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Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Friends! I have put together a little gift guide to share with you for the holiday season! This is the first one I have ever put together, and I could not be more thrilled. It includes some of my favorite health and wellness products that I use ALL the time and love, non profit organizations that are doing good things for humans, animals, and the environment, and subscriptions that support a healthy lifestyle.  . Read on for more details!

products

 

If you are exchanging material gifts, it can be such a joy to give just the right gift to someone you love – especially when those gifts help support their health and well being! I use and love all of these products, and many are made by small businesses.

  1. Hedley and Bennett Apron – I have owned this apron for about 4 years and I honestly couldn’t imagine cooking without it. It is sturdy, practical and also stylish. Made to last using top grade American canvas, raw Japanese selvage denim and European linens – you can choose from several different styles and colors! $85 – $125
  2. Earlywood Designs Flat Sauté Set – Beautiful, strong and long-lasting, this 3 piece sauté set has become an integral part of my kitchen utensils. For every web order they receive they donate to have a tree planted in the Atlantic rain forest of Brazil. $32
  3. Four Sigmatic Mushroom Starter Kit – This little starter pack comes with 1 Mushroom Coffee with Lion’s Mane, 1 Mushroom Matcha with Lion’s Mane, and 1 Mushroom Cacao with Reishi. I have been a long time fan of this company and the quality of their product. Incorporating these medicinal mushroom products into your daily routine can help with reducing stress and increasing energy levels! $58
  4. Powerlix Handheld Whisk – Great for making bulletproof coffee or matcha lattes on the go (or if you just don’t feel like dirtying up your blender!). I’ve tried several battery operated handheld whisks and this one is most powerful and affordable one I found. Would be a great add-on gift to the mushroom starter kit! $14.99
  5. Quooz Rockano Essential Oil Diffuser – I have a handful of diffusers in various rooms around my house, but the two of these that I own are my favorite! They are beautiful and work so well. Made to last a long time and sold for a great price on Amazon. $39.95
  6. Doterra Balance Essential Oil – One of my all time favorite essential oils to diffuse. Woodsy and grounding, this essential oil creates a sense of calm and well-being that is perfect for the colder months of the year. Made with Spruce Leaf, Ho Wood Leaf, Frankincense Resin, Blue Tansy Flower, Blue Chamomile Flower, and Osmanthus Flower essential oils. $26.67
  7. Big Dipper Beeswax Candles – Nothing creates a sense of coziness during the winter like burning a candle. And beeswax candles not only burn for a long time, they are also clean burning, non-toxic, and release negative ions that bind with possible toxins in the air! $10.50 – $26.50
  8. Kickapoo Coffee – Farmer focused handcrafted quality coffee from my hometown in Wisconsin. They make the GOOD stuff, you guys. Award winning and every year they donate 5% of their profits to initiatives that strengthen rural communities. $14.50 – $18 per pound – and they also offer subscription gifts!
  9. Samovar Masala Chai – Never have I tasted a chai tea that has made me feel quite the way this one does. Delicious beyond compare and made with organic ingredients sourced from artisan tea farmers who are committed to sustainable farming practices. $17
  10. Wolf Ceramics Mug – This mug. My absolute favorite mug. The one I will dig out of the dirty dishes and wash instead of grabbing a clean one from the cupboard. A beautiful and stylish handmade piece from Sarah Wold in Oregon, WA. $48

donations

 

Donating to a non-profit organization instead of giving a material gift for friends or family is a great way to show some love for the causes that are close to you and yours’ hearts. This year I’m participating in a influencer campaign to encourage folks to do just that! Donation gifts help reduce waste, and put a little extra light into the world for the things we care the most about. Check out the hashtag #giftforgood on Instagram for more charitable gifting inspo!

  1. Mama Hope – An advocate for global communities that helps support holistic and sustainable projects in education, health, women’s empowerment, and agriculture – that are all 100% community led.
  2. Youth in Focus – Youth in Focus provides underserved youth with everything they need to share their unique and personal stories through photography. An organization that nurture’s youth’s creativity and individuality.
  3. Food Corps – A non-profit organization that connects under served schools with healthy meals and education around eating healthy food –  what it is, where it comes from, and the importance of eating it every day.
  4. City Fruit – A Seattle area organization that helps foster healthy urban orchard networks through education and hands on assistance with harvest, preservation and sharing excess fruit with the community.
  5. FareStart – A Seattle based organization that provides solutions to poverty and homelessness through food based job training programs.

subscription gifts

 

  1. Imperfect Produce – A weekly produce delivery service that helps fight food waste and makes enjoying healthy produce easy by bringing it straight to your door! Practical and impactful.
  2. Thrive Market – An online grocery delivery service that carries SO many organic pantry and kitchen staples for 25-50% off retail prices. An affordable way to enjoy products that support a healthy lifestyle. If you use the link above to purchase a subscription as a gift, your recipient will receive and EXTRA 25% off their first order.
  3. ButcherBox – A monthly meat delivery service that delivers 100% grass-fed beef, free range organic chicken and heritage breed pork directly to your door. Totally customizable for your preferences. Honestly it’s the easiest way to make sure you always have protein on hand that are up to your standards – only the best quality meat and at an amazing price! If you use the little link here during the month of December you’ll receive $20 off the first two boxes and a free package of bacon in your first order!
  4. New York Times Cooking Subscription – An excellent source for reliable and delicious recipes to make and share!

Happiest of holidays to you and yours! May your gifts and home be full of love and light during this season✨

Creamy Dairy Free Chicken and Cauliflower Rice Soup {paleo + whole30}

Thanks to cashew cream, this creamy dairy free chicken and cauliflower rice soup is so creamy and delicious that you would never know it was dairy free! Made with all the same flavors of a classic chicken and rice soup, but paleo, and whole30 friendly for a satisfying and healthy meal. 

Thanks to cashew cream, this creamy dairy free chicken and cauliflower rice soup is so creamy and delicious that you would never know it was dairy free! Made with all the same flavors of a classic chicken and rice soup, but paleo, and whole30 friendly for a satisfying and healthy meal. 

Well here I am about to talk about the weather again, and how it relates to what I’m in the mood to eat 😂

But that’s just the way it works, right? I mean, sure there’s sometimes where we crave warm soups in the middle of summer, or a bright and refreshing green juice during a deep mid-winter freeze, but for the most part the seasons really do sort of steer our dinner cravings.

And as we all know, even though it’s April most of us are still battling winter weather.

I just returned from a long weekend in Wisconsin and Minnesota and I can definitely testify that they are for sure still tromping around in the snow. And while it has started warming up a little in Seattle, even here the gray skies and rain have yet to lift.

Which, IMHO, is a perfectly good reason to schedule this creamy dairy free chicken and cauliflower rice soup into your meal plan for this week 💯

Thanks to cashew cream, this creamy dairy free chicken and cauliflower rice soup is so creamy and delicious that you would never know it was dairy free! Made with all the same flavors of a classic chicken and rice soup, but paleo, and whole30 friendly for a satisfying and healthy meal. 

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Shaved Carrot and Parsley Salad {paleo + vegan}

Is it just me, or does winter seem to be a hard time to remember to include fresh vegetables in the dinner line up? The allure or roasting every vegetable that crosses my path into a sweet and caramelized nirvana is almost always too much to resist. But once in awhile, a salad comes along that does that perfect little thing of brightening up a hearty rich mid-winter meal like nothing else can. And this shaved carrot and parsley salad is exactly that.

Shaved carrot and parsley salad! A bright and colorful counterpart to your hearty meals. Made with simple ingredients you probably already have on hand. Paleo and Vegan.
 
Because even though you’ve bookmarked every recipe for a slow braise you can get your hands on, and you’re making a giant pot of soup once a week, a little fresh veggie salad can still have that magic way of bringing a dinner together and making it feel like a real adult meal.

And adult meals can be hard sometimes.

Maybe I’m feeling especially compelled to share the recipe for this carrot salad with you because all I ate today was scrambled eggs, 1/2 an avocado, and 2 grain free scones (<— Not an adult meal, but it is real life.) And all I really want right now is some yummy healthy food to even out the playing field. You know, so I can eat more cookies. Recipe testing all the holiday goodies for the blog comes at a price, yo.

But in truth, this time of year more than ever, we gotta remember to take care of ourselves. November –> December burnout is a THING, and a good place to start when it comes to staying on track of self care (aka focusing on something other than all the holiday gifts you need to buy, parties you’re attending, all the outfits for said parties that need to be assembled, cookies that need to be baked for the fam, etc etc etc.. all during a season when you’re ALSO just supposed to be grateful for what you have and the people in your life but the world is sending such MIXED MESSAGES. It can be stressful, can’t it? Whew. That was a mouthful.)… is with your FOOD!

So simple, but so powerful.

It reminds us to slow down. It reminds us what is really the most important. It also reminds us that we already have a lot of the tools we need to take care of ourselves.

In last week’s installment of Rob Brezsny’s Astrology letter I was reminded (hiii fellow Virgo’s!) that the question of what I might do to take better care of myself will be a very relevant one in the coming year. That loving oneself is a great way to explore what that might look like, and that there’s still a lot to learn in this department. Which is pretty good advice even if you’re not into the whole astrology thing. Never stop holding the question: How could I do this better? And I just know that food plays an important role in that picture. It always does, right?

Plus, it’s just nice to see some color on your plate.

Shaved carrot and parsley salad! A bright and colorful counterpart to your hearty meals. Made with simple ingredients you probably already have on hand. Paleo and Vegan.
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