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The Kids’ Gift Guide

Mini Bloom: If you love your Goldfaden MD products, I guarantee that you’ll enjoy Mini Bloom for the kiddos in your life as well… and I’m not just saying that as a founder of both brands! Rooted in nature, formulated to nurture (even for the most sensitive skin), Mini Bloom’s bath, body, and baby care products are wonderful staples in any and every holistic-minded household. After all, we all want the safest and most efficacious products for our little ones!

Yumi: Truth be told, conventional baby food products can be a bit too suspect for my liking, which is why I highly recommended the Clean Label Project certified eats by Yumi. Nutrient-dense whole foods minus the junk? The kiddos in your life will truly eat it up—and their parents will be ever so grateful.

Maison Rue: I didn’t know that kitchenware for kids could be calming—that is, until I discovered the Nordic designs from Maison Rue. Aesthetically pleasing and made from non-toxic materials, the plates, cups, and toys from this brand make for a happy, healthy and functional home.

SunnyLife: If your kids are going to be playing around, they might as well do it in style, which is where the colorful and wonderfully whimsical lucite and timber game sets and puzzles from SunnyLife come in.

Super Smalls: My kids love the fun and playful accessories by Super Smalls, which encourage imagination and creativity.

BURSTkids Sonic Toothbrush: The bright colors and easy-grip handle of this electric toothbrush will make twice-daily brushing a breeze for kiddos and their parents alike. Better yet, Burst simplifies things thanks to their refill plan, with which you’ll get a new brush head replacement every 12 weeks.

The Hosts’ Gift Guide

The Culinistas: Private chefs will come to your kitchen and get to work on weekly meal prep, whip up a feast, and/or work with your dietary restrictions and goals. Need I say more? It’s genius.

Heather Taylor Home: The quaint “cottagecore” handwoven linens from LA–based brand Heather Taylor Home make for a terrific gift for any hostess with the mostest.

Goldfaden MD Let It Glow Candle: If you ask me, candles are always a welcome gift to add warmth and aroma to any home—and I can’t wait to share Goldfaden MD’s own Let It Glow Candle with everyone in my inner circle.

Brightland Olive Oil Duo: I’ve been a fan of Brightland’s since they came out with their EVOOs a few years back. The home chefs in your life will love this set, which includes AWAKE for cooking and ALIVE for salads and baking. Even the packaging is utterly delightful.

The Sill: A green home is a happy home, which is why I highly recommend gifting The Sill’s houseplants, planters, planting supplies, and more.

The Wellness Gift Guide

Ghia: Ghia makes it all too easy to get you in the holiday spirit… minus the alcoholic spirits. The elevated beverage flavors are free of alcohol, caffeine, added sugar, and artificial flavors—and their products are vegan-friendly to boot.

Remedy Place: If your wellness-obsessed loved ones are based in LA, gifting a membership to West Hollywood’s Remedy Place is a no-brainer. Temptation- and toxin-free, this exclusive social wellness club facilitates a deeper connection to oneself as well as their health-minded community.

Goldfaden MD The Body Glow Set: Winter or not, dullness is never in season—and Goldfaden MD’s Body Glow Set will help you combat dry and lackluster skin from the neck down day after day.

Perelel: As a mother of two little ones and an entrepreneur in the mommy and wellness spaces, I’ve done my due diligence on the best products for mamas and kiddos. The prenatals and postnatals from OB/GYN-founded brand Perelel get my full seal of approval, which I don’t dole out easily. I’ll be sure to gift their supplements to the expectant and new mamas in my circle, and I suggest you do the same.

Bandier: For the ladies in your life who love fashion as much as they love fitness, Bandier is always a safe bet. Whether you personalize your wellness gift haul with sneakers, sets, or accessories or opt for a choose-your-own-adventure gift card, you really can’t go wrong by looking to this always-on-trend retailer. Of course, I recommend browsing their sustainability edit!

We believe that radiant, healthy-looking skin starts from the inside out which is why we are so excited to share this mouthwatering recipe from one of our favorite nutritionists, Elissa Goodman. Renowned for her insanely delicious soup cleanses, Goodman is pioneering the landscape of how we view nutrition as a way to heal our bodies and mind.
Find the full recipe below for Goodman’s immune-boosting Kabocha & Ginger Soup with Creamy Coconut––it’s super easy to make! We promise you won’t be disappointed.
To learn more about Elissa Goodman check out her Detoxing Tips on The Daily Scrub.

Kabocha & Ginger Soup with Creamy Coconut 

 Serves 4-6 

Ingredients:

1 kabocha squash, halved with seeds removed
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small fennel bulb, cored and chopped
4 inches fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 bay leaf
2 T. organic coconut oil
40 oz organic vegetable broth
1 tsp. Herbamare seasoning (could also use sea salt)
pinch sea salt
1 cup coconut cream
Juice and zest of 1 small, fresh lemon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Rub olive oil all over the squash, then place face down on the baking sheet and place in the oven.  Cook until tender, approx. 45-50 minutes.  Then remove squash and set aside until cooled.  Once cooled, you can scoop meat into a bowl and set aside.

In soup pot, heat coconut oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and fennel with the Herbamare seasoning (option to use sea salt). Saute until onions and fennel are softened, then add the garlic and ginger, stir often and cook another 5 minutes, until soft and fragrant. Add the bay leaves, scooped squash, vegetable broth and stir frequently bringing soup to a simmer for approximately 20 minutes.

Carefully transfer soup, in batches, to your blender.  Add coconut cream and blend until smooth.  Transfer soup back to the pot and keep on low.  Add fresh lemon juice and zest, a generous pinch of black pepper and adjust seasonings as desired. Garnish with fresh herbs and a drizzle of coconut cream.

Danielle Duboise

Name: Danielle Duboise + Whitney Tingle

Who are you, and what do you stand for?

D: I’m a child of the desert, a mother and lover. I stand for Mother Nature, nourishment and helping others shine their brightest lights. 

W: I’m Whitney. Co-founder & Co-CEO of Sakara Life. I’m on a mission to help people experience the life-transforming power of plants.

On those days when you’re not feeling 100 percent, what do you do to give yourself a confidence boost?

D: Eat my Sakara greens, take our probiotic and tell my body thank you. Tomorrow is another day. 

W: I try to do something to shift my energy. Whether that’s calling my best friend (Danielle) or doing some movement and playing my harmonium, I try to do something that gets me out of my head and lifts my spirits.

What activities would you say are part of your self-care routine? And how do you make time for self-care?

D: I set aside time to breathe every morning (currently obsessed with Ziva Meditation!) and I work with a life coach via The Handel Group. It’s been LIFE CHANGING. She holds me accountable for everything. It kicks my butt but it has helped me grow in so many ways. I love to be challenged like that. I also try and move every day. Whether it’s walks with my family and dog or trying a new online class (Ballet Beautiful, Sculpt Society, and Melissa Wood Health are my current favorites)! I also take The Foundation every single day. It’s Sakara’s new supplement line and they’re the cleanest most nourishing supplements on the market. I feel such a difference taking them. 

W: A big part of my current self-care routine is setting aside time to fill my brain with information that will help stimulate ideas, inspiration and creativity. That’s what we try to offer with our Sakara Life Podcast – and I like listening to other podcasts like The Doctor’s Farmacy, On Being, Esther Perel, and the Goop Podcast. As of late, I’ve also really been focused on maintaining my “normal” routine: eating my Sakara meals 3 to 5 days a week and trying to dedicate at least 20 minutes a day for some sort of movement whether it’s taking a walk or doing an online class. I’ve really been into Melissa Wood Health, The Class, Sculpt Society, and Caravan Wellness.

Whitney Tingle

What are three words that come to mind when you think of your body?

D: Powderful, loving and nourished

W: Resilient, Feminine, Human

What are some of your favorite foods that keep your skin healthy?

D: At Sakara, we believe that beautiful skin comes from a nourished body and a healthy microbiome. That means eating a plant-rich, nutrient-rich diet and eating foods high in water content– Eating your water is the secret to the Sakara Glow. 

I also make sure to drink plenty of water everyday and always add our Sakara Beauty Water Drops. We often forget that skincare starts with what we put into our bodies.  These drops help make your water more absorbable by your cells, allowing for more hydration. 

W: Leafy greens! At Sakara we always talk about eating your water and it really is so important for having healthy skin and ensuring it’s properly hydrated at all times. I always try to eat a rainbow of veggies (carrots, beets, cucumbers) to provide phytonutrients that are essential for circulation. I also LOVE adding hemp and pumpkin seeds to my salads as they contain essential fatty acids that are great for anti-aging.

What does your current skincare routine look-like, specifically for your body?

D: For my face: I exfoliate every morning with Dr. Goldfaden Scrub. Sometimes if I have an extra 10 minutes, I’ll steam my face over a boiling pot with 2-3 bags of Sakara Detox Tea inside. It’s very high in antioxidants and steaming always helps my pores. 

For my body: I love dry brushing. It’s an incredible way to exfoliate your skin and improve circulation. 

W: I start with the inside – make sure I am eating well (eating enough fresh, organic plants in my diet) and taking a good probiotic like our Sakara Daily Probiotic.

I love goop’s G.Day Ginger and Ashwagandha Bodywash for in the shower. Then, while my skin is still a bit damp, I like to follow with either goop’s G.day black pepper + rose hip energy body oil or body lotion by Lxmi

What are some of your favorite body treatments?

D: Lymphatic drainage from Anna Zahn at Ricari Studios + dry brushing everyday.

W: Who doesn’t love a good massage. Dreaming of the day when the world is back to “normal” and I can get a good massage. 

If you could get the world to change its collective mind about one issue or adopt one way of being, what would it be and why?

D: We have to lift each other up and help others shine their brightest lights. No one is a threat to our success except ourselves. 

W: Food is medicine. What you eat impacts every aspect of your body and life, and the planet. Once we all understand that and decide it to be true, we can work collectively to drive down the prices of healthy foods and create a healthier place to live for all. 

Fill in the blank:

W: dill is underrated.

D: Bacteria and the microbiome is underrated. 

*P.S. I hate dill! Sorry, D! 😛