Wellness

20 Ways to Boost Your Immune System Naturally

September 19, 2016
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‘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

Meditteranean Farro Salad w. Tomatoes & Cucumbers

September 11, 2016
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Our family often eats a Mediterranean-style diet which emphasizes eating primarily plant-based foods, whole grains, fish, legumes and nuts. Healthy fats such as olive oil are incorporated and herbs and spices are used to add flavor. Grain bowls and salads are simple to make and are light, yet satisfying. They’re typically composed of a grain and topped with veggies, a protein and a dressing. Farro is an ancient grain that’s a good source of protein, fiber and nutrients like magnesium and iron. This versatile dish can be served…

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Wellness

Awaken Nutrition Agapé & Special Offer

September 6, 2016
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If you’ve been reading my posts for a while then you know I only write honest reviews about products that I actually use and that are authentic to me and my family. A holistic practitioner recommended Awaken Nutrition’s Agapé formula for myself and my children. Agapé is a hypo-allergenic, high-potency liquid vitamin and mineral supplement. Designed for those with allergies and sensitivities, Agapé is free of gluten, dairy, corn, soy, casein, food dyes, artificial sweeteners and harmful preservatives and contains pure ingredients in their…

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Beauty + Style

Homemade Apple Spice Sugar Scrub

August 22, 2016
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Homemade sugar scrubs are easy to make, require a few simple ingredients, and make lovely gifts. I especially enjoy them in the cooler months to exfoliate and moisturize dry skin. This Apple Spice Sugar Scrub smells good enough to eat — and it is, because only natural ingredients are used. The warming spices are quintessentially Fall and bring about feelings of comfort. Did you know that chamomile, which is known for its soothing nature, smells just like apples? The kids and I had so much fun making…

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Beauty + Style

MAHALO Rare Indigo Beauty Balm

August 17, 2016
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I’m grateful to have won such incredible green beauty products in an Instagram giveaway last month. I’ve started using them and have felt so pampered! I’m passionate about green beauty and will be sharing my experiences with these treasures over the coming months. First up, is the Rare Indigo beauty balm from Mahalo Skin Care. Between the fires and smog, the air quality in LA this summer has been horrible, wreaking havoc on my sensitive skin. It became congested, dull…

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Food + Recipes

Strawberry-Mango Quinoa Salad w. Honey-Lime Vinaigrette

June 28, 2016
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This summer salad is nutritious, light yet satisfying, kid-friendly and bursting with flavor! Mango, strawberries and avocado are tossed with fluffy quinoa, chopped spinach, crumbled goat cheese, pine nuts and dressed in a honey-lime vinaigrette. It’s perfect for lunch or dinner and is a crowd-pleaser at gatherings. Gather Salad 6 cups baby spinach, roughly chopped 1 cup strawberries, hulled and cut into ¼-inch thick slices 1 mango, diced ½ avocado, diced 1½ ounces goat cheese (omit for vegan) 2 tablespoons pine…

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Journal

The Mountains Are Calling

June 20, 2016

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” ― John Muir, Our National Parks My husband has fond childhood memories of Yosemite and thought it would be a perfect destination for our first road trip to a National Park.  We brewed some coffee and loaded up the car just before dawn so the boys would sleep the first stretch of the drive.  They woke up for a stop to pick up…

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Lemon-Coconut Breakfast Bars

June 10, 2016
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These sweet lemony treats are the perfect canvas for a beautiful collection of natural superfood ingredients like chia seeds, dates, oats and coconut. Chia seeds are an excellent source of healthy essential fatty acids containing eight times more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon! Chia seeds are also one of the most digestible plant proteins, an excellent source of dietary fiber, and a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and free-radical fighting antioxidants. I keep some of these breakfast anytime bars in my…

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Journal

On My Way

June 9, 2016
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It’s hard to get this kid to sit still while he’s playing with his friends, but I had to take a picture on his last day of preschool. Feeling all the big feelings a mother does at moments like these… will share my thoughts once I gather them all up!…

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Food + Recipes

Berry Bliss Oat Squares

June 7, 2016
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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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