Stories for: Eco & Organic

Eco & Organic, Fitness & HealthGlow Bio Cleanse

cleanseA rainy day is perfect for a cleanse since I like to think of the rain as a metaphor for the outflow of toxins and impurities from my body. At the end of it, the reward is a clear sky and a glow! I just tried the 1-day Glow Bio Cleanse, a new generation program designed by New York Times best-selling author and nutritionist Kimberly Snyder. She’s an inspiration on her own, she’s gorgeous and fit, and throws out helpful tips on a daily basis- did you know you’re supposed to eat fruit on an empty stomach? Each organic cleanse begins and ends with the fiber-filled Glowing Green Smoothie, sandwiching in Cold-Pressed Juices enhanced with probiotics to aid digestion. Shots in between juices are powerful benefit-driven boosters which are easy to get down and add a zing of energy (especially the spicy ginger shot!). The purpose of the strict order of consumption is to maximize the nutritional benefits and get your body back to harmony.

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Eco & Organic, Mom & KidsSkylar Luna Sleepwear

anchorsPajamas by definition should be fun, and I love thinking outside the box with colors and designs. On rainy days (or even lazy sunny ones), we play inside all day in our PJ’s staying warm and cozy whether sculpting with playdoh or building skyscrapers. Skylar Luna makes the softest eco-friendly pajamas in bright designs ranging from bright California pinks to my favorite, an anchors-away nautical theme for imagining exotic voyages by sea. Made from 100% organic cotton, the stylish sleepwear is designed to be the ultimate in comfort for small bodies to move around while staying safe. I’ve been spoiled with the quality of the pajamas, as the cotton weave holds up over repeated washes, but remains soft and breathable. The fit is just right, not too tight or irritating like other brands can be, which is so important for a solid night’s sleep!

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Beauty, Eco & Organic, SkincareHollyBeth Organics

organicFresh, garden-grown, and organic are usually the words you’ll find in a specialty market for produce, but living a healthy lifestyle demands the same standards for skincare. After all, aren’t the creams, washes, and treatments we put on our face penetrating into our pores and being absorbed to be effective? HollyBeth Organics is an artisan line which is USDA-certified organic and ingredients are grown from a garden and not a laboratory! The creator, HollyBeth Anderson, has culled knowledge from fifty years of international travel, skincare testing and research to create her boutique line which is focused on safe and effective nature-based treatments. She has taken from each culture what they do best- essential oils and organic practices from France, and healing herbs from Latin America. Her recipes are based on traditional homeopathic remedies and are created carefully in small batches.

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Eco & Organic, Mom & KidsLunch it up a Notch!

PlanetBox_Rover_cropped_sandwichHappy Earth Day! Each year, I love poring over the new innovations both big and small that share the common goal of bettering our planet. One company getting some well-deserved attention is PlanetBox, which creates plastic-free compartmentalized lunch boxes made of high-quality stainless steel. For my little foodie-in-training, variety is paramount, and the Rover box allows for it in kid-sized portions while encouraging me to be creative with presentation. There are five compartments of different sizes, and two spill-proof containers that fit easily inside for salad dressing or yogurt. The box is a cinch to clean with no deep corners or complicated closures and is dishwasher-friendly, a major plus for this mom. The stainless steel is durable and a simple lock snaps it shut to tuck right into its canvas bag. The carry case adds extra dimensions- the two outside compartments allow for a granola bar and a drink, and inside the mesh pocket can handle any utensils needed, plus a napkin (cloth, of course!). A handy strap allows for a quick exit, just throw it over your shoulder. READ MORE

Eco & Organic, Mom & KidsBurt’s Bees BABY

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I was tickled pink to get my hands on the brand-new Burt’s Bees Baby line, which is soft and cuddly and ridiculously cute! I’ve always loved Burt’s Bees products for their philosophy of using nature’s best beeswax and honey to make skincare and beauty products. Along the same vein, their baby and toddler clothing line is made from 100% organic cotton of the highest quality, so it’s extremely soft and durable. Organic cotton is grown without pesticides, so when it’s resting against your baby’s fragile skin, there are no residues. I foresee many romps around the playground and dancing around to just about anything in these basics. There’s a ton to look through on their new website, so I’ll outline a couple of my favorites, perfect for fall weather!

1) Bee Essentials Striped Lap Shoulder Dress. I love that this is a onesie but has a pretty little dress attached to it, making it one of my favorite essentials. I know I’ll be stocking up on these since my baby will be wanting to wear these every day, and it’s quick to slip on. It’s so comfortable that she’ll be able to play and nap in it, and of course it’s easy for diaper changes.

2) Knit Terry Hooded Robe. I actually squealed when I saw how cute and soft this robe is. The deliciously delicate terry lining cuddles baby’s skin and keeps the cutie warm after a soothing bath. The pretty pastel colors on the outside are beautifully contrasted with the white terry inside. What a cute shower gift, or something to bring to a new mom! Fits 0-9 months, perfect for the petites.

3) Cozy Bee Sweater Set. This is so adorbs for winter, with the signature bee knit into the sweater. With a matching hat just putting it over the edge of cuteness, this will garner so many compliments. The organic cotton is so lofty, it actually gets softer after washing, if that’s even possible. I’m picturing this with a little denim skirt and boots! The button detail on the shoulder is both sweet and functional.

4) Favorite Terry Play Dress. This might be the softest piece of them all- I want one in my size! The ragged finishes make it edgy (never too young to start!) and smart. The muffler pocket in front will keep those little hands tucked in and warm. Since it’s a versatile grey, I can get creative and pair it with brightly colored tights and shoes to make it a statement piece!

 

Eco & Organic, Food, ObsessionsUrban Remedy

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A couple weeks before our “summer’s last hurrah” trip to Miami, I finally faced the reality (with some panic) that I’d have to be in a swimsuit in public for a week. As I slowly floated back down to earth, I also realized that all that eating, drinking, and playing (ie. not going to the gym) I did over the summer was not simply going to disappear from my system. It was time to call in the pros at Urban Remedy, a company whose philosophy is that “food is medicine,” and fuses traditional healing methods and a fresh approach to health. Their juice regimens use only 100% organic and sustainable ingredients, and are created by founder Neka Pasquale, a chef who has studied healing and various traditional therapies. I decided to go for the Super Green Cleanse, because as my hubby always says, go big or go home, right? I wanted maximal results with the most detox I could manage in a day, and it turned out to be quite an adventure, detailed below.  READ MORE

Beauty, Eco & Organic, Fitness & Health, Hair, SkincareIntelligent Nutrients

certified_organic_anti-aging_serum“Everything that we put on our bodies must be nutritious and safe,” says Horst M. Rechelbacher, the founder of Intelligent Nutrients, who is an active environmentalist changing world of beauty. I couldn’t agree more–it makes total sense, doesn’t it? I am a firm believer that the food you eat makes a huge difference in your health and appearance, so it follows that what seeps into our bodies from the outside should be carefully sourced as well. I sampled and fell in love with two products from Intelligent Nutrients, the Anti-Aging Serum and Organic Hair Shine.

My skin is fed and glowing with clarity as soon as I apply the oil-based Certified Organic Anti-Aging Serum, which combats dryness as it nourishes. With autumn’s inevitable cool-down on the way, I now feel prepared! The unique blend of argan and acai oils protect skin from fall’s drying wind gusts while boosting elasticity. The results are undeniable, and I can actually see my fine lines (crinkles!) fading. I’m currently using the serum at least once a day before bed, so the oils can work magic and literally create beauty sleep for me. Because of the hydrating properties, I don’t even need a separate moisturizer since it acts as a barrier to seal nutrients and moisture in. I use a gentle cleanser, then just one pump of the serum covers my whole face, then one more pump for neck and decolletage. I massage it in using gentle, circular motions, and it’s soothing and calming as it absorbs. My face actually looks younger in the morning, and any irritation or redness is happily absent. My mind is at ease knowing that night after night, the serum I’m generously applying is certified organic. The treatment also contains antioxidants to affect skin on a cellular level, restoring collagen and elastin production.

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Bath & Body, Eco & Organic, Home, SkincareKiss My Face Soap

kmfI have to admit a bit of a clean freak, which may have something to do with being a mom, so I end up washing my hands (and everything I touch) a million times a day! Since I spend a lot of time with soap, I love exploring different scents and ingredients, and even packaging. I was thrilled to discover that one of my favorite brands, Kiss My Face, has come out with an all-purpose Peace Soap, which follows the same philosophy as their skincare line of using the finest and gentlest 100% natural ingredients. It’s made with organic olive, coconut, and jojoba oils, so it takes care of your hands while eliminating germs. The simple formulation is biodegradable, environmentally friendly and good for cleaning just about anything! Grassy Mint is my favorite scent, which is simultaneously refreshing and a touch earthy and in the mornings, and it’s the first thing that wakes me up (besides a crying baby!).  The other soaps are delightful too, and remind me of scents you’d find at a wellness spa- Lemongrass Clary Sage, Lavender Mandarin, and Pomegranate Acai. I know the soap is good when hubby voluntarily pipes up about how much he likes that it cleans well and is concentrated and efficient! READ MORE

Beauty, Eco & Organic, Los Angeles, SkincareKiehl’s, Alanis Morissette and Zachary Quinto Heart Recycling

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Photo by John Shearer/Invision for Kiehl’s/AP Images

Kiehl’s kicked off Earth Day weekend this week by celebrating its Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cream — one of my favorite Kiehl’s products — to benefit Recycle Across America. Which celebrities partnered for the cause? Alanis Morissette and Zachary Quinto, who designed cool limited-edition labels for the product. (Fans, shop the collection while you can!) One-hundred percent of the collection’s proceeds will go toward Recycle Across America, and $50,000 will be used to create 65,000 recycling labels for select K-12 schools nationwide.

The benefit was held in Santa Monica, Calif., and as usual, a crop of stars came out to support the cause — including the lovely Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker), Amy Smart and The Misshapes. (Speaking of which, I am LOVING Leigh Lezark’s short, blond hair.)

 

Accessories, Eco & Organic, Fashion, Jewelry, ObsessionsObsession of the Moment: ELK Jewelry

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