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Slow Cooker Recipes Sweet and Sour Chicken
My slow cooker is my saving grace during a busy work week. I use it on a regular basis throughout the year. From soups to stews, I’m always coming up with new recipes and ways to have dinner ready when I get home. Otherwise, it’s too easy to order take-out or just call dinner a bowl of cereal. To...
'Community Solar:' A New Option For Greener Apartment Life
The world is seeing a rise in interest in alternative energy, especially solar. Today around 1.6 million solar installations exist in the U.S. alone, and projected growth shows that number reaching 4 million by 2022. American homeowners have had a few options for incorporating solar energy into their property for a while now -- emphasis on "homeowners". One obstacle of...
Healthy Avocado Veggie Dip Recipe
It seems like I do a lot of entertaining in the summer. This means I’m always grilling, cooking or baking something to serve – which isn’t ideal for the waist, if you know what I mean. I do try to make healthy salads and dips to offset the chips, burgers and treats that seem to come with the company....
Avo-Taco Recipe
Taco Tuesday is my friend. First, because I love me some tacos. Second, it is an easy dinner. I always have the staples for Taco Tuesday on hand. I buy organic ground beef in bulk, cook it and store it. It’s as easy and thawing some meat, adding some spices and making sure my hubby stops for some fresh...
How to Make a Homemade Walnut Cake Recipe
There is something about cake and a hot cup of coffee. My grandmother used to have a cookie or cake in the evening with black coffee. Black coffee that had sat in her Bunn coffee pot all day and had the consistency of tar. She would warm it up in the microwave and enjoy her nightly snack. I lived with...
My travels to Germany and Ireland this month, almost do not feel real. I planned for over a year and in two weeks, it was over. I traveled to Europe with my father and two sisters. It started as a trip to just Germany and then we added days in Ireland.  My dad was in the army and stationed...
Eco Friendly Bubble Recipes
Children love bubbles. And, let's face it, we all love bubbles. They're fun to try and catch, and pop. They are a challenge to blow really large without popping. And the shapes and colors are so beautiful to watch that kids can be entertained for hours. DIY Non-Toxic Bubble Recipe Now I know you want to get to the serious stuff. The...
How to Make the Most of Your Road Trip with Teens
Growing up, I was not lucky enough to go on family vacations. We were dirt poor. My mother was a teen mom and the only time I was lucky enough to go on a “trip” was to go up north to my aunt and uncles trailer in Oscoda. They owned a canoe and putt-putt golf course and sold ice...
Huntington State Park in South Carolina for Sea Shell Hunting
This spring we took a road trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I have traveled so much for work; I wanted to go somewhere new. I had never been to South Carolina and thought it would be warmer than Northern Michigan. I was wrong about it being much warmer. When we were there, it was in the 40’s and...
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...
Making the Most of Family Vacations with Teens
When my children were little, the days would sometimes feel so slow. You know the ones. The ones where there was no sleep. The ones where I’d pray for sleep and a shower. Even taking them on trips was not easy, even if I had all the right things - like their own cute child-sized luggage and some toys to...
Five Simple and Meaningful Easter Basket Gifts
Easter baskets are usually filled with candy. Plastic eggs stuffed with sugar filled jelly beans and a big chocolate bunny. A few toys, pencils and other little goodies surrounded in plastic green grass. This is how my Easter baskets used to look. If you play the Easter bunny like I do you’re most likely challenged with what to put...
In the 1800's, immigrants from Ireland and Scotland brought the beloved holiday of Halloween to the United States. But they also brought another widely-celebrated tradition: St. Patrick's Day. Each year, millions of people around the United States get dressed up, go out, and celebrate their Irish heritage (or pretend they're Irish). There are tons of St. Patrick's Day traditions....
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...
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...
The average household in the United States contains approximately 300,000 things. If you're a parent, you might know far too well -- perhaps from stepping on a rogue plastic brick and subsequently writhing in pain -- that your child's Lego collection encompasses a significant portion of those 300,000 things. Lego is celebrating its 60th anniversary this month, proving that...
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...
As the new year begins, many people will be making New Year's resolutions. Common goals may include weight loss, dieting, and saving money. However, the beginning of this year is the perfect time to begin living a more environmentally-friendly life as well. With so much harm being done to the Earth every day, it's important that everyone tries their best...
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...