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cucumbers. More than food.

cucumbers. More than food.

Not only are Cucumbers packed with H2O (96% water), they are an excellent source of silica, a trace mineral that helps make skin stronger. Silica is often in makeup or face cream, to help skin absorb moisture for that wanted matte finish. It’s also a natural anti-inflammatory that can soothe skin. You know the old trick of placing chilled cucumber slices on your eyes to take down puffiness? It works.

dry brushing,  with up strokes  (towards the heart)

dry brushing, with up strokes (towards the heart)

Dry brushing is one of those “feel good” experiences that not only invigorates the skin, but also stimulates the lymphatic system - you know, like the removal of excess fluids from body tissues! Best to dry brush in the morning while your shower is warming up.

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Simplify breakfast

Simplify breakfast

We parents are busy; so let’s try to simplify! How about a quick morning meal, of simple and delicious oats! So before you shut off the lights in the kitchen, get out a mason jar, fill the bottom with a half cup uncooked Quaker Oats, add a half cup of milk (you can use Almond Milk too) or plain yogurt, drizzle with honey, and top with fruit or chopped nuts. Cover and let cold steep overnight in the fridge. In the morning, just stir and eat! The 100% whole grain oats are great for breakfast because they provide 4g of fiber per serving—and fiber helps keep things moving along in your digestive tract.

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An Herb to Focus On

An Herb to Focus On

Hey, did you know that you can increase your focus and short term memory, in two minutes, by simply inhaling the scent of fresh or dried basil? Yep, according to study author, Babar Ali, Ph.D, the oils in this herb prompt our brain to release focus-enhancing neurotransmitters like acetylcholine. After inhaling, throw some basil in your salad – I’m sure you’ll remember!

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Take Care of Yourself

Take Care of Yourself

Oh mama, you’re so good at taking care of everyone else, make sure you’re good at taking care of you too. Self-care is essential to being a good mom. Self-care not only prevents resentment, it models personal wellness for your children. And, it actually allows you to share more of you with your family. Write in a journal, get some fresh air, visit with friends, exercise, take a class, or just take a nap. Do something that will relax and rejuvenate you regularly. Then you can be the mom your kids need you to be.

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