In Love w/Lavender & Lilac

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I love the look, the smell, and the feel of lavender and lilac. Besides being pretty shades of purple, both lavender and lilac essential oils have several benefits. They can be used as a bug repellent, to induce sleep, for pain relief for muscle soreness, and the calming scent can reduce anxiety and emotional stress. These oils come in many products from massage oils to bath soaps.

Here are some wonderful lavender and lilac products that I enjoy using!

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1 – Home Health Almond Glow Lavender Skin Lotion ($8.99)
Light and moisturizing, this lotion contains the oils of lavender, lanolin, olive, peanut, and Vitamin E. It is paraben-free and can also be used for massage.

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2 – Aura Cacia Relaxing Lavender Shower Tablets ($6.99, 3oz.)
Made with 100% pure, organic essential oils, shower tablets give you the luxury of a bath with the convenience of a shower. After a long day of teaching and physical activity, I enjoy dropping a tablet in the shower and smelling the soothing aroma of lavender.

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3 – Muggins Nail Lacquer by butter LONDON ($15)
This lovely lilac shade is perfect for the summer. butter LONDON nail lacquers are free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, phthalates, and paraben and they offer this and other high-fashion shades found on the runways of top fashion designers!

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4 – Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Castile Bar Soap ($4.69, 5oz.)
One of “My 5 Favs – April” this soap is made with organic oils and gentle to use for face and body. The calming scent of lavender is nurturing during each shower.

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5 – Up the Amp by MAC ($16)
This is my fav lip color of the season at the moment and I love wearing this shade with summer dresses and denim. I pair it with MAC’s Magenta Lip Liner ($15) to finish the look and for longer lasting wear.

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6 – Lavender Scented Soy Candles by Mrs. Meyer’s ($9.99, 7.2oz.)
Burning scented candles at home is something I do almost everyday. This lavender scented candle by Mrs. Meyers is definitely one of my favs to burn while relaxing before bed.

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7 – Herban Essentials Lavender Towelettes ($16, 20ct)
Made with essential oils these towelettes not only smell amazing but they are naturally antibacterial and antiseptic. I like to carry a few of these in my purse to wipe my hands when I’m on the go.

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Healthy Eats: Chicken w/Red Bell Peppers, Asparagus, and Red Quinoa

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Prep Time:30min
Serves:4

Ingredients:
– 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
– 1 red bell pepper, chopped
– 8-10 asparagus spears, cut into 1-inch pieces
– 1 cup red quinoa
– 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– salt, pepper, and garlic to taste
– 1 avocado, sliced (optional)
– cilantro (optional)

Procedures:
1 – Bring chicken broth to a boil in a saucepan and add quinoa. Reduce heat to low and allow quinoa and broth to simmer for 15-20min (until absorbed).

2 – Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat and add chicken breasts. Cook for about 5min before adding asparagus and red peppers. Cook together an additional 5min.

3 – Combine quinoa with chicken, asparagus, and red peppers on medium-low heat for about 5min.

Optional – Serve with slices of avocado and cilantro as a topping. Enjoy!

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