Peppermint Lemon Sugar Scrub

In the most recent blog post, Prepare Your Skin for Spring in Time, Mia Taylor shared some great skin tips, and I’m going to follow-up with a series of my favorite DIY essential oil recipes that I’m using to get ready for flip-flops and swimsuits! My feet and legs need a little TLC before I head to the beach next week for Spring break, so I made this yummy Lemon Peppermint Sugar Scrub! I got this recipe from a friend in my essential oil chat group, but when I was making it I forgot to add the lemon essential oil (it called for 5 drops). But, I really liked how soft my skin felt after. The sugar and lemon juice gently sloughs off dry skin, the coconut oil moisturizes and the peppermint provides a mood boost. Plus, it’s a cute way to celebrate St. Patty’s Day too!


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Peppermint Lemon Sugar Scrub

  • Servings: 3 - 4 oz jars
  • Difficulty: easy
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This peppermint lemon sugar is a great way to gently slough off and moisturize dry skin, and the peppermint provides an energizing and uplifting aroma.

Tips: Add 5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil for a mood boost!


  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • zest of 1/2 lemon (optional)
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil


  1. Zest 1/2 of a lemon if desired, the zest helps slough off dry skin.
  2. In a bowl, mix together sugar, coconut oil, lemon juice, zest and peppermint oil.
  3. Put in jars and enjoy!



Prepare Your Skin for Spring in Time

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Cold wind, snow, and brisk weather can wreak havoc on your skin. Even with all the hydration, care, and nourishment, winter is still the season that harms skin the most. Therefore, you should try your best to help it recover and make it glowing and plump for the blooming spring. With a full spectrum of treatments, masks, serums and skin care products, your skin will be ready to shine during springtime.



Removing the dead skin cells is essential for good skin care. Only after you’ve exfoliated your skin thoroughly will your moisturizers be able to penetrate deeply into your skin and hydrate it properly. Make sure you don’t use too invasive a scrub if you have sensitive skin prone to irritation. If you wear makeup for a long period of time, try your best to exfoliate your face at least twice a week.


lemon water.jpgHydration is an essential part of a skincare regimen, so make sure you drink plenty of water to keep your skin plump and healthy. Considering that water makes up the most of your body, it needs to be constantly infused in order to prevent toxins from building up. This will in return keep the skin elastic and blemish free. What’s more, after you’ve gotten rid of the dead skin cells, make sure you apply a moisturizing lotion or body butter, and let the skin soak it in well. This will improve your skin’s elasticity, making it smooth and soft. It would be best if you threw on a layer of lotion right after you’ve stepped out of the bathtub, allowing the moisturizer to penetrate deeply into your skin through open pores.

Switch to lightweight makeup

makeup pic.jpgHeavy makeup is a great choice for the wintertime, because it protects the skin from the harmful effects of the cold weather. However, once the temperature is higher, the skin will start to sweat more, making your full coverage foundation feel too heavy. Not only will the heavy foundation mixed with sweat be a bad choice for your complexion, but it’ll also wreak havoc on your skin, by blocking your pores. Vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics is gaining in popularity each day, since it offers equally amazing results as any other makeup, while it protects and nourishes the skin as well. Therefore, think about switching to a lightweight maquillage and try Inika organic mineral makeup as soon as possible. Organic makeup is the perfect choice for every skin type, because it causes no irritation and keeps your skin flawless.

Replace creams with serums

serums.jpgCold winter months call for deeply moisturizing face oils to protect the skin from harsh weather, but once spring comes, your skin will need something lighter. To avoid breakouts that may appear due to heavy moisturizers that can clog your pores, start using water-based serums with vitamin E and retinol. Furthermore, light lotions or gels are the perfect alternative to heavy face creams, and they will offer your skin an equal amount of vitamin C, glycolic acid, and hyaluronic acid. Thanks to its lightweight formula, the skin will absorb a gel quickly without leaving any film on the surface.

Slather on SPF

spf.jpgWhile winter is the best time for repairing your skin, spring is certainly great for prevention. This means you should be proactive with protecting your skin from the damaging UV rays and start slathering on the creams and lotions with SPF, alongside the hydrating serum. So, forget all about sticky creams infused with natural oils, and go for lighter moisturizers that will offer rich hydration and the ultimate protection.

Taking good care of your skin should be your priority all year long. However, you need to remember that, just as you change the type of wardrobe you wear each season, you should switch up skin care regimens according to the weather. Therefore, forget all about the heavy-duty makeup and oil infused moisturizers and switch to organic and lightweight formulas. Remember to exfoliate the dead skin cells regularly, drink plenty of water and protect the skin with lotions with SPF.



mia taylorMia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on the lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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Maple Almond Butter Overnight Oats

Lately, I’ve been making a ton of overnight because it’s been too cold to make smoothies. I find the warmth comforting on cold mornings and they are very tasty and easy! I’ve been playing with various ingredients, but this one is definitely a winner! They are filling, and I love the nutty banana maple flavor with a touch of cinnamon.

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Maple Almond Butter Overnight Oats

  • Servings: 4 oz
  • Difficulty: easy
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These Maple Almond Butter Overnight Oats have a nutty banana maple flavor with a touch of cinnamon. They are naturally gluten-free, vegan and gluten-free.

Credit: My Real Dish



  1. Mash one banana.
  2. Add gluten-free quick oats to a 4 oz jar.
  3. Add almond milk, chia seeds, cinnamon, almond butter, and maple syrup in the jar.
  4. Stir well, add mashed banana, and stir again.
  5. Put the lid on and put the jar in the refrigerator overnight.
  6. Heat them for 50 seconds in the microwave in the morning or serve them cold. I prefer them warm.
  7. Serve with a fruit, nuts, or muesli on top.

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Dulce de Leche Chocolate Coconut Cheesecake (vegan and gluten-free)

In my post Top 15 Vegan and Gluten-Free Foods 2018, I mentioned how much I love Bobo Bars, and they sent me some! Isn’t that great?! So I used four Chocolate Almond Butter Filled Bob Bars as an inspiration for this Caramel and Chocolate Cheesecake. It made a superb three ingredient crust! The chocolate cheesecake layer at the top goes well with the Chocolate Almond Butter Filled Bob Bar Crust.

The bottom dulce de leche layer is one of my favorite flavors, but people here in the USA don’t seem to know what it is – it’s almost like a thick sweet caramel. I’ve used this homemade Vegan Dulce De Leche recipe for many of my desserts. My most recent parent win is that my eight-year-old daughter can make it now! It’s awesome! She loves to cook and help and feels even more empowered when she does it by herself. I might enjoy the help a little too much because I made three dulce de leche desserts in two weeks!


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Caramel and Vegan Cheesecake

  • Servings: ~20
  • Difficulty: easy
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This vegan gluten-free coconut cheesecake has a dulce de leche and chocolate layer, and features a three-ingredient Chocolate Almond Butter Crust made of Bobo Bars.

Credit: My Real Dish

Tips: (1) Do not over-cook the dulce de leche. (2) You want to make the dulce de leche cheesecake layer while the dulce de leche is still warm before it firms.


Chocolate Almond Butter Crust

Dulce de Leche Layer

  • 1 1/2 cup cashews (soaked overnight)
  • 1 can of coconut milk or cream refrigerated overnight (I used an entire can of Let’s Do Organic! But, if you use Thai Kitchen, use the hard part only + 2 tablespoons of the coconut milk)
  • ½ cup date sugar
  • ½ cup dulce de leche
  • ½ cup coconut oil softened or melted
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (I used Let’s Do Organic Shredded, Unsweetened Coconut)

Chocolate Layer

  • 1 1/2 cup cashews (soaked overnight)
  • 1 can of coconut milk or cream refrigerated overnight (I used an entire can of Let’s Do Organic! But, if you use Thai Kitchen, use the hard part only + 2 tablespoons of the coconut milk)
  • ½ cup date sugar
  • ½ cup coconut oil softened or melted
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup cacao

Optional Toppings:

  • 1 Bobo’s Bites Original (as a crumble topping)
  • Non-dairy Whip Topping (you can make it from scratch with 1 can of coconut cream (hard part only) and 1/4 cup powdered sugar or xylitol powdered sugar).


  1. Prepare Vegan Dulce De Leche or use a store-bought vegan caramel or dulce de leche.
  2. Heat oven to 350.
  3. Prepare crust. Put Chocolate Almond Butter Filled Bob Bars and coconut oil in food processor and purée until smooth.
  4. Put the crust mixture in 10-inch spring-form pan.
  5. Cook for 10 minutes, set aside to cool.
  6. Put all of the ingredients for the dulce de leche layer in your Vitamix or high-powered blender, and purée until smooth. Place on top of the crust. Make sure to put some dulce de leche aside for decorating.
  7. Put all of the ingredients for the chocolate layer in your Vitamix, and purée until smooth. Spread on top of the dulce de leche layer.
  8. Refrigerate for 3 hours.
  9. Decorate the top with dulce de leche after refrigerated.
  10. Serve with crumbled bobo bar, whipped topping, and dulce de leche.


Vegan Cole Slaw

This recipe is an easy traditional Vegan Cole Slaw. I made it for my son’s birthday party, family parties, and brought it to the Super Bowl Party tonight. Of course, I’m lazy and bought a bag of Cole Slaw today, I decided to go to yoga instead of making my own. However, if you decide you want to make your own cabbage, you can process 1 cabbages and 2 carrots in a food processor. Sometimes I finely chop a zucchini that I stir in after, but my husband is not a fan so I have to hide it in tiny pieces!


Vegan Cole Slaw

  • Servings: ~7
  • Difficulty: easy
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This easy Vegan Cole Slaw tastes like traditional cole slaw with a hint of mustard. It’s naturally gluten-free.

Credit: My Real Dish


  • 1 – 14 oz bag of Cole Slaw. (I used one with cabbage and carrots).
  • 3/4 cup vegan mayo (I used the Trader Joe’s brand)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar ( I used Bragg Organic)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons mustard (dijon also works)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Xylitol (Sweeten to your preference. I bought the XyloBurst Brand made from birch sugar at
  • pepper to taste
  • salt to taste (I used 4 dashes)
  • Optional: Cayenne (I used 2 dashes of Red Pepper)


  1. In a liquid measuring cup, measure the vegan mayo, and then add the apple cider vinegar, mustard, and xylitol.
  2. Stir and mix 1/3 of the mixture blending throughout the cabbage at a time, in order to evenly distribute.
  3. Then add the cayenne (optional) and salt and peppered to taste.


Peach Mango Rice with Chipotle Lime

Tacos are a staple in our house. I once read about a lady who went on a taco diet – I could easily do it. Every taco needs some rice, and this Peach Mango Rice with Chipotle Lime is tasty with any taco or taco bowl, and sometimes I add a cup of canned black beans and have a complete meal!

This Chipotle Lime Rub from Wildtree is my favorite spice. I’ve been putting it on everything from tacos to butternut squash. This is the fourth dish in my Wildtree Chipotle Lime Rub Series, you can find the other dishes here: Chipotle Lime Chickpea Salad and Southwestern Chopped Ranch Salad. and Chipotle Lime Roasted Sweet Potato Salad.


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Peach Mango Rice with Chipotle Lime

  • Servings: ~8
  • Difficulty: easy
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This flavorful peach mango rice chipotle lime is a perfect side-dish for tacos or can be eaten as a main dish with black beans. It features Wildtree chipotle lime seasoning.

Credit: My Real Dish

Tips: you can use frozen or fresh mango, if you use frozen just sauté them a little longer with the bell peppers, for approximately 4 minutes.


  • 2 ¼ teaspoon Wildtree Chipotle Lime Rub (You can buy it here.)
  • ½ red onion
  • 1 mango (~1 ⅓ cup chopped mango)
  • ½ peach (½ cup chopped peaches)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes (sliced in half)
  • 2 cups rice


  1. Prepare rice per instructions.
  2. Chop red onion, mangos, peaches, bell peppers, and slice cherry tomatoes.
  3. Heat olive oil in medium skillet.
  4. Sauté onion and bell peppers over medium heat for 6 minutes until slightly tender.
  5. Add mango, peaches, and tomatoes and sauté for 2 more minutes if fresh (see tips about frozen fruit)
  6. Stir in cooked rice, chipotle lime seasoning and serve.




Chipotle Lime Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

One of my favorite ways to meal prep is to roast veggies. I love to make tons and then use them for salads, quinoa bowls, and even pasta dishes. Typically, I post a salad a day on Instagram and Facebook, so if you are a salad fan, then follow me there. This particular salad is so tasty that I had to post it here. Plus, it goes along with my recent Chipotle Lime Rub / Wildtree series. My other salads using this Chipotle Lime Rub are here: Chipotle Lime Chickpea Salad and Southwestern Chopped Ranch Salad.


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Chipotle Lime Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

  • Servings: ~2 large salads
  • Difficulty: easy
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This Chipotle Lime Roasted Sweet Potato Salad Recipe is a quick healthy side dish or a complete meal! It's inspired by Wildtree Chipotle Lime Rub and Sweet Onion Dressing that adds a tangy-sweet twist to the salad. This easy to make salad is vegan and naturally gluten-free.

Credit: My Real Dish

Tips: (1) Makes 2 large salads or several side-salads. (2) In order to get sweet potatoes roasted and caramelized, don’t use too much oil and roast them in a hot oven! (3) You can buy the Wildtree Chipotle Lime Rub and the Sweet Onion Dressing here.


  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Chipotle Lime Rub
  • 5 oz lettuce (I used a Baby Spinach and Baby Butter Lettuce Blend by Earthbound Farm)
  • 1/2 cup edamame, shelled and steamed
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup corn, steamed
  • 1 avocado
  • ~4 tablespoons Wildtree Sweet Onion Dressing


  1. Heat oven to 425.
  2. Peel and cut sweet potato into chunks; I made 1.5cm” thick slices.
  3. Place sweet potatoes in a bowl, drizzle over olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and Chipotle Lime Rub, toss well to coat, and pour onto a baking tray or cookie sheet.
  4. Roast them for 10 minutes, then flip them and roast them for another 15 minutes or until golden.
  5. While they are roasting, cook the frozen corn, or edamame. Boil water and add frozen corn and edamame to a steam basket, and cook for 5 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  6. Slice tomatoes.
  7. When sweet potatoes are ready, combine ingredients into a large salad bowl, add Wildtree Sweet Onion Dressing, and serve.

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