Posts Written On July 2020

What Recipes Can A Bottle of Dijon Mustard Bring to You?

Bring on the dijon! PRIMAL KITCHEN® Dijon Mustard is here and full of complex, spiced flavor. Dare to dress up your favorite dishes in this USDA Organic, Certified Paleo, Keto Certified, and Whole30 Approved® delicious dijon mustard.

PRIMAL KITCHEN Dijon Mustard is full of real-food flavor, making this new mustard a must for every pantry! Made with a short list of simple, high-quality, ingredients like organic mustard seeds, vinegar, and organic spices, this condiment is Certified Paleo and Keto Certified.

PRIMAL KITCHEN® Dijon Mustard is proud to wear the Non-GMO Project Verified and Whole30 Approved® labels, so serve on sausages and burgers at your next cookout. Feeling creative? Combine this dijon with avocado oil and honey to make a delicious glaze for roasted root vegetables, or add a dash to PRIMAL KITCHEN’s Mayo for a divine dijonnaise for potato, chickpea, or tuna salads. Go gourmet and mix this dijon mustard with PRIMAL KITCHEN® Avocado Oil, chopped rosemary, and thyme to brush onto pork chops or pork loin. You can’t go wrong with organic dijon!

  • USDA Organic
  • Certified Paleo, Keto Certified
  • Whole30 Approved®

Ryan and I put the Dijon Mustard on beef ribs, it works pretty well. Actually there are much nicer recipes on PRIMAL KITCHEN’s website, here are a couple of them that you can take a look here.

Perfect 4-Ingredient Keto Deviled Eggs

Simple, handheld, real-food snacks that even kids enjoy, deviled eggs are great keto, Primal/paleo, Whole30, and vegetarian (if you eat eggs) options that can be made in advance, packed in to-go containers, and served with just about any outdoor dining or picnic menu recipe. The crumbly sunshine-yellow egg yolks need little else but a few dabs of mayo made with avocado oil, dijon mustard, and maybe a bit of salt (if desired) to enhance their rich flavor without altering their gorgeous golden color.

Perfect deviled eggs aren’t always easy to produce, but following a tried-and-true method of cooking hard boiled eggs can ensure that you get the perfect sunny, firm yolks and yielding yet solid egg whites. Try our method (see How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs) below to get perfectly cooked hard boiled eggs.

Time: 27 minutes

Servings: 6

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Please refer to the method outlined above for cooking hard boiled eggs. Once your eggs have cooked and cooled, peel the eggs carefully and discard the shells. Tip: Keep the egg shells and place in the dirt or soil of any vegetable plants you have. The calcium and other minerals in the shells will enrich the soil.
  • Cut the peeled eggs in half. Gently scoop out the egg yolks from the whites, and place the egg yolks in a bowl. Add mustard and mayo to the egg yolks, and stir well to combine. Mash up the egg yolks with the back of a fork to get a smooth yolk.
  • If you’d like a fancier presentation, place the smooth egg yolk mixture in a piping bag or a resealable bag. Seal the bag and snip off the bottom corner on the bag. Place the egg whites on a plate or platter, and pipe the egg yolk mixture into the holes in the egg whites. Or, you can spoon the egg yolk mixture into the holes in the egg whites.
  • Dust the deviled eggs with paprika. Store any leftover deviled eggs in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Keto & Whole30 Dijon Mustard Salmon

A tasty one sheet-pan lunch or dinner main dish that’s keto, Whole30, Primal/paleo, family-friendly, less than 10 ingredients, and ready in less than 30 minutes? You’ll want to add this dijon mustard salmon recipe to your regular dinner and meal prep rotation (note: It’s delicious cold). Most baked salmon recipes include panko or seasoned breadcrumbs in the topping that gets spooned on generously before baking, but our grain-free sauce uses only a mixture of dijon mustard, extra virgin olive oil, lemon zest or juice, thyme, garlic, and salt and pepper to flavor the wild-caught salmon filet. All it takes is about five minutes of preparation before you can slide the salmon into the oven and let it do all the work.

To make a full 25-minute dinner or lunch, roast vegetables on another sheet pan. Simply cut the vegetables you’d like to roast about the same size, toss with about a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper, and roast while you prepare and bake the salmon. Vegetable side dishes that roast in about 25 minutes include: asparagus, cherry tomatoes, green beans, shredded Brussels sprouts, small cubes of eggplant or zucchini.

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  • Add thyme to a bowl. Add dijon mustard, lemon zest or juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper to the bowl. Mix well to combine.
  • Place salmon fillet skin-side down on a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Make sure all bones are removed (run your hand over the salmon to feel for any bones). Spread the mustard mixture on top of the salmon, coating it generously.

  • Place salmon in the oven and bake for 18–20 minutes. Remove from oven, and serve right away.

 

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Social Distancing Activities with Scandinavian Athleisure Wear

Are you planing to do some “social distancing style” activities during this summer? This year is kind of so special that we can’t fly to travel, we can’t hangout with friends a lot, and we can’t do party. But at least, we still can go hiking, go camping and doing some other outdoor activities.
Cozy is key during this time. I want to Introduce you to a brand Aktiv Style  – Scandinavian clothes from Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden that are above all, excellent quality, beautifully designed, responsibly produced, and durable. Here are some perfect outfits for outdoor activities that you may be interested for the next outdoor adventure.

For Hiking:

Made for hiking and trail running, the new bitihorn wool Shirt for women is a light weight and technical long sleeve with an athletic fit.

The comfortable shirt mixes the best of two worlds; polyester increases its durability and ensures it dries up quickly, while the wool will regulate your temperature and has naturally antibacterial and odor resistant properties. To provide maximum air flow, mesh has been placed in the most efficient moisture transporting areas such as the back, chest and under arms.


The shirt can be worn by itself or used as a base layer. Keeping you warm on freezing ascents and lowering the temperature during hot summer days, it is the perfect base for everyone who loves high intensity activities.
This falketind warmwool2 stretch Zip Hood is the ultimate all-round, all-year hooded mid-layer.

The jacket is highly stretchable, and the main fabric is a recycled polyester and wool mix with excellent thermal properties and good breathability. It offers great moisture transport when you decide to increase your pace and dries up fast when hung up thanks to the polyester. The highly durable piece is suitable for everything from everyday strolling at your favorite outdoor destination to hardcore active use. The fabric’s resin surface treatment for extra pill resistance and enhanced durability. It has a comfy fit and clean look that will work at whatever, whenever.

Practical features include a functional hood, two mid-mounted pockets that won’t interfere with shoulder straps and hip belt, a chest pocket, comfy cuffs, a one-hand adjustable elastic hem and a clean, snug collar. If you’re only investing in one hooded mid-layer for now, this one is a perfect choice.

  • Chest pocket with zipper closure
  • Mid-mounted pockets
  • Full stretch
  • Hood fitting inside helmet
  • Elastic cuffs with thumb holes
  • Elasticated hem
  • Highly breathable

Stay toasty with our Elsie Wristbands by Ivanhoe of Sweden. Wrist warmers for women, knitted in a beautiful Nordic pattern.

Fabric: 80% wool, 20% polyamide

Men’s  Slumsvik from Ivanhoe is a soft and warm jacket for men, made of boiled wool and Tencel®. The jacket has button closure in front with wind placket behind and two big chest pocket with button. It always looks fantastic and is perfect for days when the weather changes from spiffy to iffy.

Fabric: 60% wool, 40% lyocell

  • Wool is anti-bacterial and odor-resistant so you do not need to clean it often. When you do wash, use Wool cycle, then shape and air dry. Like your pets, wool should never be put in the dryer.
  • Dry clean if you are fancy.

The Tove Jacket combines warmth and weather protection with high breathability. Wind and water resistant panels featuring Bionic Finish ECO are located on the upper sleeve, shoulders and hood. Lightweight high loft insulation on the front heats critical body parts and a stretchy mesh material on the back vents excess heat.

For added coverage the sleeves are extra-long and the fixed hood can be adjusted. Reflective strips on the cuffs and back make a statement at night.

For Running:

Casual, sporty and built to break the mold, the new Element short sleeve crew neck t-shirt for women is not your average cycling top. Designed to look like a casual tee yet packed with features, this cycling top is as at home in your favorite cafe as it is on the bike, plus everywhere in between. Constructed with built-in back pockets for convenient storage and built with lightweight, elastic and fast-drying properties, this cycling top is built to perform. For added functionality, reflective details give you increased visibility in low-light conditions. Try a new kind of cycling top, try the Element short sleeve crew neck t-shirt for women.
  • Reflective Details
  • Comfort
  • Made in Europe

Long Sleeve Flash is a long-sleeve technical training top designed for running on cold days. Lightweight material with good stretch gives optimum movement during exercise. Flat seams and quick-drying material ensure comfort.

FEATURES:
  • Breathable
  • Flat seams and quick-drying material ensure comfort.
  • Ultra lightweight polyester
  • Flatlock seams
  • Regular fit
  • 98% Polyester
  • 2% Elastane

About Aktiv:

Here at Aktiv they buying philosophy has four main tenets: the right aesthetic, real world testing, sustainability and responsibility, and last, but not least, quality. The clothes have to look great. They are focused on stylish lines that capture the minimalist Nordic feel while delivering form and function. They have to feel good on and be practical, but they can’t look ordinary. Discover the Makers at here.

The quality of the clothing clinches its inclusion on Aktiv’s site; the items are designed and manufactured to be worn for years. Part of what makes the fashion industry the second highest industrial polluter in the world (behind the energy industry) is that most clothing is disposable. A consumer buys an article designed for mass consumption; its made of cheap material that is guaranteed to wear out just in time for you to buy the next season’s line. This revolving wardrobe movement is wasteful and something at Aktiv hope to combat. If you buy one of their items, you should expect to get years of use out of it. That accounts for a slightly higher price point, but if you consider buying 10 items at a slightly higher cost that last five times longer, you come out ahead. Better for your pocketbook, and better for our planet.

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GANT is a company driven by a simple idea: Never Stop Learning.

GANT is a company driven by a simple idea: Never Stop Learning. It’s a belief that has guided us since 1949 when Bernard Gantmacher founded a shirtmaking company in the college town of New Haven, Connecticut.

Since 1949, GANT has designed timeless pieces made to last, made from 89% natural materials and inspired by classic cuts that never go out of style. To take this to the next level, GANT has also published the following goals for their stride to a greener business:

2022 – GANT´s cotton will be 100% sustainably sourced
2025 – GANT will reduce its water use in manufacturing by 50%
2025 – GANT’s key materials will be 100% sustainably sourced
2030 – GANT will reduce its climate footprint by 30% throughout all operations

There are so many fashion companies but few are doing what GANT is doing in terms of making their business greener. Fast fashion has been known to be filling landfills with junk season after season and sustainable fashion brands, designed to last is how to reverse the situation. I must admit that I have been purchasing fast fashion for a long time but now I am ready to really revamp my wardrobe. On the note of “never stop learning”, turning 36 has been a turning point for me, where I now know, what don’t know! I realized there are many things I can improve my life upon. I’m really and adult, a mom and a wife… should probably change my mindset about lots of things, but let’s start with my closet!

I have also been following minimalist blogs that also stress this point. Minimize materials, have a few key, loved and special quality items. It changes everything. I am also following Dave Ramsey’s book and his teaching about how to get financially smart and live debt free!

After checking out the GANT site, I really love some of the pieces. This GANT shirt for women is so versatile and can be worn in so many different ways. One shirt that looks good dressed up or down! Poplin gives an edge to a plain white shirt and I think is flattering for everyone.

Perfect for under blazers or sweaters, our stretch broadcloth shirts are a GANT classic. In a crisp cotton broadcloth (also known as poplin), this season’s shirt features a French-inspired polka dot that’s both playful and timeless. And with a hint of stretch for comfort and a flattering fit, this shirt is a no-brainer.

  • Stretch cotton broadcloth
  • Slim fit
  • Made in Portugal

Check out the GANT site and see if you find something you love to update your wardrobe with!

 

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A Men’s Grooming Tool To Help You Look Good and Feel Good!

With the hard news received in California a couple of weeks ago, that we have been going back into lockdown, I hope all of you are staying safe and healthy. In the midst of everything going on, I wanted to introduce a product to help the man of the house survive another quarantine lockdown and this time, with the right tools in his bathroom arsenal.

Get rid of your plastic bag and that old smoothing pad! The Wave Glyder is a patent pending smoother created to lay down the hair & enhance your waves. Created for all wavers at any stage of the game, Wave Glyder is the perfect fit to any waving routine.

Wave Glyder was invented in Sunny South Florida by a barber looking to reinvent your hair’s smoothness and accentuate your wave pattern. This handheld men’s styling tool tackles stubborn hairs and helps you to effectively apply product to your hair at the same time. This novel tool smoothes hair in a hassle-free way and accepts additional oils and moisturizing products at the same time so men can achieve the healthy, frizz-free shine they’re looking for. Do note that it doesn’t replace your need for brushing.

Wave Glyder

Wave Glyder is the ultimate hair smoother. It is designed to lay down your hair & accentuate your wave pattern, not replace the brush.

Wave Glyder is the first of its kind! It allows you to not only smooth down those stubborn hairs but you can also apply hair product at the same time! It’s interchangeable attachments give you the flexibility to choose what works best for your hair height & hair texture.

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Snack Packs for Kids—& Kids at Heart

Versatile, stackable Whiskware™ Snacking Containers are perfect for packing healthy snacks and lunches to go—or for keeping track of treats and toys at home. New, just-for-fun graphics—designed for kids, and kids at heart!

Each $12.99 set features three interlocking jars and a clever carrying handle. Choose from all-new kid-approved designs: Funky Animals, Farm Animals, and Robots. You’ll find these and all our Whiskware™ Snacking Containers designs here.

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How To Create A Luxury Pedicure At-Home

Even though nail salons are still not open for everyone, our feet still need some love. I wanted to introduce Halo Hand that will help you create a luxurious, yet affordable pedicure experience from home.

Halo polish was made with you in mind — from how you shop, to what you wear. As working women on the go, we wanted polished nails to help us feel polished, but struggled to find long lasting, go-to shades that wouldn’t break the bank. Halo started by offering women a better in-salon experience, but the more manis we gave, the more we learned the dark secrets of the nail world. Polishes filled with cheap, harmful chemicals that are bad for our nails and health dominate the industry.

Halo Hand offers “high-fiveable” clean nail polish kits that come with everything you need for a total at-home pedi-makeover. Best of all, you’re not compromising your nails by exposing them to toxic chemicals in the process. The brand’s polishes are “10-free” meaning these nontoxic formulas eliminate the 10 most common chemicals found in traditional nail care products. Additionally, their vegan and cruelty-free line brings you the “whole kit & caboodle” right to your fingertips.

*Limited Release* Summer Treats Color Kit

The Seasonal Summer Colors are here! Every season, Halo Hand releases the limited edition collection of the hottest mani trends. This summer, Halo Hand is bringing you cheery shades with a bit of nostalgia – all of your favorite summer flavors that will have you both trend-ready and craving your favorite treat.

This Summer Color kit includes Halo’s signature 10-free polish in the following flavors:

  1. Lemonade: a creamy-yellow shade that’ll take you back to your lemonade stand.
  2. Creamsicle: a milky orange so delicious you’ll want to enjoy it on the beach.
  3. Spearmint: a bright, refreshing summer green.
  4. Blueberry Bellini: a purpley-blue that’ll make you crave the classic cocktail, stat.

Naughty Nudes Color Kit

For those who like to stay on the simpler side, the true nudes cover the spectrum of barely-there colors, without overwhelming white undertones. For a peek-a-boo of polish, look no further.

The Naughty Nudes kit includes Halo Hand signature 10-free polish in the following colors:

  1. Halo Pink: we may be biased, but this signature shade of millennial pink will leave you feeling perfectly polished.
  2. Basic: a barely there sandy champagne so your hands look flawless for when you’re…holding champagne.
  3. White Hot: a flat white color for when you’re feeling on fire.
  4. Partly Cloudy: a gray so delicate, it goes with any forecast.

What’s Inside all the kits: 

  • Set of 4 Halo 10-Free Polishes
  • One 5-Free Halo 2-in-1 Base & Top Coat Combo
  • One 2oz bottle of Soy-based polish remover
  • File, buffer & lint remover wipes (use these to keep those light colors staying bright!)
  • AKA everything you need for a total at-home mani-makeover!

Customizable Full Nontoxic Color Kit (4 colors)

The same great Halo polishes you love in Halo Hand no-guess shades, now in a color kit that you can build to fit your taste.


Tired of the clumpy polishes, made with mysterious ingredients that made our stomachs churn, we got out our paint buckets, and started mixing. Halo polishes are CLEAN, chip-resistant, and long-lasting. Their polisthes are quick-dry and go on silky smooth, requiring only 2-3 coats for full, vivid color. Halo Hand is made with only the best ingredients, and are cruelty-free, vegan, and 10-free!

As all of us always found picking colors difficult — with so many options, where does one start? Halo Hand sought to fix that and took the guesswork out of picking colors and left only the good ones. Halo’s slimmed down palette has all of the go-tos that you need and the seasonal flavor that you crave. Their colors are truly pigmented to the shade you expect – they don’t compensate with white or black undertones for filler, it’s all color all the time. And they promise, no surprises!

Halo Hand is bringing you more than just polish – they are offering a total nail wellness solution. Let Halo Hand help you take care of your nails.

About The Founders

Meet Jennifer

Co-Founder & Chief Nail Officer

Jennifer is a 10-free convert (who has time for chemical-filled polish!?) who, for years, has been in search of her go-to nail color. Her nomadic existence, moving from NYC to Chicago to San Francisco, has made having the tools for an at-home manicure a must.

Jennifer’s favorite Halo Hand nail color comes from the nude palette, which inspired the website & branding.

Meet Donna

Co-Founder & Chief Glam Officer

Donna is a mani adventurist. She likes to experiment with new colors and patterns, but always comes back to her go-to staples (classics are classics for a reason!) She has lived on both coasts and traveled for work in-between, so appreciates the importance of a reliable and healthy polish. An SF native, she knows that the city is in dire need of a mani makeover.

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