DIY | Rose Salt Scrub

I don't know about you guys, but a good body scrub is my best friend. I started using the one by Fresh when I was pregnant and I was hooked. Since then, I've tried a few others, but none really compare. Since the Fresh scrub is so pricey and because I'm a notorious over user when it comes to products, I tried to find one at a better price point but have yet to love one like I do theirs. 


Here is what I don't love about some scrubs: They don't smell good enough. Or, they have way too much oil, not enough scrub (if you know what I mean). OR... they just have way too many crappy ingredients - no thanks!

So when I say that I just made an amazing homemade body scrub, I come from a very critical background. 

And honestly, this is one heck of a body scrub that was so easy to make. You can head to a local natural food store for these ingredients or if you live in Portland, I bought these at Fettle (formerly The Herb Shoppe).

1 jar
1 cup hawaiian course sea salt 
1/4 cup melted organic coconut oil
1 tbs apricot oil
2 tbs finely chopped dried rose pedals
6 drops of rose essential oil

*optional: add a few drops of lemon (energizing) or bergamot (uplifting) essential oil in the blend

Mix ingredients with a fork or spoon and store in an airtight container for up to two months. 

Christmas Tree Cutting, Oregon Style


One of the best things about living in a place like Oregon, is that you get to go directly to the tree farm to cut down your Christmas tree. There are so many great places around where we live in Portland, but I specifically love Quail Creek Ranch. They've just done a great job organizing everything and they have everything you need there to make it an experience too.

Lately: My Podcast Obsession


I have been on a big podcast kick lately and I can't even begin to tell you how great these are in traffic. Why it took me so long to actually start listening to these is beyond me because I'm obsessed! So, today I want to share with you guys what my favorite episodes have been lately.

I'm a total nerd when it comes to this stuff. I love inspiring business, well being, motivational, science or life coaching type talks. So, if you are like me, I hope you enjoy these as much as I have!

TED Radio Hour: Slowing Down
TED Radio Hour: Headspace
Tony Robbins: Are You a Wantrapreneur?
Mad Scientist: Budgets are Sexy
Being Boss: Personal Branding
Being Boss: Redefining the Dream Job
Chopra Radio: Ask Dr. Weil
Wellness Mama: How to Create a Natural Home
Liberated Body Podcast: Inflammation and Connective Tissue

I'm on the hunt for some new ones, so let me know if you have any recommendations!

Happy Friday everyone!

x
Lindsay 

My Holiday Home with Target



I love decorating for Christmas. I honestly have to restrain myself over and over again from decorating before Thanksgiving. I just love it too much! But the wait is always worth it.

This year I stocked up on some really great pieces from Target. When it comes to home decor pieces, Target and Homegoods are my go-to's, especially for seasonal pieces.

I don't love the traditional color red at Christmas time, believe it or not. I love to go with a lot of greenery and whites then some gold and/or silver. Maybe just a pop of red here and there. And of course, anything that screams cozy. Plaid, fur, etc.

The Healthier Hot Chocolate


Nothing says the Holiday's like a cup of hot chocolate. I seriously love the nostalgia of having one, but I don't miss the unnecessary ingredients I remember consuming as a kid.

The ingredients typically looked like this:

Ingredients: sugar, corn syrup, modified whey, cocoa (processed with alkali), hydrogenated coconut oil, nonfat milk, calcium carbonate, less than 2% of: salt, dipotassium phosphate, mono- and diglyderides, artificial flavor. Contains milk.

No thanks!

Now that I know how easy it is to find healthier brands these days and how easily you could just make your own, I no longer to resort to the bad stuff.

Below are my two favorite healthy ways to enjoy hot chocolate. Both free of dairy, low in sugar, and extra tasty.


Slowing Down


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I am currently sitting on the couch with a cozy blanket while the food is in the oven and the rain is pouring down outside. Parker is next to me, getting a head start on Christmas by watching Tigger and Pooh Christmas episodes.

Lately, I have been spending a lot of time slowing down and off of the internet, so I apologize if I haven't been posting as much. I've actually become a little obsessed with the idea of slowing down, particularly because the more I do so, the more I'm realizing how badly I needed it.

Between work emails 24/7, blog posts, social media, and the moments where I'm just trying to cross things off my to-do list rather than be present... it is just so dang easy to get distracted these days. It feels like this constant state of overdrive. We live in a world now where it is so easy to get wrapped up in material and digital things, rather than moments and tangible experiences. We've lost site of the things right in front of us, only to look at things through a screen...

A Weekend Away: The Oregon Coast


Last week Tyson and I, along with my sister and her fiance, all stayed at the cutest little house in Arch Cape. The weather forecast was rainy and stormy, so we packed the car up with board games, blankets and some good books. If you haven't been to the Oregon coast in stormy weather, I highly suggest it!

We bundled up in the house, listened to music, played games, made some fancy cheese plates, and lit one of my sisters candles. Her "earthly dwellings" candle was a perfect fit to our night. And naturally, when you are in such a cute house, you take photos of everything. Like candles and dogs and such...

Road Trip (Part Two): Park City and Boise


I'm almost in tears just writing this, because honestly- as I recap our road trip, I keep thinking about how the best part of it all was having so much time with Parker. This was the first solid chunk of time I've been able to spend with him since I was on my (very short) maternity leave. I had two weeks straight (TWO STRAIGHT!) with him. Full days! And it was heaven. He's honestly just so much fun and I've never loved something so dang much in my entire life. I don't know how else to describe it, but I'm going to wipe my tears now and pull myself together (hashtag momlife?).

Okay, okay, back to the road trip...

Thanks to a cooperating kiddo, we decided that rather than driving up back up the California route, we'd drive up through Nevada, Utah, Boise and then back to home Portland. Whew!

Road Trip (Part One): San Fransisco and Carmel


Almost two weeks ago we said, what the heck, and drove our way down the west coast. I literally googled "are long car rides a form of torture for toddlers?" And "20 ways to entertain a toddler in the car." We packed our car with just about all of our belongings and kept Parker entertained with his tablet full of tv shows, a few new books and LeapFrog games. This kid, I tell ya... he was SUCH a champ. We were so dang relieved and so thankful.

We left at 4am so Parker would just go right back to sleep, which he did until about 7:30am. And that tablet, that I swore I would never give my child... LIFESAVER! I take back every comment I previously made about those things. We propped it on the back of the headrest and we suddenly became "one of those" cars with the tv. Whatever! We managed to make only one stop for lunch and gas and then...

First stop, San Fran! Well, more like Tiburon (on the other side of the golden gate bridge). After driving over 10 hours the last thing we wanted was a big city to sleep in. And boy were we right.

Tiburon is SO charming, so relaxed and very quiet. Just what we were hoping for.

A Healthy Apple Crumble


What's fall without some apple picking? If you are like me, you go apple picking and in the midst of the thrill of loading your bag with apples, you end up getting a ton (emphasis on ton) of apples and then return home questioning what exactly you thought you were going to be making with those apples. As if I ran a whole restaurant or something...




So, apple crumble for dessert every night for the next month!

Anxiety


You are about to get to know me really well guys.

When someone recently said that "my life looked so great (totally referencing to what they see on social media)," I thought to myself... well, yes, mostly it really is. I mean, I don't really curate the things I do for social media. I actually do those things in "real life" and then try and just make what I'm already doing look pretty for the camera. But, it's easy to look at pictures of everyone's "happy moments" and convince yourself that your life isn't nearly as awesome as theirs (I've done this so many times). And this is the troubling part about social media. 

Anyway, I've been meaning to write this post for some time, and hearing those words prompted me to get it done. Because, you know, we are all only human. I've got shit I deal with, you've got shit you deal with, and we all have shit we deal with. The stuff you don't always see on social media. Pardon my language.

For me, anxiety has been a huge, shitty (haha- ok, done cursing) beast to deal with. And I've been dealing with this since my early 20's. I even remember the birth, so to speak, of my anxiety. It basically came out of nowhere. I had a really bad stomach ache after returning home from a trip to Costa Rica when I was 20. I started semi-panicking that I caught something while I was there. That then led to my heart beating irregularly and before you knew it, I was at the doctors office freaking out, making sure I was okay.

Pumpkin Pie Cookies (Paleo)


It's that time of year! Seriously, I don't know about you, but I feel like I come alive in the fall time. I always have. The cozy, not too cold weather; the fruits and vegetables that are in-season, the colors, the smells, the comfy clothing, the excuse to do nothing at all.

I just love it. 

I also love the pumpkin craze. Yep, I'm one of those... I like to stock up on as many cans of pumpkin I can possibly get my hands on. And maybe some pumpkin yogurt, coffee, crackers, hummus. You name it.

So, naturally, I had to kick the season off right by making some pumpkin pie cookies. I love these cookies because I get my sweet tooth fix and just so happen to feel great after having one. I also don't mind giving Parker one since the ingredients are so simple.

Brasada Ranch Getaway



Last weekend Tyson, Parker and I grabbed both sets of Grandparents and headed to Brasada Ranch for some much needed relaxation. This place has been on my bucket list ever since I moved to Portland, so you can imagine the anticipation. 

Prior to our stay, we organized our itinerary: horseback riding, golf for the guys, spa time for Tyson and I, and of course... as much time as possible at the pool. I packed my camera and some books, making a commitment to myself to be off social media (except to post the fun photos of course) and be away from my email. Trust me, you don't want any distractions while you are there. 

As we pulled up to the ranch retreat, we received our keys to our 3-bedroom cabin from the main lodge and headed to our "home" for the next few days. Pulling up to our cabin, I felt like it was too good to be true. We were greeted by chirping birds, sunshine, a light breeze and the smell of juniper and sage; a recipe for a great vacation. 

After we all got settled in, the guys headed right out for their tee time. 

These three guys were like teenage boys at an adventure park. With permanent smiles on their face, I think it is safe to say they enjoyed the world-class golf course, very much.

Meanwhile, my mom and I enjoyed some horseback riding. 




hat: urban outfitters (similar) | scarf: urban outfitters | tank: topshop | sweater: 

We had the most amazing trail guide with us that day. She took us up and around the backside of Brasada where you get to see some great views of the mountains and soak up all the natural settings around you. 

I find riding horses to be so peaceful. 



The following day was spent swimming in the pool until our fingers pruned. Tyson insisted on taking Parker down the water slide. The overly cautious mom in me said, "heeeeck no," but ended up giving in. Needless to say, Parker was safe and one ridiculously happy camper.

The pool at Brasada is EXACTLY what we have been looking for in the Northwest. I'm from San Diego where there is no shortage of awesome pools and it is something I've missed a lot since moving to Portland. If only Brasada were closer, you would find my family posted there all summer long!

Next stop after the pool was some spa time for Tyson and I. I haven't been to a spa for a massage in a long time (I usually gravitate toward facial treatments), so this was SO needed. I opted for the Sleep Well massage, while Tyson chose the Athletic Recovery massage. I'm a pretty picky spa-goer (I worked at one for 6 years!), but I was incredibly impressed with the services. My massage felt so luxurious. They also have the coziest robes for you and the softest linens on the massage table. I'm a details person, so that meant a lot to me! 

My husband went for more of a productive massage; he's been pretty sore from running a lot and other lifting. He was so happy with his and felt like he got a lot out of it, which is exactly what he was hoping for. 


One extra great touch? They brought us cocktails after our massages. I don't think it gets better than that... ; )

The rest of the evening was spent hanging with our family. We all went out for dinner at Brasada's Ranch House which was perfect for a family. I went for their special which was a shrimp risotto and devoured it. All of us were super impressed with the food.


One thing you have to do, is make sure you grab some of their packets of s'mores and head to the fire pit on the property at sunset.

A desert sunset is breathtaking.

I'm really looking forward to coming back to this place. In fact, our whole family is too. It's one of those places that you want to keep as your summer family getaway every year. However, I kept telling everyone how I would love to see this place in the winter too. For such a kid-friendly place, you wouldn't believe how peaceful it feels. We all fantasized about living on the property the whole time we were there, so I think it's safe to say that we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. 

Until next time, Brasada! Thanks for the great memories <3


Healthy Food Guide: Boise





(image from Juniper website)

Boise completely exceeded my expectations. Mark my word, 5 years from now this city will be THE SPOT. Until then, I will continue to enjoy the calm before the storm.

One thing that was pretty impressive to me, and very Portland like, was their dietary options. You can find great vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free options just about anywhere. I also really liked their use of fresh produce and meats from local farms; and of course, their seasonal dishes that are everywhere. Go Boise! Which, by the way, is pronounced "boy-see," I learned that quickly when I kept saying "I love "Boy-Z!" : )

Happy eating!

Best Healthy Breakfast Spots

1. Wild Root Cafe (Vegan/Gluten-Free Options): Whatever you do, don't leave Boise without trying this place, especially if you are a total health nut. I loved the egg dish, Wild Skillet. They use a cashew "cheese" and you can even order the dish with vegan eggs (I just ordered regular, cage-free eggs). Oh, and their avocado toast! I want to eat that every.single.day. Seriously!

2. Fork (Vegan/Gluten-Free Options): This spot is a sure bet for brunch. They pride themselves on local, sustainable foods (some they get the same day at the city market!!). They have so many great options and it is a true Northwest fare.

3. Bacon (Vegan/Gluten-Free Options): This is the perfect spot to go if you have a healthy foodie AND a meat-eating- 'don't really care if it is healthy or not' foodie. It is a great place to grab brunch with a group and their Bloody Mary's are the best in town! I ordered The Poser for breakfast, which was a nice, light, egg white dish and it was deeeelicious.

4. Slow by Slow (Vegan/Gluten-Free Options): This is the cutest little coffee shop with some great pastries and quick things like granola and tasty, local kombucha.

5. Java (Vegan/Gluten-Free Options): A great place for either breakfast or lunch. They've got great drinks and super tasty breakfast burritos.

Best Healthy Lunch Spots

1. Bleubird (Gluten-Free Options): This was one of my favorite places for lunch in Boise. They change their menu depending on the season, but I highly recommend the grilled cheese (insert excited emoji). This is great spin on a traditional deli!

2. Boise Co-op (Vegan/Gluten-Free Options): This is such an amazing Co-op! If you want to grab something on-the-fly and affordably, you can find just about anything you would want here.

3. Jenny's Lunch Line (Vegan/Gluten-Free Options): You will find some delicious soups, salads and sandwiches made from scratch here. They change their menu monthly too, so it is always fun to see what is new and seasonal here. This place is so yummy!

Best Healthy Dinner Spots

1. Bittercreek (Vegan/Gluten-Free Options): I loved this place! It is the perfect spot to go with a group or girls and guys. Everything we ate (and drank) was super tasty. I ordered an Old Fashioned and the veggie burger and was one happy camper!

2. Juniper (Vegan/Gluten-Free Options): The ambiance and decor here is what first sold me, but their menu seals the deal! This is the perfect dinner date spot. They have really good, crafty cocktails and are also extremely food allergy friendly.

3.State & Lemp (Vegan/Vegetarian Options): This is the best spot if you are looking for a culinary experience. This is a reservation-only, prixe fixe menu and features a really beautiful Northwest cuisine. It doesn't get any fresher than their food. And (bonus), they are extremely accommodating to anyone with dietary restrictions!

4. Barbacoa (Vegetarian/Gluten-Free Options): This is a really great dinner option (with a great view). It is a bit on the pricey side, but you get a ton of food, so make sure you go there hungry! I would highly suggest one of their seafood dishes.

ENJOY!

My 12-Year-Old Style







Overalls (Gap -similar) | Shoes (Brooks) | Shirt (old Forever 21)

It's a good thing I work at an athletic modeling agency where "athleisure" gets a total green light, because I don't think I could ever have enough trainers. I was pretty excited to finally find a good pair of light weight white ones. I am a big fan of the classic looking tennis shoes and Brooks nailed it with these!

And overalls... these are still my jam lately. I feel like the older I get, the more my wardrobe resorts back to my youth. Most of my outfits these days are a glimpse back at my 12-year-old self. 

Cauliflower "Rice" with Swiss Chard and Crimini Mushrooms

Ever since Trader Joes started selling the frozen organic riced cauliflower, I have been hooked! This is such a simple, lighter, starch-less option to pair with dinner and if made correctly, I would take this over actual rice any day. 

Oh, and mom tip: It takes about 8 minutes to make (win!). I don't have time for complicated meals anymore!

Anyway, have fun with this stuff! I mix up my cooking style with the "rice", depending on what is in the fridge and what I feel like. I also love make it with turmeric and shaved brussel sprouts. And even better, Parker loves it too. 

Cauliflower "Rice" with Swiss Chard and Crimini Mushrooms

1 bag of frozen cauliflower rice OR 1 head of cauliflower riced by food processor
2 C. swiss chard, chopped
1 C. crimini mushrooms, chopped
1 Tbs. grapeseed oil 
1 Tsp. garlic powder 
1 Tsp. sea salt + extra if needed
2 shakes of cayenne pepper

Directions:

Turn stove up to medium-high heat
Add cauliflower rice and mushrooms
Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt over rice and mushrooms
Cook for about 5 minutes
Add in oil, then the swiss chard
Add in garlic, sea salt and cayenne 
Cook until soft (about another 3-5 minutes)
Take a taste test to see if you need anymore salt

Turn off heat, serve and enjoy!

Healthy Food Guide: Portland


Well, it's no secret that Portland is just about the best town there is when it comes to food. We pretty much have anything and everything here. Which also means a lot of healthy options, but also a lot of not so healthy ones.

Below, I've put together a list of my favorite healthy places to eat in Portland. And I give major props to this city for gluten-free and vegan options just about anywhere (even bars!).

Best Healthy Breakfast Spots

1. Prasad (Vegan/Gluten-Free Options): Now with two locations, this place is SO good. The Classic Oatmeal or Chili Scramble is a must-try!

2. Kure (Vegan/Gluten-Free Options): This place is another great option at any point during the day. Their juices and smoothies are SO tasty and packed with nutrients. My personal favorite is the Lush Life smoothie. I've also heard rave reviews about the Hangover Helper smoothie and that it will help you feel like a different person. I wouldn't know, I've just heard about it... ; )

3. Bob's Red Mill (Vegan/Gluten-Free Options): Yes, this is at the HQ where they make all of the awesome Bob's Red Mill products. I personally love the museli and yogurt, but there are loads of options and the food is extremely affordable. 

4. Radio Room (Vegan/Gluten-Free Options): Back in my single days, this spot was my favorite place to go on the weekend after a night out. They have a lot of options for carnivores and herbivores, as well as great gluten-free options. My go-to? The Classic Rocker Scramble and the pint Mimosa with blood orange (yes... I repeat... pint!). YUM.

5. Fern Kitchen (Vegan/Gluten-Free Options): Tons of healthy, tasty options and they use all local and organic produce. I love the "Eggs Your Way" with tempeh and New Cascadia toast.

Toddler Days

I can't even believe how quickly time is flying by. I just want to hit pause and replay on so many of these moments. But here he is, our big 19 month old, just becoming a young boy before our very own eyes.

father and baby love



We really started to see him totally evolve into this little squish of a man at around 14 months. You know, a little attitude here and there, some very sneaky behaviors and a look on his face that screamed "I know you think I don't know what's going on here because I'm only 29 inches, but I know a lot more than you think I do." Most parents can probably relate, but it is just incredible to watch them really start to develop. I mean, the moment he started using a fork on his own you would have thought we just won a car or something.

Gosh, parents can be such nerds in like, the absolutely best way possible. 

Anyway, the other side of all of this greatness are those other developmental things that really throw you off. For instance, I really try and make it a point to have sit down dinners at the table. I think it is so important for kiddos, but I also know you really have to try and make a good point to do so. Well, (un)lucky for us, our dining room table just happens to be on top of carpet. And me, mom over here, loves to make dinners that involve stuff that stains carpets (turmeric anyone?). So get a toddler over there and watch how fast that dinner goes on the carpet, their clothes, the walls, etc. I know many of you are with me right now...

So, what happens next? It's time to discipline.

And this is where we are currently at. We've gone from time-outs and firm voices to re-directing and just completely ignoring. We try our hardest to hold back our true frustration when once again, Parker throws something at our face or screams (this is his new favorite) at the top of his lungs in the middle of a store. And while we've toyed with all options, we've found that re-directing has been the most effective so far. So, that is what we've tried to be consistent with, but let me tell ya... that takes some serious adult discipline. And sometimes adulting is not easy.

Okay, so I ask you... what are your tips and experiences? I have no ego when it comes to parenting. I love hearing everyone's wisdom and tips/tricks. The food throwing is my least (current) favorite so tips on tackling that would be GREAT.

Otherwise, let me tell you the best part of this stage so far: the love.

Obviously I've always loved Parker, but the fact that now he is learning to reciprocate that love more outwardly is the best feeling. I will drop anything, at any point of my day just to hold him and cuddle him. It makes me so happy to see him be so affectionate. And I'll take kisses on the lips ALL DAY LONG for as long as he will give them to me! (Did you ever read that backlash Victoria Beckham got for kissing her daughter on the lips? read here).

These days can be tough, but dang they are fun.

Momma loves you, Parker bug!

Watermelon, Arugula & Feta Summer Salad





I love mixing watermelon in salads during the summer. I know it might sound a little strange, but once you try it, I can assure you that you will like it! This particular salad is inspired by one of my favorite chef's, Ina Garten, and is one of my go-to side dishes for summer parties. In fact, when I'm trying to make a sure-bet dish, I always turn Ina; she really is the best.

Watermelon, Arugula and Feta Summer Salad

6 C. arugula
2 C. seedless watermelon (diced in cubes)
1 C. crumbled feta
1 C. chopped mint leaves

For the dressing:

1/4 C. fresh squeezed orange juice
1/4 C. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 C. olive oil
1/4 C. minced shallots
1 tbs. honey
1 tsp. coarse sea salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

Directions

In a medium size bowl, whisk together the orange juice, lemon juice, oil, shallots, honey, salt, and pepper.

Place the arugula, watermelon, feta, and mint in a large bowl. Add in dressing (enough to coat the salad lightly). Add in extra sea salt or pepper if needed.

Enjoy!

Camping for the Weekend


With all this crap happening in the world, escaping for the weekend was exactly what I needed. I don't know about you, but I literally can't seem to think of much else lately. I've taken some time away from social media and the news, which has definitely helped. And while doing so, I've clung on to spending time with my family (my happiest place) and being outdoors (the runner up).

So without a question, a camping trip seemed like the most logical idea.



And I will say, all is right with the world in the secluded mountains : )



Oregon, you never disappoint. 

The Longevity Book Giveaway


I've always loved Cameron Diaz for the obvious reasons: she's beautiful, smart, talented and funny. But what has really impressed me about her, is how she has shed light on some really important topics.

When I read her first book, The Body Book, I thought; well flipping done! It was the best holistic and practical approach to health and happiness I had read in a long time. So, when The Longevity Book came out, I knew it would be a worthwhile read. And once again, she nailed it.

We all know that in today's world there is a huge emphasis on age reversal. We hear about it just about everywhere; but in The Longevity Book, a new conversation is started. You'll have to read this book to get the full dialogue (it's seriously SO good), but I love that 1) It is encouraging a healthier embrace to the aging process and 2) It is a big reminder that just because you might look great on the outside, doesn't mean that everything is great on the inside. As you probably already know, I am a firm believer in a mind/body approach to health and wellbeing and I am so impressed at how this book tackles that.

So, without further ado, this morning I am super excited to be teaming up with Cameron's new book, The Longevity Book. They are kindly giving away a copy of the book to THREE lucky winners. Checkout how you can enter below!



The Longevity Book Giveaway

To enter, you need to complete the following:

1. Follow @thebodybook and @lindsaynead on instagram
2. Tag two friends in the giveaway post
3. For an extra entry, comment on the giveaway post and tell me what you are embracing most about aging.

The winner's will be chosen by Sunday 7/10 and will be contacted through instagram DM!

GOOD LUCK <3

High Protein Egg Muffins (With Arugula, Feta and Quinoa)

Recently, I have been putting some major effort into getting back in shape. It only took about a year and half to find the motivation after Parker was born, but HEY, gotta start somewhere. To be honest, I have actually really enjoyed the last year and a half of being relaxed about what I ate and a lot more lenient with working out. But, since I've got a lot of awesome things coming up (and some that might require a lot more photos of myself), I realize that I want to put some time into my body before that all happens. 

Plus, summer.

With that said, I have been working on a plan with a trainer (which I will go into more details about later). My schedule is a bit crazy so I have been having to do more home workouts; but I've been working out 4-5 times a week. And as for my meals - I'm trying to keep everything in balance (protein- carbs- fats) for my personal body type and goals, which requires a lot of preparation. The hardest part for me is upping my protein count without a starch based protein (like beans, sweet potatoes, etc) and having to eat 5 times a day- it's easy to run out of ideas! 

These egg muffins however, have been a lifesaver! And even better, Parker LOVES them. They are packed with nutrients, simple to make and a perfect ratio of protein, carbs and fats. I like them as a snack or for a quick breakfast. 

High Protein Egg Muffins

3 eggs
1 C. egg whites
2 Tbs. plain almond milk (or regular organic milk)
1 C. cooked quinoa
1 C. arugula
1/2 C. feta
1/2 C. chopped mushrooms
1/4 C. chives
sea salt + pepper to taste

Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the egg whites, eggs, milk and some salt and pepper (whisk well and set aside)
  • Spray muffin tins with oil (about 9)
  • Stuff the arugula, mushrooms, and chives evenly into each tin (not too full)
  • Add about a tablespoon of quinoa into each tin (over the veggies)
  • Then, sprinkle some feta on top of the mixture in each tin
  • (Alternatively, you can mix together all of the ingredients excluding the egg mixture, together in a bowl before placing them into the tin)
  • Gently mix together the ingredients in each tin
  • Divide and pour in egg mixture evenly over all 9 tins (filling just barely to the top)
  • Cook for about 20-30 minutes.
Enjoy!!

Au Naturale: 4 Products I'm Loving

I have been exploring natural products since I was pregnant (so a little over two years now). And I will say, this has been a total hit or miss. At one point I even gave up for a month, bought Clinique products and just said, screw it. Then, after two weeks of switching to Clinique not only did my skin go a bit crazy with all of the changes, but I didn't feel right about it. I will never be perfect at this "natural" routine. I'll still slather on self tanner here and there and I'm still having a hard time with natural shampoos and conditioners, but I really felt like there are enough great natural products out there now that I can't really give up. 

So, after more time and money, I'm finally finding things I like. And I will be posting about these products that are working as I go in hopes that I can do all the hard work for others trying to switch over to natural products.

Here is the deal with my skin:

I have dry skin/combination. Mainly dry though. I also have sunspots and pigmentation from all of my previous "no sunscreen" days. I get occasional breakouts, but nothing crazy. And my skin is somewhat sensitive; not to where I need sensitive products, but certain products can really irritate it. So, with that said, I tend to look for hydrating and brightening products that aren't too harsh when it comes to my face.

These are a few of my favorites lately:

1. Andalou Naturals Brightening Beauty Balm: Okay, I'm slightly obsessed with this stuff. I use this as my moisturizer in the morning because it is super moisturizing, has a sheer tint and also has SPF 30. Since I've been in California this has been a lifesaver. If I'm at the beach or headed outside for exercise I don't love to put makeup on, so this has been a nice replacement. It looks like your face just had a big glass of water :)

2. COOLA Guava Mango Sunscreen SPF 50: COOLA is such an amazing brand. I really love all of their stuff. For me, I prefer a spray sunscreen because it is a whole lot easier to put on. And this stuff smells amazing (major plus). Their sunscreen definitely lives with me during the summertime. 

3. Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment: This as a moisturizer at night has been so helpful to hydrate my skin and give it a nice glow. Contrary to what you might think, the oil will actually not leave your skin feeling oily. My skin soaks this stuff right up (in the best way possible).

4. LaVanila Sports Luxe Deodorant: I used to use their regular version, but I wasn't quite sure it completely helped with odor after a workout. This sports luxe version is a much better option if you are active. I've been loving it! One thing to remember is that most natural deodorants won't really control sweat however. 

Are their any natural products that you love? I am still on the search for a good shampoo and conditioner so I'd love any recommendations! 

xx

Girls Trip: Central Oregon

A girls weekend away is always a good idea. Although it isn't as easy now-a-days with a little one, I know how important girl time and mom time is. 

So last weekend myself and a few girlfriends packed our bags and headed down to Terrebonne (right outside of Bend) and stayed a house we found on airbnb. I left my computer behind in exchange for some good books and my notepad; making sure I had some time to unplug and relax. 

Of course I had to make to my famous healthy waffles. 

We also had to check out Smith Rock at sunset. This is a must!
It was a weekend full of laughter, great food, relaxation and adventure, that's for sure.


Two-Ingredient Banana Oat Toddler Cookies


I know how easy it is to reach for pre-packaged food when you have a little one. I even try and grab the healthiest brands I know for my little guy, but I still would rather give him something healthier and homemade.

So, allow me to introduce to you our new favorite: 

Two-ingredient cookies.

These are ridiculously simple, healthy, tasty and perfect for your little one. I also spent about, hmmm, 3 minutes prepping these? Yep.

Two-Ingredient Banana Oat Toddler Cookies
makes about 10

2 large bananas
2 cups oats

Optional ingredients:

Pinch of sea salt
Vanilla
Cinnamon 
Chocolate Chips 
Raisins
Coconut 
Pecans
Cranberries

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Place bananas and oats in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth 

Add in any optional ingredients (I add sea salt, cinnamon, chocolate chips and vanilla)

Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray

Drop about a tablespoon of batter per cookie onto cookie sheet; flatten a bit with a spoon

Bake for about 10-12 minutes

Remove from oven, allow to cool and ENJOY!