How I get my Picky Kid to Eat a Healthy Snack!

My 1 1/2 year old used to eat everything in sight. I could put anything in front of him and he would gobble it down. Lately he is going through a phase I think many kids do and is refusing some basic meal items he used to love. I wanted to share what I incorporate into his diet because I hear a lot of moms telling me the same thing about their kids.

I introduce smoothies to make sure I am getting some of the foods that my son refuses to eat for the time being into his belly! I can add a bunch of amazing ingredients and he loves it! Although I add a smoothie to his diet I also continue to offer the foods I want him to eat. I am sure he will come around soon. :0

I have a friend who needs to get more healthy fat into her sons diet and this recipe is my inspiration for her. Healthy fats are crucial for brain development as well so this is a great one for all kids! This is a great smoothie for beginners and picky eaters because it is sweet but still full of nutrition. Feel free to add other super skin foods you have in your pantry to make it even better such as Chia Seeds, Lucuma Powder, Goji Berries etc. For even more healthy fat try adding in some almond butter. There are a million and one ways to make a smoothie, have fun!

Coconut – Berry Smoothie

1.5 Cups of Coconut Milk (or water)

2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil

1 Banana

1 Cup of Frozen Berries (I used a mix but can use just strawberries or blueberries too)

1/2 Avocado

1 Tablespoon of Hemp Seeds

Handful of Greens of your choice (I used spinach)

Blend together in the blender and enjoy! If you child is really picky and doesn’t like the color of the smoothie you can use a colorful cup that hides the actual color. (See image above as an example, I bought those at Target).

If you have a favorite smoothie recipe, please share in the comments!

Time to Start Saving Money on Healthy Foods!

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I recently signed up for a free trial with Thrive Market and am loving it! If you haven’t yet heard of Thrive Online Market, it is a new website that offers high quality, non-gmo and super healthy products at a discount. They have products ranging from food pantry items, green cleaning and beauty supplies to baby items all offered at a 25-50% off discount! How it works is they offer a membership, like a Costco card, you pay annually and then you are able to purchase directly through Thrive and have items delivered to you.

One thing I love about Thrive is the mission to make healthy living, food and personal care accessible to everyone. They even donate a membership to a low income family for each membership sold. Super awesome.

So far I have purchased, hand soaps, cleaning supplies and lots of food items. If you purchase over 49.00 your order ships free. The great thing is you can try it out for free before you commit to a membership, I have already saved a lot on items I would normally be buying at the health food store. And I love when my food arrives on my doorstep, so convenient! Click here to check out the store and start a free trial (affiliate link).  Happy shopping!

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Let it GO!

So I may be the only mom who hasn’t seen the movie Frozen yet, I hear the song Let it Go is pretty popular. It’s also the theme for my house as I prep for baby #2. I can’t believe how attached to “stuff” I can get and how this “stuff” is totally dragging me down. I saved many items that my son grew out of because I knew we were having another child. And lucky me I am having another boy so many of those items will really come in handy! My two boys will be sharing a small room and this room was already full and overcrowded. I put off re-organizing and making room as long as I could until all of a sudden I realize I have less than a month until Baby Ezra is here!

What I noticed was the stress of the clutter, just looking at it, was making me stressed beyond belief. I have been sick a lot this pregnancy and I know being stressed out played a role in that. The funny thing is once I got in there and started letting go of what I thought was so important to keep, my mood improved and I felt like a huge weight was being lifted.

I have talked about stress and how it affects the skin in a negative way and also overall health. I am living proof of that. I know its easy to let the clutter and things pile up on me and how badly it makes me feel. Sometimes a good purge is just what the doctor ordered. If it was up to my husband my son would have one toy and everything else would be gone. I love that he is not attached to “things”, it seems so freeing. I am working on being more like that as well.

Update on the room:  there is enough space, we have what we need and I think the boys will be very happy in there. That is all that really matters. Now just waiting on his arrival!

Other posts on this topic:

Oh I’m Stressed!

Lavender Oil

Dermalogica MV Power Recovery Masque

 

Mom’s In Charge!

I am super excited to share with you my latest interview with Dotty Hagmier- President and Founder of Mom’s in Charge. It is such a privilege to share this information with you and introduce this organization if you haven’t already heard of it. I have been writing about how lifestyle can affect our skin for a while and Dotty educates us beautifully here:

I ♥ SC– Tell us a little about your story and how Moms In Charge began.

DOTTY– I have always been wellness-conscious and as an RN, I thought I knew the answers to keep myself healthy. I worked out and ate what most would consider “healthy” foods.

However, as I had my children, my health as well as theirs began to decline. We were on what I call “the sick cycle”. Someone was almost always sick in my home. I became very ill and it became very clear that my standard American diet and way of life was not working.

With the help of a homeopath friend, she shared new insights that set me on a new course. From my sick bed, I began school to learn more about how to heal myself and teach others. I began Moms in Charge as a project in my school that evolved in taking the idea to moms around me.
On my own personal health journey, I felt alone and isolated without a place to turn to get answers on how to incorporate new ways to prepare food and live a less toxic lifestyle with my kids. I began reaching out to my friends and inviting them to learn with me.
The result was forming Moms In Charge to have community of like-minded moms to learn and have resources to make healthier choices with their kids.
I believe this is a journey and ONE step at a time, the health of my family has greatly improved and I’m excited to hear how steps others are making are positively changing their lives, too.

I ♥ SC-  In your opinion, how important is using quality ingredients on our skin?

DOTTY– Putting quality, non-toxic ingredients on our skin is much more important than most people realize.

Our skin is the largest organ of our body. It’s very well known in the medical community that our skin absorbs what is put onto it, as many medications come in the form of a “patch” and are very effective.

I ♥ SC– Adversely, do you believe there is a consequence for using harmful chemicals on our skin?

DOTTY–  The truth that is not widely known is that the FDA does not regulate most of the ingredients that goes into our skin care products.

The big issue is that many of these ingredients are known carcinogens and hormone disruptors. Most claim that there are just “small amounts” of these toxic ingredients, and therefore should be safe.

However, in the light of how many different products we use every day, it is a huge issue to address. Counting the products we use just from the time we wake up until we leave the house is an interesting challenge to give yourself. The average is about 15 products. Add in the ones at night and realize this is a daily occurrence, and it’s much more than a “nominal” amount.
The cumulative effect of these toxic substances, I strongly believe from the research I have done, are contributing to increasing incidences of cancer as well as immune and hormonal disruptions.

Putting these on our children is even worse due to their developing bodies and immature immune systems.

I ♥ SC– Aside from the topical skin care products we use on our skin, what other factors do you believe have impact on the health of our skin?

DOTTY– Our skin is the “tattle tale” what we are feeding and how we are treating our bodies. To have healthy skin, a diet rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients and pure water is essential. This includes, fresh organic fruit and vegetable juices, less cooked foods to maintain more if the nutrients and critical enzymes needed for proper digestion.

I believe our digestion is one of the most important functions of our body.
Dairy and Gluten, which cause many digestive issues, are best to be eliminated to have the best most vibrant skin.

Decreasing or eliminating caffeine will help the skin to be more hydrated and more supple. Replacing coffee with green tea or other herbal teas like gynostemma tea are better alternatives.

Sleep is crucial for the skin to look its best. A good rule of thumb, although easier said than done for many of us, is to get to sleep by 10pm and no screen time one hour before bed. The time between 10pm and midnight is “double restorative” and so you essentially are getting more positive results by getting to bed a little earlier.
This will show up in your skin, but decreasing those bags and dark circles under your eyes.

I ♥ SC–  Although MIC focuses on raising healthy vibrant kids, I have also learned from you how important it is for Moms to take care of themselves. Why do you feel this is so crucial?

DOTTY -My motto is ” If mama ain’t healthy, ain’t nobody healthy”

As moms, we expend a massive amount of time and energy to care for our family and home. The research is very clear that the profile of a caregiving mom who is overwhelmed by life and is not herself nurtured, is at high risk for health issues including cancer, depression and auto immune problems.
I believe we get caught up in the supermom mentality and  believe a lie that by being everything to everyone makes us a better mom and woman. The reality is, we were not designed to do it all. It literally does and should take a village.Reaching out to other moms and asking for help, belonging to a community of like-minded moms, and taking time for yourself to nourish your sprit soul and body are critical to being a healthy mom and woman.

Prioritizing our own nutrition, exercise and wellness along with our kids’ will serve them more than being a frazzled sick mess and then becoming the martyr to top it off.

It’s a challenge to “get it all together” and then keep it that way, but I believe that small steps toward healthy goals will make our collective journey more joyful and enjoyable.
After all, it should be about the journey and not a guilty frenzy to some non-existent utopia-like “finish line”.

I ♥ SC– MIC has been a huge force for moms desperate to learn healthy tools and its only been a short while since it began. What is the vision for MIC in the future?

DOTTY– My ultimate goal is to have Moms in Charge chapters around the country, and have our web community as a strong force to create a movement to “change the shape of our future”. Our Non-Profit, Moms In Charge Foundation is working on programs to educate moms, kids and teachers on how to empower our kids to make THEIR OWN healthy choices.

We plan to get our Kids’ Chef Academy into DVD’s and built into a curriculum for parents and schools.

Our goal for the “Clean the Clean” campaign is designed to change the environment in schools to a non-toxic and safe area for our kids.

The “Day for ME” program is to educate moms more about the importance of taking care of themselves and giving them tangible steps and tools and support on their journey.

My goal is that these along with other strategies will change our paradigm where feeding our kids healthy foods and putting safe, non-toxic products on their skin and environment is not only accepted but EXPECTED and our kids become more empowered to be leaders in healthy choices.

I ♥ SC– Where can my readers learn more about MIC?

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DOTTY– Our website is www.momsincharge.org
Our blog is Www.momsincharge.me

You can find us in the group “moms in charge” on FB
And in the fan page ” Moms in Charge Orange County” to keep up with all the MIC happenings.

For local MIC moms, we are also on meet-up, where you can connect with the MIC  moms on fun outings with your kids.

I ♥ SC– Thank you Dotty for taking the time to help us understand the importance of healthy lifestyle and how it goes hand in hand with beautiful skin! You are certainly an inspiration to me and have changed my family’s life for the better. Empowering moms to take charge of their health and the health of their families is priceless, we appreciate you!

 

 

The wonder oil-Lavender

Recently I began using essential oils in my everyday life. I bought a variety of pure grade oils that can help me manage everything from stress to killing germs to prevent colds. I have been using essential oils since I started in the skin care industry topically and love the powerfully healing properties that they bring to the skin and treatments I would perform. Now it’s been fun to use them in other areas in my life!

One of the most popular and versatile oils is Lavender. I mean what DOESN’T”T this oil help with?! This is the first oil I grabbed and have been using it almost daily. Here are some of the most common benefits that can be achieved with Lavender:

Pain Relief

Stress

Burns

Insect Bites

Insomnia

Eczema

There are several ways to use essential oils. You can apply topically to the skin with a carrier oil (such as coconut or avocado), aromatically by using a diffuser or take them internally if you have a certified pure brand of oil. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to finally get a diffuser but I am loving it. I run it all day and night. Of course at night I am diffusing and sleep has been amazing thanks to the Lavender oil.

I use doTERRA oils, if you are interested in learning more check out the website Here.

 

 

 

Honest Company

 

For the first year of my sons life I had him in cloth diapers. Cloth diapers have come a long way since the days I was in them as a child. They are cute, easy to use and do not require a diaper service (although I wouldn’t have minded that!).  After the first year it became more and more difficult for me to use and I decided to switch to disposables entirely for the ease and convenience.  I noticed my son’s bum getting red and irritated after making the switch and although he has always had sensitive skin, it was really starting to bother me.

I was introduced to the Honest Company founded by Jessica Alba and became instantly excited! Here was a more natural diaper that was good for the environment and I couldn’t wait to give it a try. I started with a free trial and received my diapers right away. The customer service was outstanding and I was just crossing my fingers that they actually worked.

Description of the diapers from the Honest Company:

  • Naturally biodegradable & pure plant-based PLA in the inner & outer sheet (NO petrochemicals/oil)
  • Bio-based wheat / corn super-absorbent materials blended with reduced SAP gel
  • Choose from a growing selection of modern & fashionable design options for your girl or boy
  • Secure moisture barrier cuffs to prevent leakage or blowouts
  • Comfortable stretchy, re-fastenable grip tabs
  • Contoured fit & non-irritating feel for the most sensitive skin
  • Premium fit & performance, completely safe, and super-cute designs – definitely not your standard white diaper

I can honestly say I loved them after the first one we used. My sons red, rashy bum has cleared up as well. And not that this had ANY pull in my decision to buy the diapers (well, maybe just a little) the designs are simply adorable, my favorite being the skull and crossbones pattern.

I love that I get these diapers delivered to my door and they even come with free wipes. They are more pricy than the alternative standard diaper but I am loving the results and it is worth it to us. If your kiddo is experiencing any negative skin reactions you might want to give this a try! I can’t wait to test more of the essentials line which includes items such as bath gel and sun protection to cleaning products. Finally a diaper that I feel GOOD about!

You can read more about the company and the terrific products they are making on the Honest Company Website.

Anchors pattern for Honest Diapers

 

Everyday Shea Body Wash

 

After using and loving the Everyday Shea Body Lotion, I decided to try another product from the line, this time for my little.  The Shea Butter Shampoo & Body Wash has super pure ingredients which are calming and soothing. Young children have especially delicate skin and it is important to try and avoid harsh cleansing agents, fragrances and too many preservatives.

Everyday Shea does not use parabens, synthetic fragrance and is cruelty-free. Click here to read about the ways in which this company is supporting the community in Africa. Next on my list from the product brand is the Conditioner/DeTangler since my little guy has got mama’s crazy curly hair! Not to worry, it’s MUCH cuter on him! I’ll report back on this one too.

Chiro Care

 

I started having neck and back pain when I was working full time as a skin care therapist. I realized how working on my clients was causing me pain and decided to visit a chiropractor. What a difference it has made. Chiropractic therapy has been known to help issues such as back and joint pain to headaches and allergies. Seeing my chiropractor has especially helped my back pain due to picking up my son and everything else that comes with having a busy toddler!

If you are in Orange County I highly recommend Dr. Mike Tarjoman. He is the best Chiropractor I have seen, taking time for each patient to work out every issue. I leave with new advice on how to save my back not to mention live more pain free. There is also massage therapy and skin care treatments available, check out the website for first time patient specials!

Tarjoman Chiropractic
23412 Moulton Pkwy. Suite #130
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Phone: (949) 829-8871

http://www.tarjomanchiropractic.com/

Super Skin Food-Bok Choy

 

The next food I am highlighting in my Super Skin Food series is Bok Choy. Every other week I get a box of fruit and vegetables from a local farm and Bok Choy was included in almost every delivery. At first I wasn’t too excited about it because it’s something I don’t normally cook with but after playing around with it in the kitchen it became one of my new favorites. There are great skin benefits as well!

Bok Choy is good for your skin: Vitamin rich-Loaded with A, C and D making it a super skin food. This combination of vitamins help with collagen production, help fight against sun damage and help cellular turnover. It is loaded with calcium and potassium. And for my pregnant friends, it also is a terrific source of folate so eat up!

Classically, Bok Choy is used in many Asian dishes, especially stir fry. It’s delicious that way (google stir fry and Bok Choy and a bunch of great recipes come up). I also love to saute in a pan with some oil and sea salt and serve with almost any main dish for dinner. I also eat it raw in salads. Enjoy!

 

Oh I’m stressed!

I watched a documentary about stress recently and it really got me thinking. Stress is incredibly detrimental to our health, causing illness and disease in millions. An interesting study even stated that mothers stressed while pregnant had babies that were effected throughout the course of their lifetimes. (Pre-natal yoga anyone!?)

It made me stop and think about stress and how it relates to the skin. I know personally when I get stressed I usually get a break out and my skins appearance suffers. Because the hormone levels change during times of stress, oil production in the skin can increase causing acne. And lets face it hormones control everything. One dermatological study suggested the skins outer barrier function is compromised during times of stress leading to less protection and healing in the skin. This really had my full attention.

So we know stress is bad for your skin and it’s really bad for your heath. What should we do? I have had my fair share of stress in my life and worry about continuing down a path filled with it. Because after learning about the havoc it causes, frankly it stressed me out. I don’t think we can ever fully escape it but we can try to find healthy solutions to cope (hobbies, exercise, meditation etc). For me, I like to sit back and count my blessings and try not to focus on that which I lack. It helps. Oh and wine. Wine helps.