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Blogger Mail Products I'm Loving

Friday, August 24, 2018

As a blogger, influencer, social media professional (or whatever you want to call me), brands sometimes send items for promotional consideration. You might see things on Youtube or blogs like "HUGE PR UNBOXING" or "Blogger Mail Haul." I find this type of content fascinating because I'm nosy like that, but also because the social media & public relations world changes every day.


I love experimenting & learning about new-to-me brands, products, & concepts. Although brands send me free items, I don't talk about everything because, well, not everything is blog-worthy or a must-have. However, this blog post is meant to share a few goodies that brands & publicists sent me in the last few months that I genuinely enjoy, use, & want to share with YOU - because YOU ARE COOL.

*Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. 


Dry Brush Kit

I am wayyyy behind on the dry brushing train. Better late than never, as they say. One of my lovely friends & former coworkers connected me with ZenMe, a brand offering natural solutions to promote skin health & well-being. The ZenMe dry brush kit comes with a dry brush, pumice stone, exfoliating gloves, & a konjac sponge. Genuinely a great deal for the quality & amount of items in the set. Exfoliate pesky areas like your feet with the pumice stone - so effective!


Better Body Foods

Food gives me life. Literally. Better Body Foods aims to share healthier, nutritious food & ingredients without losing flavor. I particularly like the PBfit®, a powdered peanut butter with cocoa. Better Body Foods has a range of essentials like organic coconut flour to their LIVfit Superfood® Organic Superfood Blend with organic pea protein, flax seed powder, chia seed powder, hemp protein, & more goodies.


Christie Brinkley Stick Highlighter

Christie Brinkley is iconic. She's one of the first supermodels, gaining worldwide fame in the late 1970s with her cover on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She's stunning & radiant, but now we can get the same glow with the Christie Brinkley Authentic Beauty Strobe Show Natural Glow Stick Highlighter. The stick makes application easy & mess-free. I feel like my own version of a supermodel.


Poop Spray 💩

We all poop, right? Like, that's a fact. Simply spritz a couple sprays of DooDooJuice into the toilet bowl before you do your business to reduce smelly odors. DooDooJuice makes for a perfectly practical gift. Read the reviews if you want a laugh! If you want a low-down on how these types of products work, what they do, if they work, & how to integrate them in YOUR life, read my full post here.

So tell me: which product sounds the coolest to you? I'd love to know what YOU are into. Leave a comment. Say heyyyy. :]

7 Things To Do at Franklin Mountains State Park in El Paso, Texas

Friday, August 10, 2018

I'm a tiny speck amongst the majestically carved Franklin Mountains & the vast Chihuahuan Desert landscape that surround me. I wipe a bead of sweat from my brow. It's barely 8 a.m. but the sun is no joke. I pull the brim of my El Paso hat down to cover as much of my face as possible. 


I'm exploring Franklin Mountains State Park as a familiarization tour guest of Visit El Paso. I look at the other travel influencers, journalists, bloggers, & writers. Everyone is taking photos. I put my phone on a wooden post, set a self-timer for 3, 2, 1. I smile. "Cheese!" I say to myself. I look at the picture.


It's glorious. Mother Earth is photogenic in that way. If you're a nature lover, hiking fan, or desert enthusiast, add Franklin Mountains State Park to your El Paso, Texas To Do List. There's so much you can do!


1. Nature Watching

The state park has a diverse ecosystem of birds, reptiles, coyotes, squirrels & maybe a mule deer or perhaps you'll spot a mountain lion.

2. Rock Climbing

Go on a rock climbing adventure! Bring your own equipment & climb at the designated area in McKelligon Canyon or at Sneed’s Cory in the Tom Mays Unit.

3. Camping

Stay at one of 14 tent campsites or 5 RV sites. Campsites don't have water or electricity. Click here to find out more about Franklin Mountains State Park camping & RV options.

4. Dining

Ok, there aren't any restaurants but you can still enjoy a meal on the mountain. Find picnic benches & shade so you can take in the view while you eat. It's such a good view. I loved eating my breakfast & watched the desert come to life in the morning.

5. Hiking

The hiking trails at Franklin Mountains State Park are intense. You could spend a lot of time exploring the 100 miles of trails on almost 27,000 acres. Bring water, cell phone, good shoes, & a hiking buddy.

6. History

Native American tribes made the area their home for thousands of years. Find their deep mortar pits for grinding seeds. If you're really lucky, you might spot their colorful pictographs & etched petroglyphs on boulders & rock walls. 

7. Events

Franklin Mountains has an active events pages which you can check out here.


Clear your mind & spend time with nature at Franklin Mountains State Park in El Paso, Texas. Start off with a peaceful brunch on the mountain then camp overnight after a long day of exploring the trails. The entrance fee for adults is $5. Children 12 years & under are free. What are you waiting for? :]


Which activity sounds the most fun to you? :]

My 13-Year Vegetarian Anniversary + The Future of Plant-Based Omega-3 & Protein

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

This post is sponsored by iWi but the content & opinions expressed here are my own.


At the age of 15, I decided to go vegetarian. 

Being vegetarian means I don't eat meat, poultry, or fish. No chicken nuggets. No hamburgers. No fish fillets. Well, not in the standard sense of the word, at least. It's a privilege to have access to plant-based protein options that provide alternatives to some of the meals I had when I ate meat. It might be a privilege for me, but it's becoming a worldwide necessity.

Did you know the global population should reach 9.1 billion people by 2050? That means producing 70% more food for an additional 2 billion people while simultaneously combating poverty & hunger, according to The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Those are hard numbers to look at.

Will there be enough land, water, & genetic diversity to meet demands? That's where innovative brands who want to change the world come to play. iWi is an algae-based nutrition company interested in building a sustainable & scalable way to feed the world. Just what the earth needs!


They grow algae for iWi Omega-3 Supplements in deserts using non-arable land, brackish water (salt water), & the sun as their main source of energy. It's exciting to have products like this available on the market. The times are changing &, to be honest, should continue to change!

When I turned vegetarian 13 years ago, there were hardly any vegetarian options available in grocery stores & restaurants. I'm happy to see a change in the landscape as brands like iWi produce green Omega-3 & protein while supporting & developing local & rural communities. Now I can have a convenient vegetarian/vegan source of Omega-3!


I'm particularly excited for the future of iWi as they delve into protein powder, protein snacks, protein bars, drinks, & alternative meats & fish over the next few years. Keep your eye out for iWi. Let me know if you'd like me to delve deeper into my favorite vegetarian protein options!

Use promo code 15IWILIFEO for 15% off your order. Head over to Amazon to shop iWi. It’s better for you & better for our beautiful planet.

* Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by iWi. As always, all opinions are 100% mine aka Carmen's. Learn more about my disclosure. :]

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