Earth Day Roundup

Eco-Friendly Products

Earth Day is right around the corner, and here are some great green products we have been enjoying lately. We encourage you to check them out for yourself, and leave us a comment about what Eco-friendly items you are into these days!

Boob Nursing Wear

Nurse in Comfort

Nurse in Comfort

We have always been big supporters of breastfeeding, for so many reasons, and every breastfeeding Mama knows that the right support makes all the difference.  Whether it be your family, workplace,  local lactation consultant, or the new Mamava Lactation Station at the airport, every little bit of encouragement counts.

A little physical support doesn’t hurt either, especially when it comes to nursing bras.  Boob Fast Food T Shirt Bras are comfortable enough to sleep in.  And like all the Boob maternity and nursing apparel, they are made with sustainable materials like organic cotton, fleece made from recycled bottles.  And they only work with factories that adhere to their strict code of conduct to ensure their workers receive a decent pay.
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Why Choose Cacao Over Cocoa?

"The Nourishing Food That Aids Digestion"

“The Nourishing Food That Aids Digestion”

They come from the same plant and look the same when powdered, but are Cacao and Cocoa the same thing?  Both are derived from the dried and fermented seed that comes from the Theobroma cacao tree, from which we also get cocoa butter. Are there any other differences?

Cacao beans naturally contain fiber, sulfur, essential fatty acids and minerals such as iron, magnesium, copper, and zinc.  They also contain  phenylethylamine and anandamide, which keep you alert and make you feel happy.

Cacao and cocoa powder rate high on the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) scale, often being scored in the top 10, which means it is a good source of antioxidants.  Like most “nutrient powerhouses”, the more processing done to the cacao beans, the less benefits they retain.
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Product Review: Mary’s Gone Crackers

Mary’s Gone Crackers Review

Mary’s Gone Crackers, started by Mary Waldner, sells organic, gluten free, kosher, non-GMO, nut-free and vegan crackers, “twigs” and cookies. If you’re hosting a get-together, you can rest assured that even your special-diet guests will be able to enjoy Mary’s Gone Crackers products.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

marys-chocolate-chip-cookiesI recently had the opportunity to try her chocolate chip cookies, which somehow managed taste buttery while using no dairy ingredients at all. They are to overly crumbly or too dense like lots of gluten free cookies and have a good texture, taste and consistency. They are not low in fat. Two cookies have 15% of your daily saturated fat intake but they are chock full of wholesome nutritious ingredients like chia seeds, carob powder and organic dark chocolate. Which is good because I was not able to stop at two.
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Garden to Table with Kids

Winter garden plantingSpring has sprung and now is the perfect time to get your hands in the dirt!  Whether you are ready to commit to a full garden or just a planter or two of flowers, gardening is a great activity for the whole family.  The more involved your kids are with food production, the more they are likely to try something new.  The phenomenon of planting seeds or seedlings and watching them gown into vegetables can spark the curiosity of even the pickiest of eaters.

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Next time you’re cooking a meal, consider re-growing some of the ingredients instead of tossing the scraps in the trash.  Depending on where you live, you might not have luck getting your avocado pit to turn into a fruit-bearing tree, but it can still be fun and educational to watch the seed turn into a plant.
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What are Prebiotics?

Source: Exhibit Health

Source: Exhibit Health

Prebiotics

Over the past few years, we’ve been inundated with information about probiotics and why they are so good for us. It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t eat yogurt these days, “so they get their probiotics”.  From baby probiotic drops, to keifer, to capsules, making sure you’re getting enough probiotics has become part of a normal lifestyle.

Now I’ve been starting to see buzz around prebiotics. I’ve noticed packaged food claiming to have added prebiotics that make them even healthier than before!

So, what are prebiotics?  Consider it fuel for the probiotics.  The healthy bacteria, fungi and other organisms that make up your gut microbiome need food too, and some consumables are more beneficial for the prebiotics than others.  Healthier probiotics in your intestines and colon mean improved digestion and mineral absorption.
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Product Review and Giveaway: Glob Colors Face Paint

Non-Nano Face Paint

Non-Nano Face Paint

Glob Natural Non-Nano Face Paint

My kids were thrilled when the box containing face paint from Glob Colors arrived in the mail. They knew it meant I would be forced to paint their faces, which they had been inexplicably begging me to do for some time. I was pleased to discover that Glob Colors seemed to be truly “all natural”. Their website lists such delightful ingredients as purple carrots, red cabbage, chlorophyll and gardenia fruit among others. This plus the fact that they are free of many of the toxic chemicals found in conventional face paints such as titanium dioxide and are cruelty free sealed the deal for me. I was excited to paint some squirmy, sticky faces.
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Recipe: Ricciarelli Almond Cookies

Ricciarelli Almond Cookies

Ricciarelli Almond Cookies

Ricciarelli Almond Cookies

Ricciarelli Cookies are a traditional Italian cookie made with blanched and finely ground almond flour, sweetener and egg whites. If you do a quick search for Ricciarelli cookies, you will see that there are lots of variations out there. Some call for citrus zest or other flavorings in addition to almond extract. Some are drop cookies, while other recipes call for you to shape them. I’ve tried many of these recipes, and they are all delicious and gluten-free.

After many batches, I came up with my own variation that is even easier than the other ones I’ve tried, and just as delicious. The dough comes together quickly in a food processor, is rolled into logs and frozen until ready to bake. Just slice the logs evenly into cookies, and the whole batch fits on one cookie sheet.
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Organic and Chemical Free Mattresses

Organic Chemical-Free AND Affordable!

Organic Chemical-Free AND Affordable!

I am in the market for a new mattress and want this time to get an organic/natural mattress. By law, mattresses have to be flame retardant. Most mattresses are soaked with highly toxic flame-retardant chemicals like polybrominated diphenyl ether, better known as PBDE. These chemicals have been linked to various serious health issues.

I’ve known this for a long time but I was always under the impression that “natural” mattresses were way out of my price range. Today. I went to a local store that sells only organic and chemical free mattresses and was pleased to find that there are some affordable options. The one we settled on was by a Spanish company called Spaldin.  The mattress is made with a plant-based foam core. Surface layer is made out of Hypersoft plant-based foam wrapped in organic cotton. And it was under $1500. (more…)

Fun With Paleo

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Fun With Dating

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