blend, drink and apply!

Blended my kids a fruit and carrot smoothie this morning, then added papaya and 2 drops lemon essential oil for an easy, DIY facial!  Banana, carrot, organic flax-seed oil, lemon eo, strawberry and papaya.  All of these fruits have natural antioxidants and fruit acids to gently exfoliate and treat your skin.  Strawberries are a natural source of salicylic acid – i use them to naturally (and gently) exfoliate!

DIY facial with strawberry, banana, carrot and lemon

On the Aromahead Blog Tour!

Thrilled to be included with so many wonderful, informative blogs as part of the Aromahead Blog Tour! Check some of these out:


Wine is natural, right?


Barcelona Market

Juicing experiment for the houseguests

The grandparents came for a visit! They were fleeing from power outages and cold indoor temperatures from hurricane Sandy so, I figured, who better than kidnapped family members test out a new green juice recipe?

My parents have taught me so much about good nutrition ….could I teach them something too?

They both typically eat a ton of greens, so I was hopeful my experiment would go well.  But juicing is not always positively embraced – even by my healthiest friends – so I was a little worried about their response to my morning green juice recipe.

Mmmm…time for breakfast

As you can see from the photo, I used cucumbers, carrots, green apple and the other ingredients pictured here, plus blueberries for added antioxidants.

The enthusiastic response?? “Not bad”.

I’ll take it!  Their seasoned palates picked up the carrot and lemon immediately, even though those two ingredients were a minor percentage of the ingredients.  That was actually my hope….fill the juice with a ton of healthy, fresh greens ….and have the taste-testers focus on the citrus and carrot, which is palatable for many.

I am calling this taste-test experiment a “success”!

Fresh and Healthy London

It’s amazing to me how I can walk outside of my flat (apartment) and grab fresh fruit and vegetables on the street at five or more different places before I even reach the tube station.  Londoners are always picking up a basket of fruit off the street and using their reusable shopping bags.  The prices are really good too, a large box of strawberries for one pound.

Another thing I’ve noticed is what Londoners buy at the grocery stores compared to Americans.  In America you’ll see people with tons of snack bags, frozen foods and the like, while in London people are buying lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats and not so many packaged things.

The thing about not having a car and living in the city is that you walk a ton.  Sure there’s the tube, but you still have to walk a distance to the tube station!  I guess the combination of the easy access to fresh produce, healthier grocery picks, and lots of walking explains why everyone here looks so in shape.

Exception: Their idea of breakfast.  I guess having french fries at breakfast isn’t that different than having home fries?


The girl has landed!

Well, Emily has made her way to London!  Here we are as she gets ready to go:

Notice I went with the reading glasses, in case there was too much “welling up” for me to conceal.  I actually did ok…much better than the freshman dorm drop off.

Emily is blogging about her experiences in London here:

I enjoyed her most recent post about the availability of fresh fruit and vegetables just outside her dorm.  The wide selection of fresh and whole food choices in London makes it easier for her to manage the restrictions of a Celiac diet.