Stay healthy this winter with an immune system boosting smoothie

Stay healthy this winter with an immune system boosting smoothie

I don’t know about you, but as a child, I thought that getting a fever or a case of strep throat during the week was like a gift from heaven. No school? Well, amen! But being sick as an adult is about as much fun as being sick as an 8 year old over Christmas break.  When you have a job, kids, and/or a house to take care of there just isn’t time to be ill. The doctors all tell us to wash our hands, exercise for at least 20 minutes a day, manage stress, get at least 7-9 hours of sleep each night, and drink lots of...

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Use this, not that (#1)

Use this, not that (#1)

(You can see my Halloween recap over at The Mini Skirt!)   Hi there! I’m kicking off a new series today where I provide some healthier, less toxic alternatives to many popular beauty and household products.  I’ll probably do a post like this about once a month. Even if you’re not into going completely non-toxic, hopefully you’ll appreciate having a few new options anyway!     1.  Use Alba Un-Petroleum Multi-Purpose Jelly or Waxelene, not Vaseline Petroleum Jelly I used petroleum jelly like a crazy...

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10 health and beauty benefits of almond oil

10 health and beauty benefits of almond oil

Last weekend, my friend Karen and I were raving about how much we love coconut oil (because that is what health obsessed people talk about, right?).  During our conversation, she asked for my thoughts on almond oil, and I thought that would make great material for a post. (Thanks for the inspiration, Karen!) I’ll get right down to it and let you know that I am definitely a fan of almond oil.  It has many amazing health and beauty benefits, and like coconut oil, it is extremely versatile and can be used externally or taken...

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Oatmeal: It’s not just for eating

Oatmeal: It’s not just for eating

Oatmeal is the breakfast of choice for many people (and for some reason, no one seems to love oatmeal more than a healthy living blogger). Personally, I love an occasional bowl of steel cut oats mixed with pumpkin because they are so creamy and filling. But when I’m not eating a large bowl of oats, I am washing my face with them. Yes, you read that correctly… I wash my face with oatmeal. Before you start to wonder if I am a total crazy person, allow me to explain…   (source) Who can benefit from washing their face with...

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Natural Odor Eliminators & Giveaway!

Natural Odor Eliminators & Giveaway!

(This giveaway is now closed.  Thanks to all who entered!)   Well, I had planned to do a recipe post today, but unfortunately, when I went to make the recipe last night I realized that I was missing one of the key ingredients. As I scrambled to find something else to make for dinner (thank you, Trader Joe’s frozen bean burritos), I was also dealing with a very gassy dog (and no, she didn’t become gassy by eating the bean burritos). I was about to light a candle to get rid of the smell when I remembered that I had some new...

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Tips for making it through that time of the month & menopause

Tips for making it through that time of the month & menopause

[Note: Please consult with your primary care physician before taking any vitamins or supplements.]   I’m a very girly person.  I love playing with my hair, love putting on and shopping for makeup and beauty products, and think that shopping should definitely be considered a sport. I definitely wouldn’t trade being a woman for anything in the world.  Not even for backstage passes to a Lionel Richie concert. But as all females know, there are some rather unpleasant burdens that come with the territory of being a...

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