Well this is exciting! The new Safe Baby Products Guide from the Getting Ready for Baby Campaign only recommends Made Safe Certified products, which includes our Apple + Broccoli Hair & Body Wash, Cucumber + Grape Baby Oil and Berry + Olive Baby Balm.
There is so much to think about when preparing for a new baby and this guide makes it easy for parents to choose safe, non-toxic products - they even have an interactive tool to create an online registry for baby and mom. Check it out and please make sure to tell everyone you know who is expecting!
We are smitten with Cynthia, the blogger behind Green Passion Beauty! She has a passion for sharing her finds of safer, green products and has some really nice things to say about the Pleni Naturals line we wanted to share here. We are so happy the Pleni products are working for so many families!
Yes! Summer is almost here and the weather is definitely warming up! And when the sun is out, the skin is out. That means we need to take measures and make sure our skin is well protected from the glorious - but unfortunately, damaging - rays of the sun.
We know that wearing a protective hat/clothing and applying sunscreen during the day are important preventative measures to make sure our families’ skin does not get burned. But did you know SPF only measures protection from UVB rays, which are the rays that cause sunburn? And it doesn't protect the skin 100% - per the Skin Cancer Foundation, an SPF 15 protects 93% and an SPF 30 protects 97% from damaging UVB rays. Also, SPF doesn't protect the skin from UVA, which are the main rays that cause tanning and actually penetrates the skin deeper than UVB rays. For best protection against UVA and UVB, a broad spectrum SPF sunscreen of 15 or higher with zinc oxide and/or titanium oxide as the active ingredient is recommended.
It only takes up to about 20 minutes (sometimes as little as 5 minutes) of unprotected skin in the sun to cause a sunburn and - as well intended as we are - sometimes circumstances make it difficult to reapply sunscreen after two hours and many don't actually apply enough sunscreen to give proper protection.
So what can we do to make sure we protect our kids' skin while they are having fun in the sun all summer long? Considering staying indoors all summer long is NOT an option (how boring!), we suggest making sure you add a protective and restorative treatment product to your child's skin that contains plenty of antioxidants, vitamins and soothing ingredients such as our Cucumber + Grape Baby Oil. This product was strategically formulated with the following premium fruit and vegetable oils to work synergistically and help boost skin protection and soothing:
Cucumber Seed Oil. Cold-pressed cucumber seed oil is rich in moisturizing omega 6 and 9 fatty acids, tocopherols and phytosterols that soothe, protect and replenish skin moisture balance.
Cranberry Seed Oil. This oil is exceptionally restorative and moisturizing due to its unique balance of omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids and is also known to have the highest level of tocotrienols (a form of vitamin E) than any other fruit or vegetable oil.
Avocado Oil. Rich in vitamins, minerals, oleic acid and essential fatty acids, this nutritious oil has the ability to deeply penetrate skin and provide excellent skin softening and moisturizing benefits.
Look at all of these amazing fruit and veggie ingredients! As you can see, the Cucumber + Grape Baby Oil is so much more than a massage oil for baby - it's a true treatment product that can help replenish your child's skin and provide soothing and healing properties as well.
Here is a tip: also apply the Cucumber + Grape Baby Oil before sunscreen for a smoother application and feel good knowing you are adding on an extra layer of protection with all of the essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants!
When did you discover your love of cooking?
I have always loved to cook. I was my mom’s right-hand man in the kitchen all growing up and I am so lucky she passed the knowledge of cooking onto me. It has not only allowed me to provide nourishing home cooked meals for my family, but has also become my creative outlet. I invite my own daughter into the kitchen whenever she wants to pass on the skill and love.
I personally love all of your recipes and have so many saved to Pinterest! What is the inspiration for your recipes?
Honestly, life. Most of what I share is exactly what I find myself cooking my family on any given day. My daughter has hit a “picky phase” of eating, which inspired me to start developing more recipes that have veggies worked into them…so even those picky eaters are getting their veggies in. I also love making over classic, not-so healthy recipes into to something easy and nourishing! Whenever I create a new recipe, I aim to have it be something easy to make and healthy for the body…and delicious, of course!
Do you have a favorite recipe you have created? Can you share it with us?
Oh that is hard to pick! I have lots of different favorite ones! But the one I make time and time again is my Slow Cooker Lemon Thyme Chicken. I make it at least a couple of times a month and it’s my go-to recipe to feed a crowd! I love how cost efficient is it to cook a whole chicken over just breast or thigh meat and you can use the bones to make your own homemade bone broth! You get my bang for your real food buck.
What are your top 3 kitchen items/gadgets you cannot live without (and why?)
My blender for sure. You will notice a lot of my baking recipes are mixed entirely in my blender. Real food cooking can create A LOT of dishes, so I cut corners where I can to save how much time I have to hang out in the kitchen cooking or cleaning up. So I started mixing batters in my blender to save time and mess.
What are some favorite veggies in your home and how do you prepare them for your family?
I always always have spinach and kale in the house. So much goodness in greens that I want to get into my family! I throw those in everything from smoothies to pasta sauce and even in meatloaf and muffins! Broccoli and brussels sprouts are also always on hand. They are my daughter’s favorite veggies and our family’s favorite way to enjoy both is roasted! Roasting veggies maintains many of the nutrients but also cuts the bitterness of veggies!