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Holiday Gifting for the Busy Mama

  During the holidays, I refer to my home as the “house of chaos.” Whether the kids are decorating a gingerbread house or looking to curl up on the couch for a cozy read, don’t mistake these holiday pastimes for moments of creativity and calm. Somehow, holiday mayhem prevails. Messes are made, books go missing, sprinkles get spilled on the floor. Any mamas out there feel me? As a mother

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Simple’s Transition to Solids by Nicole Tubiola

Hey Guys! Here’s Part Two of my dear friend Nicole Tubiola’s Guest Blog. We met during our WILDFIRE days, and she came to my rescue to help me transition Odette into the solid food phase. Nicole runs a company called Simple that prepares baby meals for busy mamas in their homes and leaves these meals in their freezers.  She created this amazing video with instructions below on how to cook and

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Gift List: My Winter Essentials In One Box

‘Tis the season! Which also means holiday shopping. I’m obsessed with finding just the right thing for just the right person, and the task is daunting. Over the years, I’ve found that picking out toys for my three children is relatively easy compared to shopping for my friends. What do you get the girls who have everything? Luckily I know a super cute one-stop-shop to end the struggle and save

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LESSONS IN GRATITUDE

I have to be honest, Thanksgiving is probably my least favorite of all the holidays. The prep work leading up to a dinner where we sit and gorge until I feel sick sounds like a nightmare. I get anxious thinking about timing a turkey just right and sautéing vegetables that will compliment the aroma of the wine. So unfortunately, I don’t have much insight or festive and colorful thanksgiving cheer.

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Happy, Healthy Home: My Go-To Natural Cleaning Products

I like to think about my home in the same, conscious way I think about my meals – I like my products as green and clean as possible. Often, we remove chemicals from our beauty routines or the produce we eat, while we ingest a ton of chemicals and environmental pollutants in our homes. Which is why I like all-natural, safe and healthy cleaning products. The days of toxic bleach

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Q+A with McCall McPhearson About Going Gluten Free

When I was deciding to eliminate gluten from my diet for a week, I knew I needed some help. Aside from my doctor, I also reached out to my nutritionist who gave me an incredible insight into gluten and why a gluten-free diet could benefit my health.  When I asked her about trying a week without gluten, she both encouraged and supported me in doing so, and stated that there

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My Gluten Free Menu

Here is a menu I created for my family.  I’m lucky enough to live in Austin, Tx, home of the original Whole Foods, so, I’m lucky to have a grocery store with a ton of options. And because I live in a city, I have lot of great food sources.  If you live in a place where it’s difficult to find some of these ingredients, I’ve found Thrive Market to be

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What the Gluten

I’m not one to give into fads of any kind.  I find that when something is gaining a lot of chatter it usually makes me question the validity of it.  I’m also not one to jump on the band wagon with everyone else, because I believe diets are designed to fail.  If everyone is veering left, I usually end up going right. I kinda have a bit of a rebellious

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Odette’s Milestones and The Simple Schedule

In the last 5 years there have been such a parade of emotional moments on this parenting roller coaster.  My first born started kindergarten this year and my second is now riding a bike!   And Odette, not to be overshadowed by her big brothers, is trucking along fast and furiously on the trail paved before her.   She was just a sweet, cozy, immobile little being, then she smiled and

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#NaturallyInspired Skincare

When I am in nature, I am at my best. I’m inspired by the trees, the water, the almost-ripe tomato hanging off the vine, the smell of nature makes me happy. I love the beauty of the earth, and I love bringing that beauty into my home. That’s why I adore Tom’s of Maine’s new line of natural body wash and beauty bars that leave me feeling in tune with

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