A day at the Spa: The Benefits I received from Hydrotherapy & Organic vegan food

Since becoming a Mom, I can’t remember my life before having my beautiful girl. Quite honestly, I don’t want to. It feels like she’s been with me forever and that she was meant to choose me as her Mama. I am completely consumed by Motherhood in the best way possible and devote all my energy towards my tiny human. That being said, when a Mother falls deeply in love with her children, it is very easy to forget that you yourself exist or have needs. There are times when I feel the exhaustion and never-ending cycle that is caregiving, but to be honest, I rarely crave time away from my little one. I find it overwhelming to plan time away for myself, but I know in my head that I do need the reset button every so often and that Delilah will grow by spending quality time with her Dad and Grandparents when I’m not around. So.. I force it.

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How to Detox your Underarms: The Takesumi Detox

Switching to a natural lifestyle after years of using conventional products can be daunting, especially when you learn that even after switching over to the green side there can still be remnants of toxic ingredients that linger in your body in mass amounts. Using conventional deodorant is the perfect example of this. Most deodorants are filled with aluminum, among many other toxic ingredients, which wreak havoc on your entire system (and is well documented to cause breast cancer in women). Even after switching to a natural alternative there may still be side effects that occur when in the “transition period” and these can be prolonged if you don’t plan on helping your underarms with a detox treatment in the process. Many men and women find that they can’t get rid of the excess smell or they notice a red rash when they stop using their conventional brand. Both of these side effects can lead to men and women giving up on the entire idea of natural deodorants far too early when all they needed was a bit more time and a little extra underarm TLC. What does this all mean? In addition to switching to a natural deodorant, you should consider detoxing your armpits to draw out impurities and toxic remnants that are still present under your arms. 

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Minimalist 3-step Natural Make up Look: Because an extra 15 min. of sleep is bliss

Being a stay at home Mom means that I rarely get the chance to put my makeup on and when I do I’m usually rushed to get myself and a toddler ready (FAST). I have perfected a minimalistic approach to makeup over the years so I can get myself out the door as quickly as possible, and have found the perfect products to achieve the look. I used very few products (using some as multi-purpose, win!) which translates into less time consuming face painting and a quicker door exit strategy! Plus, your makeup bag won’t be packed full if you’re bringing it with you on the go. 

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How to boost the Health of your Skin: Mixing & Matching ‘Back to Basics Skincare’ Face Oils

You may have heard me rave about Back to Basics Skincare before, and it was so well deserved. This line of facial oils is to die for and I cannot get enough of what they have done for my face. I had the pleasure of testing out the rose hip radiance oil months ago and have a full review here. The Rose hip Radiance oil may actually be my top choice for a face oil and one that I think every skin conscious beauty needs in her bag of tricks. It is unbelievable that a face blend could feel and work so well for my rebellious skin. I loved this oil so much that I had to try the other two facial oils that are in the back to basics line, the Macadamia nut hydrating oil and the Avocado Repairing oil.

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Vegan ‘Turmeric & Cinnamon’ Buddha Bowl Recipe

This dish is one that I came up with when I was in need of some extra antioxidants and proteins in my diet. I love quinoa salads and so I decided to get creative and incorporate protein rich quinoa & hemp hearts with some superfood vegetables and spices. This is a great option for lunch as it has all the important makings of a healthy meal: complex carbs, digestible protein, superfood worthy vegetables, antioxidants and fat burning spices. This recipe is vegan, gluten free and dairy free.. not to mention, super delicious! Hope you enjoy!

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Verdura Natural Alternatives: A Green Beauty Line of Botanical Bliss

This was a package that I was eager to receive and opened quickly to have a look at the beautiful bottles inside. Verdura Natural Alternatives is a Canadian based company, which is something that always steals a bit of my Canadian heart. They use some of the most beautiful ingredients to create their skin care line, including floral extracts that smell so lovely when you open the bottles. I always like to try a range of different products to see what a company is like and three of their products have stood out to me. I tried their Bamboo Diva face wash, their Lotus hydration mist and last but certainly not least the Illuminati Face mask (which gets its gorgeous colour from the turmeric used). To give you a better idea of the experience you will receive with Verdura’s line, here are my opinions on each of these products:

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How to Get Rid of Acne Naturally: The Oil Cleansing Method

When I was a teenager, I carried the burden of the occasional break out. Something that no teenager wants to deal with but something that most experience (thanks a lot hormones). But nothing compared to the skin tornado that happened when I hit my early 20’s. This unfortunate breakout was partly due to ending my relationship with the Birth Control Pill and it took some serious shots at my self confidence. I literally tried everything in my power to tame the acne that had erupted all over my face but nothing was working. I went as far as taking the drug Accutane, which requires monthly blood tests to ensure your liver is processing it properly (yikes). While this “wonder drug” did give me clear skin for a year or so, eventually it came back and with a vengeance. I was at a loss of what to do and enlisted the help of my Naturopath who referred me to a holistic aesthetician. I am so grateful that I met this amazing woman for so many reasons and her knowledge of natural skin care is one of them. She started by assessing my skin and eventually came up with a skin care regime for me. This is what the regime looked like: (more…)

Why you should swap ‘Moroccan Hair Oil’ for this natural alternative

In my journey towards non-toxic living there have been some difficult changes I have made. One change that I wasn’t looking forward to was getting rid of was my beloved Moroccan Hair oil. I adored everything about this oil.. The smell, the texture, the way it left my hair shiny and frizz free. Up until this year I hadn’t found a replacement for it. Finding your perfect replacement is ALWAYS the key to a successful transition into the green beauty world, you MUST find products that you LOVE to replace the conventional brands you are breaking up with. I tried many hair oils and it resulted in many ‘natural runners up’ but that wasn’t enough for me, I needed a hair oil that I would love just as much as Moroccan Oil and I have finally found it. Until I began using UMA hair treatment oil I couldn’t remember what I had been missing. As soon as I opened the bottle and took in the unbelievably amazing scent of this oil I knew I might have my new best hair friend.

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Win $130 Skin Brightening Discovery Kit from UMA Oils


Ultimate Brightening Discovery Kit

Spring is fast approaching and flowers are budding in India at the UMA Oils’ meadow! It takes over 1,000 rose petals to make ONE drop of rose oil, which is a staple in UMA’s Ultimate Brightening Discover Kit. It’s the perfect time to switch up your skincare routine, so why not achieve that perfect glow you’ve always wanted? If you’re yearning for bright, glowing, and dewy skin, enter the Uma Brighten Up Skin Care Giveaway to win a brightening skin care routine fit for royalty. Enter your email to potentially be one of the 3 lucky winners to receive a $130 Ultimate Brightening Kit.

Good Luck!

 




Sunday Mood Subscription: Unboxing the February Pink Moon Box

Its that time of the month again where I share the contents of one of my favourite subscription boxes, the Sunday Mood Box. This months selection has been my favourite so far as I have fallen head over heels for the products that were curated so carefully. Here’s what I found in February’s collection:

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