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Organic Beauty 101

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Beauty, Family, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Let’s face it, there are very few people jumping for joy over wrinkles! We definitely do not live in a world with the mentality of aging “gracefully” anymore. The beauty industry is a billion dollar industry, with anti-aging products jumping from about $80 billion in 2011 to $114 billion in 2015. Needless to say, theres a lot of money to be made on anti-aging products. It is also the least regulated industry in America. We are touted with advertisements on anti-aging creams, serums, and products that are said to provide instant results on a daily basis. Just pick up a magazine anywhere and you see beautiful photoshopped faces with smooth radiant skin – flawless, perfect, and glowing. Then we walk over to the mirror and compare ourselves, judging from the inside out. Society has built up the image that...

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Vegan Lentil and Vegetable Stew Recipe

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

I love everything about my crockpot, especially on a busy weeknight when I’m shuffling the kids to and from their activities and I have no time to cook. It is a time saver, a life saver, and seriously, you can put just about anything into it, leave the house, and it does the cooking for you?!?! It’s just about as good as having your own private chef, minus the clean up of course. My friend shared this recipe with me years ago and my kids go crazy over it. I typically serve it up with some jasmine rice and it’s a tasty, hearty, and nutritious meal for the whole family. Go ahead and empty out the refrigerator. If you don’t have the exact ingredients just use what you have in the kitchen. You can’t go wrong with this recipe!...

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Food Patriot Review

Posted by on Jan 1, 2015 in Education, Family, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

If there was ever a more exciting time to be alive and be a part of something big – the food revolution is it! I say this because food is something our daily lives revolve around. We eat it at least 3 times a day, we can’t live without it, and it can literally contribute to our health or to disease with every single bite. It’s actually one of the most important decisions we can make on a daily basis. If you are asking yourself, “what food revolution?” then Food Patriots is the documentary for you! <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”//” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> This powerful new documentary that features people from all walks of life who are trying to change the way Americans eat and buy food, and, more importantly, educate the next generation of consumers. The focus of this...

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4 Simple Water Conservation Tips

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

Water conservation is not just for a drought! Today, it’s more important than ever to use our water wisely and not waste it. Of course, for everyone living in California (that’s me), conserving water is a constant year round event and with a few simple changes, I have managed to keep my household water usage under “budget” levels during some of the hottest months of the year (May, June, July and September). We are actually allocated the most water in September, as that is traditionally the hottest month of the year here in Southern California, but May, June and July are not too far behind and most months our family has been about 2000 gallons of water under what we are allowed. I haven’t done anything drastic really, just a few small changes to our normal routines and it...

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Grand Re-Opening of Cloth & Metal at The OC Mix

Posted by on Jun 8, 2014 in Family, Featured, Shopping | 0 comments

I was so excited when the opportunity came up to attend the Grand Re-Opening of Cloth & Metal! First of all, I absolutely love spending any free time at SoCo and the OC Mix. If you haven’t had a opportunity to check it out, it’s the destination for inspiration with an amazing eclectic gathering of stores. You will easily fall in love with the boutiques and studios and Cloth & Metal is one of them! When you step inside Cloth & Metal you walk into a modern display of what a men’s store should be – a single destination for men of all ages, budgets, and interests. You can find wooden body surfing hand paddles, jeans, shaving lotions, and headphones in one stop! Personally, I think that’s pretty awesome. The new layout and re-design provides a better shopping experience...

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How to Compost

Posted by on Apr 26, 2014 in Family, Featured, Gardening, Health | 0 comments

Gardening is one of those fun activities for the whole family! You don’t need a green thumb to have your own garden, especially if you grow lettuce, herbs, potatoes, radishes, beans, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Those are some of the easiest vegetables to grown, green thumb or not. My favorite part about it all is connecting with nature. Call me a kid at heart, but I truly enjoy digging in the dirt and picking the weeds! It’s one of the best was for me to unwind and relax, plus the kids absolutely love watching everything grow. The picture above is from my spring garden last year. Our lettuce went crazy last spring and we had a constant supply of home grown leafy greens (as you can see from the picture above). It was my best garden yet! Every gardener knows...

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Quinoa Fried Rice Recipe

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Featured, Recipes | 0 comments

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a health food superstar and one of my favorite grains to cook with. The Inca referred to quinoa as the “mother seed” because it was considered to be sacred. I like quinoa because it can be eaten hot or cold, it’s one of the few plant based foods that is a complete protein, it cooks in less than 15 minutes, and it’s gluten free! Eating healthy doesn’t have to cost a fortune and this recipe proves that point. Quinoa is an accessible and inexpensive grain, making it a wonderful choice if you are on a budget and trying to eat healthy plant based foods. What’s Inside Quinoa? Quinoa contains more vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants than any other grain. In just one cup of quinoa, you will get Vitamin B6, thiamin, niacin, potassium, and riboflavin, plus...

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Thrive Juice Lab Cleanse

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Dining, Featured, Health | 0 comments

Thrive means to grow well, be healthy, fly high, flourish, bloom, sprout, prosper, succeed, and blossom. What a wonderful way to look at life and the food that we put into our bodies. Thrive Juice Lab really takes the phrase “you are what you eat” seriously. Everything is organic, cold pressed, gmo-free, soy free, dairy free, gluten-free, mostly raw, and made on site daily. It’s not your typical juice bar where you order your juice and then they make it. There is no “create your own” juice. All the juices are pre-made daily and it’s as easy as walking in and picking up your favorite juice from the counter. I personally love this because my time is usually crunched and there is no long line to wait it. Don’t fret, they have plenty of juices, both sweet and serious...

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How to Start a Plant Based Diet

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Family, Featured, Health, Recipes | 8 comments

By now, everyone has heard of a plant based diet, but do you really know what the results of eating a plants are? In recent years, numerous studies have proven that a plant-based diet can reverse diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and certain cancers that processed foods, GMOs (genetically modified foods) and animal products promote. This means that by eating a diet rich in foods that are made from whole plants – fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts and seeds, you can actually reverse many of your health problems! Plants are natures true medicine! In my personal life this also means eating organic and non-GMO foods. If you want to gain optimal health in the years to come, a plant-based foods lifestyle will provide your body with more antioxidants, nutrients, vitamins, minerals and fiber, and organic is the best...

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