ever eats it? I've been eating it. I'll take a banana (after asking, of course) or snag an orange when a...