Healthy, Paleo-friendly Subscription Boxes!

Hey guys! As you know, I’ve been working on getting healthier and I’ve always been a huge fan of subscription boxes! So a few days ago, I came across these awesome companies that put together nutritious, gluten-free, paleo-friendly boxes for all of us “health nuts” to enjoy!

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Steepster — $24.95

I love tea. Always have, always will. I think I can credit my tea-drinking obsession to my mom and grandma, but that’s beside the point. Anyway, when I came across Steepster I immediately fell in love. They send you five different types of teas from all across the globe, each month for less than $30! Plus, these are teas that you aren’t going to find in stores, and they’re much higher quality than your typical boxed tea from the market.

 

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PaleoPax — $49

For people (like me), who are new to the whole paleo lifestyle, this subscription box is perfect because it includes a bunch of paleo-friendly snacks and goodies! This is also a great way to get to know some paleo brands and get your body used to this type of diet.

 

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Healthy Surprise — $40

I first heard about this box while watching Oprah, and I’m so happy I did! This box comes to your doorstep with over 12 snacks packed inside, and the best part about this box is that all the products are gluten-free, cruelty-free, vegan and all natural. Plus, they actually taste good! My favorite is the Dang toasted coconut chips (yum!)

 

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Bulu Box — $10

Lastly, this box is perfect for anyone looking for health and nutrition products, but scared to fork over a ton of money for a product they won’t even like or see results from! The Bulu Box comes packed with various nutritious snacks, vitamins and fitness gear that will aid you in weight loss or overall health optimization. And if you sign up right now, you’ll get a free one-year subscription to Women’s Health magazine! How awesome is that?

Becoming a ‘Spirit Junkie’

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Hey guys! I’ve been in Hawaii for a while now, and since I’ve been here I’ve been talking with my friends and surrounding myself with new information and a different mindset, all in the name of improving my health. I’ve picked up a bunch of books, scoured the Internet and spoke with a lot of different people, and along the way I came across the Spirit Junkie.

What is the Spirit Junkie, you ask?

Gabby Bernstein created the Spirit Junkie with the hopes of making the world a better place through simple meditations, exercises and every day food choices. I first heard about her through one of my friends who is in the process of becoming a yogi. She ranted up and down about how good this Spirit Junkie lady was and at first I didn’t understand what the big deal was, until I found myself on her site.

Gabby is an award-winning writer, she leads events, makes videos and writes articles all in the name of helping others be their best selves. I admire this. A lot. There are so many informative, inspirational posts that I can spend all day reading through her site, and you don’t have to be a yogi-in-training to fall in love with what she says. There’s something for everyone, here are some of my favorites:
How to be Happy
How to change your diet
How to live in the light

So, what’s the big deal? 

Some of you may be thinking, “Jasmine, she’s just another person who does yoga, why are you so obsessed?” While this is true, Gabby is also so much more than that (at least, to me she is). Reading through her posts, I can relate to a lot of things she says and she writes in a way that makes me feel like I’m talking to a best friend. She’s inspiring, she’s smart, she’s fun. She says things other people don’t talk about. Most of all, she’s different. While everyone else is worried about celebrities and the latest trends, Gabby is talking about things that matter: your health and your happiness. What more could you ask for?

Post-grad | Two words: Job. Search.

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As of two days ago, I’ve officially been a college graduate for an entire month, which may not seem like much but when you don’t have a paying job, it’s a little stressful. Sure, I’m living at home with my family and I’ve been traveling a little and focusing on stabilizing my health, but I can’t help but feel an immense amount of guilt. My college education cost so much money and come December, I’ve got to start repaying my loans and I’m not going to let my parents do that for me. Long story short, I have to find a job ASAP. Thus, the title of this post: the infamous post-grad job search, and everything that comes with it.

It’s a love/hate relationship.

I’ll be honest, I think job searching is actually kind of fun. You’re taking your skills and interests and applying them to possible career opportunities in fun and exciting cities. I was just applying for more jobs last night and although I don’t know if I’ll get any of these jobs, it got me excited thinking about living in a different city or country, finally having my own apartment and using my college degree and skills to do what I love for a living.

That being said, job searching is also extremely stressful. You’re putting yourself out there, you’re being brutally honest with your potential employer and yourself and you’re putting yourself in the position of acceptance or rejection. I can’t even tell you how many rejection emails I’ve received, and it sucks. Rejection is never easy, nor fun, and it makes you feel terrible! It raises so many questions (and added anxiety): why didn’t they like me? What skills do other applicants have, that I don’t? Why did I pay thousands of dollars for a college education if I can’t even get a job?

It’s a love/hate relationship, but you’ve got to keep trying and keep working at it because eventually something will come around. I’ve been blessed with many opportunities locally and via my blog, but I’d love to broaden my horizons, you know? I’m still working on moving out of the country, so we’ll see how far that dream takes me.

Helpful resources for the job searcher:

If you’re like me, you’ve applied for hundreds of jobs and internships because well, it’s fun. Yeah, I said it. I like writing cover letters and revising resumés, okay? Over the past few months I’ve accumulated a nice list of really helpful job search websites, books and advice (thanks mom!), and I’m excited to share them with you! Also, keep in mind that I’m looking to go into the journalism, writing, publishing, social media industry(ies), but some of these resources might also be helpful for you even if you’re not looking for a job in a similar field.

As far as the actual “googling” goes, I’ve been trying to apply to about five jobs each morning. I don’t know about you, but my brain functions best early in the morning before everyone else is awake, so this works best for me. And, living in Hawaii, I’m 2-3 hours behind the rest of the United States, so by the time I apply for a job at 6 a.m. Hawaii time, it’s 9 a.m., or normal business hours, on the mainland (aka perfect timing).

  • MediaBistro - This has been my favorite site so far because it’s really easy to use and I’ve found a lot of unique jobs that I haven’t been able to find elsewhere.
  • BookJobs - A small part of me really wants to go into the publishing industry and edit novels and children’s books, so this website has been really fun to look through.
  • USAJobs - A government job is one of the best jobs you can get because of all the benefits available to you. I was surprised at how many media, writing and editing-related jobs were on this site, and there are also so many jobs overseas!
  • Journalism Jobs - This one’s obvious… But the site is really helpful because it separates journalism into a million categories and helps you discover your personal interests and skills within the field to help you find the best job match.

 

What are your tips for the post-grad job search?

 

A happy health update!

Hey guys, happy Thursday! So yesterday I went to see a doctor for the first time in over a month, and it was a great visit. This was just a routine checkup, but she gave me some pretty good news, which is really rare, yet always welcome, right?

As far as we know right now, I’m not in remission, but I’m also not in the middle of a flare either (amazing, I know!). We still have to get some labs and other tests done to make sure everything is fine and stable, but so far this is good news! She also said that we can start tapering off of the steroids that I’ve been on for almost six years, which is more great news because if you didn’t already know, steroids (aka prednisone), have really bad long-term effects on users. I’m just hoping that my body reacts well to yet another change in medication.

As far as being healthy goes, I’ve been doing really well! I’ve been eating cleaner, fresher foods and I haven’t been eating fast food either. I don’t remember the last time I drank soda, and although I haven’t completely cut out coffee from my diet, I haven’t been loading it up with cream and sugars (this is a big deal for me, okay). I’ve also been waking up super early (5 in the morning!) to go work out with my mom before the sun rises, and that’s been a really nice way to start my days.

I really have to credit my increase in health and happiness to Maui’s weather and slowed down pace, and the company of my family. Since I’ve moved to the islands, I’ve been less stressed, much happier and I haven’t been sick at all!

It must really be paradise after all.

As always, thank you so much for all of your well wishes, prayers and good vibes. I appreciate you all more than you know. I hope you guys have a great Thursday!

Humpday Playlist Pt. 5

It’s Wednesday already? This week is seriously flying by. Today I have to go see my doctor for the first time since being back in Hawaii, we’re going to do some tests, go over my levels and nail down a new treatment plan that will hopefully work this time. Anyway, here’s a playlist for you guys today, enjoy!

Have a great day!

Skincare routine!

Hey guys! I’ve been meaning to do this post since my makeup routine, which was over a year ago! (I know, I know). Anyway, a lot of you have been asking what my skincare routine is, especially since I’ve been featuring a lot of skincare products on my blog, instagram and on twitter. But first, I want to let you know that I am in no way a professional, and my skin is so far from perfect it isn’t even funny. I have blemishes, I have breakouts, I have an uneven skin tone. But don’t we all?

Now, a little backstory: I had really bad acne when I was in high school and midway through college, so I started using stronger cleansers with bleach in it (ProActiv), and I would strongly recommend against using ProActiv. It bleached my clothes, bedding, towels, and ultimately stripped my skin of all its natural oils, dried out my skin and really hurt my eyes too! So I’ve started using more natural products, which have made such a huge difference for my skin.

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1. Frank Body Frank coffee scrub is amazing. Let me just rant for a little bit… Frank is an all-natural exfoliant that works wonders for those suffering with eczema, cellulite, acne and stretch marks! I have these gnarly stretch marks on my hips from weight fluctuation, and after a month of using Frank, they’re gone. Plus, it’s made from coffee, almonds and orange peel, so it smells. so. good.

2. Bioré Pore Strips  I have big pores and oily skin, the worst combination! But luckily, Bioré pore strips have saved my life multiple times. I use these once or twice a week to deep clean my face and maintain the oiliness. Plus, it’s kind of fun to take the strips off and see how much gunk you had on your face, right? Just me? Okay…

3. Lush Herbalism and Mask of Magnaminty — I’ll say it: Lush is expensive. But it’s worth it! I was so hesitant to buy anything the first time I walked into a Lush store. I had heard lots of good things about their products, but I wasn’t ready to fork over $30 for a tub of green stuff. However, I’m so glad I did! I bought Herbalism because it’s really good for oily and red skin, and it also really helps control my breakouts. I’ll be honest, I was attracted to the Mask of Magnaminty because I’m obsessed with everything mint and the way it makes your face feel. I use the Mask of Magnaminty twice a week and it really extracts dirt from my pores and leaves my skin feeling refreshed.

4. Yes To Blueberries I used to be a Neutrogena girl through and through, but one day my eyes decided that Neutrogena’s makeup remover wipes really burned. So I decided to try Yes To’s Blueberry wipes, and I’ve never purchased a different brand. I love Yes To’s company mission, which is to spread happiness and saying “yes” more often. Their products are natural and free of bad things like parabens and petroleum, and it’s made with recyclable materials so it’s good for your face and good for the planet! Yes To also spreads positivity on their packaging, which is so refreshing and much better than seeing a generic “how to” on the package. Lastly, they give a portion of the proceeds to their Yes To SeedFund, which works with children to inspire healthier, happier lives through natural living.

5. Aveeno Positively Radiant — One of my friends turned me onto this daily moisturizer, and I love it! Prior to buying this lotion, I wasn’t using a moisturizer at all because my skin was too oily and adding more to it only made my skin look worse. Although, I learned that no matter how oily your skin may be, using a daily moisturizer is very, very important! This is the first moisturizer that actually evens out my skin tone, eliminates redness and moisturizes without making my face shiny and greasy. Plus, it has SPF to protect you in the sun and it’s also made from natural ingredients like soy!

6. Bioré Pore Unclogging Scrub I love exfoliating scrubs, but the scrub I was using before (St. Ives Apricot Scrub), was too harsh on my sensitive skin. So I decided to try this one out, and I love it! It has little beads in it (but it’s all-natural and they dissolve in warm water, so they don’t pollute the oceans with a million tiny microbeads!) This cleanser also mattifies my skin so it isn’t shiny after washing. Another great thing is that there’s no scent, which I know can be a little irritating especially for people with sensitive skin!

 

These are the products I’ve been using and loving! What do you use on your skin?

Photos: Back on Maui!

Hey guys! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks since graduation, and I’m still in the process of settling down and getting back into the swing of things in Hawaii. I’ve been catching up with friends and family and going to the beach a lot, and I’ve also been working in our gun store. This next week I’ll start working for Pacific Weddings magazine, which I’m so excited about! Anyway, here are some photos from the past week (or two). Enjoy!

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I started the week with an absolutely breathtaking sunrise. This is the view from my house, can you believe it?!

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For the Fourth of July, my family and I spent the day at the beach! It was my first time going to the beach in 7 months! SEVEN. Needless to say, I had a great time.

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I’ve also been reading up on a lot of postgrad things and I’ve also been job searching like a mad woman. But as my mom keeps telling me, it’ll all pay off in the end.

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On Wednesday, I had one of my first doctor’s appointments since coming back to Hawaii. This one was completely unrelated to all my other health issues, though. I saw a dermatologist who examined my skin to make sure I don’t have skin cancer and/or melanoma. And I don’t! (yay!)
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Spending time around the house is just as beautiful as being anywhere else in the world.
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We also headed out to the gun range to teach a handgun safety class, which is always a lot of fun. This gun range is actually really cool because if you look one direction, you’ll be looking at the mountains, but if you look the opposite direction, you’ll be looking at the beach! That’s another thing I love about living in Hawaii.

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Starting my mornings with an iced coffee out on the lanai (porch), is always the best way to start the day.
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Yesterday, I headed to the beach with my sister! She snapped these photos and I love them! Although the top photo is blurry, I really like it because it shows exactly how my life is at this exact moment: always moving, changing, never perfect (but I wouldn’t have it any other way), and full of life and laughter. That’s what living is all about, right?

I hope you have a beautiful Sunday and a great start to your week!