Orzo Summer Salad

When summer rolls around, I am reminded that I don’t eat as much as I normally do. It’s usually too hot to eat such heavy and filling meals! I am always looking for light and healthy meals to make for summer, or any time throughout the year! Get ready for a fun and easy recipe for Orzo Summer Salad!

Orzo Summer Salad

When I was growing up, I used to love summer. We had a pool in our backyard, so we would swim almost every day! It was such a great way to have fun and cool off!  Now that I am an adult, I dislike the heat. I stay indoors as much as possible because the heat is so bothersome to me. 

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Nail Polish Kit that Embraces Your Inner D.I.Y

Nail Polish Kit that Embraces Your Inner DIY Inside Tin
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Every few days I find myself looking through Pinterest and Instagram, trying to find the nail color that really screams out to me. Sometime’s I find myself wishing I could be more creative when it comes to making up my own colors or designs. Instantly I remind myself that I am no artist. As much I wish I was, what my mind sees and my skills can make are two planets away. I am not quite brag worthy when it comes to designs, its a work in progress. But the nail colors? Finally, I have found a kit that lets me make the colors I want!

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Have You Tried Superfood Supplements?

The world of supplements always seems to be evolving. This is partly the result of consumers being more open and curious about the possible benefits of vitamins and minerals. Additionally, it’s also driven by how many new options are available to us, including supplements formulated with superfood ingredients.

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Weight Watchers Salsa

Summer is almost here and the kids are almost out of school! Since my son and I love snacks, I am always looking for healthy ways to satisfy our craving for crunchy foods!  He loves finger foods. I am determined to get him to love salsa (he’s a picky eater). We are so excited to share our Weight Watchers Salsa Zero Freestyle Points with you!  

Weight Watchers Salsa Zero Freestyle Points

Since I love snacks, I try to buy healthy snacks. Salsa is super easy, refreshing, and delicious to enjoy. Enjoying salsa with chips definitely satisfies that need for crunch!  Combined with the natural salt from the chips is just perfect!

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Start a Delicious Morning Routine

Start a Delicious Morning Routine
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Whether my alarm goes off or not, I don’t meet the morning with glee. After untangling myself from the sheets, I stumble out of bed with messy hair, blurry eyes, and the inability to create coherent sentences. As you can imagine, breakfast is not always on my mind. Counting down when I can go back to sleep is more my speed, unless I have something delicious to get my morning routine going.   

My Plant-Based Morning Routine
A Delicious Morning Routine with Puffins and Elmhurst

A few years ago I switched to a more plant-based diet. One of the easiest places to make this change came at breakfast. Usually this in the form of a green smoothie of some type, but this isn’t always convenient. Let’s face it, when you’re not a morning person, busting out the blender and the measuring cups can be a chore.

This is why I was so excited to add Barbaras Puffins Cereal and Elmhurst Milks to my morning routine. They’re a quick, delicious healthy way to help me start my day.

Cereal + Milk = Delicious

One of the reasons I begrudgingly ate cereal as a kid was because I never liked the taste of milk. Most of the time, I would eat my cereal out of the box or pour it in the bowl plain. This is how much I don’t like dairy milk.

I was so excited when dairy alternatives started arriving at my grocery store. Back then, there was only one alternative option. Today, I can choose from Oat, Almond, and Cashew.

Morning Routine_Elmhurst Plant Based Milks

Before Elmhurst kindly sent me some of their milks for review, I had tried their Oat Milk and was already a fan. One of the things I like most about these unsweetened plant-based milks is how few ingredients they contain. Their Almond and Cashew have two ingredients, nuts and filtered water, while their Oat has three, water, oats and salt.

Morning Routine_Elmhurst Milks

These milks are rich, creamy and free from fillers, artificial flavors, and sugars. They are also the perfect pairing for Barbaras Puffins Cereal.

Another reason I gave up on the traditional milk and cereal was because of how mushy my cereal would get. If I didn’t eat it quick enough it would become a bowl of yuckiness. So, I was a bit skeptical about adding Puffins to my morning routine. Would these bite-sized puffs hold up to the Elmhurst milk?

Morning Routine_Barbaras Puffins Cereal

In reality, I had nothing to worry about because they are made for mixing with milk. They stay crunchy, while also absorbing just enough of the milk creaminess.

The brand was kind enough to send me two of the cereal varieties, Peanut Butter and Honey Rice. Not only do I enjoy their crispy texture, but I also love the taste. They are just right amount of hearty and sweet.

Morning Routine_Puffin Cereal Bites

Another Puffins perk is that they are low in sugar and available in vegan and vegetarian options. Their peanut butter (6 grams of sugar per serving) is low fat, vegan, and made from corn and whole grain oat.  The Honey Rice (5 grams of sugar per serving) is vegetarian, low fat, rich in fiber and made from gluten-free whole grain brown rice.

Did I mention the also have cinnamon, peanut butter and chocolate, and pumpkin cereals? I can definitely see them making an appearance in my morning routine very soon. I wonder which version of Elmhurst milks I should pour over each first? Something tells me all of their milks would pair oh so well with all of these cereals.

If you looking to add some delicious to your morning routine, try the fabulous combo of Elmhurst planet-based milks and Barbaras Puffin Cereal. I can’t promise they will make you a morning person, but they’ll at least make getting up a little easier.

What’s your morning routine? Are you a cereal and milk fan?

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Beat Post-Workout Sweat with a Detox Skincare Line

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I don’t work out as much as I would like to. I also don’t take care of my skin like I should. When I do either one, I try to use the best products for oily and acne prone skin.

My face is so shiny and so finicky that only certain products can be used. I try to avoid products with excessive amounts of added oils and chemicals. At the same time, I also try to avoid face wash with over-drying properties.

What do you do when you want to scrub off oil, sweat, and dirt without turning into a scaly creature?

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Natural Care For The Family

As a single mom, I am always on a budget. However, when it comes to beauty, I like to be picky with what I use!  A few months ago, I had to purchase a list of basic beauty essentials to send to school for my son, such as a comb/brush, toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant, etc.  They were going to work with the students on how to use these items, basic needs, and how to care for themselves! At the time, I needed to buy the items quickly, so I didn’t choose natural items!  After buying everything on the list, I realized, I should choose natural beauty for the family!

As a single mom, I am always on a budget. However, when it comes to beauty, I like to be picky with what I use! A few months ago, I had to purchase a list of basic beauty essentials to send to school for my son, such as a comb/brush, toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant, etc. They were going to work with the students on how to use these items, basic needs, and how to care for themselves! At the time, I needed to buy the items quickly, so I didn’t choose natural items! After buying everything on the list, I realized, I should choose natural beauty for the family!
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As time went on, I’ve been slowly switching my son’s basic care items to natural products. We are now using natural toothpaste.

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Nourish Your Skin With Plant-Based Goodness

There are a few podcasts that I listen to from time to time and a few of them are always talking about bioClarity! Of course, as a beauty blogger, I’ve been curious ever since!  I knew I had to try their products!

Nourish Your Skin With Plant-Based Goodness
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Get Cute Spring Nails

Get Cute Spring Nails

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 I don’t know about you but I’m ready for some bright, glittery, colorful spring nails.  Give me a rainbow of beautiful shades for my fingers and toes. And if they happen to be vegan, 7-free, and have a portion of their proceeds go to charity, all the better.

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Plant-based Eating Made Easy

 

Plant-based eating made easy 

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In the last several years, I’ve moved towards a more plant-based diet. My goal is to eat in a healthier, more sustainable diet, for both myself and the planet. It also allows me to try new foods and to search for interesting new recipes to try. Although, sometimes trying to find all the ingredients can be daunting, but not anymore. With Purple Carrot, I get all the ingredients I need to make plant-based meals delivered directly to my home. It’s simple, delicious, and fun.

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