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...]

Beauty routine and Self Care products

I've had a few questions about beauty and self care products lately, and it's been awhile since I posted on that (really anything...) so I thought I'd share what I'm doing now.   I am currently ordering most of these product through Thrive Market - you can check them out and sign up here. It's been worth the membership fee for me, one it's better prices and two it's delivered to my door....which eliminates all of that hunting for good products that you have to do and becomes exponentially … [Read more...]

Water Kefir

I'm experimenting with making water kefir. I got the Cultures for Health water kefir grains through Thrive Market and finally remembered to buy sugar to get the grains ready.    I was excited to try this mild probiotic drink because it's dairy free, and generally speaking I don't do that well with dairy. I have a probiotic supplement but am always looking for fermented food options too.  First you activate the grains. You need sugar as a fuel source for the grains. They eat the … [Read more...]

Homemade Coconut Oil and Shea Butter Lotion Bars

Last night I decided to make homemade coconut oil and shea butter lotion bars. A coworker encouraged me to make these, I didn't actually need much  coaxing, she said "Do you know where to get shea butter, I want to make lotion bars" and I said, "Oh I have shea butter and wanted to make them for awhile, send me your recipe and I'll make them tonight."  And I did! I used the recipe from Wellness Mama - but skipped the Vitamin E and played around with adding a bunch of essential oils at … [Read more...]

New resource – THRIVE Market

I'm always looking for ways to make things easier, and I've been working on changing over everything to be more natural.  Winter is a tough time for fresh produce and local famers markets, but the TRHIVE market place is a great place to purchase your non-perishables at a discount.  It's being described as Costco + Whole Foods - since it's membership based (you pay $60/year for access to the marketplace) but the discounts will pay for themselves in your first few orders. Another cool thing, … [Read more...]

Making Sleeping Better with essential oils

So I've had my essential oils for a bit now and I'm working on integrating them into my life.  I'm working on replacing many of the toxins that I encounter by finding a natural solution.  Many of the things marked "natural" on the label, aren't really, but aren't all that much better. Here are two things that I'm using regularly - I made these roller balls - which took all of 2 minutes each.  The roller ball allows you to put the oils on directly, in an easy and mess free way. I use … [Read more...]

Natural Care Products, Cleaning Supplies, and More

You've probably noticed the trend in my posts here on and Facebook the past year and a half or so, and how I've been trending towards cleaning up my personal care products and cleaning products.  Once I had my food cleaned up and under control, I guess it makes sense that I started to look at other areas of my life that I could improve.  Knowing how dramatic a difference changing to clean eating made for my life, energy, health, and athletic performance - if you can clean up other areas of … [Read more...]

Natural toilet cleaner

I'm not a fan of cleaning, but like to have a clean house. Once you stumble into the nutrition world it's easy to then start to expand your research into not only what you put in your body, but what you put on it and what's around you in your environment. I was especially interested in this while I was pregnant, changing my make-up, lotion, deodorant, sunscreen, toothpaste...lots of stuff. I also started looking into cleaning products and switching to things that were more natural, especially if … [Read more...]