Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Favorites & [GIVEAWAY]

Happy St. Patty's Day! I've got a lineup of some of my favorites for you today. Be sure to check out the bottom of the post for a great giveaway!

Vega probiotic
I've been trying to eat more probiotic rich foods to keep my gut happy. When I am slacking in that area, I turn to using this tasty Vega probiotic powder. I found mine on Vitacost at a pretty great price.
Kiss my Face active life lavender deodorant
I've been trying different natural deodorants for the last year and this is one of my favorites so far. It doesn't irritate my pits, smells great, and the price is reasonable. I sweat way less using natural deodorants than when I used an antiperspirant deodorant.
Trader Joe's chocolate 
We love any of the various types of chocolate bars we pick up at Trader Joe's. A recent find was this delicious marbled mint crunch chocolate bar. It disappeared quite quickly in our house.
Bird Lover's Dream Blog
The blog Ostdrossel is a birder's dream! Photos are posted daily and always make me so happy. I told Craig we need a bird feeder camera. It would be so much fun to see what species of birds arrive for meals in our backyard.

Youtube channel
Youtuber Kitty Cotten is adorable and inspirational. Her channel features a mixture of fashion, beauty, vegan cooking, and interior design.

EatSmart Scale
I received an Eat Smart Precision Power battery free digital scale to review and Craig and I love it so far! It is so easy to use--just push the large silver button to turn it on and step on the scale!

Features include:

  • "Step-On" Self Powered Technology
  • Quick Response 3" LCD Display
  • Automatic Shut Off Feature
  • NO BATTERIES REQUIRED - EVER!
  • Tempered Glass Platform - Max Weight 330 lbs. (150 kg)

Knowing that we never have to buy a battery for it is wonderful! 
Giveaway time!

Want to win an EatSmart Precision Power battery free digital scale? Please comment below with a health goal you have set for yourself this year and include your e-mail address or twitter handle! Giveaway open to US residents only. I will pick a random winner on Thursday, March 23rd and they will have 48 hours to respond to my e-mail.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Spring Refresh & Free Seasonal Set from Grove Collaborative

To me, the spring season means pretty flowers, spending time outdoors in the warmer temperatures, new clothes, and of course, refreshing our home! We are still getting snow here, but once it melts, I know I will be in the mood to clean everything. Even if the weather won't cooperate, freshening up our home is one way to welcome spring. 
I stick with healthy natural products during my spring cleaning and our home gets clean without the harsh chemicals. I'd recommend trying this free seasonal set of Mrs. Meyer's spring soaps + Grove Collaborative glass spray bottle + walnut scrubber sponges. Use the following spring cleaning tips to welcome spring into your home:

Prep:
  • Round up all your cleaning supplies into a bucket or caddy. Then you can just grab and go when you have a minute to clean. 
  • Unless you love cleaning, don’t try to tackle everything in one day! Pick one thing or area to clean each day for just 5-10 minutes. I enjoy listening to podcasts or music and setting a timer to motivate me to be efficient!
Kitchen:
  • Coffee is a must for me. To keep your morning cup tasting fresh, fill up the chamber with a 50/50 mix of water and vinegar and run a brewing cycle. Brew 3 pots of clear water to make sure all the vinegar is rinsed out. Then wash your carafe with Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap. 
  • While you’re busy tidying up, toss your old sponges. Replace them with Grove Collaborative walnut scrubber sponges, which are made from crushed walnuts! To keep them fresh, toss them in the dishwasher once a week on the top rack.
Living room:
  • You’ve been snuggled up on the couch all winter, but now your pillows and cushions could use some freshening up. Try this DIY fabric spray: 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 5-10 drops of essential oil, and water in your Grove Collaborative spray bottle. 
  • Indoor activities, snacks, and slushy boots can leave lots of mystery stains on the carpet. An easy solution for cleaning includes the following: Mix one tablespoon of Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap into a cup of hot water. Dip a white rag into the solutions and blot it into the stain. 
Bonus tip: While you’re tidying up, don’t forget to stock up on essential supplies like toilet paper and paper towels. Grove Collaborative delivers the best natural household products from Seventh Generation, Method, Mrs. Meyer’s and more right to your door. So easy!

Bathroom:
  • A change of seasons calls for a change of scents. Put out a pretty new hand soap (I love Mrs. Meyer’s peony) and a fresh towel. As a bonus, Mrs. Meyer’s soap adds a pretty pop of spring color to your countertop. 
  • There’s nothing worse than cleaning the drain (ick!), so pour a pot of boiling water down the drain and let it do the hard work instead. 
  • After all that cleaning, there’s nothing better than a relaxing shower — but mineral deposits can slow your water pressure to a trickle. Soak a few paper towels with vinegar and wrap them around the shower head, covering all the spray nozzles. Leave the paper towels overnight, then remove them and run the water to rinse.
This offer from Grove Collaborative ends Sunday, March 19 so grab your free spring set now!


Sunday, March 12, 2017

My Everyday Life [Weeks 8-10]

We picked up Panza Rottas from a local Italian restaurant! It was so huge that it fed me for about three or four days. 
Pema loves wash day!
And he really liked the Pixar animated short, Piper. So did I!
I made banana muffins from the Minimalist Baker's cookbook.
Avocado toast with sea salt and Sriracha.
I tried this local brand of cold brew coffee.
Pretty morning reflections as I drank my first of many cups of coffee.
I believe this was my first Paczki ever! My sweet colleague brought them in for everyone.
Furniture shopping for about the 20th time. Craig likes this chair. I do too, but I worry it will compete with the busily patterned rug in our living room. Decisions, decisions.
We love Grassroots salad company at Brookfield Square. The juices and wraps are delicious!
I purchased a new bag of cat food and all three kitties went insane. Pema started to bite the bag while I unloaded the car. They all have seemed hungrier than normal lately. 
Cider haul from Total Wine & More! The two on the right are Swedish. The graphics on the cans attracted me to the brand. I found the Strongbow minis four pack at the checkout. They were a mere 99 cents for all four and a fun way to try the differed Strongbow flavors.
Old man snoring and sleeping at a library with Anthony Hopkins watching over him.
We finally tried a dessert donut from Tom + Chee. This was s'more and pretty darn good!