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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Food + Recipes

Lemon-Coconut Breakfast Bars

June 10, 2016

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

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

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

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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