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Monday, March 4, 2019

Dairy Free Fancy Sauce

Here’s to making your toddler’s snacks downright fancy.

I like making this in the single serve smoothie attachment for our blender, but a bowl and whisk works too.

Drizzle this on berries, smoothie bowls, granola, oatmeal, use it as a fruit dip, eat it with a spoon if that’s your jam. I won’t judge. It’s so freakin’ good you may end up hiding it from the kids.

The recipe is super basic and delicious as-is, but also it’s one of those flexible things you can have fun experimenting with. Add cocoa powder, cinnamon, soaked dates, or vanilla. Adjust the amount of sweetener and nut butter to your preference. Start with just a small amount of almond milk, and keep adding more until the desired consistency is reached. Leave it thick for a dip, and thinner to use as a topping.

1/2 c. Plain Unsweetened Almond or Coconut Yogurt
3 Tbs. Almond, Peanut, or Cashew Butter
3 Tbs- 1/2 cup Almond Milk
3 tsp. Honey or Maple Syrup

Combine all ingredients and mix or blend until smooth. Start with the 3 Tbs of almond milk, and add more if a thinner consistency is desired. That’s it! Enjoy.


Friday, January 4, 2019

Natural Skincare In 2019

You may have noticed a pretty major shift in my content as of 2019, and here are the reasons. I want to start sharing more about one of my absolute favorite topics in the whole wide world; natural skincare. Because truly, what we put on our skin is important. It all affects us, and we absorb any chemicals we are slathering around. I also realize that one of the top areas of sustainability that people struggle in is beauty products. We like what we like. We are accustomed to certain types of products, and it can be difficult to fully transition into 100% DIY everything, all the time.

I’ve come to notice that even though, for some of us, it’s a well-known fact that most commercial beauty products are laden with chemicals, many people are still using them.  I think a big reason so many of us still reach for those products is because it’s what we know. It’s tough to branch off into a new realm like “natural” products when it’s brand new to us, and we know nothing about it. Not to mention, we can’t imagine how these products could possibly do what the old products did, until we try it ourselves. That can get expensive, I’m here to help you find some of the affordable, but still high quality stuff.

Sometimes it’s easier just to stick to the old brands. And DIY products (I hate to say this) don’t work for everyone. I know for me, I’ve experimented and practiced so much over the years, and I still haven’t found recipes that work for everything. Laundry soap, body wash, facial cleansers, scrubs, shampoo, conditioner, etc. I have tried shampoo bars, lotion bars, unwrapped soap, so on and so forth, and I’ll be honest, I simply don’t like a lot of it.

I like products. I’ll come right out and say it. I like lotions, face creams, shampoo, lipstick. I consider myself to be a pretty conscious consumer by the fact that, in our family,  we buy secondhand pretty much whenever we can, we choose quality over quantity, we try to avoid plastic and garbage products that will be rendered useless shortly after using. We rarely use single-use or disposable items, we look for sustainably packaged goods when possible, and the list goes on. We almost never buy something just for the sake of buying it. Impulse purchases are rare. And yet, among all these great habits, I still find myself with quite a bit of skincare products. I tried going completely without beauty products, I really did, and I missed them. So I figure that if I’m going to continue to purchase some of these products, the best thing I can do is share my trials with you all, and hopefully bring attention to some of these smaller companies that are turning out some really great stuff, and keeping the environment in mind while doing so. It may even be possible for these small companies to nudge the bigger corporations off the shelf one day. Maybe!

One thing I know is that people are still going to buy products. We can all do our part, but there are still people like me who enjoy certain products, and they don’t want to make them at home. So my purpose for diving into this topic and plastering it all over my platform is multi-fold.

1. I want to reach out to those people who have no intention of ever quitting their skincare habit. I want to lead them to the ethical, eco-conscious, sustainably made brands with healthy ingredients. At least this way, those people who would normally be smearing chemicals all over their hair and skin might decide to try something new and choose the healthier option. If you’re going to purchase skincare, you might as well get the harmless ones.

2. I want to help small shops. Big changes often consist of lots of little changes. If I can help drive traffic to these small shops, maybe they will grow. And perhaps conventional, chemical-laden beauty products will be crowded off the shelves by these more responsible companies. Simply telling people to DIY their products isn’t going to get rid of the toxic companies. The first step is to find something to replace the toxic companies with.

3. I’m hoping to help you find your best skin. After years of abusing my skin by bad products and unhealthy habits, I know what it’s like to have skin that you don’t feel confident in. I’m especially drawn towards products for sensitive skin, because I tend to break out and flare up from harsh ingredients. So hopefully you can learn a thing or two from my trials, and apply them to your routine to achieve that confidence.

4.  Better skincare equals fewer makeup products. The skin becomes the makeup. Not much else to say about that.

5. I want to share the good DIY recipes that I’ve found, so you can create some of these things on your own. Hopefully we can all find the balance between DIY and product purchasing that works for us.

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