Delicious Healthy Meals for Women on the Go: Fall Edition- Brooke Ditlow
Finding Balance in Life and Pregnancy this Fall
It’s fall! I love fall. The air is crisp. The beautiful colors of fall surround us and we no longer get overheated every time we go outside. I also think it is a great time to evaluate our lives in that constant search for balance. If you have a child at home who is in school or if you yourself are a student, you know what an exciting time the start of a new school year can be. You have brand new school supplies, brand new clothes, a brand new schedule and a brand new chance to start fresh!
As the leaves change, this may be a great opportunity for some self evaluation. How are you feeling right now? Do you feel like you need a change? Is there something that is making you feel out of balance or out of sync? When the schedule changed at our house this year as my daughter started school, I realized that I had an amazing opportunity to start fresh. I looked at my ridicules schedule and started weeding. I tried to take out all of the things that I didn’t actually have to do and the things that I felt did not make my life more satisfying and more balanced. This can be very difficult because it often means telling people “no”. However, this time of year people tend to be a bit more understanding of schedule change.
Another reason that fall is absolutely my favorite time of year are the cold weather recipes! I love the fresh food and grilling that come with summer but there is nothing like walking in the door at the end of the day to the smell of soup cooking in your kitchen. I’m sure that when you hear the words Slow Cooker, many of you think of your grandma in her house coat. However, if you do not currently use a slow cooker, imagine yourself walking into your house at the end of the day to the delicious smell of dinner already made. Added bonus, the recipe that I am about to share with you is healthy!
If you don’t have a slow cooker, you can pick one up at target for between $20.00-$40.00. Then try out this great recipe from Disney Family.com: http://family.go.com/food/20-crock-pot-slow-cooker-recipes-pg/#Creamy Farmhouse Chicken and Garden Soup;16
I made this Creamy Farmhouse Chicken and Garden Soup for my family and they all loved it. My 4 year old daughter is getting more and more difficult to please and even she loved this meal. I loved the soup and I really loved that the crazy hours in my house, (4-6 o’clock) were calm and peaceful since I wasn’t scrambling to get dinner on the table!
I’m always on the lookout for some great beauty products to recommend to moms. I’ll never forget one of my good friend’s (thank you, Susan!) introducing me to basq. We were at lunch together and she started talking about this incredible moisturizer she was using called Illipe Butter. She had just had a baby 4 months previous, and was telling me how amazing her skin felt using Illipe Butter. It didn’t take me too long to get home and (literally) run to the basq site online.
What was the first thing I loved about reading about basq? basq was started by 2 moms (and good friends) – Kelli Kenny and Lauren Parisier – when they couldn’t find any safe products that they could use during their own pregnancies. As they say on their site and what captured me, “The idea of basq – gentle, effective products that splurge on beauty and deliver on results – is one that appeals to women and men (yes we said men) in all life stages. From pregnancy to weight loss, sensitive skin to mature skin and all the combinations in between, basq offers beautiful solutions that work.”These are the kinds of products you want on your skin.
Now in the trenches of motherhood myself, I find it a luxury to find some products that are soothing, relaxing to my skin and products I actual see results in. I want (and need) my skin to be replenished… especially having 4 boys that literally keep me on my toes day in and day out!
Here are 4 products I highly recommend for moms:
1. basq Energizing Body
The name alone gets me every time. Anything promising to energize my body is something I must try out! This lotion is perfect for all moms (even expectant ones!). If you’ve got swollen legs and feet. If you’re suffering from an achy back or sore muscles (which is me most of the time!). Or if you have a swollen bust, you will really feel the replenishment from Energizing Body. Massage this on your body and feel relaxed. The blend of green tea, eucalyptus, cucumber and lavender is heavenly. The coolness is immediate and the aroma is amazing.
2. basq Cucumber Tea Eye Gel
This is the perfect cure for when you’re up late with the kids and wake up with tired eyes. Sunglasses may do the trick to work or to school drop-off, but there’s still the rest of the day! The cucumber and green tea soothes your eyes and gets rid of the puffiness. Quite frankly, this should be stocked in every mom’s cabinet.
3. basq Illipe Body Butter
It has the word “butter” in it… enough said. Oh, my… this is one of my favorite’s! You can use the Illipe Butter from head to toe. It hydrates your body beautifully. It has a 3 moisture complex of illipe, jojoba and shea butters that really do their job in moisturizing your skin. My feet get so dry in the summer, I have been lathering this on them every single night. It just works instantly. I love it and the smell is fabulous! I just recommend using this all the time and all over your body, especially if you’re expecting.
4. Rebalancing Face Cleanser
Cleaners are tough to find for your face. I really like this one. It works really well. My face feels cleansed and it doesn’t dry my skin out. If you’re looking to get rid of blemishes during pregnancy, you will love this product. I had some breakouts with Alexander that were horrible, I wish I had had a product like this at the time to help me out. Important thing to note here – WINNER of the iParenting Product of the Year Award for 2010, our Rebalancing Cleanser first got it’s fame when mentioned as a Heidi Klum favorite in Us Weekly Magazine. Also a WINNER of Pregnancy and Newborn’s Readers Choice Awards, this cleanser has been spotlighted in countless publications including Fashion Wear Daily, Vogue.com, Cookie and Pregnancy.
Disclosure: basq provided me with product for review.
Do my eyes look as tired as I feel?- By Brooke Ditlow
Back pain, discomfort, and indigestion along with nonstop worry and anxiety can make it very difficult to sleep during pregnancy. Once the beautiful bundle of joy is born, a full night of sleep certainly does not get any easier. How do you go out to face the world in the morning with those puffy tired eyes? Try the basq Cucumber Tea Eye Gel. Not only does it feel great on tired puffy eyes, but the natural coolant of the cucumber fights swelling and puffiness. The green tea fights environmental free radicals that damage the skin. The best part is that this gel feels wonderful and truly makes me look more alert. I like to store it in the refrigerator for an extra cooling sensation. The basq Cucumber Tea Eye Gel is featured in the September 2010 issue of Pregnancy & Newborn magazine as well as OK Weekly.
August 12th, 2010 . Easy Peasy Blog Posting on basq
Remember when you were cool. I mean, like really chilly. Pinky Tuscadero cool. SATC cool. Leather jacket, sunglasses, heels…too cool for school, daycare or anything other form of organized childhood education.
Then you became a mom. Then you became hot. But I don’t mean MILF (although there are glimpses of that sometimes). It began with pregnancy hot flashes and those heavy, swollen throbbing legs. Then the baby is born and there’s that awful temperature control issue with your breasts during breastfeeding (or was this just me…my boobs were big giant globes of fire…yes, I had sun boobs). The baby gets bigger, starts to walk, and then you’re sweating because the entire day is a race of some sort.
Like I said. Hawt.
I found a way to be cool again. basq (a great NYC company) makes an Energizing Body Lotion and Cooling Cucumber Tea Eye Gel that let you chill. Sold separately or as part of the Bounce Back Kit, they both impart a tingling cooling sensation–perfect for fatigued and achy shoulders and legs, sleepy and puffy eyes.
basq began as a labor of love of two moms in 2005 and has grown to a luxury skin care collection with a pretty cool celebrity following: Heidi Klum, Marcia Cross, Sheryl Crow, to name a few. Because they make products for every phase of your life (think pre-baby, baby and every day care), it’s possible to hang on to your coolness throughout any stage of being a woman.
As a nice gift to all those moms, moms-to-be and any woman who could use a cooldown in the summertime, basq is offering you, the EasyPeasy reader, 20% off of their products. Just enter EasyPeasy20 into the checkout section, and you’re on your way to being the coolest woman on the block. That is until your neighbor gets that Stella & Jamie studded motorcycle jacket you’ve been coveting. Can’t help ya there, sister.
Delicious, Healthy, Meals for Women on the Go- Summer Edition
Finding Balance in Life and Pregnancy- By Brooke Ditlow
In the fast paced, hectic lives that we live these days, it seems difficult to find the right balance. I don’t believe that I am alone in having more on my “to do list” than time to get things done. As women, we have a lot to juggle. This is especially true during pregnancy. On top of an already over packed schedule, we have to find time to nurture our bodies in order to provide the best possible environment for our growing babies. Suddenly eating right, exercising and relaxing have to scramble to the top of the priority list. This however, can be easier said than done.
At the end of the day, I feel ready to put my feet up and relax. I don’t feel like pulling out the pots and pans to cook a meal. Going out can be expensive and time consuming and it is often difficult to find healthy options on the menu. I am always looking for a recipe that is healthy, reasonably priced, and that does not require a lot of time and effort to prepare. The best recipe that I found that fits the bill this month is: Ravioli with No-Cook Heirloom Tomato Sauce. I found it on the Whole Foods Website. The link is: http:www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/2740. This recipe is perfect for August. It doesn’t require an oven. It is healthy and a great meal for everyone, including vegetarians.
I made this meal for my family and here is how it broke down:
Cost: All of the ingredients were: $18.25. I should mention that there is not a Whole Foods near my house so I had to go to my local health food store. I believe ingredients would have actually been less expensive at Whole Foods. I had basil in my garden and I had balsamic vinegar in my pantry so I did not have to purchase those items.
Time from prep to table: 22 minutes. The most time consuming part was waiting for the water to boil. This recipe was very fast!
Rating from the family:
Me: Loved it. It was nice and light and full of flavor. Plus I felt good knowing that it was good for me.
My Husband: Really liked it. Said it was a definite do again. He did however have to supplement with a piece of chicken. He didn’t think that this alone will fill him.
4 year old: It wasn’t her favorite meal. She complained but finally ate.
2 year old: He loved it! He picked off the spinach but downed the rest and asked for more.
Check back monthly to the basq “Finding Balance in Life and Pregnancy” blog for more tips on taking care of yourself. Each month I will include a recipe for a healthy meal that is quick and easy.
I was recently invited to be a speaker in a round table discussion with mom entrepreneurs hosted by a wonderful foundation Rbaby. I can honestly say there is nothing more inspiring than listening to women talk about their dreams and the challenges we face juggling the roles of mom, business owner, wife and friend. We talked about our dreams, inspirations, frustrations, failures and successes. Each of us has created a unique business and it was incredible to hear the journey of each woman. If you have an idea and you aren’t sure what to do or if you can do it – listen to this web cast. It will make you feel like you can!
I also want to share the story of Rbaby and the incredible work they are doing to help all of us have safe and healthy babies. Rbaby is an inspirational not-for-profit foundation uniquely focused on saving babies lives through improving pediatric emergency care. Founder Phyllis Rabinowitz is an incredible woman who suffered a great loss with her husband when their newborn passed away shortly after birth because her illness was misdiagnosed. We all wish for one thing during pregnancy, a healthy baby. Rbaby strives to give parents information that will help them navigate Emergency Room care. The foundation also works to fund ER’s so they are better equipped to care for infants.
I want to share some invaluable information on ER care. I also want to thank Rbaby for letting me share this information and participate in such an inspirational day. Please feel free to pass this information along – it might make a big difference in someone’s life.
I recently had the pleasure to attend the opening of the Beyonce Cosmetology Center at Phoenix House in Brooklyn. Phoenix House is a treatment program that doubles as a vocational training center. Not only is Beyonce incredibly beautiful - check out pics below - she is truly a beautiful person all around. She became involved with Phoenix House while preparing for her role as former heroin addict Etta James in the film Cadillac Records. She was so inspired by the women she met she wanted to introduce a vocational program geared towards helping women.
She spoke about growing up in a salon environment, her mother "Miss Tina" who was also on hand - owned a popular salon in Houston, and how enpowering the salon was for women of all walks of life. Miss Tina gave a lot of women a chance at employment when they had little else left and literally transformed lives by providing a career and community. Beyonce emotionally noted caring about one's apperance often represents the first step to recovery. Her Center will offer a seven-month cosmetology training course and as services expand basq will be there to support!
OK Magazine was one the the many magazines there to cover the event and YES that is a partial shot of me listening to Beyonce's team at the facility!
The Cosmetic Executive Women Industry 2010 Beauty Awards Showcase was held March 3rd in New York City. Our Advanced Stretch Mark Butter was nominated for the Body Treatment Prestige Category. It was a fantastic evening showcasing the latest and greatest product innovations for the year. Each product had a table, product display and gave product demos. Our Stretch Mark Butter was lauded for its Clinically Proven Ingredients and Safety for use during pregnancy. It was a great opportunity for us to get recognition in an arena usually dominated by the "big guys."
Also wonderful to be sharing ideas and seeing all the interesting new stuff. Some of my favorites: Oscar Blandi Pronto Colore Root Touch - pen that touches up those random grey hairs or in-between roots; Christian Dior Lip Balm - works with your specific lip chemistry for unique color; Lancome Ôscillation Powerbooster Vibrating - lash primer with vibrating brush to improve and lengthen eye lashes; Sexy Betty Hair Color - for the hair "down there" - next to my stand and founder Nancy Jarecki is amazing!
The evening was tons of fun with CEW Members, press and industry figures enjoying product demonstrations. The awards will be handed out May 21st!
The Holidays are over and we are all feeling winter. From the cold air to heated rooms that leave you dry, we all need to hydrate inside and out! We've got just what the Dr ordered to feel great this Winter: Lets face it - sizing clothes and picking a style can be exhausting and if your gifting someone who knows what she needs. Here are a few fun ideas that will make her feel cozy this winter:
Illipe Butter -- this rich thick butter will sap that dry, itchy skin while the aroma is divine. Her skin will feel like velvet - who could imagine she's battling stretch marks when something feels this good!
Spa Socks & Spa Gloves - Hands and feet take a beating in the cold weather! Welcome to an instant cure -- cuticles never felt stronger and knuckles never felt softer. For those dry heels, this is an sos that will make your feet feel like they went on vacation.
Citrus Sugar Polish - Time to slough away all that dry dull skin, while your at it give your shower and instant spa boost - you'll never want to come out! Just remember, keep the water warm -- those wonderful hot showers sap your skin's moisture.
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We hear from you with letters, emails and sky high sales that ourRebalancing Face Cleanseris INCREDIBLE! We are so thrilled that iParenting has given this must have it's prestigious Product of the Year Award. We were picked from thousdands of entries woth judges ranging from all ages to all skin types. This is truly a product that women (and men) go crazy for because it works. This is the product that really launched our line and has grown into an international success.
A little history - when basq co founder Lauren was working in skin science and first got pregnant - her skin felt the effects of those raging hormones. Let's face it, blemishes during pregnancy is really too much. There is enough changing, having breakouts is just over the top. Being in a lab she began exploring safe, effective alternatives for her pregnancy related blemishes. Little did we know this personal passion would be the instant fame of the line. Right after launching our cleanser it was spotlighted in Us Weekly with uber beautiful Heidi Klum. Talk about great press - who wouldn't want her skin? This is one of our absolute favorites and the product where hear from customers about how great their skin looks and feels. In just a few washings you can't believe the difference and there is nothing else out there like it. It really works to give that supermodel - just got a facial - glow and clarity. Thanks to iParenting Media!