JULY 2019 | Hello Fresh Start

Hello Fresh Start!

You might have seen me post a thing or three about it... WE MOVED!! ;) And it is a fresh start for sure.

Did you know there are SO many uses of the word fresh, and I'm feeling all of them for this space... full of energy, a bright or healthy complexion (YES), a cool and strong wind, water (that isn't salty), new and different, the list goes on. Good-ness.

The thing about fresh starts is that as soon as they are here, they bring with them the biggest to do list: getting the internet set up, paint colors, insurance SO. MANY. LOGISTICS. What I want to remember and you might need this too... is that all of it is part of it. So simple, yet so profound. If I can remember to see that the search for just the right light fixture is connected to having beautiful light in this space and illuminating your beautiful faces and ideas and new connections... well then, I welcome the holy chaos and time consuming search for the perfect light fixture!

Whether the fresh start you're looking for is a big change on the horizon or just another chance to take a breath and start again, let's cheer each other on and remember - all of it is part of all of it. We look forward to meeting you wherever you are on your quest for fresh-ness and a fresh face, as we continue to search for the perfect light fixtures. ;)


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Favorite Herbs for Fresh Starts

Although I can’t get diamonds all over my body like Cardi B, I can get herbs. Kind of the same thing, right? Both from the earth, both magical. There are several ways to use herbs. You can use the root, stem or petal. They commonly come crushed into a powder as well. You can use any form of them to make tinctures, salves, and tea just to name a few.

Calendula ::

All time favorite herb, it helps with so many ailments. It’s anti-inflammatory, hydrating, helps firm and tone. It also helps the process of regeneration of the cells.

Best Usage: This one is amazing for any scratches or bites. Look into purchasing or creating a tincture or salve with this amazing plant.

Nettle ::

This plant is highly nutritive and nourishing. It is one of the highest nutrient dense plants. It’s packed full of vitamin C and antioxidants. This can brighten the skin and boost the immune system.

Best Usage: Steep this and drink it. There really are too many benefits of health of this one to name.

Lavender ::

If liking Starbucks makes you basic, in the herb world same goes for Lavender. Nothing wrong with going back to the basics though. This beautiful, aromatic, purple plant does just about everything. The most notable are reduce inflammation, improves mood and It’s best known for stress relief.

Best Usage: Keep a dried bushel next to your bed.

Remember to approach any new addition to your skincare lineup – all-natural or otherwise – with care. Test a small patch for sensitivity before using all over.

With all the new fresh space we now find ourselves in, we're excited to be even more of a resource for all your herbal and fresh face needs. We have teas, masks, serums, hydrosols... all the things!

We are currently loving our Marble & Milkweed modern chai no. 1. Organic, fairly-traded single origin Ceylon black tea, with organic cardamom & rose petals lending a spicy, floral note. Organic ceylon cinnamon, organic pink peppercorns, organic ginger and South Indian vanilla beans round off a melange that is as lovely to look at as to drink. Slowing down enough to brew up a cup of this loose-leaf chai will soothe the spirit.


Looking foward to seeing you in The Beauty Room!

Letter to Married Couples | Adopt Your Single Friends | According2Kana

Letter to Married Couples | Adopt Your Single Friends | According2Kana

 I never thought having two little kiddos say they miss their Kana, going to the North side of Evansville or having chats with police officers would fill me with love, but it has. I've gotten to experience these things because an already established family wasn't too afraid to let a single girl in.

Everyday is A Celebration of Love | The Beauty Room Evansville

Yep, it's that time of the year again. Where America's commercialism  shows its' ass and tells us to buy everything because of some made up pagan holiday. We know, we get it, we are used to it. While Valentine's Day has its perks (insert 50% off chocolate the day after), it leaves a lot of people disgruntled due to not feeling the love. Guess what you can and you should FEEL THE LOVE EVERYDAY. Here are a few tips on how I celebrate love 365, give or take a few according to my cycle.

Changes in Small Batches

 I've missed blogging about random things and not just being confined to beauty. So I'm going to start sharing more on this blog. I like the thought of documenting what's going on in my life for myself & anyone else that may be going through the same things.

Small changes lead to how your whole life is shaped. Helping out at a local natural soap store, I get to see how much love & attentiveness goes into making small batches of products. I want to apply that to the changes I want to make in my life. Sometimes I want to push myself to just change everything at once, but it so much easier to handle and analyze when you make smaller changes over time.

This week I want to make changes as far as my interactions, mainly conversations with people go. Nothing is worse than when you are in a great mood and you interact with someone who puts you in a bad one. All because you maybe took what they had to say wrong or they misunderstood you. Have you ever experienced this? I'm realizing more and more how much I let other people's energy and attitudes affect me. 

I AM LETTING them effect me. I have the power to make that stop.

In order to do make it stop, I believe these steps might help me.

I WILL pick the direction the situation/conversation is going in.
Often times I go into a situation not even knowing how I really want it to play out. So my energy is pretty confused to begin with. How can I expect it to flow into a great conclusion if I haven't even prepared myself for the  situation to go that way? I am going to start making sure before I interact with people that I set my own intentions for how I would like it to go.

I am NOT an Interpreter.
I think where I fail and maybe others do to, is trying to interpret what people mean. With over 80% of conversations being in written form, there is a lot left to the imagination. How are they actually saying this to me?  If there is something I don't understand in the conversation. I am just going to ask. Being clear helps everyone. You know what they say about assuming...

I WILL let it go.
We don't have to start singing the Frozen song, although, I am excited because Once Upon A Time comes on in a couple hours. Whether the conversation goes great or not, at the end of the day, I will be OK. Sometimes I let a conversation that didn't go so great play over and over in my head for days! So unnecessary and unhealthy. This week I am going to focus on if an interaction with someone didn't go so great, I am going to play it through once in my head to see if I could have done anything different. Once that's done. I'm letting it go and moving on. 


What are some tips you have for dealing with situations like this?
comment below or tweet me @according2kana

& remember SHARING is CARING