January 22, 2017

LIFESTYLE | HOW I KEEP MY WHITE CLOTHES AND LINENS WHITE


When my son was born I became a lot more chemically conscious. He had sensitive skin, so we used the Honest Company diapers and products with him from the start. Since he is now a toddler, and into kitchen cabinets and shelves- most of our household cleaning items have been traded in for cleaners that are a lot safer to have around the house. 





 I used to think using bleach was my answer to keeping whites white, but I noticed that over time the more I used bleach on my whites, they started to look dingy. I stopped using bleach, and have found an easy and safer way to keep my whites bright white.




1. The Honest Company had always impressed us, and always came through for us, so we decided to try their household items. Now, to remove stains I use the Honest Company stain remover and it works great for my sons spills and stains. It also works great for spills on the carpet or rugs.

2 .I also love using the honest company 4 in one laundry pods. I have never had a problem with them and they seem to help with brightening up my whites. Plus they were rated an A with the EWG!

3. The real "trick" to getting clothes whiter is using a half cup of real lemon juice to each wash. This works amazing! You will see a VERY noticeable difference. I also like washing my whites in warm (not hot) water.

4.  Adding a half cup of vinegar to each load also acts as a fabric softener.

5.  To remove under arm stains, I use equal parts hydrogen peroxide, dawn dish soap and baking soda. I rub that all in and let it set for about an hour and wash with a normal white load as usual.

6. It's also important to dry clothes on low heat.


Do you have any tips or tricks you use to get your white clothes brighter?

XX

January 19, 2017

LIFESTYLE | RANDOM SHOTS OF OUR JANUARY



My birthday was the 14th and my husband got me some Rae Dunn mugs to add to my little collection of Rae Dunn things. As well as some really gorgeous blooms that have me wishing for spring.


Lately I have been hearing him say a lot more words. Choo choo, being his new favorite.


I make a lot of Shepherd's pie in our house. I love making a healthy version. It really hits the spot on the colder days.







We got a small amount of snow so far. This has been a pretty mild winter for us here. But oh how pretty it is to look at.


Last weekend we took a drive to Ohiopyle , and it was just beautiful! No white water rafting this time around though. 





Snow, snow, snow.

January 2, 2017

LIFESTYLE | HAPPY SECOND BIRTHDAY MY LITTLE LOVE



TO MY PHILLIP: Tomorrow is your birthday! My oh my how these two years have flown by!!! It feels like just yesterday we brought you home from the hospital. I remember that day SO clear! It was in the middle of a snow storm. I remember you were so quiet the whole ride home, snuggled all warm in your blankets and car seat.


These past two years have been full of excitement and so much joy. I can't believe you are running, talking, singing, dancing and feeding yourself. You are so smart already! I love seeing you learn your numbers and hearing you count. You have loved music since you were so tiny, but now when I hear you sing or see you dance, I always think back to when you wouldn't go to sleep at night unless piano music was playing softly.



I am so excited to see what this year brings. You are learning so fast, and you don't miss a beat. Always on the go, ready to make friends or talk to someone new.





Daddy and I love you so much! Our hearts are so full! Happy Birthday sweet boy!







December 12, 2016

LIFESTYLE | RANDOM SHOTS OF OUR DECEMBER SO FAR




One of the things I love about living here, is the fact that most farms have an honor system. Like this tree farm, you pick out or cut down your own tree from their farm and leave the money in a box they leave out. ♥️

Black Americano + Soy has been my favorite Vegan Starbucks.

The apple orchard up the road.


Little man is our Christmas card this year, so I took a bunch of pictures of him having fun with his sled.






  Daddy had to take a spin too. ;)



I almost want to keep these twinkle lights up all year.

December 10, 2016

COOKING | VEGAN SUGAR COOKIES


It has been super cold here lately, so last night we decided it was the perfect opportunity to make some holiday sugar cookies. I used the recipe from Nerdy Mamma and these cookies were delish! 






YOU WILL NEED
  • 1 cup coconut oil, room temperature
  • Juice from one can of beans (about 1/2 cup) – I used pinto beans
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tspn vanilla extract (clear–please please use clear)
  • 2 tspn baking powder
  • 3 cups flour
HOW TO
  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Cream sugar and oil together.
  • Add bean juice and extract. Mix thoroughly. Set aside.
  • Mix flour and baking powder together well in a separate bowl.
  • Add flour/baking powder mixture to the sugar mixture in 1/3 increments.
  • Mix thoroughly.
  • Dough will be crumbly, but turn it out anyway and simply work with it the way it is.
  • Using a roller, roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Do not work any thinner than that or the dough will crumble apart when you try to transfer it to the baking sheet.
  • Cut your cookies out and place them on the baking sheet.
  • Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. The cookies will not be brown, but you don’t want them to be. If they’re browned, they’ll be too crispy and they’ll fall apart when you try to ice them. So, just 10 minutes. Nothing more.
  • There’s an amazing twist to this recipe: you just feel free to eat them straight out of the oven. No need for cooling–other than to cool enough that they won’t burn you. But, these don’t need to cool to be stiff. So nice. Love it!




October 24, 2016

BEAUTY | KAPLAN MD - PERFECT POUT LIP DUO




Description:
"A travel-friendly duo featuring must-have lip treatments that instantly exfoliates dry, chapped skin while visibly plumping the lip contour for lips that are softer, smoother, and fuller-looking. "

Solutions for:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Dryness 

If you want to know more…
"As an antiaging expert, Dr. Kaplan understands that both men and women want fuller, more youthful lips without surgery. He created Perfect Pout as a natural alternative to visibly plump lips and smooth fine lines, while hydrating and protection against sun damage. LIP 20 Mask contains papaya enzymes, two forms of hyaluronic acid, and adipofill’in, a patented amino acid that naturally plumps the lip contour. It gently exfoliates away dry skin for lips that are instantly softer, smoother, and more defined. LIP 20 Balm is an ultra-hydrating formula that moisturizes, nourishes, and protects with SPF 20. Using a soothing blend of beeswax and sunflower seed wax, it gently glides onto the lips, while nourishing the skin with 22 organic extracts. It also contains a powerful lip plumping peptide, maxi-lip, along with hyaluronic filling spheres, to give lips added hydration and natural fullness. "

This set contains:
- 0.35 oz/ 10 g LIP 20 Mask 
- 0.17 oz/ 5 g LIP 20 Balm 

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates 

What else you need to know:
Tips: "If you tend to get dry lips while you sleep, use this Lip Mask + Lip Balm Duo as a nighttime lip treatment. Simply spread a very light layer of LIP 20 Mask directly onto lips. Then, pat on a thin layer of LIP 20 Balm. Allow both products to stay on your lips while you sleep, and wake up to beautifully soft, hydrated lips. To treat the fine lines and wrinkles around the lips, and on the skin above the lips that cause lipstick to bleed, apply the LIP 20 Mask at least a half-inch beyond the lip line to treat the area. "






To use: Step one: you apply the mask all over your lips- let it set for 3-5 minutes and remove with a damp cloth. Step two: Apply the lip balm. 

My thoughts:
I love the simple and sleek packaging. I also love that it is travel friendly.

I don't normally use lip plumpers, my lips are naturally pretty good size. However, I always have dry lips, so I always have to exfoliate and use a lip balm. This lip duo exfoliates and makes your lips SO soft and smooth. I have been using the lip mask 2-3 times a week.  The mask feels really light on your lips, but you can really feel it working. It says it "smooths out fine lines" in your lips, and I did notice a pretty big difference with that (see below images). The lip plumping, for me, was just an added bonus. After the lip mask and lip balm, I did notice a difference in the size of my bottom lip and the very top of my upper lip . My lips feel smooth all day after I use this duo! 

I also just keep the lip balm in my purse for when I am out in the colder weather. I have also been transitioning into using makeup brands and skin care brands that are cruelty free, and these products do not test on animals. 




You can see the difference in my lips in the above pictures.  I am very satisfied with this duo. 
You can purchase this lip duo at Sephora for $24.


xx
Jacenda


September 30, 2016

COOKING | PUMPKIN SPICE PANCAKES- ORGANIC + VEGAN





It is here, pumpkin spice season, and we couldn't be happier about it at my house. I made these pancakes for my son and I to share recently, and we really enjoyed them. These pancakes are made with organic ingredients and are also vegan. I made a video for these delicious pancakes, but you can grab the ingredients from below also. 




1. MIX DRY INGREDIENTS
  • 1/2 C ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR
  • 1/4 C WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR
  • 1/4 TSP BAKING POWDER
  • 1/4 TSP CINNAMON
  • 1/8 TSP NUTMEG
  • 1/8 TSP ALL-SPICE 
  • 1/8 TSP GINGER
  • PINCH OF SALT


2. MIX IN WET INGREDIENTS
  • 1/4 C  PUMPKIN PUREE
  • 1 TBSP  MAPLE  SYRUP
  • 1 C  ALMOND  MILK

*Makes about 6-7 medium pancakes. 


I hope you enjoy them as much as we did! Don't forget to subscribe to my new YouTube channel.
xx
Jacenda