STUFF + THINGS

Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Banana Bread from Half Baked Harvest || Stuff + Things || creamandhoney.ca

M A K E || This chocolate chip almond butter banana bread by Half Baked Harvest. It rivals all the best banana breads of my life. 

R E A D || The Disease of Being Busy. It will do you good. Take a moment for some introspection. How is your heart doing at this very moment? Tell me you remember you are still a human being, not just a human doing.

D R I N K || This Pineapple Kombucha Light + Stormy! My feeling is that the kombucha balances the rum in this cocktail making it a neutral not-unhealthy-drink. Right? RIGHT?!

W A S H || Your face in honey. For real guys, I use raw honey to wash my face. Honey is antibacterial (helps prevent blemishes) and a natural preservative so it's great for skin (and less wrinkles). You can use it for individual pimples as well by dabbing a bit on individual blemishes. Raw honey is best since it hasn't been processed and often comes a little thicker providing a gentle exfoliation. You only need a little so it lasts a long time and ends up costing less than I was paying for natural face cleansers that still had added ingredients I was unsure about. You can add a couple drops of essential oils to your face honey (lavender or rose work well) for an added scent and relaxation bonus. 

E A T || Imanishi in Little Portugal. This place is down the street from my apartment and I are their last night for the first time and it. was. amazing. The concept is Tokyo homestyle cooking so the food is comforting but refined. The cocktails are unique, the atmosphere chill and lovely (less party atmosphere than other izakayas),  and the food. Ohhh the foooood. It's full of umami and you leave feeling joyously full but not weighed down.                                                                                                             Ate: agedashi eggplant, gai lan in ground sesame dressing + katsuo-bushi flakes, octopus + fresh celery in almond oil, garlic, + ginger, red snapper carpaccio with yuzu citrus dressing, waygu beef in onion broth with rice and finally the taro root ice cream with toasted soba.                                                                                                 Drinks to try: An array of Sake, Umehana cocktail [tequila, plum wine, jasmine tea, orange bitters], Japanese beers, + Chu-Hi's. Chu-Hi's are easy drinking cocktails made from shochu, a Japanese spirit similar to vodka but about half the percentage in alcohol. The Aloe-Hi is usually my first pick, made with aloe juice and little bits of aloe jelly. 

Hoping your hearts are calm and cravings are satiated,

Meg xx

MERMAID FACE MASK: SPIRULINA, HONEY + BANANA

Mermaid Face Mask: Spirulina, Honey + Banana || DIY 3 ingredient face mask to heal blemishes, detoxify skin + promote anti-aging. Perfect for a relaxation and spa night at home. || creamandhoney.ca

How about feeling fresh and vibrant? How about being super chill and good to yourself? How about some food on your face?  Yes? I am here to grant your wishes my lovely mermaid/merman.

This face mask is adapted from the blog Kale & Caramel by Lily Diamond. If you don't know about her, you must must must go check out her site. Sometimes there are things we can't control in life. By sometimes I mean most times. Take this moment right now. I am sitting in a cafe trying to write something profoundly zen to pair with this face mask. Instead this place is filled with eleventy thousand kids who are doing, but not limited to, the following things:                                                               * Boy with rainbow striped pants (rocking them btw)– wildly smashing toys on the ground while roaring.                                                                                                                                                                                     * Kid in the designer clothes– screaming bloody murder because his expensive sweater feels scratchy on his skin but his mom says it's too cold to take off so he's sh*t out of luck.                                               * Kid with a bowl haircut, crusty nose and wet lips– loudly playing a piano-kazoo hybrid whilst staring into people's eyes. I gave him a stern look like, “Stop that. It's annoying". He just glared at me even harder and continued playing but began swinging his head back and forth as if taunting me. I tried to outstare him but apparently he doesn't require the need to blink. He may be a real-life demon and now I've just become his nemesis. Maybe he has come to this cafe to put us under his piano-kazoo spell and then suck our souls out through his slobbery mouth. His mom is saying, “shhhhh shhhh honey" although we all know she's the one who allowed him to bring his most annoying toy into the usually quiet coffee shop. That or she's also under is his satanic spell so maybe she didn't have a choice.                                                                                                                                                                   * Blonde cherub with pigtails– “mummy. mummy. mummy. Mummy. Mummy!                                            MUMMY! MUMMY. MUUUUUUUMMMYYYY!" Parents are skilled in the fine art that                      is tuning out their own children. And with good reason, their insanity would be certain without it.      Unfortunately the rest of us don't have that skill. Instead my body involuntarily convulses when kids   scream.                                         

It's a madhouse in here right now. And what seemed like an actual hell in the first few minutes has become more of an entertaining movie with a wide range of emotions. I had to give myself a few minutes to accept that this is where I am right now and to embrace it. Children are the best teachers of patience, a skill I'm always working on. So thank you? Except for that piano-kazoo kid. He is the devil reincarnate.   

Shout out to all moms. I love you. You are angels. You are strong and vulnerable. You are tolerant and  giving. You are loving and nurturing. You are the sun and and the moon. You clean up vomit and touch other people's poop. You keep smiling. You don't sleep a full night for years. You are keeping humans alive since the dawn of time. You are boss ass bitches and you deserve a break. Actually you deserve one million breaks. Welcome this simple but transformative face mask into your life and take a minute, (or ninety) if you can.  

I've decided to give myself a weekly spa night where I relax, take care of myself and set my mind and body up for the week from a calm and grounded place. Here are some ideas to give yourself a soothing night of relaxation and self love. (Maybe some of these sound too granola for you and that's cool. Just do whatever you know that helps you relax and take a few moments to yourself.)

  • Light candles to create a peaceful glow. 
  • Put on relaxing music. Whatever chill vibe strikes you: instrumental jazz hip hop, Bob Dylan, classical, nature sounds, meditation + spa-like music etc. 
  • Make a detoxifying drink. Herbal tea, infused water, kombucha, switchel, golden milk, chicory almond milk latte, fresh pressed juice, smoothie. 
  • Burn some relaxing essential oils, incense, sage etc. 
  • Apply a face mask. This one feels soooo good on your skin and gives a glowing look and fresh feeling afterwards. It's very detoxifying and great for blemishes because of the antibacterial properties in honey and all the vitamins and minerals in spirulina. Check out more info about the benefits at the bottom of the post!
  • Cucumbers or steeped + cooled chamomile tea bags on your eyes. 
  • Skin brushing. I'm obsessed with skin brushing right now guys. It's so good for you and it's making my skin feel incredible. It stimulates your lymphatic system which will boost your immunity by draining toxins from your body and keeps things moving. It exfoliates and is said to increase skin circulation and reduce cellulite. My brush (photo below) cost $12 and worth every penny. Read about the how to's of skin brushing here.
  • Read a book.
  • Meditate. Omg guys! I found the best meditation app awhile back called Insight Timer. There are endless guided meditations for everything under the sun (sleep, anxiety, confidence, pain, relationships, chakras etc). You can do as little as a few minutes which works wonders for the mind, especially on a regular basis. 
  • Take a hot shower. You could also do a contrast shower (alternating between hot and cold) for increased immune system benefits. 
  • Lotion up with a body butter or oil.
  • Journal. Take some time to write out anything that feels stuck lately, what you're moving forward with, ideas, fun plans to come, self reflections, or maybe just stream of consciousness or doodling. If you want to embrace your crunchy side, do a moon phase focused entry. 
  • Colouring book
  • Tarot cards 

Now go relax my beautiful unicorns!

Mermaid Face Mask: Spirulina, Banana + Honey || DIY 3 ingredient face mask to heal blemishes, detoxify skin + promote anti-aging. Perfect for a relaxation and spa night at home. || creamandhoney.ca
Mermaid Face Mask: Spirulina, Banana + Honey || DIY 3 ingredient face mask to heal blemishes, detoxify skin + promote anti-aging. Perfect for a relaxation and spa night at home. || creamandhoney.ca
Mermaid Face Mask: Spirulina, Banana + Honey || DIY 3 ingredient face mask to heal blemishes, detoxify skin + promote anti-aging. Perfect for a relaxation and spa night at home. || creamandhoney.ca
Mermaid Face Mask: Spirulina, Banana + Honey || DIY 3 ingredient face mask to heal blemishes, detoxify skin + promote anti-aging. Perfect for a relaxation and spa night at home. || creamandhoney.ca

One more thing. Let's take a lesson from badass ladies like mothers and be a boss ass bitch. (click that link. You know you wanna...)

Mermaid Face Mask: Spirulina, Banana + Honey || DIY 3 ingredient face mask to heal blemishes, detoxify skin + promote anti-aging. Perfect for a relaxation and spa night at home. || creamandhoney.ca
Mermaid Face Mask: Spirulina, Banana + Honey || DIY 3 ingredient face mask to heal blemishes, detoxify skin + promote anti-aging. Perfect for a relaxation and spa night at home. || creamandhoney.ca
Mermaid Face Mask: Spirulina, Banana + Honey || DIY 3 ingredient face mask to heal blemishes, detoxify skin + promote anti-aging. Perfect for a relaxation and spa night at home. || creamandhoney.ca

MERMAID FACE MASK

the benefits                        

Raw Honey:          Anti bacterial (good for acne/pimples and cleansing                            pores), anti viral, antioxidants (good for anti aging                            treatments), vitamins, a natural preservative.

Spirulina:            High concentration of vitamins, nutrients and                                    antioxidants, helps eliminate toxins from the skin,                              anti aging properties from vitamin e, selenium +                                tyrosine.

Banana:               Moisturizing + hydrating from potassium, nutrients                              that support skin health (vitamin e + c), a "natural                            botox"–wrinkle reducing nutrients and helps fade                                dark spots on skin.  

the magic

inspiration:                      The desire to use spirulina in another way                                         besides downing a shot or turning a                                                   delicious smoothie into a bottom feeder's                                           delight.

the feels:                          soft + cooling

might like if you're into:   The Little Mermaid, food fights, reducing                                           stress, face painting, sea monsters.

the science

ingredients:

  • one tablespoon raw honey (raw honey isn't processed so it keeps all the vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients that are amazing for the skin.)
  • one tablespoon spirulina
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed

method: 

  1. Mix honey and spirulina together in a little bowl until combined. Add banana and mix all together. It may be lumpy depending how ripe your banana and that's okay. Put it in the blender for a minute if you want it smoother. Wash face to make sure it's clean. Paint on face mask with a brush or smear it on with your hand. Leave on for 20 to 30 minutes. Wash off with warm water in the shower or with wash cloth. Apply face serum or moisturizer for extra hydration.

Recipe adapted from Kale & Caramel.