Monday, January 27, 2014

Wide Awake Woman: Kelly Ross

Helllllo my friends. Pleased to introduce you to a star, a gorgeous spirit with a radiant heart, my girl, Kelly Ross.

I have known Kelly for over 20 years. We went to high school together in VA and crossed paths again VIA Facebook (VIA Vibration!) while she resides in Oregon. She inspires me from afar and I know you will be inspired too!

Kelly launched her own line of organic skincare last year with booming success!! TASTYFACE Organics.

She desired to fill a GIANT void she noticed in skincare.

Kelly has had a passion for health and nutrition, and whole organic foods for many years so she started rigorously studying up on other environmental/household/cosmetic considerations.

What she found scared the crap outta her.

She saw that we are putting all kinds of toxic junk on our bodies and in our homes. The FDA does not regulate the cosmetics industry. Pretty much anything goes. Cosmetics companies use intense artificial preservatives, shelf stabilizers, and the like to maximize profit and sales potential. The FDA website has numerous posts about the potential carcinogenic connection from parabens, endocrine disruptors in phthalates... And the labels often lead us to believe we are buying something "natural". Or even "organic". Or at the least, NOT completely toxic! She took a stand to no longer accept this for her or her family.

She started doggedly searching for skincare that she really wanted: TRULY clean, organic, awesome skincare and cosmetics that still do the heavy lifting of cleansing, moisturizing, refining, beautifying. But without the unnecessary and potentially harmfully side effects of those “other” ingredients. A multitude of research, consulting with amazing experts - including aestheticians and hair stylists, and crazy long hours in the TASTYFACE kitchen!

I personally use and loooove the products. The products are rich with all natural ingredients, like organic coconut oil, organic shea butter, organic cocoa butter that make my skin soft and glow. No stripping my face of its natural oils with all that water and ingredients I cannot pronounce! It's exciting to have a product I use everyday that I believe in and know that's its healthy, clean and made with love. Kelly is a bubbly burst of energy with a radiant soul and a smile to match! She is super passionate about putting a safe, ethical product out there so we can all breathe a sigh of relief that we are doing right by our bodies.She exemplifies an Awakened Woman. A woman who takes a stand, makes a change, pushes through fear and pursues her passions.

Kelly, tell us about you: I am the mother of a very sweet little boy... the light of my life. I have a PASSION for health, yoga, hiking, art, the beach, and especially whole, organic, locally-sourced when possible foods. I am the founder of TASTYFACE Organics, a small-batch, handcrafted line of organic skincare.

We all share in the ups and downs of life. What has lead to the path of Awakening? It’s been an ongoing awakening. For the longest time I thought, “I get it now! I’m cured! Phew, so glad I don’t have to go through THAT feeling again” only to find myself back in the same patterns, the same negative thought processes, the same chain of depression/anxiety/stress. The truth is, yes, in my life there have been some traumas, divorce, the scariness and exhaustion of single, full time parenting. But for me, those events and circumstances can very easily become crutches. So I have to be careful to watch my intentions. I struggled before and I could struggle for a lifetime. It’s really about making the choice. Day in and day out. That it is more painful to stay the same than it is to change. The choice to every day wake up and commit to the best possible energy, the best possible attitude, daily exercise, eating well, laughing, connecting with loved ones. It’s the whole picture and all of the pieces do matter. And you know what? Some days just totally suck! Some feelings are terrible! I’m finally learning to create space for all of it, instead of shoving it down or blowing it off. I’m not awesome every day! No one is! But I can try. And then I can wake up tomorrow and try again.

How do you go from thinking from your heart rather from your head? Well, this is a tough one for me. I have a ton of heart AND I’m a classic over-thinker. This has led to sometimes debilitating bouts of self-doubt and self-deprecation. It’s an ongoing lesson. Hiking, trail running, walking on the beach, laughing with a friend, and yoga all really help give me that kick in the pants. Shake me out of my head and into my environment. Also, certain mantras help here. “I am not my thoughts” is a good one. I also remind myself that simply because I can think something doesn’t mean it has to have power. I wholeheartedly believe in putting out the best energy and when I can’t, I have to switch focus or walk away from certain situations or relationships. I’ve tried thinking my way into and out of problems and that is plain old crazy-making. Ultimately, the more space we create for listening to intuition and heart, the closer we get to our truth. It can be misleading, though – fear can totally sneak in and it can be easy to mistake that nagging/sinking feeling for gut! The key is to watch it closely, see where it goes. I’ve learned time and time again that if it’s coming from ego/monkey mind/crazy talk in my head, it’s time to slow it down and get my shit together.

What tools, spiritual and/or practical do you use daily to continue living a miraculous, authentic life? This is definitely a work in progress. Daily, I try to focus on the next right thing, over and over again. Drink the water. Eat the food. Nurture, nurture, nurture. Breathe. Slow the heck down. Part of my “to do” needs to include a physical outlet and my own quiet time, every single day. If I go without them, I feel it quickly. It could even be a 10 minute yoga practice or a quick walk with the dogs. I know the times I’ve suffered most with depression and anxiety, I can reflect back and see that I was forgetting to take care of my soul. I definitely learned to think and move as a child, but didn’t know how to take care of ME, the real true me. So it’s a process. It is helpful to take space and breathe.

How do you deal with stress? First, I had to decide to quit the drama hook. Stress is addictive. Here’s a little story. A few years, I was told I had adrenal fatigue. I was working full time, my son’s father moved out of state, I was full time single parenting, and busting my tail at Crossfit as an outlet. I was pushing hard most of the time. I thought if I kept moving, kept hitting everything hard, I’d feel better and maybe find peace. And you know, it really worked. Plus I made amazing friends at Crossfit who I wouldn’t trade for the world. (And in a lot of ways got to connect with a whole community of people committed to a whole/real food movement, aka paleo)

And then it didn’t work anymore. I was running myself into the ground, not resting, not nurturing myself, listening to my body, taking time to just be and sit and not push for fixes and solutions and answers. I was addicted to being in motion and stressing! And then I quit gaining strength, I was winded every time I ran, had splitting headaches, and felt generally awful. Everything in me was saying to stop. I ignored it. And then some blood work showed that my cortisol levels were a hot mess. So I woke up and I stopped. And slept. And started a yoga practice. And evaluated how to prioritize myself and ask for help. And how to stop depending on my stress as a part of my personality. And now I’m back to sprinting up hills and lifting heavy weights, and that feels awesome.

What is your favorite quote? I am a quote ADDICT but one of my favorites, and definitely my mantra right now is “Fortune favors the brave.” And: “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”

What do you want to be remembered for? I want to be remembered for bringing light whenever I can. Whether that means lightness through my pretty childish attempts at humor or illumination on a topic I’m passionate about (by blabbering about the importance of organic, non-toxic skincare), or light in the sense of positivity. Suzy Sunshine! Of course it’s not rainbows and lollipops all of the time. But laugh. Be easy. Have fun. Life is fleeting. I’d want to be remembered as the girl with a giant smile who lived every inch of life, with everything she had, and with a ton of love and passion.

Don't ya just love her? AMAZING!

She's so amazing that she is ALSO giving away a body scrub and body butter set to one lucky Your Wide Awakening reader!

Entering is super easy: tell us why you are interested in winning an all natural, organic skincare combo to take care of your precious skin in the COMMENTS BELOW!

Extra Optional Entries: (leave a separate comment below for each entry please!)

Follow @tastyfaceog on Twitter
“Like” TASTYFACE Organics Facebook Page

AND IN ADDITION TO THAT!...Kelly and the TASTYFACE Team are offering all Your Wide Awakening Readers 20% OFF all orders until Thursday, January 30 at midnight EST by using the COUPON CODE: AWAKE20. I, for one, will be taking her up on that offer for this thirsty skin! :)

Giveaway and coupon code ends Thursday, January 30 at midnight EST. Winner will be notified on Friday so be sure to check your Your Wide Awakening Facebook page!

Official Rules: No purchase necessary. The giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada Residents only over the age of 18. Entry is determined by leaving comments at the blog. Retail value of prizes is approximately $35. Odds of winning vary and are determined by total number of entries. Contest ends 1/29/14 at midnight. Winner will be chosen at random and will be notified by Your Wide Awakening Facebook page. If winner does not claim prize within 72 hours, another winner will be chosen. Prize will be sent by TASTYFACE. Void where prohibited by law.

And if you are interested in being featured as a Wide Awake Woman, contact me at or Your Wide Awakening FB page. It would be a real treat for all of us!


  1. I'm not gonna lie...I have tried both products but have been unable to replenish my supply. I have extremely sensitive & dry "older" skin, the scrub is amazing on my elbows, legs and back. I still have body butter because it lasts forever! I would pay it forward and give it to my newly pregnant friend who is struggling with itchy skin. <3 TFO!!!!

  2. I live in Buffalo NY and have dry, winter skin. Because I have psoriasis it only amplifies its sensitivity. If I use chemical laced products my skin looks almost burn and becomes sore and unbearable. Products like these are essential to my skin health and overall comfort which improves my quality of life. Thank you. =)

  3. I have terrible dry skin year around (especially in the winter!) so I would LOVE to try out these products! I'm about to go order the facial oil in hopes that it'll help my eczema!

  4. First, I want to say thanks for sharing cause I know what it's like to be an over thinker, have self doubt, worries and anxiety. It is hard some days to not listen to those thoughts. Exercise & eating healthy can help me. Never thought to get cortisol levels checked though. I wish more people and companies cared enough to make quality skin care products. I refuse to buy body care products with poison in them. I think it is great what you do Kelly! I would Love to win the TASTYFACE body butter and body scrub. I have been wanting to place an order to try your products. Winning these products would be so awesome. I buy organic and or all natural products for my family when possible, which can be costly sometimes. I am always looking for new products to try. I have skin allergies and rosacea so this would be a bonus to try before I buy ;)

  5. My daughter says I need to use natural and organic products and what I am using now is toxic. So it would be good to try some better options.

  6. my wife says we need to use organic products ,I would love to find something that is a good alternative to over the counter items that I buy.

  7. I like TFO on Facebook, too! I just made my first order and I got The Guy Set. I want to try the sryub and body butter, too! As well as the Orange Argan Oil, the cleanser, moisturizer...I just want to try it all! Thanks for the great article!