Hope everyone had a great October! Ours was full of adventure and fun – my absolute favorite season. I fully intended on getting this blog post up a few days ago, but I battled vertigo all last week, so when Willow went to bed, I wasn’t far behind her. Luckily, things improved over the weekend and I was able to leave the house and get outside. I’m SO excited to share my favorites from last month!
For years we used to just tag along with my parents to Costco and give them money for whatever items we bought. Well, in September, we took advantage of a great Living Socials deal and got our very own Costco membership! Willow was having a rough day when we went to get our membership cards…I couldn’t set her down for the photo, so Willow took the picture with me 🙂
I have to say, I am SO impressed with how many gluten-free and vegan options Costco carries, not to mention, their organic produce selection is amazing! The first product I’m sharing with you is a Costco find…
Luke’s Multigrain & Seed Crackers:
These are amazing! Hands down the best crackers I’ve ever had. Light, crispy, full of flavor and very reminiscent of a chip, but without the grease. We’ve been enjoying them with hummus and crumbling them into soup. Not only are these certified gluten-free and vegan, they’re also organic, soy-free, and nut-free. I’m keeping my eyes out for some of their other products. We purchased this box (contains two bags) from Costco for $7.99. To learn more about this company and where to find their products, please visit their website: http://www.lukesorganic.com/
We stopped into Fred Meyer one day to grab a pumpkin carving kit and stumbled upon this delicious flavor of Suja – Sweet Beets. We’re huge fans of this brand, especially Willow, but the best part was finding it on sale for $3.29 AND there was a coupon attached to the bottle for another dollar off. I was able to sneak a taste before Willow sucked it down. While I know fresh juice made at home is best, this is great in a pinch and tastes great!
Humm Kombucha – Chai flavor:
We LOVE Humm Kombucha! They’re a local company here in Bend, OR and I think it’s pretty safe to say that it’s our favorite kombucha brand. We can find it here in pretty much every grocery store and natural food store – but we love taking our growler to be filled right at Humm’s tasting room. Last week we filled it with half Apple Sass and half Coconut Lime….Oh, my goodness! SO good. Willow is a huge fan of their kombucha, too! To learn more about this awesome company, please click HERE
One word…..amazing! This is easily my new favorite dehydrator snack, all of ours, actually. I leave off the Sriracha to keep it Willow-friendly, but this last time I made it, I got smart and made a double batch – one with hot sauce, the other without. Such an addicting and healthy snack! I pop it into the dehydrator early evening and when we wake up in the morning, it’s ready. The first time I made this recipe, we all ate it for breakfast and it never made it into jars – we could not stop eating it. There’s no gluten, soy, dairy or oil.
Go check out the recipe! http://www.olivesfordinner.com/2013/08/cauliflower-jerky.html?m=1
Mediterra Savory Bars:
We like to have bars on hand when we’re in a pinch – if we’re out running errands longer than expected or if we’re out hiking. Most of the bars out there are more like a sweet treat, so I was thrilled to find these savory options at Natural Grocers for only $1.49 a bar. There were two other flavors, but they were not vegan. Both of these bars were incredibly flavorful – Willow approved of them, too. They each contain 6 grams of protein and as for the fat content: Sundried Tomato & Basil (6g) Black Olives & Walnuts (10g).
For the month of October, Josh and I had clay mask Tuesdays while we caught up on an episode or two of New Girl…I’m sure he’s going to be thrilled that I’m sharing this with you 😉 We enjoyed it so much that we’re just going to make it our Tuesday night ritual from now on. I’ve used several brands of clay masks over the years and I’d like to share two of my favorites.
Face Naturals Pomegranate Antioxidant Mask:
I absolutely love this company! Organic skin care, non-GMO, plant-based and highly rated on EWG’s cosmetic database. I ordered a sample of this mask and got four uses out of it. Three ingredients: (Vegan) Organic pomegranate juice powder, Moroccan rhassoul clay and Australian ivory clay. This specific mask is great for improving skin tone, elasticity and clarity, reduce scarring and minimize wrinkles…a great anti-aging mask. I also tried a sample of their Purify mask and enjoyed it as well. The downfall to this company is that their prices are higher, but the quality is excellent. My skin felt amazing after each mask. I’ve also used several of their other products and have zero complaints. You can check out their website HERE
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay:
I can’t believe that we bought this at Natural Grocers for just under $6…I paid a little over $4 for the sample from Face Naturals. I was hesitant to buy it because I couldn’t find any reviews on EWG, but everyone raves about this brand. We mixed it with unfiltered apple cider vinegar and it felt amazing. There are a couple other brands I’m looking to try – do you have a favorite?!
*** When mixing your clay mask, never use a metal bowl or utensils – stick to glass or wood. Also, DO NOT let the mask dry fully (cracking/flaking). For best results, rinse it off at the beginning of the drying phase to avoid drying out or irritating your skin. ***
For years I had been using disposable razors from Preserve (another cruelty-free company), but found I would cut myself easily and get razor burn. I avoid using brands, such as Gilette, as they test on animals. After hunting around, I found Halo razors on Amazon ($4.40 + shipping) and I really like them. Cruelty-free and a great product…win, win!
Homemade baby wipes:
I have seen SO many versions and DIYs on Pinterest, but couldn’t decide which one to use. My dear friend, Kendra, shared on IG a while back about homemade wipes and I trusted her judgment! I used Trader Joe’s paper towels, as they are unbleached and recycled – they’re not as sturdy as your every day paper towel – It took a bit of getting used to, but a few months later, they have become my favorite thing! I like to use either lavender essential oil or this great Baby Soft essential oil from Native American Nutritionals. You can keep it unscented, but I like the mild fragrance, plus the healing benefits. To get the full directions, please click HERE
I’d love to hear from you – What are some of your favorite products!?!
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