Sunday, March 20, 2011

Take a Hike

Seeing the world through your child’s eyes is just one of the joys of being a parent. What better way is there to introduce them to the wonders of their world than to take them into the outdoors on a hike? Communing with nature by hitting the hiking trails is a great way to spend some quality time together as a family while teaching little ones about nature. Whether your brood is big or small, walking or crawling, hiking with kids can be safe and easy. Of course the wilderness does pose some risks—think sunburns, bug bites and stings, scrapes and scratches, exhaustion, and dehydration—but most can be avoided or easily treated with a little advance planning and know-how. These tips will help keep your family happy and healthy while on the trail.

Take Short Trips: Excursions with kids must be kept short. To build their endurance and condition their little bodies for hikes, start out with no more than a one-mile trip, then slowly build up to a distance that fits your family’s fitness levels.

Be Flexible: Kids are curious, which means they’re going to want to stop often and check out the scenery, so plan to have plenty of time to complete your hike. And remember, you’re going to be moving even more slowly now that you’re carrying extra gear and supplies, and possibly a child.

Stay Safe in the Sun: Sunscreen is a must any time you’re outdoors, even when you’re hiking under a canopy of shady trees. Choose a protection level of SPF 30+ and for ease of use, try a stick because they’re super easy to apply to little faces. Opt for a fragrance-free version, which is great for hikes because there’s no scent to attract bugs. Reapply sunscreen every half hour whether it is needed or not, as little ones can’t always communicate with you when they’re feeling sunburned.

Beat Bug Bites: Your kids will love checking out spider webs and getting up close and personal with a variety of creepy crawlers, but what bites bugs leave behind—not so much. Buy a DEET free bug repellent as this chemical can cause allergic reactions in sensitive people; instead try a natural bug repellent that is based on natural plant oils such as citronella to fight off ticks, mosquitoes, fleas and biting flies.

Dress in Layers: Your child is dressed for adventure, be sure they are wearing a minimum of three layers. Hypothermia can happen even on a summer day.

Stay Hydrated: One quart of water every two hours is a good rule of thumb—more in extreme hot, cold or high altitude.

Most importantly: Have fun!

All My Best,

Jessica

Friday, March 11, 2011

Juicing! My First Step On The Natural And Organic Path

I've been juicing everyday for over 20 years. In fact, it was one of the first natural and organic 'lifestyle' changes I made in preparation for pregnancy.

Juicing takes some advance planning, but not much.
Here's How I Do It:
  1. Rely on frozen fruit as the staple in your juicing program - buying in bulk if possible. Organic is important here - especially if you are using strawberries (rank high in pesticide residue).
  2. Add seasonal fruit to mix it up
  3. Use fresh squeezed orange juice if possible - important to note: to conserve on orange juice 'cut it' with water by half.
  4. I like the combination of strawberries (for sweetness), blueberries (sweet and mineral-y taste, balances the blend) and cranberries (kind of bitter, use less of this).
All the fruit goes into the blender; cover with liquids (half water/half fresh orange juice); puree. Add water to thin as needed.

Tip: Drink slowly allowing the juice to mix with the enzymes in your mouth, fruit does not make a stop in the stomach, it goes straight to the intestines to be absorbed.

A fruit smoothie gets me started every morning. If I'm really good, I will follow this with a veggie juice (more on this next blog).
I noticed:
  • Juicing helps cut down on sweet tooth cravings
  • Helps shed a few unwanted pounds
  • Provides balanced energy--no energy crashes that come from refined sugar highs
  • Quenches thirst
Give it a try! Juicing takes a just a little bit of effort to get started, but once you get into the grove, it's super easy.


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Ways to care for your baby's skin if they have extremely dry skin or eczema.

First
Stop all skin care product use and go back to the basics.
Always patch test any new product; wait 24 hours and observe the area looking for any change before using.

Keep it Simple
I recommend going fragrance free for a while. Cleanse with our Super Sensitive, no fragrance, shampoo & bodywash (now also available in a 19 oz bottle!) head-to-toe. Follow with California Baby Super Sensitive, no fragrance, Everyday Lotion to soothe and moisturize.

Bring ‘Em On!
Choose between either beloved California Baby “magic cream” moisturizers:
• Calendula Cream (now also available in a 4 oz jar!)
• Botanical Moisturizing Cream.

Mist = No Rubbing = No Irritation
For a very gentle moisturizing alternative, mist our Soothing & Healing Spray all over the body. The thin layer of emollients will air dry avoiding the need to rub already irritated skin. To cool hot skin, put the bottle in the fridge for about 10 minutes to chill and then spray.

All my best,

Jessica