Saturday, May 28, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
If you were stranded on an island for 10 years and you could only take one of these with you, which would it be???
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
Natural Allergy Relief and Prevention
Breast feed. Breast-feed exclusively — give your baby only breast milk for the first 6 months of life using hypoallergenic formulas to supplement breastfeeding if necessary.
Take a daily dose of acidophilus. Acidophilus is a probiotic has been touted for having many health benefits. It comes in a pill and powder form. There have been suggestions that probiotics help prevent the development of allergies. Yogurt is probably the most well known food containing acidophilus.
Cut back on dairy. Dairy products contain casein, a mucus-forming agent. It has a glue-like texture and histamine-creating properties, both of which cause increased mucus production and nasal congestion. Seasonal allergies cause runny noses and watery eyes. The last thing we need is another source for adding more mucus.
Reduce chemical exposure.
● Cleaning products. Make the switch to safe cleaning products. Many conventional cleaning products contain harmful chemicals such as chlorine bleach, ammonia, petrochemicals, and VOC’s. Breathing in the fumes from these products is toxic and can complicate allergic reactions.
● Personal care products. Check out all of your personal care products on the EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database. The world’s largest resource on personal care product safety just got a makeover and it will help you figure out which of your personal care products are toxic and which are safe.
● Lawn care. Chemical weed killers, pesticides, and other lawn care products are not only killing our weeds, they’re and making us sick and killing the earth. Many of the symptoms we attribute to seasonal allergies and asthma could be from a chemical sensitivity to the chemicals lurking in our yards. These toxins are then tracked into our homes and absorbed into our foods. Our yard is now chemical free. I can say with certainty that our yard isn’t the most beautiful yard in the hood, but I love being able to let my kids and dog run around outside knowing our yard is a safe haven for them to play.
Monday, May 9, 2011
I made these this morning for the first time. I am always a little skeptical of recipes that substitute applesauce for butter. But these are winners! Elliot gave them two thumbs up which means they will be around a few times a month (at least).
Friday, May 6, 2011
Today I received my third (free gift!) box of mixed fruits and veggies from Farm Fresh to You. When they say farm fresh, it is the real thing! I have been so happy with the produce. Today, the strawberries were the most spectacular red, juicy and sweet.
2 Tbs chopped red onion1/2 tsp hot sauce (optional)6 Tbs chopped fresh cilantro2 & 2/3 C grated monterey jack cheese2 firm avocados4 tsp fresh lemon juice1/2 C sour cream8 tortillas1/4 tsp olive oilQuarter avocado, remove pit and peel. Cut into 1/4-inch dice.In a small bowl stir together: sour cream, cilantro, salt & pepper to taste.In a little oiled skillet, warm tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese. Fold over and heat through until melted.Top with avocado and sour cream.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
I was so thankful to come across this lovely tutorial from Heather Bailey's website. I think these pinwheels will make a lovely mother's day gift from the little ones. They customized the card stock with stamps and colored pencils. They turned out so well!