Restaurant Snapshot: Bounty Kitchen Seattle, WA

I had the pleasure of going to Bounty Kitchen when I visited Seattle a few weeks ago. It was right next to the house I was staying in and I would see it every day when I would walk downtown. It caught my eye, but I never went in. Then, one day my brother and I stopped to read the menu; it looked great and there seemed to be quite a few gluten free and vegetarian/vegan options for me to choose from. We ended up going there for breakfast the next day; they are however open for lunch and dinner as well. When we got there I was pleasantly surprised by the décor and layout of the restaurant. It was very inviting. It felt very homey and reminded me of a country home kitchen.

The menus are on large clipboards and we took them out of a huge tin basket to our table to look over before going up to order at the front counter. The restaurant is a bit small, but it also had outdoor seating, which is great for these nice summer days. You order your food at the main counter and get a number to take to your table and they then deliver your food to you when it is done. There was a shelving unit that housed silverware, napkins, jugs of water and glasses that you grab for yourself. I thought that this was a unique way to set up the restaurant without it looking cluttered or cheap. I thought it was classy and well put together. After grabbing all the utensils we needed, we sat down at our table and began reading over the menu. All of the dishes had great and healthy ingredients, and most were organic as well, which was a nice surprise. The menu was small, but there were great options. They do serve all of their dishes all day long, so whatever you were in the mood for you could order. I noticed that they also had a very nice juice menu, which I was excited about, because who doesn’t love a good juice, am I right?

After several minutes of deliberation I decided to go with the millet porridge with hemp milk and fresh berries. This dish was gluten free and vegan, and not to mention delicious. I also had to try out a juice, so I went with the creamy dreamy orange, which included oranges, grapefruit, vanilla and carrots. It was very good and surprisingly creamy. Overall I thought that this was a unique and great concept for a restaurant, I enjoyed my meal and experience there, and wish that I could have gone back again to try one of their salads, which all sounded and looked amazing. Yes I peeked over at what the other customers had ordered, doesn’t everyone? I thought that the layout and décor of the restaurant paired well with the freshness and flavor of their organic and natural whole food ingredients.

 

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Favorite All Natural Facial Cleanser

My all-time favorite cleanser, right now, is Acure’s facial cleansing cream with Argan oil and mint. It is a very creamy and moisturizing cleanser. I love the way it makes my skin feel after using it. My skin feels silky and smooth when I rinse off the cleanser.

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I use my konjac sponge to apply and massage the cleanser into my face, and then rinse it off with warm water and pat dry with a washcloth. I follow up by applying tea tree oil to my acne scars and spots and then coconut oil to moisturize.

I bought this product online at Vitacost, but you can also find it, and other select Acure products, at Target and Meijer, as well as Acure’s own site online.

The cleanser is very gentle. I use it morning and night and my face never gets irritated. However, I would start out using it just once a day to make sure that your skin doesn’t react to it.

I have found that it does remove makeup, but I like to use a cleansing wipe prior to using the cleanser on days that I am wearing more heavy makeup, just to make sure that all of my makeup is removed.

This cleanser is my favorite for so many reasons, but one of them is because it contains so many nourishing and beneficial ingredients, including fair trade certified and Organic Olive Oil, Moroccan Argan Oil, and Cocoa Butter.

These ingredients are particularly nourishing, and provide nutrients while moisturizing the skin.

What I like even more than those great ingredients, are the ingredients that this cleanser does not have. Along with being vegan, this cleanser is also free of parabens, phthalates gluten, silicon, and synthetics fragrances. It’s also made with food grade ingredients.

The best part about this cleanser is that it is full of amazing and nourishing ingredients and free of all the bad stuff that can irritate your skin.

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The Many Ways You Can Use Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is like an all in one miracle product. I use it for so many different things and I’m sure there are about a thousand different uses for it that I haven’t figured out yet.

It seems the jar of coconut oil lasts forever. I feel like I use so much of it and then I look in the container and it’s still half full. I feel like my jars of coconut oil seem to be half full for 6 months, then all of a sudden it’s just gone, which is terrible, since I use it for almost everything.

I love using coconut oil as a moisturizer and that is probably my favorite way to use it, not to mention my most frequent. It is lightweight and very moisturizing and I love the smell of it. Like most oils, it does take a bit longer to soak into your skin than lotion does, but I find coconut oil to be a bit faster than other oils I have tried. I use it to moisturize my face, day and night, then as an arm and elbow moisturizer at night. Since I shower at night and would rather not have the oil get on my sheets, I use a lotion on my legs, but it would work great on legs as well.

Piggy backing off my last statement, coconut oil makes a great shaving cream. It is a bit messy and makes your shower a little slippery, but it leaves my legs feeling super soft and one of the cleanest shaves, with a shaving cream, that I’ve ever had.

A lot of people use coconut oil to remove their makeup and I do that as well, but I like to do it on a light makeup day. When I am going out at night or an event or something and am wearing more makeup, I like to use a cleanser to remove my makeup and then cleanse again, once I removed the makeup. I do this because I think that coconut oil is a bit messy and the more makeup I’m wearing the messier it is, so I just find it easier to only use coconut oil to remove a light day. This is just my personal preference; no matter how much or little makeup you have on, coconut oil will be able to remove it all.

You can also use coconut oil when you are oil pulling. I think it is one of the better tasting oils to pull with. I have tried olive oil and sesame oils and I definitely prefer coconut oil out of the three. I know that some people put the oil in their mouth and swish it around until it warms up and melt in your mouth, but I find that to feel weird so I just melt or stir the oil up a bit before putting in my mouth. I don’t oil pull on a regular basis but I am trying to make it a part of my regular routine and to do it more often.

You can also use coconut oil in your hair as a mask before you take a shower. To do this, just put it all over in your hair and let it sit for about a half an hour, then rinse it out in the shower. You may have to shampoo your hair a couple times to make sure that all of the oil got out, but it leaves your hair feeling really smooth and shiny. You can also put it on the ends of your hair to help moisturize and condition the ends.

You can also use coconut oil to cook with and can ingest it orally to help with weight loss, brain health, to combat heart disease and to help strengthen your immune system, plus so much more! Coconut oil has endless uses and health benefits and would be a great addition to both your pantry and your makeup bag.

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The Healing Benefits of Essential Oils

Oil diffusers have been my latest obsession. Why I continue to obsess over, and become addicted to, expensive things is a problem I have not solved yet. Anyway, I have inevitably become addicted to using my diffuser and trying out different blends of essential oils to diffuse each night, or day, depending on my mood.

Diffusing essential oils is such a good way to obtain the benefits from your essential oils. Personally I use doTERRA essential oils. I love their products and what their company stands for. I can do another post on doTERRA and why I like them, but for now I’ll stick to diffusers and how I use them.

Personally, I have the petal diffuser from, yep you guessed it, doTERRA, but you can really get a diffuser from just about anywhere. I think Amazon is always a great place to go when shopping around for almost anything.

The reason, I think, I enjoy diffusing essential oils so much is because, of course the smell, and also for all of the amazing benefits that come with essential oils and diffusing them.

Some of my favorite oils to diffuse are:

  • Peppermint
  • Lavender
  • Wild Orange
  • Lemon
  • Lime

Each of the oils I listed above has great healing and therapeutic benefits.

Peppermint – helps to clear breathing and supports healthy respiratory function.

Lavender – is calming and relaxing as well as being very therapeutic.

Wild Orange – helps to energize and revitalize the mind and body and has immune enhancing benefits.

Lemon – can help to uplift your mood and it cleanses the air

Lime – helps with emotional balance and wellbeing and has stimulating and refreshing properties.

I love all of these oils and they are my regular go-to scents to diffuse on a daily basis. I will definitely use On Guard, when I am feeling a cold come on or Serenity when I am feeling particularly stressed, but the list above are my all-time favorite scents.

I especially love to mix oils together and create my own homemade concoctions. Some of my favorite mixes are lavender and peppermint, and lemon and lavender.

Almost all essential oils can be diffused aromatically, however not all oils can be applied topically or ingested orally, so just make sure to do some quick research before using any of your essential oils for something else, besides diffusion.

I really think that diffusers are a great addition to your home; I have one in my room as well as my living room. I think that they are a very easy and beneficial addition to the home and a great way to implement essential oils into your life.

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