Digestion and Detox

I am looking for some good yoga poses that help aid in digestion and natural detox. I have been introducing a lot of newness into my diet and feel like I need to include some of those benefits into my practice.

Here I found a great step by step plan from Shape. This blog is pretty awesome too! Below are some of my favorite poses among the several out there.


Supta Matsyendrasana (Reclined Twist) The reclined twist stimulates the flow of fresh blood to your digestive organs, which in turn increases the health and functioning of your entire digestive system

Viparita Karani (Legs up the Wall) This helps to increase blood and lymph circulation. Fresh blood flows to the abdomen encouraging digestion and this pose also calms the nervous system.
Wide-legged Forward Fold with Twist: From a wide-legged forward fold, heel-toe feet wide, about three to four feet apart. Take left hand to right ankle or shin, reach right hand toward the ceiling, and lean back. Stay here or, if it would feel even better, bend right elbow, take hold of the top of left thigh, and lean back. Breathe for 5 deep breaths, then repeat on the other side.
Bow: Lie facedown, bend knees, and take hold of ankles. Press feet into hands, keeping knees hip-width apart, and lift chest off the ground. Stay here for 5 deep breaths. (If this is uncomfortable, locust is a great alternative.)
Photo Credit: Shape and Abes Market

Night Cap.

We all have our routines. Personally, I have many and they include a routine cleanup of daily/nightly routines! Over the weekend I updated my night stand drawer with some new items that I am very excited to share!

EOS– Refreshing mint= bedtime treat!

Neosporin– this is basically a staple product. I have one here, in my bathroom, in my handbag and in my living room. It’s an everything-product- it works!

DreamTime Aromatherapy Inner Peace Eye Pillow, Lavender Not going to lie, it doesn’t stay on all night but I do like falling asleep with it. The smell is so soft and relaxing. And the weight of the pillow is just enough to relax my eyes. Check out their website, fun stuff!

Glass Nail File- What a fun find! Glass provides the best care without damaging! I was actually given this as a gift, so the make of this actual file is unknown, but you can find similar ones here: Sephora, Nail File

Clarins Hand & Nail Treatment– Cares for your cuticles too! The best hand cream I have ever experienced and I mean experienced! It’s a mini spa every time.

Jo Malone, Red Roses– Heaven in a bottle. It smells so beautiful. I like to spritz a little on my pillow to feel like I’m sleeping in a garden. Don’t judge- you’re just jealous!

Jurlique, Rose Love Balm- Okay you might be sensing a theme here. I am obsessed with the scent of roses… this actually feels great!

Bath & Body, True Blue Spa– Too Shea! I use this on my cuticles and my feet.

Burt’s Bees, Peppermint Foot Lotion– OK, so I like mint too! A lot.


Baby Feet

The best part of working in cosmetics is the opportunity to try new products. I will pretty much try anything if you tell me that the results will be amazing and more than worth the risk! Of course, I do my own research on the products and read reviews that are out online, but being a guinea-pig isnt’ a scary thing to me!

This past week I tried Baby Feet. The product claims that “Baby Foot is designed specifically to remove unwanted dead skin cells from your feet. It’s effective, effortless and very simply to use.” And well, they weren’t lying!

The socks are interesting, themselves, and they are filled with all of these vibrant, clean, and fresh ingredients that cool on your feet for 1 hour.

Within 3 days the peeling began! unfortunately, on the night of my power yoga class– eek! A little embarrassing and gross that layers of skin are sliding of my feet and onto my mat, but if the yogis in my class are true yogis’ their attention was not on my feet, but on their own mat! (Let’s hope!)

By day 6 the peeling took over my feet and, yet again, yoga was a bit of a challenge, but nothing stops me! I seriously think that at least a centimeter of skin came off. Scary, right!? But the results were baby soft. Brace yourself, this gallery is a bit close-up! Don’t judge me by my before pictures, please, I just happened to really need the product!


Today, 12 years ago, I lost my father to a massive heart attack. Although that was a decade ago, it doesn’t seem that far away.

I have many memories about my father, but to think that those memories were only as a child pulls on my heart strings and really puts time into perspective.

Here is the best of what I remember about him:
Funniest man ever!
Great at drawing.
Choir singer and played guitar.
Would let me put clips and hair bows in his hair.
Called me Nikki.
Loved the beach, country music, and anything Texas.
Loved my mom, endlessly.
Great cook!

The list goes on, but I can’t recall it all in one sitting. I miss him, everyday. But I know that he is there in heaven eth my mom. And they are happy again. And I have 2 guardian angels…