My Top 5 – Beauty


Sharing the Top 5 beauty items I couldn’t live without!!

When it comes to beauty I am fairly simple & definitely no expert! Sure there are shampoos, oils, soaps & cleaners I also use on the daily! But these are tried, true & items at the top of their category, as far as I am concerned! *Note: sharing these brands because I truly love them! Not an ad.

1) Big Sexy Hair – Spray & Play Hairspray

Over the years I worked in the hair industry, I tried a ton of hairsprays & I have done countless brides & bridal parties who need serious hold! Out of all the bottles I sprayed Big Sexy Hair is my all time favourite!! Tons of hold & your hair still moves, no crunchy/hard hair here!!

2) Natural Deodorant – Piper Wai 

I went on the hunt several years ago for natural deodorant. I struggled between the ones that did nothing And the ones that left me with rashes! Neither are very great options. Piper Wai eliminates both problems! It retails for approx $14, but the jar lasts me nearly 6 months! 

3) Natural Mascara – Pure Anada 

About a year ago I tried to clean up my makeup and go a more natural route. I found Pure Anada and have been sold ever since. I love their product quality and find they have great color options. Natural mascaras are tough – They can leave you raccoon eyed by noon! But a I really find this mascara to be top of its class – no flakes, no running, no black eyes!!


I have recently been adding a couple drops of DoTerra Lavender essential oil to my tube. Keeps the bacteria down, leaving no clumps! For sure extends the life of a tube!

4) Jade Roller – by Province Apothecary

I posted a few weeks about about starting to use a Jade Roller & so many of you responded you were obsessed with the feeling, even if it was doing nothing!! And I kinda agree! My roller is by Province Apothecary, a Canadian Company based in Toronto, which I love! I got it as a gift for Christmas & have used it daily since – I really am obsessed with it! I have read about it helping to diminishing fine lines & the lymphatic drainage. The benefits seem amazing! What I can tell you I noticed right off the bat:

  1. the puffiness under my eyes is diminished
  2. my skin feels like it is absorbing the oil I use to moisturize
  3. it wakes me up! I keep mine in the fridge & after rolling for a few minutes I can actually feel the blood flow stimulated in my face.

Honor able mentions:

My moisturizers – Jojo Oil, Rosehip Oil & Lavender Oil. Amazing for moisture, anti aging & anti bacterial. I made a roller ball with my Jojo & Lanvendar for easy application. My Rosehip oil comes with a dropper, just a couple drops on my finger tips does the whole face!

5) My Scrunchie

This scrunchie is old & worn, but it’s my best friend! I can’t sleep with my hair on my neck of touching my face, no exaggeration! Elastics can pull your hair quite tight & leave you with breakage, so a scrunchie is a perfect solution. It’s soft on your hair, no pulling. & Bonus! It leave zero creases! So you can pull it out & wear your styled hair another day. Which for me is basically a lifesaver 99% of the time!!

Bonus Entry:

homemade dry shampoo (see recipe in previous post) literally saves more mornings in my week then I could count!!!


My Top 5 – Baking

Call me nosy, but I just love seeing the inside of someones pantry or fridge, the items in their makeup bag or their carry on for a trip. I love hearing about someones experience at a new restaurant or their opinion of a product. It is amazing to learn from others and its a bonus if it helps to save time or money!

I love trying new things, but I am absolutely a creature of habit! I tend to stick with a few items and only venture outside of them occasionally.  Thought I would share my top 5 items in a few categories – some have been trial and error or a fluke find. Some I have learned about family or friends or some from other bloggers. Others are alternatives or deals, personal preferences or most used!


My Top 5 – Baking 

There are so many ingredients I love for baking –  Flour alternatives (spelt, almond, buckwheat etc.) Oils (avocado, coconut or olive) Quinoa (cooked, uncooked, flakes & puffed) not to mention Dark Chocolate and all the Nut Butters! But these would be the items I use daily in a variety of ways, use for a healthier option or would be lost if weren’t on hand!


1. Oats

It is a rare day the bag oats does not get pulled out of our cupboard. We eat them warm, soaked for overnight oats, baked oats or in flour form for baking! We use a combo of quick, large flake and steel cut depending on the recipe. We buy at least one a big bag of Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut at Costco per month. The quality is top notch and there is no beating the price! I also use this bag to grind into Oat Flour. I use our magic bullet to pulse and grind the oats into flour for baking and pancakes. It takes a few extra minutes but I find it is worth it to save the money!

2. Apple Sauce

Normally recipes will use apple sauce to cut back on the oil/fat. Although this is great and works great, I use it for a whole different reason! I use it to cut back on the sugar/sweetener. For me personally that is where I like to see quantity cut back for myself and my family. It adds a great amount of sweeteness, the fiber and vitamins from apples and allows other sweeteners to be cut in half in most cases! Win, Win, Win!

3. Hemp, Chia, Flax

Yes, that is 3 things – but this trifecta is pretty much 1 ingredient my baking! I add these to everything! Sometimes as a flax or chia egg and sometimes just a few tablespoons for the added nutrition!  I could go on and on about the benefits of these super seeds – protein, fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals – the list goes on! They dissolve well into most recipes & sometimes help a recipe for binding or absorption.

4. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is the most used spice in our home! We add it to our shakes, matcha, coffee, baking and some cooking! I love this spice for the same reason I love apple sauce, it happens to create sweetness without the use of extra sweeteners! It is rich in minerals and vitamins – found to be an antioxidant and an aid in inflammation. And with more and more research coming out about all the benefits of this spice to our overall health there is no reason not to add it in!

5. Maple Syrup

Canada, eh?! In the spring I took the kids to the Sugar Bush. They saw the tapped trees, tasted the sap, saw the process of boiling the sap down and had pancakes with fresh syrup at the shack! During their breakfast my son proclaimed “Mom, maple syrup is so sweet! I bet this is all you need to make cookies sweet!” There you go folks, outta the mouths of babes! Although I do use honey, coconut sugar or on the rare occasion (birthday cakes!) powdered sugar, 100% pure maple syrup is really all I use. I love the sweetness it adds without any overpowering taste. Perfect!