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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:...


Hair Health: Crunchy Cocktail Hour, Episode 12

We all want those beautiful, long, flowing locks from shampoo commercials, but for most of us, that’s just not a reality. But we can all strive to have our healthiest hair possible. What can you do to get healthy, strong hair? Can you improve hair growth after a period of loss? Listen in! Links Mentioned in the Episode: Drink Recipe: Blackberry Whiskey Sour What is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and why is it bad? Suggested Collagen Peptides: Vital Proteins Beef Collagen Peptides (liquid...


Detox: Crunchy Cocktail Hour, Episode 11

The new year is upon us and it’s a great time to detox and get your body in tip-top shape! Why do we need to detox? What does detoxing even mean? How do we detox? We’re about to tell you! Links mentioned in this episode: Drink Recipe: Ginger Tumeric Margarita Cooking oils and smoke points Why every morning should start with lemon water Grocery Store Hacks Podcast The Importance of Sleep Podcast Recommended dry brush From ditching plastic wrap to upgrading from chemical dryer sheets to...


New Years Resolutions: Crunchy Cocktail Hour, Episode 10

Happy New Year! Before you set your resolutions for the year, listen in as we set ours and give you our best tips for making those goals stick! Links mentioned in this episode: Drink Recipe: Classic Champagne Cocktail Peloton ($100 off your accessories order with this link) Kombucha Kit Learning Tower 30 Day Yoga Challenge Why I Ditch My Old Makeup and Why You Should Too The post New Years Resolutions: Crunchy Cocktail Hour, Episode 10 appeared first on Life, Listened..


Holiday Traditions: Crunchy Cocktail Hour, Episode 09

How old was Alison when she found out Santa wasn’t real? Why does Larisa call her tree a “New Years” tree? Oh – and what are those strange dolls below? Get cozy and chat holiday traditions with us! Links mentioned in this episode: Drink Recipe: Holiday Sangria Larisa’s holiday gift guide with a healthy spin Boozy advent calendars Allergy-friendly advent calendar Crunchy Cocktail Hour has partnered with Alively – a self-care subscription box especially for MOMS who want to THRIVE! Each...


Grocery Store Hacks: Crunchy Cocktail Hour, Episode 08

Who does the grocery shopping in your house? Brown eggs or white eggs – which one is better? Where is the garlic capital of the world? All this and more as Larisa and Alison dive into somewhat unknown, but vitally important, grocery store hacks. Links mentioned in this episode: Drink Recipe: Charred Blood Orange Negroni What produce is in season and when What the heck is elephant garlic? The Disgusting Truth About Fish And Shrimp From Asian Farms (not the same article that turned Larisa’s...


The Importance of Sleep: Crunchy Cocktail Hour, Episode 07

Sleep plays an important role in both physical and mental health. Just as important as the food you eat and the air you breathe, sleep can positively and negatively impact your health. So why do we sometimes neglect this need and is it really worth it? Digging into the facts, Alison attempts to convince Larisa to get more sleep. Links mentioned in this episode: Drink Recipe: Kir Royale Top 10 Foods Highest in Tryptophan 7 Foods That Could Boost Your Serotonin Why is sleep important? 11...


Healthy Home Remedies: Crunchy Cocktail Hour, Episode 06

Sometimes a home remedy can be just as effective as a doctor prescribed solution. Next time you’ve got a case of the sniffles or an upset stomach, give these tried and true home remedies a try! As a bonus, find out what Larisa’s doing in this picture that her husband calls her “weirdest thing yet.” Links mentioned in this episode: Drink Recipe: Apple Cinnamon Hot Toddy Larisa’s blog post on the home remedies mentioned in this episode The post Healthy Home Remedies: Crunchy Cocktail Hour,...


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