Kalya Mommy Loves: Jackson Reece Natural Baby Wipes
MAY 4, 2011
Long gone are the days of cloth diapers and spritzes of water instead of baby wipes. New moms and dads know firsthand that a bulk of the baby budget goes to diapers and baby wipes. It’s not long before guilt sets in for eco-friendly mommies after seeing the waste pile up.
Kalya Mommy Picks: Color Me Green Nail Boutique
MAY 2, 2011
Say hello to Manhattan Beach’s mommy-friendly and environmentally-sound nail boutique. I’m neither mommy nor environmentalist, but since Color Me Green is just down the street, I gave it a shot.
Kalya Eats: Vegan Spinach and Cashew Ricotta Lasagna
APRIL 22, 2011
Cheese lovers out there might cringe at the thought of a ricotta substitute, but you actually can’t taste the difference in lasagna. I’m sure that goes for other vegan dishes too, but I’ve only tried my hand at lasagnas so far.
Kalya Reads: You Could Use a Little Natural Color
APRIL 8, 2011
With all the buzz going on about the potential link between food dyes and hyperactivity, a lot of people have ransacked Whole Foods and the like for plant-based alternatives. With Easter coming up, it can't hurt to switch over in your
Kalya Reads: Natural Coloring Gets the Green Light
APRIL 8, 2011
With all the buzz going on about the potential link between food dyes and hyperactivity, a lot of people have ransacked Whole Foods and the like for plant-based alternatives.
Kalya Picks: Purple Yoga Studio in Long Beach, CA
MARCH 28, 2011
Yoga studio…ughhhhh there are maybe a bazillion. I don’t know about you but I feel like pilates and yoga studios are popping up everywhere and its hard to decide which to even go to. Then i found Purple Yoga Studio in Long Beach, CA.
Kalya Reads: The Chemicals In Your Cosmetics by Estelle Hayes
MARCH 25, 2011
This Huffington Post article is the perfect example of why we’re always looking out for safer health and beauty products. We overload our skin with chemicals every time we step in and out of the shower, put on makeup, slather on lotion, and so on.
Kalya Eats: Muay Chai
MARCH 23, 2011
With no shortage of competition between coconut waters and teas of every variety, chai has emerged as the natural health industry’s top thirst-quenching contender.
Kalya Reads: 7 Foods That Should Never Cross Your Lips – Prevention.com
MARCH 4, 2011
“Clean eating means choosing fruits, vegetables, and meats that are raised, grown, and sold with minimal processing. Often they’re organic, and rarely (if ever) should they contain additives. But in some cases, the methods of today’s food producers are neither clean nor sustainable.
Kalya Reads: The Happiness Project
FEBRUARY 25, 2011
For anyone who found Eat, Pray, Love to be a little too self-indulgent or struggled to find the appeal of a year-long sabbatical from life, there’s Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project. Explore abstract ideas of happiness through the logic framework of Gretchen’s analytical mind.
Kalya Eats: Oatmeal Cream Pies from Sugar-Skull.com!
FEBRUARY 23, 2011
I found this recipe for vegan Oatmeal Cream Pies when our very own Kalya Life guest blogger, Leah Peralta, went vegan a while back. Growing up together, one of our favorite sleepover snacks was Little Debbie’s Oatmeal Cream Pies.
Kalya Loves: Acidophilus Pearls
FEBRUARY 9, 2011
Probiotics are the good bacteria that live in your digestive system. They fight off bad bacteria that typically make you sick, causeindigestion, constipation, or other worst case scenarios.
Bikram Yoga: A Survival Guide
FEBRUARY 7, 2011
My friends all know how much I love Bikram yoga. I started back in 2006 and went at least once a week for 3 years. Bikram is intense – 105 degrees, 98% humidity, and an unwavering sequence of 26 postures.
Kalya Eats: The Paleta Cleanse « Kalya Life
JANUARY 31, 2011
A 10-day cleanse already sounds easy right? How about a 10-day cleanse that lays everything out for you? And top that off with also delivering your food to you everyday? Easy peasy. The Paleta Cleanse is a 10-day cleanse which is a mix
Kalya Eats: Squeeze Z Hummus
JANUARY 26, 2011
Speaking of Hummus! I guess a lot of people share our love of hummus – enough to make sell it as a prepackaged condiment. I came across this Editor’s Pick in Shape Magazine on Monday after our hummus post.
Kalya Loves: Environmental Working Group’s Cosmetics Database
JANUARY 21, 2011
Your skin is one of the most essential components of the human body. As the outermost layer of protection, it is the frontline against damage for your organs, tissues, and bones. It is the first to be hard hit by the elements – wind, water, ice, heat, sun – you name it.
Kalya Loves: Suntegrity Sunscreen
JANUARY 12, 2011
Choosing a safe sunscreen is a tricky business. Your typical sunscreen is loaded with dangerous chemicals that accumulate in the body after repeated use, but the oftentimes the natural stuff doesn’t hold up against the sun.
Kalya Eats: Bobo’s Oat Bars
JANUARY 7, 2011
Simply put, Bobo’s Oat Bars are amazing. I found these bad boys at Whole Foods a few days ago and am already obsessed. Bobo’s Oat Bars are not your typical dry, horse-feed oat bar. They are hearty, dense, and oh so yummy.
Kalya Picks: PerSauna in Redondo Beach, CA
JANUARY 5, 2011
Bikram yoga-lovers and cardio junkies rejoice, PerSauna is the perfect place to sweat on your day off. PerSauna is the first infrared sauna spa to come to the South Bay and sets a high bar for anyone hoping to follow suit.
5-Piece Winter Survival Kit
JANUARY 3, 2011
It’s never easy to leave the sandy beaches of the Southern California coast, especially in the winter time when flip flops and scarves are in season.
Kalya Eats: Earth Balance Peanut Butter
DECEMBER 16, 2010
I’m not afraid to admit that I’ve been around the peanut butter block a few times. I’ve been caught eating peanut butter with a spoon out of the jar on multiple occasions. I usually eat celery or an apple as a guise to get to the good stuff.
Kalya Picks: Everyday Zen Relaxation Studio in Long Beach, CA
DECEMBER 9, 2010
Everyday Zen Relaxation Studio is everything I love in this world. My experience from start to finish was amazing enough for me to give it the Kalya Stamp of Approval.
In a Pinch: Chronic Back Pain « Kalya Life
DECEMBER 6, 2010
Pain killers, specialty mattresses, ergonomic chairs – it's no surprise that the back pain industry is a multi-billion dollar business. Although the market offers a great number of options for pain relief, what about prevention
Kalya Eats: Coconut Oolong Tea
DECEMBER 1, 2010
I don’t know about you, but I love anything with coconut. Especially now that the temperatures are dropping and it takes just that little something extra to warm up. During this time of year, I do that with my Coconut Oolong te a.
Decongest This: Sinus Infections « Kalya Life
NOVEMBER 28, 2010
Chronic sinus issues affect 32 million Americans a year, which means most of us are not strangers to reaching for natural or home remedies in search of relief from post nasal drip, stuffy nose, sneezing, coughing, and the like
The Kind Life’s Vegan Pregnancy Q&A Part 3: Adequate Nutrition
MAY 20, 2011
If a mother is vegan, will there be enough nutrients in her breast milk? Susan : Yes. But first, it’s important to note what her child will not be getting. Mothers who are not yet vegan have more chemical pollutants in their breast milk, compared with vegan mothers. Having said that, it is always important to ensure complete nutrition. Women need more Vitamin B-12 during pregnancy and lactation.
The Kind Life’s Vegan Pregnancy Q&A Part 2: The Pregnancy Part
MAY 13, 2011
Are there solid facts that state that a vegan pregnancy is healthier than a non-vegan pregnancy? Christina : According to www.happycow.net and www.naturalbirthandbabycare.com, a vegan pregnancy can be just as healthy and nutritionally adequate as any other.
Kalya Mommy: Baby Yourself at Prenatal Yoga
MAY 9, 2011
We sat down with Mamaste Yoga™ prenatal instructor Michele Agosti to answer your questions on prenatal yoga! Be sure to check out here classes at LYFE Yoga Center every Monday and Wednesday from 5:45-7pm. What is prenatal yoga? Prenatal yoga classes are more than a regular yoga class modified for pregnancy. The whole class is designed to prepare the woman’s body and mind for the marathon of labor and birth, and to relieve the aches and pains of pregnancy.
The Kind Life’s Vegan Pregnancy Q&A Part 1: Feeding the New Baby
MAY 6, 2011
You guys know that we’re big fans of Alicia Silverstone’s blog, The Kind Life. Earlier this year, she did a 3-part Q&A series about vegan pregnancy with Susan Levin of Washington DC’s Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine and Certified Clinical Nutritionist, C hristina Pirello. There are lots of questions surrounding vegan pregnancies, from both vegans and non-vegans. The biggest questions are about adequate nutrition for the mom and the new baby.
May is Kalya Mommy Month!
APRIL 25, 2011
We’re gearing up for the month of May! Stay tuned for all-new interviews and the newest products and trends that’ll make for a cleaner mommyhood! Anything you want us to cover or dive into? Just let us know! Mommy
May is Kalya Mommy Month!
APRIL 24, 2011
We're gearing up for the month of May! Stay tuned for all-new interviews and the newest products and trends that'll make for a cleaner mommyhood! Anything you want us to cover or dive into? Just let us know
Kalya Reads: Detox Demystified from Equinox
APRIL 4, 2011
DETOX DEMYSTIFIED. Everyone is doing it, but how healthy is cleansing, really? Dr. Jeffrey Morrison, an Environmental Medicine specialist, explains the difference between fasting and detoxing — and how to begin ridding your body of chemicals the right way. EQ: What is a cleanse, exactly? Broadly speaking, a cleanse is when an individual takes the opportunity to modify his/her meal plan by restricting specific macro-nutrients for a period of time with the goal of detoxifying the body.
Kalya Picks: Natural Expo West
MARCH 21, 2011
Christina and I were lucky enough to attend Natural Expo West last weekend at Anaheim Convention Center. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Expo West is, by definition, an annual trade show of natural product vendors. To natural health lovers like us, Expo West is actually the mecca of all things for a green lifestyle.
Kalya Reads: Vegans Are Cool's Interview with Vegan Veterinarian.
FEBRUARY 11, 2011
Our fellow vegan and guest blogger, Leah Peralta sent us an interesting article last week from vegansarecool.com. I had never heard of vegan veterinarians, but it's great to see that they are out there! Thanks Leah and Vegans Are Cool
Kalya Picks: Marco Silvano’s MaxHeavenly Hands
JANUARY 24, 2011
Feeling sore? Just need to relax? Or do you just wanna do something for “you ? When the answer is YES, YES and YES, turn to massage. The benefits of massage are endless: improved circulation, reduced tension, stress and pain relief – just to name a few. On my quest to find a massage for my sore muscles after hitting the gym, I stumbled across a extraordinary massage therapist, Marco Silvano, LMT at Max Health Center in Los Angeles, CA.
Beaten by an Angry Bird
MARCH 30, 2017
Noisy wing beats, heavy landing behind the stern, water splashing everywhere and then, a hit of a heavy wing on my upper arm…. A few years back, I birded northern Greece with a couple from Namibia. It had been a while since I saw Greater Flamingoes and was thrilled to see them again.
Counting birds that count on us.
JANUARY 28, 2017
The World’s biggest citizen science wildlife count takes place this weekend. It is a very simple and accessible event which requires each observer to sit for one hour in their garden or a local park. Their observations are then entered to the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch site.
The New Swarovski BTX, an Amazing Advancement in Spotting Scopes
MARCH 3, 2017
A little over a month ago I was hiking up a mountain path outside of Innsbruck, Austria, with birders from around the world. When we reached our destination we were greeted with glasses of champagne. And while the bubbly really hit the spot it seemed like it was a bit of overkill.
I Remember Elephants
NOVEMBER 10, 2016
Late last month, while searching for bears , woodpeckers and spirits of Greece, I deliberately avoided checking any news, especially from my home country. Every now and then, I need to cut the world off and clear my mind.
Morning Coffee with Eastern Imperial Eagle
MARCH 16, 2017
May 2009. After a wakeup call at highly uncivilized 3.45 am, at the crack of dawn I am sitting in a car by the Suslik (European ground squirrel) pasture. It is still cold. No Susliks are to be seen – they are waiting for the sun.