TERRIFYINGLY TOXIC FACE SLUDGE!?  No TY! Green for Halloween! ft. Monave cosmetics

TERRIFYINGLY TOXIC FACE SLUDGE!? No TY! Green for Halloween! ft. Monave cosmetics

Monave is one of my all time favorite companies. So it comes as no surprise that I would reach for old trusty Monave makeup to create some ghoulish fun for the Holiday! Why use scary toxic chemicals that not only … Continue reading

MannaOrganics♥ NEW! NutButters

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Manna Organics is an amazing company that has friendly, hard working people behind it and great ethics.

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I just wanted to drop you guys a note. since I ♥MannaOrganics so much. They have NEW Nut Butters and they are also on SALE! Very short period of time though. They have neat flavors too.
Cashew Butter, which is usually VERY pricey and hard to do yourself. This one runs for $7.99 on sale!

There are also tasty varieties like Cinnamon-Date and Coconut Cashew. OMG YUM!

Be sure to check out their breads and snacks while on their site

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Don’t Forget about the Manna Bread giveaway!

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You win 4 FREE Manna Breads in the flavors and styles of your choice!
Manna Bread Varieties:
SPROUTED MANNA BREAD (R):
– Banana Walnut Hemp
– Carrot Raisin
– Cinnamon Date
– Fig Fennel Flax
– Fruit & Nut
– Millet Rice
– Multigrain
– Sunseed
– Whole Rye

ARTISAN SOURDOUGH BREADS:
– Whole Rye (wheat free)
– Sunny SourdoughTM
– Multigrain Flax

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– Ciao Chia
– Sesame
– Ancient Grain
– Cinnamon Raisin

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Blueberry Picking Season: The BERRY best way to use ’em

Blueberry Picking Season: The BERRY best way to use ’em

Recipe here http://supernaturalegirl.weebly.com/gluten-free-recipes.html   DELICIOUS, warm, fresh blueberry filled, Streusel topped Vegan and Gluten free muffins anyone? We traveled down a long and windey back road In Pungo to end up at Beatson’s Blueberry Farm http://www.visitvirginiabeach.com/Listings/Beatson_s_Blueberries.aspx Here we were greeted … Continue reading

QUICK Viatnamese-style Rolls

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I wandered out into the kitchen. Much to my surprise I see my Husband, of all people, making a dish. He’s never really been one to get the “I must cook this” bug up his butt like I do everyday. He isn’t as inspired as I am I suppose. Because let me just tell you…he CAN make food! Apparently!

He was soaking some rice paper rounds, thawing shrimp, gathering and slicing veggies and rolling up some Vietnamese styled rolls. I was amazed. I quickly hopped on that train and whipped up a peanut dipping sauce (gf,vegan and healthy ofcourse)!

SoOooOoO good! All he did was this :

1) Soak rice paper rounds (found at Asian markets uber cheap)

2) carefully lay onto cutting board or flat surface

3) Place whatever veggies or fillings you’d like (we used shrimp, cucumber,carrots and spinach)

4) roll up like a burritio 😉

5) Um. Duh. Enjoy!

 

Garden of Wisdom : Picking foods to feed your face

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It is crucial to choose nutrient dense, water rich foods and foods with high nutritional value to put IN your body.

However, choosing the right foods to go ON your body, that can be a little unclear and hard to figure out according to your skin type, age, etc.

I found a great little company, modestly tucked away in the folds of the natural skincare line websites. It’s called GoW or Garden of Wisdom. I called them and had a lovely little chat with them and they were so kind, receptive and wanted to hear more about my blog and what I do.

I had some skincare concerns, and tried out their sample program which is really cool btw. You pay very little and get large samples. They lasted me quite some time. Here is what I tried:

(Bear in mind, I have finicky skin. It is break out prone, sensitive, congested and combination so it becomes dehydrated easily. (ugh, right?). I REALLY had a great time using these, loved how they smelled and the textures were great!)

First, I tried the Almond Milk/Papaya Cleanser I got a nice little tub of this and its very smooth, smells like almond milk, is creamy and cleanses very well without stripping the skin. My face didn’t feel like it had a film or like the cleanser was overly moisturizing, it felt balanced.

I then tried the Green Tea Cleanser (Jen’s). This is a more intensive cleanser, cleanses more deeply and is slightly more oil absorbing due to it’s sudsing abilities. I used this when I was very oily and congested (lady time of the month is a great time for this one). It aids in redness reduction big time and is this cool jelly like green consistency. Too neat!

Lastly, I cleansed with the Fall into my Pumpkin Cleanser. OMG. Did I say OMG? Let me just tell you. I LOVE PUMPKIN. OMG! Fall is my favorite, I love baking and this cleanser just made me want to sit and smell it allllll day long. Truly amazing. This made my 5 minute cleansing regimen a piece of pumpkin pie to endure each night. It is slightly exfoliating which is great for post inflammatory conditions and redness, but it’s SUPER gentle. I got the same feeling with this as the Almond milk cleanser, I felt balanced not too dry or too oily. PERFECT. Still can’t stop smelling it.

I also tried out their Marityme AntiOxidant Gel which is wonderful. It works very fast on sun spots, and hyperpigmentation and scars. Lightens and evens skin overnight and is very gentle and super natural.

They were kind enough to send me a sample of their Coconut Revival Serum. I was ecstatic because 1) I forgot to get a moisturizing anything to go with my cleansers and 2) I LOVE the smell of coconut too! This felt wonderful and comforting to my skin. It is great of your skin is parched, dehydrated or too oily. I popped this in the fridge and used it on really warm night and it was absorbed so quickly and made me skin feel fresh and dewy, not oily. The smell is not of fakey tropical coconut junk, it smells like REAL coconut and coconut water. YUM!

I cannot thank them enough for helping to support my efforts in getting the word out about leading healthier lives and how important it is.

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Smokey Purple Prescious Pink: Summertime pastely glow with Monave’s Natural products

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Here I simply used my oil controlling humectant (which is FAB btw and smells amazing, I love the smell!) You only need a TINY bit, which is also just as FAB.

I used my oil-control foundation which has held up very well in this frizz-causing heat wave we’re having.yuck!

I contoured and bronzed with my Mineral Bronzer in #310 (nice light shade for us fair skinned people).

I then used my adorable hot pink blush (tiny bit goes a looooong way) in #218, LOVE this it’s so versatile!

Next I highlighted the bridge of my nose and cheekbones using their Face Illuminator in RD. I also mixed a small but into my lipgloss for a highlighted lip!

I patted the color #70 (actually a mineral blush) onto my lids and slightly into the crease. This color is a beautiful shimmery pink with bronzey and golden hues. SO LOVELY. I would definitely compare it to NARS “orgasm” but definitely better for your skin and the animals.

I then grabbed my little pot of this lovely, dark- lavender hued shadow pigment in V V. I blended this lightly into the crease and slightly under to the bottom lashline.

I, of course, finished by applying my cream to powder in Black along the lashline.

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Is this the NEW eating disorder?!

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Wiki says:
“Orthorexia nervosa (also known as orthorexia) is not mentioned in the DSM[a], but was coined by Steven Bratman[1] to characterize people who develop an obsession with avoiding foods perceived to be unhealthy.[2][3] Orthorexia nervosa is believed to be a mental disorder.[4] Bratman claims that in rare cases, this focus may turn into a fixation so extreme that it can lead to severe malnutrition or even death.[5] Even in less severe cases, the attempt to follow a diet that cannot provide adequate nourishment is said to lower self-esteem as the orthorexics blame themselves rather than their diets for their constant hunger and the resulting cravings for forbidden foods.”

I recently was on a strictly RAW plant based diet. I got so incredibly wrapped up in the no grains, no meat, no diary, no non-organic, no this-that-or-the-other, that my perfect diet was making me perfectly sick. I went from 118 to 111 in about 2 weeks and was extremely anxious, couldn’t sleep, was always on edge and felt “buzzy” a lot.

Now, Don’t get me wrong, a MORE plant based diet is great. We all could stand to incorporate more greens. But is the new “joy of cooking”, the “misery of eating”? I’m starting to think so.

It’s called Orthorexia. Basically it is an eating disorder characterized by your constant striving for perfectionism of your health and health food diet and letting it rule your life. I don’t personally feel that my diet rules my life. Some of my family and friends, sometimes even my Husband think i’m a little overzealous. But I truly enjoy reading about nutrition, blogging about it and eating the best possible, most organic, and sustainably farmed foods I humanly can. I believe it’s our right as Americans. We live in a free and rich country, we can get clean water, antibiotic and pesticide free foods. And we should!

I also believe that we are destroying our beautiful planet and resources with unsustainable farming practices. If we help local and organic farms remain in business by buying local and organic, then we can literally help save the world.
Back to Orthorexia. Now, regardless of how “perfect” my diet was, I was under so much stress about eating the wrong things that it stressed me out a lot. I also started worrying way too much about what my family was eating and friends too. I found myself feeling more judgmental then ever, and less forgiving. This stress, alongside my perfectness, led to my ultimate downfall.

I started having severe muscle cramping, sleeplessness, nightmares, hair shedding, heart palpitations, dehydration issues, and muscle tone loss. I also had a lot of panic attacks, and was always sick to my stomach. I recently saw my Naturopath and he told me I was very malnourished and that a lot of it was from stress.( we know I am not Orthorexic because I had no problem going back to eating cooked foods, etc.).

Stress is a killer. It will suck up all the good stuff in your body, regardless of how perfect and healthy you are. It will wreak havoc on your skin, your mind and the people around you. It makes digestion and sleep harder, which can lead to weight gain and anxiousness, leading to even more stress. The key is to work on meditation, even if it’s repeating a mantra to yourself in the car on your way home, taking a hot bath with relaxing music a few times a week, or doing something you enjoy regularly and making time for YOU.
No one wants to age quickly, pack on pounds, be covered in stress acne or hives and be exhausted from lack of restful sleep. Be sure to make wise choices in your food, but don’t seek for perfection, be kind to yourself and others,try hard not to judge them but offer wisdom. I am going to get into Yoga soon hopefully.

What are some of your favorite ways to decompress?
I love hot tea, snuggled up under my heat blanket. I also like nighttime drives with the windows down with friends and loved ones. Of course baths with soothing music, duh.

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SuperNaturaleGirl