Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Healthy No Bake Granola Bars




Ingredients
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup millet (uncooked)
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup sliced almonds
3 tablespoons shredded coconut
2 tablespoons goji berries
1/4 teaspoon pink himalayan salt
1/2 cup walnuts
2 tablespoons flax seeds
2/3 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup brown rice syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract


Directions
1. Prepare a 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper, and lightly mist with cooking spray.
2. Combine oats, millet, chia seeds, almonds, coconut, goji berries, and pink himalayan salt in a bowl.
3. In a food processor, mix walnuts and flax seeds until fine and have a moist consistency. Add to oat combination.
4. On the stovetop heat peanut butter, honey, and brown rice syrup until creamy and smooth. Add vanilla extract; stir to incorporate. Pour mixture into dry ingredient bowl and mix well until there are no dry pieces left.
5. Transfer mixture into prepared baking sheet. Press firmly and spread out tightly and evenly. Place in refrigerator for 2 hours to allow bars to set. Slice into bars, and enjoy!


(Store bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or to freeze, individually wrap in plastic and place in a ziplock bag for up to 2 months).















Thursday, May 26, 2016

National Chardonnay Day With Flora Springs

If you haven't heard yet.. It's National Chardonnay Day!
Go get yourself a bottle of Flora Springs chardonnay and celebrate.
Wine not?!

Cheers!












Special thanks to Flora Springs winery in Nappa Valley for sponsoring this post.













Friday, May 13, 2016

Links I Love




The best new pool floats for summer 2016 - (Sugar & Cloth)


How to ripen an avocado in 10 minutes - (The Peak)


8 ways to make meaningful small talk - (Goop)
7 facts about the history of Chanel - (Fashionista)









Sunday, May 8, 2016

DIY All Natural Face Mask



While browsing the amazing health and beauty section at Whole Foods, I found Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. It comes in a pretty good size tub and it's SUPER cheap. (If you don't live near a Whole Foods, you can get it on Amazon here). It is 100% natural bentonite clay. 

Bentonite clay is mined from the earth. It's formed after volcanic ash has weathered and aged in the presence of water. It has a strong electromagnetic charge, and when activated with water, it acts like a magnet in and on our bodies, pulling metals and toxins to it. (Source).

I like to mix the clay with apple cider vinegar instead of water though. Apple cider vinegar's main ingredient is acetic acid. It also contains lactic, citric, and malic acids. These acids naturally gently exfoliate skin by dissolving dead skin cells. So this is THE PERFECT combination for a face mask. Be warned it can make your skin a little red after you wash it off - that's totally normal, and will fade in 10-20 mins. 






Ingredients
2 TB bentonite clay 
2 TB apple cider vinegar 

Directions
1. In a bowl combine ingredients with spatula, smashing clay parts into the vinegar until smooth. It will get a little foamy. 
2. Place on face for 20 minutes. (10 minutes for sensitive skin). As it drys you will feel it tightening. 
3. After allotted time, wet wash cloth with warm water and wipe off. 




Have you guys used this clay before? 

Try it out and let me know what you think!







Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Grapefruit Jalapeño Margaritas



Cinco De Mayo is tomorrow.. 
What a great excuse for some tacos and tequila! 

If you have had the pleasure of meeting my alter-ego, Cinnamon, you will know that tequila makes her 
come right on out!

The great thing about this recipe, is that you can tone the heat of the margarita up or down depending 
on the level of spicy that you prefer. 
(I like it hot!)






Ingredients
2 ounces silver tequila
2 ounces grapefruit
1 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce triple sec
1/2 ounce agave
Jalapeño
Kosher salt
Lime wedge

Directions
1. Add tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, triple sec, agave, and desired jalapeño slices (I use 3, but add less depending on how hot you want your margarita), into a shaker with ice. Shake.
2. Use the lime wedge to wet the rim of a glass. Place salt on a plate, and swirl the rim of the cup in the salt.
3. Add ice to glass. Strain cocktail mixture into glass. Garnish with a jalapeño slice and lime wedge. Enjoy!






Have a safe and happy Cinco De Mayo!