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The many uses and benefits of sunflower seeds!
Sunflower seeds are small but mighty.  They’re high in protein, Vitamin B-6, Magnesium, Vitamin E and Iron. Four key benefits of adding sunflower seeds to your diet include: Promote healthy cholesterol levels because they’re high in phytosterol Promotes a healthy cardiovascular, nervous and immune system because of the high levels of Magnesium Sunflower seeds are said to be an anti-inflammatory because they contain Selenium. The tiny seed is...
Fresh strawberries for a homemade strawberry rhubarb pie!
A marriage is hard work. There are two people who have to share everything and who often have differences in opinion but try to meet in the middle to make one another happy and to be a team. I love my husband. He forgives my faults and he loves me even when I’m bruised up, grumpy and just want to be...
Epsom salt is a miracle substance in my home! I often take hot baths with Epsom salt to help soothe my achy muscles after working out. It’s inexpensive and available at most big box stores and pharmacies. I prefer to use It also helps to moisturise and exfoliate my skin, perfect for when I have to shave! I also...
Both of my kids went away to overnight camp a few weeks ago. This meant, “Me” time and I needed it. One of the first things I wanted to do was get a massage and acupuncture. Unfortunately, there were no acupuncture appointments available but I could get a full body 90 minute massage. Sign me up! It was a great...
Baking and Cooking with Quinoa: 15 Quinoa Recipes
Quinoa is a delicious source of protein and fiber. Quinoa is a whole grain seed that is prepared similar to rice or barley. It takes less time to cook than most other whole grains, which is a plus. Quinoa is also gluten-free and cholesterol free. A very healthy whole grain that is an ancient grain, a grain that has...
What to pack for camping with kids.
With two young children I’ve learned there are a few necessities when camping and some ways I can make camping less work and more enjoyable. Don’t get me wrong, camping is indeed work but being organized and prepared helps our weekend adventures run smoothly. First thing is first you need a plastic tub. Yes, a plastic tub that you most...
Summer Sipping - Wine Tasting and Pairing
The global wine market in 2015 generated $319,816 million dollars with 24,388.5 million liters consumed. That was 2015 data and I sure, the consumption and revenue generated has only skyrocketed. The world likes its wine! And admittedly, I’ve helped with the revenue and consumption. (Sip! Sip!) This last weekend, I was lucky enough to sip some complementary San Simeon 2013...
Vehicle sales hit an all-time high in the last year, meaning that more Americans are buying cars these days. And with all the cars on the market, it's not surprising that 39% of people are considering at least five different vehicles at the same time. In contrast, many Americans want to reduce their carbon emissions and opt for alternative...
Epsom salt can be used in many different ways and has benefits for your health and your garden. I've shared with you how it can be used to create an amazing DIY Epsom Salt Face Scrub but did you know it can also be used in your hair? Yes your hair! Here are some tips on using Epsom salt in the...
Homemade Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Salad Dressing
I have a long list of things I love about summer BUT two of them include summertime salads and weekend BBQ’s. I love that summer means tons of fresh fruits and veggies for my salads. When I hit the farmers market, I can stock up on all my favorites for a summer salad: peaches, snow peas, cucumbers, tomatoes, sweet...
Max & Ola Eco-Friendly Baby Moccasins
Have you heard of Max & Ola’s? If you have a little one, this is a company worth checking out. Their welcome page lured me in: "Just as we must protect and care for our earth, so we must protect and care for our children. Whatever is safe for our environment is often safe for our children as well. At Max & Ola's,...
DIY Essential Oil Oatmeal Shower Bags
I’m a Girl Scout Leader and each month I have to come up with activities and crafts. This last meeting we focused on friendship, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. We had stations and the girls rotated. My station was focused on writing a poem to mom and making mom/grandmother/aunt/sitter/friend an organic oatmeal shower bag, using Now Food Essential Oils....
Nature is the newest trend in skin and hair care - it really has been for a few years now! For years, we've been putting toxic chemicals into our bodies that build up and make us feel tired and sick, regardless of whether we eat them or if they seep through our pores. And people are finally catching on...
Itchy Ear Relief
I have a confession to make. I have an annoying habit and it plaques me each spring. I itch my ears. No seriously. It’s gross and I feel like my dog but I can’t take it. Can. Not. Take. It. I know I’m not supposed to stick anything smaller than my elbow into my ear but really, who listens to that advice? What about...
Children love glue and seem to use bucket loads of the stuff, especially when you are doing a craft week at school or have a long summer holiday to fill. You could stock up on expensive glue from the store, but it's actually very easy to make at home. So, why not make homemade glue and save yourself a ton...
Sling Bags for Under $20 for Traveling
My family just got back from a great vacation in Florida and for the first time ever, I used a sling bag as my purse. What a difference this made for me as we walked around the different theme parks and traveled through airports.  What I loved about using a sling bag is that my hands were always free....
Healthy Muffin Recipes
One of the things I love most is making my children a healthy breakfast before they head off to school. Day after day, this can be a challenge. They get bored of the same old toast, eggs, cereal, waffles, pancakes and bagels. I try to mix it up. I try to make sure that each day they have something...
Cranberry Themed Appetizers & Drinks
This year is the first year, I am not making a Christmas dinner (but I am bringing gifts). Instead, I am making appetizers to bring to my sister’s house and mother-in-law’s house. Appetizers are not my comfort zone. I am always the main course girl and everyone else brings appetizers.  Instead of wondering what to make, I went to...
You might hear a friend say, “I’m not feeling well; I think I’ll take a swig of apple cider vinegar.” That might make you cringe and even gag should you hear someone say this. I can’t remember the television show I was watching but the reality stars all did shots of the vinegar because they were getting sick and...
There is no need to buy a box of stuffing for Thanksgiving. It's super easy to make your own stuffing and I promise, it will taste better too! Here are my step-by-step instructions to help you make your own delicious, homemade turkey stuffing. You need: 1 loaf of bread, I use whole grain organic bread from our healthy food store. ...