Category Archives: Natural living

I’m running a 5K tomorrow – OMG – what have I gotten myself into? …

FRIDAY: RANDOM

My company, Bonnier Corp., is putting on a 5K tomorrow and I signed up to do it. Gulp! I decided to run it 2.5 weeks ago. I thought I’d be like Nike and Just Do It! Now, I feel that I am physically fit. I workout 2-4 times a week on my lunch break.

So, instead of taking my regular class on my lunch break I decided to run the treadmill to see if I could physically run the 3.16 miles. And I did. No sweat (well, I did technically sweat, but you know what I mean.)

But the problem is: I’ve never run outside before. I mean I was a kid I ran on the track during gym, but that’s the extent of it. So tomorrow is going to be a whole new experience for me. Wish me luck – I plan on running the whole thing!

Have you ever run a 5K before? Any tips? I’m going to need them.

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Juicy Juice Plus …

WEDNESDAY: NATURAL LIVING

Disclaimer: I am not a distributer of Juice Plus. I just like it!

When Kai was about six months old, his doctor was telling us about Juice Plus. He suggested that we add it to his milk, which we did. Kai has been taking the stuff since he was a baby — and RARELY gets sick. I don’t think he has been sick this whole year.

What is it? Let me just tell ya: It helps you bridge the gap between the 7 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables. This is taken from JuicePlus.com: Juice Plus+® is whole food based nutrition, including juice powder concentrates from 17 different fruits, vegetables and grains. Each ingredient is specially selected to provide a broad range of nutritional benefits.

So, basically it’s a super-duper fruit and veggie-laced vitamin. I’m about to start to take them myself. I’ll let you know if I feel any different.

Talk to ya guys tomorrow!

Natural (store bought) kid treats …

WEDNESDAY: NATURAL LIVING

For the longest time, I tried hard to not give Kai any sugar-laden treats. Now that he’s getting a bit older, it’s hard to keep them away from him. I mean, I can’t deny the poor kid of the joys and sweetness of childhood. But I can deny him of the impurities people are putting into food.

Here are some of my favorite natural treats that I give him. Yes, they have sugar, but … oh well.

A fun way to help your child eat more fruit and veggies …

WEDNESDAY: NATURAL LIVING

My mom had a great idea for Kai’s birthday party: use a plastic gum drop tree and laden it with fruit (we used melon and grapes and strawberries) instead of candy.

Kai loved this idea … and the other night, one week after his party, he wanted to do put fruit and veggies on it again. Of course, I said yes.

I was serving asparagus for dinner that night, and although at times he does eat it, it’s not his favorite. So, instead of forcing him to eat the asparagus, I cut up a bunch of cucumbers, gave him a bowl of cherry tomatoes and green grapes and let him decorate the little tree.

We used it as the center piece for our dinner and we all nibbled from it as we ate. Kai ate the most of it.

I think if you make healthy eating fun, kids will do it in a heartbeat.

Here are 5 tips on how to help your child eat more healthy.

Here are some of my and Kai’s favorite recipes:

Breakfast “ice cream”

Fresh juice

Healthy chocolate chip cookies

Tomato Poppers

Two raw food recipes

Honey and pecan popcorn recipe

Homemade ice cream

Fruit leather/fruit roll ups

DIY: How to make your own cosmetics …

WEDNESDAY: NATURAL LIVING

This morning, I received an email from one of my best friends, Laureta, with this link to the blog: Rowdy Kittens.
Here are the directions – please note: I have not tried this yet (but the folks at rowdy kittens did – there is even a video), I was just so pumped about it, that I had to share right away.

How to Make Lip Balm

You’ll need a few ingredients:

Beeswax
Grapeseed oil (or almond oil, or olive oil, etc)

Melt equal parts beeswax and oil of your choice in a small pan over the stove. Use a small amount (maybe a few tablespoons) of wax and oil. When the mixture is completely melted, pour it into a small glass or tin container. You can optionally add vitamin E at this last step (just after pulling it from the heat). Vitamin E is a natural preservative and excellent for the skin. Let the mixture cool to room temperature and then it is ready to use.

Cosmetics are loaded with scary stuff like sodium lauryl sulfates and other known carcinogens (meaning they can cause cancer!). You can read all about the toxins in the book, The Story of Cosmetics, the ugly truth of toxics in and toxics out.” Click this link to see a short movie, which gives you a short synopsis of the book.

Check out these other posts that I have done on related subjects:

Homemade facial mask

Organic makeup

BPA-free water bottles – good for you, good for the planet …

WEDNESDAY: NATURAL LIVING

I made a New Years resolution this past year that I have stuck with – use a BPA-free, reusable water bottle and to use canvas bags for my groceries. Can you believe it – my resolution is still going strong? I bring mine to work with me everyday.

How do I clean it? Easy … with a baby bottle brush, soap and water.

Drinking out of BPA-free water bottles is a big deal and dramatically reduce plastic bottle consumption.

For those of you who don’t know: BPA is Bisphenol A, which is used to make epoxy resins and plastics. It also mimics the body’s hormones and some doctors are concerned about it’s effect on fetal and infant brain development. It’s pretty scary stuff – so whatever you can do to avoid it, the better it will be for your health.

I found these really fun graphic bottles that you should check out. You can find them everywhere and for cheap. TJ Maxx and Marshalls sell them for $7.99 each.

Interesting and unique ways to recycle glass and plastic bottles …

WEDNESDAY: NATURAL LIVING

If there is one thing Alex and I do really well – it’s recycle. We have two recycling bins that are filled to the rim (and sometimes are overflowing) each Monday morning with cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, glass jars – and on and on.

I do wish, however, that we just didn’t use these items one time and then discarded them into the recycling bin.

So, I looked up creative ways other people have done to reuse recyclables – particularly glass and plastic bottles. Would you do any of these? I’m thinking the igloo would be fun in the backyard – haha!

See more cool recycled items – click here!

Click here for nature-inspired home decor.

5 must-have recycled goods … you’ll fall in love …

WEDNESDAY: NATURAL LIVING

I’m always on the hunt for cute and inspiring recycled goods. Here are my latest loves …

Recycled Blue and Green Glass Copper Bangle Bracelet

2 Liter Soda Bottle Bracelet in Transparent Green

Eco Hoop Loop Earrings Yellow made from a plastic bottle

Custom Vintage Silverware Garden Markers silver plated flatware knife fork and spoon set

Recycled Alphabet Crayons Set Of 26 Free Shipping

Cloth napkins and kitchen towels …

WEDNESDAY: NATURAL LIVING

Stoplight – Napkins, set of 2 (white on GO green)

One thing my family does that is not green is use paper towels. With a three-year old (almost four – Kai would be devastated if I didn’t share this fact) in my house, paper towels and napkins are so convenient. I’ve been conscious of these anti-green products in my house for quite sometime. Lately, I’ve been trying to consume less of them by using towels and rags to clean up messes. I mean, I still use paper occasionally, so don’t shoot me if you come into my house and see me with a roll of paper towels by my kitchen sink, but I am using them less frequently – and that’s a start, right?

I sifted through Etsy and found these cute screen printed kitchen towels and napkins that might encourage you (and me!) to use less paper products!

If you’re feeling really artsy, here’s a link to re-nest.com that teaches you how to make your own no-sew cloth napkins

four organic napkins – little pig print in black and red

Simple Sprouts Napkins – Set of 4

Spring-themed animal napkins, sunshine yellow, set of 4

two organic cotton napkins – brown henna blossom

Dutch Heart – linen tea towel (cherry)

Circles in Orange Screen Printed Kitchen Towel

Love me a natural, new do with coconut-based hair dye …

WEDNESDAY: NATURAL LIVING

Last week, my dear friend and hair dresser Donia highlighted my hair with a coconut-based hair dye. I haven’t dyed my hair in years, mainly because of all of the chemicals. (I used to be a blonde.) When Donia told me started using the Italian brand, Tocco Magico, with her clients I thought I’d give it a shot and add sun-kissed blonde streaks to my hair. I think the highlights give my hair another dimension and more texture. What do you think?

Click here for more info on natural-based dyes.

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