A Day in the Life of Stacy: Homeschool Mom Who Asked for Help

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Each year when I start to think about writing a Day in the Life post, I’m a little disappointed that I don’t have my life more together. I keep thinking I’ll be really fancy and organized next time I write one of these, but it hasn’t happened yet! If nothing else, I’ve slowed down a lot over the past few years, and I take that as some type of accomplishment. Even if it came as a result of chronic illness. I […]

35 Healthy Summer Drink Recipes

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Summer always seems to be a great time for enjoying delicious beverages. There’s something about sipping a tasty drink on a hot day that’s just so pleasant. There are many summer drinks that are not overly healthy. And that’s OK once a while. But today I’d like to share some that are made with healthy ingredients. These drinks not only quench your thirst, but also provide nourishment. Even though these summer drink recipes are healthier versions, some contain quite a bit of natural sugar. […]

DIY Peaches and Cream Gummies

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Do you like fruit snacks or gummy candy, but don’t want the yucky food dyes or preservatives that go with them? If so, you need to try these homemade gummies! Not only do homemade gummies taste good, they provide wonderful health benefits! The reason these gummies are so good for you is that they include gelatin. The gelatin used in this recipe is made from grass-fed beef. It comes in powdered form and is high in protein. It’s also gluten-free. […]

Benefits and Uses of Chia Seeds (Plus 50 Chia Recipes)

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Chia seeds have been lauded as a super food for a few years now, and for good reason. Of all of the benefits of chia seeds, some of the most notable are their ability to provide significant amounts of protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. The amount of omega-3 fatty acids contained in chia seeds is truly impressive: just 3½ tablespoons can contain the same amount of omega-3s as a 32-ounce piece of salmon! (Source) Chia seeds often are used to boost […]

Homemade Canned Soup Replacement

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer When I think back to my newlywed days, and all the canned soup we consumed, I cringe a little. As a newlywed, I learned to prepare all manner of meals while clutching my Betty Crocker Cookbook. I followed each recipe step by step, not thinking much about any kind of health ramifications. I just wanted to make dinner for my husband. At that stage of life, I knew very little about real food. But, as time went on and I became […]

Floral Body Scrub (plus gift ideas & DIY links for Mother’s Day!)

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer After the depths of winter have passed, skin is often dull and dry. Heated indoor air and lack of moisture are two of the main culprits in creating such thirsty skin. Thankfully it’s quick and easy to get skin soft, smooth, and vibrant again. A gentle exfoliation via a simple body scrub will usually do the trick. Scrubs made with sugar are quite effective in removing dead skin cells, and revealing fresh, glowing skin beneath. You are likely aware of how simple […]

40+ Freezer Meal Recipes

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer The afternoon and early evening can be a stressful time in many homes. Keeping kids happy and getting dinner on that tables, all while being fatigued from the day, can be difficult. To tell you the truth, I don’t make dinner at dinner time if I can help it! Instead, I do the most work intensive parts of dinner prep at other times. Freezer meals help cut down on some of the burden and are a great time saver for busy moms. A well-stocked […]

What Happened When I Quit Coffee

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Coffee. The beverage that seems more like a king than a mere drink. Adored and revered by it’s faithful followers the world over. It’s the one thing that many of us refuse to start our days without. Plus, drinking coffee includes you in a worldwide club where members write about it, think about it, joke about it, and savor it, each and every day. Why? Because it’s good! Coffee is delicious. Especially with cream . . . But I’m getting distracted from […]