First of all: This little short film basically had me crying at that 1st sentence: “And they feel very overwhelmed. Very powerless. Except for this little hummingbird… ”

Second of all: I am thrilled and honored to now know of the the wonderful woman and humanitarian,  Wangari Maathai. Or as Oprah called her: ” a phenomenal woman”…. In 2004, Wangari Maathai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her “contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace”.  She passed away in 2011.

Here’s Wangari narrating the inspiring short film about how a tiny, seemingly insignificant hummingbird saves the forest & brings everyone together through his optimism and sheer will & effort. Doing what he can with what he has! Go hummingbird go!!! Go humanity go!! 

“I’m doing the best I can. And that to me is what all of us should do. We should always feel like a hummingbird…I may feel insignificant. But I certainly don’t want to be like the animals watching as the planet goes down the drain. I will be a hummingbird. I will do the best I can.” — Wangari Maathai

For more on Wangari, check out this tribute to her… WHAT A WOMAN!

PS: I found this video on an amazing holistic doctor’s blog of all places! Judy Tsafrir is on on the forefront of all things functional medicine and groundbreaking like histamine intolerance &  fecal transplants (eek!). Definitely check her out!

I usually have to spend several hours on a post but I’m going to make this one comprehensive, sweet & fast (just like Pure Formulas!!!) Here’s why I’ve been choosing PureFormulas.com for all my supplement needs & why I seriously LOVE them!

  1. Crazy FAST & FREE shipping. Crazy fast! I’ve sometimes even thought it wasn’t possible for them to process my order that fast and yet they DID because it was at my door the next day! It’s also free which everyone LOVES.
  2. Great prices!  Enough said!
  3. Great selection! I’m talking medical-grade formulas like Metagenics or Designs for Health or whole food formulas like Megafoods and even hypoallergenic formulas like my fav Pure Encapsulations…
  4. They care! They provide discounts for the military, first responders,  teachers & college students! Hoorah!
  5. Beauty products too!!!  I love that they carry great beauty brands like my new fav (Andalou Naturals).
  6. The ability to search first via brand & then health need. Their computer programming is spot on! The website is easy to use.
  7. The chance to get your entire order for free! So basically if you post a picture of your order on Instagram (and the order# in case you win) and tag Pure Formulas, your entire order could be free. Yay!
  8. Their health info. I love that  they give comprehensive health info on a particular supplement or describe what a particular mineral or vitamin does & why it may be necessary….
  9. The reviews. Because Pure Formulas is becoming more and more popular with the top-notch wellness community, people leave honest reviews and feedback. It’s not spammy. It’s legit.

Now here’s my deal with the whole Amazon supplement thing… It can be very tricky & “ify” because of two huge questions that always need to be asked and answered:

  1. Where is the product coming from and is it authentic?
  2. Was the product  properly stored & handled? 

I do make one BIG exception to buying supplements on Amazon and that is when it’s coming directly from a “small business” like those from Seeking Health or Mary Ruth’s Organics. In that case, you can feel okay knowing your product is sound since the company is indirectly selling their genuine product on Amazon. But in the event of buying delicate probiotics in bulk, maybe think about skipping that endeavor….

LOTS OF LOVE, HEALTH & HAPPINESS 

PS: You may think I am being paid to say this about Pure Formulas (and I may wish I was being paid to say it) but I’m not. I just genuinely LOVE them & so does my wallet!

If you wanted to know what all the fuss concerning Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds was about, tomorrow night is your chance!  “Bright Lights”, the serendipitous documentary starring none other than recently departed Debbie and Carrie, premiers tomorrow night on HBO at 8PM (est)…

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So Amazon is kind of a catch-22. In many ways, it’s bad for the planet : More boxes, more footprints, more “stuff”!

But Amazon is also great in that it provides everyday access to natural and healthy products …  So being an Amazon Prime +  health/beauty junkie, I naturally have some recommendations & favorites.  Here’s my picks for the Top Ten Natural Beauty Products on Amazon. From teeth to toes!

1. Zuzu Luxe Concealer

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Do the fall reds have you down? This song by Monty Python might help change your mood (and life) around… It’s funny. It’s true. It’s weird. It’s almost bad. But it’s mostly just really good…

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DO: Go berry picking!  It’s summer and that means berries!  Don’t know what’s near you?  Head to pickyourown.org to see what’s in your area…  Blueberries are winding down, but blackberries are going strong!  Pack a picnic – definitely an #itsgoodto thing – grab some friends or a date and go pick. Pie is optional…

KNOW: Speaking of strawberries…Did you know strawberries made it onto the dirty dozen list yet again, but this time the strawberry moved into first place ~ thereby making it the most pesticide-ridden fruit on the market. But why? Strawberries are like little sponges soaking up both the good and bad. In this case, it’s lots of bad. Opt for organic strawberries! Who else is on the dirty dozen  list? Apples, nectarines, peaches, celery, grapes, cherries, spinach, tomatoes, red peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, hot peppers and kale/collard greens… 

CAREPersuade Lagoon Amusement Park to close down its “Zoo”.  Two young sisters started this petition anticipating about 1,000 signatures. But guess what?  They are now at 163,000!  The petition states, “The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) have inspected Lagoon many times and have charged the park with serious violations including no veterinary care for sick and dying animals, filthy enclosures, untrained zookeepers, failure to provide the animals with enough space to roam and more. ”

BE: Be brought to tears by designer Emily Henderson’s home makeover for Sylvia… Skip to 3:20 for the “open your eyes” moment & Sylvia’s amazing laugh/cry…

LOVE: Ara Collective Collection at Cherish. This wonderful collection of hand-made textiles has me weak in the knees and wishing that I hadn’t just purchased new pillows recently. Textiles are a beautiful way to add warmth and texture to your home, and handmade textiles always have that “extra special” feel to it. If you have neutral furniture and walls, you can add a fun pop of color ~ like this beautiful throw~ to lively things up. A couch or chair that is anything but neutral (red couch, I’m looking at you!) can benefit from a simple pillow in a basic color. Whether it’s a room or you (!), accessories are the easiest way to change your look and it’s nice (& good) to purchase from a company that pays fair wages and invests (10%) back into their artisan communities. Warm fuzzies all around! 

So every Instagram you follow says to be grain-free, dairy-free or sugar-free (sometimes even ours), and your mentally committed to the cause, but your heart & stomach are still at odds with the whole concept (or worse, your family secretly hates you for it!).

Some of us have also attempted going dairy & gluten-free ~  only to end up leaving Whole Foods with an assortment of artisanal cheeses and crackers… If you can relate, this post is for you!

I’ve collected the best alternatives to replace those totally “free” diets.  (References after the article) 

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As Prince famously said, “We’re all excited. But we don’t know why. Maybe it’s cuz. We’re all gonna die.” It’s probably the one thing we know about life that is certain.

Regardless, whenever I hear of a talented artist passing away in a tragic way from health circumstances (or anyone else for the matter), I always go to the thought:

Could holistic/functional medicine have saved them? Let’s see… 

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