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Strawberry & Rhubarb Crumble Pie : Gluten free and Vegan


Spring is finally here! And the days are warm and perfect with gentle breezes and a rebirth of colour outside ~ pops of lush greens and flower buds so pretty…. each year I forget how beautiful this season is.

Of course, when there’s so much beauty outside… you can’t help it but to shift with the seasons and bring Spring to the table….

I love cooking with seasonal foods and when we finally get the first crops of the growing season and our Canadian soil bursts with fresh fruits and vegetables – me and my kitchen could not be happier;)


And of course, you can’t have Spring without a Strawberry and Rhubarb pie, can you?
Real Spring tastes were on my mind and I didn’t want to reinvent the wheel…. sticking to the classics is sometimes the best thing on earth!

The sweetness, the tartness in this pie is heavenly…. and it’s so easy to put together, just 6 ingredients and you’re baking from scratch an amazing Strawberry and Rhubarb Crumble Pie that’s naturally gluten-free and vegan (dairy-free and egg-free) ~ and really healthy actually as all the ingredients are pure and organic.

And it’s Easy as pie! Promise ;)




My daughter was really excited about seeing rhubarb sticks ;)

I guess she’s never had fresh rhubarb and I quickly introduced her to the exact way I ate it as a child…

(maybe it’s not the healthiest thing to do…. but it was so good and so fun!)

When I was little, I would pick a fresh stalk of the rhubarb plant and bring that to the kitchen and I would find our sugar bowl…. dip the end in… and savour the sweet/ tart taste…. this was sooo good! And while I watched my daughter’s excitement in her wide eyes at every bite she took brought back those memories…. she of course loved it too! I have her a little ‘controlled portion’ of organic raw cane sugar (better than white sugar of course + besides we don’t even own white sugar anymore) and she enjoyed every bite! 

Now I’m looking for rhubarb plants to grow in my garden because this would be something wonderful to look forward to every spring…. ok, now back to the pie… ;)





Strawberry & Rhubarb Crumble Pie : Gluten-free and Vegan

Ingredients :

1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
1 cup oats rolled or quick oats (not instant)
1/2 cup raw cane sugar (or 1/4 raw cane sugar + 1/4 coconut sugar)
3/4 cup organic vegan margarine
2 cups sliced organic strawberries
2 cups sliced rhubarb
+ 3 tablespoons of water

Directions :

Preheat oven to 350F and prep a baking pie dish with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine all the dried ingredients (first 3). Add in cold margarine and using a dough cutter or a knife keep slicing through the margarine to combine with the dry ingredients. The texture should start to look very crumbly and the size of the margarine bits should be very small. Once only crumbs remain, remove about 1 1/4 cup of the mixture onto a small bowl and set aside. 

Add 3 tablespoons of water into the large bowl with the crumbs and gently mix to for a dough. Do not overmix. Once the ingredients form into one piece, simply scoop out the dough onto the baking pie dish. Start pressing down the dough with your fingers to cover the full base. If the dough is too crumbly, wet the tips of your fingers with extra water and press down. If the mixture is too wet, simply dust the top with a little extra all-purpose flour and continue pressing. Don’t forget to go up onto the sides of the pie dish to form sides – this will prevent the juices from flowing out.

In another bowl, mix the sliced strawberries and rhubarb together with additional 3 tablespoons of raw cane sugar (up to 1/4 cup ~ depending on the sweetness desired).

Spread out the fruit on top of the pie crust and even out the top. 

Back to the ‘crumble’ that’s set aside, add 2 more tablespoons of raw cane sugar, mix to combine and sprinkle on top of the pie evenly.

Place in the preheated oven and bake for about 30-40 minutes. Top should be nice and golden. (my baking time was exactly 35 minutes)

Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 20 minutes minimum before serving.

This pie is lovely still warm from the oven, just as it’s great the next day straight from the fridge – you decide! ;)

Notes :

If serving for brunch and you don’t want it too sweet, you can omit the extra sugar in the crumble topping or in the fruit – but it definitely kicks up the ‘dessert’ level if you do include a little more sugar. Especially when working with the tartness of the rhubarb, it sort of needs it…. although I do like my desserts on the low sweet end. Essentially it’s up to you decide on the sweetness level. If making it as an evening after-dinner dessert, then the extra sweetness is lovely… unless you add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side – then that would certainly balance things out! I think you know what’s best to keep your taste buds happy ;)

Alternatively, you could mix in some Stevia also, this recipe however was not tested with Stevia, but instead of adding in the extra sugar, you could sub in for Stevia.

Also, when serving warm, do keep in mind that this pie will fall apart a little…. tossing extra sliced strawberries will work with the imperfect style… If you do chill the pie for at least 2 hours or overnight in the refrigerator, it will firm up and each slice will stay together when slicing and serving. Just a few things to keep in mind ;)





I love making Crumble Pies…. they are so freeform, imperfect and easy.

I don’t care to take out my rolling pin and rolling out the dough, cutting it, trimming it and making sure things are perfect. Pie does not have to be perfect…. it tastes better when there’s more texture, more crumbs and a little oozing of juices flowing from the fruit filling… it’s all so good…. ;)


If you’re new to gluten-free and vegan baking, or just new to baking in general and want to create something delicious but easy ~ this crumble pie is for you!

You can’t go wrong with these 6 simple ingredients! And avoiding wheat, dairy, eggs has never been easier when making a classic dessert! I personally can’t wait to make this again soon ;)

This pie did not last long… it was devoured in a few hours by happy smiley faces ~ I think I need a bigger pie dish especially that this family is growing ;)



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Pure Happiness is…celebrating being a mom












Hello my friends!

I wanted to share a few photos and things on the personal side… oh you know ~ before the baby comes and I will cease existing on this blog for good (I think!) ;)

Lately….. my life is in *Pure Happiness* – I can’t complain so this post is easy to share with you…. 

Pure Happiness is…

~ amazing friends with sweet surprises

First and foremost, if you’ve visited last week, you may have seen the sweetest Baby Shower thrown by my blog friends!
That was one lovely party with lots of great food (that I wish I could have stuffed my face with!) and lots of warmth and friendship from ‘complete strangers’! 
I know this is silly, but I never thought of myself as a ‘cyber’ girl and yet here I was completely smitten (with people I have never met!) that I can call my friends for being so sweet and lovely! 
Hello, could I wish this was real-life and we all hang out and party! Yes, please!! ;) I mean, I was in tears when Meg wrote to me that first email that she wants to host this loveliness for me ;) 
Sweet I tell you! Super sweet! And I feel so grateful for every little thing this blogging thing has brought me… a creative outlet, sharing my passion, sharing great food and offering an easy transition to eat healthy, and also gaining some awesome friends along the way!!! ;) Thank you ladies!!! (If you want the full scoop of what went down, go visit the Virtual Baby Shower now! You can still ‘bring’ a dish if you like ;))

~ my growing belly and this sweet little baby

Wow! I am in my 38th week and huge! No, I’m not carrying twins! If one more lady stops me in a store to ask if it’s twins I will burst at the seams!! Luckily, I like perfect strangers and small chit chat about baby bumps ~ so go ahead ~ you can touch and poke – we might hug at the end though…. just warning you!! ;)

And no, it’s not twins! The baby is perfectly average in size even…. an estimated 6.4 lbs – I can handle that! For some reason, I just carry big ~ I was also huge with my daughter and she weight 6.7 lbs at birth… so it’s just that ~ a big belly that I can’t imagine getting bigger… I also can’t imagine meeting my sweet new baby… it could be any day now ~ wow!

~ finally a little spring!

We had a very long and very cold winter! Too long and too cold…. and we finally had a few days of warmth. Fresh grass and green buds are starting to pop up everywhere ~ I love this time of the year when the earth re-births itself…. I just wish we didn’t have to go back to such cold temperatures still… I can’t wait for sandal weather – besides, it’s tough to zip up my boots by now ;)

~ prepping for baby!

Aside from the usual stuff in my suitcase, baby clothes, all-natural diapers, swaddle blankets…. I am also cooking and baking and freezing good food for my hospital stay! I’ll be there 3 days and I know that even if I didn’t have a ‘special diet’ you couldn’t pay me to eat hospital food! So I’m baking things like these Superfood Chocolate Protein Bars that are packed in nutrition and are super filling without a sugar-overdose like most protein bars. I also made Wild Blueberry and Blackberry Crumble Squares (recipe not posted yet) for dessert! And I’m also thinking that a Lentil Shepherd’s Pie would be such great comfort food in those first days to dig into…. hopefully I still have some time to make it ;)

~ my little sister has moved away 

Ok, so this isn’t #PureHappiness! But I am actually so happy for this girl is following her heart and living her own life ~ and she is happy with a great guy and starting a new life only a few hundred kilometers away…. it could be worse – she could have chosen to live anywhere in the world, and she’s only 5 hours driving distance away. I will still miss lots of last-minute sister dates and hanging out whenever the time allows…. but I am thrilled she’s happy. And when you’re little sister is happy ~ you are happy for her!! ;)

~ dessert stops downtown 

We do a lot of trips to downtown TO and when it was still winter we couldn’t care to waste time and stop anywhere just because…. now we’re catching up with yummy lunches and visiting my favourite bakery ~ Bunner’s! I’ve enjoyed dessert from Bunner’s for years – the first time was years ago when my husband (googled) and surprised me with something yummy that I could eat!… then my sister would show up with amazing gluten-free and vegan baked goods! Finally, I stepped inside this tiny little delicious bakery a few days ago and oh my oh my…. I think I’ll move right next door! So good to the last crumb ~ I can’t wait for more…. ;)

~ mother’s day – the perfect day!

Last Sunday, Mother’s Day was the best day ever!! First, I can tell that Mother Nature is really a mom because she showed up with the most amazing hot spring day I could not even think was possible…. it was sunny and so hot – the perfect day to get my bare legs and arms out into the sunshine and put on a summer dress…. 

My day started with lots of hugs and kisses and hand-picked flowers from our garden from my sweet daughter… Little Miss Gabriella and daddy made an amazing brunch for me out in the backyard – I was served heart-shaped waffles with a handmade berry jam that my daughter actually made, lots of handmade artwork that she did, including a sweet coaster and a Rainbow Loom bracelet (this is way better than diamonds!) and she even set the table ~ so much love went into making mama happy that I could not stop pinching myself that this really was a day in my life…. so perfect, so full of Love! #Blessed!

Later that day we went out to the park for a little picnic with the rest of the fam. Our mom was there of course and my older sister with her son and husband…. we enjoyed a beautiful day in the sunshine with lots of ‘potluck’ dishes that we all brought…. at the end of the day we went for a walk by the river… just a beautiful end to my wonderful day…. Pure Happiness indeed! ;)

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and got to celebrate your mom or being a mom! ;) 
Wishing you a lovely rest of the week! 

Do tell, what is making you happy lately?


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Gluten-free and vegan French Crêpes with Dairy-free Vanilla Cream Cheese and Raspberry Chia Jam


On of my all time favourite breakfasts must be a scrumptious plate of fresh French Crêpes!

Growing up, my mom would make crêpes for no occasion – we didn’t even have to wait for the weekend to enjoy these delicious light and fluffy delicious things… I would often burn my fingers while quickly (when mom wasn’t looking) grabbing a freshly cooked crêpe off the serving plate… and I would devour it – just plain as is – and just enjoy the amazing light sweetness and flavour of my favourite food… often times, we wouldn’t even get fancy with toppings, just a little bit of homemade jam and maybe some fresh berries, when in season – rolled up and enjoyed. As a kid, I always preferred to hold my crêpe ‘flute’ anyway ~ so the less mess, the better. And often times, no plate or cutlery required. Win!

Whenever I think of making crêpes now, I always think of my mom. She made making them so effortless. Threw the batter together in a few minutes and whipped up huge stacked batches of delicous, perfect-every-time crêpes! Even now when she visits and wants do something to help out (this woman does not know how to sit still!) she asks if maybe she should make crêpes…. ;)

My daughter loves them and they’re always much appreciated with a smily jammy mouth at the end of the meal!

But times have changed. I don’t even own a bag of wheat flour. I don’t eat eggs, or milk or butter. And we prefer to eat healthier ingredients without the gluten or cholesterol that animal products contain…. So although my mom has set the fearlessness in me for cooking (yes, even crêpes!) I now needed to adapt to new ways of cooking anyway ~ kind of reinvent the wheel to better, more delicious recipes!

Mom, this weekend, I would like to treat you to a big spread of amazing Gluten-free and Vegan French Crêpes! 
It’s just a little something I can do for you…. and you can be the expert taste tester if you approve of these wheat-free, egg-free and dairy-free crêpes. I think you will Love them completely… just like I loved them all through my childhood…. ;)


Fresh, homemade crêpes are amazingly delicious and scrumptious! They bring on excitement to the table because everyone just loves them!

Crêpes can be made as simple breakfast or snack, but can instantly be upgraded to delicious and stunning and fun desserts, when served with great toppings!

These gluten-free and vegan French Crêpes are served with a Homemade Dairy-free Vanilla Cream Cheese and Raspberry Chia Jam and topped with extra jam and fresh raspberries. Oh my, this is the best breakfast ever… just perfect for Mother’s Day!! ;) I can’t wait!

The only problem is that they just don’t last long… so you should probably make a double batch right away ;)


Gluten-free and vegan French Crêpes

Prep time : 10 minutes   Cook time : 10 minutes    Serves 2-3   Makes about 6 crepes

Ingredients :

3/4 cup sweet rice flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
3 tablespoons potato starch
2 tablespoons raw cane sugar
pinch of fine sea salt
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted or grape seed oil
1/2 cup of So Delicious Dairy Free Original Coconut Milk
1 1/4 – 1/ 1/2 cups warm filtered water

Directions :

In a medium bowl, sift together and whisk all the dry ingredients (first 5 on the list). Add in the oil and milk and combine. Pour in the water slowly while mixing the batter. You’re after a fairly pourable consistency in the batter and you may need less or more of the water (I find, that about 1 1/4 cups of water works great). If the batter seems clumpy, either press the batter onto the sides of the bowl with a wooden spoon to get the clumps out, or use an immersion blender to whip the batter a little to get a smooth consistency.

Heat a small/ medium non-stick pan (I love my cast iron) with a little coconut oil or grape seed oil and pour in a ladle-full of the batter. Note : Your pan and oil has to be hot or else the batter will stick and it will ruin the crepe. Quickly grab the pan and swirl the batter inside so it spills out onto the sides. Set back down on medium high heat and cook for about 2 minutes, until bubbles appear on top and the crepe is slightly golden underneath (check by lifting one of the sides with a spatula). Gently, flip the crepe over and cook the other side for just another minute or two. Continue with all the batter to make all the crepes.

Notes : the smaller the pan, the easier it is to work with. Keep the pan hot so that the crepe won’t stick. Cast iron or other non-toxic non-stick pans are great but stainless steel don’t work out as well for this recipe. Also, trying to feed a family and cook these can seem impatient – what’s great is to have two pans going at once so you cut the cooking time in half and can quickly sit down and enjoy these delicious crêpes!)

Serve with a Homemade Vanilla CreamCheese and Raspberry Chia Jam (recipe here).


Homemade Dairy-free Vanilla Cream Cheese

Ingredients :

1 cup organic tofu, cubed
1/2 cup vanilla dairy-free yogourt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 medjool dates, pitted or 2 tablespoons organic raw cane sugar

Directions :

In a food processor, blend all the ingredients together and you’re done!

Serve still warm…. filled with the Homemade Dairy-free Vanilla Cream Cheese, Healthy, all-natural Raspberry Chia Jam and top with fresh raspberries and fresh mint!

Voilà! A stunning breakfast or even fancy dessert…. perfect for Mom ;)


These Gluten-free and Vegan French Crêpes will definitely please mom this Mother’s Day! They will please me for sure…. and I do hope my mom will appreciate the reinvention of the ingredients into a non-classic gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free recipe! Mom, trust me…. I think you will love these! I can’t wait for Sunday to have brunch with you ;)

(That is if I don’t go and bring myself a beautiful Mother’s Day gift this weekend ~ a new baby to call me Mommy!!! ♥)

Wishing all you mamas out there a truly lovely Mother’s Day! May it be filled with small and wonderful reminders of how precious your role in this world is and how your sacrifices, efforts and love is appreciated always…. ;) Happy Mother’s Day!

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Pure Ella’s Baby Shower! Hosted by amazing blogger friends!!


WOW, What an exciting day it is today! There’s a great Virtual Baby Shower happening in blogland – and it’s for…. Me! ;) Pinch me please!! ;)

I can’t believe I’m the recipient of such a special party! And I can’t believe it’s hosted by some amazing sweet, talented, thoughtful and giving ladies ~ I’m lucky to call friends! Years ago, when I started blogging, I had no idea how it would change my life so much…. it was a great outlet to share some of my creativity and recipes with the world…. and it was all fun and healing to be on this journey ~ but to gain amazing friends that are so inspiring and wonderful is the best thing ever! 

Today’s Baby Shower is the ultimate gift I could never imagine! It is pure joy to be the recipient of all this love! Thank you so much ladies for being in my life, inspiring me daily with your talents and creativity ~ I wish I could give a big hug to each and everyone of you!  Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Each blogger is ‘bringing’ a dish to my Baby Shower today! You must get a ‘taste’ of all the goodies they have lined up. I just got a quick note from Meg of Beard and Bonnet recently that this is happening – so I don’t even know what exciting goodies there are in store for me! (and you!) ;)

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Special thank you to : Meg of Beard and Bonnet for organizing such a wonderful Baby Shower with all these amazing bloggers! Meg, you’re the best!!!

Here are the best food bloggers who are hosting this event and are sharing something delicious and special today on their blogs. Take a look… get a taste and mingle with all the guests at the party! Yay!!

Ashley of My Heart Beets (Artichoke Hummus)

Beth of Tasty Yummies (Sprouted Hummus Cucumber Cups)

Cara of Fork and Beans (Lemon Blackberry Cupcakes)

Emma of Coconut & Berries (Strawberry Orange Rosewater Smoothie)

Gabby of The Veggie Nook (Lemon Poppyseed Truffles)

Gina of So…Let’s Hang Out (Cucumber Mint Limeade)

Jenny of Nourished Kitchen (Cultured Coconut Milk & Mango Popsicles)

Kris of 80 Twenty (Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus)

Meg of Beard and Bonnet (Shower Worthy Tea Sandwiches)

Richa of Vegan Richa (Dark Chocolate Silk Pie)

Rika of Vegan Miam (Sweet Potato Dumplings in Ginger & Jasmine Syrup -Tang Yuan)

Sherrie of With Food + Love (Blackberry + Mango Fruit Salad with Earl Grey Whipped Coconut Cream)

Sylvie of Gourmande In The Kitchen (Hibiscus, Strawberry, & Rhubarb Iced Tea)

Winnie of Healthy Green Kitchen (Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes)

Thank you so much ladies!!! Everything sounds delicious and I can’t wait try out these amazing recipes!!! I wish I could just give a big hug to all of you sweet ladies ~ I am one lucky lady to call you all friends!

This baby better not come today from all these emotions and excitement! (I have 3 weeks to go!) ;)


This is so sweet!!! I’m one lucky mama!!! ;)

Bringing a community like this together proves how small this world really is and how we’re so connected in a positive way ~ I can’t believe how much happiness can be found in the kindness and sweetness of people I’ve never met (although I really want to!) I’m lucky to know such sweet, thoughtful and giving ladies ~ true inspirations as amazing talented food bloggers that I look up to daily! One day, ladies, I do hope we can party in real life and throw a great fun potluck party just like this.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

To extend the invitation to everyone…. here is a fun Potluck Party link up for the Baby Shower! Please feel free to link up a recipe from your archives that you would want to bring to my shower ;) Thank you so much for coming and joining the fun!!! 

Just a reminder that this is a healthy, gluten-free, vegan (dairy-free, egg-free, meat-free) link up party. And recipes should be all natural without any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives added. At Pure Ella it’s all about *pure* food! Thank you!! Also, please add a backlink to your post to! xo ella




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Ella’s Everyday Stretch Mark Cream : Pure Cocoa Butter from Eli’s Body Shop

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Hello my friends! 

As you may know by now… I am at the moment very preggo! 
I was hoping to write more about my pregnancy, as in health tips, recipes, symptoms, feelings, emotions all that crazy good stuff we mamas have to endure during the nine months… but somehow time was just too quick for me plus we started a few renovations around the house before the baby would come, and between that, work, a first grader, cooking, cleaning, blogging and prepping for the baby ~ here I am at 37 weeks and kind of in denial I’m even pregnant! ;) lol

So although I wanted to write more about my pregnancy, and I started a few posts – which now I think will end up as a good eBook perhaps ;) This is my second babe and I think I know a thing or two by now ;) I think I will be more confident once this little babe gets here all safe and sound – then I can relax and share more about those special last 9 months – deal? ;)

There is however a very important post I want to share with you all… and that is my Everyday Stretch Mark Cream! It is amazing! It is pure and natural! And I love it and have to share about how I care for my big-belly skin! Because as you can see, I have the biggest belly! That skin is stretched so much – but I’m not worried about stretch marks…. because this Pure Cocoa Butter from Eli’s Body Shop is purely amazing!!! ;)

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 I don’t think there’s a pregnant woman who does not worry (a little) about her belly and the stretch marks that may appear…. Yes, pregnancy is a beautiful experience. Right from the first moment you know there’s a life in you… and feeling little butterfly kicks to bigger stronger kicks as the baby and belly grows and grows… It’s a beautiful thing. 

But nurturing and caring for yourself during pregnancy is so important – it’s not only you now and your body – you are preparing a little human being to come to the big world! Every decision you make from what you do and eat and put on your body somehow affects the fetus and has a direct connection with your baby.

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It’s important to keep stress levels down, relax as much as you can, keep physical activity a continuation of your lifestyle that is still safe for the baby, and eat only the healthiest of foods : organic should be a top priority, and only natural foods without any artificial colouring, flavour, preservatives or other ‘approved safe’ toxins out there that are lurking in our food. 

Of course our skin also goes through so much changing. But it’s amazing what our bodies are capable of! My skin for example, has stretched so much that I don’t think it can keep going these last few weeks…. but I love my belly!
There isn’t a day however I don’t *love* it! I shower with only natural skin care products and then massage my belly carefully a few times a day even to help my skin stay supple and stretch more easily. Having been pregnant before, I knew what was on the market for stretch marks and I knew exactly what to stay away from.

There are so many products that contain toxins and still appear natural. Skin care companies can smack on the “natural” label just like food labels! There’s no guidelines and if you don’t look carefully, do your research, you might just be putting some heavy chemicals on your skin, which go straight to your blood stream and even to your baby.

That’s why I’ve been happy to find Eli’s Body Shop’s Pure Cocoa Butter – this is really a wonderful pure product with just a few ingredients : 100% Ghana Cocoa Butter, Olive Oil, Castor Oil and Shea Oil! Wow! Beautiful, natural and *pure* ~ just how I like it! And I feel great knowing that good quality ingredients are on my skin that make me feel beautiful and help to prevent stretch marks ;)

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To compare with other products on the market : Palmer’s Cocoa Butter is a popular Cocoa Butter Formula that’s out there and I have to be honest and mention that in my research a lot of women complain about rashes and itchiness… so I wondered why?

Turns out that Palmer’s is a very toxic line of skin care – even the selection targeted for pregnancy and stretch marks. For example their Cocoa Butter Formula Tummy Butter has these ingredients in it : Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Collagen, Elastin, Dimethicone, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Fragrance (Parfum), Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzyl Alcohol, Carotene (CI 40800)

Although there are a few natural ingredients in their creme, there are also fillers and emulsifiers that are not natural, Yuck! I don’t like the Mineral Oil, Microcrystalline Wax, Elastin, Dimethiocone, Fragrance Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzyl Alcohol and Carotene there! These are additives that ‘improve’ product texture and add fragrance and a longer shelf life – all things I do not want on my body especially when I’m pregnant!

If you’re new to discovering that there’s a lot of toxic products out there that are marketed as ‘safe’ and ‘natural’ – you need to be aware!

I made a conscious switch to natural products, no hair-dye, no nail polish 7 years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter. Somehow, even though not as much information was out there, or great organic products, I made a quick connection that it all enters our body and can be harmful for me and the baby… I ditched everything back then and had a hard time finding the ‘good’ stuff! Now it’s easier to find great products – and if you haven’t discovered Eli’s Body Shop with all-natural pure products yet, you will love them!!! ;)

Dreading stretch marks? Here are 4 Tips for Preventing Stretch Marks During Pregnancy!!


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Now…. it’s just a waiting game to see when this little new bundle of love will make its’ appearance to this big world! Like I said earlier, I am 37 weeks ~ and guess what? My daughter was born at 37 weeks! I have a feeling this could be any day! Oh boy! (or girl)!!! We can’t wait to meet you little ‘dumpling’ ;)

Do you have some advice for me or other mamas-to-be?
Are you a mom….? What is the most special memory you have of your pregnancy or being a new mom?

See a review of other skin care products from Eli’s Body Shop here : Ella’s Morning Beauty Routine.
For more information about Eli’s Body Shop, please visit their website and facebook and please do support a wonderful natural family business and products I believe in. Thank you.

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