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Naturalize Your Beauty Routine – Organic Nail Care

Posted by on Aug 30, 2014 | 0 comments

naturalize: to bring into conformity with nature

Your body may look impermeable to the naked eye; but, it is not.  Products applied to the skin and nails make their way into your bloodstream.  According to Cancer Treatment Centers of America ‘after using cosmetics everyday for a year your body can absorb as much as five pounds of makeup chemicals, chemicals that include carcinogens, pesticides, endocrine disrupters and reproductive toxins.’ It is theorized that a number of health conditions (autoimmune conditions like Graves Disease included) are exacerbated by, if not induced by, toxic overwhelm due to poison exposure in one’s environment – food supply, beauty products, home cleaning products etc.

I’m very focused on supporting remission of my Graves Disease diagnosis right now; so, I’ve been zeroing in on and eliminating known toxins from my environment.  Part of this process involved finding a nontoxic way to keep my mani/pedi situation under control .  Previously I was a fan of the flawless albeit plastic look of acrylics.  But the older I get the more granola I become.  I lost interest in that look and feeling like I was choking on fumes for an hour. These days I try only to engage in beauty routines that I thoroughly enjoy without detriment to my overall health.

While I think dedicating large amounts of time to pursuing ever elusive beauty standards is a waste, I think it was a great use of your time to engage in rituals that make you feel luxurious. Because having someone else care for my nails makes me feel like I’ve made it,  I didn’t want to give it up.  I started hunting around for non-toxic alternatives to conventional nails salons and found Pretty Natural Nails.  I loved getting the service and learning nail care tips that will serve me well in between visits. I was so impressed with the owner I requested an interview so I could share some of her handy (pun intended) organic and natural nail care tips with everyone.

Pure Bliss Basil Salad

Posted by on May 25, 2014 | 1 comment

I don’t know about you but the absolutely divine fragrance of basil makes me crazy.  Basil is one of those foods that puts me in a trance, making me sway to music that only my heart and taste buds can hear.If you can’t remember the last time you held a tiny bouquet of fresh basil in your hands and inhaled deeply, you should drop what you are doing right now, run to the store and do just that.  Everything about this salad is a delight,

10 Minute Bean Burritos

Posted by on May 17, 2014 | 0 comments

Bean-Burritos-DIY-Taco-Seasoning (Custom)


  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained [0.89]
  • 4 soft tortillas [1.00]
  • 2 Tbs taco seasoning [.25]
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1 C shredded romaine [.50]

Cost Per Serving : $0.66


1) Mix black beans, water, and taco seasoning in blender until smooth

2)Heat bean mixture until slightly warm (1 minute on high in microwave)

3)Heat tortilla in ungreased pan on stove top until slightly toasted in appearance

4)Combine bean mixture with shredded romaine lettuce

5)Place bean and lettuce mix in center of tortillas

6)Simply roll up tortilla and enjoy


Prepackaged taco seasoning is readily available; but, if you would like to avoid added preservatives there are really simple recipes available to create your own.  This is the one I use  DIY Taco Seasoning.





Plant Based on a Budget – Menu Planning Basics

Posted by on Nov 24, 2013 | 0 comments

KaleIf trying to streamline the amount of time spent in the kitchen as well as the amount of money spent on groceries, a menu plan is a must.  Easiest and fastest way to feed yourself well when your focus is high nutrient and plant based, is to make 3 large soups and 3 large salads during the week and to use fresh fruit for snacks.  Soups can be prepared in advance and frozen; but, at least 15 minutes on three different days will need to be set aside for salad preparation.  Make a week’s supply of grains on your soup prep day as well.  This grain can be added to salads or soups as you wish to promote satiety.  Brown rice is an especially budget friendly option. Try this absolutely wonderful breakdown of how to get brown rice to cook perfectly. Spices can be used to give leftover soup new life, if you start out with a mild flavor profile on day one.  Carrot soup is a perfect example of a soup recipe that’s very versatile on day two.  A cup of brown rice, ground ginger, and a bit of  curry are enough breathe new life into your dish.

Shopping List

1lb brown rice 1.50

4lb apples  3.97

1 lb carrots 1.99

veggie bouillon 3.00

garlic .97

onion 1.60

celery .99

can diced tomatoes .67

romaine hearts 2.00

baby kale 3.00

zucchini 2.40

chickpeas 1.25

Soups of the Week

Carrot Soup

1/2 bag of carrots

5c vegetable broth

4 tsp ginger powder

3 cloves garlic

1 tsp curry powder

Salt to taste

In a large pot combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer 30 minutes or until carrots are tender. Transfer mixture to a food processor or blender in batches a few cups at a time. Purée until smooth. Return the puree to saucepan and reheat.

Lentil Soup

Sweet Potato Soup

Salads of the Week

Marinated Zucchini and Chickpea Salad

Kale Salad

Romaine Avocado and Chickpea Salad

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