Coconut Oil For Body & Home

Coconut Oil for Body & Home

I think by now most people (especially those of us interested in healthy living) have heard about the many uses of coconut oil. I love any product that can multitask, because I find buying a lot of specialized products just means more clutter in my home and ends up costing extra money.

My favorite use for coconut oil is as a moisturizer! I rub it on my elbows and knees before bed to keep rough spots smooth, or mix a little into my lotion when it needs a little oomph. It’s also great to rub on the ends of your hair – but use sparingly (or when you plan on having a bun day!).

Because it’s naturally free of toxins, I like to use it on my baby and in cooking as well. I use 1 part coconut oil to 2 parts lotion on the baby after a bath. If you’re little one is a mover, hit those knees with some extra!

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Summertime Grilled Peaches

Summertime Grilled Peaches & Giveaway

There are few things that feel more “American” than apple pie, baseball and summertime BBQs. Fresh off a decadent holiday weekend you might be looking for some healthy desserts. (I know I am!) It just doesn’t feel right to end a holiday weekend without something special. So keep the grill hot, and follow the instructions below for my Summertime Grilled Peaches. A juicy, satisfying dish that will please your guests and your bikini body :)

(Pssst… There’s also a “Made in America” giveaway from Pocket Poppet & Kuhf’s!)

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6 Myths: Starting Solid Foods

Some people think it’s a little strange that I feed my baby (now 8 months) everything that we eat. Why? It does two things:

1. Holds you accountable. If you’re uncomfortable feeding your innocent child what you’re eating, there’s usually a simple reason why. My little man eats eggs with vegetables almost every day breakfast and often has a morning snack of full-fat organic Greek yogurt with blended fruit and cinnamon (his favorite!). For dinner, he’ll often have a combination of our leftovers – including Salmon once a week. Fish. Dairy. Eggs. He loves them all, and so do we.

2. Saves money. If you’re not comfortable going the baby-led-weaning route, then mash up your food. Or pop it into a blender with some organic chicken broth. I only make baby food once or twice a week, but I make big batches. That way, we always have a variety of items to choose from in the freezer. You don’t need to buy food in stages, or pay for preservatives (which you don’t want anyway) or packaging.

Click the link below to read one of my favorite posts about baby food, written by one of the (fantastic) pediatrician’s in the practice we used in Kansas City.  Her advice is simple: anything goes, just stay away from raw honey. That’s it.

Enjoy!

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Delicious Learning

Delicious Learning mindbumping.com

My amazing yogi cousin Stephanie (aka Santoshi) has been traveling all over the world teaching yoga since 2008. Stephanie is a vegan, and write a (hysterical) blog about her adventures with her husband John as they experience different cultures and meal options! She’s a great role model, and perfect example of someone who followed her heart to live her life pursuing her passion. Stephanie, thanks for letting me share your post and I can’t wait to see you this summer at the lake :)

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Monday Motivation: Eating 80/20

Clouds float, from bridgetlivesfree.com

If your family is anything like mine, we’re constantly on the move. Eating clean is already a challenge, and unfortunately with ready-made packaged goods dominant at grocery and convenient stores it’s easy to just grab whatever is quick, available and fast. Sometimes, you just have to hit the road and get moving.

And you know what, that’s okay. Unusual circumstances add color to your life, to your sunset sky. When things don’t go as planned, I don’t let it get me down. After all, it’s called the 80/20 Rule for a reason. [Read more…]