No More Dirty Looks

I get asked what all natural beauty/skin care products I use quite a bit by friends and family, so I thought I would quickly post about one of the websites that has helped me as I transition to all natural skincare and make up, please say hello to…

NO MORE DIRTY LOOKS

No More Dirty Looks (NMDL) is a website that launched in 2010, it’s also a book and a community for people who are passionate about natural beauty, wellness and healthy living. Founded by co-authors Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt, these ladies are queens of green beauty in my eyes. Their book, posts and the website community helped me personally deal with a dermatitis flare a few winters ago (more on that soon…) so I feel like it’s my duty to support and share my love of their site.

Some things you’ll find on NMDL:

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Turmeric and Cinnamon French Toast (Dairy Free)

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VIDEO + RECIPE: Garden to Table – Kale Pesto with Roasted Tomatoes and Potatoes

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We were so happy to team up with Loam Magazine again to bring you this video highlighting sustainable eating while sharing one of our healthy recipes. The majority of the ingredients used in this dish were either grown in our garden, or grown locally from an organic farm. We realize that it is the middle of Winter in Canada, but we hope this will be some inspiration for anyone interested in growing their own garden since March tends to be a good month to start seeds indoors.

If you don’t have a green thumb, not to worry! There are still other options for people looking for local, organic produce, some of which include local food shares, and farmers markets. Also, if you’re concerned that it’s cold and winter, most food shares are year round and provide bins of produce throughout all seasons.

 

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Creamy (Dairy Free) Cauliflower and Pea Soup

Cauliflower and Pea Soup

I made this simple diary free soup the other day and thought it would make the perfect Meatless Monday dish to share.  You only need a handful of ingredients, but it packs a lot of flavour and makes a comforting dish to serve on a cold day.  On top of that, you are getting some great health benefits and a decent serving of veggies in each bowl from the cauliflower, cayenne and garlic. Hope you enjoy!

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Pumpkin Hummus

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Hummus is one of my favourite snacks because it is easy to make, tastes delicious, and it’s a great source of protein. I try to eat protein with every meal, including snacks, because it helps to keep my blood sugars balanced. My favourite foods to eat with hummus are carrots, cucumber and celery, so it’s also a great way to get more veggies into my body! I also love that there are so many different ways to make hummus that result in such a variety of tasty flavours. This recipe for Pumpkin Hummus is from my wonderful Holistic Nutritionist, Kathrin Brunner, and it has quickly become a staple in my lunch bag!

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Banana, Almond, Maca Powder Smoothie

Almond Maca Smoothie

I was recently exposed to Maca Powder, a ‘superfood’ that grows at high altitudes. It has been linked to increasing energy levels and balancing hormones just to name a couple of perks to the flavour, which is why I enjoy adding it to my smoothies. To me, maca powder has a rich nutty flavour, but it can be an acquired taste (Erin isn’t a fan, but I love it). It’s my new favourite smoothie add-on :). Read on for the full recipe and the brands of the powders I use. (more…)

Test Dummies: Bio Seaweed Gel

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Use discount code – KICKINGITWHOLESCHOOL for $10 off online orders on http://www.shopbioseaweedgel.ca/ until December 31, 2015.

We were recently given the opportunity to test out and review Bio Seaweed Gel’s new Uptown Lights Summer 2015 collection and we are very excited to share our experience because Bio Seaweed Gel is free of the ‘5 big nasties’: formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, BHA and solvents. Several traditional nail or gel polish brands have some or all of those chemicals so this brand is a healthier gel alternative for those looking for one.

We prefer 5-free polishes because you avoid exposing your body to these harmful chemicals, while also preventing nail dehydration, staining and weakening. We also loved this collection because the gels are all UNITY  Colours, which means it’s a base, colour and top coat all in one and you don’t need to have or use a UV/LED lamp to set them. Instead, you can cure the gel with sunlight!

We had used their 3STEP Colour products before, (which requires a UV/LED lamp), and loved them, but this was our first time using the  Unity range.

The Uptown Lights collection is also so cute because all of the colours are inspired by Canadian cities, and there’s a good mixture of neutral and bright colours to choose from. We picked Winnipeg, Fredericton, Halifax and Quebec City to try out. Check the colours out below, and continue reading for our review and ‘how-to’ guide for using Bio Seaweed Gel’s Unity All-In-One gels. (more…)