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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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Fangirl Alert: Osmia Organics (+ a giveaway!)

Sarah Villafranco of Osmia Organics

A few weeks ago, Sarah Villafranco emailed to tell me about her natural product line, Osmia Organics.

She started her company after spending six years in emergency medicine. Even though she liked her job and was good at it, she felt unfulfilled—but a conversation with her college roommate helped bring a new goal into focus. She’d always been obsessed with what her husband calls “lotions and potions” (an obsession I can definitely understand) and she decided to try to make them herself. She enrolled in a soap-making class. She re-discovered her love of chemistry. She spent two more years working in emergency medicine, but otherwise shuttered in her lab, fretting over emulsifiers. (While also juggling being a wife and parent to two little girls.)

Now, a few years later, Sarah is dedicated to Osmia Organics full time. As I scoped out her website, I noticed that she lives in Carbondale, Colorado—not far from Basalt, where I spent a few college summers. It’s a place I often think about, and it’s not a stretch to say that living there, in a few small ways, helped me start on the path to discovering natural products. And her products are extremely natural, so I was excited to test one out.

You guys, she sent me practically her entire product line. And here’s the thing: I can’t pick a favorite one to review. I honestly, truly adore every single thing I tried. So instead of my typical beauty obsession post, I’m going full-on fangirl when it comes to Osmia, with mini-reviews of everything she sent.

Read on for my roundup of mini-reviews, and details about a generous giveaway from Sarah!

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