Facials have always been more of a self care necessity than a relaxing luxury for me. Ever since I was a teen I have been getting regular facials to help maintain and care for my skin. Over the years my skincare needs have changed, my facials now are less concerned with blemish fighting and deep cleansing and more focused on hydration, and anti-aging. Pregnancy and nursing did a number on the elasticity and hydration levels of my skin and I am now always working to replenish that. Read more
I have had body image issues my whole life. I have always strived to be thinner, more toned, look better naked. It’s these issues that saddled me with unhealthy eating habits in my teens and early twenties. After too many years of not loving my body I started down a journey to take my health and body into my own hands. I found workouts I love. I started fueling my body with whole foods instead of processed diet junk. In fact my journey to improve my self image is what led me to start this site to share the pleasure of treating health as an everyday indulgence. Read more
Pumpkin spice season is in full effect. I have seen lattes, scones, muffins, you name it in the uber popular “PSL” flavor. My personal favorite way to enjoy pumpkin spice is my nut free Pumpkin Spice Granola. I first created this recipe three years ago to sell to clients and friends and at various holiday fairs. I’ve since stopped selling it but still enjoy making it for myself and as a gift for friends. The recipe is super easy and the results are completely delicious. I suggest doubling or even tripling the recipe to have enough on hand for all your “PSL” cravings.
Pumpkin Spice Granola
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds ( unsalted)
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1 T coconut oil melted
- 2T maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp clove
Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, spread on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely before eating.
My Pumpkin Spice Granola is also delicious as a smoothie bowl topping. I recently created this Halloween themed Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl for Daily Harvest. To find out how to make your own head over to the Daily Harvest blog.
Every fall Doug, Hermione and I go apple and pumpkin picking at our favorite orchard in Bridgehampton. It’s a tradition we started when I was pregnant with Hermione and we have gone every year since. As Hermione gets older she loves running through the orchard and snacking on apples right of the trees. It’s a tradition I look forward to each fall.
If you have ever been apple picking you know a half bushel is ALOT of apples. Maybe 40 or so. Knowing there was no way we could eat through all of those apples I decided to make a giant apple crisp with some of them. Noting says fall to me than a hot bowl of apple crisp topped with a scoop of (vegan) vanilla ice cream and this one certainly did not disappoint. The great thing about this crisp is that it’s light enough to enjoy for breakfast unlike it’s conventional sugar and butter laden counterparts!
For the Apple Filling:
- 6-7 large apples peeled and chopped ( I used a mix of Winesap and Idared)
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- 1 T chia seeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 T lemon juice
For the Crumble:
- 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
- 2/3 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- Preheat your oven to 350 and grease a baking dish with coconut oil
- In a large bowl combine the apples, coconut sugar, chia seeds and lemon juice
- Pour the apple mixture into the baking dish and spread out evenly
- In the same bowl combine the oats, almond flour, maple syrup, coconut oil, coconut and sea salt until a crumbly mixture is formed
- Bake uncovered for 45 minutes or so until the apples are a just tender
- Serve warm with a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream!
29 months or so ago I met the most amazing little girl that ever has lived. She came into our world two weeks early on a full moon like the force of nature that she is. She loves ballet, puppets, popcorn, cherry tomatoes, pickles, The Muppets, and riding on the ferry boats in the Hudson river. She will always be my baby no matter how big and grown up she gets.
Yesterday Hermione had her first day of preschool. We have been anticipating this day for many, many months and it finally arrived. In typical Hermione fashion she was hesitant to enter the building and her classroom but once she got going ( thanks to some light bribery in the form of popcorn) she didn’t want to leave. I stayed in the room with her the whole time as I probably will for the first week or two. I am in no rush to drop her off at the door and want to wait until she is settled and ready. Her teachers could not be more lovely and her classroom could not be more adorable and two year old appropriate. I know this will be a huge year for her and I can’t wait to watch her grow and thrive in her new enviroment.
Here’s to back to school season, crisp fall days and lots of adventures ahead!
Before Hermione was born I started my search for the perfect diaper bag. I had it in my head that I had to buy a bag specifically made for toting baby essentials from diapers, to toys, to a change of clothes. I have gone through three diapers bags in the past two plus years looking for the perfect fit. They either screamed “baby bag” way too loudly, were too clunky to carry, didn’t hang on my stroller well, or didn’t hold up well to spills and wear and tear. Read more
This summer it has felt like we are constantly taking Hermione out to restaurants for meals. From lunch at clam bars to dinners in Montauk she has been to her fair share of Hamptons restaurants. With Doug only with us a few nights a week we prefer to all go out to dinner as a family instead of getting a babysitter and leaving Hermione at home. Read more
In the summer Hermione and I buy all of our produce at our favorite farm stand, Balsam Farms in Amagansett. Doug and I started going there years ago and now it has become a family tradition. We make serval trips a week as we go through produce fast in this house! As the summer season progresses and their stock changes it is always fun to see what will be available. Strawberries one week, peaches the next! I love the thrill of the day their incredibly delicious ( and famous!) corn becomes available. We buy many ears and use it raw in salads and roast it on the grill.
There is nothing glamorous or exciting about getting your period. Ok, maybe I was a little excited the very first time (why?) but now 20 years later it’s just a pain in the uterus.
After having Hermione it took a little more than 17 months for my period to return. Add to that about 10 months of pregnancy and that’s over two years of not having to deal with this monthly headache. I remember my first period post Hermione being a total surprise, I had no idea when it would return and I was totally unprepared. I threw on one of the giant maxi pads I still had from the immediate post-partum days and ran out to stock up on tampons.
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