Feeling a bit disorganized? Do you have 10 different sticky notes around the house with different to-do lists on them?? Do you have appointments and deadlines that sneak up on you? What about those shopping trips when you get twice the number of things you needed, but forgot the most important thing on the “list” in your head?
Friends, I’ve been there! That’s why I was so excited to get the chance to review the 2013 Daily Planner from Sue Hooley at Homemaker’s Friend. This is so much more than just a calender. Here are some of the things I love about it:
This planner is big enough to hold all the information I need. It’s also small enough to fit in my purse, which is where it usually lives. The planner is spiral bound, so it’s easy to work with. It is a joy to use because [...]
Did you know that the powdered sugar from the store has “anti-caking agents” in it?? Yep, it’s not just sugar. It could contain cornstarch (almost certainly from genetically modified corn- yuck!), flour, calcium phosphate or other extras.
Why eat that nasty stuff when we can make our own powdered sugar at home?! Besides, we can use dehydrated cane juice, which is full of good minerals! So much healthier and it won’t have that icky aftertaste that the store-bought stuff has. Win!
What You’ll Need Dehydrated Cane Juice, also called “Rapadura” (enter to win some, here!) or another unprocessed sugar, but I think that’s the best. A blender or clean spice grinder What To Do
Grind it up!! No, I’m serious. Just put it in the blender (or spice/coffee grinder) and let ‘er rip! If you want it extra-fine, just let it go longer or adjust the coarseness [...]
Instead of more movies, video games, computer games and cell phones, how about some presents that get those creative juices flowing and maybe even teach our little kiddos something?! Whether you’re shopping for your own child or not, these will be a big hit. I’m sharing some old favorites from my childhood, along with some new favorites that our own girls enjoy. This post is specifically about indoor toys, so keep an eye out for our favorite outdoor toys, later!
I can’t begin to calculate how many hours I spent playing with my spirograph, as a child. I’m pretty sure that when we get one for our girls, I’ll enjoy it just as much as they will!
Marble Run/Race Sets
My baby brother and I spent a ton of time building intricate tracks with his marble run! [...]
Whether you’re gluten-free or not, you’re going to love this baking kit from More Than Alive!!! Especially with all the holiday baking, it’s so important to choose nutrient-dense ingredients! There is a world of difference between, say, chocolate chip cookies from the refrigerated section and chocolate chip cookies from nourishing ingredients like these. Not only are they full of nutrients, but they taste 100 times better!
I’ll be highlighting several of these ingredients in recipes during the giveaway, but let me share a few things that I love about each of them, now.
Almond Flour (1 pound $12): This almond flour has been blanched (the skins have been removed) and it’s high in protein and low in carbs. Almonds are wonderful sources of magnesium, calcium and potassium, as well as vitamin E. Organic Coconut Flour (1 pound $7): I love all things coconut and this [...]
Every single year, I hear the same story around the holidays. Otherwise peaceful and happy relationships are under attack from a very unlikely source: children’s diets. Friends, family and even strangers try to generously share foods with other people’s children. Tempers flare and the kiddos are caught in the middle.
There are a few things that I’d like for all of us to remember, myself included.
Sharers (Usually) Mean Well
If you’re a parent who is at the end of your rope because of all the things that people are trying to feed your kids, remember that they usually mean well. They aren’t trying to ruin the child’s health. They want to make the child happy and they really believe that this particular food is necessary in order to do that.
Maybe your child needs to be gluten-free and your neighbor keeps trying to sneak [...]
This sale is over and the giveaway winner is: Raegan M.
Did you miss the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle the first time it came around? We’ve heard from so many people who were disappointed they missed out the first time around, that we’re happy to announce the Encore Flash Sale for Black Friday weekend only!
What’s in the Bundle?
We took 86 eBooks (plus 1 eCourse) by popular bloggers on topics like real food & recipes, green living, natural cleaning and beauty, mental and emotional health, fitness, herbal remedies and more.
Then we added the brand new “Coffee Table Conversations,” a 12-week series of author mentorship through interactive online conference calls and private support groups.
We finished it off with 9 bonus sponsors offering you $150+ of incredible products [...]
There are so many things we have wanted that we didn’t get. Things that we prayed for many times a day. Things that we were sure were the very best things for us. God said, “no.”
Sometimes, we were confused. Sometimes, we were frustrated. We were disappointed. We just knew that what we asked for was right and good and best. We KNEW.
Slowly, we began to look back and see… maybe our plans weren’t exactly the best thing. Maybe God had a better plan than we had. If He had just given us everything we had asked for, we would have missed out on so much.
If everything had been easy, we wouldn’t have grown.
If everything had been what we were familiar with, we wouldn’t have learned.
If everything had gone the way we were comfortable with, we wouldn’t have had to trust God.
Looking back, [...]
We are working our way through a series to bust healthy weight myths and learn how to reach and maintain a healthy weight. If you haven’t read it, please be sure to start with the introduction so that we’re all on the same page.
A skinny person is not always healthy and a healthy person is not always skinny. So often, people equate the two, but they are not the same thing! Yes, a “skinny” woman may be healthy and a larger woman may be unhealthy, but that’s not always true. A very slender woman may be horribly unhealthy, while a woman with an “extra” twenty pounds may be very nourished and healthy.
Losing Weight Isn’t a Bad Goal
Please don’t panic and think I’m telling you that it’s not okay to want to lose excess weight. That’s a fantastic goal, if you truly need to lose [...]
Did you miss the first posts in this series?
In Part One, get tips on organizing the bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room, living room and entry way.
In Part Two, you’ll find some ideas for containing toys, kid’s artwork, homeschooling supplies and more laundry room ideas.
A few weeks ago we discovered that the storage unit we’d been keeping a bunch of things at was not well-built and much of our things were water damaged or molded. All of the furniture, some books and a few other things weren’t salvageable, but we were so thankful that the things most important to us were only minimally damaged. Baby pictures, keepsakes from my childhood and all the other things that money just can’t replace are mostly okay. And an added bonus? It sure did make it easy to decide what to keep and organize and what to get rid of!
Pure comfort food. This dish is absolutely scrumptious and, although we like it as an every-day side dish, it’s pretty enough for the Thanksgiving table! Be sure not to compromise on the ingredients. We want full-fat cheese that we grate ourselves and full fat cream. Worried about the fat? Be sure to follow our “Healthy Weight Myths” series!!
What You’ll Need 3 medium sweet potatoes 1 3/4 cups heavy cream 6 to 8 ounces aged cheese (we love the Kerrygold Aged Cheddar, but whatever you pick make sure it’s full-fat and very flavorful!) nutmeg unrefined sea salt (it’s a health food! Read about why you need it, here!) white pepper (you can use multicolored or black, too) What To Do Preheat the oven (or toaster oven, like we do) to 375 degrees. Slice the sweet potatoes into 1/4 inch slices (feel free to do circles or half [...]