• Gwyneth Paltrow for Juice Beauty

    I love it when I find a great non-toxic beauty product. Sadly, I generally have to kiss a few frogs in dull lip gloss before I find the winners. The one issue that always comes up with non-toxic makeup is that it isn’t very camera friendly. As someone who wants to be able to do a video at a moments notice, I’ve been searching for camera worthy makeup that I can wear day-to-day and still feel good about. Thankfully Gwyneth Paltrow was a bit fed-up with the non-toxic offerings as well and decided to collaborate with Juice Beauty to make a line that is “red carpet worthy”. The second I heard about it I opened my computer and immediately placed an order. I started simple with a mascara and lip gloss (a bright red named after Cameron Diaz!). Though I wanted to jump in and snag a foundation, I’ve had my heart broken too many times by the non-toxic variety I figured it was best to work up to it:)

    The verdict: Ahhmazing. The mascara lengthens and separates beautifully with no clumping. The lip gloss glides on perfectly and looks so fierce. Especially for a red, the fact that I could glide it on with minimal fixing is pretty wonderful. I have to say I’m a little obsessed.

    Will I order more: Absolutely! Now that I know what these 2 can do I’m going to jump in and try the foundation. Keep you guys posted.

    Is it worth the price: 100%. It’s very much in line with what the non-toxic brands are going for as well as the good quality makeup we’ve all been using for years. Seeing as you get both in one I’d say this is one of the rare times I understand the price point.

    Buy from Goop or Juice Beauty

  • Ragu Bolognese

    Once I started eating meat again I fell in love with ragu bolognese. I kept meaning to try and make my own and finally gave it a try the other night. I wasn't expecting it to be but it was a huge hit! Here's the recipe:


    • 1 lb ground beef
    • 1 large carrot
    • 2 celery ribs
    • 5 cloves garlic
    • 1/2 tsp red wine vinegar
    • 3 tb veggie stock
    • 14 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
    • salt
    • pepper
    • red chili flakes
    • 4 tb olive oil
    • GF Fusilli 


    Prepare your fusilli (or pasta you prefer) according to the packaging.

    Roughly chop the carrot, celery and garlic and put in a food processor until finely minced. In a large saucepan heat 3 tb olive oil over medium-high heat and add carrot, celery and garlic mix. Saute for around 6 min. Add the remaining 1 tb olive oil to the pan along with the ground beef and sauté together, breaking up the meat for 5-6 min. Add the diced tomatoes, stock, some salt and pepper and a couple pinches of red chili flakes. Simmer for 12 min. Add the red wine vinegar. Add your pasta to the pan and stir to mix together.

  • Sausage and Broccoli Rabe (or Kale!) Gluten Free Pasta

    Every Sunday night we have pasta. It started out just because we were craving it but now it’s become a weekly event that friends come to and something we all look forward to. Since it’s a weekly tradition I can’t just make the same pasta dish every time so I’ve come up with a few fun ways to change it up! My personal favorite is this sausage and broccoli rabe rigatoni:

    Pick up a pound of italian sausage out of its casing (something like andoullie will work well too). If you can’t find broccoli rabe, broccolini will do or kale. Mince up a few garlic cloves and sauté in 3 tablespoons of olive oil for about a minute. Chop up your broccoli rabe and add it along with the sausage to the pan. Sauté everything together for about 10 minutes or until the sausage is cooked all the way through and nicely browned. Be sure to break up the sausage as you go. Add a bit of sea salt and pepper. Set aside.

    Prepare your pasta according to the packaging. For this recipe I like to use rigatoni but any kind will do. For Gluten Free the best pasta on the market is BioNature.

    Once your pasta is done and drained, add it to your sausage mix. Mix it together well and season with more salt and pepper if needed. At this stage I often like to add about 1 tbsp of Earth Balance. If you’re okay with real butter you can sub that instead.

    This is one of my favorite pasta night dishes and it’s so simple to make.

    Enjoy! xo

  • Say whaaaattt?

    This post's nature may be a bit taboo but I just had to tell you about it. If you've heard of this product you may have found yourself wondering why on earth anyone would buy such a contraption and if you haven't heard of it you'll probably be a bit confused, but make no mistake The Squatty Potty is one of the best purchases you'll make this year. It's a 7in high foot stool that you put your feet up on while doing your morning (or whenever) um...constitution. The logic is by putting your body in the squatting position, similar to how humans went to the bathroom pre-toilet, it puts your body in the correct alignment to allow things to "release" smoothly and effortlessly. If you're one of those people who may not be very regular or who has any issues when it comes to this department it's a total lifesaver! Sure you can just get a box and use that but for $28 why not get the real deal. You'll thank me later. xo