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Essential Oil Saline Rinse I recently was introduced to essential oils. Well, not really introduced, but have just started using for healing purposes. I have used lavender for a relaxing bath, tea tree as a cleaner and eucalyptus for a steamy shower. Never have I tried to use oils as part of a health routine. Read More
New Year, New Changes Happy New Year! Each year I like to incorporate a theme rather than resolution. This year my theme is to simplify. As I look at everything I’ve taken on already I realize this will be a challenge. Tomorrow begins a 3 month kitchen remodel, I am beginning work on book #3, Read More
Lip Balm: more uses for jars I recently learned how to make lip balm and it is soooo easy! These are my go to stocking stuffers this year. Best of all it contains only 4 natural ingredients. I used small jam jars and old eyeshadow cases for the containers. Start by placing 2 inches Read More
The Scoop on Dairy For the longest time I couldn’t understand why people avoided dairy. I thought it was only for the lactose intolerant. After much research I have come to the conclusion that dairy is really like red meat. I believe in the future more people will see that it is not as healthy Read More
I am frantically getting ready for the big trip to Miami. My latest book is receiving an award for best children’s concept book and hubby and I are using this as great excuse for a getaway. We will be doing work while there, but arranging time for some fun . Wanted to share our latest Read More
Healthy Homemade Gifts It’s hard to believe Halloween is over and the “Holidays” are just around the corner. In an effort to reuse more and consume less I have been thinking of ways to give something that is more earth friendly. I love to bake and usually spend the days frantically making cookies Read More
Vegetable Stir Fry INGREDIENTS: 1 onion 1 red bell pepper 1 yellow bell pepper 2 bok choy 1 package of mushrooms, sliced 2 cups of broccoli 1 tablespoon sesame oil Approximately 1/2 -1 cup of chicken or vegetable broth 1 tablespoon soy sauce (or coconut aminos for soy free) 1-2 tablespoons fish sauce 1 Read More
Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins One of my favorite new blogs is Ambitious Kitchen (thanks Carla for introducing)! She recently posted a recipe for Low-Fat Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins. I set out to make these gluten and dairy free and they are delicious! Plus any time I can sneak some vegetables into something Read More
Egg in a Mug Who says you can’t have a quick, healthy hot breakfast. These eggs literally take 1 minute to cook without a messy skillet! INGREDIENTS: 1 egg 1 tablespoon water DIRECTIONS: 1. Place egg and water into a cup and scramble with a fork. 2. Microwave for 40 seconds. Stir with a fork. Read More
Agave Nectar, The Not so Sweet Truth Agave nectar is all the rage. It is in vegan desserts, trendy cocktails, and a plethora of natural foods. I know many people use agave nectar as a sugar replacement in foods. It is touted as a natural sweetener. Sorry to burst your bubble, but the painful and Read More
I think many of us are feeling the time crunch of trying to get our kids out the door in the morning now that school has started once again. I feel that if I can provide a healthy breakfast there is a little less guilt during the day if they veer from the healthy eating Read More
Trash Free Lunch As the kids head back to school see if you can make a goal to send them to school with a trash free lunch. At first it seems like a lot of effort, but with a few essential “tools” it is quite easy. Here are the basics you need for a trash Read More
Carrageenan I have been hearing a lot about the hazards of carrageenan lately so I decided to do some research. Carrageenan is a common additive used to thicken or emulsify foods, mostly creamers and ice creams. You will find it in most non-dairy milks. It comes from a red seaweed known as Irish Moss. While Read More
Look for Local It’s wonderful to have grapes year round, but are we paying the price for this convenience? Most of our food travels thousands of miles to reach our plate. In 2005, the import of fruits, nuts, and vegetables into California by airplane released more than 70,000 tons of CO2, which is equivalent to Read More
Reusing Household Items A while ago I posted how to use glass jars instead of plastic for storing grains or leftovers. What about the other household items we have lingering around? Here are some suggestions. And as always I welcome your creative input! What to do with… Glass jars- use for making salad dressings, Read More
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been used for centuries for many reasons from ailments to cleaning solutions. While many of these claims have no evidence to suggest their validity promising studies have shown that ACV may reduce blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure. There are also a bunch of uses Read More
No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup honey 1/4 cup coconut oil 1/4 cup almond butter 1/4 tsp. sea salt 1 tsp. vanilla a dash of cinnamon 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips ( I chopped up a 3.5 oz dark chocolate bar) 1/4 sunflower seeds 1/4 pumpkin seeds 1 cup rolled oats DIRECTIONS: Read More
What’s in Your Water? Most of us realize the dangers of lead and bacteria that can be present in tap water. Cities now do a great job of sanitizing the water to remove these harmful substances. Still many of us feel safer filtering our water, whether for taste or added security. The biggest problem Read More
Go Raw Honey is known to help reduce allergies, boost immunity, heal cuts, and suppress coughs. Pollen, enzymes, and nutrients give honey an edge over sugar. However, what you may not know is that you need to consume raw, preferably organic honey to reap these benefits. A recent study by Texas A & M showed Read More
Buy Fresh Food Over Frozen Frozen food requires 10 times more energy to produce. Think about the process it takes to pick peas, transport them to a factory that will freeze them and package into plastic bags, then deliver (in a refrigerated truck) to the grocery store. Summer is a great time to Read More