It can be challenging to take care of your family and promote healthy habits! Shopping for groceries can take up half the day with 3 little ones in tow and folding 3 loads of laundry feels like an accomplishment. With spring weather just around the corner, I’m sure we are all ready to enjoy some sunny outdoor fun and leave behind the winter sniffles. Here are some healthy habits you can practice every day with your own family.
Drink Plenty of Fluids
Blackberry lemon water is easy to make and deliciously hydrating! Simply infuse fresh fruit into a glass of ice water to make yourself a refreshing beverage. I sometimes muddle berries to mix into my water along with a few slices of lemon. If you prefer the pulp-free route, mash up fresh fruit with lots of juice (peaches, berries, melon, etc.) and strain the fresh fruit juice into your ice water. Yum!
Blackberry Lemon Ice Water
- Handful of berries (muddled or strained juice)
- Lemon slices
Combine and enjoy as a sugar-free refreshing beverage!
Give the Gift of Citrus
Citrus fruits are an easy gift idea to celebrate a special occasion and they promote good health too! I had the chance to sample some of the delicious Naval and blood oranges from Limoneira Citrus. The juicy sweetness was a refreshing treat, especially having just finished weeks of winter weather. It can be hard to find a good orange in early spring but Limoneira’s sun sweetened oranges are a great go-to for fresh citrus.
Although primarily known for lemons, Limoneira Citrus has always been a high quality orange grower. Limoneira focuses on high quality late season Navels and Valencia oranges primarily for export to Pacific Rim countries. Limoneira believes in the credibility and viability of the California orange industry and its position as a world producer. Nothing compares with fresh premium oranges that have been bathed in warm California sunshine. Even the kiddos who can be a bit picky about snack time enjoy snacking on fresh orange slices!
Citrus Sugar Scrub
Sugar scrubs are a staple of any good skincare routine to leave your skin feeling soft and refreshed. Easily make your own homemade sugar scrub you can use all year to keep your skin soft and glowing.
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1/2 an orange, juiced
- 3/4 cup coarse sugar
Add everything together and stir. Use as exfoliating scrub on clean hands or on your body and rinse well.
Pamper Yourself with Farmhouse Fresh
Choose one night of the week to catch up on your self-pampering tasks. Even shaving your legs and painting your toenails can feel refreshing after a busy week. I love Farmhouse Fresh body products. Their most recent product release, Rainbow Road Body Wash & Bubble Bath is creamy and moisturizing with hints of coconut and Bartlett pear. It’s formulated with soothing extracts developed for sensitive skin including green tea, chamomile, and Arnica Montana flower. The beautiful flip top bottle makes a lovely gift, so buy two; one to give and one to use yourself!
Farmhouse Fresh is known for their naturally formulated products and luxurious fragrances. Many of these products use botanical oils and soothing ingredients such as Shea butter to effectively moisturize dry skin. I love the Farmhouse Fresh Whoopie Cream products which have been more effective at soothing my winter eczema than many other products that I’ve tried. I also love the natural ingredients that don’t clog my pores and the Whoopie Cream fragrance is divine!
At FarmHouse Fresh, you’ll find skincare products grown and crafted with delicious epicurean flair, using up to 99.6% natural and naturally derived ingredients, and chock full of fruits, vegetables, milks, and more from U.S. farms. From charming glass bottles to pots of skin perfecting goodness, each product is lovingly crafted and packaged by hand in the USA.
A mom’s busy day can include meal planning & prepping, carpooling, laundry, play dates, shopping, the occasional hobby, and exercising. Regularly exercising can be elusive or ignored, but when exercising is prioritized I feel so energized and I’m able complete all those other tasks with a bit more enthusiasm and energy.
I began participating in a Pilates class, a couple times a week at our local community center. When we can’t make it out the door I do yoga or Pilates via YouTube in my living room. My old yoga mat from any young mom’s favorite local retailer was falling apart and crumbling every time I used it. A new one was necessary which led me to discover the Wilderness Printed Yoga Mat by Aurorae!
This Printed Yoga Mat by Aurorae is a great mat! It is 5mm thick, spreading 72 inches long by 24 inches wide. Coming in more than 12 different colors & patterns, there is sure to be an aesthetic you like. It has just the right amount of cushion & grip to help you feel secure & strong as you complete your warrior poses. This mat is even made from Eco-friendly, biodegradable, hypoallergenic Polymer Environmental Resin so you can “go green” while you exercise!
When carrying my yoga mat, I use the Sling Yoga Backpack, a cross body style backpack with 5 zippered pockets and a water bottle net pocket. My yoga mat secures to the side of the bag with two smaller, adjustable straps with buckles. It is easy to put on before you head into the studio. Aurorae Yoga offers a variety of practical products to make your workout routine a little easier!
It’s easy to practice a healthy lifestyle with a few simple routines throughout your week. We also love spending time outside as a family.
What are your favorite things to do with your family?
Katie enjoys all things creative; DIY projects, photography, decorating and family adventures. She feels blessed to be a stay-at-home mom with 3 kids and many artistic outlets.