Heart of the Week: Saje Body Products

Soaking up all the love and emotion in these first few weeks with a newborn. So much has changed in our household. My body included. As I’m recovering from pregnancy to birth to back to myself again I’m relying on natural, organic products to heal my skin and nourish me from the outside in.

You all know how obsessed I’ve been with Saje and they recently launched their mama + baby line so now I’m even more in love. These products are exactly what I need and look for when I turn to beauty products. I feel safe slathering these over my skin and on baby Noa. Their products are made with 100% natural ingredients, eco-friendly and contain no toxins or synthetics.

Here’s a highlight of my favorite products from their mama + baby line.

FOR BABY:

Sweet Cheeks (Daily Diaper Rash Ointment) - This stuff is pure magic. It’s soothing on sensitive skin and is made with shea butter and beeswax. All natural!

Mini Mender (Baby Salve) - Her skin is already so soft and new, so rubbing on safe, natural ingredients like this baby lotion makes me feel great as a mama. I know I’m giving her all she needs.

FOR MAMA:

Chest Mate (Soothing Nipple Cream) - Pregnancy and birth are no joke. It’s so beautiful how our bodies transform, but there’s a lot of wear and tear, to say the least. Natural products like this cream support my body and give me the healing I need in order to provide for my baby girl. Put a pea size amount on sore nipples after feeding- safe to use so you can breastfeed right away!

Vitamin Ease (Stretch Mark Minimizing Cream) - This product feels so good on my skin, especially over my stretch marks and scars. It’s made with aloe, coconut oil and Vitamin E so it’s really the best medicine for your skin.

What products do you recommend for a mom and a newborn? Share with me on Twitter using #MyPhilosophie or #PhilosophieLove.

 

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Iced Apple Cider Recipe

As the season softly changes from summer to fall, we wanted to bring out one of our favs over here at Philosophie HQ. This is the best afternoon superfood sipper while the weather is still warm and sunny over in LA but you’re dreaming of cozy sweater weather. This high vibe beverage can easily transition from a hot to a cold drink depending on your mood!

This take on a traditional apple cider has all the best fall spices with our Cacao Bee Honey for a delicious energy boost and nutrients. Drink it iced for a cool + refreshing burst of energy while enjoying the vibrant, cozy flavor profile. This cooling cup of cider has added benefits of being super healing and immune-boosting because it's full of vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium, calcium and fiber!


Gather This:

5 apples (juiced; Granny Smith apples make a deliciously tart juice while Gala apples make a sweeter juice!)

1 orange (juiced)

5 whole cloves

5 cinnamon sticks

5 whole cardamom pods

2 star anise

1/2 to 1-inch piece of fresh ginger (grated; amount based on how spicy you like it)

½ tsp fresh lemon zest

1 tbsp Cacao Bee Honey

ice (6 cubes per glass)


Do This:

Add the orange juice, cloves, cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, star anise, ginger, lemon zest, and manuka honey in a saucepan (feel free to play around with the amount of spices to get it to your liking!). Cover and heat on medium-low heat for about 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat for 15 minutes, add the fresh apple juice, and then strain. Pour into your favorite glass, toss in some ice, add a straw, and ENJOY! Leave out the ice if you want it warm!

What superfood drinks do you enjoy as during the season shift? Share yours with me on Instagram using #PhilosophieSuperfoods or #PhilosophieLove

HOTW: Mindfulness Techniques w/ Kids

Adi and I had the privilege to sit down and talk to Ashley Graber on this week’s IGNTD podcast all about mindfulness. (Listen to the talk here!) We got into all of it! From mindfulness tips expecting mamas can do to carry mindfulness way beyond the womb into your home. Tips for creating space to come together as a family and how to live more mindfully, even as a kid!

Anyone who knows me and follows me on social media knows I’m all about being a mindful and present mama and I’ve tried to instill the same practice in my boys. Noa will get there, but she’s only 4 months! It’s so hard to get the boys to stay still and focus inward. They love going to yoga and meditating with me when there are no distractions. Still, when you’re growing + experiencing this vast world the emotions that come in can be a LOT and having the tips + tools Ashley gave us on the podcast will be AMAZING to implement into our lives.

Photo courtesy of Energy Muse

One of the biggest tools she advised to try out was creating a Mind Jar. A mind jar/clarity jar is a physical tool that can allow kids to concentrate on their emotions and practice peace and stillness for merely a minute.

Ashley explains, “the jar represents the mind, the glitter represents thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations. When we shake it up this represents when we are overwhelmed, stressed, upset, and/or overly excited to the point that we cannot see clearly. Our perception becomes cloudy. We can be more "reactive" to life from this place, as opposed to "responsive". It can feel like there is a storm inside and unsteady. To help balance and steady ourselves we can practice coming to our senses...literally...with focusing on one of our senses.”

Ashley advises to label each glitter with an emotion, making it super fun to come up with them together and have the discussion about why each color represents that particular emotion. Here’s how to make your own.

Gather This:

Jar with a good lid (i.e. mason jar)

Hot + cold water

Glitter of different sizes (larger & fine) + different colors (for different emotions)

Glitter Glue

 

Do This:

Put a generous amount of glitter glue in the jar. Add just enough hot water to cover the glue and shake up to break up the glitter glue then add cold water almost about ¾ of the way to the top. Next, add glitter of the desired color and different sizes. Fill with cold water to the top and SHAKE. Time it to see how slow or fast it settles and adjust accordingly. It should take 1 minute to settle and become clear again. If it’s too fast add glitter glue + hot water. If it’s too slow, pour out some of the water and add fresh cold water.

NOTE: Do not use red glitter – it stains the water

The important thing is that this mind jar it’s not to be used as punishment or suggested at a time when you, as a parent, are reactive and frustrated. We discussed using it at the dinner table when you’re gathered as a family or right before bedtime to relax your kiddos. Light some palo santo, sit together as a family, and have each kid take turns shaking the jar.

Besides this super awesome mind jar technique, we’ve also begun using a Feelings Wheel in our home. You can find the photo below on Google here or print it out from this post. We tape it to our fridge and whenever either of the kids is going through some particularly rough and are having trouble communicating what’s going on inside them then they can look to the wheel. Being able to label what may be going on inside them is already settling and makes the problem easier to manage. It helps us too! Sometimes we just need to say out loud that “I’m frustrated” or “I’m feeling abandoned” it makes the emotion manageable.

Being mindful doesn’t mean you need to do yoga every day, meditate for two hours and travel all over the whole on soul-searching retreats. Sometimes it’s as simple as breathing slowly for 5 minutes, or labeling what each wave of emotion you’re feeling, or making a jar full of glitter and shaking it up.


How do you practice mindfulness in your day-to-day? If you have kids, what tools do you use to teach them mindfulness? Share with me on Twitter using #PhilosophieLove or #MyPhilosophie.

Green Dream Sushi Recipe

When we say you can use Philosophie superfoods in everything, we really mean EVERYTHING! We decided to whip up some fun Green Dream sushi rolls that you can make for a fun family dinner or make to pack in your lunch. So good at any time of the day when you’re craving some high vibe sushi.

These rolls are loaded with carrots, Tamari (GF), Primal Kitchen Mayo (our fav!), and Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend, of course! Our Green Dream protein blend is entirely vegan and truly gives you the nutrient boost you need to power you through the day.

It’s the sushi roll you’ve always dreamed about, but at half the price!

Gather This:

2 nori wraps

3 organic carrots (grated)

1 tbsp Primal Kitchen Mayo

1 tsp chili pepper (optional)

1 tbsp Tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)

1 tsp Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend

Do This:

Grate the carrots and place a nori sheet on a flat surface. Add about 3/4 of a cup of the grated mixture going lengthwise. Combine Primal Kitchen Mayo and the chili pepper paste then stir, adding a dollop on top of the carrots. Add a sprinkle of Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend and roll up! Top with Tamari or fresh ginger! Cut and dig in!

What new + creative ways do you use Philosophie superfoods in your lunches and dinners? Share with me on Facebook using #PhilosophieSuperfoods or #MyPhilosophie.

Easy Dinner Hack + Summers to Savor Cookbook

Hi loves! I wanted to brighten up your week with a helpful dinner hack + cookbook obsession I’ve been loving lately. If you’re anything like me, your days are completely filled up then all of a sudden it’s 6pm and you have hangry kids running around asking about dinner. I’d love to say that it rarely happens to me, that I plan out dinners for the whole week, but that’s just not real and any mama out there can relate. Pretty much anyone with a career, relationships, and a breathing soul can relate!

That’s why it’s so important to turn to recipes that you can always pull out at the drop of a hat. Some of my go-to’s are a simple soup dish using leftover veggies and a delicious broth or a potato, veggie + protein dish with extra superfoods (of course!). So simple! Always try to fill plates with color and you’ll be good to go. It doesn’t have to be a perfect, picture-worthy meal, just one that’s tasty and extra nourishing.

You may have seen my last post using Dr. Praeger’s Kale Veggie Burgers for some BOMB veggie wraps. I was so in love with the dish and ingredients used that I decided to look into more from them and found an amazing cookbook, Summers to Savor created + crafted by entrepreneur mama, Brenna Praeger. She truly understands that there’s just not enough time in a day and you need a reliable recipe you can depend on when days get busy and it’s already dinnertime.

It has so many SIMPLE and nourishing meals for moms, dads, and the kiddos. Whether you’re making something for yourself, for your boo, or maybe for the whole fam there are endless recipe options. All of them are filled with nutrient-dense ingredients and are perfect for feeding + nourishing growing bodies. We decided to make the Sweet Potato Grilled Cheese Waffles and they were SO good! I love the Kid’s Table section - so many fun recipes and Kai can help me make them (even better!).

The cookbook is all about transitioning your summer foods to fall. It’s so beautiful + inspiring. I highly recommend, especially if you love enjoying summer flavors all year around. I partnered with Dr. Praeger's for an exciting GIVEAWAY. Two lucky winners will receive Dr. Praeger’s new cookbook, Summers to Savor, and coupons for five free products! All you need to do is follow @drpraegers and @sophie.jaffe on Instagram and share your favorite easy-to-make recipe on my latest Instagram post for a chance to win. Winners will be chosen on Friday, Oct. 12thGOOD LUCK BABES!

What are some of your superfood dinner hacks when you’re in need of a quick meal? Share with me on Twitter using #MyPhilosophie or #PhilosophieLove.

Welcoming the New Moon in Libra

We have officially entered Libra season - the season of balancing and realigning to our true selves. It’s a delicious time. The seasons change. The weather cools. Collectively, we feel the need to nest and make room for the things that truly bring us warmth and joy in our lives. The New Moon on the 8th is a beautiful time to set intentions for the new season and really begin some serious manifestation.

Venus also went into retrograde on the 5th and will stay there for 40 days. It’s a great time to connect to all of your relationships, romantic or otherwise, in a more authentic and honest way. Our sensuality is heightened, as well as a deeper understanding of love and our intuition. Our heart centers are open and vulnerable. Really take the time to center that energy + calm intensifying emotions. It’s a delicate time, but also a delicious time to reconnect with those who matter in your life.

October is all about your inner balance and strength. How can you turn inward and focus on using yourself for stability rather than depending on others? By connecting with your true selves and follow your intuition, you’ll be living mindfully and following a grounding life full of abundance and peace.

It’s all there, inside you. You have to dig deep and unlock your inner courage, wisdom, creativity, kindness and compassion. Begin a grounding practice and physically go outside, barefoot, and connect with the Earth. Allow yourself to breathe and focus inward. From this grounding, you’ll be able to show up to yourself and follow a more present and mindful life. It’s all about that balance. The balance between living and existing, between the divine masculine and the divine feminine, between giving and receiving, it shows up in every aspect of our lives.

Take this next cycle to find where you may need balance in your life and put in the work to realign it.

New Moon in Libra

We have a New Moon in Libra on the 8th. This moon is all about finding harmony within, then bringing that internal stability to all areas of your life - your relationships, work, etc. Libra is the sign of justice, ready to stand up and fight for our beliefs. In this delicate political season, it’s SO important to speak your truth and raise your voice. We need more of us standing together. Only as a large collective unit of female voices can we truly make a difference.

 This New Moon is all about connecting with our inner peace so we can physically and mentally prepare for balance shifts in the Universe. Take the time to return to your center and vision a future you hope to create + manifest.

Welcome the New Moon with Palo Santo for energy clearing before an intuition setting practice, meditation or moon circle. Bring out your favorite moon card deck (like The Moon Deck) for inspiring thoughts + emotions that are ready to come to the surface.

Take some time to journal with the following prompts:

A New Moon is a time to reset intentions for a new cycle ahead. What intentions do you want to cultivate at this moment? They can be physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.

The New Moon phase is a time to attract new people into your life, begin new projects, interview for jobs and invoke more clarity and spirituality in situations in your life. Where can you re-evaluate and plant new seeds?

Libra is all about balance. Love, partnership, harmony, diplomacy, beauty and legal matters in general. Where can you examine the work you need to do in these areas of your life? Where can you bring more balance into friendships, relationships in general, partnerships?

Love yourself, deeply. Take the day slowly and be kind to emotions that continue to rise + fall within you.

How are you honoring tonight’s New Moon? Share your intentions with me on Facebook using #PhilosophieLove or #MyPhilosophie.

 

Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Cloudy LA days call for soup and lots of it. Here at Philosophie HQ, we love creating soups with full, rich flavors that have grounding + soothing properties. Everything is created with careful love + dedication. The best part? They’re so easy to reciprocate right in your own kitchen!

This is a gorgeous creamy butternut squash soup with a delicious savory flavor. Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend (of course!) added for extra superfoods and protein. If you’re waiting for your amazing Philosophie superfoods to arrive at your door you can sub for flaxseed in a pinch, though you’ll be missing out on the nourishing superfood benefits. Gently warm it up as the cold approaches. Don’t heat it too much or too long so the enzymes stay alive and well! 

Do This:

1 butternut squash (peeled, seeded, and cubed into 1-inch pieces)

2 ½ C vegetable broth

3 garlic cloves (peeled)

2 small shallots or 1/2 sweet onion (peeled + halved)

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend

1/2 tsp sea salt


Gather This:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prep veggies by tossing with olive oil and placing on roasting pan or rimmed cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Roast veggies for 45 minutes, stirring once or twice and cooking until squash is tender. Remove any shallot, onion, or garlic that seems to be over-roasting. Remove and let cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Place squash and shallots in blender/food processor and blend until creamy. In a large pot, place blended mix and add broth and salt. Cook on medium-low until heated through, adding more broth or water as needed. Taste for seasoning, stir in Green Dream and top with pumpkin seeds. ENJOY!

What superfood soups do you love as the weather starts to cool? Share with me on Facebook using #PhilosophieSuperfoods or #PhilosophieLove.



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