About jmtao

I am a spa consultant, health coach, mom and wife who is INSPIRED by mindful life choices and habits. Enjoy reading about my inspirations of spa, business, health, parenting, organic, and more. I hope to INSPIRE you!

Inspiration from Jessica Alba: interview with Honest Co Founder

Inspired Mom of the Month: Jessica Alba | StrollerTraffic | Every City.

Enjoy this interview showcasing Jessica Alba’s inspiration for her amazing all natural parenting line of baby products, cleaning products, skin care and more!

We began using Honest diapers about 8 months ago with our daughter and have fallen in love with the fit, comfort, absorbency & ingredients!  The customer service has been spot on & very helpful.  We are so glad to have these diapers ready for the arrival of our new baby this Fall.  Thankful to not need to use mainstream diapers with chemicals and toxic ingredients.

Next on my list to try is their newly launched vitamins and toothpaste.


Kleen Kanteen’s Bring Your Own Steel Reusable Cups

I just received my stainless steel BYOS (Bring your Own Steel) from Kleen Kanteen and love them!  I was searching for an alternative to glass cups for water consumption at home.  Now that we have a toddler running around, glass is not ideal for our household.  I was originally looking at BPA free plastic tumblers although was not truly thrilled with drinking from plastic all the time.  When I came upon Kleen Kanteen’s offerings, I knew their stainless steel tumbler would be a great option for us.  We are already big fans of their products as our toddler just loves their sippy bottle and I have a must bring to yoga water bottle from them I have had for years.

I am thrilled to be supporting their mission of “Go Forth & Refuse Single Use Plastic”



How to Make Choosing Organic Less Overwhelming

By now, most of us have heard of The Environmental Working Group’s list of The Dirty Dozen or most contaminated foods.  This list of 12 foods that are commonly consumed on a regular basis are the exact foods you should absolutely ensure are organic before bringing them into your home.

The EWG’s list of The Dirty Dozen for 2013 are as follows:

Apples, strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, spinach, sweet bell peppers, imported nectarines, cucumbers, potatoes, cherry tomatoes and hot peppers

You might be overwhelmed reviewing this list and thinking how will you convert your shopping list to organic for all of these items.  I knew I was when I first began looking into organic about 5 years ago.  One, price is always a concern as organic products tend to be more expensive than non organic products.  Second, if you are like me, I purchase most of these items on a regular basis and then not all grocery stores stock organic items of these 12 products.

To make this less overwhelming and much more manageable for you to embark on this major change to your shopping habits, eating habits and financial spending, I recommend breaking this list down into 12 manageable parts.

First, create your own list of products from The Dirty Dozen that you have in your refrigerator on a regular basis.  For some this may be just a few items and for some this may be the entire list.

Next, take a look at what is currently in season and highlight those items – for example, strawberries, potatoes, and spinach are in season now in most of the warmer regions while peaches will be coming into season soon.

CHOOSE ONE product that you will commit to purchasing only organic from this point forward.  I recommend shopping around to your local grocery stores, health food stores and farmer’s markets to compare pricing and see which retailer will offer the best price for you and your family.  If you are having difficulty choosing, I recommend starting with strawberries, since they are nearing the end of their season and choosing ONLY organic strawberries.  I will continue to share over the next coming weeks when to add another Dirty Dozen food to your organic purchases until you are purchasing only organic for all 12 foods.

If you are still not convinced that buying organic is worth the cost, possibly you can adapt my mantra.  I prefer to pay now than later.  If I spend money now on clean, organic, healthy, nutritious foods, I will not need to pay later at the doctor’s office.  Prevention now is critical to our long-term health.

Some tips:

Visit your local farmers markets regularly to see what is fresh, in season and organic.  This also gives you an opportunity to speak directly to the farmers.

Visit your local health food stores rather than the major grocery store chains for local, organic and many times inexpensive produce

Visit the farms direct if this is an option in your area creating a direct relationship with the farmer.  This takes out the middle man giving you produce that is more fresh and often times less expensive.

Remember this key point: Once you make the choice to buy a particular food organic, never buy non organic again for that product.  The goal is to continue adding organic produce to your list.  Each time you buy organic, you are improving the health of you and your family.



Engagement Leadership

I recently had the opportunity to discuss with an experienced professional from the bio medical field about engaging employees rather than managing them.  I must say, it was inspirational to hear another colleague highlight the importance of coaching rather than managing.

To this individual, leadership was the language, not management.  How can one engage a team if they are managing?  Coaching, mentoring, leading…this is how one leads a team to high levels of productivity, great moral, and amazing, tangible results.

How do you engage your team?  Please share…