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…a Glowing Review…


Have you thought about “getting back to nature” this New Year? Is “being better to your body” one of your resolutions? Do you want Natural, Vegan, Gluten Free and Cruelty free products but can’t stomach the costs?

Give Skin by Nature a try, this customer did, and now she’s hooked!

A review worthy of sharing. Edited for length…
I gave one of my regular customers a free bar of Massage n Bar Soap with her order. This is what she had to say:
“It’s Thursday night, and I look like I’ve had an expensive facial! I LOVE THIS SOAP!!! Spoiler-disgusting zit comments ahead. Whenever I change anything on my face, I break out. With this soap I had a grand total of….ONE PIMPLE! I did NOT do a peel-off mask, and my “gunk” is GONE. My face has never been this clean!!! The ONLY thing I changed was my soap! You know what I like best about this soap? They aren’t wasting money on fancy advertising or colored pretty wrappers; they’re producing a simple, effective, quality product within the price range of almost everyone. I used to use a face wash that was expensive, but this Massage n Bar works BETTER. Deana gave me a free bar, and I really like it. It smells like SOAP! I kept it outside the shower, because it started to get “goopy,” in the humidity. I figured out why this soap doesn’t make lots of lather: in other soaps, the manufacturers put stuff in to MAKE them bubbly. This doesn’t have that, because it’s not a natural ingredient!!!! People like lots of bubbles. But the bubbles PROVIDE NOTHING EXCEPT………….BUBBLES. It’s only been four days, but I’m not buying any more of my other soap. This is the best soap I’ve ever used. I’m not SUPER soft, yet, but I can sure feel the difference, but the best thing about this soap is that, without stripping your face, or burning it, your face is just SO CLEAN!!! Order me another bar, Deana Loraye Lara; I’m hooked”

This sweet customer of mine uses several other Skin by Nature products, so I wanted to thank her for her business by giving her a surprise free soap. Massage n Bar, and Massage n Rain are 2 of my favorites, along with the Goat’s Milk Soap and the Just Good Soaps. I, personally, use many of the products on a daily basis, and love them. I wouldn’t share this if I didn’t think you would love them too. The soaps are only $3-$3.50 each!

Winter Skin? Let’s Talk.

Let’s talk about Winter skin, feet, in particular. Do you have dry winter foot issues, or hands? What products have/do you use?
Let’s look at a few products that Nature’s Birthday Suit has to offer:

p.s. everything is under $7

1. “Not Just For Scrub” is a specially designed blend of oils and Rhassoul Clay (moroccan red clay). This product is excellent for cleansing, detoxification and improves skin texture. The product removes dead skin layers resulting in ultra smooth skin. This product is also high in Vitamins and Omega 3.


2. “Pass the Honey Please” contains Vitamins A,E and is high in Omega 3s. This scrub soothes rough, dry or cracked skin. It revitalizes and improves skin complexion and the oatmeal exfoliates leaving skin clean and healthy. It also reduces age spots.


3. “Breakfast for your Face” is rich in Vitamins A and E. It provides healthy skin collagen which prevents premature wrinkles and lines. Vitamin E keeps skin clean and healthy and revitalizes rough, dry and cracked skin. This scrub bar contains oatmeal to give your skin that clean, fresh feel and gives ageless beauty.



4. African Black Soap (Ose Dudu) has been prized for centuries for it’s natural healing abilities. This gentle soap is highly sought after for it’s lather, detoxification properties and it’s gentleness. It is great on skin and hair and especially great on feet.



5. “Massage n Bar” is a high quality soap containing olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil and also contains Shea Butter. Shea Butter contains Vitamins A and E . This gives the soap properties such as:
Helps provide healthy skin collagen which prevents premature lines and wrinkles
Excellent skin protectant and revitalizer
Soothes rough, dry and cracked skin
Lather this soap on your skin, the longer you leave it on the softer your skin gets.


6. “Nuts n Butter” is high in Vitamins A and E and very high in Omega 3. This blend of nut oils in shea butter is excellent for helping to reverse aging of skin due to its high amount of antioxidants. The flax oil also has good anti-inflammatory properties to aid in clearing skin of redness and may aid in preventing outbreak of acne, psoriasis, rosacea and eczema flareups. This product is also excellent for mature skin and dry skin from the sun.

7. “After the Sun is Gone” is high in Vitamins A, E and Omega 3. It is also high in antioxidants, reducing dull looking skin and helps relieve and ease sun tanned skin. Aloe and hemp oil give it soothing and healing qualities. It fights free radicals, helping to prevent skin damage from too much sun.


8. “Mary Jane n Butter” Lotion is high in Vitamin A, C & E. This product is also high in Omega 3 & 6 and will help reduce age spots an makes a great skin protectant. It contains hemp oil which is high in fatty acids and gives it anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe sore and aching muscles and aids in sunburn relief


the Before, During, and Continuing to use…the Mary Jane n Butter lotion on a young friend with severe eczema. Such relief is finally within reach, and only $5.50 for an 8 oz. pump bottle! Skin by Nature strives to remain affordable to all. pizap.com14713153652161 SHOP HERE, or ASK ME We have so many more products for you! Your Skin will love Skin by Nature from Nature’s Birthday Suit.

Vegan Recipe Resources




  • 1½ cup Shredded Cauliflower (about half of a head)
  • ½ cup Vegan Cheese (I used Daiya Pepperjack Style Shreds)
  • 2 tbsp Cornmeal (I used yellow cornmeal)
  • 1 Flax Egg (1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp water)
  • ½ tsp Onion Powder (if you’re not a fan of onion you can omit)
  • ⅛ tsp Turmeric
  • ⅛ tsp ground mustard
  • ⅛ tsp Paprika
  • a few shakes of salt and black pepper (to your liking)
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. To get the shredded cauliflower, pulse the florets in the food processor
  3. until it resembles rice
  4. Remove the cauliflower and measure out 1½ cups. Then place it in a dish
  5. towel and squeeze out the extra moisture over the sink
  6. Put the shredded cauliflower in large bowl and mix together with the rest
  7. of the ingredients
  8. Scoop out little balls, forming them into a tot like shape and place them on
  9. baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  10. Make sure they aren’t too high. After placing them on parchment paper I
  11. pushed down on each one to flatten just a bit
  12. Bake for 20 min and then flip over for another 15 min (might be a little longer.
  13. you want them to be golden on top)
  14. Take out and let cool for a few minutes before serving
  15. Enjoy!

Raw Vegan Mayonnaise | Healthy Blender Recipes

Raw Vegan Mayonnaise | Healthy Blender Recipes.

I-Use-It-In-Everything Raw Mayo

  • 1/4 cup filtered water
  • 1/4 cup cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup raw cashews soaked for 2 hours (soaking is optional but will yield a creamier consistency)
  • 1/4 cup raw cauliflower
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon yellow mustard (like you put on hot dogs)
  • 1 teaspoon raw coconut nectarcoconut sugar or 1 chopped pitted date
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt or more to taste
  1. Place all of the ingredients into your blender and puree for about a minute until smooth and creamy.
  2. Tweak lemon juice, vinegar, and salt to taste.

Makes 1 1/3 cups


**Please note – you will need a high speed blender in order to achieve a really creamy consistency,

and for the best results it is essential to soak the nuts.

Skinny Strawberry Shortcake Bites

Skinny Strawberry Shortcake Bites.

Healthy, Vegan, and Gluten Free!! (means guilt free:)))

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cilantro-lime tofu sandwiches

cilantro-lime tofu sandwich.I haven’t talked

about it much, and I suppose it’s because this is not that kind of blog. This

blog is about baking and being silly and making mistakes and eating them

anyway, because even if they’re not pretty, they still taste delicious. But

sometimes, it’s about other things, too. Just to keep things interesting.

What I mean to say is, I haven’t talked much about my choices on

consumption. You see, I’m mostly vegetarian. (“Mostly vegetarian?” you

ask. “That sounds made up.”) Let me explain.

ingredientes.After a long period of reading,

movie-watching and researching, Elliott and I decided, in February 2010,

to be more conscious of where our food comes from and what we put

into our systems. Now, before I go any further, please don’t think this is

going to be a rant or a digest on food ethics and blah blah blah. Trust me,

we’ll get to the good stuff in a minute. I just want to lay the groundwork for

why the heck I made a tofu sandwich. Long story short, we don’t eat meat

unless it’s local and/or sustainably and ethically raised. If a pig was

allowed to be a pig and express its “pigness” during its life before it became

bacon, we’ll eat it. If it was shoved into a confined space without access

to the outdoors and fed foods that aren’t good for its body and only make

it fat, we won’t. It’s a little more complicated than that, but the point is, we

don’t eat much meat. And when we do, it’s often from a farmer whose

hands we’ve had the pleasure to actually shake.

tofu in the marinade.That said, we’re

still meat eaters at heart. I still crave a burger like, every week. I can’t eat

salads all day long or I’d lose my meat-loving marbles. But we’re not

about to give up on what we think is important. That’s where tofu

(sometimes) comes in.

I remember the first time I ate tofu. It was disgustingly chewy and shaped

into cubes and tucked into a tangled mess of pad Thai noodles. In short,

it was gross. The second time I ate tofu, it was in a scrambled mix with

pesto and cheese, with toast and roasted potatoes on the side. My

friends who were eating with me thought it looked inedible. I thought it

was delicious.

fixins. It’s been a

slow-growing relationship with my now-beloved tofu. I’ve learned

over time how to prepare it and when to eat it, or when to just leave it out.

Tofu, sadly, is not the same thing as a burger. But it can be just as tasty.

One of my favorite ways to eat tofu is marinated and put on a sandwich.

This cilantro and lime marinade is made with garlic and a dash of chili

powder for a kick, so when you let the tofu sit in it for an hour or two,

the flavors imparted are savory and tangy and a little bit spicy. It’s

amazing. The tofu no longer tastes like it looks — a colorless, coagulated

mass of soy. It actually tastes like a food.

sammmmmich.If you’re leery

of tofu but are willing to try it out, I suggest starting with this recipe.

It’s basically foolproof and can be made in an hour (most of that hour

hands-free). And if you don’t want to try it or just plain don’t like tofu,

that’s fine. This marinade is also good on grilled chicken. Especially

if that chicken came from down the road and was allowed to express

its “chickenness” during its lifetime. Just saying.

PS If you want to learn more about sustainable eating, visit the

husband’s blog, Ethical Plate. He has good things to say.
PPS If you live in the Iowa City area, go see “American Meat”

this weekend.

Cilantro-Lime Tofu Sandwiches
A Girl Versus Dough Original (marinade from

Yields: 4 sandwiches

1/2 cup lime juice
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp olive oil
salt to taste
pinch of chili powder
1 16-oz package extra-firm tofu, sliced into sandwich-size rectangles
1 avocado
lime juice to taste
salt to taste
8 slices of whole-wheat bread, toasted (or any bread you like)
1 tomato, sliced
1/2 onion, sliced
handful of spinach leaves

Combine lime juice, cilantro, garlic, olive oil, salt and chili powder

in a small bowl. Pour into a baking dish and place tofu slices on

top. Spoon some of the marinade on top of the tofu and place the

dish in the fridge to marinate for at least 1 hour (up to 3 hours).

Flip over the tofu slices halfway through.
Meanwhile, mash an avocado in a small bowl and add lime

juice and salt to taste. Spread avocado mash onto 4 slices of

bread. Evenly distribute tomato, onion and spinach on bread slices.

Set aside. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Remove tofu

from fridge and place directly on skillet (no extra oil needed for the

skillet). Cook tofu until both sides are a golden brown, about 5

minutes each side. Remove from heat and place on sandwiches.

Spoon remaining marinade on sandwiches, if desired. Top with

remaining bread slices and serve.

Rice, Black Bean & Avocado Salad

This side salad does double duty as a light meal and can be served warm or cold. Enjoy it right away or make ahead and refrigerate to give the flavors extra time to come together.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion (about 1 medium onion)
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin, divided
  • 1 cup white rice, rinsed well
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt, divided
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) seasoned black beans, well drained
  • 2 teaspoons chopped cilantro leaves, or to taste
  • Juice of 1 lime, or more to taste
  • 2 avocados, diced


Add oil to heated pan and sauté onion for 4 to 5 minutes over medium heat. Add 1/4 teaspoon of the cumin and stir for another 30 seconds. Add rice, stock and garlic salt and bring to boil. Reduce to lowest heat, cover and cook for about 18 minutes, or until rice is just cooked. Fluff rice with fork and allow to cool slightly, or completely if you are serving the salad chilled.

In large bowl, combine drained beans with remaining 1/2 teaspoon cumin. Add cooled rice, cilantro and lime juice and toss together. Taste and adjust seasoning and lime to taste. Top with avocado just before serving and toss gently.

Variation: Substitute 1 can of corn for avocado if desired.

Tip: Time-saver: Seasoned black beans include salt and basic seasonings that infuse the beans with flavor that would otherwise take time to develop.

Recipe reprinted by permission of All rights reserved.

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