Budget Beauty Dupes {hair & makeup}

As you may know by now, my other favorite hobby (when I'm not eating or thinking about food...) is "beauty".  I love high-end makeup and hair products, and am quick to spend my extra cash at Nordstrom or Sephora.  But, let's face it... that "extra" $$$ could definitely be spent elsewhere.  

I constantly find myself falling in love with a new product, and then quickly hating it for the price tag when it comes time to repurchase.  So, when I find a budget-friendly version of a high-end product that I love... I'm a happy girl!

I've been keeping an on-going list of beauty "dupes" on my notes app that I've been so excited to share with those of you who share my love for beauty.  

Each of the products listed is, in my opinion, just as good (if not better) than its high-priced alternative that I've bought before.  & Once you see the price comparisons below... I think you might be excited about them too!

Pizza Meatloaf

If you haven't noticed by now, we're pretty big fans of the pizza flavor combo around here  ;)

So far on the blog, I've shared a Cauliflower Pizza CrustPaleo Pizza Bites, a review of the Paleo Pizza Crust Mix from Julian Bakery, and recently a Paleo Pizza Bake.  

And now, to add to the just Jessie B pizza madness, I have come up with a new creation that I am super duper excited about...

I took my favorite base meatloaf recipe, and stuffed it with all of our favorite pizza toppings that we had on hand.  Topped it with pizza sauce & a little cheese (which you could easily omit for dairy-free eating), and we had one of my favorite pizza-fied foods to date.

I love how easy this was to throw together, and am happy to let ya know that it is SO easily adaptable to fit a wide variety of dietary needs.  As pictured, this is a "primal" dish, perfect for those who are avoiding gluten, grains, and soy-- and trying to eat clean.  

Leave off the cheese, and double check your pepperoni ingredients (I highly recommend the Applegate pork pepperoni) and this dinner is perfect for Paleo, Whole30, and dairy-free eaters.

Another quick detail to mention, before I move on to the recipe, is our favorite pizza sauce.  I'm sure there are many great ones out there-- but this 365 Organics Pizza Sauce from Whole Foods Market is our absolute favorite.  It's naturally sugar-free and has an amazing flavor.  Super budget friendly too!

Now, without further ado, here it is!  "Pizza Meatloaf"  :)  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!  Feel free to double the recipe... we ate the whole thing in one sitting! (just the two of us :D )

Cinnamon Raisin Bread Larabars

As much as I love recreating the traditional Larabar flavors, making up my own is way more exciting!

I asked Dathan for some flavor requests a while back, and "Cinnamon Raisin Bread" was one of his top suggestions.  I'm a big fan of toasted cinnamon raisin bread, so obviously couldn't wait to whip up a bar with a similar flavor.

I've been making this version for almost two years now, and can't believe it's taken me so long to get it up here on the blog.

So, without further ado, here it is!  My own original flavor of "Larabar"
... Cinnamon Raisin Bread.

& If you're into this, be sure to check out my other flavors (linked below), along with my video how-to (on my YouTube channel)!

Coconut Cream Pie Larabars
Lemon Larabars (+ video link)
Toasted Cashew Cookie Larabars

These bars are raw, grain-free, dairy-free, no-bake, paleo and vegan.  AND, they taste wonderful.  I hope you enjoy!

Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

After fighting off a cold all week, it has finally caught up to me.  I'm grateful that it waited until the weekend, so I didn't have to miss work... but I'm also ready for it to be over with!

To speed up that process, and to keep dinner prep simple, I decided to make a slow-cooker soup.  I have a Stovetop Chicken Soup recipe that I posted awhile back, but have been meaning to come up with a simple crockpot version for nights that I don't feel like hanging out in the kitchen.

The nutrition from the bone broth, and overall comforting flavors of this soup totally hit the spot.  I love how the potatoes & carrots cooked up perfectly without getting too soft, and the fresh parsley gave it a little extra life at the end.  To make it extra perfect, you could bake up a batch of my Paleo Drop Biscuits to go with it!

And, to give you an idea of just how filling this is-- a large bowl of this was enough to fill up Dathan (who always has a big appetite)!  I like a really dense soup, but you could easily double the broth or add less of the meat and veggies to thin it out a bit.  

If you're feeling under the weather, or just craving a warm fall-friendly recipe, give this a shot!  It serves 8-10 & makes great leftovers.  :)