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What your banana bread is missing…..

I know I said that my kids make their own school lunches every day.

And they do.

But, every once in awhile I like to be Super Mom and bake them some homemade, possibly healthy, goodies to pack up with their pre-packaged sides.

You make banana bread. I make banana bread. We all can make banana bread.

But, have you ever added Acai to your batter?

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BeautyCounter puts the truth back into beauty!

It’s crucial we educate ourselves before buying our household and beauty products today. It used to be that we just bought whatever was cheapest or what we liked, because we didn’t know that what we were buying could be the thing that could eventually kill us.

When we know better, we do better. It’s why I have to make sure you’re aware of the company BeautyCounter and their safe line of beauty products. I began using the line last year and have loved everything, especially knowing that what I’m putting on my body is safe!

BeautycounterNeverListCompanies are allowed to use the above known toxins—ingredients that have been linked to cancer, reproductive issues, hormone disruption—without telling us. We have to put a stop to this!

BeautyCounter’s mission is to get safe products into the hands of everyone. I love any company that is trying to make a difference in the world! BeautyCounter’s products also perform, and they’re as indulgent as any luxe shampoo, lipstick or oil in the market.

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I use BeautyCounter’s line of face wash, lotions, shampoo and conditioner.

Did you know that…..

There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today. Many don’t have any safety data. This is particularly true of those used in the skin care and beauty industry

Only about 10% of the 10,000 chemicalscommonly found in personal care products have safety data.

The United States has not passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients used in personal care products since 1938. It’s time for change.

The European Union has spent the past two decades banning or restricting more than 1,300 ingredients, the US has only banned 11 to date.

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I also love BeautyCounter’s tinted moisturizer and line of neutral makeup products that I feel good using daily.

Beautycounter has banned more than 1,500 ingredients setting a new health and safety standard

There are 3 ways to buy BeautyCounter products:

1. Simply buy them off of a consultant’s website at retail. I recommend buying from my girlfriend Toni, because she’s amazing and lives in the boonies of Minnesota and would love to hear from you!

2. Join BeautyCounter’s Band of Beauty for a $25 annual membership fee. Members get free shipping on orders over $200 and for every $300 spent members will earn a $25 credit and other perks.

3. Want to be a part of the BeautyCounter movement as a consultant? To join the company, you will need to purchase a starter kit for $85. Consultants get a 25% discount and can earn up to 35% commission.
Have you downloaded the Skin Deep Mobile App yet? It’s a fun way to scan all the beauty products that you are currently using and get a feel for how safe they are. I don’t want to tell you that the deodorant I’ve been using for years isn’t good for me. Ugh. Like I said, when you know better, then you do better. I can no longer purchase items that I know are unhealthy for me no matter how much I love them.

 

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Homemade Organic Fruit Rollups

The beginning of the school year always motivates me to make the kids healthy lunches and snacks. These delicious homemade fruit rollups are one of my favorites! The most time consuming part is cutting up all the berries. After that, it’s smooth sailing.

4 Ingredients you need:

4 cups strawberries

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Preheat oven to 150 degrees or to as low as your oven will go.

I like to make these rollups when there’s a sale on organic strawberries. Strawberries are on the dirty dozen list, so it’s important to buy them pesticide free when you can. Rinse the berries. Cut off all the tops and cut them into quarters.

Place the strawberries in a covered saucepan over medium heat. Pour in water.  Bring the berries to a simmer and let them cook down for 10-15 minutes, until the fruit is soft

Puree the fruit and water in a blender and return to the heat.

Add sugar and the lemon juice. Cook at a simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture has thickened (5 to 10 minutes.) Are you crazy for kitchen gadgets like me? Just had to include my trusty lemon squeezer because it makes me happy.

Spray a baking sheet lightly with cooking spray and then line with plastic wrap. (The heat is so low that it will not melt.) Pour the strawberry mixture onto the lined baking sheet until it is about 1/8 inch thick or so.

Bake the fruit puree in the oven with the door propped slightly open until the mixture is not sticky to the touch (about 8 to 10 hours). This is a great recipe to do overnight!

Let the fruit sheet cool and then tightly roll the entire sheet, still on the plastic wrap. Once cooled cut the rollups into desired width. Package in ziplocs for school lunches along with some homemade mini muffins.