3 more natural deodorants that actually work

Since the first post, I’ve had some time to experiment with different brands of deodorants and I’m happy to report that I’ve had success with three more all-natural deodorants.natural deodorants that ACTUALLY work

This wasn’t explained in my first post, but I think it needs to be said now. Most of my life, I’ve had issues with commercial-brand antiperspirants wearing off. I was never a big sweater so sweat stains or wetness weren’t a problem for me, but odor was. For whatever reason, even the strongest formulas would wear off midday and I’d have to reapply. I am NOTORIOUS among my family for two things: 1.) pouring the milk in my bowl before the cereal and 2.) carrying deodorant with me wherever I go. Since I’ve made the switch to natural deodorants, I haven’t had to reapply at any point throughout the day. Weirdly, I still carry deodorant in my purse because…old habits die hard (I’ve been doing this since I was twelve). BUT! I never need to use it. And that’s huge.

Now I’m not saying that my experience is typical. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. But I do know that if you are an antiperspirant-loving lady, but you’d like to give these here a try, you’ll have to allow for some time (two to three weeks, at least!) for your body to adjust to the new ingredients. You might find that within the first week of trying a new deodorant, you’re much sweatier and perhaps smellier, but this is to be expected. Your body is detoxing. These are deodorants, not antiperspirants, so they are not going to block your sweat glands (nor should they) like the aluminum in a stick of Degree or Dove would. But trust me, work through it! Just know that eventually, your body will catch up and pretty soon you’ll be chucking the yuck-filled stuff and replacing those with ingredients you actually recognize and trust. It took about three weeks for my body to fully adjust. Sometimes, I was uncomfortably sweaty, but after using the new deodorant for a while, the sweating subsided considerably. If you want more tips on how to make the switch as painlessly as possible, read this.

 

1. Green Tidings All Natural Deodorant, Lavender

Pros: Very long-lasting. Has a mild, lavender scent. Available on Amazon and Amazon Prime. Vegan and cruelty-free.

Cons: The texture is a tad bit gritty and a little too soft to be in a tube. Sometimes, if I press too hard while applying, some of the product will smear on the sides of the tube. It can get a little messy. The formula is a tad bit thick so some residue may cling in the creases of the armpits. All that said, these are not dealbreakers for me and I will continue to use regularly (just maybe not with tank tops).

 

2. Primal Pit Paste, Lavender

Pros: Very long-lasting. Creamy,  smooth texture. Has a subtle lavender scent. Easy to apply with your fingers. Dries quickly and almost clear. Available on Amazon for about $11 which puts this at the cheapest price of the three. You can also order on their website for a few bucks less but free shipping is only awarded to those spending over $49. Vegan and cruelty free.

Cons: None that I’ve experienced!

 

3. Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant Cream, Lavender

Pros: Very similar (or almost identical) to Primal Pit Paste, in terms of texture, effectiveness, scent, longevity and ease of use. Available in a few stores around the U.S. Vegan and cruelty-free.

Cons: It’s also available on the Meow Meow Tweet website, which charges for shipping fees. Other than that, there’s nothing negative I can say about the actual product.

As with any skin product I recommend, it’s always smart to read the ingredient list and spot-test before using, just to check for irritation or allergic reactions.

Click here to see the first post, 4 natural deodorants that actually work.

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Happy weekend!

 

if you ever need a crowd-pleasing dip…

buffalo hummus

Then you should really make this buffalo hummus. Because it checks all the boxes:

√ Takes almost no effort
√ Quick to prepare (and even quicker to go!)
√ Nutritious
√ Full of flavor
√ Spicy
√ Tastier than store bought hummus
√ Impressive to guests
√Inexpensive ingredients

buffalo hummus 1

I pretty much made the exact recipe from Oh She Glows (hence no recipe on my blog, so check out the original source here), although I did add way more Frank’s Red Hot because…well, one tablespoon just wasn’t going to cut it for me. I’ve been on such a Frank’s Red Hot kick for the last year, I even carry it in a small container with me on the go sometimes. It really is great to have on hand.

I prepared it the night before a party. I had only ten minutes to spare before I had to go to bed (I say ‘had to’ because if I don’t get to bed at a certain time every night and Jules wakes me up for feedings in the middle of the night/early morning, I’m pretty much a zombie the next day). So, in a much simpler way, what I’m trying to say is: make this. It’s quick, simple and you’ll want to dip everything in it!

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what i eat: an update and a tomatillo-avocado recipe

cilantro

One. I’ve changed this series name to What I Eat, instead of How I Eat. I thought about How I Eat, and I immediately wanted to respond with a , “I eat with my mouth”. So that just kind of killed it for me.

Two. I haven’t posted one of these in a long time. Originally, this was going to be a post about my Sunday at home (I know. Please…contain yourself). But as I sifted through photos, I realized, no this is totally a What I Eat post. And so, here we are.

salad

Romaine lettuce with olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper, hemp seeds and chia seeds.

Every chance I get, I’ll add hemp seeds and (sometimes) chia seeds to my food. Hemp seeds, in smaller amounts, are virtually tasteless and texture-less so it’s an easy extra dose of nutrition (essential fats, amino acids, protein, etc.). I add hemp seeds to most of my food, even if it’s just a small sprinkling.

I use chia seeds less since they have a crunchy texture when dry and a gelatinous consistency when wet. They are great sprinkled on avocado toast or in smoothies. One of these days I want to experiment with them in a homemade strawberry or raspberry jam.

mexican skillet

One-pan Mexican quinoa topped with tomatillo-avocado sauce (not pictured above / see tomatillo recipe below)

I’ve really taken to quinoa lately. Initially I disliked it, but I recently learned that I just prefer it smothered in sauce. In Sunday’s case, a tomatillo-avocado sauce. But my favorite is quinoa with steamed broccoli and mushrooms in a simple San Marzano tomato sauce. YUM.

stew

West African peanut soup. I added two sweet potatoes to the recipe to make it heartier and subbed the collards with kale. Not pictured: a side of brown jasmine rice.

sunday cooking

Monday’s dinner in the front, Sunday’s dinner in the back.

Sundays have been my go-to day for bulk cooking. At most, I’ve only been able to cook two  meals and some prep work for other meals for the week. My goal is regularly cook three meals most Sundays. Cooking on one day makes the following work week so much easier: No cooking, less dishes, more time—what’s not to love about that?

cupcakes

Cupcakes from Burgers & Cupcakes

Sugar is my weakness. Still working on that ravenous sweet tooth. Another thing I’m working on? Breakfast. Lately, it’s been my least nutritious meal of the day, i.e. lots of toast and bagels.

My main goal is to eat a mostly plant-based diet. As in veggies, fruits, whole grains and legumes. I haven’t eaten meat in over a month now and I don’t plan to either. I’ve had very little temptation to do so and it’s usually fleeting, so it hasn’t been too difficult to abstain. That said, it’s been easier to eat well because other more nutritious ingredients get more play. I’ve been much more creative and adventurous with dinners. I’ve always been down for trying new dishes, but now I’ll take something that normally has meat and replace it with a vegetable or grain…or nothing at all! You can pretty much make anything vegetarian or vegan.

As for protein? This seems to be the common question when you tell people that you’ve stopped eating meat. I always say I’m not worried about it. There’s enough protein in foods like nuts, seeds, lentils and even fruits and veggies to help me get my recommended intake. I’m more interested in B12 and plan on buying a supplement this week.

tomatillo sauce

Tomatillo-Avocado Sauce
makes about 2-4 servings

1 tomatillo, husk removed and sliced
1/2 of an avocado
1 small handful of cilantro or to taste
1/2 lime, juiced
chili powder, to taste
salt and pepper, to taste

Blend all ingredients together. Add a tablespoon of water at a time to reach your desired consistency.

This sauce on top of the Mexican quinoa made the whole dish for me. Feel free to use on other foods like nachos, tacos or spicy potatoes.

the easiest way to clean your makeup brushes

Sephora brush cleaner

Go out and buy a brush cleaner. The end.

I’m sorry if that was anticlimactic but I actually didn’t know this existed until a few months ago and it completely changed my world because until then I’d gone an embarrassingly long time without cleaning my makeup brushes. Like I don’t even want to tell you for fear of judgment, that’s how long. But when I did manage to clean them, the process was just…ugh. Like who sits at home and thinks, ‘I know what I’ll do with this free time – wash my makeup brushes!‘? If you are that type of person, bless your heart and you’re a much more productive person than I’ll ever be. If you’re not that type? Fist bump, I’m right there with you.

Also, waiting for the brushes to dry is like watching paint dry. Only you’re not watching, you’re waiting. So waiting for paint dry. Is that something people say? Bottom line, it can be a pain when you don’t have more than one of the same type of brush.

So I like shortcuts. I don’t mean to sound trite but since becoming a mother I have very little time so I like to use every bit that I have wisely and joyfully, if possible. Cleaning your brushes? Not the most joyful activity, so shortcut it is.

brushes

Enter the brush cleaner (I use Sephora’s Citrus Brush Cleaner, but there are a few others on the market that also have good reviews and are affordable to boot). You spray the product directly on a napkin or soft cloth and run the brush over the damp area using circular or windshield wiper motions. Watch the magic happen as all the grime transfers to the napkin. It’s oddly satisfying.

It dries quickly too. Smaller brushes may only take a few minutes, while thicker, denser brushes may take a little more time. My larger blush brush took less than an hour.

cleaning makeup brush

Of course, you can always DIY (and that may be the most economical option), but…why would you want to? #lifeisshort

what motherhood means to me right now

me and jules

It means…

letting my coffee get cold.

studying all the methods of sleep training and ultimately deciding to do it my way. She was/is getting heavier and squirmier, so rocking her to sleep just wasn’t an option for me anymore, especially when it would take almost an hour of bouncing her around in my arms. Talk about a workout! I just couldn’t bear a “cry it out” approach, but other “no cry” techniques just weren’t working. So I just started putting her in the crib and humming her favorite lullabies until she fell asleep. She might be the only person in the world to like my singing 😉 Eventually, I was able to leave the room now and again. Now all I do is just lay her down in the crib with two pacifiers (one to suck on and one to play with—she’s got idle hands) and leave the room. The only times I go in is  when she gets twisted up or hits her head on the side of the crib, in which case I’ll quickly straighten her out and/or comfort her. Some nights are better than others, but mostly I can’t complain. She falls asleep on her own in the crib and that’s all I can ask for. Naps, however, are different and she still needs to be held and rocked a little bit for those, but the rocking usually doesn’t exceed 10 minutes. We can deal with that for now.

always worrying and wondering if I’m doing the right thing. Do I not take her out for fresh air enough? Does she need more cuddle time? Am I stimulating her enough?

knowing that the worrying will only get worse as she gets older.

sometimes running on 4 hours of interrupted sleep. Coffee helps. But then…see #1 above

lots of pinching and squeezing of her cheeks, thighs, butt, toes, nose, you name it. I just can’t help myself.

enjoying her now at 8 months, but still very much looking forward to her first birthday.

getting really good at multitasking. I can hold her with one hand and prepare a bottle with the other. MAD SKILLZ.

realizing that sometimes the answers may not be in parenting books or the Babycenter message board. It’s about going with my instincts and taking cues from Jules. Hence, successful—and mostly-cry-free—sleep training!

also knowing that sometimes the answers can be found on the internet. When in doubt, Google.

dad’s birthday

candles

Last weekend was probably the busiest since Juliette was born! Friday night, Bob and I celebrated Valentine’s Day early with a delicious dinner at DeStefano’s. I can’t say it enough: they are simply the best. The food and service are always always always on point. They could probably screw up my order and spill a drink on me and I’d still think, Nope they’re still the best! Needless to say, we left stuffed and happy. The next night, we went out for a friend’s birthday at Virage, now known as Bar Virage. For whatever reason, they rebranded and changed their menu and we were so not impressed. Virage was an old favorite and a restaurant we frequented many years ago, but they rid their menu of all their best dishes (R.I.P. spinach fettucine and bacon-wrapped figs!) and now it just seems…less special. I was disappointed with the food, although there is something to be said for accommodating service. We had a fun time with our fun group, which ended with a few rounds of beers at McSorley’s. I haven’t hung out like that in a long time, so the next day I was extra tired and achy (read: a little hungover). But we still made it out for an early birthday dinner for my dad, however exhausted we felt. We were a smaller group without my brother and his kids, but it worked out just as well. It was low-key and perfect.

We started with dinner and dessert at an Italian restaurant.

bros burrata jules and grandma

dessert

Mason’s beautiful birthday card to Dad. In left to right order: Jules, Jax, Mase and Dad!

bday card dad and mase

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Then, we came back to the house for a second dessert – birthday cake! This year, mom baked it.

cake

Jules had a teeny tiny taste of frosting.

jules has cake

Her silly cousins love her and it is just the cutest!

jules and mase

Tequila down the hatch!

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Spoiler alert: dad hates tequila.

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Oh and check out my total mom fail…

jules

Didn’t even realize that her dress came with briefs. They were still attached to the dress with the plastic tags! Insert facepalm meme here.

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