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Life with Ladder

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Hi guys! It’s been a LOOOOONG time since I last posted on my blog. Holy smokes! Life has literally been INSANE. But, so grateful for the beauty in the way things are unfolding *more soon*

I am writing today to share a little about my experience with Ladder. “What is Ladder?” you might wonder. Ladder is your new bff.

Basically, Ladder allows you to enjoy the rewards and benefits of personal training on your own time (through an app on your phone!). SAY WHAAAA?!

Yep. You do your workouts on YOUR schedule to accomplish YOUR wellness goals. (See what I did there…. *wellness goals* for me, it’s not about losing weight. It’s about being healthy and feeling good).

The program is low cost and low maintenance. Meaning, you can do your workouts anywhere at any time.

My personal trainer’s name is Elise and she is a rockstar! Always checking in to see how I’m doing (and lately it’s been too busy lol traveling and getting sick). But, she’s patient with my chaotic schedule and has designed workouts that are simple to do yet challenging for the mind + body (just what I like!) Alsoooooo, I realized that the app tracks my steps - YIKES!!!!! So, I’ve been opting for long walks to lunch meetings, etc. instead of my typical last minute self hopping into my car and squealing into a parking garage 30 seconds before my next meeting starts :/ (I exceeded my goal today WOOP WOOP!)

The app is able to match you with your ideal personal trainer (whether you need a cheerleader, drill sergeant, or whatevs floats your boat). Elise has been such a great match! I need someone that stays on me but is also understanding of unexpected events, crazy travel schedules and so on. Aka patient (which I, myself, am not - go figure haha)

With Ladder, having a health and wellness coach is as simple as getting an Uber. Just follow these three easy steps:

1. Click this link: https://bit.ly/2Nof6gb

2. Use the code SWFIT for a 1 week, no risk (free) trial and then a 10% discount on your subscription after the initial week.

3. Get matched with the perfect coach, and start your climb to health and happiness :)

I’ve had such a good experience with Ladder and I think you will too! Especially if you’re at a place in your life where you care about your well-being but are struggling with finding time to fit everything into the hours you have available in a day (me, me, me!!!).

If you have any questions about how Ladder works or how to get started, holla atcha girl! I am thrilled to be able to offer my followers this special opportunity and hope you take advantage of it, give it a shot - I’m so glad I did :)

xo - Courtney

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Best Hair Care Products from Whole Foods (shop the sale now!!)

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What's your "thing"? Mine has kinda always been my hair - although I did go through a horribly awkward phase in 6th grade or so. I decided to cut it and it was before straighteners were really a thing. My frizzy, thick hair made for a nice little afro. In fact my guy friends used to call me "Afro Thunder" and I HATED it. Lol ohhh the good ol' days. 

I always think I'm gonna get brave enough to chop it again, but then I use my better judgement (or fear, ha) and decide I'll keep it as is awhile longer. Therefore, it's critical to use quality products to maintain a healthy mane - sometimes I think I'm so clever ;) 

I'm slowly but surely transitioning to a more organic, eco-friendly lifestyle and Whole Foods has all the things. Really. From skin care, to body care, to makeup and hair care. I've been a long-time user of Biolage, Big Sexy Hair, Pureology - but, I'm finding out just how much I like the all-natural products from Whole Foods. Here's what I have in my bathroom right now:

Alba Botanica - Hawaiian Detox Shampoo - Daily clarifying volcanic clay (complete hair and scalp cleanse to renew body and shine)

Alba Botanica - Hawaiian Marula Miracle - Therapy moisture cleansing conditioner (lightly cleans and conditions between regular shampooing)

Alba Botanica - Hawaiian Marula Miracle - Therapy moisture shot (hydro-boosts other hair products)

John Masters Organics - Spray de Cheveux - All natural, plant-based hair spray offers an excellent, flexible hold with no flaky residue. Six organic ingredients suffuse hair with beneficial nutrients while delivering an all-day hold with a light, citrus scent. (YOU GUYS, I LOVE THIS STUFF!!! NO JOKE, BEST EVER. Smells so good and holds curl like no other - especially if you like beach waves)

Acure - Dry Shampoo - Easy to use, fast acting dry shampoo that absorbs oil and removes grime. It's convenient and effective! (It smells good and it WORKS. I'm not gonna lie, I dumped a little too much on my head the other day and looked like Albert Einstein for a hot minute lol a small amount goes a long way)

2chic - Brazilian Keratin and Argan Oil Ultra-Sleek Leave-In Conditioning and Styling Elixir - This product allows you to: smooth and style every strand; seduce with softness and shine; reduce frizz; defend against split ends; and is safe for color treated hair.

So, there ya have it! A round-up of all my favorite hair care products from Whole Foods. All hair care, body care, face care, sunscreen and lip balm are 25% off through tomorrow. This is the perfect time to stock up if you're looking for quality products to keep your hair healthy and vibrant. Check out my last "beauty" post if you're looking for great skin care products - they've truly changed my life. My face has never been clearer! 

If you ever have any specific questions about products like these, don't hesitate to ask! Healthy hair and a clear complexion are game changers - huge self-esteem boosters and all women deserve to feel beautiful <3

xo - Courtney

 

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My #BeautyRitual with Whole Foods

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You guys, there are certain things in life that are really worth investing in. A good haircut, good haircare products, a steamer for your clothes, massages, (just to name a few) aaaaand great products for your skin! I mean, you do have to wear your face every day - right? 

Whole Foods has really amazing organic products that I’ve fallen in love with. They’ve transformed my skin in the best possible ways:

evanhealy - Wild Carrot Nourishing Eye Balm (this stuff smoothes, brightens and protects the delicate skin around the eyes) $21.99

MyChelle - Remarkable Retinal Night Cream (nutrient-rich rejuvenating cream that works overnight to improve radiance and firmness)  $39.99

Andalou Naturals - Coconut Milk Youth Firm Night Cream (this satiny night cream deeply hydrates, fortifies, softens, and conditions, improving the appearance of skin tone and texture for a healthy, smooth complexion)  $24.99

Andalou Naturals - Hyaluronic DMAE Lift & Firm Cream (boosts dermal vitality, supporting essential building blocks, collagen and elastin, for a more lifted, firmer, youthful appearance and rejuvenated complexion) and right now there’s actually a package that includes a “free gift” -valued at $15 - which is the Resveratrol Q10 Night Repair Cream $24.99

Starting 3/21 all skincare, makeup and haircare will be 25% off at Whole Foods Market. Best time of year to stock up!!! Make sure to enter my giveaway on Instagram for a chance to win $150 from Whole Foods New Mexico 😊

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Professional teeth whitening at home

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It's cold outside and all I wanna do is drink coffee in the mornings - and lots of it! Mixed with the bad habit of Diet Dr. Pepper drinking + love of a good cab (I'm not a white wine, rose gal try as I might) my teeth suffer, y'all. Sometimes I really think I should only drink water and that lasts for about hmmmmm half a day. Needless to say, I was SO excited when I had the opportunity to partner with Smile Brilliant! Because, let's be honest - I might give up the sodas but coffee and wine aren't going anywhere.

I've noticed a tremendous change since I started whitening. My front teeth have always been relatively white and shiny, but all my other teeth (those on the sides of my smile - canines to be exact) have not withstood the trails of time and have turned a little more, and a little more yellow over the years. Smile Brilliant fixed the problem, provided the answer to all my dental woes! Or, most of them anyway. I'm still not loving the silver fillings I got 10 years ago..... sigh. But, I'm soaking up this bright white smile and have my teeth whitening trays to thank for boosting my confidence - I like to think my smile is one of my strongest attributes :)

The process itself is really neat. You start off with creating some impressions that you send off to Smile Brilliant to ensure your trays are a perfect fit for your teeth and ultimately have the capacity to do a great job whitening. Once your trays come in, you can start using them immediately! You're provided with both teeth whitening gel and desensitizing gel. I've been whitening for about 45 minutes and then applying the desensitizing gel for about 15. It's best to do it before going to bed because you're not supposed to drink anything after you've completed the steps. Honestly, you can see results after two applications (I think I saw a difference after one but I can be a tad bit dramatic and somewhat of an over-exaggerator, just sayin).

All this is to say that I feel better about my smile than I have in a really long time and it's all because of the incredible teeth whitening kit that Smile Brilliant offers! And, as long as I continue to use my retainers and my teeth don't move, I can continue using my trays and simply order refill packages of the gel to continue whitening over time. I'm excited you guys! A white smile makes a world of difference and serves as a huge self esteem boost.

This is why I'm incredibly excited to offer you - my amazing followers! - a chance to win $149 credit to Smile Brilliant to get your very own kit!

Giveaway link:

https://www.smilebrilliant.com/g/somewearsouthwest

(You must submit your name and email address on my giveaway page in order to enter! The winner will be selected and contacted via email 2 weeks from today. Giveaway is for $149 credit and is open to USA, UK, Canada, and Australia residents.)


And, even if you're not the lucky winner, I'm encouraging you to give Smile Brilliant a shot.

10% coupon code: somewearsouthwest

It's so much more affordable than the whitening systems offered by dental offices and I'm confident that you'll be pleased with your results (not sure my teeth could get any whiter and I'm not complaining). I'd love to hear what you think! To me, investing in something you wear every day is a no-brainer.

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my top 3 favorite beauty products

I'm not by any means a makeup guru but I know a good product when I find one! These are three products that I absolutely love (and will probably use as long as they're on the shelf). I hardly wore lipstick before I found YSL Rose Stiletto - it's amazing! Long lasting and, if you have a medium complexion, the perfect color for most occasions. As for "Gimme Brow" this tinted eyebrow gel is a must-have! I have pretty thick eyebrows but they needed a little bit of help. This product made up for some bald spots and lack of shape - I never knew they could look so good! (Okay, sometimes I overdo it and look like Frida.. but just like once a month lol). Lastly, this Marc Jacobs highliner is the best eyeliner I've ever found - no joke! I've worn eyeliner since I was probably 13 years old and always dealt with smudges on my eyelids, running black under my eyes and making my lines wayyy too thick. That all changed when I found this product! Not only does it wear well all day long but it has a precision that is unlike any other eyeliner I've ever tried (and I think I've tried a lot in my day). So, there you have it! My three favorite beauty products to kick-start this portion of my blog. If you choose to try them, let me know what you think!

xoxo - Courtney

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