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.
This post is an update and partial re-write of my original nontoxic 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…
Understanding that the “great dairy debate” is a complicated and somewhat controversial topic, I wanted to simply share the experience I’ve had with moving my family away from cow’s milk to homemade nut milk – and the yummy cashew milk recipe that even my 2 ½ year old loves.
Happy two year oil-iversary to me!
It’s crazy that it’s only been two years since essential oils were introduced to me and changed our lives. My friends know me as the crazy witch-doctor oil lady, Chris is obsessed and is constantly telling coworkers and strangers about them, and Ellie has never known life without her oils. They are truly a part of our every day life.
How and why to increase your collagen intake
I have to admit that when I think of the word collagen, I think only of the skin on my face. I know that I have less of it as I get older – mostly because I can see that I have less of it – but I thought I could only get more of it via skincare. I’m learning that that’s only part of the story…
When it comes to washing my face, I’ve always had a habit of wanting to get it squeaky clean – as if that was the only way to properly CLEAN it. I’ve learned in the past couple of years that too much scrubbing and harsh cleansers can strip natural oils from your skin so maybe hearing it squeak isn’t the best thing to strive for.
I’ve tossed my aggressive scrubs, alcohol-laden astrigents and other cleansing devices and replaced them with gentle cleansers and exfoliators and….
Now that we know WHY antioxidants are so important to our health and well-being, I wanted to share some of my favorite products that are rich in antioxidant ingredients – and what they can do for you. <<Some discount codes are provided>>
It should also go without being said – but I’ll say it – that I will only ever recommend products that I know to be natural, non-toxic, cruelty-free, and kind to our planet.
Free Radicals and Antioxidants: A simple explanation
I think it’s safe to say that we all are familiar enough with the terms free radicals and antioxidants to know that free radicals are “bad” and antioxidants are “good.” But up until recently, if someone were to ask me why, I don’t think I could have explained it in my own words very well. I needed a simple explanation.
Below, I break it down in plain and simple English, thinking that if we understand the what and the why, we’ll be more likely to take the necessary actions to make ourselves healthier.
I hate to sound like a complete whiner, but it’s been soooo hot lately. And our house has little to no insulation and it just BAKES. Poor Ellie naps in a room that is 90 degrees, and we have about a million fans running at all times. You can find us at the beach or in a pool (even a plastic wading pool in the backyard) any chance we get.
Although they are no substitution for A/C or good insulation, there are a few things I’ve been turning to for some heat relief this month. Any little bit helps!
“Motherhood is glamorous,” said no one ever.
I remember reading Jenny McCarthy’s book “Belly Laughs” on our babymoon in Cabo and dying of laughter as I related to all the insane things that were happening to her body during her pregnancy. Seriously, The Blue Twinkies and Pig in Pasture chapters had me falling off my beach chair.