3 Must Have Beauty Products For Under $20

I know more than anyone that it’s so incredibly easy to go a little overboard when it comes to skin care. There’s so many different products to try, new trends every month and as women…we want it all. We see the beautiful models on the ads with glowing, supple, radiant skin and we want that too so we jump on the first trend that gives us the promise of that same glow.Our bank accounts feel the pain and more often than not the stuff we spend our hard earned money on doesn’t deliver the outcome we expected. So I’m going to show you guys 3 things I picked up while on a budget that I LOVE and that actually work.

1: Life Brand Witch Hazel $5 (Shoppers Drug Mart). I use this as a toner when my more expensive toners run out and I’m not able to spend a ton. This helped clear up my breakouts. It can be found at pretty much any drug store and has a few uses. Bug bites, swelling, bruises, can also be used as a cleanser. I was using this every day and night and it worked wonderfully. If you notice a bit of dryness cut back to once a day or every other day. You can also play scientist and mix this with rose water.

Compared to Belif Witch Hazel Toner $34

2: Jardine Naturals Antibiotic Silver Gel $20 (Nature’s Fare) This all natural, cortisone free, multi purpose skin healer is Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-inflamatory.It helps heal multiple skin conditions: abscesses, acne, athlete’s foot, boils, burns, ccontact dermatitis, cuts, ecthyma eczema, erysipelas, insect and mosquito bites, itch, jock itch, nail fungus, psoriasis, rash, rosacea, scabies, surgical incisions and sunburn.I use this to replace many things including anti biotic resistant creams which are often pricey themselves, Neosporin for cuts which in my personal opinion drys my skin so bad, and mostly to replace acne spot treatments! If you put all the uses together combined in one little product, compared to all the different products you’d need for those conditions this stuff is worth the $20! Also FYI a little goes a long way.

Compared to Murad acne spot treatment $54

3: Facial Cleansing Brush $3 (Amazon) Who doesn’t have one of these??!! You are snoozing if you don’t! I use my facial brush every day and this one is tiny so it’s great for bringing in my travel tote. Not sure if you read it right so I’ll write it again.. I found this for $3!!! SUCH a steal! I caught myself standing in Sephora feeling sorry for myself and wishing I had the Clarisonic but alas I could not afford it then came this lil sweetie. Probably not as good as the name brand but until I don’t have to stress over spending my hard earned money on a high tech futuristic space brush for my face, this will do the trick!

Well that’s all folks, I hope this helps you save your wallet and your skin.Happy Shopping Loves!

Xo Jenna

Moon Milk: The Latest IG and Pinterest Trend Hitting Your Feed.

I’m sure you guys have heard and seen alllllll about this new moon milk trend popping up on your feed. Those creamy whites, golden glows, and fluffy pretty pinks. What are they exactly? Um hello they are the best thing like ever! I usually make my little concoction before bedtime to help me sleep, hence why they named it moon milk; BUT I’m also an avid day time consumer as well.

What’s in it?

Moon Milk consists of your choice nut milk beverage, warmed-up and then infused with herbs and spices. It can be garnished with edible flowers, spices, herbs, or a pip of honey.

Moon Milk supposedly came from Ayurvedic medicine, a centuries-old holistic healing system, and features several Ayurvedic ingredients, such as turmeric and ashwagandha, a plant said to have anti-inflammatory properties.

So does it actually help with sleep?

The ashwagandha in some moon milk, helps with promoting a calm peaceful state of well-being, as well as the tumeric may lower inflammation, which can create a sense of calm before bedtime. Depending on what spices and herbs you’re putting in it and their benefits, moon milk may or may not help you achieve a more zenful, peaceful slumber. I’d say it’s more likely the ritual of a warm beverage that helps aid relaxation but either way these colorful, frothy potions are delicious and totally worth trying.

I’m all about my routines and rituals so if you’re like me and like to wind down and have a special step by step process, try including one to your bedtime routine. add your favorite adaptogen and start counting those sheep!

How to make:

So I have two routes for you because as per usual I’m all about harmony. Although both are easy and quick I’m going to give you the fast and faster ways to make these babies. The Golden Tumeric Latte is the recipe for today. Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy Free.

Option one (from scratch):

Ingredients- 1Cup Coconut Milk (or nut milk of choice)
-1 tablespoon Honey or Maple Syrup for vegan
-1 teaspoon Ground Turmeric
– 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
-1/4 teaspoon Ginger

Instructions-

Combine all ingredients in a small pot over medium heat.

Heat for 10-15 minutes while whisking occasionally. Do not bring mixture to a boil.

Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Or, cool for 5 minutes then transfer to a blender, add ice and blend until frothy, iced latte.

Option two (instant packet):

Ingredients- 1 Cup of Coconut Milk (or water for even quicker latte)

1 package of Foursigmatic Golden Tumeric Latte

Instructions- Same as above, stir milk until warm OR boil water.

Pour into cup.

Add packet to cup, stir, enjoy! Super quick, super simple and mega yummy!

*For extra creamy heaven I turned coconut milk into whipped cream and added a scoop of that into the instant packet/water. Hence why this one wasn’t as golden.

Now let’s talk about Foursigmatic. I discovered this brand back in January while I was looking for a coffee alternative. After stumbling upon this brand I fell absolutely in love with their hot cocoa mix (more in depth blog to come on all their different kinds soon).

After trying a few and looking more into their background and brand I was hooked. I literally do not let my kitchen go unstocked with this stuff!

This mushroom based company hails all the way from Finland and they do not disappoint. Even if you hate mushrooms you’ll love Foursigmatic. Their teas, coffees, elixirs, and even edible beauty products do not taste like our weird little contorted alien shroomy friends. They do however give you all the benefits!

Mushrooms and adaptogens are some of the world’s most nutritious foods. But they get shiit(ake) on constantly for fickle taste opinions.
Even if they’re not your cup of tea, you’ll be amazed by how easy and delicious adding ‘shrooms to your favorite daily drinks can be. Whether you’re a black coffee, latte, hot cacao, or tea person, we have a drink made for you.

The Golden Latte contains, Organic shiitake mushroom (500mg) organic turmeric, organic tulsi, organic ginger, organic black pepper, organic stevia, organic coconut palm sugar, and organic coconut milk powder.

It is also vegan, paleo, gluten free, and caffeine free.

For more info on Foursigmatic go to http://www.foursigmatic.com and be sure to follow them on Instagram @foursigmatic for all the shroomy goodness!

Happy Moon Milkin’!!

My top 8 new favorite finds – Vegan & gluten free!

Guys this gluten free, almost vegan thing ain’t no joke! For someone who loves the convenience of a one stop shop, this definitely hasn’t been easy. So here I am today now shopping at a few different places because god forbid every brand be in one spot. (Note these are things I’ve found here in Canada)

I wanted to make a list of some of the great finds I’ve scored lately and where to get them so I can save you the headache! I wish future me thought of this so it was already written and present me didn’t have to fuck around and do it herself..myself? Whatever. You get the point. Ok so here goes it!

Meat aka Veat:
Upton’s Naturals Jackfruit- The few I’ve found come in BBQ, Thai Curry, and Original. I haven’t tried the Original yet as I like a lil extra flavor already on my JF. Ok so I’m now a HUGE fan of jackfruit. I tried it for my first time at Surf City Blitz Festival in Huntington Beach and since then I can’t not have this in my fridge.
https://uptonsnaturals.com
Vegan, Gluten Free and non GMO
Found at Nature’s Fare and Choices Market

Gardein Ground Beef- I use to like the Yves brand best for ground beef (still like, it’s just now in second place). This brand however, I prefer better! They also have a massive product selection. Fake chicken, fishless filets, crabless crab cakes, even sweet and sour porkless bites! I’ll definitely be trying many of these soon.
https://www.gardein.com
Vegan, Gluten Free, Non GMO
Found at Nature’s Fare, Choices Market and Superstore

CHEEZ:
Daiya Dairy Free Shredded Cheese- I’ve tried both kinds, mozzarella and cheddar, mostly for vegan sauces to add some thickness but have since then tried it in a few dishes and I must say for someone who’s an insane real cheese freak, I actually am quite surprised by this stuff. Melts just like real cheese and has the same texture and flavor when mixed into your dish. Their website even has a ton of recipes to try with their various items and I’m LIVING for them!
http://www.daiyafoods.com
Vegan, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Peanut Free
Found at Nature’s Fare, Superstore, Save-On and Choices Market

Spread Em Kitchen Co- Alright everyone, stop what you’re doing and go get this stuff like NOW. To date, my all time favorite Cheez substitute, like ever! I’ve only tried the Jalepeno Lemon and Chive & Garlic, and both are straight fire. The creamy texture is perfect for dipping, spreading (hence the name which is already hilarious and clever) and sauces. I’ve made ranch dip out of them and they are just so bomb. Another Canadian company that is a new staple in my fridge. MUST TRY! Their site has some tasty recipes as well.

Home


Vegan, Non GMO, Soy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo
Found at Nature’s Fare

Snacky Snacks:
Hippie Snacks Califlower Crisps- OMFG I randomly stumbled upon these delicious little fuckers while on a road trip to the middle of nowhere and they blew my mind. A) how did I not know these existed and B) where can I get a lifetime supply?! Simple as they sound, just Califlower crisps with some sea salt. Perfect lil road bites.

Cauliflower Crisps


Non GMO, Gluten Free, Plant Based
Found these at Nesters Market, can also order them online thru Amazon

Noble Jerky Teriyaki- When I use to eat meat beef jerky was a stable after I had too many hits from the bong (half kidding). Since I haven’t eaten it in years or bong hoots for that matter I kind of forgot how good it was. This was another random find at Winners in their check out lane and I’m hooked!! Tastes exactly like what I think I remember beef jerky tasted like.
Vegan, Non GMO, Soy based

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Found at Winners and Nature’s Fare, also sold online

True North Gluten Free Baked Is Best Crackers- Alright these are a Game Changer! I’ve found it so hard to find gluten free snacks with little, if none, sugar added that still tasted great and these exceeded my expectations. Not only that but they’re made right here in BC!! WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER! I’m such a needy B when it comes to crunchy snacks, like I have a serious issue when I crave salt. I’m more of a savory than sweet girl you know? So not being able to eat chicks has been super lame. But now that I have these I eat them like everyday. So good for dipping in hummus or cashew cheez spread (specifically the one I mentioned above).
Gluten Free, Non GMO, Vegan, Corn Free
Found at Nature’s Fare

Extras:
Red Mill Nutritional Yeast- So far I’ve only used this stuff in sauces but I’m going to stop being a chicken and add it just raw and sprinkled onto some veggies and popcorn like it suggests. It really adds a nice savoury almost smokey cheesy flavor to sauces! Again this brand has recipes on their site as well.
http://www.bobsredmill.com
Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo
Found at Superstore, Nature’s Fare, Save-On, Choices Market, IGA, and Urban Fare

Baked jackfruit and rice w/ vegan buffalo sauce

Alright this Daiya cheese faze I’m in is seriously unreal. WHO WOULDA THUNK?! I love my damn cheese but I think I can get use to this fake Cheez vegan thing guys 😏

Made this the other night and was not disappointed.

So I used the Upton’s Naturals Jackfruit- Thai Curry Sauce. You can google how to prepare jackfruit from scratch or use pre packaged which I like because, helloooo convenience!

Heat up a tbsp of coconut oil, cook jackfruit in pan with chickpeas for 5-8 mins.

I used brown rice and only cooked for half the time. Drain, Add to baking dish with jackfruit and chickpeas.

1 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup Frank’s (or preferred buffalo sauce)
2 tbsp coconut oil or vegan butter
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
2 tbsp maple syrup (can use raw honey)
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp paprika
1/2 cup daiya shredded cheese

Put all other ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Taste test if it’s spicy enough for you and add more buffalo sauce if needed. Pour over rice, chickpeas and jackfruit, mix together.

Bake uncovered on 350f for 20 mins. EASY PEASY! Hope you enjoy this dish as much as I did.

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Gluten free vegan alfredo sauce.

So I never once in my life considered being vegan and that’s mainly because I FUCKING LOVE CHEESE! And to be fair I’m pescatarian so I’m kinda close right? Well that changed just a few weeks ago. I wanted to get to the root of all my stomach and health issues (seperate blog touching more on that soon). So I started seeing a naturopath that put me on a new lifestyle change, I say that because I don’t prefer the term “diet”.

With this new change comes the no no’s…no dairy, no wheat, no nightshade veggies, no coffee, no alcohol (tragic I know), no white anything (rice, potatoes, sugar etc). I never realized how much I actually cooked with and incorporated both wheat and some dairy into my meals.

So with that, it was time to get creative. I got the pass from both the husband and child so that’s all I needed to hear! But not to toot my own friggen horn, it was pretty gosh damn good. So here it goes!

1 cup of coconut milk (use canned for thicker/full fat)
1 cup vegetable broth
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp basil
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp 3 onion mix- epicure brand
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tbsp almond flour (can use any flour you choose, no reg white though)
1/2 cup daiya shredded cheese (can use any vegan Parm cheese to thicken up sauce if you don’t like using corn starch)
Himalayan pink salt and pepper to taste

Brown rice fettuccine noodles

I used mushrooms, broccoli and green beans mixed with some meatless ground beef (I love the gardein brand!).

1. Since this sauce doesn’t take too long I started the noodles and veg right away. I don’t think I need to explain how to boil noodles. If you arent sure how to boil noodles but are trying out cooking vegan sauce I vote you go back and learn noodles first LOL. Use 1tbsp coconut oil in pan, or grape seed oil if you don’t like the taste of coconut. Cook veggies, add veef….jk I don’t think I like that word. Just made it up but it sounds too much like queef so just exnay that.

2. Add 1tbsp coconut oil to sauce pan, add garlic and all spices and herbs. Fresh herbs are always better for more flavor but if you’re a triple B…broke babe on a budget then dried works just fine. Let cook for 1 min, stirring.

3. Add the liquids, nutritional yeast and flour. Let cook 8 mins.

4. Add daiya shredded cheese to thicken (or vegan Parm, or corn starch if you don’t give a shit about it being made from alien modified corn).

5. Watch that bitch cook and thicken for like an extra 5-7 mins. Add salt and pepper to taste. Can also add more spices if you taste it and it’s bland. I usually just dump a bunch in but I gave you average measurements.

Watch the video to see my cooking process. Then maybe decide if this recipe is for you 😂.

Happy Cookin’ Ya’ll!!!

Gratitude is an attitude!

I cannot put into words how much gratitude I’ve been feeling lately. I’m literally in tears as I write this because just a week ago I was so low I didn’t want to live. I’ve accepted myself and my vulnerability and I’m listening. I’m listening to my heart, my mind, my body, my well being. When I was down it felt like I’d never be up again. I had to get outside of myself. I forced myself to change, I started working out, practicing feeling grateful. I started taking care of my health, eating clean but mostly I got the fuck off social media.

I use to think things like money, social media, being liked by everyone mattered, of course you need money and social interaction to live but it truly does not matter. It doesn’t make you genuinely happy. Social acceptance doesn’t make you happy. I use to think I needed all of that to be who I am but it’s the exact opposite. Today I have less followers, less money, less “friends” and I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. Quality over quantity is a saying that is so fucking real, props to whoever figured that one out.

I had to change my self confidence and self trust. A shift in the ego. Ive been telling myself to keep my promises to myself to do better. I’m so fucking grateful. I’m content. I’m happy to be alive.

If you are ever feeling depressed, please reach out. Get into a routine, a ritual. Work out, eat clean, give yourself time to be still and meditate. Associate with happy spiritual people. Get rid of toxic people and things. Have a will to win. And you will.

Get grateful. Get driven. Get better.