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Moms’ Wellness Event Provides Advice, Relaxation and Earth-Lovin’

September 25, 2014, by k.o. kidz Corp.

The premier wellness event of the season kicked off on Thursday, September 18th with ‘Back to School, Back to YOU!’ at Chicago’s acclaimed non-toxic day spa, Noktivo, in support of the National Farm to School Network.

Health and Wellness

k.o. kidz Corp. Founder and CEO, Karen Orlich joined Joy Duginske, Owner of Joy to Wellness Health Coaching, Candice Wu, MA-Holistic Therapist and Bianka Hardin, Psy.D. and Owner of Centered Therapy Chicago to provide healthy eating (and eco-friendly) advice for school lunches and stress relieving tips and techniques for moms.

This team really “walked the talk” in wellness by offering raw, organic juices provided by Earth’s Healing Café, organic wines, healthy fruit/veggie trays, superfood chia shots from The Chia Co., and complimentary spa sessions with Simple Beauty Naturals and massages from Tennille Jones, MELT Massage. Additionally, this green themed event had zero disposable waste by utilizing reusable, dry-erase nametags from Florida Badges, cloth napkins, garden herb “flower” arrangements, and ‘magbag’goodie bags (magazines repurposed to gift bags) provided by k.o. friendly

Joy Duginske, Certified Health Coach, began the evening’s presentation with some nutrition information from our public schools’ cafeterias. “Fries are considered a vegetable according to published nutrition standards,” stated Joy. “And, the chicken fingers have more than 30 ingredients.”

She highlighted an ‘unhealthy’ lunch that many of us feed our kids – peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole wheat bread,organic fruit yogurt squeeze pouch, multi-grain crackers, and pre-packaged trail mix (all packaged in plastic, disposable bags).These supposedly healthy sounding foods can be deceiving with sugar, salt, and preservatives in the top five ingredients.She emphasized the importance of eating whole foods (i.e. unprocessed food that is free from additives or other artificial substances) and reading food labels BEFORE you buy.

Karen Orlich, k.o. kidz, then shared her recommendations on eco-friendly back to school gear must haves for a truly healthy, ‘green’ lunch.

“20 million sandwich bags are thrown away every day in the U.S. It’s disgusting!” k.o. kidz researched and tested several reusable snack/sandwich bags and lunch boxes and found three U.S. based, mom owned and operated businesses that are committed to the environment. SnackTAXI, Bento-ware, and Dabbawalla were all highlighted for their exceptional, durable, and creatively designed products and were part of a give-away at the end of the night.

Aviary-Photo_130560723296248033-300x300Karen also added, “Over 2.5 billion disposable food and drink pouches are consumed every year in the United States.” The high cost and lack of recyclability of these pouches motivated Karen to design and develop a reusable, eco-friendly pouch for on-the-go use which she debuted at the event.

Bianka Hardin, Centered Therapy Chicago, continued the presentation with 7 tips to maintain a sense of calm in your family. Bianka began with ‘focus on yourself’ stating, “In order for us to be good parents and make good decisions,we need to take care of ourselves first. So, self-care is not selfish, it is the best thing parents can do for themselves and their families.” She emphasized that self-care is important for the whole family as well.

Bianka HardinAdditional tips included: ‘good enough is good enough’, ‘make regular and open communication a family habit’, ‘start small changes to make improvements’, and ‘get involved in community’. She concluded with ‘get support’ stating, “Anything that can help you feel
supported or better cope with stress will have a positive impact on your quality or life.”

Candice Wu, Holistic Therapist and Certified Yoga Instructor, closed the event with relaxation techniques and a meditation. “Mothers can be such a central and powerful force in the family, your self-care is essential” stated Candice. “Whenever we use the senses, energy goes outward, so when we bring the senses inward, we create renewed energy and bring healing to our bodies and minds.” She recommended several meditative and mindfulness exercises and/or a restorative yoga class to better cope with the stress of back to school.

Ohm to that!

For inquiries about this event, please contact Joy Duginske ( or Karen Orlich ( ). 


Back to School, Just for Moms: Packing Your Eco-Beauty “Lunchbox”

Back to School, Just for Moms: Packing Your Eco-Beauty “Lunchbox”

Back to School, Just for Moms: Packing Your Eco-Beauty “Lunchbox”

by Guest Author Jenny Duranski, Chief Beauty Officer, Noktivo Non-Toxic Spa and Beauty Boutique

It’s that time of year again when the sounds of bells either leave you reaching for a tissue or wanting to start a flash mob to Lady Gaga’s “Applause” in the parking lot. But no matter which way you go, Back to School also means getting back into a daily routine, and getting back to caring for YOU. Even with the limited time in the morning you have between preparing school lunches, picking outfits and making sure teeth are brushed, these eco-beauty tips require minimal effort and time so you can be out the door feeling and looking refreshed. Lunchbox-sized just for you, now that deserves a round of applause!

What to pack:
1. Mascara – Nothing makes your eyes look more alive like a little mascara. It widens the eye and automatically brightens the shape so even if you are running on four hours of sleep, you certainly won’t look like it. Apply two coats; first take the wand and coat the back of the lashes. This will darken the color and evenly coat them. Then apply the second coat to the front lashes. Lightly sweep the bottom lash line and voila, 3 minutes. Done! We recommend CALM Skincare Cinnamon Thyme Mascara in Black, $14.

2. Citrus Lotion or Body Oil – Citrus essential oils such as Lemon, Lime, Orange or Grapefruit have long been known for their energizing attributes. Applying just a little aromatherapy in the morning works like a charm to awaken our senses and stimulate blood flow to help us get going. Using a citrus infused body oil or lotion is perfect for the I-have-no-time-for-beauty mornings, as the aromatherapy works to energize and the oils hydrate to leave skin soft, supple and glowing. Try One Organics Daily Body Serum in Neroli, $39.

3. Dry Shampoo – Managing the morning Back to School rush is no small feat, and let’s be honest, more than not, shower time just doesn’t fit in the schedule. But now with the greatest beauty invention since the flat iron (if you ask me), busy moms can rejoice in a solution to tame that bed head! Dry Shampoo. Sprinkle a little bit into the palm of your hand and rub into the top and sides of the scalp. The main ingredients will absorb excess oil, essential oils will give it the “clean” smell and some formulations even help combat dryness, breakage and itching. We love Fat and the Moon Lavender & Cocoa Dry Shampoo, $14.

For more eco-beauty tips like these and information on products, please visit

About the author: Jenny Duranski, Chief Beauty Officer of Noktivo Non-Toxic Spa & Beauty Boutique, has been working in the beauty industry for almost 15 years and thoroughly enjoys sharing her green beauty knowledge and passion with her clients. 


Crispy Baked Chicken Legs

Crispy Baked Chicken Legs

This month I welcome guest author, Tiffany Hinton, whose blog Gluten Free Mom Certified inspires moms everywhere to make delicious and nutritious gluten-free meals for their families. Today, Tiffany shares her most recent kitchen creation – crispy baked chicken legs!

3-4 lbs chicken drumsticks or wings
1 tbs marjoram
2 tbs oregano
1 1/4 tsp smoked salt
1 1/2 tbs garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp dried chipotle ground
1 GF chicken boulin cube, crushed
2 tbs oil

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place chicken in a large bowl, with all the spices, and then drizzle with 2 tbsp oil. Cover chicken completely with paste. Line a baking pan with foil; top with a wire rack. Arrange chicken legs out in a single layer. While the chicken legs are baking, oil will slowly drip to the bottom of the baking pan. Bake chicken legs until cooked through and skin is crispy, about 45-50 minutes. Rotate wings half way through – roughly 20 minutes. Rotate drumsticks and cook additional 30 minutes. Remove and serve with yogurt sauce or African pepper sauce.

About Tiffany Hinton
Tiffany started blogging in June of 2010, while going through treatments for fertility. Like many others, she struggled to talk about her experience, leading to an online journal for sharing emotions and heart. Following the birth of her first child she began to share gluten-free substitutes for her favorite family recipes on her blog, After three children in just three years, gluten free coking has become a necessity. Discovering she was not alone in the challenge to feed a gluten-free family opened the path to writing Gluten Free Mom Certified. She creates and shares recipes each week on her blog to help GF mothers meet the challenge of GF cooking.