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Best Pesto Ever

Hey Guys! A few weeks ago I was making dinner and was making homemade pesto! I posted the recipe on my story, but so many of you asked me to put it on the blog! Pesto is pretty much the easiest thing to make ever and it’s a staple in our fridge! I suggest using really fresh ingredients for a really fresh taste. Believe it or not it only takes a few ingredients, a food processor and 5 minutes to whip this up!

What You Need

  • 3 cups fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional but suggested!)
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

What You Do

Add all ingredients besides olive oil to your food processor! Start to mix by pulsing and drizzle in olive oil slowly until the pesto is smooth and creamy!

How To Serve

There are so many ways I love eating pesto. In the morning with eggs and avocado is a great way to start your day! For a snack I would go with a plate of pesto, seed crackers, turkey and parmesan. For lunch or dinner I would serve it on the side of a roasted chicken and veggies!

I hope you guys love this recipe! Let me know if you try it!

x Mariah

 

 

Raindrops On Roses and Whiskers On Kittens

Hi!! First I want to say thank you to everyone who commented, DM’d and emailed me about my last post. I was overwhelmed with gratitude (and relief) that so many of you received something from it- I couldn’t believe how many of you expressed that “uninvited” applied to so many of your lives. Thank you, merci, always and forever.

 

Okay so – I don’t know about you guys, but there are SO many products out there that make promises to us in commercials and ads and then when we actually go get them we’re disappointed. So I decided to share some of my most favorite, loved, and trusted beauty products! My beauty routine changes constantly, but especially during different seasons. As soon as Fall comes my skin tends to get super dry… So I am constantly doing anything I can to keep it glowing and clear, even as the cold months approach us. I have to warn you though, I don’t believe in using products that have ingredients I can’t pronounce or aren’t safe. Natural is the way to go, my friends. Please believe me! Every night I take off  my make up and wash my face with Coconut Oil (like literally from the grocery store! Hello $7.99! Hello #BudgetLifeVictories!)… After that I spray a natural facial toner. Sometimes I’ll make my own (Let me know if you’d be interested in the recipe!). And then comes a face oil and a moisturizer. About 2-3 nights a week I’ll do a clay or homemade mask. I promise, when you take care of your skin – consistently and naturally – it will change your life. You’re loving your body, taking time for yourself and investing into you. Below are a few of my favorite things right now. But I cannot lie… One of them is my most favorite.

I’ve always adored essential oils. When I was younger, my best friend in the neighborhood had fourteen brothers and sisters. Incredible, I know. Their mama, Jackie was my favorite person to see, though. It could be ANY thing: a cold, the terrible approach of acne, a scrape or cut… even a bad mood. Mama Jackie would have a cure for it. And it was always an essential oil. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to love those little bottles of liquid healing more and more. But today, I’ll share with you: Frankincense. THE MOST INCREDIBLE THING, EVER.

A little bit about Frankincense…

Health Benefits: helps relieve chronic stress and anxiety, reduces pain and inflammation, boosts immunity and even fights cancer.

Where it’s from: Frankincense is sourced from the resin of the Boswellia carterii or Boswellia sacara tree that’s commonly grown in Somalia. This tree is different from many others in that it can grow with very little soil in dry and desolate conditions.

How to use it: I love to sprinkle a few drops in my bath with epsom salt after a long day, rub a few drops on a scar, stretch mark, or acne as a remedy. Once I was out of toothpaste and mixed Frankincense oil with baking soda as homemade toothpaste (the bomb!) and also I diffuse it in my house as a stress reliever. My favorite use though is as a skin brightener and natural beauty enhancer in my moisturizer! I swear it makes my skin GLOW! Which is what inspired me to write this post, I couldn’t keep the goodness all to myself! Here is my routine of the moment:

 IXMUCANE Skincare, Facial Toner

IXMUCANE Skincare, Facial Toner (www.ixmucaneskincare.com)

 Josie Maran, Argan Oil in Fleur O'range. (www.josiemarancosmetics,com)

Josie Maran, Argan Oil in Fleur D’oranger. (www.josiemarancosmetics.com)

 IXMUCANE Skincare, Face Serum (www.ixmucaneskincare.com)

IXMUCANE Skincare, Face Serum (www.ixmucaneskincare.com)

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Young Living, Essential Oil Frankincense (www.youngliving.com)

(mix, a drop of the Frankincense into a dime size of moisturizer…)

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Kiehl’s, Ultra Facial Cream (www.kiehls.com)

If you’d like to know more about natural oils + ingredients and their uses just let me know! And if you want to get involved in the lifestyle of Young Living, Essential Oils – email me in “ask mariah”. We all gotta look out for each other, it’s a crazy world of chemicals out there! And as always, remember… Beauty is on the inside. When you can love yourself, because Jesus adores you and that’s enough, it shines outward. Beauty starts in your heart and ends in the way you live. All my love! xx Mariah!!

 

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