5 Healthy Apps For A Better You

Stop using Instagram to look at people doing headstands at beach against the backdrop of a setting sun. How about instead we try using technology to our benefit instead of a tool for self-shaming. Check out some of my favorite healthy living apps.

1. MyFitnessPal

A fantastic way to keep track of what you eat during the day, plan your meals, and connect with other health focused people.

2. SeafoodWatch

By the Monterey Bay Aquarium and uses GPS to tell you exactly what seafood is best for your specific location based on season and sustainable factors. It also lets you know about the best options with lowest contamination—like mercury and PCBs.

3. Non-GMO Project Shopping Guide and 4. True Food

I know we can’t all buy Organic and local food all of the time—and even if we do, there are still some not so healthy friendly option even in the "Natural Foods" section of your local grocer. Both of these apps make it infinitely easier to make the best choice—even if it isn’t organic. Both will tell you exactly which brands and products are certified GMO free. True Food takes it to the next level and lets you get into action by sending your congressman letters, and gives you access to all of the most current research and knowledgeable to take with you everywhere you go.

5. Food Tripping

Helps you find healthy food stores, markets, cafes and more. This a "crowd-sharing" app which gives you real information from real people in real time. Food Tripping, the GPS-based app, is a collaboration of SHFT.com and Ford Motor Company in a partnership dedicated to helping conscious consumers find better options. Here's a rundown of it's offerings:

Discover healthy, sustainable food options near you or in the place you’re traveling to. 

• Search by location, name, popularity, and category. 

• Track the places you’ve been to and mark your favorite spots to come back later.

• View contact details for each location.

• Suggest new businesses offering healthy, local, sustainable fare.

•  Share the places you discover with your friends via Facebook, Twitter, and email.

• You can also connect with the developers at SHFT to learn more about living a conscious lifestyle.

I hope you like these apps—I know there are millions of options out there, but these are five I think have good information, are easy to use, and give you exactly what you need to fine tune your healthy living goals for 2016.

 

 


Stop Wasting Water: Easy Ways To Reduce

 In case you weren't aware, we use way too much water and it's a really big problem. Water is a precious resource. Don't wait for the crisis to hit you in your own hometown (like it has for Flint, Michigan and many parts of California). Learn how to practice good Water Citizenship. Here are 9 easy ways to make your impact less of a burden on our natural resource supplies. 

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Make It: Kid Friendly Playdough

Last week my 2 year old came home from nursery school with one small can of neon pink Playdoh. My three children went bananas for the next day and a half--they divided the Playdoh three ways and went to town, making tiny ice cream cones, little bowls, plates, cakes--all with about a tablespoon size of Playdoh each. I was so impressed with their creativity that I decided to let them have what was once banished. But I know what happens to Playdoh--it gets mushed together into one unnatural color, then left out to dry and then becomes unusable. So, I thought I would make some that had the added bonus of being non-toxic. Now I'm the new local hero.Vinegar and baking soda are really enough to get most of your cleaning needs accomplished.
Something my husband and I have always agreed upon was having a Playdoh-free home.

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That stuff is like slow-moving lava--once you let it in, it never stops. Last week my 2 year old came home from nursery school with one small can of neon pink Playdoh. My three children went bananas for the next day and a half--they divided the Playdoh three ways and went to town, making tiny ice cream cones, little bowls, plates, cakes--all with about a tablespoon size of Playdoh each. I was so impressed with their creativity that I decided to let them have what was once banished. But I know what happens to Playdoh--it gets mushed together into one unnatural color, then left out to dry and then becomes unusable. So, I thought I would make some that had the added bonus of being non-toxic. Now I'm the new local hero.

Easy Peasy Homemade Playdough

4 cups flour
4 cups warm water
2 cups salt
1 cup olive oil
1 cup cream of tartar
1 box of food coloring

diy_playdough_via_goodwithstyleDirections:

- In a large pot, mix all ingredients together over low heat

- Stir mixture for several minutes

- Continue stirring until it's no longer sticky--this might take 5-10 minutes, but it will get there.

- Remove from heat, allow to cool.

- In separate bowls, scoop individual portions of dough, pour tablespoon of food colouring. Knead the dough until fully blended.

- Store each color in an airtight container.

- Now, go watch your kids smoosh that stuff into whatever their little magical minds can think of, and know that, ultimately, all the mess will be totally worth it.

 


Dreamy Home Style You Can Make Your Own

Instead of dreaming about future-fabulous homes in some idyllic locale, let's just stay in reality for a spell, okay? I am showing you an incredible transformation of a modern high-rise apartment by Dallas design firm Cashon and Company.. It didn't take much, just a few key elements, to turn the sterile apartment into a wonderfully warm, refined, and personal space.

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The colors were kept to a muted palette, greys and gold accents were added and I think the final color story is supreme. The traditional pieces exemplify a nice way to use antiques and and thrift store finds--my favorite money-saving and innately ethical way to buy new-to-you furniture. Now, look at your space, would any of the details in these rooms work for you? I know one thing I'm trying for--the use of gold frames. I pick them up whenever I'm at a thrift store and put everything from my kid's art to keepsakes. It really doesn't even matter if the glass is still there--it still looks lovely on the wall. Also notice the white painted funiture--definitely a great way to cover the scratches from well-worn pieces. In-keeping with the gold theme, that star table just pulls everything together, don't you agree?
 
All photographs: Great Traditional Style
Meredith Books 2006
via http://cashonandcompany.blogspot.com
 

Stokke Tripp Trapp Chairs

Chairs for kids. Chairs for kids who live in small homes. Chairs for kids the grown-ups can sit in without breaking. All of these things make the Stokke quite possibly the perfect modern kid-friendly chair. 

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Sturdy, convertible and nice looking. Yep, pretty much perfect.




Lighting The Way With Energy Efficient Bulbs

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Just when I thought we all understood that incandescent bulbs aren't okay, along came the Industrial Lighting trend. You know that joke "How many ___ does it take to screw in a light bulb?" I feel like, if you think using incandescent bulbs makes any sense at all, you should be the subject of this joke. Obviously the traditional filament bulb is way cooler looking with the industrial style, but when  25% of your home energy bill comes from your electricity use, you have to rethink your style choices. The average LED light bulb lasts 40,000 hrs, compared to the average incandescent bulb which lasts just 3,000 hours. I've been looking for a lot of lighting fixtures for our new home, and I stocked up on all the LED and CFL bulbs we'll need for the present and future. I have to remind myself that its these small choices that make the most significant impact on our lives.

If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. Thomas Edison

Get The Look Without The Waste

LDAHV4L27CG Even if you have strong stylistic convictions when it comes to your light bulb choices, I have a really good alternative that you should consider. The Nostalgic Clear from Panasonic (LDAHV4L27CG) is a decent recreation of the look you get from filament bulbs. And--the Panasonic LED Nostalgic Clear Type has an ultra long life of 40,000 hours (or 40 years).
 

Where Old Bulbs Go To Die Incandescents and LEDs: There are very few official places that will accept Incandescent or LED bulbs for recycling. Check your local town website to find out what you should do CFLs: In many states, it is actually illegal to throw CFLs out with your regular trash, so make sure they are recycled properly. Home Depot and IKEA have take-back programs for CFLs,cities and counties often have recycling centers where you can take used CFL bulbs. Call your town or check Earth911.com to find a recycling program near you. If you're feeling extra-ambitious, you can also order a CFL recycling kit from www.lightbulbrecycling.com. CFLs should be handled with care--if a bulb breaks avoid exposure to the trace amounts of mercury inside. The EPA recommends clearing children and pets out of the room, and airing out the room for at least 15 minutes. Pick up the glass using a towel or sticky tape. Wipe the area with a damp towel, and seal the towel or tape in a glass jar or plastic bag before disposal. Or you can just use an LED and not worry about it dying for forty years.


All About The WestEdge Design Fair

Sustainable Furniture WestEdge Disign Fair As a New York based design writer, I've clocked plenty of miles walking the floors of the Architectural Digest Home Show, ICFF, not to mention at the New York Design Center. This month, I have the great fortune of joining the #BlogTourLA, which is the brainchild of Veronika Miller, CEO of Modenus. The highlight of the trip is the WestEdge Design Fair. The fair will run from October 3, 4, 5, 6 in The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA. WestEdge Design Fair is produced by design show veterans Megan Reilly and Troy Hanson, former producers for the aforementioned Architectural Digest Home Show as well as Chicago's NeoCon. The show will also support Heal The Bay. What I've read about the show is super-cool. According to them, they've "specifically targeted exhibitors that are creating unique, meticulously handcrafted, modern designs in limited production and smaller editions. Collections from a majority of our exhibitors are modern, clean, organic, and for the most part, made via a sustainable manufacturing processes." WestEdge, you had me at Sustainable Manufacturing Processes. Seriously, I've spent years trying to discover the back end of how design brands make their stuff. It's not always easy. More times than not, I'm rebuffed by brands who are reluctant to share their manufacturing backstory. Listen, I get it. Companies have to be proprietary about their brand assets since we live in such a knock-off culture. But I can't write about something if I don't know about the origins, which is precisely why I'm so excited about WestEdge. It means I'll have a treasure trove of designs I can write about for you guys. A few notable West Coast exhibitors I can't wait to meet are: J.Rusten Furniture Studio (San Fancisco)  (As seen in photo) Zia Priven (LA) SemiHandmade (LA) Phase Design (LA) Egg Collective (LA) And so many more! I'm also pleased to meet the #BlogTourLA people. I am compiling a list on Twitter so you can be sure to follow them too...@goodwithstyle Until later, see you at the beach. xoea


Earthly Designs Delight at the New York Design Center

NEW YORK DESIGN CENTER ON GOOD WITH STYLENEW YORK DESIGN CENTER asked me to create an inspirational board for their annual "What's New, What's Next" event. I've worked with NYDC for the past several years as a Blogger Ambassador, and I am thrilled to be able to share some of the amazing new products now available to the trade. My board is entitled "Earthly Designs" and features just a few of my favorite pieces from: Ted Boerner, Stephanie Odegard, Alpha Workshops, Tucker Robbins, Nierman Weeks, Goodweave, Pendleton, Restoration Timber,1stDibs.com, and Dering Hall--all can be found at the New York Design Center. Please visit my Pinterest board for even more of my good with style picks.


Dear Vitamix, I Love You

 

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I finally did it. I bought a #Vitamix. Yup. And guess what? It was love at first bite. This wasn't something I did on a whim. I didn't just start juicing because everybody's doing it. Just so you know. I wasn't sure about buying such an expensive blender. It seemed a little excessive. I didn't get how different it is from the standard blender until I threw my first cucumber into that bad boy. It is truly amazing. And you only know until you have one. I also prefer the fiber approach to the whole juicing thing. Some people like the fiber out. That's what "cold pressed" means, it removes the fiber and leaves the pure juice. But for me fiber is good. Enough said.

 

coconut milk with kale goodwithstyle.comThe other zeitgeist I've recently signed up for is kale. I love kale! Who knew. It's bitter and fresh, a great complement to apples, cucumbers, and blueberries. I add a splash of lemon juice to taste and that, my friends, is my favorite kale concoction. Here's the recipe: 1 cucumber quartered (with skin) 3 kale leaves (remove stems as they can add bitterness) 1 apple quartered (use a sweet version like gala or red delicious) 1 cup blueberries 1 cup water 1 cup coconut milk Lemon juice to taste Enjoy! XOEA Sent From my iPhone


How to Plant a Garden in the Sky: The High Line New York City

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Coming upon a colorful garden tucked between concrete realities is a delightful happening for this city dweller, especially with the humid overcast atmosphere of the past few days. These proud bursts of pinks, reds, purples, yellows and shades--existing only in nature--make me so happy. The effort of planting, pruning, and protecting the garden yields priceless treasures that are easy to overlook, but not for me.

Photo taken in the High Line NYC.