Join Me! Califia Collective Holiday Market

I’m so excited that I’ve been invited to be a vendor at the Califia Collective‘s Holiday Market + Elixir Bar, Potion Lab & Free Class!

The event is FREE and features an Elixir Bar and Potion Lab as well as a mini class and workshop on dreams and dreaming herbs.

Of course, I will have beautifully handmade goodies available for you! From my luxurious body butter to my newly popular Graceful Heart Tea Blend, there will be many ways to spoil your loved ones this holiday (and snag a thing or two for yourself)!

I’ve posted the event details below, and make sure to check out the event page for a full schedule and to RSVP. I hope to see you there!


Homemade Pumpkin Spice Pancakes (with flax seed)

So… it’s October.Pumpkin Pancakes, Holistic Living with Kristy

And there’s this “Pumpkin Spice” craze going on, I guess.

I think it started with some coffee chain with a seasonally flavored latte, or maybe a certain grocery chain offering pumpkin-flavored everything under the sun.

Anyway, my hubby mentioned wanting Pumpkin Spice Pancakes, but he didn’t feel like stopping at said grocery chain. Since I had just finished roasting a sugar pumpkin (I was craving pumpkin muffins and wanted to try making them with homemade pumpkin puree, rather than canned… but I digress), I nonchalantly said,

I can make pumpkin pancakes.

Sure! Why not? Forget that I had never done it before. I had my grandmother’s trusty homemade pancake recipe that I had tweaked in various ways over the years (whole wheat flour, chia seeds, blueberries, etc.). Why couldn’t I figure out how to make pumpkin pancakes too?

Experimenting in the Kitchen

So, “Pumpkin Spice Pancake” day rolls around, and it becomes one of those days… you know, when the earth and spirits collide to make your life just a little bit harder. My toddler didn’t nap long enough; two clients finally got back to me about some jobs they needed done; the kids were a little hungrier, crankier, and generally more clingy than usual; and we promised my five-year-old that we could carve a jack-o-lantern that night. Plus, to top it all off, I had to prep the next night’s dinner ahead of time, so time in the kitchen was a bit crunched.

Regardless, as soon as hubby came home, it was time to get off the computer and start cooking.

The Day Of

After grabbing the vegetables for the homestyle potatoes, I started getting out the various ingredients for the pancakes. I know basically what goes into my grandma’s base pancake batter, but I fished out the recipe to double-check it, just in case.

Next, I had to grind the flax seed. Rather than buy pre-ground flax meal, I like to grind the seeds fresh in a coffee grinder so I know the natural oils haven’t gone rancid. Plus, this way they give the pancakes a spongy, doughy texture that hubby really likes.

Now, time for the good stuff: pumpkin puree and, of course, the spices. It was at this point that I realized,

I have no idea what goes in to “pumpkin spice.”


What is Pumpkin Spice?

pumpkinspiceOf course, some of you probably already have a little jar or bottle in your pantry labeled “Pumpkin Spice” that came with all the right ratios of cinnamon to ginger to clove. But, I didn’t have one of those bottles. Plus, I really prefer to put together my own medleys so I can tailor them to my and my family’s tastes.

So, what is “Pumpkin Spice?” Turns out, it’s mostly cinnamon, with some ginger, nutmeg, and clove to round it out. Seems easy enough, right?

Then I realize I have no idea how much “spice” to put in my recipe. Since I’m using homemade pumpkin puree, I don’t even really know how much pumpkin I have.

But, I found an easy “pumpkin spice” recipe online that I was sort of able to tweak and reduce to a proportion that seemed reasonable for what I was working with.

Finished Product

All in all, I have to say I’m pretty proud of how this turned out! The pancakes ended up with a good balance of spice, and the pumpkin flavor was present but not to overwhelming… and not too subtle either. After a little butter and syrup, the earthy flavor of this delectable fall fruit came out quite nicely.

Want to try ’em yourself? Here’s the recipe:


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (I like to use a mix of unbleached white and whole wheat flours)
  • 1 tbsp coconut palm sugar (can substitute regular white table sugar)
  • 1 tbsp freshly ground flax seed (optional)
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil


  1. Mix dry ingredients (flour, sugar, flax seed, baking powder, and spices) together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add egg, milk, and oil; mix well (I find a large whisk makes it easier to get all the flour mixed in).
  3. Fold in the pumpkin puree.
  4. Heat griddle or frying pan on medium high heat until very hot (test the pan temperature by flicking a few drops of cold water onto the pan; they should sizzle immediately and loudly).
  5. Pour or scoop the batter onto the pan to desired pancake size.
  6. Brown on both sides.
  7. Serve warm with your preferred toppings (you can get creative here: try whipped cream and roasted walnuts or pumpkin seeds, or maybe apricot preserves with powdered sugar).


Staying Close to Your Partner

Intimate - Being UnderstoodBetween the sleep deprivation, midnight feedings, and mountains of laundry, it’s no wonder new parents have trouble maintaining intimacy after baby’s arrival!

Here are a few of the most important things to remember when it comes to staying close to your partner after you become parents:

Communication is key.

Keep talking. The easiest way to drift apart in your relationship is to stop sharing your thoughts, feelings, successes, and concerns. Though it may be hard, try to find a few minutes every day to discuss something other than baby.

This is especially true when talking about the negative stuff! Often times, one partner (or both!) will be struggling and, rather than “add to the stress” by expressing more negative emotion, both partners try to cover up additional concerns and only talk about the positive. While this seems like a good idea, and stems for a desire to help you both feel better, it actually makes things worse by increasing the emotional distance between you. Instead, try to make space for you both to express the good and the bad; usually, the simple act of saying how you feel can help alleviate the weight of the emotion.


Intimacy doesn’t need to be physical.

Often you just can’t find the time (or energy) to have sex, and after caring for baby all day and night, even hugging may feel like too much… and that’s okay. There are still ways to maintain emotional intimacy with your partner, from taking time to ask about their day to small gestures of caring.

Usually, the most meaningful gestures are those that show thoughtfulness; I am especially touched when my husband makes my tea on weekend mornings so I don’t have to.


Forget spontaneity.

I despise the idea of scheduling sex, but parenting is time-consuming and exhausting. Sometimes, if we don’t make sure to carve out time for intimacy, it doesn’t happen… and it’s still just as meaningful when it does, scheduled or not.


Be willing to ask for what you want.

As women, we often expect our partners to just “know” what we want or need… but telling them what you would appreciate doesn’t mean they care any less by doing it. So, if you wish your partner would make an effort to notice and replace the empty toilet paper roll or empty the diaper pail, then say so!


Additional Resources

Is There Sex After Baby?
A New Mom’s Guide to Intimacy



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But, of course I have a few tricks up my holistic sleeve to help you and your little ones get through those difficult times of teething. Here are my favorite do-it-yourself and/or natural teething remedies: Continue reading DIY & Natural Teething Remedies

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BUT, self-care doesn’t have to be so hard. Here are my five tips for self-care basics:

Eat Breakfast:

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