Coco for Coconut Oil

I mentioned the other day that I am OBSESSED with coconut oil and I wasn’t kidding. Ever since I bought a big tub at Costco, I’ve used it for everything!

How much do I love coconut oil? oh let me count the ways;

1. As a kitchen staple. According to google, it’s one of the healthiest foods on the planet. It works as a frying oil and I use it as a substitute for butter or any other oils that are called for in recipes. In case you weren’t a huge coconut fan like I was, it doesn’t make all your meals taste or smell like coconut but it’s lower in calories and is good cholesterol. Sometimes, I melt a bit of coconut oil and add it to my morning smoothie.

2. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize! My skin has never felt so soft. We have had the worst winter and my skin was so dry until I discovered coconut oil. Careful when you apply it though, the first time I applied it a little too generously and was stuck hanging out in bathroom for half an hour unable to get dress and waiting for it to absorb. I would also recommend a night time application because sometimes it makes it’s way into your hair and you’re stuck trying to pull off a slick hair look all day… leading me to #3

3. To tame the frizzes. I sleep with coconut oil in my hair once a week and in the morning, I wash it out. It takes a little practice to figure out the right amount but as a girl with hair that is never straight and smooth, I have seen a difference in flyaways. Again according to google, it’s suppose to stimulate hair growth. Time will tell.

4. Whiter teeth. Been hearing a lot about Oil Pulling but I am lazy, therefore I have purchased Salty Kisses toothpaste from Holistic Wellness. It’s main ingredient is Coconut Oil. No more crest white strips for this gal.

5. Nicer nails. Since I am trying to save money, one of the things cut from my budget was getting manicures. Applying a little coconut oil on your cuticles helps you push them back and without all that dry skin around your nail, your nail polish looks like it was professionally applied.

There are so many ways you can use coconut oil and the benefits are endless. I’ve been told that it helps reduce stretch marks and will help with my cracked heels. Every time I mention coconut oil, someone tells me about another great way to use it so it’s pretty clear why I’m so coco for coconut oil!

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Looks like I have readers! Well I have at least three. I haven’t been posting for awhile and was touched that those three people actually questioned if I was going to blog again and the answer is “of course!”

There is no reason for my lack of posts except that when I get home and I have a choice between firing up the laptop or curling up on the couch, the couch always wins.

So what has happened that I haven’t told you about…

Food – Well I went to another Mexican restaurant. Toronto is known for being multi-cultural and yet somehow I’ve only been checking out restaurants that serve guacamole. La Carnita started up as a pop up shop, their tacos were so mouth-watering and memorable that they had people trying to find them before they even opened their doors. If you go, have the In Cod We Trust… they are amazing. In fact, Fish Tacos are slowly filling the void that I have had since breaking up with Pizza. I need to find a easy recipe so I can attempt this deliciousness at home!

Work – went to Montreal a week ago for training and heading to Winnipeg at the end of the month to attend a Wine Show. FINALLY!!! Will be my first official wine show that I’m working at. Been studying about wines but I think that instead of tasting all the wines, I should start studying the actual tasting notes…

Reading – I think I jinxed myself when I signed up for the #50BookPledge. I use to fly through books and had no problem reading 2 books a month. For some reason, I am taking about 2 months to read a book. I’m just about to finish a book that I received for my birthday so for those that stay up at night wondering what book I will add to Marbair’s must reads next… Don’t stress! Your sleepless nights are almost over.

Cooking – I’ve mastered salads and smoothies so I thought I should really try something that involves the oven. I’m a big fan of Sweet Potatoes so I have been trying to master Sweet Potato Chips. Start off small right! I’ve attempted it 3 times so far and I have to admit that I am getting better. I use one large potato at a time and when I remove the burnt pieces, I have about a handful of chips. I know this seems like a lot of work for a snack that I will inhale in 7 seconds but there is something satisfying about making your own snacks. I don’t like the word diet but I can tell you that I’m on the whole clean eating bandwagon. I love going out to a great restaurant but now when I’m at home, I really enjoy preparing my own meals. (still shocks me how true that statement is)

New stuff – I signed up for a 5K in May so I have about 5 weeks to train. Not excited about running but am excited that the run will be in Boston. A really good friend lives there and we have been talking about running together since about 2006 so finally being about to scratch this off our friendship bucket list is going to be awesome!

New addiction. Coconut oil. I am OBSESSED with it. Have I told you that already? Maybe it deserves it’s own post. Stay tuned.

I think that pretty much brings my three dedicated readers up to speed. I’m sure the minute I hit publish, I’ll think of something else to add but to wrap up now, I’ll leave you with a picture. As you know, Lucy turned one! We had so much fun at her party and here’s a picture of the two of us taken that day. We are hashtagging this one #messyhairdontcare #lucyturnsone

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Lucy turns One!