5 Awesome Reasons to Feed Organic Food to Teenagers

5 Awesome Reasons to Feed Organic Food to Teenagers

This post about organic food is sponsored by Annie's Homegrown  but all opinions expressed here are my own. Whenever I see commercials for organic food, there always seems to be babies in it.  Or maybe a few toddlers and a stray preschooler or two. Rarely do I see commercials for organic food that feature teenagers.  I always wonder why that is?  Sure, I started feeding my kids organic food … [Read More...]

Breathe Deeply and Vote for Clean Air

This post about my reasons to vote for clean air was produced with support from Clean Air Moms Action. All opinions are, of course, my own. When my children were in elementary school, I was on the Environmental Committee.  In fact, I pretty much WAS the Environmental Committee, which was a fairly large undertaking for one person.  I collected the classroom paper recycling, hosted numerous … [Read More...]

Need DIY Halloween Centerpieces? Make Upcycled Wine Bottle Candy Corn!

I am going to let you in on a small secret.  I LOVE candy corn.  Yup, I can't lie..for some reason that stuff just calls to me!  It's not healthy, natural or organic but every year I buy a bag or two and holler at my teens when they eat it all.  I was searching through Pinterest for DIY Halloween centerpieces and I found upcycled wine bottles that were painted to look like candy corn!  I thought … [Read More...]

What to Plant in November, both inside AND outside!

Wondering what to plant in November?  Or are you convinced that these cold, dreary days mean the end to your gardening addiction?  While it is true that most gardening comes to an abrupt halt once the chilly days and near freezing nights of fall roll around, there are still a few things you can plant.  Some of these items should be grown inside but others can be sowed out in the ground to ensure … [Read More...]

German Cucumber Salad Recipe – Gurkensalat

My husband has a very strong German heritage so this weekend, we had friends and neighbors over for an Oktoberfest party.  This German cucumber salad recipe was the perfect side dish to go with our grilled Bratwurst and all the delicious side dishes provided by our guests.  All you need to do is slice up cucumbers and onions, add a simple oil and vinegar mix and stir in a ton of chopped, fresh … [Read More...]

Easy Workout Tips and Nutrition Advice to Fit into a Daily Workout

This discussion about easy workout tips is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Clif Bar & Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Between my ongoing battle with middle aged metabolism and my love of cheese, I have to exercise pretty regularly.  And by pretty regularly I mean just about every day.  Between the exercise and watching what I eat, I was doing pretty good at fitting … [Read More...]


Whipped Pumpkin Butter with Honey and Cinnamon

I firmly believe that there is no crime greater than using any type of artificial butter substitute.  Light this or low fat that or margarine or … [Read More...]

No Bake Pumpkin Balls That Are Totally Guilt Free!

Yesterday I whipped up a batch of these no bake pumpkin balls and I have been eating them morning, noon and night ever since.  Yes, even for … [Read More...]

How to Make Golden Milk and What the Heck is it Anyhow?

Wondering how to make golden milk?  Or maybe you have never even heard of this growing health trend?  For the last several years, I have been tackling … [Read More...]

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Green Living

10 Uses for Wood Ash When Your Campfire is Finished!

Do you know what my all time favorite thing about fall is?  Outdoor fires in our fire pit.  Not only … [Read More...]

Eating Insects for Food: Why We Need to Rethink our Eating Habits

Have you ever considered eating insects for food?  The thought kind of grosses you out, doesn't it? … [Read More...]

How to Find the Best All Natural Beauty Products

Every time I need to shop for makeup or skincare products, I remember how hard it is to find the … [Read More...]

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How to Get Healthy In 5 Minutes Per Day and a Maple and Brown Sugar Overnight Oats Recipe

Thank you Florastor® Daily Probiotics for sponsoring this post about how to get healthy. Visit your … [Read More...]

Why Vitamin C is Important for a Healthy Immune System

This post about why vitamin C is important is part of a sponsored conversation with Ricola Herb … [Read More...]

Trigger Point Therapy Tools for Muscle Pain Relief

Several years ago, I had a persistent muscle spasm in my shoulder.  I went through the Doctor's … [Read More...]

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House, Home and Family

Why Pack a Lunch for Work? Here are 5 Awesome Reasons!

Thank you Healthy Choice for sponsoring this why pack a lunch discussion. Visit your local retailer to pick up your own Healthy Choice Simply Cafe … [Read More...]

5 Ways to Preserve Hot Peppers for Spicy Meals All Year Long!

As we move into late August, the heat loving plants are thriving and I am looking for ways to preserve hot peppers.  In late spring I planted many … [Read More...]

How to hike with kids and actually enjoy it!

Summer is drawing to a close and Fall will be sneaking in soon.  Once the days start to cool off, my husband and I enjoy finding time to head out into … [Read More...]

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DIY and Crafts

Easy Pumpkin Craft Idea Using Juice Can Lids

As I was rummaging through my art closet looking for inspiration, I came across a pile of frozen … [Read More...]

Magnesium Body Butter Recipe Soothes Muscles and Improves Sleep

If you suffer from chronic pain, restless leg syndrome or insomnia, this magnesium body butter … [Read More...]

Our Renovated Linen Chest Bedding Storage Project

When I was growing up, my mom had tons of my grandmother's old quilts.  She had a linen chest … [Read More...]

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How to Prepare Your Garden for Winter

Wondering how to prepare your garden for winter? If your garden has been under as much stress this … [Read More...]

5 Ways to Preserve Hot Peppers for Spicy Meals All Year Long!

As we move into late August, the heat loving plants are thriving and I am looking for ways to … [Read More...]

Creative Uses for Eucalyptus Leaves for Home and Health

I have a serious problem.  One that has me looking for uses for eucalyptus leaves and considering … [Read More...]

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Car Traveling Tips for Long Distance Road Trips

Since my family will be off on a long distance road trip in the coming weeks, I have been brushing … [Read More...]

Green Road Trip Ideas for Frugal Family Fun!

I learned many years ago that a green road trip can be both frugal and a ton of fun. We travel by … [Read More...]

Hiking in Georgia: Exploring the Chenocetah Fire Tower and Lake Russell in Cornelia

Hiking in Georgia can be an amazing way to spend an afternoon.  You get to escape the chaos of … [Read More...]

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