• Must Have Top 10 Baby Items

    Having your 1st baby can be pretty overwhelming — at any age.  We live in a modest size home and I knew I didn’t want a lot of baby “stuff” cluttering it up.  I was determined to register for just what I thought I needed and then figure out the rest after she got here.  While I was pregnant, I never once stepped into a Babies-R-us or Buy Buy Baby — those places scare me!  I did all my registry online.  It was prefect because it took away the scare, overwhelming factor — when I saw or heard of a baby item I wanted, I would go online and add it to my registry.   I used BabyList and Amazon Baby Registry — both of which are free to set up . (Here are the links to set them up – Shop Amazon – Create an Amazon Baby Registry and/or Baby List.

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    Below is break down of my “as close to non-toxic ” must have baby items and where to purchase them (just click on the highlighted text):

    1. *BABYBJORN Baby Carrier –  simple to use & durable
    2. *Dockatot – the best non-toxic sleeper, plus it’s portable. Perfect to travel with!
    3. *Baby Soothing Oil  – gentle for baby’s delicate skin
    4. *BOB 2016 Revolution Flex Jogging Stroller – great for those long walks with baby — be sure to get the correct car seat adapter that works with your chosen car seat
    5. *Lifefactory 4-ounce bPA-free glass baby bottle
    6. *Zoli Nail Trimmer — stress free nail trimming those tiny fingers
    7. *Organic Niche Nursing Pillow –  excellent for breastfeeding or bottle feeding
    8. *Milksnob Cover – ideal for breastfeeding or a cover-up for the car seat carrier
    9. *Newton Crib Mattress – worth the price! non-toxic, 100% breathable — that is what sold me; babies can breathe right through the mattress
    10. Low-Blue Nightlight – *click here and go to tech section — the only nightlight to have – most of the other ones are junk light.
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    landrie in her *dockatot deluxe — when she was about 7 months, she graduated to the  *dockatot grand

     

     

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  • The New Social Life

    I apologize in advance for being socially awkward – I love podcasts! In this season of life, they have become my new social life.   A podcast doesn’t require anything from me, except that I listen. If I don’t care for what it’s saying, it’s just plain boring or I’ve run out of time for it,  I can turn it off — no feelings hurt, no questions asked.  Brilliant! It gives. I take. Our relationship works so well.

    Having my first (and hopefully not my last) little at 39 was a game changer.  There is a reason God didn’t make me a mom sooner – some of us (ME) need a little more molding, preparation then others.  Now instead of my flexible “without child schedule” that allowed me to meet a friend for a run or a glass of wine with very little planning, I take to the streets or trail with my toddler strapped into her *BOB stroller, golden retriever, Jett, and my iphone/podcast.

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    me and landrie in between podcasts waiting for Jett to come back

    To help block ALL forms of EMF from my phone, I stumbled upon DefenderShields EMF radiation phone case.  Apparently, it’s one of the only products on the market that protects against 100% of all forms of radiation from our phones *(to learn more click here).  I typically listen to my podcasts on speaker.  I am so sorry to all those I pass by, I can only image what it sounds like I’m listening to :).

    (Warning – awkward sentences — EMF, I always think of The Band – EMF. If you understand that reference, then <sing it> “You’re UNBELIEVABLE!”. We both must be over 40.)

    With the age of technology, information is readily available and I am eager to learn as much as I can.  Here are some of the podcasts I’m enjoying these days:

    Bulletproof Radio; One Extraordinary Marriage; The Evan Brand Show (previously known as Not just Paleo); Natural MD Radio; The Healthy Moms Podcast; Ben Greenfield Fitness; The Minimalist Podcast; Parenting Great Kids with Dr. Meg Meeker; Live to 110, Cellular Healing TV with Dr Pompa; For the Love with Jen Hatmaker

    What are you interested in? Before you get in your car or go for a walk, download that podcast app, search for something that sounds interesting and hit play.  Kidding aside, it really won’t make you that awkward.  Dr. Seuss says it best, “You have BRAINS in your HEAD. You have FEET in your SHOES. You can STEER yourself in any DIRECTION you CHOOSE.”

    If you already listen to podcasts, what are some of your favorites? Please share!

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  • What’s for Dinner?

    I call this the “S4” = Super Simple Spinach Sauce —  guaranteed to please the toughest crowd & one of Landrie’s favorites.  This sauce takes 5 minutes to prepare and make.  You can put this sauce on rice (but white rice please — brown rice, even organic, has high levels of arsenic ) , steamed organic veggies  *(my favorite steamer) or any meat.

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    landrie’s dinner was so good –  I mean  so “cool”, she had to wear shades

    Here’s what you need:

    1. Blender
    2. Fresh Spinach  2-3 cups
    3. Full Fat Coconut Milk 1 can  — I like the *Thrive Brand – no fillers
    4. *Avocado Oil 2-3T
    5. *Organic Chopped Garlic 2T
    6. *Himalayan Sea Salt — add to taste

    In a sauce pan, heat on medium the garlic and avocado oil  for 1-2 minutes. Then add the entire can of coconut milk. Let simmer for another few minutes.  In the blender, add your fresh spinach and pour your coconut milk mixture into the blender.  Blend.  Add Himalayan sea salt to taste.  You are done!

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  • Butter Makes Everything Better

    When I was younger, I was afraid of fat — I thought if I ate fat, I’d get fat. Come to find out, we actually need fat —  like the healthy, saturated fat found in butter. Did you know that our brains are comprised of 60% fat? Our brain needs fuel!  My tune has changed for the butter :).

    My butter of choice is  Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter  —  grass-fed (because unlike in the US, that is the only option in Ireland).  One of my little’s first foods was a slice of Kerrygold unsalted butter.  Butter is not only amazing for brain health, but it’s loaded in vitamin A, D, E & K, as well as essential minerals like manganese, chromium, iodine, zinc, copper and selenium. (Why Butter is Better — The Weston A. Price Foundation)

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    landrie enjoying her butter

    If you would have told me 5 years ago, I was going to be re-married, have a baby that I birthed, and put BUTTER in my coffee — I think I probably would have laughed in your face. Stranger things have happened.  Now a highlight of my morning is drinking my butter coffee aka *The Bulletproof Coffee.  That and having a baby have truly changed my mornings.  I have energy (even with a little in the house), I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight, and don’t have crazy cravings or energy crashes. I contribute a lot of that to my daily butter coffee.  Of course, cutting out most sugar and gluten helps too.

    The recipe and ingredients are simple:

    *Bulletproof Coffee Beans —  must be mold-free coffee and these beans are tested to ensure no mold – Brew 1 cup (8-12 oz)

    *Brain Octane Oil   – not all MCT oil is created equal –  At the beginning start slow with 1t. and then work up to 1-2T.

    Unsalted grass-fed butter 1-2T. –  can’t do butter? substitute with *ghee

    For an added boost —  2 scoops of *Collagen Protein

    Pour everything into a blender — yes, blender — blend and then pour into your mug of choice.  For a spill free morning (that means it’s toddler proof ) try the *Contigo Stainless Steel Travel Mug.

    And remember, when in doubt, butter makes everything better.

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  • K.I.S.S Muffins

    These K.I.S.S (keep it simple, stupid or keep it simple, silly — whatever you prefer) Muffins are my weekly go to.  I’m all about as few and as simple ingredients in a recipe as possible.  I’ve tweaked this recipe to make it a healthy breakfast, snack, lunch, or dinner — you get point — when I need a “fast” food.  No refined sugar (sweeten with bananas) & gluten-free!

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    K.I.S.S Muffins

    Here’s what you need and what to do:

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees (do this first before you forget — just saying)

    1 x *12 Cup Muffin Pan

    *Parchment Paper Baking Cups

    2 Ripe Bananas

    5 Cage Free Eggs

    1/2 cup *Organic Coconut Flour

    4-5 scoops of * Vital Proteins Collagen

    1/4 cup  *Coconut Oil or * Avocado Oil

    1 tsp  *Organic Pure Vanilla

    1 tsp Baking Soda

    1/4 cup *Organic Unsweetend Coconut Flakes 

    3/4 cup Frozen Blueberries (or whatever frozen fruit you have in your freezer)

    Line the muffin pan with your parchment paper cups.  Smash bananas and mix  with eggs.  Then add everything except your frozen fruit. Stir in frozen fruit last.  Spoon out portions into your muffin pan.  Cook at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool and store in fridge.   Pat yourself on the back! You just made some healthy, homemade muffins.  Enjoy!

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  • Mamma Juice

    To be honest, I started drinking wine before I became a Mamma (shocking, I know).  And now that I’m a Mamma, I need this juice more than ever.  There’s something comforting when that 5:00 o’clock bell rings ( or sometimes that bell may ring at 4pm — no judging) and it’s time for my juice.  It’s like the marathon runner in the race of their life on the brink of bonking, then they take a sip of their sports drink and BAM, they are back in the race and can finish strong.   A perfect example, of a day in the life of a mamma, trying to finish the day with her little.  Can I get an A-MEN?!

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    landrie’s first wine tasting — don’t worry, it was a bio-dynamic vineyard

    I remember when I first discovered *Dry Farm Wines a few years ago.  I was thrilled to learn about this wine club that tested wines to ensure they were real, non-toxic wine — no additives, no sugar, low sulfates, mold-free & organic.  TRANSLATIONwines that won’t make you feel bad the next morning —  no matter how old you are :)! .  Unfortunately, our wines don’t have to disclose what exactly is in them.  Most of our wines are highly processed — I was shocked to learn that the FDA has approved  over 76 chemicals & additives for the wine making process.  No wonder everyone feels bad after a few glasses of wine — it’s not the sulfates, like we’re all lead to believe, it’s all the added junk that we don’t even know is in our wine.

    The proof is in the pudding ~ or in the wine glass.  I can say, when I go out  (which is rare these days with a toddler) and have that occasional non-tested, loaded with junk glass of wine — I feel lousy the next day.

    So juice lovers unite, take it from me, do yourself a favor — order you a 6-pack from *Dry Farm Wines today…. your body and head will thank you!  (and if you order through the link provided in this post, you will get your first bottle for a penny!)

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  • Overcoming the Kitchen!

    I remember the daunting realization I had when my little starting eating solid foods — that I was going to have to feed my offspring 3 meals a day for many, many moons.  Starting a family a little later in life (39 — don’t worry, I’m sure there will be a blog post about being a geriatric mom :)), I had become accustom to just fending for myself —  if my husband and I weren’t picking up or going out to dinner, then a meal might look like an apple, almond butter & a glass of wine.  BUT that wasn’t going to cut it for my little — so I set out in search of EASY ways to prepare, healthy, organic, non-GMO, non- gluten, non- dairy meals (oxymoron?).   The first item I discovered was the *Euro Cuisine FS2500 Stainless Steel Electric Food Steamer —   This steamer is AMAZING! I love that it’s stack-able, stainless (no plastic) and you can steam any and every kind of vegetable you want.  This was and is a life saver.   I probably use it at minimum 3x a week.   Then after I have made all the yummy, fresh vegetables — I store them in glass containers. I’ve tried all different ones and my favorite is the *Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids Glass Food Storage Container.

    Happy Cooking!

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    someone likes her mamma’s “cooking”

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