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I love the sunshine. Growing up, we never wore sunscreen. Now that I am 40, I can see the damage the sun has done to my skin. I have small age spots or “liver spots” on my skin in various sizes. I have them on my hands, arms, shoulders, and face. These spots are common and usually appear on...
itamin E for Nail Cuticles and Dry Lips
Vitamin E is like liquid gold. Growing up, my great grandmother Gertrude would break open a vitamin E capsule for dry patches, hangnails, scars and so much more. The little gold capsules were her go-to miracle cure. Vitamin E is a known antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. A little goes a long ways with this thick golden oil. It’s often found in...
Peppermint Lip Scrub Recipe
Back in October, I shared the beginning of my Invisalign® journey with you. I am currently on set number 11 and have 14 sets. There is the possibility I will need more than 14 sets for further adjustment. I am hoping this is not the case. I have seen a great deal of progress so far. The last four months...
Smart Travel Tips for Traveling Abroad- Visiting Cork, Ireland and More
For almost two weeks this spring, my two sisters, my dad and I will take a trip to Europe. My dad was in the army, stationed in Germany, and has always wanted to go back. We decided to pack in as much as possible on this father/daughter trip abroad so we added Ireland to our agenda.  Our itinerary is...
Easy to Make Smoothie Bowls
One of my favorite things to make the kiddos and myself for breakfast is a smoothie. Lately I have been into making smoothie bowls. They are easy to make, taste great and their prettier. Smoothie bowls take a little more time but on the weekend, it is a special treat. Here is one of my favorite combos. Enjoy! (Printable...
Lip Balm Valentine's Day Cards
This is my last elementary Valentine’s Day party. The last time we make Valentine’s Day treats for school, bags/boxes decorated to collect the goodies at the party and the last time handing out Valentine’s Day cards. It’s bitter sweet.  I’ll have one in middle school and one in high school next year. The days of class parties as I...
6 Ways to Cook with Avocado Oil
I love cooking with different oils. I use them for sauteing, making salad dressing, muffins, cakes, breads, dips and so much more. Growing up I only remember my grandmother using vegetable oil. Now I use a wide variety of oils and love the flavor differences, some more subtle than others. One of my favorite cooking oils is avocado oil....
The importance of Vitamin D
It’s no secret, I’m 40. I avoided my annual check-up like the plague. I knew my weight was out of check and probably my cholesterol. I was right on the money. I need to lose 20 pounds, exercise more and eat power foods to lower my cholesterol. Good-bye fried foods. Everything the doctor said to me, I knew. EXCEPT, that...
Recipe for Dark Choc. Coconut Balls
Making dozens of different holiday cookies and decorating them is something I have great memories of as a child. Licking the spatula, being full of flour, giggling, licking my fingers when I was told not to (come on you have to take a lick) and all of us trying to outdo the other in the decorating department. All of...
Invisalign Tips for Newbies
I have just finished my first week with Invisalign® clear aligners. If you are not familiar with Invisalign® let me quickly fill you in. They are clear aligners that are custom made from a 3D scan to fit snugly over your teeth to align them over time. You wear the clear aligners for 22 hours and you change aligners...
How to Prepare for Cold and Flu Season
Fall is here and so is cold and flu season.  Last fall and winter, we were hit hard. Our household had five cases of strep and we had both influenzas TWICE. Yes twice. It was miserable.  This year I am doing whatever I can to avoid the germs and sickness.  I am being as pro-active as possible and wanted...
Choosing an SLS-Free Toothpaste
A few months ago, I went to my dermatologist because my chin was breaking out as if I was a teenager. It was driving me nuts! My dermatologist said the culprit is toothpaste that has sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) in it. Apparently, I am allergic to the stuff and having a reaction that’s causing the nasty breakouts. If you...
Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oatmeal Recipe
I’m not a morning person. Which means back to school can be brutal for me. This is why I try to do as much beforehand as possible. One thing that I do regularly is make steel-cut oatmeal in my slow cooker. I make several on-the-go cups in advance; place them in the fridge with coconut and granola toppings. My...
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...
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 moisture and exfoliates 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...
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....
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...
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....
Mother's Day Gift Ideas to Promote Self-Care for Mom
Mother’s day is right around the corner. As a mom myself, I feel like the day should be about self-care. Doing what makes mom feel good so that she can be feel rejuvenated. One day to wind down and relax because the next morning, it’s go time again. Here are some ideas and some are gifts but others are just...

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