Link Love Friday: Thank You, Shine!

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First, congratulations to Megan McQueen for being the winner of the Beautiful You giveaway! Your book will be on its way soon.

Now, if you haven’t heard about this newish text subscription, please allow me to introduce you. It’s called Shine, and it’s a daily text (or series of texts) with uplifting, confidence-boosting messages. It’s … pretty much my new favorite thing. These texts never fail to bring a smile to my face, and I am just in awe of how spot-on the texts are — plus, they often link to really great content. (Nothing shared from Indigo + Canary so far, but I officially have a new goal. Ahem.)

For the record, this is not a sponsored post. I wanted to share Shine with all of you because I know just how easy it is to get caught up in negative self-talk, and I think, especially in the current political climate in the US, it feels like we’re often surrounded by a dark cloud of anger and judgment. It wears on me, and if it’s wearing on you, too, signing up for Shine is a great a daily reminder of how you want to live your life (and help pull you out of that everyone-hates-everyone funk).

I mention balance a lot here, whether it’s about how to make the best choices in cosmetics and body care products for you and your family (weighing all of the factors, from cost to ingredients) or finding the things in life that make you your happiest and healthiest self. Shine helps me keep all those self-love goals in perspective. So here’s my thank-you to its founders for creating something I didn’t know I needed. Click this link to sign up.

Happy Friday, everyone!

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4 Natural Alternatives to Antibacterial Ointment (And Why You Need Them)

natural alternatives to antibiotic ointmentWhen you’re a parent, there’s always something to worry about or lose sleep over. Always. And when you have a little daredevil like I do, it’s sometimes hard to know where the legit concerns end (no running with a fork in your hand, Kid) and helicopter parenting begins (“Wait, don’t climb up the ladder on the playground until I am behind you to break your fall!”).

But even if you put your best helicopter parenting skills to the test, at some point you’re probably going to need (or want) some kind of ointment or balm to soothe your babe’s boo-boos. But before you reach for the triple-antibiotic ointment — you know the one I mean, right?! — take a look at that ingredients list. Then put the box back on the shelf and back away slowly. But don’t worry. I worry enough for both of us (I promise!), and I’m here to help.

Here are three great reasons to trash that little tube of unnecessary ointment, and four natural alternatives to reach for instead.

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Giveaway! Win a copy of “Beautiful You” by Rosie Molinary

Rosie Molinary Beautiful YouI have to take a moment to brag about one of the most amazing people I know. Her name is Rosie Molinary, and aside from being whip-smart and funny, she’s a serious inspiration when it comes to empowering young women, feminism, and basically just inspiring everyone around her to live their best life.

As a radical self-acceptance champion, Rosie uses profound questions and wholehearted connection to empower people to treat themselves well so they can connect with their talents and passions to authentically and intentionally live their purpose and help heal the world. The author of Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self Acceptance and Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina (both from Seal Press), Rosie teaches at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, serves as a national Dove Self-Esteem Project educator, offers workshops and retreats, and speaks on self-acceptance, body image, self-care, media literacy, the Latina experience, and intentional living around the country. Rosie also serves as a creative catalyst to companies and brands that wish to provide a synergistic, empowered, and soulful experience to their clients and employees as they serve the world through workshop and retreat facilitation and consultation.

A committed activist, Rosie helped found HAMMERS, a nonprofit initiative to provide emergency home repair for low-income families in her community, and Circle de Luz, a nonprofit that radically empowers young Latinas by supporting their transformation through extensive mentoring, holistic programming and scholarship funds for further education. (Full disclosure: I am a former board member and longtime donor to Circle de Luz.)

Today, I’m thrilled to be able to offer an excerpt from the second edition of Beautiful You, which was released today (yay!), and also a giveaway: One lucky Indigo + Canary reader will get a copy of the book! Read on for a daily dose of Rosie’s signature inspiration, and then enter to win at the end of the post. I’ll announce the winner on Monday, October 17. Good luck!

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Product Review: Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum

Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum

Have you ever noticed that sometimes the universe is really good at reminding you to take your own advice? Here’s my recent proof: I just got a big dose of “told you so” from myself, via this post on the common ways we sabotage our skin. Guess what? I was guilty. I knew all those rules, and yet somehow I still thought I could overexfoliate and use acne products too harsh from my skin to beat it into submission — even though my complexion was giving me so many signs that it was overly dry and irritated. (See numbers 3, 4, and 8 on my list. Nice going, Aleigh.)

Happily, I was offered a chance to try a new facial serum*, and it came at the perfect time — just as I was remembering all over again why I fell in love with facial oils and serums in the first place. They are so healing, and literally all skin types can benefit from the right one.

Read on for my review of Active Botanical Serum from Vintner’s Daughter!

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Natural Beauty Q&A: Jennifer Eden, Co-Founder of Tampon Tribe

Tampon Tribe Indigo + CanaryI’ve been noticing more and more that one of my go-to products — one that which, frankly, I have given very minimal thought — is deserving a closer look. Hide your eyes if you’re squeamish, because I’m about to broach a subject that makes most people want to end a conversation mid-sentence.

In a word: tampons. Oh yes, I went there.

So here’s the thing: A while back I read about how some women had discovered their tampons were kind of moldy. (Thank you, Jezebel, for giving me more fodder for my already-vivid nightmares.) Then I started thinking about all that blindingly white cotton, and how it was probably bleached with some pretty harsh chemicals, and then — LALALA — I promptly plugged my fingers in my ears and tried to drown out the sounds of my own thoughts.

Because sometimes it all just feels like way too much, you know? I worry enough about BPA and nanoparticles and microbeads and pthalates and parabens and now I also have to worry about the chemicals that go into manufacturing tampons, too?

Well, the answer is obviously yes. Don’t believe me? Pop over and read “The Truth About Tampons” over at Time and then come back here so we can talk. No, really, I’ll wait.

Are we good now? Great. Let me introduce you to Jennifer Eden, co-founder of Tampon Tribe. It’s a natural tampon subscription service that’s officially launching with an IndieGogo campaign on September 12. The product? 100% organic, nontoxic tampons with compostable applicators. For real.

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