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New Year Self-care Jump Start, Day 6

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Good morning, beauty! An easy one today to brighten up a little corner you look at often:

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Buy yourself a little bunch of flowers. Or get a huge bouquet if that suits you. You could also choose a little sprig of something fresh that smells amazing. (Rosemary will give you a mental boost. Lavender will calm you and uplift your mood.) If you garden you could pick something of your own, or you could buy a lovely green plant. Anything fresh and green and good-smelling will do. Buying it yourself sends your heart the message that you’re worthy of daily beauty, which of course you are.

Warmly,

Kirsten

Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is health coach and holistic living expert who loves offering real-world holistic coaching for mamas who want to consciously cultivate big lives that get them totally fired up.  Kirsten lives happily, works gratefully, dances inexpertly, paints badly, cooks traditionally, and rocks a tiny homeschool in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She believes that connection can change your life.   Read more about her here.

New Year Self-care Jump Start, Day 3

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Good morning, beauty! Today’s little mission for self-care is to make a small corner of your life organized and calming to look at. No need to spend the whole day cleaning house, but tidy up a small corner you use a lot. Clean with loving intention, perhaps meditating on your good fortune at having warmth, shelter, and a place to call home.

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A good, small spot to focus on might be your desk, your bathroom counter, your vanity, or a kitchen cabinet. (That’s my kitchen cabinet above, and you can probably tell from looking at it that, 1. I don’t have a lot of pantry space, and 2. I’m kind of a birth junkie. Yes, that’s a printout of an Alex Grey piece taped to the inside of my cupboard. Makes me happy every time I look at it.)

A tidy space is calming to the psyche, and there is even a school of thought that says living in clutter contributes to overweight. I believe that a calm environment brings a sense of peace and a feeling of competence. How about you? Do you thrive on a bit of chaos or do you need order in your personal space? Let us know in the comments!
Warmly,
Kirsten

Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is health coach and holistic living expert who loves offering real-world holistic coaching for mamas who want to consciously cultivate big lives that get them totally fired up.  Kirsten lives happily, works gratefully, dances inexpertly, paints badly, cooks traditionally, and rocks a tiny homeschool in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She believes that connection can change your life.   Read more about her here.

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.

 

 

 

Prevent Flu with Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry syrup is delicious. It’s a proven anti-viral that kids will line up to take, but it’s also expensive and usually full of sugar or high fructose corn syrup.  At $8-10 for a whole pint, depending on how you source your ingredients, this recipe costs a lot less than the store-bought kind.  And it’s sugar-free and packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and the anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial power of raw honey. It also takes less than an hour to make. It keeps refrigerated for a few weeks and the vanilla I add makes mine smell like some kind of fruity Christmas pudding. It’s so delicious. I know I sound like my Italian grandma, but, Try it! You’ll love it.

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What you need: a small lidded sauce pan; a strainer; a funnel; a small glass jar;  1 cup raw honey; 1/2 cup dried elderberries ; one tablespoon grated fresh ginger; a few shakes of organic cinnamon or a cinnamon stick. Optional: an organic vanilla bean.

How you make it:

1. Put 1/2 cup elderberries in two cups of water and bring to a boil.

2. Add minced or grated ginger, cinnamon, and optional vanilla bean. Cover and reduce heat to simmer.

3. When liquid is reduced by half- this should take around 30 minutes – remove from heat and strain liquid into a bowl.

4. When it cools slightly, add 1 cup raw honey and stir until blended.

5. Pour or ladle your mixture into your jar using a funnel.

For prevention, adults get 1-2 teaspoons a day, kids get 1/2 -1 teaspoon a day. Take an occasional break for a day or two, and increase the dosage to a few times a day if you are sick or feel a sickness coming on.

Stay healthy!

Kirsten

Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is health coach and holistic living expert who loves offering real-world holistic coaching for mamas who want to consciously cultivate big lives that get them totally fired up.  Kirsten lives happily, works gratefully, dances inexpertly, paints badly, cooks traditionally, and rocks a tiny homeschool in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She believes that connection can change your life.   Read more about her here.