Some new (to me) stuff I’ve been digging lately… EOS-Evolution of Smooth Lip Balm
I really love this stuff! All natural and mostly organic ingredients! It does contain Beeswax (FYI vegans) but EOS does not test on animals which is what I am more concerned with. Plus the balm comes in a cute little bubble case and because of its size it never gets lost in my purse! I have the summer fruit and sweet mint flavors.
Lavender & Jasmine Essential Oils
I snagged a few essential oils at the local health food store earlier this week and have really fallen in love with each of these ones in particular. The Jasmine is by far my favorite, and I’ve been wearing it during the day behind my ears instead of perfume (which tends to be full of chemicals btw). I mix the oil with a little unscented lotion and rub it on before I go to bed, and put a few drops of lavender in the bathtub for a good soak. I’ve just started getting into essential oils recently and I must say these ones are amazing.
Green Apple Peel Sensitive (face mask) by Juice Beauty
As I’ve posted before, I’ve been using the Juice Beaty skincare line for awhile now, and never buy anything else anymore! I even got my boyfriend using it! Their products are really THAT good. But just recently I finally splurged on the green apple face peel and I’m blown away by how amazing this stuff is. I apply a thin layer on my face at nighttime (about once a week) and rinse it off after about 10 to 15 minutes. When I wake up in the morning my skin feels baby soft, almost like I just had the best facial of my life. It’s an amazing product, and my only complaint is that it’s a small amount for a high dollar (around $45 a jar I believe) but I feel like my skin is worth every penny.
Tazo Green Ginger Tea
You can snag this yummy stuff at most grocery stores, and even some of the Starbucks carry it. I bought my first box about 2 weeks ago and it’s almost gone! It has a smooth aromatic of green tea leaves, ginger and pear, with a slightly sweet taste. I boil a couple of quarts of water on the stovetop and add 6-8 tea bags, then let it steep for about 20 to 30 minutes. After the tea has steeped I add a little raw agave or drops of stevia, then put it in the fridge for homemade flavored ice tea throughout the week. A lot cheaper than a Starbucks run! ;)
Lundberg Rice Chips
I’ve been experimenting with a lot of gluten free products lately. Mostly because my boyfriend is pretty darn certain he is gluten intolerant or at least gluten sensitive (not an extreme case but enough that he’s trying to move towards gluten free these days). I myself have gone on elimination diets before and experimented with different food groups. I discovered that I am not at all gluten intolerant, but I do feel that gluten can overwhelm the diet if one isn’t too careful. I do enjoy brown rice and rice products, and in general I think they are easier on the digestive system. Anyway, these chips rock! A lot of Lundberg’s rice products are made with brown rice, which is an added bonus!
These puppies are fabulous! I found them at Target a few months ago but as soon as I got my humble set of two, I left them both at my mom’s house and didn’t get them returned to me until this past weekend. I’m soooo happy I got them back from her because I’ve been really loving them all week. For one, two of the rounds fit perfectly nestled in my Vera Bradley lunchbox (oh I suppose I’ll have to post a pic of that eventually too) and the lids are super tight fitting so I don’t have to worry about spills or air seeping in. I find that glass containers in general keep my food cold for longer (even if I don’t put my lunch in the mini fridge at work, things still stay nice and chill) and if I want a hot lunch I don’t have to worry about microwaving plastic (which I refuse to do!) Plus, these glass containers are BPA-free, freezer-safe, dishwasher-safe, microwave-safe & made in the Unites States. So, there ya have it, these things rock!
So Delicious coconut milk yogurt with fresh blubes and chia seeds, perfect portable snack for work!
This stuff is heaven in a bag. I only say this because most store-bought gluten free breads and baked goods are highly lacking in flavor, and often funky in texture, but this stuff makes perfect and delicious pancakes and waffles every time! My sweeti and I have started a new weekend tradition this month where I make us a delicious waffle or pancake brunch and experiment with different flavor combinations in my waffles. (If you follow me on Instagram @lovesveggees you have seen all my waffle pics!) Now fair warning, this mix is not vegan because it contains small amount of cultured buttermilk, however I pick my battles sometimes. I use flax-eggs in substitution for eggs, and about 1/2 tbs. of coconut oil instead of vegetable oil. Other than that you just need a little water and your flavor combos of choice! So far I’ve made cocoa chocolate chip waffles, lemon poppyseed waffles, cinnamon pumpkin spice waffles, apple raisin and nut waffles, strawberry pancakes, blueberry pancakes, and my man’s fav-chocolate chip waffles smothered in coconut butter! Yummmo! The most economical way to buy this stuff is in the large 4 lb. bag and keep it in the freezer.
Other things I’m really digging this week
- Cool summer nights (last month or 2 to enjoy these! August and September are sweltering here in Florida)
- Summer school halfway finished!
- Looking forward to a relaxing vacation in August with my man and hopefully getting to see some family up north
- The amazing people I have in my life to help keep me on track, encourage me & love me endlessly
- Happy 1 year wedding anniversary to my BFF girl Sarah! Congrats on one whole year of wedded bliss ;)
- Happy 6o year wedding anniversary to my grandparents! Amazing what 60 years can do to two incredible people. They are the rock in our family and I don’t know what I’d do without them.
**I was not compensated in any form from any of these companies, nor was I encouraged to do these product reviews. This post is simply my own free-flow jibber-jabber about some of new favorite finds. Enjoy!