friday babbles: dream crushing inspiration

This past week has been full and amazing.

I have been able to share my passion of essential oils with more women who want to find better balance, wellness and abundance for their families.

I have been able to take care of my own little tribe at home.

As any entrepreneur will tell you, work never stops. Your mind never stops. Which is amazing, wonderful and horrible all at the same time. Ha ;)

I was sitting at my fav little café crushing a bit of work between some appointments yesterday and somehow I started reflecting a bit. I had just pulled out my workbook and couldn't help but settle on this idea. 

We create time, energy and space for what matters. When you set a goal, you simply have to begin SOMEWHERE.

While I encourage my clients to DREAM. You must set a goal but every dreamer must take action.

Don’t feel overwhelmed by what or how many steps that might require. I PROMISE YOU, if you commit to your goal and move forward every day in some way, you will get there.

It’s funny. From my own ongoing journey to better health as well as in biz {which I started when I was pregnant with my first child about 4 years ago} I have learned many lessons along the way. Met some incredible people and grown in so many ways as a health coach, wife, mother, and friend.

I am sure you can relate if you take a few minutes to take a step back and mindfully observe your own journey.  

I have some Type-A tendencies, so sometimes when I set a goal and maybe don’t get there as fast as I think I should, I have found myself feel panic set in. Or disappointment. But I have learned it truly is more about the journey! Cliché, but true. We need to champion all of our successes, no matter how big or how small.

There is always a lesson to learn. And sometimes your “goal” may not be your final destination. Keep an open heart and mind, be curious, stay passionate and you will learn, you will grow and you will find success.

My main hope from sharing today's Friday Babble with is you is this: DO NOT LET fear hold you back. The unknown is scary, I know. Stop comparing yourself to others. This is your path. Whether it’s your health or about finding ways to live with more passion and abundance in your life, you must begin. That’s it. The rest falls in to place as you take action.

Dream. 

Take action.

Have faith.

Have fun. 

Hustle.

And please, enjoy the ride! 

N xo 

Practice Safe Sun

Environmental Working Group recently released their 2015 guide to safe sunscreen and guess what? Of the 1700 products they tested 80% got a big F based on the nasty ingredients they contained.

I know a lot of health conscious mamas are looking for green sunscreen options for their kids, which is amazing. Consumer demand in the last several years has  resulted in greener and cleaner options.

As a ginger. I have been covered head-to-toe in sunscreen, all summer long, much of my life. #gingerproblems right? Not really. I think a lot of people think if they aren’t fair skinned they don’t need to worry as much.

Former self proclaimed sun-worshipers have warned me to take care of my skin and that I would be grateful to have had fair skin one day. Not exactly what my highschool-self had in mind when everyone else had a gorgeous tan. I tried tanning beds but low and behold, not much of a tan and waaaaay more freckles. Lots of them ;)

But NOW I get it. I embrace my whiteness {most of the time ;)} and I truly want to pass on safe sun use to my kids.

And yes, of course, we need the sun. Our bodies require Vitamin D for optimal health and for those of us who live in parts of the world with winter, we are often lacking. 15 minutes of sun exposure {without sunscreen} gives you approximately 10-15,000 IU of vitamin D. And supplementation is a great idea in those months when we don’t see the sun.

So while I hope you can get outside and reap the many benefits of the sun, I want you to PRACTICE SAFE SUN. .

Let me introduce you to a few of my sun weapons. 

Pictured in the top is my Eminence Mineral Makeup. It's really easy to apply and is great for kids, a husband who likes to golf and even as a light coverage/SPF option for summer makeup. I just tap it on my wrist to release some of the powder then apply in circular motions on the face. 

The Sunny Kids sunscreen is in my baby bag at all times and I used all last summer for our sunscreen. 

My new favourite way to protect my family as well as my own fair skin is this blend using two Young Living products. ClaraDerm + Carrot Seed Oil 

So far so good in our house! It is easy to apply. Smells fantastic and in addition to protecting from the harmful rays it is actually health promoting and great for skin health in general!

ClaraDerm rockstar qualities: Fractioned Coconut Oil, Myrr, Tea Tree, Lavender, Frankincense, Roman Chamomile + Helichrysum.

Adding the Carrot seed oil makes this blend approximate SPF value 38-40.

Here are some other tips to stay safe this summer ….

  • Hats! It’s a rule in our house our kids must wear a hat outside when it’s sunny. And the best parts for mom’s is that there are some fabulous, trendy options that provide a ton of coverage with their wide brimmed hat.
  • Wear long/light clothes: I try to dress our kids in long/light clothes when they are outdoors and it’s wonderful how many great bathing suit options that are available now that cover the skin and provide UV protection. I totally want to plug this one from one of my besties. She is a fellow health conscious mama and started this company with a mama friend. Based in Stockholm, Sweden this brand ensures your kids are safe and super cute at the same time! Check out IA BON here + they ship world wide. 
  • Sunscreen safely: Consider the recommended brands above and if you want to know more about how to get your hands on Young Living’s products to make your own – email me {natasha@thehealthyginger.com}. 
  • REAPPLY: This is a biggie. Once is not enough. Sweating, swimming and a lapse in time means you must reapply.
  • Avoid peak hours of sun: I know this kind of goes without saying but try to do your best to keep your kids inside when the sun is the hottest {11-2ish}. Morning and late afternoon are better times to be outdoors.
  • Find shade or make your own: If you can't use Mother Nature to find some shade then any umbrella is a great solution whether you are at the beach or outside picnic-ing. 

So what’s the big deal about sun safety? Melanoma. I know someone who was very young when diagnosed. So it’s a great idea no matter what age, to do a SKIN CHECK once a month. Take a peek and look for moles that might be changing, growing, etc and when in doubt – TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR. 

This video recently went viral and is worth the watch.

I want everyone to have fun and spend more time outdoors but do so wisely by practicing safe sun! 

N xo 


Brand links: 

Eminence: You can order online or find a spa that carry’s Eminence. If you are in the Stratford area head to The Spa On Albert and chat with Maureen ☺ 

Green Beaver: Not pictured above but we have used and loved it. 

Goddess Garden Organics: I picked this up at my local health food store and have used it last summer. It takes a few more minutes to rub in but overall love it. 

ClaraDerm + Carrot Seed Oil: I can hook you up and help you get your hands on these two products – so shoot me an email or follow this link.  

lemon coco energy bites

Quick snacks and healthy fuel is essential when you are on the go. 

For the record, this is both toddler and husband approved. 

Over the years I have bought all sorts of different brands of bars and tried some of my own. Of all the recipes I've tried, these are one of our favourites. I made a couple tweaks to make these super fresh and light tasting this time around. I suppose my hope was that yummy light food might actually usher in some warmer weather here in southwestern Ontario... 

These LEMON COCO ENERGY BITES take under 10 minutes to assemble. It's awesome if you can make a bigger batch since these are the perfect snack for the whole family or make a nice little treat after your meal. 

Ingredients: This will make about 12 bit sized pieces, but feel free to increase the amounts for a bigger batch. You can keep some in the freezer to pull out later too. 

  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut 
  • 6 dates {soaked + pits taken out}
  • 1 TSP cinnamon 
  • Dash of nutmeg 
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 4 drops Young Living lemon essential oil OR zest of a lemon would work too

Method: 

  1. Add your dates to water and let soak for at least 10-15 minutes. 
  2. Option: soak your almonds overnight {helps to remove enzyme inhibitors and actually increases some vitamins as well as makes them easier to digest}
  3. Add your almonds, sunflower seeds, coconut, cinnamon nutmeg and sea salt to your food processor. Pulse for a couple of minutes until it is finely ground. 
  4. Add the lemon essential oil or the zest of your lemon and the dates. Pulse until everything is well combined and you will likely have to scrape down the sides a few times. 
  5. Take your mixture and press into a glass/ceramic pan. 
  6. I like to sprinkle a bit more coconut and cinnamon on top. Then cover and place in the freezer to let set. 

After they have set I will cut them then portion out and leave in the fridge for easy access. If you make a bigger batch, portion then cover and put back in the freezer. 

Larabar is one of the kids favourite brands and this makes a great replacement. As always play around with the ingredients for various flavours and to amp up the nutrient content. Another flavour combo that we love are sunflower seed butter with a bit of raw cacao powder and cacao nibs.

I was craving a late night snack last week so I took one of these bites and slopped some almond butter all over one of these little babies. It was the best idea. 

It's amazing how easy it is to make simple swaps for store bought foods that are easy to make in your own kitchen. 

Have the best day and I promise... I really am going to share Roman's birth story... soon.

The Prince {as he has been dubbed} is turning 1 next week - pinch me! We have some birthday celebrations this weekend and I can't wait.


Happy weekend! 

N xo 

 

 

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