5 Inspirational Celebrities, That Are Using Their Fame For Good

I think that we have preconceived notions of whom or what celebrities are. The truth is they are just the same as us, only their lives are put on public display at all times. They are subject to rash, snap judgments by the general public for no other reason than because we can. I think that some celebrities are idolized for trivial and materialistic reasons, but there are quite a few celebrities who use their fame and recognition to bring awareness to causes that they care about and believe in.

These are the celebrities that I look up to and admire. I respect them for using their fame to help the world or animals or hunger, whatever the cause they may care about.

I am also inspired by celebrities who are unapologetically themselves. I think we take for granted that we can be whoever we want and do whatever we want with out thousands of people judging us. Sure people still judge us, but our lives are for the most part not on public display for the whole world to see and judge.

I can admire the strength and self-confidence it takes to be who you are, eat what you want, say what you feel, wear what you want and not care what people might be thinking or saying about you. A mentality like that is something to strive for in my opinion, and everyone on this list exemplifies these traits. I am inspired by their actions and the way that they carry themselves, in business and in their everyday lives.

Nikki Reed

Nikki Reed has recently become one of my most favorite celebrities, not because of the work she has done on screen, although she is a great actress, but because of all the wonderful things that she does and represents in her everyday life. Her recurring beauty and nutrition column, Take 5 with Nikki Reed, on Elle.com, is amazing. I wish that she would post more often as I am constantly checking the site to see if she has posted anything new and I just missed it!

Nikki lives a very active and healthy lifestyle and from what I can tell is holistic in the things she eats and puts on her body. She is also an avid animal lover and advocate. She has also collaborated with Freedom of Animals to help promote their vegan and cruelty free bags, which look lovely.

Also, before I forget, I have major brow envy. She probably has some of the best eyebrows I have ever seen. I can only hope one day that my eyebrows and my lifestyle choices will look slightly similar to hers.

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Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham has been a long time favorite of mine since my days of watching back-to-back reruns of “Gilmore Girls” when I got home from school.

I have enjoyed watching the different roles she has played both on screen and off. She was amazing on “Parenthood”; I am so guilty of getting too emotionally invested in that show and crying along with her in almost every episode, like I’m sure many other fans did too.

I devoured her book “Someday, Someday, Maybe” and am anxiously awaiting the sequel, which hopefully is coming soon! I absolutely loved her writing style and the way she told her story. It made me want to try to write a book that was just as relatable and down to earth as hers was.

I have loved her commitment to the characters she has played and the way she can make you feel like you know her. I also admire her attitude and take on life. She is hilarious on twitter and in interviews; I always love seeing what she is up to next.

Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell has been one of my favorite actors since I first starting watching, and instantly becoming obsessed with, Veronica Mars. I soon realized that she is a completely honest, funny and confident woman; all traits that I aim to have in my own life.

In every interview that I have seen, she seems to be so down to earth and really loves her life and what she does. She is hilarious and isn’t afraid to say and act how she really feels, even if it makes her look a bit ridiculous at times.

And I have to mention her relationship with Dax Shepard, which is something to strive towards. They seem so happy and carefree and loving and I feel like that is how a relationship should be.

Plus, PS, she is vegan and an environmental activist too!

Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester is the epitome of an indie, cool girl. She has taken the indie movie world by storm, in my mind anyway, and I have liked almost everything she has done. I think that she has really come into her own as a person and with her style since “Gossip Girl” ended. Don’t get me wrong I like “Gossip Girl;” I just like Leighton more now since the show has ended.

She is also a singer and I absolutely love her songs and her vibe. I feel like it has kind of an indie rock feel, with a bit of a folky vibe weaved into it. I went to see her perform in person and she just seemed like a very chill person. A lot of people were there because they wanted to see Blair Waldorf, but my friend and I were there to see Leighton. You could kind of tell that she wanted to be recognized for herself and not the character she played, but she was still polite and welcoming to all her GG fans.

It seems like she is completely comfortable being herself and doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her and that is an outlook that I am trying to adopt for myself. I love her fashion sense and her carefree attitude; she never tries to be anyone but herself and I like that about her.

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JK Rowling

All of the other celebrities that I mentioned I admire because of their lifestyle choices and their business endeavors, as well as their personal beauty and fashion styles, but I admire JK Rowling for entirely different reasons.

She is an amazing writer and a successful businesswoman, but she is also so much more than that. She is strong, independent, fearless and determined. She has taught me to never give up on my dreams.

I will leave you with the speech that J.K. Rowling gave at the Harvard commencement ceremony in 2008. It’s a bit long, but so worth it.

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Favorite Night Cream of The Moment

I have been using the same night cream for the last 6 months and I have really been enjoying it. I figured if I have been using it this long and still like it, I should probably share it with all of you. I use Reviva Labs, Alpha Lipoic Acid Vitamin C Ester and DMAE Cream, which I realize is quite a mouthful, but I pretty much like everything about it. I feel like that is a bold statement, but it hasn’t disappointed me yet. It could be a bit thicker, when I have some dry patches or flakey skin, from an acne scar, that I most likely picked at, sorry if that’s gross, but I’m human. However that is normally my own doing and not the creams fault that it can’t fix it, anyway besides that it normally does exactly what I expect it to do.

I realized I just complained that it could be thicker, but I actually like the consistency of this cream, it is just thick enough for night time, but light enough that I can, and have, used a very thin layer of it in the morning in lieu of a day cream, if I have run out, or if my face is feeling a bit dull and dry in the morning and it needs a little pick me up.

 

The cream is an antioxidant; this is the alpha lipoic acid, which helps to prevent future damage, as well as to treat past damage. I can definitely see this in regards to my acne scars. It also contains DMAE which helps to firm and tone skin.

I buy my cream on, surprise surprise, Vitacost. I buy most all of my skin and body care products there. I find that they have the best deals and everything ships out very quickly; I think I have gotten every order I have placed within a week or less. The only hitch is that you only get free shipping if you spend fifty dollars or more. I normally don’t have a problem finding enough stuff to fill up my cart to reach that amount, but my bank account might have a bit of a problem with it. Besides that I couldn’t be a bigger advocate for their site.

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Why I Use a Glass Water Bottle: Steps Toward a Zero Waste Lifestyle

I have recently become interested in the zero waste lifestyle. I just started looking into this lifestyle about a month ago when I saw a video on Refinery29 with Lauren Singer. I then proceeded to internet/YouTube stalk her life, as one does. I then found Bea Johnson and her family, who were Lauren’s inspiration. I listened to one of my favorite podcasts, featuring Bea and was inspired to start, with baby steps I must add, to become more conscious about the waste I produce in my life and the harm that it causes. I found myself making small changes to eliminate and reduce the amount of trash that I create and one of those ways is to use a glass water bottle, or reusable bottles in general.

  • Glass bottles are a natural choice for a cleaner and purer taste
  • Glass bottles are also 100% recyclable, which is great compared to some other plastic or metal bottles that cannot be fully recycled or recycled at all.
  • Glass is a better choice than metal or plastic because there is never a fear of chemical contamination leaching into our drinks
  • Glass is also much easier to clean and environmentally sound since it does not contribute to trash in our landfills.

Using a glass water bottle for water, or taking a mason jar with you to fill up with coffee or tea at your favorite local spot or any type of beverage really will save you both time and money in the long run. You can also feel good about helping the environment out as well.

I plan to slowly but surely make small changes in my everyday life to stop creating waste and contributing to landfills with unwanted trash. I think that this lifestyle seems hard, but if we take it one day at a time, one change at a time and think of all the good that you are doing by making these changes, it makes the transition much easier. I am not saying I will ever get my trash production down to as low as the women I mentioned above, but I think that striving to be better everyday and produce less trash is a great start.

I will be documenting my journey on my blog and sharing my small changes with you and hopefully inspires a few of you to start making these changes with me.

“The earth is what we all have in common” – Wendell Berry

 

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Homemade Holiday Gift Guide

I think that homemade gifts are a great idea for Christmas, or really any time you are going to give a gift to someone. Making someone a gift shows that you took the time to think of them and what they might like; you actually spent time thinking about and making something for someone else besides yourself, and that’s always a nice feeling. Another great reason to make homemade gifts is that most of the time they are consumable gifts, meaning something you can eat or use. I love getting gifts that have a practical or good use and you are sure to use and not just let it set in your closet collecting dust and taking up space in your house and your life. I have been trying to live a more minimalistic life, in all aspects as of late, and a nice homemade gift that you can use is a perfect way to enjoy a holiday gift.

Plus homemade gifts are generally cheaper, so obviously, my broke self is going to hop on that train.

This year for Christmas I decided to make mostly food gifts. I am making Chex Mix and cookies for all of my friends and family. I am also making infused apple pie bourbon for the men in my family, instead of the cookies; I just thought they might like that a bit better.Holiday Gift Idea GraphicFood is a great gift for Christmas or birthdays since they are consumable gifts, as I mentioned before, and you can almost be sure the person you are giving it to will use/eat it up. Homemade salsa is an easy and good gift as well. You could include some chips and maybe a small bottle of tequila to make it a fiesta. If you are into making beer or wine that would be a good gift as well and you could customize the flavors, based upon whom you are giving it to and what they like.

But, homemade gifts don’t always have to be food. A body or foot scrub is always a great gift for a hardworking friend or family member that needs to take some time to relax. I have a body scrub recipe on my blog you could check out, it is super simple to make, and you could decorate the container and make a label for it which would make it seem even more personalized and special.

Candles are also a great gift for anyone! My brother makes candles every year for Christmas; here is where he gets his supplies.

A nice homemade oil blend is an amazing gift also. I have a recipe for a calming blend, but you could just take the basics from that and switch up the essential oils you use to make a completely customized and special blend for anyone this holiday season. A nice holiday blend, with cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, orange and fir, or some combination of those oils, would be a great oil to diffuse this winter season. With the colder weather coming, an oil blend including lavender, tee tree, thyme, peppermint, eucalyptus, or rosemary would be a great defense again the cold and flu season.

If you are artistic or creative, making a painting or some type of home décor would be a wonderful gift as well. You could try to match the existing décor in your friend or family members home and make something that will fit in with what they already own. A photograph that you have taken, a painting, a birdhouse or any other piece they may enjoy and want to display in their home.

While flowers or plants aren’t actually homemade they are still great thoughtful and beautiful gifts. If you know someone who is in to gardening or cooking an herb garden would be an amazing and practical gift for him or her. Along those same lines, someone who is in to holistic health may enjoy an Aloe Vera plant.

No matter what you decide to make or give to your family and friends for the holiday season, as long as you make it with their interests in mind, they are sure to love it, because you made it just for them.

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Flash Review: Zing Anything – Citrus Zinger

I have recently purchased the Citrus Zinger, by Zing Anything and I am absolutely in love with it. The Citrus Zinger is a new, dare I even say innovative, type of water bottle. It allows you to juice (citrus) fruit in the bottom of your water bottle and instantly integrate it into your water. It is not the most life changing, brain shattering idea in the world, but I love it. It makes it so much easier to drink fruit infused water, when it is all combined into two easy steps. Juice your fruit, flip the bottle over add water and shake. Okay so that might be more than two steps, but you get what I mean, it’s easy, fast and fun. I got the biggie juicer, which sounds a bit ridiculous, but all it means is that you can juice bigger fruit in it such as oranges or grapefruits. It is also a bigger size and holds 32 oz. of water. I really like that it is 32oz. because then I know I only need to drink two bottles a day to hit my daily goal of water intake; if I drink more, great!

The only down side I would say is that the straw does not reach the bottom of the bottle, because the juicer gets in the way, so you can not completely empty the bottle which is a bummer and leads me to believe that I am probably only drinking about 30oz or a bit less instead of the 32oz that the bottle advertises as its size. This isn’t the hugest deal in the world as I normally drink a glass of water for dinner or a small glass in the morning with my breakfast, which makes up for the small amount left in the bottle and I can still know that I have drank enough water for the day. Again, not a big deal and if that’s the only problem I can find with it, then I’m a pretty happy camper.

Another thing I really like about this is that the juice flavor lingers so I can juice half a lemon and fill my bottle up twice and still taste the lemon which is good for several reasons. I don’t have to use another lemon so I am saving money and fruit. Also, I don’t have to worry about the hassle of taking apart my water bottle and re-juicing; not that it’s difficult, but it is nice to know that I can just refill my water bottle and still taste the sour citrusy taste of lemon, lime etc.

I like the taste, or lack thereof , of water, but sometimes it’s nice to add a little bit of an extra zing, pun intended, into my water. I get bored with drinking 64oz. plus of just plain water. The fruity taste helps me to drink my water faster and to drink more of it as well. I can drink several glasses of plain water, but then I start to crave some type of taste or flavor and the fruit adds just the right amount of sweetness that I need. It also helps to curb my appetite more than just plain water.

What else can I say, I think that this water bottle is a great and convenient idea and I love mine! I love taking it to work and trying to finish the whole thing. I get this weird sense of accomplishment when I hit my water goal for the day and this water bottle just makes it so easy to do and it also makes it a bit more fun too.

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