Becoming a mom is one of the most important moments in a woman’s life. The pregnancy period is complicated and it has its rules. Of course, there is a lot of information about what pregnant women should avoid eating such as sushi, deli meat, and unpasteurized dairy foods, however, there is less emphasis placed on the foods that pregnant women should eat. Here are 5 foods every pregnant woman should eat.
As seen in the June, 2017 issue of Sunshine Coast Living Magazine! It was soon after my daughter was born that my journey to a cleaner, greener life began. I remember the day when I first became aware of the toxic slew of chemicals that I harbored in my home, and the day I made my very first DIY cleaner with just two simple ingredients – vinegar and water. That day started it all for me, actually – as soon as I made that first cleaner, I was hooked – hooked on DIY, hooked on detoxifying my home and living…
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As seen in the May 2017 issue of Sunshine Coast Living Magazine! When you see dandelions, what is the first thing that comes to mind? “Nice! Bee food!” or “Those leaves will be great in a salad!” or “I’m running low on coffee.. I wonder how long the root is ?” If you’re the majority of the population, probably none of the above because we’re a society that’s demonized the dandelion and probably even cursed at it and sprayed it with poison at least a few times in our lives.
We were at a child’s birthday party two years ago when I realized that I’m not your “average” parent. I remember the day clearly… It was a warm summer evening in July, and I was sitting around chatting with the moms, watching our children run around in the clover, when suddenly – screams. Blood curdling screams that could only mean one thing – bee sting. All the children huddled around the victim, hoping to sneak a peak of the wound.
I’ve had a confession in my head for quite a while now, and even this article half-written in my “drafts” box for over a year. But, I have yet to come out and express the way I feel about this topic, even though I know for a fact that I’m not alone. Probably because of the ever-looming guilt that comes along with being a mom and the inevitable judgement from others. But, I’ve decided to just come out and say it… I don’t play with my children because… I don’t enjoy it. *GASPS* (that’s what I think I can hear in my head from…
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Most of us are brought up to believe that dandelions are the enemy. Whether you pull them out or spray them with pesticides, they’re likely not a welcome addition to your well-manicured lawn. But contrary to popular belief, the dandelion is actually pretty remarkable. According to a recent article by CBC News, a biochemist at the University of Windsor has just been given a $217,000 grant to continue studying how effective dandelion root extract is in fighting cancer. Researchers have already shown how “repeated treatment with low dose dandelion root extract was effective in killing most of the cancerous cells.”
Today’s post is written by my friend, Sophie, of Accidental Artisan. I recently served these scones at an event that I hosted and they were a huge hit! People didn’t believe me when I told them the secret ingredients 😉 – Carly Last year when the dandelions started poking their heads through my nice, neat gravel path in the garden all I saw was weeds. I drowned them in vinegar, let them wither, dug them out and hoped they wouldn’t come back. Ya right. Dandelions are tough! Sure enough this year they all came back and there were even more!…
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Lemon balm iced tea is the perfect, thirst-quenching beverage to break out on a hot day (when it’s too early for Sangria) and doubles as a great pick-me-up. I often make a strong batch on hot days, for primarily tactical reasons – to keep husband hydrated and highly caffeinated as he does yard work.
As a woman, I’m sure you can relate to what it’s like to live a full life. Between looking after your kids, partner, work, home, causes, friends and family, it can be challenging to keep all the plates spinning all the time. When you’re in the habit of expending all of your energy outwards and constantly put your care, your rest and your play, last, you’re bound to end up tired, grumpy, uninspired and overwhelmed. We all know those feelings. You can’t run on an empty tank!
Yesterday, my family and I returned home from the beautiful Garden Island of Kaua’i, after a 10-day long vacation. Prior to leaving, I don’t think I’ve ever needed a vacation more I my life… but now that I’m home, I feel like I never want to leave again! As wonderful, sunny and warm the trip was, travelling with children is no joke. If you’ve ever caught a red-eye flight with two whiny/crying/over-tired kids and two adults sharing three seats… then you know exactly what I’m talking about.