10.15.2021

FRIDAY FAVES

Hey friends!  Wow has it ever been a busy week! We've gotten so much done, and thankfully one of the things marked off on my to-do list is this post! You all know I love sharing my favorite things with you aaaaand there may be a discount code for one of the brands too! Not many things planned for this weekend other than marking more things off of our to-do list (holiday gift guides are also in the works and I'm just a litttttle excited about them), spending time with my husband and kiddos, maybe making some homemade cinnamon rolls, and hoping the weather is nice enough to get a little bit of surfskating in and spend some time outdoors seeing the beautiful autumn leaves that are starting to change colors! What are your weekend plans?



I haven't really added a lot of items so my closet this year, I've actually probably donated of half of my clothes in the past few months because they were just hanging there not being worn and I thought to myself what was the point of having them if they weren't being used. So going forward I've been trying to be more intentional about the items I am adding in. Only adding items that are high quality, even if that means spending a bit more and owning less, buying something only if I truly LOVE it and can see myself wearing it for a long time and not purchasing just because it was on sale for a good deal or cheap or trendy, only adding in the things that speak to me, that make my soul happy every time I wear them and that I actually enjoy wearing! No more uncomfortable clothes, items that are colors I dislike, things that maybe I'll fit into someday, stuff that's are too big for me, clothes that I don't really love as much as I could or hardly ever reach for. One thing I HAVE added to my wardrobe recently is this beautiful and outrageously comfortable piece from IMBODHI! It's the peak of comfort, pretty sure it's illegal in some countries for clothing to be this comfortable (okay, kinda joking about that one haha), but ya get my drift, it's just a super nice, super awesome piece of clothing! It's the Bōdhi Jumper in Oatmeal in case you were wondering, and also in case you were about to ask, yes, you absolutely NEED it in your closet, trust me, I'm pretty sure it's not a want, but a need. Perfect for lounging, running errands, pretty much whatever! IMBODHI likes to call it their "Do-Everything-Outfit" and I'd be inclined to agree, it's the perfect minimalist outfit. Oh wait, you weren't convinced just yet? Maybe this'll do it... it's made from environmentally friendly plant based fabrics (tencel, which is created from eucalyptus fivers)! How rad is that?! You won't need to worry about constantly shedding microplastics into the environment and it's also so breathable for your skin! All of IMBODHI's products are ethically hand cut and sewn by a small team of women in San Francisco, California, AND all of their products are shipped in 100% recycled, recyclable, and reusable packaging! They sell some more beautiful designs too, I know this Lila Romper in Chartreuse is definitely catching my eye! Check out IMBODHI and all of their beautiful clothing HERE!



I'm just gonna say it, I'm literally a fan of EVERYTHING that The Lyfestyle Co. offers. I mean all the things I've tried anyway, buuuut if the products I own are any evidence of how amazing all the rest of their products are, then I'm pretty positive that literally everyone in the world needs to know about them as soon as possible. Take their Beach Mist After Sun Spray for example: during our last trip to Lake Erie, I miiiight have gotten a little bit too much sun. I thought I was fine until I got home and realized how red the back of my legs were (ouch!), literally on fire, so I thought to myself, why not give this spray a try and see if it's all it's cracked up to be. When I tell you this product is what sold me. Within 3 hours of the first spray, my sunburn was 50% gone, done a second spray a little while later and within an hour I'd say it was a good 75% gone. I decided what could one more application before bed hurt... I kid you not, my sunburn (which was pretty bad mind you) was completely 100% GONE the next morning when I woke up. Like are you kidding me, it's such amazing stuff and it's a product I plan to make sure we always have on hand from here on out. Also really loving their 100% Natural Brow Oil, I haven't used it as consistently as I'd like (chalk that up to mom brain and our everyday busy life that has been extra busy as of late) but I have noticed a difference in my brows since I've started using it when I remember (usually a couple nights a week). I wish I would have taken a before photo so I could share an "in progress" photo so you could see the difference, but it's absolutely made a change in my brows that have been a bit sparse since I overplucked them in my early teens ages go haha. The Lyfestyle Co. also sent over this Detox Hair Serum (which is amazing for split ends, dry scalp and color treated hair) and this Refresh Dry Shampoo (which works wonderfully well and the only 4 ingredients are are a legit yessss from me) AND this Bamboo Body Polish that smalls absolutely divine and is perfect for any skin that needs a gentle exfoliation! I of course LOVE that all of their products are all free of parabens, sulfates and harsh chemicals, and are created with positivity and good vibes in mind! Check out their entire collection of lovely products HERE!



Our kiddos absolutely LOVE popsicles (love is probably not even a strong enough word haha)! Personally, I love them too (lime and lemon have always been favorite flavors of mine), but I'm not always a fan all of the ingredients, especially the artificial food dyes (my kiddos always seem to be drawn to the red popsicles and that never goes well), and let's not forget loads of corn syrup that they're filled with (and I'm not even going to mention how each one is wrapped in plastic... oops, I guess I did mention it lol). Thankfully, I have been able to start making some of our own since one of our favorite brands, Zoku, recently sent some super awesome reusable popsicle molds our way! I'm so stoked to create fun and healthier options for the kiddos now that we have these Mini Pop Molds (such a fun shape and absolutely perfect for little hands) and this Mod Pops Mold (absolutely loving these for bigger popsicles). Fill up the molds with your liquid of choice or homemade popsicle mixture, pop them in the freezer and voila you have homemade popsicles! It only takes around 6 to 8 hours to freeze to completion, and both style of molds come with built in "drip guards" for the sticks so you don't have to worry about getting messy while you enjoy your homemade treats! Zoku also sent over this 11 Piece Neat Stack set nesting food storage containers which I am really excited to start using! They are leak proof, dishwasher, freezer and microwave safe, color coded (especially great for meal and snack prep if you're trying to eat healthy) and they also come with a freezer ice pack to help keep your food fresh for longer if you're out and about! A couple of our other favorite Zoku products are these two toned items, this stainless steel water bottle is awesome (I have the Ash color and it's so pretty in real life), love this reusable straw (that comes with a carry case small enough to fit in your pocket or attach to your keychain), and my husband's most favorite, this 12 oz stainless steel tumbler. We have been trying to stay on a budget lately even more than usual and this tumbler has been a lifesaver for him to bring a coffee from home to work so he doesn't have to stop and buy one (it's already saved us so much money). He has a 45+ minute commute everyday to work and he loves that his coffee is still hot when he gets there every morning! Check out all of Zoku's amazing products HERE!



I love drinking water, but drinking something different when you're working out and feel like you're dying just hits different, ya know? I've been known to grab a popular brand of sports drink at the grocery store in the past, and I know, I know, it's full of artificial junk so I've been looking for something healthier to replace it with. Liquid I.V. was kind enough to send some over and I literally LOVE it! It tastes good, is hydrating, hits the spot during workouts, and is actually good for you! What exactly is Liquid I.V.Liquid I.V. is a Non-GMO electrolyte drink mix that utilizes breakthrough science of Cellular Transport Technology (CTT) to deliver hydration and other key nutrients into your bloodstream faster and more efficiently than water alone! I'm all about things that get the job done more efficiently so just knowing that is one of the reasons I'm loving is so much, not to mention the taste! I've tried Pina Colada, Watermelon, Lemon Lime, and Acai Berry so far and all of the flavors have been stellar! Acai Berry is my favorite out of all of them, with Watermelon being a close second! Liquid I.V. is great tasting Non-GMO and is a formulated mix that uses a specific ratio of sodium, glucose, and potassium to deliver water and other essential nutrients directly into your bloodstream. Liquid I.V. contains 3 times more electrolytes than traditional sports drinks and less than half the sugar and calories too! It also contains 110% daily value of Vitamin C, Potassium, B3, B5, B6, B12. Liquid I.V. is also Non-GMO, vegan, gluten/soy/dairy free and contains no artificial sweeteners, preservatives, colors or flavors! Find out more about the science behind Liquid I.V. here, and shop all of their flavors and products HERE! Make sure to use my code THEJOYFULTRIBE for 25% off plus free shipping!

9.30.2021

CURRENTLY LOVING...

Happy "almost-weekend" friends! Can you believe that autumn is officially here? This summer (and entire year really) have seriously flown by! We are definitely missing summer a whole lot around here already, but Bella and I did get to wear our new Billabong sweatshirts today so it wasn't all bad! But seriously, this year is absolutely flying by at record speed: school has started again, the weather is cooling off (it was downright cold here this morning), all of the pumpkin things are everywhere (snapped a picture of these pretty ones at the orchard last week), had an eye exam and got some new glasses, my mom and two of my sisters came for a visit this past week all the way from Missouri (thank you mom for making that 12 hour trip to come spend some time with us)... what a BUSY last month or two it's been for us! I'll share more about all of the things going on here in the next month or so, but for now, I'm sharing some super fun things below that we are loving lately! Let me know if you love them too!


You guys already know I'm a huge fan of surf culture and beach lifestyle, so pretty much everything from Surf Bunnies is at the top of my wish list. Based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Surf Bunnies is a brand all about connecting women and creating community and sisterhood in the Grand Strand area of Myrtle Beach and across the Carolinas through surf culture and beach lifestyle. We are planning to move to Myrtle Beach this year and I can't wait to join in on activities and meet the ladies who are a part of this, but in the meantime I'm joining them in spirit from afar. I recently purchased their Original Surf Bunnies Tee and I am absolutely obsessed with it. It's so comfortable, cute, and has that amazing vintage feel even though it's brand new. Each tee is made to order printed in Myrtle Beach, and shipped right to your door anywhere in the USA or local delivery if you're in the Myrtle Beach area! Kendall was so sweet to also send me a Surf Bunnies Surf Wax that I'm stoked to eventually use (and I'm just gonna tell you right now, it smells DIVINE, like I need an entire body care line that smells like it), and yep, you can bet I've already added the Bunny Break TeeOriginal Trucker Hat and Bunny Burn Rosewater Aloe Mist to my Christmas wish list. Follow The Surf Bunnies on Instagram here and shop the collection here!



I've never been great at all the girly things like getting my hair or nails done, buuuuuut I'm trying to get a little bit better at doing the girly things that I do love, like skin care. I mean, it's probably time I started actually making an effort to take care of my skin anyways since I'm hitting that part of my twenties where I'm a whooooooooole lot closer to 30 than 20 haha. I may not be great at getting my hair done and I may have never even had a manicure done in a salon lol, but I've been researching alllll of the products, trying a few new things, and this Thrive Skin Infinite CBD Correcting Serum is absolutely one of my favorites that I will recommend again and again and again and again (okay, you get the point). My friend Holly is the one who got me hooked on this and sells the best skin care (as well as vitamins and shakes). She's a consultant for Thrive and dare I say "thriving"?! Haha, but in all honesty, she's so great and if you need great skincare, she's absolutely the one to hit up! You can find her on instagram at @hollyboatwright where she'll answer any questions you have, make sure you get only THE best deals, will walk you through the ordering process, will send you samples of vitamins and shakes if you want to try before you buy, AND has been known to give away lots of free product credits (so you can get more products for less). Anyways, back to the serum, I've been using it on my skin for a little over a month and I absolutely LOVE how it makes my skin look and feel. It's infused with CBD which is a natural anti-inflammatory and as soon as I apply it to my face, literally within seconds, I can already tell a difference in my complexion. Redness gone, fine lines smoothed out, skin tone evened, it's seriously amazing! Head here to give Holly a follow on Instagram and find out how you can get your own Infinite CBD Correcting Serum to up your skincare game!



I first discovered Ion Intelligence of Nature (formerly known as Ion Biome) last year when I was on a search for anything that might help Bodhi's eczema. His skin issues aren't something I really shared on my social media, but it was such a tough time for our entire family. It was so hard seeing him in pain, itching so badly, scratching until his skin bled and it seemed nothing was helping. We tried so many creams, lotions, oils, baths... so much. Finally, I asked a few friends who I trusted what they would recommend, and Ion was suggested on more than one occasion. I ordered a bottle not really expecting anything but hoping just the same (it was a keep your expectations low but keep your hopes high kinda deal, ya know) and I was amazed. This (combined with one other product) are what we used and  I can tell you today that his eczema is GONE. Yep, he is 100% eczema free, the most perfect smooth skin, something I never thought I would say. So many nights I spent holding him while he cried and itched uncontrollably, me crying and praying while holding him, it was awful just seeing him in agony and I am so grateful that my friends suggested this product. The past few months I've actually started developing eczema myself (no idea why, nothing has changed except adding in exercising 6 days a week into my routine) and the itchy inflamed patches are driving me crazy, so I've recently started incorporating the same protocol for myself that helped him. Crossing my fingers that I'll eventually see the same as we did in him (I'll definitely update once I see more changes), but I can truly say this product changed our lives. Your interest is probably piqued by now and you're wondering exactly what is Ion... ION* is a line of all-natural, soil-derived gut health products that goes beyond probiotics to strengthen the gut lining in adults, children, and pets (yep, it's even safe for your fur-babies). It helps to improve communication between the gut and the brain, protecting the bloodstream from toxins like glyphosate, gluten, antibiotics, and more! How awesome is that? While Ion is not a probiotic or prebiotic, it contains an active ingredient called Terrahydrite (which is a family of molecules made by bacteria). These molecules are derived from carbon frozen in uncompromised and untarnished soil and completely free of modern chemicals. Ion is great because it has so many purposes and supports your gut in a variety of ways, which in turn can support your entire body and help it function the way it was created to; like boosted immunity (which is more important these days more than ever), supported digestion, helps alleviate gluten sensitivity, and helps enhance mental clarity. Adding this to our daily supplement routine was one of the best decisions I've ever made, we have several bottles but the adult sized bottle with the pump top is so convenient and easy to use! Find out more about Ion Intelligence of Nature here!



Okay, but can you even with those adorable sunglasses from The Baby Grain? Bella and Bodhi have their matching retro sunglasses and I literally cannot handle it when they wear them. I gush about how cute they are in them pretty much every 2 seconds, they're that cute. They wore them for the first time during our recent trip up to Lake Erie, they wore them almost all day, they stayed on really well too while they played in sand, splashed in the water, swam, and even when they wiped out a few times in the waves! They are great! Another amazing product from Baby Grain that we love is this Liewood rainbow beach toy set! They've played with this a ton every time we've gone to the lakes over the past month or so, the bucket is sturdy and carries sand and water well, and the sand molds are just too sticking cute (the pink shell is one of my favorites). Also really loving this super cute Taupe Snack Cup lately too! It's perfect for holding Bodhi's favorite crackers, and I love the neutral color, plus it folds down really small for storage while not in use, not to mention it also comes with a lid so you can bring it anywhere without worrying about spills. Browse all of their products here!

8.20.2021

FRIDAY FAVORITES

We're gearing up for a busy but fun weekend, today is grocery shopping day (let's just say I've become a fan of Instacart and pickup and delivery services, it's so much more convenient when you have small children) AND it's my husband's birthday this weekend! He's requested an ice cream cake and I'm so excited to give him his gifts (some organic coffee from Laird Superfoods, a bar of natural soap from Ocean Inspired Soaps, and some shaving products from Imperial Barber Company), hoping to spend some time outdoors as long as the weather cooperates and spend lots of time together and celebrating our favorite man all weekend long! What are your weekend plans? Let me know in the comments below! In the meantime, here are some of my current favorites and I know you'll love them too so make sure to catch them all below!


Summer is sadly coming to a close, air will get cooler soon, people are gonna start putting pumpkins everywhere and everyone is already drinking all of the pumpkin drinks, tan lines will start fading soon... but... you don't HAVE to lose that pretty summer glow and those freckles! You can keep those around all autumn and winter long thanks to Salty Face! Their gradual face tan is amazing and gives just the right amount of glow without being overdone, and makes it so much easier to wear less makeup too! Their freckle stain is my absolute favorite product though, it's so easy to throw on and get the most perfect freckles! I actually have quite a lot of freckles naturally, but sometimes I like a little extra for that just in from the beach and soaking in the sunshine all day kinda look and let me tell you, it is perfection! Their Gradual Face Tan is a tanning water created with clean ingredients and no yucky chemicals, it is also vegan friendly, cruelty free and gluten free! Their Freckle Stain (probably one of my most favorite products ever) is made with the same standards and quality that their Gradual Face Tan is, nothing but clean ingredients. It's perfect if you don't have freckles but want them, or if you just want to add a little extra oomf to your own freckles! I personally get a lot of freckles during summer (and have them all year, they just lighten up in the colder months) but I love layering these with my natural ones to slightly amplify and accentuate them an even more. It's super easy to apply and looks so natural! Make sure to use JOYFULTRIBE10 for 10% off when ordering your own Salty Face!



I've been a fan and customer of Branch Basics for almost 2 years now, and we absolutely love their products in our home! I love that I can count on them for being clean and non-toxic, but mostly importantly, SAFE so I don't have to worry in case my kiddos come in contact with the concentrate while I'm cleaning our home. With Branch Basics safe cleaning is made simple with the 3 steps of filling the bottles with water to the water line, adding the concentrate to the soap line, and cleaning! One concentrate for your entire home, and let me tell you, that one bottle goes a looong ways too! Our last bottle lasted us almost a year (used mostly as all purpose cleaner, bathroom cleaner, streak free cleaner, and foaming hand soap, but a few times as laundry detergent). Branch Basics is human safe, plant and mineral based, fragrance free, is biodegradable, cruelty free and not tested on animals, non-GMO, and contains no harmful preservatives! Literally everything you could want in a household cleaner. But how well does it actually clean you might be wondering? Pretty well if you ask me! On top of all that, it's a minimalists dream, not only because of the amazing ingredients, but because of the one bottle for everything deal! It's also environmentally friendly, just one bottle of concentrate means when you run out, you can just buy ONE refill bottle of concentrate to refill all of your bottles instead of having to re-buy the entire kit, plus they sell an amazing set of glass spray bottles that you can buy if you prefer to avoid plastic ones. Not sure if you are ready to commit? You can always try their mini concentrate for $10 here (but I can promise you'll love it enough to want to order the big bottle). If you just want to dive right in, you can use my referral link (CLICK HERE) to get $10 off your first Branch Basics order (which also gives me $10 off my next order, so win-win for us both)! Have you joined the non-toxic movement yet?



Have you ever wanted a subscription box but none of them were just "right"? Maybe you wanted something that was all beach related? Well, I found the perfect one, the Beachly subscription box! It's perfect for anyone who lives at or near the beach (whether that's an ocean beach or a lake beach) or really just anyone who loves the beach lifestyle! Beachly was kind enough to send over their summer subscription box for me and I have absolutely LOVED everything in it! The beach cover up, the Sun Bum sun screen, the beauty face mask, the insulated cooler tote, the round beach blanket, the pretty bracelet... everything has been so, SO GOOD and it's been great trying out all of the things they sent! I'm stoked because their Fall Box is shipping next and let me tell you, it's a good one, like seriously good. Filled with THE CUTEST things like a sweatshirt, a backpack, jewelry, home decor and beauty products, you won't want to miss this one. Beachly is a quarterly subscription box that is filled with anywhere from $250+ to $325+ worth of goodies all for only $99 (even less at only $85 per box if you prepay for the year). When you sign up for Beachly that means every 3 months a box filled with a ton of goodies that compliment your beach lifestyle will arrive on your doorstep ready for you to love and enjoy! Not only does it feel nice to get 4 coastal inspired boxes per year filled with 6 to 8 items per box that are 50% off of normal retail, BUT you can feel great knowing that every box gives back! Beachly has partnered with Seatrees to help restore coastal eco systems by planting and protecting the ecosystems! They also have a beauty subscription box as well as a Beachly box for men! Make sure you use my code JOYFULTRIBE for $20 off a quarterly subscription when signing up to receive your own box HERE!



I'm a sucker for pretty little details, and The Mrs. Box is absolutely one of the prettiest. Ever take your ring off to sleep or do dishes or while you're working out or doing any of the things that aren't exactly great for delicate jewelry? Ever misplace said rings because you didn't have the perfect place to store them? I've misplaced my rings a few times, thankfully I've found them pretty quickly, but I decided that I didn't want to have to feel around underneath my bed or nightstand or pull the microwave out looking for them anymore, so Mrs. Box for the win! It's the perfect place to store your rings whenever you're not wearing them and you'll always know where they are! This beautiful Jones Noble ring box is actually my second ring box from the Mrs. Box (the double ring box like I got is actually currently out of stock but you can sign up for restock notifications here or check out the Asher Noble Double here that is similar), I got The Norah Mae Classic Double velvet ring box a few years ago when my husband upgraded my ring (and still absolutely love it). These ring boxes make the perfect heirloom to pass onto your children and grandchildren someday, their quality is amazing and they are so unique, unlike any standard ring boxes you might find in a jewelry store. Another product from The Mrs. Box that I cannot recommend enough is the Gem Pen! It's one of my favorite ways to give my ring a little clean and a lot of extra sparkle in between deep cleanings and only takes a few seconds to take your the stones in your ring from dull and dirty to wow and shiny! Shop all these styles of ring box and more here!


8.19.2021

SUNFLOWER DAZE AT IRONS MILL FARMSTEAD

Can you believe summer is almost over? I know I can't, it's been a whirlwind of a few months and flown by at an alarming rate, warm days spent soaking in the golden sunshine, swimming in lakes both great and small, eating our weight in watermelon and popsicles, feeling the warmth of the sun on our bodies, our skin turning darker while our hair turned lighter and freckles popping out to say hi on our faces, sand between our toes and in every part of our car and evenings spent watching the sky turn shades of pastel like the colors of cotton candy as the stars rose to twinkle in the night sky...


I just simply cannot believe it that autumn is just around the corner, but yet as much as I am disbelief, here we are and sadly it's not slowing down. I recently picked up some fall clothing for the kiddos, I found the cutest pair of khaki rust corduroy pants and a flannel button shirt for Bodhi, a cozy striped sweater for Bella among a few other things. Bella is looking forward to all things pumpkin (pumpkin pie is her favorite), school is already back in session, aaaaand we went sunflower picking this past weekend!

I've shared of our love for Irons Mill Farmstead before (based in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania), they have the best autumn attractions and activities for kids(and adults) of all ages and it's the perfect place to take the family on a crispy fall day, but even though all of their fall fun hasn't started quite yet, they have a whole new attraction this year! Their Sunflower Festival!


It's so fun, chill and laid back, and it was amazing seeing all of the beautiful varieties of sunflowers they've grown (over 30 different kinds, and each one is better than the last). We wandered the fields taking in the view, enjoying seeing all of the sweet little honeybees working hard gathering pollen to take back to their hives and create honey. We had so much fun posing for pictures at all of the cool vintage photo ops (they have 15+ photo ops, we saw so many awesome ones and still accidentally missed a few haha), the camper photo op was one of our favorites for sure, Bodhi absolutely adored the vintage Volkswagen beetle car and Bella loved the garden tea party with the stuffed animals the most.

The best part, well besides spending family time and seeing so many beautiful varieties of sunflower up close, was being able to actually pick sunflowers! Irons Mill Farmstead provided the pretty bucket (which we got to bring home) and the scissors (which we returned so others could pick their own sunflowers too) and we picked so many! Ones that looked like golden ruffles, big yellow traditional ones, white ones, burgundy ones, pink ones, orange ones, so, so many, each one different than the last.


The Sunflower Festival at Irons Mill farmstead is the perfect place for a date night, family day, or a girls night with friends, it's just a really fun place that can be enjoyed by everyone
. They have some fun things for the kiddos too, like the jumping pillows (Bella and Bodhi love these), farm dodgeball, bounce corral (Bella had a lot of fun at this one), and their favorite... the Farmstead Express! They went on this one twice because they loved it so much and had so much fun! Talk about faces lighting up, this was the highlight of the visit for the kids.

If it's food you need, make your way over to Firehouse Pizza for some handcrafted pizzas, to the Donut House for some freshly made donuts, or to Sunny's Lemonade & Hard Cider for all your beverage needs!

The Sunflower Festival ends on September 6th so grab your tickets and plan your visit to Irons Mill Farmstead here!