Aug 23, 2015

How to Create an Enchanted Fairy Forest Garden

created by Sebastian Meyer For the movie Snow White and the Huntsman
Every year before spring, I start dreaming of my ultimate garden and yard.  I let my landscaping dreams go wild.  The reality is I usually just have enough energy to focus on planting and harvesting our vegetable garden.  So while I know it's likely I won't get around to implementing most of any of my landscaping ideals, I still love to dream about it.

Aug 21, 2015

Skin Care Products I use: Best Natural Skin Care Products For Acne and Anti-aging Under $35

Here's what's in my medicine cabinet  1:derma e lightening cream  2:Reviva labs 10% glycolic acid cream  3: Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Glycolic Brightening Mask  4: Andalou Naturals Super Polypeptide Lift and Firm Cream 5: My DIY Tea Tree and Jojoba oil Acne spot treatment  6: Shea MoistureProblem Skin Facial Wash and Scrub  7: Shea Moisturizer African Black Soap Problem Skin Moisturizer  8:  Shea Moisturizer African Black Soap Problem Skin Mask  9: derma e Purifing Daily Detox Scrub  10: derma e Purifing 2 in 1 Charcoal Mask  11: derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub  12: Thayers Cucumber With Hazel alcohol free toner

Ever since reading, "What's in this Stuff?" by Patrica Thomas,I have been very careful about making sure there are as little to no chemicals in my skin care products.  It's especially important to make sure that you don't have chemicals in your skin care products because your skin is your largest organ!  What you put on your skin, is absorbed into your blood with no filter (what you eat and drink is filtered for toxins through your kidneys and liver).  

Aug 5, 2015

Cantalopue Peach Smoothie (Vegan, Paleo)


I often have a cantaloupe around in the summer.  I love cantaloupe and I love that they are so inexpensive and just the perfect size to pig out on for 1-2 people (I married with no kids).  Cantaloupe is also very high in vitamin C and A.  I cup has 95% of RDA (recommended daily Allowance) and 106% of vitamin A along with other vitamins and minerals.

Jul 31, 2015

Strawberry Chia Seed Jam Recipe (low sugar)


Every June we have a huge abundance of strawberries from our extensive strawberry plants we have as ground cover.  We often pig out on our strawberries fresh with a chocolate dip  I make by adding milk with chocolate chips melted in the microwave.  What we don't eat fresh we freeze and use in smoothies and preserves.  So I make jam once a year.  My husband has peanut butter jelly sandwiches for lunch every day, so we go through a lot of jam!

Jul 21, 2015

Healthy Sweet Potato Fudgy Brownies (GF, Flourless, Low Sugar, Low Fat, Paleo)


My husband and I were invited to a cook out at our friends house.  They were making burgers on the grill and a salad.  While they didn't ask us to bring anything I thought it would be nice to make something.  The tricky thing is the couple hosting follows the Paleo diet and one of them hates all veggies and fruit.   Hummmm...   So I had to think what would be Paleo that most people would like, that wouldn't need to be refrigerated, and doesn't have veggies or fruit?   I scoured through my pinterest boards, (finally all my time putzing around on pinterest has paid off), and then I had it, brownies.  Who doesn't like brownies? They're always great for a picnic or pot luck!