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Organic California Travel Guide

Organic California Travel Guide

So excited to share my Organic California Travel Guide with you!  If you’ve been following me then you know I took a 2 week trip throughout California hitting up some of the best organic food, and eco resorts.  California has it all when it comes to living out a natural lifestyle.  Their produce is some of the best, the ocean is always a welcome calming playground and when it comes to eating out they’ve got the natural and organic menus down to a science.  Oh and they have loads of sunshine!

I wanted to outline all my favorites after traveling there for so many years and also share some of my favorite resorts and lodging accommodations with you.  Whether you’re traveling with your family, a significant other or just by yourself, I’ve got something for everyone.

I’ll be sharing my favorite places by city so you’ll know exactly where to find them.  California is one place where any organic and natural traveler can have their cake and eat it too!  They have a little of everything.  You will be sure to have the best time and come back refreshed and with a full belly.

 

Laguna Beach organic

There’s nothing like playing at the beach in your dress!

 

Laguna Beach, California

I mean what’s not to love about Laguna Beach?  Really nothing.  It’s the quintessential little beach town.  Standing on one of the highest points it almost looks like a little Italian coastal village.  The shops are all quaint and easy to access, as well as the beach area.  There’s a playground on the beach where the kids can play, volleyball games taking place and lots of sunbathing.  Everyone who lives there seems to loves it.  It feels like you step back in time a little to a slower pace.  I love how walkable the little city is.  Bottom line, if you haven’t been then you need to go- it won’t disappoint.

We had the pleasure of staying at one of the finest resorts there.  It was truly a little getaway even from the hustle and bustle of Laguna Beach.  I wanted to share my full experience as this resort is one of kind and truly special, especially when it comes to sustainability.

 

The Ranch At Laguna Beach Review

Sharing my full experience staying at The Ranch At Laguna Beach.

 

The Ranch At Laguna Beach

Check out the video below to take a peek inside The Ranch!

Where do I even begin with this gem?  It was such a treat to stay here.  If you want to feel completely relaxed, away from it all, yet still close to the action- The Ranch At Laguna Beach is it.  You feel completely carried away into the resort’s slower chill pace.  It’s between the canyon and the beach.  You wake up to birds chirping and golf games happening.  You can easily get right to the heart of Laguna Beach quickly, but it feels nice to be away from it all as well.

Trust me, you won’t get bored.  There’s a salt water pool- yes salt water, I was ecstatic to find this out.  Also, Sycamore Spa complete with facials, massage, wraps, scrubs and a co-ed infrared sauna.  You can easily get a golf cart lift to the beach where you can enjoy dining at their Lost Pier Cafe.  Of course the Ben Brown’s 9 hole golf course can keep you busy.  And don’t you worry about food, there is plenty to go around at The Ranch.  From their Harvest restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as has a full bar.  If you’re wanting a more casual feel Ben’s Pantry is a great pick, or even grab some food in your room through in room dining.

 

The Ranch At Laguna Beach

We stayed in one of the cottage two bedroom suites.

 

I love how they have Spring on The Porch Mondays- Saturdays at The Ranch.  Live music is played, corn hole games are on and the fire pits are going with toasty specials.  It feels like grown up glamping.  Plus, you can stargaze at night with their master astronomer. In between all the activities I would recommend just pulling out your favorite book and settling down on your resort rooms porch into a rocking chair- now that’s the good life!  Check out all the activities they offer here.

Of course you know I’m always looking for resorts taking it to the next level when it comes to sustainability and The Ranch At Laguna Beach is a cut above.  I was so impressed with all the efforts they take to make this resort eco friendly.  I had the pleasure of getting a tour of The Ranch and seeing their sustainability practices in action.  There are a few I wanted to highlight.

 

There Ranch At Laguna Beach

The organic gardens on site is one of my favorite things about the resort!

 

  • Glass Bottles Repurposed- Every glass bottle on The Ranch is crushed on site into sand and used to fill bunkers on the golf course, filtration in the pool and pavement repairs.  The Ranch is the first resort in America to have a GLSand glass-bottle crusher on site.  It is a compact machine that creates sand like product from glass bottles.  Pretty cool if you ask me!
  • New Eco Water System- The Ranch also installed a new water system in 2015 that uses reclaimed water for watering the resort grounds, including gold course.  This new system will save 21.2 million gallons of water annually.
  • Organic Garden- 1/2 an acre of land is dedicated to organic gardening at The Ranch.  The produce is then used in The Harvest Restaurant by the Chef for seasonal specials, seasonal drinks and for testing new recipes.  They also practice composting as much as they can.  I got a full tour of the garden and it was amazing!  Truly taking farm to table to the next level.
  • National Geographic Unique Lodges Of The World- The Ranch is the first hotel in California to be in The National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.  It is one of only 6 members in the United States alone to hold this title. Such an honor considering the criteria for receiving this recognition is showing a dedication to sustainability, unique local experiences, and superior service and hospitality.
  • Paper Staws- In an effort to reduce plastic use, The Ranch only offers paper straws for use with their partnership with National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.
  • Room Keys- Their room keys are so cool!  As a designer himself that was one of the first things my husband noticed.  Instead of plastic key cards, they are made wooden and bamboo circles.  You can keep them as a souvenir or return to the front desk.  If they do get thrown away they will just dissolve into the soil.  The Ranch estimates that around 25,000 less plastic key cards will not go into a landfill because of this small change.

 

*Check out all of The Ranch’s sustainability practices here.

 

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The bathrooms were my fave!

 

I can’t forget the rooms.  They are as luxe and relaxing as you would imagine.  I had my husband and two girls with me so we stayed in the two bedroom canyon suite.  It was perfect.  It has a living area downstairs with outside porch and bathroom. Then you go upstairs and you have two bedrooms and a bathroom.  It can technically sleep six since the sofa downstairs pulls out into a bed.  The rooms upstairs are roomy and the closest spacious.  We had more than enough room with our little family.  The beds felt so soft, I slept like a baby.

One of the bedrooms upstairs had a deck off of it as well, complete with rocking chairs.  The bathroom was complete with two sinks and ample room.  Plenty of room for even a larger family.  I loved knowing we could go out and enjoy the activities, yet come back and retreat to our room if we wanted.  A true resort feel.  Check out all their accommodations here! 

If you’re in the Laguna Beach area and you’re wondering where to stay- wonder no more.   The Ranch At Laguna Beach has it all.  It is truly a sustainable resort, leading the way with their efforts.  Even though their sustainability is a hallmark for them, every other detail doesn’t go unnoticed.  You still feel like you’re staying in complete luxury.  This definitely won’t be my last stay at The Ranch, already planning a girl’s trip with my sisters!

Check out The Ranch At Laguna Beach here and book your stay! 

 

hiveXO

These gluten free and dairy free ice cream sandwiches from hiveXO were off the hook!

 

hiveXO-

A lot of you had recommended this place to me and let’s just say it did not disappoint.  They offer a ton of dairy and gluten free treats that are absolutely delicious.  I got two gluten free chocolate chip cookies between some coconut ice-cream.  Let’s just say it was a match made in ice cream sandwich heaven!  They also list all the ingredients on the label!  Pretty cool to see exactly what you’re eating.  All the ingredients are organic too!  Trust me, you need to go there.  They don’t really have a website, I had just found them on Yelp.  Check them out here!

Some other recs that we didn’t get a chance to try out but people recommended to us are:

  • The Stand Natural Foods
  • Babette’s Newport Beach- not right in Laguna but super close

 

Newport Beach

 

I love Newport Beach!  It has the ocean, fun restraints, good shopping and lots of good food.  I love the walking/biking path along the ocean.  Renting bikes there and riding along that path is seriously therapy in itself.  Feels so good.  The beach is always hopping with activity.  I love how you can walk to a lot of things too.  If you get the chance to go, do it!

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach-

 

We stayed here our first night in Southern California.  I was a little disappointed in the room size.  It felt really small and just not as nice as the photos had shown online.  I’ve learned that internet photos are very deceiving.  I did mention to you on my stories that we were bummed.  My hubs actually went and spoke with them and they ended up giving us a different room in the main hotel.  It was much roomier and the door didn’t hit the bed when you opened it.

I’m not one to complain but the hotel wasn’t cheap by any means and typically when I book a Hyatt I think I’m going to be getting pretty good quality.  Anyways, they were very sweet and accommodating about it all and even comped our parking.  I would stay there again if we were staying in the main building.  The pool was amazing and girls didn’t want to leave it.  It has a slide and water fountains for them to play in.  I also love the location.  It’s close to a lot of fun shopping and restaurants.  Check it out here!

 

True Food Kitchen

I got the seasonal chicken gluten free wrap from True Food Kitchen- so good!

 

True Food Kitchen-

I’ve gone to this True Food Kitchen in Newport Beach more times than I can count.  It’s always fun because you can sit outside.  If you haven’t been to a True Food Kitchen you need to go!  This is the holy grail of organic, local, real food.   Dr. Andrew Weil founded True Food Kitchen.  His desire was that food should make you feel better not worse.  They offer gluten free, organic, vegetarian, vegan- really however you want it.  They believe in the anti-inflammatory diet and eating food that truly nourishes the body.  I love their whole mission!  They have so many good options there.  A few of my favorites are: Herb Hummus, Kale Guacamole, Charred Cauliflower, Ancient Grains Bowl, Inside Out Quinoa Burger, Grass-fed Burger, Spaghetti Squash Casserole, and Grass-fed Steak Tacos.  For drinks I love their Kale Aide and Original Ginger “O.G.”- so much goodness there!  Check it out here.

 

Organic Newport Food

The organic açaí bowls at SEJUICED were nothing short of delicious.

 

SEJUICED-

This is a new gem I stumbled upon this last trip.  It is this superfood cafe that is just over the top!  Their standards are amazing, organic, non-GMO, plant based, and dairy free.  They offer smoothies, smoothie bowls, superfood lattes, vegan treats, cold pressed juices, and salad bowls.  I basically had to restrain myself from trying one of everything!  We got the Warrior smoothie bowls and they were delicious.  FYI you could definitely share it with someone, they are huge.  We also got the blue mojo cold pressed juice and raw almond joy bar.  They did not disappoint.  If you have a chance to go there, do it!  Check it out here.

 

Cafe Gratitude

The Black Bean Burger on a gluten free bun never disappoints.

 

Cafe Gratitude-

This is a staple I always go to when I’m in Newport Beach.  It’s an all vegan farm to table restaurant.  Side note they’re decor is always on point and so chic.  Every time I go I want to order something new.  I’m not vegan but I do appreciate eating vegan on occasion and the variety of flavors they offer.  If you can go for brunch you should make it happen- so good!  A couple items I love our their guacamole, roasted brussel sprouts, Mucho Mexican Bowl, Magical Black Bean Burger.  Their Effervescent House Gingerale is amazing as well as their Healing Chlorophyll.   You really can’t go wrong with their selections, the atmosphere and overall vibe. Check it out here! 

 

Organic California Food

Blue Bowl has won my heart for best açaí bowl!

 

Blue Bowl-

This isn’t technically in Newport Beach but they have several locations not crazy far.  I have to mention it because it’s my favorite açaí bowl place I’ve found!  What makes them so great is you can customize it to your liking.  You literally get to create your own bowl!  Sometimes I find I don’t like what’s being offered on açaí bowl menus.  So this is amazing.  They also offer unique toppings, like chia pudding or steel cut oatmeal.  I love how I can layer different things in.  Trust me, once you try them you will be hooked!  I discovered them last November and every time we are in the area we make a point to stop there.  Check them out here!

 

Palm Desert

 

We stayed in Palm Desert for a week with my mom and dad and siblings and their families.  It was so fun!  If you want some heat and sunshine the desert is the place to go for sure.  It was only an hour and 45 minute drive from Newport Beach.  We made most of our meals here since we had a kitchen.  We stocked up at Costco, Whole Foods and Sprouts.

 

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We loved staying at the Wyndham Indio Resort!

 

Club Wyndham In Indio-

We stayed at Club Wyndham in Indio, California.  It’s a little over a 20 minute drive from Palm Desert.  I absolutely loved staying here!  They are condos.  So you have a full kitchen and washer and dryer.  We stayed in a 2 bedroom unit with 2 bathrooms.  We had plenty of room.  The pool was the highlight for sure! Or I should say pools.  They have a main pool that is quite large and offers a lazy river and kiddie/toddler pool, plus hot tubs.  The lazy river was so fun!  You pick up a tube and just plop down and float around the river.  I didn’t want to leave.  They also have another pool and kiddie pool in a separate area of the resort.  The kiddie/toddler pool was so nice!  It is so shallow you didn’t even have to worry about the kids as much and they loved playing in there.  I was kind of surprised how much they liked it.  They also have 2 tennis courts, game room, tons of outdoors grills, fitness center, and playgrounds.  If you’re looking for a family friendly place to getaway, I would definitely recommend it!  Check it out here.

 

Organic California food

This organic dairy free ice-cream hit the spot!

 

Nitroinfusions-

One night we went out for ice cream to Nitroinfusions.  They actually make the ice-cream right in front of you- pretty cool.  All the kiddos liked that!  All their ice cream is organic and not made with any additives or preservatives since it’s made right in front of you.  They also had some dairy free options that I was excited about.  I got the dairy free chocolate made with coconut milk.  So good!  If you’re needing a sweet treat, check this out here.

 

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These were some tasty açaí bowls!

 

Bowl Of Heaven-

This açaí bowl and smoothie place is super yummy.  My hubs and I both got the Almond Butter Bowl.  This was our dinner one night- super filling and refreshing.  Great after a long day in the sun too!  Check them out here!

 

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The little shops and streets are so charming in Santa Barbara.

 

Santa Barbara

This was my first time in Santa Barbara and I must say I was smitten with all the charm.  It’s so cute.  Seems very European with it’s architecture and close shops.  I love the old world feel it has.  It’s right along the ocean.  Making it fun for outdoor activities.  But they also have so many fun shops I wanted to check out too.  The vibe feels laid back and easy.  We were only there a night, so definitely need to go back to check out all that it has to offer!

 

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These bikes were the cutest at Hotel Milo in Santa Barbara.

 

Hotel Milo-

We stayed at Hotel Milo in Santa Barbara.  I was drawn to it by it’s charm and closeness to the beach.  You literally cross the street and the beach is right there.  I loved looking out and seeing the water.  It’s a boutique hotel.  They have table and chairs outside the rooms where you can sit and eat.  Also, the cutest basket bikes that are complimentary as part of your stay.  It didn’t work for us to use them on this trip but I could see just my hubs and I going back and taking them for a spin.  They offer daily wine tasting from 4-6 pm. I loved how close it was to everything.  I don’t know if I would go there with a group of girls, as the bathroom was really small.  Might make it a little tricky.  But then again maybe not.  Just something to think about.  Check out Hotel Milo here!

 

Viva Modern Mexican-

This was so good!  My hubs and I both wanted Mexican food when we were there.  Viva offers cauliflower tortillas as an option and organic ingredients.  I ordered the filet mignon tacos and my hubs ordered the steak fajitas.  SO good!  The food tasted fresh and had such a good flavor.  Check them out here! 

 

Organic Santa Barbara Food

Loved everything about Lilac Patisserie!

 

Lilac Patisserie-

This was also delicious.  A lot of readers had recommended it to me.  Their whole menu is gluten free, which is amazing and their fruit was all organic.  I got the vegetable quiche which was amazing!  I don’t remember the last time I had quiche!  Typically they aren’t gluten free, so this was a real treat.  My daughter got the homemade gluten free granola with oat milk.  My hubs got the breakfast sandwich and then we got a bowl of organic berries. It was all so good and tasted fresh.  It’s so cute in there too!  You feel like you’ve been transported to a french cafe- not that I know what that feels like haha but it’s what I imagine in my head.  If you get the chance to go there, do it.  Check them out here.

 

Green Table-

We also made a quick stop at Green Table.  They offer vegan and gluten free food.  I wished we had stayed in Santa Barbara longer but since our stay was so short we just couldn’t eat as much as we wanted- first world problems!  I did want to stop and just check them out.  Their smoothies and juices looked amazing, as well as their matcha menu.  They also had so many salads, and food creations that looked so yummy.  I had to get a little sweet treat while I was there after checking out there raw and vegan desserts.  We all shared a raw matcha mint brownie and a flourless raw chia chocolate-cupcake.  They were tasty to say the least!  Check them out here.

 

Northern California

We stopped at a couple places on our way down from Washington in Northern California and on our way up from Southern California.  It’s amazing what you can find when you’re looking for healthier food and eco lodging options.

 

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The views from Costanoa Lodge of the ocean were amazing!

 

Costanoa Lodge

I was so excited to stay here!  I had heard great things about them and it sounded like the perfect place to share some special memories with my family.  It is definitely a family friendly place and one of the reasons I was drawn to it in the first place.  It’s right on the coast of northern California.  It’s liking camping but you’re really glamping.  My kind of camping!  They have a variety of options for accommodations.  You can stay in the lodge, the cabins or tent bungalows.  The cabins offer different options depending on your needs. We chose the Coastal Studio RV.  They can accommodate up to 5 family members.  They offer a queen bed, two bunk beds, sleeper sofa, full bathroom with amenities, two flat screen TVs, full refrigerator, microwave, coffee station, front porch, and outdoor picnic deck.  For us a bathroom was important to have in the unit.

 

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The Coastal Studio RV was perfect for our family of four!

 

I was so impressed with how clean everything felt and well maintained!  Even my hubs commented.  I love that all the floors were wood and there was no carpet.  Just felt easy to keep clean.  The bathroom was roomy and nice too.  I also loved having a partial kitchen in the unit.  They had two stovetop burners where you could cook something on.  I want to go back and stay there with my extended family.  It would be the perfect blend of nature, yet still having modern conveniences.  They had playgrounds, fire pits, tons of biking and hiking trails, kayaking, horseback riding, and even yoga.  They even offer guided bird watching tours, stargazing, the-dye workshops, and wine tasting events.  Plus, a spa that offers a variety of massages.  Great after all your outdoor activities. You can even  have group meetings there and weddings.  They were actually setting up for a wedding when we were there.  Check out all their activities here. 

 

Organic California lodging

The bunk beds were a hit with my girls!

 

I have to tell you about my experience at their Cascade Restaurant and Bar.  It was over the top amazing!  The food is farm to table and they are committed to organic produce and practices.  They source from local farmers but also have an organic garden that they use for the dishes as well.  I mean how cool is that?!   My husband and I said it was the best meal we had our whole trip.  I wish I had met the chef because I wanted to thank her for all the deliciousness.  We ordered the Deviled Green Eggs and Ham for an appetizer, Rib Eye Steak and the House Salad.  Everything tastes so fresh and bursting with flavor.  It was the best steak ever- clearly my hubs and I are still talking about it!  Sometimes simple foods are the best foods.  I can’t recommend the Cascade Restaurant enough.  They are open for brunch and dinner. Plus, they have a full bar as well.

 

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The Cascade Restaurant at the Costanoa Lodge was the best meal we had all trip.

 

I can’t forget the general store on site.  I was so impressed with their offerings!  Most of the time stores on site can be lacking in the organic food department but not this one.  They offered a lot of local and organic food options.  Especially for packaged goods.  They even had wine you could buy as well.  It was nice knowing if I needed something quick or was in a bind I could make a quick trip there to get it.

 

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The deviled egg appetizer was legit at the Cascade Restaurant.

 

I have been raving about Costanoa since we stayed there!  It feels like a truly relaxing getaway especially in today’s fast paced technology driven world.  Hearing the ocean, smelling the salt air and being surrounded by the ones you loves is definitely a recipe for a good time.  Costanoa offers it all.  Check them out here! 

 

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The cauliflower pizza at Pieology was really good.

 

Pieology-

We ate at this pizza place in Sacramento.  Its not organic but sometimes you just have to do the best you can when you’re on the road.  This is a prime example.  What I liked about it, is they offer cauliflower pizza crust and gluten free pizza crust.  I also avoid meat at places I’m not sure of the sourcing.  For me meat is one I’m picky about.  I got a cauliflower pizza crust and it was great!  All the toppings seemed fresh and I love that they bake it right when you order it.  If you’re needing something kid friendly, and semi-quick this is a decent option.  Check them out here!

 

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Nature’s Pantry hit the spot for an off the freeway lunch spot in Yreka.

 

Nature’s Kitchen-

I was so impressed with this restaurant find!  It’s organic and uses fresh ingredients.  It proves if you do a little digging you really can find so many fun treasures!  We stopped here in Yreka for lunch on our way down through Northern California.  They have an organic menu with vegan and gluten free options.  They also have a small health store attached to it.  I even found my favorite stevia sweetened ginger brew there by Brooklyn Crafted- score!  It’s more of a breakfast, late lunch spot.  They don’t serve dinner.  I got the chicken sandwich and salad.  They had this gluten free bread that was amazing!  I wished I would have asked the server if they made it.  Check them out here!

 

Roots Juice Bar-

We also stopped at Roots Juice Bar in Redding, California.  One of my good friends from college lives there and we met up there.  She knew I would love it and she was right.  All organic ingredients, they have smoothies, juices, açaí bowls, wraps, and shots.  I got the Popeye Smoothie and added cashews and chia seeds to it- so good.  Definitely worth going!  Check them out here.

 

That sums up my Organic California Travel Guide.  I hope you found it helpful!  What are some of your favorite organic food and sustainable resorts in California?

 

Organic California Guide

Sharing all my favorite organic and natural food and lodging in California.

 

7 Tips To Living Healthy As A Busy Mom

7 Tips To Living Healthy As A Busy Mom

Sharing my 7 tips to living healthy as a busy mom!  Have you ever felt like living healthy in the 21st century is challenging?  We all have our reasons right?  It might be you don’t have time to cook, you can’t find time to exercise or take some time in the morning to pray, meditate or just be still.  Whatever it may be, we all know when we are feeling our best and taking control of our health and when we aren’t.

Over the past month I’ve even felt like I don’t measure up!  Being pregnant with my third baby has definitely thrown it’s curve balls when it comes to healthy living.  I’ve had weeks in the first trimester where I barley cooked because I was vomiting and so nauseous that the thought of cooking anything repulsed me.  I’ve had moments where I just wanted pizza and not a salad.  Days where I’m so tired the idea of going for a walk sounded like a half marathon.  Trust me, I’ve been there!

Having kids can definitely change things up.  Your plans don’t always go as “planned” and you’re often feeling like how does everyone do “ALL” the things.  I mean I even I think that and I’m a natural lifestyle blogger?  I know as a mom it’s really made me prioritize what’s most important and what can wait when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle.  Because at the end of the day, there’s only 24 hours in a day and I can’t do it all!

When your single or even just married life can often look a little different.  I know it did for me.  I didn’t have to plan as much, could do things when I wanted and things didn’t pop up as much as they do now with kids.  Any other mom remember those days?

 

I know as a mom it’s really made me prioritize what’s most important and what can wait when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle.

 

I realized if I feel like I’m running the rat race when it comes to healthy living at times, how much more are other moms?!

As much as I want to sauna, fix the perfect instagram worthy meal everyday, have my house in immaculate condition, exercise, practice prayer or meditation, do red light therapy, fix my kids the perfect healthy meals…sometimes it just doesn’t all happen.  I’m human, and I’m reminded daily by 2 little girls and a growing babe in my belly.

Does that mean I throw in the towel and think this healthy lifestyle isn’t for me?

Not at all!  I’ve learned flexibility is key and planning when it comes to life with kids now.  There’s also lots of seasons as kids grow and you just have to learn how to pivot.

I wanted to share 7 tips to living a healthy life as a busy mom that have really made such a difference in my own life.  I want to fully embrace the season I am in and these babies I’ve been blessed with!  I love knowing I can teach them healthy habits and have them grow up living them out for themselves, their family and the environment.

I also realized if healthy living is going to happen in the homes, it’s usually up to the mamas!  We hold so much power and can shape how our family operates and lives everyday.  For example, I know if I cook healthy food that’s what my hubs will eat!  I’m sure it goes for most of your husbands too.  We women often set the tone.

I want to arm you with some tips that helped me so much and have shifted my mindset when it comes to creating a healthy lifestyle as a busy mom.  These tips have saved me time, money, and stress. 

I hope they help you as much as they’ve helped me!

 

7 tips to healthy living as a busy mom

Living healthy as a busy mom doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. With these tips I’ve learned it can be fun and enjoyable!

 

1. Plan ahead-

 

I feel like you’re all looking at me going, “Yeah, I’ve heard that a thousand times!”  Ok, well my question then is are you practicing it?  It’s so easy to hear something but not actually put it into action.  PLANNING, will literally change your life!  Imagine what it would look like if you didn’t plan out your meals for the week.  When it’s time to eat breakfast lunch or dinner, instead of feeling prepared and able to pull something out of the fridge you scramble last minute to throw something together. The end result is it’s not that healthy, maybe it ends up being takeout, a trip to the grocery store where you spend more money, or eating cereal for dinner.  The point is you end up frazzled, not well fed and having spent more money than you wanted.  Not cool, right?!  So what if you took 30 minutes each week and planned your meals.  30 minutes!  That’s it.  You plan out breakfast, lunch and dinner and snacks if you need them.  You take your list to the grocery store and you get everything you need.  You then take an hour or two and prep one day.  Wouldn’t that make life SO much easier?  I know it does for me.  We all know what happens to kids when 5 O’Clock rolls around…they turn into hungry hippos and the last thing any mom wants to do is try to come up with some healthy meal amidst whining and crying.

Planning also comes into play for exercise.  If you don’t plan it into your schedule the likelihood of it happening is slim to none.  Penciling in when you’re going to get some activity into your day is crucial for actually seeing it happen.  Right down what your going to do, and tell someone.  You’re so much more likely to actually do it if someone else knows.

Planning your life as a family in general.  Do you ever feel like your kids are in too many activities, and you’re just running around with your head cut off?  A lot of times it might seem necessary to have your kids in every activity but really it might not be.  Both my hubs and I have realized we don’t want to live a taxi service lifestyle.  I definitely want my kids involved in sports but I also don’t want to feel stressed out all the time, overwhelmed and not having any family time.  For each family it will look different, but I challenge you to take an inventory of all your extracurricular activities.  Maybe one activity per season is doable but is three?  Think about what seems manageable and enjoyable for your family.  Every situation is different so do what feels best for you and your family.

 

green smoothie

One of my secret weapons to living out a holistic lifestyle? Green Smoothies!

 

2. Drink a smoothie a day-

 

This one might seem odd but it literally has changed my life.  You might be thinking why a smoothie?  Well, for one it’s easy.  I can prep all my smoothie ingredients, have them in the freezer or fridge and then just pop them in the blender in the morning.  Easy peasy!  Then I can take it with me on the go to work, dropping off the kids etc.  I love knowing that I’m getting a nutrient dense breakfast but on the go.  It’s one less meal to have to think about making beforehand too.  I make a smoothie for my hubs and I every morning and then in the summer months I make them for my girls for lunch.  

I wrote and entire smoothie blog post all about what I put in my smoothies and why.  I even have recipes to my favorite smoothies.  This isn’t just a sugar smoothie, it’s full of healthy fats, fiber, protein and veggies.  You’ll be full until lunch and satisfied.  Check out the blog post here!  Also, if you want to make it even easier for yourself, you can subscribe to Smoothie Box!  It’s an all organic smoothie box that takes the guesswork out of making health smoothies.  The smoothies come in prepackaged bags and all you have to do is add it to a blender with liquid and blend away.  Check out Smoothie Box here!

 

3. Wake up before your kids-

 

Another serious game changer.  I used to not wake up before my kids and really made my days so much harder.  Instead of feeling prepped and ready for the day, I felt like I was thrown into the fire without any protection.  Ok, a little extreme but you get what I’m saying.  When I give myself time have a slow morning and do something for me right away my whole day goes better.  I have more patience for my kids, I’m able to think a little more clearly, and make better decisions  In the end, it always leads to a healthier life.  

For me it’s getting up and having some quiet time reading, listening to a podcast or working out.  Then I’m able to get breakfast on the table for my kids, make my smoothies and even throw in a load of laundry.  Things just flow so much smoother when I allow myself a little “me” time before the kiddos come on the scene.  Even if it’s only 30 minutes I challenge you to get up just a little earlier.  I promise it will make such a difference in your day!

 

Vitacost Faves

Vitacost saves me every month! Love this natural online shopping center!

 

4. Shop online-

 

I know this might sound counterintuitive to going green but hear me out.  A lot of the companies I support are small companies trying to make it in this big world.  Not only does shopping online save me a lot of time as a busy mom but it also gives me a chance to support smaller companies I might not.  For instance I love shopping on Etsy!  It’s one of my favorites for finding thoughtful and unique gifts for friends and family.  I also buy online from a lot of local Seattle companies.  I live an hour south of Seattle so being able to still support some of my favorite jewelers is awesome.  I also get my pastured meat from a small company in California.  I love knowing the quality is amazing but that they ship directly to me!  Saves this mama so much time.  

A few other stores I love shopping at are Vitacost for healthy organic dry goods- I have a whole blog post on my favorites here.  I also love Amazon for convenience- and all the moms said AMEN!  I have a whole Amazon blog post on all my favorites I get from them here.  Just having things delivered when living out a healthy lifestyle helps me a ton.  I’m able to spend more time making a decent meal for my family, spending time outdoors and just not stressing about driving here and there.  They even have so many grocery delivery services now where you can order online and then have it delivered to your house!  Take a little off your plate and start living out your healthy life, instead of feeling like you’re running around with your head cut off to 10 different stores.

 

7 tips to healthy living as a busy mom

Involving your family in activities makes living healthy so much more doable!

 

5. Make it a family activity-

 

It’s easy to want to compartmentalize everything but unfortunately that just isn’t reality once you have kids.  An example of this is when I want to exercise.  I’ve realized sometimes it means including my girls.  Whether that’s playing with them outside, going for a walk as a family or even a bike ride.  It might not look like an hour at the gym.  

My brother and sister in law are a perfect example of this.  They have 5 kids- yes I said 5!  They had twin girls last year.  But guess what?   It didn’t stop them from getting working out.  They were creative in making it a family activity.  They would put the twins in a double bob stroller, walk and run with them, while the other girls would ride their bikes or scooter.  They also set up a garage gym, so they didn’t have to go anywhere to get in a workout.  They saved time by doing this and were able to show their kids the importance of staying active.  

Same thing when it comes to being in the kitchen.  I got my 5 year old a kid safe knife set so she can help me when I’m in the kitchen. Instead of having me make meals by myself she can now get involved.  The more involved she is in preparing the food the more she learns about how real food is made.  When you make things a family affair you may have to get a little creative but I promise it will be worth it!

 

6. Don’t compare-

 

Sounds easier said then done.  Trust me I get it but it’s so worth it.  How many times are you scrolling through Instagram and you see a photo of a someone with a picture perfect life and you start thinking I can’t live that way.  Looks impossible.  They’re so healthy, look at the meals they make, wow they’re house is always clean and they have the perfect body.  Come on, we’ve all been there.  But what you might not have seen is that the person you’re comparing yourself too actually is a work in progress too, like us all.  Remember no life is perfect, even if it looks that way.  

If you need to stop unfollowing people in order to get a right mindset, do it!  Your life is amazing and awesome and if you truly don’t feel like it is, then do something about it.  Start implementing one of these tips today and I know you’ll see a difference within the month.  Small changes add up over time.  I have learned to embrace my life, flaws and all.  I love my kids and hubs and the messy life we’ve created.  It’s not perfect but that’s ok, we’re human.   Stop comparing and start loving your own life!  Healthy living doesn’t look the same for everyone.

 

7. Say NO-

 

This one is so good and needed more than ever in our society!  Have you ever felt like you literally are a taxi service for your kids?  Or that you are constantly stressed out?  Maybe you have to stay up so late every night just to get all the things done.  It could be that every weekend you have some sort of family function, birthday party, or sporting event to go to.  Sound familiar?  I know I’ve been there.  I’ve said yes to so many things that I literally end up running myself into the ground and getting sick.  Do you know it’s ok to say no?  Yes, you can say no and your friends won’t hate you(I mean if they do, are they even your friends), you’ll still have a life and you’ll still have fun.  When you say no to things it puts you in control of your life instead of someone else.  

I find when we say no, we aren’t rushing around but enjoying one another’s company, playing outside more and just being together as a family.  When your gone all the time it doesn’t lend itself to a healthy lifestyle.  You won’t have time to prep food, cook, or even have a normal routine.  They say that adults thrive off of routine as much as children do.  When you can get in a rhythm of life your body thanks you.  When I know I’m home for the week I can get my workout in, make healthy meals, eat together as a family- all things that breath health into my life.  Sometimes it might be hard saying no to all the invitations but at the end of the day you’re really saying yes to your health!

 

Do you implement any of these tips into your life?  What tips have helped you as a busy mom live a healthier life?

 

living healthy busy mom

Sharing my 7 tips to living healthy as a busy mom of two!

 

Sharing my 7 tips to living healthy as a busy mom!  Have you ever felt like living healthy in the 21st century is challenging?  We all have our reasons right?  It might be you don’t have time to cook, you can’t find time to exercise or take some time in the morning to pray, meditate or just be still.  Whatever it may be, we all know when we are feeling our best and taking control of our health and when we aren’t.

Over the past month I’ve even felt like I don’t measure up!  Being pregnant with my third baby has definitely thrown it’s curve balls when it comes to healthy living.  I’ve had weeks in the first trimester where I barley cooked because I was vomiting and so nauseous that the thought of cooking anything repulsed me.  I’ve had moments where I just wanted to pizza and not a salad.  Days where I’m so tired the idea of going for a walk sounds like a half marathon.  Trust me, I’ve been there!

Having kids can definitely change things up.  Your plans don’t always go as “planned” and you’re often feeling like how does everyone do “ALL” the things.  Can I admit that even I think that and I’m a natural lifestyle blogger?  I know as a mom it’s really made me prioritize what’s most important and what can wait when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle.  Because at the end of the day, there’s only 24 hours in a day and I can’t do it all!

When your single or even just married life can often look a little different.  I know it did for me.  I didn’t have to plan as much, could do things when I wanted and things didn’t pop up as much as they do now with kids.  Any other mom remember those days?

I realized if I feel like I’m running the rat race when it comes to healthy living at times, how much more are other moms?!

As much as I want to sauna, fix the perfect instagram worthy meal everyday, have my house in immaculate condition, exercise, practice prayer or meditation, do red light therapy, fix my kids the perfect healthy meals…sometimes it just doesn’t all happen.  I’m human, and I’m reminded daily by 2 little girls and a growing babe in my belly.

Does that mean I throw in the towel and think this healthy lifestyle isn’t for me?

Not at all!  I’ve learned flexibility is key and planning when it comes to life with kids now.  There’s also lots of seasons as kids grow and you just have to learn how to pivot.

I wanted to share 7 tips to living life as a healthy mom that have really made such a difference in my own life.  I want to fully embrace the season I am in and these babies I’ve been blessed with!  I love knowing I can teach them healthy habits and have them grow up living them out for themselves, their family and the environment.

I also realized if healthy living is going to happen in the homes, it’s usually up to the mamas!  We hold so much power and can shape how our family operates and lives everyday.  For example, I know if I cook healthy food that’s what my hubs will eat!  I’m sure it goes for most of your husbands too.  We women often set the tone.

I want to arm you with some tips that helped me so much and have shifted my mindset when it comes to creating a healthy living as a busy mom.  These tips have saved me time, money, stress and have helped me live out a healthy lifestyle.

I hope they help you as much as they’ve helped me!

1. Plan ahead-

I feel like you’re all looking at me going, “Yeah, I’ve heard that a thousand times!”  Ok, well my question then is are you practicing it?  It’s so easy to hear something but not actually put it into action.  PLANNING, will literally change your life!  Imagine what it would look like if you didn’t plan out your meals for the week.  When it’s time to eat breakfast lunch or dinner, instead of feeling prepared and able to pull something out of the fridge you scramble last minute to throw something together. It’s not that healthy, maybe it ends up being takeout, a trip to the grocery store where you spend more money, or eating cereal for dinner.  The point is you end up frazzled, not well fed and having spent more money than you wanted.  Not cool, right?!  So what if you took 30 minutes each week and planned your meals.  30 minutes!  That’s it.  You plan out breakfast, lunch and dinner and snacks if you need them.  You take your list to the grocery store and you get everything you need.  You then take an hour or two and prep one day.  Wouldn’t that make life SO much easier?  I know it does for me.  We all know what happens to kids when 5 O’Clock rolls around…they turn into hungry hippos and the last thing any mom wants to do is try to come up with some healthy meal amidst whining and crying.

Planning also comes into play for exercise.  If you don’t plan it into your schedule the likelihood of it happening is slim to none.  Penciling in when you’re going to get some activity into your day is crucial for actually seeing it happen.  Right down what your going to do, and tell someone.  You’re so much more likely to actually do it if someone else knows.

Planning your life as a family in general.  Do you ever feel like your kids are in too many activities, and you’re just running around with your head cut off?  A lot of times it might seem necessary to have your kids in every activity but really it might not be.  Both my hubs and I have realized we don’t want to live a taxi service lifestyle.  I definitely want my kids involved in sports but I also don’t want to feel stressed out all the time, overwhelmed and not having any family time.  For each family it will look different, but I challenge you to take an inventory of all your extracurricular activities.  Maybe one activity per season is doable but is three?  Think about what seems manageable and enjoyable for your family.  Every situation is different so do what feels best for you and your family

2. Drink a smoothie a day-

This one might seem odd but it literally has changed my life.  You might be thinking why a smoothie?  Well, for one it’s easy.  I can prep all my smoothie ingredients, have them in the freezer or fridge and then just pop them in the blender in the morning.  Easy peasy!  Then I can take it with me on the go to work, dropping off the kids etc.  I love knowing that I’m getting a nutrient dense breakfast but on the go.  It’s one less meal to have to think about making beforehand too.  I make a smoothie for my hubs and I every morning and then in the summer months I make them for my girls for lunch.  I wrote and entire smoothie blog post all about what I put in my smoothies and why.  I even have recipes to my favorite smoothies.  This isn’t just a sugar smoothie, it’s full of healthy fats, fiber, protein and veggies.  You’ll be full until lunch and satisfied.  Check out the blog post here!  Also, if you want to make it even easier for yourself, you can subscribe to Smoothie Box!  It’s an all organic smoothie box that takes the guesswork out of making health smoothies.  The smoothies come in prepackaged bags and all you have to do is add it to a blender with liquid and blend away.  Check out Smoothie Box here!

3. Wake up before your kids-

Another serious game changer.  I used to not wake up before my kids and really made my days so much harder.  Instead of feeling prepped and ready for the day, I felt like I was thrown into the fire without any protection.  Ok, a little extreme but you get what I’m saying.  When I give myself to have a slow morning and do something for me right away my whole day goes better.  I have more patience for my kids, I’m able to think a little more clearly and just make better decisions which in the end always leads to a healthier life.  For me it’s getting up and having some quiet time reading, listening to a podcast or working out.  Then I’m able to get breakfast on the table for my kids, make my smoothies and even throw in a load of laundry.  Things just flow so much smoother when I allow myself a little “me” time before the kiddos come on the scene.  Even if it’s only 30 minutes I challenge you to get up just a little earlier.  I promise it will make such a difference in your day!

4. Shop online-

I know this might sound counterintuitive to going green but hear me out.  A lot of the companies I support are small companies trying to make it in this big world.  Not only does shopping online save me a lot of time as a busy mom but it also gives me a chance to support smaller companies I might not.  For instance I love shopping on Etsy!  It’s one of my favorites for finding thoughtful and unique gifts for friends and family.  I also buy online from a lot of local Seattle companies.  I live an hour south of Seattle so being able to still support some of my favorite jewelers is awesome.  I also get my pastured meat from a small company in California.  I love knowing the quality is amazing but that they ship directly to me!  Saves this mama so much time.  A few other stores I love shopping at are Vitacost for healthy organic dry goods- I have a whole blog post on my favorites here.  I also love Amazon for convenience- and all the moms said AMEN!  I have a whole Amazon blog post on all my favorites I get from them here.  Just having things delivered when living out a healthy lifestyle helps me a ton.  I’m able to spend more time making a decent meal for my family, spending time outdoors and just not stressing about driving here and there.  They even have so many grocery delivery services now where you can order online and then have it delivered to your house!  Take a little off your plate and start living out your healthy life, instead of feeling like you’re running around with your head cut off to 10 different stores.

5. Make it a family activity-

It’s easy to want to compartmentalize everything but unfortunately that just isn’t reality once you have kids.  An example of this is when I want to exercise.  I’ve realized sometimes it means including my girls.  Whether that’s playing with them outside, going for a walk as a family or even a bike ride.  It might not look like an hour at the gym.  My brother and sister in law are a perfect example of this.  They have 5 kids- yes I said 5!  They had twin girls last year.  But guess what?   It didn’t stop them from getting working out.  They were creative in making it a family activity.  They would put the twins in a double bob stroller, walk and run with them, while the other girls would ride their bikes or scooter.  They also set up a garage gym, so they didn’t have to go anywhere to get in a workout.  They saved time by doing this and were able to show their kids the importance in staying active.  Same thing when it comes to being in the kitchen.  I got my 5 year old a kid safe knife set so she can help me when I’m in the kitchen. Instead of having me make meals by myself she can now get involved.  The more involved she is in preparing the food the more she learns about how real food is made.  When you make things a family affair you may have to get a little creative but I promise it will be worth it!

6. Don’t compare-

Sounds easier said then done.  Trust me I get it but it’s so worth it.  How many times are you scrolling through Instagram and you see a photo of a someone with a picture perfect life and you start thinking I can’t live that way.  Looks impossible.  They’re so healthy, look at the meals they make, wow they’re house is always clean and they have the perfect body.  Come on, we’ve all been there.  But what you might not have seen is that the person you’re comparing yourself actually is single, not married and has no children.  Completely opposite of your life.  If you need to stop unfollowing people in order to get a right mindset, do it!  Your life is amazing and awesome and if you truly don’t feel like it is, then do something about it.  Start implementing one of these tips today and I know you’ll see a difference within the month.  Small changes add up over time.  I have learned to embrace my life, flaws and all.  I love my kids and hubs and the messy life we’ve created.  It’s not perfect but that’s ok, we’re human.  No one has the picture perfect life we think they do.  Stop comparing and start loving your own life!  Healthy living doesn’t look the same for everyone.

7. Say NO-

This one is so good and needed more than ever in our society!  Have you ever felt like you literally are a taxi service for your kids?  Or that you are constantly stressed out?  Maybe you have to stay up so late every night just to get all the things done.  It could be that every weekend you have some sort of family function, birthday party, or sporting event to go to.  Sound familiar?  I know I’ve been there.  I’ve said yes to so many things that I literally end up running myself into the ground and getting sick.  Do you know it’s ok to say no?  Yes, you can say no and your friends won’t hate you(I mean if they do, are they even your friends), you’ll still have a life and you’ll still have fun.  When you say no to things it puts you in control of your life instead of someone else.  I find when we say no, we aren’t rushing around but enjoying one another’s company, playing outside more and just being together as a family.  When your gone all the time it doesn’t lend itself to a healthy lifestyle.  You won’t have time to prep food, cook, or even have a normal routine.  They say that adults thrive off of routine as much as children do.  When you can get in a rhythm of life your body thanks you.  When I know I’m home for the week I can get my workout in, make healthy meals, eat together as a family- all things that breath health into my life.  Sometimes it might be hard saying no to all the invitations but at the end of the day you’re really saying yes to your health!

 

Do you implement any of these tips into your life?  What tips have helped you as a busy mom live a healthier life?

 

Natural Living Memorial Day Sales!

Natural Living Memorial Day Sales!

I’ve got the pulse on all the Memorial Day Sales from green beauty to natural living and more!  Keep checking back to get all the details as some will unveil throughout the weekend.

I mean some of these sales are just too good to pass up- so you want to make sure you hop on them before it’s too late!  

 

CLEAN BEAUTY-

 

Natural Living Memorial Day Sales

Don’t miss out on some serious clean beauty sales this Memorial Day!

 

BEAUTYCOUNTER

Beautycounter has some strict standards when it comes to safer products.  They have everything from natural skincare, clean makeup and hair products.  They even have a baby/kid’s line.  Their new tinted sunscreens are taking the clean beauty world by storm!  If you’ve been wanting a tint to your skin but also protecting it- then look no further.  I love their Lip Sheers, Eyebrow Gel, Blushes, Bronzer and Volume and Shape Shampoo.  What’s even better is they offer a 60 day money back guarantee on products.  So if you try it and don’t like- no worries!  Shop all of Beautycounter here!  

Aillea

This natural beauty superstore is filled with all the clean beauty!  They’re offering 15% off site wide from May 23-27.  Use code: memorial2019.  Excludes Josh Rosebrook, May Lindstrom, Kypris Beauty and Vintner’s Daughter, cannot be combined with other AILLEA offers.  Shop all of Aillea Beauty here!

Credo Beauty

You can basically get all your heart could desire in green beauty at Credo!  From Josh Rosebrook, OSEA, Maya Chia, Goop and more.  It’s like one big clean beauty store- they have it all. They’ll be offering free shipping May 24-27 with code: SUMMERLOVE.  Shop Credo Beauty here!

Detox Market

Another mega clean beauty store is Detox Market.  They have all the “IT” brands.  From Ilia, Osmia Organics, Rahua, W3ll People and more.  They’re offering 10% off on orders $100+ with code GET10, and 15% off on orders $200+ with code GET15.  Shop Detox Market here!

Beauty Heroes

Beauty Heroes is your natural monthly beauty box delivered right to your front door.  They always offer the best of the best! From natural skincare, natural makeup discoveries and clean hair products.  For Memorial Day they’re offering discounts on their past discoveries.  You can check out all the past discoveries here! 

Integrity Botanicals

This is another hot spot for all things clean beauty!  They have natural makeup, natural skincare and more.  From Ursa Major, Alima Pure, Agent Nateur and more.  They’re offering 15% off orders $100 or more.  When you checkout enter code: MDAY19, not valid in combination with any other code or offer. Brand exclusions apply: May Lindstrom, Kypris, Vintner’s Daughter, La Bella Figure and Laurel Whole Plant Organics.  Ends Monday 5/27 at 11:59pm PST.  Shop Integrity Botanicals here!

Follain

Follain is a boutique style clean beauty store.  Offering all your faves in clean beauty.  Their sale starts Tuesday May 21st and ends May 23rd.  15% off site wide. Enter code: SPRINGCLEAN.  Discount does not apply to product bundles, select kits, or the following brands: Josh Rosebrook, May Lindstrom, and Vintner’s Daughter.  Cannot be combined with other promotions.  Shop Follain here!

OSEA

I love OSEA’s Ocean Cleanser, their Hyaluronic Sea Serum and Sea Vitamin Boost.  So many favorites!  Their salt scrub is also great!  They’re offering a free atmosphere Protection Cream with purchase of $125 or more and starts Thursday and ends Monday.  Shop OSEA here!

Pharmaca

If you’ve followed me for a hot minute you know I love Pharmaca!  This natural store has it all.  From supplements, natural kid’s products, clean beauty, the list is endless!  And get this- so many name brands from clean beauty and they’re 25% this Memorial Day.  Use code:  The sale starts Thursday and ends Monday.  Don’t miss out on this!  Shop Pharmaca here!  

The Choosy Chick

The Choosy Chick offers so much when it comes to clean beauty and products for the whole family.  This weekend they’re offering free US shipping on all orders $25 and over.  Plus, receive the newly launched, Raw Elements Pink Lip Shimmer SPF 30 on all orders $50+.  No codes needed.  The Offer starts Friday morning at 9 am EST and runs through Monday, Memorial Day! Shop Choosy Chick here!

Kosmatology

I LOVE this hand soap!  Best organic, natural hand soap I’ve tried…hands down.  I’ve struggled with finding a hand soap.  It either wasn’t pure, squirted out weird or didn’t foam.  This baby does it all, and has the best ingredients.  Not to mention, it doesn’t dry out my hands!  Everyone needs this in your kitchen and bathroom…trust me.  They have them in several scents-they all smell good!  Shop all of Kosmatology here!

Clean Beauty Box

This is a bi-monthly green beauty box that is so good!  They offer some of the best products.  Right now, they’re offering 20% off their store + free shipping over $50 with code: LONGWEEKEND.  Don’t Miss out!  Snag some faves here!

 

HOME-

 

sol organics review

This organic summer down comforter is the perfect temperature for my husband and I.

 

Smoothie Box

I’ve fallen hard for Smoothie Box!  They offer organic, low sugar smoothies made with veggies and fruits and collagen for protein.  They taste amazing and make drinking a smoothie everyday super easy.  Trust me, if you’ve been struggling to eat a good breakfast, lunch, even dinner, get Smoothie Box!  This weekend they’re offering $20 off your first box!  Get your Smoothie Box here!

Berkey

I’ve had the Berkey water filter for many years and I’m super happy with the performance.  It removes bacteria and parasites, heavy metals like lead and mercury, VOCs and toxic chemicals like benzene, chlorine and chromium-6, pesticides, pharmaceutical drugs and more, to levels higher than 99.99%.  The water sits in a stainless steel container on your counter.  When you buy the Berkey water filter you get the black purification elements with it but you have to buy the fluoride filters separately.  The fluoride filters also filter out arsenic too.  Obviously I would recommend buying the fluoride filters!  I have both and have been happy with their performance.  All their Bundles are on sale this weekend!  Get a Berkey here!

Almond Cow

This is another gadget that I really thought would be unnecessary but I’ve come to love!  It makes creating nut milk so easy.  When I stopped drinking dairy milk I quickly was thrown into the world of non-dairy milks.  When I realized there wasn’t great options to buy I knew I would need to start making my own.  This makes it so easy!  Just add the nuts and water- push a button and then poof!  You’ve got nut milk!  I can’t recommend it enough.  Use Code: GURLGONEGREEN for $15 off.  Shop Almond Cow here.

White Lotus Home

Looking for a nontoxic organic mattress?  Maybe organic pillows?  Well look no further- White Lotus Home is your go to store!  I have their pillows for our whole family and we all love them.  You can choose from so many varieties- kapok, latex, organic cotton and more.  Our personal favorites are the latex and the kapok.  My daughter also has their twin Organic Cotton and Wool Foam Dreamton Mattress.  Free of harsh chemicals and fire retardants.  We love it!  Use coupon code: GGG for 20% off your order!  Shop all of White Lotus Home here! 

SOL Organics

I love my SOL Organics sheets and comforter.  Sheets are one of the worst offenders when it comes to chemicals.  When you think of how much you sleep the toxic load adds up.  Getting organic sheets was a must for my family and I.  I also love their down comforters.  It’s filled with 100% Canadian White Down, that’s responsibly grown and harvested.  It is also 100% GOTS cotton down proof.  It has an even fill and is hypoallergenic.  I love how it lays flat and even, something that my last didn’t do.   We have the summer down, since we tend to run warm at night.  Use GGG25 for 25% off!  Shop all of SOL Organics here!

See any Memorial Day Sales you’re going to hit up?  Let me know what you’re going to get!

 

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Sharing my favorite natural living Memorial Day Sales on the blog!

Road Trip Essentials

Road Trip Essentials

I’m back and sharing my road trip essentials with you!  If you didn’t know I took a road trip with my hubs and two girls throughout California for the last two weeks.  It was so fun!  I’ll be creating a natural California guide with you highlighting all my favorite hot spots from real food, to hotels and lodging- stay tuned.

But for now I wanted to share how I travel and what road trip essentials I bring with me.  This could help you even if you’re not road tripping but just traveling in general.  I have so many tips in here for moms especially!  Because when you’re traveling with two small kids you definitely want to be prepared.  

I’m going to share the snacks we brought, the products, games/activities, and other random stuff that we didn’t bring that I wished we would have.

Since summer is just around the corner this is the perfect time to start thinking about travel essentials!

 

Road Trip Essentials

This sunscreen not only is super convenient with it’s spray form but also works so well!

 

Products

I’m all about products that perform and these were essentials on this trip! 

Beautycounter Travel Set- I brought this travel set along from Beautycounter and it was awesome!  I can’t recommend it enough.  It has a little of everything.  It includes a hand soap, body cream, body wash, and bar soap.  It was great because my hubs loves a bar soap and I love body wash.  Plus, it’s so convenient having the smaller sizes of bottles.  Once the body wash is gone I’ll just refill it with more body wash.  If you’re traveling soon you need this set!  Get it here!

Rahua Shampoo Set- I love having smaller bottles for my shampoo and conditioner.  Rahua has great shampoo and conditioner travel sets.  I love their volumizing shampoo and conditioner.  But they also have one for color treated hair and normal hair.  My hair feels clean and not weighed down.  Been using them for years.  Snag them here!

Beautycounter Sunscreen- Ok, have you tried this stuff?  It’s kind of amazing.  I’ve tried a lot of sunscreens and this one just delivers.  It doesn’t feel heavy or greasy, sprays on white but blends in as you rub it in and blocks blue light- something that we should all be considering with the new research coming out about blue light.  We went through two bottles on our trip!  That’s how much we loved it.  And guess what?!  Beautycounter just came out with a tinted version too.  Can you say awesome!  So now you not only get sunscreen protection but also a little tint with it as well.  It comes in light medium or medium dark.  If you want a noticeable difference I would go with the medium dark.  Check out the sunscreen here!

Beautycounter After Sun Cooling Gel- Planning on going somewhere warm this summer?  Then you’ll need this!  Seriously with the amount of time my kids spend in the pool aloe of some kind is always needed.  Unfortunately all the conventional brands have a ton of other chemical additives in the product.  Not Beautcounter, you’re just getting the pure stuff!  Grab an After Sun Cooling Gel here!

road trip essentials

Hanging with my girl at Cafe Gratitude! One of our favorite restaurants in southern California.

 

Josh Rosebrook Advanced Hydration Mask-  If you’re like me and have dry skin already, then being in the sun all day can really suck all the moisture out of you.  I love this mask!  This one by Josh Rosebrook is great at adding hydration back into the skin.  You can leave it on even overnight for intense hydration.  It goes on like almost a thick frosting and just melts into your skin. I leave it on for 15 minutes and when I take it off my skin feels so hydrated! You don’t remove it with water either but just a dry cloth-helps retain the moisture! Dare I say fine lines look a little less fine if you know what I mean!  A great skin treat after you’ve been in the sun. Snag it here!

Luna Rose and Honey Mask- I love this mask!  Perfect for when your skin needs a little pick me up post swimming or after sun.  It makes my skin glow in minutes- no joke!  It apply it all over in the morning and then grab my toothbrush and then rinse off once I’m done brushing my teeth.  It feels so hydrating and soothing to the skin.  It gives a slight exfoliation too with herbal grains.  The raw honey in this mask draws moisture to the skin while soaking up all the excess oils at the same time.  What I love is that this mask can be used daily as a cleanser or as a mask a couple times a week.  It really lives up to it’s name: Glowing Mask.  I promise you won’t be disappointed!  I can’t get enough of this decadent skin treat!  Oh and did I mention it’s only $30?  Get your mask here! Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!

Beautycounter Dew Skin- I wore this everyday on vacation! I was wearing makeup but it didn’t feel like it.  It’s light and airy.  If I felt like I needed some concealer I would just add a little under my nose or eyes with their concealer pen.  I love that it has spf 20 in it.  I put this on, plus wear a hat if I’m outside all day.  I wear the shade #2.  Check out all the colors here!

Primally Pure Deodorant- Yes, this deodorant made the cut even in 95 degree weather!  It works and works so well.  I can’t stop talking about it.  It’s that good.  My hubs loves the charcoal one and I love the blue tansy- let’s be honest though I would totally use the charcoal one too- love me some mint!  I have had no irritation at all.  Get it here!

Primally Pure Baby Oil- Since being pregnant with baby I’ve been rubbing this body oil all over belly and body.  I love knowing it’s safe to use during pregnancy, plus extremely hydrating.  My hubs can’t get enough of this either- I guess you could say it’s a family fave!  Get it here!

Primally Pure Baby Balm- I’ve also been using this baby balm exclusively on my growing belly this pregnancy.  It feels so good and extra moisturizing for my stretching skin.  I also loved using this on my girls during our trip.  I loved knowing that it was safe for me and them!  One less product to bring just for them.  Snag it here!

Aila Nail Polish- If you’ve followed me for a hot minute you know this is hands down my favorite nail polish.  It works so well!  The colors are so pretty too and it stays.  For the trip I bought a new color called California Love- perfect for our California trip.  I have to say it’s quickly becoming my fave for this spring and summer.  It just screams sun!  Get it here!

Aila Nail Polish Wipes- These are a must when I travel.  They are cloths that come in pre-packaged squares and are perfect for on the go.  No smiling the nail polish remover, no needing to bring a cotton round, you have everything you need in one little pouch- can’t recommend them enough!  Get them here!

Beautycounter Mattifying Powder- I just got this product a month ago and didn’t realize how much I would end up using it!  Especially on our trip.  It’s amazing because it literally keeps my makeup in place ALL day!  I’m talking through sweat, warm weather, pool time, my makeup still looked just as good as when I applied it.  This would be great especially if you live somewhere warm and humid- get it you’ll be so glad.  Check it out here!

 

Road trip essentials

These lip sheers are the perfect lippy for spring and summer!

 

Beautycounter Lip Sheers- This is another product I wore every single day- yes- every single day!  This is the ideal lip formula for spring/summer and on vacations in my opinion.  It is moisturizing- check, it gives a subtle hint of sheen or gloss- check and gives a little color pigment but nothing dramatic- check.  Basically hits all the marks.  I was wearing poppy all trip.  With a little tan from the sun this color just is everything!  Check out all the colors here!

Follain Hand Soap- I love bringing my own hand soap places.  Conventional hand soaps contain a ton of ingredients I avoid.  From fragrance, to sulfates, PEG’s and even triclosan.  Follain has a cute travel friendly version of their everything soap.  It comes in this 1 oz. glass pump bottle and you can easily refill it each trip.  I love knowing I’m not exposing myself to toxins!  Get it here!

 

Snacks

Ok, food is just as important when you’re traveling and all the moms said yes and amen!  Having two kids I wanted to make sure I came prepared with snacks and being pregnant too, especially if we couldn’t find anywhere decent to eat at.  I wanted healthy options at hand.  I just bring a cooler with me and some ice packs.  Most hotels have mini fridges and I’ll just freeze the ice packs each night.  I really like Whole foods Coolers.  I have several of them and they’re so easy to clean!

Hummus Packs- We get these from Costco and love them.  They’re organic and come with just a few simple ingredients.  They’re great for dipping veggies, plantain chips or eating with some turkey meat.  I like that they have a little protein too!  

Muffins- I like making some healthy muffins for the trip.  This time I has made some paleo banana muffins.  They’re just sweetened with bananas and are great for a snack or in the morning for a quick breakfast.  I really like Paleo Running Mama’s recipes!

 

road trip essentials

As you can see we had no fun on vacation!

 

Perfect Kid’s Bars- These are smaller and great for the girls.  I like that they’re a little more filling than an average granola bar.  I don’t let them have these all the time but on road trips they’re a decent whole food choice. Get them here!

BHU Bars- I discovered these bars about a month ago and love them! They’re low in sugar and high in protein and fat.  Plus, they’re organic and contain real food ingredients.  Loved having these on hand for the trip.  Check them out here!

Organic Fruit- I brought some blueberries, bananas, and apples on the trip with us.  The girls love fruit and it’s not really messy either in the car making this mama happy!  

DIY Trail Mix- I love making my own trail mix.  Most trail mixes are loaded with inflammatory oils and tons of sugar.  Making your own is fun and is free from all the bad stuff.  I love putting mine in a reusable Stasher bag.  I like adding macademia nuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, goji berries, and lily’s chocolate chips(sweetened with just stevia.  Sometimes I’ve toasted some coconut and added that too.  My hubs loves it too! I like getting some of my nuts from Trader Joe’s and Amazon

Plantain Chips- I love getting Terra’s plantain chips in the salty version.  They only have 3 ingredients, plantains, coconut oil and salt.  Plantains actually promote a healthy gut with their resistant starch too.  They satisfy that salty craving but without having a conventional chip.  Get them here!

Guacamole Packs- Wholly Guacamole has these awesome organic guac packs just like the hummus packs.  They have all clean ingredients and are so clutch when you need some good healthy fat.  Great for dipping veggies or plantain chips in.

Organic Cheese and Turkey- These are great for travel as well.  You can get organic turkey at Costco and Organic Grass-fed cheese at Trader Joes.  It’s great for the girls when they need something more than just fruit or another bar.  

Nut Butter Packs- These are a great quick protein.  I love eating these with an apple or banana.  Helps to fill me up and also slow down the sugar rush in the body with the added fat protein.  I like these ones!

Dr. John’s Suckers You bet I had something up my sleeve for when my kids were at the end of their rope!  These Dr. John Suckers are free of sugar, and artificial dyes and tasty!  I get the large variety bag from Amazon!

Smart Sweets- I also brought some Smart Sweets with us.  These little gummies are so good and sugar free as well as artificial dye free.  You can get them in bulk on Amazon and then you have these little packets.  My girls love them!  Check them out here!

 

road trip essentials

These two have my heart!

 

Random Things

There are so many random things I brought with me too or wish I would have in hindsight.  These don’t fit into a category other than random- so random it is! 

Activated Charcoal- I didn’t bring this with me but I wished I would have especially with the random bug that Finley and Gracie ended up getting.  Not that we couldn’t have gone to the store but sometimes there just isn’t a close option and it’s nice to have something really close. I was even thinking it would be good for eating out since we hardly ever do when we’re home.  This is a good one!

Supplements- I brought all my supplements and I’m so glad.  I haven’t gotten sick and neither has my hubs and hopefully we don’t- knock on wood.  It might have something to do with this- who knows but I can only imagine it helps.  We love Seeking Health Supplements and Elite Fuel.  This is what I’ve been taking from each.  

Dr. Wholeness Kid’s Multivitamin- I did not bring this with me and I’m still kicking myself!  I felt so bad.  I had it set out on our counter but forgot it.  Call it pregnancy brain I don’t know.  My kid take this religiously and it’s interesting that for the first week they didn’t they got sick.  Just really bummed I didn’t have it with me.  When traveling it’s crucial to have immunity up.  Can’t recommend this kid’s multivitamin enough!  Get it here!

Electrolytes- I’m so glad I brought my electrolyte packets from Seeking Health.  These are clutch for me daily but especially when I’m traveling and in the sun.  The sun can quickly dehydrate you and electrolytes are essential for keeping you hydrated with all the right minerals.  I just add one of these packets to my water and thats it!  They come in plain, berry and orange.  Get them here!

Imagination Magnets- This was such a fun game for my kids to play on the road trip!  It’s a magnet board and then it comes with cards with different images on them.  You take the magnet shapes it comes with and create the different shapes based off the cards.  Bonus you can find this on Amazon!

Magnetic Drawing Board- I’m pretty sure most of us had these as kids!  Well, my kids still love them.  I got this from amazon too.  Kept them busy!  They would switch toys too.  Great for my 2 year old and 4 year old.  Get it here on Amazon!  

Washable Markers and Drawing Pads- I know it sounds simple but when kids have blank paper and markers a lot can happen!  These are clutch for the long road trip.  We got them both on Amazon too.

Back Seat Organizer- I bought one of these before our trip and now I’m wondering what we did before it!  It’s so handy!  It keeps everything organized.  I know exactly where all the essentials are.  No sifting through a bin.  I had some wipes in there, a brush and hair ties for the girls hair, water bottles, tissue, Clean Well Wipes, extra diapers, easy to get to snacks, garbage bags and some lotion.  I’m so excited to reorganize it for our daily use!  They’re so cheap on Amazon too!  Check them out here!

Laundry Detergent- I wish I would have brought some laundry detergent with us.  My mom brought some and saved us but on the way back Finley threw up in the car and we had to use random laundry detergent at a laundry mat when we washed her clothes.  Needless to say I washed them twice when we got home to get out the smell- so awful!  We stayed at a condo for a week so we had a washer and dryer.  My mom brought some Molly’s Sud’s with her thankfully.  Just a reminder next time to pack some!  I prefer powder when I travel- less mess!

Clean Well Wipes- Ok, not sure what we would have done without these on the trip!  From kid spills, to just cleaning things in general, to throw up.  Yes, you heard me right- vomit!  My oldest got sick on our trip and threw up in the car.  These were so clutch.  Not only did they help to disinfect but they also helped to take away the smell.  Clean Well uses the power of the essential oil thyme to kill germs.  I’m always going to have them in the car!  Get them here!

Well that sums up my road trip essentials!  I want to hear what you like to bring with you- what are your essentials?  Leave me a comment!  

Stay tuned for my full organic California Guide coming soon! 

 

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Meet LuckyVitamin: Your one stop shop for natural living

Meet LuckyVitamin: Your one stop shop for natural living

I wanted to share a new online retailer I came across recently, Meet LuckyVitamin: Your one stop shop for natural living.  LuckyVitamin is different than any online retailer I’ve used in the past.

*This post is sponsored by LuckyVitamin, thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

I was so intrigued reading LuckyVitamin’s story!  It started as a pharmacy and has turned into an online natural wellness store.  A legacy that’s been passed down for 3 generations.   They have a passion for health, community, and spreading wellness.  

LuckyVitamin takes the guesswork out of living a natural lifestyle.  It’s your one stop shop for all things wellness.  From natural and organic foods, supplements, herbs, baby, health aids, exercise and more!  They literally have it all. 

One thing that I loved when shopping LuckyVitamin was how smooth the whole experience was.  They make it so simple with their easy to navigate website.  You can shop by health concern, by brand, department, by diet and they even offer a specialty tab for those who may have specific needs such as wanting products that don’t contain artificial fragrance.  They really have thought of it all!  

They also have a tab called “Deals” that indicates what sales and promos are happening.  Making sure you don’t miss a thing!

I love their mission statement!

Mission Statement:

 

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LuckyVitamin’s Mission Statement.

 

They also have a new membership program called LuckyVitamin+ that I joined.  I was so excited to learn of all the perks that came when becoming a member!

You can become a member for $49.95 a year.  This includes so much!

 

Lucky Vitamin Review

LuckyVitamin takes your health to heart!

 

What A LuckyVitamin+ Membership Includes:

  • You get an extra 10% off savings that can be stacked with promotions and offers
  • Free standard shipping on orders over $25 (continental US only)
  • A certified personal Wellness Consultant
  • Member exclusive gifts
  • Content and other member-only perks

It’s so easy to become a LuckyVitamin+ Member!  You just add the membership to your cart when shopping and it automatically gives you your savings.  Check out all that the LuckyVitamin+ Membership offers here!

I love that you can also use other rewards with the membership which increases your overall savings.  

The wellness consultant is another huge perk of membership.  Being able to ask an expert about a product or diet really helps so much.  It can seem so confusing sometimes with labels and knowing really what the best option is.  LuckyVitamin takes the guesswork out of it all with wellness consultants.  I love that it’s actually a phone consultation too and not just by email- makes it so much more personable. 

 

Lucky Vitamin Review

In your order you get a copy of WellPower, a mini publication filled with health inspiration.

 

The community you gain from LuckyVitamin is also huge!  When you join you are invited to a members only community where you’re able to share healthy tips, recipes and learn from one another in your own health journey.  This is also where you can really get to know your wellness consultants.  

The membership really creates an environment for those wanting to take their health journey to the next level and get all they can from a natural lifestyle.  

Membership is kind of a no brainer!  The amount of savings and benefits you receive really makes such a difference.  Check out LuckyVitamin+ Membership here!

 

Lucky Vitamin review

I was so excited LuckyVitamin had some of my favorite collagen powder!

 

On my first order I bought some Primal Kitchen Collagen Powder.  I love knowing that they offer one of my favorite natural proteins.  Plus, I got it for such a deal!   My order was so easy to process and I received it quickly and intact.  

I can’t wait to shop from them again!  They really bridge the gap between so many stores for me and make it so easy to just shop in one place for everything!  I love knowing that I’m also saving time and money.  

Check out all that LuckyVitamin+ membership has to offer here!  

Have you placed an order with LuckyVitamin before?

 

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Best Mother’s Day Gifts 2019

Best Mother’s Day Gifts 2019

Sharing my best mother’s day gifts 2019 with you on the blog.  Finding the perfect gift for your mom can seem daunting.  Trust me, I’ve been there. Why are moms so hard to buy for at times?  I can’t get by with a colored picture anymore.  🙂

So I rounded out my favorite natural gifts for moms.  Maybe your mom isn’t into natural living, well this is the perfect time to get I want all of Baleen’s jewelry! So chic!

her interest peaked.  I’ve found getting my mom natural gifts is a great way to introduce her to something she may not have known about but ends up loving.

I have some practical gifts and some just for fun gifts.  Either way you’ll be set for Mother’s Day!

 

best mother's day gifts

I want all of Baleen’s jewelry! So chic!

 

Baleen Jewelry

These handmade jewelry pieces are just so chic!  I’ve bought them as gifts for several friends.  Not only is the jewelry beautiful but also sustainable.  They us 99% recycled metal content, have a zero waste facility and their gift tags are recyclable as well as their gift boxes.  I love that everything is made in house.  You feel like you’re getting a special treasured piece of jewelry.  I love that their jewelry is nickel free as well.

Their pieces don’t lack style either.  They offer rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets.  Trust me- you’ll want everything!  I can’t think of a more thoughtful way to honor your mom and also support a business doing so much good.  Check them out here!

 

best mother's day gifts 2019

This Follain Everything Soap makes a great addition to any kitchen sink or shower.

Follain Everything Soaps

I’ve been a fan of these Everything Soaps for a while.  They’re packaging is so chic and really makes a statement on any sink counter or shower/bath.  They’re amber glass bottles with attached pumps.  What’s so cool about them is that you can refill them with the soap at any Follain store.  They have large soap dispensers there.  Don’t live next to a Follain, no worries!  Just buy the bottle and when you need to refill it, just use another soap.  If you’re wanting a natural soap but don’t love the look of plastic bottles, this is a great alternative.  Check them out here!

 

best mother's day gifts 2019

True Botanicals takes the cake when it comes to best natural skincare line!

True Botanicals 

If you’re like most moms your skin could use a little tlc.  In comes natural beauty powerhouse True Botanicals.  This line delivers results when it comes to giving you your youthful glow back.  The formulas are filled with antioxidants that deliver nutrients that will repair free radical damage.

I love their renew line and Antioxidant Booster and Repair Serum.  They offer so many lines depending on what skin type you have.  Renew is more for dry/mature skin, Clear is more for those who suffer from acne flare ups, their Calm line is made for those who suffer from rosacea or irritated skin.  They even have products for pregnancy!  If you’r not sure what line would be good for you, check out their skincare quiz here.  Also, shop all their products here!

 

best mother's day gifts 2019

The Detox Box is one of my favorite natural beauty boxes delivered monthly!

 

The Detox Box

I love this box!  It delivers natural beauty to your doorstep each month.  What’s cool about this box is that it offers not only skincare products, but also hair, and makeup.  So you’re not overloaded with one beauty product.  They also always offer some of the best brands!  I’m always impressed with their selections.  A great opportunity for your mom to experience green beauty firsthand without having to wade through all the product choices. Plus, the value is insane!  The box is $49.99 but is always valued over $100.  Check out the box here!

 

best mother's day gifts 2019

These two are the best when it comes to cream blushes in natural beauty.

Cream Blush

If you’ve followed me for a little bit, you know I love a good cream blush.  Especially for those with mature skin.  Powder blushes can settle into fine lines and look cakey.  Cream blushes make your skin look dewy and moist, bringing back the youthful glow.  I love Beautycounter’s Cream Blush Stick and Kjaer Weis Cream Blushes.

 

best mother's day gifts 2019

Love these organic sheets for SOL Organix!

 

Organic Sheets

Who wouldn’t love getting a new set of organic sheets?!  I have sheets from SOL Organics and love them.  They are soft, organic and keep me cool at night.  Great for going into summer when you want a cooler sheet set for the warmer months.  Conventional sheets are so toxic!

Since we spend about a 1/3 of our life in bed it’s important to know what were sleeping on.  Cotton is one of the most heavily sprayed crops.  Being doused with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.  However, that’s not the only thing we should be concerned about.  Sheets often contain formaldehyde, and toxic dyes too.  There are also toxic softeners that are used now on bedding, creating a recipe for a toxic sleep experience!  Trust me, you’re mom will thank you when she sees a new organic sheet set.  Check them out here!

 

best mother's day gifts 2019

Love knowing that I’m protecting myself from harmful radiation with this phone case.

Safe Sleeve Phone Case

I recently got myself a Safe Sleeve phone case and have been so happy with it!  Protecting yourself from radiation from EMFs is so important with all the exposure we are receiving today.  A phone emits a good amount of radiation, since we constantly have our phones near or on us, it’s important to know how to protect ourselves.  Getting a Safe Sleeve Phone Case is one great option.   With a Safe Sleeve Case you block over 99% of RF and 92% of ELF radiation.  A gift any mom would appreciate!  Check them out here!

 

best mother's day gifts 2019

These sunglasses have been a favorite!

Sunglasses

These Ray Ban sunglasses I got last year and I LOVE them!  They are so comfortable and stay on my face so well.  I always get so many compliments on them.  They are polarized too!  I love that I can put them up on my head too, and they don’t get caught in my hair- it’s totally the little things.  They also look super chic- which never hurts.  Check them out here!

 

best mother's day gifts 2019

Beautycounter’s Flawless in Five is a game changer when it comes to transitioning to natural beauty.

 

Flawless In Five

This is a great beginner set from Beautycounter for anyone who hasn’t made the jump into natural beauty.  It offers 6 staple makeup products.  A concealer, blush, lip gloss, mascara, eyebrow gel, and either Dew Skin- their tinted moisturizer with SPF 20 or their Tint Skin- A medium coverage foundation.  I can’t recommend this set enough!  It really takes the guesswork out of trying to get into natural beauty and also saves you a ton of money.  You’re mom will be looking great without the toxins!  Check out Flawless in Five here!

 

best mother's day gifts 2019

These Minted Calendars are such a great way to personalize a gift for your mom.

Minted Calendars

My sister makes my mom a calendar every year and I always think it’s such a great gift idea.  She puts all family members birthdays in the calendar and adds pictures from the previous year.  Needless to say my mom loves it!  Such a personalized gift, yet practical too.  Minted has so many chic designs too, makes it so easy to create one.  Check them out here!

Ok, those are my top picks for Mother’s Day gifts!  Did anything catch your eye?  What are you getting for your mom? I may have already bought my my a gift from the list above. 😉

 

 

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Sharing all my favorite Mother’s Day Gifts on the blog.

 

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