Friday, January 20, 2017

ShiftCon 2016 Wrap Up!


I had the opportunity to attend ShiftCon Eco-Wellness Conference this past December as a speaker. I teamed up with the Almond Board of California to talk about The Future of Sustainable Food Production in a Time of Climate Change. It was my first time attending a ShiftCon and I really enjoyed it!

ShiftCon Kawani Brown

The conference was jammed packed with eco-conscious brands and their product. Here are just a few of my favorites!

Coconut Bliss
My family loves Luna and Larry's coconut bliss! The ingredients are great and it's so delicious!
Coconut Bliss is Dairy-Free. Soy-Free. Gluten-Free. Certified Organic.

coconut bliss
Enjoy Life
We are very familiar with Enjoy Life's chocolate chips! I always keep a bag of their mini baking chips on hand for making goodies. It was nice to see more of their product line at ShiftCon.

enjoy life foods
Garden of Life
Another one of my families favorites! We use much of the GOL line and are excited to try more!

Garden of Life uses the purest, cleanest, highest quality whole food ingredients possible and we really appreciate that!

garden of life

I love Natracare and what they are doing to improve women's health. Natracare are also sponsors of our events Healthy Babies and Kids Expo and Goddess Gathering each year. I love spreading the word about their organic and natural feminine care products!


Navitas Naturals
My littles love Navitas Superfood Snacks! They we're excited to see me when I came back from the conference, but they were also super excited to see that I brought Navitas Naturals back with me!

navitas naturals

Plant Therapy
Definitely check out my post on "12 Ways to Use Plant Therapy Essential Oils" I love that Plant Therapy is a family owned company and committed to providing only the highest quality oils.

plant therapy

Thank you ShiftCon for a great time and I'll see you in 2018!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Lime Cream Pie

lime cream pie

Our lime tree is so abundant right now and it shows no signs of slowing down! Most of them we use in our water and tea everyday. I wanted to make a sweet treat with them and thought a lime cream pie would be a delicious way to add some freshness to the holiday time!
This lime pie is very creamy with a great tang from the fresh juice and zest. Very decadent!

lime cream pie

1/4c fresh lime juice
zest from 4 small limes
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
7oz sweetened condensed coconut milk

1/4c powdered coconut sugar
1 14oz can coconut milk, chilled hard
1 prepared pie shell. You can purchase or make using this recipe.

Mix the first 4 ingredients together and set aside.

lime cream pie

Whip the last 2 ingredients together until you have a firm peak.

lime cream pie
This is how firm the coconut milk should be before you whip it.
*Optional-you can reserve about 1/2 cup of whip cream to decorate the top of your pie.

Fold whip cream into lime mixture until incorporated.

lime cream pie

Pour into prepared pie shell.

lime cream pie

Chill until firm and then Enjoy!

lime cream pie

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Over 12 Ways To Use Essential Oils!

essential oils

What is an Essential Oil?
An essential oil is a liquid that is most frequently steam distilled, cold pressed or extracted from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other elements of a plant. Essential oils contain the true essence of the botanical it was derived from and are highly concentrated, so a little goes a long way. EO's offer a myriad of therapeutic, psychological and physical benefits and are great for use in aromatherapy and skin applications when diluted.

The great thing about essential oils is that you can clean, disinfect and heal naturally without any toxins!

I use essential oils everyday in my home for everything from natural remedies and therapies to cleaning and sanitizing. I also like to use them to add natural fragrance to my homemade:

soy candles 
diy soy candles

homemade soap

body butters
diy body butter

Wipes Solution, Soothing Baby Oil and Baby Balm.

It's important to purchase EO's from a reputable source and I go for organic whenever possible. I love Plant Therapy 100% Pure Essential Oils as they are a family owned company and committed to providing only the highest quality oils. They also have a great price point and Free Shipping on all orders!

Here are some other ways I use these amazing Essential Oils!

At the first sign of colds or flu or even just when we have been around other sick people, I do the following to help keep the littles from getting sick. Of course a healthy immune system from a healthy diet and lifestyle is the first way to combat illness!

*Foot, Chest and Back Rub. Germ Destroyer diluted with sweet almond or coconut oil. I massage onto the bottom of their feet, their back and chest. Cover feet with socks. I do this right after baths and before bed. Peppermint eo is good for lowering high fever, so I add this to the mix, if we are battling a fever. You can pre-mix eo's into carrier oil to have on hand and be sure of how much you use or just mix as you go. I pour a quarter sized amount in my hand per child and follow with 2 drops of the germ destroyer. I rub together and immediately massage into their feet. I rub any left on their chest and back.

*Humidifier and/or Diffusing. I use a few drops of Germ Destroyer
at bedtime and anytime during the day, I start to notice any symptoms. Follow the instructions on your particular machine for how much eo to add.

plant therapy

Note: These are oils, so be sure the surface that you are using it on, can withstand diluted essential oils. I've never measured any of these, so they're estimates.

*Home Disinfectant. I use Tea Tree, Lavender and Lemon diluted in water to sanitize all areas of the house. I fill a spray bottle with water and add about 8 drops of each oil. Spray on the surface that needs cleaning and sanitizing, then wipe away. If it's a tough to sanitize area, spray on and let air dry.

*Carpet Cleaner and Flea Remover. Poke holes in the lid of an old jar. Add about 2c baking soda, 1c diatomaceous earth (optional. this works well for killing fleas and other pests found on and around pets) and 10 drops each of Eucalyptus radiata, Tea Tree and Sweet Orange. Sprinkle liberally on carpets and on pet bedding. Let sit for at least 1hr. I leave it on overnight. Vacuum up carpets and shake of excess from pet bedding. 

diy carpet cleanerdiy carpet cleaner

There are so many ways that you can use essential oils in your daily life. It's great to keep an essential oils kit on hand, so that you are ready when you need them. If you have any questions on which ones to start with or want further recommendations. Let me know below!

*Bath Time. Every time my children bathe, I add a couple of drops of tea tree and lavender to the water. They bathe together and for 1/2 full tub, I add about 5 drops lavender and 3 drops tea tree. This has been the routine since they were about 1 yr old. During times when they really need calming or times of illness, I will also add blue chamomile. It makes such a difference in the occurrence of them getting ill and helps get them down for the night.

*Hand Sanitizer. I keep a small spray bottle of witch hazel with lavender and tea tree in my bag at all times. We spray this on our hands and on any surfaces that need sanitizing while we're out. The ratio I use is 20 drops to every 4oz.

diy hand sanitizer

If you are new to essential oils and looking to get started or just adding to your supplies, please use this link to enjoy Free Shipping on all orders from Plant Therapy!

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Crispy No Oil Fries

crispy no oil fries

Simple and Easy.
No recipe here, just how I prep and cook my crispy oven potatoes!
If you have questions, let me know below.


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