Cranberry-Kiwi Bubbles

Cranberry-Kiwi Bubbles

This festive drink not only keeps you hydrated and serves as a gorgeous cocktail to prepare for a holiday party, it's packed with skin nutrition, including a potent dose of vitamin C, anti-inflammatory ginger to calm seasonal redness in your skin, and anthocyanin-rich cranberries that cleanse the body and support skin elasticity. Cheers!

Makes 4-5 cups concentrate

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups fresh organic cranberries

  • 2 ripe kiwi, peeled

  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

  • 7 drops liquid stevia

  • 3 cups filtered water

  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger

DIRECTIONS

In a high-powered blender, combine the first 5 ingredients. Using a microplane grater, grate the ginger directly into the blender. Blend at high speed for 1 to 2 minutes to create a smooth drink concentrate. If desired (for prettier serving), strain through a fine mesh sieve, pressing the mixture with the back of a spoon to filter out any bits of seeds or skin, though this step is not necessary.

Combine concentrate with seltzer, filtered water (or even champagne!) in a ratio of 1 part concentrate to 3 parts liquid. Pour into a pretty glass or champagne flute and garnish with fresh cranberries for a party-ready holiday sip.

2016 Beauty, In One Word

Resolutions come, and resolutions go. They never quite seemed to work for me. So I shelved my old New Year's resolutions three years ago in order to take a new approach: a word of the year. Instead of a particular goal, in anticipation of every new year I choose a single word that sums up how I want to feel that year, or how I want the year's events to feel to me. Almost like a year-long affirmation.

Here's an earlier post I wrote on the idea.

The year I had a baby and released my book Eat Pretty, my word was VITAL, “having remarkable energy, liveliness or force of personality.” It was a lively, energetic, busy time! The year before that, while I was in preparation mode, my word was RELAXED. I needed some major down time in my life at that moment.

This year, my word is 'MAGICAL.'

I've encountered the word 'magical' over and over recently, and I'm taking it as a sign that, rather unexpectedly, it's going to be my word this year. I feel ready to stop trying to micromanage my life and allow more magic to happen organically. I want 2016 to be a year of magical moments and memories personally, at home with my son and husband, and professionally, as I launch two more books and dream up new ideas. So far, I've loved the result of tweaking my mindset as I approach the new year, and I love the creation process of finding that one perfect word much more than coming up with a traditional goal. It's a much better fit for a writer like me!

So, could you change your approach to resolutions this year too? Spend some time thinking about the word that sums up the way you'd like 2016 to feel. One of my clients chose the word 'joyful.' Another gravitated toward 'patient.' There is so much wisdom in your personal word of the year. Display it somewhere where you'll see it regularly, to have it guide your feelings and decisions in the year to come.

I wish you a year of beauty, health, and your best self in 2016!

xo, Jolene

GIVEAWAY: Start 2012 with a Basket of Natural Beauty!

Beauty Is Wellness is giving you some incentive to toss the old stuff that's not doing your body one lick of good: a great big, amazing natural beauty giveaway! I'm talking more than $500 worth of products to restock the holes in your cabinet. So who's ready to start 2012 with a basket FULL of natural beauty?

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New Year Must-Have: Golden Earth Chakra Oil

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I savor the week between Christmas and New Year's Day, because it provides a perfect opportunity to organize and set plans in motion for the year ahead. Of course, I'll admit that it's tough to get my head back to work after a few days of non-stop holiday get-togethers!

I have great success focusing my mood and my mind with aromatherapy- especially Golden Earth's chakra oils, blended from therapeutic-grade essential oils.

I asked Elizabeth Golden, aromatherapist and founder of Golden Earth, to introduce Beauty Is Wellness readers to chakra oils- with a focus on new year's preparedness. And she generously offered to give away her favorite chakra oil for the new year-  chakra oil #1 for abundance and stability!

To enter to win Golden Earth's Chakra Oil #1, a 3.5mL roll-on, become a fan of Beauty Is Wellness on Facebook. One fan will be chosen on New Year's Day, January 1, 2011, to start the year with this grounding essential oil blend!

Here is Elizabeth's insight on chakra oil #1:

I love all of the chakra oils but chakra oil #1 is my choice to start the New Year.  The reason is because it is grounding, and being grounded is one of the most important things that we can do for ourselves. This is the place where we start to create what we want in our lives.  Chakra #1 relates to our life purpose, manifestation, stability and being in a physical body.  It is also about being in present time and how we relate to nature and our precious mother earth.  It is the beginning of creating balance in our lives and feeling good about ourselves.

What should Beauty Is Wellness readers know about chakras if they are unfamiliar with the concept?

Chakras are energy centers located on the midline of the spine on the front and back of the body.  We have 7 main chakras or energy centers starting at the base of the spine, that go up to the top of the head.  Chakras assist us in our daily lives to keep us balanced. Each chakra is associated with a specific color, and relates to different organs in the body, and our emotions.  The word chakra comes from the Sanskrit word for wheel; they are wheels of energy located on our body.
Why are essential oils so effective in healing and restoring balance to our bodies and minds?
Essential oils are effective because they are the vital life force or the true essence of the plant or tree.  Each individual plant or tree contains a healing energy that is unique to that specific plant or tree.  When you use therapeutic grade essential oils the healing passes on to you!

Wishing you quiet time to prepare as you get ready for 2011!

Find all Golden Earth chakra oils at: www.goldenearth.net.

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