August 2015 Favorites & an Earth Kiss giveaway!

August 2015 Favorites & an Earth Kiss giveaway!

(I have not been paid to write this post, and all opinions below are my own. However, it does contain some affiliate links, and Earth Kiss kindly sent me their awesome face masks to try for free.) Hi! Before I get into today’s post, I want to congratulate Keeley, Maureen, Antonia, and Rebecca, the winners of the NuNaturals giveaway.  I contacted all of you ladies via email, so look out for my message. If you didn’t win, you have a chance to enter another fun giveaway down below.  It’s a beauty related one this time! And...

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Celebrate World Coconut Day with these coconut flavored foods

Celebrate World Coconut Day with these coconut flavored foods

Yesterday morning, I was alerted that tomorrow is World Coconut Day.  I ask it all of the time, but is there seriously a day for everything? Anyway, I figured that I would have a little fun with it and do a post all about my favorite coconut flavored foods. (Obviously, coconut oil, Grass Skirt Smoothies, and actual coconut are included as well.) 1. Dang Toasted Coconut Chips These make for a nice crunchy snack, and they are gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, and a great source of fiber. 2. Artisana Organic Coconut Butter I love this as a...

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Chit chat & NuNaturals giveaway!

Chit chat & NuNaturals giveaway!

Hi! It has been a long while since I’ve done a random chit chat type post, so I figured that I’d do that today.  I never have problems chit-chatting… I joined Snap Chat awhile ago, but I finally took some time to figure out how to use it this week.  It admittedly makes me feel like a grandma because I really find it to be confusing!  I haven’t posted anything to it yet, but I have been enjoying watching other people’s videos and looking at their pictures.  If you are on Snap Chat, let me know in the...

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Healthy store-bought soups

Healthy store-bought soups

You probably think that I am off my rocker for doing a post about soup in August, but since I have been battling a cold that has me sounding like Marge Simpson, I’ve pretty much been living off soup for days. I try to keep my pantry stocked with soups all year long for situations like this, so I figured that I would share some of my staples today. Aside from taste, I always consider the nutrients in soups that I buy- especially since I eat them mostly when I am trying to get over an illness. I am also very aware of the sodium (most of...

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Shopping for nontoxic beauty products in mainstream stores

Shopping for nontoxic beauty products in mainstream stores

I have made no secret of the fact that I order from Vitacost a lot (because it is seriously the best!), and that is where I find a lot of my makeup and skin care products.  But I realize that some people like to see/test products in person before buying them (totally understandable), and some people just aren’t fans of online shopping, especially when they need something right that second. So, is it possible to find nontoxic beauty products in mainstream stores? Well, I am not an expert on all stores, as much as I would like to be....

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54 Trader Joe’s items you must try

54 Trader Joe’s items you must try

Today’s post is inspired by one that I saw on Pop Sugar called The 39 Trader Joe’s Items You Need in Your Life.  As soon as I read the title, I quit reading. Why? Because I wanted to see how many items I could list without any influence from their list.  That way, my list would be truly authentic.  After coming up with my top items, I did finally go back and read the Pop Sugar version, and we actually had many of the same things in mind.  Those items must be extra good! I hope that this list is helpful to you if you are new to...

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13 ways to make yummy tasting zoodles

13 ways to make yummy tasting zoodles

Hi! If you read my July Favorites, you know that I have been eating zoodles (zucchini zoodles) like mad lately. Despite the cheesy name, they can be so delicious, and they are also quick, easy, healthy, and inexpensive to make. While any spiralizer will do when turning the zucchinis into zoodles, I use a little contraption called a Veggetti because it involves no set up, works extremely fast, and is easy to clean.  It has actually become a kitchen necessity- ranking right up there with my Vitamix and Kitchen Aid mixer- although it was just a...

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6 oils to start using today for health & beauty

6 oils to start using today for health & beauty

I am a big fan of adding certain oils to my diet and using them in my beauty routine.  They are a relatively inexpensive, natural, nontoxic, and usually very easy to find in stores.  Many oils even fight inflammation and dry skin- two things that I battle constantly- so it is no wonder that I like to use them. You are probably more than familiar with popular oils, such as olive oil and probably even coconut oil, but hopefully, I will familiarize you with a few more today! Note: Choose organic and cold pressed oils whenever possible...

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What’s in my hand bag? (summer edition)

What’s in my hand bag? (summer edition)

I don’t know about you, but a lot of what I carry in my hand bag seems to change with the seasons.  During the summer time, many of the things that I keep in there are geared toward sun protection, as you’ll see. The bag that I am currently using is a Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM in Damier Ebène canvas.  It was definitely not cheap, but it is a classic type of bag that I plan to use forever which makes it worth the investment.  At least, that is how I justify it. By the way, I keep any of the messier items you’re about...

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July 2015 Favorites

July 2015 Favorites

Hi! Remember me? It feels really good to sit down to blog this morning.  I have definitely missed it this past week or so.  But with preparing for a move, keeping my current house constantly show ready, being a full-time mommy (Is there any other kind?), and lots of fun social engagements, blogging kind of got pushed to the side. I do have a lot of fun posts planned for the next few weeks though, so I hope you’ll stick around- even if things are a little sporadic for awhile.  (Side note: I cannot hear the word “sporadic”...

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