health and wellness

Pink Lady Smoothie

raspberry smoothie

I’ve always preferred blueberries over raspberries, but lately I’ve been loving this combination. The tartness of the raspberry is really fresh for summer, and you’re getting fibre, folate, vitamin C and extra goodies from the berries.

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Test Dummies: Joyous Health Minty Fresh Toothpaste

Joyous Health Minty Fresh Toothpaste

WHY I BOUGHT IT

I wanted to alternate my typical routine of brushing my teeth with soap (more on that here), with a paste that had a baking soda base. Erin just featured Joyous Health as her Book of the Month and I wanted to learn more about it, so I checked out Joy’s website. Guess what… she has a toothpaste with a baking soda base (SCORE).

When I visited The Yoga Show last month I knew I wanted to pop by the Joyous Health booth to purchase it. Little did I know, Joy would be there in real life. She was so kind and helpful, I was going to buy the toothpaste anyways, but it made me feel extra happy that I was supporting a local business and a fellow female!

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Vegetarian Mini Quiche with Spinach and Sweet Potato Crust

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I receive eggs every two weeks from a coworker who has her own coop (I would love to have one myself one day!!!) and sometimes I get her notification that my new order of eggs is ready but I haven’t even finished the last bunch. So, I decided to use up some eggs by making this mini quiche. These little yummy bundles are great for dinner, and keep well for lunch the next day. I’ve included some cheese and butter in mine, but listed modifications to make it dairy-free as well. Read on for a detailed recipe.

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Test Dummies: Earth Science Naturals Creamy Fruit Oil Cleanser

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WHY I BOUGHT IT
I had just run out of my old cleanser and needed something to replace it. However, I was in a rush and grabbed this without reading the ingredients as well as I should have, and now I have regrets 😦 (more…)

Ethical and Cruelty-Free Beauty Subscription Services: Petit Vour

wi-fi organic

I’m trying to transition all my makeup and skin care to natural, cruelty-free products and it’s going well so far. I feel like there is way more variety at Whole Foods or your local supermarket, drug store etc. than before, but some natural brands can be preeeetty pricey. To the point where, when I buy something and it isn’t working, it bums me and my wallet out.

It’s tough to get samples at the grocery store, and I could just return the full size product if it’s not working out, but I hate being wasteful and always ask myself: “Where do those lightly used products go once people return them?”. I ended up asking someone at Sephora what they would do with a concealer I was returning and they said it would probably be thrown out…

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Using Soap to Brush Your Teeth

Soap Toothpaste

When I tell people I switched to using soap to brush my teeth, they cringe – and I did too when I first tried it.  I thought about how adults in movies would wash a kid’s mouth out with soap if they’d done something wrong. Not pleasant, except now I was washing my own mouth/teeth with soap to keep up with my oral hygiene.

The real reason I started brushing my teeth with soap was by total fluke. I had just moved, couldn’t figure out where the toothpaste was and remembered reading an article where Dr. Bronner’s Soap was used instead of traditional toothpaste. I tested out the method with my Kiss My Face bar soap and haven’t looked back.

Things to know…

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