Eats

My Holiday Wish List: Home Edition

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I rarely make lists of all of the things I would like to have—especially not for Christmas.

For one, it makes me feel like a slight narcissist. I would rather focus on getting things/ doing for others (when I can), and since Benjamin came on the scene two years ago, it’s all about him.

But for fun, I decided to share a few of the items I have been eyeing since we moved into our home.

I know I must be getting old because everything single thing on this list is for the house but hey, a beautifully furnished and clean home makes me so happy!

Anyway, here’s my list:

  1. A Ruggable rug- well, specifically a runner for my foyer. They have lots of designs to choose from and they are washable! Ha!
  2. Z-Gallerie Clifton Console Table– this modern piece would look so fly in my foyer also.
  3. Restoration Hardware Adler Panel bed – I imagine myself having heavenly dreams in this bed. It’s gorgeous!

Well, I’m putting it out there. Maybe hubby will read this and feel extra generous *wink*.

What’s on your Christmas/holiday list?


Baby

Healthy Kids’ Guide

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My journey to living a healthier life does not stop with me. Since having Benjamin I have been super careful about what I put in or on my son’s body. I always say that he is the one who fuels my love for green juice and all-organic everything, even more.

I always get asked which natural products I use on him and what do I feed him so, here are just a few of things I have used or still use that have great ingredients without all of the crap.

Why all the fuss?

For me, I do not want my son to suffer from conditions and illnesses that, in my opinion, could have been prevented. Everything we eat, drink, and put in or on our bodies has an effect.

And yes, I know you can’t prevent everything but, I’m sure going to try!

The things we use on a daily basis should not lead to disease.

This list has products that I have personally used for my son. Some of them are not completely natural, depending on your definition but, what I look for in products are:

  • no parabens
  • no sulfates
  • no phthalates
  • no formaldehyde
  • no mineral oil
  • organic ingredients

Food

Once Upon A Farm

Earth’s Best Organic bars

Arden’s Garden– as a family, we love their cold-pressed juices and smoothies

So Delicious dairy-free yogurt

Ripple pea protein milk

Califia Farms almond milk

……and I always buy organic fruits and veggies!

Diapers/ Pull-Ups

Honest diapers ( they have the cutest prints and I love how absorbent they are! I would like to try the pull-ups next)

Skin

Alaffia

Burt’s Bees

Earth Mama

Shea Moisture

Hair

Shea Moisture

Alaffia

Vitamins/Supplements

Sambucol Elderberry gummies for kids

Mamas (and Dads), which natural products or foods do you buy regularly for your little ones?


Fit Life

4 Natural Ways to Prevent Breast Cancer

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Hey loves! In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, I’m sharing just a few of the ways we can all lower the chance of getting breast cancer. Of course, this is no guarantee as there are many factors that can play into the risk for this disease. However, anything that could possibly give me more of an edge, I’m all for it.

  1. Eat more plants. Less chicken.

…..Or any other meat for that matter. This is not a post to get any of you carnivores to stop eating meat but, the fact is that including more vegetables and fruits is one of the best ways to lower your cancer risk because they help to keep your body in a more alkaline state. Cancer or any other disease cannot survive in an alkaline body. You especially want the bright and dark-colored fruits and veggies like spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, , eggplant, blueberries, and strawberries.

2. Exercise

I know, I know, you’ve heard it a million times: exercise is good for your body and mind. Well, you can add to the list that it can help reduce your risk for cancer.

Most of us know this but, actually doing the exercise we need consistently can be hard. What I’ve done is to break my sessions up into 10-minute intervals and aim for 30 minutes a day which equals 3 sessions. Chunking my workouts like that helps it to seem like less of a chore when I’ve been working all day and running after a two-year-old.

3. Get more vitamin D

There’s research that links low vitamin D levels to an increased risk of getting breast cancer, and most of us (including me) are walking around with dangerously low levels without a clue.

A test from your physician can cut out all of the guesswork but, whether you think you are deficient or not, taking a vitamin D supplement is always a good idea.

4. Quit Smoking

If you are a smoker and were looking for a sign to quit here it is:

The use of tobacco increases the risk for many different cancers including breast cancer according to a 2015 study in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

If you’re currently a smoker but, desparately want to put the cigarettes down and don’t know where to start, check out these resources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/quit-smoking/in-depth/nicotine-craving/art-20045454

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Eats

7 Tips for Better Sleep

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Getting good, quality sleep is one of those things that we know we need but, most of us do not. Living in the current “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” culture, has made many people underestimate what they are doing to their bodies and minds by not prioritizing getting enough sleep. Lack of concentration, depression, and weight gain are just a few of the many issues that can plague the person who is not well rested regularly. If a better mood and overall health is what you’re after, here are 7 tips for getting better shut-eye tonight.

  1. Have a set bedtime and wake up time, even on the weekends. This will help to regulate your body’s clock, helping you fall asleep faster and stay asleep for the night.
  2. Get a relaxing nighttime routine.  Practicing a routine right before bedtime that  includes staying away from bright lights helps separate your sleep time from activities that can cause excitement, stress or anxiety which can make it more difficult to fall asleep, get sound and deep sleep or remain asleep.
  3. Get moving. Fitting in 20 to 30 minutes of cardio or weight training to get your heart rate up is best, but even light exercise is better than no activity. Exercise at any time of day, but not at the expense of your sleep.
  4. The perfect sleep environment.  The room you sleep in should set the stage for getting good, peaceful rest.  Really analyze your bedroom. What is the temperature?  Is it normally too hot? Too cold? The ideal temperature for sleep is usually between 65 and 70 degrees. Remove any lights from a cell phone, computer or television, and consider using blackout curtains to keep out any light from outside. If you have a partner who snores drown out them out by using ear plugs and some white noise machines.  
  5. Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows. Make sure your mattress is comfortable and supportive. The one you have been using for years may have exceeded its life expectancy – about 9 or 10 years for most good quality mattresses. Have comfortable pillows and make the room attractive and inviting for sleep but also free of allergens that might affect you and objects that might cause you to slip or fall if you have to get up during the night.
  6. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and heavy meals in the evening. Alcohol, cigarettes and caffeine can disrupt sleep. Eating big or spicy meals can cause discomfort from indigestion that can make it hard to sleep. If you can, avoid eating large meals for two to three hours before bedtime. Try a light snack 45 minutes before bed if you’re still hungry.
  7. Cut the caffeine. So you may love your coffee but, drinking it later in the day could be affecting your ability to catch some z’s.

Before you go!

I have to also let you in on a site I have been using that has helped me to stay on top of my game when it comes to creating and sending everything from invites to flyers of any upcoming events (stay tuned to your inbox if you’re subscribed to the email list. I have some great things coming up for you!)

Paperless Post has been a game-changer for easily designing stylish invites and more! No more staying up late trying to figure out Photoshop and come up with the best design. Paperless Post makes it easy to edit their stylish templates and hit send within minutes.

Check out the site and let me know what you think! https://www.paperlesspost.com