I’m so happy the election is over so we can move on with our lives…. said nobody. BUT, I’m not going to be bringing it up anymore. Let my blog be a happy place for those of you who, like me, need a place on the internet that isn’t oversaturated with politics and misery. So, let’s dive right in and just talk about this granola, mmkay? More specifically, salted caramel granola. Paleo, gluten free, grain free, vegan, delicious salted caramel granola. This granola is a more subtle approach to seasonal treats that isn’t uh… unnecessarily doused in pumpkin spice. NOT A FAN. Sorry not sorry. Pumpkin spice, step aside for salted caramel, the real winner of Fall. We all know it, right?
Well, it’s been a while since I talked about my stomach problems and at this exact moment, I’m being constantly reminded ‘hey I exist remember me’ by what I refer to as the baby sharks in my stomach SO let’s dive right in, shall we?
The last time I updated, I talked about the low sulfur diet my naturopath had me on to see if sulfur and sulfates were the root of my stomach problems. Spoiler alert: they’re not. With the huge amounts of elimination diets I’ve been doing this year, my naturopath and I have basically come to the conclusion that more likely than not, my problems are not due to the foods I’m eating (to an extent, I’ll still be following a mostly-Paleo diet because it does make a difference to cut out grains and dairy), but rather the fact that my insides just do not work the way we need them to. My pancreas doesn’t release enzymes when it’s supposed to, my gallbladder doesn’t produce enough bile to break down the foods I’m eating, and my digestion is slow and painful. The frustrating thing is that we can know all of that, but it doesn’t lead us to a solution. How to make me feel better.
Hello hello! As my search for the best of natural and organic makeup goes on, there’s a product I haven’t seen much of: color correcting concealers. As someone who deals with breakouts, flushed red skin, and dark undereye circles, I can certainly use a little help. A quick google search for ‘natural green concealer’ brought me to Glory Boon Wholesome Cosmetics, an organic and natural makeup shop on Etsy. Glory Boon creates safe and detoxed cosmetics in small batches, and for natural makeup, the price is pretty dang good.
Happy Hallow’s Eve!
I know this is such a ~basic~ thing, but I really do love Halloween. Not so much for the candy anymore, but I adore seeing other people’s creativity expressed through incredible makeup and costumes. I love the cold, chilly night Halloween always seems to fall upon, the crunchy leaves on the ground, and of course, all the Halloween episodes of my fave shows. You can’t deny they’re always the best, am I right?? J and I just finished American Horror Story Hotel, and I loooooved the Halloween episode. So spooky. Yes, I know I’m a year behind everyone else. Also, I hate PLL, but the Halloween episodes? THE BEST!
The hardest part about buying cosmetics online, whether organic or conventional, is not being able to try it before you buy it. Is this color going to look weird on me? Will this foundation match my skin tone perfectly? Will the texture be completely wrong for what I need? These are all concerns I’ve faced when seeking out organic and natural cosmetics. It’s hard to find them in store, unless you’re at a specialty shop. And considering I live in a tiny town without even a Trader Joe’s (gasp, I know, the horror), I don’t think I’ll be finding any organic makeup anywhere nearby. So into the cycle of buy-try-repeat I go.
I can’t believe that October marks 11 months of blogging on Odessa Darling! It’s been a year of growth, both with blogging and personally. I’ve been facing a lot of issues head-on that I’ve been avoiding the past few years and all that’s coming back to me is good and pushes me to keep going. I’ve grown up a lot this past year. I’m a lot different than I was last October, and not just because I’m blonde now. I’m doing better and better keeping toxic thoughts from my head, toxic things out of my body, and learning how to take care of myself. I still fail and fall down, but I’m able to pick myself up a hell of a lot faster than I used to.
Life is stressful lately. But you know what’s not stressful? This apple cranberry quinoa salad. Seriously. It’s so easy to mix up to serve with dinner or to bring to a potluck with you. It’s the perfect balance of sweet, crunchy, and savory, thanks to fall fruits, toasted almonds, and a delicious honey-mustard dressing that lightly coats the salad and amps up the flavor. If you’ve been feeling how I have lately, you’ll take comfort in this: take a few deep breaths, and proceed to stuff your face with this quinoa salad.
Hello hello and happy October! Can we talk about the fact that I’ve been waiting for it to be fall since spring and it’s finally fall??? I’m so excited about it you don’t even know, yo. I am so down with all the wonderful things that go along with fall: switching from cold brew back to hot coffee, autumn and winter produce, warm and hearty breakfasts and dinners, snuggling under warm blankets…. My boyfriend and I just got new (matching) fuzzy blankets and we have been in heaven. Also, speaking of hearty fall breakfasts: This sweet potato french toast.
It’s been several months since I started transitioning to natural and organic makeup, and I started with the brand 100 Percent Pure. They use only natural and organic ingredients, don’t include any artificial fragrances (huge for people with sensitive skin!) or colors, and all products are cruelty-free. They dye their makeup with fruit! I think that’s awesome. Now that I’ve (mostly) settled into a good, toxin-free makeup routine, I’ve been stepping up my skincare routine to do the same. I’ve been replacing my toxin-laden scrubs and body washes for more natural and friendly versions, and found myself back on the 100 Percent Pure website for the millionth time. Last month, they had their Friends and Family sale going on, and I knew it was time to scoop up a few more goodies to try out!
California road trip, part two: J and I drive a million miles to Yosemite back up to Lake Tahoe and back to Washington all within 72 hours.