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Alaena Haber, MS OTR/L  Real Food Mama to Grace |Author of The Healing Kitchen | Non-Toxic Beauty & Outdoor Living

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These 3-ingredient Vanilla & Pepita Energy Balls are just what I needed today! So flavorful that even with my stuffed up nose, the aromatic @wildfoodsco Wild Vanilla Powder comes through! I like using Vanilla Powder in place of vanilla extract to ensure my food is gluten free (the gluten free extracts are usually derived from soy too).
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1 cup raisins (other dried fruit like apricots, prunes or dates work too)
2/3 cup roasted and salted pepitas
1/2 tsp Wild Foods Co. Vanilla Bean Powder
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Process together in food processor until sticky ball forms. Roll into 1-inch energy balls with hands. I like them best cold!
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I'll be crafting up some fun recipes with their high quality products -->>> if you're a real foodie you HAVE to check out their online store! Such functional & interesting herbs, oils, teas, salts, baking products and more!

I switched over to stainless steel cookware for the safety. I stayed for the high-performing results. I'm obsessed with my stainless steel cookware set & I've gotten some questions about why I use it & how to clean it!
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Check out my new blog post for my top tips for cleaning stainless steel & why you'll fall in love with cooking once you switch!
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http://grazedandenthused.com/stainless-steel-nontoxic/

Grace's 1st Birthday Cake turned out pretty cute! The "piping" on top is just mashed sweet potato and coconut oil. You can find the decorations at Target & the recipe for my AIP Baby Smash Cake on the blog through the link in my profile!
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I'm feeling quite a bit better this morning thanks to a couple Epsom salt baths, tons of coconut water and chicken broth, ginger tea and I also took a half dose of Tylenol last night. Before bed I ran through my EFT tapping sequence that I use when I'm not feeling well & had great results with that. With EFT, you know it's working when you burp during it.... sounds weird but it's energy shifting, calming your immune system, and has to come out some way. EFT works but just like anything else, you have to believe it will. I have a post on my blog about EFT (use the search bar to find it) & recommend it for people with autoimmune disease.
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http://grazedandenthused.com/paleo-baby-birthday-cake-paleo-aip-nut-free-sugar-free-egg-free/

Happy 1st Birthday, Baby! Tomorrow we will celebrate. Today you get to be the first one to sample the best pulled pork on earth. I love you more than life, Grace Julia!
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Thank you for your suggestions on something special I could do for Grace today. I ended up writing her a long letter all about our first year together & how incredible I think she is.... it is tear-stained and she tried to rip it up 😂
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Today didn't go as planned.... I woke up quite sick from an accidental nightshade exposure yesterday. Fever, sore throat, achy body and chills. Hopeful tomorrow will be better for her party! Not the best timing but thankful I have lots of family around to help!

Making pulled pork on our @traegergrills for Grace's birthday party tomorrow. I brined 14 lbs of pork in 16 cups of apple juice and 1/2 cup each organic sugar and sea salt for 24 hours. Then I rubbed an AIP dry rub on them & now they smoke for 12!

The look on her face when she finally found Gramma's voice on the balcony above! Too sweet!

DELISH dinner! I made my Golden Chicken & Kale from the blog (used chicken breast instead of thighs because I had amnesia at the store). Big salad with dill & mint & cauliflower rice seasoned with @primalpalate Garam Masala. Everything was so flavorful - great meal to break you out of a food rut if you're in one!

So far for Mother's Day, Grace has
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✔️ given me two new teeth (and was up for 3 straight hours between 1am-4am showing them off)
✔️ pooped on me (my fault)
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So far for Mothers Day my husband has
✔️ Stayed up between the hours of 1am-4am so I could sleep
✔️Started laundry
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Wouldn't have it any other way! Hope this little one feels better after her nap but she had fun in the pool despite this photo!

1 whole year has almost passed since I first met this little one on May 20, 2016 - my first thoughts were "She looks so scared of this new world" - I can relate because I'm scared of this world too, and being a mom has compounded this anxiety. What's helped is talking about my anxieties out loud, getting out of my comfort zone, not watching the news as much as I want to stay informed it's not healthy for me, and doing my best to raise her to be stronger than I am.
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I got so pissed off this morning when I was trying to find a yoga YouTube video to stretch out my tight hip flexors. I happen to read the comments (YouTube newbie - apparently that's a terrible idea) and they were sexualizing the yoga instructor in incredibly perverse, stomach-turning ways. Just out of curiosity, I found a male instructors video on hip flexors and the comments were positive in nature, thanking him for his service.
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While these situations empower me to raise a daughter impervious to the objectification of women, it cuts me deep to know I'm the one that brought her here.
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No need to remind me to stay positive - I choose to do that everyday but it angers me nonetheless. You can remain positive, put good out in the world and also be angry at the same time. Life isn't one-dimensional. I don't know what my mom said to me as a young girl to raise me into a woman who doesn't back down from her rights, but I'll have to ask her and get some tips. I can't even count the # of times men (boys) have called me a "bitch" for not feeding into ego with submissiveness. I'll proudly take that label.
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Change starts at home. My husband is a better human since he started dating me, and heard from a woman who wasn't seeking his approval through physical measures. I've made a positive influence on his views of women because he was a product of Generation Media (even though objectification has been going on for far longer than medias invention). Imagine if every woman started speaking up every time she experienced disrespect? Don't give a nervous laugh, or brush it off and walk away. That won't change a thing for our children.
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I love you, Grace girl.

NEW recipe up for Breakfast Fries with Bacon-Chive Crumble. Baked sweet potato fries are layered with sautéed veggies and the most flavorful topping - you can use it on anything including salads and protein (I suggest white fish, chicken and pork)! The crumble also has lemon and garlic in it so it's the perfect finish to brighten up any dish.
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Very sleepy this morning. When I went to copy and paste the URL I typed BreakfastFries.com. Maybe a sign I should buy that domain.
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Get the recipe via link in profile: http://grazedandenthused.com/breakfast-fries-bacon-chive-crumble/

This little poodle is one of the reasons I joined Beautycounter! First, it feels relieving and empowering to know I'm doing my best to use safer products on my skin and hers (and this will benefit any future children of mine if I'm so blessed to have more). Second, I'm able to build a successful business as a stay at home mom using my best skills, my love for connecting with other women, and I get to help people make a big change in their health! It's a triple win!
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Third, I'm also able to pass on this opportunity to other women who come from all walks of life, and that's really freakin' cool!
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If you share some of these same passions and have been thinking about joining Beautycounter as a client, member or a consultant (I'm a consultant), I wrote a blog post with a ton of information for you.
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Check out the post via the link in my profile or my homepage!
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Side note: I waited 6 months before joining even though my gut was telling me to do it. I wish I had listened to it but I kept making excuses and was afraid to do something I'd never done before. Well, it's been a huge confidence builder to know that I am capable of running a small business & has given me the boost to try other things I'm scared of. Growth and change go hand in hand.
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http://grazedandenthused.com/why-i-joined-the-beautycounter-movement/

My appetite has been non-existent lately but I'm making sure to still get energy in via snacks and little meals! One of my favorite snacks these days is a piece of @missionheirloom Yucan Crunch smeared with coconut oil (ghee, if you please) and flaked sea salt. The 4-pack lasts me at least 6 weeks even if I have a piece every day.
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It reminds me a snack my dad used to "make" us when my mom was at work: saltines with butter 😂Oh daddies.
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Amazon Link in profile: http://amzn.to/2q90F53

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