Archives for July 2015

Free Coloring Page for Grown Ups

Coloring Book for Grown Ups

Are you a part of the growing trend of adults who use coloring as a way to release stress?

My youngest daughter has discovered coloring is a great relaxation activity. So, I’m always on the hunt for free pages that are geared towards adults. (no duckies and clowns!)

Erin Condren has joined the coloring book trend and is offering a free coloring page for grown ups.

Try it! You may find your new zen activity!

If you enjoy it, you can actually get the Erin Condren Coloring Book and Sketch Pad for just $2 (regularly $12)!

To get that price, you need to be new to Erin Condren and you need to shop through my referral link. Shopping through this link will get you a $10 credit. Your $10 credit code will be emailed to you.

The regular cost of the adult coloring book is $12. Apply your $10 credit and get it for only $2!

Homemade No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

Homemade No Churn Strawberry Ice CreamIs there anything better than cold ice cream on a steamy summer night?

Strawberries are so sweet and juicy this time of year, they are just begging to be made into no churn strawberry ice cream.

This recipe is so simple. There are only 4 ingredients. And the fact that it doesn’t need to be churned means less time and effort in the kitchen.

However, you will need an electric mixer. You can whip the heavy cream by hand, but using an electric mixer will speed up your prep time.

Your ice cream will get fairly hard after 6 hours of freezing. Allowing it to sit on the counter for a few minutes will greatly help with scooping.

easy to make strawberry ice cream

No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 2 cups organic heavy whipping cream
  • 1 14 ounce can organic sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 cups chopped strawberries
  • 2/3 cups sugar

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together chopped strawberries and sugar. Set aside and let sit for an hour.
  2. Once strawberries have sat for an hour, begin whipping the heavy whipping cream with an electric mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl stir together the sweetened condensed milk and the strawberries, including all the juice.
  4. Stir the strawberry and sweetened condensed milk mixture into the whipped cream. Make sure they are thoroughly combined.
  5. Pour ice cream ingredients into a loaf pan and freeze for at least 6 hours.
  6. You will need to soften the strawberry ice cream slightly before scooping.
  7. Serve topped with fresh strawberries.
  8. Enjoy!
http://naturalgreenmom.com/homemade-no-churn-strawberry-ice-cream-recipe/

This is the perfect recipe for red, ripe strawberries.

no churn strawberry ice cream

Drop 5 Pounds in 5 Minutes? Learn to Contour Your Face with Eco Friendly Makeup

contour tarte

Can you really drop 5 pounds in 5 minutes just by learning to contour your face?

If you aren’t familiar with face contouring, check out the free video, so you can see for yourself how it works.

Try tarte’s contouring collection for the perfect tools to sculpt, shape and define!

A few of the products they use for face contouring are currently on sale. The maracuja blush & glow brightening luminizer and cheek tint is on sale for just $13 – down from $32.00!!!

Tarte also offers a free sample and free shipping on all orders over $40.

Homemade Corn Chips from Scratch

Homemade Corn Chips from ScratchHomemade corn chips from scratch are crisp, salty, and so much healthier than the store bought kind.

Even better, these chips are made from just 4 ingredients and they take under 30 minutes to bake.

The key to this recipe is to spread the corn chip batter out on a buttered cookie sheet and get it as thin as you can.

The thinner you spread it, the crispier the chips will be.

Homemade corn chips make the perfect addition to a lunch box or side to a bowl of chili, but they are best eaten while warm right after baking.

Warning: once you start eating these, you won’t be able to stop.

Homemade Corn Chips from Scratch

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Grease a rimmed cookie sheet.
  3. Bring the water and butter to boil in a small saucepan.
  4. Quickly stir in the cornmeal and salt and mix well.
  5. Spread the cornmeal batter out onto the pan as thin as you can get it. Try to maintain a rectangular shape. Don't worry if it gets lacey on the edges.
  6. Once spread, use a butter knife to cut chips into 1 inch squares.
  7. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until crispy.
http://naturalgreenmom.com/homemade-corn-chips-from-scratch/

Stitch Fix Review: Can Stitch Fix Be Eco Friendly?

Stitch Fix Review

Have you heard of the service Stitch Fix?

It’s a personal shopping site.

You fill out a style profile, provide them with your sizes, and if you have one, a link to your Pinterest Style board. (Here’s my Pinterest Style Board if you care to look).

Once you’ve completed that information, Stitch Fix “will handpick a selection of five clothing items and accessories unique to your taste, budget and lifestyle. You can buy what you like and return the rest!”

So fun, right????

I’ve always wanted a personal stylist!

But I had a special request. What I wanted to know is: Could Stitch Fix be a source of eco friendly clothing?

Here’s what I wrote in my style profile:

“I look for eco friendly, sustainable and organic clothing. Your company indicated I could get clothing that is made from any of the following: organic cotton, silk, cashmere, linen, wool, or rayon. Please make sure my box has these elements!”

Here’s a video of what they sent me:

As you saw, they sort of sent me clothing that fit my eco friendly requests.

So how did I like what I received?

Skye Dreamcatcher Pendant Necklace $28.00 Thoughts: Nope. Not me.

Sada Eyelet Detail Knit Top $54.00

Stitch Fix Review

Thoughts: Not awful. Not what I expected. Said Bohemian to me. I really like classic. Cotton but not organic cotton, so not eco friendly. Gonna send it back.

Peidmont Embroidery Top $54.00

Piedmont Embroidery Top

Thoughts: I was so excited to try this one on! I took a close up of the detail. It really is a striking top. However, I wanted it to be a bit longer. I’m 5’9″ so I am on the tall end for some manufacturers. I felt this to be true here.

My girls really want me to keep this top. What do you think?

Ava Floral Print Silk Blouse $88.00

Ava Silk Blouse

Thoughts: I would have walked by this shirt in the store. But I loved it. It fits awesome. I love how long the back is. Silk is so lightweight. I’m not against wearing it several times in between dry cleaning.

Ruxi Distressed Boyfriend Jeans $98.00

Ruxin Jeans Back

What? Are you telling me you don’t look at your jeans from the back???

Thoughts: The denim is like butter. Soooo soft! But the rise is pretty darn low. If I have pants that are too low, I feel like the men you see with the big beer belly where you wonder “How do their pants stay on?” Here’s a helpful hint: they don’t. You have to keep hiking them up. These were hikers. Bummer because they were really comfy.

Although I feel like most of the items in this box were a total miss (too bohemian, not enough classic basics), I’m requesting another box!

This box was like a first date. I’m intrigued enough to go on a second one.

Want to take your own first date? Head over to Stitch Fix and set up your style profile!

Top Foods to Buy from the Bulk Bins at Whole Foods

Whole Foods Bulk BIns

The bulk bins at Whole Foods are one of my favorite parts of shopping there. By carefully selecting what I buy, and how much I buy, I’m able to save a significant amount on my groceries.

One of the tricks to saving on your bulk bin purchases is to buy only the quantity that you need.

This may mean bringing in a measuring cup and spoons. By doing so, you can measure out the exact quantity you need.

Don’t feel weird. I promise you anyone who is looking is thinking how clever you are.

save on bulk bin spices whole foods

SPICES

Spices are topping my list of top foods to buy at the bulk bins at Whole Foods.

This is particularly helpful if you need an unusual spice for a recipe.

Bring your measuring spoons. Buy what you need, spend less money than buying a whole bottle, and nothing lingers in the back of your spice rack.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how fresh and flavorful these bulk bin spices are!

whole foods bulk bin must buy Maple Syrup

SWEETENERS

There is no substitute for real maple syrup. Purchased in bulk from Whole Foods, you save about $3 over the Costco price.

Other sweeteners you can buy in bulk and save include honey, sugar, and agave syrup.

My Whole Foods actually has local honey in bulk. That’s a big plus in my book.

PS ~ You actually do want to purchase the Grade B maple syrup. It has a higher nutritional profile than Grade A.

Best Whole Foods Bulk Bin Buy

NUT BUTTERS

Most Whole Foods offer several different grind your own nut butters, including peanut butter and almond butter.

When you grind your own, you get 100% nut butter without any added sweeteners.

Plus, you don’t have to deal with oil separation.

Buy Chia Seeds from Bulk Bins

CHIA SEEDS

For something so small, chia seeds sure can be expensive!

Compare the price of buying chia seeds from the bulk bins to the price of pre-packaged. I think you’ll find a significant savings.

In addition to chia seeds, look to see if they have flax seeds. Both chia and flax make healthy additions to your morning smoothies.

Nutritional Yeast

NUTRITIONAL YEAST

Nutritional yeast may not make every grocery shopping list, but the savings at the bulk bins is so significant, I couldn’t leave it out.

Weigh Station Whole Foods

ONE FINAL TIP

You can bring in your own containers and skip the disposable bags.

What you need to do is head straight to the customer service desk. Ask them to mark the Tare Weight on the container. That weight will then be deducted at the cash register.

Once the weight is written on your container, you never have to have it marked again.

Do you already shop the bulk bins? What are your favorites?