Friday, October 31, 2014

Manitoba #HempHearts Review and {GIVEAWAY}

I've got a treat for you today in the form of a bag of 2 oz. Manitoba Hemp Hearts to giveaway!

I've loved hemp hearts for a while now, but I have typically put them on salads and in quinoa dishes. They are packed with 10 grams of omegas and 10 grams of protein per 30 gram serving. 

I decided to try something different and bake with them. I found a great Hemp Banana Muffins recipe on the Manitoba Harvest site. They turned out delicious!

Hemp Banana Muffins


  • 1 1/3 cups light spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup Hemp Hearts
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/3 cup grapeseed oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray or line with paper muffin cups.
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, oats and Hemp Hearts.
In a blender, process bananas, oil, vanilla and non-dairy milk until smooth. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Add chocolate chips. Stir until just mixed. Spoon into prepared pan.
Bake for about 25 minutes or until a knife inserted in the centre of a muffin comes out clean.

Chef's Notes

Recipe courtesy of: 

Never tried hemp hearts? Here's your chance to win a bag! If you aren't sure if they are for you, some people say that they taste like sesame seeds or pine nuts. 

If you don't win, you can still purchase Hemp Hearts and get 20% off everything at with the code: HHSweatPink. Code expires November 30, 2014. 

I received a 2 oz. bag of Manitoba Hemp Hearts to review through my ambassadorship with Sweat Pink. They have also provided the bag to giveaway to a reader. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Living Proof PhD Products Final Review (Sponsored by #MC)

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Living Proof. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation.”

I have been using Living Proof PhD (perfect hair day) products for over a month now and have seen and felt a remarkable improvement in the strength, shininess and smoother texture of my hair. I love trying new beauty products and any bottle that claims I will have perfect hair definitely will be held to high standards! I know I am not alone in thinking it is an excellent product line because it has won numerous awards this year-here are the awards just the shampoo alone has received.  
  • Awards
    2014 Awards, Editor's Pick - Best Shampoo
  • Allure
    2014 Allure, Best of Beauty Awards, Best Shampoo and Conditioner, Normal Hair
  • Prevention
    2014 Prevention, Beauty Awards, Best Shampoo

I haven't let my hair get this long in over 10 years. I am finally growing it out so I can donate it. I forgot how much upkeep long hair takes and how important it is to use good styling products, like Living Proof.

Here are a before and after shot to show the shininess and smooth texture. Granted, I let my hair air dry on the left and it was summer. My hair is actually quite wavy and that translates into frizz at times. This product did hold up on more humid days and controlled the frizz. 

In the after shot, I used the shampoo, conditioner and the 5-in-1 styling treatment. I blow dried my hair, but I did not use a flat iron it to get it even smoother, as I often do. I have found myself leaving my flat iron tucked away in the cabinet more and more since using the Living Proof products. That translates to healthier hair to me. 
Another nice aspect is that I don't have to wash my hair as often, as long as I don't workout and get all sweaty! It doesn't seem to get quite as oily the next day either. I am so busy lately that anything I can do to help add more time in my day is a blessing.

While I struggled with the water in our hotel room in Minnesota and couldn't get my hair to curl, I felt like it looked smooth and pretty at my niece's wedding in September.

The only thing I haven't been able to avoid since growing my hair longer is managing the tangles/knots I get at the back of my head. I have been devoted to using the Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment at least once per week to deep condition and help try to control the knots and it seems to work for a couple of days.

Check out this styling video featuring PhD with Jennifer Aniston’s stylist. 

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Thank you to Millenial Central for giving me this fantastic opportunity to review Living Proof products!

Disclaimer: I received these products for free in exchange for my review. This did not influence my opinion and all thoughts are my own.