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A 2017 Unilever study found that 33% of consumers, or one in three, prefer to choose brands that support social or environmental causes. This fundamental value transcends through purchases as well as coordination of events, even ones as big as weddings. Eco-friendly weddings are a great way to express your personal values while making memories that will last a...
9 Coffee Filter Hacks
Many of us have either updated our coffee maker or received a newer coffer maker over the years. In some cases, we are left with unused paper coffee filters that we either have to throw out or find other uses for them. Here are 9 Coffee Filter Hacks that you may find useful. Either use your unused coffee filters that...
Healthy Crockpot Dinners
Weeknight dinners can be hectic. My husband is coming home from work, I’m finishing up emails, the kids are getting home from school and we’re heading off to our nightly activities of gymnastics, skiing, scouting and who knows what else. It’s busy. Most parents can probably relate to this. I've written about how to simplify the weeknight dinner chaos...
As the days get shorter and summer starts to slowly come to an end, it can feel like the school bus will be coming around the corner to pick your child up any minute now. Luckily, there are still a few weeks left until school begins, but with the beginning of school comes the beginning of other opportunities as...
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...
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...
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...
Ice pops are an all-time favorite summer treat for kids of all ages (my husband loves them)! If you’re like me you’re probably trying to get your kids to eat their vegetables but with these veggie ice pops that becomes a summertime breeze! These are perfect for teething babies too but beware they'll ask for more because they are...
Why not lay aside some of summer's bounty as dried fruit? It is simple, economical, and requires little in the way of special equipment. Because there is no long cooking involved, drying fruits preserves more nutrients than canning. And children often prefer this high-fiber snack to candy. You can dry fruit whole, sliced, chopped, or as fruit "leather." Here...
The end of the school year and the beginning of the school year mean crayons. Yes, crayons. My children always need new crayons at the beginning of the school year (shocker) but at the end of the school year, they are down to the nubs and bits. You know the ones without wrappers or stubs that are technically still useful...
Spring break is almost over and we stayed home. My husband and I were able to have date night and guess what we talked about, taking a vacation. I think we’re both in need of some family time and warmth. There is still snow where we live and we have another storm warning today. We’re headed to Nashville in...
Strawberry and Grapefruit Smoothie
I’ve professed my love for all things smoothies many times over. There are so many health benefits, especially if you’re eating clean. If you’re a smoothie fanatic like I am, you’ll love this new grapefruit and strawberry smoothie recipe. It is beyond delicious and very filling because it’s made with plain whole milk Greek yogurt. It’s also very...
21 Healthy Granola Bar Recipes #Health #Recipes
My kid's love granola bars. They make for great snacks, on-the-go treats and even a quick and healthy breakfast. Today I’m sharing with you 21 healthy granola bar recipes. Now mind you, each person has their own opinion on what is healthy or not healthy. I promise you, you’ll find at least one recipe in this bunch that will...
Healthy Fruit Dips Your Kids Will Love
My kids love fruit but I find that like most things fruit can get boring if I serve it the same way each time. I like to buy local if possible, Michigan farmed if possible and organic when economically feasible. I also enjoy and get a lot of inspiration from the Big Book of Recipes  or Cooking for Baby. Here...
I’m always on a quest to improve my skin naturally. From what I’m eating to help how my skin looks to egg white masks, lemon juice to lighten my aging skin and even apple cider vinegar for acne. I want nice looking skin – don’t we all? I also would like to not spend a fortune. Really, who wants to spend...
Most children resist bedtime. They fight it with everything they have making excuses for needing a glass of water, seeing a shadow, hearing a noise, having a tummy ache, needing to use the bathroom and the millions of other countless excuses to NOT sleep. I commonly hear: “Mom, I’m not tired!” OR “Mom, I don’t want to go to bed, 10 more...
When it comes to camping organization is the key. When you are organized you can relax and have a good time. At least that’s how it is for me. I like when things run smoothly and if it rains and I don’t have the rain coats, we’ll it’s a wet and muddy mess. If I’m prepared with the rain...
25 Healthy Smoothie Recipes
One of the easiest things to make for breakfast, lunch or dinner is a smoothie. There are dozens of health benefits too and it’s not hard to get started with adding smoothies to your diet. I’ll admit, there are times I get sick of having a smoothie but if I take a break, I end up craving them again....
Hanging Pictures with Toothpaste
  I suck at hanging up pictures. I’m the eye ball it type of gal. Put the nail in and oops, it really isn’t very level. The problem is I can’t always wait for my husband to come home and hang up a new painting or frame I’ve purchased. Besides, if I ask him…he’ll know I bought something new and...
Last night I think I had an anxiety attack. Actually I’m certain I did. My heart was racing a million miles a minute, I was breathing quickly and felt freaked out, like the world was coming to an end but it really wasn't  The cause of this, in my opinion, feeling overwhelmed by everything happening in my life and the...