DIY Deli Meat

DIY Deli Meat - No nitrates, No fillers

I have fond memories of deli meat. No, seriously! As a child my absolute favorite school lunch included two slices of sandwich bread smothered in yellow mustard with a few slices of summer sausage. When I really think back about it, I cringe!! I’m not sure what the quality of sandwich meat was like back then but I can tell you today’s lunch meats are loaded with fillers, nitrates and other crap, some of it even pretends to be natural (ex. celery extract)

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Easter Scavenger Hunt!

Easter Scavenger Hunt

I love Easter!

Maybe it’s the freshness of the spring air or the promise of warmer days ahead, whichever it is, Easter equals FUN at our house! I remember as a kid the Easter Bunny would hide little chocolate eggs all around the living room for my sisters and I to find. Nowadays, the Easter Bunny takes it up a notch and provides my kids with a full-on Scavenger Hunt! It’s totally a blast and we all have so much fun. Not all the kids can read, so they all follow the clues as a group which empowers the readers and encourages them to all work together. 

This year, why not do an Easter Scavenger Hunt? I’ve already done most of the work for you! :-)

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Is Your Vitamin C Actually an Imposter?

Is your vitamin C actually an Imposter?

The next time you reach for your vitamin C supplement, a packaged organic treat or some OJ, you may want to think twice. Not because vitamin C isn’t good for you (because it is), but rather because your vitamin C supplement, although labeled as ‘Vitamin C’ is most likely synthetic. Shocking I know! For many years I would simply buy a Vitamin C supplement right off the shelf of the Health Food Store. I didn’t even think to ask if it was a ‘real’ and whole form of the vitamin….why wouldn’t it be?

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Peppermint Power Smoothie

Peppermint Power Smoothie

 

Spring break is over in these parts and I do have to say that my house will not miss having all the kids home. Now… I’m not one for the ‘museum’ minimalist look, in fact I always say that my house has a ‘lived in’ kind of feel, but it definitely needs a post-spring break shake down. This is even too ‘lived in’ by my standards! :-P

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DIY Coconut Milk – 2 Ways

DIY coconut milk 2 ways (for cooking and drinking)

Mmmm coconut milk! I love coconut milk. I love drinking coconut milk AND I love using it in creamy curry sauces. What I don’t love are the additives (thickeners and preservatives) and the fact that many of them come in a can. Call me fussy (I’ve been called much worse), but I’m not super crazy about consuming crap!

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Coconut Chocolate Mousse (Paleo, Primal)

Coconut Chocolate Mousse (Paleo, Primal)

It’s spring break in some parts of the world and spring break can mean lots of things to lots of folks. For some it’ll mean traveling, running free outdoors, eating, eating. Did I mention eating? Being a mom to 4 boys, eating plays a pretty key part of our entire day! It is because of that that I am constantly coming up with new snack ideas that incorporate nutrition into every bite.  Today, I have one word for you: C H O C O L A T E ! Continue reading

Cookie Dough Bites with a Secret Ingredient (V, GF)

Cookie Dough Bites with a Secret Ingredient

Switching to a traditional diet, means letting a few things go…like say…Oreos. I like to make it my challenge to alter recipes to suit our traditional diet. No, I don’t have the recipe for Oreos but this week I was in the mood for some cookie dough. So…I tried like mad to remember a recipe that my friend Kyla had shared with me years ago. She would make a batch of these particular cookies on a Friday girls night while we watched a movie and gossiped about boys.

Being that this occurred *cough* a few years ago, I tried like mad to remember the details of her recipe. After I played around with a few many batches, I came up with this blast of soft, grain free cookie dough bite (if you’re into that sort of thing :-)). Although it’s not Kyla’s original recipe, I think she’d be proud.

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3 Reasons to Never Chew Gum

3 reasons to never chew gum

Who’s with me here?

As a child, there was nothing I loved more than buying a pack of watermelon Hubba Bubba Bubble gum! There was something so magical about unwrapping that glorious pink cube, popping it into my mouth, blowing 3 bubbles (then spitting it out because the flavor disappeared), then repeating til the package was gone. Perhaps the ingredients back then (yes, I did say back then) were more ‘wholesome’ (probably too strong of a word), but they were still a very far cry from being good more me. If you’re an avid gum chewer, you may be surprised to learn that…

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Snack Attack! Crunchy Maple Cinnamon Chickpeas

 

Crunchy Maple Cinnamon Chickpeas 

Put down the chips! Back away from the chocolate. Make something that you AND the kids will like without the questionable and potentially GMO ingredients. I know what you’re thinking, ‘you expect me to snack on chickpeas?’ YES! Because these don’t taste like chickpeas. They are crunchy and sweet and mapley. Seriously, they barely have time to cool off before little hands start scooping them right of the pan. I have to double the recipe each time and even that’s going to have to be doubled! 

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DIY Natural Sleep Mist

DIY Natural Sleep Mist

Part 2

Go here to read Part 1 “Why You Should NEVER Use THIS Sleep Enhancer”  

Sleep can be so elusive sometimes: pregnancy, stress, busy mind etc… there are a million reasons why sleep escapes us at times. Don’t fall into the marketing trap of Febreze and other chemical sleep aids. For times when you just can’t get to sleep skip the synthetic sleep aids and rely on essential oils.

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