Saturday, January 31, 2015

January Monthly Favorites

Hi buns! Todays post is gonna be the start monthly series of products + companies I like and, not surprisingly are organic and nontoxic/sustainable. I'm also trying my best to support smaller companies who are kind to the planet. Here's January's picks:

organic products

Art of Tea | White Coconut Creme Tea For the longest time i have heard amazing things about this tea, I finally decided to see what buzz was about and yeah, its that darn good. Notes of organic white tea, safflower, cornflower and coconut somehow become a creamy (but vegan) blend of paradise, its just so good! Beyond this botanical dessert tea Art of Tea is on point when it comes to being sustainable both as a company and their products. i highly recommend checking out this page on all the great work they do.

AmiTea Organics Lemon Meringue Organic Tea | Once upon a time I had an amazing lemon tea (however was not vegan) and ever since then I have been searching for the perfect lemon tea blends. This blend is a citrus refreshment. It has Green Rooibos, the unfermented version honeybush who has its own health benefits good reads here & here  This blend contains lots of lemon: myrtle, balm & zest but its not overpowering and I add a little more than what the direction say. I'm dreaming up a recipe for this very tea involving mint & raw honey around spring.

Beeswax Tarts w/ Organic Rose Petals | While looking for beeswax candles I came across these pretty heart tarts and couldn't resist, they come in 12 count and are 100% organic beeswax and the petals are a sweet touch, the tarts can come in a variety of scents but if pure essential oils are your preference, message the seller for a list. These smell incredible and last a long time. I dig her shop because it reminds me of one of my favorite films Practical Magic (Amas Veritas y'all)

GoodLight Candles  | Well to use tarts you need candles and in my opinion unscented is best, especially if you are using a tart with oils added. These candles are extremely affordable and use sustainably cultivated non-GMO palm fruit, The company also donates proceeds to the very forests from which they obtain their resources.

Palm wax has been on the rise with is a good alternative to petroleum, however it is leading to  (good read) deforestation and the habitat if you do purchase products that contain palm wax I really recommend you make sure it was ethically obtained. Lets protect our (cause the earth is ours to defend) and here is an article on the effects of  rainforest + palm trees

Notable mention
Chemical Free Dog Toothpaste | I didn't get around to snapping a photo but for the pets I bought this great pup toothpaste. Dogs need a lot of care when it comes to their dental health. Especially since some eat food that is a little on the wet side, the moisture creates plaque and build up but some breeds eat softer food based on their dental anatomy. The older the dog gets the more care is needed on their health: their teeth & gums. However! This homesteading company (who are also beekeepers) from Pennsylvania creates this amazing dental care paste featuring clay, bee propolis, anise seed & more. I have been using this for my dog all month and thankfully her gum issues are getting better and it helps her have a fresh breath. All non-toxic, planted based and safe.

Be kind y'all!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Oatmeal, Walnut & Pecan Bars Recipe | Gluten Free & Vegan


I love Pinterest. Its so great for preserving and documenting future ideas + concepts. I saw this sweet recipe for oat & pecan bars but I adapted my own version and it was so delicious. Don't skimp on the sea salt! It adds an interesting balance in taste, especially with nut butters

These oatmeal, walnut & pecan bars are vegan, gluten free, cane sugar & soy free. I topped them with dried cranberries but you could also add them into the mix when baking. These bars are a balance of (not too) sweet and warming thanks to the nuttiness and spices. They are filling and packed with protein, fiber, and maple syrups adds a kick of iron.

oatbars

2 cups rolled gluten free oats (not instant or steel cut, I used Bob's Red Mill)
1/2 cup of coconut flour (Also Bob's Red Mill)
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp chia seeds
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt
1 1/2 cups unsweetened rice milk (or whichever dairy-free milk of your choice)
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 ripe banana, chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted nut butter of choice (I used peanut butter)
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans & walnuts


Preheat your oven to 375 F. Use a non-dairy butter or oil to grease a 8x8 inch pan
  • Mix the water & chia seeds. Stir until it becomes a gel.
  • In a bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (oats, coconut flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt). 
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the rice milk, maple syrup, banana, nut butter, vanilla extract and chia gel. 
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until while incorporating the chopped pecans and walnuts in increments 
  • Add the mixed content into the greased pan and gently smooth out the top. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the edges are lightly crisp, remove from oven and let cool for 8 minutes
  • After 8 or so minutes, you can cut these into bars. I followed the original recipes and cut them into 9 pieces. 
Tips
you can use ground flaxseed in place of chia
feel free to experiment for other nuts: almonds, hazelnut
sub raw honey for maple syrup or add a bit of both
if you don't have pink Himalayan sea salt you can use regular sea salt
other yummy additions: vegan chocolate chips, carob, & blueberries
if sweetness is your thing add an extra 2 tablespoons of maple syrup or stevia, raw sugar 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Thoughtfully Magazine

 I discovered a new magazine: Thoughtfully(thanks to Laurel WPO & Shiva Rose)  This quarterly magazine is a beautifully curated & centered on a  sustainable lifestyle, health-consciousness & eco friendly beauty.  Think: allergen friendly recipes, beauty editorials based on Greek Myths, earth friendly traveling and clothing lines that are not only attractive but responsibly created. Also the photography is ridiculously stunning!

thoughtfully

To be honest, I trust this magazine and what they put out. The products they mention are actually natural and non-toxic. Not everyone wants to do the research in living thoughtfully* (I'm being cheeky) and that's understandable - but Thoughtfully Mag is sincere and passionate about what they put out to the public. Issue #1's cover-gal is Shiva rose who is a mystical, sweet soul I have been lucky enough to share words with in the past thanks to her own journal The Local Rose. I'm glad to see such wellness beauties being featured! The magazines mission statement: "Find thoughtful living ideas on everything from travel, wellness and food to fashion, beauty and more. Check out the current issue (digital & hard copies are available)

And thanks Thoughtfully for showing me that the print edition is so worth it & pretty, I want to pet it.) Check them out in their Shop / Twitter / Facebook

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

January's List Theme: Personal Goals.

Making lists to usher in the New Year is nothing new yet however, I thrive off of lists. the issue was, I hadn't continued the process of making them - let alone following them. Last year life got really busy, transformative and with that my mind can't begin to file and annotate all the thoughts, dreams, ideas & emotions that process every second.

I awoke on New Years to a overcast morning, hardly slept the night before (watching too many Twilight Zone reruns) but I know in my heart in order to grow you have to nurture and nourish yourself. I don't want to fall into a cycle of self-doubt and not everyone has the privilege of a support team rallying them on. So I decided to take matters into my own hands: assess, distinguish my goals and desires and every time that fleeing thought of anxiety of doubt creeped in, I worked so hard to silence it. For the most part, it's working.

This is my list for what I'd like to achieve as a person in this year. I decided for each month I will come up with a list and theme of actions, thoughts and anything else pertaining to that theme. It's my humble goal to hopefully inspire others and motivate you. I believe we can convert our dreams into fruition, it just takes hard work and a lot of practice. Fear is not real (I continually remind myself of this) I push myself because in the end, I can rest knowing I did something because I wanted to, and learned something in the process.

january 2015 list


Feel free to share your own lists, or better yet write them down,  write whatever comes to mind, create vision boards and throw kindness around like confetti.


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Embracing the Wild; Winter Begins.

This year has taught me who I am and what I want to pursue. I spent the better part of this year wondering & discovering what made me feel alive & what I really wanted to be doing: raise awareness about the environment and animal welfare, to develop genuine friendships, being of use to others, learning the science, alchemy and folklore of health, encouraging others to pursue their own passions. You can remain dormant; sleeping for only so long. I was born a warrior, wild by heart and dreamer by nature.

I think about wolves in the wild who have had their land taken away, their numbers diminished. Elephants who happy to be very emotional creatures but are rescued since their lives hang in the balance as they are viciously hunted for parts of their anatomy. I think of forests that should bloom and serve as a sanctuary for many different species and the determined people who fight to keep them protected. Sustainable farmers who get sued by bigger unethical corporations on the basis of money, not quality. I think about people who were not given the opportunity to get an education. I think about how close in proximity we are to one another, physically and technologically and how we can help ourselves and the environment survive & thrive.

Winter is frigid & cold; a time of repose and reflection. This New Years Eve I will look back at all these lessons I have learned & at my accomplishments. I will make cider, cook a small plant-based feast and light candles to illuminate the dark as I look inward. I will move forward to pursue my own dreams disguised as goals, raising awareness to embrace the wild. Go for a walk in the forest if you are lucky enough to live near one. Visit a farmers market and get to know the people behind your sustenance, if you are blessed to have an animal companion - cherish your time with them, avoid products that test on animals, volunteer somewhere, anywhere!

Have experiences. This year has shown me that life will go on with or without you so don't let  "time" slip by: pursue what makes your heart sing, create memories, become your own source of inspiration and cherish what you do have, instead of believing you are unfulfilled. Make others, especially nature and it’s creatures happy, but most importantly do whatever makes you happy and feel “alive”

breakfast
fox painting in progress.
baby puppy
paper wolves.
treasures.

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do....Sail away from the safe harbor. Explore. Dream. Discover.”