Urbanity Hair Salon in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Looking for a organic hair salon in or around Northern Idaho? Urbanity hair salon is the best place for you to get a clean cut with clean ingredients.

Ladies (and gents) are you sick of your hair running awry and feeling like you can’t do anything about it?

I have good new for you.

While I was at a wellness fair earlier this year, I got to meet the owner of a holistically based salon in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Tia, the owner of Urbanity, has been working with hair for several years and believes it is more than just cutting off hair. She wanted to create a safe space for you to come, with confidence, for all your hair needs and that is just what she did.

If you don’t know, I have some insanely wild curly hair that requires a lot of love and skill to work with. I never let people touch my hair because they either butcher it with layers of curly despair or hack it all off which makes me look like a frazzled poodle. Tia has curly hair herself which means she has year of experience working with it.

No butchering, hacking off or fear of scissors anymore!

She started with a brief overview of what to expect and then put m zin the chair for an amazing hair wish. Something about other people washing your hair is so magical, do you agree? She uses a product called Hair Story that is made from essential oils and other clean ingredients. While the product isn’t 100% clean and to my liking, I will settle for it a few times a year when I get my hair done. It sloughs off waxes and other junk from your hair and scalp which leaves you feeling amazing. Say goodbye to that greased down hair look. + it smells delicious!

Next, she took me to the chair and began the cut. With her expertise in curly hair, she shaped and textured my hair to perfection. Her unique curved cutting technique left my hair feeling light and healthy. I definitely recommend her to my curly and non-curly haired friends alike.

Urbanity Salon is located in downtown Coeur d’Alene. If you are a local, it’s right next to one of my favorite juice bars: The Wellness Bar. They are a close walk from all of CDAs sweet offerings. Next time you are dining out, at the lake or free from the kids for a day, be sure to stop by Urbanity. Be sure to mention me (Ashlee from Simplholistic) for $9 off your next appointment!

Get Your Poop In A Scoop with Kitlife Planners

Need to get your life back on track? This planner will help you do with in style. This carefully curated Kitlife planner is your gateway to a organized business and life!

Do you ever find yourself wondering why you don’t have a personal assistant, that new google assistant or in the very least, a planner?

Do you love to write lists? Then, do you get excited to cross those tasks off?

Do you live to complete that final to-do before ending your day? Guilty.

Maybe you would forget your head if it wasn’t attached to your body?

Well, if you answered yes to any of the above, I have your back. Last year around this time, I won an incredible planner and it has become the foundation of any and all organization that occurs within my business, spiritual life and personal life!

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Kitlife Planners are extraordinary planners that take the good old fashioned pen and paper game tot he next ย level. Each planner is carefully curated by amazing business women. Jessica is a dietician/yogi, Liz is the marketing whiz and Jenny is the captain of the witty comments and spreadsheets . Each planner contains personality, emotion and motivation just for you! With a focus on more than just to-dos, you get an all-in-one life guide. They include inspirational quotes, wellness tips and nutrition advice. <– my personal fav. They even include 8 mini glasses of water on under the wellness section because we all need a reminder to stay hydrated! Must I say more?ย At the bottom of each day is a box for you to write what you are grateful for.

Here’s a little recap of what you’ll get:
1. wellness space
2. the “big three” task box
3. gratitude space
4. inspirational quotes
5. hourly time chart
6. notes space
7. monthly overview calendar
8. quarterly check in (goals, dreams, big wins, body image, reflection)
9. cute seasonal tidbits

I use my planner each day and I don’t know what I would do without it. Once, I misplaced it and had to take a major anti-picnic deep breathe because it is THAT important. This year, I want you to take control of your life, health and business because you’re the only one that can get you going. Using a planner is a sure fire way to get your goals and projects rolling.

Need more incentive? Once you buy your planner you will gain access to the exclusive #kitgirls Facebook group. This group gives you insight to all things planning and girl power.

Here are a few reviews from their clients and everyday #kitgirls.

Head over here to get your planner with a special discount ๐Ÿ˜‰ Be sure to let me know when you get it! You can tag me @simplholistic and @kitlife for a chance to be featured on Instagram!

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Gift guide for that health nut in your life.

Here is a healthy gift guide for all you health nuts out there. Planners, food, home tests & more! Give the gift of health.

’tis the season for the good ol’ gift guides. This one is for any health nut in your life that you thank for that puzzled look as you stare down the candy aisle for stocking stuffers. Here is a question-proof guide to health for you and anyone else you find running into the same problem this Christmas. These are all items I LOVE and have very carefully chosen for you.

  1. Moxie Nosh – You have heard me rave about this one quite often and it’s for a good reason! They make nut butters for everyone (unless of course you’re allergic to nuts). Peanut, peanut-free, cashew, trail mix and other seasonal nut butters like gingerbread and pumpkin spice. YUM. Go to their website & use the code {SIMPLHOLISTIC} gets you $1 off and they make for a perfect stocking stuffer.
  2. Defiant CoffeeThis is another great local brand and they have a few different kinds of coffee for your coffee-loving family member, friend or spouse. You can get their collagen blend or their mushroom blend. Don’t let the mushrooms freak you out because you can’t taste them at all. They work as a perfect pre-workout or simply to start your day off. Give your loved ones the gift of health this Christmas. Code {simplholistic} gets you 10% off your entire purchase! Want to know more about them? Read this post that I wrote.
  3. Everly Well – If ever there were a perfect stocking stuffer to get someone you love, it would be this at home test kit. Whether they are suffering from unknown food allergies, bloating, indigestion, fertility issues, hormone imbalance or other things, this is THE gift for them. Better yet, get this one for yourself because you deserve the best health you can get. Code {simplholistic} for 10% off your next kit.
  4. Thrive Membership – Talk about the gift of giving. When you get a Thrive membership today, you will be giving one to a family in need so they can have healthy options too! Thrive saves me about $600 a year and even more if I wouldn’t forget to use them more than I do! Some of my favorite items on thrive are Eating Evolved Chocolates, canned coconut milkย & collagen powder. You can’t find these cheaper anywhere else. PLUS, right now they are giving you an extra 20% off your first THREE orders. Holy crap.
  5. Flhair Accessories – Are you or someone you love a gym-loving pony tail-wearing cutie? These hair ties are absolutely adorable and affordable. Please, for your benefit, go check out Emma’s stuff because it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before. You can customize your own hair ties or buy the ones she has ready to go! Someone you know getting married? Even better. She specializes in bridal party goodies and I would definitely want to get these in my stocking if I were your friend ๐Ÿ˜‰
  6. My Favorite Blender – My all time favorite blender, hands down, is the Vitamix Blender. Is it spendy, yes. Is it worth it, yes. I have had mine for over 4 years now and it literally works as good as new. It has traveled with me to Hawaii, Colorado, Alaska, California and now Washington… I make dressings, soups, smoothies, sauces, desserts and much more in this bad girl. I included an amazon link that saves you $100 dollars because I like you. A little too much for you? Here is my second favorite blender: the Bullet. Easy to use & easy to clean. What could be better?
  7. Kitlife Planner – If you haven’t heard me talk about this planner, head over to my post that is dedicated to them. This planner is 1) adorable, 2) functional, 3)the real deal. I used this planner when I was starting Simplholistic and it saved my life. If you know any planners, business owners, parents or college students, this is the gift for them! Be sure to customize it to match their personality ๐Ÿ˜‰
  8. Vital Proteins – By far, this is my favorite protein that there is. I am not a fan of super flavory protein powders so, this is perfect. It doesn’t have that nasty after taste and it actually leaves you feeling full. I linked their new Vanilla Collagen Creamer which is perfect for coffee, hot chocolate, smoothies or oatmeal. Oh yeah & it has 10 g of protein per serving yes doggggy. Shove this in someones stocking and you’ll be the real MVP.
  9. Ultimate Health Bundle – This is a bundle that I created for your mom, cousin, brother, uncle, grandpa and second aunt suzi. Do you get the point? It’s for everyone and you will never find another bundle with this much in it for $18. It’s worth $200 but I made it $18 because I want everyone to have access to healthy meal plans, supplements, grocery guides and more. Do yourself and the ones you love a favor. Get. This. Now.ย 
  10. Study Bible – My spiritual life is a huge part of my healthy lifestyle and the very reason I do it! Serving our God by eating clean, relaxing and working out is the best way to treat our bodies like the temple they are. Here is one of my favorite study Bibles and I hope you gift it to someone in need! Here is a cute one from Amazon (with prime).

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Staying Healthy In Uganda, Africa

Uganda, Africa was calling our names so, we went! Come learn all about how to stay healthy on an international mission trip & be sure to tell your friends and family.

Travel is something we love in our household. We get to try new things, see new places and make more memories. We love to get creative in our packing and try new things we normally don’t buy because #budget. Going out of the country to an undeveloped part of Africa is no joke and could seem overwhelming. I prepped for two weeks worth of snacks, 4 days of travel and layovers and lots of bus rides. I can’t wait to show you my tips and tricks. Enjoy this and use it next time you adventure!ย *this post contains affiliate links.

Part 1 – the prep.

Like any good adventure requires, I began to prep (food) a few weeks before the trip. I needed to know a few things: 1) that we would have enough food for our days out in the villages, 2) that we would have quality snacks and 3) that we would be supporting our favorite brands all the way from Africa. Thanks to the handy internet, I received all the snacks right to my doorstep. Quick & easy. I prepped 14 bags for both myself and my husband. Each bag contained 1 RX Bar, 1 Primal Kitchen’s Collagen Bar, 1 to-go pack of Vital Proteins Collagen, 1 to-go pack of Dr. Axe Collagen and 1 nut butter pouch (either Nuttzo or Crazy Richards). These were our day bags that we tossed into our day packs each morning before heading out to the village. They were perfect. I was confident that we would be getting sufficient protein on these long hot African days. SOOOO important y’all.

Some other essentials: bamboo pillow, earphones, books and good luggage. Here are some of the snacks we brought for the 6 and 15 hour plane rides. kale chips, chocolate, nut butter, salad, bacon, roasted veggies, hummus, ginger shots and apples.

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Our days.

3 a.m. – wake up because jet lag is real RUFFF
– stretch, yoga, try to go back to sleep, talk, eat random things, etc.
– brush our teeth (with bottled water), spray on the bug dope and put on the deodorant
7 a.m. – breakfast
– starch on starch on starch
– occasional greens (either kale or spinach, not too sure)
– pineapple DAYUMM, watermelon and BOMB bananas
– cup of tea with collage and ghee
8 a.m. – family time (debrief about how good God is)
9 a.m. head out to our site for the day
lunch – usually a granola bar because tomato & cheese sandwiches are less than ideal haha / my very allergy
7 p.m. – dinner (so difficult for me to get used to)
– starch on starch on starch, meat, and some veggies per my request because I was NEEDING them

Things to consider.

In America we have all the things we need in life. Clean water, food, clothes, shelter and so much more. Our food is quality (well, we have the option), our water is clean (free of parasites and dysentery) and we don’t have to walk 10 miles to get it. We have refrigeration and a wide variety of foods. Quality meats aren’t contaminated and tadpole infused water isn’t our fate. We don’t have to rely on potatoes, corn and wheat to get enough calories. We visit the grocery store for all of our needs and seldom touch a garden. It’s a different way of life and all of what I just mentioned above is not a luxury in Uganda.

A normal meal (for us mzungus) was fried/boiled potatoes, chicken curry, beef, fish, steamed veggies, bananas, fruit, chapati (unleavened bread), rice, ugali (cornmeal), sukuma wiki (kale) and “soup” aka a tomato sauce for your rice. Their food contains lots of spices we don’t eat here in America which means upset stomach nation. A lot of their food is fried or battered so, running into some hidden wheat was a problem for this gluten-intolerant lady. Interesting enough, I had some chapati from non-american wheatย and I was just fine. No reaction, no bumps no nothing.

Since they eat later there, the food seems to sit in your stomach a little heavier than normal. This was especially so since we were eating so many carbs and so little fresh food or fat. When you go, all I can say is go with the flow and don’t stress. That will only upset your stomach more. Chill, hangout with the beautiful people and count the many blessings around you.

The real MVPs.

I felt so blessed to have amazing brands backing this trip. They loved what we were doing and were so excited to be involved in our every day life in Uganda. I got to share their delicious products with the African people and our team members. The Africans LOVED to try new foods that were nutritious and delicious. Our team members loved to have something other than curry for breakfast, lunch and dinner ๐Ÿ˜‰ Here are the brands that fueled our trip and make difference in thousands of people’s lives everyday. I have included direct links to all of the products for you ๐Ÿ™‚

RX bar – whole food protein bars without any BS. Several different flavors and perfect when they are warmed by the African sun!
Ancient Nutrition – protein packets with greens, beets and other important nutrients we were lacking overseas.
Primal Kitchen – collagen bars in 4 different flavors that are actually better warmed up than cold like here in Washington.. haha
Heather’s Choice – healthy, calorie dense backpacking meals that were a LIFE SAVER. They were my plane companion and the macaroons are absolutely delicious.
Nuttzo – nut butter packets with no junk. Peanut, peanut-free, cashews, brazil nuts, flax, chocolate and so much more.
Crazy Richards – peanut butter packets that went perfectly atop a little apple banana ๐Ÿ˜‰ the african’s had never had “peanut cream”
4th & Heart – grass-fed ghee that satisfied all my fat cravings when all there was was bananas and pineapple, we made bulletproof tea and coffee each morning. The Madagascar vanilla is delicious
Vital Proteins – collagen protein packets that couldn’t be more convenient. We got the marine peptides and bovine collagen. We added it to oatmeal, fresh juice, bottled water, coffee, tea and soup!
Artisana – their cashew and coconut butter are delicious and the pecan butter is a real champ when you’re on a bus for 10 hours
Holly’s Keeping It Real – this natural deodorant with minimal ingredients packs easy, travels well and makes your pits smell real nice
Badger Balm – when we pulled this bug spray out our team members were like “spray us because it smells so good!” and even better? the mosquitos HATED it. their sunscreen kept our delicate white skin safe and the chapstick made our lips nice and glossy sans sunburn ๐Ÿ˜‰


We flew through Dubai on our way home and were delighted to see an organic juice bar in the airport. Look how adorable it is & the food was on wonderful.


For next time.

Now that I have some experience and know what I am doing, here are a few tips that I wished I would have known before going.
1. pack more return home snacks for the long plane rides and layovers
2. pack electrolytes because no amount of water was ever enough for us. we needed coconut water and salts!
3. pack noise cancelling earphones for the plane rides and big cities – it was draining for my brain to hear all that noise and this would help jet lag
4. pack melatonin because sometime you have to manually knock yourself out after 12 days of waking up at 2 a.m..
5. bring a larger diversity of snacks (repetition gets real… repetitive)
6. pack dark chocolate, hair brush, games, crosswords, meat sticks, oatmeal, fanny pack and coconut milk powder

Have you even been anywhere in Africa? I would love to know so, comment below and let me know your experience, tips and where you went. Have a beautiful day & be sure to share this with you friends and family if you enjoyed it. God bless you!

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