THIS!!!!!  Did you miss my Facebook Live video about my favorite SAFE self tanners? Well just in case you did, I'm giving it a "take two" here on the blog.  You guys know me as that plant lovin, chemical hatin natural chick, BUT did you REALLY know that I am just as passionate and vigilant about what I put ON my body as what I eat? Did you know we absorb 60 - 70% of what we put on our skin right into our bloodstream?  And that some areas of our body are an astounding 100%?  I have been on a mission over the last couple of years to eliminate chemicals from my personal care regimen and household entirely.  The negative effects of this long list of chemicals is way more lengthy than the list of chemicals themselves! Ugggghhhhh - and so unnecessary as well -  as you can see - as I read over the ingredients in the video.  Let's hear it for the good ole radish! Some things have been more difficult to replace than others for sure.  Replacing the self tanner was tricky....we all know the perils of a BAD one.   The two I have settled on leave a beautiful color that I get so many compliments on.  Every. Single. Time.  Both of them are SO easy to apply. They are not overly drying, and do not have that awful offensive odor like virtually every other one I tried.  (one smells a little minty to me, and the other like almonds and coconuts YUM)  I use the My Skin's Friend spray for my face and hard to reach areas. I spray a good amount on, but no so much that it will run, and I don't rub it in. Sometimes I will use two layers depending on the amount of color that I want.   I use Beauty by Earth for the body.  I do one layer one day, and if I want more color do another layer the next.  I have included a link for purchase through Life With Nikki. I'm so pleased to share these with you, and I'm confident that you will love them just as much as I do.  Now - safely go get your tan on gorgeous girl!!!! xoxo

Chia Pudding With Blueberries And Granola


This is one of my favorite things to make and keep on hand for breakfast and snacks. The pudding has such a nice flavor - sweet- but not too sweet.  And this is so easy to make it's almost ridiculous!  This is definitely a recipe that works well with kids! Let them make their own.  Assemble some different ready to add fruits for them to choose from, and get some cute labels they can write their name on for storing in the refrigerator.

I ALWAYS store my parfaits in glass jars.  The glass jars make it so easy to grab and go, whether it's in the car, working at your desk, or just walking outside for a minute.  It's much easier than a big bowl or one of those plastic containers.  Not to mention it's better for the environment and Y O U!

Use any granola you like, and get creative with the fruit.  You can use anything.  If you follow me, you know by now I usually don't have a shopping list.  I buy what looks good and fresh.  I do love following a new recipe, BUT shopping intuitively is my favorite. It's exciting to see what you end up with, and it's fun figuring out what you are going to make with it!  Honestly some of my home run best recipes have come about this way.   The recipe calls for 2 - 4 dates.  Personally I believe 4 is too sweet, but you decide what you like best.  And you do not have to soak the dates. The pudding is delicious, and the texture is great either way.  Try both.

Have F U N making these, and share your fruit combinations and pictures with me! About the only thing I don't care for IN the parfait is banana because it turns brown and doesn't hold up well. However, I love slicing banana on top with a sprinkle of cacao nibs, unsweetened & unsulfured coconut, or toasted nuts.  A drizzle of blackstrap molasses for some extra iron for us Plant Based babies is a G O O D thing too.  Enjoy! xoxo

What You Need:

  • 1 Cup Coconut Milk (full fat in a can)
  • 1/4 Cup Chia Seeds
  • 2 - 4 Medjool Dates, Soaked & Pitted
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • Granola & Blueberries For Layering

How To Prepare:

Step 1:  Combine everything in a high speed blender and blend until completely smooth.

Step 2:  Pour a layer of the pudding, followed by a layer of granola, followed by a layer of blueberries, and repeat until the jar is full. Saving room for finishing with the blueberries.  Makes 2 servings and stores well in the refrigerator.

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