Too Many Holiday Sweets? Give Your Body a Sugar Break

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Am I the only one who finds the holidays a struggle with all of the sugary temptation? I’m over at Simple Organic, talking about an important thing that we can do to help our bodies combat the sugar overload… Holidays are a time for indulging. We stuff ourselves on turkey feasts, swear that we couldn’t eat another bite, and then happily inhale a scrumptious piece of pumpkin pie. We attend multiple social functions, each one presenting its own array of sweet treats or special drinks. […]

Ever Get Tired of Natural Living?

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Do you ever get tired of it all? Have you read an article on nutrition or being green, and found that your eyes began to glaze over as you thought, blah, blah, blah? Does the garbage sometimes seem like a more convenient option than the compost? Do you just want to break down and buy toothpaste that doesn’t cost $5 a tube? Sometimes I do. And I’d venture to guess that I’m not the only one. Today at Simple Organic I’m exploring what I call […]

How Green and Simple Living Becomes Generous Living (and Giveaway Winners!)

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Find me over at Simple Organic this week, talking about how green and simple living ultimately lends itself to more generous living: I have noticed a beautiful trend among those who make thoughtful, purposeful decisions about the non-toxic products they use, the whole foods they eat, the scraps they compost and the companies they choose to support. Generally speaking, that mindfulness also seems to extend to the relationships they nurture and the generosity with which they give. Why is this? Maybe it’s that as we […]

Simple Organic: 5 Simple Home Remedies That Really Work

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Fall is here, and with it comes the usual season of colds and flus. Many of us are searching for more natural ways to treat sickness when it arises, and the good news is that you don’t have to be a herbalist, naturopath or health kook to use home remedies that really work. There are many home remedies out there that are difficult to make, full of expensive and exotic ingredients, or that have questionable results or even safety concerns. Happily, there are also many […]

Making Healthy Smoothies With Your Fresh Summer Greens (at Simple Organic)

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It’s a rare day that goes by in our home when we don’t make a fruit smoothie. Call us addicted. It’s a wonderful addiction to have! Since I have 3 little ones and a husband that rely on me to help them get in maximum nutrition with each and every bite they take, I frequently use our family’s beloved smoothies as a way of getting that nutrition in without fight and without fuss. One of our favorite ways to do this is by adding fresh […]

At Simple Organic: Using Houseplants to Reduce Toxins and Grow Fresh Air

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This week you can find me over at Simple Organic, where I serve as a regular contributing writer. I’m talking about how to purify the toxins in the air in our homes, by using regular houseplants! Here’s a snippet from the post: Clean air. Not only vital to our health, but something that we don’t tend to think about. It’s easy to forget about the quality of the air that we take in, just as easy as it is to forget that we are effortlessly […]

Gardening Season Has Officially Begun!

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Just a couple of weeks behind schedule, all of my garden seedlings have been planted! It doesn’t look like much, but yesterday morning I planted 7 heirloom tomato varieties, Purple Beauty peppers, 3 winter squashes (Sugar Pie Pumpkin, Butternut, Delicata) Sugar Baby watermelons, Far North melons, Couer de Boeuf des Vertus cabbag, Green Sprouting broccoli, Purple of Sicily cauliflower and too many herbs to name. Spring snuck up on us all this year and my outdoor garden is actually ready for planting my frost-hardy and […]