You'll love this simple method for making your own healthier homemade summer berry preserves using your favorite seasonal berries and pure honey.

How to Make Honey Sweetened Summer Berry Preserves

  By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Summertime is filled with a bounty of the most amazing fresh produce. But by far, one of our favorites is berry season! First to appear are red and delicious strawberries, followed by sweet-n-tangy raspberries, plump blueberries and one of my personal favorites – blackberries. It’s no secret that we get a little excited about fresh berries around here. And rightly so! They’re not only absolutely delicious, but they’re chock full of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants too! That’s why they’re a favorite […]

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Weekend Links

Links for this week: The iPhone Is Ruining Your Summer @ Smartter Each Day I Wish Someone Would’ve Warned Me About These BIG FEELINGS @ TODAY.com Homemade & Natural Bug Bite Stick @ GNOWFGLINS Enjoy today, mama. @ Life Your Way After Seeing Photo Of Greek Man Crying Outside Bank, CEO In Australia Vows To Help Him @ Huffington Post Raspberry Ginger Soda @ Nourished Kitchen The Pieces We Allow Into Our Lives @ Becoming Minimalist When parenting well is simple yet difficult @ Simple Mom […]

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If you are going dairy-free on a real food diet, here is a play-by-play, two-week real food dairy-free meal plan of what you can safely eat. (And how you can not starve!)

A Two-Week Real Food Dairy-Free Meal Plan

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I have now nursed three babies. (By the grace of God, by the way … it never came easily to me!) And do you know that for EACH baby, I had to take dairy out of my diet for one reason or another? I’m sort of a resident “allergy” expert, because my oldest son has severe food allergies to milk, peanut, and egg. And you would not BELIEVE the number of times that a nursing mom has e-mailed, called or texted me – desperate, […]

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Real Deals: This Week’s Sales and Discounts on Natural Products You Really Use

This week’s top deals: Check out the Monthly Specials at Mountain Rose Herbs 20% off Organic Willow Bark  1 lb. Bulk  Regular Price: $11.00  Sale Price $8.80 15% off  Organic Honeybush Tea  4 oz. Box  Regular Price: $5.25  Sale Price: $4.46 20% off  Organic Hazelnut Oil  4 oz. Bottle  Regular Price: $14.50  Sale Price: $10.15 List Price $118.06  On Sale $63.80  Hamilton Beach HomeBaker 2 Lb. Breadmaker 29881  Qualifies for FREE shipping. Just $12.04  Munchkin Miracle 360 Sippy Cup, Green/Blue, 10 Ounce, 2 Count.  Get FREE […]

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Stuck in an iced tea rut this summer? If you could use some inspiration, here are 10 different refreshing recipes for iced tea.

Cool Down with 10 Iced Tea Recipes

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer By this time every summer, I’m searching for easy ways to cool down. I love iced drinks – but after drinking a lot of iced lemon water, I need a little change. Iced teas are a great way to add some variety to your summer sipping. As long as it’s unsweetened, any kind of tea – black, green, or white – can benefit your health: Black tea can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as thin your blood. Green tea […]

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Weekend Links

Links for this week: The Birth Story That Made Me Bawl in Panera @ Lisa-Jo Baker In Praise of the Imperfect Photograph @ Intelligent Travel Three Ingredient No Cook Banana Custard Recipe @ Kitchen Stewardship How a Devastating Diagnosis Taught me How to Really Live @ Be More With Less How to look good on the Internet. @ John Acuff Grain-Free Double Chocolate Banana Muffins (made with coconut flour) @ Red and Honey That thing others are shaming you for? Do it anyway. @ Money Saving Mom […]

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Oil is not the enemy of your face or hair. In fact, oil is oftentimes the solution! If you are new to using oils on face and hair, read on.

The Best Tips for Using Oils on Face and Hair

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer When I was growing up, the advice we received on skin and hair care was to avoid oil as an ingredient at all costs. This advice wasn’t all bad. Many conventional moisturizers contained mineral oil. A non-plant based oil, mineral oil can clog the pores and lead to breakouts.  To counteract the breakouts caused by products containing mineral oil, we used products that were “oil-free.” Unfortunately, products that were oil-free dried out our skin, which then produced more oil, so we ended […]

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Real Deals: This Week’s Sales and Discounts on Natural Products You Really Use

This week’s top deals: Half Price!  The Essential Oils Revolution is back on sale July 1-4th at only $47.  Regular price $97.  31 life-changing talks from the Essential Oils Revolution, with over $1,000 in expert bonus materials. As Low As $5.51-$6.16 ($2.76-$3.08 each) Tom’s of Maine Antiplaque and Whitening Fluoride-Free Toothpaste, Peppermint, 5.5 Ounce ( Pack of 2 ) is on sale for $6.48.  Save 5-15% with Subscribe & Save.  Get FREE shipping with qualifying order. As Low As $13.57-$15.16   Cottonelle Ultra Comfort Care Toilet […]

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