hair tea & banana pancakes

DSC_0918_3A luxurious winter morning to myself. What shall I endeavor?

1) Cuddles with kitties in bed, snuggled under piles of blankets. Play a few rounds on my phone of Trivia Crack with my brothers and feel really good about myself that I know who invented bifocals and who wrote Ivan Hoe.

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2) Pull this bag of hair tea out of my cupboard. As much as I love snow and mittens, Michigan winters can be rough on my poor scalp (currently it’s dry and a little irritated). Oh, and this is what it’s really like to take photos in my house #lifewithcats #catphotobomb 😉

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It’s from one of my favorite companies: Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve. They value quality organic ingredients and put together such pure products that are clean, USA-made, effective and affordable. (I am not paid to say this, I really am just a fan girl 😉 )

The latter half of 2014 I started becoming more conscious of the fact that I can (and already do, unknowningly) use the money I spend on skincare, haircare, cosmetics is a choice, as a support (i.e. I don’t have to buy from large corporate companies whose values/ethics I don’t necessarily agree with (not fair trade, animal testing, questionable ingredients, etc.) there are lots of small business that are actually affordable)…..but that’s an entirely separate post! lol

Anyhow, the hair tea which contains beautiful ingredients (such as rosemary, thyme, burdock root, lavender, chamomile) and comes with a muslin sachet for you to steep it in but I just used my Teavana loose tea pot (loooooooooooooove that baby!). Sidenote: I realized I had no simple container to put my tea into after it steeped…only this blue tea pot that I bought a year ago at Salvation Army. This is kind of a problem I have. I get so caught up buying pretty things I sometimes forget to spend money on the “boring” practical things! Anyone else have this problem??

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3) While I was waiting for it to steep I turned on Kaleb Hikele aka a perfect winter morning soundtrack. (you can download the album for free here!) and started tackling a (long-ago-pinned) Pinterest recipe: two ingredient banana pancakes (gluten-free, dairy-free, processed-sugar-free).

Um, my pan was too hot. They didn’t turn out so cute lol. Just keepin’ this blog grounded in real life, people. Also, sadly, they weren’t a hit for me because….I’m not super keen on bananas. I know, I know, what did I expect. But if you do like bananas or are borderline try the recipe out! I love how simple it is. (Just cook them on a not-too-hot-pan 😉 )

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4) I also made a green smoothie. Assembling pre-made baggies of individual smoothies and tossing them in the freezer to pull out whenever was a genius idea, if I do say so myself. Saves so much time!

P.S. After I truly test out the hair tea I will report back.

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