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Lavender Orange Lotion Bars (Super easy to make, and silky smooth!)

http://coconutsandkettlebells.com/lavender-orange-lotion-bars/

For those of you who love natural skin care as much as I do, you're going to LOVE my new homemade lotion bar recipe.

Lotion bars are incredibly easy to make, and the end result is an all-over moisturizer that is incredibly nourishing for the skin. They contain beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil... and that's it!

If you’re new to homemade lotion bars or haven’t personally tried them on your skin yet, you’re in for a treat. Lotions bars are similar to chapstick in that they are solid at room temperature, but soften up and become smooth once applied to skin.

And the best part? They're great for both dry skin during winter months, and sun-kissed skin during the summer. I find it most useful for problem areas like the elbows, feet, and hands.
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Homemade Dark Chocolate Honey Mints

http://coconutsandkettlebells.com/homemade-dark-chocolate-honey-mints/

If you're a fan of Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Honey Mints, which are quite possibly the best little chocolatey treats on the planet, you're going to LOVE this recipe.

These homemade dark chocolate honey mints are rich, slightly sweet, totally refreshing, and sticking true to my super simple style, they’re made from only four ingredients.
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Struggling to Stay "On" the Wagon? Then Get Off Of It.

http://coconutsandkettlebells.com/get-off-the-wagon/

Constantly find yourself struggling to stay "on" the wagon?

Let's get real for a second.

Having the mentality that you need to be "on" some wagon in order to pursue health is not only incredibly ineffective, it's also the reason why many people struggle to remain consistent.

Put simply, the wagon mentality turns the pursuit of health into an all-or-nothing occasion. Instead of enjoying a cookie, and moving on, breaking a "rule" results in working your way through an entire tub of cookie dough in a matter of hours.

It also can impose too many behavior changes at once, which creates an overabundance of stress. Because stress and willpower are biologically incompatible, we'll always fall "off" the wagon when things become too stressful.

But, the wagon does the most damage by facilitating a cycle. Falling “off” the wagon results in guilt, and that guilt often us straight into the arms of punishing behaviors like more restriction and more rules, which becomes our new “wagon.” Each time perfection isn’t maintained, it results in defeat, self-criticism, and desperation, and the only way to rectify these feelings is to get back on the wagon, which starts the process over again. 

In order to break the cycle... The simple solution is to GET OFF THE DAMN WAGON.

Getting out of the wagon means understanding that the pursuit of health is a journey. There is no “on” or “off”—there is life, and our experiences help us learn what is going to serve us best in the long run.

This does not mean that guidelines, or choosing to abstain from something that is not serving you is somehow wrong or ineffective. Not being on the wagon gives you the freedom to do exactly that—make choices that are right for your body—without fear or judgement, or the obsession that often occurs when we categorize a food as “bad” or perceive we “can’t” have something.

There is no such thing as where you “should” be. There is where you are, and where you’re going. So, let’s leave that wagon to the Oregon Trail, cause frankly—it’s totally cramping your style. <3
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TOP SIX WAYS TO START EATING LOCALLY!

http://coconutsandkettlebells.com/ways-to-eat-local/

Perhaps one of the easiest ways to drastically improve your health (and take it back to a primal) is to become a locavore.

#eatlocal   #health  #realfood
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