Food + Recipes Holiday

Beet Red Velvet Cupcakes

February 11, 2016

Beet root naturally colors these decadent cupcakes a rich red hue, the color of love and passion, making them the perfect treat to give your Valentine! The key to a naturally vibrant red cake using beets is acidity. The below ingredients create the proper acidic pH. Without that, the beets will turn brown. Roasting the beets brings out their natural sweetness and gives a subtle, earthy flavor but doesn’t overshadow the richness of the cacao. The final result are deliciously moist and dense cupcakes that…

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Journal Lifestyle Motherhood Wellness

Filling Your Cup

February 9, 2016

The year started off with a whirlwind of events and many positive changes. I haven’t had as much time to blog and am about to go back on-call for some births. I’m reminded to slow down, connect with nature, practice self-care, nourish myself and my family with wholesome foods and be more present, especially with my boys. Filling my cup allows me to better serve others, not only as a doula, but as a mother, daughter, sister, wife and friend. Giving to ourselves…

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Family Journal

New Year’s Day Hike

January 1, 2016

After Jeff made us a hearty and healthy breakfast, we let the kids watch some of the Rose Parade on television before getting outdoors for some fresh air and sunshine. We made our way up the Pacific Coast Highway for a family-friendly hike in Solstice Canyon. Originally setting out to check out the architectural ruins, “Darth Vader” House and waterfall, we realized we left our backpack and baby carrier at the house so we didn’t make it that far. No…

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Family Journal

Judah’s 5th Birthday

December 21, 2015

With all of the gifts that Judah already receives this time of year, we wanted to celebrate his 5th birthday by doing something together as a family. My Dad is a retired mechanical engineer and used to design airplane parts. He has different models in his workshop that Judah loves to tinker and play around with. Judah loves listening to Papa’s stories and asking lots of questions, so we thought it would be fun to surprise the kids with a…

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Lifestyle Wellness

Energy Clearing w. White Sage

December 20, 2015

White sage (Salvia apiana) is a plant native to high desert ecosystems and grows prevalently in California. For hundreds of years, white sage has been considered a sacred, cleansing, purifying and protective plant. Its leaves are a whitish-green, and if you rub fresh leaves between your thumb and forefinger, a refreshing and cleansing scent is released. Native Americans started the tradition of using sage to ward off evils spirits and negative energies and it has also been used in ceremonies to…

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Food + Recipes

Sweet Potato Bread w. Praline Drizzle

December 13, 2015

On the last night of Hanukkah, my parents have a big family gathering. I usually make coconut macaroons to bring but wanted to try something different this year. Using what I had on hand, I came up with this incredibly simple and delicious sweet potato bread. It’s free of gluten, eggs, dairy, refined sugar and can easily be made without nuts… but it’s not not free of flavor – it tastes as heavenly as it looks! Gather 1 cup gluten-free flour 1 cup puréed sweet potato 1…

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Natural Remedy for Bug Bites

December 11, 2015

Judah got three very itchy bug bites and I remembered a natural remedy that works like a charm! I also use the same remedy as a weekly facial mask to eliminate toxins and it leaves my skin smooth and glowy. All you need are two things: a good Bentonite Clay and Raw, Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar. Here’s what to do: Mix equal amounts of bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar into a paste.* Draw a circle around the redness of the bite to measure…

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Giveaway Lifestyle

Grace Green Beauty Review & Giveaway

December 7, 2015

‘Tis the season for dry, itchy, dull skin! If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you know I’m particular about what I put in or on my body. Skin is the largest organ in our bodies, absorbing 60% of what touches it– that’s more than we absorb through ingesting. I have yet to find a good body moisturizer that meets my standards for safety and that I like, so I was intrigued when Grace Green Beauty reached out to see…

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Food + Recipes Holiday

Potato & Parsnip Latkes

December 6, 2015
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Naturally free of gluten, egg, and dairy, these Potato & Parsnip Latkes from Pure Ella are a delicious and healthier take on the traditional version. They are half-baked which reduces the amount of oil that needs to be used but still gets the fried goodness without sacrificing too much on the authenticity of these yummy potato pancakes. They are perfectly tender on the inside and crispy on the outside, my Bubbie would be proud! Gather 3 medium potatoes, peeled, grated & drained…

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Family Journal

Birthday Recap

December 4, 2015

  There are three things I like to do on my birthday: spend time with my family, give back and enjoy a good meal. This year, Jeff took the day off and we took the kids to the non-profit Wildlife Learning Center. Their mission is to rescue and provide lifetime sanctuary to wild animals in need and to offer public education in the life sciences and conservation. I could go on and on about what a special place this is!…

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