Mexican food – craving satisfied!

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I was craving Mexican food today and in the great tradition of my part-Italian heritage, made enough food for 80 people. Cool.

Here’s what I made!

Vegan beef crumbles – Gardein

I sauteéd these from frozen in a pan with some olive oil, chopped onions, a minced garlic clove, salt, cayenne pepper, and oregano. I kind of used the spatula like an ice pick until the crumble block completely dissolved and then a proper sauteé could be performed.

Vegan chicken fajitas – Beyond Meat

Also sauteéd from frozen, in a pan with olive oil, minced garlic, onions, yellow and red bell peppers, salt, and garlic salt. I’m a salt mine.

Guacamole – Mashed in a bowl, I used 2 big avocados, 1 large heirloom tomato, 1 chopped onion, salt, and cayenne pepper.

Beans – I mixed the refried beans with sauteéd tomatoes, onion, and cayenne pepper then cooked it all together in a pot for 15 minutes. The vegan refried beans I use are the Trader Joes brand!

Rice – brown rice cooked in my rice cooker for 6 hours

Tortilla – Wheat tortilla from Whole Foods

And there you have it! Joyful Mexican food. Stuff it in your face! Have a party.

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Earth Science knocks it out of the park with their new ‘Ceramide Care’ haircare line!

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Photo Credit: Earth Science

I have always enjoyed Earth Science’s plant based beauty care products, from their minty face masks, to their serums and enzyme peels.

Imagine my delight, then, to be able to sample most of their new plant based Ceramide Care shampoo and conditioner line!

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Transform & revitalize your hair with the science of plant-based ceramides. Our exclusive Ceramide Complex repairs the hair cuticle, restoring moisture for softer, smoother, healthier hair. All-natural, sulfate free & color safe formulas add volume, balance oil or tame curls & frizz.

These shampoos and conditioners more than delivered; I used each type for two weeks at a time to get a complete picture of how each product worked.

I would have to say my favorite duo was the Clarifying Shampoo and Conditioner.

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…fortified with Rice Protein, which has a special ability to bind with oil. Removes just the right amount without drying or stripping, adding natural shine and highlights to hair. Safe for color treated hair. Sulfate free. All-natural orange-cream grapefruit fragrance. Neutral pH for daily use | Vegan | Gluten Free

My hair felt smooth, and looked the most shiny and revitalized after the two weeks with this particular product. And that is what it is supposed to do – strengthen and add shine.

Included in the ingredients are rice protein and panthenol in order to balance oil & restore radiance. I have combination skin, so my scalp can get flaky if I don’t use the right product!

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…smoothes and softens wavy, curly and frizz-prone hair. Infused with a rainforest complex of Shea Butter, Jojoba, Argan, Passionfruit, and Açaí Oils to detangle and deeply hydrate. Leaves hair shiny, silky and manageable. Safe for color treated hair. Sulfate free. All-natural sweet almond fragrance. Neutral pH for daily use | Vegan | Gluten Free

My second favorite was the curl and frizz control duo; I noticed a difference in my hair’s sheen with these babies, too, and loved the scent they emitted in particular.

No flaky scalp after using this duo! Joy!

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…adds texture and volume without weighing hair down. Fortified with Golden Barley Protein and Panthenol to strengthen and hydrate. Leaves hair looking and feeling fuller, softer and more radiant. Safe for color treated hair. Sulfate free. All-natural vanilla-ginger cardamom fragrance. Neutral pH for daily use | Vegan

Last but not least, the Volumizing Duo!

I loved the fragrance they used in these, but I did see a little build up after using them for two weeks. I had to use the shampoo twice and scrub hard to make sure I had the shampoo rinsed out properly, so something in it makes it stick to the scalp a little more than the others!

Nevertheless, I love the ingredients and would recommend the Volumizing duo to anyone who wasn’t prone to build up like me.

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All in all, I loved this line, and would recommend it to anyone searching for a solid haircare regimen.

PS: They also have an unscented duo, pictured above, but I have not tried it yet. 🙂