Welcome to Slow Saturday! While I’d kill to run a couple errands today, I’m grateful that there are no practices or games or birthday parties to run off to. I reflect all the time on simplicity and what it looks like to slow down. When we are in “normal” mode (what will THAT even look like in a few months???), it requires an incredibly concerted effort, and quite frankly, pushing against norms to live simply. But, now, we are forced to. It’s our “new normal” and one thing I will be intentional about holding onto when we can go back out into the world.Read more “Slow Saturday: How to Cook from Your Pantry without a Recipe”
Hi!! Happy Friday and welcome to April. Is TGIF even a thing right now since we’re all home anyway?? I’m not so sure, but I’m still looking forward to happy hour in just a short bit and heading into the weekend. What can I say, creature of habit, even when I can’t leave my house to meet up with friends! Friday may look a little different these days, so I thought it was a perfect time to launch Friday Favorites! Each Friday, I’ll be highlighting five of my favorite things! As always, you can trust they’ll only be things we use and love around here!!
And, with a focus on Spring Cleaning, I thought I’d highlight some cleaner safer home and personal products I love and use daily. (This post contains affiliate links, but you can trust that we will only promote products that we use and love!!)
- Balanced Skin: I haven’t used a toner in ages, and when I did, I opted for Thayers Witch Hazel. It uses non-toxic ingredients and is super affordable. My skin has been feeling out of balance lately so I recently went back to it and I’m never stopping again! Hello clean. I love putting it in a spray bottle for a post-workout can’t wash my face for a while situation. At home, I swipe on with a reusable flannel facial pad.
- Hydrated Skin: Countermatch Adaptive Skin Moisturizer has been my go to since November. Super lightweight and not greasy feeling at all. Perfect on its own or under make up. Here ingredients? Squalene, derived from olives draws moisture to the skin and restores elasticity, while phytic acid boosts radience and helps ski breath for a natural glow.
- Clean Home: Young Living Thieves Oil. Diffuse it, clean with it, rub into feet, the possibilities are endless. With cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, rosemary and lemon oils, it leaves an amazing warm spicy smell not matter how you decide to use it. YL oils are pure therapeutic grade oils that are a safe alternative for cleaning and personal care. I recently made the switch from my usual brands and I’ve been really impressed with the effectiveness.
- Resurfacing Peel: This is my must have weekly skin refresh. I was without it recently while traveling and boy what a mistake!! I use it one-two times each week at bedtime and wake up with minimized pores and an amazing glow. It has changed the texture of my skin over the last few months. The heroes here are the multi-acid complex and essential fatty acids for cleaner safer results.
- Natural Deodorant: My favorite is Primally Pure. How many natural deodorants have you tried or are you terrified of trying them because you’re afraid they won’t work? I get it, nobody wants that embarrassing moment you lift your arms at a concert or when you go in for that high-five at the gym (um, can you tell I’m dreaming of leaving the house?). I tried probably five (that I can remember) and so far, only one of them has stood the test of time…Primally Pure. And hey, we’re all at home for a while so why not give it a shot? You can put through the ringer of your home workouts and the stress of home school for a while! (Use my special code just for Snow Happy readers besnowhappy10 for 10% your order!)
That’s all for this edition of #fridayfavorites! Comment with some of your favorites below!! As always, if I can help you on your journey to be well with cleaner safer skin care and other changes in clean living please reach out!
It’s like we woke up one day and the world was different. Our family went from getting excited for spring break to canceling our plans. I went from preparing my template to write an article about our time at Jackson Hole and Big Sky to wondering what kind of content makes sense for Snow Happy in this world of quarantine. We are in a new reality and we have a choice how we want to react to it. Either way, here we are! Now what???Read more “Week 1 Life on the Inside: How a Skier Writes about Quarantine”
Have you cleaned out and cleaned up your make-up bag yet this year? No? Now is the time!! Spend some time looking up the ingredients of what you’re currently using and don’t forget to check those expiration dates! I just realized my mascara is over 6 months old and optometrists recommend you replace it every 3 months for eye health! No wonder my eyes have been bugging me…who knows what’s lurking in that tube.Read more “How to Clean Out and Clean Up your Make Up Bag”
Well, who knew??? It’s National Gluten Free Day today!! Anything can be a thing. In honor of this day, developing a path to cleaner living and healthier eating, I wanted to share this delicious, decadent and hearty soup recipe with you all. This non-dairy, gluten and grain free soup is loaded with greens and will disappear before you know if so double up for leftovers! It is a family favorite here in the Snow Happy house and will leave you feeling all warm and cozy.
Let’s take a quick minutes to talk ingredients:
I always buy organic greens (lettuce, kale, spinach, you name it) because heavy pesticides are used when growing this type of produce. Typically, farmers use a lot of pesticides to grow anything not super disease resistant or produce that bugs love. I highly recommend checking out the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists as a great place to start when evaluating what’s most important to buy organic.
Gnocchi is a really fun way to involve the kids in cooking if you have the time. But, when you don’t, and you need grain and gluten-free pastas, I highly recommend Cappello’s. The gnocchi is an amazing stand-in for the real deal and their almond flour based pasta is fresh and takes like homemade egg noodles. Need I say more?
When buying coconut milk, be sure to read the label (well, really, read the label on anything that didn’t come directly from a tree, bush or the dirt) to make sure the ingredients include coconut cream and coconut water. Many brands add fillers and gums for consistency and to keep it from separating, but I prefer it as nature intended!! Separation? No problem. Stir well if you need a small amount and if you don’t just dump the whole thing in!!
And finally, beware the ingredient list on any store bought stock. Look out for words like “natural” and “flavoring” and sugar. I know, don’t even get me started on why there is sugar in the stock. The organic stocks are typically okay, but give that box a read nonetheless. I try to keep homemade on hand, but you know, sometimes you just need things to be easy!
Just a note on gluten-free eating…it’s not for everyone for sure. We definitely practice eating in moderation around here and love a crusty loaf of sourdough and pasta, but we are working on gut-healing and for now, avoiding gluten is part of our plan. You can most certainly modify this recipe with ingredients that suits your family’s dietary needs and tastes (sub high-quality organic milk for coconut milk and/or pasta for the gnocci or almond noodles). I love soups because they are flexible and forgiving!!
Hope you enjoy!!!
Creamy Sausage and Greens Soup with Gnocchi
- 2 tbsp extra olive oil or ghee
- 1 small diced onion
- 1 lb italian turkey sausage Ground turkey works well, too. Just add a couple teaspoons of italian seasoning to taste.
- 4 cloves minced garlic
- 4 cups chicken broth or stock
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning blend
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 2 bunches kale, chard or spinach chopped or torn Any greens will work. Frozen is great, too! If using fresh kale or chard, remove from stem before chopping
- 2 cups coconut milk (1 can)
- 2 tsp dijon mustard Or 1 tsp mustard powder
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 12-15 oz gnocci or pasta
- Heat oil or ghee in a large stockpot and saute onion until translucent. Then add sausage and cook until browned.
- Once meat is browned, add garlic and saute a few minutes (you will start to smell it). Add stock, remaining seasonings and bring to boil. Once boiling, reduce to simmer.
- Add greens and stir in coconut milk, mustard and vinegar. Bring back to a simmer.
- In the last few minutes of cooking, add gnocchi or pasta. Simmer until cooked through (the fresh pastas will only take a minute or so; dried longer). If planning leftovers, some prefer prepare gnocchi or pasta separately and add to each bowl so it doesn't break down too much when storing).
- Season with salt and pepper to taste!
It’s been a while since I’ve been on a formal skin care routine. Since I cleared up my acne, I never really got back to taking care of my skin – soap and water and a moisturizer. But, now, nearing a new decade, years of sun-damage becoming apparent and my skin just feeling “congested” (no acne, but dull and clogged pores), I knew it was time to face it head on. I tried all kinds of “natural” and “organic” products without results. (Not to mention, with the lack of regulation in the cosmetics industry, those words have little meaning).
I don’t know about you, my friend, but kiddos got out of school today for break and really feels like we’re getting into the holidays now! We are all ready for a break from the routine! And, to kick off the weekend, I’m really excited to let you all know about a Beautycounter sale…cleaner safer beauty favorites for less? Yes, please!!! This article includes affiliate/commission links. But, here at Snow Happy, you can trust 1) we will only review and promote products we have tried, and 2) we will always be honest with you.Read more “Beautycounter Big Clean Sale: My Top 5 Faves”
I don’t know about you guys, but the colds and other mysterious viruses are hitting hard around here. How do you stay ahead of it? How do you get over it? The struggle is really, especially with kids in school. About a year ago, we jumped on the green smoothie train. We had been spinning up smoothies for years, never had they been so green!! But, loaded with nutrients, we find they help boost our immune systems and are an amazing energy boost to start the day. We just plain feel better! Our kids love them, too!Read more “Energize Your Day and Boost your Immune System: Our Favorite Green Smoothie Recipe”
Happy Holidays, my Snow Happy friends! I am so excited to bring you our first gift guide to help you find the perfect gift for even the hardest to shop for on your list! We are staying true to our mission and will only bring you products we use and love – our Favorite Things! This article includes affiliate/commission links. But, here at Snow Happy, you can trust 1) we will only review and promote products we have tried, and 2) we will always be honest with you.
Grain-free and stuffing just don’t seem like two words that even make sense in the same sentence, let alone the same recipe! But, let me tell you, this recipe is the bees knees and hits all the amazingness that is stuffing. I mean stuffing IS the reason I show up for Thanksgiving dinner. It is what keeps me munching on leftovers long after the plates have been cleared and the last crumb of pie licked clean.Read more “Cleaning Eating: Delicious Grain-Free Stuffing Recipe”