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How Probiotics Helped My Skin

It all started towards the end of my trip to Iceland. I started to break out the day that we were leaving. I did my normal skincare routine and spot treatments and figured that, like usual, it would go away in a day or two. But something was different this time. I started experiencing more breakouts as the days went on and was beginning to panic a little. I initially attributed it to traveling and all the things that come with it – poor diet, less sleep, not drinking enough water, etc. However, I had gone back to my normal routine of drinking plenty of water and trying to eat as healthy as I could. I wasn’t using any new products so I couldn’t immediately point to a culprit. Weeks turned to months and my skin was the probably the worst it had been in years.

I tried everything to get it back under control – tea tree oil, manuka honey, sulfur, charcoal, varying strengths of chemical peels, etc. Nothing was working. It then occurred to me that the cause was most likely internal. I’m very familiar with the fact that diet and overall health can heavily attribute to the condition of your skin, which is why I’m always trying to stay hydrated and eat my greens. But this was strange because nothing had really changed about what I was eating. Soo…what gives? Continue reading “How Probiotics Helped My Skin”

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Zion National Park/Grand Canyon Adventure!

This is a long overdue post, but I am finally writing about Labor Day Weekend 2017! My boyfriend (Rohit) and I have been wanting to take a nature/hiking trip for a long time, so this year we finally bit the bullet and decided to go to Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon.

Here are the logistics:

  • We flew into Las Vegas in the evening and stayed there overnight.
  • Day 1 – Got our rental from Enterprise (it was a minivan!)
  • Day 1 – Drove to Washington, UT (approx. 2 hours) and stayed at a hotel 45mins from the park.
  • Day 3 – Drove to Tusayan, AZ for the Grand Canyon (approx. 4.5 hours) and stayed at a hotel 15mins from the park.
  • Day 4 – Drove from Tusayan to Flagstaff for the flight back home (approx. 1.5 hours)

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Review: My Favorite Products From The Ordinary: Part 2

More favorites from The Ordinary! Check out part 1 if you missed it here.


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Review: My Favorite Products From The Ordinary: Part 1

The Ordinary

The Ordinary is a new skincare line from the brand Deciem. Their approach to skincare is no-frills – no fancy packaging or filler ingredients. Just active ingredients that do what they are supposed to. I was extremely intrigued by this brand, but more so by the price point. These products are very affordable so I jumped on the opportunity to try some products out and here are my thoughts!

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My Favorite Open Faced Sandwich

This recipe idea came to me all because of one ingredient – my favorite chipotle lime mayo. It’s by the brand Primal Kitchen and oh my is it delicious. You can get this at Whole Foods, Kroger, Target, etc. It’s approximately $8 for a jar, which is steep for a mayo, but I’m telling you…it’s worth it.

All you need is:

  • bread (whole grain preferably)
  • chipotle lime mayo
  • arugula
  • 1-2 eggs
  • seasoning (salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, etc.)

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Iceland 2017: Land of Fire and Ice

Iceland is hands down one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. The mountains, the glaciers, the waterfalls…all straight out of a nature documentary. It was also just nice to go to a place that’s not overflowing with people. Many of the stops that we made while driving were very peaceful and it was so refreshing to just experience quiet beauty for once.

In terms of how I got there, we flew from Dallas, TX to Minneapolis, MN to Reykjavik, Iceland. The flight from Minneapolis to Reykjavik was approx. 6 hours which is not bad at all. It was me, my parents, and our close family friends who we travel with often (7 of us total.) We had a tour guide that drove us around for the week, which I would definitely recommend if you are with a group. The guide was very knowledgeable and the van fit all of our stuff comfortably. And yes, the moms did bring an entire bag each of just Indian snacks that were both subjected to additional security scanning at the airport. Some things never change. Continue reading “Iceland 2017: Land of Fire and Ice”

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Wabi House

Wabi House in Lower Greenville is hands down my favorite ramen place in Dallas. They have one vegetarian ramen dish and it is good.

The veggie ramen consists of noodles, enoki and shiitake mushrooms, snap peas, bok choy, corn, scallion, bamboo shoots and mayu oil. I always like the veggies that come with any ramen bowl but what really needs to be on point is the broth. I love their broth. It has a great earth-y flavor to it and is seasoned perfectly. I like to add an egg on top because I love the flavor of a nice, runny yolk mixed in with the broth.

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