Updated list of safer beauty brands & where to shop for them

Updated list of safer beauty brands & where to shop for them

Back in November, I promised frequent updates to my list of non-toxic beauty brands, and that is what I am delivering today. The new (and improved!) list is still available as a free PDF (see the link below), but now it also includes links to each company’s official website and several nail polish brands as well. I hope that you like the changes and find the document to be a helpful tool.   Download a printable version of the list here.   While you can obviously shop all of these brands on their websites, sometimes you have to...

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The best thing I ate this week (banana chia seed muffins)

The best thing I ate this week (banana chia seed muffins)

(Past recipes from my “The best thing I ate this week” posts include: quinoa fried rice, summer quinoa salad, and fried egg over quinoa with avocado, tomatoes, corn.) Up until recently, Michael would eat bananas like crazy.  But like a typical toddler, he decided that bananas are scary and disgusting right after I made a grocery run and stocked us up on enough to feed all of the monkeys at our local zoo for a week. Even though MT and I eat bananas daily, there was no way that we could finish them all off before they went bad....

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Friday favorites (2/20)

Friday favorites (2/20)

Happy Friday! I didn’t have enough favorites last week to really write a whole post, but I definitely accumulated a bunch this week.  Before I get into them, I just have to share this video of three really talented guys singing “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift.  It’s an honorary favorite for sure!   Chocolate Cupcake Luna Bar Oh my goodness, have you tried this flavor yet?  MT actually tried it before I did, and he told me that it really did taste like a chocolate cupcake.  I thought that maybe he was...

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Non-toxic beauty brand spotlight: ACURE Organics

Non-toxic beauty brand spotlight: ACURE Organics

It always makes me happy when more natural beauty brands hit mainstream stores.  Obviously, I like it because it makes the products easier for me to get without having to make a special shopping trip or online order. However, what really makes me so giddy about it is that it gives other people the opportunity to try a safer brand that they might not have purchased otherwise and hopefully paves the way for other non-toxic brands to enter these stores as well. Well, I am really pleased to announce that one of  my longtime favorite brands,...

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Recipe: Chocolate Chia Pudding

Recipe: Chocolate Chia Pudding

My husband can eat dinner and then walk away from the kitchen for the rest of the evening.  I, on the other hand, view dinner as nothing more than a gateway to dessert. My dessert/post-dinner snack is usually something like popcorn, Greek yogurt with cinnamon, a piece or two of dark chocolate, hot chocolate, or chia pudding- which has been the case a lot lately. Chia pudding sounds kind of nasty, and I do have to say that it really isn’t the prettiest thing in the entire world. The texture even takes some getting used to. I realize...

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Vitacost haul

Vitacost haul

(Please note: I am a Vitacost affiliate.  However, everything you’ll read here reflects my own true thoughts and opinions, and I have not been compensated or asked to write this post.) While I am a big fan of stores like Whole Foods, Earth Fare, and Trader Joe’s when it comes to health food and products, I also do a lot of my shopping on Vitacost. In case you aren’t familiar with it, Vitacost is an online store that sells products, such as grains, vitamins & supplements, snacks, canned goods, condiments, skincare,...

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Safer nail polishes you need to try

Safer nail polishes you need to try

Even though I made the switch to more natural beauty, hair, and personal care products pretty easily, I really dragged my feet when it came to using less toxic nail polishes.  The colors in my collection were just too pretty to give up! That being said, I went through a long stretch of not painting my nails at all, and my nail polish collection became more of a museum display.  Eventually, I realized that I wasn’t avoiding home manis and pedis because I didn’t have the time to do them.  OK, lack of time was sort of an issue, but...

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Friday Favorites (2/6)

Friday Favorites (2/6)

Like a total fangirl, I am ridiculously excited about the first favorite on my list this week… The Saved by the Bell reunion on Jimmy Fallon I could honestly go on for a solid week about how they managed to capture all of the amazingness of the original show into an 8 minute spoof.  If you were or are a SBTB fan at all and haven’t seen the clip, you absolutely must watch it.  It is amazing.  And seriously, they have all aged so well- even in HD! Hallmark Channel Movies At Christmastime, the Hallmark Channel played sappy...

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How to use turmeric for health & beauty

How to use turmeric for health & beauty

(What I describe below is my personal experience with turmeric.  As always, please check with your physician before trying any vitamins or supplements.)   When I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, my doctor, who knows that I am very into natural home remedies, told me to take turmeric, a yellow herb often used in Ayurveda, to reduce the inflammation in my body. In the process, I discovered that it is basically a miracle spice rich in antioxidants.  When consumed, it can keep platelets from clumping, prevent cancer, and make our...

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Friday Favorites (1/30)

Friday Favorites (1/30)

This week, I pretty much unplugged from social media, reading blogs, and blogging myself.  I even tried not to pick up my phone as much as usual- which clearly needed to happen since my 2 year old has started walking around imitating me with his pretend phone. Unplugging was an honorary favorite, and if you have not unplugged lately, you should give it a go.  It is amazing how much you can get accomplished when you aren’t looking at photos of your friends’ children or their cats on Facebook all day long.  In fact, I have been...

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