My Favorite “Natural” Beauty Products

OMG I cant believe it’s September already! Where did the summer go?! I love summer, but I adore fall.  I’m getting excited for sweaters, boots and pumpkin spice lattes. 😉 I thought it would be fun to share some of my favourite beauty products with you. I never used to read the label of beauty products and check out their ingredients. These days I’m more concerned about what I’m putting into and onto my body. There are a lot of nasty, harmful  ingredients in makeup, shampoo and creams that get absorbed into your body, yuck! So I try to buy products that are FREE from parabens, paraffins, phthalates, formaldehyde and aluminum. It’s not easy to know what each ingredient does and if it’s bad for you. My rule of thumb is to buy deodorant that is free from aluminum, as it is thought to be cancer causing. For creams and shampoo, I try to buy brands that state that the are free from parabens and sulphates. Once I find a brand I like and trust its a lot easier to go shopping!

I do have to order some of my favourite products online, like the PiperWai charcoal deodorant I use. The LaVanila deodorant you can buy locally at Sephora or Anthropology. I just went down to the Bellingham  and found Jessica Alba’s Honest beauty line face cream at Target last week. It feels so nice and smells great too, it is a deep hydration cream. The eye cream from Arbonne is called RE9 Advanced corrective eye creme and it feels amazing. The lip balm is from doTerrea and is made with essential oils and natural ingredients. I also love to use this Amore Pacific lip treatment in the winter when my lips are very dry, it’s a life saver, it’s also from Sephora. For hand and body cream, I like this alba botanica body butter in mango papaya! I just found this hand cream from the Australian company Om SHE and it is nice and luxurious with argon oil and lavender. What are your favourite beauty staples?

 

xxx Malika

 

By | Sep 2nd, 2017|Life, Lifestyle, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Turmeric Tonic Recipe

Turmeric Tonic

I have been on a mission the last few weeks to find out why my hormones seem to be out of whack! Do any of my lady followers have the same issue?! My main concern these days is my breast soreness….It lasts all month long and is starting to really bother me. My periods also seem to be a bit irregular. I found Melissa Ramos, an awesome Nutritionist online, who is running the blog Sexy Food Therapy. She has lots of funny youtube videos on women’s health and you should definitely check her out. I borrowed the recipe for this powerful drink from her. You just dink one ounce (shot glass) her day. It’s filled with healing properties for your liver and gut and has anti-inflammatory benefits as well. Melissa recommends the drink for anyone, but suggests it might help women with PCOS. I just made a batch and I feel healthier already! 😉 I will keep you posted on my health issues and let you know if I find any other natural remedies.

xx Malika

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Turmeric Tonic Recipe
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Recipe type: Drink
Serves: jar
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 tbs raw honey
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 7 tbs raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 organic lemon, juiced
  • 5 tbs cold soluble grass fed gelatin
  • pinch fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 oz grated fresh ginger
Instructions
  1. In a mason jar mix all ingredients together and shake well.
  2. Take 1 oz per day.
  3. Store in the fridge.

 

By | Jun 4th, 2016|Lifestyle|2 Comments

Do you know what’s in your Deodorant?!

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I have know for a while now that regular drugstore deodorant is full of nasty things that I DON’T want on or in my body! Did you know that most deodorants and antiperspirants contain aluminum and other harmful ingredients? Antiperspirants also stop you from sweating which is a natural bodily function and doing so is not a good idea. Some studies even go as far to say that deodorant is one of the leading causes of breast cancer. This is all very scary stuff and after speaking with my naturopathic doctor about my own under arm lymph nodes… I decided to stop using these nasty products. I’m not willing to take any chances!

The hard part for me was to find a natural deodorant that was aluminium free and didn’t make me smell like a hippy or a sweaty beast! 😉 I have spent the last 2 years and hundreds of dollars on different kinds….some work better then others but none of them won me over until last week.

I found my new best friend. 😉 This Agent Nateur holi(stick) is amazing! It smells nice, it has nice packaging and it’s organic. It was a bit pricey but I don’t care! I have been using it everyday in this hot weather and it is doing it’s job perfectly!! I am beyond the moon happy. If you are like me and are still trying to find a good pit stick, please try this one. If you have another favourite brand please share with me in the comments below.

xx Malika

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By | May 6th, 2016|Lifestyle, Uncategorized|2 Comments

My 5 Favourite Healthy Snacks

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Happy Saturday! In a perfect world we would just eat 3 healthy meals a day right?! Not in my perfect world….I love snacking! I can’t eat large amounts of food in one sitting so I get hungry in between meals, and I always need a quick and easy snack. A little food preparation can help you to stay on track so you don’t end up eating garbage food from 7/11. In the video below I have shared 5 of my favourite healthy snacks. I hope these ideas can help you to grab something healthy and delicious the next time you need a quick treat. 😉 Happy Snacking!

xx Malika

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xx Malika

By | Oct 24th, 2015|Lifestyle|0 Comments

Gluten Free Banana Bread Muffins

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Hey, I’m so excited to let you guys know that I started a YouTube channel! The purpose of this channel is so that I can share easy, healthy, step by step videos on cooking, easy healthy snack ideas and health and wellness tips. I would love to hear from you on what content you might like to see, so please leave me comments below. I hope you are all having an amazing weekend!

xx Malika

By | Oct 18th, 2015|Lifestyle|0 Comments

5 Tips To Try Going Natural

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By guest blogger Katherine Petrunia, The Pampered Baby

For the past few years I have been trying to remove as many chemicals from our home and go as natural as possible. And I’ll be honest, it is a process, but one that is totally worth it. I started by rethinking the foods we eat and the products that get used a lot. Things like laundry detergent, cleaning products, and personal products such as diaper cream, bath wash, and makeup have been replaced and I’m slowly kicking more to the curb as I find natural options that work.

I get it, for some this may be a little on the crunchy side. Call me a granola girl, but I’ve adopted a way more ‘buyer beware’ approach when it comes to the food my family eats and the products we buy. This is especially true when it comes to my kids. Just because something says ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ doesn’t guarantee it’s quality- you have to read the ingredients and learn a little bit about what to look out for before you can be convinced that the product in your hand lives up to it’s claims. A lot of products use clever marketing jargon to grab our attention, when really they’re just as bad as the brands we’re trying to replace. Some products I’ve replaced with different brands, while others I have found homemade options that work great; this is true for both food items and household products.

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Like I said, I get most upset when it comes to products for babies and kids. They don’t know any better and have no choice; they rely on us to make decisions for them, and tricking parents into thinking that a product is safe and natural when it isn’t is downright crappy. If you suffer from allergies, have sensitive skin, are prone to headaches, or suffer from other chronic or mysterious ailments, instead of looking in your medicine cabinet for the answer, you should take a look at the products you use everyday and the food you eat (who hasn’t heard the saying, you are what you eat?). What you find out might scare you, but the good news is that there’s an easy fix. If going the homemade route isn’t for you, there are plenty of great options out there worth a try. If you’re interested in trying to go more natural and chemical free in your home, I’ve provided some simple tips below to help get you started.

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5 Tips to Try Going Natural

  1. Start by looking at the label.This applies to the food you eat and the products you buy. Look in your cupboards and pick a few items you use everyday- a go- to snack, a cleaning product, etc- and look at the ingredients list. When you stop recognizing things and/ or can’t pronounce them, that’s usually a good indicator that they fall under the ‘baddie’ category. In foods, look for artificial anything, common GMO ingredients such as soy, corn, and nuts, preservatives, dyes, and high- fructose corn syrup for starters. When it comes to household products, look for ingredients such as sodium laurel sulfate, phthalates, parfum, and parabens. There are others to keep an eye out for, but these are some commonly found ingredients that might have you re- thinking purchases next time you’re at the grocery store!
  2. Do some research. Depending what your end goal is- do you want to have more energy, help sooth a health concern, or just embrace a more natural lifestyle as a whole?- you can figure out what area to address first. If you already eat pretty healthy, trying to put your home on a chemical cleanse may be the best place to start. Conversely, if you are guilty of snacking on processed foods and pop, rethinking the food you eat might be the better choice. Once you know where you want to start, have a look online for some ideas to try; look up some recipes that swap out unhealthy ingredients for nutrient- packed ones, or make a grocery list of cleaning ingredients to stock up on. There’s nothing wrong with baby steps and taking it slow as you make adjustments.
  3. Pick one thing to focus on at a time. It can be overwhelming trying to do everything at once, so pick one or a few things to focus on at any one time. Like I said, food was one of the first major overhauls I did, followed by commonly used products like laundry detergent and cleaning products. Once you start getting used to the changes and gain confidence, the process will become easier and easier. There are plenty of great resources online to help you jump- start your efforts, and Pinterest has been my go- to source for most of the chemical- free cleaners I now make at home. It’s also choc- full of great recipe ideas if you need some culinary inspiration (Malika always has good ideas too!).
  4. Make a shopping list – Once you know what you’d like to focus on, write down the items that you want to try and need to stock up on. Sometimes you may suffer sticker shock when it comes to quality products that are natural/ organic, etc, but I have found that in the long run, the cost balances out with better health, among other benefits. If you start to notice certain items popping up a lot in your research, it’s a good idea to buy them in bulk if it’s an option. For food, non- perishables and things that can be canned/ frozen are good to stock up on when you find them on sale, especially if it is a staple item (in our house, gluten- free and dairy-free, organic, and non- GMO items are always on our shopping list; these items tend to be more expensive and I’m always scouring flyers for them going on sale). The same applies to household items. Common replacements for chemical cleaners include baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, borax, and castile soap (notice how a lot of those items are edible? You can stock your pantry and your cleaning cupboard with some of the same items). If you would rather purchase cleaners than make them, do some research into reputable brands that live up to their claims..
  5. Don’t be afraid of some trial and error. Whether you’re testing out a new recipe or trying out chemical- free cleaners, this is important to remember. The first time you try a recipe that’s a healthier version of one you’re used to, or you try out a snack that’s got less sugar or salt, you will probably notice a difference. But over time, you’ll adjust to this healthier selection of food. I find gluten and dairy- free recipes can be tough to adjust to, since they can turn out quite differently that ones that use traditional ingredients, but I make minor changes each time until I am happy with the result; the extra effort does pay off, I promise. As for cleaning, I have been pleasantly surprised with how well something as simple as baking soda and vinegar work and how many applications this combo has. Many of the store- bought brands I have tried out use essential oils for scent and I find them a lovely alternative to the heavily- scented big brand options. There are also a lot of scent- free options which are perfect for people with sensitivities. Natural cleaners – store bought or homemade-won’t be loaded with the chemical boosts that we’ve grown accustomed, but that doesn’t mean your dishes and laundry won’t come out fresh and clean.

I hope these tips are helpful and will encourage you to try going more natural in your home!

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By | Sep 27th, 2015|Lifestyle, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Healing My Gut & Bone Broth Recipe

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I thought I would get nice and personal in this post today and share with you what has been going on with me health wise…..! Although I eat quite healthy and look healthy on the outside. I have been fighting with the auto immune disease Crohn’s disease for the last 15 years. Most of the time I feel pretty good, but if I’m not super careful with my eating choices I start to notice that my health deteriorates. Unfortunately summer always seems to get me off track. I just want to be part of the summer fun that includes easy picnics, extra cocktails and BBQ’s with family and friends. I get carried away and end up over eating on the foods I should be avoiding and now it is time to get my health back on track. Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestines, especially the colon and ileum and starts with a lack of good bacteria in your gut. Most of the health issues people face today can lead back to a lack of good bacteria in their guts. New research is now showing that the role of the gut microbes might be the key to your health. This research tells us some ‘bad’ bacteria are specifically linked to IBD and Crohn’s disease. So I need to re-populate the good bacteria and kill off the bad. I found two well know diets to help me do this. One is called the GAPS diet the other is the SCD diet.  They are slightly different but they both have the same goal, to heal your gut! 😉

There are different phases of each diet. I just did the intro phase last week for 3 days and it consisted of me surviving on bone broth, eggs, cooked plain chicken, homemade soup and natural homemade juice gelatine…. It was a very hard 3 days!! I hope that this diet gets my gut back on track. This next phase I will be introducing more veggies (that are cooked), fish, avocado, ripe bananas and some cooked fruit. The main things I will be avoiding are dairy, all grain products, sugar, processed food, alcohol, soy and night shade vegetables. I’m keeping a journal so I can see which foods are good for me and which ones I should avoid. We are bio-individuals and so what works for me might not work for someone else. I ‘m happy to be on the path of healing.

If you haven’t heard if both broth yet, its quite the new health trend. It takes some time and energy to make, but the healing properties are worth it. Being a vegetarian most of my life made it that much more difficult for me to make. I didn’t enjoy dealing with the chicken carcuss but we do what we gotta do. 😉 Bone broth can be made from any animal or fish bones and is high in minerals like calcium and magnesium. It’s known for “healing and sealing” your gut as well as inhibiting infection and fighting inflammation. I highly recommend you try it. You can just drink it warm out of a mug or I preferred to add some cooked chicken or carrots to it and eat it like soup. Now I am using it as the stock in all my soups.

xx Malika

Chicken Both Broth

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Bone Broth
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Ingredients
  • 1 organic chicken (pasture raised) carcuss with all the bones (I roasted a chicken first then used the bones)
  • 3 celery stalks, washed and trimmed
  • 2 onions, peeled and halfed
  • 4 peeled carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbs peppercorns, whole
  • Crock pot
  • filtered water
Instructions
  1. I think using a crock pot is the easiest way to make this.
  2. Once you have roasted and carved away all the meat, toss all of the bones and the carcuss into your crock pot.
  3. Toss in the carrots, onions, peppercorns and celery.
  4. Add enough water to cover all the ingredients in the pot and turn your crock pot on low, let the broth cook for 12-24 hours.
  5. I then strained out all of the bones and the veggies and just used the broth.
  6. Note: I saved the carrots and used them in my soup later but you could use all of the vegg and make chicken soup?)
  7. I stored the broth in glass jars in my fridge for up to a week.

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By | Sep 5th, 2015|Lifestyle|9 Comments

Easy Summer Snack Ideas

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Wow, today really does feel like summer! 😉 I love this heat, I went to my pool today and laid out in the sun. Summer days where you don’t have to work and you can just kick back like you did when you were a kid are the best! With this summer heat comes the change in my appetite and cooking style. I definitely don’t want to spend a long time cooking over my stove or oven when my apartment is already 25 degrees. I find myself craving refreshing cold fruit like watermelon and fresh crisp salads. I don’t know about you but I can’t live on JUST fruit and salad. 😉 I need some food in my belly that has substance and keeps me full for more than an hour. These rye crackers are the perfect snack or lunch idea. You can basically load them up with anything…….. I had some different types of hummus in my fridge so I used both. I also sliced up some avocado with chill flakes and topped one with my favourite egg salad recipe. The beetroot hummus recipe is available in my free ebook that you can download when you sign up for my blog newsletter. I topped the beetroot hummus with goat cheese feta! All of these combos were delicious. Whats your favourite cracker combination?? Have a great weekend!

xx Malika

Rye crackers topped witha variety of spreads

 

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By | Jun 13th, 2015|Lifestyle, Uncategorized|0 Comments

How To Make Pickled Vegetables and Easy Salad Prep

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Spring is here and that means that summer is right around the corner….! I love heavier winter foods but by the time spring rolls around my body is ready for some fresher and lighter food like salads and fruit smoothies. I am super into making salads with a variety of different things on them. Besides lettuce, I usually include something sprouted, hemp seeds, some raw veggies, some cooked veggies, some fermented food like kimchi or sauerkraut and a dressing or sauce of some kind. I just discovered my love for pickled veggies! When I started making Korean bibimbap bowls last month, I had to pickle my own cucumbers. Pickled vegetables have such a unique flavour and just add a little kick to your meal. They are super easy to make and they keep nicely in your fridge for a week or two.

Besides giving you the steps on how to make pickled veggies, I also thought I would share this little meal prep tip on storing cut veggies. Sundays are a great day to get in your kitchen and prep some foods for the week ahead. If you prewash, peel and cut up veggies for your salads and stir-frys and store them in water in glass jars, your cut down on your nightly meal prep time! 😉 You could also wash and slice up fresh fruit and store it in your fridge so you have healthy snacks to grab at all times. 🙂 I hope these tips were helpful, it’s Monday so get in your kitchen and take a few minutes prepping to save time for the rest of your week!

xx Malika

Slad prep in mason jars

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Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 2 jars
 
Ingredients
  • 2 medium size shallots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 bunch of red radishes, very thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp peppercorns
  • ½ cup of rice vinegar
  • ½ cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • water
Instructions
  1. Boil 2-3 cups of water, then pour the water over the onion in a sieve to blanch the onions.
  2. Get out your 2 mason jars, divide up the spices between each jar.
  3. In one jar add the rice vinegar and onion, top up with water so that everything is submerged. Put on the lid and refrigerate for at least a few hours before serving. These can last in the fridge for a week.
  4. In the second jar, add the radishes and the apple cider vinegar, top up the jar with water if needed so that everything is submerged. Refrigerate for 2 days and then serve. Also lasts around a week.
  5. I serve these in my rice bowls and salads, you could even use these as burger or bbq toppings!

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By | Apr 6th, 2015|Lifestyle|0 Comments

Natural Beauty Remedies

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What is your beauty regimine? Mine is and always will be pretty low key. I am not one to wash my face every night and use a bunch of different products like face washes and exfoliators. I can barley remember to take off my makeup at night……..! I do however have to battle the same beauty issues as most women. Sometimes me teeth need a little whitening, my skin needs a little exfoliating and my hair needs a little damage repair. 😉 Over the years I have come across some pretty crazy claims made by cosmetic companies and marketers. The beauty tips I am about to  give you will not change your life or your face but they will help a little in the area you are wanting to fix. If they don’t work for you, can just put the ingredient back in your kitchen. 😉

This first beauty remedy I love, whiting your teeth with banana peels! So easy and so simple. I used to go out and spend lots of money on those bleach whitening trays. I don’t like the fact that they contain nasty chemicals that end up being swallowed…..GROSS! Now that I know better I will stick to baking soda and banana peels. First dry your teeth, then take a piece of banana peel and rub the inside skin on all of your teeth. Let it sit on your teeth for 10 minutes, then brush it off. For best results, repeat this 7-10 times. I definitely noticed that my teeth were whiter after just the first few times. 🙂

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The second beauty remedy is for black heads. I hate the little blackheads that appear on my nose. Honey can help, it acts as a natural antibiotic that helps to pull out the dirt from your pores by clearing the blackheads! 🙂  It also hydrates and tightens the skin pores for a clearer complexion. Honey is also know to be great for nourishing and moisturizing your skin to get a natural shine. Just put some honey on your “problem” area of your face, let sit for 15 minutes, then wash off.

Last but not least, lets talk about dry damaged hair. I defiantly suffer form this problem, after lots of bleach, hot styling tools and chlorinated pools my hair definitely needs some extra TLC. You can go to any hair salon and spend a fortune on expensive hair masks and hair oils or you can go to your panty and grab the coconut oil. To apply the coconut oil, melt 3-5 tbs and then work through your hair form root to tip, combing thru evenly. Leave it on your hair overnight and wash it out in the morning with shampoo! Some benefits for using coconut oil on your hair are:  stimulating hair growth, preventing dandruff,  moisturizes dry hair, adds luster, shine and softness hair, prevents hair breakage and split ends, slows down hair loss. 🙂

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I also have some natural beauty products that contain these ingredients in my bathroom.  I love my sugar and coconut body scrub. My green tea face mask is organic and contains raw honey and bee pollen. My coconut milk hair serum has coconut oil, coconut milk and egg whites to help stop hair breakage. I hope one or all of these natural beauty remedies works for you! Have a great weekend.

xx Malika

By | Mar 8th, 2015|Life, Lifestyle, Uncategorized|0 Comments