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Thursday, 25 August 2016

California Roadtrip Travel Basics to Pack

If you have been following us along on Instagram or Snapchat (@footnotesnfinds) then you know that last month we headed to sunny California! We headed on a long drive down the pacific coast highway (we will have a blogpost on that soon). In getting ready for the road trip to California I made a long list of must takes, making sure not to overpack since it was going to be long Roadtrip with a big group of us going.  I knew we would be spending some time on beaches and in the sun along with a day at disney land. Thus I laid out some basics: 

  1. Sunglasses
  2. swimwear/ beach wear
  3. lots of sun protection! I am officially addicted to the smell of my Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Vanilla Coconut Natural Sunscreen - it is such a pleasant smell that I continue to use it everyday even after our road trip. We seem to forget about our lips when it comes to sun protection, but I brought along my Rocky mountain lip butter with spf
  4. Sun burn treatment: I am also prone to get burnt here and there so the after sun body butter from Rocky Mountain Co. was quite helpful. I was wishing I had it during my trip to Hawaii where I got burnt quite bad!

    Do checkout all the other products that Rocky Mountain has to keep you safe and feeling fresh in the sun: Hydrating outdoor Citrus Mint Butter & Outdoor Spray
  5. Along with sun protection I also packed a pair of Crocs flip flops for the beach, I didn't want to ruin my Birkenstocks.
  6. my Birkenstocks - this is a must for me for almost every trip. Travelling usually requires lots of walking and Birkenstocks are perfect for that!
  7. a small mini backpack in which we can carry some basic necessities with me during daily excursions.
  8. a small first aid kit
  9. Also an empty water bottle that I can refill and carry with me to keep me hydrated.
  10. Lastly an Ipod with an awesome road trip playlist
*note: we are rocky mountain soap co. brand ambassadors and have received all of these products c/o rocky mountain soap co.  we were not paid for this blog post and all opinions expressed are our own. 


Thursday, 11 August 2016

florals and stripes

every summer there is a trend I fall in love with. And summer being 
my favourite season means I just never want it to end. 
So although we might be inching towards the end of summer 
I wanted to share 
some of my favourite picks and trends of this summer - 
summer 2016! 

This year I was in love with all things florals and stripes! 
I just love being able to throw on one piece of clothing and 
my birkenstocks or sandals and ta da i’m ready! 
Floral dress with the off the shoulder cuts just adds a
 romantic touch to the dress. great way to feel special on a nice
summer evening. 

 I also love the casual yet feminine feel to the striped dresses 
we have selected.  Again these stripped dresses are great 
for the day time in the summer whether a summer picnic
or walk along the seawall. 


Monday, 8 August 2016

My favourite Rocky Mountain Soap Co Face Products

It was about a year ago we discovered Rocky Mountain Soap Company and instantly fell in love.  We were first drawn to it because these products were handmade locally in the rocky mountains. They were toxin free made with natural ingredients. Rocky Mountain Soap Co. came into my life when I was becoming more and more aware of how all the products we use in our everyday life include ingredients which are really harmful for our health.  Many of the ingredients included in our products are actually banned in many countries in Europe but are continued to be used in North America.  The thought of these going into my body - since our skin skin absorbs really high amounts of them - really started to scare me.  I have been using these Rocky Mountain Soap co products on my skin for over 6 months and I am in love with these products. In fact I recommend them to all my family members and friends. People often have a misunderstanding that there needs to be tons of chemicals in your face products to have that wonderful even toned glowing skin and that it is not possible to achieve  this with all natural products. But let me tell you my friends, having been using these Rocky Mountain Soap co products on my face, I have seen my skin look healthier with a beautiful glow. And I have never experienced anything quite like the Face Polish

This Restorative Face Serum is a must for me every night after my nightly shower.  I put it on before my face cream.  This serum is super rich and penetrates deep into your skin. It is an Antioxidant oil which reveals a natural youthful glow.  And has anti aging properties. 

This my friends is one of my favourite Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Products. In fact is is one of my all time favourite products period.  If there is one product you do invest in from Rocky Mountain Soap co this is it! This Bamboo Brightening face polish is nothing like anything I have used ever before.  This is a scrub that exfoliates like no other leaving your face fresh and glowing! It leaves your skin feeling softer than anything before - feels like pure magic! Every time I use it I can't believe how soft it leaves my skin for days.  The tea tree and eucalyptus gives it a beautiful scent that leaves you feeling fresh and awake!

This transformative cleansing oil is amazing! I often use this after I have wiped off all my makeup.  this was created as it says right on the Rocky Mountain Soap site "It was formulated using natures most powerful and restorative oils with the understanding that oil dissolves oil, yes, even blackheads". This oil doesn't just deep clean but it does also has anti inflammatory properties, hydrates, nourishes, and balances out your skin. It's a must try!

I have gone through many eye creams in my adult life.  This Beech Tree Bud Eye Cream has a really key ingredient that makes this eye cream amazing, almost magical! The Beech Tree Bud is known as "Tree of Everlasting Youth". This beech tree bud extract helps with skin resiliency. Coconut and Jojoba oils help with hydration around your eyes. Lastly Ginseng and Green tea are anti oxidants which help with diminishing fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes. 

Honestly with Rocky Mountain Soap co products I know that I can have beautiful skin all the while knowing all the ingredients going in are not harmful for me and that they are all natural/toxin free. plus side they all smell really great too!

*note: we are rocky mountain soap co. brand ambassadors and have received all of these products c/o rocky mountain soap co.  we were not paid for this blog post and all opinions expressed are our own. 


Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Cake

*note this blog post has been sponsored by BCBlueberries - which means we receive a monetary payment for this post, but the opinions expressed are our own

It's summer time and that means that my favourite berry is in season - blueberries.  Growing up in the lower mainland - Vancouver , British Columbia, blueberries elicit particular memories. Long before I knew how healthy blueberries are for you, I fell in love with blueberries when I was a little child. My grandparents would bring back blueberries after a long day of working on the blue berry farms here in the lower mainland. 

As an adult I was excited to learn that consuming as much blueberries as I do (I end up snacking on them like a bowl of chips, or throw them into any recipe that I think would benefit from some blueberries) that they are great for your health! They are full of antioxidants, low in calories and high in vitamin C, A and E. And they are great for your brain and skin!

Thus I have come to be grateful for living in a province where blueberries grow in abundance and summers as a child always included a trip or two to a local BC Blueberries Farm where you can pick your own blueberries. It's a great fun activity you can do with your children in the summer, if you do live in BC definitely check out the BC blueberries local u-pick farm. It is also a great way to support our community and local farmers.  Buying local has become a priority for me over the last few years, not only are you building a sense of community and connection but you are also supporting your local family farms economically. 

In the summer we have blueberries almost everyday, whether in smoothies, on our waffles as blueberry compote or just a bowl full of blueberries to munch on while working or watching tv. We also freeze up a few batches for us to utilize in the winter!

As you can imagine, we have a treasure chest full of blueberry recipes, but I wanted to share a simple and healthy recipe that you can try out and incorporate! 

We have been making this Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Cake for quite a while in my family. It is something that can be made quickly and with sweet and healthy BC blueberries in our fridge it's a matter of mixing a few ingredients and voila - you have a healthy breakfast, or snack with your cup of tea. This cake lasts barely a day in our household - give it a try and let us know what you think!


8 servings)

1 1/3 cups (325ml) all purpose flour
3/4 cups (180ml) quick-cooking oats
1/3 cups (75ml) sugar
2 teaspoons (10ml) baking powder
3/4 cup (175ml) milk
1/4 cup (60ml) vegetable oil
1 egg

  1. Preheat over to 400F
  2. Grease an 8-inch round baking pan, set aside
  3. In a medium mixing bowl combine flour, oats, sugar, baking powder and salt
  4. In a 1 cup-measure, stir milk, oil and egg
  5. pour all at once into flour mixture
  6. Stir just until moistened (batter will be lumpy)
  7. fold in blueberries
  8. spoon batter into prepared pan
  9. bake until cake is golden - about 20-25 mins
  10. cool on rack for about 10mins
  11. serve warm!

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