A Drop Dead Healthy Book Review for you!

I’m sure you’ve heard about this book already. The day I got it in the mail I actually saw it on Dr. Oz. (oh Dr. Oz). It’s all over the Book Stores too. I had the wonderful opportunity to have one sent to me by the lovely Michelle at Simon & Schuster Canada for Review.

Before I go on with my belated Review of this book, I need to say firstly that I am Fearsley Passionate about Health. I am also a pretty Sensitive person. Sometimes the two don’t make for a very good combo :(

Anyways, I started off unsure about the entire book just by seeing the cover shot. A goofy looking guy trying to do a chin up? Was he even trying? Was he standing on a chair? Probably faking it. I could feel myself getting defensive about the Natural Health industry already, I thought the book would just mock it, mock what I passionately believe in, remember, I’m sensitive that way; but I opened it up & started reading.

Chapter 1: Stomach This was such a great place to start! The Stomach! ……….          But within just a few pages I thought it was a joke…. Taking care of yourself with Wine, Coffee & Chocolate? I knew it! This book was going to poke fun at all that I believed in! I was done & I had hardly cracked the spine of this book! (I kind of wanted to crack his spine~ but not really ;) ) There were old man jokes (my absolute NOT favorite kind, ask my hubby!) & I really thought this was going nowhere. But then it turned a small corner, he talked about portion size (we have become a ‘super~sized’ nation right!), mindful eating (don’t jut shovel food into your mouth) & the practice of chewing your food properly & enough (they say between 20~35 chews per bite). A few good points. I was going to give him another chance by reading a few more chapters….

Chapter 2: Exercise! How can he make fun of this? Such an important component of True Lasting Health. But then he starts talking about ‘Caveman’ life? I was not impressed…. I’m not saying there isn’t such a thing, or that it’s not valid, but starting with something less mainstream then say, jogging, yoga, or the gym. Bahh. Not impressed (again) Sorry A.J.  :(

Chapter 3: Ears. They are important yes. Loud noises are harmful & our world is so very very loud now~a~days. I agree, but he’s losing me….

Chapter 4: Admittedly I took a week break from the book. I was a little upset. I didn’t want to waste my time reading something that (I felt) was making fun of Health. I wanted a great book with answers & idea’s & wonderful ways to boost your immune system & cure dis~ease. This was not it…..

But I picked up the book again & continued on. In this chapter A.J talked about the sedentary life. All of us are spending our work day sitting at a desk, we sit in the car on the way home & then we sit on the couch! & those of us that do go & run or workout are apparently still sitting too much during the day to even make it worth it? This made me stand up & take notice (literally!) I don’t sit at a desk all day, but I’m sure I sit more than is healthy. I’ve now made a conscious effort to sit less. Thanks A.J.

Chapter 5: Immune System. He talks about hating germs & I can relate. It’s one of those thoughts that can get out of control really fast! When I hear of someone at the boys school having the stomach flu I feel sick to my stomach (literally). I hold my breath when strangers sneeze around me & walk quickly towards fresh air. I don’t, on the other hand use anti~bacterial anything (I worry about super~bugs). But when these thoughts aren’t out of control life is good. & as A.J. learnt, it’s all mind over matter. Most germs are harmless & what’s not in your control, you need to let go, just take care of what you can. Wash your hands!!!

Chapter 6: Stomach (again). Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice? But it wasn’t old man jokes! Yah! Here he wrote about eating more Greens (duh), reducing your sugar & processed food intake (duh) as well as all the Unhealthy food items out there that are masquerading as Healthy Good for you Items! (such as most, ok all cereals, ‘health’ bars AKA Granola Bars, etc). These foods are still packaged & processed. Just because they use Organic sugar doesn’t mean that it’s healthy! I really got into the book here as this is where I fall hard into my passion for teaching! I totally agree with Ms. Nestle that there are no ‘superfoods’ (you will see a section on my site for SuperFoods Focus, but notice that they are everyday things. Not some exotic beyond pricey fix~it~alls). I learnt that Blueberries were Marketed after a bad year as super~antioxidants (we still ‘fall’ for it, but they really aren’t better than any other berry). A.J. admitted here about his delusion of Vitamin Water (hate that stuff!).
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Chapter 7: Genitals. Well, seeing as he wrote about Male parts & I’m a female (plus he adding in some oh so humours ‘old man jokes’), I just didn’t get into it so much. He wondered a bit how much Sex was Healthy, I think most men want more, most women are just fine the way things are.

Chapter 8: Nervous System. A.J. talks about how pain is unreliable. But I truly don’t agree. I think there is always a reason you have pain. Your back doesn’t hurt because you’re healthy, it probably hurts because you are over~weight, eat poorly or have horrible posture. I do acknowledge that missing limbs can ‘hurt’ in some individuals, but that doesn’t mean that pain should not be trusted or listened to. *Also, it’s here that A.J. says that the Placebo effect is real, yet on page 71 he says the evidence is weak linking optimism & cancer recovery. Hmmmm. I must agree on the Placebo effect being real, call me an optimist, but I do believe what we think about we can bring about.

Chapter 9: Intestines! Oh those beautiful intestines. I’ll admit that I laughed out loud when he wrote about people getting surgery to improve the sound of their farts! But besides it being ridiculous, the only great health points he made was about the way we should be going to the toilet. It’s unrealistic for most people to squat, but it really is the best way! As for people not needing to have a bowel movement for a few day? BAH, this is why people are so TOXIC! People come on! You need to have AT LEAST 1 bowel movement a day. If that is not happening you need to talk to a Health Conscious Practitioner or contact me. This is vital to Health! At least once a day, not a few times a week.

Chapter 10: Adrenal Glands. These babies are tiny but vital. The adrenals are what get us thru stress, & now~a~days there is so much stress, they are maxed out. Adrenal Fatigue is a very real, very serious issue that is all too often hidden & not spoken about. A.J. writes about how there is no scientific evidence linking stress & cancer. At this point in the book I considered using the pages for our Cat’s litter box. No connection? Really? ‘Then can’t be a connection with your Lipitor & the Cholesterol that you say has improved’ I Scream! (I’m also very glad that the Laughter Yoga people laughed just a little bit extra when you introduced yourself as a writer!) :) I will admit that the idea of Out~Sourcing your worry to someone else (stranger or not) is an A+ idea. Wonder if it will catch on. (but I’m still up in arms about the ‘lack of connection’)

Chapter 11: Brain. Important to health. Defiantly. Can’t live without the Brain. I loved the idea of doing daily actions differently one day a week. I’ve read about it before; drive to work a different way, do your run in a different route. Great way to stay sharp.

Chapter 12: Toxins. Oh a cause dear to my heart. This topic scares, disgusts & spurs me into action. It also surprises me on a daily basis how many people don’t know, or don’t care to know of the extend of these bad life sucking spores around us. They will destroy your DNA, corrupt your Endocrine system & wreak havoc on our offspring (& their offspring & their offspring~ if we all make it that long). Toxins = Bad. OK? Let’s move on.

Chapter 13: Teeth Health. A surprisingly less known daily habit that has an incredibly strong connection to Heart & Whole Body Health. The basic few things you need to know are; Floss everyday, Brush everyday for at least 2 minutes, don’t get Mercury fillings & stop chewing gum with Sugar or Sugar substitutes.

Chapter 14: Feet: Here A.J. wrote about BareFoot running. As a runner it intrigues me. I don’t think it’s a fad, but it is a real personal choice, as is the question of using insoles. I use insoles half the time. But I believe that if you don’t use your feet (& rely on insoles too much) then you won’t be able to go without them either. Use it or Lose it right! I really enjoyed how he told about the proper running technique (land lightly on the front of your foot (toes) & just let your heels ‘kiss’ the ground, smaller steps are better) *hmmm, my hubby wasn’t just running to make me laugh, he was really on to something! ;)

Chapter 15: Lungs. As an ex~smoker (tsk tsk, but I did quit!!). I know the importance of clean lungs & clean breathing. As a Female, I also know what it’s like to belly~breath (it makes your kick~ass abs look flabby) :( . What’s the balance? Dunno. You need to decide. I do however believe in the notion that everyone has only a certain number of breathes in their lives. If you want to live longer, take deeper, slower breathes. It’s been proven!

Chapter 16: Stomach. Again. Isn’t this the 3rd time? What has he missed, what else can we learn? But oh there is so much. A.J. here writes about Raw food, Atkins diet, Paleo diet, & others. Yes there are some crazy quack diets out there, but try to remember: Eat mostly Plants (some steamed, some raw). He talks about staying away from Sugar. It’s getting a lot of press right now, & for good reason. It is now been shown to have the same affect as Cocaine. Nice right? Still want your kids hoped up on that stuff? A.J. talks about chosing Sauvignon Blanc instead of Chardonnay because of the sugar content, I don’t go that far!

Chapter 17: Skin. As I’ve mentioned before & many people know, the skin is the largest organ & has the capabilities of removing many toxins from our body. I thought that was something that he was going to mention. Instead A.J. slathered a horrific amount of (toxic I’m sure) sunscreen & said that Vitamin D was ‘trendy’. If it’s not safe enough to Eat, it’s not safe enough to be put on your body either! I’m starting to re~think this book again…..

Chapter 18: The Heart (again). Running a tri~athalon is a huge feat. I’m currently training for my 1/2 Marathon & know it can be hard. A.J. took it upon himself to do a tri, I think the Pressure, Goals, Motivation & sense of Accomplishment can be an amazing feeling for most. He is right, training for something like this should be interspersed with Regular exercise. Too much of one is not better than nothing at all.

Chapter 19: Eyes. A.J. wrote about sleep here not about eyes. Wierd. But sleep is good I’m glad because it’s something that most people are seriously deprived of! Some points he makes ( & that I agree with!) the more sleep you get before 10pm the better, we all need different amounts of sleep (no 8 hours a night for everyone, some of us actually need 7 or 9). There’s a strong correlation between lack of quality sleep & stress, dis~ease, & so much more. Sleep people! Sleep! A.J. touches on a trend that I’ve heard of which is Spouses sleeping separately. I’m not sure I could ever, ever do that, but I guess if that’s your think, have~at~it!

Chapter 20: Bladder. When you think about it, the things you drink should be as healthy (if not more) then what you eat. Liquids are absorbed into our system much faster than food that needs to be broken down & digested. A.J. tried a smoothie/juice cleanse. At least he tried tho, he mentioned that there was no science behind it all, but I really wonder what side of the fence he is getting this info from! A.J. says he didn’t have an Epiphany, but it’s not that common with a first cleanse (especially the simple one he did), & being grumpy during a cleanse although is not fun, it is part of the process of eliminating the toxins! I also 100% disagree with drinking cold water. A.J. says it burns more calories, but as far as digestion goes, it can stop it COLD! Drink your water at room temperature please!

Chapter 21: Gonads. Again, not a guy, so I didn’t really get into the chapter. But if my husband took drugs for a reason that wasn’t life or death & not only didn’t tell me, but went behind my back ….. well, I’d think that there was a serious issue in our relationship.

Chapter 22: Nose. I understand congestion & using a Neti~pot, but I never thought of our sense of smell as being that important to health. After reading this chapter & all the exercises he did to increase his sence of smell, I now wish I had a nose like a bloodhound. I mean, how cool would it be to be able to smell so many things! A.J. mentioned that AromaTherapy is not scientific enough, that may be true (I whole~heartedly doubt it), but it does have a million times less side effects the any medication! I did find it interesting how very personal different scents can be. To some Vanilla reminds them of Grammas house & to others maybe an old friend.

Chapter 23: Hands. This chapter wasn’t too eventful. Basically, use it or lose it applies here. Exercise your hands & fingers. OK. Done.

Chapter 24. Back. Are we done the book yet? Posture is pretty critical for a healthy back. Especially for all of us who sit too much. The way we walk, sit & stand effects that. I recommend going to a Chiropractor to see what they can do for you. Sit up straight (bum as close to the back of the chair as possible), & walk leaning forward slightly.

Chapter 25: Eyes. Interesting enough A.J. spoke with the guy who invented Lasik eye surgery, & what do you know, the guy hasn’t gotten the surgery done! He says he’s too wary of the risks involved. He also talks about being able to see better if you just think you can. Hmmm, I don’t think A.J. is very consistent about his views. Placebo’s do work, No Scientific evidence that Aromatherapy works, If you believe you can see you will see, no connection between stress & cancer, yikes!

Chapter 26: Skull. Nearly done now. Keep going. Don’t lose me now A.J….. He’s wearing a Helmet. Not just while riding a bike, but all the time. Well, I guess you have to control what you can & not worry too much about the things you can’t!

Chapter 27: I think I was just over~joyed to be near the end of the book. I don’t recall what this chapter was about, but I do remember A.J. saying to be Moderate in all things, including Moderation! THat being said, there is room for Immoderation (celebrating with a meal or training for a triathlon)

SO…. Points that I loved at the end of the Book. Here are my favorite ones to Remember!

Walk as much as Possible

Watch your Portion sizes & eat mindfully. Also Chew.

Outsource as much worry as you can to others.

Get a pet (my husband can attest to that)

Don’t eat white anything (bread, pasta, etc)

Have some quiet in your life.

Avoid Toxins. (organic foods, stay clear of fish & meats & plastics)

Overall I must say that the book was pretty good. I don’t care for old man jokes, but A.J. did have some great pointers for getting Healthier. It took him a long time to get all this info & try all these different approaches to health (2 years if I recall). I think it’s great & hope more people can get out of their comfort zones & pursue some kind of new Health Approach. If you have a chance to grab this book go for it! Happy Reading!

My reads for this week!

Happy Friday everyone!!! How has your week been?

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Now, onto this week’s must read articles :)

There are a few amazing reads for you this week, so grab your mug of tea, coffee or glass of wine (depending on your time zone), & enjoy what I’ve prepared for you :)

1st things 1st. You are following Danielle LaPonte’s 30 Day Challenge Videos right? RIGHT? Here’s a recap of what she’s been doing thus far, check it out & try to keep up!!

From Conscious Diva’s, a great post on being perfect :) & being organized (what’s that?)

I’ve always wanted to know how to cook without following a recipe…. here‘s a good way to start!

Love Lemons & here’s another post on how amazing they can be everyday!

Also have a survey here that I would love for you to take a minute to fill out. 10 quick questions & you could help so much!!! xox

Here’s a great post from Kris Carr’s site about losing our judgments & gaining more bliss! as well as Manifesting!

Gentle Living’s wonderful article about Highly Sensitive People is really really great. Take a read to understand it more.

Here’s a great post. As a mom, I usually feel unappreciated by my kids, but do I under~appreciate myself? Read here.

Surprise new Post Foodie PenPals!

Happy Friday everyone, how was your week? Mine was (& still is amazing)! Our Trip is over & my sister is gone back home :(, but the Gorgeous sun is Shining here on the Island & I have the Yummiest surprise post for you all!

Friday’s I’ve been trying to keep it pretty casual for posting~ mostly Reviews & such. But things are going to change for my End of the Month posts. I’ve joined an amazing & really fun group called the Foodie PenPals! Have you heard of them before? It’s a group (quite a large as I’ve come to learn), that connects with each other via Healthy Foods! We are paired off by Lindsay from The Lean Bean, & then have the fun task of sending our Foodie PenPal some of our Favorite, Local, Healthy Snack or Treats! Doesn’t that sound so fun & Yummy!!! If you are interested in this, email Lindsay at The Lean Bean for more info! There is a Canadian Group, American Group & one in the UK!

So, let’s get to the Yummy Food Treats right! My Sender of Yummy Treats this month was Jaime from Embracing Balance. She was just so kind to send me a kick~a** box of yummy goodies!!!! Let’s start with the 2 varieties of Pop~Chips (plain & salt n vinegar)…. Is it weird that I’ve NEVER tried Pop~Chips before? (I just heard a few of you gasp out loud)… Well, I have never tried these chips, but I will totally buy them again. AMAZING! How cool that Jaime sent me Salt n Vinegar, those are my ‘go to’ flavor, I Love them!!! Our families FAV drink is Kombucha, & Jaime sent me a can of Kombucha Wonder Drink in Traditional.

Loved it ~ Loved it ~ Loved it! The Denman Island Chocolate Bunnie & Camino Coconut Chocolate lasted about 17 seconds, that stuff is To~Die for. I have to consciously squeeze my eyes shut while passing it in the grocer. The Package of Hemp Nuts were super cool as were the little packets of Wheat Grass &  Greens that I threw into my smoothies! I have to admit that I did not get a chance to taste the Mary’s Organic love Cookies in Noatmeal, my boys saw them & splurged on our long car drive.

They promise they were delish tho!

The Jelly Bears were yummy, but I’m not as much of a fan of them as an adult, I really need to be ‘in the mood’ but when that happens look out cause I’ll eat every single Orange one~ haha :)


For my part of the deal, I send my Foodie PenPal parcel to a sweet heart named Carly. She’s not a blogger, but she is a blog~reader so that qualifies her! (cool right!) Carly is from Ontario so I thought I would send her some very local BC stuff. I sent her Kale Chips from the Cowichan Lake area, a Healthy Raw Seed Bar made right here on Salt Spring Island, some Denman Island Chocolate (seriously, this stuff is beyond amazing), & something else I’m sure…. This is what she has to say to me:

Tamara!

I got the package!! AH THANK YOU SO MUCH! I was so excited opening it! I basically just tore open the box!! haha
The first thing I ripped into were the Kale Chips… you’re right– to DIE FOR. I love the coconut in them! They are so different! I loved how you packaged all local things from BC. I would love to travel to BC…it is one of the top places I want to go to. You are so lucky!
I started reading your blog……………. (personal stuff ;) )
Thanks again for that package… it was sooo thoughtful of you!!!! :)

So….. are you intrigued? Will you contact Lyndsay about joining the Foodie PenPals? I hope you all like the Friday Reviews I’ve put up so far? Which do you like the best; Fun posts, Informative posts, Nutritional posts, Health posts, the ones with Recipes?

Have a great weekend!!!

New Reads for the Week!

Hey all! Excited for another Weekend of Fun? Before you head off & make amazing plans, grab a coffee, tea (or glass of wine~ depending on the time zone), & take a read on some of the things I found interesting this week!

Conscious Diva’s had another article that I liked. It talked about how you see the glass; being half full or half empty. With practice, I now see the glass half full, but it wasn’t always that way for me either. If you have trouble seeing the good in situations take a peek at this article. I especially like #1 :)

Kris Carr’s Crazy~Sexy~Life has done it again. An article that you should not skip:

Do you notice your thoughts? Do you really notice them. After reading this article you may be surprised at how many times you do, say, or think things without even knowing! Afterwards, check out this post from the Feel~Good~Tribe about some nasty lies you may be telling yourself!

Do you have young boys that you are raising? I have two… & as a Girl who grew up with a HUGE majority of Women in my life, there is a constant struggle with how to raise them properly. It took a few years for my husband to convince me that farting & burping really were ‘normal’ for boys! I really appreciated reading this article about raising confident sons & think if you have boys in your life, then it’s worth the read for sure!

Have you ever gone to Danielle’s site? I’ve signed up for her ‘daily truth bombs‘ & they are awesome! The one that got me this week was Everything~ Absolutly Everything ~ Is Progress! Sweet right!!

Kris Carr (again) has a great article on Living & Raw foods. What’s the difference you ask, well check out the post! As a family that tries to eat as healthy as possible, the habit of eating more Living foods as a pose to Raw foods is still in the making. One step at a time right! :)

I loved this post, 7 Mental Mistakes, little ways that are keeping you from living better. I’m printing these off & keeping them in my pocket! Lately I’ve been VERY vigilant on NOT living or worrying about the Past & Future, I have to say that it’s really quite liberating! Give it a try!

Remember Vienda? My new Guru/Mentor? Well, Week 4 & Week 5 of live your life on purpose is up….. Are you following along? How do you Love it so far?

With all this Training I’m doing for the 1/2 Marathon in Vancouver on June 24th, I thought this post about Fueling was great. I always thought it was only important to fuel when racing, not while training, boy was I wrong! I love Vega a lot. Being Vegan & Gluten Free, I feel 100000% safe using their products.

Love Yoga & Food~ why not check out the Yoga of Eating Part 1 Part 2 & Part 3. What do you think? ;)

I have a Tremendous urge to make my Own very Personal Sprouts in my Kitchen. I also have a Strong Fear that they will go ‘bad’ & make us all sick…. Here’s hoping that all goes well ~ :) Kris Carr just put out a post on some easy steps to making your own here, & how’s this for timing…. a great post on using your sprouts!  Do you do your own sprouts?

Here is an article by Wake Up World about being the Catalyst. Are you a Catalyst? I love their site!!!

Do you compost? I think that EVERYONE should be composting. It’s easier then you may think. You don’t need a lot of space (inside or outside). In an apartment, mansion, trailer, the city or country, EVERYONE should compost. Read here.

 

What did you think of this weekends ‘must read’ posts? Are you keeping up with my Guru? What are your plans for the weekend? My sister is in town & we’re heading off on a Whale Watching tour in Tofino. It’s also my baby boy’s 7th Birthday. WoW, where did that time go??

 

 

Things you need to read!

Hi everyone! Are you so excited for the weekend? I love that it’s Friday!!! My boys have been on Spring Break for the last week & I’m pumped to be able to hang out with them for a few days.

Instead of a Review this Friday, I thought I would share some of the Amazing Posts that I read in the last few weeks. These are totally worth it. So grab yourself a cup or Tea or Coffee (or Wine, depending on what time zone you’re in) & enjoy!

This post (zero waste home tips) made me think really hard about how we Use & ReUse things in our house as well as the amount we Waste (both Food & Money). We take pride in ReUsing our bottles for Bulk Items & Composting regularly, but I now feel that there are so many more options out there for us to do. It opened my eyes to how wasteful some things are, & gave me great ideas on how to change it. I’m looking forward to saving money & the planet a little bit more now! I especially love the way they have added a 4th R (Refuse!) & remind us that it is Firstly Reduce, Then ReUse, and Lastly Recycle!

Conscious Diva’s had a nice article that also made me think. The article about The Grass is Always Greener really made me appreciate my life & helped me remember that it really is in the way you look at it, & sometimes you just need to take a step back to see where you really are.

Everyone has Money Issues right? I don’t care who you are, there is something about money that makes people a bit crazy. This article has 5 cute tips on how to be more spiritual with the moolah issues. It’s not a long post, but it is cute!

Oh She Glows is a Blog I go to regularly for Amazing Recipes. Angela is coming out with a cookbook soon & I am dying to buy it!!! (or get it as a present, whatever…;) ) Here is a recipe for Freezer Fudge that made me drool, what do you think of it?

Mung Beans are what Bean Sprouts are made of. Did you know that? Here’s a recipe for Mung Beans & Root Veggies that is Perfect for the days that are still a little too chilly for Salads :)

Lauren over at the Holy Kale had a great article about keeping your Produce fresh longer (something I think everyone should know tips for). My only add~on would be to keep your Onions with your Apples as they keep each other from going bad (cool hey~ did you know that tip?)

Jess over at Wellness Warrior has a great 4 part video interview series with James Colqhoun from Food Matters (as well as the new film coming out March 21st Hungry for Change). Take a look at all 4 parts here #1 #2 #3 #4. There is so much info here that I just can’t get into it all. James talks about what his rules are for living a better life, how is he thankful, foods role, & so much more….. Chris & I just watched Food Matters,  (it’s free on YouTube) & it’s a great eye~opener. It made me much more confident to be in the field that I’m striving in (Nutrition, Fitness, Stress Management & Detoxing) & totally made me feel like eating Plants (not Animals) & taking our Supplements was A~OK!

Vienda is my new fav Guru. Here you will find Week One of her ‘uncover your authentic self’ & here you will find Week Two & Week Three (I’m still on week 2), hey~ let’s do this together!!!

Now, if you have the time & like reading things that are a bit more ‘deep’ or out there, Wake Up World always has some great posts that really make you think. Here are just a few of my favorites in the last few weeks….

Feels like something Big is going to happen

Why is Natural the Alternative

160 Uses for Coconut Oil

And Of Course, I need to Plug my Weekly Challenge (again)! There is only 2 days left until the First Challenge comes out, & Only 1 day left until my Challenge is done; which is to have 50 people sign up! Have you signed up yet? Remember that you will only be sent these Weekly Challenge Videos if you sign up!!! Go here & fill it all out (send it to a few friends while you’re at it). There is nothing to lose & only Great Health to gain! I’m so excited!

Here’s to you’re Wonderful Weekend & to you being You.Naturally!

A few to Review

On a visit to Parksville & Qualicum Beach in December while looking for our New Forever Home ‘Town’, we stumbled into a busy Christmas Craft sale. Thinking it was the perfect way to meet some locals & get some Xmas Shopping done we went right in.

Right away we found ‘Free Spirit Botanicals‘ (based right here in Victoria BC) & man was her stuff AMAZING!!!! I am always looking at soaps #1, because I love nice smelling bathroom stuff, & #2 because my youngest has a difficult time finding soap that doesn’t dry & irritate his skin. My first question is always “do you have anything for dry & sensitive skin”? Usually they show me something with too many ingredients, some have even shown me soaps with *gasp* phthalates & parabens! But for my little man I prefer simple natural soaps. The one we choose this time was the Goat’s Milk & Honey. It’s made with 3 basic ingredients ~ 100% salphonated Olive Oil, & it’s a gentle cleanser with the Honey as the moisturizer. There is wheat germ added as an exfoliation & has Vitamin E added. I was worried about the Wheat Germ (because we are gluten intolerant, but so far he’s been fine)!

I personally went for the soap pictured above. The LemonGrass Loofah. I thought it was pretty ingenious to add the Loofah right in the soap, I’ve never seen that before! I have a weird love affair with LemonGrass, & the smell of this one doesn’t disappoint! My hubby also picked up a soap that had Olive, almond, Calendula & palm oils. Ground almond, cinnamon, cloves & turmeric. He smells so manly when he gets outta the shower! The Cinnamon & Cloves especially is nice!

Here’s another Gem that I absolutely love! It’s made by a company called YoungBlood from the USA.

This is a very different, very cool kind of face/body mist that uses: Grapefruit, Lime, Rosemary, Hematite, Malakitte, Rhodolite & Zincite to rejuvenate & protect your skin. I use it throughout the day when I feel like my skin needs a little boost of energy. You know the feeling, when your face & skin feel tired~ that’s when this baby works it’s majick & you feel Refreshed, Restored! They have 3 different mist’s to choose from. I’ve only used the Restore one, but I have to say that it is SO SO nice. I picked it up a while ago when my hubby went off to Brewing School in Europe. Being at home with the kids without him for 3 months was really very hard, but using this spray (when I remembered) was a very nice way to treat myself & get away from the craziness, even if it was short lived!

I have one other product to show you here, but I’m not sure if I love it or if I hate it……. I’ve been using it for 2 weeks now, & funny enough, I’m still not sure. One day I like it, one day I hate it, & one day I love it….. so strange. This one is made my Green Beaver.

It’s one of their many different toothpastes. Toothpastes, just like Rice Milk, Peanut Butter, Dried Currants, & Candles, we just can’t seem to keep enough of in our house. I’m not quite sure why, but I’m always going out to get more. My kids usually ask for a new flavour, & it’s getting hard to accommodate them. Around here we stick to Fluoride Free, & although that’s getting easier to find, some of the ingredients are still kind of iffy! This one caught my eye because of bright green colour at first, then I noticed that it had Cilantro. Well ~ Cilantro is a love or hate herb. I personally love it, so I thought I would give this paste a try. As it says on the tube, they use real flavours, & it’s true. Everytime I use it, it tastes 100% of Cilantro & Mint & 0% of ToothPaste. Maybe that’s the problem….. I do like the taste, but it doesn’t taste like I’m brushing my teeth……

Do you like Cilantro? If so, how do you use it?