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Good morning!

Prepare yourself for a long post. You might still be reading this when I return from the market tonight. muhaha.

Getting up at 5:30am on Saturdays is getting a bit old… We went to bed much later than we should have last night. Oh dear. I blame Lie To Me! I love that this show is actually based on real research that I learned in my courses. So impressed!

It also took a lot of persuasion, but I was able to convince myself to do the Friday night workout after a long day. I told myself over and over, ‘If you do it now, you won’t have to worry about it after the market’

Before I had convinced myself, I put on my workout clothes + gear. This is key. I am going to make up a statistic that when you put on your workout clothes you will end up working out 90% of the time. Approximately.

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I felt (and looked) a bit silly sitting there with all my gear on so I just decided to get outside and move my legs.

The run:

  • Distance: 5.16 miles
  • Time: 43:13 mins
  • Avg pace: 8:22

 

Mile splits:

  • Mile 1: 8:28
  • Mile 2: 8:10
  • Mile 3: 8:42
  • Mile 4: 8:11
  • Mile 5: 8:29
  • Mile 5-5.16: 1:10 (aka 7:15 pace)

Of course once I was warmed up I felt great. Today is a lovely rest day and I fully plan on kicking up my feet tonight! Yeeehaw.

This morning I had to pull out all the energy foods…due to major lack of sleep!

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I wonder if this will wake me up? :tongue:

I bought some Green Tea + Lemon Kombucha because I quite enjoyed it when I had it recently. This morning I mixed a little bit into my iced green tea and it was fun and spunky to drink.

Also fun are garden pictures…

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It’s aliiiiiiive.

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Quite possibly my favourite so far!

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Ok, Eric and I need your help. It appears that we have another situation on our hands.

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We have no idea what this crazy 6 foot high plant is! Honestly, it wasn’t even there a month ago and now it’s 6 feet high. We are a bit scared. Ok, we are a lot scared.

When one should fear a plant:

1) When a plant is almost taller than your husband, fear it.

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2) When my husband is scared of a plant, fear it.

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At breakfast I was seeing doubles…

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Then quadruplets…

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In this fabulous energizing Green Monster = 3 cups Purslane, 1.25 cups almond milk, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 frozen banana, 1/2 scoop Amazing Grass Chocolate Amazing Meal Powder, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tbsp peanut butter. Boom.

I just love, love, love Purslane in GM’s.

My hard work Thursday and Friday…

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That would be 260 Glo Bars! In total this week I made over 1,000 Glo bars and shipped out around 750 bars. Crazy week!

More Glo Dough…

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NEW this week:

1) Dark Roast Coffee Chocolate Macaroons

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Oh no she didn’t!

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I played off the super popular Empower Glo Bar and made a chocolate coffee macaroon. It is delicious!

2) Peanut Butter Chocolate Macaroons

[Sorry no picture as they were dehydrating last night when I took these!] I will get some pics today. They might be my favourite macaroon ever.

It has been a long time since I did a natural beauty product review for Project Natural Glow!

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My sister got me hooked on these amazing Deep Steep products when she bought me a bunch for my birthday back in May. They are 100% organic, vegan, paraben free, etc.

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And best of all…they WORK. Extremely well. They are also reasonably priced. According to Skin Deep they have a few concerning ingredients so their products have ratings between 1-4 depending on the product you use.

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I will buy this particular item again and again:

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It is the Deep Steep Grapefruit Moisture Stick and it is soooo fabulous. It also only scores a 1 on the Skin Deep website. I use it twice daily; in the morning and before bed all over my face, on my hands and décolletage – even my mouth as a lip chap! It is a miracle stick. You can throw it in your purse, gym bag, etc. You can buy the products online at Innocent Earth (they also have a store location in Alberta) and I’m pretty sure all over North America.

I still use coconut oil all over my skin in the shower. Not only is it a great moisturizer, but It works great as a ‘shave oil’ too! I love using coconut oil in the summer because it isn’t hard as a rock as it was all winter. Makes for easier slathering.

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After washing my skin, I slather on coconut oil all over my skin and just rinse. The oil is left on your skin (but not too much!) and your skin is left very soft after the shower. I don’t even need any other moisturizer at all!

Happy 6th Anniversary to my sister Kristi and brother-in-law Pete!

Well, we are off to the Farmer’s Market. I’ll see you tonight sometime! Have a wonderful start to your weekend.  :biggrin:

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1 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg July 10, 2010

Love the garden pics!! Just beautiful! Those products look great, too– I agree with you– it can be hard to find natural face products that actually WORK!

Good luck at the market today!

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2 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ July 10, 2010

The glo dough always looks so good. Good luck today, hopefully you are having nice weather.

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3 Rosey Rebecca July 10, 2010

I love everything about this post. I totally agree with your made up statistic, too. All of you baked goods look awesome– I need to get around to ordering some, soon! I love the measuring cup green smoothie. I think I mentioned this once before, but just in case you missed it, I’m having an amazing grass giveaway on my blog: http://roseyrebecca.com/2010/07/07/amazing-grass-giveaway/

Have an awesome day!

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4 Diana @ VEGeneration July 10, 2010

Hahahaha I love your reasons for when one should fear a plant. Gee that is one gigantic plant!!! And the macaroons look divine!! I hope all goes well today!

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5 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 10, 2010

Hah, I fear ALL plants – I don’t need any other reasons :D
1000 Glo Bars!? Darn, you must’ve been busy, I salute you!! They all look soo good…I’m thinking I need to make a trip to Canada JUST to buy some :P

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6 Jackie July 10, 2010

The ‘roons and Glo Dough look so tasty. I think the plant is a Yucca.

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7 Jill July 10, 2010

Have a good market day today!
I need to take your workout clothes advice…. I got up at 7 this morning to go for a run… but it is now 8:16 and I am still sitting in front of my laptop. Plus I just painted my toenails so I can’t put my socks and shoes on yet (Doh!!). Maybe if I put the rest of my running stuff on….. and do my warmup stretches…
I love that you have coconut oil in the shower. Does it get messy? Like do you have coconut grease on the jar and does the bathtub get slippery? I’d like to try it but if its a lot of cleanup after every shower, I’m not so sure….

Anyway, have a great day!! Enjoy the weather, I hear the humidex is supposed to be in the 30s today instead of the 40s!

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8 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 10, 2010

I love that orange and yellow flower in your garden! Do you know what kind it is? I have a similar monstrous plant situation outside my back door. It is now taller than me and is starting to look a little more tree like than weed like!

Have a great time at the market today – hopefully it’s not as humid as last week!

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9 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2010

It might be a day lily but im not positive!

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10 Chelsey July 10, 2010

If I would have had to make 1000 Glo Bars this week, there is a good chance there would only be 500 to send out. I like to eat when I bake… a lot.

Those products look so good! I’m thinking I want to order that stick! I have also never thought of using coconut oil in the shower. Thanks for the tip!

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11 Anne July 10, 2010

Coffee/chocolate macaroons?! Be still my heart!! Have a fabulous day at the market :)

I received my first glo bar order yesterday, thank you so much!! I had a hard time not diving in and trying every one of them. I went for Empower first. Deeeeeeelish!!

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12 jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 10, 2010

Peanut butter chocolate macarooms?! Oh my gosh!

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13 Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 11, 2010

I second this!! They sound a-mazing!!

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14 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2010

Wish I could send you both some! :)

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15 Annie@stronghealthyfit July 10, 2010

Chocolate coffee macaroons??? Oh my. You are brilliant.

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16 Travel Raw July 10, 2010

Congrats on the Glo bar success! Looks beautiful as well as healthy! Thanks for the product review too. Will have to try the moisturizer. As for the coconut oil, do you also put it on your face or just your body? Thanks!

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17 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2010

Just on my body now that I am using the moisture stick :)

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18 OSGMOM July 10, 2010

I asked the gardener in the family about the plant but he is stumped! My uneducated “gardener” guess is that it is some variety of a Yucca? Good luck at the market today and I hope cool breezes prevail.

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19 JL Goes Vegan July 10, 2010

Okay please explain how you use coconut oil in the shower! How much, etc I’m very intrigued!

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20 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2010

After washing my skin, I slather on coconut oil all over my skin and just rinse. The oil is left on your skin (but not too much!) and your skin is left very soft after the shower. I don’t even need any other moisturizer at all!

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21 Dee July 10, 2010

Hi Angela! Many congrats on the success of your Glo Bars! It is truly well deserved. :) And thank you for sharing those products with us. I think I maybe tempted to try some out. Have a good weekend!

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22 Lana July 10, 2010

PLANT MYSTERY SOLVED
That plant is the flower from the Yucca plant! It sends out it flower and shoots when it is happy, so it must like you. :) Just kidding.
But it is a Yucca. To be honest, I didn’t know they grew naturally here in Ontario, but here is a website for you to check out: http://ontariowildflowers.com/main/species.php?id=770
Cool!

Your work is tremendous. At what market do you sell products?

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23 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2010

I sell my products at the Oakville Organic farmers Market, online, and at Ambrosia natural food store. :)

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24 Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches July 10, 2010

Can I just say that you have some of the most beautiful pictures on a food blog? Seriously…they’re all just so lovely! I love coming to your site because I’m always treated with such lovely photos. You really have a gift with the camera.

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25 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2010

Aww thanks hun!! xo

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26 Jackie (Peaces of Earth) July 10, 2010

Holy moly you are a lean, mean, baking machine!!! How do you do it?!

Those macaroons look ridiculous! Coffeeeee? So good!!

I have one farmer that sells purslane at the farmer’s market, but I haven’t seen it recently. I really need to seek it out. It’s always good to switch up the greens in the smoothies.

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27 ida July 10, 2010

The coconut oil sounds great! Does it make the shower messy at all?

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28 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2010

I dont find it does…I do try to rinse/spray the shower after each use though so that prob helps

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29 Anna July 10, 2010

Hi! Yes, as the others have said, it is indeed a yucca. :) I lived in Arizona for a couple years where they’re native, and once did a school project of measuring their growth- it’s crazy how fast they grow, I think something like 4 or 5 inches a day!

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30 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2010

4-5 inches a day??? OMG! That seems about right! lmao

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31 Julie @SavvyEats July 10, 2010

That looks a lot like the yucca plant in our backyard… so that would be my guess!

Glo Doughs look sooooo good; wish I could come to your Farmer’s Market!

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32 Pam July 10, 2010

I am in awe of your speediness running! My race pace is about a 9 min mi. So training at 8’s – whoah! Great job!

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33 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2010

thanks! :)

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34 Wei-Wei July 10, 2010

I love your garden photos! Your garden must be massive. And that plants scares me a little, too (Eric’s scared?!) Your Glo Bars are seriously awesome (and the Empower Glo Dough too. POWERDOUGH!) and you’re amazing, busting out so many orders so efficiently!

Wei-Wei

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35 Jess @ Jessica is Getting Fit July 10, 2010

That’s a great pace – you’re a running superstar!

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36 Camille July 10, 2010

Aww, Happy Anniversary to your sister!
Have a great day at the market!
P.S. It wasn’t that long!

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37 Jen July 10, 2010

Ange, I’m glad others have determined the crazy plant is yucca – my first fear was hogweed. I saw a thing on CH news last night that this stuff is starting to show up in forests around Ontario and it can cause blindness! Happy to hear you don’t have a dangerous plant in your garden ;) Have a great day at the farmers market!

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38 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2010

yikes!!! Hopefully no hogweed here!

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39 Sarah July 10, 2010

Angela, I always enjoy your farmers market posts. Thank you for sharing your adventures with us. I love it!

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40 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2010

im glad you enjoy them!

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41 Amber K July 10, 2010

I wish just putting on my workout clothes would convince me to work out! If I’m not feeling it I just look down and think to myself “well, this is what I’m wearing today!” =P

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42 Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 10, 2010

Girl, look at you go with all your creations!! I bet they love you at the market! :D

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43 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] July 10, 2010

I am obsessed with those little cans of kombucha this summer — so refreshing! Hope today’s market goes swimmingly!

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44 Maria @ Oh Healthy Day July 10, 2010

I’ve got to try the coconut oil trick in the shower. It seems like it saves you a step of having to apply lotion afterwards, which is no fun to me. Thanks for the tip!

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45 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2010

that is why I do it too, because I loathe putting on moisturizer….loathe!!! lol

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46 Candice July 10, 2010

lol…I totally agree about fearing huge plants. They’re scary! When I weed our flower bed I get really freaked out by the super tall weeds. I’ve never had one as big as yours, though!

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47 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 10, 2010

I’ve been wanting to try using some organic and natural products after seeing the huge lists of chemicals in my normal products! Are Deep Steep products sold around here?

Good luck at the market today! Not that you need it. ;)

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48 Dominique July 10, 2010

That plant is indeed a Yucca, as many others have mentioned. We had one in our front yard and it’s currently living in the backyard as a mound of dirt as we get our driveyway/front yard/patio done. Personally I detest that plant. I think it’s ugly with it’s spiky leaves. Once the flowers die off there will be pods that grow and if you don’t kill it off, your yucca will grow back next year. Ugh, what a nightmare–to me anyway. I was hoping for the uprooting of our yucca to result in death but no luck :P

I love seeing your CSA share every week. You’ve totally convinced me and the BF to get a CSA half-share during the summer when we finally move in together and now I can’t wait. You’re totally right too…it would be way cheaper than the produce at WF. Also, where did you pick up your Kombucha Wonder?

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49 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2010

hahaha too funny how much you dont like the plant! I could see it being a huge eyesore after the flowers are gone (like it was before! haha)

I got the kombucha from my wholesaler

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50 Sarah July 10, 2010

Good job on pushing through the 5 miles :) Cute workout gear always helps me too!!

Those macaroons look completely scrumptious…

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51 Shanna @ Shanna Like Banana July 10, 2010

Your goods look so dainty and lovely. I wish they were at a Farmer’s Market near me.

I hear ya on early mornings. Tomorrow I’ll be getting up that early to Volunteer for the LiveStrong Challenge in San Jose, CA :)

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52 Paula July 10, 2010

I want a macaroon! My roommate bought some macaroons with chocolate coated bottoms, they looked fantastic but the ingredients list had all kinds of red flags (the worst offender being hydrogenated oil!) No way I was going to eat any, but I still want macaroons! Healthy ones like yours :)

Skin Deep is a great website. You should also check out http://www.goodguide.com
In addition to skin/beauty product reviews, they also have ratings for the safety of food and household cleaners!

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53 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2010

Awesome thanks for the link!

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54 Carley July 10, 2010

I also watched a TON of “Lie to Me” yesterday! New favorite.

Love your blog!

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55 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2010

thanks! :)

I know we are obsessed with it too…its SO good!

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56 Heather July 10, 2010

Great blog! This mystery plant is called a “Yucca”. We inherited one when we bought our place, we dug it out and it grew back! These things are indestructable!

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57 Lauren M. July 10, 2010

Your purslane GM’s got me thinking this morning while I was on my run. I came home and refueled with a GM made with Mache. Have you ever had it? It is also called Lamb’s Lettuce. It’s a natural fatigue fighter, high in B vitamins and it has 1/3 more iron than spinach! It was such a lovely GM, so refreshing and energizing. You can find more Mache facts here: http://www.theworldwidegourmet.com/products/articles/anti-stress-anti-fatigue-and-full-of-vitamins/

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58 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2010

No I havent but now of course I want to try it!

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59 bitt July 10, 2010

i really love the lily pictures. amazing!

i love how you use the measuring cup for green smoothies.

enjoy your market day.

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60 Meg July 10, 2010

That is so true! When I’m putting off working out, I’ll put on my workout clothes and it totally gets me in gear to go! You inspired me to try out green monster smoothies. I can’t believe I lived so long without them!

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61 Jo July 10, 2010

A friend of mine also raves about coconut oil. I am going to start using it!

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62 Crazy Charm July 10, 2010

I just love your blog, and your flowers are so beautiful. Have a great day at the farmer’s market :)

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63 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2010

thanks :) Glad you enjoy the blog!

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64 Alycia @ Fit n Fresh July 10, 2010

I’m gonna have to look into those products – I love natural beauty finds! Have fun at the market (:

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65 Jessie July 10, 2010

I have the same plant in my yard. It has beautiful flowers when it blooms. I believe it’s a yucca plant. I think you can eat the root but it’s very fiberous and chewy.

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66 Diana @ frontyardfoodie July 10, 2010

Some others got it right about that plant. It’s a yucca! The others are tiger lillies and hosta blooms! Gorgeous. Gotta love gardening.

Way to work it sister on the run! Now don’t you feel good about it? haha

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67 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf July 10, 2010

Chocolate coffee!?!?!?
Chocolate peanut butter?!?!?!

I want some!!!

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68 Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 10, 2010

Coconut oil is a great moisturizer but I never thought of just using it in the shower… I might try it! I love using natural products for body care. :)

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69 *Andrea* July 10, 2010

that’s a fast run!!!!

um peanut butter chocolate macaroons sound tantalizing!

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70 Michelle July 10, 2010

Love the garden pics! They’re so pretty :)
I have coconut oil but have yet to try it on my body, I really should give it a try. I love the idea of using more natural beauty products, but I’m having trouble finding ones that work. I recently bought some natural deodorant (Kiss my Face) and I am pretty dissapointed – I’m pretty stinky!

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71 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2010

haha I know natural deodorant does not work for me either.

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72 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 10, 2010

Do you sell your glo dough online? I would love to get my hands on that.

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73 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2010

Im not sure yet b/c I havent tested it out with shipping! I dont think it has a long shelf life..

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74 april nguyen July 10, 2010

looks like a yucca! and i’ve got to try that coconut oil, my skin is always so dry-except the t-zone, of course. sigh.

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75 Taylor July 10, 2010

Can’t wait to try the beauty line. Always looking for new natural anything! Do you love the way it smells??

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76 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2010

I do enjoy the smell!

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77 Lalla July 11, 2010

Hi, I was just going in my garden to pluck out the weeds that grow over my vegetable-garden and I read here about purslane, that it’s edible! hahaha we have plenty of that weed! I always put it in the compost, but now I will keep it and eat it too! Thanks for sharing this interesting new about weeds!!
greetings from Switzerland :)

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78 Tracy July 11, 2010

I love Deep Steep products! They are based out of SC (where I live). You MUST try the Tangerine Melon!

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79 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2010

mmm tangerine melon sounds fab!

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80 Therese July 11, 2010

LOVE the coconut oil idea! I’ll definitely have to try it sometime!

I have no clue what that pretty monstrosity is in your backyard!

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81 Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 11, 2010

I can’t believe how much baking you have to do before a Farmers Market, I hope they sell well.

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82 faith @ gracefulfitness July 11, 2010

I agree with your statistic as well and want to add that putting on my workout cloths to convince myself to work out is also a great test. If I am dressed head to toe and still can’t get moving than I know it’s really time for a rest day!

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83 S July 11, 2010

Hey Angela! I was wondering if the coconut oil makes your shower really slippery? Do you use on your face, and if so, does it ever clog pores? Thanks so much!

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84 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2010

I think it does cause a bit of clogging, but not too much that I wouldnt keep using it. I use the moisture stick on my face now and love love love it.
I spray my shower and rinse after each use so I find that prevents it from getting messy.

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85 Paula @ rock 'n' granola July 12, 2010

Hey Angela,

I’m looking for one that can keep track of splits like yours so that I’ll be motivated to actually push myself instead of lollygagging through my workouts like usual. What kind of sports watch do you have? Do you like it, and do you find that it’s not too big?

Thanks so much!
Paula

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86 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2010

I have a Garmin 305 and I LOVE it…best purchase ever! Got it at Costco for cheaper.

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87 Paula @ rock 'n' granola July 13, 2010

Oh, awesome – good thing I just renewed my Costco membership! Thanks so much for the tip – I’m definitely going to buy one this weekend!

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88 Marathon Bound Girl aka Grace July 12, 2010

OMG, I am in heaven when you speak of chocolate and coffee in the same sentence! When will you start selling Glo Dough on your website or will you ever…..ahhhh! The dough looks sooo good in the pics! That plant seems to be a Yucca plant…I see those all over TX. I think it’s a type of succulant. I saved that Innocent Earth to my favorites, I need something like this for my skin in the winter time, believe it or not, living in TX, our skin dries out a lot in the cold months.

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89 Alyce July 12, 2010

Yeah, that’s definitely a Yucca. Down here in Texas, we have them all over the place. There are probably 10 just on my 4 block long street!
Also, using coconut oil in the shower is BRILLIANT. I’ve been using a coconut soap called Skin Trip, but it’s not having the effect I wanted. I’m totally taking the coconut oil to the shower. Thanks for the tip!!

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90 Casey Thomas July 13, 2010

Hi Angela!

Great post! I also use coconut oil as my main skin moisturiser and it feels so decadent. I have a question for you….I don’t have this problem personally but a lot of my clients and friends find they get clogged pores and bumps and acne when they use coconut oiul as a moisturiser. Have you experienced this before?

Thanks!
Casey

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91 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 13, 2010

I think it does clog the pores slightly for me, but nothing major that I wouldnt keep using it. I dont use it on my face- now I use the moisture stick from above and i loooove it

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92 Amy July 15, 2010

Just fyi- the moisture stick has beeswax, so not vegan, but I’m eager to try some of their other things; the scents sound amazing.
Also, your blog has inspired me to finally try chia. I’ve been very wary of it, but those chia/oat/banana soft serve parfaits you’re making look so good! :)

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93 Debbie September 2, 2010

I discovered Deep Steep myself about a month ago, and I’m totally in love with their products. Tangerine-Melon is my favorite, and I’ve been replacing my old lavender-scented products with Deep Steep equivalents. FYI, however, the moisture stick contains beeswax and is not vegan. They note on their website which products are and are not.

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