Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Local Lovin' - Earthy Browns Lotion Stick Review

 Hey Guys!! First, I just want to say thank you to all have stayed around while I have been MIA on this blog! I really appreciate your patience! Second, today I wanna show you a fantastic product I have fallen head over heels for...and guess what? It's made right here in Louisville!

I have been striving to become a locavore, and am slowly finding more and more AMAZING products Kentucky has to offer. We have so many great local finds...and I am going to show you each one as I come across them! BUT if you are feeling curious, just check out my "Local Lovin" tab at the top of the page :)

Ok. A little about Earthy Browns:They are small family owned business right here in Kentucky. Paul and Kaye Brown use their passion for sustainable living to create all natural body care products from lip balm, to soap, and even honey! They actually have their own apiary where they source their own wax and honey!

I found this lotion when I was shopping at my local health food store, Rainbow Blossom, looking for a new body butter or lotion to try because my skin was feeling pretty dry. I noticed that they had quite a few items of Earthy Browns, and after I read the ingredients, and saw that they were a local company, I decided to try their "natural scent" lotion stick. (They only sell their lotion in stick form btw.) This stuff is THE. BOMB. For real. It smells like pure cocoa butter, and makes my dry hands, knees, elbows, and feet soften up immediately.

The lotion comes in a 2 ounce, plastic twist up tube, kind of similar to one you would find for a deodorant. The ingredient list is one to be has nothing but organic moisture giving oils and butters such as coconut oil, grapeseed oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, and their very own yellow beeswax from their own apiary. Such amazing quality, and very affordable! The price is $6.99, which very reasonable, especially to be organic.

I have a job that makes me wear rubber coated gloves to protect my hands from being cut, and I stand on my feet for 8 hours on concrete. Needless to say, both parts need moisture like crazy. I would LOVE to just slather this stuff all over me like I do with body butter...but that's just not practical. It is just 2 oz. after all.

I really love to use this on my feet before putting on my socks, and also after washing my hands. I wash my hands quite often during the day, especially after handling our chickens or my rabbit, and all of the oils really replenish and re-hydrate my parched skin.

If you are looking for a really great, all natural, hydrating lotion for the cold winter weather, I really recommend checking out Earthy Browns! I always love supporting, and spreading love for local businesses!

I love supporting KY Proud businesses!

Where to find them:

*If you live in the Louisville area, you can find them at all Rainbow Blossom locations, the Jefferson Loop farmer's market, and Whole Foods and these places!!**

Kaye's blog:

Learn more about Kentucky Proud businesses:

* All product reviews are my own thoughts and opinions. I never receive compensation for a review, and all items are purchased by myself unless noted.*

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Shea Moisture Kids detangler review



Use code SEQ516 to save $5 on your first purchase under $40, or $10 if you spend $40+

Where to buy:



Sunday, August 10, 2014

NEW WINNER selected for The Lash Project giveaway

Hey everyone! Today I am announcing that since I never got a respons from the original winner I selceted for my giveaway, Red Apple Lipstick has allowed me to choose another winner to recieve the prize! Isn't that exciting? I am sorry that the original winner will not receive the mascara, but I tried to get in contact with her and never heard anything back so I have to be fair and select someone else.

That being said, I went back to the Rafflecoptor widget and selected a new winner at random.
The NEW WINNER of #TheLashProject mascara and a Red Apple Lipstick of their choice (though I recommend Petal Rebel :) is....


Congratulations Jennifer! I will be emailing you soon with the email you provided in your entry!

Thanks AGAIN to everyone who entered!


Thursday, August 7, 2014

#TheLashProject giveaway winner is....

Hey guys! Thank you to all 28 people who entered this giveaway! This was the biggest giveaway I have ever done, and by far the most exciting! I think this mascara is AMAZING quality, and is worth a splurge! Thank you so much to Red Apple LIpstick for letting me be apart of this launch, and I hope to do more giveaways in the future.

Congratulations Deborah!
I would love to hear your thoughts on this mascara when you receive it!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

#TheLashProject Review + Demo

Hey everybody! I am super excited to be an official Lash Project blogger and be apart of this launch! Use the code below to get 22% off of a purchase of $50, and don't forget to enter the giveaway!!

**Click here to use code LASHLOVE14 and save 22% on a $50 purchase from!

Enter giveaway here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, June 29, 2014

June Favorites 2014 (natural, non-toxic, cruelty free)

I have decided I am going to start sharing my youtube videos on my blog, I don't really know why I kept them seperate in the first place. Let me know if you like this, and if not I will keep them seperate. This month I had a few favorites, and so did my puppy Biscuit, so I shared them too :) I hope you like this video! Thanks for watching!

Favorites mentioned:
Gentle Digest dog probiotics
cedarwood/ lavender dog shampoo
Ion Color Brilliance Brights semi permanent hair color
DIY yoga mat cleaner
Don't Bug Me lotion bar
Clay Silk deodorant
Deep Steep brown sugar vanilla body butter
Sassa Bella Ageless Skin cleanser and toner
Red Apple Lipstick petal rebel
Red Apple Mint 2 Be lipgloss fuzzy naval
Silk Naturals HD foundation N30
Real Techniques buffing brush
Roxy OCean Sider beach pants

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Current Wishlist (natural, health & beauty)

Hey guys! Today is just a quick little post of some items I am lusting over at the moment. I like a mixture of beauty, health and wellness products at all times, so I included a few of each here in my wish list. What are some items you are lusting over right now?


1. Defender Pad I just found out about this from Mama Natural on youtube...and I NEED this in my lap, er, life! It is an amzing little device (that is independntly tested)that protects you from laptop radiation! It also acts like a fancy little lap table.

2. Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Pressed Foundation After falling in love with the Silk Veil I got as a sample, I am definitely interested in trying the powder foundation. I have tried a few Lauren Brooke products over the years and liked all of them. I like the convenience of the pressed powder over loose minerals. Also, her foundations contain spf from zinc so you gotta love it even more!

3. ZuZu Luxe Azure eyeliner I just finished off the Raven shade of this liner, and it is the most natural liquid liner I have found on the market. I really loved the raven, so I know I will love this bright blue shade as well!

4. Silk Naturals HD Concealer I am absolutely IN LOVE with the HD foundation from this brand! It has amazing coverage, and in the warmer months I can use it all over without worrying that my dry skin will look cakey or flaky. I want to try the concealer because it can get around my eyes and nose easier.

5. Caribbean Solutions Beach Colors self tanner This is the most affordable all natural self tanner I can find. All the reviews I have read have been really great also. I have naturally fair skin, but I am embarrased of my legs because of my varicose veins that show on the back of my knees, so I have been looking for a way to disguise them.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Chagrin Valley Clay Silk Lemongrass Deodorant Review

Hey guys! I have done quite a few deodorant reviews since starting my green beauty journey. Most of the natural brand deodorants I have tried have been just ok, or have started out REALLY great, then ending with me not liking them at all. This one is a little different. No, alot different.

I have been using the Clay Silk deodorant from a little company called Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve for about two months now (  in super hot and humid Kentucky weather!) and let me just go ahead and say this now- I will never go back to any of those other brands!

Chagrin Valley offers SEVEN different deodorants, five Coconut Silk which contain baking soda, and two Clay Silk which contain bentonite clay. I had been eyeing the coconut silk since last year but my arm pits just can't handle the baking soda. So when they came out with the Clay Silk, I HAD to try it!

They key ingredient in this deo is bentonite clay. That is why it works SO well. Bentonite clay has been used in  many natural beauty and wellness products, is known as a detoxifying and healing clay, and for its ability to absorb and remove toxins,and impurities from the body.This powerful clay, along side anti-bacterial tea tree essential oil, helps absorb sweat and neutralize body odor at the same time! And believe WORKS. You just rub your fingers into the tin, then rub onto your arm pit! You only need a little bit, because it is made with coconut oil it spreads really well.

Chagrin Valley created this deodorant for those sensitive to baking soda- like I am.

"An organic mineral deodorant that combines the natural antibacterial properties of virgin coconut oil and tea tree essential oil to minimize and neutralize odors naturally. Nutrient-rich bentonite clay, well known for its absorbent properties, helps absorb sweat naturally. This product is not an antiperspirant and the natural ingredients will not clog pores. A great alternative for those who are sensitive to baking soda." - Chagrin Valley

I still sweat while wearing this deo, like the description above mentioned, it is NOT an anti- perspirant but a deodorant. And it does exactly what is is supposed to do. Well, it works great for me! I know that everybody is different and have different preferences when it comes to deodorants, so this may not work the same for you as it does for me, but it is definitely worth checking out if you are sensitive to baking soda but want a natural product.

I truly LOVE this stuff! It comes in a 2 oz. tin, and you don't use much at a time so it will last for months. I apply it in the morning, sweat my butt off all day at work ( in 90+ degrees in the building), and barely smell at all at the end of the day. That has not been true of the other brands I have tried. They only worked well in cooler weather...

If you need a natural deodorant that will work for you, will last a long time, and doesn't have baking soda, I highly recommend you try Clay Silk. It is kinda pricey at $7.75 each, but for the amount you get it is worth the money (to me).

Have you ever tried any of the Clay Silk, or Coconut Silk deodorants? How did they work for you?
Let me know in the comments!



Where to buy: 
Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil; Organic Jojoba Oil; Bentonite Clay; Organic Unrefined Beeswax; Organic Cocoa Butter; Organic Arrowroot Powder; Organic Essential Oils of Lemongrass and Tea Tree; Organic Rosemary Oil Extract 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Yes, bees are IMPORTANT.

photo from my garden last year :)

Hey guys. By the title of this post, you should already to be able to tell that this is an issue that is personal to me. A few things prompted me to write this today. All of them happened today. Let me start off by saying I am an advocate for saving the bees, and sign every petition against pesticide/ herbicide/ fungicide or anything that is harmful and deadly to bees, and strongly encourage almost everyone I know to do the same. That being said, today I received an email from the Environmental Working Group about a petition against a new pesticide that Dow Chemical is trying to get passed called 2,4-D and I shared it with some co- workers and I explained that bees are endangered and these pesticides are also toxic to humans/ cause cancer. I asked them if they would sign it, and I of course did.

The two awesome ladies that work next to me said heck yes they would. Another gal that doesn't work next to me but in my area, said " I don't care about bees, I just don't want to get cancer". This broke my  heart. This is a bit of the convo we had:
Me: Bees are responsible for most of the fruits and vegetables that we eat, and really anything that has a bloom on it gets pollinated by bees.
Her: I eat meat, I'm good.
Me: What? How will you eat meat if the meat you are eating doesn't have any plants?
Her: They can eat grass

I may sound a bit crazy to some of you because I was explaining this to my unwilling co-workers, but the people in my area actually are interested in these things as well, they even ask me about them on their own.( I just wanted to let you know I wasn't pushing this info on them.)

Then after work, I was out in the garden watering all of my plants, and watching about 5 different honeybees hop happily from flower to flower, and I started to recall my earlier conversation and got fired up. I needed to talk about why bees ARE important, and ask how people don't know this??

Did you know there are different types of bees?Yup. According to One Green Planet there are 25,000 types of bee species around the world. That is amazing.

When you type into Google search, "why bees are important", this quote pops up first:
  1. Globally there are more honey bees than other types of bee and pollinating insects, so it is the world's most important pollinator of food crops. It is estimated that one third of the food that we consume each day relies on pollination mainly by bees, but also by other insects, birds and bats..

That is a big reason right there. The MOST IMPORTANT POLLINATOR in the WORLD! Bees are responsible for so many of the foods we humans consume each day. The most healthy and nutritious foods for that matter!  Broccoli, asparagus, cantaloupes, cucumbers, pumpkins, blueberries, watermelons, almonds, apples, cranberries, and cherries....all of these amazing foods would not be here without bees!! We also would not have honey, (a favorite among green beauty bloggers and health conscious people). Raw honey is an amazing food and skincare product, and  is an alkaline-forming food that contains vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants and other nutrients.

These natural pollinators help keep the world full of beautiful blooms of flowers and trees and these plants provide food for other animals, and so on. Bees are a part of the food chain too.

Can you imagine a world with no flowers, or honey? I sure can't. And I don't think we should have to. If more people started to realize how important bees really are, maybe there would be less of a threat to their lives.

I think all people need is a little knowledge and understanding about what we are doing to harm the bees, and a little guidance on what we can do to stop it. There are a few things we can all do to help these harmless little guys out.

** STOP USING CHEMICALS. That is number one on my list. These pesticides,chemical fertilizers, weed killers are all super harmful to bees. Stop using them and opt for a natural solution such as hand pulling or vinegar for weeds,orange oil , or soapy water for pests, and so many more other options. Or just leave your weeds alone. Our grass has these little white poofy flowers that bees LOVE.

** Plant flowers that attract bees. There is a flower I found from Seed saver's Exchange that is attractive to all pollinators! It's called Bee's friend. How appropriate! They also like sunflowers ( I had to walk hunched over through my garden last year from all the traffic!)

 ** Let your congressman know how you feel. I have actually done this. I have signed many petitions that were sent to my congressman letting him know that bee killing pesticides need to go!

Queen of the Sun has compiled a list of 10 things we can do to help save the bees. These are all doable for all of us. I really recommend checking it out if you are interested.

I am sorry if I sounded ranty here, but I get fired up about things I am passionate  What are your thoughts on this topic?



Great reading about bee importance:
CC Pollen
One Green Planet
British Beekeepers Association

** All thoughts expressed in this blog post were my own opinion. I am not endorsing any companies or brands**

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Whole California Olive Exfoliating + Moisturizing Scrub & Mask | Review

Oliviate is an up and coming brand that cares. What sets them apart from other body scrub companies I have tried is the fact that they only use three ingredients, yes THREE, and all are sustainable and eco friendly! They do NOT use any plastic microbead in their scrub, because those little buggers end up in our water supply and can be toxic.
This scrub only contains:

*Organic California olives
*Organic vegetable glycerien (from sustainable palm)
*Lemongrass essential oil

I was contacted from the company to try a sample of this product, and they sent me a link to their Indiegogo page, and some facts about their brand and what their goals are and after I read about them I immediately said yes.
Here is a little about the company and what they are trying to do with their product.

"We’re launching Oliviate to bring the power of California olives from the farm to your face. We’re using our Indiegogo campaign's Earth Day launch to introduce our 100% organic skincare products that work naturally with your skin without any artificial additives or plastic microbeads. Oliviate harnesses the power of nature to nourish and replenish your skin without harming the environment

Oliviate is the kind of brand that I love supporting, because they have such great values and care about the impact they have on the earth. They use all sustainable methods, and ingredients, and just make a great product with great ingredients. They are also paleo, gluten free, and cruelty free!
phot courtesy of Oliviate

I was lucky enough to receive a sample to try and I really am pleased with it. It came packed in a cute little carboard box, with paper "easter grass" that can both easily be recycled, and the product itself was in a tiny little plastic jar, that I plan on keeping for reuse.

The first thing I noticed when I opened the jar was that it was brown, and kind of a mousse like texture.

Also you can smell the lemongrass essential oil, but it is not a real strong scent. The exfoliant is pumice from ground olive pits and the scrubbers are SUPER fine. When you rub it in you can definitely feel the exfoliation but it is so gentle because of how small the scrubbers are. My skin felt so smooth and actually looked plumped up after! I have a sample picture using my hands.
I did not use scrub on this hand- see they dryness?

This hand I used the scrub on. My skin is smooth and supple. I did not apply moisturizer either!
I was so excited to see how great this scrub worked on my dry, scaly hands ( I wash my hands ALOT due to handling baby chicks and gardening so they get really dry) because I am constantly moisturizing them. I am going to try this on my feet too!

Oliviate has launched an Indiegogo account to try to raise money to produce their product on a larger scale, and buy all the necessary equipment to do so. They are running this until June 20th so there are only 7 days left to help if you are interested. They need to raise $25,000 in order to reach their goal and right now are only at $4,640. They need our help to reach this goal, so if you are interested here are some perks you can receive from contributing:

If you would like more info on Oliviate as a brand, you can head over to their Facebook page, or go to their Indiegogo page and contribute to their goal.

I really want to see this brand go far! I hope they can reach their goal by June 20!!



Saturday, May 3, 2014

Spotlight On: Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein

Hey guys! You may or may not know this about me, depending on how long you've been around, but finess, and eating healthy are my biggest passions other than green beauty. I am always exited about finding new foods and ways to incorporate nutrition into my life. I also have an interest in fitness and "fitness foods", such as the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan, which I have had for over a year now and really love!

My only problem with these types of foods is that a TON of their recipes call for protein powder, brown rice protein in particular. I use to really like the Garden Of Life Raw Peotein, but unfortunately Natural News released results from lab tests that they did all on their own, and discovered really toxic amounts of heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, and mercury, in nearly every brown rice protein (and many other types) on the market. Raw Protein being one of them.

Not that I consume protein powder daily, or even weekly, but I was still disappointed. The heavy metals actually come from the soil from which the rice was grown in...mostly in China. So needless to say I am not going to be buying any brown rice protein for quite a while. At least until the limits are met by 2015 which they are suppose to be. You can read about this in more detail HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Hemp Protein has consistently come out testing very clean!! That was very exciting to hear because I had been trying to include more hemp seeds into my diet because of the amazing nutritional punch they add, and that led me to researching hemp protein powder.

In my search I came across this brand, that is now my go-to for protein powder, Manitoba Harvest!

I research products thoroughly before I decide to by them. I look over their website, google them, read reviews, and try to find out as much about the products as I can to see if it is the right fit. Everything about Manitoba Harvest is the right fit for me. Not only is it organic, but the ingredients list is only three items long.
Yes. I said THREE.

I have the Dark Chocolate flavor and here is the ingredient list:
-Raw organic cold milled hemp protein powder
- Organic palm sugar
- Organic fair trade cocoa powder
That's it!

No artificial flavors, no artificial sweeteners, no chemical preservatives! It tastes amazing, it doesn't upset my stomach and it makes amazing pancakes! It is not chalky like some other hemp proteins I have tried either which was a big deal. What more could you ask for from a protein powder??

I picked mine up at Whole Foods for about $16.99, and it was worth every penny. I am definitely going to be trying the vanilla one as well. If you are someone who uses protein powder often, and are looking for a great vegan brand to try, I highly recommend Manitoba Harvest.

Have you tried any products from Manitoba Harvest?



Where to buy:
Manitoba Harvest ( use code SEQ516 to save $5-$10 on your first purchase!)

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Liebster Award

Hey guys! This is a super exciting day here! Natural Beauty Junkie is getting it's second blogger award! This award is the Leibster award, and it is really special because it is a blogger-to-blogger award, and is given to blogs that have 300 or less subscribers. Another reason I am so excited about receiving this is because I was nominated by a fellow Kentucky blogger!

I was nominated by Sarah Alyse over at Bluegrass Greengirl, and I am loving her blog lately. I can't believe I wasn't following her sooner! If you aren't, then go now! :) 

To win the award officially, you have to do these things:
- List 11 facts about yourself
- Answer the questions asked by the nominator
- Ask 11 questions to the bloggers you nominate
- Notify the nominees by going to their blogs and telling them

This will be tough! But let's get started.
11 facts about me:

1} I have the largest feet in my family ( I wear an 11.5 in womens)
2} I can't swim. I can doggie paddle, and kind of swim backwards, but that's it.
3} I have a deviated case you haven't noticed that my nose is crooked, that's why :)
4} I have only been to the ocean once in my life, and that was when I was 29.
5} I Even though I was born and raised here in Kentucky, I have never been to the Derby. 
6} I am obsessed with Australia, and want to go there so bad, but they have really big spiders there so that's a no-go lol.
7} Before going green, I actually went to culinary school for baking and pastry, and wanted to start a bakery. I use to sell my cupcakes and even catered my friend's wedding.
8} My natural hair color is dark blonde, but I feel like I should have been born a redhead.
9} My arm span is 3 inched longer than my body
10} I won 2 coloring contests in my life, one was in kindergarten and I got my picture hung up at the courthouse, and the second was at a 4th of July celebration at Rough River Lodge when I was little.
11} My middle name is the "generation name", and it is my mother's and grandmother's middle name.

Whew, it was hard to think of that many personal facts! Now onto the questions Sarah asked me.

1. What are you most grateful for this very second (first thing you think of)?
To be in a place where I am truly happy and hopeful.

2. What bad habit do you wish you could get rid of?
Procrastinating. I'm not that bad, but I still do it.
3. If you won the lottery, what would you do first?
Pay off our house. Then buy a farm in Lexington and grow/ raise everything we need. Then, get solar panels so we didn't have an electric bill. 
4. What do you spend more money on than you should because you love it (example- buying the expensive chocolate, paying to buy something local that is less expensive online, refusing to drink generic soda, etc.)?
I spend way too much on food! I always try to buy pesticide free, and /or organic if possible, and I am really trying to buy local. I admit I buy things I don't need sometimes and that's a problem. But I don't spend money on other things so I try to rationalize it that way.
5. What time period (past, present, or future) would you most want to live in?  Why?
Probably the 70's. I really love the clothing and music from that period, and I feel like people lived more naturally back then. We weren't obsessed with "things" and nobody had cell phones.
6. What word do you wish everyone used to describe you?
7. What would you most want to win a lifetime supply of?
Almond butter. Or my favorite moisturizer.
8. In your wildest dreams, what would you like to achieve with your blog?
I would love to be able to blog as my full time job. I have so much passion for healthy living, and trying to show people that you can live chemical free without thinking you have to spend your whole paycheck on beauty products or organic food. To be able to do that for a living is my dream!
9. Why did you decide to start blogging?
When I decided to go green back in 2012, everyone thought it was so strange. I didn't have support of anyone, so I decided to blog about it in hopes of finding other people that cared about the same things as me. I never thought I would find such an amazing community along the way!
10. If you could live anywhere in the world (and take anyone you want with you) where would you pick?I really want to go to Switzerland , and Australia. I think Switzerland would win because of Australia's crazy huge critters though! I would definitely take my boyfriend. I couldn't imagine not having him with me.
11. What space-age technology (like a transporter or robot maids) do you most wish we had today?
Teleporting for sure! Nomore gas, or traffic, or rediculous prices for cars. 

I nominate:
Andrea-  aka Shoudra Stargleam
Taylor- Simply Joy

Sorry If I left anyone out! I really don't know How to figure out who has not been nominated yet!

My Questions: 
(I stole some questions from Sarah Alyse:)
1. What made you start your blog?
2. If you had to choose only one green beauty item for the rest of your life, what would you choose? (This can be makeup, skincare, etc.)
3.  How did you decide on the name of your blog?
4. What is your dream job?
5. What do you hope to accomplish with your blog?
6. What are your most purchased items? 
7. What is your most prized posession?
8. What is the most delicious food you have ever eaten?
9. If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
10. Which blogger do you admire the most?
11. What is your craziest memory with your best friend?

I just want to say thank you again to Sarah Alyse for the nomination! I am so honored! I hope you liked my answers and to  you gals I nominated, I can't wait to read your answers as well!



Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bee's Wrap: What is it and why I LOVE it!

Today is a great day! It is the day of Thunder over Louisville, and it's going to be in the 80's outside which has been on everyone's wishlist after the winter we had! It is also the day I get to tell you all about one of my new favorite eco-friendly home products!

I have been absolutely in love with this product since the minute it landed in my mailbox back in March and I use it for everything I would use plastic wrap for previously. This amazing find is Bee's Wrap! (You may have seen this on my Instagram feed if you follow me there.) I bought mine on etsy, but they have a website as well.

If you have never heard of it before, here is a little snippet from their website to explain all about them:

"Bee's Wrap is organic cotton muslin infused with beeswax- a perfect alternative to plastic for food storage. The warmth of your hands molds the Bees Wrap to the top of a bowl or dish, keeps a piece of cheese, the end of a cucumber, or half of an onion fresh. The Bee's Bread Wrap is large enough to wrap a loaf of bread, keeping it fresh longer than you want it hanging around. The antibacterial properties of the beeswax help keep food fresh and allow the Bee's Wrap to be used again and again."

 I have known of Bee's Wrap for quite a while and have been saying I was going to buy it, but I finally took the plunge in March and got the 3 pack set and it has been wonderful! My bf and I are really trying to replace throw away items such as plastic wrap, paper towels, etc, with reusable ones and I knew I was going to love this.  I use it to cover my glass mixing bowls to keep a salad in the fridge, to cover dough while rising, to wrap sandwiches, and then you just wash it with a little soapy water and lay flat to dry!


It really does mold to whatever you use it for just by the warmth of your hands. After you cover your item, and stick it in the refrigerator, it hardens so your food is securely covered and stays that way until you pull it out and uncover it. It may be hard for some people to believe that they can live without plastic wrap because it has been so common for so long, but TRUST ME, it can be done! Painlessly!

Bee's Wrap comes in small, medium, large, and extra large (for bread), and before I know you could get them seperately, but on their website now there is just the 3 pack and a single bread wrap. The pack that I got included 1 small (7"x8"), 1 medium (10"x11"), 1 large (13"x14"), for only $18.00.

If you think that is too pricy for food storage, just think about it like this. A box of  plastic wrap costs anywhere from $3-$5 for around 100 ft. If you are buying it 4 times a year, you already spent $12-$20 on throw away wrap when this wrap can be reusable for years. I think that's a pretty good deal!

I have been LOVING my Bee's Wrap, and I am actually thinknig of getting a second set but haven't decided yet. I have also found an easy way to store mine, by hanging it with a heavy duty paper clip on my wall with my rolling mat! It keeps them nice and flat and easy to grab.

In honor of Earth Day, right now Bee's Wrap is sending out a free pack of wildflower seeds with every purchase to help feed the bees! How cool is that? If you are interested in trying Bee's Wrap, now would be a great time! For the whole month of April all US shipping is free, to Canada is $5.00, and $10.00 on all international orders! 

Have you ever tried Bee's Wrap? Do you love it as much as I do?? Let me know below in the comments!



Where to buy:

their etsy store:

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Concrete Minerals review & swatches!!

Hey everyone! Todays post is long awaited, for me anyways! I have been obsessing over these items for a little over a month now and I can't stop using them! If you follow me on YouTube, you have already seen me talk about, and use them and now I'm excited to bring them to you up close and personal...with swatches! Now you can see the gorgeous, richly pigmented, awesomeness that lies within these containers.

Let's get started!

I want to tell you a little about Concrete Minerals, and then we shall move onto the swatches/ review. Ok. Concrete Minerals is a mineral makeup brand that offers a range of products from eyeshadows, lip tints, and nail polishes, and they are also cruelty free, vegan, gluten free, and made in the USA. Amazing right? That meets all my criteria for beauty products, and then some!

I came across them by accident on Google (where I find literally everything), and as soon as I took a gander at the brightness of their shadows I knew I had to place an order! I immediately went to their website and looked at their ingredients, and then checked out everything they offered, and then got even MORE excited when I found out that they had a special deal for bloggers.

Yes! The have a special deal that  if you are a blogger/ vlogger, and have 100+ subscribers, you can get 4 of their mineral OR pro-matte eyeshadows for only $15.00 USD. I poured over their shadows for a couple hours before deciding on the ones I ended up with, and also added a couple lip tints to my order. This is a great way to try their products because each shadow costs $7.00 USD, so you get quite a discount!

My order arrived super quickly, actually one day sooner than estimated, which I was really happy about. I actually have a haul video if you are interested in that.

Ok, now lets get to the swatches!!! I think I'll start with the shadows :)

The four colors I chose were:
Rocked (soft, neutral peach with violet sheen)
Unity (vibrant purple with gold sparkle)
Infinity (aqua blue)
Brat (hot pink with violet undertones)

OH MY GOSH I was blown away with these shadows! They were even more beautiful and brighter than their online pictures and just amazing quality.The pigmentation of these shadows is so intense, you would never think they were completely natural mineral pigments!! They apply very smoothly, even on my crinkly eyelids, even without a primer. They are also super long lasting. I don't wear a primer, but I do use my foundation on my eyelids, and they last pretty much the whole day on me, with little creasing if any at all.

I also got two samples with my order, and they were:

Croma (shimmery-lavender with aqua sparkle)
Kinky (black-based teal, with rainbow sparkle)

These two colors are very pretty, but Croma is a very cool toned color that doesn't go well with my skin tone. I do however really like Kinky! It is such a unique color! I have not used it in a look yet but I have swatched it and think it is gorgeous. Look for it in a GRWM very soon!

Like I said before, I was drooling over all of their products, and when I saw the liptints, I had to get a couple! I chose:

Rocket (vibrant coral- pink)
Vamp (cherry red)

The description of these liptints is pretty accurate, although on my lips Vamp is a little more of a pink tone which is fine with me! Let me just say, these lip tints are so pigmented, they are almost like a lipstick! They have a very pepperminty scent and tingle, so if you aren't a fan of peppermint these probably won't be for you. I use to not like peppermint in my lip products because it can be very strong and burn, but that is not the case with these. I LOVE them. I am constantly grabbing for these when I need a lip color.

Rocket is my favorite of the two, just because coral is my favorite color, but Vamp is also a gorgeous color. I am absolutely thrilled that I found out about this brand, and I will DEFINITELY be back for more products very soon!

Have you tried Concrete Minerals before? What did you think of them?



Where to buy:

Mineral eye shadows:
$7 Ingredients vary, Pro-matte shadows contain dyes

Lip tints:
Olea europaea (Organic Olive) Oil, Euphorbia anisyphilitica (Candelilla) Wax, Cocos nucifera (Organic Coconut) Oil, Butyrospermun parkii (Organic Shea) Butter, Elaeis guineensis (Organic Palm) Oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Oil, Rosa mosqueta (Rosehip) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Azadirachta indica (Neem) Oil

MAY CONTAIN: Mica, Titanium dioxide, Iron oxide, Tin oxide

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Today is a very exciting day for me and my blog. I've been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! I was nominated by Kath over at  Natural Kath, and I could not be more excited! Thank you so much Kath! If you have not read her blog, head over there because she showcases all kinds of green beauty, and it's a great place to find makeup swatches!

The rules for this award are:
1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog. (done!)
2. Display the award on your post.(done!)
3. List the award rules so your nominees will know what to do.(now, done!)
4. State 7 things about yourself.(below)
5. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.(below)
6. Contact your nominees to let them know you have nominated them. Provide a link to your post.
7. Proudly display the award logo (or buttons) on your blog, whether on your side bar, ABOUT page, or a special page for awards.( hells yea I will!)

Ok, here is the part where I tell you seven things about myself...I hope I can think of seven things.
1. I am obsessed with red hair. I have always wished I was a natural red head.
2. I love gardening, but I am terrified of worms, so my bf has to save me every time I dig in the dirt and move the worm.
3. I have never had a tan.
4. I wear a size 11.5 womens. So needless to say I have a hard time finding shoes and have to wear them to death.
5. I come from a rather large family- 5 sisters and 1 brother. We were never lonely!
6.  By the end of 2014 I really want to own a Big Berkey water filter. It's been on my wishlist for a very long time!
7. I try to buy conciously, and I do own a small amount of organic clothing, and want to start adding sustainable clothing to my blog posts in the near future.

And the nominees are:

All these ladies deserve this award and inspire me everytime I read their blogs!

Thanks again to Kath for the nomination! I am really honored and excited!



Saturday, February 22, 2014

Traditional Medicinals Steep The Stress Away tea sampler review

 Hey guys! Have you ever tried tried Traditional Medicinals tea? I had always seen it at Target, and Meijer, and had always wanted to try it, but I wasn't sure which one to choose. They have so many teas for health and wellness, I just can't decide which ones to try. That's where samplers come in!
I LOVE tea. I drink a hot cup of tea probably 3 or 4 times a day, and I like finding organic, caffeine free, herbal teas these days because I feel really jittery if I have more than just my morning coffee caffeine in a day. I really like rooibos tea, and especially chai tea, but I am trying to expand into more healing, herbal teas such as detox teas, and even teas to help with digestion such as lemon and ginger, which I love.

I am picky about brands of tea that I drink because of the pesticides and "natural flavorings", and even soy lecithin that a lot of popular brands contain, and it is difficult to find brands that do not use these ingredients.
Luckily I got the chance to try a sampler of Traditional Medicinals and it came just in time.

 I received this kit sometime around Christmas, and some of you may know I was struggling with stress from being the only memeber of the household that was working, and also a repetitive motion injury in my elbow, so I REALLY wanted to try these to see if they would help!

This kit contains 3 relaxation teas:
* Organic Nighty Night-" helps to relax, and get a good night's sleep"
* Organic Chamomile with Lavender- " settles your nervous system and relaxes your digestive system, especially good when stressed or tense"
* Organic Easy Now- "helps you relax, easing tension or stress"

I was really excited to try these because Traditional Medicinals is created by master herbalists, are organic, don't use any "natural flavors" or soy, are NON GMO verified, they only use sustainable methods to produce their teas, and the tea bags are actually compostable. Their  packaging is made of 100% recycled material, and they use solar energy to run their facility. Now that is a GREEN company! I really love when comapanies go above and beyond to produce quality products, and I love supporting green businesses.

Now onto the tea!

The first one of these I tried was the Easy Now tea, because I was feeling really tense and was having a hard time relaxing because of my arm hurting from work. The description says it is "floral apple- like and minty", but I really didn't taste any appley-ness, mostly just mint. It tasted good, but I am a beginner in the REAL herbal tea world so it took some getting use to. It did seem to help me relax though. I had never tried catnip before so I was nervous to  drink it, but when I finally did it wasn't so scary :), I didn't even taste it.

The one I liked the best of the three is definitely the Nighty Night tea. It has the best flavor of the bunch, and it doesn't taste as herbally to me. It kind of reminds me of the Celestial Seasonings sleepytime tea, only without the pesticides. I sometimes have a hard time going to bed because all of the tv shows I like come on at 8pm and I have to be in bed by 9pm and I have to FORCE myself to go to bed...this tea, just like sleepytime tea, actually does help me fall asleep. The description says "the calming blend of lavender, passionflower, chamomile, and catnip will help ease tension and stress, and these herbs have a beneficial effect on the nervous system". I guess that is true because I always fall asleep soon after I drink this tea.

The last and final tea in this kit is Chamomile with Lavender. This is not my favorite tea... no offense Traditional Medicinals! I loved the other two in the set! It's just not for everybody. The taste was not the worst I've ever had but I just never liked chamomile tea in general. I did try it a few times, and the flavor kind of reminds me of biscuits and that weird? My bf drank it too and said he tasted it as well. Maybe we are just weird. I did feel a little more relaxed after I drank it, but I don't think it's something I would drink regularly.

All in all I was really happy with this teas sampler and am glad I got to try it out and see what great quality teas Traditional Medicinals has to offer! I am interested in trying other flavors of  teas they have, especially the ones with ginger, those are always my favorite.

You can find out how to purchase this sampler for yourself by going here.

Have you ever tried any of these relaxation teas for yourself? What did you think of them?



*this tea was sent as a pr sample. These are my own words, and I was not compensated for thise review other than the chance to try the sampler.*

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Where to vuy Traditional Medicinals teas:

Friday, February 21, 2014

Colorevolution Mineral Makeup 5 pc Sultry eyes, and 3 pc starter kit review

 Hey guys! Today I'm going to show you a brand that I have been using for a couple months now and felt a review was long over due. Colorevolution. I actually found out about this brand when I was shopping at Ross, (if you don't know it's a store like TJ Maxx). I am always on the look out for natural makeup or skin care that is AFFORDABLE, and I usually find great deals on body care and shampoo at places like TJ Maxx and Ross, but makeup is RARE.

I couldn't believe it when I found 2 natural, mineral makeup kits that actually WERE natural. And cheap! The only ingredients listed for every product was just mica, iron oxide, titanium dioxide. After I purchased these, I looked up Colorevolution and it is actually a high-end makeup brand, and very popular. I understand why!

 The two kits were a 3 pc starter kit containing a foundation, blush and bronzer for light/medium skin, and a 5 pc sultry eye kit that had 5 eyeshadows. Both of the kits were only $6.00 too. I grabbed one of each kit.

Another thing I loved about this awesome find, was the huge size of all of the products. The eyshadows are 1 gram, and the face products are 3 grams. That's a really good deal for only 6 bucks.

I have used these eyshadows so many times, and fall in love with them again every time I use them. Especially Majesty. I use this beautiful sparkly nude as an all over color, or as an inner corner highlight. It is just gorgeous! They apply very smoothly, especially if you use a cream shadow or primer underneath, and they last on me all day. Some people say that if they have oily lids mineral makeup creases or fades, but my skin is dry so it lasts a long time.

The shadows in this kit range from warm, to more neutral tones. I find the warmer shades work better on my skin tone but I still love them all. I use Coral Sand and Majesty the most but I also love Barely there as a crease color.

The 3 pc starter kit is made for light to medium skin, and I am more on the fairer side so I can't use the bronzer or foundation unless I BLEND IT OUT because it shows up really dark on my face. I have used the blush and foundation quite a few times and if applied lightly the blush is beautiful on fair skin. The foundation, I LOVE even though it is slighlty too dark. It makes my face looked airbrushed and flawless. It goes on perfectly with my ecotools kabuki. I am going to try to find the fair to light kit as well.

I am really glad I got a chance to try this brand for a really good price, because on their website they are a bit pricey, but totally worth it if love natural makeup like I do. They also have tons of different eyeshadow kits , face kits,and lip products you can try that come in all different colors. Emily Noel on youtube just did a review of their Ru-Paul Glamazon collection and it looked so amazing! All kinds of brigt colors that I would love to try!

I hope you liked this review and if you have ever tried Colorevolution, what did you think of them??



Where to buy:

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Day 3: Berry Beautiful Coconut Ambrosia

It's day 3 already! What are your thoughts on Sweets Week so far? I am pretty pleased with everything I have showed you, and proud of myself! I am really trying to come up with SIMPLE, and really natural recipes that require minimum ingredients but are still yummy.

After fiber filled brownies, and decadent chocolate mousse pie, I thought it would be nice to drop down the calorie load a little,( especially since I devoured 3/4 of the pie after work today...) and make a dessert that is lighter and less guilty. After thinking it over I thought fruit would make a nice dessert...but I decided to jazz it up a little. That brings me too ambrosia salad.

My mom always use to buy big tubs of ambrosia when I was in high school and I always use to sneak and eat it because it was SO GOOD! Sorry mom! Anyway, I wanted to make a healthier, less sugary version of this delicious dessert and add nutritional value on top of that! The way I decided to do that is with one of my favorite ingredients, that would be impossible to make jello without. Grass fed gelatin!

Great lakes gelatin is the best form of gelatin on the market in my opinion. This is the ONLY grass fed gelatin I have heard of, and the cows are healthy, and hormone/ anti-biotic free. Compare that to JELLO brand jello that gets their gelatin from sources that are less than ideal and full of artificial colors and flavors. No thanks JELLO, I'm good.

Gelatin is also a GREAT way to get protein into your diet because that's all it is. Pure protein! It helps keep your skin, and joints healthy and supple as well. And if you suffer from varicose veins like me, it is suppose to help strengthen the collagen that surrounds them and keep them from bulging.

I also decided to keep with the dairy free theme, because so many of us have sensitivities to dairy and I didn't want to leave anyone out. I usually make my own coconut milk, but for the sake of time, I used store bought. The brand I got was Thai Kitchen, which does contain guar gum- I'm not too fond of that but it will do in a pinch.

Let's get down to business!


*1 1/2 c frozen berries ( I have a mix of strawberry, blueberry, blackberry and raspberry)
OR- juice of your choice- preferably organic
*1/2 cup coconut water
*1 1/2 tbsp great lakes gelatin (+ a couple tbsp of room temp water to bloom it)
**sweetener optional**

Whipped cream:
*1 can full fat coconut milk
*1 tsp raw honey
*pinch of cream of tartar (optional)

 Thaw your berries. As soon as they are thawed, add them to your food processor with the coconut water and blend until liquidy and looks like juice. Or just use juice, it's up to you! After you've made your juice, you can choose to strain the seeds out or skip it. Take 1/2 cup of your juice and add it to a sauce pan on your stove and bring it to a boil, then turn off.
Now bloom your gelatin. Sprinkle your gelatin over the room temp water in a bowl, and whisk it until it becomes a paste. Now add the just boiled juice and whisk until gelatin dissolves. After you've dissolved the gelatin, pour the remaining juice into the bowl and whisk until completely mixed. Pour your gelatin mixture into a greased cake pan. I used coconut oil to grease mine. Refrigerate a couple hours until set.

Once your jello is set, it's time to make the whipped coconut cream! You will need either a stand mixer like mine (kitchen aid) or a hand mixer for this. Open your can of coconut milk, and scoop out the "fat" at the top, and leave the watery stuff in the bottom of the can, we won't be needing that. Add cream to mixing bowl. Add your honey. Now whip it! Just keep whipping on high until soft peaks form. This step is optional as well, but after you see the soft peaks- you can add a pinch of cream of tartar, that just helps to keep the cream firm.

Now just choose your dish, cut your jello into squares (or just plop it) and layer it with your whipped cream.
Enjoy! I love the flavors of berries and coconut together. So rich and creamy, and very low sugar. I know it's not really a treat that you would usually choose in the winter, but it's a nice lower calorie dessert option.

Well, I hope you guys enjoyed this ambrosia, I know I sure did! There's only one day left until Valentine's Day! What should I make tomorrow??? Let me know in the comments!



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Day 2: Beautifying chocolate mousse pie w/ a secret ingredient (no bake, vegan, gluten & nut free)

Hey there! It's day 2 of Sweets Week! I am really excited to share todays recipe with you! If you read the title you may be asking yourself, "Why did she call this a "beautifying" chocolate mousse pie? Well let me explain. Did you see that there is a "secret ingredient"? Along with that secret, there are a list of other foods that are great for your skin/ hair in this pie, that will help you to look your best this Valentine's Day. The secret though is actually....sweet potato! There is a whole sweet potato that makes up the filling of this delicious mousse, and I gotta say it is AWESOME. And not just because I made it.

Why are sweet potatoes good for beauty? They are high in vitamin A, which helps to prevent wrinkles and keep your skin soft. They are also a great source of vitamin C, calcium, folate, potassium, and beta carotene. All of those are beneficial for healthy skin and hair.

What other beauty foods are in this pie? Sunflower seeds, dates, coconut oil, cacao,  and maple syrup.
* Sunflower seeds are high in selenium, zinc, and vitamin e. All are great for skin and hair health.
* Dates are full of vitamin A, and K, and loads of other minerals, and help protect cells against free radicals.
* Coconut oil is a well known beauty foods because of it's good fats that keep skin hydrated and prevents sagging.
* Cacao is one of the most anioxidant rich foods you can eat! It is also full of magnesium and vitamin C and helps repair damaged cells, protect from free radicals, and helps increase blood flow to the skin. Raw cacao is best.
* Maple syrup is a beauty food because if it's high levels of manganese and zinc.

Now that I've explained the why, let's get to the how!


1 1/2 cups sunflower meal
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 cup pitted dates
1 1/2 tbsp raw cacao powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 medium sweet potato, skinned
3 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 shakes of cinnamon
3 tbsp maple syrup

First, place your peeled and chopped sweet potato in a pan of water and boil until tender. Remove from heat and strain. Let them cool and  prepare the crust. Add your dates, and sunflower meal to your food processor. Blend until combined. Add your coconut oil and vanilla and blend. Add cacao and blend again. Grease your pie pan with more coconut oil, and press your sunflower mix evenly into the pan. Place in refrigerator.

While your crust is chilling, get started on your filling. Place cooled sweet potatoes in food processor and blend until smooth. Add the rest of your ingredients and blend again. (Adjust sweetness and chocolatey-ness to your liking, I liked the amount I used here but that's just me!) After the mixture is nice and smooth and creamy, pur it into your chilled crust and smooth out. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

                                                    Once set, just slice and serve!

I really hope you love this pie! Let me know what you think in the comments!



Tuesday, February 11, 2014

SWEETS WEEK day 1: Oat and date brownies

Hello everyone! Today is day one of my series called Sweets Week! Are you as excited as me? I am going to be showing you a new, healthy sweet treat everyday until Valentine's Day! So, it's even more fun for me because I get to test, and eat the finished product, but hopefully you enjoy these recipes and make them for yourself as well. :)

I really wanted to make something chocolatey, and also cakey....and what do you get when you mix those things together? BROWNIES. I loooove brownies. What I don't love though, is how they are usually full of butter (I like butter, but in moderation!), sugar, and wheat. Since a lot of my readers are gluten free, or vegan, or have food sensitivities, I decided I wanted to avoid those ingredients.

The brownies I created for you are wheat, dairy, soy, gluten, and egg free! The base is made from oat flour, and dates! You can't get any more simple than that. I started browsing around for different ways to make brownies healthy, and I came across black bean brownies, sweet potato brownies (I WILL try those!), and various gluten free recipes including oat flour, so I decided that's what I would use.

I decided to use dates because that is a great way to sweeten a dessert without ADDED sugar, because dates are a whole food. Natures candy. MMMMMMMM, They are very sweet and are full of fiber, iron, potassium, vitamins A and K, copper...the list goes on!!! I knew I had to include these magical sweet gems.

So I got out my food processor, made my oats into flour, pureed my dates, and got to work!The texture of these brownies isn't exactly like regular brownies, more like oatmeal cookies...but they are still delicious! In fact, the dough is delicious! I had to quit eating it so I could actually make this post! Also, the filling is optional, I just thought it was a fun touch.
 Here is what I came up with, and I hope you love them as much as I do :)

* I made this easy on myself and pre-measured everything before I started*


1 1/2 cups oat flour
1 cup pitted dates
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of pink himalayan sea salt
3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup coconut butter or more
2 tsp raw honey
splash of vanilla extract
1 tbsp of almond milk

For Brownies:
Preheat oven to 350. Measure out your oat flour and place it in a bowl. Add dates to food processor and blend until it's a thick paste. Go ahead and measure out your almond milk and vanilla, and add those to the food processor as well. Blend until mixed. Batter will be lumpy. Add your cocoa, baking powder and salt to the oat flour and mix together. Add the date mixture to the dry mixture and use a spoon to combine them. Grease your pan with a little coconut oil(I used heart silicon baking pan in honor of Valentine's Day), and spoon your mixture into your pan. Bake for 15 minutes.

While the brownies are baking, make your filling. Add the coconut butter to a bowl, place that bowl on top of a pan of water,turn the heat to medium, and let it melt.Add your honey to the coconut butter and mix it until honey is dissolved, then add almond milk and vanilla. Mix together. Remove from heat.

Remove brownies from oven and let cool on a cooling rack. If you are using a silicone pan they should just pop out onto the cooling rack. Once cool, seperate brownies into groups of 2. This made 5  "sandwiches" and 1 to make it even I ate one :) Place some filling between each sandwich, and EAT!

Ta-DAAAA! I really like these brownies because they are not super sweet, they fulfill my chocolate cravings, and are also filling so I don't eat ALL of them at once.

I would love to know what you guys think of these! Also, if you have any suggestions for future desserts let me know in the comments, or on twitter using #SweetsWeek!