Category Archives: Daily Delicious (Blog)

Simple Summertime Watermelon and Basil Skewers

watermelnskewers www.deliciousbythebaycomDo you need something simple and fabulous to bring to your next summer bbq? Try these pretty, easy skewers. All you need to do is cut some fresh watermelon into small chunks. Put the chunks on the skewers, alternating with fresh, organic basil leaves. Finish with a squeeze of lime juice, like I did, or go all Fancy Clancy and use Balsamic vinegar and fresh pepper. These would also be awesome with a bit of feta cheese. Simple and delicious. Isn’t that what summer is all about?

For more delicious recipes, tips, and tools to help you finish the summer off feeling light, sharp, and strong, I hope you’ll join me for the Craving-control Real Food Detox that starts August 11th. Special Early-birdie pricing of 30% off ends today, so write me now to get in on the action. The program will help you kick cravings for simple carbs and sugar, lose weight, and look and feel your gorgeous best. The guided program includes a complete Summer Detox Guide, Shopping List, simple and delicious Recipes, inspiring and informative Coaching Calls, exclusive recorded Guided Meditations, our own private Facebook Group, and lots more!

“I loved the detox. I lost a few pounds but even better than that, my skin is cleared up! No more eczema on my knees and elbows, and no more breakouts on my chin… Even my dandruff is gone!” Jessie, 35, law student, after the Spring 2014 guided detox

 

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How will you feel after 14 days of nourishing yourself with detoxifying whole foods?

  • Lose excess weight, 3-5 pounds of belly bloat
  • Feel light, sharp, and strong, with tons of energy
  • Kick your wild cravings for sugar, caffeine, and simple carbs
  • Eliminate constipation and get regular
  • Feel free of mood swings and foggy thinking
  • Have glowing skin and clear, bright eyes
  • Sleep soundly and fall asleep easily

 

“…I have so much energy and I lost 7 more pounds this month since the spring detox. I’m back on my clean eating plan and I even started a ballet class with my baby girl! I never would have done that a year ago. Thank, you Kirsten!” –Lauren, 42, accountant and mom of three kids, after the Spring 2014 guided detox

 

We start the Guided Detox together on August 11, 2014
Enroll TODAY (August 1) to get the guided program for $69 or the DIY program for $39!


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Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is health coach and holistic living expert who offers real-world wellness coaching  for people who want to beat the blues and build self-esteem using nutrition and holistic lifestyle methods. She also offers skincare from the inside out consultation for anyone who is tired of the beauty hype and is ready to have vibrant health and glowing skin.  She works online and by phone. Kirsten lives happily, works gratefully, home-schools secularly, dances inexpertly, paints badly, cooks traditionally, and nurses on demand in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more about her here.

Love Your Life: How to Be Happy

According to this Mayo Clinic article on finding contentment, happy people spend time:

  • Devoting time to family and friends
  • Appreciating what they have
  • Maintaining an optimistic outlook
  • Feeling a sense of purpose
  • Living in the moment

Great advice and a pretty decent article that can help generate some questions about how we approach our contentedness. Personally, I think keeping a Gratitude Journal is paramount.

What do you do to cultivate your own happiness?

Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is health coach and holistic living expert who offers real-world wellness coaching  for people who want to beat the blues and build self-esteem using nutrition and holistic lifestyle methods. She also offers skincare from the inside out consultation for anyone who is tired of the beauty hype and is ready to have vibrant health and glowing skin.  She works online and by phone. Kirsten lives happily, works gratefully, home-schools secularly, dances inexpertly, paints badly, cooks traditionally, and nurses on demand in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more about her here.

 

 

Love Your Feet with a Rosemary-Tea Tree Foot Bath

This one is fabulous for anyone: baristas, cashiers, moms, dads, marathoners, hikers, and anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet. Use cool water for a refreshing feeling on a hot summer day. When cooler weather comes, use very warm water to gently heat your feet and leave the whole body feeling bundled up and cozy.

smells divine and great for a hot soak on a cool day or a cool soak on a hot day

smells divine and great for a hot soak on a cool day or a cool soak on a hot day

Fresh rosemary is easy to find at your local grocery store and even at your local park. Take just a little sprig and you won’t harm this very resilient plant. Rosemary has tonifying properties for the whole body. It is warming and analgesic (pain-killing), and revives the body and mind. Tea tree can’t be beat for its antibacterial properties and helps deodorize tired feet like nothing else.

Are you ready for your foot bath? Here’s how to do it:

Put a sprig of fresh rosemary, broken into small pieces, into a large bowl, dishpan, or basin of water
Add boiling water to draw out the good oils from the plant
Let cool enough to comfortably touch.
For a warm soak, just add 6-10 drops of Tea Tree essential oil and submerge your feet.
If you prefer a cold soak, wait until your water has cooled and add ice before adding the Tea Tree oil.
Soak your feet until they are nice and pink. Dry off and follow with a good moisturizer like 302 Skincare Body Treatment Intensive, which you can order from me, or a lovely organic coconut oil. I like this one.

 

Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is health coach and holistic living expert who offers real-world wellness coaching  for people who want to beat the blues and build self-esteem using nutrition and holistic lifestyle methods. She also offers skincare from the inside out consultation for anyone who is tired of the beauty hype and is ready to have vibrant health and glowing skin.  She works online and by phone. Kirsten lives happily, works gratefully, home-schools secularly, dances inexpertly, paints badly, cooks traditionally, and nurses on demand in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more about her here.

 

Video: sick mama and cute baby talk about cold remedies

I wanted to share with you what I’m doing to knock out a nasty head cold but I’m too lazy-sick to write a long post. So, presenting our first video update, starring my gorgeous kid and my crooked nose. The link is above. Click to watch, and then go take a rest and take care of yourself. I don’t want you to get what I have- this cold is a beast!

Xo Kirsten

 

Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is health coach and holistic living expert who offers real-world wellness coaching  for people who want to beat the blues and build self-esteem using nutrition and holistic lifestyle methods. She also offers skincare from the inside out consultation for anyone who is tired of the beauty hype and is ready to have vibrant health and glowing skin.  She works online and by phone. Kirsten lives happily, works gratefully, home-schools secularly, dances inexpertly, paints badly, cooks traditionally, and nurses on demand in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more about her here.

Yoga Baby

thanks to Flickr member cianc for the image!

thanks to Flickr member cianc for the image!

She rests in a perfect seated bend by a pile of brightly colored blocks. It’s been a year since I left the practice I love for maternity break, and nine months since the baby was born. She’s aged out of our Mom and Baby class, too mobile and too feisty to lie still on her quilt and contemplate the skylight while I breathe through my strained-legged downward facing dogs.

We go to the class for moms and toddlers now, and it’s one of the scant hours I take every week to get away and sink into relative stillness for more than a few minutes. I love my teacher for holding her and singing for a moment, giving me a few breaths more.  Still, I find my mind wandering. In my head I’m filing paperwork. I’m planning blog posts. It’s been a year and I’m ready to go back to work. But soon enough she’s back on the floor and crawls back to my mat, her little face back in my shirt and I’d feel kind of silly but we’re all mammas here.

So here we are, my girl and me. She’s right where she has always been, in her impressively muscular, gloriously fat little body. I have to be so effortful to get back into mine. So I breathe. And soon enough we’re both back here to this day at 10am in a light-filled yoga studio. I sort-of-relax in an almost-Bridge pose while she nurses and I breathe and accept that for today, this is what stillness looks like. This moment I take what I can of peace and of breathing and sloppy gratitude. I keep breathing myself back into my body and open my eyes to this moment. I want to witness everything, remember everything, and feel it all.

What about you? Where will you find your place of (relative) stillness today?

 

 

Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is health coach and holistic living expert who offers real-world wellness coaching  for people who want to beat the blues and build self-esteem using nutrition and holistic lifestyle methods. She also offers skincare from the inside out consultation for anyone who is tired of the beauty hype and is ready to have vibrant health and glowing skin.  She works online and by phone. Kirsten lives happily, works gratefully, home-schools secularly, dances inexpertly, paints badly, cooks traditionally, and nurses on demand in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more about her here.