Vauxhall Gardens: The Best Kept Secret

Photo courtesy of epicurious.com As an over-tired mother of two in her mid-30’s (and former smoker), I am constantly on the hunt for quick and natural beauty tips that will help stop the clock and restore my skin to its former glory. One of the best-kept secrets for centuries, facial oils have grown in popularity…

Cleanses and Detoxes: A Personal Journey Part II

Photo courtesy of evergreen.ca A short recap – When I started the 21-day cleanse outlined in Dr. Junger’s book, Clean Gut, I was constantly congested with a runny nose and itchy eyes. I blew my nose frequently throughout the day, to the point that it had become second nature. This lasted from early spring to…

Cleanses and Detoxes: A Personal Story Part I

  Photo courtesy of theblondevegan.com It seems that all anyone is talking about these days are cleanses and detoxes. There are juice cleanses, seven-day detox diets, “The Master Cleanse” (as made famous by Beyonce), colon cleanses, and every possible variation therein. The main reasons for undergoing such enterprises are to become healthy, prevent disease, attain a…

Why Get a Doula? Part I: Learning the Hard Way

Photo courtesy of belly2bbaby.com Before having children, I had only vaguely heard of doulas through a few acquaintances and I didn’t have much interest in finding out more about them. Pregnant with my first child, I was working two jobs and couldn’t even fit prenatal classes into my schedule, much less educate myself about optimal birthing. I…