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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Food + Recipes

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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Last day of preschool and feeling all the big feels a mother does at moments like these. Judah is such a happy child. I’m thankful for the opportunities and experiences he has had and am excited for what awaits! This is one of Judah’s favorites from his preschool’s All School Sing. The Sing is a time when community gathers and connects with our voices over song. “On My Way” Tell everybody I’m on my way New friends and new places to…

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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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Food + Recipes

Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl w. Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

May 10, 2016
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This bowl is everything! Simple to prepare, light yet satisfying, packed with nutrients and kid-approved! I make extra for a quick and delicious meal in minutes throughout the week. When on-the go, simply layer the ingredients in a jar and toss in your bag. No more missed lunches! Roasting the red peppers is super easy and brings out their natural sweetness. The roasted red peppers that you buy at the market will work, but they really don’t compare to roasting them at home…

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Giveaway Motherhood

ENERGY MUSE Mindful Mom Mala Necklace Review & Giveaway

April 24, 2016
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Hey mamas! I’m starting off the week with a giveaway and special offer you don’t want to miss! A long-time Energy Muse devotee, I was excited to receive their new Mindful Mom Mala Necklace and Bracelet. Co-created by Lori Bregman (fellow doula, life coach and author of The Mindful Mom-to-Be) and Heather Askinosie, these pieces help to promote mindfulness for mothers during pregnancy and motherhood. As a birth doula, wife and mother of two boys, I give a lot of energy to others. Practicing self-care,…

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Motherhood

Raising Earth Conscious Children

April 22, 2016
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Teaching a child how to be eco-conscious can be challenging because the concept is a bit abstract, but as soon as your baby is born, he or she can begin to develop an awareness and appreciation of the Earth when you make green living part of his or her daily life. Children also naturally love to observe and emulate their parents, so leading by example by being good to the Earth in your daily actions is very impactful. Here are 10…

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Wellness

Cough & Congestion Essential Oil Mix

April 8, 2016
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This unique blend of essential oils was created to help reduce the signs and symptoms of a cough and cold. To prepare, gather and mix equal parts of the below essential oils: Eucalyptus – breaks up mucous, opens up the airways and fights viral and bacterial infections. Cypress – stimulates the immune system and prevents viruses from entering cells in the airways. It also breaks up mucous and opens up the airways. Lavender – reduces airway spasms and breaks up mucous. It also has…

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Food + Recipes

Spinach, Golden Beet & Quinoa Salad w. Maple Cider Vinaigrette

April 5, 2016
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School was out for Spring Break and my friend and I were looking for some fun outdoor activities to do with our children. We packed them up in the car and headed to a local farm for a day of fresh air, exploration, play and discovery.  There were several highlights from the day (enjoying a picnic lunch under a shady tree, feeding baby ducklings, wagon rides, watching a mama pig nursing her babes) but one of them was picking our own fresh, seasonal…

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