Wellness

20 Ways to Boost Your Immune System Naturally

December 2, 2016

‘Tis the season for sniffles, sneezes and sore throats! We can’t do much about the toxins, bacteria and viruses that we’re exposed to– but we can strengthen and support our immune systems which will help prevent these invaders from doing harm in the first place. Here are 20 ways to boost your immune system naturally to help keep you healthy and feeling good year-round! 1. Garlic. One of nature’s most powerful immune boosters! Garlic is a natural antimicrobial and unlike most antibiotics,…

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Food + Recipes

Berry Bliss Oat Squares

June 7, 2016

Although these Berry Oat Bars are free of dairy, egg, soy, gluten and refined sugar, they are not free of flavor! Perfect for breakfast with a cup of tea or add a scoop of ice cream and you’ve got dessert! Gather Filling 1 cup fresh blueberries 1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped 1 ripe banana, chopped ¼ cup pure maple syrup 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 2 tbsp cornstarch mixed with 2 tbsp warm water Crumble 3 cups gluten-free oats, divided…

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Motherhood

Family Glamping Roundup

January 18, 2015

Glamping, a popular portmanteau for “glamorous camping,” essentially takes a hotel room and puts it in the middle of nature. It’s a nice compromise for parents who can’t agree on how to introduce their children to the great outdoors. Simply put, my husband would love to rough it for a weekend in the middle of nowhere with a tent and sleeping bag, whereas I tend to favor a comfortable bed, indoor plumbing and civilization. Destinations El Capitan Canyon Resort, located 20 miles…

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Motherhood

Crystals and Gemstones for Childbirth, Postpartum & Beyond

December 29, 2013

I have been drawn to crystals and gemstones since I was a child.  They are one of Mother Earth’s most beautiful and awe-inspiring objects of desire.  Beyond their beauty, each stone possesses a profound mystical and healing benefit that can manifest energies to create abundance, healing and harmony in your life. When selecting crystals and gemstones, choose one that offers a vibrational match to your frequency.  This is best accomplished by holding the crystal in your hand (if you’re buying it…

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Motherhood

Breastfeeding Tips for New Mothers

August 30, 2013

After overcoming many breastfeeding challenges with my older son, I became a Lactation Educator and Counselor to help support other mothers and babies on their breastfeeding journeys.  In addition to my formal training, I learned a lot from experience, so when my younger son and I hit some bumps in the road, we were able to move past them quickly. Here are some tips for getting breastfeeding off to a good start! Prepare ahead of time by taking a good prenatal breastfeeding class and reading…

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Food + Recipes

Instant Pot Tortellini Soup w. Farmer’s Market Veggies

September 10, 2017

I actually enjoy standing over the stove and preparing homemade soups and stews in my Staub, however, with two kiddos in school I usually don’t have time to spare. Enter the Instant Pot Ultra (scored a sweet deal over Labor Day weekend). This is the first dish I’ve prepared in the Instant Pot and it’s going into weekly rotation which means two things:  it’s easy to make and my husband and kids gobbled it up. Something to note – if…

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Lifestyle

Conscious Kids Reading List

July 14, 2017

A selection of books for young children that include anti-bias, multicultural, social justice and eco conscious themes. Welcoming Babies by Margy Burns Knight This books draws from experiences around the world to show the diverse ways in which the human family welcomes new life. As we read about the routines and rituals of a child’s first year in different countries and cultures, we meet babies from tiny Luke, who is spending his first days of life in an incubator, to Kasa,…

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Food + Recipes

Spring Quinoa Salad w. Creamy Herb-Dijon Dressing

May 18, 2017

This bright salad is perfect for Spring and can be made ahead for picnics and potlucks. The earthiness of red quinoa paired with crunchy fresh vegetables and toasted pistachios plays nicely with a creamy herb-Dijon dressing. Be creative with the ingredients. Toasted silvered almonds would work well and even a handful of raisins or dried cranberries would make a nice addition! Gather 1/2 cup raw pistachios 8 ounces green beans 4 ounces sugar snap peas Kosher salt 1/2 cup coarsely…

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Food + Recipes Travel

Lavender, Rosemary & Orange Cookies

March 31, 2017

Upon returning from a restorative family trip to the Ojai Valley, I was inspired to bake cookies using aromatic Spring herbs and citrus that fill the air this time of year. The buttery undertones and neutral flavor of shortbread to allow the lavender, rosemary and orange to shine through. A simple orange icing really takes this cookie to the next level. Gather Cookies: 1/2 cup of butter 1/4 cup of sugar 1 1/2 cups of flour 1 tsp of vanilla extract a…

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Food + Recipes Journal

Benjamin’s 3rd Birthday

January 29, 2017

After a fast and intense labor, you were peacefully born three years ago today. You’re wide-eyed, full of wonder and quite a character, bursting with personality! Some words to best describe you are attuned, curious, determined, observant, silly, energetic, self-assured, clever and empathetic. You’re drawn to animals and the natural world – whether it’s playing in the snow or sand, you enjoy adventuring in the great outdoors, getting your hands in the mix, and love playing in the water. Some of…

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Holiday

Olive Oil Cake

December 26, 2016

I bookmarked this recipe from Little Flower Baking and finally made it for a Chanukah party, as it offers a nod to the miracle of oil that is celebrated during this holiday. With its crackling crust and aromatic oil-rich center, this citrus-infused cake is sure to please. Gather 2 cups all-purpose flour (or gluten-free flour) 1 ¾ cup granulated sugar (or coconut) 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder 3 pasture eggs 1 ¼ cups extra-virgin…

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Journal Travel

Mammoth Lakes

December 23, 2016

The mountains were calling, again, and it couldn’t have been a better time to take the boys to the snow for the first time. Mammoth had just gotten over four feet of snow in 24 hours! Highlights: breathtaking views, fresh mountain air, the sound of wind blowing through trees, wildlife footprints in untouched snow, making snow angels, sledding until tuckered out, warming up with cups of hot chocolate, sharing a good meal with friends, singing Happy Birthday to Judah. A fun time was had by…

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Food + Recipes

The Perfect Vanilla Cupcake

December 21, 2016

The height of sophistication is simplicity. – Clare Boothe Luce I poured extra love into perfecting this classic little cake. Vanilla on vanilla is my son’s favorite and he recently requested it for his 6th birthday. The recipe uses simple ingredients that you probably have on hand. It starts with a cake that has an amazing crumb. The key is to use the spoon and level method. Packing flour into a measuring cup will give you a dense cake. Instead, stir the…

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Holiday Journal

10 Budget-Friendly Ways to Give

November 24, 2016

The holidays are a wonderful time to reflect on all we have to be thankful for, but it also provides an opportunity to remember the struggle of those who lack what many of us take for granted. We kicked off our holiday giving by partnering with Judah’s school and Childbirth Connection to Adopt a Family in need and provide them with a Thanksgiving dinner. This particular family is a single mother with two young children. Judah felt so good inside to…

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