Paleo Toiletries!

Over the past year I have become interested in paleo body products.  I am fairly educated about additives in body products as I have a gluten allergy, which is even in toothpaste and body oils!  I have a list of products to share with you, but I don’t want to overwhelm you.  I have three features for this evening’s blog post:Primal Pit Paste

  1. Primal Pit Paste

This deodorant is seriously amazing!! I have tried every level of zinc oxide possible in antiperspirants, even prescription strength, and none of them stop me from sweating or block the odor like this product.  There are two versions:  a glass jar that has the paste in a “creamier” form – application to the skin requires your finger or the provided wooden spatula; or, a traditional swivel stick style – this form is more solidified, and I don’t find it to be as effective.  The deodorant itself is composed of coconut oil, shea butter, arrowroot powder, baking soda, essential oils, and vitamin E.  Sounds pretty natural to me!  I enjoy using the lavender scent, I feel it gives me a calming aura in the morning.  The price is roughly $8.95 for the jar and $10.95 for the stick.  The jar lasts a few months, I am working my way through my first stick now.

2. Taylor’s Tooth Powder

I have sampled the mint version, and have yet to try the cinnamon flavor.  I am pleasantly surprised at how well this product works.  It is a combination of activated charcoal, xylitol, sacred clay, and essential oils. I use toothpaste before I go to bed and I use a baking soda based toothpaste in the morning.  I fell in love with this product the moment I applied it to my teeth – it honestly cleans so well.  It is unbelievable how much “crap” came off my teeth.  Literally chunks of plaque came off my teeth.  I do have to say the powder can get a little messy, just make sure you wipe your counter after you open and close the jar and after you’re done brushing your teeth.

3. Nipple Nurture Balm

This has been my breastfeeding & pumping savior!!  I have not had raw, cracked or dry nipples during the 2+ months I have been breastfeeding, thus far.  During my last go round I had a lot of soreness and it effected my ability to comfortably breastfeed, leading me to turn to pumping only and eventually stop everything at 5-6 months.  I am definitely happier this time around knowing that I don’t have to worry about being in constant pain when I am feeding my baby or pumping.  This product is lite, not oily & greasey, works fast, doesn’t burn or sting, quick application, and is just amazing in every other way!  I apply a pea size, or smaller, amount on each nipple after each feeding or pumping session.  I have found this product lasted me just shy of 2 months, which I think is pretty awesome!  The cost is between $11.95 so it is not a killer product to buy!


Happy experimenting!

I hope you enjoy these products as much as I have!


peace. love. paleo.


I have a new youtube channel to share with you all!!  I usually workout at home the two days my son is at daycare (while I am on maternity leave – this routine will change when I go back to work on those days).  I have been trying to find short intense workouts to ensure I can get my workout in without having to stop for a screaming newborn!  I was always skeptical of short intense workouts.  I always thought they didn’t get the job done and you needed to workout for a long time to lose weight; however, this go round I am proving myself wrong!  I have been able to lose weight at the same rate if not faster than I did after baby #1 – and I am working out fewer days a week.  I have to admit my husband has been right – a short intense workout is just as effective!  I now present to you a great workout duo that will give you the opportunity to get a good sweat in 20 minutes (go for the more challenging option)!!

HASfit 20 minute workout to burn 350 calories!


peace. love. paleo.

Welcome back, Welcome back!

Baby #2 arrived in August!  I am back and ready to keep up with my blog again!  I have a delicious treat for you to enjoy on these cooler fall days!!  Everyone is starting to pick up pumpkin products now, so it only seemed right to try making Food Babe’s Roasted Pumpkin Spice Nuts :

Even my son had a great time helping:

pumpkin-spice-almonds-2  … he’s getting into the paleo kick now too!

I have been spending more time making him more on-the-go foods that are not store bought.  He just turned two and meal time is getting increasingly more challenging. He has only wanted to eat and move around, at the same time.  I have become creative with my food delivery methods; which I will share with you as I post about foods we have made and liked!  The above my son did not eat – he ate all the seasoning off and spit the almonds out – simply because he cannot chew them enough.  My husband & I have been munching on this treat all afternoon – they’re delicious: sweet with a little kick from the cayenne pepper.  Please make them so you can enjoy them while taking a nice walk on a fall day!


peace. love. paleo.

Happy New Blog Posts!

I would like to begin with a cheer – “HAPPY NEW YEAR BLOGGING WORLD!” Unfortunately, due to my crazy nurse schedule this year I was not able to spend New Years Eve with my husband and son. I was able to see my mom and her family, which was a surprise! Please share what eventful or uneventful plans you had – no matter how crazy or lack there of – sleeping at midnight is a specialty of mine! I enjoy knowing that we are not alone with the chaos in our lives (although, lucky for us I start a new job right down the road from our house!!) Well enough about this boring small talk, let’s get onto the direction of my blog this year! I will be posting meals, exercise routines, handmade beauty products, relaxation techniques, and a major tab i will be contributing to this year is attire! My husband dislikes when I surf the web, let’s be honest, everyday, for new items to purchase. My new plan is to find the items, not buy them, blog about them, so you can have the joy i would have had after buying said items! I will begin with posting about kids clothes; there will be a wide variety of styles available to look at since no parent or kid has the same style! This being said i will release a list of brands and clothes once a week that are my top picks – you, as readers, are more than welcome to check out the items and other items on the brand’s website. Please, please, please report back!! I would love to know if you like any of the items, if you would like to see more of a certain type, etc. I will find the best deals I can! Essentially the goal of this part is to find the items you want at the price you want, so I will try to deliver both! In the mean time I will begin my list and have something delivered to you this week!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL AND MAY YOU ALL BE BLESSED WITH GOOD HEALTH AND SERENITY !!!!!!

kicking it into gear!

It was supposed to be a rainy day today.  Woke up, sun is out!  IT IS GOING TO BE A GREAT DAY.  We have the doors open, listening to John Cougar Mellencamp, rolling around on the floor, playing with baby toys and taking in some fresh spring air!  What relaxing things do you like to do with your kids and/ or family as the outside temperature starts to warm up?

Last night we made a last minute executive decision to go to our local fave mexican joint – we are valued customers at this point thanks to their booths and loud music to drain out any potential meltdowns at the dinner table.  After some delicious fajitas I decided to workout.  I wasn’t sure if my stomach was going to make it through; I surprised myself.  I was happy I got in a night sweat before heading to bed.  My husband kindly gave our son a bath and I did a combination workout.  Below are four videos, you can do them in any combination – each workout is approximately 30 minutes.  I did #2 and #4 last night.  Switch em up and you won’t get bored.  There are so many different movements the routines go by so fast you will have no idea you’ve already blown through one of the workouts by the time it’s done!

However, I do not take her post workout two scoops of protein powder in water recommendation.  I am not a fan of protein powders, they are loaded with crap!  If you want to make a shake (using egg whites ONLY powder) make sure it’s a meal replacement or a low-cal snack, you can quickly gain weight by having a protein packed drink after your workouts.  Here is a healthy green shake you could enjoy before or after a workout – I enjoyed this for lunch the other day, scrumptious!

These recipes make two 16 ounce servings – I cut them in half.

KEY LIME (page 157)

2 frozen bananas

1 cup coconut ice

3 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes

2 tsp fresh lime zest

1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

2 tbsp hemp seeds

1 tbsp ground flaxseed powder

1/4 tsp camu powder

1/4 tsp spirulina powder

1 tbsp lucuma powder

1 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup water

blend together in the nutribullet

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1/4 cup dried white mulberries

1/4 cup raw cashews

3 cups baby spinach

2 tbsp mashed avocado

1 tsp orange zest

1.5 tsp minced fresh rosemary

1.5 cups orange juice

2 cups ice

blend together in the nutribullet

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As you will notice the minimal amount of avocado makes a smoothie smooth, thick and creamy.  It was shocking to see how just a tablespoon or two can take away the icey texture of a smoothie.


*recipes adopted from: Superfood Smoothies by Julie Morris (I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!)

or you can try my ultimate favorite green juice from her book so far…

another green juice recipe (from her cookbook).

NOM NOM NOMaste y’all! Happy Friday!


Here are some quick workouts that will get your heart going and your glands sweating!  Lately I have not been motivated to go to the gym, I have wanted to stay home and workout.  Along with the rest of America, I view the gym as an oasis during the short cold winter days.  When the sun stays out later I want to get my workout in quickly so I can relax outside after instead of driving there and back.  I do miss sitting in the sauna…. tomorrow I will get there!


peace. love. paleo.

jump jump jump SQUAT.

Get ready to kill it with this heart pumping work-out!  I did the video below for four rounds it was a great sweat.  If you can add more reps, GO FOR IT!!! I could only do that many as the baby was only amused with me jumping around while he rolled around on the carpet for that amount of time.  He even tried doing some “laying jacks” !

Rainy day here, probably will end up doing another work-out at home since we have family in town.  It has been hard getting motivation to do home exercises, but once I am done… WOW I feel amazing!  If you are procrastinating or have “time anxiety” and watch the clock until you know it is time to do your work-out, just let it all go and go do it.  I sometimes find myself saying oh let me eat this and then digest and then I will work-out, but the reality is that I just want to be lazy right now!  AND, that is perfectly FINE!  No one says you have to work-out at a specific time.  Go be lazy!   Except, while you’re laying on the couch enjoying your down time don’t watch the clock and dwell on the dreaded workout that is yet to come.  Just enjoy the moments and then pick yourself up and pump up your heart rate!  With that being said I need to find a workout and take some of my own advice!!

peace. love. paleo.