GMOs, Allergies, and Your Child's Career.

  This is my sweet 5 month old baby Codan aka Code. When I was pregnant I took an expensive brand of prenatal and DHA vitamins.  I drank green shakes every morning. I did yoga. I birthed him naturally without Pitocin or an Epidural in my master bedroom. I opted out of vitamin K, hep B, and eye ointment....more

There's No Such Thing As GMO Popcorn And Other Things You Should Know

GMOs have become big business - not only for those marketing them, but for those businesses catering to the people who wish to avoid them.  This has resulted in a lot of confusing labels, controversy and mis-information. Hopefully this post will help clear up a few things....more

Setting the Social Scene!

You never realize how big of a role food truly plays in your social life until one day you’re stressing out over what to choose on the menu in front of you. Weighing pros and cons, costs and benefits and what will just MAYBE not sending you flying to the bathroom or breaking out in eczema after the evening is over....more

Healthy Fats 101



Which bad habit would you like to break? Spending too much time on the internet, smoking, over-eating, excessive drinking, spending too much, or gambling? Bad habits form as a reaction to stressful live events and once established, they can be difficult to break. Here are some common sense solutions to help you get to the root of the problem. Identify what triggers your habit. Are you constantly stressed, over-scheduled and on edge? Bad habits often make their appearance during troubling times....more

The 5 Rules for Meal Planning Like a Boss*

Julia Costa, New York City  I have a sad story to share. The year was 2011 and I had recently moved to New York City. I was working like a crazy person in a job I loved and moonlighting as a weekend nanny yet I would cringe whenever the end of the month rolled around. I remember combing through my bill one month and thinking it read like a broken record: Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, Chipotle, Cafe Metro, Hale & Hearty, Tasti-D-Lite. Rinse and repeat. "Can a person go broke spending $10 at a time?" I wondered....more

The WORST Gift Ever!

I think of my birthday as a national holiday. As such I believe that the gifts I receive should be worthy of such an occasion!  A few years back, like at least eight or nine, I received what I thought was the worst gift ever! My dad, thinking he would give me something I needed, gave me a blender for my birthday! A BLENDER!!! I have to say, at the time I could not hide my disappointment. It wasn't like it was one of those fancy blenders they make now it was a run of the mill, everyday blender......more

How I Spent 146.35 Hours This Year

Hi everyone!Last year around this time, I was really struggling to make a commitment to exercising on a regular basis. I would occasionally go to a yoga class or go for a run through the neighborhood, but I never had a set routine. I would average maybe one hour per week, and I knew I needed to improve. My goal was to make it a habit....more
@Renee Quick-Chapman Thanks! :) Keeping a record of exercise can help you realize how far you've ...more

Running 101 Part 2

Have you made the leap and started to run? The first steps are always the hardest and most scary, once you take those, you are home free. Last post we discussed all the necessary components of getting ready for and going on your first run. This post we will discuss a few other factors to consider while on your run.Form:...more