10 Of My Favourite Things – September 2014

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Oh my, it’s been an exciting week! Our baby girl, Adriana, was welcomed into the world on September 21st. We are so in love with this sweet little monkey. I can hardly handle it. In case you missed it, my announcement post is on the Baby section here.

I prepared a bunch of posts in advance for the next several weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for some recipes to come. I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I put together a Things I’m Loving Lately post. What the heck? That year went by fast. I thought it was time to finally get my butt in gear and share some of my favourite new-to-me products.  As always, this is not a sponsored post – I’m just spreading the love.

1. So Delicious Coconut Milk Ice Cream Bars (Almond)

My mom got me hooked on these and oh boy did we go through a lot of boxes this summer! The first time Eric tried one he thought it was made with real dairy ice cream. Bravo, So Delicious…you make a fine ice cream bar free of any dairy. I also like that the ingredient list is quite simple.

2. 16 Ways to Tie a Scarf

If you are scarf-challenged like me, you’ll find this how-to video inspiring.

3. Thayer’s Rose Petal Witch Hazel (Alcohol-free)

I started using this toner almost a year ago and now I’m never without it. I was never a big toner person, but this one is so gentle and non-drying. I’m always amazed by how much make-up comes off my skin even after washing my face. I’ve noticed less breakouts and I think this extra step is a big reason why.

4. Luke’s Organic Sweet Potato, Hemp, and Buckwheat Chips

These are my all-time favourite snacking chip. They are a bit like the Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato chips, but these are organic and have other fun ingredients like buckwheat and hemp. I love them with hummus, guac, or fresh salsa.

5. Lakewood Organic Super Veggie Cocktail

It took me a while to find a solid veggie cocktail drink, but once I found this Lakewood brand I never looked back. I went through a phase during my 3rd trimester when I was chugging 2 glasses of this stuff a day. There are 2 servings of veggies in every cup which is great. I love all the healthy veggies you get in one glass (kale, swiss chard, tomatoes, beets, carrots, celery, etc). Best of all: no artificial ingredients, additives, or preservatives.

6. Clean Well Hand Sanitizer

This is the natural hand sanitizer that we’ve been using for years now. My purse is never without it and I love the light lemony scent. It’s thyme oil based instead of alcohol based. I don’t think sanitizers replace actual hand-washing, but it’s nice to have in the purse (especially after handling skeevy grocery carts) until I can get home to wash my hands properly.

7. Black River Organic Cranberry Juice

Another kick I got on while pregnant: Making “mocktails” with Pellegrino, lime juice, and a splash of 100% cranberry juice. Be warned – it’s very tart, but you can add sweetener if you like. I loved knowing I was also getting the health benefits of cranberry juice in there. This brand is 100% pure juice and not from concentrate.

8. Natural Choice Coconut Fruit Bars

I’ve been buying these for years now, but I’m not sure if I’ve ever shared them on here before. If you are a coconut fan you will LOVE these popsicles. My favourite part is the base where all the shredded coconut meat falls to the bottom!

9. Avalon Organics lavender hand soap

I’ve tried a ton of hand soaps over the years and this one is our favourite. It’s thick and coats the hands nicely, foams well, and leaves behind a fabulous lavender scent. It makes hand-washing feel like a spa experience!

10. Grace and Lace Co. Boot Cuffs

I recently ordered a couple boot cuffs to try out and they are so cute. My calves are muscular, so I love the option of a boot cuff; they won’t make my boots too hard to zip up.

 

Ok, that’s a wrap for now. Hopefully the next installation will be posted before a year! Be sure to let me know what products you are loving lately below. Check back this week for a recipe!

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Anna April 9, 2015

Hi Angela

I also live in Toronto. Where do you get the coconut bars from, Whole Foods?

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Joanna December 10, 2014

Hi Angela, my friend introduced me to your blog and got me your cookbook. I couldnt thank her enough. Ive been following your blog religiously and sharing it with others. You are simply fantastic!!!!!!! I have 2 small kids at home and have made food for them using your recipies, but I was wondering if you are ever planning on posting baby/ kid friendly recipies? There is really not much out there in terms of healthy recipes for the little ones :( Please Angela, do it!!!!!!!!

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