Product Review and Giveaway: 3rd Rock Essentials

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The skin is your largest organ.

Whatever you put on it, goes in it. Harmful chemicals that are applied topically via your cosmetics can permeate the skin, get into your blood stream and from there, into your entire body. Over time, they can accumulate, damage your cells, harm your organs and disrupt your endocrine system. In short: The type of products you use (soap, shampoo, lotion, makeup, and yes, sunscreen!) highly matters.

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Better (for you) Banana Bread

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A clean eating version of the all-American classic

When you have a bunch of bananas that are starting to look a little too ripe, you make banana bread. Obvious? To me, it was actually a completely revolutionary idea given the fact that I rarely ever bake (as pointed out by Mr. Healthy Haus on a somewhat regular basis and with not-so-subtle hints of disappointment).

I created a healthier version of the beloved comfort food with gluten free flour, coconut oil, raw nuts and seeds, and without any refined sugar (except for some dark chocolate chips). Much to my own surprise (and my husband’s), this wholesome ‘nana bread turned out delicious!

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Product Review and Giveaway: Olìe Biologique

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One could say my skin is a loose cannon.

Seriously, one minute it’s fine, the next not so much! In fact, it is so unpredictable that whatever it needs in terms of moisturizing, balancing, clarifying, declogging, exfoliating, brightening, soothing, repairing and/or nourishing – it changes almost on a daily basis. And although I have been making a conscious effort to cut down my product stash to where my bathroom cabinet no longer resembles the inside of a small to medium size apothecary, I really don’t think I’ll ever get to be the girl who is known for her bare minimum skin care routine. Humph!

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Green Beauty Buys: Summer Makeup

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Summer summer summertime…Time to sit back and unwind…

Also, time to update your makeup bag! In my search for an easy breezy warm weather beauty routine, I recently purchased three new-to-me goodies that I had been coveting for quite a while: A beautiful neutral yet versatile eye shadow palette that can go from day to night, a non-toxic mascara that leaves you smudge-free all day (really!) and the most perfect peachy nude lipstick that effortlessly pulls it all together.

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Pesto Farfalle with Roasted Grape Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

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Wanna go to Tuscany this summer?

Yeah, me neither! I mean, who likes delicious food, cypress-lined rolling hills, tiny picturesque towns and the beautiful Mediterranean anyways?!

But all bitterness aside: Here is an upgraded version of a classic northern Italian dish that the whole family can enjoy and that takes minimal time to make. This healthy yet comforting plant-based recipe combines aromatic basil pesto with the contrasting flavor of sweet and juicy oven roasted grape tomatoes. Sprinkle in some creamy goat cheese and presto! – summer in Italy in the comfort of your own home.

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