Live & Learn {journal}

So I have a jewelry box full of stuff I’ve collected over the years… 99% of it I don’t have the tags/packaging for anymore…

Now I’m allergic to nickel…

How exactly does one go about finding out which jewelry isn’t safe anymore?? 

There’s the nail polish trick- you can use clear nail polish to seal your jewelry, and keep it from touching your skin directly… Or I figured I’d just get rid of stuff that made me itch, and if it was something I liked- replace it with higher quality metals. Or switch out french wires for nickel free ones. 

I decided on Sunday to wear a pair of earrings I hadn’t worn in a while. My whole face broke out… That’s finally feeling a little better. But my ears are still sad… 

So, in closing… I don’t recommend this method. I recommend painting with nail polish, if you have a nail polish that’s safe for you. Or upgrading. 

Yes, all that would be better…

Dinner Menu: Week #34 {Gluten Free}

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Week #34

Monday: Chef Salad with leftover steak and hard boiled eggs

Tuesday: Egg and bacon on English muffin 

Wednesday: Scallops with salad

Thursday: Caribbean fish (recipe)

Friday: Sushi

Saturday: Poutine

Sunday: Leftovers

Menus are a must! Nothing sabotages good eating intentions like the end of day tired, and no idea what’s for dinner. By planning ahead, you can have meat defrosting during the day, or know exactly what you need to pick up from the store on your way home. Take into account your busy days, and do easier/quicker meals those days (move meals around to suite your busy days)

Menus are marked Gluten Free, Paleo, or SCD depending on which diet they fit into.

Skin Care & Beauty Products 2016 {Updated List}

This list has been updated!! See the new list HERE!

makeup_brushesIt’s been about a year, so it seems like an update might be in order! 😉 Not much has changed. I’ve tried a couple new things, but mostly just stuck to the same products. 

I continue to use the EWG’s Skin Deep data base to check products before I use them. Just because a product is free of things I’m allergic, doesn’t mean it’s free of harmful ingredients. 

I’ve still not found a foundation I’m happy with. I have both the Honeybee Gardens powder and the Bare Minerals Original Powder. The Honeybee Gardens one might have made me itchy when I used it repeatedly. And the Bare Minerals I haven’t used enough times to really tell. As a result, I rarely wear makeup. I’d like to try and be braver. But really, it’s not that important in life… It’s just nice to have the option.

Hair & Body

Body Lotion: Aveeno Skin Relief 24 Hr Lotion

Face Lotion: same as body OR occasionally coconut oil

Soap: homemade Windsor Brown soap by my mother (Leaning Ladder Farm)

Face Mask: Bentonite Clay mixed with apple cider vinegar (mix to make a paste)

Shampoo: Baking soda (no poo) OR Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Shampoo (mostly baking soda, shampoo once a month or less. Mostly for hairdresser’s use)

Conditioner: Shea Moisture Raw Shea Restorative Conditioner 

Styling Product: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk, Shea Moisture Curling Gel & DevaCurl Mist-er Right (not all at once!)

Shaving: NOW Shaving Cream and Dollar Shave Club razors (The 4X)

Chapstick: Burt’s Bees Honey Lip Balm (If I ignore the “natural flavor” ingredient in Burt’s Bees, I’ve not had problems with it… but technically that’s not on my safe list!)


Foundation: Bare Minerals Original Foundation

Blush: Bare Minerals Blush

Mascara: Honeybee Gardens mascara 

Lips: Honeybee Garden Natural Lipstick OR Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm (If I ignore the “natural flavor” ingredient in Burt’s Bees)

Nails: Mineral Fusion polish


Laundry Soap: Seventh Generation 4x Ultra Consentrated Free & Clear

Fabric Softener: Seventh Generation Free & Clear (I don’t use fabric softener, but use this to make my own drier sheets.)

Dish Soap: Seventh Generation Free & Clear

Dishwasher: Seventh Generation Dishwasher Gel (or Free & Clear variety)

Hand Soap: Seventh Generation Hand Wash

General Cleaning: Seventh Generation All Purpose Cleaner

This post was added to Allergy Free Wednesday!

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