5.16.2017

Breakfast Muffins | Gluten Free. Vegan.


Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup of gluten free oats
1 cup coconut flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup coconut sugar
2 cups applesauce
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup peaches or blueberries

*If you find the batter is too dry, add splashes of water to achieve the consistency you prefer.


Directions:
Mix ingredients together, pour into muffin cups, bake for 15-20 minutes (or until cooked through) at 350F.





Enjoy!

4.25.2017

Canadian Makeup Review | Gluten Free. Vegan.




I purchased my first bottle of essential oils a few years ago. Lavender is supposed to help with sleep, they say, so of course this sleep deprived mama of 2 decided to snag a bottle for the sake of all parties involved. It got me thinking; if a few drops of lavender could affect my entire body so much, what are the effects from the other personal care products I use on a daily basis? 

It never occurred to me until recently that my allergy to dairy and gluten could be triggered not just by food, but also by my makeup, lotion, hair products, laundry detergent, etc. Upon this realization, and after some research, I'm on a mission to switch all of my personal care and household products over to allergen friendly products.



It's not easy to track down gluten & dairy free makeup, ya'll! Especially makeup that I can purchase in Canada. I discovered Sweet LeiLani, a makeup company based in Langley, BC. You know what that means, right? Canadian shipping prices, woot woot! They are gluten free, vegan, paraben free, fragrance free, and cruelty free. They were kind enough to send me some of their products to review. 



(Although I was given these products in exchange for my review, all opinions are entirely my own!)

I'm no makeup professional by any means! I'm just a regular momma in need of a daily makeup routine that's super simple, quick, and looks as natural as possible while making me feel put together. I also need everything to be allergen friendly, of course!



What I love about the Foundation and Tinted Moisturizer is that they both feel so light (don't you hate that cakey feeeling??). A little bit goes a long way with both of these items and I'm very happy with the coverage they both provide.


The powder is so light but takes away that shine and sets the Foundation and / or Moisturizer perfectly. The bronzer is subtle (which I prefer) and adds just a hint of highlight. 



I used to wear eye shadow all the time, but I haven't in awhile! It was so fun to play with this eye shadow. I love that two colours come in the same packaging and the colours matched my eyes well. 



I got to try a fun pop of colour with this lipstick! SO fun! It also stays really well and lasted through a full meal. 



I highly recommend Sweet LeiLani. I absolutely love their products and I will continue to use them!






4.01.2017

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins | Gluten Free. Vegan.





Have you ever stumbled upon an amazing website with amazing deals, you make it all the way to checkout, enter in your shipping and billing info, and you receive the lovely notification that reads "ships to USA only" OR the shipping is a million dollars to Canada?? #amiright ??  


If you're residing in Canada and haven't already heard of Sweet and Sprouted, prepare to be excited! SweetandSprouted.com is a Canadian Company with Canadian shipping rates! Can I get a "yaaaaaas"?!?! They offer tons of gluten free, dairy free, vegan products, among other things. 




They sent me, what I have now declared to be, my favorite gf baking flour everrrrr, called the Trim Healthy Mama Baking Blend. Everyone in my home (and I live with picky eaters ya'll) loved the muffins that I made with this baking blend. Mom for the win!




They also sent me these Lily's gluten free / vegan chocolate chips. My stomach doesn't always agree with chocolate unless it's straight cacao powder, but these particular chocolate chips don't seem to bother me. And they taste oh so good with these muffins! 








Ingredients:


-3 mashed bananas (frozen is best- just thaw them in the microwave and mash)


-3/4 cup of coconut sugar

-1 cup of water (you can use an egg and 1/2 cup of water or 2 eggs if you are not vegan)

-1/3 cup of melted coconut oil

-1 tsp baking powder

-1 tsp baking soda

-1/2 tsp salt




Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix ingredients together. Fill a muffin tin with paper muffin cups. Fill each paper muffin cup half way with batter. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cooked through. Makes 24 muffins.




Enjoy!



3.31.2017

March Favorites



I'm always looking for new gluten free / dairy free products to enjoy. I like trying new things and mixing it up! Here are a few of my favorites from this past month: 


1. Aloe Vera Juice by Alo. I remember my dad drinking Aloe Vera juice when I was younger and saying "it tastes so bad, but it makes me feel so good!" I was truthfully expecting to have a similar experience, but was pleasantly surprised at how yummy their beverages are! I found this at my local health food store, but I was able to find a Facebook page for them here that may help you find them in your area. 



2. Coconut Sugar by The Peace Naturals Project. I found this at my local health food store. I like it, not only because it tastes good (which it does!) but also because it's certified gluten free. 


3. Lily's Dark Chocolate; Vegan / Gluten Free.  I used these for my Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe and they're sooooo yummy!



What are some of your favorite products that you've been using recently?







March Beauty Favs




I'm entering into the world of gluten free / vegan beauty and household products to see if it will make a difference in my health. I'm completely new to this side of the allergy world! Here are a few things I've recently stumbled upon and have been using.




Carina Organics Shampoo & Body Wash, Conditioner, and Body Lotion. I found these products at my local health food store but you can also get them at Well.ca.




Honest Beauty makeup
. I've been using their blush, brown pencil, luminizing powder, concealer, and tinted moisturizer. I'm loving them all. 



I emailed Honest Beauty as asked if any or all of their products are gluten free. Here's the response I received:

Hi Jessica,

Thank you for your question. We do not actively test for the presence or absence of gluten. That being said, the below Honest Beauty products do not contain any direct additives that are derived from gluten.

Dependably Clear Oil Free Moisturizer
Elevated Hydration Replenishing Mist
Even Brighter Everyday Moisturizer
Refreshingly Clean Gentle Konjac Sponge
Magic Balm
Refreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser
Refreshingly Clean Powder Cleanser 15/30ct
Refreshingly Clean Makeup Remover Wipes
Younger Face
Brow Filler
Concealer Duo
Crème Blush
Everything Cream Foundation
Everything Primer
Eyeshadow Trio
True Velvet Eyeliner
Lip Gloss
Luminizing Powder
The Younger Eye Cream
The Depuffed Eye Gel
Truly Kissable Lip Crayon - Demi Matte
Truly Kissable Lip Crayon - Sheer
Truly Lush Mascara + Lash Primer
Invisible Blurring Powder
Beyond Hydrated Moisture Milk Leave-In Conditioner


Thanks for being Honestly Beautiful,
Stephanie


I hope this info is helpful to you! This isn't a sponsored post in any way. Just me sharing some products I've enjoyed lately, Do you use gluten free / vegan personal care products? If so, I'd love to hear your favs in the comments below! Like I said, I'm totally new to this side of the allergy world so any recommendations are welcome!