Kale Demystified


Still wondering how to incorporate kale into your diet? Below are 5 easy ways to actually get kale into your body!

1. Blend it in a smoothie. Bam! Green smoothie.

2. Wash, dry, and toss it with oil, salt and pepper. Bake in a single layer, uncovered, at 300º for 10-15 minutes. Bam! Kale chips.

3. Add it to salad, or use it to replace lettuce in a salad.

4. Put it on a sandwich.

5. Chop it up and sauté it with some fresh garlic and soy sauce. Yum.

Don’t forget: Buy organic kale. Conventional kale is on the EWG’s “dirty dozen” list.

Growing kale is easy! It’s hardy and can grow in a pot or garden bed. Harvest the lower leaves and it keeps growing and produces for 3-4 seasons. It will become a Dr. Seuss-looking thing with all the growth on top of the strong stalk.

Uncomplicated Kale – Haiku

Kale is delicious,

just add it to your dishes.

Don’t over think it.

Lifekind Contest: Enter to Win an Organic Throw and Neck Roll Pillow

Naturally, here at Lifekind we’re about coziness all year long, but Autumn brings with it a special coziness factor. It’s that layering-up, in-between time with cool mornings and warmer days. Maybe you haven’t broken out the comforters and fuzzy slippers yet, but you need a little blanket around that you can throw here or there. We’ve got you covered either way, but this month we’re giving away an organic cotton Chenille Throw and a natural rubber Neck Roll Pillow to one lucky winner!

Lifekind Blanket & Neck Roll GiveawayThe Chenille Throw‘s rich autumn color – the color as it grows on the cotton plant – is a gift from nature. Its colorgrown organic cotton has never been bleached or dyed, minimizing its global footprint. The fact that it was grown and made in the U.S. further enriches its eco-inner-beauty. Our customer five-star reviews rave about its softness, durability, and generous size.

The U.S.-made, versatile Neck Roll Pillow is stuffed with shredded natural rubber and can be customized to your preferred softness level. Great for neck support in bed or as lumbar support in a chair, it comes with a washable GOTS-certified cotton sateen drawstring pillowcase.

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Easy Pumpkin Ice Cream Recipe


Cooler weather has finally arrived and if you are anything like me, you may be feeling a little torn between seasons. I’m not quite ready to let go of the late nights and river trips that come with summer, and yet I love the clothes and food that come with autumn… namely, any food that contains PUMPKIN. Well, I have a solution to your inter-seasonal woes: pumpkin ice cream! It combines the best parts of both seasons and it’s even pretty healthy!

This is one of those no-fuss recipes that only calls for a few ingredients and doesn’t require a lot of fancy kitchen gadgets — that’s my kind of recipe! The bananas give it a wonderful, creamy texture without the use of dairy or gluten. I love the flavor of maple syrup, but you can always substitute honey, instead (use about 1/4 cup, instead of 1/3 cup). Also, you have a few options when it comes to the pumpkin puree… you can either use the stuff from a can, or you can make it yourself (the preferred method). Pumpkin packs a full punch of vitamins and minerals, so the fresher the better! Click here for a how-to lesson on preparing pumpkin puree.

Here is the recipe:

  • – 4 bananas, sliced and frozen (overnight will do)
  • – 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • – 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • – 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • – 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • – 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • – 1/8 tsp ground cloves

** Or just use about 1 1/2 tsp of pumpkin spice from the store, if you don’t have the individual spices on-hand. Easy!


Combine ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Transfer to a sealed container and freeze for about 24 hours. Allow the ice cream to soften a bit before scooping and enjoy! Happy autumn!


Lifekind Deals for Fall – Get Certified Organic Bedding for Less

At Lifekind, we believe that your bedroom should be a retreat to escape toxins and replenish your soul. Our goal has always been to help customers lower their daily exposure to hazardous chemicals by offering the purest consumer products available. For customer assurance, we use USDA-approved third-party organizations to confirm our use of certified organic raw materials.

Lifekind Fall 2015 Catalog Cover

Our Fall Catalog is out and it has some great discounts.  If you can’t wait for your copy, here is a glimpse of some of the organic deals:


Did you know that one of our most popular online items is our GOTS-Certified Organic Cotton Dust-Mite & Bed-Bug Pillow Barrier Cover?  The pillow barrier cover is so awesome because is protects your certified organic pillow from stains, bed bugs, and dust mites.  Our certified organic pillows are not treated with chemicals, and should only be washed, very carefully, as a last resort.  The pillow barrier cover can be washed, so it is a great insurance layer that will extend the life of your pillow. The pillow barrier covers are discounted at 25% off.

LifekindComboOrganicMattressA certified organic mattress is an investment and you should protect that investment with equally pure bedding.


All of our organic mattress pads are 20% off.  This includes our flannel pad, moisture pad, and underbed pad.  The flannel pad should go under your sheet and acts as the first line of wetness defense.  The moisture pad acts as the “insurance layer” and goes under the flannel pad and directly on top of the mattress, helping to prevent any dampness from getting through.  The wool underbed pad can be placed directly on springs or on the platform underneath your mattress.


Other great organic discounts in our fall catalog include 25% off certified organic sheet sets, mattress barrier covers, wool pillows, and more.

Lifekind loves its customers and would like to offer the promo code EXTRA5 to give you an extra 5% off your order (ends Oct 15th).  Organic luxury for less, you deserve it.

Microplastics: No Small Issue

Leading a “green” life is certainly a process… every day I hear of some new catastrophe that is threatening our already-fragile planet. And while I’m learning to pick my battles — or at least, be realistic about how many battles I can take on at once — there are some topics that really hit home. One such issue that really grabbed my attention when I first learned of it is the issue of microbeads (also known by the more general term “microplastics”).


In case you hadn’t heard, microbeads are the tiny plastic pieces found in many personal-care products. While these tiny scrubbers can certainly help you get smooth skin, they also pollute our waterways (their small size makes them very difficult to filter out). Finding out that microbeads are one of the biggest contributors to the garbage patch — and oceanic pollution, in general — launched me on a months-long journey to replace my microbead-laden facial scrub with a natural alternative. After a few years and a LOT of failed attempts at using things like coffee grounds or cold-pressed honey, I have finally settled into a happy, natural exfoliation routine (turns out there are some pretty great options in the organic section that are less messy)!

Fast forward to the present and we’ve made considerable headway in the effort to eliminate microbeads: several major companies have pledged to phase them out of their products and some states have passed legislation banning the manufacture and sale of products containing them (hooray for the recent victory in California)! However, we are not out of the woods yet…and in case I was in danger of becoming complacent, I have just learned of ANOTHER way these microplastics are finding their way into the ocean: through synthetic clothing. According to good ol’ Wikipedia, there are two types of microplastics: primary microplastics, which are made intentionally (like microbeads), and secondary microplastics, which are the result of the break-down of larger plastic materials. The synthetic clothing fibers I am speaking of fall into this second category. And while it comes as no surprise to me that big pieces of plastic break down into small pieces, I can honestly say that I never gave much thought to the fact that the plastic polluting our oceans could be coming from the clothes I wear to yoga class (what a terrible irony)!


According to this article, a single piece of synthetic clothing can shed approximately 1,900 microfibers every time it is washed! Dr. Mark Anthony Browne, an ecologist with the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), arrived at this number after conducting an experiment in which washing-machine wastewater was examined to determine the microplastic content after a regular cycle. Even more shocking is the fact that Dr. Browne went on to study the plastic debris found on 18 shoreline sites around the world and found that 85% appeared to be consistent with the type of fibers shed by synthetic clothing. This means that the plastic pollution we are causing unwittingly — in the form of secondary microplastics — is more of an issue than the pollution being caused by the intentional manufacture of primary microplastics (like microbeads). Check out this video to find out more about how these microplastics affect habitats, wildlife, and humans.


So what can we do about this? I certainly don’t have all the answers, but there is nothing worse than finishing an article that opens your eyes to some terrible calamity happening in the world and then being left without any suggestions about what can be done or info about what is already underway! The simplest suggestion is this: wear natural fibers. Organic cotton is a versatile and practical option for most day-to-day clothing, and its breathability makes it more comfortable than synthetics, anyway. When it comes to technical wear — that is, the clothing we wear for exercise or in extreme weather conditions — there is nothing better than merino wool! Wool truly is cool in the summer and warm in the winter (which is why we love to use it in our bedding here at Lifekind)!

Of course, changing your clothing doesn’t solve the issue of all of the microplastics that have already found their way into the ocean, nor does it prevent the pollution that is likely to be caused by the millions of synthetic garments already in existence. Fortunately, there are organizations in place that you can partner with to help raise awareness and address these issues! One such organization, 5 Gyres, is busy petitioning our legislators, organizing clean-up efforts, and even launching research expeditions that you can be part of! The ecologist that I mentioned before, Dr. Browne, is heading up a campaign called Benign by Design that aims to form a collaboration between clothing manufacturers, textile suppliers, and environmental scientists to find low-impact, cost-effective alternatives to the fabrics being used today. You can help this cause gain momentum by spreading the word!

Microplastics may be small in size, but the impact they have on the environment (and, therefore, on YOU and ME) is huge! We can’t afford to let this one slip past us, so let’s step up and do our part to get microplastics out of our waters!

Lifekind Contest: Win four of our most popular organic laundry and cleaning products!


Detox Your Laundry – Giveaway

Discover Lifekind‘s awesome, clean and simple Naturally Safer™ laundry products! Enter the raffle below to win a free 64-ounce bottle of Laundry Liquid, a 10-pound box of Laundry Powder (with oxygen bleach), a 2-pound tub of Oxygen Bleach, and a 32-ounce spray bottle of Stain & Odor Eliminator. Combined, these quantities will wash 164 loads of laundry! Giveaway runs 9/8-9/22/15. No purchase necessary to enter or win.

Naturally Safer™ laundry products are kind to humans, animals and the environment, and are formulated with the highest-quality ingredients, from natural sources. They rapidly biodegrade, leave no skin-irritating residues, contain no known cancer-causing ingredients or dyes, are cruelty-free, and are septic and gray-water safe.

New to nontoxic laundry cleaning? Click here for tips and tricks to prevent wearing toxins all day and sleeping in toxins all night.

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Free Ebook: Sleep Safe in a Toxic World

Whether you’re interested in a cleaner environment or improved health for you and your family, Sleep Safe in a Toxic World by Lifekind® co-founder Walt Bader is essential reading for a good night’s sleep. Learn why beds are one of the single most overlooked causes of chemical exposure. Download your FREE copy today:

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Lifekind Contest: Organic Baby Basket Giveaway


Our new baby gift baskets fall right in line with other healthy Lifekind baby products, like our certified organic crib mattresses. Conventional cotton contains loads of chemicals such as ammonia, formaldehyde, and heavy metals, just to name a few. Not what we want to wrap babies up in!

This month we are offering a free Swaddler Set, which includes a cute one-piece, washable teething doll, elephant-print romper, and muslin Organic Baby Swaddle Blanket, all made of super-soft Global Organic Textile Standard-certified organic Egyptian cotton. Enter to win below.

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Not sure exactly how much sleep you really need?

Not sure exactly how much sleep you really need? Feel tired even after “sleeping in”? Think a night of extra sleep cancels out the all-nighter you had last weekend? If you are like most people, the answer is yes to all three of these questions.

Watch this video from AsapSCIENCE to get legit answers to these questions and more.

Still having issues after learning what is best for you? Check in here with the always lovely Kris Carr for “10 Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep.”

Now, get to bed and don’t forget to sleep organic – sweet dreams!

Take a Hike to Keep Depression at Bay

Take a Hike to Keep Depression at Bay

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
John Muir
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Anyone who enjoys a good hike knows how uplifting it can be. Now scientists have discovered a reason why: Walking in nature actually reduces a specific type of self-obsessive negative thinking called “rumination,” which has been shown to lead to episodes of depression.

When scientists at Stanford took a group of 38 mentally-healthy city dwellers recently and asked them to take a 90-minute walk either through oak-dotted hills or along a congested urban street, the results were clear: Participants who walked in the undeveloped natural setting showed substantial decreases in ruminative activity and the negative emotions that come with it. The scientists’ conclusion? “Natural environments are more restorative, and thus confer greater psychological benefits.” Sounds right to us! (For the full story, go to theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/06/how-walking-in-nature-prevents-depression/397172/?utm_source=SFFB.)

Leaving civilization behind and interacting with wild landscapes is good for body and spirit — even if just for a little while. Take the time to find your own place “off the beaten path,” and your state of mind will thank you.

For more about walking and how it relates to mental health, click here

“Earth has no sorrow that earth can not heal.”

John Muir