12 Things I’m Loving Lately

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on July 18, 2012

Our last morning in Calgary started off on a great note.

That note was Eric’s cell phone alarm screeching at us to get to the airport.

Actually, I was already up. I’ve always been the annoying early riser, while he has always been the annoying “I hate mornings” person. We’ve reached a bitter conclusion. Neither one of us is going to change.

I was in the bathroom getting ready and I could hear the cringe-worthy alarm jingle (shudder) going off for what seemed like hours. How is he not awake yet? The sound got louder and louder until finally I heard a grumble and the alarm went off.

Finally, peace and quiet.

“Oh SHIT!!” Eric screamed from the bedroom.

“What’s wrong?” I screamed back like an 85 year old with a hearing aid.

Seconds later, Eric came into the bathroom clutching a glass of water in one hand and his cell phone in the other.

“Do you think your mom has a bag of rice I could use…?”

I knew where this was going. The disgruntled sleeper had turned off the phone alarm and then slid the phone – with his eyes closed – onto the edge of the nightstand. Only the nightstand turned out to be the EDGE OF A HUGE GLASS OF WATER.

Plop!

Being the great wife that I am, I could not stop laughing. It really made my day.

It turns out, the bag of dry rice trick worked (in the sense that his phone operates, but the screen jumbles up every now and then) and we got it through airport security without even raising an eyebrow.

This story has absolutely nothing to do with today’s post, except for the fact that it makes me happy. So do all of these things below.

1. Almond Dream “Ice Cream”

Finally, we have an almond based vegan ice cream to add to the coconut and soy based ice creams out there! While I do enjoy coconut-based ice creams, I find them incredibly rich and sometimes I just don’t want coconut! Almond Dream is lighter. It’s no where close to being as creamy as coconut ice creams – it has almost an icy and firm feel to it – but that didn’t stop me from eating half the container over the weekend. I hear they have other flavours such as chocolate and Praline Crunch. So far, I’ve only come across vanilla and chocolate in my neck of the woods.

Now all we need is an almond + coconut hybrid and we’re set.

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2. Breakfast Parfaits

When I’m not making Green Monsters, I’m enjoying vegan overnight oats and buckwheat parfaits for summer breakfasts (making them with Gena’s Banana Soft Serve is especially delicious). Parfaits are a great way to use up fresh summer fruit with minimal effort. Need one for the road? Just fill up a mason jar and bring a spoon.

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3. Wildwood Sprouted Organic Super Firm Tofu

My friend Heather told me about this Wildwood tofu a few months ago and I’ve been loving it ever since. The organic soybeans are sprouted making it easier to digest. They aren’t kidding when they say it’s super firm. Sometimes, I just rinse it and squeeze the block with a tea towel and proceed with cooking. It’s great when I don’t have time to press. Close runner up: Sol Organic’s Firm tofu.

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4. Dr. Bronner’s Magic Bar Soap in Lavender

I’m a huge lavender nut so this soap is right up my alley. It’s great in the shower with a big puff or simply used as a hand soap in the kitchen or bathroom. It’s like a mini spa treatment infusing the air with calming lavender. Mmm.

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5. Tonica Kombucha

I was never a big kombucha fan, but Ange got me hooked on this milder-tasting brand and I’ve enjoyed all of the flavours so far. It’s a refreshing treat on a hot day.

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6. Medjool Dates (2lb) from Costco

Costco carries medjool dates by the 2 pound box for about $8.99 here in Ontario. It’s about $3-4 dollars cheaper than what I’ve seen in local grocery stores.

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7. Kettle Brand Baked Salt and Vinegar Chips

I mentioned these a while back and I’ll say it again, I LOVE these chips! I will never buy the deep fried Kettle chips again now that I know how amazing the baked ones are. They are a bit thicker and much crispier than their regular chips, but I don’t mind. I’ve always been a huge salt & vinegar fan and this flavour doesn’t disappoint. Next on the list to try- BBQ. Did I mention a serving size is around 30-32 chips?

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8. Green Beaver “Apres-ski” Boreal Face Cream

Boy, do I love a great Canadian business, especially when they create quality beauty products using natural ingredients! Many of Green Beaver’s products are vegan and none of them are tested on animals. They have the largest “natural, eco-friendly and organic certified (EcoCert) product line in Canada”, according to their website. I love this Boreal Face Cream. I rub it into my face, neck, décolletage, and hands before bed and my skin is super soft in the morning.

I have naturally dry skin (even in the humid summer heat) and this moisturizer really does the trick. Now be warned – it’s THICK and heavy! At first, I was put off by this, but when I saw how good it worked – and reminded myself of the ingredient list – I figured I could live with it. Plus, I only use it before bed so the heavy feel doesn’t bother me when I’m asleep. I probably wouldn’t use this as a day cream unless my skin happened to be super dry during the winter. For now, nighttime use seems to be hydrating my skin more than enough.

I also use the SPF 15 daytime face cream. It’s decent for an all-natural cream, although it leaves a bit of a greasy feel after absorbing. All in all though, I love that I’m not rubbing harsh chemicals on my face. My advice is to test out the creams on your own skin prior to purchasing. For a list of Canadian retailers, see this list.

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9. Learn Food Photography Website

I’ve been doing a ton of reading about food photography lately. I just can’t get enough! This website called Learn Food Photography is a great resource for all things food photography and blogging. The first time I found it, I read articles for about 3 hours straight. Now only if it would rub off on me…

10. V. K. Rees Photography

Vanessa Rees is an incredibly talented and inspiring photographer. She shares her food, event, wedding, and portrait photography on her blog, V.K. Rees Photography. Be ready to drool in awe and find some yummy recipes at the same time. Plus, her adorable kitty Marshall is featured throughout the blog. Sketchie’s crushing big time.

11. Shark 2-in-1 Steam Vac

We bought this 2-in-1 steam vac due to all the wood floors in our new place. I wasn’t sure whether to buy it because I read some negative reviews, but I’m so glad I did. It works as a vacuum and floor steamer. The vacuum isn’t anything spectacular and it’s incredibly noisy, but it’s nice for quickly vacuuming the floor prior to steaming. The steamer uses filtered water (I like to add a few drops of essential oils too) and it makes the floor super shiny. The only thing I find it doesn’t do well is removing dried on dirt. A little bit of elbow grease before steaming will help it lift off easier though. I bought it on sale at Canadian Tire several months ago – these things are always on sale so keep your eyes peeled!

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12. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Ok, I’m only halfway through this book, but I’m really enjoying it so far. It’s a memoir about Cheryl’s quest to hike part of the Pacific Crest Trail, as a single 26 year old, after experiencing a series of devastating events in her life. I’m dripping tears on one page, laughing like a crazy person on another, and in complete awe throughout her journey. I cannot wait to see how the story unfolds.

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Whew, I guess that about does it for now.

PS- How the heck is it July 18th already? This is the point each summer when a little panic sets in…

By the way, these products were purchased by me and are not sponsored in any way. Just giving my honest opinion about products I enjoy.

For my other round-up posts, see:

14 Foods I’m Loving Lately

and

7 Foods I’m Loving Lately

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Nayeon Kim July 18, 2012 at 1:56 pm

YAY I’m the first commenter!!!

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Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) July 18, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I have the summer off (teacher), and it always flies by soooooo quickly. I am sad that it is already July 18th. That is INSANE!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 18, 2012 at 2:04 pm

The rice thing really works?! I thought that was an old wives tale sort of thing… will keep that in mind!

I wish you could try this tofu we have in Atlanta. It’s made locally in ATL and it is the most delicious I’ve ever had. But I do enjoy the Wildwood too. :)

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Tracy July 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm

I live in Atlanta, and I would love to know what this local tofu is?

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 18, 2012 at 7:45 pm

It’s called The Soy shop. It’s only about $1.50 at Dekalb Farmer’s Market.

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Julie July 19, 2012 at 2:51 pm

I can also vouch for the rice trick! Unfortunately I’ve had to use it on my daughter’s cell phone more than once! Grrr… >(

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Janae @ Bring-Joy July 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm

My husband & I want to do the Pacific Crest Trail (well part of it) this summer in Washington state. It’s breathtaking, rigorous, just the kind of thing I’ve been itching to do for some time.

I also am a fan of Dr. Bronnor’s soaps. I do the liquid form. I tried the tea tree oil, too strong for me. Lavender is definitely my fave.

Thanks for all the great suggestions. (& sorry about Eric’s phone. that is a bummer!)

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Angela July 18, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Amazing, I can imagine what an experience that would be!
I was just in this huge hiking superstore the other day and I was dreaming about going on a long distance hike someday. How long are you thinking of hiking for?

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Janae @ Bring-Joy July 18, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Probably just 2 or 3 days, since it will be a part of a week long tour of Washington state. We have 4 kids, so getting babysitters for more than a week (plus I don’t think I could be away from them for more than a week!) would be a stretch. A few days of backpacking would be plenty for me, especially since I’ve never done it before!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 18, 2012 at 8:41 pm

That sounds like the perfect amount of time actually! Good for you for giving it a shot. I’m sure it will be a trip to remember.

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Cait's Plate July 18, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Loved this post! And costco sells dates?!?! There’s nothing better than dates by the pound! :)

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tamara July 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm

My husband is the exact same way. I’ll be up for hours and his alarm will go off and just keep going off. How does he not HEAR IT?? I can’t STAND the sound of the alarm so I turn my off within milliseconds of it going off.

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Angela July 18, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Same here…the sound makes me toes curl!

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Erica { EricaDHouse.com } July 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm

My bf makes a breakfast parfait daily but I’m not quite as into the sweets early in the day. I do love a good parfait for breakfast or after a long run in Florida’s crazy humidity!

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh July 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Thank him for giving you ammo to rib him for the next few years!

Thank you for reminding me I have dates I need to make energy bars with!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks July 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm

That Dr. Bronner’s is a staple for me and I used to troll the learnfoodphotography site all the time.

And love medjools – pretty much love everything in this post!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 18, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Wooohooo for Tonica Kombucha!! I might actually have to pick some up on my way home tonight because It’s been far too long (aka like 2 weeks) since I’ve had any! And great mention on the Learn Food Photography site. I found it a little while ago and have been loving the tips. My time lately has been split between food blog and photo blog reading!

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Kerry July 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm

I love Dr. Bronner’s lavender soap! I have it in liquid form, its good for multiple purposes and lasts forever! I need to find those S&V chips asap. Also that used to be my ringtone until I got an iPhone. Now mornings are much more pleasant.

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Victoria @ Green Plate Rule July 18, 2012 at 2:35 pm

What a fun list! Lots of my favorite things on there as well. I was looking for a new book. I just started trail running so this sounds like a fun and inspirational read! Thanks!

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The healthy hipster July 18, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Watch out! Once you go BBQ baked kettle chips you never go back ;)

They’re my absolute favourite road trip snack!

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Shira July 18, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Love the Bronner’s soap! We grew up using it and it is simply the best! Now we take it camping or traveling in liquid form – it can be shampoo, laundry soap, body & dish soap all in one. It also gets stains out of almost anything :)
Great post! Love the shot of those dates!

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Angela July 18, 2012 at 2:45 pm

That is such a great idea to bring the liquid soap on camping trips. I guess it’s true what they say – “all-in-1” :)

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Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy July 18, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Breakfast parfaits are featuring in a lot of my breakfasts this summer too. They are delicious!

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Lori July 18, 2012 at 2:49 pm

LOVE that story with the phone- I would laugh my face off if my partner did that too and it would also make my day! hee hee. Great post all round!

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Lauren July 18, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I have it on my to do list to ask for your favorite face creams and washes. I am so happy you posted it this :) Thank you!!

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Julie July 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Love this post! Good list of random things that make you happy :) I am on a huge kombucha kick right now too!

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Holly July 18, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I’ve found Green Beaver deodorant and lots of other natural products from an online shop based in Alberta – http://www.funkybugnaturals.com/

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 18, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Thanks for the tip :)

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Andrea July 18, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I have the same steam mop! Love it! My husband and I have to flip a coin to see who gets to steam the floors this week! HAHA. Great idea with the essential oils! That would smell oh so good!

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K July 18, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Love Dr. Bronner’s soaps- love the liquid lavender and any kind of kombucha!!
I have to try those baked chips, they sound great!

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[email protected] July 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm

i’m a US girl, but i’ve been exposed to green beaver products & i absolutely love them! i’m trying to go much more natural with all my beauty & home products and this is a great company all around. i want to try their mint shampoo. i also would love to try the shark as the majority of the floors in my house are wood!

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kari July 18, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Hi Marissa, i live in the US and i was just wondering where did you find the Green Beaver products? I would like to try them.

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Suz @ avocadoandbasil July 18, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Thanks for the link to the food photography website, just what I’ve been looking for! Oh yes and completely agree on the baked kettle chips :)

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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! July 18, 2012 at 3:48 pm

I have started seeing almond milk based icecream on store shelves lately but I didn’t think it would be very good…like creamy ya know? But a lot of people seem to really be liking it! I might have to give it a try!

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I lllooovvveee Medjool dates. This post makes me want some!!

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Hunter July 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Pardon me if you’ve mentioned it before and I’m being redundant, but have you ever tasted coconut water? I first dismissed it as part of the new gimmicky water trend, lumping it in with Vitamin Water and other power-waters that were somehow supposed to be more amazing than good old honest H20.
But then my pal had a Crohn’s attack and the accompanying electrolyte loss that comes without for various TMI reasons. But as a registered nutritionist she swears by the stuff and it was all she could keep down, and I sampled some of her stash and was instantly converted by the flavour. The healthy benefits are just a tasty bonus. And what with all your harsh weather (ie Ontario) running and doing stuff outside and whatnot, maybe you’d appreciate the hydrating effects of this stuff? Sorry if I sound like one of those spam messages. But it’s so good. Blue Monkey with pulp, dude. Your convenience store has it! Or other fancier brands. Just sayin, cause I am loving it now. (Also loving: falafels, kale, LIMA BEANS.)

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Lisa @ the raw serenity July 18, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Great post!
That book is def going on my huge “to read” list. Still on the fifty shades books that everyone forced me to read because apparently I’m the only one that hasn’t.
I have never heard of the rice trick before! Will keep that in mind :)
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Dani July 18, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Dr. Bronners is indeed the best. I use a couple drops of the liquid peppermint soap added to the bucket when mopping the floors. The peppermint scent keeps mice away and it smells yum! Also it is great in the shower post hot summer run….refreshing!

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Willow July 18, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Great round-up! I already love so many of the things on your list. Great tip about the food photography blog, by the way – I’m heading over there now! :)

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Rose! July 18, 2012 at 4:41 pm

do you read cheryl strayed’s advice column?! it’s INCREDIBLE. and life-changing.
http://therumpus.net/sections/dear-sugar/

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 18, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Hey Rose, NO I haven’t see it, but I will certainly check it out. Thanks!

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Andrea July 18, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Yes!!! And a collection of Dear Sugar columns, called Tiny Beautiful Things, was just published last week. I just finished the book today. It is, indeed, life-changing.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2012 at 10:22 am

Oh good to know. I’ll be checking it out!

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The Blissful Baker July 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm

That ice cream looks delicious! I need to find some of it and give it a whirl! :) Thanks for sharing

Be sure to check out my latest recipe, review and giveaway @ bakingblissful.blogspot.com

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laura July 18, 2012 at 4:56 pm

I finished Wild a few days ago. I really loved it! So glad you are enjoying it too!

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morgan July 18, 2012 at 5:02 pm

i’ve been dying to try the almond ice cream for a while now!
definitely given me the push!
and that book looks amazing

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Ashley July 18, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Hands down my favorite tofu. – Love that soap! – We used to buy those dates but our Costco is 45min away and we canceled our membership. Such a great deal! – Give me those chips…now! – I’ve been looking for new face lotion, so I’ll have to check that out. – Someone recommended that book to me, and I think I might just read it next! – VK Rees is AMAZING. I’ve been obsessed for awhile now!!! – Thanks for the food photography link! I haven’t seen that!!

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Anna July 18, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I love the lavender Dr. Bronner’s! It’s the best soup I think I’ve used in my memory.
Boyfriend and I also have the early riser/ late riser problem — with me being the former and he the latter. I like the think its one of my better qualities, though — I mean, I like to get up and make breakfast! Who can argue with that!

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Lauren @ La Dolce Pita July 18, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I’m dying to read Wild – just waiting for someone to return it at my library and then it’s mine, all mine!

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Lisa July 18, 2012 at 5:36 pm

I’m a morning person too; don’t even use an alarm, automatically wake up 5-6:00. I finished “Wild” last night & loved it. I’ve hiked part of the AppalachIan Trail; since I live in Georgia. Can’t even imagine hiking non-stop for months!

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Lisa July 18, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Also can’t believe the date; my bday tomorrow! Ah!

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jo @ includingcake July 18, 2012 at 6:08 pm

I’m always so jealous of the vegan varieties of foods you get over there…there is so little of that kind of thing in the UK :-( thanks for the ‘learn food photography’ link as i hadn’t come across that. That book sounds great too- I love hearing about inspriring people. Thank you.

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Elise July 18, 2012 at 6:34 pm

You should definitely try the Barbeque flavored Kettle Baked Chips! I’m a huge fan of Barbeque chips (vegetarian living in Texas, I have to get my barbeque somehow!) and they are probably my favorite (even including regular fried chips)!

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Danielle July 18, 2012 at 7:21 pm

I just finished “Wild” about a week ago! Let’s just say I’m already reading it for a second time. Definitely the best book I’ve read in awhile!

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Jen July 18, 2012 at 7:43 pm

I love Green Beaver’s moisturizers! I use the Apres-ski general moisturizer and it’s the only thing that has helped with my super dry skin.

One tip though: don’t use their sunscreen. It’s so so SO greasy. I used it on my arms/upper body on Canada Day weekend and ended up with a heat rash all over both arms that I had to get a prescription to get rid of.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2012 at 10:37 am

Im glad you love that moisturizer too. It’s my fav!
Thanks for the tip about their sunscreen..what a bummer! I have been wanting to try it out.

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Jen July 19, 2012 at 11:40 am

Yeah, I was disappointed. The girl at the health food store warned me it was greasy, but I didn’t know it would be so greasy you can’t touch anything or sit anywhere for the rest of the day, haha.

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 18, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Thanks about the heads up about the deal on Costco dates! That just gives me an excuse to make your no bake date squares more often. ;)

Also I’ve been really wanting to read that book! It’s next on my list as soon as I’m finished Bella Tuscany by Frances Mayes and The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz! I’m really into travel memoirs lately if you can’t tell haha.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2012 at 10:35 am

I’ve been wanting to check out The Sweet Life, how do you like it so far?

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 20, 2012 at 11:16 am

I haven’t started it yet! It’s next in line after Bella Tuscany. I’ll let you know how it is once I get into it though!

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Jodie July 18, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Thanks for the recommendation on the book! My husband and I loving hiking and we would love to hike some long trails. We’re dreaming about the Michigan Shore-to-Shore Trail and the Appalachian Trail right now! I’ve never tried sprouted tofu but it sounds great, I’m going to have to seek it out!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2012 at 10:35 am

No prob, I hope you enjoy it if you pick it up!
Good luck with all your hiking goals. Those trails sound amazing.

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[email protected] July 18, 2012 at 8:42 pm

That is the only kombucha I will drink, right down the the peach flavor! That’s super exciting about the almond milk ice cream because as a dairy-free, soy-free gal I really only have the coconut option.

I’m also excited that you are reading that book! I read an excerpt of it in a magazine and it sounded really interesting. :)

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Miriam July 18, 2012 at 8:48 pm

I loved Strayed!! We read it for book club and I actually listened to it on tape. I was so sad when it was finished!

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Alex @ Raw Recovery July 18, 2012 at 8:56 pm

I love hearing about other food and non-food items that people enjoy. Please do more of these! I’m a big fan!

I totally forgot about VOO…how did I forget about it?? Tomorrow I’m going to buy me some oats :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2012 at 10:33 am

Thank Alex, I’m glad you enjoy these posts! They are fun to put together.

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Foodforthoughtlinds July 18, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Mmmm…. one of my all-time favourite snacks is to slice two of those medjool dates and stuff them with some natural peanut butter. My mouth is watering as I type this…

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Jacqueline July 18, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Just finished reading Wild and it’s a crazy good book. I was reading it on the treadmill at the gym one day and started crying. So embarrassing, but the writing and story were so good I just couldn’t hold back.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2012 at 10:32 am

I’ve been sitting next to Eric on the couch a complete mess, especially the first chapter! man oh man. I had a hard time sleeping that night!

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Heather July 18, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Hi Angela! Love this post! I’ve checked out several of your recommendations so far as well. I wanted to take a second to thank you for how inspiring you truly are to me, on a really personal level. I’ve followed your blog for about 3 years now, and can’t get enough. I even mentioned you in my blog in one post titled “Why I Eat Plants” (http://soulfulspoon.blogspot.com/2012/07/why-i-eat-plants.html).

Thank you for being you and sharing your story and freaking amazing recipes:)

Heather @ The Soulful Spoon blog

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2012 at 10:32 am

Thank you Heather! I just checked out your blog and left you a comment. :)

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Stefania @ Revitalize with Stefania July 18, 2012 at 10:05 pm

I love Dr Bronner mint in liquid! So refreshing in summer.

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Sonia the mexigarian July 18, 2012 at 10:44 pm

My eric and I are the exact same way. I get up early and he would hibernate all day if he could. His alarm drives me nuts! I can’t count he number of times I have gone to the bedroom to turn the damn thing off.

Now I really want to read wild. The summary kind o reminds me of my lil sis who backpacks quite a bit in the mountains. She is very outdoorsy :)

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Kelly @ No Sugar Sweet Life July 18, 2012 at 11:24 pm

My hubby and I are the SAME way! He usually sleeps in about 1 – 2 hours longer than I do, and NEVER wakes up in the middle of the night b/c of a barking dog or crying baby. I, on the other hand, hear EVERYTHING! I love this round-up of products, and I look forward to trying the Kombucha drink you highlighted, as well as the almond dream :)

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Tweal July 19, 2012 at 6:29 am

I can’t wait to read that book – glad to hear you are enjoying it.

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Helga July 19, 2012 at 6:33 am

Finished Wild and loved, loved, loved it!! I too was crying one minute and then laughing another. Dr. Bonner also makes some great body lotions, lavender being my favorite. Heading to Costco today and I’ll be looking for the dates. Thanks for the great post!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2012 at 10:21 am

Oh I didn’t know they make body lotion too. I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for it.

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Danica @ It's Progression July 19, 2012 at 7:19 am

That book is already on my (crazy long) to-read list, I’ve heard so many good things about it!

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LizAshlee July 19, 2012 at 7:19 am

So funny about Eric’s phone-I would have been laughing too!! I am so glad I know about Medjool dates at Costco..those can get pricey at Whole Foods.

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Sara Nickel July 19, 2012 at 8:35 am

Thank you for sharing the food photography blog! I’ve been looking for ways to improve in this area on my blog and have a long way to go. I love the “start here” page and am working my way through the step-by-step directions. This is awesome!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2012 at 10:20 am

Glad you enjoy it Sara! Nothing beats free instruction :)

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Alana July 19, 2012 at 8:36 am

I LOVE Dr. Bronner’s soaps. I use the peppermint one (liquid) and it’s INCREDIBLE after a hot, sweaty workout – so cooling & tingly! I first found out about them after my local Moksha studio as that is what they used in the showers.

Am definitely going to pick-up WILD for our upcoming cottage vacation. Thanks for the recos!

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Maria Carolina July 19, 2012 at 9:00 am

My dad got the Shark a few months back and man is it noisy! I grit my teeth every time he turns it on but since we have a Samoyed (white fluffy, year-long shedding dog) the Shark is great for picking up all of his hair.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2012 at 10:20 am

haha I know, I feel like I should be wearing earplugs!

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Andrea July 19, 2012 at 9:03 am

That sounds like a really awesome book, I added it to my list of books to read! :)

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sarah July 19, 2012 at 9:21 am

I always buy sprouted tofu when I’m in the States, but have a harder time finding it here. Where do you get yours? Also, the BBQ Kettle chips = danger! They are soooo good. Proceed with caution is all I’m sayin… ;)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2012 at 10:19 am

Hey Sarah, I buy it at Organic Garage in Oakville, but I’ve also seen it at Whole Foods. It’s not very common in groceries stores though! When I can’t buy it, I also like Solorganic firm tofu.

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Allie July 19, 2012 at 9:36 am

We had kombucha chai concord grape drink in the states. It was yummy!

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Allie July 19, 2012 at 9:36 am

I meant chia…

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R.A. July 19, 2012 at 9:37 am

I just finished reading the book Wild last night and now I read about it on your site first thing in the morning. I got it at the library and read it in two days, it is hard to put down! You are so right, this book takes you from one emotion to the other in short order. I live in California and have been to the Hat Creek and Burney Falls areas and hope to go back. Once we stayed in a yurt and the other time in a cabin that had been built in the 1930’s. The nights are so dark there,it feels as if you can see a million stars and the Milky Way is easy to see. We live in a city and think that it is dark at night, but nothing like this. Every summer we talk about going back but half my children are grown now and as the others get older it is harder to find a time that works for everyone. I love to walk and have long dreamed of some wonderful adventure like this but know it will remain a dream.

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Meredith @ DareYouTo July 19, 2012 at 10:31 am

I’ve heard about this “Wild” book–adding it to my reading list. And thanks for the tip on dates. I recently discovered that I love dates (and figs, and pine nuts. my 3 recent fad foods), so I’ll see if my local Costco has a similar deal. Thanks!

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Mikki July 19, 2012 at 10:37 am

Green Beaver is the only sunscreen I put on my girls and I totally trying almond milk ice cream now!

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Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers July 19, 2012 at 11:51 am

Good stuff girlie! I too have been really into breakfast parfaits lately. Gotta eat those berries while they’re still in season! :)

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Sarah July 19, 2012 at 11:57 am

I read Wild recently and loved it! I read Becoming Odyssa after that (young lady hiking the app trail solo) and liked it just as much! Now I’ve got the backpacking bug!

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Erin @ The Grass Skirt July 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Almond Dream ice cream is my absolute favorite! I forget that it isn’t made with dairy. It has been a lifesaver for me lately being that I am pregnant, craving ice cream, and lactose intolerant. :)

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Rachel July 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm

ooo that ice cream sounds so good! I’ve been trying to find a good ice cream substitute :)

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Vanessa July 19, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Awww thanks so so much for the mention Andrea! The feeling is totally mutual. And I don’t know what my mornings would be without your overnight oats. xx

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Vanessa July 19, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Ughh, stupid iPhone. *ANGELA, not Andrea.

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Kendra July 19, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Hi Angela, I have been reading your blog for several months now, and I just wanted to say that I LOVE your recipes, writing, and photos:) I recently started my own blog (feel free to check it out), and I will probably be linking back to your fantastic culinary creations quite often:D Oh, and that Almond Dream ice cream looks fantastic!! And I have gotten those dates from Costco as well; they are certainly cheaper than at other stores. Again, thank you for giving me SO much inspiration with your recipes; I look forward to your cookbook:)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 20, 2012 at 9:51 am

Hey Kendra, It’s a pleasure to meet you! I’m off to check out your blog. :)

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Nikki @ ActiveVegetarian July 19, 2012 at 7:59 pm

My friend just bought me the Dr. Bronner’s Magic Bar Soap in Lavender as well.
I love it!

Will have to try some of your other suggestions, Thanks for the post!

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Lacey @ Life Hands You Limes July 19, 2012 at 10:39 pm

I’ve tried the Almond Dream, its good but too sweet for me and yeah a little icy. I actually ended up making my own almond milk ice cream, and to get it creamy I remembered your hot potato trick from your cookie dough dip, it totally worked!! I so far have made vanilla, chocolate, and coffee (all three i have on my recipage) But I bet if you stuck your dip straight (i.e. not thinned) into the ice cream maker it would be super thick like gelato:)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 20, 2012 at 9:50 am

Wow I will have to check your recipes out! Sounds awesome. :)

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Christina July 20, 2012 at 2:08 am

I agree, I can not believe how fast this year has gone by! Where can you purchase that brand of Kombucha? I am the crazy nut who loves the strong kombucha that everyone tells me tastes and smells like vinegar, but the one you like looks delicious.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 20, 2012 at 9:49 am

I’ve seen it at Organic Garage in Oakville and Whole Foods. Goodluck!

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Katie July 20, 2012 at 8:17 am

Where oh where did you get that Almond Ice cream? I live in toronto, so confident I can find it at a grocer near me, but have no idea where to start looking.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 20, 2012 at 9:48 am

I’ve seen it at Whole Foods and Fortinos so far. Goodluck!

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Olya July 20, 2012 at 9:40 am

This post is so informative (bag of rice,V.K.Rees, tofu and more!) you’ve made me busy for a whole couple hours going through all that great links! Thank you 100 times!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 20, 2012 at 9:48 am

Aw, thank you that makes me happy!

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Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See July 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Dying to try that almond dream ice cream!!

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Gina Cormier July 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm

I”m loving my dehydrator right now. We have such great peaches and nectarines in Albuquerque, NM right now so I’m taking advantage of saving them for later.

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Moni Meals July 20, 2012 at 7:34 pm

I adore this list. Excellent Roundup!!!

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[email protected] July 20, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Overnight oats are the perfect summer breakfast. I buy dates from Costco too and I’m going to have to give that ice cream a try.

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Devi @ Playful and hungry July 22, 2012 at 7:28 am

I really wish they would sell more almond product here… I’d love to try that almond ice cream! I’ve tried almond yogurts when I still lived in the US. Now I am living in Germany and they sell nothing but ONE single brand of soy yogurt. You see what I am going through! ; )

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Krystle July 22, 2012 at 10:49 am

I’m halfway through reading Wild too. I absolutely love it! I read this interview on The Great Discontent — http://thegreatdiscontent.com/cheryl-strayed — and downloaded her book 5 seconds later. She’s pretty amazing.

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Brigitte July 25, 2012 at 4:15 am

Ok, I just tried Almond Dream Vanilla Ice Cream for the first time last week. Totally Addictive! Generally I avoid foods with sugar but I may have to make an exception here. I think its much better than the coconut based ice creams I have tried.

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Rachel July 25, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Green Beaver lotion is GREAT STUFF. In the depths of an Ontario winter, it almost manages to keep my legs from flaking off entirely. :D

Also, thanks for the review of the Shark steam cleaner! I’ve been stalking Canadian Tire, waiting for it to go on sale, so I’m glad it’s worth the wait.

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Tonya July 27, 2012 at 7:39 am

Normally, I would have no part of baked potato chips but I just bought the Baked S&V Kettle Chips based off of your recommendation. Good stuff! It’s a win!

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Living, Learning, Eating July 28, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I’ve had the Praline Crunch Almond Dream and it was decent (but not quite good enough to win me over from dairy ice cream or make me bother to seek it out again). I’m interested in trying the cappucino swirl one of these days, though – maybe it’s better!

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WonderfullyWorthy July 28, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Thanks for the great recommendations and the continued output of quality content!

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Julie August 1, 2012 at 3:17 am

I can’t wait to read the book! Everyone has recommended it and it looks like I need to get it.

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Ajali August 27, 2013 at 8:51 am

I keep a pint of the almond dream Praline Crunch in my freezer. I actually can never find just the vanilla kind. The praline crunch reminds me of butter pecan, it doesnt taste that way but I think its the nuts that reminds me of it. I am looking fwd to the day when they start selling raw vegan icecream in the wholefood stores!

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