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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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Link Love: Here Comes the Sun

This year I’ve decided to fully embrace summertime. I tend to become (more of) an indoors kind of girl this time of year–heat and humidity are not my favorite things. (I’d rather have chilly and windy!) But for once I’m actually longing to spend some time in the sun and just soak it all in. I think George Harrison said it best: “Here comes the sun/Here comes the sun, and I say/It’s all right.”

Here are this week’s lovely links!

I’d like to spend a weekend here.

I really, really love swimming laps…but I’m re-thinking it after reading this.

Speaking of soaking up the summertime: I’ve got to round up my friends for a movie night like this.

My ongoing struggle with meditation continues, but I think this simple guide just might help me find a breakthrough.

(Image via *Seth cc)

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Link Love Friday

This image has nothing to do with today's post—but it made me smile.

The last few weeks have been busy/challenging/amazing/sad/happy/frustrating and many other adjectives…I could go on. But life is starting to settle back into a (somewhat) normal routine. I’m looking forward to spending more time here with all of you (!!), but in the meantime, I’ve pulled together some great links from other places for today’s Link Love post. Enjoy, and happy Father’s Day weekend! —Aleigh

A look at how argan oil is made and processed.

On multitasking (and why it’s not always a good idea).

Hair dressing (a DIY hair conditioner good enough to eat), from the Whole Foods blog); I’m definitely testing this out tomorrow!

More on phenoxyethanol from Pai Skincare. (I do my best to avoid this ingredient, and I’ve noticed it has been used with less frequency by many otherwise natural companies.)

(Image via szeke cc)

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Link Love: A Little Lift

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It’s been a rough week for my family, and I’ve been getting a little bogged down with worry and sadness. But feeling sorry for myself just won’t do right now (or ever, really!), so this week I’ve pulled together a list of uplifting and inspiring links for you. I needed them. Here’s hoping for happy news, good times, and lots of sunshine this weekend! —Aleigh

(Image via blentley)

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Link Love Friday: Spring?

This week I’m really longing for spring. Punxsutawney Phil was wrong, wrong, wrong this year, at least in Charlotte, where it’s been much colder than usual for this time of year. (Although apparently, it’s not Phil’s fault…) Here are some links I’ve collected to help take your mind off this early spring chill. Enjoy! —Aleigh

5 Signs Your Hormones Are Out of Whack, from MindBodyGreen. (Hormones play a huge role in healthy skin, hair, and nails—and your overall health.)

5 Foods That Make Your Skin Glow. I’m thinking these five things could make for one potent beautifying salad.

I’m curious about Burt’s Bees new line of natural pet care products, which will be out next month.

A few of Organic Authority’s 6 Natural Fever Treatments sound a little crazy (garlic foot paste and egg white socks?!). Have you ever tried these?

GOOD partnered with Naked Juice to put together this great infographic about staying healthy in the workplace…and now I’m resolved to do more stretching at work.

(Image via Zitona, text added by me)

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