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Healthy Strawberry-Lime Slushie

When I was a little kid, my family always broke out the strawberry daquiris around the holidays.  Some years they were virgin, and I was allowed to have one.  Some years they weren’t…and I might have gotten a small sip.  These were always made with a frozen mix, though, which included corn syrup and all […]


What’s the Big Deal About Skin Brushing?

Skin brushing is something I first heard of a few years ago.  The idea intrigued me, but I never really did anything about it.  There’s not a lot of solid evidence out there about how beneficial it is (or isn’t), but there are a ton of stories from people who’ve used it and have seen […]


30+ Recipes for Celebrating a Nourishing Real Food Thanksgiving

  By Katie, Contributing Writer Thanksgiving is all about traditions. There’s the turkey, rolls, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie; I could go but you get the picture. Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, thankfulness and food. Loved ones gathering around the table to enjoy one another’s company is near to my heart. It is a […]

Announcing 10 Days of Homemade Christmas! (And Plant Therapy Winner!)

I have something really cool to tell you guys. Actually, three really cool things to tell you.  So hang with me here…it’s just going to be good news after good news. 10 Days of Homemade Christmas Starting the first Monday in December — that’s actually December 1st! — we’ll be doing two weeks of Homemade Christmas […]

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The True Cause of Morning Sickness

Image by Jacob Botter This post is sponsored by Pink Stork Solutions. Morning sickness. Most women who have ever been pregnant can relate to this.  Nearly everyone has some form of morning sickness, and some women unfortunately have pretty severe morning sickness — a few severe enough to require hospitalization.  It really can be very serious. […]

Action Alert!: New Bill Restricts Vaccine Choice in Ohio

As many of you know, I stand firmly for parental choice in vaccines — and most anything else. There’s a brand new bill that will severely restrict parents’ freedom in vaccine choice in Ohio, and we must oppose it, now.  This is not about what choice you, personally, make for your children — it’s your […]

5 Tips for a Successful, Stress-Free Thanksgiving

As all of us know (at least all of us Americans), Thanksgiving is next week.  It’s the time of year for food, family, and fun. Only…what happens if your food and your family clash?  How do you deal?  Or what if family is far away…or you just don’t like to cook? A few years back, […]

Why Are Essential Oils So Controversial?

This post is sponsored by Plant Therapy.  However, all opinions are my own and all oils were purchased with my own money. Essential oils are, surprisingly, one of the most controversial topics in the natural health world.  I’m not one who talks about essential oils a whole lot, and I’m one of the few bloggers […]

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WIN a Set of Essential Oils from Plant Therapy!

Today, I tackled the essential oil controversy.  In that post, I mentioned a new company I’ve recently found, Plant Therapy.  Here, you have a chance to WIN a set of their most popular essential oils! This is their set of 14 essential oils — 7 synergy blends, and 7 single oils.  They are all 100% […]

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How to Feel Great, Enjoy Pregnancy, and Keep Up With Your Tot!

Photo Credit By Kristen, Contributing Writer How do you feel great, enjoy your pregnancy, bond with your new baby – and keep up with your toddlers and preschoolers?  Is it even possible?! It is possible to really enjoy your pregnancy when you’re busy chasing your little ones around.  It takes a little planning – and […]

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8 Experiences I Had That My Kids Won’t

The other morning, I was lying in bed, thinking.  I was thinking about my own childhood, and how different my kids’ childhood is so far.   Honestly, I think they have the advantage.  But maybe I’m biased.  I’m sharing with you, here, some key ways in which my own experience was different from my kids’. […]

Musings on Modern Christian Culture and Conflicts

This is going to be a hard post to write.  But I think it’s time to write it. I have been observing a lot of different things lately — in the realm of religion and culture, specifically.  Here are some things I’ve run across: 1. That because I say I believe in Jesus, I must […]