Friday, September 6, 2013
I'm kind of freaking out. How can he be old enough for this already?
When it was just the boys and I eating, it was easy to make a meal and have everyone know that it was simply what we were eating. The boys have eaten salad a couple days a week for lunch and thought nothing of it. It was our normal. But now he's at the school cafeteria surrounded by greasy pizza, Lunchables, fruit snacks, cupcakes and cheap bologna. He assures me that he has friends who get a candy in their lunch every single day. And could he please have some too? There are juice boxes, Gatorade's and soda pops everywhere. And there is simply no way my little baby boy is old enough for any of this!
I've made some concessions. I will buy the juice box, but it has to be 100% juice. I will let him eat school lunch on Mondays, because I haven't shopped for the week yet anyway. But he has to promise to choose one fruit and one vegetable. And I will do my very best to find delicious, healthy recipes that he can take to school without feeling like he's being fed by the freak-o health nut mom who sends foods to school that not one of his friends will recognize.
Most of all, I'll try not to hyperventilate when I send him walking to school with the neighborhood kids in the morning.
Friday, August 16, 2013
The summer has faded, the storms clouds have rolled in and all the world outside your home has started tucking in for winter.
The kids tumble in from the icy cold rain, to wrap chilled fingers around warm mugs for the perfect autumn meal. Comfort food that warms you from the inside out.
Everything a good wintry soup should be.
This is that soup. And it is divine!
Colder weather is on it's way. Are you ready?
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Herbal oils are the perfect place for anyone interested in natural remedies or homemade body care to get started. They're incredibly easy, there is little to no learning curve and the results are nearly foolproof. A few years ago I taught some teenage girls how to make their own oils and one of them told me that her favorite part was feeling like she was in Harry Potter's Potions class. Only for real!
And I have to confess, that might just be my favorite part too.
Friday, June 14, 2013
My husband is also extreemly picky about the kinds of wipes we use. They have to be strong enough so that they don't break while you're wiping a little bum but also soft and the perfect amount of wetness to clean up right. We have both decided that these are the best wipes we have ever used. They are strong, the perfect moisture content, and soft on a little bum. And because of the coconut oil they are great on baby's skin and your own dry hands too. There really is no going back to store bought on this one. I will probably still make these when we have no more baby bums to clean and
use them as hand wipes for sticky fingers or just to add some moisture back into my winter hands.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
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Thursday, June 6, 2013
Did you know vitamin D is a natural anti-oxidant? Anti-oxidants have been shown to help fight many forms of cancer. There's also a growing number of children in this country developing rickets. Rickets is caused by a lack of vitamin D. Mild to moderate depression can be lifted through sun exposure. Scientists have also discovered that when the skin is exposed to the sun it produces a chemical that reduces blood pressure, greatly reducing your chances of developing heart disease or stroke. No wonder the sun feels so good!
Not to mention that it turns out most brands of sunscreen are filled with chemicals that cause the skin cancer they're being sold to guard against.
So in my mind, the benefits of sun exposure far outweigh the risks. But, that still doesn't mean I want my skin damaged any more than it needs to be. Prolonged sun exposure does take its toll, drying out summer skin, and causing burns with their own sets of problems. And skin cancer is real. But I figure that not being paranoid about skin cancer doesn't mean not being smart! Wear a hat. Hats are cool. (And so are bow ties.) Don't be afraid of long sleeves and always wear sunglasses. Sunglasses prevent damage to your eyes and wrinkles from squinting. Two for one! But whatever you do, Go Outside! Your mother was right. It's good for you.
So what to do after a long day in the sun? (Because you can't wear long sleeves every day!)
After Sun Balm! It's packed with rich, skin healing ingredients to nourish sun exposed skin and reverse the sun's damage. And you get to be the really cool girl who whips out her homemade lotion at the beach. Is there any cooler thing you can hear yourself say than, "Thanks. I made it myself!" I think not!
You could be even cooler by carrying an extra to share!