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Dyeing with Turmeric, or The Day I Got Sick of My Daughter’s Pink Clothes

People, I am so sick and tired of EVERYTHING made for girls being pink. Pink is great. It’s a pretty color. It happens to be my 6 year old son’s favorite color. But, having a one year old daughter,  I am frankly tired of looking at it.

This weekend I was mixing up some Golden Drops and decided to take matters into my own stained yellow hands.  I searched Google for instructions on how to do it right. This one looked good, so away we went!

I started with a pile of clothes that looked like this:

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The instructions I followed suggested I wet my clothes thoroughly and then use white vinegar as my fixing agent. I didn’t have any. I used Apple Cider Vinegar and powdered Turmeric, approximately 3 tablespoons of each.

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I filled a large pot with water, added my ingredients and my wet clothes. I simmered for a couple of hours, stirring occasionally, and then let the whole pot rest while I went out for the day.  It did not smell nice. It did not look delicious.

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But at the end of the day I had some very cute, orangey-yellow clothes for my baby. To finish the process, I washed twice, warm. I threw in a white diaper with each load to determine if the turmeric dye would come off on the rest of the load. IT WILL. The dye continues to shed on other light clothes, so only wash these little golden babies with dark colors or with other turmeric-dyed things.

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I was so excited by these results that I thought I’d experiment with other natural dyes: purple cabbage for grey, blueberries for blue. I thought, OOH! Beets would be beautiful. They turn everything they touch a lovely shade of… Oh yeah: PINK.

How about you? Have you tried working with natural dyes? Comment below!

Warm wishes,

Kirsten

Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is health coach and holistic living expert who loves offering real-world wellness coaching for people who want to beat the blues and build self-esteem using nutrition and holistic lifestyle methods. Her popular online seasonalCraving-control Real Food Detox is for anyone who wants their body to feel and look its best. She also offers holistic skincare and coaching  for anyone who is tired of the beauty hype and is ready to have vibrant health and glowing skin from the inside out.  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.

 

 

 

It Takes a Village: Online Moms Groups Forming

 

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New Moms’ Online Support Groups are now forming for January 2015.

Motherhood is a job that comes without training, and it often comes without the support that new and even seasoned moms need to really flourish. The demands and fluctuating roles of women and mothers can be so hard to balance. You nurture your partner, your kids, your career, your community. Chances are you are focusing on everyone else first. And then there are all the worries and doubts. Do you worry that you are you a “bad mom” for taking time for yourself? Or feel you are losing yourself in family? Are you having a hard time balancing work and kids? Or a stay at home mom who is all stressed up with nowhere to go?

I can help you learn tools and mindset skills for prioritizing your own wellness, getting closer and more fun relationships with your partner and kids, and getting a handle on your daily routines.

 

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Who: New moms and veteran moms. First-time moms and any mom with kids under 18. We’re all in this together.

When and how: This online mentoring and support group meets on once a week at the time that works best for you.  Thursdays 6:30-8pm or Thursdays 8:30-10pm or Saturdays 8am-10:30am.

Our group will meet for 8 weeks beginning January 22nd. You will need phone, a Gmail account and time set aside to call in each week. That’s it!

What’s included: Every week we will start with a check-in and group share. Then we’ll dive into the week’s topic. These may include:

  • Myths of motherhood
  • Common parenting pitfalls that no one tells you about- and how to avoid them
  • Positive parenting skills
  • Simple mama mindfulness
  • Navigating parenting decisions when your beliefs are different from those of the people around you.
  • Carving out “you” time, and…
  • …nourishing creativity, body, and spirit when you get it.
  • Healthy foods your family will actually eat- without being a slave to your kitchen.
  • Support for your changing hormones, changing status, changing feelings, changing body.

 

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Group cost and details:  $25 a week, paid by the month with a two month commitment.  Group starts on January  22nd 2015 and will run for 8 weeks. There is space for up to 8 participants in each group.

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About your coach: Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is a Certified Health Coach, Certified Holistic Life Coach, and Licensed Holistic Skincare Therapist living and working in Alameda, California. She’s a wife of 10 years, and mom to a homeschooled 1st grader and a home-birthed baby.  She brings additional knowledge from her training as a labor- and postpartum doula, and her in-progress training as a childbirth prep educator. Kirsten’s clients appreciate her warm and non-judgmental approach to helping new moms in particular navigate the sometimes-choppy waters of parenting.

Space is limited to 8. Contact Kirsten to reserve your spot. Let’s build a village together!

 

 

Healthy Snacks to Eat While You Watch the World Series

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So the San Francisco Giants are back in the World Series and everybody is freaking out. I’m an A’s fan, but I’ll root for any Bay Area team in the World Series. I’m also at the beginning of a seasonal detox so my snacks have to be built on real food.  And so I’ve been busy trying to come up with some tasty things that my detox clients can snack on while they watch Bumgarner & co. smoke the Royals. Following are my top five snacks to take to a World Series party. All of them are gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, and delicious.  Share them and eat them without blowing your detox plan or feeling sick and sorry in the morning.

1. Baked Zucchini Chips:  Preheat oven to 250. Slice a zucchini into thin {1/4 inch} coins. Toss with coconut oil and salt and pepper. Bake until crispy- somewhere around 45 minutes. Enjoy.

2. White Bean Dip: Great for zucchini chips, carrot sticks, flax crackers, sliced red peppers, celery, etc. Drain and rinse a regular can of white beans. Put it in the food processor and slowly add olive oil until you have a creamy base, around 1/8 of a cup.  Add 1-2 cloves of garlic, a pinch of cumin, and salt and pepper to taste.

3. Baked Garbanzo Beans: Preheat your oven to 400. Drain and rinse a can of garbanzo beans. Dry them well and toss with melted coconut oil (a couple of tablespoons) and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and cayenne (or whatever spices you like) to taste. Bake for 30-45 minutes, until golden brown and crunchy. Yummmmmm.

4. Salmon in Endive: Cut the bottom off a head of endive. Wash and dry well. Add a smudge of good quality mustard to each leaf. In a small bowl, take a can of wild salmon, drained and rinsed, and add 1/8-1/4 cup of full-fat coconut milk or enough olive oil to get a consistency you like. Add + salt and pepper to taste. Put a spoonful in each endive leaf and top with a bit of fresh dill and a few capers.

5. Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Dates: I saved this one for last since it’s basically heaven wrapped around goodness and sprinkled with love.  Take the pits out of a half pound of Medjool dates. (Dried apricots work well here too.) Put an almond and a small bit of Irish cheddar (or any other cheese you like) into each pitted date. Take a 1 lb package of organic, nitrite- and nitrate-free bacon and cut the slices across so that each slice is half length. Wrap each of  your stuffed dates with a piece of bacon and secure with a  toothpick. Put these little bits of goodness into a glass baking dish lined with foil and cook for 50 minutes to an hour, until your bacon is done.

That’s all for now. I have a birthday party to bake for this week so tune in Thursday for a cake recipe so healthy I was happy to feed it to my baby.

Until then, GO GIANTS!!!!

xo Kirsten

 

Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is health coach and holistic living expert who loves offering real-world wellness coaching for people who want to beat the blues and build self-esteem using nutrition and holistic lifestyle methods. Her popular online seasonal Craving-control Real Food Detox is for anyone who wants their body to feel and look its best. 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.  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.

 

 

 

 

A Hot Pot of Miso Soup

My family is sick: the husband with a sore throat, the baby with the start of a sniffle, and the kid with a glorious case of Overdoing-Just-Need-to-Stay-Home. I feel like a jersey cow for an insatiable nursling and a nursemaid with hot tea and sympathy for everyone else.

I had expected a fun holiday weekend! There were barbecues to attend and beaches to sloth on. The kiddos’ need for comfort and my husband’s need for space begin to push my buttons and soon the inner martyr in me starts up inside my head: SHE never gets to rest when I’m sick. SHE never sleeps in. SHE never gets comfort when her throat hurts.

I take a deep breath and choose, today, to not complain at my annoying family. Tweet this

…this annoying family that I love with every part of my being but who know better than anyone exactly where I keep my goat. 1-Mississippi-2 Mississipi-3, and I remember the hot Cold Care tea my husband made me two nights ago when I was feeling run-down. 4-Mississippi-5-Mississippi-6 I remember the extra sleep I got while he took the baby for endless bounces around the living room and I rested with a lavender sachet on my eyes and a Yoga Nidra meditation coming in through my earphones.

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Tweet: It turns out my inner martyr is being a bit of a bitch.

I take a few more breaths and pad into the kitchen to make my peace offering. My inner martyr keeps quiet while we eat miso soup together. It’s salty and warm and it’s good for what ails us.

I want to take beautiful pictures for you but this is what my life- and my soup- actually looks like.

(I want to take beautiful pictures for you but this is what my life- and my soup- actually looks like.)

 

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A Midnight Craving

thanks to Flickr user weelakeo for this image

thanks to Flickr user weelakeo for this image

The ice cream is in the freezer.

I hear its sweet song, creamy and cold, calling from the kitchen below. It’s after 11pm and I know that I need to be asleep an hour ago if I want to function at all tomorrow and still wake up for my 5:30am spin class.

I’m trapped between a softly snoring baby and my six-year-old, who fell asleep somewhere around chapter 8, where Harry and Ron Weasly visit Hagrid for tea and rock cakes.

My husband is two spots over, next to the six-year-old. He smiles at me over the Sunday crossword we’ve been inching through together. He’s very tall and he’s maddeningly thin despite his very sporadic exercise habits.

I know very well that thinner does not equal healthier by default. tweet this

But it’s hard not to be jealous when I compare my slightly doughy mamma curves to the sharp way his Don Draper suits hang off his angular frame just by virtue of genetic good fortune.

Eventually he gets his tall, thin self out of bed for a glass of water.  The baby is a night-nurser and while I’m typically hungry all day, I’m ravenous after 9pm. So as he leaves I whisper I’d be ever so if he’d bring me a little snick-snack.  Nice fellow, he obliges, returning a few minutes later with the good, raw milk steaming in its blue cup. With it, a handful of almonds.

If I stayed awake there is no doubt I’d be hitting that ice cream. But I’m trapped and it’s late so I eat the almonds and I drink the milk and I listen to my kids breathing softly. Right now I’m glad of my body’s roundedness. It makes a soft landing for her little head and his gangly Kindergarten leg, its knobby knee jutting into the curve of my mamma hip.

They breathe and I breathe and it’s enough. Right now, it’s enough. I go to sleep.

 

 

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.