DIY Gummies

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I have been diagnosed with IBS, leaky gut & possible candida overgrowth & SIBO for several years now, alongside Endometriosis. The healing process has been beyond difficult. I have made very few advances, even with the help of several specialists and naturopaths. In fact, it feels like no matter how I approach this situation that I always encounter setbacks instead.

I have found that adhering to a very strict diet has been one of the only things that has helped, even though it is very difficult and time consuming. I used to feel like I was going to puke every single day and my intestines ached so severely that my mobility was negatively impacted. This was occurring even after I eliminated all gluten and dairy from my diet. So, I decided to pay for a “Food Sensitivity and Reaction Blood Test” that measured the amount of antibodies my body made per individual food (aka which foods were causing more inflammation in my body). The list was very long, I was restricted to a few vegetables, even fewer fruits, coconut & meat.

I have now been following that strict anti-inflammatory diet for almost 3 years. I do feel better, I don’t feel like I have to puke at all anymore, however my intestines are still quite sick. This summer, I have been trying to introduce more items into my diet that will help them heal. Grass fed & pasture raised gelatin is one of the things I have introduced. Gelatin is good for your intestinal health as well as your joints, hair & skin.
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I decided to try making my own gummies with gelatin because it is a very easy way to introduce more gelatin into my diet (in a very delicious way). Here is how I make my own gut-healing gummies:


DIY BLUEBERRY & LEMON GUMMIES
AIP/Paleo/Autoimmune diet approved
(discovered on the Primal Palate)

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup fresh organic lemon juice
  • 1 cup fresh organic blueberries
  • 4 tbsp grass fed & pasture raised gelatin

Instructions

  1. add the lemon juice and the blueberries into a sauce pan over medium heat
  2. stir often and cook until the lemon juice is steaming and the blueberries are plump and have turned the juice dark purple
  3. remove from the stovetop and let cool for a few moments
  4. add into blender and blend until smooth
  5. add in 4 tbsp of gelatin into the blender and blend again
  6. pour into a glass and use a food pipette to fill the molds OR pour into a flat glass container and set in the fridge (either 1 large container or multiple small ones)
  7. after about 1-2 hours, remove the gummies from the molds OR cut them out of the glass container and put them into a glass container to store them in the fridge

DIY STRAWBERRY COCONUT GUMMIES
AIP/Paleo/Autoimmune diet approved
my own recipe

Ingredients 

  • 1 can of organic coconut milk (with no fillers)
  • ~1/2 cup organic strawberries (cut in halves)
  • 5 tbsp grass fed & pasture raised gelatin

Instructions

  1. add the coconut milk & strawberries into a sauce pan over medium heat
  2. stir often and cook until the coconut milk is bubbling slightly and the strawberries are soft
  3. remove from the stovetop and let cool for a few moments
  4. add into blender and blend until smooth
  5. add in 5 tbsp of gelatin into the blender and blend again
  6. pour into a glass and use a food pipette to fill the molds OR pour into a flat glass container and set in the fridge (either 1 large container or multiple small ones)
  7. after about 1-2 hours, remove the gummies from the molds OR cut them out of the glass container and put them into a glass container to store them in the fridge

These are then good for about 3-4 days in the fridge (trust me, they do not last that long).
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These gummies make an excellent snack, just ensure they stay cool (keep them on an icepack if you are removing them from the fridge) as they will melt if exposed to heat. I am now eating them with every meal in place of dessert – they are just so delicious. My favourite are the coconut strawberry gummies! I bought my molds off of amazon & ensured they were food-grade safe silicone, 100% BPA-free, FDA approved and that they came with pipettes/droppers!
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Hope you love these as much as I do!

Tiara

DIY Compostable Face-mask

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What is in this little jar? This is the newest sustainable practice I have added to my beauty regime. I have started to make 100% compostable face masks. The idea came to me when I was cleaning out the fridge and I had some blueberries that had gone bad and some raw coconut that I did not get around to eating soon enough. These items were headed for the compost, however I figured before I put them into the compost, I would get some use out of them (please avoid or cut off any mould before hand)! There are a plethora of different fruits & veggies that are incredible for use in a face mask, so your options are not limited. I added blueberries, raw coconut and honey into the blender and I got a nutrient-rich face mask that will not pollute the water, does not contain toxins or plastic & the only packaging would have included the packaging the food came in (if any at all).  If you have any left over, put it in a jar and store it in the fridge. When it is cold from being in the fridge, it is the most refreshing to use. You can use it each night until it is all gone, just give it a stir and pat onto your face.
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Here I am without any foundation on, only eye makeup. Every few days after I wash my face, I examine it to see if there is any areas that need special attention. Usually I struggle with dry patches or redness. There are so many products on the market right now for skincare that it is overwhelming, however the toxic ingredients used in the majority of these products is even more staggering. Switching to an all-natural skincare regime has given me the best skin I’ve ever had in my life.
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Now, I may look crazy however what is even more crazy is that most face masks say right on them not to apply them on your lips or around the mouth. This is due to how unsafe or toxic the ingredients are to ingest, yet people put it on their skin – which is being absorbed into the body! With this face mask, you don’t have to ignore your lips as all the ingredients are, strictly put, just pure food. Make sure you put on some older clothes for this face mask application, as depending on what & how much you blended, the consistency might get messy. compostfmRFB4
I left my face mask on for about 15 minutes, if you have more time you can leave it on for 30 minutes for maximum benefits. When I was done, I wiped it off into a jar with my fingers & ensured that none went down the sink.
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This is my face after rinsing with water! Look at how moisturized and even my skin tone is! My skin felt amazing. Again, I am only wearing eye makeup. I believe that the compostable skin mask has an indefinite amount of possible mixtures you can create based on what fruit or veggie has spoiled in your fridge. Now, the whole point is to use food that has gone bad and please try hard to eat the food before it goes bad – however we aren’t perfect and sometimes don’t get around to eating something before it spoils. This is the food that we can turn into a useable product before the compost! I would recommend always adding locally-made honey into your face mask as honey does wonders for your skin!
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Here is the end result. Food that would have just gone straight into the compost was utilized and then turned into compost.
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Composting is so important because food that gets thrown away creates methane (a very strong greenhouse gas) in landfills as it is not able to break down properly due to the lack of oxygen. If you do not have a compost, there are so many different sizes and forms of composters for any living situation. I highly encourage you to start composting if you do not already!

Tiara

2016 Hottest Haircut – The Lob

2016 Hottest Haircut – Saskatoon Style

Here I am alongside Capelli Salon Studio to help model this years hottest haircut the Lob, (short for long-bob), in the Saskatoon Style segment. I was joined by Lisa, from Global News Saskatoon and Alicia and Kassy from Capelli. These ladies are always such a joy to be around, and it is always a pleasure working with them. Watch for a how-to tutorial for beachy waves! I sure wish I had these ladies on hand to help me do my hair every morning!

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Extended thank-you to all those to helped make this happen!

– Tiara

Glutino Pretzels & Dip

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I think dip is the answer to everything, so here I am serving pretzels with dip. These Glutino Pretzels are great when paired with my homemade dip. These pretzels are crunchy and salty and snack sized! So easy to take for a snack or to put in a lunch, and I have included my dip recipe so you can enjoy it as well! Snack on!

Dip Recipe:
– 1/3 cup Hellmann’s Olive Oil Mayonnaise
– squeeze of lemon
– 1 teaspoon of Herbamore
– 1 1/2 teaspoon of fresh chopped dill
– 1/2 teaspoon of fresh chopped parsley
– 1 teaspoon McCormick No Salt Added Seasoning

Mix well and enjoy! This dip is so customizable, (and of course gluten and dairy-free!), so you can adjust and add to your preference! Great for snacking or appetizers!

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– Tiara

Tangy Lemon Dessert

By now you all probably realize that I dip everything in chocolate, and truthfully it is because it makes everything better. These Glutino Lemon Wafers have the perfect tang to mix with a sweet chocolate and ice-cream.
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I love these lemon flavoured wafers, they are light, crispy & creamy, and zesty. I will go through a box of these in one sitting if I don’t monitor myself. I usually just eat them out of the box, because they are delicious by themselves. However, today I decided to create a gluten & dairy-free dessert with them. I found that they compliment the ice-cream and chocolate perfectly, creating a refreshing and enjoyable dessert.
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I enjoy using Glutino products because I know they are guaranteed gluten free, and all the products I blog about are also dairy free. It is so hard to find snacks that I can enjoy with my allergies, and I am so thankful I have found a great line of products!
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~icecream used: Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss
~chocolate used: Enjoy Life: Mini Chocolate Chips

– Tiara

Sweet and Salty Snack

There are many perfect combinations in this world, and I believe sweet and salty is one of them. Satisfy your sweet tooth with this gluten and dairy-free snack! The Glutino pretzels provide the perfect crunch and saltiness in this snack.
For these I dipped Glutino Pretzel Chips into melted peanut butter and sprinkled them with raw sugar.
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Now here comes my favourite, chocolate! I dipped Glutino Pretzel Twists into melted chocolate and sprinkled sprinkles over top! (I melted down Enjoy Life Mini Chips for the chocolate, which is simply delicious).
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Afterwards I put them onto a flat plate and took them outside to set [because I live in Saskatchewan] however for the rest of you lucky people, the fridge will work just fine.
These are so delicious, easy to make, and satisfying! I admit I have already eaten just a few too many!

Enjoy,
– Tiara

DIY Shirt Designs!

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I always find myself wishing I could find shirts with band logos, or great quotes or cute designs without breaking the bank. So I decided to get crafty and make some myself! This is a simple DIY project and is so rewarding in the end! All you need is:

– Iron-On Transfer Sheets (found at Staples, Michaels or Walmart)
– Ink Jet Printer & Computer
– Plain Cotton or Polyester Shirt
– Iron
– Wooden Cutting Board
– Scissors

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1. Choose a design you want to print onto the transfer sheets.
(if the design has words, remember to flip the image horizontally before you print it, so when ironed onto the shirt it is readable)!
2. Print the image onto the transfer sheet and let it dry for 30 minutes.
3. While that is drying, you can get your iron, wooden cutting board, shirt and scissors.
4. Cut around the design. (be careful not to touch the design with your fingers as it still may smear).
5. Put the wooden cutting board in-between the shirt and position the design face down onto the shirt.
6. Iron the design onto the shirt! Don’t forget to iron the edges of the design really well. I usually iron for longer than the instructions advise to ensure it adhered properly.
7. Peel the backing off of the design and let the image cool before washing the shirt (this will remove the stiff look of the design) and make sure you lay it flat to dry! Stretching will cause the design to crack.
8. Show off your new awesome shirt!

— I am using the instructions from my specific brand of Transfer Sheets, make sure to read the instructions on yours in case there are any differences! —

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Now you have your very own beautifully designed tops!

xoxo,
– Tiara