health // earth’s best

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I hope everyone had a great weekend! We are continuing our healthy, eating/snacking series over here, with a little love towards our little ones.  We can’t forget about them!

When we had Eleanor, I said I would make her food, when she was ready for solids. I said a lot of things, but…Well, I attempted it once, and to be honest, it wasn’t for me or her. (don’t judge. ha!)  So my quest began for the perfect, organic, baby food.  There weren’t many options, that I found and felt comfortable with.  However, the one we kept reading about and seeing was Earth’s Best.  So, that’s who we started with. Eleanor loves her options, and there are many to choose from, so, that’s who we’ve been with since day one!

Earth’s Best has a simple mission, “Earth’s Best Organic provides “better for baby” products with the freshest, purest ingredients, so parents can nurture their baby’s health with the utmost confidence.

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Eleanor had a chance to taste a few of their newer products, and she was thrilled with them.  Luckily, we don’t have a picky eater over here, so we are pretty lucky there.  Another thing we love about Earth’s Best, is the variety of items we have to choose from.  We like to give Eleanor choices.  This way she can learn the taste of different foods.  I am still fully breastfeeding, so her meals with Earth Best tend to be a very small lunch, and a larger dinner. We also do give her avocado and banana. She really is a wonderful little eater.

Lastly, if you get a chance and of course have little ones, try Earth’s Best snack crackers, Those are her favorite, of course!

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New Arrivals!

Hope everyone had a great week! We are busy busy over here.  We have our health series going on, here at Good News Santa Barbara, and over at Love Threads, we are receiving new arrivals every day! We didn’t want you to miss out on some of our bestsellers, so here you go…

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Earth Day

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This past weekend we celebrated mother earth. Dave took Saturday off, which is a rarity, so we got to hang with daddy all day!  We enjoyed all of the activities that were happening in Alameda Park, for Earth Day. One of the great things about Santa Barbara, is there’s always so many different activities for families to enjoy!

There were lots of kid activities too, which was nice.  Eleanor had the chance to play the drums, which she loved.  She loves her music! We took a semester off, but she will be back to her music class in a couple of months.  It’s been such a great investment for her.

We listened to lots of live music, and snacked on lots of healthy goodness.  It’s always nice to just throw a few blankets down, relax, and listen to some good tunes.  I also had the chance to check out one of my favorites, Sun Potion.  They had a booth and were offering 20% off all of their products, so I totally scored!  If you know me, you know I love my herbs!

We tied up the weekend with a children’s concert on the UCSB campus, where Eleanor got to enjoy a little fun, with some of her tiny friends.

Hope everyone is having an epic week!

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health // probar

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I’ve mentioned before that we like lots of smaller bites around here, rather than three large meals.  So, when we decided to partner up with Probar, we knew this was a match made in heaven.  Not only are they organic, you have a choice of a bite bar for a quick satisfying snack, the meal bar, for the meal on the go, the bolt bar, for before your workout, the fuel bar, which is gluten free, and the base bar, which is full of superfoods. And, you can feel good about eating them.  That’s a lot of goodness from one company.

We decided to try the meal bars. They were really, really good! We loved them all! I’m pretty sure you can’t go wrong with any of their products.  We also really enjoyed having the bars for Dave’s lunch.  Dave works in the hospitality industry, and doesn’t always have time for a full meal, so this bar was perfect.

Neither one of us are huge fans of bars, but while doing a little research for this series, we both liked the information behind the Probars company. They have a great mission…”PROBAR® creates delicious, convenient, healthy, plant-based food products. We strive to become the leading provider of REAL FOOD choices, always maintaining our commitment to quality, sustainability and fantastic taste.”

You can purchase Probars online, or other popular retailers.  If you are local in Santa Barbara, I know you can get them at Whole Foods.  Give them a try, they’re a tasty bite!

Head over to our Instagram account, to enter for a chance to win a free box of Probar meal bars.

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kundalini yoga

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In my quest for a healthier lifestyle, I’ve been going back and forth about getting back in to yoga.  Here is how my past yoga experiences have worked.  I’m NOT a natural by any means, but I love the way it makes me feel.  I have scoliosis, so my moves are never exactly how they are suppose to be.  I’ve always gone to Montecito Yoga, while living in Santa Barbara, and I have always felt really comfortable with the classes there.  The teachers have always gone that extra mile to help me.

Long story short, I haven’t been in a long while, and I’m ready to get back into it, but in a little different realm.  I’m going to my first kundalini class this next week.  I’ve read a lot about the practice.  I love the meditation and breathing aspects of the practice. I’m learning how breathwork can really clear some different energies from your body.  I’m excited to elevate my spirit and to work on self-awareness.  My busy little mind, could use a little calmness and clarity sometimes, and I feel this practice would be beneficial.

I’m by no means an expertise in this area, matter of fact, I’m the furthest from that, and ok with it.  I do know,  that you have to try things that really interest you, or you will never know.  I’d love to hear if anyone has any experience with kundalini, and any insight you may want to share.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend! Don’t forget Santa Barbara Earth Day is happening this weekend.  We’re excited to check  out all of the goodness!

xo

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health // nourish snacks

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We continue our healthy eating/snacking series with Nourish Snacks.  I was really looking forward to trying Nourish snacks.  I’ve heard a little about them, and loved the idea of having a nutritional snack for the on-the-go person.  I like to snack, matter of fact, all of my meals could be snacks.  I’d much rather eat more, small bites, than three big meals.  I always have my protein balls in the refrigerator for my go-to snack, but they are not ideal for putting in my purse.  So, these little packets are perfect.  None of them are over 200 calories.

They offer a great sampler pack.  This would be a good one to start with, so you could figure out which flavors you like. We tried, honey bee good, monkey love, cocoa loco, miss popular, and holy habanero. I liked the honey bee good and the monkey love. Dave also liked the honey bee good. The names are the best, aren’t they?! These are only a few of the selections, you can look on their website for a full listing.

Snacking doesn’t have to be junk food.  There are so many healthy alternatives these days, which is why we are excited to have started this series, so we can share some of them with you.  We would love to hear any that you may have?

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Almost One!

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Where does time go? Eleanor is going to be ONE next month, and I’m kind of freaking out!  This is coming from the mouth of someone who didn’t even have children on her radar a few years ago.  I love this little human more than she will ever know.  Eleanor has made me a stronger, selfless, more laid back person, I even knew existed within me.  She has been my BIGGEST teacher so far in life.

Eleanor, is a strong willed, independent, full of personality, little child.  She LOVES music, and she loves playing the ukulele.  She loves the beach and the water.  Everyday I look at her and wonder how Dave and I got so lucky.  It was really hard for us to get pregnant, so, she by far, made us both BELIEVE miracles REALLY do happen.

It’s amazing how your own child can really make you a better person.  Not that I didn’t feel I was a good person before, but, I definitely feel I’m more dedicated to life now.

Thanks, Eleanor! We love you to the moon and back!

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health/plum organics

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We have been huge fans of Plum organics for some time now.  They always seem to be up on the latest food-on-the-go options.  Which we feel is so important these days.  We are all busy, we seem to be running in 90 different directions, and some days the last thing we want to do is cook.  Well, at least me.  Plum Organics not only feeds your children, they are feeding adults too.

Their Plum vida line is an easy, on-the-go drink,  certified organic, only 70-90 calories, and no GMO’s.  Yes!! Created by the women of Plum, Plum vida, is a organic blend of fruits and veggies that will bring snacking to a whole new level for you.  The best part about the drink, is that you can have them at room temperature, chilled, or even blended.  It really is a healthy, go-to, for that on-the-run person.

One of their products that we have loved trying, are their new organic soups in a pouch. Easy, single serve pouch. What could be better on those long days, when slaving over a stove does not sound appealing. Ha! They come in three flavors, that kids will love too! chicken fiesta, chicken noodle, and tomato and turkey meatball. All three are great!

We try to eat everything organic in our home. It’s what we have chosen for our family. Of course it’s not always possible, but, Plum Organics sure makes it easier for us.

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***This post is sponsored by Plum Organics, although like always, our opinions are definitely our own***

 

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a little hidden gem

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Happy midweek loves!

My husband called me the other day from work, to let me know he had booked me a 75 minute massage at a different place than our regular massage place.  I’m kind of picky about my massages.  Only because I really feel they are a treat when I get a chance to get them, so I want it to be GREAT!

The massage I was getting was at a place called Santa Barbara Body Works.  Folks that have lived here a while, may know this place.  It’s new to us. I was a bit hesitant when I arrived, only to be pleasantly surprised by how wonderful my massage was.  Here is the best part…75 minutes, for $35! WHAT! We pay A LOT more than that for 60 minutes.

However, you are in a room with probably 8 other people.  You are all divided with privacy curtains.  You do here a few moans and whatever other noises people make.  I heard a 70 year old man telling his therapist that he fell on his bum, so his left glute was sore. Hahaha! But, honestly, none of the noises bothered me, and they were not that loud.

If you are in Santa Barbara you should definitely give this place a try.  It’s a great deal, and the people could not have been any nicer. FYI: it’s hidden behind the Edward Jones building, on Mission street, and of course parking isn’t ideal.  I can manage the parking when I’m getting a 75 minute massage for $35.

Please check out their website, as the times change, and so do the prices depending on the therapist you choose.

I hope you enjoy your experience as much as I did.

 

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health // coconut banana bread

 

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One of my favorite things I like to do, now that I stay home with Eleanor, is bake.  Although, when I cut out all refined sugar in December, my baking subsided.  I have been researching nonstop since then for healthy, yet still delicious, breads and sweets to make. I’ve mentioned before that this site is one of my favorites! Not only does Ashley have a way to make healthy living look enjoyable, but she also has a lot of great recipes.

I’m the type of person that when I bake, it seems to disappear pretty quickly. Ha! So, I really need to be conscious of what I’m baking.  I decided to make Ashley’s coconut banana bread, and it was amazing! I hope you love it as much as I did.

Coconut Banana Bread

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together with a hand mixer or counter mixer, the first 4 ingredients.  Then, add in the next 7 ingredients. Pour into a lined 9×3 loaf pan. If you don’t have parchment paper, you can spray the loaf pan with coconut spray. Sprinkle walnuts over the top, before placing in oven. Bake for 55-60 minutes.  Insert toothpick in the center, when it comes out clean, it’s done!

So easy and so yummy!  Enjoy!

Here is another healthy banana bread recipe I posted a while back. Also yummy!

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