My Current Favorite Things

I've just posted pictures of my favorite things right now. I literally have been obsessed with these products and recipes and web sites. 

My Favorite Things: 

1) Pretty Geometric Patterns 2) Free People Earrings 3)  Homemade Kale Burritos {see my easy recipe below} 4) Amazing Sugar Facial Scrub  5) Target Sandals + Lace Shorts 6) Paso Robles Syrah wines 7) Everything you see in the last pic is from Fab.com - MY favorite site right now for buying stuff! IN LOVE for sure and you really should join. 8) Plui bath toys {these are so fun in the bath & look cool too}

I figured I would share this with you in case you were looking for something to obsess about this month! 

Kale Burrito Recipe

2 handfuls chopped kale
2 Tbls olive oil
2 pinches sea salt + pepper
1 small avocado or 1/2 large avo
1 tortilla {whole wheat or gluten-free or spelt}
2 Tbls garlic sauce
3 Tbls shredded organic parmesan cheese {optional}

In a bowl combine chopped kale, avocado, olive oil, sea salt and pepper. Mix and let sit for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat tortilla on stove. Coat in garlic sauce. Sprinkle on shredded parmesan. Let it heat for about 5 minutes. Once finished add kale & avo mixture. Roll it up and DEVOUR!!!!!!!

Mid-Century Boys Room & Our New House

Man, it has been a long few months for me and my family. We are living in a temporary condo waiting for the renovation of our other house to be finished. 

We were only supposed to be here for less than 2 months and it's been 3 with one more to go. We are living in a place that is just a tad too small for 4 people, which means VERY LITTLE sleep for any of us! BUT we are doing our best to stay positive and excited about this new house with a massive YARD for kids to play in.

I will take pictures when everything is done, but it's going to be a mix of modern, simple, vintage, mid-century and eco-friendly. Not everything we're doing is totally "green". But we are going to have an edible garden, the kitchen is totally "green" construction, tiles in bath will be stone and recycled glass, floors are concrete, entire house will have purified water, we're using old trees as furniture and refurbishing things that don't need to be thrown out. Blah Blah. But with our small budget we're trying to focus on most important things first. We're also setting up electric to eventually go solar but that won't be for awhile. 

I'm very excited about this and I thought I'd share a little bit of our new house ideas with you before the construction is finished. The above picture is a little peek into what our boys room will look like.  

Oh and these great bunk beds are "green" / eco-friendly, as well. In case you've been looking around for something {wink}!

To see a bunch more of my ideas and a few of the things we'll be doing, you should check out my NEW HOME INSPIRATION board on pinterest

Of course some of this is just me putting stuff together. Not all of it has been purchased, but it will give you a feel of the what we're doing! 

Hope you're enjoying your weekend and stay tuned for more food recipes to come!

A Peek Into Meredith's New Book

Writing a book is a major case of delayed gratification. By the time the book is published (usually close to 2 years after you sign the contract) you've almost forgotten how it happened. You are essentially in another phase of life. Still equally excited, but some of the nerves have warn off. You've sat with it, gained confidence about it, tweaked it, edited it, shown it to all your friends and family, bragged about it, bashed it, and when the book finally gets published you are pretty excited (ok, cant wait!) to share it. 

Within all of the waiting there are some spurts of major excitement- #1 is definitely getting back photos to share! 

Yesterday was a typical Tuesday, but it became A-typically exciting when I opened my inbox and found an email from Adrian Mueller with a link to his website and photos from my book shoot- which meant, I get to share some of the photos! 

We've mentioned Adrian before. He is the photographer with whom we've worked with on the last 3 books. This was the 4th time that Adrian and I have worked together - and you know, 4th times a charm ;-) Anyhow, Adrian is incredibly talented. I have learned so much about food styling and photography working with him. He is incredibly precise, meticulous, thoughtful and creative when it comes to his work. He has taught me to see things that I would have never before noticed- the details of details. I am so grateful for these experiences. 

I am so excited to share these photos with you! I really think that these might be the best yet. 

For more of Adrian's beautiful photography and some more of the work we've done together - check out his website 

20% Off | Smiling Planet | Darling Clementine {horray}

 

I have the pleasure of not only working with Lindsay from Darling Clementine again this week but Olivia Haviland too this time. Olivia is the owner of Smiling Planet. If you aren't familiar with her company, you really should be. 

You see, I was going to end this week with a long-winded post about plastic. Reminding everybody that chemicals are poison and plastic being one of the worst. I believe, as many others do as well, that most ailments, disease and health problems often go hand-in-hand with chemical and pesticide exposure. It's all around us. In everything we do, buy, clean, touch, and sadly...eat. 

At home my kids have plastic toys and other plastic stuff. As mindful as we are, it's just so hard to stick to WOOD ONLY toys and glass bowls for meals. GLASS? Really? That wouldn't last long. We'd be buying new bowls every day. 

So, you could imagine my excitment when I came across these cool bowls and plates. Not only are they made from the hightest quality, non-toxic, medical grade plastic, they are ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!! 

OH and not only did I find out that Olivia's family LOVES kookie karma {her words, no joke}, she told me that her kids favorite health snack is an apple!

AND...of all her products her favorites are:

2) which of your products is your favorite?

"our circle of life plate, both boys and girls love it, i love the peaceful and whimsical quality of the drawings.

our wrap me not gift set which encourages parents to give the present as is. I really like the wrap me not manifesto on the side and the one can write the To:  and From: directly on the box."

She also reaffirms to me that

"the plastic (number #5) that we use is medical grade, so i know that it does not leach any harmfull chemicals. number #5 is regarded as a safe plastic by such leading authorities as healthy child healthy world, and the plastic we use is medical grade which adheres to higher standards than food grade. The decorations are printed sub-surface and not printed on top like most children's dinnerware. My daughters use them every day."

AND BEST OF ALL, LUCKY US...in honor of this fun post today, Lindsay from Darling Clementine is offering 20% off all Smiling Planet products for PUREmamas readers! WOOOOHOOOOOOOOO. I'm not kidding this the best news ever. So hurry up and enter PUREMAMAS at checkout and receive 20% off ... deal only lasts 2 weeks. 

THANK YOU LINDSAY! And thanks Olivia! We are SO excited. 

SALE ENDS JUNE 15, 2012! CLICK HERE FOR ALL ITEMS ON SALE .

Christine's Holiday & Summer Family Travel Tips

Before I share Christine's GREAT family travel article, I want to say CONGRATULATIONS to her. She is officially a first time mommy as of a few weeks ago. And we couldn't be more thrilled to have her as part of the PUREmamas team. In case you didn't already know Christine is trained in intregrative health and is a medical journalist. She is smart, beautiful and, well, now a healthy mom! Yay for that!

Christine's Tips for Skipping Town with the Kids: Must Haves

Thinking of heading to the great outdoors with the little ones? It’s getting to be that time of year when hiking and camping excursions are the family thing to do! Toting the tots equals a lifetime of memories, but are you sure you’re ready? If you’re going kid in the front, back pack in the back, here’s what you’ll want to stash in addition to the crayons and coloring books!

Pack a kiddie damage control kit

1. ID Bracelet (or ID card tucked into kids clothes) that reads:           

                                          ■Allergies (meds foods)
                                          ■Name
                                          ■Age/Birth Date
                                          ■Your Name, Phone Number, Email
                                          ■Emergency Contact Back “Home”
                                          ■Phone Number of Your Country’s Embassy or Missing Persons Info

2. On the Spot Fix it First-Aid:

Homeopathics! Children respond almost immediately to homeopathic treatment making them ideal for travel.. A bonus to homeopathics is that they carry an extremely low reaction and interaction (with other meds) rate (I‘ve never had a patient experience a reaction).

○      Arnica Montana (internal and topical): bruising and swelling
○      Kali Phosphorus: fever
○      Clematis: traveling anxiety
○      Rescue Remedy: irritability, restlessness, and unsettled feelings
○      Byronia, lycopodium & causticum: constipation
○      Belladonna & Hepar Sulphur: ear ache remedy
○      Nux Vomica: nausea and vomiting
○      Apis Mellifica: bug bites & stings
○      Homeopathic Teething Tabs

Natural Wound Care

○       Aloe is an extremely versatile wound remedy that instantly closes thes kin  well as encouraging germy microbes to exit the area. Aloe can also be used in any orifice as well!
○      Sovereign Silver: Colloidal Silver Gel is my fave topical anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal... Here’s where you can skip the Neosporin and go natural with great, fast results!

Snack Time. On the go go go equals an increased need for nutrients and healthy choices to keep your kid sustained. Kids are finicky eaters as it is so be sure to have a supply of healthy favorites. Snacks free of sugar are the best bet to keep your child’s blood sugar properly balanced and prevent dehydration all day long.

○      Kookie Karma snacks!
○      Dehydrated fruits
○      nut butters & pastes
○      rice protein mixed in organic juice
○      rice protein and fruit frozen into cubes (if you have a cold pack)

3. Hydration

Sounds like a no-brainer to give the kids water right? Kids are easily dehydrated and parents often don’t notice until it’s too late and a fever ensues.

Kids will like:
○      Watermelon
○      Coconut Water
○      Cucumbers
○      Jicama

Experienced Parents Share Other Fun Travel Tips...

I hit about five different airports a month so I’ve had the chance to chat up some super savvy traveling parents…  Some shared what they’d never leave home without and others taught me how they adapted to their surroundings with found amusements for their kids.

“Coloring books and crayons? Haha, duh!” One parent joked, “we don’t even go to a café without those.”

“Get to the craft store and buy a ream of velcro if you’re traveling with a kid under four. Kids drop enough as it is at home so consider picking something up off the ground while backpacking in Colombia-gross! We got the idea from a European family in California before we took off. Wrist rattles, pacifiers, anything you can imagine can be stuck to your kid’s arm or leg with velcro!”

“Mirrors. Babies love to see themselves and it’s relatively soothing when they get upset. My boyfriend and I attached mirrors to both of our backpacks so our son could see his reflection while we walked around or waited for buses.

“Even when babies are being carried they get restless. After our daughter was crying for an hour and we were feeling desperate we had this ‘ah-ha’ moment when we spotted mini-clip on dolls in Bangkok. We rigged a scooter mirror to the baby carrier and fashioned an impromptu mobile with the dolls clipped to the mirror. She loved it and it kept her occupied while we meandered through the crowded markets.”

"A bag full of new toys {.99 cent isle at target? or stuff on sale. cheap stuff} or special treats that they don't usually get at home. like lollipops {sorry to suggest unhealthy ideas, haha} or gummies. taking one thing out at a time every time the kids get restless is a HUGE life saver."

"A new book. One they haven't read before. Or a book they can't live without."

"Obviously, if the baby is young, don't forget the hooter hider. It's great when you're sitting next to strangers. Babies love to fall asleep on planes and giving them the boob always makes them feel right at home. They will most likely instantly fall asleep. Plus the sucking is good for take off and landing. Helps with the ears."

Are you a parent successfully on the go? Share your kid-trotting tips with other Matador parents here!