Springtime Cookies & Plant Based Dyes | Vegan & Gluten Free

Simple will always win in my book. Because there are sometimes you want to develop and devour something in a pinch. Therefore I like these cookies a lot. These are simple, plant based, and filling almond based cookies. I’d like to think they are quite nutritious too but I’m not a nutritionist so I can’t totally make that claim. But just trust me y’all.

For these cookies I made coconut butter icing and I experimented with some natural food dyes in the form of tea powders. Tip: I highly recommend using tea in powdered form to create vibrant colors. With the Wild Foods Curr Berry Tea (Organic Hibiscus, Elderberry, Red Currant & Cranberry), I did use it in liquid form because I didn’t have a grinder to process the tealeaves + berries. If you have a grinder, I highly recommend using it to make some pretty colors.

And so returns the beautiful matcha powder. Two vibrant colors: Wild Foods Wild Matcha #2, which was also used in a refreshing Matcha Chia Fresca, and Blue Chai’s dreamy blue matcha powder. Both are organic and the Green Tea Matcha adds an energizing flavor while the Curr Berry definitely gives some berry flavor

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Everyday is Earth Day + DIY Mason Jar Garden

Each day gives us the opportunity to perform actions that will help us protect & conserve our beautiful planet. Every bit of awareness we raise within ourselves or our community can create, regardless of how “small” or “large” – we have the potential to initiate greater change.

Here are 5 ways you can celebrate earth day everyday

1: Of course the one swap I believe we should advocate the most is ditching single-use plastics.  In the US alone it’s estimated that 500 million straws are used per day. Straws are a byproduct of oil and when made into plastic they can’t be recycled. Seek safer & reusable alternatives like stainless steel straws, to-go cups, and water bottles. Whether you start bringing your own reusable produce bags to the market or say no to single use straws the next time you’re out and about, these actions become habits and could encourage others to do the same.

2) Be plentiful! Grow something or keep it alive. If you’re adventurous like me, there are plenty of organic seed kits you can choose from! Because we are in spring and the sunlight has returned, it’s an ideal time to start planting and growing. Another option is purchasing a plant. Today you can find plants nearly everywhere. From succulents to cacti and herbs, you can befriend a plant (or two) quite easily. Also visit any plant nurseries in your city and support their cause!

Here’s a short DIY video showing y’all how easy it is to create a mason jar garden. Remember: herbs like basil and parsley love the sun & seedlings need water to thrive in their stage. Sunny windowsills make excellent placement for mason jar gardens!

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ella + mila nail polish | vegan & eco-chic

Perhaps it’s just me but I really enjoy having a to-go color for my nails. When it comes to shades, I like to stick to the basics: nude, red, & moody colors.

Although polish dries on the nails and isn’t necessarily absorbed through our skin – most nail polishes are still filled with chemicals that aren’t kind when released in the atmosphere. They can pose considerable problems when inhaled over time (as profiled in this NYT report). Nail polish is classified as a household hazardous waste and it’s required to be disposed of in a proper hazardous waste disposal site (don’t trash it! use this guide)

The good news? The rise of non-toxic nail polishes, but not all are created effectively. But many of us want to feel safer and have fewer chemicals in our beauty repertoire. Cue ella + mila nail polishes.

The literal rainbow (and more) can be found on the ella + mila shop. They are a line of eco-friendly nail polishes that come in an array of beautiful colors for any occasion. Most importantly: ella + mila happens to be 7-Free, vegan, palm oil free, and they are made in the United States.

What is 7-Free? It means that these nail polishes do not contain the following: Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, TPHP, Xylene or Camphor. Thus they are a safer alternative to generic polishes.

Onto the shades! Although there are so many choices at ella + mila – I only chose what I would use + genuinely want. These color are great for all seasons + occasions. First up is Lilac Luster, a pretty spring/winter shade that is a light lilac color that is great for everyday wear.

 

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The First Mess Matcha Chia Fresca feat Wild Foods Co.

It’s still windy here. If I’m being honest, I don’t like wind. I am craving the soft breeze of spring. I’m hankering for weather that is applicable for backyard picnics and frolicking through hills and hiking.

I can’t help but invoke spring through Laura Wright’s cookbook The First Mess. As much as I love my coffee, I’ve been craving some iced tea to counter the warming temperatures. After reading her beautiful book The First Mess and seeing the recipes for Matcha Chia Fresca

This recipe uses Organic Wild Matcha #2 from Ujitaware, Kyoto, Japan.  Wild Foods is a company that focuses on – you guessed it: real food. The company emphasizes the importance of high quality, sustainably sourced ingredients that only occur in nature. Wild Foods believes that there should be transparency in knowing where and how your food was sourced.

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