21 Ideas for Celebrating a Simple, Natural Thanksgiving: Eats, Decor, Gratitude

61431982386671806_tuekEUOI_c

I have to confess something… I will not be celebrating Thanksgiving this week. That’s because as a Canadian, that day came and went back in October! But I know that for most of you, Thanksgiving is your focus this week and so I wanted to share some ideas and inspiration with you. I had far too much fun putting together this selection of tasty-looking real food holiday recipes, frugal and nature-inspired decor ideas, and gratitude printables and activities for you. This is only a small […]

9 Toxins to Remove from your Life

toxins

photo credit Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer With my husband being a doctor, I have learned and am constantly learning new information about things in our everyday life that are dangerous to our health and are making our bodies toxic. Although you might not know it, there are environmental, household, food and life factors that play a role in how toxic you are. From the moment of conception to your current age, you have been around “stuff” that has gotten into your body (and even your mind) and could possibly […]

Pumpkin Pie Casserole: An Autumn Comfort Food

Pumpkins

Written by Mindy, Contributing Writer I love everything about autumn.  The cool crisp air, the breathtaking colors of the leaves, the outdoor bonfires, and all the extra snuggling opportunities that ensue are some of my favorite things about the season. However, the thing that I look forward to the most during this time of year is all of the wonderful, seasonal food! I absolutely love the flavors that are associated with autumn.  To me, these flavors speak ultimate comfort food! Two of my favorite autumn […]

Keeping Your Family Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

Written by Brandy, Contributing Writer It’s that time of year again.  The season that many moms dread for their families – cold and flu season. Each year I review my old list and research new ways to try and keep our family as healthy as possible.  It’s hard enough when a family of four or five gets sick.  But when you are a large family of nine or ten (or more), it’s even tougher as the illness just seems to circulate through the home, hitting […]

Boosting Your Immunity: Mushroom Soup with Herbs

greenhealth_010_astragalus

Written by Meg Dickey, Contributing Writer Our Valley finally began it’s annual cooling trend last week. After several months of nearly 100 degree heat, we were able to enjoy a rainstorm, complete with chilly temperatures and a delightful nip in the air. Along with those blissful breezes come the sniffles and sneezes… when we start to feel like we’re running down, I like to put a pot of this luscious soup on to simmer.  It does a wonderful job of soothing sore throats, boosting immunity, […]

Treat Yourself to Healthier, Real Food Desserts (A Giveaway!)

treat_yourself_cover

Does eating healthy, real foods mean giving up all desserts and other sweet treats? I definitely don’t think that the eating well and enjoying dessert have to be in opposition to one another. In fact, it’s really about the ingredients that you use, far more than about the particular dish that you’re creating. So in theory, we should be able to swap in some better, alternative ingredients and simply enjoy our goodies. One challenge, however, can be finding dessert recipes using those wholesome ingredients, that […]

Tips for School Lunchtime Success

breakfast

Written by Diana Bauman, Contributing Writer September has been an exciting month for my five year old son and I.  He started kindergarten and I became a first time parent with a child in school. My husband and I met all of his teachers including his principal, art teacher, gym teacher and music teacher.  We toured the classes, met other parents and investigated every nook and cranny of his elementary school. I signed up for the PTA and as a homeroom helper (one of the benefits […]

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream (A Giveaway)

ice cream with strawberries

*Giveaway has now ended* Ever read a recipe book that had you drooling from practically the first page? Considering that summer is promising to stay hot for a while longer, when I first read Just Making Ice Cream, I could hardly resist jumping up from a cozy table in the coffee shop where I do some of my blogging so that I could stick my ice cream maker in the freezer. I love all manner of savory food. There probably isn’t a style of food […]