In honor of The National Day of Unplugging, I agreed to go off the grid for a full 48 hours! No email, Internet, Facebook, text messages, Instagram, Pinterest, phone calls, mindless website browsing, or Google Maps. Being more present is...
Have you heard of fermented foods and wondered - - A) What the heck are fermented foods? B) Where can I find fermented foods? C) Will my family even eat fermented foods? Good.  You are normal.  I wondered all of those...
The holidays bring all sorts of goodies and food that we don't normally eat.  Our family tends to eat pretty clean, however, it started with fudge from a friend, then cinnamon rolls from an aunt and then my mom's famous spinach dip....
The Yoga Hangout Yoga. I'm already rocking the pants on a regular basis, so might as well actually take a class, right? Okay, I have done yoga in the past but it's been a while. It can be tricky to fit...
The holidays are here!  I haven't met one person who doesn't love this magical time of year.  The seasonal food, the decorations, the parties, the music, the shopping, you name it; it is magical.  I love decorating my house...
In grade school, all of my friends' birthdays seemed to land in October and November.  My birthday is November 5th, so I had to be careful to try and plan my birthday party on a weekend with no other...
There is crispness in the air as I step out of my car on a sunny fall day in Arizona. I lace up my dirty hiking boots, throw on my CamelBak, and put my ear buds in. I tuck...
2009.  That year was a turning point for our family. It started with backyard chickens. You would think that taking on backyard chickens would be something that comes later in a real food journey. Nope, not for me. I...
I have always enjoyed cooking, baking and homemaking so naturally when my little boy was ready to make the leap from breast milk and solids, I knew that I wanted to make his baby food. There is a lot...
There are so many pros to breastfeeding. "Breast is Best!" is constantly spread around in birthing classes, hospitals, doctor's offices, magazines, books and in moms groups all over the world. It's an amazing tool to set your baby up...
I know I might be the minority, but I’m pretty stoked on this whole period thing. I have two beautiful daughters and it was wonderful to grow them, knowing I was building someone with my body which was actualized when...
I'd like to think that I have the time to get all Pinterest-y for my family on major holidays. There's just one problem with all those boards and pins...I never get around to actually doing them.  And while I...
If you're anything like my family, you love any excuse to party.  This week, St. Patrick's Day is that excuse.  We're planning Irish Soda Bread, Corned Beef Hash and of course some Guinness! The kids love the festivities too,...
  I delivered my five children at four different locations. Three hospitals and then at home for my fifth. It took me awhile to come around to the idea of a home birth. But after fighting the medicalized "norms" of hospital delivery...
Valentine's Day is approaching and we are neck-deep in the candy-laden holidays that began way back on Halloween. While your kids might have visions of chalky conversation hearts dancing in their heads, I want to chat about a sweet...

Time to Punk Your Pantry

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It's time.  Time to punk your pantry. Something about a new year gets us all amped up to make huge changes in our lives. Unfortunately, that excitement often turns to frustration well before we even get all those holiday...

Foodie Friday: Flower Child

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Ah yes, I can remember when the first Flower Child opened up off of Camelback and 44th St.  I remember tasting that first sip of kombucha they have on tap and biting into that amazing piece of grass fed...
What MOM is going to say no to an organic skincare mask? Relaxing, hydrating, calming, anti-aging. Hello, all the things I want at the end of my day! Here is a quick all natural DIY pumpkin mask with only...
Today we have a guest blogger, Megan McNamee MPH, RDN, CLT who is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in maternal/child nutrition, food sensitivities and disordered eating. She has a toddler and soon-to-be newborn at home and loves helping moms make...

Breastfeeding Saved Me

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Happy World Breastfeeding Week! I love this week long celebration focused on protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding moms throughout the world. I realize that breastfeeding is not for everyone, whether by choice or by circumstance, but for me,  personally,...
I've talked about this before, but I thought this would be a good time for another friendly reminder...wear sunscreen! It is so important to protect your skin, the biggest and most visible organ, from sun damage.  It is no...
I'm always looking for great, healthy eateries to add to our family's dining out repertoire. Now dining out and healthy eating don't always go hand in hand but here are two strategies I use as a mom and nutritionist...
I love lip balms!  I use them multiple times a day and I have tried soooo many different kinds.  It is nice to have options, but with all the different types...moisturizing, protecting, smoothing, plumping, shaded...I could go on and...

STYLE: Healthy Tanning

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Summer is coming quickly! (Yay - for family time, vacations, and relaxation!  Ugh - for hot sweatiness!) The thing on my mind lately has been how to get a healthy glow.  I like the look of a tan for...

Straw Bale Gardening

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Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, my family like most families who "lived in the country" had a garden. The garden was about an acre right in our front yard. It was a ton of work, but definitely rewarding. I...

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Photographer Guide 2021/22

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We love a good family photo, new baby announcement and even a fun boudoir image. Here are our favorite local photographers to help you...
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