Orange is the New Black

I love a good cup of java and all the cute coffee shops and feelings that come with each cup! This really is one of life’s simple joys. And as the Fall season sets in, I love to indulge in a good ol’ Pumpkin Spice Latte. Lately though, I have been reluctant to regularly indulge in the PSL we all know and love and find that often I am choosing this option more so for the convenience aspect and here’s why….  Homemade PSL’s!

These are so much better than and pumpkin syrup just does not compare. You control the sweetness, the spice and know exactly what goes into each cup. Plus, the $5+ spent on each cup is much more welcomed in my pocket!

So this Thanksgiving weekend, cuddle up on the couch with this homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte and enjoy yourself and all the things we have to be thankful for: ūüôā

Pumpkin Spice Latte (yields 2 cups)

  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 4 tbsp pumpkin pur√©e
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp of maple syrup (you can add this in as you go to suit your sweet tooth)
  • 1/8 tsp salt (optional)
  • 4 oz brewed espresso or strong coffee
  • 2 cups almond milk (or milk of choice)

PSL Ingredients

  1. Mix spices with vanilla and maple syrup to create a paste.
  2. Heat milk on low, add in pumpkin puree, and spice mixture. Whisk until smooth. (don’t be afraid to add more sweetness or spice if you prefer)
  3. Brew Espresso.
  4. Pour Espresso and top with pumpkin spice milk mixture.
  5. If you are feeling fancy, top with whip or frothy milk.

Sip & Enjoy. xx

One Love – The Konjac Sponge

The Clairsonic Mia was life changing to my facial cleansing routine, talk about a deep love, I mean clean Рdeep clean. I did not regret that pricey purchase one bit, until recently, as I was starting to feel it was a bit abrasive and began the hunt for a more natural exfoliating product. And then she died on me, RIP Mia.

Luckily and coincidentally, during one of my regular stops at The Cure I was introduced to this amazing alternative. One Love Organics Konjac Sponge. For those of you who are not familiar, please allow me to introduce you to this must have product.

Made from the root of the Japanese potato-like plant, Konjac. This sponge is a natural, fully sustainable, biodegradable, preservative free product that is used as a calming, exfoliant for all skin types. Helping to dislodge dirt, oils, blackheads, while balancing the acidity of the skin’s impurities.

Once wet, the stiff sponge transforms to a soft and pillowy sponge. I like to think of it as the loofa for your face, it feels so good! Once wet, apply your favourite cleanser (I am loving Skin Essence Organics, Fresh Facial Cleanser right now), massage onto your skin using circular motions, and rinse.

There are three sponges types to choose from (to test my decisiveness or lack thereof):

  • Rose Clay: for rosacea, sensitive, mature and dry skin
  • Bamboo Charcoal: for oily, combination and problematic skin
  • Original: for normal and all skin types

Even though I have sensitive dry skin, I decided to go big or go home and went with the Bamboo Charcoal.¬†Naturally antibacterial and antifungal, the¬†Bamboo Charcoal contains activated carbon and minerals which absorb toxins, remove excess oils and fight hard to reach bacteria. I’m on week three¬†and no regrets!

If you are looking for a new way to perk up your skin regime, grab yourself a Konjac Sponge.

One Love Organics

 One Love. xx