I am very excited and a bit nervous to post this today! Below is my first vlog (video blog), vlogging has been something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time but kept putting off until everything was just right (and let’s be real when does that ever happen?). We put off every little dreams because of the fear of what others may think or say; but today I’m putting all those mean voices in my head aside and pushing the publish button. I truly hope you will watch it and give this super simple recipes a try in your home.
Foaming hand pump reusable jar or empty plastic bottle with dispenser
I hope you all have been enjoying the Fall. Here in San Diego we are just starting to feel the change over, it’s getting a bit cooler at night and we are seeing lots of carrots, pears and apples at the farmers markets. I love eating seasonally. It’s a great way to stay connected with nature and support your health. With the change in seasons my morning smoothies change too. Below are two of my Fall go tos for enjoying this seasons flavors, I hope you like them.
Cinnamon Pear Delight
2 cups of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 pears (remove cores)
1 banana (frozen will make for a thicker creamier smoothie)
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 Tablespoon of chia seeds, optional
2 to 3 big leafs of swiss or red chard without the stems (you can of course use two handfuls of spinach)
1 handful of ice
Add all ingredients in order listed above into high-speed blender and blend until liquid! If you don’t have a high-speed blender first add all liquid ingredients and greens then blend until liquid. Next add all other goodness and continue to blend (if you slice your banana before freezing it, it will work nicer with a regular blender).
Pour into two cups, share and enjoy the tastes of Fall with a friend!
It’s a great practice to take your morning green smoothie outside. After being inside all night the fresh cool Fall morning air will really help you wake up. Take some time to set a beautiful intention for your day while you enjoy this healthy seasonal start.
Easy Carrot Ginger Juice
In Fall I can’t help but think of squashes and root vegetables. This super easy juice is made in your blender (of course if you have a juicer you will just need more carrots and won’t add the water). It’s a powerful dose of vitamin A and the antioxidant beta-carotene. Even though it has no greens in it I just had to share it with you all because there are amazing deals on organic carrots everywhere I look. Plus it’s a great way to enjoy them this Fall. The other night when I was having dinner with some friends we made this as our appetizer and it was perfect, so enjoy anytime of day!
2 cups of filtered water
1 inch of peeled fresh ginger root
2 1/2 cups of carrots (cut into about 2″ inch pieces)
1 handful of ice
Add all ingredients in order listed above into high-speed blender and blend until liquid!
Pour into two cups over ice, share and enjoy with a friend!
I hope you all are enjoying the Fall and that these yummy drinks help you stay healthy. As always I’d love to know what you think of them or what you’ve been drinking this Fall season.
If you’re like me you love to learn new things and TED talks are amazing for just that. I saw the video below a few months ago and was very intrigued. If you haven’t seen it yet I think you’ll really enjoy it (plus it’s less than 5 minutes long).
Who’s guilty of using more than one paper towel after washing their hands? I know I was before I watched this video, no worries if you did too. Living and learning is what it’s all about. Changing our behavior now that we know better is what’s important. The presenter claims that hundreds of thousands of pounds of paper towel waste would be saved if all Americans did the simple shake and fold technique. It’s easy to do and that is why it’s so awesome! Be careful if you have any loose rings on, they might go flying when shaking your hands. This advice may or may not come from having one of my rings fly across a bathroom. When I first watched this video part of me was thinking, “he probably doesn’t get his hands totally dry” and I can’t stand that almost dry clammy feeling. I wanted to see if the videos claims stood up to the test.
For the past few months I’ve been doing the shake and fold technique and with the exception of the trifolds (I find even with folding they are just too thin and fall apart in my hands, so I have to double them up) it works SUPER well. Simple actions that have big impacts, are great and they get me very excited. I just had to pass it along!
Have you seen this video before? Are you going to join me and jump on the shake and fold bandwagon to help save paper? I’d love to know what you think!
We have been painting machines since we moved into our new home. We’ve painted our living room, hallway, kitchen, bedroom and the bathroom is the last on our list…yay! I must say we’re both over painting and all the cutting in that is required with living in a 90 year old home with all it’s beautiful yet complicated builtins, but I’m so happy we did it. You know that very recognizable new paint smell? Well you won’t smell that in our house and it’s great! No headaches or smelling paint right when you walk in your door for a week after the work is done.
Improving indoor air quality is a great step to take when trying to live an eco-lifestyle. What could be more important than you and your loved ones health? Indoor air is more often than not full of harsh and toxic chemicals that off gas from our paint, rugs and furniture. You can find out more HERE. Of course buying products without these harsh chemicals in them is a perfect way of cleaning up your indoor air quality but there are also simple steps you can take. Opening up the windows everyday to let in fresh air and having houseplants that help cleanup the indoor air are super helpful and cost little to nothing but help make a huge difference.
Volatile Organic Compounds called VOC’s are dangerous to be breathing in and are found in the off gassing of many household items, including paint. Click HERE for a great short article by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to find out more.
When it comes to painting there is only one thing to do in my opinion and that is to choose No VOC or Low VOC paint. These paints are sold everywhere nowadays and it’s awesome. They will say it right on the front label. We bought ours from Lowes (where we have been spending way too much time and money now that we are homeowners). These types of latex based paints are not hard to find which makes it a smart and easy choice. I found that when they weren’t on sale they were only $3 to $10 more a gallon, which for their benefits is so worth it.
When we were painting our living room we had family over to help (Thank you!) and it made me so happy that everyone noticed the lack of strong paint smell. Our family was commenting that they couldn’t believe there was zero “paint smell” and I tried to explain that that paint smell is really just chemicals that are added to paints that are no longer necessary. Everyone stayed in a good mood and we finished the project with no headaches or irritable guests. I totally chalk our happy helpers up to the fact that they weren’t breathing in harsh chemicals throughout the day, I’m sure the pizza helped too
Our homes should feel like sanctuaries, places we come to relax and be with the ones we love, by making the space healthier through improving the indoor air quality, everyone, including the environment, will benefit.
Have you ever used low VOC paint before? What did you think? I’d love to know!