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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 [...]
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 and [...]
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, now, [...]
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 the [...]
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 circles). [...]
Are you feeling like this dried-up creek bed when it comes to trying to get to, or stay at, a “healthy” weight? Have all the negative, restrictive and demanding rules sucked the life out of you?
Since before I began blogging over two years ago, I have wanted to write about this. There is so much confusion about how to get to and maintain a healthy weight. There are so many health-damaging diets, weight-loss pills, books, magazines and even “experts” out there that women are bombarded with bad information, myths and even, sometimes, lies.
Seeing women who are struggling to get to, or stay at, a healthy weight is something that has made me passionate about helping us all get to our best level of health. For many, that would include losing weight, but for other ladies, like myself, that means getting healthy, fit and strong and maintaining something [...]
I finally got tired of paying a small fortune for all-natural hand soap, so I made my own. It is moisturizing and gentle, while still getting little hands clean.
Best part? One soap bottle (1 cup) of this soap costs about 40 cents! Much better than $4-$6 for a comparable one from the store. This is not a highly foaming soap, so don’t expect a ton of bubbles. If you really, really need to have lots of bubbles, try adding a few tablespoons of liquid castile soap.
What You’ll Need Two saucepans, one large and one small Whisk Jar(s) to keep the soap in, when it’s made 6 1/2 to 8 cups water (depending on how thick you want the soap) Half of a bar of Castile Soap (I like the Baby Mild and I buy the six bar packages to save money) 2 teaspoons Vegetable Glycerin (this [...]
“I’m just not really into all that crunchy stuff.”
“Natural foods, personal care and cleaning products are too expensive.”
“This is how I was raised, so I’ll just stick with what I know.”
“My dad/mom/neighbor/teacher/mailman ate/used/wore/took all these things and lived to be 80/90/100.”
“We’ll all die eventually, so why bother trying to be healthier?”
“Avoiding toxins is too hard.”
These are the excuses I’ve heard and read when people are invited to learn more about natural living. I am so excited by and passionate about natural living that these responses baffle me. People seem to see natural living as restrictive and boring and stressful. But…
Autoimmune diseases Chronic Fatigue Type 2 Diabetes Obesity Heart Conditions Depression and probably the most dreaded of all, Cancer
We all know somebody with something on that list. Yes, family history can play a role (though I think that the biggest role it [...]
My poor hubby has suffered from horrible canker sores. It makes me cringe just to think about them. Well, it did- until I learned how to help him with natural remedies!
When a person gets canker sores, it means they are really run down. They need some rest and nourishment. For ideas, check out this post. It’s specifically about colds, but the same things apply to this.
This is the ultimate way to stop a canker sore before it really gets going! At the first sign of the canker sore starting, use a cotton swab to gently dab on some dry bentonite clay. Do it as often as you want, but always at night and at least once more during the day.
We have discovered that if my hubby applies it the first night he feels a canker sore starting and again the next morning, it will [...]