Gift Guide for Him & Her (that are Healthy Too!)

Gift Guide for Him & Her (that are Healthy Too!)

I put a lot of thought into gift giving. I guess it’s my Love Language. Surprise your favorite him or her with a gift that will be good for their health as well! Win-win in my book. Check out the following ideas for something that’s sure to be outside of the ordinary but also practical and pretty at the same time.   GIFTS FOR HER 1 Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind:Paleo-Inspired Recipes cook book – More than 150 sweet and savory recipes that show healthy eating doesn’t have to be bland and boring. Try the Rocky Road Brownies ;) 2 Great Lakes Collagen – Collagen is all the rage, and for good reason. As we age, our skin loses elasticity. Bummer! But regularly consuming collagen helps the body’s natural production of collagen and therefore increases skin elasticity and moisture. It also lubes joints and connective tissue and coats the gut for improved mobility and digestion. Hooray! Tasteless, textureless and a wonderful protein powder (11g per serving), grab some now and start adding to your breakfasts every morning. 3 Beautycounter+ Plumping Mini Spa Set – Beautycounter makes these collections of mini-sized targeted masks, mists, and oils formulated with safer ingredients to enhance your daily skin care regimen. Choose between Brightening (to minimize pigmentation and sun damage), Plumping (to hydrate and minimize fine lines) or Balancing (to calm redness or oiliness). 4 Dry Body Brush – Sensing a theme? Glowing, hydrated skin! Man, combine #2,3,4 and you’ll be looking fabulous! I started adding dry brushing to my morning routine before I shower and have noticed great results. Dry brushing is...
Gift Guide for Kids (that are Healthy Too!)

Gift Guide for Kids (that are Healthy Too!)

I’m gearing up for holiday shopping and with Black Friday just hours away, I thought it’d be helpful to put together a gift guide for young kids (since that’s what I know). These will be Health Coach approved, meaning they are tested for lead, they don’t contain harmful chemicals or ingredients, they inspire open-ended play, and they encourage kids to move their bodies! I love wooden toys for kids for several reasons: they don’t come with batteries, they have a nicer design aesthetic and feel nice in your hand, and they typically encourage open-ended play. One of my favorite brands for toys is Melissa and Doug because I admire their mission – to ignite imagination and a sense of wonder in all children so they can discover themselves. Many of their toys are on sale up to 35% off on Amazon for Black Friday! Check them out on these lists as they’re great for any age!   GIFTS FOR PRESCHOOLERS 1 Melissa and Doug wood food and crates – Perfect to add to a kitchen set. You can even involve them in meal planning! ;) 2 Kleen Kanteen – No need to worry about BPA’s (or whatever they use instead of BPA’s) with this stainless steel travel cup. No leaks, sturdy and has an interchangeable lid for a sippy spout. 3 Melissa and Doug Magnetic Human Body Anatomy Play Set – The earlier your little one can learn their correct body parts the easier it is to communicate when they aren’t feeling well or where an ouchie is.  It’s also fascinating to learn how we’re wonderfully made! 4 Pottery...
Make it a Good One

Make it a Good One

What are you up to this weekend? We’ll be enjoying some family time in the sun. I’m also itching to get my pumpkin topiaries out of the attic. Soon. Big shout out to Moms, who is retiring today (yaaay!!!) We’ll be celebrating her accomplishment on Sunday. Whatever you end up doing this weekend, I hope it’s a good one.   I’m intrigued by the idea of a capsule wardrobe, although I’m not sure I could do it. I don’t know why I say that though since I wear the same 5 things over and over but still. These neutrals and stripes are Fall perfection to me!   Surveyed readers offered some really unique answers to things they’ve recently learned. Me? I’ve recently learned that Leave it in the comments!   You’ve GOT to be kidding me.   Not only are they talking the talk, but they’re walking the walk too – all the way to Washington.   If you have preschoolers, you know they are a basket case of emotions. Using this technique looks like it would be helpful. *brb headed to Kinkos   Here’s another one if you have old eggs laying around.   The the “unique essence” of shopping at TJ Maxx’s, now...
Make it a Good One

Make it a Good One

I think I’m ready to usher out the sweaty sticky days of summer in favor of the crisp cool mornings of Fall! Who’s with me?! We have a low key weekend planned and will be prepping for Hurricane (hopefully then Tropical Storm) Irma’s rain and wind to hit us early next week. Keeping my thoughts and prayers with everyone still struggling from Harvey and who have felt the wrath of Irma. *Art by Teil Duncan An amazing appetizer to wow a crowd. Seriously, my girlfriends and I were hovering over the bowl at a recent get together. The answer to an underactive tush? You have my attention. Time to put down the Cheetos in favor of these snacks. I’m reordering a set of these for my little ones to be stocked and ready for the Fall season. This is one of my goals, (if only a certain little person would sleep in!) Another study showing you should “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper!” Currently sitting in my Amazon cart, waiting for me to pull the trigger on it. Anyone used one? I’m already thinking about it. It’s kinda my thing. If you’re in North Carolina, get your calendar out. There’s lots to see and do coming up! If you live elsewhere, here’s a list of ways to have a #basic Fall near you.  ...