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September 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Vegan Banana Coconut Muffins

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Recently my husband discovered he has a sensitivity to egg and corn. I’ve been slowly converting all my recipes to exclude egg and corn products.  This past weekend we had some friends come to visit that are vegans and I took the opportunity to convert my famous banana coconut muffins to meet the dietary needs of not just my husband but our friends as well. They turned out amazing and we’re a big hit. So much so that I had to make a second batch!

Here’s the recipe. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Vegan Banana Coconut Muffins

½ cup coconut oil

½ cup apple sauce

1/3 cup coconut milk

5 mashed bananas

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp baking powder

1 cup coconut sugar

1/3 cup hemp hearts

½ cup crushed walnuts

1 cup frozen cranberries

½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1 tbs chia seeds in 3 tbs of water

Directions:

Mix 1 tbs chia seeds in 3 tbs of water and set aside for 5 mins

Mix all the wet ingredients together, except the coconut milk. Add the chia seeds. Set aside.

Mix all the dry together, add the cranberries last and stir until covered.

Mix dry & wet together. Add the coconut milk and mix well.

Scope into lined or greased or silicon muffin tin, bake at 350 for 20-25 mins.

 

Alternatives:

Add ½ cup of white chocolate chips (my fav! adds a great sweet taste with the cranberries)

Or

Remove cranberries and add ½ cup of chocolate chips

 

September 15th, 2014 · No Comments

Teach Your Child To Spell Their Name With This Simple Trick

When Parker was three I decided to teach him how to spell his name. He knew the alphabet and recognized the letters, he just needed to memorize the order that the letters in his name were in. So I started to think about how I could help him memorize the order. Repetition of course! But how could I make it fun?

I finally figured it out. What better way to help him memorize something than to put it in a song? So I picked a tune and set the letters of his name to it. I picked the Mikey Mouse song. m-i-c-k-e-y m-o-u-s-e Mickey Mouse! Which I turned into P-A-R-K-E-R Parker is his name!

It worked like a charm and to this day he still uses it when he is writing his name. So much so that Zola (2.5 years) came up to me the other day and told me how to spell Parker’s name. I asked her if she knew how to spell her name and she was stumped. Apparently it was time for a song of her own.

This time I went with B-I-N-G-O which turned into Z-O-L-A, Z-O-L-A, Z-O-L-A, and Zola is her name O. She’s been singing it non-stop for the past few days and loving it.

What song will you use? We’d love to see your videos, please share them with us.

September 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

#BigChange – The Whole Story

changeAs you may or may not know, I’ve been working away on a book entitled Peaceful Parents by Design; A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Creating Radical Changes in Your Family. It’s been a very exciting and life altering journey. I jumped into this adventure not only because I wanted to share these practices with you but also because I wanted to solidify my own practice. What better way to commit than to very publicly announce that this is what you want your life to look like, right? As I try to walk the talk I realized that my life style would need to undergo some changes to accommodate these goals.

As my partner, Darren and I discussed what we wanted and what was standing in our way we quickly came to the conclusion that my on-call schedule was a major barrier to creating the lifestyle we desired. We also discovered that our current living arrangements (location, mortgage, and townhouse) were not at all in line with our goals. So when Darren had a job opportunity on the Sunshine Coast present itself, we jumped at it. The universe had certainly heard our intention and had presented us with the opportunity to make the changes we so desired.

So we’ve manifested some pretty BIG life changes;

This also means some BIG changes for Prenatal to Parenting;

Wow, this is so exciting and so scary all at the same time!

We’ve come a long way together. Prenatal to parenting was created in 2009 to support parents through the transition to parenthood. After five years, 65 births, over 200 placentas and more than 150 couples attending my classes and workshops I couldn’t feel more blessed and certain that I am living my purpose. It has not been an easy decision to make these changes. I know I will be pulled to attended births again at some point but right now I need to focus on my own family.

I have some really exciting retreats in the planning stages including a Conscious Pregnancy and Birth retreat, and a Baby-Proof your Relationship retreat. Also some new Ecourse options are being designed including a 6 week Peaceful Parents by Design Ecourse. You’ll also see some new FREE offers coming your way soon. These changes will start being reflected on the website, blog and social media immediately. Stay tuned to see these exciting changes unfold.

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One of the things that I’m really excited to share with you is a copy of my new eBook; Peaceful Parents; 7 Strategies for Creating More Peace in Your Family. Download your FREE copy before August 7th and entered to win an Essential Oils for Healing Stress Relief Combo Pack. Download your FREE copy here http://bit.ly/PeacefulParenting

It is with much gratitude and love to all my past and current clients, fans and referral friends that I share this news. I feel so blessed to have worked with you all, to have been part of your journey from prenatal to parenting. Thank you!!! I hope you’ll join me on this new chapter.

In Peace, Love and Light,

Sarah

August 2nd, 2014 · 2 Comments

DYI: Orange Essential Oil Disinfectant Spray

 

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After another wonderful workout this morning at Life Designs Fitness & Nutrition, I was talking to Andrea about making a disinfectant spray for the mats and equipment at her fabulous studio. She was looking for something that smelled good and could disinfect. I suggested she make a Orange Oil Disinfectant Spray.

Orange oil is a natural cleanser and deodorizer. It’s also a good anti-bacterial and anti-septic agent. Orange oil is considered one of the most potent essential oils based on it’s disinfecting properties. With a rich, fresh citrus scent, the essential oil of Orange lifts the spirits yet is calming to the nerves.

orange oil is one of the most potent essential oils, based on its powerful disinfecting properties.Read more : http://www.ehow.com/facts_7441238_disinfecting-power-orange-oil.html
orange oil is one of the most potent essential oils, based on its powerful disinfecting properties.Read more : http://www.ehow.com/facts_7441238_disinfecting-power-orange-oil.html

orange oil is one of the most potent essential oils, based on its powerful disinfecting properties.Read more : http://www.ehow.com/facts_7441238_disinfecting-power-orange-oil.html

orange oil is one of the most potent essential oils, based on its powerful disinfecting properties.Read more : http://www.ehow.com/facts_7441238_disinfecting-power-orange-oil.html

orange oil is one of the most potent essential oils, based on its powerful disinfecting properties.Read more : http://www.ehow.com/facts_7441238_disinfecting-power-orange-oil.html
Researchers at the Loyola College, Chennai, conducted an experiment to examine the antibacterial properties of pure orange oil. They concluded that orange oil is one of the most potent essential oils, based on its powerful disinfecting properties.Read more : http://www.ehow.com/facts_7441238_disinfecting-power-orange-oil.html
Researchers at the Loyola College, Chennai, conducted an experiment to examine the antibacterial properties of pure orange oil. They concluded that orange oil is one of the most potent essential oils, based on its powerful disinfecting properties.Read more : http://www.ehow.com/facts_7441238_disinfecting-power-orange-oil.html

Here’s how to make your own Orange essential oil disinfectant:

Fill the spray bottle nearly full with water (leave some air space so you can shake it to disperse the essential oil).

Add 20-25 drops of Orange essential oil, shake, and you’re ready to go!

That’s it! How quick & easy is that? And far healthier than a store-bought disinfectant.

How To Use Your Disinfectant Spray for Cleaning

Spray surfaces until damp, let it sit for a minute, wipe with a clean rag or sponge. This works perfectly for cleaning yoga mats, gym equipment, surfaces,  floors, counter-tops, toilet bowls, sinks, etc.

You can spritz around the base of the toilet too and let it air dry to kill any nasty smelling odors typical around the floor near toilets.

For harder to clean surfaces like tubs. Spray until moistened, sprinkle some Baking Soda and then rub clean and rinse.

Give your sinks and tubs a spritz of the spray after they’ve been cleaned and let it air-dry, this allows the essential oil in the spray mixture to continue disinfecting.

Order your here; http://www.prenataltoparenting.com/shop/organic-orange-oil-10ml/

Don’t love the smell of  Orange?

You could use Lemon Oil or Grapefruit Oil in your disinfectant spray instead.

July 23rd, 2014 · No Comments