May 2017 - Simply Samantha
Aroma Foundry

Aroma Foundry Essential Oil Review

9:00 AM

Watch the video for my review of the oils they sent me along with what I used them for!
I wanted to make sure I accurately talked about Aroma Foundry which is why I waited to share their information here in typed out words. Because like I said in the video, I type better then I talk.. most of the time.. ;)

About Aroma Foundry (from their website)

Aroma Foundry was created to bring the scents of the world into your home and end any debate over what each essential oil varietal should smell like. By focusing on sourcing NATIVE OILS, we eliminate questions of whether each scent smells like it should. We source oils where they are first known to have appeared, therefore they represent the true essence of the plant ingredient. We do not source from China and India, where it's hard to verify the question and supply chain of the ingredients. Much of our collection of high-end oils was grown in USA and acquired at a premium price. We do not pass on this cost to the consumer. Our sourcing, warehouse, and supply chain efficiency experience to sell high-end oils at prices competitive with the low-to-medium end of the market. 

I love their oils. They are reasonable priced and I found many of the scents were stronger and better then ones I had in my essential oil cabinet already.

You can purchase their essential oils here! 
If you order some let me know what you think!?

dairy free

Dairy Free Alfredo - No Nuts or Cauliflower

9:50 AM

I'm a firm believer in "dairy in moderation". Granted this is not applicable if you have an tolerance or allergy to dairy.
But for those like myself that can have dairy, I'm a firm believer that dairy is great, in moderation.

This recipe is one of those moderation recipes. The ravioli, from La Pasta, is gluten free but not dairy free. I didn't want to overdue the dairy since I planned on eating the entire package during my Nashville binge session (my heart is still recovering from the finale).
So, I decided to use the package of Daiya cheese I had leftover from pizza the night before to make a new alfredo sauce. Many of you know I've made an alfredo sauce in the past with Cauliflower, which is still good, but I almost think this one is better!

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Dairy Free Alfredo - No Nuts or Cauliflower
An easy and simple recipe made with Daiya cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons Earth Balance Spred
  • 1 clove, minced Garlic
  • to taste pepper
  • 1/2 a package Daiya Mozzarella Shreds
  • 3/4 cup   Silk Almond Milk
Melt the butter with minced garlic and a some pepper (to your taste)
Add your almond milk and let it heat up for a couple minutes. Then add your Daiya cheese shreds and whisk. It will be watery but it will thicken, just keep stirring.  Once thickened turn the heat down just so sauce bubbles for a few minutes. Take it off the stove and serve!
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1ish cup

Look at me moving up in the world and getting a recipe plugin so you can print the recipe!
 I finally found one that works for blogger. Praise Him!
Also I never really measured the sauce. I assume it makes about 1ish cups. It may make more. It was enough to cover my ravioli though!


Sticky Garlic Noodles | Gluten Free & Vegan |

8:00 AM

A recipe post!? Say it ain't so!
Yes, friends, I am back with a recipe post. My spring semester is over with a summer class just beginning. A week ago I managed to whip up this great little recipe and knew I had to share it with you. It's a simple and filling recipe that will make you sad when there are no leftovers.

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Sticky Garlic Noodles - Vegan and Gluten Free
One of my personal favorites. You'll be going back for seconds! Easy, simple, meatless, and filling!
  • 16oz Gluten Free Spaghetti or Rice Noodles*
  • 6 Tablespoons Vegan Butter
  • Green Onions
  • 3 cloves minced Garlic
  • 4 Tablespoons Brown Sugar or Coconut Sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons Gluten Free Soy Sauce
  • Any Toppings of your choice
Cook noodles according to directions. Just be careful not to make them too early as they tend to clump.In a saucepan (or a wok), melt the butter.Add the green onions and cook until fragrantNext, stir in the sugar and keep siring till dissolved.Then add the soy sauce and mix all together.Toss in the noodles and mix till sauce covers the noodles.Top with your favorite protein or veggies. My personal favorite is marinated cooked tofu with broccoli.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2-4 Servings

*I personally love the texture of White Rice noodles from Tinkyada. But you could also use rice noodles.


The Whole You with PrAna and StonyField

8:00 AM

If you head over to my instagram, you can see I've been doing a bit of traveling. And while I'm sitting here in the airport as I type this, I figured it was about time to reflect on the trip and how it has effected me.

My husband and I are very relaxed travelers. We don't like to rush to then next stop if we don't have too. We like to slow down and see the sites not everyone is seeing, and we avoid tourist traps at all cost. This helps us stay present on our trips. There was one instance this trip where we went to see a very famous natural site.. and so did every one else on the island. While the site was beautiful, I didn't feel like I could enjoy it or be present because there were so many distractions, people, and noise.
Sometimes it's good to take it slow, enjoy the life, be present, even in a place where you've never been. You never know what you might miss if you don't weed out those distractions.
It can be as simple as taking a small break during a busy work day to go outside and enjoy a nice snack (like a bowl of Stonyfield Grassfed Yogurt ;) ).
I know for me, the place where I find less distractions and be the whole me, is at home with my pup, bed hair and no makeup, in a comfy dress, with the windows open.

By the way, I love this Amelie Dress from PrAna! Its light, airy, and can pair it with a nice jean jacket! If you want to grab one for yourself you can use WHOLES17SRS to get $15 off your order!

as a part of the StonyField clean plate blogger program, I was given products in this post in exchange for a post. Opinions are 100% my own.