• Organic + Vegan Back to School Essentials

    Back to school season is upon us! The aisles of local stores jam packed with gardening and pool floaties have seemingly transformed overnight to rows upon rows of pencils and notebooks. Where did the summer go?! But stationary isn't all you need this back to school season. Below are Meadowlark’s must-have organic picks to ensure you and your little ready for another successful school year!

    For Your Tinys:
    Lavender Room Spray After a summer of staying up late, your kiddo might have trouble adjusting to an earlier sleep schedule. This soothing organic/vegan lavender room spray can help calm their active minds and get them swiftly off to sleep. Spray into the air or even spray onto your kiddo’s linens/pillowcase. It’s also safe for pets!

    For Your High Schooler:
    Activated Charcoal Scrub
    Your preteen or teen may be fighting a constant battle with acne, or perhaps they just want soft healthy skin. Either way, this facial scrub fits the bill by combating acne without dryness. The detoxifying power of the activated charcoal will help remove impurities. Natural lemon, tea tree, and lavender leaves skin feeling clean, smooth, and soft.
  • 4th of July done Vegan + Vegetarian!

    The 4th of July is around the corner- time to break out the grill and fireworks! But what to grill if you (or a guest) are vegetarian or vegan!? We've got you covered - try our 4th of July menu!

    We’ve compiled some of our favorite recipes - pick and choose a recipe or two or use them all for a tasty, vegetarian, four-course meal. Either way, you’ll have great meals for your plant eating peeps!

    First Course- Appetizer
    A fun spin on the ubiquitous vegetable tray

    Grilled Vegetable Platter
    INGREDIENTS
    1/4 cup olive oil
    2 tablespoons honey
    4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/8 teaspoon pepper
    Dash of salt
    1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed
    3 small carrots, cut in half lengthwise
    1 large sweet red pepper, cut into 1-inch strips
    1 medium yellow summer squash, cut into 1/2-inch slices
    1 medium red onion, cut into wedges

    DIRECTIONS
    In a small bowl, whisk the first seven ingredients. Place 3 tablespoons marinade in a large resealable plastic bag. Add vegetables; seal bag and turn to coat. Marinate 1-1/2 hours at room temperature.
    Transfer vegetables to a grilling grid; place grid on grill rack. Grill vegetables, covered, over medium heat 8-12 minutes or until crisp-tender, turning occasionally.
    Place vegetables on a large serving plate. Drizzle with remaining marinade. Yield: 6 servings.

    Note: If you don’t have a grilling grid, use a recyclable foil pan. Poke holes in the bottom of the pan with a fork to allow liquid to drain.


    Second Course- Salad
    This salad is so delicious, even carnivores will enjoy! To veganize, just leave out the feta or use a non-dairy alternative such as Daiya or Treeline.

    Grilled Summer Salad with Corn, Peppers and Chili-Lime Dressing

    INGREDIENTS
    Salad
    4 to 6 cups arugula
    1 large red bell pepper, seeded, membranes removed, sliced into 1-inch wide strips
  • Top 5 Organic Summer Must-Have's!

    Summer is here! The sun's out, the air is warm, and the bees are buzzing- time for beach days, hiking and camping trips! As great as it can be, this season’s activities can be harsh on our skin.

    Ample outdoor time can translate into sunburn, bug bites and more- and who wants to spread chemical sprays and creams all over their body? Not I. But, fear not! We’ve curated a few seasonal favorites that will keep you and yours happy and healthy all summer long.

    Organic Bug Spray
    I'm not sure why, but mosquitos love me. I’m that person who will get multiple bites while everyone else walks away unscathed. Being a mosquito magnet is inconvenient to say the least, but Meadowlark Botanical’s Organic Deet Free Bug Spray truly works!

    A few spritzes and I'm able to enjoy the outdoors without being eaten alive, which is miraculous considering the spray is non-toxic and natural. It’s also safe for our little ones, as well as our furry best friends. Spray onto your pup’s collar or lead and enjoy those trail hikes mosquito-free.

    Cooling After Sun Spray
    I try to avoid over-exposure to the sun as I have fair skin. A long sporting event or simply losing track of time (or forgetting to re-apply sunscreen) and I’ll develop the complexion of a lobster. Ouch. After Sun Skin Soothing Spray is my rescue! This natural aloe-based spray soothes and calms angry red skin and the cooling mint feels refreshing and takes out the sting. Stash a bottle in the fridge for extra cooling power on those hot days.

    Healing Salve
    While working in the garden or running around outside, cuts and scrapes are bound to happen. Organic Herbal Healing Salve is my go-to natural remedy. It helps to quickly ease pain and itchiness as the antimicrobial and antibacterial herbal ingredients keeps infections at bay. Just dab onto the skin, or apply to your child’s band-aid and you’re both back in action.
  • Activated Charcoal- Fave or Fad?

    Looking for a good detox? Maybe something to whiten your teeth? Chances are you’ve seen the recent product trend of activated charcoal. But is activated charcoal all it's claims to be? Is it safe to use and/or consume?

    What is it?
    Activated charcoal can be made from a variety of ingredients, most commonly from coconut shells, peat or olive pits. According to Healthline.com, to activate the charcoal it’s processed at very high temperatures, changing the structure making it more porous- a big difference between the stuff we use on the grill!

    What does it do?
    Activated charcoal is used for a variety of purposes including in an emergency to help combat poisoning. When ingested, the charcoal helps absorb the toxins. It can’t be soaked up by our bodies, making it ideal for use this situation.

    Another use is at-home detox! Available in capsule form, many have taken to ingesting activated charcoal as a way of detoxing their bodies. While it can be great on occasion, experts caution on using it too often as it can remove both the beneficial and bad bacteria in our gut with prolonged usage.

    One other word of note- activated charcoal has the potential to interact with your medications, rendering them less effective via their strong filtration capacity.

    Always use caution if ingesting this supplement. We suggest checking with your healthcare provider or physician to getting the all-clear when taking this product internally.

    One of the most popular ways to use activated charcoal is in beauty products. Due to the porous properties, it’s an ideal natural ingredient in Facial Scrubs, masks, and cleansers as it can absorb and remove dirt and impurities from our face and body. It also can help combat skin issues such as acne and blackheads.

    Activated charcoal is ideal for deodorant, again for its absorbing powers! I recently tried Meadowlark Botanical's Organic Charcoal Deodorant in Rosemary + Tea Tree and was pleasantly surprised- it feels velvety soft and smooth
  • My Switch to Natural Deodorant - A One Week Experiment!

    Most of my life, I haven’t put too much thought into deodorant- I went to the grocery store, picked a scent I liked, and went on. It never occurred to me that my deo might not be good for me. Not until my husband was diagnosed with lymphoma.
    Finding out your spouse has cancer is life changing. Suddenly the life we were building had another possible outcome. At the time of his diagnosis, my daughter was only three months old and I had to face the possibility of raising her alone. To say that this was devastating is an understatement. I was terrified and distraught. However, we were the lucky ones, and after 6 months of chemotherapy, my husband’s cancer was gone.
  • Should I Cloth Diaper My Baby?

    Having a baby is an exciting event loaded with decisions! Breastfeed or bottle feed? What type of parenting style? What name? Another question you should absolutely consider are the types of diapers you use. Cloth diapering has made a huge comeback, and it's no surprise after learning all of the positive aspects. A few considerations for your family:
    Good for the Environment
    One of the obvious cons about disposable diapers is the amount of waste they create. According to Real Diaper Association, disposable diapers are the third largest single consumer item landfills! In a home with children, they create up to 50% of the household waste. Combine that with the fact that it can take 250-500 years for a diaper to decompose and we now have a big problem. With cloth diapers this isn’t a concern.
  • Spring Clean the Non-Toxic Way!

    The Environmental Working Group tested 21 of the most commonly used cleaners and found they emitted over 450 chemicals into the air! In fact, the air inside our homes is 2 to 5 times MORE polluted than the air outside! Many of these compounds have been linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive and developmental health.
    Beware the consumer as many chemical and synthetic ingredients are disguised on the label's the list of ingredients. For example, “fragrances” are considered a trade secret and companies aren’t required to disclose what ingredients are in the “fragrance." These chemicals can be so harmful over time that they can contribute to respiratory issues and headaches. Those with asthma and allergies, especially small children, are especially sensitive to these chemicals.
    So what do you do to protect your family's health? Make the switch to natural cleaning! Not only are natural cleaning products a safer solution for your home, it can be much less expensive than store bought version!
  • Headaches, Migraines and Natural Home Remedies that Work!

    It should come as no surprise that headaches are common. With computers, televisions and phones, we’re constantly exposed to screens. Combine that with the stressors of everyday life and what do you have? A recipe for headaches! So what causes a headache and what home remedies can you use to treat one?
    Why We Get Headaches
    The first step to knowing why you have a headache is to know what kind you have! There are over 300 types of headaches though the most common are tension, sinus and migraine. A sinus headache is pretty self-explanatory (caused by sinus pressure or an infection), a tension headache can be caused by things like stress, lack of sleep and hunger. When you get a tension headache, the muscles in your head and neck tighten causing pain. Migraines, however, are very different. According to Harvard Medical School a migraine is caused when super sensitive nerve endings in the brain create pain.
  • The Importance of Sleep... and How to Get it!

    Beautyrest, Shut eye, Catching some zzz’s. Sleep goes by many names, but no matter what you call it, it's important! Getting a good night rest makes us feel energetic and rejuvenated- ready to take on the world! But few things in life are as frustrating as tossing and turning to no avail, feeling as though we never slept. Groggy and lethargic, we limp through our day awaiting the blissful moment our head will hit the pillow yet again.
    According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, our body regulates sleep similar to the way it regulates eating, drinking and breathing.
  • Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Gal on a Budget

    Romance is in the air- Valentine's Day! You may be wondering what sweets you’ll receive this year, but even more challenging...what do you buy for him in return? And where to find that perfect gift? Never fear! We’ve done the heavy lifting for you by curating 5 gift ideas that your special someone will cherish- without draining your bank account!