Have you ever found yourself thinking "what the heck happened and how did i get here?"
That's how i felt about a year and a half ago, as I battled a pretty terrible sleeping disorder, managed business stress to the max, and watched my dad start and lose his fight with brain cancer.
I know it's been a while since you've heard from me, so I want to explain a little about what I've been doing for the past year and a half, with SimpleCare and otherwise.
I was struggling with too much, and found myself in a place where I had no freedom, a 24/7 schedule, no time for hobbies, was out of shape, and had missed out on precious time with family.
I had no choice but to slow things down. I decided to take as much of a break as possible from many of my stressors, including social media, (emails), and hard core running of this business. I had to escape the overwhelm that was bringing me down.
So where did i go all this time? To a much better place, for mutual benefit.
It's been a long progression, and I have made big steps towards my own self improvement and overall well-being. I am more grounded and content. I have more focus on wellness, happiness and self care. I've spent more time outdoors. I've traveled. I've relearned how to relax and have fun.
Honestly, I've been getting to the heart of what simple care really means. I realized in that time that in order to run my business well, i needed to be well myself.
Unfortunately a lot of things in that time have also slipped through the cracks, and I apologize for the areas in which we have lacked over the past year.
I put the business before myself for a long time, at the expense of relationships, experiences, and the business itself. I have now rebuilt this business to better suit a realistic life.
I've been able to work on new formulations with clarity, and am now so proud of the lineup of products we've got. These are built-for-purpose, no BS products that are easy to use and made with the best clean ingredients I can source.
When I started this business over 5 years ago, I wanted to create products inspired by what you'd make in your own kitchen. Where you use real food for real nourishment, and now I'm doing that more than ever.
I am really excited to share these new products with you!
I've worked really hard to bring you some new and interesting things made with a lot of our old favorite ingredients, and a good mix of new things. They're pretty great!
I'd love for you to try out some of our new items and see for yourself, so I've got a 30% off promo code to use online from now until the end of July. Just type in "WELCOMEBACK" at checkout. You can even share it with a friend if you want! You can click here to see what we've got in the shop right now.
Thanks so much for being a part of what we do, from comments, to emails and questions, to sharing your simple care photos. Feel free to reply to me with comments or questions.
Much love and have a great day,
P.S. Join our community of over 12,000 on Instagram under my new name @simplecaresteph!
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That mushy old bowl is getting a makeover. Oatmeal has been a breakfast staple for quite the length of time, and is enjoyed in many countries around the world. Not only is this breakfast choice an easy, affordable meal, but its also jam-packed with nutrients that make it worth adding to your regular routine.
This tasty bowl above is baked oatmeal - an increasingly popular breakfast that life has kept a secret from me for too many years. If you like oatmeal cookies, this is a meal for you. With most of the same ingredients as regular oatmeal + egg (or flax egg), it bakes up into a soft, warm bowl of goodness with a slightly crunchy crust. You can even bake a larger batch in a casserole dish or in muffin tins so you've got it ready for the next few days.
If you don't have trouble digesting oats, we definitely recommend keeping oats in your pantry. Here are the top 3 reasons we love them daily for breakfast!:
1. Oatmeal supports skin health. Oatmeal is high in amazing vitamins and nutrients like iron, phosphorus, calcium, and silicon that are important for healthy, strong, youthful skin. These benefits play a role in keeping skin cells elastic, resistant to damage and aging, and clear, even skin tone.
2. Oatmeal contributes to healthy hair. All of those vitamins and minerals in teeny tiny oats are great for hair and scalp too, like biotin, B Vitamins, and magnesium. Oats can encourage hair growth, and help decrease hair loss by keeping your scalp healthy and well fed with everything it needs for hair support.
3. Oatmeal gives you energy for the day. In an ever-tired world (and speaking as an insomniac), there is a never-ending need for more energy to get through the day. Whether it be in the form of your green juice, super supplements, or the bottom of your coffee cup, we crave foods that give us life. Oats can contribute to more sustained energy throughout the day, since they are a low-glycemic food. These carbs are slow-digesting, meaning an increase in endurance and less hunger throughout the day.
This month we're giving ourselves time to manifest for an amazing 2016. We're aiming to take 5 minutes each day to get super clear on goals, and visualize for the future we want to create. Whether you have personal goals, a call to travel, want to start a business, or just want to step into a new place in life, try manifesting to help you get there.
Manifesting should be done with a clear vision and a calm mind. In a quiet space, rid your mind of any negative talk, and and focus on something special and specific you'd like to manifest this year. See it in detail, and walk yourself through it until it becomes so familiar that it feels real. Visualization techniques are used by some of the world's elite in many fields, so give it a shot! Give yourself 5 manifesting minutes for mindful meditation.
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Getting juicy with some of our favorite cold-pressed Fresh Mask mixers!
Juices are a great way to deliver fresh, raw nutrients straight to your skin. Fruits and veggies are loaded with so many skin benefits, it'd be a shame not to splash a little on your face if you're already getting your drink on. You can use juices as a treatment by just wiping a little on with a clean cotton or cloth, leave for 10 minutes, then rinse clean OR use them as a mixer with any of our Fresh Masks (also made with fruits and vegetables) for a surface cleaning, blemish-fighting, nutrient-packed fresh face mask.
With benefits like helping encourage collagen production, fight UV damage, even skin tone, clear acne, and slow down signs of aging, we've got 5 suggestions for your juicy pleasure. These juices are great if you can find them, or take a look at their ingredients to make your own or find a suitable alternative.
Suja's UBER GREENS
ingredients: cucumber, celery, grapefruit, green chard, green leaf lettuce, lemon, kale, spinach, parsley, peppermint tea, spearmint tea
Why we love it: Um, just look at all those beautiful ingredients! Suja's juices pack lots of nutrients from their pressing methods, and are so readily available you are bound to run into them at your local market, convenience store, or health food hut. We love Uber Greens for their nifty addition of minty teas, so great for reducing inflammation and redness that can arise from ranging skin irritations. This juice is a good blend of nutrient-rich greens, plus a little acne and oil-fighting citrus, with antioxidants to boot.
Cheesecake. Not too many things more indulgent than a big slice of sweetened creamy stuff. Unfortunately, though, the rules of nature state that we cannot live on cheesecake alone. Pity, but that just means we’ll have to get creative to side-step this rule.
In an attempt to “healthify” this tasty snack, I’m ditching the dairy (yep – NO CHEESE!) for a much better alternative that will allow me to happily snack on these daily. Like many dairy-free cheesecake recipes, this one uses cashews as the base. Cashews are a great source of protein for plant eaters, plus they are lower in fat than most nuts (containing mostly unsaturated fat), and things like magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc. There are only a few other ingredients in this cheesecake making it super easy to whip up whenever you feel the snacking need. These treats are inspired by the usual deliciousness found over on Minimalist Baker.