Four Months at IIN

Four Months at IIN

Since graduating high school in 2014 I haven’t done much to further my education. Instead, I took the time to focus on my health and to work on healing. Its been almost four years since I finished school, so it feels like a good time to dip my toes back into the school scene. I decided to enroll in IIN or the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

What is IIN?
IIN is an online school that provides its students with a certification in health coaching. The content is very holistic and offers a lot of great information on many health-related topics. They teach about over 100 different diets as well as digestion, exercise, lifestyle, emotions, relationships, and also include guidance in the vocational, business side of coaching.

They have been around for over 20 years and have produced many great professionals such as the creator of Purely Elizabeth granola and even my own Functional Medicine Dr.

What is the commitment level?
It can be taken as a part-time course alongside other college classes and/or work. I find it to be pretty common sense information while being interesting and new at the same time. On average it is about a 5 to 8 hour a week workload.

Why have I enrolled?
Just after I graduated, when I was at my sickest, and just getting into learning how to care for my body myself holistically, a friend of mine was enrolled here at IIN and told me all about it. I was very interested and keep them in the back of my mind (and email inbox) for the future. When I saw that they were having a little deal on tuition this fall I thought it would be the perfect time to enroll. I’d been feeling slightly fidgety with where my life was at… or rather wasn’t at, and was ready for something new, but not overwhelming. I am taking this as an opportunity to learn more about health and wellness to continue my healing journey as well as help my family and friends on theirs.

Over the years I have known many people, friends, family, and acquaintances, who have dealt with similar digestive issues as I have. I find it fascinating listening to their story and what has worked for them. I also enjoy offering advice when I can. I’d love the opportunity to help more people in similar situations.

I also hope to grow my confidence to share healthy living tips here and write about topics a bit more serious than makeup. Don’t get me wrong! I do love makeup very much and will not be cutting it out of my posts, but I’d love to offer help to others virtually via my blog.

Have you taken any courses like what IIN offers? How did it go? To get in the spirit of health coaching comment one area of your life that you would like to improve.

~ Lizzie

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Lemongrass Spa’s “Pomegranate Body Polish” | Review

Winter is upon us. Often along with the beautiful, snowy scenes, and cozy clothes, we get dry skin. Exfoliating and moisturizing are two things that I forget to do very easily. But thank goodness there are products out there that can do both at the same time. I’ve just tried Lemongrass Spa’s Pomegranate Body Polish and was blown away by how well it can multi-task…

Four Months at IIN

Since graduating high school in 2014 I haven’t done much to further my education. Instead, I took the time to focus on my health and to work on healing. Its been almost four years since I finished school, so it feels like a good time to dip my toes back into the school scene. I decided to enroll in IIN or the Institute for Integrative Nutrition…

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Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques “Deep Sea Masque” | Review

Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques “Deep Sea Masque” | Review

Finding affordable, organic skin care and makeup products is a rare thing. Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques is a rare gem in regards to price and quality.

Clay face masks are one of my favorites because you can really see where the oil and gunk are being pulled out. The Deep Sea Masque from Lauren Brooke comes as a powder to be mixed with any liquids of your choosing and is created with so many nourishing ingredients, it’s impossible to not be intrigued by it. With several kinds of clay and seaweed, as well as a few herbal extracts and peppermint oil, your skin is left clean, smooth, and refreshed.

I find this mask quite enjoyable and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mud mask. Tell me about your favorite masks in the comments below.

~ Liz

Young Living Essential Rewards, January ’18 | Unboxing

You’ve probably seen Young Living promoted by a few of your Facebook friends. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the brand, Young Living is a very successful essential oil company whose products are made from organic plants and processed on high-quality machines in the safest ways possible to maximize each bottle’s medicinal value.

Vapour “Mesmerize Eye Color” | Review

You can never go wrong with the high quality, luxe products from Vapour. The Mesmerize Eye Color does not fall short. Just like the rest of the brand, these sticks, creamy eyeshadows are made from organic and mineral ingredients and are just beautiful to use as well as have on display…

Lemongrass Spa’s “Pomegranate Body Polish” | Review

Winter is upon us. Often along with the beautiful, snowy scenes, and cozy clothes, we get dry skin. Exfoliating and moisturizing are two things that I forget to do very easily. But thank goodness there are products out there that can do both at the same time. I’ve just tried Lemongrass Spa’s Pomegranate Body Polish and was blown away by how well it can multi-task…

Four Months at IIN

Since graduating high school in 2014 I haven’t done much to further my education. Instead, I took the time to focus on my health and to work on healing. Its been almost four years since I finished school, so it feels like a good time to dip my toes back into the school scene. I decided to enroll in IIN or the Institute for Integrative Nutrition…

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Lemongrass Spas “Sheer Mineral Foundation” | Review

Lemongrass Spas “Sheer Mineral Foundation” | Review

Organic makeup can be hard to find at an affordable price. Luckily, Lemongrass Spa is here to cover both of those bases.

Their Sheer Minerals Powder Foundation comes in many great shades, offering medium, yet buildable coverage without any harmful, or unnecessary ingredients.

I have a hard time finding a powder foundation that doesn’t look cakey. Generally, I look for something that can mattify any shiny areas without clinging to dry patches. This foundation ticks both of those boxes while also diffusing acne marks and uneven skin tones, and still looking natural.

My first peek at Lemongrass Spa’s makeup line has gone well and I look forward to trying more products. Do you recommend any? Tell me about your favorite Lemongrass Spa products in the comments below.

~ Liz

Young Living Essential Rewards, January ’18 | Unboxing

You’ve probably seen Young Living promoted by a few of your Facebook friends. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the brand, Young Living is a very successful essential oil company whose products are made from organic plants and processed on high-quality machines in the safest ways possible to maximize each bottle’s medicinal value.

Vapour “Mesmerize Eye Color” | Review

You can never go wrong with the high quality, luxe products from Vapour. The Mesmerize Eye Color does not fall short. Just like the rest of the brand, these sticks, creamy eyeshadows are made from organic and mineral ingredients and are just beautiful to use as well as have on display…

Lemongrass Spa’s “Pomegranate Body Polish” | Review

Winter is upon us. Often along with the beautiful, snowy scenes, and cozy clothes, we get dry skin. Exfoliating and moisturizing are two things that I forget to do very easily. But thank goodness there are products out there that can do both at the same time. I’ve just tried Lemongrass Spa’s Pomegranate Body Polish and was blown away by how well it can multi-task…

Four Months at IIN

Since graduating high school in 2014 I haven’t done much to further my education. Instead, I took the time to focus on my health and to work on healing. Its been almost four years since I finished school, so it feels like a good time to dip my toes back into the school scene. I decided to enroll in IIN or the Institute for Integrative Nutrition…

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KL Polish | Review

KL Polish | Review

About a year ago KathleenLights, a very successful beauty youtuber, launched her very own nail polish brand. It always makes me so happy when a youtuber or blogger is able to grow their platform and create things that they love for their viewers or readers to love as well. Kathleen did just this, creating KL Polish.

It is a USA made, cruelty-free, and 5-free (made without formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, dibutyl phthalate, and toluene) brand. They also qualify as both 7-free (without ethyl tosylamide and xylene) and 9-free (free of parabens and acetone).

Each season a hand full of new colors are released. They create nothing but beautiful and perfectly on trend nail polishes. The formula is perfection! It goes on smooth and is easily built up to be opaque in two coats. The brush shape is wide, so you only need a couple of swipes to fully cover your nail. The matte, rubberized lid make the bottles easy to open.

I can’t find anything to criticise about KL Polish, and I am so happy for Kathleen and her success.

Do you have any of Kathleen’s products? What do you think of them? Tell all about it in the comments.

~Liz

Young Living Essential Rewards, January ’18 | Unboxing

You’ve probably seen Young Living promoted by a few of your Facebook friends. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the brand, Young Living is a very successful essential oil company whose products are made from organic plants and processed on high-quality machines in the safest ways possible to maximize each bottle’s medicinal value.

Vapour “Mesmerize Eye Color” | Review

You can never go wrong with the high quality, luxe products from Vapour. The Mesmerize Eye Color does not fall short. Just like the rest of the brand, these sticks, creamy eyeshadows are made from organic and mineral ingredients and are just beautiful to use as well as have on display…

Lemongrass Spa’s “Pomegranate Body Polish” | Review

Winter is upon us. Often along with the beautiful, snowy scenes, and cozy clothes, we get dry skin. Exfoliating and moisturizing are two things that I forget to do very easily. But thank goodness there are products out there that can do both at the same time. I’ve just tried Lemongrass Spa’s Pomegranate Body Polish and was blown away by how well it can multi-task…

Four Months at IIN

Since graduating high school in 2014 I haven’t done much to further my education. Instead, I took the time to focus on my health and to work on healing. Its been almost four years since I finished school, so it feels like a good time to dip my toes back into the school scene. I decided to enroll in IIN or the Institute for Integrative Nutrition…

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Pumpkin Spice Pumpkin Seeds | Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Pumpkin Seeds | Recipe

Where we live all of the neighbor kids carve pumpkins, place them in the small woods between our homes, and we all enjoy a little pumpkin walk after sunset. At 21 I still count as a little kid right? I love doing anything artsy so I always contribute a pumpkin or two. This year I carved Twisty The Clown from American Horror Story: Freak Show and a long screaming face on my second pumpkin. I always like to save the seeds and roast them. This year I decided to jump on the pumpkin spice bandwagon and flavor my roasted seeds that way. I used this recipe that I found on Pinterest, as inspiration. I made some modifications to suit what I wanted to make and what I had on hand. Feel free to do the same with my version of this recipe!

 

Pumpkin Spice Pumpkin Seeds

Let's turn our pumpkin carving scraps to trendy pumpkin spice sweet treats!

Course Dessert, Snack

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Filtered Water (for overnight soaking
  • 2 Cups Pumpkin Seeds (mine came fresh from 2 large pumpkins)
  • 3 TBSP Healthy Oil (I used 1 TBSP Ghee and 2 TBSP Coconut Oil)
  • 2 TBSP Maple Syrup (or another natural sweetener, like honey)
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin Spice Blend (heaping tsp)
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • pinch Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

Instructions

  1. Enjoy the autumnal, Halloween activity of cleaning out and carving pumpkins! Save the scraps.

  2. Separate seeds from the pulp.

  3. Rinse seeds in a colander.

  4. Put seeds in a glass bowl and add enough water to cover. Soak overnight to release enzyme inhibitors.

  5. Drain seed in a colander.

  6. Place seeds on baking sheet and dry out in the oven at about 200℉ for 45 - 60 minutes or until they feel dry and are just barely turning golden. 

  7. Melt ghee and coconut oil together.

  8. In a mixing bowl, mix seeds, melted oil, maple syrup, spices, and salt.

  9. Spread evenly on a large baking sheet.

  10. Bake at 250℉ for 40-50 min or until golden.

 

Specific products I used:

Ghee made from this butter

Coconut Oil

Maple Syrup

Spice Blend

Cinnamon

Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

 

Please feel free to take creative liberty and make any changes that sound good to you. Share what works in the comments.

If you are impatient you can skip the overnight soaking and low temp baking to dehydrate (steps 4, 5, and 6). If you do have the time, do those steps. Releasing the enzyme inhibitors by soaking them makes it so much easier to digest any nuts or seeds.

You don’t have to use a fresh pumpkin, but I recommend it purely for the fun of having a carved pumpkin for festive decoration.

Let me know how it goes, and share any modifications in the comments.

~Liz

Young Living Essential Rewards, January ’18 | Unboxing

You’ve probably seen Young Living promoted by a few of your Facebook friends. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the brand, Young Living is a very successful essential oil company whose products are made from organic plants and processed on high-quality machines in the safest ways possible to maximize each bottle’s medicinal value.

Vapour “Mesmerize Eye Color” | Review

You can never go wrong with the high quality, luxe products from Vapour. The Mesmerize Eye Color does not fall short. Just like the rest of the brand, these sticks, creamy eyeshadows are made from organic and mineral ingredients and are just beautiful to use as well as have on display…

Lemongrass Spa’s “Pomegranate Body Polish” | Review

Winter is upon us. Often along with the beautiful, snowy scenes, and cozy clothes, we get dry skin. Exfoliating and moisturizing are two things that I forget to do very easily. But thank goodness there are products out there that can do both at the same time. I’ve just tried Lemongrass Spa’s Pomegranate Body Polish and was blown away by how well it can multi-task…

Four Months at IIN

Since graduating high school in 2014 I haven’t done much to further my education. Instead, I took the time to focus on my health and to work on healing. Its been almost four years since I finished school, so it feels like a good time to dip my toes back into the school scene. I decided to enroll in IIN or the Institute for Integrative Nutrition…

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