20 healthy mason jar salads & layering tips

20 healthy mason jar salads & layering tips

When I was a little girl, my Aunt Jane, who has since passed away, used to make homemade jam.  It was always delicious- especially the blueberry jam, and I used to get so excited when she’d send it to our house all bottled up in cute little mason jars. I think that is what started my love for mason jars.  Aunt Jane knew that they were cool way before it became trendy to drink out of them, store things in them, photograph them to death on Instagram, and make mason jar salads. I am sure that she would have appreciated a good mason jar...

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Friday favorites (6/19)

Friday favorites (6/19)

Happy Friday! I hope you had a great week.  I blogged a lot on The Mini Skirt this week, so if you like more personal posts, be sure to visit.  It has been a lot of fun to share more of those details with you! (Image source) Trader Joe’s Very Green 100% Juice Smoothie  I think that I went through about three bottles of this stuff in like a week and a half, but I’m just so into juices right now!  As I said the other day, I really need to get a new juicer, but for now, I am really enjoying this green smoothie/juice concoction....

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Why I drink tart cherry juice & juicer recommendations needed

Why I drink tart cherry juice & juicer recommendations needed

If you read The Mini Skirt (and thank you, if you do!), you might know that I am under the weather this week.  I originally planned to do a food related post, but well, the thought kind of turned my stomach today.  I’ve been drinking juice like a madwoman though, and I remembered that I owed you a little more info about tart cherry juice. (Totally unrelated but my juicer broke a year or so ago, and I am in the market for a new one.  Any reasonably priced recommendations?) Before I get into why I started drinking it, let me tell you...

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Friday Favorites (6/12)

Friday Favorites (6/12)

Happy Friday! I hope that everyone had a wonderful week.  I’ve been really energized, and as a result, I have been writing and blogging up a storm. For those of you who are mommies or are interested in reading mommy blogs, I’ve really been blogging a lot more lately on The Mini Skirt.  I am actually hosting a giveaway over there right now to celebrate the launch of my new online book store with Usborne Books & More (the cutest children’s books ever).  Be sure to enter if you have children, kids in your life, or even if...

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Products I’ve used up lately & my thoughts on each one (#3)

Products I’ve used up lately & my thoughts on each one (#3)

Yep.  I am still plowing through my never-ending stash of products. (See past empties posts here and here.) Does anyone else get excited when they finish an entire bottle of something?  Perhaps I need to set higher goals for myself, but to me, it feels like a mini accomplishment. Here are all of the products that I have finished up since my last update! Acure Shampoo (Moroccan Argan Stem Cell & Argan Oil) I really loved this shampoo and enjoyed switching off between this and my Andalou Naturals shampoo.  You can see a full review of...

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Use This, Not That: Natural Alternatives for Your Everyday

Use This, Not That: Natural Alternatives for Your Everyday

Happy Monday! I hope that you had a wonderful weekend, and if you’re interested in reading all about mine, you can visit The Mini Skirt for a recap.  (Spoiler Alert:  We met a pretty well-known character from a popular children’s television show.) As a blogger, I often get a lot of opportunities to publish articles and content, but I am admittedly very choosy about the ones that I accept.  Well, today I was asked to share some information about getting started with natural and organic foods as well as beauty and household...

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Friday Favorites (6/5)

Friday Favorites (6/5)

Happy Friday! It has been pretty busy around here lately- all good things, including a new business opportunity that I cannot wait to tell you about- which is why I have been posting less frequently.  I hope to get back to a more predictable posting schedule within the next few weeks. Despite the craziness, I’ve managed to keep things interesting around here with some new (to me) discoveries. Enjoy!   Raw Taco Gorilla Wraps These wraps are one of Kimberly Snyder’s delicious creations.  They’ve also been my lunch...

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Review of Gorgeous for Good: A Simple 30-Day Program for Lasting Beauty – Inside and Out

Review of Gorgeous for Good: A Simple 30-Day Program for Lasting Beauty – Inside and Out

Switching to nontoxic products can be very overwhelming in the beginning.  When I first started, I really could have used a beginner’s guide or a cheat sheet as far as what brands to consider. Well, as many of you know, I created a list of brands to try, and I hope it has been helpful!  And Sophie Uliano’s latest book Gorgeous for Good: A Simple 30-Day Program for Lasting Beauty – Inside and Out serves as the most perfect guide to getting started.  As soon as I saw it on my recommended reading list on Amazon, I knew that I...

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Friday Favorites (5/29)

Friday Favorites (5/29)

Happy Friday! This week, I have some new things and an old favorite to share with you.  I look forward to reading comments about what is on your favorites list this week!   The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing The title of this book is very suitable because the book truly is life-changing- and I imagine that it would have an even greater impact on someone who is disorganized or has accumulated a lot of clutter.  The basic concept is that we should only keep items in our home that bring...

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Trader Joe’s Haul

Trader Joe’s Haul

Because it is located right near the greenway where I take Sunday morning walks with my family, I have been visiting Trader Joe’s more frequently these days.  No complaints here! If you’re familiar with my Trader Joe’s hauls, you know that I have my staples, but I have been venturing out a bit more lately. Admittedly, I have gone the lazy route when it comes to some prepared foods, but with two little ones, it is just such a lifesaver to have one less lunch to prepare when I am in a rush.   I know I am not alone in...

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