Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer activities outside for kids

outdoor gamesPlaying outdoors can be fun for the whole family.  While I love when children get to use their creativity and imagination independently, it's also fun to plan these easy 15 DIY outdoor games formulated by Kids Activities Blog

Play a backyard-sized version of memory with these DIY Lawn Memory Cards from Studio DIY.
Balloon Darts are made even cooler with an artsy twist by My Good Morning.
Use sidewalk chalk to create a Giant Checkers Board.
Outdoor Twister is sure to incite giggles, get the DIY details at Just Us Girls.
This simple Frisbee Tic Tac Toe by A Turtle’s Life for Me looks like a blast!
Giant Dominos by One Dog Woof on SYTYC are a great way to practice math skills AND enjoy to great outdoors.
This easy to make Giant Kerplunk from Design Dazzle promises hours of fun.
What’s more fun than pick up sticks?  Giant Pick-Up Sticks from I Heart Nap Time!
I can’t to make my family a Giant Jenga set like this one from A Beautiful Mess.
No room for horseshoes?  Try playing Washers by ECAB instead!
15 Outdoor Games
This DIY Ball and Cup Game can be played alone or together.
Everything is more fun in the dark, Flashlight Games are sure to make your kid’s summer.
These Water Balloon Games by Pars Caeli are a must on the hottest of days.
Bike Games are a great way to enjoy a summer evening.
Build your own Cornhole Set for some good old-fashioned family fun.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Sun Care Tips and Whole Foods Sale

It's so important to take care of your skin, especially in the summer! Living in Hawaii means that we are always in the sun, so having an ample supply of sunscreen on hand helps to protect my family from dangerous sunburns.  Because we are always applying sunscreen I want it to be chemical free and as natural as possible.
Badger SPF 30 Baby Sunscreen Cream - 2.9oz
What's my favorite brand? Badger Baby Sunscreen found at Whole Foods.  Whole Foods Market has natural skin care products on sale this weekend!  

Some Awesome Sun Tips:


This is an easy one. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that everyone wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, being in the sun too much can cause sunburn, freckles, skin texture changes, rashes and dilated blood vessels. Exposure also increases the risk of skin cancer and is the cause of 90% of wrinkles.
Here's how it works: If you are using a sunscreen with an SPF of 15, and it usually takes you 15 minutes to get a sunburn, all you have to do is multiply the two numbers together to figure out about how long your sunscreen should last. In this case, it would be 225 minutes, or 3 hours and 45 minutes.

While that seems easy enough, the formula doesn't necessarily hold true when you're dealing with SPF numbers that are higher than 30. And, unfortunately, there are numerous other factors -- including humidity, sweating and contact with water -- that can change that number by decreasing the overall effectiveness of sunscreen. So if you're planning on going swimming or doing any other sort of strenuous activity, you'll need to reapply often for your sunblock to be of much use.


Chemical sunscreens protect skin by absorbing the sun's rays and they do this by actually seeping deep within the skin. Some of the chemical sunscreen active ingredients have been shown to have endocrine disruption activity. Last up, most chemical sunscreens do not provide broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB.

Physical sunscreen utilizes zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as active ingredients. Physical sunscreens sit on top of skin and physically block the sun's rays, like a mirror. A great benefit is that they work immediately and do not seep into the skin. Zinc oxide is protective against UVA and UVB rays, unlike most chemical sunscreens.

Recently, nano-sized physical sunscreens have been developed which apply smoothly on the skin, but there could be concerns with this new technology. Nano-particles are basically very, very small particles of a particular substance and this could be problematic if nano-particles were to cross the skin barrier and get into the tissues of the body. The use of these ingredients is relatively new and long-term effects are unknown. Labeling is not required, so the only way to know for sure whether a particular mineral-based ingredient is nano-sized is to ask the manufacturer.

Whole Foods Market Premium Body Care prohibits chemical sunscreen active ingredients and are carefully screened for particle size. So even though these non-nano, physical sunscreens may apply with a slightly white film, you will be assured that these products do not contain chemical sunscreens or nano-particles.

In addition to applying sunscreen, wearing protective clothing and hats is helpful. Also, an adequate antioxidant and omega-3 fatty acid intake in the diet can also be protective to the skin. For post-sun soothing, nurture your skin by choosing products with nutrient-rich ingredients:
Green Tea, Soy, Milk Thistle, Shea Butter, Sea Buckthorn & Carrot Oil.
Visit the Whole Body Department in your local Whole Foods Market store to get more expert tips and product suggestions.

Stop by your local Whole Foods Market on May 23-26th where you can find 30% off on their safe sunscreen during their Sun Care 4 Day Sale! 

Also, don't forget to check out their scrubs and moisture lotions for glowing and radiant skin this summer!

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Whole Foods Market.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Homemade Whipped Cocoa Body Butter Recipe

I am head over heals for this homemade body butter I made.  You can find a lot of different homemade whipped body butter recipes from natural blogs right now.  I checked out a lot of them and decided to simplify the recipe for own batch.  I didn't want an essential oil in my mixture because the natural scent of chocolate from the cacao butter is amazing enough!

This is so easy: 
  1. First heat 1/2 cup of cacao butter, 1/2 cup of coconut oil, 1/2 cup of Shea butter, and 1/2 cup of jojoba oil until its a liquid consistency.  
  2. Next, refrigerate until its starts to solidify.  
  3. Finally, get out your beaters and whip it like whipped cream. (Just don't be tempted to eat it because it smells like chocolate and looks just like whipped cream)
***Also, be aware that it is an oil once rubbed on the skin so too much can leave a residue that can stain couches and clothing


Lemongrass Tea and Beautiful Skin

Lemongrass is used a lot here in Hawaii due to it's popularity in Thai and Vietnamese cuisine.  I love it's unique citrus flavor and have recently been making lemongrass tea.

Health Benefits of Lemongrass Tea:
*contains beta-carotene and is an anti-oxidant
*helps to detoxify while stimulating digestion
*some say that it's beautifying and is used for a glowing complexion 

First, buy a lemongrass plant.  They are fairly easy to grow and maintain.  

Next, cut a few stalks off.

Then, I cut up the stalks in inch pieces and let them soak in GSE extract for 5 minutes and rinsed them thoroughly again.
Add boiling water and let the lemongrass steep for about 10 minutes.
Delicious and healthy lemongrass tea!
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