Lightweight Nourishment for Parched Skin

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This time of year, everyone seems to be struggling with dry skin.  I thought I would be immune to this skincare woe by moving to southern California, but it turns out even a warm climate doesn’t render you immune to seasonal dry skin drama. Said drama is compounded for those of us with combination skin, as we can’t just slather our skin with heavy moisturizers and creams and not wake up to a veritable oil slick on our foreheads.  For combo skin, finding the the right products to balance oil, nourish skin, and keep it hydrated through the winter months can be a challenge. Which is why I love my new skincare find, Brittanie’s Thyme.

These organic skincare products are lightweight enough for the oiliest of skin, while still being super hydrating, balancing, and nourishing for all those dry spots. And with super clean ingredients and no added fragrance, the line is perfect for sensitive skin.

I’ve been testing the simple three step skincare line, and have definitely been impressed!  The Organic Citrus Facial Cleanser is soap-free, hydrating, and balancing with aloe, jojoba, witch hazel, rosemary, and all kinds of citrus extracts.  Perfect for normal, combination, or even breakout-prone skin, this cleanser is lightweight and deeply cleansing.

I follow the cleanser with the Organic Balancing Facial Toner (my favorite product in the line). With balancing and cleansing witch hazel, calming rose and sweet orange oil, and soothing peppermint.  It smells delicious, leaves skin clean and hydrated, without feeling tight, and is an awesome preparation for moisturizer.

The last step in the Organic Everyday Facial Moisturizer, which is super lightweight and non-oily, while still being super hydrating.  With nourishing shea butter, jojoba and sunflower oil to moisturize; antioxidants, vitamin E and omegas to heal and protect; and aloe, rosemary, and citrus oils to balance and clear even the most sensitive skin.

Check it out, and banish your dry skin drama this winter, without turning into an oily mess.


How to Conquer Thanksgiving This Year


This time of year, most of my clients start panicking about the inevitable onslaught of travel, pies, and family stress that can be associated with Thanksgiving.  Well I say, screw that!  This year, how about we all take some key, powerful steps towards not letting this super fun, gratitude-filled holiday derail us in any way!  Giving in to the assumption that the next month is just going to be a landslide of undoing all the amazing things you’ve been doing for your body this fall is just plain silly, and that frame of mind sets you up for failure.  Remember, you are in total control of all your actions:  what you do and do not eat, how you take care of your body, how you interact with loved ones, and how you let things affect you.  So with that in mind, I give you my 8 tips for conquering Thanksgiving, and having a healthy, fun, and fabulous holiday!


A Mega Warrior Smoothie for Endurance and Energy

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One look at my Instagram feed, and it’s pretty obvious that green smoothies are my top pick for breakfast.  I probably rock one of these puppies 5 out of 7 days a week in the warmer months, and only slightly less often when the weather cools. My green smoothies have a whole huge salad’s worth of greens, loading my body up with iron and folate, lots of healthy fats in the form of coconut oil and almond butter, omegas in the form of chia seeds, antioxidants and tons of vitamins in the form of berries, and a heaping dose of protein in powder form. Naturally, I’m always on the hunt for the best protein powders and get super pumped when I discover a new one.

How To Lose The Baby Weight, But Not Your Mind


Baby weight has been a topic du jour among my mommy friends these days, and understandably so. On top of the occasional stressors of life with a new babe, we can often feel out of control of our bodies, as they take their time bouncing back to pre-baby form. Add to that photos of Gisele and Gwyneth in their size 2 bods five seconds after popping out their little ones, and the pressure to get back in our skinny jeans can feel overwhelming.

Luckily, it’s totally doable. It may not happen as quickly as Hollywood starlets and supermodels, but it will definitely happen, as long as you commit to taking some important steps. I’m certainly not back to my pre-baby size 4, but it’s been amazing watching my body return to form gradually and healthfully over the last three months. And the confidence that the rest of the way is soon to come certainly does a lot to relieve the pressure. Here’s what has worked for my clients and is working for me:

Miraculous Lactation Smoothie


When you’re a breastfeeding mom, your supply can become a bit of an obsession. So many things can impact it, and when your baby is 100% dependent on that liquid gold for nourishment, it can definitely send you into a panic when your supply takes a hit. I got sick with the flu a month ago, and my supply dwindled to scary levels. Thankfully I had a nice supply of frozen milk to get us through the rough patch, but it was still harrowing.

To get my supply back up, and to keep it flowing, I take Motherlove More Milk Blend, Shatavari, and Malunggay, and I drink this smoothie at least 4 times a week.  You guys, this stuff is no joke. After a week of taking the supplements 3 times a day and drinking this smoothie, I was pumping 5 oz. per breast, which is crazy for having a 3 month old. I actually cut back the supplements to even things out, but still drink the smoothie regularly.

Maty’s: Effective and Safe Products for Baby’s Skin


Both as a holistic health practitioner and now as a new mom, I get so infuriated when reading the ingredients of common baby products found in drugstores, and unfortunately, the medicine cabinets of most American families.  Petrolatum, mineral oil, parabens, tetrasodium EDTA.  Just one glance at the ingredient list of popular baby brands like Johnson and Johnson’s, Desitin, and A+D read like a list of who’s who of toxic, carcinogenic chemicals. And yet, many parents don’t think twice about applying these products to their baby’s delicate skin, exposing them to harmful toxins when they are most vulnerable.

Holistic 3rd Trimester Must-Have’s

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

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Now that I’m a few months away from pregnancy, I realize that the specific tools I used throughout each trimester were key to feeling and looking great until the end. I shared with you my must-haves for a healthy holistic 1st trimester and 2nd trimester, both of which set the stage for the final stretch, the 3rd trimester and subsequent delivery.  Keeping yourself comfortable, energized, toned, and preparing your body for birth are the name of the game in the third trimester.  These holistic tools, resources and remedies worked wonders for me, and I hope they help you feel awesome as well!

Perfect Pregnancy Smoothie

Perfect-Pregnancy-SmoothieThis smoothie is a delicious a super healthy way to get a bunch of nutrients vital in pregnancy, as well as some added goodies that are particularly awesome for a shorter labor and healthier baby.  This smoothie is particularly beneficial in the third trimester. Here’s why it works:

Nourish Your Skin with Nourish Organic + Mega Giveaway!


The biggest complaint I hear from my readers about switching over to healthier, natural products is the cost.  I get it! Sometimes you have other things to spend that money on, and your beauty products just aren’t that high a priority.  So I get really excited when I discover effective, organic beauty products that are also affordable and accessible.

Our Birth Story

A couple of months ago, I gave birth to the most sweet and adorable little creature I’ve ever encountered. It was a trying, intense, and at times scary experience that taught me so much about acceptance, flexibility, and trust.  I’ve been holding off on sharing our birth story until I had time to process it, but by now, I’m eager to share what I learned.