So, you’re thinking about doing a Whole 30, huh? You know the one: the diet where you eliminate all sugar, dairy, legumes, grains, and alcohol, all while following a strict 3-meals-a-day regimen with zero snacking. Doing so for 30 days claims to reap countless amazing benefits, anywhere from headache relief and clearer skin, to weight loss and joint health, not to mention the fact that you might pinpoint any particular foods to which you may have an intolerance. There are dozens of reasons for wanting to try the Whole 30, but actually completing a W30 is a true feat of willpower, and not something to be rushed headfirst into without full knowledge of what to expect. We recently finished a second W30 in January, and learned some things along the way that you might want to consider if you think the W30 is right for you. Here are our biggest takeaways, in no particular order:
As summer wraps up, so will the growing season for most produce throughout the country. Now is the best time to hit up your local farmer’s market to experience the freshest fruits and vegetables you’ll get all year round.
Shopping at the farmer’s market during the summer supports the local community and lowers your carbon footprint, ensuring that the items you bring home came from a nearby farm instead of being shipped halfway around the world.
We’ve all been to the market and come home with a bag of artisan pasta, fresh banana bread, and little to no produce. Before you grab your market bags and head out the door we have a few tricks you should know to help ensure your trip is fruitful.
Most of us across the country have been sucked into the yearly hysteria involving ticks: who they are, what threats they bring, and how this year is the “worst year” thus far. While the threat of Lyme disease is a very real and dangerous thing for those of us who venture outdoors on a semi-regular basis, we really feel that fear shouldn’t cripple you, or discourage you from exploring the great outdoors during the beautiful and warm summer months with your family. So we’ve put together everything you need to know about ticks, from the different types out there, to how to prevent them from ticking you off (see what we did there?), and preventing them from sucking the fun from your outdoor lifestyle. (We’re full of puns.)
House plants add greenery while helping to clean the air and remove toxins from your home, but at first glance, adding a plant means extra work. Some days it’s hard enough to take care of the things in the house that make noise (kids and pets), but plants will silently suffer until one day you notice a pile of brown leaves in the corner.
If that sounds like you, have no fear! We’ve put together a list of our favorite house plants that will make even the newest gardener look like the top green thumb on the block.
How in the world do you feed nine children!? AND organic foods at that? Prioritize. It really is that simple. Whether the children were planned or not, they’re here now, and beyond breastfeeding or formula, it’s now time to move them onto solids. Perhaps you’re one of those crunchy mommas who want nothing but the most naturally grown and chemical free foods to ever touch your child’s lips – or you’re just good with wholesome food, organic on occasion is fine. Either way, you really do want organic, but let’s be real. Organic foods are 40-100% MORE expensive than their conventional counterparts, so let’s set aside feeding one child organic, but NINE!? Yes, and with a budget most families are on for a family of 4-6!
As the nights turn from chilly to sultry, it’s time to switch out your child’s pajama drawer from the cozy, fleece, long sleeve and pant sets to something lighter, brighter, and seasonally stylish. Replace the polar bears and snowmen with surfboards and watermelon.
This is a sponsored post written by us on behalf of Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are 100% ours.
Finding ways to create less trash and provide a better environment we can all enjoy is a mission you may wish to challenge yourself to all year round. Less trash means healthier air, happier animals, and a stronger world for us all to enjoy. As a reminder of how important it is to live a sustainable lifestyle, April has been dubbed Earth Month, allowing us to encourage green living beyond a single day. In honor of the occasion we’ve decided to take on the #LessWasteChallenge to reduce 1 lb of waste per week with the help from our friends at Tom’s of Maine. Today we’ll be showcasing one of the ways we’re living out this challenge and mission of Earth Month by reusing items that may otherwise go to the landfill. Today we’ll be sharing how you can repurpose the packaging from your Tom’s of Maine toothpaste to create a trendy pencil holder for your desk or workspace. Why purchase an expensive piece of desk decor when you can make it yourself?
As moms, we usually put ourselves last. Our kids and husbands get the best of us. We just don’t take care of our bodies like we should. It seems like too much trouble, too much effort. Does this scenario sound familiar? You scour the Internet to find the best in all natural and organic personal care products for your sweet babies, but when it comes time for yourself, you just grab whatever is on sale with no regard for your own body. The baby’s bath time is gentle and nourishing. Your shower is full of skin drying chemicals. You don’t have to live that way. On a recent trip to our favorite Target, we were naturally inspired to afford ourselves the same kind of natural, healthy soaps and body washes we demand for our kids.
The New Year is in full swing as people across the globe make resolutions to living a happier, healthier lifestyle in 2017. The most common New Year’s resolutions among Americans are diet and exercise. We all know we can and should eat healthier and get moving so that we can lead longer, stronger, and healthier lives. Oftentimes however when people are making these diet and exercise resolutions they don’t include the kids in the family.
It seems like once the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Day, the resolutions begin flying around. Maybe you’ve vowed to unplug a bit in the new year and spend more precious time with your family. Or perhaps you’re going to finally start that business you’ve been dreaming up in your head for years. Whatever your goal is for 2017, we can’t wait to help you dominate the heck out of it! If your mom goal is to work on becoming a healthier version of yourself, we can’t wait to tell you about the health benefits of little known muscadine.
As we head into the cooler months keeping the air clean inside your home becomes more challenging when you can’t open the windows for fresh clean air.
This August, researchers from the American Chemical Society presented findings on a study that demonstrated how house plants are the ideal solution for cleaning the air within homes and buildings by lowering volatile organic compounds (VOCs) inside homes that can result in increased dizziness, asthma or allergies.
It is that time of the year again, the time when we go from one dinner party or family event to another. It is a busy season. On the other hand, all those parties and events mean we get to catch up with loved ones we otherwise don’t get to see very often. We exchange holiday gifts and we bring gifts to those who host us in their homes. You should show your gratitude for your loved ones all the time, not just once a year when you get together for the holidays. Wouldn’t you love to be the reason that someone smiles even if you are far apart? It is easy to say thank you all year long with Bloomsy Box.
Remember your first pregnancy? If you were like us, you were so excited to create a baby registry in preparation for the multitude of showers being thrown for you, but that excitement quickly turned into anxiety as you stepped into the baby store. Who knew that there could be so many baby products, and why are they all so necessary? Or are they?
The truth is that much of what we had to have the first go round wasn’t really necessary (useful, but not necessary). In fact, as we prepared for baby #2, we realized that much beyond milk, diapers, and a car seat, babies don’t need much. That said, it doesn’t mean that we all don’t still enjoy buying baby products. However, having a little experience goes a long way towards choosing smarter, more natural, higher quality products. When you know better, you do better. Period.
Cleaning is a necessity, especially when little fingers are all over the house. After a hard afternoon of deep cleaning your home, the smell of chemicals that fill the air may be overpowering!
If you have loved ones on your holiday gift list this year who live an eco-friendly life, you might find it overwhelming trying to find natural and/or organic gifts that will fit into their lifestyle. From candles to children’s sleepwear to wine, we’ve rounded up some of our absolute favorite gift ideas for everyone on your list – hand selected for their dedication to being made with natural and organic materials and ingredients – so you can give them confidently; and you loved ones will appreciate the thought and consideration behind them.