Golden Milk Recipe

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and are looking forward to 2017…I know I am! In this first post of the year, I wanted to share the recipe for my new favourite drink, Golden Milk. (Before you get too excited, it’s non-alcoholic!) You may have already heard of it, but if you haven’t here’s the lo-down…The main ingredient in Golden Milk is Turmeric, (the yellow spice in curries). Turmeric contains Curcumin which is a super anti-oxidant and powerful natural anti-inflammatory, (as effective as ibuprofen and aspirin!). Without getting too scientific, (because that’s what Google is for), here are just some of the amazing health benefits of Turmeric…

Benefits of Turmeric:

  • Improves digestion and helps relieve gas and bloating (who doesn’t want that?!)
  • Boosts your immune system (hello, cold and flu season)
  • Purifies blood and detoxes liver (love a good detox!)
  • Reduces acne, rosacea and eczema, stimulates collagen (I’ll take a double shot!)
  • Relieves pain from arthritis and joint stiffness (yes, please)
  • Kills cancer cells and prevents their spread to other areas (enough said!)

So, before you decide this drink sounds too healthy that there’s no way it could actually taste good, think again! It’s. Seriously. Delicious. This has been my go-to drink on these cold winter nights, but it would also be an amazing substitute for your morning latte, (ok maybe that’s going a little too far). But for those of you who did a little too much indulging over the holidays, or if your resolution this year is to “get healthier” than this is the perfect drink for you!

So let’s get right into it…

There are many variations of Golden Milk, so l’ve include some optional ingredients, but part of the fun is experimenting until you find the perfect taste just for you!

Golden Milk Recipe

1 cup of unsweetened coconut or almond milk

(I prefer coconut as it froths better)

1/4-1/2 tsp of Turmeric powder

(work your way up to 1/2 tsp…the more the better!)

1/2-1 tsp of coconut oil

dash of pepper

sprinkle of cinnamon

(or LOTS of cinnamon!!!)

drizzle of raw honey or maple syrup

optional ingredients:

 dash of vanilla

sprinkle of clove/nutmeg/cardamom powder

ginger

Heat all ingredients on medium-high, froth if desired, ENJOY!!!

            I promise you will love it! Give it a try and leave me a comment to let me what you think!

 

 

 

 

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Holiday Gift Guide for the New Mom

Hey everyone! I can’t believe Christmas is only a couple weeks away! Hopefully you have your shopping started, (or done!), by now. It’s no secret that I love to shop, but if I’m being honest, the thought of Christmas shopping stresses me out! I never know what to get anyone. That’s why I love reading gift guides and getting inspiration from others on what to buy. This year, I thought it would be fun to round up a few things I know new moms, (or all moms for that matter!), might like to receive. Each item has a specific reason it’s on the “new mom” list. They are things that I have (or want, hint, hint!), because let’s face it…being a mom is hard work and we deserve a little something too! So share this gift guide with your significant other…or next time you’re out shopping pick a little something up for yourself 😉

gift-guide21. Reversible Leggings: Ok if you’re a new mama then this one is pretty self explanatory. To say I live in leggings would be an understatement. And yes, sometimes I will wear the same pair 2 or 3 days in a row (don’t judge!). So why are these Zella leggings so special? Because they’re reversible, that’s why! So you can wear the same pair 3 days in a row and no one would ever know! And that’s why they’re #1 on the list. YOU’RE WELCOME!

2. Jo Malone Candle: So this one is kinda pricey, I know, but the scent is heavenly (Sweet Almond and Macaroon – sigh!) It’s that luxury item you know you won’t buy yourself because there’s always something more practical to buy instead. But really, I justify it by saying, “Who wants their house to smell like a dirty diaper?!” Not me! So buy the candle and burn it all day while you’re home with the babe, and feel fabulous doing it.

3. Faux Leather Moto Jacket: I REALLY love this one! The price point is great, it’s a classic Moto style, (not too many zippers and details), and its faux leather, so if the baby spits up on you or starts chewing on your arm, (am I the only one this happens to?!), you won’t feel so guilty that you spent a fortune on it. Throw it on with your (new!) leggings or sweats and you might actually look like you made an attempt at getting yourself dressed.

4. Under-Eye Brightening Corrector: I’ve done all the homework for you and found the BEST under eye correcter out there! I was born with dark circles, (just look at my kindergarten photos), but now as a new mom they’re even worse! (Hello, exhaustion!) I have tried every product on the market, some are too cakey, others don’t conceal enough, and most just aren’t the right colour. This peach toned corrector by Becca neutralizes even the most stubborn blue/purple under eye circles. Wear it under your foundation/concealer and it completely brightens and lightens the entire area, without settling into those nasty fine lines (did I mention I have those too?!). This instantly became one of my holy grail makeup items…I will never purchase another under eye product again. Period.

5. Resurfacing Mask: This one by Tata Harper is one of my faves! It’s another luxury item, but worth the splurge. I used it consistently prior to my wedding and I swear it made such a difference in my skin.  As a new mom, anything you can do to make yourself feel human (and dare I say – pretty!) again, I say do it! And who has the time for professional facial or peel treatments?! This mask makes dull, tired looking skin look radiant and smooth by exfoliating with all organic ingredients – perfect for those breast feeding mamas.

6. Ugg Boots: No I’m not over them yet…and neither should you! They are still the best go-to, slip on, footwear I own, (besides my flip flops). Yoga, grocery store, walking to the mailbox, you name it, there’s always a place for them…especially now as a new mom! That being said, it’s time to replace mine and the Mini Bailey Button is my current fave. Definitely on my Christmas Wish List.

7. Skinnytaste Cookbook: I have been seeing this cookbook all over social media with fellow blogger moms raving all about it, so I had to add it to the list.  Although I have ZERO time to cook these days, the recipes in this book are all supposed to be quick, simple and tasty…perfect for busy new moms (or dads who wanna help out but aren’t exactly Jamie Oliver in the kitchen 😉 Did I mention the recipes are also low-cal?! WIN-WIN.

8. Monogrammed Mug: Because when you’re drinking that same (cold) cup of coffee all day long, it’s nice to look glam while doing it. Enough said.

9. Smashbox Matte Liquid Lipstick: I have to admit I rarely wear lipstick anymore because I am constantly kissing, (smothering), my little one! But the matte liquid lipsticks always appealed to me because of their lasting power. This Smashbox one called “Bawse” specifically intrigued me. Not only was it created by YouTube superstar, (and Canadian girl), Lilly Singh, (AKA Superwoman), it’s been hailed as the perfect shade for ALL skin tones. (Check out this article here by Cosmopolitan magazine). And of course with a name like Bawse…well come on, every mama should own one!

10. Robe: I can’t be the only new mom that lives in her robe, can I?! Well I do! The secret is out ;).  Sometimes I don’t actually get dressed until 2pm or 3pm, and that’s only if I have somewhere to be. So yes, this should be right at the top of the list with leggings as a new mom must have! I’ll take mine short and with pockets – please 🙂

11. Perfume Oil: Ever since I got pregnant I’ve had a hard time wearing scents and now that baby girl is here, I don’t want to overpower her senses with my perfume. That said, I’ve been only using scented oils, just a couple dabs behind the ears and I’m good to go! (Not that I’m going anywhere, but I definitely don’t wanna leave the house smelling like poop or spit up!). This Byredo Gypsy Water Oil (available at Saks) smells soooo yummy, with just a hint of vanilla – my fave! It’s a little pricey for the size, but oils usually are because they’re more pure…and last longer, you only need a dab or two.

12. Backpack: Thank god the backpack is back in style!  This one by Matt & Nat has been so handy, especially since I rarely wear a purse anymore. I use mine whenever I don’t want to lug around my big bulky diaper bag. Just throw a few diapers and baby essentials inside and you’re off! (It makes a great gym/yoga bag as well) The look of this one is so streamlined and chic, it’s almost as if you’re carrying nothing at all – I said ALMOST! You are a mom, remember?! 😉

Well that’s it! I hope you enjoyed my New Mom Holiday Gift Guide and got some inspiration for the special mom in your life, (including yourself!).

signature

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

New Mommy Makeup Routine

Hey Ladies! This post is all about the makeup products I’ve been using as a new mom to help me get ready and look presentable, in no time at all. I wish I was the kinda girl that could leave the house with no makeup on, but I can’t. I’ve tried, and I just can’t. If I’m gonna be honest, I even wear makeup when I’m home with nowhere to go. In fact it’s rare that anyone will see me without makeup,even in yoga class (I know, I know!).

Having said all that, I literally have 4.5 minutes to get my makeup on these days before little Miss gets bored with her toys and needs my attention. So these products, some new and some I’ve used in the past, are quick, easy to use, and long wearing…because ain’t no mama got time for reapplying!!!

So, let’s talk about my new mommy makeup routine…

_mg_5688 Ok so the first product is of course base because I need me some good coverage! This Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue tinted hydrating cream is SO GOOD!. It’s got more coverage than your average tinted moisturizer, but still feels so light weight. You can apply it with just your fingertips or using a soft buffing brush, It’s that easy! The best part is it’s got an SPF 30. which means you can eliminate that step of your morning routine. There are so many shades to choose from so pretty much anyone can find their perfect match.

_mg_5697

Let’s talk about eyes…this Kat Von D Tattoo Liner had been getting so many great reviews online that I just had to try it out. It literally stays in place ALL DAY LONG! No smudging, no running, and so easy to use. Side note: I can’t do a winged cat eye to save my life, but this product will work just fine for a regular line.

Next up is the Charlotte Tillbury Eyes to Mesmerize cream shadow in Marie Antoinette. I had been using this on and off for a little while, but once I became a mom this product moved up to my list of Holy Grail products. The colour is stunning and could work on anyone, and all it takes is a dab with your ring finger on your lids and you’re good to go! Couldn’t be easier or quicker! Which is exactly what I need these days!

_mg_5703Lastly, I need to talk about these new gel nailpolishes that are out. I swear I will never buy a regular nail polish again! They literally last all week long without chipping. This is a huge deal!!! As a new mom I am constantly washing my hands and let’s face it, I don’t have time to do my nails every two days, or the $$ to get them done professionally every week, so these polishes are a godsend! My favourite brand is the Gel Couture by Essie. With a beautiful range of colours and such sleek packaging, these are a total game changer!

_mg_5693Whether you’re a new mom with limited time, or are just looking for some quick products that will help you get ready in a hurry, I hope all enjoyed my “New Mom” favourite beauty products!

signature

 

 

 

Save

Save

Save

Save

1 2 3 4 5 6