Friday, December 9, 2011

My holiday miracle has arrived. Enter Mother Tucker by Belly Bandit. No one wants to admit their body has seen better days, but we can hid any flaws with this incredible new tank by Belly Bandit. As soon as I saw it - it was love at first sight. I was hoping for something to smooth out my midsection and hips (can not mutter the word - ****in top)...but something I could nurse in too! Genius!

Mother Tucker™is the ultimate compression tank! You'll be WOWed with how it smoothes and shapes your middle! Mother Tucker™ uses a soft tubular knit, designed with three zones of varying compression. The center section - with the most compression - flattens your tummy, promoting a slimmer silhouette. The 3" anti-roll bottom applies muffinology™ technology to help smooth your "muffin top", while the upper section provides the perfect amount of support; helping to eliminate that squeezed feeling.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Kombucha on steroids

Yesterday while browsing the isles for my Kombucha fix (have you tried my new cocktail yet?) I came across the newest, interesting elixir from the Kombucha family: GT's Grape Chia (also stocked was raspberry and cherry). Lighter and smoother than traditional kombucha (think no fizz) it has the same nutritional value and great qualities of GT's Kombucha plus a healthy does of Chia seeds! Did you know that Chia seeds are packed with more than 8 times the omega 3's found in salmon? They have more antioxidants than blueberries amd more fiber than oatmeal too!

I still adore the fizz and feel good feeling of traditional Kombucha, but I have to say...the benefits will bring me back to purchasing this time and time again.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sometimes I feel like Supermom...

And sometimes I don't.

Taking care of one child is challenging. Taking care of two is exponentially more difficult.

interviewing babysitters,
taking kids to school, classes, etc.

Frankly it is the most rewarding and most exhausting job ever. Here is to recognizing that not every day is going to be the best...but any day can get better. Make sure to do something for yourself. So often we forget about what makes us happy in taking care of others. You can't do a good job taking care of others if you haven't taken good care of yourself. If it means getting a workout in, taking a bath, of simply piling the kids in bed and watching a show you've DVR'ed. Just do it...because lack of sleep, and self care will certainly catch up with you!

Monday, October 17, 2011

healthy. green. mom.: New favorite high chair...

healthy. green. mom.: New favorite high chair...: A few months ago, on my search for the perfect high chair I finally found the answer. My three year old was without a high chair. We us...

New favorite high chair...

A few months ago, on my search for the perfect high chair I finally found the answer. My three year old was without a high chair. We used the fisher price booster and never graduated to a full high chair. My husband and I could not agree on style. The one I liked, he hated...and I was not willing to compromise. OXO has come out with a stylish and easy to clean model that will last until your child is tall enough to sit on an adult chair. My favorite part is that the tray can be removed with one hand, and it has an adjustable height and footrest. Stylish enough that you will not mind keeping it out - it may even complement your furniture (and add extra seating?!)

OXO, the American brand famed for its universal design philosophy and clever range of kitchen tools, has recently launching OXO Tot – a new design-led collection of baby equipment. Genius if you ask me! Suitable from 6 months to 5 years, the Sprout features an adjustable height seat with smooth EVA foam cushions, 5-point harness, removable crotch post and tray, and solid wood legs. It comes in a wood base (birch or walnut) and choice of three colors, taupe, orange and green.

The Sprout is easily converted into a child’s dinning chair as he or she grows, with a few minor adjustments. The seat is lowered to its lowest setting and the crotch post removed with a Phillips head screwdriver. A new seat pad, which is included, replaces the infant seat pad, and the tray and straps removed so your growing child can sit at the table. Nothing additional to buy or be bothered with. Compared to the other high chairs on the market - this really is a stand out. The smooth design prevents food from getting trapped and makes it extremely easy to clean. The seat can easily be lifted off to bring to the sink to be washed too.

The fact that you can convert this to a higher child’s dining chair is brilliant, giving your young child the correct posture at the dinner table. It also gives them a truly comfy dining chair that puts them at the right height - no more kneeling on an adult chair or squirming around at the dinner table! The base and legs are very sturdy and the footprint is compact, taking up very little space.

Now my biggest I need one or two?!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Oh the joys of Motherhood...

Don't get me wrong...being a mom is the most rewarding experience ever! Also the most exhausting and every other adjective in the book.

Stats for this week:

Number of times Liam, almost 4 months slept thru the night - 5 out of 7 isn't bad!
Number of mornings I woke up with Skyler in my bed - 5 (for the record he now goes to bed at 7:30 and sleeps in his own room - progress!)
Cleaned major back poo - 2
Loads of laundry - 7
Times I had to shower more than once in the morning due to projectile vomit down my shirt - 2
Number timer Skyler has peed on the potty this morning - 6 (is this potty training success? yes, he should be at school - but how can I deter progress?)
Average cocktail load in the evening - 1 (switched to a berry acai vodka with kombucha - less calories and deters me from several glasses of wine)
Number of friends I am dying to get in contact with and owe phone calls to - 9 (at least)
Number of friends I need to see immeadiately (if not sooner) - 2

Life could not be sweeter! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Gluten free goodness continues with my favorite Vegan French Toast recipe and the best recipes for Gluten free brownies I have come across.

Gluten Free Vegan French Toast

Frozen bananas
Vanilla Soy Milk (or other milk)
Gluten Free Bread (works amazing with Challah too)
Fresh berries, banana or anything else you like to top french toast

Mix frozen banana in vitamix or other blender with some soymilk, adding cinnamin
You may also want to add a little vanilla if your milk is not flavored
This creates the dip for the bread. Also makes a really nice banana whip to accompany the french toast.
Put banana mixture on plate and coat the bread with mixture, both sides.
Use smart balance margarine to grease pan
Heat on low.
Add bread and cook on both sides.
Add fresh fruit or other garnish.

Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Brownie Recipe

5 ounces high quality dark chocolate
1/2 cup Organic Coconut Oil
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons organic light brown sugar
1/2 cup almond meal
1/4 cup brown rice flour
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 organic free-range eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon bourbon vanilla*
Dark chocolate chips for the top, if desired

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8-inch square baking pan with foil and lightly oil the bottom.

2. Melt the dark chocolate and coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat, gently stirring. (Or melt in a microwave safe measuring cup and stir together to combine.)

3. In a mixing bowl whisk together the brown sugar, almond meal, brown rice flour, fine sea salt and baking soda. Make a well in the center and add the beaten eggs, vanilla extract and melted dark chocolate mixture. Beat on low-medium for two minutes, until the batter begins to come together. At first it will seem thin, like cake batter, but keep beating until it thickens and becomes smooth and glossy.

4. Even out the batter with a spatula. Sprinkle the top with some dark chocolate chips and press in slightly.

5. Bake in the center of a preheated 350 degree F oven for 32 to 35 minutes, or until the brownies are set. The top will crack, like a flourless chocolate cake.

6. Cool on a wire rack; and remove the cooled brownies from the pan by gripping the foil edges and lifting the brownies out as a whole.

7. Chill for an hour before cutting. (Though warm and gooey is really divine, if you don't mind them falling apart.)

Yield: 12-16 servings

*For chocolate-mint brownies use 1 teaspoon peppermint extract and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

More great recipes on the way...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Been looking for the perfect trick or treat bags for the kids?! Look no further...

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-When Halloween is over, use as tote bag or reusable grocery bag
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These bags ship for free and are just $12.95

Monday, October 3, 2011

Baked Chicken Mediterranean

I stick to a meat free diet, but I enjoy cooking it for the ones I love. I would never ask anyone to adapt to my eating habits. I love to cook for them the foods I love, but will always find recipes they enjoy as well. Here is a great recipe I found from A great resource for gluten free living. I have also made this recipe without all of the spices, raisins and capers and it was equally delicious.

Baked Chicken - Mediterranean style

4 split organic free-range skinless chicken breasts
Sea salt and gluten-free Lemon Pepper seasoning, to taste
1 14-oz can Organic fire-roasted tomatoes with juice
3/4 cup of Organic pasta sauce
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup red wine
6 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cups of thin pepper strips- mixed green, yellow and orange peppers
2 large portobella mushrooms, sliced
10 to 12 grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup chopped black olives
2 heaping tablespoons capers
1/2 cup golden raisins (optional)
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano or marjoram

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Lightly oil a 10x13-inch baking pan with olive oil.

Wash the chicken in cold water and pat dry; season with lemon pepper; place in the baking dish.

In a mixing bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and pour over the chicken breasts.

Loosely cover with foil and bake until the chicken is no longer pink inside, anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes depending upon the size of the chicken breasts

Serve with brown rice, quinoa or mashed potatoes. Offer crumbled feta or goat cheese as a garnish.

Serves 4.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Gluten free goodness

In an effort to try my hand at baking a bit more I took on adventure when trying to cook for a friend with a Gluten intolerance. I enjoy testing new ways of eating anyway as well as listening to my body with these my goal here is to see how I feel in the next week (or longer) trying to stick with a Gluten Free diet. Over the next few days I will share some great recipes I am trying at the moment. Enjoy!

Jewish Apple Cakelets

adapted from Ali Shapiro and EcoliciousLife

6 eggs
1 can white beans, rinsed
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoon apple sauce
1.5 teaspoon baking powder
1.5 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1.5 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 orange (seeds removed)
1/3 up + 2 tabelspoons coconut flour
3 small apples peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons raw honey

Heat oven to 350 degrees

Line standard muffin tins with 12 cupcake liners.

Combine first 10 ingredients in vita-mix or kitchenaid

Add in coconut flour and blend until smooth.

Combine remaining ingredients in separate bowl. Spoon half of the apple mixture into the bottom of the lined muffin tins.

Pour batter from blender over apple mixture to fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.

Spoon remaining apple mixture into the almost full muffin liners.

Bake for 20-30 minutes (this varies widely based upon the oven turn the oven light on and peak in occasionally).

This can also be made into one very thick round 8 inch cake or two thinner round 8 inch cakes. When I made it into a thin cake it took about 8 minutes longer than the cupcakes. It's ready when it starts to brown around the edges.

Working on some great dinners...stay tuned.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Working out...anywhere?!

Make Yourself
You are in charge
It is entirely up to you
Make your body
Make your life
Make yourself

You are juggling a child, or two (or even more?!) and getting to the gym or taking a class just might not be possible. Anxious to get back in shape and feel good I went searching for options to get a great workout in just about anywhere. Mission accomplished in finding the Nike Training app on my ipad. Yesterday my son, Skyler and I had a great workout in the apartment while the little one was napping. This particular workout was fine with a yoga mat and light weights. It was a lot of fun too. They show you demos of the exercises and time the increments for you. You can choose your fitness goals and design a workout to accomplish the results you are looking for. Interruptions are no problem and you can pause at at any time and continue later. You can add your own music or choose from all different genres of music. I think you can also document results too. Keep you posted as to what I find. It really is a great solution to get your butt in gear and was fantastic. Can't wait to check it out today. Really no excuse to get a workout in...any time of day. Now you just need the energy...

Thursday, September 22, 2011

New Exhibits at the Please Touch Museum

On Sunday we took part in the Please Touch Museum's 2nd Annual - Stroller in the Park Event. We had such a great time. This is our second year getting involved and have enjoyed it so much. Last year we even came in 1st Place! This year there were visits by Elmo and the Philly Fanatic and great sponsors from Whole Foods, Odwalla and Foose. One of our favorite parts of the day was after the race when we had access to the Museum before opening to the public. If only for this - the whole experience would be worthwhile (although the walk is a lot of fun too!) What a great way to enjoy and instill exercise. We had the opportunity to enjoy and check out all the new exhibits that recently opened. A new favorite is the room with the obstacle course with climbing wall, monkey bars, balance beam etc. We also really enjoyed the Rainforest Rhythm experience where children can play music on nature-inspired instruments and explore music from around the world.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bye bye puffy eyes...

To say this week has been exhausting is an understatement. Liam, my three month old has been eating every two to three hrs at night. I am pretty sure I need to start introducing a little formula in the evenings to fill him up. The past two nights I have filled the bottle to give it a shot, but I have hesitated putting the bottle into the fridge as if I am going to use it later. Why do I hesitate?! I allowed Skyler to have formula and look how great he turned out. It is not as though I have never given him formula...just not often. Since when do I have this type A personality that I need to be in control?! Any advice would be greatly appreciated...

Anyway - back to the topic at point. I'm exhausted...trying to do my hair to mask the tired appearance. A little makeup helps too. But the new Clinique all about eyes serum I recently was introduced to puts a smile on my face. The cool application of the roll on applicator gives me the confidence I need to make it out the door - ready to tackle another day.

They have samples at Sephora...I definitely recommend checking it out

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Your PERFECT day?!

Lately I have been thinking a lot about the things that make me and others around me content, happy and fullfilled.

What would be your perfect day?

Here's what I am coming up with at the moment:

7 hrs of sleep
Wake to a cup of hot water with lemon - very detoxifying
2 cups of coffee - no more, no less
A little time with my husband before the kids wake up
yoga, pilates or lithe in some form during the day
Get Skyler off to School
Alone time with Liam - activity/volunteer
Meetings developing great programs for the kids
Lunch with a friend (or business lunch)
Long walk to pick up Skyler
Playtime at the park or Rittenhouse
Unwind and create dinner
Play with Daddy
Eat dinner
Bath, Book and Bed - kids
Stay awake long enough to spend some time with hubby and unwind with a glass of wine

Have the intention to make each day "your" perfect day. When you know what makes your day ideal - you have a vision of what you want to accomplish!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Laundry tips for baby clothes

We love spending money on our children. Especially on all those adorable clothing collections. In an effort to maximize longevity and make sure your designer duds look their best here are our tips on laundry care for the little ones:

•For protein stains like formula, breast milk and diaper stains, soak the garment in cold water and then apply an enzyme-based cleaner or pretreatment cleaner directly to the stain. Give the cleaner a chance to attack the stain before washing the garment. Never soak a garment in hot water because it will only set the stain.

I always suggest natural cleaners that are safe for the environment and our families. Whatever you use be sure to use care and if necessary keep out of reach of children.

•If the stain persists, you can try an all-purpose stain remover. Rub gently and rinse. With diaper stains, try placing the garment outside in the sun. It works as natural bleach.

•For oily stains from baby products, such as lotions, baby oils and petroleum jelly, your first course of action should be to absorb some of the oil with cornstarch. Let the cornstarch set for 30 minutes. Then scrape it off and treat the fabric with a pre-treat solvent. A frugal alternative is to apply dish liquid to the stain and soak. Rinse with vinegar. Then launder as usual.

I experienced this one first hand when my three year old painted his room with butt paste. Dawn dish soap and some natural melaleuca dish soap worked great.

•For fruit and vegetable stains, soak in cold water. Blot as much of the stain as possible. Hydrogen peroxide or vinegar can help remove these stains, too. Apply a pre-treat solvent and launder as usual.

Additional note: when it comes to crayon and other tough stains on fabric and even walls... Try WD40?! I had no idea how many uses it had...more on that tomorrow:)

What other tricks do you have?

Monday, September 12, 2011


Yesterday was a day full of so many emotions. The 10 year Anniversary commemorating the September 11th attacks brought back so many memories.

Where were you when the attacks happened?

I was in the tents for Fashion Week.

When did you first hear of the attacks?

Backstage I was on the phone with my mom's best friend, Charlene - her daughter was planning to come into the City for the day. She mentioned something about a plane hitting the world trade. Seconds later we were told they were evacuating the tents.

What were your thoughts/fears?

I had no idea what to think. Was this an accident or something more...?!

Who did you call first?

Cell phone service was practically nonexixtant. After much difficulty I finally got thru to my mother. She begged me to leave the City any way I could. I felt the need to stay.

Where did you go? Who did you spend the next 24, 48, 72 hrs with?

Everyone else was heading north away from Ground Zero as I started to walk downtown. Was there anything I could do to help?! I looked for a friend down by Union Square and decided it was best to head home. The second building had hit and both buildings were down. Something terrible was going on. I felt so fortunate to have amazing friends as and my guy friends from Delaware got each other thru the next few days. I will never forget walking out to the street that night. We decided to try to get out of the apartment and away from the was so depressing...there was no one else on the streets. New York City was a ghost town.

What did you notice after?

A City where people often walked around starring at the ground was now looking each other in the eye. There was an amazing sense of community. This tragedy should have never happened, but it did bring everyone together in an amazing way. We proved that we can not be defeated. We proved how strong we truly are.

Take a moment to think about what is really important in life. A friend wrote something that stuck out in my mind yesterday that I would like to share:
‎"10 yrs ago nothing mattered so much as where friends, family, co-workers were at those moments. On a plane?, in a building?, on a field trip? Somewhere! - We paused and did a "check" on who and where they were. Politics didn't matter, nor hurt against our fellow man/woman, who we had arguments with, or who we had petty grievances with. We were all brought together to comfort and hold each other up...Don't wait til events like this bring us together the way 9/11 did."
-Joshua Short

Friday, July 22, 2011

Best Ice Cream I've Come Across...

Steve's - why can I only find you in New York?! Your Ice Cream is so dreamy I need to carry it over State lines. For those lucky New York folks you must get your hands on this PRONTO. I know...I'm slightly obsessed. With flavors like Cinnamon Coffee, Mexican Chili Chocolate, Mint Cacao Chip, Maple Porter Pecan, and Coconut Cilantro Lime there is something for everyone. Did I mention they have traditional ice cream made from a local dairy farm and also a dairy free coconut creme line for those who are dairy free? It only gets better with their line of Kombucha infused sorbets. Hailing from Massachusetts and now based in Brooklyn you can find this great treat in Boerum Hill or Bryant Park at their Shops or in various retailers across New York. We can't wait for them to start shipping!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Another great company attracting attention from the UK!

Brace yourself...A fixture in the UK Momas and Papas has hit the States!

Momas and Papas has arrived. They have been in the UK for quite some time and have a wide range of baby/child furniture, strollers, carriers, highchairs, positioners and toys. This company is AMAZING! Such great style and functionality. I am slightly obsessed with their products - and tthe quality is top notch!

I only wish I stumbled across some of their fabulous designs sooner!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The calm before the storm...

Ahhh...I love my early mornings. A little peace and quiet before the kids wake up. Husband is already off to work and I have some alone time. Number two greeted us just 2 weeks ago and life seems more complete...and busy. so far I am thriving on the excitement and striving to be as productive as possible. I have been coming across some amazing products I cannot wait to share and some exciting projects I am working on too. Future, seasoned, expectant and new moms rejoice. We have some amazing things coming your way. Sneak peak at some new products coming out, summer's favorite activities, must have/must do, and what's HOT now. Stay tuned...

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Farmer's market bags

First a big thank you to Design Sponge for this one. This project is exactly what I have been looking for. In an effort to live a more green lifestyle - it kills me to use plastic bags. It is something I don't think I could give up entirely, but any chance I get to use something reuseable or more sustainable I do!

One of my highlights of the week includes a trip to the Reading terminal and some of Philadelphia's finest outdoor farmers’ markets. These trips to the market remind us of where our food comes from and how important it is to take care of our earth and continue to cut down on waste. We get some of the freshest, finest and most reasonable fruit and veggies from the area. I love talking to the farmer's and learning about their practices...and the recipes I get are often favorites. I am borrowing these pictures from design sponge, but I promise to post my after photo's as well. I suggest checking out their post as they have pictures to go along with each step. This is so great. You will not be disappointed. Thanks again, BBB Sisters and Design Sponge.


■fabric scissors
■kitchen tea towels (Ours are from Ikea and Williams Sonoma; you can use new ones or give new life to old towels. Flour-sack towels work really well because they’re such a lightweight, breathable fabric, and they don’t weigh very much if you use these at the grocery store, as well.)
■safety pin
■sewing machine
■rubber stamps (optional)
■fabric paint, ink or stamp pads (optional)


1. Make sure the hem of your towel is such that you will be able to thread twine through it to create a drawstring. All of the towels we were using had this allowance.

2. Determine the size of the market bag you would like. For the larger market bags used for potatoes or apples, we simply folded the tea towel in half. Others we cut in half and then folded in half again to make them half the size. These we used for garlic and herbs and smaller items. If necessary, cut the towel to the proper size. For an extra-big bag, you can put two full-sized towels together without cutting at all.

3. Fold the towel in half, right sides together, making sure the hem of the towel is on the top, or opening, of the bag. Then you will be able to thread a piece of string through the top hem of the towel.

4. Pin the sides and sew them up with the wrong sides facing each other. Be sure not to sew all the way to the top on either side so that you will be able to thread the drawstring through the top seamlessly.

5. Turn the bag right-side out. There should be a space large enough to thread a string with a safety pin or a tape threader at the top of the bag. This is one of the great things about this project — the hem is already made for you, saving you the trouble of needing to sew it. Thread the twine through the entire top of the bag creating a drawstring.

6. Stamp and decorate!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Clarisonic...anti-aging at its finest

Looking to transform your skin? I am. At nine months pregnant with number two on the way - I am looking to do just about anything to feel good and look younger. Afterall - who isn't?! I recently broke down and invested in the Clarisonic skincare system. I was getting lazy about taking care of my face...Especially exhausted as I was at the end of the day. Using the same technology as the ever popular sonic care toothbrush the clarisonic cleans skin penetrating deep to remove make-up, dead skin and helps decrease the visibility of pores. Who doesn't need that! It is easy, fast and convenient. And the difference you'll see is immeadiate. I love that my package comes with body brush as well so bringing in the shower allows for an all-over body massage and deep cleaning. Similar to what so many spas and salons use how could you possibly go wrong. A little bit of heaven at home. A little pampering goes a long way

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Bugaboo and Missoni...

I think I might have died and went to baby heaven!

Upon researching what I need to do to convert my stroller back to be infant prepared I stumbled across some amazing news last week. Bugaboo and Missoni are collaborating on a collection. This will include canopy, apron for bassinet and blanket! It is to die for! Sold exclusively at Neiman Marcus and available in July you can bet I will be getting my hands on this.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Parental advice - anyone?!

Who could not use a little advice on getting your child to listen?

Parenting is certainly the best gift…but along with it there are definitely challenges. As little ones grow, misbehavior begins. It’s tough to know what discipline tools will be effective for your child when they are throwing a tantrum and not listening.

Daily thred has partnered with Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions, to offer a free live training webinar on Tuesday, May 24th at 2PM EST, 9PM EST and 9PM PST.

The webinar is…Get Kids to Listen without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling and Amy McCready promises that we’ll walk away with concrete tools we can use the next day and see results. We know you'll be especially interested in learning the 5 R’s of Fair and Effective Consequences. You can watch, listen and even interact with Amy. Participants are not required to have a webcam, only a computer with speakers.

You'll love the way this webinar is structured. Amy is right there LIVE; a video image of her is in the upper left corner of your monitor the whole time. As she talks with you, you'll watch her PowerPoint presentation that is packed with valuable information. She'll also stop to answer our questions about difficulties and needs when it comes to getting our kids to listen.

You will also have the option to write in specific questions and she’ll address them, right there for you!

All you have to do is RSVP and then kick back and learn the proven strategies to Get Kids to Listen without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling!

Webinar seating will be limited so don't forget to RSVP!

About Amy McCready

Parenting expert Amy McCready is the founder of Positive Parenting Solutions, which has empowered thousands of parents worldwide to correct their kids’ misbehavior without nagging, reminding or yelling. Amy is a frequent guest on the TODAY show and has also appeared on Rachael Ray, CNN, Fox & Friends, MSNBC, and elsewhere. A regular contributor to the TODAY Mom’s blog, Amy lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband and two sons.

It’s important to be consistent about disciplining your children. Effectively disciplining your children is the key.

Monday, May 2, 2011

healthy. green. mom.: The Miracle of Berocca...

healthy. green. mom.: The Miracle of Berocca...: "'If you drink too much, smoke too much or do not get enough sleep - you may not be getting the accurate vitamins your body needs.' This is..."

The Miracle of Berocca...

"If you drink too much, smoke too much or do not get enough sleep - you may not be getting the accurate vitamins your body needs."

This is along the lines of what the packaging said when I first was introduced to Berocca by my roommate in College after returning from a trip to Australia. If I tell you these effervescent tables were a small miracle - that would be an understatement. Only sold overseas I found a way to keep them stocked if I needed an energy boost or was feeling a little under the weather. Many people I met while traveling overseas were familiar with these amazing tablets. It was like a secret overseas - that is until now. I was thrilled to find out this morning that Berocca is now available in the United States! Berocca contains a combination of B vitamins and vitamin C, as well as the minerals calcium, magnesium and zinc. The multivitamin contains no caffeine, sugar or other artificial stimulants, and is aimed at providing improved and long lasting mental and physical performance.

Benefits and Vitamins found in Berocca
Vitamin B1

Vitamin B1 helps with energy production, athletic performance, may improve memory and mood and can strengthen the heart. It is essential for converting carbohydrates into energy.

Vitamin B2

Vitamin B2 can help prevent cataracts, reduce migraines, and may be beneficial for depression and mental functioning. It plays a role in thyroid production which speeds up metabolism in the body.

Vitamin B3

It is helpful for lowering cholesterol, improving circulation, easing arthritis symptoms and improving cognitive functioning.

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 can help prevent heart disease and depression. It also helps cells to make proteins and release stored forms of energy from within the body. Doses of up to 100 mg daily are safe.

Folic Acid

Also a B vitamin, folic acid is known to protect against birth defects, reduce risk of heart disease, lower cancer risk, heal wounds and build muscle.

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 helps to fight fatigue, lower risk of heart disease, plays a role in producing DNA, and helps to convert food into energy.


Biotin helps the body more efficiently use carbohydrates, fats and proteins from food. It also helps promote healthy nails and hair.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C helps promote eye health, protect against heart disease and cancers, promotes wound healing and helps absorb iron from foods. Optimal intake is at least 200 mg per day to achieve these benefits.

Obviously take any vitamins or supplements after consulting with your health practitioner. I could not keep this a secret!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

healthy. green. mom.: Leftover Quinoa = Another great meal!

healthy. green. mom.: Leftover Quinoa = Another great meal!: "So after making Red Quinoa on Monday I was not quite sure what to do with the leftovers. I am one who does not mind the convenience of havi..."

Leftover Quinoa = Another great meal!

So after making Red Quinoa on Monday I was not quite sure what to do with the leftovers. I am one who does not mind the convenience of having food left over. It simplifies my meal choices. My husband however is not the leftover type. What to do with the leftover Quinoa? Disguise it!

I came across and doctored this great recipe to accommodate our packed kitchen (as we are moving tomorrow) and Passover observance. We were all impressed with the outcome and will certainly be making these again.

Quinoa Patties

- 2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa, at room temperature
- 4 large eggs, beaten or equivalent egg whites
- 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
- 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh chives (or shallots)
- 1 yellow or white onion, finely chopped
- 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Gruyère cheese
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 cup whole grain bread crumbs, plus more if needed
(can substitute matzoh meal or crackers - whole wheat preferred)
- Water, if needed
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- sliced mushrooms optional

1. Combine the quinoa, eggs, and salt in a medium bowl.
2. Stir in the chives, onion, cheese, and garlic.
3. Add the bread crumbs, stir, and let sit for a few minutes so the crumbs can absorb some of the moisture. I kept the mixture on the moist side because it makes for a not-overly-dry patty, but you can add more bread crumbs, a bit at a time, to firm up the mixture, if needed.
4. Heat the oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Add patties with some room between each, cover, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, until the bottoms are deeply browned.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

healthy. green. mom.: My Latest Obsession...

healthy. green. mom.: My Latest Obsession...: "Truffle Honey. Truffle anything really makes something good, something AMAZING! My latest discovery - Truffle Honey (thank you Kim and Je..."

My Latest Obsession...

Truffle Honey.

Truffle anything really makes something good, something AMAZING! My latest discovery - Truffle Honey (thank you Kim and Jeff). Imported from Italy and locally found at DiBruno's in Philadelphia you must get your hands on some. Words really cannot describe how fabulous this honey is. Drizzled on cheese and crackers was how I first encountered it. Really - the options are endless. The other night my husband put it on fresh sweet potato sticks (fries) I had baking in the oven. What are your favorite truffle recipes?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Today's recipe - Branzino

I love that summer is right around the corner! Time to switch seasons of veggies and enjoy lighter fare. Here is a great dish I love to prepare this time of year. Branzino is light, a favorite and crowd pleaser.

Branzino and Roasted Baby Vegetables

Tarragon-chive oil:
1/4 cup chopped fresh tarragon
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
9 tablespoons olive oil (not extra-virgin), divided
Coarse kosher salt

For tarragon-chive oil:
Puree herbs and 4 tablespoons oil in blender until smooth. Transfer to small bowl; whisk in remaining 5 tablespoons oil. Season herb oil to taste with coarse salt and pepper.

6 branzino fillets with skin (each about 5 ounces)
2 tablespoons olive oil

20 baby carrots, peeled, tops trimmed
8 ounces baby squash, halved
8 baby golden beets, peeled, halved
3 medium parsnips, quartered lengthwise, cut into 3-inch pieces
8 ounces baby zucchini, trimmed
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
(can add japanese eggplant too)

Preheat oven to 400°F.
-Combine all vegetables except zucchini in large bowl - toss with 3 tablespoons oil
-Spread out vegetables on large rimmed baking sheet; Sprinkle vegetables with salt and pepper
-Roast vegetables 15 minutes.
-Add Zucchini
-Cook for about 15 minutes more or until tender

Pat fillets dry. Sprinkle on both sides with lemon, salt and pepper. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 3 fillets, skin side down. Sauté until brown, about 3 minutes. Transfer fillets, skin side down, to baking sheet. Repeat with remaining fillets. Drizzle each with 1/2 tablespoon herb oil.

Roast fillets until just opaque in center, about 10 minutes. Transfer fillets to platter. Surround with vegetables. Drizzle some herb oil over vegetables.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Milk - It does a body good

In an effort to avoid confusion and shed some more light on the milk debate. I recently posted on my new favorite soy milk. I wanted to make sure I did not persuade anyone to milk alternatives when traditional milk is a better option. Milk is terrific for children. It becomes less necessary as we age. So many people these days have milk or dairy issues and it is wonderful to know there are other great options out there.

Your best bet when buying milk is to buy Organic. Organic milk is defined by the USDA as milk from cows that have been exclusively fed organic feed, have not been treated with synthetic hormones, and have adequate land to roam. If you want organic milk, you may be much more likely to get the real thing at the farmer's market. Better yet, a great outing with the family is a field trip to your local farm.

Drink it raw, if you can. Raw organic milk from grass-fed cows is the best tasting and by far the healthiest option for most people, but it may not always be available or safe. The key to getting safe raw milk is that it must come from a trusted source: cows must be grass-fed and the collection process must be clean. To find a raw milk supplier near you, visit

Consider goat milk. There are arguments that goat's milk is easier to digest and that it causes fewer allergies. Additionally, some studies claim increased levels of essential fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins, as well as better bioavailability of iron.

Remember that soy milk is not milk. Soy, almond and cashew milks can be healthy, delicious beverages. They contain lots of vitamins and health benefits. Do your research and listen to your body as to what option in best for you!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Are 2 really 6 x harder?

As I count down the weeks to birth of our second son I hear so many different things and have so many questions about the future.

If I exercise up until the end like I did with Skyler will everything go as smoothly?

Can I make all the changes I want to Skyler's schedule before the new baby arrives?

Will it be easier to learn from my mistakes and get the baby on a more rigid schedule?

Are two children really six times harder?

I feel like there is so much to do before the arrival of #2 - everyone is telling me to rest. I want to keep active and do as much as possible because who knows what I'll be able to get done when the new baby arrives. I am certainly listening to my body. Last night it said to go to bed early. I did. I would love to get together with friends and go out a bit now that the weather is getting nice. I realize the evenings are most difficult so I try getting out as much as possible during the day. We will see. I read some interesting articles last night about the secrets successful mom's use. I thought I would share some of them (although some seemed rather ridiculous):

-Make weekly menus - and shopping lists so you have everything you need in one shot!
-Used shared online calendar - we do this and it is so helpful. Cozi is a great resource although outlook works too!
-If you work, do errands on your lunch hour
-Put your kids to bed earlier - they often even sleep later!
-Make lists! This way you are always feeling productive and never forgetting what needs to be done. It always feels good crossing things off too!
-Wake up before the kids - it is some productive time and also great to get a shower in
-Teach your kids to help where they can
-Speed things up with music - high energy music gets the kids moving!

And the best one yet mentions kids like things simple: food, spending time together and just having a good time can be as simple as laughing. Sometimes we just need to let go of trying to make everything perfect and just do the best we can:)

So my question to you? Are 2 really 6 X harder? what are your secrets to making things work?

Friday, April 1, 2011

Ready for Spring Already! 21 Day Challenge...

Is anyone else in serious need of some sunshine and warm weather?! I know April is known for Spring Showers, but with all this snow and precipitation I am not sure how much more I can take! In preparation for Spring, Summer and another new arrival I think this is a great time to introduce the 21 - Day Vegan Kickstart. I have been following this fabulous event for the last few years and it is such a great way to explore and experience the health benefits of a vegan diet. Low-fat vegan—plant-based—diets are the easiest way to trim excess weight, prevent diabetes, cut cholesterol, lower blood pressure, prevent and reverse heart disease, and reduce cancer risk. Even a great way to trim our carbon footprint.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has been doing this for about 3 yrs and each session becomes more and more addictive. Sign up for free on their website and get nutrition webcasts, 21 day Vegan Meal plan, grocery lists, recipes, restaurant guides, celebrity advice and tips, and more!

Explore the benefits, try some new recipes or just try adjust your diet a little to see how you feel. You won't be disappointed! Might even lose some weight too...

Monday, March 21, 2011

Where does the time go?!

Life has been a little hectic lately. Speaking engagements, family affairs, vacations, and a little one on the way. I am always looking for ways to be more efficient with my time. We are so fortunate to live in this day and age with cell phones, laptops, iPads, etc. It is hard to imagine life without these modern conveniences. Here are a few of my favorite ways to conserve time these days.

-Online shopping and delivery - I am certainly one who likes to go to the market and pick my produce. I enjoy going to supermarket and getting out for a quick shopping trip. Everyone can use freshening up the closet (or the pantry). There are so many grocery stores, online retailers, and companies helping to make our shopping a little easier. My newest favorite(we are not talking clothing today - no one 7 months pregnant really enjoys shopping for clothes). Amazon Mom! I love welcoming 30% savings! Not only do you get 15% off on so many of their items, but if you sign up for regular delivery of your favorite most used items (diapers, wipes, protein bars, etc. you save up to 30%). Not only that - it saves you a trip to the store, gas savings, and time!!! Even better - I could not believe how quickly my shipment arrived. I literally took a double take when I saw the box at my door. You can also cancel the auto ship any time. They even email you to remind you about your order ahead of shipment and you can postpone, cancel or change it if necessary ensuring you get the products you want at a great price.

-Buying in bulk - Living in a City this is something I normally do not welcome. I have my Costco membership, but often do not want to stock up on much because storage space is limited. My new favorite item to stock up on...Kirkland brand Organic Vanilla Soy Milk. In the past I would buy a three pack of Silk because we would go thru the milk so quickly. I hated spending $5+ on milk at the bodega because I ran out too. My favorite Costco employee introduced me to their brand when they were out of Silk one visit and I was instantly hooked. Not only does it not take up all that space in the fridge, it comes in non perishable boxes and I can get thru three weeks without worrying about running out. The price tag: less than $13 too! Definitely check it out.

What are you doing these days to save time, resources and energy?


Friday, January 28, 2011

What are you enjoying for breakfast?

Lately breakfast has really been my favorite part of the day. So many great choices to choose from. I am a huge fan of Greek yogurt, fruit...and especially steel cut oats over the winter. What has been catching my eye lately? The great variety of healthy and natural granola's that have been hitting the market. In the past I thought of granola as more of a runners treat. I remember running races when I was in High School and using it as a great post race snack. Always tasty, but often high in calories. We have gotten smarter about our ingredients and portions and now have so many great healthier options. While in CT recently I became obsessed with Ola Granola, a local company that has been hitting the granola market by storm. The addictive granola they have created comes in Vanilla Almond and Cranberry Orange Pecan. On a mission to keep it stocked in our home I let my husband know we could find it near his office in just one store where we live in Philadelphia. While looking for it he stumbled across another great brand: Julie Ann's. He brought home Berry Yummy PB&J Granola and Maple Blueberry. Not only are we enjoying it for breakfast but they taste great any time of day as a snack. Try it with milk, in trail mix, on frozen yogurt/ice cream, sprinkled on muffins...the options are endless!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Winter cravings...award winning restaurant owner, Dan Barber's Short Ribs and Chocolate Chili?!

The winter season brings so many fantastic seasonal foods. We tend to crave heartier, more filling fare. We are no longer craving as many salads, rather root vegetables, soups, etc. I believe very firmly in eating with the seasons. You get the freshest, best quality produce and if your lucky its local too! More economical as well. Although I choose to not eat meat I do cook it often for my family and friends. I made these great recipes this week that I thought you might enjoy. The chili could easliy be made with soy instead of meat. What are your favorite winter recipes?

The first recipe is for Dan Barber’s Braised Short Ribs. Dan Barber, owner of Blue Hill at Stone Barns and New York Times writer has an amzing way about him. His creations are remarkable and this recipe was sure a crowd pleaser.

Dan Barber's Short Ribs
Serves 4 to 6

*5 pounds beef short ribs, bone on
*Kosher salt
*Freshly ground black pepper
*1 tablespoon vegetable oil
*1 large onion chopped
*1 carrot, peeled and chopped
*1 celery rib, chopped
*2 garlic cloves, skin left on
*2 tablespoons light brown sugar
*1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
*1 tablespoon tamarind concentrate (comes in a jar; slightly thicker than ketchup) or paste (comes in a block)
*2 fresh (or dry) bay leaves
*1/2 cup Madeira
*1 cup red wine (and an extra glass to enjoy while cooking)
*2 to 3 cups chicken broth

1. Heat the oven to 225 degrees. Season the short ribs with salt and pepper. Heat a large heavy Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add the oil, then the short ribs (add them in batches, if necessary) and brown on all sides. Transfer the ribs to a plate as they finish browning. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat.

2. Add the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic to the pot, reduce the heat to medium, and cook until the vegetables are soft and all the browned bits in the base of the pot have been loosened. Put the short ribs (and any juices that have collected on the plate) back in the pot.

3. Add the light brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, tamarind paste, and bay leaves. Pour in the Madeira and red wine. Add enough chicken broth to just cover the ribs. Bring the liquid to a boil, then cover the pot and transfer to the oven.

4. Braise the shortribs until they are very tender when pierced with a fork, about 4 hours (longer if the short ribs are big). Using a slotted spoon, transfer the shortribs to a plate. Let the cooking liquid settle; spoon off as much fat as possible (ideally, you'd do this over the course of two days and would, at this point, put the liquid in the fridge overnight and peel off the layer of fat in the morning). Set the pot on the stove over medium high heat. Bring the cooking liquid to a boil and reduce to a syrupy consistency.

My second successful recipe this week was for a Chili. A great treat this time of year. Especially this one with chocolate and Parsnips. This one is great for you pregnant mamma's out there. It is high in fiber and folate.

Chocolate Parsnip Chili
Serves 6

*1 tablespoon vegetable oil
*1 medium onion, finely chopped
*1 pound organic extra lean ground beef (soy protein would be a great subsitute)
*2 medium parsnips, peeled and sliced thinly
*1 red bell pepper, chopped
*3 cloves garlic, sliced or minced
*2 teaspoons chili powder
*1 tablespoon died oregano
*1 teaspoon cumin powder
salt and pepper to taste
*1 6oz can of tomato paste
*1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
*1 15oz can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
*1 15oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed

1. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and protein and cook until browned throughout, about 5 minutes.

2. Add parsnip, red pepper and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in chili, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper. Cook 2 minutes more.

3. add tomatoes, tomato paste, cocoa powder, kidney beans and black beans. Bring to a boil. reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or longer.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Straight from Italy - The Queen of all Prams

Everyone seem to be running around with the same strollers? Want to turn heads on the street? A great deal today from Zulily and Italy.

Inglesina: High-Quality Italian Baby Essentials

Founded in Vicenza, Italy, Inglesina has excelled at making top-quality baby accessories since the 1960s. The name Inglesina comes from the company's first stroller design, which was inspired by the traditional English carriages of the British court. That stroller is still available today, in an updated design under the name Classic. Ingleinsa offers quality materials and the utmost attention to safety and style.

Have you joined zulily? It is a fantastic daily deals site offering up to 70% off boutique brands for moms, babies and kids. Browse for unique apparel, gear, toys, accessories and more - great selections for kids of all ages and some great steals for parents, too. The sales only last for a little while so sign up for your free membership to receive access to the site and a daily sales email with all of the scoop.

Use this link to visit the site and start finding great new brands:

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Cleaning products you will be happy to display on your sink?!

You use eco products in your home, but why are you still using sponges that use unnatural products to clean. Introducing - Twist. Not only are Twist products eco-friendly and biodegradable but you can compost them. All around great. They are traditional and modern stylish kitchen accessories.

The Loofah Sponge is similar to your traditional sponge. It’s unbleached and undyed and has two textures for overall cleaning. If you prefer to use sponges and scrubbers separately, check out Twist’s Naked Sponges and their Sponge Blossoms. With an extensive collection there is something for every preference.

Check out their website: but to see them in person look at your local Whole Foods. The simple human sink catty is an adorable addition too. Thanks to - "In The Know Mom" for the great tip and picture!

Monday, January 3, 2011

New Year, New You?

What are you going to make 2011 the best year EVER?

Each January millions of people are excited to start the New Year. Fresh with excitement of a clean slate and making the most of the New Year. The holiday season is winding down...Shopping, eating, celebrating. It has been a fun and busy month, but I am excited to kiss 2010 farewell and welcome a new and exciting year. I have been focused on travel, catching up with family and friends and a bit of relaxation. I look forward to January with making the most of 2011. Better and more creative nutrition, expansive exercise plan, new work and creative endeavors, more family time, closer contact with family, friends and colleagues etc. This sounds like a lot, but I am optimistic. After all - I have 363 days to accomplish this.

I have something exciting to share with all of you...and something even more exciting for those who live in the Tri-state area. I am collaborating with some amazing people and we are hosting an Event in Philadelphia on February 4th. This event is going to AMAZING. It is quite a deal and something you should not miss. Are you taking the time to take care of you?


Workshop for Women

February 4th, 2011
The Pyramid Club, Philadelphia

The Just You, Only Better
workshop for women will teach
you invaluable skills from leading
industry experts to enhance your
true inner beauty and update
your outer image through subtle
changes that will last a lifetime.
In addition to learning how to look
and feel your best, participants
will receive a signature tote bag
filled with goodies and “Just You,
Only Better” dollars exceeding
the cost of registration. Plus,
discounted shopping and free
massages will be available
during breaks.

Learn How to:
-banish negative thoughts
-make exercise a part of your life
-manage your stress
-meditate to change your life
-apply makeup like the pros
-follow a women’s health action plan
-create stylish outfits from your wardrobe
-rediscover shoes & handbags
-choose the right hairstyle for you
-cook delicious, healthy meals
-be just you, only better!


7:30-8:30 Registration & Breakfast
8:30-9:00 The Impact of the Media on the Confidence of Women & Young Girls
Molly Napolitano, Founder and President, Just You Only Better
9:00-9:45 Women’s Health: Staying Healthy, Vibrant & Sexy as You Age
Vicki Lukert, PT, Women’s Health Expert
9:45-10:30 Meditation & More: Simple Ways to Reduce Your Stress & Transform Your Life
Alice Dommert, Co-Founder, Deliver Me Yoga
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45 - 11:15 Fattitude: Lose the “F” in Attitude
Michele M. Paiva, Author, Publisher
11:15 - 11:45 Train Your Head…Body Will Follow
Sandy Weston, M.Ed, Owner, Weston Fitness & Founder of H30 Workout System
11:45 - 1:15 Lunch & Presentation: Fashion Tips to Help Reveal the Stylish & Sophisticated You
Biana, THE Philly Fashionista
1:15 - 2:00 Never Diet Again: Easy Ways to Achieve & Maintain Your Perfect Weight
Melinda Engel, Owner, A Simple Approach to Nutrition
Molly Napolitano, Founder & President, Just You Only Better
2:00 - 2:30 The Celeb’s Secrets to Looking 10 Years Younger
Janet Indorf, Regional Make-up Artist, Bobbi Brown
2:30 - 3:00 How to Find the Right Hair Style for YOU
Jeffrey Moffet, THE Makeover Guru, Pileggi on the Square
3:00 - 3:15 Break
3:15 - 4:00 Healthy Cooking: Fast, Easy & Delicious
Brian Duffy, Celebrity Chef & Corporate Executive Chef, Kildare’s
Irish Pubs & Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar
4:00 - 4:30 Final Thoughts
Meet New Friends
4:30 - 5:00 Free Zumba Class at Weston Fitness (Optional)
Sandy Weston, M.Ed, Owner, Weston Fitness and Founder of H30 Workout System

*free money*
The fun continues after the workshop! You will receive hundreds of “Just You, Only Better” dollars to local boutiques, health clubs, salons and other businesses in Philadelphia; let the transformation begin

Date: February 4, 2011
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Place: The Pyramid Club
1735 Market Street, 52nd Floor Philadelphia, PA
Cost: $149 (Early bird cost before January 15th)
$199 (Cost after January 15th)
for women
REGISTER online at
All pricing includes a light breakfast and a healthy, delicious lunch.

Have you been to the Pyramid club yet? What an amazing way to spend your day! This event will sell out and is limited to 100 guests. It will be amazing day of learning, networking and FUN! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Take the day off, and join us on February 4th. When was the last time you did something for you!?