Does My Scent Offend You?

Ah, my progression of deodorants. This whole deodorant debacle left me so confused for awhile I just said forget it, I wont use anything.  I was OK with a little ‘aroma’ in lieu of all the information I was hearing about chemicals and aluminum, estrogen, and breast cancer… The list of ingredients wrecking havoc on and in my body goes on.  My husband did not agree with me. Clearly, I have to find a solution to this problem.

I have been collecting deodorants like chap stick ever since.

  • Secret- Powder Fresh. My OG
  • Toms- ah, my gateway deodorant. The regular never worked so then I tried the Men’s formula thinking that was a bit more heavy duty…
  • KissMyFace- not so much
  • DoTerra- really pulls putting on
  • Schmidt’s– works but, again, hurts putting on. I love that it uses charcoal which absorbs 1,000x its weight in moisture. The jar does state to leave it on your skin to help ‘it melt’ to glide on. I haven’t found that to be the case. They also have some interesting smell combos that don’t use charcoal. Bergamot/Lime? Cedarwood/Juniper?

The online world of deodorant is a pretty competitive & happening space these days.

Which is good for me because I can’t walk down that aisle at Target without getting a headache. I have been talking to friends about what was working for them and it was actually Megan (my awesome Steeped partner) who first told me about PiperWai, “You know the one from Shark Tank” she said.

Then I saw“>this!


Are you using anything that you love? How do you feel about using your fingers to apply vs. a stick?


Did you watch it?

Pretty good right? It tells you everything you need you need to know. If you would like a bit more clarification on deodorant vs anti-antiperspirant you can read this. The idea of chemically blocking the body’s natural response does not seem OK to me.

Aiight, I’m in. Friends’ recommendation? Check. Amazing Marketing? Check, check, & check. (I am an Advertising grad after all. )

I hear putting on deodorant at night is great way to stay ahead of the smell. Our sweat actually doesn’t smell until it comes in contact with bacteria, this way you can help absorb the moisture before it becomes a problem.

I’ll keep you posted.  Native is another company some friends are raving about.


Not Steeping In The Aroma,



*This morning I Marie Kondo-ed my deodorants that were not bringing me joy. Some of these were YEARS old!


Sunny Side Up

As a teen and into my twenties, I had a different perspective about sun tanning than I do now into my *ahem* thirties. Interesting how life is like that. That feeling of invincibility in our young years sure was exciting but as a mother of two with responsibilities (whaaaa…wha), life is different. I recently provided a webinar about sun safety to some of my clients and I thought I would share some of the highlights. Since we (at least in Wisconsin) are among the longest days of the summer here, time outside is mandatory. Which means, protecting our skin is also mandatory. Here are some answers to some of your burning – haha see what I did there?? – questions.

Skin Health Colin Nora

How much unprotected sun exposure do you need to get enough Vitamin D?

The truth is, it doesn’t take much sun exposure for the body to produce vitamin D. The limit of unprotected sun exposure is recommended for no more than 10-15 minutes of exposure to the arms, legs, abdomen and back, 2-3 times a week followed by good sun protection. That amount of exposure is all that is needed. Any more exposure isn’t a benefit and your body starts disposing it to avoid an overload of the vitamin at which point your sun exposure is giving you nothing but sun damage without any of the presumed benefit.

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How does SPF protect me?

Sunscreen can be confusing, there are many options and ingredients to pick from. There are two types – UVA & UVB that can damage the skin and increase risk of skin cancer. It’s important to know that sunscreens vary in their ability to protect again UVA/UVB.

SPF is a measure of the sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVB from damaging the skin. SPF theoretically prevents reddening to the skin from sunlight 15 times longer – so SPF 15 would be about 5 hours if it would take 20 minutes for your unprotected skin to start turning red. Each person’s skin is different so each person should pick the SPF that makes sense for them.

What are the active ingredients in my sunscreen and how to do they protect me?

Active sunscreen ingredients fall into two main types – chemical and physical. Chemical ingredients such as avobenzone or benzophenone work by absorbing UV, reducing the penetration into the skin. Physical ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide stay on top of the skin and deflect US rays.

It essential for your sunscreen to offer broad spectrum protection. Which means it offers both UVA & UVB protection. UVA rays penetrate the skin deeper which causes wrinkles, sagging and signs of aging in the skin.

Tips to Keep in Mind:

  • No sunscreen should be expected to stay effective longer than two hours with reapplication.
  • Water resistant and sweat resistant indicate whether the sunscreen remains effective for 40 minutes or 80 minutes when you are swimming or sweating. No sunscreen is fully waterproof or sweat proof. You still need to reapply often.
  • Keep in mind that the dangerous days aren’t just the ones that are hot and sunny. Up to 80% of UV rays can penetrate clouds. You can really get burned on those overcast days when you’re not thinking about the sun.
  • Cover up what you can. Clothing can be your most effective form of sun protection, so make the most of it with tightly woven or knit, dark- or bright-colored fabrics, which offer the best defense. Look for UV-absorbing clothing with UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) rating.
  • Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM

Steeping in Skin Health,



Resource: SkinCancer.Org


Barre District

For years I was going to Barre classes anywhere that I could get a deal. For almost two years now I have been going to Barre District.

“At Barre District we believe being healthy or fit isn’t a fad or trend. Instead, it’s a lifestyle.”

I was always drawn to their style, sense of community, and giving back. They have a monthly donation called “A Class With A Cause” – you should follow them on Instagram and Facebook to see their latest! Christina, one of the co-owners, told me that once she saw on the news that blood was in critical need, so she posted that if you brought in proof of donation, you got a free class. This is just the kind of community outreach that I, and many of their BarreBesties, love to support. Their sense of community continues by reaching out to other local companies. They now have their very own Big White Yeti candle scent, Valentine coffee blend, and have partnered with  Simple Eats, a weekly food service.  They have hosted a local Maker Market and regularly organize BarreBestie teams for different local fun-runs/firetruck pulls…

truly creating a LIFESTYLE brand and community you want to be a part of.

So what is it about these two? They have touched on a feeling; a void that we didn’t even know we were missing ’til they offered it. Here is a little bit about the two female forces behind the company:


 I am so happy to introduce: Nikki and Christina.

How did you two get here?

Barre District began because the two of us love everything about barre and we wanted the ability to continue to grow, to share that love with others. Partnering together was essential, as Christina loves growing barre through her classes, and Nikki in front of a computer working on the business end. We both love creating community and we just so happen to be good at what the other isn’t. Our goal is to continue to impact more and more people and provide a quality workout, quality products, and the most positive, encouraging community for as many people as possible. We are beyond excited that we can now offer the opportunity to license other Barre District studios and to help bring our lifestyle to more and more communities.

What are your food beliefs?

It truly does come down to balance. We don’t diet, we just eat healthy, and when we don’t, we go to an extra barre class or two.

Christina – If it never expires, it’s probably not a good thing to eat.

Nikki – Drink a lot of water.

What is lighting you up at the moment?

Both agree: Barre District playlists, even the stretch ones. (No joke, I love and look forward to the playlists! Sometimes a little bit country or sometimes it takes you right back to the middle school dance – so fun!)

What does your morning routine look like?

Christina – Get up, make coffee, put on leggings.

Nikki – Hit snooze, drink water while still in bed, read first 5 app, drink coffee, change baby’s diaper.

Today I am/we are grateful for…

Christina – Never having to dread Mondays.

Nikki – The ability to live, wear and love the lifestyle brand we’ve created.

Their first shop opened in Bay View and I would go to the 6am class before my husband would leave for work. Since then they have opened a thriving, newly expanded, second location on North Ave in Tosa that offers child care! SAY WHAT?!? Life. Saver. Since then they have started licensing more studios,  Oak Creek opens July 15th(!) with others in the works.

Nikki’s sense of business is clearly working. But it’s their presence in studio and on social that have made fans many times over. Personally, I love that the class that Christina teaches is also one that offers childcare at a time that works for my schedule. Her passion exudes off of her. She knows everyone’s name, gives hugs, and basically makes you feel like a bad ass. Her classes are high energy and always wait-listed. She is that good.

I hope you check them out – first class is always FREE!

Steeping in leggings every day and maybe an extra class,



Red, White & Balance

Summertime has hit full speed ahead, beach time, pool parties, fireworks, outdoor concerts, ah, it’s great! The last few days have been a blur, trying to keep up with the happenings of the holiday week. Although lots of fun is being had by all, it still can throw a wrench in healthy forward progress. Oftentimes, I get down on myself after a few days of over indulging only to spiral down further. How can we stop this negativity? It’s all about balance. Mixing in a lot of healthy choices with a little over indulging. Tori and I always focus on a healthy balance in life – in any capacity.

Here are some ideas to “keep the balance”:

  1. Forgive & Forget – if you decide to indulge in something, don’t dwell on it. It happened, it’s in the past and now move forward and have your next decision be a healthy option.
  2. Drink…lots of water! Keeping your body hydrated helps keep you feeling full and helps flush out toxins. 
  3. Sleep, don’t forget to rest your body and start fresh the next day. 
  4. Eat your (green) veggies – even if you have a few scoops of potato salad make sure to have lots of veggies too. 
  5. Enjoy & be safe!

Steeping in the 4th,