Creative Ways to Reuse Mint Tins

Asking yourself  'What can I do with empty mint tins?'  Or 'Can mint tins be recycled?' Well, this is the post for you!  As a fellow mint lover, I find myself storing empty mint tins in my junk drawer for future crafts or storage needs.  I decided to share a few creative ways to reuse mint tins and other ways to keep them out of your trash can! Can mint tins be recycled? If you are not crafty and have no need of tiny storage containers, recycling old mint tins may be your best choice.  But, CAN YOU recycle … [Read more...]

Green Tomato Toast Recipe with Goat Cheese

Looking for recipes that use green tomatoes? This green tomato toast recipe was a delicious way to use up unripened tomatoes.  Make this goat cheese toast with plump green tomatoes, plenty of fresh herbs, and some slivered red onion.  Tips for making goat cheese toast Goat cheese toast is easy to make and a deliciously flavorful lunch recipe.  Check out my goat cheese toast appetizer recipe if you want more ways to serve it.  Making goat cheese toast?  Here are a few tips: Use a whole grain bread.  Loads … [Read more...]

Small Business Saturday Ideas: 10 Reasons to Support Your Local Farmer!

For the last 10 years, Small Business Saturday has encouraged the idea of supporting small businesses. Supporting your local farmer is a great small business shopping idea!  Make an impact in your local community and change the way our food system works by finding a local farm to shop at this month.  Choose to shop small Saturday and make a difference! What is the purpose of Small Business Saturday? If you are looking for Small Business Saturday ideas, have you considered supporting your local farmer? Black Friday is fast … [Read more...]

Gym Locker Room Etiquette: Basic Tips for Gym Newbies!

Want to hit the gym in the new  year?  Great idea!  But, if you plan on using the locker room, there are a few things you should know before you go.  Whether you are going to the YMCA or just the office gym, there's an unspoken behavior guide to co existing with other gym members. Don't create awkward moments.  Read these gym locker room etiquette tips before you go! What happens in locker rooms? Know before you go! If you have spent any time at the gym, I'm sure you have become familiar with the locker room. You … [Read more...]

Natural Immune Support and Tips For Staying Healthy

Why should you worry about natural immune support this month? Well, a healthy immune system reduces your chance of getting sick. And coming down with a cold is a sure fire way to throw a monkey wrench in your holiday plans!  There are many natural remedies that can help boost your immune system. While there is no sure fire guarantee that you won't succumb to a few germs, here are a few natural immunity boosters that might help. Do parents get sick more often? Yes, unfortunately! The moment my kids go back to school in September. we … [Read more...]

Baked Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Recipe

This baked pumpkin spice oatmeal recipe is an easy and healthy breakfast. A simple recipe for baked oatmeal that features all my favorite fall flavors.  Pumpkin puree, warm spices, and almond butter for additional flavor and protein. How do you eat baked oatmeal? Homemade baked oatmeal is a cross between a bowl of oatmeal and a breakfast bar.  Firm enough to eat out of your hand but just as nice on a plate, warmed in the microwave with a dollop of yogurt or whipped cream.  It has a chewy texture when cooked so skip the … [Read more...]

Weight Loss and Sleep: How To Sleep Your Way To A Skinnier You!

Weight loss and sleep are intricately tied together.  Basically, sleep affects metabolism just like nutrition affects the brain. Getting quality sleep is an important part of weight loss. I thought I would share a few ways to get a better night's sleep and kick start your metabolism into healthy weight loss.  How stress affects weight loss Losing weight is hard, especially during this time of year when holiday parties, cheese balls, and candy canes all conspire against us! Stress and a really long to do list can mean late … [Read more...]

Simple Carrot Top Pesto Recipe

This simple carrot top pesto recipe is a delicious way to use every part of the carrot!  With loads of carrot greens and a handful of fresh basil, this homemade pesto has a fresh flavor and takes only minutes to make.  Are carrot tops good for you? So, you have a bunch of carrots that still have their green, leafy tops on them.  Can you eat carrot tops?  Yes, you definitely can!   The leaves of carrot tops are edible and very nutritious.  They are loaded with vitamin C and are also a good source of … [Read more...]

Holiday Pet Safety Tips for a Happy and Healthy Pet

Keep your pets safe this holiday season and avoid a trip to the emergency vet. Follow these holiday pet safety tips for a happy and healthy pet during the chaotic holiday season. Tips for a Happy and Healthy Pet this Holiday Season I can honestly say that some days I feel like I'm living in a zoo. Yes, the teenagers smells slightly like wildebeests some days, but I live with a few too many ACTUAL animals as well. There are feathered things and scaly things and furry things that need tender loving care on a regular basis. Like these … [Read more...]

Cleaning Toothbrushes Naturally To Kill Germs

Rinsing your toothbrush in water doesn't kill germs. Sterilizing your toothbrush occasionally, especially after you have been sick, is important.  Cleaning toothbrushes naturally means you can avoid the chemicals and reduce your exposure to toxic products.    Why should you clean your toothbrush? Have you ever heard of Staphylococcus aureus? Do you know what Streptococcus pneumoniae is? Did you know that these are just two of the millions of bacteria that live in your mouth? Everyone's mouth, no matter how … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Spice Latte Collagen Smoothie Recipe

This pumpkin spice latte collagen smoothie recipe is sponsored by BUBS Naturals. All opinions are my own. Want a healthy pumpkin spice latte alternative to start your day?  This fall collagen smoothie is the perfect choice!  The dark roast coffee and pumpkin puree in this  smoothie recipe blend beautifully with a collagen supplement.  The resulting pumpkin spice latte is a delicious way to fill your belly and start the day off right!   What does collagen do in smoothies? Why should you put collagen in … [Read more...]

My ShiftCon Health and Wellness Conference Experience

I was provided conference attendance at no charge in exchange for sharing my views on the ShiftCon Health and Wellness Conference.  All experiences are my own. Two weeks ago, I attended the ShiftCon Health and Wellness Conference in Atlanta.  While I have been passionate about green and healthy living for quite some time, this was an eye opening event.  From meeting new organic brands to learning  some frightening facts about glyphosate, this was a blogger conference that was well worth the time and travel into … [Read more...]

Preparing Your Lawn and Garden for Fall

The weather is cooling off and it's time to prepare your yard for winter.  What fall outdoor chores should you tackle first?  Here are a few tips for preparing your lawn and garden for fall.  How do I prepare my yard for fall? Now that summer has passed and the cool weather is here, you might think that your yard work is finished until spring. You’d be amazed how much work is still left to do! Depending on which region of the country you live in, your lawn and garden will have different needs over the next few months. Now is … [Read more...]

Tips for Making Your Life Easier and More Efficient

I have been trying very hard to reduce stress in my life, which means getting organized and simplifying things whenever possible. If you feel overwhelmed regularly,  here are a few ways you can start making your life easier, less stressful, and more fun. Moms Help the World Go Round We are a very active family and I feel like I am constantly running to and from SOMEWHERE to get somewhere else! Take the teen to Krav Maga, run to the store...back to Krav Maga, home for dinner... It just never stops! Some days I feel like I have run a … [Read more...]

Long Distance Caregiving Tips For Aging Parents

Long distance caregiving (taking care of aging parents or an older sibling, for example) can be incredibly stressful.  What signs should you look for in older adults that indicate a need for assistance?  Even if your elderly parents live far away, you still need to ensure they are safe, healthy, and well cared for. I thought I would share a few long distance caregiving tips as well as a few ways to decide if remote caregiving is even necessary yet.  How do I know if my elderly parents need help? The first thing you need to … [Read more...]

Menopause and Chronic Pain: How I’m Reclaiming My 40’s

This post about menopause and chronic pain is made possible with support from AARP’s Disrupt Aging. All opinions are my own One day, when I was a kid, I came into the kitchen to find my mother standing with her head in the freezer.  Just standing there with the freezer door open and her eyes closed just enjoying the cold air.  Her explanation?  A hot flash triggered by hormone changes.  That was about the only thing she mentioned about menopause symptoms to me as a teen.  Basically, all I knew about going through … [Read more...]

How to Pack an Eco friendly Lunchbox

Looking for eco friendly lunchbox ideas that are non toxic and reduce waste? You can pack a sustainable and well-balanced meal quickly with a few reusable items and a little bit of planning.  Here are a few waste free lunch tips for people taking their lunch to school or work.  Eco friendly lunchbox tips: Is packing your own lunch sustainable?  There are several benefits that come with packing a lunch from home, including reducing your carbon footprint.  However, if you are aiming for a sustainable lunch, individual … [Read more...]

Easy Lavender DIY Oatmeal Milk Bath Recipe

This lavender DIY oatmeal milk bath recipe will help soothe dry skin and relax your mind and body as you soak your cares away.  Oatmeal Milk Bath has moisturizing properties and the dried lavender is a perfect addition for a relaxing bedtime soak.  Soothe Stress With Homemade Milk Baths! The last few weeks have been fairly stressful and I was thankful to have this easy lavender DIY oatmeal milk bath recipe on hand. I finally got the taxes finished (YAY!) and the check has been sent off to the IRS (BOO for no refund this … [Read more...]

Fall Gardening Tips and Putting the Garden to Bed

Following these basic fall gardening tips may offer big rewards all year long.  Here are a few ways to extend the gardening season into cooler weather and some garden chores to tackle NOW to make sure your garden is ready for spring. When should I start my fall garden? Summer is slowly fading away and here in Georgia, I am starting to catch some small glimpses of fall. A few more leaves are starting to drop from the trees, mornings are a tad cooler and the cicadas are dying. I can always tell fall is coming when I start seeing dead … [Read more...]