Happy Mother's Day from Healthy Planet!

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching! This is the perfect opportunity to treat all the Mama's in your life and even yourself to a few sweet gifts to celebrate this beautiful day. Healthy Planet is currently running an INCREDIBLE Mother's Day Sale, full of pampering and practical products for all Mothers! I have narrowed down my top 4 favourite products that not only do I use, but would make the  perfect Health & Wellness gifts for the Mama's in your life this Mother’s Day!   Organika Collagen – Because healthy skin is always on trend. Collagen has many beautiful benefits that does our body so good - promotes skin health, boost muscle mass, improve ingestive health, burns fat, alleviate joint pains, promotes heart health, and improves cognitive health. Our bodies naturally produce collagen, however our ability to produce it decreases less and less as we age. This is why it is so important to either incorporate foods that contain collagen in our diet or supplement it with a product like, Organika Collagen. Because let’s be real, who doesn’t want beautiful skin? Skin Essence Facial in a Jar – Spoil the Mama's in your life with this multipurpose product. You can either use this as an exfoliator to scrub away dead skin or leave it on as a mask so that the product can absorb all the oils and impurities out of your skin. Either way, this product will leave your skin super soft, supple, nourished and will brighten your overall complexion!   Everyone Hand Soap Coconut Lavender – This is the best naturally smelling hand soap on the market. I really love that it is kind to our earth, cruelty free, gluten free, does not contain synthetic fragrance, and really does a wonderful job at cleansing and moisturizing the skin.   Andalou Naturals Body Lotion Lavender Thyme – You will not catch me without some sort of hand lotion in my diaper bag. With all the diaper changing and constantly washing my hands to avoid catching my toddler’s germs, it strips away my natural oils leaving my skin super dry and cracked. I love this hand lotion not only does it DELICIOUS but it also does a fab job at moisturizing and keeping the skin moisturized for a long period of time. If Lavender Thyme isn’t your jam, they also have a large selection of other scents as well!   Written by Healthy Planet Ambassador @lifestylebycp.  Follow Cherrie as she lives her best life spreading her vision of the Health and Wellness lifestyle with the help of Healthy Planet!

Fun Halloween Treats Everyone Will Love

Halloween is coming up fast, and with it, you may experience some mild anxiety over what kind of treats you can prepare for friends and family that are simple and fun to make, yet are still loaded with all those beloved fall flavors that bring back fond childhood memories and visions of colorful leaves falling. It’s also possible that baking is not your forte, and you would rather eat treats than make treats. No judgment here, but obviously the easier your Halloween treats are to make, the more likely you are to try to make them. With that in mind, here are four delicious ideas to get you started that are not only good, but they will also be so easy and so much fun to make, you’ll wonder why you didn’t try making them before. If you can rope in a few small little helpers, making these treats will become even more enjoyable. You can have a baking party and let them taste test all the fruits of your labors. If they pass the kid test, you’ll know you’ve got some winners on your hands. Halloween Ginger Cookies These Halloween ginger cookies are the perfect blend of sweet and spicy flavors, plus they are a blast to make. You get to roll out your creative side as you decorate them like little ghosts, goblins, and spider webs. Or you could use cookie cutters to shape them and decorate them as pumpkins, gingerbread men, or grave markers. There’s no limit for the creative mind when you make a batch of these Halloween Ginger Cookies, especially if you utilize the imaginative gifts of your children and ask them to pitch in as you decorate them. Ingredients:  Cookies: 1 cup Butter soft 1-1/4 cups Granulated Sugar 1 Egg 1 tsp Vanilla Extract 2-1/2 cup Unbleached White All-Purpose Flour 1 Tbsp minced Crystallized Ginger 1 tsp Baking Powder 1/4 tsp Ground Ginger 1/4 tsp Salt Icing: 1 cup Powdered Sugar 1 – 2 Tbsp Milk or Pumpkin Puree *Food coloring as desired*Décor as desired Instructions In a small bowl, combine unbleached white all-purpose flour, crystallized ginger, baking powder, ground ginger, and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, mix butter and sugar until combined. Add egg and vanilla extract and mix until thoroughly combined then add flour mixture and mix until fully incorporated. Shape dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for at least 1 hour. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 325°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Remove dough from the refrigerator and discard plastic wrap. Place cold dough on a lightly floured work surface and roll out to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut out desired shapes using lightly floured cookie cutters and place on prepared baking sheets, about 1-inch apart. Bake cookies until edges are slightly golden, 15 – 18 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through baking. Let cool completely (about 30 minutes) before decorating. While cookies bake, prepare icing by combining powdered sugar and milk or pumpkin puree in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Adjust consistency as needed with extra milk or puree. If desired, divide icing into separate containers and color with food coloring. Ice cooled cookies with prepared icing and decorate as desired.   Pumpkin Spice Cream Puffs Though these desserts can be a little more time consuming to make, they are well worth the effort. Get your kids involved in making these, and you can have a puff and pumpkin party in the kitchen. When you’re done, sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labors with coffee or steaming hot chocolate.  Ingredients Pumpkin Spice Filling 1 cup Whole Milk 1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree 1/3 cup Packed Light Brown Sugar 2 Tbsp Corn Starch 1/2 tsp ground Cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground allspice 1/4 tsp Salt 1/8 tsp Ground Cloves 1/8 tsp Ground Nutmeg 1 Egg 1 Egg Yolk 1 Tbsp Butter 1 tsp Vanilla 1/2 tsp unflavored gelatin 1 Tbsp cool Water 1 cup Heavy Cream 1 Tbsp Powdered Sugar Pastry 1 cup Water 8 Tbsp Butter 2 Tbsp Sugar 2 Tbsp Pumpkin Puree 1 tsp Salt 1 tsp Vanilla 1/4 tsp ground Cinnamon 1 cup Unbleached White All-Purpose Flour 4 Eggs at room temperature Instructions Begin by preparing the filling. In a blender combine the milk, pumpkin, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, allspice, salt, clove, nutmeg, egg, and egg yolk. Blend on high speed until the mixture is completely combined, about 30 seconds. Pour the mixture into a saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil and thickens, about 8 minutes. Allow the mixture to boil for 30 seconds then turn off the heat and add the butter and vanilla. Whisk until the butter is melted. Pour the mixture through a strainer into a bowl, place a layer of plastic wrap directly over the custard, and chill for 2 hours. Once chilled combine the gelatin with the cool water and let it sit at room temperature for 10 minutes to bloom. Once bloomed heat for 8 to 10 seconds in the microwave to melt. C ...
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