Simple City Life

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Get Ready for Earth Day With Envirokidz!

          Daily, my newly seven-year-old loves to run outside before school. His mission: to observe how the spring bulbs and lilies are growing and changing every day. It has been good for my soul to see him so excited, he rushes back into the house to grab me and show me what he sees. I get a full report on what is new growth, how much taller they are and his triumphant guesses what is going to happen tomorrow. It is a beautiful reminder of joy and beauty in the simple things. Watching our earth wake up after a cold, long winter. For these reasons, I love celebrating Earth Day! We should all be in such wonder and amazement over this cycle of new beginnings. I am excited to share with you some fun ideas to get your family ready for Earth Day!


          Make a family pledge this year to recycle more. Learn about your local recycling programs to be sure you are following the proper steps to ensure your items are able to be recycled. This year I am finally committing to getting that second recycling bin- one just isn't cutting it this anymore!

          Commit to reducing your waste. Take advantage of those bulk bins at the grocery stores. Did you know that you can bring in your own containers and kick the plastic bags to the curb? Just have a cashier weigh your reusable containers before you fill them up! 

          Don't be afraid to talk to your kids about the environment how to treat our earth. Believe me, respecting isn't just for the hippies of the world. Educate your family about the effects of harmful chemicals that are placed on our yards, dumped down the drain and put on our skin. As our kids grow older, I have been bold to teach them about these things in order to empower them to make better choices as they grow up. 

          Spend family time learning more together through books and movies. All ages can benefit from watching a family movie like Wall-E together. We have also enjoyed several nature movies like March of the Penguins, Disney's Bears and so many others you can find on this great list from Envirokidz.

          Plant a garden or shop your local Farmer's Markets. I love gardens, but unfortunately, our yard is full of plant killing black walnuts. We have replaced much of what we used to grow with product from our local markets. Not only are you fueling your family better you are also supporting a hard working family. 

         Support companies that are working hard to preserve our environment. Did you know that Envirokids donates 1% of sales towards endangered species, habitat conservation, and environmental education? It's important to speak with your dollars, communicate to the industry leaders that you believe in giving back to our earth and keeping your family healthy. 

Now through April 28th, you can enter your family to win an EnviroTrip to Belize with Envirokidz! All you have to do is enter your code from specially marked boxes.  Click the image below to learn more!


And remember Envirkidz is certified gluten free! Making it one of our favorite snacks and breakfasts! 

Happy Earth Day! 
Courtney

*i was sent products to try for our family, I was not paid for a positive review or for my post. All opinions are 100% my own. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Expo Time! #GFAFEXPO



We are very excited to be invited back to the Gluten Free and Allergen Free Expo for the 4th year! This year we are also on Spring Break- so I think we will do a little more sight seeing this trip. A visit to Sweet Ali's Bakery is a must this year, and maybe a day at the Shedd Aquarium? 

I know I rave about this Expo every year, but it is seriously heaven for anyone with food allergies/sensitivities. Owen looks forward to this each and every year. He can't wait to visit his favorite brands and try some new ones. Consistently his favorites are Enjoy Life Foods, Sweet Ali's, SunButter, Pamela's and Simple Mills. 

For me I love seeing the innovation and how brands are really going above and beyond to provide the best foods for everyone. Gluten free foods have come so far since Owen was first diagnosed. Foods have transformed from mediocre at best to better than "regular" products. Not only has the taste of foods exceeded our expectations, but the quality and health benefits have skyrocketed! 

At the Gluten Free and Allergen Free Expo- you are surrounded by others who understand and care. It is a safe environment, free from assumptions, judgments and rude comments. People and brands truly care and work hard to give you security in their products. 

If you haven't attended an event yet, you really should! Even if you just know someone who has allergies, it is a great place to gain knowledge and understanding. 

Are you already going? Look me up! I'll be there covering all the great products, and sharing them on Instagram. 

~Courtney

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Onwards and Upwards.

Twenty-sixteen.

You came in with a vengeance. Many are glad to see you leave, I am thankful for your lessons and anxious about your successor. Politically, personally and emotionally we went through a lot. Many amazing moments were had as well as many challenging moments, I look back on all of them with gratitude as we press on.

Twenty-sixteen, you again made me realize that this parenting gig is so vast and deep. The levels of emotions you give one person can feel insurmountable. The joys and trials sway like the ocean waves. Twenty-sixteen, you slowed me down and forced me to take a deeper look at each child and strive even harder to meet their needs. All so very different, all so beautiful and unique. I look forward to continuing on this journey and furthering my knowledge of these gifts I have been given.

Your political storm shook many to the core. I am deeply saddened watching my children navigate through so much darkness. Leaders behaving in ways we have instructed out children to abstain from. I pray daily that we move forward and not backwards, I do fear we already have. In the midst of these anxious moments, many men and women took a stand for justice, that brings hope and changes.



Twenty-sixteen, you showed me once again that life together with my partner is sweet. Five years have passed since we dug our roots in and together took the steps to fix things up once and for all. Without your predecessors, we never would have gotten through you. They groomed us for you. We were ready and together we came out stronger.

You were not the worst, however, you were far from the best.  I press on, moving forward in a constant motion to guide my children, to lean more on my partner and to fully understand my position in this crazy world.