Reading Check-In!

 

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It’s Friday so that means we must check in and see what books we have read today. You can always add me as a friend on Goodreads or follow me on Twitter where I post everyday!

This week I got lucky and read some really good books. Let’s jump right in!

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake was such a treat!I was swept up in this cute story from page one. Sometimes women’s fiction can be cheesy, predictable, flimsy but then sometimes you read a book like this and its everything you want it to be: fun, cute, sweet, a likable main character and a bit of love mixed in.

Here’s the synopsis:

In downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lou works tirelessly to build her beloved yet struggling French restaurant, Luella’s, into a success. She cheerfully balances her demanding business and even more demanding fiancé…until the morning she discovers him in the buff—with an intern.

Witty yet gruff British transplant Al is keeping himself employed and entertained by writing scathing reviews of local restaurants in the Milwaukee newspaper under a pseudonym. When an anonymous tip sends him to Luella’s, little does he know he’s arrived on the worst day of the chef’s life. The review practically writes itself: underdone fish, scorched sauce, distracted service—he unleashes his worst.

The day that Al’s mean-spirited review of Luella’s runs, the two cross paths in a pub: Lou drowning her sorrows, and Al celebrating his latest publication. As they chat, Al playfully challenges Lou to show him the best of Milwaukee and she’s game—but only if they never discuss work, which Al readily agrees to. As they explore the city’s local delicacies and their mutual attraction, Lou’s restaurant faces closure, while Al’s column gains popularity. It’s only a matter of time before the two fall in love…but when the truth comes out, can Lou overlook the past to chase her future?

Read it! This book will be out in July 2015 so definitely add it to your  list on Goodreads or pre-order on Amazon.

Next up is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this one. When I’m reading a thriller or suspense, I don’t really want to know much.

Synopsis:

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

I felt like the book was so much more than the above synopsis. Rachel just gets pulled into this  mystery and as the story progresses we learn what really took place. You can’t go wrong with an unreliable narrator who blacks out for periods of time due to getting drunk! Highly recommended for a quick, satisfying read.

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I’m reading Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers right now and am totally into this novel. I can’t believe I have had it on my kindle for months and haven’t dug in until last night. I can’t wait to pick it up and keep reading when I have time!

Here’s the synopsis:

Maddy is a social worker trying to balance her career and three children. Years ago, she fell in love with Ben, a public defender, drawn to his fiery passion, but now he’s lashing out at her during his periodic verbal furies. She vacillates between tiptoeing around him and asserting herself for the sake of their kids – which works to keep a fragile peace – until the rainy day when they’re together in the car and Ben’s volatile temper gets the best of him, leaving Maddy in the hospital fighting for her life.

I am literally obsessed with books. When I read a really great book, I will usually write to the author and let them know how much I liked their work!  I am on Amazon quite a lot looking for books to read and scrolling through lists on Goodreads too.

If you want to read my books, please go here to check them out! 

 

 

Zoya Nail Polish: Matte Velvet

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Zoya nail polish has been on my radar ever since I became a green beauty aficionado! So into green beauty am I that I spend a lot of time reading, researching and reviewing brands and ingredients to see what I’d personally use and recommend. I’d never recommend something that I would not use myself or on my kids.

So I was very  happy to put Zoya to the test!  Especially since this brand is 5-Free, meaning there is none of the most toxic chemicals in nail polishes such as:

  • Formaldehyde (a known carcinogen)
  • Formaldehyde resin (carcinogen)
  • Toluene (eye, throat and lung irritant)
  • Dibutyl phthalate (respiratory tract and eye irritant)
  • Camphor (skin irritant)

Zoya offers many colors, shades, tones, finishes plus nail care treatments- check out the Zoya color chart to help you narrow down your choices.

I tried the Matte Velvet collection which features these  rich jeweled colors: Zoya Dovima, Zoya Loredana, Zoya Posh, Zoya Harlow, Zoya Savita, Zoya Veruschka

The matte colors go on the nail nicely and last several days. It took me a while to get used to the matte- I’m used to shiny nails- but I did like the deep colors!

Tip- do  not use a base, top or speed dry coat. Start with clean, very dry nails and allow plenty of time to dry!

Have you tried Zoya?

 

My Day On A Plate

 

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I was totally intrigued with this series after reading about the controversial “Day on a Plate” with Kara Rosen, founder of Plenish Cleanse. Naturally I’d expect the person who is the founder of a cleanse company to be rather fastidious about what she eats, wouldn’t you?

The whole thing was first brought to my attention by this blog post from Pink Sith. 

 

Here’s my Day on A Plate- then I am tagging a bunch of my fellow green beauty bloggers to see what they eat too! How does your day compare?

6:45- Warm water with lemon, take supplements. Coffee!

7:15- gluten free something, either toast or a small bowl of granola. I love to bake so if I have made something like muffins or scones, I will have one with ghee. One more cup of coffee with coconut oil stirred in.

10:00-around now I’m hungry again so I will have a spoonful of almond butter or a few hunks of coconut. I buy  frozen chunks from my local market and they are delicious.

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If I am up to juicing, I’ll make some kind of juice. I’d do it more but I hate having to clean up the juicer. If you know of one that’s easy to clean, let me know!

1:00- a giant green salad with sunflower seeds, slivered almonds and pumpkin seeds. I am into dressings from Organicville (miso ginger is my fave!) I’ll add left over chicken if I have it. If I am super hungry, I will have gluten free crackers or carrots with hummus.

If I’ve made bone broth, I’ll have a cup of that now. My dogs are also big fans of bone broth.

 

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3:00- Cup of Dandy Blend. Maybe some almonds or a spoonful of almond butter, berries or an apple if I’m in the mood.

5:30- Dinner! I always cook and make sure its nutritious. I’ll slice up some cucumbers and yellow pepper to munch on while I cook. I love a glass of wine while I’m in the kitchen but I don’t always drink one.

My family would love nothing more than french fries and fried chicken or something greasy smothered with cheese without vegetables. Sadly, I am too into healthy eating for that to happen. I usually make something with protein, a vegetable or two plus rice, potatoes, or pasta (gluten free for me if at all).

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I load up on the veg and have a small portion of the starch- I like the Paleo way of eating. I try to follow the FODMAP diet, plus I have to be gluten free so its a challenge to cook for everyone and make them all happy.

I like to have some kind of fruit instead of cookies/cake/pie.

8:30- cup of tea

10:30- bed.

I also drink about 60-70 oz of water throughout the day.

Let me know your “day on a plate”  in the comments or stop by my Facebook page! 

I want to see how Lilly from Genuine Glow eats in a day, Sarita from Peace on the Skin & Peace Within,  plus Katie from Green Product Junkie and Kimberly from Kimberly Loc.

Ladies?

 

 

 

 

Gluten free? You need this in your pantry!

 

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A few months back, I was shopping at Artisan’s Palate, a wonderful shop in Temecula where you can find many gluten-free, non GMO, healthy whole foods.

I saw ProCakes and was instantly intrigued. Being gluten-free in a world full of gluten is a challenge. And finding quality gluten-free products is not always easy. Although the price ($17.99) gave me a pause, I went ahead and bought it.

These are very easy to make if you follow the directions exactly. (there are some recipes on the ProCake site too!)

At my first go around, I burned the pancakes. I have a bad habit in the kitchen of keeping the flame too high. Once I started lowering the heat, the pancakes turned out much better! I use coconut oil in my pan then use a touch more coconut oil on the pancakes and a generous shake of Be-Runa Seed Sweet. This delicious topping can be used on anything and it contains 9 different organic seeds, superfoods, superfruits, spices and coconut palm sugar.

To make ProCakes, you simply mix and egg with milk then stir in the powder and drop on a skillet, cook over MEDIUM heat!

I highly recommend these whether you are gluten- free like me, or you just want a dose of protein. These pancakes are a great alternative to eating scrambled eggs every day.  I need to buy more mix soon, I don’t want to be without ProCakes, especially now that I’ve looked at the recipes!

I am always looking for non-GMO, healthy, whole foods, recipes and products so expect to see more reviews like this one coming soon!

 

 

 

Have you heard of Hello?

 

 

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It’s no secret that I love toothpastes, soft toothbrushes, smooth dental floss…basically, I like having clean teeth. I brush them often and use rinses to keep my mouth smelling fresh and my teeth looking white.

I was excited to try this new brand called Hello. Made in the USA, vegan, cruelty free, free of artificial sweeteners, no dyes or triclosan. Leaping Bunny Certified!

Here’s what I tried:

Breathspray- this small spray is perfect for throwing in your purse or bag. Its pretty tasty- and does a good job of freshening up breath when you can’t  brush.  Comes in flavors Mojito Mint, Pink Grapefruit Mint and Supermint.

Toothpaste- the Pink Grapefruit Mint is delicious- I love the flavor of this and the pink grapefruit mint is a great alternative for those who don’t care for strong mint. The toothpaste does everything its supposed to like cleans teeth, polishes them and helps prevent cavities.  *Contains low sodium lauryl sulfate but does have fluoride.

The Mouthwash is housed in cute, a tear drop shape bottle and its works great! Doesn’t sting or leave an unbearably strong aftertaste.

You can find these products at Target, Amazon.com and at Walgreens. Go here for more info!

 

 

 

By Hello Dollface