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Raw Sugar Living 

Raw Sugar Living was started by a husband and wife team, Ronnie Shugar and Donda Mullis, who love to live a natural, real and healthy life. Raw Sugar products are made with sustainable ingredients and are all vegan friendly and cruelty free and come in some wonderful scent combinations (like “coconut and mango” and “pineapple, Maqui berry and coconut”).

Raw Sugar Living offers bath fizzers, shampoos and conditioners, body butters, sugar scrubs, facial care products, sensitive skin products and a hair masque. And even better, for each product sold, a fresh bar of soap is donated to a family in need. Raw Sugar living is only available at Target (nationwide) and Target.com. For more info on their entire product line and their mission, visit www.rawsugarliving.com

Inspirational Reading: The Art of Confession

Regardless of the magnitude and consequences of a secret, we all seek some sort of audience or approval for our actions. This is evident by the multitude of chat rooms and apps where people can anonymously confess their darkest moments.
Paul Wilkes opens The Art of Confession by addressing our confessional society, where people seek “acceptance, community, and absolution—though they would never call it by that name—for they have done nothing wrong but have simply ‘acted out,’ ruffling the feathers of convention and bruising a few feelings along the way.”
bookIn the beginning, Wilkes seems to be suggesting religion as a tool for exploring confession and living an honest life. However, on a whole, this book is more about the discipline of personal reflection and the freedom it gives us to be the best version of ourselves.
He also suggests that not only should you practice the virtue that is opposite of your fault, but you should also focus on the virtues that have always been strengths rather than your faults. For example, you may be impatient but you are also generous. Focus on expanding your generosity, and you will have less time for impatience. Your faults, which often lead to dishonesty because of the shame that accompanies them, will gradually be overrun by your virtues.
At the end of the day, we must be able to live with our own choices and their consequences. Accepting responsibility instead of casting blame on someone else is the first step towards living a healthy life.

Visit our Facebook page for a chance to win a copy of The Art of Confession and pick up a copy of our January issue for more great giveaways!

Bella Loves: EO Products

We love trying out beauty products and presenting you with our favorite ones! This week, we are really enjoying samples from EO.
EO stands for essential oils. For over twenty years, they have used the aromatic essences of plants, trees, flowers, resins, spices, and leaves to bring customers luxurious, naturally effective body and skin care products made from some of the most exotic botanicals in the world. Their products are certified Organic or Non-GMO, Cruelty-Free, Synthetic-Fragrance-Free, made with organic ingredients, and always scented with pure essential oils.
facemoisturizer_large-02Some of our favorites from their new Ageless Skincare Collection include a coconut cleansing milk with hibiscus and mango seed butter, their Moroccan lava clay exfoliating scrub with papaya and pineapple enzymes, and a hydrating face moisturizer with snow algae and tsubaki. Now, you may be wondering… what exactly IS snow algae?
Snow algae is found in the Swiss Alps. According to EO, “This active ingredient has been clinically proven to stimulate collagen production, improve hydration and smooth wrinkles.”
In this moisturizer, snow algae is blended with more than ten active ingredients proven to heal dry skin, improve hydration, stimulate collagen production and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
Visit their website for more information on their products and check out our Facebook page this week to win our favorites!

Spring Gifts Straight from Hawaii

Need a gift for a birthday, anniversary, or even just “thinking of you?” Try a gift box from the Honolulu Cookie Company.
Their shortbread, pineapple shaped cookies are so yummy, you’ll want a box just for yourself! Their springtime gift boxes feature beautiful Hawaiian flowers and flavors.

“We really want to emphasize the splendor of spring in Hawaii,” says Vice President of Marketing, Herman Tam. “What we’ve created is a collection based on our belief that these cookies are best enjoyed when gifted to someone you care about.”

500597Their eighteen Hawaii inspired flavors, using Hawaiian ingredients, include: chocolate chip macadamia, chocolate chip kona coffee, lilikoi mango, dark chocolate coconut, and pineapple macadamia.

Baked every morning at five AM in Honolulu, and immediately individually wrapped to ensure the straight out of the oven freshness, the cookies come in various sized beautiful, elegant boxes, and other packaging. They are great for all occasions and as wedding favors. Customizable packaging is available to make your gift even more special. Bulk orders are available, and they offer special business gift packages.

You can order your gift online at www.honolulucookie.com. Shipping is available to anywhere in the continental United States and internationally.

Written by Krista Knauer

Bella Loves You!

Did you miss our Valentine’s Day recommendations? That’s ok, because these products are still a great way to spoil yourself during these harsh winter days. Check out some of our favorite new things, and pick up the February issue of Bella while you still can!

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 A Fitting Kit from Commodity Goods: First, you order a kit. From that kit you choose your favorite scent and order a bottle. Warning: Choosing one favorite is hard!

 

 

 

 

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Zuny Classic Series Elephant Pink Animal Bookend:
Ok, so we are just a little obsessed with how cute this is–and there are tons of animals to choose from!

 

 

 

 

 

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Broccoli, Love & Dark Chocolate by Liz Pearson:
The title says it all. Get healthy and ENJOY it! This book is full of advice and great recipes that will change your life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

bellamarchprodAnd, a special sneak peek to our favorite March things:
Subversive Cross Stitch: 50 F*cking Clever Designs for your Sassy Side by Julie Jackson– released February 17! Copies available now!

P.S. Stay tuned to our Facebook page during the next two weeks for chances to win some of these awesome finds!

Host a Chocolate Tasting Party!

485x485_wine_pairing_kit_closedThis holiday, host a chocolate tasting party!

What is a chocolate tasting party? We’re glad you asked. It is a unique celebration in which you and several friends gather together to pair high quality chocolate with wine, discuss the pairings and jot down notes. You and your guests will learn more about the items you are tasting in an inexpensive and fun way!

If you don’t know where to begin, try a helpful wine pairing chocolate kit from TCHO. It includes chocolates and tasting grids for four tasters. All you have to do is add a pairing wine (or two), mild crackers (for cleansing palates between samples), and pens.

box_sf_heart_485_1They also offer great gifts for those of us not attending a chocolate tasting party. Let’s be honest, no party is complete without chocolate! TCHO sells several gift boxes, but our favorite is “I Left My Hearts in San Francisco.” It comes in two sizes and contains pure notes paired with chocolate, nutty, berry, and bright notes.

For more information on the products TCHO offers, visit www.tcho.com.

Tasty, Healthy Cold-Pressed Juice

fujibottleIn a market dominated by fads and confusing nutrition labels, Red Jacket believes that health and wellness should be a celebration, not a chore. Their cold-pressed juice blends reflect that mantra in both their taste and ingredients.

Their 100% fruit juice flavors include fuji, blackcurrant, cranberry, grape, raspberry, Joe’s New York style lemonade, and strawberry. Each one has a short list of ingredients and contains soluble fiber and 50% more antioxidants than clear juice. Never from concentrate, they also do not add sugar or water. When you purchase their product, you are buying a juice that is pressed from the whole fruit from which it came.

Red Jacket also offers cold-pressed stomps in apricot and tart cherry. Just in time for fall, you can also purchase their classic or spiced premium ciders. Locally you can purchase them at The Fresh Market, located in Tower’s Mall in Roanoke. Visit their website for more information on how to purchase and the products they offer.

Snacking with Sara

bellawebsarasnackEnjoy your snack time with an all-natural gourmet cookie safe for you and your whole family! Sara Snacker, a milk and cookies company, has just the natural and satisfying treat for you.

The business began as the desire of Sara, a mother of three, to give her kids wholesome but yummy snacks. Sara Snacker Cookie Company bakes with only the freshest, finest and all natural ingredients.

The cookies never contain artificial flavors, colors, additives, or preservatives and are now peanut-free. All of Sara’s products are also certified Kosher and will retain their freshness in the original bag for two months. However, it is recommended that you store the remainder of the cookies in a sealed container once the bag is opened to keep them fresh and crisp.

Sara’s cookies are available in a variety of flavors including vanilla milkshake, lemonade, s’more, ice cream cone and hot chocolate. Also, for those who want to satisfy their sweet and salty cravings simultaneoulsy, there are two flavors made with potato chips and pretzel bits!

Locally, you can find these yummy treats at Kroger. If you cannot find them in a store near you, or you simply want more information, check out the store locator on their website.

 

Written by Kristi Hall