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Friday Favorites: Baby Bump Updates, Spring Beauty, New Recipes, and More

Happy Friday, y’all! It’s been awhile since my last Friday Favorites post, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite things from the last couple of months… ecobeauty, new recipes, baby bump updates, and sneak peeks of what’s to come.

Spring Beauty

If you saw my recent post with my favorite eco-friendly beauty products, you saw that I’m a huge fan of Honest Beauty and Beautycounter because they’re safe but also glamorous, and most importantly, they work! 

I shared my favorites (including some perfect-for-spring pink and coral lip shines and crayons) in that post, but just last week I ordered Beautycounter’s new lengthening mascara. It actually makes my wimpy little lashes look longer, stays on all day, and I don’t have to worry that I’m using harsh chemicals.

My Favorite Eco-Friendly Cosmetics

Baby Love

With less than 2 months to go, my husband and I are in full-on baby prep mode. This little guy is already the center of our universe, and making himself known with all of his kicks, stretches, jabs, and hiccups.

My family just threw us a baby shower last weekend (see picture below). What an amazing day celebrating this baby bump surrounded by our family and friends. So much joy, laughter, and love!

Friday Favorites: Baby Shower

Although I’m incredibly excited (and let’s be real: nervous) for him to finally arrive, I’ve loved being pregnant and am trying my best to savor these last eight weeks. Once I got through the first four months, I started feeling great and really enjoying it all.

I’ll be reflecting on what I learned from the first half of pregnancy in a post coming next month, and will also be sharing some of my go-to pregnancy items (maternity clothes, food, belly balms, etc) in the next couple of weeks, so keep your eyes out! Sneak peek: these organic sweet potato/sea salt potato chips made in coconut oil and the new Coconut, Kale, and Cacao Superfood Larabars are hitting the spot right now.

Yummy Recipes

My blogging gal pals have been hard at work releasing some mouthwatering spring recipes, so I had to highlight a few that I can’t wait to try. 

MTG Makeover

I’m very excited to reveal a website makeover next month! I’ve been working hard to redesign the site in a way that makes it easier to use, from finding recipes to shopping my favorite products. I can’t wait to unveil it, so stay tuned. 

In Case You Missed It

Some of the most popular posts on MTG in the recent weeks include:

My Favorite Mantra: Be a Warrior, Not a Worrier

Have a great weekend, friends! Keep your eyes out for a new muffin recipe, chocolate avocado fudgsicles, a new recipe from the Weekend Reboot, my favorite eco-friendly hair and body products, and my few of go-to pregnancy items. 

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10 Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas (Paleo with Vegan Options)

No time to make breakfast in the morning? I make these on the weekends for the following week, or the night before I need to grab and go on a busy morning. Easy, transportable, and filling!

A reader recently asked me for some make-ahead breakfast ideas. She explained that she doesn’t have a lot of time in the mornings, but still wanted to get a good breakfast in before she started her day. I’ve got some great ideas, whether you’re a sweet or savory fan, and need a lot or a little to get you powered up for the day.

10 Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas (Paleo with Vegan Options)

A few of the below are truly grab and go, no reheating necessary, but others you need to make the night before or whenever you have time. By batch-cooking, you can make a lot at once, freeze, and then have a quick and hearty breakfast ready whenever you need!

Need to transport your food? I use these Pyrex storage containers, mason jars, stainless steel tins, or reusable snack bags.

10 Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas (Paleo and Vegan Options)

10 Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas (Paleo, Vegan Options)

  1. Blueberry Coconut Muffins – Instead of making mini muffins, I pour the batter into regular-sized muffin tins; it makes enough for about 7 muffins. Not a coconut nectar fan? Try using all maple syrup with no stevia. When you’re ready to eat, smear these muffs with almond butter and you’re set!

10 Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas (Paleo, Vegan Options)

  1. Coconut-Banana-Berry Breakfast Powerbowl – Use whatever berries you have on hand, and take it with you in a pyrex or mason jar if you’re on the go.

10 Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas (Paleo, Vegan Options)

  1. Chia Pudding – I mix together a couple of TB of chia seeds in a mason jar and fill the rest with coconut milk, a touch of sweetener and vanilla extract overnight, shake it all up, and store in the fridge overnight. Browse my Breakfast Pinterest boards for more chia pudding inspiration!
  1. Almond Butter & Banana Waffle Sandwich – I make a batch of these paleo waffles on the weekends and add a handful of spinach to the batter to sneak in more greens. Then, I make a ‘breakfast sandwich’ by smearing the waffles with almond butter and banana! This breakfast saved me during my first trimester when all I wanted was carbs…
  1. Pancakes with Berries and Nut/Seed Butter – Here’s my favorite pancake breakfast routine… or try my Banana Nut Pancakes or Flourless Pumpkin Pancakes!

10 Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas (Paleo, Vegan Options)

  1. Pumpkin Bars –  Top with vegan cream cheese (this is my fave) or a cashew butter drizzle.
  1. Smoothies, Smoothies, Smoothies – Perhaps one of the easiest transportable, nutrient-dense options. I store mine in jars and then when I’m ready to drink, I simply grab it from the fridge and shake it up!
  1. Egg and Veggie Frittata Muffins – Easily customizable and transportable. Browse my Breakfast Pinterest boards for ideas! If I’m really short on time, I’ll combine hard-boiled eggs, avocado, and plantain chips for a protein/fat/carb combo.
  1. Larabars or Rxbars and a Piece of Fruit (Apple, Pear, Banana, etc.) – a winning on-the-go-breakfast combo!

10 Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas (Paleo, Vegan Options)

  1. Make Your Own Trail Mix – My favorites are either to throw together dried fruit + nuts + chocolate (in the picture above: figs, dark chocolate, goji berries, cashews) or this 5-Minute Fall Trail Mix is my go-to year-round. I store it in these lightweight stainless steels tins and it’s ready wherever you go.

Looking for other ways to make the most of your mornings? Check out my tips to power up your day and 3 healthy habits to get your morning glow on!

 

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My Favorite Eco-Friendly Makeup and Beauty Buys

Today I’m sharing what’s in my makeup bag! I get asked all the time about which eco-friendly makeup and body products I use, and which brands I trust, so I thought I’d share my favorites.

My Favorite Eco-Friendly Cosmetics

Did you miss Part 1 of this series? Check out my 8 Tips to Making the Switch to Eco-Friendly Beauty Products here

As I mentioned in Part 1 of this series, I’ve been slowly switching over to safer cosmetics over the past few years (make sure to check-out my tips about how to save money and find brands you trust). I have very sensitive skin, so even some of the non-toxic makeup products still irritate my face. The products I’m sharing today work for me, but everyone is different. For the most part, I look for products with an EWG Skin Deep score of less than 3. 

AND, this is super important… I’m not perfect, but I do my best to limit the amount of conventional cosmetics I use.

I’m still searching for some safer eye liners, concealer, and bronzer but haven’t found them yet. I believe that switching even a product or two to one that is more eco-friendly helps, even if you can’t do it all. 

While I wish I felt confident without make-up on an everyday basis, I’m not a big fan of the deep purple bags under my eyes that I’ll forever have (thanks to genetics and allergies). And, sometimes a girl just likes to get dressed up and play around with some beautiful make-up!

Beautycounter and Honest Beauty are my top two brands — they’re glamorous, safe, and department-store worthy but more affordable (Honest Beauty offers bundles of 3 products for $50). 

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So, here it is… when I don’t want to go bare-faced, here’s what I use: 

My Favorite Eco-Friendly Cosmetics

Eyes

Honest Beauty Eye Shadow Trio in Smoky Gray and Soft Sand
Beautycounter Color Shade Eye Duo in Malt/Shell
I just found out about these eye shadows and love how smooth they go on and how long they last! 

Mineral Fusion Mascara in Jet 
The first natural mascara I’ve tried that actually works to darken and thicken my blond, sparse lashes. 
Beautycounter also just came out with a brand new lengthening mascara, and I can’t wait to try it! 

Clinique Quickliners – not natural, but the only eye liner I can find that goes on smoothly (without tugging!) and lasts all day.

Honest Beauty Eye Brow Pencil in Warm Auburn
I was nervous to shade/pencil my brows, but this magic tool gives me natural, fuller-looking brows in just a few seconds. What a difference!

Eco-Friendly Make-Up

Face

Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation in Radiant 
I’m not a big liquid foundation fan, so this light powder helps set my concealor/highlighter and also provide 20 SPF.

Neutrogena Skin Blends Natural Radiance Bronzer in Sunkissed 

Trish McEvoy Correct & Brighten Highlighter. I’m also going to try Beautycounter’s Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer which has won tons of awards, and their Touchup Skin Concealer Pen. 

Eco-Friendly Lip Products

Lips

Honest Beauty Lip Gloss in Generous Kiss and Kind Kiss
I love these colors – they’re natural but also have a hint of color to make your eyes pop! It also has the perfect texture for a lip gloss. 

Honest Beauty Truly Kissable Lip Crayon Sheer in Blossom Kiss, Petal Kiss, and Raspberry Kiss
Love, love, love these – subtle but noticable color and glides on smoothly. My first successful ‘crayon’ purchase – these are awesome. 

Beautycounter Lip Gloss  in Peony 
I’m a huge gloss fan and this one even tastes and smells like vanilla (my fave)!

Beautycounter Lip Sheer in Petal 
Pretty for work or nights out. Glides on with sheer rosey pink color. 

Beautycounter Lip Shine 
Perfect layered over sheers and crayons or on its own for a bit of shine.

Burt’s Bees Lip Shine 
My mom turned me on to these – love the quick swipe of color. 

Whole Foods Market 365 Organic Lip Balms
My all-time favorite chapsticks, I have about 5 of them floating around the house at different times.

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Other non-toxic makeup brands that I’ve heard great things about, but haven’t tried yet: RMS Beauty and Bite Beauty. What are some brands that you use and trust? 

Next week, I’ll share my favorite eco-friendly body products, hair products, nail polish, sunscreen, and more. Stay tuned! 

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15 Easy Healthy Snacks (Gluten-free, Dairy-free)

Hey friends, I know many of us are looking for some new snacks. I’m one of those eat-every-three-hours or I get hangry (hungry + angry) type of people, so I’m always on the lookout for ways I can fuel my body on the regular. 

Healthy snacks should be easy to make and/or transport, and full of nutrients to give you a boost of energy and balance out blood sugars and other hormones. Couple that with needing to align with some dietary restrictions, and sometimes we’ve got to get creative. 

15 Quick, Easy, and Health Snack Ideas (Paleo, Real Food)

I’ve come up with some go-to snacks whether I’m at home or on-the-go.

All of these ideas are gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo, and most can be modified to be vegan (if they aren’t already). 

Click over to my guest post on Red and Honey to see some of my favorite nutrient-packed, clean-eating snacks! 

 

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8 Tips to Make the Switch to Eco-Friendly Beauty Products

Green beauty buys are becoming more and more mainstream – for good reason! I’ve seen a lot of articles profiling eco-beauty buys lately, and I love the exposure that they’re getting, as well as the focus on reducing toxic chemicals for health and environmental purposes.

The natural beauty market is growing with leaps and bounds, but for newbies to going green, it can be hard to navigate the various (and hard to pronounce) ingredients, new formulas and product lines, and how and where to shop for them. 

I’ve spent the past few years slowly switching the products that I use – in my kitchen, bathroom, make-up bag, etc. – over to products with safer ingredients, and have gathered a lot of tips along the way.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing my tips, tricks, favorite products and more in this 3-part series: (1) 8 Tips to Make the Switch to Eco-Friendly Beauty Products; (2) My Favorite Eco-Beauty Products (What’s in My Make-Up Bag); and (3) My Favorite Non-Toxic Hair and Body Products.

8 Tips to Make the Switch to Eco-Friendly Beauty products

Photo credit: Beautycounter

When I got sick and first realized the importance of reducing the toxic burden on my body, I was shocked at how harsh the products are that we use in and around our bodies every day! How could I expect to heal or get my glow back if I was slathering myself in, breathing in, or eating toxic chemicals? So, I started to do my research. I also found that my super sensitive skin cleared up, and I felt better all around after making the switch to eco-friendly products.

Thousands of ingredients are still being evaluated for toxicity, especially on the long-term use of them on our health, but I’d rather be safe than sorry and look for safer alternatives. Here are some of the things I’ve learned that makes it easy peasy to switch over to eco-beauty products!

How to Make the Switch to Eco-Friendly Beauty products

1. Do your research –
2. Read ingredient listings on the back of a product – 
Product labeling can be really confusing (i.e., what does “all natural” actually mean?), and is usually not standardized, so it’s important to actually read the ingredient labels. I try to avoid the following ingredients: parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, petroleum, mercury, sodium lauryl sulfates, triclosan, and synthetic fragrance, and look for ingredients that I can pronounce or are familiar with their purpose/safety. Luckily, the apps listed in #1 make it easier to figure this all out!
 
This Toxic Ingredients in Cosmetics Glossary from the Green Beauty Team is also super helpful – it explains what the ingredient is and where it’s found. 
 
3. Look for reviews –
All body and beauty products are not made the same. That goes for non-toxic products as well – good ones can be even trickier to find as brands sometimes have to get creative with ingredients. Google the product, and you’ll usually find a bunch of helpful reviews. 
 
I’ll be posting what’s in my make-up bag and bathroom in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned!
 
4. Find brands you trust and stick with them – 
As product labeling and marketing is not always standardized and can be hard to figure out (see #2 above), I suggest finding some brands that you trust, and stick to those. When you trust in a brand that clearly has a mission to provide safer, greener products, it’s nice to not have to worry about if they’re hiding anything!
 
My favorite eco-friendly beauty and body brands: Beautycounter, Honest Beauty, Whole Foods 365, and EO. I’ll share my favorite products from each in Parts 2 and 3 to this eco-beauty series in the coming weeks.
 
8 Tips to Make the Switch to Eco-Friendly Beauty products

Photo credit: Beautycounter

 
5. Ease into it –
Don’t worry about having to switch every product to its non-toxic counterpart at one time – you’ll make yourself crazy and spend a lot of money. 
 
Do what you can at the moment! I’ve been switching to eco-friendly products over the past couple of years. Whenever I need a new product, I then buy the non-toxic version. 
 
6. Buy products you can return for no charge – 
No use in wasting money on products you won’t like. And let’s face it, I’m picky about my products – if I don’t like them, I won’t use them and I want to get my hard-earned dough back!
 
I like Amazon, CVS, and Honest Beauty the best because I’ve been able to return the items for free (with a receipt). 
 
8 Tips to Make the Switch to Eco-Friendly Beauty products
 
7. If you’re crafty, make your own products – 
Avocado, coconut oil, and egg whites are some common ingredients used in eco-beauty products, so try googling, or searching Pinterest, for recipes and head to the kitchen! If you’re not a DIY (I’m not), don’t sweat – use the resources listed under #1, above, to find brands you trust.
 
8. Remember, it’s about progress not perfection
Even just minimizing the amount of toxic chemicals on your body helps. Do what you can, and you’re already doing your body a favor. This is about doing what’s best for your body, and stressing out over body products is not the goal!
 
Look for my favorite eco-beauty products in Parts 2 – What’s in My Make-Up Bag and 3 – My Favorite Eco-friendly Hair and Body Products coming next week!
 
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