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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


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Indigo+Canary’s 12 Most Popular Posts Of 2012

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The end of 2012 is approaching, and once again, I’m looking forward to a new year that’s fresh with promise. I’m not one who believes the world is going to end this Friday, obviously! But I wanted to take a moment to look back at your favorite posts* of the year. Here they are, in all of their glory. Enjoy!

Dry Brushing to Detox Your Skin. I am still doing this most days, and I still adore how invigorating—and exfoliating—this daily treatment is.

Get Shiny, Glossy Hair—Naturally. I wrote this story for Breathe magazine; Julie Ebner offered some great, natural tips!

Natural Beauty Q&A with Michelle Witherby. She’s the founder of O&N Collective, and has great advice. She shares her comprehensive approach to natural beauty (and health), and a few of her must-have products.

Your Questions Answered: Laser Hair Removal. I had laser hair removal every six weeks for nearly a year…and answered your questions based on what I learned (and from asking my technician).

Natural Beauty Q&A with Sally Biondo. She’s a fantastic, all-natural makeup artist, and shared her beauty philosophy, her must-have products, and the one bad beauty habit she encourages everyone to break!

Natural Beauty Q&A with Karen Behnke. The founder of Juice Beauty told us about her path to natural beauty and offered some juicy inspiration.

Reader Question: Battling Hormonal Acne. Unfortunately, hormonal acne is something I continue to battle—and I offered up some techniques that can work on just about any type of skin that’s battling a hormonal acne invasion.

Sustainable (and natural) beauty. This story I wrote for Breathe features six natural beauty companies that take a commitment to Mother Nature very seriously.

Let’s talk about: Eyebrow threading. Threading is my preferred method of brow shaping and one of my favorite beauty treatments for a few reasons: it’s affordable, it’s quick, it’s (almost) painless, and it’s natural.

8 Leaps to Take in Your Beauty Routine. For Leap Day, I put together a special list of beauty “leaps” to try in its honor.

Roundup: Green Tea for Beautiful Skin. As an ingredient packed with antioxidants, green tea has taken the natural beauty scene by storm. And since the polyphenol in green tea, ECGC, has been proven to help rejuvenate and heal skin, fight inflammation, and heal acne, I put together a long list of products that include it.

How do you clean your yoga mat? I sought your advice for this post—and I’m so glad I did! There are some really great suggestions in the comments.

Did you have a favorite Indigo+Canary post this year? Any requests for 2013? —Aleigh


*This list doesn’t include any product reviews—I’ll tackle those in another post.

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Link Love Friday

This has not been a great week, and it’s all my fault. I know how to manage my stress levels and what I need to do to help maintain that optimistic outlook of mine, and I’ve been letting things slip. It happens to everyone, I guess. But I’m determined to get back to the positive mindset I had at the beginning of the week, and it starts with being grateful that today is Friday (instead of wishing today was Saturday). And I have some great, happy links to share, so that helps, too.

How do you pull yourself out of a funk? —Aleigh


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How do you clean your yoga mat?

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of yoga. It has a ton of health benefits (and beauty benefits!), and truly, it helps me sleep, makes me strong, and keeps my anxiety and stress levels under control.

But…I need your help. This morning I was minding my own business on my yoga mat in my favorite hot yoga class (6 am!) at my favorite hot yoga studio, and I started to smell something funky. And not in a good way. A few seconds later, I realized that the smell was coming from my yoga mat.

This was not a happy discovery, you guys. I had to suffer through an hour of vinyasa flow with my nose inches away from a stinky yoga mat. To make things worse, I do regularly wipe down my mat and try to air it out after every class (although, granted, sometimes I forget). Obviously my techniques are failing me—and I don’t really want to go out and buy a new yoga mat just because my current mat is a little smelly.

There has to be a (natural) way to fix this that doesn’t require me to go out and buy a yoga mat cleaner. I’m thinking maybe a mixture of vinegar and water in a spray bottle? Or maybe I could fill up the bathtub with some lukewarm soapy water and soak it for a few minutes, then hang to dry?

Who has ideas to share?! Anyone? —Aleigh

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