Friday, February 17, 2017

Raw Vegan Heart-Healthy Oatmeal Cookies: Three Ingredients, No-Bake Treats

So while we're on that self-care kick...what better way to take care ourselves than with a bowl of cookies! That will improve your health! Loaded with vitamins! And still tasty! This is my version of raw vegan heart-healthy oatmeal cookies.

These are awesome to take with you as "energy bars" to work, they're super portable and have a great balance of carbs and protein to keep you energized throughout the day.


1 Cup Pecans
1 Cup Oatmeal
1/2 Cup to 1 Cup Dates, keep adding them until your "cookie dough" holds together
Optional: Cacao powder, cacao nibs or cinnamon - I added a bunch of cinnamon to this batch


Add your dates to your blend or food processor first. I use my vitamix blender and LOVE it but any blender or food processor will due. (For raw vegan food creation you can't beat the vitamix or blendtec line, though. Just from my experience being full raw for a while and working in a raw vegan kitchen for years. Nope, not sponsored by either anymore!)

With my vitamix I only process for a few seconds before the "dough" is ready, it should look like above. Crumbly, not too wet, not too dry.

After that you just shape into bars, flat cookies, hearts, whatever would make it fun to carry these with you or serve up to friends and family. (Or gobble them all yourself. No judgement here.)

(Or gobble them all yourself. No judgement.)

I prefer raw desert making to baking because it's lighter, healthier, nutritious and you basically can't mess it up. Too dry? Add more dates? Too wet? Add more oats. You can also add raisins, cranberries, cacao nibs, different nuts, protein powder or supplements like maca or spirulina, no limits! Have fun playing with the recipe!
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentines Day Freebie For You: The Self Care Checklist. For Keeping Your Sanity!

My job selling healing herbal and aromatherapeutic wares has taken me on journeys around Florida to different new age themed markets. A recent series we were in, Mind Body Expo, had a presentation and free consultation with a life coach that left me feeling inspired to make changes with my life. Too few of us spend enough time on self-care and mindfulness. I made myself a checklist as a visual reminder to put self-development, care, and free time first! Of course I still haven't, but it's a work in progress and I'm getting better!

I'm going sell these cute little guys on mini clip boards at the store but I want you have this one for free!

Happy Valentines Day! Comments are off so I can work on some catch-up and...let's say the buzz word again...self-care!
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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Valentines Gift Giving Wish List for Him, Her & Both: Natural, Artsy, Hippie, Indie, & Fun

Valentines Day is a Great Excuse to support small businesses and artists. (Like I need an excuse. I love shopping small!) Here are some items and brands I've been loving lately. I'm throwing in some of our goods because I work long hours perfecting them and know they're badass, of course!

And BY the way I just put the discount code "GoHeart" on our Etsy Shop. Our Aromatherapy Inhalers sets (for headaches, focus, anxiety, sinus relief, energy & sleep), mini & large gift sets, cocktail bitters sets, black soaps, chakra line & $5.00 gemstone necklaces are really popular!

1. Mehanik Adjustable Wooden Desk Lamp perfect for his desk via Paladim
2. Faux Leather Slim Men's Waller with Money Clip sleek, portable, suitable to most tastes via The Gifty Room
3. Portable Record Player a beautiful vintage number in forest green via Attic Fantastic
4. Men's Grooming Set Our much-loved men's grooming kit, people come from far and wide for the deodorant! via Body&Soul

1. Panty/Cami Set P anties so cute you must go out sans pants to show 'em off. All day. I dare you! via Tatiana's Threads - this art deco black lace number is gorgeous, too
2. Hand on Coral Silk A simple, classic piece with a unique handmade look via datter
3. Black Pantry/Bra Set via Econia, I'll take one of each of everything in this shop, please. This Red set is good for v-day
4. Kitty Oil Burner I use mine for herbs & sage via ZenibasAttic
5. Wild Woman Vase filled with flowers or not, handmade pottery, vases, ring-dishes, these are appreciated gifts that we often wouldn't buy for ourselves via LisaJunis

1. Natural Care Sets A popular choice at my shop, always loved by the recipients Body&Soul
2. Wooden Desk Caddy Practical & beautiful for the workaholic in your life WoodDesignUSA
3. Cocktail Bitters Set I sell these like crazy, they come with a chart for their widely varied uses ! via Body&Soul
4. His/Her Glow-in-the-Dark Undie Set because! glow-in-the-dark! And I don't think I've EVER seen his/her matching undies? Take couple matching to the next level in crazy! via Make it Good Apparel
5. Pocketbook / Wallet Keyboard hand-printed keyboard wallet checkbook, lots of good stuff in this shop via Quiet Doing

V-Day gift set here & in our local shop

*Nope, NOT paid to promote anything in this post. Again of course Body&Soul is mine, tested by many & used by myself daily too ;) If you're local swing on by the shop (2726 College St. Jax, Florida 32204) for a plethora of handmade local goodness for loved ones.

Shops I Like with Guys/Gals Goods for Gifts: SimkaSol | Pam Wishbow | Maiden Voyage | Fennec Design & Woah these personalized enamel necklaces are beautiful! Get 'em with your S/O's initials.

See you next week with a last-second DIY for Valentines Day, too! For my fellow last-second gift-givers!
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