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Wellness

Naturepedic 2 in 1 Organic Cotton Ultra/Quilted Mattress Review

November 15, 2016

There is growing concern among physicians, health professionals, public safety officials, environmental advocacy groups and parents regarding the effects of chemicals on our children. Neurodevelopmental disabilities including autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, and other cognitive impairments affect millions of children worldwide, and some diagnoses are rapidly increasing in frequency. Industrial chemicals that injure the developing brain are among the known causes for this rise in prevalence. Babies and toddlers spend 10-14 hours a day sleeping and playing on a typical mattress, breathing in…

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Food + Recipes

Fattoush Salad

November 7, 2016

It was a gorgeous Southern California day so Benjamin and I sat out on the patio for lunch and enjoyed this delicious fattoush salad inspired by my friend Mirey of High on Wholesome (check out her feed for the most vibrant, beautiful dishes!) There are different variations of this salad but I used what I had on hand. I chopped up a head of romaine lettuce, red onion, red bell pepper, persian cucumber, fresh dill and mint leaves. If you have…

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Food + Recipes Holiday

No Bake Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Bites

October 31, 2016

These No-Bake Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Bites from Running with Spoons are easy and fun to make with kids, suitable for many dietary restrictions because they’re free of eggs, dairy, nuts, gluten, soy and wheat, and they’re a delicious treat you can feel good about giving to your kids all season long! Ingredients For the bites: 1/2 cup (4 dates), pitted 1/4 cup pumpkin puree 2 Tbsp maple syrup 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 3/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats 1/4 cup coconut flour 1/2 tsp…

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Beauty + Style

May Lindstrom Skin | The Youth Dew & The Jasmine Garden

October 4, 2016

Last month I wrote about being the lucky winner of an amazing (seriously, amazing) green beauty giveaway. As a mother, birth doula and lactation counselor, I often take care of others but don’t always practice self-care, so it really couldn’t have come at a better time. Receiving these treasures inspired me to take some space and time to nourish my mind, body and senses. Some people asked me to share my experiences with these products so as I use them over the next few months,…

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Food + Recipes

Meditteranean Farro Salad w. Tomatoes & Cucumbers

September 11, 2016

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

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

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

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

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 Travel

Yosemite

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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