Vegetable cookies?

If you have a picky eater (ehm, toddler) in your life, chances are he or she may go through phases of not wanting to eat vegetables.  They mostly will be open to eating cookies, so as a creative mom I put together a "paleo" real food version of a cookie with some veggies snuck in there.  These are great as a breakfast too, based with almond meal they are full of protein and good fats and have just a little bit of REAL maple syrup to add some sweetness.  We don't eat a lot of sweet in our … [Read more...]

What kind of container is that?!

So I'm one of the fringe crazies that is trying to get rid of plastic in my life. As a mom of a toddler that's pretty hard to do. I've started with food and drink vessels - we use the Kiki Pura cups and glass or regular plates and bowls at home. But when packing for school that is a different animal...since they won't accept glass I had to branch out and try some other things. I'll share with you the run down of what I've tried, the pros and cons of each and where I found it! Roll up your … [Read more...]

What the F?! Fragrance is a four letter word

Yes, I know that fragrance actually has 9 letters, not 4, but the point here is that fragrance is actually something that is bad for your health.  On top of that it's in virtually everything we use - lotion, face and personal care products, household cleaners, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, perfume, candles, shampoo, sunscreen...   You see "fragrance" listed on virtually everything, and unfortunately this seemingly benign ingredient is anything but, and in fact it can be … [Read more...]

Don’t stink, check out these natural deodorant options that actually work.

This article has been floating around my Facebook feed for sometime, and I was reluctant to open it - mostly because it has a picture of Old Spice deodorant on the front and I knew that I wasn't going to agree with the recommendations inside the article.  In my quest to convert to healthier, safer products finding a deodorant with acceptable ingredients was easier than I thought....it's finding one that actually works that is the hard part! Based on the article above, I am going to give the … [Read more...]

Do you have formaldehyde in your face lotion?

Living in the United States, a developed country, you would never think that that you would have to watch out for buying unsafe products in the store. Unfortunately the personal care industry the personal care products industry is not well regulated, there's only one law that was passed in 1938 where a total of 11 ingredients are banned by the FDA from being used and products - compared to the 1,400 by the EU you'll realize how paltry our regulations are. Since then there have been over … [Read more...]

Getting ready for cold weather

There are a few things that I start to change up once the leaves start to change color and the weather starts to cool down (is this ever happening this Fall here outside of Philly?!). First my cooking routine changes, and I go back to making a pot of soup or chili almost every week.  I love having soup as my go-to lunch, so I have fewer leftover dinner lunches and many soup and salad lunches.  When I make soup, I mean starting with bones, making my own broth, and then adding in veggies … [Read more...]

Thrive Market – A Fantastic Resource

I have had quite a few conversations lately about Thrive Market and what I like about it.  I am a huge fan of Thrive Market - I think that they have a great social mission (when you sign up for a membership they donate a membership to a family in need) and selfishly they have great prices and delivery to my door!  I probably order every 3 - 5 weeks or so.  Here's what I find myself frequently purchasing, and then there are lots of fun new things that pop up and free things that are included … [Read more...]

What’s with all the hype on sunscreen?

Yeah, it's summer - slow to come here in the Philly area but it raged in with a 90+ degree 5 day heatwave over Memorial Day so we were all quickly reminded about the importance of sunscreen after spending time outdoors!  There has been a lot of hype and articles out lately about sunscreen, so I thought I'd share some of the resources and my thoughts. I didn't give sunscreen that much of a thought until I had a baby, and had to put sunscreen on him.  The first year, he was too little, … [Read more...]

Safe beauty and personal care products from Beautycounter

Did you know that your body could absorb up to 60% of anything you put on it, meaning that thing things you use on your body like lotion, face cream, make-up are all being absorbed by YOUR body.  That means that what you put ON your body is almost as important as what you put IN your body. I have been hunting for safe beauty products since 2013, and have had a lot of trouble finding a company that has a quality product that is accessible.   I started this journey a few years after I had … [Read more...]

My 100 Day Mindfulness Meditation Challenge

At the beginning of 2016 I decided to make the commitment to be more serious and intentional in my mindfulness mediation practice. I have been practicing since January 2014 when I took the 8 week course offered by UPenn. As life happened I had gotten away from my daily practice, and even before that had been struggling to find a way to make my habit "stick" over the weekends. I had found a routine and place for my practice during the work week- during my commute to and/or from work on public … [Read more...]