What a Typical Day of Meals Looks Like for Me

I made it a goal to get healthier last year after letting myself slide a little.  I am at a very comfortable weight and don’t want or need to lose any more, but I do want to maintain my weight.  I don’t actively keep track of my calories the way I did last year, but I still try to keep myself in check.

I’ve learned that I need to let myself have treats here and there because for me, it’s the best way to keep my diet at a level I can maintain.  I don’t eat perfectly and often don’t cook a big dinner during the week.  Yesterday was a day where I was not trying super hard to eat fancy health food or be a perfect eater…I was trying to eat mostly healthy but with a few treats.  This is a snapshot of my meals yesterday – excuse the poor photo quality as they were taken with my tablet!


20150128_083233Breakfast – (9:00 a.m.) sliced organic apple, hemp seeds, protein dip (PB2 powdered peanut butter mixed with Tera’s Whey and a small spoonful of natural peanut butter), coffee with stevia and a splash of organic half & half


20150128_120735Lunch – (12:00 p.m.) tempeh with wilted spinach (no oil/sauces), sliced kiwi, two handfuls of my daughter’s pretzel Goldfish, water

Treat – (1:00 p.m) 1 small square of organic chocolate, cup of Earl Grey tea with stevia

Afternoon Snack – (4:00 p.m.) 5 slices of Tofurky, water


20150128_174802Dinner – (6:00 p.m.) organic baby greens with light all-natural dressing, 1 slice Daiya Mushroom & Roasted Garlic vegan pizza, a small handful of avocado oil potato chips, water

Evening Snack – (8:00 p.m.) one clementine

So there you have it!  Totally random day of food.  I do typically eat fruit and/or vegetables at every meal because I’m a vegetarian, but I also love the taste of fruit and vegetables and how I feel when I eat them.

What is a typical healthy meal for you?


My Current All-Natural Evening Skincare Routine

eveningskincaredec14My evening skincare routine is more involved than my morning routine.  Not only do I have makeup to remove, but I think a great time to replenish my skin with good ingredients is while I sleep.  I’m always changing up a few products here and there to find the best products for my skin type.  These are the products I’m currently using.

Elizabeth Dehn for OLO Vitamin B Cleansing Oil – I’ve religiously used this to remove my makeup every night for about 4 or 5 months.  My skin doesn’t like the cold winter weather, and this oil is so soothing and gentle.  It really does melt makeup away, and smells so good.  I really love nice smelling products, and this one is stellar.  I highly prefer removing makeup with this as opposed to balms, which make a greasy mess on my hands and face and make it difficult to remove eye makeup – this oil makes it effortless.

Painted Earth Optimum 15% Vitamin C Face Wash – I’m on the fence about this face wash.  It works…but how well for me?  I still haven’t decided.  After using a few different face washes in the last six months, I think I lean more towards the very gentle and mild cleansers.  My skin just seems happier with them.  I may start adding this back into my routine when spring gets here and my skin is less sensitive.

evanhealy Lavender Facial Tonic HydroSoul – This hydrosol is a complex lavender scent.  When I first smelled it, I was taken aback – it doesn’t smell like traditional lavender to me.  However, the scent has grown on me.  I mist this all over my face after I finishing washing it.  It is so calming and soothing.  I’ve purchased another EH Hydrosoul scent for my next bottle.

Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil – Even with all the fancy and complex oils and serums out there, this oil is still stellar to me.  Sometimes, simple is best.  I have been reaching for this bottle more lately because whenever my skin is irritated, chapped, or developing a pimple, this oil seems to just make everything better.  It’s fantastic, and I’ve already ordered another bottle.

One Love Organics Love Springs Eternal Serum – I’m on my second bottle of this lovely serum.  It just works really well and I will attribute that in part to the watermelon seed oil.  I have been reaching for this a little less lately, but that’s because my skin has been so sensitive and dry and I’m trying my damnedest to figure out what products make it happiest.

Laurel Eye Balm – This thick, rich eye balm is great – fantastic ingredients, gentle, non-irritating, hydrating.  Before this, I was using the ED OLO Eye Balm which I absolutely love, too.  It’s a toss up between these two eye balms for me – they are both great. (Not to be a tease, but I’ve been using a sample of Laurel’s Healing Balm – oh, my.  It’s my favorite face balm yet. The ingredients are stellar and don’t include coconut oil).

Gemstone Organic Jade Creme – I featured this creme in my current morning skincare routine as well.  I don’t use this every day, just depending upon my mood.  It’s almost empty and if I do buy another of their cremes, it will be the Ruby Creme.

One Love Organics Skin Savior Balm – I purchased this when my skin started freaking out from the winter weather.  I’ve been dealing with irritated, itchy skin with dry patches.  Not fun, let me tell you.  This is another product I don’t use every day.  Its main ingredient is coconut oil, and as there are a lot of people who have experienced skin issues with too much coconut oil use, I’m leery to get too coconut oil crazy.  I do use this when my skin is extra dry or tight and just needs that extra layer of moisture.  Sometimes I use it as a morning facial cleanser as well.  It does make my skin soft.

What products do you recommend for sensitive, dry winter skin?  Do you use any of these products?  What evening skincare products do you love?

Favorite Products: Caroline’s Doggie Sudz

dogshampooNot long after adopting our 7 year old Yorkie last summer, I noticed he was scratching at himself almost constantly.  When I looked at his skin, I was dismayed to see he had scratched his skin raw.  Although I didn’t take him to the vet, I suspect this issue was an allergy that was causing very dry, irritated skin.  I looked around for a natural dog shampoo that was hydrating.  I found Caroline’s Doggie Sudz and haven’t used anything else.

This dog shampoo is thick and concentrated and lathers very well.  The scent we have is Mango & Neem and it smells amazing.  After his bath, our little guy smells so nice, and his coat looks so pretty and healthy.  Within a few weeks of using this, his dry skin completely healed.  I don’t know if this shampoo was the only factor in his skin getting healed, but it definitely helped.

For the price and quality, I really like this dog shampoo. It retails for around $11, which is fine with me considering how long a bottle will last for us.  Our dog has no issues with sensitivity to it and I really like how well it works.  I’ve been using our first bottle for about 5 months and it is still over half way full.  We bathe our dog about 3 times a month.  Most likely, I will repurchase this whenever we run out.

Ingredients: ORGANIC Biodegradable COCONUT Derived Surfactants, OATMEAL, NEEM oil, VITAMIN E, ALOE VERA, WHEAT GERM oil, JOJOBA oil, YUCCA extract, CHAMOMILE & CUCUMBER extract, MANGO essence, and potassium sorbate (preservative). *

* Contains no SLS, SLES, DEA, TEA, Alcohol, Pesticides, Phosphates, Detergents or Dyes.


What natural shampoo do you love for your pets?


My Current All-Natural Morning Skincare Routine

morningskincaredec14I’m still tweaking my winter skincare to find the best solutions for my skin.  Typically, I have slightly oily skin in summer and dry skin in winter.  I’m still researching for the best products that will moisturize, help me retain moisture, but also not irritate or break out my often sensitive skin.  Tall order.  For now, these are the products I’m currently using for morning skincare.

OLO Brand New Day with Manuka Honey – a couple of times a week, I use these two products and apply them as a mask to my face before I hop in the shower.  I’ve mentioned how much I enjoy this mask in a past post.

HollyBeth Organics Chamomile Cleanser – I’ve also been using this in the mornings for a few months now.  This cleanser is great – very affordable, gentle, but still makes my skin feel clean and prepped for other products.

Root Science RS Youth Serum – This serum is so nice – I love the smell, the ingredients are fantastic, and I love the packaging.  It’s pricey, though (I bought this during a sale).  To make this bottle last longer, I’ve only been using this as my morning serum.

Laurel Eye Balm – Another pricey luxury that I picked up during a sale.  At this point in my life, an eye balm is a necessity in winter (and year round, too).  This one is really lovely, but I still cannot decide if I like it better than the ED OLO Active Moisture Vitamin E Eye Balm.  Regardless, this is a truly great eye balm.  It moisturizes so well without irritating my eyes at all.

Blissoma A+ Perfecting Serum – This was a sample and I really enjoy this.  Typically, my skin is in good shape, but I always deal with periods of time where my skin is a bit irritated or has a couple of pimples.  I don’t know how I would feel about its effectiveness if I bought the full-size – I may purchase just to get a better idea of how well I like it.

Gemstone Organic Jade Creme – This stuff is fantastic.  I’m almost out of this thick, moisturizing, fragrant cream. I really want to pick up their Ruby Creme, as it doesn’t contain coconut oil and I’m paranoid that too many products with coconut oil will start to affect my skin.  The Ruby Creme sounds amazing.

Nourish Organic Fresh Fig Body Butter – Possibly my favorite body butter ever.  For me, this scent is heaven.  I am euphoric every time I open this jar to put some on my skin.  It smells so good, that I can’t even put it into words.  And as far as moisturizing, it does a wonderful job.  I usually deal with really dry skin on my shins, but this butter is so good that no matter how cold it is outside, my skin is soft and hydrated. My one tiny gripe is that it does seem to take a little longer to absorb into my skin than other products, but I’ll deal with it. And for the price, this stuff is just phenomenal.

Do you use any of these products?  Do you have any recommendations for products to help deal with sensitive, dry winter skin?

3 Simple Eco-Friendly Home Upgrades



Do you sometimes find yourself looking for a way you can be more “eco-friendly” but you don’t want to overhaul anything in your life?  These are three super simple changes that actually make a positive environmental difference!

Filtered Water PitcherNo more plastic water bottles!  We have a Brita water pitcher very similar to this style, and love it.  Alternately, you could purchase a water filter that mounts directly to your faucet, like this one.

Cloth Napkins (aka Unpaper Towels) – No paper towels! – OK, I do keep a roll of paper towels under the kitchen sink, only to be used for the ickiest of moments (like doggy messes).  Otherwise, we always use cloth napkins for dining, snacks, wiping off tables, and practically anything else you would use a paper napkin or paper towel for.  It saves money, is easy, and frankly cloth napkins are nicer that dining with paper napkins.  My favorite place to buy cloth napkins is Etsy – there are a ton of options.  I prefer Birdseye Cotton as well.

Rechargeable BatteriesAlmost zero battery waste! At this point, 99% of the batteries in use in our home are rechargable.  The only ones that aren’t are those we haven’t replaced yet.  I love rechargeable batteries.  They last such a long time and I don’t ever have to worry about running to the store to get more batteries for anything.  I remember being a teenager with a portable CD player (anyone remember those?!) that took 4 AA batteries – and I was constantly replacing them and trashing the used ones.  Awful.  I’m so glad there are rechargeable batteries.  They are absolutely worth the cost.

What small changes have you made to make a positive environmental difference?