whole foods beauty

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ever strolled the beauty section at whole foods? i’ve been a fan for years and a few products are secret weapons for me. a lot of what you find is more on the natural side, depending on what you choose, of course. it’s easy to overlook these products, because they aren’t as glam, but they work so well, and the pricepoint is wonderful.

whole foods 365 everyday value conditioner is a staple in our shower! it’s super light, and rinses clean. the pricepoint is also perfect. win!

alba botanica is a line i’ve used for years, and love their body oils. i decided to try out their (yummy smelling) coconut lime shave cream to get into the habit of shaving my legs again (ha!). love, love.

kiss my face lavender shea has been the only thing (for years) my husband will shave with and he buys it in bulk once a sale hits.

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speaking of sales, from friday, may 8 through sunday, may 10, whole foods market is offering 25% OFF all cosmetics. additionally, whole foods is hosting their annual 25% OFF whole body one day sale on saturday, may 9. this means you receive an additional 25% off those products during their cosmetic sale.

if you pop over to instagram, i’m giving one person a $50 whole foods gift card to buy a haul of your fave products!

cinco de mayo clean margarita

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i have a special affection for mexican food – lime and cilantro are two of my fave flavours and fresh salsa is always in our fridge. i regularly am searching for the city’s best taco (still haven’t found it!), and the margarita and i have a well documented love affair.

sweet drinks aren’t my jam anymore (hello, killer two-day hangover), so i’ve concocted this tasty cinco de mayo clean margarita. what makes it clean? no sugar, and high quality tequila! here’s how i made these that will christen our patio, and will be a fave far past may 5th!

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cinco de mayo clean margarita

2oz 100% agave tequila (like patron silver)
1.5oz fresh lime juice
drizzle light agave nectar
lime wedges for garnish
ice cubes
flaked sea salt

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rim the edge of your glass with flaked sea salt. combine all ingredients in your glass, and add a few ice cubes (this helps dilute this rather strong drink!). now, go make another and call it a party! (tip: the lime quality is super important here, so when you are choosing them at the store, look for those with soft, smooth skins, and are a little soft when you squeeze them as they will yield more juice. keep your limes out of the fridge to have them ready to juice at a moment’s notice… the best parties are spontaneous, after all!) xx

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baking life hack

frosted cake

every sunday, we head over to the in-laws for sunday dinner. i used to make it a regular ritual to bring over dessert – always homemade. those times have changed as life has gotten busier and i do skip some weeks, or, i will often buy a yummy, high quality dessert to bring which is such a time saver, but always feels like such a cheat (keep in mind, i’m an avid baker, and have been since i was a wee one, so it’s kinda my thing).

whole foods cake

well, have i come up with the perfect life hack! it’s a compromise between homemade, and store bought – i buy a basic cake of some kind, this time it was a whole foods apricot and blueberry pound cake, and then add some frosting myself! how easy is that?! literally, a 5-minute sunday dinner dessert.

lemon icing

for this cake, i simply combined 2-3 cups of icing sugar, 1/4 cup of butter, and about 4tbsp of lemon juice, which was a perfect tangy addition to brighten up this heavy cake.

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do i pass it off as my own? nah. i like to think i could do better had i spent the time to bake it from scratch, but sometimes, those few hours are better spent unwinding over a pvr catch up!

natural beauty for glowing skin

kypris moonlight catalyst

as you all know, i’m obsessed with natural beauty products. i really try so hard to keep all of my skin care totally natural – parabens, petroleums, anything man made, i’m not into it when it comes to allowing it to absorb into my body. i try to combine this thinking with other little rituals that help my overall wellbeing. natural beauty for glowing skin… it takes a bit of a village!

currently, i’m LOVING kypris moonlight catalyst for its smoothing and retinol like effects thanks to the blend of rosehip seed, and phytonutrients that pack a nutritious and moisturizing punch. it’s your serum, and moisturizing oil all in one. take that.

lemon water

mornings with some lemon water, and a light read (so into decor mags as we finish off our new place) make the perfect way for me to ease into a slower day, or a lazy sunday. lemon water also promotes a healthy glow, from the inside out. hey, whatever it takes as the birthdays creep up! xo

decorate your home with flowers (on budget!)

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i know, i’m the worst at keeping up this little blog lately! it’s the weekend, and it’s time to take time out to do those things that bring us happiness, and for me, that’s flowers. what’s better than heading to the market or your favorite florist, and stocking up for the week? nothing makes me happier than a house full of blooms peppered from room to room (you may have caught that drift on my instagram feed). i’ve been such a flower collector over the last few years, and this habit can add up and really cut into your monthly budget.

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break up that big bouquet and piece out blooms into different size bud vases to set the mood at your bedside table, your dressing table, kitchen, and living room. think glass of different types : clear, milk, mercury are all wonderful options!

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cut down the florals to fit the vase – using an eclectic combination of bud vases gives you the ability to see which blooms look lovely, and best fit their vessel.

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grouping like types and colors of floral can look fresh and modern, and a sprig of greens adds a pro touch to your mini arrangements. breaking up your bouquet will give you a house full of fresh blooms, for less money then buying multiple arrangements. don’t overlook the greens as filler! that pop of freshness makes a pretty statement in your powder room, especially beside the sink.

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always give your blooms a little snip once you get them home to ensure the stems soak up as much water as possible to prolong their life, and once the flowers start to wilt, simply re-cut, ensuring to only snip the tip to keep the stem length.

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