Hiking Adventures and Entrepreneurship Networking Apps and Meeting Shaun, Owner of OURA | Divine Hostess

If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you probably know hiking is a favorite pastime of mine. It’s not the work I love or even the heat from direct sun– it’s reward. I love being rewarded after the work of the climb with an amazing view, cool breeze at the higher altitude, and the sense of achievement.


Walker Canyon Reserve, Lake Elsinore

Although I do enjoy solo hikes, I’ve already learned hiking is wonderful activity to share with friends or even people you’re getting to know.

Recently I joined a networking app called Shapr which connects to your LinkedIn account and you can find like minded people to collaborate with, hire, be a mentor, etc. I’ve made a solid handful of great connects including Shaun, co-founder of OURA.


After learning a bit more about his social enterprise, I had to share more about their mission with all of you. OURA makes a  sleek, sporty baseball cap which is uniquely designed to remain clean while granting the wishes of pediatric cancer patients.

 Hats are filthy. They’re one of the few things we wear but rarely wash. OURA’s hats have millions of microscopic minerals infused directly into the thread, so their hats are self-cleaning while being completely sustainable and environmentally friendly. Their hats have 9 other healthy features which you can explore here.

“My brother, Keane, and I started OURA after Keane survived childhood cancer”, said Shaun. “We wanted to create a healthier hat but we also wanted to give back to pediatric cancer patients. For Keane, having his wish to meet President Obama granted completely changed his outlook towards treatment and propelled him towards survivorship. We wanted to help other young patients in their recovery journey as well.”


Now it’s OURA’s mission to grant a wish each time 1000 hats are sold, and they are well on their way.

OURA is named after origami.

There is a Japanese legend that folding 1000 origami cranes results in a wish. With every 1000 OURAgami hats sold, we grant a pediatric patient’s wish and bring healing hope to their recovery. Every hat is a part of that wish. It is 1000 people coming together to help a child in their fight against cancer.

What I love most about meeting new people is the reminder of how connected we all are– even before we meet. I too have have family members diagnosed with cancer, and if you’re reading this you may have as well.

Now when I hike, I’m super excited to wear my OURA hat while knowing they’re just one step closer to granting a wish. To support this amazing company by purchasing a hat, you can visit their website and use the discount code: DIVINEHOSTESS for 10% off.

If I’ve learned anything in my life it is that we are all connected, and knowing this makes the journey a little easier, and lot more enjoyable.

Potapas Gluten-free Tortillas Giveaway

Hey healthy bunnies,

Happy Monday!

I have some good news– I have an awesome and easy giveaway contest for you to participate in.


I started using Potapas tortillas more than 6 months ago when I found them at Sprouts. The neat thing is they are low in carbs, no sugar, gluten free, and contain no nuts, soy or corn. I have a ton of food allergies and it is so incredible to have an option when I get tired of romaine or collard wraps. Made primarily of potato– they lack nothing in flavor and substance, and to me taste better than flour tortillas.

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I loved them so much that I wanted you all to have a chance to try them. The amazing owner of Potapas has agreed to give away two (2) prize packs which will include a total of four (4) packs of tortilla– a mix  of potato and sweet potato.

See the link below to see the contest and rules!


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Good luck!


January Favorites: Healthy Finds

Hey healthy bunnies,
I tried a few awesome items this month and want to share them with you. It’s always nice to find tasty foods which I’m not allergic to and can also enjoy guilt-free. I’m thinking of doing a series soon on living with food intolerances. What do you think? 
Here’s the first item….

Quinoa patties: they’re pretty mild in flavor, so nothing to rave about there– but you can do a lot with sauces or avocado. What I love is that there is no wheat, no nuts, no soy, and no rice. There’s just quinoa, coconut out, arrowroot powder and a few other veggies. 

Serenity turmeric juice: what amazing flavor this has with a very strong kick of ginger. So delicious. You may not have a Kreation where you live, but you can see the ingredients on the bottle and make a similar combination at your local juice bar, or at home. 

Caramel chai rooibos tea: I love the flavor of this. I usually drink it unsweetened, but sometimes I add a little raw honey and cashew milk to make it a tea latte. You can also add whipped cream. 

Have you tried anything new this month? Share with me!


Dining out Vegan with Vince Lia

Hey healthy bunnies!


Have you ever been curious about what you could eat if you became vegan, or did a 30 day plant-based diet? I went to Veggie Grill recently with Vince Lia and we tried some classic vegan items that are great for vegans and non-vegans alike! Vince also has a video of us on his channel, where we visited the Cheesecake Factory and made some really great items vegan.






Valentine’s Day & Why Sometimes I’m a TERRIBLE Vegetarian!

Hey healthy bunnies!

How are you and how is your week going? It’s Thursday so I think I’m finally safe from people asking “how was your Valentine’s Day??”  Awwwkward. Anyway, I had fun last weekend and wanted to share, plus explain why sometimes I’m not the model plant-based bunny you may think I am.

I went to Willie Jane on Valentine’s Day with a very close college friend who I was dying to play catchup with. I chose the restaurant via Yelp. Many times my friends trust me to make the decision because I’m a foodie and also usually the one with more dietary restrictions.

Willie Jane is what I consider to be typical American-style hipster. Seriously, that should be a cuisine category!  I don’t know why, but Southern food with a cool twist is just so hipster to me, and to prove my point further, it is nestled in the part of Venice which is like the hipster capital (hmm or maybe Silverlake is, I’ll have to fact check). In case you’re wondering, we weren’t given mason jars. haha

We started with biscuits and orange butter.

My friend chose the chickens and waffles. I love the homestyle touch of a patterned plate that looks like it could be from anyone’s grandma’s kitchen.

I had roasted fingerling potatoes, soft scrambled eggs, and grits. Here’s where I failed: I didn’t read the menu close enough and when they arrived, they turned out to be SHRIMP grits. There were no pieces of shrimp, but they were cooked with shrimp paste added.

At the point that I tasted them, I knew something was, well you know– fishy. That’s when I asked the waitress. I didn’t bother sending them back, though. This rarely happens to me so I went with the flow. Even though I told the waitress I was vegetarian, that means different things to different people. It was my job to ask the right questions. I’ve gotten maybe a bit too lax, I think. So for this meal, I ate what I could and made mental note to be more upfront and to ask better questions.

It was still a great meal! Don’t judge me. 🙂

Next, we went to Toms, the shoes brand which has a trendy looking little coffee shop set up as well. Coffee and shoes?! Yes.

I got a matcha latte, because when in Hipsterville…

I was amazed that Toms has way more shoes than the typical slip ons (that kinda look like paper mocassins)! I got these cute peep-toe booties.

If you plan to grab a pair, they run about 1/2 size too big.

That’s it for now, but leave a comment below and let me know what you have planned for this coming weekend!



Review: Sun Basket’s Meal Delivery Service

Hi healthy bunnies!


I recently had the opportunity to work with Sun Basket (so this is a sponsored post). Sun Basket is a healthy meal kit service that delivers sustainably sourced organic ingredients and easy, delicious recipes for cooking at home.


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How it works: You choose from the menus one week ahead, and they have options for Paleo, vegetarian, gluten-free, and even breakfast.

As you all know, I am big on doing meal prep and really love the process of preparing my meals, but when I agreed to review this service I was skeptical. Whats the point of food delivery if it isn’t already made? Why not just google a recipe and head to the grocery store?


Once I received the first package, I realized this particular service is a game changer for  several reasons:

  • the ingredients are organic
  • the produce chosen is of the best choice
  • all herbs and spices are already measured
  • the recipes are fun and super easy to follow
  • there is a huge range of versatility in each recipe
  • all the nutrition info is provided
  • it forces people out of the routine of making the same few meals week after week
  • the portions are very big, so it’s possible to split it into even more meals


Now, some meals do take longer than others to prepare. Some only took around 10 minutes to prep, while others took 25. Quality meals take time, but if you’re looking for faster prep meals, you may need to choose your menu carefully for the week.

I chose the vegetarian option and really enjoyed all the meals. One meal was a veggie burger with the most incredible and vibrant toppings, paired with simple potato wedges.



I used a lot less oil the recipe called for and the wedges were still very crispy and yummy.



Another dish I really likes was the baked eggs with pistou sauce, a breakfast dish. So much flavor! I’ve never had pistou before this, but it is very similar to pesto sauce, without nuts. This was easy to make and very filling. Since I made a small salad to go with mine, it ended up making 3 meals rather than two.


I don’t like my eggs yolks runny, so that’s why this looks more like a frittata.


What I also like is this service can be gifted to others. Though I made this for my normal meal prepping during the week, I was thinking of how awesome this food would  be for taking to a vacation rental.. Yummy restaurant quality food, made simply at home.


If you’re interested and want to try this service out, visit http://www.sunbasket.com/home.

Please note that at this time Sun Basket only delivers to California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Colorado, Utah and Idaho at this time.

DIY Deep Conditioner for Long Healthy Hair | Cassia Obovata

It’s been over a year now of me using cassia treatments to strengthen my fine hair and add shine. I’ve gained both length and fullness! I absolutely love it and I want to share with you how I use it.

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What is Cassia?

According to wikipedia, In India, it is used to produce a dye known as “neutral henna”. [It] is easily distinguishable through its many distinctive features. In India, the leaves are used as a dye called neutral henna or “blonde henna” to make the hair look glossy, but it seems to have a yellowish impact on hair rather than the reddish one produced by henna. 

This is a fantastic option for someone who wants the benefits of henna, without the hassle of color, which can stain whatever it touches when you are treating your hair. Treating  your hair with henna, can be thought of as a super deep treatment. I use it once per month.

How to Make it

This video details how to make cassia. Once you are done making the treatment, you can also add an additional amount of off the shelf conditioner, other oils, or even honey. It is really up to you.

How to Apply it

One cassia has been mixed, cool, and oils added, you can apply to your hair.

  1. Work with freshly washed hair, dry or damp (I prefer damp).
  2. It’s best to apply to hair in sections.
  3. Apply liberal amounts of cassia to hair from about 1″ away from your roots all the way to the ends of your hair. Since your ends are the oldest, it’s most important for those to be covered. I stay 1″ from my roots, because it is difficult to get cassia rinsed off the scalp.
  4. If you have curly hair, loosely twist each section after apply cassia.
  5. When complete, cover hair with a conditioner cap.
  6. Cover cap with a towel to trap heat.
  7. Leave on for 2-4 hours. I’ve tried over night, but it’s really too long, and more difficult to rinse.

How to Remove it

  1. Hair will be stiff from treatment at this point, so do not manipulate. Instead, run hair under running water for about 5  minutes to loosen some of the paste from your hair.
  2. After 5  minutes, gently rub hair to remove all of conditioner, and when the water runs clear, it should mostly be gone.
  3. Last, follow up with a conditioner to remove any last bits of the cassia, and to provide additional moisture.
  4. Last, style hair as usual!

How to Store it

Store in a freezer safe bag, and defrost several hours before using.

Natural Hair Products | My Favorites List

As a part of my healthy hair series, I am sharing my favorite hair products. I use all of these regularly and have for a year or more now. Check out this video as I give a brief review of how and why I use them. Also check out the list below if you miss anything in the video.

  1. Jojoba oil
  2. Unrefined coconut oil
  3. Olive Moisture Mask- Komaza Hair Care
  4. Anti-Breakage Mask- Shea Moisture
  5. Healthy Hair Butter- Carol’s Daughter
  6. Cassia Obovata
  7. Conditioner- Tresemme Naturals

ENERGYbits | Review

Never more than when you say you are vegan, vegetarian, or a raw foodie does the general public become gravely concerned about your protein intake. As annoying as it is, protein intake really is important! But, vegans and vegetarians are not the only ones who have protein deficiencies. Many people do not get the amount of protein they need and as a result are malnourished, fatigued And generally not functioning at their optimal levels.

For this reason, energybits (which are not a supplement, but a food) can come in handy! This easily portable fuel made from algae and chlorella is raw, organic, and packed with vitamins and nutrients.

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How to take them:
For best results, swallow at least 30 ENERGYbits (or more) before any workout, run, game or intense physical or mental activity. They will improve your energy and endurance. Also take whenever you are tired, hungry or don’t have time to eat or cook. They are a terrific high protein, low calorie snack or meal on the go.  A favorite of Olympic athletes. Swallow with beverage (or chew them as you would a handful of nuts). Remember, they’re “bits” of food (not pills).

You’ll find additional details of my review of EnergyBits in my latest video. I found them to be awesome, but was a little  hesitant in how to take that many pills– especially on an every day basis. All in all, the alternative of protein powder does not compare to the nutrients you get from this algae food as well as the ease on the stomach!

EnergyBits were gracious enough to offer both a discount and also one free 2.5 serving sized sample to a winner. For the contest, I’m going a Rafflecopter giveaway, and the rules are pretty simple. The entrant:

        1. Must be a US resident
        2. Must like the Divine Hostess Facebook fan page
        3. Must like the EnergyBits Facebook fan page

To enter, please visit the Rafflecopter giveaway

Energybits also is offering you 10% off any of their bags of algae! The discount code is BLOG. Visit http://www.energybits.com for more information about the product, and to make purchases.