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}

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}

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}

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}

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}

Lavender: Eat, Sleep, Love

lavender field

We know that Romans enjoyed to take baths in addition to their other epicurean habits. But only recently I learned that the name of one of my favorite plants—lavender, is associated with the Roman practice of taking a bath. Apparently, the word lavare (hence, Lavandula, the Latin name for lavender), means “to bathe”. Yes, you guessed it right—Romans loved taking a bath perfumed with lavender flowers. Ah, these Romans. Our family recently returned home from a trip and the first {Read More}

Why and How Encourage Your Child to Eat Lentils

Unhulled red lentil

Does this scenario sound familiar? You’ve spent several hours consulting web-pages and books in order to advance your knowledge of child nutrition. Then you’ve selected quality ingredients, chopped them, cut your finger in the process, cooked, pulverized and carefully seasoned a meal. You’re feeling as you’ve accomplished a small feat when you finally get to serve it to your little one. And the only thing she says (with a super-sad face) is: “Oh, no…but, something smelled so good from the {Read More}

Fun, Creative and Eco Friendly Gift Wrapping

Eco Friendly Gift Wrapping

I always prefer to invest a little extra time to imagine and create a wrapping of that special gift by using only common supplies I already have at home. Here is how my daughter Zoe and I wrapped gifts last week, inspired by a recent invitation by our cousins. What I provided: book pages, wooden beads, brown paper bags and lavender (source: miscellaneous corners). What Zoe provided: everything else (source: her treasure chest). I frankly believe Zoe has enough “treasures” {Read More}

The Kid, The Apple and The Imaginary Superhero

four galla apples

Everyone in my family knows that apples are my second favorite fruit, right after wild blueberries. I often say that apples are somewhat like wine – there are many varieties and kinds (tart, sweet, fragrant, fresh, ripe) suited for different tastes as well as occasions (baking, salad, eating out of hand). As with wine, you may immediately fall in love with a certain variety while other varieties you will learn to appreciate. As a child I thought I didn’t like {Read More}