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3 ways to get radiant & dewy skin with Beautycounter+


Radiant. Gorgeous. Glowing. This is the #1 request I get from my clients when I consult with them on cleaner beauty. They say…Melanie, I want to look like I’m GLOWING!

What I know they are saying is that they want their skin to look fresh and dewy and their makeup to look pretty and illuminating. To get this GLOW is NOT just about the makeup.

It starts with the SKIN. The better shape your skin is in, the better you can achieve the look of glowing, radiant skin with the right products. Once your inner and nutritional wellness is improved, the more honest that glow is. It all works together in perfect, balanced harmony. ​Start with richly nourishing skincare that balances and hydrates your skin from the inside out. Polish the skin a couple of times a week to exfoliate the toxins accumulated in the skin to give it luster and radiance. Feed your body beauty foods with  high quality ingredients that will nourish your inner glow from the inside out. Hydrate to soften, maintain and detoxify skin and body. Continue Reading

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Green Chef Meal Delivery Box Review

Green Chef Review Lucky + Lovely Blog

I received this product for free from MomsMeet, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

Wow! My husband cooked me dinner last night. Working mamas, you need Green Chef in your life. Hey mamas, I get it. You are working hard, you are putting in time on your side hustle and building your empire and in the meantime, you have a family to feed, laundry to do and you haven’t had your hair colored or a massage in weeks (or months.) The time management struggle is real. What I love so much about services like Green Chef is they absolutely save you time in the kitchen so you can focus on what matters most. When you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen, you can focus on the meal and your family and actually enjoy yourself. While we certainly aren’t strangers to meal delivery subscription boxes, I was thrilled when Momsmeet asked me to review a Green Chef meal delivery. I have had my eye on Green Chef for a while and I can’t wait to share what I thought.

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The quick guide to self-care for lady bosses

Lucky and Lovely Blog Self-care guide for boss babes and lady bosses

Welcome to the last week of January. I am finally shaking off the last of bit of fatigue and exhaustion from the holidays and ready to dive into Spring! I have to admit, it takes me a while to get back in the swing of things after the holidays. Those first few weeks of January hit me hard. Anyone else?

I wanted to share a few of my favorite ways to recharge and get my energy back this winter.

Here is what I am doing to reconnect with my health and wellness goals for 2017:


1. Having a glass of water with apple cider vinegar, lemon and chia seeds in the morning before my coffee. I really feel the difference in my energy level. Read about the benefits and get the recipe here.

photo from blog


2. Moving my body at least 30 minutes a day. Once I get out of a workout routine, it is SO hard for me to get back into one. Fortunately, I have Coach Ali on my side. She has me so pumped to live a happier, healthier life. I am so glad we connected (read more about the awesomeness of Ali here.)

Ali’s challenge group got me started on Beachbody on demand and there are hundreds of different workouts to chose from each day. I got hooked on Shaun T Insanity years ago, but the work out can be very time consuming. Thankfully he has T25 which is just 25 minutes of heart-pounding, sweat-inducing abuse. My goal is 21 straight workouts. Today is day 4..eek!

photo from coach ali’s blog : chase your happy

What do you do to move your body?


4. Back to plant-based whole food eating. When I get off track from planning meals, it is pizza 2 or 3 times per week and the sluggishness comes back. It can be so tempting to curl up on the couch with a gooey slice of pizza and a glass of red wine. Finally, I am back to meal planning and it feels so good. Sheet pan dinners are my JAM!

Santa brought me a new cookbook for Clean Bowls that has super tasty recipes. Bowls are so easy and I love to prep the components on a weekend.

photo from anya’s eats blog

Here are some of my favorite recipes that are quick, delicious and healthy:

Curried Potato & Lentil Soup
Breakfast Sweet Potato Hash
3 Grain Bowls (Green Goddess Bowl with Tahini Dressing is my fave!)
Winter Harvest Salad with Avocado Citrus Dressing (SO yummy!)
Crockpot Salsa Chicken (my kids love this!)


5. My skin was so dry and parched from being up under all the heat and frankly, I was off from my usual cleansing regime. I gave myself permission to have a spa night complete with pajamas, hot tea and good book. I applied our Charcoal Purifying Mask. After that, I used the Rejuvenating Toner Pads and sealed in the moisture with the Rejuvenating Radiance Serum. My skin is glowing and baby soft again. No need for foundation on busy days. Just a quick swipe of concealer and lipgloss gets me out the door.

Beautycounter Charcoal Purifying Mask


There are a few of my favorite products!

Would you like to try any of these?? Drop me a line, I would be happy to send you samples or drop off loaner kits of products, if you are local to the Atlanta area.

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What are your favorite ways to be good to yourself? Hit “reply” and let me know. I would love to hear from you.

Disclaimer: I decided to become a consultant with Beautycounter because I believe in their mission to get safer beauty products into the hands of everyone. I only share products and brands that I truly love. If you purchase any products that I have linked here, I will receive commission, which continues to help support my blog and my coffee habit. 

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5 Can’t live without Tools for your Direct Sales Business

5 tools for Direct sales and party plan reps to use

5 Can't live without tools for your Direct Sales business

Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the tasks and details necessary to do your direct sales business? I feel like I am drowning. How are you supposed to be a #ladypreneur and run your business like a #BOSS when there are so many tasks and so few hours in the day.

Never fear, I have your back ladies. Because I love ya’ll so much, I am spilling the beans on my newest and favorite productivity tools and apps. I encourage you to check them out and implement them into your business. Because let’s face it, we joined our companies to have more freedom, more money and more time for the things that matter most.

These techy tips and tools will help us rock 2017. Let’s do this! Continue Reading

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide + Free Printable Gift Tags

Happy happy joy joy Lovelies!! Three cheers for the holidays. I love this time of the year so much I could squeal! While I know December and the thought of shopping, cooking, errands, parties and galas may be stressful for some, I encourage you to take a few minutes to breathe. Take it all in. You don’t have to do everything.

You don’t have to give your kids a million plastic toys, you don’t have to get them the latest sneakers or phone, you don’t have to go to every recital or class party.

You don’t have to go to the white elephant party. You don’t have to go to the company holiday party.

You don’t have to entertain out of town relatives, you don’t have to have your house perfectly decorated like the pages of a magazine.

You don’t have to run out on the 23rd and get any last minute gifts. Nope. Not at all.

You don’t have to bake a million cookies. You. don’t.

The beauty and joy of the season will still be in abundance. If you want to take some time for self-care and reflection, you should do that. The holidays shouldn’t stress us out. I cringe thinking about how flustered everyone is and how we all run ourselves ragged.

Are we really enjoying the holidays? I’m one to talk, my son’s birthday is smack dab in the middle of it all. December 20th. I have a kiddo birthday party to plan and execute and it gets hectic. I want to enjoy it!

I have done the hard work for you and curated some of my favorite gift picks for everyone on your list from stylish and hardworking mamas to overworked teachers. I even threw in ideas for tweens and guys. There is something for everyone.

Sip on a hot toddy while you shop and then download this sheet of printable gift tags to wrap up the gifts in style.

Just download the pdf and print on cardstock. Tie with some pretty ribbon and you are done.

I’ve thought of everything for you because I love you so much!! I can’t thank you enough for your support of the blog this year and I hope to bring you more fresh content and tips in the coming years.

I can’t wait to see your gorgeous creations with the tags and gifts. Tag me #luckyandlovely and have a joy-filled holiday season.



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