DIY | Lavender Himalayan Bath Salt

by Leanne Wei in , ,


Last week I foraged these gorgeous lavender from a garden and thought it would be the perfect opportunity to make a jar of bath salt with Himalayan pink sea salt. I love taking long luxurious baths and bath salts are so perfect for hydrating the skin, improving blood circulation, relieving stress and reducing aching muscles for me especially after a few days of intensive yoga. 

Lavender is one of my favourite scents when it comes to body products. The scent is instantly calming and I've always loved the beautiful purple shades of the flower. I never have the heart to throw away my dried flowers when so I usually keep them to use in my DIY shenanigans. In this case, it would be these lovely rose petals. They were originally pink but have turned into this rich, whisky colour which I find to be absolutely beautiful. So, I decided to add a handful in today's beauty DIY. I hope you enjoy! 


LAVENDER HIMALAYAN BATH SALT

You will need: 

1 cup himalayan pink sea salt
1/2 cup epsom salt
1/4 cup of dried lavender
a handful of dried rose petals
5-10 drops of lavender essential oil
a mason jar

Directions: 

1.  Mix 1 cup of Himalayan sea salt and 1/2 cup of epsom salt in a bowl. 
2.  Add 1/4 cup of lavender, a handful of dried rose petals and 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil. 
3.  Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and store the mixture in a mason jar or airtight container. Enjoy!



Little Butterflies

by Leanne Wei in


When it comes to photography, I've always felt much more comfortable capturing still life than people.  There's something about the responsibility of having to capture moments and feelings and expressions that I personally find very daunting.  When I'm photographing food and still life, the tabletop is my canvas.  I know exactly how I want every strawberry cut and every petal to fall, but photographing children doesn't come with the same kind of control.  You have a split second to capture a funny face or a particular smile, and even though there were many more smiles and moments I witnessed than the ones I was able to capture, spending the day with these little children was such a heart warming experience and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

Picasso once said that all children are born artists.  When I first arrived at the iHOPE School to photograph the kids at their Special Olympics event for Gramforacause, one of the first things that caught my eye were the artworks on the wall.  Creativity comes in all forms and the imagination of children bloom like fields of flowers.  It touched my heart to experience first hand the love, encouragement and support the children received on every level: physically, emotionally and creatively.  Every child is born with a talent and iHope provides a sanctuary for these precious children to transform into the best versions of themselves. 

 

iHOPE NYC, The International Academy Of Hope, is a highly specialized brain injury school in New York City.
Their goal is to be a leader in the educational space for youth suffering from brain injuries. They follow a model of best physical therapy practices combined with high tech solutions.

 


Vegan nachos with black bean & avocado

by Leanne Wei in , ,


Last weekend my boyfriend hosted a potluck and board game night with some friends.  While racking my brain for some healthy, tasty and easy to make snacks to for the evening, I came up with several dishes but this vegan nacho with black bean and avocado dish got wiped out by the end of the night!   

Chips are always a crowd pleaser.  They're great snacks for any fun, casual get togethers with friends and families, but more often than not, they're full of unhealthy fat, zero fibre and empty calories.  Since cutting out processed foods, I'm much more mindful about snacking and prefer sticking to organic or non-GMO brands.  Beanfields Snacks creates a variety of bean and rice tortilla chips that are all natural, vegan, gluten free and non-GMO project verified.  I was pretty chuffed when I found out that every 1 oz serving I was eating contains 5g of protein and 6g of dietary fibre. So... These chippies aren't just tasty, but pretty healthy too!  


INGREDIENTS

Beansfields bean and rice chips in Nacho
1/3 cup black beans
1 avocado 
1 tsp diced onion
Juice of 1/4 lemon
California green pepper (chile verde)

PREPARATION

On a large plate, layer 1 packet of Beansfields bean and rice chips in Nacho, followed by 1/3 cup of black beans and 1 avocado mashed with 1 tsp of diced onion, salt, pepper and juice of 1/4 of a lemon.  Top with chopped California green pepper.  Enjoy!