Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Chocolate Truffle Disks

Here is a quick and simple recipe for when a sweet tooth strikes, which let's face it, is every day.


Ingredients you most likely have on hand:

1/2 c Coconut Oil
1/4 c Cocoa Powder (OR PB2- it's a powdered peanut butter.  I haven't tried this yet, but if you do- let me know!)
1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
1/3 Vanilla Bean OR 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Toppings of choice- No need to measure, just sprinkle as much or as little as you like!:
Nuts
Coconut
Dried fruit
Cocoa nibs
Seeds

The possibilities are endless!  I used almonds and coconut this time for a healthy almond joy-esque treat.



Melt the coconut oil.  Add in the cocoa powder, maple syrup, and vanilla of choice.   I like to use an immersion blender to mix it, but if you don't have one of those a food processor would work.  Whisking by hand is a last resort if you must.  Blend until it's a beautiful homogenous mixture!

Pour in molds of choice (I like silicone for ease of popping out).  Sprinkle on toppings.

Let set in fridge.

Pop out and eat.

 {As you can see, they were still a little cold from being in the fridge.  I prefer to let them sit out at room temp before eating so they soften up a bit.}







I hope you enjoy this recipe and be sure to let us know if you make them!

-Ginger



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Klurskin Skincare Review

I stumbled upon Klurskin on Instagram and I was immediately drawn to their clear, modern packaging.  I love the minimalistic look.  It just screams "clean" to me.  Klurskin kindly offered to send me some products to try and share my experience with you!

First- a little background on the brand; Klurskin is a small family business in Los Angeles.  They "believe that natural, botanical ingredients are the key to beautiful skin."










Rose & White Tea Gentle Glycolic Cleanser



This cleanser has a very light scent, not overpowering at all.  It's an outstanding makeup remover.  Just to note- I remove my mascara prior to washing my face, so I haven't tried using it to remove mascara.  My skin definitely feels clean after use, but not overly dry or tight.  Glycolic acid is used to help exfoliate and aid in cell turnover.  It is formulated for combo, oily and/or acneic skin types.  I like this cleanser, but I think their other cleanser (Gentle Hydrating Cleanser) might suit my skin better for the winter months.  For me, washing once a day (at night) with this has worked well.

It contains 100% natural and 65% organic ingredients.

Active Ingredients: Glycolic Acid 5% (AHA), Organic Salix Alba 2.8% (Salicylic Acid BHA) 
Other Ingredients: Water, Aloe Barbadensis Juice (Aloe Vera), Organic Rose Mosqueta Extract, Organic White Tea Extract, Organic Yucca Extract, Decyl Glucoside, Allantion, Glycerin. *ORGANIC INGREDIENTS


Green Tea + Chamomile Essential Nutrients Serum



This serum is formulated to relieve redness and irritation and helps with rosacea, eczema, and sensitive skin.  It's like a daily vitamin for your skin and it's very easily absorbed.  I used 3 drops for my whole face and I enjoyed the fresh scent.  I love how it adds a little moisture and extra oomph to my skincare routine.  It just feels like I'm doing something good for my face!

It contains 100% natural and 75% organic ingredients.

Ingredients: *Aloe, Distilled Water, *Green Tea, *White Tea Extract, *Chamomile Flower Extract, *Thyme, *Sage Leaf, *Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, *Lavender Oil, *Chamomile Flower Extract, *Marigold Extract, Vitamin K, Vitamin C Ester, Tocopherol Vitamin E, Coenzyme-Q10, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Vitamin B Complex, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin. *ORGANIC INGREDIENTS


Rosemary + Willow Oil Control Serum




This gel serum is formulated to help control oil and tighten pores, so it is best for oily and acneic skin types.  It has an earthy eucalyptus scent.  I have been using it in my T-zone and as a spot treatment, and it's been working well for me.  A little goes a long way- I literally use one drop.  Keep in mind, you can use it all over your face if you have more oily skin.

It contains 100% natural and 70% organic ingredients.

 *Aloe, Distilled Water, *Willow Bark, *Rosemary Leaf Extract, *Lavender Oil, *Green Tea Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Co-Enzyme Q10, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C Ester, Tocopherol *(Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin. *ORGANIC INGREDIENTS


Organic Fusion Radiance Oil



The Fusion Radiance oil has a great blend of oils in it.  It's scented with Lemongrass essential oil making it an uplifting aromatherapy experience when applied.  It only takes a few drops (unless you have very dry skin), and it blends in and absorbs well.  You can also use it on your hair and nails.   Hello, multitasking!  Who doesn't need more products like that?!

It contains 100% natural and 90% organic ingredients.


Ingredients: *Squalene, *Rose-Hips Seed Oil, *Argan Oil, *Carrot Seed Oil, *Avocado Oil, *Safflower Oil, *Sea-Buckthorn, *Borage Seed Oil, Silk Amino Acids, *Marigold Extract, *Green-Tea Extract, *Cucumber Extract, *Tangerine Essential Oil, *Lemongrass Essential Oil, *Neroli Essential Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate-Vitamin E, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides. *ORGANIC INGREDIENTS



I hope I've given you some insight into the Klurskin line.  They also offer more products in addition to these, so hop on over to their site and browse around!  

And be sure to connect with them on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest!  



Have you tried this brand?  Which product is on your wishlist? Share with us below!   



*I was given these products free of charge in exchange for my opinion.  All thoughts are my own. :)

-Ginger    

Monday, February 2, 2015

Baby's First Foods {A Happy Family Review and Giveaway}

*All opinions are my own I was given product for my honest review.  While I talk about starting solids with my own child, please follow advice from your child’s pediatrician regarding starting solids.  

I can't believe it is time for Baby M to start on solids!  Where did the time go?!  Well, like my toddler we waited until 6 months to start introducing week by week on solid food.  There are so many different ways to introduce food but for me we start with the cereals and then go from there.  Let's face it, normally it takes a few weeks for baby to get the hang of eating something other than mama's milk (or at least for my kids).

We loved Happy Baby pouches and cereals with our first daughter so when I had the chance to review some of their offerings I was thrilled to share it with you all.  They recommend as well as the pediatrician to start with rice cereal.

However, I decided to begin with the oatmeal mixed with breast milk (you can of course do formula).  Baby M moved on from there to apple, banana, sweet potato and carrots.  I introduced a new one every maybe 3 or 4 days and so far so good as far as watching for any reactions.  This week we are trying the multigrain cereal that has DHA and Probiotics.  I am hoping the probiotics will help little girl keep these colds away that keep circling our house!

Baby M doesn’t seem really interested in food when I offer but when my husband keeps her at night while I work part time she seems to eat more.  I think she just knows and is a little confused as to why I am not offering the breast!  I plan to use some of the ideas of Baby Led weaning but have not really looked into it yet.  I am guessing it’s much like what my mom did except it did not have a fancy name.  She would just feed us whatever she and my dad were eating out of the garden and when we began to get teeth she would move to meats and such.

While I love my refillable pouches for toddler at home, Happy Baby pouches and snacks are awesome to have out and on vacations and even for busy moms (who isn’t).  They are convenient, don’t need refrigeration when unopened, are organic and good for your little one!

Overall, I am very pleased with the Happy Family line of foods for baby and the whole family!  I would love to hear your tips on baby’s first foods!

Happy Family is being generous and offering one reader a chance to win the same package I received to review worth $25.00 (I received only coupons and redeemed them so the flavors of foods will differ).

The giveaway is open to readers in the US only 18 years of age and older.  To enter simply fill out the form in giveaway tools.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the winning email or another winner will be drawn.

Again, I was given products in exchange for my personal opinion and please consult your child's DR when starting out with solids as each child is different!