Review: Ava Anderson Eye Cream

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a beauty review! I’ve been using the Ava Anderson Eye Cream for about 3 months now, so I’m ready to give a full glowing review.

ava anderson eye cream

image source: Ava Anderson

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Farmshare Week 16

This week might be our biggest haul of the season. Of course it would happen on a day I was walking he and my hands were full. I’m so glad the farmer had eggs again.
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There was:

  • Lemongrass (what the heck do I do with all of this?)
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Beets
  • Pattypan squash
  • Lettuce mix
  • Peppers
  • Eggs (extra purchase)

The tomatoes have already been sauced so that I can make stuffed peppers for a family dinner. I have so many peppers! I hope no one minds they will be 5 different varieties of peppers.

Other things I made this week…

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Review: Ava Anderson Lemon Sugar Body Scrub

I received this Ava Anderson Lemon Sugar Body Scrub in an event gift bag in December (!) and am just now trying it out for review.
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The ingredients are excellent: Sucrose (Organic Cane Sugar), Butyrospermum Parkii (Organic Shea) Butter, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Oryza Sativa (Organic Rice Bran) Oil CocosbNucifera (Organic Coconut) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (lemon) Peel Oil, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Extract

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Coconut Cult: 5 Favorite Uses for Coconut Oil

It seems like everywhere I turn around, someone is talking about coconut oil, and I’ve been devoted to it for about a year now. I love having a food-grade, chemical-free ingredient that I can find a lot of uses for.

The natural benefits of coconut oil

(image source: Trader Joe’s)

There are tons of guides all over the internet telling you what a miracle oil it is. Here is what I personally use it for:

1. Cooking – The obvious, of course. It makes Asian-inspired foods pop, and gives a little oomph to waffles, and I love how it tastes with fish. I make popcorn on the stove and I finally don’t have to taste the vegetable oil. But aside from the subtle flavor, coconut oil can keep my pans healthy too. I have a couple of pricey All-Clad pans and it’s hard to keep them looking pretty. I noticed that vegetable oil, ESPECIALLY the spray kind, leaves a sticky brown residue on the pan that takes forever to clean off. Coconut oil comes off cleanly! I am told that the vegetable oils become polymerized and insoluble under high heat. This is great for cast iron pans, not great for shiny stainless steel. I tried the spray coconut oil from Trader Joe’s, but that too leaves a residue (must be the propellant). However, it is perfect for spraying the cupcake liners. I haven’t tried it as a butter substitute in baked goods though.

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