Why Beautycounter is an Important Company

Over the last 4 years I’ve become more and more passionate about health and fitness. I’ve tried to educate myself about healthy foods, the best workouts, shampoo that won’t eventually kill me, etc. I do my best to take care of myself and my family, trying to be a good steward of what God has entrusted to me. While I realize you can’t avoid every harmful thing, when given the option, I would like to choose healthy/safe products that I feel comfortable with. As I was putting on my makeup a few weeks ago, it dawned on me that I had no idea what what actually in my makeup. I flipped over a bottle, then a powder, and quickly realized that all of the things I’ve been avoiding in my soaps and shampoos were in every makeup item I owned!

Did you know that it only takes 26 seconds for the chemicals in your beauty products to enter your bloodstream through your skin? There are compound pharmacists who make medicines into creams so they can be easily absorbed through the skin. I knew this little factoid and it went racing through my mind when I realized I’d been putting toxic gunk on my face for the last 20 years. This had me thinking about where I could find good makeup that was clean and safe. I remembered my friend Leah posting something recently about Beautycounter and how they make safe beauty products. I decided to do a little research, wondering if their stuff actually worked and delivered results or if it was like all the other organic face washes and lotions I’ve used in the past, that smelled good and were safe, but didn’t do anything to actually improve my skin. In that same week, all of the paleo bloggers and authors I follow on social media started raving about Beautycounter. So I decided to contact Leah and ask her for some information. I found out that not only does Beautycounter create safe beauty products, but their products actually deliver high end results! This had me excited! What really sealed it for me, was when I learned that the company is more than just makeup and skin care. They are actually on a mission to change federal laws on how the cosmetics and personal care industry is regulated. Now that’s something I can get behind!

Did you know that the European Union bans almost 1,400 harmful cosmetics ingredients while the US bans 11? That’s not a typo. I didn’t leave off any numbers. The US bans ELEVEN. This is something that needs to change immediately, and I’m excited to be a part of this company that is working tirelessly to see that happen. Beautycounter has a “Never List” of ingredients that you won’t ever find in their products. If you’d like to read about the strict ingredient process at BC, click here!

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The last thing I want to mention is how beautifully these products work. It only took about 3 days of using the cleansers and moisturizers to see a difference in the look and feel of my skin! I wholeheartedly believe that in the very near future, I will feel completely comfortable going anywhere with a bare face. And did I mention they have a kids and baby line?! If you’re interested in learning more, or if you’re convinced already, visit Beautycounter and see if it’s right for you.

 

It’s Crack Slaw Y’all!

I can’t believe it took us so long to discover this tasty dish! Louis mentioned it to me first, saying he saw a slaw that had ground beef in it and looked really good. Of course I Googled it and came up with tons of results for Crack Slaw. It earned the name because people find it addicting, and I have to say, I’m always sad to reach the bottom of the bowl. And just a heads up, although most recipes say they make four servings, Louis and I eat the whole thing for one meal. It’s really a one dish meal, so you want a bigger serving.

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Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef

2 tbsp toasted sesame oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

3 green onions, sliced

1 bag of coleslaw mix or shred about 14-16 oz of cabbage

2 tbsp coconut aminos OR low sodium soy sauce

1 tsp Sriracha

1/2 tsp ginger paste

1 tsp white vinegar

1 tsp coconut sugar

salt and pepper to taste

*Optional, but a highly recommended option- sprinkle almond slices over the top!

Directions:

-Brown ground beef and season with salt and pepper to taste.

-Remove from pan and set aside.

-Heat up sesame oil and sauté garlic, onions, and slaw in sesame oil until cabbage is cooked to desired tenderness.

-Stir in the soy sauce, Sriracha, coconut sugar, ginger and vinegar.

-Add back in ground beef.

-Mix well, sprinkle with almond slices and serve!

 

 

Grilled Chicken Salad with Sauteed Veggies

Louis and I did the Whole30 recently for a gut reset and this salad was my go to. I probably made this 3 times a week. The dressing is made with a mere 3 ingredients (salt and pepper to taste don’t count, right?) and the whole thing is Whole30 compliant. Yay! Simple, delicious and healthy are the perfect storm! And if you haven’t noticed, I never give exact measurements for salads because I always just put out our bowls and start filling them.

Ingredients:

Romaine

Grilled chicken

Diced tomatoes

Sliced almonds

1 bell pepper, halved and sliced

1 onion, halved and sliced

Broccoli florets

Directions:

Sautee the broccoli, bell pepper and onion in a skillet with olive oil. While they cook, put your lettuce, chicken and tomatoes in the bowl. When the veggies are done, put them on top of the salad, hot out of the pan. Top with dressing and sliced almonds!

Dressing:

6 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp dijon mustard

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Put everything in a bowl and whisk with a fork or a small whisk if you have one. That’s it!

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Almond Butter Blondies

This recipe is from the brilliant Juli Bauer of PaleOMG. The woman is equally hilarious and talented, so she’s one of my favorites! I tried these blondies a few days ago and posted a photo on Instagram. Last night, Juli reposted my photo with a shout out to me and I almost had a seizure. She does this all the time when people post her recipes, but this time it happened to meeeeeeeeeee! Seriously though, these blondies are so simple to make and taste incredible! They only survived about two days in our house. RIP blondies. You were loved.

I give this recipe five stars! Click HERE to make them yourself!

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Strawberry Walnut Salad with Creamy Balsamic Dressing

Strawberry Walnut Salad with Creamy Balsamic Dressing

This salad couldn’t get any easier to make. The Creamy Balsamic dressing truly sets it off. I don’t give exact measurements for the ingredients, because you basically just want to have equal parts of each item, depending on how big of a salad you’re making.

Ingredients:

Your favorite lettuce, a spring mix is my preference.

Feta cheese

Chopped walnuts (I’ve also used slivered almonds when I didn’t have walnuts on hand.)

Sliced strawberries

Optional: If this is a side salad, serve as is. If this is an entree salad, add grilled chicken.

Directions:

Put all ingredients in a large salad bowl and top with Lemon Balsamic Vinaigrette. Enjoy!

Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette

This recipe was given to me by a friend several years ago. I’ve made a few changes for my own preferences and now call it mine. The amounts given make a fairly large batch, about 32 oz. Feel free to cut it in half if you just want a few servings. I prefer to make all my dressings in larger amounts so I have them on hand for a couple weeks. If I’m going to the trouble, I’d like to enjoy it for a while!

Ingredients:

2 shallots, minced

Juice from 2 lemons

6 tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp red wine vinegar

2 tbsp dijon mustard

2 tbsp honey

1.25 cups of extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a blender EXCEPT the olive oil. After well blended, slowly stream in the olive oil. Once the olive oil is incorporated, only blend for another 10-15 seconds. If you blend too long, the oil will begin to emulsify and the dressing will get thick. It will still taste great, it just won’t have a smooth consistency. This dressing goes perfectly on most any green salad. My favorite however is the Strawberry Walnut salad.

Photo coming soon!

Creamy Green Onion Dressing

Creamy Green Onion Dressing

This dressing is good on a regular green salad with grilled chicken. It’s also delicious on seafood or to toss shrimp in for a shrimp salad.

Ingredients:

1 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup plain yogurt (I use full fat)

1/2 cup dijon mustard

Juice of 1 lemon

8-12 green onions, diced

2-3 celery ribs, diced

2-3 tbsp of Worcestershire

Few dashes of hot sauce, I use Franks

Cayenne pepper to taste

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Add everything to a blender and blend until smooth!

Easy Honey Mustard

So, I love sauces. There are some restaurants that I like simply because of a certain dressing, sauce or house made condiment they serve. For example, the best thing about McAlister’s is their honey mustard. Years ago, I used to pay about $6 just for a carry out of it. Since I’ve come up with my own recipe, I no longer buy it pre-made. My little Fisher is just like his mama and has to have dips and sauces with almost everything he eats. This dressing is one of his favorites!
Ingredients:

1 cup mayo

1/4 honey

2 tbsp plain yellow mustard

2 tbsp dijon mustard (I like Gulden’s but any will do.)

Directions:

Put all of the ingredients in a bowl and wisk. Easy peasy!

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