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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...
3 Tips to Help Teach Your Kids to Live a Happy and Healthy Life
As a parent, it's your job to do everything you can to keep your kids happy, healthy, and safe. Though you'll spend most of your energy (and money) on your kids, that doesn't mean you should neglect your own health and only care for them. It's just as important to show your kids how to live a healthy lifestyle...
5 Adorable Baby Shower Gifts
I have not been to a baby shower in a long time but this October I have one and I am SO excited. I love baby stuff. It’s so cute and small. The excitement, joy and anticipation is contagious when you’re at a baby shower. Everyone is reminiscing, asking the mama to be questions about how she is feeling,...
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...
Have you ever packed your child's lunch and wondered how much of it will get thrown away? No, we're not talking about excess food, but rather the food packaging that will just end up in the garbage once the food is scarfed down. Those cookie pouches, yogurt containers, sandwich baggies and plastic water bottles usually never get recycled, and most...
Essential oil recipes to keep away bugs
This might surprise you but I hate bugs. I do. I hate them flying in my face, landing on me, biting me, and crawling on me and just about everything about them. When we camp, I do not leave home without a few things because of my dislike for bugs. Which yes, I know, exist for a good reason....
Moms need practical tips for getting their kids to eat their veggies. Like real tips that work and well are honest, even if they're tricky. After all, veggies are good for you. Everyone knows this.  As my kids get older, it is becoming a challenge to get them to eat new foods, especially their vegetables. They have the fruits...
A century-old medical technique could be successful in helping women get pregnant today. New Scientist reports that Ben Mol of the University of Adelaide in Australia worked with his team to investigate whether flushing women's fallopian tubes with poppyseed oil during x-ray scans led to higher conception rates. The results? It just might. This medical technique involves dissolving poppyseed oil in...
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...
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...
Apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries for cooking and various other home purposes. In recent years it’s become popular because of various health benefits. Let’s talk about Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) and how you can start using it at home. What Exactly Is Apple Cider Vinegar?  This is a vinegar made from apple cider. It has a pale amber color,...
Pumpkin Recipe Round-Up #pumpkin #fall #recipe
I love pumpkin. Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin! In fact, when others say they don’t like pumpkin everything…I’m thinking they were born with fewer quality taste buds and deprived. Yes, deprived. You see, pumpkin smells good. It tastes good and it is good for you. It’s like someone telling me that sunshine doesn’t feel good on their face. I’m like, huh? Are you...
How to Turn Your Delicious Recipes into Healthy Recipes
We all know cooking at home is a healthier choice over choosing the drive-thru or dining out. However, it’s important to remember that recipes are created simply for their texture and flavor, but don’t always take health into consideration. To make it easier for you to cook more healthfully, here are a few tips that you can use on...
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I love coconut oil. In fact there are many claims about health benefits that have been associated with coconut oil, including benefits for your hair, skin, metabolism/weight loss, and immunity and now studies with links reversing the effects of Alzheimer’s and studies showing benefits to the thyroid.  The research on coconut oil and the benefits exist– it’s a matter...
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...
7 Items that Make Excellent Fire Starters
One of the biggest challenges you face when camping is getting the camp fire started. Getting a strong fire going is not only a great way to get your food cooked, but can provide evening light and ambiance as well as repel pests. If you seem to struggle when starting your own campfire, the perfect fire starter can make...
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...
Green Your Next Hotel Stay with These Tips
When you travel and stay at a hotel, do you have housekeeping come each day? When you leave the room, do you shut of the television and the lights? When we went to Chicago, I thought about this. While we were at the hotel, there was a gymnastics event-taking place and the hotel was flooded with children and families....

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