setting 2019 intentions

2018 Reflections: Foundation before Flight

At the end of last year there was a meme going around about 2017 being the year of the cocoon and 2018 the year of the butterfly. I was stoked. This was the year I had been waiting for. I‘ve been feeling for years that “big things” were coming but hadn’t seen much momentum. I was so ready for things to take flight, so ready to be a butterfly 😉

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natural ear infection relief

Holistic Ear Infection Support

The Dreaded Ear Infection 

Earlier this year, I took Layla to the doctor because she had been sick for a couple days. I was most concerned about the lethargy (and the full day of puking she had had). Apparently she been hit with 2 viruses at the same time and her little body was working overtime. The doctor determined that her cold virus had led to a respiratory infection, one ear infection and the start of a second ear infection. 

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this is me

Dear Diary: Owning who I am

It was the silliest and simplest of quotes that was my ah-ha moment earlier this year. 

“I’m the girl who listens to gangster rap … on her way to the farmer’s market after yoga” 

It spoke to me. Not only because it’s 100% true for me but because it’s showing that we can be both things, or all things, at the same time. We don’t have to be just one “type” of person.

This is obvious (and automatic) to some, but not to me. It’s becoming much clearer but shit, it’s taken a long time to get here. 

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easy breakfast recipes for kids

Quick and Healthy Breakfast Recipes – for kids too!

We’re tackling one of my favorite topics today: HEALTHY BREAKFAST RECIPES!! This is one area I struggle in. The girls wake up starving I swear and I’ve got to feed them (and myself) something quick and easy and that doesn’t make a lot of mess. More often that not we’re in a rush to get ready for preschool or the day’s activities so the easier the better. Plus, I’m always looking for things without a ton of sugar because most standard, packaged options have way too much!!

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making exercise fun

Making Exercise Fun – A Curves® Workout

There was a time when I couldn’t imagine ever using fun and exercise in the same sentence. Between 16 and 20 years old, I actually didn’t exercise at all, which was a change from earlier years when I played basketball in middle school and early high school. Basketball was really the only form of exercise I knew – and I considered it fun – so when I didn’t have it, I didn’t know what my options were. Add to that the “freshman 15” and being away from home and exercising seemed intimidating.

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tried and tested mineral sunscreen

Non Toxic Mineral Sunscreen – Why and What I Use

This post is an update and partial re-write of my original mineral sunscreen post in 2015. I’m happy to see that there have been some improvements in the world of sun protection in the past two years but there is still a lot of work to be done. 

One of the questions I am asked the most, from friends and family and fellow mamas too, is what mineral sunscreen I use. I’m so glad people are asking and becoming aware of the dangers of conventional drugstore chemical sunscreens. The answer isn’t always a quick one though, as I’m constantly trying new brands and on any given beach day, I may have three different kinds in my bag. More on that in a minute…

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best nontoxic deodorants

Nontoxic Deodorant – Safe and Effective

Deodorant was one of the VERY first things I switched when moving to a healthier, nontoxic routine. It didn’t take me long once I learned about the dangerous side effects of aluminum and anti-perspirants to ditch all my drugstore brands – and I had quite a few.  See, I had tried them all and since not a single one worked consistently, I changed them around a lot. It was a frustrating cycle – and even more so looking back since I had no idea that there was a MUCH healthier, effective and cheaper solution.

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placenta encapsulation q & a

Placenta Encapsulation – my story, photos and expert interview

“Have you taken your placenta pills today?” was a common and frequent question asked of me by my husband in the early days after delivering my first baby. I was hormonal, emotional and exhausted as most new moms are. There wasn’t much else my husband could to do to help other than encourage some healthy pill popping.

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natural beauty products

All About Them Sprays: My Favorite Nontoxic Spray Products

I’m loving any product that comes in a spray bottle lately. Well, as long as the ingredients are clean and effective of course. All about convenience here. With a newborn attached to me at all times, fast and easy is what I need. Here is a quick rundown of my favorite nontoxic beauty spray products, all of which I use daily!

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