Friday, June 26, 2015

DIY // Bath Tea

Bath teas are nourishing to the skin, they detox the body, and their aromatherapy benefits are endless! Nothing is better after a long day than relaxing in a warm tub full of yummy bath tea. You can add so many different ingredients to make a custom and unique tea for every mood! They make wonderful gifts for all the women you know and they are perfect for pampering yourself!
I wanted my bath tea to be moisturizing and energizing so I used rolled oats and citrus peel, boy does it smell great! I try to use this tea once a week for a little me time and for its detoxing properties. So whip up this yummy bath tea, light some candles, run a warm bath, and enjoy!

WHAT YOU"LL NEED //
1 cup rolled oats, finely ground
1/4 cup dried white sage
1/4 teaspoon fresh mint
1 cup lavender buds
1/2 cup dried green tea
10 drops Orange essential oil
2 ml Vitamin E oil
Dried peel from one medium size lemon and orange
Bowl for mixing
Small cotton or linen satchels for storage

Combine all ingredients together in a bowl, mixing gently to incorporate the vitamin e oil and the essential oil. Scoop into linen or cotton satchels or store in a mason jar! That's it! Super simple and very customize-able. To give it more relaxing properties use lavender oil instead of orange or add Epsom salts for sore muscles and extra stress relief!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Beets Three Ways // My love for beets continued.

It's no secret, I'm a lover of the beet. I talked recently about incorporating beets in the little one's diet in my Operation Veggie series and now we are going to talk about incorporating them into the grown up's diet too! A lot of adults are turned off by beets but they are an amazing super food full of vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and are wonderful for fertility thanks to their high levels of vitamin B!
Recently I picked up some Purple and Golden beets from my local organic produce section and decided to try something new! I wanted to see if I could make every part of the beet count, while making something yummy that I could share with my beet loathing husband. 

My first thought was a beet hummus (pictured above). I had seen it all over Pinterest so I decided to use my golden beets instead of the purple for something different. I was so impressed by the results and the husband and little ones were so pleased and weren't turned off by the beet flavor at all! First success! 

GOLDEN BEET HUMMUS // 
2 medium golden beets
2 Cups cooked chickpeas
3 cloves Garlic
⅓ Cup Olive Oil
¾ Teaspoon Sea Salt
½ Meyer Lemon, juiced
½  Teaspoon Cumin
½  Teaspoon Turmeric
¾ Teaspoon Tahini

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Wash and trim your beets and then wrap them in foil and roast them for around an hour. Do not toss your beet greens! Keep them for later, we will be using them!
After beets are done roasting let them completely cool and then remove their skin and cube them.
Add your beets, garlic, olive oil, salt, cumin, turmeric, chickpeas, and tahini to your food processor. For the smoothest hummus is suggest taking the extra time to take the skin off of all the chickpeas. The difference is life changing. Puree the mixture and then add in your lemon juice! You can adjust the consistency of the hummus by adding more or less lemon juice. I garnished my hummus with a little drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of chipotle chili powder, and a few little pieces of beet and beet green.

The next way I utilized my beets were to roast them and use them as a side with dinner. This side is a great way to add some color to your plate and the flavors are so delicious! My husband ate them all, even though at first he was a little frightened that I had given him a pile of beets, not hidden in something. I personally could eat these every day, the glaze is amazing.

ROASTED BEETS WITH A BALSAMIC GLAZE // 
3 medium-sized golden beets, tops removed
3 medium-sized red beets, tops removed
Salt and pepper, to taste
Olive oil

BALSAMIC GLAZE//
½  cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup

As with before, keep those beet greens for later!
Preheat your over to 350 degrees F. Remove the skins from your beets and cube them up. Toss your beets in a light drizzle of olive oil and salt and pepper and then place them on a foil covered baking sheet. Roast them for around an hour or until your beets are soft when poked with a fork. Let beets cool a little. While your beets are cooling combine your vinegar, and honey or maple syrup to a sauce pan and heat it on medium high until it reaches a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce to a simmer and let the glaze become a little thick. Drizzle this mixture over your beets and then serve!

Now for those beet greens! A lot of people add them to salads or sautee them with swiss chard or spinach but I like to make pesto with them! I love their earthy flavor paired with the nuttiness of almonds and the tang of  little lemon juice. I used this pesto to top some spaghetti squash and it was a big hit with everyone!

BEET GREEN PESTO // 

Beet greens - from about 6 beets
 
½ cup light packed fresh basil leaves

1 clove garlic
½ cup sliced unsalted almonds
½ cup olive oil (more or less depending on taste and texture)
A squeeze of lemon juice
Kosher salt
Fresh cracked pepper


Blanch beet greens and then squeeze out all excess water. Add greens, basil, garlic, and almonds to food processor and combine until mixture is fine. Then drizzle in olive oil and lemon juice until you reach the desired consistency. Add fresh ground pepper and salt to taste and then pulse once more to combine! Serve with your favorite pastas, veggies, or proteins.


I hope that these great recipes inspire you to eat your veggies and utilize every part for optimal nutritional benefits! Let me know if you try any one these yummy treats and tag me on social media if you share your efforts! Enjoy!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Floral Mandala.

It's been a long time since I've shared any of my paintings here on the blog. I recently finished this floral mandala created with watercolors. I used leaves, petals, and flowers to build the mandala and I am really pleased with the finished result. I stopped painting for a long time and just recently decided it was time to pick up the brush again. Boy, has it been therapeutic! I almost get into a meditative state when I paint and it helps me to clear my mind and just be. Hopefully I can keep my creative juices flowing and share a few more pieces with you guys! Until then, enjoy!


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Inspiration for vibrant living.

On my journey to living a more vibrant, meaningful, holistic life I've gobbled up inspiration from all corners of the web. I've found motivation and tips from wonderful Instagram accounts, YouTube channels, and blogs who focus on everything from yoga and meditation to healthy eats and essential oil tricks. These corners of the web have been invaluable on my journey and have given me all the tools I need to keep on this path that is so near and dear to my heart. I cannot explain how much my life has changed since I started taking hold of my own journey and finding new ways to live more mindfully. Every single day I learn, grow, and find out more about myself.
I see a lot of interest in holistic living popping up everywhere from my Internet friends to my friends and neighbors here in the Midwest and the shift is so exciting to me. Starting down a holistic path can be so overwhelming and confusing for someone who is beginning to change their habits or lifestyle. It can be so hard to abandon the thought processes of the past and embark on a new journey on your own so I decided to compile a list of all my favorite sources to help anyone out there sorting through the muck. I hope this can help those already on a holistic path or motivate those who haven't to take the leap! Hop on over and check out these amazing places and spaces around the web and become inspired!

YouTube Channels //
The Kitchy Kitchen
HealthNutNutrition
Joyous Health
Holistic Habits
EcoholicBeauty
Meghan Livingstone
YogaWithAdriene

Instagram //
Real Food Whole Life
Yoga_Girl
CleanAsABean
MamaWattersEssentials
Minimalist Baker
Natural Nomad
Ecobeautyvivi
OrtegaEssentials
SpiritualMovement
aipxwhole30
TRIBE de MAMA
the_wholesome_bowl

Blogs //
Free + Native
The Wellness Wonderland
The First Mess
Mind Body Green
Oh, Ladycakes
DesignLoveFest
LoveUrBelly
HealthBloggersCommunity
Wellness Mama
The Well-Oiled Life
Headspace Daily 
EarthSprout
Ram Dass
This Rawsome Vegan Life
The Simple Veganista
Rachel Brathen Blog

Photos shared from: // The First Mess // The Minimalist Baker // It's Me, Charlotte! // Free + Native

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June, I'm so glad you're here!

Goodness gracious, it's been a little while. The month of May was a crazy busy one for us and now that it's over I can finally breathe again! I always miss this space when I take a break but I know that it's best never to cram too much into my already busy life so the break was much needed.
Today I just wanted to update you all on what I have planned for this space in the next month or so! I've been focusing on better food and the importance of gut health so I'll be sharing my journey into lacto-fermenting veggies like radish as well as great tips on how to incorporate more veggies into your little one's diet with my Operation Veggie Series. Health and wellness are super important to me so I'll be sharing a list of my favorite bloggers, You-tubers, and Instagramers that help me keep my mind and body on track and inspire me to keep chugging along on this holistic journey.
I've also been keeping a motherhood journal and I would love to share it here in hopes that other mothers can relate and connect here in a safe place. I've been documenting life with my littles, the struggles and beautiful moments of motherhood, life post miscarriage, and our journey to conceive again after loss. I love to be honest and raw about navigating through this difficult time and I've gotten an amazing response from women who felt like they had to travel this long road alone. I'm hoping that my motherhood journal can spark a positive conversation and help us all to connect and support each other when we need it most.
I'll also be keeping up with my Childhood Project, updating you on my doula journey, sharing some great tips on living essentially and my favorite ways to use essential oils, and sharing all my favorite real life moments in between.
There are a lot of great things to come here and I hope that you all join me and follow along on this crazy ride! Have a topic you would like to see discussed here on my blog? Leave a comment and let me know!