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Today I am sharing five of my favorite things in life right now. High Five!

Song: "Sorry" by Aquilo via Aquilo Music

Song: "Sorry" by Aquilo via Aquilo Music

Large Round Floral Floating Tray via Healdsburg Shed ($42)

Large Round Floral Floating Tray via Healdsburg Shed ($42)

Gentle Gel Cleanser via Marie Veronique ($35)

Gentle Gel Cleanser via Marie Veronique ($35)

LIP2CHEEK in Spell via RMS Beauty ($36)

LIP2CHEEK in Spell via RMS Beauty ($36)

A new podcast from Serial and This American Life, hosted by Brian Reed via S-Town Podcast

A new podcast from Serial and This American Life, hosted by Brian Reed via S-Town Podcast

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Today I am sharing five of our favorite colorful rug options we sourced for Project Sacramento's living room. We love the blue and neutral tones, how about you? High Five!

Checkerboard Diamond Wool Dhurrie via West Elm (8x10 $799 | 9x12 $1,119)

Loloi Rugs - Newport via Rugs Direct (7'10x10'9 $409 | 9'2x12'1 $499)

River Drawn Rug, Teal via Lulu & Georgia (7'10x9'10 $668 | 8'10x12'9 $980)

Navy Star Wool Micro Hooked Rug via Dash & Albert (8x10 $1,070 | 9x12 $1,646)

Kismet Rug, Blush via Caitlin Wilson (8x10 $2,150 | 9x12 $2,950)

Natural Skincare + A Yummy Anti-Aging Smoothie You Have to Try

I've been doing a lot of research lately on anti-aging home remedies. I've always been someone who is well aware of what is going in her body and on her skin. Being in the fitness and health industry for 15 years I have learned a magnitude of what is "good for you" and what is not. In all of that exploring, I let my body respond and tell me if it is worth it. 

Lately, I have been looking into new skincare (here and here) and make up that is all natural. Researching online. Asking friends. This area is the slowest I have taken action with change because my skin is definitely particular and to be honest, while I don't wear a ton of makeup it makes me feel good and I feel a bit more secure knowing I have rosy cheeks. However, I am tired of spending so much money on product, and I want to create a skincare routine that is natural, organic and full of healthy vitamins and minerals rather than chemicals. 

A Night Oil with Coconut 

While I plan to try some of the above lines, I have actually been massaging coconut oil into my skin every night for the past three nights and wow, my skin is already so much better! It feels moisturized and is glowing. I really wanted that glow factor back, especially after numerous cold days in SF, stress, and being at construction sites - my skin is dry and begging for love. 

According to this website (it has done its research), the "coconut oil locks the moisture in the skin and nourishes it with essential fatty acids. Its phenolic compounds contribute to its antioxidant activity and give you glowing skin."

A Brightening Mask with Lemon Juice 

In addition, I created a simple mask with 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and 2 teaspoons of sugar, mixed together, and let rest on my face for 15 minutes. I immediately noticed a brightness to my skin after rinsing. 

"The sugar granules help to get rid of dead cells. Lemon cleanses and bleaches. It is one of nature’s best skin brightening agents, " according to Stylecraze

What is so great about these remedies -- I had every ingredient in my pantry (free!) and the results were immediate. I'll be continuing this regimen, trying more, and sharing my experiences.

Blueberry And Chia Anti-Aging Smoothie

As I continued my search for natural, home remedies, I also came across a smoothie recipe that has a number of anti-aging benefits because it is rich in fiber, minerals, and the vitamins A, C, E & K. It is SO GOOD. You must try! 

Ingredients
Coconut water - 1 cup
Chia seeds - 2 tbsp
Spinach - 1 cup
Virgin coconut oil - 1 tbsp
Frozen Blueberries - 1/4 cup
Frozen banana - 1/3

Method
Add the chia seeds, coconut water, coconut oil and spinach into a blender and blend.
Add the frozen banana and blueberries. Blend.
Pour and enjoy!

Cheers to taking care of our bodies, minds and souls!