Don’t let the headline mislead you… I know, I know they often do that. These products are great for everyone but, I have particularly found them useful since heading back to work in February after a year of being off with my first child.
All mom’s lives are busy! Literally trying to pick-up after and keep a house clean with a toddler is the definition of insanity. It never ends. Add all the other stuff us moms have to do whether it be go to work, take care of our children at home, or do both, there are never enough hours in a day. For all of these reasons and more, moms need a little bit of comfort, pampering and simplicity to relax and take care of themselves.
Here are some items that I am rarely without:
Okay, so, I talk about this product ALL.THE.TIME. and for good reason. It’s a great little lipstick made without all the crap ingredients, smells amazing and adds a pop of colour with all of the glorious shades. I love this product and I haven’t met anyone who has tried it and doesn’t love it! My favourite colours are petal and coral!
This combination of products has been a game changer for me. Helping give me a quick face wash before bed without much effort and a citrus-spritz to perk me up throughout the day, I highly recommend indulging in this combination!
DoTerra Essential Oils
I always have at least one in my purse and one at the office. I have roller-balls and spray bottles made up as well and a diffuser at my desk. These are awesome pick-me-ups and the different oils are all great for various needs.
Lava Stone Mala Bracelet from Lotus Effect Designs
Following the essential oils, I am rarely without this bracelet as I can actually add the essential oils to the lava stones, it’s awesome because you can wear the essential oils wherever you go throughout the day on a fashionable piece of jewelry.
This may be a weird one but, I seriously use this a lot. It’s super helpful for quick vegetarian dinners (like a nice cashew cheese sauce) or to add extra nutrients to a snack. Nutritional yeast packs a nutrition punch and is actually grown from funghi and is a great source of B-Complex vitamins. I put this on everything!
Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
– Michael Pollan
I am always on the hunt for new and exciting plant-based recipes. I find cooking with plants fun and exciting because there are so many ways you can prepare them and you have a ton of opportunities to get creative!
Here are some of my go-to blogs for plant-based cooking!
Managed and edited by Erin Ireland, this blog is EVERYTHING! So many inspiring vegan recipes and creative ideas on how to use plant-based foods in new and exciting ways. Also, if you aren’t already following Erin Ireland on Instagram, do it now!
This blog turned cookbook has endless vegan recipes many of which are super simple to create and require less than 10 ingredients!
The one stop shop for everything vegan! So many amazing and simple recipes to get you started and they all turn out amazing! Both cookbooks are also a must have in a plant based kitchen!
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I have decided to create a thoughtful book club! The reason is two-fold: I want to read more and engage in constructive conversation! There are no hard and fast rules to this book club and you don’t have to read every single book to participate! If there are a select few books you’d like to jump in on the discussion for, by all means! We are meeting here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/399791290395171/
I made this selection of books because I believe these are all issues that are affecting our present day and also issues that relate to the intentions of this blog — some are little known. I believe we will generate positive dialogue and perhaps learn something about the world, ourselves, and each other! Happy reading!
- The Little Book of Hygge – The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking
- In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
For April, I decided to choose two books. The first, The Little Book of Hygge – The Danish Way to Live Well is a quick read about this Danish way of life that you may already be partaking in without even knowing it!
The second book, In Defense of Food, discusses the industrialization of food as it relates to the decline of the environment. Pollan looks at food from a health perspective and discusses the multi-billion dollar food industry with facts.
- The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir by Ariel Levy
“When thirty-eight-year-old New Yorker writer Ariel Levy left for a reporting trip to Mongolia in 2012, she was pregnant, married, financially secure, and successful on her own terms. A month later, none of that was true.
Levy picks you up and hurls you through the story of how she built an unconventional life and then watched it fall apart with astonishing speed. Like much of her generation, she was raised to resist traditional rules—about work, about love, and about womanhood.”
- Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton
“Trayvon Martin’s parents take readers beyond the news cycle with an account only they could give: the intimate story of a tragically foreshortened life and the rise of a movement.”
- No More Dirty Looks: Truth about your Beauty Products by Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt
“It started with a harmless quest for perfect wash-and-go hair. Every girl wants it, and Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt finally found it in a fancy salon treatment. They were thrilled—until they discovered that the magic ingredient was formaldehyde.”
- The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive by
“Your toddler throws a tantrum in the middle of a store. Your preschooler refuses to get dressed. Your fifth-grader sulks on the bench instead of playing on the field. Do children conspire to make their parents’ lives endlessly challenging? No―it’s just their developing brain calling the shots!”
- Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown
“Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives.”
- Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
“#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed”
- Believe Me: My Battle with the Invisible Disability of Lyme Disease by Yolanda Hadid
“From the star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills comes an emotional and eye opening behind-the-scenes look at her descent into uncovering the mystery of chronic Lyme disease.”
- Great Tide Rising: Towards Clarity and Moral Courage in a time of Planetary Change by Kathleen Dean Moore
“Even as seas rise against the shores, another great tide is beginning to rise – a tide of outrage against the pillage of the planet, a tide of commitment to justice and human rights, a swelling affirmation of moral responsibility to the future and to Earth’s fullness of life.”
- 10 per cent happier by Dan Harris
“Nightline anchor Dan Harris embarks on an unexpected, hilarious, and deeply skeptical odyssey through the strange worlds of spirituality and self-help, and discovers a way to get happier that is truly achievable.”