Doug and I are lip balm people. You can find a lip balm on every table, in every drawer, in every coat pocket in our house. Nothing annoys me more than being stuck without a lip balm and having to deal with parched dry lips. Read more
My name is Sara and I love leg warmers. Not in an ironic way. Not just on babies. Cozy leg warmers are the greatest thing when you spend most of your day in cropped leggings going to and from yoga or SoulCycle. As soon as the weather turns chilly in NYC leg warmers become an essential part of my to/from workout wardrobe. Read more
In general I am not a huge fan of overdoing it with vitamins and supplements. I believe that eating a varied diet rich in plant based foods helps me cover all of my bases nutritionally. However, since a few months before becoming pregnant with Hermione I began taking prenatal vitamins to make sure I was getting everything I need in order to support the growth of a healthy baby. When you are pregnant your body needs more of certain vitamins and minerals that can be hard to obtain no matter what your diet. Think of a good prenatal as your “insurance policy.” I actually never stopped taking my prenatal between my first pregnancy and this one. I needed the extra support while nursing and even after that my body was so depleted from 10 months of pregnancy and 20 months of nursing that it continued to need all the help it could get!
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!