I am generally skeptical about headache/migraine remedies. One bad one and I was over trying to find help. Ya feel me? Ya ya, some EO can provide decent temporary relief. I was looking for something more long lasting, without much hope.
That's until Migraine Magick decided to prove their product really was Magick! This company found here, www.migrainemagick.com, provided this product for free in exchange for a 100% honest Smart Girl review!
That is where this beauty comes in!
I was so so so happy to, first thing, hold onto a solid glass bottle. It's sturdy. The sprayer top is a fine, fine mist. It was well packaged with minimal plastics, which I appreciate a lot.
As for how well it performed?
This couldn't have come at a more perfect time. A HUGE storm was rolling in as I opened this and I had a HORRIBLE headache starting. I don't just get headaches, I get full on migraines if I don't nip it in the bud.
I really tested this with my whole faith, I didn't take a single medication and made it through the front without a major issue.
The beginning of my migraines start on the left or right side of my head and the back. Slowly rolling into all over pain, nausea and sensitivity to light of any kind. Talk about annoying. I can't just stop my day for anything! Being a busy Smart Girl in Pants!
I first did an allergy test, as everyone should. I already know I'm not allergic to any of the ingredients lists but always be careful. Ask your doctor before using. Also do not discontinue any medication without telling your physician first!
After my allergy test came out in Migraine Magicks favor, I sprayed onto my hands and pat this formula onto my hands and gently pat onto my 'headache zones'. I don't mind sprays but ya know. Then went ahead and jumped into spraying!
I personally like patting it onto my zones better. It seems to use less product and the feeling of this is AMAZING. My headache almost went completely away immediately. Not that I'm shocked, the ingredients are similar to other products I have used and experienced temporary relief. Will it pass the full blown storm migraine test?
I'm addicted to spraying this. I'll be completely honest. Not only did it feel amazing for my headache BUT it felt great over my skin!
Half the testing time I was in full faced makeup. I can say this product did NOT effect my fully set makeup. Something that can not be said about creams, oils or lotions. Y'all know what happens when you add lotion or oil on top of makeup, right? If not, I'll just tell you it's not pretty.
I love that this has magnesium oil! One of my favorite things for any issue I have! I love the tingle from it and knowing that tingle means benefits.
I love the oils in this! I feel like they used the best choices and it's not too scented. Ya know when you get a product and it's SO scented? Well, that doesn't always help migraines, at least in my case. I really don't like nutmeg when I have a headache, weird I know.
I also am in love with the crystal essences and frequencies included in this blend. This, imo, sets this product far ahead of the other headache/migraine products. I truly love crystals and I adore the different energies. I can say this is by far why I am so hooked on using it often!
I also love that I CAN use it often and that it worked to keep me comfortable all night!
what we all want to know...
the Smart Pants Review!
I officially give this 5/5 👖 👖 👖 👖 👖
This is a joy to use! I love the light scent, I love the finish on top of makeup. I love that nothing in it clogs my pores. I love the vibe I get from it. I love the bottle!
I will be buying this again and again!
Thank you so much, Migraine Magick for a one of a kind product! You have saved me from the storm!
Ask your doctor and try it yourself!
The Smart Girl in Pants
Oh yes, another recipe from the cold, rainy day.
I love the smell of cinnamon rolls in the oven. The entire house smells like cinnamon and sweet yeast bread. Can't be beat.
Yeast recipes can be a bit overwhelming for some. I was raised on yeast recipes, so it's almost second nature for me. Now, I make my own yeast bread base called sourdough. This was my zero Waste option for yeast but they also sell yeast in bulk in glass jars. Adorable jars, I might add. Jars everyone would want to reuse.
This recipe I will just be walking my Smart Readers through typical, fast rise yeast cinnamon rolls.
Really, I have always made my cinnamon rolls vegan. It's just not necessary to add all that extra junk!
Vegan Cinnamon Rolls:
-2 Tbsp canned chickpea liquid
-3 cups of flour (I would stick with fine milled pastry flour. Whole wheat or white)
-3 Tbsp fast rise yeast
-1/2 cup sugar
-another 1/4 cup sugar (or maple syrup)
-1/2 cup avocado oil
-1 1/2cup warm water
- 1tbsp flavoring. Today I chose maple syrup flavor I make at home with fenugreek!
- Cinnamon and sugar
-frosting (recipe below)
Start with blooming your yeast. This is done by using warm (not above 120 degrees F!), mixing in your 1/4c maple syrup and stirring in the yeast until dissolved. Allow to sit until nice and bubbly. There will be a nice foam on top! That's when you know you have woken up the yeast!
Add in the 1/2c avocado oil and then all the rest of the ingredients. Here's what I LOVE to do. Stir in half the flour and stir like mad for about 5-6 minutes. A mixer would work as well but I don't want to get mine out (The Lazy Girl in Pants...). Plus, free arm workout!
Tbis activates the gluten in the flour, important to texture! If you don't want to use a flour with gluten, skip this step.
Then add in the rest of the flour and turn onto a floured area. Knead for another 5-6minutes.
Allow to rise to double in a warm area.
Roll the dough out to about 1" thickness. Coat with avocado oil and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar! Roll up and cut with a good knife!
Form and place in your pan!
You can allow to rise again in the pan for about 30 minutes or cook right off. Allowing it a second rise will yield VERY flakey Rolls!
Bake at 350degrees F for around 15-20 minutes. Allow to brown a little but not harden your Rolls.
I was lazy today and since my cinnamon rolls are maple flavored, I went with a simple maple glaze. Just mixed equal parts vegan powdered sugar with blackstrap molasses! So good!
And that's that! Simple, yummy Vegan Cinnamon Rolls!
Enjoy and try to share!
The Smart Girl in Pants
I love fizzy drinks! Cold, bubbly drinks... it may come as a shock to hear that it's been WEEKS since I have touched any soda! If I need that fizzy fix, I pick one of these!
I found this link on Pinterest, which explains the difference between the two. GREAT explanation! Kombucha being made with tea and Kefir water made with water! Both use different forms of yeast and bacteria cultures to ferment. So.
Now... Which do YOU pick?!
Personally I make sure to drink both, daily. Both are awesome. Some days my body craves more than other days! Kombucha I can drink between 4oz-16oz day. Kefir water is about the same. Listen to your own body's needs and start slow, after consulting you doctor of course!
Love and Healthy Drinks,
-The Smart Girl in Pants
Perfect, flawless skin...
it's what companies aim to sell you. The idea that this can actually be a thing and your skin will always be exactly the same, no blemishes, no marks. The skin care industry is a multi-billion dollar insdustry. Basically we are paying to try to look the way they are telling us to look.
Skin is your first line of defense when it comes to your body. It's our largest organ, shedding cells daily to keep it healthy. A lot of things can harm our skin; sun, pollution, free radicals, physical harm and more.
But did you know that a lot of the things we are doing to our skin is also harming it? Things we were taught that help.
Below is a list of things that hurts your skin more than it helps and why.
Exfoliation is great for skin! Especially for dry skin that can have build up of dead skin cells. Exfoliation can help cell turn over rate, which means new, fresh skin.
Physical scrubs are often what a person turns to for this but is it the best choice? Some physical exfoliators are better than others but let me drop this now, none are ideal.
Soft scrubs still cause unnecessary drag and friction on your skin. Harsh things like baking soda, do not just cause unnecessary damage but the PH of baking soda isn't even near the PH of our skin. That can create a lot of problems with the natural flora that helps balance our skin.
These scrubs can also cause micro-tears all along the skin, wounds that will be open to bacteria.
Just skip the scrubs and go with a chemical exfoliate. You can even make your own from Vitamin C powder, citric acid and more (comment below if you would like a recipe). Chemical peels don't have to be expensive, toxic facials. Everything is made of chemicals. We are a big ball of chemicals. These naturally occurring chemicals I am talking about cause the 'glue' that's holding dead skin on to release easier. Removing dead skin can mean unclogging pores, helping fade scars and discoloration and even help minimize the appearance of wrinkles.
Chemical peels are the safest, more gentle way to revitalize your skin. Especially for acne prone or sensitive skin, you do not want to scrub your face with anything.
*Check with YOUR dermatologist before introducing ANY new product. My blog is for inspiration and suggestions, not to be confused with advice. Always seek medical advice first and allergy test throughly.
Simply not cleaning enough or too much
Why would cleaning too much be bad? Do I have to wash my face in the morning, all I did was sleep? I only oil cleanse, what else would I need?
Cleansing is the base of all your skin care. It doesn't matter what you put on your skin if your skin has a film of junk. A good cleansing routine can drastically change most skin types. It's recommended to cleanse morning and night. Why? Even though you are just sleeping, your skin is still exposed to bacteria and pollution. For 6-8 hours your skin is filmy with it. Yuck! I don't know about you, but when I wake up, I have to clean my skin. I just feels gross.
Oil cleansing is great, depending on the oils used. If you use a foaming, water soluble cleanser afterwards, most people can get away with a high comedogenic oil to cleanse with. Like coconut oil, avocado oil or castor oil. I love avocado oil (my nourishing, deep moisturizing oil), grapeseed oil (helps lipid barrier and high antioxidant) and castor oil (drying but high cleaning oil) in the winter. In the summer, I just use hemp seed oil to wash with. As your skin adjusts to changes in temperature and moisture content in the atmosphere, it's best to change your skin care to suit your new needs.
Always wash off with soap. Some type of foaming, water soluble cleanser. Oils that clog skin, like coconut oil and avocado oil, must be washed off with soap. Removing the clogging oils with the oils on your skin. Some oils, like hemp seed, are 0 out of 5 on the comedogenic scale. Does that mean you can just wipe off with water? Hell no. Imagine this, you have glue on your face all night. Dust, dander, fart air, tiny microscopic buggies and sebum secretions are all over that glue. You slap some oil on, massage it around don't wash it. That oil may be amazing for your skin but it's also tainted with all that yuck! Wash it off! Idc how good that oil is for your skin, it's tainted now. Wash that off.
Now is a great time to massage your skin as well. Massaging skin isn't necessary but I never realized how stressed my facial muscles were until I started messaging every day and night. Helps get fluids and swelling moving. I use a different stone sphere depending on my skin needs but rose quartz is generally a great pick. You can use your hands or I have friends that used spoons until they got their sphere in.
Choose a soap bar that is kin with the PH of your skin. Disrupting your skins PH is never a good idea, even for cleansing. Avoid harsh detergents! That's actually pretty hard to find but you can. Again, always check the PH of the cleanser!
Over cleansing not only removes all the hard work you just did on you skin care but unnecessarily aggregates skin and drys it out. Stick to twice a day.
Not using toner or using the wrong ones.
I get it. Y'all are busy humans. We don't have to for things we don't think are important. Well, if how your skin looks and feels is something you care about, it will only reflect what you do to take care of it. My whole skin care regime takes 10 minutes a night. I love it. I use it as my 'me time' and really pamper my skin that covered my inside-yuck all day. No bone and muscle showing today! Thanks skin! 👍🏼
There are two types of toners: cleansing toners and moisturizing ones. If you have to pick one, go with moisture. Hopefully if you read the last section, you can throughly cleanse your skin before.
Moisturizing toners do not have alcohol! That means no ACV (apple cider vinegar) or anything else with alcohol. ACV is amazing for skin, don't get me wrong but it does have alcohol. It would be considered a cleansing toner. Moisturizing toners are like hydrosols, rose water, etc. Acne prone skin types will want to avoid anything with a lot of glycerin.
The 7-skin method is the use of a moisturizing toner seven times in a row. Yup, seven. Patting each toner in (remember, rubbing is harsh and bad) until it absorbs. Then doing that seven times. The idea is a fully moisturized face absorbs more of the rest of your skin care. Sometimes I do this, sometimes I stop at two or three, if my skin feels moist enough. Trial and error for your skin needs.
The right toner can make or break your routine. If you use a cleansing toner (I have used two in one routine) follow up with moisturizing toner.
Not using oils after cleansing
Oh she's back to this huh?
Yup. That's right. I am. High quality oils are amazing for skin! They can take the place of serums, which often have not so great ingredients. No idea the logic there.
If I made you scared of oils in the oil cleansing section, good. You should be aware of what oil and when it's used on your skin, not just slapping things on because some blog said so
. Do not use high comedogenic oils as a serum step. Just don't. You will regret it. Pick an actual high quality oil like hemp, pomegranate or rose hip. These should be slightly tinted in color and lightly, naturally scented by the seed they originate. Hemp stinks (to some... others my love it. You know who you are) but it's one of my favorite finishing oils. Your finish oil should be 0-1 on a comedogenic scale. Stick to zero if your skin is very acne prone.
You do not need much, in fact too much would be bad. Just a few drops tapped all over the face is all you need.
Again. Always check with your doctor and allergy test! These are JUST TIPS. Not medical advice. I have not had the best results with plain pomegranate seed oil, I am VERY sad about that. When mixed with rosehip and hemp, my skin is fine. Sometimes trial and error is necessary to find what your skin wants.
Not Moisturizing skin
Finishing oils are amazing but generally you want to seal in that moisture with a good cream.
Picking a good cream is hard. You don't want a ton of parabens. You can't have pore clogging ingredients. You deserve quality product that will help not harm your skin.
Look for or make a cream with shea butter. Shea is a 0 on the comedogenic scale. Any butter with a 0-1 rating would be a good moisturizer. Again, if severe acne, go with 0.
Not wearing sunscreen!
If you made it all the way down to the end and don't want to wear sunscreen, you have wasted your time reading any of this. Sunscreen is crucial to having great skin. All skin types and tones need sunscreen. No questions, no doubts, no ifs-ands-or-buts. Even on cloudy days! WEAR SUNSCREEN.
Chemical sunscreens aren't the ideal choice for me. They absorb rather than reflect sun rays. This isn't ideal for preventing sun spots or freckles. I am a VERY freckle prone girl. Plus some of the sunscreen ingredients of chemical sun screens are scary when you heard about them from some folks.
I stick with a non-nano zinc oxide for me and my family. It's safe and even helps calm existing acne.
I make my own sunscreen so if you would like recipe, let me know!
There ya go. Don't do bad things to your skin!
I will have a blog featuring my skin care routine and seperate blogs featuring each step in detail for you, so keep your eyes open!
My skin has never looked better! I love the peace that my skin care brings. I try to make it a very zen atmosphere so I associate it with calm and relaxation. It's how I start off with a great day and end with a great night.
Love your skin that covers your insides,
The Smart Girl in Pants
Ah the great utensil debate...
amongst us the zero waste community the question continues. Wood or stainless steel?
Let's just start by saying either are infinitely superior for the environment than disposable plastic utensils. So if you prefer or have one or the other, great job! You are helping create less waste and are a winner in my book.
It does raise the question though, which of the zero Waste options actually creates less waste? Which is better in the long run?
That is actually a very difficult question to answer. In the end it will all come down to what you prefer.
Stainless Steal, there are a lot of stainless steel zero waste items. From bento lunch boxes to chopsticks. All of our water bottles are stainless steel and let me tell ya! After drinking from reusable plastic bottles my whole life, this is a huge change in water taste! I didn't think it would make a difference but it did! At least to my taste buds!
Stainless steel is made from some rather common minerals found in the Earth like nickel and iron ore. Then these minerals are heated, put through several processes such as multiple forming processes, cleansing residue, shaping and finishing. That's a lot of processes involving a lot of minerals and chemicals.*
Despite all of that, stainless steel creates a very sturdy product in the end. Eventually, even stainless steel will decompose but at a very slow rate. Stainless steel can be recycled!
To keep stainless steel in tip top shape, avoid leaving in contact with moisture for too long. It's very rust resistant but that doesn't mean you get to mistreat it entirely.
I have very little success stories with glass utensils (as you will notice, none as shown above). Everyone of them I get is marked for death by breakage shortly after I get it. I had a beautiful all glass tea set... until fate decided it was no longer meant to be.
I love glass containers though! I reuse every single glass jar that comes into our house. For drinking, food and general storage.
Most think glass is sand, while that is partially true that's not all. Modern glass has many chemicals used to produce strong, clear glass jars and utensils we all love. Pyrex is often used for measuring cups, for instance. There is a melting process, forming, finishing and cleaning process to making glass things.
Glass is generally very hygienic and sanitary to use but breaks very easily. It is not prone to leeching or rust. Once broken, it's generally not salvaged. Glass can be recycled!
To keep your glass items in tip top shape, be sure to cleanse them well and keep from dropping or applying force enough to break them.
Now for the wooden utensils. Wooden utensils make me think of wood elves or wild folk. Idk why. Mostly the spoons. You can find wooden spoons everywhere almost. Even on some disposable ice cream containers (you know, the little bitty tiny ones that aren't really spoons?). How much does it take to create those?
First, it takes the obvious, wood. The type of wood matters more than you think! In one article, it actually says that only 1/3 of the usable wood from a tree could be used to make chopsticks. Imagine the same could be said for wooden anything. That means a lot of trees will be cut down for these utensils.**
Then you have to consider the machinery to shape them, finish them and package them. Substantially less processing than stainless steel.
Another thing to take into account is wood is not a long lasting option. No matter what wood it is, at some point it will degrade faster than stainless steal. That means over time it will get cracks, splits and microscopic pores that will hold bacteria.
So, in the end it's all what you think is a better choice. Do you prefer something that is less processed but uses trees? Or do you prefer a more complex process but yields a long term option?
I love all the above! As long as it's not plastic, I'm all about that life!
What do you use?
The Smart Girl in Pants
If you have not heard about safety razors you are either brand new to zero waste, not into zero waste or live under a rock. Which to be fair is about as zero waste as you can get!
The very first thing I saw when searching Zero Waste was about these types of razors. Stainless steel, old fashioned. They look scary and sound even more so. By the way some people write/talk about them, you expect trouble. The stories I heard in real life, down right scary.
But that price though! You simply can not beat the price of refill razor blades VS another whole new razor or cartridge. Around the price of $10 will get you 50-100 double sided blades. The average user of these razors say their blades last them about a month. You do the math, that's a life of shaving.
Is it worth it though? Is it easy to use? Does it beat waxing or epilation device? Really is it a step back?
I was curious to say the least. After a LOT of research and price comparing, I went with the Parker 29L long handled safety razor, double edged. It was around $27 with free shipping and 5 free razors. Figured that was a good enough price to test it out and see if the stories were really that bad.
When I say horror stories, I mean bad. Rusty razors no matter what people did, ingrown hairs like mad. Others online said they were great, easy to clean and long lasting.
Here's to my skin folks.
My first time testing it, I was very wary. I went slow AF and with the direction hair growth. Eh. It was okay. Nothing to write home or the inter web about but meh. Cool, at least it worked... on a leg. Don't get me wrong, I have muscular legs with hard lumps and bone to work around but let's just say I was taking the test to the ultimate level.
So, when people say don't apply pressure, I'm almost 99% sure they say that because it's so easy to slip in the wrong direction. Aka side ways, which would most definitely lead to a cut. I can tell you I didn't cut myself one time during this test. Not once. And I cut myself on safety SCISSORS. The odds were stacked against me.
I stopped paying attention to going slow, because I do that. I went against grain and ya, got a bit haphazard with it. Fight me. Smoothed shave I have ever had. Not saying you should do what I do, remember the safety scissors? This could be a fluke. Don't be like me. Take it slow at least.
I shaved with homemade clay soap first, worked perfect. Then, I tried shaving with my shaving oil blend, worked well but MESSY TO CLEAN. I swear getting the oil off that stainless steel was as painful as never ending finger prints on stainless steel appliances. Imo, the oil wasn't necessary. The soap and water alone were great. I think this would all depend on your soap as well. Find one that's nourishing not over drying.
Against the grain was seriously the closest shave I have ever had. Now, that being said. The angle is very important. Sometimes it felt like I was getting a great shave only to look and it missed some. It's all about the angle you have it at. Too much one way and it doesn't shave well. Too much another way and it gets a bit too close for comfort. You'll see, it's one of those thing you have to try it to understand. Not hard to get use to though!
I shaved it all. Everything a Smart Girl in Pants can shave. No issues. Shaved like a champ. Never got dull. I was shocked to say the least.
Clean up was a jerk though. Not cutting myself getting everything squeaky clean and dry was scary, but I had my drama Pants on that day.
My gripe of this product is the head of the razor twists off to separate the top and bottom and un-sandwich the blade. It did twist slightly when I was shaving but never enough to fall apart BUT it could give a bit of wiggle to the blade. Wiggle = possible cuts.
If I get another, I may look for one that the bottom of the handle twists to release the blade VS top.
To clean mid shave, I did untwist a bit, swish in some water and twist it back down firmly. I thought that would get it all! That's what we do with plastic cased razors, swish and bang them a bit. Nah, this still was messy when I took it apart at the end. So in that case, the twisty top was pretty handy to quick clean mid-shave.
1) I can definitely say I am happy I got a long handle. Short would be okay, maybe even better in SOME AREAS of private matters.
2) All the horror stories were a bit of hype to me now that I have done it. Rust? Yup, that will happen to ANY metal in the shower. Clean it. This is much easier to clean than a cartridge won't come apart on a disposable. Definitely go slow and test these yourself and don't get hurt. I'm a blogger, not a baby sitter. Not my fault if you act a fool and get hurt. Warned.
3) Is it better than a disposable razor? Yassssssss. I won't be buying those ever again. Without a doubt better than disposable.
4) Better than waxing or other root hair removal? Depends on the person I guess. I have an epilator, it's okay. Better than waxing (which I have not found a great vegan wax. I would love to try one.). Epilation takes soooo long to do. Results last longer with root removal but is it worth me wasting an hour of my life? Hell no. I'll stick to the razor and shave when I damn well please, thanks. I could see root removal if I know I'll be on vacation and know I can't bring my razor (they sell the blades at Walmart though!). With root removal, I always get ingrown hairs. No matter what. With this? No irritation or bumps.
I did use a clay soap and clay tea tree lotion, both which I make so that helps in preventing ingrown hairs.
5) Worth it or step back? Worth it. If you shave, give this a go. I will not be going back to expensive but cheaply made plastic razors any day, ever. I'd rather not shave at all.
I say give it a shot. Don't go too cheap on the purchase, though. I read that some razors feel light and don't hold up. In my experience now over a few weeks, the added weight of the razor it's self helps a lot.
Would I pay $70+ for a safety razor? Maybe if it was made of rose gold, shaped like fox (my favorite animal) and cured all my ailments. If it shaved for me, I would pay even more. Do your research, read reviews and listen to your gut. I won't say buy the one I have but I admit, I am in love. I can't wait for The Smart Guy to finally make our razor stand... it's on the honey-please-do list that's about as long as my arm.
So that's that. Be smart about these. They are extremely sharp and don't be careless. Really. These are an amazing tool but treat it like a tool not a toy. Be careful, feel it out and clean it! Cleaning it is kinda a pain but think about how GROSS the other razors are? Even mid-shave quick rinse wasn't enough to get this razor totally clean. There is NO WAY to get in every nook of those razors. That thought alone...
All that bacteria was definitely why I always got ingrown hairs with plastic razors, and I used a new one every other day.
If you don't shave and don't want to shave, cool. Idk why you are here but how ya doing, buddy? Do your thing. Not shaving is literally as zero waste as you can get and I'm totally all about your freedom to do you. Not shaving isn't gross. It's not dirty and it's not unsanitary in any way. Shaving can actually lead to irritated skin, cuts and entry ways for bad bacteria to get into our bodies.
For the non-shavers, please don't hate or superior yourselves onto those of us that shave... no matter if we are irregular shavers or every day, sleek as a seal's butt shavers. Some people have jobs where shaving is necessary to a business like esthetic. Judging people for shaving is just as silly as judging someone for not shaving. Why do I shave? Because I do. I don't need to have or give any other reason!
In the end, People like what they like. We all have our reasons why we like something or don't. If you have any opinion on hair or no hair, leave it below and why! Let's just be cool.
I give these a 5/5 Pants.
I didn't count off for the twist head bit because I have gotten used to it and use it to my advantage. Much as I have with life in general. Boom, life, that's right.
Less hair don't care,
The Smart Girl in Pants
Grocery shopping. Some people love it, some people hate it. Catch me on a good day and it's tolerable, at best. Lucky for me, the Smart Guy in Pants is a great shopper. I'm wielding my phone with the calculator on because I keep forgetting how much I'm up to, losing coupons in the pocket and always forgetting something that just has to be at the back of the store.
Where we live, there are not many options for zero waste. The ones that are just happen to be very expensive. The Smart Guy will buy them but when I see those prices, my brain screams no! It hurts to watch our hard earned money dissolve into... well you know what happens after you eat.
I love to grocery shop shop where I can get the most from coupons. I have had great luck getting items free or near free. You can't beat it. Here's how I shop as little Waste as possible at a big chain store.
First, always bring your own containers. Not for bulk bins, because most of these stores don't have them. Rather, for fruits and veggies. Most things in the produce isle that are packaged are convenient servings; pre-cut salads, pre-cut fruits, veggie trays, etc. Avoid it all. I never once saw a plastic veggie tray and though "Wow, she really upped her game there! Such class!". No. 5-10 minutes and you can cut them up and put them in a beautiful serving platter or in a stainless steel box. So bring your own bags! Stainless steel or glass containers for meats too, if you choose to eat meat. Deli's most of the time can subtract the weight of your container. If they can not or will not, try bringing in wet bags. They aren't 100% zero waste but they are water resistant and weigh less. I have used this to get Shorts some lunch meat. Then I just toss the bag in my stainless steel box and go.
In my experience, most cashiers are polite when you bring your own bags. I have one lady who takes things out so I don't get charged for the bag weight (not that it's much and I don't mind if it was but she is such a sweetie!). If you are polite and come in during non-rush hours, your service will be better. Just remember, these are people too. They have bad days and get rushed. Don't be the person who makes their day difficult.
Second, buy containers you like and can reuse. This can be plastic if you feel comfortable using it again and have researched the number on the bottom of the plastic. Usually in a triangle. This number can tell you a ton about what plastics were used, health risks and more. Recycling is great but wasting nothing at all is better. Always remember that.
I love buying bulk things in jars or burlap bags. That is just the best. I use the big jars for everything from pantry storage to kombucha. I use the burlap bags for new zero waste shopping bags or storage. They have paper bags as well and cardboard boxes! I have used paper bags for making seed paper, making homemade note paper for cards and various things we would normally just use paper for. Boxes can be used for projects, revamped into awesome storage and more as well.
I love the pretty jars that would make my pantry look straight from a magazine but do they come with free pickles? No? Hard pass for me then.
In the end of the day, you can shop zero waste anywhere. It just comes down to how much you want it. You do not need to go to a fancy store and pay $15 for the same rice you can get for $5. Do it if you want to but for those of us that like the thrift, this a great option to get started. It's true though that bulk bins have a better selection! If you ever get too many jars, there are many places you can donate them! I remember begging my friends for any old jars they had, you could save someone's day!
Now, not all big chain stores will have the same items, maybe not even the ones I have pictures of. Try out a ton of places! Ethnic markets are usually stock full of paper, fabric and cardboard containers! Farmers markets are wonderful as well if you get there before they close (which I am the worst at doing, apparently).
Just some helpful tips,
The Smart Girl in Pants
I love macarons. Actually I love most things French!!! So vegan macarons are a must for me.
Due to the high request for my macaron recipe, I decided to kinda my signature twist on it: Easy and By the seat of my pantaloons. Get it, Smart Girl in Pants? Come on...
I'm not the best at following directions. I generally bake/cook on instinct. Which gives me varied results in the kitchen. It took a few failures to get my instinct correct on macarons. Heck even following the recipes I still had a few hiccups.
Despite rumors on temperamental macarons, I haven't had an issue with these vegan macarons. I make them rain or shine, cold or hot. I generally make my own almond meal and powdered sugar (cheaper AND if I have extra turbinado sugar, nothing beats turbinado powdered sugar!!) know I change up the little bits of ingredients every time because... I DONT MEASURE. I measure all day every day for work, my kitchen time is my freedom to create and be a bit reckless. I never waste! Even failed macarons are edible.
Here's my basic recipe. This involves aquafaba, reduced chick pea liquid. Sounds weird but it's the best ever! Tastes so
much CLEANER than egg macarons, don't knock it until ya try it.
For the aquafaba:
AIR BUBBLES. Generally from too thin aquafaba, little or no sitting time before oven or overwhipping in either aquafaba stage or almond flour stage
WHIP IT. I have whipped this hot and cold, doesn't really make too much of a difference. For hot, I whip it with 1/4c sugar and 1t of cream of tartar. For cold, I use 1/4c sugar and 1/2t cream of tartar. Just playing around (aka failing around) I found this to be pretty reliable. Whip it to soft peaks, which means it will make peaks but not hold them. Or stiff peaks. Whatever. If you want the insurance, go full stiff peak. The macarons could collapse easier though.
Generally I DO cool the aquafaba BEFORE I whip.
Before the next step, I add any color and flavors. I LOVE using essential oils for flavor, cacao absolute and vanilla absolute are my go to, I love a rich, deep, sweet flavor. I vow to try lime this spring though. For colors, I use my natural pigments from purple sweet potato powder to red cabbage powder! Even a TINY pinch of organic turmeric makes a grand yellow/orange. Where as organic matcha makes a GREAT light green! I have used natural pigment powders, gel colors... It works fine but I don't like spending money or eating synthetic colors when I have natural options. I also use my natural extracts! I love vanilla and lavender extract.
EVER SO GENTLY, fold in 1c almond meal and 2c powdered sugar.
I use a ziplock bag and cut the corner to pipe. I DO have one of the fancy-smancy piping rubber things but it is a bit too firm, hurts my hands piping 60+ shells! So Baggie it is, which I do wash and reuse to be zero waste! I DO love my fancy macaron silicone mat but parchment paper worked very well.
Let these sit out for 15-20minutes. This is pretty important. This helps the outside form a 'shell' so that it hopefully won't crack and the 'feet' will form, like the non-vegan macarons. Just don't open the oven... Just dont. Can cause cracked tops AND huge waste of heat! If you do it ever, stop! Stop now.
Oven time varies on different recipes as well. I usually pre-heated my oven (because I bake/cook A LOT, so it usually already going). I have also put them in with the oven Cold and started it that way. Both have work for me. I did say lazy.
You will probably have a few fails. Not gonna lie! I failed for MONTHS. I swear I almost quit but I'm SO STUBBORN. That's how crazy these made me. Regardless of what technic, what recipe, whatEVER, you will find your own groove. Give it time and learn with every single mistake! Eventually you will just KNOW what works and what doesn't for you. Never be ashamed of failing, you will get this! Remember, Even ugly macarons are still edible.
Simple Vegan Caramel Chocolate filling (we LOVE THIS).
Pop this into your food processor or whip by hand... which is what I do. Because cleaning more shit is bull.
So, my fails and success with the vegan macaron! I love these little cookies! Calories vary but you can easily calculate (My Fitness Pal is VERY helpful! Helps calculate calories for your recipe AND nutritional facts! Just type in how much and of what!).
Being vegan means the most to me! I don't find these to be much more difficult than standard macarons. Both are kinda known to be tricky to get the hang of. Be sure to ask your own doctor before ingesting ANY essential oil. Even if you don't want to, do it. Avoid toxic ones especially like eucalyptus and certain oils during pregnancy and breast feeding. Oils can interfere with drugs and medications so ALWAYS BE CAREFUL, regardless of what anyone tells you. Also, feel free to check out my blog on how to make your own organic vanilla and other flavored extracts! These may be a better option for people who choose not to use essential oils. Many organic and natural baking flavors are available on the market as well so you have MANY options. There ya have it! If you get it on the first time, AWESOME! If you are a 'creative cooker' (I like to think of myself as such!) and don't exactly get it perfect your first shot, don't give up! It's just a cookie! You can do it!
Even ugly cookies are edible,
The Smart Girl in Pants
I have recently gotten on a HUGE smoothie kick. It really does help me start my day better and keeps me feeling full until dinner! I love all things cold, DELISH so it makes me happy.
My only gripe is the plastic jar... don't get me wrong, I reused it. It is big so it's perfect for loads of things but I hate that I purchased a thing in plastic and promoted plastic production.
I LOVE adding veggies in my smoothies. I HATE when people day 'that's gross' without 1) ever trying it or 2) just trying one and judging them all. It's an EASY and PAINFREE (unless veggies give you pain) way to get tons of vitamins and minerals in a yummy way! Anyone can accidentally make a smoothie taste like a plate of salad but once you find that PERFECT blend, you will be so happy you did!
I have tried SEVERAL Green powder supplements and each was good. Expensive but had a great taste. Cheap but kinda chalky. Medium priced and weird flavor.
I happened upon this one, Super Greens, last night doing some shopping (at Walmart, aka easy to find for most of us) and first thing this morning busted into it!!
I liked that it has organic greens, the powder is fine and the flavor is basic. Why would I like that? Who wants fake lemon flavor or that chemical sugary taste when you want to make a smoothie? Not I!
So first things first, I had some kale and spinach I NEEDED TO USE ASAP. Other than loading up with my dinner, I had other plans! Blend it and freeze it! Easy to pop into my next 12 smoothies (12 ice cube slots). I added this Super Green as well. Just blended with some water and froze! Lasts for months in a freezer bag (idk how much longer because I go through it quick!).
Now the real taste test! I used the left overs to make myself a Pineapple, mango, papaya smoothie with this lovely spinach/kale/super greens combo. LOVE IT. Sadly I drank it so fast I didn't get pictures, that in itself is amazing. Most smoothies last me at least 45minutes to drink it all.
The basic flavor disappeared into my awesome fruit blend and I felt wonderful all day!
I have officially found another love-y product! Easy to get, reasonable price and decent but easy to improve/cover flavor. Plus? Check out all the goodies in there! I didn't even have to add my matcha powder! It's already in there! Brussel sprouts?! OMG can't even taste it.
I'm in love with how easy it is to find more natural things at the local stores! Makes my heart happy that healthy can be right at your finger tips!
Give it a shot I say! Check for allergies/calories/anything else of interest and with your doctor before making any huge changes in your diet.
Also, yes my Skinny Girl blender finally died. Not because of anything it did. I may or may not have accidentally killed it. It still has a place in my heart but I am now using Ninja Food processor and it does a great job as well!
4/5 Pants on this one, took 1 Pants off because... plastic. That being said the plastic used is a number 2. High- Density Polyethylene, no
marked health issues though many still list it as kinda safe (aka reuse with craft items, non-food items), can stand high heat and is recyclable.
If I could find this in glass they wouldn't be able to take my money fast enough.
Did someone say smoothie,
The Smart Girl in Pants
If you know me, you know our Smart Pants family includes The Smart Pups. They are our furry family members!
They are both rescues, I would dare to say they saved us more than we saved them.
Luna, the oldest, is the alpha. She is a borador (border collie and Labrador mix). Her Border Collie traits are very obvious. She helped Pants learn to walk for goodness sake! She even trained out other Smart Pup! If you can't find her, she's out checking the perimeter of our fenced yard, making sure no one gets in to her Smart Pants Family. Always on the look out. So serious.
Loki, the younger one, is by our best guess an American Pit Bull Terrir mix. He's the sweet one. He follows us around, especially the Smart Kids, to make sure they are safe. If you want snuggles, he's the one to go to. He's always got this big ole smile on his gorgeous face every time we come home! He also loves cars rides!
Like any pet owner, we worry about our pets. That's where the Poof Pet Tracker comes in!
I was sent this product for free for my full, honest review and I promise you that is what you will get. The ups and downs.
I was pleasently surprised when I opened the box. It looks and feels just like my Misfit Tracker! Do you have any idea how excited I was that my Luna and I could match? Ridiculously so. I didn't even pick the style or color! It was just an awesome surprise!
It comes with two style attachments:
A Holster case for the Pea
A Ring style case for the Pea
for dogs that do not like dangling things, I recommend the hostler.
It also comes with an app you must download to track your pets progress throughout the day. This includes activity and calories. It's also water proof!
So, time to test!
What was the Smart Pups opinions?
Luna took a while to warm up to the ring style attachment I chose. Once we switched it to the holster style, she just acted the same. Just like wearing her collar!
Loki loved it! He was prancing around like he was dressed to the nines! He loved the attention too (camera hog!!).
So my opinion?
1) I love the different wearing options. Luna did not like the ring attachment because it dangled. I could see how that would take away from her ever so serious duties of guarding us. But she didn't mind the holster one bit!
2) I love the style of the Pea itself! So cute, seriously I'm so excited we match. I just don't care, it's too adorable.
3) It's really accurate tracking the Smart Pups. Ends up Loki is much less active, ha.
4) 100% of the proceeds go to the Greatergoods.org charity! Come on! That's AMAZING.
5 out of 5 Pants!
I really appreciate how they thought of different pet preferences when they created the attachments. I love the modern style. I adore the ability to track The Smart Pups, even when I'm not home.
Even better? This isn't just for dogs! Cats and many other pets could use this!
I bet if my Smart Pups ever tore up anything (never have) I could probably figure out the exact moment it happened based on analysis of their activity levels. Just a theory but it would be fun to experiment!
I will be buying another so The Smart Pups won't have to share, I think Loki gets a bit sad when he doesn't have a turn with the Pea!
Snuggling Smart Pups,
The Smart Girl in Pants
The Smart Girl in Pants