Wanderlust Summer 2013 Dates Announced

WL2013-save-the-dates538Have you heard of Wanderlust? I hadn’t either until I came across it in Body and Soul Magazine earlier this year and got all excited – until I saw the Colorado date had passed. Boo!

But alas, Wanderlust will be back at Copper Mountain July 4-7, 2013 – as well as in Vermont (June 20-23, 2013), California (July 18-21, 2013) and Whistler (August 1-4, 2013). Full lineups will be announced in early 2013, but you can be assured they will be loaded with mountainside fun, including yoga, music, hiking, paddle board yoga, organic food and wine events, the Speakeasy lecture series, the Wanderkind kid’s program and so much more. Continue reading

Understanding Skincare Product Certifications

According to Organic Spa Magazine, there are a growing number of organizations around the world that seek to certify cruelty-free, natural, organic and/or sustainable products and processes. Six of those have labels you will see often here in the U.S., including Demeter, Leaping Bunny, Natural Products Association, NSF, Oregon Tilth and USDA Organic.

As with eggs, these labels can be difficult to understand and keep straight. But better familiarizing yourself with their logos and standards will help you make more informed shopping choices for yourself and your family. Let’s take a closer look.  Continue reading

Comparing Food Labels: Organic, Local and Sustainable

Organic, local, sustainable. These are words that have often been used interchangeably or in unison with the slow food movement in this country. But as Elisa Sobo examines in Standing up to Big Food’s Organic End Run: Who Will, and Why?, “the environmentally-friendly, healthful, and socially just diet that early advocates promoted seems to have been somewhat forgotten.”

With big food answering Americans’ demand for more organic food, we are putting our faith in large corporations to fix our food supply. And the truth is that, unfortunately, we can’t trust them. Because they are big corporations after big money, not the best interests of our food supply or our health. Continue reading

Slow Cooker Savvy: Apple Butter

With all the apples I picked from my neighbor’s yard last week, I tossed a large batch in the slow cooker to make apple sauce and … ended up with apple butter! Turns out that the long, slow cooking time required of apples for apple butter makes your crock pot a rock start (again!). And with minimum ingredients, the recipe itself couldn’t be easier.

Use whatever size slow cooker you have, filling it to the brim with apples and adjusting the ingredients accordingly; I used a 6 quart cooker. The large resulting quantity is ideal for preserving and the fragrant butter makes a well-appreciated gift, right at home spread on toast or paired with nut butter. Continue reading

Applelooza!

I’m not sure what it is about this summer – the hot dry temps maybe? – but the two apple trees in my neighbor’s yard are absolutely brimming with fruit!

Traci is already one of the best neighbors ever, accompanying me on walks and to yoga class, watching out for our dogs, offering energy work, and even digging through my recycling bin one morning this week when I had a panic attack on my way to work thinking my missing keys accidentally found their way there. Seriously. I’m that nuts and she’s that awesome. 🙂

And Traci happens to be the owner of said apple trees which she says have produced more fruit this year than in the eight previous years she’s lived there. Lucky for me, she graciously opened them up for picking. I can’t ever turn down an opportunity for free, beautiful, organic fruit! Continue reading

Know Your Produce Numbers

We had a fantastic and relaxing vacation in Montana. Can’t wait to share some pictures with you!

In the meantime, thanks to this veggie fitness gal for inspiring me to create this infographic:

Those stickers on your fresh fruit and vegetables are more than just a code for your cashier to ring up. They are a key to knowing what kind of food you are eating, i.e. conventional, organic, or genetically modified (GMO). Continue reading

The SAD Truth about Childcare Diets

Bear with me here. I don’t often rant, but a child’s diet is so important to me, and never has the truth about diet and childcare ever been more sad to me than now.

I chose to work four days per week – declaring Fridays special Mommy/Kiera days – which means that four days per week, K-Bear is in daycare. Which she loves. The problem: I don’t love the Standard American Diet (SAD). Continue reading

The Not So Sweet Truth about Honey

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This article is re-posted from Natural Knowledge 24/7.

There are few things as sweet and delicious as honey, a product which is used to improve the taste of a number of foods and drinks. Unlike sugar, honey also has a good reputation for being beneficial to your health. Unfortunately, this conventional wisdom may now have to be called into question. New research conducted by Vaughn Bryant, one of the nation’s top pollen experts, casts doubt on the quality and safety of most honey available in the United States. Consequentially, consumers may now have to think twice and conduct research of their own before purchasing their favorite brand of this savory treat. Continue reading

Natural Garden Pest Control

It’s been a trying week. I’ve come home from work in a good mood only to look at my garden and instantly go on a war-path.

From this angle – it looks great. Everything is growing well, including our tomatoes and eggplant, both of which have flowers, as well as our green onions, herbs, and peppers with two babies getting bigger every day.

From this angle, not so great. The culprit? Earwigs, also knows as pincher bugs. Ew. And look what they did to my zuchini and basil in four days:

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Demystifying Labels to Make an EGGcellent Choice

Unfortunately, eggs are no longer just eggs. The choices in the stores are immense, and ultimately, you’ll be (I hope!) eating your beautiful eggs. While the timing for this post is convenient, what you learn here you can keep top-of-mind year-round.

In the good ‘ol days, it used to be that you could walk into a local store or your backyard coop, and there would be one or two kinds to choose from, usually brown and white. These days, unless you are lucky enough to have your own hens, your egg choices have expanded considerably – and probably your level of uncertainty and confusion too. Continue reading