These days, creating a safe sleeping environment for the family can be a challenge with toxins in nearly all mattresses and bedding. One material that is a great choice for your bedroom is bamboo; it is grown without pesticides and is a rapidly renewable resource. It’s also the perfect solution for adults and kids with sensitive skin as it is naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic. Continue reading
Let’s get personal today folks and talk eating habits. It’s such a delicate subject isn’t it? I mean, you never dare (or at least I don’t), criticize what others choose or don’t choose to eat. Unless of course it’s my mother who needs a good reminding now and then that Cheez Its are not an acceptable snack to keep in the pantry. Yikes!
As many of you know, I’ve been a vegetarian for many years now (Approaching twenty I think, but who’s counting). SoulDaddy and I are also raising K-Bear vegetarian too, a gift I don’t I thank SoulDaddy for enough. I feel so strongly about a meat-free diet that I’ve been carrying around a book with me since my college intern days called “The Vegetarian Mother and Baby.” The first real article I ever wrote that I tried oh-so-hard without success to get published, was called “How to Raise your Child Vegetarian.”
I like to think I was simply way before my time. Or a fresh out of college, never-been-published twenty-something. Continue reading
As you know, I’m busy
sunning myself on a beach getting K-Bear outside this week! Outdoor time is incredibly important to our family, whether it be snorkeling with the fish, digging in the sand, or hiking a mountain trail. I got my start at an early age, thanks to outdoor-loving parents.
Even better than the family hikes they dragged me on was the week-long canoe camp they sent me to each summer when I was 13 and 14 (insert shout-out to Alton Jones!). It was such a young, impressionable and often-times awkward age, but I remember vividly the power of the friendships I built, the freedom I felt, and the connection to nature I established. It was a mighty feeling to canoe all day and set up camp each night, all while learning how to pee in the woods, cook a meal for a team and wash dishes with minimal water. I came home each summer feeling like I could conquer anything!
So it is with happy memories that I feature this guest post by Lauren Caselli, a guide at Alpengirl Camp, an overnight, outdoor summer adventure camp for girls ages 11-17 in Montana, Hawaii, Alaska, Washington and Norway. A Manhattan desk-jockey-turned-wilderness-junkie, she left her NYC apartment for the wide open valleys of Montana. After 22 years in the traditional education system, Lauren learned more about her passions, her values, and herself during 18 months of wilderness exploration than she ever did in the halls of her public school. An advocate of writing-as-self-discovery, she manages the Alpengirl blog. Continue reading
THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.
Happy new year, friends! As we all embark on a fresh start in 2013, I thought I’d start it off right with a giveaway! I can’t think of a better way to thank all of you for a wonderful 2012 then by offering you a chance to win one of my new favorite things!
This one-of-a-kind bag is handmade by craftspeople in India from recycled saris. The layers of silk and rayon come in a unique combination of colors and patterns, ranging from jewel tones to earth tones. The bag has an inner lining of lightweight white cotton with a large central compartment and a single side pocket. The clasp functions in two ways: there’s a button and loop fastener, and a fabric cord that can tie the bag closed for greater security.
I love this fun, colorful bag and I know you will too. And thanks to Uncommon Goods you can win one of your own! Uncommon Goods has a slew of unique and creative gift ideas for all kinds of folks. Click here for more ideas for the gals in your life! I especially love their selection of recycled items like these.
To enter, simply leave a comment telling me what your new year’s resolution is!
For extra entries, you can also choose from any or all of the following. Be sure to leave an extra comment for each entry telling me you did so and what your corresponding Pinterest, Twitter or Facebook name is.
- Follow Soulicious Life on Twitter
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- Like Uncommon Goods on Facebook
- Sign up for Uncommon Goods’ Email list
Details: The contest will run through 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2013. The winner will receive a single Sari Bag shipped directly to them from Uncommon Goods. Due to the handmade and upcycled nature of these items, each bag will vary.
Neither I nor Uncommon Goods can guarantee all colors in photo will be incorporated into each bag. I’ll choose one lucky person via random.org and notify him or her via email. You will have 48 hours to respond and claim your gift. If you don’t respond, I will choose another winner. Please note that although Uncommon Goods provided me a free Sari Bag, the opinions expressed here are mine alone.
Thanks to A Charmed Yogi for bringing this brilliant campaign to my attention. If you are a teacher, principal or parent of a school-aged child, I hope you will consider championing this program at your school. Free materials and assistance are available.
Yoga-Recess in Schools is a national campaign to bring yoga-based health education into classrooms. Providing free online resources like instructional videos and lesson plans will make it easy and fun for school teachers to integrate yoga into their teaching schedule. This allows children to benefit from balancing their body and mind through breathing and stretching exercises. The national campaign will peak with Yoga-Recess Day, Friday January 25, 2013 with hundreds of participating school teachers and organizations. Continue reading
SlimKicker is a healthy living/fitness app that turns healthy habits into 7-30 day challenges. This level-up, points-based game puts the emphasis on learning proper nutrition, portion control and other habits that participants can stick with for the long run.
Because the SlimKicker team realizes that fun and games aren’t enough, they also provide ongoing support with personalized advice, as well as tools such as calorie counter and fitness tracker. It’s a great way for folks to interact with experts and stay motivated while developing healthier, life-long habits.
For example, users can pledge to give up soda for a month or use their slow cooker once a week. We know all about the latter as we are (or are trying to be) Slow Cooker Savvy around here, right? Which brings me to…
SlimKicker reached out to me looking for fresh ideas from YOU for fun, creative fitness and diet challenges! To enter, leave a comment below for each idea that you have. Keep it simple; one-to-two sentences only. SlimKicker will choose the winner based on their favorite entry, use it on their site and send you a brand-new Hamilton Beach Stay or Go 6-Quart Slow Cooker. Hooray! Continue reading
Thanks to Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live!, you can visit a number of fantastic museums for FREE on September 29. Unfortunately for those of Colorado, it also happens to fall on the day of Hike and Seek, but if the weather is a wash, you can bet we’ll trade in the trails for the brand new History Colorado Center!
To receive your free Museum Day Live! Ticket for two people, head over here and fill in your information. They’ll immediately send you an email to print a ticket for the museum of your choice. Continue reading
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
This time of year, my favorite crop to scoop up by the armful at farmer’s markets is fresh basil. I make a batch of pesto nearly every week, freezing it in portioned batches to enjoy all year-long. Come spring, as I use my last cube, I am sad only long enough to remember that in just a few months, the basil will be bursting forth again, beckoning me and my food processor to get whirling. Continue reading
I love my Yoga Paws. Launched in 2003 by a mother/daughter team, Yoga Paws are non-slip yoga gloves worn on your hands and/or feet, a concept best described by their tagline: “The Yoga Mat You Wear.”
I came across them only recently and thought they were incredibly nifty. I contacted Yoga Paws, and Jaime, the daughter half of the Yoga Paws team, responded enthusiastically.
It’s clear that she has a passion for not only yoga and her product, but also for sharing good energy and positive thoughts. She quickly sent me a pair of Yoga Paws “Elite” in forest green, and I’ve been playing around with them ever since I got the go-ahead from my PT three months post-hip surgery.
One word: fun! Continue reading