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  Ingredients:
  • 1 cup fresh organic berries. I used strawberries.

  • 3 tbsp water

  • 1-2 tbsp Swerve, Monkfruit or Coconut sugar depending on how sweet you’d like the gummies. I used Swerve.

  • 3 tbsp organic unflavored gelatin

Directions:
  1. Toss your cup of berries with 1-2 tbsp sugar replacement & place in a closed container in the fridge. Let sit for 1 hour.

  2. Add all ingredients except gelatin into blender & mix on high until the fruit puree is smooth. Pour puree into a small saucepan.

  3. Sprinkle gelatin in, one tbsp at a time, whisking after each one so that the gelatin does not clump. Bring mixture to a low heat and stir constantly until gelatin is completely dissolved. When gelatin is completely dissolved & mixture is smooth, turn off heat.

  4. Use an eyedropper tool to put the puree mixture into each individual bear mold. Place into the fridge to set, ready in about 15 minutes.

    For firmer gummies, eat straight out of the fridge. For softer gummies, let them reach room temp. Store uneaten gummies in fridge.

  5. Enjoy!

I’ve found tons of homemade gummy bear recipes across the internet, but never any that were low carb, organic, made out of just a fruit puree, etc. I adapted a few recipes to create these & I’m super happy with the results! They of course will not taste as syrupy-sweet as your favorite gummy in the candy aisle, but I’d rather eat these any day.

Let me know what you think!

     


XO

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Sharing my favorite ethical & sustainable pieces for Summer!

   ABLE

Bone has been my favorite color this season. I know this because I suddenly own three pairs of bone-colored shoes & continue to purchase bone-colored linen on a weekly thrifting basis. I definitely wouldn’t say no taking this bag to the farmers market, to the beach or out for a day of errands.

   

Very into weird earrings lately. Uniquely shaped jewelry has been taking over & I’m here for it.

   REFORMATION

Ref’s new shoe line is full of 90s nostalgia, much like the butterfly hair-clip / puka shell / popcorn top / bermuda-length spandex short trends that have all come back to haunt us this summer.

   

This silhouette! So many print options, too.

   GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVE

This sports bra. Most everything they release consists of a spot-on muted color & a unique + functional shape.

   

Bike shorts! In apricot! Girlfriend recycles water bottles to make their clothing — very obsessed. + they feature inclusive sizing.

   SEVEN SISTERS

Paloma Wool is a brand that I can’t quite formulate words for — I just love all that they do so much. They’re incredibly collaborative, innovative, trend-setting but timeless. One of my favorite shops to stop into in Portland carries this amazing bag from them.

   

The recipe for perfect earrings this Summer: oversized, acetate, circular, floral. These somehow tap into everything that will one day be nostalgic about Summer of 2019.

   SEZANE

Had to have a hard conversation with myself around the reality that there are only so many white dresses one individual can own & wear as infrequently as I do. So I did not get this dress. But can somebody please? It’s the dreamiest fairytale dress. Please report back if you do.

   

This v-neck gingham suit?! Send help. Thought I would never be into gingham but this about does it for me.

   CONNECTED GOODS

A locally-based brand with ethically made goods. Can’t say enough good about the quality craftsmanship & product carried by Connected Goods. This hanging basket is perfect.

   

Just take a look across their entire website & fall in love. Really taken by the simplicity in their designs.

As always, please only purchase as needed & consider the impact of what you’re buying. It’s so helpful for me to create a wishlist in my notes & check back in on pieces over the course of a couple weeks, & I usually end up realizing that an item isn’t essential. As consumers, it’s imminent that brands we’re supporting are helping to better the earth + not harm it & each of these brands embody those beliefs! xx

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  Ingredients:
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour

  • 1 1/2 cups blanched almond flour

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp xanthan gum. I use Bob’s Red Mill.

  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 4 tbsp coconut oil melted + cooled at room temp

  • 4 tbsp simple syrup ** you’ll need a sugar replacement of choice (granulated monk fruit, Swerve Confectioners sugar, etc. I use Swerve.) you’ll add 4 tbsp of your sugar replacement + 4 tbsp water to a small saucepan & stir on low hear for a couple minutes until smooth to make this.

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 tbsp organic peanut butter

  • 1/2 cup sugar free chocolate chips. I use Lily’s.

Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F & line a large baking tray with parchment paper.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients & mix well.

  3. In a separate small bowl, add coconut oil, simple syrup, peanut butter, vanilla extract & mix well.

  4. Combine wet & dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

  5. Form about 12-16 small balls of dough and place on lined tray. Press each ball into a cookie shape or keep as-is depending on preference (I left them as balls & felt that it allowed for a warm + gooey middle) & bake for 12-14 minutes, or until just golden brown on top.

  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the tray for 15 minutes, or until the cookies can be moved easily.

  7. Enjoy!

These vegan keto cookies are fairly quick to whip up & they’re absolutely delicious. Every time I make them I’m shocked that they don’t have eggs or butter in them. They’re especially perfect right out of the oven with a glass of vanilla coconut milk. Trust me on this.

  


XO

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Samantha Nicole - Travel by Samantha Landreth - 1M ago
  

Scored this vintage dress at a shop in Brooklyn this week & I couldn’t be more into it. Love the boxy + draped frame. I may get it tailored a bit, but haven’t decided yet…

These are my favorite Brooklyn vintage shops —

  • mirth vintage

  • awoke vintage

  • the break

  • stella dallas

Please try to shop vintage whenever you can! It’s so much more exciting to me to find a piece that likely no one else is wearing quite like you, especially if it’s 40 or 50 years old. I’m always inspired to find pieces that need a second life & give them a new purpose. Plus it’s such a simple way to save items that are otherwise unable to decompose in a landfill —












 


XOXO

  
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Samantha Nicole - Travel by Samantha Landreth - 1M ago
    

Brooklyn, NY in my best suit by Sezane.

                  


XOXO

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Samantha Nicole - Travel by Samantha Landreth - 1M ago
    

Happy June!

Nick & I are currently in wedding planning mode & one of the first things we wanted to cross off was sending notes + gifts to our closest friends to invite them to be with us on our wedding day. It feels so surreal!

One of my favorite brands is ABLE (my go-to for gift giving) — so it only made sense to pair up with them to share some of the sweetest gifts.

Any time I need a little something for someone, this is where I turn! They have the perfect pieces: jewelry, wallets, wristlets (+ so much more) — & they’re all ethically made. This brand champions women & I’m here for it.

ABLE publishes their wages & operates their business in full transparency. It’s so important that we’re asking, “Who made this product?” before making a purchase.

If I don’t know the answer or can’t find out, I won’t shop from the brand — it’s pretty black & white for me.

ABLE makes this so simple in sharing who our dollars are supporting. They focus on ending generational poverty while providing opportunity for women.

Shop my picks —   

The Piazza Earrings are a dream. Love the shape + white acetate & thought these would be so perfect to have the girls wear together. We’re keeping our color scheme pretty classic so anything black/white/gold is in for me.

   

The Curb Bracelet. Yes. Dainty gold chains have been a long-time favorite of mine! These are handcrafted in Nashville & each vary a little bit due to the handmade nature. Love that —

   

The Heirloom Necklace is so lovely! Got one for each of my girls with their first initial on it.

   

The Mare Zip Clutch is the dreamiest possible color. So timeless & elegant!

Nick designed our bridesmaid/bridesmen cards & the’re so beautiful. He is the best.

I hope that this post was helpful for all those searching for gifts! Whether you’re also on the hunt for the perfect pieces for your bridesmaids or looking for some new staple pieces in your own wardrobe, please take a look at ABLE!

xo

 

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I’m so thrilled about this campaign with Burt’s Bees! As a long time user of their products, it was so amazing to be able to share more about clean beauty & swapping toxic products for safe products.

   

A few things to note: Burt’s never uses silicones or talc, their compacts are made with 75% post consumer recycled content & their pencils are made with responsibly sourced cedar wood.

I love this about the brand!

It is nearly impossible to find an affordable drugstore brand with ingredients this clean. Everything in Burt’s makeup range is under $16.99 & you can shop at Target, CVS, Walgreens, etc.

Traditional drugstore brands as well as luxury beauty brands typically pack their products full of artificial fragrance, harmful chemicals & known carcinogens. Not to mention packaging product in non-recyclable plastic casings.

   

I stopped using anything on my skin that isn’t naturally-made about a year ago. Once you learn what your skin is absorbing, there’s no reason to ever go back. I recommend the Think Dirty app & the EWG SkinDeep Database for looking into your products. You can scan barcodes & look up harmful ingredients this way! It’s super simple.

   

The All Aglow sticks are perfect for a touch of light color when out & about. I use the Suez Sands color for lips + cheeks.

   

I love the Goodness Glows foundation for a light + dewy look. They use sustainably sourced meadowfoam in the formula. (It’s great for moisturizing skin)

   

Love how simple these are to use & how pigmented they are all (via plants.)

Some other favorites from the brand are their brow pencil & hydrating mask. I wear this mask on all long distance flights & while traveling to bring moisture back into my skin after the life is sucked out of it via airplanes, haha.

   

One final encouragement —please please look into what’s going into your skin! It’s the largest organ you’ve got so it’s vital that you allow the products you’re absorbing to nurture your skin + benefit your health, not take away from it.

I like to think about how I focus on only purchasing organic foods & eating a pescatarian diet as one tiny part of what’s going into my body. This goes for clothes, makeup, haircare, & any other hygiene products.

There are always better options out there — all you’ve got to do is take a look!

 

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Samantha Nicole - Travel by Samantha Landreth - 2M ago

 You want to start a blog… but you don’t know what about.

I’m often asked about finding your niche & what goes into that — where do I fit in the grand scheme of the internet? What should I post about? Will people be interested in what I’m sharing?

The good news is: there’s space for everyone, you can post about whatever you want, and chances are there will be many people interested in your take on a specific topic.

Where you go with that information has to do with your own personal interests & what you want to voice out into the world.

If you’re passionate about stray animals finding homes or universal healthcare or zero waste living or thrift shopping or test-driving cars or literally any hobby or interest, you’ve got your topic.

That’s something that no one can determine for you — it’s on you to decide what you’d like to share about. The beauty of a website is that it’s entirely comprised of what you’d like it to be — you can cover about as many subjects as you’d like in different sections of the website as you see fit..

There can be a tab about fitness, one about social issues, one full of keto recipes; the world is your oyster. More so now than ever.

If you’re struggling to come up with topics of interest, ask friends or family members where the majority of your knowledge lies or what they’d like to learn from you.

If you’re still unable to come up with topics, perhaps you’re not meant to start a blog, haha.

Ultimately, it all comes down to what you care about. People will align with what you’re sharing & you can create a community around that.

I started my blog about 3 years ago.

I was often out shooting photos with friends who would all snap some of me in various outfits, & they each eventually mentioned that I should start a fashion blog.

I’d always wanted to, but was afraid of not having enough to share, not being able to post consistently, not having a unique-enough take on things, but I went for it anyway.

The first year or so I wasn’t consistent at all, only posting when I had time & never really making it a huge priority.

It wasn’t until the last year & a half or so that I realized I loved putting image galleries together, sharing thoughts, maps & travel guides for cities, diving into sustainability & tips surrounding this topic, & began working with companies who are doing things a bit differently.

It took a while to find my voice & understand what I wanted the purpose behind my blog to be — a place to share wellness tips, ways to be mindful of the planet, brands I love that are putting ethics & sustainability first, & finding ways to share local goods + artisans.

That’s a lot.

It’s far from one topic, but it keeps things interesting & allows me to share about whatever’s on my mind that week.

Your mission can be many things or it can be just one. From there, you’re able to find your audience, build a community that believes what you believe in & prioritize work that aligns with your mission.

If you’re specifically looking to start working with brands, cultivating a community, traveling & collaborating with others, I’d recommend checking out my eBooks.

I also have some free resources to help you get started!

Hope this helps! XO

 
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Samantha Nicole - Travel by Samantha Landreth - 2M ago
 

Day 7 — April 3rd

As for our final day (Nick’s birthday!) we went to Holybelly for breakfast. I got hashbrowns, toast, halloumi & poached eggs. Nick got a grilled cheese & soup special. We both had drip (coffee) & it was pretty good!

 
 

Next, we went to Yellow Toucan for coffee & probably the most delicious brownie of my life? I don’t say that lightly. I could have eaten like 8 of them.

   

From there, we went back to Centre Georges Pompidou to walk through a few more floors of art.  

We walked around a bit more, as we mostly did each day, & finished the night early with Deliveroo. We ordered from a place called Nove & it was actually amazing. I got spaghetti pomodoro & Nick got gnocchi & then we shared a tiramisu.

Our thought was that no meal was going to top the previous night’s meal, which was true, and it was raining out & we had an early flight so we just ordered in.

I don’t really like doing this when traveling but sometimes it’s necessary & sometimes it’s like the best take-out you’ve ever had. 

      

Also, how quintessential are these photos from the balcony of Hotel Monge?! I love this street. I booked my plane ticket from this hotel 2 years ago to go visit Nick for the first time after we’d met the week previously in Portland, so I felt very nostalgic being back here & knowing that I get to marry him now. V cute v cute.

Also, if you use the code BLOGOFFER when booking with them, the code gives you up to 20% discount on the booking + flexible rate + free breakfast!


This trip was such a dream & it’ll definitely be hard to beat. 

Paris will always hold such a special place for us & hopefully we’ll just live here one day in the future! 

       
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After exclusively wearing Knickey for the last three weeks, I can conclusively say that they’re my favorite underwear I’ve ever worn.

I initially reached out to Knickey because I love their mission & after I’d done a bit of personal research on organic cotton vs. conventional cotton, I really wanted to try them out! 

So glad that I did.

They’re really so much softer & more comfortable than any past pairs & I plan to switch to all organic cotton undergarments & ditch all of my old things.

Good news: Knickey has a recycling program! This way, your old undies won’t end up in the landfill, emitting toxic chemicals into the earth as they decompose. (Heavy, right?)

Knickey is free of toxins & carcinogens that are typically found in traditional underwear.

A little snippet from their site that I love:

“Now you may be thinking, “organic cotton . . . really?” We know. Somewhere on the way to Whole Foods, between helicopter moms and hefty price-tags, “organic” lost its cool. Granola hippies, overpriced produce, greenwashing (ugh, the worst). Organic cotton is better for your body, the environment, and all the people who produce it.”

Chart via Knickey’s website.

They have such an impactful commitment to social responsibility & I love it. Read about their supply chain here. Each of their factories are Fair Trade Certified which is also amazing — if you’d like to read about what that looks like & means for employees of the factories, I visited several Fair Trade Certified farms in Ecuador this summer & wrote about it here!

Even their packaging is made with recycled content, post-consumer waste & low impact inks. + their boxes are produced by FSC-certified suppliers who prioritize the preservation of natural ecosystems and prevent deforestation.

Overall, Knickey’s committed to leaving the fashion industry better than they found it & I just think that’s the best. It’s rare & it’s real & so necessary.

I’m truly such an advocate for this company & I highly recommend that you try them out for yourself!

Disclosure: This post may be sponsored. All opinions are my own!

 
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