Natural Products I Love

It can feel impossible to avoid all of the chemicals floating around in our day-to-day lives. From the water bottles we use to the food we consume to our sheets and everything in between, you could make yourself crazy. And poor! I'm pretty sure there is an organic or natural version of almost every product under the sun nowadays. 

For years, I've tried to take on the mentality that I'm going to do my best with it, but not let myself be crazy. It's very similar to my attitude toward eating, exercise and, honestly, a lot of life. Do my best to reduce the chemicals we use. Don't beat myself up if I use a plastic tumbler from time to time. Also, sometimes you just need Clorox. (Looking at you, flu season when your husband is on an airplane every week!)

Sometimes you need a workout and a kale salad. Sometimes you need a soft robe and Cheetos, nahmean? Does "Baked" make them natural? :) 

Sometimes you need a workout and a kale salad. Sometimes you need a soft robe and Cheetos, nahmean? Does "Baked" make them natural? :) 

One of the areas where I try to be most aware, though, is when it comes to what I'm putting directly on my body and face. I read once that whatever we put on our skin is eventually absorbed into our bloodstream. This fact has made me extra aware of the products I allow to soak in all day. Pregnancy has made me extra-aware, knowing the baby is probably getting a little bit of anything I'm putting into my body. 

I do a quick check of each product on the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep site before purchasing to make sure it's in the green zone.

My go-to for moisturizers and face wash is Batty's Bath.

I've tried BeautyCounter moisturizers, but I don't think they compare to Batty's. I highly recommend taking her quick skin quiz before purchasing anything, but my favorite products are the Calendula & Cucumber cleanser and the Raw Radiance moisturizer. It saved me this winter! 

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For an anti-aging line, I love everything I've tried by Goldfaden MD.

They sponsored an event for The Letter Project a few months ago and I was lucky enough to try a slew of products. Every single one is pregnancy and breastfeeding safe and I highly recommend them. I love the Doctor's Scrub and the Needle-Less lotion.

For body wash, I love Shore Soap.

Mermaid Kisses is my fav :) It smells wonderful! 

For dry shampoo, I love Qēt Botanicals

Their Lavender Dry Shampoo powder works really well. It's $20, but lasts forever! If you need extra, extra moisture for your skin, I also really like their balancing and cleansing face oils. 

I still haven't found a clean shampoo I love and am absolutely taking recommendations. I'm considering trying Hairprint's line, but they have no scent at all and I'm not sure I'm ready for that. I love a good smell!

For deodorant, I love Arm & Hammer

I'm not exaggerating when I say I think I tried 15 deodorants before I found one without antiperspirant that worked for me. If you want to talk deodorants, email me. I'm not trying to brag, but I really consider myself somewhat of a professor of deo. :) 

Happy March! 

Super Simple Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce (gf)

Last Wednesday I shared a recipe on Instagram and have never gotten so much feedback from a story. People love food, y'all! I thought I'd share the dish here - it's the perfect hearty, healthy, autumnal dish. 

I was inspired by this Paleo Hacks recipe, though I made a lot of changes to it because her sauce was trending sweet and I like mine spicyyyyyy.

Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce (gf)

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Ingredients:

  •  1 T extra virgin olive oil
  •  I small white onion, chopped
  •  1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1.5 to 2 cups unsweetened almond milk (adjust for consistency - should be sauce-like)
  •  2 T tomato paste
  •  1/2 t sea salt (adjust to preference)
  • 1/2 t black pepper (adjust to preference)
  • 1/2 t cayenne (adjust to preference)
  • 1/4 t Pepperman (or any all purpose seasoning blend of your choosing)
  • Pasta of your choice (we used this Edamame & Mung Bean Fettucine and it was delicious) 
  • Fresh, chopped basil (optional)
  • Fresh parm (optional)
  • Spinach (optional)

To make:

  • Heat olive oil over medium heat in saucepan and add chopped onion. Sauté until onions are soft.
  • Add pumpkin purée, almond milk, tomato paste and all spices.
  • Let cook on low heat.
  • Begin boiling a large pot of water for pasta. Once boiling, add pasta, salt and pepper so noodles absorb the flavor. Boil until al dente (7 - 8 minutes for bean noodles) or until they are the texture you like.
  • While pasta cooks, be sure to continue stirring the sauce. Turn to a simmer if it has begun boiling. If it has gotten too thick as it has cooked, add more almond milk. 
  • Once the pasta is finished, drain in a colander. Remove the sauce from the heat.
  • Serve the sauce over pasta. Add basil, parmesan, spinach or (if you're like us!) chicken meatballs (which we bought pre-cooked and simply heated up!). 
  • Enjoy!