Three child-friendly recipes with chia

lemon lime chia with spirulina

One reason Chia is enjoying a terrific popularity in our family is probably because it instantly became Zoe’s favorite. And, to be quite honest, that doesn’t happen often with something that’s healthy and nutritious. Flax, another beloved seed with comparable nutritional benefits, has always been greeted with a dose of grumpiness. I think it’s the playful and jelly-like texture that’s really fun and inviting for the kids. Also, chia has no taste that can interfere with other flavors. Today, I {Read More}

Rapid Blemish Reliever: Make Your Own!

rapid blemish reliever

The secret is out: skin blemishes are not just one common, unpleasant mark of puberty, as our teachers and parents tell us. The dispiriting fact is that they appear at any age, and at least desirable times. An unannounced, and unsightly eruption on your face does come suddenly, but there is a clear pattern for sure: Just before the wedding ceremony. Or a family reunion. Or the big presentation of your idea in front of your peers. I know this {Read More}

Healing Rosemary Wine

healing rosemary wine

When you hear “rosemary and wine”, what’s your first thought? The very natural answer (even if you’re not hungry) is that the two ingredients combine into some kind of a Mediterranean-inspired marinade. Or, perhaps, rosemary-coated roasted potatoes, served with a glass of wine. It seems so natural and inviting to think of rosemary as a culinary ingredient, but, in truth, rosemary is a powerful healing plant, which has been used faithfully since the Middle Ages. Today, I share quite an {Read More}

Eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas with pine cones and needles

Eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas

A walk on the beach can inspire in numerous ways and one is to collect beautiful, fragrant pine cones and pine needles and use them to wrap a gift. Idea: Collect fallen pine cones and branches of pine trees on the beach. Design nature-inspired gift wraps. Have fun. Gift: A book Wrapping supplies: Pine cones, pine needles and raffia. Tools: Scissors While I think it’s clever to add to a gift “mystique” by wrapping it in paper, sometimes there are {Read More}

What the Skin Craves, the Body Must Seek: 15 Plant-Based Beauty Oils

15 plant beauty oils

Through history people have relied on rich gifts of nature to create beauty oils that treat the face, body and hair. Pure plant oils soften, heal, revitalize and keep the skin well-protected, whether it’s oily, dry or sensitive. With only a single ingredient, they are desirable and perfect just the way they are. They act as natural beauty elixirs, help create beauty rituals and have a limitless performance. Here are fifteen beauty oils to seek and embrace. Avocado oil (Persea {Read More}

Nigella Seeds: Black, Tiny and Mighty

Benefits of Nigella Seed (black seed)

A few things top a heart-warming smell of freshly baked pastry sprinkled with Nigella seeds. Tiny, black and fragrant, Nigella seeds complement many dishes aside from pastries and breads. They are irresistible too—I dig them out of fresh bread and eat even though I have a container of seeds stored in my cupboard. Nigella: A tale of discovery In so many ways, Nigella seeds are both old and new. Its healing powers were known since ancient times by physicians and {Read More}

The many lives of autumn leaves: A weekend project (with free high resolution pictures)

five o'clock

How to keep enjoying all the breathtaking colors of the autumn foliage long after the season is gone? Here’s my suggestion for three fun and simple projects that you can embark on with your kids. It starts by going outside, finding and collecting different leaves (pretty, atypical, fulvous…) and pressing them between the pages an old book. Last weekend, for our extended fun time, Zoe and I decided to uncover our precious selection of leaves for the first time (although {Read More}

Using “What Not to Wear” Strategy to Create Healthy Meals for Kids: The Cauliflower Edition

healthy meals for kids meatballs with mashed cauliflower

I am a mother to a kid who once drew a picture of broccoli that looked like a vicious, smiling, green monster. Yes, Zoe drew and taped that picture onto her door in “protest” of the broccoli lasagna which I served that day. You guessed right –I didn’t actually receive a five-star review for that meal. That evening, I consulted (yet again) a book on parenting, that assured me how children normally “outgrow” their limited food preferences. That means I {Read More}

The Honor and Pleasure of Meeting an Olive Tree (and Making My Olive Leaf Extract)

Olive branches against blue sky

Personally, the delight from making my own olive leaf extract only starts with its cool health benefits, because there’s so much more to it. The thing is, since I make it each year while on vacation, the olive leaf brew also captures the fun of my family retreat along with the radiant, power-infusing sunshine. And merging the pleasure of staying at an old friend’s cottage and picking fresh olive leaves right from a nearby tree is one blissful affair of {Read More}

Wonderful Benefits of Buckwheat Pillows

Buckwheat hulls

One negative aspect of travel and visiting friends and family is that you leave the sanctuary of your own bed and enter the night-time gamble to see how lucky you are with the bed you’re going to get. Most of times I wasn’t very lucky, mostly because my pillow was too high, too soft or too hard. But once, I hit a jack-pot when I was offered a strange-looking pillow filled with “something”. That “something” was buckwheat hull. Laying down {Read More}