Friday, October 21, 2016

Pumpkin Spice Muffins Recipe

Today is a gloomy, rainy day and I instantly had a craving to get some fall baking done. I did have to battle the wind and the rain to get these ingredients, but it was so worth it. I was posting as I was baking through my Instagram-Story @sydhoff3 and a lot of you were asking for the recipe. 

I will say this is definitely a more healthier version of Pumpkin Spice Muffins, so feel free to add more sugar or change it, if you don't care for the calories and just want a good treat.

I'll be completely honest I had no idea I made a more healthier version, but I'm really happy about it because I'm home alone with a dozen muffins and it's making me feel a bit better about eating so many.

Pumpkin Spice Muffins Recipe
  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon (I would suggest adding more)
  • 2 teaspoons of nutmeg (I only used cinnamon, but if you have nutmeg I would definitely suggest adding some)
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (I added a little more)
  • 1/4 brown sugar (I added more, and if you want them to taste more sweet, definitely add more)
  • 2 cups unsweetened apple sauce (I would suggest adding a little less)
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (175 degrees C)
In a medium bowl mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg.

In a large bowl combine eggs, pumpkin, sugar, applesauce, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract. Slowly add everything in the medium bowl into the large bowl.

Mix together until everything looks like this...
If you want an even more sweeter treat, I think this would be great with semi-sweet chocolate chips!!

Add batter into nonstick muffin cups. Bake for about 28-30 minutes and voila!!! These are so moist, delicious and have a subtle sweetness! I added some butter with mine, but honey or any jams would pair perfectly with these as well.

-Sydney Hoffman


Monday, October 17, 2016

Matrix - Biolage R.A.W.

I'm always excited to try out new products as a blogger, and I get even more excited when I find more R.A.W. natural products to try. I'm slowly, but surely trying to change my life and products I use everyday to more natural ingredients. I was thrilled to receive the Biolage Matrix R.A.W. shampoo and conditioner which is a R.A.W. and more natural based. 

R.A.W. stands for Real, Authentic, and Wholesome...
  • 95 % Natural Origin
  • No Artificial Colorants
  • No Parabens
  •  No Silicones
  • No Sulfates
  • 99% Biodegradable 
  • 100% Recycled Plastic
My favourite thing is how Biolage R.A.W. compares itself to regular shampoos and conditioners.

Traditional shampoos are made of...
  • Sulfates (for cleansing)
  • Cationic Polymers (for thickening and Care)
  • Silicons (for conditioning)
R.A.W. shampoo is made of...
  • Plant-based surfactants (for cleansing)
  • Natural origin thickens (for thickening and care)
  • Natural origin emolients (for conditioning)
Traditional conditioners are made of...
  • Cationic polymers (for thickening and care)
  • Silicones (for smoothness and shine)
  • Fatty alcohols (for thickening and stabilizing) 
R.A.W. conditioner is made of...
  • Fatty amines (for thickening and care)
  • Natural oils (for smoothness and shine)
  • Clays and waxes (for conditioning and thickening and stabilizing)

This was the perfect thing I needed to see, to truly understand how different the R.A.W. shampoo and conditioners are compared to traditional ones. Aside from these products being more natural, they lather and feel almost identical to other shampoos and conditioners. I loved how light-weight and shiny my hair looked. My ends having been looking real dull lately and these made them look more alive than ever. I tried out the Nourish line, but now I'm excited to try out the Recover and Uplift lines too.

-Sydney Hoffman

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Apple Picking with Union Jack Boots

There are many things that remind me of fall, and apple picking is most definitely one of them. Setting out with some friends or family on a crisp day and picking apples together makes me so excited. What's even better is the apples you have after at home. I've been literally binge eating apples with organic peanut butter this past week and so happy about it. I will eventually make a homemade apple pie (thats on my fall list) but I may need to go apple picking again, because somehow I've almost finished a 20 pound bag!!

I was so excited to rock these VANS from Union Jack Boots. I mean how perfect is this colour for fall!? I have always adored the classic VANS look with the white bottom, but I was so obsessed when I saw these were slip-ons. My extreme lazy side was very happy about this and I think it gives the whole look a more relaxed feel.

Sweater: LOFT || Jeans: GUESS (Similar) || Shoes: Union Jack Boots (VANS) || Bag: (Value Village) || Sunglasses: LOFT ||

Obviously as soon as it turned slightly cold I whipped out my turtleneck sweaters. I have about 30 cozy, fall sweaters in my closet and I wish I was kidding. It was our first chilly day when I went apple picking, so obviously I was ecstatic for the crisp air!!

Whats on your fall wish list!?

-Sydney Hoffman

Friday, September 23, 2016

Rexall Inspired Beauty

I had so much fun the other night at the Rexall Inspired Beauty event where I got to shop the revamped beauty department. Rexall has redesigned a new area for customers to shop easily for their beauty essentials. The new beauty department is gorgeous and not to mention they have the best brands!! Rexall has brands that you can't find anywhere in Canada. I was so excited to see Milani, NYX, Bioderma, Cargo Cosmetics, Real Techniques Brushes, theBalm and e.l.f just to name a few.

Rexall has always been the go to place for NYX products and the new beauty department at 901 Eglington Ave West has the biggest selection!! This photo only shows the one side of this huge display.

Rexall has a very extensive assortment of both skincare and haircare products to serve consumers across all ages, skin and hair types, as well as has an extensive assortment of dermatological skincare brands and products available only in a pharmacy.

Rexall is pleased to offer an environment that is designed to serve both men and women, and they are piloting a new fragrance department with a wide selection of popular designer brands.

Rexall cosmeticians are trained to help consumers choose the right products that help them look and feel healthy and beautiful. 

I was so excited to see Cargo Cosmetics. They have amazing eyeshadows and blushes!!

theBalm is yet another brand I was super excited to try out. I picked up a highlighter and some eyeshadows. Their funny, vintage packaging is just the best.

It's safe to say I picked up lots of goodies. Everything from skincare, to haircare, to beauty!! Find out where a Rexall is located near you (here) or check out this location at 901 Eglington Ave West. 
All photos taken by Elaine Fancy you can find her on Instagram-@e_fancy

-Sydney Hoffman

Tuesday, September 6, 2016


I'm so excited to be trying out Hairfinity healthy hair vitamins for the next couple of months. Hairfinity hair vitamins are formulated to fill in the gaps left by your regular diet and provide your body with nutrients to promote healthy hair. The exclusive capilsana complex provides hair by strengthening amino acids in hydrolyzed collagen, MSM for vitality and hair booting horsetail and silica. I've heard amazing things about this product like shiny, healthier hair and hair growth. Personally, if I'm going to take anything I always want to make sure I know what is in anything I'm taking. I'm that annoying person always reading the back of boxes making sure I know exactly whats going in my body. Other ingredients that I'm personally a happy camper to see in these capsules are..
  • Vitamins A and D - Antioxidant protection that helps promote healthy hair and scalp.
  • Niacin - Helps promote blood circulation to the scalp.
  • Pantothenic Acid - Strengthens and nourishes the hair follicle.
  • Vitamin B12 - Helps promote transportation of oxygen to the scalp and follicles.
  • Biotin - Promotes growth of existing hair, produces keratin, and works to increase hair's elasticy.
  • Additional Ingredients - Vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, Folic Acid, and Calcium.

I'm going to be updating you guys with my Hairfinity journey monthly over on my Instagram-@sydhoff3 and of course at the end of the next couple of months I will give you guys a detailed description of my experience on my blog. Everyone wants healthy, happy hair and I'm so excited to try out Hairfinity!

-Sydney Hoffman