Dr. Hauschka: by J


While I’m certainly no expert on beauty and face care. I will say my skin is the best it’s been while using the Dr. Hauschka product line.

It’s either very well priced, or exorbitant depending on your perspective I guess. I feel a little guilty about the cost, but think it’s worth it.

I have sensitive, congested skin, and used to have both dry irritation and blemishes, which seems confusingly unfair to me, but I’m sure a dermatologist would completely understand the link.

I’ve been using the line for about 4 months now as a whole, and have less blemishes, and very rare irritation unless I’ve been eating poorly and drinking a fair bit.

I usually try to wait for it to go on-sale before buying, 20-25% off is common to see. For anyone wanting to try the line, I’d start with the moisturizer, then add in the cleanser and toner, and the face oil is probably not necessary for everyone, but I love it.

While I’ve never done a sponsored post, I thought I would clarify that this certainly isn’t one, and is really just me wanting to share a product I really love,

xo J


crisp rosemary almonds: by J

rosemaryalmondsffMy new addiction. Rosemary, thyme, sea salt and chile almonds. These take about 15 minutes from start to finish, and then time to cool down, which is hard to wait for.

I’ve made them 3 times in just over a week, with intents to store the leftovers, and have yet to manage to not finish them before the days end.

The recipe is really rough and can easily be played around with to meet your preference.

Place a few sprigs of fresh rosemary and thyme and a dried chile or two into a small puddle of olive oil on a quality pan, heat up gradually to release the flavors, and once at a low-medium, add the best almonds you can find, a few pinches of sea salt, a ground or two of black pepper, and toss them gently every few minutes so the almonds brown evenly. I’m guessing I used about a cup of almonds.

The almonds will start to brown, you don’t want them too dark, just a few shades darker brown all over. Once they are ready to come out of the pan add a pinch or two of cane sugar, and toss.

Pouring them onto a large plate will help the cooling time, as the almonds wont be crisp until fully cooled.

You can add a touch more salt or pepper to your liking once done, and breaking up the remaining rosemary and discarding the stem will leave delicious crisps of rosemary throughout.

xo J

quiet: by J

IMG_5939Introversion-extraversion seems to be the latest hot topic.

I finally picked up Susan Cain’s Quiet and found it very interesting. A self declared introvert, I found the explanation of the neuroscience aspects to be the most intriguing. Although, it makes a great read for both introverts and extroverts wanting to understand better themselves and the introverts in their life.

Overall the book looks at the different social needs of introverts and extroverts, examines strategies for introverts to utilize their natural traits, and even offers solutions for partnering with and raising introverts.

I didn’t love every aspect of the book, at times finding it a bit over the top as far as praising introversion, however, I certainly found it interesting and insightful.

xo J



basket: by J

IMG_5930 A dear friend gifted me this Ghana Bolga basket. And it has been the perfect farmers market and Bi-Rite companion.

It’s so beautiful to fill with the freshest fruits and vegetables that are held gently together instead of being crushed under each other.

xo J

She picked it up here.

bookhou: by J

IMG_5937IMG_5934I’ve had this guy for roughly six months now. Not sure what took me so long to post about it as it has been an incredibly faithful companion.

I was partially waiting for them to stock them in their online shop. As I had picked it out in the bookhou store while in Toronto last summer.

That being said, even if you can’t get this particular item, all of their bags are beautifully designed, with original drawings screen printed onto canvas, cut and sewn in their store-studio on Dundas street west.

It has held up incredibly well, showing few signs of wear, considering I use it everyday. Also for those of us who often need a larger bag as well, this would still work popped into a bag as it is quite light.

Love what they’re doing, and this perfect pouch/clutch,

xo J

2 ingredient pancakes: by J

photo (1)I’ve seen this recipe or one similar floating around the internet for awhile and have always raised an eyebrow at it. A two ingredient pancake, which could also be called a banana egg scramble, just didn’t seem like a great idea.

I had a craving for pancakes, an aging banana and 2 eggs on hand, and thought why not give it a try.

While I’m not gluten free, I do try to limit wheat in my diet, especially refined flours.

This recipe seemed impossibly simple, but the results were so enjoyable I had to share.

Simply mix 1 medium ripe banana with 2 eggs, and optionally a pinch of salt and a few shakes of cinnamon.

I found blending the banana with 2 eggs seemed better than just mashing as far as consistency goes, but mashing certainly works just fine.

Heat a nonstick pan on medium, melt 1tsp of ghee or butter, or neutral oil if you prefer, pour the batter into small puddles. Smaller pancakes flip much more easily, as these don’t set up quite the same as traditional pancakes do.

After a few minutes flip until browned on both sides. It will take a few rounds to use the batter, but they were fine just sitting on a plate waiting.

I found these perfect with a light drizzle of honey, lemon zest and slivered almonds, but feel free to top with your favorites, from additional banana slices, maple syrup, jam, berry compote, or just about anything you prefer.

xo J