MODERN TWIST


Good morning! I have been loving on a brand lately that I want to share with you guys. I know most of us have heard of Stasher, their sister company Modern Twist has some of the cutest products for kids!

The first one is the tiny tote which has been so perfect for snacks at home, and on the go. My kids love it so much. I love that it’s re-usable, completely toxic-free, and easy to clean. This bag zips closed really easily, and my toddlers can open it on their own too. I love having a great option to put their snacks in when we leave the house!

We have the garden play mark-mat too that we love! It’s such a fun idea, and something my 3 year old has really enjoyed coloring on. Heck, even I love coloring on it! It’s so cute and for some reason coloring on silicone is way more fun than anything else. I love that we can use this as a place mat as well, and that it’s dishwasher safe! It’s amazing! I am looking at getting this one and this one next! They are all so cute.

They also have stuff for younger toddlers and babies, too. We have been using the bucket bib (on backorder in this print but the others are SO cute too!) for out 1 year old and he actually likes it! The silicone makes it a lot more comfortable, and its super easy to clean after (my favorite part!).

Like Stasher, Modern-Twist is out the make the planet plastic-free, which is something we should all be getting behind. I also love that with these high quality, easy to clean products, I don’t need a ton of them to get us through each day.

Have you tried them out yet? If you have, what is your favorite product?

xx, Chels

HOW I AM NATURALLY TREATING MY POSTPARTUM ANXIETY

Good morning babes! Hope everyone has had a great week, and that you are ready to take on Friday! I have been getting a TON of emails and DM’s asking about my postpartum anxiety and how I am treating it. I knew I needed to address it all in one post, because there is a lot that goes into this subject, at least for me! I want to mention first of all that I am not a medical professional and everything I do works best for me personally. That might not be the case for you. We are all so different and the biggest thing is to do what works best for you and your family! I have tried so many things before I got to this point where I finally know what works and what does not for me.

I share a little bit of my backstory on postpartum anxiety and depression here. I also shared in this post the things I did when I first noticed that I was suffering from postpartum anxiety. Our baby is now 15 months, and things have changed in how I address these things. Here iI share mindfulns what I am doing now:

  • Ashwaghanda I take two capsules daily, and if I am feeling off or having a hard day, I take more.
  • Maca I add 1-2 t to a latte or smoothie that I have throughout the day.
  • Collagen You can read more about collagen here. I take 1 serving of it daily, usually in a smoothie or oatmeal.
  • I limit my caffeine more than I used to. I will have 1-2 cups of coffee a day, on a good day. On a day I am feeling stressed or off, I will stick with a cup of matcha. Try swiss water method decafmatcha, or Four Sigmatic mushroom coffee.
  • I track my sleep, and stick to a consistent schedule. I use the “bedtime” feature on my iPhone to keep myself on track to go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday. I allow myself time to be up before my kids, too so I have time to start my day with mindfulness, exercise, writing, or whatever it is I need that day.
  • Mindfulness has played a huge role, too. I share mindfulness tips on Mondays, either here or on my Instagram. One of my favorite tools has been my Purposeful Planner. It is my space where I log all my to-do lists, keep my life organized, meal plan, brain storm, all that. It’s really been helpful with my anxiety because it’s an easy way for me to keep track of everything and make sure I am giving myself what I need. I start each morning in my planner and it gives me a great start to the day.

So these are the things I am doing now, at 15 months postpartum, and I am feeling really good! I am also going to be trying out hypnotherapy soon too, and will keep you guys updated there.

Thanks so much for reading,

xx, Chels

EASY AND HEALTHY CRUSTED SALMON RECIPE

I love salmon, but I don’t usually like crusted salmon. This is one that I actually do love and it is so easy, so clean, and so frickin good! My kids devoured this, so it is definitely going in our dinner rotation. I hope your family loves it too!

Primizie Crusted Salmon

4 servings of salmon

1 c. Primizie Simply Salted of Italian Herb Crispbreads

1 T. coconut oil

Smoked paprika

Garlic

Salt & Pepper

Place salmon fillets on a baking sheet, dust on paprika, salt, and pepper. In a food processor, add the Primizie Crispbreads, coconut oil, and garlic. After that mixture is a chunky consistency (how chunky or fine you want it processed is up to you!) top the salmon with a thick layer. Bake at 415 degrees for 20 minutes.

Pretty simple, am I right?

Don’t forget to share and tag me on Instagram if you make this recipe! I would love to see and hear how you and your family enjoys it.

xx, Chels

10 REASONS TO TAKE COLLAGEN

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Good morning friends! I hope this post finds you well, and that you are all enjoying your Sunday. As I am sipping a super-food latte filled with some tasty Vital Proteins collagen, I want to share with you guys my 10 reasons for taking collagen.

First of all, I want to mention that I do not eat much meat. I was a vegetarian for a long time before we started having babies, but now I eat very intuitively. I will make a post about this later, but even though I really like to veer away from any animal products, there are reasons that my body sometimes needs collagen and so I take it. You just need to listen to your body and feed it what it needs, and do what works the best for you!

Okay, here we go!

10 reasons to take collagen:

1. Collagen can help heal your gut. Amino acids found in collagen are proven to heal the lining of the intestine and leaky gut symptoms. A healthy gut is so important, you guys! Your gut is like your second brain, so it’s health is everything.

2. Collagen can improve skin elasticity and moisture. Who doesn’t want that? Many creams have collagen in it to “improve and prevent wrinkles,” but collagen cannot actually be absorbed through the skin! So the best way is to ingest it.

3. Collagen (and gelatin) help to break down other foods, which aids in better digestion. It really does work! One of my biggest reasons I started taking collagen.

4. Amino acids and protein found in collagen helps your hair grow faster, stronger, and healthier. I have personally noticed this too! I have pretty healthy hair, and it’s really long, but it grows even faster when I am consistently ingesting collagen.

5. The amino acids found in collagen are obviously a game changer, another amazing thing they do is improve thyroid health which directly improves metabolism!

6. Collagen can help regulate and balance hormones. More info here! I needed help with my hormones after baby boy was born, and collagen is one of the things I take daily and it’s truly been so helpful!

7. Collagen is high in glycine, an amino acid that aids in better sleep! I have noticed this difference as well. It is amazing!

8. Glycine also helps treat stress and anxiety, naturally. This is the number one reason I wanted to get on it. I take several things for my postpartum anxiety, and collagen is one of them. It helps so much and I notice a day-to-day difference if I don’t take it.

9. Collagen is great for joint health, and easing joint pain. I have known people who take it for arthritis, and claim it really helps them!

10. Collagen is such a pure form of protein, making it a great “protein shake” option post workout. This is what I often do and its amazing. I also know people who take it before and love that too.

Basically, collagen for everything, haha! It really is that good you guys. It helps with even more things than I mentioned, but these for my 10 reasons that I take it and use it for.

Collagen, unlike gelatin, dissolved in liquid making it super easy to add to just about everything. I add collagen in my smoothies, superfood lattes, coffee, oatmeal, and other recipes (so good in bars!). I post a lot of my recipes for these things on my Instagram, so be sure you are following along there!

It is really important to find a pure, non-gmo, grass-fed form of collagen. I trust Vital Proteins 100% for that and love their products. My favorite collagen from them to add into smoothies is collagen veggie blend to get more veggie servings, too! I also love the collagen peptides with vanilla and coconut water for lattes, its sooooooo good! The original peptides are great too because they can be added into everything with no flavor! You can also purchase these on amazon!

Do you take collagen? Share your reasons/experiences with me below!

 

 EASY SUPERFOOD LATTE RECIPES

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Matcha, turmeric, collagen, OH MY! Three of my favorite things to use in the kitchen. Not only are they in incredible for our health, but they’re all so versatile.

Matcha and turmeric lattes are really popular right now, they’re nutritious AF and also delicious AF. My favorite combo. I get bored of eating and drinking the same things everyday (with some exceptions… PB, coffee, avo toast… you get the picture) so I love mixing things up a bit! Plus it’s a ton of fun coming up with new recipes.

Matcha Latte:

2 t. matcha powder

1 t. maca powder

1 medjool date (spirulina or honey)

Vanilla

Cinnamon

12 oz almond, coconut, or cashew milk

Turmeric Latte:

1 t. turmeric powder

1 t. maca powder

1 medjool date (honey or spirulina)

vanilla

cinnamon

black pepper

12 oz favorite nut milk

Matcha Turmeric Latte:

1 t. matcha

1 t. turmeric

1 t. maca powder

1 date (spirulina or honey)

vanilla

cinnamon

black pepper

12 oz. nut milk

Other Additions:

Collagen (I almost always add this to mine)

Ashwaghanda

Sun Potion

Moon Juice Dusts

Coconut butter

Cacao butter

Coconut oil

Any herb/supplement you are taking!

You can also serve any of these hot or iced! I prefer iced, so I blend all ingredients in my Vitamix, and pour over ice. Or you can blend and heat it up! Either way, they are so good!

I hope you enjoy these recipes, my family and I LOVE them! Have a great Thursday, babes!

xx, Chels

3 THINGS TO SWAP OUT IN YOUR ORAL CARE ROUTINE

Oral care is so important, and it’s one of the top things I suggest when people ask me what to switch out from conventional to non-toxic items. Toothpastes, mouthwash, even floss can contain so many toxins and even ruin the balance of bacteria in your mouth causing bad breath and dental decay.
Toothpaste Toxins: 

Triclosan which contains endocrine-disrupting chemicals, and links to cancer and hormonal disruptions.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is what causes traditional toothpastes to foam up. The funny thing about this chemical is that its known to enhance bitter flavors, which is why you will notice foods tasting so gross after you’ve brushed (not the case with natural brands). This chemical is also a strong skin irritant, causing canker sores. It is a registered insecticide with toxic affects on marine life and the environment.

Aspartame is a common artificial sweetener found in many things, including toothpastes. First, I want to point out that when you google the word, it claims it is “medication.” Aspartame contains a methyl ester which forms methanol. Methanol in humans is really dangerous, traveling into the brain where it is converted into formaldehyde. This causes nausea, vertigo, ear ringing, dizziness, behavior changes, gastrointestinal issues, shooting pains in arms/legs, numbness, chills, memory problems, and more.

Other harmful ingredients include DEA, fluoride, propylene glycol, and microbeads. These things can cause real damage to us and the environment.

Other Toxins in Mouthwash and Floss:

Chlorhexidine, alcohol, oraldene, parabens, chlorides, and methyl salicylate to name a few. These things can damage your health, release toxins into your blood stream, cancer-causing, and even ruin the oral microbiome in your mouth.

I know that its all a lot of information to take in and can feel overwhelming, so I am going to stop there. 

When I learned about all these dangers lurking in my oral care routine, I started looking into natural products and swapped everything out. My routine is really simple, but depending on your needs there are so many amazing products out there that are natural and work really well.

Natural toothpaste swap outs: Earthpaste is a great natural toothpaste with redmond clay, essential oils, real salt, and you can get it with or without xylitol. Uncle Harry’s alkalizing toothpaste is another great option. If you are needing something more for your teeth (cavities, damaged oral microbiome) I recommend using this remineralization kit.

Natural floss swap outs: This Dr, Tung’s floss is my personal favorite. You can also find it at a natural grocery store like Sprout’s.

Natural mouthwash swap out: There are great natural mouthwash options out there (like this one) but I am really loving this Yala Mouthwash right now. I love oil pulling, something that is so great for your oral health, and this stuff makes it so much easier to do because they taste so much better than straight coconut oil! I love that Yala includes essential oils that also promote healthy teeth and gums!

A few other great oral care products:

Dr. Tung’s Tongue Cleaner

Toothbrush Sanitizer

Plaque Remover Sticks

What’s in your oral care routine? Do you oil pull? Share here or over on Instagram! For any questions, please feel free to email or DM me!

 xx, Chels

NUTRITIONAL YEAST BENEFITS & RECIPES

Good morning babes! I hope everyone had a beautiful weekend and a mindful Monday. 😉

Nutritional yeast is a big staple in my house. You might be wondering what nutritional yeast is. It is a dehydrated naturally occurring yeast grown on molasses We are all dairy free over here, and nutritional yeast is a great way to add nutrients with a cheesy flavor.

Nutritional Yeast Benefits:

– High in all B vitamins, especially vitamin B6

– Antiviral and antibacterial properties

-Good source of protein

-Aids in digestion

-Good source of fiber, thiamin, biotin, niacin, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, zinc, selenium, molybdenum.

-Low in sodium

Nutritional yeast is extremely versatile, and can be added into ANYTHING you are eating. Here are some of my families favorite ways to use nutritional yeast. And yes, my kids LOVE it!

-Add 2 T into your smoothie (you won’t get a cheesy taste, but rather enhance your smoothies natural flavors.

-Sprinkle on top of all your meals (salads, soups, pasta, veggie bowls, tacos, you name it and nutritional yeast is a great addition!)

-Use it as a thickening agent in soups!

-To make vegan cheesy kale chips.

-To make various vegan cheese and cheese sauce recipes

-Add it into homemade vegan dressings for added nutrients.

-Sprinkle on eggs and quiche.

-“Cheesy” roasted chickpeas (and veggies too!)

-Replacement for added salt.

-I can keep going on and on… but you guys, you can add this stuff into e v e r y t h i n g. And I mean that. I mean it might seem weird to put in onto of your chocolate chip cookies…. but I won’t judge you!

I also have to include these two CRAZY easy and fast recipes that we use in our family all the time. These are two of my kids most favorite foods!

Vegan buttered noodles 

-add avocado or coconut oil to cooked and drained pasta. Sprinkle in nutritional yeast, garlic salt, and pepper. I add in probably 8 tablespoons of yeast when I make this because I make a big batch!

-add in your favorite roasted veggies! Peas, peppers, celery, broccoli, and squash are some of our personal favorites!

Yeast Popcorn

-using an airpop popcorn machine, pop some fresh gmo-free popcorn!

-melt coconut oil and pour over the popcorn in small batches.

-sprinkle and stir in garlic salt, pepper, and as much nutritional yeast as desired.

-tip: for a spicy version, sprinkle on some cayenne powder!

There are a ton of nutritional yeast brands out there, and I have used a few. But after discovering that some brands add in synthetic vitamins and minerals to their nutritional yeast, I turned to Sari Foods brand. They are 100% all natural, non gmo, kosher, non toxic, absolutely no additives, and as good as can be! I recommend purchasing through Amazon here:

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Have you or do you use nutritional yeast? I would love to hear your favorite use for it! And if you are not already using Sari Foods nutritional yeast, I definitely recommend it! The Amazon price is so so good, too!

xo, Chels

TOXIN-FREE DIY DEODORANT

Aluminum, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, Parabens. 

Just a few of the common toxins found in common deodorants. In case you don’t know why you should avoid these, or need a little refresher:

Aluminum: linked to breast and prostate cancer, and increased risk of Alzheimer’s.

Propylene Glycol: damages central nervous system, liver, and heart.

Phthalates: increased risk for cell mutation, birth defects, and hormonal problems.

Parabens: organ toxicity, birth defects, and disrupts hormones causing early puberty and increased risk of hormonal cancers.

And those are just a few.

Your skin absorbs toxins within seconds, and the harm those can cause are really overwhelming. There are some great natural deodorants out there, but for me it’s something I like to make. I have tried several natural brands, some are better than others and you just have to find what works for you.

This is a really simple recipe and only takes a few minutes to whip up. Plus, it lasts a really long time! That all makes it worth it for me to make myself. I love that I have control over the ingredients, and can adjust it where and when needed. This way I get to choose my own scent (or no scent!) too, which I love!

DIY Toxin-free deodorant

Why these ingredients?

Baking Soda is great for odor and sweat control.

Coconut Oil is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.

Arrowroot Powder is great for absorbing moisture.

Bentonite Clay is detoxifying and moisture absorbing.

Tea Tree Oil is a strong anti-bacterial.

I hope you guys love this recipe as much as I do. It is completely natural, organic (I use and recommend using organic ingredients!) and free of any potential toxins. It really works so great, and one batch lasts a long time. I store mine in a wide mouth mason jar and use a few dabs from my finger to apply. It rubs on smooth and easy!

xo, Chels

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Disneyland Tips

Good morning! As many of you know, we recently went to Disneyland. I first have to say that we live completely clean, natural, organic, green, anything else you want to call it. But I definitely think there are times we need to let all the obsessing go, and just enjoy life as it is. Avoiding EVERYTHING can be really hard at times (like on vacation…) because there are unhealthy things e v e r y w h e r e.

So that is what we did, for one week, we weren’t concerned about all the horrible things that may or may not be lurking, because it would have been exhausting and taken away from the experience we wanted our kids to be able to have. I wish everything was 100% organic and clean, but it’s not.

TIPS FOR THE ORGANIC LIVING FAMILY:

1.bring your own snacks and food into the park

2.bring your own water!

3.if you do eat out, and avoid certain foods by choice (or allergy!) the hostess asks before you are even seated, and they bring you an allergy menu. Every place has great alternatives and a TON of vegetarian/vegan choices. They are very thorough about this, so you know you can trust it!

4.let yourself off the hook of being totally organic for a minute. I know how hard that is and trust me I cringed getting our kids some of the things we did, but it was ONE time. And it wasn’t TOO overboard, either. They ate churros, and some cookies, etc. There are some decent options there that I was really okay with, for one time. 😉

5. be sure you bring your own organic sunscreen, because you won’t find any there! We were so happy to have our Raw Elements Sunscreen that works really well, too!

6.for all my fellow booch lovers out there, glass bottles are not allowed in the park, so you better drink it up before you get there… or they will have you pour it into another cup before you go in.

TIPS FOR BUDGET AND TIME SAVINGS:

1.again, bring your own food and water.

2. pack a bag full of dress-up clothes and items and let your kids wear those each day instead of buying ALL the ones they have out. I recommend The Little Dress Up Shop for a great price and quality.

3.buy souvenirs from amazon before you go to the parks

4. when you do purchase stuff in the park, be sure you bring them with you the following days! Also, you can check your bags of purchases all over, so you don’t have to carry them around or worry about them being stolen.

5. use the Disneyland app for a map, wait times, character spotting, etc. This is your total guide!

6. there are great live shows and things like that on both sides of the park (Fantasy Faire for princess storytelling shows (DL), Enchanted Tiki Room (DL), Turtle Talk with Crush (CA), Frozen Show (CA),  and Disney Junior Live Show (CA), etc.) these are GREAT for a break. Our two toddlers loved all these shows, and they were so great for a little rest for them.

There are so many tips and guides out there that it can be really overwhelming. I wanted to keep this as short and simple as possible, because that’s how I like it! 🙂 Another thing I wanted to share was about our hotel situation.

We booked through Get Away Today by recommendation from everyone, working with them was great. However, the hotel they booked us was REALLY horrible. It was so close to the hotel, which was amazing and exactly what we wanted, but the hotel itself was not good at all. After the first night they switched our rooms, and it was honestly no better. The shower barely worked, it was loud, and the building itself was just awful.

I definitely recommend staying FAR AWAY from The Castle Inn and Suites. If you book through Get Away Today, be sure you tell them you DO NOT want that hotel. Refuse it. We actually left a night early to Newport because we were so sick of it. Get Away Today said they could change our hotel that first night, but recommended switching rooms instead, which I really didn’t like. So we did that. They said the other hotel they could change us to was pretty far away, which we then would have had to figure out transportation or parking to get to the parks. It was so frustrating!

We were told that many of the hotels in walking distance from the park (ours was directly across the street) are horrible like that. We did find out that The Marriot hotel there was wonderful, highly recommended, and only a bit further so walking COULD still be an option, or you could get other transportation. I would rather deal with parking than a bad hotel again. We were Disney-newbies, what are you gonna do?!

What is your #1 tip?

xo, Chels

Organic Food Costco Haul

So many people don’t realize that eating organic and clean isn’t always as pricey as you many think. While there are a few items I would go to Whole Foods for, it is not where I do my weekly grocery shopping trips. My main stores are Costco, and Sprouts. I will be posting my Sprouts list soon, but Costco is where I get the majority of our food.

ORGANIC FRESH PRODUCE:

1.Sweet Potatoes $7.99

2. Dates $8.99

3. Baby Kale $4.99

4. Spinach $4.29

5. Broccoli $5.49

6. Blueberries $6.99

7. Power Greens $4.99

8. Raspberries $8.99

9. Chopped Butternut Squash $4.79

ORGANIC REFRIGERATED FOODS:

Silk Almond Milk $7.69

Hope Hummus $6.49

Kirkland Hummus Singles $5.49

Tofu $5.69

Booch $12.99

Basil and Garlic Chicken Meatballs $10.89-$13.89

Barley and Chopped Vegetable Soup $9.39

Maya Kaimal Curry Sauces $12.99

Perfet Bars $18.99

ORGANIC SNACK FOODS:

Tortilla Chips $4.59

Dried Mangoes $17.89

Dried Apricots $11.99

Figgy Pop Energy Bites $10.99

Stacy’s Pita Chips $6.99

Applesauce Pouches GoGo Brand $10.99 or Kirkland Brand $9.99

Food Should Taste Good Chips $5.99

Pretzel Crisps $6.89

Late July Chips $5.99

Mary’s Gone Crackers $8.49

Raw Garcia Sweet Potato Crackers $9.59

Bare Apple Chips $9.89

Fruit Leather Strips $10.59

ORGANIC PANTRY GOODS:

Coconut Oil $18.99

Chosen Foods Avo Oil $9.69

Raw Local Honey $12.69

Agave $9.99

Chia Seeds $7.29

Hemp Hearts $11.99

Nutiva Coconut Flour $6.89

Namaste GF Flour $7.99

TruRoots GF Pasta $6.99

Brown Rice Ramen $8.99

Brown Rice $13.99

Seeds of Change Brown Rice and Quinoa $11.29

Maple Syrup $10.99

Starbucks Organic Coffee $12.79

ORGANIC FROZEN FOODS:

Superfood Vegan Burgers $13.99 (They seem to alI kways be on sale around $10)

Wild Caught Salmon Burgers $14.99 or Filets $27.99

Wild Caught Alaskan Pollock $11.99

Antioxidant Fruit Blend $9.99

Mangoes $9.29

Peas $6.39

GREEN HOUSEHOLD ITEMS:

ECOS Laundry Detergent $12.99-$9.39

I know there are probably a few I missed, but Costco is always changing what they carry. Please note that prices will also vary based on where you live. These are the prices from my local Costco. I hope this helps all of you that have messaged and emailed me about what I buy from Costco!

Anyway, thank you for reading! Be sure you are following on Instagram and by email 🙂

xo, Chels