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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...
Cranberry Themed Appetizers & Drinks
This year is the first year, I am not making a Christmas dinner. 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 Pinterest and decided on a...
A Healthy Lunch for One
I am not a doctor or a health professional but I do know that when I eat better, take my supplements, exercise and get rest, I feel my best. That is a no brainer, right? For years, I’ve taken supplements and my doctors have always recommended that I take a vitamin D supplement to help with season effective disorder. It’s...
As a past preschool teacher I always LOVED teaching the children about  Earth Day. It was so much fun celebrating this special day with a week long theme. It was fun to have the children make recycled craft projects, pick trash up in a local park, visit the recycling station and experiment with natural products like baking soda and...
Clean Eating Easy Substitues for Your Favorite Foods
If you decided to “eat clean” or at least eat cleanER, you might be trying to decide how you’re going to pack your weekly lunch and what you will now make for dinner and what about breakfast? How are you going to live without your bagel and cream cheese and your Friday night pizza? Don’t stress, I’m here to...
Stonyfield Organic Fruit Snacks
My children have always loved those fruit chewy gummy snacks. You know the ones I’m talking about, right? Well, I think my kids have always loved them because they feel like they’re eating candy. The issue is, the sugar content and ingredients for some of those fruit chewy gummy snacks aren’t so good. In fact, some of them are...
It's that time of year when I shave almost daily and that says a lot because I live in where it snows most of the year!  I am wearing shorts, bathing suits, dresses and skirts with the warm weather and the last thing I want is for my legs to be hairy and gross looking! This means shaving cream...
Valentine’s Day Lemon-Lime Cran-Raspberry Drink
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I’m trying to plan a special dinner for my family. Valentine’s Day is my husband’s birthday so I like to make an extra special dinner to celebrate the love of my life. One of the things I’ll be serving with dinner is a special Non-Alcoholic Lemon-Lime Cran-Raspberry Drink. Something the entire family can...
Teaching 3rd grade is an adventure. Each day I learn something new. I haven’t had one day where something funny doesn’t happen that makes me giggle out loud or brings on a full fledged belly laugh. My team of 3rd grade Michigan Virtual Charter Academy K12 teachers often have me in stitches and when I want to cry because...
I will be the first to admit I have an Aller-Ease household and I am proud of it. My daughter suffers from bad allergies which has changed how we live. We have changed our cleaning products, bathing products, tossed the carpet, had allergy testing and attend doctor appointments regularly to help make her more comfortable. One of the things...
This is the time of year that my daughter always gets sick and comes down with croup. This year isn’t any different but maybe next year will be. I contribute her illness to her allergies and the change in the weather. We are cooped up inside during this time of year because it’s typically cold out. Now I am...
Do you ever look back on your parenting and the choices you made and wish you could change them? I do. While I believe I’m a good parent there are choices I made when my daughter was younger that I wish I would have done differently; one of those choices would have been my choice in diapering. I hopped...
I am not a dog expert. In fact, I am timid around most dogs I meet and most that know me would say I’m not really a “dog” person but I love MY dog! I’m completely into doggie class with Ellie, I love shopping for her and buying her new toys, sweaters (she is short haired and gets cold),...
What tastes better then wine? Answer: Wine that comes from a vineyard who has received certification from the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and Gold Certification from the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Wow, that’s got to be good wine! I must confess I have not tried any wine from this particular vineyard but I sure would like...
Dreamy Orange Dip     What You Need:   1 (4 oz.) container fat free cream cheese, softened 1 (6 oz) container fat free orange flavored yogurt 2 TBSP powdered sugar 1 TBSP frozen orange concentrate 1/4tsp. Vanilla extract 1/2C fat free whip topping, thawed Fresh strawberries How to Make It:   Place the softened cream cheese in a large mixing bow. Use an electric on low speed and beat the cream cheese until...
Making healthy snacks and meals for our children; it’s something we all want to do but sometimes we get stuck in that parenting rut of eating the same old foods and then buying prepackaged items for the sake of time. Eating organic seems too expensive and how do I know where the organic food was shipped from? Our family...
I love tomatoes. Did you know that when the tomato was first introduced in Europe they called it the "love apple"? The rumor was that it was an aphrodisiac but I'm not sure that's really true. I like how it was referred to as an apple because I often eat my tomatoes like an apple. In college it used...

Sprouting 101

Grow some grub in your kitchen, even in the middle of winter, by learning how to sprout! Sprouting is a low-cost, healthy habit that can add homegrown greens to your meals with just a small time commitment every day. It's almost idiot-proof in its simplicity, and the materials you need can be picked up for only a small investment. Some of...
My face is always dry. I just have that type of skin and yesterday my Origins Face Lotion was gone. Gone. I have become hooked to the stuff ever since it was sent my way. I didn't even share it with my new Green Guru, Mckenzie. I kept it all to myself (shh)! I've been wanting to try something...
I am so disappointed. I waited and waited for my Safe Sippy to come and it leaks. I did a review of BPA Free Sippy cups forever ago and The Safe Sippy was completely out of stock, so I've been waiting. When the company sent me one, I was out of my mind excited. Us "green moms" we get...