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Carron Coleman

How to Balance Life as an Introvert

Lifestyle

 

It took me a long time to come to terms with being an introvert. Obviously, I was born an introvert as many are. As a child, I knew I was different because I enjoyed spending time alone, hated small talk, and generally felt drained of energy after spending too much time with people. Like most introverts, I was told that I was shy or needed to come out of my shell. People often confuse being shy with being an introvert. Let me correct this myth by saying the definition of shy is a fear of people. I don’t have a fear of people. Quite the opposite actually. I enjoy long stimulating conversations on subjects I find interesting. But the thought of having small talk with a bunch of people about the weather then I start to cringe. As I got older and started to do research, I realized that this actually wasn’t a problem just a different way of focusing my energy. It was such a freeing experience to know that there was a name for people like me and that I wasn’t weird. I’m a thinker, a creative, an introvert. This is essentially what makes introverts different from extroverts. Extroverts gain their energy from being around people, a lot. Whereas introverts lose energy from being around people too much and gain their strength from spending time alone with their thoughts.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like to be in complete isolation or feel like I don’t need anyone. I do however know that too much stimulation and interaction will drain my energy leaving me mentally exhausted. Introverts need time to think and process things happening in the world around them. In learning how to balance life as an introvert, I’ve learned how to stop and take time for myself. It’s important to schedule self-care time to ensure your mental, spiritual, and emotional needs are met.

 

Here are a few tips on how to balance life as an introvert:

  1. Trust your gut. You know when you are feeling overwhelmed or mentally exhausted. Instead of trying to push past it, acknowledge those feelings and do something about it right away
  2. Take time for yourself. As an introvert we need quality self-care and alone time. Take a mini-vacation, spa trip, or a peaceful evening at home. Whatever helps you to relax the most and restores your inner peace, do that.
  3. Learn how to balance your time effectively. I always say that too much time spent on anything is just too much. Don’t overwhelm yourself by putting too many tasks on your plate. Break things down into doable pieces so that you accomplish more and not feel disappointed because you weren’t able to get to everything.

 

I’m so glad I found the Wallflower Box which is all about embracing, nurturing, and refreshing yourself and your quiet qualities. This is a monthly subscription box created with the introvert in mind. Plus all of the products are natural, organic, and or vegan/ cruelty-free. It’s so in line with what this blog is all about!

 

 

Each item is carefully crafted to help you unwind and regain your strength as us introverts need to do on a regular basis. I know when I need some quiet time because my mind will just shut off and it’s almost as if I cannot function anymore. This is how I know that I’ve become overwhelmed and drained mentally. In order to regain my strength, I need some quality alone time to relax and recuperate.  This is how introverts can practice self-care. Watch the video below to see how I relax and unwind with The Wallflower Box.

 

 

Here’s what came with this months box:

  • The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney- insightful book written by an introvert for introverts
  • Puur Body Vegan Soy Candle- vegan peach pie soy candle
  • Life Force Essentials Organic Essential Oils- organic and wild harvested essential oil blend of lavender, orange, and spearmint
  • A Rustic Feeling Handmade Coasters- natural handmade stone coasters
  • Amitea Organics Tea- hand-crafted organic black tea peach flavor
  • Skin Candy Company Cupcake Bath Bomb- luxurious skin loving bath bomb
  • Parlo Cosmetics Whipped Body Butter- blackberry and vanilla bean whipped body butter
  • GreenHouse17 Natural Lip Balm- lavender and peppermint lip balm

www.thewallflowerbox.com

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Cheesy Vegan Mac & Cheese Recipe

Recipes

I have searched and searched for the perfect vegan mac and cheese recipe with no luck. Every recipe I tried had too many ingredients to make a “mock” cheese and still didn’t taste cheesy. I wanted a vegan mac and cheese that tasted like the dish my mom makes minus the dairy. Giving up dairy was hard especially as a former cheese lover. It took me a while but I think I finally nailed it!

For this recipe, I used So delicious cheeses. I love their shredded cheese because it tastes so much like dairy cheese it’s hard to believe that it has no animal by-products. I recently discovered Follow Your Heart block cheese and I had to read the ingredient label several times because it tastes so delicious and exactly like mozzarella cheese.

 

Ingredients

1 box of elbow macaroni

2 cups almond milk or non-dairy milk 

1 cup nutritional yeast

1 cup So Delicious shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup So Delicious shredded mozzarella cheese

1 cup So Delicious shredded cheddar jack

1 block Follow Your Heart Mozzarella cheese cut into cubes

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 tablespoon organic whole wheat flour

 

Directions

1. Boil a pot of water and cook the elbow pasta until it is al dente

2. In a separate bowl combine 1 tablespoon coconut oil with flour

3. Add nutritional yeast and mix until it forms a paste

4. Slowly add in almond milk and stir until it’s a nice consistency.

5. Start adding in cheeses one by one and stirring as you add.

6. Continue to stir until the cheese mix is nice and smooth. Don’t let it boil

7. Take the cooked pasta in a large bowl and add the cheese sauce on top. Stir until everything blends together.

8. Grease a shallow pan with remaining coconut oil and pour the macaroni cheese mix in the pan

9. Add remaining cheese on top to your liking

10. Cook in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and brown on top.

11. Eat and enjoy!

*****Feel free to add more cheese to this recipe if you like****

 

Nude Lipstick for Brown Skin | Organic & Non-toxic

Beauty, Make-Up

Who doesn’t love a nice nude lipstick? It’s perfect for everyday wear and gives you a nice natural look. It can be difficult to find a nude lipstick shade that’s brown girl friendly and non-toxic. Most lipsticks contain artificial dyes, colors, and other chemical additives. Here’s a list of my top 5 nude lipsticks for brown skin sans toxins.

 

 

100% Pure in Lychee

 

 

Pacifica Beauty Tenderness

 

Luv & Co Beauty Captivated 

 

Au Naturale On Pointe   

topped with Hynt Beauty Une Femme 

 

 

 

Overcoming Anxiety and Depression as a Christian

Faith

In the Christian community discussion on anxiety and depression are often avoided as some take the stance that as a believer we shouldn’t experience those thoughts and feelings. Yes the joy of The Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10) but the bible also says he sends rain for the ones who do right and the ones who do wrong (Matthew 20:45). Just because we put our hope and faith in Jesus Christ doesn’t mean we won’t experience the difficulties of life.

It’s normal to admit feelings of sadness. The bible talk about there is a time and a season for everything under the sun (Ecclesiastes 3:1). So feeling sad or down is a natural human emotion and nothing is wrong with you. It’s what you do with those feelings. Don’t feel like because you are a Christian that you’re not allowed to feel sad. Throughout scripture we see how Jesus wept. In John 11:35 we see Jesus cried and mourned over Lazarus death before he raised him back to life.  Before Jesus died on the cross for our sins he wept and cried out to God let this cup be taken from me (Matthew 26:39). He experienced emotions just like us. Don’t run away from your feelings. Own up to them so that you can deal with them and move forward.

Write things down- I’ve kept a journal since I was a child. While I might not write daily I try to journal down key things and important benchmarks in my life, especially emotional highs and lows. Keeping a record is helpful because it’s allows you to keep track of how you are feeling on a consistent basis. Plus you’re able to document your spiritual and mental growth. One major thing I was able to notice was pattern and certain emotional triggers.

Trigger points- what I realized is that when I feel sad, depressed, or anxious it’s usually something that triggered those emotions. Either an incident or something that happened which caused me to react or respond with negative thoughts or emotions. This can come from circumstances that overwhelm you like a tragedy or death.  My cousin was tragically killed this summer at only 25 years old. This hit my family really hard and honestly something we are still dealing with. None the less we are comforted as we don’t grieve as people with no hope.  Sometimes emotional triggers can be in your own head. Either you’ve overreacted to something someone said or did. A current situation can remind us of what happened in the past and it’ll bring back the same negative emotions as before. This is where we apply the Word of God and take every thought captive and make them obey Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). You fight the enemy and negative emotions with scripture.

Prayer- Prayer changes things and when we pray we are communicating with God on a personal level. Give God all of your feelings. Get all of your emotion out. I like to vent to The Lord because He said to cast all of our cares onto Him (1Peter 5:7). Everything doesn’t have to be so formal either. Don’t worry about how it sounds just go to God like you would anyone and say hey I’m sad or I don’t like what happened, I’m feeling this way. He can handle our emotions. When I do that I notice that in that moment I actually start feeling better. God can handle all your emotions. He wants us to come to Him because that’s shows we have a personal relationship with Him. I feel a lot closer and more connected to Christ when I come to Him through prayer and asking for help. The bible says he will give us wisdom if we ask for it (James 1:5). So whenever you are facing feelings of depression surrender those feelings unto Lord and He will either give you the answer, a way out, or the strength to go through it with us. We’re not alone because he said that he would never leave nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5, Deuteronomy 31:6). So I dare you to trust God with any and everything you are facing and watch him move to change that situation or give you peace in the midst of that storm.

Talk about it- Talking about things brings them to light. Especially when the enemy try’s to attack your mind exposing those things helps you to gain clarity and helps you to fight against those negative thoughts and emotions. Reach out to friends, family, or professional help. Don’t keep things bottled up. It’s easy to keep things to yourself but that’s not healthy. You may think oh I don’t want to bother anyone or people have problems of their own so I don’t want to burden them so I’ll just deal with it on my own. It helps to talk to somebody about how you are feeling. Sometimes you need to vent not necessarily for answers from others but just as a release. God created us for fellowship so it’s okay to seek help from trusted people in your life. Notice I said trusted; don’t run and tell your problems to any and everybody. Use wisdom as to what and how much you share but definitely don’t isolate yourself when you’re feeling low. If you’re battling thoughts of depression you are at a weak point where the enemy wants you to feel by yourself and like you’re alone in world. One of satan’s biggest lies is that no one cares about you. If you feel like you don’t have anyone close pray and ask God to bring divine connections and fellowship into your life.

 

If you’re struggling with thoughts of depression I hope this was helpful to you. If you know someone who could use this article please share it. 

Red Apple Lipstick | Review

Make-Up

I received three beautiful lip glosses from Red Apple Lipstick. Every Red Apple Lipstick  gloss is gluten free, paraben free, soy free, GMO free, and vegan. They come in a variety of shades ranging from sheer to high pigmented. I like to keep lip glosses in my makeup stash for days when I don’t want to wear a full face of makeup but still look a little glamorous. Plus I love the green and black packaging as I’m a sucker for pretty things and boxes 🙂

 

Gemazing is a bright fuchsia lip gloss that is highly pigmented. It reminds me more of a liquid lipstick because it’s thicker than a typical gloss, leaves a nice color on the lips, and has a nice smooth application.

Kissyfit is a bronze lip stain with an orange undertone. If you like bronze or copper colors then this is perfect for you! I also think this would make a create color for the Fall or Winter season.

Amor Caliente is a sheer lip gloss with a red undertone. I chose this one because I always like to have a stash of go to lip gloss. I don’t wear makeup everyday so on days I don’t this works for me. As a sheer gloss with a light tint this would pair well as a topper for your favorite red lipstick.

If you haven’t tried Red Apple Lipstick products now is your chance. Check out the other items in their makeup collection. Feel free to use coupon code: HOLISTICHONEY to save money on your next order.

 

Green Beauty Starter Kit | Organic Makeup for Beginners

Make-Up

I get so many questions about what makeup I use, product recommendations, how to start using clean makeup products. In an effort to help my green beauty sisters out; I decided to compile a list of basic non toxic makeup options. This is great if you are new to green beauty or a makeup beginner. And of course this is women of color friendly. I understand how hard it is to find the perfect shade that compliments your skin.

 

Primers

Bare Minerals Prime Time

Evelyn Ionia Green Tea Primer

 

Concealer

Au Naturale Cosmetics Creme Concealer 

100% Pure 2nd Skin Concealer 

 

Foundation

Plain Jane Beauty Creme Minerals

Zuzu Luxe Oil Free Liquid Foundation

Plain Jane Beauty Mineral Loose Powder
Plain Jane Beauty Translucent Powder

 

Eye Shadows & Liners 

Mineral Fusion Eye Pencil

Plain Jane Beauty Just Mascara

Pacifica Beauty Eye Shadow Palettes 

100% Pure Naked Palette 

 

Lipsticks & Liners 

Mineral Fusion Lip Pencil

100% Pure Pomegranate Lipstick

Zuzu Luxe Lip Pencil 

Zuzu Luxe Lipstick 

 

In this video I outline my basic makeup routine and green beauty products I use:

 

These are basic suggestions just to get you started. I consider myself a beginner in makeup also and these are the tools that I use on a daily basis. I hope you found this helpful. If you have any makeup recommendations you’d like to share, please leave me a comment.

 

DIY Coconut Conditioner for Natural Hair

Natural Hair

When I first went natural I was strictly a DIY girl. I experimented with all sorts of butters, oils, powders, etc. I haven’t done a DIY hair mix in a long time but I plan on slowly incorporating more in my natural hair routine.

Coconut is something I always used in my beauty routine. I wrote an article all about the benefits of coconut oil. This recipe is strictly coconut from the meat, oil, and milk. Coconuts have so many amazing benefits here are just a few:

Coconut Manna/ Butter– moisturizes and prevents hair fall. Strengthens hair follicles and repairs damage  and prevents further damage made by chemicals, heat, and other harsh treatments.

Coconut Oil– penetrates the hair shaft bringing in additional moisture and shine

Coconut Milk– nourishes hair providing natural moisture from root to tip. Stimulates hair for healthy strong growth.

 

DIY Coconut Conditioner Recipe

1/2 cup Coconut Manna

2 tablespoon Coconut Oil

1/2 cup Coconut Milk

I didn’t accurately take measurements. Usually I just eye ball it and depending on the length of your hair is how much you need for successful application. You can use this as a hot oil treatment, pre-poo, or deep conditioner. Watch the video below to see how I made my mixture and applied it to my hair.

 

 

How to Fight Acne with French Green Clay

Beauty, Blog, DIY, Skincare

Perfect skin is not something I would honestly say I have. But what I can say is that it has gotten better. I have suffered from adult acne and trust me I understand that it is not pretty nor is it fun. It’s definitely a struggle and what works for some may not work for all. Clear skin is a commitment to constantly work on your skin and ultimately find a routine and or products that will produce the best results.

In my last post on Infinity Jars I talked about getting back into DIY beauty products and treatments. In comes french green clay also known as sea clay. This clay contains healing properties such as bentonite, magnesium, calcium, potassium, silica, and selenium. French green clay is green in color like it’s name states; the pigment determines the quality. You want to make sure your clay is green in color and not too gray.

If you’ve never heard of this powerful clay here’s a couple facts:

  • Great clearing blemishes
  • “Drinks” oils, toxic substances, and impurities from your skin
  • Helps to remove dead skin cells and promote circulation for new healthy skin cells
  • Used in acient Egypt, Greece, and Rome to treat skin and digestive problems

There’s really no wrong way to go when making a clay mask. You can mix it with water, apple cider vinegar, aloe vera juice, or any other form of liquid. I used apple cider vinegar because of it’s astringent properties and the ability to tone, heal and treat blemishes. Plus ACV is great for removing dark spots and evening out the skin tone.

French Clay Mask for Acne Recipe

  1. Mix 1-2 tablespoons of french green clay
  2. add enough liquid to form a paste
  3. apply to face with finger or a brush
  4. allow to dry, rinse and cleanse face as normal

As an oily girl I try to use some form of a clay mask at least once or twice a week. You can purchase french green clay at Mountain Rose Herbs or From Nature with Love.

Infinity Jars Review

Beauty, Body, Health, Natural Hair, Skincare

I love DIY beauty and cosmetic formulations using herbs, oils, and butters. I haven’t made my own products in a while but I’ve been itching to get back into it. There was a time when I made my own deep conditioners and body oils. So when Infinity Jars sent these to me for review I thought this would be the perfect time to start again.

Infinity Jars is an ultra violet glass which blocks out visible light and keeps contents fresh with an air tight seal. Plus they are gorgeous! They just motivate the kitchen chemist in me to start concocting beauty treatments. You can also use these to store herbs, spices, and other kitchen items as well.

I decided to get the 100 ml jar for DIY deep conditioners and face masks, 50 ml spray bottle which is great for hair or facial mists, 100 ml pump bottle for gels and oil mixes. I’m so excited to start making us of these jars. Stay tuned for some DIY beauty mixes coming in the next few weeks.

5 Healthy Documentaries on Netflix You Must Watch

Health, Healthy Home, Info & Tips, Lifestyle

When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle I’m a total documentary nerd. Like any other nerd I enjoy a good Netflix and chill night. Netflix is great for binge watching your favorite classic sitcoms and learning something new by watching documentaries. If you’re new to the non toxic lifestyle or even if you’re a pro you must watch these 5 healthy documentaries on Netflix. These will open your eyes about the food you eat and even the personal care products you use.

 

  1. Hungry for Change– This documentary exposes hidden secrets about diet, weight loss, and the food industry as a whole. It creates a conversation about why you crave bad foods that ultimately provide no nutritional value.
  2. The Human Experiment– This talks about the many hidden dangers in our personal care and household cleaning tools. You hear from real people whose lives have been negatively effected from the poisonous chemicals and what current legislation looks like to protect us from them.
  3. Food Choices– I loved this one because it takes an in depth look at what it means to eat a plant based diet. Redefining what a vegan or vegetarian is and whether or not it’s truly healthier. This documentary also shed like on fad diets like the paleo diet and others that have gained notoriety.
  4. Forks over Knives– This is a classic documentary that discusses processed foods and gives you a behind the scenes look at just how produce is grown and the inhumane way animals are treated prior to landing on your plate.
  5. Minimalism– Great documentary that makes you wonder exactly how much stuff do you really need in order to live a happy life. In a time where people collect the latest gadgets, clothes, and other items it looks at the lives of 2 men who have decided to cut out all the excess.

 

Have you watched any of these documentaries? If so what are your thoughts? Please share any other documentaries on healthy living in the comments.