Coconut Oil

The smell of coconut puts an instant smile on my face! It instantly makes me think of a warmer summer beach day. I use Trader Joe’s brand because out of all the coconut oils I’ve tried, this one has the most potent warm coconutty smell that I can never get sick of. I use it to cook and bake at times however I keep it in my bathroom because I drown my skin in it after I shower. I went to a friends pool today and got a great tan. My chest and shoulders always get a little crispy so I piled on the coconut oil. It soothes and hydrates my skin so I never peel. So whether you like to cook with it or not, definitely try it after being in the sun all day. You won’t be disappointed. If you don’t like to feel greasy I suggest throwing a pair of leggings on with a tank after you have applied so you don’t get any oil stains on your sheets or couch. 

Allergies & Apple Cider VinegarĀ 

I can’t even believe I feel allergy symptoms and it’s about to be August. I don’t know what plants and trees are being planted but these landscapers need to cut it. Also I get very affected by the weather change and being that the tempature dropped dramatically this passed weekend, it doesn’t surprise me that I feel the way I do. Anyway I woke up Sunday morning with an extremely itchy burnt throat and a post nasal drip. I immediately took a shot of Apple Cider Vinegar. Germs can’t survive or spread because of the acidic coating it leaves on your throat. It burned all the way down but felt so good. I do it day and night until my throat feels better. I’ve been using my Flonase nasal spray as well and have been taking Zyrtec at night. My accupunturist is on maternity leave or I would have definitely made an emergency session with her for my allergies. 

Skin

I posted about my new face cleanser by Simple Skin Care and said I will be trying all of their products. Well I had recently ran out of my daytime face lotion and being that it’s summer I decided to try Simple Protecting Lotion with SPF 15. I love the smell of it and it doesn’t leave my skin dry like most face lotions. I usually have to use a cream for during the day because of my dry/sensative skin type. This lotion makes my skin feel hydrated and never greasy. I’ll probably end up making the switch to their night cream once I’m done with my current one. Can’t wait! Check out the rest of the Simple Skin Care Products.

A New Twist on Brownies

We decided to have a family night inviting my nephews over to hang and we got a little creative in the kitchen lastnight! Who doesn’t love an original chocolate fudge brownie?! I looked through my pantry and found we still had some pretzels left, 2 ripe bananas and a box of Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix. Glutino Gluten Free Pretzels are so crunchy and delicious and don’t leave your mouth dry like other brands. I highly recommend giving them a try. I followed the traditional brownie recipe using coconut oil instead of vegetable oil. I sliced bananas on top and crushed pretzels into chunky pieces and sprinkled them on top as well. I finished it off with a dash of sea salt. I couldn’t get a great picture but it looked just as good as it tasted. Other great brownie toppings can be shredded coconut and chopped almonds or crushed graham crackers and mini marshmallows. You don’t have to be the best baker to top your Brownies. Just look through your cabinets and have fun with it.

Baby Food Experiments

So now that Jameson has hit the 8 month mark I’ve been experimenting more with his food. I gave him a raspberry and quinoa combination and also added shredded mild cheddar cheese to his chicken and broccoli dinner this week. I found that his stomach can tolerate more dairy which is a good thing because both his father and I have sensitive stomachs to dairy products. The quinoa texture was a bit different for him and also the tartness in the raspberries so he made a silly sour face but that didn’t stop this boy from eating! I will be exploring into finger foods soon and can’t wait to share the transition and create meals for everyone to try with their little ones. Both new recipes can be found on my Baby Recipe Page

Apartment Hunting

Anyone who has ever moved knows the struggle of finding the perfect place to settle in to. We’ve been meeting with landlords and realtors checking out apartments but haven’t found a spot yet . We’ve also been jerked around as well which is ridiculously frustrating. We’re going to see two more apartments over the weekend so fingers crossed! Being super organized during this process is extremely important to me. I’m definitely not looking forward to packing it up, but I’m excited for what’s in store. From our credentials we submit to labeling our boxes I’m a organize freak! As I start moving I will keep everyone posted with helpful tips on making this move as easy as possible.

Meal Prep

img_1708I’m always brainstorming about new meals to prep for the week. I get bored of the same food every week. A girlfriend of mine had made buffalo chicken burgers and it gave me the idea of making Buffalo Turkey Burgers. I also had an eggplant, red onion, mushrooms and tri color tomatoes in my fridge so I decided to roast them for the week to have with the burgers. Check out the Adult Recipe Page for these recipes and other meal ideas.