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}

Why and How To Introduce Millet to Your Picky Child

kid friendly recipes with millet

How to introduce millet for the first time to your picky child? Well, according to my experience with one picky eater, the best way is to introduce it as a sweet treat. And that’s really easy with millet because it’s so versatile! Why Introduce millet? Millet is a very healthy grain, to start with. It has splendid levels of important nutrients such as manganese, zinc, magnesium, tryptofan and B1 vitamin. It is also a great source of fiber. As you {Read More}

Considering a different approach to treating acne? Try these herbal teas

Wormwood for acne

Adult acne have many causes that profoundly affect our entire bodies—from the state of mind to pH balance. It’s evident as well, that there are many excellent natural remedies for acne that provide targeted, spot on action. But here’s another idea to consider: Consuming natural herbal teas that treat the acne causes holistically, at the basic level. With that in mind, I suggest seven herbs known since the antiquity that have diverse healing properties. They combine into three tea blends {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}

Catch of the Day: A Fish Alphabet Soup for Kids (and Tired Parents)

Fish Swimming, Art by Zoe

On my list of kid-friendly foods that are both nutrient-dense and inexpensive, a fish-head broth secures the prominent spot. Fish heads are, too often, abandoned by customers who fancy flawless fish fillets or who disregard heads for various reasons. Unwanted and not attractive to many, they are sold at bargain prices. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, or your fishmonger is in a good mood, they are even free. That’s what happened yesterday when my husband went to a fish market to {Read More}