Zen Fixes


Fight Bad Breath Naturally

Nothing’s worse than when you go to give your 5-year-old kid a little cuddle time and they say “YUCK! Mommy, you have bad breath!”  Come on now… don’t act like your kid hasn’t ever said that to you!  Your answer borderlines somewhere between, “Shut your mouth kiddo!” and “Oh man, who else did I talk to today that might have got a whiff of that?!”

Having bad breath can be pretty embarrassing both socially and personally.  Halitosis (bad breath) usually comes from not brushing your teeth well enough… but not all-bad breath originates from your mouth.  Sometimes it comes straight from your belly, in other words your digestive tract. You can brush-a brush-a brush-a all day long and you aren’t going to have much success!  However, there are some natural remedies.

Look, between getting the kids off to school in the morning, three breakfasts, three lunches, making coffee for my husband & myself – I think my morning teeth brushing lasts somewhere between thirty seconds and a minute. I’ll tell you this, the USDA isn’t gonna come knocking on my door to congratulate me on proper brushing techniques! (Nighttime brushing is where I do my damage!)

Or maybe I ate something that might have had some garlic or onion in it… Hey, nothing is wrong with that, both are incredibly healthy for your body, but who wants to live with the smell all day…and seriously, nothing is worse than spearmint gum or tic tac breath.  Not this mom.

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QUINOA Recipe & Health Benefits

My son came up to me this past weekend and said… “Mom, is it true the world is going to end in December… my friend told me the Mayans said so”

While I immediately went into my deduction and reasoning of explaining to my 8 year old boy and how I don’t think we need to build an underground bunker just yet… my brain was reeling with thoughts.

What if we DID have to live underground and what kind of food would I bring with me?  (Yes, I really think this way… crazy but true)

What would keep us sustained with energy, keep our diet balanced and is delicious?  Oh yes, there is such a food.  Even the Mayans knew about it. Read more »

Healthy Hair. Healthy Foods.

My hair.  Ok, here it is and this is the truth (since my vow is always to be honest with you ladies) I cannot manage my own hair.  There, I’ve said it.

I depend on my hairdresser weekly- yes; you read that right, weekly- to give me a blow out.  God bless her little magic hands that give me a smooth, fabulous hair do.  If I do not get this weekly blow dry, I will look like what my husband refers to as a “CHIA PET” and well, let’s just say, that’s not a great look.  Case in point picture to the left.  Scary I know. Yes, I really do look like that, not kidding.

That said, while I do go every week to the salon to get it blow dried, (and wouldn’t you if you looked like that with out any help?) that means that I’m putting a lot of high heat from the blow dryer and flat irons on it, and as I’ve learned over the years it can break, dull and even look brittle.  So what do I do to get this mane tamed and looking full shiny and healthy without spending a fortune on products? I make sure I eat some of this good stuff every week.  I really do.

By the way, check out the photo of below of what my hair looks like when it’s in full force… uh huh, that’s right ladies, no ch-ch-ch chia pet here!

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Stress Tips for National Boss Day

Today, Oct. 16th, is National Boss Day and in my humble opinion, that’s reason for celebration because in most households, Mom is the BOSS!

As every mom knows, motherhood is both satisfying and stressful.  As the BOSS a.k.a. “domestic engineer” of the home, you’re dealing with time management issues, financial concerns, relationship demands, insecurities galore, and, perhaps most importantly, self-preservation.  Unfortunately, most moms don’t take the time to nurture and care for themselves, and they’re left feeling physically and emotionally drained.

So, the question is how can you maintain sanity and serenity amidst the unique challenges presented by motherhood? Here are a few simple techniques that you can incorporate into your daily routine that will calm your body and mind, and give you a few moments of peace.  Read more »

Colds & Flu Bath Remedy

Are you suffering from a cold, fever, or even worse, the full-blown flu?  If so, here’s a very effective detox bath that will help you feel better and speed recovery.  I like to soak in this herbal bath for at least 45 minutes at the first sign of a cold.  Try it, I promise it works! Read more »

Finding the Food Balance…

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One thing that stresses me out beyond belief is laying down  in bed at night and my brain starts going into high speed as I take inventory on what I’ve eaten that day and where I made the wrong food decision… I usually do!  As moms, we have the habit of waiting all day long, skipping breakfast and going straight into the day of our demanding lives before we even take moment to ourselves for a bite to eat!  Then we are usually so busy into our days of kids, work, house and hubby that when we do eat it’s not usually the most sensible decision! Read more »

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