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Getting the Markle Sparkle: Crunchy Cocktail Hour, Episode 32

Now dubbed the ‘Markle sparkle’, women all over the world are trying to recreate Meghan Markle’s signature perfectly polished everyday look. Hang with us as we talk through her essential products and find out how they stack up to Larisa’s clean makeup rules. Featured image courtesy of Vanity Fair. Links Mentioned in the Episode: Drink Recipe: Strawberry Berryoska The ingredients to look for first: Silicones Fragrance Parabens Phthalates (often hidden within ‘fragrance’) Retinyl Palmitate...


Raising Good Eaters: Crunchy Cocktail Hour, Episode 31

Ah, picky eaters. As moms (and dads) it’s something we all desperately want to avoid. Making multiple meals, fights at the dinner table, worrying about nutrition. It’s no fun. On this episode we get into some tips and tricks for raising good, adventurous, healthy eaters – or at least trying to! Announcement: We are switching to an every other week release schedule. Miss us? Head over to Instagram or Facebook! Links Mentioned in the Episode: Drink Recipe: Blackberry Rosemary Sparkler...


Ladycamp Recap and Bug Season: Crunchy Cocktail Hour, Episode 30

We are freshly back from Ladycamp! We are chatting takeaways from our experience and talking all about how we plan to battle tick and mosquito season – in the healthiest way possible! Links Mentioned in the Episode: Drink Recipe: Spicy Margarita Rise Gatherings Beyonce Yoga Experience (Philadelphia, PA) plantbasedblonde Ladycamp Podcast Episodes Episode 4: Ladycamp and the Importance of Female Friendships Episode 23: Health and Happiness Life Hacks with Tami Astorino CDC Zika Map DEET...


Beauty Products, Bodycare: Crunchy Cocktail Hour, Episode 29

We’ve talked skincare, we’ve talked about makeup, but what about the rest of us? On this episode we go head to toe and share our favorite products for bodycare. Links Mentioned in the Episode: * Larisa approved products NOTE: Not all products are genuine when purchased through Amazon. All products below are linked to authorized retailers. Drink Recipe: Mocktail Mojito Hair Health: Crunchy Cocktail Hour, Episode 12 Shampoo and Conditioner Larisa Function of Beauty ($5 off your first...


Sunscreen: Crunchy Cocktail Hour, Episode 28

It’s finally spring! UV rays are going strong no matter what time of year and daily sun protection is essential. Chemical vs. Physical. Lotion vs Spray. The case for not wearing sunscreen – what?! Let’s discuss! Links Mentioned in the Episode: Drink Recipe: Coconut Lime Mint Cucumber Cooler The case for not wearing sunscreen (not CCH endorsed) Vitamin D deficiency soars in the U.S., study says Study: Prevalence and correlates of vitamin D deficiency in US adults Think Dirty Mobile App...


Crunchy on a Budget: Grocery Store Edition: Crunchy Cocktail Hour, Episode 27

Is eating healthy expensive or is eating unhealthy cheap? Either way, we all could stand to lose a few dollars off our grocery bill! Stick with us as we talk through our best tips for getting the most health for your buck while roaming the grocery store isles. Links Mentioned in the Episode: Drink Recipe: Watermelon Margarita Harvard Study: Do healthier foods and diet patterns cost more than less healthy options? The Tips – Check out the episode for more details Plan Prioritize Buy Whole...


Food Allergies: Crunchy Cocktail Hour, Episode 26

Food allergies are serious business, especially in small children. Alison shares the highs and lows of managing her daughter’s allergies and what has worked for her family. Links Mentioned in the Episode: Drink Recipe: Moscow Mule, Mocktail Series Top 8 Allergens: milk eggs peanuts soy wheat tree nuts (such as walnuts and cashews) fish shellfish (such as shrimp) Resources for Parents: FARE: Food Allergy Research and Education Allergic Living Magazine Diagnosing Food Allergies Great recipe...


Healthy Pregnancy: Crunchy Cocktail Hour, Episode 25

The Crunchy Cocktail Hour is growing! We share an exciting update and talk through how to have the healthiest pregnancy possible (while still treating yourself, of course) and dive into some interesting crunchy pregnancy trends. We also share a few of our own stories from our pregnancies. Links Mentioned in the Episode: Drink Recipe: Pineapple Fizz CDC Recommendation for Weight Gain During Pregnancy Alison’s birth story for her first daughter Public Cord Blood Banking Recipe for Glucose...


All About Coffee: Crunchy Cocktail Hour, Episode 24

On a daily basis, 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed worldwide. Let’s dig into one of the world’s most popular beverages and talk through the good, the bad, and the delicious. Links Mentioned in the Episode: Drink Recipe: Toasted Marshmallow Coffee Martini Acrylamide in the news Proposition 65 Coffee consumption and increased metabolism Coffee consumption and decreased rates of type 2 diabetes Coffee consumption and decreased risk of cirrhosis Coffee consumption and decreased risk of...


Health and Happiness Life Hacks with Tami Astorino, Episode 23

Everyone strives to live a healthier and happier life, but often life’s responsibilities can get in the way of our goals. On this episode, we are joined by Tami Astorino as she shares her hacks for sticking to your health and happiness goals. Tami Astorino Tami is a national speaker, yoga instructor, educator and plant powered nutrition enthusiast who facilitates transformational experiences to empower women and girls. Her current work creating the organization Rise Gatherings is a result...


The Nitty Gritty on Natural Deodorant: Crunchy Cocktail Hour, Episode 22

Let’s talk all things natural deodorant! Why should you switch to a natural product? What ingredients should you avoid? What happens when you still stink? We’ll give you our best tips for making the switch and touch on which products are out star favorites! Links mentioned in this episode: Drink Recipe: Blue Hawaiian Larisa’s blog post on natural deodorant Our favorites: PiperWai Paste and PiperWai Stick (Larisa’s current; prefers the paste) Tom’s of Maine (Alison’s current) Primal Pit...


Things Seen on the Internet: Crunchy Cocktail Hour, Episode 21

The internet is full of some really bizarre stuff. Let’s talk about it! Links mentioned in this episode: Drink Recipe: Hibiscus Gin Sour Marijuana Tampons Vagina Alarm Clock Vagina Facial Coconaise Drunk Jelly and Gin and Tonic Marmalade Prosecco Flavored Nail Polish Magnetic Eyelashes Freckle Tattoos The Princeton Review’s Homework Help, on-demand tutoring is an absolute must for busy parents. Whether you’re struggling with a tough problem, studying for a test, or writing a paper, your...


Beauty Home Remedies: Crunchy Cocktail Hour, Episode 20

Not every beauty secret comes pre-packaged from the store! Hang with us this week as we talk through beauty remedy recipes using ingredients already found in your kitchen. Links mentioned in this episode: Drink Recipe: Bourbon Pear Cider Coconut Oil for Beauty DIY Coconut Oil Lotion as eye makeup remover Coconut oil is not recommended as a face moisturizer due to the fact that it is 4/5 on the comedogenic scale Honey, Brown Sugar, Olive Oil (equal parts) Exfoliate lips, face, body – wipe...


Healthy Workplace: Crunchy Cocktail Hour, Episode 19

Sitting at a desk all day can be killer for your health. We are always looking for ways to improve our environment and what we consume, but what can we do in an office setting? How can you make your workplace healthier? On this episode, we are joined by Laura Pappas who, in addition to being a dear friend, served as a Health and Care Lead for the consulting firm that we work for. In this super unique position, Laura was able to establish a framework and specific programs to help our...


Medicinal Benefits of Garlic: Crunchy Cocktail Hour, Episode 18

Garlic is one of the earliest documented medicinal plants in history. From the ancient Greeks to the Egyptians, and all the way to research studies being conducted today, garlic continues to be a focus for its extraordinary health benefits. Stick with us as well talk through the history of this wonder plant and some of its amazing uses. Let’s get real – do you really need much convincing to eat more garlic? Disclaimer: Always consult a physician before beginning a health regimen. Links...


Look Back at 2017: Crunchy Cocktail Hour, Episode 17

2017 was a huge year for both Larisa and Alison from a health perspective. For starters, we launched the Crunchy Cocktail Hour podcast! Join us as we delve into our health priorities from 2017 and the trends that were all over that year. Links mentioned in this episode: Drink Recipe: Mocha Cappuccino Martini Natural Deodorants Larisa Explains It All Post on natural deodorant Alison’s Deodorant Larisa’s Deodorant Recommended Collagens: Vital Proteins Beef Collagen Peptides (liquid soluble)...


Makeup Routines: Crunchy Cocktail Hour, Episode 16

There is nothing quite as fun as feeling absolutely fabulous, dolled up and and looking great. Makeup can be so much fun, but when you are wanting to live a greener lifestyle, you start to take a closer look at what is in your products. This is the first step in that process for us, and on this episode we dive into our current makeup routines. Next step: see if we want to make swaps for greener products (especially Alison). Links mentioned in this episode: Drink Recipe: Greyhound IPA...


Skincare Routines: Crunchy Cocktail Hour, Episode 15

Makeup is temporary, your skin is forever and beautiful skin is a lifelong process. Listen in as we discuss our process, our products, and what changes we want to make in the future. Links mentioned in this episode: * Larisa approved products Drink Recipe: Barbotage Think Dirty Mobile App Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Database and Healthy Living App Morning Routine Products Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser (Alison) Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap, Peppermint (Larisa) *...


Crunchy Daycare: Crunchy Cocktail Hour, Episode 14

Deciding to or needing to send your child to daycare can be an incredibly difficult decision, especially when you are trying to create the healthiest environment possible for your child. However, if you choose your school correctly and work closely with the teachers and directors, you will find you can foster not only a healthy environment, but a rewarding and enriching one as well. On this episode, we are joined by Amy Brady who is not only the Director of our children’s daycare, but also...


Health Trends of 2018: Crunchy Cocktail Hour, Episode 13

Jade rolling, collagen, new diets, and more. Check out our picks for which health trends are taking over 2018! The question is – which ones are you willing to try? Links mentioned in this episode: Drink Recipe: Grab your favorite beer! Moringa Benefits Hormonal Balance, Digestion, Mood and More Low FODMAP Diet Here’s Why You Should Start Eating (More) Bugs “Wabi-Sabi” Is the Latest Wellness Trend to Impact the Internet Dermarolling Jade Roller Rose Quartz Roller Recommended Collagens:...