Bronzer

This bronzer is really easy to make- it only take FOUR steps.  Plus, it is a great alternative to the bronzer in your makeup drawer. To top it all off, this bronzer can actually restore your skin while you wear it! Win, win, and win!

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I love arrowroot powder. It sticks to grease, and absorbs it through out the day.  So, if you are like me, and have extra oil on your face-this bronzer can help absorb some of the extra oil throughout your busy day. You can focus on being awesome, and never worry about how your contour is holding up. I also use arrowroot powder in my dry shampoo recipe found here.

One of the great parts of this recipe is how you can change it to the color you want. If you want a lighter, more subtle bronzer, add more cinnamon. If you like a richer, more robust bronzer, add more nutmeg.

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp. Arrowroot Powder
  • 2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. Nutmeg
  • 1/3 c. Cocoa powder
  • 5-6 drops Frankincense
  • 6-7 drops Lavender
  1. Combine arrowroot, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cocoa powder. 20180319_195556.jpg
  2. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Add essential oils.
  4. Mix.
  5. Store in a glass container for up to 2 months.

 

By using frankincense in this recipe,  it restores your skin, and helps to repair any scaring. I have some acne scaring (they are the worst). I love how this bronzer is working to repair those scars while I am at work, running errands, and just living life.  The lavender helps to sooth any blemish or imperfection.

 

This bronzer restores and repairs your skin while your contour is on fleek. WHAT IS NOT TO LOVE?! It is a game changer.

 

Let me know how if works for you!

 

Love, Liv

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who doesn’t love warm chocolate chip cookies? They are the best. I love eating the raw cookie dough just as much as the warm cookies. Nothing is better. This recipe is really easy to make, and taste amazing.

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  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Rest Time: 30 Minutes
  • Cook time: 12 Minutes
  • Makes 1 dozen cookies

Let’s talk egg alternatives. For this recipe, I use equal parts coconut oil and apple sauce. I have made this recipe more times than I would like to admit. It is a good thing my husband has a sweet tooth, and loves cookies.

I found that using only coconut oil makes the cookies greasy, and they dry out faster. Using only apple sauce makes the cookies too fluffy, and not chewy enough to be a cookie. By using equal parts, you get the perfect cookie. They are chewy, but don’t dry out because the applesauce keeps them moist.

If you want a chewier cookie, use 1/3 c. coconut oil and 1/4 c. apple sauce. If you want a fluffier cookie, use 1/3 c. apple sauce and 1/4 c. coconut oil.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c. organic cane sugar
  • 3/4 c. packed organic brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 c. coconut oil
  • 1/4 c. unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 c. non-dairy milk (my favorite is almond for this recipe)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 c. unbleached organic flour (or gluten free alternative)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 c. vegan semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c. vegan dark chocolate chips

 

  1. Pre-Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sift four and baking soda together in a mixing bowl.
  3. Combine sugar, brown sugar, and salt.Dry Ingredients
  4. Add melted coconut oil, applesauce, non-dairy milk, and vanilla extract. Mix. (BONUS: add 1/2 c. peanut butter for Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. You can use a natural peanut butter, or make your own. Recipe here.)
  5. Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. 20180319_194332.jpg
  7. Form into golf ball size cookies
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  9. ENJOY!

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If you are looking for an easy vegan recipe to try, look no further. They are perfect for parties, potlucks, bake sales, Sunday afternoons, the possibilities are endless.

Let me know how your cookies turn out!

Love, Liv

Straws

Straws suck. Seriously. Most straws end up in the trash, when they could be easily recycled. It is SO easy to live without them. When you are out to eat, ask for your drink without a straw. If you need your iced coffee with a straw, look into re-usable options.

There are several options online for reusable straws. This option has 6 silicone and 2 metal straws with brushes for $14.95. It is an awesome deal.

Cats

Nilla and Meekah want you to know it is SUPER easy going strawless, and you can totally do it!

If you want more info, or want to sign a pledge to go strawless, check out No Straw Please . Try it for a month, and let me know how easy it is!

#NoPlasticStraws

Love, Liv

Date Protein Balls

As a vegan, I love being asked where I get my protein every 10 minutes. TOTALLY KIDDING. Non-Vegans, stop asking about protein. We are fine. Thanks.

Nevertheless, this recipe is full of protein. They are great for a pre-workout snack. Or just a filling afternoon snack. Plus, it only takes 3 ingredients to make!

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  • Prep time: 10 Minutes
  • Makes 25 quarter size balls

Ingredients

  • 1 c. chopped dried dates
  • 1/2 c. peanut butter (you can make your own! recipe here)
  • 1/2 c. chopped almonds

Dates

These are my favorite dates to use. For this recipe, you have to chop the dates. Using a food processor makes the dates into a caramel. Medjool dates do have pits that have to be removed.

  • Remove pits, and chop.
  • Add peanut butter

Dates and Peanut Butter

  • Combine. I used a wooden spoon at first, but it was way easier to mix by hand.
  • Roll in Chopped almonds

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You can use a food processor to chop the almonds. I rough chopped them. The variation of sizes helped to coat the date and peanut butter mixture to make it less sticky.

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Plus, when I drop any of the almonds, I have Charlie to help me clean them up. He is a great helper in the kitchen.

Keep them in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. But they probably won’t last that long.

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Peanut Butter

Homemade Peanut Butter. Need I say more?

It is so simple to make your own, and cheaper to make it at home. Making your own peanut butter give you control of what ingredients you include. This peanut butter is the BEST peanut butter I have ever tasted. IT ONLY NEEDS 4 INGREDIENTS. So. Simple.

Let’s talk peanuts. I used unroasted, and roasted them at home.

Roasting Peanuts:

  1. Melt 1 1/2 tsp coconut oil. Pour over peanuts.
  2. Mix in Salt
  3. Roast

They roast best in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes, mixing them about half way through. The longer you roast the peanuts, the more robust, deeper peanut flavor you get. Try to find someone who roasts and distributes peanuts locally if you cannot find unroasted peanuts.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. peanuts (it was about 2 cups)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp agave nectar (or honey)
  • 1 1/2 tsp coconut oil

 

  1. Grind peanuts in a food processor. If you roast your own peanuts, let them cool for about 8 minutes. If your peanuts are a little warm, it makes for creamier peanut butter.
  2. Add salt.
  3. Grind the peanuts until they are roughly chopped. This took about 4 minutes for my food processor for creamy peanut butter. After about 2 minutes it was looking like chunky peanut butter.

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    This is what the peanuts looked like after about 1 minute in the food processor
  4. Once the peanuts are roughly chopped, add melted coconut oil and agave nectar. (If you roasted your own peanuts, don’t add the coconut oil.) Continue processing. It will start to come together as peanut butter.Peanut Butter
  5. Store in the refrigerator
  6. BONUS! I added 1 1/2 tsp. of vanilla for extra flavor.

You can store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 months

Final Product

It takes 30 minutes to roast, cool, and make your peanut butter. It is SO worth it. Try it, and let me know what you think!

 

Love, Liv

Glass Water Bottles

You Guys. Seriously, jump on this glass water bottle train! I am sure you all know the hazards of plastic (BPA, PVC, and other nasty things). Plus, most plastic water bottles end up in land fills, when they could be recycled. It is so much better for you, and the earth, to use a glass bottle.

Glass bottles are just as portable as plastic. I have found my glass bottles to be SO. MUCH. STRONGER. than any plastic ones I have previously owned. I drop my water bottle on a daily basis, and have never seen a crack. Compared to the ONE time I dropped my expensive plastic bottle, it cracked and no longer could hold liquid. Which, is pretty important for my water bottles to do.

I love adding essential oils to my water for flavor. If you are using 100% pure essential oils, you should only be adding them to glass containers-never plastic.

Glass is best, people.

Right now, my favorite glass water bottle is from Sand Cloud.

(Find it here: https://www.sandcloudtowels.com/products/seafoam-water-bottle).

 

Save the Fishies

Not only is it adorable, and say “Save the Fishies”- Sand Cloud donates 10% of all of its proceeds to saving marine life. Talk about a win-win. You get an amazing glass water bottle, and you help keep plastic out of the ocean. You are SAVING THE FISHIES.

Tell me where you find your favorite glass water bottles!

 

Love, Liv

#sandcloud

Mexican Quinoa

Week night meals can be a headache. There can be a mess to clean up, and during the week-ain’t nobody got time for that. This dish is SUPER easy to make, and even easier to clean up after. Also, it is packed with protein, fiber, and flavor-everyone will love it. You can eat it as a naked burrito, regular burrito, tacos, quesadillas, really anything. It makes for fun left overs you won’t get bored with. I love to eat this as tacos for dinner, and a naked burrito bowl for lunch the next day. My husband loves to add cheese, and make quesadillas the next day. The possibilities are endless.

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Mexican Quinoa

  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C. Red Quinoa
  • 1/2 C. White Quinoa (You can just use 1 cup of your favorite quinoa)
  • 1 Large White Onion
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Bag (10 oz.) Frozen Organic Corn
  • 2 15 oz Cans Black Beans
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • 4 Medium Dried Red Pepper (1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes works just fine)
  • 2 Limes
  • Cilantro
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

  1. Rinse and Strain your Quinoa. You always want to rinse your quinoa to get rid of the saponin. Saponin is a natural coating on quinoa that sometimes makes it taste bitter or soapy.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, put rinsed quinoa with 2 cups of water on Medium temperature.
  3. Once Quinoa starts boiling, cover and reduce heat to a simmer for about 12 minutes.
  4. Chop onion and garlic. Saute on medium high in a cast iron skillet. Salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Once the onion and garlic is starting to caramelize, add frozen corn.Corn
  6. After the corn has been in the skillet for about 3 minutes, turn the temperature to high, and stir continuously. You want to get some color on the corn, but not burn it.
  7. Rinse and add black beans
  8. Turn off the heat
  9. Add 1 tsp ground Cumin
  10. Roughly chop dried red pepper, you just want to break it apart. (or add crushed red pepper flakes)
  11. Add a little more salt and pepper
  12. At this point, your quinoa should be done. Add to the cast iron skillet, and mix
  13. Add the Zest and Juice of 2 Limes
  14. Top with fresh Cilantro
  15. ENJOY!

I used corn tortillas, and put some fresh guacamole on top of my tacos. You can add all of your favorite taco condiments. It is SO. DANG. GOOD.

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Let me know your favorite way to eat this AMAZING dish!

Love, Liv

Natural Teething

Disclaimer: I am not a momma (to humans, I am a pet momma), but that does not mean I can’t appreciate an awesome product when I see one. Several teethers, rattles, and plastic toys for little ones contain BPA, PVC, EDCs, (endocrine-disrupting compounds) among other toxins. Guys, your sweet babies deserve better. So, if you are a mom or know a mom, you will want to check out these amazing natural teething options:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/AmbrosiusCreations?ref=l2-shopheader-name

There are necklaces for mommas to wear:

Teething Rattles and Pacifier Clips:

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And my favorite- baby gyms! How cute is this? There is hours of entertainment for your little one:

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Best of all: these product made with ingredients you can actually pronounce. The beads are made out of 100% silicone that is similar to bottle nipples or pacifiers. They are 100% free from BPA, PVC, Phthalates, Cadmium, Lead, and Nitrosamine. The wood only has one ingredient in it: wood. Like the stuff that comes straight from trees. Nothing else added. The perfect teething toy does exists!

Seriously, check this site out. They make great gifts. You can have the peace of mind that your little one does not have a bunch of chemicals in their mouth.

Let me know which teether is your favorite!

Love, Liv

Dry Shampoo

If you are at all like me, you love a great dry shampoo. I love to skip showers; it is healthier for hair and skin, plus, it helps the environment (also,. When I started thinking about it, I had NO idea what was in my beloved dry shampoo. After researching ingredients in dry shampoo, I found the disheartening truth.

Dry shampoo is made to absorb grease, and there are a few ingredients that do this. Such as: cornstarch, alcohol, butane, scariest of all… Some dry shampoos contain liquefied petroleum gas. WHAT?! So, if you don’t want to spray gas in your hair, here is a great alternative to make at home. You can pronounce all of the ingredients, and it is under $2.00 to make!

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Dry Shampoo- Dark Hair:

  • 4 TBSP Arrow Root Powder
  • 1 tsp Clove
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 10 drops Wild Orange Essential Oil

Combine dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Add oils. Mix again. Store in a glass container. DONE!

Dry Shampoo-Light Hair

  • 4 TBSP Arrow Root Powder
  • 1 tsp Chamomile Powder
  • 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Combine dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Add oils. Mix again. Store in a glass container. DONE!

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It is so easy to make, and they smell amazing. I like to apply the dry shampoo with a makeup brush. Apply to the roots of your hair, and let it sit for a few minutes. Allowing your hair to sit gives the oil time to soak into your hair, and the arrowroot powder to absorb the grease. Brush through your hair, and style as normal-no gas needed!

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Get creative with your jars! Leave a comment showing off your storage jar. I would love to see what you all come up with.

Love, Liv