Learn to Bake Healthier with Everyday Grain-Free Baking

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer The start of a new year often rekindles our desire to eat healthier! And for many of us that means saying goodbye to all of those empty-calorie carbs and refined sugars that always seem to creep in during the holidays. But rather than take drastic measures and completely nix baked goods altogether, what if I told you there’s a way to enjoy traditional baked good favorites without all of the unwanted carbs, refined sugars and gluten? It’s true! [Tweet “Grain-free baking isn’t just for those who are living […]

Broccoli and Potato Frittata Recipe

By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer Breakfast is an important part of our family’s day. I have two little boys who can eat as much as grown adults. Often on play dates, I pray that no eating will be involved. It’s silly, but the amount of food my little munchkins can put down always blows our new friends’ minds. Family members sit and watch our children eat in utter amazement and wonder aloud where the food goes! Keeping my boys fed is a challenge for me. […]

Healthy Ways To Handle Seasons of Stress

  By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer Are you in a busy or even difficult season of life? Are you looking for healthy ways to survive (and even thrive) during these days? Look no further for help! Maybe, in full disclosure, I should first list all the unhealthy ways of dealing with stress. Because trust me, people, I’ve thoroughly experimented with these, too. These may include (but are not limited to) taking it out on your husband and kids, eating potato chips and snickerdoodles way into the night, and […]

Frugal Real Food Thanksgiving Menu + Stress-free Cooking Timeline

Guest post by Tiffany Terczak I’ll be the first to admit — this is the time of year when we typically throw caution out the window. We toss aside “healthy” recipes and reach for the shortening and corn syrup and pre-packaged short-cuts that we’ve always used, all for the sake of tradition. I’m including myself in this category too. I’ve been craving hot chocolate for WEEKS, and I’m not talking about the healthy kind. I’m wanting the instant hot chocolate, ripped open from a single-serve […]

Soothing Lemon Ginger Drink for Colds and Congestion

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer When it comes to colds and congestion, ginger and lemon pack a powerful punch. Ginger warms the body and is known to help with decongestion. It is also thought to boost circulation and the immune system. Lemon is high in vitamin C, has antibacterial properties, and is said to aid in breaking fevers and soothing sore throats. [Tweet “Making a lemon ginger drink is a simple method of fighting off illness and easing symptoms. “] How to Make a Soothing Lemon Ginger Drink […]

3 Easy Ways to Guard Your Health Before You Leave the House

Guest post by Nina Nelson Does your family get sick all the time? It doesn’t just feel like it – you literally say, “we’re sick again” at least twice a month. I’m sorry, friend. I know how it is, really. I used to say the same thing quite frequently. But not anymore. Now, illness just isn’t something that happens much in our home. We’re exposed to a lot of it, for sure. My husband is a paramedic and spends a good deal of time taking people […]

Simple DIY Hand Sanitizer

  By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer I’m not a germaphobe. I think dirt is good, and I like to keep beneficial bacteria around. I believe these things strengthen the immune system, which is especially helpful as we come upon cold and flu season yet again. Needless to say, I’m not running around wiping everything clean 24/7, rubbing hand sanitizer on my children’s hands at the drop of a hat, or refusing to enter the public domain for the next six months. We can’t avoid every […]

Cure Coughs Naturally {& 30 Other Home Remedies}

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer I’ve never been a fan of medications. Over the counter or prescribed … it doesn’t matter. After being prescribed antibiotics for a good two years of my childhood – and developing severe allergic reactions to them – I’ve preferred treating myself and my family with home remedies when sickness strikes. Since it’s prime time for seasonal sicknesses, here’s how I cure coughs naturally: Eucalyptus oil Every time my children start coughing, I pull out my bottle of eucalyptus essential oil. (Make sure […]