Category - Organic Living

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Green School Lunch Ideas
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Beet Cashew Dip with Crudités
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Kid Friendly Fruit Snack Recipe
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Give Back With An Alternative Spring Break
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Advice & Tips for Single Parents
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Making Better Decisions: Clean Up Your Spring Cleaning Habits
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Rustic Savory Breakfast Hand Pies
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Valentine’s Day Breakfast Recipe: Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal
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Making Better Decisions: The Perfect Organic Valentine’s Day
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Making Better Decisions: Mindful Giving

Green School Lunch Ideas

Happy Earth Month to You! The birds are chirping, the sun is making an appearance longer, and everything is turning green! In honor of Earth Month, our friend Renee from Raising Generation Nourished, is sharing some Green School Lunches that are fun and yum! Your kids will be asking you to pack veggies & salad after you try these green lunch ideas. Little Kids Make the Best Observers Have you ever really stopped to listen to what “wow’s” your kids? Every spring it never fails! The wonder and excitement over trees budding, flowers blooming, and fresh green grass to roll around in. I love hearing my kids’ amazement over the new growth in the spring. Start a conversation about how green everything is in the spring, and then turn it into a game to list all the green fruits and veggies they can name! Celebrate Spring and Earth Month with a Fun “Green” Lunch! I wanted to share a plethora[…]

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Beet Cashew Dip with Crudités

In honor of Earth Month, our friend Emily from Recipes to Nourish, is sharing a stunning recipe that is the perfect and yummy way to celebrate our Earth! This delicious beet cashew dip is smooth and creamy, full of flavor, absolutely gorgeous, and perfect for spring celebrations. It’s quite the eye-pleasing show stopper served with seasonal crudités. Naturally vibrant pink and so pretty, this dip always has people asking about the stunning, bright color. Where does the color come from? Beets! They seem pretty fitting for the month that we celebrate our Earth. They’re grown in the ground, have a lovely earthy flavor and produce the most beautiful color! I absolutely love beets. They also happen to be one of my favorite things to eat. I try to incorporate them into as many meals as I can. Snacky-type food with dippy things is always fun. Who doesn’t love to dip yummy foods into special creamy dips? This type of meal[…]

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Kid Friendly Fruit Snack Recipe

This year we’re welcoming guest blogger, Renee from Raising Generation Nourished to the Naturepedic blog. Renee has a passion to see the next generation of kids growing up knowing where their food is coming from and how food affects their bodies. We reached out to Renee to put together some yummy kid friendly snack ideas that are sure to be a crowd and tummy pleaser. Stay tuned for lots of nourishing recipes from Renee on the Naturepedic blog in 2017! First up, a kid friendly strawberry fruit snack recipe. Strawberries and daylight! My favorite signs of spring! Spring has yet to decide if it is going to stay snowy or perk up a bit around where I live, but I can tell spring is around the corner when I’m seeing more sunshine, and strawberries from warmer climates arriving at the store. The snow clouded ceiling of winter is on its way out, and with the extra sunshine, my kids are[…]

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Give Back With An Alternative Spring Break

It’s so nice to daydream about trips to warm, sunny beaches to relax and warm up after winter, but have you considered adding a more charitable addition to your vacation plan? Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trips are popular among high school and college students who perform volunteer work during their school break. You can take the idea and turn it into a family vacation or a solo mission! This post will explore options for service destinations within the United States and internationally, as well as “staycation” ideas that will let you design your own Alternative Spring Break. Service Trip Programs Great for older kids in middle and high school, a service trip for Alternative Spring Break is a great way for them to get some community service hours and great experience for their college applications. They don’t have to be just for the high school kids, either! Some programs accept younger children and you can go on a service trip[…]

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Advice & Tips for Single Parents

March 21 is National Single Parent Day, a day to celebrate the hard work of parents raising kids on their own! We interviewed some single parent members of the Naturepedic community about their advice for other single parents. From meal planning to self care, we hope you’ll find at least one tip that reminds you that you are doing enough, even if you’re on your own. Find a Support System You may not have family or your co-parent close to you, so it’s important to find a supportive network that has your back. This is especially important if you’re newly single and feeling lonely in your new paradigm. “Find your tribe. It’s important to find who you are without the other person and find people who appreciate and embrace that person.” – Lydia R. “[My single father] wasn’t afraid to ask friends for help to watch me.” -Rachel C. “Trade ‘night off’ babysitting with another mom once a month, or[…]

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Making Better Decisions: Clean Up Your Spring Cleaning Habits

I am not sure what causes the biological urge to clean in the springtime, but it’s a very real thing for me. At the first sign of warmer days and singing birds, my house’s windows are open to let in the fresh air and I start to clean up and declutter the house. Maybe it’s about the renewing energy of spring, or maybe it’s that I am officially out of excuses for why I can’t clean out my car. Either way, spring is finally here, and it’s time to clean up. Unfortunately, it’s really easy to get burnt out when you’re doing a whole house’s worth of spring cleaning, and most people don’t have efficient cleaning habits. This blog post will help you clean up your spring cleaning habits to stay efficient and on-task, as well as environmentally-friendly! Plan Your Project I am a person who needs a list, a plan, and maybe even a binder before I get started[…]

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Rustic Savory Breakfast Hand Pies

Who doesn’t love pie? In honor of Pie Day we’re featuring a recipe from our friend Emily at Recipes to Nourish, a wife and mommy who is dedicated to making nourishing food and using safe products for her family. Rustic Savory Breakfast Hand Pies are a fun and delicious way to enjoy breakfast. These beautiful mini pies are filled with shredded meat, Brussels sprouts, flavorful celery root, sweet apples, vibrant thyme and a hint of maple. Pies are just one of those things that are celebrated and loved by all. Everyone loves pie! Most of the time when we hear the word pie, we think of delectable sweet treats like seasonal fruit pies, meringue pies or autumnal/holiday custard filled pies. But pies can be so much more than just sweet. If you think about it, just about every different culture has their own version of meat stuffed pies or pastries. Latin cultures have empanadas, Eastern European cultures have pirozhki, the[…]

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Valentine’s Day Breakfast Recipe: Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal

This week we’re welcoming a guest post from our friend Emily from Recipes to Nourish, a holistic food and health blog. When she had her daughters, she was inspired to eat mindfully and create wholesome meals from scratch. We reached out to Emily to put together this delicious Valentine’s Day breakfast recipe that’s sure to be a treat! Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal with Homemade Chocolate Drizzle Easy to make, healthy, creamy and delicious, this Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal is a heavenly treat! It’s made with soaked oats for better digestion and nutrition and is topped with a luscious, naturally sweetened chocolate drizzle. Surprise your loved ones with breakfast in bed on Valentine’s Day! This delectable oatmeal will be sure to please! I love making special, nourishing treats for my loved ones, especially when chocolate and berries is involved. My family sticks to a real food, gluten-free diet. My body doesn’t do well with gluten and I have other food allergies[…]

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Making Better Decisions: The Perfect Organic Valentine’s Day

When you’re planning your Valentine’s Day festivities, don’t let your organic lifestyle go out the window! Whether you’re celebrating on the 14th or waiting for the weekend, this post will give you a road map to the perfect Valentine’s Day from start to finish. Morning Treat: Start the day with breakfast in bed for your sweetheart, with an assortment of your organic favorites like crepes, fruit and granola, or a savory breakfast skillet (stay tuned for a yummy recipe coming soon). If you want to add some bubbles, splash grapefruit or blood orange juice into organic champagne for a picture-perfect Valentine’s mimosa. Afternoon Surprise: Whether you and your beloved are spending the day together or going to work, keep the love going all day long! Pack a lunch or a picnic complete with some organic fair trade chocolate and a card or love letter (printed on recycled or plantable paper, of course). If you have time, enclose a small wrapped[…]

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Making Better Decisions: Mindful Giving

We’re officially in the thick of holiday shopping season. Whether you’re already well on your way or just starting, there’s always an opportunity to shop and give mindfully. These tips will help you focus on the joy of giving a gift that’s a perfect fit! Shop Local One of the most impactful things you can do when shopping is to support local businesses and the local economy. Take a drive around your local shopping districts to see what boutiques, consignment shops, and other small businesses your community has to offer. Gift cards to local restaurants and shops make great stocking stuffers and are perfect for office gift exchanges! Support Home Businesses Most of my online friends are moms, and many of them work at home part- or full-time, selling things like jewelry, makeup, clothing, and more. If you can help support a friend or a work-at-home-parent selling on Facebook or Etsy, that’s an excellent way to cross some names off[…]

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